Artisan 5 is the newest version of our favorite digital scrapbooking software. If you haven’t purchased it yet, you are missing out on some great new features!

  • Artisan 5 runs lightning fast
  • Better content management
  • Font manager
  • Lots of new text options
  • Every element can be edited
  • Strokes
  • More customization options
  • The Quick Access Toolbar

To purchase Artisan as a new user click HERE. To upgrade from Artisan 4 to Artisan 5 HERE. The instructions below apply to anyone who is installing Artisan for the first time, or installing it on a new computer.

IMPORTANT: ARTISAN 5 RUNS ON 64 BIT COMPUTERS. IF YOU HAVE A 32 BIT COMPUTER YOU WILL NEED TO USE ARTISAN 4. To find out if your computer is 32 or 64-bit, click HERE.


To install Artisan 5, double-click the Artisan5Setup.exe file you downloaded, and follow the on-screen instructions.

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Click Next to start the installation. You will need to accept the terms in the license agreement, and then click Next.

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You will be offered the option of installing Artisan in a location other than the default location. We DO NOT recommend that you do this unless you are very comfortable with the back end of computers. Just click Next.

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When the installation is finished you will see this success message. Click Finish.

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The first time you open Artisan 5 you will be given 4 options:

  • Buy now! If you have downloaded the trial version, you can purchase the software. You won’t need to download it again, but will receive a product key to activate the software.
  • Try it out. You can trial Artisan 5 for up to 30 days for free.
  • Activate. Click here to activate your software (see below).
  • Exit. To close Artisan 5 without activation click Exit.

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To activate your software, click the Activate button. You will probably get a warning popping up asking if you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer.  Say “Yes.”

You will need to enter your product key. You will find the product key in the email you received from Forever after ordering. You can also log in to your Forever account to retrieve your product key. Copy the product key and then click the blue link (Paste product code from Windows Clipboard), or type the product key into the spaces.

Select either your current FOREVER account or create a new one and click Activate. You will need to be online to activate your software, but once it is activated you do not need to be online to use Artisan.

You will see a thank you/welcome message when installation is complete. It’s time to start scrapping!






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15 Responses to Artisan 5 Tip: Installing Artisan 5 for NEW Artisan Users

  1. Rinda says:

    HELP! I am trying to activate my Artisan 5 and it’s telling me “The original product key has already been used to activate another product key. (1)” I copied the code from my email from panstoria & pasted it to activate it. Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong. It lets me get into Artisan 5, but every time I try to open it, it wants me to activate it again.

  2. colleen says:

    can i still a book as jpegs and print to shutterfly or other companies or am i locked into printing with artisan only. cant resist some of the shutterfly deals,

  3. Juanita Rasmussen says:

    What is different about artisan 5. I use to be able to access my photos, papers and embellishments in a project just by clicking to the right while working on my project. m frustrated. What am I doing wrong?

  4. Lori Kohl says:

    I entered my activation code and the screen looks exactly like this example, including the “Activate” button is greyd out, I can only choose “cancel”. What am I doing wrong?

    • Shelley says:

      Did you copy and paste the activation code or type it in? You need to make sure it is exactly right, even an extra space at the end, which you won’t see, can cause a problem.

  5. CorinnePitt says:

    If I purchase and install Artisan 5, can I still open my projects in Storybook 4 when I want, since I know that program so well, while I’m learning the Artisan 5 program?

    • Alison says:

      Yes, you certainly can continue to use SBC4 Corinne. Just be aware that any projects that you open in Artisan 5 will no longer be able to open in the earlier software. For this reason we suggest you make a copy of your project and open the copy in A5. That way you will still have the original project available to open in SBC4 if you want to.

  6. debbie says:

    I use Artisan on two computers. My personal laptop currently is running Artisan 4 and I have purchased an upgrade. My work computer is still running Storybook 4 (we use this all the time for work) I am thinking of installing Artisan 5 to my work computer-can I just upgrade or will I need to purchase a New Artisian 5 program?

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