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Project Life 2014 | June 16-21

#projectlife with Jade and postcards | The Nerd Nest

I love documenting my life with weekly Project Life spreads! At the end of each month, I batch edit and order the previous month’s photos and then work on spreads in batches. This week, I’m sharing a spread from mid-June.

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June 16-21

Add more color to #projectlife with postcards and business cards | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Pretty Kansas City skies, cats, Jonas “swimming” in the tiny pool with my sister Taylor, Eliza’s Federal Reserve field trip, coffee, yoga, dinner + fancy cupcakes with Beth, going to finally get a Missouri driver’s license. (Even though I haven’t lived in Kansas for a very long time. I know, I know it’s bad.)

Separate two sections of journaling with a sticker | #projectlife The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use a sticker to separate two sections of journaling.

Use a collection of labels to create a journaling spot on a photo in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use a collection of labels to create a journaling spot on a photo.

I used these and labels from this kit.

Use postcards in your #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use postcards and business cards to add more color to your pages!

The pinwheel and calendar card were in a set from Elise that shipped with an order. I sliced it up and used it as two cards! The bunny card is a business card from a Smallcakes, where Beth and I grabbed fancy cupcakes. They commissioned local legendary graffiti artist Scribe to paint the wall of their building and it is awesome. I love so much that I could slip a high quality no-traffic photo of the wall into my project thanks to that business card.

Add a title directly to your photo in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Sporting KC Game with Harvey and Eliza, Science City with Jonas, brunch at Happy Gillis and then the farmer’s market with my dad and step-mom.

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Tip: Add titles directly onto your photos with letter stickers! If there isn’t enough contrast between the letters and the photo, outline the stickers with a thin journaling pen.

Alter a card to make it fit your story | #projectlife The Nerd Nest

Tip: Cover up parts of decorative cards that don’t apply to you!

It bugs me when a card has information on it for decorative purposes that could be misleading later. This card went well with my farmer’s market photos, but had the name of a (fake?) farm on it with an established by date. I covered up those bits with stamps from the Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me kits and added a few cute corn stickers too!

*This spread includes a card made for the 30 Days of Lists Blog Hop.

Supplies: #30Lists prompt, Jade Project Life Core Kit, Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me kits, Rukristin for Freckled Fawn labels, Studio Calico Project Life kits, Project Life journaling pens, Design A page protectors.

Let me know if you have any questions about these spreads or about pocket scrapping in general!

For all posts tagged Project Life, click here.

Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.

Doctor Who Guess Who | 18\52 Projects

Homemade Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

My family is obsessed with Doctor Who. Jake and I have been looking for Whovian activities to do with the kids, but we’ve been coming up short. I mean, sure, we do play “Don’t Blink” tag while pretending to be Weeping Angels…which for some reason Jonas and Eliza find fun instead of terrifying. And there’s always some sort of Who related drawing / art / Lego project going on here. We were also temporarily excited over the idea of Doctor Who Monopoly, but decided that it didn’t make much sense as a game (the Doctor doesn’t believe in money!).

I decided to get creative and take matters into my own hands to alter a game to make it Whovian.

Guess Who was one of my favorite games as a kid and it’s one of the few classic board games we don’t have. The play on words made it a no brainer choice for a Doctor Who game! The rules of the game are simple: each player tries to deduce the identity of the other player’s mystery character through deduction using yes or no questions. How perfect is Guess Who for Doctor Who?

I picked up a used version of the game and swapped out the boring characters for Doctors, companions, and monsters!

Characters for Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

I started by making my own character cards. I stuck with characters from new Who, because we know it better. We can make a classic version later too if we want more variety!

I found a plethora of character portraits on BBC’s Doctor Who site and cropped them down to the card size for my version of the game (about 1 1/8 inch by 1 3/8 inch). I added 24 cards to an 8.5×11 page and printed three copies out on photo paper–one set for each game board and one set for the draw cards.

Using Guess Who Cards as a Template for Custom Characters | The Nerd Nest

I started out using my paper trimmer to cut out the characters, but it ended up being easier to use scissors and cut around the original game cards, which I used as a template.

Make your own Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

The character cards slip right into the flip pieces of the game! I left the original cards behind the Doctor Who cards so the backs would still look fancy.

