Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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

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! 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Disney Scrapbooking Guide!

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 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!)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Charlie Brown Christmas from LeSportSac

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!"

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Winter Wish List Must Haves by Wonder Forge!


Wonder Forge has outdone themselves this holiday season! My 12, 10, and 8 year olds helped us review these new games! I will start at their very favorite! "Where's Olaf?" This is meant for children far younger than mine but they really got into it! Its basically a simple board-game version of the hot/cold game that comes with pre-carded questions. So someone hides Olaf and then the other player(s) have to look around for him based on the questions they pull up and the hiders answers. Our Olaf may just end up hanging with Sazwop, our Elf on the Shelf! ;)

Although we really loved The Good Dinosaur game that seemed similar to this last year, Boulder Burst was a little young for my brood! They played without a complaint but this is much better suited for the range of Pre-K to around 1st grade I think. Our 2nd grader enjoyed it most but I think it carried greater appeal for those who watch The Lion Guard!

We love Eye Found It! And the Star Wars version did NOT disappoint! The only drawback to this game being the Star Wars version was that our 10 year old fanatic could sweep the board because he already knew which planets he could likely find someone. For example, his sister chose Jakku for the first planet to search for Princess Leia but he went right for Endor following by Hoth and spotted her twice. 

We haven't had a chance to play the Marvel Hero Training Game, I Can Do That because it was clearly pegged for the age group Boulder Burst was. Based on the adorable tools, unique gameplay, and Wonder Forge's reputation for games filled with family fun-- we know our cousins are going to love playing this when we see them over the holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Welcome Moana to your Disney family this holiday season!

I loved the feeling I had when I left the theater after saying this movie and in the tradition of the "new new classics" (as I like to affectionately call them being my childhood was filled with the "new classics" like Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Lion King, Beauty & the Beast to differentiate from the "original classics" like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White). In this world it is so great to have a movie that any child can relate to-- that can appeal to a kid no matter their gender or ethnicity-- because then we empower ALL kids and that is what childhood should be about!

We've been slowly reviewing some great Disney products and I thought a little roundup was needed (considering this year, at our house, Santa is going to be saying "Mo! Mo! Mo!" as he leaves presents under our tree)!

There are multiple Moana dolls out but the Disney Store version takes the cake! she has an oar with her and directions for turning her box into a boat! You can nab the doll pictured above from the Disney Stores or website, and they also sell a deluxe singing version

The novelized version of the film was beautiful crafted- complete with a canvas cover and tattoos! We featured it in our most recent book round-up along with the beautiful Disney Art of Coloring Moana book that might just be my favorite sample I have ever received!

And, of course, we can't look at the best of Moana merch without another shoutout to the beautiful new line from LeSportSac! Enter to win this great bag starting tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

LeSportSac Moana Collection!

The LeSportSac Moana Collection is spunky and spiritful!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

LeSportSac Moana Weekender Prize Pack!

Here at Picturing Disney, we have had a longstanding relationship with LeSportSac, although we are always open about our partners sending us samples they go above and beyond sending us items to share with YOU! And this is one beautiful bag and comes with a flat cosmetic bag!

I adore the new Moana collection (and you will hear all about my love for the new LeSportSac lines this week)! This bag is just fantastic! I have multiple sizes in the weekender and love this for one has no bounds! I use it for sleepovers for our children, to stow under our seats as my personal item on planes, to carry books around when I attend workshops and conferences for school, and of course as an oversized satchel for my NYCC haul each year! I have used my Monster's Inc one over and over in the last few years and it remains in as good as new shape! 

On top of the fabulous bag, I am going to throw in a Pirates of the Caribbean Inspired Wish Bracelet from my Etsy shop and some surprise books from one of our recent shipments from Disney Publishing for this prize pack! 

The contest will run from 12/16 to 12/22 and you can use the rafflecopter links below! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Free Printable Disney World Photo Scavenger Hunt!!

As always, I like to give credit where credit is due, when I first started searching the internet to see if someone else had developed this sort of list I stumbled on a few more generic "pictures everyone should take on the their Disney trips" lists and even a few printables.  

The one over on Travel Hyper linked to some free pattern pieces on the blog Sprik Space which I used for the adorable chevron backgrounds.  And I found the fonts, as always on the free font site Da Font.