Saturday, May 19, 2012

Disney Pixar Blog Hop - Day 1's Making Magical Memories album

Welcome to the Fantasmic, Original, one-of-a-very-special-kind Disney Pixar Blog Hop! I have had the pleasure of hopping in each of the Disney Pixar Blog Hops sponsored by Shawn and Melissa. 

Melissa needed some extra family time with her busy spring, so Shawn asked me to step in and join her as co-host on this fantastic ride, on both days. I'm more than happy to do so, as I have two terrific projects (if I do say so myself!) to share with you!

First, before we get too far into this, I want to give credit where credit is WAY due!  All of the images you'll see below I found on PhotoBucket, on the albums of a terrific crafter named Mel whose profile name is "Bababearbucket". They are for personal use only, with credit/attribution.  In some of the cases, I've customized by putting in my own headline, but the art is Mel's. So thank you!

For this blog hop, I made a Disney "Making Magical Memories" book:

Finished size: 6" h x 5" w plus binding

Here's a video that I made to show the entire project:


I used Bababear's images to make a "Making Magical Memories" Disney trip journal, where you'll find journaling pages, ride completion certificates, and even coupons (where Mom or Dad pays -- don't really try to use these for freebies in the parks!) for kids to use.

I compiled these images onto pages using Adobe Illustrator and saved them as jpeg files for my use.  I then printed them out on cardstock as well as glossy paper (for the coupons).  The coupons are perfed, by running the edge of the coupon through my thread-less sewing machine.  I laminated the front and back covers, and then bound it using my Zutter Bind-It-All.

Below are my page-by-page jpeg files, if you'd like to make a Making Magical Memories book yourself.  Again, please remember that these images are for your personal use only and not for sale or resale. 

Make sure you scroll through to the bottom to find a handmade by CardMonkey bit of extra special blog candy ...

But in case you'd rather just jump to the next stop on the hop, here is your link. JUMP TO:  TAMI to continue onto your stop!






Whew!  Now that you've worn out your finger on your scroll button, I really need to reward you with some blog candy for coming this far!

I've made a deeeeeeelightful t-shirt using this image from the back cover of the Making Magical Memories journal I made.  While the Grumpy in the Ears image is Bababear's, I added the caption to depict how *I* feel when I have to go home from the Happiest Place on Earth.  The t-shirt is size XL, so if that won't do and you're the winner, just say so -- and I'll print out and send an extra iron-on image for your own shirt.

To qualify to win this blog candy, you must do three things:
  1. Follow my blog. I'd prefer that you use the Mr. Linky tool (see sidebar) so that when Google Friends Connect goes away at the end of the year, you'll still be my friend!
  2. Leave a comment on this post, and include in it a way for me to be in touch with you when you win!
  3. In your comment, please tell me who your favorite Disney character is and why.

*FREE GIFT*: Special for CardMonkey readers: Make your own blog candy! Worried that you won't win and you really have to make one of these t-shirts yourself? CLICK HERE for a printer-ready image to make your own iron-on transfer! 

Good luck!

Now, just to remind you, you're hopping along to TAMI, for your next stop.  Thank you again for joining us today on this hop, and for Winnie-the-Pooh Bear-ing with me through this very long post!

In case you get lost along the way, here are the Blog Stops for DAY #1 of the Disney Pixar Blog Hop. Where available, a direct link to the Disney posting has been provided.


Creatively Yours,


Shawn Mosch said...

LOVE this project! Wish I would have had one when we took our first trip to Disney with the kids.

Thank you for jumping in as my co-host!

Love ya sistah!

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Caryn S said...

What a great little book! Wish I had known about these pages before we went to Disney, my kids would have been all over this. I am absolutely scraplifting this AND following you.

Now, my favorite Disney character...that is a tough one, but it might have to be Lilo! She lives in Hawaii, where I was born and used to live, and she is a bit of a misfit (as was I!).

Cathie Rigby said...

This is a fabulous project...thanks for sharing all of the information I will have to make one when we go to Disney next. My favorite Disney character has to be Winnie the Pooh-he just reminds me of good cuddle!
Hugs Cathie

Vicky said...

Wow what a great project my sister going to disneyland paris for her 30th next week i wonder if i could make one that fast would make her day. I don't think I have a fav disney character there is too many and i love them all

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Wow the book is amazing, I want one of those and I love that you made a shirt out of the grumpy image. I want that shirt too. :) Fantasic job. Thanks for sharing all the details on the book. My fav Disney character is Winnie the Pooh, because I thought he would protect me from the monsters under my bed and I loved that he is so childlike. :)

Scrappin Rabbit Designs

Nancy Lake said...

Awesome book, you did a great job! I'm inspired!

Hmmmmm, my favorite Disney Character is Mickey. When I go to Disney World the trip doesn't quite seem complete until I see him. Like Walt Disney said, "It all started with a mouse." That's why he is my favorite. (PREFERRED) or

Thank you!

bunkobeth said...

