The last 2 weeks have been quite busy, but finally I have written below the instructions on how to make a sketchbook like the one shown above. My Years 5 & 6 students have been making their own books about the Impressionist painters. Apart from writing up info about that painting era, the children are creating their own works of art in an Impressionist style to stick in their books.
You will need the following materials:-
Card for the cover 54.9cms x 15cms
Paper for the pages 52.8cms x 15cms (cut 5 of these at this size)
Craft knife (scissors for children)
Ruler, pencil and sticky tape
hole-punch and luggage labels (optional)
The cover is divided into sections, measure 13.2cms in from the left hand side edge and mark a line with a pencil. Now measure from that line 13.5cms and mark with a line.
Do the same for the right hand side, measuring 13.2cms in from the edge, marking with a pencil. From that line measure 13.5cms, mark that position with a pencil.
You should be left with a 1.5cms gap – this is the spine of the book. Score these 4 lines using the blunt side of the craft knife and a ruler ( kids must ask for adult help with this bit). Fold the card at these lines towards the spine, smoothing the edges flat.
Now for the pages – fold in half your paper and crease the fold nice and flat. Next, take the top paper’s edge and fold it back to that first crease you made and flatten the fold. Flip your paper over and fold back the other edge and crease it back to the first fold. Your page should look like a ‘M’.
Once all your pages are creased, stick them together by butting up the edges carefully and using sticky tape on the wrong side to stick all the pages in one long continuous strip. They should end up looking like a concertina.
To stick the pages to the cover, fold out the ‘inside’ front cover and butt this edge to the first page edge and use sticky tape to join the two edges together. Do the same for the back ‘inside’ cover and last page. Remember to ‘butt’ all edges together when sticking because it won’t work if you stick the edges of the paper on top of each other.
Fold your pages into your book cover and get going on the real creative stuff.