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Repeating Embellishment Shapes in a Pocket Page with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenges

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Emily is here to share her take on March’s Nerd Nest Challenge Repeat a Shape.

This month’s challenge was so much fun. I love patterns so I was so excited to find out that this month’s challenge was to repeat a shape. I was so inspired by Megan’s take on the challenge. I always have a hard time using resin shapes so when I saw how Megan used her resin hearts, I knew that I should use them in a Project Life layout.

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I decided to document our day at Six Flags. I used Freckled Fawn’s July 2017 embellishment kit for my layout as well some Project Life cards from Dear Lizzy’s Fine and Dandy collection. I tried to coordinate the cards and the embellishments based on the colors in my photograph.

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I attached the resin hearts with my Tombow Xtreme Adhesive glue runner. This glue is absolutely amazing and is so strong.

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I kept this layout simple. I used the resin hearts on two different cards, added a chipboard sticker on my photo, and added a label sticker for journaling.

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I definitely plan on making a few more layouts using patterns. I can’t wait to see how you all take on this month’s challenge.

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. Buy her handmade cards in her Etsy shop The Emi Times.

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July Freckled Fawn Sketch

Freckled Fawn July Sketch | The Nerd Nest 1

When I was deciding what else I’d like to make for this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Repeat a Shape, I saw the July Freckled Fawn Sketch Challenge and it is perfect!

With a cascading splatter of embellishments, it’s a fun way to repeat multiple shapes on the page. This is a great sketch to use if you aren’t sure what to do with a pack or two of multiple same-shape embellishments.

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I knew right away which products I wanted to use for the sketch: Acetate Frames, Enamel Heart Stickers, Yellow Puffy Alpha Stickers, and Tiny Mint Rhinestone Stars.

Usually I pick my story first, but because I knew how I wanted the end page to look with the sketch, this time I browsed through my photos for a story that would fit the page. The story of Eliza’s and Jonas’s first day of summer school camp this year was perfect! The colors worked great with the embellishments I wanted to use and this is a story I wanted to highlight in my album with a traditional page.

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The sketch has one frame around the photo, but I wanted to use a 4×6 photo, so I layered frames around the photo instead! Another way to repeat a shape! I tried to balance out the colors and shapes. I laid everything out first, then lifted the photo and carefully lifted the frames a bit to adhere a section of them that would be hidden by the photo.

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Thanks to the sketch, this page came together quickly. I’m glad I got the basic details of this year’s summer school camp. It ends this week and it will all be a blur soon!

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Awesome Ladies Live Trip Minibook | Part 1

Awesome Ladies Live Minibook - Part 1 | The Nerd Nest 1

Last month I went to Michigan to attend Awesome Ladies Live, an event put on by The Awesome Ladies Project. This was such an amazing experience full of wonderful instruction and projects from rukristin, plus quality time with old and new friends. It was so inspiring me to hear about other women’s joys and challenges of telling their stories.

Reliving this event through building this minibook has been wonderful.

(Click on the photos for an enlarged view.)

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For this minibook, I used an American Crafts album. I love the cover and haven’t decided if I’m going to add a title to the front or if I’ll just add info to a little label on the spine.

I didn’t have any 6×8 page protectors that matched up with the holes in the binder. Usually, I’d just punch new holes in page protectors I own, but I decided to skip the page protectors this time and punch holes in paper I’d cut to 7×8 instead.

I used a piece of scratch paper and marked the places of the binder rings, then used a ruler to mark those holes a half an inch into the paper. For each piece of patterned paper I added, I just lined up my scratch paper guide with the paper and punched through the holes on the guide paper through the new patterned paper.

I’m a big fan of the Crop-a-Dile Big Bite, because it can reach to the middle of a 12×12 page and can punch through a large quantity of paper (plus set eyelets), but a regular hole punch would work just as well for this.

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Usually I work through vacation mini-books chronologically, but this time I decided to jump around to work on pages that fit with the papers I’d pulled from my stash and ideas for pages I was getting from the July 2017 Freckled Fawn kit.

Sometimes this helps me to get motivated on a bigger project–it’s easier for me to go where I’m inspired, then fill in the gaps, than it is for me to try to plan a whole album at once.

This spread has my thursday3 selfie in the spot Kristin often takes hers and Amy reading in Kristin’s hammock with our foster daughter (alias Tiny).

I kept these pages very simple: label stickers to add in a bit of journaling for context, a line of glitter icons on the left page and a wood topper paper clip and doodle phrase rubber shape on the right.

Sticking with mostly just patterned background paper plus the July 2017 Freckled Fawn kit kept this album quick and simple for me.

