January 21-27 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2018 | The Nerd Nest 1

After making a few Start in the Middle spreads to get going on my 2018 pocket scrapbooking, I started batching pages by month.

I spent a few sessions gathering and choosing photos for January, then I arranged them how I’d like them to be in page protectors, then I started editing, making collages, and printing. Next it was choosing cards, then finishing off pages with journaling and embellishments. This method worked really well for getting progress made in short spurts, because I knew exactly what step I was on and could get to work, using the little time I had really well.

I’m in the printing stages for February right now. Batching + keeping it simple + Document Now, Make Later is what’s working for me as I work out of the dining room while my office is under construction.

January 21-27 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2018 | The Nerd Nest 2

Here’s the spread for the week of January 21-27!

Selected products:

I really loved the purple in the February Freckled Fawn papers and cards–purple is harder to find in scrapbooking products than other colors.

To save time, I used only cards and papers from January and February Freckled Fawn kits for my January batch of spreads. I’ll probably be using Kelly Purkey kits for February.

January 21-27 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2018 | The Nerd Nest 3

Going on here: Celebrating my father-in-law’s birthday (followed by a game of Scrabble), new haircuts for Eliza and I, snuggle pile, Eliza’s pre-teen chair drape, Ava piled between Eliza and E’s friend.

January 21-27 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2018 | The Nerd Nest 4

I usually do stickers or stamps for my title, but I just wrote it in on many of my January spreads so I wouldn’t have to go searching for supplies. The diagonal lines on this title card presented a fun opportunity: I filled one of the diagonal spaces with letters fitting the height of the space.

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Going on here: Organizing shelves in the bathroom, finishing a knit hat, moving the frogs and fish into the kitchen, kids playing outside, progress on exposing brick in my office, fixing a broken stuffed animal, babysitting for my friends (blurred baby), Ava getting Lily snuggles, Ava hammering away on her own pretend home improvement kick, new recipes for #megandoes52recipes.

January 21-27 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2018 | The Nerd Nest 7

I add white borders to my photos when I print and I decided to try adding white dividers to my collages as well for a more consistent look and for visual space between the photos in collages. I’m really liking the look so far! They’re really just a thin white rectangle layer in Photoshop that I’m copying over and over, but the look is totally achievable in an app. I like Diptic.

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Mimicking the title, I journaled on the diagonal for a card in this page too! Because Freckled Fawn only has 3×4 journaling cards, I cut down the 12×12 paper for 4×6 and 4×4 cards.

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Some of the 12×12 patterned papers work as journaling cards on their own–like the white and blue striped paper. For others, I’ll add a little square of white cardstock for journaling space, as I did on the pink floral pattern.

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I hope you liked this peek into my January batch of pocket scrapbooking pages!

Most of my January pages are being saved for the next round of 31 Challenges. I’m so excited for the next edition!

What’s been working for you for pocket scrapbooking lately?