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Are you preparing for a Disney Vacation this summer? Is a trip to Disneyland or Disney World on your summer bucket list? Do you plan on riding Splash Mountain and getting your picture taken in front of the castle? If so, then check out the tips and freebie I have for you today! Remembering every detail of your magical vacation will help you cherish the trip for years to come!
I also have a FREE mini to help you document those amazing memories! Watch for it at the bottom.
Tip One: Make a Plan
This is probably the most important step to the overall success of your project! And the advantage to doing it before you leave is that you’ll have all the excitement of the trip to give you momentum. There are three things I want you to include in your planning. An outline, Supplies and Folders for your photos.
You’ll start with your outline. How many days are you going to be there? How are your traveling there? How are you announcing your trip to the kids? These are just a few suggestions for creating an outline of your album. Your outline doesn’t have to be anything major or professional looking. Often my outlines are written on the backs of envelopes when I’m waiting in the car for a child! I do lots of my planning that way!
Then you’re going to start thinking about supplies. Gather what you already have and then look for the kits, journal cards and templates you want to use. It’s fun if you can find lots of Disney themed products, but also find ways to work in neutral ones. This will help you stash go farther. If you need to buy anything, buy it now and organize it. I would suggest making a folder on your desktop that says “Disneyland Trip”. Inside that folder have a folder for kits, Journal Cards, Template and anything else you want to organize. You might even want to be sure and check out my “Happiest Vacation Mini“, that will work great!
This brings us to the last thing. We’re going to create folders for your photos. Creating them now will make it much easier to organize when you get home. Remember that outline? Use it as you create your folders. For example:
Tip Two: Scrap Before you Leave
I know that sounds like a crazy idea, but hear me out! Remember your folder of templates you gathered and your folders of kits and cards? Well, why not create 5-10 QuickPages before you even leave. You can make them based on your outline. For example, maybe you want to have a two page layout with pictures with the different characters. Great! Scrap two layouts, using lots of photo spots and then add them when you get home! Again, using the excitement for your trip as your momentum, its a great way to jump start your album!
Tip Three: Think Outside the Box for Photos
Now that you are on your vacation and snapping lots of lots of photos! Try to also think outside the box. Take photos of autographs so you can scrap them with the characters later. Take photos of your tickets, of the fun food you eat. Take photos of the hotel and even at the airport or on the drive. Try to think of things that will help tell the story of your trip, not just the normal photos you usually take.
Tip Four: Organize When you Return
Once you are home, as you are doing all the laundry from the trip, spend an hour to put all your photos into your folders on your desktop. Copy them in and edit as you go. If you use Lightroom, consider pulling them all into that and give a quick edit. Then save them in their appropriate folders. You’ll be so happy you did when it’s time to start scrapping!
Tip Five: Create Your Album
And the final step, scrap your layouts, put together your album and send it off for printing! If you are a paper scrapper, many of these steps can still be adjusted and followed! And if you are brand new to digital scrapping, you can check out my post on the Beginner’s Guide to Digital Scrapping.
In conclusion, no matter how simple or extravagant your plan is, make it and follow it! You’ll never forget those magical days at the Happiest Place on Earth, but you’ll remember and cherish so many of the little memories if you have them recorded and printed! Most of all, have FUN!
Here are some gorgeous Disney layouts scrapped using the FREE mini:
If you want to scrap your own memories with this FREE mini, you’ll find it in my Resource Library!