Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Making your own Disney autograph book.

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One of the most exciting things about going to Disney is meeting the characters and getting their autographs.  Sometimes this is the highlight to the trip and not the rides. Why not try and make that highlight into an awesome keepsake for your kids to cherish for many years.

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My parents bought my brother and I both an autograph book like this one on our first trip to Walt Disney World.  We even used them for our second trip to Disney since we still had plenty of room left.  I know I still have mine because I saw it a few years ago when cleaning stuff up, but when I was looking for it for this trip I couldn't find it.  I wanted Michael's book to be able to have more character and be a little more special.

I went and searched for ideas on how to make your own autograph book.  I created a board on Pinterest with all the ideas I've found.
Follow Lucy's board Disney Trip Autograph Book Ideas on Pinterest.
 

I wanted to have a page for the characters to sign and then be able to put a picture with the character beside it.  I loved all the different ideas that I found and pinned on my board, but really liked these:

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To see all the other character pages that Natalie has, you can check out her photobucket page by clicking here.  She has more than just character pages that you can use for your Disney vacation.

I pulled some pages from there as well as a Shutterfly page, Disney Autograph Pages.  Not only do I love that it's on Shutterfly, a lot easier for me to print them out, but that they were fairly recent which helped in figuring out which pages I should print and what I could forget about.

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The way I did this on the cheap was by having the pages printed during one of Shutterfly's 101 free prints.  Between my mom and I, we printed out almost 200 character pages.  Needless to say, I do have several pages leftover.  We had them printed as 4x6 matte finished pictures.  You want the matte finish because the gloss would cause the permanent marker to smudge off.

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Before we went on our trip, I bought two of these 4x6 photo albums for $1.00 each at A.C. Moore.  Each album holds a total of 100 pictures.  This one is completely full from our trip.

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You'll need to bring something with you so that the characters have something hard to write on when signing the pictures.  I bought this small clip board at Walmart so I didn't have to carry the photo album around in my backpack.  Don't forget to buy some colorful permanent markers.

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Photo taken by a Disney photographer.

By the end of the trip, Michael was enjoying getting the character's signatures.  One thing I should mention is, make sure before printing out the pictures that the names are correct.  This picture was taken at the Phineas and Ferb meeting.  I didn't know until Phineas and Ferb pointed out that the names were wrong on the pictures.

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The characters even got a kick out of the pictures.  Handy Mandy was so excited that he went and showed the waitresses at the Disney Junior Play 'n Dine character dinning we went to.

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Here's what the Minnie Mouse character page looks like in Michael's book.

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Yep, we got to meet Sorcerer Mickey.

I really do love the way that the book looks and it's a great way for Michael to look back at our trip.  I do like the character pages, but might end up forgetting about having the picture with the character beside the signature.  Might end up making a photobook through Shutterfly and making the pages to be the character pages.  What would you look for in an autograph book?  What books have you used in the past for your kids when you go to Disney?

10 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh…your Disney memory book is adorable! Your precious Michael will be able to look back on created memories for years to come…and he's lucky to have you for a mom :) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Something To Talk About Link Party! We hope you link up again next Monday!!

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    1. Thanks, Vicki! Glad you liked it. I will try and remember about linking up next Monday.

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  2. This is such a cute idea! We have quite a few Disney visitors since we live in Florida so I will definitely be passing this idea along. My sisters are going to go nuts. Thanks so much for linking up to our Something to Talk About Link Party. We can't wait to see what you have in store next week!

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  3. Super cute. Thank you for sharing this. Wonderful job!

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  4. Super cute. Thank you for sharing this. Wonderful job!

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  5. Did the sharpies smudge on glossy paper?

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    1. You'll want to get a matte finish insead of glossy for this very reason. We had no problem with the matte paper.

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    2. You'll want to get a matte finish insead of glossy for this very reason. We had no problem with the matte paper.

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  6. Did you run into any problems regarding Disney copyright?

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    1. I printed them through Shutterfly and had no issues. I've read other blogs that have done some similar things for their books and they didn't say anything about copyright issues. Maybe try printing one or two and see what they place does before printing out all of them.

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