How to Ask for DISigns, Tips, FAQ's & Guidelines

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Aug 18, 2000
WELCOME to DIS DISign Addicts!(DDA)
How To Ask For DISigns, DISignTips, FAQ & Guidelines Thread, Part 2
This thread is a place for people to find information about asking for DISigns, printing, saving DISigns or to help new DISigners. It isn’t meant to have all the information, but hopefully it is a place to collect, post and share new information.

REMEMBER – These designs are FREE and they cannot be SOLD or used for profit in ANY way whatsoever!!!!

DISign tips/FAQs Part 1 from 2005 can be found here –
Back in May, 2005, the DDA was born. It was originally called the Disney Design Addicts or DDA. By August of 2005 we had our own Forum and Baloo was the Moderator. If you click on the link above it takes you to the original Design Tips post. This posting was the first attempt to organize this forum. Below is the initial posting from this thread.

Welcome to the Dis Design Addicts or the DDA for short!
The new home of the MONSTER thread....
It started out with some tie-dyed shirts, and then a few people added designs they had done on their computers. Midnite and Julia&NicksMom ( Kate) started designing logos for people and then many more started coming up with AWESOME designs of their own.
As many of the original DISigners have moved on, this first DISign Tips post became out of date. It was decided to redo the post and begin anew. However, we don’t want to forget those who came before us. Thanks so much for all of the wonderful DISigners who started this board.

FAQ/Guidelines/DISign Tip thread, Part 2
Below is the index for the posts in this thread
• Post 2 – Board & Posting Guidelines
• Post 3 – How Do I Request a DISign?
• Post 4 – What software program do you use?
• Post 5 – Where do you get your clip-art, logos & wallpaper?
• Post 6 – Where do you get your fonts and how do you install them?
• Post 7 – DISign Tips
• Post 8 – Making a Name in a Picture – Under Construction
• Post 9 – Making a DISign In Photo-Impact
• Post 10 – Making a DISign in MS Word
• Post 11 – Photo-Sharing Sites – Under Construction
• Post 12 – Printing your DISign – Under Construction
• Post 13 – Making a T-Shirt, Ironing on the Transfer
• Post 14 – Tie-dyeing Shirts – Under Construction
• Post 15 – Making an Autograph Book
• Post 16 – How to Make - Miscellaneous
• Post 17 – Scrapping Information – Under Construction
• Post 18 – What Do You Make For Your Vacation?
• Post 19 –
• Post 20 –

To keep it from getting to 200 pages (which limits its use), it’s going to be a locked thread. If you would like information added to the thread, PM me and I will include it.


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Aug 18, 2000
Board & Posting Guidelines
Here’s a link to the Guidelines

I have posted the most relevant ones to our forum below. A few guidelines to remember when posting on the DISboards:

To address the question about Commercial Links, see the guideline below.

1. FOR SALE: For sale ads are strictly prohibited on any of the DISboards. Anyone posting such ads will have their post deleted. This same policy applies to links to your eBay/auction listings . "For sale" posts include requests for donations (see below). In addition, "Vote for me" posts are not permitted on the DIS. This includes requests for support in an online contest, sweepstakes, lottery or other event designed to yield personal gain.

7. ADVERTISING: The advertisers/sponsors who you see on the DIS are carefully chosen. While we welcome discussion of them as well as other businesses that you have information or questions about, if its determined that you are using the DIS to promote a commercial venture, you will lose your posting privileges. This includes choosing a username/signature that refers to your business. In addition, links to the company's website will be blocked. Also note that we do not want the boards to be used for solicitations or for requesting referrals. Requests for advertising can be directed to for consideration.

10. LINKS TO OTHER SITES: You are welcome to link to your web site on our boards provided that a) you are not promoting a commercial service or for-profit venture, b) you don't post primarily to promote your site and c) that you place one of these images on the home page of your web site. Before posting a link to another site, we ask that you please first check to see if the same information is available on
Please remember that you agreed to these guidelines when you joined. For those in the Creative DISign forum this means:
· you can not include a link to a blog (or otherwise show) that has a link to your for profit store in your signature or post
· when posting a DISign it should not be linked back to a place that is part of a store or have any stores/designers listed in the credits
· you can provide information about places to find good deals/sales and such as people ask for information and you find it as long as you are not a member of a design team or designer for that store
· you may provide links to places that have freebies and no items for sale - if they have items for sale then the freebies are for advertising and links to them will not be allowed (this includes links to digital sites and eBay sites)
· Violations of the above rules can result in consequences including loss of signatures, loss of ability to send or receive private messages, or even temporary or permanent revocation of your membership here.
· These guidelines will be enforced by the moderators will the full support and agreement of the webmasters. Any questions or complaints about our site guidelines should be addressed to the webmasters at

#12 Signatures
  • Your signature will be limited in length. Our forum software will do this automatically and anything over the allowed length will be cut off.
  • You will be limited to a total of 25 images and "smilies". The forum software will handle this automatically.
  • All content and links must meet DIS board posting guidelines. Signatures have the same content rules as any post on the boards.
  • We reserve the right to remove or modify signatures that cause issues with the boards or slow page loading. Please make sure any images in your signature are hosted on a reliable site. Any signature that contains malicious or harmful code will be removed immediately and the poster
  • sanctioned.You may include your eBay or Etsy username in your signature, in plain text, as in this example: (eBay: myeBayname etsy: myetsyname) Any bolding, linking or additional description or embellishment will be considered advertising, and is not permitted.
Love To Scrap put together a great thread called DISboards FAQ's, including POSTING PHOTOS and FINDING YOUR POSTS. It can be found here


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Aug 18, 2000
How do I request a design?
There are several DISers who are more than happy to help with a design. The best place to start in the Meet The DISigners Sticky. Look through the different designers, find a designer that you like and determine if the designer is still creating or modifying designs. If they are, click on their thread and follow the directions listed. Some important things to know
· Read the first page in the designers thread. They normally tell you how they want you to handle the request. Some designers want private messages, some want postings in their thread and others might prefer an email. Please follow their directions if you want them to design or personalize. It is frustrating for a designer to spend a lot of time posting how they can best meet your needs and then have the requester ignore their requests.
· If a Designer has a website, go through their website. You might find that a design you want personalized has already been personalized. I recently did some autograph pages for “Catherine” and another requester wanted the same design with the name Catherine.
· Please do not request the same design from multiple designers – they have a lot of requests and do not want to be duplicating each other’s work – in addition – it can take a while to design a custom shirt and asking two people to design a shirt and only choosing one is wasting the other designers time. If someone is found asking for the same design in two different threads, the designers may decide to not customize/finish the design.
· If you want several DISigners to work on a request, post the request in a new thread.
· If you want something you haven’t seen in someone’s thread, start a new thread. Carefully describe what would like and more than likely someone will see your request and respond.
· AND - Please be patient! Sometimes it takes awhile to finish a design. Many of the DISigners have families, jobs, other outside interests, and they are not at their computer all day, every day. If you ask a designer for something personalized or customized, they will respond to you if they are not going to do it. If you need the DISign quickly let the DISigner know and if they can’t do it quickly they will tell you. If you find that you do not want to wait, please cancel your request with the original DISigner before you ask someone else (they may be ready to post it)!


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Aug 18, 2000
What software programs do you use?
• Photoshop is a great program but costs close to $1,000
• Photoshop Elements is a step sister to Photoshop. The current version (Photoshop 8) is under $100 with older editions going for much less.
o Here’s a link that compares Photoshop & Photoshop Elements.
o Photo Impact is a good program & is under $100 and older versions have been found for $29.99 during sales

Photo Impact Information – You can download a 30 day free trial
• Here are some links to Photo Impact tutorials:
• You can find directions on how to make a DISign in PI in post 9.

Top two Photo Impact questions
• I can't select my image to edit it – what am I doing wrong?
o To edit an image – you will need to make sure it is a layer and not the base object:
o Click on the picture
o Choose cut
o And paste it either back onto the original image or into a new document – you will then be able to select the object for editing
• How do I erase a background?
o select your item
o on the left of the screen is a toolbar - there looks like what appears to be an eraser - when you click on its arrow - it says object magic eraser
o if you choose this - it erases all of one color - so if your background is white - boom done!
o you can choose different degrees of matching - so you can get all shades of blue - but be careful if it matches something in what you want - it will be erased
o The easiest way to learn photo impact is to take an image and just start trying all the different effects

Photoshop Tips
• First of all, use layers, use layers, use layers!!! What's a layer, you say? It's just what it says it is. They are transparent layers (until you put something on them), one on top of the other. The beauty of it is you can put something on a layer and the move it around or manipulate it with Filters or Effects without effecting the other layers in your work!
• Use Guides, also. When you're moving your objects around, use guides for easy alignment.
• Layer masks are very useful. When you have an object on a layer (clipart, text, shapes) you can use a layer mask to erase or hide parts of that layer without actually erasing your object.
• Play with the effects on text and shapes to see what each one does.
• Also, play with the filters on photographs. Try to learn what kind of result you can get by playing with the filter settings (sliders) and by combining two or more filters.
• Above all, learn these two words: "photoshop tutorials" Use them well, use them often -- in your favorite search engine. Everything I know about Photoshop, I've either learned online, in a book, using the Help Files (F1 key on your keyboard when you are using Photoshop), or by playing with the settings.
• Photoshop Tutorials –,
• Here is a thread for making stars in Photoshop.

