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Projects with Bloom | Freckled Fawn May 2016 Kit

Freckled Fawn Bloom May 2016 Embellishment Kit

I’ve been lagging on blogging lately, and I completely forgot to share the projects I made with the amazing Bloom kits from Freckled Fawn! These are the May kits, but Bloom Embellishment Kit (above) and Bloom Planner Kit (below) are both still available at the time of writing.

I love these nature-y kits and I’m going to have to break out some 90′s kid photos to make a few projects with the bits I have leftover. I know I had an outfit that was basically the same pattern that is on the chipboard hearts and stars–hah!

Freckled Fawn Bloom May 2016 Planner Kit

Here are the three projects I’ve made so far with the kit:

Denver Pocket Spread | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

For vacations, I like to make highlight spreads to put in my pocket scrapbooks. I usually document trips more in-depth with minibooks later, but I love having a view in my chronological albums too. Because these spreads are photo-heavy and I want them to come together quickly, the planner kit is a perfect companion. I can embellish simply with coordinated products and finish up quickly!

Denver Pocket Spread Left Side | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I used May’s Bloom planner kit to add journaling to my spread and for a few fun touches. I started with the circle sticky notepads and added one of each to the cards I’d cut down from patterned paper so I could use them as journaling spots. Before trimming off the excess note from the first card, I used it to line up the notes on the other cards so they’d all have the same placement. This is a great way to turn your scrap patterned paper into journaling cards for pocket scrapbooking!

Denver Pocket Spread Close-Up 1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Next, I used the washi tape from the kit to ground the date on my title card. Because the tape is slightly translucent and I wanted it to stand out, I used two layers.

Denver Pocket Spread Close-Up 2 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I added a paper clip to one card for a touch more pink.

Denver Pocket Spread Close-Up 3 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I still felt that the page was missing something, so I added leatherette foil leaf stickers to make a patterned background for my final card. This is my favorite part of the whole spread!

Denver Pocket Spread Right Side | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

There you have it! A simple vacation-highlight pocket page that came together quickly using the planner kit.

Game Night | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I’m working on filling in the gaps I left in my 2015 albums, and one story I hadn’t yet told was about our efforts to play board games more often (we usually have a game night on Friday nights now). I knew I wanted to include a lot of photos and journaling, so a few clusters of embellishments were the perfect touch so they didn’t overwhelm the page.

I was inspired by this lovely page by Sasha Farina for the design of this layout.

Game Night Close-Up 1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I crafted a title using the cork “play” sticker from the kit and framed it with two wood chip ferns and clusters of pearl stickers.

Game Night Close-Up 2 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Then I used more pearls and a label sticker from April’s Planner Kit to add the date in the lower corner.

Michigan Minibook Page 1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

For my third project, I turned to an in-progress 6×8 pocket minibook I’ve been working on. The books is about weekend trip to Michigan. I’ve been adding to it here and there, completing a few pages at a time in sections for the different parts of the trip. Bloom inspired me to complete one of my favorite parts of the trip–going to an aquarium and conservatory. The warm rooms and shocks of nature and color were a welcome break from a very cold and icy February weekend! The flower and fern themes in the kit were perfect.

Michigan Minibook Page 1 Close-Up | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I first used the kit to turn a patterned filler pocket card into a journaling card, layering fern washi, a notecard from the Bloom planner kit, a wood button sticker, and a pearl sticker. I combined three circle embellishments in a group throughout these pages for a bit of cohesion.

Michigan Minibook Page 2 Close-Up | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Michigan Minibook Page 2-1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Michigan Minibook Page 2-2 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I made a little 6×8 page for one of my favorite 4×6 photos, including washi at the top and bottom of the page and another little three circle grouping with a wood button sticker and two pearl stickers.

Michigan Minibook Page 3 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

For the last page in this section of the album, I knew I wanted the cork words “bloom” and “grow” to be the stars. I made a little spot for “bloom” on the full 6×8 page using another sticky note from the planner kit to create a spot for it. I used one of the fern wood chips to underline the word so it wouldn’t seem like it was floating, then made a visual triangle around the word with three sets of three pearl stickers.

Michigan Minibook Page 3 Close-Up 1 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Michigan Minibook Page 3 Close-Up 3 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

I included the “grow” cork sticker in the middle of a journaling card and underlined it with washi tape. I thought that the bottom corner needed a little cork and a little blue too, so I included a circle cut from the kit pouch (my circle punch wouldn’t go all of the way through the pouch, so I used the punch to create an outline and then cut around it), a cork heart, and one more pearl sticker.

