Oh my goodness, what an exciting weekend! Between the long-awaited release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, plus a brand new collection from Project Mouse called Beginnings, this little Disney-loving fan is in heaven! I have lots to share with you, and that means that this week will look a bit different than normal!
I created a few layouts for the Sahlin Studio creative team, and as always, these are sooo much fun to create and even more fun to share with you. Let me invite you to check out the Sahlin Studio blog to learn more about Project Mouse Beginnings and find even more amazing inspiration right here: Project Mouse Beginnings.
Did you get to see Beauty and the Beast yet?! Alan and I actually got to go on opening night and seriously, it was AMAZING! I couldn’t wait to get home and scrapbook the night! I created the layout above entirely digitally, my very first (!!!!), and I plan to share my process for that with you this week.
Last week I introduced you to our honeymoon album, Bermuda edition, and the Beginnings collection was simply perfect for it! Ah, these pastels compliment the Bermuda scenery beautifully.
I also created these fun tags and had some questions on Instagram and in The Lilypad forum about how I made them, so I hope to share that process with you as well. You can see the discussion on the forum here: The Lilypad FANniversary forum.
So stay tuned this week! Lots of tutorials coming, hopefully lots of inspiration and fun ways to use Project Mouse Beginnings. See you back here soon!
Yay my Disney album is finally completed and I am delighted to just quickly share the flip-thru video with you today.
Thank you so much for following me and for encouraging me along the way! This album has been an absolute joy to work on, in spite of my original overwhelm. It has also brought some really wonderful opportunities with Sahlin Studio and I encourage you to follow along on that blog, particularly if you are a Disney/Project Mouse fan!!!!!
For now I will be resting on Wednesdays and using that time to produce my December album and prepare for that journey. I also am planning a new travel album that will fill my Wednesday time slot after the New Year, and I am already so excited to begin that project. It will probably be a similar format as the Disney album, in Project Life pocket pages and embellished in my usual fun way! So stay with me, there are so many awesome things coming and I wish I could just share them all with you all at once. But first I gotta get some work done. Ha.
Hi guys! Today I thought I would spend a little time just wrapping up the last few details of my Disney album, which meant adding maps of Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and completing the last page! Have a look:
So here is a look at each of the three layouts I created in today’s process video.
Map of Epcot Center:
Map of Hollywood Studios:
Here are just a few close-ups, so you can see the details of what I did.
Stamps: Gossamer Blue September 2016 Kit designed by Bananafish Studio; Washi tapes: Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life!; Miscellaneous: shipping tags.
And just like that, it is done! (And she dances around the studio, celebrating one big goal accomplished!) See you back next week for the flip-thru!
Hi guys! Today will be the second to last process video in my Disney Series, can you believe that?! I am both excited and a tiny bit sad. Have a look at my process video today:
So the last night we were in Florida we found ourselves right on Main Street in Hollywood Studios, in the middle of the Spectacle of Lights New Year’s Eve!!!! Here is my layout:
I couldn’t help but use this Magic card from the Project Mouse Classics collection. I have used these title cards throughout the album because they are so awesome! Even though they don’t need a bit of embellishment, I added a touch of glitter tape across the top and bottom.
These two cards make me so very happy. Simple cards with simple embellishments, but they tell the story of what the significance of this night really is. It’s New Year’s Eve, everybody, and we are loving it!
It was really hard to narrow down which photos to use in this layout, as you can imagine, so I chose two that showed the lights, one with our group, and then a couple of the kids by themselves. This one speaks for itself: lights, lights, and then even more lights.
This photo cracks me up every time I see it. These are the sillies I hung out with, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Aren’t they hilarious?!
I did not do much to either of these cards, but the Unforgettable card has been altered in Photoshop. Originally that card is black, but I changed the background to a really light grey and added a slight black drop shadow to the letters. I also added two acrylic hearts from Shimelle’s Starshine collection.
More of the lights here, and a simple chipboard piece from Maggie Holmes Gather. Very simple.
Another look at this side:
For the right hand side I began with photos of our children. One is missing, who knows why? Regardless, Emberlynn is here looking quite content and happy with the current situation. Beautiful.
