Scrapbook Layout

Batter Up

2017-10-26T16:43:47-05:00

As the weather became better and better we began to spend more time outside. On this day I pulled up after work to find all the boys in the backyard teaching Mr J to play baseball.  As any good Mom would do I quickly pulled out a camera and began shooting. As you can [...]

The Angels Share

2017-10-26T16:30:40-05:00

  Once upon a time, my husband and Mr J drove from Houston to Syracuse (I agree – I also question my husband’s sanity of taking a 3 yo on a 20+ hour car ride).  Along the way he had two goals 1) go to a Cincinnati Reds game and 2) take the Makers [...]

Our Nations Capital

2017-10-26T16:20:33-05:00

  Visiting Aunt Cat in Washington DC On the way to Syracuse the boys hit the Maker’s Mark Distillery and on the way home they invaded Washington DC and descended upon Aunt Cat and her 450 square foot condo.  The highlights of this quick trip were a night game at a Washington Nationals game [...]

Adoption Updates

2017-10-26T16:15:05-05:00

  Waiting for Mr T was the hardest part.  We were provided monthly updates that included 3 photos and if we were lucky a one minute video.   Unfortunately these updates didn’t come every month – but you would hope. In essence we watched our son grow up 3 photos at a time. These [...]

Mickey High Five

2017-10-26T16:10:21-05:00

  We are back in 2013 this week.  This year my husband Joe of Off to Neverland Travel was supposed to run the Walt Disney World Marathon.  Unfortunately he injured his foot and could not participate. Since he already reservations and a ticket he decided to take Mr J instead.  He registered him for [...]

Christmas at Home

2017-10-26T15:37:01-05:00

  Like most Holidays we are pretty low key.  Our Christmas is no exception.  Christmas Eve we get the boys brand new pajamas and sit around watching Christmas movies (some are classic but in our family Die Hard is also a valid option). If we are in Houston for Christmas we get up early [...]

Autumn Fun

2017-10-26T15:29:17-05:00

Living in Houston we don’t get much Fall like weather so when we do we run outdoors.  On this day we headed to Duessen Park on Lake Houston and started out the morning to try our hand at geocaching.  This was our first and last attempt at this. Mr J is just a bit [...]

Fun Smiles

2017-10-26T15:21:42-05:00

  The final couple of days was just about having fun with Mr J in the parks. We arranged two Character meals at Cape May Cafe and Crystal Palace because he had still not turned three yet and it was most like the last trip where he would eat free. We also did it [...]

Party Time

2017-10-26T15:10:16-05:00

  Towards the end of this trip we were all about just having fun.  We also had a chance to meet up with my Aunt and Uncle for lunch at Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  They had also been here running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. That same evening we headed to [...]

Happy Halloween

2017-10-26T14:38:24-05:00

  The first couple of photos I share are Mr J the budding photographer.  Since I have taken so many photos of him he thought it was only fair to return the favor.  As a present I got him a Fisher Price Kid Tough Digital Camera and he carried it everywhere. Unfortunately that camera [...]

I Did It

2017-10-26T12:05:57-05:00

  This week we head back to Walt Disney World for the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  This is was the first time we did a runDisney weekend as a family.  Mr J was now a seasoned Disney vet at the age of 2 and a half.  He actually led us through [...]

Young at Heart

2017-10-26T11:57:24-05:00

  One of my favorite projects is a poster print I did recently (which I still have yet to get printed….) showcasing pictures of Fred & me throughout our various Disney trips.  I love that it showcases all the “young at heart” moments we have at Disney! Kit Used: Unknown   [...]

Stars of the Show

2017-10-26T11:50:14-05:00

  Cute way of embedding a photo into an existing photo.  Kait has added her and her husband into the TV the dalmatian is watching at Pop Century Resort. Perfect for a title or end page. Kit Used: Unknown  

Dino Dig

2017-10-26T11:45:09-05:00

  The next day we spend the day at Animal Kingdom.  Again, we spend the time getting to know some of the Character but the highlight was The Boneyard. When you enter The Boneyard you will find yourself in a play area much like of the Honey I Shrunk the Audience play area.  It [...]

Hanging With Mom

2017-10-26T11:40:39-05:00

  One of the luxuries of my husband being a Disney travel agent is that their annual conferences are held at Walt Disney World or at another Disney property.  That means I get to go as a spouse and relax while he is in meetings all day. On this trip I got the chance [...]

