Wednesday, September 21, 2011

{Tutorial} Disney Autograph Books

So did you see my post last week at Joy in the Jumble?

And in case you missed it, Amanda guest posted about the most delicious looking Chocolate Cake 4 Ways!

Here it is in case you missed it! 

My life has recently been pretty Disney focused since we are taking our first Disney World vacation very soon!  I've been planning which parks we'll go to one which days, where we are going to eat, what rides/attractions we must do.  Even my kids clothes to match the parks :)  When a friend asked what kind of autograph books we were getting to take, I had a mini panic.  I didn't even think about autograph books!

So when I was at Michael's the other day and they had these cute little notebooks for $0.60, I knew what I had to do!  I bought two...not caring what was on the front of them.

And after pulling out some old Scrapbook paper scraps and using my trusty Cricut and a little bit of Mod Podge, these were created! Photobucket 
Wanna learn how? It's super easy! 
Mod Podge 
Scrapbook Paper 

This was such a fun project to tackle with my kids! They are only 2 and 4, but they had a great time picking out their papers and helping mommy cut out Mickey Mouse heads. For some reason, we used the one's mommy cut out...I can't imagine why! :) 

After figuring out which paper you want for the background, trace around the front of the notebook and cut a square to fit the cover. Apply Mod Podge to the front of the notebook and press it down making sure that there aren't any air bubbles. Let it dry for a few minutes. 

Apply Mod Podge to the paper where you plan to add your other embellishments (i.e. our mickey mouse heads) and press the layers down firmly. Repeat until all of your cover is assembled. 

Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top liberally. Yes, it goes on thick and white, but it will dry nice and clear. I promise!


What I love about this project is that you can customize it and do it to just about anything! Spiral school notebooks, composition notebooks, folders, whatever! It's a great way to get your tween that Justin Beiber notebook for the price of the $0.05 back-to-school plan one that you scored! Or to make your custom Batman/Transformer/Spiderman combination that you can't find anywhere that's exactly what your boy wants!
Check out the parties I linked up at here!


  1. Love the books! We are leaving for Disney next week. We have 4 kids ages 10, 7, 5, and 2. This is our 3rd trip there with kids and we'll definitely be making our own autograph book for the littlest one's first trip. Thanks for the great idea! If you haven't booked all your meals etc. you might want to try Mickey's Backyard BBQ for an awesome character experience. The top 6 are there and they have a dance party with the kids, pose for pictures, and sign autographs. Our kids each got some extended character one on one time and had a blast. Then when we went to the parks, we didn't have to waste ride time in the autograph lines. The Halloween party is wonderful too because you see lots of random characters that don't usually make appearances. The kids...and Dad, get a ton of candy and the park is only open to guests that have the special tickets. Our kids were staying on rides without any lines! Hope you have an awesome, safe trip. There's nothing like it!

  2. Great Idea! We are taking the triplets to Disney in December. I can't wait! I am online doing Disney research every night!

  3. Love this idea! We're hoping for a trip in January, so I will definitely keep this bookmarked for my little guy! Thanks

  4. These are fun too!! Awesome idea!!
    Thanks again for partying with us at Show & Share!


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