Sketchbooks/Journals by Me

I just finished the last of my crafts for the upcoming show this Saturday. I wanted to share my sketchbook/journals before they sell like hot-cakes (…thatโ€™s me practicing positive thinking.)

If you know me personally, you know that I keep a sketchbook with me at all times. Iโ€™ve been known to break out into a freakish, spontaneous doodling spasm at the very thought of something creative. So imagine how excited I was when I found a case of blank 4″ x 6″ books at the recycle area of or landfill! There were over 60 of these puppies left in the box!

I designed different covers, using vintage artwork from my collection of antique catalogs, books and ephemera. Some I designed with clip art. All have my little truck logo on them somewhere, at times hidden in the artwork. I printed all the covers onto large Avery-type label stock, trimmed to size and covered the outsides and inside flaps as well with coordinating graphic panels. Each book has a ribbon or string bound-in bookmark.

From designing to covering took an incredible amount of time, which I broke up into steps and worked on here and there over several months. If I had to do the math using my going rate, these books should sell for $125 each. But Iโ€™m pricing them at $15 each and crossing my fingers.

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27 Responses to Sketchbooks/Journals by Me

  1. #1 - Laura says:

    what amazing luck you have!

    these are lovely!

  2. #2 - Lisa Jo Perdue says:

    Oooooohhhh, these are such lovely pieces of eye candy!!! What I would do to be able to be at the show and snatch one up!! (make ’em 20 bucks at least!)

  3. #3 - T.Allen-Mercado says:

    I agree with $20. Can your ever faithful blog readers get first dibs on any remaining? Not that I don’t want you to have amazing success and sell them all, but y’know maybe one won’t sell! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. #4 - Jennifer says:

    You have so much patience! They turned out wonderfully. I think I would end up cursing mis-aligned and wrinkled adhesive.

  5. #5 - Pfeiffer Photos says:

    These are fantastic and what a find–woohoo!

  6. #6 - Whisker Graphics says:

    These are FANTASTIC!! I’m hoping to come to the show, say “hi” and do a little shopping. I’m hoping there will be one of these cuties left for me (that’s me practicing positive thinking on your behalf). ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. #7 - Nancy says:

    Did you do the spines the same way – with label stuff? Very cool. You have a wonderful eye for designing them. They will all sell…fer shure. I wish I lived somewhere close.

  8. #8 - christy says:

    Your books are beautiful! I’m so jealous of you finding a whole box of blank books! What a happy day that must have been.

  9. #9 - SouthernAccent says:

    Those are great. I really love your design style, the vintage look is wonderful. Here’s hoping they all sell for you!!!

  10. #10 - trafalgarssquare says:

    what beautiful sketchbooks, lovely work!

  11. #11 - JustAnotherDay says:

    oh wow. that is an amazing score. dont forget to hoard a few for yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. #12 - orchard_girl says:

    Wish I could swing by for 2 or 3. 2 for me and 1 for my sweet sister in law. I think too think you should charge $20.

  13. #13 - Sam says:

    Wow! These little books are so cute and super collectible! I’ll have to keep them in mind!

  14. #14 - Erinne says:

    One can never have enough journals, sketchbooks, and notepads on hand – readily available for those “moments”. Oh, and of course, a fine-tip black pen too! Right now I have three sketchbooks sharing couch space with me. To me, they are like a security blanket or my own children; I never leave home without one of them. I, too, love your find. You did an wonderful job elevating them to something special. Good luck to you.

  15. #15 - High Desert Diva says:

    What a score!

    I found an entire box of fabulous hinged-lidded jars at the recycle center a few years ago…everyone got homemade granola in a cool jar that year for Christmas…

    The sketchbooks are fantastic. Even if you are only making ten cents an hour…

  16. #16 - Oh2122 says:

    Oh my goodness, they’re great!

    I have a HUGE blank book and notebook adiction.

  17. #17 - Halo Hill says:

    OH MY GOSH! I found your blog from Tristan’s. Oh my gosh, you ROCK! You are sooooo talented and I love your blog!


  18. #18 - ~ tracychong ~ says:

    Very cool! Love how you display them in the last pic too. Almost seems like a collection of vintage books.

  19. #19 - Becca says:

    These are so wonderful! I saw your post on Etsy about doing a craft fair this weekend and just wanted to pop in and say that these are going to sell like hotcakes!

  20. #20 - Heather Carson says:

    Ohh! How pretty! How about a few in your etsy store? Is that up and running yet?

  21. #21 - Jennifer (mom of four) says:

    They look great!

  22. #22 - Miss B. says:

    Yes, I’d love to buy one as well! Let us know what is left over (not that I am hoping for anything less than SOLD out)

  23. #23 - MizSmoochieLips says:

    Holy cown, those are amaaaazing!

  24. #24 - Annie Pazoo says:

    Cathe – these look incredible! Love them.

  25. #25 - Halo Hill says:

    Awesome Cathe, I adore your sketch books, do you sell them on Etsy? You know I love them! Did I miss your link for them?

  26. #26 - Amy from Texas says:

    Oh, those are awesome! Did you use spray adhesive? If you have any left I’ll buy one for sure!!

  27. #27 - cally says:

    Oh my goodness! I want one!