I first created a thumbprint guestbook for my wedding in 2012. Ours was a tree. I painted the tree and text in watercolor, then our guests stamped the paper with their thumbs, creating little "leaves" with their thumbprints. I chose to have our guests sign the leaves with metallic ink.
Since our wedding, I've made quite a few of these little treasures! They're such a unique way to remember an event. I usually include the ink pads and pens, so I know the colors will all coordinate.
There are many designs you could do, besides a tree… I have ideas for children, bachelorette parties, weddings, beach trips, and more. Let me know if you'd like me to make one for you!
Here are some guestbooks I've created:
This client sent me a photo of her wedding palette inspiration - teal, celery, and coral. I imitated the font on their wedding invitation using their colors, and sent ink pads to coordinate with their greens.
This was the first guestbook I ever made, and we love it! Our guests liked leaving a unique imprint on our wedding day. I used four colors of ink pads and freehanded the text in watercolor… I've since gotten better at text. :)
We framed our guestbook in a dark wood frame with a textured woven mat and a very thin brown inner mat. It's so fun to have it on the wall… every time I look, I see a new name that I didn't notice before.
Here is a traditional wedding guestbook with all the accessories: test thumbprint samples, ink pads, and pens.
This guestbook was for a baby shower that had an elephant and circus theme. The nursery is decorated in grays and yellows, so I used that palette in the illustration.
This guestbook was used for a little girl's baby shower. The nursery was completed in neutrals, browns, and coral, so we used brown watercolor with pops or pink and orange. The quote says:
"Before you were born, we dreamed of you, we imagined you, we prayed for you. Now that you are here, we hope for you, we love you, we thank God for you."
Baby Bennett lives in a brownstone in Brookyln. I created an 11x14" watercolor illustration to show a bear (in a bow tie) floating over Brooklyn, and eventually, thumbprints will make balloons that carry him over the city. (PS - so much alliteration here. Fun.)
This guestbook tree uses shades of deep blue and green to coordinate with the couple's living room.
Here are a few related blog posts, in case you want to read even further!