Layout a Day February 2015 aka LOAD215 is almost upon us! We get started next Sunday and I’m thrilled to be part of the traditional pre-LOAD blog hop!
If this is your first time here, welcome to Use It Scrapbooking! I’m Kelli and my goal is get you using those scrappy supplies instead of just collecting them.
- The best way to use them? Create layouts.
- The best way to create layouts? Get motivation to create them daily.
- Where can you get daily inspiration? LOAD! That’s why I love it so much!
For the uninitiated, LOAD is a scrapbooking challenge where we scrapbook a layout a day every day in February. The challenge is run by Lain Ehmann and every day she sends us a prompt to get us started and we post a layout by midnight that same day. Easy-peasy, right?
This will be my 14th LOAD and Lain asked posed the question:
What do you wish you’d known before your first LOAD?
Well, I signed up for my first LOAD just a day or two before the challenge started. I joined because I was finishing up a class, Me: The Unabridged Version. I thought if I had a daily deadline I would be more likely to get the project finished. And, I did and that’s a wonderfully useful way to do LOAD.
But, what I didn’t know and what I didn’t expect was how fun it would be see everyone following the prompts and going on the same journey, but yet one that was uniquely individual. There is a bond that forms with your fellow scrappers when you share your experiences each day. You get to know one another and frankly, it’s a big motivation to get your daily layout done when you know your friends are there waiting to see it and you get to see how they interpreted that day’s prompt too.
So, my advice? Follow the prompts. Open yourself up to the journey. Sure, have a back-up plan for those days when there’s not a lot of time to scrap, but be open to each day’s prompt and let it lead your stories. You’ll be surprised by the places you’ll go.
If you haven’t joined LOAD yet, we would love to have you! It’s a scrapbooking experience like no other. You can join here: LOAD215 – Once Upon a Time
Want more LOAD tips? Here’s the full list of veterans LOADsters giving their expert tips: