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  • Autograph Cards Freebie

    Hey guys, this past week and a bit, my laptop has been in for repair, so I spent some time finishing up a couple of old projects.  One of which, I’ve been putting off for sometime… coming up with some way to bind/display the autograph cards from our last trip. I’m still not sure I’ve came up with the best solution (I’ll post a picture of the finished article on instagram once I’m done), but I’m happy enough to have another thing *almost* checked off the list of neverending projects I come up with for myself.

    Mickey and Minnie Autograph Cards - Melidy Designs

    Mickey and Minnie autograph cards created using Mr & Ms Mouse

    As I was sorting through them, I realised that I offered the template as a temporary download a few years back now, and those of you that are new here might like it too… So I’m offering it here as a freebie for you all, enjoy:

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    I hope you like it!  Have you ever created an autograph book? If so share with me any hints/tips for this years book in the comments!

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  • Blog Freebie | Love Story

    Happy Valentines Day!

    Here’s a little gift from me to you, a cute little sampler “Love Story”.  Make sure you download it while you can as I’ll be swapping it out for another blog freebie in the future:

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    Click preview to download, or here’s an alternate link.

    ** In the past MediaFire has proven to be the best download source for most people but if you have any trouble downloading please email me (melidydesigns@gmail.com) and I’ll send it to you a different way **

    Thank you for your continued support <3

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  • A Magical Frontier | Magical Mousetery Tour

    Welcome to the last stop of the September Magical Mousetery Tour “A Magical Frontier”. If you’re following the Tour route from start to finish, you should have arrived here from FranB Designs and this is your final stop, I hope you enjoyed your hop through digi-land. If you get lost along the way, head on back to the main Magical Mousetery Tour post to view the master list and get back on track.

    *LINK EXPIRED* you can now pick this mini-kit up in my store HERE.

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    ** MediaFire seemed to be the best option for most people last time, so that is what I used for the links this time, if you have trouble with the Mediafire download email me at melidydesigns@gmail.com and I will send the link to you another way**

    I hope you like my freebie, it felt so good to be back designing and creating a mini for you guys, I was a little slower than usual but I love the final product, and I hope you do too! Make sure you pick it up by the end of the month, because come the 1st of October it’ll be no longer available!

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  • A Magical Adventure | Magical Mousetery Tour

    It’s time again for the Magical Mousetery Tour!! This time around the theme was “A Magical Adventure”, focused on Adventureland at Magic Kingdom, I decided to go with a template for my contribution:

    *LINK EXPIRED* you can now pick this template up in my store HERE.

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    I know some of you are having trouble with the Box.com download so here is an *ALTERNATE LINK EXPIRED*, if you are still experiencing trouble contact me at melidydesigns@gmail.com and I will gladly send the template to you some other way.

    Your next stop is Wimpychompers. If you get lost along the way, simply head back to the main Magical Mousetery Tour post to view the master list and get back on track.

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  • Trick or Treat!!

    Hey guys, Happy Halloween!!

    I’m headed to the Magic Kingdom tonight for MNSSHP, we are dressing as Meg and Hades and I’m soo excited!! I thought I’d share a little of the excitement with you, so here’s a little freebie alpha as a treat for today only! **DOWNLOAD EXPIRED* this alpha is now available in my store HERE.

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    I hope you have a spooktacular night!!

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  • Wined & Dined +Freebie

    A while ago I held a competition where I’d work with you to design a kit of your choosing. The winner was Lisa Marie with this kit suggestion:

    “Mine would be Food and Wine Festival or Disney food in general. Ex. menu, knife, fork plate, wine, snack items. The food is a big part of Disney to us!”

    Lisa and I exchanged a few messages about what she envisioned for the kit and I got to work. And I have to say I love how it turned out!!

    Wined & Dined

    MD_Preview_W&DWined & Dined was such a fun kit for me to create: the rich colours, foodie elements and elegant papers make this kit the perfect accompaniment to your dining pages! With 12 papers, 6 solids, 2 full uppercase alphas (black and gold) and over 65 elements you’ll be reaching for this kit time and time again.

