Make your own Disney autograph book to take to the Disney parks to capture those fun memories and signatures!
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One of the most memorable parts of any Disney vacation is getting to interact with the characters in the park. Having a Disney autograph book to take home with you can be a fun way to remember time spent together at “the happiest place on earth”. But those autograph books you buy in the park can get pretty pricey! Why not get ahead of the game by making your own Disney autograph book to take with you into the park and save your money for a yummy Dole Whip or a churro?
My family and I will be headed to Disneyland in October and we are all counting down the days until we get to go! Last time we went was four years ago when our kids were fairly young and didn’t want to spend a lot of time standing in line to visit with the different Disney characters. But now that they are older, they are so excited! This Disney autograph book I made for our trip came together so easily, plus it cost me nothing to make since I already had everything I needed to make it.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- empty cereal box (or chipboard)
- card stock (white and red)
- permanent vinyl (black, white and yellow)
- Mod Podge
- foam brush
- Silhouette Cameo (or other cutting machine)
- transfer tape
- cutting mat
- painters tape
- weeding tool
- round metal rings
- hole punch
- Mickey Ears cut file (free download)
Let’s get started:
First, start by deconstructing your cereal box. (You’ll be using the largest panels.)
To cut the cereal box, place it on the cutting mat. Then use some painters tape around each edge of the cereal box to secure it to the cutting mat. You don’t want it to move while it’s being cut! (Due to the size of the front cover, you will mostly likely need to use both the front and back panels of the cereal box.)
Download the free Mickey ears SVG cut file and open it up in your design studio.
Because you’ll be cutting out multiple pieces out of different types of material, I’d recommend opening a new project page so that you can copy and paste each part of the covers as needed. Also, pay attention to the cut options before you send to print to make sure you are only printing what you mean to.
For the cereal box cut settings, use the Coverstock setting and then do a test cut. Make adjustments if necessary, but the default should be fairly accurate. Send it to your Silhouette.
When it’s done, double check that it cut all the way through the box before you unload your mat. This way, you can just send it to cut again if you need to. Repeat for the other cover.
Now you’ll need to cut out two pieces of card stock for each cover: red for the front and white for the inside front cover. Same goes for the back cover: one red for the back and one white for the inside back. Continue to copy and paste each piece from the main cut file onto the new project, deleting the piece when you are done cutting it and paying attention to cut options.
For the card stock cut settings, use the Cardstock setting with no changes to the default unless necessary after a test cut has been done.
Next, you’ll need to cut out the two Mickey shapes and the words out of vinyl. As before, continue to copy and paste each piece from the main cut file onto the new project, deleting the piece when you are done cutting it and paying attention to cut options.
For the vinyl settings, use the smooth vinyl setting with no changes to the default unless necessary after a cut test has been done. Weed the vinyl and then move to the transfer tape.
Choose the front or back cover to start with and grab the corresponding red and white card stock. Pour some Mod Podge onto a plate or bowl and then use your foam brush to quickly cover one side of the cover. Place the corresponding card stock on top and press from the middle outward to get rid of bubbles. Let it dry completely before spreading Mod Podge onto the other side of the cover. It will dry fairly quickly but be careful about fingerprints.
Optional: You can add another layer of Mod Podge on top of the card stock if you’d like. I did this on the front and back cover (on the red card stock) but not on the inside (white) covers.
**NOTE** Be careful not to use too much Mod Podge, otherwise your cover will become too wet and start to curve. Mine did this a little bit but once I placed the card stock on top and smoothed it out, it started to flatten out.
Once the covers are dry, you can start adding the other elements. I started with the two Mickeys. (This is where having transfer tape is a huge help because it allows you to be more precise about placement.) Then I moved on to the words I cut out of white, followed by the words cut out of yellow.
Lastly, you can cut out pieces of card stock for the Disney characters to sign. I designed this autograph book to hold 6×4 pieces of paper. Just use the piece included in the cut file labeled ‘autograph pages’ and cut as many as you want out. If you leave a border around each autograph page, you can get three out of a 12×12 piece of card stock. Alternatively, you can also measure and cut pieces out of a 12×12 piece of card stock which will give you (6) 6×4 pieces. If you do it this way, you’ll need a hole punch to make the holes so you can include them in the book.
Now, all you need to do is open the jump ring, slide the covers and pages on and then go to Disney and get those autographs!
Who are you hoping to get an autograph from??
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You can also check out some great Disney-inspired posts from the other bloggers participating in the giveaway!
The Technomad Family | Free Printable Disneyland and Family Vacation Coupons
Redhead Baby Mama | Minnie Celebration Dress, A Dapper Disneybound
The Quiet Grove | Free Disney Vacation Countdown Printables
My Life by GoGo Goff | Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookies