Post # 1
I REALLY wanted to avoid the traditional guestbook… the actual book, signing a photomat around a picture of the couple… these things are overdone and I wanted to do something that would stand out and (hopefully) I wont get sick of looking at in the years to come.
I saw a picture online of a record guestbook. You get a record of your song and have people sign with a permanent marker directly onto the record. This wouldn’t work as well if you had hundreds of people coming, but we’re only having around 120, so it should be alright.
Our song is “True Companion” by Marc Cohen… I looked and looked and couldn’t find it anywhere on a vinyl record. So, I cheated a bit.
I went on eBay and looked for a record that was in our wedding colors (Charcoal and yellow). I found a gray record that was originally a Slayer album.
I went online and bought some full adhesive sheets that came in colors (I picked yellow). I went on photoshop and made our own record label with our song name, our names, and the date. I cut a cirlce slightly larger than the original sticker on the record. It fit over the top and covered the old sticker so you couldn’t even tell it was there!
Then, I went to Michael’s, got a 13’x13′ shadow box, painted the outside of the frame to match our colors, put a sheet of 12’x12′ scrapbook paper behind it and, voila! My own guestbook.
To make the record stand up a bit from the paper, I used some of the 3M “puffy” mounting squares.
The record on eBay cost about $7, spray paint was $4, I had the paper and the 3M mounting squares already, the adhesive paper was $3, and the frame was $10. So, all in all this project cost about $25 and took me only a few hours!
Post # 3
This is really cool and so special! Also REALLY affordable and unique :0)
Post # 4
Neat! Looking forward to see how it worked!!
Post # 5
I have totally fallen in love with this idea, very well done. Do you intend for people to sign the record directly or the shadow box that its in?
Post # 6
I’m going to take the glass off and have people sign the record directly with one of the really fine permanent markers.
Post # 7
We are planning on doing this for our wedding next months but we are not sure what markers to use. We bought some sliver fine point Sharpies but the ink bleeds along the grooves of the record! What markers did you use and did you have trouble with ink bleeding?
Post # 8
I could also use some advice on exactly which markers work for writing on the vinyl!
Post # 9
After a couple trips to the craft store, I think the sharpie “metallics” will work the best. The gold and silver “paint” sharpies run into the ridges of the vinyl so they don’t look very good.
I’m going to order these:
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2016 - Cambridge Mill
I know this is an old thread but I just finished making these for my own wedding and I wanted to comment on the issue PP’s were having with markers bleeding.
Hopefully this will help anyone else who is wanting to do this! 🙂
There is no marker out there that we could find that wouldn’t bleed OR dry fast enough to avoid smudges.
SO instead we purchased a spray can of Krylon Low Odour Clear Spray in Matte finish (recommended to us by the ladies are the art store), and sprayed the vinyl records, coating them to give them a more writable surface. Well it worked!!! After this the Metallic Silver Sharpies worked perfectly fine! No smudes, no bleeding.
Also want to note that if you have 100+ guests you most definitely are going to need more than 1 vinyl record for people to sign. We are having 90-100 and I made 3. Consider that most people will write something short along with their signature.
My phone doesn’t take the best pictures but here are how mine turned out (only showing the middle one here):
For quick reference this is what I used:
- x3 random vinyl records from the local book/record store in near mint condition – $7ea
- x3 12×12 scrapbook sheets from Michaels – $1ea
- x3 Ikea record frames (GLADSAX) $9.99ea
- All Purpose Glue Dots from Michaels (to adhere record to paper and paper to the backing of frame/keeps everything centered) – I think these were about $8 but you get 300 so it’s multi-use for all projects and optional here, suppose you could use a glue gun as well.
- I used CorelDraw (any design software would work) to create labels (went about 1/8″ larger than the existing label on the record) and had them printed at Staples on a full page label sheet. 1 page was $7.99
- 1 can of Krylon Low Odour Clear Spray in Matte finish $10.99
- x2 Metallica Silver Sharpies $2.49ea
So all in all to make 3 of these you’re looking at (including taxes and I am in Canada so all you USA bee’s probably wouldn’t pay as much) $90
Not bad considering how much people are selling these for on Etsy, and remember shipping costs!