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A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted to put on a “Cousins Camp” for all of my nieces and nephews (and my own kids as well). It turned out to be a huge hit and is still a much talked about event with all of the kids. It thrills me to death that we were all able to create some amazing memories. Since going through the planning stages of these events (we’ve done two now), I’ve always thought it would be fun to share with our readers some of the fun things we did and how I was able to incorporate my digi skills.
Tips for Success
- pick your dates – we found that 2.5-3 days was perfect.
- pick a FUN theme for each day – the first year we did movies only; the second year, we did a combination of books and movies.
- divide and conquer – I planned all of the activities and my sisters took care of the food. I thought that was a great deal!
- Collect ideas for activities – planning the first Cousin Camp in the Spring of 2011 is what motivated me to finally give Pinterest a chance. Trying to track all of my ideas in Evernote was becoming a problem and taking too much time. The second year, I found setting up a pinboard for each theme worked out great and pinned as I found stuff. Now, I call Pinterest the new Google and wouldn’t really even have a need to leave it to find enough ideas.
- remember the ages of the kids – be sure the activities you plan can be varied by age (our ages the first year were 3-13).
- limit activities – plan 5 or so activities each day and then let them play and just enjoy being together.
- take photos – take lots of pictures and be sure to hand the camera off to others.
- expect bumps – expect there to be bumps and remind yourself that it’s okay. Depending on the ages of the kids, their might be tears (hopefully not yours). Just remember, it’s about the memories being made.
I recommend choosing themes that are popular, to make it easier to find activities, ideas, and printables. The first year, our themes were:
- Despicable Me
- Toy Story
- Gnomeo and Juliet
The second year, our themes were:
- Harry Potter
- Dr. Seuss
All of these themes turned out to be really fun! Probably the most difficult to find theme specific activities was the Muppets theme (more on that below).
Each day included:
- a themed photo booth first thing
- 3-5 activities and/or crafts
- a themed snack the kids could create
- we tried watching the movies after lunch, but the kids just wanted to play, so that’s what we let them do
Fun Printables To Create
I put my digi skills to work and made some fun printables for each day. The big crowd pleasers the first year were definitely the tickets to get in and the water bottles.
For the water bottles and tickets, I used the following supplies:
- Water bottle label template from Persnickety Prints (there is a tutorial there as well)
Despicable Me (first bottle on left) font:
Gnomeo & Juliet (center bottle) font:
Toy Story (right bottle) font:
I actually had the Toy Story invitation made at a website that is now defunct and then I made the Despicable Me and Gnomeo and Juliet invites myself. I would have ordered those too, if they would have had graphics available for it. Now, knowing what I know about Disney copyright, I’m wondering if the images weren’t licensed. Everything appeared to be on the up and up, but that’s what Disney doesn’t want: confusion or the appearance of being affiliated with them or using licensed characters with their permission.
I did create a ticket template that you can use for your own Cousin Camp (or any other personal event or purpose). Download it here. They are designed to put two of them on a 4×6 canvas and print as a 4×6.
Here are some ways to find licensed characters that you can legally use for your own personal projects:
- Google the movie or book name and find the official website. Many official websites have printables that you can download and use to create things using the tutorials above (this is how I found most of the things I used for Despicable Me (they are all gone now though) and Gnomeo & Juliet).
- Spoonful.com is an official Disney site that has a lot of printables for download available. Just use their search bar and type in the movie name along with printable and you might be surprised all you find.
- I used the same sites as listed above to find printables that I could use for photo booth photos.
- I also searched on Oriental Trading to find props. I found eye glasses for each cousin to have on Despicable Me Day and then the next year, bought the same glasses and popped the plastic out to use them for Harry Potter Day. I also found Gnome hats there.
- There are a lot of fun, themed activities out there and Pinterest makes them super easy to find. Thanks, to Katie, I was an early Pinterest adopter and back then, you wouldn’t find a ton of activities by searching. I was mostly Googling and then pinning. What a difference two years makes!
