Skip to Content

October Reads 2016

October 2016 Reads | The Nerd Nest 1

I’ve been on an awesome productivity roll, busting out projects with the Freckled Fawn October kit. I decided to use the kit on some spreads covering recent times, but mostly focused on making pages for October 2016. I only completed my Day in the Life spread for that month last year! But in keeping with my Document Now, Make Later mantra, that’s okay. It doesn’t really matter when I get around to making pages if I have the photos and words / memories waiting for me.

October 2016 Reads | The Nerd Nest 2

It doesn’t bother me to make things out of chronological order, but projects are ordered in my album (sort of) chronologically. I make weekly pocket spreads, then include a break in-between each month for thematic and traditional pages, plus extra stuff like reads pages for each month. So when I set out to decide what format to make a project in, I check my album to see what’s already there first. I’d already made a spread about Halloween for October 2016, so I checked what other “extra” stories I had to tell to go on the pocket page. My October 2016 page would work, so I knew I’d be making this page in a Design F protector!

Selected Supplies:

October 2016 Reads | The Nerd Nest 3

The “October” journaling card was the jumping off point for the design of this page for me. I thought it would make a great title card, along with the word “reads” in alpha stickers. I laid out the 3×4 photos of me and my October book stack before I decided what to do with the other pockets.

October 2016 Reads | The Nerd Nest 5

I decided to cluster my #weeklyreadsfriday photos together on top of journaling cards, just adding the date each photo was taken. I alternated between green and yellow cards.

Then it was time to choose a filler and journaling card! The color scheme of the cards worked really well with the book covers.

October 2016 Reads | The Nerd Nest 4

I decided to go lighter on the journaling than I usually do for this spread and used the 4×6 space decoratively instead. I cut down one of the October 8.5×11 papers, added a line of Autumn cork stickers with gold foil accents, and grounded it with washi tape. I layered mulitple strips of washi so the pattern would be visible on top of the busy background.

This page was quick and easy! I’m glad to have another October 2016 page crossed off my list. I’ll be sharing tons more over the next few weeks!

7 Tips for Using Kits | #NNDailyTip

7 Tips for Using Kits | #NNDailyTip | 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 for using kits!

Lots of kits have themes, which can be a great jumping off point for your storytelling. But you might not have stories to fit the theme when you get the kit or enough stories to fit the theme to use it all up. That's okay! Set aside explicitly themed elements for later and think about how you can use specific colors, patterns, or icons from the kit now. For example, this @shopfreckledfawn kit from last year had a lot of summery colors and elements, but some of the colors reminded me of a tulips photo and the washi strip patterns worked well with photos from an India festival. I wouldn't have thought about using the kit for this spread if I was thinking about it as a whole instead of thinking of what to do with certain elements. This mindset can keep you from hoarding! #nndailytip

A post shared by Megan Anderson (@megan_nerdnest) on

Last #nndailytip for using kits! Because you aren't picking out the individual items that are in kits, sometimes you'll get something that isn't your style. There may be something you have no idea how to use! I've found that I've created some of my favorite projects with these sorts of items by challenging myself to figure out how to use them. For example, camera icons would not be a go-to purchase for me, but thinking about how I'd use these cute big resin cameras from the @shopfreckledfawn September kit inspired me to include a mini side story about my daughter doing stop motion videos during a chess tournament on a page about chess. P.S. I also cover up phrases on cards that aren't relevant to me with label stickers or patterned paper so I can still use the background of the card! P.P.S. If you REALLY can't use something, I bet you have a friend who'd appreciate it! (@rukristin sends me all the coffee things )

A post shared by Megan Anderson (@megan_nerdnest) on

What are your favorite tips for using kits?

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

Halloween 2016 | Freckled Fawn October Kit

Halloween | The Nerd Nest 1

I’m getting excited for Halloween and one way I harness that excitement into productivity is going back and catching up Halloween moments I haven’t documented yet! Right now that’s last year and, lucky me, the Freckled Fawn October kit seemed made to match my family’s costumes last year.

Halloween | The Nerd Nest 2

I really love the photo of my kids and I together, so I decided to combine a 12×12 traditional page with a pocket page so I could include both a large 8.5×11 print of my favorite photo and lots of additional photos too.

