Friday, January 29, 2021

Socially Safe Stamp Camp during a Lockdown

Well if it's one thing I've learned this past year it's that the key word is FLEXIBLE
My beloved stamp camp experience has undergone some interesting experiences this past year. 

I loved stamp camp because it was a fun way to kick off a new catalogue by playing with many new stamps and accessories from a new catalogue. 

We would stamp and eat and chat...I looked forward to it every new catalogue! 

Alas sitting six people at a table sharing supplies in a church basement and eating a meal together was just not possible in 2020 so to still allow for the use of my many stamps and inks, I offered small group stamping slots with everyone wearing masks and seated distant from one another. Then we met over zoom to assemble the cards and watch the various stamping demonstrations. 

The first time was two by two in my garage

Then I managed to find a local montesorri school to rent and there was enough space to have a few more people socially distant.  It sure beat the atmosphere of my garage! 

I knew I could change stamp camp to just focus on one or two stamps but this is not what stamp camp has been!  It's always been about many different stamps and seeing the new goodies in action! 

If we haven't been flexible enough, now we are in a state of emergency in our province and are not allowed to gather at all indoors with people outside our household. 
How shall we do the January Stamp camp? 
Anyone long distance would just continue as normal and receive their 10 precut card packets and goodie bag and enjoy the zoom to see how all the cards are created while using their own stamp and ink.  Some of the local gals had no problem using their own stamps and ink.  However I still wanted to provide an option in case some people wanted to borrow my new stamp and ink.  What to do when we can't gather? 

Introducing the travelling bins! 

I carefully placed each stamp in a case with instructions about what piece to stamp from their kits.  Since we are making 10 different cards, there were 10 different cases along with a bin of  12 ink pads, a stamparatus, markers, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. 

I then created a video instruction and plotted a route that the bins would travel with each person picking up the bins from the previous person.  I also taped instructions to the top of the bin lid. 

Now each person could stamp in the comfort and safety of their own home. 
There was also the added element of mystery since when you stamped your pieces, you didn't know how the pieces would come together on the card.  That will be revealed in the zoom portion of the event. 

I know I have the best stamping friends around so even though my son told me I was crazy to do this since he was sure my stamps would get stolen, I wasn't worried about that. 
I was worried that I was loaning out so many of my supplies I would have trouble functioning when I needed to stamp know for Tuesday @ 2 or to prepare other class projects or to make cards etc. 

I shouldn't have worried.  I had more than enough other stamps and ink to occupy myself while the stamp camp travelling bins made their way all around the GTA. Good thing I am a happy stampin' shopper! 

Hope you enjoyed my stamp camp story so far!  I'm sure I'll post more after our zoom portion on Sunday!  I just wanted to share because those travelling stamp camp bins are so funny!  Have a great day! 

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