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Capture a Feeling | Nerd Nest Challenge

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This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Capture a Feeling.

With your photos, words, and / or art on your page, try to evoke a specific emotion. You may have an emotional story you want to share, you may want to capture the magic of the holiday season, or you might make a page that gives a sense of your life in chaos or in peace.

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For this page, documenting Jonas’s first day of school this summer, I wanted to capture excitement. His excitement shines through the photos and I wanted the page to reflect that as well.

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I used a 12×12 acetate page with small and large circles along with a circle background with lighter spotted paper, both of which are reminiscent of confetti and add to the feeling of excitement. So did the sparkly stars, which remind me of the stickers he comes home with when he does a good job at school.

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I’d love 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!

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

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Selected Supplies: Paper: Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers: Expedition and acetate, Shimelle: Haynes; Embellishments: Freckled Fawn: December 2016 Kit and Hello Autumn Kit.

Documenting December + 30 Days of Lists

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I love documenting December. It’s busy and full of friends, family, love and magic.

I’m all ready to go with Ali Edward’s December Daily project, but this year I’m being realistic and going with my mantra Document Now, Make Later–I’m going to write my stories and take my photos as I go, but I’m going to order the photos in batches and work on my album when I have time. I might even decide to forgo the daily part (a lot of my holiday stuff happened before today) and just focus on telling holiday stories, no matter the time frame. I get enough of the everyday stuff documented with weekly pocket scrapbooking.

I’m getting my daily documenting crafting fix this month with 30 Days of Lists, which is much more manageable as a daily crafting task for me.

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This round I’m making a simple book with tags–I pulled some from my stash and I’ll pick up more while out holiday shopping. I want to make a point to use a bunch of stamps, which I’ve collected from kits but don’t use often enough. I’m stamping the number of each list on the tags along with little icons and decorations that will go with the list. I went to town on the cover with mixing fonts, but it was super fun.

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What’s your documenting plan this month?

Supply list – Jump ring, tags (Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp), letter stickers (Ali Edwards), label sticker (Basic Grey), ink (Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, Radiant Neon Electric Green), stamps (Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico, Ali Edwards, Basic Grey, rukristin)

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.

Traveler’s Notebook Style with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

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Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Try on a Different Style.

I love autumn and was eager to try my hands on a travelers notebook style. So I made an insert myself and started collecting fall stories in it. I hadn´t used this type of scrapbooking before this summer. I am not very worried that my photos and layouts are un-protected, but I guess I had just gotten used to my pocket pages and regular scrapbooking layouts. I am happy to try new things and I have really enjoyed this format.

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I have used stories like my favorite things about autumn and fun things we do. But I have also been using a few prompts like the Hashtag this week challenge by Mandy Elliot. Since this project was a seasonal one I wanted to use fun products that are autumn kits. I have used almost all digital products that I have printed out.

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Quotes are one of my favorite things to add to memory keeping projects so it´s no suprise there are a few in there.

What I have struggled a bit with is the bleeding through to the next page if I´ve used ink, but I have solved that by using a new background paper and glued it in. I have also been concious about not using too bulky embellishments in my TN since it tends to be hard to close when it is being filled.

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I know have several pages left after working in both October and November. The remaining pages will be used for my gratitude project I do every November.

If you are interested in making and using a travelers notebook style of memory keeping I can recommend watching my friend Diane´s youtube channel where she posts several videos a week.

love & peace

Lisa ♥

Lisa is a passionate memory keeper who loves to document her little family´s life in scrapbooks. On top of running an Etsy shop she likes to throw in a few diy`s here and there.

You can find Lisa here: blog, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy.

Projects with Freckled Fawn’s Hello Autumn Kit

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Today I’m sharing projects with Freckled Fawn’s Hello Autumn Embellishment Kit. I also used the Journal Cards that coordinate with the kit.

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I knew that the adorable autumn icons in the kit would be perfect for documenting Thanksgiving, so I tackled a spread about my four 2015 Thanksgiving family gatherings!

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I cut up some of the journaling cards so I could use them to add journaling on filler cards and to add matching color to the title card.

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For the title card, I cut a journaling card in half and glued the halves side-by-side to cross the title card. I used the silver foil alphabet to spell out Thanksgiving and added a rhinestone to each side of the title. Engraved wood leaves in the corner finished it off.

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Using the embellishment kit and journaling cards across the spread helped unify busy photos and lots of photo collages.

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The crinkle paper stickers were great to decorate the center of photo collages and to jumpstart journaling on this card.

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The silver clips to use with epoxy sticker tabs are a fun touch to add to journaling cards! Layering other journaling cards, washi tape, and stickers is a great way to make filler cards more interesting.

