NSD is on Saturday, May 2! Weee!! It's so exciting! Lots of fun and play. But are you prepared for all the crops and challenges? It can be quite hectic, trying to participate in as many challenges as possible, cropping with your friends, checking out all the blogs and web sites.

How could we prepare and make NSD a fun and relaxing day? Here are 6 vital steps to a relaxing (inter)National Scrapbooking Day.

6 steps to a stress free National Scrapbooking Day

1. Plan your grocery shopping and meals

Make a list and do your grocery shopping the day before NSD (remember to include what you need for step 2 below - snacks and drinks for yourself). No cooking on NSD! Only plan for food that can be prepared in 5 minutes or less. Yes, it's totally all right to send the hubby and kids out for take away dinner on this day. Think of it as an early Mother's Day! :D

2. Stock your scrap room with snacks and drinks

You don't want to leave your scrap desk if you can help it. Just remember keep the drinks on a separate table from your scrap desk. You would hate to be finishing up a challenge and accidentally pour a glass of Coke all over your project. I'm using one of my Helmer units from Ikea as a sideboard beside my scrap desk. That's where I put my drinks.

3. Go online and bookmark and check all the prelisted sneaks and challenges for NSD

That is, if you're going to participate in all the fun happening on the Internet. (Done for you! I've posted a link list below!) There will be a ton of fun challenges and awesome prizes and giveaways. Make a note of the deadlines and plan your scrapping! Some web sites give you a good week to finish the challenges while others want your projects posted the same day. 

4. Load up on printed photos in all categories!

Order prints or get that home photo printer on your scrap desk hopping. You want a good assortment of photos ready to go for all kinds of projects and challenges. If you're a digiscrapper, put your photo copies in a special NSD folder so you don't have to look all over your harddrive to find that perfect photo.

5. Make kits from your stash beforehand to speed up the scrapping process

Choosing the products for a project takes up a lot of valuable scrapping time, so home made kits are a great time saver. Use the kits in the Scrap Stash Kit Club as inspiration. There are over 20 different color combos for kits and a very useful basic kit recipe. You can make those kits small for just one page, or big for an entire album. Your choice. This preparation is great for digiscrappers, as well! Make kits from your digi stash if you'd like to mix different kits and brands! If you're a paper scrapper going to a live crop, pack your supplies in good time before Saturday! The kit recipe will help you decide what supplies you should bring to the crop.

6. (optional but useful) Make a sign for the door to your scrap room

'Mommy is busy today. Store's closed! Go ask daddy!' Or something like that. LOL!

Link list to NSD challenge places!

Studio Calico - keep an eye on their blog!

Pinkfresh Studio and Winnie & Walter are collaborating on challenges. There are prizes! :)

Get It Scrapped have a LIVE crop where you can participate by chat, or listening in with headphones and even share your scrappy desk view if you have a web camera. Follow the link for all details.

A Cherry on Top - lots of fun challenges!

Scrapbook.com - this year the NSD prizes are distributed through the new free online classes.

Big Picture Classes - have been hinting that there is something in the works for NSD! ;)

Scrapbook Generation - have already started on the NSD challenges. Check their blog.

Hip Kit Club

and I'm sure there will be even more places with challenges around the world wide web, but these links will keep you occupied for a good while. :)

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