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San Antonio Travler’s Notebook

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Things have been chaotic for me lately and a ladies trip was just what I needed to reset and recharge! I’m so grateful I was able to spend a week in San Antonio, TX split between spending time with Jessica. my awesome ladies Kristin, Kam, and Amy, and Jeff and Alex.

Usually I wait quite some time before completing a memory keeping project about a vacation. I’m good at pocket scrapbooking the highlights, but I usually take forever to complete minibooks. Not this time! I was filled with creative energy when I got home and completed a Traveler’s Notebook over a weekend (and a few pages while I was on the road, too!).

The Awesome Ladies NSD Sleepover challenges helped motivate me to work on this too. It was a fun challenge to make parts of the book out of order and to think about how to connect my trip to the challenges.

To make this come together easily, I decided to focus on photos and words and limit my products. Other than my hybrid cover, I only used the Freckled Fawn May Planner Kit and May Embellishment Kit for this project, which helped it to come together quickly!

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I made a quick hybrid cover using digital clip art of the San Antonio skyline and the Texas map with San Antonio marked. A bit of Google Imaging plus the Magic Wand tool in Photoshop was all I needed. I added the dates of the trip on the front and the names of the friends I spent the trip with on the back.

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I used the title page to include a photo I took of San Antonio’s skyline from Jessica’s rooftop and pictures with my ladies. I also explained how the trip ended up coming together. I didn’t embellish heavily on most of the pages, so just a letter sticker title was plenty for this page.

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The traveler’s notebook size was fun to play with, and I used a variety of photo sizes throughout the book. To print the photos, I made collages of photos on 8.5 x 11 photo paper. I tried not to overthink the sizes, just mixing up larger photos with smaller ones based on what I wanted to stand out and how many pages I wanted to dedicate to each part of the trip so that I’d end up with a filled up book.

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I repeated the same style throughout: arranged photos with journaling wrapped around them, a few embellishments here and there to fill up empty spaces. I also included some of the days of the week washi from the May Freckled Fawn kit to help show the progression of the trip.

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Kristin and Jeff are amazing at remembering to pick up business cards, so I ended up with more memorabilia than I usually remember to grab on my own. I used clips on a lot of these, in case I want to see the other side.

On the right, I didn’t have a photo I wanted to include on one of the spaces in the collage, so I decided to add a sticker there instead! Try this out if you get stuck choosing photos.

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I completed this spread in San Antonio with a business card and a photo from Kam’s Instax. I ended up putting it too far back in the book, so I had to remove the pages and glue them further up. I’ll be sharing more about this spread on the Freckled Fawn blog next week.

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It was amazing to be in San Antonio during their city-wide 10 day celebration Fiesta, and I wanted to make sure it stood out. I grabbed their official logo off of the Fiesta website to use and photographed the Fiesta beads we received on a white surface so I could journal around it. This is a great way to “include” 3D memorabilia!

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Heavier memorabilia, like this Alamo brochure, can slide around if you use only one clip, so I like to clip it at the top and the bottom.

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The clip on top kept sliding around, so I used a bit of washi to secure it on the back.

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I love that keeping it simple gave me more room to tell the story with words.

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Like I did with the beads, I took a photo of an enamel pin to include, so I can use the actual pin elsewhere.

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For most of the places we went, I tried mix photo types to give a sense of what the setting was like. Combining a photo of my friends, a landscape-type photo, details that make the place special (and, of course, food) together help me to piece together memories when I’m looking back later.

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I also love taking photos of signs so I’ll remember the names of the places I go. This is especially helpful for recommendations and for trip planning next time–there are definitely restaurants I’d want to return to again and again when traveling.

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Kristin cooked us an amazing dinner, so she gets a full page–hah! A self-timer photo helped me capture all of us playing video games late into the night.

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It’s a big deal that all four of us were together for the first time, even if only for a few hours. I wanted to represent that visually (plus, I just love this picture), so I made it take up two pages. I made sure to measure first so that the cut in the middle wouldn’t be awkwardly through anyone’s face.

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I also loved that there weren’t any selfie takes where everyone was making a normal face, so I included ones where we looked silly because it really shows off how excited we are.

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We loved Los Nortenos Pollos Asados so much, we went there twice! If you are in San Antonio, I highly, highly recommend it.

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I started the week and ended the week with Jessica, and was thankful for our more relaxed pace after the action-packed middle of the week. I don’t usually take many pictures of us lounging about (especially since this trip was right after Week in the Life–I wasn’t exactly motivated to take photos of everything!). Including an image of Big Little Lies, which we watched over a few days, helps to show the change of pace. Plus, the show was amazing and I want to celebrate that.

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My last full day in town, Jessica and I started by stopping at some of the missions.

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Then we went to Guadalupe River State Park. I wanted more room for photos, so I wrote in the negative space of them.

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The book got even simpler as I went along, because I was more motivated to finish and was playing with embellishments less. That’s okay! Keeping a similar style throughout the book helps it to be cohesive even if the embellishing is inconsistant. And using the clips throughout the book means that there is a bit of color popping out of the top even on pages with nothing but photos and words.

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I finished up the book with art I liked at the airport, more days of the week washi, and my plane tickets clipped to the back cover.

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I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to see everyone again soon! Jessica is going to pop in for a visit in a few weeks and I’ll be with Kristin, Kam, and Amy at the Awesome Ladies Live retreat June 10.

