Inspired by Sizzix and Jonathan Fong, I made a wedding guest book for my niece's upcoming wedding. I printed all the papers using digital scrapbooking files, onto a slightly textured light sketching paper which I trimmed down to 8-1/2x11 and ran through a laser printer. The papers were then trimmed to 8x8. The cover papers were printed on sticky-backed label paper which I adhered to a recycled cereal box also sized to 8x8. All the matte board used was saved from a framer's garbage bin.
For the bride and groom's names on he cover, I matched the colours of the cover and printed brown lettering onto a light blue background. The font for the names is Scriptina, a free font from the internet. The frame was cut using a maroon matte board . I first used the Tim Holtz Ornamental die, then cut out the inside using the Mini Tickets Set. I then embossed the frame with a Cuttlebug flourish folder.
For some of the pages I wanted to have photos of the happy couple.
For this page I started by printing a photo of the happy couple onto card and on the reverse printed a mustard colour similar to one of the colours on the background paper. I carefully cut the photo using the Sizzix Bag with Scallop die, but instread of folding on the creases to make a bag I folded in half. I trimmed the bottom edge using a corner round punch. I then embossed the front and added a light bit of distress ink to the raised areas. The little leaf that keeps the "card" closed is cut from brown card using the Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings Sizzlet die. I used a brad to attach it to the paper with a cardboard "washer" in between to allow the leaf to turn. The flowers are cut from the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die. The maroon larger flower was cut from card that I printed to match the leaves on the background paper. The top white flower was embossed with a Sizzix dot embossing folder. The flowers were attached using foam dots to add some dimension.
Once all the pages were assembled, I bound the 8x8 book with my Rubicoil binder with a white spiral binding.
October 29 update: This post has been so popular, I made another guest book for a nephew. You can view it in a later post.