    My team have scrapped such a wide variety of pages, from Disney Dining, “real world” food, wine tastings, vineyards, cooking classes or you could even use it to scrap your own little chef in action. Just check out their amazing pages:

    by Claire

    by Claire

    by Rebecca

    by Rebecca

    by Michelle

    by Michelle

    by Linda

    by Linda

    by Teresa

    by Teresa

    by Rebecca

    by Rebecca

    by Rebecca

    by Rebecca

    by Brandy

    by Brandy

    by Jlynn

    by Jlynn

    by Sheryl

    by Sheryl

    by Holly

    by Holly

    by Ocober

    by Ocober

    Layout by Mo using Wined & Dined - Melidy Designs

    by Mo

    Like I said, amazing! Before I get on to the freebie let me just announce the winner of the giveaway. The winner is Michele R. Congratulations, contact me at melidydesigns@gmail.com within the week to receive your free kit. If you weren’t the winner, don’t forget there’s another winner picked from my newsletter subscribers, go take a peek at your mail to see if it was you!

    And now onto your freebie, a few chalkboard journal cards:

    Wined and Dined freebie Journal Cards - Melidy Designs

    (There’ll be another freebie in the newsletter and one on facebook later today too, make sure you snag them).

    That’s all for this week, thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  • Template Tuesday #19

    Hello, hello! I’m back today with another freebie template to add to your stash! This weeks template is a photo focus template with lots of space for journaling – since that was what I discussed on the blog last week! Click the image to download :)

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    And I even managed to pull a page together for those of you that prefer a little inspiration:

    Epcot

    Created using That Globe and Mr & Ms Mouse

    Enjoy!

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  • Journaling – Scrapbooking 101 + Freebie

    I’m starting a new series of posts on the blog today; they will focus on tips for taking your scrapbook pages to the next level. Each post I will discuss one subject area with some of the things I do to make my pages stand out more or to make them more meaningful to me and my family.  I’ll also be sharing some tips and tricks from my girls along the way! So lets get started with the first subject – Journaling!

    When I create layouts I get more questions and comments about journaling than anything else. Frequent comments are: How do you remember that / do you write everything in a journal while you are there / how do you know what to write/ how do you add so much detail? So I thought this would be the perfect place to start, hopefully by the end of this post, I’ll have answered all those questions and more.
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    To me, journaling is the best way to make a scrapbook more meaningful. The journaling is the part where you get to connect with your audience, where they learn your plans, your thoughts, your feelings. We create these books with hope they will be preserved through generations, wouldn’t you love to know what your mom/dad grandma/grandpa were up to when they were younger?  While I agree that some pictures stand alone and no words can do them justice, for the large part journaling helps tell the story behind the photos. This is especially important with something like a Disney vacation. So here are my tips to pump up your journaling and to make sure your scrapbook is telling YOUR story:

    Note//. Most of these tips are based around journaling a Disney vacation (because that’s my main scrapbooking passion) but they can be utilised in any situation.

    1.     Do take notes – but keep them brief

    I like to spend my vacation time actually BEING on vacation, coming home with a full journal of what happened on our trip just isn’t my thing, I’d wind up spending more time writing than enjoying myself. However I do take notes, I take five minutes out each night before bed to keep a small concise log of the day’s activities, usually in a book that I buy specifically for the trip. I typically buy a small, pocket sized book (you can see the one I chose for this year in the title graphic, alongside a post-post it note so you can get an idea of size).

    Everything I write, about the entire day, would fit on one page of the book. I keep things brief and use shorthand, that way everything fits on one page. I typically include:

    1. Day/Date
    2. Park(s) we visited
    3. Everyone’s favourite moment from the day
    4. Any memorable quotes from characters/ kids etc.
    5. What we ate
    6. Misc info, such as souvenirs we bought, weather, rating of our day, etc.

    These little reminders really help jog my memory when it comes to journaling on pages. Here’s a small example of the types of things I write (excuse my crummy writing, I was pretty sleepily jotting things down late at night):

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    See – simple & messy but oh, so useful. It seems I’m not the only one to do this either, several of my CT members mentioned writing memorable moments in a journal. However, Sheryl takes it a step further,  as well as writing notes about the trip Sheryl has another little tip:

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    If the picture is of scenery, I add the picture number alongside what it is. That was especially helpful when we went to Yellowstone, where all of the mountains and hot springs kind of look the same. But I had all of the names recorded next to the photo number in my notebook.

    This is a great way to make sure your journalling matches up with your photos. How many times have you found a photo of scenery that you weren’t sure what it went with? I know I do that a lot!

