Making a Start With a Plan in Place!

Welcome to Make it Monday Tuesday!

In all honesty, I started this post on Sunday thinking I would have plenty of time to get everything done but … best intentions and all that! The flip side is, I have a plan! Maybe you didn’t hear me …


I know, I know, it happens so rarely in my scrapbooking.

Are you okay? Do you need a minute?

Did you spit out your coffee all over the monitor?

I do apologize. Wipe it down and let’s continue.

My plan … well, I tell you all about it in the video below, but suffice it to say, it has to do with the album for our recent Disney Cruise.

I promised to link you to posts showing how this planning process came into play when creating my youngest daughter’s first year album so here you go.

The start.

Along the way.

The completed album.

And now, some shots of the layout I just completed.

Let the Magic Begin by Alison Day Designs

As introductory pages go, I’m quite pleased with it. Like I said in the video, there is no need for journaling on this page (IMHO). The purpose of this layout is to introduce the topic of the album, and give the reader a feel for the types of things they will see as they flip the pages. Clearly, this is a Disney themed album so traditional colours of red, black, and yellow will feature. Since this is a cruise as opposed to a trip to a Disney resort, shades of blue will also be used and accents in gold will be expected also. The reason for the trip was to celebrate my in-laws Golden Wedding anniversary, so that seems even more apropos.

Love it when a plan works out!


I do love to use elements already in the papers, like this gold foil ‘magic’. It was really easy to add the letter stickers to complete the title. The red phrase sticker brings the red accent colour all the way down to the bottom of the page, the same way the yellow tile stickers bring the yellow down into this element.

The only thing I haven’t added to this page is the date. And I’m not sure I will. Part of my plan is to start each day with a 12×12 layout and I’ll include the date on that somewhere. I believe it’s okay to only have the year on this page. There’s not much likelihood of it being separated from the rest of the pages I plan to make after all!


Fitting in bits of ephemera can be tricky. Putting them behind a frame is a great way to include them without their “non-scrapbooky” designs taking over.


I really love how this turned out. Each word strip was cut from the 3×4 card it was originally a part of, then adhered at different angles. This helps emphasize the fun and whimsy of a Disney vacation. The last thing I want is for the first page of an album about a trip aboard a ship full of Disney characters to be dull or boring! The trip certainly wasn’t so every opportunity to convey that energy needs to capitalized!


I did wonder if the purchase of these frames would be one I’d live to regret but having already used two on this layout I am happy to report that I will not! Little groupings like this make me so happy!

Trivial perhaps, but sometimes you just need to take joy in the little things and move on!

Okay, I think it’s taken me long enough to get this post out to you. Time to stop nattering away and just hit ‘publish’!

Enjoy and be sure to stay tuned for more pages from this album soon!

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