Would you like to Scrap Happy?

One of my favorite online scrapping groups is having a membership sale – just in time for Layout a Day (starting October 1st).

Join the Scrap Happy Family and enjoy:
* Monthly Sketch
* Monthly “Happy” Hour
* Monthly Movie “Night” (often it’s really during the day)
* Lively Facebook Group
* Annual in-person Family Reunion
* Swaps
* Layout a Day three times a year
* A great family and supportive group
* and so much more!

Click here to learn more.

Join before Friday (9/30) and save 20%.

Leave your questions in the comments.

Forever Friday = Freebies

Have you seen the new freeibies that Forever has offered?

The Sweet Summer Memories Template is really versatile!  I used it to capture some beach memories of a friend of mine, but I could see so many different ways and memories to preserve with this one.  Maybe I’ll do a one template: many ways blog post down the road?  To get this template, just complete the 2 question survey here.  If, for some reason, you don’t the template, just let me know and I’ll take care of it.



And if you like to do calendars, there’s an 8 1/2 by 11 School Year calendar that’s really cute!  For this one, just shop at the Forever Digital Art Store – here’s a direct link.  While you’re shopping, enjoy 20% off any digital art using the code School20.  Please make sure to enter your ambassador’s name at checkout.


As a matter of fact, the School20 promo code is valid for all the following products and software during the month of August:

How are you making or saving memories this weekend?





Forever Friday: Back to School Sale(s) in August

Forever has decided to do some special promotions for Back to School!


Permanent Storage is on sale for 20%!  That means the 10GB account that was $349 is only $279.20.  If you’re currently using the free account, this is a great time to upgrade at a great price.  I’ve been putting my scanned CM albums into my own account and am loving the ease of being able to share layouts to Facebook as well as being able to enjoy viewing them on my phone through the Forever app.


In addition, both Artisan and Historian are on sale for the rest of the month.  If you’ve always wanted to go digital, Artisan is the scrapbooking software I love.  I can use it when I travel, whether or not I’m connected to the internet.  And Historian keeps me organized.  I can tag, star rate and tell the story for all my images.  I can even push them from Historian into my Forever account.  So easy!

Just click the images above to get more information.  And stay tuned… there’s more sales to come starting next week!



Summarize your Summer in 7 Layouts

If you’ve always wanted to try Layout a Day (LOAD) now’s the time!  Join us for a Mini-LOAD and scrapbook your summer memories in 7 days!

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Enjoy daily prompts for your scrapbooking inspiration.  Post your layouts on our private Flickr page and get fun feedback!  If you’ve always wanted to try LOAD, this is a great chance to see how it works and it’s only a 7 day commitment!

Click here for more information.


Make it Monday: Project Recipes

I recently hosted a Creative Memories scrapbooking event.  The home office representative brought many new products and showed off the new Project Recipes.  As someone who is mostly a digi scrapper I saw right away that these were sketches.  I’ve been using sketches in my scrapbooking for quite a while now and am thrilled that I can offer these ideas to you!

The recipes include the sketch as well as very specific cutting instructions for each paper.  Although the recipes are first used with a specific paper kit, they can be used over and over with any papers you have on hand.

We used the Soiree Layout Project Recipe at our event, together with the Soiree papers.  The pinks and blacks work so well together!


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I’d love to see what you create with this Project Recipe – link up in the comments.

I’m also really excited about the new re-positionable adhesive!  This is going to revolutionize my card making!  Click the image below to shop.


Forever Friday: Backup Your Activation Codes

Happy Friday!  New digital artwork is added to the Forever Digital Store every first and third Friday.  That means there’s new stuff today!!

Did you know that you can make a copy of all your activation codes easily in Artisan?

From the welcome screen, click Manage Content.


Then select Activation Codes.


And click Make a Backup copy of my codes.


A text file will open and you can save it to your computer.  It’s a good idea to print and to save to more than one place.  Some people will make a pdf file from this and then upload into their Forever Permanent Storage account for long term storage.   No matter what, it’s a great idea to do this each time you are adding new content into your library so you always have an up to date backup.

