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Go Ombré | Nerd Nest Challenge

March 2016 Freckled Fawn Challenge | Go Ombre 1 copy

This month, I challenge you to go ombré!

Ombré is the gradual blending of one hue to another, often moving from light to dark.

I’m going to tell you how I add the ombré effect to my wood chips, but you can add ombré to your project in other ways if this technique is not for you!

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You’ll need a wood chip (or several!) and three to five colors of ink close in hue. Pigment or chalk ink will work better for this project, because dye based inks will bleed and spread across your wood chip–you’ll have a harder time blending the colors too.

Arrange your colors from darkest to lightest. I decided to move from yellow to red to mimic a sunset!

February Day in the Life with March 2016 Freckled Fawn Kit | The Nerd Nest 1 copy

Starting with your lightest color, begin to apply the ink to the wood chip. Eyeball the area you’ll cover. If you want the ombre to be even across your chip, you’ll want to apply the ink proportionally–about 1/5 of the chip per color in my case.

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I’m using small ink pads (I love these guys–they’re a great way to stock up a lot of colors inexpensively!), so I can apply the ink with the tip of the pad easily by rubbing the pad directly on the wood chip. You can also load your ink onto a sponge, a cotton swab, or your finger to apply it to the wood chip. The last option can get messy, but it works in a pinch!

Apply the next lightest color, slightly overlapping the first color. Repeat until your wood chip is covered with all of the colors you’ve chosen.

This is a fun and easy way to bring color to your wood chips. I’d love to see you try! But remember that you can do a project with ombré in any way–I used ombré papers on this February Day in the Life pocket spread in addition to using the wood chip technique.

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I’d love 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!

Check back on Mondays to see takes from Nerd Nest Creative Team members!

Projects with Freckled Fawn’s Sweet Treats Kits

Freckled Fawn Sweet Treats Embellishment Kit

Today I’m sharing my projects with Freckled Fawn’s July Sweet Treats Embellishment Kit (above) and Planner Kit (below)!

Freckled Fawn Sweet Treats Planner Kit

Here’s how I went about using the kit:

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The smaller planner kit is perfect for light embellishing on pocket pages. I was stuck on a pocket page from April, which has colorful photos and memorabilia, and the colors in this kit turned out to be just perfect!

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This side includes a few highlights from the Passport to India cultural festival.

I used the kit to add a bit more interest to the cards, framing the date and journaling on the title card with a small strip of washi tape and an arrow clip.

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For the other card, I added a vellum sticker from the planner kit and a star clip from this month’s subscriber add-on embellishment, Stars and Clouds paper clips.

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I had two bits of memorabilia I wanted to include–the program from the festival and strips of papers the kids practiced writing their names in Hindi on. I adhered the paper strips to the back of my patterned paper, but I wanted to be able to pull out the program to look at it later. The paper clip helps to keep the program from falling out and the brads (K & Company) will keep it from sliding around.

To get more yellow on this side of the page, I stamped the “love” word from the stamp set on another card from the Citrus Twist journaling cards.

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The right page has all of the everyday stuff from the rest of the week.

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For the 4×6 journaling card, I cut a journaling spot circle to use from the Citrus Twist journaling cards, and used the diamond strip shape from the mini stamp set in the planner kit to create a line. I added a vellum strip with the same shape (so glad that there is purple in this kit!).

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I used the embellishment kit to make a page about going to see the musical Matilda! The blue and yellow in the playbill and the photo went great with the kit, and the star embellishments inspired me to add orange into the color scheme as well!

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I used the Stars and Clouds paper clips subscriber add-on to hold the playbill in place–I just cut small slits in the paper so I could secure the clips on the slits.

Another tip–I cut out the pages from the playbill that are just ads to reduce the bulk they’ll add to my album.

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I used the wood chip frames for my journaling and to add the date. I colored them, inspired by the colors on the puffy stars, by rubbing ink pads directly onto the frames. I centered a phrase chipboard piece in one of the frames and bordered the frames in puffy stars.

I liked this look so much that I went into the subscriber shop and bought two extras of the stars so I can border the other elements on the page as well!

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I used two strips of vellum tape across the bottom then made my own pattern using the Lili Alphabet Stamp. Letters played a huge part in the set design of the show, so I thought it would be fun to play off that and use the letters from the title in the pattern!

