show of hands: who takes over 1000 photos when they go to disneyland? i can officially say that i did. and i’m not even a disney “lover”.
my 4 experiences at disneyland in my 35 years have been 1) when i was 4 and only remember thinking i was brave enough to put my hands in the air on big thunder mountain and then quickly clenched the shirt of my mother like i would have died if i hadn’t; 2) as a teenager when my sister and i were allowed to explore the park on our own. we explored for boys; 3) on our honeymoon at 21 years old when i was a little bit pregnant; and 4) june of this year when i was invited by my mother-in-law and took the kids without matt.
it’s a bit of a love/hate relationship. i love the idea of the magic and photos and joy, but hate the reality of sore feet, crowds of people and not sleeping in my own bed. am i right?
but the MAGIC! it really was sweet to see how my kids took it all in. and that’s what i want to remember about our trip. but i also don’t want sugar coat it. you see, my oldest isn’t a roller coaster person. and my youngest doesn’t enjoy things that are unknown and out of his control. so i documented the magical stuff and the reality that we dealt with. but it’s all good. that was OUR trip and i never expected anything different. if marsh didn’t want to ride on space mountain, we adjusted and another adult took him on something he was comfortable with. we made it work and we had FUN!
okay okay – so enough about that – let’s talk about getting it scrapped and not getting overwhelmed!
not only will i take you through my completed album in the flip thru video below, but i will share tips on how to come home with less than a thousand pictures. let’s get to it, shall we?
to make this task tremendously easier, i edited my photos DURING my trip. my iPhone is my primary – well, the only – camera i use now. like, exclusively. having it in my pocket for quick shots is so easy – i will never lug around a DSLR camera again. :)
with a 7 year old and a teenager, we could not do all-day outings at the parks. my kids are not used to that amount of standing, walking, and it’s seriously draining. so we took at least 1 break during the day. when they were tired, we walked back to the hotel and rested.
i used this time to go through the photos i took and edited the keepers. i also did the same thing at night as we chilled before bed. by the time i got home, all my photos were edited and ready to be uploaded to persnicketyprints.com. the printing method i decided on was to assemble my 3x4s and 4x6s and larger prints onto 12×12 canvases and print/cut them to size. it took a little time up front, but i saved a TON of money doing it this way.
contemplating how i wanted to lay out my album was quick and easy. it simply HAD to be by “land”. there just wasn’t a logical way to assemble it chronologically; we hit too many different things during each day. so when i got my photos back, i cut them to size and used a full 12×12 page protector to temporarily store each grouping by land (tomorrowland, frontierland, etc.). and within each land, i had smaller groupings by ride or event and i put those in smaller baggies.
the other reason i decided to go by land was so that i could maintain a common theme for my pages. i couldn’t even think about mixing a picture of star tours on a page with the indiana jones ride! NO WAY!
i also decided to keep this vacation in a completely separate album. first of all, i didn’t know how many pages it would end up being and i didn’t want to take up too much space in my family albums. so i decided on the PL red and white polka dot album that was on clearance at michaels. it’s not overly disney but it reminds me of minnie mouse – and it’s red. and polka dots. it’s perfect!
the cards/kit i chose is from the project mouse collection (click on the photos for more info).
i wanted generic cards that could document our days at the park but that weren’t overly disney. the skies while we were there were a perfect blue and these cards matched wonderfully with the landscape and overall theme.
we also didn’t do any character stuff so i really didn’t need those items. but this collection has A TON of different themes. these are just the ones that worked for our trip.
since tomorrowland was our favorite land and the one that has the least disney feel, i purchased the separate tomorrowland cards.
i also used some goodies from the June and July Gossamer Blue kits. the travel theme of the kits were perfect for those parts of our vacation! check them out here and here. and the June Life Pages kit can be found here.
and now – the video flip-thru and detailed photos below. hope you enjoy and are inspired to approach your disneyland album (or ANY large event) with confidence and a little preparation!