DIY Sketchbook

I stepped into the waters of DIY yesterday. Usually it doesn’t work to well for me, but this time I was pleasantly surprised.

DIY Yellow SketchbookScience projects never seemed to turn out quite right, as well as the simple a-line skirt pattern I tried… I don’t know how many times. So I tend to be cautious when I try DIY projects.

But when I saw this tutorial by Sea Lemon I wanted to try it.

I recently filled my last sketchbook (yes, almost every page is chock-full, and it surprised me too). Since I needed a new one, but didn’t want to buy one right now, and I decided to use a floppy sketchbook to make me a small book-like one.

One that could hopefully fit my next picture book. I’ve been working on ideas, but writers block has been messing with me and so I hoped that having a small sketchbook that’s like it’s own picutre book could help me.

And – YAY! – this time my DIY worked. DIY Yellow Sketchbook

My version

  • 15 pages from an old sketchbook (like this one)
  • 1 colorful folder (like these, but mine came from Staples.   I cut it to size once I sewed the pieces together)
  • Embroidery floss (I used cobalt blue, and waxed it with beeswax)

For the directions check out the video, because it totally works. Plus, I think I found a favorite new channel.

My book has some rough edges, but I like it and can’t wait to cover the front and inside with sketches — and hopefully work out my next book in it.

Do you have a favorite kind of book to work (draw or write) in?

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Harold Hark – Craft Ideas

I’ve been having a ton of fun scouring Pinterest, for cool ideas that can go with Harold Hark. There are a ton of craft ideas out there, and if you want more just check out the Harold Hark Board.  (I’m thinking of making it collaborative, what do you think?)

Meanwhile… these star projects/crafts look like a ton of fun. Personally I’m a little bit of clumsy when it comes to origami, you could make a little dipper with glow in the dark stars (which would just be so cool!)

My favorite is the beautiful art chipboard from View Along the Way.

Star-projects

1. Christmas Chipboard Art Project  (View Along the Way)  2. Glow in the Dark Starry Sky Paintings (No Time for Flashcards)  3. A Galaxy of Origami Stars (Bloomize)

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