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PocketYourYear NSD Sale

Happy (inter)National Scrapbooking Day!

You might be celebrating this crafty holiday my favorite way–doing tons of scrapbooking! I’m filling in pockets today and I thought many of you might be using this weekend the same way: to get caught up with your pocket scrapbooking.

To celebrate NSD, Pocket Your Year is 25% off this weekend! Use the code NSD2016 through midnight CST Sunday.

You’ll not only have pocket scrapbooking instruction for the rest of the year, there are 4 units ready and waiting for you! Play the instruction videos while you craft for NSD and do the assignments to get your creative juices flowing!

Here’s a sneak of the units that we’ve had so far this year:

Quick Tips Unit | Pocket Your Year sneak

The Quick Tips unit will help you pocket scrapbook faster.

You may like to savor the process of pocket scrapbooking or you may be looking for ways to streamline your process, but whether your goal is to take your time or speed things up, most of us could use quick tips to use for spreads that are giving us trouble or for times when we “fall behind” and want to get a big batch of spreads done.

Memorabilia Unit | Pocket Your Year

The Memorabilia will help you get bits of life into your pocket scrapbooks.

Memorabilia like tickets, mail, notes, and drawings can tell a whole story that photos and words aren’t telling. By including memorabilia in your pocket scrapbooks, you are telling a story about yourself, your culture, and your time.

Stay Inspired Unit | Pocket Your Year sneak

The Stay Inspired unit helps you keep up with pocket scrapbooking as your interest ebbs and flows.

With a long haul project like pocket scrapbooking, many of us drop off from the practice.

Learn how to stay inspired early on by deciding how you’ll find time for pocket scrapbooking, where to get motivation, how to move past roadblocks, finding your spark, and, of course, staying inspired.

Develop Your Plan of Action for Pocket Scrapbooking | Pocket Your Year sneak

The Plan of Action unit helps you to find YOUR best pocket scrapbooking process.

We go over the advantages to different approaches so you can decide what will work best for you!

There is no “right” way to approach memory keeping, but there is a way that is right for you-this unit is designed to help you find your way. Learn how to come up with a plan that will fit your documentation style, your space, your time, and your process. Developing that plan will help you to stay in action with your pocket scrapbooking this year, so you are making memories instead of stuck trying to figure out how you should record them!

This is an on-going course, so in addition to these self-paced units waiting for you now, there are 8 more monthly units coming up, starting with the next unit, What’s Missing?, coming May 15th.

Join now! Use the code NSD2016 and get 25% off Pocket Your Year!

Stash Bust | Nerd Nest Challenge

Stash Bust Washi Tape -- Cover a Journal! | The Nerd Nest

For this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge, we’re going to focus on Stash Busting!

I’m using the last of my Spring Cleaning energy to reorganize my scrapbooking supplies a bit. I do this every few months, which prevents any piles that are building up in my workspace from getting overwhelming. Looking through those supplies inspires me to use them!

While I’m reorganizing, I realized I need to stash bust for two reasons:

1) There tend to be a few types of supplies that are building up that I’m neglecting and

2) Little bits and scraps end up spread out and need to be used up.

I know I’m not the only one, so I challenge you to stash bust along with me in May!

Cover a journal in washi tape strips to easily distinguish between multiple similar books

The first type of product I wanted to stash bust a bit is washi tape. I have a rather large washi collection, and because these rolls last a long time, there’s no way I’ll ever finish a roll if I don’t come up with some projects that use a large amount of washi tape.

So I covered a composition book in it!

I have a lot of composition books laying around. I try to keep them separated by subject so my notes are easy to find. However, sometimes that means that I get started on a journal, end up abandoning a project, and then have a lot of paper left.

I decided to use one of those abandoned notebooks for something new. The washi helps to identify it and to cover up the original title on the cover. I just clipped together the pages I’d used so that I can still access them, but I can also get to the start of my new topic easily.

I love a good ROYGBIV color scheme, so I chose a rainbow assortment of washi tapes from my collection (plus a pink one). Most of these washi tapes come from past Freckled Fawn or Studio Calico kits or from the Freckled Fawn store.

I started near the spine so it would be easy to keep the washi straight, using the edge of the spine fabric as a guide. I started with a little bit of washi running off of the edge of the cover, so I could wrap it on the inside.

Because washi is semi-translucent and the background of the composition book is black, I needed several layers of each color. I wrapped the washi around the entire inside of the book for multiple passes through the front instead of tearing off multiple layers for the cover. Now the inside cover is pretty too!

Write down the definitions you look up to better commit them to memory

I’m using this notebook to write down words I look up with a dictionary app on my phone. I love to look up unfamiliar words or words I know the connotation of but not the exact definition of. Writing down the definitions after looking them up helps me to commit them to memory.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Stash Bust

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!

