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Where’s Minnie Me on Easter Weekend?

Posted on by Steph in 06 Minnie Me, Where's Minnie Me Leave a comment

The “Where’s Minnie Me” this weekend, might look familiar. I couldn’t resist using it for Easter weekend though!! Everyone should have a GREAT chance at guessing her location!!

You don’t have to know where she is to enter! You can also like a post on our Facebook page, Tweet about the contest, or pin this post, or something else from CapturingMagic.me. You get TWO entries for each thing you do and you can do them everyday. You can do all of the Rafflecopter entries everyday the contest is open for multiple chances to win! There are plenty of chances for EVERYONE! All entries via Rafflecopter will be verified and if we are unable to verify them, that entry will be disqualified.

There will be ONE random winner selected from those that guess WHERE Minnie Me is, correctly (in the survey form below) and one random winner selected by those that enter through RaffleCopter (also below). Each winner will receive $25 in PayPal cash. You CAN enter by both guessing AND through RaffleCopter, but you can only win for ONE of them (please allow 48 for deposit to be made).

If you’re guessing where Minnie Me is, PLEASE ONLY ONE GUESS PER PERSON

If you are in a reader or email, you will need to come to the site to enter. Please note, sometimes, the Rafflecopter entry form doesn’t show up in Safari, click the link below to access the Rafflecopter site and enter.

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Social Media and Your Disney Memories!

Posted on by Aaron in Pocket Scrapping (Project Life) 1 Comment
It’s hard to imagine that ten years ago, no one really knew what social media was. We didn’t post status updates, or share our selfies on Instagram, and the hashtag was nothing more than that symbol that meant number. In today’s world, social media has become part of the everyday conversation. Our world is dominated by Likes, Fan Pages, and 140 characters…so naturally, it would begin to factor into our Disney memories.
When I went to Disney World in 2012, I knew that I wanted to included social media to some extent in my album, but I wasn’t really sure how. Knowing that I was going to do my album in pocket style, I went on a search for some pocket scrapbooking cards to use for my album. I was lucky enough to find these gems from Pepppermint Creative, and they were free!
 
I used the cards in a few different spots in my album.
I also used an Instagram style freebie that I found from Traci Reed.
 
You can see it here.
I am really happy with these additions to my album, I think they bring some everyday authenticity to the pages. If you are interested in adding some social media cards to your pocket album, here are some other great resources.
Hope they can help you catch all of those awesome Disney memories!

Send Postcards From Inside Disneyland

Posted on by Tanya in 01) Before You Go, 02) When You're There, Disneyland, Extra Magic, Souvenirs, Uncategorized 2 Comments

Have you ever noticed the mailboxes that are located around Disneyland and Disney California Adventure?  I am sure a lot of people haven’t given them a second thought, but they are actual functioning mailboxes!

Years ago if you dropped a postcard or letter into any of the mailboxes, they would be sent with a actual Disneyland postmark.  Sadly this does not happen anymore and all the collected mail is taken to a nearby post office and then sent.

But if you ask me, it is still a TON of fun to drop a postcard into one of the many mailboxes.

Last year I came across a photo book website called Artifact Uprising.  They had just come out with a fun postcard pack that you can make using your own photos.

I knew immediately that I would be using my own photos from around the park and that I would definitely want to send them FROM the park as well.  So I ordered them and they turned out fantastic!

I got my postcards all filled out and then ran around the parks looking for all the mailboxes I could find.  With a little internet help, I think I was able to find them all!

This is the first mailbox you will see when you walk into Disneyland.  Enter the gates and it is located to the left side, right before you head under the train tracks.

After you head under the train tracks, there is another on a light post, right outside City Hall.

There are FOUR more located on just Main Street alone!  All are on light posts.  One in front of Disney Clothiers, one outside the Emporium, one in front of the Camera Shop and one near the Magic Shop!

Keep heading up Main Street and there are two more.  One on the east side of the Hub and another on the west side of the Hub.

There is one outside Pooh Corner

Another in Critter Country right outside The Briar Patch.  Two in Frontierland.  Outside the Golden Horseshoe and outside the Silver Spur Supply shop.

Got one more in Frontierland outside the main entrance to the Pioneer Mercantile shop, one in Adventureland that is located on a wall outside the Bazaar, one in Fantasyland just outside the Castle Heraldry Shoppe and then one in Tomorrowland on the backside of Innoventions near the entrance to Autopia.

Back in ToonTown, there are no mailboxes.  This is NOT a working mailbox ;)

There are definitely not as many mailboxes over at California Adventure.  Just four, maybe five.

