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Colletties January 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

Hi Lain, Hope this reaches you. Marinara from scratch has to be one the best and easiest things to make as I’m sure you have seen a gazillion recipes put there. Seriously, when you make it from scratch you won’t ever want to eat anything from a jar. Promise.
The basic authentic Italian way as I learnt is: few Tbsp of olive oil in the bottom of a pan, a handful of finely chopped onion, 2 cloves crushed garlic and 2 lg tins of good quality roma/italian plum tomatoes. that’s it! and salt to taste.
start of w/olive oil + onion in bottom of pot gently sweating until soft and add garlic when almost done then add tomatoes reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour. the tomatoes break up as they cook down. give them a stir every so often. it’s that simple.
some like to add a pinch of sugar – perfectly fine

Michelle Beeby January 14, 2011 at 1:04 am

Can someone help please, I finally was able to get a Flickr account (that was hard, stupid yahoo!) anyway, I’ve signed up for the email list and I’m just not getting the activation email?? I don’t want to miss out 🙁


Anonymous January 14, 2011 at 1:11 am

Michelle, I’ll try to add you again as soon as I get home.

Deb January 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Hi Lain

I just signed up for your A-Z class a couple of days ago and received the first 2 days emails and then nothing yesterday. Where can I go to access the class.

Michelle Beeby January 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

thanks heaps, I hope we can get this working before it starts, I will just die if I miss anything!

Michelle Beeby January 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

Ok, I’m starting to think that maybe I shouldn’t be here… lol.. I just signed up for the A-Z class, and now when I put my information in, this message comes up:

“Sorry, the account you tried to access was not found in our customer records. To notify the website owner of this message, push the “back” button on your web browser or check some of the selections below for more information. ”

I am not having a good day! 🙁

Anonymous January 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I just checked the system, and you should be all set…
Did you get an email for Define your Style?

Michelle Beeby January 17, 2011 at 1:01 am

1000, million thank you’s Lain, you are a super star!!!!! Taking the time to help me out like you did was just so awesome, I cannot thank you enough!!

((HUGS)) I now have BOTH confirmation emails, yay!! *happy dance*

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 1:07 am

In the future, if you need help, email me at It’ll get to me even quicker. 😉

Rbkhandco January 26, 2011 at 6:11 am

Hi Lain, I paid for your 1 hr interview with Stacy Julian ($5, Sign Up Special – Stacy Julian) and the payment has gone through, but I’ve not seen anything about the download yet.


Anonymous January 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm

You should’ve been redirected immediately. If you will email me at with your Paypal email address I’ll get the link to you.
Sorry for the confusion!

Rbkhandco January 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Lain!

michell February 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Hi Lain, I just signed up for LOAD 211. Now what? Is there a classroom or messageboard? Should I still get the email for today? I did LOAD with you at Big Picture but not at your site so I am not exactly sure how this will work. Was it too late to start? I am so excited to get started, loved it at BPC and am looking forward to your next class there. Thanks, Michell

Anonymous February 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

You should have gotten a couple emails already. If you didn’t please email me at

michell February 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Got it, it’s all good! Thanks so much, very excited!

Michele February 3, 2011 at 1:21 am

I just paid the $30.00 on Paypal but my paypal address is, and I want any content mailed to me at
I hardly ever check the other email. thanks, Michele

Anonymous February 3, 2011 at 1:31 am

Will make the switch.
If you have further questions, please email

Michele February 3, 2011 at 1:33 am

Thank you so much!

Kmacdonald8 February 18, 2011 at 2:02 am

Hi Lain,
I just signed up for the A-Z style and must have typed my e-mail in incorrectly. it is Can you please fix this for me? Thanks!

Kmacdonald8 February 18, 2011 at 2:05 am

Actually, i did type it correctly on the first page since I just got the receipt..the receipt number is 3468-8208-5529-2967
Thanks for your help!

Kmacdonald8 February 18, 2011 at 3:04 am

Thanks Lain! I am so excited to take this class!I got your e-mail and confirmed i want to receive the materials! Thanks for such a fast response!

Kmacdonald8 February 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Hi Lain, my day 7 is for embellishments link tells me the url isn’t working. I am loving these prompts so far it really gets you thinking!

Thanks! Kerri MacDOnald

Honore Francois February 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Hi Lain,
Just signed up for LO A-Z (2/28/11) and rec’d an error msg when I entered my name/email@ – I’m sure you can fix and I look fwd to A-Z; loved LOAD211! Glad I can continue the fun for another month. Cheers~

Michell_rene March 5, 2011 at 2:16 am

Hi Lain, I was in LOAD 211 and got a little behind. I was going through the challenges, completing LOs. I tried opening the Stacy Julian interview in post #20. Was that something available to us or were we required to purchase it? Also, was there going to be a compilation of the month’s prompts? Thanks I really enjoyed the challenges.

