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Hello Hermes! | Layout with Freckled Fawn’s February 2017 Embellishment Kit

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I was so excited when I saw the feather and love motif in this month’s February 2017 Freckled Fawn embellishment kit kit! I knew immediately that I wanted to start documenting our new bird, Hermes.

Of course, the feathers are great even if you don’t have an avian friend, feathers can be good for documenting love (think “birds of a feather flock together,” “our nest,” or even “you ruffle my feathers”).

Freckled Fawn February 2017 Kit

Here’s a look at everything the kit includes.

I love all of the colors in the kit–it gave me so many options! But sometimes options are overwhelming. If you are having trouble choosing which elements from a kit to use, try just picking two or three colors and sticking with those. This can also help you get out of the mindset of the kit’s theme (February’s kit isn’t just for Valentine’s Day!). For my layout, I choose to use mostly the teal with a few pops of pink.

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I had fun making this layout on the diagonal, using a combo of photos and pocket scrapbooking cards for big “stripes” and embellishments from the kit for smaller stripes. I added two teal “love” strips from the washi booklet across the middle, a pink feather washi strip in opposite corners, and finished the corners off with puffy border stickers.

This is a really easy design to scraplift and can be used with lots of different photo size variations!

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I used the vellum phrase stickers as a boarder for this Kelly Purkey card and added an epoxy heart in the center–which meant that some of the sticker went off the edge of the page and was cut off. Epoxy takes some force to cut through and sometimes the piece you cut off will go flying, so be careful!

Those white letter stickers are from Kelly Purkey too and they’re my favorite letter sticker ever.

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I added two button stickers and a feather chipboard sticker to this Studio Calico card. The feathers can be used like arrows, pointing in the direction you want the viewer’s eye to travel on the page.

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I finished off the page with the big wooden “I love you” heart in the middle of a feather card!

I’m so happy with this first page about Hermes and I know I’ll be making tons more.

Do you document your pets? How about using this month’s kit as a love layout for your feathered, furry, or gilled friend? I’d love to see what you make!

REFLECT One Little Word 2017 | January

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For the fifth year, I’m participating in Ali Edwards’s One Little Word. My words so far have been finish, savor, weave, expand, and this year my word is reflect.

Today I’m sharing the January prompt for the workshop. I love the January prompts–they do so much to help lay the groundwork for the year!

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I included cards for the January prompt on a 9×12 pocket page, which I’m including in my regular pocket scrapbooking album. I’m going to be using a lot of yellow this year, but for the front of the page, I went more neutral colors worked better on this page, with a pop of yellowish gold from a glitter boca patterned paper.

The front side includes the definition of my word, my “reason why,” and several quotations. I gave myself more room than provided on the cards in the One Little Word kit. I chose one-sided cards for the other side of the page and used the blank backs to expand what I was writing on the front.

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I used the Dictionary app on my phone for the definition.

Here’s my “reason why:”

This year I’m going to need light, and I’m not the only one. I want to share and reflect it. I need time to think, to expand my mind, & go through my thoughts. REFLECT.

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I found quotes on Brainy Quotes and was happy to find many from thinkers I love:

“The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way.” -Alice Waters

““Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.” ― Edward Gibbon

“I write in order to find out what I truly know and how I really feel about certain things. Writing requires me to go much deeper into my thoughts and memories than conversation does. Writing provides the solitude necessary to reflect on being in this world.” -Leslie Marmon Silko

“I think it’s the job of the artist to reflect the times and also reflect his or her views of the world.” -Jidenna

“The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.” -Vaclav Havel

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The back page has a selfie (in a sun spot getting cat kisses, what’s better?), “invitation” and “let go” cards, a note to myself, and patterns and sentiment cards that I felt go with my word.

