/ Thursday, July 5th, 2012

by Fran Casano

Hi Everyone! Thank you all for such a warm welcome.

I just love Wednesday nights, don’t you? It’s nice to “sit back, relax” as Lou begins the show. A pleasant evening of camaraderie and, sometimes hilarity, ensues.

The other week, Lou and Beci, et al., were at Disney California Adventure for the media preview of Cars Land. It was really cool for us all to see what goes into a Disney event that significant, in real time. And there were some fun photos from the evening that a little bird sent over to me.

My husband took me to see Cars on our second date, after he took me to a dealer lot to see a car he wanted my opinion on and he eventually purchased “for us”. It was one of the best dates ever. While I love Luigi, my favorite scene in Cars is the one with Mater, Lightning and all the little tractors. It was amazing to see a full sized tractor come to “life” in the ‘Carousel of Projects’ at the D23 Expo last year. So, I was really happy to see that Lou and Beci enjoyed them in Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. This inspired my first project for them and for all of you.

I use two techniques here, that will be repeated in future projects: Paper Piecing and Enlarged Fonts. Aside from the corduroy buttons, I did not use any purchased embellishments. I crafted them by hand. In most cases, I use cardstock colors that coordinate with the photos I am scrapbooking.

Something I like to do is use templates for things they are not originally created for. This little tractor was meant to be a table top decoration and Lightning McQueen’s bolt was meant to be a keychain. They are so cute, I could not resist using them as additions to a scrapbook page. I also used my D23 Expo tractor photo as a reference as I worked.

I personally found the nose of the tractor to be a little long. I folded the template onto itself slightly to get a better ratio to work with. Don’t be afraid to do this. If any of your templates look off to you, just play around with folding or trimming until it looks the way you want it to.

I also wanted to add some dimension. So, took the trimmed excess I had just cut off and made detailed layers from them, freehand (shown in the accompanying photo). The excess paper matches the line, so any freehand piece should be a perfect fit. If you ever want to replicate the look, make a template of it immediately and store it with the rest of the templates for the project you are working on. (You can do that by tracing your freehand piece onto leftover cardstock or even on scraps of cardboard you don’t know what to do with).

Finally, I used an enlarged font for the lettering. On this project, I used “Mickey” and enlarged it to a size that was a good ratio compared to all my pieces, including the photos. This varies to taste. Here, it’s 100 font pt. for a 12×12 page. Then, I just printed it off my laser printer on to cardstock and cut them out. I will post more details on this technique in a future post.

This scrapbook page took me just an afternoon to complete. I loved working on this layout. The memory of us watching (and hearing) Lou and Beci’s experience was so much fun. And I couldn’t help but reflect on my own connection to Cars as I snipped and glued.

Craft Time: 3.5 Hours

Prep Notes: I outlined and pre-cut all my templates during this week’s Live Show

To replicate your own page, please click the following templates:


Lightning Bolt

(Templates courtesy of DisneyFamily.com. Remember, these templates were originally created for other projects, so use my scrapbook page as a reference for what you need, what you don’t, and what you need to originate).

Happy Crafting!

Like so many of us, Fran Cassano’s life is sprinkled with Mickeys. From collecting Park brochures as a child, to creating ideas for her own Disney Fairy Tale Wedding, paper crafts have kept the magic of Disney a part of her everyday life. Fran invites us capture our own memories through Storyboarding your Life: Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting Break out the tools that have been gathering dust. And let’s figure out how, together!




1 thought on “Storyboarding your Life: Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting: CARSLAND!!”

  1. Beci Mahnken says:

    I love .. love… LOVE this!