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This layout was a challenge for me!  I don’t have any good reason for it: I planned to make a “then and now” layout with these photos ever since my husband asked me to take the photo of him on the speeder bike in Hollywood Studios (it’s even written in my journal from that day!)

And on top of that, when I was looking through the photos I have printed (so far…there are a LOT more to come…) and came across this one again, I realized that a Shimelle layout video I watched recently had the perfect design — a grid style with plenty of room for journaling.  Bonus– a grid layout is one of Crafty Jen Schow’s January stash-busting challenges!

The challenge came in when I started worrying about whether I am going to have enough paper from the Starshine collection to distribute throughout, and then I got skittish about cutting into anything… It was pretty ridiculous, but thankfully I pushed through, haha.  I pulled in a couple papers from my stash, which helped– both with the cutting-into-things issue, and also for a better balance of colors in the palette I chose for this layout.


My lovely husband agreed to write the journaling for this one, and I am so thankful that he is willing to contribute to this crazy obsession  –I mean– hobby of mine.  The photo at the top is from a trip he took to Disney World in 2000 (when this park was called MGM), and the bottom photo is from our 2016 trip.  When we were walking through Hollywood Studios and saw the speeder bike photo op, he immediately stopped and remembered this old photo of his.  We dug it out after our trip, and I’ve squirreled it away until now.


I opened a new pack of Thickers for the title on this one– and I was able to combine them with a very, very, very old leatherette ampersand from my stash (it’s one of my favorite alphas, and I just can’t get rid of them, even though there are so few left).  For the years on each photo, I also colored some tiny BasicGrey alphas with a Copic marker to change them from pale yellow to light green so that they would blend a bit more into the foliage on the photos.



Aside from the enamel dots and wood veneer (the two things I have on every layout in my Disney album), every other embellishment is cut from the papers from Shimelle’s Starshine collection (both 12×12 and 6×6).  I had fun adding little sayings that are a bit tongue-in-cheek like, “You will go far” and “to the moon” (get it– Endor’s moon? ….yeah, I’m becoming somewhat of a Star Wars geek over here…)



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As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been very excited about Crafty Jen Schow’s Stash Busting challenge that she has posed this month in the Crafty Use It or Lose It series.  The first challenge is “Focus and Flow:” starting with one specific product, let the ideas that come to mind while using it inspire subsequent projects.

As I was working on the “Grand Entrance” layout, I realized that I’m not very good at using the die cuts and cut-aparts that I have in my album kit, so I decided that maybe they would be a good jumping-off point.  As I looked through them, I noticed one that said “away we go,” and another that said “up, up, and away!” These two phrases made me think of the Dumbo ride we took–it was the last thing we did on our first day in Disney World.  I got out my photos and got to work.

Continuing my theme of intentional scrapbook video-watching, the diagonal design in this layout was inspired by Shimelle’s layout in this video about her son meeting Ariel.


The title of this layout was inspired by another cut-apart piece, and you can see the “up, up, and away!” piece right below it.  In the final version of my layout, the “away we go” die cut didn’t make it on the page, but it “flowed” into the next one–stay tuned below.


My layout started off looking fairly plain, but I kept adding little bits and pieces to give it a bit more layered of a look.


This little banner across the top left corner was the very last addition.  I kept waffling back and forth about whether to include it… and finally, I had to text my Husband with two photos (one with, one without) to get a second opinion!  In the end, I’m glad that included it, since these little flags also “flowed” into the next page I made.  These little pennant flags are from a very old Jenni Bowlin Studio sticker sheet, and I’m thinking they might get used up soon!  Wouldn’t that be exciting (that’s challenge #3!)?


And of course, the hidden Mickey!


As I mentioned before, the “Away we go” die cut just didn’t fit as I was putting the pieces together for this layout, but I couldn’t get it out of my head that it should go with these Dumbo ride photos.  Facing this layout in my album is a pocket page with more photos, so what better place to add it?

So I made a pocket page next:


There’s that die cut… and more of those pennant flags!


I used the same alpha stickers to make the title for this page and added even more pennant flags underneath.


I really like how this spread turned out!  After I get further along in the album and see how more of the pocket pages turn out, I may come back and add some more embellishment to the 4×6 pockets, but for now, I’m letting the photos stand alone.


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It’s 2019 and time to embark on a new set of goals!

For me, some of those goals aren’t so new– chief among my goals for this year are to finish big projects that I’ve been working on for (eep) years!  One of those projects is this 2016 Disney scrapbook album.

I love watching scrapbook videos, and the other day at lunch, my son and I were watching some of Shimelle’s Walt Disney Wednesday series on YouTube.  As I watched, I started realizing that I could really use those videos–and each scrapbook video I watch going forward– to specifically and intentionally inspire layouts in this Disney album, and that would really help me to make progress!

