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2 Mini Framed Matchbox Books

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Aw… what a sweet little set of books! (Perfect for a gift to a cook in your life?) Teri Calia mixed lots of images from the new Architextures 2 8×8 Paper Pack with the Tiny Matchbox Theatre – 3 Inch and the new tiny Framed Matchbox Book for this set of books. And each one contains a surprise as each one has a framed scene inside!

That new paper set is colorful — and has so many images: from cooking and wine to travel (from maps to vintage cameras) and floral prints. There are twelve double-sided designs.

And that Framed Matchbox Book is so cute! The finished book is just 1-3/4″ tall x 1-3/8″ wide (when closed). It’s a laser-cut set of 4 chipboard pieces. One piece is scored to be the inside “framed scene.” That mini box (with a rounded-corner window already cut out) gets glued onto the back cover of the 3 pieces that form the outside of the book (front cover, spine and back cover). See the inside of Teri’s “The Vital Question” book below (below the wide photo of the closed books) for an example of the finished product.

From Teri’s blog post:
I collaged similar images onto both pieces so that they had a nice cohesiveness. Stacking them and tying a ribbon around them, when I was finished, made them seem like a cute little set.

I love this amazing vintage cookbook image, from the Architextures 2 Paper Set, as the cover for the matchbox book. It is the perfect size and so quirky. A bit of washi tape works well to bind the cover together. I used the same tape on the matchbox theatre so that they match and both look like books.

Beside the photos above, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section (with the scene that’s inside the larger book) — where you can enter to win EVERYTHING in Teri’s supply list!

Ending TOMORROW (June 11th, 2018): Glass Bottles Sale and FREE Gift Kit!

Wow… this is a popular section: EVERYTHING in the Glass Bottles Section is on sale for 20% off! That includes the FOUR new glass bottles announced in Thursday’s newsletter!

The sale ends MONDAY night, June 11th (2018).

FREE Gift Kit!

I was inspired by all the (creative) tiny bottles Shannon made from beads & tiny bits in her bookcase (in Thursday’s newsletter), so I made a similar little gift kit!

ALL orders, now through MONDAY night, June 11th (2018) will receive a Tiny Potion Bottles Gift Kit FREE! I picked out:
– one of the 12x8mm Clear Glass Rectangular Beads (I’m holding one in the photo for scale, too)
– a Half Scale Cocktail Shaker (note: I’ve broken up the 2 parts in the photo… the bead that’s normally the top of the shaker is sitting atop the next bead…)
– one of the 8x8mm Large Hole Plastic Drum Beads
– one of the 5x5mm Rounded Wooden Cube Beads
– a big mix of tiny beads that could be bottle stoppers or tiny bottles themselves! Lots of good stuff here, from glass rondelles to jade and Czech glass.

Hooray for the 2 Mini Framed Booklets Giveaway!

I like how both of these “books” have a curved-cornered-window as a frame inside. Though the smaller Framed Matchbox Book has a cover like a book (and the Tiny Matchbox Theatre has a cover that slides over it like a matchbox cover), they both have similar frames inside.

And check out the inside of the larger book, at left! I love how the flat paper images from the new paper set look right at home with that 3D mini resin french bread… helped out a bit by Teri adding foam tape to give the paper images a bit of depth and shadows.

Ok… on to this Giveaway! EVERYTHING in Teri’s Supply List is included! Check that link to see photos of all EIGHT items!

Bonus: One of the Tiny Potion Bottles Gift Kits!

To enter the 2 Mini Framed Booklets Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, June 10, 2018).

AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Teri’s project? Or: What would you make with these 2 related chipboard “books”?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello!) correct email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

Hey, who won the Never Too Early for Halloween Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Laura Callies! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, June 10th, 2018

46 responses to “2 Mini Framed Matchbox Books”

  1. Nadine says:

    I would probably use them in a Halloween type roombox. Maybe some spell books!

  2. Theresa Grdina says:

    I absolutely LOVE all of the miniature items you have but this one is really hitting home. I can see it used to announce big news – a wedding or a pregnancy….I can also see it as a Halloween spooky spell book or a Christmas carol book….SO CUTE!!!!!!

  3. Debra Young says:

    Love what Teri did with these boxes. I would probably do something with lots of tiny things.

  4. Jo says:

    love the little shadow boxes! so cute!

  5. bobbie says:

    I love these! I would do something in them to do with the seashore ~ I have tons of mini shells that would work perfectly!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I’ve been working with upscaled Altoids tins for depth. I like this new mini-book because it will hold all the mini things and have a new book look!

