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Projects with Freckled Fawn’s Hello Autumn Kit

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Today I’m sharing projects with Freckled Fawn’s Hello Autumn Embellishment Kit. I also used the Journal Cards that coordinate with the kit.

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I knew that the adorable autumn icons in the kit would be perfect for documenting Thanksgiving, so I tackled a spread about my four 2015 Thanksgiving family gatherings!

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I cut up some of the journaling cards so I could use them to add journaling on filler cards and to add matching color to the title card.

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For the title card, I cut a journaling card in half and glued the halves side-by-side to cross the title card. I used the silver foil alphabet to spell out Thanksgiving and added a rhinestone to each side of the title. Engraved wood leaves in the corner finished it off.

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Using the embellishment kit and journaling cards across the spread helped unify busy photos and lots of photo collages.

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The crinkle paper stickers were great to decorate the center of photo collages and to jumpstart journaling on this card.

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The silver clips to use with epoxy sticker tabs are a fun touch to add to journaling cards! Layering other journaling cards, washi tape, and stickers is a great way to make filler cards more interesting.

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Next, all of the coffee icons in the kit inspired me to make a page about a party at my favorite coffeeshop, City Market Cofeehouse, celebrating its 20th year.

I used photos of my own and some others took and added to the Facebook page for the event. The differently cropped photos helped me come up with the design of the page–I just rearranged them until they felt balanced.

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I used three different types of embellishments with the coffeecup icon on this page–a cut down journaling card, a puffy sticker, and a flair piece. I’m sure no one can mistake the subject matter of this page!

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I tucked other embellishments into the blank spaces left by the photos, using the foil letter stickers to celebrate the owners of the coffeeshop, foil washi to underline my journaling, and small embellishments like the rhinestones and epoxy sticker tabs to make visual triangles of color on the page.

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I lucked out that the coffee icons in the Hello Autumn kit fit so well with an event, but these icons would also be great to celebrate your favorite place to get coffee, special seasonal flavors you are excited about, or a page about your favorite coffee drink!

Next I’m excited to use this kit on my holiday album! Even though many of the icons are autumn focused, the color scheme will be perfect well into the winter also.

Like the kit too?

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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.

Trying Mixed Media Layouts with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Try on a Different Style.

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This month’s challenge is to Try on a Different Style. I am always inspired by Adele Toomey of InkieQuill. Adele is a memory keeper and makes some awesome mixed media layouts. She often uses Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine. I have used my color shine on maybe two or three layouts and have noticed that I have not used them in a while. Since I have a couple of Halloween layouts to make, I decided to use my color shine and make somewhat mixed media layouts. My layout has a bunch of Crate Paper embellishments and I even used a bit of washi tape.

To make my layout, I simply sprayed two different color shine mists on some heavy cardstock paper. After the paper dried, I used my Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere my photo onto the cardstock. Then I picked out some chipboard stickers and began to embellish the layout. I added some washi around the photo and added some journaling.

The journaling says “Since Halloween falls on a Monday, we decided to go to the Marietta Square’s Trick or Treat/Halloween celebration on Saturday. The boys has lots of fun going to all of the shops and getting treats. We also went to Six Flags and the boys got to trick or treat there as well. The boys got so many compliments on their costumes. It was such a fun day!”

Below are some close ups of the layout.

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I still have a couple of layouts to make and plan to make use my color shine and other mixed media products. I can’t wait to see how you all completed 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.

7 Tips for Using Labels

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I’ve started up my Instagram project #NNDailyTip again! I share a daily memory keeping tip, then collect them here so you can find them easily later! This time I’m sharing tips for documenting with labels:

This week's #nndailytip posts are all about labels! Tuck a label in the bottom corner of your page to add the date!

A photo posted by Megan Anderson (@megan_nerdnest) on

What’s your favorite way to use labels?

Follow me on Instagram to see the tips in real time!

Getting out of my comfort zone with blending with Jen | Nerd Nest Challenges

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Try on a Different Style.

Last January I shared a few of my scrappy goals for 2016. This month’s challenge was the perfect opportunity to revisit one of my goals- blending. My goal was to make 5 layouts using some kind of blending technique. I made three earlier this year, then pretty much forgot about this (and most of my other) scrappy goals.

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Then I saw this gorgeous page by Roxana and decided to give blending another try. I lifted her layout and made this one.

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I’d tell you how I did it, but honestly I have no idea. Lots of fiddling with brushes and blending modes and things. I really like it, but I’m not sure if I can replicate it.

So for my last blending layout I decided to go back to what I know best, and used a template. This one came together pretty quickly and I love how it turned out.

