Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 5 | My Details + Hello Story | The Nerd Nest

I take a lot of classes, and after the success of sharing my takes, I decided to make sharing a regular thing. It keeps me motivated!

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Today I’m sharing my takes on one class I’m taking and one I’m teaching right now:

What We're Watching Venn Diagram for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

I’m currently teaching My Details with Kristin of rukristin. I’ve already done two takes for each of the prompts in the class, but I decided to go through and do the classwork again alongside students while the class is running! So today, I’m sharing my third takes on the first five class prompts.

For last Monday’s prompt, I documented the weird system Jake, our friend Paul, and I have for watching TV with a Venn diagram.

Tip: Use a protractor to make perfect circles. I draw in pencil with the protractor, draw over the pencil with marker, and then erase the pencil.

Hello Spring Photo Walk for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

Hello Spring Photo Walk for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

Hello Spring Photo Walk for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

For Tuesday’s prompt, I used a Kurt Vonnegut quote I love to make a page celebrating the gorgeous Spring weather here in Kansas City. I took a photo walk around my neighborhood to record the blooming trees and flowers as a way to savor the season (SAVOR is my One Little Word this year).

Tip: Stamp one word and handwrite the rest of your journaling for visual interest and to emphasize the stamped word.

Listening to Bird Songs for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

For Wednesday, I made a little 6×6 page about listening to bird songs. This robin was hopping around outside when I was taking pictures for a blog post, and I took a break to stalk it to get a good shot or two.

Tip: A photo can act as an embellishment! Cut out a photo with a circle punch and give it dimension by adhering it with a pop dot.

Loft Hunting for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

Loft Hunting for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

Loft Hunting for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

For Thursday’s prompt, I made a page about loft hunting in 2010 before we realized that house hunting was the way to go. I had a bunch of photos of “tours” of the places we looked at, but this one of Eliza and I in front of big windows was my favorite, even though it was really blurry.

For the class I really focused on just stories that record my details, but for my third takes I’m expanding to some stories that are family focused too.

Tip: Not every page design needs a lot of embellishing, especially if you are working with enlarged photographs or bold patterned papers.

Copley Hall for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

Copley Hall for My Details Class | The Nerd Nest

For Friday’s prompt, I documented the things I learned about in a specific building on my college campus. A lot of my memories of what I learned are tied to the rooms that I learned in, so I think it’s important to document the buildings on campus to help spark those memories. It’s also neat because the campus will change over time; this hall has since been renovated and renamed.

Tip: Pull a color scheme from your photo for unexpected color combinations.

My Details began last week, but registration is still open (you can go at your own pace)!

I think you are brilliant and I love you a lot for Hello Story | The Nerd Nest

I think you are brilliant and I love you a lot for Hello Story | The Nerd Nest

In addition to taking my own class (hah!), I’m also following along with Ali Edward’s class Hello Story right now.

For the Week 2 assignment in the class, I used one of the inspirational fill-in-the-blank ideas Ali included to think of a message for this celebratory page about Eliza. I really want her to know how much I love all of the questions she asks and her love of learning, and I love that making a whole page about this will make the message to her stand out.

Tip: Outline title words (hand drawn or stickers), with a thin marker to make them pop off of the page. This is especially useful if there is not enough contrast between your title color and background color.

I’d love to know what classes you’re taking or some of your past favorites!


Here’s the deal: because I have friends who teach things and because I teach at Big Picture Classes, I get to take classes for free sometimes. So I end up taking more classes at once than I would if I were paying for them. I’d want to make sure I had time to do ALL of the projects in a given class vs. dipping in here and there if I were working within my crafting budget, so I’d probably limit myself to three or less at a time. But as it is, I don’t need to do that, so keep that in mind. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to be taking a stressful amount of classes. Choose classes based on what you think will be the most inspiring or the best fit for you (and your budget).

Project Life Lessons

P.S. Today is the last day to sign up for Project Life Lessons at Big Picture Classes. I’m teaching this workshop with two of my favorite Project Lifers, Elise Blaha Cripe and Annette Haring, all about our tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more!