Camp Scrap Day 1: Make the most of 30 minutes and a give-away!

First of all, welcome to Camp Scrap: Holiday 2012 Edition! Every day from now through November 9th I will be posting a “Camp Scrap” post. These are tutorials, articles, videos, and more designed to be quick reads, and hopefully helpful for holiday crafting as well! Everything you see will be 100% authentic stuff I’m making for my own holiday prep! So you know there won’t be 5 hour gift tags or 3 day process posts. We’ll dabble in all kinds of fun stuff – thanks for joining me! There will be a few other fun posts done on my blog during this time, but all the Camp Scrap ones will be labeled and also archived here for future reference.

Alrighty then, let’s jump in. To kick things off today I’m calling it the “make the most of 30 minutes” post. You could also say ten minutes, five minutes – whatever you’ve got! The point is, instead of surfing the internet, watching a TV show, or otherwise zoning out, take a few moments out today to do something crafty that you can share with someone else. To kick things off, and to keep things speedy, I broke out my Simon Says Stamp December kit and just played!

First, I cut a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock into four equal pieces, giving me four card fronts. Why just the front? A) I can make a mess without messing up a card and B) If I don’t want to use it as a card, I can use it in giftwrapping (more on that another day!)

Card #1: One of my classic card go-to designs, I went for a rosette and kept it real easy. I layered some punched paper, edged with distress stickles, and set it aside to dry.

Card #2: Layered ribbon + paper, edged in gold, stamped some flourishes (that didn’t quite work out so I covered the whoops part), then finished with a die cut poinsettia + wooden “merry” topped with distress stickles.

Card #3: I wanted to get a bit more inky, so I taped (lightly!) a rectangle down onto my card front, then I inked with a blending tool all around and up against the edges too with distress inks (winter seasonal colors).

When done, I pulled the paper off gently, added my sentiment, perfect pearls, and some glossy accents over the letters to make them pop.

Tag #1: Finally, I knew I wanted this santa paper on a tag. I made sure his head wouldn’t be chopped into when I positioned, then I just edged, added the sentiment, and topped with ribbon.

Supplies Used:

In less time than it would have taken to watch an episode of Dr. Who, I’ve got four homemade accents ready to add in my giving this holiday season!

A big part of my quick creating today was of course having a kit of supplies I worked with. This kept me focused, saved me from endless digging, and made me work with what I had in front of me. I strongly suggest gathering supplies for a kit of your own – you can mix & match and keep it small – or let it grow! I’ll be sharing my December go-to box tomorrow, as well as a fresh project or two as well.

Sponsoring Camp Scrap is a company I have the pleasure of working with – Simon Says Stamp! Over at Simon you’ll find all kinds of crafty treasure from stamps to glitter and everything in between. It gets better though. First of all,  They’re giving away TWO December card kits that I just showed in use above! To be entered for a chance to win leave a comment (on my blog, if you’re reading this via email) and 2 winners will be randomly drawn on Friday the 7th of December.

The winners have been drawn! Congrats to Susan Golan and Marianne B – I have emailed you!

Secondly, just for my lovely blog readers, I’ve got a special discount code! That’s right, Simon Says Stamp is offering 10% off your entire purchase. Use code CSCRAP2 when you check out. Please note that the code is case sensitive and it will expire at 11:59 PM on 12/11/12 eastern standard time.

My final note that I’ll leave you with, is that if you’d like to share a project inspired by today’s post please feel free to link up below. I’ll add an inlinkz list at the end of each Camp Scrap post so that you can share with all of us holiday crafters. If you read my blog via email or otherwise are not directly on my site, you just need to hop on over to and you’ll see the list and can also of course leave your comment to be entered for the prize drawing!

107 thoughts on “Camp Scrap Day 1: Make the most of 30 minutes and a give-away!”

  1. Thanks for sharing your projects. They look like fun projects and I like that they didn’t take a lot of time and yet looked elegant. Can’t wait to see how you plan to use the card fronts in gift wrapping.

