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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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Supplies:
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!

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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.

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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?

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Supplies:
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Supplies:
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.

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“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).

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.  

Supplies:
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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