Capturing Magic in between trips – part 2

Posted on by Gab in 01) Before You Go, 03) Back Home After The Trip, Creating Magic at Home Leave a comment

in my last post I talked about some fun ways to keep the Disney magic alive in between trips. In that post I talked about quizzes created by Disney fans.

This time I want to share with you some fun quizzes created by Disney. And some of them even come with “prizes”!

Do you think you are a fan of Frozen? So did I until I took “The Ultimate Frozen Trivia Quiz”! They do warn you that it’s tough – but still I only scored 18 out of 31 … I think I need to watch the movie a few more times!

Frozen themed birthday parties are very popular at the moment. Wouldn’t this be a fun activity to do at a party? The guest with the highest score could win her own Elsa crown … or Olaf cupcake maybe?!

There is also “The Ultimate Mulan Trivia Quiz“. Now I’ve only seen Mulan once and don’t pretend to be an expert, so I wasn’t surprised when I only scored 18 out of 31 on this quiz.

Imagine doing this quiz as a pre-trip family activity. Different family members could do the quiz one at a time to see who the family winner is!

These quizzes would also be fun to do as part of your family’s next movie night. You could do the quiz and check your score. Then watch the movie … then do the quiz again and see if your score improved!

Now, early on, I mentioned that some of the quizzes have “prizes” if you get all the answers correct. One of these is “Thingamabobs? We’ve got 20 for you to Identify“. This quiz features lots of interesting images for you to examine and see if you can figure out which animated film they come from. Some of the images are:


















Do you know where these three come from??

The spooky looking apple is from Snow White, the stone face is from The Little Mermaid and the pendant is from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

My knowledge on these was pretty good and I managed to score 20 out of 20 and got this cool wallpaper as my prize!

Along those same lines is the “20 Pixar Thingamabobs for you to Identify“. Some of the images given are:



















The family crest in the first picture comes from Brave, the shoe and plant comes from Wall-E and the cheese comes from everyone’s favourite rat movie, Ratatouille.

Once again, I scored 20 out of 20 and got some more wallpaper:

You can find these quizzes and more if you sign up to The Disney Insider newsletter.

Doing these quizzes brings back so many fond memories of seeing the movies and having fun with family and friends.

I challenge you to a high score in Frozen!

Gab has been a Disney fan and scrapbooker of sorts ever since she can remember. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband Anthony and 11 year old son Conor and has a Magic Access Pass to Hong Kong Disneyland. She can be found on Facebook and Instagram (as gabmc) where she shares Disney (and other) memories.




Sharing PhotoPass Photos with MemoryMaker from Your Mobile Device In the Parks

Posted on by Steph in 01) Before You Go, 02) When You're There, 04 Tools, apps, MemoryMaker, PhotoPass 1 Comment

If you’ve been watching us on Twitter, you know that Disneyland has been testing out sending ride photos to guests mobile devices via text and email for several weeks. Tanya and Heather tried it out while they were there (more on that in an upcoming podcast). But, you might not know that this has been possible since the launch of MemoryMaker at Disney World. I suspected it was possible and I tried it out while I was there in June.

What you need:

  • MemoryMaker (purchase this through MyDisneyExperience before you go)
  • An Android or Apple device
  • An unzipping app installed, such as Androzip File Manager or iZip


When you have had some PhotoPass photos taken, simply log into your MyDisneyExperience account through your web browser (not the app) and click on PhotoPass to view your photos. You can then select a photo or two and click the download button. I got a warning saying this would start the use of MemoryMaker and start the countdown of my download window. I had ordered MemoryMaker before our trip, I did not go to a ticket window to get anything added to my MagicBand OR a special card (even though it said I would need to at the time of purchase, before leaving). Note: it can take up to 24 hours for photos to hit your account. 

When I tapped download (on my iPhone), my phone asked me where I wanted the photos saved and iZip was an option. I selected iZip, then in iZip, selected that zip file to unzip. I was then able to save the photos to my photostream and share them from there.

Team member, Alison is on Android and I sent her a zip file to test for me and she said that Androzip File Manager worked like a charm.

Have you downloaded and shared any MemoryMaker photos? Are you excited to give it a try?

Did you see this?

Posted on by Steph in Pocket Scrapping (Project Life), Scrapbooking (digital or paper) 5 Comments

Did you see that our newest team member, Chelle of Chelle’s Creations is featured at our sister site, The Daily Digi today?!?  She has a podcast episode over there as part of her feature too. She created a collection as her contribution that is PERFECT for Disney memory keeping!  Here are a couple of layouts I created using it:

Supplies: papers and elements by Chelle’s Creations; chalk paper by me, fonts are Things We Said, Printing Primer, and KG Defying Gravity. Template and Chalk It action by Wendyzine

Supplies: papers and elements by Chelle’s Creations; chalk paper by me, fonts are Things We Said, Printing Primer, and KG Defying Gravity. Template by Janet Phillips and Chalk It action by Wendyzine

You can get this collection when you become a member of The Digi Files, it IS the BEST deal around, so check it out. 

