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Fall Favorites with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenges

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily is here to share her take on October’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Document Your Favorite Season.

Fall and Spring are my favorite seasons, but it seems that over the years I have really been loving Fall. I love that I get to wear sweaters and drink a lot of hot chocolate (although I do drink it year round). I tend to bring out my crockpot a lot more and make lots of comfort food. I have also noticed that I bake a lot more. The weather is usually perfect…not too hot and not too cold. Spending time with family is always fun and we love going out during Fall. We always try to do something new during Fall, but also stick to doing some of our favorite Fall activities. Since Fall is a really busy season for us, I always have a ton of photos. I love that some of the photos are just simple or random things in our everyday life, but I also love that some of the photos are from events we have attended.


My family and I love getting a pumpkin every year so that we can carve and decorate it. I love taking pictures of the pumpkin before we carve it and then after. In this layout, I even decided to add a picture of my husband as he carved the pumpkin. For this layout, I mainly used Freckled Fawn’s October 2014 kit and some papers from my stash. The journaling says ”We always buy a pumpkin for Fall/Halloween. I always get excited when stores start putting them on display. This year, we decided we wanted the pumpkin to look like Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Overall, I think it looks pretty good. The boys love it and always ask to go outside and check Jack out. Below are some close ups of the layout.





For my next layout, I decided to document our day at Six Flags. I also used the same Freckled Fawn kit and some papers from my stash. The journaling says “The boys and I went to Six Flags and had a lot of fun. We got on lots of rides and ate a lot of food. We love getting on the Merry-Go-Round and the little roller coasters. It was a fun day and I am so thankful that I got to spend time with all of my boys”.


I still have a lot of layouts and pocket pages to make, but I am so glad that I was able to get these two layouts done. I can’t wait to see how you document your favorite season.

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

Cool Colors for Fall | Pocket Scrapbooking


This month I’m challenging you to Document Your Favorite Season. Along with weekly team takes for the challenge, I’ll be sharing extra takes on this month’s challenge (with a few extra challenges in my newsletter too)!


The spread is my last weekly spread for October 2015! I still have a few event / thematic pages I want to make, but this month’s challenge encouraged me to reach my goal of getting that month of pocket scrapbooking done.

I love fall products and colors, but sometimes they don’t quite work out on my autumn pages. For this page, going with a cool color scheme worked better! The most prominent colors in this spread were blues found in clothing and the pendent Jonas is holding, red from clothing, buildings and toys, and green from the plants in all of the outdoors photos.

I started out with a red and blue color scheme, but it just wasn’t flowing right. The red was clashing with all of the green (things can look Christmasy easily) and didn’t feel balanced with my blue selections, so I decided to stick with different shades of blue and grey instead. As a result, this layout doesn’t scream fall, but it totally works.


Making a pattern with my cards and my photos is my favorite for Design F pages. I didn’t have a page protector with all 3×4 spots, so adhering two 3×4 things to a 4×6 piece of cardstock was an easy solution.


I found little blue and grey embellishments from Freckled Fawn and Ali Edwards Story Kits to jazz up my cards.


I love including lots of little photos in collages in my spreads. It doesn’t make for the most beautiful pages, but it’s excellent at providing a more in-depth look at our day-to-day lives.


I’d love 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!

Check back on Wednesday to see a take from a Nerd Nest Creative Team member!

Introducing My Details: Citizenship Edition


Kristin of rukristin and I have teamed up once again for a civic, culture, and citizen-based edition of our much-loved MyDetails workshop series.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to document the details of their life through the lens of civic duty and citizenship — whether it be about the love you have for the city you live in or the tussle between the countries of your ancestors — you have a unique citizenship story, and you’re the only person to document the details.

The story of you is also a story of where you are from, where you live, your culture, and who you are as a citizen. With this workshop, you’ll document the details of yourself as a community member (whether it be national, regional, or local) as well as how the details of your culture/society impact your life. No matter what your citizen-story looks like, this workshop will help you document the details that are most meaningful to you.


This workshop includes ten in-depth prompts relating to culture, place, and citizenship. Kristin will be focusing on what being American means to her and I’ll be focusing on a local level, documenting what it means to me to be a citizen in Kansas City. We have contributors from around the world and we LOVE women with diverse stories. If you want to document the details of YOUR citizen story, learn more here.


This is a self-paced e-mail based course. New content will be delivered Saturdays and Wednesdays over 5 weeks. Class content will be archived in a classroom. Sign up now so you don’t miss a live video chat with Kristin and I at the end of October!

Vacation Season with Michelle | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Pocket Your Year Creative Team member Michelle is here to share her take on October’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Document Your Favorite Season.

I’m thrilled to be able to share some Project Life App pages with everyone today! My favorite season is summer vacation! We travel to the Outer Banks every summer with friends. It’s a time for our kids to reconnect and for the adults to relax. This past summer, my family also spent a week at the beach with my mom, dad, sister and her family.

