The View

There are a million wonderful things about Disney World.  One of my absolute favorites is the dining options.  You see, I am allergic to dairy.  It’s not the, “This makes me uncomfortable,” kind of allergy.  It’s the, “Where’s the hospital?” kind of allergy.  In general, eating out simply isn’t safe for me.  The magic of Disney dining is that they have options safe for those of us with severe allergies.

Since dinner out is a special treat, we definitely splurged on this trip.  One of our special meals was at the California Grill.  I won’t lie, it was spendy, but so worth the expense.  I ordered a vegan meal that I swear could feed 3 people.  I’m not vegan, but the options sounded so good, I decided to give it a go.  The food was delicious.  I had a flatbread with pears that was to die for.  It was accompanied by a truffle pasta dish that kept me coming back for more.  Believe it or not, that was just half of the meal!

Though the food was incredible, it was the view that will guarantee my return.  Thanks to a little Disney magic, we were seated next to the window.  We looked directly out onto the castle and Tomorrowland.    I loved spending a relaxing evening gazing out on the Magic Kingdom.  Even my husband, who has never been a Disney fan, was impressed.  He took the photo that I decided had to be scrapped

The View

The photo itself doesn’t have much color to it. I chose the blue background to match the little bits of blue on the castle.  The red heart in the lower right hand corner is part of the background paper, so I found a matching red scrap that formed the banner beneath the photo.  I also wanted to make sure I was using the cut apart sheets from Say Cheese II by Simple Stories.  I have such a difficult time using cut aparts on my pages.  This notebook lined paper cut apart was good for a bit of journaling, so it was perfect for the page. I then added a scrap of grid paper to place behind the photo.

When I placed all of the papers, they blended into each other too much.  I decided to ink the edges to make them stand out.  I am not a neat inker.  In some ways I like the distressed look it gives.  The perfectionist in me just sighs, though.  Maybe I should have outlined each piece using a ruler and a black marker.  Then again, I usually make a disaster of that too!

After that, it was time to place the title and embellishments.  You all know that’s the bane of my scrappy existence.  You know what?  I actually like how I embellished this layout.  That just about never happens!  The upper left is simply embellished with a die cut piece that I popped up with foam adhesive.  A few tiny glittery hearts finishes off that cluster.  I am really pleased how the bottom right turned out.  In this case I became a renegade and broke all of the rules.  Okay, I broke one rule.  My embellishments don’t touch.  They just float.  The castle helped fill the empty space next to the title.  Then I added the cloud to help bridge the space between the castle and the photo.  It works well, because clouds float!

Disney tip:  If you eat dinner at the California Grill, you can watch the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks from the restaurant or a reserved viewing area at the top of the Contemporary Resort.  We ate at 5:00 and could have returned a few hours later to watch from the viewing area.  As this was our first trip, we didn’t opt to go back.  Instead we waited an hour on Main Street in order to find a good spot to watch the castle projections as well.  Next time we may make reservations closer to the fireworks show time and forgo the hour of standing shoulder to shoulder with a mass of people.

Scrapping a Ceiling?

I have a weird obsession.  I love ceilings.  My own ceiling is smooth, white, and quite boring.   There are so many incredible ceilings out there, though.  Just about every time I walk into a building, I look up.  The patterns and architecture just draw me in.  Is it any wonder that I took pictures of the ceilings at the Animal Kingdom Resort?  Yes, I know it is an odd thing to make a layout about, but it’s just so me.

Today’s page features three different ceilings all found in the Animal Kingdom Resort.  The first is a thatched roof in the entryway of Kidani Village.  The middle photo is of the ceiling in Sanaa.  I love the intricacies and detail work of this ceiling.  The wandering veins of the “leaves” and the many textures just make this so interesting.  Last, is the entry way of Jambo House.  The symmetry and repeated patterns are simply beautiful.  Yep, I am a ceiling nerd aficionado.

When I was choosing papers, I wasn’t sure what to do with such dark photos.  In the end, I decided to embrace some of the darkness, and balance it out with just a bit of lightness.  My first choice was the brick red grid paper.  You can find that color in the art and decorations throughout the resort.  I also picked out the black and brown polka dot to parallel the wood.  The multicolored background paper was a nice choice because it was far lighter while repeating some of the colors found in the photos.  My final choice was the leaf paper that I used to mat the photos.  Normally I wouldn’t use a bright white when I have a creamy background paper, but I think it works here.  There is a decent separation between the cream and the white on the page so they don’t clash.  I also wanted the added brightness to set off the photos well.  (I am actually pretty pleased with the leaf paper, especially since it’s from a 6×6 pad.  I bet you didn’t even notice the seam.)

Love Animal Kingdom

Once I got all of the papers glued, I was just stuck.  I mean, what kind of embellishments go with ceiling photos?  Since I don’t own anything that matches the African art pieces, I was at a loss.  Finally, I pulled the gold Thickers, doily, and chipboard pieces.  The gold works well with the rich colors.  After quite a bit of digging, I added the poppy at the bottom.  Though I did want to add some journaling, I didn’t really have a good place to put it.  In this case, the journaling will have to go on the back of the page.

Disney tip:  If you choose to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, explore both Jambo house and Kidani village.  The artwork alone is worth the time spent outside of the parks.  Transportation between the two parts of the resort is fantastic.  There is a shuttle that goes back and forth all day long.  We had it completely to ourselves both directions of our trip.  It’s a nice 4ish minute drive in the comfort of air conditioning.