Are you guys sick of me posting Disney stuff yet??
It's hard to stop when a) you love Disney as much as I do, and b) there's so much great product out there to create with!
Are you guys sick of me posting Disney stuff yet??
It's hard to stop when a) you love Disney as much as I do, and b) there's so much great product out there to create with!
This week I shared pics from our 1st trip to Disneyland and California Adventure. One of my favorite photo spots was in front of Monsters University in California Adventure. What I love about Disney is their eye for detail...I can sit and stair at all of the little details in stuff like this forever!
The first time we tried to get good pics it was too sunny and I ended up with 2 kids squinting for photos. Thankfully I remembered to take more pics when it wasn't quite as sunny and managed to get a couple good ones :)
Sometimes I have a tendency after a trip to scrapbook all of those wonderful memories but then I forget to actually keep some photos out for us to see everyday. So when the Monster Mash stamp set was released for Sweet Stamp Shop I knew immediately I wanted to create a cute photo with those adorable monster stamps!
I mounted my photo on some patterned paper and colored in a few of those adorable monsters with Copic markers, cut them all out, and mounted them on foam dots to make them pop out from the photo.
I colored that little guy green cause he reminds me of Mike ;)
It's hard to tell in the photo but I also added some glossy accents to the eyeballs.
Whenenver I do photo frames like this with a bit of dimension I like to take the glass out of the photo frame. But since the glass in this one doesn't come out I simply mounted the photo in front of the glass by simply slipping the edges of the paper behind the frame. Easy peasy!! And my decorated frame is done just in time for Halloween :)
Yesterday I talked about taking our first trip to Disneyland and Disneyland Park. If you missed it you can find it here.
I saved California Adventure and Cars Land for a separate post because there's just so much to share, especially with regard to Cars Land. So I'll get right to that!
Cars Land is nothing short of amazing. So on our first day in California Adventure that's the first thing we headed for. I will admit that a part of me worried it wouldn't live up to the huge expectations I had built up in my head.
I was so wrong!
You literally feel like you've stepped into the Cars move. No joke! Even if you're not a big Cars fan there is no way you won't be impressed with this. I will admit that when we rounded the corner to Cars Land I got a little teary eyed...almost like when I saw Cinderella Castle for the first time all those years ago. Cars was a big part of my son's childhood since the movie came out when he was just 2 1/2. We still have all the die-cast cars and now my little one plays with them :)
We got to see Red, Lightening McQueen & Mater driving down the street. We saw DJ's Dance n Drive (so fun!!). We rode Radiator Springs Racers many times during our trip. Mater's Junkyard Jamboree was so much more fun that we expected.
My 3 yr old squealed with laughter every time we rode it!
It is ah-MAZING how authentic everything looked! I could've just hung out there all day. In fact, maybe next time I just might :)
The rest of California Adventure was awesome as well. California Screamin' was such a great roller coaster. We rode it many times (thanks to fastpasses & parent swap).
Another favorite ride we rode many times was Tower of Terror. I loved how it was different from the WDW version (see, can't help comparing!).
We did get a chance to see World of Color. Great show but I have to say not everyone gets a great view. If you're not in the front of your section, chances are you're going to have an obstructed view. My son, who's about 4 1/2 ft tall, couldn't see half of it :( And we only had 1 row of people in front of us in our section. So next time we'll definitely get in line a bit sooner to make sure we get a better spot.
One of the things that was on my "make sure we get" list was a Mickey's kitchen sink. It's full of ice cream & toppings and you get to take the sink home! How fun is that??!
There's just so many things that make Disney parks great, I could go on and on forever! But this was just a tiny bit of our amazing trip!!
Next up, more fun Disney tips, tidbits, & fun stuff!
How has it been 4 months already??!! I just went to a craft retreat over the weekend & worked on my Disney album and had so much fun reliving all of our Disney memories!!! We've been to Disneyworld many times but this was our 1st trip to Disneyland and it lived up to every expectation...and then some!