Representing Spring with Plants and Flowers with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

Emily's TakeGrow Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily F. is here to share her take on April’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Grow.

This month’s challenge is awesome! I love that we were given a word to interpret. There were so many different ways to go about working with this prompt. As I thought about what the word grow means to me, another word kept popping up in my head. I kept thinking about Spring. In my opinion, I think that Spring is such an amazing season and the word “Grow” goes perfectly with Spring. Everything is growing and just feels renewed. Flowers are blooming and planting are sprouting. It just seems like a new circle of life is beginning.

For my take on the challenge, I chose to make an 8.5×11 layout using my new Houseplants stamp set that I purchased over at Studio Calico. I have been obsessed with plants and florals in my projects so this was a perfect way to document my love for plants and flowers. I stamped the word “Grow” with my Freckled Fawn alpha stamp set and colored the words in. I also added some flower shaped wood veneers and stickers as well. I also colored in the stamped images and the stickers with my Distress Markers.

Supplies Used:
Studio Calico Houseplants Stamp Set by Life Love Paper
Wood Veneers
Distress Markers
Freckled Fawn Flower Stickers
Freckled Fawn Alpha Stamp Set

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.

Thank you, Emily, for sharing your take on this challenge! Remember everyone that photos + words totally counts as documentation too–you don’t have to make a scrapbooking project to join in.

Documenting your Garden with Lisa with Free Downloads | Nerd Nest Challenge

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on April’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Grow.

I could have easily gone in so many directions with this month’s challenge, but I chose the one that takes up the most space in my heart. For a few years I have been heavily in to gardening. Last May I sold my house what had a rather big garden and we moved to another house that has a much smaller garden area. I liked the challenge to downsize and to grow only what we most wanted. I have a flowerbed along the house full of roses, lavender and peonies and a few rose bushes.

But I really like to grow vegetables. So when our garden season starts in February, we start to plan out what we are going to plant that year. Mostly we stay with what we did the year before; peas, carrots, salad, spinach, beets and radishes. We also have a bed for strawberries. This year we are adding potatoes!

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 2

I document the garden all the time since I feel it has such a big part in our lives. I may share a little much in Instagram during the summer with harvest photos, but they make me so happy! Mostly I add photos and stories to the weekly Project Life spreads I do, but from now and then I make layouts on the topic also.

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 3

Here is one example where I document the happy day of seed planting!

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 4

It´s so much fun to look back in my albums and see how those seeds then become plants that will grow us yummy food!

Documenting your Garden with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 5

I love growing things, I really do. I feel rich when I can just walk out my back door and pick my dinner!

In this last layout I made my own cards using the Letterglow and Rhonna Farrer app on my phone. I´ve asked Megan to share them with you as a free download!

Click here to download Lisa’s digital journaling cards.

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 wonderful gardening scrapbooking with us, Lisa!

Do you garden? How do you document what you grow?

GROW | Nerd Nest Challenge

GROW - April Nerd Nest Challenge 6

This month’s Nerd Nest challenge is GROW!

Having a single word up for interpretation is a great way to get thinking about possible stories you can tell.

You can talk about personal growth–an event that made you grow as a person or a then/now comparison on how you’ve grown. You can focus on growing up, showing yourself or a family member changing and aging over time. You can document nature, your gardening plans, or how the city, town, or village you live has grown over time. You could also make a page with flower or foliage motifs or even sketches of things that grow!

GROW - April Nerd Nest Challenge 1

For my take on the challenge, I mixed a literal interpretation–a self portrait of myself in a mirror in a giant floral art piece during the Saint Louis Art Museum Art in Bloom event with the word “grow” spelled out in floral pictures I took throughout the month–and a metaphorical interpretation with journaling about how I worked on personal growth in March.

GROW - April Nerd Nest Challenge 4

GROW - April Nerd Nest Challenge 5

I used brads to attach my photo on one side and a piece of washi tape with the word “pull” in letter stickers to show that the page is interactive. Then I added my journaling underneath!

GROW - April Nerd Nest Challenge 2

I wrote about needing time for reflection to figure out how I should set my goals for the future.

GROW - April Nerd Nest Challenge 3

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn enamel dots and washi tape // Ali Edwards pen // Studio Calico alpha stickers // American Crafts cardstock // K & Company brads // watercolors.

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: scrapbook page, art journaling, photos + words blog post, poem, video: whatever you are inspired to create!

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

Freckled Fawn April 2016 Kit

Freckled Fawn April 2016 Kits

A new month means a new Freckled Fawn kit reveal! I’m thrilled to share this month’s kit with you, because it just might be my favorite Freckled Fawn kit ever.

