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Expanding Heart | One Little Word

Expanding Heart | One Little Word

This month in Ali Edwards’s workshop One Little Word, the assignment is to choose a daily practice relating to your word.

My word for this year is EXPAND.

I know this month is a going to be a little hectic–there will be lots of appointments and meetings related to fostering, lots of vet appointments for my cat Charcoal (whom we just discovered has diabetes), a weekend getaway to see my brother (and probably Kristin!), some exciting weekend plans like seeing Newsies on tour, and some extended family things that will be extremely tough emotionally.

Because I know I’m in for an emotional rollercoaster and a lot of stress this month, I’m planning on documenting a thing each day that makes me feel like my heart is swelling. I’m practicing having an expanding heart. It’s a way to pay attention to the positive things that are going on and is a practice of gratitude.

I’ll compile them all together at the end of the month on a scrapbook page.

Practicing Expanding Heart | One Little Word

Just a few days in, I already love the practice of documenting the little things that are expanding my heart. For February 1, I have an adorable picture of our foster baby and Jonas snuggled up in a cart at the grocery store–seeing my kids’ love for each other is a heart expander for sure (and calm, loving moments when trying to shop with two tiny humans rather than them trying to escape and pull everything off of the shelves is something to be thankful for too).

On the second, my local book club met at a restaurant to discuss our latest selection, Consider the Fork. I went early so I could have dinner by myself and read Hamilton. Excellent food is something I certainly appreciate, as is the opportunity to have some time to myself. But most of all, friends gathering to discuss insights and opinions makes my heart swell.

Noting things that expand my heart | One Little Word

Jake and I downloaded gif keyboards and have been overusing them with glee. Jake made a gif for me of a moment that makes me swoon in the movie Across the Universe, just because he knew it was a little thing that would make me happy. So yesterday, I reflected on how much the small, silly things Jake does expands my heart and how lucky we are to be the same kind of weird together.

I think the practice of really paying attention to the little things that make me happy–pausing to reflect on them and documenting them to be able to look back on them–is really going to help me stay centered this month.

Are you participating in One Little Word? What are you practicing this month?

Scrapbooking with Freckled Fawn’s “Lovely” Kit

Crafty Like a Fox | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Yesterday I shared a spread I made with Freckled Fawn’s Lovely kit for this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge. Today I want to show you a few other projects I made using the kit!

Freckled Fawn Lovely Kit | February 2016

Here’s everything included in this month’s kit. You can also check out the new planner kit if that’s more your style!

Here’s how I went about using my kit:

Pocket Page using Freckled Fawn's February 2016 Embellishment Kit | by Megan Anderson

After digging into the chipboard speech bubbles and stickers for my I speak like a millennial layout, the next thing that inspired me in this kit was the cute rubber fox embellishments. I love the phrase “crafty like a fox,” so I thought I’d use the theme as a jumping off point and gather photos of all of the crafts I finished in a month in a pocket page.

Sewing on the transparency letters is a fun way to attach them and added to the crafty theme.

A little embellishing goes a long way on pocket pages | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Use an embellishment as a jumping off point for a themed page! | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Adding a love paper clip to a photo (which I attached with a glue dot rather than actually use it as a clip) and a second rubber fox to the journaling card finished off this simple page!

Freckled Fawn's February 2016 kit is perfect for scrapping about the people you love! | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

February is the month of love, and I was deciding what I wanted to make with all of the great heart puffy stickers when my soul lady Kristin celebrated her birthday.

Scrap a love letter to a friend in February! | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I decided to make a just-for-fun page that functions as a love note to her using one of my favorites of her selfies (doesn’t the copper heart washi look fantastic with her hair?). I fit a puffy heart sticker (or a few) in the spots on my background paper to strengthen the friendship love theme and used the washi tape, fabric cut from the yellow glitter bow in the kit, and the love paper clips to frame the photo.

Use patterned papers with large shapes to house small embellishments | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I am crazy about this layout and want to make some of my own patterns inspired by this one–the “paint” spots are just so good for including tiny embellishments.

