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8 Washi Tips | #NNDailyTip

8 Washi Tips | The Nerd Nest

Last summer, I began sharing a daily(ish) memory keeping tip on my Instagram under the hashtag #NNDailyTip. I recently decided to stick with a weekly(ish) theme for those tips, which I’ll then collect and share here!

Here are 8 of my favorite tips for using washi tape:

Use white washi tape to tone down pattern papers. #nndailytip

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What are your favorite washi tips?

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April Day in the Life

In 2013, I documented using Ali Edward’s Day in the Life concept monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. For the third year, I’m repeating the project. On the 4th of each month, I’m going to document my everyday life. I like having a set day because I won’t worry about finding a “representative” or “normal” day. Wherever the 4th falls, that’s what I’ll document. (In 2013 I documented the last day of the month, in 2014 I documented the 15th. This year, I let a random number generator decide.)

Here’s Saturday, April 4:

April DITL

It’s a little tricky to share a Day in the Life now that our foster baby is here and we can’t share anything about her. So I did a lot of photo cropping and omissions.

Morning starts with a baby shaped alarm clock, a diaper change, and a bottle. We all settled in nice and lazy after that for a bit (none of us are morning people). Jake took the car to the shop for an oil change and inspection in the afternoon while the baby napped, the kids watched Guardians of the Galaxy, and I worked on finishing up a video voice over for Pocket Your Year. I worked on that off and on throughout the day whenever I could snag a quiet moment. Jake did a lot to make sure I had time to work, like taking the kids for a walk to the hardware store for yard waste bags and grass seed and chaperoning Eliza at an awesome bouldering birthday party for one of her friends at school. She was really into the climbing and we’re planning on making it a regular thing.

I feel like half of my day right now is preparing baby food. Why not do it in a Batman mask while talking in a Batman voice? Jonas is super into helping with the baby, which means I have to remind him not to climb on the crib when we’re getting her after her nap. He makes up lullabies. It’s the best. In the evening I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and then returned a baby outfit that was too small and picked up a few things at Target. I also stopped to look for a Captain Marvel action figure I know Target carries, and was super disappointed to find that not only were they out of that action figure, but also that there were ZERO female action heroes in the whole aisle. Boo.

When I got home, Jake helped me to put away the groceries, but we also laid them all out to take a picture. This is something that feels weird to do now, but is going to be so cool in 20 years. I spent more than I usually do on a grocery trip, but I got a lot more fast and easy meals for the week so I can try to get back ahead work wise.

Jonas wanted to try to grow an avocado, so we’re doing an experiment. Thanks, Internet. Last but not least, we got the smallest two in bed, then our holiday helper got us set up for Easter the next morning. Then we were exhausted so I read a bit of The Walking Dead Compendium 2 before bed and fell asleep fast! (Those are Legos, not candy. For the win.)

April Challenge | Collaborate

Collaborate! April Challenge at the Nerd Nest

Welcome to the monthly Nerd Nest Memory Keeping Challenge!

This month, your challenge is to Collaborate.

Memory keeping is often a solitary endeavor, but there are lots of benefits to letting someone else contribute to your project. Try letting a friend or family member record their memories by adding journaling, combining your photos with those someone else took to record an event, or having someone else design an element on your page.

Collaborate! April Challenge at the Nerd Nest

To collaborate, I asked my daughter Eliza to color in the flower stickers in the April 2015 Oh Deer Me kit. She came up with all sorts of cool color schemes, and the two blue and yellow flowers used here inspired this page. I remembered that I had IKEA opening photos ready to be scrapped!

Having Eliza color the embellishments not only adds a bit more of her flair to my scrapbooks, which is awesome in itself, but because I wasn’t the one making the decisions, it also sparked an idea that set me off in a different direction than I’d have otherwise taken.

Collaborate! April Challenge at the Nerd Nest

Make sure to check back on Mondays throughout the month for other takes from me and guests (remember that YOU can pitch a guest post!). There are so many great ways to collaborate in memory keeping.


I’ll be adding takes I find to the Nerd Nest Challenges Pinboard! Share your links to past challenges too so I can add them. You don’t have to be a memory keeper in the traditional sense–these are great prompts for blog posts too!


Supplies: Freckled Fawn April 2015 Oh Deer Me kit and labels // Ruby Rock-It Handi Scandi Diamonds paper // Studio Calico solar white cardstock // Becky Higgins Project Life journaling pens.

Planting This Year

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I am so excited that there is finally some color outside. I love the Spring flowers, the flowering trees, and the little tiny bursts of green starting to appear on bushes and trees. It almost feels like going from Kansas to Oz after living in an undersaturated world for so long.

I’m going to take advantage of that love and the need to spend more time outside by getting started on my garden.

My yard is teeny tiny and mostly shaded, so I’m a bit limited by what I can grow. I’m going to go crazy with herbs again. I’m going to repeat last year’s plan of planting lettuce in my little raised beds, getting a few seedlings going inside, planting peas and strawberries and a few flowers to brighten things up.

