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Where We're Blogging Now

Hi friends!

Just a quick notice to let you know that you'll find the latest news about Ella's eBooks and Big Picture Classes' new and upcoming workshops at the Big Picture Classes blog, which is updated 5+ times per week! 


If you missed the big announcement, Ella Publishing Co. is now a Big Picture Classes company! We are continuing to publish eBooks that are available here at as well as at And when we can squeeze it in, we are also working toward a redesign that will merge the two sites. 


We're glad you're here! And we hope you'll also look for us over here, using these quick links:


eBook library at Big Picture Classes


multi-week educational workshops for scrapbookers, photographers, crafters, and creative people


classes you can take at your own pace


the Big Picture Classes blog


Thank You!

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Boot Camp 2012

Introducing Boot Camp 2012

The four coaches this year are

Sign up at Big Picture classes here

Here's How it Works
You'll log in daily for a 10-minute video from one of our 4Experts followed by a 10-minute targeted exercise that's guaranteed to:

  • jumpstart your creativity
  • exercise your scrapbooking muscles
  • give you a concrete starting point to get something done NOW
  • inspire you with lasting skills and ideas you'll want to apply over and over
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Big News! HUGE!

We at Ella are absolutely thrilled to share our BIGGEST news of all time, which was revealed publicly for the first time today during Big Picture Classes' annual Big Idea Festival. (That's a lot of BIG!)


And if you haven't guessed the BIG NEWS yet, here are two little hints...







Um, yeah. Ella Publishing Co. is now part of the Big Picture Classes family! And the team that brought the world Simple Scrapbooks magazine is together again under one umbrella, roof, Big Top...pick your metaphor.


Click here to have a giggle at the animated Brady-Bunch-style graphic you see above and read all about the big news over at


While you're there, make sure you're signed up for the Big Idea Festival, which starts today, September 4th! You just heard the first of four BIG announcements to be revealed during the 14-day free festival, and you won't want to miss the other three.

Oh, and those seven mystery instructors they've been talking about all month long that will be inspiring you inside the Big Idea Festival? They're really seven of your favorite Ella authors, and their cute faces were unveiled inside the festival today (Rebecca Cooper, Wendy Smedley, Stephanie Baxter, Angie Lucas, Nichol Magouirk, Becky Novacek, and Lisa Dickinson)!



What does this news mean to you?

1. will continue to educate and inspire you while the above pictured "BPC Bunch" works together to launch a new umbrella site that will house all of the amazing Big Picture Classes/Ella Publishing Co. educational content in one place.

2. Ella's eBook library is ALSO available at starting today! Click here to browse.

3. Wendy, Cathy, and I will continue to crank out eBook awesomeness for your reading pleasure at least once a month, and all upcoming eBooks will now be available at as well as at, thus reaching a much wider audience!

4. We're all combining our talents to benefit both brands. I, for example, am now the Editorial Director at Big Picture Classes, on top of being eBook Editor-in-Chief.

5. The elephant stays. Because she's just so darn cute.


Any questions? :)

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Something Big This Way Comes

Sure, it may be "Mini Month" around here, but that doesn't mean we are discriminating against things that are BIG.


Speaking of big, we think you should sign up for the third annual Big Idea Festival from our friends at Big Picture Classes. It's featuring lots of BIG names and it looks like it will be BIG fun.


Plus, it's free. And you can't beat that!


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5-Hour Flash Sale!

Let the sale begin!


As we teased in Monday's email, we're now kicking off a 5-hour Flash Sale. From noon to 5:00 MST today only, you can save 40% on any eBook purchase! Buy one or buy three, but you've got just one chance to use the coupon. One coupon per customer. Coupon only good on eBooks (excludes all Ella Fun items). Cannot be combined with any other coupon or gift certificate.


But to get the exclusive 40% off code, you must be either a Facebook fan or a Twitter follower. 

Like us on Facebook here.

