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January 9-14 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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Last week I shared my take on the current Freckled Fawn sketch challenge (there’s still time to enter to win a $25 gift certificate–the challenge closes tonight!).

In addition to the 8.5×11 alteration on the sketch I did, I also worked on more sketch inspiration with two 6×12 insert pages! Today I’m sharing the pocket pages with the sketch inserts.

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This first page includes Jonas’s cool Lego creation, the kids and Jake playing with the amazing Magic Tracks my mom got Jonas for his birthday, and Eliza texting me a photo of her and Jonas to confirm they’d brushed their teeth before bed (she has an out-of-service phone now and loves sending us photos and emojis through iMessage).

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For this page I used a variety of Studio Calico cards, Freckled Fawn labels to add journaling onto photos and the dates onto my title cards, and vellum stickers from the February 2017 Freckled Fawn embellishment kit to add a border to my title card.

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For the inserts, I made pages about the big kids’ dance classes. I interviewed each of them about what they liked about their classes–I love getting the kids’ voices in my albums and it is something I need to remind myself to do more.

To see more photos of these pages and read more about them, check out the post on Freckled Fawn’s blog here.

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I finished up the spread with lots of cat snuggles photos, a selfie of Eliza and I, Jonas and his mini quadcopter, a coloring page Jake did with the kids, and our foster daughter scootering about and having ice cream on a weirdly warm day.

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I’m happy to have another week in the books for 2017! Are you pocket scrapbooking this year? How is it going so far?

Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | Nerd Nest Challenge

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to Use Non-Scrapbooking Products.

Thinking outside of the box for scrapbooking supplies can be a fun adventure, can add great texture to your pages, and can be a cost effective alternative to pre-made products. Keep in mind that some of the things you might use might not be archival quality–there are sprays you can buy to help counteract this if it’s a concern for you.

You might use items from other craft areas, embellish with memorabilia, or use an interesting greeting card, mailer, or flier as paper.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

For my take on the challenge, I used a variety of non-scrapbooking supplies on a pocket spread documenting Day in the Life™ (which I do monthly, inspired by Ali Edwards).

I need room for lots and lots of photos and journaling on these types of spreads, so I use lots of white space. Adding in some non-scrapbooking bits added some more fun and color to these pages.

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The first page has the big kids getting ready for school and waiting for the bus, including Jonas finishing filling out his Book-in-the-Bag log, which is due on Wednesdays. Our foster daughter put on her backpack to wait for the bus with Jonas, which was adorable. Jake read news, the little one and I snuggled while I read and she watched a nursery rhyme cartoon, we played with our bird and danced / did yoga.

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Sometimes I stick to a kit or two for pages to get them done fast, but I wanted more of a variety on this page, so I took the opportunity to stash bust. I used cards from lots of different Studio Calico kits, alpha stickers from an old kit (Cocoa Daisy, I think), and the number “One” to note the date from the Numbers Story Kit.

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My non-scrapbooking item on this page is a bit of embroidery floss- I wrapped it around a journaling card a few times and secured it on the back with washi tape.

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For an insert, I cut the last three inches off of a Design A page protector, stapling shut the openings at the top and bottom (washi tape and sewing are other ways to do this, I was feeling lazy).

This page mostly covers lunch and cleaning.

The “today card: is from the Numbers Story Kit, the menu card is from a Kelly Purkey kit, and the 4×6 card is from this Ali Edwards Celebration card set.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

For a non-scrapbooking embellishment on this page, I cut a circle from felt. I used a circle punch to outline the circle. The punch couldn’t cut through the thick fabric, but it made a circle outline that made it easy to cut out a nearly perfect circle.

I layered the felt circle with a paper circle and a cork heart from Freckled Fawn.

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Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

The back of the insert is about the afternoon, including the work I got done, calling my Senators and Congrassman, the big kids getting off the bus, and the little one video chatting with her grandma after a nap.

