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7 Tips for Documenting Love | #NNDailyTip

7 Tips for Documenting Love

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 love and romance:

What are your favorite memory keeping love and romance tips?

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

Comparing Disney Trips with Michelle | Nerd Nest Challenges

Compare and Contrast with Michelle O | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Michelle is here to share her take on March’s Nerd Nest Challenge Compare / Contrast.

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My family travels to Disney World for vacation every other year or so. It’s our favorite place to go. I have vacation albums from every trip. We went last November and I took a slightly different approach and included it in our weekly album.

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I recorded a couple of notes comparing this trip to our last.

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Thanks so much Michelle!

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

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

I’m Michelle and I was also on the 2016 Pocket Your Year Creative Team. I’m so excited to continue this year and learn more from all of you! I live in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia (USA) with my husband, two daughters and dog. We moved back to my hometown in 2010 when I got a job opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. You can follow me on Instagram – @MOSCRAPPIN.

30 Days of Lists March 2017 | Lists 1-10

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Today I’m sharing an update for my March 2017 30 Days of Lists album!

And just a heads up if you’ve been thinking about joining: the registration for March 2017 30 Days of Lists is closing tonight.

Here are my first 10 lists!

March 2017 #30Lists | The Nerd Nest | List 1

It’s time to..

  • #resist
  • document a day in the life
  • go to parent teacher conferences
  • list!
  • Freckled Fawn March release
  • celebrate Women’s History Month

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Projects I want to start this month

  • calling / contacting state & local reps in addition to federal
  • painting the hallway
  • 2016 Dec Daily album
  • re-grout bathtubs
  • gardening kick-off

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Best things about getting older

  • pretty silvery gray hairs
  • becoming an on time / morning person
  • being able to help others more often than needing help myself
  • no friend drama

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How to spend a Saturday morning

  • sleeping in a little
  • farmer’s market
  • park / gardening
  • going out for brunch
  • hiking
  • exploring the city
  • doing housework / craft projects

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Favorite quotes / expressions

  • “set them on fire”
  • “go home, you’re drunk’
  • “all of the way nope”
  • “I’m out of mom juice” (which means parenting energy)
  • “I will bite your nose”

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I know how to make

  • awesome scrapbooks
  • someone see the other person’s side
  • so many crafty things
  • killer chicken tikka masala
  • a tiny nerd army

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People I talk to everyday

  • Jake
  • Eliza
  • Jonas
  • [our foster daughter]
  • Kristin
  • Kam
  • Amy
  • Paul

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I am saving money for

  • a van
  • Summer vacation
  • E’s school trip to France (+ maybe I’ll go too?)
  • Mostly it’s going to squashing student loans

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Ways to make a normal day special

  • go on a tiny sporadic mini adventure
  • eat something super delicious
  • document it (Day in the Life!)
  • add an unplanned fun thing (games, art projects, etc.)
  • Invite friend / family

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Events that happened the year I was born (1987)

  • US Stock Market Crash Oct 19
  • First Final Fantasy game released
  • First naked eye supernova observed since 1604
  • FDA approves AZT
  • Aretha Franklin inducted to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

If you want to see my lists in real time, make sure to follow me on Instagram!

You can check out how I made my album base here.

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 support the Nerd Nest! Sign up for the #30Lists Newsletter so that you can keep up with #30Lists news.

7 Tips for Themed Products | #nndailytip

7 Tips for Themed Products

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 with themed products:

What are your favorite themed products tips?

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

Compare / Contrast | Nerd Nest Challenge

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This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Compare / Contrast.

Make a project comparing a current job with a past job, the similarities and differences between two family members or friends, what the world is like now vs. your childhood, or any other idea you can come up with!

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Comparing / contrasting can be a great way to get an idea for a minibook or layout, but it can also help you decide how to write journaling for a page that isn’t so obviously compare / contrast.

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I decided to try to apply the journaling technique to my next project, which was this pocket spread covering January 22-31.

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To go with a photo collage that mainly featured our budgie Hermes, I compared how different family members were doing with Hermes. We’d had him for about a week at this point.

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I talked about how well Jonas was handling him and how he showed off his bird handling skills with a cockatiel to employees at the pet store, wrote about how my step-mom Kelly was a bit nervous about him and why, and then contrasted how Hermes is doing with us compared to the week before.

