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Eliza’s Birthday (Observed) | Pocket Scrapbooking 2017

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On Jonas’s last birthday, we let him pick what we did for the whole day. We wanted to do the same for Eliza’s birthday, but as we knew most of the day would be spend getting ready for and having a birthday party for both kids, we decided to celebrate the day before. We joked that it was Eliza’s Birthday (observed).

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Here’s a spread documenting how she chose to celebrate:

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E wanted to start off the day with build-your-own-mini-donuts. She considered going roller skating, but then we told her Legoland Discovery Center was an option…or that she could spend the price of tickets to the center on a Lego set instead. She opted for the last option and chose two Moana sets (she used some saved allowance too).

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The cards on this spread are a mix of Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico. I tried to do some stash busting for the embellishments, so they come from a variety of Studio Calico kits, Ali Edwards Story Kits, and Awesome Ladies stickers. The “11″ on the title card is from the 2016 main December Daily kit.

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I decided to just start writing on all of the journaling cards without worrying if the journaling corresponded to the cards near it like I usually do. I knew I could make up for getting “behind” on the journaling throughout the spread with more journaling space on the right page.

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Adding journaling spots / label stickers to filler cards helped me to get more words and more pattern in!

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The right page shows Eliza building her Lego sets, dinner at her favorite diner right now, Town Topic, a stop at our local used bookstore, and blowing out the candles on her birthday cookie (she’s not a cake person).

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In my family, we like getting what we call “scarf photos”–pictures of that first delectable bite! Eliza really loves this sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich (Jake and I are addicted too–we call in and pick up sandwiches for breakfast sometimes).

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Birthday cake photos are another type we take over and over again–you get such a fun shot by turning off all of the lights and just getting the birthday person’s face illuminated by the candles!

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I loved spending a perfect day with my newly 11-year-old and loved seeing how she chose to spend it–it was a very Eliza day.

Mixed Media Journaling Cards with Melody | Nerd Nest Challenges

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Melody is here to share her take on February’s Nerd Nest Challenge Use Non-Scrapbooking Products.

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I chose to use an unusual method (as least for me) to make my very own journaling cards. This spread is about the annual Balloon Fest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My husband was stationed there in 2009 to 2011.

As you can see my photos are very colorful so I decided to throw caution to the wind and make colorful journaling cards. I also decided to use some black card stock to “ground” the pages. So following is how I made my cards:

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First, I used a stencil and white, textured card stock with gel medium. Lay the stencil on the card stock and gently apply matte gel medium through the stencil with a plastic palette knife. Then just let it dry thoroughly.

Second, use distress inks in various colors to color over the raised stenciled area. I used three colors and a mini round ink blending tool to add the ink in layers. For the 4X6 card I just used the distress inks with the blending tool without embossing.

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Third, I used a brown distress ink to “ink” the edges of the cards.

And finally, I decided to use minimal embellishments on my page since there is so much going on in the photos and a lot of color.

If you have any questions I will be glad to answer them!

Happy scrapping and remember to get out there and make memories,

Melody Willoughby


Thanks so much Melody!

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

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Melody is a 56 year old grandmother of four. Pocket scrapbooking is her favorite way to record her memories. She also loves crafting, art journaling and cooking. She loves to make all the things and collect all the stuff.


January 15-21 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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This week was a big deal, because it’s the week we brought home our new bird Hermes! I made a few 8.5×11 pages about him first, so this spread started with inserts.

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The insert pages were loaded with embellishments, so I made sure to keep it simple for the pocket page portions of the spread. I found cards that worked with the colors in the inserts and only embellished with labels to get in extra journaling.

I mostly used the Kelly Purkey January kit for this spread, which worked really well with all of the Freckled Fawn February Kit embellishments.

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Going on here: Lots of new recipes for my #MeganDoes52Recipes project, a trip to the zoo, an update on how our hermit crabs are doing, Jake’s new quadcopter equipment (I need to go back in and add some journaling about him taking it to the office–he said people popped out of their cubicles like meerkats, lol), Eliza at hip hop.

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Adding in a story as in insert helps to highlight it! You can see more of this Hello Hermes layout here.

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I did a take on Freckled Fawn’s Sketch Challenge #2 for this page: they are doing weekly sketches this month to celebrate Freckled Fawn’s birthday! You can find more inspiration for this sketch, including some more photos of this page here.

I altered the sketch so I could include lots of photos–I printed all of these 2×2 photos off in a collage on 4×6 photo paper and cut them up–it was a great way to show the progression of our first day with Hermes.