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Invitation:

  • more time to think
  • more effort to live my values & fight injustice
  • more opportunities to give back
  • more intentional with time alone
  • more diverse voices
  • improvement of my photography skills

Let Go:

  • procrastination
  • feeling of helplessness
  • being stressed to inaction
  • worrying about the things I can’t control
  • my biases and unrecognized prejudice
  • defensive impulses

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Note to Self:

“When I dare to be powerful–to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I’m afraid.” -Audre Lorde”

I’m not sure how many of the prompts I’ll be sharing this year, many of the things I wrote about last year were too personal. I’m thankful for this course and process, which really helps me to hone in on the changes I want to make in my life.

Do you participate in One Little Word? What’s your word for the year?

January 3-6 2017 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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This is my first “normal” weekly pocket scrapbooking spread for 2017. Between Day in the Life, a weekend trip, and Eliza’s birthday, this is a short one (which is lucky, because I still had a lot going on in those three days!).

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I didn’t know where I would start with this layout, as I ended up with photos filling most spaces and not much room for journaling or decoration.

The mini-unit, themed Right Now, in the VIP area of the new The Awesome Ladies Project gave me an idea for how I would tackle this spread. I decided to write 10 things about the week, using number stickers from Ali Edwards’s Numbers Story Kit, using labels to add on the things where I didn’t have room for journaling cards.

(Basic membership for The Awesome Ladies Project is free, VIP Membership, including a monthly mini-workshop and creative team gallery, private forums, a shop discount, and more closes January 31 and won’t reopen until June.)

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The left side has adorable pictures of our foster daughter, our friends coming over for dinner and a game night, Eliza in a mask my mom brought her back from New Orleans, and a photo of the mural on an antique mall Jake and I went to on a semi-date (what we call “dates” with our toddler) on the day the big kids went back to school, but Jake was still on vacation from work.

I made the title card by combining two cropped patterned papers and adding some of my favorite letter stickers by Kelly Purkey, outlining them so they’d stand out against the busy background.

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I like that the number stickers are smaller, so I could easily stick a new one at the end of each “right now” thing I wrote instead of starting on a new line every time. I like the look of the circles floating around in there.

The boarder stickers at the top and bottom are a sneak of February’s kit from Freckled Fawn!

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I included a 6×12 insert to document being an extra in a music video for my friend’s band The Sexy Accident.

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Putting the title of the song on a big tape deck was just about the coolest way I could think of to title this.

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I took behind the scenes photos all day, but didn’t have any photos of me at the fake house party other than a selfie I took with my friend Paul, who joined in extra-ing with me. There were shots of me on The Sexy Accident’s Instagram and Cooper Film’s Instagram (who shot the music video with Friend Dog Studios). I grabbed their Instagram photos to use too!

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I filled up the back of the insert with photos from the shoot too. The card game being played in the top photo is actually the card game from The Sexy Accident’s most recent album, Champagne Babycakes. It’s an album as a card game! So cool! Seriously check it out.

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I found some negative space in the photo of the director and assistant director and added a large label (from a past Ali Edwards Story Kit) and continued numbering my journaling.

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The right page has a visit from my step-dad and photos of our snow day.

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I love that Jake got a shot of us throwing snow up in the air.

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I used the same label I used on the insert twice on this page, then added a little circle one. I ran out of things to say for #10, so I just included a sentiment about loving watching the kids play.

I’m super happy that The Awesome Ladies Project helped me to jump over my hurdle to finish off this page. What do you do when you get stuck? What’s your favorite place to go for inspiration?

7 Tips for Holiday Albums | #nndailytip

Holiday Albums

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 a tips for holiday albums. I shared these on Instagram in early December, but if you are like me and are making your album in January, you can use them now!

What’s your favorite tip for holiday albums?

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

30 Days of Lists December 2016 | Part 2

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Last week I shared Part 1 of my 30 Days of Lists album and today I’m sharing the second half:

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17. I will always remember 2016 as the year…

  • Dustin & Savannah got married
  • Tierney was born
  • Grandpa Ray passed away
  • We took the kids to the beach for the 1st time

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18. Things that keep me up late:

  • Anxiety / worry
  • Caffeine in the evening
  • Good books
  • Friends / family visiting
  • Cliff-hanger shows (just one more episode!)

