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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.

Spray Painting Makes a Huge Difference - The Before

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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.


Project Life 2014 | June 22-27 & 29-30

Simple #projectlife spread using the Jade edition | 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 and a half from the end of June.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

June 22-27

Let your photos decide your color scheme in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Eliza learned to make felted beads in art class, my sister Taylor at the end of her pregnancy, Jonas’s drawing of Taylor, burgers at Town Topic, power posing, and the spray park.

Use directional embellishments like arrow stickers to make a non-centered title seem more balanced | #projectlife The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use directional embellishments like arrow stickers to make a non-centered title seem more balanced.

Cut down a 4x6 card for a 4x4 pocket in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Learning about leaf galls, the kids getting as high as possible on the swing set, the kids piled together to watch TV (love that), making muffins, Eliza reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid, me working on some blog goals (journaling prompt was part of the #30Lists Blog Hop), water marbling, finding the walrus at Trader Joe’s.

Layer a filler and journaling card to add more color in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Layer a horizontal journaling card with a vertical filler card (or vice versa) to add more color to your layout while still leaving room for words.

Include everyday experiences, like going to the grocery store, in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Take pictures of the more mundane rituals and rituals in your life, like grocery shopping.

Single spread #projectlife page | The Nerd Nest

June 29 & 30

Going on here: Watching funny goat videos at Jake’s dad’s, eating at Happy Gillis with Paul, Kansas City skyline views, my mom moving, and the kids playing dress-up together.

Tip: Cut down a 4×6 card for a 4×4 pocket.

Supplies: #30Lists prompt, Jade Project Life Core Kit, Seafoam Project Life Core Kit, Rukristin for Freckled Fawn labels, Studio Calico Project Life kits, Project Life journaling pens, Design A page protectors, Small Variety Pack 3 page protectors.

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.

Project Life 2014 | June 16-21

#projectlife with Jade and postcards | 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-June.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

June 16-21

Add more color to #projectlife with postcards and business cards | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Pretty Kansas City skies, cats, Jonas “swimming” in the tiny pool with my sister Taylor, Eliza’s Federal Reserve field trip, coffee, yoga, dinner + fancy cupcakes with Beth, going to finally get a Missouri driver’s license. (Even though I haven’t lived in Kansas for a very long time. I know, I know it’s bad.)

Separate two sections of journaling with a sticker | #projectlife The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use a sticker to separate two sections of journaling.

Use a collection of labels to create a journaling spot on a photo in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use a collection of labels to create a journaling spot on a photo.

I used these and labels from this kit.

Use postcards in your #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use postcards and business cards to add more color to your pages!

The pinwheel and calendar card were in a set from Elise that shipped with an order. I sliced it up and used it as two cards! The bunny card is a business card from a Smallcakes, where Beth and I grabbed fancy cupcakes. They commissioned local legendary graffiti artist Scribe to paint the wall of their building and it is awesome. I love so much that I could slip a high quality no-traffic photo of the wall into my project thanks to that business card.

Add a title directly to your photo in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Sporting KC Game with Harvey and Eliza, Science City with Jonas, brunch at Happy Gillis and then the farmer’s market with my dad and step-mom.

Outline letter stickers so they are more clearly visible | #projectlife The Nerd Nest

Tip: Add titles directly onto your photos with letter stickers! If there isn’t enough contrast between the letters and the photo, outline the stickers with a thin journaling pen.

Alter a card to make it fit your story | #projectlife The Nerd Nest

Tip: Cover up parts of decorative cards that don’t apply to you!

It bugs me when a card has information on it for decorative purposes that could be misleading later. This card went well with my farmer’s market photos, but had the name of a (fake?) farm on it with an established by date. I covered up those bits with stamps from the Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me kits and added a few cute corn stickers too!

*This spread includes a card made for the 30 Days of Lists Blog Hop.

Supplies: #30Lists prompt, Jade Project Life Core Kit, Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me kits, Rukristin for Freckled Fawn labels, Studio Calico Project Life kits, Project Life journaling pens, Design A page protectors.

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.

Doctor Who Guess Who | 18\52 Projects

Homemade Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

My family is obsessed with Doctor Who. Jake and I have been looking for Whovian activities to do with the kids, but we’ve been coming up short. I mean, sure, we do play “Don’t Blink” tag while pretending to be Weeping Angels…which for some reason Jonas and Eliza find fun instead of terrifying. And there’s always some sort of Who related drawing / art / Lego project going on here. We were also temporarily excited over the idea of Doctor Who Monopoly, but decided that it didn’t make much sense as a game (the Doctor doesn’t believe in money!).

