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This contributor post was written by Patty of P.S. it’s in the details.

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!

Here are the materials you will need:

  1. template
  2. cardstock
  3. printer
  4. paper for matchbook cover
  5. paper for pages
  6. paper trimmer with scoring blade
  7. stapler
  8. 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.

4. Fold the cover into the matchbook shape.

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.


There are so many ways to make these cute little notebooks. Have fun creating yours!

About Patty: Patty Schaffer is the owner of P.S. it’s in the details, an Etsy shop where you can find creative paper things that will make you ooooo and ahhh! Her shop specializes in paper accents for scrapbooking, card making, gift giving and home decor. Patty also shares DIY and craft projects, news on upcoming shop releases and other fun things on her blog, Capture the Details.

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Victoria Lake (@AnnaStellaDsgn) commented on July 10th, 2012 at 10:19 am

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Victoria Gibbs (@cbmfninja) commented on July 10th, 2012 at 11:41 am

Very cute. Many be just what I have been looking for for a bridal shower I am planning at the end of the month.
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Kristen commented on July 10th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Love this project!! What a great way to use up all my spare papers and my washi tape. Great gift idea and guessing you could make a few quite quickly. The catalogue page one looks amazing!

Coral Lee commented on July 10th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Love this project from @papernstitch: DIY: How to Make a Matchbook Notebook with Template: http://t.co/1dQqxM9k

(@CWBusiness) (@CWBusiness) commented on July 10th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

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(@FndingFirelight) (@FndingFirelight) commented on July 10th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

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(@JustBAustralia) (@JustBAustralia) commented on July 11th, 2012 at 4:13 am

Extremely cute and very inspiring. I never come up with ideas like this myself. I love how simple these are, yet easy to make to look great. And as said, there are so many different ways to make these, which makes them even better.
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tasselflower (Mervi) commented on July 11th, 2012 at 9:07 am

Very pretty! Thanks so much for sharing your template and wonderful tutorial. I have been wanting to try my hand at making small journals and notebooks. I think this one is a great one to start with. Looks fairly simple. Thanks (-;
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Mixed Kreations commented on July 11th, 2012 at 11:48 am

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(@MixedKreations) (@MixedKreations) commented on July 11th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

What a great idea! Love that purple paper you used.
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Carmia Cronjé commented on July 11th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

What a great idea for stocking stuffers and teachers gifts! Shared it on Facebook and am now subscibing to your feed! Have a great week :) Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

Heather commented on July 16th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Matchbook Notebook Tutorial; Includes Template, from @Papersnitch >>
http://t.co/ajVYNLoI

HouseOfJoyfulNoise (@Laura_at_HOJN) commented on July 19th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

DIY: How to Make a Matchbook Notebook with Template http://t.co/YwabYWIf Great for back to school! @papernstitch

Shannon -MadiganMade (@madiganmade) commented on July 23rd, 2012 at 10:45 pm

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