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February 22-28 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2015

February 22-28 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2015 | The Nerd Nest 1

This year, I’m making weekly pocket scrapbooking spreads in addition to other forms of memory keeping, like monthly spreads for Day in the Life and thematic pages. I include monthly breaks in my album for all of the extra documenting I like to include over and above weekly documenting.

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Going on here: Eliza’s stamping and doodling as a title card, Jake in on my #Thursday3 selfie, the kids pretending to go to school in a bus tent, babysitting, and Eliza charming the cat.

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Going on here: Staining the floor of the room we’re refinishing, playing in the backyard on a warm day, coffee + donuts + comics after parent teacher conferences because my friend watched the kids and is awesome, Jonas in his room, first signs of Spring, snuggling cats with a book and coffee (Eliza took that picture), and going to get hamburgers in the snow.

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When I started choosing products for this spread, I began with the photo that jumped out at me the most. I decided to start the color scheme with a vibrant pink, jumping off from the cover of this Gambit comic. I chose some bright pinks from last month’s digital Studio Calico printable journaling cards (they are only available during the month of the kit from what I can tell).

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Next, I thumbed through patterned papers until I found something that could bring together that bright pink with some other colors found in the spread.

I found a design in an old paper pad that was perfect. It mixed the pink from the comic with the blue in Jonas’s room and on the bus, the green from the plant and Jonas’s coat, and orange, which happened to match the card Eliza was stamping on and coloring in.

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I mixed the other papers from the pad with partial Project Life cards and colorful labels. Most patterned paper pads don’t leave much room for journaling, so I love this method so I can have it both ways.

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I had a good time mixing old and new products on this spread to pull everything together!

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn March Oh Deer Me kit, Sarah Hurley labels, pink arrow clips, and Retro star clips // Studio Calico printable journaling cards and past Project Life kit // Becky Higgins Project Life Design A pocket protector, Design O from Variety pack 3 page protector, Jade core kit, Plus One mini kit and journaling pens // Heidi Swapp die cut // Dear Lizzy label // Garamond font.

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Crabitat

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My grandpa came back from Florida this weekend with three hermit crabs for us. He was thinking the hermies would be a bit easier than they happen to be, but after a day of obsessive research, I got them out of their sad teeny plastic carrying cases and into an awesome crabitat.

Here’s the new home Eliza and I put together for Herman, Horatio, and Henrietta:

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I did my research first, because I knew if I walked into the pet store without figuring out what I could DIY first I’d drop an insane amount of money. We came out not too bad: we just needed to buy water drops to remove chlorine, salt water drops, a hygrometer, and a warmer.

But lots of things, we could do at home. Instead of sticking them in a tiny glass tank within our budget, I moved some Christmas decorations around and got out a big clear storage tub. I drilled air holes in the lid and it’ll be a great home until we can score a giant glass tank cheap on Craigslist. (Not sure if the plastic would be good for them over time and we can’t heat it.)

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There was also no point in buying the super expensive aquarium sand–all purpose sand is great for them and we happened to already have a lot! I baked it in batches to sterilize it for them and got it to sandcastle consistency with dechlorinated water to get the humidity right.

I made sure it was deep enough for them to bury into.

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Next Eliza and I got to decorating. We made sure there were plenty of things to climb on, grabbing rocks from Eliza’s collection and shells and coral from around the house.

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They dig having places to climb.

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But they like the places to hide even more. (They are hermit crabs, after all.)

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Crabs in a tub might not look fancy from far away, but they sure look happy scuttling around in there! We’ve spend hours watching them when they are at their most active. I’m excited for when they’ve acclimated a bit more and I can handle them.

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Next we just need to find lots of shells for them to change into. It turns out that they don’t like the painted shells typically, so I’m on the lookout for a variety of natural ones. We’ve already watched Herman indecisively try out a few which was pretty entertaining. But not as entertaining as watching Horatio and Henrietta climb over each other and punch at each other when they first met. That was plain silly.


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 Projects. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain might venture into. They might be collaborative or independent. The point is to MAKE.

This is project 3 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1: Class Quilt / 2: Valentines with Eliza.

February Day in the Life | Pocket Scrapbooking 2015

February Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest

On the 4th of each month in 2015, I’m documenting a Day in the Life, a concept originated by Ali Edwards. Each month, I’m adding a full spread for Day in the Life in between weekly spreads into my pocket scrapbooking album.

Here’s February Day in the Life:

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February Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest

February Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest

February Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest

February Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest

If you are playing along, charge your camera batteries for tomorrow!

