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Free Aqua and Orange Disney Scrapbook Cards

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This year, we decided to go with an aqua and orange  color scheme for the photo book we made of our last Disney trip.

The idea started with this free set from Simple As That blog.disney-cards-set3

But, we needed MORE aqua and orange journaling cards to keep the book cohesive, so with a little trial and error, we made some coordinating journaling cards using Picmonkey and we are sharing them with all you other Disney memory keepers.

The link below is a .pdf with six 3×4 cards and two 4×6 cards set up to print on 2 sheets, or right click images individually to save them separately.

Aqua and Orange Disney Scrapbook Cards

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Park Info 3x4 -3Park report 3x4 -1Park report graph 3x4 -2Rides 3x4Taste of Magic 3x43x4 mouse

Now, go get those photos off your phone and put them in a scrapbook or photo book that can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

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Disney Footprint Art – Roller Coasters and Chewbacca

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We’ve been faithful about gathering a footprint from Isabella after each Disney trip, but got a little behind on finishing them up, so today, we’ve got two to show you.

First, is her footprint from our 2014 trip.  Disney Footprint art - 3

This was the first year that Isabella was tall enough to ride a “big” roller coaster and she loved it.

The next footprint is from our trip last month:

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This year, besides roller coasters, Isabella was crazy for Chewbacca.  Chewbacca will not sign an autograph, so this is our way of remembering her interaction with him.

It’s hard to believe that Isabella’s first Disney footprint was when she was only 2 months old.  Her feet were so tiny!

Disney Footprint Art

And here’s from the year she turned 2 at Disney World:

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We’re having fun making a little collection for her and trying to guess what her 2016 footprint will be!  Making these is turning out to be one of our favorite (and free!) souvenirs.

 

 

 

Wonderful World of Disney Sewing – Experimenting

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When you are out on a run and your mind is wandering, it is easy to come up with some crazy ideas that you can’t wait to get home to try out.  That is the genesis of this next top.

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When we purchased the letter buttons for the corduroy jacket, they came with a set of colored buttons with the same letters.    We had some fabric at home that looked ok with the button colors so decided to try the free Izzy top pattern from Climbing the Willow.  But, we wanted to add a little twist to the bodice to tie it in with the MICKEY buttons.

The crazy running idea was to see if it was possible to make a Mickey head with honeycomb smocking.  I drew dots in a circle at 2 points along the radius for a Mickey head and Mickey ears.  Then, I did honeycomb smocking of the head first and then ears.  I wasn’t sure if it would work or not, but the fabrics were leftover pieces from some old quilt projects, so it was no cost if it didn’t work.

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The dots for the outer perimeter of the circles were 1/4 inch apart.  If I were doing it again, I would place them closer together.

After the honeycomb smocking was done, I basted around the shape of the Izzy pattern top to hold the fabric in place and then cut it out.  The bodice is lined, so the back of the smocking is covered.

Free pattern, leftover fabric, and an idea that kind of worked!  Guess that means we better lace up our running shoes and head back out.

Wonderful World of Disney Sewing – Winter Jacket

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You know how it is . . . you go into the fabric store just for a zipper and another cute Disney fabric lures you in!  This time it was at Hancock’s where we spotted this Mickey and Friends Cupcakes fine wale corduroy fabric.

We already had a pattern at home – Simplicity 1477 which is an adorable fox or raccoon jacket pattern that I bought last year.

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It only took a little modification to make the pattern suit the cupcake fabric.

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Instead of fox or raccoon ears, we made Mickey ears for the hood!

The jacket is lined and interfaced with fusible fleece, so should be plenty warm for southern winters.  Choosing the lining was a dilemma.  All the typical lining materials were too dull looking for such a whimsical jacket.  So, when we spotted some wonderfully soft brushed back princess themed satin in the perfect shade of pink, we went for it.

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It does kind of look like an explosion of pink and Disney, but that sounds like just the kind of thing that a 3 year old would love to wear!

Disney Trip Sketchbook

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This is the second year that I brought along a watercolor sketchbook to WDW.

The reason I bring a sketchbook (even though my artistic abilities are minimal and we don’t stop for a lot of sketching breaks) is that there are things you just can’t capture with a still or video image.

