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Day in the Life with Freckled Fawn’s January 2017 Planner Kit

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One of my favorite documentation tools is Ali Edwards’s Day in the Life™ project. This project is simply a challenge to record a single day in detail to capture your routine, the rhythm of your days, and things you may overlook when you are memory keeping.

Since 2013, I’ve been recording a Day in the Life each month. I pick a day at the beginning of the year (by using a random number generator the past few years) and record that date throughout the year. I started with the last day of the month, then did the 15th, then the 4th, then the 17th. This year, I’m documenting the first of each month.

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This month, we happened to be setting off for an overnight trip to St Louis on the first. Since the day was eventful, I decided to go ahead and make two spreads instead of one.

Freckled Fawn 2017 Planner Kit

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I was really excited about the rubber 2017 banner in the Freckled Fawn January 2017 Planner Kit, so I based my page design around the kit, including a supporting role for Fresh Start Journaling Cards. The kit plus a few patterned papers cut down to 4×6 from my stash were all I needed for these two spreads.

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I had a ton of photos I wanted to include on these spreads, so I first organized them into groups based on what part of the day they were from (getting ready, arriving at St. Louis, St Louis Science Center, dinner, hotel) so I could decide how to break up the photos on the different pages and decide how many to put into collages. It’s like a puzzle!

The right hand side includes photos of us getting ready (I love the kids’ car bags), the car family selfie we always take on road trips, and lunch at the Gramophone (really good sandwiches and arcade games for the kids is always a plus).

I didn’t add much journaling on this side, just Day in the Life and the date on the January card. The stamp is from Kelly Purkey’s Day One kit.

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I added a clip from the planner kit with the word “love” on it. I liked the way it looked better floating there than clipped on, so I attached it with a couple of glue dots.

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The right page on this spread has a few photos from the Science Center and tons of journaling! I wrote down times and details in the Notes app on my phone throughout the day to make it easier to remember. It was a quick way to document during the few bits of down time I had, since our day was so busy.

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I loved the cute paper stickers that came with this kit–planner stickers don’t just have to work for planners, they are great for other scrapping projects too, especially when you are documenting everyday routines. I used the stickers as support for the journaling–coffee for when I was getting ready in the morning, the house when we were leaving home, fork and spoon for grabbing breakfast, the phone for a phone call with my mom, etc. I think it’s a cute way to add some movement to a word-heavy page.

To give myself extra journaling room, I added white cardstock to the middle of the hearts card to transform it from a filler to a journaling card.

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I thought this page would need a little white space, so I added the “smile” journaling card to a 4×6 patterned paper that matched. I used the super cute felt ribbon across the bottom, attaching it with staples.

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It’s hard to see the black foam word “amazing” in this photo, but it looks great in person.

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I made the second spread more simple, thinking of it as kind of a supporting role for the first page.

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The left side has more photos from the Science Center, including the kids’ favorite parts (I love interviewing them after we do stuff like this). I kept up with my journaling + planner paper stickers to visually tie this page to the first spread.

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This time we got tickets to go into the Discovery Room. The Science Center has free admission. Parking and the Discovery Room are both paid, but we received both free with our Union Station membership! Lots of museums across the US and the world are part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program, where you get free or discounted admission to tons of museums with a membership to your local museum. We always check the list before traveling and you might want to check into your local museums to see if they take part!

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The Discovery Room was all three kids favorite part of the museum (though the large animatronic dinosaur had our toddler’s heart). There was a giant rocket with slides and circuits you could flip to turn lights on and off, all sorts of musical gadgets, a cool microscope with a big screen, aquarium, shadow theater, big bugs and a lot more (including stuff that’s good for toddlers). It was nice to have the kids enclosed for 45 minutes doing stuff that wore them out–hah!

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The right side has our dinner at Bailey’s Range and our evening at Center City Hotel, including swimming and the view from our window. We found a good deal on Travelocity and they upgraded us to a suite, which was nice for playing games with Eliza after the little kids went to bed.