One on Buena Vista Street outside the Five & Dime, another near the wait times/guest service area of Carthay Circle, one in Paradise Pier outside Point Mugu Tattoo and another in the Grizzly River area by the park entrance to the Grand Californian Hotel.

I was informed that this full size mailbox in the Hollywood Backlot area was a working mailbox, but you can tell by my face that it definitely did not open. LOL!

Also, there is supposed to be another mailbox in the Pacific Wharf area, but its location is currently behind construction walls so I cannot confirm if it is still there are will still be there when the walls come down.

I had so much fun sending these postcards to all my friends and they all received them (I sent them all over the country!) within a couple days!

One last helpful tidbit, make sure you already have your postcard stamps!  They DO NOT sell stamps anywhere in the park or at the hotels.  I thought they did, but I was informed by Cast Members that they do not.  IF you want to send a postcard from the hotel and you do not have a stamp, no problem!  They send out mail complimentary at the front desk of the hotel.  This doesn’t really help if you want to mail from inside the park, but I thought it was a good tip to know =)

 

Tanya is the digital scrapbook designer known as Crossbone Cuts Designs. You can check out her designs and products at ScrapOrchard.com. Read her Disneyland trip reports on her Blog and you can also check her out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to follow along in her almost weekly adventures at the Disneyland Resort!


Creating your own planning spreadsheet

Posted on by Krisi in 01) Before You Go, 02) When You're There, Capturing Magic Trip Report 1 Comment

Our 180 day mark passed a couple weeks ago, and while trying to figure out timing for dining I created a spreadsheet I wanted to share for those planning a trip. I am including two different ways to download – as an excel file as well as a PDF (for those who just want to print it out and write it in by hand).

Disney planning/documenting worksheet   www.capturingmagic.me

This spreadsheet would also work great for those who just want to take quick notes about their day, while at the parks.  Include details about photos you took or something someone said as well as where you might have been at that time.

Disney planning/documenting worksheet www.capturingmagic.me

I plan on taking a copy with us  1) so we know where to be and when and 2) so I can add additional notes onto the spreadsheet of what we liked at those places, other things that we did etc.  This is in addition to the Walt Disney World Passporter that we have as well.  I will probably type the things set in stone in and then use pencil while we are there to lay things out day to day and update with what we actually did.

Here is a screenshot about how to add an arrow into your spreadsheet (if you have downloaded the excel file).  Simple to to the Insert Tab, then touch Symbol, then choose the arrow down and insert.

Adding arrows to your Disney planning/documenting worksheet www.capturingmagic.me

And here is a look at a couple days of the arrows in action…

Adding arrows to your Disney planning/documenting worksheet www.capturingmagic.me

Here is a look at a sample week laid out – this is just a portion of our trip plans so it isn’t very balanced but ours uses 3 sheets. (I am getting so excited!)

Handwritten Disney planning/documenting worksheet www.capturingmagic.me

Some other ideas to use the worksheets for besides you planning and documenting your trip – have your kids fill in a day how they would want to tour the park (let them use a couple squares as one day if needed to see what they think is the most important things to be doing.  You might find something really fun on theirs that you want to include in the master plan.

Download your copy of the spreadsheet HERE or the PDF copy HERE.

We would love to see what you create – link us up to your plans!


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.


it’s a small world: Create Your Own Digital Doll

Posted on by Beth in Scrapbooking (digital or paper) 1 Comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the celebration of “it’s a small world’s” 50th Anniversary, Disney has a website dedicated to sharing the love felt ’round the world for the beloved attraction, it’s memorable dolls, and it’s catchy song. It allows fans to participate in the celebration without ever having to leave their computer screen (although we know it would be much better to enjoy the ride in person!). One activity is a build-your-own-doll feature, which results in a customized digital doll that you can download to your computer. Here’s how to customize your own doll (or multiple ones if you wish):

