From what I hear, getting character signatures in Disney is all the rage amongst the littlest of the littles. I browsed around a bit on etsy and ebay for an appropriately themed book and came up with a couple of options, both costing a pretty penny when multiplied times two. So, I set to work creating my own little books for my own little Disney tourists. Our books will serve a dual purpose, both as a signature book for while we’re there and as a memory book for when we get back home.
I personalized a section for each park during our visit, one for the Polynesian Resort and another kind of catchall.
The last pages in the book are for signatures. I figure we’ll have the characters sign on the page with the Mickey and then paste pictures on the facing pages.
Here’s how I did it:
1. Created the pages in Printing Press and sized them at 5″x7″ to leave room for 4″x6″ pictures. I created my own mouse head from three black circles. I used fonts Brady Bunch and Waltograph throughout the book and dotted all the i’s and j’s with a scaled down version of my mouse head. (Have I mentioned how giddy it made me that both my boys have a dot-able letter in their name?!?!)
2. Printed the pages and organized them in the way I wanted the books laid out.
3. Laminated the front and back covers. I use Lakeshore Learning for laminating. It’s self serve and only $0.39 a foot. So, the grand total for the four cover pages was $0.39.
4. Had them spiral bound with a ring larger than needed to leave room for pictures. I used Kinkos for this. They bound both books for $7.
So, at the end of the day, my two signature books ran me a grand total of under eight dollars. Not too shabby.
While on the topic of character signatures, we will be signing up for Disney World text messaging. Through this service, you can not only check wait times, fast passes and park hours, but you can also find your favorite characters in the park. Have those mouseketeers thought of everything or what!?!?
Oh, and I’ll leave you with a picture of the baby in Kinkos. Ready for a downpour should the roof give on this gorgeous, sunny fall day.
“Pick your battles” is a mantra I find myself repeating hour after hour, day after day.