This past weekend I got to experience the Walt Disney Family Museum—finally! We made a trip up to San Francisco, just to make it in time to experience the Mary Blair exhibit at the museum. With only 2 hours in total to spend there, we started with Mary Blair as the thought was, the Walt Disney Family Museum will always be there and we can always come back. So that's how I ended up spending a whole hour in Mary Blair world and had to rush through the Walt Disney Family Museum at lightning speed. Yes, rush, as there are 11 galleries to experience and each one is pretty big and unique! I really didn't get to read much but just get the overall impression of each gallery and move on
Today my Disneyland pass expires. After having an annual pass to the Happiest Place on Earth since Christmas of 2004, I am so heartbroken to not just be able to head down there whenever I want. Looking back over the years, I feel so blessed and am so thankful for all the little moments and celebrating all the major milestones. It's the place I fell in love, it's where friendships were strenghtened, its the place where my little nieces and nephews saw a whole new world with a sparkle in their eyes. And oh my gosh, I miss it already. On the other hand, Disneyland to me has always been a creative and artistic masterpiece. Every single nook and cranny has been thoughtfully executed down to the smallest detail. It has been crafted with love and a passion for the ideals of one man, Walt Disney. Walking down Main Street, I am just filled with so much creative juice that my heart just feels full and my mind is racing with ideas. And while I am taking a break from having a pass for awhile
1. Grand Budapest Hotel Graphics I really don't know much about this movie but without even seeing the film, I'm already loving the graphic design! Since the entire world is fictional, a design team came in to design EVERYTHING. The film's lead graphic designer, Annie Atkins, said: This film was particularly fun, I think, from a graphics point of view, because we were creating this entirely fictional country that Wes had written - the State of Zubrowka. It meant that every little detail had to be made from scratch - flags, banknotes, postage stamps, everything. Now that sounds like fun! See so much more here on Graphic Exchange. 2. Brittney Lee's Wedding Invitations After finally seeing Frozen, my love of Brittney Lee (previously posted about here), the movie's visual development artist, has exploded! Not sure why I wasn't before, but I am now following her blog and have found her wedding invitations. How unique are these? Seriously loving the color combination and the whole pop-up package! 3. Disney's March Magic Teams I love when my passions overlap
1. Jeff Roger's McDonalds Ad I love putting a face to a design that I've known and loved. I had seen this McDonald's ad awhile ago, loved the painted textures and typography but never knew who created it. THen I ran acorss Jeff Roger's portfolio. And his behind the scenes process images! And then I loved this ad even more. It's just gorgeous work! See more of this campaign and more of Jeff's work here. 2. Seasons Cover by Eiko Ojala I'm obsessed with the intricacies of paper cutting
Many people are shocked to find out I only truly fell in love with all things Disney[land] just when I met my hubby 10 years ago. I grew up on Disney's movie magic and loved the random trips we took as kids but it wasn't until Andy pointed out the random holes in the wall on the Pirates of the Carbibbean ride and asked if I could see the Hidden Mickey—that my love for Disney grew into a passion. From there, my obsession with all things secret—and even mythical—about Disneyland began. I found an outdated website with Hidden Mickey sightings, printed out pages and pages and went through the park marking them off one at a time. Yeah, Andy kept his distance from me on those days. :) What kept me so entranced by these hidden gems is the artistic detail the park Imagineers tended to. All this "hidden stuff" is just bonus fun to an already amazing place to visit. It's what kept me going back trip after trip, year after year. It's these small details that place the quality of Disneyland over an other amusement park. So I just wanted to take some of these little gems and share them with you!
Okay now that you've seen Rachel's maternity photos at Disneyland and you've officially been invited, now you're ready to see the baby shower in all its storybook glory! Rachel didn't want the traditional "cutesy" type shower—and I am right there with her. We definitely aligned in the rustic and eclectic vision for the shower
Now that you've seen Rachel's maternity photos, the next glimpse into the shower would be the baby shower invitations! I drew inspiration from Mary Blair's work on the credits from Cinderella and then applied Rachel's nursery's color palette with its pinks, peaches, and mint greens. The "Once Upon A Time" mark was handwritten as well as Rachel's name, then a combination of two other typefaces, a modern serif and a medieval display text completed the invite. This really was a work of love, and definitely one of my favorite invitations yet! In addition to the invitation, I created a bookmark with Rachel's favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11, as the shower favors. Along with a print to go along with it for the nursery as well. All of these pieces of the invitation can be bought in my Etsy shop: Your New Friend Sam. In addition to the invite pieces—and to go along with the storybook theme—I created a custom bookplate stamp for Amelia's baby books. Also available in my Etsy shop. So many fun projects were created and designed for Rachel's shower! I can not wait to show you rest of the photos from the day of
One of my favorite traditions is buying our annual Disney ornament! I featured our 2011 ornament last year along with several others from previous years. This year's ornament, similar in look to last year, is our 8th annual ornament from Disneyland. I think some of my favorite Disney ornaments though are from their more rustic collection—which feature a more vintage Mickey and Minnie—wish they had these out again this year. Another new ornament this year was from our trip through Oregon, from Mutnomah Falls! And lastly, remember this beauty from the Vintage Marketplace? Well, I had a migraine and had to miss the ornament exchange, so look who is sitting pretty on my tree? What are some of your favorite ornaments?