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Matchbook Paperpad

I created this Matchbook paperpad for my friend GEM! I think it turned out super cute! Check out my blog post to see how I made this!

What you need:

  1. Scrap paper
  2. Scrap Cardboard
  3. Scissors
  4. Ruler
  5. Washi Tape (Even just regular masking tape or duck tape will work! Whatever you already have!)
  6. Paper Punch (I used a flower punch but you can cut out a circle or whatever shape you would like)
  7. Buttons (or brads)
  8. Thread
  9. Needle
  10. Scrap Burlap (optional)
  11. Ribbon (Or whatever you have on hand like twine, jute string, extra string from a gift, etc.)

I used my flower paper punch to punch out some flowers from some scrap cardstock.


I decided to use buttons with my flowers instead of brads. I thought it would be cute!


I chose this burlap ribbon packaging from Hobby Lobby for my cardboard outside part for the matchbook.


I think I got this paper from Home Goods many years ago when my husband and I were still dating! The nearest Home Goods is about an hour away from me. This paper is the paper I used for my matchbook. The paper came in a note cube with a matching pen. I still use it today! I absolutely love this paper!


Cut the paper to fit inside the cardboard matchbook. My measurements for my paper is 3.25 inches tall and 2 and three sixteenths inches wide. 


I then cut the cardboard to be short enough to go around my paper. It was a little long. The measurements I cut it out to is 7.5 inches tall and 2.75 inches wide.


I then folded my cardboard. The measurements are 1.5 inch from the bottom and 1 and 5/8 inch from the bottom. 2 1/4 and 2 1/8 from the top. I did use a video from YouTube to figure this part out because I did not know how I was going to do this! I usually just wing it after watching a ton of videos and then make it all up myself. I will post a link below to the video!

The video is by Papercrafts Arts by Nancy Siebert. The title of the video is Matchbook Notebooks for gifts, favors, craft shows & more! – A process video. This is the video that helped me figure out how in the world I was gonna fold this thing!

The next part I needed video help too! I wanted to bind the papers! Turns out Treasure Books had just come out with a video right before I did this project! So I will link Natasha’s video too!

This video is called How to Bind SINGLE SHEETS of Paper Together – Japanese Binding Tutorial.


Use paperclips or binder clips(aka bulldog clips) to hold the papers together while you are binding the pages together. (I forgot to get a picture before binding the paper!)


I wanted to give my paper pad more texture so I poked holes through the leftover cardboard from the outside that I had cut off from the matchbook cover. I folded the cardboard top over my pages and poked holes evenly through the top. I had nine holes to use to bind my paper pad.


I trimmed the excess cardboard off the sides of my paper pad. I wanted it to be even with my paper. (I accidentally poked one too many holes too. The hole on the far right was the tenth hole that did not go through the papers! You can see this in the binder clip picture.)


I centered the button and flower in the middle of the cover. I then poked holes where the button holes would be in the cardboard.  I sewed the button and flower on the cover.


Do the same for the other side. Line up the button and flower to the middle and sew them onto the cover.


I decorated the inside. I used washi tape. The next couple of pictures will show you how I did that.


Surprise! I found this cute girl on my washi tape and thought she would be great to add to the middle! She is so beautiful! I had this scrap burlap with me. I thought it would be a cool texture to add to my project. I ended up adding some scrap thread I had from binding my paper pad. I wove it around the pretty girl!


Here’s a closer picture of the washi tape girl collage!


I wanted something cool and thin to go on my cover! I found this Hobby Lobby ribbon in my stash. I thought the green color would match my green thread. The next picture is the finished product!


I sewed the ribbon around the top button. I sewed a length of the ribbon to itself around the button. I then wrapped the ribbon several times then wrapped the excess around the bottom button. And the matchbook is finished! I think it turned out super cute! 


Let me know what you think of this project in the comments below! I hope you love it as much as I do! This was so fun to make!

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