Scrapbooking the Outdoors

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This is a guest post from Simple Scrapper design team member Jean Manis.

Over the past several months, I’ve noticed more and more nature-themed scrapbook products and layouts in the blogs, online shops, and galleries I peruse. I got a confirmation of my impressions from a friend who works at my LSS. As one of the store’s buyers, she saw a number of scrapbooking products featuring camping and the outdoors on the floor at 2011 Winter CHA.

Located in the Pacific Northwest, the LSS has always had an display area with a mish-mash of products for fishing and camping layouts. But this surge of products feels different. Suddenly “faux bois” is rolling off my tongue with regularity. Of course, like all trends, the products didn’t just sprout up overnight. We were seeing owls and other nature-themed scrapping products last year.

Energized by the possibilities, I have been scanning my pre-digital photos of a camping trip to San Juan Island and hiking trips to Mount Rainier. There’s a wide variety of colorful, fun, nature-themed products available in both digital and paper format ready for your stories around the campfire toasting s’mores!

Paper Products

Campfire by October Afternoon
Introduced at 2010 Summer CHA, the collection includes papers, chipboard, an alpha, buttons, stamps and stickers.

Happy Camper by Imaginisce
Announced at CHA 2011, this coordinated line of camping papers, die-cuts, and stamps will be available May 2011.

Campy Trails by American Crafts
Targeted towards scrapbooking the “boys and men in your life” the collection includes papers, journaling cards, felt, embroidered patches, vinyl, and several alphas that would work especially well for Scouts-themed layouts.

Roughin’ It by Bo Bunny Press
Masculine-feel collection includes papers, stickers, stamps, brads, and buttons.

Digital Products

Happy Camper by Biograffiti
High-energy, bright-colored papers, elements, and an alpha suitable for a variety of layouts, camping-themed or otherwise.

Mr. Campy by Cosmo Cricket
The digital version of the Cosmo Cricket paper collection includes journaling cards, papers, elements, and more.

Happy Camper by Dani Mogstad & MandaBean
Kit includes an extensive set of nature and camping elements along with papers, frames, and four alphas.

Go Fish Kit by Katie Pertiet
Vintage-feel kit includes, papers, alpha, stickers, and frames.

Great Outdoors by Kate Hadfield
Set of hand-drawn camping doodles.

Paper Layouts

{happy trails} by jenniferpebbles

Day Two in Yellowstone by BabyBokChoy

Outdoor Fun by TheImaginisce

Kaden’s Camping Adventures by Melanie Stanczyk

Digital Layouts

camping quest 1 by Melissa Hill

Camping Essentials by apphotos

Big Catch by iUma

Philmont by staciahall

Tip for Scrapbooking the Outdoors

Layouts about camping and outdoor recreation should convey fun and adventure. Allow yourself to play with the papers and elements to tell and illustrate your story.

Do you scrap your outdoor adventures?

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  1. margvp

    Nice post. I’ve seen more outdoors product at my LSS as well and really love it! Delightful layout and project examples. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Krisi

    Great post. I do scrap my outdoor stuff and love the kits that Chelle’s Creations has out as well. A mixture of real elements and felt stuff — super cute!


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