DIY Disney Autograph Books using Clearance Pocket Photo Album
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A couple of my kids love to get the characters autographs when we head to Disneyland, so we make our own autograph books. It’s much cheaper to make our own, and we can personalize them any way we want.
I started with a pocket photo album that I bought on clearance for $1.00 (50% off).
I made a cover for the front with scrapbook paper I had on hand, and took out the “baby” themed cover and added my new “Disney” themed cover.
I downloaded the FREE Waltograph font for the “Disney Autographs” font. You can decorate your cover more elaborate if you want, however I made my autograph books around midnight the day before we were leaving, so I chose to go the simple route.
I bring along the books, several white pieces of cardstock, some binder clips and Sharpie pens.
To make it easy for the characters to sign we clip one of the pieces of paper to the front with the binder clip.
The paper with the autograph gets slid into one of the photo holders and then we put the photo of them with the character on the opposite side. It works really well for us!
There you have it, a super simple and fun way to make a Disney Autograph book! Anybody heading on a Disney vacation anytime soon?
GREAT idea! I never thought of this but it’s so clever and inexpensive. Thanks!
I love this idea! I was going to make a book for our Disney trip, but found a Disney autograph book for $2 at a Disney warehouse sale they have near us. I couldn’t pass it up. One tip I did see online that worked for us is to take a fat pen. The characters all loved that pen. I got lots of hugs and thumbs up for it. 🙂 I found them by accident at Walmart in the Christmas section.
I won an all expense paid trip by writing a 250 word essay about family for the tv show “The View”. My family and I will be heading there for Spring Break this year. Love your idea about autograph books been looking for something simple and not real expensive.
WOW!! That is amazing Amanda. Congratulations!! I have made these books for two of our trips now and they really work out great. You can see the other version here: https://www.thriftyandthriving.com/2011/12/disney-on-a-budget-make-your-own-autograph-books-out-of-mini-photo-albums/
What a great idea! We just got back from DL and I paid almost $20 for an “official” Disney photo/autograph album. I have only 1 child, but if I had 2 or 3, they would be cost prohibitive. This is a great alternative.
I just came across this post and love the idea for our upcoming Disneyland trip! So smart and easy.
This is an awesome idea! I know for a fact that the characters love seeing personalized/homemade autograph books. As well as anytime they can sign using a marker or sharpie. It’s easier to hold, see, and has the smoothest point to use as some of those autographs can get a little detailed and artistic.
I would add that the smaller binder clips work better. They are easier for the characters to work around. The bigger clips can get in the way of the autograph or character hands.
Lastly, I’m sure it was an honest mistake, but that’s Chip’s autograph next to Dale’s photo…those pesky chipmunks are easy to get confused.
That’s Dale 🙂
Thank you so much for this idea! We leave for our first Disneyland trip tomorrow and I came across this on Pinterest so I made a quick trip to a local DollarTree and found everything I needed.