September 2, 2014

Take With You Tuesday- Photo Mat

Collect all those autographs in a fun way!

There is no doubt that Disney characters have such fun autographs. There are such fun ways to display them when you get home, but my favorite way is on a photo mat. I guarded these mat broads with my life while we were in the parks, and I have to say I'm very impressed with the way they held up. 

Now, I am not claiming to have come up with this idea all on my own. It's all over pinterest! The thing that makes the difference here is bringing along a large selection of sharpies {like this awesome pack from Amazon for $9.50}. You can coordinate the color that the character signs with what color you associate with them. It really makes a difference in the end result.

What is your favorite way to collect autographs? 

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September 1, 2014

Make Something Monday- What to do with those flat pennies

You stopped at every penny press you could find, now what to do with them...

I had so much fun pressing pennies{much to Seth's annoyance}. I stopped at every machine I could find, and let me tell you- there are a ton! I got one from almost every country in Epcot {Mexico's was broken and I ran out of quarters & pennies by the time we made it to Italy}. The kids had a great time too! It was a one of our fave souvenirs, as you can read about here.

But then we left the magical world of Disney and came home. I have a mini M&M's tube full of flat pennies and no ideas on what to do with them. Finding a solution has been high{ish} on my priority list.There are some great ideas on Pinterest- I have a whole board dedicated to it.

I love this:

VIA & I can't find the source.

This is super cute too:


And I love the idea of jewelry:

Can't find this source either & VIA

But I wanted something a little different. I came up with this:

and it was a pretty simple DIY.

What you need:
An Old Window {you can find these pretty easily- try craigslist, flea markets, or garage sales}
Disney Maps
Mod Podge{$7.67 on Amazon}
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic{$4.99 on Amazon}
Vellum {optional}
Pressed Pennies
Paint Brush or Foam Brush
Brayer{2.99 on Amazon}2.99 on Amazon2.
Hot Glue Gun/Hot Glue

This project has three parts- the pennies, the window, then putting them together. We will start with the pennies since they take the longest to dry.

If you have never used Dimensional Magic before, get ready. It. Is. Fantastic. It adds an epoxy type finish to your project. I like it for the pressed pennies because it makes the design easier to see.

See the difference:

Its super simple to use. Lay your pennies flat and squeeze on enough Dimensional Magic to cover the top. DON'T SHAKE THE DIMENSIONAL MAGIC BEFORE YOU START WORKING. It will cause bubbles.

Keep a pin near you to pop any bubbles that naturally occur.

Don't freak out- it's supposed to be cloudy when you put it on. It will dry totally clear. It takes 3 hours to dry, but I like to leave them a little longer. This give you time to move on to the window.

Start by cleaning your window. You have a lot of creative freedom here. I prefer the shabby chic look of an aged window so I don't spend a lot of time cleaning it. If you don't like this look you could paint it. Now would be the time to do that.

After your window is prepped and ready measure the panes. Cut a sheet of vellum to that size. This will help you cut the right area of the map. If you have vellum on hand use it, if not I wouldn't buy any just for this project. You could probably get away with wax paper or something else translucent.

I  chose to use the free maps you can order here. They are so pretty that it hurt me a little to cut into them.  You could also use the maps that are free in the parks. Lay your vellum template over the area of the map you want to cut out, then trace it. Use a paper cutter to get nice straight edges.

Decide which panes you want to fill with the map. On the BACK side of the window use a foam brush of paint brush {which is what I prefer}.

Lay the map down face down, and use the brayer to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. If you don't have a brayer I would HIGHLY recommend one- especially if you plan on doing a lot of decoupaging.

Paint one more thin coat of Mod Podge on the back side of the map, then check the front for bubbles or wrinkles. Repeat this process for as many panes as you would like to fill.
Once all of your pieces are dry it's time to put everything together.

Lay out your pennies on the window panes in a way that you like. I wanted to keep the Epcot countries together and the rides together. When you're happy with how everything looks start gluing. Squeeze a small amount of hot glue on the back of the penny then press it to the glass. If you make a mistake or want to change placement wait for the glue to cool. It's much easier to pop off when it's cool.

I wanted to keep all the Epcot countries together.

All done! Good job!

How do you display your pressed pennies?

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August 29, 2014

Flash Freebie Friday- Days Till Disney Chalkboard

How many days till your next trip?

Today I'm giving away a "Days till Disney" chalkboard {sorry, Mickey isn't included}. Its a great way to countdown the days till your next trip! 

Fill out the form and good luck! 

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August 28, 2014

Thrifty Thursday- Guest Post- The Best Way To Get Where You're Going

 Guest post!

I love a good guest post! My friend Justin is here today to talk about traveling on a dime and his new start-up Faretrotter.

August 27, 2014

Whatever Wednesday- How To Pack a Carry On Bag Like a Boss

There is no way I'm paying an extra $25 bucks for my bag to fly.

Not to toot my own horn but beep beep beep. I owned those two bags.

My husband and I recently flew to Dallas for his cousins wedding. It was just the two of us going for the weekend, so I didn't think much about getting everything to fit in my carry on. We only have one suit case that is carry on size, the other is too large. Plus I was bringing a custom chalkboard for the bride, and Seth was bringing our laptop. We can each carry on 2 items, and we were full.  I was determined to get all of our stuff in that bag and not have to shell over $50 extra round trip to Delta so that we could check a bag.

That was until I realized what had to fit in said suit case. Yikes!

August 26, 2014

Take With You Tuesday- Disney Pez Dispenser

"Have a piece of candy and hush up!"

No, I never said that to my kids! I would never shove candy at them and tell them to hush! 

This little guy was great to have in my backpack for the times when we were waiting around. Disney XD ate a whole sleeve of them while we were waiting for rope drop. That wasn't exactly the plan, but by the time I finished putting sunscreen on Jr he had taken them all down. 

 Do pack a Pez dispenser with you, don't let your child eat a whole sleeve in 3 minutes. 
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August 25, 2014

Make Something Monday- Mickey Change Jar

Remember in my post about saving money in a soda bottle when I said "If only there was a cute way to decorate it..."

You can always just save money in a soda bottle, no decoration needed. Isn't it so much more fun for your bottle to look like Mickey though? This is a super easy craft that is totes kid friendly.