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31 Scary Days 2017 | Part 2

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 1

In October, I recorded 31 Scary Days for the third year! I kept track of one thing a day I was doing with scary media (though a lot of these things were ongoing over multiple days).

This year I decided to do a visual version, including images from the Internet for television, screenshots from my phone for music and audiobooks, and photos of books I was reading. I’ve already shared the first part and here’s the rest!

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Selected Supplies

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I lost the number 11 somewhere! I’m confident it will turn up and I can add it later. If not, I can always make one that mimics the style of the other numbers.

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Scary Things List:

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I used the same papers I’d used on the title card for Part 1 for a little title card here, but flipped them. I didn’t feel like I needed a big fancy title after I’d already included one on the opposite page, so I just wrote the name of the project on a label sticker so the continuation would make sense.

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I used two journaling cards to write about the project and the scary things the kids were into this month with my extra pockets.

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I absolutely love the way this turned out! Those inked December Daily numbers really made the project.

Do you have any types of things that you track throughout a month that this sort of project could work with?

October 15-21 2017 | Pocket Scrapbooking

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 1

I just got my new Freckled Fawn kit and I jumped in using it right away! It has a lot of cute house icons, so I automatically jumped to documenting one of the home improvement projects we’ve been working on. I wrote out a list of different ideas I had for using the kit and I’ll be working on those and sharing them too!

Here’s a pocket spread for October 15-21:

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Selected Supplies:

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Going on here: Selfie with Jonas before I chaperoned his class field trip (which I’ll document with a separate page), out to eat, Ava’s last soccer game of the season, Jonas tapping, documenting style, Eliza spending the night at my mom’s to make her Halloween costume, stuck in marathon traffic, rearranging furniture, coffee + books, new pot roast recipe, messy spaghetti Tierney.

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I did a lot of embellishing on the title card, which combined cut down patterned paper with a November journaling card, a trio of puffy house stickers to fill in the empty space on the card after I’d added a title, a label sticker in the corner with a little embellishment cluster of a banner phrase sticker and enamel stickers.

Because of that, I kept the rest of the page fairly simple. I used all journaling cards from the kit, adding washi tape to one for a bit more color.

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 5

I used label sticker to add more journaling onto photos and put a banner phrase sticker on one of the collages.

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 6

Going on here: The before picture of Eliza’s unfinished future closet space in the attic–lots of gross insulation that squirrels once lived in and weird broken things previous owners threw in, supplies in the van to finish closet spaces (man, this van is a game changer), Jake playing with our baby niece Aubrey when we went to go pick up our kids from my brothers’ (thanks, bro!), family dinner and cookie decorating at my mom’s.

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I loved combining a banner phrase sticker and puffy house stickers on each of the home improvement photos. Mirroring products like this is a fun technique!

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Using label stickers on photos helped me add more journaling. This allowed me to use one of the pockets for a filler journaling card and a banner phrase sticker.

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I love how this spread turned out and I’m excited to go make more!

Do you have home improvement projects to document that could use some house icons?

31 Scary Days 2016

31 Scary Days 2016 | The Nerd Nest

I had fun working on my 31 Scary Days project for this year and it inspired me to make something for the one I recorded last year too! I kept track of scary media (books, TV and movies, events, etc.) in a note on my phone last year, but never made anything with it.

My memory keeping motto is Document Now, Make Later: it doesn’t matter when you actually scrapbook if you have the documentation. Because I wrote it down last year, waiting a year to make something was no big deal.

I did a bigger visual project for 2017, but I decided to use my first 31 Scary Days project from 2015 as inspiration for 2016. Here’s what 2015 looked like:

I stuck really close to this for 2016, but made a 6×12 page instead of a 6×8 page:

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I went through my patterned paper stash and pulled papers with a Halloween feel. I selected a black and white stripe paper to use to write my 31 scary things and orange chevron paper for the background. I also decided to add an orange dot paper as a background strip for the title.

The stripes on the black and white paper were more narrow than the one I used in 2015 and I didn’t have number stickers or stamps that were small enough to show up well inside the white spaces. So I used a circle numbers stamp from Kelly Purkey and cut each stamped image from white cardstock.

Selected Supplies:

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I finished up with a little embellishment cluster in the blank space on the page.

This is a fun little project and one I want to keep doing for years to come!

