Monday, January 24, 2011

It's a Layout A Day Blog Hop!

"October LOAD 2010" LOAD Day 31 {Explored}
October 2010 Layout A Day, Day 31
Welcome to the Layout A Day Blog Hop! If you don't know what Layout A Day (LOAD) is or you haven't signed up for LOAD 211 yet, Lain Ehmann will tell you all about it HERE.

Whether you're new to LOAD or continuing your journey as a LOAD alumni, this blog hop is sure to be an exciting and educational experience loaded with fun and a few goodies along the way.

Grab your beverage of choice, a snack and sit back for some blog hopping good times! Today you will be visiting some of my fellow LOADsters to see how they are preparing for LOAD, which starts on February 1.


Before you hop off to the next blog, take a look at My LOAD To Do List:

1. Scrapbook: Buy a new scrapbook on sale. This will be a temporary home for the layouts I plan to work on during LOAD:


2. Photos: Sort through printed photos and pick out favorite ones. Edit photos on computer and order from Shutterfly. (Shh...I hadn't ordered prints since the last LOAD in October!)


3. Organize: Move all scrapbook supplies into one room. Organize everything...adhesive, ribbon, embellishments, etc. I absolutely HAD to do this! The last two LOADs, I was scrapbooking out of boxes at my dining room table which meant that we weren't eating there since this is what it looked like:


4. Paper: Organize and pick out paper to coordinate with photos and add to the scrapbook. During LOAD, I will read each day's challenge and then flip through the scrapbook and choose the photos  I want to use that day. (This is a work in progress, after all, I still have a week to prepare!)


5. Journal: Write about the photos. In my journal, I have ideas for titles, photo placement and layout design. I'm still in the process of writing down all the memories that are sparked when looking at my chosen photos.


6. Other: Menu planning, grocery shopping, finish other projects, schedule blog posts...and whatever else I can think of before February including organizing the 10 gallon container of scraps I had accumulated the past couple years:


There you have it! That's how I've been getting ready for a month of scrapbooking. I'm looking forward to visiting the other blogs on the list to see what they've been up to...I'm sure I'll be adding a few more things to my to do list as well.

Tips:

  • Create a routine. I've found that I like to scrapbook in the morning and once I complete my layout, I photograph it (5-10 photos), download the photos to my computer, chose the best photo and crop it, after I hit save, I upload it to Flickr and add it to the LOAD group.
  • Link Flickr to Facebook and your blog. I did this during October's LOAD and every photo I uploaded went straight to Facebook. I also added my blog so I could easily write a post from Flickr and share a layout. You can do this from your Flickr account page when you click on the Sharing & Extending tab. 
  • Expect the unexpected. No matter how much you prepare, you will end up scrapbooking photos that you never planned on and journal about memories you had forgotten about. You will learn more about yourself and your scrapbooking style AND you will be inspired!

Hope you enjoy the Layout A Day Blog Hop! You'll also want to check out the LOAD Prep Q&A Call tonight (1/24) at 8:45 PM EST.

28 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of scraps! I liked all your tips, I can't wait to get started.

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  2. Great tips! I especially love the one about posting to your blog directly from Facebook. I'll have to look into that.

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  3. I can't believe your tub of scraps! I know you told me what you had but I didn't have a picture of it in my mind! That's a LOT!! He he!
    You really have spent a lot of time preparing and I am impressed! I am much more of a "wing it" type of person - I have photos hanging around and I will just grab paper and run with it! But you have reminded me to think about setting up a few scheduled blog posts - great idea! - and also to have a specific journal to jot down ideas. I am usually scribbling ideas on post its or the backs of envelopes and then wonder why I lost them! Great tips - thanks!!!!

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  4. Fabulous tips, I really like the Flickr link idea, must to that! See you over at LOAD :)

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  5. Thanks so much for organizing the blog hop! I can't wait to see your LOAD 211 layouts!

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  6. Great Tips!! That is a ton of scraps. I'm sure you're happy to not be scrapping out of boxes this time. I blogged from Flickr a few times in May10. It really does help. Can't wait for the fun to begin!

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  7. Like everyone else I was lol over your tub of scraps...we should ship our tubs to one another so it is fresh and fun?

    You are a serious scrapper. What a cool blog with so much info. I will be back for updates~

    I love "expect the unexpected", that is certainly it for me. It derails me and I should just welcome it, huh? Thanks so much for your insight~
    Junelle

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  8. Great post.
    ...and you made me feel very unorganized:)
    Can`t wait to get started.

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  9. wow... and I thought I had lots of scraps, you'll laugh if I show you my container lol!!

    Love the new album and journal ideas. Can't wait to get started, see you there!!!

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  10. Danielle - great tips! I like the idea of having a scrapbook to house your LOAD LOs, even if it is a temporare location. Thinking about this tip. My first LOAD in Oct, I went in pretty unprepared so I'm sponging up this stuff ;) THANKS!
    Heidi (aka move4life)
    PS Loved the photos of your scraps container. :) AWESOME. I see that as proof of scrap productivity!!!! :)

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  11. I have scraps, but not THAT many scraps! My suggestion would be to separate them by color and possibly sub-categories of patterns versus solids. I keep my scraps in an accordion file separated by color I got from the office supply store.

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  12. Thanks for all thegreat tips Danielle! I too have found that even though I start with a list of topics/photos/ideas to scrapbook, sometimes that all goes right out the window when I get inspired by the day's prompt or by someone else's layouts.

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  13. OMG - now that is a lot of scraps. I love your idea about "journal" preparing. Great tip to get ideas down on paper when it comes to titles, etc.

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  14. Love your bin of scraps. Mine's only slightly more organized. Top drawer of a file cabinet, sorted by color. It's threatening to take over and spill out every time I open the drawer.

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  15. I love your blog. So crisp. Easy to read. Fun to look at. I love how you presented your story - your pages must be magnificent! Can't wait to see them!
    See you on Flickr!
    Jennifer McIntyre
    @atthebluebarn

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  16. Good luck with your big bucket of scraps! I bet you could do all your layouts from that bucket.

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  17. Holy Canolies! And I thought the 6 pounds of letter stickers in my closet was excessive... a 10-gallon container??? Wowza!

    Loved the post and can't wait for Feb 1st!

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  18. Thx! I did LOAD in Oct and loved it, but signed up at the last possible moment so had NO PREP - see ya there!

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  19. Thanks so much for kicking off the blog hop! Good luck with your scraps...periodically I just close my eyes and throw them out! There will always be more! See you in February!

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  20. Thank you so much for the Flickr, Facebook, blog tip!!

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  21. Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your tips - they are really going to help people out!

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  22. Just stopping back by to say that I really enjoyed the blog hop. I think this blog hop itself helped me feel prepared. I'm definitely in the right frame of mind and I still have a few more days to go. Thanks so much for organizing! [And in my first comment, I meant to say posting directly to your blog from FLICKR not FB. Oops!]

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  23. Great tips! I went ahead and linked my flickr to my blogger :)

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  24. Love your organization and enthusiasm! So far, the idea of LOAD overwhelms me, but I can see how some advance work is key!

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  25. Hi again! I stopped by to say that I've given you a blog award. If you have a moment, come on over to my blog for details. I love your blog.

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  26. Great tips. I like your idea of an album for a staging ground. How will you go about sorting those scraps?

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  27. This looks like so much fun, Danielle! Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas!!

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  28. You definitely have a lot to do. But I think you're to-do list is fun! You might find something quite useful.

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