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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Disney Autograph Books

Disney Autograph Books

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Prior to our Disney World trip last year, I decided to come up with autograph books for Gabbie and Zachary. In order to make these books, I chose and saved images from here based on which characters we planned to meet. (If you don’t like these images, others can be found here and here.) For example, for Cinderella and Minnie Mouse I chose the following:

I had these images printed (I ordered them from Walgreens) and I bought each kid a 4x6 album. We brought along various colored Sharpie markers (and in the end I wished I had brought even more variety because the kids loved matching the colors to the characters).  I kept the images in alphabetical order in my bag, so that when we were in line to meet a character I could take out the appropriate image. When we approached a character, each child gave him or her the printed image held on top of their photo album so the character had something to lean on while writing. Afterwards, we would slip the signed image into one of the album pages.

 

Some photos of the process:

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Buzz stamps his name, rather than signs, and our images got stuck to his stamp! They survived though!

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Twice we met two characters together and we only had a page for one of them, so they signed the same image. I also had some blanks without a specific character just in case!

When we got home, I ordered prints of the best photos of each kid with each character they had met. I put the pictures opposite the autographs in each of their books. I filled the rest of the albums with other Disney pictures!

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I really like having the pictures together with the autographs! My kids enjoy flipping through their books as well. Collecting characters autographs is a great way to help shy kids approach characters, and I even love doing it myself!

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56 comments:

danielle @ RLR said...

So glad you stopped by my blog! We're headed to Disney in the Spring and this is a GREAT idea!

...danielle

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

I love this idea, I think this is the best autograph book I have seen. I am going to have to make Violet one. :)

Raising Reagan said...

That is SUCH a great idea! :) I'll have to remember this for when we take Reagan!!

xoxo
Lanaya
www.raising-reagan.com

Sara said...

Seriously love this! I know those autograph books can be super expensive in Disney and like how you can add the pictures of the kds with the characters. Can't wait to visit Disney again.

Alvina Castro said...

soooo awesome!

Shoshanah said...

This is such a cute idea! I love how it combines both an autograph book and a photo album, especially since years later those signatures don't mean as much compared to the photos.

Anonymous said...

Love this idea!! I have been searching for a creative way to make my own vs. Buying the ones sold at the parks and this is by far the best idea. Thanks for sharing.

Samantha S. said...

Never been to Disney, but if I ever do, i am so doing this!! Fantastic idea!

Cody Doll said...

Wow. I am in love with this idea. I totally forgot the character signature. Did you know that if you say certain things to them that they are to response? Like when you are around Toy Story Characters and you yell "Andy's Coming" they are suppose to lay on the ground as toys. Idk if they do but there are tons of others. Just google/pinterest it.

SarahLea said...

Love this idea... Hoping to go soon. My daughter will be almost 3. She will love this. Did you just print the images on regular printer paper...or a thicker paper? Just curious what would be best for sharpies

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

to answer SarahLea - I had them printed on photo paper.

jenna leigh said...

so doing this now for my trip in a few weeks! :) great idea! how did you get the names at the bottom of that photobucket page? you write it? stickers???any tips would be great :)

pdpooley said...

Love this idea! Were you able to print the pictures all at one time or did you have to save them and print them one by one? Thanks!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

To answer pdpooley - I had them printed at Walgreens, so I saved the ones I wanted to my computer and then uploaded them to the Walgreens site!

Lacey said...

Love this! Having trouble saving the images from photobucket. Also, do you have a Rapunzel page?

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

to answer Lacey...you should be able to save the images to your computer by right clicking on them and choosing save image as. I did have a Rapunzel image, but I got it elsewhere as she was not included in the other images I used! I am looking for where I found it, but haven't found it yet!

Lacey said...

Thanks for your help.

Joy said...

Hey Dara,
Where exactly did you find the paper with the characters and their name? The paper appears to be gradient with white in the middle,

Thanks,
Joy in VA

Bekki Marie said...

Super cute!!! Did you have them printed on matte or glossy photo paper?

Dara said...

glossy!

Tricia @ Take 10 said...

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this idea. It worked out really well for us. I just blogged about it as well and gave you a shout-out for the idea. Can't wait to check out more of your site. http://take10withtricia.com/2014/01/disney-autograph-book-with-photos-diy.html

Stacey said...

Love this idea!! Thank you for sharing it!

Chloe said...

Do I understand correctly you had the Character Images printed at Walgreens on Glossy paper? How did that work with the autographs? Don't they smudge?

Dara said...

yes that is correct. the autographs actually did not smudge. I guess the sharpies worked well for that!

Chloe said...

Thank you. I am going to Disney with my two grandson's in three weeks. I am not a DIY kinda person and always take the easy way out and buy things but I really am going to try this. Now the hardest part, I'm finding is finding the perfect album.... :-) Thank you.

