Make this cute sketchbook!

Hi friends! There is something soothing about making a book. I don’t know why, I just like it. I love little notebooks and watercolor sketchbooks. This book takes 3 sheets of 12″x18″ pieces of watercolor paper.

Watch the video to see how!

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  • Watercolor or drawing paper, you can use any size but mine was 12″x18″ and made a 4″x4 1/2″ sketchbook.
  • Thin, sturdy cardboard for cover and spine (I use matboard scraps but you can also use the back of an old paper pad)
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal edge ruler
  • In the sketchbook for art media I used:
  • Vivia Color sheet book (watercolors)
  • Waterbrush (mini)
  • Headband for elastic closure (dollar store)
  • For decoration, I used the supplies in the March 2020 Smart Art Box Stencil Textile paint Fabric Paintbrushes

Here is the folding diagram. The black lines represent folding and then cut on the red lines. You can use any size paper you like, just remember you are folding one side in quarters and the other in thirds. You can use as many sheets of paper as you like, each sheet you add will give you 12 pages on the front side and 8 on the back side if you are making a dual sided book like I did. Just make sure the spine of your book can accommodate the thickness of the pages.

I hope you enjoyed this fun project and maybe you will make these with your kids. Making the book is a fun activity and using it will lead to more fun activities and that is just what we need right now. Take care of yourself and each other than til next time happy crafting!

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