Two weeks at the beach resulted in lots of memories to preserve!! I had a lot of photos to scrapbook and most of my photos were on my phone, so I decided to try the app. I ended up with more than 60 pages for the 2 weeks. I typically shy away from bright colored cards on my pages. The beach pages allow me to branch out and use brighter colors. I also like the options and reduced cost of the kits in the app.


Some of my favorite photos and pages center around the kids in the water – at the edge of the ocean or in the pool. I love the pure joy on their faces as they splash in the water or jump the waves.



This year too, we had some excitement at the end of the week. Two snakes fell out of a tree and into the pool area. They struggled and fought – one trying to eat the other – for about 30 minutes. The girls watched and were fascinated. They cheered for the tiny green snake to get away from the black snake. We never saw which snake won. Somehow the green snake got away and they both escaped under the pool fence.



Thank you so much for sharing how you used the Project Life app to document your favorite season with us, Michelle!

Mix and Match Kit Leftovers | Pocket Scrapbooking


This month I’m challenging you to Document Your Favorite Season. Along with team takes for the challenge Mondays, I’ll be sharing extra takes on this month’s challenge every Wednesday (with a few extra challenges in my newsletter too)!

To document my favorite season, autumn, I’ve been going back and tackling spreads and pages for 2015. I do so much documenting in the autumn months, October especially, that I can get overwhelmed by it all and avoid making things! This month I set a goal to make a few pages per week to make a dent in my seasonal backlog.


For this spread, I used a lot of photos and added in an insert to document all of the stories I wanted to tell for the week of October 5-11. A lot of my photos had neutral colors and there wasn’t any one color scheme that jumped out from them. I also wanted to be sure that the spread looked coordinated with the insert flipped each way.


None of my kits worked on their own, so I went through my stash and pulled out products that might work on the page, discarding options as a color scheme started to emerge. I think this is a fun way to stash bust, and while it takes a little longer to complete a page, it’s something I love to do when I have extra time. If I wanted to hurry, I’d just go with something like a black / white color scheme that works for everything.

This spread started to come together when I found the title card, from an old We R Memory Keepers pack, which had multiple colors that I had chosen for a spread. Multi-colored patterns can help to pull together a wide color scheme if you have a variety of cards. I decided to include both faded and saturated versions of the colors, which made some cards stand out more than others.


When the insert is turned, there are more photos and not as many cards, but the photos are more colorful. I chose more neutral cards to calm down the photo-busy page a bit. I used embellishments–vellum circles from a Studio Calico kit attached with an old K & Company brad–to add in a bit more of the warm autumn colors to this side and to tie this page in with the title card.


All in all, there’s a lot of mixing and matching going on with this page! Cards and embellishments from multiple Studio Calico kits, cards and embellishments from Freckled Fawn, a card from Kelly Purkey, a We R Memory Keepers card, and a few scrap bits found their way onto the page. I love that I found a good use for cards that I had trouble fitting in when these kits were new.


I’d love to see how you mix and match your kit “leftovers” to make them work for you too!

Favorite People Season with Jen | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on October’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Document Your Favorite Season.

Summer is not my favorite season, weather-wise. But it absolutely is my favorite, people-wise. It’s the season when we get to spend five awesome weeks with my stepson. It’s the season for swimming, traveling, theme parks, and seeing family.

It’s also my hardest to scrapbook. So. Many. Photos! It’s crazy how many photos Jason and I take. And this year Charles has joined in the picture taking so that means even more. I know I’ll never scrap them all, but I want to make sure I get some of my favorites documented while the memories are fresh.

When faced with an overwhelming amount of photos, I like to just scroll through and see what stories and pictures jump out at me. I especially look for personality stories, those little snippets of life that I know I’ll love being reminded of in 10 years.



I haven’t even begun to make a dent in my summer photos from this year. But I’m glad this challenge got me to scrap a couple of them. I’d love to see how you document your favorite season!

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.

Document Your Favorite Season | Nerd Nest Challenge


This month, I challenge you to document your favorite season!

You might want to go with a literal interpretation and document your favorite things about winter, spring, summer, or fall, or you might want to document something more specific like football season, monsoon season, or tourist season.

You can write about how you make things feel “seasonal” if you don’t live in a place where the weather changes much. Or you can use the prompt as an encouragement to do a group of projects for a specific season!


Autumn is my favorite season by far, but it’s also the time of year I’m most likely to leave unfinished in my scrapbooks. Because I do so much in fall (it seems there’s a festival to go to almost every weekend!), I usually take an overwhelming amount of photos. I’m using this challenge to immerse myself in fall and get through some of that autumn pages backlog!