New this year, I’m planting Milkweed (get free / cheap seeds!) to help out the Monarch butterfly population as well as a few other pollinator attractors. I’m hoping that will help my produce produce more (hah!). Maybe this will be the year the thornless blackberries start putting out.

I’m going to have to give up on things that need a lot of light like tomatoes (though if the plants I let decompose last year come back again, more power to them).

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I’m excited to get out there and get my hands dirty! Are you planting anything this year?

P.S. You might like my Grow Pinboard.

Jessica and Jackii Visit | Pocket Scrapbooking 2015

Jessica and Jackii Visit | The Nerd Nest

This year, I’m making weekly pocket scrapbooking spreads in addition to other forms of memory keeping, like monthly spreads for Day in the Life and thematic pages. I include monthly breaks in my album for all of the extra documenting I like to include over and above weekly documenting.

Click the photos for a larger view.

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I love weekly documenting with pocket scrapbooking, but when something big happens, I’m not afraid to break the format and add in an extra spread. This was the case when my friends from Denver came for a surprise long weekend, so I included an extra spread with an insert.

I mainly used the Freckled Fawn April Oh Deer Me kit and Kelly Purkey’s (sold out) February kit for this spread.

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Going on here: Checking out The Kemper and the sculpture park.

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Going on here: Design H insert of brunch with our friends.

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Tip: To get clips like this could clip to float on a page, I cut a small slit in the paper and then secure the clip in place on the back side with washi tape.

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Going on here: Other side of insert with lots of friends over for dinner.

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Going on here: Hitting up awesome Kansas City food spots (The Filling Station, Arthur Bryant’s, and Grinders), playing racketball and basketball when our laser tag plans got thwarted and we realized our back up casino plan was boring, snow!

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Simple and wonderful!

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn April Oh Deer Me kit and Aqua Puffy Alpha stickers // Kelly Purkey kit // Becky Higgins Project Life Design A pocket protectors, Design H page protector, and journaling pens // Studio Calico Project Life kits.

Passport to India

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It’s a good thing I follow The Nelson on Instagram! They posted about their Passport to India cultural festival and I knew our family had to go. We scooped up all the kids and went to this awesome adventure with Beth and my nephew Nathan.

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The event was free very kid friendly with activities, cultural events in multiple parts of the museum, and “passports” that the kids could get stamped at different stops.

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Indian dancing is so very beautiful. I love the combination of fluid, graceful movement with powerful poses and stomps. I love that ankle bells are an audible rhythm corresponding to the movement. I love the stories some of these traditional dances tell. The kids were enthralled too.

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When they started getting antsy, we moved to the art areas. The kids used ink techniques to make sun prints, Eliza learned to write her name phonetically in Hindi, and the kids learned about henna and received a few rub-on tattoos of their own. I was amazed at the quality of these projects and the wonderful people running them (did I mention this is a free event?).

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We spent some time out in the sculpture park so the kids could expend some energy, then bought snacks of samosas and mango lassis, and listened to live played Indian music. Then Eliza learned how to put on a sari and the kids got to learn about traditional Indian dress.

I love that everything during this event had a learning and a playing component.

Our kids were so excited to go to this event, not only because it was beautiful and because they love learning about different cultures, but also because our friends were recently married in India and Sri Lanka and they want to learn more about the cultures and customs since we were unable to attend the wedding. (They’ve loved pouring over the pictures.)

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I love big events like these–they feel like grand adventures. I’m going to make sure I’m following other places I love in my city on social media so I don’t miss out on more events like these in the future!

What sorts of cultural celebrations do you have near you?

30 Days of Lists 21-30

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This month I completed the 30 Days of Lists challenge again! This is my last batch of 10 lists, and I’m sad to see this round come to an end.

These printable cards are designed by Megan of Marmalade Mementos and are free to #30Lists participants this round. They are in a Design F page protector.

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My “Done” List for the Week:

  • Spring Break
  • Pocket Your Year Intro to Style video
  • Awesome, fun supermoming

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Things I Need to Shake Off:

  • worries about the future
  • people belittling what I do
  • industry frustrations
  • weight of the world

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Current Reads:

  • The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories (audio)
  • The Walking Dead Compendium One
  • Dune
  • Quiet

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Fortunes I’d Like to Find in a Fortune Cookie

  • A period of calm is forthcoming
  • A good outlook will aid you in struggles to come
  • You will win books

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House Rules:

  • You don’t have to move if you’re “under a cat” (or a baby)
  • community property
  • be kind

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Ways / Places to Meet New People:

  • shared learning (school, college)
  • coffeeshops
  • the Internet
  • through existing friends

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Recent Purchases:

  • Good Omens
  • The Walking Dead Compendium Two
  • Highline + HP stamps from rukristin
  • comics^2

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Things that will Never be Added to my Bucket List:

  • trying drugs
  • go to Antarctica
  • base jump
  • chase a tornado
  • go to a Super Bowl
  • eat the hottest pepper

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Secrets to my Success:

  • always keep learning
  • prioritize
  • obsess
  • knowing what I want

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Things I’ve Learned so far this Year:

  • I can handle so much more than I think I can
  • Adam Smith’s theory of barter econ systems isn’t evidenced (!!!)