  7. Linda Fuller says:

    I discovered this site yesterday and was so enthralled that I didn’t get anything done the rest of the afternoon! My favorite detail has to be the tiny French bread among the wine bottles. What I would make depends on how the images from the paper pad “speak” to me. Wish I’d known about this site years ago. Love it.

  8. Peg C says:

    I would love to make some booklets for my granddaughters BD!

  9. Would use them in a victorian dollhouse library.

  10. Chris K. says:

    My favorite detail is the woman on the cover.

  11. CJ says:

    This is such a great idea and layering the two (mini and small) adds that extra degree of depth once embellished. Love it!

  12. DianeD says:

    Love these. Would make it an ocean themed book.
    Thanks for the chance!

  13. toewsk says:

    I like the ‘can you keep a secret?’ page

  14. Barb macaskill says:

    These little books are fabulous! Totally adorable and fun! My favorite detail is the way she popped up some of the images with foam tape to give her creation depth! I would definitely be using the wine themed sheet to decorate my book if I won and I would give it to a dear friend! TFS!

  15. Laural says:

    Grandbaby on the way, would make into nursery rhyme/fairy tales books

  16. Jean Marmo says:

    We love books and these little ones are just darling! I could see a wine themed project for my husband’s aunt! As she always says – it is 5 o clock somewhere!

  17. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love these & I would have to make a spooky Halloween one or two!

  18. Karen Mallory says:

    Great project! I would make some kind of adventure book to go with my basket of maps! These are for a future project of an explorer’s roombox!

  19. Rebecca R. says:

    Super cute! I would have to make some kitchen fairy inspired chip board books!

  20. Sandie says:

    Just love the miniatures. I would do something Christmas.

  21. Celia says:

    Thinking butterflies….keeping secrets

  22. Dennis L says:

    My favorite is the bread, wine and cheese scene!

  23. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love the mini cookbook.

  24. Laura callies says:

    The butterfly and strawberry with added mediums were very cute and i also loved the collage inside the slide out. The bread was super fun!

  25. Christine says:

    I have lots of ideas for these little books…a secret book with a potion in it and how to use it. I like the way she did the binding. Great job!

  26. Karen S says:

    OH a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread…bring on our “secret”

  27. Jen R says:

    I love all the details! I would probably do a Halloween theme set

  28. Janet Turner says:

    So cute! I love the vintage cookcook idea.

  29. Ina Good says:

    Love book shadow boxes and I would do a sea or beach with them or Alice in wonderland

  30. Angela C says:

    So cute! I would probably make an ocean-themed book. I do love the recipe mini book.

  31. Ann F. says:

    OMG! Those mini books are right up my alley. I would love to make themed books for friends birthdays…incorporating their hobbies into each theme.

  32. Traci says:

    These are so cute-I’m thinking cat themed

  33. Chris Hoffman says:

    I think it would be a wonderful fairy haven, a Halloween witch toiling over her cauldron, or a Christmas wonderland in a snowglobe. As always, it’s amazing what u create. I don’t think I could give it away after all the work put into it. Thanks 4 the opportunity 2 win one of ur works of art. Chris

  34. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats Laura! Welcome Linda! I had the same feelings when I found this site. I like the Can you keep a secret? I’m not sure what I would make, have to look in my stash and see what jumps out at me. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  35. Rhonda S says:

    This would be cute for a Christmas scene.

  36. Michelle says:

    I love both of her “books”. I really love the butterfly on the inside of the one!

  37. Kim Lucak says:

    Love the little shadowboxes, not sure what theme?

  38. Margaret D says:

    I love mini! Very hard to pick between these two little gems. I love the little shadow box inside the book. I think that idea is my absolute favorite. I really like the wine bottle in the theater box too. The one with the wax seal looks so realistic.

  39. Leanna Alverson says:

    I love the 3D look in the larger book! I think I’d make some type of fairy potion book if I win. I love this giveaway!

  40. Nancy E says:

    Love the tiny book box. I would probably do a vignette with shoes, perhaps?

  41. Peggy Joyce says:

    What a clever and charming way to gift a book making friend. Love the shadow box. This would make a good addition to a fairy dress stand.

  42. KIM says:

    I think a dragonfly shadow box book, would be wonderful for my desk.

  43. Barb A says:

    Love what Teri did……I would probably do a tiny garden scene.

  44. Mary Mac says:

    Love the old bottle and work with it using a message in a bottle theme.

  45. Diane says:

    Would love to do a little vanity table tableau kind of thing with the little bottles. So cute.

  46. Susan M L says:

    Love the way the boxes look like a book set! I am interested in a closer look at the paper pad to see what would “grab my eye” and get the old noggin’ thinking.