More simple journaling cards here, home for the story and more fun embellishing. I originally was going to put 2013 over the date on the starburst card, but this chipboard piece fit better!
I am absolutely in love with this filler card! I wasn’t really sure if the Maggie Holmes collection would fit in with this layout, to be honest, but this card seals it for me: Maggie’s products go with anything. I can’t think of a better way to wind down this layout and this album.
This sassy girl loved her hat and I am pretty sure they wore them to bed the next few weeks. Ha! Ok but seriously, these happy faces you guys. There is only one place that brings out this kind of excitement and joy, and we had found it.
I really am having a hard time believing this is the last set of photos from our trip! We talk about this night all the time – I tell Alan he will never be able to find a better New Year’s Eve party than this one, ever!
And there is that magic again, taking it all in, absorbing it, never wanting it to end.
One more look at this side:
Have you guys heard the great news? Krista Sahlin, the Krista of our beloved Project Mouse that I have been using throughout this project, found my blog and my Disney album and has asked me to share the Disney album on her blog and also if I would be on her Creative Team! So this project is being featured on her blog every Wednesday, if you would like to revisit your favorite pages. And let me just be the first to say how wonderful Krista is! She is incredibly talented and designs beautiful products, and she has been most gracious to me! Her blog is here: Sahlin Studio.
Hi there! We are getting so close to the end of this album and I am so excited to finish it up. This layout is one of two layouts about our really awesome night at Hollywood Studios on New Year’s Eve. Have a look at my process here:
I began the layout as always, with photos and journaling cards.
Then I added my embellishments and journaling to bring it all together, here:
The enlarged photo of the magical Mickey hat takes center stage here. I chose to use my monthly kits from Gossamer Blue and Freckled Fawn as my embellishments on this layout. The camera is from the Project Mouse Classic kit; it is one of the pieces included in the elements pack that I have printed and cut using my Silhouette.
Because the photo is printed at 9×12, there are three 3×4 pockets on one side. I chose journaling cards from Project Mouse that were very neutral and have lots of white space.
I wanted to repeat the star elements from the magical hat, so the star card is repeated three times across the layout. I added a few embossed stars as well.
I also decided to blend gold and silver both on this layout. Silver has been carried through the whole album but this photo seems to have gold stars on the Mickey hat, so both it is. The Freckled Fawn washi tape is perfect!
The Gossamer Blue kit this month included pieces from the We R Memory Keepers Urban Chic collection, so I added a few things for a pop of color. Here is one more look at this side of the layout:
The right side of the layout shows photos of each of our children individually. With the girls I added a half circle and a glitter enamel embellishment.
Strike a pose seemed perfect for these photos. These black and white embellishments layer so well on top of the Project Mouse cards!
For the boys I added these pieces from the element pack in the Project Mouse Classic kit, and they are printed on vellum. The hearts are from the Urban Chic collection.
This girl! She is all sass!
Here is the star card again, this time treated a little differently. I added a few tiny enamel dots to the stars, and layered the embellishment on top.
One last photo, and one last vellum ticket. So very simple and fun!
Just two more process videos for this album to go!!!! See you tomorrow for TBT!
Hi guys! Oh I just have to tell you how excited I am to show you today’s layout! The photos are from the Beauty and the Beast show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and I have chosen some fantastic products to go along with. Have a look at my process here:
Ok, here is the layout with photos and journaling cards which I created using products from Sahlin Studio Project Mouse, namely the Princess and Fantasy collections:
I decided to add my Maggie Holmes Bloom transparency in between this layout. So I have two photos of the completed layout:
I don’t even know where to begin! I guess I will just show you around the layout as usual, but I admit this is no ordinary layout! I began this title card in Photoshop (I use the Cloud version) and brought in the patterned paper, hearts, and bracket. I created a mask using the bracket so there was a place for text or embellishments, then I added a drop shadow, and then I added the word sentiment. All of those elements are available from Sahlin Studio Project Mouse, and The Lilypad.
Under that card are two 3×4 cards with added embellishments.
