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mouselovr
02-24-2010, 11:00 PM
So what is your opinion for those of you who have been? I am short on time to get it done. Doing it for my Cousin's son's Wish trip so I have to have it all done by Monday so I can ship it to her!!

HallsofVA
02-24-2010, 11:18 PM
We've done the pillowcase twice, and while they're cute, I don't think they hold up as well. My favorite for the passive autographs is actually a photo mat. Makes the best momento to display the signatures, I think.

However, the autograph book is a necessity (in my mind at least) if they are going to be waiting in line for characters/princesses photos. I got my kids the books where there's a place for a photo on one side and the autograph on the other side, so they can remember what they looked like with the character.

murcor
02-26-2010, 07:16 PM
We just did the pillowcases in Jan and the kids love them :)

They can fall to sleep and have magical dream :)

ScouterJT
02-26-2010, 09:10 PM
another idea would be a blank canvas tote bag (available at Michaels or Joann's)

marbet
02-26-2010, 11:27 PM
We've done the autograph book, photo mat, t-shirts and pillowcase. I think my favorite by far is the photo mat. Use painters tape to mark the outer edge to keep the characters from signing outside of what's visible due to the picture frame. Turn any of the above, except the autograph book, in to guest services - they will fill out a form with your stateroom number, and what characters you want to sign - classic characters, princesses only or both. It will be returned to your staterooom I believe on Thurs evening of a 7 day cruise. I brought 6 different colored sharpies (this is also noted on the form guest services fills out). You do have to bring it to guest services by a certain day - I can't remember.

breraurora
02-27-2010, 12:37 AM
On our last two cruises, we have purchased a plain vinylmation and had it signed. They are adorable and easy to display.

HappyPeach
02-27-2010, 01:42 PM
I did the photo mat on my cruise last week. It's adorable! If you go this route, just make sure to mark off the edges of the mat (the part that will be covered by the frame) so that every single autograph will be visible. I put the blank mat ($2.50 from wal-mart) & 2 fancy-color sharpies into a gallon-sized zip-loc bag. Also, indicate which way is "up" on the mat so that the signatures will all go the same way. Next time, I'll add a bag of candy into the zip-loc as a thank you to the cast members.;)

yogibigdog
02-27-2010, 01:57 PM
I agree with the photomat....my shirts and pillowcases never look good after being washed.

TheWescotts
02-27-2010, 02:07 PM
Another vote for photomat.

TwingleMum
02-27-2010, 03:05 PM
what is a photomat and how does it look?? Where would you get it? whats a vinylmation???

CyndiandChris
02-27-2010, 03:08 PM
And I saw this. What is a photo mat? :upsidedow

HappyPeach
02-27-2010, 03:22 PM
The photo mats we are talking about are white cardstock "borders" that surround your photo when it's framed. So say you have an 8 x 10" frame and a 4x6" photo... the mat would be 8x10" with a 4x6" rectangle cut out in the middle.

You can buy some that are specifically called "autograph mats" but I imagine any white or light-colored one would work. I got mine at Walmart for $2.50. They were on the same aisle as photo frames. I've seen them at Michael's too.

I found this as an example:

http://www.plan-a-magical-vacation.com/images/character-autographs-02.jpg

HappyPeach
02-27-2010, 03:29 PM
... and let me point out WHY you need to mark off the edges of your mat! Look at the example I posted! A few of the characters signatures are cut off by the frame. This is just an image I found via gis -- not my actual photo.

jessica52877
02-28-2010, 01:36 AM
We did the pillowcase. I made it and personalized it with DS7's name. He really loved receiving it because he had no idea I had made it. I figured he wouldn't actually use it a whole lot but just keep it on his bed (he has bunk beds).

Here is a picture, not the greatest, but you get the idea of what it could look like. I only had mainly the fab5 sign. No princesses and wanted to keep it black and white.

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s20/jessica52877/Cruse%202010/IMG_1807.jpg

Not sure this cropped one will show up any better.

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s20/jessica52877/Cruse%202010/IMG_1807-1.jpg

b00kw0rm429
03-01-2010, 01:42 PM
Thanks for the ideas...I like the photomat idea! But is there any reason why I can't do both? I have two younger children, but will also be traveling with 2 teens who won't care about signatures.

