For me, a successful National Scrapbook Day doesn't just happen. I put a lot of preparation in ahead of time to help make the day go smoother and to maximize my productivity. Here's what my checklist looks like:
- Clean the scraproom, removing everything from the floor and main work table. Return all supplies to their proper places. Remove anything from the scraproom that doesn't belong there.
- Print photos from at least 20 different events/occasions. In order to successfully do 10 challenges, I have to be prepared with a variety of photos, since not every photo works with every challenge.
- Stock up on the basics. I double-check my supply of adhesives, white and black cardstock, and trimmer blades.
- Clear the calendar. Steve and Trevor always make plans to be elsewhere, which I greatly appreciate. I work ahead at my jobs and chores so that I'm not stuck doing laundry, running errands, paying bills or doing other weekend tasks when I want to focus on scrapping.
- Read through any pre-posted challenge information and take note of necessary supplies. Since I'm running my own crop this year, I don't need to check on rules and suggested supply lists, but that's something I have always done when I'm not the hostess.
- Clear off my computer desk and scanner. I need to be able to quickly scan and upload layouts on NSD without having to move piles of work-related stuff out of the way first.
- Start brainstorming what stories I might want to tell. Since my list of challenge components includes "Now and Then," I know that's going to be part of a challenge. I don't know what other components it will be paired with, but I'm already thinking about possible directions I can go once the randomizer tells me exactly what the challenges will be.
- Contact my friends to see how everyone will be celebrating and who will be online and up for chatting! I always try to check in with as many scrappy friends as possible on our holiday.
How do you prepare for National Scrapbook Day?