Matchbook notebooks

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Today I am sharing some matchbook notebooks that I have been making as little Halloween gifts and also for the Gecko Galz Blog Hop.

These witchy ones are for my friend and her daughter, Matilda. I will be sharing these over at Papercraft Star where there is the cutest witchy picture for inspiration and, as always, some fabulous projects from the talented design team.





The witch images are from The Graphics Fairy and The Gecko Galz. I also made a matching hanging decoration using a tiny broomstick.



These ghosty notebooks for my nephews, Freddie and Henry, and for my friend’s little boy Ted.




Isn’t that ghost stamp cute? Even better, I picked it up in a sale last year so it was a bargain!

I followed the tutorial over at One Crafty Writer that allows you to hide the staple. I just varied the measurements that I used to make it easier to cut on my paper trimmer. I used a strip of cardstock 8cm x 24.5cm and this allows you to cut two from a piece of A4. I scored my lines at 10cm, 10.5cm, 20.5cm and 22.5cm. Once you’ve read the tutorial those measurements will make perfect sense!  Once it’s all folded and assembled you may need to trim a smidge off the front cover so that it tucks in neatly. If you want to keep it simple, there is another tutorial plus a template over at Paper and Stitch.


Once you have cut and folded the cover, the rest is simple. For the pad itself I made the pieces slightly smaller than 8cm x 10cm so they fit comfortably in the pad. I used photocopy paper, some in coordinating colours, and there are about 40 sheets in each pad.


Then just decorate away to your hearts content!

I love how simple these are to do and, as you might expect, I’m planning some Christmassy versions. I thought they might make nice advent gifts for colleagues.



Matchbook notebooks — 9 Comments

  1. You have been busy !! All of them are so darling, and what a lovely little gift too. Thanks for sharing with us, and our readers, this week at Papercraft Star !! We always love to see what you are doing next !!

  2. These are wonderful ideas! I especially love the witch on the broom hanging ornament ~ that is SOOO cool! And wouldn’t you know I was at a Dollar store about an hour away from my home recently and saw those brooms in a pack ~ there were SEVERAL in each pack and I left without them…darn it! I KNEW I should have grabbed them up and figured out what I’d do with them later (that’s what I usually do!) OH well…maybe they’ll still have them the next time I get out that way (probably about 7 months!). Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas; I sure do enjoy your blog!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comments Lori. How annoying about the brooms – that type of thing is really hard to get hold of here in the UK. Maybe when you go back they will be in the sale? x

    • I’m a bit addicted to these now. Once you get into the groove, rustling up the covers is easy. SU papers are perfect too as I found thicker card didn’t work quite so well. xx

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