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19.Things bringing me comfort this month:

  • Space heaters
  • Fuzzy blankets
  • Fleece blankets
  • Hot cocoa
  • Flowers from Kam
  • Family & friend support & love
  • Getting closer to the end of the adoption process

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20. If I could time travel:

  • I’d be scared to do it b/c paradoxes
  • I’d hope it was in the TARDIS
  • I’d also have to be able to travel in space b/c planetary movements

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21. Ways in which I shine:

  • I am the first in line to help out
  • I’m filled with fun facts
  • I’m awesome at helping you solve interpersonal problems–I’m great at walking in other’s shoes

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22. When things get a little crazy, I try to remember:

  • Sleep is important!
  • I have to take breaks–pressing through is counter-productive
  • I should ask for help
  • To prioritize!

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23. Ways to get off my “naughty list”

  • Bring me coffee
  • Understand what got you there in the first place and work to fix it
  • Be super helpful
  • Make me giggle>

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24. Traditions big and small:

  • Walking ot ACE to get our Xmas tree w/ the little red wagon
  • Dads on Xmas Eve, Moms on Xmas
  • We all open up Xmas pjs Xmas eve
  • reading Harry Potter in December

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25. I am listening to:

  • Hamilton & Moana
  • Laughter & conversations among family
  • Wrapping paper ripping
  • Very loud foosball games
  • Chiefs football in the background
  • Cooking sounds

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26. I am grateful for…

  • Our big, supportive family
  • Food, shelter, & all my needs met
  • Access to books and knowledge

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27. Favorite games to play:

  • Zombie Dice
  • Warewolf
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Klask
  • Pokemon Go
  • Oregon Trail card game

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28. I didn’t _____ enough in 2016 & in 2017 I’d like to change that:

  • Prepare
  • Volunteer
  • Make $
  • Do cardio
  • Craft

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29. Things that make me laugh:

  • Cat videos
  • Jake being goofy (+Dad jokes)
  • Dancing with the kids
  • My ladies, always

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30. My big audacious goals:

  • Publish a book (w/ a DIY soundtrack)
  • Vacation abroad
  • Make enough to buy a car in cash
  • Start a product line for Pocket Your Year / The Nerd Nest
  • Full time DIY biz 2019

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31. My One Little Word for 2017 is REFLECT because: (bonus list)

  • I want more time to think
  • I want to improve my photography skills
  • To live my values & fight injustice
  • To give back the positivity thrown my way
  • I want to be more intentional with my time alone

Fellow listers, remember that you didn’t fail if you didn’t do a list per day or if you aren’t done yet. You can complete your lists any time! One of the things that I love about lists is that they really capture who I am right now–in just a year, I would answer many of these questions completely differently. So I try to finish up lists soon after the challenge is over if I didn’t complete them during the original run, but there’s no reason you can’t go back and finish them any time, and that goes for unfinished lists from 2013 too!

Make sure you sign up for the 30 Days of Lists newsletter so you can join in the next round!

Curious about how my tag album came together? Check out this post.

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.

Day in the Life with Freckled Fawn’s January 2017 Planner Kit

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One of my favorite documentation tools is Ali Edwards’s Day in the Life™ project. This project is simply a challenge to record a single day in detail to capture your routine, the rhythm of your days, and things you may overlook when you are memory keeping.

Since 2013, I’ve been recording a Day in the Life each month. I pick a day at the beginning of the year (by using a random number generator the past few years) and record that date throughout the year. I started with the last day of the month, then did the 15th, then the 4th, then the 17th. This year, I’m documenting the first of each month.

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This month, we happened to be setting off for an overnight trip to St Louis on the first. Since the day was eventful, I decided to go ahead and make two spreads instead of one.

Freckled Fawn 2017 Planner Kit

Freckled Fawn Fresh Start Journaling Cards

I was really excited about the rubber 2017 banner in the Freckled Fawn January 2017 Planner Kit, so I based my page design around the kit, including a supporting role for Fresh Start Journaling Cards. The kit plus a few patterned papers cut down to 4×6 from my stash were all I needed for these two spreads.

