I mentioned a new creative retreat last month called Awesome Ladies Live hosted by Kristin of the Awesome Ladies Project. I went and enjoyed the long weekend of activities and want to share some photos and behind-the-scenes info about the retreat with you today. Dates for the next Awesome Ladies Live will be to those who are a part of the (free or VIP) Awesome Ladies Project, so I suggest getting on that ASAP.

Awesome Ladies Live Weekend 2017

The first Awesome Ladies Live Event was held over the weekend of June 9, 2017. I spent an extended weekend in East Lansing, Michigan with a great group of women to talk about documenting our stories, the Creatives who inspire us, and further friendships that started online.

Awesome Ladies Live - Mirror Selfie

Alex and I flew into Michigan late Thursday and made our way to Ann Arbor for a bite to eat before getting into East Lansing to see our friends and get rested for the weekend. I had a stressful week at work and wanted to sleep for a thousand years so I was happy that our Friday started out slower than expected.

 

Awesome Ladies Live Weekend - Wall of information

Awesome Ladies Live Weekend Retreat Group Photo

Kristin kicked off the weekend by hosting a casual dinner at her house for Awesome Ladies Live participants. Kristin and Jeff prepared a DIY pizza station and grilled chicken, hot dogs, and sausages. We spent time in the back yard taking photos and enjoying the weather.

There was a lot of food and it was a great way for everyone to meet and hang out before diving into the work planned for the next day!

Awesome Ladies Live Event - 30 Days of Lists Breakfast

Amy and I hosted a breakfast the morning of the event to make sure we all had plenty of coffee to get us through the morning after a late night. We met up at Grand Traverse Pie Company for a light breakfast (and pie!) before heading over to the hotel conference room for the event.

Breakfast participants were gifted a 30 Days of Lists traveler’s notebook, pencil set, and will receive a code for free registration to September’s #30Lists challenge.

Awesome Ladies Live Event - 30 Days of Lists Team

I don’t think Amy and I got any photos of the two of us the entire weekend other than this blurry one in a mirror. Next time!

Awesome Ladies Live - Workbook Details

The rest of Saturday was dedicated to making vision boards, going through a kickass workbook Kristin created, and starting a mini-album using a few techniques Kristin demonstrated.

Awesome Ladies Live - Instagram

Kristin walked around the room while she lectured and encouraged discussion as we worked on our projects. I was in charge of the The_Awesome_Ladies_Project Instagram account for the weekend and tried to capture different projects from the participants and quotes from Kristin.

Awesome Ladies Live Event - This is my story

Amy and I took photos of everyone with their “this is my story” cards. The lighting in the conference room was terrible for project photos, so we asked folks to step outside into the atrium to get these photos. It was the perfect time of day to capture these photos.

This is off-topic but the shirt I’m wearing in these photos is from Feminist Apparel and you can purchase it here. If you sign up for their newsletter you can get a discount! I am not an affiliate, I just love the shirt and think you will love their products, too.

Awesome Ladies Live Event - Work Tables

It was great to see the different tools and supplies people brought to the event! Most of the ladies were fairly local so some were able to bring their crop bags, which was great when someone like me only had a few things but really could use a tiny attacher for the project. Thanks for sharing, ladies!

It was nice to try out different techniques and tools that I wouldn’t normally try and work with a paper line I probably wouldn’t buy on my own. Why? Because I have the tendency to only want to work with the papers I LOVE and if I love them that much I hold off on using them because what if I screw up?

Awesome Ladies Live - Crop Time

I printed my photos before the event through Persnickety Prints. I love that they offer different size options and the shipping was quicker than I expected. They were able to get a large order (100+ photos in different sizes) to me so fast! The quality is great and they have fantastic customer service.

I returned home inspired to spend less time playing video games (I am obsessed with Overwatch right now) and more time putting past trips and adventures into scrapbooks. It will help that it’s summer so I have more light in the evenings when I come home to work and take photos to share. I even got up the nerve to apply to a creative team!

