LOAD FAQs

Layout a Day FAQs

Got LOAD questions? I’ve got answers!

FAQ #1: Sounds incredibly awesome! How do I sign up?
Answer: Hop over here and get your bad self signed up!

FAQ #2. I’m a pocket page scrapbooker. Does that count as a layout?
Answer: If you think it’s a layout, it’s a layout.

FAQ #3. Are there minimum size requirements for the layouts?
Answer: Let’s be reasonable. 6×6, I can go with. Anything smaller… well, let’s just say you might want to do TWO to count as one layout. Just my opinion.

FAQ #4. What’s with the daily email?
Answer: Every day you will receive an email with a link to the daily blog post. The blog post will include some information on the theme in the form of a video, with a sample layout and some ideas on how you can interpret the prompt.

FAQ #5. What if I don’t want to do the daily challenge prompt?
Answer: Then don’t! You are welcome to scrapbook about whatever you’d like, it’s your layout! As long as you scrapbook a layout a day, and share it in the Flickr gallery you’re good.

FAQ #6. What if I miss a day? Can I “catch up?” And what if I know I’m going to be gone. Can I pre-scrap layouts?
Answer: 
For the purposes of this challenge, we are creating a layout a day. That means there is no “catching up” or “banking.” However, for your personal satisfaction, if you want to stay up all night on May 31 and complete the 12 layouts you missed, you have my blessing. But to be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing, I need to see a layout a day in the gallery.

FAQ #7. What about cards, altered items, crafts, etc.? Do they count as layouts?
Answer
: Nope. A layout is a layout. If you want to participate with cards, or some other form of paper art, you are welcome to. You’ll have a lot of fun but you will not be eligible for the Grand Prize.

FAQ #8. Can I upload layouts I’ve already created?
Answer: 
No! Pages must be must be completed that day. That’s the point behind the Layout a Day challenge.

FAQ #9. What if crazy unforeseen circumstances prevent me from scrapbooking and loading my layout up to the gallery? ie.) the power goes out, I get sick, I take off for an exotic vacation, etc.?
Answer: 
Then you will have my sympathy, compassion, or envy, depending on your circumstances. But again, to be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing, you have to create and upload a page a day for the entire month (have I said that enough yet?). Please re-read this one — EVERY month I receive questions from someone who has some kind of family catastrophe and is unable to upload their layout. While I feel for you, I have to stick with the rules. Period.

FAQ #10: I don’t have a Flickr account. How do I get one?
Answer: 
You pop on over to Flickr and sign up! It’s free and extremely easy. Click here for a quick video on how to upload your layout to the Flickr Gallery: https://vimeo.com/layoutaday/review/84693241/d4b1f85f62(By the way, you can get some tips on using Flickr on YouTube. Search for “Flickr for Scrapbookers.”)

FAQ #11. How will you decide who wins the Grand Prize?
Answer: As you well know, the real reward for completing LOAD is the feeling of accomplishment when you see the month of layouts you’ve finished, sitting there in an impressive pile on your scrap table, or an awesomely impressive file if you are a digi scrapper. BUT, sometimes a little motivation is in order. So at the end of the month, everyone who has uploaded a page each day during the month will be entered in a drawing. The winner will be selected by random draw.

We also reserve the right to award “finisher’s prizes” for those who complete a layout each day, as well as other prizes along the way.

FAQ #12: I’m in a different time zone. Can I still play?
Answer:
 I hope you will! The daily challenges may go out a bit late (or early!) for you, but you can work ahead or backwards on those as you desire. And when I look at daily uploads, I’ll be going by 12 midnight California time. In the past, we’ve had participants from China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Netherlands, and the UK.

FAQ #13. I’m a digi (hybrid, pocket page, traditional, traveller’s notebook) scrapper. Can I participate?
Answer: Yes! All scrappers are welcome! The prompts will work with any type of scrapbooking and of course you can choose to create a layout without using the prompts.

FAQ #14. When will the daily prompts be available?
Answer: Each prompt will be available at 9pm California time (Pacific time) the night before. This gives you three BONUS hours to complete your layout, isn’t that nice? If you are a super-fast scrapbooker you might even have to wait a bit to be sure your layout is uploaded on the correct day! (Procrastinators probably won’t have to worry about that.)

FAQ #15. I’m a manufacturer, kit club owner, store owner, etc., and I’d like to donate a prize. Are you interested?
Answer:  Absoultely! :) Email me at alice@aliceboll(dot)com for my undying love and admiration.

FAQ #16. I can’t get into the LOAD Flickr group. It says it’s closed. What do I do?
Answer:  
The group was open and became closed once the month started. Now, please email alice@aliceboll(dot)com and we’ll add you as soon as possible.

FAQ #17. I uploaded to Flickr by the deadline, but somehow it didn’t get added to the LOAD group. Am I in trouble?
Answer: 
As long as the Flickr upload date was before the midnight Pacific deadline, you’re fine. That is the time that will show when you add the layout to our group.

FAQ #18. I didn’t get the daily email. Help!
Answer: 
Please refer to the master list link you were sent at the beginning of the month. Remember, I told you to bookmark it…? :)

FAQ #19. I want to edit my photo or upload a new photo. Will this mess things up in Flickr?
Answer: 
We go by the date that your Flickr layout is tagged with. So my recommendation is to not mess with your uploads until after the month is over. If you want to upload a new image, go ahead — but please don’t delete the old one and replace it with the new image.

FAQ #20. I want to go back and review the prompts later, how long do I have access?Answer: You have access to the prompts for 6 months after the LOAD challenge is complete. The gallery will remain available. ScrapHappy members have access to all prompts for as long as the site is active, so if you’d like to go through some old LOAD challenges come join us!

Got more questions? Check out the LOAD suggestions that some very experienced and helpful LOAD alums have created for us!