Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Join Us for ScrappyCamperSisters Come Clean 2016

Hi fellow Scrappy Camper Sisters!

We just kicked off our big project for next year!  If you haven't joined our Facebook group make sure you do. Starting in January  you will find prompts, bonus projects, extra challenges and a great community of fellow crafters. Here is the link

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Scrappy Camper Sisters Come Clean 2016™ #CC2016

Thank you for all our crafty friends who joined us this morning for our Ustream show where we unveiled our NEW year long event for next year! Come Clean 2016, a year filled with project ideas, organizational tips and encouragement and our new Stick It Down Challenge Crafter's Edition all in one place!

We kicked things off with our first project: The Purse-dori!!
Based on a story that Darcie told where she and our other sister used to pretend they were the Doublemint twins and use magazines to represent the little clutch purses the Doublemint twins would swing in the commercial. If you want to watch for fun here is a Youtube link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHfjdxN1URI

Taking the design of a Retro clutch purse and using it to become a cover or holder for your Come Clean 2016 booklet, which will be released in January of 2016, was the project for today. You can watch the recordings HERE

We launched a Facebook Group Scrappy Camper Sisters Come Clean 2016 where you will be be able to find our downloads, inspiration and join in with others on this adventure. Click here if you want to join:

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ustream Class on Saturday December 12th 10 a.m. EST

Hello fellow ScrappyCamperSister!

We have planned a HUGE project for 2016 and we are going to launch it LIVE on Saturday December 12th so we will not have class this Saturday, I am sorry.  We hope you join us for the unveiling of our 2016 project Saturday morning at 10 a.m. EST.

I might do a live remote though for a little bit this Saturday with a shout out from a few special guests so make sure you follow us on Social Media so you don't miss out.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Renninger's Flea Market

Renninger's Flea Market is a huge deal in the little town of Mt Dora, Florida. Three times a year they hold what is called their Extravaganza where vendors come from all over the country and fill a 10 acre field. I am looking forward to going this year since I have missed the last 2 they held.

Here are some pics of my last trip:

Are these rusty bins amazing?
 You can find just about everything even creepy doll parts
Doll parts

A mixed media artists heaven

 So sad I didn't take this sweet little oven home with me!
Suzy Homemaker Oven

Crystal chandelier bits and bobs 
 Crystals covered at least 20 table tops
Pretty amazing!
 That bin OH MY! It was huge but oh how I would have loved it so
These for some friends of mine

I had to throw in some skull since it is October!

I will be scoping my trip, and if you are not on Periscope sign up it is a free app, Follow us Scrappycampers

Have a great week,

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy National Scrapbooking Day 2015!

Hi, everyone - Darcie here, wishing you a happy NSD! There is lots going on today on Ustream, including our show at 10:00 am. We are making a cute storage piece for your Pocket Letters using a wooden paper towel holder. You can also make one yourself from a dowel and plaque, so I will post that below. If you are familiar with the Pocket Letter craze, started by Jeanette Lane at www.pocketletterpals.com, you will know that we have all been sending and receiving them like crazy. We didn't want to put them in a binder because of all the goodies they contain for use on our projects, so we wanted them to be accessible. Johnna designed this so that the whole piece comes off of the pole and makes a book so that once it's full, you can attach another one.

HERE is a printable that will let you keep track and design your pocket letters. You can also take pictures of the ones you send and glue them on there as well:

When you print it, choose Fit to Page and then trim 1/8" inch around the outlines, creating two long and narrow pages and it will fit perfectly in your album. I made them single-sided since they are clipped in but you can print them double-sided if you like.   To make the storage piece you will need:

Wood towel holder or plaque approx. 4-5" and a 1" x 12" dowel
Two chipboard covers, 4 1/4" x 11 1/2" - additional dividers as desired
1 - 1 1/2 yards ribbon
33 brads for the binding
2 pcs 12 x 12 patterned paper or cardstock for binding
Large charm for the top of the pole

We'll post pictures later but come on over to Ustream and check it out! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thanks for Coming to Our Ustream Show! Altered Glove with Prima Butterfly Collection and Tim Holtz

Hi, this is Darcie, thanking you for coming to our April Ustream show. We had a great time as always, and made this girly-girl project, an altered glove and vintage-inspired mini album. Sheri at www.shycraftygirl.blogspot.com won the giveaway:

You can see how it was done on our Ustream Show. We also post to our You Tube Channel - ScrappyCamperSisters everywhere.  The vintage glove was decorated with lovely Prima flowers from the Butterfly Collection by Jodi Lee and other Prima flowers from my stash. I also used some Prima trims and lace and pearls from my stash. Use and enjoy your stash peoples! The glove and flowers were sprayed with shots of  Prima Bloom sprays, Cotton Candy and Berry Wine. I accidentally forgot to record the making of this glove, so you won't see the terrifying moment when we sprayed the glove and flowers with the VERY DARK berry spray at my viewers' request lol. But it came out great! The sprays are wonderful, very rich and you can decide how you want them to look by spraying near or far. 

