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2007: Disneyland

I know that you already think that I spoiled my son in the first few weeks – and this will prove it – in our fifth week together I had to go to Los Angeles for a week to teach a class.  I took my good friend Adam with us to watch my son while I was teaching class.  During that time Adam not only taught my son to swim but also to dive, which helped me to feel a lot better about all the swimming that we liked to do together.  On the Saturday after the class was completed our reward was to spend the day together at Disneyland!  This was the beginning of our love affair with Disney.  In the five years we have been together we have spent a total of 16 days at Disney Parks!  View the scrapbook of our 2008 DisneyWorld vacation.

So – in the pictures on this page you will see pictures of Adam along with my son.  I used a Disney Mickey Mouse silhouette corner cutter to cut out the red and yellow embellishments on the page, and if you look closely you will see that I also cut some directly out of some of the photographs to add a whimsical nature to the page.

If you look closely in the top right hand corner you will also see a Disney Fastenator staple.

Disney Vacation 2008 – Magic Kingdom – Disney Parade

Disney Vacation 2008: Disney Parade - 1

Disney Vacation 2008: Disney Parade – 1

Disney Tip: Paradeswhen you first get to the park look at the park schedule and maps to see when the parades are, and what the parade routes are.  The pick a place on the route and be there early.  You will see Disney cast members starting to prepare the area, and when you do take a seat on the ground right up front – it is the best way to experience it and to get great pictures.

I created a series of 4 spreads (8 pages in total) from the parade in the Magic Kingdom.  Parades are a great way to see all of the characters and I took way too many pictures.  Ir order to bring them together for the scrapbook I used one picture of each character and paired it with a 3D sticker from the collection I purchased from eBay.

Above we see a young Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio.  Notice that I used the same corner cutter on all of the photo borders to tie the two pages together.

Disney Vacation 2008: Disney Parade - 2

Disney Vacation 2008: Disney Parade – 2

Above are Aladdin, the Seven Dwarfs, the Evil Queen and Ursula. I again used the same corner cutter on the frames of these photos as for the previous page.  A method of tying the pages together.

Disney Vacation 2008: Disney Parade - 3

Disney Vacation 2008: Disney Parade – 3

Above we meet Baloo, Rafiki, Peter Pan, Cinderella and Prince Charming. You will see that I changed the way that I added frames to these pictures.  Instead of formal borders I used Disney papers and off set the photographs on them.  While the frame paper is similar I matched the colors to that of the photographs.

Disney Vacation 2008: Disney Parade - 4

Disney Vacation 2008: Disney Parade – 4

If you look carefully at the right hand page on this last spread you will notice round silver dots.  These are actually some of my favorite ephemera from the trip – they were shooting out of the top of the towers on this float.  After the parade was over my son eagerly collected them from the ground as he felt that they had to go in the scrapbook.  On this page we see Belle and the Beast, Ariel, Donald Duck and the Chipmunks, Chip and Dale.  I used the same corner cutter on the frames of these photographs to tie the two pages together.

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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: 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.

Disney Vacation 2008: Flight to Orlando, FL

Disney Vacation 2008: Flight to Orlando, FL

Disney Vacation 2008: Flight to Orlando, FL

I usually do not scrapbook the flight to a vacation, but this was my son’s first long distance flight and he was very nervous about it.  I knew that these pages would help him to feel better about flights that we would take in the future.  I made the date “bone” with the Cricut Disney Cartridge, and I used this cartridge multiple times within this album.

If you look carefully at the white “cloud” in the middle of the right hand page you will notice a short journal entry explaining the pages.  My aunt and mother, who are also scrapbookers, believe strongly that every page should have some journaling to explain what is on the page.  While I don’t agree that you have to journal on every page, there are many times when I think that it is important to do some writing to jog the memories, or to explain things to people who were not on the trip.  One of the reasons that I don’t like to journal very much is that my handwriting is terrible.  I have found a great solution though – print the journaling using a laser printer and scrapbook paper.  For this Disney album I was able to download a free font from 1001fonts.com that looks just like the Disney font – Waltograph Font Family and then print all of my journaling using that font. (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Install-or-uninstall-fonts – teaches you how to download and install fonts)

Disney Tip: Hidden Mickey‘s – The  Imagineers at Disney have for years hidden Mickey Mouse silhouettes throughout the parks and properties.  My son and I make a game out of trying to find them.  We even have a book that helps us know where to look.  Some are very hard to find.

