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Welcome to….Project Mouse!

I am so excited to share this with you today…seriously, I can barely breathe I’m so excited!

First of all, “We’re Going to Disneyland”! After 3 years since our last Disney trip, we decided it was time to go see Mickey again. This time we are taking our first trip to Disneyland. For all of you Disneyland veterans, I welcome ANY tips you have for a Disneyland newbie!!

Documenting Disney

As I was planning my trip, I started thinking about how to document this trip. I begin by looking at my last trip’s documentation… (an autograph book, 2 kids journal books, our main printed book, and a planning binder filled with planning sheets, schedules, notes, and other Disney paraphernalia). Whew! I love each of these, BUT there are a couple of problems. Problem #1) By the time I documented all of the Disney pages (some years later), I had forgotten a lot of the smaller memories. Problem #2) TOO many separate items!! So, I wondered how do I tackle this challenge this time around? I wanted ONE book, but also a way to document all of the details of the trip so I wouldn’t forget them. Problem #3) I need it to be quick and easy. It usually takes me years (yes, I say years) to finish an entire Disney book. I wanted something that would be easy and fast. How do I do this? How do I document the trip to cover everything from the planning stages, to an autograph book, to the details of each day on our trip…and keep it simple all at the same time?

Well, you may have heard about a little something called, Project Life. It was developed by Becky Higgins and it is a “pocket styled book” form of memory keeping. Basically you start with pocket pages in which you can insert different cards, journal cards, memorabilia, and photos in and those make up your layout. I thought this “Pocket Style” of memory keeping would be a PERFECT way to document our trip…

Which brings me to my REALLY exciting news!!
I’ve been working on something pretty special with my friend, Britt Britt-ish Designs. Britt and I were talking about how we would like to try documenting an entire Disney trip using Project Life and/or doing it in a “Pocket Style” scrapbooking was. Then we realized we were BOTH in the beginning stages of a Disney-themed collection of products and that we both had the same vision for a complete memory keeping solution for documenting Disney trips! Because we LOVE working together, we knew we had to join forces.

Introducing . . . Project Mouse.

introducing Project Mouse

Britt & I really want to get across that Project Mouse is MORE than just another digi-kit. It’s a system, a solution, an important tool in your memory keeping. We even wrote up a Mission Statement.

Project Mouse Mission Statement
We are thrilled to be releasing the first 4 products in our Project Mouse line. These products have been created as a “core” to the collection – a massive stash of basics – to start documenting your Disney memories, or ANY memories in fact. But believe me, there’s LOTS more Project Mouse coming over the next month and a half! This is only the beginning . . .Let’s take a look!

Project Mouse: Bundle No. 1 – Basics

Project Mouse: BUNDLE No. 1 Basics by Britt-ish Designs and Sahlin Studio
It comes bundled together for discounted price, but each individual pack is in the store as well.

Project Mouse: Basic Cards
project mouse: basic cards by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio
Project Mouse: Quote Cards
project mouse: quote cards by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio

BONUS: FREE Corner Rounding Action

*** PLUS as a BONUS: Britt created an awesome Corner Rounding Photoshop Action that comes FREE with ALL Project Mouse card packs! You can turn any PNG card from:
ProjectMouseRoundedCornerDemo
I mainly use rounded corners for my cards, but rounding the corners can be a pain. This is all about scrapping QUICKLY, right? This action is definitely a time saver! (Instructions on installation and using the action in Photoshop are included as well.)

And for those interested in using Project Mouse as printables, you’ll be happy to know all the card packs come with easy pre-made printable sheets!

Project Mouse: Papers
project mouse: papers by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio
Project Mouse: Elements
project mouse: elements by sahlin studio
(Pssst! There are many freebie opportunities at the end of the post!! So, keep reading…)

Showing Off Our Project Mouse – The Basics (EXAMPLES)

KRISTA >> My plan is to scrap my trip ENTIRE upcoming trip Disney trip and make it into a real life “paper” Project Life version of Project Mouse. My plan is to print and bring specific cards (coming soon) on our trip, so that at the end of the day I can hand my kids a card and ask them to write down their favorite thing of the day OR use the cards in the parks to collect autographs (then all that’s left to do is just slide them into my Project Life binder when I get home).
Here is my first printed Project Mouse layout for this trip:
kristasahlin - inspirational scrapbook layout

BRITT >> Britt will be doing everything DIGITALLY and she is conducting a little experiment. She will be trying to scrap her ENTIRE September 2012 Disneyland trip Pocket Style and will use Project Mouse to get things started!! Her goals are to see: 1) if she likes Pocket Style enough for an entire album 2) how much she misses creating traditional pages 3) how long it takes and 4) if Pocket Style is really as quick and efficient as she thinks it is.
Here is her digital page:
britt - inspirational scrapbook layout

So we have both sides of the spectrum of how to use Project Mouse covered. Fun, yes?

