DIY SKETCHBOOKS – No Stitching & No Stapler

DIY SKETCHBOOKS – No Stitching & No Stapler

*twinkling* Hey everyone! So in today’s video I’m going to show you how you can make your own custom sketchbooks using a couple different methods and neither of these methods involve any stitching or using a stapler First I just wanted to say that this video is sponsored by Skillshare which is a website that has a whole bunch of videos for you to learn various skills it’s just tutorials so it’s really easy to find what you’re looking for without having to sift through a bunch of unrelated videos and you can learn all kinds of subjects related to design, painting, illustration, photography a whole bunch of really cool creative topics they have over 13,000 classes so you can sign up to watch some of these classes or you can actually sign up to be a teacher and make you own videos for Skillshare. and earn some money It costs about ten dollars a month depending on which plan you go for and if you use the link in the video description you can actually get 3 months for only 99 cents Thank you so much Skillshare for reaching out and now I will show you guys what I learned using their video tutorials so far So this first method is saddle-stitching but without a stapler so here I’m just taking some drawing paper from a sketchbook and I know you might be thinking it’s weird to just use sketchbook paper to make a different sketch book but I have so many sketchbooks that have been gifted to me and so I decided why not use this paper is right here and it’d be pretty good paper for a sketchbook because it is sketchbook paper *chuckle* so here I’m just folding it in half carefully so that it’s very even and I’m using a bone folder to smooth down the edges you could just use your finger or some other hard object like sometimes I use the side of scissors like the handle of scissors to smooth things down you can use a butter knife pretty much anything and just fold all your sheets of paper in half then you’re going to take each little booklet and stick them inside each other to form a book and I use 10 sheets which gives me 20 sheets once it’s all folded in half and you can even use a few more sheets if you want next it’s time to make a cover for your book and you could print off your own art and use something like that for a cover or you could do what I’m doing and use some scrapbook paper and since my sketchbook paper was 9 by 12 and scrapbook paper is 12 by 12 the one length actually ends up being perfect and then I just have to trim some of the excess off the top here I’m just trimming down the paper so that it’s 9 inches tall to match the size of the interior of the book you’ll notice that when I put the pieces of paper inside the cover the cover looks like it’s too short and that’s just because when you fold a bunch of pieces of paper the innermost pieces stick out and that’s called page creep and so we’re actually going to have to trim off the edges so that all the papers stick out the same amount next we’re going to be putting in two staples without a stapler so I’m using my ruler to measure where I want the staples to go and I actually measured wrong on the one side it’s too close to the edge of the book but I fixed it later and the staples are about 1.25 centimeters in width so that’s where I made my lines and then I use a little pin to poke holes in the books which is actually pretty easy to do then I just took the staple and stuck it in the back of the book you flip it over and then you just have to fold down the little arms of the staple and I just use the back of my knife to push them down and I’m just pushing down again with my bone folder to make sure the book lays extra flat and now it’s time to cut off the excess pieces of paper I just laid my ruler down on the edge of the book and use my knife to cut through one or two layers of paper at a time for some reason I always thought trimming a book like this would be kind of hard you know I thought it wouldn’t turn out nicely but as i saw on the Skillshare but it’s pretty easy as long as you’re using the ruler and not pressing too hard and like I said just cutting through one or two sheets at a time it’s actually really easy to get a nice flat edge and then as you can see all the pieces are the same length yay how pretty and I decided I want to take this one step further and round the corners of my book so I have this little paper punch that rounds corners for me it’s not the nicest one that sometimes leaves a bit of a jagged edge but I kind of want to buy a nicer one but it still did the trick and so I went through and hole punch two or three pages at a time till I was through the entire book and I did that on the top corner as well there you have it a saddle stitched sketchbook without the use of a long arm stapler because let’s be honest who has a long arm stapler in their house not many people before we move on to the second method I just wanted to let you know that the tutorials I followed on Skillshare were the ones by caleb sylvest he has a handful of classes related to book binding and that is how I learned everything here like not using a stapler to staple I never would have thought of that so I learned quite a few interesting tips from his courses now moving on to method number two which is going to be a perfect bound book which is a glued spine I’m taking the same nine by twelve paper I used in the first part but I’m marking half way down the paper and cutting all the pages in half instead of folding them and I’m using my knife and ruler if you have a guillotine cutter that will save you some time I do have one but I just wanted to show you the knife method for this specific book again not too much pressure just go one or two pages at a time and slowly work your way through the stack the amount of pages you use is totally up to you and I just combined