I always like when I can surprise Melanie. When I can do something and she gets that quizzical look on her face as if, “I had no idea you knew that!” After over a decade of marriage, those moments are few and far between now. But before we went on our son’s Make a Wish trip a few weeks ago, I brought up the “P” word that she had no idea that I even knew existed: Pinterest.
She was trying to come up with a neat way to collect character autographs for the kids. I had been discussing our Disney trip with a work supervisor the day before, and he had mentioned an idea that his wife had found on Pinterest that their family loves as a keepsake. Being the intense researcher that I am, I headed to Pinterest to check it out.
This Disney Character Autograph Mat is a great alternative to autograph books. I knew that an autograph book would probably just wind up in the back of my daughter’s closet, and I wanted something that would be a keepsake for our family. This Disney Character Autograph Mat is a great choice! Through Pinterest, I found several others who had done this previously, and they all seemed satisfied with the results. This blog page has a great description of it, and this one shares more about a photo mat and autograph books.
Melanie went to Michael’s and picked up a frame with a mat.
I carried the mat in my backpack during our time at Disney. Each time the kids met a character, we pulled it out for them to sign.
Once we had returned home, we printed a photo of our family at Disney and added it to the mat.
The kids all enjoy looking at the mat, and I’m glad to have a keepsake of our trip up in our dining room. I’ll admit it, Pinterest has some pretty good ideas sometimes!
The only downside to the mat was carrying it around the park. We were constantly checking to make sure that we were not bending it and that it did not get wet. We also took our own different colored Sharpies for the characters to sign.
We even have several photos of the characters signing the mat, which is pretty cool!
Pluto tried to play peek and boo with the kids and the photo mat.
Read more about our trip here: