Another Valentines Day Idea! It is only 4 days away! Yikes!
I cut about thirty pieces of construction paper in various colors and wrote 30 (completely random number) love notes to my son, folded them, put them in a box and tied a bow on the top.
My son loved opening the box and each note was like a new present. He couldn’t get enough!
It is also wonderful to remember and write down all the good things (because sometimes it is hard and we forget).
I love you because…..
- you are goofy and silly
- we have so much fun together
- you love your kitties
- you have a really big heart
- you always try
- you are a great snuggler
- you always let me take your picture
- you share your last cookie with me
- you are you
- ( and a million more reasons)
I hope you enjoy this simple, meaningful project as much as I did!
The long expanse of white wall was just boring. It needed something, but what? And then it came to me, I take thousands of photos and we’ve gone to some really cool places, what if I combined the two!
After much research, I found the right company Canvas 4 Life. I purchased a canvas with the same image from various companies until I found the company that had what I wanted. Canvas 4 Life had a large selection of sizes and I was impressed with the canvas’s texture and vibrancy of color. Another bonus was the fact that I could chose my own custom color for the edges.
I searched for photos of us with iconic images of places we’ve been (and some of the photos were just special to us). Since all the photos were from different times and places, I knew I needed to create a sense of continuity so I chose to keep them all the same size and cropped my photos accordingly and ended up purchasing eighteen 10″x10″ canvases. Once the canvases arrived, I placed them in various spots until the colors seemed to balance each other.
Now that blank wall of blah became our wall of fabulous, colorful memories.
Disneyland is an annual trip for us, it is our happy place as a family where we let go of electronics, work and focus on being present, laughing and enjoying each other. My goal is to make a photo book every year to celebrate these trips.
Here are some of things I make sure to capture in photos while at Disneyland:
- The hotel room
- My child’s excitement in line
- If I can, the look on my child’s face during the ride ( ex. Small World)
- “Selfies” throughout the day
- My child wearing ears – the ultimate essence of Disneyland
- My child participating in a show (ex. Jedi Training)
- Playing with a new toy
- I always buy the photos of us on a ride
- Details of the Disneyparks (castle, small world ride, the Walt/ Mickey statue)
- “Selfies” with 3d glasses
- Scores on rides (Toy Story Mania, Astroblasters)
- Scenic shots at night with lights (castle, ferris wheel at California Adventure)
- Playing in the hotel room at night
- Playing in the character’s houses in Toontown
- Accomplishing tasks ( ex. at the Redwood Creek Wilderness Explorer Camp at California Adventure)
- Playing at the pool
- Traditional photos in front of the castle
- My child being just tall enough or not tall enough for a ride
- Eating meals and meal signs
- Mickey shaped food
I also make sure to scan or photograph the following:
- Certificates (Jedi Training)
- Drawings ( Animation Classes)
- My child’s writings about the trip
For this series of books, Blurb was the photo book printer of choice. A “10 x 8 standard landscape” using “standard paper” with the “hardcover image wrap”.
This book I organized chronologically. I usually chose two fonts for my photo books – one for titles and one for the journaling. Any more fonts and it gets too busy. I knew I would be doing a series of these books, so I splurged and bought the Kingdom font for titles and downloaded the Glasket medium font (free) for the journaling. I used Blurb’s simple layouts with a little adaptation here and there and white pages as a base.
Here is sampling of pages from our Disneyland “Summer 2011” photo book:
Capturing the Hotel Room Harry’s favorite ride – Star Tours and him trying on Mickey R2D2 ears Jedi Training and the battleI also scanned the Jedi Training certificate.
The lightsaber he bought and characters in Tomorrowland. A selfie and the Spacemountain ride. A scenic shot at night, a “selfie” with 3d glasses and Toy Story Mania scores. The Build-a-Bear experience. Meet “Disney” ( I know not very original, but he’ll always know where it came from). Harry’s new Build-a-Bear. The hotel room at night, playing light sabers with “Disney”. Character lovin’. Enjoying Minnie’s house with “Disney”. Harry trying to accomplish all the goals to be an official “Wilderness Explorer”. Harry kept enjoying the fact the “Disney” was a camoflauged bear so he would stick it next to anything green and ask ” Mom, can you find Disney?” All the details at the pool at the hotel – scenic, slides, fancy drinks, floating in the water, etc. The traditional photo in front of the castle. Harry finally was tall enough on this trip to ride “Indiana Jones”. Harry tried to teach me how to cross my eyes at the Rainforest Cafe and then we just had to stop at the Lego Store. Another Space Mountain ride shot and the Astroblasters ( I love that you can e-mail it to yourself). Playing at the pool some more. Shots with the Cars characters and still not tall enough for California Screamin’. This trip we bought a book “Disneyland’s Hidden Mickey’s”. There is also an app of the same name. We found several but we could probably spend a lifetime finding them all. These were some of our favorites. No trip is complete without an animation class. Love watching Harry learn to draw and through the years he keeps getting better. Love the photo bomb as we were making our exit. After the trip Harry, was writing a journal, I scanned his journal page and included his version of the trip. More of Harry’s highlights. It is always fun to get everybody’s “favorite” part of the trip and include a little journaling about it. And the back cover.
Have a magical day!