Disney Days album!!!

Hi everybody! I'm super duper excited to share with you all my very first project for the Crate Paper 2016 design team! Yay! So for my first project I wanted to use the Little You collection to create a super sweet and whimsical mini album about my recent trips to Disneyland. I call it my Disney Days mini album!

I love Disneyland! It's so magical and cutesy and filled with childlike wonder and I feel like the Little You collection really works for a project about the "happiest place on earth" because it has that same fanciful and innocent feeling! I know that most of you might look at the Little You collection and think it's just for babies...but with all of it's beautiful and sweet imagery and some really elegantly simple and versatile pattern papers, it's so easy to use for multiple subject matters and themes! Obviously, there are some cute baby specific embellishments and things in the collection, but there is also quite a bit that can be applied to everyday projects or spring projects or projects about you and your loved one. In my case, I saw the collection, its charm and it's color scheme and immediately thought "Disney"! My husband and I recently got passes so we have been going to Disneyland more and more often(as often as we can with my health condition). Anyway, for me Disney is a place where Dreams come true and true love lives and fairytale endings abound! This is what I decided to focus on with the album. 

First, I attacked the cover. To me it's always the most difficult part of and album, but I like to do it first whenever possible because I really feel that it sets the tone for the entire mini. Paper is almost always my favorite part of any collection, so I grabbed some of the papers out of the 6x6 paper pads and started playing. I wanted to layer them for a kind of background for my cover. I decided the cover should have a real personal and unique touch to it, since Disneyland is so special to me, so I drew my own version of the Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland. Like I said, the colors in the Little You collection really scream to me Disney especially because they are the colors of the castle, so it really seemed to fit. Once I drew the castle, I painted it with watercolors and then I created a little sequin shaker card using the gold glitter frame found in the chipboard stickers set. I also  printed the words "disney days" onto vellum and attached it with the sewing machine to make a title for my album. I added a few other little touches to the cover, like one of the oh so cute decorative enamel paper clip embellishments (the one with the star), a wooden button from the mixed buttons embelies, and a few label and word phrase stickers, and voila!

When you first open the album, you are greeted by a Mickey Mouse tag that I made using the pattern papers from the Little You collection, and behind him is an intro that I typed up on a piece of vellum and then attached to the stars pattern paper from the boy side of Little You with another one of the super cute decorative paperclips. You'll find a few of these throughout the album.

I also made a 2x2 pocket page intro with pics from several different Disney visits and mixed them in between pockets showcasing cute Little You patterns and embellishments like the smiling pink star from the girls ephemera pack. I also cut out a piece of the gold foiled vellum sheet that comes in the collection, to place the words "love you" in the bottom corner to signify my love for Disney. For the gold foil castle, I used the Minc machine and then added a little enamel fox button from the boys mixed decorative buttons and attached a tiny pattern paper flag to a paperclip.  Across from that page there is also a fun little die cut "when you wish upon a star" page that I designed and then cut out on my Silhouette machine.  Here's a link to the .png file.

For the inside of the album, I decided to keep things fairly simple. So I started by cutting down the 12x12 pattern papers to 6x8 pages. I had four different trips to Disneyland that I wanted to document so I broke the album into sections and did a pocket page and a layout for each section. I also added in large full page pictures in each section throughout the album as well.

For the pocket pages, I mixed in vintage Disney ephemera that I had, and some pocket page cards that I designed on photoshop (like the "i'll be your minnie, if you'll be my minnie" card) with cutout pieces from the cut apart sheets in the collection along with cute embelishments from the Little You collection, like the thickers, buttons, enamel dots, decorative paper clips, stickers, etc. I basically did the same thing for the layouts, sometimes adding in some sewing and drawings too (like on my "love you to the moon and back" layout, where I attached the gold foil vellum from the collection via the sewing machine, and also added a little drawing of Mickey).

I had so much fun scrapbooking each of the four special recent visits to Disneyland that I included in my Disney Days album. I especially enjoyed scrapbooking the Dapper Days pics. If you don't know, Dapper Day is a special vintage event at Disney theme parks and it really feels like being at Disneyland back when it opened in 1955! For that reason, I wanted to do a layout about that feeling and I decided to use a vintage pic of Disneyland mixed with some awesome Starlight thickers from the Little You collection to spell out "hello 1955", and a little piece of the cut apart sheet that says "the day you were born" on it!

For the section about visiting Disneyland on my husband's birthday, when we spent a whole lot of time in Tomorrowland checking out all the awesome new "season of the force" stuff" (Star Wars is our favorite), I wanted to add in some cute pics of our new BB8!

I thought it would look cool to type up the words "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" and put it in one of the pocket pages with some cute tiny alphabet stickers spelling out Star Wars on the front, along with some pretty little embellishments from the collection. 

I also decided to do a cool layout of our visit with Darth Vader that day. I created a kind of filmstrip with the pics and I added the "love you Darth" with some vellum from the collection and the Starlight thickers. I also stamped "so cute" with one of the stamps in the Little You stamp set.

On some of the large, full page pics, I added little stickers and paperclipped on some little notes using ephemera, vellum, etc, from the collection.

On my "it's a fairytale love, baby" layout, I wanted to use a mix of fonts to create more interest on the page. I did so using a mix of the thickers, stickers, and ephemera from the collection.  I also wanted to show how I feel about the love I share with my hubby, which is really the stuff of Disney fairytales!

Overall, in the album I wanted to show how important and special Disneyland is to me. For me it's the place of dreams, for dreamers like me. When things get hard in my life, which they often do because of my disability (my CRPS), a trip to Disney really helps to get me through (whether it's an actual trip when I'm doing well enough to walk, or just a visit to that world of imagination in my heart -- often with the aid of a good Disney movie -- while I'm stuck lying in bed).

I really enjoyed working with the Little You collection for my Disney Days album! It was so much fun! I know it can sometimes seem difficult to use a collection for something other than the obvious theme, but it's really fun and easy actually and I think you will find that you can use Little You for your little child or for the childlike wonder and imagination that lies within your heart and within all of us! I hope you like my mini album and that I've inspired you to create your next project using Crate Paper's Little You collection!

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for my in depth video tutorial and album flip through on YouTube...coming real soon!!