Friday, October 31, 2014

Whimsodoodle and Debby Schuh

Here is a little video from our camping trip so far, I hope you enjoy! Debby Schuh is teaching 2 more classes tomorrow at Whimsodoodle in St. Petersburg Florida if you are anywhere near you have to stop in. This is a crafter's dream store, and we just loved getting to meet the lovely owner Jill. It is amazing and they are getting in a bunch of guest artists to teach classes in the next few months.
It is so windy tonight I brought alot of my stuff inside cause its really blowing. Zippee rocks from the wind gusts but it's kinda like a cradle while I am laying in my bed writing this. Temperature is supposed to go down to the 50's, which for you northern ladies is nothing, but for us thin blood Florida girls that's sweater and boot weather! But it's okay I have a nice thick down comforter in Zippee and it's quite cozy. Now the walk to the potty in the morning might be another story, I pray I don't have to go until the sun is at least up, cause it's a little bit of a walk and no fun in the dark alone. Amazing what sounds you here in the night, in the woods. #flipagram made with @flipagram ♫ Music: Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods
Join us for our remote ustream show tomorrow Saturday November 1 around 10 am if the tent isn't blown over. My tent making skill will definitely be tested tonight. 
Hmmm I hope my rug doesn't blow away, I better go see if it's still by my door.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Zippee and I are off to the beach

I am laying in the bed with the camper windows cranked open just enjoying the cool breeze and the sound of crickets as I write this.

I am exhausted. It is not an easy chore to pack up for a camping trip I tell you. I need to think how I am going to stream line this. As I set up my campsite I can see I am not needing half the stuff I brought and realized I didn't bring the stuff I really needed. Like extra fuses, a longer hose, (who would have thought 25ft was so short, sure sounded long), another extension cord for the bug zapper. I am glad I froze a gallon water jug for my cooler though it kept everything ice cold all day and tomorrow I will use the water for drinking since it will be thawed out. It's a great hurricane prep tip. I learned alot back in 2004 when we got hit with 3 of them in one year.

Tomorrow, I will write more about my first day camping and the special people I am with, but for now it's lights out I am exhausted. Oh yeah I already said that, see I really am.

Lights out campers!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tutorial - Gaffer's Tape Journal Binding and WeRMK Euro Power Punch

Hi, it's Darcie again. Thank you so much for joining us on our Ustream show last Saturday! Here is the vintage mask we altered to contain a mini-album.

It was so fun sharing childhood memories with you! We also enjoyed the pictures you posted on Twitter of you in your Halloween costumes :-) so cute! I showed you how to make a buckle binding with the WeRMK Euro Hole Power Punch and gaffers tape. It is a strong vinyl-coated fabric tape that can be used similarly to duct tape. I had it on hand and it was black, so there ya go.


 I came up with three different ways to bind albums with it and I am sure there are many others. The one we made on Saturday was a simple buckle binding using 1" wide rings made out of gaffers tape and Velcro.  It is lightweight, versatile and doesn't limit you to the size of the album you want to make.  You can use buttons, large brads or the bling I used. It will be pretty either way.  If you want to see the complete instructions for the Halloween version, check out our Ustream channel, ScrappyCamperSisters.

I also made two more styles for journals, a chipboard-covered one and a simple folded cover.   Here are pictures of what I was describing in this video. To make a chipboard cover, make a three part cover and line each piece with the paper of your choice. Tape the pieces together with the gaffers tape after punching the holes in the spine.  This is what the cover looks like inside when you are joining the cover pieces. You only place the tape up to the holes in the spine. Tape on both sides.

 Add the pages and wrap the gaffers tape "rings" through the spine. Isn't it purdy? You can use buttons, brads or bling like I did here.

For the folded cover journal below, I used several pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" colored card stock, folded each one in half on the long side and then punched with the Euro Power Punch as in the journal above. To make the cover, I cut a larger piece of card stock so that it was 1/4" wider to cover the pages and scored it down the middle. I then stacked my folded pages and fit them inside the cover.  I traced inside the hole on the pages with a pencil to mark the inside of the cover where the punch should go so that it would match the pages. Next, I folded the cover inside out and then punched, following my markings.

Here is the inside of this journal:

I folded it back and put the pages in.  Here is the outside. I used duct tape this time on the spine:

And here is the finished journal. These are all quick and easy - I hope you will try them!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gettin' Ready for Trick or Treat

Hello, campy people! This is Darcie, remembering fun times on Halloween. I used to love Halloween as a kid. We always dressed up and went trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Depending on how many children in the family there were that year, we may have pulled a little one in the wagon, but we always went together. My dad drove us sometimes because it could get cold in New England and I remember wearing leggings under my costume a time or two! I can't find pictures of me in my costumes, but I do have the memories.  My favorite costume was one my mom made of a Native American Princess. I was also a ballerina, a witch and a Medieval Princess.  I was a lot of princesses - hmmm, go figure!

So, as an ode to a more innocent time, not to mention grocery store costumes and those plastic masks that would make your face sweat, I offer you this Vintage Mask Wall Hanging.

What a fun way to decorate for Halloween and it would make a great gift. The mask is reinforced with paper mache inside and there is a pocket that can hold candy and a mini album.

This one is my fave Wonder Woman and we will be making a different one to give away on our show.  So, come join the fun when we broadcast on Ustream Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 9 AM EDT. See you there!