Compare and Contrast | March Nerd Nest Challenge 1

This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Compare / Contrast.

Make a project comparing a current job with a past job, the similarities and differences between two family members or friends, what the world is like now vs. your childhood, or any other idea you can come up with!

Compare and Contrast | March Nerd Nest Challenge 2

Comparing / contrasting can be a great way to get an idea for a minibook or layout, but it can also help you decide how to write journaling for a page that isn’t so obviously compare / contrast.

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I decided to try to apply the journaling technique to my next project, which was this pocket spread covering January 22-31.

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To go with a photo collage that mainly featured our budgie Hermes, I compared how different family members were doing with Hermes. We’d had him for about a week at this point.

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I talked about how well Jonas was handling him and how he showed off his bird handling skills with a cockatiel to employees at the pet store, wrote about how my step-mom Kelly was a bit nervous about him and why, and then contrasted how Hermes is doing with us compared to the week before.

It wouldn’t be immediately apparent to someone reading this journaling that I was writing about comparisons, but deciding to write this way certainly helped me to decide what to say, which might help you if you are drawing a blank and the words aren’t coming for you!

Jake's Brain vs. My Brain | March Nerd Nest Challenge 1

Just in case my less obvious example isn’t helping you come up with ideas for the challenge, I wanted to share a double page layout comparing how my brain works to how my husband Jake thinks! I made this page for a My Details workshop a few years ago and each item on one list has a direct comparison on the other.

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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 March for takes from the Nerd Nest team!