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I took a screenshot of the calls I made, which is a good documenting idea in general for documenting a Day in the Life.

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I wanted to think about digital non-scrapbooking things to include too, so I went with this meme. I texted it to Jake in the evening when he asked what was taking me so long to come upstairs and go to bed as a way to tell him I was caught up reading the news.

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The last page shows our evening–dinner with my friend and co-robotics coach Steph (having our sons play together before practice increases the chances they’ll be more chill during practice), coaching Jonas’s robotics team (they started building their Lego model!), playing chess with Eliza (her first chess club meeting was the next day and she totally beat me), Jake playing Connect Four with Jonas, brushing the tiny one’s teeth, excitement about my new outfit, a long conversation with Eliza about white privilege after her shower.

A pretty full night.

Nerd Nest Challenge - Use Non-Scrapbooking Products | February 2017 Day in the Life

On this page I used a paint chip as a journaling card! I wanted a bit more red on the page, and remembered I had a bunch of these from the last time I was trying to decide on wall paint colors.

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I had a lot of fun working a few non-scrapbooking items into my spread. I’d love to hear your ideas for doing the same!

I want 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! Just insert your documenting area (art journaling, videography, etc.) for the word scrapbooking in the challenge!

Check back on Mondays in February for takes from the Nerd Nest team!

Freckled Fawn Birthday Bash – Sketch Challenge

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Freckled Fawn has a new blog and is celebrating their birthday month with a weekly sketch challenge with prizes! I’m kicking off the first challenge–check it out here and share your take on the sketch to enter to win a $25 gift card from Freckled Fawn.

Birthday Party with Freckled Fawn’s February 2017 Planner Kit

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This year I’m adding in extra event spreads between my weekly spreads in my pocket scrapbook. Today I’m sharing a spread about a family birthday party for Eliza and Jonas.

Freckled Fawn February 2017 Planner Kit

I love using Freckled Fawn’s planner kits on pocket spreads–they have just enough embellishments in them to jazz up a simple spread. For this page, I used FF’s February 2017 planner kit. I also used silver foil labels from the April 2016 embellishment kit.

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There were lots of clashing colors going on in the photos for this spread. I originally tried to pull some bright colors from the kids’ cake and presents for the cards, but it wasn’t really working. So I decided that using neutral cards (from the Project Life Everyday core kit) and colorful embellishments was a better way to go.

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I wanted the adorable photos of the kids and the many photos showing our extended family to shine, so I opted for minimal embellishments on this thread. Embellishing a bit here and there is a great way to stretch your kit!

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To make a filler card a title card, I centered an epoxy heart sticker and drew a black border around it so it would stand out more against the busy patterned background. I added a silver foil label on either side to add info about the event and the date. I finished it off with puffy border stickers on the top and bottom.

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I used labels to describe what’s going on in a few of the photos and added stickers from the washi book on either side of the journaling space on a card to add more color.

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On the right page, I included my favorite photo of each kid opening presents, two photo collages of pictures of our family (plus the cake), and photos of our family playing Twister after the party was over. All I added on this side was a few planner stickers!

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Nesting circle stickers into circles on cards is a go-to for me. I love overlapping the sticker a bit and cutting of the excess.

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I also added a planner sticker into the center of each photo collage page. When I made these collages, I made sure to arrange the photos to ensure that there was plenty of room and the stickers wouldn’t cover anything important in the photos!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used the planner kit to create a simple pocket scrapbooking spread! Do you use planner kits for pocket scrapbooking too? I’d love to see how!

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team and thus receive free and discounted products. I am an affiliate and receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Hello Hermes! | Layout with Freckled Fawn’s February 2017 Embellishment Kit

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I was so excited when I saw the feather and love motif in this month’s February 2017 Freckled Fawn embellishment kit kit! I knew immediately that I wanted to start documenting our new bird, Hermes.