How I Used QR Codes to Add Video to my Disney Sisters Trip Photo Book

Posted on by Steph in Photobooks, Pocket Scrapping (Project Life), Scrapbooking (digital or paper), Video Leave a comment

QR codes for Disney memory keeping

Several of my pages I created for my Disneyland Sisters Trip Photo Book had spots that I purposely left for QR codes to be added via AdoramaPix photo book creator. I thought I would share with you how it all came together. I’m super excited about it!

Here’s a look at a layout as I created it (before the QR code was added):

Here’s a look at one of my layouts WITH the QR code I added in AdormaPix photo book builder:

Here’s a larger version of the QR codes so you can scan them:

Here’s one of my FAVORITE ways that I used the QR Code; to help explain the title of this layout. Here it is without the QR code:

With the QR code:

Here you can scan the QR code to see the video:

Here’s another example before the QR code was added:

With the QR code added:

Here you can scan the QR code and watch the show:

Have you tried adding QR codes to your Disney memory keeping yet?

Documenting a Disney Halloween

Posted on by Steph in 03) Back Home After The Trip, Pocket Scrapping (Project Life), Scrapbooking (digital or paper) 1 Comment

Tips for documenting Disney Halloween parties

I’ve already shared days 1 and 2 of my sisters trip to Disneyland last year. On our third full day in the park, we rode a few rides, had some favorite meals, then hit the Halloween party. The party was SO MUCH FUN!!!!  Seriously, we are still talking about how great the Cast Members were and what an incredible time we had!! The following day, one of my sisters and I just had a few hours in the park before heading to the airport (my youngest sister was joined by her husband for a few more days of fun). Here are (most of) my pages (I’ll share the rest in a few more days):

Supplies: Template is Janet Phillips (adjusted for Lightroom by me); Papers and elements are by Krista Sahlin and Jenn Barrette

Template: Janet Phillips (adjusted to LR by me); all others by Bella Gypsy, Down This Road Designs, and Erica Zane

Supplies: Template by Janet Phillips (adjusted for Lightroom by me) Wander by various Sweet Shoppe Designers; font is Traveling Typewriter

Supplies by Connie Prince; Template by Katie Scrapbooklady

Supplies: Connie Prince and font is Traveling Typewriter. Template by Janet Phillips adjusted for LightRoom by me.

Supplies: Template by Janet Phillips (altered and adjusted for Lightroom by me), papers and elements by Heather Roselli and Meghan Mullins; fonts are Ferbtastic and Impact

Papers and element by Connie Prince; Banner made by me with Connie’s papers and Chelle’s CU banner kit
Fonts: Mesquite and Traveling Typewriter
Template on left by Janet Phillips, template on right by me.

Supplies: Connie Prince and font is Traveling Typewriter. Template by Janet Phillips altered for Lightroom by me.

Spider web paper by me (made to coordinate with Connie’s Halloween kit)

Supplies: Bella Gypsy; font: Traveling Typewriter

runDisney, Dumbo and Disneyland: A Memory Keeping Plan

Posted on by Beth in 01) Before You Go, Capturing Magic Apps, Photography, PhotoPass 1 Comment















Author’s note: Polaroid style photos created using PicMonkey. Handwriting font used is Ali Edward’s CK Ali’s Hand.

I consider myself a WDW verteran and have a couple of runDisney experiences under my belt thanks to the Princess Half Marathon. But coming up at the end of August is a unique trip I booked months ago, and it is now time to get my act together with a solid memory keeping plan. I am running two races at Disneyland – a challenge that comes with a special medal called the Dumbo Double Dare (10k on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday). It will be my first runDisney event at the west coast park and my first two-race challenge event; I will be both solo and with my sister (no kids or husband will be there); and it will be only my second time visiting the Disneyland Resort. I want to make the most of the trip, and I know I will treasure any and all photos I manage to take while I am there. Below is an outline of my approach to document this special trip.

Pre-Trip Photos + Notes

  • Continue with my training – I follow the training schedule outlined by Jeff Galloway, found on the runDisney site. Photo ideas: screen shot of the training plan, screen shot of my actual runs (I use MapMyRun+), running selfies (especially when I wear my runDisney shirts!).













