Want to make a coupon book for your loved ones for Valentine’s Day or other special occasion? Life as MOM contributor Janel will show you how.
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While you can always just stash the coupons in an envelope for gift giving, I love the idea of turning them into an actual coupon book.
You’ll just need a couple of tools to make it a bit easier — an embossing stylus and a rotary trimmer with a perforating blade. You can buy these as small handheld tools, but I use scoring and perforating blades with my Fiskars Classic Rotary Paper Trimmer. I bought it years ago with a 50% coupon and have certainly gotten my money’s worth out of it.
How to Make a Tear-Out Coupon Book:
- sheet of customized coupons printed on plain paper (it’s easier to use than cardstock or business card paper)
- paper cutter with cutting blade, scoring blade, and perforated blade (or alternatively scissors, ruler, perforating wheel, and embossing stylus)
- decorative scrapbook paper for cover
Download and customize the coupons. Use the perforating blade and make a perforation along each column of coupons about 1/4 inch from the left edge of the coupon. (For these particular coupons, I used the edge of the colored rectangle as the edge of the coupon.)
Cut the coupons into equal sizes and stack them. (I used the colored rectangle as a guide for the left and top edges of the coupon. Then I cut them so they were 3.5 inches wide which required trimming a bit from the right edge.) Staple them together to the left of the perforated line.
Use decorative scrapbook paper to make the cover for the coupon book. For a matchbook style cover, you’ll need a strip of paper that measures 2 1/4 inches by 8 inches. For a simple folded cover, you’ll need a strip of paper that measures 2 1/4 inches by 7 5/8 inches.
Use the scoring blade (or embossing stylus) to score lines for easy folding:
- For a matchbook-style cover, start scoring lines from the left at 1/2″, then over another 1/8″, then over another 3 3/4″, and then another 1/8″.
- For a plain folded style cover, start scoring lines from the left at 3 1/2″, then over another 1/4″, and then over another 1/8″.
Fold along the lines and place your stapled coupon stack inside.
- For the match-book style, the 1/2″ flap will fold up and over the left side of the coupon. Place a small amount of glue in between the edge of the coupon and the staple on both sides of the coupon stack and glue the stack to the back cover and the left edge of the flap. If the cover doesn’t tuck properly into the flap because of the glue, just trim the cover slightly until it fits.
- For the plain folded style, the 1/4″ scoring is part of the front cover. Place a small amount of glue in between the edge of the coupon and the perforated line on both sides of the coupon stack and sandwich between the folded cover.
– Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella.
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