First Haircut

2017-10-26T10:21:40-05:00

  This page is one of those memorable childhood memories – the first hair cut. It took Mr J over 2 years to finally have enough hair to cut and we purposely waited for our Disney trip so we could have it at Harmony Barber Shop in the Magic Kingdom. It was magical. The [...]

Beach Break

2017-10-26T10:19:01-05:00

  The first page has a couple of miscellaneous photos and then beach photos from our road trip to Walt Disney World. This was the first time Mr J saw the ocean. He was impressed and started playing in the sand right away. I wanted him to dip his toes in the Gulf of [...]

Smiles and Tears

2017-10-26T10:13:43-05:00

  The page has quite a few shots of Mr J playing around the parks. But the story worth remembering here is the Princess Breakfast at Norway. While we were waiting he was great but when he walking into the room to have his photo with Belle he began to scream. He was terrified!! [...]

Warm Hugs

2017-10-26T10:10:05-05:00

  We are back at Disney World today with some more miscellaneous photo pages.  This page has many photos of Mr J post first hair cut at Crystal Palace on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom hamming it up for the characters. He actually was lucky enough to be asked by Winnie the [...]

Easter Egg Hunt

2017-10-26T09:34:42-05:00

  This page is Easter at our house. This year is the first time Mr J understood that finding eggs was the goal and there was candy inside each one of them. As soon as he got up he raced around and found them all before my husband had even gotten up. He was [...]

Just a Boy

2017-10-26T09:32:25-05:00

  I start with a hodge podge page of miscellaneous photo of springtime activities. Everything from a spring snow in Syracuse, NY to helping Dad with yard work is included. My favorite photos are the ones where Mr J is playing at the neighborhood fountain. That day he felt so empowered as he was [...]

Children’s Museum

2017-10-26T09:27:30-05:00

  Our second big outing was to the Houston Children’s Museum. To be honest Mr J was a bit to young for the activities inside but once we headed outside he was in his elements. There were tons of water based experiments to work with. His favorite one was the area that allowed them [...]

Blueberry Picking

2017-10-26T09:24:16-05:00

  Today I am sharing a couple of activities during the summer month’s here in Houston. The first page is blueberry picking. Blueberry picking is big in Houston and is seen as a real family outing. Everyone get’s into the act and this day was no different. Even the grandparents joined us in picking [...]

Mickey Autograph Book

2017-10-26T09:15:13-05:00

  My favorite work is my own Mickey Body Parts Autograph Book I made around 2009. I made it so I could get my own autographs when we went to Disney.  I stood in line with all the kids to get them. Loved it! Kit Used: Unknown  

Exploring

2017-10-26T09:05:31-05:00

  This page is filled with some miscellaneous photos from early that year. We have creating art on the driveway with sidewalk chalk, playing in the fountain down the street (all the little boys were doing this), and getting to know the family cat.. Kit Used:Minted template(retired) and Hopscotch Kit (retired) by Mye De [...]

Fall Colors

2017-10-26T09:02:54-05:00

  This first page if from one of our days at the local park. This is when he was just getting big enough to start being independent and taking on the slides by himself. My favorite part of this page is photo on the lower right. We were having so much fun that neither [...]

Outdoor Fun

2017-10-26T09:06:12-05:00

  This page shows what his big birthday gift was. If you live in a Houston suburb you have one of these in the back yard.  Mr. J was in heaven when he first saw it and wanted to do everything all at once. He spend hours just climbing up and down the stairs. [...]

Turning 2

2017-10-26T08:55:07-05:00

  I am  working on my Mr J’s 2012 album and documenting his 2nd birthday. I promise Disney pages soon but right now I am still trying to catch up. This first page is his actual birthday party. We just had immediate family and it was perfect. Mr. J chose a Disney Cars theme [...]

Tree of Life Family Photo

2017-10-26T08:49:38-05:00

  I have tons of favorites pages but I chose this one because Animal Kingdom is my favorite park after the Magic Kingdom.   I love the title work and this non-Disney kit worked so well for this page. But my favorite part is the kind of hidden Mickey I created using the twine that [...]

Under the Sea

2017-10-26T08:46:18-05:00

  Here’s a layout I made about Ariel using the free template I mentioned above available on Scrap Stacks.  It highlights the Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. Kit Used: Free Template from Scrap Stacks Software: Adobe Photoshop  

Fun in the Magic Kingdom

2017-10-26T08:39:27-05:00

  After Thanksgiving in Epcot we took the time to play in the Magic Kingdom. Some of the fun things we got to experience: Taking photos of the boys on Astro Orbitor.  I have a fear of this ride and was thrilled when a cast member told me I could go up and just [...]

