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Posted by: WebTink on July 08, 2003 9:19 am/pm

Couldn't figure out where the best place to post this would be, so Rich, if you think another forum would be better, feel free to move it.

I saw a cute idea over at DisneyDollarless on how to make your own homemade autograph books.  Since I'm antsy to get going on my trip and trying to find things to pass the time, it looked like a good Disney-type activity for whiling away the hours (okay it only took a few minutes, probably, but you know....minutes can SEEM like hours when you're waiting for your Fairy Tale WDW vacation).  

The craft project called for a spiral bound scrapbook from Michael's that's just the perfect size for an autograph book, about 4.75" x 5.5", some Disney greeting cards with  favorite characters, and some Modpodge.  Easy enough.  Michael's is right by Walmart, so ta-da--one trip and I was set!

I only made two autograph books because my soon-to-be 14-yr-old son was not interested, but you can see them both < here at Webshots > .  They were really fun to make using the tips from DisneyDollarless and my previous decoupaging knowledge.  I put some Disney character stickers on each page to frame the soon-to-be-entered autographs and hope to have a picture of each character on the opposite page with the kid who got the autograph.

Just thought you might like to see them!

Maybe I'll even try taking a picture of my "Mahalo" envelopes for Polynesian mousekeepers!

Posted by: WebTink on July 08, 2003 9:56 am/pm

Okay, I added a picture of the mousekeeping envelopes I made, too.  Same link as above.
Posted by: RichKoster on July 08, 2003 11:41 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Becky!

All three of those look great, and I bet the Disney Characters really appreciate the homemade autograph book - - as well as the mousekeepers liking not only what you put in the envelopes you leave for them, but the envelopes themselves.
:)

Oh! And I think you picked a great spot on the Disney Echo to put your tip about making these, Becky.
:nod:

Posted by: WebTink on July 08, 2003 11:56 am/pm

Thanks, Rich!  

I happen to be a GREAT tipper, too--all ya'll would want me for a customer!  Both DH and I paid our dues in the service industry (he was a waiter/bartender and I worked as a housekeeper at Crater Lake Lodge), so we love to tip for good service.  Well, we tip anyway, but if it's exceptional, watch out! (Okay, if it's really lousy--and I've only had really, really lousy service once--I won't tip.)  I'll never forget the $100 tip he got once!  That was a fun night!  

Has anyone seen that insurance ad that features the guests trying to get the service from the server by bidding up their tip?  Cracks me up!  What's that for? Progressive, I think.  And the table that offered a 30% tip and to bus their own tables won.  (I won't be offering to wash the sheets at the Poly! )

:laugh:

Posted by: LilMarcieMouse on July 13, 2003 12:29 am/pm

Those are great!!  :coolgrin:  I tryed in 2001 to make my owen book but it did turn out as nice as yours. i love your envolope What did you use to make that. Was it the computer? Hummm.... i have the Disney Print Master and it has a Hula Minnie. I think I know what I'm trying tomorrow. Thanks Webtink for the Idea. Your the best.
:bowdown:  :bowdown:  :bowdown:  :bowdown:

Posted by: WebTink on July 13, 2003 10:26 am/pm

So glad you liked my crafties!  I just used Word to make the envelopes, found the clipart on the disks that came with Microsoft Works (did a search on Polynesia, I think to find that picture).  Used WordArt to make the Mahalo.

I really had a great time working on those craft projects, so I hope you have fun with yours, too! I made envelopes for my older kids' daily allowance of cash that they are earning all summer before we go, too.  I made them for DH, too! LOL!

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 13, 2003 10:42 am/pm

Hey Becky!

Did you happen to see my "Disney Countdown Chain" now up on the DisneyDollarless?

< http://www.disneydollarless.com/chainlink.shtml >

My son had a blast with this!

Your autograph books look great!  Same with the tip envelops!

Posted by: RichKoster on July 13, 2003 12:09 am/pm

Hey, the countdown chain looks like it is only Donald Duck! No Mickey???
:grimace:

Posted by: LilMarcieMouse on July 13, 2003 12:15 am/pm



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So glad you liked my crafties!  I just used Word to make the envelopes, found the clipart on the disks that came with Microsoft Works (did a search on Polynesia, I think to find that picture).  Used WordArt to make the Mahalo.