It wouldn’t be immediately apparent to someone reading this journaling that I was writing about comparisons, but deciding to write this way certainly helped me to decide what to say, which might help you if you are drawing a blank and the words aren’t coming for you!

Jake's Brain vs. My Brain | March Nerd Nest Challenge 1

Just in case my less obvious example isn’t helping you come up with ideas for the challenge, I wanted to share a double page layout comparing how my brain works to how my husband Jake thinks! I made this page for a My Details workshop a few years ago and each item on one list has a direct comparison on the other.

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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!

Check back on Mondays in March for takes from the Nerd Nest team!

Adventure Layout with Freckled Fawn’s March 2017 Kit

Adventure with Freckled Fawn's March 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest

As soon as I saw the acrylic word “adventure” in this month’s March 2017 Embellishment Kit, I knew I wanted to make a page about my kids playing at a cool climbing park for the first time!

Freckled Fawn March 2017 Kit

The kit is great for travel, but you can use it for hometown adventures, exploring, and outdoor activities just as easily.

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I knew I wanted to include a lot of photos on this page, tucking embellishments into corners and empty spaces, so I played around with the photo sizes on a digital 12×12 canvas before printing the photos on letter sized photo paper and cropping them–that way I knew that the layout would work!

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I loved adding the title with the foam letters and using it with the journaling to create a sort of photo corner framing a photo. I also slipped in a label sticker with the date.

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The wood explore chip and the heart clip were great additions to this empty space left by the photo configuration! I attached the heart clip with embroidery floss, which helped get in more of the seafoam green color of the title.

Adventure with Freckled Fawn's March 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest

I wanted to create a visual triangle with that seafoam color, so I added a clip under the upper right photo, attached with a glue dot, to make another photo corner. Clips can be very useful for attaching things (I love them for memorabilia!), but it’s fun to use them decoratively sometimes too.

Adventure with Freckled Fawn's March 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest

The adventure acrylic word, a line of puffy star stickers, and a strip of washi tape from an older Freckled Fawn kit finished this layout off!

If you use the March 2017 Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit, I’d love to see how you do! What would you document with these embellishments?

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products. I am an affiliate and receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

All Photos Austin Pocket Spread with Freckled Fawn’s March 2017 Kit

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In January, I went on a short weekend trip to Austin with my brother and my sister-in-law. Today I’m sharing a pocket spread I made about the trip!

Freckled Fawn March 2017 Kit

The March Freckled Fawn Kits were revealed today! They have lots of elements perfect for documenting travel. I used the Embellishment Kit for this spread.

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This trip was mostly about the friends and the food for me. I tried to balance photos of the sights with photos of the people. I decided to make an all-photos spread rather than covering multiple spreads or using inserts. I added lots of labels from the kit to get in journaling!

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On the left page, I included selfies with my SIL Savannah, my friend Jessica, who drove over from San Antonio to spend the day with us, and Amy, who has been one of my best friends for years but I met in person for the first time on this trip (I talk to her literally every day–hooray technology!). I also took a photo of my brother Dustin, who is an athletic trainer, at the gym where he was taking a certification course (the whole reason for the trip). I topped off the page with some of the neat public art I took photos of.

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I used a big wall art map of Texas as my title photo, adding puffy stickers, which have a sort of map / river looking pattern on them, a label with the date, and framed the title with epoxy map patterned arrows from the kit.

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To get in journaling, I used a full sheet of labels, adding one to almost every photo! I just told my story across them without worrying if the words corresponded to the photo they were on.

Somehow I missed one of the labels, so I added puffy heart stickers to that one!

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I added the acrylic word “explore” to the middle of the photo of the gorgeous Larry Monroe Forever Mosaic Bridge, which we stumbled onto by accident. The blue on blue makes this difficult to photograph, but the added depth and the difference in texture is really pretty in person.

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On the right hand side, I included some photos of exploring South Congress Street and 6th Street, plus more Amy and a collage of all of the amazing food I had there.

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To break up the object / scenery photos a bit, I used a wood frame around one of the photos. I used red tape to adhere it to the outside of the pocket.

I added the heart resin flair to one of the labels to bring in the vivid red from the title card. Adding a few embellishments to a spread can really help you with color balance!

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I absolutely love this spread and I’m glad I have the highlights of this trip recorded, because let’s face it, I won’t finish a mini-book about it for years if my track record holds (hah!).