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I had a ton of photos I wanted to include on these spreads, so I first organized them into groups based on what part of the day they were from (getting ready, arriving at St. Louis, St Louis Science Center, dinner, hotel) so I could decide how to break up the photos on the different pages and decide how many to put into collages. It’s like a puzzle!

The right hand side includes photos of us getting ready (I love the kids’ car bags), the car family selfie we always take on road trips, and lunch at the Gramophone (really good sandwiches and arcade games for the kids is always a plus).

I didn’t add much journaling on this side, just Day in the Life and the date on the January card. The stamp is from Kelly Purkey’s Day One kit.

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I added a clip from the planner kit with the word “love” on it. I liked the way it looked better floating there than clipped on, so I attached it with a couple of glue dots.

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The right page on this spread has a few photos from the Science Center and tons of journaling! I wrote down times and details in the Notes app on my phone throughout the day to make it easier to remember. It was a quick way to document during the few bits of down time I had, since our day was so busy.

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I loved the cute paper stickers that came with this kit–planner stickers don’t just have to work for planners, they are great for other scrapping projects too, especially when you are documenting everyday routines. I used the stickers as support for the journaling–coffee for when I was getting ready in the morning, the house when we were leaving home, fork and spoon for grabbing breakfast, the phone for a phone call with my mom, etc. I think it’s a cute way to add some movement to a word-heavy page.

To give myself extra journaling room, I added white cardstock to the middle of the hearts card to transform it from a filler to a journaling card.

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I thought this page would need a little white space, so I added the “smile” journaling card to a 4×6 patterned paper that matched. I used the super cute felt ribbon across the bottom, attaching it with staples.

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It’s hard to see the black foam word “amazing” in this photo, but it looks great in person.

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I made the second spread more simple, thinking of it as kind of a supporting role for the first page.

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The left side has more photos from the Science Center, including the kids’ favorite parts (I love interviewing them after we do stuff like this). I kept up with my journaling + planner paper stickers to visually tie this page to the first spread.

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This time we got tickets to go into the Discovery Room. The Science Center has free admission. Parking and the Discovery Room are both paid, but we received both free with our Union Station membership! Lots of museums across the US and the world are part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program, where you get free or discounted admission to tons of museums with a membership to your local museum. We always check the list before traveling and you might want to check into your local museums to see if they take part!

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The Discovery Room was all three kids favorite part of the museum (though the large animatronic dinosaur had our toddler’s heart). There was a giant rocket with slides and circuits you could flip to turn lights on and off, all sorts of musical gadgets, a cool microscope with a big screen, aquarium, shadow theater, big bugs and a lot more (including stuff that’s good for toddlers). It was nice to have the kids enclosed for 45 minutes doing stuff that wore them out–hah!

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The right side has our dinner at Bailey’s Range and our evening at Center City Hotel, including swimming and the view from our window. We found a good deal on Travelocity and they upgraded us to a suite, which was nice for playing games with Eliza after the little kids went to bed.

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For a journaling card on this page, I cut patterned paper down to 4×6, then added lined patterned paper cropped to 3×5. That way I could get more color onto the page, but the words were still visible! I added a paper sticker from the planner kit to start off the journaling.

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I love that Day in the Life helps me to get photos I wouldn’t otherwise take, like a photo of Eliza’s “listen, little brother, you are super wrong” face and our five spoons in the empty ice cream dish.

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Documenting this day was a fun way to kick off Day in the Life for 2017! Is anyone else joining in with Day in the Life once a month? You can also join in with Ali Edwards a few times a year if once a month is too much for you! I’d love to hear about your DITL experiences.

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.

7 Tips for Organization

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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 memory keeping organization:

What’s your favorite organization tip?

