Scrapping Without Thinking

Let me preface this post by saying that I really do like this layout.  I used a great sketch by Jenny Evans that I found on Pinterest.  I couldn’t get access to the original post, however you can find the sketch here.  It’s 7 years old, but a good sketch is a good sketch!  I kept things super simple, but you could totally jazz it up and use a lot more embellishments.

It wasn’t until after I photographed the layout that I realized where I had gone wrong.  You see, I did what I always do.  I looked at the photo and chose my papers to match the colors in the photo.  Navy for the bus, green for the grass, light blue for the sky, yellow for the yellow stripe in the lower right hand corner seems logical, right?  BUT THIS IS A LAYOUT ABOUT THE NIGHT BUS!!!  *sigh*  I obviously was not thinking about the context of the photo.  Is there such a thing as autopilot scrapping?  Clearly lime green does not scream mysterious talking shrunken head Harry Potter bus.  *headdesk*

The Night Bus

So what would I have changed?  Obviously the color scheme for starters.  It would have made sense to do this in black, purple, and maroon.  I could have added in orange for a contrast, or even lime green in just bits.  I think I would have changed the “&” card to be my journaling block.  Also, though I would keep the stars, I would have probably figured out a way to make them silver.  Perhaps embossing powder would do the trick.  It would have also lent itself to more Halloween themed embellishments.

Will I tear this page apart and redo it?  Absolutely not.  I don’t have time to pull things apart again, even when I don’t like the layout.   In this case, I like it, I just wish I had been more thoughtful in my process.  So why did I go through all of the trouble of writing a blog post about it?  Because I believe that I will only get better when I reflect on things.  (It’s something I try to do in other parts of my life as well.)  Now I will slow down when picking out my papers and decide if they match the content of the photo, not just the colors in the photo.

Universal Tip:  Do take the time to visit the Night Bus before you enter the World of Harry Potter.  The character interaction here is great.  Yes, the shrunken head does talk!  If there isn’t a line, the driver and head will chat up a storm.  Be aware that someone in your party will have to take the picture.  My husband volunteered since he hates to be in photos anyway!

The Boardwalk

Since this was our first visit to Disney World, I wanted to document our hotel rooms and experience.  Our first stop was the Boardwalk Inn.  This was my husband’s pick.  (I could write an entire post on trying to choose a hotel!  It isn’t easy!)  As much as it pains me to say it, I fell in love with it immediately.  I can’t even explain why.  The decor isn’t my style at all.  Antiques and dark wood just aren’t my thing.  Yet, it felt like home.

I made sure to take photos before we got the room all messy.  Since this was our travel day, it was getting pretty late when we walked through the door.  The photos are dark, but I assure you that things would have been in disarray if I waited until morning.  And check out the cute washcloth and towel Mickey they left us.  It was just that little extra bit of magic that made our stay special.


The yellow striped wallpaper in the room helped me decide on my color choices for this page.  Knowing that I was going to use yellow, I was drawn to the dusty blue background paper.  I just felt like the room colors were more subdued, so the page should reflect that.  Not wanting the page to look too dreary, I did pull that yellow and white geometric print to use behind the photos.  I needed something for the dark photos to contrast with as well, so it seemed like a good choice.  Then I went through my scraps and found that large dot paper and the yellow/gold geometric paper.

Once the papers and photos were in place, it was time to find some embellishments.  The journaling card was my first discovery.  I knew I needed something to write on that would help fill up the space above the horizontal photo.  (Scrapping a vertical and horizontal photo on the same page always leave me with this problem!)  Then I chose the butterfly to help, but it looked weird sitting beside the journaling card.  Once I raised it up, it looked better.  And… that still left an awkward space.  I finally decided on the envelope there, though I can’t say that I’m entirely satisfied.  Nothing is perfect.  The circle additions at the top and bottom help take out some of the boxy feel of the page.  I also added some gems because somehow they just feel more vintage than enamel dots.

The sketch I used showed a banner used at both the top and bottom.  You can find the sketch here: Sketch.  (Though I found it on a store website, it’s a Susan Stringfellow sketch that can be found on her Sketch Savvy blog.  It seems like now I’m just accidentally using all of her sketches.)  I couldn’t seem to find the right papers to make it work, so I switched some things up a bit.  At the top, I used the blue scalloped border sticker and added two cute tiny brads.  At the bottom, I used the brown and blue star garland.

Though this page isn’t flashy, I like that it mirrors the room… vintage, subdued, and with a few dashes of magic here and there.

Which brings me to this post’s Disney tip:  hotel rooms.  There are over 20 Disney resorts to choose from if you want to stay on WDW property.  Make sure the room reflects your needs.  The Boardwalk Inn was great for us, because it had easy boat access to 2 of the parks.  We also sprung for a deluxe hotel because we knew we’d be spending a fair bit of time in the room.  A younger family may want something closer to Magic Kingdom or less expensive if they are going to spend most of the time in the parks.  For us, transportation and the view were priorities.  Do your research before booking!