Cider Hill Apple Picking | October Nerd Nest Challenge - 1

This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Use Instagram Stories! I wanted to share a second take with you.

For my first project for this challenge, I saved photos from my Instagram Stories with text on them, but this page has a more subtle approach.

Using portrait orientation photos more because you are sharing on Stories? Inspired by the thinner vertical photo look? This page has a design idea for you.

Cider Hill Apple Picking | October Nerd Nest Challenge - 2

When my family went apple picking recently, Jake and I took tons of pictures on my phone. I wanted to use a lot of them on this page, as the photos did a great job of telling the story of the day and using a variety of photos showed almost all of the family members present (somehow I missed taking a photo of my brother).

I picked three favorite photos that I wanted to stay in a 3:4 ratio for the top, then cropped my photos in a thin, vertical Insta-Stories-like orientation for the bottom. I decided they looked best at two inches wide, so I picked four of the ten photos I’d cropped vertically to be squares for a middle row, since I could only fit 6 photos on the bottom.

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Having Photoshop makes sketching out a page like this before printing easy–I’ll open up a 12×12 canvas and resize / crop my photos and add them to the canvas until I have them the way I want them. Then I’ll open up an 8.5×11 canvas and move the photos there for printing (I printed these photos in two batches).

If you don’t have Photoshop, you can still get this look by measuring and sketching out your photo sizes first. You can physically crop down photos to non-standard sizes or can use free photo editing software or apps to get the same look.

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This page was mostly about the photos, so I didn’t need much to finish it off. I used the Freckled Fawn October Kit for this page.

I started with a label sticker to add in a tiny bit of journaling.

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Then I made a title in the space in the middle row. I mixed Autumn Alpha Stickers and handwriting for the title and added a row of plaid puffy hearts in the leftover space.

Two strips of plaid washi tape between the rows finished things off!

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I love how Instagram Stories style cropping allowed me to fit so many photos onto this page! This simple design fits in 13 photos and did an excellent job telling the story of our day apple picking. Do you have a photo-centered story to tell that would work with this design?

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 throughout the month of October for takes from the Nerd Nest Creative Team.