Monday, December 26, 2016

Disney Scrapbooking Guide!

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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 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!)

1 comment :

  1. This was great! I love that your scrapbooks are litterally scrapbooks with bits of stuff from your trip rather than just pictures and stuff from Michael's craft store. I collect a ton of stuff too but just never manange to put anything together in a book. Maybe when the little ones are older and will leave me alone for more than five minutes I can get scrappin.