TwingleMum
03-09-2010, 09:44 AM
The photo mats we are talking about are white cardstock "borders" that surround your photo when it's framed. So say you have an 8 x 10" frame and a 4x6" photo... the mat would be 8x10" with a 4x6" rectangle cut out in the middle.

You can buy some that are specifically called "autograph mats" but I imagine any white or light-colored one would work. I got mine at Walmart for $2.50. They were on the same aisle as photo frames. I've seen them at Michael's too.

I found this as an example:

http://www.plan-a-magical-vacation.com/images/character-autographs-02.jpg

Thanks Peach I think its a great idea!!!

CyndiandChris
03-09-2010, 10:14 AM
And for dumbing this down for me! :rotfl:

BealsRwe
07-29-2010, 06:55 PM
My DD took an embroidered pillowcase my Mom did on a recent cruise. I am so excited about our upcoming cruise, as I have another pillowcase that I had printed. No photo transfer, no minimum order, no set-up charge. PM me fore more details.
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/the-wonder/p56355-my-dd-personalized-pil.html

mrsdn5
07-29-2010, 07:06 PM
I was thinking of taking the autographed pillowcases, framing them and hanging them on their wall. Do you think that would work?

mickey7879
07-29-2010, 07:21 PM
How many items can you have then sign? I like all of the ideas and am interested in doing all of them!

We will be traveling with 2 little ones and would like to have a couple of each done. Will they allow multiple things being signed under one stateroom?

Do they allow adding in a little thank you gift for the CM's?

Blanche_Neige
07-29-2010, 07:38 PM
I found amazing custom made embroidered pillow cases on ETSY from the seller StitchesNBows. :lovestruc

mytripsandraces
07-29-2010, 08:42 PM
We did t-shirts for my nephews at a recent character breakfast so that when the boys outgrow the shirts, my sister can make them into pillows.

nikkistevej
07-29-2010, 09:47 PM
We have done pillowcases, tshirts and the photo mats. All 3 turned out treat- although I liked the tshirts and photo mat the best. My DD loves wearing the tshirt too. :goodvibes

Tinkerkell123
07-29-2010, 09:53 PM
Pillowcases!! We told the kids before our cruise in January that we would NOT be getting autographs on the ship. WAY too much trouble. Told them we would take pix, but not carting around those autograph books. Can you guess who was usually in charge of them in WDW??? ;)

Anyway, they were a little bummed, but got over it. Meanwhile, I had a friend embroider the DCL logo, our cruise dates and their names on pillowcases. Hid them along with many colored Sharpies and candy and dropped that off at Guest Services the minute I boarded that ship! :ssst:

They were SO surprised when we got them in our cabin at the end of the cruise! Just loved them!

I am thinking maybe t-shirts this time, but a couple of sizes too big...

BealsRwe
07-29-2010, 10:37 PM
I was thinking of taking the autographed pillowcases, framing them and hanging them on their wall. Do you think that would work?

You could definitely frame them, and they are larger than a photomat, plus they are very packable. My daughter uses hers every night that my mom made a few years ago. I can't wait to have her new one signed next week.

http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/the-wonder/p56355-my-dd-personalized-pil.html

iluvwdw4ever
07-29-2010, 11:26 PM
Here are pictures of what we had signed on our cruise...

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise019.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise021.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise007.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise009.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise004.jpg

peachygreen
07-29-2010, 11:59 PM
Does this sound super cheesy? I am thinking of doing 2 pillowcases (one for each of my girls) on our Disney Dream Cruise in February. I was thinking of having the pillows embroidered with the following

"Once upon a
Disney Dream 2010
Princess XXX . . . "

With each girls name in the XXX of course.

canadiandisneygirl
07-30-2010, 01:05 AM
That sounds perfect!:lovestruc

I have never heard of this before! Do they only do it on the longer cruises? I love all fo the ideas here! Do they limit the number of things that you can have signed??:confused3

BealsRwe
07-30-2010, 07:16 AM
Does this sound super cheesy? I am thinking of doing 2 pillowcases (one for each of my girls) on our Disney Dream Cruise in February. I was thinking of having the pillows embroidered with the following

"Once upon a
Disney Dream 2010
Princess XXX . . . "

With each girls name in the XXX of course.

