Mini Notebooks Tutorial

matchbook notebook tutorial

I often find myself out and about and needing a notebook to write something down or give details to someone. So I’ve been wanting to make these little notebooks for a while now. Mind you, now that I’ve made them, I think I’ll pop them into my present stash! They’d be the perfect gift for a little girl’s birthday along with a packet of pencils or pens and a cute bag.

notebook tutorialWhat You Need:

  • Cardstock for the cover – mine is 12″ x 3.5″ (30cm x 9cm)
  • Paper for the pages – I used 5 sheets of A4 copy paper cut down to 3″ x 5.25″ pieces (7.5 x 13.5cm)
  • Stapler, Scoring tool, Corner rounder

notebook matchbook tutorial What To Do:

1. Cut your pieces to size. My sizes are above, but you could adjust them for a smaller or larger notebook. Remember to make your pages smaller than your cover.

2. On the back of your cardstock, score a line about 1″ (2.5cm) from one end. Then score another line 5.25″ (13.5cm) from the other end. My cardstock is double-sided so the back is a plain colour.

3. Round the corners.

4. Fold both ends in.

matchbook notebook tutorial

5. Sit the pages into the inch fold and staple them in place about a quarter inch (6mm) from the edge.

matchbook notebooks

6. Tuck the larger flap under the smaller flap to close.

matchbook notebook tutorial

I found I could make 3 notebooks out of each sheet of cardstock with a little leftover. I turned the leftover bits into a couple of bookmarks.

tutorial easy notebook

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  1. I love this idea! What a fantastic gift for a little girl (or boy).
    Thanks for the tute x

  2. What an awesome idea! They definitely would make a great present idea.

  3. Woo Hoo! Guess what, I’ve jumped onto your page, and I can see pictures! Hooray for small miracles! Your little notebooks look so very sweet!

    • Yay! I’ve been tweaking things so it’s good to know that it is loading better.

      PS loving your FB picture that I see popping up in my sidebar now and again – clever shot!

  4. Cool !!!
    I am gonna try this today….:) Your notebook is so cute. Great post and I am feeling lucky to know about this.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable tutorial.

  5. Love these AND I love your new colour scheme!

  6. These are perfect for summer art inspirations for little ones! We love to spontaneously go on nature walks and draw what we see! Love them!

  7. These are SUPER cute! I will def be adding them to my “to-try” list :D TY for sharing!!
    Sugar in My Grits

  8. Great idea I’m always looking for little notepads, great way to personalise them too :)

  9. Deborah Jennings says:

    This Tutorial is just awesome! I can think of a lot of reasons to make these. Grocery lists. Gifts. Errands. You name it. Now to get out the paper, the paper cutter, and the stapler. Our 15 grandchildren will love these!

  10. perfect for the kids! awesome!

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  12. Gorgeous notebook covers.

  13. I recently made some of these but I used the paint chip samples from the hardware store and they look pretty good

  14. Pandora's Box says:

    Oh, this is so sweet! I really like it and the paper you used is very nice as well!
    Thank you for sharing this tutorial, I think it makes a wonderful gift idea :)

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