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Going on here: my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s wedding shower, a birthday dinner for another family member, video chatting with my friend Jen, Jonas’s robotics practice (including him and his friend rolling around and giggling).

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This week was kind of go, go, go, so including a days of the week card to put each event with its day helped to represent how full my event calendar is getting.

How do you incorporate traditional scrapbooking into pocket page albums?

7 Tips for Travel Photography | #nndailytip

7 Tips for Travel Photography

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 travel photography:

What are your favorite travel photography tips?

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

Embroidered Patch Card with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Emily is here to share her take on February’s Nerd Nest Challenge Use Non-Scrapbooking Products.

Embroidered Patch Card with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

This month’s challenge is to use a not-expressly-used for scrapbooking product. As soon as I found out what the challenge was, I immediately knew that I wanted to use an embroidered patch that I received in my Freckled Fawn kit. I don’t use embroidered patches so this was a great opportunity to try and come up with something to use it on. Eventually, I decided to use the patch on a handmade greeting card.

I made this card with some patterned paper from my stash and a chipboard sticker. I also used two different Freckled Fawn kits. I used the Wanderlust and the January 2017 kit. This card was very simple to make. Adhering the embroidered patch was simple because it did have a sticker backing on it, but you could also use a glue runner or foam dots as well.

I plan to make some more projects using items that are not normally used for scrapbooking or card making. I really enjoyed this challenge and can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

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 One Little Word | #nndailytip

7 Tips for One Little Word

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!

This time I’m sharing tips for Ali Edwards’s One Little Word.

This week I'm getting started on documenting my fifth #onelittleword. If you aren't familiar with @aliedwardsdesigninc's workshop, which centers on choosing one word to guide you throughout the year, I highly recommend checking it out. I'm going to share tips this week on what's worked for me in OLW. When I do the projects, I want to focus on the words and think about the prompt, I don't want my focus to be on finding products. Picking a color scheme and collecting papers and products together once at the beginning of the year makes it easy for me through the workshop. You can store your "stash kit" in a big bag, folder, or box. This year I'm combining Ali's kit with happy yellow products from my stash. #nndailytip

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What are your favorite tips for One Little Word?

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January 9-14 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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Last week I shared my take on the current Freckled Fawn sketch challenge (there’s still time to enter to win a $25 gift certificate–the challenge closes tonight!).

In addition to the 8.5×11 alteration on the sketch I did, I also worked on more sketch inspiration with two 6×12 insert pages! Today I’m sharing the pocket pages with the sketch inserts.

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This first page includes Jonas’s cool Lego creation, the kids and Jake playing with the amazing Magic Tracks my mom got Jonas for his birthday, and Eliza texting me a photo of her and Jonas to confirm they’d brushed their teeth before bed (she has an out-of-service phone now and loves sending us photos and emojis through iMessage).

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For this page I used a variety of Studio Calico cards, Freckled Fawn labels to add journaling onto photos and the dates onto my title cards, and vellum stickers from the February 2017 Freckled Fawn embellishment kit to add a border to my title card.

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For the inserts, I made pages about the big kids’ dance classes. I interviewed each of them about what they liked about their classes–I love getting the kids’ voices in my albums and it is something I need to remind myself to do more.

To see more photos of these pages and read more about them, check out the post on Freckled Fawn’s blog here.

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I finished up the spread with lots of cat snuggles photos, a selfie of Eliza and I, Jonas and his mini quadcopter, a coloring page Jake did with the kids, and our foster daughter scootering about and having ice cream on a weirdly warm day.

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I’m happy to have another week in the books for 2017! Are you pocket scrapbooking this year? How is it going so far?

Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | Nerd Nest Challenge

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Use Non-Scrapbooking Products.

Thinking outside of the box for scrapbooking supplies can be a fun adventure, can add great texture to your pages, and can be a cost effective alternative to pre-made products. Keep in mind that some of the things you might use might not be archival quality–there are sprays you can buy to help counteract this if it’s a concern for you.

You might use items from other craft areas, embellish with memorabilia, or use an interesting greeting card, mailer, or flier as paper.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

For my take on the challenge, I used a variety of non-scrapbooking supplies on a pocket spread documenting Day in the Life™ (which I do monthly, inspired by Ali Edwards).

I need room for lots and lots of photos and journaling on these types of spreads, so I use lots of white space. Adding in some non-scrapbooking bits added some more fun and color to these pages.