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The 12th Doctor Character Card for Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

For the draw cards, I just adhered the character photos from the third sheet onto 3×4 white cardstock cards.

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Doctor Who Guess Who Game | The Nerd Nest

I stamped a blue question mark on the back of each card, just for fun.

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Then we were ready to play! It’s a bit tougher than standard Guess Who. Once you get down to the last few characters, it can be difficult to ask questions that cover several of them to narrow down quickly! Eliza is REALLY good at it.

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Altering this game was a quick, easy project and is bound to result in hours and hours of fun! As long as you have photo re-sizing skills, you can do this project easily. And because the alteration is so quick and simple, you can make a version for any sort of fandom you love! I think Buffy would be good too. If you don’t want a fan themed game, you could even fill your board with photos of family and friends! The possibilities are endless and potentially hilarious.

Now off to play some more. Allons-y!


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 18 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art / 9: Adventures in Dye / 10: Spring Poems / 11: Getting the Garden Going / 12: Le Petite Prince Painting / 13: DIY Cleaning Supplies / 14: Picking Up the Violin Again / 15: Shaving Cream Marbling / 16: Water Marbling / 17: Watercolor Crayon Resisting.

30 Days of Lists Blog Hop

30 Days of Lists Blog Hop | The Nerd Nest

Today is the 30 Days of Lists Blog Hop! While we’re waiting for the listing to begin September 1, Kam and Amy challenged newsletter subscribers to pick a list from the March 2011 30 Days of Lists. Ever the overachiever, I picked three.

I love doing 30 consecutive lists bi-yearly during the challenge, because it’s fun, the community is amazing (#30Lists is the thread that ties together most of my online friends), and the exercise paints a really clear picture of who I am at the time. However, I also think that the lists are fantastic the other 10 months of the year too: individual lists are a great way to enhance my memory keeping by getting me to think about how to journal from a different perspective. The lists I’m sharing today are all in Project Life spreads (which I’ll be sharing Friday) and were used to document a little more in-depth with a list.

For this first photo, instead of just writing “I was working on my blog this week,” I chose an accompanying list entitled blog goals. That list was perfect for this!

  • reorganize categories
  • delete / move non-relevant posts to drafts
  • switch to cleaner site
  • make landing pages

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For this photo of my kids, instead of writing about how they’re into playing dress-up (which I’ve documented before), I chose the list Things you are good at. This list could be interpreted as “things I am good at” for a personal spin, but I wanted to use the list to show the kids’ relationship:

  • finding games to play together
  • sharing your stuff
  • letting me know if you need help working stuff out
  • pancake eating

#30Lists Blog Hop - 30 Days of Lists in #ProjectLife | The Nerd Nest

My family goes to Science City at least a few times a month, so a simple “we went to Science City” is really unnecessary with the photos in my album by this point. Instead, I used the list prompt Things I love about ____ to document a few reasons I love the place:

  • You can see a real paleontologist at work!
  • It gets Jonas’s energy out when the weather sucks.
  • It makes learning fun!

I love that these lists are a simple way to tell more story. I hope you’ll use them this way too! And here’s your chance–now it’s time for YOU to join in the blog hop. Here’s how:

1. Go to the (free) March 2011 30 Days of Lists site

2. Choose one of those list prompts

3. Create your list — on a post-it, digitally, art journal, however you like.

4. Post your list in a blog post

5. Link up your post so everyone can see it too!


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You don’t have to be registered for the September 2014 #30Lists to participate in the blog hop, but if you are going to sign up for this round of the challenge, do it soon! The exclusive #30Lists digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Designs is only available to those who sign up before September 1, so make sure you join in early! After you register, make sure to download it while it is still available. You can see how I made my base for this round with Allie’s digital kit and Project Life here!

P.S. I’m an ambassador for 30 Days of Lists, so I spread my love of the challenge in an official manner. You can see why I love #30Lists here, and I’m an affiliate so any purchases you make through these links supports the Nerd Nest!

I know that there are far too many exclamation points in this post but I can’t help it!!!! Now go check out the other posts on the hop.

Eliza’s Self Portrait with Stuff

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Eliza’s first day of third grade was last week, and her first assignment for her English class was the coolest. She picked a few items that represent her to bring to school, so the class can get to know each other better. I love this assignment and think that photographing a few items like this is a fantastic memory keeping exercise for anyone!

