I started using binders as a part of my sketching process in 2008. Most of my sketchbooks were half full spiral books and I decided to put their extra sheets to use in a binder. The full size binder evolved into the Art Toolkit sketching system which I’ve been enjoying for a few years now. The Toolkit introduced a new puzzle though: what do I do with the 5″ x 7″ sketches once they’re completed? My solution is a standard 3-ring binder with archival 5″ x 7 photo pages.

Art Toolkit and storage binder

Each page holds four sketches (front and back) and the binder has become a nice collection of my explorations. I store additional sketches that I haven’t yet archived in a simpleĀ bamboo box. I group sketches together by expedition/region in an archival 8 1/4″ x 10 1/8″ plastic sleeve.


I do my best to stay organized, sketches add up over the years!