ScrapSmarter Experience

I’m excited to tell you about an awesome event happening in August!

It’s a weekend of scrapbooking inspiration and education you won’t want to miss!. The ScrapSmarter Experience is bringing together some amazing scrapbooking instructors for an online virtual weekend of classes and inspiration.

How does it work?

The entire event will take place online using Zoom August 21-23, 2020.  Stacy Julian, the keynote speaker will help us kick off the party on Friday.

Saturday features 6 classes with each instructor sharing a pre-recorded class session and interacting in a live Q&A session. Sunday will have 4 more classes and a wind up party.

Who’s teaching?

In addition to the classes and kickoff party there are prizes!  I’ve even offered 10GB Forever Storage as a prize!  The grand prize includes a $250 gift basket from Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine.


The ScrapSmarter Experience is NOW OPEN for registration. The regular price for the event is $129USD but right now you can use coupon code: SMART30 to save $30! You’ll only pay $99 for EVERYTHING!

Are you ready to sign up or want more information? Click here to sign up! Let’s learn some scrappy skills so we can ScrapSmarter!


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Creative Happenings this Weekend

There’s quite a few creative opportunities happening this weekend – check ’em out!

Starting today at 1pm (but truly a go at your own pace event) is my friend Melissa’s Tropical Paradise Virtual Open House.  She’ll have creative instruction, games and prizes!  Join her VIP Group for all the details.

Tomorrow at 10am I’ll be teaching how to use Forever Historian’s Album Planner feature.  I love using this, especially for my vacation books!  All the info is in my VIP Group under Events.

All weekend Creative Memories is hosting a Virtual Crop.  They typically provide a variety of sketches and ask to see your layouts, using CM products (paper or digi).  The event is run on Facebook in their Virtual Crop Group. If you’re looking for CM Supplies, I’d be honored is you selected me as your Advisor while shopping.

Layout a Day for a week next week

Hello!  MiniLOAD starts next week and the theme is Scrap the Rainbow!   You can see a sneak preview in my Scrapbooking Challenge Group.

The purpoase of Mini Layout a Day is to create at least one layout per day for just one week.  It could inspire you to keep going!  The theme and prompts are to help give you ideas or a jumping off point for your layout.  However it’s mostly about getting those layouts done, even if it’s off prompt.  You can pocket-scrapbook, digi-scrapbook or use paper – it’s totally up to you!

This year’s miniLOAD starts on July 13th (in just 5 days)!!


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iNSD Celebrations

Happy interNational Scrapbooking Day!  How are you celebrating?  I was supposed to be hosting a weekend event in the mountains in Northern California but that was canceled so I’m crafting at home.  Here’s a few things that I’m doing today.  Comment with what you’re doing!

Close to My Heart all day crop.  I purchased the Card Kit #1 and will be following along making that.

Creative Memories Virtual Crop. I’m considering using one of these sketches for my Layout of the Day today.

Layout a Day Challenge started yesterday so I’ll make sure to finish at least a layout today!  Join this weekend with promo code BEATLES25 and save 25% (through May 3, 2020).

I’m also going to spend some time outside in the yard and getting some sun!

Join my Forever VIP Group  and my Scrapping Challenge Group for more inspiration!

Make it Monday: LOAD Update

It’s another Layout a Day (LOAD) month and I’m not as diligent with creating everyday as I’d normally like, however I am getting some layouts done.  It’s currently day 22 of the challenge and I’ve finished 14 layouts.  I was doing great until Day 11 when I felt too cruddy to even turn on the computer or look at my phone.  Once off the wagon, it’s so very hard to get back on…  Here’s a few of my favorites so far:

Stuck Sketches?! template, Wilderness Walk Digi Kit (old CM)

May the 4th… I loved being in Disneyland for Star Wars day this month! Thanks to Simple Pleasures Designs for the freebies on this page.

Template from Let’s Get Sketchy, Digi Kit called 2 Cute 2 Scare from Ellie Lash

It’s almost time for my Summer Scrapping Challenge!  Feel free to join us for weekly challenges, support and of course, PRIZES!

Summer Scrapping Challenge: Weather


The Summer Scrapping Challenge is well under way.  We’re in our third week and have some really inspirational layouts in our group!

This week’s challenge is about Weather.  How do you document weather in your layouts?  Let’s see some weather inspired pages this week!  Join our Facebook Group and add your layout(s).  Many weeks will include prizes!


Facebook Tip: Group Notification

Since I am running the Summer Scrapping Challenge right now and have almost 70 members, I’m wondering if everyone is even seeing my  posts.  Here’s a tutorial for setting up group notifications either from your computer, or from your mobile.

From your computer, navigate to the Summer Scrapping Challenge Facebook Group and click Notifications to see your options.  I’m hopeful that you will select All Posts for the Summer and then change it to Highlights during the rest of the year as I do post occasionally through the year.


Here’s how you do this same thing from your mobile phone using the Facebook App.   I’m using an Android Phone so if it’s different for iOS, please indicate this in the comments.