The mini, mini album design is based on Victorian velvet albums from that day. It was made to fit inside the glove and would make such a great gift for Mother's Day, engagements and weddings, birthdays, you name it. 

I used the Tim Holtz mini cabinet cards and papers from the Prima Butterfly Collection to make it. The cotton velveteen has gold embroidery in it and was from a dress I purchased at a thrift store. I wanted to tie in the gold, so I added some gold gilder's paste to the top of the Tim Holtz metal photo frame. You could also do this with gold Distress Paint. 

I used Therm-o-Web Deco Foil glue and foil in Rose Gold for accents inside the album. It ties in the gold and also looks like German scrap when you put it on top of die cuts.

Fortunately, we realized that I wasn't recording when I altered the glove, so I made another one on the show and I just love how it came out. It was done with more Prima but this time we kept it neutral with gold accents and used the Tea Dye Bloom Spray on it. Our friend Kerri, ikerrilove on Ustream, even suggested putting a ring on the finger and giving it as an engagement gift. How cool would that be? 

Our viewers are so creative and love to come up with ways to use our projects! Other ideas that came up during our show for using a glove were:
  • Garden glove with seed packets
  • Work glove with gear-decoration for a man
  • Child's mitten with a mini album

As we discussed on the show, it's also a great way to use a keepsake from a loved one.  You can insert candy and a gift card instead of the mini album if you like too! (All of my projects are designed to hold candy, as my sister says). Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed this project! xx Darcie

Mom's Birthday Weekend

Hi, everyone! This is Darcie here, with an update. I surprised my mom for her birthday and it was a crazy, one-full-day trip so I didn't get to stream until the next weekend, We had a blast and she thanks all of you for the warm birthday wishes. When we dragged her into the Scrappy Camper Sisters thing I don't think she ever expected to be so welcomed and it has been a real blessing to her, thanks to our wonderful online friends!

The lovely Zandra at www.scrapstobeautybyzandra.blogspot.com, started Mom on a burlap addiction, so one of the places we went was here:

It is a really cute "mall" of small shops by various vendors:

Mom had fun rifling through the various bins, and we did buy some cool things, one of which is a surprise for sissy - ssshhhhhh:

It was a short and sweet trip but we had a great time. Lunch with Scrappy Camper Nephew later made for a wonderful day: 

Thanks for joining us on the journey - until next time.  xoxo Darcie

Monday, April 6, 2015

Danny Gregory Art Before Breakfast

Thank you all for joining me on Saturday, it was a great day and we had a few artists drop in via phone. One of which is an amazing artist Dede Willingham also known as Inkwell. For my birthday, I sent her the new Danny Gregory book, "Art Before Breakfast" because she like myself is a fan : ) of his work and has been waiting for his book to come out.

Danny Gregory Art Before Breakfast

Here is a photo Dede took while I was streaming, we are both holding our new books, sniffing and petting heehee.

 So we are taking on the challenge to make art before breakfast, the first challenge is draw a piece of fruit while eating it. He had drawn an apple but I only have a pear.
Here is my sketch: Please no judging I am a beginner!

It was a really interesting idea. I never thought to draw my food while I ate it. It made me really pay attention. Well, I will see how this challenge goes, he sure makes drawing sound fun.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Yes We Are Streaming Tomorrow!

But someone is in for a "surprise visit" so I haven't posted anything! Shhh don't tell but it's "somebody" special's birthday. I hope you will join us on Ustream www.ustream.tv/channel/scrappycampersisters  around 10 am EST. I say around cause I am  not sure how the surprise is going to turn out yet. I will be in the chat though at 10 am EST so I hope you can join in on the fun.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Tim Holtz March Tag Challenge

Okay I am hanging in there! This is the March tag I made playing along with Tim Holtz on his blog here. I thought the molding paste with the gold embossing technique was so cool. I didn't have the large butterfly but I used the butterfly from the blueprint stamp set I did have.

I loved the watery effect of the distress paint technique. I hope you are playing along, his techniques are so much fun and they make you use up your stash I made two of these tags and they don't take very long at all to whip up, so gratifying.

