{10.8.14} A Rustic Wedding Guestbook for Rachel & Matt

A few weeks ago, my two close friends Rachel & Matt, tied the knot at a beautiful and rustic location in western New York. I was super excited when they asked me to create their guestbook, because it gave me a special opportunity to contribute to their wedding.

I chose a few swatches, based off of her desire for something ivory and soft, and Rachel made the final selection for the cover material. I adore the fine brown leafing detail of the material. I think it fit perfectly with her woodsy theme!

I wanted to work in some new special details for an added touch, so I created a heart-shaped depressed title card – a bit different from my usual rectangular cards. I thought it added a little elegance while also keeping it a bit playful.

front view of the guestbook

heart-shaped title card

I also added brass eyelets to the binding holes, to offset the ivory colored thread from the light color of the cover material. I like the finished appearance and the contrast in color.

binding hole detail

I sewed this book so it would lie flat when writing in it – something I think it very important for guestbooks! It also gives a gorgeous exposed stitching on the spine, which I think adds a hefty amount of flair and style.

exposed spine stitching

lay-flat binding

I also wanted the book to have rounded corners. Not only is it super difficult to round cut the thick book board, but it also is a bit tricky to cover the corners with the book cloth to create smooth curves, while not exposing the book board underneath. The extra work is worth it – I love how it adds to the softness of the book.

shimmer paper endsheets with rounded corners

I added some personalization to the back cover by stamping my logo in brown ink.

a little bit of branding

And, just because I love them both so much, I made Rachel and Matt a hanging plaque. I picked up an unfinished wood crest at my local craft store, hand painted it gray and added some details to mimic their venue’s logo and style. I love creating custom handmade pieces like this as a little something extra.

handpainted hanging plaque

Being able to design and create a guestbook for a friends wedding is very special to me. I love the idea of making something they will keep (hopefully) forever.

Best wishes to the happy couple!

guestbook in action!

[see previous post on another good friends’ guestbook here: http://justterrific.com/6-30-14/]

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