I couldn’t help but add just the tiniest touches to the photos of the show. Every scene was so beautiful, and my camera captured the stage amazingly well (these were taken with a Canon T3 with a kit lens).
This 4×6 card is another one I made myself using just a tiny strip of the patterned paper and some simple lines. I only added a tiny strip of glitter tape and my journaling.
I thought it would be cute to use the Princess Checklist card to create a checklist of some of my favorite characters. Don’t worry, all the beloved characters in the movie appeared in the show, and they did not disappoint!
There were several banners in the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection, this one in the cardstock stickers, so I repeated those in several places on the layout.
Here is a look at this side of the layout one more time:
I love how the colors of this transparency coordinate so beautifully with the colors on the stage and in the costumes, plus it ties in the gold glitter. I seriously love transparencies and use them every year in my December Dailies, and I try to incorporate them into my other albums as well. This seemed like a great opportunity to use this one!
It is somewhat challenging to photograph transparencies, so forgive the imperfect photos. Hopefully you can see how I added a vellum banner from the Project Mouse Princess kit. Layered on that are some word strips and a chipboard flower. When you turn the page you will find the back of the chipboard flower that has been embossed with gold and layered with a floral die cut.
For the left hand side of the layout, I created this journaling card again in Photoshop, printed it out, and then embellished on top. I am particularly in love with these hexagons! They became great layering elements for other little bits and bobs.
More 3×4 cards and layered embellishments here, and a few stamped s sentiments. The roller stamp I used is from Maggie Holmes’ Shine collection. Definitely a favorite stamp here!
On this photo I layered the XO banner with a glitter leaf! I wanted to repeat the glitter around the page, you know, because glitter.
Ah, these photos just make me so happy! I remember taking them and imagining the layout I wanted to create, so I kept the drapes in the frame. This glittered label is perfect right here!
More glitter, and a chipboard frame here, layered together. I also repeated the bracket and hearts on this filler card, and then layered labels and stamps on top. I love this so much!
One last photo and a banner layered with a glittered leaf and gold word sticker. Check out the concerned characters in the frame – this was the scene where Beast was pitching his temper!
Here isone more look at the right hand side of the layout:
Oh you guys, this might be one of my absolute favorite layouts ever! It all came together so much prettier than I could have ever imagined! I do hope you will let me know in the comments what you think. Thanks so much for following along!
Hi guys! Today I am documenting our visit to Disney Hollywood Studios in my Disney Project Life album. Have a look at my process here:
Here is the layout with photos and journaling cards. The cards are from Sahlin Studios Project Mouse and the Midnight Edition Core kit from Project Life.
Here is the layout completed, with journaling and embellishments:
The very first thing I did in my process was to add my splashes of watercolor on the journal cards. I love how subtle these little additions of color are, and how fun it is to add watercolors to your cards!
Now if you watched the process video then you are probably laughing when you look at this card! I am laughing too, so it is totally ok. This was an example of what not to do in stamping, and yet even though I experienced a funny adventure creating this card, I still really love how it turned out in the pocket!
The photos across the bottom are of the stage, taken from the audience. Narrowing down which photos to include here: of course I took probably 100 just at this show, and then I printed probably 10. In the end these were included because they show some of the most exciting portions of the show and they fit in with the story I am telling.
Now the story I am telling in this layout is really about how mesmerized all the kids were during this show. We loved this show A LOT (!!!) and so the photos and the journaling all work together to tell that story overall.
I really think, of course, that this photo landed in this layout precisely because Addison is totally fixed on this show. I love the moment this photo captures, where he is in the foreground, and then Nick’s ear and shoulder are behind him, and Emberlynn’s pony tail behind that!
Here is one more look at this side:
On the right hand side I wanted to include some of the miscellaneous shopping photos I took that day. I did this in Epcot, too, if you remember the layout about the nutcracker in the window. I loved shopping at Disney and loved all the shop displays! I wish I had taken more photos of us picking out things we wanted and things we got, but it is ok to let that go.
