Over the last five years, I've been to Disney World three times. I've taken literally thousands of pictures. I have millions of priceless family memories from each trip. I've purchased more Disney-related scrapbooking products than I care to admit to. Despite all this, I have a dirty secret. I have never finished a Disney album. I've tried after each trip, but I have never succeeded in creating a full, printed book. I am happy to report that I am *thisclose* to righting that wrong and finishing a full Disney album.
- Use one product, and stick with it. In the past, I'd search for products to use for each individual layout. So, I'd need a Rapunzel kit for when we met Rapunzel, and a Magic Kingdom kit for time in the Magic Kingdom…it goes on and on. I used to think that if I didn't find the right product, I couldn't get the layouts done. For this project, I committed to basically one product line. By doing that, I eliminated the time I would spend looking for and getting a new product AND I was able to create more unity in the book. Did I use other products? Sure, but they became more secondary pieces to support the look of the main pages.
- Keep it simple. If you've ever seen one of my scrapbook layouts, you know that I am not a “clean and simple” scrapbooker. I like to layer, cluster, and basically throw things on a layout until I think it looks done. For this project, I used the cleaner “pocket style” of scrapbooking. I used very few additional elements, and I really tried to stick to having simple layouts. Doing layouts like this really left the focus on the pictures and memories, and the big bonus: it's a lot quicker to get done!
- Accept that not EVERY memory will make the cut. In the past, I had been focused on getting every single memory from our trip into the pages. Would that have been great? Yeah, but it was taking me absolutely forever to get them all done. When I started this project, I let go of the idea that everything needed to be included. I could include the big memories, and if I really wanted to explore one further, I could do a separate page on it. Memory keeping doesn't mean every memory.