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This mama loves Disneyland. I truly believe it’s the most magical place on earth and I turn into a big kid every time I go there. We have been lucky enough to take our kids there twice– Once when Bean was 3 and I was pregnant with Turtle and again this past summer when the kids were 5 and 9. I’m not going to lie, Disneyland is expensive, especially with the low Canadian dollar, so when we go to Disneyland it’s a splurge for us. As much as I would love to give my kids a “no expense spared” trip to Disneyland, we definitely lean more towards the “budget conscious” Disneyland trip.
We bring our stroller with us to Disneyland and one of the first things we do when we get to the hotel is Uber to the nearest grocery store and pick up groceries for the week. We eat breakfast in our room at the hotel before we leave, and pack water, snacks and lunch in a cooler that we put in the stroller. Once we get to the park we find a nice, shady spot for our stroller and stop back at it whenever we need something to eat or drink. We splurge by eating dinner at the park and a picking up a special snack or two here and there throughout the day.
Another way we try to save some money is by buying some of our “souvenir” type items before we go. The Hubs was able to find the lanyards for our Disney trading pins on clearance at a video game store before we left and we also DIY’d our own Disney Autograph Books.
DIYing the books before we left gave the kids the chance to make their autograph books 100% their own. We picked up the notebooks at the dollar store and they painted the covers in their favorite colors. I let the kids pick their favorite Disney characters and we used my Cricut Explore to cut out vinyl decals for the cover of the book. You could also use Disney stickers from the dollar store to decorate with. We brought a sharpie for each kid and clipped it to their lanyards for easy signing access. I can’t tell you how many Disney cast members commented on how cute the autograph books were and asked questions about them!
While the kids were getting autographs from each character I snapped photos left, right and center on my iphone. I made sure to take lots of fun candid photos in addition to the more traditional posed photos.
Once we got home I sorted through the photos on my phone, picked out my favorites and printed them on my Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer. Have you heard of the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer? It is one of my favorite things! I’ve been wanting one for a long time and was so happy to have one for this project. The Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer prints on ZINK paper which means that it uses no ink! It’s made of a material that has colorful die crystals embedded inside that appear like magic on the paper when heat is applied inside the printer!
It’s tiny so you can take it on the go with you. There is a Polaroid Zip app for smart phones so all you have to do is turn on the printer, connect the printer to your phone using bluetooth, select the photo you want it to print and click print!
The app also has fun filters, stickers, border and text options so you can completely customize each image. There is also a collage option that allows you to make collages with your images like the one I made of Mochi playing with his ball below.
My very favorite thing about the Polaroid Zip printer has to be the backing of the photos! Friends… you can either use the photo just like you would a regular photo OR you can peel of the back layer to leave behind a sticker back so you can stick the photo anywhere! The planner addict in me is so in love with this feature. The photos that the Polaroid Zip Printer prints are 2 inches by 3 inches which are the perfect size to put in the boxes in my Happy Planner!
They are also the perfect size for this DIY Disney Autograph Book. Not too big, not too small, the perfect size so that you can put one or two stickers on each page next to the signatures of your favorite Disney characters without covering the signature!
Ready to learn how to make a DIY Disney Autograph Book of your own and for your chance to win a Polaroid Zip Printer? Read on!
DIY Disney Autograph Book With Photo Stickers
–Notebook with unlined paper (we got ours at the dollar store)
–Disney Stickers or vinyl decals (I used my Cricut Explore, Cricut Holographic Vinyl, Cricut Vinyl and this Etsy SVG file to make my stickers)
–Transfer tape if using vinyl decals
Step 1: Using a foam brush and acrylic paint, paint a thin layer of paint over the front and back covers of your notebook. Wait for it to dry and then add a second layer to make sure that any images on your notebook are completely covered. Allow to fully dry and then proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Pick your stickers or vinyl decals, position them on your notebook and then stick into place. If using vinyl decals you will want to do this using transfer tape.
Step 3: Take your new autograph book with you to Disneyland or Disney World. Have your favorite Disney characters sign your autograph book and snap a ton of pictures! Have a blast in Disneyland!
Step 4: Print your favorite photos using your Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer. Remove backing and stick to the page!
Enjoy the memories for years to come!
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Tell me… What do you think of our DIY Disney Autograph Book? What is the first photo that you would print using your Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer and where would you stick it?
Disclosure- Thank you to Polaroid for working with us on this article and giveaway. As with every article on Hello Creative Family, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
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Sarah Cool says
I would take a picture of my puppy and stick it on my desk at work so I can see her all day!
Wow! I love your autograph books! I was looking for some DIY ideas for our next trip to Disney when i found this article. I had never heard of this printer before, but it sounds amazing!! I would print out a pic of my kids to finally document our lives in a journal. Those look easy enough for me to do, I love how convenient & non bulky it is, & the instant product is a game changer. I would love to do the same thing you did and use it for the Disney pics in their autograph books for our next Disney trip!! Thank you so much for this beautiful inspiration!!
Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. My kids LOVE their DIY Disney autograph books. They especially love that they are unique and personal to them. I found them sitting on the couch going through their books just the other day and reminiscing about our last trip. I hope that your family has a wonderful trip there. I would love to see what you end up DIYing for your Disney trip!