If you wish to learn more about software used by DISigners, please look at the software websites to see what they can do


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Aug 18, 2000
Where do you get your clipart? by J&NMom
· You can do an image search using Yahoo! or Google
· Or do Ask Jeeves
· Click on the images search tab: and type in what you are looking for
· The more specific you are – the less likely you will get good results – start with a basic description and then narrow it down
· Small images will not work well in your design. I think an image usually needs to be at least 300 pixels to enlarge well. The bigger your image, the easier it will be to modify.

A current list of Disney clipart sites: - one of my favorite sites for character clipart gifs. It’s updated regularly. - Good site for gifs. Many to chose from. - Clip art of movie & park characters. Includes some holiday clipart. another site for character & holiday jpgs, gifs, coloring books, animated gifs and fonts. - Disney’s site – above are two from the Disney site. Each character has a link for wallpaper, screensavers and icons. clipart, downloads, holidays, printables and fonts. - some good holiday gifs on this site. A great site for wallpaper, games, coloring pages and more. Disney park & movie character clipart. Includes some park logos. Disney Pix (photos) is divided into 11 sections including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Recreation, Resorts, Characters, Transportation, Multimedia, California and Extras! Some high resolution, various sized, great Wallpaper/Desktop/ background shots. Also includes photos of rides that have closed. – A wonderful site for Disney Wallpapers, Screen Savers, Desktop Themes, Stationary, etc. A Discussion board. You have to register to view their clipart. - clip art of characters from the parks and some Disney movies. Mostly Disney character gif clipart. limited by has some nice Walt Disney gifs, Mickey clipart and graphics. - - includes Disney clipart, black & white clip art, Disney Babies, Pooh & friends, fonts, stationary, coloring pages and learning pages. - A great French site. Has clip art, coloring pages, music & words from some of the movies, great wallpaper to use for backgrounds and coloring pages. A French site with some great backgrounds. There is an annoying pop-up, which you have to close every time you open a page. - Another French site with lots of great stuff. French Winnie the Pooh Princesses - French site with gifs, wallpaper and clip art. - A German site with wallpaper from a few Disney Movies. - Another French site. Has old model sheets, cel art & original movie illustrations. - A Chinese site with some great Wallpaper. Another Chinese site with great Wallpaper. A Disney Latino Site with - Lots of Wallpaper Disney Wallpaper this is a site for Disney puzzles. However, if you click on the puzzle, it comes up as a large size wallpaper. - Disney Wallpapers - Disney Wallpapers - Disney Wallpapers - Disney Wallpapers - Interesting wallpaper - Disney Wallpapers - Disney Wallpapers - Disney Wallpapers – A collection of animation art cells and lithos. Pictures aren’t that large. – Movie wallpaper – Free Movie wallpaper, including Twilight & new Alice Wallpaper & Photos. Go to the main page, then to movies, choose the movie you want and then hit wallpapers, photos, icons or fanart. - Disney Wallpaper Black & White Line drawings – A great Disney Desktop Background Wallpaper site. - Disney stationary Fliiby search engine (one I hadn’t heard of). Click on one of the photos and most will be large enough to use as a background. - Clip art from the Disney cartoon Alice in Wonderland and illustrations from the book.
this one and the one below are created by the same person. This link has some cel pictures. Most are not large enough for wall paper. Animation backgrounds. Some are large enough for wallpaper. - The Cars Drive In Gallery is a reference website for Cars 1:55 scale diecast. Includes pictures of the characters from the movie. - I love this one. Unfortunately, as these are examples of prints the company has for sale, most are not very large. But there are some vintage ones here. - Another great Art for sale site. Includes Lobby cards, publicity stills, original watercolors, Coloring book pages. Princess & Pooh wallpaper, includes holiday wallpaper. Also has Nascar. - Beautiful pencil drawings from the early Disney movies. Lots of Mickey jpgs, gifs & wallpaper. - The Disney Weird Years: the forgotten Animated Features of the 40’s – has pictures from these movies in smaller resolution. - Lots of Pixie Hollow Clipart & Background. - New Alice Wallpaper & News - Pirates of the Caribbean downloads. - Wallpaper Nightmare before Christmas Characters and clipart. Mostly gifs. - Princess & Frog Wallpaper. Star Wars Wallpaper Star Wars Wallpaper – German Star Wars Wallpaper - Star Wars Wallpaper - Star Wars Wallpaper




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Aug 18, 2000
Where do you get your fonts and how do you install them?
What is the name of the Walt Disney World font? Walt Disney Script

You can download free fonts from these sites: Pirate Fonts

And if you ever need to match a font, scan it in, go here: or here:

Directions for Downloading a font
How do I download a font?

1. go to one of the sites listed above
2. Pick a font you want to download and click Download/ pc/ mac OS X (IN picture)

3. Click open then Extract all files (In pictures)

4. Follow the "Win Zip" instructions
5. Click Start at the bottom of your computer screen
6. Click control panel (A link in your start menu)
7. Click "appearances and themes"
8. Click fonts (on the left hand side bar)
9. Click your extracted file (otherwise known as a font) and drop it into the "font" folder
10. You have now successfully downloaded a font!
  • Go to your Fonts folder (either by going to Control Panel/Fonts or by going to C:\Windows\Fonts) and then using File then Install New Font.
  • Navigate to where you unzipped the font. Then select the font(s) [you can use Select All] and click OK.
  • Alternately, you can move the font directly into the Fonts folder by copying and pasting. I find I have problems sometimes with it installing correctly sometimes, however. So normally I do the "install font".
Then use whatever program you want to make your design in and select the font from your options.


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Aug 18, 2000
Design Tips by Midnite
· A quick color tip – if you're using clipart in your design, pull some of the colors out of the clipart for use in your text and/or background. Use your eyedropper tool to select one of the more prominent colors in your clipart. You may need to adjust the saturation or brightness of the color to make it work in the design.
· Negative space – "In a painting or drawing, the space around the object is just as important as the object itself. A good artist strives for a balance between the positive (the object) space and the negative (background) space around it. The object ... is to work with the surrounding space." Basically, it's wherever there isn't "something". Take a look at the areas around the placement of your text or pictures. Try to make those shapes just as interesting and balanced as you do the placement of your objects.
· Color – Do some research on color schemes, color theory, and the color wheel. It will kick up your work a notch.
· Clipart – Try to get as big clipart as you can. You can get away with using smaller, lower resolution images somewhat, but it will look super if you start with a larger image and scale it down rather than vice versa.

Design Tips by Beiji
For most of the classic Mickeys I re-work the first Mickey I created. So, I change the color or add a bevel, gradient, or drop shadow. In order to get the ears in the right place I set up guides. I'll put in one guide at the top of the first Mickey ear and one at the side after I've put the ear in place. Then I copy the ear, drag it to the other side of the head, and use free transform to rotate it and move it into place using the guides to find the right placement. Even, with all that, I think one is slightly off, but it's not really noticeable.
In Photoshop, I always save my files with all the layers. If I need to flatten an image, I'll give it a different name. That way I can go back and manipulate the different elements whenever I want to.

How to Save a Picture to Your Computer from Photo Bucket
· The first image that you see in photo bucket is the thumbnail image. If you save the thumbnail image, it will be extremely small and will look pixilated when you try to increase the size to use it to make your Disney items. Instead, you will have to click on the thumbnail image to open up a second larger version.
· The second image is still not large enough. If you waive your mouse over the image...some gray buttons will appear at the top of the picture. Click on the button on the far left that says "full size" or "high resolution".
· Then the image should open up for a third time. This image is the highest resolution image and is the one that you will want to save to your "pictures".
· It may prove helpful to include the DISigners name in the file name so you can remember who did the DISign.

How Do You Decide On a Good Size For an Image?
Generally, you can use the full 8.5x11 transfer sheet for all adult size t-shirts. For toddler and the smaller youth sizes you can use half a sheet of transfer paper. For the larger youth sizes you will use two-thirds of the transfer sheet.

Here is a more precise way to determine the size image you may want:
· Find a t-shirt that you already own in the size that you are making with a similar shaped image.
· Measure the image size on the t-shirt, and use the measurements as a starting point for sizing your image to use on the transfer paper.
· Run a trial print on a regular sheet of paper with this size by doing a "fast draft" and "black and white" print so that it doesn't waste a bunch of ink.
· Trim out the design and lay on the shirt you will transfer the image to.
· If you are happy...print the image on transfer paper and transfer it to a shirt.
· If you aren't happy with the size make it smaller or bigger and run another trial print.

You can also use the measurement from the top of the neck to the top of the image on a t-shirt that you already own to get measurements to help with where to place the image on your shirt.
  • chaoscent

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    Aug 18, 2000
    Making a name in a Picture – Under Construction
    This is what I have, does someone what to clean it up?

