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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.

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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!

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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?

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Eliza’s Birthday (Observed) | Pocket Scrapbooking 2017

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On Jonas’s last birthday, we let him pick what we did for the whole day. We wanted to do the same for Eliza’s birthday, but as we knew most of the day would be spend getting ready for and having a birthday party for both kids, we decided to celebrate the day before. We joked that it was Eliza’s Birthday (observed).

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Here’s a spread documenting how she chose to celebrate:

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E wanted to start off the day with build-your-own-mini-donuts. She considered going roller skating, but then we told her Legoland Discovery Center was an option…or that she could spend the price of tickets to the center on a Lego set instead. She opted for the last option and chose two Moana sets (she used some saved allowance too).

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The cards on this spread are a mix of Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico. I tried to do some stash busting for the embellishments, so they come from a variety of Studio Calico kits, Ali Edwards Story Kits, and Awesome Ladies stickers. The “11″ on the title card is from the 2016 main December Daily kit.

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I decided to just start writing on all of the journaling cards without worrying if the journaling corresponded to the cards near it like I usually do. I knew I could make up for getting “behind” on the journaling throughout the spread with more journaling space on the right page.

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Adding journaling spots / label stickers to filler cards helped me to get more words and more pattern in!

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The right page shows Eliza building her Lego sets, dinner at her favorite diner right now, Town Topic, a stop at our local used bookstore, and blowing out the candles on her birthday cookie (she’s not a cake person).

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In my family, we like getting what we call “scarf photos”–pictures of that first delectable bite! Eliza really loves this sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich (Jake and I are addicted too–we call in and pick up sandwiches for breakfast sometimes).

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Birthday cake photos are another type we take over and over again–you get such a fun shot by turning off all of the lights and just getting the birthday person’s face illuminated by the candles!

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I loved spending a perfect day with my newly 11-year-old and loved seeing how she chose to spend it–it was a very Eliza day.

Mixed Media Journaling Cards with Melody | Nerd Nest Challenges

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

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I chose to use an unusual method (as least for me) to make my very own journaling cards. This spread is about the annual Balloon Fest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My husband was stationed there in 2009 to 2011.

As you can see my photos are very colorful so I decided to throw caution to the wind and make colorful journaling cards. I also decided to use some black card stock to “ground” the pages. So following is how I made my cards:

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First, I used a stencil and white, textured card stock with gel medium. Lay the stencil on the card stock and gently apply matte gel medium through the stencil with a plastic palette knife. Then just let it dry thoroughly.

Second, use distress inks in various colors to color over the raised stenciled area. I used three colors and a mini round ink blending tool to add the ink in layers. For the 4X6 card I just used the distress inks with the blending tool without embossing.

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Third, I used a brown distress ink to “ink” the edges of the cards.

And finally, I decided to use minimal embellishments on my page since there is so much going on in the photos and a lot of color.

If you have any questions I will be glad to answer them!

Happy scrapping and remember to get out there and make memories,

Melody Willoughby


Thanks so much Melody!

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

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Melody is a 56 year old grandmother of four. Pocket scrapbooking is her favorite way to record her memories. She also loves crafting, art journaling and cooking. She loves to make all the things and collect all the stuff.


January 15-21 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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This week was a big deal, because it’s the week we brought home our new bird Hermes! I made a few 8.5×11 pages about him first, so this spread started with inserts.

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The insert pages were loaded with embellishments, so I made sure to keep it simple for the pocket page portions of the spread. I found cards that worked with the colors in the inserts and only embellished with labels to get in extra journaling.

I mostly used the Kelly Purkey January kit for this spread, which worked really well with all of the Freckled Fawn February Kit embellishments.

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Going on here: Lots of new recipes for my #MeganDoes52Recipes project, a trip to the zoo, an update on how our hermit crabs are doing, Jake’s new quadcopter equipment (I need to go back in and add some journaling about him taking it to the office–he said people popped out of their cubicles like meerkats, lol), Eliza at hip hop.

