The Best Scrapbooking App Is Here: Layout a Day!

by Lain Ehmann on January 14, 2013

iphoneThe Best Scrapbooking iPhone App in the World!

I know, I know… of COURSE I’m gonna say it’s the best… after all, I’ve spent over 18 months developing this, invested enough cashola to buy a Dodge Dart, worked with a crazy Australian developer who hacked my website and threatened to delete my entire iTunes library (just think of all those lost CSI episodes…!)

But it’s finally here. And I’m not joking when I say it’s coolio.

Here’s what makes the Layout a Day App different:

There are currently only 75 scrapbooking-related apps in the Apple App Store.

36 are paid, between $.99 and $10.99 for download. The Layout a Day App is FREE!

17 are digital scrapbooking apps that allow you to create pages on your phone. The Layout a Day App is all about inspiration and works for paper, hybrid, or digi scrappers!

11 are photo/video editors that allow you to add effects to your photos on your phone. The Layout a Day App helps you scrapbook your photos the way YOU want!

The remaining apps are ebooks, magazines, blog news feeds, and stash inventory tracking… all useful, but WHERE IS THE INSPIRATION? Oh, it’s right here:

Layoutaday_111029_buttonIsn’t it cute?

Here’s how it works. You download this FREE app from the Apple App Store. Each and every day of the year you’re served up a short tidbit of inspiration: A photography challenge, a design idea, a page topic. Then you use that as a springboard to create the pages you want to document the stories you have to tell! Here’s an example:


You can then post the prompt to Facebook or Twitter, or email to a friend. And you can go back and look at previous days’ prompts using the archive feature.


Here are some ways to use this app:

-As a jumpstart for your “scrap-blocked” moments when you want to create but you just don’t know where to start.

-As a timed challenge for yourself. Set your timer to 30 minutes and see what you can do!

-As a group challenge – get together with some friends near or far and commit to creating a page a day for a week, or on the first of the month, or whatever. Upload your creations to your Facebook page and keep up on what you’re doing!

-As your own personal “Layout a Day” (LOAD) challenge. We’re doing a group challenge in February (and again in May!) but if you missed those, you can set yourself up for your own LOAD using these prompts. (NOTE: The LOAD challenges in Feb. and May include many other features, such as themes, message boards, daily videos, daily sample layouts, and more. The prompts served up through the free Layout a Day App are NOT the same ones used during the monthly LOAD challenges.)

-As a way to recruit your non-scrapping friends. You can send them the daily prompt and say, “Wanna do this with me? Hunh? Hunh? Hunh?” When they see the cool things you create, they’ll be on their way to Archiver’s in no time!

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Sounds cool! Where do I get it?

You can download the Layout a Day iPhone App for free here.

Will it work on an iPad?

Yes. It works on the iPad, iPad Mini, the iPhone, and the iTouch.

What about an Android app?

I’m looking into it! It will depend on how much it costs to convert from iPhone to Android. Stay tuned!

I love this but I’d like to see XYZ feature.

We’re looking at premium features! Please feel free to leave a comment on this post with your suggestions to include in future revisions.


I hope you enjoy this little daily taste of scrapbooking inspiration. Consider it my gift to YOU to help you get your most important stories documented.

Now go forth and scrap! :)


  • Cilenia Curtis

    Sounds awesome Lain! Can’t wait to try it out. :D

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Thank you for your help, dollface! :)

  • Rikki Donovan

    Sounds fun! Downloading right now! I love the looks of it already, fresh and cute, yes! :)

  • Hyde

    Sorry I’m not on apple prod… when it comes to android system, I’ll grab the app!!!

  • Heather Dubarry

    Yet another reason to buy an itouch. Must save pennies!

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Hopefully will be soon! :)

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Save, save! :)

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Thank you! :)

  • Melissa Shanhun

    You just can’t trust those Aussies can you?
    I love that the app is so simple :) and it does what it says on the can…

    but of course I’m bursting with ideas… have your podcast & blog in there… add in a few Snippets of your humour (see what I did there)… have a gallery of inspirational layouts from the blog… build in access to the ustream scrapbook improv… have random videos of chickens from your youtube channell… i told you I was bursting!! :)

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Haha! Yes, I fell for the accent but was duped. ;) I love your ideas! Now that we have v 1.0 under our belt, we’ll be looking at additional features. How fun would it be to have a “surprise me!” button where people click and get some random thing, like dancing chickens?? ;)

  • Claudia

    Very cool, once it becomes available for Android, I´ll definitely get it!

  • Irene C. Beaupre Viorritto

    Can you add the ability to star or ‘favorite’ a day’s suggestion for later reference or attempts? And a forward/back arrow for going day to day instead of jumping back to the archive between each day? Is it possible to integrate your podcast into the app?

  • Geralyn Lupo

    Lain, CONGRATULTIONS on your App!!! I love the CAS design to it. I just downloaded it and look forward to all your fun inspiration.

  • Lynnette

    Finally! An app for me! I got my iPhone for Christmas and so far I have Angry Birds, Temple Run and a Tip calculator app. (all put on there by my kids.) Layout a Day app…now you’re speaking MY language!

  • Deborah Meggison

    grabbing as soon as avail on android platform!

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Cool – should get price from developer this week… stay tuned! If it’s in my budget, I’ll get it done. ;)

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  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Thank you! I wanted it simple, simple, simple. :)

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Hi Irene! Great suggestions. I don’t think I’d add the podcast to THIS app but I can envision a separate app that has updated content. Thanks!

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  • Hils

    Cool – thanks Lain!

  • Jennifer Wallace Junker

    Can’t wait for the Android app.
    I want to see color combos ideas and sketches.

  • Jennifer Gilman

    Android, please?! :)

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  • Guest

    Um, Android, please?!

  • Dawn

    I love love it so much, it’s just the right jumpstart I need to create. The day of the tic/tac/toe my son had actually asked me to play that with him which we never do anymore. It just made me that much happier to know I will have a story to tell now.
    For some reason though the last two days haven’t shown any prompts?? Hoping they will work soon, ready for my next inspiration!!
    Congrats on doing this and thank you for making it FREE!!

  • Karen G

    Yay! A Scrap App! My Ipad isn’t just for Words with Friends anymore!! Thanks Lain!

  • SharonK

    holding my breath for the android app

  • Bethany

    Love this app! Is there anyway to see older entries than what is available in the archives. I also would love to be able to star favorites and scroll through with arrow buttons. Thanks!

  • Lain

    Hey Bethany – The first day of the app is in the archives – it doesn’t go back any farther than that.

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    The archive starts when the app started. There are no previous entries beyond what’s listed there. Love the favorites idea!

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    I found out it would cost several thousand dollars for the Android app. Is it something you would pay to purchase in the app store? Trying to judge what the interest is!

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  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Thank YOU!

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    See comment above — it will cost several thousands of dollars to create the Android app. Is the app something you would buy? Trying to judge interest.

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    See previous comment…

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    See previous comment… LOVE the idea of the sketches!

  • PleasePps

    Is this a joke? It took you all this time and money to come up with this? How pointless! Come on now…

  • Arcadium

    You’re deleting honest comments, then? Leave a couple of negatives in there, make it less obvious, love.

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  • Characterfan

    Any update to an andriod app?

  • Christel

    I just downloaded it. Great app but I wish I could go back further than just 10 days’ worth in the archives.

  • Sharyn

    Yes I would pay!

  • Jas.sin

    Any ANdroid version by Jan 2015?

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