If I haven’t mentioned it before, I have an allergy to dairy. Honestly, it’s not that big of an issue when I am eating at home. (Cashew milk is the best!) Eating out can be tricky. Dessert can be darn near impossible. So when we went to Universal, I was looking forward to some cotton candy. Now I knew the cotton candy was going to be a bit bigger than normal, but holy cow! I had not imagined that it was half the size of an adult.
Luckily, my niece offered to help me out. There was seriously no way I could begin to tackle that thing by myself. I took a picture of her holding it, because I wanted to document the enormity of it all. It’s bigger than her torso!
I actually really love this photo, even though it isn’t the best quality. It has two of my absolute favorite things… my niece and heaps of sugar. It also clearly shows some of the whimsy of Seuss Landing. The bright colors do make this area a bit magical for me. I grew up reading Seuss and admiring his imaginative illustrations. For me, it was important to create a layout that did the photo justice.
Looking through my Pinterest boards, I stumbled upon sketch #153 by Susan Stringfellow. If you haven’t seen her work, it is AMAZING! I was able to trace it back to the Sketch Savvy blog. Before writing this post, I didn’t know that blog existed. Now I am obsessed with it! I have admired her work for years. You may see a ton of her sketches pop up here in the future.
My favorite part about this sketch is that I could use my scraps. I keep ridiculously small scraps that any normal human being would throw out. I was able to sort through those tiny bits of paper and match the colors to the ones in Seuss Landing. (Hello branding strips that I kept just in case I ever found a use for them.) I was also able to use up a few larger scraps to place behind the photo. This is going to be one of my “go to” sketches when I’m feeling like eating up some scraps.
Once I had my strips cut, I placed them willy-nilly along the side and glued them down. Next came the stitching which is far from perfect. (Perhaps I shouldn’t have been making the holes while sitting in front of the television?) There is no such thing as a straight line in the world of Seuss, right? Then I needed a bit of embellishment. I pulled a couple more scraps and used my Sizzix to cut the circle and heart. Then I added in the chipboard stars. (I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love chipboard stars.) Lastly, I finished off with a few enamel dots and confetti hearts. With all of the different patterns in the papers, I felt that was plenty of embellishment.
This is one of the few layouts that went together really quickly for me. I didn’t have to languish over placement of anything since it’s supposed to be whimsical. Everything is a bit off kilter, which suits my style and skill perfectly. Even the little embellishments were placed with minimal fuss. The end result is exactly what I wanted.
Travel tip (since I am trying to help out anyone visiting Orlando):
If you plan on going to both Universal and DisneyWorld, consider a split stay. Since we were only visiting Universal 1 day, we didn’t stay at a Universal resort. However, if we had planned on going 2 or more days, it would have been much better to have stayed in a Universal hotel. Universal guests get into the parks an hour early to visit the World of Harry Potter. They also get to use the express line for most rides. If your family likes rides, this is definitely the way to go.