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

30 Days of Lists December 2016 | Part 1

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I knew I wouldn’t have very much time for scrapbooking and creativity in December, so working on #30Lists helped to hold me over until January. I love that this project can be simple, so I could easily just jot down a list in a notebook everyday if that’s the route I wanted to go, but this time I wanted to set a goal for myself to use more of my acrylic stamps. It worked better for me to batch several lists a few times a week in December instead of filling them out daily, and I finished up the last week of lists in January (because nothing extra is happening during Christmas / kid birthday time).

Here’s the first half of my December 2016 30 Days of Lists album:

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1. My favorite things about December:

  • Seeing all our big extended family branches
  • The feeling of magic
  • Lights everywhere
  • All of the cookies + treats
  • Traditions like our Xmas scavenger hunt + making ornaments + calendars

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2. Activities I want to try this season:

  • Learning new games (Munchkin)
  • Make my own board game
  • New ornament techniques
  • More artwork

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3. People always ask me about:

  • How in the world I read so much
  • Tips for starting w/ pocket scrapbooking
  • How much longer before adoption is final?

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4. I find magic in:

  • Re-reading Harry Potter & reading it out loud to my kids
  • Watching snow fall
  • All the beautiful twinkle lights
  • The kids’ faces Christmas morning!

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5. Things I learned about myself this year:

  • I can be a morning person
  • I am really good at focusing groups of kids
  • I am stronger than I think

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6. On my desk this week:

  • Nov. Freckled Fawn Kit
  • My #30Lists album
  • Spring Classes Outline
  • Memorabilia I need to put in my PS album

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7. How I can be helpful:

  • Donating blood whenever I can
  • Watching friends’ / family’s kids
  • Volunteering at my kids’ schools
  • Being super nice to our case workers (tough job)

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8. Wardrobe essentials this season:

  • Fuzzy pj bottoms
  • High school swim team hoodies
  • Thick, tall socks
  • Thick scarves
  • Gloves / mittens
  • Knit hats

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9. When I am driving:

  • I listen to music (Hamilton!), NPR, or audiobooks
  • I talk to the kis
  • I’m anxious
  • I love Google Maps

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10. A night out usually involves:

  • Casual clothes
  • Dinner in our district
  • Book / game shopping

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11. Favorite book series:

  • Harry Potter
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Maya Angelou’s autobiographies
  • Hunger Games
  • His Dark Materials
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Drizzt
  • The Giver+
  • A Wrinkle in Time+
  • Cormoran Strike

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12. What I didn’t finish over the weekend:

  • Intended crafts (calendars, stockings)
  • Much of anything (everyone but A got the flu)
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    13. Favorite (new) meals of 2016:

    • Eggs Benedict w/ fried green tomatoes
    • Biscuits & Groovy, Austin, TX
    • Shrimp tacos @ the Drunken Worm, KCMO
    • Bibimbap, Boulder, CO
    • St. Louis style pizza, St. Louis, MO
    • Truffle fries, Ann Arbor, MI

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    14. I am glad I ____ this year:

    • Got a zoo membership
    • Improved my punctuality
    • Drew boundaries
    • Read SO MUCH
    • Traveled more
    • Stepped back when needed

    *I shared my 15th list in the December 2016 30 Days of Lists workshop.

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    16. I can’t recommend ____ enough:

    • Hamilton
    • Memory Keeping
    • Pandemic (board game)
    • Game nights
    • Setting goals
    • Reading memoirs

    Are you a lister? I’d love to see your list! And if you aren’t quite done, here’s your push to finish them up now! It doesn’t matter when you finish.

    I loved having a do-able project to work on this December and I’m happy to have this little look into myself right now.

    Watch out for the second half of my album next Monday and make sure you sign up for the 30 Days of Lists newsletter so you can join in the next round!

    Curious about how my tag album came together? Check out this post.

    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.

    Ring in the New Year | Nerd Nest Challenge

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    This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Ring in the New Year.

