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Let it Snow Flamingo with Harvey's!

Monday, January 9, 2017

It is no secret that here at Picturing Disney we love rocking Disney Parks style and couture bags are a favorite here. Whether collaborating with Disney or with their own seasonal lines, Harvey's always hits the spot! 

For our winter Harvey's review we got to check out the awesome Snow Flamingo line. Let me just start with ---
Harvey's, you had me at flamingo.
 The adorable Mini Foldover purse is just divine! Perfect for a crossbody, with the right mix of turquoise, pink, and black to feel feminine and colorful while not seeming like you are dreaming of springtime all winter long. And that flamingo charm is literally EVERYTHING.

We also checked out the Streamline Crossbody bag. At the same pricepoint ($108) this one is just as it sounds, more streamlined. It has a zip top a little more black and less color (no turquoise at all) and hugs a little closer to your body when you are wearing it. The quality of Harvey's bags, durability, and ability to adjust straps and wipe clean most stains make them perfect everyday bags and therefore perfect park bags as well! The Valentine's line just came out so snatch up some Snow Flamingo while you still can... and soak up all the winter sun you can with a tiny pink zipper pull to remind you that the bright summer sun is just around the corner!

Happy New Year of Great Books to Read from Disney Publishing!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Disney has some great new books coming out from Disney Baby and this adorable book and card set is a unique take on a baby book! The book is meant for babies and in the box comes cards for you to record all your bundles first times!

 And what better way to for big sister to cash in some gift cards than a great Descendants novelization of Return to the Isle of the Lost! The cover art is just beautiful on this book!

And, as you can imagine, I am psyched about Disney getting on board with the inspirational coloring and doodling books! The Art of Coloring series is FANTASTIC and the Disney Animals book is just beautiful!

As is this creative and adorable Marvel Doodle Book

And to round out our list, The Happiest Book Ever, is a classic in the tradition of The Book with No Pictures and I don't want to give it away just say that this IS the happiest book ever and you will NOT be disappointed that you nabbed this up! Also, get ready to invite a realistic frog and a cartoon dancing cake into your family! 

Disney Scrapbooking Guide!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Want a printable, full color, photo-filled PDF version of this guide? Head over here!
I should preface this by saying I have the eyes of a scrapbooker! I collect so many little nostalgic papers and cards that my husband even sometimes asks things like “Hun, did you take any of the paper coasters with you?” when we are packing up! I adore scrapbooking and Disney scrapbooking is the most fun! And this post is going to be INCREDIBLY chock full of pictures and ideas so bear with me if it takes a while to load!  So the first way to save some money and make your scrapbook original is to find and save as many of the following as you can:

Park Maps and Times Guides
I always save 2 pristine maps from each park, as well as 2 Times Guides from our trip.  This way if I want to cut one up I still have one, specific from our trip time to tuck into my scrapbook and look back at.  I also grab doubles of Specialty maps (from ticketed parties or the Epcot festivals).  These are great to use as not only a page background but I like to section off my scrapbooks by park and I cut a slit in my page protector to pop the map out of so I can unfold it to look at how the parks have evolved over our trips

Disney Travel Docs
Did you book your own trip? Save all the welcome mail from Disney from your booking (even adorable envelopes), the brochures, DVDS, or personalized maps you may have ordered as well.  Did you get a pin code postcard in the mail? SAVE IT! Maybe you book through a Disney Travel Agent? Save his/her card, save your confirmations, and even if you aren’t going to use all those DME tags or luggage tags- keep them!

Business Cards/Restaurant Items
You will find that some of the sit down restaurants will have business cards when you go up to check in- grab one! Some have specialty coasters as well- don’t forget to take an extra! Heck, I even took an extra set of chopsticks from Teppan Edo and saved the plastic Sci-Fi Dine-In toothpick from my dessert! These made awesome embellishments for my scrapbook pages!

Hotel Paperwork
Use the folder from the front desk at your hotel to stow away any papers you come across that you want to stay nice and flat.  The Check in/out paperwork always have great graphics that can be used.  Your room often has personalized cards by the toiletries from your mousekeeper, cute paper coasters near your glasses, as well as an occasional notepad with the logo on it and other such small papers.  The front desk often also has some kind of paperwork you could use (for example Map of the Epcot Resort Area that can be found at the Boardwalk).