Navigate to the Summer Scrapping Challenge Group and click the i on the far right.


Click on Notification Settings.



Select your options.


Try this for the other groups that you participate in and you’ll find that you’re not missing as much as before!






Summer Scrapping With Planner Supplies


Did you know that we’re in our first week of the annual Summer Scrapping Challenge?  Each week, starting June 1st, I’ll post a prompt to inspire at least one scrapbook layout.  Throughout the summer we’ll have guest and prizes!  It’s a load of fun, there’s no cost, so if you’d like to play along, please join our Facebook Group here.

This week’s prompt is to use Planner supplies in your layout.  I’ve asked one of my favorite planner girls to guest post today to help inspire us with this prompt.  Enjoy!

Hi there, I’m Cara from and I am your go to gal for all things planner! Today, I’m putting on my scrapbooker’s hat even though I still want to talk about planners, or at least planner supplies 😀


I’ve been using a planner since I was a little girl but I’m also a scrapbooker and I love that these two loves of mine can come together in this fabulous new world of decorative planning.

You may be asking yourself, “Why would I use something labeled as a product for planners in scrapbooking and other projects?” Planner products are often simply smaller versions of our beloved scrapbooking products. Other times, they’re a bit bulkier, but when you get down to it, they’re ultimately the same cute, happy, fun, pretty products. It’s only natural that we’re drawn to them, just like we’re drawn to those scrapbooking products we love, and we feel compelled to use them in other projects besides planners. I don’t want you to dismiss planner products because of their name, there are lots of fun things you can do with them in your scrapbooking projects. I would like you to not write them off because you think they’re only for planner girls. Don’t let that word “planner” scare you off!

Planner supplies are smaller, and they’re just as cute as traditional scrapbooking supplies, and though they’re schedule-themed, it doesn’t have to keep you from using them.

Okay, let’s have some fun with planner products!

For me, the most challenging part of using planner products is their small size. They’re designed to fit on a page that’s smaller than a standard scrapbook page, and beyond that, they’re supposed to be used in those little calendar day boxes you find on planner pages. If you think about it, going from a 12″ x 12″ page down to a small 1″ square, it’s no wonder we find it difficult to use these little elements.

The key to successfully using these teeny supplies is to carefully consider their scale. You can’t just place them anywhere, otherwise they’ll appear to be floating, and you could end up with that dreaded “sticker sneeze”. Group them together or layer them up, keep them together on your scrapbook layout in someway to give them more weight on your page than if they were all by themselves.


Here is a list of ways you can incorporate planner supplies into your scrapbooking arsenal:

• On top of photos

• A cluster of cute things

• On a tag

• A layered embellishment

• Fill in small spaces in color-blocking

• In a grid

If you want to learn more about using planner supplies in your scrapbooking check out my class Planner Products in Scrapbooking at and if you want to learn more about decorative planning than hop on over where I teach you everything there is to know from the beginner’s guide: OMG! Where do I Start?, to various DIY projects that make decorating your planner more fun, to the practical use of your planner to keep you organised.

Have a fantastic day


Thanks so much Cara for sharing your ideas!  I’m looking forward to seeing more planner inspired layouts in our Summer Scrapping Challenge group.   Cara is donating a prize of cute planner clips this week.  Every layout posted through tomorrow (Tuesday, 6/7/16) will be one entry for the prize!  Good luck!

Summer Scrapping Challenge Wrap Up

WOW!  It seems like the summer (in North America) went way fast!  However I’m so pleased at the activity with our Summer Scrapping Challenge on Facebook. 

Our of the over 50 members of the group, we had 30 layouts posted.  Thank you to everyone who posted – I hope this was a useful and productive challenge for you.

I also want to show my gratitude for the donors of our prizes.  I think we had prizes for almost every week of the summer and I know the winners were tickled to get some goodies just for posting!

2014 Summer Scrapping Donors:

Janet Carr –

Carol Cassel –

Lisa Harris –

Jan McCallum –

Melissa Shanun –

Kristie Sloan –

Beth Soler –

Gina Zee –

If you’re looking for more inspiration this fall, consider True Scrap 6.  It’s an online event where you can learn from over 8 instructors through live online classes, virtual make ‘n takes, eternal access to class recordings for you re-review (and review and review).  I’ve attended in the past as well as watched to recordings and the content is really terrific!  I’m looking forward to this in October – it’s a must attend event!!


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Digi-Stamping with Artisan

Enjoy this tutorial and video to help learn how to stamp in your scrapbook layouts.

  1. Within your project, find the embellishment you wish to stamp, hover to the right of it, click the arrow (or right click on it) and select Rubber stamp this image.



  1. Play with the settings and sliders so the preview looks the way you wish.  There are so many combinations of settings! Click create once ready to apply this embellishment to your page.














  1. You can also add effects with the Filter options.




  1. Try the Artistic tab with the Fractal settings.  Watch the mini-preview before you apply to the larger preview and to your page.




  1. Also try the Stylize tab with the Threshold options.




I’d love to see what you create – link up your layouts in the comments.