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Adding in a story as in insert helps to highlight it! You can see more of this Hello Hermes layout here.

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I did a take on Freckled Fawn’s Sketch Challenge #2 for this page: they are doing weekly sketches this month to celebrate Freckled Fawn’s birthday! You can find more inspiration for this sketch, including some more photos of this page here.

I altered the sketch so I could include lots of photos–I printed all of these 2×2 photos off in a collage on 4×6 photo paper and cut them up–it was a great way to show the progression of our first day with Hermes.

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Going on here: my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s wedding shower, a birthday dinner for another family member, video chatting with my friend Jen, Jonas’s robotics practice (including him and his friend rolling around and giggling).

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This week was kind of go, go, go, so including a days of the week card to put each event with its day helped to represent how full my event calendar is getting.

How do you incorporate traditional scrapbooking into pocket page albums?

7 Tips for Travel Photography | #nndailytip

7 Tips for Travel Photography

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 travel photography:

What are your favorite travel photography tips?

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Embroidered Patch Card with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

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

Embroidered Patch Card with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

This month’s challenge is to use a not-expressly-used for scrapbooking product. As soon as I found out what the challenge was, I immediately knew that I wanted to use an embroidered patch that I received in my Freckled Fawn kit. I don’t use embroidered patches so this was a great opportunity to try and come up with something to use it on. Eventually, I decided to use the patch on a handmade greeting card.

I made this card with some patterned paper from my stash and a chipboard sticker. I also used two different Freckled Fawn kits. I used the Wanderlust and the January 2017 kit. This card was very simple to make. Adhering the embroidered patch was simple because it did have a sticker backing on it, but you could also use a glue runner or foam dots as well.

I plan to make some more projects using items that are not normally used for scrapbooking or card making. I really enjoyed this challenge and can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

Thanks so much Emily!

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!

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 One Little Word | #nndailytip

7 Tips for One Little Word

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!

This time I’m sharing tips for Ali Edwards’s One Little Word.

This week I'm getting started on documenting my fifth #onelittleword. If you aren't familiar with @aliedwardsdesigninc's workshop, which centers on choosing one word to guide you throughout the year, I highly recommend checking it out. I'm going to share tips this week on what's worked for me in OLW. When I do the projects, I want to focus on the words and think about the prompt, I don't want my focus to be on finding products. Picking a color scheme and collecting papers and products together once at the beginning of the year makes it easy for me through the workshop. You can store your "stash kit" in a big bag, folder, or box. This year I'm combining Ali's kit with happy yellow products from my stash. #nndailytip

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What are your favorite tips for One Little Word?

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January 9-14 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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Last week I shared my take on the current Freckled Fawn sketch challenge (there’s still time to enter to win a $25 gift certificate–the challenge closes tonight!).

In addition to the 8.5×11 alteration on the sketch I did, I also worked on more sketch inspiration with two 6×12 insert pages! Today I’m sharing the pocket pages with the sketch inserts.

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This first page includes Jonas’s cool Lego creation, the kids and Jake playing with the amazing Magic Tracks my mom got Jonas for his birthday, and Eliza texting me a photo of her and Jonas to confirm they’d brushed their teeth before bed (she has an out-of-service phone now and loves sending us photos and emojis through iMessage).

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For this page I used a variety of Studio Calico cards, Freckled Fawn labels to add journaling onto photos and the dates onto my title cards, and vellum stickers from the February 2017 Freckled Fawn embellishment kit to add a border to my title card.

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For the inserts, I made pages about the big kids’ dance classes. I interviewed each of them about what they liked about their classes–I love getting the kids’ voices in my albums and it is something I need to remind myself to do more.

To see more photos of these pages and read more about them, check out the post on Freckled Fawn’s blog here.

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I finished up the spread with lots of cat snuggles photos, a selfie of Eliza and I, Jonas and his mini quadcopter, a coloring page Jake did with the kids, and our foster daughter scootering about and having ice cream on a weirdly warm day.

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I’m happy to have another week in the books for 2017! Are you pocket scrapbooking this year? How is it going so far?