I’m so excited to dive into these kits deeper! I haven’t even broke out my favorite elements–the popsicle and doughnut epoxy stickers–yet!

Like the kit too?

Embellishment Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Sweet Treats kit here!

Planner Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Sweet Treats kit here!

I’d love to see how you use yours! Leave a link in the comments!

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products.

rukristin Awesome Ladies Scrapbook Sleepover Challenge Projects

rukristin Awesome Ladies Scrapbook Line

My soul lady Kristin of rukristin just released her first product line in collaboration with Kara Haupt. To celebrate the launch, Kristin hosted a Scrapbook Sleepover complete with challenges (and a movie–Kristin and I did a lot of tweeting about The Princess Bride). Excited to dig into these awesome products, I did all of the challenges! I’m sharing them here so you can see this amazing line in use, and you also have some time to join in on the challenges yourself to enter to win the whole line!

(You can shop the individual items in the line or get the full line like I did–stamps not pictured.)

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The first challenge is to use a Big Title, so I used a big title on a pocket spread! I’d been wanting to use this big chipboard alpha from Ali Edwards, but it’s hard to actually spell out anything in a full title when you only have one of each letter.

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I looked through my not-yet-scrapbooked weekly pocket scrapbook folders and realized that spelling out the abbreviation for Saint Louis would be a perfect title for this weekend trip highlight page!

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I’ll write way more about the trip in a minibook, so most of the pockets were filled with photos. The black and white complemented this busy / photo heavy style well.

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For a tiny bit of information about the trip, I used a 3×4 card with a plus background and a journaling spot sticker to turn it into a journaling card.

Tombow’s monotwin pens are excellent for writing journaling on slick stickers like these.

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I used a black ampersand card to list out the main things we did on the trip. I love Uni-ball Signo white pens for writing on dark surfaces.

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The second challenge was to create a Double Page layout, so I decided to scrapbook the previous week in a pocket spread, even though I usually wait longer to make spreads, the The Game card gave me an idea for documenting a Game of Thrones episode so I rolled with it (minor spoilers on that card).

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Going on here: Jonas leaping on my brother to say goodbye after we had dinner with him and his fiancé, Father’s Day doughnut breakfast, seeing Finding Dory, lots of puttering around the house with our foster daughter, and Eliza with the first ripe blackberry this year!

The GOT card is my favorite, but I didn’t do a close-up in case anyone not caught up is trying really hard not to read it.

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For my title card, I cut down 6×8 plus paper to 4×6 and added two label stickers as a background for my title.

I also cut down 6×8 paper for the other cards on this page and added stickers to jazz them up!

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The words stickers are so fun.

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My public library is displaying a first edition of Shakespeare’s First Folio and hosting lots of Shakespeare related events this year in celebration of the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death (it’s a world-wide celebration, so look into events near you!) I included a program as an insert.

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Going on here: Shakespeare’s First Folio (opened to Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” soliloquy) and a photo with Shakespeare quotes with my friends Paul and Anne after we saw a “Shakespeare and Hip Hop” presentation. A selfie, Eliza playing with friends after school, lots of pictures of our foster daughter, and welcoming the two newest members of the Nerd Nest menagerie: two African dwarf frogs.

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The My Review card was a great way to document the presentation!

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More cut down 6×8 paper + a journaling spot from a past Ali Edwards Story Kit.

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The third challenge was to create a page using Selfies. I include #Thursday3 selfies in almost all of my pocket pages, so at first I thought I’d do another one of those, but then I decided to switch it up with a layout.

I picked this photo, which I took using the reflection in my computer while I was working on editing my book.

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I layered various cards and stickers from the line around the photo to frame it. This was also a great way for me to meaningfully use some of the quote cards–I tend to pack my pocket spreads full of journaling and photos, so I don’t usually have a lot of room for “filler” cards. This is a wonderful alternative for me.

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The fourth challenge was B&W + Color. Because a lot of my other projects use just the black and white with the yellow in the line, I wanted to add in a pop of another color–bright pink–into this reads page too.

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The title card is 6×8 paper trimmed to 4×6 with a strip of 6×8 trimmed to 2×6 as a place for the pink alpha.

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The The Story of Tonight card is a Hamilton (musical) reference, so it was perfect to use to explain why I read The Federalist Papers.