Selected Supplies:

Halloween | The Nerd Nest 3

My home printer’s largest print capability is 8.5 x 11 inches, so I designed the traditional side of the page around that photo size. I grabbed two of the Freckled Fawn papers that happened to match the kids’ costumes perfectly–the red hearts (Same color as Ava’s Little Red Riding Hood!) and green plaid (The same as Jonas’s werewolf shirt!).

I thought I might use the white space underneath the photo for journaling, but decided a journaling card on top of the green plaid would be better balanced. So I decided to fill that space with a strip of washi from the September kit to get in more of the black vampire Eliza and I were wearing with a partial strip of chipboard scallop sticker.

Halloween | The Nerd Nest 4

I knew right away I wanted to add the “10 October” chipboard sticker to the upper left corner, but I still felt this page needed a little more pizzaz. I decided to add a puffy heart sticker to every heart in the pattern, offset to the right.

Halloween | The Nerd Nest 5

I started the journaling on this journaling card and continued it on a journaling card on the pocket side. I decided to cover up the phrase on this card with a chipboard sticker to tie it to the pattern on its companion journaling card.

Halloween | The Nerd Nest 7

The journaling reads:

This Halloween, the kids opted for scary costumes. Eliza was a vampire–things she found in the play clothes and new plastic fangs. Jonas loved a werewolf costume. We thought Ava would be a witch, but the Little Red Riding Hood costume Jake found was too perfect with Jonas’s wolf. She thought the scary costumes were so funny. They all had a blast trick or treating in our neighborhood!

Halloween | The Nerd Nest 6

We made sure to take these family and individual shots of us in costumes before it got dark (Jake opted out of dressing up last year). It was dark by the time we were trick or treating, but I still love the blurry photo of them going up to a neighbor’s door. I also made sure to grab a shot of my favorite house in the neighborhood–they have a haunted path to the back! I made sure to note what that photo was about with a label sticker.

Halloween | The Nerd Nest 8

I kept the pocket page very simple, but a pumpkin cork sticker in the middle of a card helped to support the Halloween theme, since I went with a costume-centered color scheme instead of a traditional Halloween-y vibe.

Do you dress up for Halloween or other events or holidays? How do you document your costumes?

Using Instagram Stories to Alter Photos with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge Use Instagram Stories.

Using Instagram Stories to Alter Photos with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 3

If you know me, you know that Instagram is my favorite social media platform. When they started out with their stories I was like nah, I don´t know about this feature. But then I learned more about it and now it has some new features that I love. I use stories all the time and also add filters, but mostly text. I like how you can add words to the same photo over and over so that when you click forward it becomes like a story ;)

I have made a few projects with photos I have edited/shared on my stories. Mostly I use them in my project life spreads, but I wanted to show you 2 layouts I made too.

Using Instagram Stories to Alter Photos with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

The above one is one I made with a photo of when I taught my niece to crochet! I love that she is interested in my crafts and she was so good and caught on right away. You can see that I added text and a sticker to my photo in the stories feature and then just printed it out to use on my layout.

Using Instagram Stories to Alter Photos with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 2

As usual I work my design around my photo, so that is what I did here too. At first I didn´t know if I would add any journaling, but yes I think it needed a little more explanation :) So I added a few words of background on the pocket card.

Using Instagram Stories to Alter Photos with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 5

Here is another super simple page I made with a photo from my IG stories. It´s about my super cool Saturday night plans ;)

Using Instagram Stories to Alter Photos with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 6

I didn´t add any journaling to this yet and I am not sure I will… I think it is pretty clear what I am wanting to document, so I might just leave it out. I added some paint splatters just to jazz the page up a bit!

Using Instagram Stories to Alter Photos with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 4

And here is an example of how I use the photos for in my pocket pages. We thought a dinner on the patio late September would be lovely and peaceful! We forgot we have cats ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

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!

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.

September 24-30 Pocket Spread| Freckled Fawn October Kit

September 24-30 Pocket Scrapbook Spread with Freckled Fawn October Kit | The Nerd Nest 1

I was so excited to dive into the October Freckled Fawn kit (for the first time with patterned papers avalible!) that I’ve already made 10 projects using it.

