As I have befriended many on-line NDI (Neurotic Disney Individuals) I have realized another bond that connects many of us. Many (if not most) of us also scrapbook. We scrapbook our trip pictures, our family pictures, and we love to memoralize our daily lives with our pictures, stickers, diecuts, and albums.
My love for all things Disney began with my first trip to the Magic when I was 8. My love of all things scrapbooking began 12 years ago when I was looking for a way to display my pictures from my 5th Wedding Anniversary trip to WDW. Coincidentally, a friend invited me to a Creative Memories party right after our return from our magical Second Honeymoon. I debated going to the party, and tried to think of excuses not to go. I finally gave in and took my required 6-8 pictures to my friends house. Once there, I listened to the presentation about scrapbooking and I was mesmerized! I knew that I needed my pictures to do more than just sit in an album–I needed them to tell my story. My DS was 2 at the time, and I wanted these pictures to relate my feelings about my memories for him to read and admire long into the future.
I learned about the evils of acid and “sticky-backed” albums, and I pledged right then to always preserve my photos in an archival manner. I drooled over paper, and cute stickers, and I admired the wonderful cutters and corner rounders and markers. I went home that night with a finished 2 page layout and a new obsession. I explained to my DH that this was not just a potential hobby for me, but it was my RESPONSIBILITY to preserve our memories for our young son and future children. Like my passion for all things Disney, he didn’t get it. Unbelievable! But, he did support my decision to adopt this new hobby and for my next Birthday he bought me a starter Scrapbooking kit.
Twelve years later I am now the family historian. My albums (good and not-so-good) are brought out for visitors and friends to admire. My family’s memories will carry on through generations and they will all see through my albums my love for my family and Disney. You see, as much as I enjoy scrapbooking my WDW trip photos I also have realized that I seem to bring Disney into my family albums as well. Like Hidden Mickeys, I apply brads in 3-circled symbols, I use my Disney font when journaling on-line, and I incorporate my Disney purchased stickers into many of my layouts. My albums honour my love for my family and friends, but they also are a lasting artifact to how I incorporate Disney into my everyday life.
Look for future Disney Driven Scrapbooking posts, and watch for our own place on the website to display your own Disney Driven Layouts!
Contributed by Mary Beth C. (NDM#6). MaryBeth is the resident DDL scrapbooker.