Fieldnotes #1 + Freebie

By Marisa Lerin Sun, 12/31/2023 - 22:00

Please stop by and check out all the contributions to this month's blog train here.

Naming bundles is my least favorite part of designing digital scrapbooking kits. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that while I will create themed elements for certain bundles, I never personally use anything themed in my own scrapbooking. What is most appealing to me is a good, generic bundle and you can only come up with so many generic titles before you start repeating yourself. So I like to plan to repeat myself and find a good name that can inspire me repeatedly. I had many good years making the Good Life bundles and now I'm excited to be using the new title "Fieldnotes". I feel like there's some depth and ideas I'm excited to explore with this title and looking forward to working with it for the foreseeable future.

Also I hope spring is on it's way to where you are because I made a great spring bundle for January. Sometimes the inspiration can't be stopped.

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And here's this month's freebie. Click on the image to download.
Link will expire after January 31, 2024
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And now some inspiration from the Creative Team:

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Benefit Company Report, 2023

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 12/27/2023 - 22:12


As many of you know, is a public benefit company, which means that we exist to serve the global digital scrapbooking community and are committed to putting benefits to community and society ahead of profits.

As a registered public benefit company in the state of Oregon, we hold ourselves accountable to the state of Oregon, and to the standards of an unbiased third party to make sure that we are living up to our aspirations.

In addition to meeting third-party standards, part of our accountability as a benefit company involves sharing a little report each year in which we review how we were able to meet our goals.

Mission Statement and Manifesto

As always, our mission statement explains some of the ways we are working to achieve our goals as a Benefit Company through our company’s governance, our commitment to community, our commitment to customers, our commitment to society, and our commitment to environmental sustainability.

The Manifesto is a further expression of our primary mission to support, vitalize, and build up the global digital scrapbooking community⁠.

Summary Review of Year

Here are a few key metrics and highlights related to our various goal areas:

Commitment to Community
Our primary mission at remains to serve the global digital scrapbooking community as best we can by fostering community, providing access to creative resources, and promoting a spirit of generous creativity. This year we:

  • Served nearly a million completely free downloads of digital scrapbooking graphics including papers, elements, templates, and quick pages (about 2,500 free downloads every single day, on average)--for both personal and commercial use.
  • Continued to prioritize our community forums and facilitated 45,000+ new forum posts and comments across our site.
  • Hosted 12 blog trains and dozens of challenges in our forums.
  • Served thousands of views to our 130+ free digital scrapbooking tutorials.
  • Facilitated 50+ users uploading 3000+ items to the Commons so they could give and receive feedback and improve their design skills in a fun and supportive environment.

All of this was made available completely for free, to everyone in our community.

A special thanks here to our team of volunteer moderators who keep our forums running smoothly and help facilitate our blog trains and challenges! Also thanks to all of our community designers in the Commons, who embody the spirit of generosity and make the Commons what it is!

Finally, a huge thanks to our amazing team of designers who support our vision for generous creativity which allows us to make all of this possible. It takes a special kind of artist to be willing to get behind a public benefit company that puts serving the community ahead of profits!

Commitment to Customers
We strive to provide our customers with outstanding value, and to always respect them as complex human beings. We believe in doing difficult emotional labor to understand who our customers are and where they are coming from, so that we can serve and support them as best we can. This year we:

  • Served approximately 600,000 premium digital scrapbooking kit downloads at a small fraction of the price of most sites, thanks to our affordable subscription plans.
  • Continued to prioritize and support our generous commercial use licensing options which are unique in our industry.
  • Responded to 5,000+ support requests.
  • Responded to 300+ quality control issues (together with our amazing team of designers).
  • Collected and analyzed 1,100+ customer ratings via UserVoice, and additional ratings via TrustPilot.
  • Received a 98% positive UserVoice feedback score (besting last year's score by 1%).
  • Ended the year once again with a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on TrustPilot thanks to overwhelmingly positive verified customer reviews.

A special thanks once again to Thani, our junior webmaster and gracious customer support ninja who invests a huge amount of time, labor, and emotional energy towards serving our customers well.

Commitment to Society is a community created by artists for artists, and promoting the arts is a central part of our mission as expressed in our manifesto. This year, hundreds of people viewed our manifesto, and many of them signed it, lending momentum to our call to generosity and creativity for the digital scrapbooking community.

As another aspect of our commitment to society, has a formal standing pledge to support charities in need. This year we donated $1000 to carefully-vetted charitable organizations working to alleviate suffering among children in some of the most war-torn parts of the world, including Israel/Palastine, Ukraine, and Sudan.

Thanks to Our Community ❤️

Our vision for would not be possible without the support of our amazing community--that’s all of you. As always, your monetary donations this past year helped support our mission as a public benefit company, which played a huge part in allowing us to achieve our goals.

More than that, you gave your time, energy, and talents to supporting our community and making it what it is. has always been an experiment in generous creativity and living out of a spirit of abundance, and the site would simply not exist without your collaboration and support.

Looking Ahead

Looking ahead, one of the challenges facing our community is how to best engage the topic of AI-assisted creation in a way that aligns with our mission, and everything that we are about as a community. We have always chosen to be optimistic about the future, rather than fearful, but will be working with our members to create some policies and guidelines around AI tools in order to help everyone to best achieve their creative goals, whatever those goals might be.

Support depends on our community to survive and thrive. If you believe in our mission, please consider supporting us by subscribing for unlimited downloads (we are confident this is the best deal in digital scrapbooking), or making a small donation.