Check back later this week for part 2 of my 2017 31 Scary Days.

Our Last Thanksgiving | Nerd Nest Challenge

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This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is Memorialize. I wanted to share a second take with you.

Last week, I shared a page I made about missing my grandmother and talked about using memorial pages as a way to give lost loved ones a presence in current memory keeping.

But I also want to use the idea of memorializing to motivate me to document events from the past that I needed to leave blank in the moment. I love weekly+ pocket scrapbooking to give me a current perspective on my day to day life, but I often need time and distance before I can tackle emotionally heavy subjects.

I leave blanks to come back to for when I’m ready. Some topics take longer than others, just as some types of grief stay fresh for longer.

I don’t feel like all of these types of stories need to be told, but I do want to push myself to document the things I want to remember, even though documenting death can be very emotionally difficult.

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I want to begin documenting losing my great-grandpa Ray last December. I have in-the-moment spreads that include him from last year, but after his death, I struggled with working on projects about him that I hadn’t gotten to yet.

This spread, about our last big extended family gathering before he passed away, felt like a good place to start because it’s such a happy memory. The event being Thanksgiving helped give me a perspective for my journaling, so I could easily write about being thankful that we were all able to be together one last time.

Finding a relatively “easy” starting place will help me work up to things that will be more difficult for me to record, like how hard it was to see him loosing his memory to dementia and how wonderful it was to hear some of his old stories. Going back and working on my lovely childhood memories with him will help too.

Selected Supplies:

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This family photo is very special to me, so an enlargement was a go-to. I mounted the photo on white cardstock and added a strip of patterned paper to give the whole page a half inch white boarder. This is a trick I use often to make up for 8.5×11 being the largest print size avalible to me at home.

I got stuck on what to include on the patterned paper, but figured it out quickly after finding the “Giving Thanks for this Day” tag in the Summer Die Cut Variety pack. Large embellishments are great for simple pages like this one.

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The journaling reads:

I am so thankful for this last extended family gathering with Grandpa Ray. We had a big Thanksgiving dinner at his assisted living facility, joined by his long-time friend Al Gatton. It was wonderful to see all of my great-aunts and uncles and watch the kids run around with their cousins. It is so special to have these photos and these memories.

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I included a companion pocket page so I’d have room to include lots of action and family shots in addition to the posed big family picture.

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I worked on this spread over several sessions, giving myself time to go back and decide what I wanted to write. I am trying to be gentle to myself, and I hope you will do the same if you decide to memorialize this month.

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 throughout the month of November for takes from the Nerd Nest Creative Team.

How I’m Listing this December

30 Days of Lists Base December 2017 | The Nerd Nest 1

Registration for December’s 30 Days of Lists is now open! I’m celebrating my anticipation of my favorite challenge by prepping the book I’m using for my listing.

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I’m using the same I Love It All 30 Days of Lists Traveler’s Notebook insert I used for my September 2017 30 Days of Lists album. For September, I used a page for each prompt and included a photo for each. Because I included a title page spot for September and December, I didn’t have enough pages left in the insert to do that for this round. So I decided to split each page into two!

Here are the supplies I’m using to list for this round:

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I decided to do some stash busting for this, breaking up the pages with strips of washi tape and using a variety of number stickers for each list spot.

I drew rectangles around the numbers, and I think I’ll do that for other elements on the page as well. I might do the title of each list on a label and draw a box around it and then draw another box around my lists. I’m also thinking about raiding my stash for fun small embellishments to use as bullet points.

I loved doing photos last round, but since I’m doing December Daily during the December round, I think simpler is better!

30 Days of Lists December 2017

Are you joining 30 Days of Lists in December? How will you be listing?

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100 Days Project in Review

100 Days Project - 100 Days of Memory Keeping | The Nerd Nest

Yesterday marked the end of my 100 Days Project, inspired by a community 100 Days Project with The Scrap Gals.

If you haven’t heard of the 100 Days Project, check out their 100 Days Project podcast episode. These projects have been floating around the creativity community for a while now (I actually started a poetry one over the summer–which I paused during this project), but I loved the interpretation of doing it for memory keeping.

The idea is to pick something and work on it for 100 days. It could be 100 days of journaling, sketching, a certain type of photo taking, etc. I knew that this would take place during a hectic time for me, so I went with a flexible concept: 100 days of memory keeping. I didn’t count taking photos, because I typically do that daily anyway, but I did count everything else.