    From Kari – I have PSE 5.0 and Windows XP. There are several ways to do this so the way I did it is certainly not the only way. Once you do it a couple times it is really easy.
    The first 5 steps are the way that I would start a blank file for all my designs. I tried to make this very detailed for people brand new to this.
    1) From the File menu in PSE Select New>Blank File
    2) Select Preset>Custom; Width> 11 inches; Height> 8.5 inches; Resolution >300 pixels/inch; Color Mode>RGB Color; Background Contents> White. Click ok and the new file should now be on your desktop.
    3) On the right hand corner of the screen is your Artwork & Effects palette on the top and your layers palette on the bottom. You'll see a white "background" layer with a lock next to it. Double click on the white rectangle to rename it and make it editable. It will default to say Layer 0. I always left it at that and clicked ok.
    4) You'll see your layer is now named Layer 0 with no lock next to it.
    5) From the File menu select Open and find the image you want to use as to show through the text. I had mine in My pictures in a folder named "clipart" It will show up in at the bottom of the screen next to the white rectangle that is your blank file. It will also be on your desktop. Click on your blank document to get it back on the desktop. Now click & drag the image you opened onto the blank file. It will automatically center in the middle of the file.
    6) Now you have to make the image as large as your white background. To do this, select your "move tool". It is on the top left of the screen, it is the arrow icon. If you hover your cursor over all the icons the name of the tool will appear. Select the move tool by clicking once on the arrow. You'll see this put a boundary with little boxes around your image.
    7) With your finger held down click and drag one of the corners to enlarge the image the same size as the white background. Don't worry about getting it exactly the same size. There will probably still be some white showing. If you mess up and get it warped or something click on the red and the image will pop back to the original size. When you've got it click on the green check mark.
    8) Now choose the "Horizontal Type Tool". It is the big T icon on the far left side of the screen.
    9) You'll need to select a big, thick font from the drop down box on the top bar of your screen. Try the Impact font. Type a word, your name whatever. I would use all caps to start so that more of the picture shows through.
    10) Resize and center your text using the "Move tool" just as you did with your image. Get the text to cover as much of the image as possible. Click the green check mark.
    11) Now, over on the right on your layers palette you'll see three layers. Click & hold down on the text layer and drag it below the image layer and above your background or "Layer 0". You will no longer see your text. Don't panic. The next step is the fun part.
    12) On the right side of the screen in your layers palette make sure the top layer or image layer is selected. In PSE 5.0 it will be blue. At the top of the screen in the "Layer" menu select "Group with previous" and Voila! your image appears inside your text! Isn't it great?
    13) To make the text stand out more click on the Text layer again. Above, in the Artworks and Effects palette select "Special effects" it is the icon with the different circles. From the left drop down box select "Layer styles". From the right drop down box select "Bevels" Click on "Simple Emboss" and click "Apply". Now on the right drop down box click "Drop Shadows" select any drop shadow you want. Try "soft edge" and click Apply.
    14) Lastly, with your text layer selected double click on that sun looking type of icon next to the title of your text layer. This will open a "Style settings" box where you can play with the size of your bevel and drop shadow by moving the slider buttons. In the bottom box you will see it says "Stroke" click on the box and select a color that you would like to outline your text with. You can make the stroke outline bigger by changing the numbers in the box. Try 25 and see how it looks. Click ok to save your changes.
    15) Go back and select your Text icon again from the far left column and you can change the word or name to anything you want. Isn't that cool?
    16) Click on your Layer 0 layer and you can change the color of the background to whatever you like by using the "Color picker" which is the bottom icon on the far left side. Click on the top color and you may select any color you like. Once your color is selected click ok. Make sure you have your "Layer 0" selected on the right hand side. Now click the Alt and backspace button at the same time. You have just changed your background color.

    There are plenty of tutorials with pictures of the whole process which may make it easier for some people. Try this one When I goggled for this one I saw that there are many video tutorials on You Tube so you try there too.

    You can use this with Word or Power Point. – Cathy
    · Find the Disney image you want to use.
    · From WORD, do Insert, Picture, Word Art.
    · Pick your image and write your name.
    · From the Word Art Toolbar, Select Format Word Art (or Right click on the image and select Format Word Art).
    · Under 'Colors and Lines' tab, select the drop down box for Color and pick fill effects. Click the Picture tab, then the select picture button. Then ok.
    · Done -- I hope it works for you.

    Photoshop Elements
    · Start with a solid color background. Add your text choosing a bold typeface so there's a lot for the image to peek through.
    · Make sure the text is a different color than either the background or the color you plan to use for the border.
    · Duplicate the text layer twice and turn one invisible so you can save it for later in case you want to experiment. There are 2 ways to create the border:
    1. Simplify one of the 2 test layers, go to the Edit menu, and select stroke and add your border making sure it's a different color then either the text or the background.
    2. Choose one of the 2 text layers, choose your border color, goto the effects menu and choose either Bold Outline or Medium Outline (I find the Thin Outline is too thin.)
    · Merge all visible layers. Using the Magic Eraser turn the insides of the letters transparent. This will make a mask of the letters.
    · Add your background image, merge all visible layers.
    · At this point you can either leave it the way it is or you can turn the outsides of the mask transparent if you wish to use it on the web.


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    Aug 18, 2000
    Making a DISign in Photo Impact by ChaosCent
    • Open a new document. Under file, hit file, new image.
    • A new image box will open in your work space.
    • Decide on what you size you would like.
    • Image size for this is 8 ½ x 11 & it is a portrait size and I chose a white background for the canvas.
    • Hit ok. Mine comes up in the work space and also appears at the bottom. I can then hit another project I am working on if I am doing more than one project at a time. This helps if I am cutting/pasting from one document to the other.
    • I then go to Object (at the top), insert image object, from file.
    • I insert a background that you like. I am going to use the background listed above these directions. It can be found here use tinkongrass-2 and save it to your file so you can pull it in.
    • When I insert it, it isn’t very big so I hit the transform tool on the left so I can make it bigger. I use the boxes at the corners to pull it out so it is as wide as the 8 ½ x11 size.
    • Now I want to get rid of the writing that is there as I want to use the background without the writing.
    • I make sure the transform tool is on. I go to the left side and hit the Object Paint Eraser tool button. Make sure you use the top on and not the bottom one.
    • Go to the Attribute toolbar. Mine is at the top. On the left there should be a round button that says “choose a brush shape”, I will use the default (which is round) for this one. Next to it is “set the brush head size”. I move it up to 100 as I am getting rid of words and I am not being careful going around an object.
    • I erase all the wording and some of the cloudiness around her wings. I also clean up some of the cloudiness around the outline. Once I am happy with how it looks I save it. Remember, if you end up getting too happy and cut off part of her wing or body, just go to Edit, Undo Before and go down to the last two or three you did and this function will undo them. I will now save this document as a jpg.
    • I then close the document out & then reopen it. Otherwise the program will not think it is a new document.
    • I am now going to put a pretty frame around the new document. If you have the new version, go to the “share” drop down box at the top of the page and hit photo frame.
    • There are many different types of photo frames to use. I like the simpler ones as I am going to be putting the t-shirts on dark transfers, because I don’t wear white shirts. It is easier to cut out a simpler frame. I always use a frame as otherwise I would have to cut around everything and that isn’t easy for me.
    • So I check these buttons. First check frame, then check style to Photo Frame 3D. Then check “do not merge frame” (you want to be able to play around with the color, bump, etc. and if you merge it, you can’t make any changes to it.
    • Then pick a frame you like. You can also change the color in here if you want or wait until after the frame has been picked. I don’t normally mess with the inner shape/outer shape, but this time I did. I sometimes picked a frame I liked & changed the inner shape to B5 for a new look. This is something you need to play with.
    • I click ok, my frame cuts away the outside of the picture I have. I then click on another button, just to get out of the mode I am in and then click the path drawing tool. That will allow me to change the attributes of the frame. Then go to Galleries (on the right), then to Text/Path Effects, then to Material Attribute Gallery, then go into Bevels and pick a bevel that will make your frame pop so it looks 3 D. I used B-27 on this DISign. You can also change the color by looking in the top left and see the color there. Right click on it and see the many options you have. If you are doing a t-shirt and you want to match a color in the shirt you can do that. If you want to go a little lighter right click and pick windows color picker and move the slider up or down. This & fonts is where I spend most of my time. Everything I am telling you about frames is also applicable to fonts.
    • Don’t forget to save…… Save as an UFO. Very important, if you save as a jpg, it all goes together and you can’t change anything.
    • Now you can add some more objects. I am going to add gifs of some of the other fairies. Go to Object, insert image object, from file. I will add 3 or 4 fairies.
    • Again, for each fairy, go into the attribute bar. Change the direction they are flying, change their angle, play around with the buttons.
    • Now comes the font. You need to know I am OCD about the fonts. So I have quite a few fonts saved and I constantly troll for new ones. Now I kind of want a font that is fun. I identify 4 or 5 fonts I like so I play with them in PI and pick one.
    • Start with hitting text (above the crop button). Type in what you want. Then right click it until it has the box around it and hit “edit attributes”. Now go to your attribute toolbar. Mine is at the top of my screen. Right click color. I Played around with the color. After 5 or 6 different font changes and color changes I settled on fontdinerdotcom sparkly. Here it is Then I right clicked on the font, went to the drop down box and picked the font I wanted.
    • I hit save again as I am very paranoid about loosing things I have been working on for a while so I hit save every so often.
    • I decided to color it with under the material attribute gallery, Metallic, I chose Copper 11.
    • I then change the font size. I settle for 499 as it looks ok at that size.
    • Then I hit border and right click the color next to where it says border. I hit the eye dropper and go back to Tink’s hair. I then go back, right click color again and hit “Windows Color Picker”. It brings up the color in a bar on the right. I slide it down to make it a little darker. I outline it by 7.
    • Then I hit the shadow button. Now you can go to the shadows in the material attribute gallery and play around with them. If you want to change them, right click and hit properties and you can change them, but that’s another lesson. I played around in here modifying the yellow (S24). I wanted it to sparkle some more and the yellow complimented the border.
    • You can also play with the “bump” in the materials attribute. There are many different looks you can get by playing around in here.
    • also play with the bevel button. As mentioned before, this is where you can make your wording POP. If you use a bevel, your wording won’t look flat.
    • For this wording I used bevel B20.
    • Now when you are all done, save it again to make sure you got the UFO file saved. That way you can go back, check the text, change the color of the font and the frame, add or take away clip art, etc.
    • Now save as a jpg. That way you can upload it. Go here to see the final project,

