Monday, November 1, 2010

The Final #LOAD: 31 Layouts in October

Yesterday was the last day of October's Layout A Day. I completed 31 layouts in 31 days just like I did in May and couldn't be more proud, relieved and sad all at the same time. After having a set routine for an entire month, the day after is a bit of a shock. But it's okay. I have other projects to work on, dishes that needed to be washed, laundry that needed to be put away (that took me about 45 minutes since it had been neglected for about a week) and I was able to spend a little more time just hanging out with my two-year-old.

I love LOAD because I get a lot of scrapbooking done in a short amount of time and I'm able to meet and be inspired by other LOAD participants. A perfect combination and I'm looking forward to another LOAD in February.

So, what did I learn? (As seen in the layout above, which also made it to Flickr's Explore gallery yesterday!!)

  • Scraps of paper can turn into a beautiful layout.
  • Sometimes when I don't think my layout is great, someone else does.
  • I still have issues with sketches.
  • I need to focus more on telling a story.
  • Q&A pages are fun to do.
  • Two words can spark an idea that you didn't see coming.
  • Quotes are perfect for scrapbook pages.
  • Conversations can make a layout.
  • There's a story in my inbox.
  • It's okay to journal just the facts.
  • 12x12 layouts are my comfort zone.
  • If I don't have the perfect supplies, I make them.
  • I don't have to wait for the perfect product or photo.
  • I love black & white layouts with a pop of color.
  • I'm getting more comfortable with digital scrapbooking.
  • I don't need fancy digital templates to create digital scrapbook pages.
  • I can tell a story with product.
  • I love to make pages for my daughters.
  • I want to scrapbook more photos from my childhood.
  • You don't need photos to make a scrapbook page.
  • It feels good to distress and tear paper.
  • Some photos are great in color, but not in black & white and vice versa.
  • Journaling doesn't need to look perfect.
  • Sometimes a photo is all you need to tell a story.
  • I want to do more "then & now" pages.
  • There is still so much more to learn.
  • There is still so much more to scrap.
Thanks for stopping by! View all of my LOAD layouts on Flickr HERE.

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  1. Danielle, I love your post and all of the great ideas that you shared. Thanks so much for the inspiration; I really learned a lot. Maybe I might participate in #LOAD next time! 'Way to go!!

  2. Congrats! Seeing all those completed layouts is inspiring and I love your list of insights! I may have to try LOAD sometime - summer would be good!

  3. Thanks Renee and Sue! The next LOAD will start in February, the Mother LOAD (with Big Picture Scrapbooking) goes from July-Sept. 2011, and another LOAD in October. I'm hoping to be able to participate in all of them!