Now I know there are a lot of collectors out there but I for one always like to save a couple things to add that others may use as part of a collection.  1- I always put the cards that come with my Vinyls in my scrapbook from the trip I got them at.  This may seem sacrilegious to hardcore collectors but I collect them because its fun, open all the boxes, and keep the cards in a jar with other random trinkets in my kitchen otherwise.  2- Same goes for pressed pennies! I will get one every once in a while but for the most part am not a collector.  With a little raised tape on back these are great dimensional embellishments.  Also, don’t forget to save your drawings from the Animation Academy and your Keys to the World! Unused fast passes also make great embellishments as well as nametags from Tours or Dinner shows!

Now, once you have nabbed all your freebie paper embellishments, taken your 1000s of pictures and had a great, wonderful, amazing trip- its time to create your book! The only tip I have is to BE ORGANIZED! I like to theme my book or set it up in a certain way.
Here are some of my favorite ideas:

1.  Set it up like a storybook.  This DCWV scrap stack is AWESOME for that! It has fairytale storybook properties on the pages and you can use a fine point Sharpie to write over the typeprint to tell your story.

2.  My Year in Disney.  In 2011 I won’t have just one trip to Disney parks, but instead 3 trips to Disney World, 1 to Disneyland, and many other Disney adventures (Broadway shows, Times Square, Disney on Ice, etc) where I have been separating my book month by month.  Each month starting with a new page themed for that month/season.

3.  Park by Park.  I often like to separate all my pictures by Resort, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Downtown Disney (usually in that order as well) or similarly for a Disneyland trip I would do Resort, Disneyland Park, California Adventure, Downtown.

4. Day by Day.  With awesome guidebooks like Passporter, that allow you to quickly answer a few questions about your day, plus records of your ADRs, you will find yourself easily able to use a chronological timeline of your trip.

Also keep in mind before you upload your pictures and order them, a lot of website offer different discounts (sometimes up to 500 prints for a penny) so check out www.retailmenot.com for discount codes! I know printing at home is an option for many but I find the ink or paper has properties that sometimes get stuck to the plastic or fades unlike the acid free paper in the albums.
Enjoy & Happy Scrapping! (& Ask away if I have piqued your interest with any of my pics or ideas! I love scrap talk!)

A Charlie Brown Christmas from LeSportSac

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Just as you all did, here at Picturing Disney we collectively LOVED the collaboration between LeSportSac and the Peanuts! And now they are back with new great patterns and awesome unique designs! These would make a great last minute gift for someone you love (even if that someone you feel like shopping for is YOU)! Here is a multi-bag review of the great bags in the new Peanuts Collection!

As you all know, I love me a tote (I think this statement can be made for any mother or teacher) especially when its a zipper top. But with zipper pulls like this... I mean #Icanteven! I use a LeSportSac Hailey tote for work daily and bring all my books that I had intended to grade back and forth to work. Our reviewer of this bag was stoked as a retiree who was looking for something durable, water resistant and with a zip top (again, those zipper pulls though) so she could carry her crochet products back and forth when she was on the go!
"I have loved the Peanuts gang since I was a little girl and honestly I have always loved everything I have ever gotten from LeSportSac. The fabric washes easy and holds its color. You would not believe how hard it can be to find a decent sized zipper tote that I can count on!"

New for me to check out are these great Essential Wristlets!

 Our reviewers had this to say:
"I have been looking for a great grab a go bag, when I can't tote my purse around with a diaper bag as well.  Carrying both is too much but if I keep my wallet in here I can quickly grab it and throw my phone and keys in it if I have to run out for formula or diapers!"
"Sometimes I don't want to carry a big bag but I need more than just my wallet. It's great for shopping or running errands! And I have already gotten so many compliments on it! "

Snoopy in the Stars
Snoopy Stargazer

And finally, this amazing design on the small cosmetic bag.  
Our reviewer, a college student who needed something she could keep both makeup, essentials, and even pens & pencils in. "The best part about this bag, and all the cosmetic bags I have actually ever seen from this company is the 3-sided zipper. Being able to unzip around the bag on three sides makes it easy to find what I am looking for and I never have those awkward moments where I drop something that was meant to stay in my bag and unseen!"

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