Last year when we went to Disney I had talked to the kids a bit about what we were going to do and see. I had talked about Pin Trading and seeing Characters. Both of my kids didn't really understand the Pin Trading thing and I figured that neither would care for autographs...they would just rather meet them and get their photos with them.
Well I was wrong. Day one at the parks and the very first thing my son did was buy a pen and autograph book with his spending money. He purchased the blue one with the main characters on it. Lily on the other hand didn't want signatures at all the first day (we asked her periodically throughout the day if she wanted a book) and on the morning of day 2 promptly asked us before we left for the park if she could buy her own book and pen. She got a Tinkerbell one. (Just a FYI, those books have less pages than the regular book, but have sleeves for photos.) Through the rest of our trip Disney World they were on a mission to see characters and collect signatures. Lily ran out of room in her first book and we ended up having to buy her a second book. Ian almost filled his up (I think he has 1 or 2 pages left).
While I like the books from Disney, they are not large enough to hold printed photos when you get home. The standard 4inch photos are just a smidge too big for them. The photos are also a smidge to big for those special sleeves in the Tinkerbell & Princess autograph books. Could I crop the photos? Sure, but I like to take photos that you do not have to crop, KWIM? I also prefer to take vertical shots of my kids with the character instead of horizontal (because the character is so much taller than my kid most of the time).
pinned many of them on pinterest...discussed them with the kids and my husband...and this is what I came up with.
I purchased two Pro Art 5 1/5in by 8in spiral bound sketch books (similar to the one pictured below) at a local craft store with coupons - the paper in sketch books are thicker than regular notebooks & there are LOTS of pages and the cover is hard.
This is Ian's...
On a side note....one year ago today was the day we arrived on our Disney Vacation last year. You can read the funny story of our arrival here. O_o
Linking to these parties, here.