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MusicMouse 11-03-2009 02:59 PM

A Simple Guide to Making an Autograph Book
 
Hello fellow Disers! There have been so many questions about making your own autograph books that I thought I would write up a simple guide. Please feel free to ask questions! :goodvibes

How to make a 5x7 Autograph Book (Spiral Bound):
Step 1: Browse the DISign threads to find autograph card styles that you like (see list below). Enlarge each image by clicking on it, then right click, choose save picture as, and save it to a folder on your computer.
Step 2: Open a new Word document. Set the margins to 1 on the top and bottom. Copy and paste each autograph card into the document, leaving one space between each card. You will be able to fit two cards per page if you invert the bottom image on each page (rotate 180 degrees). Right click on each picture after it is pasted and size it to 4x6.
Step 3: Print pages onto cardstock. 65 lb cardstock will do, but you can use 110 lb for sturdier pages.
Step 4: Cut each card out, leaving a 1 margin on the top of each card, and ˝ margin on each side.
Step 5: Arrange your cards in alphabetical order (trust me, it will be easier to find the character you want when you are in a hurry), and place the covers over the front and back. Take them to have them bound at an office supply store (I took mine to FedEx/Kinkos). Be sure to tell them you want it bound at the top and not on the side. If you do not want to spiral bind your cards, you can always slip them into a photo album that you have decorated Disney style with stickers, etc. It makes a great way to carry them, and then you can scrapbook with them or have the ones that you had signed bound when you get back!

[Alternative method: If you dont want to use up all of that printer ink/toner, you can upload these images and have them printed out as photographs. I would recommend matte finish if it is available. Pick up your photos and then go on to Step 5. Photos can be spiral bound or placed in a photo album.]

How to make the Covers for your Autograph Book:
Step 1: Choose your design and have it personalized. Enlarge the image by clicking on it, then right click, choose save picture as, and save it to a folder on your computer. Copy and paste the image into a Word document. Right click on each picture after it is pasted and size it to 4x6. Print the image onto card stock.
Step 2: Cut each cover image out, leaving a 1 margin on the top of each card, and ˝ margin on each side. For sturdier covers, glue onto a 5x7 piece of chipboard. If you are using chipboard, cover the underside with blank cardstock (add stickers or stamps to make it pretty) or a piece of Disney scrapbooking paper.
Step 3: Laminate your cover (with chipboard or without). I used clear Contact Paper (available at Walmart, etc.), but you could also have it laminated at any office supply store.

How to Make an Autograph Photobook:
Step 1: Browse the DISign threads to find autograph card styles that you like (see list below). Enlarge each image by clicking on it, then right click, choose save picture as, and save it to a folder on your computer.
Step 2: Upload your images to the digital photobook company of your choice. We have had good reports from people who have used Shutterfly, Artscow, Snapfish, and Walgreens.
Step 3: Design your photobook following the sites directions. There are always many options for page colors, fonts, and styles. Go ahead, unleash your creative side! Be sure to arrange your characters in alphabetical order in order to find them more easily when you spot a character.

A Few Final Thoughts:
1: Be sure to include a few generic pages at the end of your book in case you encounter any characters that are not included in your book.
2: I recommend using regular-sized retractable Sharpies. They come in many different colors, they will write on cardstock, photographs, and photobooks without smearing, and they can be easily handled by all of the characters (even the ones that wear gloves).
3: When you first go into the park pick up a park map that has the character greeting locations marked with an icon of a Mickey hand. This will tell you where and when the characters will be available so you can arrive early and be near the front of the line to avoid wait times. You can also ask where characters will be at Guest Relations at a Disney World park or resort (sometimes they can tell you where a character is meeting people that day).
4: Remember that these books are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Making them and selling them on ebay, or even to friends and relatives, is a violation of Disney's copyright and trademark rights!

FOR AN UPDATED LIST OF CHARACTERS CURRENTLY IN THE PARKS - SEE POST #2

Websites for 4x6 (or 5x7) autograph pages:
LittleMissMagic:
http://s852.photobucket.com/albums/a...0Book%20Pages/
DoNatalie:
http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...ks/Volume%201/
http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...ks/Volume%202/
http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...ks/Volume%203/
http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...20and%20White/ (Black and White)
Chaoscent:
http://s226.photobucket.com/albums/d...graph%20Cards/
AreWeThereYet:
http://s345.photobucket.com/albums/p...graph%20Pages/
RustManFan:
http://s387.photobucket.com/albums/o...cpZZ1QQtppZZ20
maizeandblue:
http://www.4shared.com/account/dir/T...l#dir=50738324
elizablake:
http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/x...%20Book%205x7/
Joephila:
http://www.travelingnuts.com/clipart/autographpages/
Ohana90:
http://s592.photobucket.com/albums/t...graph%20Cards/
Hddanis:
http://s14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...pages/?start=0
TLH0726:
2010 - http://s976.photobucket.com/albums/a...ds/Oct%202010/
2012 - http://s976.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/June%202012/
2013 - http://s976.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20cards/2013/
Scrap Heaven:
http://s955.photobucket.com/albums/a...Disney%20Trip/ PASSWORD: Disney
Otterpop:
http://s1019.photobucket.com/albums/...%20V1%20style/
k fawver:
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/m...graph%20pages/
keltic:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2739252
cpanagiotakos:
http://s384.photobucket.com/albums/o...ograph%20book/
auntlala3:
http://s1052.photobucket.com/albums/...0and%20Covers/
MusicMouse:
http://s1019.photobucket.com/albums/...graph%20Cards/


