After a lot of thinking about guestbooks, I realized I really want a tree, and not just any tree, but an autumn looking tree.
Image via One Fab Day
I downloaded it and put it on the back burner, until a few weeks ago, when I realized I better put my behind to work.
So, I headed to my local Office Depot and printed a trial run on a 36″ x 27″ paper sheets for 28 pesos (about 2 USD). I printed the A3 template because it is bigger than the A4. I’m really not sure if it’s the best one, I just know it looks great.
So I had the tree, but I couldn’t find cute ink-pads anywhere in town—there was only black, blue, and red (standard pen red, not cute red), and they only came in big square pads. Not really cute. So I started researching hoping to buy something from the States, when a fantastic fellow bee came to the rescue:
Thanks, Miss Buffalo!
So, armed with Miss Buffalo’s awesome gift, Mr. Toadstool, my sister, and I tried our thumbs in the tree; the leaves look exactly as I wanted, but I mentioned the rest of the tree looked a bit dead, so my sister took her pastel chalks and gave me this:
I told her to make the grass orange-ish (because it’d look odd with green grass and orange leaves), but I’m not really sure about it. I’m planning to remove the heart—I feel it makes it look to cartoon-ish—and of course I’ll add our names and date.
We played a bit with it, adding just a few leaves so we can get an idea of how it’d look; we signed them on the left side of the tree and left them blank on the right side. I feared the signatures would look too overwhelming, but I can barely see them and I’d like to know which print belongs to whom, so we’ll instruct our guests to sign their names on their print—we might just need a better pen.
We put about 130 prints on the tree, but we’re expecting to get more on the big day. We’re expecting at least 220 guests, so let’s hope it doesn’t get messy.
Any suggestions, hive? Do you have any advice for the grass?