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Let’s Bust Through Creative Roadblocks

Let's Bust Through Creative Roadblocks | The Nerd Nest

Today I want to talk about Creative Roadblocks–barriers keeping you from pursuing your creative ventures.

There are a lot of things that can keep us from doing creative things. We’ve already covered a big one–internalizing that you are not creative (YOU ARE)–but creative roadblocks really are different for everyone. This week, I want you to reflect on what your creative roadblocks might be so we can come up with possible solutions for getting past them.

To get you started, I’m going to share a few of my common creative roadblocks and how bust through them (or work around them):

Lack of Skill

I love learning new skills, but sometimes I need something done more quickly than I can learn. When learning the new skill takes more time than I feel I can dedicate to a project, I put things off. I had a lack of skill roadblock in creating my newsletter–I wanted something with a beautiful design, but I don’t have the digital design skills to pull off the dream in my head.

To get past it, I recognized that I DON’T NEED an amazing design in my newsletter. It’s a bonus, sure, but isn’t required to get started. So I started anyway–I can always learn to make it prettier and more professional looking later. To make sure I actually DO learn, I’ve been setting aside time for skill building every week.


My biggest creative roadblock is time. I never have enough time to execute all of the creative ideas I have. I probably never will. But, by working to integrate creativity into my schedule and my routine, I have enough time to keep my need for creativity fulfilled.

Sometimes the roadblock to having creative time is a change in schedule. This year, Jonas stopped taking naps–which was my prime creative time. I had to find new ways to carve out that time for myself, by giving him quiet play / room cleaning time, by involving him in my creative endeavors, and by giving up some of my evening activities to work then.


I wish I had tons and tons of extra money to use for supplies for creative pursuits, but I don’t. I have a monthly budget to keep my scrapbooking going, but I don’t have a specific spot in my budget available for projects.

To bust through this roadblock, I come up with plans to make extra money, work hard to use what I already have on hand, research to find cheaper solutions, or start to set aside small bits of money by giving up other things until I have enough saved up for a project. The latter is what I did for my pipe bookshelves and is what I’m working on doing so I can build a DIY dining room table (unless it ends up being cheaper to buy one than build one)!

Those are a few of my creative roadblocks and how I get past them. Share your thoughts or questions in the comments and we’ll brainstorm our way through those creative roadblocks together. Tips on how to overcome certain roadblocks are fantastic too if you’ve already busted through some of yours!

Use the hashtag #NerdNestJumpstart on social media so I can find you!

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Day in the Life // September

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Last year I played along with Ali Edward’s Day in the Life monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. This year, I’m repeating the project. On the 15th of each month, I’m going to document my everyday life. I like having a set day because I won’t worry about finding a “representative” or “normal” day. Wherever the 15th falls, that’s what I’ll document.

Here’s Monday, September 15:

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It was Jake’s turn to wake up earlier with Eliza, but he fell back asleep after waking up and she basically got herself ready. She just let us know when the bus got here. I hung out with Jake while he got ready for work and told him about my weird long dream. Then I drank coffee and read a bit until Jonas woke up, because that bit of quiet in between Eliza and Jake leaving and Jonas waking up is awesome, when it happens. I’m currently blazing my way through the The Divergent Series, so I opted for reading that rather than using the time to actually work.

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After Jonas woke up we snuggled a bit, had breakfast, and worked on cleaning up his room. Then he played games on the Nintendo 64 while I finished up some work, including yesterday’s blog post because I’m running behind.

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Next, out for errands. We were going to go to the park, but it started raining. We had lunch at Panda Express, picked up groceries and flowers at Trader Joe’s, and picked up Jonas’s friend from his pre-school.

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Jonas and his friend had fun playing outside, wrecking the house, and playing with Legos. I alternated between playing with them, cleaning a bit, and reading.

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Jonas and I read a big stack of books on the front porch while waiting for Eliza to get home. We enjoyed the September air so very much. The kids had yogurt as a snack outside, Eliza worked with Jonas on his ABCs, then they headed inside to do homework. Jonas likes to “homework” while Eliza does, which is usually a combination pre-school workbooks, art projects, and playing with educational games. They did all of that in the box fort while I read a few more chapters outside.

