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

I officially changed my posting schedule to three days a week. After making some small updates to the Spark ecourse, I paused on the day that starts out with, “Seriously, what’s wrong?” and started writing a list of the things that have been on my mind lately. I noticed that under “feeling” on my weekly Currently Lists there is some variation of overwhelmed/unsure/anxious/like I’m not doing enough for almost every week for the past two months. So it was time something changed and it was the frequency of my posts.

Expect a few more creative projects. Expect better photos of my Project Life layouts. Expect a new word/phrase under the “feeling” portion of my Currently Lists.

This week’s Essential Reading posts are from the archives, because there is life for posts beyond the front page:

Looking for some blogging inspiration? I’m updating my Blogging & Business board on Pinterest with some helpful resources. Click here to check it out.

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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…


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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?


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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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