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I layered a Studio Calico card with the colors I was using on a black card cut down from 6×8 paper for a bit more journaling.

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The fifth and final challenge was to go Off the Page, so I used a card from a kit to make a gift tag! The Made This card is especially perfect for this. Just punch a hole, add some ribbon, and fill out. Done. I left the date blank, however, because I haven’t finished the project I’ll use this tag on.

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I hope you liked seeing how I use the collection! I’ll be sharing some more projects once my stamps get here. Head over to check out the challenges and challenge rules to join in the fun yourself!

Portraits with Things I’m Wearing with Jen | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Portrait with Items.

I Love this month’s prompt! I think the things we surround ourselves with can say so much about our personalities, seasons of our lives, pop culture, and so much more. You can take this prompt in many different directions, but I wanted to document some of the things I wear.

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A couple of years ago, by best friend in Nashville made the comment “You sure do wear a lot of hats now!” and that has stuck in my head ever since. I took this prompt as an opportunity to show my love of hats through the years.

Journaling reads- I like big hats and I cannot lie. Ever since I moved to FL, hats have been an integral part of my wardrobe.

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I also wanted to document an extra special piece of jewelry my husband bought me for Mother’s Day.

Journaling reads- Jason surprised me with an early Mother’s Day gift, a charm necklace. It came with a bunch of tiny charms that I can switch out easily. It was a bit like putting clowns in a car, seeing how many we could fit in. I’m not a big jewlry person anymore, but this is so special and it’s so “me”. (Not too delicate and no dangly bits for me to break. I swear I’ve broken every piece of jewlry he’s ever given me, except my wedding ring) Mother’s Day is always a hard day for me and I love that he always does something to make it special. April 30, 2016

Thanks for checking out my pages about Things! The other CT’s have rocked the prompt this month, as usual. I’d love to see more examples if you’ve made a Things project, so be sure to share in the comments.

Jen Johnson is originally from Nashville, but ran away to South Florida to marry a boy she met on the Internet. She has always been a memory keeper, but never realized it until she discovered digital scrapbooking in 2009. Now she loves to document her life in SoFlo with her husband, stepson, and cat, cleverly named Miss Kitty. Her biggest scrapbook is the “All About Jen” book. She worries that might sound narcissistic, but who else is more qualified to tell her story? She loves to travel, read, eat good food, and watch bad TV. She has a blog, hclappy scraps, where she writes about digiscrapping, minimalist Project Life, (step)motherhood, and her search for that ever-elusive “healthy lifestyle” everyone talks about. She says Y’all and Yonder a lot, loves run-on sentences, and finds it a bit awkward talking about herself in third person.

Citrus Twist Freckled Fawn Kits Projects

Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Embellishment Kit

I’m here today to share my projects with Freckled Fawn‘s June Citrus Twist kits! The embellishment kit (above) and planner kit (below). They’re basically delicious.

Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Planner Kit

Here’s how I went about using the kits:

Market with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

Usually, I like to stretch my Freckled Fawn kits over lots of projects (usually at least seven!), but I was inspired when making this page to use a bit of everything from both the embellishment and planner Citrus Twist kits, plus the add-on flair (one of the many subscriber perks). What started as a minimalist idea turned into a fun embellishment sneeze and I love it.

This kit provided a fantastic way to document a farmer’s market!

Market with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

I was inspired by the wood tiles in the kit, so I thought I’d make a page with lots of small photos with the corners touching and have the photos and tiles fan out diagonally across the page. When I got everything all printed, however, I realized that a sort of a funky checkerboard pattern would work better, with photos in some spaces and tiles in others. The in-between spaces were great for little embellishments like transparencies and enamel dots and for my journaling.

Market with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

I had fun tucking embellishments into the white spaces. I started with the bigger embellishments, trying to make them feel balanced across the page, and the title, then stepped back and started filling in the smaller embellishments where gaps looked large or awkward. I filled in with the resin grapefruit, puffy stickers, and enamel dots from the planner kit (I also used some dots from the March “Shine” kit).

Market with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

I love that the tiles in this kit had recessed patterns, so when I colored them by rubbing ink pads on top of them, the recessed design still showed through. I made sure the ink was completely dry before adding the flair embellishments to them!

