Hi guys, it's time for another Disney layout and today I decided to video the process in real time for you! Take a look:
So here is how the layout began, with photos and journaling cards in place:
And the layout completed:
My internal goal with this album is to not over-embellish and not think too much, just to keep it simple in the effort to not get burned out or overwhelmed.
I added another map to show our journey from home to destination. Use these Google maps to tell the story of how many miles and how long it is estimated to take! I also wanted to remember how we felt packing the car - it was our first trip together as a blended family and so the math equation of how many pairs of underwear were packed in our trunk just makes me laugh every time.
One of the reasons I decided to use the Sahlin Studios Project Mouse was simply the opportunities their cards provide to write more stories. I have made the trip to Florida many times in my life, so my journaling here is probably an overall reflection of how I feel about that drive - it's long and exhausting - but I loved having the opportunity and the space on this layout to write that down. And of course, making that long drive for this particular purpose is the best, so my journaling reflects that as well!
This photo also makes me laugh every time - this is so much their personalities, if I bottled it up it wouldn't do it justice but the photo captures it. For me, this is what photography is all about. Again, nothing is technically perfect in this shot, but the emotions, the whole range of emotions from exhaustion, trepidation, excitement, craziness, and even a little bit of "Get off me, you're driving me crazy" is all right here.
I noted this in the video, but if you haven't had the chance to watch it yet, I recognize that there is a tiny jump made here, from the journey straight into the theme park! These photos were taken before I started Project Life, and there are some gaps. I did not take any photos at the hotel, and I did not take any photos with my phone! No worries, really. Include what you have, friends. I promise if you took 900 photos what you have is enough.
I did keep some of the ephemera that came into our hands, and I love having those here. The pocket for our room key and our passes to get into the parks fit perfect inside the 3x4 pockets, and now they tell an even more significant story because those cards aren't given out any more. Now you get a Disney bracelet (which is also fantastic!!), so I am happy I have documented how it was in 2012.
You will not find much Mickey in this album, and why that is I'm really not sure, but I was really happy to have this cut-out of Mickey. He came in our hotel room with some other park information, and he fits well right here in this pocket.
Another really great photo, again capturing the excitement and this time every child is practically unable to sit for just this nano-second! I try to get photos of them all together when the opportunity presents, and yes, sometimes they are staged like this one. That is ok, too, friends, because I want these four kiddos to remember long after they leave how it was with all of them together. These are the moments that are making them who they are, all of them together. Now, I don't focus so much on making them look at the camera, but what I might say in this instance is, Hey act like you love each other, and craziness ensues. Sometimes they absolutely don't want to, and in that case I would move on. But for this photo they were all excited to jump up on that wall for the photo. What a win!
Alright, that's all for today and I will see you back here tomorrow!