WANT TO SEE MORE EXAMPLES USING PROJECT MOUSE: BASICS?

Want to see more creative inspiration using Project Mouse: Bundle No. 1 – Basics?
Click here to see examples from our creative team.


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PProject Mouse: Bundle No. 2 – “Leading Up to the Magic”

THIS collection…it’s ALL about what happens “Leading Up to the Magic”! I believe that your vacation begins even before you get to that magical destination. Think of the memories created just anticipating your trip. From the moment your special destination is first revealed, to the booking of your trip, from creating countdowns to ticking off the days until you leave on your trip, to your flight and arriving at your destination…

We go through –> Countdown, Planning, Travel, and Arrival
1) “Project Mouse: Reveal/Countdown”
2) “Project Mouse: Planning”
3) “Project Mouse: On our Way”
4) “Project Mouse: We’re Here”

Project Mouse: BUNDLE No. 2 Leading Up to the Magic by sahlin studio
You can SAVE $$ buy purchasing the Project Mouse: Bundle No. 2 – “Leading Up to the Magic”

How are these Different? Memory Prompts

These packs are a little different from the last couple…How?? Well, we didn’t want to create something just to help scrapbook your trip…but something MORE that would actually help capture the DETAILS of your trip. Those little details and the small moments that have been easily forgotten or that you don’t always get photographs of. Included in each of these packs you will find numerous story prompts, blank forms, journalers, phrases, and memory joggers to help trigger and capture those small moments of your trip.

Project Mouse: Reveal / Countdown
project mouse: reveal / countdown by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Design
Project Mouse: Planning
project mouse: planning by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio
Project Mouse: On Our Way
project mouse: on our way by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio
Project Mouse: We’re Here!
project mouse: we're here! by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio

Showing Off Project Mouse – Leading Up to the Magic (EXAMPLES)

KRISTA >>>>> I can not tell you how much fun doing the project is…we haven’t even left for our latest trip yet, but I’m capturing all these fun memories that we’ve made before the actual trip has even begun. I truly am enjoying myself with this hybrid pocket style album. It’s been fun to put in bits of notes the kids have written and drawings that my son drew of Donald Duck. I will be posting about this soon on my blog!!


BRITT >>>>> She is just as excited to use these card packs as I am!! She is continuing to conduct her little “experiment” by trying to scrap her entire Sept 2012 Disneyland trip Pocket Style – and Project Mouse is DEFINITELY getting her there. Check out her page!

WANT TO SEE EXAMPLES USING PROJECT MOUSE: LEADING UP TO THE MAGIC?

Want to see creative inspiration using Project Mouse: Bundle No. 2?
Click here to see examples from our creative team.

 

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Project Mouse: Bundle No. 3 – “Character Moments”

This bundle we are focusing on all those magical character moments!! Let’s face it – giving that adorable mouse a hug and getting our photo taken with him is like THE HIGHLIGHT of our Disney trips. Am I right?? Add Project Mouse: Bundle No. 3 to your stash and you’ll be pocket scrapping all your character meet & greets in a flash!

Project Mouse: Character Moments

We go through –> Autgraphs and Character Meetings
1) “Project Mouse: Autograph Cards”
2) “Project Mouse: Characters”
3) “Project Mouse: Character Word Bits”

project mouse: characters by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio
project mouse: character word bits  by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio

project mouse: autograph cards  by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio
You can purchase all the new products at a 30% savings if you purchase Bundle No. 3.
project mouse: bundle 3 autographs and characters by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio

Printing Them Off to Take Along

I am SO excited to show you what I did before my trip. I printed the autograph cards before I left, cut them, and placed them into a pouch ready to take with us on our trip. (For those of you wanting printing advice, I will be doing a post about that on the blog this week as well…so stay tuned.) I was pretty excited about this idea, because I knew how easy it would be once I came back home to just slip them right into my Project Life / Project Mouse binder when I arrived back. Here are a few pictures of the cute autograph cards printed out and ready to take with me! Is this not the best thing ever?!
kristasahlin - inspirational scrapbook layout

One of Britt’s CT members, Justine, ALSO printed the autograph cards to take along on her trip.
bellbird - inspirational scrapbook layoutbellbird

Another of Britt’s CT members, Melinda, ALSO went to Disneyland and took the autograph cards with her. She sent us some super cute photos of Minnie signing her card. How fun is this?? I love the idea of taking ACTUAL Project Mouse products with you to the park!

