Before we set out for our trips, I always give myself a sketching goal. This trip my goal is to sketch one or more pages of sketches every day. I use a 9" x 9" Aquabee Super Sketch book, with 90# paper, it takes ink and watercolor like a dream, with very little warping.
You can see that I have finished more than half of the pages of this sketchbook so far!
A trip is a natural organizing theme for a sketchbook, but you don't have to travel to create a great sketching project for yourself. Read this post by the inspiring Roz Stendahl on the importance of daily projects! I have been a long-time follower of her blog, "Roz Wound Up" and hope that you will check it out!
So, if not travel, what other subjects might make for a good theme for a sketchbook project?
Draw a piece of fruit every day before you eat it.
Draw faces of people you know.
Draw faces of people you don't know.
Draw your shoes.
Draw the contents of a drawer or closet.
Draw a bush or shrub in your yard.
And then, DO IT! Every day. Just a little. Day by day, you'll find your ideas evolving and developing. You'll innovate, express, experiment. And bit by bit you'll find that you have created something wonderful!