I enjoyed bringing the Hidden Mickey game into this scrapbook as well – there are several Hidden Mickeys on the pages that were fun for my son to try and find.  There is one on this page that I think is pretty easy to find – can you find it?  If you need some help look at the bottom left picture on the right hand page – I cut out a silhouette of Mickey Mouse using a Mickey Icon Punch seen below.  Be very careful when using a punch to cut images out of photographs – if you make a mistake the photograph is ruined.


EK Success Disney Punch – Medium Mickey Icon – $9.35

This unique patented thumb punch is simple to use and gentle on your hands. The versatile design and alignment marks on the outer edge allow upside down placement making it easy to reverse punch. A simple shape that says it all!

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Disney Vacation 2008: Title Page

Disney Vacation 2008: Album Cover

Disney Vacation 2008: Album Cover

Today we start a new scrapbook series – commemorating our trip to Disney World in 2008.  I had adopted my son, Levi, just 3 weeks before, and this was our celebration trip.  We spent our entire Spring Break at the Disney World complex and stayed on site the entire time.  I usually try and find bargain vacations, but since this was to mark such a special occasion I decided to go all out.  We stayed in a Disney hotel and I purchased the Disney Meal Plan and we went to several special meal events using the meal plan.  For those that would like an easy and worry free vacation this is the way to go.  It will cost you more – but you don’t have to worry about much.

Throughout this series, in addition to showing you Disney Scrapbooking ideas, I will share tips for how to make the most of your Disney World vacation.  So lets start now:

Disney Tip: DiningIf you purchase the Disney Meal plan, plan your park visits and meals 6 months in advance.  Disney will let you make reservations for restaurants and themed meals six months out and the reservations go quickly.  You can use your exchange meals to pay for these special events.  Some of them take two exchange meals, and on those days we ate breakfast bars that we had brought from home, so that we could enjoy a special lunch or supper.  If you wait until you are at the park you won’t be able to get into any of the special meal events.

I took soDisney Mickey and Friends Embossed Scrapbook 12X12 many pictures on this trip that I ended up filling two albums for this trip!  I was fortunate enough to find two of the same album at a scrapbook store – you can see a picture of the cover above.  Unfortunately I have been unable to find anymore of these albums since I purchased them.  But I have found another option that you might consider.  Just click on the image to be taken to an online store where you can purchase it.

Below are three pictures of the Title page of Volume 1.  I wanted to show that sometimes you can integrate the inside cover of the album right into the spread.  I made sure that the background paper matched the color of the inside of the album and used a Disney World laser cut that I bought on Ebay.  Notice the brown envelope that I attached to the album cover – I will explain more about that after the pictures:

Disney Vacation 2008: Title Page

Disney Vacation 2008: Title Page

I purchased the Cricut Disney Cartridge to cut most of the letters in these two albums. This cartridge also cut the Mickey Mouse silhouette.

Disney Vacation 2008: Title Page - Disney Maps

Disney Vacation 2008: Title Page – Disney Maps

Disney Tip: Free Maps The envelope that I glued to the inside album cover is actually a free set of very classy maps that you can order from Disney before your trip.  I never take them on the trip because I don’t want for them to get destroyed.  I ordered and received these ahead of time and actually gave them to my son at Christmas time as a gift as my way of revealing to him that we were going to go.  You can order your own maps at http://customizedmaps.disney.go.com/

Disney Vacation 2008: Title Page - Disney Maps - Open

Disney Vacation 2008: Title Page – Disney Maps – Open

This is what one of the maps looks like open.  They are printed on high quality paper and they look amazing.  I wanted to make sure that these made it into the scrapbook, and what better way to do that than to put it right on the front cover!

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