Archive for the ‘Disney 2016 scrapbook’ Category

Last January, I was on a roll!  I was participating in a scrapbook Facebook group with great challenges, and I was making lots of progress on the first part of my Disney 2016 scrapbook.  I started– and nearly finished– a layout about my daughter meeting Belle on our very first day in Disney World.  We had an absolutely magical experience at “Enchanted Tales with Belle.”  As I was about to write the journaling, I realized that the story was pretty big, and it needed more space, more pages, really, to be adequately told.

This particular experience– the very first attraction we saw (and my children’s first-ever at Disney World) was so magical and meaningful that I wanted to take my time and tell the whole story.  It is definitely one of the very top highlights of the entire trip.

I took a step back and started organizing and planning some pocket pages that would help tell the rest of the story, but I needed more photos to be printed.  It took me a while to get that order ready and sent off, so this story and that layout has been waiting for almost a year to be finished!  And it’s still not done.  haha.

So this post is about the first of the pocket pages to start telling the story (I’ll show the original 12×12 layout in a future post, don’t worry, haha!).  Really, this page starts before we even get to Belle!


Part of this page was made last year, and I finally finished it up the other day when I was trying to decide which scrapbook project to do next to keep up my creative momentum.  I didn’t have much time, and I was feeling a bit stumped, so I decided this would be a good intermediate project since it had been started already.

The story begins right after our “grand entrance” into Magic Kingdom on our very first day in Disney World.  The “Always believe something wonderful is about to happen” card from one of the Starshine cut-apart sheets was absolutely perfect for this page!

We took some family photos on Main Street with the Castle (they will be on the front of this pocket page), and then the Photopass photographer took some with just my daughter in the Belle dress that I’d made for her.  I cut them square and added them into the two vertical pockets on the left side of the page.  To connect them, I designed these pockets as one long 4″x12″ section, so the banners are split between the two pockets.  I fussy-cut florals from one of the Starshine papers to add more embellishment.



I ended up making a flip-up on the top right of the page, since I had more story and photos than I could fit here (and they wouldn’t fit in the next insert).


I made a hinge on the outside of the page protector with washi tape (so it’s pretty) covered with packing tape (so it’s strong) and re-punched the hole in the page protector.


I also tell the tiny story of how sweet and serious my little boy was to meet Princess Belle at the end of the attraction.




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As soon as I finished my “Hello, Ducks” layout, I started in on this one!  (It’s so nice to have crafty momentum…)


Last fall, when I was laid up after my ankle surgery, I received a goody box from Therm O Web (I won a giveaway through Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine) full of their Metallix gels and a Stencil Pal.  At the time, I wasn’t capable of standing for long enough to use the products right away, even though I was itching to try them out.  So I had plenty of time to daydream about how I would give the gels a shot– this is a medium I’ve been really hoping to try for a while!

For this layout, I cut a stencil with my Silhouette Cameo: it’s the Star Background from Paige Evans (I got it in her Facebook group).  I used black textured card stock, because in one of the early iterations of my plan for this page, the filmstrip was also cut from that same card stock, and this way, I could cut everything at once.  (as you can see, I changed my mind and cut a white filmstrip frame in the end.)

I got out my brand new jar of Aged Copper Metallix and my Stencil Pal and got to work!

It was so FUN!!  It was really quick, and it was so exciting to lift my stencil and see the textured stars left behind on my background paper.  I will definitely be using this technique again!  (I’m also hoping to use pieces of the gel-covered card stock stencil on the facing pocket page to this layout).

I let the gel dry overnight, because I didn’t have time to go farther with the layout that day…but the layout came together really quickly after that!

This was one of the layouts that I’d sketched out when I was planning the Epcot pages in my Disney 2016 album, so I had a solid idea where the photos would go.  I added some layers of tissue paper to soften the background under the photos so they wouldn’t get overwhelmed by the bold star pattern, and I added some navy patterned paper strips (Shimelle Starshine) to pull in the navy of my son’s coat.


With such a striking background, I didn’t need much else: just my wood veneers (Studio Calico) and gold glitter enamel dots to embellish.


I added my journaling on a Project Life (Jade Edition) card.



P.S. Since I used a new-to-me product and a new-to-me technique, I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog “Something New” challenge.

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After a month of sewing projects (most notably, several Christmas gifts), I was excited to get back to paper scrapbooking– especially since I’m physically more able to stand at my craft studio island to work now that my ankle is healing!

The first scrapbook layout that I made in 2020 is…drumroll please….



This page features four photos of my cutie pie not-yet-two-year-old son, enjoying the ducks in Epcot almost as much as anything else we saw that day.

There isn’t a huge story to go with the photos, but his fascination with the ducks was a sweet memory from that day, and I wanted to make sure to highlight it on a full layout in my 2016 Disney trip album.