  • Pull together running outfits for the two races. Shop, sew, craft; add finishing touches. Photo ideas: supplies, Pinterest screen shot of costume ideas, #flatrunner (the hashtag used by anyone for any racing event of their outfit laid out for a photo, usually pre-race).













  • Packing – use Evernote or other list-making app to make sure I have everything. Photo ideas: screen shot of my packing list; the actual packing process; my suitcase and other items when packed in the car. 













  • Miscellaneous notes – my MUST HAVE items besides my iPhone and Nikon camera for capturing my memories:
  1. folder or bag to hold ephemera
  2. iPhone external charger
  3. hashtag for trip for Instagram
  4. PhotoPass+ voucher
  5. Capturing Magic App


While at Disneyland | a photo wishlist
  • Paradise Pier Hotel – staying on property means I’m doing a happy dance – pics galore!
  • from where I stand perspective, from multiple locations
  • food and drinks – specifically Starbucks, unique dining, and snacks!
  • runDisney – expo, race events, medals
  • commemorate the Dumbo Double Dare – Dumbo ride, Dumbo statue
  • with my sister, and any friendly encounters
  • Elsa and Anna meet and greet? (I need to find out, would be fun with my sister being there!)
  • modeling with special jewelry, accessories
  • character selfies
  • fireworks and World of Color
  • random details
  • balloons! (I have no balloon photos in my Disney photo archive – oops!)
  • magic shots and ride photos

























Writing this post has helped me get my thoughts in order so that I can better prepare for my trip. It is a great exercise, so consider writing your own list and action plan for your memory keeping strategy before your next Disney adventure. And notice that I wrote my photo list as a wishlist. This helps me frame my expectations, since I may forget in the excitement of it all to get every single shot. After all, it is a vacation and I don’t want my head looking down at my phone the entire time. (I will add that I tend to post to Facebook and Instagram mostly at night when I am settled down and relaxed – it’s just a process that works best for me.) Below are a few other posts by Capturing Magic writers sharing their thoughts and strategies prior to their next Disney trip. Plenty of insight and great suggestions for getting ready to capture magic on your next Disney vacation.


Do you have a memory keeping gameplan for your trips to Disney? What are your “must have” photos for your vacations? Share with us in the comments below.


A scrapbooker and collector since childhood and long time fan of Disney parks and media, Beth ventures into the blogging world at Any Happy Little Thoughts where she shares her approach for preserving personal Disney memories, one story at a time.


Sisters Disneyland Trip for Halloween – part 2

Posted on by Steph in 03) Back Home After The Trip, Photobooks, Pocket Scrapping (Project Life), Scrapbooking (digital or paper) 1 Comment

Earlier this month, I shared Day 1 of my Disneyland Sisters trip from last fall (check out that post for details on how I was able to get it all done FAST). Today, I’m here to share Day 2. The highlight of the day was absolutely our first visit to Club 33!! It was AMAZING!!! Take a look:

Disneyland Sisters Trip Day Two Scrapbook page layout idea

Supplies: Kraft paper, chalk board paper and Printing Primer font are my own; Chelles Creations Roller Coaster; Other fonts are KG Defying Gravity and Things We Said; Wendyzine Chalk It Up Actions, and Lightroom templates

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Scrapbook page layout idea; Halloween

Supplies: papers by me, fonts are Haunted Mouse and Traveling Typewriter; Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday images downloaded from Google search on internet.

Disneyland Club 33 scrapbook page layout idea

Supplies: Kristin CB, Shawna Clingerman, Erica Zane; fonts are Mouse 33, Samantha Pro

Disneyland Club 33 Scrapbook page layout idea

Supplies: Kristin CB, Shawna Clingerman; template by Janet Phillips; fonts – Font 33 and Traveling Typewritere

Disneyland Scrapbook page layout idea: Small World, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear

Supplies by Crossbone Cuts Designs and Down This Road Designs; font is Traveling Typewriter. Template is Janet Phillips adapted for Lightroom by me.

I’ll be back soon with the last part of the photo book, which includes Mickey’s Halloween Party, lots of characters, team members Tanya and Heather, and some last minute pics before leaving the parks (it will cover two days). I have had so much fun working on this project and cannot wait to start working on another Disney trip!

Capturing Magic in between trips – part 1

Posted on by Gab in 01) Before You Go, 03) Back Home After The Trip, Counting Down, Creating Magic at Home Leave a comment


This year I’ve discovered some really fun ways to keep the Disney magic alive even in between trips! Some of these ways are created by Disney themselves and some are created by fans just like us! Curious?? It’s quiz time! In this post I’ll talk about some of the fan created quizzes and in the next post I’ll introduce you to some that Disney has created (including a really, really tricky Frozen quiz!)

