Pre-LOAD213 – Scrap Happier Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Welcome to my little blog! Hopefully you are here for the Pre-LOAD213 Blog Hop and you have come from Heather’s blog … if not, head on back to her blog to start at the beginning. Although I suppose it doesn’t really matter if you start from the beginning, middle or end, just as long as you’re here and enjoy the Hop!

Some of my fellow Scrap Happy Sisters and I have decided to put on this Hop to get you in the mood for LOAD. Not familiar with LOAD? Well then, let me start by saying that LOAD stands for LayOut A Day and is run by our Scrap Happy Fearless Leader Lain Ehmann … or should I say our Scrap Happy Super Hero Lain? 🙂 (Little inside joke there!) She leads us through a month of creating one layout every day using (or not, whatever floats your boat) a different prompt each day. This will be my … 5th (had to stop and think!) LOAD. I have had various degrees of “success” completing a full LOAD but I’ve ALWAYS had fun!

And that’s what our theme is this time around … indirectly. Check this out.

Isn’t he a happy little guy? We are going to be Scrapping Happier next month!
How? Well, I’m glad you asked! When I said we will be creating one complete layout a day for 28 days some of you may have gasped and thought, how is that possible? I work full time, I have 6 kids, and a horse,  and a sick Auntie who I take daily meals to … No worries Mate!
Insert gratuitous Hugh Jackman picture here.
(Another inside joke!)
There is NO PRESSURE to “finish”. There are NO SCRAPBOOK POLICE patrolling the Flickr boards wondering where your layout for 2/13/13 is. There is NO WALL OF SHAME for those whose lives got “in the way” (gasp!) of scrapbooking (is that even possible?!) In short, THERE ARE NO RULES! 
Oh, I lied, there is one rule …. SCRAP HAPPY!

With that in mind, here are my top 5 tips on HOW TO SCRAP HAPPY DURING LOAD213.
1. Be prepared (see this post for my tips on getting prepped for LOAD). Short version, stock up on essentials.
2. Wake up every morning excited to watch a new video from Lain! Yay!! Is there a better way to greet the day than by hearing Lain’s voice?
3. Don’t forget to breathe. Once every few seconds should do the trick!
4. Put a small (or large, whatever makes you happier!) dish of your favourite candies next to your scrap table. If you need a pick me up, a shot of energy or just something that makes your tongue sing happy songs, then ingest one or two (handfuls) of the aforementioned candy and carry on scrapping.
5. DON’T PANIC! And if you are about to panic because your dog just ate the picture you were going to use that went perfectly with the prompt Lain gave and the piece of Authentique paper you smuggled home past your husband’s watchful gaze, then STOP … BREATHE … and Google images of Hugh!
I hope I have got you to laugh today. Maybe while you’re laughing you’ll remember that in the end this is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby for us all. Don’t take it or yourself too seriously and I know you will scrap happier!
Thanks for stopping by today. Now head on over to Dani’s blog for some more ScrapHappier advice! If you’re not signed up for LOAD yet (and why not, may I ask?!) you can go to Lain’s site and see if there are any spots left. You won’t be sorry!! See you in February!!

If you get lost along the way, here is a list of all the participants today. Have fun!!

Heather Dubarry:

Julie Shepler:

Kristie Sloan:

Katrina Forman:

Jessica Baldwin:
Oh, and if you liked the tone of this blog post, or you just want to know why I keep showing you pictures of Hugh Jackman, you may like being a part of our ScrapHappy community. We are pretty much like this 24/7 on the message boards. Funny, irreverent, sassy and extremely helpful!

See you on the message boards!

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16 Responses to Pre-LOAD213 – Scrap Happier Blog Hop

  1. Heather says:

    Alison, you rock. Thank you so much for the gratuitous Hugh sightings. Just the way to start the day!

  2. I think the bowl of candy at your scraptable is key! May I suggest some m&m’s or Dove? (Shameless plug for my hubby’s company!) Seriously, though, looking forward to scrapping with you in Feb. 🙂

  3. Joy says:

    You’re hilarious!

  4. K8 4man says:

    I agree with you and Lynette about the candy, I have dove and jelly beans at all times. 🙂 love the plug for ScrapHappy with that great little laptop photo. See you in Flickr!

  5. Alison I love that you have the gratuitous pictures added for a special effect of the overall feel of the group! Too funny! 🙂

  6. Connie Hanks says:

    I think my fave tip is the candy! Diet? What diet?! (Lynette – you mentioned two of my faves, now my mouth can’t stop watering!) Love the SH laptop and plug for the fam – fabulous!

  7. Beth says:

    Hi Alison I am looking forward to my first load and I really enjoyed reading your post about Load but you got me wondering with all those pictures of Hugh that you posted do you have one of those pictures in your scrappy area too. LOL just joking.

  8. LCSmithSAVED says:

    Can’t WAIT! See you there :~)

  9. Cheryl M says:

    I just LOVE your tips! Great share!

  10. Talking about candy…lookin’ at eye candy (Hugh)… Great tips! Looking forward to seeing your pages!

  11. Lots of candy here Alison – sugar (for energy of course) and a bit of eye candy – what more could a girl ask for? Great post Alison x

  12. Kelli says:

    Alison, thanks for the pics of Hugh! That brighten my day! Great job explaining LOAD! See you soon!

  13. Kelli says:

    Such a great explanation of LOAD…and the Hugh pictures weren’t bad either! 😉 See you soon!

  14. Lots of great tips! I am looking forward to seeing those videos from Lain every day!

  15. Dani says:

    great post!!!!!

  16. Tip number five re-worded – If you start to feel a panic attack coming on, Hugh to the rescue!! LOL Love it!

    aka KnowJoy

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