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Disney Project Life Epcot Princess Dinner | Crate Paper Cute Girl!!!!!

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. 

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

And here is the completed layout, with embellishments and journaling added:

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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.

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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?!

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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.

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

Simple cardstock stickers on this photo, and then I will show you how I journaled about this photo.

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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!

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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!

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

The right hand side only keeps getting better, you guys.

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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. 

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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!

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

I think you can tell in this photo, Ariel is most definitely one of the favorites in our house. Oh goodness, so much happiness.

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

I included another filler card here, using some of the puffy stickers. I am absolutely in love with these geometric confetti shapes!!

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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!

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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.

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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! 

Disney Epcot Princess Dinner Crate Paper Cute Girl

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!

~Theresa

 

 

Disney Project Life | The Princess Dinner!!!!

Hi guys! Oh this Disney album keeps getting better and better! I have been waiting so long to scrapbook the photos that I will show you today, namely from our Princess Dinner at Epcot Norway! Here is a look at my process:

I had a few photos from our time at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, so I placed those on the left, and then the right hand side begins the documentation of our Princess Dinner!

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Above is the layout with journaling cards and photos, and here is the completed layout in its entirety:

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Can you believe it, there are actually two photos of us as a family (except for the parent who was photographing!) I will say this: we did have a Photopass and we did have our photo taken professionally a few times, and I never liked how any of them came out so I simply did not order any of them. So these are probably about the only ones of us together. I actually think that is kind of funny, looking back on it now!

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

So we did really like the Nemo ride and the aquariums here. I actually added a title card with just the name of the attraction in simple black alphas. I know, I have not created many title cards in this project, but for some reason this layout provided that opportunity so I took it.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This simple filler card from Sahlin Studios is one of my favorites, and I was excited to get to use it right here! I added a few words from the Shimelle stamp set that belongs in the Starshine collection and I really like how that turned out.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This layout as a whole seems to be blue on one side, pink on the other, but the yellow provides the common denominator. I made sure to include yellow elements in several places to bring both sides together!

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This photo of the four of them peering into the fish tank captured a really special moment for me. I have mentioned several times how this was our first trip together as a blended family, and it is moments like this that remind me that we are on the right path. These moments, split seconds before someone runs off, help me remember that the goal is not perfection, but the goal is so they can experience life together. So they can experience life whole, just like they are viewing this ocean together. And then I am eternally grateful for these albums and for these photos and these opportunities to tell these stories so they will remember too.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Speaking of amazing experiences, the Princess Dinner at Norway is simply magical. For this side of the layout I printed and cut the embellishments in the Sahlin Studios Princess collection. I used sticker paper in my Silhouette to do the cuts.

 

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

I created another title card (yes, two in one layout, can you believe it?) with turquoise alphas. The colors on this layout are actually both all over the map, and I love that.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This triangle patterned filler card makes me so happy right here. I feel as though my printer may have printed it a bit dark, but regardless I love the combination of colors and the pop it gives the layout. The happy flowers next to it keep the layout feeling light and happy.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This photo right here, you guys. Of course Disney is known for how wonderful its cast members treat their guests, and we saw that time and again as we travelled through the parks. But the princesses truly went above and beyond to reach out to every child in the room, speak with them, hug them, and make them feel special. Oh goodness, my heart.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Of course I always have some issues with my photography, and this event was no different! There was a lovely stream of light coming right in over their faces, and the overall lighting situation in this room was abysmal for this fledgling DSLR learner (I only had my camera for about three weeks at this point!). But it does not matter.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

And see Cinderella in the background? That family had a little precious baby girl, and the mama was so stinkin’ proud and happy to be there. I might have been more excited for them, because her excitement was so contagious. Oh, so many feels.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Here is one more look at this layout.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

There is more to come from this dinner, because we had four princesses who visited our table that night. So stay tuned next Wednesday for that. Meanwhile, I will see you tomorrow for TBT!

~Theresa

 

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 04 | Ali Edwards Believe Story Kit

Hi guys! We are back on the Disney track today with a layout from our day at Epcot! Yes, I am absolutely using the Believe Story Kit again today. Have a look at my process for today’s layout:

To begin this layout, I chose several journal and filler cards from the Believe Story Kit. I also used a few from Sahlin Studios Project Mouse and the Project Life Midnight Edition Core Kit.

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This is the layout completed with journaling and embellishments:

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I chose mainly black and white cards for this layout. The main story of this layout was that it rained a good portion of the morning while we were at Epcot, and the grey sky led my product choices here.

Disney Epcot Day 04

This quote card probably sums up the layout quite succinctly: when you are at Disney you don’t let the rain stop you. You just keep going and trust that it’s going to be a fun day anyway! Because this is Disney!

Disney Epcot Day 04

The kids, of course, could have cared less about the rain. I took these snaps while we were wandering through the park deciding what to do. They were just playing and being silly in these mirrors. Great moments.

Disney Epcot Day 04

I couldn’t help but use one of the weather cards from Project Mouse here. For a pop of color on an otherwise quite monochromatic layout, I chose the orange colors from the Believe kit. It works perfect.

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Of course the fun photos add great pops of color as well, from the kids’ happy and bright jackets, and their smiles light up the whole place. Yep, they were definitely excited.

