Monthly Archives: February 2013

Disney Vacation 2008: Fantasyland

Disney Vacation 2008: Fantasyland

Disney Vacation 2008: Fantasyland

We got up super early on this day to take advantage of the Disney guest early open hours. But when we walked outside it was raining! I was disappointed but decided to go anyway, and it really paid off! Since it was raining we were able to ride most of the rides in Fantasyland fairly quickly.  If you have been there before you know that many rides in Fantasyland can have the longest lines in the park!

Disney Tip: Fantasyland – Ride the rides in Fantasyland at night – by then most kids are tired and tired parents have taken them back to the hotels.
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I was trying to figure out how to showcase six different rides from this part of the park all on the same spread when I can up with the idea of using just single pictures from each event.  I was fortunate enough to be able to find 3-D stickers for each of the rides to use, and I found “Its a small world” paper to tie the rides together.  You will notice that I placed the stickers right over the photographs.  Be careful if you do this as you will not have opportunity to reposition them if you make a mistake.  This is usually true with most stickers, but when putting them on top of photographs it is doubly true.

Did you notice my son’s score on the Buzz Light year ride?  He maxed out the scoreboard – I didn’t even know that was possible and thought it was just broken.  But – when we got home I found out that it is possible to do this.  Disney Tip: How to get the High Score on Buzz Light Yearcan be found by clicking here.

Disney Tip: Sword in the Stone – Make sure your kids try to pull out the swordThere is a cast member nearby who using a remote control allows some guests to actually move the sword.  For others it wont move at all.  I have noticed that if the dads try first, then young children miraculously can do it after their big strong dads can’t!

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Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom – Tomorrowland

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom

We got up super early to enjoy the Disney hotel early access at the Magic Kingdom and it was cold and rainy.  I thought that it was going to ruin the day – but no one else was there so we almost had the park to ourselves!  Above is opening spread introducing the reader to the Magic Kingdom.  I used the Magic Kingdom map from the scrapbook kit and the coin from the collection that I bought at the hotel gift shop.  The Title was cut using my Cricut machine.  I think if I were to do this page over I would put a solid border behind the lettering to help it stand out better – probably in a light blue.

Disney Tip: When it is raining, still go to the parks everyone else won’t want to venture out and you will have the rides and shows all to yourself.    There are many indoor things to do at all of the parks, and you can do them before the crowds arrive when the weather gets better.  We went to the Laugh Floor and they ran the show with only 6 people there – of course that meant that there weren’t that many people there to be “that guy”, so I was “that guy”.  P.s. – if you don’t understand what this means it means that you haven’t been to the Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland yet – it is a must do funny show.

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom - Tomorrowland

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom – Tomorrowland

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I wanted to highlight the left hand page, not necessarily for its unique design, but rather to point out that if something goes wrong on your adventure – take pictures anyway and scrap about how it went wrong!  My son and I still laugh when we see this page because we got all wet, and we remember how we had the park all to ourselves.

The right hand side does have a neat design element to it.  My son rode the Rockets 5 times in a row.  I got sick after the first ride because I was trying to take pictures and video while spinning around and I got off!  You can see that I took pictures from above him and below him while on the ride, and then a below picture when I was not riding the ride.  Putting all of these different pictures together gives the page a feeling of motion and movement.

 

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Beauty and the Beast

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios - Beauty and the Beast

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Beauty and the Beast

Get a quote on your Disney dream vacation at Destinations In FloridaThis was a very hard page for me to think about and design.  The difficulty is that I was trying to design a masculine Disney scrapbook, and there is not too much masculine about Beauty and the Beast, never mind fancy costumes, ball gowns and a musical :).  So I just decided that it would have to look feminine.

The left hand page has a wonderful design that I cut using my Cricut machine and the Home Accents cartridge. At the top of the right hand page you will notice a stamp and postmark.  I bought the full envelope at one of Disney’s Hollywood Studio gift stores thinking that I could use it to hold ephemera, but realized that it was too big so I cut it down and mounted it on this page.  Hopefully no philatelists will get made at me for doing this :).

A cool technique that I used on this page was to use a corner cutter to cut into the photographs and then to leave the borders straight.  This added an elegant touch to match the elegance of this love story.

Disney Tip: Get to shows earlyUse the daily schedule that is given to you when you enter the park to determine when shows are.  If you show up 30 to 45 minutes early you will be at the front of the line and will be able to sit in the first few rows.  I find this to be important so that I can get good close up shots like the ones you see in this spread.

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Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Jedi Training

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios - Jedi Training - 1

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Jedi Training – 1

My son’s favorite part of visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios was participating in the Jedi Training Academy.  He had opportunity to wield a light saber and even help to fight off Darth Vader. He enjoyed this so much, and I took so many pictures that I had to make this into a four page spread! I was able to find a Star Wars font at 1001fonts.com to help with the journal blocks (my handwriting is terrible).

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios - Jedi Training - 2

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Jedi Training – 2

I think my favorite part of this spread is the title above the Jedi Training Academy certificate on the second spread – right hand page.  It is a coded message to my son in Aurek-Besh – one of the languages used in the Star Wars movies.  This writing can be seen in several of the movies, and is the language of the Galactic Empire.  I was able to find the Aurek-Besh font at fontspace.com.  Maybe you can decipherEK Success Disney Punch - Medium Mickey Iconr my secret message :).

I wanted to make sure that these pages continued the Disney theme, so I used my Mickey Mouse Silhouette punch to cut out Mickey’s in brown to tie it all together.

