M-I-C… See lots of characters. K-E-Y… Why? Because we love Disney! M-O-U-S-E!
When I was first asked to be a part of the awesome Queen & Co. design team, I knew I wanted to make a Mickey project. Queen has always created the cutest Disney-themed products. That magical day has arrived, and just in time for an upcoming family vacay to The Happiest Place on Earth. It must be fate! Seems an autograph book is in order.
Since there are many amazing costumed friends awaiting our arrival, many pages are in order. For this reason, an assembly line approach works well. Let’s do it to it!
step 1: CUT TAGS
Begin by cutting 3.75” x 6” tags from white cardstock. (Cut rectangle, notch corners to create tag shape, and punch hole.)
NOTE: The characters write big, so you’ll need a two-page spread per friend you meet (one page for a photo and one for a signature). This means making many tags.
steps 2 and 3: MAKE FRAMES & POCKETS
Die cut a bunch of frames using the Polaroid Shaker Die. Select paper that goes with the characters you hope to see. Ex. Blue for Donald. Of course, there’s a chance you won’t see my favorite duck and that’s okay. Blue also works well for Elsa, The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Monsters Inc. and more!
Once you have all your frames cut, select two and stitch them together, back to back, only stitching along the sides (not top and bottom) to create a pocket. Repeat until you’ve used all frames. Each pocket will then hold one tag.
step 4: REINFORCE HOLES
Punch holes from scraps of your patterned paper and add them to your tags. If you don’t have a punch that does this, simply punch a hole using a basic hole punch (such as the large hole setting on the Crop-a-Dile) and then punching around the hole using a small circle punch.
step 5: CREATE PAGE SPREADS
Make page pairs. For example, for a red pocket/frame, create a tag with red accents to go on the adjacent side (when the book lies flat/open). Continue with several different colors.
step 6: CREATE A SHAKER COVER
Cut a 4” x 6” page background and attach a tag to it. Adhere a foam shaker frame and add a title to the space within. Next, add the toppings of choice and seal the shaker, adding another die cut frame to top it off.
NOTE: You can also add a date along the bottom if you want this to work for a specific vacation.
step 7: CREATE A COVER TAG
Make one more, skinner tag from patterned paper, adding the cute “Meeting Characters” sticker to finish it off.
Once you’ve made all of your pages, group them together on a jump ring and you’re ready to rock!
Here’s a look at the album after you’ve added the photos and signatures from your trip.
The space at the bottom of the Polaroid-style frame is perfect for journaling a few notes about each pic you include. Or you can dress it up with accents that complement. OR you can leave it as is, which is also cute. :)
You can always cut the frames and decorate the tags after your trip, so I’d recommend at least cutting a bunch of 3.75” x 6” tags from white cardstock to take on your trip. That way you have enough to get your sweet sigs.
EARS to You!
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday of a Mouse fan or want to tell someone you’re proud of them for an achievement, this is a cheesy play on words to try on for size.
Wood veneer takes color really nicely, making it easy to paint a bow red for Miss Minnie.
I hope these ideas give your Disney-loving hearts a boost!