I decided to start with the pocket scrapbooking weeks I skipped in my 2015 album. I’ll be sharing more on Wednesdays throughout the month!


I had so many photos I wanted to fit on this spread. I decided to stick with all of my everyday photos on one page and a trip to an apple orchard on the facing page. I took out photos from an event at my daughter’s school and photos from a haunted house to use on event specific pocket pages or traditional pages. To make weekly spreads work for last October, I’ll need to make a lot of end pages! (I shared two of them on Monday).


Documenting last year also gives me a chance to dip into my current autumn kits (I mainly used the September 2016 Studio Calico documenter kit for this spread.) I won’t start on my 2016 October spreads until later, so this gets me to use products I’m excited about now!


I used lots of collages with 2×2 photos to fit in all of the things I wanted represented in the spread. Using a title card with a lot of white space helped balance out the busy bottom on this page.


I love autumn colors, photos, and events, so I’m glad I chose to feature the apple orchard visit with a full page!


Its silly that I end up documenting my favorite season less because I feel overwhelmed by all of the photos and stories I have to work with! Setting a goal to make one or two pages a week will certainly help me to get motivated.


I’d love 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!

Check back on Mondays to see takes from Nerd Nest Creative Team members and Wednesday to see additional takes from me this month!

Projects with Freckled Fawn’s Home Kit


Today I’m sharing my projects with Freckled Fawn’s Home Embellishment Kit (above) Planner Kit (below).


These kits got me excited to get right into documenting Autumn! I love the home theme–the houses are so very cute–and I decided to interpret it a little differently with home games!


I started by using the Home Embellishment Kit and Home Journal Cards to make a page about the Homecoming football game from my high school I took my family to last fall. The star sequins go with my alma mater’s colors, so I knew it would be a perfect fit!

I made a spread with a traditional 12×12 page on the left for the game and the band, then combined it with a pocket page on the right to document going out to eat beforehand (at a cool restaurant where your food is delivered by model train!) and my art hanging in the hallway at my school.


The home flair was a great way to go with the home game / homecoming theme and the acetate letters gave me a fun, bold title that stood out on the simple page. the star sequins balanced out these elements in the title.


Strips of glitter washi and a line of star sequins frame the page.


For the pocket page, I used Home journal cards in three of the pockets and filled the fourth pocket with sequins to create a shaker packet. I sewed the pocket closed and then covered the stiching with glitter washi.


A home puffy sticker was a subtle addition to a journal card to tie in the theme on the accompanying page and the silicone “LOVE TODAY” shape is perfect on top of the salmon and red rectangle card!

Overall, this kit was fantastic to help me make a page routing for my home team.


Inspired to keep going documenting sports, I used the Home Planner Kit to make a page about a home game for my city’s soccer club, Sporting KC. My friend and I got to hold the Open Cup at the game, which is a once in a lifetime thing, so I wanted to go big documenting it!


I used a big photo of us holding the cup and balanced it out with a card from the Home Journal Cards for my title–I used a home puffy sticker and stamped the word game, then added sequins above and below the card.

A strip of glitter washi separated the break in patterned papers and a “details” planner cardstock sticker was a great way to start off my journaling!


Keeping with a grid-like arrangement on this layout, I drew rectangles around the photos on the bottom of the page and filled the blank spaces with embellishments, drawing rectangles around them too. The heart cardstock stickers happened to go right with the colors of my team, the opposing team, and the field!


In the other space I stacked an arrow cardstock sticker, sequins (obviously my favorite item from this kit), stamps, and a home cardstock sticker where I recorded the team names and final score.

It was so fun to get clever documenting home games with this Home kit and I’m excited to share more Autumn pages with this kit this month!

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I’d love to see how you use yours! Leave a link in the comments!

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products.

Lists 20-30 | 30 Days of Lists September 2016


The September 2016 edition of 30 Days of Lists is all wrapped up! Here’s my last batch of lists from this round:

Where I do my best thinking

  • When I’m taking a walk
  • At coffeeshops
  • After yoga
  • During morning coffee
  • On paper
  • After I’m exposed to new ideas

Favorite things to make right now

  • Big knit blankets
  • Pocket scrapbooking pages
  • Fresh bread (that orange bread!)
  • Big stacks of “read” books


My kitchen essentials

  • Olive oil
  • Cheese variety
  • Bread flour
  • Easy back-up meals
  • Music or an audiobook
  • Lots of new recipes to try
  • Garlic press
  • Fresh fruit for snacks

Compliments I would like to receive

  • You are Wonder Woman
  • I can’t wait to read the rest!
  • You are my personal encyclopedia
  • You’re the best mom ever
  • You inspired me to tell my story
  • What a great idea!
  • You made me feel better!
  • That was delicious!
  • You totally get me
  • You’re one of the smartest people I know


