How to DIY a wedding card keepsake book

Guest post by Hawkswine

We got a ton of wedding and shower cards and I'm sooooo not the sort of person to keep cards around, but pitching them just seemed wrong! I didn't want them to just sit in some box so I decided to turn them into a book that I can flip through and enjoy memories whenever I'm feeling sentimental (so about once ever four or five years).

This project was actually pretty easy to execute. Luckily, my two largest cards were about the same size so I used them for the front and back “covers” of the book. Also fortunately, one of the large cards was in my wedding color, powder blue, so it worked out as a great front page!

Here's how you can make a card keepsake book of your own…

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Step 1:
I sorted the cards by size and then purposefully mixed them up so that there weren't too many small ones together or large ones together. I didn't want any “holes” in the book.

Step 2:

I carefully arranged the “spine” and bottom of the book so it was as flat as possible then vice-gripped them together. Then I just took the magic Sobo craft glue and applied a thin layer of glue to the spine, about 1/8″ thick. That's about as thick as you can get it and not have it dripping down the sides. Then I just set it as level as possible and let it dry for a couple days until the glue was completely clear.

Tip: The vice grips left dents in my top card that don't seem to be going away, so I would advise you to put some sort of cardboard under the grips to protect your top and bottom cards.

Tip deux: It's important that the spine is as flat as possible before you apply the glue. A couple of my cards didn't get glue on them and are falling out of the book. So be sure to keep them all straight and flat before you glue!

Step 3:

Then I took some rice paper in the dark purple that was our other wedding color and cut it just a smidge wider than the spine width so that it would wrap over about an 1/8″ onto the front and back cover. Then I put a little more glue on the spine and smoothed the paper down.

Tip: Because not everything is the same height, the book is a bit narrower at the top than the bottom. You can custom cut the rice paper to kind of hide it. It's also one reason I put the pattern to the inside. I'd stay away from rice paper with any kind of stripe or obvious pattern because this will point up any inconsistencies with the width.

Since not all the cards are the same height you can see a bit of the paper from the inside of the book, but the thing about rice paper is it looks pretty on both sides. I actually put the printed side of my paper to the inside so you can see it from the inside of the book, which I thought was a nice touch.

I also plan to put some kind of title on the spine like “Katie & Jake, March 28, 2009” but I think I want to do it in gold rub-on lettering. You could also use vinyl lettering, collage the title, hand paint it or print on the rice paper before you adhere it to the spine. The options are endless!

Comments on How to DIY a wedding card keepsake book

  1. Oh thanks for posting this! I saw this a while ago and planned on doing this instead of a guest book, but when I tried to find it again to actually make the book, I couldn't find it! This time I've got it bookmarked for safe keeping!

  2. This would be a great gift to do for the Bride and Groom while they are on their Honeymoon…*hint to any of my friends reading this* 😀

  3. This is very much like how I made our guest book.
    Tip: Line all the cards/papers up and brush glue across, just as in the directions. (AT this point I added my cover sheets.) Then get two rulers and place one on the back and one on the front of the book, THEN put the vise grip (actully I used office-supply type clamps) on the rulers, not directly onto the cards/paper. This will prevent little imprint lines.

    I let this dry a couple of days (it took longer to dry than I thought it would).

    I also punched holes in the entire thing and threaded decorative cord through so that it looked like a little booklet.

  4. What a great idea!
    One question though…what is the “spine” made of? Or where can you buy book spines?

  5. She made her ‘spine’ from rice paper. If you wanted to buy a book spine an easy way to do it would simply be get some heavy canvas type cloth, that was finely sewn (small holes vs large, like a cotton tshirt vs a linin napkin) and cut it to the size that you want, lightly roast the edges to prevent fraying and apply with more glue. Thats what most hardcover books have for thier edges, or rather had lol now it appears to be heavy paper. Honestly? I Prefer the cloth type ones they last longer. *Very avid reader*

  6. Thanks for this! This is great, I’ve been looking for a way to make my greeting cards into a book WITHOUT punching holes in them! Quick question; do you think Tacky Glue would work just as well? I’ve never used Sobo glue so idk how it would compare if the consistency or something is different.

  7. I used thin artist canvas as the front and back cover. I’m looking for something strong to hold my book together. I’ve read about porous fabric, does anyone have any other suggestions to make it look better and hold it together?

    • I used the so I glue that the instructions called for. I took my two pieces of small artist canvas- centered my bunch of cards in the center between the two canvas and used large heavy duty clamps to hold tightly in place. I smeared the Sobo glue and let sit for 24hr. I put a second coat and let sit another 24hrs.
      When I removed the clamps after the glue is completely dried I applied a sticky backed canvas paper to the book that served as my “spine”. I bought cute scrapbook paper and covered the canvas with it to make it cuter.

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