Here’s what Eliza picked:

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, to represent her love of reading and to tell everyone how obsessed she’s been with the series lately.
  • Her latest project from Kiwi Crate to show how much she loves crafting.
  • A small Lego creation, because giant Lego villages don’t fit in a tote.
  • Her stuffed TARDIS, which had the duel purpose of showing off her obsessive Doctor Who love and showing that she likes stuffed toys.
  • A mini book I made for Eliza. (Which was sort of cheating, because it shows off lots of stuff she loves in there. It’s amazing to see how much of the stuff in that mini from two years ago is still relevant today!)
  • Some of the coolest small pieces from her rock collection, which show off her love of science.

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I loved seeing the things Eliza picked to represent herself (she is so awesome). The rest of the family is going to play along with the exercise this week too!

If you create one, share a link with me in the comments or tag me on Instagram: @megan_nerdnest so I can see your self portrait with stuff!

P.S. I’ve had a few questions about Kiwi Crate lately. They’re one of Eliza’s favorite things on the planet, and there’s a Free Trial going on right now if you want to check it out. Affiliate links used in this post when possible. Using these links helps to support the Nerd Nest.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 11

Scrapbooking family portraits : The Nerd Nest

I take a silly amount of memory keeping classes online and I’m here again to share my takes with you!

For this round, I’m sharing layouts from Scrapbooking With Style by Kelly Purkey (currently 25% off) and the Big Picture Classes workshop Here and There Inspiration by Kelly Purkey and Amy Tan (now closed).

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This page was inspired by one of Kelly’s awesome pages in Scrapbooking With Style. It features some family photos we took in 2011. Though I love candid everyday photos, I really cherish the photos of all of us together and individually, because we’re spending more time to get just the right shot. There’s less of a story with these kinds of photos, but I love getting a view of what we all look like at a specific point in time.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to make designs your own in classes that teach you to make a specific page! The original page had a single small photo, but I’m not one for leaving a lot of empty space on the page, so I made it my style by using a larger photo and a strip of photos at the top of the page.

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I’m altering the layouts to fit my own supplies (though the class does have an optional add on of a cool Basic Grey kit–also on sale right now) and my own style, but I’m enjoying the challenge of getting a bit outside of my usual techniques, especially with embellishing.

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The rest of the pages I’m sharing this round were inspired by Here and There Inspiration. This page is for Week 4 and was inspired by this front stoop. I used the inspiration image to choose the colors, textures, and materials on my page, which is about hanging out in our hammock with Jake’s brother serenading us.

Make one photo black and white in a color photo collage to make it stand out : The Nerd Nest

Tip: To make one photo stand out in a collage of equal sized photos, convert the focal photo to black and white (or convert all others to black and white and leave one in color).

Use up the rest of a sticker pack on one page! : The Nerd Nest

Tip: Challenge yourself to finish off an old sticker pack. I used 16 stickers from one sheet, slipping some partially behind layers, adding them in rows, and used them to direct the eye around the page.

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For Week 5, I was inspired by the colors in sunsets and by flora. I also used natural wood and cork textures to continue with the nature theme. Even though my photos from this 2011 Project Life page aren’t nature focused, the theme still works well with the colors of the photos.

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Tip: Combine multiple hand cut stamped images to create your own embellishments.

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Tip: Add a small stamped image to a journaling card to add more color to your pocket–I needed this green to create a visual triangle!

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Tip: Let some of your embellishments free! Letting a few things stick out of a pocket can make your grid page feel a bit more organic.

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For Week 6, I documented Eliza’s bit of modeling for a toy catalogue (one of our friends worked for the company and she got paid in toys–best deal ever).

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I used the design of the catalogue covers to inspire elements on the page, like the tilted journaling spot that mimics the tilted logo and the flair that mimics the circle of text. I also used the colors found on one of the covers.

Scrapbooking Work Events 1 : The Nerd Nest

Week 7 was all about technology, and I documented Jake’s work developer conference.

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Tip: Take a screenshot of your schedule to document an event!

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Tip: House embellishments inside shapes in your patterned paper.

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For Week 8, about documenting relationships, I added a special relationship story to a Project Life page.

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Tip: Tape two 3×4 cards together on the back side and use them in a 4×6 pocket. Tie them together further by having an embellishment, like this label sticker, overlap both cards.

