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Make Your Own Sketchbook or Memory Book for the Road

Updated on May 23, 2010

Just Fold and Staple

Just fold your cardstock in half
Just fold your cardstock in half
Just fold your cardstock in half
Just fold your cardstock in half
Put in a couple of staples in the fold with your stapler or staple gun
Put in a couple of staples in the fold with your stapler or staple gun
Ready for a day of sketching or even make your own book!
Ready for a day of sketching or even make your own book!

Many uses for one little book!

This idea came to me last night while I was trying to go to sleep, and it was the first thing I did when I got up!

I was thinking about a small sketchbook I had seen at the store and wishing I had bought it, when I realized I could make one of my own. It's so easy it's not even funny! This little book can be used for several different things, not just a sketchbook. You can also use it for:

A small watercolor book for painting outside or "en plein air"

Use Prismacolor or any colored markers or pencils and sketch

A traveling blank canvas for coloring and doodles for children when traveling and on the road.


Make a multi-page, handmade card for someone special's birthday or anniversary (I made my husband one for no particular reason using wedding photos and sayings and poems I wrote myself along with watercolors and markers!)

A small book for notes when traveling, such as a list of what to take for the trip, pack a gluestick and you can add photos and mementos of the trip such as postcards and tickets to shows and events.

Make it into a memory book of sketches and postcards of your vacation trip while on the road! You can work on it in the evenings when you are winding down from the day. This is a great idea for the kids to help them settle down for the evening. All they need are a small kit of markers, gluesticks and non-pointed scissors. Put it all into a small backpack for the trip, and they can use this to unwind from the busy day.

A to-do book for a couple of weeks or a month, without having to buy more expensive planners that can be bulky, and these can be easily discarded when you are through with them

A wedding or event planner, if you don't want a bulky planner notebook. You can even glue in swatches of fabric and ribbon for comparisons while in town buying things for the event!




I'm sure you can find many more uses for one of these little books. The really good thing is you can put in as many pages as you want (as long as it will fold!). All you need is some cardstock (here I used 7 pieces, folded in half), and a couple of staples from the staplegun, in the fold of the papers. The cardstock holds up better than regular paper.

Take it along on your next trip around town or your next vacation day trip, and see how many uses you and the kids can find for it and you may be surprised!

All you need is cardstock (here I used the 110 lb. paper) and a staplegun. You can even make it in other colors besides white.

Next time you are traveling, put these it a small travel kit along with the scissors and glue sticks for the kids. Add a small set of markers (washable if you wish), and they are set for traveling and recording the events of the journey!

Compare the price of bulky sketchbooks.

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      Laura Thykeson 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Eileen Hughes:

      LOL!!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      thanks for the ideas, we are good travellers in a caravan and it would keep us out of mischief other than being on the computer writing for hubpages

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      Laura Thykeson 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Excellent additional ideas, Simple Tim! Thanks for the input! Laura T.

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      Simple Tim 7 years ago

      Laura this is ne of the most wonderful crafts ne could make for themselves o as a gift.I started doing this while at college since I used to sketch alot.I used to use papers iwth difrent textures and gradients to create different drawing effects. Its alos a great idea for a gift.YOu can get creative with teh way in which you bind the paper together for example with fabric or string.I once used wire though it requires a good strong pliers for bending!

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      Laura Thykeson 7 years ago from Central Texas

      agvulpes:

      Thank you so much for the comment and becoming my fan!

      Laura T.

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      Laura what a great idea you have come up with. I can make one of these to fit into my drawing box for sketching when my wife and I go on our holiday. Thanks this is 'useful' and thumbsup hub:-)

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      Laura Thykeson 7 years ago from Central Texas

      zunaira amjad:

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura T.

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      zunaira amjad 7 years ago from pakistan

      i love painting....... n thts very useful idea

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      Laura Thykeson 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Hello, hello-

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That is a wonderful suggestion, thank you.

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      Laura Thykeson 7 years ago from Central Texas

      tonymac04:

      Thanks for reading!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      What a splendid idea! I will definitely make one.

      Thanks for sharing your night time thoughts!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Laura Thykeson 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Sandyspider:

      Thanks! I couldn't sleep for thinking about sharing this on Hubpages...I get so obsessed, lol!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      What a great idea!