Making a Simple Sketchbook

Featured image copyright Sara Thomas, featuring Barry Neeson

Here’s a tutorial to make a quick & easy sketchbook.

Things you’ll need:

  • 10 sheets of A4 paper
  • 1 sheet of A4 card
  • Thumbtack or paperclip
  • Scissors


  • Neatly assemble your 10 sheets of A4 paper on top of the sheet of cardboard, and then carefully fold in half to create an A5 size.
  • Cut along the fold.
  • Using a pen or pencil mark a dot roughly an inch in from the short edge, and roughly the same from the long edge, at both sides.
  • Using a thumbtack (or something similar) carefully press through the dots marked to make a hole. NOTE: if you have two thumbtacks, leave them stuck through the paper until the next step – it makes things a bit easier!
  • Straighten out the paper clips and feed them through the holes until they are half way through.
  • Bend both ends out over the edge of the paper, and twist them together. Bend the excess back onto your card to keep it out of the way.
  • Ta-da! You now have a simple sketchbook. Why not decorate the cover as your first project?

Watch the step by step instruction video (YouTube)

Watch the step by step instruction video (Wikimedia Commons)

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