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This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Ring in the New Year.

Create a project showcasing how you celebrated the new year. Different cultures celebrate the New Year on different dates, so don’t feel limited to January 1st! You may have some documenting from Yom Kippur or Lunar New Year to do. You might want to think about it in terms of a new school year or a new year of life after a birthday.

You might want to make a project showing what you did for the last New Year, the cultural meaning of the new year you celebrate and what it means to you, or the goals you have set for this new year.

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I needed a bit of a break (blogging and scrapbooking) through the hectic holiday / big kid birthdays season, but I’m back on the horse and starting from the top with a pocket page about how my family spent our New Year’s Eve.

Our holidays are a little over the top (six family holiday parties in three days–and we hosted three of them!), so we love to spend New Year’s Eve not doing much of anything. We make a big dinner, play games, watch movies, and take a big family selfie when midnight (or, in this year’s case, New York midnight) rolls around. I love these silly photos and always have a lot of fun documenting them.

The journaling reads:

We rang in the New Year at the East Coast time, watching the ball drop in Times Square on You Tube, so we could go to bed earlier to set off for St. Louis in the morning! I love our chill, at home, just us NYE after all the Xmas crazy.

Freckled Fawn 2017 Embellishment Kit

Freckled Fawn Fresh Start Journaling Cards

The Freckled Fawn January 2017 Embellishment Kit and Fresh Start Journaling Cards were perfect for this page! I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and usually use up the goodies right away when I receive them early, but the 2017 elements were my favorite part, so I made myself wait.

Here’s how I used the kit:

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Our foster daughter was making hilarious faces, so the engraved wood “so funny” quote was just the thing for the negative space in this photo. I love tucking embellishments into the corners of photos. It’s an especially good trick to use if your photos are all similar.

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Tucked into another photo corner is one of the paper stickers, which just happened to both have a perfect sentiment and match Jonas’s shirt. Unless I’m centering a sticker like this on a card, I usually trail it over the edge of a photo and cut off the excess. This helps ground it so it doesn’t look like it’s floating around.

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I added one more embellishment set to a photo to create a visual triangle of photo embellishments. The foam word “loved” framed in hearts popped well against the background of our dark shirts!

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The cards that match this kit are amazing and didn’t really need anything extra, but I thought it would be fun to add a few enamel triangle stickers over their corresponding triangles on this card for a bit of extra pop!

I also used a circle punch to cut out the “fresh start” circle from one card to add it to the pinwheel card (which is my favorite–I love all of the colorful pinwheels in this kit!).

You can find the current kits and extras from Freckled Fawn here.

How do you celebrate the New Year? Do you grab someone to kiss? Dress up and go to a fancy party? Pop a bottle of champaign? Curl up and read and try to ignore the noisy fireworks outside? I’d love to hear!

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!

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