Heidi here, aka Idahoscrapper and co-owner of Idaho Scrapbook Show. Welcome to the first installment of our blog series Adventures In Scrapbooking.
As I prepared for my week long annual family pilgrimage to the Powderhorn Valley in Colorado, I pondered what it would be like to scrapbook in the great outdoors. I’ve been a scrapper for just over 10 years. In that time I have been to crops and various scrapbooking events, but I have never just packed my tote to take camping.
What does one take to scrap while camping? We were already going to be loaded for bear in our camper so I had to keep my supplies succinct. I made a list of the essentials and then considered how much time I would have against how much I usually finished in a few hours.
My essentials list:
Pattern paper—we’ll revisit this one
Adhesives: tape runner & refills, foam dots, liquid glass to double as an adhesive and also add shine to Cricut cutouts, and Zigg pens
Ink pads—we’ll revisit this one also
Large plastic bag to protect finished layouts
Camera so I could potentially have pictures printed to scrap as a I was living the vacation.
The items that took the most thought were the pattern paper, inks and stamps sets, and embellishments because that meant I had to have some clue as to what kinds of layouts I was going to make. Recently I printed a set of pictures to scrap to “catch up” my son’s books because he will be graduating from high school next year. After glancing through those pictures I began to select my pattern papers many of which were double sided and came in coordinating packs making them versatile, a few coordinating ink colors and stamp sets.
There was a distinct possibility that I would be embellishing the layouts when I returned home, and it is not practical to drag my tackle box of brads, gems and the like 800 miles with limited space and not a clue as what I may use. I decided to stick with some basic ribbon and twine that would need to go on the layouts in the early stages and then I could add gems and such later
Now, I will concede that a Cricut may be a little over the top for camping; however, there were other motives for that. There was a sign project I was asked to complete for the bath house at the ranch, and my mother in law had voiced an interest in T shirt making. (She did not have to twist my arm too hard to convince me we would have fun making shirts.) So, yes, I did have a few extra items in my tote such as vinyl and transfer tape I would not have otherwise taken. Also, I rarely scrap without my Cricut because the cutouts lend character to layouts, and it’s a snap to create a page title.
Last, I envisioned where I would be while I created. We have a table in our camper, there was one in the cook cabin and we have a small fold up camp table. I would have to keep my supplies tidy as I worked but any of these spaces would suffice. After all, this was about the experience of scrapping in an outdoorsy setting and less about the fruits of my labor.
What are some of the most unusual places you have insisted on hauling your crafting items to create? We would love to hear your stories and experiences. Please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org for an opportunity to be featured in our series Adventures In Scrapbooking
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