Make it Monday: It’s another Layout a Day (LOAD) Month

Yes, October is a Layout a Day month, specifically for Scrap Happy Family members.  I had intended on keeping up but there’s so much going on that I’ve slipped behind.  It’s currently Day 9 and I’ve completed 6 layouts, to date.  I hope to get another one done tonight so it’s not too far behind.

I’m all scattered this time around too.  As much as I’m trying to stay with the prompts, I want to keep up momentum on my current pictures.  In these six layouts, I’ve done some of my sister in law’s wedding, my last Disneyland trip and Forever Live.

I’m going to do my best to get caught up this week because I want to start creating holiday gifts too!  It’s really never ending isn’t it?  (ha ha)

What are you creating this month?  Link up in the comments.


Forever Friday: Getting Photos from Your Forever Account

Did you know that you can grab photos from your Forever account when digital scrapbooking with Artisan?  Like most, I’m taking more and more pictures with my mobile phone and they auto-sync to Forever.  I could download them to my local computer and then bring them into Artisan but using Get Photos > Browse Forever is a big timesaver! One thing to know is that your photos have to be in an Album before being able to use them in Artisan.


I haven’t tried the other Browse features just yet so if you do, please comment with your experience.

Using Overlays in your Digi Layouts

I wanted to share a video I created to help showcase using overlays in digital layout with Artisan.

I’d love to see how you are using overlays, link up your layouts so we can be inspired.

Have you seen this great Mega Kit with Overlays, Masks and More?  I love the collaboration with Little Feet Digital Designs and Dagi’s Temp-tations.

Click the image above to shop.

Rooted In The Past Mega Digi Kit

I’ve been asked to help out as a Creative Team member for Partners in Crime.  This is a digi collaboration between Little Feet Digital Designs and Dagi’s Temp-Tations.   The first kit that I worked with is this HUGE MEGA bundle Rooted In The Past.  Did I say HUGE?  Oh my… so many digi-goodies here!

This kit is available for Artisan users only and TODAY ONLY is half price!  That’s $30 for all of this goodness!!!  Hurry though, that price is only good right now (through 8/29 at 6:59am Eastern Time) using the Promo Code DEALOFTHEDAY at Forever.

Although this looks like it’s mainly for Heritage pictures, I used it for a fun girls weekend I went on last month.    How are you going to use this MEGA kit?

Forever Friday: Top Five Reasons Forever is Different

I know many use some kind of ‘cloud’ storage for their photos. I’m often asked “Why Forever”? Here’s my top 5 reasons:

1) Permanence. Forever offers a guarantee that you will always own your full resolution images for your lifetime + 100 years. And this is in easy to read format. Click here.

2) Shareable. You have complete control of your privacy. You can keep everything private, share some (or all) and even make some (or all) public. They’re your memories so you decide how private or public you want to make it.

3) Pay once. You own your account and only pay if you need more space. If the up front payment is too much, you can spread that payment over 12 months. Once paid – you’re done. No more payments.

4) Easy to use. Works with all computers, devices, platforms. The free mobile app allows automatic sync-ing.

5) Ambassadors. I want you to be happy! I will coach you, teach you and cheer you on while using your account.

And it’s 25% off right now, before prices go up in September!!! Contact me with all your questions.

Learn more click here

Tech Tuesday: Camera Card Tips

Earlier this month, I took a photography class and was surprised with one of the other students criticized someone for deleting pictures right from the camera.  She said a lot of techno stuff that I really didn’t understand, nor was I interested (at the time) to really care.  I’ve done this frequently and have [luckily] never had an issue with any of the memory cards in my cameras.

Last week, this article popped up on my Facebook feed and it piqued my interest.

Memory Cards and Image Deleting

Now I feel bad for not really understanding that other person’s comments.  I found many of these tips very interesting and will have to do my best to incorporate more of them into the care of my camera.

What do you think?

Forever Friday: Chatting about Forever


I recently spent some time chatting with Melissa from Digital Scrapbooking HQ about Forever and why we love using their products/services.


Prices are going up as of September 1st but you can get storage and software now at 25% off current pricing!  That’s the lowest price EVER!  I’d be happy to discuss the best plan for you – just let me know.

Click here for Karen’s Forever Website

Make it Monday: Watercolor Tag

Even though I’m a digi scrapbooker, I’m finding myself doing more tactile paper crafts like cards and art journaling.  As I work more and more with paint, I’ve been learning to brush my excess onto a scrap piece of paper.  That, together with the new (to me) punch from Creative Memories is making me very happy.


Now I’m finding myself wanting to use more paint to have more excess!  This punch is becoming one that stays on my desk all the time.

If you’re interested in some Creative Memories products, there’s a super Mystery Bag deal happening right now!  Click either of the images to go to my Creative Memories website.


Forever Friday: Layout turned into Canvas Print

Can you believe it’s half way through 2017?  Why does time fly by so fast!?!?!  I won’t even tell you how close to the holiday season we are.  ha ha ha!

I was window shopping recently and saw this in a store window and was immediately inspired.

I had an idea, in my head, on how I would do this in Artisan.  It worked out fine, however I think there’s probably an easier way.

  1. Insert > Shape > Anchor.
  2. Use the outliner tool (Insert > Outliner) to make a duplicate shape.  Then on the element, right click Text > Format and work with the settings on the right panel.  Make sure to mark “Fill shape with text” and type in the text as you want it to show.
  3. Edit the text to use the Font(s) and approximate size(s).  I used Felix Titling and Agency FB as my fonts and it was mostly sized at 30-36pts.
  4. Fiddle with the Text element Shape > Edit shape to change the points to fit the text where I want it.  This took me over an hour to play with until I got it right.  I ended up using a Text Path for the final line in the curve of the anchor.
  5. Add the background image (my own photograph taken in San Francisco Bay).
  6. Select the shape from Step 1 and Format > Gradient.  I used colors from the image to blend in.
  7. With that same shape selected, Filter > Edge > 3D Edge.
  8. I added a little glow to give it more dimension and then I flattened the shape and added a heavy shadow.

Here’s the finished product – what do you think?