*Supplies for these pages are mostly from Studio Calico kits and Oh Deer Me kits.


Most of these pages are for my 2011 weekly Project Life album, and I thought it would be fun to show how they went into the album! I had a few 12×12 pages from 2011 to work around, so I got creative expanding the weeks a bit.

Integrate Past Pages into a Project Life album: The Nerd Nest

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I loved making these pages for Scrapbooking With Style and Here and There Inspiration! I can’t wait to make even more for these workshops.

I’d love to know what classes you’re taking or some of your past favorites!


Affiliate links used when possible. Using these links to buy anything, even items other than the linked items, helps to support the Nerd Nest.


Here’s the deal: because I have friends who teach things and because I teach at Big Picture Classes, I get to take classes for free sometimes. So I end up taking more classes at once than I would if I were paying for them. I’d want to make sure I had time to do ALL of the projects in a given class vs. dipping in here and there if I were working within my crafting budget, so I’d probably limit myself to much less at a time. But as it is, I don’t need to do that, so keep that in mind. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to be taking a stressful amount of classes. Choose classes based on what you think will be the most inspiring or the best fit for you (and your budget).

Project Life 2014 | June Part 1

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I love documenting my life with weekly Project Life spreads! At the end of each month, I batch edit and order the previous month’s photos and then work on spreads in batches. This week, I’m sharing three spreads from the beginning of June.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

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This spread was made with Studio Calico kits and 4×6 paper pads, a card from the Seafoam Project Life core kit, and Design A page protectors.

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Going on here: The kids having fun spending the night at Jake’s parents’ (I love that they send pictures) and Jake and I spending lots of time together doing (and eating) our favorite stuff while they were gone.

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Tip: Run out of room on your journaling card? Finish your sentence on an adjacent card with a label.

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Tip: Take representative photos for the things you do. For instance, I took a photo of The Fault in Our Stars book because Jake vetoed the photo we took together at the movie theater, which is sad, because it totally looked like Augustus was kissing Jake (the movie poster was behind front us). But Jake had a weird blinky face and deleted it. Boo. Even if I hadn’t used the book photo, it reminded me that we went so I’d jot a little note about it.

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Tip: Technology makes it so easy to use others’ photos in your Project Life! Jake’s parents text photos they take on their phones or iPad to me, and I save them to my camera roll so I can include them along with my own photos.

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Going on here: Jonas’s fancy ways of playing, board games, getting my hair chopped off, Eliza and Jonas playing on the iPad, Eliza reading to Jonas and having him repeat the story after her, and Poppy visiting us.

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Tip: Adding labels doesn’t just give you extra space for words, they also give you a little extra white space on your page to help direct the eye around.

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This page uses the Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste Mini Kit, Rukristin for Freckled Fawn labels, Design A and Design F page protectors, and a few bits from Studio Calico kits.

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Going on here: The awesomeness of my new haircut (Jake takes the best portraits), Jonas making up stories in his books, and (surprise, surprise) brunch.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Surprise birthday party for Poppy! It was his girlfriend’s idea (she’s awesome), he didn’t know it was coming, and it was great!

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: Using the same sticker sheet across a whole spread helps bring cohesion.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: Don’t have just the right insert? Try cutting down a bigger protector. If you cut just outside the sewed lines between the pockets, you don’t even have to do anything to seal the edge! If you’re cutting through the middle of a pocket, you can seal it with a sewing machine, staples, or washi tape.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Flying a kite, Jonas’s weird rigging of our swing set, and Jake’s cousin’s graduation party.

Going on here: A (really) late mother’s day celebration for Jake’s mom, tricycling, Eliza’s first day of summer school camp, doing shaving cream marbling, my mom’s just for me just because chocolate chip cookies, and Jonas reading to the cat.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: If your journaling card has one decorative side, keep that side by the edge of the page.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Let me know if you have any questions about these spreads or about pocket scrapping in general!

For all posts tagged Project Life, click here.

Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.

BUILD Virtual Retreat

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This weekend you’ll find me parked at my computer in between furious bouts of working on class content. The occasion? Amy from Lemon and Raspberry is hosting a virtual retreat for registered BUILDers.

