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I made a sketch book that I can take along with me.  It has elastic to hold some pens and pencils and a pouch for an eraser or pencil sharpener.  You can add more paper when you use it up and take your artwork out and store it. This sketch book is made from corrugated cardboard, duct tape and other items you may have lying around.
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Step 1: What you will need

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  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Cardboard coffee sleeves
  • Duct tape
  • Screw Posts
  • Paint
  • Elastic
  • Small magnet
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler

Step 2: Cutting cardboard

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I cut three pieces of thin corrugated cardboard:
  • 6.5 x 9.5 inches (for the pencil holder piece)
  • 8 x 9.5 inches (for the front cover)
  • 8.5 x 9.5 inches (for the back) -this piece includes the flap for closing the book.  I used the natural bend from the cardboard box, it has two slots to fit a perpendicular piece into which I will use for my book. (The perpendicular piece is 1 x 9.5 inches).

Step 3: Pencil holder

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I measured out 4-5 holes, 1 cm apart on the centre of the cardboard towards one side. I fed the elastic through the end hole and stitched the elastic through the holes forming loops to hold the pencils.  I taped up the back with duct tape to secure the ends.

Step 4: Background

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I had a few cardboard coffee cup sleeves lying around which had some interesting textures.  I decided to use this as a background.  I needed about four of these, I glued them onto the back of the cardboard piece with the pencil holder. Once the glue had dried, I trimmed off the sleeves where they overhang at the edges.

Step 5: Paint background

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I painted the background with white craft paint.  Once it had dried I used watercolours over the white to create and ombre effect. I used  pinks, reds and purples. Darker and more saturated towards one end.
Great idea!!
ChrysN (author)  CommanderCookie1 year ago


Oh, this is so nice!!
ChrysN (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year ago
isacco2 years ago
I like this sketchbook very much!
I would have used a magnet instead of velcro for the front cover.
All of your instructables are great!
ChrysN (author)  isacco2 years ago
Thank you! I magnet is a great idea, velcro doesn't work well after a while, I also find it collects a lot of lint, LOL.
handprints2 years ago
How do you get your curves cut out sooooo nicely? Other than a sharp blade. Any special tips?
ChrysN (author)  handprints2 years ago
I have no idea, LOL.
kmac12 years ago
Your sketch book is really cool. The design elements on the front are fun and colorful and I love the play of textures and depth. Very, very cool!
ChrysN (author)  kmac12 years ago
sunshiine2 years ago
You always amaze me! This is awesome!
ChrysN (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank you sunshiine!
Creativeman2 years ago
Very ingenious ChrysN! Good job.
ChrysN (author)  Creativeman2 years ago
rimar20002 years ago
Very artistic!
ChrysN (author)  rimar20002 years ago
I love it! I'm gonna make one now.
This is so creative!! I have to make this next weekend! :D
This is adorable and it came out amazingly well!
ChrysN (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago