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I’m still riding the 30 Days of Lists high and I’m looking forward to sharing my full album of lists from this previous round with you. I like to wait a few days to allow Listers to finish up their projects before I share my lists here. If you would like access to the 30 Days of Lists September 2014 edition, click here.


This week’s Essential Reading:


  • Grab some tissues before watching this video from Budweiser.

Have a great weekend.


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Now that I’m back in the swing of things with Project Life, I’m busying Pinning layout inspiration, free printables, and tutorials for different techniques that translate will to pocket pages. I wanted to share some of my all-time favorite Project Life posts and resources (with links directly to Pinterest to make it easy for you to save for later).

Some Project Life Resources:

As for more layouts…

Project Life (Year 28) Weeks 12 – 15

Week 12: May 26 – June 1, 2014

Project Life Week 12 with Kam of Campfire Chic

So this is the first week of 1 page layouts and while it doesn’t come close to including all the photos I took, it includes the ones that got printed out…Including the photo of my haircut that made me look a lot like my aunt and the photo of Rintu passed out under Alex’s bike in the living room. Classy.

Story Tip: Using a journaling card (like the Currently List shown above) on a weekly basis will help you capture what is really going on in your week…these photos don’t really say much considering I didn’t include any other journaling…

Week 13: June 2 – June 8, 2014

Project Life Week 13 - Colors

This layout is all about embracing color. Purple, electric blue, pinks, and a ton of other colors. Colors and our BBQ.

Story Tip: If you can’t take your badge home from an event, make sure to get a photo of it for your layout! Alex and I went to an open access event at the “Grand Canyon of Orange County” this week and I couldn’t take the badge home so Alex suggested we get a photo of it to include. I think it’s better than including the actual badge!

Week 14: June 9 – June 15, 2014

Project Life Week 14 Kayaking and Blue Layout

I’m back to trying to keep my layouts more cohesive looking this week. Blue is an easy color to use during the summer months since we spend so much time outdoors. It was great that this week’s date card was blue so it made it easy to match the rest of the journaling cards.

Story Tip: Don’t be afraid to add strange things to your layouts! That popsicle stick is from my popbar in the photo in the lower left-hand corner of the layout. I used some soap and water to clean it and simply slid it into the pocket with a journaling card. Other items to consider: napkins, takeout bags, fortunes from cookies, lids from yogurt/ice cream, beer bottle labels.

Week 15: June 16 – June 22, 2014

Project Life Short Week - Campfire Chic

If it wasn’t for the date card at the top of this layout, I would’ve assumed this week’s photos belonged with the previous week! This is when Alex and I knew we were addicted to kayaking (and soon paddleboarding) and spent our weekend on the water in Dana Point. I had a triumphant lunch hour where I was able to run an errand and make it through the In-n-Out drive through and back to my desk in an hour. Seriously, I deserve an award. If you follow Overland Equipment on Instagram you’ll be seeing the photo in the lower right-hand corner of the layout hitting the feed this week. If you own an Overland Equipment bag, tag your Instagram photos with #MyOverland and you may see your photo featured on the Overland Instagram account! The backpack I’m wearing in the top photo is the Summit1500 from Teton Sports (Amazon Affiliate link), which is a great day pack.

Story Tip: Get on a different level. For the photo of Rintu on the balcony, I got down on the floor and shot through the chair’s legs. I could’ve asked Alex to take a photo from where he was sitting, but capturing the two of them and some of the plants on the balcony (you can see a closeup of that pot in this pathetic tutorial) tells more of a story.


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Last week I mentioned that I am giving myself permission to finish some projects. It sounds dumb when I write it out like that, but when it comes to Project Life, it means that I’m giving myself permission to just finish. I was holding myself back with unrealistic expectations on keeping up with the 2 page spreads for each week…let’s be honest, some weeks are just too boring or too hectic for me to remember to pick up my phone and snap a photo (and in both portrait and landscape because you don’t want to have too few of either kind for a layout!).