- I found that it was easy to take traditional childhood games and put a spin on them to fit our theme (potato sack races became ‘frog races’ on Muppets Day).
- By searching Oriental Trading, I was able to come up with ideas for fun activities. I found a 500 piece foam Gnome set for $8 that I used for a Gnome Hunt (we hid the gnomes all over my moms yard and the kids had fun finding them). We used the leftovers for a craft project.
- Take activities from the movies or books. We used little plastic lawnmowers for a relay race, based on the races in Gnomeo & Juliet.
One of the most loved and talked about activities was this past summer as each cousin was able to work on their own scrapbook of Cousin Camp as it was happening.
I bought some very inexpensive notebooks from Oriental Trading, let the kids cover them in Duct Tape, and each day I printed their photo booth pictures as well as a group photo for each of them and let them glue them in the book and add stickers. It was simple, but most of them really loved it. My youngest daughter spent a lot of time on her book and decided that she LOVES scrapbooking. Now, almost a year later, she still loves her Cousin Camp Scrapbook and can be seen looking at it often.
Here are my Pinterest Boards filled with activities and food that we have used for past Cousin Camps:
I’m not sure if we will be doing Cousin Camp this summer, but if we do, one of the days the theme will be “Wreck It Ralph”. You will know Cousin Camp is on if I start pinning on some new boards!
Valorie Wibbens Smarties journal cards
Here at The Daily Digi we are always focused on how to help others learn about digital scrapbooking. However, digital scrapbooking can also be a great tool for all kinds of learning! Have you ever used any of your digital scrapbook supplies for educational purposes? You might be surprised at how useful being a digi scrapper can be when it comes to creating learning materials!
Flash cards and fun visuals
One of the best ways to use digi supplies for learning is to create flash cards for your little ones to enjoy. The great thing is that you can print out new ones if any of them get damaged or lost! It’s also possible to customize a lot of these projects in your editing program for further personalization. Here are some of my favorite finds from digiland (all images are linked)
Create your own learning materials
Whether you have a preschooler at home to entertain, kids who need a little extra help, summer learning activities, or you homeschool your children full time, there are digital supplies that will help you out. With a little creativity + photoshop, you can make almost anything you might need for learning activities. I’ve linked up to some great supplies below.
Rock the science fair!
How many times have your kids been looking for illustrations for science fair or other school projects? There have been many times that my digi stash has saved the day! Whether you are a college student creating a presentation, or your first grader needs something fun to add to their display, digital scrapbook kits can add a great finishing touch! Here are some that might be useful for these types of projects:
There are all sorts of ways to use digi supplies to faciliate learning. You can include educational layouts right along side of all the other pages you scrap, or you could even keep a separate album for them. Becky Higgins Project Life or pocket style scrapping are also great formats to use. Of course, there are plenty of hybrid options as well; flash cards, learning charts, posters, and binders are all examples of how you can use your digi scrapping skills to create some amazing and educational keepsakes.
We’d love to hear your ideas, so feel free to share them in the comments!
If you are a Digi Show listener, you know that I refer to our listeners and readers as our PEEPS. It came about because just calling ya’ll ‘listeners and readers’ sounds so generic and anonymous but I thought ‘friends’ sounded a little preschool. So, peeps kind of stuck.
When I saw this pin on Pinterest, I knew I needed to make a printable version for all of our peeps to print out and use:
Source: scrappinwithmybug-scrappinwithmybug.blogspot.co.uk via islandmom on Pinterest
Today, I’m happy to share a printable with all of our peeps, so you can make some little gifties to share with your peeps! They are 4×6 printables. I bought some 6×13 cellophane bags with a gusset and some smaller 4×5 bags. I cut the 6×13 bags down so they were just big enough to fold the top edge over and put the printable on. You could also use a standard sandwich zipper bag. I printed my toppers at Persnickety on the pearl cardstock (I did some on matte cardstock as well, but the photos here show the pearl).
You just need to print, fold in half, and staple to a bag of peeps. So easy and fun!
