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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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    I hope you'll show us some pics if you do gwendz!!

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    This is so awesome! can't wait to get my hands on a box of cereal and do this

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    Well if it isn't awesome. I...don't have the patience to do that as of right now. Still, really cool...totally respect what you're doing! Especially for making this tutorial! Very nice.

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    This is really cool, thanks for laying out all these directions! I'm definitely going to give this a try, although I think I may be scared to draw in it when I'm done. :|

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    Nice!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Liffey View Post
    This is really cool, thanks for laying out all these directions! I'm definitely going to give this a try, although I think I may be scared to draw in it when I'm done. :|
    Hahah I thought that way too, for this tutorial, I took a sketchbook that I simply felt paralyzed with everytime I turned to a blank page, and turned it into the one seen in the pictures, and when I open this one up, It feels right and I could draw for hours.

    When you make something that's your own, it feels right to put your mark in it
    (I hope this doesn't make me sound like a crazy looney XD )





    Thanks for the comments everyone, if any of you try it and have questions or confused by my directions feel free to drop a PM

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    Oh man, thats super professional compared to the abomination I made last year.

    Had a big pile of cereal boxes collected over my final year at uni and nowhere to store them. ( I like the texture for watercolours, its kinda waxy and unpredictable )

    A hole puncher and some random green wool later...

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    Hahah hey that works too! Oh man, cardboard is awesome to paint on, I've yet to try watercolors on it tho
    Thanks for posting the pic man (makes me wonder what else can be made with stuff piled up from uni....ramen noodle packages...hmmmm) XD

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    Ramen noodle packets..hmmm..

    Glue them together and they could form-

    An 'ironic' fashion statement

    A ghetto umbrella

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    Oh man, there are so many "Ghetto" things that can be made XD

    my fave there is the mouse viking funeral boat LOL!!!

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    oooh big props on this hala, gonna have to try this out, maybe even use some left over wallpaper and add some transparent slides with a white piece of paper underneath and then you got a sketchbook that's never ending as long as you sketch with markers that can be wiped off!

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    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1245456038

    how did you make this cover? i want to do it to on of my sketchbooks

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    Quote Originally Posted by asayisarts View Post
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    how did you make this cover? i want to do it to on of my sketchbooks
    Haha sadly I did not make the fabric, I purchased it--it's a suede fabric and it goes on very nice, the glue doesn't seep through it.

    if you have a walmart near you, some wal-marts have a bin in their fabric department of left over fabric, ranging from 1/2 a yard to 2 yards, for really cheap. I got a yard of that fabric for 50 cents from wal-mart.

    or, you can buy plain fabric, and cut out a stencil and spray paint a pattern on, though this is very tedious ;p

    Sorry I did not make it But I hope this helps anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hala View Post
    Haha sadly I did not make the fabric, I purchased it--it's a suede fabric and it goes on very nice, the glue doesn't seep through it.

    if you have a walmart near you, some wal-marts have a bin in their fabric department of left over fabric, ranging from 1/2 a yard to 2 yards, for really cheap. I got a yard of that fabric for 50 cents from wal-mart.

    or, you can buy plain fabric, and cut out a stencil and spray paint a pattern on, though this is very tedious ;p

    Sorry I did not make it But I hope this helps anyway!
    it's okay thank you i think i could get a bit of a wallpaper from a paint shop to go over the cover, depends how cheap they are..

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    instead of wallpaper, you could probably also use drawer liners, since they are essentially the same thing, but come in smaller sizes and cheaper

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    Many years ago my father used a technique same as this one to make notebooks for me.
    Thanks for sharing

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    thanks Hala
    would any paint be okay to paint onto a sketchbook like this? except it's slightly seethrough, do you know?
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