Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She knows a little bit about a lot of topics. Life experiences are wonderful.
A Disney Memory Book: a work in progress!
A Do It Yourself project for scrapbooking your Disney Memories:
Want to create an autograph memory book for your Disney Trip? This is one of the easiest DIY projects you can create for your first (or second.....?) trip to the World of Walt Disney.
In the autumn of 2010, six of my seven grandchildren (all under the age of 7 years!) were going to be at Disneyworld at the same time! My husband and I decided that we could not miss such an important event. It only took one moment to book a room!
Four of our grands were seeing the Orlando theme park for the very first time. I wanted to give them something so they could remember the trip for a long time. What could I give them that would be really valuable and not add to the clutter of toys that they already had?
I searched the web and found lots of creative ideas. The idea that I liked the best was the Disney Memory/Autograph Book. I decided that I could make two autograph books--one for each family.
Again after lots of webpage viewing, I came up with a plan for a personalized memory book that was easy, durable and versatile.
The image above shows one of the autograph/memory books as a work in progress. I was playing around with the ribbons and Disney stickers.
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How I made a Disney Autograph Book
I have Included helpful links for a Disney Font
I wanted my Disney book to be:
1. Big enough to put a photo the pages (approx. 5x8 inches)
2. Big enough not to get lost in a giant purse
3. Small enough not to be too heavy to carry around Disney
4. Paper thick enough that the autograph will not bleed through
5. Have lots of pages (at least 50)
6. Attractive and durable
The photo shown here is of one of the memory books I made for my grandchildren. It held up pretty well on its first visit to Disneyworld. This same memory book took a second trip to Disneyworld a few years later and more memories and photos were added.
This book was made with a "cloth covered" wirebound sketchbook. I can no longer find this particular book on Amazon, so I have ordered another hardbound (not plastic) covered sketchbook from Amazon to make a new one for 2013. Yes, yet another grandchild was going to Disney!
It is easier to find a red sketchbook that is not wire-bound with a cloth cover, but I would not advise putting photos in the book. It would strictly be an "autograph" book. A non-wire-bound book will NOT open flat and will be more difficult for the characters to autograph. If you do decide to put photos in this kind of book, you might consider tearing out every other page so there will be room for the book to close normally.
How To Make a Disney Autograph/Memory Scrapbook:
Assemble all your supplies.
Play around with the placement of the stickers and ribbons.
Place all the stickers on the cover. Rub them on gently but firmly. I used a bone folder to "burnish" the stickers securely on the hard back cover.
Attach the ribbons to the cover using a good quality glue stick or clear drying white PVA glue product. I, personally, prefer Elmer's E4020 CraftBond Repositionable Glue Sticks, 4 Sticks per Pack, 6 Grams per Stick, Clear.
Put the glue on the ribbon, not on the cover. Make sure to wrap the ends of the ribbon around to the inside of the cover (1 inch) and glue that as well. Rub the ribbons to make sure they are sticking well. Put waxed paper inside the cover to keep the ribbons from sticking to the first page. Let the ribbon dry. Glue stick dries faster.
If you want to (and if you have a printer), you can make a personalized faceplate for your book like I did. (Scroll down a little to see the one I made) Here is a link for free Disney Fonts: Disney Font Themes.
Finally, put the pre-cut colored paper on the inside front cover. Use glue stick all over the side you want to touch the cover, and gently rub the paper after you put it in place. Pay close attention to the edges. This will cover the ragged ribbon edges.
This memory book survived Disneyworld!
Supplies for the Autograph Book on Amazon: - The red covered one I used is difficult to find.
I spent a lot of time trying to find just the right book to use for my autograph book project. I wanted one that was easy to open and lie flat so the characters could sign it without having to hold it open. Their hands are big and it is difficult for them to see, too. Of course, the princes and princesses have no trouble holding books or pens.
What I finally found was a red "wired sketch journal" or an "art journal" at Hobby Lobby (a chain craft supply store in the US). It was in the "art supplies" section of the store with the oil paints, pencils and brushes. The sketch book I used was approx. 5x8 inches. When I was looking for this same book in 2013, I could not find it. The covering of the art journal I used looked like paper on a hard book board, not plastic.
I have found these supplies on eBay, too. If you keep scrolling down, you can see what autograph supplies are available now.
Tip: Let your child help decorate the Disney Memory book. - Give up being in control and let your child take possession of the autograph book!
Personalized Faceplate for your Disney Memories
I made this "faceplate" for the book.
I found the font for "Disney" and printed up a faceplate for the autograph book.
Here is what is printed on the paper:
"This Book Belongs To......" in the front of the autograph book.
I also personalized the back faceplate with:
"Created by Gigi on [the date of our trip]" on the back inside cover.
This "faceplate" helps cover the ribbon edges that are wrapped around from the front.
Daisy Duck is happy to sign the memory book.
Chip and Dale signing an Autograph at Disneyworld
Photos of the Supplies for my autograph memory book project: - What you need for this craft project--(images are mine)
A Good Pen to Use with the Autograph Book: - Sharpie Retractible Fine Point Pen
I also had trouble finding a good pen for the autograph book. I finally settled on the big pen below. It is a Sharpie that is retractable--no lost caps! It also promises that it will not bleed through the paper.
I am not so sure, however, that it is big enough for the characters to hold. You could buy one at the park that is recommended by Disney Cast members.
The perfect Pen for the Disney Characters.
Cinderella Giving an Autograph to a little princess.