1) Go to the website www.smallworld50.comClick on the “Build a Doll” button on the left side of the screen. (Note: I was also able to create a doll on my iPhone 5 by accessing the site and following these same steps. The digital doll will download to your phone and I saved it to my photo album.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Create your doll. Select your doll’s head, top, and bottom by clicking the arrows in either direction to see all of the options. Mix and match to your heart’s desire. Select skin tone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or, select “Surpise Me” for a randomly shuffled design. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Name your doll, and then click “Add Doll to Sing Along” to save your creation to the site’s collective sing along project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) After clicking “Add Doll to Sing Along,” you will see a page that gives you several options. Click “Download Doll” for an immediate download of your doll in PNG format. Click on “Share Doll” to share on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. (I did try this share feature on all three platforms, and all that was shared was a link to the website, not an image of the doll I created.) Click on “Try Again” to make another doll. This page also lets you know that Disney is giving a $1 donation to UNICEF with every doll that is added to the Sing Along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is one of the dolls I created and downloaded. They may be small digital files but they are very cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my first doll, which I placed on a 3×4 card and added my name and the framed edge. She would fit right in on a page with photos from the ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a 3×4 horizontal card with multiple dolls. One of my kids suggested that we have the entire family represented, which I think is a great idea! My youngest created the one boy with black hair and a red shirt. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because this website is for a special occasion, I am not sure how long it will be around. So be sure to check it out and get your sweet little digi dolls created and saved for your next project. Along with scrapbooking and photo albums, how cute would an “it’s a small world” baby shower or young child’s birthday party be? These would make a nice addition to any project!

And yes, be ready to get that song stuck in your head – it is played when you visit the website!

 

 

 

 

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.

 


Minnie Me and Goofy

Posted on by Steph in 06 Minnie Me, Capturing Magic With Minnie Me 1 Comment

Minnie Me was hanging out with Goofy in Town Square in Magic Kingdom. Isn’t she cute!? I think so!

Brandi was the random winner selected from those that guessed correctly where Minnie Me was. Madelyn was the random winner selected by Rafflecopter. She won for following us on Pinterest! :)

Thanks to all of you for playing along.

Just a note that the podcast will continue to be recorded every 10-14 days for the next couple of months as I get ready to move my family to a different state. We are looking forward to being less than a half days drive from Disneyland! :)


Where’s Minnie Me Today?

Posted on by Steph in 06 Minnie Me, Where's Minnie Me Leave a comment

Do you know where Minnie Me is today??

You don’t have to know where she is to enter! You can also like a post on our Facebook page, Tweet about the contest, or pin this post, or something else from CapturingMagic.me. You get TWO entries for each thing you do and you can do them everyday. You can do all of the Rafflecopter entries everyday the contest is open for multiple chances to win! There are plenty of chances for EVERYONE! All entries via Rafflecopter will be verified and if we are unable to verify them, that entry will be disqualified.

There will be ONE random winner selected from those that guess WHERE Minnie Me is, correctly (in the survey form below) and one random winner selected by those that enter through RaffleCopter (also below). Each winner will receive $25 in PayPal cash. You CAN enter by both guessing AND through RaffleCopter, but you can only win for ONE of them (please allow 48 for deposit to be made).

If you’re guessing where Minnie Me is, PLEASE ONLY ONE GUESS PER PERSON

If you are in a reader or email, you will need to come to the site to enter. Please note, sometimes, the Rafflecopter entry form doesn’t show up in Safari, click the link below to access the Rafflecopter site and enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Scrapbooking Disney from A-Z – Part One

Posted on by Gab in Organizing Photos, Photography, Scrapbooking (digital or paper) 1 Comment

If you’re lucky enough to visit any Disney park often, you will more than likely have a TON of Disney photos. What a complaint:  a mountain of Disney photos!! However, having too many photos (Disney or not) can be a problem.

We visited Hong Kong Disneyland around 8 times in the park’s first year of opening. At the time, my son was aged between 2 and 4 and so I was taking lots of photos on each trip. I quickly knew that there was no way I could possibly scrapbook each photo, as I took between 200 and 300 on each visit!

A friend of mine had just entered a scrapbooking competition run by Chatterbox (remember them!) where she did an A-Z album which captured the first 3 years of her childrens’ lives. I loved the simplicity of this idea … she set herself an A-Z list of topics she wanted to scrapbook, and off she went.

So I decided to do the same thing with my Disney photos. I’m a Mac user, and use iPhoto to organise my photos. So as I took the photos off my camera, I put any Disney ones into a folder. Then I sat down at my computer with a pen and paper and started to think of our personal A-Z list of Disney that I could use for page titles. I had “obvious” things like “Adventureland”, “Mickey”, “Buzz” and so on, but as I looked at my photos I realised I also wanted to try and capture my son’s personality at the time, so I became a bit creative with some of my title choices. I also wanted to make sure I captured any special moments or character interactions that he had.

