Cousins | Pick a Year Nerd Nest Challenge

Welcome to the monthly Nerd Nest Memory Keeping Challenge!

This month, your challenge is to Pick a Year.

It’s easy to get caught up in memory keeping the present–after all, it’s what’s on your mind and you want to record what’s happening before those memories get fuzzy and unclear.

But you probably have memories from the past that are important to you–memories that are, as of yet, untold.

Now’s the time to start recording some of those memories. Your challenge will help to keep the task of beginning to document the past from being overwhelming: pick a year. Think of a single year, and start with a few of the major events, special photos, or savored everyday memories. Narrowing down your focus will help you to spend less time picking stories to tell. Framing your perspective in this way will often get your brain going and help you flow right into the next idea.

Cousins | Pick a Year Nerd Nest Challenge

For my first take on the challenge, I started with one of my favorite photos from 2011–my kids and their cousin Nathan. Nathan is 2 weeks old in this photo, and it was the first time all three of them were together. To make a big impact, I chose a big photo.

I also used the journaling from an old blog post to help refresh my memories.

Cousins | Pick a Year Nerd Nest Challenge

Tip: Have an embellishment pack with lots of a repeating shape? Try making a pattern with the embellishments on a strip or block of patterned paper. Trailing the embellishments off of the edge and trimming them down gives the illusion of a repeating pattern design and gives a much cleaner look than a simple gathering of shapes.

Make sure to check back on Mondays throughout the month for other takes from me and guests (remember that YOU can pitch a guest post!). Share yours with the hashtag #NerdNestChallenge


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 Carnival kit // Dear Lizzy paper // Echo Park paper // Becky Higgins Project Life journaling pens.