I really had a great time working on those craft projects, so I hope you have fun with yours, too! I made envelopes for my older kids' daily allowance of cash that they are earning all summer before we go, too.  I made them for DH, too! LOL!

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Thanks WedTink. I think I'll play with my Disney Print master and see what happends. I"ll borrow the Mahalo if you don't mind. :coolgrin:

Liv2CdWorld were is Mickey and the rest of the Gang? :sniffle:

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 13, 2003 2:52 am/pm

Gosh guys!!  You need to click on the Donald pic to download the document.  Have no fear, Mickey and the gang are here :laugh:

I guess when they posted this on the DisneyDollarless, they only put up part of the picture.

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 13, 2003 4:25 am/pm

Gee! We're a talented groug, huh? I've got mousekeeping envelopes ready to download here! All different characters!

















Also, if you like to make up your itineraries in advance, I've got some of those for downloading. They're fun! With as many trips as we make, we still like to use them to have an idea for our *schedule*, especially around the holidays and to keep track of our P.S.'s!
Here they are!
< http://www.disneydollarless.com/journal/journal7.shtml >
If you lose the link just go to the DDL site and look on the lefthand side! The itineraries are listed under the kids' journal! :flag2:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 13, 2003 4:31 am/pm



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Gosh guys!!  You need to click on the Donald pic to download the document.  Have no fear, Mickey and the gang are here :laugh:
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Yoo Hoo, Beth!

Whew! You had me worried there for a while!
:uhoh:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 13, 2003 4:33 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Maggie!

Thanks! Those are great ideas!
:idea:

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 13, 2003 5:05 am/pm

Thanks, Rich! So glad you like them! Hmmm, now that I think more about it, I also have a grahic that I made for *Cast Member Appreciation Awards* that I print out on business card stock and hand to CM's, too! They're not like the ones with pins, but the CM's do seem to get a kick out of them. I have some blanks if you'd like to use them. Just let me know and I can send it as an attachment. These aren't affiliated with DDL and no one else has them. All you have to do is write in your name! :flag2:
Posted by: RichKoster on July 13, 2003 5:07 am/pm

Oh, that sounds like another great idea! Yes, email them to me and then I'll make them available here for downloading for all the Disney EchoEars. Thanks!
:clap:

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 13, 2003 5:20 am/pm

Maggie,

Love the journal!

Posted by: RichKoster on July 13, 2003 5:31 am/pm



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Thanks, Rich! So glad you like them! Hmmm, now that I think more about it, I also have a grahic that I made for *Cast Member Appreciation Awards* that I print out on business card stock and hand to CM's, too! They're not like the ones with pins, but the CM's do seem to get a kick out of them. I have some blanks if you'd like to use them. Just let me know and I can send it as an attachment. These aren't affiliated with DDL and no one else has them. All you have to do is write in your name! :flag2:
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Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

The "Cast Member Appreciation Awards" graphic Maggie created is right here, ready for you to save it and use it yourself:


Thanks, Maggie! :bowdown:

Posted by: WebTink on July 13, 2003 6:20 am/pm

Wow, so many crafty people here!  Maggie, I printed out the kids' journal for my daughter a couple of weeks ago.  We'll see if she actually ends up writing in it on our trip in August.  She's at "that" age--it might not be cool or something.  I can never tell.  She is a great writer and I know she would fill it with lots of humor and probably a dose of teenage sarcasm.  It would sure be fun to look back on it years later!  I hope she does it!

I'm going to make up some CM appreciation cards from your graphic!  Excellent idea!

I've already got a countdown calendar going on, but the one at DDL is cute.  If my four-year-old really had a clue, I'd be including him more, but he just doesn't care!  He thinks WDW has people and food and that's it.  I hope his little eyes get big as saucers when he sees Magic Kingdom on our first morning there!

