I love making matchbook notebooks. They are very simple to make (especially since I will be giving you a template to use) and you can use all sorts of pretty papers to create them. Their simplicity and cuteness make them perfect for whipping up a quick gift. Make a whole batch for party favors! You can make a bunch of identical notebooks for an event, or make one-of-a-kind notebooks for yourself and your friends.
Here are the materials you will need:
- paper for matchbook cover
- paper for pages
- paper trimmer with scoring blade
- embellishments, if desired
Here is how you make it:
1. Print out the template provided.
2. Cut out the template.
3. Trace the template onto the back of the pretty paper you want to use for the cover. Cut out the pretty paper cover and then use the scoring blade to score the folds along the lines indicated on the template.
5. Cut the paper for the inside into 3 1/2″ squares. Twenty sheets is a good amount – you don’t want it too thick or you will have a hard time stapling the book together. Staple the matchbook together on the short flap using two staples, one on each end.
6. Add any embellishments that you would like to use. I used Washi tape across the flap on my purple glittery matchbook notebook. I also used it on the double-sided patterned paper matchbook notebook. I did a little experiment on one of the notebooks and I’m pleased with the results. I used a page from a recycled catalog and adhered it to my cardstock template. I folded the notebook along the score lines. I then laminated the cover. It folded well along the score lines, which is the result I was curious about with the lamination.