Finish It Friday – Wedding Scrapbook/Guestbook

Okay, my title is a little misleading. It is now Saturday (practically Sunday!)… but YESTERDAY was my “Finish it Friday.” I decided to pick up a project that needed to be finished, and just “git ‘er done.”

I grabbed my wedding scrapbook. Mr. Moore and I got married back in August of 2006… so this poor scrapbook has been in the making for over 3 years now. Which, honestly, is about “par” for my unfinished projects (I have a quilt I made in the 7th grade that still has safety pins in it where it needs to be tied).

I spent a couple hours, did the last 17 pages… and this sucker is DONE!

We have a separate professional wedding album with formal wedding shots done by a professional photographer, and it is wonderful (only took me 2 years to get that baby ordered). 😛 The wedding scrapbook is a bit different. It uses all the photos from the disposable cameras we had at the wedding, includes parts of cards we’d gotten… AND serves as a “guestbook” of sorts.

Before the wedding, I made cards like this:

They are 4.5″x4.5″ pieces of black scrapbooking paper. On top, mounted with “old-timey” black photo corners is a 4″x4″ piece of white paper (you can’t tell in the photo, but I used paper with a pearly sheen to make it look more “fancy”).
On the pearly white paper is printed one of about two dozen or so open ended statements. “You’ll laugh a lot in life if you…” “The difference between men and women is…” “The key to feeling more rested and energetic is…” “You can be a good friend to someone else by…” “The key to spending less than you earn is…” “When thinking about if or when to have your own children consider…” “A funny joke or story is…”

Yup, all very open-ended, and about a variety of “life” subjects – money, love, children… life.

At the wedding, guests were invited to grab a card (or 2 or 3…) and fill in their opinion. They could sign them, or not. They then put them in a basket, for me to scrapbook together with the photos later (okay, MUCH later!).

Here is the result (drumroll please):

Tah Dah!!

There are tons of different page layouts. Some with just photos, some with just cards, most with both… I’d upload more photos, but Blogger is being finicky right now.

So, now I have a beautiful keepsake that my kids will enjoy for years and years… although they won’t be allowed to read it until they are at least 18. Um, there was an open bar at the wedding, and many of the cards are not exactly “G” Rated… : )

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