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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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When I saw the Disney Creative Co sketch challenge for February, I knew it would be great for combining two photos of different orientations, even if my photos are bigger than the ones in the sketch.

I chose to use Photopass ride photos from our first time on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (our 2016 trip), and I decided to let Snow White’s color scheme be the inspiration for this page. I had to use the “Wish” patterned paper — it was a perfect reference to the wishing well… And then, when I saw the Mouse Bow in red, I knew it was meant to be!

Because my photo block is much bigger than the one in the sketch, I shifted my title above the landscape photo, and it sort of “fills in” that space there. The ticket strip was the perfect home to support the smaller letter stickers, and it adds a bit of a train feeling, I think. I inked the edges with a bit of blue ink to give a bit of extra depth. I wrote my journaling on a 3×4 card to slip amongst the layers above the photo block.

I used two(!) different doily styles in my layering. The tiny ones are vintage paper doilies from my grandma’s craft stash. I always think of her when I use them.

In this 2016 Disney scrapbook, I have a few running themes on my full-page layouts, beyond the paper choices — a hidden (or in this case, not-so-hidden) Mickey, enamel dots, and wood veneer. I haven’t used these birds on many (or any until now??), but they were perfect for the last little Snow White touch.

Scraps & Ink CraftsTicket Strip dieFacets, Mouse Bows
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Voyager;” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Make a Wish,” “Live Outdoors;” other scraps
alphas: Amercian Crafts Thickers (Happy gold glitter), Glitz Design Teeny Alphas (aqua stripe)
wood veneer: Studio Calico (birds, hearts), Lawn Fawn (heart)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
other: Project Life Jade Edition journaling card, washi tape, paper doilies, label via Silhouette print-and-cut with Cameo 3, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner (.005), 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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The March 2022 Disney Creative Co Once Upon a Stash challenge is to use your scraps!!

Before I get to my layout, let’s talk about scrap storage.

I typically store my scraps by type: I have a drawer for “neutral” cardstock (white, black, brown, cream, etc.), a drawer for all other colored cardstock, and a drawer for patterned paper scraps. Nominally, I don’t subdivide beyond those categories. However, I do often keep collection scraps together while I still have a sizeable portion of the collection. In the case of this Disney 2016 scrapbook, I have a specific set of products, including quite a bit of patterned paper, that are earmarked for this huge project. I have various containers and baskets that hold the embellishments, and I keep my paper scraps of all sizes in a 12×12 clear Iris container:

As you can see, I have lots of Shimelle papers in that bin, but I also have used quite a lot of the Echo Park Beautiful Life collection kit, and still more papers from other collections. If I use a paper in my Disney album, the scraps go into this container, so that I can use them again elsewhere in the album. I think this adds to the cohesiveness of the overall project.

My process almost always involves using scraps– I will usually turn to my scrap box first, before my full sheets of paper! I took a quick snap of my table as I began my layout for this challenge to show a glimpse of how I start a project: once I’ve chosen what page I’ll be making, I look at the layouts that surround it in the album (the facing page, the following page, and even further out…) so that I can 1) figure out the piece of the story that will be told on this page, 2) decide whether I will directly coordinate my supplies to the facing page.

I thought this challenge would be the perfect time to make this pocket page that faces the Man. Baf. layout in my Disney 2016 album. Not only are scraps ideal for pocket pages because of the smaller “canvases” in each pocket, but after I created that layout, I had saved the stencil through which I had scraped the metallic paste, intending to use it in this facing pocket layout. I combed through my scrap box and picked out pieces that coordinated with Man. Baf. and the Mickey Toes layout that is the next full 12×12 (this pocket page is a 9×12, so that layout will peek out from behind).

The top left photo had quite a bit of “open” space, so I used a strip of the stencil along the left edge and added a filmstrip die cut along the bottom to draw your eye to the subject of the photo: my cute little boy walking with his grandparents.

I used teeny tiny scraps of patterned paper to fill in the open holes (another great use for scraps!). This did a couple things: it added some hints of color to tie together the pockets, and it covered some strangers who were in the photo!

In the bottom right corner, I layered a piece of the stencil over a 3×4 scrap of patterned paper, again adding a little piece of the filmstrip die cut and backing a couple of the star cut-outs with the tiny red floral.

