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Disney Photography – New Trends

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On our recent trip to Disney World, we discovered a few new photography trends.  First, of course, is that there were no more “selfie” sticks.  The use of them didn’t bother us, but it is nicer to get pictures of say, the castle, without a backdrop of selfie sticks.

Although we never owned or used a selfie stick, we did utilize a couple things to make phone photography better in the parks.

First, is the Shoulderpod S1.  This is a smartphone grip with a handle and strap that we purchased from Amazon.  The grip is adjustable to hold various sizes of phones/cameras and tightens securely.

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The handle was a little short for my husband’s taste, but perfect for our daughter and me.  So nice to not worry about dropping your phone off of Astro Orbiters!

smartphone grip at Disney World

You can see it in use here.

The second smartphone grip we purchased was the Reticam, also purchased at Amazon.

reticam phone grip

You can see the grip fits a larger hand more easily.  Using these grips made taking video much more steady.

The 3rd phone accessory we purchased is the Gostrap.  These are on our phone cases at all times and make it a lot easier to securely grab a photograph or send a message with just one hand on the phone.  It has been particularly great with our larger phones.

smartphone go strap

The second photography trend we noticed was an almost absence of iPads as cameras in the parks!  It was wonderful to watch parades, fireworks, and shows in real life and not through the screen of someones iPad.

Chinese acrobats at Epcot

In fact, as this picture shows, most people were just enjoying the show as it happened and not filming every second of this show with any device.  It is a trend that we saw throughout the week we were there.

The 3rd trend is that again, we took even more photos than the previous trips.  We were in the parks for 6 days again this year and took a total of 1320 images.  Last year, in 6 days, we took 1242.  I was a little surprised to see the number go up, but attribute it to a couple of things.  Isabella only took a rest once or twice during the week, so we were active all day every day.  This year seemed a little less crowded, so she was able to meet many more characters and she was enough taller to be able to ride several new rides.

It sounds like a lot of pictures, doesn’t it?  But, from all those images, we’ve printed a photo book and edited the photographs and video into a movie already.  More images will be used in our Project Life Disney album which will also include the journaling from the trip.  And, because you can see that these memories matter a lot to us, they are all backed up multiple times.

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Christmas + Mouse Tags font + Quilting

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Some of our stockings didn’t really coordinate with the new Christmas tree skirt and we had a little fabric left over, so, with a little help from a free fun font called “Mouse Tags“, we were able to make new stockings!

DIY Disney graphics Christmas stocking

We took a basic stocking pattern and cut it out.  Then printed off icons from the Mouse Tags font at about a 400 pt. size.  With a light box underneath, we laid the stocking on top of the printed icons and used disappearing ink to trace the design.  We quilted it in matching grey thread and then assembled the stockings using the Cluck Cluck Sew Stocking Tutorial.

DIY Disney graphics Christmas stocking

One stocking has the Polynesian Resort icon.

DIY Disney graphics Christmas stocking

The other has the sorcerer’s hat.

Disney Viewfinder Christmas Tree Skirt

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Disney Viewfinder Christmas Tree skirt

It’s beginning to look and feel like Christmas and this year, we have a new Christmas tree skirt.  The idea was to make one that looked kind of like a Disney viewfinder reel.

The pictures in the viewfinder reel are all paper pieced quilt blocks sized to 10″ square.  Most of the patterns are available free on the fabulous Fandom in Stitches website.   It is a treasure trove of paper piecing and embroidery patterns for fans of everything from Harry Potter to the Muppets to Disney characters.  Alice in Wonderland was a previously untested pattern from the very generous and talented Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting.  In addition to her patterns, she has held a year long “Stretch Your Skills” series that has been really fun to learn from.

Here are what some of the blocks that Alida designed look like closer up:

Pluto paper pieced quilt block

Pluto was a relatively easy block to make if you have any paper piecing experience.

Mickey Mouse paper pieced quilt block

I didn’t do a good job picking a background for Mickey because his white gloves don’t show up well enough, but it seemed like a lot of work to go back and remake it, so it is staying put.

Alice in Wonderland paper pieced quilt block

Alice was a challenge to say the least.  The pieces are TINY and there are so many of them that this was the most difficult block of them all.  But, Isabella had such a fun experience with Alice in Wonderland on our last visit to Disney World, so I persevered.

