Disneyland Mini Album…

Disneyland Mini Album…

We go to Disneyland pretty regularly… it averages every 2 years, although more recently we took 3 trips in a matter of about 14 months. I know, it sounds insane… but it made sense for us!

It’s a fairly short flight (read: tolerable with kids), and when you get there, you don’t have to do anything to entertain your kids. It’s all just there. Easy vacation! And we love Disney… plain and simple.

The first of those trips was a particularly exciting one, because we met up with my brother and sister in law, who live in Scotland. My brother and I didn’t go to Disney as kids, so this was his first trip… and it really meant a lot to me that we could make these memories with him and his wife. They live so far away that my kids don’t get to experience this kind of adventure with their favourite aunt and uncle!

I have many trips’ worth of photos to scrap or make albums with… but I finally bit the bullet and printed photos out with the specific plan of making a very mini album of this particular trip. I was inspired by a cut file that I saw from Paige Evans, though I have not touched my Silhouette in a number of years… and didn’t feel like going through the learning curve first. I just made my own version by spying photos of her album closely.

*Sidebar: I will TOTALLY be reacquainting myself with myself with my Silhouette in the very near future!*

If you follow me on Insta, you saw me share a tiny photo I was excited about. This album is the result.

It measures just over 3 inches by 3 inches and is slightly thicker than an inch when all closed up (with a little bit of velcro, to prevent it popping open).

You can see it’s basically an accordian of pockets:

Our trip was during the Christmas season, so I used some old Christmas papers I had from Crate Paper (at least 4 years old, if not more), and some snowflake-y embellishments along with some Mickey themed stickers I picked up from Simple Stories.

The largest photos are about 2″x2″, and I ended up having to ask my sis-in-law for her pictures from the trip because I hardly took any… a sign we go too often? I ended up using a lot of the same photos more than once, and just varied the sizes. I ended up kind of liking the repetition!

That photo is probably about an inch by an inch! They’re adorable. And the stickers from Simple Stories were perfection!

I even have some Mickey Mouse themed washi tapes, but I can’t remember where I got them… I believe from Daiso a few years ago!

What was fun about using my sis-in-law’s photos is that she had so many of her and my brother with my kids. It made it easy to document this trip we got to share with them, and why it made it more special than our other trips!

See? Same photo, but different sizes, and the tag I made to fit in the pocket documented the reason for the photo, so each pocket almost had its own theme.

And it’s super easy to make Hidden Mickeys out of gems and pearls!

You can see how tiny these photos are on the small tags I made. I also used some standard manila tags to mix it up a little.

The tags are where I did any journaling that I thought I should include, although I didn’t feel the need to do a ton for this particular album.

Every time we go, we get this same family photo in front of the Walt and Mickey statue. It’s crazy and fun to see how we’ve all changed over the years; the first time we went together was before my husband and I were married, and the first trip with kids was when our oldest was only 14 months old. So there’s been a lot of evolution in these photos!

My favourite photo from the whole trip was this impromptu one snapped as we were gathering after a ride on Radiator Springs Racers. My sis-in-law held up her phone and just said “everyone smile!” so we made it happen. That’s me in the sunglasses, and my brother behind me… my mother in law is in the back there next to my hubby, and those are all my littles scattered throughout. I love that it’s all of my favourite people in the same photo!

Again, the Simple Stories sticker set I found pretty much did all of the work for me!

And that’s it! This took me about 5 hours to put together in total, and worth every second. It’s been a long time since I sat down and worked on a project like this, and I’ve really missed it. My kids were in and out as I was working on it, and they were all really excited to see it come together. Now, to catch up on the rest of our trips!

Thanks for reading this far; I know this was a long post with lots of photos. If you have some favourite Disney-inspired projects or even products to share, let me know… I have at least 6 other trips to document and can use the inspiration!

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