    If you want to know how to make an autograph card in Photo Impact


    <a href="" targ
    Aug 18, 2000

    When I first found the Boards, I hated to ask DISigners to personalize things for me so I took some time to learn how to do it on my own just using MS Word. Here is how you can personalize things like Mickey Heads, t-shirt DISigns, invitations and other great things on the Boards yourself using MS Word. I also have included some advanced MS Word design tips if you want to make some of your own t-shirt designs, invites, travel games, etc.:

    Here are all of Dolly's tips so far combined:

    TEXT BOX - This allows you to insert a blank design into MS Word then insert a text box over it to add a name, date, wording, etc.
    • First copy and paste the image you want to add a name, word or words to into MS Word.
    • Next make sure that your cursor is below the image that you want to insert a text box over by hitting "enter" twice.
    • Then look for the tab at the top of word that says "insert", click on it and scroll down and click on "text box".
    • Next, a big box will show up on the screen that says text box...ignore this box but look for your mouse that will show up as a +. Move the +/mouse to where you want your text box to go then left click and drag the mouse to make the size box you want for the area you want the wording to go.
    • Then go back up to the top of word and click on "format" and click on "text box" in the drop down menu.
    • Look for the tab that says "colors and lines". In the fill section make sure the color box says "no color". In the line section make sure the color says "no line". Then the background will show through behind whatever text you type in the box and there won't be a line around the text box.
    • Now you can type whatever you want inside the box by clicking inside the box and choosing font and size.
    • If the box isn't the right size you can drag the corners and sides to make it the right size.

    Go to the top of word and right click on "format". In the drop down box you will see "borders, page borders and shading".
    • The borders tab will allow you to add a border around an image and will let you choose the size of the line and color. To do this, click on the image to open it up. Then go to the top of the screen and click on “format” and “borders and shading” in the drop down menu. Make sure you are on the “borders” tab and select setting, style, color and width you want to use for the border around your image.
    • The page border tab will let you add a border to an entire page. To do this, open up a word document. Then go to “format” and “borders and shading” in the drop down menu. Make sure you are on the “page border” tab and select the setting, style, color and width you want to use for the border around the page.

    SHADING - this will allow you to create a block of color on a page and/or put a border around the block.
    • The shading tab will allow you to color the background if you don't want a white background behind the picture or words
    • To do this you will need to hit the “enter” key through the entire page or just the area of the page that you want colored
    • Then highlight the area that you want to be shaded by pointing your mouse at the top of the page, hold down the left mouse button and drag your mouse down the page and letting go of the button when you get to the bottom of what you want shaded. Then the section should be highlighted.
    • Next click on “Format” at the top of Word, and “Borders and Shading” in the drop down menu. When you see the popup, click on the “Shading” tab.
    • Then click on the color that you want for your background and click “okay”
    • Now the color should be on your word page.

    If you want…you can add a border to this by:
    • Again selecting the shaded area if it isn’t already highlighted. Then go back to “Format” and “Borders and Shading. This time click on the “Borders” tab and in the first row of items click on the “box, shadow, 3-d or custom image” in the second row choose the “style, color, and width” and then click “okay”

    If you need to change the shape of your box:
    1. To make the box taller point your mouse at the middle of the box and hit enter until you are happy with the height.
    2. To fix the width…play with the margins by selecting the area using your mouse, then in the ruler at the top of the screen move the two arrows in or out.

    It is always fun to personalize things with the actual "Disney" font. If you want to use the "Disney" font to personalize your is how:
    • Go online to
    • Search, find and open a font called “Waltograph”
    • Click on the “Download” button
    • Then click on “Open”
    • Next you will need to unzip the file. In most computers, a screen will pop up with a box on the left that says “folder tasks” and in the box click on “extract files” Follow the prompts by clicking “next” and “finish” making sure that the final box has a check mark next to “show files”
    • A new box will pop up. In this box, copy “Waltograph42” and “WaltographUI”. Do this by holding down your “control” button on the bottom left corner of your keyboard and click each file. Then on the top of the screen click on “edit” and in the drop down box click on “copy”.
    • Next click on your computers “Start” button
    • Then click on “Settings”
    • Then click “Control Panel”
    • Then open the file that says “Fonts”
    • At the top of the font screen click on “Edit” and then in the drop down menu click on “Paste”

    If you have already mastered the "textbox" this will be easy for you!!!! Word Art will help the names or words you want to add to an image POP. With Word Art you can rotate the word so that it can be angled if you don't want the lettering in a straight line, it will allow you to have multiple colors for each letter for example a blue letter with a black border, you can make the letters wavy...there is so much you can do with Word Art!
    • First insert the picture that you want text to go over
    • Then at the bottom of the program screen there is a drawing toolbar...look for a blue slanted A. When you hold your mouse over the A it will say "Insert Word Art"
    Note: If you don't see the Drawing toolbar in the lower left corner of the program window, click on the "View" menu at the top of the screen and point to "Toolbars" and then click "Drawing".
    • Click on the A and a new screen will pop up. In this screen pick the word art style that you want to use for your lettering.
    • Then a new box will open up and you will need to type the name or words that you want to appear over the image. Then click "okay".
    • Now the word will appear above or below the picture depending on where the cursor was. Just like with a text will need to change the text wrapping to "in front of text".
    Note: You can do this by clicking on the word you typed. Then a new popup will appear. Look for the picture of the dog with lines behind it. This is the "text wrapping" tool. After you click on the dog a drop down menu will appear and you will need to click on "in front of text".
    • Now click and hold your left mouse button on the word and drag it to where you want it.

    • The great thing about word art is that you can drag out the corners to make it bigger or smaller.
    • You can click on "format" then "word art" to change the colors and lines to get a different color combination and change the thickness of the line.
    • You can also rotate your image so that it is slanted by pointing at the green dot just above the word. When you see the circled arrow, hold your left button down and rotate the word in the direction you want it to slant.

    Take some time to play with "Word Art" it is a lot of fun!!!
    Now you can personalize everything and get the wording and color just right.

    NAME FILLS - How to Insert Pictures Inside of Letters Thanks Chris (CarrollChristoph) for this AMAZING tip!!!!
    1. Open up Microsoft Word.
    2. Go to insert > WordArt > then select the style of text you prefer
    3. Type your text, choose the size you want the text to be, then click OK. If you want the image/pattern to show pretty well in the text, you'll need a bold or big text like Impact, Arial Black, etc.
    4. Right-click on the text > Click 'format WordArt'
    5. A window should pop up, then under 'fill', click 'fill effects'
    6. Click the tab that says 'picture' > select picture > choose the image/pattern you want > Click OK.
    7. Then VOILA! You should have your image/pattern filled text! You can drag the sides or corners/box to change the size of the text to your liking.

    You can also follow the same instructions above but instead of using word art...use autoshapes and you can put Disney images/wallpapers into shapes like circles, stars, squares, etc.

    REMOVING A COLOR FROM AN IMAGE Thanks to cosine4 for this great tip! This is a good tip for removing a white/black block from around an image so that you can place it over another image without the block showing up. The major drawback to this is that it will remove everything that is white (or whatever color you are trying to remove) from the picture.
    • Insert the picture you want to use in Word.
    • Then make sure that the picture is highlighted. You will now it is highlighted if there are white dots around the perimeter of the picture. If you don't see them, click on the image to highlight it.
    • This will open the "Picture" toolbar and there is a button that looks like stick and is half yellow and half blue that is called "Set Transparent Color". For images like these that have a white background you can use this tool, by clicking on the "set transparent color" button then point your mouse on the white area and click and the background will be removed. If the background behind the picture is not a solid color/constant it is more difficult to remove what ever is around the image that you want.
    • Once you have done this you can click on the "text wrapping" button to move the image around and the white block around the picture will be gone.

    Helpful hint: get your pictures from and copy them to your “my pictures” or wherever you save pictures. When you get images from this website you will be copying just the image not a box around it. This will make a difference when putting images on top of each other.
    • Insert the picture(s) you want on the page by going to the top of Word and clicking on "Insert" then in the drop down menu click on "Picture" then "from file" (DO NOT copy and paste a picture into MS Word directly from the web if you don’t want a white box around the image)
    • To change the size of the picture left click on the corners of the picture and drag them towards the center to make the picture the size that you want
    • IF YOU WANT TO PLACE THE PICTURE OVER PART OF YOUR BORDER OR ANOTHER IMAGE…once you have the picture just about the right size. Make sure that the picture is highlighted by clicking once more on the picture and a "picture toolbar" should pop up on your screen (since you have already been working with the picture it should already be on the screen). In the toolbar...look for a box with a picture of a dog and lines behind it which is the "text wrapping" tool. Click on that box and a drop down menu will appear. Click on "square". Then left click and drag the picture where you want it.
    • Also play with the “in front of text” and “behind text” in the text wrapping screen to put images in front of behind each other if you have multiple images.
    (Hint: Only resize by dragging the corners of the picture...if you click or drag the circles in the middle or top center of the will distort the picture.)

