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Project Life 2014 | Late March

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This year I’m using weekly spreads in my Project Life albums with breaks between each month for extra pages. Today I’m sharing the last two weeks of March.

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March 16-22

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Going on here: A tea date with my friend Megan 2, saying goodbye to Megan and Ryan (they live out of town), kicking off Spring Break, taking a walk with Jonas, and a playdate that had five kids at my house. The older three started having deep philosophical conversations and then got out a stack of books to share ideas and debate, so I had to document my eavesdropping and amazement.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Layer a 4×6 filler card and 3×4 journaling card to create a title card. This is a great way to use a card that doesn’t fit with your pocket orientations.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: I love using Timer Cam to get myself into the picture, but sometimes hearing that count down beep can keep you from acting natural. I turn the sound on my phone off before starting the timer, so I can get back to whatever I was doing and get a more realistic picture. (And yep, people give me funny looks when I do this sort of thing in a tea shop. That’s fine.)

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Make sure to get full body shots of family members and/or yourself–you’re documenting clothing too, which will change with changing tastes, growing people, and changing popular styles. (I have a feeling this Dalek hat is going to be on Jonas’s head every time we go outside for the foreseeable future.)

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use stickers to cover up parts of cards that aren’t working for you. I included a 3×4 picture on this 4×6 card and the photo cut off part of the second word on the card (“enjoy today”). So I put a sticker over the cut-off word and you wouldn’t even know that it wasn’t part of the design plan all along.

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Going on here: Saint Patrick’s Day insert! Parade with friends and family and then a big Anderson family party.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Have strangers in your shot? Cover them up with stickers. I know that was sort of my last tip, but I used it in two different ways, so it totally counts.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: on the back of the insert, I have visiting my great-grandpa on his 86th birthday, doing yard work, and a picture of my friend Paul at the radio station where he works.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Taking photos of people taking photos can capture a sweet moment.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Let kids take photos! Jonas took this photo of me and his finger is partially blocking the shot, but it’s awesome to spark his interest early and neat to include photos from his perspective.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Dyeing onsies (one of my 52 Projects for this year), Jake’s and my 10th dating anniversary dates, working on growing some starter plants, seeing our friend Jesse’s band The Sexy Accident play locally.

(Speaking of The Sexy Accident, they are releasing their next album as a book with lyrics, paintings, illustrations, interviews, and commentary and a download for the music. I think this is an amazing project and I’m really excited about it. I’m going to share more later, but check it out for yourself now! So cool!)

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Let your photos choose your color scheme for you: the products I chose were based around the colors in the photo of the onsies I dyed.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Slip memorabilia right into a pocket with a photo. All sorts of real-world stuff can become embellishments, like these plastic sword toothpicks that Jake and I had a lot of fun with.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use a Facebook or social media ad or announcement as digital memorabilia for an event.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Don’t be scared to use green and red together. As long as it’s not GREEN green and RED red together, it won’t look Christmasy. They’re complimentary! They belong together! Give them a chance!

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

March 23-28

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

My spreads typically run from Sunday to Saturday, but Saturday was a big day and I decided to give it its own spread. They’re not really rules: they’re guidelines. (And now the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song is stuck in my head.)

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Chillin’ with baby Ava, a before and after of Jonas’s haircut, Eliza getting into Shel Silverstein poems, and planting seeds in eggs.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Add a label to the patterned section of a journaling card to visually distinguish two separate journaling spaces.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Jonas passed out between Paul and I watching TV, me squished between my baby nieces Ava and Avery, a visit from Poppy (my grandpa), Jonas asleep in the car at Eliza’s soccer practice, Jonas cooking as Batman and climbing on our swing set, and a visit to get to have a cousin hang out.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: I use 4×6 spaces for journaling often, and I run out of 4×6 journaling cards much faster than 3×4 journaling cards. To make up for the difference in my kits, I cut down regular patterned paper to 4×6 to add to my card stash any time I have scraps that are lightly patterned enough for my writing to show up.

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.


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Project Life Lessons begins today. Don’t miss it!