You’ve heard of BUILD from me before: I’m one of the guest contributors in the ecourse*. Amy interviewed me about my top 7 tips for guest posting… a video interview that clocks in at just under an hour. Even though I’m one of the expert guest interviewees in the course (along with folks like Elise Blaha Cripe, Sara of Yes and Yes, Rachel of Smile and Wave, Kara Haupt, Mollie of Wild Olive and Kam of Campfire Chic), I’m still a student. I’ve been using BUILD over the past year to help me to re-focus my content, more effectively monazite, improve my social media presence, and focus my energies to align with my goals.

If you’re wondering why I’ve been spending a FULL YEAR working on this course, that’s because it’s not the fluffy “this is how I’ve become successful” pretty photo driven “how to blog” content you may have seen in courses elsewhere. This class is more like an in-depth college course. It’s serious stuff, and it’s a lot of work. It’s not magic. But it WILL help you figure out how to build your online platform if you put in the work.

I’m planning on posting more in-depth about the specific changes I’ve made because of BUILD, but that sort of thing will take me forever to write. I didn’t want to put off talking about BUILD until I’m finished with that long post: I wanted to pop in before the virtual retreat this weekend and before the price of the course goes up September 1 to reflect the new content Amy is adding.

I am so looking forward to this opportunity to discuss my goals with others, ask questions in the many topic sessions (design, content, monetization, marketing, and maintenance), and hang out with other BUILDers. I’ve built strong businesses relationships with these online business savvy people in the BUILD mastermind Facebook group, and having us all in one place at one time with Amy at the helm is going to be crazy motivating.

My main goal for this weekend? Hopefully, it will give me the push I need to finish that darn site redesign that is SO long overdue. I’m stuck in a few places, so talking it out will help me extraordinarily.

P.S. If you want to see the quality of content Amy puts into BUILD, I definitely recommend you sign up for the free weekly BUILD newsletter.

* Because I’m a contributor, I’m also an affiliate. So, you know, if you purchase the course through these links, yay! You’re helping me pay my bills! Amy didn’t ask me to write about the retreat and these are all my own opinions and words.

Day in the Life // August

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Last year I played along with Ali Edward’s Day in the Life monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. This year, I’m repeating the project. On the 15th of each month, I’m going to document my everyday life. I like having a set day because I won’t worry about finding a “representative” or “normal” day. Wherever the 15th falls, that’s what I’ll document.

Here’s Friday, August 15:

I woke up first, so I made coffee and read a few chapters of Cane River before the kids woke up.

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Jake went off to work and the kids and I did morning stuff, cleaned a bit, and the kids earned playing a bit of Katamari Damacy for cleaning up their rooms. While they were playing, I furiously sent as many e-mails as possible.

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We made lunch together (frozen Trader Joe’s potstickers, raspberries, and carrots) and watched an episode of Top Chef Masters while we ate.

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After we cleaned up lunch, we played with Play Doh and I had a LONG conversation with Eliza starting with ancient religions to different denominations of world religions to marriage practices of different cultures because Eliza asks the best questions. The whole conversation was spurred by the Top Chef episode we were watching.

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After that we were getting stir crazy: we didn’t have a car (a friend is borrowing mine) and the mosquitos are too bad to play in the back yard right now. So we took a walk to our neighborhood used bookstore. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but the kids each picked one book and one activity book.

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Then we had a snack at a coffeeshop. Lattes are my favorite thing in the world: usually Jonas and I go about once a week and I go by myself once a week.

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I marveled at the weather on the way back: we’ve been having weirdly cool weather for August.

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When we got back, Jonas and I made pizza dough. He loves baking: measuring and dumping things are awesome.

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Eliza’s main daily chore is emptying the dishwasher, and she taught Jonas how to put away the silverware.

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Then the kids played in their box fort, read their new books, and played school while I cleaned a bit.

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Then we watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and I got some more work done. I’m developing class content, but I can’t say much more than that yet!

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Paul stopped by for a minute and told us a work story. Jonas was trying to mess up his hair and thought it was hilarious (obviously). Paul is Jonas’s favorite adult.

