While we were discussing the importance of doodling within lecture the past week, I realized that while I have a full-size notebook in my backpack dedicated to this course, I may want another smaller sketchpad that I can carry in my pocket for whenever inspiration strikes me. In the context of upcycling, creating pages for this notebook could be achieved with careful folding of my accumulated, weekly grocery receipts. All receipts must be blank-backed in order to function as blank pages for this sketchpad, once folded properly. I intend to fold either a piece of glossy Canon photo paper (4 X 6) or the photo paper package’s cardboard backing to serve as the front and back cover of the sketchpad. The photo paper package was included with a printer that I was gifted a few years ago. An image of the freely available materials is included below.
While this project is intentionally small scale, I will spruce up the aesthetics of the sketchpad. I like the fluid, curved lines within the website tab image for this aesdes site, and wish to incorporate similar designs on the cover of the sketchpad, likely with black Sharpie or another pen that shows well on the photo paper or cardboard cover. Within lecture today I brainstormed concept designs for the sketchpad’s cover when we were instructed to doodle five thumbnail images. These designs can be seen below.
Finally, while I anticipate the actual fabrication process for this sketchpad to be relatively straightforward, I will be constantly thinking during the next two weeks of any possible additions to make the sketchpad more sturdy and add functionality. One such addition I will definitely incorporate is a makeshift strap or clasp to hold the cover closed, as is found on a lot of leather-bound notebooks and journals. The challenge for this proposed addition will be in free material sourcing and permanently fastening the strap to the back sketchpad cover, in order to create something similar to the strap shown below.
 “ACADEMY A6-P Leather Plain Journal with Strap and Keeper”. Arkademie.com. Accessed 27 January 2020, from https://www.arkademie.com/products/a6-academy-leather-cover-portrait-plain-journal-with-strap-and-keeper