    Create a project showcasing how you celebrated the new year. Different cultures celebrate the New Year on different dates, so don’t feel limited to January 1st! You may have some documenting from Yom Kippur or Lunar New Year to do. You might want to think about it in terms of a new school year or a new year of life after a birthday.

    You might want to make a project showing what you did for the last New Year, the cultural meaning of the new year you celebrate and what it means to you, or the goals you have set for this new year.

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    I needed a bit of a break (blogging and scrapbooking) through the hectic holiday / big kid birthdays season, but I’m back on the horse and starting from the top with a pocket page about how my family spent our New Year’s Eve.

    Our holidays are a little over the top (six family holiday parties in three days–and we hosted three of them!), so we love to spend New Year’s Eve not doing much of anything. We make a big dinner, play games, watch movies, and take a big family selfie when midnight (or, in this year’s case, New York midnight) rolls around. I love these silly photos and always have a lot of fun documenting them.

    The journaling reads:

    We rang in the New Year at the East Coast time, watching the ball drop in Times Square on You Tube, so we could go to bed earlier to set off for St. Louis in the morning! I love our chill, at home, just us NYE after all the Xmas crazy.

    Freckled Fawn 2017 Embellishment Kit

    Freckled Fawn Fresh Start Journaling Cards

    The Freckled Fawn January 2017 Embellishment Kit and Fresh Start Journaling Cards were perfect for this page! I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and usually use up the goodies right away when I receive them early, but the 2017 elements were my favorite part, so I made myself wait.

    Here’s how I used the kit:

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    Our foster daughter was making hilarious faces, so the engraved wood “so funny” quote was just the thing for the negative space in this photo. I love tucking embellishments into the corners of photos. It’s an especially good trick to use if your photos are all similar.

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    Tucked into another photo corner is one of the paper stickers, which just happened to both have a perfect sentiment and match Jonas’s shirt. Unless I’m centering a sticker like this on a card, I usually trail it over the edge of a photo and cut off the excess. This helps ground it so it doesn’t look like it’s floating around.

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    I added one more embellishment set to a photo to create a visual triangle of photo embellishments. The foam word “loved” framed in hearts popped well against the background of our dark shirts!

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    The cards that match this kit are amazing and didn’t really need anything extra, but I thought it would be fun to add a few enamel triangle stickers over their corresponding triangles on this card for a bit of extra pop!

    I also used a circle punch to cut out the “fresh start” circle from one card to add it to the pinwheel card (which is my favorite–I love all of the colorful pinwheels in this kit!).

    You can find the current kits and extras from Freckled Fawn here.

    How do you celebrate the New Year? Do you grab someone to kiss? Dress up and go to a fancy party? Pop a bottle of champaign? Curl up and read and try to ignore the noisy fireworks outside? I’d love to hear!

    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!

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    Little Details with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

    Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on November’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Capture a Feeling.

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    I am an avid photographer and it would be very rare for me to not take photos every day. Through the years I guess one of the things I have learned when it comes to photography is to capture feelings and for me that lies in the simple, little details and ordinary moments.

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    For example, we had a big frost one morning last week and I wanted to take photos of course. I made sure to take a few detail shots to capture the flakes on the blooms, but also kneeing down to take the photo of the frosted grass. Angles like these are sure to capture of an overlaying feeling of how cold and beautiful it was.

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    I have shot several weddings through the years and the details and the little moments gets me every time. A glance from the groom, when the father sees the bride for the first time and when the couple laugh out loud.

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    When I shoot weddings I always take behind the scene photos like this above of the bride touching up on her makeup in a car window. And when the couple receives their photos they always thank me for those shots.

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    I often take my DSLR when I visit friends or family with kids. The camera is fast and take multiple shoots in a series which is great when you are taking photos of moving objects like say a toddler!
    I try to take photos in ordinary moments like meals, when they are reading or put in the garden like here. This shot above shows how little this guy was since I zoomed out and got a few surrounding trees in the shot.

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    But I am also zoom in when the subjects are interacting like in these above shots. I find that it is in moments like these I can capture the real and true feeling.

    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.