Castle Pocket Page

2017-10-26T08:33:05-05:00

  Great layout using pocket pages to make a huge title page for your album.  This one is just a full page of cards that make up a full image of Cinderella Castle in teh Magic Kingdom. Kit Used: Unknown  

Epcot Morning

2017-10-26T08:30:09-05:00

  here are some of my favorite photos from both of our trips in my traditional 12×12 scrapbooks. I work on those pages anytime I have product that inspires me or I’m just in the mood for some Disney!  These photos include meeting Stitch and Daisy Duck at the entrance of Epcot. Kit Used: [...]

First Sight

2017-10-26T08:27:10-05:00

  My favorite traditional page? It’s currently this one about my 4 year old’s first glimpse of the Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom from atop Dad’s shoulders. Kit Used: Unknown  

Cinderella Castle

2017-10-26T08:24:09-05:00

  Disney photos are usually full of bright colors and can be a little busier with all the background, etc, so I try extra hard to make sure the focus is on my photos and they don’t get overwhelmed on the page.  This is evident on this page where Cinderella Castle in the Magic [...]

All Smiles

2017-10-26T08:18:26-05:00

  This layout from Hollywood Studios that expresses the fun & joy of my little ones first experience like none other! His face says it ALL! Kit Used: Magical Moments Bundle Kit by Simple Pleasure Designs Software: Adobe Photoshop  

Character Meets

2017-10-26T08:10:48-05:00

  These page layouts come from some miscellaneous photos we took during our 2013 family vacation. As you can see they have a lot of characters… Our family tradition is to visit the Crystal Palace on each trip. We get that early morning breakfast and it is how we know we are really on [...]

Kali River Rapids

2017-10-25T16:36:00-05:00

  To kick off our trip my husband decided to drive to Disney. This is a 16 hour trip and we did make one stop near Biloxi for the night. Here we did make a boo-boo. We accidentally left Little Man’s favorite stuffed animal in the hotel room. He eventually made his way home [...]

Holiday Festivities

2017-10-25T16:23:57-05:00

  The holidays at Disney World are so much fun.   There are so many things to do and here you see some of the high points.  Wandering the World Showcase in Epcot to see the decorations and hear the story tellers.  Getting in a Mickey's Holiday Party in the Magic Kingdom.  Seeing the Candlelight [...]

Little Bit of Everything

2017-10-25T16:19:59-05:00

  Love putting souvenirs and photos together.  Everything from cast member stickers to pocket cards just make your memories pop.  In this one we have a couple of photos.  One from the Jedi Training Academy in Hollywood Studios and one from the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot. Kit Used: Unknown  

runDisney Boys Weekend

2017-10-25T16:14:33-05:00

  This two page spread is a bit of a mash up of three trips. Two were ones that my husband took to Disneyland.  One was for Off to Neverland Travel business and the other was for the runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. The other trip was a boys weekend for the runDisney Tower [...]

Hanging With Dad

2017-10-25T16:02:18-05:00

  One of the special things they did together was head over to Legoland Florida for the day.  This was the first time for both Dad and Little J. Little J LOVED it!  This park was for him.  There were only 2 rides he could not ride. His favorite ride was Lego Car Race.  [...]

Disney Social Media Moms

2017-10-25T15:49:50-05:00

  I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World. This was an unexpected honor and the memories that came from that weekend I will cherish forever. The first evening was quite the family affair.  We were treated to a private dinner in Epcot that included meet and greats [...]

Vroom Vroom

2017-10-25T15:40:06-05:00

  No parent is ready for their child to take the wheel but if it is one of the Tomorrowland Speedway cars in the Magic Kingdom it may not be so bad (except the whip lash from hitting side to side). Kit Used: Unknown  

Princess for a Day

2017-10-25T15:36:28-05:00

  Girls love Disney princesses. So in 2011, we decided to splurge and take them to lunch at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  My mom, our own personal Fairy Godmother, made sure their hair was just right for meeting “royalty” and we headed to Cinderella’s Castle.  As each and every princess made their way to our [...]

Time with Grandpa

2017-10-25T15:33:53-05:00

  Special memories are always created at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  Some of the best memories are those when little ones go for the first time or multiple generations of the same family are there.  Watching Grandpa with his grand kids warms any heart. Kit Used: See an Elephant Fly Digital Kit   [...]