The papers that I used for this layout are almost all from Shimelle’s Starshine collection, except for the yellow “hello” print, which I had in my stash and was the perfect compliment to the Shimelle #stickerbook “hello” speech bubble that I used with the title.


As I’ve done on every layout for this album, I made sure to include some wood veneer pieces (the stars are from Lawn Fawn) and enamel dots… …and of course a “hidden” Mickey.


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May I just say, I am just so pleased with how this layout came together? 🙂

When I was organizing my album and planning my photo printing, I envisioned the basic “sketch” of this layout and made a note to myself.  When it came time to put it all together, it turned out exactly as I had hoped!


I don’t usually use such small photos on layouts, but the one I wanted to feature was terrible quality (a selfie taken in low light on an older phone!), and so I wanted the rest to be even smaller. I made the main photo black-and-white to further compensate for its technical quality, and I used a design with a lot of white space to draw your eye to the focal point.


To separate the two main patterned papers, I layered the branding strips from the Shimelle Starshine papers I used, plus some strips from one of the cut-aparts from that collection.  I also layered some aqua tissue paper under the photos and the journaling/title areas to add some more texture.


Some of the chipboard stickers in the the packet I’d ordered online were flawed (I only discovered it much later, so I didn’t think I could return them), and so I used other embellishments to disguise the damaged portions… a puffy heart sticker from Go Now Go (oh how I love those puffy hearts), and my “hidden” Mickey that appears on all my 12×12 layouts in this album….


I broke into a packet of Thickers I’d been hoarding to make the title, and I used alpha tiles from Shimelle’s #stickerbook to add the smaller words.


I love every bit of this layout and I can’t wait to make more for my Disney album!

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It seems as though it’s been forever since I made a “real” layout… not a digital one, not a pocket one.  I’ve been enjoying watching scrapbook videos (namely Shimelle’s livestreams on FB) and just absolutely itching to make some things with photos and paper and stickers and pretty things.

So, instead of finishing up the captions for my Germany trip photos (oh yes, that happened! it was amazing… more about that later), or working on B’s album (even though I have the rest of those photos printed and I’m excited about that project, too), I decided to indulge in some pretty paper.  Especially since on the same day, I hit a tiny jackpot of Shimelle products at my local Tuesday Morning store, and I wanted to USE them!


It turns out that I only used one of the newest-to-me products on this layout (the camera stamp), but I did open all the other packages and consider what would work best!  I almost used some of the other products…


Recently, I also purchased a 25-pack of the “Treat Yourself” paper from Shimelle’s Glitter Girl line, and it seemed like the perfect time to start introducing it into the mix of products that I’m going to be using for this album.  (Side note: Initially, this album was going to be all Starshine, with only a few other products added in, but I’ve realized that I need to broaden the scope a bit (especially when we start getting to the princesses and I “need” more purple…).  In addition to “Treat Yourself”, I’ve acquired project pads from Head in the Clouds and Sparkle City that should fill that bill.)  This layout combines that “Treat Yourself” starry paper with the wheeling star trails from Starshine, along with other Starshine bits and pieces.


The camera stamp is from Head in the Clouds.  I also used stamps (like the “happy right here” sentiment) from Clearly Kelly (Magical) that I’ve had for a while but haven’t been brave enough to work into the album yet.  I also snuck in one sticker from the Shimelle #Stickerbook!


Even though it’s a fairly straightfoward layout in the end, I’m proud of myself for actually diving in and starting to use some of my products.  It’s going to be fun to mix them up as I continue working on this album!

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I started putting together this big 200-print order from Persnickety Prints in January, and I worked on it through mid-May (album planning sometimes takes me a while).  I placed this order on May 16 and received it within a couple of days!  (Persnickety is awesome.)

When I got the order in the mail, I had the idea that I could do a super-sped up video of how I separate out my photos into my different album projects.  You see, for about every project I do, I start with an enormous amount of pre-planning.  I like to know where my photos are going to go and what sizes I plan to use.  That way, when I get to the paper cutting and gluing and making things pretty part of the process, the photo part is already finished.

It’s taken me a while to get this video completed (my very first voiceover ever!).  But now it’s ready to share!

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With this order, I have photos for 5 specific projects, in addition to some that I intend to frame or to use on a few scrapbook layouts that aren’t part of a particular album project:

Husband helped me rig up my tripod with my camera so that I could put together this video.  I increased the speed to 20x… and just because I’m a nerd, I did keep track of the actual time it took for each stage:

  • unboxing+sort = about 10 minutes
  • appendicitis mini album = about 15 minutes
  • mommy book = about 5 minutes
  • baby album = approximately 31 minutes
  • Disney album = approximately 22 minutes
  • 2019 Jan and Feb = approximately 39 minutes

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Here’s the video!

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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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