Monday, January 24, 2011

LOAD 2/11 "Blog Hop"

Welcome to LOAD 2/11 Blog Hop if you are new to this and don't know what LOAD is all about, chek out this link 
A group of Layout A Day alums have lined up to bring you some ideas on how to prepare for this upcoming LOAD.
I don't know what was i thinking when I signed up for the blog hop lol! :) , because my first time participating I didn't finished,  mostly because of health reasons.  If you can send me some healthy vibes, I'll appreciate them! ;)

The hop starts with the brain master of this challenge: LAIN 
She will link you to the next stop. At the end of this post you'll find the complete list of participants.

So, I was thinking on how to be prepared and came up with few ideas:

1. Set aside a couple of hours a day.  I know this can be challenging, but if some days I can make the time to sit down and enjoy my favorite shows (Martha Stewart and Ellen) I can do the same for LOAD and have time to make my daily layout.

2. Purge and organize.  Last Friday, I purged my stash very well.  It was nice to see things I forgotten I had. I also reorganized a little bit my work space...it looks bigger... yay!!!

3. Make your own kits and/or go thru the kits you receive in the mail. I receive kits and I leave them in the plastic bag they come in, so I plan to check them out to see what I have left on each one. Also, I want to make some kits with papers and embellishments  I already own.

4. Print out pictures, If you don't print your pictures at home like me, it's a good idea to order some prints,   right now, Walgreens is running a special of 10 cents per print, offers ends January 29.  ( I don't work for  Walgreen or Costco he!)

I picked these pictures (90) from Costco last Saturday, I paid 13 cents each.

5. Stock up.  Couple of months ago I got a great deal and bought lots of refills for my ATG so I'm good in that department. I also love liquid glue and small tape runners, need to make sure I have enough of those too.
Stocking up on the things you used the most is a great idea.


6. Make sure your favorite tools are in good shape.  Maybe this is my OCD... but I like to clean my most used tools once in a while... :)


7. Blade refills!! :) Last year I remember I was working on a layout and needed to change the paper trimmer's blade... and I didn't have any left!!!!!   This week I need... I must  go to Michaels and get a package.


Sooooo, this is my plan, I know as I hop from blog to blog, I'll find more and better ideas from the rest and more experimented ladies participating.


Here is the complete list:

Lain <- Starts here!
Danielle H.
Margie
S
Lisa
Laura
Rosann
Gayle
Jennifer
Heather
Tere  <- you are here!
Niki <- Your next stop!
Janet
Lee
Danielle T.
Junelle
Julie

As a thank you for stopping by, I'm giving away a $ 15.00 Gift Certificate,  from either Two Peas In a Bucket or Scrapbook.com (up to the winner's choice).  Just leave a comment on this post and I'll use random to select the winner and post it by Wednesday.

Now, have fun and keep hopping...   Your next stop is NIKKI

38 comments:

S said...

Refill blades - there's a tip worth its weight in scrapbook supplies. I'd better check and see if my trimmer blade needs replacing. Can't wait to start, see you there.

Lee Currie said...

Great advice :) I am looking forward to starting the journey again. See you there!

Gayle @ Life on the Lane said...

Great tips! Can't wait to see what you create in February!

Margie S said...

Great reminders. I'll look forward to your layouts in Feb. See you in the gallery!

Danielle Hunter said...

Thanks for the reminders - cleaning tools and getting replacement blades. Hope you stay well so you can stick around for the entire month! See you then!

Lisa said...

Again, with every post I am getting new tips and ideas that make me smile, laugh or nod in agreement.
Thanks for the reminder that if we can find time for our favourite TV shows, we can certainly find time to scrap every day. And if there's not enough time for both, then thank heavens for digital recording! ;-)
And trimmer blades? I'll get some tomorrow I think!
See you in the gallery! Sending you positive vibes across the ocean for good health.

LauraFdz said...
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LauraFdz said...

Muy buenas ideas para iniciar la semana de una manera excelente!!! como tu sabes hacerlo. Felicidades!!! Y claro que envío buena vibra para tu salud, mis mejores deseos para que te recuperes rapidito y algunas oraciones que siempre surten efecto.Ahora voy a intentar ponerlas en práctica y también me voy a poner a brincar un rato.
Besos y abrazos y feliz San lunes!!!

elinjanne said...