I spent a lot of time researching the parks (there are 2 parks compared to 4 in Disneyworld, not counting the WDW water parks) and hotels (there are only 3 Disney hotels in DL). Ultimately we decided to stay at a non-Disney hotel. I will admit I was a little worried about staying "off property". All we've ever known is WDW and it's all ecompassing magic staying on property. I was worried that it wouldn't seem "Disney enough".
Happily I was very wrong!!
We stayed at the Anaheim Fairfield Inn which was across the street from Disneyland and only about 5-6 hotels down the street. I forked over the extra money to have a themed room on a higher floor which just added to our Disney excitement!
The view from the balcony outside our room
I asked for and got the Toy Story themed room. Yes, it's essentially just some pictures on the wall, bedding, & shower curtain. But it added to our experience for sure. Having an upper level was great because we could see California Adventure from outside our door (in the photo you can see Tower of Terror, Mickey's Fun Wheel & California Screamin'...very cool at night!). The first night we got there we went to Downtown Disney and when we got back Disneyland had started their fireworks so we got to see that from the other side of our floor. Very cool!!!
We spent 5 days at the parks. Most people I asked said 2-3 days tops would be plenty but I'm so glad I opted for the 5 day tickets. Don't let the size of the Disneyland parks fool you...there is a LOT packed into those parks!!! I'm going to save California Adventure for my next post because Cars Land alone is worth a separate post!
We also had park hopper tickets but honestly there were only 2 nights out of the 5 that we utilized that, going to Disneland after California Adventure closed. So I don't know that I would pay the extra money for those again.
Walking into Disneyland Park was amazing (as is any 1st time to a Disney park!). I know a lot of die hard WDW people don't like Sleeping Beauty castle because it is much smaller than Cinderella castle. Yes, it is much smaller. But honestly, I thought it was so stinkin' cute!!
I tried to go on this trip with the idea that I wouldn't be comparing everything to WDW but sometimes it's hard not to. The thing I liked about our trip to Disneyland was that things were different. Even rides that both parks share were different. I loved that. It gives big Disney fans like us an entirely different and unique experience!
We spent 2 full days at Disneyland Park and 3 full days at California Adventure which gave us ample opportunity to experience lots of rides, shows, parades & meals.
One of our favorite meals was at Big Thunder Rance BBQ. It is served family style and let me tell ya, we chowed down!!
During the fireworks we got to see Tinkerbell and Dumbo fly!!! (Dumbo only flies in the summer)
Unfortunately, the Disneyland Parks only have 5 character meals (and 3 of those are at their hotels) so we opted to do the 2 that are in the parks. At the Plaza Inn character breakfast we got to me 9 characters!!! What Disneyland lacks in character meals they made up for in the amount of characters we got to see for sure!!
We also got to meet other characters that we've never met before, like Merida!
Merida was super sweet and took time to talk with all 3 of my kids individually :)
We also met Captain America!
So polite :) We wanted to meet Thor, too. But after waiting for CA we didn't want to wait in another line. Maybe next year when we go for my birthday...that can be one of my birthday presents ;) haha
One of the things my son wanted to make sure to be a part of was the Jedi Training Academy. We scoped out the times, made sure to get there a bit early, and I told Ben to jump, scream, & wave his arms so he'd get picked...and he did!! The big 'ol smile on his face was awesome!!! The little kids fought Darth Vador while the older kids fought Darth Maul.
He was scary looking!!! But Ben battled well :) I was so glad he got picked because this will be his last opportunity to try it (he'll be too old the next time we go to Disney).
One show that I would highly recommend was Mickey and the Magical Map.
Great show. Again, not like any Disney show we'd seen before. (It's also a great opportunity to take a break for a few!)
Disneyland Park was so much fun, filled with so many magical experiences! I think that photo says it all!!!
Next up - California Adventure and Cars Land!!!
My 3yr old's 1st trip to Disney was truly magical. It is always so much fun for me to see all of the excitement & joy in my little ones as their experience a Disney trip. If you're a big Disney fan like me then you totally get it!