As you can see above, the printables come in two versions: one that says OUR peeps and one that says MY peeps.
Supplies: The Daily Details by The Digi Chick
Raise your hand if you started a new scrapbooking or photography project on January 1st. It’s a popular time of year for people to kick-off Project Life, Project 52, P365, and other on-going scrapbooking projects. I’ve been browsing the galleries and I am so inspired by all the creative spins on these projects!
So today, let’s do a quick “check-in”. How is your project going so far?
I decided to undertake a photography challenge and a scrapbooking project. For photography, I participated in a Photo-A-Day challenge for the month of January, which I highlighted earlier in the month. It was a great project and I’m thrilled with the results.
In scrapbooking, my project is a combination pocket scrapbook album and Project 52. I’m using the pocket-style pages and scrapbooking weekly spreads over the course of the year. And so far, I’m really enjoying the project!
Here are my pages so far:
Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Layered Up In You December Journals by Lauren Grier, Journalers by Valorie Wibbens, The Everyday by Valorie Wibbens, Not Pictured by Allison Pennington, Force With You It Is Journal Cards by Valorie Wibbens and Emily Merritt, Love Me Overlays by Amy Jaz, Open Polaroid by Amy Martin, A New Start by Little Butterfly Wings, Doodlings No. 1 by Emily Merritt
Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Layered Up In You December Journals by Lauren Grier, Let Your Dreams Fly by Jenn Barrette and Little Butterfly Wings, Love Labels by Wild Blueberry Ink
Supplies: Project Live Laugh Love by Mommyish and Pink Reptile Designs, Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Writer’s Block Vo. 2 by Paislee Press, Mega Label Pack by Amy Wolff, 4×6 Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili, Cliff Notes Warm and Fuzzy by Allison Pennington, For the Love of Journaling The Strips by Allison Pennington, Layered Up In You December Journalers by Lauren Grier, It’s A Date by Shawna Clingerman
Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Doodled Stamps by Amy Jaz Designs, Journal Cards by Amy Jaz Designs, Musings by Pink Reptile Designs, 4×6 Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili, 3×4 Photo Collages by Designs by Lili, Memory Keeper by Paislee Press
I completed week 5, but I used some products that haven’t been released yet, so I’ll have to share that one at a later date!
Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Everyday Journal Cards Freebie by Miss Tiina, 4×6 Photo Collage No. 1 by Designs by Lili, 3×4 Photo Collages by Designs by Lili, Raw Color Paper by Micheline Martin, DJB Digi JenLin font by Darcy Baldwin
Think It’s Too Late to Start? Think Again!
If you’re interested in starting a project like a pocket scrapbook album, but you think you have to wait until January 1, 2014, think again! I started my album in October. Why? Because the amazing pocket scrapbooking-related products finally wore me down and I could no longer resist them! Now that I’ve been doing it for a while, I am so happy with the project.
Share Your Pages
Leave us a note in the comments with a link to your project pages, or share them on The Daily Digi’s Flickr page. We’d love to check out your work!
Will you be ringing in the New Year with a big party and lots of people? Or will you be like me and keeping it low key and just family? Either way, it might be fun to include some of these printables in the festivities. Note that some of them have the wrong year on them, but because you likely have Photoshop skillz (or another editing program), I decided to include them. Images are linked to the pins on The Daily Digi Printable Pinterest Board, where you can find lots of great (mostly free) printables.
First off, Katie talked last year about doing interviews this time of year and had lots of suggestions. I found this printable that would make it super easy too:
This printable is adorable:
Love these party hats! So bright, fun, and festive:
Some other fun supplies:
I love using digital scrapbooking supplies in home décor projects! We did an episode of The Digi Show on it last spring, and I did a post on one project a year ago. I talked on that episode of The Digi Show about different transfer methods for making canvases and how I wanted to try it. I finally got around to trying it this weekend!
