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The stash challenge for Christmas-in-July at Disney Creative Co. was to use beads! I don’t know if I’ve ever used beads on a papercrafting project, so this was definitely a challenge for me. After a lot of brainstorming (and a deep dive through my rather large collection of beads… my great grandfather did loom beading, and I think I’ve inherited some of his beads… along with many, many more of all kinds…), I came up with this very simple way to include beads on my project.

I used the Mouse Castle die to cut about 6 layers from white cardstock (some of the middle layers are smooth cardstock scraps). I adhered them together to create a stiff embellishment– but before I added the top layer, I threaded red and green seed beads into a garland to drape across the castle towers. I used tape to secure the threads behind the die cut, then added it to the top of the stack.

I covered an extra piece of cardstock with Christmas-stripe washi tape to peek through the Mickey cut out and added a tiny Mickey wreath acrylic piece for a finishing touch.

This castle could be used as an embellishment on a scrapbook layout or in a shadowbox frame for some fun Christmas decor, but I decided to make it the focal point of a card by mounting it on patterned paper and then a white card base.

Scraps & Ink Crafts: Mouse Castle cutting die
; Mini Christmas Bits; Washi (Christmas)
patterned paper: BasicGrey Nordic Holiday
cardstock: American crafts white textured
card base: The Paper Studio
other: glass seed beads, thread, machine stitching, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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I’ve just got to start off this post by admitting how tickled I am by this title.

My layout showcases this month’s Disney Creative Co. cut file, which continues the “Christmas in July” theme. As I’ve mentioned before, we’d never been to the Disney parks during Christmas before this trip in 2020! As you can see, I’m using similar supplies so that my layouts have a bit of a thread of cohesiveness when I put them in the album together.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the design three times and then carefully glued the layers together. I like the sturdiness and dimension that comes from the stack.

I pre-designed the layout in the Silhouette Studio software so that I knew how the digital cut file would fit with my photos: a series that shows each of the special holiday projections on the Tower.

With the main arrangement done in the software, all that was left was to embellish!

I originally thought that I was going to make a mixed-media background, but it wasn’t looking like I’d hoped, and then I tried patterned paper, but it was too busy. Finally, I settled on just plain white textured cardstock for the background, but I added some softness by cutting some snowflakes from smooth white cardstock and sprinkling them around the layout. I love the tone-on-tone look!

In addition to a gold glitter center to the “H,” I used one of the flat plastic pieces to call extra attention to the “Ho” in “Hollywood,” and then I added a gold-colored facet to hide a spot where my background paper didn’t quite meet!

But it was also the perfect way to pull the gold through the diagonal of the page down to my journaling, which I wrote onto layered print-and-cut labels.

Scraps & Ink CraftsSnowflake Set 1 cutting die
; Facets (classic); Classic Christmas printed acrylic pieces
Disney Creative Co. cut file
patterned paper: Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas “3×4 Elements” (B-side); Crate Paper Peppermint “Gingerbread;” Close to My Heart “Comfort & Joy”
cardstock: American Crafts white textured; The Paper Studio white smooth; Shimelle Head in the Clouds project pad gold glitter
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Fitzgerald” (gold)

stamps: Elle’s Studio Mini Dated
other: Silhouette Cameo 3 (cut file, print-and-cut labels), Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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One of the unexpected surprises of our 2020 trip to Disney World was how much we enjoyed the Christmas decorations! We never thought we would see the parks in their Christmas overlays (we typically avoid the most crowded times**!), and so when our trip was rescheduled for November, we didn’t know what it would be like. It turned out that we loved them!

For the next week of the Disney Creative Co “Christmas in July” celebration, there’s a sketch! It was a great way to show two of the photos from the very first park day of our trip — photos that I took on purpose as I soaked in the Christmas prettiness. I liked the circles at the bottom to add bits and pieces that make me think of Christmas decorations.

I alternated circles cut from smooth white cardstock (lifted on craft foam) and stitched Mickeys, and I added my embellishments to the circle spots. It was a fun opportunity to combine new products from Scraps and Ink Crafts with some pieces I’ve had in my stash for years and years!

I added my journaling to a print-and-cut label in the bottom right corner, and since it was on a circle spot, I added a bit of washi and one of the adorable acrylic Christmas pieces.

I tied it together with another label layered with washi at the top, and the final touch was my title.

**P.S. Because November 2020 was soon after the parks reopened, and we visited the week before Thanksgiving week, we experienced unusually low crowds, which was another delightful bonus on this trip!