Hope you are had a great weekend!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thrift Store Thursday

3 weeks ago on a past post I showed pictures of my thrift store haul. I found this white leather photo album it was 50 cents. I loved the size and the fact that it had a 1 inch wide spine.
On the inside is a waterfall of 4x6 page protectors. Two years back, I started collecting Peerless Watercolors. If you are not familiar with them they are some type of fiber paper filled with luscious pigment, yummy in my opinion. Well they needed a home and I found that this photo album would be perfect.

I replaced the paper inside with watercolor paper then began adhering the squares of watercolor down.

I made labels of each color using my Dymo labelmaker and papertape, then put a swish of each color underneath the square. 

 February 23rd I did a Ustream show on our channel www.ustream.tv/channel/scrappycampersisters if you want to see how I did it.
I dressed up the book with some water colored dyed seam binding ribbon and I am so happy with this little book, I can take it with me and  it is an easy grab off the shelf. A water color brush and I am good to go.

Repurpose something today will ya?!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 February Tag

February is flying by! Before we know it spring will be here and all the winter snow for my northern friends will be but a distant memory.
I am just so thrilled that Mr. Holtz chose to do collage on his February Tag as seen on his blog HERE. I loved rifling through all my paper stash pads, okay I admit it took me a lot longer than it should of because I spent time reminiscing as I flipped through some of the older ones that I have been hoarding in case he decides to discontinue them. Hey, don't act like you don't have an extra Crowded Attic or Destinations pad tucked way!
I also was having fun digging through my treasure trove of ideology looking for something, not sure what now, but it sure was a yummy search as I could here the jingling of trinkets and tokens.
Anyway where was I? Oh yeah, the February tag or my take on it. I had to move a few things around since I wanted the month to show, note to self: look at paper a little more closely before adhering in place.

Make sure you head over to Tim Holtz blog and participate in his tag challenges,even if you don't own all the stuff to make them exact, I promise you will learn so much just from the technique part.
I loved stitching down the felt so much, okay I got a little carried away, that I did a second tag using the mini seahorse Mover and Shaper. I pulled in some paper from the Destinations Paper Stash. The heart shape I cut from an old Sizzix die, do you remember that one? It was when you used to have to pull the lever down and manually push the plate and die through, hah, seems like a long time ago, now I only have to hit the button on my Vagabond and "Voila!"

This week I will post pics of my fabulous time at Whimsodoodle and the Dina Wakely class.
Art on peeps! 
XX, J 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Your Story Sunday Part One

I came across this book,"To Our Children's Children", a journal of family memories the other day and was inspired to start writing down my family memories. My mom did hers and my grandparents a few years back and I cherish it.  As the years pass I am forgetting the fine details of what makes up the fabric of my life, friends, notes from family members, small encouragements that over time fade away.

Sundays for me,  are a time of rest,recharging and reflection. So what better day to start to write down my thoughts and work through this book. I am just using this book as inspiration.  If you want to join me grab a journal and a cup of your favorite beverage as we start to reminisce and write it down. By the end of the year your story will be on paper and you will have such a keepsake to hand down to a loved one. You will also learn to appreciate those around you and the little things in your life.

Today's prompt: What is your name, birthplace including hospital, how old you are as you begin this journal and this date.

Are you or were you married and to whom? Do you have any children, grandchildren, adopted? spiritual children? What are their ages as of this date and where were they born?

Simple huh?  If you have any pictures you want to add to this just stick them down, it doesn't have to be decorative, it just needs to get done.

I am using this small binder from Staples, eventually I will decorate it or maybe I won't, but the pages inside are what matter and in a binder I can take them out and always bind them some other way. I can also add pages if I find pictures. I need to see if I can find pocket page protectors in case I want to add vintage one of a kind photos until I can have a copy made to be able to stick them down.

If it is easier to type it out then go for it, but try to include a sample of your handwriting somewhere, I love seeing my mom's handwriting and my grandmother's. People don't write as much if ever so try to preserve yours and your family members.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thanks for Joining Us! Valentine's Day Ustream Show

We had a great time on Ustream Saturday, where we discussed the Stick It Down challenge and made Duct-Dori's, or Midori Traveler's Notebooks out of duct tape. Here is the special Valentine's Day one I (Darcie) completed, which is going out to the winner, Brenda, or as we call her B3:

Didn't the page protector pocket (gad, that's a mouthful!) come out cute?

