Getting my scrap on with LOAD 516

I haven't done any traditional scrapbooking in so long that I've been considering clearing out my craft space and purging my supplies...Then along comes another Layout a Day (LOAD) challenge. Use it or lose it time!

Day 1 - I worked on the  Day in the Life I photographed in April. I'm determined to finish the project this month.

Day 2 - I was inspired by Sketch 1 from Tracie Claiborne and Jen Schow's class, Ready, Sketch, Go.

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This time around, I'm attempting to have the page done, start to finish, in less than an hour. My motto, productivity trumps perfection. (I'm a big overthinker.) Life happens - I can't promise I'll complete 31 layouts in 31 days, but I'll have fun trying.

 

 


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I've just realized that I approach my scrapbooking the same way I do decorating. 

I start my layout with a base colour, often a neutral (black/white/kraft), or a colour you'd see on a wall in my house.  Then I add a secondary colour or texture, like I would a bedspread or window treatments.  Then I go for small impact items, the colourful throw pillows or funky accessories...not too many of them, just a few to dress things up a bit. I like strong, clean, classic lines for my foundation but the added touches can be whimsical or trendy.

When I look at Layouts I've done from kit clubs, I like the pages, but somehow they don't feel like me - kind of like another decorator has had a free hand with my house.  They've done a great job.  Everything they've added is very nice and there's nothing they've used that I dislike...but somehow it just doesn't feel like home.


Bring it.

My creativity has lain dormant for the past two months.  I have helped the kids with school projects, made posters, designed costumes, organized a book fair, taught a junior high scrap class.... Somehow, doing because I must is vastly different than creating purely for the joy of it.   

I had mixed feelings returning to 'the pit' today, virtually untouched since February's LOAD.  I am first struck by the mess I''ve left it in and just a little bit stressed.   I got over it...fast.  LOAD begins tomorrow and the timing is perfect!  The web is hopping with National Scrapbooking Day contests, freebies and challenges, one of which I couldn't resist at www.jessicasprague.com. (This was a great way to try and remember what I learned in February's digi course.)

I'm an all or nothing gal.   That's why LOAD is so great for me.  I work best on full immersion...with a deadline!   It lasts long enough for me to be incredibly productive but ends just before the household completely falls apart (or shortly thereafter)!   Then it's time for 100% immersion in hausfrau mode, though that mode won't last nearly as long as LOAD did.  

Wake up creativity.  You have 31 layouts to create in 31 days........

Bring it! Miraclessend-1iNSD Challenge - 'One hour time limit.  With a photo you've taken today, create a layout with the words Today and Miracle in the title.'  www.jessicasprague.com