Saturday, September 3, 2011

and then there's those Disneyland photos

As far as I'm concerned no trip to Disneyland is complete until I've put all my wonderful memories into a scrapbook.

If you're a scrapbooker like me you're always on the lookout for new layout ideas and tips. These are a few of my favourite layouts & some photo organization tips that I use to keep my Disneyland scrapbook stress to a minimum.

I am an avid photographer. Dorothy likes to tease me that my camera is just an extension of my body. She's not far from the truth. The trouble with this is that before I know it I have taken over 600 photos in just five days! Fortunately for me we now are in a digital age and I can easily pick & choose my favourites. I keep all the photos I've taken but I make a file called "Not Using" and transfer any photos that I don't feel are "scrapbook worthy" into this file. After that I divide my photos into themes or colour schemes like this one called "Make it Pink". (left) 

Often I will choose to journal first and then pick one or two photos to go with the story. I know journalling is a scary word for a lot of scrapbookers out there but I dare you to give it a try. This layout (right) is an example of two photos enhancing the story instead of the other way around. Or if you have a photo editing program on your computer you can journal right on the photograph (left), print it as a 8x10 and you have an instant layout done in just a few minutes!

One small drawback (if there is such a thing) to visiting the Magic Kingdom so many times is that our photos tend to start looking the same. I mean how many pictures can you really have of the Matterhorn? So on our last trip together we decided to give ourselves each a particular subject to look for and photograph. Dorothy's subject was rabbits and mine was apples. We had a lot of fun with this new type of treasure hunt, almost like searching for hidden Mickeys, and we were surprised how well we did.

One of the best things about a trip to Disneyland is enjoying those photos & memories over and over again and I hope that you found some of these ideas helpful.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Tips for Disneyland

Dorothy & Me - 2009
I have no idea what it is about Disneyland that I love so much. I have given up trying to figure it out. All I know is that I am not alone. There's alot of us out there!  We are the "Disneylandophiles!"

My friend Dorothy is one of those people. Between the two of us we have been to Disneyland a combined total of 22 times and each time we come home we have learned something new. Together we have written a small book called "Dawnelle & Dorothy's Tips for Disneyland." It's 28 pages long and it's filled with all sort of tips & ideas that we've collected over the years. For the past few years we've sold it just through word of month and the response we've received has been very encouraging.

So now we're debating whether to sell it online or not. For now, if you'd like a copy please leave me comment and for just $8 we'll make sure you get a copy.