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This post originally appeared on the Disney Creative Co. blog on September 17, 2022.

I’ve discovered that color challenges are a fun way to mix up the palettes of my projects! My layouts usually start with photos, from which I draw color inspiration, but I really enjoy using pre-made palettes to add some unexpected combinations or accent colors!

That is exactly the case with this pocket layout. On our last day at WDW in 2016, we had a quiet morning before our flight home in the afternoon. We walked the beautiful path from Wilderness Lodge to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch and had a look around. My photos from our walk featured a lot of forest green and brown, and so those were my starting colors. I also looked at the layout that would face it so that I could choose colors (and even papers) that might loosely tie them together for continuity in the album– in this case cream, as well as the brown woodgrain paper. However, since the stories are completely separate and occurred on different days, I didn’t want them to completely coordinate!

Knowing that I definitely wanted to include dark green, brown, and cream, I looked through the past DCC Color of Magic palettes and decided to use this one from October 2021:

Here is the whole layout:

As you can see, I featured the forest green, brown, and cream as I’d originally intended, but I added a light blue as an accent color, completely inspired by the palette!

I like to add little clusters of embellishments to my pockets, especially when I’ve printed my photos smaller than the pocket size. There were lots of opportunities to sprinkle Scraps & Ink Crafts bits and pieces!

Starting with the title block, I centered a large padded appliqué (adorned with a cute plaid bow!) over a die-cut circle and the title lettering. Because this padded appliqué is so dimensional, I decided to adhere it to the outside of my pocket!

That die-cut circle was a theme I carried through all my pockets. I cut rings and circles from the same light blue paper (inspired by the color palette) and used them to anchor the embellishment clusters.

While the top left pocket has a tiny little cluster, I created larger embellishment clusters in the 4×6 pockets by layering tiny scraps of patterned paper, a die cut ring, and a journaling label, topped off with a Mickey facet.

I couldn’t resist using this rich coppery brown glitter appliqué with the photo of my children greeting one of the horses!

The bottom left pocket is slightly different (although I kept some of the same elements for continuity!) because it tells the tiny story of our Mickey Bar treats after our walk. I die cut a Mouse Tag to hold my journaling, and I couldn’t resist using this adorable silicone Mickey Bar embellishment as the final touch!

Scraps & Ink CraftsMouse Circles cutting dieMouse Tag cutting dieFacets; Bits and Pieces bows; Padded Appliques (Falling for You, Precious Metals); Flexible Silicone embellishment
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Live Outdoors” 
cardstock: The Paper Studio white smooth, scrap aqua
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy” (gold glitter, Maggie Holmes)
embellishments: Making Memories woven labels, My Mind’s Eye I Believe decorative brads,
other: Project Life Baby Edition journaling card, Silhouette Cameo 3 (print-and-cut labels), Scotch ATG adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005, date stamp, black ink

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 Disney Creative Co. stash challenge for August is to use patterned papers in a “repeating shapes” design. As I flipped through my 2016 Disney album to choose a project to create for this challenge, I came across this pocket page page where I planned to showcase two PhotoPass pictures of my husband and me with the EPCOT sphere. There isn’t a lot of story to go with this (we just stopped because the photographer was there, and we wanted pictures!), so the whole left side of the pocket page was available to showcase a design.

As I contemplated what sort of paper pattern to create, I had the idea to represent the surface of the EPCOT sphere. I did a Google image search for “geometric triangle pattern” and found a black-on-white version of the look of the geodesic surface of the sphere. I screenshot a portion of it and pulled it into the Silhouette Studio software, where I traced it and simplified one triangle piece. I repeated the triangle piece and cut it from three different patterned papers: one each of a light, medium, and dark value.

I referenced a more 3-D style image of the geodesic surface in order to place the different colored triangles along the top edge of the diagonal stripe.

I decided I wanted more than the one strip, and I wanted to layer it over some of the stripes in the background patterned paper. Instead of applying them directly to the paper, I glued the pieces to a scrap of cream cardstock that was a good match to the background and adhered that in place.

Due to the angle of the corner, I couldn’t continue the geodesic pattern in the other direction, so I filled in the space at the top with another strip of the grey patterned washi, and I added a die cut “World Mouse” backed with more of the cream colored paper.

I decided to use a fairly simple title for this page, and I lined up my glitter alphas along the diagonal stripe of washi.

