Hallowedding: Ghosts Guest Book

Give the traditional guest book a vintage twist by burning the edges of the paper and aging the pages with splatters of ink.


What You Need

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  • Corrugated cardboard: 7-1/2-x-12-inch piece (front); 9-x-12-inch piece (back); and 1-1/2-x-12-inch strip (binding)
  • Black-and-white patterned papers (We used items in the Formality Collection from One Heart...One Mind.)
  • Card stock: black and light gray
  • Kraft paper (for pages)
  • Walnut ink and a paintbrush
  • "GUESTS" title label (We used Bits-n-Pieces from One Heart...One Mind.)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Red tasseled cord

How to Make It

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  1. For the book front, cover one side of the 7-1/2-x-12-inch cardboard piece with patterned paper; add a 1-1/2-x-12-inch strip of contrasting patterned paper along the left edge.
  2. Adhere the piece to a 12-x-12-inch piece of gray card stock with the right edges aligned. A 1-1/2-inch margin of gray card stock should extend from the left edge.
  3. Wrap a 4-x-12-inch piece of black card stock around the binding strip, overlapping the long edges on the wrong side.
  4. Tape this covered strip to the gray margin.
  5. For the book back, cover one side of 9-x-12-inch cardboard piece with patterned paper and the other side with light gray card stock.
  6. Using a crafts knife, make an irregular cut along the right long edges of the book front and the book back.
  7. Using a computer or an adhesive alphabet, add "GUESTS" to the title label. Tape it to the book front.
  8. For pages, cut six 9-1/2-x-12-inch pieces of kraft paper. Leaving a 1-1/2-inch margin at the left side, use a computer to print out "Wedding Ghosts Guests" and irregular lines for guests to sign.
  9. Cross out the word "Ghosts" with a pen. Tear the right edge of each page.
  10. Use walnut ink and a paintbrush to splatter each page. Let dry.
  11. Caution: Work over a sink filled with water; keep an old wet dishcloth nearby.
  12. Using a grill lighter or a lighted candle, burn the cut edges of the front and back covers and the kraft-paper pages.
  13. Work small sections at a time. The paper will smolder, so use the wet cloth to gently dab the edges as you work.
  14. When all the edges are burned, gently dab the ends again; watch carefully until all the pieces are completely cool.
  15. Stack and tape the pages between the book front and back along the left edge, placing the fold of a folded tassel cord in between.

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