You should read these rules. I bet we say something important...


After you sign up to participate in the project, we'll mail you a package containing an official SBP sketchbook with a barcode on it, your theme to create your book around, and detailed instructions about the project.

All books are accepted into the collection. We do not jury any of the work.


We do our best to ship within in one working week. When orders are higher, it may take a bit longer. We are a very small staff, so please bear with us. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

We ship via USPS to help lower shipping costs and to allow for free shipping to our Domestic participants. That means, we do have a small % of books that get lost in transit. We will happily resend your book at no cost to you after 2 weeks of ship date for US and 5 weeks after ship date for International.


You get to choose a theme when you sign up for the project! The themes are supposed to be a starting point, not a restriction, so don't feel smothered by them. You can select your theme later when you connect your book as well.


After the due date we'll exhibit the current year's collection of sketchbooks both at the library in NYC and out of town. Everyone who sends their completed sketchbook back in time will have their book included, and later cataloged into our permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library.

All dates and cities for the tour are subject to change.


Your book must remain within the dimensions of 5 x 7 inches. It can open up to something wonderful (of any size), but it must fold down to the original dimensions. You are welcome to unbind, rebind or alter the book in (almost) any other way. If you want to use a thicker stock of paper, go for it! Your book must be thinner than an inch when closed.

Your barcode must remain in place on the book - no moving or covering it. An altered or unreadable label means we have to disqualify you from the project. Please contact us if you damaged your barcode.

You are free to alter, design, and work on the cover of the sketchbook! In fact, it is encouraged not to leave the covers blank.

Don't forget that your sketchbook is traveling and being held - Please try to avoid the use of ties that can come undone, random plastic things that may fall off in transit, art materials that could smudge, glitter, and any hazardous materials. Your book should be durable and be able to withstand normal wear and tear.

If you didn't complete a past year's sketchbook, you can't use it for this year's Project. You have to sign up again.

Our books are made by our best buds at Scout Books. Each book is offset printed using vegetable-based inks, and 100% recycled papers sourced from American mills.

Our covers are made with 18pt Chipboard that contains 85% post-consumer recycled content and 15% pre-consumer recycled content. Scout Book pages are made with 70# text weight paper containing 100% post-consumer recycled content. Scout Books, our book makers, power all of our presses and production machinery with renewable energy.


All the books are digitized after the deadline. We can not digitize your book earlier than that. We are a small staff and need to do it all at once. Please allow 4-6 weeks after the deadline for your book to appear online. Please don't email us about it until after that time.

We CAN NOT digitize books vertically. It doesn't work that way. We will not refund your money if that is what you were expecting. All 18,000 other books are horizontal.

There is a natural 'gutter' gap in the way our digitizer works. Please expect about a quarter of an inch to be cut off on both sides of the inside spine.

Though it seems high tech, our digitizer is old and tired. Just let us know if something looks off, we don't do it on purpose, things happen, we are only robots, I mean people...


We have a major respect for artist ownership. By submitting to the project, you still retain ownership of your work. You do grant a license to use it as needed for the project, but we do our best to make sure you are always credited. We have NO plans to ever sell the original work, however, if that ever did come up, we MUST contact you with a responsible amount of time for you to respond. PLEASE REVIEW THE FULL TERMS HERE.