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For a journaling card on this page, I cut patterned paper down to 4×6, then added lined patterned paper cropped to 3×5. That way I could get more color onto the page, but the words were still visible! I added a paper sticker from the planner kit to start off the journaling.

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I love that Day in the Life helps me to get photos I wouldn’t otherwise take, like a photo of Eliza’s “listen, little brother, you are super wrong” face and our five spoons in the empty ice cream dish.

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Documenting this day was a fun way to kick off Day in the Life for 2017! Is anyone else joining in with Day in the Life once a month? You can also join in with Ali Edwards a few times a year if once a month is too much for you! I’d love to hear about your DITL experiences.

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products. I am an affiliate and receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

7 Tips for Organization

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On my Instagram I share a daily memory keeping tip with the hashtag #NNDailyTip, then collect them here so you can find them easily later!

This time I’m sharing tips for memory keeping organization:

What’s your favorite organization tip?

Follow me on Instagram to see the tips in real time!

30 Days of Lists December 2016 | Part 1

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I knew I wouldn’t have very much time for scrapbooking and creativity in December, so working on #30Lists helped to hold me over until January. I love that this project can be simple, so I could easily just jot down a list in a notebook everyday if that’s the route I wanted to go, but this time I wanted to set a goal for myself to use more of my acrylic stamps. It worked better for me to batch several lists a few times a week in December instead of filling them out daily, and I finished up the last week of lists in January (because nothing extra is happening during Christmas / kid birthday time).

Here’s the first half of my December 2016 30 Days of Lists album:

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1. My favorite things about December:

  • Seeing all our big extended family branches
  • The feeling of magic
  • Lights everywhere
  • All of the cookies + treats
  • Traditions like our Xmas scavenger hunt + making ornaments + calendars

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2. Activities I want to try this season:

  • Learning new games (Munchkin)
  • Make my own board game
  • New ornament techniques
  • More artwork

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3. People always ask me about:

  • How in the world I read so much
  • Tips for starting w/ pocket scrapbooking
  • How much longer before adoption is final?

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4. I find magic in:

  • Re-reading Harry Potter & reading it out loud to my kids
  • Watching snow fall
  • All the beautiful twinkle lights
  • The kids’ faces Christmas morning!

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5. Things I learned about myself this year:

  • I can be a morning person
  • I am really good at focusing groups of kids
  • I am stronger than I think

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6. On my desk this week:

  • Nov. Freckled Fawn Kit
  • My #30Lists album
  • Spring Classes Outline
  • Memorabilia I need to put in my PS album

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7. How I can be helpful:

  • Donating blood whenever I can
  • Watching friends’ / family’s kids
  • Volunteering at my kids’ schools
  • Being super nice to our case workers (tough job)

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8. Wardrobe essentials this season:

  • Fuzzy pj bottoms
  • High school swim team hoodies
  • Thick, tall socks
  • Thick scarves
  • Gloves / mittens
  • Knit hats

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9. When I am driving:

  • I listen to music (Hamilton!), NPR, or audiobooks
  • I talk to the kis
  • I’m anxious
  • I love Google Maps

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10. A night out usually involves:

  • Casual clothes
  • Dinner in our district
  • Book / game shopping

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11. Favorite book series:

  • Harry Potter
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Maya Angelou’s autobiographies
  • Hunger Games
  • His Dark Materials
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Drizzt
  • The Giver+
  • A Wrinkle in Time+
  • Cormoran Strike

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12. What I didn’t finish over the weekend:

  • Intended crafts (calendars, stockings)
  • Much of anything (everyone but A got the flu)
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    13. Favorite (new) meals of 2016:

    • Eggs Benedict w/ fried green tomatoes
    • Biscuits & Groovy, Austin, TX
    • Shrimp tacos @ the Drunken Worm, KCMO
    • Bibimbap, Boulder, CO
    • St. Louis style pizza, St. Louis, MO
    • Truffle fries, Ann Arbor, MI

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    14. I am glad I ____ this year:

    • Got a zoo membership
    • Improved my punctuality
    • Drew boundaries
    • Read SO MUCH
    • Traveled more
    • Stepped back when needed

    *I shared my 15th list in the December 2016 30 Days of Lists workshop.

