I have been intrigued by the art journal lately. I have heard it is a great way to have a conversation with your self. I have even done a page in my sketchbook. But I have thought about buying a new book, just for art journaling. Then I remembered that I have a sketchbook from college that I hadn’t filled up yet. I thought about using it, even though it did have some sketches in it already. But honestly, I didn’t like it very much. It did not lay flat and was hard to use because of that. So I decided to take it apart and build a new one. It was rather very easy, and not something I would normally do. I like stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying new things, I just have to force myself to do it.
Here’s a look at cover. I have cut the cover off with a box cutter.
Then I had to get the glue binding it together off. It was a little messy but fairly easy.
I then cut the thread holding the book block together. After that, I trimmed off the area where the holes had been making sure they were all about the same width.
I re-purposed the covers as well. Since this book had a thick black textured paper over it, I tore the corners of it off. The rest of it was too difficult to get off, so I left it on. I didn’t want to have big bulky corners though. I then smeared Mod Podge over the front of the cover and covered it with scrapbook paper cut down to size.
Then I added a peace of paper to cover the edges of the cover and to cover where I had tried to peal off the original cover.
The cover is almost ready! Just have to wait for it to dry.
After the glue had dried, I placed the cover into my Zutter Bind It all, to punch the holes in it for binding. I love this little machine!
I still haven’t gotten the hang of the Bind it All yet. Also, these covers where thick and it was really difficult to punch. I recommend a thinner chipboard.
Next it was time to prepare the pages of the art journal. I used binder clips to help hold them together, keep them alined, and to help me hold them as I pressed down on the handle. Highly recommend doing this!
It’s almost ready to use! Now for the binding.
I cut some pretty paper to use as the first and last pages, just because.
That wasn’t so hard! It took an hour or so, plus glue drying time.
And now my art journal is ready to use!
How have you re-purposed an old sketchbook? We’d love to hear about! I love new ideas.