As Wedding season is by now in full flow I just wanted to share with you an Envelope Guest Book I made a couple of months ago.
I really love making books there is something very satisfying about fitting your pages into their cover – I know I’m a little weird!
This Guest Book measures 8×8 and contains 8 pockets/envelopes on each 2 page spread with room for over 100 notes from Guests.
Now while I am trying to improve I’m really quite rubbish and doing traditional book binding so I found a different way to bind my pages together which actually adds to the decorative look of the pages:
The decorative strip down the centre here is how it all comes together! Simply cut a strip of light weight card – I used 160gsm to the length of your pages and depending on whether you’re going to leave them straight or add a decorative edge the width can be between 1cm – 5cm (1/4″-2″). Mine were around the 1 1/2″ size, stamped down each one to add a bit of interest and make them look pretty folded them in half and then punched down the side with my Tonic Studios Gothic Border punch (which is perfect for this technique as it punches through up to 400gsm so punching through a folded 160gsm is a breeze and means the pattern lines up perfectly on each side). I also use the off cuts from each punch to decorate the outer edges of each page.
When sticking your pages to your folded strips it’s important to leave a small edge so that the spine will have room to move and expand. I usually mark each side of the fold in around 2mm and line each page up to this.
The front is decorated with a mix of Centura Peal Paper, the heart and GUESTS are cut using the cricut from Gold Mirror Card and the bases have been embossed with a vine embossing folder.
I kept the colours neutral as I was just having a play around.
What do you think?