Of course, the feathers are great even if you don’t have an avian friend, feathers can be good for documenting love (think “birds of a feather flock together,” “our nest,” or even “you ruffle my feathers”).

Freckled Fawn February 2017 Kit

Here’s a look at everything the kit includes.

I love all of the colors in the kit–it gave me so many options! But sometimes options are overwhelming. If you are having trouble choosing which elements from a kit to use, try just picking two or three colors and sticking with those. This can also help you get out of the mindset of the kit’s theme (February’s kit isn’t just for Valentine’s Day!). For my layout, I choose to use mostly the teal with a few pops of pink.

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I had fun making this layout on the diagonal, using a combo of photos and pocket scrapbooking cards for big “stripes” and embellishments from the kit for smaller stripes. I added two teal “love” strips from the washi booklet across the middle, a pink feather washi strip in opposite corners, and finished the corners off with puffy border stickers.

This is a really easy design to scraplift and can be used with lots of different photo size variations!

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I used the vellum phrase stickers as a boarder for this Kelly Purkey card and added an epoxy heart in the center–which meant that some of the sticker went off the edge of the page and was cut off. Epoxy takes some force to cut through and sometimes the piece you cut off will go flying, so be careful!

Those white letter stickers are from Kelly Purkey too and they’re my favorite letter sticker ever.

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I added two button stickers and a feather chipboard sticker to this Studio Calico card. The feathers can be used like arrows, pointing in the direction you want the viewer’s eye to travel on the page.

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I finished off the page with the big wooden “I love you” heart in the middle of a feather card!

I’m so happy with this first page about Hermes and I know I’ll be making tons more.

Do you document your pets? How about using this month’s kit as a love layout for your feathered, furry, or gilled friend? I’d love to see what you make!

REFLECT One Little Word 2017 | January

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For the fifth year, I’m participating in Ali Edwards’s One Little Word. My words so far have been finish, savor, weave, expand, and this year my word is reflect.

Today I’m sharing the January prompt for the workshop. I love the January prompts–they do so much to help lay the groundwork for the year!

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I included cards for the January prompt on a 9×12 pocket page, which I’m including in my regular pocket scrapbooking album. I’m going to be using a lot of yellow this year, but for the front of the page, I went more neutral colors worked better on this page, with a pop of yellowish gold from a glitter boca patterned paper.

The front side includes the definition of my word, my “reason why,” and several quotations. I gave myself more room than provided on the cards in the One Little Word kit. I chose one-sided cards for the other side of the page and used the blank backs to expand what I was writing on the front.

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I used the Dictionary app on my phone for the definition.

Here’s my “reason why:”

This year I’m going to need light, and I’m not the only one. I want to share and reflect it. I need time to think, to expand my mind, & go through my thoughts. REFLECT.

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I found quotes on Brainy Quotes and was happy to find many from thinkers I love:

“The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way.” -Alice Waters

““Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.” ― Edward Gibbon

“I write in order to find out what I truly know and how I really feel about certain things. Writing requires me to go much deeper into my thoughts and memories than conversation does. Writing provides the solitude necessary to reflect on being in this world.” -Leslie Marmon Silko

“I think it’s the job of the artist to reflect the times and also reflect his or her views of the world.” -Jidenna

“The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.” -Vaclav Havel

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The back page has a selfie (in a sun spot getting cat kisses, what’s better?), “invitation” and “let go” cards, a note to myself, and patterns and sentiment cards that I felt go with my word.

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Invitation:

  • more time to think
  • more effort to live my values & fight injustice
  • more opportunities to give back
  • more intentional with time alone
  • more diverse voices
  • improvement of my photography skills

Let Go:

  • procrastination
  • feeling of helplessness
  • being stressed to inaction
  • worrying about the things I can’t control
  • my biases and unrecognized prejudice
  • defensive impulses

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Note to Self:

“When I dare to be powerful–to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I’m afraid.” -Audre Lorde”

I’m not sure how many of the prompts I’ll be sharing this year, many of the things I wrote about last year were too personal. I’m thankful for this course and process, which really helps me to hone in on the changes I want to make in my life.

