We wanted it to feel more like a children's activity book than a guest book, so people could actually have some fun with it (I know I would personally be all over drawing things between fern fronds!). It was fun to see all the drawings people left for us. I almost forgot to leave a pen out, though! Oops. My 2-year-old nephew left us a page full of scribbles, and it nearly made me melt. So glad we went with a guest book instead of a typewriter!