How to create a sketch book

I've got a great little kid-inspired project to share with you today - a sketch book! Flip open the matchbook style cover, and you'll find blank paper ready to be filled with your little artist's creations. (Or keep it on hand for when you get bored at a restaurant - just think: it's a doodle pad, tic-tac-toe board, sanity-saver!) Actually, this will also work for keeping track of just about anything at home!

To make this book, cut a piece of card stock to 4-1/4" x 11". Score your paper at 1", 6"and 6-3/8". Fold and press these score lines to create your cover.

Here's a picture of the inside to help you visualize it better. The one inch flap goes on the bottom and will fold over to secure your sketch paper inside and the front cover. (I used inexpensive copy paper cut to 4" x 4-1/2 for the drawing paper inside.) Tuck the copy paper under the 1" flap, then punch 2 holes with a Crop-a-dile and run a piece of narrow grosgrain to secure.

To add the carrying strap to the top, punch a hole between the 6" and 6-3/8" score lines, 1/2" away from each side. Set an eyelet in each hole then run additional grosgrain through the holes to create your strap. Tie a knot at each end to keep the ribbon from sliding through.

And that's it - the rest is just decorating! I hope you enjoyed this project, and don't forget to check back - I have some more kid-inspired projects in the works!