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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Disney/Pixar Official Blog Hop (3rd) Disney Cruise Layout

Welcome to our 3rd Disney Pixar Blog Hop!!!  I am so super excited because we less than a month away from taking our first ever Disney Cruise!!!  Of course I had to make my project cruise related!

I have included the complete list below.  If you have found me first, please stop by Shawn's BLOG so you don't miss a thing!!

Lori ***HERE
Diane  ***NEXT
Now let's get started on my layout!  I typically create 2-page layouts and I usually start with the photos.  Since I do not have the photos yet, I started with the paper.
I used paper from this Nantucket DWCV Stack that I found on CLEARANCE at Michaels!

I sketched out my layout on paper. I saw two different non-Disney cruise layouts I wanted to incorporate, as well as some "hidden Mickey" suggestions from my friend. ****I would like to add that Amy's Cruise Layout was a big inspiration for me and you can see it HERE!!!  Amy ~ thank you for reminding me where I saw this as you deserve credit for the project inspiration!!

I open a 12x24 mat on my Gypsy to layout to plan my 2-pages together.  I put the life preserver from Life is a Beach in the center of the mat and sized it to 11.17w x 10.75h.  I only cut out the stripes from the layer (not the rope) as I wanted my life preserver as big as possible to fit a photo inside.
I cut out my life preserver and stripes and centered it on my two pages. 
Next, I wanted to make my own mermaid Disney Style.  I took the mermaid from Life is a Beach at 3 inches.  Because LIAB does not have individual layers, I just hid the extra pieces with Hide Contour instead of cutting out all of the layers in yellow, green and pink.

On the bottom layer, I welded Mickey Mouse ears to the mermaid.

I took some of the charms from LIAB and created a Mickey Charm of my own.  I sized them all to 1.5 inches.

I cut them out in black so they would be visible on the page.

Next, I opened a new layer on my Gypsy and shut all the other layers except the one with the life preserver.  I used Mickey Font for my letters and spaced them around the life preserver.

I cut them out in black cardstock.
I cut my life preserver in half and adhered them to the pages.
I used my negative piece as a template for my letters.  I ran the letters through my Xyron and stuck them down.
Once you start, the template stays in place.
I gently pull the template off the page.
My letters are perfect every time!
Here is my mermaid taking shape, but she needs a face and some sparkle!!
I gave her a Peachy Keen face and added lots of stickles!!
What do you see in the clouds??  I see Mickey!  I found this cloud shape in Pop-Up Neighborhood.
The sun is from Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons.  I cut an extra Mickey Ears for the sun!
I stickled up the charms and used some twine to create a banner.
I stickled up the sun and clouds.
I put my mermaid next to the life preserver so it looks like she is featuring my photo!
I added the silver anchor and some silver photo mats.  I added the year to the photo mat.
Here are my pages together ~ now I just need to go and get some photos!!!
I always take a special notebook when we go to Disney to record the little details that I want to remember after we get home.  This one is made from some Toy Story paper and stickers I got at WDW.  I used my Bind-It-All to assemble it.  I am including one of these in my Blog Candy today.
I also covered a composition book and threw in some Mickey buttons and acrylic Mickey Heads.  In order to qualify, you just need to leave me a comment with a favorite Disney memory (can be a trip, a movie, a halloween costume ~ anything)!

Don't forget about our linky party ~ you can join in the Disney Fun!!
Link up Party - September 26th

 All of you are welcome to join in this also. You can link up Disney Pixar
 scrapbook layouts, cards and other items at each of the following sites

 Shawn _ Link your scrapbook pages

> Melissa _ your cards

> Amy _ link any other Disney projects (cakes, decor, anything that is not a card or scrapbook layout)


Your next stop in this hop is the fabulous Diane from Capadia Designs!


jessica said...

Love your LO! Fab job and I hope (I know) you will have an awesome time on your trip!
Disney is so much fun and I love going and camping at the wilderness campground....we surprised my kids one year for christmas and drove through the night so when they woke up we were at "The Happiest Place on Earth"
The looks on their faces were priceless!!
TFS all your projects :)

Eva said...

What a great layout, I love the mickey shaped clouds, too cute.
Eva :0)
I have a giveaway on my blog

Shawn Mosch said...

WOW! As I was reading the post I was saying "LOVE IT!" to myself for so many things . . . we both do a sketch of our 2-page layouts before we start, I love that you put mouse ears on the sun and the mermaid, and the Mickey Charm . . . I need that! And using the cut as a template . . . BRILLIANT! My lettering never lines up, but a template would fix that.

Shawn ~ Getting Cricky Design Team Member
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2Ksmommy said...

We went to Disney for DD's third bday in May- What a great way for our Princess to celebrate! I LOVE the mermaid on your page, and the super cute Mickey charm!

Tami B. said...

OOOoo I'm so jealous. A Disney cruise! Hope you have a wonderful time. You're LO is great & I know you'll have some fantastic pics to put in it.

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

OMG, what an adorable layout Lori!! I LOVE hopping with you because your work "speaks to me"!! LOVE IT, really really ...

Have never been on a Disney cruise, though I've cruised often. Maybe once my granddaughter grows up it will be my opportunity to share that wonderful world -- both of cruising and Disney!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

4Ucards said...

This is such a great layout. Love the the charms they are so cute. Enjoy the magic of Disney.

DIANA L. said...

Super layout.
I love the little charm tag at the top and the mm ears on the mermaids are just adorable

Karen S. said...

What a great layout! I love all of the detail!

My favorite Disney memory was spending Christmas there with my hubby in 2009! We had the best time and really enjoyed all of the Christmas decorations.

Thanks for the chance to win!

karenskapin at yahoo dot com

Judy said...

Wow - awesome lo and detailed instructions! There is a Disney Cruise coming in Dec so how great is this! Since I live 25 miles from Disney, I have a LOT of memories, but it was pretty cool seeing the park being built. Several friends and family were working on construction so I got several inside views. After all these years, it is still exciting to be there:-) I am a follower...
jejaeb (at) cfl (dot) rr (dot) com

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Enjoy your upcoming trip to disney! Just love all the details that you added to your LO! The mermaid with the Mickey ears is so clever. Great Job.


Jessica said...

Lori, wow you put a lot of thought and time into this layout and it is amazing. I love the Mickey ears on the mermaid and all the small detailed Stickles. Happy to be a new follower of your blog. One of my favorite Disney memories (since I haven't went to DisneyLand as of yet) is from back in 1995. I was 8 months pregnant around Halloween and my twin sister and I dressed as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. We even had the orange wigs and propeller hats to top of the costumes. It was priceless.

pruttybird said...

I love this layout. Thanks for including all the details and instructions. I just might have to "lift" this layout :)

pruttybird at comcast dot net

Bernadette said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas and thought process.
Could you tell me if the gypsy is a good replacement for Design Studio?
My PC died and with my ability to use Design Studio ~ it's been hard to use my cricut without Design Studio.
Your thoughts would be appreciated.

barbsmith2536 said...

Love the layout but boy, were there ever a lot of pieces to it. I must have taken ages. It turned out wonderfully.

Lori Apgar said...

I wanted to answer Bernadette here as well in an email just in case anyone else had the same question. I LOVE my gypsy but never used DS. has cricut craft room (CCR) that is free, uses your PC (so it has a bigger screen) but it does need internet. I tested it and prefer my Gypsy mostly because of the portability! I encourage you to try out CCR free before purchasing a gypsy.

Cathie w said...

so so so cute you project and thanks for sharing your talent!!!!


Carrie K said...

Super cute LO! I would LOVE to go on a Disney cruise!! I am sure you will love it!! I have only been to WDW once. I took my boys in 1997. But I have been dying to go back ever since!!!

RLS Innovations said...

My favorite memory is when I took my grandson and son and my daughter met us at Orlando at Disney World. It was fun for all ages.


Jessica said...

Wow what a great layout! So many cuts, and yet it looks so easy! TFS

S.Bayles said...

Great job and lots of cuts. They came together great... Thanks for a great project and blog hop. I am a fan of Kristals. Come join me on my blog and look at the things I have done using her stamps.

Denise-Scrapmouse said...

Wonderful layout! Thanks for sharing.

My favorite Disney memory would have to be the very first time we took our kids to Disneyland. It was so much fun to see the park through their eyes for the first time. Their eyes lit up and they had huge smiles every day of our first family trip to see the mouse. That was a once in a lifetime memory we'll never forget!

coupondenise at live dot com

Diane said...

All of the little details make this a special layout. The mickey ears on the sun and the mermaid and the charm banner are adorable. Mickey in the clouds - too cute!
I hope you have a great time on your cruise (and thanks for calling me fabulous!).

Anonymous said...

Wow, I love that you showed us how you made it. Great page!

Glora said...