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    16. I can’t recommend ____ enough:

    • Hamilton
    • Memory Keeping
    • Pandemic (board game)
    • Game nights
    • Setting goals
    • Reading memoirs

    Are you a lister? I’d love to see your list! And if you aren’t quite done, here’s your push to finish them up now! It doesn’t matter when you finish.

    I loved having a do-able project to work on this December and I’m happy to have this little look into myself right now.

    Watch out for the second half of my album next Monday and make sure you sign up for the 30 Days of Lists newsletter so you can join in the next round!

    Curious about how my tag album came together? Check out this post.

    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 support the Nerd Nest! Sign up for the #30Lists Newsletter so that you can keep up with #30Lists news.

    Ring in the New Year | Nerd Nest Challenge

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    This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Ring in the New Year.

    Create a project showcasing how you celebrated the new year. Different cultures celebrate the New Year on different dates, so don’t feel limited to January 1st! You may have some documenting from Yom Kippur or Lunar New Year to do. You might want to think about it in terms of a new school year or a new year of life after a birthday.

    You might want to make a project showing what you did for the last New Year, the cultural meaning of the new year you celebrate and what it means to you, or the goals you have set for this new year.

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    I needed a bit of a break (blogging and scrapbooking) through the hectic holiday / big kid birthdays season, but I’m back on the horse and starting from the top with a pocket page about how my family spent our New Year’s Eve.

    Our holidays are a little over the top (six family holiday parties in three days–and we hosted three of them!), so we love to spend New Year’s Eve not doing much of anything. We make a big dinner, play games, watch movies, and take a big family selfie when midnight (or, in this year’s case, New York midnight) rolls around. I love these silly photos and always have a lot of fun documenting them.

    The journaling reads:

    We rang in the New Year at the East Coast time, watching the ball drop in Times Square on You Tube, so we could go to bed earlier to set off for St. Louis in the morning! I love our chill, at home, just us NYE after all the Xmas crazy.

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    The Freckled Fawn January 2017 Embellishment Kit and Fresh Start Journaling Cards were perfect for this page! I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and usually use up the goodies right away when I receive them early, but the 2017 elements were my favorite part, so I made myself wait.

    Here’s how I used the kit:

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    Our foster daughter was making hilarious faces, so the engraved wood “so funny” quote was just the thing for the negative space in this photo. I love tucking embellishments into the corners of photos. It’s an especially good trick to use if your photos are all similar.

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    Tucked into another photo corner is one of the paper stickers, which just happened to both have a perfect sentiment and match Jonas’s shirt. Unless I’m centering a sticker like this on a card, I usually trail it over the edge of a photo and cut off the excess. This helps ground it so it doesn’t look like it’s floating around.

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    I added one more embellishment set to a photo to create a visual triangle of photo embellishments. The foam word “loved” framed in hearts popped well against the background of our dark shirts!

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    The cards that match this kit are amazing and didn’t really need anything extra, but I thought it would be fun to add a few enamel triangle stickers over their corresponding triangles on this card for a bit of extra pop!

    I also used a circle punch to cut out the “fresh start” circle from one card to add it to the pinwheel card (which is my favorite–I love all of the colorful pinwheels in this kit!).

    You can find the current kits and extras from Freckled Fawn here.

    How do you celebrate the New Year? Do you grab someone to kiss? Dress up and go to a fancy party? Pop a bottle of champaign? Curl up and read and try to ignore the noisy fireworks outside? I’d love to hear!

    I want to see your take on the challenge! Share a link in the comments or use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!

    Remember that you can do anything you’d like for this challenge–it doesn’t just have to be scrapbooking!

