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Relaxxxxxxxxxxx with Jen | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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

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

April 2016 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

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

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

April 2016 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

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

Credits for both pages- Just Jaimee April 2016 Storyteller

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

Jen Johnson is originally from Nashville, but ran away to South Florida to marry a boy she met on the Internet. She has always been a memory keeper, but never realized it until she discovered digital scrapbooking in 2009. Now she loves to document her life in SoFlo with her husband, stepson, and cat, cleverly named Miss Kitty. Her biggest scrapbook is the “All About Jen” book. She worries that might sound narcissistic, but who else is more qualified to tell her story? She loves to travel, read, eat good food, and watch bad TV. She has a blog, hclappy scraps, where she writes about digiscrapping, minimalist Project Life, (step)motherhood, and her search for that ever-elusive “healthy lifestyle” everyone talks about. She says Y’all and Yonder a lot, loves run-on sentences, and finds it a bit awkward talking about herself in third person.

Favorite Break Spot with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

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

Favorite Break Spot with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

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

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

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

Emily is a blogger and memory keeper who loves spending time with her family. She is obsessed with planners, books, and making new things. You can find Emily over at The Emi Times, on Instagram, and Pinterest.

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

Making Rest a Priority with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

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

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

Making Rest a Priority with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

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

Making Rest a Priority with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

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

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

Lisa is a passionate memory keeper who loves to document her little family´s life in scrapbooks. On top of running an etsy shop she likes to throw in a few diy`s here and there.

You can find Lisa here: blog, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Lisa!

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

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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

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

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

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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

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

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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

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

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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

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

How do you take a break?

Take a Break | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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

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

Projects with Shine | Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit

Freckled Fawn Shine Embellishment Kit

Freckled Fawn Shine Planner Kit

It’s the first of the month and that means reveal day for this month’s Freckled Fawn kits! You can choose from the embellishment kit and the smaller planner kit, both of which are filled with bright, happy colors and a fantastic variety of embellishments!

Here’s how I used the embellishment kit:

Saint Patrick's Day Parade with Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit | Megan Anderson

This month’s Shine embellishment kit is great for documenting weather! Between the cloud transparencies and the weather icon stickers, I knew I wanted to start off recording a bad-weather day with this kit.

The greens and the oranges in the kit reminded me of a favorite family March tradition–going to the Kansas City Saint Patrick’s Day parade. I knew I could mix these two kits together to make a pocket page of a year I hadn’t yet documented, because the bad weather and allergies kept me away!

But Jake took plenty of photos, so I can still record the parade I missed in our family album.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade with Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit | Megan Anderson

I found a mix of papers in my stash that went with the rainy weather theme and the kit’s color scheme and went to work.

An embellishment kit can really help to unify a pocket spread, especially if you are using cards from multiple lines or manufacturers.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade with Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit | Megan Anderson

Here’s how I used the kit to make this pocket page:

I started by using a chipboard label on my title card. These are a great way to add your title in if you are using your stash of patterned papers rather than a card kit for your pocket page!

Saint Patrick's Day Parade with Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit | Megan Anderson 3

I colored a circle burst wood chip yellow by rubbing an ink pad directly on the surface and finished it off with a sticker in the middle to decorate one card.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade with Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit | Megan Anderson

I criss-crossed some of the thin washi tape from the kit to make another filler card.

I used more of the stickers to jazz up journaling cards, lining the edge of one card with circle stickers and using a triangle sticker to start off another.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade with Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit | Megan Anderson

For my favorite card, I used my sewing machine to decoratively attach the cloud transparencies, then trimmed off the edges.

Winter Blast with Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit | Megan Anderson

I wanted to keep on with the weather themed items in the Shine kit, so I used them on a fun page documenting a Winter Blast festival in my 6×8 minibook documenting a trip to Michigan.

The blues and gold of the kit were great for my icy page!

I wanted to use the kit to make a title page for this section of the album. The dipped look of the gold foil and white puffy alpha stickers in the kit gave me the idea to use striped background paper, so I could really show off the fun duel tone of the stickers.