Do you participate in One Little Word? What’s your word for the year?

January 3-6 2017 | Pocket Scrapbooking

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This is my first “normal” weekly pocket scrapbooking spread for 2017. Between Day in the Life, a weekend trip, and Eliza’s birthday, this is a short one (which is lucky, because I still had a lot going on in those three days!).

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I didn’t know where I would start with this layout, as I ended up with photos filling most spaces and not much room for journaling or decoration.

The mini-unit, themed Right Now, in the VIP area of the new The Awesome Ladies Project gave me an idea for how I would tackle this spread. I decided to write 10 things about the week, using number stickers from Ali Edwards’s Numbers Story Kit, using labels to add on the things where I didn’t have room for journaling cards.

(Basic membership for The Awesome Ladies Project is free, VIP Membership, including a monthly mini-workshop and creative team gallery, private forums, a shop discount, and more closes January 31 and won’t reopen until June.)

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The left side has adorable pictures of our foster daughter, our friends coming over for dinner and a game night, Eliza in a mask my mom brought her back from New Orleans, and a photo of the mural on an antique mall Jake and I went to on a semi-date (what we call “dates” with our toddler) on the day the big kids went back to school, but Jake was still on vacation from work.

I made the title card by combining two cropped patterned papers and adding some of my favorite letter stickers by Kelly Purkey, outlining them so they’d stand out against the busy background.

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I like that the number stickers are smaller, so I could easily stick a new one at the end of each “right now” thing I wrote instead of starting on a new line every time. I like the look of the circles floating around in there.

The boarder stickers at the top and bottom are a sneak of February’s kit from Freckled Fawn!

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I included a 6×12 insert to document being an extra in a music video for my friend’s band The Sexy Accident.

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Putting the title of the song on a big tape deck was just about the coolest way I could think of to title this.

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I took behind the scenes photos all day, but didn’t have any photos of me at the fake house party other than a selfie I took with my friend Paul, who joined in extra-ing with me. There were shots of me on The Sexy Accident’s Instagram and Cooper Film’s Instagram (who shot the music video with Friend Dog Studios). I grabbed their Instagram photos to use too!

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I filled up the back of the insert with photos from the shoot too. The card game being played in the top photo is actually the card game from The Sexy Accident’s most recent album, Champagne Babycakes. It’s an album as a card game! So cool! Seriously check it out.

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I found some negative space in the photo of the director and assistant director and added a large label (from a past Ali Edwards Story Kit) and continued numbering my journaling.

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The right page has a visit from my step-dad and photos of our snow day.

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I love that Jake got a shot of us throwing snow up in the air.

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I used the same label I used on the insert twice on this page, then added a little circle one. I ran out of things to say for #10, so I just included a sentiment about loving watching the kids play.

I’m super happy that The Awesome Ladies Project helped me to jump over my hurdle to finish off this page. What do you do when you get stuck? What’s your favorite place to go for inspiration?

7 Tips for Holiday Albums | #nndailytip

Holiday Albums

On my Instagram I share a daily memory keeping tip with the hashtag #NNDailyTip, then collect them here so you can find them easily later!

This time I’m sharing a tips for holiday albums. I shared these on Instagram in early December, but if you are like me and are making your album in January, you can use them now!

What’s your favorite tip for holiday albums?

Follow me on Instagram to see the tips in real time!

30 Days of Lists December 2016 | Part 2

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Last week I shared Part 1 of my 30 Days of Lists album and today I’m sharing the second half:

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17. I will always remember 2016 as the year…

  • Dustin & Savannah got married
  • Tierney was born
  • Grandpa Ray passed away
  • We took the kids to the beach for the 1st time

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18. Things that keep me up late:

  • Anxiety / worry
  • Caffeine in the evening
  • Good books
  • Friends / family visiting
  • Cliff-hanger shows (just one more episode!)