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The first page has the big kids getting ready for school and waiting for the bus, including Jonas finishing filling out his Book-in-the-Bag log, which is due on Wednesdays. Our foster daughter put on her backpack to wait for the bus with Jonas, which was adorable. Jake read news, the little one and I snuggled while I read and she watched a nursery rhyme cartoon, we played with our bird and danced / did yoga.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

Sometimes I stick to a kit or two for pages to get them done fast, but I wanted more of a variety on this page, so I took the opportunity to stash bust. I used cards from lots of different Studio Calico kits, alpha stickers from an old kit (Cocoa Daisy, I think), and the number “One” to note the date from the Numbers Story Kit.

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My non-scrapbooking item on this page is a bit of embroidery floss- I wrapped it around a journaling card a few times and secured it on the back with washi tape.

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For an insert, I cut the last three inches off of a Design A page protector, stapling shut the openings at the top and bottom (washi tape and sewing are other ways to do this, I was feeling lazy).

This page mostly covers lunch and cleaning.

The “today card: is from the Numbers Story Kit, the menu card is from a Kelly Purkey kit, and the 4×6 card is from this Ali Edwards Celebration card set.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

For a non-scrapbooking embellishment on this page, I cut a circle from felt. I used a circle punch to outline the circle. The punch couldn’t cut through the thick fabric, but it made a circle outline that made it easy to cut out a nearly perfect circle.

I layered the felt circle with a paper circle and a cork heart from Freckled Fawn.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

The back of the insert is about the afternoon, including the work I got done, calling my Senators and Congrassman, the big kids getting off the bus, and the little one video chatting with her grandma after a nap.

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I took a screenshot of the calls I made, which is a good documenting idea in general for documenting a Day in the Life.

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I wanted to think about digital non-scrapbooking things to include too, so I went with this meme. I texted it to Jake in the evening when he asked what was taking me so long to come upstairs and go to bed as a way to tell him I was caught up reading the news.

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The last page shows our evening–dinner with my friend and co-robotics coach Steph (having our sons play together before practice increases the chances they’ll be more chill during practice), coaching Jonas’s robotics team (they started building their Lego model!), playing chess with Eliza (her first chess club meeting was the next day and she totally beat me), Jake playing Connect Four with Jonas, brushing the tiny one’s teeth, excitement about my new outfit, a long conversation with Eliza about white privilege after her shower.

A pretty full night.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

On this page I used a paint chip as a journaling card! I wanted a bit more red on the page, and remembered I had a bunch of these from the last time I was trying to decide on wall paint colors.

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I had a lot of fun working a few non-scrapbooking items into my spread. I’d love to hear your ideas for doing the same!

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 February for takes from the Nerd Nest team!

Freckled Fawn Birthday Bash – Sketch Challenge

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Freckled Fawn has a new blog and is celebrating their birthday month with a weekly sketch challenge with prizes! I’m kicking off the first challenge–check it out here and share your take on the sketch to enter to win a $25 gift card from Freckled Fawn.

Birthday Party with Freckled Fawn’s February 2017 Planner Kit

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This year I’m adding in extra event spreads between my weekly spreads in my pocket scrapbook. Today I’m sharing a spread about a family birthday party for Eliza and Jonas.

Freckled Fawn February 2017 Planner Kit

I love using Freckled Fawn’s planner kits on pocket spreads–they have just enough embellishments in them to jazz up a simple spread. For this page, I used FF’s February 2017 planner kit. I also used silver foil labels from the April 2016 embellishment kit.

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There were lots of clashing colors going on in the photos for this spread. I originally tried to pull some bright colors from the kids’ cake and presents for the cards, but it wasn’t really working. So I decided that using neutral cards (from the Project Life Everyday core kit) and colorful embellishments was a better way to go.

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I wanted the adorable photos of the kids and the many photos showing our extended family to shine, so I opted for minimal embellishments on this thread. Embellishing a bit here and there is a great way to stretch your kit!

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To make a filler card a title card, I centered an epoxy heart sticker and drew a black border around it so it would stand out more against the busy patterned background. I added a silver foil label on either side to add info about the event and the date. I finished it off with puffy border stickers on the top and bottom.

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I used labels to describe what’s going on in a few of the photos and added stickers from the washi book on either side of the journaling space on a card to add more color.

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On the right page, I included my favorite photo of each kid opening presents, two photo collages of pictures of our family (plus the cake), and photos of our family playing Twister after the party was over. All I added on this side was a few planner stickers!

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Nesting circle stickers into circles on cards is a go-to for me. I love overlapping the sticker a bit and cutting of the excess.

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I also added a planner sticker into the center of each photo collage page. When I made these collages, I made sure to arrange the photos to ensure that there was plenty of room and the stickers wouldn’t cover anything important in the photos!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used the planner kit to create a simple pocket scrapbooking spread! Do you use planner kits for pocket scrapbooking too? I’d love to see how!

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