How to Make A Disney Autograph Memory Book:
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.
I have had to substitute this sketch book for the original red book. I ordered the 4x6 size. It does have a board (not plastic) cover. The only problem I had was that there was a gold embossed label on the back with the company name. I removed the gold with ordinary fingernail polish remover. The embossed name was still there, but was not distracting. You could easily cover it with a large sticker.
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!
These are the stickers I used. Rub them on very well.
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)Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
No Bleed Thru and No Lost Caps!
I LOVE this pen and so do the Disney Characters who wear those big gloves.
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 Goad