Winter Blast with Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit | Megan Anderson

Working on the diagonal, I framed the title in cardstock stickers and enamel dots, then stamped the other word for my title onto a chipboard label.

I didn’t want the entire page to be diagonal, so I stapled clouds to the top of the page, trimming off the excess, and added a photo of an ice sculpture to the opposite corner. I backed the photo with an inked circle burst wood chip and a few more enamel dots.

Winter Blast with Freckled Fawn March 2016 Kit | Megan Anderson

Most of my pages in this album will be simple–mostly just photos and words, so having fun decorative pages in the album to act as separators between the different events on the trip makes the album more fun. And adding an embellishment here and there on the plainer pages, as I did on my journaling card, will help to unify the pages throughout the mini album!

February Day in the Life with March 2016 Freckled Fawn Kit | The Nerd Nest

I made more with the kit (and the planner kit), but I’m hosting a Freckled Fawn challenge this month, so you’ll have to wait to see! Here’s a sneak peek of another pocket page made with the kit.

February Day in the Life with March 2016 Freckled Fawn Kit | The Nerd Nest

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Gamer Talk with Emily F. | Nerd Nest Challenge

Gamer Talk with Emily F. | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily F. is here to share her take on February’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Document Your Voice. Give a warm welcome to Emily F.!

Hello! Today, I am sharing my take on this month’s challenge: Document Your Voice. I will admit that when I first saw this challenge, I was both excited and slightly worried. At first, I thought about making a layout in Spanish or adding phrases that we say a lot in Spanish. However, my boys were playing Super Mario with my husband and I decided to make a layout about that. They say the cutest things while playing Super Mario and I just had to share with you all what they say.

Speech Bubble #1: I love how Gabriel says “Luigi”. Instead of saying the name with an L, he says it like “ouija”. He pronounces it like “Wee-jee”.

Speech Bubble #2: The boys sometimes call the Mario Bros., “The Plubber Guys”. They actually are trying to say “The Plumber Guys”.

Speech Bubble #3: The boys love Super Mario Bros. Their favorite characters are Mario, Luigi, and the Princess.

Gamer Talk with Emily F. | Nerd Nest Challenge 2

For this layout, I used my Freckled Fawn kit, Super Mario confetti, and enamel dot stickers. How cute are those speech bubbles? Those transparency alphas are awesome and really made my layout pop. The speech bubbles and alphas came in the Freckled Fawn kit and to be honest, this kit is just awesome for this challenge. Below are some up close photos of my layouts.

I definitely plan to make some more layouts that depicts how many family speaks. This was an awesome challenge and I can’t wait to see what you all create!

Gamer Talk with Emily F. | Nerd Nest Challenge 3

Emily is a blogger and memory keeper who loves spending time with her family. She is obsessed with planners, books, and making new things. You can find Emily over at The Emi Times, on Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thank you, Emily, for sharing your adorable take on this challenge! I love how you used it to document your family.

What can YOU document about your family’s voice?

Cork Speech Bubbles by Freckled Fawn | February Nerd Nest Challenge

Paper label stickers by Freckled Fawn | February Nerd Nest Challenge

Because I was so excited about the cork speech bubbles and journaling stickers for this challenge, Freckled Fawn is sponsoring and giving away a set to one lucky winner this month!

Giveaway closed February 29, 2016 at 11:55pm CT.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!

January 18-24 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2016

January 18-24 Pocket Scrapbooking | The Nerd Nest 1

I’m here to share another weekly pocket spread with you! I’m loving this project and I’m taking my time to create spreads this year–usually printing my photos in batches for a few spreads at a time and then working on finishing up spreads over several quick sessions.

One of the most important things that keeps me from getting stuck on this project is being flexible with my timeline. Doing pocket scrapbooking weekly (with extra spreads for big events) helps me to narrow my everyday photos and stories down.

