Simple Mini Scrapbook Album using Project Life Cards - Campfire Chic

Once upon a time, I got the idea in my head that documenting one month in photos would be a cool thing to do. It was probably after several failed attempts to do Project 365 (taking at least 1 photo a day for a year) or the lackluster results of my Day in the Life attempts.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done this before…I like to take 1 Instax photo a day as part of my December Daily™ project each year…but this mini-goal seemed different. It needed to be less about a giant project and more of a personal challenge to take at least 1 photo a day for an entire month.

In May 2014, I took at least 1 photo every day. 

I used the Collect app (available for iOS and Android devices, don’t worry! Thanks, Kiki for pointing out that it isn’t available for Android — I’ll try to find another app that works similarly! If anybody has a suggestion, please sure!) to not only organize my photos but to also remind me to take a photo each day — there is an in-app feature that will send a push notification once a day as a reminder to take a photo. Why the Collect app? Why not one of the dozens of other apps that will help me organize my photos? I chose the Collect app because I knew I could easily order 3×4 photographic prints from Persnickety Prints.

I’m all about easy.

Simple Mini-Album with Photos

For the album, I used:

  • 4 3×4 Project Life® cards with rounded corners. Of those, I made sure 1 card had a calendar
  • 31 3×4 Collect app prints from Persnickety Prints on photographic matte paper (I did not round the corners)
  • Crop-o-dile to punch the holes
  • 2 1-inch silver binder rings
  • Embellishments + adhesive

To create your simple album:

  1. Download the Collect app to your phone and start organizing your photos. Select the designs you would like for your images. Save.
  2. Upload your images to your Persnickety Prints order and follow their directions to order 3×4 prints. Complete order.
  3. Select 4 3×4 Project Life® cards — 1 will act as the front cover, 1 should be a calendar or journaling space for the inside cover, and 2 more for the back inside cover and the back cover.
  4. Adhere the cards for the front cover and the insider cover together using dry adhesive, like a tape runner. Adhere the cards for the back inside cover and the back cover together as well. Set aside.
  5. Decide where you would like the holes for your album to line up and use the crop-o-dile to punch holes into the front cover, where desired. Line up the remaining photos and back cover to replicate the holes.
  6. Guide the open binder rings through the holes and close the rings to hold the album together.
  7. Use embellishments to decorate different pages of your newly created mini-album!

Mini Album Using Collecg App

Additional ideas for this quick mini-album:

  • Mount each photo on cardstock to give each page a little more oomph
  • Use a journaling pen (or even a fine-tip Sharpie) to add extra journaling or doodles to different photos
  • Put the holes for the binder rings at the top of the album so you flip the photos up like a steno-pad instead of opening the pages like a book
  • Create an album like this to document an entire summer or long vacation

I love how easy this album was to put together and am thinking that this may be a good way to work with my December Daily™ album this year…


in DIY, Memory Keeping, Notebook/Album, Scrapbooking

Mountain Adventurers - Teton Sports Ambassador Program


Last week, Teton Sports announced their crew of Mountain Adventurers…and I am one of them!

I am officially a Teton Sports Ambassador and with their support, I’ll be getting outside more often and hopefully inspiring others to try new things. I’ve been posting about getting outdoors and trying new things on Campfire Chic for four years and I am glad to be a part of a team who will inspire me to continue exploring.

You can see who else is a Mountain Adventurer by clicking here.

Kam Altar Mountain Adventurer - Teton Sports - Campfire Chic

If you head over to the Teton Sports website, you’ll see that each Mountain Adventurer has his or her own profile. Each profile contains a bio, some photos, and ways to connect with each person socially. These photos will be updated as we continue to share our adventures, which I think is pretty neat…I think there is something that will auto-magically update our profiles as we send photos out into the world. You can see my profile here.

I think this would be a great time to list a few of the archived posts that I think may interest other “chronic beginners” like myself:

If you’re interested in following along as the Mountain Advetnurers crew starts doing their thing, follow the hashtags #MountainAdventurers and #GetOutside on both Instagram and Twitter. As usual, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Google+ for my news and updates!

