I’m not much of a DIY paper products girl as you know from the Save the Date fiasco. I really don’t care to buy a gocco and I don’t really get crazy over invitations. I do however, love this super fun DIY project from Photojojo.
I could totally see these as being used as “Wedding Guides” for your wedding day. It could consist of directions for the day, your ceremony program, menu cards, etc- all in one beautiful little package for your guests. I love it!
What You’ll Need
- Two 4″x6″ vertical photo prints
- Assorted types of paper (lined paper, graph paper, colored paper, etc.)
- Paper cutter or X-acto knife and ruler
- Two binder clips or clothespins
- White glue (like Elmer’s)
- Stack of heavy books (optional)
Step 1: Trim Paper to Size
Take your assortment of fine papers and cut each piece 4″x6″, the same size as your prints. An X-acto knife and ruler will work, but a paper cutter is a lot easier and quicker.
Keep cutting until you have a stack of paper about 1/4″ thick.
Step 2: Glue Stack of Paper
Tap the stack of paper sharply on the table to even up the stack. Tap one of the short edges until it’s perfectly flush.
Clamp the stack together with binder clips to keep it nicely lined up.
Apply glue to the evened-up short edge of the stack. Smear the glue evenly over the surface with your finger.
If any glue gets on the face of the pages, just wipe it away with your finger.
Step 3: Glue It Again
Let the glue dry for about 15 minutes, then shmear another layer of glue onto the same edge. Let it sit until the glue is completely dry.
The glue layer should be nice & thick. Unclamp the stack and ruffle it to see if any pages come loose. If they do, apply another good layer of glue and let it dry.
Place a print, face out, on the top and bottom of the stack and re-clamp with the binder clips.
Step 4: Make a Paper Strip
And now… the spine!
Cut a strip of decorative paper 4″ long and about 3/4″ to 1″ wide.
Apply a thin layer layer of glue to the paper strip, smearing it over the whole surface with your fingertip.
Step 5: Glue Strip Onto Stack
Glue the strip onto the spine of the notepad (um, that’s the part with the glue layer on it.)
Line the paper strip up over the center of the spine, then bend one side down so it folds over the front cover of the notepad.
Smooth the strip onto the photo with your finger, then bend the other side of the paper strip onto the back cover and smooth that down.
If excess glue gets on the face of the photos, wipe it away with your finger or a damp paper towel.
Step 6: Let it Dry
Dump a big stack of books on top of the notepad (or put the clips back on so they hold the strip in place) and let the glue dry completely.
That’s it! See? Easy!
I don’t know if I have the strength to make (30) of these but I sure would love to try!