Scraps & Ink CraftsMouse Circles cutting dieStitched Mouse cutting die; Facets (classic); Bits and Pieces Padded Appliques (Jewel), mini Christmas bits; Washi (Christmas)
patterned paper: Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas “3×4 Elements” (B-side); Crate Paper Peppermint “Gingerbread;” additional scraps from stash
cardstock: American crafts white textured; The Paper Studio white smooth
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Goodness” (chipboard, Amy Tangerine)
embellishments: Making Memories woven labels, My Mind’s Eye I Believe decorative brads,
other: Silhouette Cameo 3 (print-and-cut labels), machine stitching, craft foam, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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The sketch for this week’s challenge at Disney Creative Co. was the perfect opportunity to document one of my #epicdressproject Disneybound dresses. For our trip to Walt Disney World in November 2020, I sewed six vintage-inspired outfits to wear– one for each day we spent in the parks.

This dress is my Minnie Mouse ‘bound, and I wore it on the second day that we were in Hollywood Studios. I loved feeling vintage-glamorous walking down the streets decorated with retro Christmas! I decided to go with a classic red-white-and-black color scheme with some touches of gold. I actually followed the sketch pretty closely this time! I simply switched the three photo spots for two 4×6 and slightly shifted the location of my title and journaling.

For pages like this that depend heavily on cut files, I actually do a lot of pre-designing in Silhouette Studio to make sure I get the proportions right. On this layout, I combined two cut files from the Disney Creative Co. cut file gallery: I used the “Mickey Sketched Head” file as-is, but I used the knife tool to cut just the bow from the “Mickey Minnie Interlock” design and sized it to fit the mouse head. I cut each three times from white textured cardstock and layered them for dimension. I released the compound path for the bow and cut just the outer edge from vellum and layered it between the bottom two outline layers so that it would have a subtle emphasis.

On my white background, I used a stencil and metallic gel to add stars, then combined two sheets from a 6×6 paper pad to make the red bottom half. I added a black border and decided to machine stitch around the edge of my white and red layers as a little nod to the fact that I sewed this dress myself!

The black horizontal banner piece was a natural spot for my title.

I wrote my journaling on thin strips of white textured cardstock and glued them in place across the cut file so that they have a tiny bit of dimension.

Scraps & Ink CraftsMouse Head FacetsFlexible Flatbacks
patterned paper: Fancy Pants Happy Place 6×6 paper pad, scrap from stash
cardstock: American Crafts (white and black textured)
alphas: Amercian Crafts Thickers (Fitzgerald gold)
stencil: Paige Evans Design “Star Confetti”
cut files: Disney Creative Co. “Mickey Sketched Head,” bow from “Mickey Minnie Interlock
Therm-o-Web Decofoil Metallix Gel “Champagne Mist”
other: Heidi Swapp Color Shine gold, vellum, Silhouette Cameo 3, machine stitching, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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As an avid crafter, I certainly have my fair share of ribbon in my craft room. I have spools of ribbon, but I also have scraps of ribbon that I keep sorted by color in baggies in an antique sewing basket. I love the opportunity to prove to myself that it was a good idea to keep those scraps, and that’s exactly what happened with this month’s Once Upon a Stash challenge for Disney Creative Co!

The stash item for this challenge was ribbon, and I was excited when I had the idea to make little ribbon pennant banners to mimic the fluttering banners in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom.

It was my first time in Animal Kingdom when we went to WDW in 2016. I was in awe of the amazing scenery in this park– it is so beautiful! There were picturesque views everywhere I looked, and this layout celebrates two of my favorite photos of the beauty in the Asia section.

The banners were the most time-intensive part of this layout. I estimated the banner lengths I wanted and cut crochet thread. Then with a fun Zoom meeting (yes, I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but it really was a fun meeting!) to keep me company, I cut short snippets of ribbon, added adhesive, and folded them over the thread. I trimmed the ends in different shapes for variety. It probably took me an hour and a half to make these three banners.

Even though I have a LOT of ribbon in my stash, I still found that I was missing certain colors narrow enough for this project. Washi tape to the rescue: I added a dark pink and an orange floral from two different Scraps and Ink Crafts washi sets to round out my colors.

To adhere the banners, I used foam squares behind some of the ribbons to raise them up, flat adhesive behind others, and some I left unstuck. I secured the ends of the crochet thread on the back of my layout with tape.

