I have an obsession with notebooks and sketchbooks.
Every time I go to a craft store and see a pretty sketchbook, I buy it. Do you know how often I’m in a craft store? I’m not even going to tell you… It’s better for both of us.
Needless to say, I have a lot of sketchbooks. I know I’ll use them, so I don’t mind my collection. But I will only carry them around if they’re small. So, once in a while I’ll make a mini version out of them so that I can keep them in my purse.
This works best if you have a spiral ring sketchbook. I prefer the Strathmore books, but you can use whatever you like. I like to wait until the pages are almost used up and tear out the last chunk to make a new, smaller version. The quality of the pages are great.
Mini sketchbook supplies
- Cutting mat
- Exacto knife
- Stapler or thread and needle
- Heavy stock Scrapbook paper
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Step 1: cut the paper to size
Cut your paper out of the larger sketchbook and size it appropriately for your mini version. Make it whatever size you want.
I usually just cut the edges off.
Step 2: section the pages and fold in half
Separate the pages into even sections and fold them in half like in the images above.
Step 3: create the sketchbook cover
Measure the size of your soon-to-be-sketchbook and cut a piece of thick scrapbook paper to fit those measurements.
Fold it down the center and place one of your folded sketchbook paper sections inside of it.
Step 4: Bound the sketchbook pages and cover
Using thread and a needle or a stapler, connect the cover to the pages.
I used thread and sewed the whole way up the spine of the book.
Tip: if you use large stitches, you can cover more ground faster.
When you’re finished, you’ll have some cute mini sketchbooks to carry around with you for when ideas strike (or when you’re bored).
You can use the scrapbook paper cover or even use some cardboard from old cereal boxes and draw on them. Personalizing your sketchbook is always fun!
I’d love to get your thoughts. Leave them in the comments below!
Hope you guys enjoyed this one!! Happy crafting!
8 thoughts on “DIY Mini Sketchbook”
I love this DIY post! Your blog is so lovely as well.
Thank you sooooo much, Emory! That’s very sweet of you 😄 I’m heading over to check yours out right now!
I have the same problem with notebooks. I went crazy at the cute stationery stores in China and bought these gorgeous hardback, gold-dipped notebooks where every single page was a different design and color. I take them out from time to time just to stare at how pretty they are ;).
Ohhh those sound beautiful! I would do the same thing. 😄
Great DIY sketchbook. Thank you for the awesome tutorial.
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Absolutely! So glad you like it. Hope you get a chance to use it too!
This is so awesome, I’m definitely going to be trying this one out. The great thing is that those kinds of notebooks (spiral-less just sewn together) are the best, especially for lefties like me!
Oh, yeah, I could see how the spiral notebooks could get annoying for you. Definitely give this a shot. The sewn sketchbooks are my favorite as well. 🙂 Let me know how this works for you! I’d love to see pictures if you make them.