I absolutely adore this week’s project by the very talented, Laurie Cinotto. I love it when a project ends up achieving two purposes instead of one and these wonderful notebooks certainly accomplish that goal. Not only do the notebooks above function as table numbers, but they also provide guests with a place to record “love” notes for the bride and groom. I guess it is kinda a new twist on the traditional “wedding wish bowl”. We both love hearing feedback and suggestions for DIY projects, so please feel free to leave comments below or contact me directly at oncewed at gmail dot com. Enjoy!!
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3 ½ x 5 ½ inch Moleskine
Notebooks (one for each table, they are sold in packs of 3)
Decorative paper (an
assortment of coordinating colors, one half sheet per notebook)
Glue (appropriate for
paper and ribbon)
Ribbon 1/8” wide ( 8.5”
2” Gold sign makers “Stick-On”
numbers ( enough for all your tables)
Make Your Own Rubber Stamp
Kit (for type setting)
Available at most art supply
and stationary stores but the best prices are at the Moleskine online
store. They offer quantity discounts. http://www.moleskines.com
Make Your Own Stamp Kit
Available at office supply
stores and online at Fedex Kinkos
Hambly Screen Prints
Available in their online shop
Shizen Design Decorative
Available at Creative Papers
Manufactured by Headline Sign
Available at Office Depot and
other office supply stores
These little the notebooks
function as table numbers, but also provide your guests with a place
to record “love” notes for the bride and groom.
Start by making a list of possible
headings for the pages of your books.
A wish for the bride and
A romantic city you have
The best love story you
Your favorite romantic comedy.
A secret to
a long and loving life.
Your favorite love song.
A cozy place for a couple
Use your stamp kit to lay out
the type, then stamp the headings in the pages of each of your notebooks.
Allow the ink to dry before turning the pages. (see figure one and
Cut a length of ribbon approximately
3 inches longer than the height of the book.
Run a one inch line of glue
along the spine, starting at the top of the notebook. Place
ribbon on glue line, and allow to dry. (see figure three)
Open the notebook, lay it flat
and measure the height and width of the open book.
Cut a sheet of paper that is
the same height, and two inches wider than the open notebook.
Turn the paper over, so the
printed side is down and lay the open notebook in the center, leaving
an inch of paper on each side.
Fold the left hand edge of
the paper over the left edge of the cover and use your bone folding
tool to make a nice crease. (see figure four) Fold the
book closed and make a crease on the spine, open the book and fold the
right edge of the paper over the right edge of the cover.
Use your bone folder again to make a crease.
Run a length of double-sided
tape under the flaps you’ve created to secure the cover.
Close the book with your ribbon
Stick a gold number on the
front and back of each book. (see figure 5)
Display the notebook vertically
on each table so the numbers clearly show. Be sure to place
coordinating pens on the table so the guests can record their notes
(price per table number/notebook)
Moleskine notebook – $3
Decorative paper $.50
Gold stick-on numbers
(for a pack large enough for
Total cost for materials