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2/26/2009

Trashion Tutorial - Matchbook Notebooks

Todays' tutorial is by Pam of remaker. Check out
Pam's shop
for some unique upcycled creations.

This is a great project to use odd scraps of cardboard and paper.

These instructions will make an actual matchbook sized notebook, but you can make them any size.

I package quite of few of my products in oversized matchbooks!


Cut 1 ½ x 5” strips of cardboard. I use the small pieces left from making Think Again Notebooks .

The more colorful the more fun!

Lay the 5” strip on the cutter, push to the correct length and score at 4 ½, 4, 2 and 1 5/8”.

I use my paper cutter to measure and score, but a flat steel ruler should do the trick.

Once you make the creases you can line up the sides and make a fold at each crease.

Voila! You’ve made the cover!

The inside paper can be done two different ways.

You can cut individual squares or make an accordion.

Individual sheets are pretty straight forward. They should measure 1 ½ x 1 3/4 “.

Stack them together, slip them under the fold in the cover and staple in the middle

The accordion is a little more work, but looks pretty cool.

Measure and mark on the long edge of paper once at 1 ¾” and then at 1 ½” until you reach the end of the sheet. Make a fold and crease at each mark and then fold it back accordion style. Cut strips 1 ½” wide for a total of 5. You’ll have 1 that measures 1 ¼”, just cut down a cover to fit. Slip it into the cover and staple.

You can print images of your work on a full sheet and make a little accordion promo piece.

Slip it into orders or give out at shows!

3 comments:

Drew of Fairy Tale Fibers said...

Wow! Pam thank you so much for sharing project with us! What a simple and delightful way to make upcycled promotional materials!
I do LOVE the way you think!

Junck said...

great reuse idea! excellent instructions!

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