/ Thursday, August 29th, 2013

FC Suitcases and DreamsHi Everyone! I am really inspired by Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. I couldn’t resist the feeling of optimism and wishes about to come true: from the first glance of the Carthay Circle, strolling by the Storytellers Statue, riding the Trolleys and watching The Red Car News Boys. As a long-time fan of Old Hollywood, this reimagined sister to Main Street USA is pretty incredible to me. What a loving tribute to Walt Disney.

I wanted to do a mini scrapbook insert as a reminder of my stay on Buena Vista Street. I chose a photo I took of 1920s Mickey Mouse, that I then put through a filter called Antique. I printed it out on white card stock so the filter would remain true. I also selected monochromatic colors and embellishments to symbolize Walt Disney’s famous fedora, seen on the Storytellers Statue. The hand pressed suitcase represents The Red Car News Boys’ song “A Suitcase and a Dream“, which is now one of my all-time favorite Disney Parks performances.

So, hop on the Red Car and let’s get started, together!

You’ll need:

  • Chocolate colored card stock
  • A photo from Buena Vista Street
  • Chocolate colored grosgrain ribbon
  • Scraps of coordinating card stock to create a suitcase (or suitcase embellishment)
  • Foam dimensional stickers
  • Glue Lines, tape runner or similar adhesive
  • Tiny Alphabet Stamps
  • Chocolate colored ink

 

Method:

I wrapped the bottom of my Mickey photo with chocolate colored grosgrain ribbon and adhered the photo to the front of chocolate colored card stock with dimensional stickers. I crafted a bow to resemble the bow on Walt’s fedora and attached it to look just like the hat’s band. If you get stuck, use my photo as a guide.

I used my Sizzix and the Disney Bon Voyage A2 Combo Die by Cuttlebug to make my suitcase. However, that’s just an extra step, if you happen to have a suitcase template or an embellishment you find at the craft store. I then stamped “Suitcases & Dreams” on it, the added it to my page.

And that’s really all there is to it. This project can also be made as a card for going off to college, a new job/next act, a retirement or even a retro bon voyage.

Whenever you visit Disney California Adventure, spend a little extra time around Buena Vista Street. I know you will be inspired, too.

Enjoy your day and dream away!

For Fran Cassano, 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!

 

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