But I’ll also move my dates around slightly if it makes sense for my stories.

January 18-24 Pocket Scrapbooking | The Nerd Nest 2

I already shared my January 24-31 spread, but I included some photos from January 24 on this spread too. It made more sense to me to group the dates-with-one-kid-instead-of-three photos from Saturday and Sunday together and to start the next week after the big kids got back from their grandma’s, even though I usually have my pockets spreads run from Sunday to Saturday.

January 18-24 Pocket Scrapbooking | The Nerd Nest 3

Going on here: The kids doing “science experiments” in the bathroom, Eliza creating fashion out of play clothes and fabric, my #Thursday3 photo in the snow, a walk in our neighborhood and lots of snuggling.

I felt a little stuck with the design of this one several times, but after I chose the cards to put in, I was motivated to finish up by the idea to print out the dates in a large font trailing off of a patterned card. Sometimes one bold design choice can bring everything together.

January 18-24 Pocket Scrapbooking | The Nerd Nest 4

The two Design A page protectors weren’t a perfect fit for my photos, but adding in 3×4 photos in a 4×6 space is no big deal–on the left side I adhered a photo to the center of a 4×6 card, and on the right I used washi tape to connect a 3×4 journaling card and a 3×4 photo. You can make your page protectors work for you!

January 18-24 Pocket Scrapbooking | The Nerd Nest 5

Going on here: Going out for a friend’s birthday, my mom took the big kids to a trampoline place and they spent the night with her, the rest of us went out to dinner, for doughnuts, and to IKEA.

January 18-24 Pocket Scrapbooking | The Nerd Nest 6

Even though it is the most trendy hipster cliche right now, I really love the sticker from the doughnut shop. I started my color scheme for this spread with this little piece of memorabilia. Also I have to talk myself out of going back daily. (But I’ve already gone three or four times since this first visit! The doughnuts are crazy good.)

What inspires your pocket spreads?

January 18-24 Pocket Scrapbooking | The Nerd Nest 7

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn grey puffy alpha stickers // Kelly Purkey kit // Seven Paper Goldie journaling cards // Ali Edwards pen and Spark Story Kit // Becky Higgins Project Life Design A page protectors.

5 Ways I Document My Voice with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on February’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Document Your Voice. Give a warm welcome to Lisa! It’s her birthday today, so happy birthday Lisa!!!

At first when I got the theme for this month, I was a little bit scared. Did I document my own voice? I have done scrapbook pages about myself and enjoyed it too. I do that for my daughter. Wouldn´t you want to find a scrapbook about your mom from when she was young? I know I would!

However, as I was thinking about this it suddenly hit me; I do document my voice! By doing memory keeping I use my voice for the journaling, right? And when I art journal I let my soul pour out on the page, don´t I? Going through my different projects I have been doing and still do, I found 5 ways I document my voice.

5 Ways I Document My Voice with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

1. Photography

I have been an avid photographer for a long time. For years I have been known to log along my DSLR camera everywhere, from a walk in the woods to the grande galerie in the Louvre. I think that by taking photos of our everyday life as well as special occasions I have used my voice. I hold the camera, my eye is watching what is going on and I decide what gets captured most of the time. By looking through my albums you see what I see.

5 Ways I Document My Voice with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

2. Memory keeping

Through my scrapbooking I use my voice and by that I document my voice. All my journaling is done with me telling the story from my perspective. Every week when I put together my Project Life spread, I go back and see what I want to include to tell our story.

5 Ways I Document My Voice with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

3. Art Journaling

The last two years I have begun to do some art journaling. I have been admiring other art journaling people but haven´t found a way to do it my way. One day I just decided to do whatever I thought was fun without comparing myself to others. That was a great freeing feeling! Now I use my voice to create art journal pages that is me.

5 Ways I Document My Voice with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

4. Art

I have always loved to paint, or rather play with paint. Now, I have painted a few paintings that are hanging around our house. They are clearly no Da Vinci´s, but I think that they tell a story about who I am. I even opened an Etsy shop to sell a few of them! But I also use crochet and other crafts to document my voice.

