by Fran Cassano
Hi Everyone! I recently came back from a fantastic cruise on the Disney Magic to the Canadian Maritimes. I saw some moms drop off pillowcases and photo mats, along with Ziplocs of multi-colored Sharpies, at Guest Services for Character autographs. This reminded me of a craft I did on our last trip to Walt Disney World.
A friend told me that she got a photo mat autographed by Kidcot station Cast Members at all the countries in the World Showcase at Epcot. It reminded me of the old Epcot Passports you did the same thing with, and immediately loved it. I thought that creating a mat like this would be such a unique reminder of our wedding, which was at the Germany Pavilion and Italy Isola earlier this year.
For my project, I chose the photo first, which is a black and white photo from our wedding. So, I chose a black photo mat and a silver gel pen. I wanted to go more dainty for this particular look. I also only wanted “hello” signatures from the Pavilions that had meaning to our wedding and the activities surrounding it.
When I went around to the Kidcot stations, I could not believe how eager all the Cast Members were to sign our photo mat. They asked a lot of questions about our wedding because we got married at Epcot. Then, they all wrote well wishes in their language. Aside from our engagement and wedding, getting these signatures was one of my favorite Epcot memories of all time.
For your own Epcot Showcase Autograph Frame Mat, use your Michaels/Jo-Ann/A.C. Moore coupons for the photo mats and pen(s). And as always, feel free to do a variation that fits your own theme.
Will you go with white and color pens, color and a black or white pen, or will you go with black and a silver pen? Will you use a PhotoPass photo for yours? Maybe you’ll collect Epcot autographs on a 9″ Vinylmation instead, for a one-of-a-kind piece.
Enjoy your day and craft away!
Craft Time: The time it takes to go around Epcot’s World Showcase and stopping for signatures (and food and drink).
~For traveling, keep photo mat in plastic (in case of rain or smudging) and place in a compartment where it will be flat or on its side. I kept mine in a laptop/tablet case pocket.
~ I had no problem riding rides with my photo mat because of the bag I had with me.
Like so many of us, Fran Cassano’s life is sprinkled with Mickeys. From collecting Park brochures as a child, to creating ideas for her own Disney Fairy Tale Wedding, paper crafts have kept the magic of Disney a part of her everyday life. Fran invites us capture our own memories through Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting… Break out the tools that have been gathering dust. And let’s figure out how, together!