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The night before the event started, Kristin, Amy, Jeff, and I went to see the musical Fun Home, which was fantastic. I used a yellow cardstock background so I could go busier with the embellishments–I added a line of them down the side of the page for journaling, along with a ticket chipboard sticker. I saved the bits of the label overlap that I cut off for the facing page. The bits I didn’t use went back on the sticker sheet for future use. I also added the title with letter stickers and a glitter icon sticker.

The facing page is about the rest of the night when we got back–Alex and Kam getting in, shared dessert, and Tiny “helping” Kristin make rolls. I finished this page off with a border of washi on the top and bottom of the page (with a rubber word hidden in the washi), journaling directly on the photos, a chipboard star sticker, and leftover label bits. The embellishments really helped me to ground the photo placements.

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The first part of the Awesome Ladies Live event was a barbecue at Kristin’s, and I just couldn’t wait to scrap these group photos that Jake took of us. I added watermelon flair to the right page, since I didn’t get many food photos, and the title “together” with the chipboard flair.

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These pages kick off the main ALP: Live event Saturday! We had a 30 Days of Lists sponsored breakfast at Grand Traverse Pie Company and then started rukristin’s day long workshop.

On the left page, I added a photo I took of my pie, coffee, and #30Lists swag (thanks so much ladies)! I added a Love Journal Card with a letter sticker + handwritten title and a scrap from a Kelly Purkey kit to add journaling. I also added a little chipboard “get together” phrase sticker at the bottom.

For the right page, I put on a big collage of photos from the first half of the workshop. The “hi” chipboard sticker ended up being super cute on top of the Awesome Lady zipper pouch photo! I added a bit of journaling to the side, which I went over multiple times so it could be read on top of the busy scissor patterned paper.

Eventually these two pages won’t go together. I have to track down the group photo outside of the restaurant and I’ll back it with the schedule for the workshops plus a little description of the event as a whole.

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Next I added a collage of photos from the second half of the workshop, with ALP letter stickers, and a page with a photo Kam took of me with a “this is my story” patterned paper I made in the workshop. I added a scrap of paper to journal on for this page, starting off my journaling with a glitter arrow sticker and adding a star chipboard sticker to the top corner of the photo.

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I made a spread covering our rest after the main event Saturday. Tiny and Alex hanging out on one side, Jake and I playing Rock Band with Kristin and Jeff on the other. I kept the left side simple with just a chipboard arrow sticker.

On the right, I added journaling on a card from the Every Moment Counts set, added a rubber phrase shape, and finished off my photo block with a bit of doodle washi (which I trimmed down to get phrases that worked on this page).

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Last, I made a spread about the famous MSU Dairy Store, which was part of the East Lansing sight-seeing that the ALP:Live group did on Sunday. The ice cream was delicious (well worth staying later in the day Sunday, even though we had a 12 hour drive ahead of us) and I’m glad I was there to celebrate Melissa on her birthday!

On the left I included a 6×8 photo of Kristin and I with a title made from letter stickers and handwritten on a chipboard label. I also put a little glitter star in the corner of the photo.

The right page has a photo of me and my ice cream cone, Melissa as we sang happy birthday to her, and a group shot of ice cream picks. I placed these photos into a collage block and added white cardstock to the empty space so I’d have room for journaling. A label sticker gave me room for a tiny bit more journaling and I finished the page off with an ice cream chipboard sticker and a little phrase sticker!

I still have many more pages to make for this album, but I’m going to take a break for now and switch back to pocket scrapbooking! I love that laying the groundwork means that I’ll be able to finish this album quickly when I’m ready. (But first I should probably finish editing and sharing the photos from the event with the participants!)

January Extras Pocket Page | Nerd Nest Challenge

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This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Repeat a Shape. In my first take on the challenge, I repeated hearts throughout a page. For this page, I decided to be a little more subtle with squares!

The way I have my pocket scrapbooking system set up for 2017, I have breaks between each month’s weekly spreads to include extra layouts and monthly project pages such as my reads pages and One Little Word project. This sometimes leaves me with an extra single pocket page. In January it was the page before the first February spread.

I decided to use this page for “extras”–little stories that didn’t quite fit into my weekly or event spreads.

I thought this page would be great for the challenge, because I already had a photo of albums printed and a photo collage with squares. I thought I could pull together the random stories with squares in my product choices too!

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First, I had a 4×4 photo of my top 10 albums from high school–a photo I took when I saw a fun challenge going around the Internet. I decided to use a 4×6 card from Kelly Purkey to back the photo and crop down the photo a bit more so that more of the card could be shown. The card had lines, which created squares, and I used them to journal about the photo.

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For the next section on the page, I included two photos of a bridge / ladder Jake built for our bird Hermes out of K’Nex. I chose a feather card with a square journaling block from a Studio Calico kit!

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I loved a book review project Eliza did at school for the book Wonder. I chose a Studio Calico card with lots of square doodles to go with the photo. I ran out of room on the journaling card, so I added a bit of journaling to the photo too.

