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Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Camper Mini-book

Well, if ya'll will remember correctly, I've been a scrapbooker for about 17 years. Next to stamping, I love to scrapbook and make mini-books too, in my little papercrafting world. However, I just don't have as much time to do them as I used to. That's why my blog isn't called susiescrapalot. I've got big plans though, to jump back on that bandwagon.

So the other day I realized I never showed ya'll this little "Happy Camper" mini-book I made for a sample for Scrapper's Boutique. I used the Campfire line from October Afternoon.

My family really doesn't camp. If there's not a comfy bed and hot shower, it's usually not my favorite. However, we and 5 other close neighbors and their families on our street all went on a camping trip together back in '05. It was one of THE BEST trips we've ever taken (had to even buy a tent), and I'll never forget it, ants in our tent and all.

So when we got this Campfire line of products in at the store (last fall?), I couldn't resist putting it together, especially when OA does a lot of the work for you, by including papers that are cut in the shape of the mini book in the kit. Currently, we have a rocket ship kit like this and it's the same way (but I don't have boys and have no pictures to fill it with or I'd be all over it!).

I have to admit, I had help with the front and back covers. Per Cherie's suggestion (she is the amazing owner of Scrapper's), I used metal sheets to give the trailer that "Airstream" look. I had never used metal before so Denise, our technique and metal guru, helped me figure out the steps to take to get it to have the little embossing on it and how to attach it to the covers using full sheets of Terrifically Tacky Tape. It's perfect!

This project has absolutely zero stamping in it, but I used four Die-namics dies from My Favorite Things--Stacking Stars, Star Border, Jumbo Ric-Rac and Notebook Edge.

This is my favorite picture in the whole book. I'll never forget how DIRTY this little Audrie-girl was! Yep, those aren't shadows you see on her, it's DIRT covering her entire body!

Hmmm, looking back at this little project, I may have to go camping again. When it's not so hot. Only someplace with a bathroom. And only if my kids promise to have this much fun.

SUSIE Q-TIP: I inked just about every edge of everything in this little number. However, I thought the edges of each page still looked a little unfinished. That's when I got out my black fine-tip pen and drew in a little squiggly border with "breaks" in the lines here and there. Campy, right?

*Supplies are numerous! See THIS link to October Afternoon for the Campfire line and THIS link to MFT for the Die-namics.


  1. Beyond cute! I featured you and this project on my Fun Monday post! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. OK, this is awesome. And seriously? There's a rocketship kit like this? Like the minibook and pages already cut for you and everything?? And you guys have it at your stores? FOR REAL!? I haven't seen that ANYWHERE online. So, umm...if I send you money will you buy it for me and send it to me? I'm serious. Dean's OBSESSED with Space. I think I have to have that book. Let's discuss this. You have paypal, right? When's the next time you work?

  3. this is adorable & what a cool mini book!! awesome pics & fun embellies- looks like a great time! making me wanna scrap and camp too LOL!

  4. This is so adorable. I especially love the outside cover with the textured silver paper. So creative!

  5. Oh I love it!!!!! That metal cover rocks!!! I love it all and that squiggley line around the edge totally does it! Great stuff! I just finished a mini album for my sons EA...sometimes it's fun to just get scrappy:) And I want that rocketship! I have the paper and some chipboard but haven't seen the rocket book want some boy pics to do a sample? lol!!

  6. This is so cool!!! I <3 it :-)

  7. Can you tell me what you used to darken the edges of the pages and the elements? I have this kit and would like to do the same to mine!

  8. Featuring your adorable creation today on my blog post about vintage camping trailers:


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