Thursday, June 21, 2012

Elephant Guest Book

I promise, we are nearing the end of circus party posts.

For Grace's Arts and Crafts Party, last year, we put out a birthday wishes jar.  I liked the idea of our guests leaving sweet wishes for the birthday girl.  It was one of those extra touches that made me happy. 


This year, I wanted to do something a bit different.  Something that had a circus feel to it that could double as art.  In the end, I decided to do a fingerprint guest book page.


Since I already defiled my dictionary by tearing out a page for my reverse silhouette of Riley, I defiled it some more by taking out the elephant page as well. 


I taped that dictionary page to a piece of printer paper. 

I found a google image of an elephant I liked at Olli Bird.  I rotated the image in word slightly, so it looked like it was floating and then I printed it out.

*I did a few test runs on blank paper to determine image size and exact placement for the dictionary page.


It ran through my printer without any issues.  I guess if it had jammed, I could have defiled that poor dictionary one more time by taking out the circus page :).  Thank goodness it didn't come to that.

After my successful print, I tried to remove the tape BUT the dictionary page was so thin it would have ripped the edges.  In the end, I trimmed the sides of the paper cutting off the taped edges.


At the party I left the elephant 'guest book' out, along with some washable red ink, for guests to leave their fingerprints on.

I am hoping that the fingerprints look like balloons and not bloody fingerprints, like the paint your own pottery fiasco I had.

39 comments:

  1. Hi there! The finger prints looked like balloons! :) Good job! Thanks for finding my blog! Happy to be a new follower! :)

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  2. So creative!! Love the use of the dictionary page!

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  3. I am totally stealing your idea for a certain baby shower! I think I will use a tree instead and green ink. LOVE THIS! Your end result really is stunning!

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  4. Hahaha! Bloody fingerprints! Luckily, they do really look like balloons ... and this idea is so very clever!

    :)

    Linda

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  5. Adorable!! What a unique way to remember your guests:) Love love love!!

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  6. What a great keepsake from her party :)

    Now I need to go read about the paint your own pottery fiasco ;)

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  7. Talk about a fun and unique idea!! I must say this is probably the cutest guest book idea I've ever seen.. it's absolutely brilliant! Amy, you're a genius my crafty friend:D If this idea ever goes along with any party I throw, I'm definitely stealing it:P Sharing it on FB!

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  8. This is gorgeous!!! I love all about your birthday remembrance (is that a real word or does it only exist in harry potter?). The idea, the printed page, the elephant and the prints from the guest. What a cool project!
    hugs

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  9. What a great idea. That is something you can have for years to come! I might have to do that...

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  10. this is so so SO cute!!! i love it so much! what a fantastic idea! :)

    new follower from the GFC Blog Hop! hope to see you around :)
    megancamille.blogspot.com

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  11. *love* this!...still trying to figure out what to do for our wedding guestbook (suggestions welcome, hint hint). Enjoy your weekend!

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  12. You are so incredibly creative! What a great idea. I wish I could borrow you for a week and set you loose in my house. Interested in a trip to the San Juans? ;) Another awesome post. Pinning it!

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  13. Cool! And they look like balloons - i didn't even think blood at all! Great idea - love it!

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  14. What a fun memento and artpiece from the party, for Grace to hang in her room! And it doesnt look like bloody fingerprints! I love how you tilted the elephant to look like he is floating along the page - Grace is lucky to have such a thoughful Mommy!!! I am sure I am going to see this project featured all over blogland soon ;) Heather

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  15. That is too cute. It would be a great one for a baby shower too. I like the idea of having the guests put their name in their finger prints too. I am stopping by from Salt Tree. I am a new follower. Hope to see you at True Aim. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Wonderful idea! I love the way this turned out! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

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  17. this is such a fun and unique idea!! you just need '99 red balloons' playing in the background while people make their prints!!

    i would love for you to share with Get Your Craft On at the Gilded hare:
    http://thegildedhare.blogspot.com/2012/06/get-your-craft-on_24.html

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    1. hi, just wanted to let you know i'm featuring this project on my blog this week!!

      check it out here:
      http://thegildedhare.blogspot.com/2012/07/get-your-craft-on-4.html

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  18. I love this! I've seen it done on pintrest for a wedding where it's a silloute of the couple holding balloons and the balloons are the fingerprints. I'm getting married in Sept. and thinking of doing this. Found you via a blog hop and am now a new follower!

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  19. Love this idea!!! Thanks for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

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  20. This turned out beautiful!

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  21. I think this is a wonderful, original, and adorable idea. I think it turned out great!

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  22. They do look like balloons, and what a cute idea! Thanks for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

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  23. You are too creative! I love this idea.

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  24. What a creative, fun idea! So cute! I love that now it's a way to remember the party. Thanks so much for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays!
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  25. Oh my gosh, how cool is that?! What a clever idea! And now you can frame it and put it somewhere...totally fab. I'm thrilled that you shared at Shine on Fridays! It would be fun with multi-colored balloons too...

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  26. Wow - I finally got around to blog surfing as opposed to drowning... this my dear is toooo adorable - and whilst I'm still struggling to breathe with the realisation that this is the real page of the dictionary and not a photocopy, I have to say that contrary to your concerns, there's nothing 'bloody' bad about the red balloons... as Amy (and Mr Maker) says - "frame it!" x

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  27. This is gorgeous! I just love the elephant and the fingerprinting is such a lovely idea!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  28. That is a great idea! Turned our really cute and what memories!

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  29. I think this is wonderful i really love it thankyou so much for linking up xxx

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  30. Love this idea! (They DO look like balloons!) Stumbled and pinned. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy. Hope to see you again soon!

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    1. Thank you SO much, Charlene for the stumbled, pinned and reassurance that the fingerprints do look like balloons :)

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  31. This is so cool! You did an awesome job!

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  32. I will be featuring this tonight during What I Whipped Up Wednesday! xo

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