To find out more about the Awesome Ladies Project, visit the website and follow on Instagram.

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This book review of Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort contains affiliate links to Amazon.com. The book was provided for possible review by the publishing company. Opinions are my own. 

Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort

Backpacking 101 book by Heather Balogh Rochfort - Book Review by Kam of Campfire Chic

Maybe you’ve been a day hiker for years and you’re ready to take the leap to backpacking. Or perhaps you’re new to the trails entirely, and you’re looking for a fun way to get some exercise in the fresh air. Whatever your experience level, Backpacking 101 is all you need (besides youre gear) – Back cover, Backpacking 101

You may know Heather as the blogger behind Just a Colorado Gal. She’s been sharing her outdoor and international adventures since 2005, including trips to Iceland, Jordan, and New Zealand. She is a backpacker, skier, trail runner, and recently announced that she is expecting a new member to the family in early October!

I really enjoy backpacking and wish I spent more weekends on the trail. I know I can always learn something new when it comes to being outdoors, so I was happy to check out Heather’s first book. You can purchase the book on Amazon in paperback or digital for Kindle.

About the book

This 200+ resource is a great pick for those of us who enjoy having information all in one place. I know that many of us get our information about new outdoor activities and places to explore from various blogs and websites, but piecing together information from different sources can take a lot of time and get you to a point of information overload.

Backpacking 101 is broken down into different chapters, which makes it easy to jump back and forth depending on what information you need. There are the basics like packing your backpack, different kinds of footwear, and appropriate clothing for your adventures. There are also other chapters on necessary topics that don’t always get covered because some people may consider them “common sense” and not as important as the basic topics covered above. These chapters include backcountry etiquette, setting up camp (including your kitchen), making your bed, and emergency situation. Heather also included a few appendices at the end, including one for trekking with dogs.

Review

As I worked my way through the book, there was information that I already knew based on my own experiences outdoors, but there was also information I know I can learn more about. You know those things you should do in life but don’t do because you’re lazy/uninterested/comfortable doing what you’re already doing (like having one spot for my taxes so I can add things to it throughout the year, updating my resume even though I’m not necessarily looking for a job, etc.). I was reminded that I need to really focus on getting better at packing my bag and take a course on navigation.

One thing I like about the book is that Heather included Chapter Summaries at the end of each chapter, which highlights points she covered throughout the section. Generally, there is space on this page under the summary to include your own notes. It’s not lined like one of the appendix sections, but I think it would be a good spot to include notes as you are learning about backpacking.

If Heather decides to put out a second edition of this book or make another resource, I hope it’s about finding backpacking trips to take. The planning portion can be the hardest part for me when I’m trying to piece together information from blogs and there is information missing. I like Heather’s writing style and feel like she would be able to give some good information on the topic.

You can order a copy of Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort from Amazon. 

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in Adventure, Backpacking, Books, From a Beginner, Gear Review, Hiking, Review

I think I’m officially in love with Travelers-style Notebooks! I finally put together a Travelers Notebook (TN) during International Scrapbook Weekend using Kristin’s Awesome Ladies Printable Scrapbook.

I printed out the scrapbook pages on single pages (I did not print double-sided) and used my tape runner to put my pages together and used my long-range stapler to get the connected pages attached to the cover. My cover is a basic kraft cardstock and nothing too special.

I didn’t print double-sided because I wanted to organize the prompt pages in a specific order and figured I could stamp without worrying about the ink bleeding through to the next page.

About Me Traveler’s Notebook Printable Scrapbook

Printable Scrapbook Awesome Ladies Project - by Kam of Campfire Chic

 

I tried to stick with the patterned paper and stickers from the National Scrapbook Day Currently Me kit Kristin put together to make my pages feel cohesive and to cut down on making decisions. Too many choices slows me down when I’m scrapbooking.

I decided to focus on layering in this album instead of trying to keep things quick and easy. On my first layout, I layered stickers, patterned paper, and washi tape with my photo. I know that may not seem like a big deal to some people, but using that many stickers on one layout is not something I would normally try.