I will be documenting our trip to Disneyland in a few different ways. I'm heading to a craft retreat this weekend to work on my Disney album which will hold the bulk of our Disney pics & memories (you can see what I'm planning on working on here). I will also do a 2 page spread in my Project Life album since this trip took up an entire week. And lastly, I'm including a 2 pg spread in my little one's album since this is her 1st Disney trip ever. I may do a page in my older kids' albums it was their first trip, too (they've been to Disneyworld but not Disneyland). I haven't gotten that far in my planning yet!
For this page I used the Magical Kit from Sweet Stamp Shop. It's such a cute kit with lots of cards, wood embellishments, & a fun stamp set. I only used the stamp set once on this page but I am planning on using it much more in our Disney album.
You can see I have a little purple journaling tag peeking out from one of the photos. I like having little interactive spots on my pages :)
I typed directly on the 4x6 card using an old fashioned typewriter. I did this by simply attaching the card to a regular piece of paper with just a little bit of adhesive to hold it so I could run it through the typewriter. I also added some glitter stickles to the stars and glossy accents to the jewels. I planned on stitching over the Disneyland title but my sewing machine was acting up :( In fact, I just took it in today to be serviced so I may still do that when I get it back. I've found it helps keep those thickers on which sometimes fall off over time if you don't add additional adhesive.
What I love about this kit is that it doesn't have to be for Disney pics. You could use this for wedding pics or even Halloween (prince/princess pics!). So many possibilities! I had a lot of fun playing with this kit for sure!!
Tomorrow I will finally be sharing pics from our 1st trip to Disneyland so I hope you'll "join me"!!
One of my favorite months for sure, especially now that we live in Washington. There's nothing like pumpkin picking, apple picking, fall leaves crunching beneath your feet, and a hot chocolate on a crisp morning to get this girl in a fall mood!
We're wrapping up the end of fall ball.
This boy has had a bit of a hard time the last season or 2. He's playing with and against kids who are a year or 2 older than him, more experience, faster pitchers, better players. It's hard to adjust sometimes. I took him to batting lessons over the summer which has helped.
At last weekend's games his team was playing against 2 really good teams. But it didn't matter cause he was on his game. Everything seemed to click. First, he caught a ball to left field. Oh man, it was awesome! I couldn't help it, I jumped up and cheered so loud!! Both times during the first game when he was up to bat he got out but it didn't matter cause he went down fighting and managed to get one of his players home. That's all that matters. So good to see that!! I think he's got his groove back :)
I've been thinking about Halloween & fall decor & working on some stuff to take to my booth at Paint In My Hair. Noel Mignon DT member Britt shared some fun fall inspiration over on the blog yesterday. Definitely gonna use some of those ideas!
Speaking of ideas, I've been working on my Disney photos. I just uploaded a whole bunch to Persnickety Prints for a retreat I'm going to next weekend. I'm hoping to get most (if not all) of that album finished and that's going to be my main focus for the weekend.
It was so fun going through all of those photos and reminiscing...although it made it difficult to get things done when the kids kept coming by and wanting to reminisce with me ;)
I've been sketching out most of my layouts which I've found helps immensley when working on projects like this (esp when they're pocket pages). It's a little time consuming but worth it in the end, especially since you won't waste money on printing photos that won't work the way you want them to.
I also have lots of goodies to play with lately.
I just got my Early Autumn kit from Noel Mignon the other day.
Time to pull out all of those fall pics for sure!!!!
Sadly, if you wanted one they are sold out. But....
Noel just opened up subscriptions for the Jan-June term. The bonus is that you get a discounted rate and you don't have to worry about a kit being sold out. It automatically gets delivered to your door each month! And let me tell ya, Noel has some great plans for upcoming kits so you don't want to miss out!
You can check out all of the details here!
And, of course, a cute, coordinating stamp set :)
I was able to make a full 2 page pocket page spread and I still have tons of cards leftover.
I keep my pocket pages pretty simple. I don't usually like to add a lot of "fluff" to them. The cards and stamps in this kit make that easy to do and add some fun color!
I added stamping along with journaling on the cards and also some little tags cut with my Silhouette that I also stamped the little sentiments on (love those!).