Forever Storage is on sale starting today!  Take 20% off the purchase of your permanent storage account – a great incentive to begin your long-term photo savings plan!  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Forever Friday: Mixed Media

My Summer Scrapping Challenge this week is to work on a Mixed Media / Art Journaling style layout. I was asked to provide more information on exactly what I meant.  To me, mixed media style is very free flowing, often colorful and very similar to collage. When I work on a physical mixed media project I use paints, stencils, rubber stamps and paper scraps.

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Here are some digi-layouts I’ve created using this style.

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For digi-scrapping you can look for kits that include some of these design elements:

  • Book Print paper with color
  • Paper with splatter
  • Paper with handwriting on it
  • Paper that looks aged, folded or torn
  • Collage-type paper
  • Arts-y splatter embellishments
  • Overlays and Masks

If you’re shopping at the Forever Digital Art Store, you can search by Style. I found a lot of options searching the Grunge style.

Some Forever Designers who may have Mixed Media Style Art:

  • Designs by Laura Burger
  • Fayette
  • Jumpstart Designs
  • Katie Pertiet
  • Across the Pond

Click here to shop the Forever Digital Art Store.  By the way, there’s a lot on sale right now at Forever. Anything you can print is 20% off from now until the end of July.


I also have an Art Journaling board on Pinterest. Although it’s more focused away from digi scrapbooking you might find some tutorials and inspiration there.  Here’s another post I found from a few years ago that has some cool ideas!  And to join the Summer Scrapping Challenge Facebook group, click here.

Make it Monday: Creative Team Layouts

I know it’s been a while since I shared creative team layouts so here’s a big long show and tell – I hope you enjoy!

All digi kits are available in the Forever Digital Art Store and at Pickleberry Pop.


Digi Kit= LIfe Journey by Designs by Laura Burger


Digi Kit= LIfe Journey by Designs by Laura Burger


My Memories June by LauraBurger


Life Journey by Laura Burger


My Memories July by Laura Burger


My Memories July by Laura Burger


Creative Combo 4 by Laura Burger


Creative Combo 5 by Laura Burger

Forever Friday: Software Update and Sales

Happy Friday!  It’s been warm in Northern California!  Summer is here for sure.

Did you know that there was a major update for Artisan (and a smaller one for Historian). Forever has improved some functionality that’s been bothering many of us.  I’m so glad that they listen to their users.



The on feature that I’ve already set is the ability to turn off the ‘double-click to edit’.  Here’s where you can fix that one.



Also, today starts a great sale on software and digital art.  Use the promo code HOT20 to get 20% off through the end of the month.   There’s a ton of new digital artwork that’s been released today.  I’ll share some layouts I did for my Creative Team duties next week.

Have you been scrapping anything fun this summer?  Link up in the comments!



Artisan Tutorial: Tags and Rope (or String)

Have you ever seen a tag in a digi kit and wanted to know how to add a string, or to connect multiple tags? Scrapbook Campus offered some great tags for summer and water layouts.   Here’s a quick tutorial to give you an idea on how to make this happen.

To make this work, I used a rope from one of my beach/boat kits to use to connect the tags to make a word.  I started with the word and rope on my workspace.


I like to zoom in to easier see my work space, especially when using the cutting feature.


I select the rope and clicked Cut > Straight and moved the cutter to a spot over the edge of the hole in the tag.  I selected Keep Both Areas before I made the cut.


Then I can move the pieces around to make it look realistic.  Sometimes, you may need to cut a bit more off the rope.


I tried using the Cut > Shape feature for the next tag and found I could get a more precise cut with a rectangle shape.


I ended up using a combination of the Cut > Shape and Cut> Straight to complete the tags.

At the end, I selected all the rope pieces and shadowed them.  I guess you could shadow at the beginning as the tutorial on Scrapbook Campus recommends.


And here’s the finished product!


By the way, if you like these tags, go grab them now as they will go away tomorrow, July 1st.   Click here for the tags.

And if you prefer to watch as I click, here’s a quick video of me playing around with the tags and rope.  I didn’t talk during the video so it’s sped up a bit.