Tonight I got into a mood to watch a few YouTube videos on making altered art journals! This looks like a great time to me! Anyway...one of the videos I came across was a man and his son making a sketchbook using cereal box (for the cover), and brown paper bag (for the inside sheets of paper). I was inspired to try making a book I can keep in my purse, for my daughter to use in the car or at dinner (she loves to sketch while waiting in restaurants).
I had just taken a beer box out to throw away earlier today, but I didn't have the heart to pitch it because I found many things about the box attractive...like the silver sheen, a green leaf, and the way the word MANGO was printed on it in mango-y color! Anyway...I got the beer box and cut the two sides off for my front and back covers.
I cut the paper bag pages into 5 x 14 inches, so when folded in half longways they would be 5 x 7, which was the perfect size to fit inside the beer box covers! I made 2 signatures of 3 sheet of the paper each, and I punched holes in both signatures and the covers all matched up perfectly. I tied the book together with 2 black and 1 ivory colored ribbons I had in my junk drawer! I left them loose enough so that when the book is opened it can lay perfectly flat, for sketching! Then I cut peices of patterend paper for the inside of the covers.
As you can see, some of the paper has art work from Whole Foods Market on it, but I thought it was pretty, and it is a recycled project which makes it ultra groovy as well!
Here are two pages that are completely empty to sketch on...notice the nice way it lays so flatly...yippee!!! The way I did that was to tie the ribbons with the book laying flat open...that way you know there is enough leeway.
I did some decoupage on the front cover to make it pretty. I left the back cover just as itself...a beer box! I think I will cover the front with high gloss varnish in the morning to protect the papers I put on there. Of course, I am always up for a little more gloss...it is a weakness of mine!!! I hope you like my first try at a little recycled sketchbook...just for fun. The whole thing only took about 30 minutes at most. The only thing I would do differently would be to use at least 2 more signatures in it. I kinda like fatter sketchbooks. Hey...next time!
Now I can go to bed...I think. I still feel wide awake...yikes!