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19.Things bringing me comfort this month:

  • Space heaters
  • Fuzzy blankets
  • Fleece blankets
  • Hot cocoa
  • Flowers from Kam
  • Family & friend support & love
  • Getting closer to the end of the adoption process

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20. If I could time travel:

  • I’d be scared to do it b/c paradoxes
  • I’d hope it was in the TARDIS
  • I’d also have to be able to travel in space b/c planetary movements

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21. Ways in which I shine:

  • I am the first in line to help out
  • I’m filled with fun facts
  • I’m awesome at helping you solve interpersonal problems–I’m great at walking in other’s shoes

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22. When things get a little crazy, I try to remember:

  • Sleep is important!
  • I have to take breaks–pressing through is counter-productive
  • I should ask for help
  • To prioritize!

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23. Ways to get off my “naughty list”

  • Bring me coffee
  • Understand what got you there in the first place and work to fix it
  • Be super helpful
  • Make me giggle>

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24. Traditions big and small:

  • Walking ot ACE to get our Xmas tree w/ the little red wagon
  • Dads on Xmas Eve, Moms on Xmas
  • We all open up Xmas pjs Xmas eve
  • reading Harry Potter in December

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25. I am listening to:

  • Hamilton & Moana
  • Laughter & conversations among family
  • Wrapping paper ripping
  • Very loud foosball games
  • Chiefs football in the background
  • Cooking sounds

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26. I am grateful for…

  • Our big, supportive family
  • Food, shelter, & all my needs met
  • Access to books and knowledge

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27. Favorite games to play:

  • Zombie Dice
  • Warewolf
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Klask
  • Pokemon Go
  • Oregon Trail card game

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28. I didn’t _____ enough in 2016 & in 2017 I’d like to change that:

  • Prepare
  • Volunteer
  • Make $
  • Do cardio
  • Craft

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29. Things that make me laugh:

  • Cat videos
  • Jake being goofy (+Dad jokes)
  • Dancing with the kids
  • My ladies, always

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30. My big audacious goals:

  • Publish a book (w/ a DIY soundtrack)
  • Vacation abroad
  • Make enough to buy a car in cash
  • Start a product line for Pocket Your Year / The Nerd Nest
  • Full time DIY biz 2019

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31. My One Little Word for 2017 is REFLECT because: (bonus list)

  • I want more time to think
  • I want to improve my photography skills
  • To live my values & fight injustice
  • To give back the positivity thrown my way
  • I want to be more intentional with my time alone

Fellow listers, remember that you didn’t fail if you didn’t do a list per day or if you aren’t done yet. You can complete your lists any time! One of the things that I love about lists is that they really capture who I am right now–in just a year, I would answer many of these questions completely differently. So I try to finish up lists soon after the challenge is over if I didn’t complete them during the original run, but there’s no reason you can’t go back and finish them any time, and that goes for unfinished lists from 2013 too!

Make sure you sign up for the 30 Days of Lists newsletter so you can join in the next round!

Curious about how my tag album came together? Check out this post.

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Day in the Life with Freckled Fawn’s January 2017 Planner Kit

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One of my favorite documentation tools is Ali Edwards’s Day in the Life™ project. This project is simply a challenge to record a single day in detail to capture your routine, the rhythm of your days, and things you may overlook when you are memory keeping.

Since 2013, I’ve been recording a Day in the Life each month. I pick a day at the beginning of the year (by using a random number generator the past few years) and record that date throughout the year. I started with the last day of the month, then did the 15th, then the 4th, then the 17th. This year, I’m documenting the first of each month.

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This month, we happened to be setting off for an overnight trip to St Louis on the first. Since the day was eventful, I decided to go ahead and make two spreads instead of one.