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The right hand side of the layout is grounded by a photo of the Epcot ball. There was never a bright sunny photo op that day, just grey skies, but I went with it and took this photo. A simple embellishment adds the perfect touch.

Disney Epcot Day 04

There are two journaling cards here, side by side, so I just added a few more notes about being at the park. No embellishments, only stamps here.

Disney Epcot Day 04

There are two cards across the bottom. This one is a filler card from the Midnight Core kit and I added a clear sticker from Shimelle’s Starshine collection. So easy.

Disney Epcot Day 04

One last journaling card here, where I wrote about being here years ago and it being my favorite park of all the Disney parks. I also added a transparent piece from the Starshine collection – the greens tied in perfectly with the greens on the card itself.

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Here is one more quick look at the layout:

Disney Epcot Day 04

That is all for today! I will see you back here tomorrow for TBT!

~Theresa

 

 

 

Disney Project Life Layout 10 | Finishing Up Day 1!

Hi guys, it’s Wednesday and that means Disney day here! I am so happy to be moving right along through this album and this project, and today I am wrapping up Day 1. Each day in the album ends with a map of the park we visited that day, so have a look at my process to see what I did:

 

Here is the layout to begin with, just a printed map and the backs of the journaling cards from the layout before:

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This is the completed layout here:

Disney Project Life Layout 10

The right hand side left a great column for a few journaling cards, and I chose to use Ali Edwards’ WILD story kit to fill those pockets. I wanted to use muted, neutral colors and knew that kit had some beautiful colors, and the orange in the Love You Best Of All card ties in perfectly with the orange in the titles on the map.

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What I wanted to do with this map was to show graphically how we moved around the park. Because of Fast-passes and just selecting certain rides, it felt like we skipped across and back and forth a bit. So I chose to use brads and twine to show our path. At the entrance I heat embossed a circle from the Ali Edwards WILD Story Stamp, which you can see here.

Disney Project Life Layout 10

The twine goes up and across several different cards and the corners were a tiny challenge, but I think you get the general idea. This tells a story all its own, with no photos or words necessary.

Disney Project Life Layout 10

In the margins I used Studio Calico’s geotags to highlight which rides we rode and where we ate lunch. This becomes an easy reference tool for the future, right?!

Disney Project Life Layout 10

This was a simple but fun layout to include, and a great way to include maps in your Disney albums. Years from now it will be interesting to go back and see what changed. See you guys back here tomorrow for TBT Project Life!

~Theresa

Disney Project Life Layout 06

Hi guys, so yay it’s Disney day! I am always excited every week to pull this album out and to complete another layout. Today is Layout six in my Disney album and it’s a fun one. The photos are of three of our children who were playing in a Tiki play area in the park while one of our children rode the Aladdin Magic Carpet. Check out the process video:

Here is the layout with just photos and journaling cards. As you saw in the video, I had a blank page on the right side and I chose one of the patterned papers from Starshine by Shimelle to complete that page.

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Here is the completed layout, with embellishments and journaling:

Disney Project Life Layout 06

So if you have ever wondered what it would look like to just have one photo in a Project Life page, now you know because I did it here. I think sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves to fill as many pockets as possible with photos, but then think nothing of creating dozens of traditional layouts with just one photo! So here is what it looks like to just have one photo. I rather like how it turned out!

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I adore how this title card came out. The base card is from Project Life Honey Edition core kit, with embellishments from Starshine on top. The silver star, however, is left over from my Ali Edwards December Daily kit from 2015!

Disney Project Life Layout 06

I mentioned this in the video, but I will just repeat myself: I am in head over heels in love with those acrylic shapes from the Starshine collection! They are just awesome.

Disney Project Life Layout 06

Underneath the top photo is a little journaling and a simple card from Sahlin Studios. Notice I haven’t done much “magic” or “castle” themed stuff – this is not a kitchy Disney album because I have to admit I get a little weary of all that! I can’t do an over-themed album, just me personally, because I think you get the gist from the photos themselves.

Disney Project Life Layout 06

I added this yellow card to bring in a bit more yellow here, and then more journaling on the turquoise card. I really do like how these collections all come together with these happy colors, but still tastefully done!

Disney Project Life Layout 06

That’s it for Disney this week, thanks so much for following along!!! Let me know how you like it so far, ok?

~Theresa

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:

Disney Project Life Layout 5

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.

Disney Project Life Layout 5

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.

Disney Project Life Layout 5

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!

Disney Project Life Layout 5

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

Disney Project Life Layout 5

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.

Disney Project Life Layout 5

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.

Disney Project Life Layout 5

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.

Disney Layout 04

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

Disney Layout 04

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!

Disney Layout 04

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.

Disney Layout 04

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.

Disney Layout 04

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.

Disney Layout 04

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!

Disney Layout 04

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:

Disney Album Layout 03

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

Disney Album Layout 03

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.

Disney Album Layout 03

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.

Disney Album Layout 03

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).

Disney Album Layout 03

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!

Disney Album Layout 03

Here is one more look overall:

Disney Album Layout 03

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:

Real Time Disney Layout 02

And the layout completed:

Real Time Disney Layout 02

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. 

Real Time Disney Layout 02

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!

Real Time Disney Layout 02

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.

Real Time Disney Layout 02

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. 

Real Time Disney Layout 02

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. 

Real Time Disney Layout 02

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:

Disney Layout No 01

 

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.

Disney Layout No 01

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