    • What you need to do when you insert a picture into MS Word and it shows up really large is to click on the image (where ever it may show up on page 1 or 2).
    • Now that the image is highlighted, go to "format" at the top of Word and in the drop down menu click on "picture".
    • Then go to the "size" tab. Look for the “height” size and change the number to 8 and hit your "tab" key. Then it will automatically reformat the width for you.
    • Then click okay.
    • Now look at it in your word document and see if you like the size. IF NOT keep playing with the height until you get it the size you want by left clicking on the corners of the image and dragging them in or out to make them smaller or larger.
    • Also, play with the margins and paper orientation (landscape/portrait) if you need more room on the page.

    Helpful Hint: DO NOT use the smaller thumbnail version of images. You can always make images smaller but when you try to enlarge them, they will get very blurry and will not make for a good image.

    • Find a wallpaper image that you like. There are some great Disney wallpapers at this site:
    • Insert the picture into your word document and make it the size you want.

    • If the picture (background) is not quite fitting evenly on the page…you can crop the sides of the picture.
    • First, make sure the picture is highlighted by clicking once on the image.
    • Then on the picture toolbar look for a picture of two plus signs which is the "crop" tool.
    • Click on the "crop" tool and then point your mouse at the middle dots of the side and top of the picture (not the corners) and then left click and drag them toward the center.
    • This will allow you to crop without distorting the picture.

    • Once you are happy with your “background”…here is how you can blur/lighten the image so that you can add a picture of a character on top and still see the autograph.
    • First make sure the image is highlighted.
    • Then in the picture toolbar go to the second image from the left which is the “color” button.
    • Click on the color button and in the drop down menu click on “washout”.
    • Now your image should be lightened enough to see an autograph signature over the top of it

    • Make sure your cursor is below your background image…it may be on page two and that is okay.
    • insert the picture(s) you want on the page by going to the top of Word and clicking on "Insert" then in the drop down menu click on "Picture" then "from file" and find where you saved it to insert...
    • Once the picture is inserted, drag the corners of the picture towards the center or away from the center to get it close to the size you want.
    • In the picture toolbar...look for a box with a picture of a dog and lines behind it which is the "text wrapping" tool. Click on that box and a drop down menu will appear. Click on "in front of text". Then left click and drag the picture where you want it.

    CHANGE TEXT ORIENTATION - Horizontal To Vertical
    • First set up a text box
    • Then type the word that you want to be vertical in the text box
    • Next highlight the word and go to "format" then "text direction" and click on the box for the orientation that you want
    • Then go to “format” and go to the “text box” tab to play with or delete the “colors and lines”
    • Also in “format” play with the “layout” tab to place your word in front of or behind other layers

    • Find the rotate handle by clicking on the image then look for a small round green circle or circles along the outside line of the image.
    • Point at the green circle and hold down the left button on your mouse, then drag the rotate handle on the object in the direction you want to rotate it.
    • Note: if you don't see a rotate handle, first click on the picture to highlight it then in the lower left corner of the program window, click “Draw”, point to “Rotate or Flip”, and then click “Free Rotate”. Now the green circles should show up on the image.
    • When you go to draw...if you are not able to click on "free rotate" click on "rotate left 90" then for some reason that will open up the "free rotate"

    • Make sure you get your image from or make sure it is a type of file that is only the image and doesn't have a block around it. gif and png files usually work well for this.
    • Save the image to your pictures...then insert the picture into word. You can't copy and paste directly into word as it will no longer be a gif or png file and will have a block around the image.
    • Next click on the image so that the picture toolbar opens up
    • In the picture toolbar click on the second image starting on the left side that is the "color" button. In the dropdown menu click on "grayscale".
    • Now look for the two "sun" buttons and click on the one with the down arrow for "less bright". Keep clicking on this button until your image is completely black.

    • Open up a Word document then insert a text box.
    • Next, go to "format" and "textbox" and click on the "colors and lines" tab.
    • In the "line" section you can change the color and size of the border around the box and even make it dashes or dots.
    • In the "fill" section you can fill in the entire box with a specific color (different from what you want to use as a border and for your lines). You can also play with the transparency of the color as well.
    • Now you have a journal box and you can either type what you want inside the box or add lines for handwriting in text.
    If you want to get fancy:
    • First make sure that your cursor is either a line before or after the box you have created. Then insert a picture from (Do not copy and paste it directly from the will have to "save as" into your pictures. Then insert it into Word).
    • Next move the image around by clicking once on the picture and then click on the "text wrapping" icon (this is the picture of the dog with lines behind it on the picture toolbar) and finally clicking "in front of text". Now point, click and drag your image where you want it in front of the box. If you need to make the picture smaller or can click on the corners of the picture and drag them in or out.

    Here are the steps to making the DISign below. You could also use just the first few steps to make great journaling boxes for scrapbooking!!!

    First, insert the shape that you want use for the background. Here are the steps:
    • Find and click on “Autoshapes” in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen
    • Next look for “Stars and Banners” in the popup menu, point and click on the first star which is “explosion 1”, or choose whatever shape you want.
    • Next a large box will popup on the screen that says “create your drawing here”. Ignore the box and point your mouse, which will show up as a plus sign on your screen below the box, then click, hold down the left mouse button and drag your mouse down and towards the right to get your desired shape.
    • Now the image should still be highlighted and the large box should be gone. If it is highlighted you will see white dots around the perimeter of the shape. First, point at the middle of the shape with your mouse, click and hold down the left button and drag the mouse to center the shape on the page. If you need to resize the image, point, click and hold down the left mouse button at the dots on the corners of the shape and drag it out until you are happy with the size of your shape.
    • Next, change the colors of the shape! Again, the image should still be highlighted and you will know it is highlighted if you see the white dots around it…if not point and click on the image with your mouse. Then go to the top of the screen and click on “format” and in the drop down menu click on “Autoshapes”. In the “fill” section, choose the color you want inside of the shape. In the “line” section, choose the color that you want for the border and change the weight to “6 pt”. You can make the border smaller or bigger by increasing or decreasing the weight until you are happy with the size of the border.

    Now your background shape is finished and it is time to add the words!
    • In the toolbar at the bottom of the screen look for the slanted A which is the “Word Art” and click on it. Next, click the style you want to use and click “okay”. (I used the very first one on the top left corner of the popup screen.)
    • Next, a screen will popup that says “Edit WordArt text”. In this screen, type the words that you want to use. If you want them to show up on two rows…make sure you hit a enter in between what you want on the first row and second. You will also want to choose your font and size. I used “Kabella Ultra” for the "The Robison" and I made it 60 points. Remember…you can always play with the size once you insert the words by clicking and dragging the corners of the image.
    • Now you will need to move the words on top of your shape. Click on the words to make sure they are highlighted and you will see a small toolbar on the screen near the words that says “WordArt”. Point and click on the picture of the dog with lines behind it and in the drop down menu click on “in front of text”. Now you can click on the letters and drag them on top of the shape.
    • Now, change the colors and border size on the letters. Make sure the letters are still highlighted and go to the top of word and click on “format” then “borders and shading”. Change the “fill” to the color that you want inside of the letters, then change the “line” to the color hat you want to the border color to be and change the weight to 3 pt to increase the size of the border.
    • To rotate the words if you want them at a slant…look for the green dot at the top of the letters. Point at it with your mouse and you will see an arrow in the shape of a circle. When you see this…hold your left mouse button down and rotate your mouse in a circular motion to rotate the words.
    • Repeat this step if you want to add different wording to your image. I used “Giles Gothic Bold” to make the word "family" in my DISign.

    Now its time to add some clipart!
    • Go to and find an image that you want to use.
    • The first image is a thumbnail image and is not big enough to use. Click on this image a popup will appear with the same image. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE THIS IMAGE INTO WORD!!! You will need to right click on this image and then in the drop down menu click on “save as”. Then save it as a “gif” wherever you save your pictures. Start a “Disney Clipart” file in “My Pictures” so that you will always be able to find the images when you need them.
    • Now go back to your word document and go to the top of Word, click on “Insert” then “Picture” and “From File”. Then locate your image and click on it.
    • Next, make sure that your picture is highlighted, and look for the small “picture” toolbar. (Mine usually pops up just below the regular toolbar in Word.) Click on the image of the dog with the lines behind it and then click on “in front of text”. Now point at the picture, click and hold down the button to move the picture to where you want it on the page. If you need to resize the image, point at the white dots on the corner of the picture, click and hold down the button and drag the image in or out as needed.
    • If you want to add an image that isn’t a “gif” and has a white box around it like the “pop century resort logo” that I used, you can either place it outside of the work you have done like I did. If the white box is overlapping your original on the picture with the white box around it. Then in the picture on the image of the dog with the lines behind it and in the drop down menu click on "behind text". Then move the image around to get the placement right.
    Look at the tip for how to remove color from an image.

    If you made it this far…then you have made an ADVANCED design using MS Word. Congratulations!!!

    This is an advance MS Word you will need to be able to insert pictures into MS Word, use the picture toolbar, and know how to drag and crop images in order to fill a template with a picture.