Joshua2415boys April 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

How do I get the interview and telephone transcript? Not seeing it on your page.
Lisa Riney

Joshua2415boys April 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

How do I get the interview and telephone transcript? Not seeing it on your page.
Lisa Riney

Anonymous April 11, 2011 at 1:38 am

Hi Lisa-
Which interview?

Plz exCuze typos

Juliemacmanusnz May 16, 2011 at 4:08 am

hi there i am hoping to take your 4 experts class at big picture . but i just wondering when you do the layout a day part – do we get daily sketches or layouts to ‘lift’ or is it inspirational emails and prompts ? cheers julie

Cindy Groh June 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Lain, I paid for Jennifer McGuire’s portion of the big event and have not received the video. It said press the continue or return button to DL the video, however those were not options for me. I’ve already been charged on Paypal and have the receipt to prove it. Jennifer emailed you about this a few days ago and I haven’t heard back from you yet. Can you please help me to get the video that I paid for? Thank you
grohcm Thank you, Cindy Groh

Anonymous June 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Ps if youcan confirmyou received my last email that would be great.

Plz exCuze typos

Anonymous June 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Ps if youcan confirmyou received my last email that would be great.

Plz exCuze typos

Diane Stephan Alberts June 19, 2011 at 6:16 am

Hi,  New to your site and podcasts…I have the volume all the way up on my computer and itunes and can barely hear you…the music then is extremely loud at the beginning…just wondering if others have made the same comments to you???

Also, with LOAD is that a single page or double layout spread?????????

Anonymous June 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Hey Diane!
I haven’t heard that comment from anyone else, and I tested the podcasts first before I post them. Sorry about the trouble you’re having! I am not sure what the issue is but I will continue to check it out. For LOAD, it’s a single-page spread but some people who work in doubles do two.
Thanks for listening and reading!

Anonymous June 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Hey Diane!
I haven’t heard that comment from anyone else, and I tested the podcasts first before I post them. Sorry about the trouble you’re having! I am not sure what the issue is but I will continue to check it out. For LOAD, it’s a single-page spread but some people who work in doubles do two.
Thanks for listening and reading!

Anonymous June 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Hey Diane!
I haven’t heard that comment from anyone else, and I tested the podcasts first before I post them. Sorry about the trouble you’re having! I am not sure what the issue is but I will continue to check it out. For LOAD, it’s a single-page spread but some people who work in doubles do two.
Thanks for listening and reading!

Cyndie June 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Hi, new to your site and just downloaded the Fast Scrapping PDFs and mp3 interview with Stacy Julian special you offered when we subscribed. Yeah, I’m having some bad luck since we had a severe thunderstorm.  It downloaded successfully and not a couple minutes later the power went out and I lost the downloads. How can I can get them redownloaded?  I have my receipt from PayPal. Just let me know that I can do. Thanks! 

Anonymous June 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Hey Cyndie!
You can email your request to my customer support email at

Susan June 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

hey lain… your enthusiasm just jumps through the computer at me!!   love it!!  question on the “mother load” are the layouts geared toward 1 or 2 picture layouts? and will there be 12 x12 spreads???  also  i understand you can change anything you choose but… do you recomend 4×6  or 5×7 pics that you work with on this project?? trying to order ahead.  🙂  thanks  susan

Anonymous June 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Hey you!
Thanks for checking in! The layouts we create are more free-form. I don’t give directions specifically as to “Cut a 1/2″ strip of Studio Calico patterned paper and adhere it 1/8″ below your title, which you will do in blue letter stickers…” It’s more like, “Create a layout using this color combination” or “Start with a sketch, any sketch” and then I’ll give you some ideas of sketches to use. I want it to be flexible enough that a grandma in Des Moines can create a layout about her grand kids while a biker in Arizona is working on an album about her bikes… make sense? Every once in a while I may give a very specific prompt, like “Create a page about YOU.” But that’s maybe once or twice in the challenge.

12×12, 8/5×11, two-page spreads, one-page layouts — it’s up to you!

I would recommend choosing a variety of orientations (vertical and landscape) as well as a few enlargements. During the first nine weeks, we’ll be taking a photo a week. If you need a specific size I’ll let you know! But it’s good to have choices. 🙂

Cyndie June 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Hi Lain! 🙂
I want to express my happiness with how quickly you and your customer support team took care of me! I was shocked and delighted when not only did you personally respond within an hour of me contacting you on Father’s Day (a holiday!), but your tech support took care of me the very next morning! WOW! There are some businesses that could take a lesson from you and Angie, my customer support helper. I teach customer service where I work and Iwill be using this an excellent example of how to take care of customers.  Thank you! Plus, I wanted to share with everyone else who reads these contacts so they know that you take care of business and fast. Thank you!