Animal Kingdom Passport/Autographs:
BabaBear 50:
http://s940.photobucket.com/albums/a...om%20Passport/

8x8 Pages:
GoofTroop79:
http://s255.photobucket.com/albums/h...%20Book%208X8/
tpimental:
http://s814.photobucket.com/albums/z...Pages/?start=0
elizablake:
http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/x...%20Book%208x8/
Hddanis:
http://s14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...pages/?start=0
Otterpop:
http://s1019.photobucket.com/albums/...graph%20pages/

Character Meals:
DoNatalie:
http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...acter%20Meals/
Chaoscent:
http://s226.photobucket.com/albums/d...acter%20Meals/
AreWeThereYet:
http://s345.photobucket.com/albums/p...0Auto%20pages/
LittleMissMagic:
http://s852.photobucket.com/albums/a...racter%20Meal/
k fawver (8x8):
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/m...graph%20Pages/
MusicMouse:
http://s1019.photobucket.com/albums/...acter%20Meals/
http://s1019.photobucket.com/albums/...acter%20Meals/

Holiday Parties (MNSSHP and MVMCP):
AreWeThereYet:
http://s345.photobucket.com/albums/p...graph%20pages/
http://s345.photobucket.com/albums/p...graph%20Pages/
http://s345.photobucket.com/albums/p...graph%20Pages/
jtanddolly:
http://www.4shared.com/dir/18428241/...d/sharing.html
DoNatalie:
http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...%20book/MVMCP/
http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...cpZZ2QQtppZZ20
MusicMouse:
http://s1019.photobucket.com/albums/...0Cards/MNSSHP/
8x8 MNSSHP:
Dom13: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2878400


Star Wars Weekends:
Donatalie:
http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...2/Star%20Wars/
Chaoscent:
http://s226.photobucket.com/albums/d...s/Star%20Wars/
Dom13:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post29704853

Disney Cruise Line:
Bababear 50:
http://s940.photobucket.com/albums/a...graph%20Cards/
http://s940.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Autographs/
Chaoscent:
http://s226.photobucket.com/albums/d...ruise%20Cards/
http://s226.photobucket.com/albums/d...ards%20Cruise/
Covers: http://s226.photobucket.com/albums/d...vers%20Cruise/
AreWeThereYet:
http://s345.photobucket.com/albums/p...%20no%20names/
http://s345.photobucket.com/albums/p...graph%20Pages/
LittleMissMagic (Covers):
http://s852.photobucket.com/albums/a...g/DISigns/DCL/

DisneyLand Character Meals:
MusicMouse:
http://s1019.photobucket.com/albums/...cpZZ1QQtppZZ12

Universal Studios
Linda 1977: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2188538

Feel free to post any questions at the end of the thread, and I'll be happy to help you! :goodvibes

MusicMouse 11-03-2009 03:05 PM

Here is my current list of characters. It is based on who is appearing most often in the parks right now. The rest of the characters are considered "hit or miss", or "rare". I would suggest using this as a core grouping, and be sure to add in several generic pages in case you meet some for the rarer characters. I included a few others in my book that are my favorites. Good luck and have fun with your projects! :thumbsup2

Aladdin
Alice
Anastasia
Ariel (in mermaid form)
Aurora
Baloo
Belle
Buzz Lightyear (Signs with a stamp)
Chip
Cinderella
Daisy
Dale
Donald
Drizella
Duffy the Disney Bear
Dug
Eeyore
Fairy Godmother
Ferb
Frozone
Gaston
Goofy
Green Army Man
Handy Manny
Indiana Jones
Jake (Jake and the Neverland Pirates)
Jasmine
Jessie
King Louie (Does not sign)
Lady Tremaine
Lightning McQueen (Does not sign)
Lilo
Marie
Marion from Indianna Jones
Mary Poppins
Mater (Does not sign)
Merida
Mickey Mouse
Mike (Does not sign)
Minnie Mouse
Mr. Incredible
Mulan
Naveen
Periwinkle
Peter Pan
Phineas
Pluto
Pocahontas
Rafiki
Rapunzel
Russell
Snow White
Sorcerer Mickey
Stitch
Sulley (signs with a stamp)
Tiana
Tigger
Tinker Bell
Vanellope
White Rabbit
Winnie the Pooh
Woody
Wreck-it Ralph