Market with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

This layout really lives up to the kit name “Citrus Twist”! The fruit transparencies would also be great to use to document recipes, picnics, or adorable fruit clothing. (I know my kids have some shirts that would match this kit well!)

Market with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

I got outside of my usual style and comfort zone for this page, which is a great thing to do to stretch your creativity. If you give yourself room to play, you may or may not love the result, but you will certainly learn something and might add a few more techniques to your go-to bag of tricks!

July Reads with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

Every month, I make a pocket page including photos of me with the books I’ve finished reading over the course of the month and whatever Currently cards from rukristin that I filled out. I love making repetitive pages like this, so I can see how I change over time–this can work for any hobby or interest your or a family member have!

For this page, I used embellishments from the embellishment and planner kits to jazz up this simple page!

July Reads with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

I started by making a title card. I made a border with Citrus Twist washi tape, then added a title with alpha stickers and a label (cut in half to frame the first word of the title). I made my title a little bit to high, so I added a strip of orange thin washi from March’s kit Shine to balance it out.

July Reads with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

I added a flat paperclip to add a bit of fun to my journaling. I love that these word clips work well vertically and horizontally.

July Reads with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

I also added a circle label sticker with a puffy sticker inside on each of the photos to tie the page together and add in a bit more color and fun to the page.

July Reads with Freckled Fawn Citrus Twist Kits | by Megan Anderson

I love how the fun summer colors in this kit added to my hobby page!

What hobbies are you documenting for the summer? How are you planning on documenting them?

Like the kit too?

Embellishment Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Citrus Twist kit here!

Planner Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Citrus Twist kit here!

I’d love to see how you use yours! Leave a link in the comments!

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products.

P.S. Here’s another page I made with these kits.

Document Your Obsession with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily F. is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Portrait with Items.

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This month’s challenge is to use photos to tell a story and it is awesome! I always take photos of things that my family and I are into. Some of these things include books, video games, trucks, etc. I am currently loving my Dylusions Paints and have been using them nonstop. I have been using them in my paintings, art journal pages, and other projects. It was only right to choose these paints as my take on the challenge.

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These paints are my newest obsession. I had originally purchased just 12 of the paints and thought that I had the complete set. When I found out that there are actually 18 paints, I immediately purchased the rest and now I have the entire collection. The photo shows all 18 colors.

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The journaling says “I am LOVING my new Dylusions Paints! I have the complete set and the paints are just amazing! I love how fluid the paints are and how the colors look. It has been so much fun working on my paintings and art journal.”

As you can see, I am loving the paints and I just can’t wait to create even more projects.

Do you document the things that you and your family are currently loving?

Thank you for sharing your layout about your current obsession, Emily! That reminds me that I should probably be documenting with lots of Hamilton pages. What’s your current obsession, everyone?

Emily is a blogger and memory keeper who loves spending time with her family. She is obsessed with planners, books, and making new things. You can find Emily over at The Emi Times, on Instagram, and Pinterest.

Projects with Bloom | Freckled Fawn May 2016 Kit

Freckled Fawn Bloom May 2016 Embellishment Kit

I’ve been lagging on blogging lately, and I completely forgot to share the projects I made with the amazing Bloom kits from Freckled Fawn! These are the May kits, but Bloom Embellishment Kit (above) and Bloom Planner Kit (below) are both still available at the time of writing.

I love these nature-y kits and I’m going to have to break out some 90′s kid photos to make a few projects with the bits I have leftover. I know I had an outfit that was basically the same pattern that is on the chipboard hearts and stars–hah!

Freckled Fawn Bloom May 2016 Planner Kit

Here are the three projects I’ve made so far with the kit:

Denver Pocket Spread | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

For vacations, I like to make highlight spreads to put in my pocket scrapbooks. I usually document trips more in-depth with minibooks later, but I love having a view in my chronological albums too. Because these spreads are photo-heavy and I want them to come together quickly, the planner kit is a perfect companion. I can embellish simply with coordinated products and finish up quickly!

Denver Pocket Spread Left Side | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I used May’s Bloom planner kit to add journaling to my spread and for a few fun touches. I started with the circle sticky notepads and added one of each to the cards I’d cut down from patterned paper so I could use them as journaling spots. Before trimming off the excess note from the first card, I used it to line up the notes on the other cards so they’d all have the same placement. This is a great way to turn your scrap patterned paper into journaling cards for pocket scrapbooking!

