Saturday, April 2, 2011

Matchbook NotebooksTutorial

I have matchbook notebooks in the Stephaniemakesall shop now!

Matchbook style notepads are perfect for jotting down a quick note, a phone number, or anything else that comes to mind.

Matchbook notepads also make great favors.

I cannot re-make any of the recycled cover ones, so decided to put out a tutorial! Here's how to make one of your own, in any size.

 1) Cut 10 sheets of paper to whatever size you want. I cut mine to 1 14" X 2 1/8". This step is easiest if you have a paper guillotine.

Stapled to fold only

2) Chose your cover. Use a heavier paper. Cardstock works great. I use the covers of magazines, advertising inserts, and pieces left over from my journals and origami boxes. Whatever catches my eye.

Stapled through to back
3) Cut the cover to fit your writing papers. cover should be at least the width of the inside sheets, it's better if it is at least 1/8th inch wider. Cover should  be at least 2 X inside sheet length + 1/4" long so it can wrap around the papers inside. My covers, for example, are 1 3/8" X 4 1/2".

4) Fold bottoms of covers. Fold enough of the bottom of the cover to be able to stick your sheets into it and staple the sheets to the cover.

5) Stick your sheets into the matchbook cover. Line them up, insert them, then staple them! You can staple them either to the folded part alone, or staple through the folded part, the sheets, and the back.  

6) Fold top of cover over the sheets (third pic) and insert into the bottom of cover (as shown in last pic)

 7) Enjoy your new matchbook notebook!


  1. Thanks for this tutorial Stephanie - will have to have a go!!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial! I'll definitely give it a go one day :)