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D.I.Y. matchbook notepads

June 16, 2011

This inspired little project from Fossil has been making the rounds on several of my favorite blogs. Simple and charming, they are a perfect, pocket-sized medium for expressing your love.

I absolutely loved them as a Mother’s Day gift, and set about making one myself. Because of my generally messy handwriting, I had to improvise, making it a bit bigger than the tutorial shows. Also, instead of the fabric or paper scraps, I drew a silhouette of her schnauzer, Archie, cut it out and glued it in one corner.

It’s not nearly as impressive as Fossil’s version. The staples are a bit crooked, the pages aren’t all the same size, and my corners are anything but sharp.

Granted, I’ve progressed enough to get beyond the Sculpey clay ducks and colored bookmarks. But I still can’t cut clean corners. I’m still imperfect and messy. I still spill glue, wreck my bicycle and burn myself in the kitchen. I still don’t dust as well as she does, and still have to ask her opinion on certain recipes.

I still need my mama.

I think she likes it that way.

100 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2011 2:27 pm

    That’s amazing. Can I tell you how much I HATE that I have absolutely no ability to come up with such adorable little creative projects?!?!

    Thanks for sharing this. Inspiration received and appreciated…


    • June 16, 2011 8:29 pm

      Mikalee, that is why I love Fossil! I never would have come up with this on my own. If I can do it, you can too! I’m not especially imaginative or creative either, I’m just happiest with glue on fingers.

  2. June 16, 2011 2:27 pm

    They would make a great persoanlized b’day gift for someone!

  3. June 16, 2011 2:30 pm

    These are awesome – I love them. Crooked staples and all 🙂

  4. June 16, 2011 3:06 pm

    A very touching gift for Mother’s Day – would be fitting for a Father’s Day present too! Just the sort of thing a dad could put in his wallet and carry around for years!

    • June 16, 2011 8:15 pm

      Thank you for the idea! Now how to decorate my dad’s version…?

  5. June 16, 2011 3:20 pm

    Very clever!

  6. June 16, 2011 3:20 pm

    Messy’s good! It has more charm in the long run.

  7. June 16, 2011 3:40 pm

    Congrats on a well deserved FP! You made me cry (not in the bubbling idiot sense, the warm and fuzzy/ PMS kind of cry) 🙂

    • June 16, 2011 8:11 pm

      I am so very honored. Thank you for your comment!

  8. June 16, 2011 3:50 pm

    I heart crafts! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. June 16, 2011 3:52 pm

    absolutely gorgeous.

  10. Kathlene Audette permalink
    June 16, 2011 4:07 pm

    This is so fun! I definitely want to make these now!

  11. June 16, 2011 4:13 pm

    Very cute

  12. June 16, 2011 4:27 pm

    Love this project. Love this post! Great gift for Fathers’ Day, as well.

    And congrats on Freshly Pressed. Hang on the ride!


  13. June 16, 2011 5:04 pm

    That cut out of Archie is really precise. Props!

    • June 16, 2011 8:05 pm

      Thank you, tliou! Precision isn’t usually my strongest trait, but I had to make up for those crooked staples…

  14. Isko permalink
    June 16, 2011 5:32 pm

    Wow. They’re simple yet very appealing. I think I’ll be making a lot myself for those quick notes or thoughts I have to write down.

  15. June 16, 2011 6:36 pm

    The doggie one is the best. So cute!

  16. Loud Sounds Co. permalink
    June 16, 2011 6:54 pm

    This is so precious! I can’t wait to make one. This would be really good to slip in your purse to keep track of what you spend throughout the day.

  17. June 16, 2011 7:15 pm

    how do you make these?

  18. June 16, 2011 7:32 pm

    thats cool!

  19. June 16, 2011 8:03 pm

    so cool

  20. June 16, 2011 8:04 pm

    Really cute! Am going to try to make one for my other half as our anniversary is approaching! 🙂

    • June 16, 2011 9:39 pm

      Oh, what a fantastic idea! A condensed love letter you can carry around? Be still my heart.

  21. June 16, 2011 8:15 pm

    That is such a cool idea…thanks for sharing and congrats on being Freshly Pressed 🙂

    • June 16, 2011 9:24 pm

      Thank you so much…I still haven’t quite recovered from the shock!

  22. June 16, 2011 9:12 pm

    What a great idea, thanks!

    • June 16, 2011 9:33 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it. Thank you for the comment!

  23. June 16, 2011 9:19 pm

    I love this! Those little notepads are adorable…I wonder if I have the patience to do this?! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • June 16, 2011 9:36 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! Don’t let your impatience get it the way: I am terrible about finishing projects, but this was so simple and satisfying, it worked even for me. Good luck!

  24. June 16, 2011 9:34 pm

    that looks fancy!

  25. denney permalink
    June 16, 2011 10:06 pm


  26. torysspoon permalink
    June 16, 2011 11:00 pm

    These are very cute ❤ Perfect small gifts for people you love!!

  27. June 16, 2011 11:06 pm

    Really cute!

  28. June 16, 2011 11:53 pm

    This is a great idea! Would be such a cute alternative to a run-of-the mill greeting card 🙂

    • June 17, 2011 1:08 am

      Thank you, Genny! I love anything that reminds me that good things come in small (handmade!)packages.

