with my oldest nearing the end of junior year, and college decisions soon becoming a reality, we are beginning our search for the right school. i decided it was time to face the facts and get my planner involved in the process. we also hope to fit in a couple of other fun trips, so i blended the two together into a travel section and created a useful tracker to help me out.
of course, every new section needs a fun custom divider, which is super easy to do with the full binder page die and fun patterned paper. for extra durability, i attached the patterned paper die cut to a cardstock one and added washi tape to the binder ring edge. i added a title tab using the mini tab die and stamped a fun sentiment from monthly moments: travel plans to highlight the purpose of the section.
to keep myself organized, i created a year at a glance tracker to plot out school holidays. i first saw this on instagram and immediately had to make one to fit the moments inked planner. weekends are highlighted in grey and there is enough room below the dates to add written notes. (pdf download and more ideas for using it below!) seeing the days off at a glance will be helpful as we plan various college visit trips and vacations around them - either traveling on those days off or extending a long weekend by adding on excused college visit days to those that are already free. the last day of school for this year and the first for next year are both circled and i used an orange pen to mark off when the girls go to camp. as you can see, we have our first college trip coming up on spring break! once things are marked off on this chart, it will also be easy to add them to the weekly spread where i do my day to day planning.
there is room along the top of the fold out chart to stamp or write a title in case you're using several of these for different reasons. i like words and icons, and monthly moments: travel plans had just what i needed!
next i created tabs for list making using the binder listed die. the first is "the list" - stamped using moments inked: listed - kind of an organized landing spot to list the various schools that we might like to visit. i chose to write these in pencil, so that i can erase and revise as necessary.
then, with that first trip looming, i created school journal pages on refill binder pages - lined, using more stamps from both listed and travel plans. three stamps on one block makes this task easy and quick! it will be great to have a dedicated spot to write down thoughts about the schools she likes and why to refer to as she makes future decisions.
and since this section is not only about school visits, i created another tab for places we want to go for fun. bonus points if we can work one of these trips into a college visit!
and like the college notes pages, i created a similar planning page to make note of the travel details. again, all of the journal stamps can fit on a single block for quick one pass stamping of multiple pages. are we there yet? i'm ready to go!
so back to the year at a glance fold out. there are so many ways you could use it. it's a great place to record anything you want to see spreadsheet style. if you're counting steps or miles, laps or lost pounds on your weekly or daily pages, you can compile them on their own year at a glance at the end of each month to tally them up and watch them grow. just stamp a new title and go! these are all from the newly released active symbols set.
the pdf file has cut lines for cutting and scoring with a paper cutter. then you can line it up with a binder page for hole punching. or you can score it along the score line and then cut it with the full binder page die, as long as you make sure the fold is just inside the right edge cut line. you'll probably also need to use a lighter weight cardstock or paper since you'll be cutting through two layers this way. if you're using the spiral planner system, it would work as well, but you won't need as much of a margin on the left edge. if you do plan on using it, i'd love to see or hear what you're tracking...