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More homework and cleaning and playing. I set Jonas up with a movie while I started to make chicken and noodles for dinner. When Jake got home, he watched an episode of last week’s The Daily Show, replaced some lightbulbs in the kitchen, then rolled out the homemade noodles and finished up dinner. We all ate together (the kids barely ate and everyone was grouchy), then Jake ran to our neighborhood grocery store to rent Divergent, because I wanted to talk to him about it and he’s not big on reading. The kids and I started cleaning up after dinner, and when Jake got back he read books to Jonas before bed and Eliza finished up the last of her homework and headed off to sleep too.

Jake and I watched most of Divergent before I needed to head to the airport to pick up Paul. I blasted sing along music on the way there, read while waiting for Paul to find his bags, and then talked to him about his trip on the way back. Paul spent the night, but it was late when we got back so Jake and I finshed the last 20 minutes of Divergent and went to bed a bit after midnight.

Are you playing along with mid-month Day in the Life? Make sure to share a link with yours if you are!!!

Check out my other Day in the Life posts, including how I put them into Project Life.

Project Life 2014 | July Day in the Life

July #dayinthelife in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

On the 15th of each month this year, I’ve been documenting a Day in the Life, a concept originated by Ali Edwards. Last year I used Ali’s templates to include a 6×12 insert for every Day in the Life I did, but this year I wanted a bit more wiggle room. So I’m throwing a full spread in between weekly spreads (extra full spreads in addition to weekly spreads is sort of my M.O. this year).

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Here’s July Day in the Life:

#dayinthelife in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

I used the Studio Calico September kit and paper pad and the September Oh Deer Me kit for this spread. The pinks and blues worked really well together across both kits!

July #dayinthelife in #projectlife - AM | The Nerd Nest

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As usual for DITL spreads, I kept it pretty simple so I’d have plenty of room for the words.

I didn’t have enough 4×6 journaling cards that matched the spread, so I mixed 4×6 patterned paper, vertical 3×4 patterned cards and horizontal 3×4 journaling cards to make it work.

Here are a few tips you can pull from this spread:

Find natural homes for embellishments in cards | The Nerd Nest

Look for natural homes on your cards for embellishments. The blank circle on this card would be great for a written title or circle embellishment (I went with cute tiny Freckled Fawn flair). The blue rectangle was perfect for this long rectangle veneer wood and would have been a great spot for a label as well.

Making 4x4 photos at home in 4x6 pockets | The Nerd Nest

Repeat design decisions on opposite corners of a #projectlife spread to add balance or symmetry | The Nerd Nest

Repeat design decisions on opposite corners of a spread to add balance. On this page, I used similar designs for the 4×6 journaling spaces and for the 4×6 pockets with 4×4 photos.

Are you doing Day in the Life this year? How are you containing your documentation?

For all posts tagged Project Life, click here.

Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 12

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 12 | The Nerd Nest

I take a silly amount of memory keeping classes online and I’m here again to share my takes with you!

This time I have takes from 30 Days of Lists by Kam and Amy, another take from my and Kristin‘s workshop My Details, and takes from two classes at Big Picture Classes: Angie Lucas‘s upcoming Quizapalooza and Here and There Inspiration by Kelly Purkey and Amy Tan (now closed).

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September #30Lists 1-10 | The Nerd Nest

30 Days of Lists is a bi-monthly journaling challenge with daily prompts and is one of the workshops I always look forward to most. For September, I’m using Design F Project Life protectors, which fit 10 3×4 lists and one title card per side. For the first 10 lists, I used the exclusive #30Lists digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Designs (free for listers who signed up before September) plus number stamps.

I loved these first 10 lists and am so happy that they really catch what I’m thinking about in the moment. I’d answer the prompts differently if I did them on a different day, so I know that I’d answer them REALLY differently if I were doing them in a different year. I like getting things down that I wouldn’t otherwise think to document.

Listing started September 1, but you can sign up any time and catch-up, or start with the current prompt and work your way back. My first time joining in with #30Lists, I jumped on at the tail end and then did the ones I’d missed the next month.

September #30Lists 1-10 using the Alexandra Rae Design Download | The Nerd Nest

Tip: If you have a repeated stamp image that won’t reach across the entire space, try left justifying one row and right justifying the other for balance.