This month I’m working with both the embellishment kit and the planner kit and today I’m sharing a project made with each!

Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit

I was inspired by the awesome color scheme, the hexagon motif, the arrows, and the large chipboard “adventure” word, so I decided to use the emellishment kit to create a pocket spread about a weekend trip to Michigan!

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 1 | The Nerd Nest

The colors in the kit went really well with a photo I’d taken of a mural, so I decided to use the photo as a title card with the chipboard “Adventure” laid on top.

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 2 | The Nerd Nest

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 6 | The Nerd Nest

This spread just for the highlights of the trip–I’m making a minibook with more details–but I still needed a 6×12 insert to get the basic story in.

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 5 | The Nerd Nest

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 3 | The Nerd Nest

I used the vellum letter stickers and the washi tape to create a card with the names of the cities we spent time in while on the trip. I used enamel dots and hexagons to brighten up a journaling card!

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 4 | The Nerd Nest

I let the chipboard heart overlap the edge a bit on the journaling card–I flip over the card to easily trim off the excess, then smooth out the cut portion with an emery file.

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 7 | The Nerd Nest

When I’m using Freckled Fawn kits on pocket pages, often I like including a little embellishment on almost every card. This helps me to bring balance–usually with color–to the whole spread. But not every card needs embellishing! I left the one journaling card on the back of my insert alone.

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 8 | The Nerd Nest

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 9 | The Nerd Nest

I created my own journaling card by adding white cardstock to patterned paper and using the chipboard arrow and hexagon pieces to decorate the edges. Like with the chipboard heart, I overlapped the hexagons over the edge of the card, flipped them over to trim them from the back, and filed the edges smooth. I saved the partial pieces of hexagon and put one in the bottom corner. The rest went back in the packaging for future use!

Michigan Trip Pocket Page with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Embellishment Kit 10 | The Nerd Nest

To finish up my spread, I used an acrylic “fun” word on the last journaling card. It was looking a little lonely floating on the top, so I added two of the black puffy sticker arrows to ground the word on the card!

Freckled Fawn April 2016 Planner Kit

I really love the new planner kit option–though the embellishments are versatile enough that they work even if planners are not your cup of tea. I think they’re a great option if you want a more economic or lighter kit.

School Open House Layout with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Planner Kit | The Nerd Nest

In this kit, the little pencil stamp gave me an idea for an open house my son attended for the start of kindergarden. I love how well this simple kit works for simple pages!

School Open House Layout with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Planner Kit Close-Up 2 | The Nerd Nest

I love the lightly themed touch of the stamped pencil border!

School Open House Layout with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Planner Kit Close-Up 1 | The Nerd Nest

I used red label stickers to add a bit more information to the page and to create a visual triangle, along with a red puffy sticker.

School Open House Layout with Freckled Fawn April 2016 Planner Kit Close-Up 3 | The Nerd Nest

I also added a geotag clip to the photo–a fun touch to add if you are working with layers!

I had fun making these two projects with the two Freckled Fawn kits this month and I’m going to keep going until they are gone! Make sure you are following me on Instagram to see what other projects I make with the kit this month.

Like the kit too?

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

Planner Kit: Start a subscription or buy your April 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.

Relaxxxxxxxxxxx with Jen | March Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on March’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Take a Break.

I’ve loved everyone’s take on the Relax prompt this month! We actually have a joke in my family that we’re not good at relaxing. Like that one time we tried to relax by the pool after a swim…

April 2016 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Journaling reads- We went swimming today and tried to lay in the sun to dry off, but we couldn’t even sit out there ten minutes before our eyeballs started bubbling from the heat. I guess we didn’t get the sun worshipper gene

I say we’re not good at relaxing, but what I really mean is “We’re not good at relaxing in hot sunny places” (the pool, the beach, etc.) However, we are experts at relaxing in a dimly lit living room with the AC on.

April 2016 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Journaling reads- For the past few years, our lives have swerved between extremes of busy-ness and rest. There is not much in between time. We are both very quiet homebodies by nature, but after a couple of months of r&r at home, we get “itchy feet” and need to go find an adventure. We’ll start looking at each other and saying “We’re so boring!”. Then we start looking through photos of the things we’ve done that year and realize we’ve actually done a lot of things! And we look and look through pictures of our adventures. Then we get tired from all that looking and need to go take a nap on the couch in front of the TV watching NCIS reruns….

Credits for both pages- Just Jaimee April 2016 Storyteller

How do you relax? Do you love fresh air and sunshine, or do you require a more temperature controlled environment? We’d love to see your take on the Relax prompt!

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.

Favorite Break Spot with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily F. is here to share her take on March’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Take a Break.

