Back to Disney (I Wish)

Oh how I wish I could go back to Disney.  Living in that perfect little bubble is quite addicting.  For now I will have to do the next best thing, scrapbook the memories.  Today’s post takes me all of the way back to arrival day.  We came in late, checked into our hotel, and headed to EPCOT.  Lucky for us, EPCOT had extra hours and wasn’t closing until 11:00.  We grabbed some food and began to explore in the dark. That place is REALLY dark at night. Not so great for newbie navigating, but excellent for photos.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth is so beautiful lit up at night.  The photo on the left is from across the lake.  I simply adore the shadows of the palm trees cast against the side.  The photo on the right is from a little trail where you can see the monorail track in the foreground.  There’s nothing like seeing that view while walking along the water.  That purple glow is just iconic.

There was no way to avoid using a purple or lavender palette on this page.  Okay… I could have tried something else, but I wanted to honor the photos.  Like I often do, I used some aqua as well.  I just love those colors together.  I do wish that I had chosen a different background paper.  I feel like there isn’t enough contrast between that and the title.  I tried to make it work by placing the lavender “earth” on the strips rather than the background.  However, I think the the aqua “spaceship” somehow melts into the lavender background too!

Since I have so much trouble with layouts that feature both landscape and portrait photos, I searched my pins for some inspiration.  I found this layout by Susan Stringfellow.  (I am a serious fangirl.)  I chose to use flowers as embellishments like Susan did.  Really I have so few embellishments in lavender and aqua, I needed to make some myself.  I used Tim Holtz’s tattered florals dies to make the lavender flowers.  By luck, the white and aqua flowers showed up in an order that arrived while I was scrapping this layout.  I also stamped, embossed, and then fussy-cut the butterfly.  Sometimes you just have to create what you need.

Disney tip:  If you are arriving late to Disney property, you may want to relax and enjoy your evening at your resort.  We jumped right in, but in hindsight, it would have been nice just to wander around the boardwalk.  We could have gotten dinner and watched the fireworks without ever going into the parks.

A Little Cotton Candy

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!

A little cotton candy

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.

stacked heart

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.