    • First, insert the template of the envelope that you want to use into a new MS Word document.
    • Then click once on the image to open it up for editing.
    • Next in the "picture toolbar" click once on "set transparent color" (it should be the second icon from the right and looks like a piece of chalk with yellow on it.)
    • Then move your mouse over the image and click once on the color you want to remove...which should be white if it is a black and white template for an envelope or candy wrapper.
    • Then click once on the screen somewhere outside of the envelope so that you can close the picture toolbar.
    • Once you closed out the picture toolbar, hit return once.
    • Next insert the picture that you want to show up in the envelope.
    • Click once on the new picture and then click on the "text wrapping" tool in the "picture toolbar" and in the drop down menu click on "in front of text".
    • Then click and drag the image on top of the envelope approximately where you want it to be. Take a little bit of time to resize and crop the image so that it will fit in the space you want it to go.
    • Then if you want, you can click on the “text wrapping” tool in the “picture toolbar” and in the drop down menu click on “behind text” and continue to resize and crop the image as needed. But this is not necessary if you are happy with the image and its placement.

    For a basic template design:
    First insert the template you want to use into an MS Word document, then insert the picture you want to use. Click once on the picture and click on "text wrapping" in the picture toolbar and "in front of text". Then move, rotate and resize the image until you are happy with its placement over the template. Then finish off by inserting a textbox to write a few words and have a fun template design!!


    <a href="" targ
    Aug 18, 2000
    Photo-Sharing Sites – This section needs completion. I can do photobucket, but not the others

    If you want to show off your great DISigns, t-shirts and/or items that you made, you have to use a photo-sharing site, as you cannot copy your pictures directly into a post. The two most prevalent photo-sharing sites in this forum are Photbucket or 4Shared

    Here’s a great link to a Video Tutorial (by WebMaster Will) on how to post a picture on the boards.
    There also a link on how to make a signature/avatar from a picture. J

    How do I post an image on the boards Using Photobucket?
    · Follow the directions to upload your pictures to that site.
    · Your pictures should have links under them that stay permanently or appear when you roll your mouse over the picture.
    · Find the one that says IMG code
    · Click once on the IMG code then right click to copy. I also hit Control C to be extra sure I copied the right one.
    · Go to your thread and hit Control V to paste it into the thread.
    · Voila, your pictures will show up when you completed your post.
    · You can also use IMG Thumb, to get a small version of the picture. When someone clicks on it in your post, it will take them to your photobucket site.

    How to post images from other sources
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    <a href="" targ
    Aug 18, 2000
    Printing your design – Under Construction

    You can print your designs in several ways
    To make a mirror image in paint:
    Press Ctrl+R – this will bring up the flip/rotate dialogue window
    Choose flip horizontal and then click on okay – this should give you a mirror image of your design

    To Print from Paint:
    Open a copy in Paint and print it from there – be sure to use print preview and make any adjustments if it does not fill the page as desired.
    Click on file, page setup and you will be able to make your design portrait or landscape

    You can also set margins

    To make your design fit on one page – use the scaling option and choose fit to a 1 x 1 page

    To have a little more flexibility in working with the design you can insert the image into a Word Document

    To insert an image into Word:
    From the toolbar – select insert

    Then picture
    From file
    Use the file browser to locate your file

    Choose the file and then click insert
    To change the size of a photo in word

    You can then right click on the picture and choose format picture
    then click on the size tab
    and choose the dimensions you want the file to be (make sure your margins are set as small as possible)
    click on the image and place your arrow over one of the corner guides
    when it become a two way arrow
    click on it and drag the arrow to the size you want the photo to be
    (make sure you use a corner guide – the middle guides will change the aspect ratio)
    To make a mirror image in Word:
    This will be done in the printer options – how to do this will vary by printer
    Choose File
    and then Properties
    there is probably a layout feature that will have a mirror image option – choose this option and then print

    Not all printers can do this – if not you will have to first reverse the image in paint (see directions above)


    <a href="" targ
    Aug 18, 2000
    Making a DISigned T-Shirt

    ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS IN THE PACKAGE OF TRANSFER PAPERS; the steps that follow are only guidelines!:flower3:

    On Line Videos showing a visual of how to iron on transfers

    The Process for Making a DISigned T-Shirt By HeartBeeps, Updated by Penny
    1. Decide what DISIgns you want from each DISigner. :confused3 Check the FAQ & DISign tips Sticky

    2. Decide on quantity – how many DISigns for each person, do you want a DISign for the front and the back of the shirt, is each member of your group wearing a DISigned shirt each day of the trip?

    3. Decide on specific design(s) – do you want smaller DISigns for the younger people in your group, do you want lime green Mickey heads on the sleeve, is each person wearing the same DISign or are you individualizing?

    4. Determine if selected design needs to be customized. Some shirts stand alone and some need personalization.

    5. Figure out the timeline for having shirts ready when you need them – I started with my departure date and worked backwards from there, allowing time for designing, shipping, prep, etc.

    6. Get design(s) customized – I couldn't do step #1 without the wonderful Dis-igners on this board being so generous with their time and creativity! Remember to proof read EVERY version of EVERY design both before and after you print to be sure the spelling on each transfer is correct! (I wasted about 9 transfers by not catching a typo before wasting ink & transfers; fortunately, I didn't waste the shirts, too!). Also, write down the name of the designer/their "handle" whose design you used so you can credit them for their work when you post your finished product!

    7. Print the designs on white paper and "size them up" on the t-shirt to ensure they look good :thumbsup2
    • Gosh I hope the t-shirt colors I picked work! Some say you can print them in black and white but I really needed to see them in color and it helps to take the paper print outs to a local store to look for shirt colors if you haven't already done that.
    • Does the DISign work at 8 ½ x 11 or should it be smaller for a smaller person’s shirt.
    • Printing them on white paper first also confirms what you will get when you print on transfer paper. After all, you don't want to waste expensive transfer paper so ensure you've got it all right - including the spelling, whether you need to reverse the image, etc.
    8. Decide on shirt - store, style, color and order
    • Determine who has the best price for the best shirt.
    • Many people use 100% cotton T shirt. However I use 50/50 and have never had a problem.
    • Decide on the colors and quantity.
    • Be sure to understand the company's return policy, restocking fees, suggested quantity to buy to allow for defects in original order, etc.
    9. Buy transfers
    • Order on-line or check for coupons or sales.
    • Check with the DISigners to see who they use? (I use Amy-Mickey's Transfers). If you use poor quality transfers your shirts will run or look raggedy after a few washes.
    • If putting design on a white shirt - you can use either light or dark transfers. For any other color shirt - use dark transfers or else ALL white areas of the design will be the shirt color.
    • Dark transfers tend to have more vibrant colors and are more of a matte finish and light transfers are shinier.
    • The MINUTE that the printer flashes the "ink low" message, CHANGE THE INK CARTRIDGE. Do not try to get one more transfer out of that ink cartridge. (I did that and wasted a transfer because the transfer had vertical stripes through it!)
    10. Wash, dry and iron the shirts; NO fabric softener, NO dryer sheets, NO spray starch!
    • This is a necessary step. When they make the shirt for sale in the store they put a sizing on it to make it lay nice and not wrinkle too bad. This sizing will keep the transfer from adhering well. Use detergent only, nothing else.
    11. If you are happy with the positioning of the print outs on paper, then print the design on the transfer paper itself.
    • I normally set my Print Quality to "BEST"
    • Check printing directions (read and re-read) for the type of transfer you are using. Normally, dark transfers print normally & white transfers get reversed before printing.
    12. Let the design "set up" on the paper for a day – not sure this is absolute but won't hurt if you've got the time built into your timeline

    13. 'Trim' around the design otherwise the un-used or un-printed white backgrounds will show on the shirt

    14. Take the transfer, parchment paper, shirt, and iron to a flat, hard surface
    • A coffee table is ideal as it's lower and allows you to press harder on the iron.
    • The dining room table or floor can be used as long as you protect it.
    • Note - I used the coffee table protected with a pillowcase folded double - TOOK THE FINISH RIGHT OFF THE SURFACE!
    15. While heating up the iron (follow the directions on the transfer package), [for dark transfers] remove the transfer from the backing before you iron it on the shirt then put parchment paper on top of the transfer before you iron it
    • These directions are for Dark Transfer shirts as the ironing is a little different for white transfers (not much, just a little (i.e., you DON't take the back off for white transfers)
    • Make sure all of the paper is off the back including at the point where the two sides of the paper meet; sometimes a little bit is left that needs to be taken off before ironing
    • I left my iron heat up for at least 8 minutes before starting
    16. Iron the transfer onto the shirt using parchment paper (provided by the transfer mfr.) between the transfer and the iron
    • FOLLOW THE MFR. DIRECTIONS to the letter!
    • While prepping the shirt (i.e., making sure the tee is flat and not wrinkled, be sure to keep the transfer AWAY from the hot iron!)
    • Make sure the transfers is flat, centered, and straight and there are no corners bent under
    • Make sure you iron long enough so the transfer not only comes off the transfer but ADHERES to the shirt
    • Make sure you let the transfer "cool down" before trying to lift the parchment paper off the transfer. The parchment paper should lift right off with NO problem; if the parchment paper feels like it's "sticking" to the transfer that's a sure indication that you haven't let the transfer cool enough.
    17. Once the shirts have rested over night, wash them in a vinegar wash (some folks skip this step; I didn't, Penny & Amy don't do this step)*
    • 1 cup vinegar in the washer only, nothing else, just the shirt(s) & vinegar, no detergent no fabric softener (& the water of course) & put it through it's regular wash cycle
    • If you're concerned about a vinegar smell, you can use a second rinse cycle
    • I turned my tees inside out before washing
    • I've read that the purpose of the vinegar wash is to bring out the bright colors. As an fyi, additional info found online stated that the acid in white distilled vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, yet strong enough to dissolve the alkalis in soaps and detergents.
    • Some folks have reported that their shirts "bled" after doing this vinegar wash (my thought is I'd rather it bleed at home than in a rainstorm at Disney); I can't say for sure why the bleeding occurs occasionally but I suspect it may have something to do with holding the iron to the transfer either too long or having the iron too hot as I did 20 "Incredibles" themed shirts and the first few bled but then when I spent less time with the iron on the transfer the later ones did not bleed. All I can say is this is just a theory, your results may vary.
    18. If doing step 17, then dry the shirt on a low heat setting**. Not no heat, it needs SOME heat! If only drying a couple of shirts, put a towel or two in the dryer to keep the shirt from bunching up