So on Friday night I sat down, shuffled my layouts (while watching Call the Midwife on Netflix), did a bit of journaling, added in some decorative bits and pieces, and ended up finishing 13 weeks worth of layouts. THIRTEEN WEEKS OF PROJECT LIFE DONE IN A FEW HOURS. Yes, it’s all caps excitement here. I am allowing my layouts to be more flexible and I am thrilled with how they look and how it makes me feel to finish those 13 weeks so quickly. I only stopped because that “Are you still watching this??” message on Netflix popped up and instead of yelling at the screen that I am a grown-ass woman and I will watch 5 hours of Call the Midwife if I want, I headed to bed.

Of course, the layouts I’m sharing today don’t reflect the flexibility I’m allowing myself…

I am still using this homemade Project Life Design A design map to help me play out my weeks. You can download the PDF for free here.

Project Life (Year 28) Weeks 8 – 11

Week 8: April 28 – May 4, 2014

Project Life Design A Week 8 - Campfire Chic

This week was all about a mini-heat wave, Star Wars, working on my NYC mini-album, and National Scrapbook Weekend. I included 3 cards that Wild Olive had available for a free download, a screenshot from my Nike+ app, and a Currently List card from rukristin papercrafts. I had to be creative with my 4×6 pockets this week because I didn’t have many photos that would fit. I backed two photos on the left side of the layout with some cardstock and used the extra space for some journaling and taped two 3×4 photos together to fill another pocket.

Story Tip: Don’t be afraid to mix up the photo sizes to fit your needs…just because you don’t have a 4×6 photo to include in your layout doesn’t mean you can’t use the pocket!

Week 9: May 5 – May 11, 2014

Project Life Currently List Design from - Campfire Chic

This was a simple week that was made even better by the launch of the Spark ecourse and going to one of the newest breweries in Orange County with some of our friends. I included three postcards from the brewery in the pockets to help fill up some space and to show the overall branding of the brewery.

Story Tip: Grab business cards, stickers, or coasters from new places you visit to include in your layouts. They make for a great addition and give a cohesive look to your pages.

Week 10: May 12 – May 18, 2014

Project Life with Instax Photos Design by Campfire Chic

For big trips, I normally have many layers of inserts filling this layout. I decided to go for a simple approach this time and focus on creating a mini-album of our weekend in Portland for a wedding. In an effort to keep things looking cohesive, I used four cards from the Seafoam Project Life kit (affiliate link for Amazon) matched with a map card from a Studio Calico kit. I used circle labels directly on the photos for some journaling.

Story Tip: Include ticket stubs in your layouts, especially if they include dates and locations! This will help further the story of your travels.

Week 11: May 19 – May 25, 2014

Project Life Simple Week with Campfire Chic

This week is a little all over the place, but I think it shows the most “every day life” of the layouts shared in this post. It was a week of trying new things, binge-watching American Horror Story, spending time with friends, eating out too much…and what I think is Rintu’s first visit to the magical world known as “outside”. I used a the May calendar from Elise Blaha Cripe to fill in a square and made sure to save the coffee sleeves from two shops to include in the layout.

Story Tip: Save the coffee sleeves from your favorite shops to include in your layouts. It is fun to include seasonal or special edition sleeves, too.

I’m living Week 30 of my Project Life year, so I’ll be cranking out layouts like nobody’s business over the next few weeks in order to get some layouts done and to give other projects in my queue the attention they deserve.


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UPLift Yoga Bash 2014  - Campfire Chic

Confession: I quit my yoga studio nearly a year ago.

It wasn’t serving me anymore and life was getting in the way so I decided a home practice would be best. I joined a yoga class at work and took a handful of classes here and there. I’m still building my yoga teacher training savings. I’m still practicing in my own way.