This kit definitely helped inspire me to document a wonderful memory of blooming things!

Michigan Minibook Page 3 Close-Up 2 | Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn

Like the kit too?

Get yours here: Embellishment Kit: Bloom / Planner Kit: Bloom

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.

New Pocket Your Year Unit – Repetition

Repetition Unit for Pocket Your Year | Megan Anderson

Repetition may seem boring at first glance, but finding stories and design patterns to repeat gives you a go-to bag of tricks.

Having things to repeat takes some of the guesswork out of memory keeping. It helps you settle on what you like so you spend less time thinking about what you should do and less time doing it.

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This month in Pocket Your Year, we’re going to reflect on our albums and ask ourselves how Repetition in projects, stories, and design can help you in your pocket scrapbooking process.

Pocket Your Year Creative Team Repetition Sneaks

Here’s a little sneak peek of some of the projects made by the amazing Pocket Your Year Creative Team for this unit! As always, I was blown away by the things they created this month!

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

Current students, go to the classroom and get started now! Not taking the year-long pocket scrapbooking course yet? You can join any time this year.

Portrait with Items with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Portrait with Items.

Portrait with Items | Nerd Nest Challenge Take by Lisa 1

I love this challenge! I always take photos of our stuff and using those in memory keeping projects about our lives right now. These things change so quickly, from there being toys and messy counters to clothes in piles on the floor is just a blink of an eye in a child’s life. And we change as adults too of course. Perhaps you are in collage in a dorm with a few things reminding you of home or newly married in your first real home.

Portrait with Items | Nerd Nest Challenge Take by Lisa 2

I have a few examples of how I played with the challenge. First, I asked myself what is my stuff right now. Could I capture that in one photo? This was at night and I had just been outside watering all my plants on the patio and the garden beds, so I took this photo (above) of me standing with all the plants at my feet. This photo tells the story about how I love gardening and tending to my garden. Especially at night after a warm day walking around weeding and making sure they all have wet soil. These are “my stuff” right now.

Portrait with Items | Nerd Nest Challenge Take by Lisa 6

Then I thought of my soon to be 17 year old daughter and took out the big camera and shot a few photos of her room after she had went to school. These photos are so typical for who she is right now; messy and thinking that fashion and make up is the most important things next to music and her friends. Just like it should be.

Portrait with Items | Nerd Nest Challenge Take by Lisa 4

In February I was the host for a fun challenge called #hashtagthisweek at my IG friend Mandy´s website. Every week she has a different prompt to challenge memory keeping. That week I chose the prompt piles. Yes, piles, we all have them, right?! Piles of stuff can be a fun way to document our everyday life. Even if you are super organized I think we all have some sort of pile in our home. I know I have! I always have a pile of clothes on a chair next to my bed and a stack of books waiting to be read on my bedside table. In a few years I bet your piles will look very different.
I made this layout with my photos of piles.

Portrait with Items | Nerd Nest Challenge Take by Lisa 7

I´ll leave you with a great and simple example from one of my friends. Marie´s first page in her Project Life album is so great, she gathered favorite things for each family member and took a photo with their feet. Brilliant!

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 amazing “stuff” projects with us, Lisa!

Portrait with Items | Nerd Nest Challenge + Let’s Get Sketchy & Freckled Fawn Collaboration

Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn + Let's Get Sketchy 4

This month, the Nerd Nest Challenge is to take a portrait using items! What does your stuff say about you? What does a family member’s things show about their personalities? Try taking a photo of things to tell a story about a person!

Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn + Let's Get Sketchy 1

For my take on the challenge, I used a sketch from Let’s Get Sketchy for a collaboration between the challenge site and Freckled Fawn. Check out the site to see the sketch–I altered it to a 8.5 x 11 and straightened out some tilted elements for my take.

Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn + Let's Get Sketchy 2

To tell a story with items for this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge, I took a photo of the three small stuffed toys Jonas has been attached to lately. The photo tells most of the story for me, for journaling I only noted the names of the characters (something that seems unforgettable now, but might not be so memorable in 20 years) and the way Jonas says they are so “cuuuuuute.”

