Cover of Travel Scrapbook Album Using Kelly Purkey Wallet System - Campfire Chic

Earlier this year, Alex and I went to Japan for 10 days and I brought along some of my scrapbooking supplies (you can see me scrapbooking on the train here) to try to get in some scrapbooking (and journaling, because I’m terrible at that!) while we were on the go. I was able to get a lot of the pages set up and I made the album cover while there. I think if I had my Selphy photo printer with me, I would’ve been able to do MUCH more scrapbooking each night. Live and learn!

I finished Thursday, May 21st through Sunday May 24th in the album before I ran out of space in the book. There is room for a second book, so I will finish Monday, May 25th through Saturday, May 30th soon. I used Kelly Purkey’s wallet system (outer cover, the booklet used in this half of my album, the booklet I’ll use in the second half), which I picked up especially for the trip because I wanted something similar to a Midori traveler’s planner but I wanted to be able to create the cover myself.

My layouts:

Campfire Chic's Japan Travel Album

The booklet comes with 14 pages so I extended its use by adding in plenty of additional pages using patterned cardstock from Kelly Purkey’s Second City 6×6 paper pad from Basic Grey. I figured the city motifs would be best used for this trip and wanted to use a collection of patterned papers to give the album a cohesive look since I knew I would be including a ton of different cards/tickets/brochures that may not match.

I included my Japan Rail Pass in the front cover to make the cover a little more sturdy and because I wasn’t sure where I wanted to include it in the album. If you’re going to Japan, I highly suggest getting the pass if you’re looking to travel from city to city a bit. You can see some other tips in my general post on our trip to Japan.

Travel Album Using Kelly Purkey Wallet System - Campfire Chic

For each day, I included the date, the day of the week, and the number of steps we took based on the pedometer++ app on my phone. I hadn’t replaced my Fitbit at the time, so we relied on my phone to calculate our distance since it was in the bag we carried everywhere. I highly suggest keeping track of the distance you cover during your trips: miles driven, stairs climbed, whatever! I think it’s a small thing that you can track each day that gives your journaling (or lack of) something that you’ll remember in the future…we’ll remember the day with 30,711 steps for sure!

Vacation Scrapbook Album Featuring Tokyo Japan - Campfire Chic

I included the shopping bag from a tourist hotspot (Kiddy Land) by wrapping it around some cardstock and then adhering a patterned paper behind it to make it extra thick. I wanted to include it in the album because I didn’t get many photos inside the famous store and I loved the design of it.

Don’t toss the tickets from attractions and don’t be afraid to use them as an embellishment instead of the main piece of a layout. I used the ticket from a garden behind an instax photo from the same location. You’ll see that I throw in subway and train tickets into layouts, too.

Travel Scrapbooking Using Small Wallet System by Kelly Purkey - Campfire Chic

More inserts using patterned cardstock and washi! One thing I want to point out: the paper pad I used only has 1-sided papers so these inserts are created by glueing together two pieces of cardstock together. It’s great for making the pages more durable, but it also takes a little more time to create the pages. If you can find 2-sided patterned paper, use that.

Adding More Stories Into A Vacation Scrapbook - Campfire Chic's Japan Trip 2015

I was inspired by my grandmother’s “pre-baby” travel album to include flip pages in this minibook. I give very basic instructions to create this feature in this IG video. This creates less stress on the spine of your album, and it helps reduce having so much bulk centered in one spot.

Small Travel Scrapbook Mini Album for Japan - Campfire Chic

I call this last section of pages my “omg-there’s-only-so-many-more-pages-left!” scramble. The rail pass information has printed information inside that includes my name, how much I paid, and the type of pass I was picking up at the JR office. If you’re able to include things that have your name and the date on them, figure out a way to do it! It’s something you’ll enjoy looking back on in the future.

Opposite of the rail pass exchange ticket is a pocket containing a bookmark, ticket, and Instax photos from Kamakura. I didn’t want to overwhelm the page so I tucked everything into the pocket and kept them from getting lost using the clip.

On the last page, I included a receipt from a store that is found in the U.S. but everything is in Japanese, red bean matcha kitkat packaging, and the ticket from Robot Restaurant. The ticket is taped in so I can flip it to see our seat numbers and three of the photos we took during the show.

I love flipping through this album and looking at what I have shoved into the 14 pages to make 27 pages! And this is only half of our trip! I’m looking forward to sitting down and finishing this project before the end of the year so I can maybe make a video walkthrough to better show the more interactive pages and to highlight a few different things I did to include more information without worrying about too much journaling.

Interested in more? You can read my Japan Trip general post and my 10 favorite things from our trip.


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Happy Halloween Weekend!

I’m giving myself a little bit of a “retreat weekend” for Campfire Chic & 30 Days of Lists by taking some extra time off of work this week and hunkering down. I’ve been very very drawn to my couch lately and I’m more interested in watching TV than anything else. Emails? They can wait! Unfinished scrapbook projects? It’s dark, who cares!

So this extended weekend is dedicated to a GIANT to “shit to do” list. I have a big piece of butcher paper up on my wall and there are a ton of small tasks I want to tackle before the end of the year…mostly backburner crap that I keep avoiding…and plenty of room for adding notes and words of encouragement.

Here’s to long lists.

This Week’s Essential Reading:

Lots of videos this week :)



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I cannot believe October flew by. I like to hold off on sharing all of my lists for 30 Days of Lists until it looks like most Listers have completed their challenge and I think the last week of October is long enough!

For September’s challenge, I made two albums for my lists (double the listing fun!) and while I shared the first week of lists in my Midori Traveler’s Notebook lists already, I wanted to share the rest of them.

Why do I share my lists?

I want to remind potential Listers that this challenge isn’t about who can make the prettiest list or who has the most interesting thing to say…it’s about taking time for yourself each day for one month to put together a project that reflects who you are right now.

This is your right now story.

30 Days of Lists September 2015 Midori Notebook by Kam of Campfire Chic

30 Days of Lists Creative Listing Challenge with Amy and Kam - Campfire Chic

Creative journaling in Midori Travelers Notebook with Lists from 30 Days of Lists - Campfire Chic

30 Days of Lists Creative Journaling Challenge for List Makers - Campfire Chic

This project is about more than the lists…it’s about the community surrounding list making and the small ways we can document our everyday lives.

30 Days of Lists started in March 2011 and as I look back on the lists I’ve written throughout the years with this project, it’s amazing to see what has changed, what remains the same, and how my style for each challenge changes as I try to find my “visual voice” as I like to call it.

What made this challenge different than others for me? 

  • Making two “list books” to write two sets of lists
  • I used stamps a whole lot more in this challenge. I decided that I cannot keep buying stamps if I’m never going to use them and #30Lists is the best time for me to practice!
  • It was a little obvious that I write some of my lists ahead of time (hey, a girl’s gotta work!) when somebody noticed that one of my lists (the dumb questions one) was technically wrong because I got married during September so people shouldn’t be asking me when I was going to get married anymore :)
  • I didn’t move during this challenge! I moved during the March 2015 and December 2014 editions (and some of the others, it’s terrible timing, really!) and it was nice to be in one spot this time around

If you’re looking to get started with Listing, check out our Instagram account. We have a set of FREE lists (from the original March 2011 challenge) available there and we try to keep up with sharing lists and projects from Listers. You can find out more about the project and subscribe to our newsletter on our site:

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Roundup of helpful articles, blog posts, and videos from around the net


This Week’s Essential Reading:

  • I started a December Daily® Pinterest board to help give me ideas of how to tackle this year’s challenge. It’s not too early to start thinking about these sorts of things
  • Don’t let your old content die out…freshen it up and post it on a different platform! I updated my podcasts for creatives blog post to make it more relevant to side-hustlers and entrepreneurs before posting it on LinkedIn
  • Things I learned this week: Adding rich pins to your website is a lot easier than it seems and Tweetbot got an update
  • Remember that CicLAvia event I went to? Amy Tan (of Amy Tangerine) posted a video about her day at CicLAvia and scrapped about it! The scrapping starts about 8 minutes in, if you want to skip ahead
  • Don’t forget to check out (and update your wish list!) the new products from Stanley — I’m loving the idea of putting some hot chocolate in our growler and having it in the car after a chilly hike this winter!
  • A longtime friend of #30Lists is rocking Get Messy this season and her posts are really inspiring me to jump in
  • Let’s go to San Diego and do this night hike
  • DIY planner bookmark…I think it’s for a specific type of planner, but you’re crafty and can figure out how to make it work for your planner


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Title Nine Bra Fitting Review -- Do you know if the sports bra you're wearing actually FITS? Is it made for your activity?


