LOAD Bloghop 2012

The LOAD challenge for February 2012 is almost here, and we hope you’ll participate!  LayoutADay.com owner, Lain Ehmann, makes sure participants are treated to many interviews, tips and inspirations from the best of the best, while being challenged to create one layout each day.

If completing at least one layout each day of the month seems like a daunting task, never fear, I have some tips that can make it easier.

  • Pick a Theme. If you decide ahead of time what you want to work on, you’ll be able to pull together the pictures you want to use.  Be sure to gather more pictures than you may need, because sometimes a photo you didn’t really intend to use suddenly seems to be the perfect choice.  By selecting a theme, you’ll be able to pre-gather some of your supplies.  Paper and embellishments just seem to be easier to select when you have a theme in mind.  You will naturally select a different set of items for a  set of pages for a baby book, than you might for an album about your family’s heritage, or a vacation to the tropics.

Use interesting information for a layout in your theme!

  • Have supplies and adhesive on hand. Again, by planning your theme, you should be able to have pulled out what you need.  Nothing is more frustrating than being in the middle of a layout and using the last bit of adhesive.  It could make you want to go mix up some flour and water paste to finish up, and I don’t think that is considered archival quality.  If you know you use a lot of brads or buttons or ribbon, and you have nothing to match the papers you just love for the theme you just decided on, you’re not going to be very happy.  Change something or get appropriate embellishments now!
  • Caution: This is the perfect time to use up some of your supplies, so don’t go hog wild on new things to match the new paper you just bought!  You may actually may make faster pages if you limit what you are using!  Crazy, but true.  Limiting your choices even with digital scrapbooking can be helpful.
  • Pick pictures that mean something to you. It will make it easy to journal and you’ll be so glad to have the pictures and stories on layouts to enjoy.  After all, in the end it’s about the pictures and the stories!  How I wish I had stories to go with some of the pictures that have been from previous generations.  Who am I kidding, even names would be great!

This picture always makes me smile! Simple layout. DONE!

  • Don’t feel that you have to scrap in chronological order! Pick a picture or several and just do it.  Don’t let a sweet picture wait to be scrapped just because you didn’t get to that year yet!  Just do it!

A day spent with 4 generations of family, doesn’t happen every day!

  • Don’t feel like you have to start from scratch! There are so many templates, pagemaps or scrapmaps to give you ideas!   Becky Fleck’s site PageMaps.com is a great place to start.  There are monthly ideas on the top of the left menu bar.  Look for her archives as well.  With that many ideas, there can be no excuse to get started!
  • Get started right away. Don’t let a blank page just stare back at you.  You may want to try a progressive scrapbook page if you seem to be stuck.  Start with a 6×6 page, then layer that on an 8.5×11, and finally lay that on a 12×12 page.  (I’ll be showing one of these in the next few days, so stop back by!)
  • Plan Ahead. Make sure you plan some time into the day to work on a layout.  If you have more time one day than another, you may complete a page and start the next one as long as you have thing at hand!
  • Strive for done not perfection. You can always add or change something later, but just get your layouts done!
  • Enjoy the experience. It is so fun to see everyone’s work that is loaded into the Flickr group each day.  Think of all the ideas you’ll have after looking at all those other pages.  However, don’t feel like you have to look at every page, every day.  I’m not sure that’s possible!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!  The next stop on the tour is Janet’s site.

LOAD12 Blog Hop Participant List:

Margie     http://xnomads.typepad.com
Kelli          http://www.scrapbookgirl71.blogspot.com
Jennifer   http://atthebluebarn.blogspot.com
Lisa           http://lisahausmann.blogspot.com
Monica     http://scrapinspired.com
Kimberly  http://www.kimberlykalil.com
Eileen       http://thinkinkpaperscissors.weebly.com
Danielle    http://acoffeeaddict.com
Pam           http://dailypamage.blogspot.com
Katrina     http://k84mansramblings.blogspot.com
Cate           http://www.lifebehindthepurpledoor.com
Gayle         http://www.lifeonlilypadlane.blogspot.com
Heather    http://heathersdragonsden.blogspot.com
Gina          http://randomthoughtsmindlessmusings.blogspot.com
Kristie       http://kristiesloan.com
Janet         http://khashabfamilymusings.blogspot.com
Lydia         http://lydiaink.wordpress.com

 

  • http://www.heathersdragonsden.blogspot.com Heather D

    Great tips. I use the theme idea when I am taking my scrapbooking on the road. But during LOAD? I just play it by ear. :D

    • Kristie

      Heather, I know what you mean! I like to have a theme in mind so that if a prompt will fit, it will get me that much closer to finishing a project. But if it doesn’t work out, I’ll either just go with the prompt or work on a page for my project. It’s a toss-up! :)

  • http://www.atthebluebarn.com Jennifer McIntyre

    Love that – “Pick photos that mean something to you”.
    I am going to keep that in mind this month – See you on Flickr
    Jennifer
    @atthebluebarn

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  • http://www.kimberlykalil.com Kimberly Kalil

    Thank you for sharing … great advice. I can’t wait to see all the fabulous pages you (we) create!