I Love the book - I have a few friends traveling this summer to Disney and that will make a wonderful gift!

My favorite Disney character is Dopey. My Dad painted him all the other drawfs on my crib when I was a baby. When my own children were born, he made wall plaques for them. A gift that will last for generations!

My fingers are tingling to get into my scraproom - thanks for the inspiration.

jessica said...

What an awesome book Ellen!!! I love Disney and love taking my kids there!! This would have been perfect the first time I took them!!!
My favorite Disney character is Mickey of course!! Got to love the mouse!!

Desi @ Wee Share said...

What a neat project! I will have to do some of this before our next trip!

I'll share my daughter's favorite character-- Rapunzel. It is because she loves her hair and she is even attempting to grow hers out now :)


TJ said...


TJ said...

My favorite character is all started with a mouse! : )

The book is fabulous!!

Michele said...

wow, what an amazing disney book! Love the shirt decal too. My son and his family have a season pass to Disneyland.

jennyplace2 said...

What a super awesome book, my nephew is going to Disney this summer for the first time with there two boys. I think I had better fill the ink on the printer and get my butt into gear. One year when we were in Florida for vacation I had a tattoo on my shoulder of Mickey so I would have to say he must be my favorite.

Karenduch said...

I love your book! I also made books (MUCH SIMPLER ones!!) for my family and friends when we went down to Disney in 2007. (They were basically for autographs, but I then turned the pages into scrapbooks.). My favorite character(s) would be Ariel - love the songs in Little Mermaid, or Sleeping Beauty... I always dreamed of being her since I was little...
I had no idea that there was a 'linky follower'! that is great!

teachermom5 said...

Amazing project. Love the coffe page. Great job. Thank you.

TinaGAle said...

What a great book! Mel does great work.
thanks for sharing
tina gale

Nancy said...

I follow via GFC: allibrary.

Mickey Mouse is my favorite Disney character because he and Walt started it all!

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

D- said...

Wow what a great book.
Wish I had one for when we went to Disney when our grown daughter was little.
My favorite Disney characters would have to be Mike and Boo from Monsters. Inc.
dmcardmaker (new email follower)

Marissa said...

Wow! I love your book! I live in California, so I've never been to Disney World...but MANY times to Disneyland! My favorite character is Mickey!

P.S. I have lots of Grumpy shirts, 'cause that's my nickname at times!

rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

angie ashuk said...

What a great book!! I've been a follower of yours for sometime:) My favorite character is Tinkerbell:)

aashuk@ shaw. ca

Kim Heggins said... much time put into this and what a fabulous thing to give anyone! I am just amazed at all of the work that goes into doing something like this, just incredible. My favorite Disney character is Mickey Mouse.

Sugarlips said...

I absolutely love this. We are heading to disneyland and I might have to use parts of this book for our trip. Love it!
i am a follower by email.

I love Princess Aurora. :)

Tami B. said...

What a wonderful idea. Now I just need a trip to Disney, and frankly it's about time, we haven't been in years. Your t-shirt design is fantastic, you could make a mint off of it.

Brenda "Disney Girl" said...

What an amazing project!!! I LOVE it!!! My favorite character is Mary Poppins because she is practically perfect in every way!! A close second is Cinderella because I LOVE a fairy tale!! Have a magical day! -

Miranda said...

What an adorable book! I am a new follower! My favorite Disney character would have to be Tigger because he is Tigger-riffic!
Miranda :)
miranda at nanasscrapspot dot com

Anonymous said...

This is such an aswesome book. I love this idea. It is something everyone needs to go to disney world with. My favorite disney character is simba. I love the lion king.

Unknown said...

Love Love Love your book/journal!!! What a wonderful idea!!! And of course you are sharing with all of us!!

I am trying to follow you via says I have an account but my password doesn't match. I have requested a re-set twice, so eventually I will be able to sign on and follow you properly my friend!!!! Also I can put it on my blog!

Thanks for your kind words on my blog and email ~ love you!!!

Rebekah said...

What a wonderful idea!! Love everything about it ;-)

calbekah at aol dot com

Chriss America Real said...

Wow! Your book is so cool! I love it! My favorite Disney Character is Winnie the Pooh. He is sweet, kind and gentle and tries not to hurt anyone. I wish more people were like him.



Lisa said...

Your memory book is amazing Love it!!!! Thank you for sharing where to get all those amazing image! I love the t-shirt and completely agree with the sentiment! :) My favorite Disney character is Thumper!

Jenscrapstoo said...

This memory book is so super fantastic!! What a wonderful way to remember all that you do at "The happiest place on Earth"!!! My Favourite Disney character is Tinkerbell!! Cheers Jennie
jendewar at

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

your book is amazing! Im already a follower of your blog. My favorite character is piglet.

mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

silvia said...

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your Disney book!!