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Next, all of the coffee icons in the kit inspired me to make a page about a party at my favorite coffeeshop, City Market Cofeehouse, celebrating its 20th year.

I used photos of my own and some others took and added to the Facebook page for the event. The differently cropped photos helped me come up with the design of the page–I just rearranged them until they felt balanced.

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I used three different types of embellishments with the coffeecup icon on this page–a cut down journaling card, a puffy sticker, and a flair piece. I’m sure no one can mistake the subject matter of this page!

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I tucked other embellishments into the blank spaces left by the photos, using the foil letter stickers to celebrate the owners of the coffeeshop, foil washi to underline my journaling, and small embellishments like the rhinestones and epoxy sticker tabs to make visual triangles of color on the page.

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I lucked out that the coffee icons in the Hello Autumn kit fit so well with an event, but these icons would also be great to celebrate your favorite place to get coffee, special seasonal flavors you are excited about, or a page about your favorite coffee drink!

Next I’m excited to use this kit on my holiday album! Even though many of the icons are autumn focused, the color scheme will be perfect well into the winter also.

Like the kit too?

Embellishment Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Hello Autumn kit here!

Planner Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Hello Autumn 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.

Trying Mixed Media Layouts with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Try on a Different Style.

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This month’s challenge is to Try on a Different Style. I am always inspired by Adele Toomey of InkieQuill. Adele is a memory keeper and makes some awesome mixed media layouts. She often uses Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine. I have used my color shine on maybe two or three layouts and have noticed that I have not used them in a while. Since I have a couple of Halloween layouts to make, I decided to use my color shine and make somewhat mixed media layouts. My layout has a bunch of Crate Paper embellishments and I even used a bit of washi tape.

To make my layout, I simply sprayed two different color shine mists on some heavy cardstock paper. After the paper dried, I used my Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere my photo onto the cardstock. Then I picked out some chipboard stickers and began to embellish the layout. I added some washi around the photo and added some journaling.

The journaling says “Since Halloween falls on a Monday, we decided to go to the Marietta Square’s Trick or Treat/Halloween celebration on Saturday. The boys has lots of fun going to all of the shops and getting treats. We also went to Six Flags and the boys got to trick or treat there as well. The boys got so many compliments on their costumes. It was such a fun day!”

Below are some close ups of the layout.

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I still have a couple of layouts to make and plan to make use my color shine and other mixed media products. I can’t wait to see how you all completed this month’s challenge.

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 Using Labels

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I’ve started up my Instagram project #NNDailyTip again! I share a daily memory keeping tip, then collect them here so you can find them easily later! This time I’m sharing tips for documenting with labels:

This week's #nndailytip posts are all about labels! Tuck a label in the bottom corner of your page to add the date!

A photo posted by Megan Anderson (@megan_nerdnest) on

What’s your favorite way to use labels?

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

Getting out of my comfort zone with blending with Jen | Nerd Nest Challenges

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Try on a Different Style.

Last January I shared a few of my scrappy goals for 2016. This month’s challenge was the perfect opportunity to revisit one of my goals- blending. My goal was to make 5 layouts using some kind of blending technique. I made three earlier this year, then pretty much forgot about this (and most of my other) scrappy goals.

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Then I saw this gorgeous page by Roxana and decided to give blending another try. I lifted her layout and made this one.

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I’d tell you how I did it, but honestly I have no idea. Lots of fiddling with brushes and blending modes and things. I really like it, but I’m not sure if I can replicate it.

So for my last blending layout I decided to go back to what I know best, and used a template. This one came together pretty quickly and I love how it turned out.

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I’m glad I gave blending a try, but it’s still way out of my comfort zone. I’m starting to learn more about what I like, and how I can incorporate it into my scrappy repertoire. I might even make it a goal to do five more next year!

Jen Johnson is originally from Nashville, but ran away to South Florida to marry a boy she met on the Internet. She has always been a memory keeper, but never realized it until she discovered digital scrapbooking in 2009. Now she loves to document her life in SoFlo with her husband, stepson, and cat, cleverly named Miss Kitty. Her biggest scrapbook is the “All About Jen” book. She worries that might sound narcissistic, but who else is more qualified to tell her story? She loves to travel, read, eat good food, and watch bad TV. She has a blog, hclappy scraps, where she writes about digiscrapping, minimalist Project Life, (step)motherhood, and her search for that ever-elusive “healthy lifestyle” everyone talks about. She says Y’all and Yonder a lot, loves run-on sentences, and finds it a bit awkward talking about herself in third person.

