This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Use Non-Scrapbooking Products.
Thinking outside of the box for scrapbooking supplies can be a fun adventure, can add great texture to your pages, and can be a cost effective alternative to pre-made products. Keep in mind that some of the things you might use might not be archival quality–there are sprays you can buy to help counteract this if it’s a concern for you.
You might use items from other craft areas, embellish with memorabilia, or use an interesting greeting card, mailer, or flier as paper.
For my take on the challenge, I used a variety of non-scrapbooking supplies on a pocket spread documenting Day in the Life™ (which I do monthly, inspired by Ali Edwards).
I need room for lots and lots of photos and journaling on these types of spreads, so I use lots of white space. Adding in some non-scrapbooking bits added some more fun and color to these pages.
The first page has the big kids getting ready for school and waiting for the bus, including Jonas finishing filling out his Book-in-the-Bag log, which is due on Wednesdays. Our foster daughter put on her backpack to wait for the bus with Jonas, which was adorable. Jake read news, the little one and I snuggled while I read and she watched a nursery rhyme cartoon, we played with our bird and danced / did yoga.
Sometimes I stick to a kit or two for pages to get them done fast, but I wanted more of a variety on this page, so I took the opportunity to stash bust. I used cards from lots of different Studio Calico kits, alpha stickers from an old kit (Cocoa Daisy, I think), and the number “One” to note the date from the Numbers Story Kit.
My non-scrapbooking item on this page is a bit of embroidery floss- I wrapped it around a journaling card a few times and secured it on the back with washi tape.
For an insert, I cut the last three inches off of a Design A page protector, stapling shut the openings at the top and bottom (washi tape and sewing are other ways to do this, I was feeling lazy).
This page mostly covers lunch and cleaning.
For a non-scrapbooking embellishment on this page, I cut a circle from felt. I used a circle punch to outline the circle. The punch couldn’t cut through the thick fabric, but it made a circle outline that made it easy to cut out a nearly perfect circle.
I layered the felt circle with a paper circle and a cork heart from Freckled Fawn.
The back of the insert is about the afternoon, including the work I got done, calling my Senators and Congrassman, the big kids getting off the bus, and the little one video chatting with her grandma after a nap.
I took a screenshot of the calls I made, which is a good documenting idea in general for documenting a Day in the Life.
I wanted to think about digital non-scrapbooking things to include too, so I went with this meme. I texted it to Jake in the evening when he asked what was taking me so long to come upstairs and go to bed as a way to tell him I was caught up reading the news.
The last page shows our evening–dinner with my friend and co-robotics coach Steph (having our sons play together before practice increases the chances they’ll be more chill during practice), coaching Jonas’s robotics team (they started building their Lego model!), playing chess with Eliza (her first chess club meeting was the next day and she totally beat me), Jake playing Connect Four with Jonas, brushing the tiny one’s teeth, excitement about my new outfit, a long conversation with Eliza about white privilege after her shower.
A pretty full night.
On this page I used a paint chip as a journaling card! I wanted a bit more red on the page, and remembered I had a bunch of these from the last time I was trying to decide on wall paint colors.
I had a lot of fun working a few non-scrapbooking items into my spread. I’d love to hear your ideas for doing the same!
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! Just insert your documenting area (art journaling, videography, etc.) for the word scrapbooking in the challenge!
Check back on Mondays in February for takes from the Nerd Nest team!