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This free 12-lesson class teaches you basic layout design principles and shows you how to apply them to the parts (and the whole) of a scrapbook page.

Just as trees grow branches and branches grow leaves, a scrapbook page structure can grow ideas for you–original layout ideas that flow easily once you’ve established a starting place. The structure for a scrapbook page has two components that correlate to the parts of a tree – the trunk and the leafy branches.

The “trunk” of a scrapbook page is the use of design principles. There aren’t a ton of them, and even if you’ve never formally heard about them in conjunction with scrapbooking, you’re probably already using them as you scrapbook or even arrange the furniture and decorations in your home.

The 12 lessons here lay out these pieces and their connections to one another.

[/threecol_one][threecol_one]Photos2SbPage300sqThis free 6-lesson class “From Photos to Scrapbook Page in 5 Steps” will get you started telling the stories of your photos and then putting them onto paper or digital scrapbook pages.

Lesson 1. The 5-step process for starting out with photos and with “intent” and ending with a story told in photos and words and put onto on a page (paper or digital) that you can share and revisit. PDF lesson.

Lesson 2. The importance of foundations. 15 go-to foundations (or layout starters) explained and illustrated by 15 different scrapbookers who tell you why this starter approach is their favorite. PDF lesson

Lesson 3. Finding and deciding upon your intention with a page is the starting place for telling a story you’ll return to again and again. Read Emily Pitts’ PDF lesson “5 Ways to Find a Story” and watch the video interview with her on “Making It Mean.”

Lesson 4.  Using foundations: step-by-step. Scrapbook alongside this video lesson to make a page based on the “cross” or “t” foundation.

Lesson 5. Once you know what your intent and story are, figuring out where to put things on the page is the next challenge. Kelly Noel walks you through 8 layouts in a video lesson, explaining how she approaches the placement of her page elements: photos, journaling, title, and embellishments.

Lesson 6. Finish your story with the final embellishing bits that give a scrapbook page polish and even oomph. In “Polish for Meaning,” 5 scrapbookers show you how they choose and add finishing touches that are right for their stories. A video interview with Lisa Dickinson takes you through her polish work on 8 different layouts.[/threecol_one][threecol_one_last]


Story Swoop is a free tool for attaching prompted story notes to photos–and getting a customized story template for each.

We want you to love the process of recording daily stories. Which means it needs to be easy to use and access and go beyond yet another place to answer prompts and take notes. That “beyond” is Story Swoop — a combination of 5 prompts and 4 story writing steps that get quickly to the core of an experience while recording specific details.

The story library and writing tool are easy to use. Here’s how it works:. . . read more

  1. Pull up a photo that’s on your phone or camera or computer or social news feed that you like, and click on over here to Story Swoop
  2. Pull up the Story Swoop notes screen, and quickly answer 5 questions about your photo (and upload or link to the photo if you want).
  3. Go to the Story Swoop writing guide screen to get a customized writing guide. You get a format for the story, your own notes presented with each step of the guide and an example story.

Your notes are saved. You can edit or view them later. You can use the writing guide to print or send them to a pdf file.

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