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Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Indiana Jones Stunt Show

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios - Indiana Jones Stunt Show

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Indiana Jones Stunt Show

One of my favorite things at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Indiana Jones Stunt show. The stage is incredible and the stunts are spectacular – see the pictures on this page!

Disney Tip: Hollywood Studios: Indiana Jones Stunt ShowTry and get there early and sit up front and you may be asked to be part of the action.

I enjoyed designing this page and had some fun with it. My favorite part is the sloped hill with that large boulder rolling down it – this mirrors part of what happens during the student show, and I did the journaling on the boulder. I put it at an angle to emphasize the movement of the boulder down the hill.

I also took opportunity to spread the Title letters across the top of both pages, further tying them together. These letters were cut using my Cricut machine.

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Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Muppets and Power Rangers

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios - Muppets and Power Rangers

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Muppets and Power Rangers

Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts the Muppets 3D movie which we enjoyed, and my son had opportunity to compare moves with the White Power Ranger.

I wanted to take opportunity to highlight the Muppet embellishments on this page.  I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a craft store that was closing and selling its inventory on eBay.com.  They were selling a lot of 300 stickers and I won the bid at $289 – less than $1 per packet.  I sorted out all the Disney ones and then resold the remaining ones on eBay.  I ended up about breaking even and getting about 100 sticker packets out of the transactions. Kermit and Miss Piggy came from this collection.  You will notice many more in the pages to come.

Something that I usually do before I go on a trip is set up automated eBay searches for items from the place I am about to visit, and if I am patient can often get great deals on stickers and embellishments.

The white piece of paper in the bottom right hand corner is from my son’s Disney character autograph book.  I bordered all of the photographs, journal block, and autograph in a thin black border.  This helps to distinguish the edge of these items, and keeps them from blurring into the busy background paper.

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Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Entrance

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios - Entrance

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Entrance

Our next park to visit was Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  I wanted to highlight a cool feature of Disney’s Photopass on this page.  If you look at the center picture on the right hand page you will see that my son and I are pointing at Stitch from “Lilo and Stitch“.  Several of the Disney Photographers will have you make faces, point, or look a certain direction and then digitally insert a character – this was one of my favorites from the trip.  You will noticed that all of the pictures from this page have Disney character enhancements.

Disney Tip: Photopass The Photopass is a card that you give each professional photographer and they scan it before taking your picture. When you get home from your trip you can go online and choose the pictures you want, edit them, and add in some fun Disney characters and then have them printed, or sent to you on a CD. My sister and her family had gone to Disney a couple weeks before we did, so we shared a card to help share the cost.

You will also notice the Disney Hollywood Studios paper on the left hand page, and the copper coin on the right hand page.  Both of these were purchased a the Disney Hotel gift store.

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Disney Vacation 2008: Cirque Du Soleil – La Nouba

Disney Vacation 2008: Cirque Du Soleil - La Nouba

Disney Vacation 2008: Cirque Du Soleil – La Nouba

One of the benefits to collecting ephemera and having a philosophy that places importance on ephemera, is that when you go somewhere where you are not allowed to take photographs, you can still create a wonderful scrapbook page.

The first evening we were at Disney World, we went to Downtown Disney and enjoyed watching the Cirque Du Soleil show – La Nouba.  Disney tip: Buy show tickets earlywe were able to go to this show because I purchased the tickets six months in advance when we booked out Disney World Trip.  If you do not do this you may not be able to get seats at the events you were hoping to attend.

The show would not allow us to take pictures inside so I used the shopping bag, the program and our plastic card tickets on this page.  The shopping bag is the left hand page and is plastic and see through.  The stars that you see on this page are actually the background paper behind the plastic bag which I cut to perfectly  fit on the 12×12 page.  The two faces were cut from the program using sharp point scissors.  Since the plastic bag was fairly stiff I used my Crop-a-dile Big Bite punch to set small gromlets in each corner to affix the plastic to the background paper.  (See below for a link to purchase one for yourself – I use mine all the time).

The red acrobat on the right hand side was also cut from the program using sharp point scissors – if you look carefully you can see a light white line which is wear the program was folded.  I used a funky corner punch to add movement to the program cover on the left side of the right hand page.

If you look carefully at the journaling block you will see some silver coloring.  I added this to the paper using craft paint and a sponge brush.  This helped to soften the edges and make it blend into the rest of the page.

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Disney Vacation 2008: Animal Kingdom – Character Autographs

Disney Vacation 2008: Animal Kingdom - autographs

Disney Vacation 2008: Animal Kingdom – autographs

Disney Tip: Character Autographsif you have small children a wonderful way to expand your experience, collect ephemera, and get some rest – is to purchase a character autograph book and stop at all of the character locations.  I found that my 9 year old son was just as excited about standing in line to collect an autograph as he was to stand in line for a ride.  It gave me a chance to slow down, and when we returned home I realized that I had some wonderful ephemera.

I used an Exacto knife to carefully cut the pages at the seam of the autograph book and then trimmed them using a paper cutter.  Notice on this page that I framed the autographs with the same frame I used for the pictures, cut with a specialized corner cutter.

In the top left hand corner is a photograph of a sign that I hand cut with sharp point scissors to create the title block for this page.  You will also notice in the right bottom corner of the left page a copper coin that says “Animal Kingdom” – this was from the souvenir store at the Disney Hotel and was part of a set of all of the park.  You will see more of these on future pages.

The background papers are from the Disney Scrapbook paper pack that I bought at the hotel souvenier store – I have not been able to find these anywhere else – so buy them while you are in the park.

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