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How I’m Listing this September

30 Days of Lists September 2017 | The Nerd Nest 1

September’s 30 Days of Lists is just around the corner and I’m so excited to get started! I absolutely love this way of sneaking a little bit of creativity into my day and I cherish my 15 (!!!) finished sets of lists.

I love that the lists give me a picture of who I am at the time: the way I answer a question today is not the way I would have answered a few years ago. And because the lists are typically so different from the subject matter I usually put in my scrapbooks–sometimes silly, sometimes introspective–I really value the perspective they add to my memory keeping library.

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Here are the supplies I’m using to list for this round:

This time I’m going with a traveler’s notebook, which was part of the goodies bag given to participants of Awesome Ladies Live for the 30 Days of Lists sponsored breakfast! I might add it to the same folio as my March TN.

Remember: there’s no wrong way to list! You can make this a gorgeous art journaling project, fill out pocket scrapbooking cards, or do something as simple as jot down answers in Notes on your phone and take a screenshot.

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To make my base, I first stamped a circle on each page, stamping near the top on the left pages and near the bottom on the right. Since I had four colors, I tried to randomize which ones I was using, so the same colors wouldn’t always be together on a spread.

Then I went through and added numbers in black ink.

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I haven’t decided how I’m adding the list titles yet–maybe typing them on a tag or label with a typewriter? And I really like the small photos in my September 2015 album and will be trying something similar this time around. After just simply writing out lists last round (after my initial stamping bonanza), I’m looking forward to getting a little craftier this time.

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Are you joining 30 Days of Lists in September? How will you be listing?

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.

Using Photos for Design Ideas with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Using Photos for Design Ideas with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge Mimic Your Photo.

For this month´s challenge we were asked to show you how you can mimic your photo in the design of your layout. This was an easy one for me since this is how I work most of the time. I always start with a photo and then usually take a color or shade from the photo when I go to choose my papers and embellishments.

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This time I used the grey blanket and colorful pillow in the background.

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I chose my patterned paper and happened to have this larger scrap piece that had both the aqua/green color from the pillow and also the grey. I paired it with an aqua colored cardstock.

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I also liked the pink in the pillow so I picked a few enamel pieces to add a third color. At first I was going to add my journaling to that grey banner, but then I was afraid to mess it up! So I put one of the super cute pins from My minds Eye on there instead. And it was grey! Also it had the pink nose, perfect!

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I just wanted to add a few more layouts to show you how I have used the color in my photos to the rest of the layout design.

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You can see that you can really go all in with both matching patterned papers and embellishments or just add a few embellishments to mimic the color in your photos.

I hope that this inspired you!


Thanks so much Lisa!

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

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

Lisa is a keeper of memories since 1999. She likes to take photos every day and usually post them to Instagram on a daily bases. She is on her 6th consecutive year of documenting her and her family´s life via weekly Project Life spreads.


7 Tips for Flair

7 Tips for Flair | Megan Nerd Nest

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!

Today I’m sharing tips about using flair on your memory keeping projects!

Snip the pin off the backs of badges and add foam dots to turn it into flair for papercrafting projects! #nndailytip

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Try using flair to frame a big impact title! #nndailytip

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What are your favorite tips for flair?

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30 Days of Lists March 2017 | Lists 21-30

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It’s almost time to start thinking about September’s 30 Days of Lists (sign up for the newsletter to be the first to know when registration opens up)–and I realized I never shared my last set of lists from the March round!

Here’s the last third of my album:

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If you put me in charge of snacks, you can expect…

  • healthy choices (fresh fruit & veggies)
  • something cheesy for a big app party
  • something sweet for late night snacks (my chocolate chip cookies are so good)

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Habits (to break or form)
TO FORM

  • daily yoga
  • better current event research
  • weekly farmer’s market shopping

TO BREAK

  • reading email on my phone (b/c I don’t answer it)

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Songs from my childhood

  • Bad to the Bone
  • The Thunder Rolls
  • My Heart will go On
  • Two Prices
  • Part of Your World
  • Carryin’ the Banner
  • Danger Zone

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Favorite people to follow on social media

  • @aliedwards
  • @rukristin
  • @amyteegan
  • @campfirechic
  • @lisaborbely
  • @whit_makes
  • @hclappy
  • @karahaupt
  • @dansmoncrane
  • @margejacobsen
  • @theemitimes
  • @carlaconroy
  • @kellypurkey

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Where I’ll be Traveling Next

  • San Antonio, TX
  • Lincoln, NE
  • East Lansing, MI
  • Table Rock Lake, MO
  • Orlando + Daytona (?), FL
  • Philadelphia, PN

[I shared my List 26 as a guest in the 30 Days of Lists classroom!]

