Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Kit, a Sale, a Preview OH MY!

We have all been busy busy around here. I have lots to share with you today so, refill your coffee mug and have a seat. Natalie released a new kit today - Animating Our World. This kit will certainly will get your inner artist going! Here is a preview of Animating Our World:

When I first saw this kit I thought 2 things immediately - Animating = Animation Academy in Disney's Hollywood Studios and graphic arts tools = Handy Manny. Granted, Handy Manny is a Handy Man and not a graphic artist but, what can I say, that is how my brain is wired. So, that is exactly what I did layouts of. I saw on Oprah where Peter Walsh, the clutter buster guru, was helping a family get their home organized. He took all of the kids art work, scanned it and made a book on Shutterfly. Brilliant! I can't wait to do the same with all of my budding artists' works of art with a touch of Animating Our World added in of course.

If you have never experienced Animation Academy I would HIGHLY recommend it! As you can see, even my little ones (ages 3 and 5 here) really enjoyed "drawing" and following along with the instructor as he guided our class thru drawing Mickey Mouse. The instructor chooses the character but sometimes will ask for suggestions. Keep in mind, you are being taught how to draw a Disney character from an actual Disney Animator and you will have, what I think, is such a cool FREE souvenir! This is one of our must-do activities. I like to go the Magic of Disney Animation building after lunch when the sun is getting to the hottest part of the day. Meet and greet some real characters then take a class. FUN!!

Hop Up, Jump In! (I am going to have that little diddy in my head all day now.) My girls LOVE Playhouse Disney (now Disney Junior) which includes Agent Oso, Little Einsteins, Handy Manny, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and the list goes on. We enjoy starting our day in Disney's Hollywood Studios by having breakfast at Hollywood and Vine which includes a meet and greet with Agent Oso, June and Leo from Little Einstiens and Handy Manny (without his tools). My girls always have a blast! They didn't eat much this time because they were to busy parading around the restaurant hand in hand with Leo and June. These reservations can be difficult to get but for some reason, the restaurant had very few people. The girls LOVED spending so much time with all the characters - dancing and interacting with them. It was more of a play date then a breakfast. :)

I made my first alpha for the Handy Manny layout and can't wait to share it with you! I also wanted to let you know Natalie is having a sale!! Check back weekly on her blog to see which kits are going to be half off. WOW! An easy way to remember to do that is by signing up to follow her blog. Of course you are welcome to follow along the Creative Teams blogs as well.

And there is still more! Never a dull moment around here. Two of the ladies on our Creative Team are gearing up to go to Disney World, another is getting ready to move to the east coast and I am getting settled into my new home. Natalie is also been a busy bee. Between us friends and because I don't want you to miss a minute, Natalie will be releasing soon more of her fabulous templates! Check back soon.

Don't forget to pick up your gifts we made just for you. Cynthia has fantastic frames, Linda has beautiful clusters and word art, Lisa has adorable title word art. TOO CUTE! Also stop by Natalie's Little Corner of the World to pick up Animating Our World kit and another great freebie. OH! and here is mine:

Download HERE

Just a side note. I am well aware of Disney's copyrighted images. It is what I do creatively to them that I claim as my own, not the image itself. I tweak the images for my own layouts and because, I know they are hard to find and could only hope to have them available when I am trying to quickly get a layout together, I share them with you. Freely I received them, freely I will share. Thank you for stopping by today!


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [30 May 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 6 post on May. 30, 2011. Thanks again.

  3. Great! Thank you very much for sharing.

  4. Awesome freebies Sandy! Thank you so much for sharing.