What’s the UPLift Yoga Bash? In the past, it was called a “yoga rave” which is fun and silly but doesn’t really describe the event anymore. This year’s UPLift Yoga Bash couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed a reminder that yoga can be fun. That it can be silly. That laughing is not only okay, but welcome! I needed the reminder that I am strong. I can push a little harder and breathe a little deeper. I’ll be joining a climbing gym with regular yoga classes this month thanks to the this event…it rekindled my love of practicing with others.

Last week I went for one last paddle in Newport (I’m letting my membership expire but fully intend on starting up again once the days get longer next year) before heading to the beautiful Sergerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa where the third annual UPLift Yoga Bash was taking place. My friend and I decided months ago to go big this year and get VIP tickets! After 2 years (2012 event, 2013 event) of seeing the perks of being a VIP we decided to join in on the fun (spoiler alert: the VIP ticket was worth every penny).

After a mega-yet-totally-expected heat wave, Friday was unexpectedly cool and made the event a little more magical than usual. There were over 600 yogis coming together to support the UPLift project. We were all mat-to-mat for the event so we were had to be extra careful during our practice but it also meant that there was a lot of holding hands with strangers, moving in sync, and having a really good time. I mean, there were Shaman leading a water blessing ceremony. Things were weird and silly but being together and being weird and silly together made the difference. Maybe I drank too much SUJA but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

UPLift Yoga Rave in Costa Mesa - Campfire Chic

I think my favorite part of the event (apart from spending time with my friend!) was shift in the audience…my friend and I would make jokes at previous events at how we certainly didn’t fit in with the folks attending the bash, but this year’s crowd was much more diverse. There were more men attending the event, couples, people who are new to yoga, older students…and more! I think the shift is one of  the biggest reasons I’ll continue to attend in the future, to be honest.

I wore a new Fabletics outfit to the bash. This month’s patterns and colors including a few things that are very eye-catching and not what I would normally select, but after grabbing those crazy shorts I figured getting a patterned legging wasn’t as “out there” as I thought. I stayed comfortable the entire evening in the Tabernas outfit (Forward Tee in Mint Julep & Salar Legging in heather grey Taos print) and decided to wear the Koia sports bra (which comes with a bit of removable padding) so I could keep up with the flow and not have to worry about exposing myself. I also tucked my GoPro into my bra while we were dancing so I didn’t have to worry about it. This outfit was so comfortable! If I had to pick a type of legging to wear for the rest of my life, I would choose the Salar legging (I also have the Lima Capri, Salar Capri, and Nadi Legging) because they’re super soft, stay comfortable in Goddess pose, and the price is spot on. If you’re interested in Fabletics, use my link to become a VIP and your first outfit may be as low as $25.

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Aliso Peak in Orange County California-Campfire Chic

If you ever visit Southern California, avoid making your trip during September. September is the hottest month of the year and is usually the start of wildfire season and punctuated by Santa Ana Winds (think really hot and dry gusts). It really is the only kind of “weather” we experience all year and many Southern Californians are rendered useless and unsure how to cope beyond guzzling cold-pressed juices and taking refuge in Target for the air conditioning.

It’s the time of the year where I want to become a full-blown hermit and really perfect the butt groove on my couch.

Thankfully, Alex is really good about getting me off the couch and out doing something. Two weeks ago, it was too late in the day to go paddleboarding (our go-to activity this summer to stay cool and active at the same time) so we found a quick and easy hike via that would get us close to the beach, a good workout, and awesome views.

You can read about the specifics (and see plenty of photos) of Aliso Peak Trail on

It was the first time I took my GoPro out for a walk to see if I can hold the “selfie stick” and pay attention to where I was walking at the same time. I’m sure (positive, actually) I looked ridiculous. I set the timer to take a photo every 30 seconds so I could get an idea of what the trail looked like at different points from different angles. I think next time I will flip the camera around on the stick, which would (thankfully) take me out of the photos.

