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Matchbook Paper Notepad Tutorial

Dear Diary,


I really LOVE small and tiny things like stationary. Something about holding a tiny book makes the world seem so much brighter, you know? ;) Luckily, I am able to make my own little books to fawn over whenever I feel the need! They are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make so spreading the tiny book love is easy to do! I usually drop a few of these in a gift bag when giving presents for the holidays. The best part is how customizable these are – they are great for any occasion or reason possible! :)

 What you need:

– 1 sheet white (printer weight) paper

– 1 scrap amount of cardstock weight paper (4.5×2 inches)

– Stapler & Scissors


Begin by cutting your pretty cardstock paper with the dimensions of 4.5 inches in length and 2 inches in width. This will serve as your cover for the matchbook notebook!


Then, mark off 1/2 inch from the bottom of the paper and fold inwards as pictured.


Next, measure 2 inches from the bottom again and fold.


Your notebook cover is now finished and should look like the below picture!


Now, cut the white paper into 1 3/4 inch x 1 3/4 inch squares. I usually make 10 squares per notebook to be sure the stapler is able to catch them all but feel free to play around with the amount.


Situate the papers inside the cover piece as shown. Make sure the papers are even and touching the bottom inside fold.


Now staple the bottom fold and the papers together, getting as close to the bottom of the cover as possible so that the top half will be able to tuck inside with ease.


And you’re finished! Your little notebook should look just like mine! :)




– Trim the top half a little if it’s not fitting inside the fold flat

– Print your own designs on a cardstock weight paper and hand these notebooks out with your company logo, website, etc. on it!

– If you don’t want to use a stapler, try sewing the bottom instead! :)

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