March 22-31 2015 with the Freckled Fawn Lovely Kit | The Nerd Nest

Next, I moved to a pocket scrapbooking spread. I’m working on filling in the unfinished spreads in my 2015 album, and the bright colors of this kit happened to work fantastically with this heavily outdoorsy page from last March.

March 22-31 2015 left side with the Freckled Fawn Lovely Kit | The Nerd Nest

March 22-31 2015 right side with the Freckled Fawn Lovely Kit | The Nerd Nest

This spread was really photo heavy, so I used patterned paper and embellishments to create my own filler cards, then used embellishments and white cardstock to create journaling cards. The label stickers were a great way to stick in a bit more journaling on top of photos!

Use labels to make a transparent title stand out on a patterned background with the Freckled Fawn Lovely Kit | The Nerd Nest

The label stickers provided a background for the title with the transparent letters, so they’d stand out from the patterned background.

Combine old and new kits! Pocket scrapbooking with the Freckled Fawn Lovely Kit | The Nerd Nest

Vellum washi stickers and the camera clip from last month’s Capture kit added more color and went great with this month’s kit!

Use embellishments to make your own journaling cards Pocket scrapbooking with the Freckled Fawn Lovely Kit | The Nerd Nest

Adding strips of washi tape, border stickers, repeating embellishments, or combining all three is a great way to DIY your own journaling cards when your stash isn’t really working for you.

Trim off a wood chip for a corner with the Freckled Fawn Lovely Kit | The Nerd Nest

I also added a painted woodchip sticker to the bottom corner of the spread, trimming off the excess and filing the edges smooth.

What's Left after 4 Projects | Freckled Fawn Lovely Kit

I absolutely loved working with this kit and ordered a few extras of some of the embellishments (and the planner kit!), because I liked it so much. I still have a few things left to add into future projects, though!

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn Lovely kit and Capture kit // rukristin basic number stamp // Momento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink // Maggie Holmes Carefree paper // Seven Paper Goldie journaling cards // Ali Edwards Heart Story Kit and Precision pen // Becky Higgins Project Life Design A and Design F page protector.

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

Document Your Voice | Nerd Nest Challenge

Document Your Voice - Nerd Nest Challenge February 2016

Welcome to the second Nerd Nest Challenge of the year! Join in for monthly memory keeping challenges on the first Monday of each month. Need extra inspiration? A Nerd Nest Creative Team member will be here every Monday with their takes on the challenge!

This month’s challenge is to document something we often don’t include in memory keeping because photos and words don’t easily capture it: the way we talk.

Some ideas for this month’s challenge are to describe your accent, highlight fun family or cultural words or sayings, tell a story about a public speaking experience, detail how your voice has changed over time, note your favorite slang words or sayings, tell us about your singing voice, or reflect on a speech impediment you had as a child (or have now). You can also take a metaphorical route and talk about how you found your voice as a writer, artist, or found the strength to speak up for what you believe in.

Your voice is an important part of who you are, so document it!

Document Your Voice | Nerd Nest February 2016 Challenge

For my take on the challenge, I made a layout titled “I Speak Like a Millennial.”

The journaling reads:

Defense of millennial language:
The way my generation speaks is often the butt of a joke. I see a historic trend of each previous generation worrying about the next, so it’s no surprise. But I love the millennial tendency towards hyperbole. Slang like “awesome” and “best ever” is a clear way to celebrate the mundane. Even negative stuff: “the worst” and “I can’t even” brings humor to irritation. I’m proud to speak this way.

Cork speech bubbles + label stickers!  | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I had so much fun creating this page. Luck was on my side– the February 2016 Freckled Fawn kit Lovely has speech bubbles work perfectly for this theme, and the kit arrived at my doorstep just before I started to work on my take for this challenge!

I love that the paper stickers in the kit coordinate with the cork speech bubbles–this added texture to my journaling and allows me to turn the speech bubble whichever direction I wanted!

I split my page in two, with one side reserved for cascading speech bubbles housing my journaling and a halved painted wood chip I used to add the year. The other side included my title and a photo of me with various pocket cards as background paper. If you have scattered papers like this, it’s fun to tuck embellishments into the corners and angles created by the papers–I included a few painted wood chips and puffy plus signs.

