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Sneak Peek of Challenges 9-16 | Pocket Your Year

Pocket Your Year Daily Challenge Unit Sneak

We’re now over halfway through our Daily Challenge unit in Pocket Your Year!

Here’s a little sneak peek of what we’ve been up to so far. Here’s a look at projects by creative team members Nicole, Anna, Emily, Danica, Lindsay, Laura, Michelle, and Celena and me! I’m blown away by the projects from these amazing ladies!

*We’re taking a break from Nerd Nest Challenges in August and September while everyone works on the Daily Challenges unit in Pocket Your Year!

How to adhere different embellishment types | Tombow + Freckled Fawn

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Recently Tombow and Freckled Fawn teamed up to show how adhesives and embellishments work together.

Lots of Freckled Fawn products come with adhesive backings, but I know it can be troublesome to figure out how to attach those that don’t to your projects. That’s where awesome adhesives (and pen!) from Tombow come in.

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To show how I choose how to attach my embellishments, I made a pocket spread using some favorite leftover things from past Freckled Fawn kits!

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Here’s how I adhered embellishments on the left page:

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I started with a felt alpha title with letters from the January Capture kit.

Though the Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive tape roller is perfect for adhering paper to paper, it works for light embellishments like these felt alphas too!

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I finished up the title with the broad tip of the Monotwin marker.

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Next, I wanted to jazz up a filler card. I used the Multi Mono Liquid Glue to adhere the transparency heart (also from the January Capture kit). This glue dries clear, so it’s a great way to add transparencies to your project in a no-show way!

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For the “home” acrylic word from the Together is Best kit, I used the Tombow XTreme roller. Though this adhesive, great for heavier embellishments, is meant for more flat pieces, it’s still great for thin words like this one. I just had to nudge the adhesive that stuck outside of the bounds of the words on with tweezers.

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To finish up the page, I used the small tip of the Monotwin marker to add journaling. This marker is made for writing on washi tape, so I thought it would be good for writing directly on photos as well. I was right! No smudging!

I also added a bit more journaling onto a photo with a label from the Lovely Planner kit.

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Here’s how I adhered embellishments onto the right page:

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I used foam tape to raise up the wood chip “today” from the Shine planner kit. I cut very thin strips of the tape to fit onto the three thickest part of the word.

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Just like on the previous page, I used Multi Mono Liquid Glue to adhere the cloud transparencies from the Shine Embellishment Kit.

The flair is from the Together is Best Kit.

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I used some label washi from an old Freckled Fawn kit–from June 2014!–because I was so excited to finally have a pen that would do a good job writing on it.

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I attached the resin star from the Shine embellishment kit with the XTreme roller (it conveniently covered up some text that wasn’t relevant to the page).

Thanks so much Tombow for this collaboration!

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products. Tombow sent products for Freckled Fawn team members to sample for this collaboration.

Sneak Peek of Challenges 1-8 | Pocket Your Year

Challenges 1-8 Pocket Your Year Sneak Peek

Right now in Pocket Your Year we’re in the middle of a Daily Challenge unit! Here’s a little sneak peek of what we’ve been up to so far. Here’s a look at projects by me and creative team members and guests Jen, Priya, Emily, Kristin, Danica, Laura, and Lisa. I’m so proud of all of the wonderful work everyone has done! This unit is full of inspiration.

*We’re taking a break from Nerd Nest Challenges in August and September while everyone works on the Daily Challenges unit in Pocket Your Year!

Saint Louis Blurb Book – 40% off Discount at Blurb!

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I’m a Blurb affiliate–purchases made through these links help to support The Nerd Nest. This is a sponsored post.

There’s a 40% off sale on all orders at Blurb now through August 23! As soon as I heard about the sale, I jumped on the chance to start making a book about a family weekend trip to Saint Louis.

Use the code HIDDENGEM40 for 40% off your order.

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I was motivated to make this book, which I’ve been putting off, by the sale, but putting it together made me wonder why I don’t do this more often. The templates are easy to use, setting up my own layouts and altering the layouts is quick, and it’s actually cheaper than my standard method of buying an album / printing photos / buying page protectors / buying papers and embellishments for the standard minibooks I usually make for vacations. And they take up far less space on the shelf. Note to self. Maybe I can pull together another vacation mini before the sale ends!

For the Saint Louis trip, I decided to pull together a quick book with just photos, leaving a bit of room for handwriting, stamping, and embellishing. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book so I can finish it off, hybrid style! Expect to see the finished version sometimes in September.

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If you make your own, make sure to share a link to your project so I can see it!

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Check out my other Blurb projects by clicking on the photos:

Denver 2013 Blurb Book | The Nerd Nest

Blurb Planner using designs by Little Butterfly Wings

Kansas City Blurb Book

Projects with Freckled Fawn’s Chit Chat Kits

Freckled Fawn Chit Chat Embellishment Kit

Today I’m sharing my projects with Freckled Fawn’s July Chit Chat Embellishment Kit (above) and Planner Kit (below)!

