Friday, 29 January 2016

DIY Matchbook Notebooks

DIY Matchbook Notebooks tutorial by hazelfishercreations
These matchbook notebooks are so simple to make and useful in lots of ways.  I often find I get ideas for new designs and things to make when I'm about to go to sleep, so I'll be keeping one of these to jot down ideas by my bed.  Being small, they're also great for popping in your handbag as a mini sketchbook (or for shopping lists) - especially if you're like me and cram a lot in your bag - I don't travel light!  You could also make them as favours to give away at parties or weddings - so many possibilities!

Thin card / thick paper for the cover (see below for the scrapbook paper I used)
Paper for the pages - anything you like - white, coloured, lined or squared!
Scissors / craft knife and ruler
Bone folder

DIY Matchbook Notebooks tutorial by hazelfishercreationsFirst cut all of your card and paper to size - I cut the card for the covers of my notebooks 23 x 8 cm and the pages 7.5 x 10.5 cm.  You can experiment with different sizes!

DIY Matchbook Notebooks tutorial by hazelfishercreationsTake the cover piece of card and measure and score 9.6cm from one end and 2cm from the other.

DIY Matchbook Notebooks tutorial by hazelfishercreationsThe number of pages you can use will depend on the thickness of your paper and the size of your staples. I used 12 pages in mine. Place your pages in the centre section of the cover, fold over the small end and staple the pages in place.

DIY Matchbook Notebooks tutorial by hazelfishercreationsThe long end of the cover should be able to just tuck under the short end when closed.

To finish off, I also added some patterned paper tape to the covers of some of my notebooks...

DIY Matchbook Notebooks tutorial by hazelfishercreations

A note about the papers used in this project...

For the covers of the notebooks I printed scrapbooking papers, which I have designed, onto 240gsm white card.  I used the rows of budgies design from my 'Budgies' set of papers, flower pattern from my 'Jessica' set, yellow spotty design from the 'Sunflowers' set and green chevron from the 'Summer Garden' set.  All of these, and more, are available to buy from my Etsy shop.

Scrapbook paper for Matchbook Notebooks hazelfishercreations

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