Friday, January 25, 2013

Yeah, I'm a Believer - LOAD 213 Blog Hop

Welcome to the LOAD 213 "Scrap Happier" Blog Hop!    If you've arrived here from Christy's blog, then you are on the right track.  If you've just stumbled in, be sure to check out the complete list of bloggers below so that you can make the rounds.  We're having a LOAD pep rally of sorts to gear up for a month-long journey to scrapbooking happiness.  So grab a cuppa of whatever makes you happiest and read on.

By now most of you know that I am a LOAD believer.

 What other fool...I mean enthusiastic scrapbooker would
 pose for pictures with her LOAD branded gear?

LOAD, Lain Ehmann's Layout A Day scrapbook challenge, is sort of like a pilgrimage to completed pages.  It is an opportunity to push aside the housework and other chores, guilt, perfectionism, and indecision and keep holy the scrap table.  It can loosely be compared to the waiting, preparing, and sacrificing that sometimes comes before some major religious holidays.  While not a religious experience, LOAD does provide some great opportunities for introspection, gratitude and praise.  And just like any challenge or sacrifice, if you put in the time and effort, the reward will be yours in the end.  Here are some basic beliefs I have about the Layout A Day Challenge.

Participating in LOAD will...
  • strengthen you as a scrapbooker.  Remember practice makes per...oh yeah, we don't use that word around here!  Whether it's your design skills, storytelling, or even your overall confidence, you WILL improve!  
  • help you appreciate the little things in life.  The prompts will help you take inventory of what is really important.  Now, don't worry...Lain has a way of mixing in the veggies with the mashed potatoes so you won't even know you are digging deep.  I've ended up with some pages I never thought I would ever create and I'm absolutely thrilled with them.
  • force you to act fast, make decisions and trust your instincts.  It is the perfect elixir for procrastination.
  • put a huge dent in your stash.  And you know what that means?  That's right!  The chance to pick up some brand new CHA stuff!
  • give you the opportunity for fellowship with other people passionate about scrapbooking.  The gallery is a perfect place to employ the "Do Unto Others" motto.  Leave feedback for others and it will come back to you.  It's wonderfully encouraging and fun!  It is sooo worth the time.
  • ultimately make you a happier person.  How, you ask?  Well, the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the month, the stack of completed pages with images and stories documented, the friends you will make (and yes, I can't believe how many wonderful online friends I have made!) will all contribute to a stronger sense of self and a greater appreciation of life.  Wow...those are powerful words, but I have to tell you, it's that good.  
It's hard to not be a believer when you consider these facts.  If you are currently signed up for LOAD, I look forward to taking this pilgrimage with you.  If you're not signed up yet, take a leap of faith and trust me on this one.   Click the LOAD213 icon in the sidebar to see if you can snag one of the last few spots available.  It has truly been a life changing experience and one which has contributed to my happiness.  I'm quite certain in the end that you'll be a believer, too.

Be sure to check out the rest of our pep rally.  Your next stop is Julie.

Heather Dubarry:
Alison Day:
Danielle Taylor:
Alison Charlton:
Christy Strickler:
Lynnette Nagle:    YOU ARE HERE!
Julie Shepler:
Joy McHargue:
Kelli Panique:
Cathy Holiday:
Leslie Smith:
Lori Martin:
Connie Hanks:
Betsye Erazo:
Marcia Fortunato:
Regina Huminski:
Beth Soler:


  1. Are you sure LOAD isn't a religious experience? LOL!
    How about a philosophy? It seems since I've participated in LOAD, that scrapbooking has become a very helpful philosophy! It sure helps me recognize and treasure the everyday!

  2. Thanks Lynette! I needed that! (I have posed for similar shots, so I guess that makes me an enthusiastic scrapbooker too!)

  3. I love your picture by the car with your LOAD sticker, that's the one I actually completed on time, each day, all month! If that is your scrap room -- love it!

    1. That is indeed my scraproom. I completed most of it back when I hardly ever scrapped! Then, once became a dedicated scrapper, my hubby added this workstation for me. After 3 LOADs and 100+ layouts, he was convinced that I was serious about the hobby and that it was worth the time, effort and money. Thanks for stopping by, Kristie.

  4. Great photos that you posted and I am really looking forward to participating in Load for my first time. I love your scrap room!

  5. AMEN, Lynette! I, too, am a believer! It really is quite the experience and I am thankful to have joined the journey! I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful pages! xoxo

  6. I am so happy to be scrapping with you all month Lynette! I don't feel like I've been connecting enough recently! Happy dance over here

  7. Your scrap room is so beautiful! And I love your photos of you and LOAD gear! You are a great writer, and I love your phrase: a "month-long journey to scrapbooking happiness" I'm right there with you!!!

  8. Love the photos of you and your LOAD swag :) Great post and love the comment about mixing veggies and mashed potatoes!!!

  9. Wonderfully written Lynnette!! So So happy to be on the journey with you and the other LOAD-STERS!

  10. I have to agree with you about Lain making you think and sometimes making you think fast! I've learned a lot about myself from LOAD and I have to agree with Danielle the comment about mixing veggies and mashed potatoes. Can't wait to get started!

  11. Religion or not - I just know its good for the soul!!! So looking forward to spending the next month with you Lynette!!!!

  12. I am definitely hoping to put a huge dent in my stash right along with you!

  13. Great advice, Lynnette! Looking forward to seeing your pages this time around!

  14. Great post Lynnette! You are so right LOAD is a life changing experience and I'm so glad to share that with you!

  15. OK, Lynette, so I totally have the song, Now I'm a Believer, stuck in my head!! With a couple of words changed in the lyrics.

    Then I saw her PAGE,
    now I'm a believer!
    Not a trace
    of doubt in my mind.
    I'm in love,
    I'm a believer, I couldn't leave LOAD if I tried.

  16. I'm with HEATHER - I've got my mod on, baby!