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I’m glad I gave blending a try, but it’s still way out of my comfort zone. I’m starting to learn more about what I like, and how I can incorporate it into my scrappy repertoire. I might even make it a goal to do five more next year!

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.

Try on a Different Style | Nerd Nest Challenge

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The November challenge is to Try on a Different Style.

For this challenge you can scraplift or create a project inspired by another memory keeper you admire, use products that don’t typically go with your style, or try switching up your level of embellishment. If you’re a minimalist, maybe you want to try a messy project. If you tend toward a more modern style, maybe you’d like to make something cute! If you are typically a paper scrapbooker, maybe you want to try hybrid. Shake it up!

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I love the bold and minimalist style of creative team member Lisa, so I decided to scraplift a page she did for the Portrait with Stuff challenge. It worked great for this page about Take Your Child to Work Day! I made a few alterations to fit in a different sized photo and added a bit of ink to the perimeter, but overall I stuck to Lisa’s design and this page came together so quickly.

I’m inspired to scraplift the other team members now!

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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 and throughout the month for extra takes from me!

7 Tips for Documenting TV & Movies

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I’ve started up my Instagram project #NNDailyTip again, where I share a daily memory keeping tip, then collect them here so you can find them easily later! This time I’m sharing tips for documenting TV and movies:

How do you document movies and TV?

Follow me on Instagram to see the tips in real time!

October Bonus Pages | Pocket Scrapbooking 2015

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This month I challenged you to Document Your Favorite Season. I shared a bunch of extra takes on this month’s challenge with the goal of finishing October in my 2015 album. I had an overwhelming amount of photos and stories to go through! Today’ I’m wrapping it up with my bonus pages.

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My 12×12 albums are organized with weekly pocket spreads and a day in the life spread together, then a break between weekly spreads each month for thematic and extra pages, both pocket and traditional. I’d already completed some of the bonus pages for October 2015, but I used last weekend to go ahead and finish up the rest of them. And there were a lot!

I had already completed a page about Barktoberfest, so I went ahead and made a quick companion page with cute photos of the kids at the petting zoo at the event.

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I kept it super simple, but made sure to use the Freckled Fawn Chit Chat Freckled Fawn Kit so this page matched up with the Barktoberfest one.

I have one page left blank–the back of the Barktoberfest page will be a check-in list page about Jake’s birthday.

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I tried to fit in my new pages in roughly chronological order, based on what would fit into the backs of page protectors already in the album.

After Barktoberfest, there are these sports pages. Next I wanted to include pages about Boo Bayou, the Halloween festival at Eliza’s school, and our first time taking Eliza to a haunted house.

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I kept up with my theme of keeping things simple, printing photos and photo collages for all of the pockets except for the shaker pocket from the previous page. I added a title with letter stickers from Studio Calico and added in journaling with labels from Kelly Purkey.

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Next I made a simple 8.5 x 11 page about taking Eliza to a haunted house. We have awesome scary haunted houses here in Kansas City and she convinced us she’s ready. Even though we had to wait for hours, I’m glad we did it. She said, “Oh, the rooms are based on different phobias!” toward the end, which I think is pretty darn smart for a then-9 year-old.

Also that candelabra paper is perfect for this.

On the back of this page is a page about giving blood. It’s for a class for next year! Then there’s a 6×8 31 Scary Days page.

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I had a few cute pictures with our foster baby that didn’t fit in the weekly pocket pages I made, so I made a tiny page for the back of the Scary Days page.

Next is my October Reads page, which was in a process video for Pocket Your Year.

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On the back of the October Reads page, I started the pages covering a visit from Kristin and Jeff from the end of October to the beginning of November.

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I had already documented Breakout KC, but I had the rest of their visit to cover! This page has the obligatory KC barbecue, going to the farmer’s market, and hanging out with friends at hour house.

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Next was Halloween and a Day of the Dead festival at our local art museum.

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We all dressed up in Batman costumes so I stamped a bat background with an old Freckled Fawn stamp. To leave room for the title and journaling space, I set down scrap paper to create a mask when stamping.

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For the festival, I included a insert for the program and a print the kids made.

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It was very crowded, so we didn’t get many photos of the Day of the Dead art, so this page is mostly about the food, the crafts the kids did (some of them were for a temporary seasonal art exhibit), and the music. The kids always want to do the labyrinth, and the gold triangles card from Studio Calico was a perfect fit.

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The next spread is about Kristin’s and Jeff’s last two days here.

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Homemade buscuits for breakfast, a fancy soda shop, and the last game of the World Series (the Royals won and the city went nuts).

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The last day, we took advantage of the celebrating and saw some KC landmarks lit up in blue in celebration of the Royals’s win. And of course we snuck in some late night games!