After making it to the peak (which is well below the trailhead), Alex and I enjoyed the slight breeze and quiet rarely found in a highly-traveled beach town. We originally hoped to catch the sunset while at the peak but we overestimated how long it would take us to make it to the top. So instead of waiting around, we headed back to the car and found the nearest Thai restaurant. I used my Teton Sports Trailrunner 2.0 backpack to carry some water (it comes with a 2L bladder) and some snacks. Because we planned on coming off of the trail after dark, I wanted to have a highly-reflective bag with me so trail runners and other folks could see me on the trail.

If you are ever in Orange County and need a quick stretch (with a great butt workout, those hills are steep), I highly suggest the Aliso Peak Trail. You can see some really big homes, plenty of shoreline, and it’s a dog-friendly trail. If you live in the area and need to switch things up with a quick trail run with a good payoff, I think you’ll be happy you found this gem of a trail.

For additional trails in Southern California, check out this interactive map from or this map from Both Jeff and Casey are well-known hiking bloggers and both have excellent sites full of resources for day hikes, short walks, and longer thru-hikes.

I am using the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition (I bought the SUP/Surf/Kayak package from REI) and a non-GoPro brand telescoping camera mount. These are affiliate links will lead you to as a part of the Amazon Affiliate Program. Purchases made through these links support Campfire Chic through a small commission. The link to is not an affiliate link. 


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Just a quick note to congratulate the two winners of the Sport Chalet gift card giveaway.

The giveaway winners were randomly selected by the Rafflecopter widget used to run the giveaway. Thank you to everybody who entered the giveaway and supported this partnership with Sport Chalet.

Congratulations, Laura M. and William C.!

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Project Life Workspace - Campfire Chic

This was my view on Friday. A small in-progress album, my Project Life album, and all the goodies I was using at the time. A big mess.

I have a few things on “my desk” right now and I think what will help me #finish these projects is writing them out…

Project Life

I made good progress on my binder this weekend. This is my 3rd year participating in Project Life and each year I fall behind because I can’t get myself organized enough to order all of the photos I need each week. Instead of letting that hold me back, I decided to move things around in the binder and focus on 1 page for each week for the weeks that didn’t have many photos already printed out. Some weeks (like when I went to Utah) will have the regular 2 page spread, but most of the others will be concentrated into 1 page. When I reminded myself that this is my project and I could move the weeks around how I wished, I could feel the guilt of not being a perfect Project Lifer lift off of my shoulders. I’ll be going back to the binders from previous years and doing the same shuffling. Here’s to keeping things simple.

Quilt Progress

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few photos of the progress I’m making on a lap quilt. The fabric + other supplies were part of a Christmas gift last year and it was time for me to get to work or admit defeat and send the supplies to somebody else. I am using the triangle quilt tutorial from Elise Blaha Cripe but I’m using 5 inch squares instead of 6 inch squares because I couldn’t be bothered to measure twice before cutting the first set of squares. Oh well! I’m working on sewing the strips for the quilt and hope to have the top of the quilt finished by the end of the month. I bought more supplies (when will I learn…) to make a similar lap quilt for a Christmas gift and hope to squeeze in one more quilt before the end of the year as another gift.

#30Lists Lists

I think this set of lists for 30 Days of Lists is my favorite so far. I use the challenge to try new things, shop my stash, and document what is going on right now in my life. I generally make my lists ahead of time and binge-create my lists, but this time I decided to take a chance and do them one week at a time (I need to do them early no matter what, otherwise the posts couldn’t go up at 2am each day) and it’s really interesting to see how things are going.

On a smaller scale, this week is for re-visiting the Addressing Your Address ebook from The Small Change Project. September is the hottest month of the year in Southern California and after being sequestered to the couch for the last 2 weeks (the only spot in the apartment where you can feel the A/C) I’m ready to change things up around here and downsize a bit. It isn’t really a project that I can fit on my desk (my monitor barely fits on my desk!) but it’s time for a change and it’s a good opportunity to get the creative juices flowing before the holidays are in full swing.

What are you working on this week?


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