Follow us on Twitter here.


Once you have the coupon, here are a few ideas to get you started, or you can shop our entire eBook catalog.


Double-Page Design: Creating two-page layouts that really shine (featuring Write.Click.Scrapbook.)

Price:  $5.99  

Peek inside before you buy!

Book Crafting: Layouts, decor, and more made out of old books, plus 76 pages of printable journaling lists included!


Price:  $12.99  

Peek inside before you buy!

Don't Say Cheese! How to get great, natural photos of your kids


Price:  $9.99  

Peek inside before you buy!

31 Thank You Cards: Try 138 card-making tips, tricks, and tutorials

Price:  $7.99  

Peek inside before you buy!
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National Scrapbooking Day Events

Well, folks, today is the last day of NEW content for Spring Training 2012. But our Craft-letes still have a week to finish up each daily challenge and upload them to our exclusive gallery for a chance to win one of 13 prizes (over $1,000 of prizes in all!) Then it will be "graduation" time for our Craft-letes.


In the meantime, we hope you'll check out these awesome events for interNational Scrapbooking Day, which is Tomorrow! Our Spring Training Craftletes are surely in top scrapbooking shape by now, and ready to tackle a marathon OR a sprint of crafting creativity.


Here are a few things to do tomorrow:

In Celebration of interNational Scrapbook Day

Big Picture Classes and Creating Keepsakes Magazine are teaming up to bring you our 2nd annual, fun-filled Creative Crop for National Scrapbook Day! The online event will kick-off Saturday, May 5th at 9am PST. You can look forward to 12 jam-packed hours offering creative challenges every hour, live chats with industry professionals, amazing giveaways, and constant inspiration and interaction!

The best part? It's all FREE! Sign up HERE.



If you know of anything else, feel free to add it in the comments!


Buy One Get One FREE


Their is a fun LIVE event happening on National Scrapbook Day here in Utah and we have a special ***discount for you.  We have limited spots available, so take advantage of this discount, Good until 5/3/2012. come hang out with Stacy and I and see the INSIDE of the Doodlebug offices.

We've created two LIVE Crop & Shop events later in the day (as a BONUS!)
Each three-hour event will feature 3 rotations, including a lecture-style class with Stacy, a hands-on, create your own 8x8 album with Wendy Smedley and Doodlebug designers and a final hour to enjoy a delicious box lunch, delightfully fun make & takes and a special National Scrapbook Day store chock full of Doodlebug products at special prices.

Details: After you register send your Big Picture Login name and the name of your friend to

***Offer good until midnight PST 5/3/2012, only one deal per customer***


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Spring Fling Giveaway: by Big Picture Classes

April is such a happy month!! Many thanks to Big Picture Classes for sharing these awesome giveaways. To make it easy to enter and even easier to track we are trying out a giveaway tracker, raffelcopter, It is super easy and allows you to enter more than once, no need to come back and leave multiple comments either.

Giveaway information below!

1. Design Challenges is a 4-week workshop with Elizabeth Dillow and Stacy Julian

Fitting scrapbooking into a busy schedule can be tricky; even more so if you’re feeling a little stale, bored, or generally uninspired! Scrapbooking is about the photos and the words that make up your memories, of course, but if you lose sight of the value of the process, our beloved hobby can feel a little like a chore—and scrapbooking should never feel like a chore. If your creative process is feeling a little anemic or you simply want the accountability of a challenge to reset your creative focus, you need Design Challenges!

2. Join Tracey Clark of Shutter Sisters in this self-paced class, Picture Color.

Through this 30-day photo centric celebration, Picture Color will encourage you to turn your lens toward the colors that delight you most. With daily email prompts delivered right to your inbox, you will be greeted and inspired by a myriad of colorful shades to awaken your senses and your inner-artist as your camera clicks color after vibrant color!

