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Scrapping – Universal Studios and IOA

Woo hoo! These are the final layouts for 2017’s Florida scrapbooks. I’ve filled two books, and I mean filled, so I’m chuffed to bits that it’s done. By doing the layouts using Shimelle’s class prompts, I’ve done more journalling than in any other album. Not all the layouts have journalling, as on some I just didn’t have much to say, but I’m happy that I’ve captured so many memories.

These layouts are all from the Universal parks and I really had fun with them. Lots of colours, lots of Basic Grey. The first one is from the Simpsons ride.

Next is from Islands of Adventure. You know me and books. I had to have my photo taken there.

These are some random pics from IOA. We didn’t take as many photos there as we did in Universal Studios this time. We loved the Halloween decorations in Universal and took lots of photos.Another one from Universal Studios. I did a lot of journalling on this one, and that sort of covered several of the layouts from that park.One of our favourite attractions closed while we were there. We managed to get one last go on it before it went and I wanted to record that on a layout. I didn’t get a good enough photo of it so nicked this one from the internet.Another ride that we love in Universal is Men In Black.The final ones are two of my favourites. Partly because of Stephen’s silly poses and partly because I went to town with the colours. Both in Springfield, first is the Duff beer one.And finally, Stephen trying to nick a donut. (I’m trying very hard to use the US spelling, as in the photos, but I really want to change it all to Doughnuts.)And that’s it. Disney 2017 is finished. I’ve loved using Shimelle’s prompts and I feel the class has really helped me get my scrapping mojo back. I’m going to scrap some photos of the cats next and maybe some random photos from other holidays. I’ve got the rest of the class ‘Clear the desk’ to do and I’m also going to do another class by Shimelle on layering.

I’ve got loads of Cruise photos to edit and print so it’ll be a while before I’m ready to start those. I do have plenty of supplies for that. I’ve got three albums ready to fill. Did I mention that I took loads of photos? I’ve been buying travel papers and embellishments for a few months and have some lovely stash to use. I even found an old Basic Grey collection pack called Adrift which will be perfect. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into that.

I was surprised how much Basic Grey is still available online, to be honest. I’ve had to restrain myself from buying it all LOL



More Disney scrapping

The end is in sight. These are the last Disney layouts from 2017. Just a few more from Universal left to do and the albums are finished.

This is one of the magic shots where they add the balloons afterwards. Taken in Hollywood Studios. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out.Next is one of our favourite views in Epcot. Don’t ask me why, but we’ve always called it the Upside down waterfall.Another one in Epcot with a couple of magic shots. Nemo and friends, again in Epcot.Shock, horror. Not only is that paper not Basic Grey, I’ve used it in the same year that I bought it!

I had to scrap some of my favourite ride photos. I love Tower of Terror.This is one of those quirky little things that most people would think a bit silly but it’s something that we say, and I wanted to record it. The journalling just waffles on about our slight obsession with the little lizards that you see all over Disney.

A couple more photos taken in Hollywood Studios and at this point I was running out of title ideas.Two matching singles using Star Wars themed photos.



A bit more Disney scrapping

More layouts from last year’s holiday. I’m still using the prompts from Shimelle’s ‘A most magical scrapbook’ class and although there’s the odd sheet of a different paper, mostly I’m still using Basic Grey.

This is the last one from Animal Kingdom. I love that wall with all the bikes on it so always try to have a photo taken there.

These photos were taken in Epcot and Animal Kingdom, when we bumped into friends from home.There are a couple more from the Halloween party in the Magic Kingdom. For this one the photographer told us to hold the lamp and look scared.This was one the best bits of the party – meeting Captain Jack Sparrow. He was hilarious.The last Halloween one is the parade. I didn’t manage to get any decent photos so I used two of the bonus ones they give you with the Photopass pics. We always take a photo of the car when we’re on holiday. It’s sort of a tradition.It looks a bit Christmassy, but that was unintentional. It’s not even Christmas paper.

Next is one about our flights to and from Florida and how much we loved going premium economy.Another one from the Magic Kingdom, this time during the daytime.And finally, a layout about the new breakfast in Sanaa. 


Resort scrapping

I usually take loads of photos in the resorts that we stay in so I’m giving each one its own layout. The first one is the Royal Pacific at Universal Resort. It’s such a beautiful place to stay and we really enjoyed our four nights there.

I used pretty much all Basic Grey papers.
Next is Coronado Springs. We hadn’t been there before but it was nice. The theming is lovely and our room was comfortable and spacious. The main part of our holiday was spent at Kidani Village, which we absolutely love. I’ve scrapped photos of the room before so chose to do the view from our balcony this time. 


Magic Kingdom layouts

We never seem to take as many photos in The Magic Kingdom so I don’t usually have as many layouts as I do for Animal Kingdom. Last year though, we went to the Halloween party and got lots of Photopass photos taken, plus we took a few around the park during the day.

I’m still following the prompts from Shimelle’s A most magical scrapbook class. It’s really helped to get my head back into scrapping and I’m loving it again.

