When I signed up to be a Girl Scout troop leader this year, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Aside from being a teacher many years ago, I didn’t have any experience with Girl Scouts. All I knew was they sold cookies and didn’t amazing community projects. I dove deep into the Girl Scout world and learned the ropes with my new brownie troop alongside me. Since we only met twice a month for less than 2 hours, our projects have to be short and sweet. Our resources are limited and I have to be very creative when it comes to executing ideas. (I don’t have a creative bone in my body, so you can imagine the challenge this brings).
Right before the holidays hp sent me a small photo printer called the hp sprocket. It was a surprise package that neither I or hp realized would have a huge impact on our Girl Scouts Christmas project. Once that tiny printer was in ny hands, I felt that all these creative ideas cane streaming through my mind. That same day I headed to Michaels to pick up some plastic ornaments for a Christmas Girl Scout project.
My idea was the girls would each take a picture with my phone in their brownie vests. I would add “Merry Christmas” with the picmonkey app and open the project in the hp Sprocket app. Once printed, we would gently roll the picture, stick it through the hole on top of the ornament and fill it with fluffy snow and snowflake confetti.
The idea was perfect in my head. And the pictures did print wonderfully and without any issues. The size of the picture was perfect and exactly what we needed for the size of the ornament. Once we started filling the ornaments I realized the pictures were completely inundated with confetti and fluff. We tried a few ways of filling and ultimately decided to call it a draw and let the ornaments look like mini snow globes. The girls were so happy with their projects, I couldn’t show my disappointment that their pictures didn’t show as much as I’d hoped. Maybe the project wasn’t so bad after all.
Some parents came early to help out and got to see the hp Sprocket in action. The daisy troop next door asked if they can borrow the tiny portable printer to make pictures for the girls who forgot to bring one from home- we had similar projects but the hp Sprocket allowed me to surprise the Brownie families with a new, personalized picture of their daughter in her uniform. The ease of use and no-ink cartridge really impressed the parents. Even the picture came out with great clarity!