Denver Pocket Spread Close-Up 1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Next, I used the washi tape from the kit to ground the date on my title card. Because the tape is slightly translucent and I wanted it to stand out, I used two layers.

Denver Pocket Spread Close-Up 2 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I added a paper clip to one card for a touch more pink.

Denver Pocket Spread Close-Up 3 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I still felt that the page was missing something, so I added leatherette foil leaf stickers to make a patterned background for my final card. This is my favorite part of the whole spread!

Denver Pocket Spread Right Side | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

There you have it! A simple vacation-highlight pocket page that came together quickly using the planner kit.

Game Night | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I’m working on filling in the gaps I left in my 2015 albums, and one story I hadn’t yet told was about our efforts to play board games more often (we usually have a game night on Friday nights now). I knew I wanted to include a lot of photos and journaling, so a few clusters of embellishments were the perfect touch so they didn’t overwhelm the page.

I was inspired by this lovely page by Sasha Farina for the design of this layout.

Game Night Close-Up 1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I crafted a title using the cork “play” sticker from the kit and framed it with two wood chip ferns and clusters of pearl stickers.

Game Night Close-Up 2 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Then I used more pearls and a label sticker from April’s Planner Kit to add the date in the lower corner.

Michigan Minibook Page 1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

For my third project, I turned to an in-progress 6×8 pocket minibook I’ve been working on. The books is about weekend trip to Michigan. I’ve been adding to it here and there, completing a few pages at a time in sections for the different parts of the trip. Bloom inspired me to complete one of my favorite parts of the trip–going to an aquarium and conservatory. The warm rooms and shocks of nature and color were a welcome break from a very cold and icy February weekend! The flower and fern themes in the kit were perfect.

Michigan Minibook Page 1 Close-Up | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I first used the kit to turn a patterned filler pocket card into a journaling card, layering fern washi, a notecard from the Bloom planner kit, a wood button sticker, and a pearl sticker. I combined three circle embellishments in a group throughout these pages for a bit of cohesion.

Michigan Minibook Page 2 Close-Up | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Michigan Minibook Page 2-1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Michigan Minibook Page 2-2 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I made a little 6×8 page for one of my favorite 4×6 photos, including washi at the top and bottom of the page and another little three circle grouping with a wood button sticker and two pearl stickers.

Michigan Minibook Page 3 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

For the last page in this section of the album, I knew I wanted the cork words “bloom” and “grow” to be the stars. I made a little spot for “bloom” on the full 6×8 page using another sticky note from the planner kit to create a spot for it. I used one of the fern wood chips to underline the word so it wouldn’t seem like it was floating, then made a visual triangle around the word with three sets of three pearl stickers.

Michigan Minibook Page 3 Close-Up 1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Michigan Minibook Page 3 Close-Up 3 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I included the “grow” cork sticker in the middle of a journaling card and underlined it with washi tape. I thought that the bottom corner needed a little cork and a little blue too, so I included a circle cut from the kit pouch (my circle punch wouldn’t go all of the way through the pouch, so I used the punch to create an outline and then cut around it), a cork heart, and one more pearl sticker.

This kit definitely helped inspire me to document a wonderful memory of blooming things!

Michigan Minibook Page 3 Close-Up 2 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Like the kit too?

Get yours here: Embellishment Kit: Bloom / Planner Kit: Bloom

I’d love to see how you use yours! Leave a link in the comments!

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products.

New Pocket Your Year Unit – Repetition

Repetition Unit for Pocket Your Year | Megan Anderson

Repetition may seem boring at first glance, but finding stories and design patterns to repeat gives you a go-to bag of tricks.

Having things to repeat takes some of the guesswork out of memory keeping. It helps you settle on what you like so you spend less time thinking about what you should do and less time doing it.

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This month in Pocket Your Year, we’re going to reflect on our albums and ask ourselves how Repetition in projects, stories, and design can help you in your pocket scrapbooking process.

Pocket Your Year Creative Team Repetition Sneaks

Here’s a little sneak peek of some of the projects made by the amazing Pocket Your Year Creative Team for this unit! As always, I was blown away by the things they created this month!

Pocket Your Year 2016 - A Year Long Pocket Scrapbooking Course from The Nerd Nest

Current students, go to the classroom and get started now! Not taking the year-long pocket scrapbooking course yet? You can join any time this year.

