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mini album inspiration: wedding guest book

What: Wedding Guest Book

Who: I pulled this together for our friends who just tied the knot – Abbie + Jacob

Where: This was at the entrance of the wedding reception

Why: It’s a tradition to have guests sign in upon arrival, but how FUN is it in this format of combining pictures of the new couple with those notes of love + support – right!?

How: Simple stuff. I used the Cinnamon Mini Album (20% off thru April 5) and pulled cards from the Seafoam Edition of Project Life. I printed a bunch of photos (around 40) fro their engagement photo shoot and had those prints back from Persnickety Prints lightening fast. I even opted for the “Project Life rounded corners” that they have available. Their printing quality is gorgeous. Nothing but the best for these newlyweds.

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I specifically pulled out the 3×4 cards that were versatile and “occasion-appropriate” for the context of this project. I wanted to narrow down my selection and ended up pulling a total of (80) 3×4 cards from the Core Kit.

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I placed the 4×6 prints into the photo pocket pages (that come sewn into the album – yay!) so there were a couple of those for every layout.

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I added the 3×4 cards and every layout also had a couple 4×6 cards – Title Cards or Grid Cards or one of each. The idea is just to give people places to write their notes and sign their names.

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Using Word (on my Mac), I created 3×4 text boxes and whipped up a few “custom” cards for the album cover, title page, and last page.

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Trimmed, rounded corners, done.



The album was then full of pictures, full of cards, and fully ready for the wedding reception. And as you can tell – not bulky at all.


I also typed up a “note of explanation” so the guests would know what to do. I taped a copy of this inside the album cover and put another copy in a pretty frame next to the album on the guest sign-in table.




The end result is something I think Abbie + Jacob will always treasure. Photos of them as a young, engaged couple and notes of love, support, advice, and memories from those who love them most. All in one little album. Yum.



87 Responses

  1. This is so sweet! You could easily recreate this for a bridal or baby shower too. LOVE!

  2. Melissa says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, AND I could actually pull it off.

  3. Kimberley says:

    Love this idea, and like the previous commenter said….this would work awesome for ANY ceremony or party that uses a guest book :)

  4. Jen N says:

    Love it!! Might do for an upcoming Baby Shower for my SIL!

  5. TeriBeri says:

    I just emailed the link to a good friend of mine that is getting married in September. This is such a CUTE idea for a wedding guest book. LOVE IT!!!! Hugs, T

  6. Krista W says:

    I just did a similar one like this for a baby shower. I took photos the day of the baby shower of everyone at the shower and then gave out the cards(baby edition core kit in yellow) to each person to write advice, notes to the baby, etc. I printed the photos and put it all together with the cards next to the photo of the guest and the mom-to-be. I used the kiwi mini album because they do not know the sex of the baby and then I am giving her the rest of the core kit and 12 x 12 album to begin project life for the baby. I am so happy with the finished product! Thank you for all of the products and a super easy way to make a keepsake for the mom and the baby!!

  7. Kristen C says:

    I love this idea!! I saw your post on Instagram and decided this would be the perfect thing for my sister’s upcoming bridal shower. I’m using Cherry cards for the guests to write their wishes/advice for the bride & groom and the Rain mini-album. Plan to add photos of the guests next to the cards. I can’t wait to put it all together. Thanks for the awesome idea!!

  8. young c says:

    Such a great idea! Love that it becomes a keepsake. :)

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  10. Carrie says:


    I’d love a tutorial on how you made the custom text boxes in Word….I am not so proficient on my own :)

  11. KatieK. says:

    Becky, maybe you or someone on Creative Team (if time of course) could print up your easy front-of-album instruction sheet (the one in frame) as a Word or PDF so we could do same? Obviously we would need to change folks names, etc. Yours is simple, to-point, and of course beautiful graphics!

    The PL cards don’t overwhelm folks in thinking they have to write a novel and the lines help some with how they feel about their writing style.

    So much more usable than the commercial ones sold at stores – how do you incorporate folks well-wishes? Tear apart the pages from the spine?

    @Krista W. – love your project too!

  12. Megan Hebel says:

    This is such an amazing idea! I wish I could have had this at my wedding, but I think that its a great idea for future parties we have! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

  13. Christine says:

    Eeek! I’m totally going to do this for my son’s graduation in June! Pictures of him throughout his life + life advice, wishes for the future, supportive notes from friends? Yes, please! Genius. Thanks for the idea. I knew I bought that mini-album for a reason and would find the best use.

