Monday, May 14, 2012

Summer Camp

Matt and I have been talking a lot today about summer camp. We both agree that if given the opportunity to be ten years old and at summer camp, we'd grab hold and not let go. Has there ever been a kid in the history of camp that didn't completely enjoy themselves? Best time ever. Not to mention that the very first time I talked to my sweetheart was when were camp counselors together in high school. I thought he was such a dork back then. :)

What brought all this youthful longing on? Working with the new "Summer Camp" stamp set from Heather Nichols. I almost taste the hot dogs and smell the mosquito repellent.

For my first project, I was inspired by this photo I saw on Pinterest.  You know the rubbery stuff at the top of store bought notebooks that allows you to tear a sheet off?  Chic and Jo show you how to do it with a simple supply from Amazon.  Not having the supply handy, I made do with 1/4" Scor-Tape to make a little tear off notebook for postcards to go away with a kid to summer camp. Worked like a charm.

Here's the cover of my postcard book. The cover features stamps from Summer Camp, Happy Trails, Father Knows Best, and Tag-its #10.

Inside, I have 12 A2 sized postcards that have been stamped on both sides. You could even make it easier for the camper by prestamping/addressing them as well. Anything to encourage them to write, right?

When your lucky camper wants to write home,all he/she needs to do is tear out a postcard.

Let's talk about binding. It's super simple and can be done in just a few steps.

  1. Cut and stack cardstock for backing, cover, and backing (I used thin chipboard). For my 1/4" Scor-Tape, I cut 12 A2 sized postcards, a cover, and my backing to equal the width of the tape. 
  2. On one flat edge, apply Scor-Tape and trim overhang with scissors. (Just like they are applying glue to the inspiration photo.)  I think Washi tape would look great here as well. 
  3. Cover up raw and sticky edge with decorative paper.

The Scor-Tape on the edge has enough stick to hold the postcards in place, but only until you tug one out. Just like a notebook. Pretty cool, huh? I'm thinking this would work for lots of ideas.

And how about a card? Here's my merit badge card featuring little images from "Summer Camp". I was inspired by Stamp-A-Faire and the merit badges that come with the tote bags. Easy to make a sash with Simply Chartreuse Bitty Dot Paper. We use the term "happy camper" all the time around here and this card to be used for lots of occasions when we want to give a little encouragement.

That's it for me today. Hope you click on over to the other PTI blogs primed and ready for even more inspiration. Happy trails to you!

Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Lisa Johnson
Melissa Phillips
Ashley Cannon Newell
Maile Belles
Danielle Flanders


Happy Camper Card
Stamps: Summer Camp, Tag-its #5, Get to the Point
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse, Kraft, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist
Patterned Paper: Fine Linen Patterned Paper Collection, Aqua Mist Patterned Paper Collection, Simply Chartreuse Patterned Paper Collection
Dies: Chevron Stripes Border Dies, Ad Sense Collection, Rounded 
Labels, Love Lives Here Collection

Happy Camper Postcard Set
Stamps: Summer Camp, Father Knows Best, Happy Trails, Tag-its #10, Postmarks, Gratitude Journal, Friendship Jar: Holiday Fillers, On the Farm, Homemade Hodgepodge
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Spring Moss, Spring Rain
Patterned Paper: Simply Chartreuse Simple Stripes
Dies: Happy Trails, Rounded Labels, Ad Sense Collection, Medium Scallop Border, Notebook Paper: 
Simple Stripes Impression Plate
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Blueberry Sky, Fine Linen, Kraft, Spring Rain
Rustic Button Twine


  1. Very cute, and ingenuous! I kind of "get it," but could use one or more photos to be sure. The Scor-tape goes along the spine, like in the first photo with the paint brush? What overhang do you cut, Scor-Tape overhang? Attaching one of the special pencils from the Stamp-a-faire tote collection would be a perfect touch.

  2. So clever-I like the adaptable style of "tear-off" binding with scor-tape! (who doesn't have scor-tape these days?) The merit badge card is so fun. These projects are so reproducible with a variety of themes! Thanks for the inspiration, Erin!

  3. I love the post cards you made!!! So Cute :)

  4. Love love then post card booklet. What a great gift for anybody to encourage a quick note to keep in touch. Beautiful card too. Love all of your projects and insights Erin!

  5. Your post card book is just adorable and a super great idea! I'm gonna make some of books for family IOU's, dinners, dates with the hubby, etc. I can think of alot of ideas this would work sooooo great for! TFS!

  6. I love your postcard book idea! Do you think I can get my granddaughter to write us from camp if I make one for her???? :-) The merit badge card idea is great too!

  7. The post card book idea is wonderful! I am going to steal it to send to my nephews and I will make one for my son, so they can all write each other notes over the summer, as we all live so far away from each other. Thanks so much for the idea.

  8. Seriously. I just love the postcard book -- I will definitely use this idea. Your creativity astounds me. Love visiting your blog!

  9. Very cute! I love their website--I think it is called Chica and Jo! They had directions for an amazing magic cube too!