How do you inspire others to get outside?

What holds you back from trying new things?


in About Kam, Adventure, Announcement, Brave

Essential Reading Posts from Campfire Chic - Articles, Blog Posts, and Videos from Around the Web

I’m taking the weekend off — or at least, mostly off…I want to spend less than 2 hours online this weekend. Emails can wait until Monday, I don’t need to share anything on Instagram, my Pinterest account is fine the way it is. We’ll see how long this lasts…

This week’s Essential Reading includes:

Have a great weekend!



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Overland Equipment Giveaway

Alex and I are always planning trips and spending time on the road so it is important to me to be organized while on the go. There are too many times I’ve forgotten my debit card at home because I switched purses without thinking and, like many of you, I tend to carry around a few “just in case” items (hair ties, lip balm, eye drops, etc.) with me and not having a way to keep things organized is a nightmare.

Large Wallet Overland Equipment

Enter: Overland Equipment and their practical and durable bags and accessories. 

Overland Equipment is a 30-year-old company that has always been inspired by the outdoors. Their mission is, “be ready for life’s everyday and extraordinary experiences” which really speaks to the over-planner in me. You won’t find cheap and gaudy details on any of Overland Equipment’s bags…instead, you’ll find functional and straightforward bags designed for on-the-go folks like us. 

I am currently using the Large Wallet as my main wallet and on-the-go purse. The large size is helpful because I was losing my small wallet (from a different brand) in my larger bags and I can fit my phone inside the wallet if I don’t need all of the things I normally carry with me. I’ll be doing some traveling soon and plan on using both the Medium Pouch for my cords/chargers and the Small Pouch for things like business cards, pens, breath mints, etc. When I need a larger purse, I throw everything inside my Madera shoulder bag (see what the inside looks like in my tweet) and run out the door.

Since I will be using these in upcoming trips I wanted to give away similar sets to two readers.

Today, I am giving away two sets of travel-friendly accessories to two Campfire Chic readers care of Overland Equipment.

Overland Equipment - Bag Giveaway on Campfire Chic

#1 – Mountain Retreat Weekend Getaway
Large Wallet Pine-Coffee Bean-Wheat
Medium Pouch Dove Print/Dove
Small Pouch Green Lake Print/Peacock

Overland Equipment - Accessory Giveaway on Campfire Chic

#2 – Urban Weekend Escape

 - Large Wallet in Black/Dusty Blue
- Medium Pouch in Green Lake Print/Peacock
- Small Pouch in Denim Print/Poppy

To enter this giveaway, use the Rafflecopter widget below



a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is possible thanks to Overland Equipment — Simply Honest Bags. I received several products as part of my freelance relationship with the company with the understanding that I would give away products I thought my readers would like…As adventurers, travelers, and chronic-organizers like me, I feel these products would interest Campfire Chic readers the most. Many may enter this giveaway, but only two will win. Winners will be randomly selected by and announced on this site no later than July 30, 2014. It is the responsibility of the winners to contact me (Kam) to claim the packages. This giveaway is only open to legal U.S. residents and only where allowed (sorry!). 


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I love Project Life®. If you are new to Project Life or are looking for some super simply layout inspiration, you can find a few years worth of layouts here.

I got a big order of photos in the mail on Friday and spent a few hours this weekend updating my binder. I’m living Week 19 of my year but I clearly do not have all of my layouts up-to-date…

…and I’m OK with that.

What I’m loving about this catch-up process is looking back on my recent memories and I’m finding ways to stay on top of things…I created this simple document (Design A only, sorry folks!) to keep with me during the week so I can make notes of what I would like to include in each layout. I write in the margins and essentially map out each week — this has made organizing my photos and “stuff” from each week a breeze! Download the document for free here. 

Now that I’m more organized, I hope to get caught up before the holiday season…which is when I usually get so overwhelmed with projects that I let Project Life slip through the cracks. Not this year.