That little house in the stamp set is so cute and versatile, it doesn't have to be used *just* for "moving" cards & layouts. I've been taking the online Copic markers class and I've been having fun playing with coloring in the house in different colors.
Be sure to head over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for more inspiration & pics of the kit!!
It's been such a crazy busy couple of weeks that I just realized I forgot to share one of my Noel Mignon layouts from last week! Last week Noel posted a request to members to give us DT members a challenge. There was one that was all about using up frames on a layout so I decided to take on that one!
The Tea for Two kit came with several chipboard frames so I started with some of those along with 3 photos that would fit perfectly inside of them. Then I used Britt's layout (see here) as a springboard for my layout. I loved how she used lots of different elements of the kit on the bottom of her page so I started adding & moving things around til I liked it.
I also added some stitching around the outside of the layout to frame it up. Super simple layout but I really like how it turned out!
Note: Be sure to check out my giveway post here to see if you were the winner!
A few years ago I started canning for the first time. And I have to say I'm hooked! Now don't get me wrong, I don't can a ton of things. I'm still learning and trying to expand my garden every year.
And this year, quite honestly, my garden was pretty lame. Going to Disneyland in June kind of set me up for failure when it came to my garden (and really my whole yard) because I didn't get things planted in time. I only planted some tomato plants and cabbage. And out of 5 cabbage plants I planted only one survived thanks to some pesky pests.
I did plant some pumpkin plants but only one pumpkin is growing :( So next year I will probably have to try and pollinate them myself since the bees didn't do their job this year. I noticed within the last week that I might have more pumpkins starting to grow but they won't have enough growing time between now and Halloween. Although, I might have some green pumpkins for my fall table :)
Every year the one thing I always plant is tomatoes. They're easy to grow and you can do so much with them. Although this year mine didn't fare so well and I'm wondering if switching planting beds was what made the difference.
I don't usually make spaghetti sauce since it takes a ton of tomatoes for even one quart sized jar of sauce. And quite honestly, the time it takes just isn't worth it to me. But the one thing I love to make is salsa. It's pretty easy to make and my whole family loves it. Seriously, when I start making it we go through several jars! And my kids love to take it in their lunches. So I like to can a lot of it to last us til the next year's salsa making.
I love to use this salsa mix. You can find it at just about any store that sells canning supplies. When I first started making salsa I found tons of recipes online but I worried about getting the wrong balance of spices. But this one is perfect. If you're not a canner you can still make it and either freeze it or just eat a lot of salsa! hehe It makes six pint sized jars out of about 6lbs of tomatoes.
After I've cooked the salsa I like to use my immersion blender just before adding to the jars. We like our salsa a bit more on the "saucy" side & less chunky.
Btw, these immersion blenders are great for soups, too!
Then just process according to the package directions!
I also got to finally use my blue canning jars. I've been hoarding these cause they're so cute! You can barely tell they're blue but I like how it makes the salsa look like a deep red color.
You can see the difference in the regular jar vs the blue one. Well, I have another batch of salsa to make! Cause those 11 jars that we have left will not last us til next year!
I posted on the Noel Mignon blog yesterday about creating multiple layouts using the same layout design. I sometimes do this when I have multiple pages I want to create with the same theme, usually with my kids (school, sports, etc). It makes it much easier to use one layout design to create these. And you can make them look totally different by using different papers, embellishments, etc.
Here's what I mean. The first layout is for my oldest daughter's 1st day of school.
I used this layout I found on Pinterest as inspiration. I like the use of one 4x6 photo as the focal point, adding embellishments around it.
I found those great chalkboard printables on Pinterest, too! (found here)
And here is the layout I created for my son's 1st day of school...
You can see the design is the same but the layouts look quite different.
And doing it this way saves me a bit of time. Since the layouts are going to go in my kids' individual scrapbooks I don't really need to come up with totally different designs.
The great thing about these layouts is I was able to use the same Noel Mignon kit (Tea for Two) for both. At first this kit seems very feminine but you can see there are still many ways you can create a more masculine layout as well!