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 13, 2003 6:38 am/pm

Thanks for the compliments you guys! Becky...trust me on this one...get your camera ready when your 4-year-old sees WDW for the first time, especially the castle! And, if you have a camcorder, have your hubby ready, too! I'll never forget the looks on my children's faces the first time they saw it and just about every time afterwards too. As a matter of fact, you should see my face every time we get out of the car, filled with excitement, walk down Main St., and there it is....Cinderella's castle! It gives me goosebumps even thinking about it!
You might want to prepare him to see the characters, especially Mickey....some kids are so shocked to see him so big and so close-up that they just don't know what to do.
As for your teenage daughter, well, she might surprise you....even though they like to be *cool*, deep down they have a truly wonderful feeling about Disney. My 24-year-old daughter still gets giggly when we go, especially to the Crystal Palace, as Pooh is her favorite character....and she still loves getting autographs...hehehehehe...go figure.  :minnie:

Posted by: WebTink on July 13, 2003 7:13 am/pm

Thanks for the kid tips, Maggie!  Camera will be at the ready!  I have been showing our youngest the pictures of people with characters that are online, explaining how big they are.  He has seen Blue from Blue's Clues Live, so hopefully it's sinking in a little bit that they are LIFESIZE and LARGER THAN LIFE.

Our then 6 and 7 year olds did great six years ago, but 4 is really a lot different, even if it's only a couple of years.  Plus his temperament is a little bit on the anxious side.  We have the days scheduled for one of us to go slow with him, to have him in Never Land or with the a sitter in the room (whether hired or one of us) in the late afternoons/evenings.  I am just hoping for the best, but planning for the worst, just in case.

Thanks for the encouragement on the DD, too.  She just saw Pirates of the Caribbean and loved it.  She's all into sci-fi and fantasy stuff right now, kind of liking the darker side of things, I think.  I'm sure there will be much she enjoys about Disney even if it's not the cute and cuddly things she loved six years ago.  I will just appreciate whatever enthusiasm she brings!  (Oh funny, TourGuideMike RADIO is playing "The Age of Not Believing" by Angela Lansbury!;)

As for the teenage son....I'm just hoping HE doesn't lose his ticket, his money, his hat....that kid!  Not very attentive to details!

Posted by: LilMarcieMouse on July 13, 2003 10:41 am/pm



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Gosh guys!!  You need to click on the Donald pic to download the document.  Have no fear, Mickey and the gang are here :laugh:

I guess when they posted this on the DisneyDollarless, they only put up part of the picture.

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Thanks I don't click anything that says to download unless I know I want it. Sorry. :bowdown:
Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 14, 2003 8:06 am/pm

Good morning all!  

:idea: I had a clever idea.....we should compile all of our "homemade" stuff and sell it as a "Disney Trip Planning Kit".

Sounds good 'eh?  I can always dream :)

Posted by: WebTink on July 14, 2003 10:10 am/pm

Sounds like you're the entrepreneur among us, Beth!  Go for it!

I made up the Cast Member Appreciation Cards, Maggie.  They turned out great.  I used Publisher, so I could go in and put our name (The Welch-Troxel Family) on the line in a nice script font.  I had some of those great business cards that are "clean edge"--you can't even tell you separated them.  Very nice.  Thanks again for the tip and the graphic!

:bowdown:

Now, tell me some great reasons to give them out.  I know there are a lot of nice CMs, but what would you consider "award-worthy" behavior.  (Hmmm...Is this getting off topic?)  

Maybe Rich will switch this to another thread....(hint, hint)

Posted by: RichKoster on July 14, 2003 11:53 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Becky!



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Now, tell me some great reasons to give them out.  I know there are a lot of nice CMs, but what would you consider "award-worthy" behavior.  (Hmmm...Is this getting off topic?)  

Maybe Rich will switch this to another thread....(hint, hint)
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You bring up a great question -- and I agree that it should be discussed in a different section of the Disney Echo. At my request, Becky posted that question again in the Cast Member Clubhouse area of the Disney Echo where replies to that question can be made.

You can go to that question's thread by clicking here and you can continue with the original topic of making and modifying these homemade projects right here.