    • Kristie

      That’s one of my favorite things about LOAD, seeing everyone’s layouts!

  • Kelli P.

    Such great advice, Kristie! Especially about not waiting to scrap a photo that you love. It took me a LONG time to learn that one! Can’t wait to see your work again!
    Kelli (aka scrapbookgirl71)

    • Kristie

      Thanks Kelli! Sometimes there are just photos that have lived a long life in a box, and everytime I see them they just make me smile or have a special meaning. I have decided THOSE are pictures that need to go on layouts!

  • http://www.thinkinkpaperscissors.weebly.com Eileen

    I am really looking forward to seeing the layered pages ~ love that idea!

    • Kristie

      Eileen, it can even help by doing the reverse. Start with the 12×12 and lay an 8.5×11 sheet on next. That already starts to break up enough space to get going!

  • Heidi (aka move4life)

    Kristie – Lovely post. Love the thoughts of not starting from scratch and enjoying it!!! See you next week :) Heidi

  • http://xnomads.typepad.com Margie S (Nihao, Cupcake!)

    I’m intrigued by the progressive page idea. Can’t wait to see your pages. Great post – helpful tips.

    • Kristie

      Hi Margie! You’re comment got caught up in a spam filter, but I saved you! You’ll have to try a progressive page and see what you think! :)

  • Deborah Pearce

    Kristie, thank you for sharing your knowledge on LOAD, there is always something new to learn in each blog. Love your pages and can not wait to see all your creative pages. Just a little question from a newbie; get my inspiration from Lain, do my layout, upload it first and then view and comment on the gallery and the blog hop? I’m a bit scared I will want to look at the gallery a spend my time there instead of scrapping.

    • Kristie

      Deborah, I know just what you mean! I have stayed up many long nights looking at the LOAD Flickr gallery! :) There will be some people who have their pages ready so fast that you won’t believe it! Sometimes I look at a few of the early posts to the gallery, but usually I just make my own page before I spend time looking at the gallery. That way I feel my page is my take on the challenge for the day. But remember, scraplifting or using someone else’s layout idea is a sincere compliment, and your page will likely turn out a little differently anyway! Enjoy the month and the inspiration!

  • Gina

    Strive for done, not perfection: LOVE IT. I printed this and put it up on the inspiration board in my craft room. Thanks for all of your great tips. Can’t wait to see your creations.

    • Kristie

      Gina, that’s a good idea to put that thought where we see it as a reminder! I think the reason I put that in the post is because I need it as a constant reminder, too!

  • http://ecoscrapbook.blogspot.com Danielle

    I think you’ve said it all! Thanks for the reminders :)

  • http://lydiaink@hotmail.com Lydia

    Great advice! Love the idea to pick photos that mean something to you – it does make it easier to start scrapping. I’m planning on putting together page foundations on the days when I have more time, so on the other days, I have a head start. Not like me to start without photos, but it’s good to change things up sometimes.

  • http://acoffeeaddict.com Danielle Taylor

    Love this!! Love that you talk about using your stash! It’s a huge help to use projects you love and lighten your load.

    • Kristie

      Danielle, I find if it’s not something I’m really enjoying working on, I’m not willing the use my “good stuff,” and that’s certainly not a way to “lighten your load!” :)

  • Laura

    What a great concept with the progressive page layers. I love that my albums end up with different size pages in them (12×12, 6×6, 6×12, 8.5×11, etc). So I could see using your concept to start and if I got to a certain layer and couldn’t make it work, I could stop there and be done. So maybe I start with 6×6, get to 8.5×11 and stop there rather than all the way to 12×12. Thanks for sharing. See you in the gallery. Laura

    • Kristie

      Laura, I like that idea. I have not personally done any of the books with different pages, but I’ve seen them and I think it’s a great idea! You’re right, if you didn’t make it to 12×12, that would be okay and still work!

  • http://www.layoutaday.com Lain

    You know I love you, Kristie! Thank you for your enthusiasm and support – and great info! :)

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  • lisa h

    such sound advice – some of which i forget every time (such as adhesive!). thanks!

    sorry for the late commenting – crazy week :-)