Looking forward to see your work at Flicr.

JulesHollis said...

Great tips! You have a beautiful blog! You've reminded me to double check my x-acto knife and that I have refills.

junelle said...

Do you journal your things in Spanish or English? I love that we were purging and organizing at the same time...so neccessary for a new project, yes?

Thank you for sharing your experience and your getting ready pics~ I can tell you are excited!

See you soon~
Junelle

Alison said...

Love that you mentioned refill blades -- something I always seem to come up short on. I'm picking some up today!

Laura T. said...

Looks like you have a great stack of pictures there to start with .... good luck getting them all onto pages. Man, I wish I could cut a few hours out of my day to scrapbook ... darn this full-time job that I have (lol). See you on the boards.

Heather said...

I forgot blades! LOL! Thanks for the reminder!
See you in February!

Susan said...

I've added blade refills to my pre-LOAD shopping list ~ thanks so much for the reminder!

at the Blue Barn said...

purging. organising. refills. thanks for the tips!!
jennifer mcintyre
@atthebluebarn

Janice said...

I know I promised I was not going to buy anything, but I did use my 40% off coupon at Michael's to buy Exacto blades, now I'm ready to go!

Jenny McGee said...

I actually think my trimmer needs a new blade. Better take care of that this week. Thanks for the reminder. jeannett_mcgee@comcast.net

LCSmithSAVED said...

Thx! I did LOAD in Oct and loved it, but signed up at the last possible moment so had NO PREP - thx for the tips! see ya there!
LCSmithSAVED@juno.com

Erin said...

I think cleaning your tools is a great idea. I also need a new pair of scissors (think I am going to try the Tim Holtz Tonic ones). Thanks for the tips and the chance to win!

Dani said...

Thank you for the paper trimmer reminder and cleaning your tools - great ideas!!!!!!

Lain said...

You are so very wise! :) Great suggestions, TEre!

robinww said...

Thanks for your tips. I never think to clean my tools - good idea!

Lots of Love said...

I'm not at your scrap booking level but these are all great tips for when I have a bigger collection and scrap book more often. Its like being a mom.... I see/hear great tips that I WILL implement when I get older :) thanks TERE!!

Sue said...

Thanks for the great tips! I'll have to get some extra blades!

TracyBzz said...

Isn't funny how you think you couldn't scrapbook everyday (or excerise, but that's a whole other issue) but you have time to watch 1, 2, 3 shows in a day/evening.

Heidi said...

Tere - Loved your advice about spare blades because it reminded me that I need to replace my cutter blade ASAP! (I have a spare thankfully but need to replace it nonetheless) And absolutely LOVE your blog colors :) See you next week! Heidi (aka move4life)

Rosann said...

Sending healthy vibes y mucho carino

ThisKalilLife said...

Love your practical advice. Thank you for sharing and thanks for the chance to win.

Marygail said...

Thanks for the great advice- looking forward to seeing your work on Flickr :)

Heidi Y said...

I wouldn't have thought to make sure I had blade refills!! Great tip!

Tere said...

Testing...

Michele in La said...

I haven't commited to LOAD yet...because it seems as though every time I commit to something big, life gets in the way! But it is good to hear that even though you weren't able to complete you first commitment, that you are back. So it does say something about the course :) - that it's not "just about completing the layouts". Thank you for your insight - and I do wish you well !!

Miss Niki said...

Great tips for stocking up on supplies...that's one I always forget about! See you in the LOAD group soon!

Maria Elena said...

Gracias por esos buenos recordatorios... deseo q estes estupendamente bien lo mas pronto posible...

Un abrazooote
Have a great Wednesday ;-)
http://mariaelenaworld.blogspot.com/

Ann said...

Thanks for the ideas. I loved that you put ribbon on your paper piercer! I'm so going to do that so I can find it easier.

T2 said...

I've got 274 pictures sorted and ready to go, but am short on adhesive! Thanks for the reminder about that important detail :)

LauraFdz said...

Querida Tere: comparto contigo la importancia y el impacto de ésta palabra en mi vida, tu trabajo está quedando lindo, he visto muchas chicas involucradas en éste proyecto, pero aunque me he propuesto hacer un poquito de scrap a diario, no me siento capaz de semejante compromiso, así que desde aquí te veo y te echo porras amiguita!!!
Abrazos!!!!