And so, this layout is heavily inspired by Shimelle’s BB8 layout.  In fact, I watched the video and then looked through my printed photos for this album (I’ve done a lot of pre-planning) to find a layout that would work well with this design.


I pulled out the big kit I’ve been assembling since fall 2016 for this major project–here it is after I finished this layout:

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My kit is based on Shimelle’s “Starshine” collection (although other papers have been added in over the…years), and so I gathered some cut-aparts and die cuts that seemed to coordinate with this moment– our first “grand” entrance into Disney World.


I was definitely in a layering mood, so I tried to add as many details as I could–both with embellishments and with paper layers.



There are two specific details I’m including on every page: wood veneer…


…and a “hidden Mickey” made from enamel dots.


As I made this layout, I watched Shimelle’s video again for inspiration, and then I started watching Crafty Jen Schow’s Stash-Busting challenges in her Use-it-or-Lose-it series.  That combination has really gotten me fired up for making more layouts in this album, so watch this space– there’s going to be more coming! 😉

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…or “watching the fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom”

Earlier this week, I shared a layout I made waaaaaaay back in January.  Well, I started this layout the very next day, and due to my other commitments in “real life,” and my inability to commit to gluing down the elements of this layout (ha), I didn’t finish this one until mid-March.


My main difficulty was actually the journaling.  I loved this moment– my husband and I watching the fireworks show from a spot in New Fantasyland– but I didn’t know how to capture it in words.  I tried, and in the end, I’m pretty happy with the result…and I hope that in the future, I will remember the feeling of being there when I read the few words that I wrote.


After several Disney layouts with busy backgrounds, I was craving a calmer, plainer background, and so I pulled out my trusty white cardstock.  I layered papers, die cuts, and a transparency piece around my photo, and added a little bit more at the bottom of the page to balance everything.  Surely something this simple shouldn’t have taken me two and a half months to complete!

But finally, here it is, photographed and shared on the blog 🙂




patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” and scraps from Shimelle Starshine 12″x12″ paper pad
cardstock: American Crafts white textured
embellishments: Shimelle Starshine ephemera, Bella Blvd washi tape, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, The Paper Studio enamel dots
alphas: Shimelle Collection Fitzgerald Thickers gold glitter foam, Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters gold teeny alphas
other: doilies, Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive, Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen, roller date stamp, machine stitching

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I want to share another of my Disney album layouts today–I made this one waaaaaaaay back in January.  I don’t know why it took me so long to photograph it and share it.  Maybe it was because the light was terrible (clouds, winter, etc.), and I suddenly got a lot busier in my real life and things like blogging took lower priority.  Regardless of the reason, I’m finally sharing it today!


This layout tells the story of how on the day we were in Epcot, I waited to eat lunch until I could get chicken teriyaki at the quick-serve restaurant in Japan.  I had nostalgic reasons for it, and the chicken was every bit as delicious as I’d remembered.  I had three photos and I arranged them in a bit of a grid with my journaling card on top of a rectangle cut from the “Hubble” patterned paper.  I loved this particular patterned paper from Shimelle’s Starshine collection so much that I ordered a 25-pack from Amazon!  It just seemed to make fiscal sense, and I can see myself using both sides of it often throughout my Disney scrapbook, which will add another layer (haha, get it?) of cohesion to the album.

There appear to be layers of paper behind the block of photos+journaling, but they are actually carefully arranged strips from the top of some of the papers in the 12×12 Starshine pad!  The globe paper that I used for the base of my layout was perfect for a World Showcase layout.



I love the floral in the Starshine collection, and I fussy-cut some clusters of blooms from the patterned paper to embellish my page.  I added doilies to ground the embellishment clusters, and of course I added some wood veneers and enamel dots!  Can you find the hidden Mickey?



patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” Shimelle Starshine 12″x12″ paper pad
cardstock: American Crafts white textured
embellishments: Shimelle Starshine ephemera, Studio Calico wood veneer cameras, The Paper Studio enamel dots, labels cut with Silhouette SD
alphas: Shimelle Collection Fitzgerald Thickers teal glitter foam, Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters aqua stripe teeny alphas
other: doilies, Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive, Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen

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My eventual plan for my Disney World scrapbook album is to highlight our family’s favorite moments with traditional 12″x12″ scrapbook pages telling their stories.  I have a big stack of photos that I printed from our trip to Disney World, but I’ve used a number of them for the mini-albums I made for my son and daughter to highlight their special memories. That means the photos for some of our special stories need to be reprinted, so I’m working on the stories that haven’t been highlighted in my kids’ albums.  I’m not scrapbooking the stories in chronological order, but in the final album, the stories will be as close to chronological as possible.  I’ll have pocket pages telling the smaller stories interspersing the 12″x12″ layouts.


Even with my big stack of photos, I was still having trouble figuring out what to work on next.  I asked my husband what some of his favorite memories were, and he mentioned meeting Chewbacca– perfect!  That was the next story to work on.  This is the second layout I’ve made for my 2016 Disney album!

