/ Thursday, August 9th, 2012

by Fran Cassano

Hi Everyone! Did you know that there is a huge connection to Disney and the Olympics? John Hench crafted gorgeous sculptures and the landmark torch for the 1960 Winter Games in Squaw Valley~a Disney production from opening to closing ceremonies. Animator Bob Moore created the adorable Sam the Olympic Eagle for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Sam graced quite a bit of my favorite items from that year.

With this year’s Summer Olympics in full swing and all the talk about upcoming Walt Disney World runDisney events, I wanted to create something special for all of you under my Storyboarding Your Life subheading. Here is my Olympic-themed tribute to the WDW Radio Running Team as a Digital Layout.

I created this layout using PowerPoint. I love PowerPoint for digital projects because it offers so many similar effects without the complexity (or cost) of Adobe’s Photoshop. I also like that the slides are the same size as 8 1/2 x 11~which has fast become my layout size of choice for printing and storing purposes. But, most of all, if you know how to insert a photo or image into Word, you are on your way to becoming an expert digital scrapbooker.

To get you started on your own digital scrapbook page, here are a few tips when using PowerPoint:

  • Start with a New Slide, click Layout, then select Blank.
  • To Insert photos, clip art or other images: click the Insert tab, then click Picture (just like you would in Word).
  • I like to insert most (or all) of my images onto the slide.
  • You can even crop your images within PowerPoint by using the Format tab and clicking Crop. In the first demo image with Lou, I began cropping the photo.
  • Here is how you change the size of the images. When your images are “highlighted” on the slide, drag and pull the circles and boxes on the sides and the green ball at the top (which reminds me of the antenna of the Green Aliens from Toy Story). In the next demo image with Lou, I use red arrows to show you what to look for and what it looks like after you’ve tilted the green ball.
  • To add a colorful background, you can click the Design tab and select your favorite color palette(s).
  • I like the “get lost” in trying out the different tabs and options. You can always click Undo, but it’s best to just have fun with it.














Pretty soon, you’ll be going for Gold!

Happy (Digital) Crafting!

(Squaw Valley and Sam the Olympic Eagle images courtesy of D23; WDW Radio Running Team photos courtesy of WDW Radio Running  Team Facebook page)


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 Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting… Break out the tools that have been gathering dust. And let’s figure out how, together!



2 thoughts on “Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting: WDW Radio Running Team Digital Layout”

  1. I just realized, although I am a loyal reader of your blog posts, I don’t think I’ve yet to comment! I just wanted to say how much I look forward to seeing what craft you will show us to do next! Crafting is a one of my biggest interests and another of my interests is Disney! What a perfect blog to follow!! Keep up the good work and thank you!

  2. Fran Cassano (aka Fran C.) says:

    Hi Angie! Your response just made my entire week! You have no idea how much this means to me. Your very kind words made me so happy. Thank YOU right back : ) Fran Cassano