Let’s talk about boobs today.

Being an A cup, I figured there weren’t many options for sports bras for me that could get me through an active workout, keep ‘high beams’ in control, and look flattering in case I needed to take my shirt off. I also figured I was stuck with the types of sports bras you need to contort your way out of at the end of a sweaty workout (gross and scary).

I was flipping through a Title Nine catalog that my mother-in-law handed me (“Kam, this shop is so cute! It’s totally your style!”) and saw an extensive selection of sports bras available but didn’t really look into it because I got distracted by the cute rashguards available in the swim section. She was right, the clothes were cute and struck a nice balance between working out and having fun outside.

Title Nine reached out to me recently to see if I would be interested in finding my perfect sports bra (and give one away to one Campfire Chic reader!) and I knew it was a good opportunity to ask some questions about shopping for sports bras and talk with somebody who understands that bra shopping is tough work.

While working with Title Nine, I learned some interesting facts that I want to share: According to The Bra Book by Jene Luciani, 85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra…this could be because they don’t know how to properly measure themselves for a bra or because our bodies change over the years…your post-baby boobs are going to be different than your pre-baby boobs!

Important Bra Fit Tips:

  • If chafing is a problem you may need to go down a band size and up a cup size.
  • Do you see wrinkling and puckering on your bra?  It means the cup is too big.
  • Does your bra ride up in the back?  It means it’s too loose.
  • Your bra straps should not dig into your shoulders.  If they do you may need a smaller band size.

My personal phone fitting with Bravangelist Marsha

I don’t live terribly close to any of the 23 Title Nine stores (the closest is a new store San Diego, so I’ll be stopping there during our next weekend visiting family), so I requested a phone fitting with one of the trusted bra experts (aka bravangelists).

I took a look at the Title Nine website before hopping on the phone with Marsha and was a little overwhelmed by the selection…that feeling quickly passed when I noticed the impressive size range (AA-DD+ cups! I believe I saw a 40F, which supports* Title Nine’s dedication to helping all women, even my big breasted adventurers out there, find the perfect bra) and that Title Nine carries more than sports bras (including work to workout type bras and regular bras).

Title Nine Bra Genie - Find Your Perfect Sports Bra

I also tried the Bra Genie, which helps narrow down the large selection of bras for you…it asks questions about the types of activities you enjoy and if you prefer bras with underwire.

Marsha and I emailed back and forth a few times to schedule my phone fitting and so she could get an idea of what bras may work best for me. When I jumped on the call with her, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I knew something was wrong with my self-measurements (tip: use a measuring tape that is long enough to go around your body!) but she made me feel really comfortable right away and didn’t make me feel like an idiot for having what was obviously the wrong measurements…I think the numbers I gave her would’ve been equal to a C or D cup, oops!

Marsha asked if I was able to take a look at the website while she reviewed the different bras she thought would work best for my workouts: medium impact activities like biking, rock climbing, and light jogging on the treadmill. We talked about my current collection of bras and what I liked and didn’t like about the types of bras I was wearing. We decided one bra that we thought would be a great overall bra for me.

Fast forward to me trying on the bra, giving it a quick test (stretching, push ups, hangboard), and promptly getting mildly stuck in the bra. I have two sports bras (that I will be removing from my collection once I’m done writing this) that give me the same problem: they are so focused on “compression” that I feel like my rib cage is in a vice and they are extremely difficult to get off…and it’s not a pretty sight when I break down and ask Alex for help (bless his heart). I had the same stuck issue with the first bra I tried so (after my escape) I wrote to Marsha to see what my options were.

Title Nine’s customer service is seriously on point. Not only did Marsha get back to me quickly, so let me know that Title Nine has a hassle-free return policy  and after reading my email knew that the Form First bra would be the winner…and she was totally right. I finally found a great sports bra that has hooks so I don’t need to struggle in and out of it, a good amount of padding for modesty purposes, and it’s adjustable so I can make the bra a racerback if I wish.

