Saturday, April 17, 2010

Introducing a Magical Custom Disney Album

Well I did it....Julie's Mickey Memories and More proudly presents the first fully done Custom WDW trip Memory Album.

This is the first main book I designed for a "guest" and sold to use as a sample in future designs and custom albums.

It was so much fun to help Diane capture all of the wonderful memories her family shared while they vacationed at WDW last yr. They just love the book and have commented on how wonderful it is and what an amazing job I did for them.

The book itself is 12 doubled sided pages in a pre-bought chipboard album about 6 X 10. Each page was carefully thought out as the guest and I decided on a theme, design and overall layout. She chose her pictures with some guidance from me and pre-wrote out all her journaling which I then took and made "Disney" by using different fonts and colors and printed to size to fit within each layout as needed.

The book took about a total of 8+ hours to complete and my supplies actually ran higher than I first imagined. I used various cut down pieces of Disney inspired 12 x 12 paper, regular colored cardstock, Disney embellishments, stickers, a few brads, ribbons and more. LOTS more of adhesive was used as well vs a more traditional page protector covered album to keep everything secure.

I determined an average cost per piece of the 12 x 12 paper, embellishment cost per page and amount of adhesive used, plus the total number of actual paper used to come to my final supply cost w/ the cost of the album.

As this will be used a sample album (my husband took pictures of each page before I delivered it) Diane paid me only for my supply cost.

It was so wonderful to go over to their house and watch their expressions and hear their joy as they flipped through each page...I even dressed for the occasion and wore a WDW shirt. :)

Here are a few sample pages to look at w/ some comments of how I went about designing the page/layout and added special touches. To see the whole album click on the photobucket link in the left sidebar: JMM sample albums.

I hope you enjoy looking at these few pages as much as I enjoyed making this book!



The cover: I captured the focal picture from the trip and the holiday decoration in this picture by using a layered "frame" technique w/ holiday inspired paper, plus I left the title sticker blank for the guest to hand write it in herself

Close-up first page

For the first layout it included a main journal page the guest pre-wrote highlighting their family trip and I asked the guest to find a special picture that captured their overall memories to use in the intro layout. I designed the whole layout w/ the colors of Mickey & Minnie in mind and even the yellow in the 1 daughter's sweater.

Close-up MK page

Magic Kingdom layout: I captured the colors of the castle from night and day using purple and blue papers, inked edges and a sparkling string to add that extra touch.

Highlight Flight w/ Mickey

Nighttime Flight w/ Mickey: this was a special highlight memory for the family being chosen to ride w/ the Big Cheese Himself on Dumbo during an EMH at the MK one night. The whole layout is designed to focus on these great pictures and I left a title space blank once again for the guest to hand write it in.

Dinner w/ Princess layout

A Princess Dinner layout: I used the guest's gift photo to highlight this event of their trip and many different papers to coordinate w/ a princess theme and colors.

Close-up Epcot a)

Part of a fun Epcot layout: I used fun stickers to capture the enjoyment they had in the World Showcase


The back cover showing off my JMM handmade "logo"

Friday, April 2, 2010

April-Spring Cleaning...

Wow it is a beautiful 70+ degrees outside in Chicagoland...hard to believe after a chilly & wet month of March.

Time to check in!

My scrapbook room has remained busy over the last month and sorry I have not had the opportunity to post any projects I had been working on...but lots to come in the months ahead. March kept me busy w/ get-togethers and various "to-do's" involving my Brother's Wedding on the 13th. It was a wonderful occasion full of family, friends, love and laughter!

Here is a picture of myself w/ my parents and siblings


I don't have pictures of my crafty endeavors from last month as they were personal gifts. However I turned a plain chipboard spiral (3 x 5) album into a "LOVE" album for my brother and his new wife as a present.

I filled the pages w/ quotes, scripture and other words of Love and Marriage. I left a few spaces for them to write in their vows and add a couple pictures. I also included a personal message from me.

I stayed in the theme and colors of their wedding using greens, purples and silvers plus I cut up a portion from the wedding invite and used that as well.

It turned out so great!

My brother also asked me to help make a special card from him to her showcasing the gifts he was giving her. He picked out the design, colors and other accents. It was a joy to make and create this special card (she loved it and thanked me too)

On the Disney side of crafting and scrapbooking I am working hard on finishing up my first "sale" (sample) album for a family who went to Disney last yr over Thanksgiving Break. It has been such fun sitting down w/ her and designing this book and now working on it too.

The book is almost done and I will showcase it as one of my Sample Albums. Pictures will be up soon.

While I have been working on this book over the past week (my children's Spring Break from school), my daughter Mae has joined me in creating her own little Disney scrapbook.


This little album I had purchased back at the end of our 2008 trip to WDW (1 for each of the twins too) and we just never had put anything in it. I already had printed off pictures from our 08 trip, but we decided to split the book by 3 and put in 8 pictures from 08, 09 and save space for 8 new pictures from our upcoming trip in Nov. of this yr.

She decided on her favorite pictures and what order she wanted each set to go and started working. It was fun to have a little partner down in my room while I worked.

Her she is w/ her book and 1 other set of pages from 2008:



Cute huh?

Now taking a look back at my March to do list...unfortunately I am still behind. With adding in a couple different projects and starting later than anticipated on Diane's Disney album...things have slipped away w/ other busy what not's.

Even so by my tally I scrapped approximately to the equivalent of 17 12 x 12 pages.

April I am hoping to get back on track!

To Do:

*Finish Diane's Book

*Finish Michael's scrapbook album (age 6)

*Start Mae's scrapbook album (age 3)

*Do two wall frames

*Custom orders if any...

Be back w/ pictures of the Sample Album real soon.

Happy Spring (and Easter) and Happy Creating Wonderful Things!