My Style Circa 2001 | #mydetailsclass take from The Nerd Nest

I love going back through the prompts in My Details because they can be used again and again. This is a self-paced class (plus a private Facebook community) by Kristin of rukristin and myself. It’s all about documenting yourself, past and present, in a meaningful way.

I don’t have a ton of photos of myself from my early teens (I hated getting my photo taken), but I want to document at least a little bit about those years. When I was flipping through my unorganized photo box, this one jumped out at me. I decided to use it to tell the story of how I dressed the year this photo was taken (because the photo just about sums it up). I went with a basic list of my most typical style choices.

Most of the products used on this page are older, but you can find those resin plus shapes and the plus and line stamps in the September Oh Deer Me kit.

Tip: This photo was actually posted by a friend on Facebook! Your FB friends just might be an awesome source of old photos for you.

We’re planning on having another round of My Details next Spring, but will be adding to the current class and will be raising the price at that time. If you sign up before the next round, you’ll get all of that additional content essentially free.

My Style Circa 2001 | Document Your Teen Style #mydetailsclass

Tip: Use vellum to tone down a section of a bold pattern that would otherwise overwhelm the page.

My Style Circa 2001 | Layer scraps #mydetailsclass

Tip: When you are layering, go for scraps first rather than cutting into a fresh sheet of patterned paper. If you don’t have a big enough piece for what you need, see if you can stretch it buy cutting it into smaller strips and laying them side by side, as I did for the blue misted scraps.

Documenting Egyptian Artifacts with #projectlife Foil and Lovely editions | The Nerd Nest

Documenting a King Tut Exhibit Using #ProjectLife panoramic pages | The Nerd Nest

King Tut exhibit in #projectlife -- Bring on the gold! | The Nerd Nest

King Tut Exhibit Using #ProjectLife panoramic pages | The Nerd Nest

King Tut exhibit in #projectlife with the Lovely edition | The Nerd Nest

King Tut Exhibit with #ProjectLife panoramic pages | The Nerd Nest

I’m working through Here and There Inspiration by Kelly Purkey and Amy Tan (now closed), a 12 week course all about finding and implementing inspiration. For an assignment about getting inspired by art, I immediately thought of the blindingly beautiful gold and high contrast gold and black designs in the Egyptian art we saw at the Discovery of King Tut exhibit.

I decided to make the page match the artifacts and went for the gold with products from The Lovely mini kit, Foil Value kit, and a few bits from Studio Calico kits. The gold foil is really difficult to photograph and shows up almost black in places, but this spread is so so very pretty in person.

To accommodate all of the photos I wanted to use in this spread, I gave panoramic page protectors a go for the first time. These pages with folding out flaps were perfect for documenting this photo-heavy event. I can get the same amount of extra photos as I would with two inserts by using two panoramic pages, but I like the idea that mixing the panoramic pages and inserts within the same album will insure that all of the extra bulk isn’t just in the middle of the album.

Tip: When you really want to keep the focus on the photos, simplify your design and use fewer embellishments.

About Me Quizes from Angie Lucas's Quizapalooza | The Nerd Nest

Last but not least, I’m gearing up for Angie Lucas‘s Quizapalooza, which starts September 18. I love journaling based classes, and this one is looking like it will be a lot of fun and will spark me to record great stories (Angie is so good at asking just the right question).

Angie gave me a free 5 quiz download to share with you so you can get a small taste of what the class will be like. I went ahead and printed a few to use in my Project Life album (though a few of my answers gave me plans for full pages). These printable quizzes are 5×7, but I cropped them to 3×4 and put them each on a 4×6 card so they’ll work for my PL page. You can make them work for you or can just write down the questions and answer them!

Can’t wait for this class to start, it’s going to be awesome.

I’d love to know what classes you’re taking or some of your past favorites!

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Here’s the deal: because I have friends who teach things and because I teach at Big Picture Classes, I get to take classes for free sometimes. So I end up taking more classes at once than I would if I were paying for them. I’d want to make sure I had time to do ALL of the projects in a given class vs. dipping in here and there if I were working within my crafting budget, so I’d probably limit myself to much less at a time. But as it is, I don’t need to do that, so keep that in mind. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to be taking a stressful amount of classes. Choose classes based on what you think will be the most inspiring or the best fit for you (and your budget).