We really enjoyed the 7 dwarfs mine train ride and love how the photos came out when we rode it at night. One of the magic shots that we were looking for was one that was just for that time of year. I love the photo, especially Stephen’s expression. Scrapped with Basic Grey Persimmon.Another magic shot that we went looking for was the hitchhiking ghosts during the Halloween party. Again with Basic Grey Persimmon. I love these photos taken outside The Haunted Mansion. This layout will be the section divider for the Magic Kingdom. There’s not much to it, but I really wanted to include a photo of the castle.


Pandora scrapping

We were so excited to see the new land in Animal Kingdom and we weren’t disappointed. It was amazing! We took hundreds of photos trying to capture the beauty of it. I’m not sure that we succeeded but I did have plenty of photos to choose from when it came to scrapping them.

This layout is the section divider for Pandora and I tried to get lots of photos on it to give an idea of what it’s like. These photos were taken just inside the entrance to Pandora by a Photopass photographer. Scrapped with Basic Grey Archaic.There are a couple of places to eat inside Pandora and one of them, The Satu’li Canteen, quickly became our new favourite lunch spot. I particularly liked that you could order your food on the app and just pick it up when you got there, avoiding the queues. Also, the food was delicious. Scrapped with Basic Grey Boxer. We had a few photos taken at night. I love the magic shot with the Woodsprites. Scrapped using Basic Grey Marrakesh. (that’s nearly all gone now and I’m a little bit sad about it)


Harry potter scrapping

We love visiting all the Harry Potter stuff at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and usually take loads of photos. There’s so much detail and so much to look at. It’s hard to do it justice with photos though.

I have a pack of papers, embellishments and an alpha that I bought ages ago, as I thought it looked Potter-ish. It’s the Cambridge collection pack by Bo Bunny. I’ve finally dived into it and I rather love it.

I needed one layout to do as the section divider so printed this photo nice and big.   I used the Bo Bunny papers on it. I really like them and I think they go nicely with the photos. We stopped to watch the show for a while, which we often miss as we’re always on our way to do something else and the resulting photos are again scrapped on the same papers.

We always take photos of the Hogwarts Express and we love riding on it. I think it’s brilliant how they’ve made it seem as if you’re on the ‘real’ train with screens for the window and corridor views.And yes, it’s the same paper pack.

Escape from Gringotts is a brilliant ride. We both love it, and the building that it’s in with the fire-breathing dragon is pretty spectacular too.
Finally, there’s a layout with us both drinking Butterbeer. It’s quite sweet but refreshing on a hot day and we really enjoyed it. 


Animal Kingdom scrapping

We had lunch at Tusker House last year, partly because we did the dining package to see Rivers of light, and partly because we like the food there and it comes with characters. Obviously there were photos! When it came to scrapping them, I decided to split up the character photos as I didn’t want to leave any out and couldn’t fit them all on the same layout.

This one is a double as you can’t separate Donald & Daisy. It just wouldn’t be right. That consists of pretty much all Basic Grey. It’s getting a real hammering with this album.

Next is Goofy.Yet more Basic Grey. I have so much of it as I loved all the packs that they brought out. Some of them are getting quite depleted now though.

This one is my favourite layout from that lunch. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew what the title had to be LOL We have lots of photos taken in Animal Kingdom, and a lot of them were Photopass ones. They’re so much fun! Scrapped with Basic Grey Offbeat. Another new Photopass magic shot is the hyenas from The Lion King. We found a couple more Lion King magic shots too. More Basic Grey Offbeat.

I had a couple of random photos taken in Asia so I bunged them together to make a companion layout to the one that I did of Africa.  I’m on a mission to complete the 2017 album now as I’ll soon be taking A LOT more photos.


Animal Kingdom & Grinning ghosts

More Disney layouts to share and this one is from the Kilimanjaro Safari. We took literally hundreds of photos during the many times that we went on, so again there are lots of layouts. As well as a general Safari layout, I’m doing ones of specific animals that we saw.

I used Basic Grey, which is taking a real hammering at the moment, plus there’s a sheet of some very old paper as the background. I must have had it for at least ten years!

This layout needed to be a double. I had too many lion photos that I loved, and one of them needed to be BIG. Assorted older papers used and I heat embossed some chipboard for the title. 
This one is one of the Photopass photos, where they put a border on. I used more old papers & some cardstock laceThis one is from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. We have loads of photos from that night so there are more layouts to come, but I loved this photo so much that I printed it huge and it’ll be the section divider for MNSSHP.

I’ve been waiting a long time to use that embossed Mickey paper!

The album is starting to look quite full now. I’ve had to buy a second one.


Animal Kingdom & Rosie

More scrapbooking and this time I’ve done one of Rosie when she was quite a bit younger and smaller. I have a pad of cat-themed papers that I’ve been working my way through and the colours in the pad are perfect for Rosie. I also have quite a large stash of cat embellishments that I bought when we were thinking about getting cats again, so it’s nice to be able to use them now.

I love the way Rosie was posing for this photo. It’s one of my favourite pics of her.
I’ve also been working my way through some more Holiday photos from last year and have done a couple more layouts of Animal Kingdom.

This one is going to be the section divider for AK.And this one is just to show off two of my favourite photos from the park.Both of those layouts are using some very old papers. The black/Kraft one is probably the newest one of them and that was dated 2008! It’s great to see old stash being used finally.