Fun DIY Mixed-Media Guest book

For my wedding, I am hoping to do a photo guestbook with an instant camera. Because I was having a hard time finding a fun, unique guestbook, I decided to make my own! I bought a burlap journal at Michael’s for about $2.99 (with a coupon). Then I bought a few inexpensive decorative pieces and looted my craft drawer. This won’t really be a step by step tutorial but rather a guideline for you to use. I think this is a great way to get creative without breaking the bank. Just by using what you have a home (if you’re a crafty lady), you can create a fun, personal guestbook. Even if you don’t have a personal craft studio, purchasing the materialsΒ shouldn’t cost very much at all. Here’s a look at some of the things I used.


I decided that I wanted this to have a mixed-media flair so I decided to incorporate this lace I bought at Hobby Lobby along with these burgundy flowers. The lace really ties to my dress and burgundy is one of my main colors, so I thought it was a fun way to incorporate the guestbook into the overall look of the wedding.


I got these cool letter stamps at Michael’s for $1.50 a piece and my mom just happens to have a decent amount of stamping supplies along with an heat gun. I decided to stamp our initials and emboss them with the heat gun to give it some pretty texture. I also layered some scrapbook paper to make a pretty cover piece.


I also took stamped throughout the journal just to make it more fun and interesting. I think it’d be cool to be stickers or bits of washi tape, etc. if you wanted to be even more creative with it.


Here’s the somewhat finished product! I still need to find a way to put “and” between the initials. Anyone have any creative ideas?

This was a lot of fun and didn’t take me more than an hour to complete. I think you can be as creative as you want with a project like this. I’m even thinking of adding a few things to it! πŸ™‚ I hope you’ve enjoyed this and I’d love to see ways that you’ve gotten creative with your guestbook!


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