As a final touch, I added a metallic-paste-covered star to the journal card to tie everything together!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFilm Strip cutting dieWooden Pieces
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” other various scraps
Therm-o-web Metallix Gel (Aged Copper)
Paige Evans cut file: “Star Background”
journal card: Project Life Jade Edition

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 2022 March #Disneybound challenge is off to a great start for me! I am surprised and impressed with myself that I was able to post straight through these first seven days (and beyond! …but that will be in the next installment of this series…). I’m not going to keep up this streak throughout the entire month, but I’ve been enjoying the momentum here at the beginning. I’m also loving seeing all the different interpretations of the prompts! It’s a huge community out there, and so welcoming!

Here are my outfits for the first seven days, with a bit of commentary.

Day 1: Princess and the Frog

“I was… listen, I was confused by the topography and… the geography and choreography…” ―Louis

My original idea for this ‘bound was Ray (the firefly), and this olive green cardigan was the only purchase I plan to make for this #disneyboundchallenge. After I showed my husband and kids, they said my outfit actually reminded them more of Louis! It wasn’t hard to pivot– I added a necklace with a treble clef charm (a gift from my parents long, long ago), and this outfit was complete. It is super comfortable, and I’ve already worn it “in real life” after taking these photos.

dress – Blank Slate Patterns Bexley Dress (<– affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
sweater – purchased for this challenge (on clearance for $7!)
treble clef charm – from my parents long, long ago

shoes – handed down from my mom

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Day 2 – In a galaxy far, far away

“You don’t have to look tough to be tough.” ―Ahsoka Tano

Ever since my Husband and I started watching Clone Wars together, I’ve been wanting to do a ‘bound of Ashoka. This is her Season 1 look, and I decided to simply color block the dark red and white portions of her outfit. I twisted a blue and white scarf borrowed from my mom to tie around my head as a headband to imitate her lekku. The earrings were just the perfect touch to imitate the jewelry she wears!

top – from my closet
shorts – Blank Slate Patterns Garnet Shorts (<–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
scarf – borrowed from mom!
earrings – gift from my husband a number of years ago

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Day 3 – EPCOT

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” ―Mary Poppins

A lovely interaction with Mary Poppins in the United Kingdom Pavilion of the EPCOT World Showcase inspired this ‘bound. I already had the white skirt I’d sewn for my R2D2 ‘bound back in 2020, but I didn’t have a white blouse! I quickly sewed one up, and it’s going to appear in at least 2 more outfits this challenge.

I went to our local mall before stores opened to take these photos near the carousel. I got about 10 pictures before a security guard came by and told me photography wasn’t allowed in the mall…. but that my outfit was cute! I was there for less than 5 minutes!

blouse – Tilly & the Buttons Mimi (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) — sewn for this challenge!!
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (
Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
belt – from my closet (red belt<–affiliate link)
shoes – from my closet (handed down from my mom)
vintage-style lamps and phonograph charms – gift from a friend many, many years ago 
parasol – a toy from when I was small!

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Day 4: Encanto

“It’s pressure like a drip, drip, drip that’ll never stop, whoa…” ―Luisa Madrigal

I never thought I’d manage to catch a jumping pic, but the shutter timing was just right on this one, haha!  I was thinking of Luisa bounding though the clouds with the donkeycorns…

blouse – Tilly & the Buttons Mimi (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) — sewn for this challenge!! This is its second appearance!
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
shoes – from my closet
necklace – re-strung vintage beads from my mom
earrings – gift from neighbor via our local Buy Nothing group

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Day 5: Fantasmic!

“Oh boy!” ―Mickey Mouse

This is one of the few bounds this month with no handmade items!

top – from my closet 
pants – from my closet (handed down from a friend)
shoes – from my closet

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Day 6: Pixar

“Mark of a chef—messy apron, clean sleeves.” ―Colette Tatou (Ratatouille)

I had the idea for this ‘bound, but when I started planning, I had neither a white blouse that fit, nor any kind of houndstooth or checked bottoms. I tried asking in my local Buy Nothing group for any sort of houndstooth item… and then I spotted this black and white check fabric in my giveaway bin.

