I started with plain, blank children's books like I used to draw in in elementary school. There are about 20 pages (10 pages, 20 front and back), the perfect size for a table of 8 people to write in. I purchased mine from the Calloway House; they sell supplies for teachers and schools.
I purchased cotton quilting fabric, which also works nicely for crafting! It glues to the binding nicely, and it looks almost molded to the book itself.
- Hardcover book (I spent a long time searching so to save you time here is where I found mine)
- Fabric (I purchased 3 yards to do about 20 books and will have a little extra)
- Number stencils
- Cardstock for the numbers and for the inside covers
- Pencil, ruler & scissors
- Tacky glue & glue stick
1) Cut your fabric so it's just slightly (half an inch or more all the way around) bigger than the cover of the book when layed with both covers flat against the table. Cut little slits at the binding so that you can fold your fabric over the cover. You will be putting paper over the inside cover so no one will see your edges.
2) Glue your fabric to the inside cover of one side. Then run your tacky glue all around the binding. Then move to the other side and glue your fabric to the other inside cover. Moving in this manner will keep your fabric tight against the book and help eliminate wrinkles.
3) Cut your paper to go over the inside covers. I cut mine 5 1/2" X 7 3/4" for each inside cover, so I used one sheet of 8.5 X 11 cardstock per book. Use tacky glue around the edges and a glue stick for the center to prevent bumps on the paper.
4) Using your number stencil, trace with a pencil and then cut out your number. Do this twice so you can have a number on either side of the book if you want. You can get quite a few numbers on one sheet of 8.5 X 11 cardstock. I glued mine with tacky glue.
5) For the inside of your book, feel free to write a message to your guests, prompts for their writing or even drawing. My favorite is "Draw the bride and groom on their wedding day". Don't forget to provide guests something to write with!