I decided to get creative and take matters into my own hands to alter a game to make it Whovian.

Guess Who was one of my favorite games as a kid and it’s one of the few classic board games we don’t have. The play on words made it a no brainer choice for a Doctor Who game! The rules of the game are simple: each player tries to deduce the identity of the other player’s mystery character through deduction using yes or no questions. How perfect is Guess Who for Doctor Who?

I picked up a used version of the game and swapped out the boring characters for Doctors, companions, and monsters!

Characters for Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

I started by making my own character cards. I stuck with characters from new Who, because we know it better. We can make a classic version later too if we want more variety!

I found a plethora of character portraits on BBC’s Doctor Who site and cropped them down to the card size for my version of the game (about 1 1/8 inch by 1 3/8 inch). I added 24 cards to an 8.5×11 page and printed three copies out on photo paper–one set for each game board and one set for the draw cards.

Using Guess Who Cards as a Template for Custom Characters | The Nerd Nest

I started out using my paper trimmer to cut out the characters, but it ended up being easier to use scissors and cut around the original game cards, which I used as a template.

Make your own Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

The character cards slip right into the flip pieces of the game! I left the original cards behind the Doctor Who cards so the backs would still look fancy.

Character Cards for Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

The 12th Doctor Character Card for Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

For the draw cards, I just adhered the character photos from the third sheet onto 3×4 white cardstock cards.

Question Stamp for Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

Doctor Who Guess Who Game | The Nerd Nest

I stamped a blue question mark on the back of each card, just for fun.

DIY Doctor Who Guess Who

Then we were ready to play! It’s a bit tougher than standard Guess Who. Once you get down to the last few characters, it can be difficult to ask questions that cover several of them to narrow down quickly! Eliza is REALLY good at it.

Kids Playing Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

Kids PlayingKids Playing DIY Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

Altering this game was a quick, easy project and is bound to result in hours and hours of fun! As long as you have photo re-sizing skills, you can do this project easily. And because the alteration is so quick and simple, you can make a version for any sort of fandom you love! I think Buffy would be good too. If you don’t want a fan themed game, you could even fill your board with photos of family and friends! The possibilities are endless and potentially hilarious.

Now off to play some more. Allons-y!


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 18 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.

30 Days of Lists Blog Hop

30 Days of Lists Blog Hop | The Nerd Nest

Today is the 30 Days of Lists Blog Hop! While we’re waiting for the listing to begin September 1, Kam and Amy challenged newsletter subscribers to pick a list from the March 2011 30 Days of Lists. Ever the overachiever, I picked three.

I love doing 30 consecutive lists bi-yearly during the challenge, because it’s fun, the community is amazing (#30Lists is the thread that ties together most of my online friends), and the exercise paints a really clear picture of who I am at the time. However, I also think that the lists are fantastic the other 10 months of the year too: individual lists are a great way to enhance my memory keeping by getting me to think about how to journal from a different perspective. The lists I’m sharing today are all in Project Life spreads (which I’ll be sharing Friday) and were used to document a little more in-depth with a list.

For this first photo, instead of just writing “I was working on my blog this week,” I chose an accompanying list entitled blog goals. That list was perfect for this!

  • reorganize categories
  • delete / move non-relevant posts to drafts
  • switch to cleaner site
  • make landing pages

#30Lists in #ProjectLife | The Nerd Nest

For this photo of my kids, instead of writing about how they’re into playing dress-up (which I’ve documented before), I chose the list Things you are good at. This list could be interpreted as “things I am good at” for a personal spin, but I wanted to use the list to show the kids’ relationship:

  • finding games to play together
  • sharing your stuff
  • letting me know if you need help working stuff out
  • pancake eating

#30Lists Blog Hop - 30 Days of Lists in #ProjectLife | The Nerd Nest

My family goes to Science City at least a few times a month, so a simple “we went to Science City” is really unnecessary with the photos in my album by this point. Instead, I used the list prompt Things I love about ____ to document a few reasons I love the place:

  • You can see a real paleontologist at work!
  • It gets Jonas’s energy out when the weather sucks.
  • It makes learning fun!

I love that these lists are a simple way to tell more story. I hope you’ll use them this way too! And here’s your chance–now it’s time for YOU to join in the blog hop. Here’s how:

1. Go to the (free) March 2011 30 Days of Lists site

2. Choose one of those list prompts

3. Create your list — on a post-it, digitally, art journal, however you like.

4. Post your list in a blog post

5. Link up your post so everyone can see it too!


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You don’t have to be registered for the September 2014 #30Lists to participate in the blog hop, but if you are going to sign up for this round of the challenge, do it soon! The exclusive #30Lists digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Designs is only available to those who sign up before September 1, so make sure you join in early! After you register, make sure to download it while it is still available. You can see how I made my base for this round with Allie’s digital kit and Project Life here!