    I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products. I am an affiliate and receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

    Little Details with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

    Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Capture a Feeling.

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    I am an avid photographer and it would be very rare for me to not take photos every day. Through the years I guess one of the things I have learned when it comes to photography is to capture feelings and for me that lies in the simple, little details and ordinary moments.

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    For example, we had a big frost one morning last week and I wanted to take photos of course. I made sure to take a few detail shots to capture the flakes on the blooms, but also kneeing down to take the photo of the frosted grass. Angles like these are sure to capture of an overlaying feeling of how cold and beautiful it was.

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    I have shot several weddings through the years and the details and the little moments gets me every time. A glance from the groom, when the father sees the bride for the first time and when the couple laugh out loud.

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    When I shoot weddings I always take behind the scene photos like this above of the bride touching up on her makeup in a car window. And when the couple receives their photos they always thank me for those shots.

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    I often take my DSLR when I visit friends or family with kids. The camera is fast and take multiple shoots in a series which is great when you are taking photos of moving objects like say a toddler!
    I try to take photos in ordinary moments like meals, when they are reading or put in the garden like here. This shot above shows how little this guy was since I zoomed out and got a few surrounding trees in the shot.

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    But I am also zoom in when the subjects are interacting like in these above shots. I find that it is in moments like these I can capture the real and true feeling.

    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.

    Holiday Overwhelm with Jen | Nerd Nest Challenge

    Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Capture a Feeling.

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    December is always busy, but last year was insane for us. In the last five weeks of 2015, we went to Vegas, shopped for a new car, went to Busch Gardens, saw Star Wars, hosted Christmas with my stepson and father-in-law for the first time, renewed our wedding vows, rode Segways, and celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. I’m sure I’m forgetting something…

    I took a ton of photos and tried to write in Momento or Evernote every day and I’m so grateful I did, because that whole time was a bit of a blur. This month’s prompt reminded me of a list I made one day in response to a Journal Your Christmas prompt. Just a simple list, but it really encapsulated the chaos that was happening at that time.

    I could probably tell lots of stories from these photos. How I wore my sparkly red shirt so I would feel festive. How the car we looked at that day was almost exactly the same as the car we ended up buying six months later. How that was my first trip to Trader Joe’s (and how I IM’ed Megan to tell her all about it, because I know she’s a TJ’s fan) How obsessed I was with finding the “perfect” planner and how I would drag Jason to the office store at least once a week. How we met with our wedding coordinator and she told us incredible stories about the same-sex couples she’d married since it became legal just a few months before. How special that beach is to us. How we love going to pretentious burger joints. So many stories that I could have written from one day.

    But instead, I wrote out the list that I made that day and let it stand for itself. I think it says a lot about that completely awesome, but completely overwhelming, season.

    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.

    Capturing Joy and Excitement with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

    Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Capture a Feeling.

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    This month’s challenge is to Capture a Feeling. I immediately decided that I wanted my sons to be the subject for my layout. I was able to capture my sons’ joy and excitement of playing outside. Whenever we have to go out somewhere or when we come home, my boys immediately run towards this big tree that is in front of our house. They also love playing with the leaves on the ground. I love how happy they are when they run towards the tree and how much joy they have when they play with the leaves.

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    Every time I see my boys play, I get hit with nostalgia. The feeling of joy is so strong when I watch my boys try to climb the tree. I remember doing the very same thing as a kid. I remember playing with leaves and making giant piles of leaves. I remember picking up the leaves and asking a million questions about why the colors on the leaves were changing and why the trees began to look bare as the leaves were falling off. I also felt a bit sad because my boys are getting older and I want them to stay little forever. A day after this photo was taken, my oldest son lost his first tooth…a sign that he is obviously getting older. Even though my boys are getting older and will one day stop trying to climb trees and play with leaves, they will always be my babies. I’m so glad that I was able to capture this picture.

    For this layout, I used my Freckled Fawn October 2016 kit. I also used some patterned paper from my stash, some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk stickers, and some heart shaped enamel stickers. Below are some close ups of my layout.