I die-cut a strip of tickets from cream cardstock to ground my photo block, and I added two labels under my title to hold my small bit of journaling. Fun fact: the green date/location label is a sticker, but I liked it better on its backing, so decided not to peel it off the release paper and put the whole thing on my layout!

Scraps & Ink CraftsTicket cutting dieWooden PiecesWashi (Monsters, Inc., Tropical Hideaway)
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble;” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Past Bedtime,” “Make a Wish;” Shimelle Sparkle City project pad; Echo Park Beautiful Life “Borders;”, Park Lane Sonoma 12×12 paper pad
wood veneer: Studio Calico cameras
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
alphas: American Crafts Thickers/Amy Tangerine Goodness
ribbon: stash
other: crochet thread, cream cardstock, letter stamps, sticker from stash, label via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3, Spectrum Noir Artliner 0.05 and 0.5, craft foam, iCraft foam squares, Scotch ATG

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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Cast members are at the core of the magic-making at the Disney parks, and with an upcoming trip planned, I thought it would be fun to create some little cards to have in my bag to thank any cast members that sprinkled us with a little extra pixie dust.

I was inspired by the Disney Creative Co. “Colors of Magic” challenge for June— this bright palette from Toy Story was just the right cheerful feeling I wanted for my cards.

I started with a 3″x4″ base of heavy white cardstock, and I built each card with the same formula, using a different color from the palette for each one. First, I added a layer of patterned paper on top of the white card. From a different paper in the same color, I cut a Mouse Tag with the metal die. I cut white centers for each of the tags and stamped “Thank You” at the bottom before attaching the tags to the card.

I stamped “You’re magical” onto a print-and-cut label and attached it with foam to give some dimension.

As a final touch, I added a color-coordinated padded applique to each tag.

I left room for a small hand-written message on the front; more could be written on the back, if I chose. I packed this little set of cards with a pen into a pouch to carry as we enjoyed the parks!

Scraps & Ink Crafts: Mouse Tag cutting die, Padded Appliques (Flower and Garden, Carousel), and Bits and Pieces Appliques
white cardstock
various patterned paper scraps
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical”, Hero Arts 3×4 sentiments (“thank you”), Paper Smooches (“you’re”)
print-and-cut labels via Silhouette Cameo 3

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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This month’s stash challenge at Disney Creative Co is to use flowers! When I think of flowers, I think of Rapunzel (one of my top favorite princesses!!), so I decided to put together a layout to showcase these cute photos of my daughter wearing the Rapunzel dress I made for her to wear on our 2016 trip to Walt Disney World.

I used detail-cut flowers and a variety of paper flowers to create a diagonal cascade across this page; I was thinking of the flowers in Rapunzel’s braid as I arranged them. I added some light metallic gold stenciled stars underneath the floral clusters to hint at the floating lanterns.

The floral clusters were also the perfect place to hide…or display!…some Mickeys!

I had a wonderful time embellishing this page! I plan to have a coordinating pocket page facing this layout with some additional photos from the Tangled area, as well as more journaling. However, I didn’t want to leave this layout without any words.

As I looked through my stickers for title pieces, I realized this “dance it up!” sticker was just perfect. My daughter started dancing as we took these photos of her with the tower in the background! I slipped a little label under the title to hold my brief words.

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacets, Mouse Shakers
patterned paper: BasicGrey Kioshi “Yuriko,” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Fly Free” and “Face the Sun,” plus various scraps from my stash
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy” (gold glitter)

sticker: Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder
enamel dots + flowers: unknown from stash
stencil: Paige Evans “Star Confetti”
paste: Therm-o-web DecoFoil Metallix “Champagne Mist”
other: Silhouette Cameo 3 (print-and-cut labels)

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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It’s iNSD, and Disney Creative Co. has some fun challenges for a virtual crop to join the celebration! My pre-crop challenge was to create a mixed-media background or card. I knew that I wanted to use the Mouse Background die as a stencil!

As you can see, I used ink and paste to create my background– it adds texture, depth, and dimension to have multiple layers of stenciling. In the end result, I sponged shades of aqua and blue ink through the Mouse Background that I cut from scrap cardstock to use as a stencil, and then I used white pearl gel (which is similar to modeling paste) smoothed through a Paige Evans stencil that reminded me of bubbles.

FI cut up my background to make cards to go into a pocket page with details about our afternoon swim in the Wilderness Lodge pool on our last full day at WDW in 2016– the iNSD crop challenge I’m hosting is to use that texture paste/mixed media background in a pocket layout.