  14. ShellyJ says:

    Awesome… really wish I had that same thing, 8 years ago! :) clever clever!

  15. J3SS1C4 says:

    Super cute idea! I can see how this would work for a wedding or a baby shower as well! I wish this sort of thing was around when my sister got married last year!

  16. Jackie says:

    I would love to do a baptism book using this idea. I have three grandkids getting baptized in the next couple of months. Guests at the baptism could write on PL cards. Anyone have ideas for this? I need help! I’m not creative.

  17. ~Michelle says:

    What a CUTE idea!

    Oh Becky it is April Fools Day. And I was just telling someone about that awesome (to us) prank our CKU Chicago class played on you that April Fools Day. You were such a good sport!

  18. Chari says:

    Love this! Thanks for posting. We used a Project Life core kit cards for my Grandmas Funeral. Guests wrote their favorite memory. We’re putting it together with photos from her life now. A real treasure for generations to come!

  19. Marie says:

    Love this idea! In France, we do not usually do bridal shower (or at least, not in this way), but I think it could be an awesome idea for the wedding day (the tradition is to let a “livre d’or” where the guests write some kind words to the groom and the bride). Love it! Thaks for sharing.

  20. Cara says:

    My brother is getting married next week, and when I saw this on your FB page I immediately emailed him and his fiancée and offered to do this for them — they already had an idea using pictures on a canvas but man I wish they’d do this!;). Their idea won’t incorporate people’s words to them which is what is so cool about your idea compared to a regular old “sign your name” guest book. I wish I had be of these from my wedding!
    I do have another idea though – my mom is turning 60 in July, and she is having a hard time with this birthday. I’m going to make her a mini album with pictures of her life and messages from friends and family — I’ll mail out the cards to people with a self-addresses stamped envelope, so I get them back;). I think she will really really love it.

  21. Lisa W. says:

    This is SO very nice…I’m sure they love it!!! Wondering…with your pl mini’s on sale, I just ordered the Blush edition from HSN what mini would you suggest goes with that best, the idea page for that was before blush edition was out there:) I was thinking cherry or kiwi…just wondered your thoughts…thank you!!!

  22. Robin Gibson says:

    WONDERFUL idea! Well done! Sooooo super easy, and beautiful, all at the same time!
    btw…getting some travel pics & stories put in my brand new JADE album today, LOVING THIS!!!

  23. Ebony S says:

    This is such a great idea!! I may have to use this one day!:-)

  24. Randee S says:

    What a great idea!!! I’ll have to remember this. Thanks for sharing.

  25. This is a super fantastic idea!! :-) I absolutely love it!! Gonna use this soon!

  26. Erin says:

    Your completely inspiring me to make one for my cousins wedding this summer!!

  27. Norma says:

    I just love and adore this. You are amazing! Have you ever stopped to think how many lives you have inspired? I am in awe……………

  28. Theresa M. says:

    What a great idea! Becky, love everything you do.

  29. cassie says:

    I am anticipating a wedding in my future and this will definately be a part of the big day!!

  30. cindy b says:

    AWESOME ideas! Was I the only one to see the TYPO on the wedding guest album? Shouldn’t it be” Write a note TO the newlyweds? lol… sorry, my eyes went right to that for some reason…

  31. Liana says:

    Very cute idea!! Cindy b: I too noticed the typo right off the bat!

  32. April says:

    Becky I was wondering if the Midnight album is a dark brown or black?

  33. Ashley S. says:

    I LOVE this Becky!

  34. Nicole says:

    This is a fantastic idea, and could be used in so many other ways. I love it.
    I have to ask… where were their engagement photos taken? I think I went to a wedding there!

  35. Sachere says:

    I want to use this idea for my son’s graduation sign-in/memory book! What a great idea!

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    I have just finished up my own Project Life guest book for my wedding on June 14. I have been wavering on what to do for the guest book for a long time and finally decided on this. With under one week to go and so much on my list this was perfect. I used the Coral Edition and a black mini album and it worked out perfectly. This was such and easy project, I did it sitting on my living room floor while my family watched a move. I wish I could find a template for the cover and instructions. I think it will take me more time to do that than to put the whole thing together. I can’t wait to see it when it has been written in!

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