Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New way to make sketchbooks

Ever make a 500 page sketchbook? I made one in 5 minutes today! (actually, I made like, 6). Easy! I took a ream of paper, partially opened it, clamped down near the end using some chunks of 2 x4 and some clamps. Then I covered the end with hot glue, and used a Popsicle stick to smear , and smooth it out. Making sure I had full coverage to the ends, I unclamped the paper and voila! Students will get their smaller, 30 page sketchbook paper pad by ripping out their chunk and passing the remainder to a neighbor. Super sweet! By the way, did this while waiting for our open house... Look how many people we had outside waiting!

Also, the sketchbook covers have never been better. This year: wallpaper. It's vinyl, cloth and prepasted. All you do is add water, lay down the covers, wrap around, glue down some end sheets and dry. Hot glue the 30 page pad after its dry! Super!

4 comments:

  1. Dude, you are seriously inventive! I must go buy some clamps! I wondered how I was going to afford sketchbooks for 250 students. Thanks!

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  2. for 170 students, 30 pages each, I needed like 5100 sheets, which is 11 reams!!! I get them from the office for free! no tapping into my art supplies there! Just the boards for covers and glue...

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  3. Wow, love this project and your whole blog!! can you say more about the covers- is that a pre-made folder that you attached the wallpaper to?

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  4. the covers that year were made with donated walpaper. I cut posterboard to size as the backer, then using watered down white glue, students brushed on the glue (like wallpaper) and wrapped it around the core. Finished with regular paper as an endsheet. Let them dry then hot glue the "text block" into the core. May have to measure and fold a spine before you use the white glue.

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