I wanted to make these books fairly simply, using what we had on hand. The only thing I had to buy was the actual book, which I found at Hobby Lobby for just under $4. It was a drawing book with semi-thick paper, which was a necessity. Basically, it just needs to be thick enough to withstand lots of handling & for the Sharpie markers to not bleed through to the next page.
I pulled out my stock of letter stickers & the Disney scrapbook paper I used on our Monorail Countdown Calendar. The girls each picked out their own paper & chose how they wanted their books to be designed.
Maggie chose a Minnie Mouse cover & wanted her name across the bottom. Izzy chose a Mickey head with rainbow stickers for her name. I cut the paper to size, added Mod Podge directly to the cover of the drawing book & placed the paper down, gluing it in place. There was already this cute "M" circle in the scrapbook pack, so we cut that out, Mod Podged it onto the paper & were able to use it on Maggie's name.
Once the stickers are in place & the covers are just how you want them, paint the Mod Podge all over the entire cover to seal it all in. (Don't freak out! This will actually work!) :-)
The Mod Podge dries in no time flat! I left it alone for 15 minutes or so, it was dry & then we repeated the process to decorate the back sides.
The girls are so happy with their Disney autograph books! They were super simple to make, handmade with their own little hands (with some help from me) :-) & personalized just for them!
We can hardly wait to fill these babies up! Do you make your own autograph books or buy in the park?