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I really love the purple color in these kits and it reminded me of the lights in some photos I took at a festival last fall. The festival, Barktoberfest, is a concert that people can bring their dogs to! It was a cute, fun event that matched the emoticons perfectly.

I used the planner kit and coordinating journal cards to make a page about the event.

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When I started playing around with the page, I realized that the number card could be used to write lyrics from a Plan White T’s song–perfect coupled with photos of the band!

I cut 1-4 off of the number card and added it to the squiggle card along with label washi tape for the rest of the title, heart stickers from the cardstock sticker sheet, and an epoxy sticker too!

I also added a silicone emoticon to the corner of a photo and used part of a card as a spot for my title.

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The journal cards are cute on their own, but I couldn’t resist adding a few more embellishment touches to one of them!

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I also used one of the sticky note pads and an epoxy emoticon sticker to help focus in on my family in the crowd.

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This event was adorable and I’m happy I was able to make a page to match!

Katamari Damacy with Freckled Fawn Chit Chat Kit | The Nerd Nest 2

The kits reminded me of an adorable video game my family and I love–Katamari Damacy, a game where a little alien tries to roll up everyday objects on earth, collecting them to make stars. My son Jonas was running into everything with a yoga ball at a friend’s home, and he told us he was doing it so he could play the game in real life! I had to make a page documenting the story.

For this page I used the Chit Chat embellishment kit, journal cards, and black and white puffy stars.

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My background for the page is actually an 8.5×11 piece of photo paper. I found images from the game online and used one in a strip on the top and another in the corner, then filled in the journaling, photos, and embellishments on the print-out. The name of the game was cut off in the top photo, so I used the letter stickers from the kit to write the first word. I couldn’t get the spacing to feel right for the title, so I used the square flair in the corner to add balance (also because it’s so dang cute).

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Because the object of the game is to create stars, the star wood chips were fantastic for my theme. I staggered them and added embroidery floss.

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I added my journaling on one of the journaling cards, which I bordered in foil washi tape. Last, I added a spattering of puffy stars.

The result is one of my favorite layouts to date!

I can’t wait to dig into my adorable story back log, because this kit is perfect for them.

Like the kit too?

Embellishment Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Chit Chat kit here!

Planner Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Chit Chat kit here!

I’d love to see how you use yours! Leave a link in the comments!

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products.

31 Days of Pocket Scrapbooking Challenges

Daily Challenge Unit Pocket Your Year

This month in Pocket Your Year, we’re switching things up a bit to bring back the most popular unit from the 2015 Pocket Your Year course with a challenge each day! For our Daily Challenge unit, one new pocket scrapbooking challenge will be posted in the course each day starting today and ending September 14.

For each challenge, you’ll find a take from me (I made 31 new spreads!) and a take from a PYY creative team member, Nerd Nest Challenges creative team member, or a guest. I’m so excited to serve up this daily dose of inspiration over the next month!

As a bonus, I’ve created a pack of 4 printable digital cards for each challenge that you win automatically by participating in the challenge! How’s that for motivation?

Pocket Your Year 2016 - A Year Long Pocket Scrapbooking Course from The Nerd Nest

Current students, go to the classroom and get started now! Not taking the year-long pocket scrapbooking course yet? You can join any time this year.

September 30 Days of Lists Registration is Open + My Base

30 Days of Lists - September 2016 | The Nerd Nest

Registration for my favorite workshop of the year is now open! You can sign up for the September 2016 round of 30 Days of Lists now.

30 Days of Lists is a simple: one prompt, every day, for 30 Days. Not everyone can document an elaborate scrapbook page daily, but you can capture a bit about your life and your thoughts with a list!

I love that this challenge helps me to document things about myself that I’d otherwise never think to document. It really helps me capture who I am and how I’m feeling in the moment.

You can list however you’d like–in a planner, a journal, on sticky notes, in a minibook with pictures and decorations, or with simple pocket pages.

I like to plan ahead and make my base so during the challenge, I only have to worry about the listing.

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This round, I’m re-purposing an older Amy Tangerine Daybook mini. I decorated the cover and the first page to use to document summer a few years ago and only ended up making one page. So I cut out that page to use in my 12×12 album for that year, redid the year on the cover and added some #30Lists things, and I’m all set!

Maybe you have an abandoned project you could repurpose for this too!

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My goal this year, in addition to listing, is to have a bit of fun using up embellishment scraps and playing on the pages.

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Usually I prep each page by numbering them, adding journaling spots, and adding spaces for list titles, but this time I only prepped the first page with a number and title spot. Because I want to make space for myself to play around with scrapbooking supplies this round, leaving pages blank is part of the fun.

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Are you a lister? How are you doing it this round?

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DIY Ombré Pocket Cards with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily F. is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Go Ombré.