Try on a Different Style | Nerd Nest Challenge

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The November challenge is to Try on a Different Style.

For this challenge you can scraplift or create a project inspired by another memory keeper you admire, use products that don’t typically go with your style, or try switching up your level of embellishment. If you’re a minimalist, maybe you want to try a messy project. If you tend toward a more modern style, maybe you’d like to make something cute! If you are typically a paper scrapbooker, maybe you want to try hybrid. Shake it up!

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I love the bold and minimalist style of creative team member Lisa, so I decided to scraplift a page she did for the Portrait with Stuff challenge. It worked great for this page about Take Your Child to Work Day! I made a few alterations to fit in a different sized photo and added a bit of ink to the perimeter, but overall I stuck to Lisa’s design and this page came together so quickly.

I’m inspired to scraplift the other team members now!

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I’d love 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!

Check back on Mondays to see takes from Nerd Nest Creative Team members and throughout the month for extra takes from me!

7 Tips for Documenting TV & Movies

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I’ve started up my Instagram project #NNDailyTip again, where I share a daily memory keeping tip, then collect them here so you can find them easily later! This time I’m sharing tips for documenting TV and movies:

How do you document movies and TV?

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

October Bonus Pages | Pocket Scrapbooking 2015

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This month I challenged you to Document Your Favorite Season. I shared a bunch of extra takes on this month’s challenge with the goal of finishing October in my 2015 album. I had an overwhelming amount of photos and stories to go through! Today’ I’m wrapping it up with my bonus pages.

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My 12×12 albums are organized with weekly pocket spreads and a day in the life spread together, then a break between weekly spreads each month for thematic and extra pages, both pocket and traditional. I’d already completed some of the bonus pages for October 2015, but I used last weekend to go ahead and finish up the rest of them. And there were a lot!

I had already completed a page about Barktoberfest, so I went ahead and made a quick companion page with cute photos of the kids at the petting zoo at the event.

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I kept it super simple, but made sure to use the Freckled Fawn Chit Chat Freckled Fawn Kit so this page matched up with the Barktoberfest one.

I have one page left blank–the back of the Barktoberfest page will be a check-in list page about Jake’s birthday.

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I tried to fit in my new pages in roughly chronological order, based on what would fit into the backs of page protectors already in the album.

After Barktoberfest, there are these sports pages. Next I wanted to include pages about Boo Bayou, the Halloween festival at Eliza’s school, and our first time taking Eliza to a haunted house.

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I kept up with my theme of keeping things simple, printing photos and photo collages for all of the pockets except for the shaker pocket from the previous page. I added a title with letter stickers from Studio Calico and added in journaling with labels from Kelly Purkey.

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Next I made a simple 8.5 x 11 page about taking Eliza to a haunted house. We have awesome scary haunted houses here in Kansas City and she convinced us she’s ready. Even though we had to wait for hours, I’m glad we did it. She said, “Oh, the rooms are based on different phobias!” toward the end, which I think is pretty darn smart for a then-9 year-old.

Also that candelabra paper is perfect for this.

On the back of this page is a page about giving blood. It’s for a class for next year! Then there’s a 6×8 31 Scary Days page.

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I had a few cute pictures with our foster baby that didn’t fit in the weekly pocket pages I made, so I made a tiny page for the back of the Scary Days page.

Next is my October Reads page, which was in a process video for Pocket Your Year.

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On the back of the October Reads page, I started the pages covering a visit from Kristin and Jeff from the end of October to the beginning of November.

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I had already documented Breakout KC, but I had the rest of their visit to cover! This page has the obligatory KC barbecue, going to the farmer’s market, and hanging out with friends at hour house.

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Next was Halloween and a Day of the Dead festival at our local art museum.

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We all dressed up in Batman costumes so I stamped a bat background with an old Freckled Fawn stamp. To leave room for the title and journaling space, I set down scrap paper to create a mask when stamping.

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For the festival, I included a insert for the program and a print the kids made.

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It was very crowded, so we didn’t get many photos of the Day of the Dead art, so this page is mostly about the food, the crafts the kids did (some of them were for a temporary seasonal art exhibit), and the music. The kids always want to do the labyrinth, and the gold triangles card from Studio Calico was a perfect fit.

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The next spread is about Kristin’s and Jeff’s last two days here.

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Homemade buscuits for breakfast, a fancy soda shop, and the last game of the World Series (the Royals won and the city went nuts).

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The last day, we took advantage of the celebrating and saw some KC landmarks lit up in blue in celebration of the Royals’s win. And of course we snuck in some late night games!

By keeping it simple, I completed all of these in a weekend! Now it’s time to document this year’s October.