Just a few weeks ago my husband and I headed down to Disney World to celebrate Halloween at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). We love this time of year at the parks because of the special events that take place and the fact that the weather has cooled off so navigating the four parks is a much more pleasant experience!
One reason we love MNSSHP is because adults are allowed to wear costumes too! Because they want to keep the magic alive for the children adults cannot wear any costume that represents a Disney character on any normal day, but those rules are thrown out the window on party nights!
This year I really wanted to go as Carl and Ellie from Disney Pixar’s UP. It is one of my favorite movies and I thought it was a great couples costume. I also thought it would be a lot of fun to make Ellie’s Adventure Book and use it as a scrapbook to record all of the fun we had at the party.
Here is what you’ll need to make it:
- Chipboard (two 12×12 pieces from Michaels)
- Brown leather scrapbook paper (Two 12 x 12 pieces)
- Colored paper for the inside of the front and back covers (Two 12×12 pieces)
- Red sharpie or red scrapbook paper (One 12×12 piece)
- Gold colored pen
- Gorilla Glue
- Mod Podge
- Leather string
- Hole punch
- Craft paint (multiple colors like red, green, yellow, blue, and purple)
- Wooden letters (optional)
First thing you’ll want to do is cut all of your materials, because a majority of this project is cutting pieces to the correct size and that takes the longest. Here’s the breakdown:
- Two pieces of chipboard, 7 x 11.5 (this will be the front and back of your book)
- Brown leather scrapbook paper, 8 x 12 (I like to keep this long because you’ll be folding it over the front and back of your book)
- Colored paper for the insides of the front and back covers, 6.5 x 11
Next, take your two 7 x 11.5 pieces of chipboard and your scorer and measure 1.5 inches in from the edge of your piece of chipboard. Draw a line with a pencil and score it. Do the same on both pieces. This will allow you to open and close your book later on (I didn’t do this and now we can’t open the book without untying the leather bow!)
Punch two holes in each of your two pieces of chipboard and make sure that they line up! This is how you’ll hold the entire book together with leather later on. Using either paint or scrapbook paper, cover the scored part of your chipboard. I used wood paint for mine and it worked really well and took no time to dry at all. I would suggest going over the scored part of the chipboard a little so that there is no gap when you add the leather paper in the next step.
I also used mod podge to seal in the wood paint because it did get all over my fingers when I picked up the pieces.
Use mod podge and glue your leather paper to the chipboard. Do not go over the score mark! Set heavy books on top of it and let it dry for about half an hour. Make sure everything is dry before moving on to the next step!
Once everything is dry fold the extra paper over to the back of the pieces of chipboard and use the gorilla glue to put everything in place. Read the directions on the gorilla glue to see how long you should leave it to dry.
Then, use mod podge to glue the colored paper to the backs of the pieces of chipboard. Set under heavy books again for another half an hour.
While everything was drying, I took white pieces of cardstock, cut them down to size, and punched holes in them so that they would fit inside the book. For the time being I only did 25 pieces of paper, but the beauty of this book is that you can easily add more if you want to!
Once all of your pieces are dry, pull out your golden pen and draw a square around the outside of your book. Be very careful with the pen because it will smudge if you’re not careful! Once the outside square is dry, trace an oval with the pen in the center of the cover.
If you’re using wooden letters for the “Our Adventure Book” writing, take this time to paint them! Once the letters dry, use the gorilla glue and attach them to the front cover, making sure they’re inside the oval you just drew.
You can also hand paint the letters if you so choose. Doing so will give it more of a do-it-yourself look.
At this point, you’re ready to assemble the book! Add your blank cardstock in-between the front and back cover, grab your leather string and loop it through everything, and then tie it in an overlarge bow on the front. You can also add a small globe (I got mine from Google images) to the front of your book with a piece of tape, just like Ellie did in the movie!
I love my book! We received so many compliments on our costumes and the book at the Halloween Party, and I can’t wait to get all the printed pictures back so I can put them inside. It’ll be a great keepsake from our trip!
If scrapbooking isn’t really your thing, you could also use it as a Disney Autograph book instead.