How to Make an All-Recycled Sketchbookcomments (4) November 8th, 2008
I think blank books are always great gifts, and if you have a friend who's into all things green and recycley, this all-recycled book will be the perfect thing! Not entirely blank but with plenty of space to write, sketch, brainstorm, etc., this notebook/sketchbook/journal/whatever label you want to attach is completely unique and hopefully those bits of recycled book within will be inspirational to the user.
- One large book with lots of white space on most pages
- One smaller hardcover book
- Paper cutter (scissors will do but will take much more time and effort)
- Sewing machine and needle and thread
- Woven fabric piece as big as the smaller book when opened
- Hot-glue gun
- Optional Mod Podge sealer and brush
- Materials of your choice for decorating the cover
When shopping for your books, big art books are usually best for maximum white space, like the one I found with paintings all along the tops of the pages and white beneath. Thrift stores are the best place to find these books cheap—used bookstores can be a bit pricey for something you're just going to cut up.
The smaller book, which will be the cover of the sketchbook, needs to be not much taller than the amount of white space on most pages in the big book and not too much wider than the width of the big book pages folded in half lengthwise. The sketchbook pages will be the large book pages folded in half like this, so the difference in width shouldn't be more than about an inch.
Your first step in making the sketchbook is to rip out all the pages of the small book—find how the pages are grouped together and rip out in sections.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery
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