Lately, when I’ve had an idea for a project, I’ve written it on a piece of notebook or scrap paper, which usually ends up getting misplaced before I’m able to begin the project, or thrown away after I’ve completed it. I came to the conclusion that I desperately needed a sketchbook.
I purchased a hard-cover journal from a bookstore last weekend — one of those generic, inexpensive blank books that usually comes in red, black, blue and green — and I customized it to my taste using fabric that I purchased over a year ago and had been saving for “just the right project.”
First, I carefully ripped out the bound pages from the spine. Next, I cut a piece of fabric about an inch bigger on each side than the journal cover. I sprayed the wrong side of the fabric with adhesive spray and centered the journal cover on the fabric, pressing down the spine, then working my way to the edges.
I folded the edges of the fabric in, making sure the corners were nice and neat. Next, I sprayed the spine of the bound pages and the outside of the first and last sheet of paper, and pressed the spine of the bound pages into the cover’s spine. Then I adhered the first page to the front cover and the last page to the back cover to hide the rough edges.
I closed the book and placed it under several heavy books for about an hour to make sure the glue set, and I now have a completely original and custom sketchbook for all my craft ideas, magazine inspiration clippings and sketches. I’m excited to use it!