May 27, 2014

Blog Ponderings

Disney inspired memory keeping | Any Happy Little Thoughts

It has been about three months since I "went live" with this blog. As I expected, I have learned quite a bit in a short amount of time about blogging, the [digital] scrapbooking industry and online community, the online Disney community, and how to use new-to-me social media - I am still trying to figure out how to properly use Twitter! And one thing I have come to acknowledge much sooner than I would have thought: the calendar does not wait for me.

When I first set out developing the purpose and structure of this blog, I knew that I would need to be organized, timely, and committed, and all while being creative. I created an editorial calendar and tried very hard to stick to it.

But - BAM! - my life with four active kids caught up to me real quick.

One thing I have learned so far is that I cannot keep up with the every-two-weeks plan I intended. I thought I could develop scrapbook pages and blog posts with new themes about every two weeks, but I now accept that my perfectionist tendencies will not allow for that type of schedule. My youngest is a half-day kindergartener, and I spend most weekday afternoons carpooling to soccer and baseball practices, and attending Little League games. And now, in three weeks, it will be summer and the kids will be home full-time. Awesome for us as a family, but perhaps not ideal for a creative blogger.

While my focus for this blog is to continue sharing my Disney memories via scrapbook pages, I feel like I can add in a handful of other post topics that are still relevant to either Disney and/or memory keeping, but which require much less prep work and behind the scenes planning. For me, posting on some kind of regular basis not only keeps my readers engaged, but it allows me to write and share ideas, both of which are a large reason for me having this blog in the first place. This simply means that there will be more variety in the posts that show up on the blog in the future. 

what to expect from Any Happy Little Thoughts...
  • continuation of my Disney inspired memory keeping, with an emphasis on themes and stories - including mood boards, music playlists, scrapbook layouts, and related resources
  • My Happy Little Finds - a round-up post of random picks and fun stuff relevant to the most current theme
  • links to posts that I write for other blogs - as seen on Capturing Magic and Bee Tree Studios
  • memory keeping tips, tricks, and tutorials
  • features that spotlight specific layouts and memory keeping projects created by others
  • reviews and highlights of my visits to The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco
  • accounts of my experience with runDisney events
  • and of course, Disney Parks trip reports

hello summer

So, what's the story at this moment? In my little part of the world, we are winding down with school, my youngest has a birthday to celebrate, and the kids and I leave for summer travel in about a month. Since I will be away from home for several weeks, I will also be away from my scrapbooking supplies. I hope to have at least one more Disney memory keeping story set up for the blog prior to leaving town, and of course there will be other posts mixed in for good measure. I also intend to spruce up the Pages tabs for the blog, and write a thoughtful About Me segment - essentially taking care of some blog housekeeping.

If you don't already, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to stay up-to-date on any new blog posts, and the stuff going on in between. (My favorite is Instagram - I love sharing sneak peeks and photos!) I know I will be around some Disney magic over the summer - even in some very unique and unexpected places. I can't wait to share with everyone when that happens!

Thanks for reading!

May 23, 2014

On Bee Tree Studios | PicMonkey Tutorial + A Grizzly Disney Adventure

I am excited to share that my first post for Bee Tree Studios is up today! In it I give a tutorial for using PicMonkey to print digital scrapbooking papers for your albums and paper projects. In addition to the how-to, I share the pocket style layout I created that incorporated the digi printed papers, using my photos and memories of my family's experience on the Grizzly River Run attraction at Disney California Adventure. Head over to Stephanie's blog to check it out - and be prepared to spend some time looking at all the great Disney inspired products and layouts that she has on her blog!

May 22, 2014

My Happy Little Finds | The Muppets

I have found that round-up posts and blogger picks are great places to see something new and interesting. And I often see LOTS of cool and fun stuff on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

So...I thought I would give this post idea a try as a way to close out a specific memory keeping story before moving on to the next one. I kept seeing things here and there that made me think, "People should see this!"..."Wow, this is so creative!"..."I would love to have that!" - but they weren't always relevant for my scrapbooking or other memory keeping purposes. Some may offer creative inspiration, a little whimsy to your life, or...may cause you to scratch your head and say, "What was she thinking?!"

May 20, 2014

The Muppets - Project Life + Pocket Style Scrapbooking Sampler

Muppets, Muppet*Vision 3D, The Muppet Show, Kermit, Project Mouse, Project Life - Disney inspired memory keeping | Any Happy Little Thoughts
If you are a digital or hybrid scrapbooker, you have so many more options available to you because of the internet. That is where I find the majority of the journaling and filler cards that I use or create for my albums. Online scrapbook retailers, designer's blogs, and official Disney downloads will become your best friends once you get started in this process. I also created a couple of quote cards with my own very simple design using Microsoft Word or PicMonkey. Because I am not an experienced PSE user, I rely on Word, PicMonkey, and Picasa for almost all of my digital-based elements. Most of the downloaded material I found for The Muppets comes from Disney downloadable wallpapers and images. These are easy to crop in your editing software to the sizes you need.

May 16, 2014

The Muppets - Kermit the Frog, Songs About Rainbows & Theatrical Mayhem

Kermit, The Muppets, Muppet*Vision 3D - Disney inspired memory keeping + pocket scrapbooking | Any Happy Little Thoughts
The Muppets + Disney
Digital scrapbook kits include Project Mouse: Basic Cards by Brittish Designs and
Sahlin Studio, and Melon Sorbet (Elements) by Sahlin Studio. Muppet*Vision 3D
 for personal use only from pixiesprite photobucket. Attraction quote poster
from Oh My Disney blog. Muppets wallpaper downloaded for images of characters.

I have had a soft spot for the Muppets most of my life. It is kind of odd to include those memories with my Disney memories, for in my past they were not connected brands or characters. But thanks to Disney's business dealings in the 1990s and later acquisition of The Muppets in 2004, my more recent Muppet memories are tied to Disney. So in what will be a long post, here is a compilation of my Muppet love as told through scrapbook pages. Let's begin in the 1970s....

May 13, 2014

On Capturing Magic - Disney Sticker Notes: 4x6 Inspirational Messages

My post for May is up on the Capturing Magic blog with suggestions on using Disney inspirational notes that you can find at Hallmark stores. They are sized perfectly at 4x6 (vertical) so they fit nicely in pocket page protectors and photo album sleeves. I use Tigger as an example for a layout, using a Project Life design page protector. I love Tigger's enthusiasm!

May 5, 2014

On Capturing Magical Memories - Creating Disney Memories

I was recently asked to answer a set of questions about my approach to Disney memory keeping, and my responses are shared today on the blog Capturing Magical Memories. "Creating Disney Memories" is a series of articles that spotlight a scrapbooker and/or designer who creates Disney themed scrapbook pages and designs, so check out the previously featured memory keepers for more inspiration.

In this Q&A, you can see what products I rely on the most, what I have in the works, and which Disney character I most identify with! 

Thank you to the site's host, Mary, for asking me to participate!