Cork Speech Bubbles by Freckled Fawn | February Nerd Nest Challenge

Paper label stickers by Freckled Fawn | February Nerd Nest Challenge

Because I was so excited about the cork speech bubbles and journaling stickers for this challenge, Freckled Fawn is sponsoring and giving away a set to one lucky winner this month!

Giveaway closed February 29, 2016 at 11:55pm CT.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!

Scrap the way you talk! | Nerd Nest Challenge February 2016

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn Lovely kit // Seven Paper Goldie journaling cards and paper // Ali Edwards Precision pen // staples.

How to Forward Plan for Pocket Scrapbooking with Laura | Nerd Nest Challenge

How to Forward Plan for PL with Laura | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Pocket Your Year Creative Team member Laura is here to share her take on January’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Set Yourself Up for Success. Give a warm welcome to Laura!

Hi, this is Laura from MacGirls Adventures and I’m here to talk to you about how to forward plan successfully. This is a technique that I use for a number of different projects, pocket scrapbooking, my daily planning and more. I did this in my Bullet Journal but you can just as easily do it on a scrap piece of paper, the aim is to just do it.

Split your page into three sections, make sure the sections are big enough for you to list under each of them and title them ‘Keep’, ‘Discard’ and ‘Add’. After that you can get to work on working out your plan.

How to Forward Plan for Pocket Scrapbooking with Laura | Nerd Nest Challenge

Under the ‘Keep’ heading list out everything that you want to keep in your pocket scrapbooking, whether it’s a big thing like the album size or whether you’re going digital or physical, or it could be small things like a certain colour scheme, or using only one kit for the whole album. Keep going till you can’t think of anything else, it doesn’t matter if it’s not full or finished, you’ll think of more things as you carry on!

Under the ‘Discard’ heading list out everything that didn’t work for you and you want to leave behind. For me this was the 6×8 size and the ad-hoc format that I was doing, but it could be anything at all, big or small. These are things that you’ve tried and tested and found that they are just not for you, and that’s totally OK.

Under the ‘Add’ heading list out the things that you want to try, these could be things you’ve seen other people doing, things you’ve found on Pinterest or just things that you want to give a go. This isn’t saying you’ll do it through the whole year, these are things that you want to try and if it doesn’t work, then there’s nothing lost, at least you’ve given it a try.

I found when I did this that as I was going through the different headings I found things to add to the other ones. I left it open on my desk for a few days and I kept thinking of things to jot down. I think my list is fairly complete now but I won’t bet on that 100%. My plan is to re-visit this monthly and either create a new smaller spread in my journal or just add to this one.

How to Forward Plan for Project Life with Laura | Nerd Nest Challenge

I’d love to hear how you find this exercise! Leave a comment here or, if you are taking the course, head to the Pocket Your Year Plan of Action forum and we can have a chat about it.

Laura is a storyteller living in the heart of the UK. She is a geek girl at heart and loves nothing more than discovering the latest gadget or app. She strives to find the perfect productivity systems to keep her in check and help her tell her stories and memories. She is often found curled up on the sofa with her black and white furry friend and the Mr or she’s out exploring the world and getting muddy. Pop by and say hello on Instagram or Twitter.

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

Giveaway closed January 31, 2016 at 11:55pm CT.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!

October Reads

October 2015 Reads | The Nerd Nest

In October, I decided to do a 31 Scary Days project, so the books I read were mostly in the horror genre. I finished several of them in November, though, so the spooky stretched longer than 31 days.

October Reads | The Nerd Nest

Here are the books I read in October:

Song Of Susannah (2004) by Stephen King

In the 6th book in the Dark Tower series, the band of travelers are split up into different times and places on their quest to save–and reach–the Dark Tower.

I’ve been working on this series throughout the year, and like most of the books in the series, I’m mixed about it. For the most part, I really did not like this one and sort of slugged through it, but there was some fun breaking-the-fourth-wall stuff that I enjoyed. And some great vivid descriptions.

But those elements can’t make up for the uneven pacing and the mystic pregnancy trope, which ruined this series for me.