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn March Oh Deer Me kit // Studio Calico 4×6 paper pads // Becky Higgins Project Life Design A pocket protector, Design N from Variety pack 3 page protector, Jade Core Kit // Color Box ink // Garamond font.

March Challenge | List It

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Welcome to the monthly Nerd Nest Memory Keeping Challenge!

This month, your challenge is to List it.

I’m excited that 30 Days of Lists is underway for March, so since I’ve got lists on the brain, I decided that making listing this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge was the way to go!

Listing is a great journaling technique, because you can get a lot of information down in a concise way.

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For my first take on the challenge, I made a spread with the check-in list I made for Eliza’s birthday. Check-in lists are a great way to document what you or someone you love is like at this moment in time. I like doing them on birthdays, because it’s a great reminder, but you can do them any time!

It’s fun to look back at the lists to see what’s changed and what has stayed the same over time.

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I copied the journaling directly from the At 9 Eliza… post. It ended up being quite a lot! I didn’t want to cover up all of the “Nine” words I stenciled in using a number die cut card from the Freckled Fawn March 2015 Oh Deer Me kit and alternating Starlight Silver and Platinum Planet ink, so I made a little 6×8 page just for the journaling to go with the larger page with the title and photos of Eliza.

I love this check in list page! I’m excited to make them for myself and my other family members too–I’m glad I write blog posts for them so that information is ready and waiting for me.

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What’s your List It take? Share your take with a link in the comments below! You can also use the hashtag #NerdNestChallenge on social media.

Make sure to check back on Mondays throughout the month for other takes from me and guests. There are so many great ways to use lists in memory keeping.


I’ll be adding takes I find to the Nerd Nest Challenges Pinboard! Share your links to past challenges too so I can add them. You don’t have to be a memory keeper in the traditional sense–these are great prompts for blog posts too!


Supplies: Freckled Fawn March 2015 Oh Deer Me kit and Aqua puffy stickers // Amy Tangerine Stitched Garden paper // Basic Grey Aurora Hydra paper // Cosmo Cricket paper // Brilliance Dew Drop ink Starlight Silver and Platinum Planet // Garamond font.

Awesome Ladies Project

Sunburst Tutorial | The Nerd Nest for Rukristin 1

Awesome Ladies Project Community Workshop

It’s the last Friday of the month, and that means it’s Awesome Ladies day!

My friend Kristin challenges you to pledge two hours a month making something that makes you feel awesome.

In addition to an awesome community, this year Kristin has introduced a FREE classroom that includes a monthly sketch challenge and a place to share your awesome ladies projects. There’s also a chat tonight at 10PM EST!

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You’ll also find a tutorial from me on how to make the sunbursts for the sketch on the rukristin blog today.

I hope you join in on the Awesome Ladies Project!

Don’t forget that everything is on sale at the rukristin shop for Awesome Ladies weekend! Get 10% off of your purchase Friday-Sunday evening.

I’m an rukristin affiliate, so purchases made through that link helps to support the Nerd Nest.

February 8-14 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2015

February 8-13 | Poket Scrapbooking | The Nerd Nest 1

This year, I’m making weekly pocket scrapbooking spreads in addition to other forms of memory keeping, like monthly spreads for Day in the Life and thematic pages. I include monthly breaks in my album for all of the extra documenting I like to include over and above weekly documenting.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

February 8-13 | Poket Scrapbooking | The Nerd Nest 2

This week I challenged myself to use colors that clash. I loved the coral that went with the sunset photo and the reds and pinks from the clothing in other photos, so I decided to just go for it and try to make it work.

Lots of blurs this week because, you know, other people’s kids.

I also cut this week short so I can include an extra spread about my friends’ weekend visit.

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Going on here: Sunset, Jonas and I made muffins, Jake put a tote over my head and said, “Are you mad? Now you’re super mad!” (goof), cooking together, Eliza painting a rock, Legos everywhere, Eliza doing homework on the computer, and coffee.

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Going on here: Working on the class quilt with my mom and the finished product, the kids all passed out in the car after a busy day, Eliza’s class Valentine’s party.

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn February 2015 kit and rukristin labels // Studio Calico King’s Cross kit // Amy Tangerine Stitched Box Pleat and Scissors paper, and cards // My Mind’s Eye paper // Project Life Design A pocket pages, Live Brightly Value kit, and journaling pens // rukristin stamp.

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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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Spider by Louise Bourgeois

Kansas City is filled with wonderful museums. When my out-of-town friends visited recently, they requested we add the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art to the itinerary. I was happy to oblige: I love this museum because special exhibits keep visits fresh, there is an emphasis on showing pieces by artists of diverse backgrounds, and the exhibits are displayed in a beautiful layered way.

