We’ve been busy counting down to our big trip to Disney World! (Check out everything Disney on Scrap Inspired) And yes that means that we are taking our boys out of school for a week! (insert *gasp* here) But don’t worry! This former elementary school teacher wouldn’t dream of leaving the learning behind just because we are going to the happiest place on earth! So I create a Disney Travel Journal for my two boys to work on through our vacation. My current plan is for them to spend their time on the bus in the morning working on the journal page from the day before. That way they are fresh, rested, and can remember back to their favorite part of the day before. My other thought is that they could work on the journal pages as we sit waiting for dinner. We’ll see what works best for our family!
- Design Inspiration: It all started with this adorable travel journal page by Betsy over at B.Nute’s blog. I loved the basic concept but wanted to adapt it a bit for my purposes. So I created my own version (and added in a whole bunch of other Disney goodies to the mix)
Before we get to all the goodies on the inside let’s take a second to talk about how I decorated the cover. First I bought two red 3 prong folders. The surface is a bit slick, but it’s still paper not plastic. It felt heavy enough to be durable throughout our trip. I decided to cut two Mickey heads with my boy’s names in the middle. I googled for some Mickey ears and used the jpg and my Cricut to cut out the ears (I have Sure Cuts A Lot software that allows me to trace clip art and cut it on my Cricut). I used the Minnie font for their names.
Once I had the Mickey heads cut out it was time to glue them on to the cover. I pulled out my favorite adhesive for this kind of project, Glossy Accents. This stuff is super strong and will hold like nobody’s business! I made sure to get dots of adhesive in and around all the letter cut outs as well as around the edges of the ears. I smeared it a bit with my finger so that the glue wouldn’t glob out the sides. Then I just pressed them on and let them dry.
Lovely and simple and ready to FILL with a combination of pages for learning, coloring, and fun!
I started each book with a title page. That way the boys can not only add their names in their sweet handwriting, but they can also add the dates of our trip. (this page is included in the PDF download below)
I knew I wanted divider pages for the journals. So I gathered a bunch of colored cardstock (you could also use construction paper) and cut some matching tabs with my tab punch (linked below). To complete the dividers I stamped the days we would be at Disney along with one divider for extras.
For our travel day I printed out “Hello Disney World” using the Waltograph font. I adhered the edges with my tape runner but then added some washi tape just because I love the stuff! 🙂
For each day of the week I added a coloring page highlighting the park we will be visiting. Sometimes I found a coloring page already created with the title of the park. For the others I just found an image that would work and pulled it into PSE to add the title (but you could also use Word to do this).
We are going to Magic Kingdom twice, hence the double. 🙂
For our final day I again added a printed page that says “Goodbye Disney World.”
At the very back I added some additional coloring and game pages. In fact I actually printed more stuff than would fit in my folder and had to stick some of the pages in the back pocket. Oops! 🙂
Here’s the order for each section. Every day, including travel days, I begin with a journal page. For my 2nd grade son I included a place for him to note where we went, what the weather was like, and his overall impression of the day. Then I created a block for him to detail some of the things he learned that day. I also created a place for him to draw a picture of something from the day and a place for him to quickly note his favorite and least favorite part of the day. (this page is available for download below)
For my kindergarten son I followed the same basic design but made it a bit simpler. He still can note where we went, the weather, and a rating for the day. But for him I just included two large boxes for his favorite part and least favorite part. By using empty boxes he can chose to either write or draw depending on what he feels like that day. (this is also available for download below)
On the final day of the trip I created this overview page giving my boys a chance to reflect on the trip as a whole. Once again I made a page with lines for my older son and without lines for my younger son.
How to Download
I’ve created a new area on Scrap Inspired where you can download both versions of the Disney World Travel Journal freebies plus other free scrapbook inspiration freebies. You just need to click here and enter your email address using the form on that page.
In addition to the journal page each day I also added a coloring sheet for each of the characters we would meet at character meals (with the FREE dining plan we have a character meal almost everyday). To find those coloring sheets I simply did a google search for coloring pages of the characters that would be at each of our character meals. I used this list to determine exactly who we would see at each meal.
The day we go to Epcot I also added these adorable pages found here, one for each country at Epcot (scroll down to the bottom and then go to the next page for the rest. also some cute coloring pages there).
For my older son I also included this page for him to write about what he learned about each country (found here, with other journal pages as well).
Hopefully these journals will not only keep my boys busy, learning, but also having fun! I also emailed the journal pages and epcot pages to my boys’ teachers when I told them about our trip so that they would know we would continue to focus on learning on our vacation!
Have you ever created a travel journal for a vacation? How did it work for you?
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