I ended up making two explosion books at the end of the year as gifts for our Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year. They were both male and so I had to find "manly" paper :) I used a CTMH paper packet called "It's A Guy Thing". Of course, when I ordered the paper, I ordered Level 1 instead of Level 2 which basically means preprinted layouts vs. patterned paper. (The end of the school year is so crazy.) I ended up having to get pretty creative to make those papers work.
Our staff took a bunch of pictures that I added to the books and then I left places for everyone to sign. They turned out really nice. I think they ended up being very nice mementos for them.