This will be my second LOAD, I completed my first in October 2010 and I can honestly say, it changed my life (at least my life as a scrapbooker). I really did finish 31+ layouts in 31 days (they're all right here, you can count them if you don't believe it's possible).
If you want to find out more, click on the little light bulb icon on the right hand side of my blog for a video that will explain it better than I can. I would love to have you join me in February!
If you have already committed to LOAD 211, welcome aboard!! I can't wait to see what you create in February!! Here are a few tips to help you get ready for the ride ahead (at least they help me).
Prepare your space! For digiscrappers like me that means cleaning all the junk away from my computer, hooking up my scanner, wireless mouse and external hard drive. It helps me to start with a clean work area before starting a big project (as it does if I'm working on a paper scrapping project).
Have some photos ready! I spend some time tagging digital photos and organizing my folders so I know where to find them.
Dig through your stash! I have sooo many digi elements saved on my external hard drive, it's good to just spend look through them to remind myself what I have to use!
Don't be afraid to use a sketch/template/pagemap! Seriously this is not a "class" that you should stress out about. Yes, you are committing to a layout a day but you know what? Life happens! During October's LOAD I was preparing for a big community Halloween Party, my husband was in the middle of an election campaign and I was working hard to get my new business off the ground. Some days I just plonked some digi-papers and photos into a ready-made template and said DONE!
Enjoy the process! Those who know me know that I can be somewhat of a perfectionist. I have been known to spend an entire weekend at a scrapbooking retreat and come home with one double layout done. Doing LOAD helped release me from some of my
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I first joined LOAD because I needed a kick in the butt to get me scrapbooking again and I wanted to practice my digital scrapbooking skills. What I found was a community of like minded scrappers that encouraged me on my journey. They commented on my layouts and understood how much work went into each and every one.
I couldn't wait for my daily email from Lain and the wonderful comments on every layout I posted.
I looked at and commented on as many layouts I could from other participants.
I marveled at their talent and creativity.
It challenged me and made me stretch the boundaries as a scrapbooker.
It helped me to stop stressing about each page, define "my style" and be OK with it.
I can't wait for February 1st!
I'm part of a blog hop with past LOAD participants, check out Jennifer - At the blue barn who is next on the hop!
All the participants are listed here in order if you want to start at the beginning: