Paper Pieceings for It’s a Small World — including a Holiday Overlay!

Posted on by Stephanie in 03) Back Home After The Trip, Electronic Die Cutting Machines, Organizing Photos, Pocket Scrapping (Project Life), Scrapbooking (digital or paper), Uncategorized 1 Comment

To recreate the Small World marquee I used two Cricut Cartridges, the George Basic Shapes and the Alphalicious font. For all the elements on the layout I used the Bazzill  Bling paper. There is just something about the ride that goes so well with the bling paper. I alternated the colors of the boxes between two shades of the same color and then adhered every other letter with pop dots to add dimension.

If you are looking to create the rest of the Small World Dolls for the title, or to highlight pictures from inside the ride you should check out this cartridge if you have a Cricut. You can also add more landmarks to the layout using this cartridge as well

The paper dolls were all created using the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. For the rest of the layout I made polaroid style frames for my pictures and used an old label maker to add the character names to the frames.

I have created two spreadsheets with the files used organized by character if you want to make individual characters and then by color to make the most out of your cardstock. Download:

Small_World_Paper_Dolls by character

Small_World_Paper_Dolls by character

Now if you want to add your own version of the holiday overlay, you can achieve the look with the Cuttin’ Up & George Basic Shapes Cricut cartridges.

Have fun creating your own versions of this iconic attraction!

Stephanie is an avid paper crafter, scrapbooker, and lover of all things Disney. She also enjoys playing with geeky toys to create her paper creations! When not creating scrapbook pages about her husband and son, she can be found at making handmade paper crafts for parties and events.


Creating a Jungle Cruise title & the Jingle Cruise overlay

Posted on by Stephanie in 03) Back Home After The Trip, 04 Tools, Electronic Die Cutting Machines, Pocket Scrapping (Project Life), Scrapbooking (digital or paper) 4 Comments

You just got to love the Jungle Cruise, it’s an original attraction with a classic look. I found a font that closely matched the attraction sign, Brian James, and cut it out of vanilla cardstock and shadowed it with a deep red. I then cut 3 strips of olive green cardstock to mimic the plank slats in the sign.

Now to create the holiday overlay. This time I cut the lowercase “i” out of vanilla cardstock and then cut a small piece of red with thin layers of vanilla to make the frame. I used an svg set from Miss Kate Cuttables to create the string of lights, there are lots of sets to choose from to make the look complete.

I’ll continue this series with more attraction signs and if there are Holiday Overlays I’ll do my best to recreate those as well.

Stephanie is an avid paper crafter, scrapbooker, and lover of all things Disney. She also enjoys playing with geeky toys to create her paper creations! When not creating scrapbook pages about her husband and son, she can be found at making handmade paper crafts for parties and events.

Everything is Awesome at Legoland Florida

Posted on by Steph in Legoland 1 Comment

When we went to Disney World last June, my kids made me promise them that the next time we were in Florida, we would visit some “off site” attractions and Legoland was at the top of the list. I was worried about doing Legoland with my 14 year old and 8 year old because so many people had told me that Legoland really was for littler kids. Let me tell you right now, THEY WERE WRONG! We all loved LOVED Legoland!!

My two kids that were with me for this part of the trip are pretty big Lego fans; so that could have been part of it. I enjoy Legos, nothing like Katie, but I think they are super fun! If I didn’t struggle with arthritis as much as I do, I would build more. Back to Legoland….

We rented a car for our entire trip and drove from Disney World to Legoland for one day, arriving at opening. My daughter’s number one priority for the day was to meet Laval and Cragger from World of Chima. We headed to World of Chima very first thing and were easily able to find out when they would start meeting people. We were able to come back later in the afternoon and catch them together. My daughter was super nervous when she was meeting them, but did the most adorable ‘happy dance’ after she had her photo taken with them. Here’s the photo from our Digital Photo Deal, that I will share next.

Digital Photo Deal

We purchased the “all inclusive digital photo deal” for $49.99, which included one 8×10 printed and in a Legoland paper folder/frame and digital downloads of our photos. We only had 6 digital downloads, three of which were on ride photos. There were a lot more ride photo ops, but we spent more of our time watching shows and looking at Lego creations. This is one of the BIG reasons I think Legoland is worth TWO DAYS!

My favorite ride was “Lost Kingdom Adventure” but I wasn’t very good at it…lol (it WAS my first time on this ride, so keep that in mind)! It was fun to have our scores right on the photos though:

Learn From My Mistakes

  • Leave Cameras and Bags Behind – I figured that Legoland would be like Disney World and I would be able to take my bag and camera on the rides, not so. When we went to ride our first ride and I found out that I needed to LEAVE my camera and bag behind in a cubby, but the ride exit, I decided not to ride. We ended up walking back to the car to drop my camera, lenses, etc. off so that I could ride without worrying about all that expensive stuff walking off. I used my phone instead. Walking to the car and back to the park ate up pretty valuable park time.
  • Allow More Time – I would LOVE to do Legoland again and have two days! My kids really, really wanted to have two days as well. I did tell them that next time we go, we will plan for two days; they are hoping this will include a night at the Legoland Hotel (opening June 2015). This would give us enough time to see all of the shows AND ride all of the rides, maybe some of them twice!
  • Ride More Rides with Photos – I was letting my kids take their time looking at things and just enjoying the experience. I didn’t want to hurry them a long or rush them (ANOTHER reason we need TWO DAYS), so we didn’t get as many on ride photos as we could have.

Photo Ops

There are soooo many fun photo ops in Legoland!! This was a favorite for my kids! They were jumping next to Lego creations and BEGGING me to take their photos! I was in HEAVEN!!!
My daughter seems to find team members (or cast members) that are crush worthy and Jake was it this trip. He was super patient with my daughter as she chased him around the driving course. Look at her smile!
There were so many things that we LOVED about Legoland, but one of my very favorites was this:
YES!!!  Diet Mtn Dew, on tap, at the Pizza and Pasta place!!!!!!!!!
We closed Legoland down, and as we were walking out, and the kids were talking about how much fun they had, and how they wished we could come back the next day; I was trying to figure out in my head how to make it work. But, the rest of our group was flying in the next day, and we just couldn’t do it. Next time, I will plan TWO DAYS for Legoland!


Merry Christmas to our listeners, readers, followers, and friends! Thank you for your support! ##FB

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Merry Christmas to our listeners, readers, followers, and friends! Thank you for your support! ##FB #cmlive via Instagram

A little video with my Post Disney Depression theme song

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Inspiring Young Memory Keepers – Disney Style

Posted on by Alison in 03) Back Home After The Trip, Creating Magic at Home 1 Comment

Inspiring Young Memory Keepers – Disney Style

The holidays are right around the corner.  And with all the preparations and festivities they will zoom by before you know it.  This year I am encouraging my children to jot down their memories, as they happen.

In the past, I have used technology to help me remember.  I have snapped pics with my cell phone, texted notes in a Diary app, and even done mock-ups for layouts all on my phone.  The problem is that often my pictures and notations get ‘stuck’ on my phone.  It gives me a false sense of Memory Keeping.  Sure, I got that… it is on my phone.

In the process, my children aren’t really seeing the long term value of Memory Keeping, because they really don’t see the end result… and neither do I.

So, I am shifting gears this year.  This year I am encouraging my kids to write down their memories, as they happen.

I am printing our sheets of Disney-inspired shapes.  Like this one.

















I have purposely selected simple shapes; because I want them to cut them out… with scissors (I know… my silhouette will be so jealous).
















It doesn’t matter to me if they write on one side or both, or use several shapes to tell a story.  I just want them to begin to start telling their own stories.

I haven’t decided how to display their stories yet.  I am thinking of clothes pins on twine, or placing on a door, or on the table at Thanksgiving.

I came up with a different shape for the Christmas season.  This shape will be used to create a Wreath of Memories.
















I hope you like these ideas.  I would love to hear your ideas for helping children become Memory keepers… Disney Style!

Gifts Inspired by Disney

Posted on by Alison in Creating Magic at Home, Holidays 4 Comments

Looking for Unique Character Gifts?

My daughter love Megara.  If you don’t remember her, that is because she is from Hercules, which was released in 1997.  If you do remember her, you are definitely a serious Disney fan!  The problem is that I have a hard time finding Megara-type gifts.  Or I did, at least until this year.  The internet has exploded with a ton of awesome merchandise, so if you are looking for something interesting and perhaps a bit different, don’t look any further.

Tee Shirts

Check out these wonderful new tee shirt designs.

Like I said earlier, Megara is a great character, it is just hard to find her.  This shirt is sooo her.

I love this outline art.  I think this is just precious.  And there is one that has six princesses on it!



This is a great Meleficient shirt, that doesn’t forget the dragon.

 And here is another not so scary shirt.  Sully, as seen through the eyes of Boo!

 This watercolor look is very popular right now, and looks great on Sully and Mike.

 How cute is this… Buzz flying through space!


Baymax is our new household hero!  I love that this shirt shows his true nature and his warrior side!


 Frozen is everywhere, but I love this shirt!


Society6 has quite a lot of Disney inspired art.  You can also order them as pillows, totebags, cards and just about anything you can imagine.

Check out these options

Isn’t this modern take on Toy Story just great.  I love the colors and can just hear, “You got a Friend in Me” every time I look at it.


This is just beautiful.  And it might be going under the tree for me!  I love the light in this Art Print.  I love how it looks like stained glass, and I loved this part of the movie… win, win, win.


And who doesn’t like warm hugs.

Awesome poster of Baymax.



Etsy has a ton of great inspired by Disney gifts.

This Watercolor look is so beautiful.  Great for those little girls that love Frozen.

Are you thinking spaghetti?  Me, too!!


 These bookmarks would make great stocking stuffers.  How cute!

I hope that you are inspired by some of these items.  I love so many of them.  Do you know of any inspired by Disney art?  I would love to see it! Comment below!

I love that the PhotoPass photogs are taking close ups of my kids expressions too (at the character meets). I was sooo pleased with our results yesterday! They were snapping like crazy!! Got over 100 PhotoPass photos, two videos, and we were only in the parks a few hours! ##FB

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I love that the PhotoPass photogs are taking close ups of my kids expressions too (at the character meets). I was sooo pleased with our results yesterday! They were snapping like crazy!! Got over 100 PhotoPass photos, two videos, and we were only in the parks a few hours! ##FB #cmlive via Instagram

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride Video & Pictures

Posted on by Heather in 02) When You're There, Disney World, MemoryMaker, Photography, Rides, Video 1 Comment

On ride pictures is nothing new at Disney World. If you have Memory Maker and are wearing a magic band, you no longer have to go to a register after the ride to have your ride picture added. Your picture is automatically added to Memory Maker!

And now, two rides have added on ride video! There is stock video of portions of the ride, and then a short video of YOU on the ride is spliced in. Tower of Terror was the first ride to do this, but I still haven’t conquered this ride at Disney World. ;) The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has also added video, plus TWO on ride pictures!

The first picture is taken when you are coming out of the dark ride portion of the ride into a drop.

Here’s another version taken as it was starting to get dark. When you go on this ride at night, you will easily be able to tell where the pictures are, since the flashes are really obvious.

You can also see that the picture looks different depending on where you sit in the ride vehicle. You will usually be in the center of the the picture, so every person in the same ride vehicle actually has a slightly different picture! If you want a picture with the front of the ride vehicle, you would have to sit in the first few rows.

The second picture is taken later in this same drop, as you’re moving towards the end of the ride. Don’t be like me and hold onto your camera the whole time if you want a really good on ride picture. ;)

The on ride video is taken at the same places as these two pictures. Click on the image below to watch the full on ride video!

Click image to watch Seven Dwarfs Mine Train On Ride Video

The on ride video is a .mp4 file. Right now, you can only download them if you purchase Memory Maker. You can’t purchase them separately. You will be able to view the video on the photopass site if you did not purchase Memory Maker, but you won’t be able to buy or download it.

One more note, I rode Mine Train 3 times this trip, and only 2 of rides ended up on the Photopass site. In the past, if you didn’t add your ride pictures within a few days to a week, they would be lost. I emailed when I got home, almost 2 weeks later, and they were immediately added! So make sure you check and, as with any missing photopass pictures, contact them and they will hopefully find them for you.

I’m hoping that Disney will continue to add on ride video to more rides, since they are a fun addition!

Heather is an annual passholder that loves coming up with excuses to take a trip to the World. Follow her adventures at Disney on twitter , instagram, and facebook. Visit her website, I Love Characters, to see pictures of the over 200 characters she’s met at Disney World and Disneyland.

Capture Your Buttons

Posted on by Chelle in 02) When You're There, 03) Back Home After The Trip, 04 Tools, Photobooks, Pocket Scrapping (Project Life), Scrapbooking (digital or paper) 2 Comments

With each trip we take, we seem to bring home more buttons.  Sometimes the buttons tell part of the magical story of our trip.  Here are a few tips for adding those buttons to your digital memories by taking a photograph & extracting the button.

Photographing Buttons Tips:

  • Place the button flat, face up on a well-lit surface.  I had to use something thick to help the button lay flat despite the pin back.
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Outside on an overcast day or in front of a bright window
  • Use a tripod aimed straight down toward the button
Extracting Buttons in Photoshop Elements:
Step 1:  View>Show Rulers.  With the move tool selected, click on the ruler and drag out a guideline to SLIGHTLY INSIDE the edge of the button.  Repeat for all 4 sides of the button.
Step 2:  View>Snap to> Guides.  (Note:  This is a toggle function.  If you see the check mark, snap-to is already turned on.)
Using the ellipse marquee tool (it is found “under” the rectangular marquee tool…
Click near the upper left spot where the guidelines intersect and drag down to the bottom right place where the guidelines intersect.
Step 3:  Ctrl(Cmd on a Mac) – J to duplicate just the button portion of the photo.  Now you can turn off the “whole photo” layer and either save the button as a .png file or drag it onto your layout.
Here’s my most recent “button” memory:

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