I wanted to Create something that I could use & then one day pass down. It all started w/a $1 Hardbound book from the $1 store. I had seen Jeane Oliver rip out the pages of a book to then use the binding for a Mixed Media Journal. One of my fav things to do is to re-purpose not just physical objects, but ideas! I have learned in the art world online, at least with the Mixed Media Circle I have found myself in, it’s ok to learn something new and then incorporate it into something you can do.
Finished my ‘on the go’ sketchbook case. I’m so excited you guys! It holds my sketchbook, my Marks All Pencils & paint brushes. For sketching & light water color. I had soooooo much fun doing this. I ripped out the pages of a thick hard bound $1 store book. Below I will go through the inside & process. #create I can’t express how centered it brings me to get my hands in art again. Love. …Created at: The The Nash Pad
What happens when you open the Book! I will break down, what I did, but I’ll tell you now, it is super frugal!
Close up of the inside behind the sketchbook. These Yarn strips hold the sketch book in place. Then the entire Book Holder also ties closed on the side. No escaping for any of the contents.
Close up of Beads that hold the thick yarn and also the binder.
The Back of the book. I wanted the year that I started it on there.
Started w/a $1 book from Dollar Tree. Made sure it was thick enough for my sketch book AND for my Pencils/Brushes. Very Very important. It was also small enough that I like to carry it around & in my purse. You could always go thinner if you use Mole Skins. I ripped all the pages out completely.
After all the pages are gone, do a quick check to make sure your sketch book does indeed fit well and enough room in thickness for the pencils.
You will have to replace the binding of the book as you want it sturdy, sturdy! For my book, it worked perfect for a Lowes Paint Stirring STick!! I Hot Glued it in place. All the while make sure your book is opening and closing fine. I would not suggest Cardboard here. You want it to last, a long, long time. Even if you have to go get a piece cut, it will be worth it. You can even cut these paint stir sticks with scissors!
The first step I did at this point was modpodge my paper down that I wanted for the binder. I decided to let it overlap so it flowed nicer. The entire time I worked it into the creases realllllllllly well and kept opening and closing the book so it would stay in really nice shape.
Fun! STart laying down your layers of paper over your cover. I layed the book wide open and did the back and front at the same time. Then I dried and flipped it to lay down the inside papers.
I bought a black LONG pencil, brush case for $4 at Michaels. Seriously it was long enough to make 2 more books. I knew there was no way I wanted it black so I painted it blue. I cut it very careful to size and not to cut through any seams as to waste a pencil spot! I then hot glued it in the book. I also used a think long paintbrush handle to stick in each slot and kinda wiggled it around to un stiffen the slots from the paint.
I Love It!
It makes me happy to unwrap it on the go. I brought it back to Orlando with me as I stay with my parents the next 3-4 months.
This is good.
Be Bold, Be Strong, Be You! ~ Noelle