‘Salem’s Lot (1975) by Stephen King

Novelist Ben Mears goes back to ‘Salem’s Lot, the small town from his childhood, to write about the Marsten House, which has haunted him since his youth. But as deaths and disappearances rack up in the town, Mears discovers something horrifying about the Marsten House’s new owner.

I listened to this audiobook to refresh my memory of the book, which I read when I was a child (I was vampire obsessed as a kid). A character in this book is heavily referenced in the 5th book of the Dark Tower series, so I wanted to fill in the gaps. It turns out that you really don’t need to have read the other books to understand anything in the Dark Tower: the references, allusions, and characters just make for fun Easter eggs for King fans. (Though the fifth and sixth Dark Tower books do function as a kind of sequel for this novel.)

Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls (1998) by Valorie Schaefer

A book of information and advice about body changes for girls ages 8-10.

What’s spookier than being a parent to a child going through puberty?

Kidding, kidding.

A friend recommended this book for Eliza and we both loved how straightforward and informative it was. I’ll be picking up the next installment for her too.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (2015) by Felicia Day

Actress, filmaker, and Internet entrepreneurial guru Felicia Day delves into her uncommon upbringing, gamer history, and path from violin / math degrees to film and Internet takeover.

I thought I’d give celebrity memoir audiobooks another shot because a) I really love Felicia Day and b) she built her amazing empire on the Internet and I thought she’d have some fantastic online entrepreneur advice (she did).

Day is a fantastic storyteller, and with her self-depreciating humor and captivating anecdotes, she’s hard not to love.

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (2011) by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

This novel details the origin story of the most vivid villain from The Walking Dead universe–the Governor.

I absolutely loved this book.

If you are a fan of the series–either the comics or the show–this is a great expansion of the universe and details another account of survival right after the zombie outbreak. There are also some fun overlap of places with the main Walking Dead group, which were fun to discover.

There were really stomach twisting and horrible scenes, so it’s definitely not for everyone.

There was also a fantastic twist I didn’t see coming at all–though Amy loves me and read it in part because I really wanted to talk about it and she saw it coming. I think it’s more surprising if you’ve read the comics and not as out-of-left-field if you’ve only seen the television series (the Governor is exponentially more morally repugnant in the comics).

I’m excited to read more from the series.

Comics I read in October:

I also read a draft of Amy Teegan’s book George Washington, Serial Killer. But I can’t say any more than that until I read the final draft!

Reads - October 2015 | The Nerd Nest

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Make sure to put a big SPOILERS warning in your comment to warn others if you have ‘em.

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Cupcake Inspirations Challenge

Cupcake Inspirations + Freckled Fawn | by Megan Anderson Detail 2

I had fun participating as a guest sweetie in this week’s Cupcake Inspirations challenge. This blog offers up inspiration in the form of a cupcake photo and challenges you to use a theme or color scheme as the starting point of your project! This week was all about blush, gold, and cream.

Cupcake Inspirations + Freckled Fawn | by Megan Anderson

Usually I’ll start with a photo or story in mind, but for this layout, I started browsing my stash to see what I had in the color scheme. I pulled out blush and gold embellishments from past Freckled Fawn kits and paired them with papers that worked really well with the color scheme and the embellishments.

I knew I wanted to make a 12×12 page with the paper, but I also knew that I didn’t want a 12×12 page with this color scheme for any of my recent photos. So I went back several years, browsing photos from when Eliza was little, until I found a story I hadn’t yet told that I wanted to pair with my products.

I chose cute photos of us at the park. I decided on a mainly decorative page, but I might go back and pair it with a 6×12 accompanying page about going to the park near our first apartment. But for this, I decided I just wanted to show off cute toddler Eliza.

Cupcake Inspirations + Freckled Fawn | by Megan Anderson Detail

Head over to the Cupcake Inspirations site to get inspired and to enter to win a prize from Freckled Fawn with your take!

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn Gold Puffy Heart Stickers from Woodland kit, Glitter Chipboard Frames (trimmed into photo corners) from the Gypsy kit, Label Sticker from the Together is Best kit, and Epoxy Icon Stickers from Iconic kit / Crate Paper Confetti Backdrop paper / Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Fabulous Fun paper / Ali Edwards Precision pen.

