Happiest Place Ever! by Nathalie DeSousa

Happiest Place Ever! by Nathalie DeSousa

Hello Simple Stories Friends!

Nathalie with you today to share a fun new project (that is still in the works) using the new SAY CHEESE AT THE PARK, and its coordinating collections. I have to admit that we are not big theme park lovers, however I have Goddaughters who love them!! They are planning a 10-day vacation at the park -next year- so, I am building albums for them using the collections. Let me show you how I have started the first (I am thinking about 2-3 by the time this is all done) album.



I chose to build Sn@p albums for my cousin as I can combine a few colors together in a series for her. I am working with the Navy album, and the SAY CHEESE AT THE PARK Digital collection to create the cover of the album.


A hybrid approach to constructing the album allows me to play with the designs (in this case, I have enlarged the sticker), and customizing to fit into my ideas.   For the cover, I enlarged the sticker to fit the cover. I used patterned paper to cover the front of the album, added the large embellishment, then used the chipboard sticker and some die cuts to complete the cover. Just love how it turned out.



Since the trip will include all the park, I have to break the album into sections.  Once again, I am reaching for the Digital collections (Say Cheese at the Park, Say Cheese Fantasy at the Park, Say Cheese Tomorrow at the Park) to create the large die cuts for each park-section-dashboard. I am cutting the dashboards from Color Vibe cardstock and decorating it with embellishments from the collection.



One of the keys to keeping the album/s consistent will be repeating elements and a general format formula for the album sequence. I know that there will be a lot of pictures and souvenirs collected during the vacation. So, I am adding vellum pockets to the back of the dashboards. Using the Digital collections, I am able to create the large tags, change the size of the journal cards, and even add extra embellishments to the journal spots -before printing-. I am sure that these pockets will be filled with extra photos, and other memorabilia from the trip.



Another idea was to give a prominent space to those special photos (at each location). For this, I am using the chipboard frames from the SAY CHEESE AT THE PARK collection to create a 6x8 layout for each section.  



I love adding interactive pieces to my albums, they make the album more enjoyable, and provide extra space for pictures and stories.  My idea is to combine an interactive element with a pocket page next to it.




My choices for interactive elements in the albums are simple, as I have to make sure that my cousin can easily just add the photos and write stories to go along with them. For this, I am creating pockets behind photos for journaling and photos, as well as a few flaps to add more of her stories. I am making sure to continue adding a few touches of vellum throughout the album as a way to bring it all together.



I am alternating the interactive elements in each of the section of the album, so that it provides a more playful experience for the reader, but also helps with adding lots of pictures in it,



Like I mentioned, this is just the start of a series of albums for next year's trip.  My plan is to add two more albums and separate the small collections to two of the albums, while leaving this one for the main park adventures. Now, all I have to do is repeat some of these pages and build more pocket spaces. Remember to check the new SAY CHEESE AT THE PARK, and its coordinating collections at your closest store. I cannot wait to see what you create!



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  • Michelle Adams: August 24, 2022

    I would love instructions on how to make this fabulous album!

  • Marla Marshall: August 23, 2022

    Hi Nathalie!! This is absolutely beautiful!!! You don’t by chance have a handout oN it Do you? Would Just looove to recreate this for my girls! :) THANKS IN ADVANCE IF YOU do!!

  • Louisa: August 22, 2022

    What a FABULOUS AlbUm aS well as a sweet gift 💝

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