Documenting Once You’re Back Home

Krista >>> Since I’m back from our first Disneyland trip, I am ready to start creating pages! Because I printed the autograph cards beforehand to take with me and had the characters sign directly on them, it was super easy to just slip them into my Project Life page protectors. Check them out:


kristasahlin

Britt>>> I love Britt’s page and how she described her process of using the digital pocket-styled scrappbooking for this “magical” moment – “This was one of my most favorite memories from this past trip, which normally I shy away from scrapping because it scares me! I don’t know why, it just does. I powered through with my pocket style “experiment” and I have to admit I love the results. It’s photo-centric – the photos tell the story. But there’s heartfelt journaling as well. Yay. Mission accomplished.”

britt - inspirational scrapbook layoutbritt
 

WANT TO SEE EXAMPLES USING PROJECT MOUSE: Character Moments?

Want to see creative inspiration using Project Mouse: Bundle No. 3?
Click here to see examples from our creative team.

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PProject Mouse: Bundle No. 4 – “A Day at the Park”

THIS collection…it’s ALL about what happens on “A Day at the Park”! We created an entire pack dedicated to journaling and recording your day-to-day memories on a Disney vacation. There are packs to focus on the rides & attractions, food, daily documenting and a HUGE pack of Day In the Park Word Bits… So from the time you wake up, to your meals, rides, magical memories, snacks, treats, more rides, more fun and back to the hotel, we’ve got it covered!!!

We go through –> your day of capturing Daily Moments, Rides, Attractions, Food
1) “Project Mouse: Daily Documenting”
2) “Project Mouse: Rides & Attractions”
3) “Project Mouse: Food”
4) “Project Mouse: A Day in the Park”

project mouse: daily documenting by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio

project mouse: rides + attractions by britt-ish designs and sahlin studioproject mouse: rides + attractions by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio

project mouse: food  by britt-ish designs and sahlin studioproject mouse: food  by britt-ish designs and sahlin studio

project mouse: "a day at the park" word bits by sahlin studio

You can purchase all the new products at a 30% savings if you purchase Bundle No. 4.
Project Mouse: BUNDLE No. 4 A Day in the Park by Britt-ish Designs and Sahlin Studio

kristasahlin
Disney Digital Project Life page created by kristasahlin featuring "Project Mouse: Bundle No. 3 - Character Moments" by Sahlin Studio & Britt-ish Designs britt
Disney Digital Project Life page created by britt featuring "Project Mouse: Bundle No. 3 - Character Moments" by Sahlin Studio & Britt-ish Designs

WANT TO SEE EXAMPLES USING PROJECT MOUSE: A Day at the Park?

Want to see creative inspiration using Project Mouse: Bundle No. 4?
Click here to see examples from our creative team.


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Project Mouse Flikr group

We are also excited to announce our NEW Flikr group for “Project Mouse”. We wanted to create a community where we could share our “Project Mouse” pages with others that are also documenting their magical memories. It will be a wonderful place to share with others on their Project Mouse journey. We hope you’ll come join the group and post your Project Mouse LOs there too! Pretty soon it’ll be a group FULL of amazing layouts to inspire and delight each other.

You can find us here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/projectmouse/

More Project Mouse to Come

Be sure to check back regularly on our blogs!! We each will be blogging about the whole project from each perspective, PLUS sharing any tips, tricks, /or tutorials about things we learn on the way. Another way to stay in touch would be to sign up for my weekly newsletter. You can sign up here. (pssst…. you get a free kit just for signing up)

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Comments

  • [...] mission, backstory, and lots of details can be found in a very special post on my blog today,  Welcome to Project Mouse!  I highly encourage you to click over and read [...]