The pocket page was the perfect place to record all the journaling I wanted to include, so I used some print-and-cut labels to hold it.

I used the some washi tapes from Scraps & Ink Crafts plus a little aqua Mouse Head Facet to embellish my cards. I also used some patterned papers and a little bit of tissue paper under my small photo of me going down the water slide!

I wanted to highlight this cute group photo of all of us who went in the pool, so I created a 12×12 layout using the same technique for the background. To further coordinate the full layout with the pocket page, I added some layers of the same patterned papers as in the pocket page and tissue paper behind my photo and popped it all up on some foam for dimension. I love that little Mouse shaker, and I was so excited that it was the perfect shade of aqua to go with my photos!

Here’s what the spread looks like all together, as it will go in my 2016 Disney trip album:

Scraps & Ink Crafts: Mouse Background cutting die, Mouse Shakers- pastel, Mouse Head Facets, Washi Sets (Ariel/Little Mermaid, Frozen)
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” various scraps from Pink Paislee Pen Pals 12×12 paper pad, Scraps & Ink Crafts packaging!
white cardstock: American Crafts

alphas: Shimelle #stickerbook, Amercian Crafts Thickers (Daiquiri white foam)
stickers: Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder
stencil: Paige Evans Design “Polka Dots”
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical”
ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Broken China,” Stampabilities “Baby Blue, Turquoise”, Staz-On “Jet Black”

Therm-o-Web Decofoil Metallix Gel “White Pearl”
other: vellum, circle punch, print-and-cut label via my Silhouette Cameo 3, tissue paper, date stamp, craft foam

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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For the April 2022 Disney Creative Co Incredi-sketch challenge, I decided to create with some of the “special” photos I’ve been saving in my 2016 Disney album project. My daughter was in the prime of her princess-loving years, so meeting the princesses was the height of delight for her.

I decided to go almost monochromatic for this layout to emphasize Cinderella’s color scheme, and I decided to go with this Paris map print as my background paper because Cinderella is a French fairy tale. I had two vertical 4×6 photos that I blocked together on white cardstock, and I added a layer of light blue patterned paper behind the white to bring out that blue of the gown. The text print captures the love that my daughter had for princesses at that time — they were her imaginary and constant companions!

I used washi tape to border the horizontal strip behind the photo, and I love the way it picks up on the light blue and adds some sparkle.

I wanted the layout to feel very dainty and royal, so I added some paper doilies as well as some plain white florals I cut with my Cameo 3. I love the frilliness they add!

I’ve had the package of white sparkly foam words earmarked for princess pages for a while now, and the “lovely” was just right for this title. I used white alphas to spell the rest of my title. It’s subtle, but I think it is still readable!

I embellished my journaling block with a sparkly Mouse paperclip and a sprinkling of enamel dots and wood veneer.

To pick up on the idea of the vertical line of sprinkly embellishments in the sketch, I decided to use a pale gold metallic paste through a star stencil in the background, although I have my stars cross the page on a diagonal instead.

The finishing touch was a Cinderella-blue Mouse facet– the “hidden Mickey” for this layout!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsLuxe Mouse Paper ClipsWashi Set (Cinderella)
patterned paper: Pink Paislee Pen Pals paper pad, Shimelle Starshine “Hubble”
white textured cardstock: American Crafts
foam “lovely” sticker: Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss stickers
alphas: Pinkfresh Studio
wood veneer: Studio Calico
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journal card: Project Life Baby Edition
stencil: Paige Evans “Star Confetti”
paste: Therm-o-web DecoFoil Metallix “Champagne Mist”
cut file: Jen Schow “floral shelf”
other: paper doilies, Silhouette Cameo 3 (cut file, print-and-cut labels)

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It’s hard to believe that the month of March has come to a close! I’m really proud of myself for putting together 20 different outifts for this year’s #disneyboundchallenge. I am planning a wrap-up post, but before I do that, here is a recap of the last set of prompts! I think I finished pretty well– I participated in six out of the ten.