The Grumpy t-shirt is just too cute!!

I follow your blog and my favorite disney character is TIGGER because TIGGERS BOUNCE!!!!!

sillyscrap at aol dot com

Kim said...

What a GREAT idea for the blog hop project! Love the book. I, too, like so many of the others would have loved to have this book for one of our first family Disney trips. The coupons are adorable!

I'm already a follower :) Hope to win the grumpy shirt!

My favorite character is Eeyore, mainly because I can't help by smile when I see him. However, Tink is one of my favs too!

Karen said...

I really enjoyed this project.

Vicki said...

Now that is what I call a blog entry!! :) As I scrolled through I kept thinking what a fun album this is going to be years from now when memory needs to be jump started and moments to share come to the forefront! Great Job! Goofy is my fave!

Gloria said...

Thank You for sharing such a great and neat ideal and for all the info. I LOVE IT:)I have to say you knocked it out of the park with the Grumpy shirt. It TOTALLY ROCKS!!!!!! Oh.... how I would love to be the lucky winner of that shirt. I am a new follower to your blog and my favorite Disney character is Goofy. What's not to love about him? He's tall, funny, and good looking and always makes me laugh. Grumpy is my next favorite because he reminds me of my hubby;) Thank you for a chance to win some really really sweet blog candy. disneynut 4 life 22 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Ellen this is AMAZING! I am in love with this idea. How fabulous to have all of those wonderful memories in this book and something your children will treasure forever! Amazing job!!! My favorite Disney Character is a toss up between Tink (because of her sassy attitude) and Tigger (because he is so fun and loveable!)

Sherry D said...

Love it!! :) I've never been to any Disney parks,but you have given me a wonderful ideas to use for other places I've been that I could incorporate what you have done here.

Thanks! :)

Aim said...

Oh, Ellen, this is AH-MAZING!! LOVE the journal!! I had been thinking about making a Disney smash book -- I can't imagine it would have been as fun as your journal is!! THANKS for sharing all the pages -- I'm bookmarking this so I can come back and grab a few from my "real" computer!! LOL...

I already follow you (everywhere), but I also added myself to Linky followers, just in case!! :)

Aaaaaaand... My favorite character is STILL Mickey, though I've been trying to give some other characters some extra face-time too!! :) Hmmmm... Why? Well, my sister used to work at Disney World (WDW had been our family's choice of vacation spots every year since I was 5)... Since she got to know so many of the characters personally, she was able to get autographs for me -- And she was excited to send me a very special "letter" from Mickey Mouse himself where he signed it "to my girlfriend, Amy"... He also told me NOT to share my letter with Minnie... I've never shared that letter with ANYONE -- It's still tucked away behind an 8x10 photo of my sister and her co-workers at WDW... As a child, I took the "secret" very seriously and never wanted Minnie to get upset -- And besides, when I met my one true love in life, he was wearing a t-shirt with Mickey Mouse on it!! Now, don'tcha think that was a SIGN??? ;)

So there ya have it... Mickey is my favorite, and now you know why!! Thank you, Mickey for introducing me to the love of my life!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your talent in the hop!!

Amy :) at

rlovew said...

I love the notebook you made and the shirt is awesome- perfect for my husband. I am an email follower but I added on through Mr Linky today. My favorite character is Aurora because I love her sweet nature and her dresses are beautiful. rlovew1976 at

Pink Cricut said...

Absolutely love this idea and can't wait to do something like this, when we take our 2 kids to Disney for the first time! :)

Pink Cricut said...

Absolutely love this idea and can't wait to do something like this, when we take our 2 kids to Disney for the first time! :)

Brenda "Disney Girl" said...

Just amazing! Love it!

Melissa said...

First off Ellen, thank you so much for jumping in and taking over for me to help Shawn out! You already know from my FB post to you how amazing I think your project is! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

I have MANY favorite Disney characters for different reasons, but my #1 will always be Pluto! Love at first sight when I was just 2 going to WDW for the first time!

Crafty Moni said...

What a great idea, I love it and all the images are so cute. Thanks for posting them up on your blog, I think I'm going to try to make one myself.
My favorite Disney character is Daisy Duck. I think she's so pretty, sassy, & classy. Plus purple is my favorite color & she wears it a lot:) I love pin trading, and trying to find pins of her at Disneyland, its really hard but non the less a fun challenge:)

Peace, Love, & Cricut Hug's!

Monica L.

monita23 at ca dot rr dot com

Michell said...

What a wonderful idea! My family and I went to Disney in France and this would be a great images to put our photos in! Thank your for the wonderful giveaway contest.

Zanshin said...

I just stumbled upon this. What amazing work!! I almost wish Disney would sell it, but that would unnecessarily add to the cost. ;)

While your contest is long over, I will still tell you who my favorite Disney character is, Darkwing Duck. I love his retro style, use of non-violence and that he never gives up, even though he really is never the one to solve the crimes.