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Cyber Monday

I’m determined to have all of my holiday shopping out of the way super early this year, so I’m happy to try to wrap things up by grabbing some Cyber Monday deals today! I wanted to share some deals from myself, friends, and favorites in case you missed them elsewhere!

  • My workshop 31 Challenges is 25% off with code CYBERMONDAY through November 30!
  • My awesome friend Kristin just published a book! It’s 100 Days of All About Me: 100 Introspective Prompts About Your Right Now Life and you can get it in a Digital Edition, Full Color Print Version, and/or Workbook. She’s also offering limited time savings on her VIP Awesome Ladies Project membership–prices go up December 1!
  • Today is the last call for plaques and ornaments from Everyday is a Holiday! They have a code for 20% off: SHOPSMALL20 I love their work and picked up a kitty and amethyst ornament as room decorations for the kids.
  • 50% off photo books at Blurb with code FANTASTICFIFTY now through 11/29. I’m trying to finish up my books for Christmas gifts in time!
  • Freckled Fawn has subscription deals for the first time ever–get up to three kits free!
  • Don’t forget to join in with 30 Days of Lists before it starts December 1!
  • Crafsy is offering a free gift with purchase today! Pick your gift, add anything else to your cart (lots of supplies and classes are on sale!) and use the code FREEGIFT at checkout. I picked up Artisan Bread Making for myself and a furniture upcycling course for a family member!
  • Ali Edwards still has a lot of Black Friday sale items left and she has a Cyber Monday deal for 40% off digitals and classes! (Some exclusions, including December Daily items.) I just love everything Ali does.

What are your favorite crafty deals going on today?

9 Ways to Stretch Your Kit | Freckled Fawn

9 ways to stretch your kit | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

If you were around here at all the past month, then you know I went a little overboard making projects with the Freckled Fawn October kit (and I’m on track to do the same for November)! If you want some ideas for how to use your kit for lots of projects like I do, head over to the Freckled Fawn blog for 9 Ways to Stretch Your Kit!

Ava’s Birthday Day in the Life | Pocket Scrapbooking

Ava's Birthday Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest 1

I love doing Day in the Life monthly, and for 2017 my random number generated day to record monthly is the first. In July, that meant that Day in the Life was on Ava’s third birthday!

I usually just take more photos than usual and jot a few notes for DITL, but this was a full day of activities and I wanted a little more structure. I decided to take a photo (or a few) to represent every hour she was awake and wrote down notes on what we were doing during those times.

Ava's Birthday Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest 2

Selected Supplies

For this page, I used cards from Ali Edward’s Day in the Life mini kit for each hour of the day, adding a 2×2 photo and journaling. When I wanted to use more than one photo for an hour, I used a patterned card from that kit or a black and white card from my stash to add a companion photo, then added the time with a clock sticker from Ali’s Time Story Kit.

I usually complete the left page and then the right, but this one looked better running the chronology all of the way across each row.

Ava's Birthday Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest 3

Ava's Birthday Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest 5

Going on here: Waking up ready to party, we sprinkled presents throughout the day and she chose an outfit from her new clothes, in the van with headphones watching Land Before Time, donuts for breakfast, quick best hits visit to the zoo (she’s all about the tigers), touching snake skin, home for more presents (pool stuff–we were on our way to go swimming), cupcakes and presents at Ava’s other parents’, video chatting with her grandma, swimming and playing, home for a rest and opening + playing with Eliza’s present of lots of food toys, relaxing and resting, saying bye to baby T (whom we babysat throughout the day), mac and cheese for dinner, getting silly with a statue, books before bed.

Ava's Birthday Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest 4

Ava's Birthday Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest 6

I love our tradition of letting the kids pick what they want to do throughout the day for their birthdays. Not only does it give them a really fun and special day, but it also really captures their personalities at that age.

