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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.
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.