As I mentioned in my first “Scrapbooking Disney” post, one of the first projects that I wanted to do was create an 8″x8″ princess scrapbook for my daughter. Her biggest highlight of our time in Disney World was meeting the princesses. She is four years old and LOVES princesses. To her, the princesses are completely real, and she has an imaginary entourage of them accompanying her at all times. In Disney World, she was finally meeting her imaginary companions in-person, in-the-flesh.
I chose up one or two photos of V meeting each princess (we ended up meeting Belle, Cinderella, and Aurora twice at different venues; I picked the best two of the photos from each of the meetings, even if it was a different actress in each) as well as Doc McStuffins, who is high on the list of favorite characters (and part of the imaginary entourage, as well!).
I developed a basic “sketch” for each 8″x8″ double-page spread: princess photos on the left, autograph on the right, and went with a monochromatic color scheme for each layout (all but Snow White– hers has yellow, blue, and red). As I mentioned in my sneak-peek post, I entered this set of pages into Shimelle’s color-blocking challenge. I’m not entirely sure if it is technically color-blocked, but Shimelle’s color-blocking blog post had a definite influence on the design I settled upon for these mini-book pages. After a lot of unnecessary deliberation, I decided to use the same Echo Park paper collection (“Beautiful Life”) that I’d used for my memory notebooks and autograph clipboard, and I added three sheets of purple pattered paper for the “purple” characters. One sheet is from the BasicGrey Kioshi collection, and the other two I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
I raided my trims and ribbons (thank you again, Grandma!!) for anything glittery, sparkly, and shiny — I was really surprised at the amount that I found! The trim accompanies a border-punched strip that spans the two-page spread to help with continuity.
As I assembled the pages, I just kept wanting something more, even though I was trying to keep this book as simple as possible. Wood veneer has been on my embellishment wishlist, and since I wanted it as fast as possible, I headed out to Michaels to pick up their wood veneer flowers. I backed a flower with a circle punched from patterned paper, and following Glitter Girl’s (Ep. 127) lead, I scrunched a double-layer of fine white tulle behind them.
Here are the pages:
For the cover page, I took a favorite photos of V — wearing a princess dress, in front of Cinderella’s castle!! — and layered papers and a doily behind it in a way similar to the princess pages.
I added the blue patterned strip to help the alphas to show up better. I wanted to enter this cover page into Shimelle’s weekly challenge, to use lots of letters, but life n the form of emergency rooms and hospitals happened, and I’m posting this later than I’d anticipated! I used a combination of Echo Park letter stickers from the collection pack and Making Memories stickers from a wedding collection. A large wood veneer with more tulle finishes off the page!
This book is already a favorite with V. She looks at it often at home, and when we had to make a trip to the emergency room for her (and then have a hospital stay), I was so glad to see how much this little scrapbook comforted her!