Saturday, June 28, 2014

Going to Disney? Save your memories!

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Child Holding a handmade Disney Memory Book
©Mickie Goad
Some of you might be heading to Disneyworld or Disneyland soon--or maybe you know someone who is dreaming about taking the trip to this magical world.

A visit to this wonderland for children will be remembered for a lifetime so you should think about a way to preserve and collect these memories.

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to visit the Orlando park because 6 of our 7 grandchildren were headed there during the same week! Oh my goodness! How could we NOT go?

I decided I wanted to create a handmade autograph and memory book for my precious babies. I had a definite project in mind and I did a lot of thinking about how I could make the best scrapbook for them.

That memory book had to be big enough to hold a one photograph on a page. Hmmm. That meant the book had to be at least 4"x6".  The book should not be too big, however, as it must fit in a mom's purse or a backpack.  I wanted the pages in the book to be thick enough so that a pen would not bleed through to the other side of the page. I decided that the book should have a spiral binding so it could open wide enough for the "characters" to easily hold it and sign it, too.


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One of the Finished Handmade Disney Autograph Books
©Mickie Goad

As you can see, Goofy had no trouble holding the memory book for two of my grandchildren. My grand-daughter had been to the "Princess Beauty Salon", by the way. Her hair is NOT curly.
Goofy signing the Disney Memory Book for my grandchildren. ©Mickie Goad


 The image below is how I dreamed the book would be used: notice the photo above the autograph! Yes, I gave my grandchildren something of value.

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Chip -n-Dale Memory from Disneyworld ©Mickie Goad


If you want to see how I created the Disney Memory Books, you can visit two of my pages on Squidoo: How to Make a Disney Memory Book and Create a Child's Disney Memory Book.

The first page is where I made the original books that were red. The second page was written last year when the 7th grandchild got to go to Disneyworld. I let her help make the scrapbook and you can see what a fun project it was by clicking the "Create a Child's Disney Memory Book" link above.

I hope I have inspired you to make your own journals or scrapbooks to hold all those memories you create on your travels to that wonderful world of magic!

Going to Disney does take some planning! Another Squidoo lensmaster and grandmother (like me), grammieo, has found what looks like the perfect piece of luggage for a child's trip to Disneyworld, Disneyland or wherever! Visit Disney and Hays to the Rescue to read her delightful review.  (She is also the gardening contributor here on Review This!)




Photo and content Credits: ©Mickie Goad
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4 comments:

  1. The last time I visited Disney my son was ten (he's now 40+) so it has been awhile! A little over a decade ago I was really in to creating scrapbooks. Now, it's just easier to create them in articles published online--mostly on Squidoo, of course! However, I do miss photos and scrapbooks to hold in my hands, so I do plan to take a closer liik at the scrapbooking articles you share here and see if they motivate me to make "hard copies" of my memories.

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  2. What a cute idea! We always loved taking the kids to Disney and they both had autograph books but I like yours better! Anything we put a part of ourselves in to is so much nicer and a better memory down the road. Great ideas here, Mickie!

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  3. A scrapbook and an autograph book are an absolute must for any vacation to Disney. Our children had an autograph book they carried around with them for the characters to sign. I love the idea of have a place for the photos with the signatures!

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  4. A friend of mine is an avid Disneyland goer and has been for most of his life. I asked him if he had a Disney memory book. Sadly, he didn't, but after reading your story, he's going to make a change. Next Disney trip, he'll have his book! This is such a great idea!

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