We’re gearing up for our family’s first trip to Disney World and I wanted to find little autograph books the kids could use to collect the signatures of the Disney characters we meet. (This is something I remember doing as a kid!) I’ve been told the official autograph books at Disney are pricey, but a few searches online didn’t turn up any “cheap” options either. So I decided to make my own.
At first I was looking for a simple spiral-bound sketch book that I could slip a pen onto. But I was only finding big sketch pads, or small, thick ones that weren’t spiral bound. Over the weekend I stopped by Pat Catan’s and found (in the dollar bins by the check-out line) these perfect Darice blank books that already had a pen attached. And each little book was only $2. Score!
Since the books were identical, though, I knew I needed a way to personalize them so we could quickly know which book belonged to which kiddo. I did a quick Google search and found a mouse ears outline that I sized down in Microsoft Word and printed out. (You can find a link to the one I used over on our Disney World Fort Wilderness Pinterest page.) After cutting it out, I then used a fine point Sharpie to trace around it on each book. I used a regular tip Sharpie to fill in the entire mouse ears with black.
To finish things off, I added each child’s name to the front of the book in black Sharpie as well. I love that each book only cost $2 and took me just a few minutes to dress up. The kids are going to be excited to bring these to Disney!