How to: Matchbook Notepad “Drawing All the Time!”

I was going to write up a how to on making a matchbook notepad for today, and then I realized that “hey, this feels familiar”. A quick search through the Craft Leftovers archive and I found this sweet little tutorial (circa 2008) on how to make one for drawing – and just about any other purpose for that matter. So, without further rambling, here’s the tutorial I promised you on Wednesday. Enjoy!


When trying to think of a title for this little matchbook style sketch book, not really sure why, the song by Eddie Murphy came into my head. Oh you know the one… so Drawing all the time, you have to say it three times like “Party all the time” maybe even sing out like “My girl wants to draw all the time, draw all the time, drawwww alllll theeee tiiiiime!” Hahaha. Okay, seriously though, these little books are so easy to make, quick, made from things most peole have on hand. They make wonderful gifts, stocking stuffers, letter stuffers if you like to send packages like I do, and the covers are such an open canvas for any kind of embellishment. You can also use paper that would normally go into the recycling bin to fill it too!


And really, they aren’t just sketch books either, you could make little “To Do” books or little “Idea Books” “Think Books” “Write Books”. You get the idea. Very free form indeed.

Materials Needed:

  • Card Stock 11” x 3 1/4”
  • 2 sheets of paper (sketchbook paper, water color paper, printer paper, any paper you would like or have available is just fine for the filler)
  • Stapler
  • Anything you can think of to embellish the cover. I used pen and ink, stickers would be great too, or a simple cut out from some left over scrap book paper or an old map or cutting from a vintage kids book.

Happy Crafting!

6 thoughts on “How to: Matchbook Notepad “Drawing All the Time!”

  1. I just found your blog via Thriftin’ And Crftin’ (and I got there from Morning Glories & Moonflowers) and love it. I have been making crayon rolls as birthday presents all year and this would be a great item to add to the gift. Thanks for the craftiness, Beth

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