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Old Book= New Sketchbook!!

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Ever wanted a unique sketchbook project for your high schoolers? A new journal for yourself? A gift for a family member or friend? All without spending a lot of money? Then this project is for you!!

Students creating this project will learn how to recycle/ reuse an old discarded book, how to use sewing (coptic/chain stitching) to link pages together, and how to create a sketchbook that is unique to them and that can be used for so many things!

Materials needed:
Old book
Exacto Knife/ Box Cutter
Computer Paper
Strong Thread/ Waxed Linen
Embroidery Needle or Curved Needle
Sharp Object (Seam Ripper, Safety Pin, Paper Clip, etc.)
Cardstock
Spray Adhesive or Rubber Cement
Paint or other art materials to decorate cover with
 
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Step 1: Find a Book!

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Find an old book!
I found a bunch at an old book relief sale, but you can find them in your own house, at library sales, thrift stores, or garage sales.

Step 2: Cut Along Binding

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Using an Exacto Knife or Box Cutter, make a slit along the first page of the inside of the book. Repeat with the last page.

Step 3: Remove Pages

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The pages should come out very cleanly, all connected!

Step 4: Measure Pages

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Measure the height of the pages you removed. This will be the height of the pages you will need to cut. Measure the width of the pages, and multiply that by two (since our new pages will be folded in half), this will be the width of your new paper.

My pages were 8 inches by 5.5 inches, so my new papers will be cut to 8 inches by 11 inches.

Step 5: Cut New Pages

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Cut computer paper to the height of you old pages by double the width. I used blue computer paper, but you can use any color! you can also use thicker paper, just know that you will need less than if you go with regular copy paper.

Again, my papers are being cut to 8 inches by 11 inches because my old pages measured 8 inches by 5.5 inches.

Step 6: Fold New Pages

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Fold all of your newly cut pages in half. If you do this individually, the folds will be crisper and more exact.
shyanna056 months ago
You should check out the journal I made! I've made a few since then, and everyone keeps asking me to make them one. Good inscrutable, by the way!
Emmely9 months ago
I love the design on this one. I want to use this idea for a gift for a friend. Easy, cheap and fun! Thank you for uploading!
Love this. maybe I'm dim but i couldn't see what you did with the slip of slim paper, also sewn... stick down into the curve of the original binding? I love the explanation of the coptic chains... sound soooo mysterious, which it should be, as this was such an esoteric art, often linked with secrecy due to the fact that the average mediaeval John Smith couldn't then read... interestting linguistic slant there, must google.... thanks
Nice! The coptic is a tricky stitch at first but with practice anyone can master it. And it's so strong! Nice instructable.

Would have been even cooler if you integrated a few of the original pages of some of the books among the drawing pages, for a bit of character.
mcmichaelart (author)  AdamVanMeter1 year ago
The third or fourth book i made like this, I actually did use some of the original pages... the only thing that is a little tricky is that the old paper is very fragile and tears easily, so I ended up gluing some pages to my new signatures and it turned out great!
Nahual2 years ago
Does using the seam ripper on paper affect the use of the SR on thread not related to this project?
mcmichaelart (author)  Nahual1 year ago
i haven't noticed any wear and tear on the Seam Ripper, actually! i think the paper does less damage than thread does! :)
I love this instructable. re-using old books for your own personalized sketch book, nice work. I do alot of art esp. drawing, and the shop art books aren't cheap! once again, great stuff!
mcmichaelart (author)  Instructable041 year ago
thank you!! i am planning on doing this project with my upper level drawing class i teach at a rural high school... we have NO money for any supplies, so anything i can do really inexpensively is great! :)
Wow this is great! I draw ALOT and buying those art books are alot of munny, with this it seems cheaper than a 24 dollar drawing book.
jbpitcher2 years ago
Thank you. Well done and easy to follow. Great job.
mcmichaelart (author)  jbpitcher2 years ago
So glad you enjoyed it!!
susanrm2 years ago
Nice... brings back memories of my bookmaking class at the MIT library.
wilgubeast2 years ago
Awesome work! My kids would have LOVED this. (Our yarn and construction paper books were not a resounding success.)
15zhangfra2 years ago
great instructable. love the method of stitching signatures, extremely detailed.
mcmichaelart (author)  15zhangfra2 years ago
thank you!!