For instance:

Disney sketchbook - Donald in Mexico

While waiting in line to see Donald in Mexico, it was fascinating to watch the family in front of us.  This year, we saw many children (big and small), sitting in strollers glued to iPads.  The boy in line in front of us never looked up until his parents insisted he get out and get a picture with Donald.  A couple of quick snapshots and he was back in the stroller playing a game on the tablet.

It seemed kind of sad that even Disney World was not enough entertainment for so many children, much less the adults who couldn’t pry themselves away from Facebook or Instagram to enjoy the experience.

Last year, I used my beloved Circa punch and discs to make a sketchbook.  This year, I brought a Strathmore 400 Series Hardbound Journal.  This year’s choice was a mistake.  I didn’t like not being able to fold the book back on itself like a disc or wire binding allows.  And a small water bottle leak in my backpack caused the binding to disintegrate, even though none of the pages were damaged.  I’m going back to a Circa disc bound sketchbook as soon as I finish the Strathmore one.  The flexiblity of adding and removing pages at will just works better for me.

Christmas 2013 Trip Report – Day 2 – Epcot

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Today was Isabella’s birthday!  We woke up and got ready to go to Epcot.  After getting dressed and eating breakfast, we headed over to the Contemporary to catch the monorail.

Contemporary monorail

Of course there were a few photo ops along the way.  Even though we were early getting to the park, it was still pretty crowded.  We saw Pluto immediately after the entrance and had to stop.  Isabella warmed up to him even more than Santa Goofy and liked touching his nose.

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While some of us were using a Fastpass+ for Soarin, the rest went to meet Chip and Dale.  I didn’t know if Isabella would go by herself to a character!  We went to the Character Spot, where she got pictures with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.  Isabella officially became character-obsessed!Mickey Mouse

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We headed over to World Showcase next.  After a little shopping in the stores at the entrance to WS, we made our way to Mexico to try our first snack, churros.  We then went into the pyramid and rode the Gran Fiesta boat tour.  Isabella liked looking at all the jewelry in the gift shops inside the pyramid.  Outside, Donald Duck dressed in Mexico attire was meeting, so we hopped in line to see him!  He was great – he acted like he fainted when Isabella blew him a kiss.  I think he was one of the best characters we met the whole trip.

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We traveled on to Norway, where we looked through the Stave Church with a Frozen exhibit and got our second snack, a sweet almond pretzel.

In China, we played with the animal marionette puppets at an outdoor gift shop.  The snacks at Joy of Tea were not that appealing, and most of the tea was caffeinated, so we skipped it.

We stopped for a while in the African Trading Post.  Isabella liked banging on the drums and sitting in the jeep.

In Germany, we got some caramel corn.  The first batch was pretty stale tasting, so we asked for another, which was unfortunately not much better.  Not one of the most successful snacks ever.

Italy was the first country we stopped at that we saw street entertainers.  There were a group of ladies doing an act all dressed in red, the Ziti Sisters.  We got some gelato as our fourth snack and sat to eat it in the back of the Italy pavilion.  After Italy, we stopped at the American pavilion where Isabella ended up taking a nap.

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We moved onto Japan where we got kakigori as our snack.  It is basically like a snowcone, which is one of my favorite foods ever.  We watched the drummers perform, which was really neat.  Then, we saw the Holidays Around the World performance where a Japanese lady told the story of daruma dolls.

By that time, we had to head back to get ready for our dinner reservation at 5:45, so we took the boat across the lake from Morocco, where we saw a belly dancer, to Future World.  We rode the monorail back to Bay Lake Tower, changed clothes, and walked over to the California Grill in the Contemporary (see my full review here).

California Grill

The atmosphere was great, but the food was very underwhelming.  It was neat to see the castle all lit up in sparkly ice lights from the roof top.  We saw a bride and groom, and Isabella made friends with a little boy from France.  After dinner, we went back down to the lobby of the Contemporary and met Chip and Dale dressed as toy soldiers!  They were adorable.  We looked around in the gift shops and then went to our villa so that Isabella could open birthday presents.  We finished off the night with another fireworks display from the BLT Skybridge.  Isabella even stayed awake this time!

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Disney Envelope Art – Dumbo Baby Mine

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Disney Envelope Art – Dumbo – Baby Mine

More mail for Isabella.  This time it is Dumbo being rocked in his Mother’s trunk in one of the most poignant movie scenes and songs of all time for any Mom or Grandmother.

