Hi friends! 30 Days of Lists will return for December 2017 and I wanted to let you know that registration is open.

Visit our main website to learn more about the challenge and register.

I am looking forward to this round of 30 Days of Lists because I am moving away from the pocket page albums I have been doing for the last few years and going back to a nice handmade mini-album.

I don’t think I’m doing a traditional December Daily this year and this is a good way for me to house my lists, have fun using my supplies, and keeping this project as low-stress as possible.

30 Days of Lists December Inspiration - Campfire Chic

Creatives included: @craftymue @dansmonecrane @mrsscrapandplan

This is my favorite project to work on because it’s so simple yet captures snapshots of my life throughout the year…and I get to do this alongside an amazing community of Listers who share a love for lists. My co-host, Amy, and I share our takes on the daily prompts on our private challenge blog and then join in the discussion in the private Facebook group.

We have an awesome team of creatives working with us throughout the year and they are back for December, too! You will see examples from them and learn more about their process for creating lists and how they make this project their own.

We would love to have you join us as we document our December. Register today.


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Today’s post is sponsored by Tile Inc., who knows I need help keeping track of things. 

Using Tile to Find Passport - Kam of Campfire Chic

Keeping Track of the Things I Love with Tile

Did you see my post on Instagram a few weeks ago with the photo of the cute lost panda? You can see the video with Ernie’s story and see how the Tile tucked in his pocket helps him get home. As someone who still has her childhood bear, this video gave me all the feels.

What is Tile?

It’s the best-selling Bluetooth tracker that easily attaches to the things you love the most. There is a community behind Tile and they really step up to the “together we find” Tile mantra as they help locate lost items on a daily basis. Like Ernie in that cute video!

Tile isn’t just for your keys or wallet. It’s for things you don’t want to lose.

I received a Tile so I could join this worldwide lost-and-found community and I knew exactly what I needed to do.

If you’ve been reading this site for a few years, you may remember when I shared my U.S. National Parks Passport and talked about how excited I was to fill the passport with cancellations (stamps) over the years and document my trips on this site! Well, I lost that Parks Passport. I have no idea where it went and after a short mourning period, I replaced it (with a special edition version!). I do hope I find my first Parks Passport one day because I had some really cool stamps in there.

I slid my new Tile into the clear pocket that is at the front of my U.S. National Parks Passport. The pocket doesn’t close all the way, so I added some adhesive to the back to get it to stay in there. Now I’ll be able to find it whenever we’re off for an adventure!

US National Parks Passport - Together We Find with Tile - Kam of Campfire Chic

If you forget your U.S. National Parks Passport on your next park visit, here are some tips for documenting your visit:

  • As for a scrap piece of paper from the front desk. Some parks have scrap paper at the stamp kiosk specifically for those of us who lose their Parks Passport!
  • When I was in Zion NP last month, I bought a few postcards and stamped the backs as a way to document my visit!
  • Stamp your hand and take a photo! The stamp won’t last long on your hand but you can print out the image as a wallet-sized photo and include it in your Parks Passport later!

When I get another Tile I plan on attaching one to my favorite controller because at the end of a long night of gaming I seem to leave it in weird places (in the pantry? Why?) and I really dislike wasting time I could be playing with hunting down my controller.

I was joking with my coworkers that if I bring a Tile to use at work, I would totally attach it to my stapler that seems to go missing on the regular or on my badge since I seem to take it off and leave it around…which isn’t good when I need to use it to activate the elevator, get into different offices, access the parking structure, and more.

Learn more about Tile and how it can help you find the things you love.



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REI Outessa Review Mt Hood - Kam Altar

My REI Outessa Weekend

My One Little Word for the year is GO and I think putting that energy out into the universe helped bring the awesome opportunity to partner with Leatherman tools to co-host workshops at REI Outessa in Mt. Hood.

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to shake my imposter syndrome while at an event with some of the people who inspire me to head outdoors. My best friend reminded me I could take an extra day off of work and spend extra time with her in Portland if I went, so the choice became infinitely easier! The event was held the same weekend as the solar eclipse so there was an extra level of excitement in the air…would there be an insane amount of people in the Portland area? Would there be so much traffic that I wouldn’t be able to get back to the airport in time for my flight?

Whenever I felt nervous, I reminded myself to just GO and take it all in stride.

Outessa Mt Hood Leatherman Tent

What is REI Outessa?

Find your crew, do what you love, and try something new in some of the country’s most beautiful outdoor playgrounds. During our three-day retreats designed for women, you can choose from hundreds of activities, from rock climbing and mountain biking to yoga and hiking. All gear for activities, instruction, and chef-prepared meals are included. – Outessa website

Bringing women together to explore the outdoors and share their stories is magic. It was great to have casual discussions with women from all over the country and from so many different outdoor backgrounds. We were all learning from one another and there was zero judgment the entire weekend. I think we were all more concerned with getting plenty of wine and happy hour munchies to care about anything else!


Outessa Mt Hood - Navigation Class

I took an introduction to compass and map navigation class and I hope to register for some in-store courses in early 2018. You can find classes and events at your local REI on their website.I did buy a better compass after attending REI Outessa and tried to reference it while on a trip with Shawnté last month because she is so much more experienced than I am when it comes to most outdoor things. I definitely need more practice.

I sat in on Alex Borsuk’s Adventuring with Dogs class and joined a quick class on taking better photos with your phone. There are so many classes and activities offered throughout the weekend and I wish I was able to attend more of them.