I took Shimelle’s weekly challenge– to use her layout for inspiration.  If you click through to see her layout, you’ll see that I actually followed the obvious features of her layout pretty closely– except for the fact that I arranged my photos vertically rather than horizontally.  I chose to change this to make sure that the background paper could still shine through.

Funny thing– I loved every single paper in the Starshine collection… except this moon-over-a-skyline one.  Not that I disliked the image, because it’s very pretty!  but because I didn’t have any idea how I would ever use such a paper in my own scrapbooking.  But my mind has completely changed!  I think it is absolutely perfect for this layout.





I loved the idea of glassine envelopes enclosing tags with the journaling (from Shimelle’s page).  Since I didn’t have individual envelopes, I cut down a glassine bag I’d received in a scrapbook kit and die-cut shipping-style tags with my Silhouette to slip inside.



I used the tear strips from the paper pad (sheets I’ve already used) and  strips from the cut-apart sheet, then added strips of washi tape for even more layers above and below the photos.  To emphasize the translucency and texture of the glassine bag, I added some unevenly pleated tissue paper, as well.


The title ended up being the hardest part of the layout for me.  I knew what I wanted it to say, but I had some trouble figuring out which alphas to use and how to make them visible.  In the end, part of the title is on the paper strip layers over the glassine bag, and the main word (“Wookiee”) is in glitter alphas on the dark blue background so that it would stand out.



patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine 12″x12″ paper pad
embellishments: Shimelle Starshine ephemera, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Studio Calico wood veneer cameras, The Paper Studio enamel dots, Bella Blvd washi tape, The Paper Studio washi tape, tags cut with Silhouette SD
alphas: Shimelle Collection Fitzgerald Thickers teal glitter foam, Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup, Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters aqua stripe teeny alphas
other: glassine bag, tissue paper, Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive, Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen


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This is the very first of my Disney scrapbook layouts!  Wooo!

Back in May, I jumped on the Shimelle Starshine collection finally coming back into stock at Scrapbook.com and ordered a nice big bundle of goodies for myself.  Ever since I’d seen the CHA posts with the details of this collection, I knew that I wanted to use it for my Disney scrapbook.


“I ordered a lot of Shimelle Starshine products (and a number of other things) from Scrapbook.com and they arrived today!! I am so excited to have these in my hot little hands.” –May 19, 2016


On the second-to-last day of August, I decided to put my other projects on hold and make a scrapbook layout, because I had been putting paper scrapbooking off for a couple months and I was really missing it.

I also think I was avoiding it, because I was intimidated… not only had I been taking a longish break from 12″x12″ layouts in favor of other projects (memory-keeping and otherwise), I also really wanted to work on this Disney album, which is a fairly important one in my mind.

When I ordered photos way-back-when, I printed these two photos of my feet.  Even then, I knew that I wanted to tell the story of my Mickey toes on a layout.  I thought that this would be a good way to get back into the swing of scrapbooking and break into my supplies for this particular album.  It’s not a hugely important story (there are some that are much dearer to my heart), but it is one that I was excited to tell (and remember).


The design of this layout originated with a sketch from one of Shimelle’s weekly challenges.  Clearly, I made a lot of changes, but when I originally saw the sketch all those weeks ago, I knew it would be perfect for these two photos of my Mickey toes.

I have a huge journaling block to fit all of my words, and I embellished at the top and bottom of that block, as well as in the top left corner.


“Happy place” because it’s the “happiest place on earth” and also because I am so happy when I can wear flip flops!


I added some paper strips and a bit of a tag to the top of the journaling block because it was looking lonely up there.  It makes me happy to have a sparkly enamel dot “lens” on the wood veneer camera!


The chipboard star was damaged in the packaging, so I layered it under the cardstock die cut to hide the flaw.  

It was a challenge getting back into the swing of scrapbooking– and it was also a challenge to dive into the supplies I’d purchased.  I always run into this issue when I have purchased or acquired or gathered products for a larger project: what if I run out?  Did I use too much?  Did I use too little?

In this case, I do think I erred on the “too little” side.  I wanted to layer more, but with the two busy patterns, I just couldn’t figure out what to add, so I didn’t add anything.  That being said, I am happy with the result.


I think I might try to add a little enamel dot Mickey silhouette to every 12″x12″ layout I make for this album.  Hidden Mickeys, if you will.


I added the lime green strip behind the title because the words were getting a little bit lost on top of the photos.  I used the rest of the bits of the green strip throughout the embellishment clusters for continuity.  

patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine 12″x12″ paper pad
embellishments: Shimelle Starshine chipboard stickers, Shimelle Starshine ephemera, 
alphas: Shimelle Collection Fitzgerald Thickers gold glitter foam, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Studio Calico wood veneer cameras, The Paper Studio enamel dots, red labels printed-and-cut with Silhouette SD  
other: white cardstock, Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive, Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen

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