In July, Gina and I went to Walt Disney World in Orlando to celebrate my 39th birthday. It was hotter than the blazing fires of hell, but we still had an amazing time. I lived in Orlando for more than 12 years and even worked there for several of them but this was still one of the best times I've had at the park.
Gina drove down from one of the sites she visits for work and then we road tripped it from my house. I do live in Florida, but most people just don't realize how long it actually is from one end of Florida to the other. From where I live to Orlando, it's about a 7.5 hour drive. (Depending on how fast you drive and how often you have to stop to pee, of course.)
We arrived about 10:30pm and the very first thing we did was set up our on the road crafting space on the hotel table. We both brought a crap load of supplies that we had such good intentions of using. Little did we know.
See we planned to make little travel journals during our breaks and in the evenings. And we did... for about half a day. But then sheer exhaustion kind of killed our plans and our beautiful little crafting area just sat abandoned.
I did a few pages of journaling while I was there. I may have made it through the first day but maybe not. The rest of my journaling I did from home. But I still wanted to make the book so I continued on the same path I'd intended to take while I was there. I journalled about each day and tucked and clipped in the corresponding photos. I didn't want a neat and organized book, I wanted it to be very cobbled and clipped together. Collected. And I think that in the end it came out as I'd hoped.
I use bit and pieces from a lot of sources and I'm not going to look at each piece to try and determine where they came from. But for the major pieces I used 3 main sources.
The notebook was by Heidi Swapp and I bought it on sale at JoAnn before the trip. It says Notes on the front in gold lettering but I covered that up. It turned out to be exactly the right size. In fact, I think that I only ended up with the back side of the last page blank. It couldn't have been more perfect.
I used a Simple Stories Sn@p Pack that was Disney themed and I bought at Michael's. Most of my stuff came from this.
I also used a few prints and cuts I made using two digital kits.
I used a ton of different clips and after doing the journaling for the entire trip, went back and printed and just clipped a bunch of photos into the book. It came out fat and jumbled with stuff sticking out on all sides and I love it. The only thing I don't love is my cover. It needs something else and I just don't know what that is. So for now I'm calling it done and moving on.
Gina and I took literally thousands of photos on this trip and I'm going to do a mega mega Disney trip book with them and so I'm not going to go back and worry about this one any longer.
Next trip I hope to do better at my on the spot journaling and since we hopefully won't ever do Disney again in July (LOL) then it shouldn't beproblem in the future. Sorry for the picture overload.