How to Make a Framed Photo Guest Book

Four Methods:Using a Scrapbook Photo AlbumUsing a Matted FrameUsing a Digital Photo WebsiteUsing Loose Stationery

A photo guest book is popular at wedding receptions but may be featured at other important events as well. The guest book could be an album with a photograph placed in the front cover or a matted photo that is later framed. Here are some ways to make a framed photo guest book.

Method 1
Using a Scrapbook Photo Album

  1. 1
    Buy a scrapbook photo album from a store or website. It should have a space on the front cover to insert a photo.
  2. 2
    Display a photo of your choice on the front cover. Make sure it is the correct size to fit the dimensions in the scrapbook's space.
  3. 3
    Include enough blank pages in the scrapbook photo album for guests to sign and write on. Choose light-colored paper for easier readability.

Method 2
Using a Matted Frame

  1. 1
    Buy a matted frame online or from a store. The mat can be used in place of an actual album or book for guests.
  2. 2
    Select a photo related to the occasion for the guest book. If the event is a wedding reception, for instance, try picking a professionally-shot engagement photo to be framed.
  3. 3
    Place the photo on the mat. Leave the matted photo on a table for guests to sign and write messages in the space around the photo.
    • After the event, frame your matted photo and hang it or place it somewhere for display.

Method 3
Using a Digital Photo Website

  1. 1
    Use a digital photo website such as Shutterfly to create a guest book with a photo on the front cover. This option may allow you to add printed photo captions and writing suggestions to your guest book's pages.
  2. 2
    Keep the layout of your guest book simple. Blank pages for guests to write in should be white, gray (grey) or another light color.
  3. 3
    Choose photos to include in your book. Consider pictures of non-human subjects, if appropriate, such as an engagement ring photo for a wedding guest book.

Method 4
Using Loose Stationery

  1. 1
    Provide guests with pages of stationery or other paper to write on.
  2. 2
    Have a professional bookbinder later assemble the pages into a guest book. Ask if they can include a space or frame on the front cover for inserting a photo.


  • Provide plenty of pens for guests to use when signing or writing in the guest book. Choose pen ink colors based on your event's style or theme.
  • Sign up for an online store account or digital photo website account to order and purchase products from them if necessary.
  • You can also have guests glue photos brought to the event into the guest book.

Things You'll Need

  • Money or credit card
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Store or website selling frames or albums
  • Online store or website account
  • Scrapbook photo album
  • Photo for framing
  • Light-colored, blank scrapbook pages
  • Matted frame
  • Digital photo website
  • Pens for signing
  • Photographs from guests
  • Glue sticks
  • Stationery or other loose paper
  • Bookbinder

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Categories: Photo Albums