Finding a great sports bra made my workouts much more comfortable. I was able to focus on my workout instead of getting distracted by my bra and I was much more comfortable while on the treadmill than I have been in the past. Even small boobs need some support!

*pun totally intended

Title Nine Sports Bras for Rock Climbing

The giveaway is closed. 

Title Nine Review and Giveaway - Campfire Chic

It’s your turn to find the perfect sports bra

Title Nine would like to offer one Campfire Chic reader a sports bra of their own!

How to enter:

Giveaway information: One winner will be randomly selected to receive a sports bra from Title Nine in the form of a gift card that covers the cost of the bra, shipping, and taxes. Entries must include name, email address, and name of the product (sports bra) entrant would like to order, incomplete entries will not be included in the final selection. This giveaway is open to U.S. readers 18 years and older and is void where prohibited by law. Giveaway is open from October 15, 2015 through October 21, 2015 at 10pm Pacific, entries submitted after the deadline will not be included in the final selection. The giveaway winner will be contacted via email no later than October 26, 2015.

Review information: This review and giveaway is sponsored by Title Nine. I was gifted one sports bra for myself and one for a reader in exchange for an honest review of the bra fitting experience. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Thank you to Title Nine for helping support adventurous women. You can find Title Nine on your favorite social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook


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Add this to your bucket list: Overnight hike The Narrows in Utah's Zion National Park with friends via Campfire Chic

On August 22, 2015, we headed our for an amazing overnight backpacking trip through The Narrows in Zion National Park.

We drove to Utah the day before to collect our permits, spend some time in the park, and to meet up with our travel buddies for the weekend. Alex and I went up to the Temple of Sinawava to test the water of the Virgin River coming out of the canyon to see if we would need additional protective gear to keep us comfortable during our hike. Our friends made awesome veggie tacos with a ton of guacamole and we tried to stay cool and go to bed early despite the summer heat in the desert.

For video of the trip and people-less photos of the beautiful views, check out the post on Seek the Sunrise. Josh is the blogger (aka head adventurer, photographer, planner, writer, etc.) behind California Through My Lens and Seek the Sunrise. He and his wife, Amie, joined Alex and me on this fantastic trip and he his blog post is excellent. Josh also included a video of the hike if you’re interested in seeing what it’s really like to go through The Narrows in Zion National Park.

What is The Narrows?

The Narrows can be experienced in its entirety if you take on the approximately 16 mile hike that starts at Chamberlain’s Ranch north of the park and finishes at Temple of Sinawava. The hike can be done in one day, but expect it to take you about 12 hours to complete. You can also hike the entire length as an overnight hike — sleeping in one of the campsites (permits required) nestled in the canyon. If you’d like to experience part of The Narrows but don’t have that kind of time, check out this post for information on the “bottom up” day hike option.

Zion National Park is a canyon (called Zion Canyon) and The Narrows are part of that canyon. The canyon walls soar above you as you navigate your way through the Virgin River and the landscape changes constantly and will make you want to stop and take a million photos. As you wade through the river, you’ll encounter sandy banks, trees, large boulders, waterfalls, natural springs, and areas where the canyon walls get so close together you would think you reached the end of the canyon if you didn’t know any better.

Discover Utah in Zion National Park's Iconic Narrows Hike - Campfire Chic

Weekend Adventure: Zion National Park. Add this hike to your bucket list!

Planning Your Overnight Hike of The Narrows in Zion National Park

The permits are available 3 months in advance and can be secured online. Read the instructions on the Zion National Park website and make sure you are ready to roll once reservations are opened for your desired month. Summer is very popular, so move fast once the reservations are available. You select your campsite when you make your reservation, so make sure you are familiar with the trail and the campsites before you get started. We didn’t do much research, but after a long day we were very thankful that we reserved Campsite 1.

