DIY – The Guest Book

I have to say that I got this idea from Jen. I found her site through Pinterest, and I was so inspired that I went out the next day, and got the few things I didn’t already have to make this book. I’m thrilled with it, and wanted to share it with you.

She made her book to house the cards she received when she got married, and my original thought was to make a book for the sympathy cards I’ve received since my mom’s death. But I’ve also been having trouble finding a guest book for our home, so I changed things up just a little, and made a guest book.

I will make one for the cards, but we have a guest coming into town today, and I wanted to have the guest book first.

You’ll need to read her post for full directions. I’m only posting my variation.

Here is the book:

Here are my changes to Jen’s beautiful design:

I used two rings. It will be opened again and again, and I felt that two rings gave it more stability, and more of a book-like feel.

I like the book better with the sides of the cardboard covered, so I cut the paper for the front and back of the book about 1/2 inch larger than the cardboard, and then used the glue (Crafting Goop) to glue it over the sides and onto the inside of the book. I then cut the paper for the inside of the page just slightly smaller than the cardboard, so that when it is glued over the edges that came over from the front, it looks like the inside of a regular book, and the edges from the front are hidden.

I used sheets of card stock for the pages. I found them at Hobby Lobby (approx. 100 for $5) and they are the perfect size for a small note, date, and signature. I used 50 of the cards. They had multiple colors; I used cream. They are 4.5 X 6.5 in size.

For the front, I used just one sheet of paper. You can use two or more, but when I tested the sheets with the doodads I used to spell out welcome, it looked too cluttery for me. Besides, I like the theme of dots. :)

To make the “welcome”: I used sliding beads that came with alphabet stickers. You simply stick on whatever letters you want to make your word, and then slide them onto ribbon. I used a purple ribbon that was wider than the slot for the beads, so it would “fill out” at the beginning and end of the word. Then I used small blue brads (they match the larger ribbon I used to tie the book together) to attach the ribbon to the front of the book. The sliding beads were rather heavy, and the word hung a bit more than I thought it would, so the brads were necessary to keep it straight. The sliding beads and brads are from Spare Parts. I found them in the scrapbooking aisle.

I then faced to problem of how to affix the ribbon. Since I needed to hide the brads on the inside of the book, and I wanted the ribbon to have a clean (and not messy) edge, I wrapped the ribbon around to the inside, trimmed it so it would lay flat, and then just glued it down with Crafter’s Goop. (wonderful, but stinky) You can see on the left here is the brad, completely covered, and the ribbon, glued (with a slight overlay) securely to the inside.

I affixed the ribbon to tie the book together just as Jen did, only I used brads that have little circles and dots to keep with my theme. My ribbon is an ocean blue (hard to tell from the pics) and it matches the small brads I used to affix the purple ribbon at the top of the book.

I was a little too eager to make this, and I forgot to attach the blue ribbon before I put the paper on the inside of the back page, so I had to improvise with a small piece of the polka dot paper to cover the brads. It looks just fine, just don’t forget to put the brads in first if you don’t want the extra step.

The biggest thing is to make sure you measure!!! I did, and my pages are all straight, and they line up beautifully. They are even with the cover (front and back) on the inside (where the rings are), and tucked in beautifully on the outer, top, and bottom edges.

I think I will make a few more of these for various purposes…Bible study/church, favorite recipes, and maybe even make some for friends.

This was a very fun project. Thanks Jen!!!


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