Characters For Character Dining:
1900 Park Fair:
Breakfast: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger
Dinner: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Snow White, Mulan (rare), Jasmine (rare), Mary Poppins (rare)
Cape May Café:
Breakfast: Minnie, Goofy, Donald
Chef Mickey:
Breakfast and Dinner: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto
Cinderellas Royal Table:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine (rare), Ariel, Snow White, Fairy Godmother (rare)
Crystal Palace:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger
Donalds Safari Breakfast/Lunch:
Breakfast and Lunch: Donald, Daisy, Mickey, Goofy
Garden Grill:
Dinner: Chip, Dale, Mickey, Pluto
Hollywood and Vine:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: June, Jake, Special Agent Oso, Handy Manny
Ohana:
Breakfast: Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, Pluto

chaoscent 11-04-2009 06:50 AM

This is great. I started one, but with life getting in the way, never finished it. also, I keep saying I am going to update the character listing Ihave and you are reminding me I need to do it. Penny

emileee 11-04-2009 06:48 PM

Has anyone made a Princess Tiana autograph card? Thank you!!
 
Just curious if anyone knows of a Princess Tiana autograph card....thank you!!!

MusicMouse 11-04-2009 06:53 PM

I believe that Natalie has both Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen. :goodvibes
http://photobucket.com/2010AutographBook

HETRICKL 11-04-2009 08:11 PM

Thank you so much! I am just going to attempt to make my first autograph books and this will really help me out.

Do you usually print on white card stock or another color? Silly question, but to the sheets come separately or in a package?

I bought an assorted color of card stock, but it doesn't have the weight on it anywhere.

Thanks so much.

MusicMouse 11-05-2009 06:15 AM

I did all of mine on white cardstock. I bought 110 lb cardstock at Walmart - it had 250 8x10 sheets for $5. The exact weight of the cardstock isn't as important as making sure that what you have is stiffer than regular paper so that the pages don't get bent or torn. Remember, this book is going to be thrown into your Disney bag and get hauled around for several days! :goodvibes You could probably use the colored cardstock you have, but you might want to run a test sheet or two to see if the colors of the design look all right. Lighter colors will probably work better than dark. Good luck! :thumbsup2

MusicMouse 11-07-2009 07:25 PM

Characters in the Parks
 
For those of you who have questions about whether specific characters are currently appearing in the parks (and where to find them), try the following link:

http://www.wdwinsiders.com/character_finder.php

disneytunes 11-10-2009 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MusicMouse (Post 34212954)
I did all of mine on white cardstock. I bought 110 lb cardstock at Walmart - it had 250 8x10 sheets for $5. The exact weight of the cardstock isn't as important as making sure that what you have is stiffer than regular paper so that the pages don't get bent or torn. Remember, this book is going to be thrown into your Disney bag and get hauled around for several days! :goodvibes You could probably use the colored cardstock you have, but you might want to run a test sheet or two to see if the colors of the design look all right. Lighter colors will probably work better than dark. Good luck! :thumbsup2

I JUST bought this same pack of cardstock at Walmart this morning! I am getting ready to order my autograph prints on Walmart.com....and then pick them up in the am. I personally think the white paper looks better with the colored pics...I too was going to use colored cardstock but the white looked better.:cool1:

MusicMouse 11-10-2009 03:59 PM

Have fun with it! Post a picture after you're finished (I'm still trying to figure out how to post my pics on here, but I hope to get them up soon). If you don't want to bind your photograph images, several people here have used plain photo albums that they decorated up "Disney Style" to keep their images in. :goodvibes

disneytunes 11-10-2009 04:19 PM

My list of pics is at 70+....I didn't want the book to be that big. What should I take out? I have all the Power Rangers...am thinking of taking them out.

70 pics is just waaaay too many for an autograph book for a 7 and 2 1/2 year old.

Help!

DisneyFairytale 11-10-2009 04:40 PM

How neat! thank you for posting the links, thats was really neat to go thru the pages of stuff they had on there.

Thank you!

MusicMouse 11-10-2009 04:44 PM

Duplicate Post!

disneytunes 11-10-2009 05:06 PM

Thanks for breaking it down:)....I ended up taking out the power rangers, the incredibles and a few others that my kids wouldn't miss if we didn't see them.

Thanks again!

MusicMouse 11-10-2009 07:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DisneyFairytale (Post 34284089)
How neat! thank you for posting the links, thats was really neat to go thru the pages of stuff they had on there.

Thank you!

You're welcome! :goodvibes We are lucky to be blessed with some very talented people here on the DISign forum!

Quote:

Originally Posted by disneytunes (Post 34284398)
Thanks for breaking it down:)....I ended up taking out the power rangers, the incredibles and a few others that my kids wouldn't miss if we didn't see them.

Thanks again!

It was my pleasure! I know I had a terrible time trying to decide who should go in and who should be left out. I'm sure I'll know better after we actually go on our vacation. :rotfl2: Enjoy your trip!


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