Monday, May 28, 2012

DIY Disney Autograph Album (Disney Craft)

With the exception of their homemade Minnie Mouse T-shirts, my girls were most excited when I showed them the Disney Autograph Albums I made and explained what they were for. I was inspired by a desire to make my own, save some money, and also these cute autograph albums from Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM. I wanted ours to have a princess/girly theme, and here's what we came up with:


-Small sketchbook or notebook (found ours at WalMart)
-Retractable Sharpie pens (makes it easier for the characters in costumes to sign!)
-Glue Stick
-2 to 3 sheets of scrapbook paper in coordinating colors and patterns
-Ruler/pencil or Paper trimmer
-Embellishments (optional)
-Silhouette SD or CAMEO (optional), OR craft alphabet stickers

These sketch pad-type books are really the best because the paper is thick, and the Sharpie doesn't bleed through as much. You may want to go in later and add photos!


1. Choose a background paper, measure the front of your album, and cut/paste to fit.

2. Carefully smooth your paper onto the front of the album.

3. With your glue stick, add a small block of coordinating paper somewhere on the front of the album.

4. Continue to add another layer or two of coordinating paper.

5. I used my Silhouette machine to cut a monogrammed frame, Mickey silhouette, and "Autograph" letters in a Disney font. I added them to the album with a fun Disney sticker.

6. To make things stand out a bit more, I used a black pen to trace around the letters and add some dots to the shapes. I also added a cute little castle "brad" that I spotted in a local scrapbooking store in the Disney section.

The only thing left to do was glue some ric-rac to the top border and tie a ribbon from the album binder to the Sharpie:

Each girl has her own "mongrammed" album, but for some reason, Natalie's was the only one to be photographed. You'll have to take my word for it that Michaela Byrd's was even cuter. Their first character encounter was, oddly enough, with the evil stepsisters and wicked stepmother from Cinderella!

You better believe they got autographs!

Because they take after their mama, my girls are not particular fans of the heat or sweating. They were not willing to stand in long lines to meet characters, but they did enjoy getting some characters and princesses to sign their books at the dining experiences we signed up for.

I promise...trip recaps, a review of our accommodations, and a funny video of how we surprised them with the trip will come soon! I'm trying not to over-load you guys with Disney stuff.

What have you created lately?

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  1. girl!

    you are amazing. i mean, you did so much BEFORE your trip. you must have been exhausted before you even started!

    disney needs to come take a peek at your crafts, seriously!!!

    have a super week!

  2. You made the girls' autograph albums so cute! I know that they had a blast using these at Disney. I am looking forward to more Disney trip photos.

  3. Love it. I love when cam personalize something mass produces. It makes it so spacial and something they will treasure for years to come!!

  4. LOVE your DIY albums! Those things are so stinking expensive in the parks and not as pretty as yours!

  5. These turned out cute! What a great idea

  6. This is adorable. These are much cuter than the ones they sell at Disney. It would be great if you shared this with my readers at Show Off Monday @kampen Lane.


  7. So cute! I need to make our own next time we go.

  8. Adorable! I will be tucking this idea away for our next Disney trip!

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