/ Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Editor’s Note: I had the pleasure to meet many amazing members of the WDW Radio Family at the New York City meet earlier this month.  Among those with whom I felt I had an instant bond was Fran Cassano.  Fran is a talented paper crafter and has agreed to share her passion and talents with us so we can get those digital Disney images off our cameras (or Facebook walls) and transform them into works of storytelling which preserve our magical Disney experiences.  Please read Fran’s introduction and join me in welcoming her to WDW Radio Blog Team!

Hi everyone! I’m Fran. My life has been sprinkled with Mickeys from the very beginning. And through the years, keeping my memories alive manifested itself in different ways.

From the time I was four years old, my family took trips to Walt Disney World every few summers. Interested in helping us find our “can’t miss” attractions, I became “in charge” of our Park maps and brochures. Through the years, those pieces of paper were always my favorite souvenirs. I had a special spot in my room for them. And collecting them became my personal Disney pastime.

As time went on, I collected not only the brochures, but also some truly beloved Disney moments. As a high school senior, I marched through Sleeping Beauty Castle performing at the 1st Anniversary of Disneyland Paris (then Euro Disneyland and Roy E. Disney was there). On a “sisters only” Disney trip, I snuck away from our room at the Polynesian to walk over to the newly open Disney’s Wedding Pavilion. During a college internship, I experienced my first, and only, Hollywood premiere at the El Capitan Theater for Walt Disney Pictures The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The first project I had at a cable station I once worked for, featured Tim Burton’s original Frankenweenie (the 1984 short).

But my life-long bond to Disney was solidified when my husband proposed to me on Italy Isola, at the Italy Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Earlier this year, this magical spot served as the backdrop for our wedding reception, with the Sommerfest Courtyard at the Germany Pavilion as the location of our ceremony. We even took our honeymoon on the Disney Cruise Line.

So, what do all of these memories have in common besides being unique and Disney-based, like many of us have out there? Perhaps like you, I want to capture and relive each moment of them. That’s why I developed another personal Disney pastime: Themed Paper Crafting. I first got into paper crafting through scrapbooking, when my cousin gave me a pair Mickey Edging Scissors…Then came card making…And then it sort of took off from there.

If you are reading this, you probably know there is a tremendous amount of Disney crafting online, with gorgeous Pinterest boards, by really amazingly talented people. But, what if you don’t seem to have the time to begin the projects you see? Or you find the project so daunting, you don’t even want to try it? Then your photos and papers sit untouched…you’ll get to them eventually…Guess what? I’m just like you. I have the same kind of busy life and never seem to have enough hours in a day. When I see something I perceive to be a challenge when it should just be fun, I put it away for a rainy day…

Let’s figure out how to Paper Craft, together. We’re calling it Storyboarding your Life: Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting.

We all need little bits of Disney magic in our everyday. Crafting can be a way to bring us closer to that magic. It doesn’t have to be “perfect”, it just has to be you. Crafts are not only about marking your cherished memories or embellishing gifts. They can be created for practical purposes, too. You will see how easy is to carve out just a little time each week to do one Disney Paper Craft, Scrapbooking Craft, or Food Craft.

So, break out the tools that have been gathering dust, re-frame how you see your papers, embrace the power of adhesive and glue guns, and snag all the clip art you can from the internet and your computers. We’re going to capture the magic of our Disney memories and “Plus” our crafting.  Let’s figure out how, together!



6 thoughts on “Disney Crafting: Welcome Our New Blog Writer!”

  1. Gwen Dupuis (dizneemjk) says:

    This is very exciting! Can’t wait to see what comes out of this. I’m an avid crafter and most of my stuff is Disney themed. I’m busy right now making things for a craft fair that is fast approaching. I also love scrapbooking. I have a huge case of Disney themed paper and it just sits there. Can’t wait to be inspired to use it.

  2. Beth says:

    Oooh. I’m very interested in this. I’ve got so many pictures just sitting in boxes. I always hoope to gather time to do crafts, but never seem to do it. It’s all so overwhelming. Looking forward to your posts.

  3. Fran C. says:

    Hi Gwen! Hi Beth! I think we are all going to have some fun “Storybooking” our lives together! : ) Fran

  4. Sarah says:

    Can’t wait to do this! You are inspiring me to get out all my old disney paper and craft!!!

  5. Lindsey Davis says:

    This sounds like a ton of fun, I hope I haven’t missed any ideas

  6. Fran Cassano says:

    Sarah, Thank you. Reading your comments inspires me back.

    Lindsay, We are just getting started : ) There are two projects posted at the time I have written this reply.

    Happy Crafting Everyone!