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 14, 2003 1:17 am/pm

I'm so glad you're enjoying my ideas! I don't give out the *certificates* very freely myself, but I am *disabled* due to 3 back surgeries, and when a CM goes out of her way to help me find a spot for the parades or get onto a ride (I have been known to be *ignored*), or help me look for a pin or other merchandise (not something that's in plain sight), then I feel he/she deserves a little something *extra* for their trouble. I've also been known to add one in a Mousekeeping envelope when something extra nice has been done in our room, like a *Welcome Home* card, *Anniversary or Birthday* card, towel animals, aaaand, our room is especially kept clean! I also do some charity work for the Give Kids The World Village (connected to Make A Wish), so whenever we go, I ask Mousekeeping for some extra soaps and shampoos for the kids. I've been lucky...they usually give me a bag full! So naturally, that person gets one, too! One night when we went to 'Ohana's for dinner they lost our P.S., but a wonderful CM made sure we got in in less than 10 minutes instead of having to wait 2 hours! Needless to say...she received a certificate! Another time I observed a CM helping a child trying to decide which pin to trade. The poor little thing had no idea what to do and his parents were new to pin trading. The CM not only traded a lovely pin, but gave the little boy an extra one! Last month I left a birthday package for a little girl who was turning 5 the next day. Not only did the CM see to it that it was delivered, but added 5 balloons! She got one, too! :minnie:
Posted by: ladymarganne on July 14, 2003 1:37 am/pm

Two things, Beth. First, I finally decided to do something quite similar on my site.  Although I do understand that some people get ticked off at sellers on Ebay who sell the park maps, I'm doing something else like it. I'm selling not only the park maps, but brochures from other Orlando attractions like Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Arabian Nights, China, Pirates and Capone's, Kennedy Space Center, etc., as well as a Travel Activities Book for $10. The activities book is made from card stock, has a plastic binder with a clear plastic front and cardboard back. This works well for kids as it gives them something a little hard to lean on. The book contains losts of coloring pages, mazes, games, and car bingo! You could  make this on your computer, too. It is great for keeping kids busy and the package is a big help to people who like to plan ahead as they all have maps and telephone numbers, and some have coupons. I'm also planning on adding a coupon booklet for the Orlando area....I just have to drive to a service plaza on the turnpike! There's one about 30 minutes from me. So, obviously, I have access to things a lot of people don't and would like to have. The $10 barely covers the cost of mailing envelope, postage and my gas! LOL!
The second thing is this.... I like to realllllly decorate for Christmas and our house is basically *Disney*, so the foyer is dedicated to .....Disney! We have 3 small trees there with a 3 footer that has a Minnie tree topper. Here are my suggestions...1. use pins to decorate the small trees, and 2. if you've ever seen the headbands with the glitter Mickeyheads on them, they can also be used as ornaments, too! They work well for both the small trees and the big one,  and are relatively inexpensive. They cost $6 and have 2 Mickeyheads on them. What I did was take them off the wire, add a bow on the bottom and glue a ribbon on the top between the ears with a glue gun...viola! Mickeyhead ornaments!
Oh! And for those that have done their bathrooms in Tropical Mickey, but don't want to spend $25 for the wastebasket(I can be cheap)...make your own! I paintd blue Mickeyheads on a white wastebasket and it looks great! I even added some flowers, too!
Sorry this is so long, guys.... :minnie:

Posted by: rickiedestinymama on July 14, 2003 1:43 am/pm

I also made autograph books for my grandchildren.  I got my books from JoAnn's.  I used Print Shop and made my background and made stickers for the pages.  It turned out really cute.

I have already made envelopes for mousekeeping, a countdown calender, and I think I will make some of the CM certificates.  I think I might make the countdown chain too when our trip gets closer.  We are not going until December.