Favorite Break Spot with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

This month’s challenge is awesome! There are many different ways that I choose to take a break. Sometimes I will color, play a game on my iPod Touch or on the wii, or simply just read a book. Lately, I have been reading a lot and have been using any free time to read. There are a few places in my home where I usually go to relax and read. Sometimes I will read in my bed, on my favorite spot on the couch, but I think my favorite spot to read is at the bay window in my dining room. It’s the perfect spot to have a snack, drink, blanket to keep warm, and a great book to read. I have been obsessed with Starbucks iced/chilled coffee and Girl Scouts Thin Mints…they are an absolute must for me while taking a break to read. I have been reading The Alchemist and haven’t finished it simply because I want to take my time with it. It’s such a good book and I will be sad when I finish it. It’s one of those books that you just need to read in your favorite spot.

Even my boys love to read at the bay window. They always ask for a snack and a drink as well. They also like to get their favorite blankets or even mine. I love seeing my boys at the bay window as they read books together (or by themselves) and share snacks. I also love that my habit of taking a break to read has rubbed off on them.

How do you take a break? Do you have a favorite spot where you take your breaks? I can’t wait to see your take on the 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.

Thank you, Emily, for sharing your take on this challenge! Remember everyone that photos + words totally counts as documentation too–you don’t have to make a scrapbooking project to join in.

Making Rest a Priority with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on March’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Take a Break.

I think of myself as somewhat of a master relaxer. After being sick from too much stress a few years ago I have had to make rest a priority in my life. I have way less energy than the average person. This has a big impact on my life for better and worse. Worse of course because it sucks. But better because I have had to seek out the things that really do give me more energy and perhaps I wouldn´t have done that if I didn´t have these issues.

Making Rest a Priority with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

As this is a big part of my life I do want it documented in my scrapbooks. In my Project Life albums I often include a photo of me trying to wake up or resting on the couch. But when I went to look in my regular scrapbooks I didn´t have that many layouts. So I decided to make some!
This first page is titled rest and the journaling is very similiar to what I have just written above. I went through my camera roll and chose a few photos that represent rest to me; lounging around at home with a book or a crochet project. But also being outside in nature which is one of my favorite ways to get some energy.

Making Rest a Priority with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

This layout is more of an encouragement to myself to know that it is ok to rest since that does have a way to give me a guilty conscious sometimes. I used a new kit from One little bird that has the perfect elements for a project about unwinding and relaxation.

Don´t forget to take care yourself and to document it!

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 story with us, Lisa!

In what ways is rest important to you? Share how you take a break in the comments below.

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

Welcome to the third Nerd Nest Challenge of the year! Join in for monthly memory keeping challenges on the first Monday of each month. Need extra inspiration? A Nerd Nest Creative Team member will be here every Monday with their takes on the challenge!

This month’s challenge is to document how you take a break.

Some ideas for this month’s challenge are to describe your favorite way to relax, where you go on Spring Break or on holiday (or where you went as a child), how you took a step back from an activity–maybe you took a break from a sport due to an injury, took a break from working for maternity leave, or took a break from a relationship to work things out, or some of your favorite methods of self care. However you take a break, I want to hear about it!

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

I’m looking forward to a little trip with my family for Eliza’s Spring Break this month, which had me reflecting on my childhood Spring Break trips.

So for my take on the challenge, I decided to begin to document the Colorado skiing trips I took with my aunt and grandparents.

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

I love using pocket pages to document stories with older photos, because I’m usually working with the only copy of the photo, and the pockets keep the photos safe.

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

I used a 3×4 card and 6×12 insert to begin telling my story, writing about my memories about the trips in general rather than focusing on the specific trip these photos represent. I’ll continue my journaling on other pages, and might move around the photos and journaling if I can dig up older pictures that represent earlier trips.

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

I included a ski lift pass from 2002. I attached it to the page with a brad so I wouldn’t damage it. Brads are a great way to add memorabilia that already has holes!

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

I also printed out a map I found of the resort we skied at, which I found online. The map is from 2016 and the trails have changed some since I was a kid, so I made sure to note that the map was updated.

If you are scrapping older trips and don’t have memorabilia or ephemera, you can usually find digital versions!

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

I loved documenting my favorite Spring Break memories from childhood, and I’m looking forward to recording new ones this month as well!

I’m also working on a page about how I take breaks when I’m stressed–remember there are lots of ways to interpret this challenge!

How do you take a break?

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

Selected Supplies: Kelly Purkey kit // Seven Paper Goldie journaling cards // Ali Edwards pen, Celebrate journal cards, Go Story Kit and Spark Story Kit // Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper Lovely paper // Past Studio Calico Project Life kits // Becky Higgins Project Life Design A, Design D, and 6×12 page protectors.

I’d love to see your take on the challenge! Share a link in the comments or use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!