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    I can’t wait to see how you all take on this month’s challenge.

    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.

    Capture a Feeling | Nerd Nest Challenge

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    This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Capture a Feeling.

    With your photos, words, and / or art on your page, try to evoke a specific emotion. You may have an emotional story you want to share, you may want to capture the magic of the holiday season, or you might make a page that gives a sense of your life in chaos or in peace.

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    For this page, documenting Jonas’s first day of school this summer, I wanted to capture excitement. His excitement shines through the photos and I wanted the page to reflect that as well.

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    I used a 12×12 acetate page with small and large circles along with a circle background with lighter spotted paper, both of which are reminiscent of confetti and add to the feeling of excitement. So did the sparkly stars, which remind me of the stickers he comes home with when he does a good job at school.

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    I’d love to see your take on the challenge! Share a link in the comments or use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!

    Remember that you can do anything you’d like for this challenge–it doesn’t just have to be scrapbooking!

    Check back on Mondays to see takes from Nerd Nest Creative Team members!

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    Selected Supplies: Paper: Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers: Expedition and acetate, Shimelle: Haynes; Embellishments: Freckled Fawn: December 2016 Kit and Hello Autumn Kit.

    Documenting December + 30 Days of Lists

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    I love documenting December. It’s busy and full of friends, family, love and magic.

    I’m all ready to go with Ali Edward’s December Daily project, but this year I’m being realistic and going with my mantra Document Now, Make Later–I’m going to write my stories and take my photos as I go, but I’m going to order the photos in batches and work on my album when I have time. I might even decide to forgo the daily part (a lot of my holiday stuff happened before today) and just focus on telling holiday stories, no matter the time frame. I get enough of the everyday stuff documented with weekly pocket scrapbooking.

    I’m getting my daily documenting crafting fix this month with 30 Days of Lists, which is much more manageable as a daily crafting task for me.

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    This round I’m making a simple book with tags–I pulled some from my stash and I’ll pick up more while out holiday shopping. I want to make a point to use a bunch of stamps, which I’ve collected from kits but don’t use often enough. I’m stamping the number of each list on the tags along with little icons and decorations that will go with the list. I went to town on the cover with mixing fonts, but it was super fun.

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    What’s your documenting plan this month?

    Supply list – Jump ring, tags (Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp), letter stickers (Ali Edwards), label sticker (Basic Grey), ink (Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, Radiant Neon Electric Green), stamps (Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico, Ali Edwards, Basic Grey, rukristin)

    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 support the Nerd Nest! Sign up for the #30Lists Newsletter so that you can keep up with #30Lists news.

    Traveler’s Notebook Style with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

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    Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Try on a Different Style.

    I love autumn and was eager to try my hands on a travelers notebook style. So I made an insert myself and started collecting fall stories in it. I hadn´t used this type of scrapbooking before this summer. I am not very worried that my photos and layouts are un-protected, but I guess I had just gotten used to my pocket pages and regular scrapbooking layouts. I am happy to try new things and I have really enjoyed this format.

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    I have used stories like my favorite things about autumn and fun things we do. But I have also been using a few prompts like the Hashtag this week challenge by Mandy Elliot. Since this project was a seasonal one I wanted to use fun products that are autumn kits. I have used almost all digital products that I have printed out.

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    Quotes are one of my favorite things to add to memory keeping projects so it´s no suprise there are a few in there.

    What I have struggled a bit with is the bleeding through to the next page if I´ve used ink, but I have solved that by using a new background paper and glued it in. I have also been concious about not using too bulky embellishments in my TN since it tends to be hard to close when it is being filled.

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    I know have several pages left after working in both October and November. The remaining pages will be used for my gratitude project I do every November.

    If you are interested in making and using a travelers notebook style of memory keeping I can recommend watching my friend Diane´s youtube channel where she posts several videos a week.

    love & peace

    Lisa ♥

    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.