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Another trip, another TripTik! This really may be one of the best parts of a road trip. This time I’m Montana bound. It’s been 10 years and I can’t wait to absorb that Glacier National Park magic.

I had to go non-traditional this time. I used our organization’s brand inspiration – the vintage postcard set as my starting point. One postcard per day with photos, maps and other images I collected over a couple months. And I love the backs. It might be the simple part, but that classic postcard feel makes me smile every time.

What really makes me smile is that in a day and a half I get to put this to use and start adding trip notes to the postcards!

Front of the packet

Front of the packet

Opening it up - yes printing the back flaps took a lot of trial and error

Opening it up – yes printing the back flaps took a lot of trial and error

All the postcards

All the postcards

And... may favorite part - the backs.

And… may favorite part – the backs.

The full set

The full set

 

 

 

 

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I went on a bit of a manic organizing spree during my days off between Christmas and New Year’s. I emptied and re-organized all my kitchen cupboards and my linen closet. And both make me smile now whenever I open them, yes I’m an organizing dork.

I also happen to be a gift wrapping dork. I love wrapping presents but all my wrapping supplies were shoved in a bag at the top of my linen closet so it always seemed like a chore to get the stuff down – that and I never knew what I had. So I decided to take that out of the linen closet to free up some space and finally get my wrapping supplies organized in the guest/craft room closet. The problem was… what to organize it in. Of course I turned to Pinterest for inspiration 🙂 And it finally clicked… magazine racks mounted to the sidewall of the closet! I finally found the perfect ones – they are clear acrylic and about 3 inches deep. Once I found those it was time to dig in…

Yup, all that was crammed onto the top shelf of the linen closet. And stuffed into a few other nooks and crannies - it was definitely more than I thought I had.

Yup, all that was crammed onto the top shelf of the linen closet. And stuffed into a few other nooks and crannies – it was definitely more than I thought I had.

First up - sorting and organizing the paper, tissue, bags and fabric... (yikes that's a lot)

First up – sorting and organizing the paper, tissue, bags and fabric… (yikes that’s a lot)

 

Next up, the ribbon, gift tags and other embellishments.

Next up, the ribbon, gift tags and other embellishments.

 

I started by corralling the wrapping paper at the bottom.

I started by corralling the wrapping paper at the bottom.

Then I hung and filled all the magazine racks (these make me really happy).

Then I hung and filled all the magazine racks (these make me really happy).

And finally the ribbon went on the shelf along with boxes of neatly organized small boxes, ribbons and gift tags. I found the boxes in Vancouver this weekend and a very dangerous store full of fun things to organize with (we spent an hour in there and it wasn't very big...)

And finally the ribbon went on the shelf along with boxes of neatly organized small boxes, ribbons and gift tags.
I found the boxes in Vancouver this weekend and a very dangerous store full of fun things to organize with (we spent an hour in there and it wasn’t very big…)

The best part about my  new set-up is that it’s using that side wall in my closet, so except for some of the space on the top shelf I didn’t need to use any part of the closet that was already being utilized. Gift wrap on display and a new storage nook made this a very fun project.

 

 

Remember the old AAA TripTiks? I’m pretty sure that’s where my love of maps, navigating and playing tour guide came from! They were one of the highlights of a road trip… tracking all the mileposts, getting ever closer to turning to the next page… Oh, I loved them. Seems I wasn’t the only one since they’ve come up in a few conversations lately. And provided just the inspiration I needed to embrace my inner travel nerd.

I love planning and I love traveling, so planning an upcoming trip is really one of my all-time favorite things to do. And my sister can tell you, it doesn’t even have to be my own trip 🙂
I have a trip to New England coming right up but since a lot of the initial prep (flights, lodging, basic dates, etc…) had to be done months and months in advance and I’ve been busy with other things I was having a  hard time getting back into prepping for this trip. I didn’t want to miss a good trip planning opportunity (after all this one comes with 6 states, staying in five different towns with multiple family and friends and an unlimited number of things to see and do).  I decided what I needed was my own personal TripTik for the trip.

This of course meant lots of time with two of my other favorite things, guide books and google maps! Which routes were the most scenic, which ones took me past mountain views, waterfalls, cheese makers, donuts, and of course chocolate? Then there was the added element of “now which places did I love to visit when I lived here?”, “where was that hike?”, and “where the heck was that little yellow house on the lake?”

I decided to do one page for each day of the trip. These include contact info or flight/driving info when needed, ideas of things to do and a few photos to capture the feel of that place. My hope is that having one page per day will help me to focus on enjoying that day instead of thinking ahead to what’s coming.

Not that you can see it here, but  I found this really fun white paper with a wood-grain design. And that meant I could finally use the wood veneer paper I’ve been coveting for something! I knew it would make the perfect cover.

And it’s not really a TripTik if it’s not spiral bound at the top for easy use…

Ok, now you can see the wood-grain paper. Perfect for the woodsy Northeast I think.

And… the final product that I have to say I’m in love with.

Needless to say all this TripTikking has me excited about the trip again. Good thing I leave in a couple of days!