In a past, not too long ago life, I used to scrapbook. For whatever reason, I lost interest and haven't scrapped in a long time. During that time I created quite a few books. Where are they now? In a box in the closet somewhere, only to be taken out when I do a total reorganization/cleaning of the closet. Knowing these books ended up as dust collectors, I did not want that to happen to my guest book.
I searched for ideas for alternative guest book ideas that I could put on display instead of in the closet. One of my favorite books was the fingerprint version:
The problem with doing something like this was I would have to have someone to design it for me meaning I would have to probably pay a price for it. Plus, there just did not seem to be much room for signing.
After my engagement pictures were ready to take a look at, I met my photographer at a local coffee house to pick my favorites. While sitting there, I mentioned to him that I wanted something different for the guest book and something that would match our rustic wedding theme and eventually our rustic-y decor theme at home.
It was one of the walls at the coffee shop. I love the look of it and figured I could somehow replicate that look for my guest book. It would just take some planning. After about a day and a half of work, I now have something I am happy to hang on the wall
It was a pretty easy project and once it is time for people to sign, they can grab a pen and sign a shim.
Materials needed (for a 30″x22″ peice):
6-1x4x4 white wood pieces
4 packs of wooden shims
1/2 pint of Sunbleached Stain and 1/2 pint of Special Walnut Stain
Wood or Craft Glue
I lined up five 1x4s and cut them down to size. The sixth board was used as a brace on the back. I screwed/glued the brace to the back and let it dry.
I took the engagement pictures I was using and drew their lines on the wood so I knew not to place a shim in that area.
I started using wood glue to adhere the wood shims, but the wood glue would NOT cooperate. I eventually switched over to the trusty graft glue I have and it worked like a charm
After all of the shims were glued and cut to size (not easy if you do not have a power saw), I started staining my color on.
I started with the Special Walnut stain and applied it lightly and randomly. There was no rhyme or reason to how I applied it. I then applied the sunbleached color (which looks very gray at first). Then I just started using each color where I thought it was necessary.
I love how this looks! It has so much dimension and is very unique. I am going to have to find a pen that will sign the wood (not too difficult since I tested out different options on spare shims). Most likely, I will place this on an easel and let everyone sign a shim. I cannot wait to display this on my wall! The best part: I spent less than $30 to make this.
What will your guest book look like?