The November Nerd Nest Challenge is to Memorialize.
It can be emotionally difficult to document loved ones we’ve lost, but it’s important to preserve those memories while they are still clear. Personally, I need time to start this type of documentation, but it’s also helpful for me as part of the grief process.
You don’t have to interpret this challenge to be about a person: you can also memorialize a pet, place, or historical event.
For my take on this month’s challenge, I made a page about Grammy, my grandmother. The anniversary of her death was a few weeks ago, and I wanted to make a page to process my feelings and show I was thinking about her.
Sometimes I memorialize by making pages about memories to go in my albums about my childhood or past years, but this is a way to get my lost loved ones into my current albums. Since my albums are organized chronologically, documenting my right-now thoughts about someone is a way to include them.
This page was inspired by Ali Edward’s Time Story Kit. As I was laying out the supplies, I realized that the phrase “I wish we’d had more time” captured what I was feeling perfectly.
- Ali Edwards Time Story Kit
- Kelly Purkey September 2017 Kit
- Ali Edwards precision pen
- Studio Calico white cardstock
The journaling reads:
Grammy, it’s been over ten years now and I still miss you every day. I think of you when I sing the silly songs you taught me to the kids, when we watch musicals, when I cook your food, when I put the car in reverse and say “we’re off like a herd of turtles.” I ask myself what you would do when friends come to me with an emotional problem or when there is turbulence in our family. When you found out how much time you had left, you cried that baby Eliza wouldn’t remember you. But we keep your memory alive with your art in our homes, your photos, and by carrying your lessons in our hearts. I wish I could have known you more as an adult. Still, you are here.
I cried almost the entire time I was making this page, but it was cathartic and looking at it in my album makes me more happy than sad. I hope this inspires you to memorialize too.
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 November for more takes from the Nerd Nest Creative Team and me.