Ep 09: Layout a Day – The Podcast: Under the Microscope

by Lain Ehmann on July 27, 2011


Hello chicas! It’s time for another fun and inspiring episode of Layout a Day – The Podcast!

Today, we’re discussing:

  • The roast story
  • Why it’s cool (and fun!) to dig deep into your scrapbooking habits
  • How to save time while scrapbooking
  • The winner of six handmade cards (last week’s contest)
  • And more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Tune in, turn on, drop out… or not. ;)

P.S. We’re averaging about 1000 downloads a week — wow! Thanks for listening. And if you’re not already getting the podcast delivered right to your ears, sign up via iTunes here!

  • Lynnette

    I love the geeky scrapbook discussions, so longer would be better!  I really liked today’s episode where you went deeper into the process topic.  While I know it is necessary, some weeks have more housekeeping type topics like events and classes coming up (which I also like to hear about, too).  Maybe 20-30 minutes would allow for talk about True Scrap, LOAD, etc. and then the rest of the time about the scrapbook “meat”.  Plus, I usually try to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes and it would just fly by if you were “talking” to me!  Really, though…it’s all good and you know I think you are just the BEST!   Thanks, Lain!

  • Anonymous

    I think anywhere between 15 and 30 min seems fine.  I would say let the topic lead.  Some weeks may be closer to 15, and others may have more to talk about and you may end up closer to 30.  I really enjoy listening!  Thanks Lain!

  • http://twitter.com/SparrowApril April

    Generally I like a podcast to be a little longer. I usually listen to podcasts to occupy my  mind while I do housework, but I am finding that the shorter format means I listen right away, rather than “save up” for when I have a task that needs doing. I surprise myself by liking the short format. I think 15-20 minutes is a good length. I can listen while I eat lunch or to take a little “me” break in between tasks. I also find that since I’m not doing a job while I listen, that I am more focused on what you’re talking about.

  • Kmsjohnson

    I am always wanting more when your podcasts end at 15 minutes. I think 30 minutes would be great.

  • Joanie

    I agree with sm_bradford to let the topic lead.  15 minutes is fine, but if you still have wisdom to pass on about a certain subject, by all means, talk away!
    I do think that 30 minutes should be the max, though.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the input!!

  • Briel Schmitz

    Oh Wow!  I can’t believe that I won the cards.  Thank you Lain!  AND, you said my name perfectly.  People often stumble over my name, so it was lovely to hear it said correctly.  I was listening to your podcast and waiting for the bus and I just started jumping up and down when I heard my name.  Thank you!

    RE: length.  I like the 15 minutes.  Up to 30 would be good, too.  Like another commenter, I find with the shorter time I listen to it right away.  I know that I can listen to the entire show at one time, and I like that.

  • Lisa H

    Hey Lain. I love longer podcasts and your 15 minutes always seems over so fast! I travel by public transport and I am a podcast junkie so the longer the better for me ;-) Really enjoying them and look forward to the new release each week.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Fabulous! Thanks for the input! :)

  • http://elliemaeink.blogspot.com Cherie

    Hi Lain!
    I so love your podcast and am always really bummed when the end comes so fast!
    Longer would be very welcomed!!!
    Love everything about your podcast/blog!!

  • Anonymous

    You made my day! THANK YOU! :)

  • Lzepponi

    Look forward to your podcast each week!  I would love for them to be a little bit longer!  Your information is seems to always be timely and appropriate.   You also deliver your message in a clear concise manner-no babble.  Thanks!!  keep them coming! (and perhaps a few minutes longer…)

  • http://twitter.com/NevillesMom Mary McCarthy

    Apparently I am the only one who likes the 15 minutes as is! =P It takes me almost exactly 15 minutes to get to work in the morning and I love that I can listen to an episode in that time. Thinking about scrapbooking is a great way to start my day! =) I also subscribe to Paperclipping Roundtable and I love it but its hard to find over an hour to devote to a podcast. Yours is quick and easy and the topics are just as enjoyable!

  • http://www.scrapworthylives.com Stephanie Medley-Rath

    I like the length as it is and would say 30 minutes should be the max. I listen to a lot of podcasts and most of them are 40-60 minutes, so having a 15 minute podcast available is a nice change of pace. 

  • Anonymous

    I definitely won’t go over 30 unless I have an unbelievable interview!!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much! I appreciate it! And if you are so inclined, I’d love for you to leave an iTunes review saying I’m babble-free! ;)

  • Anonymous

    Truth be told, i like 15-20 minutes the best. :) So you are not alone! I agree, if it’s much longer than that it sits and waits to be listened to. I think I’ll continue to make sub-20 the standard, with a few longer ones thrown in if I have a good reason. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Stephanie!

  • Gail E.

    I LOVE listening to your podcast and I think the longer the better.  30 Minutes would be awesome! Thanks for considering it!

  • Peg in CO

    I will add my 2 cents for up to 30 min.  I do like having some shorter options in my play list but sometimes it seems like you might have more to say but cut yourself off to keep to the time limit.  I’d rather hear the whole thing and spend 5-15 more minutes than be left feeling like you just hit the surface.  I agree that you could let the topic guide you.  Don’t worry so much about consistency of length, just shoot for 15-30 min.  That’s my idea!  Thanks for all you do Lain and it’s nice to see your podcast back no matter how long.  I kept coming to see where you were. :)

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! It helps so much to know you all want to hear more — and I promise I won’t abuse that. ;)

  • Luniegirls

    I really enjoy your podcast and think 15-20 minutes is fine.  I would hate for you to make them longer and then it overwhelms you and then you’d have to stop all together.  So keep them as is.  Thank  you for sharing. Julie

  • Anonymous

    If I have to make the choice between keeping the podcast consistent or going longer, I will definitely go shorter! Thanks for your input!

  • Sas_bailey

    A short format works for me. What’s that old wisdom?……Leave them wanting more.

  • Anonymous

    Love that!!

  • Kimmc77

    Hi Lain :D

    Love the podcast as is and I would love for them to be longer.  Or maybe podcast a little more frequently???? I love it any which way!! My favorite scrapbooking podcast. 

  • Anonymous

    you are awesome! Thank you !:)

  • Kathy Thomas

    I love your podcast, but it seems to be over too soon! I think 30 minutes would be great. Appreciate the time you devote to the podcast.

  • Kathy Thomas

    I love your podcast, but it seems to be over too soon! I think 30 minutes would be great. Appreciate the time you devote to the podcast.

  • http://twitter.com/KatieFScott KatieFScott

    I love talking / hearing about the process of scrapbooking too!!  And too think it is way more interesting than keeping up with trends or what was at CHA – although that is interesting too – the process is what is most interesting to me.

  • Anonymous

    Katie! SO nice to hear from you! :) I am sure if I were at CHA I’d care more about the trends… but I am not that into it either. :) How are you!???

  • LCSmithSAVED

    I like the 15 minute time frame .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1250767961 Coffee Krueger

    I start with 12 x 12 sites and bought sleeves in that size. Now I often think to
    scrap 8.5 x 11 inches because it match with our simple file folders and
    sleeves in Din A4 here in Germany and have nearly the size of printing paper
    for the journaling. I often print out my journaling because my handwriting is

    – what should I do with journaling if my handwriting is horrible? Do you have
    another suggestion?

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