Anonymous June 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Thank you for your very nice message. I can’t always answer within an hour, but I try to be prompt!!! I will forward your message on to Angie, too.
Thanks so much!!!

Anonymous June 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Ps Angie is a keeper, eh?? 😉

Diane Stephan Alberts June 22, 2011 at 1:47 am

Just to let you know your crimping video sound was perfect….can’t wait to hear podcast 4 🙂  Thanks for writing.  Diane 🙂

Anonymous June 22, 2011 at 1:49 am

Thank you for letting me know! Shimelle told me how to fix it so the internal mic was turned up higher. 🙂 It’s good to have friends!

Cassie Beeze August 9, 2011 at 7:54 am

Ok here is a question!  What is the best adhesive to use to adhere buttons onto a page? 😀  Thanks!

Anonymous August 10, 2011 at 2:15 am

Cassie, for layouts I use glue dots. For cards I use Glossy Accents from Ranger.

Cassie Beeze August 10, 2011 at 4:36 am

Interesting… I always find the Glossy Accents seep through the holes…  Maybe I should use less..
Glue dots – of course – dah…  Thanks.

Anonymous August 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

A little dab’ll do ya!! I smear a tad on the spaces around the holes.

Rhonda H August 17, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Oh, Lain. So sorry. Just signed up for ScrapHappy with the 1yr/$99 deal through PayPal, and they did not bop me over to another page, and I did not have a continue button to push. Have I disintegrated into cyber dust now? Can it be fixed? What is my e-status?
Also, will the 2012 LOADs be Feb-May-Oct again? Do I get to partake in the upcoming LOAD?
-Rhonda in Arkansas

Anonymous August 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

Just entered you into the system – you should get a confirmation email any second! Click on the link inside and you’ll be all set. 🙂

Sweetpea October 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Thanks soooo much for your podcast!  You are a breath of fresh air in the middle of my week!

I have 2 questions and I would really, really appreciate your opinion.  First, which white ink pad provides a visible image on dark paper?
Second, I have seen lots of online tutorials using Copic markers.  They are overwhelming!  The cost of the pens is so high and it seems like you need so many shades of each color to make beautiful images.  Is there a cheaper alternative to Copic markers that looks good enough?  If not, how could I begin a Copic collection in an economical but useful way?

De October 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I was wondering do you have product purchase sharing or know of anyone that does that?

karen keiper October 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Hi Lain, just letting you know that your link for the “Your Story Matters” after payment isnt working. Just what you need at the beginning of true scrap! Sorry…

Anonymous October 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Hi De-
I don’t know, I’m sorry. I would try going to a large online forum like or 2peas and asking there. Hope this helps!

Vicnell December 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Hi Lain, I just purchased the individual classes and the Kellie Crowe link does not work. 
the order would be under my husbands name Victor Gonzalez.  Thank you

Anonymous December 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hey Sweetpea!
I like the Opaque ink pad from Staz on in cotton white:
Let me create a post about the Copics… that will be easier than answering here. 🙂

abalcarcel409 January 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Hi Lain. I just came across your website through a reference from Creations with Christina. I love what I am seeing on your website. I subscribed and am very excited about your website. I did come across a webinar that I would have LOVED to see… Nichol Magouirk Shares Her Photography Secrets for Great Project Photos. Is there any way that I could see this? Thanks so much. Ana

Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Hi Ana!
So glad you found me. 🙂 Thanks for coming by!
The webinar was yesterday, but if you join the list for that here:
RIGHT NOW you will get an email later today on how to see that replay. It’s only up through tomorrow, so hurry!

amyptucson January 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Hi Lain! Just listened to a podcast where you asked us to write in with “product” ideas, so here goes: 1) Something about mistakes we make while doing a layout. I’m imagining you can be practical/technical about how to fix or embellish over the mistakes. Maybe also more philosophical about perfectionism, and the attitude to take when a page is done but you just don’t like it. (I never go back and re-do a page, but I’ve heard that some people do. 2) Something about privacy. In journaling and sometimes just choosing a topic for a page, how to decide how personal/intimate to get. Like if it’s frustration with a parent, or breaking up with a friend, or coping with a personal failing, or boasting, or being fed up with a spouse’s habit, or messing up, or dealing with an issue of personal health. 3) Something about the unexpected, as a scrapbooker. As in: I didn’t think I’d ever made cards or use Copic markers, but now I do. Or: I thought when I bought the set of 100 pens from Costco, I’d never have to buy another pen, but now they’re mostly dried out.

