Loteria Sketchbook Journal

I have a weird thing about brand new sketchbooks or journals – I get a shiny new one and I’m afraid I’ll mess it up. It then sits in my studio collecting dust until I feel guilty. That’s why I’ve decided to make my own sketchbook! Why not make your own too?
Materials needed: something for the cover – I used Mexican loteria cards, decorative paper for the inside covers – optional, drawing paper for the inside pages, an exacto knife, ruler, glue and a sewing machine.
First trim the cover to your desired size, if you are using decorative paper for the inside trim it to the same size and glue the two together. Trim your inside pages so they are about 1/8 of an inch smaller than the cover. I wanted a simple sketchbook that wasn’t intimidating so I only used four pieces of paper which gives me 16 pages.
Center and stack the pages on top of the cover; then clamp, paperclip or tape it all together; measure down the middle and draw a line.
Set your thread tension so it’s very light, then carefully sew down the line your drew. Don’t break your needle! This sketchbook was very light so there were no issues.
Fold that baby in half and sketch, paint or write with reckless abandon!

Quick Tip – Use Packing Tape for Cutting Felt Shapes

When I was first working with felt I had a heck of a time trying to get the shapes I wanted cut out precisely. I used cardboard cutouts and my trusty rotary cutter for straight lines, but anything else was a pain in the you know what. I tried everything including straight pins and disappearing ink (that didn’t disappear) fabric pens to no avail. Luckily I found this handy tutorial over on Wee Folk Art! All you need is some wide packing tape!

Cut out your paper pattern leaving a little bit of space around the cut line and tape around all the edges on top of your piece of felt.

Cut out your shape along the pattern line and admire your perfectly cut felt!

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