    • I stumbled across your Project Mouse a few weeks ago after our return from Disney World, and I have to tell you–it has brought me back to digital scrapbooking! Actually, I’d stopped scrapping all-together, but seeing your darling products and the amazing layouts created using them, I was inspired to give it a go again, and I’m so glad I did! I’ve been having so much fun with your products and, best of all, they make it so easy to create cute pages in a matter of minutes! I do have one question for you. I keep seeing layouts with the darling character silhouettes, which I think were a freebie mentioned in a post above, but I can’t seem to find the link anywhere? I have a layout that is crying out for one of those character cards, and I can’t seem to find anything else that feels quite right… lol

      • I am so glad that you are excited and having fun!! This is what it’s all about!! As to the character card freebies… both Britt and I created some character cardsfor our personal albums to shared on our blogs. But… after a comments from a few who were uncomfortable with the fact we shared them… we’ve decided to take them down. BUT, I do believe that Britt has reativated hers on her blog http://brittishdesigns.blogspot.com/ … so be sure to check it out!!

        • Krista, thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my comment! It’s always so nice and appreciated when blog owners take the time to respond to their readers’ comments! I really want to impress upon you how pivotal your Project Mouse was to my return to scrapbooking. It’s been 9 years since I’ve scrapbooked and I thought I was done with it all-together! I appreciate your letting me know about the character freebie cards. I did head over to Britt’s blog but I still can’t seem to find them. Oh I do hope she reactivates them–I have a few layouts that are crying out for them! lol Thanks again!

          • This makes my heart smile just to hear about how this has change or rejuvenated your love of documenting again!! As to the character freebie cards, perhaps try emailing her!! I know she mentioned making them live again. I couldn’t hurt to ask.

  • ss-blogteam says:

    What an amazing collection! This is going to be a must have for all mousers! Luv it! :-)

  • Jennifer Butler says:

    Does the corner action work with photoshop elements 11?

  • Wonderful idea. Beautiful kit. Will you have a Pinterest board just for the Project Mouse ideas?

  • Get a wheel chair! It will always get you first in line! HA!

  • This is just fabulous!! We are total Disney nuts – my husband & I met there, I worked for the Mouse for over 11 years and he just celebrated his 15th anniversary. We go there quite often and I’ve used PL for the last year – so totally love that you’ve created this!! I always think I’m going to create these things on my own, but then I never do… This is awesome – I can’t wait to purchase & use on our pics from last night! I would encourage you to add a Princess line too as that’s a huge part of any Disney vacation for families with daughters. Great job – super pumped!!

  • love. love. LOVE! We are hardcore mousers and go to Disney World just about every year. I have two trips that I have yet to document, and a trip to Disneyland this coming May. I’m buying the bundle right now!!

  • Love this, perfect timing. We are going to Disneyland for the 1st time in March. So excited! So happy I get another chance to try the project life thing. Wasn’t ready in January but I think our Disney trip will best be documented the Project Mouse way! Thanks so much!

  • What a fantastic idea Krista! The core kit looks spectacular :)

    For Disneyland tips, I’m full of them (been WAY too many times to count). #1 Advice: Go early, take an afternoon break when it gets crowded and come back early evening.

    Also, how busy it is has a lot to do with the time of year you’re going. There’s a great service by touringplans.com that tracks the historical data for every day of the year: http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-calendar

    If you need more tips or want recommendations on where to eat, etc. feel free to email me :)

  • Jlynn Wilkinson says:

    I have TONS of these pages sitting in my spare bedroom upstairs and never really knew what to do with them (from when I switched from post bound to three ring) and now I am digital only.

    Not sure if this is the right forum to ask the question – but how do I print the cards for Krista’s idea? I love that idea. BUT then if I want my kids own handwriting on the cards but want to make ONLY digital like Britt, how do I get that handwriting into my digital page? scan? and how do I make it look like a traditional page – just lining up the cards?

    oh my, it’s so confusion, but I love the idea of being able to quickly put together our summer trip to Disneyland. I’m STILL trying to finish 3 trips to Disneyworld from the past 5 years. sigh :(

    • Good for you to look at getting these pages finished. No time like the present!!
      Printing the cards out (on paper)… SUPER easy!! I start a 8 1/2×11 document in Photoshop, slide the cards I want onto there, then hit print. I found using a matte photo paper works the best. Cut out and done. If you want to remain digital AND having your kids handwriting the card it is a little trickier, but doable!! You have a couple option: you can either 1) TYPE (what they wrote) onto the digital card, or maybe get their handwriting into a font OR 2) the easiest may just be scan it, and then slide the scan onto your digital page. It depends how important having their handwriting is to your project. As to how to scrap them on your digital page…. it is TOTALLY personal preference. An easy way it to line it up in a Project Life style format… so people LOVE this for the simplicity, some people find it challenge from regular digi-scrapping. It’s all in what you like. Hope this info helps!! Good luck!