    19. Post pix back to the boards to thank the Dis-igners for sharing their talents and surprise the family
    • If taking a pix indoors, the pix looks better if you can turn off the flash and set the camera to "macro" then get close enough to read the design but also see the "look" of the tee (i.e., the collar, sleeves, etc.)
    • Sit back, and enjoy!
    *Disneymom92 confirmed that the purpose of the vinegar is to "set" the color so it doesn't run. It’s the same thing when you color eggs - use vinegar to set the color! Some people feel the vinegar wash isn’t necessary any more, but a lot of people are reporting bleeding or running of their transfers. You decide.

    Some Tips to remember

    • Don't underestimate the amount of time you need to make these shirts; there are a lot of steps involved. Add a couple extra days to your timeline to allow for snafus!
    • Reminder - before you put the iron on to the shirt, you'll wash it in just detergent and dry it as you'd normally do. AFTER you put the iron on to the shirt, you'll wash it in JUST WHITE VINEGAR and water then dry it on low heat.
    • If you are putting a DISign on both the front and back of the shirt, put a cutting board wrapped in a pillow inside the shirt when ironing on the back.
    • After you've ironed over the parchment paper, you need to LEAVE IT ALONE & let it cool for about 1-2 minutes. I'm sure everyone (but me) knows this already. I was just getting so impatient, that I kept trying to peel the parchment paper off the hot design, & the transfer would kind of "roll up" under itself. Then, it's impossible to flatten it out after it's done that.
    • Decide what color shirts you want to go with which DISign. I set up a table and listed the people across the top and the DISigns along the side and in the corresponding boxes the size and color of the shirt. That made it easy to figure out what I needed when I went shopping.
    • Make sure your design isn’t too fancy around the edges or it has a frame around it. If you are using dark transfers you will need to cut out the design (very important) or you will have white around the design. I made a beautiful frame that had many curlicues around it and ended up cutting most of them off as I couldn’t cut around them. Remember what you see is what goes on the shirt.
    • ABOVE ALL (if using dark transfers) –REMEMBER TO PUT THE ENCLOSED PARCHMENT PAPER ON TOP OF THE DESIGN BEFORE IRONING OR YOU WILL RUIN YOUR IRON AND THE DESIGN. (Ask me how I know?) The parchment paper is good for 2 or 3 transfers. Remember don’t take it off to reuse until the shirt and transfer have cooled down. The way I judge it is by the time I am done the 3rd shirt, the first is ready to come off.
    • Read the directions for your transfers, and then reread them again to be sure you understand them. Mistakes I made include ironing the transfer the wrong way on the shirt (Upside down, frontwards or backwards), forgetting to take the backing off before I iron it and ironing it on with the backing facing me (like a light transfer), not putting a towel between the shirt and the table, taking the parchment paper off too soon, etc. I do better if I do it with a buddy as we can catch each other’s mistakes. LOL

    What type shirt (fabric) should I use? By Baloo and J&NMom
    • Cotton or Poly/Cotton Blend Fabric
    • T-shirts
    • Sweat shirts or pants
    • Canvas Totes
    • Pillow cases

    Heartbeep's original post is here.

    Lastly, have fun and ask questions if something isn't clear. :flower3:


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    Aug 18, 2000
    Tie-dying Shirts (Needs cleaning up/combining).

    Directions from Cojochurch
    First you will need the dye. I got a kit at Michaels that came with the instructions, dye, squirt bottles, soda ash, gloves, and rubber bands. Get 100% cotton shirts. That is very important so that you get vibrant colors. Do not use Rit Dye – you will not get vibrant colors!

    Take the shirt and draw a mickey head in pencil, on the shirt. I made a pattern on papper first and then traced along the edge. You will then "sew" the pattern. Use a needle and thread. I got a waxed thread at Michaels to make sure it didn't take up the dye. Sew a 1/4" - 1/2" basting stitch along the pencil line. A basting stitch is a very simple stitch that goes up & down through the fabric. Only go through the front of the shirt if that is where you want the mickey to be. If you want it on front and back. Do each side separtely. After stitching along the complete line, knot it, and pull it tight, so the fabric gathers in a bunch. Make sure the inside of the Mickey is poking outward. Pleat the rest of the fabric, so that you have a long snake like tube. The more careful you are with pleating the fabric along the length of the shirt, the better the final result. Go easy, and take your time. Wrap a rubber band around the threaded bunch. The tighter the tie, the more defined the outline of the mickey will be. Place remaining rubber bands in 1"-2" intervals along the rest of the shirt. It is a little hard to explain, but when you are done you will have a long snake. One end is the mickey on front of shirt and the other end it the back Mickey. Through the middle is the rest of shirt (arms, neck etc.).

    Then follow the instructions in the kit for preparing and dying shirts. The squirt bottles make it possible to get the specific color where you want it.

    How To Make A Spiral Mickey Tie-Dyed Shirt


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    Aug 18, 2000
    How to Make Your Own Autograph Book – thanks to Trudie aka MusicMouse for doing this section.

    How to make a 5x7 Autograph Book (Spiral Bound):• Step 1: Browse the DISign threads to find autograph card styles that you like (see list below). Enlarge each image by clicking on it, then right click, choose “save picture as”, and save it to a folder on your computer.
    • Step 2: Open a new Word document. Set the margins to 1” on the top and bottom. Copy and paste each autograph card into the document, leaving one space between each card. You will be able to fit two cards per page if you invert the bottom image on each page (rotate 180 degrees). Right click on each picture after it is pasted and size it to 4x6.
    • Step 3: Print pages onto cardstock. 65 lb cardstock will do, but you can use 110 lb for sturdier pages.
    • Step 4: Cut each card out, leaving a 1” margin on the top of each card, and ½” margin on each side.
    • Step 5: Arrange your cards in alphabetical order (trust me, it will be easier to find the character you want when you are in a hurry), and place the covers over the front and back. Take them to have them bound at an office supply store (I took mine to Kinkos). Be sure to tell them you want it bound at the top and not on the side. If you do not want to spiral bind your cards, you can always slip them into a photo album that you have decorated “Disney style” with stickers, etc. It makes a great way to carry them, and then you can scrapbook with them or have the ones that you had signed bound when you get back!
    • [Alternative method: If you don’t want to use up all of that printer ink/toner, you can upload these images and have them printed out as photographs. I would recommend matte finish if it is available. Pick up your photos and then go on to Step 5. Photos can be spiral bound or placed in a photo album.]

    How to make the Cover for your Autograph Book:
    • Step 1: Choose your design and have it personalized. Enlarge the image by clicking on it, then right click, choose “save picture as”, and save it to a folder on your computer. Copy and paste the image into a Word document. Right click on each picture after it is pasted and size it to 4x6. Print the image onto card stock.
    • Step 2: Cut each cover image out, leaving a 1” margin on the top of each card, and ½” margin on each side. For sturdier covers, glue onto a 5x7 piece of chipboard. If you are using chipboard, cover the underside with blank cardstock (add stickers or stamps to make it pretty) or a piece of Disney scrapbooking paper.
    • Step 3: Laminate your cover (with chipboard or without). I used clear Contact Paper (available at Wal-Mart, etc.), but you could also have it laminated at any office supply store.

    How to Make an Autograph Photo book:
    • Step 1: Browse the DISign threads to find autograph card styles that you like (see list below). Enlarge each image by clicking on it, then right click, choose “save picture as”, and save it to a folder on your computer.
    • Step 2: Upload your images to the digital photo book company of your choice. We have had good reports from people who have used Shutterfly, Artscow, Snapfish, and Walgreens.
    • Step 3: Design your photo book following the site’s directions. There are always many options for page colors, fonts, and styles. Go ahead, unleash your creative side! Be sure to arrange your characters in alphabetical order in order to find them more easily when you spot a character.

    A Few Final Thoughts:
    1. Be sure to include a few generic pages at the end of your book in case you encounter any characters that are not included in your book.
    2. I recommend using regular-sized retractable Sharpies. They come in many different colors, they will write on cardstock, photographs, and photo books without smearing, and they can be easily handled by all of the characters (even the ones that wear gloves).
    3. When you first go into the park pick up a park map that has the character greeting locations marked with an icon of a Mickey hand. This will tell you where and when the characters will be available so you can arrive early and be near the front of the line to avoid wait times. You can also ask where characters will be at Guest Relations at a Disney World park or resort (sometimes they can tell you where a character is meeting people that day).
    4. If you want to print directly onto a 4x6 card you can use Word or your Photo print program and choose 4x6. That way you don’t have to cut out each card.
    5. If you have any questions during the process, go to the thread “A Simple Guide to Making an Autograph Book”, located here: Post any questions you may have at the end of the thread, and MusicMouse will be happy to help you!

