All your ducks in a row ...

A Retirement Guestbook for Eliot Sinclair ......



If you look at a duck swimming on a lake, doesn’t it just look so relaxed and yet we all know it’s little legs are going 10 to the dozen underneath the water. This is how I felt recently when a rush order came in one Monday morning.

In fact, the order came in as an inquiry first and went something like this:

We need a custom-made guestbook for an event to farewell one of our directors.

By Thursday. For Friday's ceremony.

We are in Christchurch.

Just one of those requirements is usually enough to get us rushing around at the My Guestbook HQ, never mind custom made/rush order and time challenged!

In case you didn’t know, or you’re reading about My Guestbook for the first time please bear with us as we ask you to do something:

Look at your hands.


We’re serious.

Look at your hands.

When something says handmade it means the item has been made with a pair of hands.

In our case either ours or a pair of hands belonging to our team of artisans who supply us with a range of delightful guestbooks.

Custom made is another step in the handmade process

  • You tell us your requirements
  • We follow your instructions
  • We design and handmake your guestbook

Remember, this order came in on a Monday and needed to be in Christchurch by Thursday, so when we had yet another little challenge given to us, because clearly, we didn’t have enough, our legs started paddling like they’d never paddled before!

The next hurdle?

We were informed it needed to be signed off by a senior manager before we could start creating. We just crossed our fingers and hoped the team at Eliot Sinclair didn’t fit the stereotype associated with upper management (you know what we’re talking about: notorious for taking their time with decisions!).

THANKFULLY, they were brilliant and just as keen as we were to have the guestbook delivered on time.

And delivered on time it was. It was teamwork all the way. By crikey. my nails suffered badly waiting for news of its safe arrival. BUT, WE DID IT! PHEW! Well, we’re guessing you know this, as who writes a blog about a failed order!!

We were already excited about meeting this challenge so it was utterly gorgeous to get this email in our inbox shortly after the guestbooks arrival in Christchurch:

I have received it!!!!!! It looks beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you again for your prompt and AWESOME service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are so, so, so proud of this stunning guestbook whose cover matches the brand colours of our client, Eliot Sinclair. The event was in honour of one of their directors, Marton Sinclair. He was clearly very well thought of as 120 people attended the farewell gathering.

The guestbook was made extra special, and personal, by the team at Eliot Sinclair designing a custom insert for the window on the cover. Once this had been emailed to us we printed it onto fine art paper (we don’t have to tell you just how much we love prints on fine art paper) it looked simply divine.

They also sent through a photograph of Marton and the following words:

‘’We are celebrating the successful career of our founding director Marton Sinclair,

who retired after 46 years with Eliot Sinclair & Partners Ltd”

Both of which were used to design the custom front page. The see-through page we added at the front to protect the photograph gave it an extra classy look.


Finished off with gold Chicago screws it really showcased the gorgeous red book-cloth and the result is a beautiful, personal keepsake.

We wish Marton all the very best on his next adventures

So, you could say, in the end, it all went swimmingly well!

If you would like to order one of our custom retirement guestbooks you can see more information in our shop

March 06, 2017 by My Guestbook

Perfect Bound. Perfect Venue. Perfect Setting.



visitors book close up

Waipuna Estate in Christchurch is set in luxurious surroundings with spectacular views of the Southern Alps. It is the perfect venue to host your wedding or private functions such as birthdays, anniversaries or family get-togethers.

What’s that got to do with us?

As we create guestbooks and the Waipuna Estate provides an exquisite boutique wedding venue -  we were thrilled to be asked to make a unique visitors guestbook for this charming Estate.

As you will see from the photographs of the guestbook, the cover has the Estates logo on the front. This is how we roll at My Guestbook, creating one off books to suit any occasion and working in with your brand. Want to know how we did it? We’ll let you into a secret, by using a heat transfer method. Because we can! As our products are made by hand we are always up for a challenge. In this case, Waipuna Estate required an A4 landscape book with custom cover.

As we have been providing guestbooks for some time now, we have learnt that guests regardless of the occasion, i.e weddings, funerals, leaving parties, prefer to be presented with a blank page when it comes to leaving a message. It allows the guests to be creative and leave personal messages rather than work around the restrictions of lined paper. We have found those who love to draw or stick photographs in books, enjoy the creative freedom this brings with it. 

And now, there is another use - promotional! If you opt for a book with this style of page design, you could use photos of the messages as feedback in your promotional material (with guests permission of course). The unique style of testimonial can not only be used online but the old fashioned way too (remember this!) - in print. This makes it a fantastic and unique promotional tool as well as a great visitors book for guests to peruse and write in.

For those of you who love attention to detail, allow us to share the specifications of this guestbook:

It has been made with the hands of an award winning artisan bookbinder.

Want to know how?

Go here for a peek at this amazing process

The pages inside are beautiful to the touch and white in colour.

The pages are 135 GSM paper providing the book with a luxurious feeling

Covered with white book cloth this classy guestbook is right at home in its new spectacular home.

And finally it has been perfect bound which means the pages have been hand glued to the spine of the book. Bound is this way your book will last for many years to come.

How perfectly perfect is that!

You can purchase your own visitors book here  

January 25, 2017 by My Guestbook