Actually, this is a sketchbook I made myself rather than the hack of a commercial book. My inspiration was Brenda Swenson’s home made sketchbooks. She makes her own using a variety of papers and then takes them to an office supply store to add a cover and spiral binding.
I wanted to try the size of the ones she makes herself. Instead of folding the 22×30 watercolor paper in half to 11×15, she folds it lengthwise to 11×30. This gives 6 sheets of 10×11.
I like discbound for its versatility. It holds all the pages more securely than using bookrings to replace the spiral binding. Like that method, I can also remove the pages for scanning. But it’s quicker to remove than unhooking all those book-rings.
I “upcycled” the left-over heavy cardboard covers of a Canson Mixed Media 11×15 spiral sketchbook. I cut a notch in the square spiral holes to accommodate the discs. It was too heavy for my Circa disc bound punch. I did use the punch on the 140# watercolor paper. I then covered the front with black card-stock. I could have used printed papers from the scrap booking section of a craft store but I wanted a black background for the stickers I like to use.
I glue in an envelope. But I could have also attached a Circa sleeve or zip pouch.