Welcome to Forever Artisan® 5!  You’ve installed Artisan, you’ve activated it, and you’re ready to jump right in.  Choose a few photos you’d like to work with – maybe about 10 or 12 – and let’s go!

Sit back and watch how easy it is to start a project and make a page using a pre-designed page (available in the Forever Store). Click the play button on the video, then click the arrows in the top right to go to full screen view.  After you’ve watched the first video, you can stop there to practice what you’ve learned using the pictures you chose, or you can go ahead and watch two more short videos that show you different ways to view the pages in your book and how to change a pre-designed page to make it your own. Either way, you’ll want to watch all of the videos!

At the end of this lesson, we’ve included two handouts that will give you an overview of the Artisan Welcome screen and Project screen – be sure to download and print them for future reference.  There’s also a link to a very short video that you’ll want to watch – it may save you some headaches down the road!

Have fun with it!  If you have questions or comments, please post them below and someone from the pixels2Pages team will reply to you.  We are here to help you whenever you need it!

Download and install a pre-designed book, create a project and your first page.

Pre-designed Pages [10:20 mins]


Create a second page that coordinates with your first, view and design a double page spread.

Pre-designed Double Page Spreads [4:08 mins]


Start with a pre-designed page, add photos and embellishments to create your own unique design.

Pre-designed Your Way [4:46 mins]


Here is a handout that will give you a quick tour of the Artisan 5 welcome screen, which is what you see when you first open the program.  Click on the image to open the handout in full page view. You may download and print this handout and the one below for easy reference.

After you have created a project, you’ll want to be able to work on it.  This handout explains what the different parts of the project screen are:

It won’t take long before you’re very familiar with this screen, and it is full of awesome functions!  Things that you don’t see on this handout are the different views of the “Pages/Photos/Content Panel”.  Shown here is the Pages Panel; clicking ‘Photos’ at the top of that panel will show you the photos available in your project, and clicking ‘Content’ will allow you to access all of the digital artwork available to you.

This panel is also the Queen of Multi-tasking, because it magically becomes the Operations Panel whenever you’ve clicked on something on your page that you want to work with!  Whenever you enter text, cut something, want to change colors, add filters, and more, be sure to look to the right and use the Operations Panel to complete your task.

The other thing that changes depending on what action you are taking is the Quick Access Toolbar (sometimes called the QAT), located just under the Ribbons.  It’s ready when you are!  And one more thing – click HERE to watch a very short video that will tell you more about the Project Screen and the ‘tiny triangles’ that may be hiding things you need.

Keep these handouts nearby as you start learning how to use Artisan 5, and remember that you can ask questions below.

Use these navigation buttons to see the next post in this series, go back to the Getting Started with Artisan 5 Home page, or to see more on this current topic.

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18 Responses to Using Pre-designed Pages

  1. Laurie Brawn says:

    numerous kits have 2 options for the cover, how do you get the 2nd cover?

  2. Andrea Baker says:

    I am working through the getting started video. When I try to add photos from an album in Historian, they are not coming into to Artisan. I have moved them to the work space. I have selected them, I have clicked share and selected “send to Artisan 5” from the drop down, but I am not getting a dialog box with a radio button asking if I went to send a certain number of photos or all. I am also not getting the Artisan 5 box telling them to be added to an already open project. Now Historian appears to be locked up and is “dinging” at me. What am I doing wrong?

    • Kim says:

      1. Close Artisan & Historian.

      2. Open File Explorer.

      3. Browse to C:\Program Data\Caspedia\Drop Points.
      – Please note the Program Data folder will be hidden, so you will need to first go into Folder Options to show these files.
      a) Open Control Panel
      b) Double Click on Folder Options
      c) Click the View tab
      d) Select ‘Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives
      e) Click OK

      4. Once in the Drop Points folder, please delete ALL files you see in this folder.

      5. Close Window.

      6. Open project in Artisan.

      7. Open Historian.

      8. Select the photos you want to share.

      9. Your photos should now be shared into your opened project in Artisan

  3. karen@memoryenthusiast.com says:

    Just curious if you can get rid of that white space in the balloons?

  4. hadle.farm@gmail.com says:

    I’m doing homework for Birthday Bash. Is the e-book a free resource? (available for non-members of P2p)

  5. Shirley Shingara says:

    Doing my homework before the Virtual B day Bash- some things that I have forgotten or did work-arounds. Anything to help improve my efficiency is appreciated!

  6. Lynn Bailey says:

    I’m watching these basic videos as a prequel to the Birthday Bash as Tameka suggested in the Preparation Webinar. I found several easy shortcuts to working on pages! Woo hoo! My question is, when I select Manage Content, Free Content, it seems that the kits of predesigned pages is different. I feel I am missing some I can see in the video as choices (Seasonal 12×12, Soft Baby Boy, Soft Baby Girl, Jewel Achievement, and others). Even when I select Start a new project, there are many kits and pages listed, but not these. I also checked my File Explorer and not there either. All software is up to date, I’m running Windows 10, Artisan 5. As discussed in the Webinar on 2/10/2020, I’m experiencing some FOMO here and wonder if there is somewhere else I can be finding these FREE predesigned pages/kits. Thank you for your help. I am loving watching these “basic” videos. I can’t believe I was going about some things the long way and now I see some shortcut tricks I didn’t know!

  7. Melita Watts says:

    Help! I have tried to find an answer to my question but I am not sure where to look next.
    What is your recommended way to insert a paper to the background?
    I have used a couple of methods but none of them take the paper all the way to the bleed line, only as far as the trim line.

  8. Vivian Kendall says:

    i want to know how to crop a photo while working on a page. I did a lot with Story Books but am rusty now and very non techie but need to do quick work or my 7 grands!!! i am behind!!!

  9. Kimberly Truxell says:

    I have used Artisan since Creative Memories first introduced Storybook, but decided to listen to your videos. In the first video your instructions showed selecting free content from the Content Manager and you save it to Commercial Art Kits. My Commercial Art Kits folder is grayed out. Even if I try to select Content when I am working in my project it is grayed out. Do you know why?

  10. sarahbaileyonline@gmail.com says:

    Love all the detailed info!! Thank you so much!

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