Special Giveaway: Tangled Betrayals

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 09/25/2013 - 11:24

EDIT: Congrats to our random winner Meg! Brooke should be contacting you soon!

Today I have a super special giveaway for you, the novel Tangled Betrayals by Lynn Wolfe.

Set in the 1830s, a young woman travels from England to start a new life in America, trying to make peace with a lost love and the life he promised her.

Exciting stuff, and don't forget to at least check out the sample on your eReader. I know I was hooked after just a few pages!

This book is special to us here at Pixel Scrapper because it was written by Brooke's mom! So when you read the sweet dedication at the beginning, you know who she's writing to.

If you're interested in winning a copy of this eBook (for Kindle, from Amazon), leave a comment below with the time period you'd most like to visit. I'll choose a winner after Oct 5, 2013.

The book is available through iTunes and Barnes & Noble as well. See here for details.
Tangled Betrayals

New Bundle: Family Game Night

By Marisa Lerin Mon, 09/23/2013 - 12:25

I feel like I'm always here telling you I'm never going to make a giant bundle again, and then the next week I upload one...So I won't make any statements about this one, except to say that the excess was put to good use. I made this bundle so that I could use it to make a family heritage book for our recent family reunion. I collected photos from all my aunts and uncles, as well as a bit of journaling and I was quite pleased with how the project turned out. We got photobooks printed for each family, and everyone seemed quite touched to have such a special family memento.

I knew I wanted a fun vintage theme for this book, and my family is big into games and cards and gambling, so I wanted to be sure that was woven throughout the book. I was really pleased with how it all turned out and I'm really excited to (finally) share this project with you!


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Family Game Night Bundle


Sneak Peak & Gallery Spotlight - 8/20/2013

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 09/20/2013 - 10:54

Wonderful layouts again this week! Here are a few that caught my eye.


Young3 by Cintia
I just love the technique of the repeating photo in the background. I love the effects used on the photo and the kraft paper as well.


As I Am by Amber
I'm always a sucker for a good collage, and this one is beautifully executed.


A Day to Remember by Lorien
I had to include this one, since Lorien actually drew in the rest of the photo for the background, from her imagination since it's not even her photo! Wow!

Next week I have a giant bundle since it covers two very fun themes. Can you guess what they are from the preview?


Layout Fix #2: Element Placement

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 09/19/2013 - 11:49

I was going to talk a little more about Catherine's layout from last week, but she made such a nice redo herself, I thought we could let it rest.


As soon as I saw this layout from Tiffany I was intrigued. She is clearly a girl after my own heart following the desire to put as many elements on a page as is possible (or in this case perhaps a bit beyond possible :) ).

lil sis

I feel like immediately upon looking at this, anyone would give the advice to take away lots of the elements, it's just too cluttered. But Tiffany is too smart for us, and already tried that.

lil sis-simple

There is less clutter on the page, but it's still missing whatever magic that makes a layout feel finished. So I decided to challenge myself to figure out how to use ALL the elements on one layout.

It turns out the answer to this challenge is not difficult, in theory (execution of course, is a different thing). It's even a current scrapping trend, although it's such a basic design principle that I'm not sure it can be considered trendy. I'm talking about clustering.

Of course when you say clustering in the scrapbooking world, it brings up images of what I've done here. Layouts covered in intricately layered elements. This may not be your cup of tea, but the basic idea of clustering is what elevates a page of stuff to a designed layout. It's the art of grouping that's going to bring flow and interest to the page. Without it, it's just going to be a bunch of stuff.

I'm not sure that I've done justice to this idea in the layout, it still feels a bit cluttered, but I think even with my undeveloped clustering skills the importance of placement has been illustrated.


Making groups isn't the end of the story. In order to get that "finished magic" you need to look at what the groups are doing. In her original layout, Tiffany has several very nice clusters. However, they're placed around the page without a sense of flow. There's no clear place to start looking, and no way to know to stop looking. Did I see everything? I don't know. When placing things on the page you want to think about where you want people to look and how they'll get there.


And don't forget that breathing space (white space) is always important, even in a layout that's going for a cluttered, collage feel. The white space works with the clusters to guide your eye along.

What do you think? How did I do?

If you have a layout you'd like me to "fix" please email it to marisa.lerin@gmail.com. You'll likely need to zip the file and use a file sharing service (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc) to share such a large file. I will reply to your email to let you know I've received it. If you haven't heard from me after a day or two, try sending it again.


New: Pixel Scrapper Manifesto

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 09/18/2013 - 12:52

Pixel Scrapper didn't just spring up as a random weekend hobby: rather, it has always had a strong foundation of intentionality. For me and Jordan this site is about more than digital scrapbooking, forums, and freebies: it's a place for us to live what we believe with regards to pursuing creative work and empowering others to do the same, with regards to generous distribution and licensing, and with regards to fostering a spirit of abundance. We believe that creativity is important, that creativity wants to be generous, and that optimism is better than pessimism if given a choice.

I think you can see our philosophy at work throughout Pixel Scrapper, from the daily "choose your own" freebies to our positive TOUs, but we thought it was time to get some of these thoughts down on paper, so we've written up a first draft of a Pixel Scrapper Manifesto. You can read it online, or download the PDF.

This is a first draft, so it's still a bit rough around the edges, but feel free to leave a comment, or send us an email with your feedback: we always love hearing from you.

As a side note, I'll just say that if the manifesto resonates with you, and you believe in what we're trying to do here, if you've enjoyed all the freebies and our positive TOUs, please consider supporting us by becoming a subscriber. Pixel Scrapper will only be able to exist as it is, in the long run, if you're willing to help us keep this dream alive.

Pixel Scrapper Manifesto