A Floaty Guestbook.. DIY?

I’ve had a shockingly odd amount of ideas for our guestbook. As is the trend lately, none of them included an actual book.

The initial idea was to have people sign around a picture that would eventually be framed. It wasn’t going to be one of Foxy and me, though; instead, I have a print by an artist named Kurt Halsey that I absolutely adore and thought would be just perfect.

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Image via Art Star

So cute, right? But I wasn’t *quite* sold. Almost, but not entirely.

Then I thought something akin to the Quaker marriage certificates might be nice.

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Images via the Merriment blog

I especially love the one on the right, but I still wanted a bit more. I must admit that I have been secretly loving the fingerprint trees that seem to be so popular as of late.

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Via Etsy shop Love From The Thumb

Then, in one of my daily searches on Etsy, I saw something a bit different…it was still a fingerprint guestbook, but it evoked a certain fantabulous Disney Pixar movie.

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Via Etsy shop bleu de toi

Up, anyone? I mean, I just love that movie, and I love the idea of using it as a guestbook. My only issue was not wanting to spend upwards of $60 on a print that I just might be able to reproduce and get printed at Kinko’s for a third of the price. So try and DIY, I did.

First and foremost, I printed out the clearest picture I could of the Up house—this actually happened to be a photo of the real life version of the house that was built in Utah.

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Image via The Awesomer

Next, I took a sheet of velum and traced the image twice: first with pencil, then with a black marker.

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Since it was looking kind of…rough…after the pencil and even the marker, I decided to scan it into Photoshop and touch it up a bit with the eraser tool. A few adjustments and some added text later, I ended up with this:

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I’m actually a bit surprised at how reasonable it looks…I was a bit wary after I finished the pencil outline with all the smudgies and wavy lines and such. But, as if you didn’t know this already, Photoshop seriously does wonders. All it needs now are the balloon strings, and then I can bring it to Kinko’s to be printed out on a yet to be determined sized piece of poster paper.

The thing is, I’m in desperate need of your help. I’m afraid that, to quote Cher, “(it’s) a full-on Monet…from far away, it’s OK, but up close it’s a big old mess.”

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What do you think, hive? I’m sure no one will really be analyzing this all that much, but should I keep going with the DIY route? If I do…is black and white good enough or should I try and get fancy and color it in?

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Mrs. Fox

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Wedding Date:
June 2012

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    Nuribecks, Guest @ 2:40 pm

    I actually bought one of bleu de toi’s custom made posters and loved how it turned out…before the finger prints! Even with a starter fingerprint and instructions, not everyone was sure of what to do. I should have had someone there helping because my poster ended up with awful finger prints EVERYWHERE! Plus, people then decided to write full on messages all around. Totally ruined the look of it. In the end I cut out the car and our names and pasted it in our album. You’re smart for making your own. It’s looking great! Just make sure to leave detailed instructions if you can’t have anyone there to monitor. Good luck!!

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    drlee, Guest @ 3:54 pm

    it looks very block-y and hand-traced. the perspective looks kind of off-kilter. but if you like the DIY look of it, why don’t you print a copy off at kinko’s, add some finger prints and decide if you like it.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:38 pm

    I think it looks super cute!

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    futuremrsbrunell 185 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:09 pm

    I think I understand what you’re doing but I think I can help if you want to PM me I’d be happy to give it a go.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:20 pm

    I really haven’t toyed around in Photoshop, but I love the idea. Have you considered adding some color to the house? It might be cute to make the house colors with your thumb ink pads.

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    Fricky, Guest @ 5:17 am

    Nuribecks and I could have had the same experience. I bought the cute Up house from Blue de Toi as well. GREAT seller!

    But yeah…I had a “unique and special snowflake” who decided to put their finger print in the lower right corner. My mom who decided she needed to leave two fingerprints PLUS a little message. And my new nephew, who decided to draw his own balloon line when the rest were full. GRRR

    Definitely have a monitor for this!

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    Amanda, Guest @ 11:29 am

    It looks perfect!! Excellent job! I’m hoping to do a fingerprint guest book too. Most likely a tree though…

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    jaykayel 84 posts, Worker bee @ 12:57 pm

    I’m a little late chiming in on this – I know it would be extra work to start over with the Inn….but I think it would be soooo cool. Could you (or someone you know) render a drawing of the Inn?

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    angelwinged 127 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:49 pm

    I’d take your colored photo you had and scan that in to photo shop and take away all back ground and then you have a photo of the “real” up house and add the balloon strings to it

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    Ali, Guest @ 7:49 am

    Hi – I’m making an Up costume for my son for Halloween. I’m converting his walker into the house (and he’ll be Carl). I was hoping for your permission to utilize the picture you drew for the house. Can you let me know if this is ok with you? I’ll happily email you a photo of the finished look.

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