If you are not sure about the type of weather you may experience in Zion National Park during different times of the year, do some research before securing your permits. You can read the weather basics on the Zion website and you’ll read suggestions from other hikers as you research blog posts like this one. Our trip was in late August and during monsoon season…yes, rain is possible and yes it is terrifying and super dangerous when you’re in a canyon. Be careful while you are in the park, your safety (and the safety of the rest of your group) is your responsibility. The rangers and outfitters can only give you so much information. We were told that rain was unlikely and had a very loud thunder storm wake us up in the middle of the night. It was terrifying knowing that we may be stuck in the canyon for an extra day if the weather didn’t let up and of course we worried about our safety in case the river rose enough to reach our campsite.

For the overnight trip, you will need the proper equipment like sturdy shoes (water-specific hiking shoes are great for this trip or you can rent canyoneering shoes from a local outfitter), a backpack that is comfortable and will hold your gear, a dry bag to keep your gear dry (you WILL swim at one point), proper clothing, a hat, sunglasses, etc. Depending on the time of the year, you may want to bring a tent or a hammock to stay warm…the canyon is much cooler than the rest of the park! Barefoot Theory has a great post on what she brought on her overnight hike. I suggest bringing extra toilet paper, what they give you in the wagbag may not be enough.

You will exit the hike and get on the shuttle back to the Visitor’s Center. If you used the wagbag (NO pooping in The Narrows! You need to pack it and the paper you use out of the canyon. Do not bury your waste, you need to pack it out), dispose of it at the trashcans at The Temple of Sinawava. The same is true for your trash. We were planning on staying another night at the campground but decided to get started on our long drive home and booked rooms in Las Vegas…a hot shower, clean clothes, and a buffet was exactly what we needed after trudging through the rock-filled river and dodging screaming dayhikers (seriously, keep your drama at home. If your kids aren’t interested in hiking in the cold water, go back!).

For more detailed information on planning your trip, check out Barefoot Theory’s post.


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Roundup of helpful articles, blog posts, and videos from around the net

I’m trying to get back to a normal-ish posting schedule, but I prefer to share posts that I want to publish rather than putting together a crappy filler post. I’m guilty of filler posts and it’s not a good use of my time or your time, so I’ll be doing a much better job of not giving in and posting crap here. That’s a bit subjective…

This week was for ordering photos for my wedding album (there are too many to print with my Selphy), getting my workspace more organized so I can take better photos and start filming some walk-through videos of upcoming albums and some content for 30 Days of Lists, and for a payday I desperately needed. Only 5 more paydays before Christmas.

This week’s Essential Reading:

  • If you’re playing the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons and want to play an Urban Bounty Hunter, here’s the breakdown. One of my characters plays a bounty hunter for the monastery that raised her after her family was killed as lycanthorpes destroyed their town. I could keep going, but I’ll stop now…anyway, I’m super excited to see this supplement.
  • I’m dipping my toes into the creative pool that is stamping and have no idea about the differences between stamp pads. This pretty comprehensive blog post is exactly what I needed to find this week.
  • 11 sci-fi books every woman should read…I’m adding The Fifth Season to my list of books to read, especially after reading the excerpt linked in the post.
  • Printing out photos for your memory keeping projects? Megan has 7 tips for you to keep in mind.
  • It’s not too late to jump in and join Katie of Punk Projects in her 30 Days of Watercolor challenge. It’s free and prompt-free, just paint whatever you want each day and use the hashtag she shares in this post.
  • I’m thinking of finally jumping in and joining Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful course (I would start my album November 1st) as a warm up for December’s 30 Days of Lists / December Daily album(s). Cathy teaches you how to personalize psd files to fit your style, which is something I’ve been meaning to learn, and provides plenty of downloadable content for students.
  • I was in Portland during Feast Portland but didn’t get tickets in time to participate…good thing I can live vicariously through Erika, who has a ton of awesome posts documenting the awesome food-centric event.
  • It’s not anywhere close to Fall or Winter around here, but if you are finding yourself reaching for a cozy blanket, you may need this post: How to dress babies and young toddlers for winter play.
  • Are you posting your ourdoors-y photos to Instagram but unsure of what hashtags to use? Here’s the ultimate list.
  • Kelsey created her work survival kit and shared it on her blog (inspired by one of my tips in 10 ways to survive your day job)

P.S. We will be doing a special December Edition of 30 Days of Lists! Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know about our plans.


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