But for me, this photo is a portrait of Jonas right now in other ways. He loves his fandoms and wants his toys and clothing to reflect the nerd culture he loves. Bringing those characters into his world of pretend play gives his everyday life an element of magic. And they also show his soft side, something very present but not always shown in the many photos of him climbing and running and hanging, in that he loves how cute these mini characters are and he treats them like babies.

I can turn this into a longer story later–like the times he asks me to watch one of them while he does something as if they are real babies needing supervision and care–but for now, this little item portrait shows so many things about who Jonas is right now.

Megan Anderson for Freckled Fawn + Let's Get Sketchy 3

I’d love to see what you come up with to illustrate aspects of your personality (or a loved one’s personality) with an item portrait!

Selected Supplies: Freckled Fawn June “Citrus Twist” Embellishment Kit (puffy stickers, flat paper clip, acetate die cut), June “Citrus Twist” Planner Kit (label stickers), March “Shine” Embellishment Kit (enamel dots, chipboard banner) // Basic Grey Highline “Sweetness” paper, Juniper Berry “Rooftop” paper, and Saturday Morning “Fly a Kite” paper // Amy Tangerine Better Together “Sun and Moon” paper

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!

Using with Special Products with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Emily F. is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Stash Bust.

When I found out that this month’s challenge was to bust your stash, I was super excited! We all have that one or maybe two products that we either hoard or just have way too much of to even use sometimes. For me, I have several Freckled Fawn kits that I either have not touched yet (I know it sounds crazy) or leftovers that I just can’t seem to part with. I also have a lot of washi tape and have yet to even finish a roll. I have decided that I want to start using the products that I have rather than let them sit around in my craft space.

I have a ton of pictures to scrap and decided to make a layout using April’s Freckled Fawn kit.

Using with Special Products with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

I used some Studio Calico Seven Paper Amelia as a mat for my photo. Then I used some enamel dots, washi tape, and chipboard stickers to embellish the page. I’m loving the enamel dots and chipboard stickers. I was very surprised at how easy it was to use the enamel stickers since enamel dots are my favorite product.

Using with Special Products with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge 2

I also have a lot of paper pads. I decided rather than using the pads on just layouts and cards, that maybe it would be fun to make some embellishments. Normally, I don’t make embellishments with my paper pads so it was a nice change. I made some epoxy stickers using Studio Calico’s Seven Paper Amelia 6×6 paper pad. These were so easy to make. I just used a 1 inch punch and some epoxy stickers that I found at Hobby Lobby. Once you punch your paper, you just stick the epoxy sticker onto the paper.

Using with Special Products with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge 3

As I mentioned before, I have a bunch of washi tapes. I decided to make some handmade notecards and decorated them using a few of my washi tapes. I really love how they turned out and will be making a bunch of 3×4 and 4×6 notecards with all of my washi tapes. I think these notecards would be perfect for writing little notes to my family and friends. Below is a close up of the note cards.

Using with Special Products with Emily | Nerd Nest Challenge 4

I can’t wait to see how you all take on this month’s 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! I know lots of us have products we strangely like too much to use, but I hope this post will inspire us all to break them out and stop hoarding them!

What’s Missing? | May Pocket Your Year Unit

Pocket Your Year What's Missing Unit Sneak Peek

This month in Pocket Your Year, we’re taking a loot at what’s missing in our pocket scrapbooking albums.

This unit will help you reflect on things you’d like to document that haven’t made it into your albums. We go over the reasons why you may be missing things and give you ideas for things to document that you may not have previously considered.

Pocket Your Year May Creative Team Sneak

Here’s a little sneak peek of some of the projects made by the amazing Pocket Your Year Creative Team for this unit! I was blown away by the things they created this month!

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

Are you ready to fill in what’s missing in your pocket scrapbooks? Current students, go to the classroom and get started now! Not taking the year-long pocket scrapbooking course yet? You can join any time this year.

Pocket Letters for Stashbusting with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Lisa is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Stash Bust.

Pocket Letters for Stashbusting with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

One of my favorite ways to use up my stash is to make Pocket Letters™ . Are you familiar with it? If not, here is a short description. It is basically a pimped out baseball card page protector. Haha. A lady called Janette that trademarked it a few years ago and this is how she explains it:

” …a new way to send letters to your new or existing penpals. Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 Pocket Trading Card Protector and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you.”