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Favorite tools / supplies to recommend

  • Pocket pages
  • Crop-a-Dile II
  • Pampered Chef garlic press
  • Dewalt drill
  • Hidden screw-drivers in hammer set

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The last few things I bought

  • Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them BluRay
  • Ms. Marvel action figure
  • Spring jackets for the kids
  • All the Girl Scout cookies
  • Feel-better latte

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When I need a break

  • I take a walk
  • I get coffee at a local coffeeshop
  • I ask someone to watch the kids so Jake & I can go out
  • I take a bubble bath & read a book

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Favorite ways to be creative

  • Photography
  • Journaling
  • Scrapbooking
  • Random crafts
  • Home improvement projects
  • Teaching the kids according to their interests / learning styles

I shared these lists as I went on Instagram last round and I’ll be doing so again in September.

You can check out how I made my album base, lists 1-10, and lists 11-20.

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.

Mimic your Photo | Nerd Nest Challenge

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The August Nerd Nest Challenge is to Mimic your Photo. Take something from your photo and mimic it in your design!

Here are some ideas for how to interpret this challenge:

  • Create a pattern inspired by the background of your photo
  • Use a font for your title that mimics a font found on signage in your photo
  • Use an embellishments that look similar to items found in your photo
  • Use textures or colors found in your photo
  • Decorate your layout with icon embellishments representing the subject of your photo

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For my take on the challenge, I made a spread with a pocket page and traditional 12×12 page about the Pompeii Exhibition. I loved the mosaic background in the gladiator photo of Eliza, so I decided to mimic the pattern with paper!

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I chose a dark navy background paper and a few strips of solid colored scrap papers that had an aged-looking texture. I cut the strips into little squares and glued them down with wet glue in a pattern to mimic the mosaic look!

At first I thought I’d do a circular pattern, like the one found in the background, but I quickly realized that I’d need very small square scraps to make a circle work with my large photo. I opted for a simpler pattern with larger squares instead.

This was a fun way to really make this photo stand out!

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Because the mosaic background is such a focal point, I included the other photos from the exhibition in a simple pocket page.

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For the title pocket, I trimmed down a program and added a 3×4 card that mimicked the laurel wreath found in some of the Pompeii artifacts. This helped me to stretch the program to the right size and subtly reinforce my spread’s theme.

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I had many, many photos from this exhibit to choose from, but I narrowed down to the ones that I thought best told the story: the people I went with, artifacts representative of the exhibit as a whole, some of the things I found most interesting (like the thespian masks and signet rings), and a body cast from the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

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I finished off the spread with a little bit of journaling on two layered cards, which helped bring some of the colors found on the pocket page to the very neutral colored mosaic page.

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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! Just insert your documenting area (art journaling, videography, etc.) for the word scrapbooking in the challenge!

Check back on Mondays throughout the month of August for takes from the Nerd Nest Creative Team.

Use a Shape to Tie in a Pocket Scrapbooking Insert | Nerd Nest Challenge

Repeat a Shape Challenge - Circles | June 12-17 | The Nerd Nest

July’s Nerd Nest Challenge is Repeat a Shape and I have one more take to share with you!

This time I decided to repeat circles in a pocket layout and a traditional page 8.5 x 11 insert to bring the whole spread together.

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For this page, I started with an idea for an insert and built the rest of the page off of that.

I love switching up my starting point from time to time to stretch my creativity.

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Going on here: Dr. King mural near my car inspection location, errands, swimming with Tiny and family, enjoying the weather, my garden, and nature.

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I used journaling cards with circles on them for this page and added a sun embellishment to continue my shape motif. I also kept the circles in my photos in mind as I chose the placement for and sizes of the photos in the layout!

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Going on here: A food crawl fundraiser, which featured the local businesses near the gym where my brother is an athletic trainer. I had a lot of fun sampling the locations with my stepmom and sister-in-law!

Repeat a Shape Challenge - Circles | June 12-17 | The Nerd Nest

For my food crawl insert, I repeated circles on the journaling page–pearl stickers, a circle geotag diecut, and a passport stamp circle pattern on the journaling card–and made circle photos the foundation of my 8.5 x 11 layout.

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I used a 6×8 page protector for the program from the event. I used the back to add journaling for the 8.5 x 11 page. I used washi tape to connect two 4×6 cards.

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I made this hybrid layout in Photoshop by using a clipping mask to create circle photos, adding a light grey stroke around each photo, and creating a solid colored rectangle for the background with an added sponge effect.

Once I had this printed, I adhered older wood veneer arrows from my stash between each photo to show the “path” of the food crawl. Then I wrote the name of each business around the photo.

