Layout A Day starts May 1st – Legends of Hollywood

I’m so excited about May’s Layout a Day (LOAD) theme – Legends of Hollywood!  I love the movies and am looking forward to see how they inspire our layouts in May.

The silver screen has enchanted audiences since its beginning. Walk down memory lane, or Hollywood Boulevard, as we celebrate some of the greatest films ever created, and use their stories to inspire our own.
Are you ready for this star-studded adventure?
If you register by THIS Saturday, April 22 you can use the coupon code “ACTION15” to save $15.
That’s a savings of 30%  But hurry, the early bird discount will not be available after this Saturday.
Click Here to REGISTER and remember to use your coupon code!
Join the ScrapHappy membership! ScrapHappy members receive all LOAD challenges as a part of membership and many more fun perks too. Check it out here.

Make it Monday: Layout a Day (LOAD)

I love February because it’s Layout a Day (LOAD) month!  I started playing along with LOAD in 2011 and really love getting back into the daily habit of scrapbooking.

Here’s the layouts I’ve finished so far…






I’m working hard to finish the Disneyland trip from last fall.  As you can see, I’ve not completed today’s layout yet so stay tuned…

LOAD is sponsored by the Scrap Happy family.  As a member, you’re able to participate in three LOAD months per year!

Are you working on something special this month?  Maybe “Finish it in February”?  Or something similar?  Let us know in the comments.


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.


A Pirate’s Life – Torn Paper in Artisan 5

Welcome back to Make it Monday!  Today’s a Halloween Theme… did you arrive from Alison who tells the story of what happens when two sets of sisters go Trick or Treating together?   Read on to see who’s next in the circle.

It’s Layout a Day month and being October, it’s fun to play dress up.  Committing to [try] to do a Layout each day this month is a great time to start exploring Artisan 5.  In my first layout I used some of the Formatting tools to make the large picture look more like an oil painting.  After that, I decided to tear the edges of the photo to give it a ragged look.


Paper tearing is easy in Artisan and is only slightly different in Artisan 5.  First, select your photo (or paper).  Then click Cut in the upper menu, Straight on the left and Paper Rip.


If you’re working with a photo, like me, the software will ask to flatten the photo. That’s OK if you’re finished doing all the photo edits you want. Otherwise, finish your photo editing and then do these steps.


The rest of the selections will now appear in the right hand panel (this is a pop up window in Artisan 4).


Use the slider in the  middle of the screen to move to the part of the photo you wish to tear.  The green circles allow you to rotate the slider horizontally and the cross will move the slider around on the page.  Drag and drop the slider to widen the amount of the tear.


Look to the right and see all the additional options.


Go ahead and explore – you can always ‘undo’.


I also did a quick (less than 2 minutes) video with this process – click here to see it.

Now go see Alice who has three tips for sharing memories of Halloween from your childhood.


LOAD215 Wrap Up

Whew!  I love doing Layout a Day in February and am so thankful it’s a short, 28 day month.  I managed to finish my 2014 family album and get a great start on my 2015 memories.  I finished many more than just 28 layouts this month.


Overall, there were over 300 people who participated and almost 5000 layouts posted in our Flickr gallery.  What a great accomplishment for everyone who completed layouts!   I was thrilled to be a featured designer and am so thankful to the Producer of the event, Lain Ehmann for inviting me.

Here’s some of my favorite layouts from the month – Enjoy!

LOAD2 – inspired by the book Goodnight Moon


LOAD4 – stories that build, inspired by the book The Hungry Caterpillar



LOAD11 – use rhyming like in the book “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”


LOAD17 – take one image and spread it across two pages


LOAD20 – I went off prompt today….  (use “Judy Moody was in a mood” as your prompt) – However, this layout was the inspiration for the template that I give to my email subscribers.



LOAD23 – share how reading and stories link your family together – another one off prompt to some degree…  It’s a layout of a family trip.



LOAD26 – use the colors from the book Madeline (Blue, White & Yellow) in your layout.  They’re in there, but subtle, huh?



What I love about Layout a Day (LOAD) is that the prompts are inspirational but mainly the goal is work on scrapping your memories.  There’s no rules that say we have to follow the prompt.

I love the theme “Once Upon a Time…Celebrating the books and Stories of our Youth”.  Some of the layouts aren’t worthy of my annual family album so I think I’ll create a LOAD215 book that has all the layouts and summaries of the prompts.  What’s your strategy for completing your albums this year?




Getting Ready for LOAD2015 [aka Layout a Day Feb. 2015]


This will be my 11th LOAD in the past four years – Incredible.

At the beginning, I did very little to prepare.  I thought as a digi scrapper, what is there to prepare?  Over the years, I’ve learned that I was wrong.  The past several LOADs I’ve taken some time to get ready.  Mainly, I’ve spent my preparation time organizing my photos in Panstoria Historian.  This has made so much of a difference that since I’ve been doing this pre-work, I’ve been able to complete the challenge and actually finish at least one layout each day.

A year ago, I did a post with some details on how I organize my pictures in Panstoria Historian.  My process remains mostly the same so here’s a summary and workflow of my process.


  1. Import one set of pictures at time. I do this by event, or place or do all my mobile pictures in batches.  I use Dropbox  to sync my [Android] phone and iPad into one place.  I then pull them off Dropbox into Historian.   TIP: Ensure that you avoid importing duplicates. Find a video for this tip here.
  2. If working on an event, I rename the photos of the event (or place). If they’re my camera photos I move to the next step.  TIP: Select all [Ctrl-A] and rename them all at once.
  3. Tag photos. This step takes me a while as I tag for the event, place and people.  I find this worthwhile as I’m often trying to find specific pictures long after they were taken and it’s so much faster with my tags.
  4. Star Rate. This step also takes some time but again, it’s very worthwhile to me – especially for LOAD.  That way I can focus on scrapping just the best images and I’d already decided which ones are best.  It makes my daily layouts happen much, much faster.  TIP: I use five stars for the most awesome pictures, four stars for those that must go on a layout and three stars to use as extras that are worthy to be on a layout.
  5. Close Historian so the Metadata can be recorded. If I do too many pictures at once, the closing of the application can take a long time.  TIP: Here’s a video I did about working with metadata in Historian.

Today, when working with my pictures from a long weekend in San Diego [577 pics] these five steps took me just less than an hour.

When you’re getting ready for a scrapbooking weekend or a challenge like LOAD, what do you do to prepare?

For more tips, see the following bloggers who are also participating in LOAD starting February 1st.

Nicole Gray
Alice Boll
Lisa Hausmann
Wendy Elliott Aebi
Connie Ochoa Hanks
Kristie Sloan
Kelli Panique
Lain Chroust Ehmann
Christy Strickler
Lynnette Nagle
Danielle Leonetti
Danielle Hunter
Leslie Smith
Heather Dubarry
Melissa Pearson
Valerie Lindgren Smith



Layout a Day, Feb ’15 (LOAD215)

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The Layout A Day (LOAD) challenge for Feb. 2015 is now open!!

If you’re not familiar with this program, it’s a month-long event where participants are challenged to create a layout a day, every day for the month of February. Each LOAD challenge has a theme, and LOAD215 will be “Once Upon a Time… Celebrating the Stories and Books of Our Youth.” We’ll use children’s literature to inspire our layouts and stories.

You can find out more here.

This time around, I’m also one of the featured designers!  I created several layouts to be featured in some of the daily prompts.

This is an annual event where I often complete my yearly family album.  I always look forward to finding time to finish a layout a day.  However, if that seems like a too large of a task for, there’s no Layout-Police.  If you can finish 1 layout in the month, that’s one more toward your completed album.  And if it motivates you to do 5 layouts, WONDERFUL!