I absolutely love how these watercolors and Heidi Swapp Shine add pops of color to these journaling cards! I know some people are bothered because the gold one leaves a ring around the splash, but I have to say I think they kind of look like suns here! What helps, too, is putting the color down and then move the card around a bit so the lighter color can spread a bit more.
I didn’t actually buy this little stuffed puppy, but we all really did fall in love with him. Also, notice how I did not add watercolors to every journal or filler card.
And then one last card on this layout, which is fairly simple and lovely. These Project Life Core kit cards provide such great canvases for additional embellishments.
One last look at this side of the layout:
So that’s it for today’s layout! You will have to let me know what you think about adding mixed media to Project Life and Project Mouse cards. See you tomorrow!
Hi guys! Working on my last layout for Epcot today and decided to use some of my Paige Taylor Evans products from Pink Paislee. I don’t have much yet from Take Me Away, so I pulled in her first collection, Fancy Free. Take a look at how perfectly these two collections blend together:
So on this layout I have included an evening photo of the Epcot ball and a little story about our experience on the tram that night. Here is the layout with just photos and journaling cards from Pink Paislee Fancy Free and Sahlin Studios:
Here is the layout completed, with journaling and embellishments:
This photo was really hard to photograph, so forgive the glare. I did want to just add a title here to embellish the photo just a bit.
Underneath the 8×12 photo I added a journaling card from Sahlin Studios Project Mouse.
Beside that card is a filler card from Fancy Free, with a floral transparency layered on top.
One more look at the left hand side:
The right hand side tells the story of our tram ride back to our car that night. Even though we were exhausted, the kids were completely wound up. Can you tell? The Disney cast members were also a bit punch-happy.
Underneath the top photo are two filler cards from Fancy Free, one for journaling and the other for embellishment. I loved using this wood circle here.
More journaling here on a layered journaling card. The journaling card was sized just a tad short of the pocket, so I layered it on the tiny floral print. I am in love with that floral print, aren’t you?!
Here is another photo of the girls. I adore the genuine smiles and the wind in their hair. Sometimes it is a challenge to capture that pure joy, but it is right here. Forget the technical issues with these photos, all that matters is that joy.
Two more filler cards across the center of the layout, just to add color and dimension!
And one more filler card. I struggled a bit in my process, whether the two flags were enough. I think it is just fine the way it is, letting that beautiful background show and keeping it simple.
One more look at the right side:
Thanks so much for checking out my process today! This album has been so much fun, and you guys have kept me going! Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite inspiration has been so far, ok? See you tomorrow!
Ok you guys, I have to apologize early on because there might be way too many exclamation points in this post. In working on my Disney album this week the new collection Cute Girl came in from Crate Paper and there was no way I wasn’t using it! So have a look at my process for this layout and then we will chat all about it!
This is the layout with only photos and journaling cards, all from Sahlin Studios Project Mouse.
And here is the completed layout, with embellishments and journaling added:
Oh my word, you guys. I love the wooden embellishments that came in the Cute Girl collection, and I brought this one up a notch using some vintage tinsel glitter to embellish.
I also just had to use this filler card that is in the Cute Girl ephemera pack. I seriously want 25 of these, ok? Oh so pretty. The transparent crown was also in this embellishment pack. How could I not use it on a Princess layout?!
Of course it is hard to pick a favorite Princess, and they were all so very awesome, but these photos with Snow White rank as some of my favorites ever. Oh my word.
Simple cardstock stickers on this photo, and then I will show you how I journaled about this photo.
I do wish I had documented some of the things these lovely ladies said to our girls and to our boys (because they definitely did talk a lot to all of us, only the boys did not get up and run to them for affection!). So I wrote that on my journaling card. If you are planning a trip, or have some of those conversations in your head, write them down and include them!
The cardstock stickers in this collection are amazing. I absolutely love using these sheets of stickers in my Project Life albums, so if you are strictly a Project Lifer, I promise you need these in your life and in your albums!
The right hand side only keeps getting better, you guys.