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May Freckled Fawn Sketch

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Today I’m sharing a take on the May Freckled Fawn sketch.

I usually like to use sketches as a challenge to myself, trying out different page sizes or translating them as a pocket page design, but I decided to follow the sketch closely this month as a way to get myself out of a creative slump. It was so nice to complete a page without having to put too much thought into it, and having the elements from the May kit picked out already made it especially easy.

My only major change was making the photos bigger. Making one of the photos black and white helped put focus onto the color one, which is a good trick to use if you have two similar photos that are the same size!

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Because I used a patterned paper as a background, I stapled the acetate speech bubbles to white cardstock and cut them out so they’d show up well!

I also used tiny enamel dots from the May Planner Kit in place of stars, because I always need more purple supplies!

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Because my bigger photos spread across the full page, the clip on the side of the photo block on the sketch wouldn’t work. I moved the circle shape on the sketch up a bit and switched out a clip for resin flair (more purple!).

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I also included a purple cardstock sticker as a place to add the date (and as a way to create a purple visual triangle).

To make the thin alpha work on the patterned background, I traced each letter with marker to make sure the title popped.

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I added journaling on vellum with a typewriter, adhering it with a staple and another enamel dot.

I loved this sketch! Finishing it helped me get back on a good creativity kick!

Are you doing a project with this month’s sketch too? I’d love to see it!

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Awesome Laides Live!

Awesome Ladies Live

Join rukristin and The Awesome Ladies (including me!) in East Lansing, MI June 10 for four new live workshops and a weekend of magic!

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Last week I got together with my awesome ladies. It was the first time all four of us–Kam of Campfire Chic, and Amy of Lemon and Raspberry (you may know them from 30 Days of Lists), and Kristin of rukristin and The Awesome Laides Project–have been together at the same time!

One of the things we got to do together was help Kristin put the finishing touches on Awesome Ladies Live! I am over the moon excited to get to see these ladies again in a month and can’t wait for the workshops and Kristin’s favorite around-town places:

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There’s even more included than what’s on the schedule, so visit the Awesome Ladies Live page to find out more. I hope to see you there!

Expand Your Story | Nerd Nest Challenge

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This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Expand Your Story.

Go beyond your usual process for memory keeping–a single layout, a weekly pocket spread, a few sentences of journaling, etc.–and expand how you tell a story that is special to you by doing more! You can make multiple layouts about one subject, include a full page of journaling to tell a more detailed story, make a mini-book about an event, or include extra pages of photos in pockets to support a layout you made.

You could also go back to a project you’ve completed and add in more, if you didn’t include much journaling, for instance.

The possibilities are endless, but this challenge can help push you to move past your go-to documenting methods to tell a story that you want to expand on.

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For my take on the challenge I moved past my usual routine for pocket scrapbooking–weekly spreads, a day in the life spread, and a single highlights spread for big things like weddings and vacations–and made two spreads about a single day of a weekend trip my family took to Saint Louis in January.

I already documented the first day of the trip with two spreads for Day in the Life and I decided I didn’t really want to narrow down my storytelling much for the second day.

We went to one of my favorite places in the world, City Museum, and I wanted to explore it fully. I also usually make vacation minibooks, which is why I just include vacation highlights in my full albums, but I don’t want to make a minibook every time we take a weekend trip to a repeat location.

Expanding my pocket pages was a great solution!

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The first page includes all of the morning stuff from the day: photos from the hotel, what the kids’ packed (that will be a fun detail to look back on in a few years), me being miserable with cramps (which a lot people wouldn’t include, but it’s a relevant detail when you are spending the day climbing around), and brunch.

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City Museum Pocket Pages | The Nerd Nest

City Museum Pocket Pages | The Nerd Nest

I used several kits from Studio Calico for this and included flair from Kelly Purkey (her food products are always fantastic).

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The second page is an introduction to City Museum. It’s HUGE, detailed, and often close-quartered, so it’s very difficult to get the scope of it through photographs. If you can see it, you can climb on / in it.

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City Museum Pocket Pages | The Nerd Nest

These pages also stick with Studio Calico kits. I used products with shapes that reminded me of the twisting metal tunnels, which I thought was a fun touch! I also continued onto the negative space in a photo with journaling when I ran out of room on the card.

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This was our second time at City Museum, so for the second spread, I focused on the new-to-us things we discovered.

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This page includes mounted butterflies from a room full of insects and taxidermy, running around in a ramp room, the small contemporary art museum, going down a big slide, and Jonas and Eliza climbing in wire tunnels (without the arrows, you’d miss them!).

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City Museum Pocket Pages | The Nerd Nest

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This page has cards and some embellishments from Studio Calico, a stamp from Ali Edwards Story Kits, and glitter arrows from Freckled Fawn.

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The last page has a train ride for small kids, exploring in caves, a giant hamster wheel, more contemporary art, a huge safe, Egyptian art from the architecture rooms, and bits from the aquatic themed climbing tunnels and the big treehouse.

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I love that I was able to celebrate one of my family’s favorite places with expanded pages! It’s okay to break your own rules to create memory keeping that is more meaningful to you.

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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!

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

Here’s my second set of 10 lists!

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Day trips I want to take

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Ways to stay accountable

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

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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

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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

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Favorite creators

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

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I know the seasons are changing when…

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

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

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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

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

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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.