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Lists 8-19 | 30 Days of Lists September 2016

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I’ve been loving the September 2016 edition of 30 Days of Lists! Today I’m sharing another batch of lists with you:

On My Camera Roll

  • Catch-up Reads photos
  • Picture of a drawing of our house Jonas’s “girlfriend” made
  • Photos of [our foster daughter] at the Filling Station with hot chocolate
  • Paint cans for reference
  • Robotics practice shots
  • Post-dentist full family selfie sans [our foster daughter]

This weekend’s plans

  • Jonas dance
  • Dance in the Park
  • Art Westport
  • Avery’s birthday party

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When things don’t go my way

  • I try to convince others / get my way anyway
  • When it’s out of my control and I’m upset, I focus on self care
  • I make the best of it
  • I consider the benefits of the other person’s way

On my calendar this year

  • Planned blog posts & product releases
  • School info
  • Family appointments
  • Parties & events
  • Foster appointments
  • Birthdays
  • Holidays
  • Reminders
  • PYY Discussion Q’s

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Things that didn’t seem like a good idea at the time

  • Getting a smart phone
  • Looking for a house when super pregnant
  • Spending money on a fancy camera
  • Switching majors
  • Blogging less

How I stay busy

  • I have 3 children
  • My extended family is huge
  • I have a wide range of hobbies & interests
  • Work

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My favorite teams

  • #teamPeeta
  • team Mystic
  • Awesome Ladies
  • Freckled Fawn
  • My CTs
  • The She-Nerd Squad
  • the mastermind
  • X-men
  • Cat people
  • blue team

Pets I would like to have

  • Another Russian blue-ish cat
  • Foster kittens
  • Owl to bring my Hogwarts letter
  • Magic panther like Gwenhwyvar
  • Direwolf
  • Dragons. SoI&F ones, not HP or D&D ones.

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Lies I tell myself

  • Scrapbooking supplies are a business expense
  • My house will eventually be clean if I just figure out how to organize it
  • I’ll figure out what I want to be when I grow up

My best tips for marriage

  • Don’t argue hungry
  • Let the other person know if you are having a bad day so they handle you with kid gloves / don’t misinterpret tones
  • Talk about what you are interested in & vice versa–you’ll learn about each other’s fields

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[list 18 blurred--find my guest post in the 30 Days of Lists classroom!]

I feel in control of my life when

  • I make the schedule & have my calendar
  • I feel heard
  • I delegate
  • I can have some time alone
  • I have time to learn
  • I remind myself I’m really not

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.

Sneak Peek of Challenges 17-24 | Pocket Your Year

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Almost all of the Daily Challenge unit challenges in Pocket Your Year are up!

Here’s a little sneak peek of what we’ve been up to lately. Here’s a look at projects by creative team members Tara, Emily, Kelly, Laura, Celena, Laura, Melody, and Michelle and me! I’m so amazed and proud of all of the projects everyone is making!

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

Giant Knit Nebula Blanket

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This week I finished a project I’ve been working on since April! The whole time I was making Eliza’s Twin Sized Blanket last year, Jonas was asking when his would be done. So after a bit of a break when I’d finished hers, I started on one for him!

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For Jonas’s blanket, I decided to go with nebula colors inspired by his Guardians of the Galaxy poster. When I found yarn with silver and gold metallic running through black and white, I knew it would be perfect to represent stars.

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I switched off colors every few lines, alternating between the neutral metallic yarns and the multi-colored yarns I’d chosen. I didn’t use a pattern or measurements: I just eyeballed it and garter stitched the whole way. This is my brainless keep my hands busy while watching TV project, so it’s important that I don’t need to do any counting or have to focus too much.

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The almost twin size is great to cover him up while he’s sleeping and for him to wrap around his shoulders and drag around when it gets cold.

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I’ve already started on my next one for our youngest, so I’ll see you again in a few months with another take!

This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 18 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Papier-mâché Death Star Piñata / 2: Toy Repair / 3: Painted Entryway / 4: March Gardening / 5: Recipe book shelf / 6: April Gardening / 7: Compost bin / 8: May Gardening / 9: Gutters / 10: Brick fire pit / 11: Shower favor tags / 12: Air grate fix / 13: June Gardening / 15: Wedding Fans / 16: Owl stepping stone / 17: August Gardening

Lists 1-7 | 30 Days of Lists September 2016

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The September 2016 edition of 30 Days of Lists is underway and I’m here to share my first week of lists with you!

September is for…

  • City Market Coffee turns 20 party
  • Dance in the Park
  • Art Westport
  • Plaza Art Fair
  • Sexy Accident Release Concert
  • Grape Picking
  • Autumn

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Don’t judge me but…

  • If I’m home, I’m almost always in pajamas
  • I’m a book hoarder
  • Everything is always a huge mess
  • Some days I don’t leave my house
  • I’m stuck in a quitting / restarting loop with pop

Reasons to celebrate…

  • We can now leave the state with [our foster daughter] (Roadtrips!!!)
  • Jake met his financial before-30 goal
  • Autumn is coming (and the mosquitos will die and we can play in the back yard!)
  • Festival season

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Recent Impulse Purchases

  • Buy 2, get 1 free Pops at Hot Topic (Dobby, Batgirl, Ron Weasley, and Harry Potter (Quidditch)
  • Books! Harley Quinn Vol. 3; Mixed and Part Asian, 100% Hapa by Kip Fulbeck
  • Han shot first art for Jake (okay, for me)
  • Fancy white cheddar with green onion and rosemary olive oil crackers
  • Kelly Purkey’s Queen mini kit

Today you can find me…

  • Baking delicious orange bread
  • Making French toast with that bread
  • Hanging out with Tiffany and Boston for brunch
  • Buying paint and grout at Home Depot
  • Watching a lot of West Wing and Buffy
  • Reading Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou
  • Trying to get the kids to clean
  • Eating frozen pizza and a chopped salad kit for dinner
  • Finishing Jonas’s huge knit blanket!

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My favorite times of the day are:

  • mornings because coffee + work
  • mid-morning because walks with [my foster daughter]
  • late afternoon because the big kids get home
  • dinnertime because we’re all together
  • after 8:00 because QUIET

If I was running for President

  • I’d be overjoyed to eat every kind of local delicacy on the campaign trail.
  • I’d site my sources on my website–so if you want to look into how I decided what will work for issues, you can
  • I’d have a badass honesty rating from PolitiFact

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.

Sneak Peek of Challenges 9-16 | Pocket Your Year

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

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

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

How to adhere different embellishment types | Tombow + Freckled Fawn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The flair is from the Together is Best Kit.

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

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

Thanks so much Tombow for this collaboration!

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

Sneak Peek of Challenges 1-8 | Pocket Your Year

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

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

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

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I’m a Blurb affiliate–purchases made through these links help to support The Nerd Nest. I was compensated for this post.

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

Use the code HIDDENGEM40 for 40% off your order.

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

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

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

Terms: Offer valid now through August 23, 2016 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for books made by you only. A 40% discount is applied toward your product total with no minimum order or maximum discount. This offer is good for five uses, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, custom orders, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.

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

Denver 2013 Blurb Book | The Nerd Nest

Blurb Planner using designs by Little Butterfly Wings

Kansas City Blurb Book

Projects with Freckled Fawn’s Chit Chat Kits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The result is one of my favorite layouts to date!

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

Like the kit too?

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

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

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

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

31 Days of Pocket Scrapbooking Challenges

Daily Challenge Unit Pocket Your Year

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

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

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

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

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