One really fantastic encounter that Conor had on one of our first trips to the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel for breakfast was with Goofy. Goofy is probably my husband’s favourite character, too. Conor was almost 4 at the time and we had brought some toy cars along to breakfast with us. When Goofy approached our table, he noticed the cars and asked (mimed) Conor if he could play with them. Conor looked up at him and slowly nodded his head. Eventually, Goofy got down on the floor to play cars with Conor. Truly a magical Disney moment!

OK, back to my A-Z list of titles and the making of my album. As I knew I wanted to include photos that were taken over a period of time and not in chronological order, I decided that I wanted something to tie the album together in some way. The friend who was the inspiration for me had used Chatterbox products throughout her album. I’m a paper scrapper and started this album over 5 years ago now. Luckily, the company I chose to use for this album is still in operation: Basic Grey. I have used a huge variety of different BG lines through out this album, and have generally used the large monogram letters as the first letter of each title. Even with the variety of paper lines that I’ve used, there is still a consistent feel to the album, which I’m happy with.

The album opens with a title page with a picture of my family and Mickey (top left). The next page is “Adventureland”. My journaling talks about the fact that my son loves this land and always runs to find the drums to play. I took photos of the Adventureland signs. both during the day and at night. I used a close up of one of the signs as part of my title. I’m pretty sure that all the photos on this page were taken on different days.

The next page is actually the “You and Me Together” page with Goofy (shown above). Now I know that “Y” doesn’t come right after “A” in the alphabet, so this page is here really as a place holder. This is the beauty of a non-chronological album like this one. The next pages in the album are  double page spread called “Breakfast with Friends”, so I can move the “Y” page towards the end of the album when I have another “A” or “B” page to put in its place!

My son’s favourite ride for the longest time was the Buzz Lightyear ride. In fact this was almost his favourite thing to do in the whole park! So the next page in the album is called “Buzz” and talks about the fact that as much as he loves this ride, he was a bit scared of meeting the “real” Buzz!.

You can see that I’m using the large monogram letters from Basic Grey as the first letter of my titles. Sometimes I’ve painted these chipboard letters and sometimes I’ve covered them with patterned paper. And in some of BG’s older collections, they had cardstock versions of these letters that you could either glue onto the chipboard or use on their own.

The next letter in the alphabet is “C” and this is where my creative license came into play with titles. My next page is called “Crazy Cool Dudes” and has photos of my husband and son wearing the 3D goggles from Mickey’s Philharmagic and making silly faces at each other!

I’ll finish part one of this article here … and I’d be curious about what is your A-Z of Disney!

 

 

 


Getting your photos organized and learning to digi scrap

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

Template Janet Phillips, Libby Pritchett, Shawna Clingerman, fonts by Fontologie

I often get emails from readers and listeners wanting to know where you can learn to digi scrap. Some of you just want to write on your photos, some of you just want to print Project Life cards at home, some of you want to learn everything there is to know about digital scrapbooking.

I’m pleased to share that over the weekend, at our sister site, The Daily Digi, we launched an Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking class AND a Photo Organization Class: Click & Create Classes.

Imagine setting up a few things in your system and then have your photos AUTOMAGICALLY organize themselves, making it easy for you to find all of the photos of one person from your most recent trip to Disney!? You will learn how to do that and so much more in “Get Organized: Photos”! Melissa makes everything so EASY to understand! The class is in a PDF format with videos that you can watch right there in the PDF showing you all you need to know to have any photo just a click away!

Janet, is a Disney fan (she and her family lived in Orlando and had AP’s for a few years), and she will walk you through EVERYTHING you need to know to start digital scrapbooking, beginning with installing a trial version of Photoshop Elements. Janet is such a GREAT teacher and I have learned from these classes too (even though I have been digital scrapbooking for TEN YEARS)! The class is in PDF format with written instructions and videos demonstrations. The class also includes the supplies to create the layouts Janet walks you through.

Keep an eye on the Click & Create Classes from The Daily Digi for more great resources to help you document your Disney memories!


Episode 79: Project Life, Simple Stories, and Project Mouse – all things pocket scrapbooking

Posted on by Wendy in 03) Back Home After The Trip, 05 Podcast, Pocket Scrapping (Project Life) 6 Comments

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First time guest and team member, Wendy Reale joins Steph and shares how she has used Project Life, Simple Stories, Project Mouse, and pocket scrapbooking to document her recent Disney trips.

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Wendy Reale
Steph (Capturingmagic_ on Twitter and Instagram)

Show Notes

 

Picks With Pixie Dust

Wendy: Disney World PassPorter
Steph: WDW Tools (Elite membership $100 for a year w/10 watches; Regular members $10/watch)

 


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