This pushed me to move forward on memory keeping projects even if I didn’t have much time. When I went on vacation and didn’t want to bring scrapping supplies with me, it inspired me to write longer journaling in the moment. When I didn’t feel like sitting down to scrapbook, I at least organized some memorabilia, imported some photos onto the computer from my camera, or printed a few photos.

This not only kept me moving forward, but also just inspired me more in general. Doing the small tasks that didn’t take much time when I was busy or unmotivated got me at my desk and excited about projects to work on. Small tasks were often followed by big bursts of creativity and a cycle of productivity.

Aside from getting ready for my 31 Challenges workshop, I made more during this time period than any other time frame over the past year.

So I’m planning on keeping it going! I’ve been sharing what I’m working on periodically with the hashtag #sg100daysprojectnerdnest on Instagram, but I’m going to try to keep up daily memory keeping tasks. And sharing what I’m doing makes it more fun (and keeps me motivated and accountable). I’m going to start a #dailymemorykeepingnerdnest tag now. I’ll definitly combine days to share sometimes, especially when I’m doing those smaller tasks, but it will inspire me and I hope it will inspire you too!

Did you try a 100 Days Project? Remember if you didn’t finish, you didn’t fail! That just means that you did more than you had to start off with!

September 1-3 2016 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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After finishing up the October weekly spreads in my 2016 pocket scrapbooking album, I decided to keep going filling in the gaps and started on September!

Because I put breaks in-between weekly spreads for each month in order to include thematic pages, I end up with some “partial” weeks at the beginning and end of the month.

If I only have a few photos, I’ll work extra days into a full weekly spread, but if I have enough to make a spread, then I do. This is fun for me because I usually pack photos into spreads, so doing partial weeks sometimes gives me room to include more cards than my typical spread.

Here’s the spread, covering September 1-3:

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For this spread, I used mainly the September 2017 Kit from Kelly Purkey.

Selected Supplies:

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Going on here: Ava loves silly selfies (and yogurt), deep cleaning / getting ready for our adoption home study (super stressful), Jonas’s “about me” bag assignment.

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I cut off a bit of the pink 4×6 card to use on this page, so I mounted it on a green card.

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Jonas’s teacher asked the class to put three items in a bag to describe themselves and he chose a Batman Lego video game, a knight Lego minifigure, and a photo collage of family members. This would be a fun thing to have the kids do periodically!

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I’m trying to use stamp sets I’ve never touched more. The “True Life” and “Life is Tough, But So Am I” are from a 2016 Kelly Purkey kit. I like stamping on labels or cardstock and then cutting the stamps out to add onto cards, that way I have a chance to try a few times if I make a stamping mistake.

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Going on here: The finished owl stepping stone I made with the kids, me in my office (productive work week!), Eliza doing homework, latte for me and a donut for Jonas, dinner with our friend Virgil.

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I had fun working in as many of the September kit stamps as possible. “Home Made” was great for this craft project photo!

I used a Design F page protector for this page, but wanted to use two 3×4 cards in the 4×6 spot. I attached them together on the back with washi tape.

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I used a “Home” stamp here and added “work” with labels and letter stickers. This reminds me that I need to take some photos of Eliza doing her homework now. She usually does it in a quiet area now instead of at the dinner table. One of the benefits to scrapbooking the past is it can give you ideas on what to document in the present.

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Another one for the books! I’m going to finish up a few 2016 projects (in the middle of my 2016 December Daily!), then switch back to documenting this year.

What are you working on right now?

Memorialize | Nerd Nest Challenge

Memorialize November Nerd Nest Challenge

The November Nerd Nest Challenge is to Memorialize.

It can be emotionally difficult to document loved ones we’ve lost, but it’s important to preserve those memories while they are still clear. Personally, I need time to start this type of documentation, but it’s also helpful for me as part of the grief process.

You don’t have to interpret this challenge to be about a person: you can also memorialize a pet, place, or historical event.

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For my take on this month’s challenge, I made a page about Grammy, my grandmother. The anniversary of her death was a few weeks ago, and I wanted to make a page to process my feelings and show I was thinking about her.

Sometimes I memorialize by making pages about memories to go in my albums about my childhood or past years, but this is a way to get my lost loved ones into my current albums. Since my albums are organized chronologically, documenting my right-now thoughts about someone is a way to include them.

