Another perfect application of a SharedInk book is as a guest signature book. Guest signature books are a perfect way to capture memories from weddings, anniversaries, bar/bat mitzvahs and other important events. By offering a SharedInk guest signature book to your client, you’ll be providing a lasting keepsake that your customer will cherish (and gladly pay for!).
The Keepsake 11×8.25 book size is the most common book we make for guest books. Most guest books have 20 to 30 pages.
Number of Pages
- In an 11×8 landscape book with an average of 40% photo coverage you would probably get about 5 signatures per page, or 10 per spread. Since not every guest signs, often only one person per couple, you could figure one page for every 10 guests.
- There’s a couple of things you can do to reduce the chance of having a lot of blank pages after the event.
- Put one or two images in the middle of a page with 2″ borders all around or above and below the photo. Guests will sign in the border if the space is needed, otherwise it’s a pleasing design.
- Have a lot of spreads with white backgrounds, and mix in some with very light full bleed images, maybe 25% opacity on the layer.
- Most customers prefer layflat pages so guests don’t have to write on the curved part of the page as it goes into the binding.
- Use matte or felt/watercolor pages to reduce the chance of smears. These paper types absorb ink much better than gloss papers.
- Choosing a good pen is just as important, if not MORE important than choosing a paper. After spending an afternoon writing, smearing, pressing pages together, and generally making a mess, our favorite pen is the Staedtler Lumocolor 313-9 pen. It writes smoothly, leaves a good amount of ink without smearing, and has archival-quality ink that will outlast those writing with it. Luckily for you, we include the pen as well as a sample swatch of paper for you to test your own pen with every guest book order.
- Most guest books we see don’t have lines. They either have white space or they have light background images. One affect we frequently see is a two page spread with the bride and groom placed on one side of the spread and a bright sky in the background that blends out to white. The lighter space can be used for signing as the book fills up.
- You can put several images on a page or none. Since you have a lot of images to work with, you could put 4 small landscape images across the bottom of a two page spread. On another spread put 2 images along the left edge and 2 on the right edge, allowing signatures in the middle of the spread. Variety keeps the book interesting.