I was excited to see the new Piece by Piece: Building a Collection.

Here were some of my favorite pieces from the exhibit:

Body Screen, Hayv Kahraman and Landscape Majestic, Mickalene  Thomas | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art | The Nerd Nest

Body Screen by Hayv Kahraman and Landscape Majestic by Mickalene Thomas

How to Get Rich on a Shoestring Budget, Nathaniel Donnett | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art | The Nerd Nest

How to Get Rich on a Shoestring Budget by Nathaniel Donnett

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works by Kara Walker

La Nature est Morte, Aimé Mpane (Untitled Lightz I, Ebony G. Patterson, Background) | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art | The Nerd Nest

La Nature est Morte Aimé Mpane and Untitled Lightz I Ebony G. Patterson

Oyster #5 by Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam I Wanna Go Bang and Watching Forever by Jeffrey Gibson | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art | The Nerd Nest

Oyster #5 by Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, I Wanna Go Bang and Watching Forever by Jeffrey Gibson

Contemporary art is often about creating new form, expanding past the function of materials, and answering questions about what defines art.

The works I’m most drawn to, however, are all about telling stories. I love art that meshes traditional cultural symbolism or methods with modern materials or themes. I love seeing different political points of view and sociological perspectives in the artist’s voice. But most of all, I love the emotion that art based in storytelling evokes in me–though it’s fleeting, I sometimes feel like I reach an understanding with the artist. And I’m a firm believer that trying to see things from others’ point of view as much as possible makes you a better, kinder person, so this exercise in empathy is good for the proverbial soul.

(Not that all art does this too me. Sometimes I just go–”Huh. Well that’s weird / interesting / totally crazysauce.”)

QC #15 and Cumulous (small) by Sanford Biggers | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art | The Nerd Nest

QC #15 and Cumulous (small) by Sanford Biggers

I also always come away from a museum inspired. Something I see will spark a creative idea infallibly. Watch out for something sparked by QC #15 soon.

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Stop by the Kemper (it’s free!) in Kansas City if you have a chance, or feel free to give me a virtual tour of an awesome exhibit near you with a link in the comments!

30 Days of Lists Blog Hop

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Today is the 30 Days of Lists Blog Hop! While we’re waiting for the listing to begin March 1, Kam and Amy challenged listers to pick a list from the March 2011 30 Days of Lists. If you want to play along, leave your take on the 30 Days of Lists Facebook Page!

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As I was browsing the prompts from the free March 2011 list collection, the words vacations to take jumped out at me.

The National Parks Service just announced the launch of the Every Kid in a Park campaign, through which all US forth graders and their families will get a one year pass to public lands. Eliza will be in forth grade this year, and we’ve been trying to plan a few National Parks road trips for years, so I could not be more excited about the announcement.

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I decided I’d make a fun little 6×8 art journal type page to include in my 12×12 album, noting the announcement and listing the parks I most want to visit. (Though I just included the realistic ones–no way am I affording plane tickets to Hawaii or Alaska in 2015-2016.)

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The “Vacations to Take” list is in a little library pocket. The parks I listed: Yellowstone // Arches // Petrified Forest // Great Sand Dunes // Grand Canyon // Mesa Verde // Sierra Nevada.

Some of these are places I’ve never gone and others were some of my favorite childhood trips with my grandparents. I’m excited to see how many of these wonderful places I can cross off the list and share with my family.

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I love filling out lists daily during the challenge, but I also love that I know I have all of these prompts as wonderful story starters for scrapbook pages when I’m feeling stuck!

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Want to see what the other #30Lists ladies are making? Follow along with the hop:

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See how I’m listing this year 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 supports the Nerd Nest! Sign up for the #30Lists newsletter so that you can keep up with #30Lists news.

Supplies: Basic Grey Aurora Mini Library Pockets, die cuts and transparencies, 12×12 cardstock stickers, Pisces paper, and Second City die cuts and transparencies // Studio King’s Cross kit (rub-ons) and Walden 4×6 paper pad // Project Life journaling pens // watercolor.

Internet Culture

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This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is you only know if…

For other takes on this challenge, I’ve documented family language and inside jokes with friends. I wanted to broaden my thinking for this take and document things you’d only really understand if you’re from my generation. I thought about all of the memes and internet jokes that make up a part of the way I talk to Jake and our fellow millennial friends and decided that, in order to really get what we’re like in 2015, I’d have to document a bit about the internet’s influence.

I picked the first memes and jokes that came to mind, either because I reference them a lot or because I’ve referenced them recently. This is totally a page topic I can come back to again and again!