Outessa Mt Hood - Class Participants

The workshops I co-hosted were well attended and thankfully small enough that we were able to cozy up inside the Leatherman event tent so we didn’t have to shout or try to be heard over the other workshops being held on either side of us. We spent time with a quick introduction of the brand before going around the circle and having each participant introduce herself and her level of outdoor experience. We made sure to have several tips prepared (with props!) but also made sure to emphasize that this was going to be an open discussion. There was a wealth of knowledge from each group and I know I learned quite a bit.

The part that probably stuck with most of the women was going over the “3 Ps”: Pooping, peeing, and periods. For this workshop we reminded everyone of the basics like the distance you should be from water sources and trail, digging holes vs packing out your waste, and that not all women have periods and not everyone who has a period is a woman, so passing along the menstruation information to all outdoor buddies is important. We should all be more like Dave. Also, we don’t have to always let our periods hold us back from fantastic adventures.

Outessa Mt Hood - Class Sign

A good portion of my time outside of the workshops was spent in the ENO hammock pods set up around the Village area of the event. It was pretty warm in the sun where the vendor tents were set up, so stepping into the shade of the trees was so welcome. It was really relaxing to have a drink in the shade and unwind for a little bit.

One of my favorite things was happy hour! The amazing ladies behind Dirty Gourmet were there and they were so so so sweet to bring me a plate of snacks during one of the evenings because they knew I was helping run an activation at the Leatherman tent. I don’t think they know this, but meeting them was like meeting celebrities! I was a little overwhelmed that they know who I am and that they would even consider taking time out of their busy schedule to bring me food (all the heart eyes for them). I wasn’t able to fit in their cooking class into my schedule due to my workshop schedule. Next time!

Outessa Mt Hood - Dinner with a view

The adventures didn’t end on the mountain, the next day was the eclipse and the Portland area was full of people coming and going so they could be close to the totality zones. I ran into a few Outessa friends (of course we shouted OUTESSA FAM! as soon as we saw one another) in the airport and we stuck together through security and visited each other at different gates as flights got delayed. To close out my Outessa weekend, the woman next to me on my flight into Las Vegas was from Outessa and we turned to each other and said, “I think we’re Instagram friends??” as we settled into our seats. Again, magic.

If you are interested in learning more about Outessa, sign up for the emails so you are the first to know when the dates and locations are released for 2018.


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We finished up the September 2017 edition of 30 Days of Lists earlier this month, and I’m glad our community was together during some very tense moments as storms made landfall. A handful of Listers were impacted by the storms and we all had them in our thoughts as we checked in on Facebook on a daily basis to talk about lists and our everyday lives.

This community is so great and having a common project to work on while we catch up with old friends and get to know new ones makes the experience even more special.

30 Days of Lists will return in December, and here’s hoping the biggest topic of conversation will be about everyone’s thoughts on glitter.

I didn’t share many of my lists on Instagram this time around, so I put most of them together in my usual collages below for a quick glimpse at how I used a traveler’s notebook from Monika’s shop for my lists.

September 2017 - 30 Days of Lists Grid - Creative Journaling Challenge
I wanted to incorporate more stamping in this edition of #30Lists, and I think it worked out! I needed a bit of motivation to clean my stamps that have been neglected for a bit and preparing for this project was the perfect reason.
 30 Days of Lists -September 2017 - Creative Journaling Challenge

My last few lists have been in a traveler’s notebook and I think I’m over them for now. I like the size of them, but I feel like I don’t have enough experience with them to take a lot of chances, so my layouts start to look the same…and not in a cute way, if that makes sense. I need a break and to try another size or style for the next challenge.

To learn more about 30 Days of Lists, visit our website.


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Kam at 30 - Campfire Chic

A quick update from my side of the screen:

  • I am planning on working on some scrapbooking and travel albums before the end of the year and I plan on sharing them here. I have a bunch of pocket scrapbooking to catch up on and a bunch of trips to document.
  • 30 Days of Lists is going well and I’m loving the conversations going on in our private community. I have used a travelers notebook for the last few editions and I think I am going to take a break from them next time around…maybe back to a mini album? art journaling?
  • I was traveling a lot this summer. I was in Michigan, Seattle, Vancouver, Mt. Hood, Big Pine backpacking trip, Portland, and we went up to Malibu for what we planned to be for a weekend but it was just for a long day. I turned down two additional trips (a backpacking trip in early August and a trip to New Hampshire) because I really like being home and I being away so many weekends in a row isn’t what I needed in my life.
  • I was a guest designer for the monthly theme over at Awesome Ladies Project for August and the theme was Outdoors! It was a great fit and the supplemental pieces that Kristin makes for these monthly themes are so solid. I created a mini-album, pocket page layout, and a layout in a traveler’s notebook based on the prompts/inspiration in the workbook associated with the theme for the month. It was really cool to see the other projects being inspired by the work in the forum and to interact with other Awesome Ladies at the same time. Check out Awesome Ladies Project VIP Membership Page for more information.
  • I am playing entirely too much Overwatch and Stardew Valley (affiliate links). They are both a lot of fun and if you’re looking for a team-based shooter game give Overwatch a try. If you’re looking for a cute simulation game, Stardew Valley may be up your alley. While Stardew Valley looks like it would be great for little kids, I do have to give you some mini-spoilers that the game does have some more mature interactions like alcohol abuse and mental health issues.
  • The weather is starting to cool off in Southern California and that means we’ll be welcoming the Santa Ana winds in no time so I’ll hold off on getting too excited about Fall weather. It’ll cool down Halloween weekend and have a heatwave around Thanksgiving. It’s like clockwork.
  • I’m currently reading What Happened, The New YorkerThe Last of August (affiliate links), and the Stardew Valley guidebook

And finally, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram.


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