Quite a while ago now, a woman at our church who was moving away offered me a gigantic bin of leftover fabric from her sewing room as she packed. Among the items in the bin were two sets of black-and-white check curtains, heavy twill, but severely faded from sun exposure. I had set them aside to give away or toss, but hadn’t gotten to it yet. When I was hoping to find some sort of check/houndstooth for this outfit, I picked them up and realized that they were double-layered, and if I turned the fabric inside-out, it was unfaded! I immediately got to work on this skirt, and I love how it turned out. (And after I made it, I realized that it fits perfectly into another Disneybound outfit that I put together for later in the month!)

blouse – Tilly & the Buttons Mimi (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) — sewn for this challenge!! This is its third appearance!
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) — sewn for this challenge from repurposed curtain fabric!)
shoes – from my closet
necklace – pendant made from a dollhouse frying pan, originally for my 2016 Rapunzel ‘bound

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Day 7: Princesses vs. Villains

“You want thingamabobs? I got twenty!” ―Ariel

This is another of the few bounds this month with no handmade items! This one is based on inspiration for a ‘Bounder I follow throughout the year (@boundingonabudget) who posted quite a while ago about how sometimes you can choose to ‘bound just from the waist up! I was lamenting that I didn’t have any green bottoms that fit (I’ve become a big fan of colorful pants and skirts through Disneybounding!) when I realized that I had both of Ariel’s main colors as tops. Layer them up– perfect!

tops – from my closet
pants – from my closet
necklace – souvenir shell pendant from Corsica
earrings + ribbon – borrowed from my daughter!

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Stay tuned for my next roundup of days 8-14!

P.S. You can follow my ‘bounding this month in “real time” on Instagram: @natalie.strand

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

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Note:  Occasionally, my links are affiliate links (namely Amazon Associates and Blank Slate Patterns).  I always identify the affiliate links in my posts.  You will not pay anything extra by using them, but they provide me with a tiny commission should you purchase something from those sites using my link!

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May I present to you the first layout that I created to document our trip to Walt Disney World in 2020?! I didn’t expect my first layout to be about silly kiss Photopass pictures, but it was the perfect pairing with this XOXO cut file from Disney Creative Co for the February 2022 cut file challenge!

This layout went through many iterations before it landed here! Since I haven’t done any planning for this 2020 Disney album project (including choosing a paper collection or general color scheme, etc.), I challenged myself to use only Scraps and Ink Crafts products. I guess you could say that I cheated a bit with the wood veneer, but it’s tiny, right? 😉 That means I used washi tape to create the effect of patterned paper in the open X shapes! I lined up the stars in the tape so that it looked like a continuous pattern and stuck it to white cardstock before cutting out my shapes.

The background is white textured cardstock that I treated with a layer of clear gesso before adding some abstract watercolors with plenty of water so that the blobs would move and blend. After mostly drying the red and yellow layer, I splattered on some white acrylic paint. I love the texture of those droplets!

The striking cut file and bright background meant that I kept the embellishments to a minimum, but I thought it was the perfect time to showcase a pair of the adorable Mouse Shakers… are they kissing, too?

I added a couple not-so-hidden Mickeys with the Facets, and I placed one of them over the lens circle of a wood veneer camera to pick up on the detail that I was telling a story about this funny Photopass pose we kept being asked to make!

Now that I’ve dipped my toe into my 2020 Disney album, I’m excited to do more planning and start making pages to capture the stories and photos of that magical trip!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsBits & Pieces (Mouse Shakers)Magic Stars Foil Washi
cardstock: American Crafts white textured, The Paper Studio white smooth
wood veneer: Studio Calico cameras, Elle’s Studio Magical Memories Wood Veneer Confetti
gesso : Liquitex
other: watercolor, white acrylic paint

journaling font : Georgia Regular

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 February 2022 “Once Upon a Stash” challenge at Disney Creative Co. is to use chipboard! Now, I will admit, I don’t use much chipboard in my scrapbooking, but I did buy the coordinating chipboard sticker pack way back when I purchased a nice bundle of Starshine goodies in 2016. Aaaaaand I haven’t used much of it at all! So I took this challenge as a serious chance to put a nice dent in that pack.

This little 6×12 insert tells the story of meeting Jasmine and Aladdin when we visited the Morocco pavilion on our 2016 trip. I took a lot of photos, and so a pocket page was the best way to display them without being overwhelming.

I used my chipboard stickers on both sides of this insert, both inside and outside the pockets.

And because I always seem to need to make clusters, I added some flowers that I detail cut from two patterned papers from the Echo Park Beautiful Life collection pack, as well as strips of washi tape from the Princess Jasmine set to anchor them.

I don’t always put a hidden Mickey on my pocket pages in this album, but how could I resist, when this royal blue faceted one was so perfect?