    2. Use what you have to hand

    I don’t take my notebook out to the parks, it stays on my bedside table in the resort… So while in the parks, I make use of what I have. Phill ALWAYS has a pen on him, so when he’s grabbing our lunch or we have a quick break, I scribble away on the maps. I tend to circle all the rides we’ve been on, shows we’ve seen and circle or write down any character’s we’ve met – all straight onto the map.  I then typically keep the map in my Smash Book and refer to it if and when needed. That way I have a log of what we’ve done… even if I forget to take pictures of a ride/show I can add it to journalling. I also tend to keep receipts for the day so I know what we purchased/ate. So even if you aren’t the type of person to keep a notebook/journal you can easily add some quick notes on the go! And I mean, everyone keeps the maps… Right? Or is that just me?

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    3. Plugged In

    This one is a little bittersweet for me if I’m honest. It upsets me when I see parents *so* attached to their phones in the parks, but there’s a big difference between nipping on your phone and being so attached to it that you miss out on what’s happening in the moment! Travelling to  Walt Disney World now, pretty much guarantees you’ll be taking a smart phone with you, the best thing about that being, that you can note any cute things your child says then and there without any need for a paper and a pen. A quick little note on your phone can be great, especially since there is little chance of you losing it and forgetting the moment.

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    I used the app Day Journal last year to keep track of our trip.  During the day if my daughter or someone said/did anything funny or memorable I jotted it down on my phone.  Then at the end of each day I would recap in my journal.

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    4. Ask around

    If you travel solo, this tip might only be semi-useful to you. While we are the main narrator of our scrapbooks it never hurts to ask your travelling companions about stuff they want to remember from the trip.  I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve come to the journalling and asked Phill “Is there anything in particular you remember or want to remember from x place?” A lot of the time he comes up with something I wouldn’t have even considered important, but clearly it was important enough for him to remember… And I’m creating this book to reflect BOTH of us, so why shouldn’t his memories go in there too! This tip is kind of a no-brainer but you’d be surprised at the amount of people I’ve mentioned this to that wouldn’t consider that. I love having his voice in there as well as mine. And don’t forget the internet is a wonderful tool for things you might’ve forgotten, scrapping a page about a ride/attraction you don’t remember much? Asking wikipedia or google might jog your memory better than your family! Jlynn has a great way of getting her family involved in her memory keeping:

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    Before a vacation I interview my family on what they hope to experience.  Then when the trip’s over, I reflect on them and create a layout based on those expectations.

    This is a great tip and a great way to make your scrapbook more meaningful. I haven’t done this previously but I’m 100% doing this for our upcoming trip.

    5. Keep in Mind – Things that are obvious now, may not be in years to come

    You might remember exactly what Flynn Rider said to your daughter when she was 4, but will you in ten years? Will she remember at all? Will your sons favourite ride even exist in ten years? Disney (a lot like children’s tastes) is constantly changing. If you want to remember specific details make sure you journal about them.  Something that seems obvious to you right now, probably won’t in the future… As you are journaling try and imagine you talking to a friend or relative who has never been there. Would you just say “We loved Toy Story Mania” or would you go into more detail about what the ride is about? Or maybe you’d say why you enjoyed it? Rather than “We met Cinderella, she was lovely” maybe go into a little about why she was lovely, what was said or why you/your child loved meeting them so much. Just adding a little something extra, will make your scrapbook more personal and meaningful.

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    I think Journalling is the most important part of the page, even if it’s just a few lines. People can look at my scrapbooks and not have to ask questions – which is how it should be because, let’s face it, one day I won’t be here to tell the story.

    And I’m going to leave it on that rather powerful note. Because I believe THAT is the most important reason for putting more effort into your journalling. I know that one day I won’t be here, but at least a small part of me will live on between the pages of my scrapbooks.

    Before we get on to the freebie here are a couple of examples of pages with great journalling from my team, I hope it inspired you to focus on journalling for your next layout:

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios by Brandy
    Using one focal photo along with a block of journalling really helps focus this layout on Brandy's story! It's a great way to document her family's love for Hollywood Studios!

    Using one focal photo along with a block of journalling really helps focus this layout on Brandy’s story! It’s a great way to document her family’s love for Hollywood Studios!

    Haunted Mansion by Jlynn
    I love the journalling on this page by Jlynn.  In our scrapbooks we tend to focus on the good and skirt over the bad, but Jlynn dedicated a whole page to the fact that her and her family aren't Haunted Mansion fans. It's a great reminder to scrap actual memories -good or bad, rather than just a highlight reel.