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Last, I documented how Kansas City was celebrating our football team going to the playoffs. I grabbed photos from news articles for the collage and gave some context on a striped square card from an Ali Edwards Story Kit. I also added Kelly Purkey letter stickers (my favorite) and a label sticker.

I’ve had the photos for this page printed out since January and I’m happy that this challenge gave me the motivation to finish it up. You wouldn’t know that I was trying to repeat squares on this page unless I told you, probably, but the limitations helped me to narrow down my choices when I was looking through my stash of cards to decide what to use on this page.

Are you going to participate in the Repeat a Shape challenge?

Repeat a Shape | Nerd Nest Challenge

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This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Repeat a Shape.

Find a way to repeat a shape in your design, whether it’s by cutting your photos into circles and cascading them across the page with patterned paper circles, adding a row or cluster of star embellishments, using a repeating shape patterned paper, or including photos of different things that have the same shape (like a bunch of door or fruit photos!).

Get creative with it!

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It’s no secret that I absolutely love reading, so what shape is better for me to repeat on one of my monthly reads pages than hearts? When I saw all of the great heart shapes in the Freckled Fawn July 2017 kit, I went through my backlog of monthly reads photos for the photos that matched the colors the best and whipped up a page.

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I used just white cardstock, the kit, and a Collecting Memories journaling card (as a background for the title) on this page. That patterned paper is actually the kit pouch cut up! I trimmed off the zipper and the sides and had a nice long piece to work with.

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In addition to the repeating hearts on the pouch-turned background, I added a line of resin hearts to the left side of the page, then created a visual triangle with the line of hearts, a pink chipboard sticker heart by the title, and a wood-topped paperclip on top of a photo. I rubbed some ink on the wood to get that bright yellow color!

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I had a lot of fun playing around by repeating hearts, now I want to try a few other repeating shapes ideas!

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!

7 Tips for Documenting Day in the Life

7 Tips for Documenting Day in the Life | Nerd Nest Daily Tip

On my Instagram I share a daily memory keeping tip with the hashtag #NNDailyTip, then collect them here so you can find them easily later!

These tips are all about documenting Day in the Life:

What are your favorite Day in the Life tips? I’m recording one tomorrow, but it’s all about our foster daughter, so I won’t be sharing much. I’m planning on using one photo each hour to go with Ali Edward’s most recent Day in the Life kit! Find her Day in the Life supplies here.

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52 Recipes 2017 Notebook

52 Recipes 2017 Notebook | The Nerd Nest

For years now, I’ve had the goal of trying an average of one new recipe per week to add variety in my family’s meal rotation, improve my cooking skills, and bring fun and creativity into what is otherwise usually an everyday chore for me.

In 2015, I started keeping track with a challenge for myself I called 52 Recipes, which helped me to stick with my goal and keep track of which new recipes are keepers. I post them on Instagram with the hashtag #megandoes52recipes.

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I made a minibook documenting this project in 2015, but had problems keeping up with it. (I still have a few pages to add!) Even though I actually completed my 52 recipes last year, I didn’t do any documentation past Instagram.

I think it’s because I was documenting the actual recipes, which started to feel like a waste of time. I don’t need to know how to make the things I didn’t like and don’t want to cook again, I don’t really need to copy recipes I have in cookbooks I own, and my Internet-found frequent fliers are going to certainly go in my Recipe Book, which is 8.5 x 11 and has a lot more room for recipes with more complicated instructions.

But I still like the idea of all of the photos and descriptions all tucked into one place! This year, when Allie designed a Traveler’s Notebook Sized version of our Recipe Template Kit, I knew that the smaller size was a perfect way for me to simplify this project–just the photo of the recipe, the title, the source, and a bit about what I liked about it / mistakes / suggestions for next time I try the recipe.

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I used a cute Freckled Fawn Traveler’s Notebook and traveler’s notebook insert, so I can fit multiple years of this project into one space. I’m planning on doing 2016 retroactively and just copying my notes from my Instagram posts.

52 Recipes 2017 Notebook | The Nerd Nest

The Recipe Template Set – Traveler’s Notebook Kit has a lot of different options for printing. You can print blank sheets and add a cover to create your own traveler’s notebook or you can print individual pages and paste them into a notebook.

I opted for the paste-in route, and I covered it with my favorite digital paper from the Salt and Pepper Edition and added a title with some Thickers from my stash.

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For the title page, I used more of the Salt and Pepper paper along with the digital cover paper that comes with the Traveler’s Notebook kit and some wood veneer from an Ali Edwards Story Kit.

52 Recipes 2017 Notebook | The Nerd Nest

You can print off a blank .jpg of the template and add handwriting, letter stickers, and a photo, but I went for the .psd version so I could digitally add the photo and title of the recipe before printing. I printed the templates out on photo paper and handwrote in the source of the recipe and my notes for each one.