My love language

  • Food together
  • Long conversations
  • Exploring / adventures
  • Help & support
  • Snuggles

Favorite things to add to my shopping list

  • Books
  • Books
  • Books
  • Nerd swag
  • Home improvement project supplies
  • Food ingredients for new recipes
  • Seasonal farmer’s market produce
  • Craft supplies for a new project
  • But mostly books


Signs the seasons are changing

  • All the pumpkin, butternut squash, chili, & soup
  • Hoodies & sweaters & cardigans
  • Leaves starting to turn
  • Festivals every weekend
  • Blankets everywhere
  • More knitting
  • Apples take over the farmer’s market
  • Open windows

I wish I had a photo of…

  • Jake & I studying / daily life stuff during college
  • Jake & I at the ITS banquet
  • Grammy teaching me to cook
  • Highschool club activities (plays, forensics, French Club, swim team, etc.)
  • More full family photos


Daily rituals

  • Make coffee
  • Feed the cats / Charcoal’s insulin shot
  • late morning walk
  • Work during nap time
  • Read before bed

Favorite childhood movies

  • The Little Mermaid
  • Hook
  • Willow
  • Oliver!
  • Newsies
  • Lost Boys
  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (which I called Willie Wonka)
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Clueless
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids
  • Look Who’s Talking


What I want to finish before 2017

  • Adoption home study
  • Painting first floor
  • The Nerd Nest website redo
  • Getting the whole house deep cleaned
  • #52projects & #52recipes

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Projects with Freckled Fawn’s Black / White Kit


Today I’m sharing my projects with Freckled Fawn’s Black / White Embellishment Kit (above) Planner Kit (below).



The black and white color scheme of these kits is amazing! It’s no surprise that the kit reminded me of the black and white branding and fashion of the amazing Janelle Monáe. I knew right away that I wanted to use this kit to document a gift my friend Paul surprised me with a few Christmases ago–a signed Janelle Monáe poster!


For this spread, I combined a 12×12 pocket page and an 8.5×11 traditional page. I used the embellishment kit, along with white cardstock and a few black and white colored pocket cards from my stash.


For the title card, I used the printed wood chips bow (a perk for subscribers!) to cover up words on a card that weren’t relevant (and it reminds me of Janelle Monáe’s bow ties!). I used strips of washi tape on the bottom and top of the card, which helps to tie this page in with the 8.5×11 one.


I used some of the cardstock labels to add a bit of journaling to a black and white checked card.


Then I added embellishments to make stripes across my 8.5×11 page– I framed the photos in the chipboard phrases, alternating black and white, added strips of washi tape to the top and bottom, and used the printed wood chips across the top of the page. I love that there are a LOT of embellishments on this page, but because they are black and white, they not only help tell the story, but they also helped me to keep the focus on the fun photos.


Because the black and white kit is so versatile, I decided that I’d go ahead and use it on whatever project I happened to have slated to work on next–and that was my Michigan mini album! I made a bunch of new pages for the beginning of the album using Black / White embellishments throughout. I used things from both the planner and embellishment kit.


I wanted a full 6×8 photo of my daughter Eliza on the plane, because it was her first ever plane ride. I bordered it in washi tape. This 3 ring binder mini has pocket and 6×8 pages, but I also wanted to hole punch a few things directly in. This works great for memorabilia like this plane ticket.


I wanted to use 4×6 cards for journaling, but I was out of page protectors with 4×6 spots. So I added a transparency with gold foil throughout the album and adhered a card to the front and back with washi tape from my Freckled Fawn stash. This way I can see both sides of the card and get in journaling!


I used the black and glitter white enamel shapes to fill in the spaces in my title on the first journaling card.


Then I used letters from a past FF kit and the gold foil epoxy flowers to decorate the front of the other card.


Label stickers with chipboard phrases were a good way to add a bit to a page with two photos.


I used a sticky note from the planner kit to add journaling space to the photo on the bottom, then added a printed wood chip as a title.



I had a lot of fun with the page with all of the 2×2 pockets. I alternated photos and puffy camera sticker in each square on both sides.


I added another 4×6 card directly to the album by punching holes and added a resin flower with a gemstone to the corner to make the plain card a little more fun.


I love the look of layers when different sizes and transparencies are added in minibooks.


Another page of just photos, so this time I added one of the gold foil stickers from the planner kit to a photo.


I added a tiny bit of extra journaling with label stickers on these photos, but my favorite part is using back-to-back label stickers stuck partially on a journaling card to make it long enough to read the rings so I could add a horizontal 4×6 journaling card in. Think outside of the box to make your products work for you!


I’m having so much fun with this kit and I can’t wait to keep going.

Like the kit too?

Embellishment Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Black / White kit here!

Planner Kit: Start a subscription or buy your Black / White kit here!

I’d love to see how you use yours! Leave a link in the comments!

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products.