    I love the journalling on this page by Jlynn. In our scrapbooks we tend to focus on the good and skirt over the bad, but Jlynn dedicated a whole page to the fact that her and her family aren’t Haunted Mansion fans. It’s a great reminder to scrap actual memories -good or bad, rather than just a highlight reel.

    Amrerican Dream by Sheryl
    Journaling is a great way to document favourites.  Like Sheryls layout of her husband's favourite Epcot attraction.  Journalling about favourites is a great fallback if you are struggling with what to write on a page.

    Journaling is a great way to document favourites. Like Sheryls layout of her husband’s favourite Epcot attraction. Journalling about favourites is a great fallback if you are struggling with what to write on a page.

    Magical Moment by Melissa
    Don't feel restricted by journal cards, even if you are using a "pocket template" you can push the boundaries to fit on more journaling like I did here. A long strip of journaling helps focus the layout on the story - in this case walking down an empty Main Street USA.

    Don’t feel restricted by journal cards, even if you are using a “pocket template” you can push the boundaries to fit on more journaling like I did here. A long strip of journaling helps focus the layout on the story – in this case walking down an empty Main Street USA.

    Before I go here’s the freebie I mentioned, a journal card focused around park highlights, my small way of trying to help you on your new path to more detailed journaling:

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    So, those are my top five tips for making your journaling more memorable. What do you think? What are your top journalling tips? Tell me in the comments. Or suggest what you’d like to see me cover in the next Scrapbooking 101 installment…

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  • Happy 4th of July!

    Just dropping in to say Happy 4th of July to my American friends from across the pond! Hope you all have a fun day, filled with laughter and loved ones.  Here’s a little freebie from me, to help in scrapping the wonderful memories you create today:

    4th of July Freebie from Melidy Designs

    Before I go, don’t forget to check out my template challenge over at mousescrappers today – you can pick up his Carded Bonus Template for free. It’s only available for the length of the challenge though, so make sure you snag it before it disappears:

    Carded: Bonus Template Freebie - Melidy Designs

     

    Happy 4th of July!

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  • New in the shop – Mr and Ms Mouse Extras, Cool Club & More + FREEBIE

    I have a bit of a hodgepodge of products entering the store today, so this blog post may be a little long – but there’s a freebie for you at the end, so you’ll be rewarded for your patience!

    However, first things first, those of you that took part in my grand opening Scraplift Challenge should have your goodies by now – same thing goes for the games.  If you haven’t heard from me please e-mail me! (If you missed the winner’s announcement, check out this post).

    So, onto what’s new to the store! First up are a few extras for the Mr & Ms Mouse kit:

    Mr & Ms Mouse: Journal Cards

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    This pack includes 10 3×4″ journal cards and 3 4×6″ journal cards, with several cards in decorated (shown in preview) and non-decorated forms (not shown) for a total of 18 cards.

    Mr & Ms Mouse: Word Strips

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    And if you didn’t buy Mr & Ms Mouse during the sale, you can still grab a saving by buying the new Mr & Ms Mouse bundle:

    Mr & Ms Mouse: Bundle

    Mr & Ms Mouse Bundle - Melidy Designs

    Plus, I’m adding a couple of the Grand Opening gifts to the store today also, make sure you check your stash before buying! If you missed Cool Club when it was up last weekend it’s now available in my shop:

    Cool Club

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    This mini-kit has everything you need for scrapping your refreshing pit stops, it includes 6 papers, 4 solids, a full uppercase alpha and over 20 elements! Plus I’ve created a co-ordinating Bonus Alpha to add a little extra to your pages:

    Cool Club: Bonus Alpha

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    And I also have another alpha hitting the shop, this was the prize for game #2:

    Pretty As A Princess Alpha

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    The girls didn’t have much time to play with the new products but here are a couple of layouts they put together for your inspiration, first one from me:

    by Melissa

    by Rebecca

    by Rebecca

    by Mo

    by Mo

    by Holly

    by Holly

    by Tracy

    by Tracy

    by Brandy

    by Brandy

    by Sheryl

    by Sheryl

    by Rebecca

    by Rebecca

    And if you made it through that you are deserving of a freebie! Here’s a little add on pack for Cool Club – click image to download!

    Cool Club Freebie by Melidy Designs

    Thats all for this week! Thanks again for making my opening a success!

    Wishing you all a magical weekend!

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