  2. lol, as silly as it sounds, i’ve never thought about making just card fronts! that makes the whole task much less daunting somehow! thanks for making me look at something differently

  3. Oh yay! FUN! Love all these projects, especially the card with perfect pearls all over and the one with the award ribbon, and the one… OK – love them ALL 🙂 Thank you for sharing these with us!

  4. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I like all of the cards you created, but card number three really gave me some ideas. I can’t want to get home from work and try out a stamp I haven’t used yet with my winter distress inks (I just love those colors). I also wanted to thank you for the book recommends; I always like to see what you pick.

  5. Your projects–and that kit!–look awesome, May. Thank you for the chance to win. I’m looking forward to the rest of your series. You’re always so inspiring.

  6. I LOVE your Camp Scrap – glad that you are hosting it again. My favorite from today is the tag – so vintage-y!

    Enjoy the blessings of the season!

  7. Thank you for the reminder to stop wasting my little bits of time and get some crafting done! Today, my spare moments are devoted to my Etsy store– Christmas is a busy time for me! But at least it’s crafty and I get to play with bits of paper!

  8. I love the Peace, Joy, Love card. So simple and beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win a cute kit.

  9. All of your samples are great. You have inspired me to crack open my Simon Says December kit. A rainy day is perfect for it.

  10. Love your card/tag ideas that you always share. They look great but don’t take too much time. Simon Says has some fun kits! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Love your third card with the Seasonal Inks, simple but extra special with all the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls and I like your idea about making a bunch of card fronts and then using them as needed. Great tips and ideas today.

  12. Can’t wait to try these techniques out this weekend when I work on my Christmas cards!
    Thanks for the chance to win a cool card kit!

  13. Love your cards
    my fave is the Peach Joy Love one
    Thanks for the chance at a great prize—love SSS too

  14. Love the cards, and esp. the tag. Am working on a December Daily mini album to give my daughter tomorrow when I see her. Card kit looks fab.Thanks for all you do

  15. I love your cards. They’re simple, but beautiful–just what you need when you’re making a lot of cards. Thanks for the chance to win a kit.

  16. Love the tag! I’m making a few tags to send out this year, instead of cards. I like to change it up once in a while. Thanks for the chance to win this great kit!

  17. Love all the cards, specially the ones made with the poinsettia die cut. Thank you so much for doing Camp Scrap! Very excited about this!

  18. Thanks for doing Camp Scrap and the chance to win a kit. I took your kit class at BPC and made up a couple kits to take to a recent scrapbook retreat. It was great. I didn’t have to haul lots of stuff, but still had what I needed to do some great pages.

  19. Looking forward to seeing what’s new each time I check your blog. I’m never disappointed by how creative and fun your projects are! I also love the discount code for Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite web stores. Thanks!

  20. I love the SSS December Card Kit and I am going to have to CASE your tag with the Santa paper. It’s a delight as are your cards. So happy to be in Camp again. Thanks May!

  21. LOVE the Peace, Joy, Love card! Thanks for the quick ideas. It would be fun to win the card kit.

  22. You’re starting out with a bang! There are so many good ideas here. Thanks! And yay for the coupon code. I’ve been wanting some of distress stains in the formerly limited edition colors.

  23. HOLIDAY camp scrap=the best of all worlds! Love today’s projects and I’m excited to fall along in the days to come.

  24. Great inspiration! I need to go pull out my Christmas stash. Last year I decided to store it all together in one bin to make it super easy to find this year. And I have a new Santa stamp I want to try out.

  25. Love the cards, especially the tag! I’m getting ready to make my cards and need all the inspiration I can find!

  26. I’ve been playing with this kit, too. I love those little wax seals. And that Santa paper is so cute. If I were lucky enough to win another kit, it would be a perfect Christmas surprise for my niece. Thanks for the chance!

