Confessions of a Class Junkie | Tons of pages made for classes at the Nerd Nest

I take a silly amount of classes (mostly on memory keeping) online, and I’m here again to share my takes with you! For this round, I’m sharing 5 layouts for Ali Edward’s Hello Story and 2 for Aly Dosdall’s Stashbusters Anonymous. Both of those classes were taught at Big Picture Classes and are now closed for registration. (Hooray for forever access!)

I also made 3 layouts inspired by My Details, a now self-paced class from Kristin of rukristin and me.

That’s right: 10 layouts. Junkie is not a hyperbole, guys.

Search through your scraps for papers supporting your color scheme and layer them as-is - The Nerd Nest

For Week 5 of Hello Story, I ran with the math storytelling concept and documented an inside joke between my friend Megan and I. We call her Megan 2, and it’s pretty awesome that when we’re together we’re twice–x2–the Megan.

Search through your scraps for papers supporting your color scheme and layer them as-is. -- The Nerd Nest

Tip: Search through your scraps for papers supporting your color scheme and layer them as-is.

Tip: This isn’t a great photo, but it is a great memory. Most of the time I don’t worry if the color balance is a little off, but this photo was incurably yellow. Converting it to black and white helped! (Though our eyes are still shadowy.) Bonus: converting a photo to black and white when you’re using a lot of color and pattern will make it stand out amongst the noise.

Document Take Your Child to Word Day -- The Nerd Nest

For Week 6, I did a six word story with a title about take your child to work day.

Document Take Your Child to Word Day -- The Nerd Nest

Tip: Take screen shots and use them as you would photos.

Documenting a homework routine -- The Nerd Nest

Week 7 was all about pie charts, and I used Ali’s cut files to document Eliza’s homework routine for the 2nd grade.

Documenting a homework routine -- The Nerd Nest

I scanned some of her homework pages and made a kind of time line with them across the middle (each assignment and the photo of her in the middle row each represent the type of homework she had for each day of the week). I also used another pie chart to show where she spent most of her studying and homework time.

Documenting public transportation used on a trip -- The Nerd Nest

Maps were the subject of Week 8, and I decided to document the rail paths we took on our Philadelphia trip.

Documenting public transportation used on a trip -- The Nerd Nest

I printed off an online map on photo paper to use as the base of the right side of the page. I originally thought about tracing our path, but I really liked the colors of the different lines and wanted to preserve it, so I listed the different stations we stopped at instead. Using this information, you can still trace the path looking at the map!

Tips for making double page layouts cohesive -- The Nerd Nest

Tips for making double page layouts cohesive -- The Nerd Nest

Tip: There are many ways to visually connect both sides a double page spread. You can extending a patterned paper across both pages, design both sides to be mirror images of each other, or use the same background or frame for both. To connect two pages that have less in common visually than these methods, use similar elements on each page like colors or shapes.

Document things about your relationship on your anniversary -- The Nerd Nest

Week 9 was numbers. I thought that was a perfect excuse to document us at 10, which Jake and I wrote after the tenth anniversary of our first date.

Document things about your relationship on your anniversary -- The Nerd Nest

We didn’t take specific anniversary photos, so I chose some of my favorite photos of the two of us from the past year. I’ve used all of these photos before in Project Life spreads, but they take on a whole new dimension all together.

Tip:Try picking a subject and collecting favorite photos about that subject from the past year, then use them all together!

*You can see the rest of the layouts I’ve made for Hello Story here.

Create a scallop pattern using scraps and a circle punch -- The Nerd Nest

For Stashbusters Anonymous, I combined Challenge 1 about using shapes in a pattern with Challenge 11 about going monochrome to bust my stash. I did a traditional page and a pocket page for my 2011 Project Life album, which I’m completing retroactively.

Create a scallop pattern using scraps and a circle punch -- The Nerd Nest

To create the scalloped pattern, I used a bunch of punched circles lined up. This helped me bust through some green kit journaling cards I didn’t quite love. What says monochrome green more than Saint Patrick’s Day? Luckily, a 4×6 card was perfect to extend one color of circles across the 12×12 page! I lined the tops and bottoms with washi tape to bust through some of that green and to clean up the look a little.

Create a scallop pattern using scraps and a circle punch -- The Nerd Nest

I continued with the green scheme on the pocketed side and made a 3×4 scalloped card to tie this page in with its companion page. This helped me to bust through some of those not-so-loved 3×4

Create a scallop pattern using scraps and a circle punch -- The Nerd Nest

*You can see the rest of the layouts I’ve made for Stashbusters Anonymous here.

Concert page -- The Nerd Nest

I’m still stuck on making lots of music layouts for one of the My Details prompts–I went through once and did all of the prompts for a third time, and now I’m just running with every idea the class gives me. I love that recording stories reminds me of more stories I want to tell. It’s easy to stay inspired that way.

Concert page -- The Nerd Nest

This is a simple 8.5×11 about a friend’s concert. There’s a bit more journaling on the back, just because there wasn’t room in the design. All that will show is sort of a who / what / when / where journaling, and that’s just fine.

Adult language advisory on the next one, so skip it if you want:

Document a favorite song with lyrics -- The Nerd Nest

In my Freshman speech class in college, we were supposed to play a short clip from our favorite song and perform a speech explaining why we loved the song. In class, I’m the annoying person with their hand always up, and they weren’t exactly expecting Minior Threat’s Straight Edge (NSFW language) out of me.

Document a favorite song with lyrics -- The Nerd Nest

To document this, I stamped the lyrics as the background, starting at the bottom so that the titular line would be prominent. I made a little flap for the photo so I could put the journaling underneath.

School concert -- The Nerd Nest

Last but not least: Eliza’s school concert (or “Grand Spectacle”) this year. There’s lots of blurring because, you know, other people’s kids.

School concert -- The Nerd Nest

They sang Disney songs in French, and Eliza’s favorite was by far the French version of Let it Go (“libérée délivrée“). Her class sang other songs to, but I focused on this one because it was her favorite. And she was SO. INTO. IT. I really wanted to document her stage presence.

School concert -- The Nerd Nest

Tip: I usually don’t trim off scraps when they have one circle punch taken out of them. They can be used as a perfect spot to add some flair!

School concert -- The Nerd Nest

For the accompanying 6×12 page, I just wrote out as many of the lyrics from the song as I could fit on there. It’s mostly decorative, but I like it a lot.

*To see the rest of the bonus pages I’ve made for My Details, click here. Purchase the class to get inspired by all of the ideas in the in-depth prompts and Kristin’s and my combined 40+ takes!

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


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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 much 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).