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Old 04-08-2008, 05:20 PM   #1
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Boy that was a long title! Here is the deal, my craft challenged friend asked me to come to her girl scout troop meeting to make swaps for her troop to take to the camporee. These swaps are little pins that the girls make to trade with one another. The theme of the camp out is Mystery and they are requesting a swap with the theme if at all possible. When I was a troop leader I loved making swaps and I have to say, I think I came up with some really good ones, however, I am totally drawing a blank on this one.

Does anyone have any suggestions? It doesn't have to use stamps although I will give you bonus points if it does. LOL

Here is a link to some sample swaps in case someone isn't getting a visual on it http://www.makingfriends.com/scouts/swap_scouts.htm

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Mystery like masquarade(?) or like mystery like Nancy Drew?
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:46 PM   #3
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Mystery like masquarade(?) or like mystery like Nancy Drew?
As in Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo or something like that. Any ideas? Thanks!
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The thing that comes to mind is a magnifying glass, a la Sherlock Holmes.

Here are some little plastic ones that could go on pins:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Magnifying-Glass...QQcmdZViewItem

Still scratching head...can't think of anything else.

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Do you have any stamps that fit the mystery theme?
Stamp on shrinky-dink plastic, colour, shrink - voila! Instant mystery charms for your pins.
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A couple of years ago I was Brownie Troop leader and our service units theme for the camp thing was mysteries. I had the girls make thumb print pictures on fun foam. They could choose the shape - heart, circle, etc and then at the meeting I had them fingerprint each other and they made the fingerprint into either a cat, rabbit, mouse, etc.
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How about a question mark pin like the Coiless Trefoil Pin Kit listed on your link? Perhaps you could have a black question mark on a white background?
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Check out this web site. http://www.gsswaps.net/ Look under bagged swaps and then DNA in a bag. I wanted our girls to make the belly button lint brushes, they said no. You could make that a mystery, attach a little tag that says "how does it get there?".
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thanks everyone for all the great ideas! I took the ideas with me and went to Mike's and this is what we have come up with: Stamping 2 skeleton keys on shrinky dinks and punching with a giga punch and a 1/4 inch punch, then shrinking it down. Using ribbon we will tie it on to a safety pin and add a little tag that says something like "Troop #1234 holds the key to the mystery." I have attached a picture. Do you think it is ok? I fear that it is a bit stupid sounding. There are only 4 girls and they need to make 140 swaps. Another friend is concerned that the punch won't hold up for that many punches thru the poly shrink. Any one know about that? They are reimbursing me for the supplies and I bought the punch just for this occassion so as long as it lasts for 140 punches it is enough. What do you think? We are doing this in two days so I can still make minor adjustments as needed.

So what do you all think? Is it good enough?
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Somebody posted a while ago about their punch dying. They had bought it specifically for that project and it died - after 1300 punches! I think your punch should last for 140. And if not, I would take it back. It shouldn't be worn out after only 140 punches.
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would the crop-a-dile go through it? Just an idea.
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would the crop-a-dile go through it? Just an idea.

It is the 3 inch circle punch that I am wondering about. I am encouraged that it will hold up for 140 after what Anemone said. I know the poly shrink it thicker then cardstock but it can't be that much thicker!

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I think that is a fantastic swap! Very creative and totally cool.

Let us know if your punch holds up!
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Well, the punch was giving out at the end. I would say that they probably punched around 180 punches counting the mess ups and such. There at the end we were needing to double punch or snip with scissors. Do you really think that the punch should have held up for that much punching thru poly shrink? Othere then that, it went well, we are a bit tired of making all those swaps! It was fun though!
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I guess I missed the boat since you're already finished....but I was going to suggest using a cricut to cut the circles. I have no idea how thick poly shrink is so, that may not have worked anyway.
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