For those of you wondering what LOAD is - please see the post immediately proceeding this one. It will explain and provide links to every thing you need to know.
This is my first time participating and I must say I'm filled with a myriad of emotions about it. I'm excited, inspired, nervous, and maybe even a little scared. (Update: 02 May 2012: This is now my second time and I'm still excited, inspired and nervous - though I'm not scared anymore. I got over that. The community is so supportive - now if only I can keep up!)
So why did I choose to participate? Let me show you a picture...
This is a layout I started working on, oh I don't know, days ago? And it's still sitting here on my scrap desk without anything being adhered. I walk past it, move pattern papers around, think about some embellishments that I have that might work, pull those out and lay them on the desk and then, inevitably, I walk away from it. It sits there mocking me, preventing me from moving on to anything else. It's not this particular layout that does this - it's all of them. They all linger because of my expectation of perfection. What if I choose papers that don't go together? What if the embellishments don't match? What if I don't do the picture justice? What if I don't do the supplies I've chosen justice? The questions go on and on and so nothing in my scrap room gets done - well, that's not entirely true. They will get done...eventually.
How does that tie into LOAD? That's an easily answered question - when you have to make a layout every day, there's no time for this struggle. The time required to do one layout every day brings the art of scrapbooking back to the basics. It's not about embellishment. It's not about the latest and greatest papers. It's not about what everyone else will think. It's about that picture and that story and as long as those two things are stuck to that paper (preferably with acid free adhesive - but go on and use chewing gum if it's all you have around), then the objective of scrapbooking has been achieved. The memories are captured for those to enjoy for years to come.
And honestly, isn't that what this is all about? Isn't this at its very basic level why we all do this?
So that is why I'm participating - I want to be challenged to let go of the insecurities (since goodness knows I'm in no way artistic) and just create layouts that portray the accurate story.
There will be some obstacles along the way - one of which is the amount of time that I travel. I'm not one of those people who can add extra stuff to a suitcase. I don't check baggage and I travel with the smallest possible suitcase. It's the life of a road warrior - so there's no room for scissors and glue, but I have my computer. Those days I'm on the road, I'm going to reach outside of my comfort zone and try digital scrapbooking. There's lots of free kits to get started and it's still getting memories into albums.
There are also added benefits. It's a great way to get more involved in the online scrapbooking community and to meet others who share my same interests. Lain is so encouraging. Her energy just spills out of the computer screen and inspires you. The community is supportive.
I can't wait to get started, but eeek, is it really only five days away?? (02 May 2012: EEEEK, it's already here!)