Mini Matchbook Books

This tutorial is for 12 mini-matchbook books from one sheet of 12×12 scrapbook paper.  Great as party/shower/wedding favors.  Tucks easily into a pocket or purse.
You can make one out of a scrap of 2 x 6 inches, line the second side with another printed scrap.

What you need:

12 x 12 sheet of card stock — plain or double sided OR you can stamp up both sides of plain cardstock
paper cut into

Mark the 12 x 12 sheet at the 6 inch mark on one side. Then at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 inches on the other.
You should have 12 — 2 x 6 inch strips.

To make the flap — score 1/2 inch from the edge, across the six 2 inch sections.
To make the center fold, measure from flap side edge — score at 3 1/4 and 3 1/2.
If you don’t want that 1/4 inch margin, just score at the 3 1/2 mark.

Now all your score lines are in place, you can cut your card stock into 12 — 2 x 6 inch strips.
Fold on the score lines.

To make pages:
I used three strips of 1 3/4 inch by 5 inch folded in half per book.
You can cut the folds if you are planning on using the book as scrap paper — like if you were giving your email, phone number, date/time, or address to someone else.

Tuck the paper under the 1/2 inch margin flap (If you used folded paper, the folds of the paper and matchbook abutt.)

Tuck under the top/cover flap to close the matchbook.
Staple the flap close to the bottom near the folded matchbook but don’t staple the flap/cover shut!

Other ideas:
Add as many pages as you wish.
Recycle paper (the plain backside) to add to the book.
Use different color paper for pages.
Instead of pages, do a pull out accordion pages.
Add decorative paper to the small 1/2 inch flap.
Add charms to the outside cover.
Use ripped paper on the inside, vary the height and also they don’t need to go in neatly.
You can make this as big or as small as you wish by adjusting the measurements.


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