There is something in this photo that unobtrusively captures the magic and it isn’t even the scene of our children, it is the scene going on behind us. If you look in the background of this photo you can see a baby girl dressed up as Cinderella and she is meeting Snow White. Ya’ll, that mama was so freaking incredibly excited to bring her baby girl to that dinner and have her baby girl’s picture taken with each one of them!!!! The joy coming from that table was absolutely incredible and I have chill bumps on my arm just thinking about how happy they were! Oh trust me, I think I was just as excited and I think I have communicated that in this album, but seeing that reflected all around us is just almost more than a human heart can handle.
I absolutely had to use this fun tag, so I added a twine bow and adhered it down. Notice I have repeatedly used the glitter enamel hearts across the page. I need more of those, you guys! You need those!
I think you can tell in this photo, Ariel is most definitely one of the favorites in our house. Oh goodness, so much happiness.
I included another filler card here, using some of the puffy stickers. I am absolutely in love with these geometric confetti shapes!!
Just a little more journaling here, and a plain card that I embellished using one floral sticker. You can totally make your stickers go further by cutting them not quite in half, and using each piece to balance the card. Try this!
Last photo of this layout, and look, there is some of our food! If you watched the video, you probably absolutely saw me add the glitter onto the heart transparency and then discover that I neglected to remove the protective plastic on top! Ha! So I put the original transparency aside and used the film instead. I don’t know if this works or not, but I thought it was a fun way to stretch some of these embellishments a little further.
I leave you with one more photo, and a little glimmer of sadness that this is the end of the dinner photos in this album!
Not to worry, more Disney goodness is up ahead. I have one more Epcot layout plus the map, and then we move into Hollywood Studios. Just a heads’ up that there are only about 6-7 layouts left in this album altogether! I am very close to completion and already beginning to plan what is next for Wednesdays. For now, I will see you tomorrow and TBT!
Hi guys! It’s Disney Wednesday and today I am continuing to document our dinner with the Princesses at Epcot. Have a look at my process video here:
I decided to rearrange a few things in the album, and so that meant changing up the last two layouts just a bit. For this layout I changed the right hand side to show some photos I took while we were shopping, which we did a lot of at Epcot.
Here is the layout complete:
For the next layout, I decided to move the photos of the girls with Belle to this layout, and I also showed our professional portraits that are now safely housed in a Becky Higgins 12×12 pocket.
That pocket will actually probably live in the back of the album, so this is what the entire layout looks like, all together:
It has given me so much joy to document these Princess layouts! But first, let me show you details of the shopping layout. I was captivated by this nutcracker turning in the window. I really love him and all the lights and magic surrounding him.
I wrote a little about the shopping we did at Epcot. I really loved the shops and stores in all the different countries and even though I did not get many photo graphs in that part of the park, this little nutcracker will tell that part of the story.
These stars are simply perfect right here, as are the fun balloons. What ties these all together are the similar colors. It is like scrapbook serendipity, where everything just comes together unexpectedly.
But when you have such a handsome and delightful nutcracker, how could it not come together like magic?
I did manage to save one of the bags I got and so I folded it neatly and placed it inside this pocket here. No embellishment needed.
And speaking of magic, when we walked into the Akershus restaurant, Belle was waiting to take our portraits and introduce herself to us. It really was magical. Just look how beautiful she is.
My connection to the Disney princesses actually begins with Belle. We did not grow up watching Disney movies and when I visited Disney 20 years ago we never saw any princesses (can you imagine?! I remember seeing Feivel and Donatello!). Beauty and the Beast was first released I guess right about my sophomore year of college, and I immediately fell in love with the whole movie. Completely, hopelessly in love.
I loved bringing in the yellow from Belle’s gown into the layout using the yellow damask from Sahlin Studios. The color palette of navy, yellow, pink, and light blue suits me wonderfully.
The professional photo is in the lower right hand corner. It sort of cracks me up, how Belle holds her hands.
The other two photos are my own, and I love capturing the small interactions between my girls and the princess. Just little ways these princesses found to connect with their tiny princess fans. Magic.
I hope you find some magic today in some of your own photos. Then create something pretty with those magical photos, ok? See you tomorrow for TBT!