The envelopes are just standard 5×7 envelopes and are handling a very light watercolor wash, but I might have to start making some envelopes out of watercolor paper  so I can get a little more paint on there without worrying about the envelope disintegrating.

Smocked Yoda Top with free Smocking Plate

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Smocked Yoda Toddler Tunic

 

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I did a lot of smocking and heirloom sewing.  Over the years, my skills have gotten rusty and smocking has fallen so far out of favor that even the venerable Sew Beautiful Magazine is ceasing publication.  One of the problems is that smocking hasn’t adapted to a more modern aesthetic.  The other is that smocking plates with popular characters can’t be sold due to copyright, so there is little incentive for an experienced smocker to design one unless they are feeling very generous.

That leaves it to those of us who are amateurs.  With some smocking graph paper in hand, I took some colored pencils and drew out Yoda.  If you have ever done picture smocking, you should be able to follow the graph.  Yoda’s cane was stitched going across two pleats down the length of the cane.  This will mean doing a few half cables to fill in his cloak.  It isn’t colored in that way on the graph, but, since it is free, who can complain?!

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Originally, Yoda was going to be inset in the yoke of this Oliver and S Class Picnic Blouse, but in a size 3T, the yoke was too short to accommodate him, so he became a pocket.  For a good tutorial on how to do a smocked insert, click here.  The pocket was made by inserting the smocking into a piece of Kona cotton, putting another piece on top of it right sides together and stitching almost all the way around.  It was turned inside out through the opening that was left in the stitching, the opening was stitched closed and the pocket stitched on.

The lack of an embroidery machine meant hand stitching the words, but I may unstitch them because they look a bit too sloppy for my taste.

Here’s the “smocking plate” that I drew up.  Feel free to print it out and give it a go.  As Yoda says, “Do or Do Not, There is no Try.”

Yoda Smocking Plate

 

This Disney Look for Less again cost $0.  The green fabric was from my stash and was won in a giveaway several years ago.  The yellow was leftover from a quilt.  The Oliver and S pattern was one I already had and the smocking materials were on hand already as well.

Disney Envelope Art

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Isabella is at the age where it’s exciting to get mail the old fashioned way – in a mailbox!  Though, we don’t live too far apart, sometimes several days go by when I don’t see her, but want her to know I’m thinking of her.

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So, I bought a little packet of stickers to send to her.  Of course, the envelope needed some #DisneySide decoration with a quick Bill Peet style sketch of Balloo and Mowgli.

Disney Memory Keeping – Watercolor Sketchbook

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We always keep a camera, or two or three, with us when traveling, and have years of scrapbooks to show for it.  But, always being behind a lens can have drawbacks.  It doesn’t tell the whole story and the quest to photograph everything can sometimes take away from being immersed in the experience.

I envied people who traveled with a sketchbook and could jot notes and sketches of their trips, but I had never drawn before and wasn’t sure if it was even possible to learn how at my age.

A search led to a workshop by a teacher named Marilynn Brandenburger on how to keep a watercolor sketchbook.  She taught how to get started and how to see things in a way that it was possible for a beginner to translate onto paper.  One of the biggest lessons she taught was that “It isn’t a painting, it’s a sketch.”

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Disneyland and Disney World are filled with scenes that could fill a sketchbook, but since our primary reason for being there is to experience it with our granddaughter, sketches have to be made very quickly.  Usually, it is when someone stops to look at a shop or take a bathroom break.

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On our last trip, I put together a little sketching kit that fit compactly in my bag and could be drawn out when there were a few free minutes.

travel watercolor sketching kit

For this trip, I decided on a 6″ square sketchbook.  It is bound using a Levenger Circa punch and discs.   The beauty of this type of “binding” is that you can make any size or shape of book you want and take pages in and out as desired.  Park maps or other paper ephemera can be punched and added at any time.

A  Micron pen and mechanical pencil get the sketch started.  A little 2″ x 4″ box holds a kneaded eraser, a waterbrush and a little tin of watercolors.

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Inside the tiny Altoid tin, I used Sculpey to make a little watercolor travel kit.

Altoid watercolor tin

Using a waterbrush means not having to carry a cup of water to be able to paint.

An added bonus is that Isabella can paint, too, while we stand in line or wait for a parade!