How to Use Cardboard and Copy Paper to Make the Easiest Sketchbook System Ever

Sketchbooks have many valuable uses in the art room. But, purchasing them can be expensive and hand making them can be time-consuming. Thankfully, the simple answer you need may be right down the hall in your building’s copy machine. If your copier has a “collate and staple” function, fast and easy sketchbooks are only a few clicks away!

After watching the video, download a file you can send to your copy machine to produce the same result!


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Do you require your students to purchase a sketchbook, or do you (or your students) make them?

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1 year ago

Lindsey Moss

Lindsey Moss is an elementary art teacher in Yorkville, Illinois. She enjoys art history and finding creative and artistic solutions to educational challenges.


  • Lauren Petiti

    I actually just learned how to make a 16 page sketchbook using one piece of newsprint paper for my animation class. Sketchbooks are so expensive and with our art budget having to stretch across 3 teachers and 4-5 levels of art, purchasing sketchbooks is just not cost effective. I’d even say purchasing cardboard and using copy paper isn’t necessarily cost effective either. This way, I can get thirty two pages of sketchbook paper for each student and a pad of newsprint is less expensive than a full on sketchbook. Let’s be honest, many students (and teachers) will end up not using the sketchbook and so this way not a lot of money has been spent.