IMP Design Team Ashley Krueger | For The Love Of… Minibook

One of my favorite things about the In My Pocket classes has been the Challenges hosted by Meg! For each module of In My Pocket Theme Parks vol 3, she challenged us to tell different categories of stories relating to Theme Parks using the prompt “Just here for___”. This inspired me to dig out pieces from a past minibook project and repurpose it for a minibook about stand alone moments from our Disney trips throughout the years. Today I wanted to share a few of the pages from that minibook made using the In My Pocket Theme Parks vol 3 Collab Kit.

The “For The Love Of” cover seemed like a perfect companion to the challenge theme. This cover came from a 4×6 mixed paper book from Elise Blaha Cripe in 2011 or 2012 and the title is embossed on chipboard. I started by using the cover to trim out some of the papers from my stash and as a template for digital papers and cards from the IMP Theme Parks Collab kit to make dividers. I split the book into six sections for the categories from the four weeks of the class (Food, Rides, Characters, Photo Ops) and added two more of my own (Disney After Dark, Magic Memories). Once I had each divider made, I added square tabs to the edge made using the colors from the Theme Parks Collab kit. These heart tabs were inspired by the star banners in the kit designed by Paper Hum Co.

After setting up each of the sections, I started adding some of my favorite memories. When I saw this yellow journal card from Dunia Designs, I knew the perfect story to tell with it. I enjoy amusement and thrill rides but I am not the biggest rollercoaster fan. During the summer of 2018, my sister, my mom and I took our kids to the Disneyland Resort for the opening of Pixar Pier. She really wanted to ride Incredicoaster. I was apprehensive but obliged. The ride camera captured the moment perfectly.

To make this page, I started by opening the 3×4 card on a 4×6 canvas and filling the extra space with yellow to match the card. After printing, I layered the square photo on top. Then I grabbed labels (Neffy Crafts co, The Practical Scrapper) and an arrow (Syncopation Design) from the Theme Parks Collab kit to finish off the page. I paired it with a photo we took before the ride and added it to the Rides section of my minibook.

Next up, I wanted to document a special moment we had with Daisy. Despite the Cast Member urging her to make her way Back Stage, Daisy came over to our group as we were planning our day. Our little boys were delighted to see her and she was delighted by the sight of my itty bitty daughter in the baby carrier on my chest. Most people in the parks had hardly noticed Baby Sister but Daisy saw her tiny shoe and hurried over for a closer look. Such a magical moment.

To put this really easy spread together I started with a journaling card from Syncopation Design that had the colorful banner across the top.  I felt like the colors matched the colors in the photo without being overwhelming. I printed it out as a 3×4. Then I layered it on top of a 4 x 6 piece of patterned paper that came with my chipboard cover. Then I added it to my Characters section. 

The last spread I wanted to share was one that I created to document getting Sip and Savor passes for the 2019 Festival of Holidays at Disney’s California Adventure. We dedicated a trip almost entirely to food and it was amazing! Definitely a highlight of our last trip to the Disney parks. I started this page by creating two collages with a total of eleven 2×2 photos and an open space for a label from the kit. I printed the collages out at 4×6. The first 4×6 I cut in half and used a hinge attached to the second collage to make a flap. To the edge, I added a trimmed down circle label from the kit that I recolored.

Then I made the 4×6 page to accompany my photos. I started out in Canva with a 4×6 page. I used a digital paper and the coordinating 4×6 card from The Practical Scrapper to create the journaling card. I added the names of each food and drink item in the collage and then printed. Lastly, I added the label to the top and word strip at the bottom, both from the Collab Kit as well. If you would like to see how this page came together in real time, I have a process video below.

I hope you enjoyed checking out some of my pages using the In My Pocket vol 3 Collab Kit. I will be creating more pages for this mini book and sharing them on Instagram @ashleyamak. Come follow me over there to see more.

If you were looking for more theme parks inspired projects, I encourage you to check out the In My Pocket Theme Parks classes. There is volume three by itself as well as a bundle that includes all three courses. Be sure to head over to the In My Pocket Facebook group to check out the module challenges and play along! While I’ve used the challenges to tell stories specific to one type of theme park, you can document stories that a personal to you, whether it is different parks, state fairs, summer adventures, or just really good food, the possibilities are endless. Come join us!