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30 Days of Lists March 2017 | Lists 11-20

30 Days of Lists Base March 2017 | The Nerd Nest 3

Today I’m sharing an update for my March 2017 30 Days of Lists album!

Here’s my second set of 10 lists!

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 11

Day trips I want to take

  • Branson, Mo
  • STL, MO
  • Omaha, NE
  • Museum at Prairie Fire, OP, KS
  • Glore Psychiatric Museum St. Joseph, MO

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 12

I could be president of the ____ club
I was president of:

  • International Thespian Society
  • French Club
  • Outreach Humanity
  • Creative Writing
  • Swim Team
  • Teachers of Tomorrow

I could be president of:

  • Document Everything Club
  • Read all the Books Club

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 13

Things I need to get rid of

  • damaged clothes (to H&M for recycling)
  • the records in the basement from Etsy record bookends days
  • baby clothes (hand-me-downs for new nieces)
  • outdated tech

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 14

I will always fight for

  • human rights
  • equal opportunity
  • empathy
  • truth
  • institutionalized racism to be dismantled
  • the stories, voices, & perspectives of oppressed people to be heard

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 15

Projects I want to finish this month

  • Model / Poster / Presentation for Jonas’s robotics team
  • 2016 Dec Daily
  • re-grout bathtub
  • paint hallway
  • cute Spring Break crafts w/ the kids

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 16

Ways to stay accountable

  • set a deadline
  • tell family / friends about my goals
  • keep track of progress
  • Have a reward at the end

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 17

I feel lucky when

  • I think about how great my friends & family are
  • I recognize my privilege
  • I get a good parking space
  • I think about all of the cool free & affordable things to do in Kansas City

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 18

Signs it’s time for a fresh start

  • I want to set the project / manuscript on fire
  • quarter life crisis feelings set in
  • heartfelt apologies are given / received

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 19

Favorite creators

  • Maya Angelou
  • Ali Edwards
  • Zadie Smith
  • Lin Manuel Maranda
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Beyoncé
  • Roxy Paine
  • John & Hank Green
  • Van Gogh
  • Janelle Monáe

#30Lists March 2017 | The Nerd Nest | List 20

I know the seasons are changing when…

  • my allergies start to go crazy
  • the crocus & daffodils pop up
  • birds are singing in the morning

If you want to see my lists in real time, make sure to follow me on Instagram!

You can check out how I made my album base here and my first 10 lists here.

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.

REFLECT One Little Word 2017 | February

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This year I’m participating in Ali Edwards’s One Little Word again. My word is reflect.

February’s prompt involved a daily action. Part of my goals with my word this year is to better live a life that reflects my values, and I began doing that in late January by attempting daily civic action. I’ve been tracking what I’m doing in a notebook and even though I started this practice before the prompt for OLW (and am continuing after), I wanted to represent for this project because it is an important change for me.

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To make daily action work for me, I did actions in several different areas: research (keeping up with news, reading articles), petitions, calls (I programmed my representative’s local and DC phone numbers into my phone with a “P” in front of their name to make this easier), donations and financial support, and direct action.

My Reason Why:

  • to live in a way that reflects my values
  • to prevent myself from shutting down and closing off
  • to do good

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I color-coded each of these areas and colored in the circles each day according to which actions I took. I also included some of my January / March actions (with lines representing where February was on the calendar) to show that this is an ongoing project for me.

I learned what I need to change to be more successful. For instance, I need to get in the habit of calling in the morning instead of in the late afternoon (after the big kids get home and can keep an eye on the toddler for me), so that if something happens I don’t miss office hours.

I did a pretty good job, though I would like to work on adding more direct action, more local focus, and more days that have more than just research.

It’s a process, and I get more comfortable and confident as I go.

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Reflections:

I started trying daily civic actions 1/24, so that meant I had a head start w/ it in February. Some days I only did research, but counting reading news articles kept me from burying my head in the sand when things were overwhelming. Keeping track of what I called about / did / where I donated / etc. in a notebook helps to remind me that collective action really does matter. Now, to focus local.

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I really loved the visual representation of what I’m doing, which is a good addition to my messy (but more informative) notebook and I might fill out these cards for the rest of the year.

7 Tips for Finding Inspiration | #NNDailyTip

7 Tips for Finding Inspiration

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!

These tips are all about finding memory keeping inspiration:

Find inspiration in trends- Trying new things can spark you to get going! #nndailytip

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What are your favorite finding inspiration tips?