Here’s hoping that it looks good under the Christmas tree with the Monorail running around it!

 

Seven Dwarfs Ruffled Peasant Tunic

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seven dwarves ruffled tunic diy

Isabella wanted to meet Snow White on our second day at the Magic Kingdom and she was just tall enough to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so the search was on for an outfit to fit the occasion.

A trip to Joanns yielded this adorable seven dwarfs fabric which was perfect for that day:

Seven Dwarves fabric

Isabella’s top was a basic peasant-style tunic with a ruffled collar attached and princess style sleeves.  There are a number of free peasant dress patterns and tutorials online including this one from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and this one from Create Kids Couture if you want to make your own.

Girls Seven Dwarfs top DIY

We used the free Flounced Ruffle Capri pattern from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in a cotton interlock for her pants.

Our goal is to find/make unique, but comfortable outfits for Isabella.  Snow White gave this one her seal of approval.

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Tinkerbell Christmas T-shirt Printable

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Isabella’s favorite Christmas song is Jingle Bells.  As we got ready for our Christmas break trip to WDW, she started singing “Tinkerbell, Tinkerbell, Tinker all the way!”

SO, her clever Mama designed a graphic for a shirt for her to wear to the Magic Kingdom to meet Tinkerbell.

tinkerbell

 

It was one of the only Tinkerbell shirts we saw on this trip and Tinkerbell herself heartily approved!

The shirt is made from our trusty Oliver and S Raglan t-shirt pattern and a cotton interlock from Joanns.  We used an iron-on transfer paper to get the design on the shirt.

Here is the graphic if you want to make your own.  Remember to flip it horizontally before printing or the text will be backwards when you iron it on.

Tinkerbell Christmas Iron-on Printable

Tinkerbell Christmas Iron-on Printable

Disney Footprint Art – Princess Half Marathon Version

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Disney Footprint Art

Here’s another sample of how we took Isabella’s footprint and turned it into a Disney souvenir keepsake.  We ran the Disney Princess half marathon when she had just turned 2 months old and her tiny footprint was taken at that time.  It was her first, of hopefully many, trips to Disney World as she grows up.

We ran as a team called Team Roo and had hats embroidered with a kangaroo and the words “Team Roo” on them, so of course, her first Disney footprint art needed to feature Roo from Winnie the Pooh.

The footprint was made by brushing acrylic paint on her foot and pressing it down on some watercolor paper.  I sketched out the rest of Roo in pencil using the footprint as Roo’s body.

Footprint art - kangaroo

 

When I was satisfied with that, I drew over the lines with a Micron pen, added the medal we got for finishing and our team name and painted it with watercolors.

It will be a challenge to keep turning Isabella’s handprints or footprints into her favorite Disney character for each trip, but it will be a fun way to watch her interests change as she grows.

If you missed her footprint from our last trip that we turned into Goofy, click here.

We are linking to Memory Keeping Monday on Capturing Magical Memories blog.

Memory Keeping Monday

Sharing Some Disney Love

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As part of our “Year of Living Disney”, we plan to share our projects, trip planning ideas, etc.   First up is a new t-shirt ready for Valentine’s Day and you can make one just like it!

Valentine Disney shirt

To make Isabella’s Valentine’s Day t-shirt, we started with a new cotton t-shirt and a package of June Tailor Print ‘n Press Iron-On transfer paper.  This paper should be readily available at your local craft or fabric store.

Then, we designed a heart in the iconic Mickey Mouse style.   If you want to make someone happy with their own custom Disney Valentine shirt, just right click on the image below and save it to print as is.   Or import into your favorite photo editing program to add a name like we did.

ValentinesPrintable

If you choose to add a name to the design, don’t forget to flip it horizontally (mirror image) before printing.  Set your inkjet printer to plain paper/normal quality setting and insert the transfer paper and print.  Wait a minimum of 30 minutes before ironing on the transfer.

Trim around the image and press with a hot, dry iron.  The t-shirt can be machine laundered inside out after wear.  The transfers have held up extremely well in our experience.

Coming up in the next few days are some treat ideas to go with the shirt, a trip report from our Christmas stay at Walt Disney World, and how we are going about planning our next trip for later this year.