Kevin!

I seriously love Disney movies.  Shocking, I know.  The first 5-10 minutes of Up is amazing.  I will neither confirm nor deny that I cry every single time I see it.  When I heard that Disney was bringing Kevin to Animal Kingdom right before our trip, I was thrilled.

I knew that she was a wandering character, so I was really hoping that we would cross her path.  Luck was truly on our side this trip.  We encountered Kevin several times during our visits.  The nice thing about Kevin is that she is hard to miss.  She is so tall!  She doesn’t stop for photo ops, so you aren’t likely to get that perfect picture with her.  You can see that my pictures were crowd shots.

Kevin!

Since Kevin is such a colorful creature, I knew I wanted an eye-catching page to match.  I pulled orange, teal, and red scraps to place behind the photo.  Originally, I was using a white cardstock background.  Somehow that just looked too stark.  So, a little rummaging led me to this very bright green background.  It does such a nice job of setting off the photos.  I knew I wanted to add a bit of blue as well, so I also included that navy strip along with another piece of the turquoise paper.

This was a pretty easy layout to put together.  I was either copying a page I had picked up off of Pinterest, or looking at a sketch.  (I created this page about a month ago.)  Normally I would link the original here, but I can’t find that Pin anywhere!  The only real challenge was figuring out how to make the Mickey head.  It finally dawned on me that I just needed to use my big circle cutter.  The trick is to make sure you cut out the inside of the circle first and then the outside.  (Yeah, I may have learned that a couple of years ago when I clearly wasn’t thinking about what I was doing.)

The rest of the embellishments just came from a die-cut pack and some gems.  I was actually pretty happy with finding a good use for those flower die-cuts.  They sat in my collection for quite some time because I don’t think I’ve ever used a compatible color scheme.  The one change that I am going to make is the placement of the black gem on the Mickey head.  Now that I am looking at it on screen, it appears that Mickey has developed an unusual growth that needs to be checked.  I will move it a bit lower so that it is floating and not touching poor Mickey.

I love this layout.  It’s colorful and quirky just like Kevin.  It also was a nice way to use up some scraps.  That always makes me happy.

Disney tip:  Make sure to do your homework before leaving for Disney.  I knew Kevin would be roaming around the park, and made sure to keep an eye out for him in certain areas of Animal Kingdom.  My research helped me get pictures with the living statues at Epcot during the Festival of the Arts.  We also got to see Gideon and Prince John in Magic Kingdom.  Without reading ahead of time, I may have completely missed these characters as they aren’t regulars with an assigned spot.

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.