The photo above is from a birthday trip to Austin, Texas in 2016.

Printable Travelers Notebook Insert for Scrapbooking - Kam of Campfire Chic

 

I snagged this photo from Paulina’s blog post about our camping weekend in February and knew it belonged in this TN. I will almost always mount a photo on some cardstock or patterned paper, and this time was no exception. I love how it helps the photo stand out while also helping the overall design of the page.

Here, I created a background by stamping the same word over and over to create a pattern. I used the word EXPLORE from a Kelly Purkey kit and I love that it gives a different color but doesn’t create a heavy pattern to distract from the overall layout.

I cut out some hearts from a small pattern to emphasize my love for these ladies.

Tell Your Story with a Printable Scrapbook Travelers Notebook - Kam of Campfire Chic

 

If you are hesitant to buy a product like a Printable Scrapbook because you want to have flexibility with the prompts, let me remind you that you can do whatever you want, it’s your project!

I already had plans for including Alex and Rintu in this album and I wanted to use a group photo from our weekend in San Antonio in my album so I updated the prompt by adding the word INTERNET to the left-hand side of the layout.

For this layout, I used more Kelly Purkey stamps and some coordinating paper to keep things simple and try a different-to-me layout to keep things fresh. I wanted to pull out the coral from Amy’s dress in this layout to give a break from the yellow I am using the in TN. There was a bit of pink in the previous layout to help give that cohesive feeling.

Travelers Notebook for Your Stories - Kam of Campfire Chic

 

I love this TN but I think it was this layout that really made me fall in love with this project. I used a recent elevator selfie because I have quite a few on my camera role. This photo was a good choice because there is a little bit of pink and a little bit of yellow on my dress. Honestly, it was too good!

I trimmed the photo to a smaller size, used three different kinds of patterned paper and a patterned vellum to give some organized chaos to this layout. I used more Kelly Purkey stamps and repeated WORK for two reasons: the mirror in the photo creates a repeated image and because my everyday life is generally work work work. It’s little details that make me extra happy with my work.

About the Awesome Ladies Printable Scrapbook

The Printable Scrapbook when assembled, is approximately the size of the popular Traveler’s Notebooks and fits in standard size folios. There are 32 pages inside including a front cover, double-page introduction spread, fourteen double-page prompt spreads, and a back cover. That gives you plenty of room for your storytelling projects!

The Printable Scrapbook was designed to be printed either double-sided or single-sided. The original Printable Scrapbook can be heavy on black ink, so it’s great for black and white laser printers. The light version of The Printable Scrapbook uses 80% less black ink and is perfect for ink conservation or printing on patterned paper.

Learn more about the Printable Scrapbook and buy it here

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in About Kam, Memory Keeping, Scrapbooking, What I Made

Last weekend was International Scrapbook Weekend (or National Scrapbook Day if you want to be super specific) and after participating in some creative challenges, I’m ready to tell you about Awesome Ladies Live.

Kristin of The Awesome Ladies Project is hosting a scrapbooking retreat!

June 10th will be a full day of creative workshops that is all about self-storytelling. You will leave this in-person retreat with a completed project, a workbook to guide you through the workshops, and a more.

That’s right, Awesome Ladies Live is an in-person event! Attendees will meet up in East Lansing, Michigan for a weekend of fun.

Amy and I were in San Antonio in late April to meet up with Kristin and Megan and put the finishing touches on Kristin’s amazing plan for the Awesome Ladies Live.

Awesome Ladies Live 2017 - Campfire Chic

YES! Amy and I will be at Awesome Ladies Live!

Amy and I are excited to meet Listers and other Awesome Ladies, explore East Lansing, and spend some much needed time focusing on our storytelling.

The schedule of events looks great and includes optional events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including a 30 Days of Lists Breakfast Meetup. We are really looking forward to grabbing a cup of coffee and kicking off Saturday with participants…with time zone differences, coffee will be an essential part of my day.

