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Hi. I"m living in the Northeast with my supportive hubby, 2 great girls and toddler son. I run a home based business around scrapbooking and rubber stamping and love everything about those crafts! I also work p/t as a Physician Assistant in Internal Medicine...back after a 10 year hiatus to take care of the kids--loving that, too!

Friday, January 27, 2012


Welcome to my blog.  You are here because you have decided to join a fabulous group of ladies and participate in the LayOut A Day (LOAD) challenge beginning February 1st.  If you haven't joined yet, there is still time...just click on the icon at the right and you won't regret it.

So for those of you who are participating for the 1st time ever, you are probably searching to grab whatever tips you can to make it a successful month.  After all, it's LEAP YEAR, and that means the added stress (no....not really) of one extra layout next month.  That's 29 layouts in 29 days!! Can it be done--ABSOLUTELY.  Do you have to do it?  ABSOLUTELY NOT.  My best piece of advice is to try not to stress and do what you can.  The first LOAD I ever participated in, I completed.  However; I also drove myself mad with preparation, lack of sleep, a messy house, no dinner for the kiddos and stress, stress, stress.  It was all my doing...my perfectionism coming to a head, and not being able to keep all the balls in the air.  So, if you want to plan...cook some meals ahead (google: freezer meals), relax your idea of a perfectly clean house just this one month, think ahead about what pictures and stories you'd like to tell from the past...and remember the theme...past perfect (as in you can get past perfect for this month).  Yes, it's easier to say than do sometimes, but be flexible and the inspiration, feedback and amazing support from the great group you've joined will carry you through.  In fact, the first time around, I had page kits (PAGE KITS, I TELL YA!!) all ready at the go to scrap away the days.  Well, then the first email came from Lain and I went in a totally different direction.  I made layouts that I would HAVE NEVER thought to make...from a page about snack time around our house, to random facts about me.  I also made a very emotional page about a pregnancy loss that would have never been written had it not been for the gentle prod from Lain's emails.  It was cathartic, therapeutic, energizing, inspirational and got my juices flowing all over again...that was February 2010...exactly 2 years ago!

I haven't missed a LOAD yet.  Have I completed every one?  Heck, no! Have I made wonderful pages that I'm proud of...Oh, yeah! For this particular LOAD, I have decided to dig back to my college days (over 15 years ago) and tell some of the stories of how I got into my Graduate program, my friends, my first car (that I got because I was going away to college) and my graduation.  I'm also digging NOT SO FAR BACK, and telling some stories about the recent holidays and a recent snowfall we had here in NJ. I have also sat down a few nights this months and written out some journaling about those stories I remember.  I am BIG on journaling, so leaving it for the last minute just wouldn't do my pages  justice.  BUT...this is just me.  Decide what you want your focus to be and grab some pictures and supplies and meet me at LOAD in just 5 days!  You'll be happy you did.

Here are some pictures I'm hoping to use this month...well, maybe...and maybe not.  Guess I'll just go with the flow :-)

 Threw this one of my sister holding me as a baby to see if you were paying attention ;-)

 ...and the not so forgotten past (as in last week!)

 ...and back to the good 'ol college days...

I hope that you've relaxed a bit, had a laugh or two and have decided that you are in the right place.  If you'd like to read the next entry in the blog hop today, then head on over to LYDIA'S BLOG
and for the record...here is the entire list of participants, so be sure to stop by say hi!!

February 212 Layout A Day Blog Hop Participants
Margie                          http://xnomads.typepad.com
Kelli                                    www.scrapbookgirl71.blogspot.com
Jennifer                         http://atthebluebarn.blogspot.com/
Lisa                                    http://lisahausmann.blogspot.com/
Monica                        http://scrapinspired.com
Kimberly                        www.kimberlykalil.com 
Eileen                                    http://thinkinkpaperscissors.weebly.com/
Danielle                         http://acoffeeaddict.com
Pam                                    dailypamage.blogspot.com
Katrina                        http://k84mansramblings.blogspot.com
Cate                                     www.lifebehindthepurpledoor.com
Gayle                                    http://www.lifeonlilypadlane.blogspot.com
Heather                        heathersdragonsden.blogspot.com
Gina                                    http://randomthoughtsmindlessmusings.blogspot.com 
Kristie                                    http://kristiesloan.com
Janet                                    http://khashabfamilymusings.blogspot.com
Lydia                                    http://lydiaink.wordpress.com


Gina said...

Janet, lots of good advice. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to get started on this journey.

Kimberly DeMucha Kalil said...

I love that picture of your sister holding you as a baby ... its priceless.

Thank you for sharing you're great advice!

Kelli said...

Great post, Janet! I think I will see if I can locate some of my college photos now while I'm not so under the gun. I didn't finish Your Story Matters b/c I couldn't find the pictures! Thanks for the reminder!

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Kristie said...

Janet, I think I relaxed my idea of a clean house and never changed it! :) Thanks for sharing some of those pictures, we'll be watching to see it they make it into some layouts!

ESnover said...

Looking forward to starting in a few days....Thanks for your ideas.

Heidi said...

Janet - can't wait to see your creations next week!! Love the college photos. Esp the one with the car. Brought back so many memories for me (and me & my hubby). Sigh. Thanks for the happy thoughts :) I am so glad you are going to join in despite your schedule. (and loved the baby photo - I laughed out loud) HAPPY 2012! Heidi in Ontario

DeborahP said...

Janet, what a cool blog great advice
and yes until today yes I was thinking getting stressed but with reading all the blogs feeling calm, know what I have to get done to be organised, thanks for the helpful ideas. And you and your sister are such cuties!

Heather said...

Janet, I love your plan, and how you're also planning to go with the flow. I think that's the best way to succeed at LOAD. This is going to be fun!
Can't wait to see what pictures you do actually use :)

Danielle Hunter said...

Oh, that baby pic of you! Hehehe. See you during LOAD!

Lydia said...

Janet, I really hope you scrap that photo of your sister holding you as a baby - just love it! You're so right about being flexible and open to inspiration along the way. I've struggled with doing Lain's prompts in the past mainly because I didn't have the photos handy. Looking forward to seeing you on Flickr!

Dani said...

So much good advice!! Love it!

LauraM said...

I like your take on "Past Perfect" especially the perfection part. And the "Past" as in recent, somewhat recent, and not so recent (born!) Looking forward to this journey. See you on flickr.

Lain said...

THANK YOU for your energy and support. You are a constant for me - one of the people I picture when I imagine who I'm creating these events for. THANK yoU!

Lisa said...

Janet - happy to have shared the hop with you. Sorry that I'm late posting a comment. Great advice and some lovely photos that I'm already looking forward to seeing on layouts this month.