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This page was inspired by Ali Edward’s Time Story Kit. As I was laying out the supplies, I realized that the phrase “I wish we’d had more time” captured what I was feeling perfectly.

Selected Supplies:

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The journaling reads:

Grammy, it’s been over ten years now and I still miss you every day. I think of you when I sing the silly songs you taught me to the kids, when we watch musicals, when I cook your food, when I put the car in reverse and say “we’re off like a herd of turtles.” I ask myself what you would do when friends come to me with an emotional problem or when there is turbulence in our family. When you found out how much time you had left, you cried that baby Eliza wouldn’t remember you. But we keep your memory alive with your art in our homes, your photos, and by carrying your lessons in our hearts. I wish I could have known you more as an adult. Still, you are here.

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I cried almost the entire time I was making this page, but it was cathartic and looking at it in my album makes me more happy than sad. I hope this inspires you to memorialize too.

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 throughout the month of November for more takes from the Nerd Nest Creative Team and me.

October 16-22 2016 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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At the beginning of this month, the only spread I had in my albums for October 2016 was for my October Day in the Life. Now, all of my weekly spreads are complete! (I still have a few thematic pages to finish off).

Here’s the last weekly spread I have to share for October 2016, covering the 16th to the 22nd:

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The main event for this week was a practice tournament with Eliza’s robotics team, and the Kelly Purkey August kit was awesome for it with all of the “idea” themed supplies.

Selected Supplies:

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Going on here: Loving the tree colors, Ava discovering Atari, Eliza at a movie night at a friend’s, walk with Ava and Jonas, Jonas caught a moth.

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None of the 4×6 cards were working for my spread, so I taped two 3×4 cards together for my title card. Stapling a string across both helped to bring it together as one card.

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I haven’t done a lot of layered stamping, but this one was fun! I like being able to stamp a colored background and then add on an outline for definition. (I need to remember to get out my stamps more.)

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Going on here: Practice robotics competition for Eliza’s robotics team, the She-Nerds (which I co-coached last year), snuggles and book reading, Jonas and his friend playing with Pokemon cards.

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Hooray for finishing October! I didn’t make much in the way of current things in the last quarter of last year, so I’m planning on doing the same thing with last year’s November spreads during this month!

September 17-23 2017 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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I was inspired to make tons of pages with the Freckled Fawn October embellishment kit! This spread was inspired by my last journaling card standing from the cards that coordinate with the kit–a mug that says “finally fall.” I decided to use it to make a spread about the first official week of autumn this year.

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I mixed the October Freckled Fawn kit with the September Kelly Purkey kit and I love the result.

Selected Supplies:

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Going on here: Everyone went to the dentist (Ava’s first time!), feeding baby T, Buffy Trivia Night with friends, getting a table cleared off for the first time in months, saving tomato seeds, Jake fixing our gate, mums coming out, big Half Price Books clearance sale.

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I really liked the vivid read from the FF kit mixed in with the blues and greens from the KP kit. The olive color of the green and the blues help keep the red + green mix from feeling Christmasy.

I went with a falling leaves look with a trio of Autumn cork stickers with gold foil accents–I love adding embellishments like this to edges and trimming them off. It was also fun to spread them over multiple pockets!

When I’m embellishing cards, I look for divisions as a natural place for an embellishment to go. The divide in the two blue colors was a good home for an epoxy wood button sticker.

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KP labels are always fantastic for sneaking more journaling in onto photos.

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Going on here: Thursday 3 photo at Eliza’s school (parent meetings), all snuggled up, Ava loves Tierney, Jonas had a sick day and Ava doctored him up, giant book haul from the clearance sale, soccer games, Free Batman comic day (with was really free Harley Quinn comic day in celebration of the character’s 25th anniversary).

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To make a 4×4 card, I combined FF heart patterned paper with a square of white cardstock. Cards with stripes are a go-to for journaling for me, though they work great as filler cards too! I used the heart card to journal a sentence about a different photo on each side of the divide.

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I used my last blue / green embellishment from the Freckled Fawn kit, a puffy heart sticker, in the center of a soccer photo collage. Argyle patterns are used by our local soccer team, so that was an added bonus.

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I’ve had so much fun going overboard with my kit and I still have more projects to share, though I’ll be digging into the November kit soon now!