Portrait with Items with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Portrait with Items.

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I love this challenge! I always take photos of our stuff and using those in memory keeping projects about our lives right now. These things change so quickly, from there being toys and messy counters to clothes in piles on the floor is just a blink of an eye in a child’s life. And we change as adults too of course. Perhaps you are in collage in a dorm with a few things reminding you of home or newly married in your first real home.

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I have a few examples of how I played with the challenge. First, I asked myself what is my stuff right now. Could I capture that in one photo? This was at night and I had just been outside watering all my plants on the patio and the garden beds, so I took this photo (above) of me standing with all the plants at my feet. This photo tells the story about how I love gardening and tending to my garden. Especially at night after a warm day walking around weeding and making sure they all have wet soil. These are “my stuff” right now.

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Then I thought of my soon to be 17 year old daughter and took out the big camera and shot a few photos of her room after she had went to school. These photos are so typical for who she is right now; messy and thinking that fashion and make up is the most important things next to music and her friends. Just like it should be.

Portrait with Items | Nerd Nest Challenge Take by Lisa 4

In February I was the host for a fun challenge called #hashtagthisweek at my IG friend Mandy´s website. Every week she has a different prompt to challenge memory keeping. That week I chose the prompt piles. Yes, piles, we all have them, right?! Piles of stuff can be a fun way to document our everyday life. Even if you are super organized I think we all have some sort of pile in our home. I know I have! I always have a pile of clothes on a chair next to my bed and a stack of books waiting to be read on my bedside table. In a few years I bet your piles will look very different.
I made this layout with my photos of piles.

Portrait with Items | Nerd Nest Challenge Take by Lisa 7

I´ll leave you with a great and simple example from one of my friends. Marie´s first page in her Project Life album is so great, she gathered favorite things for each family member and took a photo with their feet. Brilliant!

Lisa is a passionate memory keeper who loves to document her little family´s life in scrapbooks. On top of running an Etsy shop she likes to throw in a few diy`s here and there.

You can find Lisa here: blog, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy.

Thank you for sharing your amazing “stuff” projects with us, Lisa!

Portrait with Items | Nerd Nest Challenge + Let’s Get Sketchy & Freckled Fawn Collaboration

Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn + Let's Get Sketchy 4

This month, the Nerd Nest Challenge is to take a portrait using items! What does your stuff say about you? What does a family member’s things show about their personalities? Try taking a photo of things to tell a story about a person!

Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn + Let's Get Sketchy 1

For my take on the challenge, I used a sketch from Let’s Get Sketchy for a collaboration between the challenge site and Freckled Fawn. Check out the site to see the sketch–I altered it to a 8.5 x 11 and straightened out some tilted elements for my take.

Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn + Let's Get Sketchy 2

To tell a story with items for this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge, I took a photo of the three small stuffed toys Jonas has been attached to lately. The photo tells most of the story for me, for journaling I only noted the names of the characters (something that seems unforgettable now, but might not be so memorable in 20 years) and the way Jonas says they are so “cuuuuuute.”

But for me, this photo is a portrait of Jonas right now in other ways. He loves his fandoms and wants his toys and clothing to reflect the nerd culture he loves. Bringing those characters into his world of pretend play gives his everyday life an element of magic. And they also show his soft side, something very present but not always shown in the many photos of him climbing and running and hanging, in that he loves how cute these mini characters are and he treats them like babies.

I can turn this into a longer story later–like the times he asks me to watch one of them while he does something as if they are real babies needing supervision and care–but for now, this little item portrait shows so many things about who Jonas is right now.

Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn + Let's Get Sketchy 3

I’d love to see what you come up with to illustrate aspects of your personality (or a loved one’s personality) with an item portrait!

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn June “Citrus Twist” Embellishment Kit (puffy stickers, flat paper clip, acetate die cut), June “Citrus Twist” Planner Kit (label stickers), March “Shine” Embellishment Kit (enamel dots, chipboard banner) // Basic Grey Highline “Sweetness” paper, Juniper Berry “Rooftop” paper, and Saturday Morning “Fly a Kite” paper // Amy Tangerine Better Together “Sun and Moon” paper

I’d love 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!

Check back on Mondays to see takes from Nerd Nest Creative Team members!