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Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages

Tools:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Corner punch
  • Ribbon and other embellishments
  • Rubber Cement
  • Fiskars rotary cutter

The idea behind this guestbook was that I’d have pages in it with stuff relating to the wedding. Scrap pages of all that good shower, party, proposal stuff. However, I ran out of time. (Surprise.) So I just took a scrapbook page from my NORMAL scrapbook and made it my intro. On the front, it was just a titlepage, er, a welcome page. On the back was the little blurb about how I met Donny.

Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages


Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages

Then, it was onto making all of the other pages. These pages were going to be chocolate and lavender scrap-background pages with pockets on them. Guests can sign the insert cards and then stick it into the guestbook!

So I made typical scrapbook pages.

Then I needed the pockets. The little envelopes they sell online were ridiculously priced, so like everything else, I made pockets for the cards. Then, I made a MILLION (or less) little pockets that fit a business card. I actually made more that the number of guests in case some people were inspired to write more.

To make those pockets, I cut 5.5&uot; x 4.25" rectangles out of 8.5" x 11" or 12" x 12" scrapbook paper. Then I halved all those rectangles into 2.75" x 4.25" rectangles. (I first started making them out of normal size scrapbook paper, but it was more cost effective to make them out of the larger 12" x 12".)

Normal scrapbook paper layout
Normal scrapbook paper layout

Larger scrapbook paper layout
Larger scrapbook paper layout

Then, I took those rectangles and folded along the blue line as shown below (2" from one end. I cut along the dotted red lines after I made the fold.

DIY pocket

After that, I punched the corners (optional) in orange. Then, I folded along the purple like and then folded the little flaps around the backside of the pocket.

DIY pocket

I rubber cemented the flaps to the back and here we have a finished pocket.

DIY pocket

I glued 12 or less pockets, depending if I wanted to put a picture on the page or not, onto the pages.

Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages

Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages

Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages

Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages

I made many more pages, but got lazy and didn’t take pictures of all of them. There were enough pockets for each guest. Thinking ahead, if some people made more than one note, I added a "CYA" (cover your ass) page.

Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages

Guests could put them in that envelope if there was missing space.

How did I make the book?
How did I make the inserts that go into those pockets?

DIY in Action

Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages


Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages


Finished DIY Wedding Guestbook Scrapbook Pages

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5 Responses to “DIY | Guestbook Pages and Pockets”

  1. sam says:

    Wow this is so creative I really like it and it is so much better then the typical guest book. I may try something similar for my own.

  2. melissa justen (aguilar) says:

    Thao,

    I just started looking around your site and everything is so amazing. I always knew how crafty, creative and well, awesome you were with design, but your wedding and details take the cake! I can’t believe the beautiful detail and thought you put into everything! I think you should quit being a superstar engineer or whatever amazing career you probably have and seriously consider this as more than a hobby! I wish I had thought to look all your ideas while I was planning my wedding!

    From one wanna be crafty ex-Lamphere kid to another, you rock!

    Melissa

  3. melissa justen (aguilar) says:

    oh p.s. I totally saw your timeline for your wedding party on the knot once really randomly once, saw your user name, and thought, wow how cute and of course knew it was you!

  4. Kristin says:

    hello. I love your guest book. I have a question about it tho. I was wondering if you glued the envelopes on the outside of the clear protector sheets or on the inside? Thanks

  5. SM says:

    Your site is great and your wedding looked like it was fantastic! I have been downloading some of your templates and trying to adapt them to the designs I’m imagining for my wedding. Thanks for the inspiration! Have been referring people to your site.

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