Anonymous January 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Fun ideas — thank you! 🙂

Laura January 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I’ve been jumping back and forth looking at your site, and I just want to say thanks! I had been in a scrapbook slump a while ago, and since finding your site, I’ve been inspired. So much so that I have been doing a layout every day or 2 days. I’m on a roll! I have even tried different techniques (like sewing on my pages) that had me ‘petrified’. But I’ve gotten past that! And I think I owe all to you. I can’t always get to your website (I have a very demanding toddler!! :)) but when I do, it is definitely worthwhile!!

Anonymous January 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Thank you so much! Hope you’re going to join us for LOAD! 🙂

MMarie January 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Hi Lain,
I”m a new Scrap Happy member and have a couple questions: 1) how/where do I access the Super Fast Scrapbook document? 2) what do EJ and EP stand for in your archive section?

DebK February 8, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hi Lain,
Is the Nichol webinar available online anywhere?  I missed it but would like to watch and can’t find a webinar archives.  I also missed the signup for LOAD – is it still possible to join this late?


Carol February 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

Help–I just realized somewhere along the way I missed DAY 5 LOAD prompt and I don’t know how to go back and get it–please let me know the procedure or resend the email —thanks.

Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Please refer to the master list — I sent out the link a bunch of times, and it’s on the flickr message board. Thanks!

Melinda Berdyck March 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Hi lain. I want to get in on the alum load offer of $20 for may ’12. I’ve done several loads, Though missed the last two. Lots of catching up to do. Let me know what I need to do.
Melinda Berdyck

Cindy M. April 12, 2012 at 12:12 am

Hi Lain!  I did LOAD 212 and am signed up for 512!  I can’t wait!  Are there any pre-load blog hops going on and can I get a blinkie to go on my blog?  I had a GREAT time in February and can’t wait to share again!

Christie April 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hi Lain! I just heard your interview with Pat Flynn on SPI, way to go! You are so inspiring and it’s so nice to hear about people like you making a go of it in the non-IM space. Keep up the great work. Best wishes, Christie

Kdgdi May 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Nice podcast on the Foolish Adventure. My first episode. I have some insight for you Lain about your True Scrap….I would love to share with you directly. You can contact me at kdgdi at aol dot com, if you are interested in my experience and perspective to this past event in April. ;). Diane

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Lain May 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Hi Diane- as mentioned above, the best way to get in touch is via email at lain (at) layoutaday (dot) com. Thanks!

Lain May 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Hey Deb- you can pick up Nichol’s webinar replay here:

In the future, the best way to get in touch with me is to email me at lain (at) layoutaday (dot) com. I don’t check messages on this page very frequently!

Lain May 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi MMarie-
Can you contact me at lain (at) layoutaday (dot) com, as indicated in the contact info above? Thanks!

Pat Jamason May 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm

can you cut chipboard and foamboard on the cricut

pat jamason May 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I am dreaming about doing a project for my porch. If I am using chipboard can i decopage the piece first, put on my paper and varnish over to make it waterproof, it is a covered screen porch on the back wall.  Using a wooden trellis as my mainframe.

or is there a better way to make water resistent.

pat jamason May 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

when you use chaulk on a page do you coat it with anything so that it does not smear.

LainEhmann May 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

Hi Pat-
the best way to get answers to questions like these is to post them to the Layoutaday Facebook page here:


LainEhmann May 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

Hi Diane-
My email is above in the “contact Lain” info.

LainEhmann May 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thank you, Christie! 🙂 

LainEhmann May 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

Hi Cindy-
Please email for more info. Thanks!

LainEhmann May 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

Hi Melinda-
Sorry it took so long to get in touch with you. I don’t check this page for comments very regularly. As per the instructions above, the best way to get IMMEDIATE help is to contact Thanks!

LainEhmann May 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

Hi Cindy-
For support please follow the instructions above: email!

LainEhmann May 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

Hey Deb: If you are not a member of ScrapHappy you can get the replay here:

K elly Carithers July 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hi there.Here’s my question which I hope you will answer on your 31 days in July video!
I have so many unfinished albums.I have plenty (!!) of supplies,photos are organized,but feel overwhelemd at the sheer amount what I want to scrap.I’ve tried doing the last year forward,and that’s working pretty well,but how to catch up?There has to be a method or plan.

Trine July 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Lain, loving the videos, Thanks so much!  I am so inspired!  My question is, I have been absent from scrapbooking for 2 years!! I have been concentrating on my photography business and now I am back.  I don’t know where to start??? I have taken vacations and have so many different albums I am behind on.  I don’t even know where I am at on printing photos and what I need to scrap because I am so behind/overwhelmed.   I know my style and I am inspired to scrap by my photos but want everything in chronological order :-).  Have a super day! Tracy fram AR

C.Robin February 3, 2013 at 7:19 am

Hi Lain,I have not been able to get scraphappier, is there something I have to do.Thanks C.Robin

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