Project Life Lessons

For more Project Life tips, check out Project Life Lessons at Big Picture Classes. I’m teaching with two of my favorite Project Lifers, Elise Blaha Cripe and Annette Haring, all about our tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more! The class starts April 17, but a plethora of bonus materials–including videos, photos, worksheets, a quiz, printables, and a manifesto–already awaits you in the pre-classroom. If you have any questions about the class, I’d be happy to answer them! For you Project Life Lessons veterans: the content is the same, except for a video from each of us updating you on our process for 2014 and refreshed message boards and chats.

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The Nerd Nest News is a bi-weekly e-mail series of creativity jumpstarts. Here’s what I’ll be sharing in the newsletters:

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Subscribe now before the first newsletter goes out Tuesday, April 22!

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

On the 15th of each month this year, I’m documenting a Day in the Life, a concept originated by Ali Edwards. Last year I used Ali’s templates to include a 6×12 insert for every Day in the Life I did, but this year I wanted a bit more wiggle room. So I’m throwing a full spread in between weekly spreads (extra full spreads in addition to weekly spreads is sort of my M.O. this year).

Here’s March Day in the Life (which just happened to be a day our out of town friends stayed with us so we could all go to Planet Comicon):

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Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

I kept the products simple for this page–I stuck to using just the Kraft Project Life Core Kit with only a stamped title and memorabilia for embellishing. I like things fancy, but sometimes the words beat products out.

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

This day was really special, so I decided to use several inserts to document it instead of trying to squeeze it all in a small space. I even included photo enlargements of my favorite moments. (All of these photos are printed by Persnickety Prints and they are fantastic.)

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

I included a whole insert with journaling cards adhered to cardstock to get in the whole story. I didn’t have a pocketed insert in this design, so glue worked just as well.

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

Project Life 2014 | March Day in the Life

I love this project and am happy to be doing it today too! Happy mid-month.

Are you doing Day in the Life this year? How are you containing your documentation?

For all posts tagged Project Life, click here.

Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.


Selected Products Used:

Affiliate links used when possible. Using these links to buy anything, even items other than the linked items, helps to support the Nerd Nest.

Project Life Lessons

For more Project Life tips, check out Project Life Lessons at Big Picture Classes. I’m teaching with two of my favorite Project Lifers, Elise Blaha Cripe and Annette Haring, all about our tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more! The class starts April 17, but a plethora of bonus materials–including videos, photos, worksheets, a quiz, printables, and a manifesto–already awaits you in the pre-classroom. If you have any questions about the class, I’d be happy to answer them! For you Project Life Lessons veterans: the content is the same, except for a video from each of us updating you on our process for 2014 and refreshed message boards and chats.

Day in the Life

February Day in the Life in #ProjectLife | The Nerd Nest

Today I’m documenting a Day in the Life, a project aimed at capturing everyday routine with photos and words. Originally inspired by Ali Edwards, I began documenting a Day in the Life the last day of each month last year. This year I wanted to switch up the dates to the 15th of each month so I’ll capture different holidays. It’s my favorite documentation project by far, because having a set date to record the little details of everyday life stretches me creatively to look for moments I’d have otherwise never thought to record. This process has made me a better documenter and has helped me to see my life through a new lens.

Get your camera ready and play along today too, follow along with some of my documentation on Instagram, and come back later today to see how I documented March’s Day in the Life in Project Life. I’ll be sharing the rest of my documentation Friday, but for now you can check out my Day in the Life posts.

Are you documenting a Day in the Life? Make sure to share a link with me if you do!

Your Story Matters

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One of the steadfast principles guiding my life is the belief that everyone’s story matters.

That means yours.

While I was working on this blog post, I asked the awesome group in My Details to share the answers to a few questions: What makes documenting yourself difficult? What is holding you back?

The responses made me change my trajectory, because there are so many forces large and small that can stop a storyteller in his or her tracks. Too many to fit into one blog post.

Many of us stop ourselves from documenting our own stories because we are afraid or insecure. These sound like big, scary words that might be too severe, but these feelings are real for many documenters (including, in many instances, myself). It is hard to take and use photos of yourself if you don’t like the way you look. It’s hard to document in the moment if you’re worried people will judge you for taking pictures. It’s scary to put down your perspective when it may change later or others may read it and react.

