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    Icon Tutorial: How to make a Sketchbook from A cereal box!!

    edit: sorry for all the spelling mistakes. that's what insomnia does to you ;p

    Ok--I could not find a tutorial here, and I saw some threads where people were curious as to how to make your own sketchbook.

    If this is in the wrong forum, I apologize--I thought this category was most fitting.

    This is an extremely CHEAP way to make one with a cereal box. This is NOT the only way to make a hard cover book, but I find it to be the easiest way.

    It takes PRACTICE! So don't be too frustrated if you mess up.
    I made 3 books before I made my illustration book for my final exam--I messed up on that one, even though I had practiced already. everyone makes mistakes.


    Since the last step is very hard to explain in photos and words, I included a video of it! HERE IS THE LINK TO THE LAST STEP

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ShD98KAf9A


    I hope this tutorial is helpful--I know it might be confusing, so please ask questions
    Like I said, this is only the cheap way to do it--not the best or the only way

    Post pics of your sketchbooks if you made one
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    If anyone would like the demo on how to cover up the warped pages, let me know , I will post it here.
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    A very good demonstration, well done. I remember binding my own sketchbooks and photo albums at art school many years ago so you brought back some memories. It is a little time consuming but very rewarding and the few that I made are still good as new. We carried our bone folders around like trophies.
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    awesome! gonna try and give this a go over the next few days. Crafty!
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    Yay! I was just thinking about making custom sketchbooks the other day with alternating paper so I can take notes, do pencil/pen sketches, and watercolors all in the same book. (I've made some weird single signature books out of card envelopes, and mixed materials before.)

    In your experience, how flat does this particular style lay in a scanner bed?
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    Joeparis: I'm glad to hear that! Yes, it is time consuming but you feel so accomplished when have a finished product

    Gerbil: Please post pics if you do!

    Grandmassa: hahah hi!

    aphotic phoenix: if done correctly, this style of hardcover is made to lay flat when open, so if it turns out right, it will be fine for a scanner bed. I haven't tried my new one out yet on my scanner, but it layed perfectly flat while drawing.
    also, if you really make sure you use that bone folder and everything iscleanlyfolded, you should have no problem. Post pics if you make one!
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    EDIT - Still waiting to give this a try. Will do it for sure!
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    So here is my first attempt at a multi-signature book. For paper I went with 7 signatures of 110 lb card stock from Staples, because it was the cheapest heavyweight smooth paper I could find. Cover is some faux suede scrapbooking paper that's been laying around forever... luckily I had two sheets of it. XD I didn't have anything big enough to do a full cover, so I did an exposed stitch bind. (Although I wish I'd looked up the proper stitch pattern for that before hand. )
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    Very cool, thanks for sharing.
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    That's pretty awesome phoenix i've never seen an exposed spine like that, it looks great, let me know how it holds up
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    Okay I found the name of the binding type (that I didn't actually do)...it's called coptic binding, and allows you to open a book ~360 degrees. It should look like a chain stitch that runs across the spine at each hole if done right. I have a journal done this way, and it's pretty sturdy although the tread used was much heavier than I could find locally. If I can find a good tutorial I'll update with a link.

    *Edit* Apparently there are at least three different methods for that particular binding type, one of which involves multiple needles.
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    niiice, so trying this out!


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