    Photo Sites for 4x6 (or 5x7) autograph pages:
    LittleMissMagic: Book Pages/
    DoNatalie: Books/Volume 1/ Books/Volume 2/ Books/Volume 3/ Books/Volume 4 Black and White/ (Black and White)
    Chaoscent: Cards/
    AreWeThereYet: Autograph Pages/
    elizablake: Book 5x7/
    Maize&Blue: books/Pages/

    8x8 Pages:
    GoofTroop79: Book 8X8/
    tpimental: 8x8 Autograph Pages/?start=0
    elizablake: Book 8x8/

    Character Meals:
    DoNatalie: Books/Character Meals/
    GoofTroop79: Book Pages/Character Meal/
    Chaoscent: Meals/
    AreWeThereYet: Meal Auto pages/

    Holiday Parties (MNSSHP and MVMCP):
    AreWeThereYet: autograph pages/ Autograph Pages/ Autograph Pages/

    Disney Cruise Line:
    Bababear 50: autograph pages/

    If you want to know how to make an autograph card in Photo Impact you can go here for step by step directions. 


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    Aug 18, 2000
    How To Make - Miscellaneous
    By Dolly
    How to Make Your Own Sucker Wrappers in Word
    Go to and click on the tab for "free templates", find the "sucker cover" template and save it to your pictures. Here are the instructions for inserting the blank template into a word document:
    · First save the image from the 4shared file to your pictures.
    · Open up a word document and click on “file” and in the drop down menu click on “setup”. In the “margins” tab set all of the margins to “.3” and make sure the direction is set to "landscape".
    · Next insert the image by going to the top of word and click on "insert" then "picture" and "from file". When you find the image click on "insert".
    · Then click once on the image so that you can edit it, and click on "format" and in the drop down menu and click on "picture".
    · Next go to the "size" tab and set the height to 6.22 inches, then click the “tab” key on your keyboard and the width will automatically correct itself to 2.59 inches.
    · Then click "okay".
    · If you set your margins correctly, you will be able to get four of these to a page.

    Now go to and find some pictures that you want to use on your sucker wrapper. Save them to your pictures. (Do not copy and paste directly into word). Use the rest of the tips on this site to play with your sucker wrapper...then:
    · Print out the wrappers on card stock and cut out around each image.
    · Then use a hole punch to punch out the marked hole.
    · Next fold all three lines, slide your sucker through the hole, wrap the wrapper around the sucker and secure with double sided tape

    How to Fill a Word Template (example envelope or candy wrapper) With a Picture –
    This can be done as I just did it. This is an advance MS Word you will need to be able to insert pictures into MS Word, use the picture toolbar, and know how to drag and crop images in order to fill a template with a picture.
    · Insert the template of the envelope that you want to use into a new MS Word document. Click once on the image to open it up for editing.
    · In the "picture toolbar" click once on "set transparent color" (it should be the second icon from the right and looks like a piece of chalk with yellow on it.)
    · Then move your mouse over the image and click once on the color you want to remove...which should be white if it is a black and white template for an envelope or candy wrapper.
    · Click once on the screen somewhere outside of the envelope so that you can close the picture toolbar.
    · Once you closed out the picture toolbar, hit return once.
    · Insert the picture that you want to show up in the envelope.
    · Click once on the new picture and then click on the "text wrapping" tool in the "picture toolbar" and in the drop down menu click on "in front of text".
    · Then click and drag the image on top of the envelope approximately where you want it to be.
    · Take a little bit of time to resize and crop the image so that it will fit in the space you want it to go.

    Then if you want, you can click on the “text wrapping” tool in the “picture toolbar” and in the drop down menu click on “behind text” and continue to resize and crop the image as needed. But this is not necessary if you are happy with the image and its placement.

    If you have any questions on these steps let me know. Dolly’s thread for questions can be found here

    For a Basic Word Template Design – by Dolly
    · Insert the template you want to use into an MS Word document.
    · Insert the picture you want to use.
    · Click once on the picture and click on "text wrapping" in the picture toolbar and "in front of text".
    · Then move, rotate and resize the image until you are happy with its placement over the template.
    · Finish off by inserting a textbox to write a few words and have a fun template design!


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    Aug 18, 2000

    there are several threads that can help you plan out your trip…here are some links: planning pages for Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line art work for sections pictures of one mom’s book huge planning resource 4x6 journal Kellybell’s Dividers park planning pages 5x7, 4x6 and 3x5 Cards/ Cards/Photo Pass/

    • COUNTDOWN CALENDAR OR COUNTDOWN CHAIN: Mel makes countdown chains and they can be found in her thread:

    All children love to get letters in the mail and what better than to get a letter from their favorite character! Ohana90 has some in her files

    fill it will all things Disney or travel games. For just $10 you can fill up a backpack at most dollar stores. You can find...playing cards, puzzles, crossword puzzles, coloring books, crayons, pencils, games, squeeze bottles/drink cups...the list goes on. Keep your eyes open and look in the game isle and the office supplies. Then add a luggage tag to the outside of the backpack. Also, is a great place to find travel hints and free printable games like travel bingo, travel battleship, etc. and a long list of games to entertain kids with while you travel. Scroll through this thread to get ideas and see a picture of one mom's travel backpacks...I think on the second page:

    • T-SHIRTS

    Lots of people make invitations for meals or special events like Bippity Boppity Boo Make Over, MNSSHP, or character meals. You can slide them under the hotel room door each night so that everyone has a surprise when they wake up in the morning.

    Examples of invites:

    Places to find Invites:
    Natalie (Donatalie):

    you can hang these on your hotel room door or leave them in the room for your family to find.

    you can leave these on the pillows for everyone in the family to find when they get back from a GREAT day at the Disney. These can also be found in Natalie's shared file under "Gift Tags".

    For the treats themselves you can make gum wrappers, candy bar wrappers, nugget wrappers, life saver wrappers, mint tin covers...all made by wonderful designers and some of them make the candy look like characters themselves. You don't have to give big treats...just a small piece of candy with the letter will make anyone in your family smile. I made a lot of Telynn's and you can find them in this thread:

    Here is an example:

    You can find more candy treat ideas in Mel’s Candy Pockets thread: OR

    there are two types one for M&M tubes to put quarters and pennies in to buy the pressed pennies and a Mentos tube to put the pressed pennies in. You give them to your children with quarters and pennies inside so they can make press pennies as they find machines all over the park. There is actually a website that lists where the machines are and what the picture is that they make. Then you can use them in scrapbooks or even make bracelets with them for girls.

    these are similar to pressed penny tubes but instead you can keep laundry money in them.

    journals for your kids so that they can write in them at the end of the day so that they can have a record of the wonderful memories. Natalie has elaborate pages that you can use or you can download one that uses less ink and is set up in a Word document here:

    Penny (Chaoscent):

    Example of a few autograph cards:

    Threads that show different ways to assemble autograph books:

    If you don't want to carry around a photograph book or you want something fun to have signed at character meals, you can make autograph pillowcases. They are also great to take on a cruise and leave with a CM on the first day and they will have the characters sign them. They are also fun to make to decorate the beds in your hotel room.

    These are lots of fun to take around to the different countries in Epcot and CM’s from that country will stamp and write a note in their native language. Natalie has some great Epcot Passports that you can make for your family in her file or here is another thread with a different passport DISign:

    If you ever go on a Disney cruise you will need to make magnets for your door. Milliepie has some wonderful DISigns in her files:

    you will have to make or buy a fish extender and participate in a gift exchange if you go on a Disney cruise. Here is a link to Fish Extender thread so you can find out what it is and how it works:








    these are great for restaurant gratuity, mousekeeping and for separating spending money for your family members. Mcraft17 has some great envelopes:

    here are two places to find them or Stuff/

    Make a chore chart for each child and at the end of the week give them "Disney Dollars" to keep in a Disney money envelope (look for DISigners that make these on this site). The "Disney Dollars" represent the money that they have earned and can spend while at the World. It is fun for them to collect and if they loose them...there is no real money lost before the trip. Then right before you go, count and collect the Disney Dollars and trade out for the real thing that you keep in your backpack/purse for spending money while at the World with a personalized disney money envelope. That way each child's money is secure and you can quickly tell each one how much they have left to spend.

    these are great if you are staying in a condo


    look in Natalie's files


    Here is a thread with pictures of gift baskets made by Shirley for disney cruises...I bet you will find some cute ideas for putting one together yourself!:

    • COUPONS:
    lots of families like to present their kids with coupons for different things like one free Mickey Ice Cream Bar, Balloon, Ornament, etc. You can find some in Natalie’s or Wendypooh’s files or at this link:
    and here is a picture of one:




    • LABELS:
    you can make fun Disney labels for things like hand sanitizer, water bottles, etc.

    here is a thread that shows pictures and gives DISigns for decorating your hotel/condo for a “grand welcome” or “birthday” surprise

    Amazing Race:
    Mel’s Hunts:
    Dolly’s Hunts:


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