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 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! 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!
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!
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.
This is the layout completed with journaling and embellishments:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is one more quick look at the layout:
That is all for today! I will see you back here tomorrow for TBT!
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:
And the layout completed:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
This is the completed layout:
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.
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.
For the right hand side, I started with the large photo of the bokeh tree lights and added a label sticker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And that is this week’s Disney layout! I’ll see you back here tomorrow!