Back at the start of 2012 I made a New Year’s resolution to document my life.
Two thousand eleven had been pretty boring, and I thought that if I could take note of all the thing’s I’d been doing and store them somewhere, I could look back at 2012 and remind myself of all the fun things I’d done.
I used to make scrapbooks when I was younger, but I wanted something a bit simpler and came across Project Life—a way of scrapbooking that was easy and fun!
Image via Becky Higgins at Project Life
Unfortunately, a lot of the Project Life products were unavailable in the UK at that time, but I pre-ordered some supplies and started taking notes of things that had been going on so I could catch up when my order was delivered.
It ended up being delivered in April, and by that point I had given up. I am all for instant gratification and I had gotten bored of it by then. So all my supplies just sat in a corner and collected dust for months.
When I began my wedding planning, I pinned all sorts of ideas on my Pinterest, and something stood out that was a little different from the standard guestbook.
Image via Martha Stewart Weddings
I hate disorder. I’m a major control freak, and I don’t like guestbooks that have half a page written on and the rest left blank. I also have a few friends who write things like “Ey up, chuck! We’ve had a crackin’ day and the food was luuush!! Looking forward to gettin’ ma groove on on the dance floor now—woo!” and I just cannot. handle. that. Not if it’s written in a gorgeous guestbook on the same page as a beautifully written heartfelt note from a member of my family. These notes are funny written in birthday cards and other things that I can put away and re-visit, but not in my wedding guestbook.
So I thought these ideas would be cute—I could arrange them myself, each person would have a designated page, or card, and so the “funny” comments wouldn’t take away from the more serious ones.
But the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like it wouldn’t work in the long term. What was I do to with the cards after? Keeping them out on display seemed like it would become a bit impractical, and years down a line they’d get ruined or lost. Really, I did need a book. But how to get a book that would work?
I then found this idea on Pinterest that caught my eye.
Image via Guestbook Store
I liked this. Each guest/couple would have their own page! Funny comments wouldn’t look out of place, but serious notes could also be shared. It seemed perfect…but there was a problem—this website was in the States and the cost of the album plus the shipping was more than I had budgeted for.
So I started to wonder if I could come up with something myself—I could print out pages maybe? But I liked the square shape and square paper would start to bump up the cost…and where would I get it printed? Plus, I’d need an album to put it in…
…wait a minute. I had an album…I had the Project Life album. And I had the plastic wallets…
Ideas came flooding to me and I started imagining creating a Project Life styled guestbook.
I searched online everywhere but there were no pictures to help me, so I had to come up with this myself!
I started by searching Pinterest for Project Life freebies to find journalling cards that I liked and came across quite a few! I printed out lots and showed them to Jack to see what he thought—he preferred the bright colours as opposed to the pastel ones, so I went ahead and created a mock-up of what I had been imagining.
The idea is to have a variety of cards for people to write on, but for the majority of the cards to have headings and prompts for what to write (which I have edited in Gimp). There will also be some filler cards so that not every card has to be written on—which will also be good for substituting for pictures of our guests after the wedding.
Some cards will be serious, others a bit more fun. Ideas we have so far are:
- How do you know the bride & groom?
- Favourite moment of the day so far?
- Any advice for the future?
- Where have you travelled from?
- Ten places we should visit in our lifetime
- Ten recipes every good wife should know
- Ten compliments every good husband should give
- Favourtite memories of the groom
- Favourite memories of the bride
This feels like the perfect solution. Some guests will fill the page, while others will fill in only one or two cards, but at least I have the ability to rearrange everything afterward so it flows well. And I’ll be able to add pictures and other things to make it really pretty. Plus, I like how we can make it personal. I always cook the same meals over and over again, and Jack is known to make more mocking comments than compliments. It suits us.
Best of all—it’ll cost us zero pounds. Free! Thank goodness for my inability to stay focussed on one craft idea for any length of time.
What do you think? Does anyone have any more ideas for what I can write on the cards? Who else did a nontraditional guestbook, and did it go down well?
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- Wedding Date:
- September 2013
- Fabrica Gallery, Brighton