Week 4: March 31 – April 6, 2014

This was the week Alex and I were in New York City visiting family, friends (specifically, Kristin), and exploring. The first half of the year was full of trips for us and this was our BIG spring trip this year. I decided that including multiple inserts into this layout wouldn’t do the trip justice, so I created a travel mini-album, which you can see here.

Simple Project Life Design A Layouts - Campfire Chic

My Currently journaling list this week is a 3×3 square, which is the “Instagram” size that Kristin created earlier this year and I’m totally digging it. You can get the “Insta-size” card for free when you subscribe to Kristin’s mailing list.  I like that I was able to include a gray Project Life card behind it to help tie it into the layout a little more and that it was a different size than the MetroCard and the playing card (from our evening at Sleep No More) on the same page. I tried to keep this page super simple so I could quickly move onto the other pages and I didn’t want to take away from the travel album.

Week 5: April 7 – April 13, 2014

We traveled home to Orange County and geared up for a wedding that same week.

Simple Project Life Design A Layouts - Campfire Chic

Simple Project Life Design A Layouts - Campfire Chic

I’ve said this so many times: I am not a journaler. I feel like my voice is too simplistic or I’m trying too hard when I journal in my layouts…but here’s a half of a layout with only ONE photo! The rest includes a little  bit of journaling to some extent and I’m feeling great about the whole thing. In an effort to tie the calendar piece at the top of the right-hand layout into the rest of the layout, I put a travel-themed yellow vellum over the side that was a photo of clouds (the calendar is from Elise Blaha’s shop, by the way, but I don’t think it’s available any more)…the airplane clip and the letter stickers help tie everything together.

Tip: If you don’t end up taking many photos at a wedding, don’t stress! I kept the seating cards from our table and used the couple’s wedding colors in the layout to remind me of the big event. I’ve scrapped two other wedding recently and each time I include something different, which helps make each event stand out on its own.

Week 6: April 14 – April 20, 2014

Simple Project Life Design A Layouts - Campfire Chic

This layout isn’t complete, but you don’t need to see my workout-mirror-selfie photo anyway! This was the week that we celebrated Rintu’s “gotcha day”, I signed up for a Biggest Loser competition at work, we attended a talk by Bob Saget in Santa Monica, I took two trains (really four trains, if you count roundtrip) to see Amy for a micro-adventure to the Poppy Reserve, an early Easter breakfast with my parents, and the WonderCon with Alex. It was an AWESOME week and while I didn’t take many photos, I was able to get the main things down in the layout.

Tip: Even if your colors don’t match exactly, sticking with a neutral color for an overall color scheme will help hold the layout together. There were a few different things included in this layout so I tried to make sure as many of my cards were in the gray family as possible. It doesn’t always work, but it helps!

Week 7: April 21 – April 27, 2014

Simple Project Life Design A Layouts - Campfire Chic

Simple Project Life Design A Layouts - Campfire Chic

This was a pretty slow week, but I really like capturing “everyday” things like eating ramen at lunch, my desk at work, and the state of our fridge. In a few years, I’ll look back on this album and remember how much I LOVE those ramen packs and laugh with Alex about how there is no wrangling kale when it’s in your fridge. This was the week I made some last-minute bridal shower favors, bought a Raskog cart from IKEA, and met with some of my girlfriends to chat about blogging.

My favorite part of this layout is the transparency I slipped over a 6×4 photo in the lower left-hand corner of the right-side of the layout. It says “NOT MY DAY” over and over and then “BLAH” — it was the perfect thing to use to capture how I felt when I needed to take a mid-week sick day because I had the nerd flu and my Tuesday was pretty miserable. When Alex and I are at home without the other, we send photos of whatever Rintu is doing, especially if he’s sitting near us. In this case, I’m in jammie pants on a stool (we have a bar-height dining table) and Rintu is laying down near me…he never lays down in the dining area, so I wanted to share that with Alex.

Again, if you are using Design A Project Life® page protectors and want a super simple map/guide to help you organize your weeks, you can download the same one I use here.

Are you still working on Project Life? Do you find it difficult to keep up?

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