I recently started making my own sketchbooks and have filled up half a dozen of them. Most are made from watercolour paper (sometimes from cardstock or regular paper), folded into two and then stitched. It’s a perfect size to carry in a handbag.
I don’t like them thicker as it becomes difficult to stitch them – they contain on average just 26-32 pages.
Sometimes I make a fancy cover, by covering it with scrapbooking paper, sometimes I paint them, sometimes I uses cereal boxes for covers, sometimes not. Check out this, this, these videos or take a class on Creative Bug to learn how to make your own.
Here are some covers:
I have started making my own because they are cheaper and I am not afraid to ‘ruin’ them with my ‘bad’ idea drawings, sketches, paintings or doodles. These cost less than 50p to make and if there is something I like which is worth sharing/preserving I can always scan and scale it. A nice fancy leatherbound sketchbook can be intimidating. I am still hoarding a few from Paperchase because I don’t want to ‘spoil’ them with not-so-good ideas. This can be restrictive, and prevents me to to play as I tend to think and plan before going in with the drawing – not good.
I know well that I need to make tonnes of mistakes, experiment, quick, be messy and keep making as the ideas come and not filter them.
As these are easier to carry and cheap to make, I have one in my purse, one on my desk, one on my side table and I can even custom make one to carry in an envelope in my planner…you get the idea.
I will hear a quote (on a podcast or audiobook) and I will hand letter it, see an interesting pattern I will put it in my sketchbook. Sometimes I complete a drawing/patern/sketch sometimes I don’t and it doesn’t matter because the idea is to try…
Here are some recent inside pages:
I am aiming to keep these or atleast have a digital copy of these. It would be interesting to look back and draw up ideas from looking at them. If you would like to follow, I share some of my creations on instagram