Ava's Birthday Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest 7

Ava's Birthday Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest 8

I’m so happy to have this special day documented! This is a fun reminder that Day in the Life doesn’t have to be on a “normal” day. Sometimes it can just be a tool for telling a special story in a different way!

Memorial Album with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge Memorialize.

Memorial Album with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

My father passed away suddenly last October and as a memory keeper I knew I wanted to make something to hold my memories of him. I had every intention to start straight away, but as it turned out I needed a little more time to actually get started. What I did last year was commit to an album size, which is a 4×6″ album.

During this past year I have collected photos and other bits and pieces I knew I wanted to save. I choose the 4×6″ album so that I could use several different sizes of page protectors.

Memorial Album with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 2

Now, a year later, I have started to put the photos in the pockets and added a few patterned papers and tags.

My dad was a refugee from Hungary in 1968 and when we went through his things we found both documents from the camp he was at before coming to Sweden and the paper with his citizenship announcement. You can imagine how precious this find was for me! I have both in this album. But also photos, polaroids and screen shots. I don´t want to claim all the original photos since I have two sisters that might want to have them too. So for those photos, I have simply taken a photo of the photo and then printed that.

Memorial Album with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 3

I am glad that I have started, but I am giving myself all the time I need to complete this project. I guess I will use this project as a sort of therapy. In this album I want mostly photos, but I will also write stories and other journaling with things that I want to remember about my dad.

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.

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.

Worlds of Fun Layout

Worlds of Fun | The Nerd Nest | Freckled Fawn November Kit 1

I’ve been busy making lots of projects with the Freckled Fawn November embellishment kit! The bright colors in this kit reminded me of photos from a day at the amusement park with Jake’s work team, so this was one of the first projects I made.

Worlds of Fun | The Nerd Nest | Freckled Fawn November Kit 2

Selected Supplies:

Worlds of Fun | The Nerd Nest | Freckled Fawn November Kit 5

I really loved this rollercoaster picture (Jake is on there!), so I knew I wanted it large. I printed it out 8.5 inches wide and made the photos of Jake’s coworkers 4×4 so all of the photos would fit onto one 8.5 x 11 page. Once I selected the polka dot paper, the design of the page came together quickly! I loved the look of having one line of dots in-between the photos, so I decided to cut down more paper and a journaling card in the same heights as the photos, flip their positions, and mimic the placement.

Ink white letter stickers! | The Nerd Nest

I wanted letter stickers with the same fun colors as the background paper, so I rubbed the corner of ink pads onto white letter stickers so I could create my own alpha color scheme!

Worlds of Fun | The Nerd Nest | Freckled Fawn November Kit 3

A banner phrase sticker was a good way to start off the journaling block. I also cut the chimney off of one of the rubber houses and used it as an arrow in this space.

Worlds of Fun | The Nerd Nest | Freckled Fawn November Kit 4

To finish the page off, I added white enamel stickers around the title and added shapes from the family foam word stickers to three corners.

This page is simple, but I think it’s a lot of fun!

Do you have a photo you’d like to highlight that could use a scraplift of this page?

31 Scary Days 2017 | Part 2

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 1

In October, I recorded 31 Scary Days for the third year! I kept track of one thing a day I was doing with scary media (though a lot of these things were ongoing over multiple days).

This year I decided to do a visual version, including images from the Internet for television, screenshots from my phone for music and audiobooks, and photos of books I was reading. I’ve already shared the first part and here’s the rest!

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 2

Selected Supplies

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 3

I lost the number 11 somewhere! I’m confident it will turn up and I can add it later. If not, I can always make one that mimics the style of the other numbers.

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 5

Scary Things List:

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 4

I used the same papers I’d used on the title card for Part 1 for a little title card here, but flipped them. I didn’t feel like I needed a big fancy title after I’d already included one on the opposite page, so I just wrote the name of the project on a label sticker so the continuation would make sense.

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 6

I used two journaling cards to write about the project and the scary things the kids were into this month with my extra pockets.

