Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Book Signing Scrapbook [Crafts]

While at the Smart Chicks signing last weekend (more to come about that soon), I encountered a girl who was doing something so entirely ingenious...  she was making a book signing scrapbook!  She handed each author a blank page, asked them to sign it, then had her companion take a photo with her and the author.  When I commented on what an ingenious idea this was, she flipped back through the pages and said something to the affect of, "Yeah, and it's really great to be able to show them the finished page the next time they come through," while she was showing me some of the finished, scrapbooked pages from her collection.

This is ingenious for a lot of reasons, and I'll name a few:

1) She's got a lasting memory of the event and a place to put actual scraps pertaining to that event that will not eventually fall out of a book somewhere.
2) She's got something significant for an author to sign even if she hasn't read their work yet.  I seem to run into this on occasion when I'm at bigger events and there are multi-author panels where I don't know all of the authors.  I listened to them, loved them, but have nothing for them to sign because I hadn't known how great they were until that panel!  This remedies that situation.  
3) It gives you a great place to store all of those photos!
4) When you haven't gotten around to purchasing your copy of that book you loved when you borrowed it from the library, you still have a reason to go to the signing, and a souvenir that you can take home with you.  

What do you guys think?  I didn't snap a picture of this girl's scrapbook, but I did ask her if she minded if I shared her idea with you guys, which she totally didn't (because who wouldn't want to be called a genius in public, right?).  The book she had was probably like a 6x6 or 8x8 in size, so it wasn't bulky and wasn't overbearing.  You guys think you might do something like that?


Ryan Woods/Empire of Books said...

Wow. That is an AMAZING idea. I want one! :D Must make that a to do thing. What an amazing idea! :D

pepsivanilla said...

That's awesome! It's like those autograph books they sell for little kids at Disney :) If there were more signings close to me I would totally make one right now.

puppy_duck44 said...

It is genius! Unfortunately for me, there aren't a lot of author signings around these parts...

Pamk said...

lol I do this too. And I give them a quarter page of 8 x 111/2 paper and let them sign that and then I put the pic on it and if I have a book mark or something else I want to keep I can put that on there too.