Sunday, October 7, 2012

Small Matchbox Book


I am hosting a Swap-Bot swap for a Small Matchbox Book. I thought I would do a short tutorial for everyone who feels they may need a bit of guidance.  *Please note that different matchboxes are slightly different may need to adjust the measurements.      

 ~2 Small sized (32 count) Matchboxes
~Paper: scrapbook paper works great 6x4 inches
~Other various scraps of paper for inside the matchboxes
~Adhesive: can use glue stick, double sided tape , tacky glue
~Various ephemera of your choice
~ Basic tools:  Scissors, Ruler, Pencil, Inks, Paints 

Step 1-
Cut your paper choice to 6x4 inches.  Fold top and bottom edges approx ¼ over and
glue.  Fold the ends over approx ½ inch. This gives a finished look to the edges of the book.
Step 2-
Place your matchboxes onto the paper and eyeball it about ½ from the ends that
are folded. Placement is about 2 ¼ over the matchboxes.  At this point crease the
paper a bit so you remember where to fold after you remove matchbox.  Fold paper
creating the spine edge of the book.  
Step 3-
Now glue the boxes onto the paper pushing the back of the box against the
folded spine edge.  Using tacky or glue stick gives the time to position the boxes
without it drying out on you to fast.  Also add a strip of paper over the sides of the matchboxes on top and bottom. Approx 3/4 x 2 inches.

Step 4-
Your book is now made, time to decorate and embellish it.  Use papers, and other
ephemera to coordinate with the paper you are using.  You can also paint or use
ink to color the inside of the slide out part of the matchbox. Shrines or goodies can
fill the boxes. 



  1. Great tutorial, Corinne...I'll guess I'll have to do my workshops long distance! :)