P.S. I’m an ambassador for 30 Days of Lists, so I spread my love of the challenge in an official manner. You can see why I love #30Lists here, and I’m an affiliate so any purchases you make through these links supports the Nerd Nest!

I know that there are far too many exclamation points in this post but I can’t help it!!!! Now go check out the other posts on the hop.

Eliza’s Self Portrait with Stuff

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Eliza’s first day of third grade was last week, and her first assignment for her English class was the coolest. She picked a few items that represent her to bring to school, so the class can get to know each other better. I love this assignment and think that photographing a few items like this is a fantastic memory keeping exercise for anyone!

Here’s what Eliza picked:

Create a Self Portrait with Stuff

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, to represent her love of reading and to tell everyone how obsessed she’s been with the series lately.
  • Her latest project from Kiwi Crate to show how much she loves crafting.
  • A small Lego creation, because giant Lego villages don’t fit in a tote.
  • Her stuffed TARDIS, which had the duel purpose of showing off her obsessive Doctor Who love and showing that she likes stuffed toys.
  • A mini book I made for Eliza. (Which was sort of cheating, because it shows off lots of stuff she loves in there. It’s amazing to see how much of the stuff in that mini from two years ago is still relevant today!)
  • Some of the coolest small pieces from her rock collection, which show off her love of science.

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I loved seeing the things Eliza picked to represent herself (she is so awesome). The rest of the family is going to play along with the exercise this week too!

If you create one, share a link with me in the comments or tag me on Instagram: @megan_nerdnest so I can see your self portrait with stuff!

P.S. I’ve had a few questions about Kiwi Crate lately. They’re one of Eliza’s favorite things on the planet, and there’s a Free Trial going on right now if you want to check it out. Affiliate links used in this post when possible. Using these links helps to support the Nerd Nest.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 11

Scrapbooking family portraits : The Nerd Nest

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

For this round, I’m sharing layouts from Scrapbooking With Style by Kelly Purkey (currently 25% off) and the Big Picture Classes workshop Here and There Inspiration by Kelly Purkey and Amy Tan (now closed).

Documenting family portraits : The Nerd Nest

This page was inspired by one of Kelly’s awesome pages in Scrapbooking With Style. It features some family photos we took in 2011. Though I love candid everyday photos, I really cherish the photos of all of us together and individually, because we’re spending more time to get just the right shot. There’s less of a story with these kinds of photos, but I love getting a view of what we all look like at a specific point in time.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to make designs your own in classes that teach you to make a specific page! The original page had a single small photo, but I’m not one for leaving a lot of empty space on the page, so I made it my style by using a larger photo and a strip of photos at the top of the page.

Inspired by Scrapbooking with Style by Kelly Purkey : The Nerd Nest

I’m altering the layouts to fit my own supplies (though the class does have an optional add on of a cool Basic Grey kit–also on sale right now) and my own style, but I’m enjoying the challenge of getting a bit outside of my usual techniques, especially with embellishing.

Inspired by BPC Workshop Here and There : The Nerd Nest

The rest of the pages I’m sharing this round were inspired by Here and There Inspiration. This page is for Week 4 and was inspired by this front stoop. I used the inspiration image to choose the colors, textures, and materials on my page, which is about hanging out in our hammock with Jake’s brother serenading us.

Make one photo black and white in a color photo collage to make it stand out : The Nerd Nest

Tip: To make one photo stand out in a collage of equal sized photos, convert the focal photo to black and white (or convert all others to black and white and leave one in color).

Use up the rest of a sticker pack on one page! : The Nerd Nest

Tip: Challenge yourself to finish off an old sticker pack. I used 16 stickers from one sheet, slipping some partially behind layers, adding them in rows, and used them to direct the eye around the page.

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For Week 5, I was inspired by the colors in sunsets and by flora. I also used natural wood and cork textures to continue with the nature theme. Even though my photos from this 2011 Project Life page aren’t nature focused, the theme still works well with the colors of the photos.

Using Project Life for the Past 2 : The Nerd Nest

Tip: Combine multiple hand cut stamped images to create your own embellishments.

Using Project Life for the Past 3: The Nerd Nest

Tip: Add a small stamped image to a journaling card to add more color to your pocket–I needed this green to create a visual triangle!

Using Project Life for the Past 4: The Nerd Nest

Tip: Let some of your embellishments free! Letting a few things stick out of a pocket can make your grid page feel a bit more organic.

