I decided to make character autograph books for my kids the day before we left on our Disney cruise. We still needed to get our stuff together and pack so I knew I had to make these books quickly. My daughter Kara loves the Disney princesses so I decided to create a princess themed book for her. My son Colin loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates so that is what I made for him.
Supplies (for 1 autograph book)
- two 5×5 inch piece of paper or gift wrap for the covers
- ten 8.5 x 11 inch white cardstock
- 1.5 inch metal ring
- 1/4 inch hole punch
- Mickey Font Cartridge
- Cricut cutting mat
- Cricut Design Studio or Cricut Craft Room (optional)
- coordinating ribbon
- black pen
- Xyron 510 machine
- Xyron machine adhesive insert
- Xyron machine laminating insert
Cover for the Jake Autograph Book
I could not find any Jake and the Neverland Pirates scrapbook paper or any pirate paper in general so I decided to try using gift wrap paper. I had some Jake gift wrap that I bought from Party City.
1. I placed a white piece of cardstock on the Cricut mat and made sure the corner of the paper lined up exactly with the edge of the mat. I used my Cricut Expression to cut two Mickey Tags at 4.5 inches from the Mickey Font cartridge.
2. Then I used the negative portion of the white cardstock and lined it up on the gift wrap so that the portion that I want to cut out showed through the Mickey cut.
It was a happy coincidence that the size of the Mickey tag perfectly outline the rope frame on the gift wrap. I consider this proof that these autograph books were meant to be made.
3. I used a black pen to outline where the border of the cardstock was and then cut it out with scissors.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the back cover.
5. I cut two more Mickey Tags at 4.5 inches using blue cardstock to add some stability to the cover.
Cover for the princess autograph book
For the princess book cover, I wanted to add a crown to the Mickey Tag from the Mickey Font cartridge. The crown I chose was from the Storybook cartridge.
1. Use Cricut Design Studio to weld a 4.5 inch Mickey Tag from the Mickey Font cartridge and a 2.25 inch crown from the Storybook cartridge.
2. Use the Cricut to cut 2 of the welded shapes for the cover with the pink paper.
3. Use the Cricut to cut 2 of the crowns in gold or silver from the Storybook cartridge.
4. I also cut a K for Kara from the gold paper but you could cut any letter or design to customize the cover.
5. Adhere the crown, letter and any other embellishments to the pink paper. Kara wanted to add rhinestones but we waited until after I laminated the over to do that.
6. Next I cut two more of the welded shapes from white cardstock to add stability to the cover.
Putting together the covers and inside pages
1. I ran the white welded cardstock and blue cardstock cuts through my Xyron 510 machine to add adhesive.
2. Adhere the pink paper to the white welded cardstock and the Jake gift wrap to the blue cardstock.
3. Run the resulting covers through the Xyron machine with the double side laminating insert.
4. Cut out the covers withe a 1/4 inch lamination border.
5. Put the covers back inside to inside and use a 1/4 inch hole punch to punch holes in one Mickey ear.
6. Cut twenty 4.5 inch Mickey Tags (Mickey Font cartridge) from white cardstock for each autograph book.
7. Line up the cover with one cardstock Mickey tag and punch a hole. (If I had thought ahead, I would have added this hole to Design Studio before I cut the Mickey tags out.)
8. Use the one punched cardstock Mickey tag to line up and punch a hole through all the other cardstock Mickey tags. I punched through two at a time.
9. Use the metal ring to put together the book with the front cover first, 20 cardstock Mickey tag pages and back cover last.
10. Cut three pieces of coordinating ribbon and double knot each one to the metal ring to complete the autograph book.
After we got our autographs on the cruise, I printed pictures and cut out 3.25 inch circles of the characters and my kids. I used my Creative Memories cutting system with the circle cutting templates.
I adhered the photos in their books on the opposite side of the autograph.
At the end of the book, I added pictures of all the characters that we got pictures with but not autographs.
My kids loved their autograph books and were proud to tell the characters and anyone that asked that I made them. The characters also made a big deal of these unique autograph books. Jake was really excited about being on the cover of Colin’s autograph book and he wanted to pose with the autograph book.
I hope this has inspired you to make a DIY Disney autograph book of your own!