I started off by making a spread for the most recent week at the time I opened up the kit.

Here’s what it looks like this month:


The October embellishment kit and individual embellishments are still avalible, but the cards and papers sold out fast! For November, you can start a subscription for the embellishment kit with journaling cards or embellishment kit with patterned paper.

The patterned papers were 8.5×11 this time, but they’ll be 12×12 starting in November!

September 24-30 Pocket Scrapbook Spread with Freckled Fawn October Kit | The Nerd Nest 2

I was excited that during this week we finally had some autumn feeling days (plus we made caramel for apples!), so I was excited to make a spread that embodied the feeling of fall.

Selected Supplies:

September 24-30 Pocket Scrapbook Spread with Freckled Fawn October Kit | The Nerd Nest 3

Going on here: My friend Megan was in town for the weekend–morning with her + brunch with her and her brother Jonathan, enjoying nice weather with my baby niece Tierney, Jake + Ava take silly selfies, making I’ve Been Called Evil Caramel Sauce, Saturday soccer games for Jonas and Ava, Jonas’s Book in the Bag (library books + reading log) started during this week and it’s always a favorite.

September 24-30 Pocket Scrapbook Spread with Freckled Fawn October Kit | The Nerd Nest 5

I knew going in that I wanted to use the “autumn” card in the first spot, so that was my first step! After picking cards for the rest of the spots, I started working on the title card first. I mixed the heart card with patterned paper trimmed down to 4×4, then added the month with alpha stickers. Because this alpha didn’t have numbers, I added the date range on a label. After that I added an arrow chipboard sticker to balance out the long month and a heart sticker just for fun!

September 24-30 Pocket Scrapbook Spread with Freckled Fawn October Kit | The Nerd Nest 4

I love adding little circle embellishments to the center of collages, and epoxy button stickers were perfect for this! I used a pinwheel to bring in the pattern from a card on the other side of the page.

September 24-30 Pocket Scrapbook Spread with Freckled Fawn October Kit | The Nerd Nest 6

Going on here: Ava “teaching” me with her drawing pad, Jonas showing off a new minifig, capturing Eliza’s pre-teeny-ness, Charcoal loves me (Even after I sort of tortured him to get rid of fleas this week–discovered that the source point was the clippers we used on him when he got fleas back in 2011! The eggs had somehow gotten inside the clippers and it was a breeding ground.), Lily giving Ava love, snuggled up with all of the kids and the cat while watching Doctor Who, Jake teaching Eliza to make hemp bracelets, picking up Jonas from school with Ava in an Elsa dress, at the doctor’s office for Jonas (with Ava and baby T also, which was a challenge), tons of chocolate chip cookies for a game night with friends, Jonas with his lost front tooth, Ava switched to a different dance class day because she ended up being the only one in her original class.

September 24-30 Pocket Scrapbook Spread with Freckled Fawn October Kit | The Nerd Nest 7

I thought a fun use for the pinwheel card would be to include journaling about each photo in the collage next to it in each section!

September 24-30 Pocket Scrapbook Spread with Freckled Fawn October Kit | The Nerd Nest 9

More expoxy button stickers on this page to complete a visual triangle + lots of label stickers on a patterned card so I could fit more journaling in.

September 24-30 Pocket Scrapbook Spread with Freckled Fawn October Kit | The Nerd Nest 8

I’m so excited about the giant productivity and inspiration burst this kit gave me! I can’t wait to share the rest of the projects with you.

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.

31 Scary Days | Part 1

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 1

I’m always in the mood for scary stories in October, so for the past few years, I’ve been recording scary media each day. My first two times doing this project, I made a list, but I thought it would be fun to do a more visual version this time around!

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 2

I decided to include a pocket for each day using an image from the media pick of the day and a number. I took book photos and TV / movie photos are from internet searches.

I’m including movies, TV shows, and reading material so far! I like including a specific episode of shows so I don’t feel like I have to be doing something different every day (an arbitrary restriction I gave myself in the past). This format doesn’t capture everything, like multiple episodes or on-going reading, but I like that is is more specific. I’m thinking about including a list of not-represented things somewhere on the back (like finishing seasons of some of the shows I mention as single episodes) instead of using a title card for each page.