5 Tips for Achieving Memory Keeping Goals with Jen| Nerd Nest Challenge

5 Tips for Achieving Memory Keeping Goals with Jen| Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on January’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Set Yourself Up for Success. Give a warm welcome to Jen!

I love setting scrappy goals! They are some of the few goals that I actually accomplish, because they’re so fun. This year I’ve made sixteen scrapping goals for 2016 (super original, right?) Here are a few things I’m doing to make sure they get accomplished.

Keep the goals visible. I made a layout earlier this month with all of my goals, This will be one of the first pages I flip through when I look at my 2016 album. I also have a copy of my list saved in Evernote for easy reference.

Combine similar goals. A few of my goals feed into each other. I know that once I’ve “put away random LO’s that are scattered around the house”, I can more easily update the frames beside my desk where I keep my favorite seasonal LO’s. Having LO’s that I love right next to me will inspire me to scrap more.

Stick with what works. I already have a system that works well for me to keep up with journaling for page ideas. I’ve been using a combination of the Momento app and Evernote for years. I know that the more I write, the more ideas I have for pages so I’ve worked to make this a daily habit. Your goals don’t always have to be new, they can be a continuation of something you’re already doing.

Do research. There are three “new to me” goals on the list this year, two tools and a technique. I got a new scanner and Fuse tool for Christmas and I want to make sure they get used. I’ve been wanting to get better at blending photos for a long time, but my recent wedding vow renewal has inspired me to get better at editing my photos to make a more romantic dreamy look. I needed to do a little research first though. YouTube is a great source for learning to use new tools. (It didn’t take me very long to figure out I was using my Fuse all wrong). Pinterest can be great for corralling tutorials for a new technique you want to try, like blending. And the scanner? I’ll get around to reading the manual eventually… Which leads me to my next tip.

Have a Plan B. My dad and I have been working on one of his old photo albums since last year. I scan pictures and email them to him, and he writes back and tells me about them. (We live 900 miles away from each other). I’ve been procrastinating finishing this project for several months, so I gave myself a deadline. If I haven’t scanned the pictures by the next time I visit, I’ll just take the album back with me. We can sit and flip through the album together and I’ll record his stories with the voice recorder on my phone. His vision is failing and I want to make sure I get the stories soon, in his words. I can scan the pictures anytime, but the stories are the most important to me.

It’s almost the end of January, so how are you doing on your goals for this year so far? If the answer is “not so great”, no worries. It’s never too late to make a fresh start!

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.

Thank you, Jen, for sharing fantastic tips for achieving srappy goals! Do any of you have tips to add?

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

Giveaway closed January 31, 2016 at 11:55pm CT.

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Altenew + Freckled Fawn Blog Hop + Giveaway

Freckled Fawn and Altenew Blog Hop

Today I’m joining in on the blog hop for Altenew and Freckled Fawn!

The creative teams from these two companies are joining forces to dish up inspiration for you!

Follow along the blog hop and comment–2 winners will be randomly chosen from the comments on the various blogs will win $60 in products from each company–that’s $120 in products!

Altenew + Freckled Fawn Blog Hop | Megan Anderson

Altenew has an amazing selection of stamps. There are so many beautiful choices that are amazing for layouts and card making (I especially love that they have stamps for holidays of multiple cultures and faiths). However, I ended up choosing a stamp I know I’ll use over and over again: the Invisible Alpha.

I used the Invisible Alpha on my 8.5×11 page for a bold title spanning the width of the page. I love that I was stamping the shadows with this alpha: the stamp uses negative space to create the “invisible” letters!

I used the Freckled Fawn December embellishment kit to embellish the rest of the simple page.

Because this layout is about an escape room, I can’t share the details of the room so I’m not ruining it for anyone else! Most of the journaling is on the back, and the glitter arrows are a fun way to direct the viewer to flip the page over for more.

I wanted to keep the look of the page simple, so including white embellishments like the lace tape and a border cut from the edges of doilies provided interest and texture without making the page feel too busy.

