Disney Documenting with Dream On
I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "to start with the end in mind." Well, I took that very phrase to heart with our recent trip to Disney. And the end I had in mind? A mini-album.
I'm just going to admit it now - I have plans to not only document the trip in this bound mini-album, but also in a hard bound photobook. I may have taken just over 1,000 photos during our trip on my iPhone alone and when you add in my own SLR photos, and those from the PhotoPass photographers... well, there's a lot of documenting to do.
Initially, I had planned to only create a photobook of the trip using the Project Life app but when I received the April featured collection from April Lilli, I knew I had to document on paper, too.
At first glance, Dream On doesn't seem like it should have anything to do with Disney but as you look closer, there are subtle hints like like cut out of Woody's famous "Reach for the Stars!" line, or an embellishment reading "Neverland is my Home." There are also bright colors, sketched stars, and plenty of lettering that describes a day in the parks - like, "Better than I imagined!"
Knowing that I would be creating a physical album, I set out to collect character autographs throughout our trip. Yes, I stood in the lines, did the little dances and back and forth with each character, and collected my autographs - each on its own Instax photo.
Though, I realized after the trip, I didn't get a single photo with a princess. (Don't worry, I'm already figuring out how to resolve this problem.)
While I am thrilled with the end result, attempting this part of the project came with challenges - Instax film can't go through airport scanners and so I had it delivered directly to Florida, where it was lost in the mail. Then, after I got film, my battery died and I wasn't sure what was happening. Then, I left the pencil pouch containing all of my autographed photos in the bottom of the Soarin' ride and nearly cried at the thought of having lost them forever.. but, in true Disney magic, they were returned to me.
Initially, I planned to use a traveler's notebook for this project but when logistics fell through, I went to Michael's in search of another option. I stumbled on this beautiful Instax album from Heidi Swapp that has 10x5" pages, vellum inserts, and the perfect cover pattern for Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival.
Despite the floral cover, though, I decided to start my documenting with my man Buzz. I knew that I wanted to use the constellation patterned paper from the collection and used it to frame the photo of my mom using her phone on Space Ranger Spin. I also used the back side of the paper, full of cutouts, to add the coordinating "adventure" square.
I then the star elements from the collections studio puff stickers and rubber chips, and added enamel dots and mini golden sequins to add to the space theme. And finally, I found a similar gold star paperclip to add my Instax with Buzz to the large photo print out from our meet and greet.
Wondering about the missing autograph? Buzz's hands don't let him sign.
While Dream On is full of the perfect spring colors and floral embellishments, I'm really loving it for documenting Disney. With the photos having such an obvious theme, I don't feel the need for castle stickers or mouse ears added to my pages. Though, I wish I could ask the designer if he or she had Disney in mind when choosing some of the elements for this collection..