I’m an ambassador for 30 Days of Lists, so I spread my love of the challenge in an official manner. You can see why I love #30Lists here, and I’m an affiliate so any purchases you make through these links supports the Nerd Nest! Sign up for the #30Lists newsletter so that you can keep up with #30Lists news and so you’ll get a heads up before the next round!

Ten Reasons I’m Introverted

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This month’s Nerd Nest challenge is to list it!

In Novel Tea Book Club, we read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking this month under the wing of Amy of Lemon and Raspberry.

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The wonderful Jessica of Bookwoorms in Dresses suggested a link-up of posts on our own experiences with introversion / extroversion, so I decided to do what I do best and join in with a scrapbook page. Because I could go on and on about this subject, I decided that the best way to tackle the subject was to make a list.

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  • 1) I’m not a big fan of parties and I HATE them if I don’t know most of the people.
  • 2) I need time alone to recharge.
  • 3) I don’t want small talk; I want deep & meaningful conversation.
  • 4) I avoid phone calls to set appts, make plans, or talk to people I don’t know.
  • 5) I like to analyze & go over events to process them.
  • 6) I prefer working alone rather than in groups.
  • 7) I have a hard time initiating conversations with strangers.
  • 8) I would rather be reading.
  • 9) I am very comfortable talking–when I’m prepared and knowledgeable.
  • 10) I am super shy in new environments–which is hard for my friends to remember, because I can be loud & confident when I’m comfortable.

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This list covers the topic of introversion generally, but I’m planning on making more pages with anecdotes from the past, such as how I feel in public speaking situations (nervous and shaky at first but powerful and in control as I go on) or times when I seem to others to be extroverted (one of the words often used to describe me by my teachers in high school was “bubbly”). It is an interesting topic to explore from a memory keeping perspective for sure!

Supplies: Studio Calico Project Life kits, 4×6 paper pads, and cardstock // Project Life journaling pens.

What’s your List It take? Share your take with a link in the comments below! You can also use the hashtag #NerdNestChallenge on social media.

Check back next Monday for April’s challenge, then other Mondays throughout the month for other takes from me and guests.


I’ll be adding takes I find to the Nerd Nest Challenges Pinboard! Share your links to past challenges too so I can add them. You don’t have to be a memory keeper in the traditional sense–these are great prompts for blog posts too!


View other posts in the link up here.

P.S. I’m guest hosting Novel Tea Book Club in April with Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett! I’d love you to join in.

March Awesome Ladies

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Awesome Ladies Project Community Workshop

It’s the last Friday of the month, and that means it’s Awesome Ladies day!

My friend Kristin challenges you to pledge two hours a month making something that makes you feel awesome.

In addition to an awesome community, this year Kristin has introduced a FREE classroom that includes a monthly sketch challenge and a place to share your awesome ladies projects. There’s also a chat tonight at 10PM EST!

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Sign up and see my pages for the month and the other works from the Awesome Ladies team. Then take on the challenges yourself!

I hope you join in on the Awesome Ladies Project!

Don’t forget that everything is on sale at the rukristin shop for Awesome Ladies weekend! Get 10% off of your purchase Friday-Sunday evening.

I’m an rukristin affiliate, so purchases made through that link helps to support the Nerd Nest.

Record Bar | Pocket Scrapbooking 2015

Record Bar | The Nerd Nest

This year, I’m making weekly pocket scrapbooking spreads in addition to other forms of memory keeping, like monthly spreads for Day in the Life and thematic pages. I include monthly breaks in my album for all of the extra documenting I like to include over and above weekly documenting.

Click the photos for a larger view.

This is one of those extra in-between monthly breaks thematic pages! This page is on the backside of the last weekly spread from January.

It documents the four of us going a friend’s concert. A few of Eliza’s and Jonas’s friends were there too (so cool that Eliza’s friends have little brothers and sisters Jonas’s age and they can all play together). I wanted to document how wonderful it was to hear our friend play (The Sexy Accident never disappoints), to see the kids get up and dance, and to watch our kids’ relationships with their friends blossom.

I wanted the photobooth strip photo of Eliza and her friend to be large, but I was locked in with the Design A from the previous week. I got around this by spreading the photo through three pockets. I printed the photo 6×8 and cropping it, which was the easiest way to get this outcome with the white borders.

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I had fun making my own stamped card for this page using the triangles stamp in the March Oh Deer Me kit. I repeated the stamp in red, then added another layer in black. This messy look added to the rock music theme and the movement reminds me of dancing. I have fun trying to convey environment or feeling visually with products like this.

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Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn March Oh Deer Me kit // Studio Calico 4×6 paper pad // Becky Higgins Project Life Design A pocket protector, Midnight core kit, and journaling pens // StazOn black ink // Prima Ladybug ink.