5. Mindfulness

The last was I found that I use to document my voice is by meditation and practicing mindfulness. Last year I attended a very good workshop that suited me perfectly! I learned some Chi Gong and relaxation and it has changed my life. I felt like I got the tools to calm myself and to ground me. Here my voice is quiet just to be able to be louder in the other 4 ways.

How do you document your voice?

Lisa is a passionate memory keeper who loves to document her little family´s life in scrapbooks. On top of running an etsy shop she likes to throw in a few diy`s here and there.

You can find Lisa here: blog, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy.

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing how you document your voice through different creative outlets! How about all of you? Do you already document your voice in different creative ways?

Cork Speech Bubbles by Freckled Fawn | February Nerd Nest Challenge

Paper label stickers by Freckled Fawn | February Nerd Nest Challenge

Because I was so excited about the cork speech bubbles and journaling stickers for this challenge, Freckled Fawn is sponsoring and giving away a set to one lucky winner this month!

Giveaway closed February 29, 2016 at 11:55pm CT.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!

Stay Inspired | Pocket Your Year

Stay Inspired Unit | Pocket Your Year

It’s time for the second unit in Pocket Your Year!

February’s unit in is all about Staying Inspired.

Most of us are motivated at the beginning of the year, but through the natural ebb and flow of this long term project, many of us drop off.

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

The Stay Inspired unit in Pocket Your Year 2016 has begun!

As with other months in the year, for this unit you will find:

  • Lesson video presentation
  • Process video with my take on the unit assignment
  • Lesson PDF
  • Worksheet PDF
  • Creative Team Inspiration PDF
  • Assignment Gallery
  • Giveaway
  • Discussion forums
  • Weekly discussion question

Join now and develop methods to keep yourself inspired with pocket scrapbooking for the long haul!

Pocket Your Year 2016 - A Year Long Pocket Scrapbooking Course from The Nerd Nest

January 24-31 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2016

January 24-31 Pocket Scrapbooking 2016 | The Nerd Nest

In addition to some of the fun kits I’m subscribing to from Ali Edwards and Kelly Purkey this year, I’m trying to use more of my Project Life kits. I probably have enough of them for a lifetime! I actually have a harder time using these simpler kits, but adding a few embellishments here and there helps me to brighten them up and make them feel a little more “me.”

January 24-31 Pocket Scrapbooking 2016 | The Nerd Nest

This time I combined the Project Life Ready Set Go Value kit with embellishments from past Freckled Fawn kits.

January 24-31 Pocket Scrapbooking 2016 | The Nerd Nest

This side is everyday stuff: a pretty sunset, Jonas rocking his new shirt from his grandma, snuggling and reading to the kids, baking, playing, and visitors.

January 24-31 Pocket Scrapbooking 2016 | The Nerd Nest

I added in a 6×8 insert so I could fit in an extra story about our foster baby and a photo of our friends over for dinner.

January 24-31 Pocket Scrapbooking 2016 | The Nerd Nest

January 24-31 Pocket Scrapbooking 2016 | The Nerd Nest

January 24-31 Pocket Scrapbooking 2016 | The Nerd Nest

I wanted to use a Design P protector, with all 4×4 spots, so I cut down 4×6 cards from the kit.

It was glorious to have a nice, warm, bright day in the park, so I dedicated a full page to the photos.

January 24-31 Pocket Scrapbooking 2016 | The Nerd Nest

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn puffy word stickers, vellum alphabet stickers, and acrylic doodle ovals from the Gypsy kit and transparency hearts from the Capture kit // Kelly Purkey Outline Alphabet stamp // Momento Luxe Gray Flannel ink // Ali Edwards pen // Becky Higgins Project Life Ready Set Go Value Kit and Design A, Design P, and 6×8 Design 2 page protectors.

January 24-31 Pocket Scrapbooking 2016 | The Nerd Nest