My name's Sara Adams, and I discovered origami for myself during Christmas 2005. I've been hooked ever since. The intention of this site is to get you hooked, too. You've been warned! — Now go enjoy some instructional videos, pictures in the gallery, and all the rest of it. And most importantly, happy folding!

PDF Diagrams vs. Video Instructions

Valentine's Models

After posting two PDFs and video instructions for Valentine's Day, I have also written an article that gives a short comparison of PDF diagrams and video instructions.

It's now available as one of the open-access articles in OrigamiUSA's TheFold:

I hope you enjoy the read and am happy to get your feedback. I know there's more aspects to these two methods of spreading origami, but hope I captured some of the more important aspects in the article.

Asking for Permission - the Why and How

Update: Lukasheva Ekaterina ( has translated and made avaiable the article in Russian, read it here:

As promised, I've written my second article in my series on video diagramming.

Elephant Hide Review

Authored by Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne
Weight (gsm) Sizes Color Palette Texture Aging
110gsm, 190gsm A4; 70cm by 100cm 7 colors smooth many years
Wear and Tear Memory Forgiveness Tensile Strength Bending Restistance
n/a 10 / 10 7 / 10 10 / 10 10 / 10
Model Suitability:
Classic Action Tess. Complex Modular 3D Wet Folding
8.5 / 10 9 / 10 10 / 10 8 / 10 8.5 / 10 9.5 / 10 9.5 / 10
Final score: 9.5 out of 10
Paper type: 

Made in Germany, by Zanders (, it may be crowned as King of Paper. I tried to get some information on the process and ingredients of this paper, but this is privileged information and won't be shared by the manufacturer. Its Data Sheet says "Elephant hide is a rugged bookbinding paper with a parchment grain which can be used as a book covering paper or for making certificates. It is impregnated and therefore scratch and abrasion resistant, dirt repellent, can be wiped clean (wet-strength paper), has limited expansion and shrinkage and is not sensitive to acid. In addition, it is tear resistant and wrinkle and fold resistant as well as color-fast and lightfast." Can we ask for more? It got the FSC certificate, so you are helping to save forests by buying it. More than that, each sheet is unique, no two sheets are alike.

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The Fold and A Comprehensive Guide on Making Video Diagrams

You may have seen the time lapse I posted of my video creation process. In that video I mentioned that I'd be publishing a more detailled guide on how you, too, can make high quality origami tutorials.
So what's that all about?