There are spots for “Directions” and “Instructions” if you are making an actual recipe book, but I ignored those for this project.

52 Recipes 2017 Notebook | The Nerd Nest

Traveler’s Notebooks aren’t all a standard size, so you may need to shrink your images a bit for them to fit well into your book if you are pasting them in. You can measure and change the size easily in a photo editing program, but if your digital skills are lower, you can try different percentages (90% is probably a smart place to start!) in the print window that pops up when you start to print your template. Trial and error to a size that works for your book if the original size, 4.33 x 8.25 inches, doesn’t work for your book. I like pasted pages to be slightly smaller than the full size of the page in the notebook, which prevents pages from getting caught on each other in the inside crease.

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I am very into this simplified way of recording my new recipes project! How do you keep track of new things you try?

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Follow along with my #megandoes52recipes on Instagram! If you want to join in on the fun, use the hashtag #52recipes2017.

9 Favorite Maker Faire Memories | Freckled Fawn June 2017 Kit

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I immediately fell in love with the acetate number die cuts in the June 2017 Freckled Fawn Kit. I thought they’d look great on a pocket page, so I decided to make a page documenting my favorite 9 things about last year’s Kansas City Maker Faire! I wanted to have plenty of room for journaling by the numbers, so going with a pocket page protector with 4×4 pockets was perfect: just enough room for 9 number / journaling cards and 9 photos!

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I alternated the cards and the corresponding photos to create a checkered pattern. I also made things a bit more interesting by varying the placement of the numbers, which I stapled on.

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It was hard to narrow down to just 9 things I wanted to write about for the event. I pulled all of the photos I wanted to use first, then I moved them around and grouped them by common themes until I had nine photo groups. This made coming up with my 9 favorite memories from this Maker Faire much easier!

If you’d find this method overwhelming, you can also write a list of memories first, then look for photos that correspond to or could represent those memories. This could also help you narrow down which photos of an event you’d like to use if you have trouble choosing.

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To add more color, I used a washi sticker on one side of each card. I decided which tape to use after placing my numbers and deciding where my photos would go, which helped me to get a good color and pattern balance across the page as a whole.

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Next, I added a chipboard phrase sticker to each photo / photo collage.

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This is one of my favorite events each year, so I’m so happy with this special spread for it.

Do you have a take on this top 9 idea? How will document your top 9 memories of an event or time period?

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Port Aransas Page with June 2017 Freckled Fawn Kit

Port Aransas Spread with June 2017 Freckled Fawn Kit | The Nerd Nest 1

It’s reveal day for the June 2017 Freckled Fawn kit! I wanted to share one of the projects I’ve made so far with the kit.

June 2017 Freckled Fawn Kit

This kit has a color palette perfect for sunny days and beach / pool time.

After reading all of the beach phrases on the chipboard phrase stickers, I knew right away I wanted to make a page about taking the kids to a beach for the first time last summer.

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I’ve been saving the Pursuit paper from Amy Tangerine’s Finders Keepers line for a beach project.

I decided to put the two together to make a 1 1/2 page spread. I used the paper for inspiration, getting in tons of small 1.5 inch photos in the squares on the pattern and using two 3 inch photos to break up the pattern a bit. (Click on the photo for an enlarged view.)

I started off just doing a 12×12, but liked how it looked without journaling (it’s busy enough!), so I made a 6×12 companion page to go with it. I added some more of the Pursuit paper to the edge and used Magnify paper from the same line for journaling. I’m going to use the other side of the Magnify paper to go with a pocket page highlighting the rest of this vacation.

There are 23 photos on this page overall! The tiny size of most of the photos works really well, because most of these were taken with a GoPro and weren’t the highest quality. It also helped me include details of what the town of Port Aransas looks like as well as an overview of the things we did at the beach.

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Because the paper is so busy, I wanted to be very intentional about how I used the embellishments so that they’d help move the eye around the page and highlight important parts instead of adding more clutter.

I used washi stickers to frame the title and to the bottom of the journaling space, then added pearl stickers to fill in the empty spaces around the word “Port” in the title. I also added a washi “Pretty Much Perfect” sticker to the top right corner. I backed it with white cardstock, cut it out, then glued it on so that it would be visible above the pattern.

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I added phrase stickers throughout the spread (seven–it’s always good to stick with an odd number) and added two pearls near each phrase.

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And to finish it off, the “summer vibes” acrylic phrase fit perfectly over one of the bigger photos!

I had a lot of fun trying a different kind of design for this layout and I’m happy to have this done–I wanted to scrap so many of the photos from this day that I was a little overwhelmed. This was a great solution!

Do you have any beach trips you’d like to document? If not, how would you use these beachy supplies?

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