Wednesday, September 26, 2012

LOAD October 2012!

Hi, from Colorado Springs,

Thanks for stopping by the Scrap Happy Blog Hop!  Here is the entire list of participants in case you want to go out of order:

Kelli P.
Alison D.
Cathy H.
Heather H.
Alison C.
Heather D.
Danielle H.

I have just started my blog, literally, last Saturday, so I beg your indulgence as I am still finding my way around this crazy thing!  If anyone has any tips or suggestions, please leave me a comment as I'm anxious to get educated, which leads me to why you came here, to learn more about how to get through LOAD!

Five things that have helped me get through the month:

1.  Make sure you have adhesive.  If you are like me, you are drowning in stash, but if you don't have anything to glue it down, it's just, well, stash!

2.  The prompts are just the start.  If you are drawing a blank, don't sweat it!  Make a different page that day.  The goal is to get the story on the page and move on!

3.  If your goal is you really want to follow the prompt and are just stuck, go to the gallery and get some inspiration there.  Scraplift!  Your pictures will be different and years later it won't matter that you did and you won't remember anyway :)

4.  Post your work in the gallery.  What has kept me going during LOAD is making the relationships and hearing what others say about my pages and passing on the kudos.  I work from home writing closed captioning for the TV, so I crave that human relationship with others who love to do the exact same thing I do, SCRAPPING!

5.  If you find yourself running out of time and are mostly a paper scrapper like I am and feel that digital is cheating, IT'S NOT!  I am just learning my Creative Memories Memory Manager and am loving what it can do.  I will never ever give up my adhesives, ribbon and washi tape, but boy, when I can just click and plop pictures in pages already designed, wow, LOVE IT and the story is told!

Hope this helps you get through the month and I look forward to seeing all of you at Scrap Happy and Flickr!  Thanks for stopping by and head on over to see Dani at


  1. Your blog looks great. My top tip with blogging is just to keep on posting and take note of things you see on other blogs that you'd like to include on yours. Before long you'll have picked up list of ideas and little tweaks here and there will be a lot of fun to incorporate on your own ;-)
    Great load list. See you in the gallery.

  2. The relationships formed are some of my favorite things too! Great blog!!!

  3. I love your blog background, I'm a pikes peak scrapper too! Great advice, See you soon...

  4. Hi Cathy! You did it! Congrats! Great tips here to help keep us on track during LOAD. And I definitely agree...I love the community. Thanks for participating.

  5. I work from home, too, which is why I think I love connecting with others during LOAD as much as anything!!

  6. Great job, Cathy! I love your new blog!! Great advice for LOAD and I adore those layouts you shared.

  7. Congratulations on setting up your new blog!!! Really love the community side of LOAD too!

  8. What a great way to start a new blog...a blog hop! Love your five tips!

  9. Yay for starting a blog! Love what you say about digi. So many people are one or the other. I don't see any reason you can't be both. Especially when my desk is piled high with so much stuff I can't find a space big enough to put a piece of cardstock.

  10. Great blog Cathy! And great advice too. I am hopeful that there will be a little thing called Photoshop among my birthday presents on Sunday which would be perfect for helping me get with the digi thing!

  11. I agree with your list, Cathy! All this blog hopping is certainly making me feel more confident about LOAD (and 31/31). I DO have a blog tip, as I have started two - don't forget you have a blog, or where it is ... lol :)

  12. Congratulations on your new blog! Great blog post!