31 Scary Days 2017 | The Nerd Nest 7

I absolutely love the way this turned out! Those inked December Daily numbers really made the project.

Do you have any types of things that you track throughout a month that this sort of project could work with?

October 15-21 2017 | Pocket Scrapbooking

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 1

I just got my new Freckled Fawn kit and I jumped in using it right away! It has a lot of cute house icons, so I automatically jumped to documenting one of the home improvement projects we’ve been working on. I wrote out a list of different ideas I had for using the kit and I’ll be working on those and sharing them too!

Here’s a pocket spread for October 15-21:

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 2

Selected Supplies:

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 3

Going on here: Selfie with Jonas before I chaperoned his class field trip (which I’ll document with a separate page), out to eat, Ava’s last soccer game of the season, Jonas tapping, documenting style, Eliza spending the night at my mom’s to make her Halloween costume, stuck in marathon traffic, rearranging furniture, coffee + books, new pot roast recipe, messy spaghetti Tierney.

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 4

I did a lot of embellishing on the title card, which combined cut down patterned paper with a November journaling card, a trio of puffy house stickers to fill in the empty space on the card after I’d added a title, a label sticker in the corner with a little embellishment cluster of a banner phrase sticker and enamel stickers.

Because of that, I kept the rest of the page fairly simple. I used all journaling cards from the kit, adding washi tape to one for a bit more color.

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 5

I used label sticker to add more journaling onto photos and put a banner phrase sticker on one of the collages.

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 6

Going on here: The before picture of Eliza’s unfinished future closet space in the attic–lots of gross insulation that squirrels once lived in and weird broken things previous owners threw in, supplies in the van to finish closet spaces (man, this van is a game changer), Jake playing with our baby niece Aubrey when we went to go pick up our kids from my brothers’ (thanks, bro!), family dinner and cookie decorating at my mom’s.

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 7

I loved combining a banner phrase sticker and puffy house stickers on each of the home improvement photos. Mirroring products like this is a fun technique!

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 8

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 9

Using label stickers on photos helped me add more journaling. This allowed me to use one of the pockets for a filler journaling card and a banner phrase sticker.

October 15-21 Pocket Spread | Freckled Fawn November 2017 Kit | The Nerd Nest 10

I love how this spread turned out and I’m excited to go make more!

Do you have home improvement projects to document that could use some house icons?

31 Scary Days 2016

31 Scary Days 2016 | The Nerd Nest

I had fun working on my 31 Scary Days project for this year and it inspired me to make something for the one I recorded last year too! I kept track of scary media (books, TV and movies, events, etc.) in a note on my phone last year, but never made anything with it.

My memory keeping motto is Document Now, Make Later: it doesn’t matter when you actually scrapbook if you have the documentation. Because I wrote it down last year, waiting a year to make something was no big deal.

I did a bigger visual project for 2017, but I decided to use my first 31 Scary Days project from 2015 as inspiration for 2016. Here’s what 2015 looked like:

I stuck really close to this for 2016, but made a 6×12 page instead of a 6×8 page:

31 Scary Days 2016 | The Nerd Nest

I went through my patterned paper stash and pulled papers with a Halloween feel. I selected a black and white stripe paper to use to write my 31 scary things and orange chevron paper for the background. I also decided to add an orange dot paper as a background strip for the title.

The stripes on the black and white paper were more narrow than the one I used in 2015 and I didn’t have number stickers or stamps that were small enough to show up well inside the white spaces. So I used a circle numbers stamp from Kelly Purkey and cut each stamped image from white cardstock.

Selected Supplies:

31 Scary Days 2016 | The Nerd Nest

I finished up with a little embellishment cluster in the blank space on the page.

This is a fun little project and one I want to keep doing for years to come!

Check back later this week for part 2 of my 2017 31 Scary Days.

Our Last Thanksgiving | Nerd Nest Challenge

Last Thanksgiving | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is Memorialize. I wanted to share a second take with you.