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Comparing with a Venn Diagram with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenges

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Emily is here to share her take on March’s Nerd Nest Challenge Compare / Contrast.

This month’s challenge was fun. There are so many things that I could have chosen to compare and contrast so it was a bit hard to choose. I decided to make a layout comparing the similarities and differences between my two sons.

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I decided to make a venn diagram to compare my boys’ and their favorite things. To make a venn diagram, I used a Simple Stories circle photo crop and made two overlapping circles. I used some alpha stickers to spell out my boys’ names and then added some enamel shapes as bullet points. I wrote down their favorite things and then in the middle (where the two circles overlap), I wrote down the things that they both love and have in common. Below are the lists as well as a closer look at the layout.

Michael’s Favorite Things

  • Likes math
  • Favorite Super Mario Character: Dry Bowser
  • Favorite animal: Hippo
  • Eats anything
  • Outgoing

Gabriel’s Favorite Things

  • Likes reading
  • Favorite Super Mario Character: Mario
  • Loves dinosaurs
  • Picky eater
  • Laid back

*You may notice that I did add a few things in their lists that are their favorite things, but is related to their personality.*

Michael & Gabriel’s Favorite Things (shared favorites)

  • Loves fruits
  • Favorite Movie: Moana
  • Likes the zoo
  • Loves Six Flags White Water
  • Favorite Video Game: Super Mario

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I can’t wait to see how you all take on this month’s challenge.


Thanks so much Emily!

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

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

Emily is a blogger and memory keeper who loves spending time with her family. She is obsessed with planners, books, and making new things. You can find Emily over at The Emi Times, on Instagram, and Pinterest. Buy her handmade cards in her Etsy shop The Emi Times.

7 Tips for Documenting Love | #NNDailyTip

7 Tips for Documenting Love

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!

These tips are all about documenting love and romance:

What are your favorite memory keeping love and romance tips?

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

Comparing Disney Trips with Michelle | Nerd Nest Challenges

Compare and Contrast with Michelle O | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Michelle is here to share her take on March’s Nerd Nest Challenge Compare / Contrast.

Compare and Contrast with Michelle O | Nerd Nest Challenges 2

My family travels to Disney World for vacation every other year or so. It’s our favorite place to go. I have vacation albums from every trip. We went last November and I took a slightly different approach and included it in our weekly album.

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I recorded a couple of notes comparing this trip to our last.

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Thanks so much Michelle!

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

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

I’m Michelle and I was also on the 2016 Pocket Your Year Creative Team. I’m so excited to continue this year and learn more from all of you! I live in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia (USA) with my husband, two daughters and dog. We moved back to my hometown in 2010 when I got a job opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. You can follow me on Instagram – @MOSCRAPPIN.

30 Days of Lists March 2017 | Lists 1-10

30 Days of Lists Base March 2017 | The Nerd Nest 3

Today I’m sharing an update for my March 2017 30 Days of Lists album!

And just a heads up if you’ve been thinking about joining: the registration for March 2017 30 Days of Lists is closing tonight.

Here are my first 10 lists!

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 1

It’s time to..

  • #resist
  • document a day in the life
  • go to parent teacher conferences
  • list!
  • Freckled Fawn March release
  • celebrate Women’s History Month

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 2

Projects I want to start this month

  • calling / contacting state & local reps in addition to federal
  • painting the hallway
  • 2016 Dec Daily album
  • re-grout bathtubs
  • gardening kick-off

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 3

Best things about getting older

  • pretty silvery gray hairs
  • becoming an on time / morning person
  • being able to help others more often than needing help myself
  • no friend drama

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 4

How to spend a Saturday morning

  • sleeping in a little
  • farmer’s market
  • park / gardening
  • going out for brunch
  • hiking
  • exploring the city
  • doing housework / craft projects

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 5

Favorite quotes / expressions

  • “set them on fire”
  • “go home, you’re drunk’
  • “all of the way nope”
  • “I’m out of mom juice” (which means parenting energy)
  • “I will bite your nose”

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 6

I know how to make

  • awesome scrapbooks
  • someone see the other person’s side
  • so many crafty things
  • killer chicken tikka masala
  • a tiny nerd army

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 7

People I talk to everyday

  • Jake
  • Eliza
  • Jonas
  • [our foster daughter]
  • Kristin
  • Kam
  • Amy
  • Paul