Today is for…

Harry Potter Lego Display Case | The Nerd Nest

Ready to be Rearranged RGBIV Pipe Bookshelves | The Nerd Nest

Rearranging the RGBIV bookshelves, now that there’s a spare row thanks to our new Harry Potter display case.

Enjoying an Autumn breeze throughout the house.

Reorganizing our pantry closet, which has reached avalanche status again. New IKEA tubs = motivation.

Rocking a new sports bra. (My comfort is more important than your abhorrence of uni-boob, What Not to Wear believers.)

Picking up Jonas’s friend from preschool so they can play and his mom can work.

Working while kids are sleeping / occupied with their own thing, including working with Jake on the new Nerd Nest site which may or may not ever be finished.

Watching yesterday’s Daily Show with Paul.

Making homemade pizza.

Painting with Jonas.

Researching circus animal cruelty with Eliza and teaching her to sort through conflicting information (Paul got us free tickets for last night and E had questions about the protestors).

Looking up a few volunteer opportunities.

Reading a literary criticism textbook.

Savoring cool nights that are conducive to snuggling.

Appreciating a few weeks of calm smashed between heavy work times.

This exercise is a great way to document your right now! Make sure to share a link if you write what YOUR today is for too.

Project Life 2014 | July 13-19

Project Life Spread with Studio Calico's Yeats Add-On | The Nerd Nest

I love documenting my life with weekly Project Life spreads! At the end of each month, I batch edit and order the previous month’s photos and then work on spreads in batches. This week, I’m sharing a spread from mid-July.

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July 13-19

Using Studio Calico's Yeats Add-On in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

I used the Yeats Studio Calico add-on for this spread. I got a bit out of my comfort zone by using more bits than I’m used to with the Crate Paper Notes & Things ephemera pack included in the kit.

Using tags and little bits in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Me cleaning (happens less often than it should), Eliza’s awesome sense of style, Jonas & Paul’s adorable relationship, the tree-trunk planter my grandpa made for me, a blanket fort, friends over for dinner, our backyard in full summer jungle mode, kids snuggled up watching Doctor Who (Jonas fell asleep), Jake visiting the Boulevard Brewing Company with work, and Jonas playing with a friend.

Use rub-ons to create a card background in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use rub-ons and white cards to create a patterned background.

Use a staple to add vellum embellishments | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use a staple to attach a vellum or other clear embellishment.

Document relationships in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Take the time to document relationships and not just events.

Use an embellishment at the meeting point in a collage to help visually separate the photos | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use an embellishment at the meeting point in a collage to help visually separate the photos.

Documenting a family party in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: A party with my family to celebrate my birthday. (I feel I should note that the hat was a present. I’m not wearing a winter hat in July for style.)

Add adhesive under the colored part of translucent embellishments to help hide it | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Add adhesive under the colored part of translucent embellishments to help hide it, as I did for the “smile” vellum die-cut, which I added to wood veneer.

Layer tags for a title card in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Use: Layer tags, letter stickers, and die cuts for a title card. This is how I got around the lack of numbers in the sticker set!

Put a too-small-for-the-pocket journaling spot on a black white #projectlife card | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Put a too-small-for-the-pocket journaling spot on a black white Project Life card.

Supplies: Studio Calico Project Life kit, Project Life journaling pens, Design A page protectors, Project Life corner rounder.

Let me know if you have any questions about these spreads or about pocket scrapping in general!

For all posts tagged Project Life, click here.

Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.

You Are Creative

You Are Creative | Creative Jumpstarts from The Nerd Nest

Today I’d like to give you a hint at the content you’ll find in my newsletter. It’s all about creative jumpstarts: embracing creativity, demystifying the creative process, and ideas for how you can add more creativity to your life.

Here’s the first jumpstart, originally published in The Nerd Nest News, and it only gets better from here:

You are creative.

I hear a lot of people say they just aren’t creative. I see a lot of friends holding themselves back from doing the things they want to do because they don’t feel like it is in their nature or ability set to do creative things. But I’m here to tell you, before we even get started talking about ways to jump start creativity, that you are already creative. Don’t let a narrow view of what creativity means stop you from pursuing your interests.

