Disney Cruise Alaska Adventure #18: Ports-of-call: Vancouver

Vancouver, Canada was everything I had hoped it would be:  gorgeous, clean, modern, wonderful Asian food, and amazing outdoor spaces. What a great place to start out on our Alaskan cruise. 

We spent 3 days there exploring the city which also included a day in Victoria to visit Butchart Gardens. The only thing lacking was the weather – no surprise there.  However our very first day was sunny and spectacular and since that was our day to visit Butchart Gardens I was very happy.  It rained the rest of the time.

Scrapbook Page layout - Disney Cruise Alaska Ports-of-call: Vancouver

The layouts I will share with you today feature my best landscape photos of the city and photos taken when we first boarded the Disney Wonder.  The scenery was so dramatic with the modern skyscrapers embracing the ship as it waited in the harbor. It was a very different experience from the typical Caribbean cruise.

There was not much of a Bon Voyage send off due to the weather ( maybe if the weather had been sunnier they typically do something – I don’t know) There were children swimming in the heated Mickey pool while their parents huddled in jackets and sipped coffee.  😉

Ahhhh carefree youth!  However this was the only time there were swimmers in the pool as the weather gets colder moving into Alaskan waters!

Scrapbook Page layout - Disney Cruise Alaska Ports-of-call: Vancouver

Scrapbook Page layout - Disney Cruise Alaska Ports-of-call: Vancouver Disney Wonder Sail Away

Keeping with my speed scrap rules that I shared with you in previous posts I used a double page template by Little Green Frog Designs to help me get it done fast.

To contrast with the very grey-ish weather in the photos I used bright Disney colors and embellishments. I have some pages that were scrapped prior to these that will follow in my album and have a much more subdued vintage feel.

To help transition to those pages I incorporated the exact same veneer arrows and stamped arrows that I used on the more subdued pages.  I run into this from time to time since I often scrap out of order.  Scrapbooking Hint: To create flow from layout to layout I simply will choose elements that I can repeat – in this case the wood paper, the stamped arrows and the wooden arrows.Scrapbook Page layout - Disney Cruise Alaska Ports-of-call: Vancouver Disney Wonder Sail Away

Scrapping tips!

  • if you lack embellishments, make your own!  For the Canadian map I used google images – took me less then 3 minutes to pick one & get it on my page.  I used the magic wand in SBC to get rid of the solid background of the map by isolating the main white-ish color and getting rid of that part.  I was left with this cool transparent overlay effect. For the Canandian pirate flag I layered an extracted photo that I took of the flag on top of Mary’s pirate flag from her Pirate kit.  I used the same technique to extract the Disney Wonder lifesaving ring.
  • repeat, repeat, repeat – use repetition to create continuity as you move from layout to layout in an album.
  • enlarge journal cards to get unique artwork on your pages.  I used a standard 3 x 4 artsy journal card to get the painted water effect underneath Donald’s feet!

Join me next week for more of the beautiful city of Vancouver and the famous Butchart Gardens of Victoria!

Keep Scrappin’

Sharon Signature

Check out more of Sharon’s adventures in Alaska on our Trip Reports Page

Scrapbook Page Credits:

  • Capturing Magical Memories kits:    rosettes/brad/baker’s twine –Back to Basics kit::globe brad –Trip Report kit:: pirate flag – Pirate’s Life kit:: all papers (except yellow stripe) – A Lifetime of Memories kit
  • One Little Bird & Paislee Press – Day Planner kit: clock/ arrow stamps/yellow & symbol brads/”today” stamp
  • Sahlin Studios – Wood veneer shapes::yellow striped paper
  • Tracy Martin – Hey Girl kit:ocean journaling card
  • Mari Koegelenberg – Anchors Away kit: flag flair buttons
  • Natali Wood : paper/ maple leaves/title word art/ sheer map & postcard stamps
  • Traveler kit and various kits by Creative Memories
  • Little Green Frog Designs page template
By |2017-10-12T12:44:02+00:00August 13th, 2013|

About the Author:

I live in North Carolina with my husband of 25 years. We have 2 beautiful grown children - aged 22 & 19. After staying at home raising my children I now work extensively with animal rescue mainly as a photographer and kitten foster. I do portrait work for private clients as well. Digital Scrapbooking, photography, travel, gardening and taking care of our many pets takes up most of my time. I can be found here at Capturing Magical Memories and I am also on the creative team at www.ScrapStacks.com


  1. Jennifer Fredericks August 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Wonderful post, beautiful photos and layouts! I am very excited for this series and totally interested in planning a Disney Cruise to Alaska!

  2. Sharon August 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks Jennifer – I know you will love Alaska!

  3. Kuleen August 28, 2013 at 8:13 am - Reply

    We go on our first Disney Cruise in March to the Caribbean. I hope our 2nd cruise will be to Alaska. I want to fly into Seattle and drive up to Anacortes and go over to Victoria Island. I visited there as a teen and loved it. They had the best museum I had ever been too.

  4. Hedy August 28, 2013 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Loved this post-what you do w/digital scrapping amazes me.

  5. Beth Green August 28, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos and layouts! I’m so jealous 1) you’ve been on a Disney Cruise to Alaska and 2) you can do great scrapbook pages! 🙂

    • Sharon August 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you Beth! 🙂

  6. Sean August 28, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Great shots and love the layouts! We head out on this cruise next summer, can’t wait!

    • Sharon August 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      thanks Sean – you will love it! 🙂

  7. Donna Kay August 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous layouts and pictures!! Love the continuity between the pages.

  8. Sharon August 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks everyone for the kind words! It is much appreciated!

  9. Deb August 29, 2013 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Beautiful layouts! I love the way you brightened up the photos with color in the page.

  10. AveHla February 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry to hear, that the weather wasn’t good, but looks like you had a lot of fun anyway! Love the scrapbooking pages!

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