Well, I have had penpals since I was maybe 10 years old, so this is a very familiar and loved hobby of mine. Right now I have about 5 friends that I make Pocket Letters™ for on a regular basis and I have swapped once with a few more. The letter part is important ofcourse, but it is also a really great way to use up your stash of products you might be tired of or have been hoarding.

Pocket Letters for Stashbusting with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 2

Here is one of my first Pocket Letters™ just to give you an idea. This one is kind of minimalistic perhaps, but my style is perhaps that way. you can use trimmed down Project Life®, since the pockets are smaller than 3×4″ or patterned papers for your background in the pockets and then add bits and pieces to them. I generally work better if I have a theme or color scheme, but you can just go wild and crazy here! It´s also fun to use products or a style that is not your normal.

On the back you can put all sorts of goodies in the pockets. I like to include washi tape, die cuts, stickers and perhaps a piece of chocolate. Mine get kind of bulky!

Pocket Letters for Stashbusting with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 3

For a real stash bust I used washi tape to make my background. I started with a sheet of A4 cardstock and just added strips of washi tape in a patterned I liked. Then I trimmed it down so that I had 9 cards. This way I already had a co-ordinated background to start from.

Pocket Letters for Stashbusting with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 4

Then I started adding in my goodies. This time I wrote out a current playlist, shared an inspirational quote and ofcourse added a personal letter. You can totally use the pockets to create ways for your penpal/swap buddy to get to know more about you. But you can also write questions to get to know them.

Pocket Letters for Stashbusting with Lisa | Nerd Nest Challenge 5

I have also discovered flip books which is sort of a little booklet you make and fill with lovely stickers, washi and die cuts. And you send them as happy mail, just like Pocket Letters™. These are easy to pack full of product too!

There you have it, my favorite way to use up my stash!

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 how you use Pocket Letters to shash bust with us, Lisa!

Stash Busting, Digi Style with Jen | Nerd Nest Challenge

Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Stash Bust.

The idea of busting your stash in digital scrapping is a bit different than it is for paper. But don’t run away paper people, I think some of what I have to say later can apply to you too!

The pace of new product releases in digi is so much faster than it is in paper. I know I can look forward to anywhere between 40-100 new products releasing each week at my favorite store. In digi, our “stash” can grow as big as our hard drives can handle. Then we buy bigger hard drives, keep collecting, and nobody in our families knows the difference. There are no messy piles, only folders and files tucked safely out of site. This can lead to major hoarding issues but I justify it to myself by thinking that digi scrappers keep the “hard drive industry” strong.

But in truth, I’m not really satisfied with that system. I probably only use 10% of what I buy. I buy a kit, or get one through a Creative Team, use it once or twice, and move on to the next pretty thing that comes along. Sometimes I’ll get a kit for one particular paper or ellie and end up not even using it. My idea of “stash busting” is using a kit more than once. I think the same can be said of a lot of digi scrappers.

Back in March I decided to try something different with my kits. I’m obsessed with “kill a kit” videos, especially ones by Nic Mackin and Nichole Jones I think it’s so fun to see how many pages you can get from one collection. So I decided to try it myself.

I got the opportunity to work with the Storyteller collab kit by Blue Heart Scraps and Love It Scrap It. It has 30 papers, 2 alphas, and 101 elements.

Looking through the ellies, I saw the “I am a storyteller” sticker and immediately knew what I wanted to scrap about. I’ve made a couple of pages about why I scrapbook, but not one about why I’m on Creative Teams. The sticker was a perfect jumping off point for that page. I loved a lot of the pattern papers so I chose a template with plenty of paper layers. Blue is my favorite color and I use it in most of my “all about me” pages, so choosing papers was pretty easy and the page came together quickly.

Stash Busting, Digi Style with Jen 1 | Nerd Nest Challenge

For my second page, I wanted to use the “5 W’s” stickers. I thought it would be cute to use them with some recent photos of Miss Kitty and our baby drone. I used the same white background paper because most of my 2016 pages have white or neutral colored backgrounds. (That’s one advantage with digi- you can duplicate supplies and use them over and over)

Storyteller collab by Blue Heart Scraps and Love it Scrap It

After that, I didn’t have any more immediate ideas of pages to make so I took a different route. I made a copy of the kit and moved it to a “stash” folder so I wouldn’t lose the original kit. I deleted most of the things I’d used for the first two pages and looked at what was left.