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 8

I am saving money for

  • a van
  • Summer vacation
  • E’s school trip to France (+ maybe I’ll go too?)
  • Mostly it’s going to squashing student loans

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 9

Ways to make a normal day special

  • go on a tiny sporadic mini adventure
  • eat something super delicious
  • document it (Day in the Life!)
  • add an unplanned fun thing (games, art projects, etc.)
  • Invite friend / family

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 10

Events that happened the year I was born (1987)

  • US Stock Market Crash Oct 19
  • First Final Fantasy game released
  • First naked eye supernova observed since 1604
  • FDA approves AZT
  • Aretha Franklin inducted to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

If you want to see my lists in real time, make sure to follow me on Instagram!

You can check out how I made my album base here.

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.

7 Tips for Themed Products | #nndailytip

7 Tips for Themed Products

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!

These tips are all about documenting with themed products:

What are your favorite themed products tips?

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

Compare / Contrast | Nerd Nest Challenge

Compare and Contrast | March Nerd Nest Challenge 1

This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Compare / Contrast.

Make a project comparing a current job with a past job, the similarities and differences between two family members or friends, what the world is like now vs. your childhood, or any other idea you can come up with!

Compare and Contrast | March Nerd Nest Challenge 2

Comparing / contrasting can be a great way to get an idea for a minibook or layout, but it can also help you decide how to write journaling for a page that isn’t so obviously compare / contrast.

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Compare and Contrast | March Nerd Nest Challenge 4

I decided to try to apply the journaling technique to my next project, which was this pocket spread covering January 22-31.

Compare and Contrast | March Nerd Nest Challenge 5

To go with a photo collage that mainly featured our budgie Hermes, I compared how different family members were doing with Hermes. We’d had him for about a week at this point.

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I talked about how well Jonas was handling him and how he showed off his bird handling skills with a cockatiel to employees at the pet store, wrote about how my step-mom Kelly was a bit nervous about him and why, and then contrasted how Hermes is doing with us compared to the week before.

It wouldn’t be immediately apparent to someone reading this journaling that I was writing about comparisons, but deciding to write this way certainly helped me to decide what to say, which might help you if you are drawing a blank and the words aren’t coming for you!

Jake's Brain vs. My Brain | March Nerd Nest Challenge 1

Just in case my less obvious example isn’t helping you come up with ideas for the challenge, I wanted to share a double page layout comparing how my brain works to how my husband Jake thinks! I made this page for a My Details workshop a few years ago and each item on one list has a direct comparison on the other.

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I want to see your take on the challenge! Share a link in the comments or use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!

Remember that you can do anything you’d like for this challenge–it doesn’t just have to be scrapbooking! Just insert your documenting area (art journaling, videography, etc.) for the word scrapbooking in the challenge!

Check back on Mondays in March for takes from the Nerd Nest team!

Adventure Layout with Freckled Fawn’s March 2017 Kit

Adventure with Freckled Fawn's March 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest

As soon as I saw the acrylic word “adventure” in this month’s March 2017 Embellishment Kit, I knew I wanted to make a page about my kids playing at a cool climbing park for the first time!

Freckled Fawn March 2017 Kit

The kit is great for travel, but you can use it for hometown adventures, exploring, and outdoor activities just as easily.

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I knew I wanted to include a lot of photos on this page, tucking embellishments into corners and empty spaces, so I played around with the photo sizes on a digital 12×12 canvas before printing the photos on letter sized photo paper and cropping them–that way I knew that the layout would work!

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I loved adding the title with the foam letters and using it with the journaling to create a sort of photo corner framing a photo. I also slipped in a label sticker with the date.

Adventure with Freckled Fawn's March 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest

The wood explore chip and the heart clip were great additions to this empty space left by the photo configuration! I attached the heart clip with embroidery floss, which helped get in more of the seafoam green color of the title.

Adventure with Freckled Fawn's March 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest

I wanted to create a visual triangle with that seafoam color, so I added a clip under the upper right photo, attached with a glue dot, to make another photo corner. Clips can be very useful for attaching things (I love them for memorabilia!), but it’s fun to use them decoratively sometimes too.

Adventure with Freckled Fawn's March 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest

The adventure acrylic word, a line of puffy star stickers, and a strip of washi tape from an older Freckled Fawn kit finished this layout off!

If you use the March 2017 Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit, I’d love to see how you do! What would you document with these embellishments?

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.