Last week, I shared a page I made about missing my grandmother and talked about using memorial pages as a way to give lost loved ones a presence in current memory keeping.

But I also want to use the idea of memorializing to motivate me to document events from the past that I needed to leave blank in the moment. I love weekly+ pocket scrapbooking to give me a current perspective on my day to day life, but I often need time and distance before I can tackle emotionally heavy subjects.

I leave blanks to come back to for when I’m ready. Some topics take longer than others, just as some types of grief stay fresh for longer.

I don’t feel like all of these types of stories need to be told, but I do want to push myself to document the things I want to remember, even though documenting death can be very emotionally difficult.

Last Thanksgiving | Nerd Nest Challenge 2

I want to begin documenting losing my great-grandpa Ray last December. I have in-the-moment spreads that include him from last year, but after his death, I struggled with working on projects about him that I hadn’t gotten to yet.

This spread, about our last big extended family gathering before he passed away, felt like a good place to start because it’s such a happy memory. The event being Thanksgiving helped give me a perspective for my journaling, so I could easily write about being thankful that we were all able to be together one last time.

Finding a relatively “easy” starting place will help me work up to things that will be more difficult for me to record, like how hard it was to see him loosing his memory to dementia and how wonderful it was to hear some of his old stories. Going back and working on my lovely childhood memories with him will help too.

Selected Supplies:

Last Thanksgiving | Nerd Nest Challenge 3

This family photo is very special to me, so an enlargement was a go-to. I mounted the photo on white cardstock and added a strip of patterned paper to give the whole page a half inch white boarder. This is a trick I use often to make up for 8.5×11 being the largest print size avalible to me at home.

I got stuck on what to include on the patterned paper, but figured it out quickly after finding the “Giving Thanks for this Day” tag in the Summer Die Cut Variety pack. Large embellishments are great for simple pages like this one.

Last Thanksgiving | Nerd Nest Challenge 4

The journaling reads:

I am so thankful for this last extended family gathering with Grandpa Ray. We had a big Thanksgiving dinner at his assisted living facility, joined by his long-time friend Al Gatton. It was wonderful to see all of my great-aunts and uncles and watch the kids run around with their cousins. It is so special to have these photos and these memories.

Last Thanksgiving | Nerd Nest Challenge 5

I included a companion pocket page so I’d have room to include lots of action and family shots in addition to the posed big family picture.

Last Thanksgiving | Nerd Nest Challenge 6

I worked on this spread over several sessions, giving myself time to go back and decide what I wanted to write. I am trying to be gentle to myself, and I hope you will do the same if you decide to memorialize this month.

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 throughout the month of November for takes from the Nerd Nest Creative Team.

How I’m Listing this December

30 Days of Lists Base December 2017 | The Nerd Nest 1

Registration for December’s 30 Days of Lists is now open! I’m celebrating my anticipation of my favorite challenge by prepping the book I’m using for my listing.

30 Days of Lists Base December 2017 | The Nerd Nest 2

I’m using the same I Love It All 30 Days of Lists Traveler’s Notebook insert I used for my September 2017 30 Days of Lists album. For September, I used a page for each prompt and included a photo for each. Because I included a title page spot for September and December, I didn’t have enough pages left in the insert to do that for this round. So I decided to split each page into two!

Here are the supplies I’m using to list for this round:

30 Days of Lists | December 2017 | The Nerd Nest

I decided to do some stash busting for this, breaking up the pages with strips of washi tape and using a variety of number stickers for each list spot.

I drew rectangles around the numbers, and I think I’ll do that for other elements on the page as well. I might do the title of each list on a label and draw a box around it and then draw another box around my lists. I’m also thinking about raiding my stash for fun small embellishments to use as bullet points.

I loved doing photos last round, but since I’m doing December Daily during the December round, I think simpler is better!

30 Days of Lists December 2017

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