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where you can make them yourself, using my tips, tricks, printables, patterns, and detailed instructions.

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Thinking Day SWAPS

So sorry for being down for a few days. I had issues with my old host, the one who messed up the transfer to them in the first place and broke so many of my pictures, links, and downloads. My best friend, to which I will be forever grateful, offered to add my site onto her existing domain. It meant I would have to rebuild from scratch, using an entirely new program, but honestly, so much was broken that it'll be easier this way anyway.

So, the site will have an all new look, and you might notice the web address is a sub-domain, depending on how quickly I figure all of this stuff out. I've got the main pages set up, and will be adding more as quickly as I can. Things will look different, the site layout will no longer be blog style, so things will be organized slightly differently , but it will offer the same SWAPS as before, and even more, soon enough. I appreciate your patience. I think the hardest part about all of this will be correcting Pinterest links!

Scout SWAPS are great! SWAPS are fun, creative, and can even be unique! They can also be a challenge, especially if you aren't the craftiest of the bunch. There are ideas everywhere, the cutest pictures on Pinterest, so much so that it can be hard to settle for one. There are also nice, convenient premade kits available online, but they're expensive. You're paying for that convenience when, in reality, you don't need to. The markup on what are usually essentially just a few simple and common supplies is ridiculous and unless you're buying completed SWAPS, they're not that much of a time saver either. You can do it yourself. It's far easier than you think and I'm going to help you!

No, really, trust me! Even you, the 'I glue my fingers together more often than the actual craft' people. Even you, the 'I can't draw a straight line to save my life' people. Even you who think you're completely craft illiterate. Everyone can learn and the lessons truly aren't that difficult.

Here, you will find easy to follow, step by step instructions, (with pictures) for fun and adorable SWAPS, both the classics and the more original and unique. You will learn the tips and tricks I've picked up over the years, including the few cheap and easy items that will make your crafting life easier, the basics and the essentials. You will find downloadable/printable files for patterns, labels, tags, poems, and more. Even those fancy little cookie boxes and license plates that look impossible! I'll help you find the cheapest supplies possible, including things you probably throw away on a regular basis. Wouldn't it be great to know what to start collecting as both scout leaders and scout parents, so that you don't have to scramble to get your hands on something that should be free? You'll find an ever growing list of recyclable items great for SWAPS. You will also (eventually) find links to videos on YouTube, for the more visual learners.

Whether it's something as simple as a bedroll or something as complex as a quiver of arrows, I'll break it down for you. I'll rate difficulty, both for the prep work and the assembly, so you know whether your Daisies can handle it or if it's best saved for your Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes. I'll tag by theme so you can find just the perfect thing for your scout or your event and by price range so you can find your best options. Have a favorite that you'd love to make yourself but don't know how? Let me know and I'll reverse engineer it for you!

Newest Posted SWAPS

Leave No Trace Booklet
Lost in the Woods Booklet

Animal Tracks Booklet

Knot Tying Reference Booklet