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 3

I love the simple, bold look of the page–inking the “October” wood chip and the numbers black definitely helped. And alternating the numbers / photos on the top and bottom of the cards made for a strong and easy design.

Selected Supplies

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 4

On the scary days list so far:

  • Doctor Who episodes–my family finished season 9 this month and I picked some of the more monster-centered episodes for this
  • The Walking Dead–included episode 14 from season 7, but finished season 7 starting from episode 14, which is where I’d left off
  • Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets, Chapter 9–I’ve been reading the English and French versions of this book periodically to the kids for a year now
  • American Horror Story Season 7, Episode 5
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 3–Lumberjanes is an adorable all-ages supernatural comic I’m re-reading to Jonas
  • Bones Season 12 binge (over several days)
  • Death Note–US version was not great, but had some amazing elements, which made me want to check out the source material
  • Season 1, Episode 1 of the Japanese Anime Death Note series
  • Fear of the Walking Dead, Season 1–I’m rewatching this because I have a way to watch the following seasons now but it’s been too long and I needed a refresher

This is definitely the most TV I’ve watched in a long, long time, but I’m enjoying binge watching in the background while I’m scrapbooking!

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 5

I’m working on this every other day so I can print two 3×4 photo cards at once. This hybrid project has been really quick and fun!

What scary media are you into this month? Any recommendations for me?

7 Tips for Listing | #NNDailyTip

7 tips for listing | 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 for listing!

Hey listers! I'm @megan_nerdnest and I'm here to take over the #30lists Instagram for a few days. If I'm counting right, this is my 16th round listing and I'm still as in love with it as ever. Over on my Instagram, I share a daily tip with the hashtag #nndailytip using a different theme each week. I thought it would be fun to bring that here with tips for listing! It's inspiring and fun to see how everyone else is listing, but don't let comparisons get you down: there's no wrong way to list! I've used lots of different methods: various minibooks, pocket scrapping, tags, traveler's notebooks, etc. Sometimes I include photos, sometimes I get messy, sometimes I just jot down a list on a card. I fit how I'm listing to what's going on in my life and what I'd like to experiment with at the time! How does listing fit for you right now? #30daysoflists

A post shared by 30 Days of Lists (@30daysoflists) on

I shared Lists 9-19 on my blog today, which is helpful to anyone who actually wants to read them, because my handwriting is pretty illegible–hah! I'm also sharing some #nndailytip posts about lists on the @30daysoflists account. Here's one for here: don't sweat mistakes on your lists! A great thing about this exercise is that it is informal and relaxed, so even if you are a perfectionist on other projects, this is a place to practice letting go. I flubbed my format on this list, I catch a spelling mistake every time I type lists up for a blog post, and I'm incapable of being consistent with capitalizing (or not) the first word in list bullets. All of that is okay! It's the content and the process that matters. #30lists

A post shared by Megan Anderson (@megan_nerdnest) on

What are your favorite tips for listing?

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

Cider Hill Apple Picking Layout | Nerd Nest Challenges

Cider Hill Apple Picking | October Nerd Nest Challenge - 1

This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Use Instagram Stories! I wanted to share a second take with you.

For my first project for this challenge, I saved photos from my Instagram Stories with text on them, but this page has a more subtle approach.

Using portrait orientation photos more because you are sharing on Stories? Inspired by the thinner vertical photo look? This page has a design idea for you.

Cider Hill Apple Picking | October Nerd Nest Challenge - 2

When my family went apple picking recently, Jake and I took tons of pictures on my phone. I wanted to use a lot of them on this page, as the photos did a great job of telling the story of the day and using a variety of photos showed almost all of the family members present (somehow I missed taking a photo of my brother).

I picked three favorite photos that I wanted to stay in a 3:4 ratio for the top, then cropped my photos in a thin, vertical Insta-Stories-like orientation for the bottom. I decided they looked best at two inches wide, so I picked four of the ten photos I’d cropped vertically to be squares for a middle row, since I could only fit 6 photos on the bottom.

Cider Hill Apple Picking | October Nerd Nest Challenge - 4

Having Photoshop makes sketching out a page like this before printing easy–I’ll open up a 12×12 canvas and resize / crop my photos and add them to the canvas until I have them the way I want them. Then I’ll open up an 8.5×11 canvas and move the photos there for printing (I printed these photos in two batches).