3. Have fun using your stash and making pages with Nic Howard and May Flaum in Double Take, a 4-week workshop.

Are you looking for a class to help you use your stash while embarking on a journey of creative fun? Do you want to put a dent in your pile of photos whilst learning through sketches and example layouts how to create visually effective layouts? Double page scrapbook layouts are a great way to create a more cohesive looking album, include more photos and stories in your layouts and still have plenty of room left over for creative fun! What could be better than getting a whole class packed with two-page layouts? We're doubling the fun with not just one, but two of our fabulous teachers, and they are teaming up for a BPC class like never before!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Last Chance to Get Best Spring Training Deal!

Check out this short video for details about how you can save $10 on Spring Training and get an eBook for $.98! (Just put Spring Training and any eBook costing $5.99 or more in your cart and use code FIVEDOLLARS at checkout.) Today is the last day to get the best deal, since the pre-registration price ends today!


Still thinking about it? You can use the code FIVEDOLLARS to get $5 off of any $45 purchase even after Spring Training goes up to its regular price. Code expires April 16.


Register at


And the winner from our secret birthday weekend sale is: commenter #6, AUBREED. Congrats!

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Secret Happy Birthday Sale!

So spring is here, flowers are in bloom, birds are chirping, and it's even my birthday too!  I love it when I get a good-weather birthday. (It does NOT always happen.) And while the anniversary of my birth is technically tomorrow, March 31, I've been known to spread out my birthday festivities for several days whenever possible.


I'm in such a good mood, in fact, that I'm offering a one-day sale to celebrate! You can get 31% off of your entire purchase* through March 31 at midnight MST only! We almost NEVER offer a sale this great, and this particular one is just for one day, and it's just for you Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and blog readers who bothered to hop online on a Friday or Saturday afternoon. We're not publicizing it anywhere else. So congrats if you managed to stumble upon the secret sale this weekend!


To save 31%, simply choose what you want* and then enter the code HAPPYBIRTHDAY at checkout. One coupon per person!


Here are a few things I might think about getting, if I were you, to make the most of the discount:


Don't Say Cheese
Don't Say Cheese! Spring and summer are the BEST times to get great photos of your loved ones, and this book will arm you with the tools, ideas, and games you need to get amazing expressions in your photos.

Price: $9.99
Only $6.89 with discount

Peek inside before you buy!

Take Twelve
Take Twelve Guided Inspiration Kit: The first quarter of 2012 is over, but you can still start a "take twelve" project now! The kit is full of ideas and adaptations to try.

Price: $20.12
$13.88 with discount

Peek inside before you buy!

Take Twelve Templates
Take Twelve Templates: Make your 2012 Take Twelve Project a breeze with these layered templates for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It just takes a few quick commands to replace the colored boxes in these templates with your own photos. Easy-to-follow instructions included.


Price: $12.12
Only $8.36 with discount

Peek inside before you buy!

List It! Holidays
List It! Holidays Edition: Easter's coming up! There are list-style journaling prompts inside to cover all major holidays throughout the year!


Price:  $9.99 
Only $6.89 with discount

Peek inside before you buy!

Stamping Secrets
Stamping Secrets: 7 stunning stamp sets used 21 different ways, by Ashley Newell, Lea Lawson, Nancy Burke, Nichol Magouirk, Robyn Werlich, Shari Carroll, and Shemaine Smith. Includes 28-page eBook and 4 videos!

Price: $10.99
$7.58 with discount

Peek inside before you buy!

From Paper to Digi
From Paper to Digi: Pretty paper pages—featuring every traditional technique under the sun—inspire Crystal Wilkerson's fabulous digital pages and accompanying digital templates.

Price:  $9.99  
Only $6.89 with discount

Peek inside before you buy!


And if you'll leave me a little old comment to tell me happy birthday, I'll draw ONE lucky winner who'll get a $31 gift certificate to use on absolutely anything! Yeah, I'm shameless that way.


* Excludes Spring Training and gift certificates!

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