Layout a Day Blog Hop: Advice for Newbies

Are you ready for a scrappy month? I sure am! I'm Danielle and have been participating in Layout a Day since 2010! I think this will be my 13th LOAD. You'll find me on Flickr as EcoScrapbook. Since you'll be visiting several blogs today, I wanted to make this quick and simple for you, so if you're short on time, the important information is in bold text. See you in February!

Here are my Top 10 Tips for Layout a Day Newbies:

1. Stock up on adhesive. Glue runner. Glue Dots. Adhesive tabs. Washi tape. They all work and you're going to need plenty of them.

My Organized Adhesive Drawer

2. Let creativity be your guide. Although it's not required to follow every prompt, keep your mind open and allow for an idea to pop in your head and go for it.

3. Embrace imperfection. Blurry photos? No problem. Mix-matched letters? That's okay. Journaling or paint mistakes? Who cares? One of my favorite scrapbook layouts is perfectly imperfect:

"Playhouse" Scrapbook Layout: LOAD211 Day 10 

4. Try something new. Have you ever stitched on a layout? Distressed photos? Paint your own background cardstock? Whatever you've been wanting to try, don't be afraid of mistakes, just do it! Hey, I even cut a completed layout into four pieces for a pocket page:

"Unwanted Visitors" Scrapbook Layout: LOAD514 Day 16

5. Create a space for your layouts. Maybe it'll be a box or a temporary scrapbook, you'll be creating so many layouts, you won't have time to stay organized.

6. Organize your craft area. If you're a traditional scrapbooker, you WILL make a mess this month:

My dining room table on Day 13 during LOAD 10/10.
Start off the month right by organizing your crafty space. You'll know what you have or what you need to buy (see #1) and will scrapbook faster if you do. 

7. Establish a routine. Maybe you'll scrapbook before work or after the kids go to school. Carve out time in your busy schedule and try to stick with it. If you only have 30 minutes, you can still do it. If there are days when you have less than 15 minutes, download a photo app and create a quick digital page. Here's one I made using PicsArt:

"Retro 'Rents" Digital Scrapbook Layout: Day 25 LOAD515

8. Expect the unexpected. No matter how much you prepare, you will end up scrapbooking photos that you never planned on and journal about memories you had forgotten about. You will learn more about yourself and your scrapbooking style AND you will be inspired!

"Goodbye" Scrapbook Layout: LOAD212 Day 8

9. Don't forget why you scrapbook. You are your own storyteller. If you're participating in Layout A Day, then you know it's your responsibility to document your story for your family and future generations. We're making treasures to share and that's important. 

Finished Scrapbook Layouts from LOAD212

10. Support your fellow LOADsters. Leave positive comments in the gallery as much as you can. Join in discussions when you feel the need. Don't be shy. We're cool people. 

See what other LOAD alums have to say:


EcoScrapbook's Top 10 Posts of 2014

Wow, 2014 has flown by! This has been such a crazy year! From losing Tabby and bringing home Bane to hubby's ankle injury, moving and everything in between, I'm looking forward to a calmer 2015 (fingers crossed).

For the first time since I started blogging in 2010, I actually took a blogcation over the summer and just started to get my groove back this month. To keep me even busier, I'm now Mama Meow at WherestheCat.com, a Toledo area events website and in the early stages of starting another blog for eco-conscious children.

In the mean time, let's have a look back at my crafty year in EcoScrapbook's top 10 posts of 2014:

Thanks for being part of my year! Wishing you the best in 2015! ~Danielle


DIY Eco-friendly Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is right around the corner, but there's still time to make your own gifts. These 10 eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas are sure to please this holiday season:

1. Wine Cork Candle

2. Girl Scout Notebook + Decoupaged Comic Book Pencil

4. Cereal Box Notebooks

5. Capri Sun Purse

7. Melted Record Ornaments