These aren’t fears that are easy to break away from. It’s my hope that My Details as a workshop helps others to find value in telling their stories and breaks them down into a way that feels manageable, but I’d love to go a little deeper. I’d love to open up the conversation even more.

So please, share what makes documenting yourself difficult for you. I can share my perspective on how I got over some of these roadblocks in future posts; I’ll also be honest about where I still struggle, and am planning on including tips from others as well (so share tips if you have them!).

Band together, community! Let’s lift each other up and tell our stories.


My Details starts today! Kristin (from rukristin) and I have teamed up to help you document your details. With amazing pre-classroom materials that will help you get comfortable documenting yourself and 10 detailed prompts to help you record the important areas of your life, you’ll be inspired to document yourself in a meaningful way. Whatever your creative outlet — scrapbooking, pocket pages, mini-albums, journaling, etc, we’ve got you covered with fabulous ideas to get your details down on the page.


P.S. This year I’m documenting a Day in the Life every month on the 15th. That’s tomorrow if you want to play along! I’ll be sharing some on Instagram as I go.

Project Life 2014 | Early March

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

This year I’m using weekly spreads in my Project Life albums with breaks between each month for extra pages. Today I’m sharing the first two weeks of March.

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Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

March 1-8

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Going on here: A wide range of weather temperatures, Jonas with his Batman umbrella and “fishing” in a puddle on a walk, and weekend brunch.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: Take cues from your products when deciding on embellishments to use. I chose this purple card from a past Studio Calico Kit because it matched the purple found in three other places in the spread—Eliza’s hat, a Play-Doh lid, and Eliza’s jacket— and it helped to brighten up the spread and make the color in those photos pop. Adding the spread’s dates to it could have been tricky with it’s busy background, but I found stickers* that mimicked the red focal word on the card, “Today,” and added them at an angle. This makes the date easy to read on the busy background and integrates my addition into the design of the card.

*My favorite white Kelly Purkey stickers are no longer available, but the Red Alphabet Stickers used here are!

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: Stamp directly onto photos to add phrases or patterns. I like StazOn ink for photos!

Also, this photo was taken through a window, which is a good option if you don’t want to deal with the weather. Hah!

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: Sometimes I forgo a squeezed together group selfie and get two photos instead. At brunch, I took a picture of Jake and Jonas, passed the camera phone across the table, and Jake took one of Eliza and I. Try spreading out “group” photos into multiple pictures to make sure YOU, the photographer, get into the picture too!

Really want to be in a photo all together? Do a hold-out-the-arm selfie, use a camera self timer (or, if you’re using a phone, an app like Timer Cam), or ask a passerby to take the photo for you. People can be really nice about that.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: Labels are probably my most-used embellishment (I really like these labels), and they’re awesome not only as an extra space to add more words, but also as a way to get in a little color. This is especially useful if you’re working with a bunch of gloomy “when will Spring REALLY be here?” photos. Hah!

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Going on here: The French Post-Impressionist Monuments Project I did with Eliza’s class, Jonas making stuff with Play Doh, hanging out in the backyard with our friend Paul, Eliza’s mad climbing skills, Instagrams from the week (how our friends decorated with records we gave them, kitty cat vet visit, Jonas not feeling well, going on errands selfie, Jonas learning about static electricity, working), climbing at the park, Jake cooking brunch, a visit from my grandpa, and Eliza homeworkin’.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use patterns to tie journaling cards visually to photos: I chose a card from the Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste Mini Kit with dots around the boarder that was reminiscent of the thumb-print background of the monuments artwork. You can do the same with patterns found on clothes, walls, or in nature.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: When I make photo collages, I think about where the photo “sends your eye” when deciding where to place it within a collage. For example, your eye will naturally follow a direction of a person’s gaze. So because Jonas was looking down and to the left in the photo of us snuggling, I placed the photo in the upper right corner. The same goes for the photo of me in the lower left: I’m looking up and to the right. This way the viewer’s gaze stays within the collage and doesn’t go wondering off. I like to think of it like visual pinball: You want the eye to go off in a different direction within the collage at every stop and don’t want it to drop off of the edge!