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Under each image, which I grabbed from Google images and screen shots, I put a tag with a little explanation of the origin of the meme / joke, the meaning of it, and how it is used. I backed each image with patterned paper, attached it with washi tape, and put a tab on the edge so flipping to reveal the journaling is easy.

Internet Culture | The Nerd Nest

Internet Culture | The Nerd Nest

This page is a fun addition and is a reminder to me to do more documenting about my culture and time.

Internet Culture | The Nerd Nest

What parts of Internet culture seep into your life? What’s your you only know if… take? Share your take with a link in the comments below! You can also use the hashtag #NerdNestChallenge on social media.


I’ll be adding takes I find to the Nerd Nest Challenges Pinboard! Share your links to past challenges too so I can add them.


Selected Supplies: Rukristin tags // Freckled Fawn black airmail washi tape, January 2015 kit (2015 stamp), November 2014 kit (triangle washi), May 2014 (thumbs up stamp), January 2014 (Hello World stamp) // Pebbles roller stamp // Ali Edwards Week in the Life kit (index tabs and lables) // Studio Calico Inky Black Color Theory alpha stickers, King’s Cross kit stamps // Project Life journaling pens // // Amy Tangerine 6×6 Sketchbook pad // Staz On Jet Black ink.

February 1-7 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2015

Pocket scrapbooking with Studio Calico digital printables | The Nerd Nest 1

This year, I’m making weekly pocket scrapbooking spreads in addition to other forms of memory keeping, like monthly spreads for Day in the Life and thematic pages. I include monthly breaks in my album for all of the extra documenting I like to include over and above weekly documenting.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

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Going on here: Eliza checking two Doctor Who books against each other, watching Orange is the New Black with our friend Paul (don’t worry; Jonas went to bed first), Jonas getting more independent with baths, Eliza’s Jamestown poster at school, Jonas mass producing artwork, soufflés, Doctor Who villain figures added to our bookshelf (hooray for eBay!), an errands day (including getting art supplies for Eliza’s class project), Jake’s selfie from his quadcopter (harder than it sounds), and Jake playing Bean Boozled at work (a game with gross and yummy jelly beans of the same color–you don’t know what you’re going to get).

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For this spread, I used Studio Calico’s Cirque Printable Journal Cards. I’ve canceled my subscription to their monthly Project Life kit, but I like the new option of buying the digital version of the cards. This way I can just use what I like, can easily alter cards as needed, and can add journaling directly to cards without a fight. Of course I bought this month’s digital set: they had me at bonjour.

I did have a little trouble trial and erroring to get these to print out to the right size. You can print all of the cards out on 8.5 x 11 if you don’t want to worry about sizing, but I was hoping to print cards two at a time on 4×6 paper to save space. (Because only printing the cards I want is kind of the point.)

This proved difficult. If I chose my printer’s borderless option, part of the cards would get cut off because the size is altered slightly. Printing with borders wouldn’t work, because the cards would again be the wrong size. It wouldn’t be too frustrating to have cards with borders to match my photos, but there’s a thin grey line around all of the cards that makes it obvious if the printing is off a bit. I also tried scaling down, but again, those grey lines thwarted my plans.

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I finally figured out that the only way to go was to print one card on a 4×6 at a time. I printed vertical 3×4 cards on a portrait orientation 4×6 card. This way the border didn’t cut anything off and the printer didn’t try to do any weird scaling. I had to do more trimming this way and wasted more paper, but I suppose it’s worth it to get the size just right.

(Also: all of this made me wonder if it isn’t more cost effective to just buy the physical kit. But then I wouldn’t get the hybrid benefits, so I’m not sure what I’ll do in the future.)

Next time I’ll just add all of the cards I’m wanting to print to a 8.5×11, but I’m running low on big good cardstock, so this worked for now.

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Going on here: The kids in Eliza’s class painting the fabric squares for the class quilt and listening to their teacher read (I love getting to practice my French with the kids), Jonas making up stories and scenarios with Legos and toys, at the coffeeshop with the kids, enjoying the nice day back to back with a snow day by going to the farmer’s market, brunch, and spending the day with friends at the park, movie night with my aunt, uncle, and little cousins.

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One of the benefits of hybrid: I cropped down a card and added it to another so I could have the dots and the colored journaling spot! The white journaling is way more readable in person.

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Selected Supplies: Studio Calico Cirque Printable Journal Cards and South of Market cork stickers // Project Life Design A pocket page, Design N from Variety Pack 5, 4×6 white cards and journaling pens // Pinkfresh Studio wood drop stickers // Queen & Co pink Candy Shoppe Deco Dots // American Crafts Thickers, pink Printshop // Garamond font.

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