Here’s a look at the supplies I used:
I used one of my favorite fonts (Candy Script) to create this wordart and had it printed on a color laser printer at Kinkos. When using this transfer technique (or most transfer techniques) the wordart needs to be printed flipped or in reverse. This can be done easily in Photoshop by going to Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal
I had my 6 year old, that is LOVING being involved in all of my projects, help me paint the canvas with Mod Podge. Then, I painted the paper with Mod Podge too:
Press the paper down onto the canvas and smooth it out as much as possible. There will most likely be air bubbles, but this adds a bit to the weathered look later on:
You need to make sure the paper and Mod Podge are dry before the next step, I let mine dry over night. Then, take a damp rag and start rubbing away the paper:
I then covered it with a new Mod Podge Antique sealer:
Here’s a look at the final project:
I think I will try another coat of the antique glaze and see how it goes, it’s not quite as aged as I had wanted. But, I still love it! I have another large piece that I’m working on 33”x40” but had a delay in finishing it due to not being able to find a canvas the right size (at 9:30 pm on a Friday). I’m excited about it though (especially how cheap it was) and will do an update post in a few weeks and share some printables as well.
I love making custom Valentine’s for my kids to hand out at school! There are soooo many fun, unique things you can do with a little Photoshopping and some cute supplies! I thought I would share a bunch of ideas (plus a free gift) today.
First up, our very own Kimberly Kalil has been making some AWESOME printable art and sharing it for FREE on her blog. I asked her to make a couple of fun Valentine’s goodies to share with you. Since these are printables, you can just print, put in a frame, and enjoy all February.
You can download both printables in one zipped file here.
This first one is a printable at 5×7 and perfect to put in a frame. Just use a white erase marker to write on the glass of the frame:
This second is a printable 8×10, again, perfect for a frame. This is something Kimberly says she likes to say to her kids and then insert a funny thing, such as: “I love you more than ice cream,” her kids will often try to top her:
Here are some great finds from around digiland to help you create some FAST and FABULOUS Valentines for the special people in your life:
Some non-traditional Valentine goodies:
If you are new to digital scrapbooking and would like more information on using these products, here are some resources to get you going:
Are you feeling a little panicked about not having your gift shopping done? With Christmas only a week away, time is running out! How about some last minute gift ideas to help out?
The nice thing about gift cards (especially online versions) is that they can be purchased at the last minute and still make it to the recipient in time. We are super excited to finally be able to offer an easy gift card for The Daily Digi’s Digi Game membership! Make things easy on the gift givers in your life and email them a link to this post!
The person that forwarded this email to you has been dreaming of receiving a Digi Game membership! We’ve made it easy for you to give the gift they’ve been wanting most!
1) Just click here to go the gift certificate page that looks like this:
2) Fill in the “TO” and “FROM” information on the tag.
3) Select the length of the subscription you want to give (one month or one year).
4) Click BUY NOW. You will be taken to a PayPal screen where you can log into an existing account or select another option if you don’t have a PayPal account:
Once you have confirmed payment through PayPal, a confirmation email will be sent to you and the gift certificate will be emailed to the recipient. The recipient will be able to apply the gift to an existing membership OR sign up for an account, if they don’t have one. All of that information is included in the email they will receive!
MAKE A GIFT CARD EXTRA SPECIAL
To make an a gift card extra special, consider wrapping it up in a custom gift card wrapper or pairing it with a favorite treat.
Really, you still have time to whip up some magic because you are a DIGI scrapper! Here are some quick and easy projects that come together in no time at all.
Make a quote art piece like this Harry Potter layout using ideas from the dingbats post.
- Frame a photo collage. They are so easy to make and you’ll find a lot of ideas in this post Quick & Easy Collages or using the tools at Big Huge Labs – see the post Big Huge Fun for details.
- Use your digi supplies and iron-on transfer sheets to create custom aprons, t-shirts, pillowcases, bags, and more! It’s actually very easy to do and you’ll find plenty of ideas in this Iron-on Transfer Projects post.
TONS OF IDEAS
We have several posts all about gift giving so be sure to browse through them for a plethora of great ideas!
Remember to enjoy the journey of finding, making, and/or wrapping each gift you give. It really is the thought that counts!