Dara said...

so glad I could help!

Jessica said...

Do you know where to find an image for Rapunzel, Merida, and the Frozen sisters? We are going to disney in a few weeks and love your idea. I need to get busy on this! Thanks for sharing

Dara said...

check here for Anna and Elsa
http://s1019.photobucket.com/user/Shwymie/library/5x7%20autograph%20cards?sort=3&page=1

Here are some Brave cards:
http://s226.photobucket.com/user/Chaos1Cent/library/Autograph%20Cards/Brave%20Princess%20Merida?sort=4&page=1


I'll email you with the Rapunzel I found. I'm sorry they aren't all the same style!

Jessica said...

Thanks so much. This is wonderful.

Jessica said...

Thanks for all your help. I have made an album with all the photos I want to use on photo bucket but now I can't figure out the best way to get them onto my computer so I can print them. I think I will print from home on photo paper. Sorry to pester you but do you have tips on how to download them? I've not used photo bucket before, so I'm new to that site. Any tips would be appreciated.

Dara said...

what you need to do is save the pictures to your computer. I think you will have to do them one at a time. just click on the individual picture, then right click and save to your computer. good luck!

Jacklissa said...

Thank you for posting this! I'm very excited to have a book for my daughter's first trip to Disney. I did make a Rapunzel one, I figured I should share it with you in case you wanted to add it to the collection.

Dara said...

ooh, it's so nice! I'm sure everyone will be thrilled to find it!

Eric said...

Has anyone trouble printing these cards due to copyright issues?

Dara said...

I have not heard of anyone having issues with that.

Melinda J said...

I took the time to organized these photos, careful to get current characters and printed them no problem straight through Shutterfly. Go here https://disneyautographpages.shutterfly.com/pictures/5

Dara said...

thank you for this resource.

Tonja said...

How have these worked for you? I'm concerned about how they will hold up over time on photo paper and how the sharpies will affect it. I'd love to have everyone's opinions! Thanks!

Dara said...

inside the photo albums, they are fine! mine are about a year and a half old now.

Staci O'Brien said...

Thanks for saving me. I made autograph books two years ago, and forgot them. As I have been working on them for a trip this week my husband told me last night they are too small (writing area per character is 2x3). So, these will save the day. Do you take suggestions for more characters?

Dara said...

no I don't, because I did not make these in the first place! I merely linked to someone's awesome album on photobucket.

Staci said...

Well, I went through everything and got it down to 166 autograph pages. That should be more than enough! Thanks again!

Sabrina said...

Just to let you know, if you are saving from photobucket, you want to click the download link NOT right click and save because you will not get the full resolution. :)

chilepeppr4 said...

These are awesome!! I think I may try them for my trip next year. I was wondering.. Have you found any for the Halloween party characters? Thanks again!!!

Melinda J said...

I didn't create any of the autograph pages. I simply organized them as they are available all over the internet. As something that interest me I may do the same for Halloween party since I have a subscription to www.characterlocator.com and would have the up to date info of the appearing characters. However, I am not highly motivated as it is not something we are attending. Thanks!

Kristen said...

I just sent these two walmart to print and had to prepay now walmart is saying they will not print them because of copyright and I am out my money. :( I do not know why no one has trouble before or what to tell them. If you do let me know!

Dara said...

I don't think walmart has the right to say that...you got them from a person who used the characters to make their images, so that person may be breaking copyright, but how do they know that you didn't get them directly from disney? they should give you your money back though, if they won't print your pictures.

Melisa said...

What a great idea! We are going to DW in 6 months, plenty of time to get two albums ready. Glad I saw this :-)

Dara said...

glad you found it!

scott said...

do you have any of the disney jr charaters for the hollywood and vine dinner? Sofia, doc and jake

Dara said...

I don't personally have any characters because I did not make these. I see Sofia here: http://s1019.photobucket.com/user/MusicMouse7/media/Autograph%20Books/Autograph%20Cards/Sofia.jpg.html, Jake here: http://s1019.photobucket.com/user/MusicMouse7/media/Autograph%20Books/Autograph%20Cards/Jake.jpg.html?sort=9&o=37 and Doc here: http://s1019.photobucket.com/user/MusicMouse7/media/Autograph%20Books/Autograph%20Cards/DocMcStuffins.jpg.html

Teri said...

I feel so silly. How do I get the images? Do I buy them from someone? How would I download them to put them on cardstock? Please someone help me!

Dara said...

check here for Anna and Elsa
http://s1019.photobucket.com/user/Shwymie/library/5x7%20autograph%20cards?sort=3&page=1

Dara said...

I believe in the post I explained how I did it...but you just have to click through to the linked photobucket albums (not mine, just ones people have shared), save the images to your computer, and have them printed or print them yourself.

Pam said...

Amazing. thank you so much!

Dara said...

you're welcome.