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How to Make A Disney Autograph Memory Book:

Updated on April 11, 2017

A Disney Memory Book: a work in progress!

A work in progress: place your Disney stickers and ribbon decorations on the cover of your memory book before you glue them in place. You will be happy with the results if you do.
A work in progress: place your Disney stickers and ribbon decorations on the cover of your memory book before you glue them in place. You will be happy with the results if you do. | Source

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.

Unless otherwise stated the images used on this page were taken by me or a member of my family. Please ask permission before using.

This memory book survived Disneyworld!

One of the Disney Memory Books--after the trip!
One of the Disney Memory Books--after the trip! | Source

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

7. Special

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:

First Step:

Assemble all your supplies.

Then:

Play around with the placement of the stickers and ribbons.

Next:

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.

Then:

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.

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.

Pro-Art Spiral Sketch Book 4x6": 80 Sheets
Pro-Art Spiral Sketch Book 4x6": 80 Sheets

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!

Let your child help decorate the Disney Memory book.
Let your child help decorate the Disney Memory book. | Source
Disney Embroidered Stickers
Disney Embroidered Stickers

These are the stickers I used. Rub them on very well.

 
Inside Mickie_G's Autograph Book made for the grandkids
Inside Mickie_G's Autograph Book made for the grandkids

Elmer's--a glue that can be trusted to do a good job!

Elmer's E4020 CraftBond Repositionable Glue Sticks, 4 Sticks per Pack, 6 Grams per Stick, Clear
Elmer's E4020 CraftBond Repositionable Glue Sticks, 4 Sticks per Pack, 6 Grams per Stick, Clear

My very favorite glue stick for crafting. I use glue sticks all the time, not just for crafting projects. When I affix a mailing label for the post office, I first use the glue stick to put the home printed mailing label on the box; I then secure the label with packing tape.

 

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.

Daisy Duck is happy to sign the memory book.
Daisy Duck is happy to sign the memory book.

Inside the Personalized Disney Souvenir Book that I made: - Turn an autograph book into a scrapbook!

Disney Memories inside the autograph book!
Disney Memories inside the autograph book!

Notice how a picture is put on the page facing the Disney characters who did the autograph? Great idea, isn't it?

Amazon has tons of Disney Themed Scrapbook supplies.

Chip and Dale signing an Autograph at Disneyworld

Chip and Dale signing an Autograph at Disneyworld
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)

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My book is approx 5x8 inchesRibbons I had on hand.A great Glue Stick used to attach the paper to the inside of the coversMore Disney stickers to use on pages in the book.
My book is approx 5x8 inches
My book is approx 5x8 inches
Ribbons I had on hand.
Ribbons I had on hand.
A great Glue Stick used to attach the paper to the inside of the covers
A great Glue Stick used to attach the paper to the inside of the covers
More Disney stickers to use on pages in the book.
More Disney stickers to use on pages in the book.

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.

Sharpie Retractable Pens, Fine Point (0.8mm), Black, 2 Count
Sharpie Retractable Pens, Fine Point (0.8mm), Black, 2 Count

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.

Cinderella Giving an Autograph to a little princess.
Cinderella Giving an Autograph to a little princess.

An Autograph from Snow White

An Autograph from Snow White
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

So, will you be making a Disney Autograph Book?

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      susan369 3 years ago

      What a wonderful idea! I like how you photographed your crafting supplies. I always get a kick out of looking at yummy paper products!

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      DebW07 3 years ago

      I like the idea of putting a photo on one page and the autograph on the other. What a wonderful keepsake.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is one of the best ideas I have seen for vacation crafting. Truly outstanding!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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 :))))

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I used the smallest sketch book for my book. It was approx. 5x8 inches.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the idea! What size book did you use?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you, plan to make and use this very soon!

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      Ashly Rain 4 years ago

      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.

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      Matthew 4 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Love the idea of this and can't wait to have kids to try this with them. Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was exactly what I was looking for... thanks for all the details

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      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!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the pictures i think when i make one i will do the same thing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      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!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Popping back in to bless this lens! Love it!

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Cute idea!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Such a darling memory book which the family will appreciate now and many years into the future!

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      Steve and Annette 5 years ago

      Such a cute idea - I pinned it on one of our Disney boards. See: http://pinterest.com/pin/117234396520199643/

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      gyo_art_fashion 5 years ago

      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!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Adorable lens from a Disney fan.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      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!

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      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.

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      It's really a nice way to have a beautiful remembrance with Disney. :)

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      It's good to know, I'd never heard of this.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      What fun! Blessed

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a fun and beautifully done craft lens you have created. Blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I love this idea! My children had a fabulous time getting the autographs of the characters at Disney.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      What a great idea...and very special for your grandchildren. I'm sure it will be a treasure to them.

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Looks like fun!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Looking good! I enjoy seeing the characters interacting with the kids at Disney World. Always fun.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      For sure! I think it is worthy of a purple star! I am lensrolling this to my Happiest Place on Earth lens!