In January, we took a trip to Disney World! My husband’s family gathered for a fun-filled five days at the parks. It was pretty epic for us– Husband did virtually all of the planning and arranging, and I had a head full of projects for the trip. I’ll be doing a series of posts related to all of those projects, including several for “Project Princess Dress” (alluded to in my post about V’s Sofia dress!) And now that we’re back, I have even more projects swirling in my brain!
But first, I want to share the very last projects I made for our trip! I knew that this trip would be an intense influx of memories, and I wanted to have a good way to document them in detail. I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll mention it again, my memory is not very good. Unless I take photos and/or write things down, I forget them so quickly that it actually stresses me out ;-) After a lot of thought, I decided to make myself a set of trip journals.
I could have brought one single journal, but I thought it would work better to bring one small one for each day. I planned to keep it in the bag we’d carry in the parks so that I could jot down notes and quotes and other details during downtime moments, like waiting in line. Having an individual journal for each day meant that I knew that the others were safe in our hotel room in case something happened to my bag (rain, theft, etc.) I could take as much space as I needed.
To entice myself to really, truly use them, I made them pretty :) I used an Echo Park Paper collection by Laura Passage called “Beautiful Life” that I had on my shelf. I won it a year or two ago in a giveaway, but I’d never opened it! I thought the colors were evocative of the Disney palette without being overtly Disney, and I thought the little day-of-the-week flag stickers were perfect for my journal covers. And I used some doilies! ;-)
The journals are 4.5″ wide by 6″ tall, and the sheets inside are printer paper cut in half, folded, and stapled (thanks for the long-arm stapler, N!); I basically followed the same construction as the activity books I made for V for long trips.
Inside, I gave myself a few prompts. On the first page, I listed the park we’d be going to on that day, as well as the initial list of FastPasses, reservations, and other attractions we definitely planned to see. I also included a space to write notes about the weather. (P.S. the font is “Waltograph” and the aqua text is a stamp set from PaperTrey Ink)
The next two pages have prompts to list the food we ate, anything we bought, and then there was a page to fill in with the favorite moments of the day, after I’d written everything out. This will be an instrumental planning tool for my scrapbook!
Finally, I left a lot of blank pages to write out all of the “magical memories” we made each day.
The journals were perfect. I didn’t end up writing in them during the day as much as I thought, because we went at a very low-crowd time of year and Husband planned our Fast Passes really well, so I think the longest we ever waited in a line was about 20-25 minutes!! However, I made it a priority in the evenings, after our kids were in bed, to sit down and write down as much from the day as I could. I wrote some as prose, some as lists, but I tried to get everything documented in as much detail as possible. I referenced each day’s photos to prompt my memory, and Husband even contributed (see, he really is the best!!)
I must give credit to Natalie at Almost Never Clever for her inspiring and encouraging blog posts about keeping a travel journal (e.g. here and here). They were on my mind as I stayed up after everyone else in my hotel room was asleep! I knew if I didn’t write out all of my memories before the next day started, some of them would get lost.
The other last-minute project I made was a simple decoupaged mini-clipboard so that V could get character autographs, if she chose. This project was directly inspired by Jennifer Webb, on the Magic Memory Keepers podcast.
I used ModPodge to adhere another sheet of paper from the same Echo Park collection to the front and back of this very inexpensive clipboard, and then I added coordinating ribbons to the clip to make it even more festive.
I cut a small stack of plain white cardstock to 4″x6″ and brought a small handful of colorful Sharpies for autographs. I have plans for the autographs that we got!