Monday, November 16, 2015

A New Disney-inspired Blog Train!


 This December will see the launch of a brand new Disney inspired blog train - The Magical Mousetery Tour. I'm so excited to announce that I'll be one of the designers joining them on their very first train, departing December 1st 2015! 

 As part of the countdown for the first train, they have been revealing participating designers 1 by 1 on their blog. Head on over there now to see my feature, learn a little about me and pick up a great discount coupon for my store! You can find my feature here.

 You're going to love the submission I've been working on!

Monday, October 5, 2015

NEW! Fab 5 Countdown Chain

I'm so excited for my family's upcoming Disneyland trip - we are on countdown.....54 MORE DAYS! One of the fun things we have going are some Disney Countdown Chains. I will have some more templates up soon (think Princess Chains, Pixar Chains, etc.), but today I'm excited to share my 

Planning a Disney trip? Want something fun to countdown until your trip? Well this is it! Get ready to get crafty and create your own countdown chain! 

This template set includes 5 different templates to help you create chains that represent Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Pluto! You can use them separately, or combine them for a fabulous look! Your kids will LOVE it- mine sure do!

Check it out in the store HERE.

Aren't they so fun?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Character IllustrationZ are here!

I'm so excited to present my new product line - CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONZ! I can't wait to create more and I have tons of ideas.

But first up is my rendition of the love-volcanoes from the latest Disney-Pixar Short.  My husband and I got a huge kick out of this short movie. We find ourselves singing the "I Lava You" song all the time and it has come to represent us as a couple. I am planning on making some great t-shirts with this illustration for us to wear on our upcoming Disneyland trip! I will have to share pictures of the shirts when I get them finished!

Check it out in the store HERE.

So let me know what you think of this new product and hopefully this means I am on a creative streak and you'll be seeing much more of me on the blog soon!

I LAVA YOU by DesignZ by DeDe (DeDe Smith)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Magic | Saving on Disney Gift Cards

Are you saving for a Disney trip or 
want to get some Disney gift cards for gifts?

Well, today I have an amazing tip for you.  As you probably know - I am a bit of a Disney geek and I happen to be saving to go to Disneyland AGAIN in December! I'm so excited. Anyways, I love the forums at and I recently came across an awesome tip about saving on Disney Gift Cards. These cards are awesome because - sure you can use them at the Disney Store (online or local store) and you can use them at most places inside the parks for dining, souvenirs, and even your hotel stay, if you are staying at a Disney Hotel. So basically you can pay for your Disney vacation (minus traveling costs and purchases outside the parks) using just gift cards! It's a fabulous way to keep in your budget too! It does take a little extra work, but saving at least 10% (usually more) and getting more for your money is awesome!

* This process can also be used for other kinds of gift cards too.

So to get the most out of the process, you will need:

1.  A Swagbucks account - If you don't have an account already - sign up HERE. Use this site to do searches, surveys, and shopping to earn "money" that you can use on rewards like gift cards. So if you earn enough you can even get a Target Gift Card and then get more Disney Gift Cards as an additional bonus!  :)  I use this site a lot, basically everytime I make an online purchase and am currently using it as my search engine as well to get extra "bucks." I prefer online shopping, when I need something, so this has worked great for me!

2. A account - Sign up HERE. Use this link (or referral code dsmith4) when you sign up and get a free $5 to spend at This is the site where you can get discounted gift cards of all kind. Get more for your money!

3. A Target REDcard - You can get approved for a card HERE.  This card will get you 5% off on purchases at Target, including Disney Gift Cards, plus other benefits! So it's a nice card to have. You can do debit or a credit card, so its easy to get approved!

Once you have these 3 accounts you can get started!

1.  Login to Go to the SHOP menu and then use that page's search to find Click on the SHOP NOW under the page and you'll be sent to Raise and once you make the purchase you will receive your Swagbucks for that. (currently 1 SB per dollar).

2. On, search for Target. It will bring up a list of all the Target gift cards available. The page will show you the value of the gift card, the percent off that you will get, and the total price you will pay.  Check back often because it changes minute by minute! The best Target Gift Card I've gotten so far was 8.6% off.  Choose the gift card(s) that you want and add them to your shopping cart and of course check out.  Raise will process it and you will get an email when your gift card is ready (it's usually really quick, like within an hour of purchasing). You'll login to your account and get the gift card information.

3. Head on over to  Once you have your Target gift card number, go to MANAGE MY ACCOUNT. Under Account Information, click the link that says EDIT PAYMENT METHODS. Make sure you add your REDcard and make it the default payment - this will get you the 5% off your purchases. Then in the PAYMENT METHODS, add your gift cards. You can use up to 3 gift cards per order in checkout.  Now you are ready.  Go ahead and go to GIFT CARDS in the Target Menu and find the Disney Gift Cards. They are available in $50 increments, so add as many to the cart as you need (I think the limit is 10 per order). Checkout and use the gift card codes you entered!

Using this process can save quite a bit on your gift cards. You get the 5% off from Target, whatever % off you bought the Raise cards at, PLUS you will earn SwagBucks that can be used for Gift Cards too. It all adds up and any savings that you can do for a Disney Vacation is so worth it! Make sure you use SwagBucks for your other online purchases too, so that your "bucks" will add up and you can earn your rewards!

If you have any questions about the process or if there is 
something I can do to help - please let me know!

Each Monday (that doesn't have a new release), I am going to be offering a little Magic to start your week. It might be a fun idea, some inspiration, a tutorial, or just sharing some 
thoughts - Whatever I feel like! So come back and share your thoughts too!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday SayingZ | Happy Birthday

{ This week's title }



Each Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a quote/saying/title with you! 
I am a collector of quotes/sayings/scrapbook titles, etc. and I love to hear new ones! So, each week, I will share a quote/saying with you that I hope will inspire you and make your day a little better! I also create pieces of wordart with these quotes each week and offering them to you as a freebie!!!  Feel free to use them in your scrapbook layouts or just print them out for great wall decor!