There are a ton of details about Awesome Ladies Live on Kristin’s website and if you are interested in a weekend of fun, I suggest registering sooner rather than later.

What do Awesome Ladies Live attendees get?

  • 4 Brand New Awesome Ladies + rukristin: Feminist Scrapbooker workshops
  • All Workshop Materials to complete all projects. You will leave the retreat with a finished Awesome Ladies Project
  • Full-color, printed and bound workbook to guide you through each workshop & for you to return to time and time again
  • Opportunity to attend all optional events free of charge
  • On-Site de-stash table
  • A full set of Awesome Ladies Trading Cards
  • Gift bags with exclusive retreat swag, exclusive workshop products, and more
  • Personal one-on-one time with rukristin and the Awesome Ladies
  • Access to private retreat group at theawesomeladiesproject.com

I am looking forward to working alongside other memory keepers and being able to complete at least one project over the weekend. I haven’t visited Michigan yet, so another bonus to this weekend is crossing another state off of my list!

Click here to register for the Awesome Ladies Live Retreat and join me in Michigan next month!

P.S. There are no affiliate links in this post. I am sharing because I want to meet and hang out with you and because I know this will be an awesome weekend and believe in the power of being in the same place as other awesome ladies. Email me if you have questions or contact Kristin directly.

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in 2017, 30 Days of Lists, Announcement, Blog Friends, Memory Keeping, Scrapbooking

It’s day four of Week in the Life and I’m still going strong.

I really enjoy taking a few minutes each evening to share a few photos and notes from the day. Switching up how I document Week in the Life is getting me back into the habit of blogging, and I hope that I continue sharing in this space on a more regular basis.

Week in the Life 2017 - Thursday

No photos getting ready this morning. I just don’t think it’s going to happen and I need to stop assuming I’ll get those photos day after day. The weather this morning is much different than the last two mornings, which was a nice change. It was almost too bright out and I had a hard time taking a quick photo.

I made it about two steps away from my door when I turned around and decided to stage this photo. One reason was to make sure I got a photo of the cover on my keys, and the other reason is because the door was painted recently and I wanted to make sure I got that in the photo. Going back to the door also reminded me that I need to tidy up our front to get a photo of our plants/decorations for this project.

Week in the Life 2017 - Thursday Morning

Elevator selfie? Check.

My coworker was out for the last few days and I think she was trying to butter me up by bringing me some pancakes for breakfast this morning. I had to get that in here, too! Bonus: the things at my desk that I use on a regular basis!

Week in the Life 2017 - Thursday Morning

I originally thought I would use Instagram Stories to document my week so I could use the time stamp feature, but I think that would be better for a Day in the Life project instead. While I did share a few photos this week, I know this cookie photo will make it into the final product!

There is a photo of walking into the building already, so this afternoon I made sure to get a photo of leaving the building.

Week in the Life 2017 - Thursday Kam of Campfire Chic

I haven’t been taking many photos in the evening, and tonight was no exception. I made a huge batch of nachos for dinner and played some Skyrim before jumping on my laptop. I ordered a new game and it should be here tomorrow and I have the feeling I’ll be spending entirely too much time playing this weekend so I cut myself off early.

What didn’t get captured today:

  • The coconut and chocolate donut that arrived at my desk
  • The lunch program I attended for Earth Day at work
  • My attempts to get caught up on work
  • Catching up on My Favorite Murder
  • Researching some tentative travel plans
  • Sitting in traffic on the way home from work
  • Watching basketball and Designated Survivor

Tomorrow’s photos will be a little different, and I’m hoping to get some of the same photos I captured throughout the week so far…the view leaving home in the morning, a full-length mirror selfie, arriving at my destination, leaving my destination…I’m also hoping to get two very important family members in some photos this weekend: Alex and Rintu! They are very much missing from this week’s photos and that needs to change.

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in 2017, About Kam, Memory Keeping, Scrapbooking, Week in the Life