I knew the minty green supplies would be the most difficult for me to work with. I just don’t have a lot of that color in my life. I made a new folder, separated out the green stuff, and labeled it “storyteller green”. There were a few yellowy gold supplies and I made a folder for them. I didn’t want it to be too monochromatic, so I added a few red and blue green things, which gave me the idea for my third LO. I continued to divide supplies up into mini kits according to what I thought went well together. I made sure each mini kit had a good mix of solid and pattern papers and added in elements that went with the main kit colors.

I wanted to have certain elements available to use in each kit. I use these kinds of supplies a lot, so each mini kit got a copy of the white background paper, a doily, paint or a scatter, and some flowers and leaves. Having my go-to supplies in each kit would make them easier to use. After that I divided up what was left based on color and type. I divided the neutral colored allies evenly among the kits and made sure each kit had tags, fasteners, and some kind of quote card or word sticker. After breaking up the kit, I ended up with four or five smaller mini kits. I was heavily influenced by how Nic and Nichole were breaking big collections into smaller kits on their channels at the time/

Looking through the “yellow/ red/ blue green” folder reminded me of Christmas. They aren’t exactly Christmas colors, but they were perfect to scrap January photos with the Christmas tree in the background. After I made this page, I deleted most of the supplies I’d used and dispersed the rest among my other mini’s. I didn’t overthink it. I set my timer and the whole process took about a half an hour. I’m sure that could be sped up even more with practice.

Storyteller collab by Blue Heart Scraps and Love It Scrap It

After making the third page, I was ready to put my mini kits aside for awhile and move on. They chilled out on my hard drive for a couple of months until I got May’s challenge assignment. It was time to revisit them!

I challenged myself to use the dreaded minty green kit first. It was actually easier to find photos for it than I’d originally thought. Sometimes it helps to step away for a bit and come back with fresh eyes. I went with a Project Life page this time. I can’t say it’s my very favorite page ever, but it’s one more week finished and that’s what counts!

Stash Busting Digi Style with Jen 4 | Nerd Nest Challenge

I had made a “blue and red” kit based off of a pattern paper that I liked so I went in search of photos with blue and red. The blues in these photos don’t match at all, but I’m ok with that. I’m really into making companion pages lately. If there is an event I want to scrap with lots of photos, I’ll take the main one or two photos and make a traditional LO with the things I want to remember from that event. Then if I have time I’ll make another page with lots of photos and a few more details. I feel like the story gets told well that way.

Storyteller kit by Blue Heart Scraps

Stash Busting, Digi Style with Jen 6 | Nerd Nest Challenge

And there you have it- six pages from one kit! And a pretty good variety too, All About Me, Project Life, a big event, and some everyday moments. And I could probably squeeze out a couple more.

Here are a few bonus tips for any kind of scrapper wanting to use up supplies.

Go with your gut. You bought this collection for a reason. What stood out to you when you first saw it? Was it a certain paper, an ellie with a quote that spoke to you?

Make a list. Sometimes when I get a new kit, I’ll brainstorm all the ways I can think of to use it. I never actually make ALL those pages, but it’s a great jumping off point.

Go off-theme. Try taking all the neutral elements in a kit and using them on a page.

Cover it up. If you can’t think of a way to use something, try tucking it into a cluster so only a part shows. Cover up sentiments on journal cards that you don’t like with a smaller piece of paper or a photo.

Use all the things. Do you love the papers from a kit and want to use every single scrap? Go for it! That’s why you bought it. You’ll appreciate it much more on a page than you will if it’s stuck in a drawer or on a hard drive.

Go with what you know- Do you love doilies or wood veneer? Make sure you have those things available. If you’re a paper scrapper that might mean having containers of those things within easy reach. If you’re digi, consider starting a “favorites” folder with copies of your most-loved supplies.

Challenge yourself- Sometimes it’s fun to get out of your comfort zone. Pull out that punch you haven’t used in years, or try out a new photoshop style. Adding a little something different can help you see your stash in a new way.

I hope this has inspired you to dig into your stash, whether you scrap with paper or pixels!

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.

Pocket Your Year NSD Sale + Sneak Peek

PocketYourYear NSD Sale

Happy (inter)National Scrapbooking Day!

You might be celebrating this crafty holiday my favorite way–doing tons of scrapbooking! I’m filling in pockets today and I thought many of you might be using this weekend the same way: to get caught up with your pocket scrapbooking.