In my top photo, there was a random person walking through the background, and since he was pretty obvious, I wanted to cover him up. I tried a whole bunch of things before realizing that I could continue a strip of stripes, and as a bonus, it brings the page together more cohesively. I accented my tiny journaling label with more washi and of course a facet!

Scraps & Ink CraftsWorld Mouse cutting die, Facets (tropical), Washi (EPCOT)
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Ranger,” ” Voyager,” “Galileo;” My Mind’s Eye

shimmer cardstock: Core’dinations Navy Pearl
alphas: American Crafts Thickers Fitzgerald
other: cream cardstock, print-and-cut label via Silhouette Cameo 3, Spectrum Noir Artliner 0.05, US ArtQuest PPA Matte, 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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I had two 6″x12″ pocket layouts left to finish up the February section of my 2019 everyday life album. For some reason, I was really putting these off, and they were just taking up space on a side table in my craft studio! So when I felt a glimmer of motivation to work on them the other day, I jumped right in!

It’s been a while since I started the February section, but when I did, I put together a stash kit of items I wanted to use up, and I continued with the dregs of that kit for these two inserts. The remaining pieces of the kit had been sliding around my table with these unfinished inserts. Because there were so few large scraps left, I worked on both inserts side by side (even though they aren’t next to each other in the album) to make sure I used those paper pieces efficiently and had enough to fill the remaining pockets!

Because the idea was to use my stash kit up, I used the stickers generously, adding some foam behind some of them to add some extra dimension.

The letter sticker sheet still has tons of letters on it (it will go back into my alpha storage after this), so I made titles in a couple of places with them.

I wanted to incorporate ephemera from the game in the game night insert, and this had been stumping me. I ended up deciding to add the code wheel piece on the outside of the page protector. Not only does it add texture, but you can still spin the layers!

I’d also saved the final stats page of the game booklet, so I added a tab so that it can be pulled out from behind the top photo.

I was pleased to find a spot for the very last of this “ancient” pack of brad embellishments from Making Memories!

In the end, I think I did a pretty good job using up my stash kit! Here are the leftovers:

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The Disney Creative Co. August color palette has a fun tropical flavor! I decided that it was the perfect time to complete the pocket page that precedes my Pangani Trail pages in my 2016 Disney album.

The pockets in the left column tell small stories about what we did first after arriving in Animal Kingdom– the amazing Festival of the Lion King show!

This is where I pulled in the yellows and reds from the color palette using the detail cut camera and a facet Mickey pieces, as well as some tiny phrase stickers.

I used the geometric print down the center column as a transition into the introduction to the Pangani Trail photos. That pattern had all the colors of the palette in it!

Since this page faces the first side of the Pangani animal photos pocket pages, I made some similar embellishment clusters using a film strip die cut, leaves cut with my Cameo, and a wooden Minnie piece so that it all ties together!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFilm Strip cutting dieFacets, Wooden PiecesWashi (Animal Kingdom IAnimal Kingdom 2)
patterned paper: Shimelle Field Trip “Signs of Life,”
“Seek Knowledge;” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Live Outdoors,” “Make a Wish;” Shimelle Starshine “Pathfinder;” Echo Park Beautiful Life “Borders;” various scraps from stash
cardstock: The Paper Studio white smooth, various scraps from stash
alphas: Echo Park Beautiful Life alpha stickers
stickers: Shimelle #stickerbook, Starshine cardstock stickers, Sparkle City sticker folder

cut files: Kerri Bradford Studio Tropical Leaves #0512, Silhouette Leaf #1033, #1034, and #1035
other: labels via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3; journaling font = Georgia, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, 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 May 2022 Colors of Magic palette just called out for an Animal Kingdom page! When we were in Animal Kingdom on our trip to WDW in 2016, we enjoyed walking along the Pangani Trail and seeing all of the interesting animals as we went. Of course, I took lots of photos, and I wanted to include many of them. I alternated patterned paper and photos for both sides of this pocket page.


This is a Becky Higgins Design F pocket page, but I turned it upside-down so that the 4×6 opening would be at the bottom of the page layout.

After I’d decided which photos to print and what pockets they’d go into, I chose six patterned papers in the color scheme and cut 3×4 blocks to make cards for the rest of the pockets. I wanted the emphasis to be on the photos, so I decided to only minimally embellish each card.