the two stacks together make sure they’re all nice and flush and then I clamped it down just to hold them together I squish the paper between some heavy books and I’m using this glue to glue the spine you want something that is neutral pH not acidic otherwise it’s going to eventually discolor and whatnot you always want acid-free when you’re dealing with paper stuff and you also want a glue that dries very flexible ideally you use a PVC glue but not all PVC glues dry super flexible this one specifically stated it was for book binding so that’s what I use and I use three coats of glue waiting for the glue to dry in between coats actually I did 4 the tutorial says three but I used four coats of glue while the glue is drying I decided to make my end sheets which are part of the interior of the book so I’m folding it in half with a pattern side inwards and pressing down to make it nice and flat my glued pages are now dry and this is what it looks like and I’m going to take some glue and glue the end sheets onto this book you could also use double-sided tape if you wanted to but I decided to use glue for mine just a warning if you do decide to use glue the way I’m doing it is it dries really fast so you really have to work fast otherwise your corners won’t stick down make sure your glue comes right to every edge and to every corner now it’s time for the cover I took some chipboard cut it to be nine by six inches and I have some more scrapbook paper also cut to nine by six inches and i’m gluing the paper down on to the chipboard I didn’t even realize you can make a cover like this by using two completely separate pieces for the cover so without the Skillshare video I never would have known that I could do it this way I would have tried wrapping one piece all the way around the book next it’s time to take the cover pieces and glue them on to the end sheet so I will apply the glue directly to the chipboard side and then sticking it down on to my book another tip I picked up from the Skillshare video is at this stage you should flatten your book underneath some heavy books so it dries flat otherwise the pieces of the cover might curl up on you at the edges next step is to do the spine so we’re going to take some tape here this tape is actually not that sticky I bought two kinds of decorative tape the pink one was quite sticky the gold one not really sticky enough so I don’t really recommend this stuff but get some tape and tape it on to the spine of the book in the tutorial I watched they actually put the tape on when they’re at the bookend stage before applying the cover but I thought it would look nicer if I put the tape over top of the cover alright so here is the finished perfect bound book it does lay nice and flat which is pretty good for sketching and this one doesn’t have the edges of the cover folded over so this edge is a bit rough but I’ll show you another one I made I actually have a whole stack here you already saw this one at the beginning of the video but here are a few others that I made this is the one that is perfect bound with the cover wrapping around because this is actually different paper this is my cardstock instead of just sketchbook paper and this paper just is a bit smaller so this piece of scrapbook paper was big enough to fold over if I had trimmed my other one down a little bit I could have folded the paper over as well so you can see this edge looks a lot nicer because the cover is entirely wrapped in paper so yeah this one feels really really nice I definitely recommend you do it this way but yeah got marker paper in it then I have another saddle stitch book that is just different dimensions it’s a little bit more square it’s a 6 by 7 book and yeah this one just has the regular sketchbook paper in it again then this one I made with watercolor paper and this one is actually a wider one it opens up this way and it has watercolor paper inside again lays really really flat which is good for your watercolor illustrations and ya this is fun this one doesn’t have a back cover it’s just like this whereas the other one all do have a back to it I love when there’s the interior sheets though that looks so pretty just look at that it feels so fancy and it’s fun because it’s homemade oh yeah these were super fun to make I definitely recommend you give it a try and they don’t only have to be sketchbooks you could put lined paper in there to make it a notebook you could put that dotted paper to make a bullet journal you could print off some of your art and turn it into an art book whatever you want and now that I’m finished with these I’m tempted to make more but I want to check out some other tutorials on Skillshare there are some about hand lettering drawing patterns and watercolor techniques that seriously interest me so I have those saved to watch later because I’m really interested in that especially hand lettering because I suck at that so I’m excited to learn some new skills so yeah that is it for this video if you’re interested in joining Skillshare for 3 months for only 99 cents the link is below thanks for watching and I’ll see you guys in my next video

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  1. For those of you confused about the "no stapler" thing:
    You would need a long arm stapler for the first method, but most people only have regular staplers, which are a common household item. That's why I assumed people would have staples at home, even though you don't need the stapler itself for this technique.

  2. No one:
    Me: uses top of shoe box to make cover

    No literally. I am using the top of a shoe box for my cover
    edit: and then I realized

  3. Hi I’m ash and I’m a broke artist and I would love if you could give me a few sketchbooks please I’m 15 and Family really doesn’t have a lot of money

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