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

March 9-15

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Going on here: A date to Happy Gillis, River Market Antiques, and The Downtown Library, cute kid photos, crystal nail string art, and our car getting wrecked / Jake driving to work on his scooter.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: Don’t want a transparency to be transparent? Place it over a blank white card or cut-down colored cardstock. The hearts transparency card went amazingly with the crystal nail art and I wanted to make sure it showed up! Sometimes transparencies don’t show up very well when not placed on a background, but it’s cool that the background is up to you!

Also, my Project Life corner punch is not great at cutting transparencies, so I line them up with another card and hand cut the corners.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: Another transparency tip: cut them up when putting them over photos so they don’t block important parts. There are many ways to attach a transparency to a photo, but my favorite is just with a simple staple.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Me in a Spiderman mask at Jonas’s request, a visit from Jake’s brother and his family, Jonas nerding out with a microscope, a visit from baby Ava, and the beginning of a weekend visit from our out-of-town friends Megan 2 and Ryan.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: For this week, I decided to try to use up some of the many 6×6 paper pads I have floating around. I love papers with lines, because it makes it so easy to add journaling. When adding a 3×4 vertical photo to a 4×6 horizontal space, I typically love to center the 3×4 card, add journaling to one side with a tiny bit of embellishing (like the circle of patterned paper here) on the other side.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: When using patterned papers instead of cards to hold photos and journaling, look for patterns that already have natural spaces for words, such as in these picture frames.

Tip: To get a photo to pop on a patterned background, draw a line in white pen around the photo.

Project Life post with tons of tips! | Megan Anderson at The Nerd Nest

Tip: Spread your story in photos and words over multiple pockets. I like to create shapes for those stories using several adjoining pockets, like the “L” shape used for the story of Megan’s and Ryan’s visit.

I hope you liked these two spreads! Stay tuned this week, because there are TWO more Project Life posts coming up!

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.


Selected Products Used:

Affiliate links used when possible. Using these links to buy anything, even items other than the linked items, helps to support the Nerd Nest.

Project Life Lessons

For more Project Life tips, check out Project Life Lessons at Big Picture Classes. I’m teaching with two of my favorite Project Lifers, Elise Blaha Cripe and Annette Haring, all about our tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more! The class starts April 17, but a plethora of bonus materials–including videos, photos, worksheets, a quiz, printables, and a manifesto–already awaits you in the pre-classroom. If you have any questions about the class, I’d be happy to answer them! For you Project Life Lessons veterans: the content is the same, except for a video from each of us updating you on our process for 2014 and refreshed message boards and chats.

Photography 101 Giveaway from Elisha Snow and Big Picture Classes

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Today Big Picture Classes is giving away a spot in Photography 101 to one lucky reader of the Nerd Nest! Photography 101, taught by Elisha Snow, teaches you to make the most of light, composition, and settings for any camera (or smartphone).

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Here’s a bit more about the class, which starts April 17 and costs $89:

You would never say to a master painter, “What a beautiful work of art—you must have a really nice brush.” It’s the same with photography. A nice camera makes it easier to take good photos, but it’s the photographer (that’s you!), not the tool, that will ultimately produce frame-worthy photos. All you need is a basic knowledge of the elements that work together to create memorable pictures. (Hint: it’s all about light and composition!)

Whether you want to take better everyday photos with that smartphone, or you have a nice new DSLR camera that you’re dabbling with, this interactive online workshop will put you on the path to better photos. In six weeks, you’ll learn to master the rules of composition, make the most of available light, and get more out of your equipment—no matter what kind of camera you’re using.

Would you like to feel more confident in your photo-taking abilities? To find beauty in everyday objects, and see attributes of people you’ve never noticed before? Photography 101 with Elisha Snow will teach you to look at light, shadow, shape, and color differently, and most importantly, to develop a passion for preserving the beauty that surrounds you.

You can learn what’s included in the class and register here.

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Today is for…

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Enjoying the weather (in the hammock!).

Going through the kids clothes so I can donate too small stuff.

Finishing a painting I started years ago.

Taking a long walk with Jonas.

Cleaning the bathrooms (boo).

Working on the letter “S” with Jonas.

Reading a big stack of children’s books.