If you use the March 2017 Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit, I’d love to see how you do! What’s your favorite element in the kit?

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products. I am an affiliate and receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

30 Days of Lists Base March 2017 |Traveler’s Notebook

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I’m so excited for the March 2017 30 Days of Lists to kick off tomorrow! And I finished my base for the challenge just in time.

You can do anything you like for this challenge–something as simple as writing out lists in a notebook or in a file on your computer or as complicated as a art journal with hand drawn pages for each day. I like to switch it up–when life is really busy I’ve done simple pocket pages and when I’m itching for more creativity, I like to make minibooks.

For this round, I thought that it was an awesome opportunity to try out a traveler’s notebook for the first time!

I kept the cover simple, just adding a #30Lists stamp with StazOn ink to the leather on the outside elastic band.

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I’m planning on containing my March and September rounds in here this year. There’s probably not enough room for December, but we’ll see!

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I started off with a simple inner cover and title page to differentiate between the different challenges that will be in this book.

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I stamped the number of each list on the left side of each spread in the blank notebook in three different ink colors. I started with the lightest color and then moved through the darker ones. I tried to space them out in a way that added balance and stamped some off of the edge of the page to make the pattern look continuous.

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When I was finished stamping, I went through my patterned paper stash and found paper that looked good with my ink colors. I started with scraps, then finished off by cutting into a few 12×12 pages.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do this at first–it added a lot of bulk and I didn’t mind much that the ink from the numbers could be seen a bit from the next page, but I didn’t want to worry about what kind of marker I used throughout the challenge and thought it was a good opportunity to do some stash busting.

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One notebook insert wasn’t enough for 30 spreads, so I folded back the cover on a second notebook and slipped it inside the back cover of the first notebook.

I then slipped the inner elastic band behind the first page of the second insert so that both inserts would be secured.

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I finished off the base by adding number labels to each page for each list title and a journaling card from the Project Life Seafoam Core Kit, alternating between black, yellow, and kraft. I need to bust through those older kits too!

I wasn’t planning on making a base this involved at first, but once I started playing the ideas kept flowing and I ended up with something really cool! That’s one of the things I like best about trying something new.

Are you planning on joining in on this round of 30 Days of Lists? How are you listing?

Selected Supply list – rukristin #30Lists stamp and numbers stamp / Freckled Fawn Sleek Teal Traveler’s Notebook, Blank Notebook Inserts, Long Tropical Arrow Paper Clips, and Grey Puffy Alpha Stickers / Ali Edwards Colombia ink, Black Butte ink, Pendleton ink, Black Butte Alpha Stickers, and Numbers Story Kit / Kelly Purkey alpha stickers / Project Life Seafoam Core Kit / StazOn Jet Black Ink.

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 support the Nerd Nest! Sign up for the #30Lists Newsletter so that you can keep up with #30Lists news.

Handstitching on Paper with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on February’s Nerd Nest Challenge Use Non-Scrapbooking Products.

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I love to use stuff and techniques that are not intended for scrapbooking! One of them is to stitch on my layouts. I am not an embroiderer and expert, but I do have needles and thread at home. The projects that I do make are never especially complicated or hard. On this first project I am sharing today I used a template by Amy Tangerine. The template has like 8 different words on there and it has holes that you trace. I then use my needle to poke holes which makes it easier to stitch. Also I just use the old up and down stitching method, you know up in one hole and down the other, nothing complicated at all.

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This page is in one of my traveler notebooks so I took another paper, trimmed it down and made my layout on that and just adhered that into my TN.

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This next one is made with the same template as the one before. As you can see I usually use stitching for titles.

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I like how the stitches gives the page some dimension and I like to use fun colors!

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I also have used this technique for when we go on roadtrips. I find a map of our route and stitch it in. I love looking back at these maps!

I hope that this gives you a few ideas on how to use stitching on your projects!


Thanks so much Lisa!

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

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

Lisa is a keeper of memories since 1999. She likes to take photos every day and usually post them to Instagram on a daily bases. She is on her 6th consecutive year of documenting her and her family´s life via weekly Project Life spreads.


10 Tips for Documenting Pets | #nndailytip

10 Tips for Documenting Pets | The Nerd Nest

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 pets:

What are your favorite documenting pets tips?

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