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When Jake got home (a bit late), we were intending on going to the Ethnic Enrichment Festival to see my cousins’ fiancé’s band and general cultural awesomeness, but ran into some issues. It was a last minute plan, we were already late getting out of the door, the ATM we went to for ticket money wasn’t working, the next ATM we tried via our phone directions was in a closed building, it started raining hard, and we were already to the time point where we’d miss the concert. We gave up and went to get our favorite mac and cheese in town as comfort after the series of unfortunate mishaps. There was a long wait, but Jonas kept himself entertained with playing cards and Eliza read the third Diary of a Wimpy kid book we’d purchased earlier in the day.

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When we got home, Jake started to get the kids ready for bed and I made myself some tea and read some Keats to keep myself from freaking out about work stuff.

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I read a few books to Jonas and we tested his new glow in the dark stickers. It was too late for me to read to Eliza, because we’re trying to get her back on a school schedule, so she just read to herself before bed. She ended up having trouble falling asleep and staying up late anyway.

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Jake watched Merlin and I finished up as much work as possible so that I’d be ready to film and photograph in the morning. I did a bit of yoga midway through to refocus.

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Jake read on his iPad before bed and I read more Cane River until lights out.

Are you playing along with mid-month Day in the Life? Make sure to share a link with yours if you are!!!

Check out my other Day in the Life posts, including how I put them into Project Life.

Project Life 2014 | June Day in the Life

June Day in the Life in Project Life | The Nerd Nest

On the 15th of each month this year, I’ve been documenting a Day in the Life, a concept originated by Ali Edwards. Last year I used Ali’s templates to include a 6×12 insert for every Day in the Life I did, but this year I wanted a bit more wiggle room. So I’m throwing a full spread in between weekly spreads (extra full spreads in addition to weekly spreads is sort of my M.O. this year).

Here’s June Day in the Life:

Click the photos for a larger view.

June Day in the Life in Project Life | The Nerd Nest

I keep super simple with my Day in the Life spreads so I’ll have lots of room for photos and words. This time I stuck with the Seafoam core kit (which is seriously discounted at the time of writing), 3×4 white cards, Project Life journaling pens, and minimal embellishments.

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I started with the back of a Design F page protector, but had mostly horizontal photos. So I printed the photos at 2×3 (4 to a 4×6 photo) and added them to white cards and seafoam cards so the cards would be half and half with photos and journaling.

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I used a Design H insert to include a bit extra.

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Then finished off with a Design A protector!

A few tips to take from this spread:

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If you end up not being able to fill up a whole journaling space / run out of things to say, include a centered embellishment to balance the card.

June Day in the Life in Project Life | The Nerd Nest

Have more to say? A lot of journaling cards have more journaling space on the back. Just add an arrow to indicate that there’s more to read.

June Day in the Life in Project Life | The Nerd Nest

A strip of washi tape is an easy way to add more color to a card. Add it to several cards throughout the spread to create a visual triangle across the spread as a whole. This polka dot washi is from the July Oh Deer Me Kit.

June Day in the Life in Project Life | The Nerd Nest

Are you doing Day in the Life this year? How are you containing your documentation?

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.

Watercolor Crayon Resisting | 17/52 Projects

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

This week I’ve been playing around with watercolor crayon resisting. In one of my elementary school art classes, we did this project: you color on white paper with neon or white crayons, watercolor over it, and the wax from the crayon works as a resistor so the colored parts remain white (or neon). My elementary school creation was super neat and was framed in my mom’s bathroom for years, so I thought I’d give grown-up versions a go and teach the kids to do it as well.

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Problem is, it wasn’t working at first. We were using watercolor paper, and it just wasn’t really resisting very well. That’s totoally fine: my policy is that art projects that don’t work can be cut up to be used for scrapbooking or other projects later.

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

I even doodled a version of my first project so Eliza could see what it looked like.

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

We switched to regular cardstock and that worked out much better.

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Even if we ran into trouble on our first round, the kids had a lot of fun painting layers of paper. Eliza made a tornado (like a true Midwesterner) and Jonas and I worked on a rainbow to improve his brush control.

I have the technique down now and I’m not sure if I’m going to try to do something awesome with it or if this playing around is enough.

Have you ever tried watercolor crayon resisting?


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 17 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art / 9: Adventures in Dye / 10: Spring Poems / 11: Getting the Garden Going / 12: Le Petite Prince Painting / 13: DIY Cleaning Supplies / 14: Picking Up the Violin Again / 15: Shaving Cream Marbling / 16: Water Marbling.