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Designed to Sign: DIY Disney Autograph Book

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For our upcoming trip to Disneyland, I was on the fence about whether or not I wanted to come up with an autograph book.  In past trips I have not bothered with any character photos or signatures, but I have also never had young children along.  I am still not sure how into it my kids might be, but I know I don’t want to regret not having one in case it is something they are excited by.  We do have a character breakfast booked for our first morning in Disneyland Park and I figure at the very least we will be able to get signatures and hopefully a couple photos of the kids with the characters there.

Our autograph book is made using a basic 5×7″ plastic sleeved photo album I picked up at Walmart.  These are commonly found in a 4×6″ size, but I opted for the slightly larger one to give the characters plenty of room to sign on each page.

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To customize my photo album, I designed a simple front and back cover to replace the inserts it came with.

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Inside, I have designed 8 different card templates for the characters to sign.  These will be printed and ready to sign, then I can slip right them right into the photo album.

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To finish off my book, I have made a hole punch in the back of the book to tie a ribbon through and attach the marker we will be using.  From what I have read, the retractable Sharpie Brand markers work best to ensure there are no lost lids.

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To print your own Mickey inspired Disneyland Autograph Album, download the 2016 pdf version of the file here:

2017 VERSION 5×7 size:  autograph-cards-5x7_disneyland-2017_dolledupdesign

2017 VERSION 4×6 size:  autograph-cards-4x6_disneyland-2017_dolledupdesign

A Walt Disney World version can be downloaded here:

2017 VERSION 5×7 size:  autograph-cards-5x7_wdw-2017_dolledupdesign

2017 VERSION 4×6 size:  autograph-cards-4x6_wdw-2017_dolledupdesign

Mine was printed through the Staples Copy Centre on 100lb cardstock.

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And there you have it.  I love the way it turned out and am excited to hopefully get some signatures.  Once back, I will print off pictures of the kids with the characters to include in the album alongside each of the signatures and it will be a cheap and easy souvenir of our first trip to Disneyland.

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UPDATE

Almost a year later I have finally managed to go through our photos and actually print some to put into our autograph album.

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The kids were far more co-operative with the characters then I expected and I am happy to have captured so many great photos and memories on our trip.  Just going through all the photos was enough to put me into severe Disney withdrawal!

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I love the finished album and am so happy I went to the effort to put it together.  It is a great memento and will definitely be something I will repeat for our next Disney trip.

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19 thoughts on “Designed to Sign: DIY Disney Autograph Book”

  1. I absolutely love this! I would love to print this for my grandson and 2 nieces before our trip in September; however, do you know if there is any way to change Disneyland to Disneyworld, since that is where we will be visiting? Thanks!

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    1. Not yet. We are planning to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary in Disney World in 2017 so I intend on doing a new version before then. Check back closer to the new year and I should have them updated.

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  2. Thank you for sharing these. I can’t wait for the WDW 2017 version as we’re planning to take our 2 daughters there in March.

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