It’s almost here! LOAD218 Choose Your Own Scrapbook Adventure.
Are you ready to take the Layout a Day challenge to scrapbook every day in February? If you want to DO MORE scrapbooking this is one of the best ways I know!
Why I love LOAD (layout a day)
I finally stop collecting scrapbook supplies and finally start using them!
Finally put those scrappy supplies to good use!
If you’ve been a bit of a scrapbook collector and shopper, then you might enjoy actually putting your supplies to good use. If you don’t want to hoard your supplies, the best place to ‘save’ them is IN an album, on your layouts!
This happy stack of layouts is the result of a LOAD challenge!
When I tell people what I’m doing in February they always say, “I could never do that!”
That’s EXACTLY what I thought too, in fact, the first time I signed up on a whim.
Let me tell you about my first LOAD challenge.
I signed up, thinking that even if I complete a few pages I’d be happy, because at least I’d be getting something done. The first day was easy. I made my page, uploaded it to the gallery and gave myself a pat on the back. The next few days went much the same way. I found that because I was part of the challenge I held myself accountable. Other scrappers were commenting on my layouts with supportive words and encouragement. By the end of the first week I realized, “I was doing it! I was scrapbooking a layout a day!” The momentum kept me going, then I had a difficult day. With the craziness of life I just didn’t have time to scrapbook, but by now I was invested. I ran to my scrap space. I grabbed a photo, an awesome piece of scrapbook paper, added a title and dashed of journaling right on the background paper. 20 minutes later I’d produced the fastest layout I’d EVER made. (This was before you could create a layout on your phone in 5 minutes!) And I liked it. It turns out that scrapbooking every day had taught me a few things about scrapbooking. Not every page was a masterpiece, but a lot of them were really great. I also realized I was scrapbooking more stories, and that made all the difference. I loved the layouts and I loved LOAD. So naturally when the next LOAD challenge came I signed up. You know what happened the next time? I finished the entire next one too, right? Not quite! I finished 7 layouts. That’s it. I failed, right? No! I FINISHED 7 LAYOUTS! My average on a good month was 4, so to finish 7 was still fantastic, and they were pages I loved that told great stories. That’s the magic of LOAD!
Let’s be real. Not every scrapper will complete a layout every day for the month. And that’s okay. Imagine doing half of that. Or a third. No matter what the magic number is for you, you’ll finish the month with a sense of pride and satisfaction, and you’ll admire all of the layouts you’ve completed!
Want to join me? Deadline to register is January 31, 2018.
There’s nothing like getting together with friends to scrapbook. While that isn’t always possible I’m happy that Scrapbook Live allows me to scrapbook with my online friends!
This month I was using my kit from The Wild Hare Kits. These kits are custom curated. You fill out a style profile and your kit will contain items that reflect your scrappy style. I get the Deluxe kit so there’s a ton of scrappy goodness for me to play with!
This month my kit was a fabulous success. I really loved the items in my kit. I had requested Christmas themed items as I knew I’d have some Christmas stories to tell!
I was happy to give away a free kit from The Wild Hare Kits too!
Here are the layouts that I created…
On Christmas Day my brother proposed to his girlfriend of nearly 10 years and she said, “YES!” Her ring is shaped like a beautiful snowflake and we were all ‘snow happy’ at the good news!
I loved this background paper from Echo Park so much I wanted to use both sides of it. Luckily I found a great way to do that! (watch the video to see)
For journaling I decided to type it with coloured ink onto vellum using my Typecast typewriter. I love how the coloured ink looks. I still wish that the typewriter wrote on straighter lines, it really bugs me, but I’m starting to get used to it.
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I cut out some snowflakes from glitter paper in my stash to add an extra bit of sparkle to this diamond, snowflake inspired page.
Pocket Page Spread Left
I had WAY TOO MANY photos for the two page spread I wanted to make. Thankfully when I asked everyone during the crop they told me to separate out the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day photos. When I did that I was left with a much more manageable number of photos. Crowd sourced scrapping for the WIN! 😉
I was enamoured with the package of sequins in my kit and even though I made shaker pockets for my November spread (click to see) I decided that this page would have shakers too!
I loved the sequins so much I made TWO pockets! This one is in a flip flap (my favourite product from Close to My Heart) and I love the interaction the flap and the sequins add to the page.
TIP: If you feel that your journaling makes your pages ‘less pretty’ use a flap to hide the journaling. It’s still easy to access and read when you’re looking at the page, but the overall page looks prettier!
Pocket Page Spread Right
The right page gave me plenty of room to talk about the fun we had on our Christmas tree hunt.
Under the flap I was able to add a QR code to link to our tree hunt video I posted on YouTube. Now when we look at the album we can see the video too!
TIP: Want to know how to add video to your layouts? It’s super easy! Click HERE for directions.
I used the same pen to journal across the two-page spread. This is a thicker tip than I normally use (it’s a 0.8) but I liked that it shows up a bit better on the darker background papers.
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Melissa has been a member of ScrapHappy since its inception. She’s an active participant in the the group and everyone loves to see her digital layouts featuring her beautiful family, especially during our LOAD (layout a day) challenges.
ScrapHappy is always welcoming to new members, so if this sounds interesting we’d love to have you check it out!
Don’t forget you can use the code: INSPIRATION10 to save 10% before the end of January 2018.