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I made this using a piece of tartan I had left over from another project actually I made this book completely over left overs from other projects so it was free for me to make! Any kind of material can be used but I think it would be nice to use a traditional material from your culture.

Materials Needed

12” of ¼” ribbon
60” by 10” piece of light weight tartan or other material
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Exactor knife or paper cutter
20 sheets of card stock, to match your material
2 pieces of sturdy cardboard
Hole punch
Gel pen (optional)


1. Cut the card board in to two 8 ½” by 5” pieces
2. Cut the cardstock in to 8” by 4” pieces, using a paper cutter is easiest but a steady hand, ruler and an exacto knife work well too. Each sheet of card stock makes 2 pages, for a total of 40 pages. If you want add lines using a gel pen for guests to sign on or you can leave the pages blank to encourage them to leave longer notes.

Paper & Cardboard

3. Punch holes 1” from the top and one inch from the bottom of the pages. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie in a small knot, leave the tails for page markers.
4. Spread out the material and center the pieces of cardboard on it leave a ¼” gap between them.
5. Fold the extra material at the bottom of the cardboard over it. At the corners of the cardboard cut on the diagonal, also cut along the edges of the gap between the cardboard pieces. Using the hot glue attaché these cut flaps to the cardboard; you’ll need to trim at the diagonal cuts to get them to lie smoothly. See diagram for cutting instructions.

6. Take the excess material at the ends and fold the raw edges inward then pull over the exposed cardboard and glue down. Repeat for both sides.
7. Take the pages and run a few thin lines of glue on the back of the last page, press on to the inside of the cover, make sure the ribbon tails are hanging out.

The finished product!

All in all this craft took me about 3/4th of an hour to do and I’m very pleased with the results. I think it would look nice done with any lightweight material to match your weddings theme. Although I had all the supplies around the house it wouldn’t cost much to make card stock, ribbon, glue and the little bit of material you need can all be found cheaply.

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