And here is the calendar printable from the fabulous Ray Blake, who pioneered calendar printables in the Faux Dori world. You can snag a copy here:  www.mylifeallinoneplace.com. Then of course, our printable of the Stick It Down challenge is included too.  You can find the list HERE.

So, my non-techie sister in New England was on the phone with my mom when we were streaming and said she "wanted one" so I am sending her my Paris one. I made a new one for myself, and I have to say I just love it. It's bright and cheery and I used jewelry pieces that I found at Michaels on the closure:

They are so much fun to make! I still have a couple more to do and another one to send out. Thank you so much for all of you posting yours on Twitter. They came out so great!
Supply List

1 roll of decorative duct tape (can use contrasting one for spine) - you can use the 8.5 x 11" sheets too, you would need 2 of them
1.5 yds 1.4 mm elastic thread - usually found in the kids' section of the craft store
1 piece thin flexible chipboard in the size of your book
2 regular size eyelets, 3 if you want to use one for the closure
2 4-5 mm beads with a larger hole for the binding
Various papers, cardstock for making book inserts
1 8.5 x 11" plastic page protector
Charms or beads for embellishment

Cutting Measurements

Original Size Duct-Dori (Midori size)
Cover 8 1/2 x 10 inches
Cover of book inserts with pockets 9 x 10 3/4 inches Score @ 3 inches and fold up. Score in half @  4 1/2 inches  and fold
Plain Page book inserts size 9 x 7 3/4 inches score at 4 1/2 and fold on score line

Passport Size Duct-Dori
Cover 9 x 6 1/2 inches
Book inserts 7 x 5 inches. Score @ 3 1/2 inch and fold

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Stuck on YOU", It's Duct-Dori Time! Supply List and Cutting Guide

Hi, Darcie here again. We are celebrating Valentines Day tomorrow on our Ustream show, which some people noted was ironic since we are "down with love" lol. So maybe Valentines Day is for lovahs but we love our families, our pets, our friends and the occasional homeless person (don't ask). AND we love flowers and chocolate - what's not to love? We have much to be thankful for, that's for sure! So, as usual, there is a story with this one.

courtesy of http://vintageholidaycrafts.com

About 9 years ago, Johnna was indoctrinating me in the ways of the cult known as Scrapbooking. It had secret implements (well, not secret to anyone with the Internet) and rituals that involved arranging items in a prescribed way on an unusual size sheet of paper. So, I tried, I really tried. After completely over-thinking the process, whining and moving the same flower around numerous times with very little success, she looked at me and said, "Just stick it down. You're driving me crazy!" So it became an inside joke for all these years. Hence, the birth of the Stick It Down Challenge. We have posted a list, call it a scavenger hunt if you will, of things you can locate in your area and in your life to use as collage materials. The list is posted HERE. If you agree to the challenge, you will attach the items in a journal and post pictures. We will draw a winner from the group who completes the challenge. Use the hashtag #stickitdown and post pics on social media More information given on the Ustream show.

The book we are making is a duct tape version of one of my favorite journals, the Midori Traveler's Notebook. Mine has a beautiful leather cover and patented binding system of elastic bands that allows you to customize what you place in the book. I use mine when I travel and otherwise hoard it, so I thought I would make something inexpensive and easy to throw in my purse and keep with me for writing and collage. I have made a few of them over the past couple of years and while I am sure other people have too, I think mine is a bit unique. I showed Johnna how to make them and she loves hers, so I hope you will too!

Supply List

1 roll of decorative duct tape (can use contrasting one for spine) - you can use the 8.5 x 11" sheets too, you would need 2 of them
1.5 yds 1.4 mm elastic thread - usually found in the kids' section of the craft store
1 piece thin flexible chipboard in the size of your book
2 regular size eyelets, 3 if you want to use one for the closure
2 4-5 mm beads with a larger hole for the binding
Various papers, cardstock for making book inserts
1 8.5 x 11" plastic page protector
Charms or beads for embellishment

Cutting Measurements

Original Size Duct-Dori (Midori size)
Cover 8 1/2 x 10 inches
Cover of book inserts with pockets 9 x 10 3/4 inches Score @ 3 inches and fold up. Score in half @  4 1/2 inches  and fold
Plain Page book inserts size 9 x 7 3/4 inches score at 4 1/2 and fold on score line

Passport Size Duct-Dori
Cover 9 x 6 1/2 inches
Book inserts 7 x 5 inches. Score @ 3 1/2 inch and fold

We will be using the beautiful paper from Echo Park called "Lucky in Love" for a Valentine's Day themed journal.  See you then!