Nature Sketchbook with Prompts and Saddle Stitch Binding
I love my I Spy series even though it is not very popular and even though it is probably a little confusing since it has almost nothing to do with the I Spy car game. It started off as interesting things I saw when driving that I would try and draw from memory. The series has evolved a little to include things I also see while walking and sometimes I include books or other related links. I like seeing extraordinary in the ordinary. I love to day dream.
I also really love all those sketchbooks with drawing prompts. We have a fun Klutz one and a Taro Gomi one called DOODLE ALL YEAR that I love. Then I thought maybe it would be fun to create a sketchbook with prompts to inspire interesting “I Spy” like everyday observations then give it to you and my kids. It gives me a nice feeling to think of others making interesting observations too.
Each page includes a short written prompt and drawing starters or inspiration. I also included instructions for creating a saddle stitch bound booklet without an expensive saddle stapler. I like saddle stitch or staple binding because it is easy and super functional.
To make your own observational sketchbook you will need heavy weight paper for the cover. I used student watercolor paper that I cut to to 8 1/2 by 11 because I like the texture but you could also use card stock. You will also need a printer, craft knife, straight edge, a pushpin, box, and staples.
- Open the following PDF: Nature Sketchbook with Prompts and print the first page using your heavy paper or card stock.
- Then select two-sided printing (flip along short edge) and print pages 2-15 on regular paper.
- Then take the whole stack including the cover, carefully fold in half, and crease the edge.
- Open the stack pack up and put on top of your box. If you want you can use a couple binder clips to hold the stack. Measure two inches in from the bottom at the crease and press the pushpin through the stack.
- Carefully release a couple staples from your stapler and measure where to create second hole for the staple. Now press pushpin through again.
- Then you can insert the staple, flip stack, and press the ends of the staple down with the pushpin.
- Repeat step six for the second staple at the top of booklet.
- Trim the edge of the booklet to make the pages even (this step is optional).
- Now fill it with lots of interesting things!
I hope you like this printable. This booklet might be nice to take on a road trip for when you are not playing the game I Spy!