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsWashi Set (Princess Jasmine)
patterned paper: Lily Bee Lovely “Whimsy,” Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” Echo Park Paper Beautiful Life “Floral” and “Bouquets”
cardstock: The Paper Studio

chipboard: Shimelle Starshine chipboard stickers
alphas: Shimelle #stickerbook, Glitz Design Teeny Alphas gold
journal card: Project Life Jade edition
other: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner (.005), labels via Silhouette print-and-cut, 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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The very first page of my Disney 2016 album project (title page still TBD, haha) is dedicated to packing for our trip!

Why yes, I am that crazy person who took flatlay pictures of the family wardrobe for our trip, haha!

The feature paper-crafting element of this page is the digitally die cut piece I’ve used across the center– this layout is for the Disney Creative Co January 2022 cut file challenge. Since we didn’t actually meet Mickey at all during this trip, I took the opportunity to use his signature red/black/yellow color scheme on this page.

The original cut file design can fill a 12×12 page! But I wanted to use a strip across the middle of this pocket page. While keeping the aspect ratio locked, I resized the cut file to a 6″ width and cut it twice. I did use scissors to trim it down to about 4″ tall (5 circles), although I could have done that within the Silhouette software! I hand-cut little circles from my red, yellow, and black patterns using the cut-out pieces as a guide. The yellow patterns and the red/pink stripe are a mixture of scraps in my stash, but I didn’t have enough reds or any black patterns at hand. Washi tape to the rescue! I carefully lined up strips of washi on scrap white cardstock to create the effect of a seamless pattern, then cut out my circles from there!

I had a lot to say. Not only did I fill a journaling card with the story of how the rest of us packed, I had even more words to include about my daughter’s princess dresses. I created a flip-up so that I could include an additional photo of the non-princess-dress clothing we packed for her and also have room for the journaling. It took a lot of finagling, but I am very pleased with how well the journaling fit onto the card that I ran through my printer.

Even hidden journaling can be pretty, so I layered some washi and manual die cuts on top of my journaling card to tie everything together!

Scraps & Ink Crafts: Washi (Mickey set, Minnie set, Black Grid), Ticket Strip die, Heartbeat Mouse die
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad; Shimelle Never Grow Up “Make a Wish;” other scraps
cardstock: American Crafts white and black textured cardstock

alphas: Amercian Crafts Thickers (Daiquiri white foam)
other: Shimelle Starshine chipboard embellishments, Project Life Jade Edition journaling cards, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner (.005), vellum

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Probably my favorite ride of our 2016 Disney trip was the Kilimanjaro Safari. It was absolutely amazing, and I drank in every minute with delight. I took so many photos (there will be more layouts to come, in pockets!) but I wanted to make a separate layout to highlight how much I enjoyed the whole experience– and my daughter’s enjoyment, too! I made this page for the Disney Creative Co. January 2022 Incredi-sketch challenge.

This is a case where the photos are far, far from being technically perfect, but they are some of my favorites because of the joy they show, and the good memories they capture.

I had so much fun making my tropical clusters with leaves I die cut with my Silhouette and flowers I hand-trimmed from patterned paper! Have you spotted the two hidden Mickeys?

On the lefthand side, I used some woodgrain paper as a mat behind the photo block, and I layered on a filmstrip to imitate the banner piece in the original sketch.

I shifted the righthand cluster down from its location in the sketch so that I could sneakily cover up the face of a stranger that was in the background of the photo of my Husband and daughter.

The layout tells two little stories: one about how much I enjoyed the attraction, and one about how my (then-five-year-old) daughter loved it. When I was looking through my trip journal to compose my journaling, I found a note that my husband had added about her reactions. I asked him to transcribe it onto the layout so that his handwriting is there, too.

Scraps & Ink CraftsFilm Strip cutting dieFacets (red and yellow), Washi Set (Animal Kingdom 2)
patterned paper: Shimelle Never Grow Up “Make a Wish,” “Face the Sun,” “Live Outdoors;” Shimelle Field Trip “Signs of Life,” Shimelle Sparkle City project pad,
Echo Park Paper Beautiful Life: “Borders” (B-side), Shimelle Never Grow Up 6×8 Journaling Pad
white textured cardstock: American Crafts

stickers: Shimelle Starshine cardstock stickers
alphas: American Crafts “Fitzgerald” red glitter, Shimelle #stickerbook
cut files: Kerri Bradford Studio Tropical Leaves #051
2, Silhouette Leaf #1035
embellishments: The Paper Studio enamel dots, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts
other: Jillibean Soup kraft tag, Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical” stamps, Spectrum Noir Artliner 0.005, vellum, craft foam, 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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