Sounds great! I just had mine printed for our upcoming cruise...click on the link in my signature to view. I love it, and wish I had gotten one for me :-)

my2mickeykids
08-01-2010, 10:06 PM
Here are pictures of what we had signed on our cruise...

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise019.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise021.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise007.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise009.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise004.jpg

That is so cute!! Love everything!! Will they let you sign more than 1 item per person? Love the blank Mickey Vinylmation you had signed. :love::love:Where did you find that?

MouseinMelbourne
08-01-2010, 10:40 PM
Turn any of the above, except the autograph book, in to guest services - they will fill out a form with your stateroom number, and what characters you want to sign - classic characters, princesses only or both.

I'm afraid I already know the answer to this, but.....

Why can't we turn in the autograph book to guest services? Won't they sign the book as well as a photo mat? They'll sign vinylmation stuff (did I spell that right)?

iluvwdw4ever
08-01-2010, 11:45 PM
That is so cute!! Love everything!! Will they let you sign more than 1 item per person? Love the blank Mickey Vinylmation you had signed. :love::love:Where did you find that?

Thanks!!! I'm not sure if there is a limit to how many items they will sign. I took everything to guest relations myself and they didn't say anything.

I bought the Vinylmation Mickey at WDW. They now have different colors other than just the white. I just bought a black one in June..I plan to use metallic markers for that one!!

DVC Mary
08-02-2010, 03:35 AM
The key to this if you are giving guest services multiple items is to do the 1st or 2nd day & tell them that you don't expect it back until the end of the cruise. Give them more time & you'll get something great.

P.Leilani
08-02-2010, 01:43 PM
I did the photo mat on my cruise last week. It's adorable! If you go this route, just make sure to mark off the edges of the mat (the part that will be covered by the frame) so that every single autograph will be visible. I put the blank mat ($2.50 from wal-mart) & 2 fancy-color sharpies into a gallon-sized zip-loc bag. Also, indicate which way is "up" on the mat so that the signatures will all go the same way. Next time, I'll add a bag of candy into the zip-loc as a thank you to the cast members.;)


May I ask what is a photo mat, and where can you find them. Thank you:confused3

MouseinMelbourne
08-02-2010, 03:37 PM
May I ask what is a photo mat, and where can you find them. Thank you:confused3

Look on Page 2 of this thread. :thumbsup2

Blanche_Neige
08-02-2010, 04:36 PM
Here are pictures of what we had signed on our cruise...

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise019.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise021.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise007.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise009.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/DisneyCruise004.jpg

May I ask what is a photo mat, and where can you find them. Thank you:confused3

photo mat is a decorative cardboard frame to place in a picture frame for your photo. look above for the example.

my2mickeykids
08-02-2010, 06:47 PM
Thanks!!! I'm not sure if there is a limit to how many items they will sign. I took everything to guest relations myself and they didn't say anything.

I bought the Vinylmation Mickey at WDW. They now have different colors other than just the white. I just bought a black one in June..I plan to use metallic markers for that one!!


Awesome!! That's the 9" one not a 3" right?

mrsdn5
08-02-2010, 06:48 PM
The reason I was thinking of framing the pillowcases was I was afraid that they would get ruined with use and washings. What are people experience when their children wear/use the items that are autographed?

RickyMouseMom
08-02-2010, 11:29 PM
My son's pillowcase is already starting to fade/run. We used Sharpie markers - I thought it would stay permanent. I really like how the PP photomat looks with the different colors, the Vinlymation is really cool too! Thanks for the ideas for our next cruise!

txsoccermom
08-03-2010, 12:26 AM
My son's pillowcase is already starting to fade/run. We used Sharpie markers - I thought it would stay permanent. I really like how the PP photomat looks with the different colors, the Vinlymation is really cool too! Thanks for the ideas for our next cruise!

Could we give them fine tip fabric markers for the pillowcases to use? I read somewhere that those are more permanent, just not as "bold" as the Sharpies. I was thinking of doing that with the 2 pillowcases, and then a pack of Sharpies I have here with the photomat...in 2 separate baggies. Would they let me do that?:confused3

randc01
08-03-2010, 02:23 AM
another idea would be a blank canvas tote bag (available at Michaels or Joann's)

I like this idea. Can't decide what I want to have autographed. I think my daughter would like the tote bag better than a pillowcase.