To celebrate NSD, Pocket Your Year is 25% off this weekend! Use the code NSD2016 through midnight CST Sunday.

You’ll not only have pocket scrapbooking instruction for the rest of the year, there are 4 units ready and waiting for you! Play the instruction videos while you craft for NSD and do the assignments to get your creative juices flowing!

Here’s a sneak of the units that we’ve had so far this year:

Quick Tips Unit | Pocket Your Year sneak

The Quick Tips unit will help you pocket scrapbook faster.

You may like to savor the process of pocket scrapbooking or you may be looking for ways to streamline your process, but whether your goal is to take your time or speed things up, most of us could use quick tips to use for spreads that are giving us trouble or for times when we “fall behind” and want to get a big batch of spreads done.

Memorabilia Unit | Pocket Your Year

The Memorabilia will help you get bits of life into your pocket scrapbooks.

Memorabilia like tickets, mail, notes, and drawings can tell a whole story that photos and words aren’t telling. By including memorabilia in your pocket scrapbooks, you are telling a story about yourself, your culture, and your time.

Stay Inspired Unit | Pocket Your Year sneak

The Stay Inspired unit helps you keep up with pocket scrapbooking as your interest ebbs and flows.

With a long haul project like pocket scrapbooking, many of us drop off from the practice.

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

Develop Your Plan of Action for Pocket Scrapbooking | Pocket Your Year sneak

The Plan of Action unit helps you to find YOUR best pocket scrapbooking process.

We go over the advantages to different approaches so you can decide what will work best for you!

There is no “right” way to approach memory keeping, but there is a way that is right for you-this unit is designed to help you find your way. Learn how to come up with a plan that will fit your documentation style, your space, your time, and your process. Developing that plan will help you to stay in action with your pocket scrapbooking this year, so you are making memories instead of stuck trying to figure out how you should record them!

This is an on-going course, so in addition to these self-paced units waiting for you now, there are 8 more monthly units coming up, starting with the next unit, What’s Missing?, coming May 15th.

Join now! Use the code NSD2016 and get 25% off Pocket Your Year!

Stash Bust | Nerd Nest Challenge

Stash Bust Washi Tape -- Cover a Journal! | The Nerd Nest

For this month’s Nerd Nest Challenge, we’re going to focus on Stash Busting!

I’m using the last of my Spring Cleaning energy to reorganize my scrapbooking supplies a bit. I do this every few months, which prevents any piles that are building up in my workspace from getting overwhelming. Looking through those supplies inspires me to use them!

While I’m reorganizing, I realized I need to stash bust for two reasons:

1) There tend to be a few types of supplies that are building up that I’m neglecting and

2) Little bits and scraps end up spread out and need to be used up.

I know I’m not the only one, so I challenge you to stash bust along with me in May!

Cover a journal in washi tape strips to easily distinguish between multiple similar books

The first type of product I wanted to stash bust a bit is washi tape. I have a rather large washi collection, and because these rolls last a long time, there’s no way I’ll ever finish a roll if I don’t come up with some projects that use a large amount of washi tape.

So I covered a composition book in it!

I have a lot of composition books laying around. I try to keep them separated by subject so my notes are easy to find. However, sometimes that means that I get started on a journal, end up abandoning a project, and then have a lot of paper left.

I decided to use one of those abandoned notebooks for something new. The washi helps to identify it and to cover up the original title on the cover. I just clipped together the pages I’d used so that I can still access them, but I can also get to the start of my new topic easily.

I love a good ROYGBIV color scheme, so I chose a rainbow assortment of washi tapes from my collection (plus a pink one). Most of these washi tapes come from past Freckled Fawn or Studio Calico kits or from the Freckled Fawn store.

I started near the spine so it would be easy to keep the washi straight, using the edge of the spine fabric as a guide. I started with a little bit of washi running off of the edge of the cover, so I could wrap it on the inside.

Because washi is semi-translucent and the background of the composition book is black, I needed several layers of each color. I wrapped the washi around the entire inside of the book for multiple passes through the front instead of tearing off multiple layers for the cover. Now the inside cover is pretty too!

Write down the definitions you look up to better commit them to memory

I’m using this notebook to write down words I look up with a dictionary app on my phone. I love to look up unfamiliar words or words I know the connotation of but not the exact definition of. Writing down the definitions after looking them up helps me to commit them to memory.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Stash Bust

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