To make a covered matchbox book, you will need:
Paper in a variety of colours/ patterns
Office labels make it easier to add a front label, and stickers are fun, but they're not necessary.
To begin, measure the paper to cover the outside of your matchbox using the lid itself (roll the box over on all four sides in a row and then mark the end of the last side). See view 1. Now (view 2) cut the paper to size, and stick it on. I find it easiest to add the glue to the box two sides at a time, and then adjust the paper as I go. Matchbox makers don't seem too fussed about having their products square, so jimmy room is good.
To make the pages of your book, measure a long strip of plain paper so that it is slightly less wide across than the matchbox. Now fold it up accordian style to make your pages, trimming off any extra bits. I make the last page (which I glue to the bottom of the box) half sized so that you can still see the cool paper down there when it's glued into place. I also glue another piece of the paper I used to line the bottom to make a "cover" for the first page. Add your labels for your titles and there you have it.
You can use these little boxes for many many things: Asher told a story, Ana put in a bunch of (slightly painful) jokes, Bella made a sticker collection. You can also use it to display buttons, wild flowers, stamps or make an Alexander Beetle box. They are fun to hide with a special activity (make perfect hot cocoa, have a picnic in the living room) tucked inside on a gloomy day and to give as a gift with a special barrette or wee car inside. I even understand you can keep matches in them.