Buying more soil and planting peas.

Shampooing a chair I tried to dye and buying more dye. It turns out that dyeing something with stains just highlights the stains.

Hedgehog grooming.

Scheduling the weekend’s blog posts.

Scrapbooking a bit if I get a spare 15 minutes.

Hanging out with rad people in the My Details Facebook Group.

Continuing a conversation with Eliza about the history of world slavery.

Going out to eat and knitting with friends. My Stitch and Bitch group is reuniting! No idea what I’m going to make.

Crashing with Jake as soon as I get home because Saturdays have been eaten by soccer season.

The calm before the storm.

This exercise is a great way to document your right now! Make sure to share a link if you write what YOUR today is for too.

Nerdy Shares

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Jake and I have found some cool (nerdy) stuff on the web lately. Here’s some of it for you to enjoy!

  • Think brown sand is boring? Think again! It is gorgeous under a microscope.
  • If you’re in America, you can enter your zip code into eNature for a field guide of the common species in your area! I found some of the birds that hang out in my yard through their songs: black-capped chickadees, northern cardinal, and (my favorite) morning doves.
  • How freaky is this? Some of the leather bound books in Harvard’s rare book collection are actually bound in human skin. Obviously those book binders never watched Evil Dead. (Because it was a bazillion years before it was made, I know. Let me have my joke.)
  • I was so excited to learn that Nicholas Brendan (Xander) is writing some of the Season 10 Buffy comics!
  • Amazing science fair project from teen that saved his school thousands (and could save you money too)!
  • I was obsessed with dinosaurs when I was a kid, and I love finding out about new discoveries in paleontology as an adult. So when John Green dropped some knowledge about velociraptors, I was pretty excited.
  • My family tries to make ethical decisions when shopping, but we don’t always make the grade. How to Shop Responsibly made me think about some of my buying decisions through a new lens.
  • Think Pi is special? Think again.
  • And, just because, I love this One Song, Twenty Styles video.

What interesting things have you found around the web lately?

Want more? Read other sharing posts.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 4 | BPC + My Details

Confessions of a Class Junkie | The Nerd Nest

I take a lot of classes, and after the success of sharing my takes, I decided to make sharing a regular thing. It keeps me motivated!

Today I’m sharing my takes on three classes I’m taking and one I’m teaching right now:

Document College Coursework With a Timeline | The Nerd Nest, Inspired by Ali Edwards

Document College Coursework With a Timeline | The Nerd Nest, Inspired by Ali Edwards

Document College Coursework With a Timeline | The Nerd Nest, Inspired by Ali Edwards

First up, my take on the first week’s assignment for Ali Edward’s wonderful 4Expert class Hello Story. I used Ali’s Digital Timeline files to document all of the classes I took during my three years at Park University after transferring from community college. I included the course number, title of the class, number of credit hours, and the grade I received for the courses in each semester I attended. (Not going to lie: it hurts my nerdy feelings that the grades from my worst semester are highlighted in the close up.)

I’m planning on doing something similar for Jake’s courses, and then I’ll go further back and document the courses we took during our two years of community college. People ask us all of the time how we both got through college with a baby, but that part of the story–the college part– is hardly documented. I thought this course timeline was a good place to start: I can see how much I took on each semester and just reading the course titles brings up all sorts of memories. The only really important information missing here is how I took each class: most semesters were a mix of 8 week accelerated online classes, 16 week daytime courses, and 8 week accelerated night classes.

I saved my degree audit, so most of the information was on there, but then I found I was able to access a much more detailed unofficial transcript online. For the win!

I printed the coursework timeline onto vellum and laid it with an awesome 12×12 photo of Mackay Hall, the prettiest building on campus. (Printed by Persnickety.) I hand wrote the season and year of each semester and lined the top and bottom of the page with washi tape in my school’s colors.

Registration for this class closes today, April 9th.

*You might also like Strong Mamas, the layout I created for week one of this workshop last year. It tells the story of four generations of strong young mothers in my family.

