I have been on a bit of a cleaning/organizing frenzy this past month and while carrying a huge stack of wedding cards out to the recycling an idea hit me! I spun around, returned the cards to their rightful pile ontop of my desk and promptly ordered a bunch of wedding photos from our local photolab. The finished product was a homemade photo book for my parents and parents in-law for Christmas gifts!
First things first: decide on a good size for the photo book, then cut all of the covers of the wedding cards to that size. I chose 7.5 by 5 inches.
Second step: if the opposite side of the cover is wrecked at all or a bad color, hot glue a different sheet of paper on and cut it to size. I chose to use left-over triangle flags from our wedding.
Third step: hot glue the photos, in chronological order of the events of the wedding, onto the backside of the wedding card covers. When you flip through the book, the photo will be on the right side and a wedding card cover on the left.
Step four: bind the book. You can really be creative with this part. Feel free to use ribbon, hemp, string, binder rings, etc. I chose to use metal key chain rings from our local craft store. It was a very time consuming process as in order to not rip or bend the pages I had to put one card on at a time, but it was worth it to have a very sturdy and easy to flip through binding.
These memory books make a great gift, both of our parents were more than pleased with them and are now displaying them as living room coffee table albums. They are also great to keep for yourself as a fun and sentimental way to remember your big day! I also thought that this project could be done for birthdays, showers and Christmas's. Be creative!
Happy crafting! xo