Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Try on a Different Style.

Last January I shared a few of my scrappy goals for 2016. This month’s challenge was the perfect opportunity to revisit one of my goals- blending. My goal was to make 5 layouts using some kind of blending technique. I made three earlier this year, then pretty much forgot about this (and most of my other) scrappy goals.

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Then I saw this gorgeous page by Roxana and decided to give blending another try. I lifted her layout and made this one.


I’d tell you how I did it, but honestly I have no idea. Lots of fiddling with brushes and blending modes and things. I really like it, but I’m not sure if I can replicate it.

So for my last blending layout I decided to go back to what I know best, and used a template. This one came together pretty quickly and I love how it turned out.


I’m glad I gave blending a try, but it’s still way out of my comfort zone. I’m starting to learn more about what I like, and how I can incorporate it into my scrappy repertoire. I might even make it a goal to do five more next year!

Jen Johnson is originally from Nashville, but ran away to South Florida to marry a boy she met on the Internet. She has always been a memory keeper, but never realized it until she discovered digital scrapbooking in 2009. Now she loves to document her life in SoFlo with her husband, stepson, and cat, cleverly named Miss Kitty. Her biggest scrapbook is the “All About Jen” book. She worries that might sound narcissistic, but who else is more qualified to tell her story? She loves to travel, read, eat good food, and watch bad TV. She has a blog, hclappy scraps, where she writes about digiscrapping, minimalist Project Life, (step)motherhood, and her search for that ever-elusive “healthy lifestyle” everyone talks about. She says Y’all and Yonder a lot, loves run-on sentences, and finds it a bit awkward talking about herself in third person.