Freckled Fawn 2017 Planner Kit

Freckled Fawn Fresh Start Journaling Cards

I was really excited about the rubber 2017 banner in the Freckled Fawn January 2017 Planner Kit, so I based my page design around the kit, including a supporting role for Fresh Start Journaling Cards. The kit plus a few patterned papers cut down to 4×6 from my stash were all I needed for these two spreads.

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I had a ton of photos I wanted to include on these spreads, so I first organized them into groups based on what part of the day they were from (getting ready, arriving at St. Louis, St Louis Science Center, dinner, hotel) so I could decide how to break up the photos on the different pages and decide how many to put into collages. It’s like a puzzle!

The right hand side includes photos of us getting ready (I love the kids’ car bags), the car family selfie we always take on road trips, and lunch at the Gramophone (really good sandwiches and arcade games for the kids is always a plus).

I didn’t add much journaling on this side, just Day in the Life and the date on the January card. The stamp is from Kelly Purkey’s Day One kit.

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I added a clip from the planner kit with the word “love” on it. I liked the way it looked better floating there than clipped on, so I attached it with a couple of glue dots.

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The right page on this spread has a few photos from the Science Center and tons of journaling! I wrote down times and details in the Notes app on my phone throughout the day to make it easier to remember. It was a quick way to document during the few bits of down time I had, since our day was so busy.

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I loved the cute paper stickers that came with this kit–planner stickers don’t just have to work for planners, they are great for other scrapping projects too, especially when you are documenting everyday routines. I used the stickers as support for the journaling–coffee for when I was getting ready in the morning, the house when we were leaving home, fork and spoon for grabbing breakfast, the phone for a phone call with my mom, etc. I think it’s a cute way to add some movement to a word-heavy page.

To give myself extra journaling room, I added white cardstock to the middle of the hearts card to transform it from a filler to a journaling card.

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I thought this page would need a little white space, so I added the “smile” journaling card to a 4×6 patterned paper that matched. I used the super cute felt ribbon across the bottom, attaching it with staples.

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It’s hard to see the black foam word “amazing” in this photo, but it looks great in person.

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I made the second spread more simple, thinking of it as kind of a supporting role for the first page.

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The left side has more photos from the Science Center, including the kids’ favorite parts (I love interviewing them after we do stuff like this). I kept up with my journaling + planner paper stickers to visually tie this page to the first spread.

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This time we got tickets to go into the Discovery Room. The Science Center has free admission. Parking and the Discovery Room are both paid, but we received both free with our Union Station membership! Lots of museums across the US and the world are part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program, where you get free or discounted admission to tons of museums with a membership to your local museum. We always check the list before traveling and you might want to check into your local museums to see if they take part!

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The Discovery Room was all three kids favorite part of the museum (though the large animatronic dinosaur had our toddler’s heart). There was a giant rocket with slides and circuits you could flip to turn lights on and off, all sorts of musical gadgets, a cool microscope with a big screen, aquarium, shadow theater, big bugs and a lot more (including stuff that’s good for toddlers). It was nice to have the kids enclosed for 45 minutes doing stuff that wore them out–hah!

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The right side has our dinner at Bailey’s Range and our evening at Center City Hotel, including swimming and the view from our window. We found a good deal on Travelocity and they upgraded us to a suite, which was nice for playing games with Eliza after the little kids went to bed.

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For a journaling card on this page, I cut patterned paper down to 4×6, then added lined patterned paper cropped to 3×5. That way I could get more color onto the page, but the words were still visible! I added a paper sticker from the planner kit to start off the journaling.

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I love that Day in the Life helps me to get photos I wouldn’t otherwise take, like a photo of Eliza’s “listen, little brother, you are super wrong” face and our five spoons in the empty ice cream dish.

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Documenting this day was a fun way to kick off Day in the Life for 2017! Is anyone else joining in with Day in the Life once a month? You can also join in with Ali Edwards a few times a year if once a month is too much for you! I’d love to hear about your DITL experiences.

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