Disney Album

Disney Project Life | Layout 5

Yay, today is another Disney day! These layouts are making me so happy – I am happy to be moving through the album and I am happy to be using fun products and I am happy to finally tell these stories. I am happy that Project Life allows me to tell these stories a little bit at a time. Rather than sitting down and writing a novel about the trip (which I could never do in a million years!), I am able to write a little about each photo as I want to, and then the album tells the story as a whole. nd even better than that, the Sahlin Studios Project Mouse journaling cards help provide prompts where I might otherwise forget. I call that serendipity. Have a look at this week’s process video:

So this layout is basically about two of the rides we did in Tomorrowland, plus meeting Buzz. Here is the layout with just photos + journaling cards:

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And this is the layout completed:

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So I began with the two photos of us meeting Buzz. I included two because, well, none of the 6 or 7 I took were perfect, but the one I embellished shows Buzz just lightly touching Addison’s cheek. For me, that is a moment worth documenting – a personal moment with a super hero who is reaching out to our children to connect with them in unexpected ways. That, my friends, is Disney magic!

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Underneath that photo I embellished the journaling card with an acrylic word that came in one of my Gossamer Blue kits last year. The yellow stars also are from Gossamer Blue, and tie in great with other elements around the page. The only thing I added to the Mission Brief card was my journaling itself and a yellow heart.

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Underneath those is the wacky shot taken inside the Ranger Spin ride. Of course it’s not a technically spot-on photo and certainly I am not winning awards with my settings and capture here, but I am capturing the motion of the day. I am capturing what it was like the whole day in the park – always moving, always going forward, trying to hold on to the thing we just saw.

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More journaling on this side, using a thin washi tape for lines and writing about meeting Buzz. I also wrote a short list about what we did that day. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but remember I had not been to Disney in twenty years (!!!) and two of our children had never been at all, so we chose carefully what we wanted to do. We also did not want to overwhelm ourselves – travelling with four kids in these early days of being a blended family was a fun challenge!

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Travelling over to the other side of the layout, where I added a simple wood banner to the Space title card.

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These photos of our daughters on the People Mover are two of my favorites. They are here because they say something about the relationship these two have – hilarious, messy, full of excitement. The youngest, Natalie, was so excited to be there and embraced the entire experience. She just loved it.

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I kept these middle cards so very simply, only adding one or two elements to each one, if that. I absolutely love that they are all white – very simple and easy to look at. The photos take center stage.

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One last look at the Castle from the People Mover, in a blur. This actually is so true to how this trip felt. And I am just going with it. See you guys tomorrow with TBT!

~Theresa

Disney Project Life Layout 04!!!!

So let me show you how the layout looked with just photos and journal cards in place. I chose a lot of white cards in this layout in order to maintain a light feeling across the page.

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And here is the completed layout. Notice I made a few changes to the layout visually.

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I realize this card doesn’t show up very well, but I did add some acrylic stars from Shimelle’s Starshine collection.

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I think my favorite element of the layout are the word sticker and arrows in silver glitter gliding across the photo of the Astro-Glider! They are perfect for that page!

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I had not been to Disney in twenty years (!!!!) so the concept of Fastpasses was totally new to me. I will write about that more later, but for now this photo says a little about where we started out adventure.

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I will admit that there is not a lot to this layout, and that is ok. I feel like we spent a little time at the beginning overwhelmed and bewildered inside the park, trying to figure out what ride to go on first, dealing with all the people, so this is a breathing page.

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This was one of the design decisions that I made – to change out this journaling card. It adds some visual weight to the page, which I perhaps would do a little differently in hindsight, but it really is ok too right where it is. This card also adds a countdown element, which is just fun!

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There are so many views of the Castle from all directions around the park, so here is another view from the back. Simple layered embellishments on this photo because it didn’t really need much.

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The only thing I added across the bottom of this layout is the stamped image to the Adventure card. Also note the acrylic clouds on the red journaling card – I love how that turned out!