Total genius. I love that the mermaid has mouse ears, as everyone should. Great idea to bring a notebook for the memories too. My favorite Disney memory was my husbands VERY first trip to Disneyland about a year after we were married. It was priceless! Hugs- Glora


Cherie said...

OMG, this is awesome! I love all the great detail that went into it!!! Thanks for sharing!

cherie.goyer at

craftaholic said...

Very nice Lay out and such detail and step by step!! Love it!! I have never been to Disneyland but have always dreamed to go..So I have to say that any Disney movie is a good memory!!!
Mickey is my favorite though!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Ceci's Blog said...

Great layout!! thanks for the instructions!!

mjblahnik56 said...

Love the cruise layout TFS

ScrapMyWay said...

Hi, I'm now following & so glad I stopped over to see such a fun, intricate page that was very well photographed. I know lots of effort went into this on ...much appreciated!
Since I am now a grandma of 3 Princess', my fondest memory is going to Disney and seeing it through my oldest Grand-daughter Emma's eyes. When she saw Cinderella/castle, it was priceless! Hope you will stop by my blog, & you will see a page I did with her dressed as Cinderella.

Scrapbooking and Stamping with Michelle said...

Awesome layout! Love the Mickey clouds. Thanks for posting directions as it gave me a lot of ideas on ways to use my Gypsy that I didn't know about. (Still new to me)

Happy scrappin!

Kathy said...

Great layout! Thanks for sharing your creative process with pictures. My favorite Disney memory is the first tiem I took my 3 kids to Disneyland. They were troopers and we made it for 15 hours a day, 3 consecutive days! Tons of great memories with my kids. Thanks for sharing!
kmgillon at yahoo dot com

Gloria Westerman said...

Awesome L/O and don't you just gypsy....I do....can't do anything w/o it....

Brenda said...

what an awesome job you did on the layout!! love it!

CathyinMN said...

Love your LO! Great job. My best memory of Disney is taking my son a few years ago -- we had a great time and also got quite a few good photos. Thanks for the chance to win.
tcsobotka at charter dot net

Edwina said...

Beautiful layouts! Love the banner, and how you made a template so so could keep your letters where you wanted them on the life preserver. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like your layouts. My fav Disney memory would be that I worked for the Mouse as in Disney World FL in the ice cream shop at end of Main Street & in teh Silver Smith shop in Liberty Square thru high school & college. There I met some of the people that starred in Disney films. Thanks for chance to win.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

LoserGirl said...

My favorite Disney Memory has to be this past February. It was my son's first trip (age 3). I remember his face and excitement as we rode It's A Small World. He never sat down the whole boat ride, he was excited!!

Thanks for great idea of using the negative space for letter placement. It had never occurred to me to do that.

I am now a follower and can't wait to look around your blog.

angie ashuk said...

I LOVE your layout. It amazing!!! My favorite memory is the first glimps of the castle after coming onto Main Street. We've been to WDW 3 times in 6 yrs, and the magic never fades!!

Melissa said...

What a great title page! Bet you can hardly wait for your cruise! Our honeymoon at Disney and the Disney Cruise is one of my best Disney memories ever! You guys are going to have a blast!

Thanks for joining us again!


Carrie said...

Great layout! What a clever idea to include the hidden mickeys!

~ Carrie

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Wow I love your LO. TFS!!

mommyscraftycreations atgmail dot com

Bunnyfreak said...

Great two-pager. Love the idea of taking a special mini notebook to record things you want to remember.

Cozy Crop House said...

Great layout, and wonderful instructions! Never thought of designing my two-page layouts on a 12x24 gypsy mat...duh!
My favorite Disney memory has to be from 2 years ago when I took my 30 yo daughter there for her birthday. Great times.

Stacey said...

Love the LO! My fav memory is watching all the Disney movies with my family when I was little! I now continue that tradition with my kids...every Friday we have movie night and it is almost always a Disney movie.


Anonymous said...

I think this layout is amazing! I love how you did the tutorial for it. I hope to go on a disney cruise one day! My kids would love it!


becky (DOT) mayhewlear (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Janette S. said...

Thank you for all the details that went into your layout - it is really cute and I learned alot!!

janetteschulte at comcast dot net

tandkparker said...

Love your 2 page layout!! One of my favorite Disney memories was our Honeymoon Disney Cruise. Aren't those cruises the best!!

TFS - Kim
tandkparker at comcast dot net

Connie said...

love the disney blog hop. this is my first time and it is so fun.thanks

OCCricut said...

Your lo is PRECIOUS!!! I KNOW you are so very excited the Cruise!!!! YIPPPEEE!!!

