I’m so excited! I’m about two weeks out from my next trip to Walt Disney World! It’s been about 14 months since I was there last and honestly, that was way too long! This trip is special because not only are we meeting my parents there, but we’re also getting to enjoy the Christmas magic! I love holidays, I love celebrations, I love Disney and I love how Disney celebrates. I could not be more excited! Look at all the exclamation marks!!!!
As a planner and memory keeper, one of the great bonuses to a trip like this is when I get to come home and look through the notes I took, remember the fun and then create something tangible from it. Whether that’s a Project Life spread or traveler’s notebook or whatever it ends up being, it relies on the notes and memories. I could very easily use my phone (Disney World makes this easier thanks to the My Disney Experience app and site) but I love paper. I especially love holiday themed paper. So, I grabbed a personal sized planner from Michaels’ Recollections line and started planning my planner. Really! Well, actually, I grabbed two because my mom needs one too! My mom’s a crafty lady as well, so I’m hoping that she loves what I make for her.
Of course, this doesn’t require a holiday Disney trip. Really, any trip to anywhere is appropriate for a travel planner! You can use this same method to create a planner for a staycation or a three month trip around the globe, so let’s dive in!
I approached this project the same way I do most everything. Here was my process:
1. Color Scheme!
Because I wanted hers to be a surprise, I couldn’t really as my mom about what colors she’d like best so for hers, I’m going with a traditional red, green and gold theme. I have the gold Recollections planner and I’m using the My Mind’s Eye Christmas on Market Street collection to make the dividers. For mine, I chose a bit more of an icy theme. I have a mint green planner along with the Snow and Cocoa collection from Crate Paper. Both of these were already in my stash or coming in kits so I didn’t have to go out and grab new stuff for them. It also means making a dent in the stash! Woohoo!
2. Ask, “What info do I need?” and create sections appropriately!
Let’s get real for a minute. Obviously, I want these planners to look super cute and festive, but really, what’s most important is that they have the information I need available to me and allow me to journal and memory keep. So, let’s break it down. What are the basics we need?
- Times and locations for dining reservations, Fast Passes, and ticketed events
- Space for journaling
- Packing List
- To Do list
- For me: outfit planner (because of course I’m doing something special!)
Once I have that down, I know how to proceed. For both planners, I’ll need six daily dividers, lots of lined paper and to either source or create personal sized packing and to do lists, an outfit planner and sheets that let me know all of our “appointments” 🙂 Make a list, check it twice!
3. Start building and sourcing!
From here, it’s all just the doing. I have this die from Hero Arts that helps speed up the process of making new pages, but outside of that, it’s just a lot of time with my paper cutter and the hole punch I bought at Michaels along with the planners. I’ll be looking around Etsy and Pinterest to see if I can find inserts that will work for me, but if not, I’ll be spending a good amount of time in Photoshop creating my own.
So what do you think? Do you create planners just for trips? Leave me a comment and tell me about it! I’d love to see them! In the next couple of weeks, I’ll show progress photos and when I’m back, I’ll be sure to create a video with my thoughts after using it. Have a great day!