28 Apr


May is a busy month for me; work gets crazy, I’m signed up for an eight week photography workshop that starts on May 1st. I love the layout-a-day challenge but I was not going to sign up.

Then, I kept seeing these tweets from Laine Ehmann. I think I understand how an addict must feel; I couldn’t stop myself from signing up for one more round! This will mark my fourth challenge and I love it every time. Above is the layout I created to capture my first month. It was really successful and I always get way more accomplished than I think I will and certainly more than I would have on my own. Even if I don’t complete a layout every single day, I will enjoy myself every single day.

But, it starts in three days and I’m not ready! Here are a few things I always like to do to set myself up for success:

  1. Make a list. Laine is great about sending out a daily prompt, but I have found that I’m just not that good at following along that way. I tend to need to let an idea fester for a while. Sometimes a prompt will spark something that I do a few days later, but I need to have a list of things that I can pull from.
  2. Check my supplies. I’m going more and more digital in my scrapbooking, but I still go back to paper now and again and I have a couple of go-to items that I wouldn’t want to run out of. Mostly adhesive, 12 x 12 kraft cardstock and 8.5 x 11 textured white cardstock. My three most important staples.
  3. Take some photos. While I have thousands of photos already on my computer, sometimes having fresh photos on hand makes a difference. I really love scrapping with brand new and really old photos and try to make sure both are available.
  4. Print some photos. I just picked up a batch of photos from a recent trip to Disneyland so I’ve got that covered.
  5. Plan some meals. Especially with everything else going on this month, I want to make sure my family eats (while I’m practicing taking their picture and then scrapping it!).
  6. Set my mind. I like to take a bit of time, generally while I’m working on my list, to get my mind in the space to set out on a creative adventure. This is the kind of thing that can make a girl crazy if you let it. I’m not really down with that. I love the community, I love the challenge and I love the outcome. That’s what I want to stay focused on.

There’s still time left if you want to take the challenge with me! Just visit and click on “LOAD Challenge”. You will be so proud of what you can accomplish!


4 Responses to “Layout-A-Day”

  1. Lynnette April 29, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Hi Julie,
    I hopped over here from the flickr site. This is my 3rd LOAD and I’m excited to get started. I love to read others’ preparations and thoughts on LOAD. I find myself nodding my head while reading a lot. I’m sassyscrapper2010 over on flickr and I look forward to scrapping with you and seeing your work in the gallery. Here’s to a great month.

    • Julie S. May 1, 2011 at 9:07 am #

      I’m so excited! Looking forward to seeing you on Flickr!

  2. cate May 1, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    looking forward to seeing your creations during the month!

    • Julie S. May 1, 2011 at 9:06 am #

      Thanks! Looking forward to getting started!

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