Saturday 20 February 2010

Freebie #44!

Matchbook Madness

[I've started to make my files available from my blog again and am adding a new set each week. Check out the "Cutting Files" tab at the top of the page to see which ones are available for download.][Edit to add - there seems to be a problem with Google Documents, where I save my files to share them. It's asking people without an account to sign up, even though I have checked the "no need to sign up" box for my files. Until this is sorted out I have gone back to where I used to store them. Apologies if you had a problem earlier, but all should be well now!]

Like a few of (what I consider to be) my better freebies, this one arose because it was something I needed for a project I'm working on.

There are so many uses for this fun matchbook. I carry one with me to my local craft shop, with samples from all my inkpads in it, 4 to a page, so I can easily match up cardstock and embellishment colours. Cut in a larger size it would make a great purse-sized brag book, perfect for a cute way to present and bind a mini-book too! I've made the pages perforated so they can be torn out (which is what I needed), but if you don't want that feature, just cut them in blackout mode to lose the perforations and you'll still have a little nick at each side of the page to show where to crease (and it won't be seen, it's hidden by the front flap!)

At regular matchbook size it can hold around 9 pages (depending on the thickness of your cardstock). Cut it at a larger size and you have room for more pages! 2 of the examples in the photo were punched with a cropodile and held together with brads, the middle one used the more conventional stapled binding. You could also just glue in the pages if you wanted!

There are 3 files, the outer, a page, and a group of 1 outer and 9 pages, ready to be cut from an A4 or 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock. If you want to cut your own outer and pages, just be sure you keep the proportions and size the page just a touch narrower than the cover to get the best look!

Please remember you are only allowed to download this file for your own use and may not distribute it to others in any form. I spend a great deal of time creating my designs, please respect the terms under which they are given.

Again, this template will be "live" for 1 week. Next week it will be taken down, and new ones will replace it. Don't forget, if you have any requests, pass them on! I can't promise, but I will take suggestions into account when planning future templates.

These files may not be uploaded to a group, forum or website for sale or redistribution, or shared among individuals. They are expressly for the personal use of each person that downloads them from this blog.

There are 3 files and I have put them into a zip file to make downloading easier. After saving it, open in the usual way, and drag the files out onto your desktop or wherever you wish to save them.

There are 2 versions of each template:
  • An SVG version which can be imported into the Sure Cuts a Lot or Make the Cut program and then cut out on your Cricut.
  • A DXF version which is Craft Robo friendly, and ready to be imported into your Robomaster software (I'm not a Robo user, so if there are any problems with this, please let me know!)
Simply click on the appropriate button below to download the file!

Any feedback on the templates is more than welcome, and if you have any suggestions for possible future templates you'd like to see, please let me know! If you make anything using one of the templates, please post a link to it here so that others can be inspired by how you've used them!

I hope you like the templates - let me know how you get on! :)

Templates © 2009


Rockin Robin Caldwell said...

Wicked Dan the man as far as I'm concerned!!! So, are you meeting up with "Lord" Tim of Holtz??? I just finished up a piece with "all things tim" for my Dad for his birthday. Wish I could show you. It's not as good as your stuff...but hopefully, I will get there some day!! Thanks for the matchbook file. Can't wait to play with it. I'm glad you're back...I missed you while you were gone. Hugs, Rockin Robin Caldwell

Saskia said...

Thanks Dan for sharing another great freebie!


Karen said...

wow Dan, this looks like its going to be one of the most popular files you have ever done, thanks for sharing although, I don't know if its just me being dopey at this time of day but when I click the link its taking me to google documents and asking me to create an account..... what can I be doing wrong?????

Lyn said...

Wow - excellent, thanks Dan. I have the sizzix version, but this is much more versatile!

Hels Sheridan said...

That is just soooo kewl (I am well behind the times and have no idea what that means though ROFL...but it sounds good)...which leads me on to...this is a really cute little freebie, thank you Dan! Have a great weekend chuck...enjoy your read :O)) x

Amy (aka Aimitup) said...

Thanks Dan - I was just about to make one of these and join in on a challenge at Split Coast Stampers - appreciate the freebie.

Dorothy said...

Thank you Dan!

Rhonda R said...

Thanks so much for the freebie matchbook file, Dan!

911barb said...

Thanks another great gift from you.

denise said...

super cute!
lots of uses for this one...

Anonymous said...

Oh Dan.....LOVE IT!!! Thank you SO much and I love the uses you have for this file!!! I will be making up some of these to store in my purse!!!

Carol's Crafts said...

Love the matchbook file, Dan. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Lisa Avolio said...

I like your idea of carrying sample colors in one. I really should carry some samples or lists when I head to the craft store, to know what I still want (need?!) to buy. Thanks!

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing your matchbook file! Your website is so inspiring!

Crafty Sue said...

Oh, Dan, thank you for this file. My DGD is looking for favors for a spring wedding. These could be so cute with photos of the bride & groom. TFS

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much Dan. Your files are great.

Jessie said...

Thank you so much Dan! This is yet another fantastic share from you! I'm so thankful for creativly kind people who share their genius with us!

Karen said...

Thanks Dan, I am absolutely thrilled I was able to download this today, Thanks for sorting out the link

KarmaCraft said...

Just great Dan, thanks so much for this. I was trying to design my own matchbook to make a special project, but thanks to you, I no longer have to.

Thanks again,

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