  27. Love your tags and cards! The December kit is great. Thanks Simon Says and May for the chance to win!

  28. Great ideas….. I’m definitely going to add paper to some tags (of all sizes) this year… and it’s SO much easier to gather all the things you think will work with your project (whatever it is) and then just focus on using what you have set in front of you… I do that with scrapbook layouts often. I’ll be checking back here to see what other great ideas you come up with in the next week or so.

  29. Thank you so much for doing this holiday camp scrap! I love the idea of just taking a few minutes a day and creating such lovely holiday items. I would love to be entered to win this great card kit. It does help to have one place to work from instead of dragging out all of your supplies, especially when time is limited. Beautiful cards and tag. Can’t wait for the next post!

  30. Thanks for the inspiration I love that you’re doing this! I’m going to a crop tonight and am definitely going to try some of your ideas! Thanks also for the chance to win – the kit (especially the stamp set) looks so fun.

  31. Yay, so happy you’re doing a special holiday edition of CAmp Scrap!!! And thanks to SSS for their sponsorship!

  32. Yeah girl! Thanks for the great idea. I kicked out 3 cards with your ‘award looking card’.
    Thank you so much looking forward to tomorrow.

  33. I am looking forwad to some quick creative goodness over the next few days! Thanks for the super quick tips today. I really need to get started myself!

  34. Those are some great ideas to insert a little crafting for the holidays without having to disappear for hours! Thanks, May! And thanks for having a Holiday version of Camp Scrap! I also appreciate the opportunity to win a Christmas present for myself!

  35. Looking forward to the holiday version of Camp Scrap. Thanks for a chance to win this cool card kit too.

  36. I LOve all your card fronts and I find working with a kit of selected items makes the work go much faster..thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

  37. I needed some inspiration to get going on my Christmas cards. This, I think, was it! Thank you!

  38. I love the honesty in your posts, May! Thanks for telling us you stamped a flourish that didn’t quite work out, so you had to cover it up. I stole 30 minutes today, thinking I could knock out a quick birthday card design that had been floating around in my head…but my elderly neighbor called and needed some help/company. She sent me home with zucchini…which I turned into zucchini bread and toted back over to her. Soooo…my creativity happened in the kitchen today. But I do thank you for the reminder to use even a few minutes in a way that’s more profitable. I hear you!

  39. After taking Kit-tastic I have become a kit addict…got mine put together for Christmas scrapping but would love to add more! Love SSS kits. I made some cards yesterday, but spent way more than 30 minutes,so they don’t count technically…sure had fun though!

  40. Love the card kit and what you’ve done with it already! Thanks for the inspiration, ideas and chance to win!

  41. Love the poinsiettia card! Well, love it all! Thanks for having camp scrap holiday! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. What fun cards. I would so LOVE to try out this kit and see if this is something I would like to receive each month. I would LOVE a chance to win. Thanks

  43. My biggest problem this time of year is staying focused.I want to make everything I see.Love the idea of making my own so I can zero in on what needs to be done.

  44. Great start May. Love the cards especially the Peace one. Thanks for extending Camp Scrap with a seasonal edition and thanks for the chance to win a little something extra for Christmas!

    ** Kate **

  45. May, I LOVE your idea of cutting paper in 4, making card fronts, and then also having them to use as a tag if wanted. That’s BRILLIANT!

  46. I love Camp Scrap and am excited to see what you have in store for us for this Holiday version!

  47. I love the idea of setting aside 30 min. and just creating without interruption! Love your card fronts and the tag! Great ideas.

  48. May, I love these. Three cards and a tag in less than 30 minutes, absolutely perfect. I think I want to be you when I grow up, at least as a paper crafter. Thanks for sharing. Now while I watch Bears football, I’ll go on to Day Two of Camp Scrap.

  49. Thanks for the inspiration!! Love the cards and tags! I would love to win the card kit so thank you for the chance!

  50. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone! So glad you are doing this May! Thank you. Love your 30 minute idea, I need to put that into practice!

  51. I love your cards, and Simon Says Stamp which I would never have found without your blog. I have not done a single card yet can you say Tick Tock? LOL! Thank you for the chance to win!

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