If you have any great quotes/sayings - feel free to send them in to me at - I would love to use them!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Family History TuesdayZ | Happy Place

Journaling Prompt: 
Where are you the happiest?
Describe that place.

My Journaling:
I've never been happier than when I was with my family at Disneyland in December. Whenever I think of that special time I just feel so good inside and so happy that everything went so perfectly. It will be time that is treasured forever for my kids, my hubby and I.

So that is my HAPPY PLACE - Disneyland and whenever I stop and think about that magical place, I still get those wonderful happy feelings. I'm so glad for good memories and things we can treasure inside our hearts and return to when we need our happy place.

Journal CardZ for this Week
Journal CardZ - MY HAPPY PLACE
6x4 and 4x3 Cards - Squared & Rounded Corners


Each Tuesday, I am going to be offering prompts or ideas. If you don't write in your journal regularly - I am going to encourage you to write just ONCE A WEEK and answer the question/idea that I give on Tuesdays. These ideas hopefully will spark a memory and you will be able to capture that in what you write/record so that it can be left for your children/grandchildren/family/friends. Give as much detail as you can when answering.

Will you do this for me? Will you do this for your families? You can write it down in a journal, you can type it up on a computer or journaling software, you can take a recorder and talk, you can videotape your answers, you can even scrap a page with the journaling. It doesn't matter how you do this - it's just important that you do it. The memories, the dates, the information is the only real thing we can leave to our families when we are gone.

New for 2015! Journal CardZ. A very popular trend right now is Pocket Scrapbooking. Part of pocket scrapbooking is journaling cards. So to help you scrap my weekly Journal Prompts, I am offering up 4x6 and 3x4 cards for your use every week! These cards are great to use digitally or you can even print them out!

If I come up with other family history ideas - I will be sure to share it here too - and if you want to share with me your ideas - that would be wonderful and I'd be glad to share them here too. Just comment here or email me at

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Magic - Daughter of a King

So I can't believe that I haven't blogged for 3 weeks - where does the time go? Yikes!  Well I'm back - I hope. Someday I'm going to get a handle on my life and actually be organized and balanced....yea, I always say that but I'd really like it to happen soon!

So I know you probably have all heard it and seen it all over the news and such, but there is a new princess - Charlotte Elizabeth Diana - and she is beautiful.  I have a fascination with the England Royalty, ever since Kate married Prince William. I stayed up late to watch their wedding on tv and I've enjoyed watching their family grow. I love their little family with the cute Prince George and now Princess Charlotte. I just love seeing a royalty family be so happy and you know "normal." I know we only really see what the press tells us, but I just think they are so cute and a family that I would like to really meet and get to know. I just think Kate is a good person and such a good role model.  And I guess thinking about a real Prince and his Princess having their "happily ever after" is enchanting to me.

One of the things I've been thinking about and that has always been important to me is remembering that we are all Daughters/Sons of a King. Our Heavenly Father is our true king and we are all his sons and daughters which makes us all princesses and princes. We are all special and no matter what, our Heavenly Father truly loves each one of us. We are not alone in this world - he is always here for us - only a prayer away. His Son and our brother, Jesus Christ is always there for us too - he suffered and died for us so we could live here on earth and then return to our Heavenly Father. We are all family and each of us has the wonderful potential to be a queen/king.

One of my very favorite songs is a song by Jenny Philips and she released it several years ago, when I was a leader of young women of my Faith. The theme for that year was Daughter of a King (the song title as well) and it just meant so much to me and I felt it was so important for our daughters and the young women of the world to realize that they are truly princesses and have the potential to grow up to be such wonderful women. 

Because we are all princesses/princes, we owe it to ourselves and to our Heavenly Father to be the best we can be. Yes, we all make mistakes and we struggle - but we all can do better. We are His Children - we can rise up and be the best we can be. Just because we are born as princesses/princes, doesn't mean we don't have to work and become better - we have the potential - we just have to endure and show our Heavenly Father who we really are. 

I hope that I can instill these things into my children's souls. They are important - we all are - we are royalty - our King loves us - we have the potential to be beautiful wonderful people - but we have to work at it - its not just given to us. We have to let the Savior into our lives and we have to be kind and honest and work towards all the good values in life. By doing so, we can reach our full potential. It's never too late and we all have our struggles, but we can KEEP MOVING FORWARD and get better every day.

Let me just leave you today with the lyrics to

Daughter of a King 

Do you wonder if he knows who you are?

Do you wonder if he knows the secret pleadings of your heart

He has numbered every sand of the sea
And he longs for you to know that he believes in you.

Can you feel the quiet power from above
Can you feel his strength surround you when your own is not enough
He has blessed you with his spirit from on high
And he longs for you to know what lives inside of you
Oh, be true

Daughter of a king
The father's royalty 
Heir to his divinity 
He's calling your name
To come and take your place before his throne
He has always known
What he created you to be
A daughter of a king

You hold the promises of all eternity
Rise to claim the noble birth right you were sent here to recieve
He has loved you since you lived with him before
Let him lead you to the gifts he has in store for you
Oh, be true


Daughters of a king our father's royalty
Heirs to his divinity
He's calling our names
To come and take our place before his throne
He has always known
What he created us to be.....
Daughter of a king.

Each Monday (that doesn't have a new release), I am going to be offering a little Magic to start your week. It might be a fun idea, some inspiration, a tutorial, or just sharing some 
thoughts - Whatever I feel like! So come back and share your thoughts too!