  29. June 17, 2011 12:47 am

    Thanks, you gave me some gift ideas!

    • June 17, 2011 1:14 am

      I am so glad! It’s one of those projects that just won’t give your imagination a rest, isn’t it?

  30. June 17, 2011 1:00 am

    That’s such a simple but beautiful idea; I could do with one of those! Thanks for sharing!

    • June 17, 2011 1:14 am

      I’m so glad you liked it, Michelle! Thank you for your lovely comment.

  31. June 17, 2011 2:10 am

    Really nice post! It’s been a long time since I’ve done DIY projects as personalized gifts. Work seems to get in the way. Thank you for reminding me that the crooked staples, mismatched papers, and rough edges are always the ones fondly remembered and appreciated by those closest to us. Thanks for sharing! BTW, have you tried pop-up cards too? 🙂

    • June 17, 2011 9:20 am

      Thank you for your beautiful comment! I haven’t tried pop-up cards yet, I’ve always found them a little intimidating. But I think I’ll have to give it a whirl now….

  32. June 17, 2011 4:40 am

    A simple idea. An elegant and thoughtful implementation. Thanks, Paige, for the inspiration. My next rainy weekend afternoon is now booked.

    • June 17, 2011 9:18 am

      Thank you so much, Adam! I’m honored that you’re so inspired. Hope your next rainy day comes soon…

  33. June 17, 2011 5:44 am

    this is so adorable….and im guesssing its simple to make too….im sure going to find out and try this out!!!! thank u so much for filling up my day with some creativity!!!

    • June 17, 2011 9:17 am

      It’s beautifully simple! I’m so glad you’re going to make one too. By the way, I love your name!

  34. June 17, 2011 5:49 am

    such a nice post thanks for sharing this

    • June 17, 2011 9:16 am

      Thank you so much, Monica! I’m glad you liked it.

  35. June 17, 2011 6:29 am

    That is really very cute. i also want to make one too. i think that will be the best gift for father’s day! thanks for sharing.

  36. June 17, 2011 7:51 am

    They are awesome and nifty im going to atttempt a stencil screen print, im guessing you could you any thickness paper?

    • June 17, 2011 9:15 am

      Absolutely, as long as it has a crisp fold and isn’t too hard to open, I’m sure any thickness will work. I’d love to see how a screen print would look! Good luck.

  37. June 17, 2011 10:52 am

    Very creative. Your love ones will love you for the hard work you put into making the artistic notepads. They would feel unique like the pads you made for them . great post.

  38. June 17, 2011 11:05 am

    love them…I must try it!

  39. June 17, 2011 12:04 pm

    Love these, a friend of mine made a bunch of them for favors at her daughters baby shower.

    • June 17, 2011 1:08 pm

      What a fantastic idea…I’ll have to store that one away for future use.

  40. Amanda's Rose permalink
    June 17, 2011 12:38 pm

    wow, cool! I will try make it in my holiday 🙂

  41. June 17, 2011 1:10 pm

    I’m so glad you liked it, Amanda! I hope you enjoy making one.

  42. June 17, 2011 1:46 pm

    I love the idea! Its so personalized and special.
    Also, I just love the way you’ve written it, especially the lines, “I still need my mama. I think she likes it that way.” 😀

  43. June 17, 2011 1:51 pm

    the work very interesting

  44. June 17, 2011 2:25 pm

    WOW! You draw a mean Schnauzer! I have to get my peep to draw a mean Scottie and make a few of these. Great gifts! And great writing, too.

    ArrOOOO, Stuart

    • June 17, 2011 3:31 pm

      Thanks, Stuart! I’ve taken over Paige’s keyboard for a bit…your blog empowered me. I might just have to start my own, too. I’ll be sure to pass on the compliments to her the next time we do a portrait sitting.

  45. June 17, 2011 2:33 pm

    Each year I make paper with my students and add all sorts of stuff into the pulp like chunks of mica (makes it sparkly), or wildflower seeds. Now we can extend our recycling/reusing efforts even further – maybe even matchbook mini zines. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 17, 2011 3:34 pm

      What a wonderful idea, Cameron! I’d love a link to any of your paper making projects.

  46. hissimplelook permalink
    June 19, 2011 1:57 am

    Very crafty! Very personal!

  47. June 19, 2011 2:47 am

    This is a great idea. I’m always looking for more DIY projects and this one doesn’t seem too intimidating. Can’t wait to try!

    • June 19, 2011 9:06 am

      I’m so glad you’re going to try it, Summer! I hope you enjoy it.

  48. June 19, 2011 3:08 am

    This is quite spectacular, and your creativity is refreshing. My summer was pointless, now I have more things to occupy my time… with the label of productivity.

    • June 19, 2011 9:07 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’ve found something to fill your summer.

  49. June 19, 2011 5:56 pm

    I love creative projects too.. great notepad!
    yours inspires me, simple and classic..

  50. June 20, 2011 4:01 am

    Thank you SO much for sharing
    please stop by and say hi

  51. June 25, 2011 3:06 pm

    These are adorable and a great idea!

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