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How-To Make a Vintage Guest Book

While photographs are the best memory maker, sometimes it is the words we share that move us and remind us of those special moments that a picture simply cannot tell. 

A memory guest book allows everyone at the party to share something about the anniversary couple, or guest of honor, that they hold dear. This not only gives the guests of honor a moment of reflection and joy after the celebrations is over, but it also gives those sharing the memories an opportunity to tell stories to other guests and to feel the same expressions of love and joy when they write their memory down. 

You expect to see memory guest books at milestone occasions like graduation parties, weddings, showers or anniversaries, but usually, it's a store brought book. Take the DIY route to give a memory book a truly original and personalized look! Simple to make, easy to share and fun to look at always, this DIY memory book will be a cherished keepsake for years to come.

  • A soft or hardbound notebook, preferably blank
  • Decorative Tape
  • Scissors
  • Decorative Paper
  • Photographs
  • Pen
  • Glue
  • Mod Padge

Step 1: Cover the book with the decorative paper (and secure it with glue) in a style that captures the heart of the event.

Step 2: Use the decorative tape and photographs to adorn the new book cover.

Step 3: Pass the book around to each guest and ask him or her to write down a memory they have about the couple along with an anniversary sentiment.

Step 4: Present the couple with the memory book as a party favor.

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