This month’s challenge is definitely a fun one. Ombre is very popular right now and I love how you can incorporate ombre in various ways. So many people now have ombre hairstyles, clothing and even artwork! Today, I want to share how I made a few a ombre project life cards.

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To make these cards, I grabbed a couple of supplies. I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, some brushes, watercolor paper, and my new (currently favorite) stamp set by Kristin from rukristin. I also had two cups of water so I could clean my brushes. Once I had my supplies set up, I began to add water to my watercolor paper and then added the colors. I added more color towards the bottom in order to make it darker. When the paints dried, I used my Versafine stamp pad to ink up the stamps and then stamped the card. Below are some close ups for the cards that I made.

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The pink card above is my favorite. I really like how it turned out. I plan to add some journaling on the white space and then add them to my Project Life album.

For the most part, the ombre technique was not too difficult, but I know I could definitely use some more practice. Do you use ombre in your projects and artwork? I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

Emily is a blogger and memory keeper who loves spending time with her family. She is obsessed with planners, books, and making new things. You can find Emily over at The Emi Times, on Instagram, and Pinterest. Buy her handmade cards in her Etsy shop The Emi Times.

Easy Ombré Watercolor Techniques with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Go Ombré.

What a fun challenge! I thought that I´d share a little easy watercolor techniques with you today. That was the first thing I thought of when handed the challenge. Now, the fun part about me doing a watercolor DIY is that I am no expert. Nope, I am just your average paint-with-the-kids-and-in-my-art-journal kind of gal! And by art journal I don´t mean I sit and paint the sunset or portraits. No, I´m more of a “background in one color” kind of art journaler. But I do like it and enjoy some painting time and the watercolor trend is just getting bigger and bigger I think.

So, let´s see how you easily can add a little watercolor to your projects!

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At first just paint with your flat brush. Take a good amount of water and color on it and just paint flat lines. It´s always good to feel the brush out a little, I do this with pens too! When you feel comfortable you can make a cute journaling card. Just take a piece of cardstock or heavier weight white paper, trim it to the size you need and paint a few lines with perhaps a light color so that you can easily read the journaling you´ll write on it. See, that wasn´t that hard was it?!

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Ok, now take your round tip brush and try make and fill a circle. Start with the outline and work in circles in the center of your paper/card. It is totally fine if the circle become more of a blob, because hey, who says blobs can´t be a cool pattern! If you want to make a card or a pocket card just add an embellishment or a word stick and voila you have made your on watercolor card!

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The last thing I wanted to show you is how you can make an ombré card. Cut your paper before if you´d like and add a lot of water and paint to your brush. Then starting either at the top, like I did, or at the bottom of the card start to paint from one side to the other going downward.

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You´ll see that this is easy since the paint and water will do the work! If you aren´t at the bottom of the card when the paint is done, just add more water and paint to your brush. If the gradient is to dark, just add more water to even it out.

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I hope you have fun trying these projects out!

Lisa is a passionate memory keeper who loves to document her little family´s life in scrapbooks. On top of running an Etsy shop she likes to throw in a few diy`s here and there.

You can find Lisa here: blog, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy.

Learning to Embrace Ombré with Jen | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Go Ombré.

Ombre is one of those trends that I’ve been slow to adopt. I probably still have unused ombre digital papers from when I first started scrapping in 2010. I think ombre supplies are beautiful, but I had a hard time knowing how to use them.

Carefree kit and artsy papers by JB Studio

Dani, one of the designers I CT for, makes ombre papers with almost every new release, so I figured I’d better learn how to use them! I started out small, adding in an ombre journal card here and there.

Drip Drip Drop kit by JB Studio

After doing that a few times, I made a page using an ombre paper as a background. I LOVED how they turned out.

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I branched out, trying to make my own ombre effect by arranging different colored supplies to make an ombre effect that mimicked the sunrise. It’s a neat effect, and something I definitely want to do again.

I’m glad I finally gave ombre a try. When you’re starting out with a new technique or supply, I think working with it in small doses can really help build confidence. Who knows, it could become your new favorite thing!

Thanks for joining me in my journey towards embracing ombre. I’d love to see examples of how you’ve used ombre in your pages!

Jen Johnson is originally from Nashville, but ran away to South Florida to marry a boy she met on the Internet. She has always been a memory keeper, but never realized it until she discovered digital scrapbooking in 2009. Now she loves to document her life in SoFlo with her husband, stepson, and cat, cleverly named Miss Kitty. Her biggest scrapbook is the “All About Jen” book. She worries that might sound narcissistic, but who else is more qualified to tell her story? She loves to travel, read, eat good food, and watch bad TV. She has a blog, hclappy scraps, where she writes about digiscrapping, minimalist Project Life, (step)motherhood, and her search for that ever-elusive “healthy lifestyle” everyone talks about. She says Y’all and Yonder a lot, loves run-on sentences, and finds it a bit awkward talking about herself in third person.