In 2014, I taught my first workshop for Big Picture Classes.

A sketch provides a solid foundation for a scrapbook page layout, so you can create a well-balanced design in less time—every time. With that piece of the puzzle covered, you can let your creativity soar in the areas of color, photo selection, product combinations, techniques, and journaling.

This workshop will be transferred to the new platform for Big Picture Classes. Read all about that, here

I also contributed to Grammar-Free Journaling

and Stashbusters Anonymous


Where it all started...

Once upon a time, I wrote two books for a fabulous company called Ella Publishing. Here is a little about that.

Stretch Your Sketches 2 picked up where the original Stretch Your Sketches left off. Both eBooks taught solid design principles that helped scrapbookers adapt any sketch to the number of photos they had, to a different size or orientation, or from a single page to a spread. 

Here is an example sketch and layout below:

The original, Stretch Your Sketches.

If you take an engineer's eye for alignment, precision, order, and symmetry and add healthy doses of patterned paper, scallops, and creative freedom to the mix, what do you get? An organized, easy-to-follow, and FUN approach to layout design.  My eBook demonstrated new ways to think about sketches, presented in a clear and logical way. It taught solid principles that helped scrapbookers adapt any sketch to a given number of photos, a different size (8½ x 11 or 12 x 12) or orientation (landscape or portrait), or from a single page to a spread.

My sketches could also be found in other eBooks. Such as...

Here are some example sketches:

and here:  

See an example sketch and my contributing layout below:

I am a contributor to Everyday Storyteller Vol. 2

Published Layouts and Projects:

Scrapbook and Cards Today

Fall 2013 Issue:  Thank You card
Fall 2012 Issue:  Cutest Pumpkins in the Patch layout

Northridge Publishing 

Scrapbook Trends
August 2013:  This Boy...
June 2013:  Best Buddies 
April 2013:  Podracer
April 2012:  Happy Birthday 
April 2012:  Pizzeria Luigi 
September 2011:  Our New...
September 2011:  Practice Makes Perfect                   
May 2011:  Blessed
December 2009:  Baby Belly

June 2013:  A Beautiful Place
April 2013:  Hello
March 2013:  Thinking of You
April 2012:  Hi 
April 2012:  Thanks Again 

Create Idea Books 
Mini-Albums March 2013:  Remember This

October 2012:  Giving Thanks, layout
October 2012:  Spooky, Halloween gift tag

Mini-Albums 2008
The Best Things in Life Aren't Things

BHG Scrapbooks Etc.
October 2011:  A Day in the Life
December 2010:  Photo Booth Fun
October 2010:  I and a Robot
October 2009:  My Favorite Season
August/Sept 2008:  Little Italia

Ella Publishing Co.

Contributor Layouts:
Journaling That MattersYou and Me
Double-Page DesignRemember These Moments 
Take Twelve Guided Inspiration Kit:  November

Cover Layout:  List It! Childhood Edition:  Sweetheart 

Articles:  Beyond the Page, eZine article for Scrapbook Ellaments, February 2010

F+W Publications
The Big Book of Scrapbook Ideas
     Box of Love
     Little Baker's Man
     Make a Wish

Memory Makers Magazine
May/June 2008:  Goodbye & Hello
February 2011:  Mommy's Little Helper

Blue Media
Layout Blueprints 2:  Celebrating

Design Teams:

Simple Stories March 2012 to December 2014, April 2011 to August 2014

Pebbles, Inc. September 2012 to August 2013
Write.Click.Scrapbook.  June 2010 to August 2012
Simple Stories, Guest Designer January 2012
Jillibean Soup, Guest Design Team 2011-2012
Cocoa Daisy, Guest Designer August 2011
Ella Friend, Ella Publishing Co.,  October 2010 to December 2011
Keeping Memories Alive (sister-site to,  
                     January 2008 to December 2010  
A Page in Time Scrapbook, September 2008 to June 2009