And to keep a cohesive look, I used a “formula” for most of the cards. I added a strip of washi tape, a label with journaling that captions the photo, a sticker, a wood veneer arrow pointing to the photo, and a tiny gold heart sticker. I used the print-and-cut feature of Silhouette Studio to create my journaling labels.

There were a few extra 3×4 cards where no journaling was necessary, so I modified my formula: those cards just have a strip of washi, a sticker, and a wood veneer heart:

Finally, I have two feature filler cards, where I leaned into the tropical feel and made a cluster. I added a couple leaves cut with my Silhouette Cameo, a piece of filmstrip cut with a die, and a wooden Mouse head. The finishing touch on each one is a tiny gold heart sticker!

Now that I’ve shared all the little details, here’s a look at both pages together (front on the left, back on the right):

Scraps & Ink CraftsFilm Strip cutting dieWooden Pieces, Washi (Animal Kingdom I, Animal Kingdom 2, Flower & Garden)
patterned paper: Shimelle Never Grow Up “Live Outdoors;” Shimelle Sparkle City project pad; Echo Park Beautiful Life “Borders;”, Park Lane Sonoma 12×12 paper pad

cardstock: The Paper Studio white smooth, American Crafts white textured
wood veneer: Studio Calico arrows and hearts
stickers: Shimelle #stickerbook and Maggie Holmes #stickerbook
other: labels via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3; journaling font = Georgia

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 I mentioned in the color challenge post, the Disney Creative Co. April 2022 Once Upon a Stash challenge had a big part in getting me in the right frame of mind to finally make the title pages for the sections of my 2016 Disney scrapbooks! This month’s stash item is wood veneer, and I must admit– until this month, I hadn’t opened the packages of Simple Stories wood veneer I’d purchased for this album project… I bought them back in April of 2016!! They were so pretty and perfect for this project… and for some reason, I wasn’t brave enough to open them!

So this challenge was the perfect opportunity to break into those packages. And being the *ahem* organized and planning person that I am, I took out all the feature pieces and distributed them among the park days that are in my albums. (So be on the lookout for how I use them as I complete more section title pages!)

But clearly, for a wood veneer challenge, I needed to use even more wood veneer! I pulled out the jars of pieces I have earmarked for this project, as well as the adorable Scraps & Ink wooden pieces, and I used as many as I could on this pocket page:

This title page features two out of the only three whole-family-group photos we got on this entire trip ! I am so glad that we took them– they were both taken within minutes of entering the gates!! (the other one was in Epcot)

As you can see, I used the wood veneer in an approximate diagonal across the page. The main title block has two feature pieces and a sprinkling of tiny pieces.

I’ve decided that each title page will have a tiny bit of journaling about the weather that day. (Weather played a definite part in this trip!). I tucked some tags behind my journaling card to pick up on a design element I used on the facing page, and I added a wooden Mickey head, too.

I have some fun decorative cards in the center, including a detail-cut floral cluster (to give a hint looking forward to the next set of pages) and another cluster of wood veneer pieces.

My date is in the bottom left corner, and I brought in another tiny cluster of detail-cut flowers, as well as a wooden Minnie and some sprinkly veneer bits!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsWooden PiecesMouse Tag die
Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” “Mercury,” Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad, Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place “Hello”
wood veneer: Simple Stories “Say Cheese II,” Simple Stories “Enchanted,” Studio Calico cameras and hearts, Elle’s Studio Magical Memories Wood Veneer Confetti
alphas: American Crafts Thickers Daiquiri (white foam)
stickers: Echo Park Beautiful Life cardstock stickers
date stamp: Elle’s Studio Mini Dated stamp set
other: Shimelle Starshine ephemera (tiny ticket), Project Life Jade Edition journaling card, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner (.005), labels via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3, Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink, crochet thread, plain white cardstock, washi tape, 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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As I’m approaching the end of my 2016 Disney album project (but don’t worry, I’m not tooooooo close yet, haha!), I am feeling like it’s time to start working on those section divider pages. My album is chronological, and we spent each day of that trip in a different park. When I planned my album, I decided to have each day’s section begin with a pocket page with some of the posed photos of us in the iconic locations in the park, or “just pretty” pictures of that central icon.