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Ok I will see you all back tomorrow with my TBT series!

~Theresa

Real Time Scrapbook Layout | Disney Layout 03

Hi guys, today’s layout is another in my Disney album and I am so excited to show it to you! Do you ever start a project and drag your heels on it and then you’re not really sure if you love it or not? Well today’s layout made me absolutely fall in love with this project. Have a look at my process video first:

So here is the layout to start with, it has two photos and the rest of our entrance cards.

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This is the completed layout:

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And then I also added a sequin pocket and a place to keep this Times Guide from the park that day.

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Ya’ll, I just can’t get over this photo and the sequins on top. This really was one of those serendipitous moments in scrapbooking: I wanted to make this insert for the Times Guide, and decided it should be 8×10. Half of it has the paper and the other half has the sequins. I didn’t actually know how this would look until I actually laid it over the castle photo, and I realized the sequins overlay perfectly.

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Here are the journaling cards underneath. Again nothing complicated, I added a few stars to the white journaling card and the arrow and sticker to the photo itself.

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The second journaling card just has the date stamp and another word sentiment stamped at the bottom (this card from the Honey Edition Core Kit). I love this simplicity.

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On the facing page, I left the Main Street card alone and added journaling next to it (both of these cards and the one at the bottom of this page are from Sahlin Studios, purchased from The Lily Pad).

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A simple embellishment across the bottom of the photo, and the word Dream added to the map card. And this layout is done, but definitely one of my favorites ever!

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Here is one more look overall:

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Alright, I will see you back here again tomorrow for a TBT layout!

~Theresa

Real Time Scrapbooking | Disney Layout 02

Hi guys, it’s time for another Disney layout and today I decided to video the process in real time for you! Take a look:

So here is how the layout began, with photos and journaling cards in place:

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And the layout completed:

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My internal goal with this album is to not over-embellish and not think too much, just to keep it simple in the effort to not get burned out or overwhelmed. 

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I added another map to show our journey from home to destination. Use these Google maps to tell the story of how many miles and how long it is estimated to take! I also wanted to remember how we felt packing the car – it was our first trip together as a blended family and so the math equation of how many pairs of underwear were packed in our trunk just makes me laugh every time.

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One of the reasons I decided to use the Sahlin Studios Project Mouse was simply the opportunities their cards provide to write more stories. I have made the trip to Florida many times in my life, so my journaling here is probably an overall reflection of how I feel about that drive – it’s long and exhausting – but I loved having the opportunity and the space on this layout to write that down. And of course, making that long drive for this particular purpose is the best, so my journaling reflects that as well!

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This photo also makes me laugh every time – this is so much their personalities, if I bottled it up it wouldn’t do it justice but the photo captures it. For me, this is what photography is all about. Again, nothing is technically perfect in this shot, but the emotions, the whole range of emotions from exhaustion, trepidation, excitement, craziness, and even a little bit of “Get off me, you’re driving me crazy” is all right here.

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I noted this in the video, but if you haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, I recognize that there is a tiny jump made here, from the journey straight into the theme park! These photos were taken before I started Project Life, and there are some gaps. I did not take any photos at the hotel, and I did not take any photos with my phone! No worries, really. Include what you have, friends. I promise if you took 900 photos what you have is enough.

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I did keep some of the ephemera that came into our hands, and I love having those here. The pocket for our room key and our passes to get into the parks fit perfect inside the 3×4 pockets, and now they tell an even more significant story because those cards aren’t given out any more. Now you get a Disney bracelet (which is also fantastic!!), so I am happy I have documented how it was in 2012. 

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You will not find much Mickey in this album, and why that is I’m really not sure, but I was really happy to have this cut-out of Mickey. He came in our hotel room with some other park information, and he fits well right here in this pocket. 