Posted by: ladymarganne on July 14, 2003 2:31 am/pm

Looks like you're off to a good start! I wish I had grandchildren! Someday.....Planning is soooo much fun! But, in any case December is a fabulous time to go! Unfortunately, the Osborn Lights won't be up this year, but, don't miss the parades, especially in the MK, and the Candlelight Procession in Epcot is awesome! That is definitely a *must-do*! If you have time, go to all the monorail resorts and see how they're decorated. The GF has a 50-foot tree, and a huuge gingerbread house that doubles as a candy store, too! Plus, there are storytellers in each country in Epcot. If you're there for Christmas Day, you'll even find a surprise on your doorknob on Christmas morning! You might also want to bring a small tree and some lights for your room! :minnie:
Posted by: rickiedestinymama on July 18, 2003 3:09 am/pm

That all sounds fun, but we are going to DL instead of WDW.  DL is a little closer to Alaska.  I am hoping some day I can take the grandkids to WDW.
Posted by: RichKoster on July 18, 2003 9:23 am/pm



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That all sounds fun, but we are going to DL instead of WDW.
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Yoo Hoo, rickiedestinymama!

...or maybe that should be Ho Ho Ho, rickiedestinymama!
;)

That's okay! As you probably know, Disneyland has a version of the Candlelight Procession which is held in the Fantasyland theater near its a small world.

And while there are no Osborn lights, you have the charm of New Orleans Square decorated for the holidays and it looks even truer to New Orleans than WDW's Port Orleans Resort does.

And you'll also get to see Disneyland's Christmas parade.
:santa:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 22, 2003 2:12 am/pm



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Okay, I added a picture of the mousekeeping envelopes I made, too.  Same link as above.
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...or download it directly from this:


Mahalo, Becky!

Posted by: WebTink on July 22, 2003 2:40 am/pm

I think my envelope looks great on the DisneyEcho!  

Mahalo, Rich!

Posted by: ladymarganne on Aug. 15, 2003 2:16 am/pm

Here's an idea for Mickey head Christmas ornaments....buy some headbands that have 2 glitter Mickey heads on them...they come in different colors. Then, take the Mickey heads off, glue a bow under the chin and a ribbon on top between the ears to use to hang on your tree! The headbends cost $6 each and you get 2 ornaments out of it.
:minnie:
:santa:

Posted by: JH33194 on Aug. 18, 2003 10:08 am/pm

What a wonderful idea!  Your books look so cute too!  I bet my 2 would love something like that...looks like im off to the store...  :bigsmile:

Jeanette

Posted by: WebTink on Aug. 18, 2003 10:21 am/pm

My DD, I guess, was too cool and grown-up for character autographs this time, and my 4 yr old couldn't have cared less.  DDs got wet during the gigantic rainstorm the night of SOA, so it went in the trash, never used.  DS's I'm saving for my trip in October because we did get a couple of autographs:  Suzy, Perla, Minnie, and Pluto.
Posted by: Kimski182 on Oct. 26, 2003 7:01 am/pm

Another Project?

    For our trip in January there will be 4 adults and 1 teenager and 1 child.  I saw a program on tv about decorating gift bags, so I of course have put a Disney twist on it.  

   I am creating welcome bags for everyone in our party.  I purchased large plain colored gift bags at the dollar tree, pink, white, maroon, pale orange, hunter green, etc), and with the Disney's Print Studio's (and imported clipart from the Internet) I am decorating them with each persons name and favorite character.  

   Each bag also has a cut out pocket from an old pair of jeans glued to it and decorated.   Make sure to leave the top of the pocket open to place an item in.

  This has been such a fun way to pass the time.   The theme's have been fun, we have:

   Beauty & The Beast
   Eeyore
   Pooh
   Tigger
   Front (Nightmare Before Christmas) Back (Stitch)
   Front (Pirates of the Carribean) :pirate: Back (Grumpy)

   My son and husband couldn't decide on a favorite, and each picked two!

   When they are finished, I'll post pictures.

   I also make a weekly trip to the dollar tree for Disney Items, so far I have found:

   Disney Stickers
   Disney Pez Dispensers
   Large Glow Lights (very expensive in the parks)
   Battery operated fans (different trip - not Jan)
   My hot glue gun and glue
   Great ribbons for decorating etc.
   Little wreaths to use as ears for my Mickey Wreath and
   strings of white lights to wrap them in!

I also used Disney Print Studios to make Holiday Mousekeeping Envelopes for a trip in December.

Disney Print Studios has so many more craft projects to help pass the time especially for someone who is more computer than craft oriented.

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