Altenew + Freckled Fawn Blog Hop | The Nerd Nest

I had fun pairing up products from Freckled Fawn and Altenew. I know I’ll do it again! I’m picking up the Invisible Numbers next time and I’m going to try out some of Altenew’s Crisp Inks as well. Thanks to Altenew for letting me try out their stamps!

Follow along on the hop and comment for chance to win $120 in products!

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Next blog on hop: Therese Calvird

January Day in the Life | Pocket Scrapbooking 2016

Day in the Life January 2016 | The Nerd Nest 1

In 2013, I documented using Ali Edward’s Day in the Life concept monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. For the fourth year, I’m repeating the project. On the 17th 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 17th falls, that’s what I’ll document. (I let a random number generator decide.)

Day in the Life January 2016 | The Nerd Nest 2

January’s Day in the Life fell on a calm, homebody, recharging day after a busy Saturday.

I didn’t worry about capturing every little thing, I just tried to document the rhythms of the day.

It included snow, a lot of snuggling and dragging blankets around, me working, a bunch of screen time, and a little dancing. To Hamilton, of course.

Day in the Life January 2016 | The Nerd Nest 3

Day in the Life January 2016 | The Nerd Nest 4

I kept it simple with light embellishing (a few label stickers and a stamp added to a filler card) and chose cards from a variety of kits that lent to the wintery homey vibe of the day.

Day in the Life January 2016 | The Nerd Nest 5

I love how this spread turned out and I’m excited about documenting with a Day in the Life each month this year!

Selected Supplies: Kelly Purkey Today kit // Seven Paper Goldie Journaling Cards // Studio Calico Ruby Slippers kit // Freckled Fawn labels from the Together is Best kit // Ali Edwards Day in the Life 2013 stamps and Precision pen // Becky Higgins Project Life Design A page protectors // Momento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink.


EXPAND - One Little Word 2016 | The Nerd Nest

For the fourth year, I’m taking Ali Edwards’s workshop One Little Word.

My word for 2016 is EXPAND.

I love that this word has practical and figurative meanings, so that it lends itself well to personal emotional growth as well as work and life goals.

I have some ideas already for how I’ll use this word to guide me in the coming year, but I’m also attracted to powerful imagery that I associate with the word, like a bird expanding its wings and the Grinch’s heart growing (three sizes that day!), pie charts filling up, and yeast expanding to fill a bowl. I’m not sure how those images will play into how I grow with my word this year, but like that the word that is strongly visual for me.

I even photographed and included a picture of a bird with a heart I drew as a teenager (which I think was based on a drawing in Spin or AP magazine for an article about Dashboard Confessional).

EXPAND - One Little Word 2016 | The Nerd Nest

Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about relating to expand:

It’s my goal to expand my business this year. Some of these changes have already happened, including working with my amazing Creative Teams for Pocket Your Year and Nerd Nest Challenges, adding helpful additions to Pocket Your Year (lesson PDFs, creative team assignment takes, worksheets, and monthly giveaways), and working with friends on some future collaborations.

Other changes will happen later in the year, like releasing a bigger library of workshops and (hopefully) launching a small line of scrapbooking products.

I am always looking to expand my skill set, so continuing with 52 Recipes and 52 Projects will help me in that arena (the latter also helps motivate me to bust through my ever expanding to-do list). I’ll also be writing more: the best way to expand my skills is through practice.

I want to expand my knowledge, so I’m planning on reading more non-fiction this year. I want to focus especially on biographies and memoirs, so I’m expanding not only my knowledge base, but also my capacity for empathy as I immerse myself in others’ stories.

I’m also thinking about expanding hearts and how I want to approach this year emotionally. Last year was all about just keeping myself together (WEAVE was so perfect for that), but this year I hope to flourish as I continue to experience extended family conflict and difficult relationships.

Overall, I’m hoping for a productive year with a full, happy heart.

Are you participating in OLW this year? What’s your word?

EXPAND - One Little Word 2016 | The Nerd Nest

Selected Supplies: Ali Edwards One Little Word printables and Precision Pen / Seven Paper 9×12 Page Protector and Goldie Journal Cards / Dear Lizzy Sweet Swirl paper / Kelly Purkey White Alphabet Stickers / Dymo label maker.