I wrote the names of the businesses I missed in my photos on the top and bottom and finished it off with a border of doodled pluses.

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I really love how this turned out.

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I’m going to make another 8.5×11 page to go here, covering my sister’s birthday party, but I’m saving it for later. There’s nothing wrong with leaving blank spaces to come back to!

Repeat a Shape Challenge - Circles | June 12-17 | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Cat snuggles, Tiny loves looking through scrapbooks, the drop off / pick up routine for the kids’ summer school, which started during this week, getting car tags renewed, Jake teaching Jonas some drawing tips, all of the kids’ dance classes (Tiny had her first one during this week), Jonas looses a tooth, a bit too much going out to eat because there wasn’t room for grocery shopping or cooking this week (I had to take Jake to work / pick him up almost every day).

Repeat a Shape Challenge - Circles | June 12-17 | The Nerd Nest

I didn’t do much embellishing on this side, but using a journaling card with a circle helped to tie this page in with the rest of the spread. I wrapped some of my journaling around the circle on the card and filled the circle with the rest of the journaling.

Consider trying to make your journaling the shape you are repeating in your layout!

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7 Tips for Documenting Spring Break (or Summer Break!)

7 Tips for Spring Break | The Nerd Nest

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!

Today I’m sharing tips about documenting Spring Break! I was going to save these to post next Spring, but reading over them, they all totally work for any kind of break–so if you are on Summer or Winter break or taking a vacation / staycation, they’ll still work!

Take note of the seasonal changes! #nndailytip

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What are your favorite tips for documenting breaks?

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July 9-15 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2017

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After a difficult start to the year and not a lot of extra time to spend pocket scrapbooking, I’m back to scrapping the month that I’m in after making 31 new pages / spreads for my upcoming course 31 Challenges.

It’s a great feeling and I’m reinvigorated–I’ll be working on getting my 2016 albums finished up next.

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This spread covers July 9-15. I added an insert–using a Design F page protector and trimming off a row–because I really liked a lot of the pictures from this week and wanted them to be larger as opposed to my usual too-many-photos solution of making photo collages.

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Going on here: Cats everywhere, I love my new hammock, Jonas and his Great Lego Organizing, my friend Harvey’s birthday party, Tiny always steals Paul’s hat, Jake and the big kids go to a cool climbing / activity place.

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One fun thing about using large inserts is that you can use some elements to bring the spread as a whole together and others to make just the part currently showing work together. I used similar colors throughout the spread as a whole, but used arrow stickers, triangle cards, and stapled translucent words as design motifs on only the left page and front of the insert.

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Going on here: Carousel Museum + lunch with my sister-in-law, her nephew, my niece, my step-mom, and Tiny. The museum features a restored 1913 carousel! Looking at the mechanics of the carousel and the band organ (which is like a giant music box) was fascinating.

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I didn’t have a 4×6 card that would have worked with my triangle motif, so I just used washi tape to attach two 3×4 cards together. I always use washi tape that I don’t love when it doesn’t show, that way it’s still useful!

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I liked the way this circle die cut looked on the intersection of the pockets, so I adhered it on the outside of the pocket. A strong dry adhesive will work!

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I really love this part of the spread. I need to remember to use more bold colors + white space.

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Going on here: A recap of our new budgie Icarus’s first week with us + a bit about our bird sitting for friends.

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Outlining letter stickers in marker is a go-to for me, especially on a patterned background.

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Going on here: Sprained ankle (which the cats enjoyed), Jake’s new drone, at the spray park with the kids, Tiny pretending to be Coraline, new plant “babies” that Tiny talked me into.

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Repeating Embellishment Shapes in a Pocket Page with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenges

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Emily is here to share her take on March’s Nerd Nest Challenge Repeat a Shape.

This month’s challenge was so much fun. I love patterns so I was so excited to find out that this month’s challenge was to repeat a shape. I was so inspired by Megan’s take on the challenge. I always have a hard time using resin shapes so when I saw how Megan used her resin hearts, I knew that I should use them in a Project Life layout.

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I decided to document our day at Six Flags. I used Freckled Fawn’s July 2017 embellishment kit for my layout as well some Project Life cards from Dear Lizzy’s Fine and Dandy collection. I tried to coordinate the cards and the embellishments based on the colors in my photograph.

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I attached the resin hearts with my Tombow Xtreme Adhesive glue runner. This glue is absolutely amazing and is so strong.

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I kept this layout simple. I used the resin hearts on two different cards, added a chipboard sticker on my photo, and added a label sticker for journaling.

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I definitely plan on making a few more layouts using patterns. 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.

Introducing 31 Challenges!

31 Challenges Pocket Your Year 2017

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