An Autograph from Snow White
Another Personalized Storybook/Autograph/Memory Book Idea:
Great idea for saving memories!
I found the following idea in a newsletter that I get from Mouseavers.com
For a personalized memory/autograph storybook: Purchase a storybook featuring characters that you have planned to meet at Disney. For instance, if you will be eating a meal at the Crystal Palace, get a book with Winnie the Pooh characters in it. Yes, you should buy the book in advance and take it with you on the day of your reservation. Later you can paste photos of your child (in my case the photo shows Grandpa with the 3 grandkids) with the characters on to the blank pages at the back of the book.
Editor's Note from Mickie_G: You cannot do that with a Nook or Kindle, can you?
Spring Break, Summer Vacation, Thanksgiving, Christmas---they will be here before you know it! If you are going to any Disney theme park, you need to get hopping and either make your own book or buy one.
Have a great time at Disney!
Oh, here is one last picture of three of my grands getting Chip and Dale to autograph their memory book:
If you want proof that a Disney Autograph Book will keep memories alive for a long time, then visit this blog entry from DisneyBlueFairy 1992 Disney Autograph Book!. Amazing how Mickey Mouse has not aged one day since 1992.
© 2011 Mickie Gee
So, will you be making a Disney Autograph Book?
susan369 on January 28, 2014:
What a wonderful idea! I like how you photographed your crafting supplies. I always get a kick out of looking at yummy paper products!
DebW07 on January 24, 2014:
I like the idea of putting a photo on one page and the autograph on the other. What a wonderful keepsake.
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on August 21, 2013:
This is one of the best ideas I have seen for vacation crafting. Truly outstanding!
Mickie Gee (author) on June 05, 2013:
@anonymous: Have a good time at Disneyland. So glad you like my tutorial for making a memory book. I have to make one for another granddaughter this summer.
anonymous on June 05, 2013:
Thanks for sharing. We are going to Disneyland in September this year. We are from Australia and we can't wait. I am going to make my 2 kids 8 and 10 an autograph book which I'm sure they will treasure forever! You have given me some great tips :))))
anonymous on May 27, 2013:
I predict that the Disney autograph books that you made for your grandchildren will be treasured family heirlooms that they will be showing to their own children years from now.
ConvenientCalendar on May 23, 2013:
What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
Mickie Gee (author) on February 19, 2013:
@anonymous: I used the smallest sketch book for my book. It was approx. 5x8 inches.
anonymous on February 18, 2013:
Love the idea! What size book did you use?
anonymous on February 02, 2013:
Thank you, plan to make and use this very soon!
Ashly Rain on September 26, 2012:
This brings back memories...I had an autograph book when I went there years and years ago. I will have to remember to make one for my daughter when I take her.
Matthew from Silicon Valley on September 24, 2012:
Love the idea of this and can't wait to have kids to try this with them. Blessed!
anonymous on September 18, 2012:
This was exactly what I was looking for... thanks for all the details
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on August 05, 2012:
In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!
anonymous on August 02, 2012:
I like the pictures i think when i make one i will do the same thing
anonymous on July 25, 2012:
What a brill idea, my mother paid a lot of money for mine wished we had made ours lol however I am grateful she bothered in the first place!
Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on June 24, 2012:
Cute! How fun for kids to create this book and then go to Disneyland! I used to love getting signatures from all of the characters! My friend and I were too tall to go in Goofy's Bounce House but we got Mickey Mouse to give us permission in our autograph books! We went in and got the bounce house all to ourselves!
JoshK47 on May 22, 2012:
Popping back in to bless this lens! Love it!
Stephanie from DeFuniak Springs on May 01, 2012:
julieannbrady on April 16, 2012:
Such a darling memory book which the family will appreciate now and many years into the future!
Steve and Annette on April 14, 2012:
Such a cute idea - I pinned it on one of our Disney boards. See: http://pinterest.com/pin/117234396520199643/
gyo_art_fashion on January 27, 2012:
Super cute... My sister has been a huge disney fan since infancy, and still dreams of working with them someday... I have to admit, it did rub off on me, so I enjoyed this lens... I've loved all of your other lenses that I've checked out.... Fabulous ideas, especially, on what topic to "squidoo" about. Thanks for sharing!
WriterJanis2 on January 15, 2012:
Adorable lens from a Disney fan.
JoshK47 on January 12, 2012:
This is an absolutely wonderful idea - I loved getting autographs from the characters as a kid, and this is a wonderful way to make those autographs special. Blessed by a SquidAngel!
agoofyidea on September 08, 2011:
I love your idea. I make big scrapbooks and have the characters sign on pages I can put in the album, but I love the idea of adding photos to the autograph book. Great lens.
Wedding Mom on April 29, 2011:
It's really a nice way to have a beautiful remembrance with Disney. :)
ideadesigns on March 17, 2011:
It's good to know, I'd never heard of this.
Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on February 13, 2011:
What fun! Blessed
anonymous on February 08, 2011:
What a fun and beautifully done craft lens you have created. Blessed!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on February 05, 2011:
I love this idea! My children had a fabulous time getting the autographs of the characters at Disney.
ohcaroline on February 05, 2011:
What a great idea...and very special for your grandchildren. I'm sure it will be a treasure to them.
Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on February 04, 2011:
Looks like fun!
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on February 04, 2011:
Looking good! I enjoy seeing the characters interacting with the kids at Disney World. Always fun.
Patricia on February 04, 2011:
For sure! I think it is worthy of a purple star! I am lensrolling this to my Happiest Place on Earth lens!