D.I.Y. Matchbook Notebooks

Fossil.Life.Style created some seriously cute D.I.Y. Matchbook Notes that we just had to get our hands on!

 

Please click here to visit Fossil.Life.Style and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission:  Okay, I have to admit they’re just super cute. The question I had was, “Are they easy to make and worth the effort?”  I was anxious to see how I would fare.

 

 

Details:

The instructions were easy and you didn’t really need too many supplies to complete these cute little notepads. I had everything I needed in the house:

  • scissors
  • rubber cement
  • paper
  • cardstock
  • ruler
  • stapler
  • sandpaper… for the added “matchbook” touch

I like to recycle so instead of going out and purchasing cardstock, I just recycled notecards I had and an old wall calendar.

The dimensions for the cardstock is 1.5” x 4.25”; and for the note paper 1.25” x 1.75” (I didn’t enjoy cutting the note paper…tedious without a paper-cutter)

A quick fold and a staple and they were assembled. And of course that finishing touch of a sandpaper strike-board on the back made the piece just more adorable.

 

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I recommend using the edge of the ruler to help create a crisp fold. The use of old notecards was perfect. My brilliant idea of using my old wall calendar posed not to be so brilliant. The paper really wasn’t thick enough to hold good form, but it still worked.

Pros:

Super easy to assemble and they were not very time consuming.

Cons:

I found the dimensions were a bit small to get any “notepad” use out of them.

Conclusion:

Overall the matchbook notepads were really easy to make and not very time consuming. I could definitely see myself making them as party favors. Just make a quick little assembly line and they’re a breeze. My only recommendation would be to make them a little bigger. I think I might even make myself a few for my office with some of my scrap paper. Much better than my cut up pieces of scrap paper I have held with a binder clip at the moment. Again, it’s a great project for recycling! Get out your scrap pieces of paper and cardstock. Heck, you can even use your tissue boxes, those always come in pretty patterns. Grab a stapler and make some matchbook notebooks. It’s so easy and unique! I have to say this one was a success!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission:  To make super cute notepads!

 

Details:

  • Paper
  • Sandpaper
  • Rubber Cement
  • Scissors / Paper Cutter
  • Stapler
  • Embellishments

 

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I LOVE rubber cementJ It is a great glue!

Pros:

Super easy and fun to create and adorable too!

Cons:

Not sure of the true end use…a cute gift, but short shelf life.

Someone may mistake these for an actual book of matches, and will turn up disappointed when they find none!

 

Conclusion:

This is a super easy craft that honestly, anyone can do! It took me back to my days of elementary school where the smell of glue and the sound of scissors was the highlight of my day! I had a lot of fun creating these – and though I am not sure exactly how I plan to use them now, they sure are cute!!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: Want to make cute little notebooks for my handbag?  Yes, I do!

 

Details:

 

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I completely failed to follow the instructions.  My tip would be to read the entire post prior to beginning the project.  I guess I got excited.

Pros:

Easy to do.  Cute.

Cons:

Not the kick-in-the-pants good time that I was hoping for.

Conclusion:

This project was easy and turned out cute.  It just wasn’t for me.  Maybe if I was more into the paper that I was using or something… I bet it would be cute to use photos and stamps, etc.  I also think that this would have been better if I had one of those mega thick-staplers and perforated paper… because since I’m so anal retentive, it will probably drive me crazy that I have to tear the pages out and they won’t be perfect.  See the problems I have?  😉

 

 

Adorable Matchbook Notes photo taken by Amy Gizienski


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