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Another really great photo, again capturing the excitement and this time every child is practically unable to sit for just this nano-second! I try to get photos of them all together when the opportunity presents, and yes, sometimes they are staged like this one. That is ok, too, friends, because I want these four kiddos to remember long after they leave how it was with all of them together. These are the moments that are making them who they are, all of them together. Now, I don’t focus so much on making them look at the camera, but what I might say in this instance is, Hey act like you love each other, and craziness ensues. Sometimes they absolutely don’t want to, and in that case I would move on. But for this photo they were all excited to jump up on that wall for the photo. What a win!

Alright, that’s all for today and I will see you back here tomorrow!

~Theresa

Disney Layout No. 1 | Christmas Day!

Ok guys, I have started the layout process videos for my Disney album! Yay! It feels great to get going on this album and making progress, bit by bit every week. Take a look at this week’s process:

My first step in the album process was to place photos in the album, and then I placed journal cards in the open spaces. This is how today’s layout began:

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This is the completed layout:

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The left hand side was pretty simple, I left the back of the vellum pockets as they were, and for the center pockets I chose three green cards from the Honey Edition Core kit. The journal card is from Sahlin Studios Project Mouse.

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Since this layout is about Christmas Day, I pulled out some of my leftover products from Ali Edwards’ December Daily 2015 Main kit. The wooden Christmas tree and star, plus the stamp set, are all Ali Edwards. The star was plain wood, so I painted it and the ornament white to match the tree. The ornament is from an older Basic Grey Christmas collection – Juniper Berry.

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For the right hand side, I started with the large photo of the bokeh tree lights and added a label sticker.

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 I decided to repeat the green labels on some of the other elements on the layout. For this photo I stamped a circle of words and added the twinkle word strip.

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Underneath the photo I used a journal card and Surprise card from Project Mouse. I kept the journaling short and added just a few simple embellishments.

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For the bottom photo, one more green label and a stamped sentiment. This truly was one happy day, telling them we were going to Disney! Two of the children had never been and the look on their faces was priceless.

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One final filler card from Project Mouse that makes me smile when I see it, and it really encapsulates so well what this whole layout is about! I added two simple strips of washi tape and three silver arrows. Done.

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And that is this week’s Disney layout! I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

~Theresa

Introduction to my Disney Album!!!!

Oh my word, I have been holding out for three years taking on this project. We went to Disney three years ago (!!!!!) and it has taken me this long to get motivated on it. So today I have two videos for you. The first is how I am approaching this project and some of the products I plan to use. Here, take a look!

The second video I am releasing today is the walk-thru of the video as it is right now. I am using a Project Life album and Project Life page protectors, and so because of that I went ahead and placed all the photos into the album itself. So this is the video showing this at its starting point.

So since there were two videos for this album, I won’t make this a long blog post. However, there are a few things I wanted to photograph to highlight.  

Introduction to Disney Album

The pages right now are just photos, ready for the cards and embellishments to be added. This has allowed me to plan the number and arrangements of the layouts themselves, and also to plan where I want enlargements.

Introduction to Disney Album

This layout using a larger photo of the castle is a direct scraplift from  Sahlin Studios.

Introduction to my Disney Album

Something that I wanted to feature prominently in my album are the maps that we used to get around the parks. I find they are so colorful and fun and contain important time capsules. They show exactly what the park contained at that time, what was available to see and do. These maps can be found just by Googling and you can find them by year as well. This one is the 2013 one and is specific to the holidays (also a bonus!)

Introduction to my Disney Album

Another challenge, I guess, with this album, was how to work with the vertical photos I took on this trip. Most of my photos were horizontal, and in that case Design A works great. But for the vertical photos I used Design D, and made sure to put vertical photos back to back. That means that events where I took vertical photos had to be arranged back to back, with Design D in between.

Introduction to my Disney Album

Alright, so that is the beginning! I plan to add journal cards next, so look for another post about that next week!

See you soon!

~Theresa