This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Expand Your Story.
Go beyond your usual process for memory keeping–a single layout, a weekly pocket spread, a few sentences of journaling, etc.–and expand how you tell a story that is special to you by doing more! You can make multiple layouts about one subject, include a full page of journaling to tell a more detailed story, make a mini-book about an event, or include extra pages of photos in pockets to support a layout you made.
You could also go back to a project you’ve completed and add in more, if you didn’t include much journaling, for instance.
The possibilities are endless, but this challenge can help push you to move past your go-to documenting methods to tell a story that you want to expand on.
For my take on the challenge I moved past my usual routine for pocket scrapbooking–weekly spreads, a day in the life spread, and a single highlights spread for big things like weddings and vacations–and made two spreads about a single day of a weekend trip my family took to Saint Louis in January.
I already documented the first day of the trip with two spreads for Day in the Life and I decided I didn’t really want to narrow down my storytelling much for the second day.
We went to one of my favorite places in the world, City Museum, and I wanted to explore it fully. I also usually make vacation minibooks, which is why I just include vacation highlights in my full albums, but I don’t want to make a minibook every time we take a weekend trip to a repeat location.
Expanding my pocket pages was a great solution!
The first page includes all of the morning stuff from the day: photos from the hotel, what the kids’ packed (that will be a fun detail to look back on in a few years), me being miserable with cramps (which a lot people wouldn’t include, but it’s a relevant detail when you are spending the day climbing around), and brunch.
I used several kits from Studio Calico for this and included flair from Kelly Purkey (her food products are always fantastic).
The second page is an introduction to City Museum. It’s HUGE, detailed, and often close-quartered, so it’s very difficult to get the scope of it through photographs. If you can see it, you can climb on / in it.
These pages also stick with Studio Calico kits. I used products with shapes that reminded me of the twisting metal tunnels, which I thought was a fun touch! I also continued onto the negative space in a photo with journaling when I ran out of room on the card.
This was our second time at City Museum, so for the second spread, I focused on the new-to-us things we discovered.
This page includes mounted butterflies from a room full of insects and taxidermy, running around in a ramp room, the small contemporary art museum, going down a big slide, and Jonas and Eliza climbing in wire tunnels (without the arrows, you’d miss them!).
This page has cards and some embellishments from Studio Calico, a stamp from Ali Edwards Story Kits, and glitter arrows from Freckled Fawn.
The last page has a train ride for small kids, exploring in caves, a giant hamster wheel, more contemporary art, a huge safe, Egyptian art from the architecture rooms, and bits from the aquatic themed climbing tunnels and the big treehouse.
I love that I was able to celebrate one of my family’s favorite places with expanded pages! It’s okay to break your own rules to create memory keeping that is more meaningful to you.
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!