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« on: February 18, 2008 07:09:17 AM »

This is my first attempt at making my own sketchbook from scratch!! I've been inspired by other posts on this board and thought how great it would be to have a book with lots of different kind of papers.

I got this old book at a clear-out in the library:

I used lots of different recycled papers, cut up life-drawings, print try-outs, user manuals, programmes from arts museums, envelopes from junk mail...et etc

I mainly used the great tutorial that rosered has posted http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6496.0 , but used a sewing machine for the signatures, and then hand sewed them together using the sewing machine stitches.

Maybe it's just me, but I love this start of the book with all the different stamps from it's time in the library:  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2008 12:10:04 PM »

I think your sketchbook is wonderful!  I know what you mean about stamps in library books...there are so many of us library lovers on craftster.

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2008 02:26:52 PM »

ahhh it makes me so happy to look at this! Cheesy

us sketchbook-craftin' folks, we know where it's at. Wink

...and I do love the stamps at the beginning, it shows the thing has a history. like pennies which have been in hundreds of people's pockets, or second-hand cameras, or photographs of old boots. or the lines on people's hands. I've been thinking about this too much...

<3 if you fancy showing us your drawings, I'd be very interested to see them, looks like every page will be a challenge Smiley

speak to you soon.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2008 01:29:10 AM »

yes, I don't think I'd want to go back to shop-bought sketch books now when I've tried this!  Cheesy

The only problem is I like it so much as it is (as you say, it got stories to tell!!) that it IS a bit inhibiting. I'll see if I can post some more drawings once I get started!

I totally agree with what you are saying; I also love things with a story, found objects, old walls with layers of wall papers etc etc, and I often cut out images of wrinkly hands and faces when I come across them because there is something so lovely about them!! I should probably paste them in this book and make it a story of time...
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2008 03:34:04 PM »

Ooh, Ms Marple, are there no end to your talents?! Cheesy I've always wanted to make a sketchbook but have no idea where to start.

I love this sketch book... how many stamps do I have to carve before you will trade? hehe! Cheesy Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2008 10:03:30 AM »

Thanks PlumCrafty! If only I didn't start working again next week (ergh!  Tongue) I'd love some of your stamps!!  Cheesy

Anyways, you should definitively give it a try!! It was much easier and quicker than I thought (I have wanted to make one for ages too...) Collecting the papers for it took longest by far - but then it did end up as 110 pages!
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008 12:42:20 PM »

this is amazing!
I definitely want to try something like this.
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2009 08:59:55 AM »

I just bought a really cool book from a library sale and am trying to decide what to do with it. I think I may do something similar to what you have done, although I'd probably use mine as a kind of photo book/scrapbook for postcards and various paper things I accumulate. I would be terrified to sketch in that book for fear of not doing it justice! Probably why I never matured into the greatest artist.. I have one pretty nice sketchbook that I was terrified of using for a while, so what I did was cheat a little bit and trace my favorite contour/pen and ink drawings from my other sketchbooks into my new book, and elaborate on them from there. That way I had ten pages or so of good "sketches" and filling in the rest wasn't quite as daunting.

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