Be our guest, be our guest (book)

My brother-in-law is getting married this weekend and I just finished the guest book. Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

I gave my future sister-in-law the guest book as a gift for her bridal shower. I used the same paper for the cover as I did for their wedding invitations. I also got to use one of the gorgeous Japanese brocade bookcloths I bought last summer in San Francisco at Kozo Arts (before they closed). I love love love this bookcloth.

Here’s the process in a nutshell:

Materials for handmade guest book


Handmade guest book by Blue Roof Designs


For the mat under the title card on the front of the book, I used some paper I had left over from the invitations from another Campbell wedding. I can’t help but feel sentimental about making that family connection through paper.

It’s going to be so satisfying to be able to see one of my books in action – I almost never have that opportunity.

4 Responses to “Be our guest, be our guest (book)”

By Carol - 8 May 2010 Reply

Hi Elissa, just catching up on my favourite blogs after being away from my computer for over a month. No email, blogging or posts to read, so I’m going to be busy for a while until I get on top of it. I’ve also come home to over a hundred books to make so I start that tomorrow. (Not what I consider real book binding, I must add.) Your guest book is lovely, such a beautiful gift and I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing it in use.

By Elissa - 10 May 2010 Reply

Carol –

I don’t know how I’d handle being computer-free for a month. Congrats on your survival!

It was really strange (and fun) seeing the guest book in use, and even stranger signing it myself. It felt like I was ruining it.


By Dennis - 12 May 2010 Reply

What!? They’re closed!? That’s so sad!

By Elissa - 12 May 2010 Reply

Dennis –

I know! Their selection of bookcloth was exquisite – I wish I had bought more.


So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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