A Process for Creating a Layout a Day (LOAD in Vogue Bloghop)

A Process for Creating a Layout a Day (LOAD in Vogue Bloghop)

Welcome to the ScrapHappy LOAD in Vogue bloghop! This should be your third stop on the hop, after Christy, and before Lisa. If you want to start at the beginning, head on over to Lynnette’s blog! Everyone’s site is listed below if you want to jump and skip around. Now on with the show:

As some of you may know by now, I am a big proponent of periodically participating in a Layout a Day Challenge. (Or LOAD as we regulars like to call it.) What is a LOAD? It’s when you commit to making one scrapbook layout each day for a month. Lain Ehmann runs this twice a year in February and May, and then the members of her ScrapHappy community put together a members only challenge in October. Which means another challenge is rapidly approaching.

I’ve already told you how I got on the LOAD bandwagon, how I prepare for it, and why I think it’s an important part of anyone’s scrapbooking journey. However, I’ve never told you how I manage to fit LOAD into my daily life, and the process I go through when participating in the challenge.

Each morning, after the kids get off to school, I check the prompt. If it immediately triggers an idea, I’ll sit down and start working on it right away. If, however, a related story or photo doesn’t pop into my head immediately, I let the prompt marinate for a bit.

Sometimes the prompt just doesn’t work for where my head is on that particular day.

Not that it matters. The wonderful thing about LOAD is not that you’re creating pages based on various prompts, but that you’re committing to making pages. THAT’s the important part. The commitment to yourself and your creativity is what’s inspiring and empowering. The prompts are just the delicious icing on the cake.

Alright-y then, time to get off the soap box…

At some point in the day, I make time to sit down and start a page. I don’t always finish it in one sitting. However, I do try to have a story idea and photos and papers chosen before I move on to the next task.

Some days, I’m so busy I completely forget about LOAD until 10pm, and then I don’t worry about the prompt at all, and just make a page with the first story that comes to mind. I scrap fast. I can make a page in half an hour. That’s one thing I’ve become good at with LOAD.

For the slower days, if I don’t create a page from start to finish, I come back and work on it in chunks. Choosing supplies in one step, and then building a design, writing the journaling, and finally adding a title and embellishments.

It’s a very organic and relaxing process actually.

If you want more details on how I create, I made a video last fall of one of the pages created during the ScrapHappy LOAD  based on a prompt. You can find the video here: Process

idea to page

Now on with the show!

Next on your bloghop is Lisa.

And if you want to hop, skip, and jump around, here are our participants:



Heather <– You’re here now! Hi!








Thanks for stopping by!


24 Responses »

  1. I love those days when the process is very relaxed and organic…like poetry in motion. Thanks for your tips and video, too. I appreciate you contributing to the hop.

  2. Great post, Heather – very calming 🙂 I find that often I have a set of photos in mind and can’t for the life of me see how to connect them to the prompt, so do a 180 and get different photos completely. Usually 1/2 an hour before the deadline …

    • LOL Claire! I’ve been known to do that too. Sometimes I don’t even try to do a prompt one day, and the next day, the prompt is about what I just made the previous day!

  3. Thanks for the tips and the video, Heather! I find it amazing that you can create a page in 30 minutes (like Lain), I’m still working on it (I think I should do more LOADs to practice 😉 ). We will have so much fun in October!

  4. Thanks for the look in to your process. My pages are about 30 minutes too. I think that’s because of the marinating time. By the time I get to the page, I already know what I want to do!

    • So true! Letting yourself think about a page in the back of your mind while doing other things really does help speed up the actual creation time.

  5. I think I might try this February – I am SO BEHIND on getting my pictures into albums. I was thinking of doing a bunch of pocket pages just to catch up, but I do want to also have some pretty layouts…

    • That would be awesome Leah! Any questions you have, just let me know– I’d be glad to help you do your first LOAD. My first LOAD I got SO much done!
      Pocket pages are a great solution for helping you feel less behind. And they can help you choose photos and stories you want to go into more detail later.

  6. Thanks Heather for the processvideo and your “day during LOAD’. The most important message is Keep Calm and that’s what I need to practice more.

  7. I can’t believe you can create a layout in 30 mins! Wow. Thanks for the insight into your process – it’s aways interesting to see differences as well as similarities. I’m always impressed at people who make their amounts in steps. I just can’t do that. I need to do it all at once or not at all. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • It’s not hard to do a page in 30 mins! I keep it pretty simple for the most part. It takes longer if I decide to add complicated techniques.
      And I think being able to do things in steps is more about me needing to get up and wander around and think some more. My ability to focus has really gone down the drain since kids. 😀

    • I love working on pages when the kids are home. We all sit in here doing different things, and we chat while doing it. That can be the most fun. Until they start arguing. 😉

  8. Love that layout. Thanks for the peek into your process. I, too, often let the prompt “percolate” during a work day, then find I can pull it together in the evening. I do try NOT to be too last minute, although I’m noted for pushing deadlines. 🙂

  9. Perfect to include the video – my process is very similar to yours, except that I usually wait up for the prompt, lol! Yes – even when I’ve written it (that process is far enough ahead that it’s all fresh by the time we are LOADing :~)

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