If you’re on Facebook I’m sure you would have seen the myriad of quiz options offered by PlayBuzz? There is anything from “Which of the Seven Dwarves are You Most Like” to “Which Disney Couple are You and Your Significant Other” . There is something magical about just answering all of these questions that brings out my inner child and makes me want to do more! 






The one I did today is” Which Quote from a Disney Movie should be your Life’s Motto“.


The thing I like about all of these quizzes is that they are all very family friendly and easy to share. If you are planning a Disney trip, how much fun would it be to do a quiz each day or week (depending on how far away your trip is) leading up to your departure date. I can also picture this as a fun family activity after a trip to re-live the memories.

By the way, if you’re curious about any of my answers, read on:

Which of the Seven Dwarves am I? “You are Doc! You are the most level-headed of your friends. People seek you out for direction and advice. You are a nurturer and a natural born leader! “

This is interesting because the last time I did this quiz I was Happy! I guess I must have changed a few answers this time around!

As to the relationship quiz: “Your relationship is like Aladdin and Jasmine’s! You are madly in love and have an exciting relationship! You love adventure and being spontaneous.”

And I’m happy to share my motto: “Your life’s motto is: “Just keep swimming.” You are a positive

person with a pure heart. You have learned when life gets tough, you have to keep going! There are always brighter days right around the corner!”

What about you? Have you tried any of these quizzes? Do you have a favourite?


Gab has been a Disney fan and scrapbooker of sorts ever since she can remember. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband Anthony and 11 year old son Conor and has a Magic Access Pass to Hong Kong Disneyland. She can be found on Facebook and Instagram (as gabmc) where she shares Disney (and other) memories.




Disney Family Saves The Day For Us

Posted on by Steph in Disney Family (Spoonful), Disney Official 1 Comment

We (our readers, listeners, and team) were all so SAD when Disney announced that they were closing down Spoonful!  We LOVE using Spoonful on our scrapbook pages, with Project Life, in other pocket scrapbooking, crafts, and fun things to help us create and capture magic! We didn’t want those great resources to go away!

I was THRILLED when I got an email yesterday from Disney Interactive that they were announcing a NEW site called Disney Family, and guess what!? Many of the same projects, printables, and downloads that we loved on Spoonful are on Disney Family!!

Here’s what Disney says:

Disney Interactive has launched a new site, Disney Family, to house thousands of Disney-themed recipes, crafts, and activities in one modern, easy-to-use site. The site is sponsored by Smucker¹s® Uncrustables® Sandwiches and features tips and ideas on making the fun and magic of Disney easy and convenient.  The site’s offerings will let fans bring the Disney characters to life at home.

Go check it out and have fun bringing some Disney magic home!

Magical Vacation Chain Countdown

Posted on by Krisi in 01) Before You Go, Counting Down 3 Comments

Magical vacation countdown chain

Getting to the 60 day mark for me meant we could do a different count down.  Counting down with a chain is not a new idea, but I wanted to do something to get the kids involved.  If you remember back in January I made an electronic countdown to WDW, that is because I am not so good at remembering to change things daily.  So for this project we took the time to put the dates on each strip of the chain, just in case we miss a day. You can see the dates in the pictures below.

Since I wanted to put the dates on each page I used a simple year on a page calendar found HERE) - to mark the dates with the right color chain so we didn’t mess it up.

Magical vacation countdown chain

The girls helped mark the calendar and helped cut the strips.  I would have had them staple everything together (they did help with the black ears) but I ended up doing it late one night after they went to bed.  I added the white dots with white stickers – cut from the edge of that letter sheet.  I did use my silhouette to cut the black paper with the ears on it.

Magical vacation countdown chain

I had to hang it in the stairway – it was to long to put it where I wanted to!  I will move it when it gets a little shorter – it goes down the to the landing (the picture just shows the railing at the top).
Magical Vacation Chain Countdown

I added a little sign at the top – it is hard to see in the picture, that says “Countdown to Disney”.  I put bling dots on the top two “bodies” and just the white circles on all the others.  Seeing these cute little Mickey’s when I go up and down the stairs just make me smile.Magical Vacation Chain Countdown

This chain would not only be great for a countdown but also for decorating at a birthday party or your resort room!  What would you use these cute chains for?

My girls are really looking forward to going and this chain brings happiness and memories to them each day!  We are currently getting our clothes together and making a few fun shirts so watch for them in my next post.

  Krisi is a memory keeper and Disney enthusiast, planning her first trip to Walt Disney World
after 40+ trips to Disneyland. She can be found at Krisi’s Kreations, on Facebook, and Instagram.


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