I will admit, it was a bit intimidating to start creating the section title pages, because they pages felt extra “important” somehow. Thankfully, two of the Disney Creative Co. challenges this month were exactly what I needed to tackle them. Today’s layout is for the Colors of Magic Challenge (but you’ll see later this month that the stash challenge also played a big role in getting me started!)

The aquas/greens/blues in the color palette were exactly right this EPCOT title page– my daughter and I were wearing Cinderella ‘bounds, and many of the layouts I’ve already created for this section involve combinations of these colors. I actually tried to mimic the gradient of the color inspiration for this page, because it was so pretty!

At the top is my title card, where I layered my title with a detail-cut globe onto a 3×4 card within my 4×6 canvas, with a detail-cut globe, wood veneer, and enamel dots sprinkled around. I used two strips of washi tape to anchor it all.

In the middle are the greens, but since I wanted to carry the aquas throughout, I used a tiny bit of the sparkly washi behind the heart cutout in my wood veneer cloud…

…and one of the irresistible faceted Mickey heads was a perfect fit in the veneer geotag that I paired with a stamped date label.

Even though it was a title page, I still managed to add a tiny bit of journaling about the weather. The weather was definitely a memorable aspect of this trip, so I am going to try to include a little snippet of journaling about it on each of the other section title pages, too!

For continuity, I used more of the sparkly washi tape as well as wood veneer and enamel dots in this 4×6 pocket, as well.

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsWashi (Frozen set, Flower & Garden set)
patterned paper: Pink Paisee Pen Pals “Chain Letter,” Shimelle Starshine “Viking,” “Exploration,” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Make a Wish”, Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad

wood veneer: Simple Stories “Say Cheese II,” Simple Stories “Enchanted,” Studio Calico cameras and hearts
alphas: Simple Stories Color Vibe (green)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
date stamp: Elle’s Studio Mini Dated stamp set
other: Shimelle Head in the Clouds washi tape, Project Life Jade Edition journaling cards, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner (.005), labels via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3, Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink

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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My daughter had the perfect idea to use the March 2022 Disney Creative Co. cut file (weekly challenge!) with Magic Shots! When we were in Animal Kingdom in 2016, my husband and I took a bunch of Magic Shots with a Photopass photographer in a gorgeous spot along the path to Expedition Everest.

After backing the cut with two different patterned papers, I popped it up on some craft foam and added a faceted Mickey for the middle of the “A.”

I highlighted my two favorites at first glance, and I created a flip-up for two more!

Since there isn’t much story to go with these Magic Shots, I decided to combine them in a pocket page with some photos of our (delicious) lunch at Harambe Market. The food was just too good not to document!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsWashi Set (Animal Kingdom 2)
patterned paper: Shimelle Never Grow Up “Make a Wish,” “Live Outdoors”
white textured cardstock: American Crafts
alphas: Glitz Design Teeny Alphas (rainbow)
other: Project Life Baby Edition journaling car, Fiskars tab punch, Tiny Attacher, Spectrum Noir Artliner 0.005, 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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(Where’s part 1 you ask? I haven’t made it yet– but it’s high on my list! Hopefully it will be coming soon!)

For now, let me show you these two coordinating 6×12 pocket inserts for the February section of my 2019 everyday life album. (Part 1 will be on the front side of the “Snow Day” 6×12, and Part 4 will be on the back side of the “Snow Family” 6×12.)

I created these two pages using the recipe challenge Jen Schow posed in her Use It or Lose It Facebook group for March Scrap-Madness:

Even though this is a pocket page, I started out with a 12×12 sheet of white textured cardstock, which I cut into pieces to fit in each of the pockets. I used very tiny paper scraps– I’m definitely getting down to the dregs of the kit I put together for this February section! It is so satisfying to use things up.

I used 5 alphas– four of them came from one sticker sheet in the BasicGrey Highline collection kit, and one is a pack of puffy Thickers.

If you count each enamel dot separately, I used 17 embellishments, including some positively ancient embossed white metal brad charms from Making Memories!

My dash of black comes in with the labels, the date stamping, and my journaling…

…and the underside of the flip up on the lefthand side of the spread.

Finally, I stamped and heat-embossed white snowflakes (from a stamp set I had never used, even though it’s been in my stash for ages!!) onto scraps of vellum and punched them out with a couple sizes of circle punches to tie everything together (and the little tab on my flip-up is punched, too!).

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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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