Matchbook Journal for StudioLight - using two dies, four stencils, and showing how to bind three different ways.

Hi gang! I did another video, this time showing how I made a little Matchbook journal. I used just two dies (one cut out of fun foam to use as a stamp) and four stencils. Plus sprays and acrylic paint.

This was really easy to make - the dies and stencils are from the Just Lou 'Explorer' collection by Lou Withers for StudioLight, and the actual making of the journal took just minutes! (And a little longer for decorating pages etc).

Here's my youtube video showing how I put it all together, plus a choice of three different styles of binding, all variations on a pamphlet binding. Very quick, very easy, even for a total beginner.

First, I cut the journal shape, then folded over the top section to form the matchbook closure. If you don't have a die, cut a piece of card the length of the journal folded in half plus an extra quarter of the length (at least 4 inches) for the fold-over top.

You can see the section on the left is folded over to form the matchbook fastening
Page views

The journal closed - the front...
 ...and the back...

Great fun - and of course the stitching will work with any style of journal or book. I do hope you'll give it a try!

If you'd like to see how I decorated the pages, you may wish to look at my video:

You can see the actual blog post (with closeup pix) here.



  1. Gosh, that's a really good video, Susie. I so enjoyed it ;-) I can just imagine you throwing everything on the floor and on the surfaces around, to be tidied up later - as I would do! You're very easy to watch but I so wished I was there to giggle at you and make you laugh as you were losing things. It really does my heart good to see that I'm not the only one!
    I've been hankering after some of the newer Studio Light stuff and you really are tempting me. Thank you so much for the inspiration.
    Cath x

    1. Thaks Cath!😘 I'm blushing now! Yes, the videos are very much a stream of consciousness thing (comes from talking while demo-ing at classes for years lol). Thank goodness I didn't use any bad language! So glad you enjoyed the video, and I do recommend the dies, they really cut well (and don't cost an arm and a leg, either).


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