If you don’t have Photoshop, you can still get this look by measuring and sketching out your photo sizes first. You can physically crop down photos to non-standard sizes or can use free photo editing software or apps to get the same look.

Cider Hill Apple Picking | October Nerd Nest Challenge - 3

This page was mostly about the photos, so I didn’t need much to finish it off. I used the Freckled Fawn October Kit for this page.

I started with a label sticker to add in a tiny bit of journaling.

Cider Hill Apple Picking | October Nerd Nest Challenge - 5

Then I made a title in the space in the middle row. I mixed Autumn Alpha Stickers and handwriting for the title and added a row of plaid puffy hearts in the leftover space.

Two strips of plaid washi tape between the rows finished things off!

Cider Hill Apple Picking | October Nerd Nest Challenge - 6

I love how Instagram Stories style cropping allowed me to fit so many photos onto this page! This simple design fits in 13 photos and did an excellent job telling the story of our day apple picking. Do you have a photo-centered story to tell that would work with this design?

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 October for takes from the Nerd Nest Creative Team.

September 5-9 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2017

Pocket Scrapbooking September 5-9 | The Nerd Nest 1

I’ve been on an awesome pocket scrapbooking productivity kick! After being in super scraper mode making 31 projects for my pocket scrapbooking workshop 31 Challenges, I just kept going.

I am completely accepting that my motivation to work on this project comes in ebbs and flows, so I harness those flows and try to ride the wave as long as I can. And as long as I keep my mantra Document Now, Make Later in mind, I don’t have “catch up” guilt–it doesn’t matter when those memories get in the books if I have the documentation ready for me when I am ready to do something with it.

I’m also of the mind that even if my pocket scrapbooks are organized chronologically, I don’t have to scrapbook chronologically. Because I have a system in place, I know exactly where every finished spread or layout will go in my album. So I can set goals that match up with what is currently motivating me.

I busted out my weekly September spreads even though I have a lot of gaps to fill in for the summer months.

Here’s September 5-9, which is a partial week because I’ll make a separate spread documenting the highlights of our family visit to see Kristin over Labor Day weekend.

Pocket Scrapbooking September 5-9 | The Nerd Nest 2

I had a lot of photos that I wanted to include in this spread, so I only included a few cards and got in a lot of my journaling with label stickers! Icons also helped to add more color and fun into the spread.

Here are the supplies I used for this spread:

Pocket Scrapbooking September 5-9 | The Nerd Nest 3

Going on here: Seeing “It” with my dad, brother, and my brother’s friend, all of the extracurriculars (dance, soccer, robotics), Jonas drawing a cute picture of our family at Ava’s dance class, Jake and the little kids meet firefighters and get a picture with the truck.

Pocket Scrapbooking September 5-9 | The Nerd Nest 4

I like to add journaling to my title card when I didn’t leave much room for cards in the spread itself. This Kelly Purkey card with a stripe at the top was perfect for giving me room to journal and add a title. Luckily, it also matched the Ali Edwards stickers and card that were the main design elements on the spread.

Pocket Scrapbooking September 5-9 | The Nerd Nest 5

Going on here: Game night (Let’s Go Fishin’, replaced our PS3 + new games for that, Bamboo Labyrinth), Ava pretending to fish off of our porch, fun at the park, snuggles from both cats at the same time (rare), going out for coffee, autumn gardening, testing our new waffle maker, and a bit about how much overtime Jake had to work this week (which also made evening parenting very exhausting for me).

Pocket Scrapbooking September 5-9 | The Nerd Nest 6

When I know I’ll need to make room for label stickers or want to add an embellishment to a collage, I’ll make sure to arrange the collage so that my hybrid additions after printing won’t cut off anything important in the photos.

Pocket Scrapbooking September 5-9 | The Nerd Nest 7

I love this happy spread documenting a very busy week!

If you are a pocket scrapbooker, I’d love to hear how you are doing with your motivation right now!

7 Tips for Documenting School | #NNDailyTip

7 Tips for Documenting Back to School | 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 school!

What are your favorite tips for documenting school?

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