By keeping it simple, I completed all of these in a weekend! Now it’s time to document this year’s October.

Fall Favorites with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenges

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily is here to share her take on October’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Document Your Favorite Season.

Fall and Spring are my favorite seasons, but it seems that over the years I have really been loving Fall. I love that I get to wear sweaters and drink a lot of hot chocolate (although I do drink it year round). I tend to bring out my crockpot a lot more and make lots of comfort food. I have also noticed that I bake a lot more. The weather is usually perfect…not too hot and not too cold. Spending time with family is always fun and we love going out during Fall. We always try to do something new during Fall, but also stick to doing some of our favorite Fall activities. Since Fall is a really busy season for us, I always have a ton of photos. I love that some of the photos are just simple or random things in our everyday life, but I also love that some of the photos are from events we have attended.

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My family and I love getting a pumpkin every year so that we can carve and decorate it. I love taking pictures of the pumpkin before we carve it and then after. In this layout, I even decided to add a picture of my husband as he carved the pumpkin. For this layout, I mainly used Freckled Fawn’s October 2014 kit and some papers from my stash. The journaling says ”We always buy a pumpkin for Fall/Halloween. I always get excited when stores start putting them on display. This year, we decided we wanted the pumpkin to look like Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Overall, I think it looks pretty good. The boys love it and always ask to go outside and check Jack out. Below are some close ups of the layout.

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For my next layout, I decided to document our day at Six Flags. I also used the same Freckled Fawn kit and some papers from my stash. The journaling says “The boys and I went to Six Flags and had a lot of fun. We got on lots of rides and ate a lot of food. We love getting on the Merry-Go-Round and the little roller coasters. It was a fun day and I am so thankful that I got to spend time with all of my boys”.

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I still have a lot of layouts and pocket pages to make, but I am so glad that I was able to get these two layouts done. I can’t wait to see how you document your favorite season.

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.

Cool Colors for Fall | Pocket Scrapbooking

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This month I’m challenging you to Document Your Favorite Season. Along with weekly team takes for the challenge, I’ll be sharing extra takes on this month’s challenge (with a few extra challenges in my newsletter too)!

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The spread is my last weekly spread for October 2015! I still have a few event / thematic pages I want to make, but this month’s challenge encouraged me to reach my goal of getting that month of pocket scrapbooking done.

I love fall products and colors, but sometimes they don’t quite work out on my autumn pages. For this page, going with a cool color scheme worked better! The most prominent colors in this spread were blues found in clothing and the pendent Jonas is holding, red from clothing, buildings and toys, and green from the plants in all of the outdoors photos.

I started out with a red and blue color scheme, but it just wasn’t flowing right. The red was clashing with all of the green (things can look Christmasy easily) and didn’t feel balanced with my blue selections, so I decided to stick with different shades of blue and grey instead. As a result, this layout doesn’t scream fall, but it totally works.

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Making a pattern with my cards and my photos is my favorite for Design F pages. I didn’t have a page protector with all 3×4 spots, so adhering two 3×4 things to a 4×6 piece of cardstock was an easy solution.

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I found little blue and grey embellishments from Freckled Fawn and Ali Edwards Story Kits to jazz up my cards.

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I love including lots of little photos in collages in my spreads. It doesn’t make for the most beautiful pages, but it’s excellent at providing a more in-depth look at our day-to-day lives.

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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 Wednesday to see a take from a Nerd Nest Creative Team member!

Introducing My Details: Citizenship Edition

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Kristin of rukristin and I have teamed up once again for a civic, culture, and citizen-based edition of our much-loved MyDetails workshop series.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to document the details of their life through the lens of civic duty and citizenship — whether it be about the love you have for the city you live in or the tussle between the countries of your ancestors — you have a unique citizenship story, and you’re the only person to document the details.

The story of you is also a story of where you are from, where you live, your culture, and who you are as a citizen. With this workshop, you’ll document the details of yourself as a community member (whether it be national, regional, or local) as well as how the details of your culture/society impact your life. No matter what your citizen-story looks like, this workshop will help you document the details that are most meaningful to you.

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This workshop includes ten in-depth prompts relating to culture, place, and citizenship. Kristin will be focusing on what being American means to her and I’ll be focusing on a local level, documenting what it means to me to be a citizen in Kansas City. We have contributors from around the world and we LOVE women with diverse stories. If you want to document the details of YOUR citizen story, learn more here.

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This is a self-paced e-mail based course. New content will be delivered Saturdays and Wednesdays over 5 weeks. Class content will be archived in a classroom. Sign up now so you don’t miss a live video chat with Kristin and I at the end of October!