You are creative.

Even if you don’t splash around paint and ink. Even if you don’t have journals filled to the brim with ideas. Even if you don’t know where to start and need help from others.

You are creative.

Why am I repeating this mantra? Part of doing creative things is internalizing that you yourself are a creative person. It is easy to never try something new because that thing doesn’t fit into your view of yourself. While statements like these might automatically make you think of things that you’ve been held back from trying, I want you to focus now on things that you already do creatively in your life.

You are creative.

What do you picture when you think of creative actions? A master painter at work? A person making a wonderful, complex DIY project out of everyday items? An amazing writer? A graphic designer? A technique driven scrapbook page? There are all representations of creativity, but they’re just part of what it means to be creative.

Here are a few examples of the ways I am creative in my everyday life, beyond the more obvious choices of memory keeping and crafts:

  • Parenting–I use creativity to find ways for my kids to learn that fit their learning styles, to come up with ways to get them to eat a balanced diet, and to reward good behavior.
  • Meal Planning–I use creativity to come up with meals for a week that fit into my family’s budget and schedule in a way that doesn’t waste food but keeps dinnertime interesting.
  • Finances– I need to find creative ways to cut back on spending and generate extra income to save for things like vacations (or, in the past, my house down payment).
  • Time Management–I use creativity to manage my time so I feel balanced (most of the time) between family and friends, work, and creative ventures.

None of these examples have to do with areas of life you’d typically think need creativity. They’re all everyday areas of life that don’t require art supplies. That’s because creativity is about so much more than getting your hands dirty. It’s about using ideas and solving problems. Just to navigate your way through everyday life, you have to use creativity.

So repeat after me: “I Am a Creative Person.”

And believe it.

What ways are you creative?

Use the hashtag #NerdNestJumpstart on social media so I can find you!

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Spray Painting My Way to a Fancier Porch | 19/52 Projects

Copper and mosaic table | The Nerd Nest

The weather is cooling down here in Kansas City, which means I’ll be spending a lot more time on my front porch. It’s not very pretty out there, so it’s a good time to improve things a bit.

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I’m planning a few low cost projects, but I decided to start with what I already had: large faded plastic pots, a hand-me-down side table that’s seen its share of color changes and locations, and a big stock of spray paint in my basement, leftover from our upcycling for the Etsy shop days.

The before is a big mess.

Spray Painting on a tarp | The Nerd Nest

I picked a few colors that worked with my porch color scheme: pumpkin orange, light green, aqua, and copper. I waited for a low wind day, laid out a plastic sheet, and spray painted three pots (including one I didn’t love from the water marbling project) and the wood table. I waited a few hours in between each coat, Each piece needed two coats plus a touching up session.

Adding color to a front porch with spray painted furniture and flower pots | The Nerd Nest

It looks much better now!

Mosaic table transformed with copper spray paint | The Nerd Nest

I love how the copper table shines. The change from white to copper will also help to hide the grime that the table inevitably collects. I love that this table is a great place to set down drinks and to house fragrant chocolate mint, which I grow just because I love smelling it.

The sea glass part was my first mosaic project back in pre-blog days–the middle section was previously a mirror.

Multiple colors of spray painted pots grouped together | The Nerd Nest

I filled the largest pot with gardening supplies for now because I didn’t have a big budget for flowers (this is a great use for this pot with casters), filled the medium pot with flowers that match the colors I have going on (I love how hardy, inexpensive, and big mums are!), and plopped one of my indoor plants into the aqua pot. Arranged with the kids’ little metal chair, these spray painted pots add a happy splash of color for cheap.

Side note: I needed the medium pot’s width but not its depth for the flowers, so I filled the bottom of the pot with sticks and leaves so I wouldn’t have to waste extra potting soil at the bottom.

Using flowers to hide a front porch mess | The Nerd Nest

The flowers also help to hide some of the mess that lives on the porch until we can build a shed or find a trunk of some kind: tricycles, potting soil bags, our teeny grill, etc. Totally not a permanent fix, but it looks way better from our front door, that’s for sure.

