Greetings From the Happiest Place on Earth

Hi! You get three guesses as to where I’m at right now, and the first two don’t count. We decided with our oldest about to be a senior in high school, it was high time we “did Disney”. (And by the way, that adorable hand happens to be some shaped bling from Queen & Company.)  Technically, it will be our family’s second visit to the happiest place on earth, but our first was just one day at Disneyland a few years ago with my husband’s whole family. We did love it, but this time it’s just the four of us going for a full-on Disney vacation, and you know I’ll be all about recording the memories while we’re here, and scrapping them when we get home. I know we’re not alone (judging by the lines we’ve been standing in). We’re in peak vacation season, and I’m hoping you have something on the calendar you’re equally as excited about preserving in your scrapbooks.

One of the best reasons I keep scrapbooking is that it helps me supplement my very poor memory. For that reason, I’ll be taking notes throughout our trip that will find their way into my journaling later. On many trips I’ve purchased postcards to use as journaling cards. I used to bribe my kids to journal on them as well, but with teenagers, let’s just say I’m doing well to get their photo snapped. If you’re keeping friends and family updated on your trip progress, the emails or texts you send will hold some great journaling for you. If you’re a tweeter, pair your trip tweets with your photos when you get home.

If you’re into keeping a real travel journal, you may enjoy this journal from Journals Unlimited. It’s got prompts to help jumpstart your journaling. 

I like the mini version of this journal. It fits better in my travel bag. 

For an alternative way to document your trip, take along a Smashbook from K&Company.  The glue stick/pen goes along for the ride so you can attach ticket stubs, wristbands, pamplets, or other memorabilia you acquire. If the cover gets a little messy from a monster ice cream sundae, or the pages get a little dog-eared in your travel tote, it just adds to the charm of the book.

Fancy Pants Designs also has a fun brag book that would be equally fun to jot down your travel memories.

Often when we take a trip there are so many photos I wind up creating photobook. I’ve pondered ideas for a Disney scrapbook for so long though, this time I think I’ll make a traditional album instead. As we’ve toured the parks I’ve taken note of the inspirations of color, pattern, and shape from Disney, and can’t wait to get started. We’re still trying for that great family photo. You know, the one to put on title page of the album, the Christmas card, and share with family and friends. We’ve taken advantge of the Disney photographers, but I need one on my camera. The photo below’s missing my husband, a second attempt has half of Claire’s face cut off, and the third was taken by an ever-so-willing Disney cast member, but my camera was in a setting that came up with a crystal clear Epcot icon, and a blurry family in the foreground. We’ll keep trying today. Have fun! Polly

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2 Responses to “Greetings From the Happiest Place on Earth”

  1. Hey Polly!

    I have learned the hard way that your best chances of getting a great family photo is to hand your camera off to somebody else who is carrying around a similar camera. It sounds like you have a fancy-pants camera… hence the in focus Epcot Globe, out of focus family… Next time – find a fancy-pants-camera-toting tourist, and have them take your picture, then use their camera to take their family picture…. And you’ll both end up with a better picture for it! HAVE FUN! We love Disney World!

    -The Scrappin’ V

  2. Thanks for the tip! Actually, I decided not to lug around my SLR, so i’ve just got my little Canon point-and-shoot. So much easier to tote. It still has various settings and evidently I was getting too adventuresome. :o ) I did also find out that for a slightly ridiculous price, you can download any of the professional shots they take around the parks through their Disney Photo Pass site as a jpeg, and print to your heart’s content.