Graduation Guest Book

Hello WeR fans! It’s Chantalle with you and thank you for stopping by the blog today to check out this little graduation memento/guest book.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I will admit to creating this book after the fact, as a celebration of my daughter having successfully graduated from year 2 to 3, which in Australia moves you up in the world from ‘Junior’ to ‘Middle’ status in primary school. I will also admit that I am rubbish at filing things properly when I first get them. I kinda collect similar items and then have a big filing session (which then becomes a big task lol) so I was really happy to gather things that I had saved over the course of the year and then compile into this mini book. She still sees all of these kids every day so I can grab them to add a few more signatures to the hall of fame area at the back haha!

The book consists of some covered heavy weight kraft card for the covers and some patterned paper inside, bound together using my Cinch Binding Tool.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The covers are measured at 6×6 inches and the inside pages are 5 ¾ inches squared.

I trimmed my kraft card using my Supreme Ruler and a knife. I ran the paper which is a lighter weight through my Trim & Score Board so all the pages would be the same.

I applied some bright Amy Tangerine Washi Tape to the edges of my kraft card and folded it over to give a neat finish, before I glued the cover papers on. This beautiful woodgrain print is from the new 12×12 Hawthorne Paper Pad by Heidi Swapp.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Some of the pages have some machine stitching for detail and others have been stitched to create pockets.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted the first spread to feature my DD and thought her school portrait would be great. I used my Circle Clear Cut Punch to pop a 2 inch circle in the centre of the paper and then embellished around the image.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The chipboard alphas for the date are from a pack of AC ‘Sunshine’ Chipboard Stickers and the words are from American Crafts Girl Power Chipboard Alphas. The ‘dream big’ is a super convenient die cut shapes from my DCWV Die Cut Shapes paper pad. I used this pad in my last post and it’s awesome!!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The next couple of pages feature an award and coloring competition she entered.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This spotty page is the first of the pocket pages. I just machine stitched around 3 of the sides, leaving the last one open and then used a 1 inch circle punch to pop a half circle shape on that edge, so the viewer knows that the page contains something.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Overleaf we have an adorable observation with a little ‘peek-a-boo’ cutout in the paper announcing the title of her worksheet.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Her interest definitely lies in story telling. She has always gone in to lots of detail when explaining something or telling us about her day. This argument to keep the news on television is too hilarious not to keep!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The back section of the book focuses on some of the friendships she has made. I’ve included polaroid snaps of the children involved so she can look back on them and remember. TIP:  If this was at a graduation party, one could leave a couple of Instax cameras on the table for guests to add their own pics along with their messages.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Her class was encouraged to share some compliments with each other and the ones she received melted my heart!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The book includes a friends list where she can add in her BFF’s

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Throughout this book, I’ve used the most gorgeous colourful rub-ons from Paige  Evans’ ‘Pick Me Up’ collection.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

There is also a pocket for her report cards.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Don’t forget to keep your Typecast dust-free with the handy clear covers, which are now available!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Grab those signatures while you can sweetheart!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Binding using the Cinch is so easy and convenient. I have used the smaller size      0.625inch binding combs as there weren’t that many pages in my book.

I punched all of my pages and the covers and then popped the comb onto the side of the binding tool. First, I put my inside pages onto the comb, followed by the top cover, face up then finally, the bottom cover, face down. This technique gives a cleaner binding finish.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

To secure my book, I have included a ribbon closure. Two sections of ribbon have been glued under the cover papers. In my case, I changed my mind from an eyelet system so I was able to lift my papers, which were adhered with double sided tape, so it wasn’t that difficult. If you prefer to use liquid adhesive, then you would have to add your ribbon before you glued down your cover paper to your book/chip board.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I used my USB Glue Gun to add the ribbon as I wanted a good strong instant bond.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This idea could be implemented at any number of occasions – a wedding, baby shower, special birthday or anniversary.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Cinching!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Cinch Binding Tool

Circle Clear Cut Punch

Cinch Wires .625″ 2/Pkg

DCWV ‘Die Cut Shapes’ 12×12 Stack

Trim & Score Board

Shimelle Box of Crayons 6×6 Pad

Shimelle Glitter Foam Thickers

Pink Paislee Pick me Up Rub Ons

American Crafts Girl Power Chipboard Alphas

American Crafts Sunshine Chipboard Alphas

Amy Tangerine Washi Tape

USB Glue Gun

Heidi Swapp 12×12 Hawthorne Paper Pad

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