Fixing up the front porch | The Nerd Nest

Warm colors to go with a brick porch

Chilling on the front porch | The Nerd Nest

I need to get more copper going to make this whole thing work (maybe I’ll paint the legs of that orange chair?). I’m also going to do something about the stained couch (which is currently covered with clearance outdoor lounge cushions). For now, I’ll enjoy a slightly fancier space as I drink my morning coffee and read the news.

What tips do you have for improving an outdoor space for cheap?

This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 19 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art / 9: Adventures in Dye / 10: Spring Poems / 11: Getting the Garden Going / 12: Le Petite Prince Painting / 13: DIY Cleaning Supplies / 14: Picking Up the Violin Again / 15: Shaving Cream Marbling / 16: Water Marbling / 17: Watercolor Crayon Resisting / 18: Doctor Who Guess Who.

Nerdy Shares


I’ve found some cool (nerdy) stuff on the web lately. Here’s some of it for you to enjoy! It’s a short list, because the first link has hours of amazing videos and adding a ton of additional shares afterwards would just time suck you away from it.

  • Anita Sarkeesian’s You Tube series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games explores the plot devices and patterns associated with female characters in video games from a systematic perspective, as well as the implications of her findings. Anita is my hero, not only because of the amazing content she is creating, but because she won’t be silenced, even in the face of a mass harassment campaign against her since the launch of her Kickstarter for this project in 2012. (That last link there was a TEDx talk.) I’ve watched them through once by myself already and am going through again with my fellow gamer friends. I can’t wait until the next installment is released.
  • I look forward to each new visual interview at Babe Vibes. These are long-distance interviews with wonderful women using a disposable camera and a box of ephemera. I love the concept, the content, and the stunning presentation.
  • This is a good reminder with the rise of popularity of “tribal” themed goods: 4 Ways to Honor Native Americans without Appropriating.
  • I’ve been deeply abhorred by the excessive use of force in my state Missouri. This article, on the constitutional crisis in Ferguson, did a good job describing just what rights are being denied citizens. Other reports I’ve seen don’t go past the First Amendment, so I was glad to see some deeper coverage.
  • If you need a good refresher on the US Constitution, this Crash Course video on The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism is an excellent resource.
  • Everything else this round of shares is a bit heavy, so I leave you with this: Photographer Richard Silver’s Time Sliced splices together photographs of famous places at different times from dawn to dusk, showing the amazing range of color present. Monet would have been so happy to see this project.

What interesting things have you found around the web lately?

Want more? Read other sharing posts.

September Challenge | Use a #NNDailyTip


Welcome to the monthly Nerd Nest Memory Keeping Challenge!

This month, your challenge is to use a #NNDailyTip.

For the past 50 consecutive days, I’ve been sharing a daily memory keeping tip on Instagram. (What???? Yes. The only other thing I’ve ever done that consistently in my life is read.) I take photos as I’m working on memory keeping projects or, on scrapbooking-less days, pull a tip from something I’ve made in the past. You’ll find tips for Project Life, storytelling, traditional pages, organization, photography, and more. There’s no rhyme or reason, just one awesome tip a day from me to you.

I’m proud of myself for hitting the 50 day mark and there’s too much good stuff in there to leave it sitting, so instead of one specific challenge this month, I want you to look through the tips, find one that works for you, and implement it!


Where do you find these tips?

The best place to find them is by following me on Instagram. Clicking the hashtag #NNDailyTip will get you to all of the tips in one place! In addition to being the original source of the tip posting, I also check there a little too often, so it’s your best bet for a quick answer to a question.

If you don’t have the app, the photos are also sent to my #NNDailyTip board on Flickr (which doesn’t include Instagram videos and cuts off my lengthy text descriptions, so it’s not ideal). They’re also posted to Twitter, but that’s also where I go on binge social issues rants and read / retweet all of the news, so be forewarned that that’s not where you should be following me if you just want the memory keeping / blog stuff.


I can’t wait to see what you do with these tips! I’ll also be doubling back on some of them to show variations so I’m also “doing” the challenge this time around.


Share your take with a link in the comments below! You can also use the hashtag #NerdNestChallenge on social media.

I’ll be adding takes I find to the Nerd Nest Challenges Pinboard! Share your links to past challenges too so I can add them.