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Day 22: Animal Kingdom (I love Animal Kingdom, but I just didn’t get an outfit put together for this day’s prompt)

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Day 23: Cinderella

“A dream is a wish your heart makes…” ― Cinderella 

This was a very last-minute ‘bound– I love Cinderella and I didn’t want to miss this prompt!  This was the only outfit I put on and photographed on the same day as the challenge: all the other outfits had been photographed at least a day or two before the prompt date! I pulled out an old ‘bound from when I first went to Walt Disney World as an adult in 2016, which was also the first time I ever tried Disneybounding.  

top: purchased for my very first Disneybounding in 2016
ribbon choker: made by me for my very first Disneybounding in 2016
headband: fabric cover made by me using the MMMcrafts tutorial!
earrings: gift from my sister-in-law when I was a bridesmaid in her wedding

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Day 24: Muppets Haunted Mansion (I skipped this one…)
Day 25: Main St. USA (…and this one)

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Day 26: Characters from films that have won awards

“They’d find out there’s so much more to me.” ― Aladdin
Aladdin won 2 Oscars in 1993: for Best Original Song: “A Whole New World” and for Best Original Score

This was a ‘bound I came up with sometime last summer, and I knew it would fit into this challenge somewhere! I looked up Aladdin, and sure enough, it had won awards!

It’s a bit subtle, but I chose to wear these rhinestone-covered flip-flops as a nod to the treasure Aladdin finds in the Cave of Wonders and the riches Genie grants him as Prince Ali Ababwa.

top- from my closet
shorts – Blank Slate Patterns Garnet Shorts (<–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
necklace – re-strung vintage beads from my mom
bracelet – from my closet
sandals – from my closet

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Day 27: Red carpet ready (Disney, but make it fancy)

“Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?” ―Pocahontas

Okay, so this ‘bound absolutely felt like the most daring one I’ve ever done. Originally, I thought I would skip it entirely, since it didn’t really fit with my stated goals for this challenge (specifically, to create only outfits that I would literally be willing to wear in everyday life), but on a whim, I put out a “wish” on our local Buy Nothing group page to see if anyone had a gown they were willing to give/loan me. To my surprise, a neighbor offered an old bridesmaid gown she’d been given, and I decided to try it out. Full disclosure: the gown didn’t entirely fit me (there’s a reason you don’t see my back!), but it was close enough for a fun challenge. This isn’t a color that I would choose for myself normally, but I could imagine how I could stretch it to be a Pocahontas-inspired formal look! I wanted to spice it up a bit, so I spent about 30 minutes adding by hand turquoise-colored glass beads to the existing embroidery+sequins.

gown – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group; I added the turquoise-colored glass beads to the embroidery and sequins that were already on it
necklace – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group
bracelet – from my closet

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Day 28: Kingdom Hearts

You got heroes standing right in front of you.” ― Donald Duck

I’ve never played Kingdom Hearts, but Husband did a long time ago, and I remember being intrigued by it! I loved that Donald was the royal magician in the game, one of the main characters! so I decided to do a Donald Duck ‘bound. (It’s different from the one I did last year!) I’ve gotta say, even though I’m definitely not a video game player, I am seriously contemplating trying out the old copy of Kingdom Hearts we still have!

blouse – Tilly & the Buttons Mimi (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (
Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
belt – from my closet
necklace – Make it Minnie “Second Star” 
shoes – from my closet

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Day 29: Walt Disney World Hotels and/or Resortwear (I skipped this one because I didn’t have any good ideas!)

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Day 30: Adventureland

“You ain’t never had a friend like me!”  ― Genie

This was another outfit that I’d put together long before this year’s challenge prompts were released. I loved how it all came together, so I made sure to fit it in with one of the prompts! It’s the third time I’ve worn this denim skirt; the skirt is definitely one of my wardrobe staples. This denim one was the first I made from this pattern, and I’ve made three more since, and I have another one cut out and ready to sew!

top – Blank Slate Patterns Blanc tee with ruffle sleeve hack (<–affiliate link, but note that you can get this pattern for free in the Blank Slate Patterns Facebook group!) (see my original post HERE)
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (
Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
belt – from my closet
necklace, earrings, bracelet – from my closet
shoes – from my closet

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Day 31: Disney Fab 50 statue characters

“Goody, goody!” ― Daisy Duck

I will admit that this is not my favorite of this month’s ‘bounds… but I definitely wanted to try it out when I realized that I had the pieces to do a Daisy look. I think in the future, I’d like to try to add a belt– maybe a cute bow belt. I think Daisy would approve of that!

top – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group
skirt – @tillybuttons Delphine skirt (#oldmakenewpic)
necklace – gift from a friend
bracelet, earrings – from my closet
shoes – from my closet
hair ribbon – borrowed from my daughter!

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My next post will be a wrap-up of the whole month, complete with nerdy statistics about my outfits… and a few of my thoughts as the challenge ends!

P.S. Read about my thoughts coming into this month’s challenge HERE.

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