Saturday, 22 February 2014

DIY guestbook

For my first DIY post {the wedding rings didn't count really as you'll need and experts help} I thought I'd share something really simple... {Also something really cheap to make so it doesn't matter if you mess it up}

Guestbooks are a lovely thing to have as a memento of your wedding day but they often get forgotten in the excitement of the day and there are usually many blank pages left at the end.  It's only a little thing but you'll be glad you had one and is almost as nice to look through from time to time after your wedding had long since passed as your photos...

There are loads of guestbooks out there on the market, from the ones you can buy from places like hobby craft to some really fancy expensive ones designed by wedding stationers.  But if you don't want to have the same simple guestbook as everyone else out there then get out your scissors and glue and lets jazz one up!

What you'll need:
1 sketch book
assorted pieces of card or paper
double sided sticky tape
fine liner pen
a few assorted mini envelopes
2 pieces of ribbon {equal length} 

Start with the cover; for this one I've used some white card to contrast with the brown paper book and drawn a super simple little design with the bride & grooms names on. I always use double sided tape when creating things from paper as glue can often seep through paper and make ink bleed...


















Open the book up to the inside cover and with a small piece of double sided tape stick the end of one of your pieces of ribbon down. To make sure that it's extra secure I always add a piece of card over the top, slightly larger than the ribbon, again stuck down with double sided tape. Now flip over to the back inside cover and do the same with your 2nd piece of ribbon on the back to fasten.

So to make your guestbook a bit more enticing to write in than a ream of blank paper try adding some of these details...

















Stick down little envelopes filled with mini cards and tags with little hand written notes on that say things like "words of wisdom" or "write us a note" these act as great little prompts for people to scribble down their thoughts and are a lot less scary than a big blank page.
I always struggle with what to write in a guestbook that actually means something and isn't super cheesy so I often draw a little picture instead! To make that prospect a bit more inviting to others, on some pages, stick down little frames cut from contrasting paper.

Leave your guestbook in a prominent place and make yourself a little sign to let people know its there and you would like them to write in it {yes people really do need that much direction} also to make it a bit more interesting why not set it out on a little desk with a pot of various pens and crayons, a pile of stickers, post it notes and other scrapbooking bits and bobs {tip:stick to dry media e.g. pencil crayons and fine liner pens, don't put paint out or you'll regret it!}

{Pro Shots: Diamonds & Doodles Sheffield Wedding Photographer}

3 comments:

  1. Excellent idea! I will definately be trying this, especially the prompts for drawings.

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  2. I didn't want a guest book. I was going to do a branch with a pile of blank notes attached to string for guest to wish us well...but this works as well. Two simple ideas.....

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  3. I didn't want a guest book. I was going to do a branch with a pile of blank notes attached to string for guest to wish us well...but this works as well. Two simple ideas.....

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