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Paint Sample Matchbook Notepad

Posted on September 5, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Paint Sample Matchbook Notepad Tutorial:

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Ok, so I have a very simple project here and virtually

everything listed here is FREE

{or you have them right in your home.}

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Now that I have your attention... I picked up these paint samples {I loooove paint samples!} at Ace Hardware {another thing I love} and figured I could do something with them besides hold a spot in a book.  {I don't even read books.}  I looked at the shape and the beautiful colors and thought long and hard about what I could make and VOILA

I figured, everyone could use a little notepad in their pocket.

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So here I will show you how to make a simple notepad for zero dollars.

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Step One:

Since not all paint samples are created equal, hold the sample and pretend fold it as to make sure the text {names of colors} will be right side up once completed. 

{My first attempt was a fail in this area.}

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Step Two:

Fold one of the ends on the split line they give you between the bottom color and the one next to it.   {I chose the palest toned end for this so the darker color would be the cover and therefore, most seen.}

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Step Three & Four:

Grab the opposite end and fold it so the "tucked" end is about 1/2" from the end of the first flap.  This is to give room for the staples to hold the pack of paper.

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Step Five:

Press it down smoothly so it has a nice crease.  This is a good time to have a bone folder.  Martha is a big fan of those.  They make fold lines in paper really easy and flawless.  But if you don't have one, it's ok.  Just take your time with pressing it so you don't have a crooked outcome.

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Step Six:

Put this cover aside to work on your paper.

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Step Seven:

Grab about 4 sheets of paper.  I used kids drawing paper because

A.) It's super easy to tear when you

are tearing it out of the book.

B.) I like it's texture for writing

C.)  It's cheap

D.) I had it lying around.

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Step Eight -- Eleven:

Using a paper cutter, cut your paper about 1/8" to 1/4" smaller than the width and height of the inside of the book surface.  {If you don't have a paper cutter, not a big deal, you can use scissors.  It just takes a little longer.}  I had enough to make about 24 sheets of paper for my stack.

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Step Twelve:

Stack them so they are all as even as can be and slip them into the small folded area as tight as you can and hold it there closing the large flap over the small flap.

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Step Thirteen:

Using the edge of the large flap as a guide, staple about three to four times along the bottom, making sure you have the paper within the staples.  The large flap assures that you wont staple too far up and it also helps in lining up the staples in a row better.

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Step Fourteen:

Insert the large flap into the small flap.

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Step Fifteen:

Since the staples can seem unsightly, add any embellishments desired to cover this area.  On the blue one above, I hot glued a bow with a complimenting color to the notebook wrapping it around to the back.

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On the pink one {pic 16} I added a little sign that reads "notes" and trimmed in gold marker for depth.  On the mini green one {slightly in pic 16} I also added ribbon and rounded the corners with my handy-dandy corner punch. It's pretty important that the staple backs get covered as they can be dangerous and/or catch on something in your purse.

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These are great for quick party favors where you can just add a "thank you" label around them and a golf-game-sized pencil.  Or you can make a colorful set and they can be added to a stationary gift set in a basket or tin with pencils
for a last minute gift idea.
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Categories: stationery, super easy, gifts

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