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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!
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!
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.
Enjoy & Happy Scrapping! (& Ask away if I have piqued your interest with any of my pics or ideas! I love scrap talk!)