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I’m going to go sketching in people and nature, so the question was about a convenient notebook for drawing: a compact size so as not to irritate everyone’s eyes and quickly put it into a bag, a hard surface for drawing, pockets where to fold and get sheets of paper, waterproof. On Dominica, problems are even with simple notebooks: the little ones are all drawn, for drawing only albums and without hard crusts. Order online - hassle and it is not known whether I will find a suitable option, and when it comes to the island. Therefore, she showed ingenuity and in half an hour I needed the notebook in my hands.

What was needed to make a notebook:

  • For manufacturing I took a simple box from under the shoes: it is already made of durable cardboard by itself, plus a lot of cardboard boxes were stocked up for additional thickening
  • 2 pictures from the old calendar to decorate the box
  • sticky transparent tape (adhesive tape) for connecting parts of the box and pasting so that the notebook does not get wet, wrinkle and does not get dirty.

Then I took the lid from the box and pasted it as follows:

I connected the corners on both sides, pasted it with tape on both sides - we got a pocket, but without one wall.

I prepared this wall, collecting a lot of cardboard boxes together and pasting it with tape. Then she attached it to the prepared pocket, winding over the folds.

In principle, you can stop here, but I wanted it to be possible to cover my drawing from rain, wind or prying eyes when I draw, so I decided to make a cover anyway. On the right is a pocket (a flat surface without adhesive tape on which I will draw), on the left is a blank cover made from the bottom of a shoe box. As you can see, there was an advertisement for China and the Bulldozer.

Therefore, I pasted them with cardboard and a picture cut from the old calendar. This is the pocket below: you can put a huge amount of paper, pencils and a sharpener in it. Everything goes in and out perfectly.

And this is the side of the lid for curious viewers: let Mother Russia unwind! And then, here many people did not even hear about her and do not imagine where she is. It comes to the fact that Dominican children mistake me for a Chinese woman. Now there will be an opportunity not only to describe with words, but also to visually show a piece of Russian beauty.

The notebook turned out to be very convenient and compact, and most importantly it meets all my requirements. The only mistake was that the picture was turned upside down: it is more convenient when you pull out the paper from the right side, and not from the left. Well, this is essentially nonsense. I think we still need the same notebook in landscape size, but I’ll try to open the pocket from the inside - for comparison, it is more convenient to hold and remove paper and a pencil.

P.S .:
I finished the article and went to draw, but the picture upside down is an eyesore - the whole soul is turning upside down with it. I decided to redo it. But the picture cannot be torn off, there are no others and the cardboard is over. I had to carefully cut the lid on the side, so then it’s easier to remove the tape with which it was attached to the pocket. I cut a spine out of the scraps from the box, glued it to the left of the lid, and then attached it to the bottom of the box. Those. Now the pocket looks inward and closes inward - so nothing will open and will not fall out.

The picture stands normally and the lid opens in the right left side: nothing interferes with the right hand when drawing, if the composition is vertical.

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