Tutorial: Simple Sketchbook Journal Cover

How to personalize a sketchbook or journal cover with recycled artwork or cardboard.I always keep a sketchbook by my side to jot down ideas, draft patterns and outline my blog posts. I am typically working on dozens of projects every week, so this little journal is one of the ways I keep my thoughts and processes organized.

When one sketchbook gets filled, I move on to the next.

Being an artsy-craftsy person, I really enjoy pretty things, so when I recently purchased my newest sketchbook I decided to personalize the cover and brighten it up a bit.

I used an old watercolor painting from my stash that's pretty, but not quite frame-worthy. You could just as easily use a piece of your child's artwork, a scrap of colorful cardstock, an old book cover, a piece of recycled cardboard or anything that is on a piece of heavyweight paper or lightweight chipboard.

Materials

Directions

As I said before, I used a watercolor design that I painted on a heavy watercolor paper, but you can be creative with your cover material. Just about anything is better than the original cover.
Open the sketchpad to the back cover.
You should be able to gently separate the wire binding and slide off both the back and front covers.
Remember how the covers are placed so you can slide them back on to the wire binding later.
Measure the original front cover and trim your new cover to the same size.
Looks good so far.
Turn your new cover face down and use the old cover as a template so you can lightly trace the binding holes with a pencil.
Next, it's time to punch the holes in your new cover.
Carefully use a paper punch to make holes in all the spaces you traced then erase any remaining pencil marks.
Position the new front cover and the original back cover and slide them back onto the binding wires. Gently push the binding wires closed.
The new sketchbook cover is definitely an improvement.

I think the heart shaped holes match the hearts in my artwork nicely. It's just a little detail, round holes would have been just as functional, but the heart shapes make me happy.

How to personalize a sketchbook or journal cover with recycled artwork or cardboard.

And now I'm ready to start sketching and writing all my design notes in my pretty new notebook.

How to personalize a sketchbook or journal cover with recycled artwork or cardboard.

How will you re-cover your sketchbook or journal?

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