Seed Packet Minibook with Journaling Cards | The Nerd Nest

Seed Packet Minibook with Journaling Cards | The Nerd Nest

Seed Packet Minibook with Journaling Cards | The Nerd Nest

I made this little seed packet minibook for Monica Bradford’s Scrapbook Outside the Pocket, which is now closed. This mini was for week 4 of the class, and I’m pretty sure that this is the only class other than #30Lists I’ve ever completed in real time! I know I’ll be able to go back for more takes on each of the 4 weeks of information, but for now I’m proud that I completed a project for every week of the class.

Instead of a mini book to use for memory keeping, I used journaling cards from a We R Memory Keepers pad (only available at Target) as a home for all of my seed packets. Some of the seeds aren’t ready to be planted yet, and other packets come with much more than I’m able to plant in a year. This little pocketed mini was super easy to make: I stapled 3×4 cards onto 4×6 cards, punched a hole in the upper left hand corner of all of the cards, and put a jump ring through. I love that this will keep me from losing all of my seeds! I can also use the cards to take notes on each of the varieties. Pretty cool!

Use Your Stash in Stashbusters Anonymous! | The Nerd Nest

Use Your Stash in Stashbusters Anonymous! | The Nerd Nest

Use Your Stash in Stashbusters Anonymous! | The Nerd Nest

Another class I’m re-taking this year is Stashbusters Anonymous, taught by Aly Dosdall. I’m pretty good about not buying a whole lot more than I can use (NOW, that is. Beginner Megan, not so much). However, that doesn’t mean I can’t benefit from a good stash busting. I love that this class encouraged me to use my scraps, embellishments that I use less often (like the ribbon on this page), and that it inspires me to work with older products I’ve been hoarding a little bit.

This workshop is a re-run, but there’s an all new blog in the class with, among other things, guest designers. I’m one of them! When I made my guest page I couldn’t help but keep going with an extra take. I used ribbon as journaling lines and used a lot of bright, fun colors to capture the personality of then-four year old Eliza. I had to have a few surgeries at the time, and she was asking a lot of questions (as Eliza does), so we ended up teaching her a bunch of stuff about anatomy. Pretty cute, and totally foreshadowing life now.

Funny story: when Jonas saw this picture, he wouldn’t believe that it wasn’t a picture of him. Jonas is pretty much a boy clone of Eliza.

Document the Stories You Tell Others in the My Details Facebook Group | The Nerd Nest

Document the Stories You Tell Others in the My Details Facebook Group | The Nerd Nest

Document the Stories You Tell Others in the My Details Facebook Group | The Nerd Nest

Document the Stories You Tell Others in the My Details Facebook Group | The Nerd Nest

Last up, I’m currently teaching My Details with Kristin of rukristin. The class begins April 14, though there’s a pre-class full of great content now and a private Facebook that is pretty amazing. The conversations going on in the My Details community are super fun, and we just naturally pull stories from each other in conversation. I wanted to harness that awesome energy and use some of the stories I told in the Facebook group in my memory keeping. The first is a layout about being a crazy cat lady.

In 2010, I really wanted a second cat and Jake didn’t. By the end of negotiations, I got a kitten but he got an iPad and a deal that he’d never have to clean out the litter box (except in the event of pregnancy). That’s a super funny side of the story that didn’t get documented. I also need to write about where this little kitty, Ashes, came from and what happened to her.

The second project inspired by the My Details Facebook Group was a quick card to slip into project life about my celebrity crushes, because it was a fun conversation going on in the group. If you’re taking My Details, don’t forget that it all counts as memory keeping! Sometimes the easiest way to write about yourself is to tell stories to others: translate that into your favorite documentation medium!

I’d love to know what classes you’re taking or some of your past favorites!


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Here’s the deal: because I have friends who teach things and because I teach at Big Picture Classes, I get to take classes for free sometimes. Not that I don’t ever pay for classes. One Little Word, for example, is something I’ll always shell out the dough for. But sometimes: free. So I end up taking more classes at once than I would if I were paying for them. I’d want to make sure I had time to do ALL of the projects in a given class vs. dipping in here and there if I were working within my crafting budget, so I’d probably limit myself to three or less at a time. But as it is, I don’t need to do that, so keep that in mind. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to be taking a stressful amount of classes. Choose classes based on what you think will be the most inspiring or the best fit for you (and your budget).
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