Project Life Page Inspired by a Magazine 1 : The Nerd Nest

For Week 6, I documented Eliza’s bit of modeling for a toy catalogue (one of our friends worked for the company and she got paid in toys–best deal ever).

Project Life Page Inspired by a Magazine 2 : The Nerd Nest

Project Life Page Inspired by a Magazine 3 : The Nerd Nest

I used the design of the catalogue covers to inspire elements on the page, like the tilted journaling spot that mimics the tilted logo and the flair that mimics the circle of text. I also used the colors found on one of the covers.

Scrapbooking Work Events 1 : The Nerd Nest

Week 7 was all about technology, and I documented Jake’s work developer conference.

Scrapbooking Work Events 3 : The Nerd Nest

Tip: Take a screenshot of your schedule to document an event!

Scrapbooking Work Events 2 : The Nerd Nest

Tip: House embellishments inside shapes in your patterned paper.

Color centric Project Life : The Nerd Nest

Document Relationships in Project Life : The Nerd Nest

For Week 8, about documenting relationships, I added a special relationship story to a Project Life page.

Combine 2 3x4 cards in a 4x6 Project Life pocket : The Nerd Nest

Tip: Tape two 3×4 cards together on the back side and use them in a 4×6 pocket. Tie them together further by having an embellishment, like this label sticker, overlap both cards.

*Supplies for these pages are mostly from Studio Calico kits and Oh Deer Me kits.


Most of these pages are for my 2011 weekly Project Life album, and I thought it would be fun to show how they went into the album! I had a few 12×12 pages from 2011 to work around, so I got creative expanding the weeks a bit.

Integrate Past Pages into a Project Life album: The Nerd Nest

Project Life meets Traditional Scrapbooking : The Nerd Nest

Traditional scrapbooking together with Project Life : The Nerd Nest

I loved making these pages for Scrapbooking With Style and Here and There Inspiration! I can’t wait to make even more for these workshops.

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).

Project Life 2014 | June Part 1

Project Life June Part 1 - 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 three spreads from the beginning of June.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

June 1-7

This spread was made with Studio Calico kits and 4×6 paper pads, a card from the Seafoam Project Life core kit, and Design A page protectors.

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Going on here: The kids having fun spending the night at Jake’s parents’ (I love that they send pictures) and Jake and I spending lots of time together doing (and eating) our favorite stuff while they were gone.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: Run out of room on your journaling card? Finish your sentence on an adjacent card with a label.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: Take representative photos for the things you do. For instance, I took a photo of The Fault in Our Stars book because Jake vetoed the photo we took together at the movie theater, which is sad, because it totally looked like Augustus was kissing Jake (the movie poster was behind front us). But Jake had a weird blinky face and deleted it. Boo. Even if I hadn’t used the book photo, it reminded me that we went so I’d jot a little note about it.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: Technology makes it so easy to use others’ photos in your Project Life! Jake’s parents text photos they take on their phones or iPad to me, and I save them to my camera roll so I can include them along with my own photos.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Jonas’s fancy ways of playing, board games, getting my hair chopped off, Eliza and Jonas playing on the iPad, Eliza reading to Jonas and having him repeat the story after her, and Poppy visiting us.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: Adding labels doesn’t just give you extra space for words, they also give you a little extra white space on your page to help direct the eye around.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

June 8-14

This page uses the Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste Mini Kit, Rukristin for Freckled Fawn labels, Design A and Design F page protectors, and a few bits from Studio Calico kits.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Going on here: The awesomeness of my new haircut (Jake takes the best portraits), Jonas making up stories in his books, and (surprise, surprise) brunch.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Surprise birthday party for Poppy! It was his girlfriend’s idea (she’s awesome), he didn’t know it was coming, and it was great!

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: Using the same sticker sheet across a whole spread helps bring cohesion.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: Don’t have just the right insert? Try cutting down a bigger protector. If you cut just outside the sewed lines between the pockets, you don’t even have to do anything to seal the edge! If you’re cutting through the middle of a pocket, you can seal it with a sewing machine, staples, or washi tape.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Flying a kite, Jonas’s weird rigging of our swing set, and Jake’s cousin’s graduation party.

Going on here: A (really) late mother’s day celebration for Jake’s mom, tricycling, Eliza’s first day of summer school camp, doing shaving cream marbling, my mom’s just for me just because chocolate chip cookies, and Jonas reading to the cat.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

Tip: If your journaling card has one decorative side, keep that side by the edge of the page.

Project Life June Part 1 - The Nerd Nest

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

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