Can't wait to see pics!!

saetterman at aol dot com

callyannc said...

I love love love your LO! Super fun! TFS CallyAnn

Peggie said...

Wonderful layout. Thanks for the details how you did the life preserver. Cute sun with the Mickey ears! Peggie

Debby said...

Love the layout, my hubby was a sailor and many things on this would work great on a page for him to.
angel hugs

Cathy said...

I love love love your layout, thew sun with Mickey ears is cute. thanks for sharing !!' my favorite memory is from16 years ago when we took out 4 boys to Disney, we had a wonderful time everyday!

Nanette said...

Great layout! I don't think I really have a favorite Disney memory. I remember as a kid watching Disney movies on TV.

nanettemt at yahoo dot com

mary said...

Our first trip to WDW was about 35 years ago. My husband, I and our two daughters drove from MN to FL right before Christmas. We thought that it always got hot there. We wore shorts and it was 20 miles back to our motel and warmer clothes. We had to buy sweatshirts at the Park to keep warm. We have gone to WDW a lot of times since. It is our favorite vacation! My daughter even went there on her honeymoon!

Ryansmaama said...

Love your layout! Favorite memory: Taking my then 5 year old grandson on his first visit to DisneyWorld.--Ryansmaama

Jamie said...

Love your layout so cute! I'm a new follower. My favorite memory is the first time I went to Disney world 6 years ago, because it is where my husband proposed. So needless to say Disney will always hold a special place in my heart.

Sarah said...

What a cute layout and thanks for the tip on getting your letters placed perfectly!

Vicki said...

Great layout. I've never been to Disneyland or World, so no favorite memory (yet).

vwilson577 at

SweetSassyDiva said...

oh i'm loving your project! i'd love to take a disney cruise! we did the cricut cruise and met a family that was in port at the same time from a disney cruise. they loved it! :) enjoy! and if you need a stowaway let me know :)


Very cool layout and notebook!! I am already a follower, thanks for the chance to win. My favourite disney mamories are when I watch the movies with my daughter(she is 3) watching her face and seeing her laught is priceless!!
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

. said...

Awesome layout! The first time I watched Beauty and the Beast is one of my fondest memories.
Thanks for the chance to win.
candyyoung826 at msn dot com

Mona said...

Awesome layout!

My favorite Disney related memory is when my niece was 4 & we were talking about her Halloween cosutem. She informed myself and my sister, her 2 aunts that she was going to be princess Aurora. My sister leaned over to me and asked me who that was. I said I forgot ask Dana. When she asked Dana, Dana turned to her and with her hand on her hip stated, " Uhhh, Sleeping Beauty! Learn your princesses aunt Terri!" The shocked look on mys sisters dace and the precious look of my niece with her hand on her hip is forever my favorite memory.

Thank you for sharing!


Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

So cute! What a great layout!

Lara said...

I love this! My favorite Disney memory is that one year, when I was 16 we drove from MI to see Grandma and Grandpa in Florida. I got chicken pox and was miserable the whole time. The next year we drove down, but I got to FLY! Ans spend two EXTRA days with the Grands. I finally got to Disney world and absolutely fell in love. I loved the teacups the most, and watching my youngest brother in awe of Mickey and Minnie. Thanks for the chance to win! lclass003atgmaildotcom

- said...

Your LO is awesome!!I love the template idea..TFS. My favorite memory is the first year we went to WDW. I felt like a kid again and the girls absolutely loved it.


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Amy Chomas said...

Just hopping by! Great page, and amazing directions!!!

Amy said...

Lori, I'm so glad to see that my cruise layout was such an inspiration for you!! I immediately recognized it (especially from your sketch) and would love for you to add a link for others that would like to see the original inspiration. For those that would like to see it, please click here: -- Cruise Layout

Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope you'll join the Disney/Pixar Decoration Challenge at Love To Crop! beginning tomorrow!!

Amy :) at

Anna said...

Wow great job. Can't wait to see the finished layouts. Enjoy your trip and make lots of wonderful memories.
I am a follower.
Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Lisa said...

What wonderful projects! they are so great, my favorite are the charms - what a great touch TFS

Lisa G

Juliana T said...

this is so clever! I love how you did Mickey ears for the mermaid and sun. Great use of stickles, too!

My favorite Disney memory is from last year. My daughter and I were waiting to ride the yeti coaster and a thunderstorm came through. the ride closed for about a half hour and we stuck it out in line and had the best ride ever!