  • Jlynn Wilkinson says:

    and thank you for the freebies to start! they’re AWESOME

  • OMG! i love mickey but i don’t have money and im from another country:/ i hope some day i can buy it its so gorgeous!

  • Digismacker says:

    Why yes, yes they are.

  • [...] Project Mouse is about… our mission, backstory, and details can be found in this post here,  Welcome to Project Mouse!  I highly encourage you to click over and read [...]

  • [...] hope that, if you’re a Disney fan, you check out Project Mouse! While it’s clearly well suited for documenting your trip, as you can see, it’d be [...]

  • I am so excited about Project Mouse! I just bought both of the first two bundles, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect as we are just starting to plan our trip! I never would have thought to record details about all the planning I’m doing, but now I will! Thanks so much for all the work you and Brittney put into these kits. They are AMAZING!

  • We just booked our 6 day 5 night trip to Disney World Last week..I new I was going to use this format as I do PL. This could not have come at a more amazing time! Just bought both and thank you for making it easier for me :) off to prep and memory keep. xoxo

  • LOVE this!! Any plans on making these things in “paper” format, for those of us that don’t do digital (and don’t have Photoshop) =) I know I need to get on the bandwagon!! LOL

    • Hi-ya Liz!! I’m going paper with this project so it IS do-able. The files DO include printable jpegs that you can print on your home printer. OR, I will be doing a tutorial on printing these from a home computer, I will try to focus on another program that is not Photoshop. ALSO… I’ve been doing ALL my printing of the cards at Staples. You can take the files there and they can set it up for you. It has been a really inexpensive option. I got most of the cards printed for about $12. Stay tuned to the blog in the upcoming weeks for more info and tutorials.

  • Wow – I am in love! And I’m thinking about all the Disney pictures and “stuff” I have sitting in my scrapbook room closet. I signed up for the newsletter. I can’t wait to see more!!

  • Becki Clark says:

    OMG!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I am assuming there is no way to get this in paper form? I don’t have Photoshop and no clue how to do digital. I would LOVE to pay someone to print all this for me. Seriously. Please help. We are going to Disney World May 2014

  • Hi, I’m from Australia and do not use digital, however I would still be willing to buy the bundles in the hope I could get someone here to print the cards for a fee. Could I do that?
    Also will this incorporate Disneyworld as well cause we’re bigger fans of Florida than La and hence more photos from our 4 trips.
    Thanks
    Vikki

  • OMG – amazing! Love, love, love these products. I have two trips to document and now I am beyond excited. Thank you so much for putting this all together!

  • I managed to stumble across your site today. And I am so thankful I did. Your product has entered my life at the perfect time as we are starting to plan our trip to Disneyland in the fall with my daughters, son-in-law and 3 amazing grandchildren.
    I am interested in being able to print these from home as I am not a digital scrapper, but want to do it Project life style.
    Thanks for creating such an awesome pRoduct. And I so look forward to recording our trip!
    Leslee

  • I am using Project Life to scrapbook a trip my family took to Disneyland and Los Angeles 20 years ago when I was a child!!! These products are fantastic and I can’t wait to use them in my album. I love that many of them are open ended so I will be able to use them throughout my travel album, not just for the days when we were at Disneyland. Thank you so much for these products!!!

  • OMG!! We are going to Disneyland in November for my son’s 10th birthday (and my 36th) and I am looking at doing a homemade smash book like what you have posted and I am so going to be buying these bundles! Thanks for the freebies!! I have already signed up for your newsletter! I am so excited

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    posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very bothersome to tell the
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    • HAHA!! I never call myself a good writer…. I like to think it’s just part of my charm. Don’t hold it against me. I think I try to do so many posts, tutorials, products and freebies that I get stretched a little thin. Please don’t let it bother you too much. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

  • This is so cool. I am doing my first Project Life album right now and plan on doing another for our Disney Halloween trip. This gives me some great ideas, especially for an autograph book!

  • Beth Arp says:

    See some of the directions for printing, I am going in October for Halloween and want to do something different for this trip. This will definitely be fun to work with.

  • [...] The layout also incorporates a card purchased as part of a pack from Sahlin Studios. If you like the color scheme but don’t want to design your own cards, take a look at her purchasable packs.  http://sahlinstudio.com/welcome-to-project-mouse/ [...]

  • […] If you haven’t seen my Disney Project Life Style Album up to this point, you can see some other pages here. As with my other pages, I am using some cards from Sahlin Studios. […]

  • Milagros Arango says:

    Hi I have bought a bundle but it does not print as brightly as I would like do you have any suggestions?

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