So, what’s stopping you?  How does a Flash-Discount sound?  Regular registration is $50, but for January 1 & 2, EVERYONE can receive the alumni discount of 40% off with the code ALUM at checkout. This code expires at midnight 1/2/15.

Sign up now – here and then comment to let us know you’ll be joining us!

Oh, and it’s January 1, 2015 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!  What are your scrappy plans this year?

Scrap-lifting for Inspiration

Welcome back to the Make it Monday Blog Hop!  You probably came here from Gina Zee who finished a tag she started last week.

During my most recent Layout a Day challenge, one of the prompts was to scrap-lift someone else’s layout.  You already know that I’m a big fan of sketches so this was a fun way for me to pick something to copy.  I looked at the list of my favorite layouts and found this one from Kim that was perfect for me to scrap-lift (used with permission).



I loved Kim’s use of white space and the doodled frame.  And I knew this would be easy for me to recreate digitally with Artisan.  Most of my layout used supplies from Captured by Studio Blagovesta to show off some of the selfies we took while on vacation last month.  It’s so easy to use the papers & embellishments from a single kit so I’m certain it all matches.  For the doodled frame and word art, I just re-colored it to match and tweaked the Opacity.  Here’s a quick video to show you how to do these in Artisan.



I’ve noticed that I pin a lot of this kind of inspiration on my Scrappy Inspiration and Scrappy Sketches boards on Pinterest – are you following me?

I wonder if you have ever scrap-lifted before.  Please share your experience in the comments.

Now go visit Melissa and see how she’s using the Project Life App to help her with a Week in the Life project – Happy Hopping!


In case you missed someone, here’s this week’s Make it Monday Blog Hop list:

GinaZee:    What did Gina do to fix last weeks tag?

Melissa is showing you how easy it is document a Week in the Life with the Project Life App.

Kristie shows how to create a background using a blended ink technique.

Alice Boll has a BRILLIANT trick for using a postcard on a layout.

Beth is sharing how her 30 days of thankful album is all ready to go.

Connie  is sharing cute lamb party goodies – they’re BAA-bulbous!

Jen is showing us 2nd part of a double-layout template for free!



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Christmas in July

I know, I know The Holidays seem so far away!  I hardly ever plan this far ahead!  However, when I was in Utah earlier this year I picked up some card kits. Once I opened them I realized that they were for Christmas cards.  It was actually kind of fun making these cards this time of year.  I’m starting to consider thinking about the card swap that’s many months away.  Now I really feel like I’m ahead of the game!

I love the simplicity of the triangles cut to make the tree. I might make more from scraps this holiday season.

(Card credits to Heartfelt Hobby & Craft)


When do you start thinking about your holiday crafting?

On another holiday related note, if you’re thinking about crafting for the holidays, now is the time.  I have two resources to share with you to help you….

1) Take a look at the newly launched Layout a Day store!  Here is where you can select some wonderful classes to learn new ideas & techniques for your scrapping [and crafting].  And, in honor of Christmas in July, you can earn 25% off most offerings through tomorrow, July 25th.  Use the code HOHOHO for your discount.  (the following are not available for discounting: Scrap Your Story, Fast Scrapbooking, and Define Your Style.)

2) Now’s the time to consider transferring your videos to digital/DVD media.  It’s a 4 week process so if you start collecting those old VHS and camcorder tapes this month, you will still have plenty of time to have them transferred.  Click here to place your order.


Video: Using Sketches

I just recorded a video about using a sketch that’s from a designer but not in the proprietary .page file that is used by Artisan.  Often designers will share sketches in .jpg format.  I’ve been using these as inspiration for a long time without being stuck to just using the Artisan files.

With permission, I used Karen Diamond’s May Challenge sketch for this video.  It’s a great inspiration with all the blocks and grid design.KDD_iNSD-Template2  It became the basis I used for the Layout A Day Past Perfect 2 challenge that I’m doing this month.  LOAD7

Enjoy this video, the first in a series, on how I use .jpg sketch files in Artisan.

I look forward to your feedback!