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Ella's Birthday Bash! (Week 3)

The birthday bash continues!

Just leave a comment on this post describing your favorite kind of cupcake or birthday cake (or your most ingenious birthday-cake creation ever) by September 24, and you could win...

A Birthday in a Box! (Including the treats, party games, and decorations you see above, pictured in full on week 1 of our party.)

A $25 gift card to spend at Shutterfly.com on photo prints, photo books, or other amazing photo gifts!

A $25 coupon code to spend at Scrapbook.com on their mind-boggling assortment of scrapbooking supplies and goodies.

This complete paper collection (including journaling cards, brads, letter stickers, label stickers, and a mini paper pad) from Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker! This darling young company is one of Ella's blog sponsors, and we're grateful for their support—and for their fun product lines.

For Extra Entries

1) Tweet this message to your Twitter followers:
Loving @ellapublishing's Birthday Bash! Hope I win prizes from Shutterfly, Scrapbook.com & Nikki Sivils! How about you? http://ow.ly/2GRl7
2) Forward any recent Ella e-mail newsletter you've received to five crafty friends with a personal invitation to join our e-mail list. (There's a "forward email" link at the bottom of any Ella newsletter. Use that link!)
3) Buy yourself a fancy cupcake this week to celebrate. We promise that we will too!

Leave another comment below for each item above you completed by Friday, September 24. You can leave one comment for every five friends you email! This week's winner will be announced next Monday, and you'll have a brand new chance to win more awesome prizes! (Honor system for the extra entries please.)

Week Two's Winners!

Birthday in a Box: JennaRuth (comment #26)
Scrapbook.com prize: tprinsse (comment #58)
Shutterfly.com prize: keisha_hartt (comment #71)
SRM Press prize: ReneeB (comment #13)

All winners have been emailed about their prizes. Congrats, ladies!

On Sale This Week

Each week this month, a different Ella product will go on sale! (And if you receive Ella's newsletter, you got a one-time-use $1 coupon in your inbox during week one that you're also free to use.) This week, enjoy Text Tricks for Scrapbookers: Creative looks for titles and journaling by Margaret Scarbrough and Sara Winnick. Regularly $4.99, on sale for $3.99 this week only!


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Ella's Birthday Bash! (Week 2)

The birthday bash continues!

Just leave a comment on this post describing your happiest birthday EVER by Friday, September 17, and you could win...

A Birthday in a Box! (Including the treats, party games, and decorations you see above, pictured in full on week 1 of our party.)

A $25 gift card to spend at Shutterfly.com on photo prints, photo books, or other amazing photo gifts!

A $25 coupon code to spend at Scrapbook.com on their mind-boggling assortment of scrapbooking supplies and goodies.

A Baby's First Year calendar from SRM Press with a complete set of stickers to fill in the months and days. Don't have a baby? Not to worry, this calendar can be used for any purpose.

For Extra Entries

1) Tweet this message to your followers:
@ellapublishing's 1st birthday party continues! Win prizes from Shutterfly.com, Scrapbook.com, and more!  http://ow.ly/2DqNn #giveaway
2) Invite ten friends to "like" the Ella Publishing Facebook Page (either by commenting on your friends walls' directly or by clicking the "Suggest to Friends" link on our Facebook Page itself)

Leave another comment below for each item above you completed by Friday, September 17. You can leave one comment for every ten friends you invite! This week's winner will be announced next Monday, and you'll have a brand new chance to win more awesome prizes! (Honor system for the extra entries please.)

First Week's Winners!

Birthday in a Box: Andrea Macdonald (comment #145)
Scrapbook.com prize: RebeccaK (comment #213)
Shutterfly.com prize: ChristaP (comment #58)

All winners have been emailed about their prizes. Congrats, ladies!

On Sale This Week

Each week this month, a different Ella product will go on sale! (And if you receive Ella's newsletter, you got a one-time-use $1 coupon in your inbox during week one that you're also free to use.) This week, enjoy Design Workshop: Become a design genius in 10 easy steps by Lisa Dickinson. Regularly $5.99, on sale for $5.49 this week only!


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Leah Allen: Our FIRST 8 is Enough Winner!

In the July issue of Scrapbook Ellaments, we announced an amazing ongoing contest based on Eight is Enough: Easy ways to stretch supplies and use leftovers by April Foster and Studio Calico. If you don't have the eBook yet, first of all BUY IT HERE (on sale for $5.99 for one week only--regularly $6.99!) or check out Celeste Smith's article to see what this cool contest is all about.

Our winner from August is....

Leah Allen!

We were impressed with the gorgeous assortment of products she assembled and her gorgeous, minimalist execution. Some of the layouts are beautifully sparse, while others combine more patterns and techniques for an eclectic look. We are definitely fans of this talented scrapbooker!

Leah's Eight Products
3 sheets of double sided pp
1 October Afternoon sticker sheet
Basic Grey alphabet stickers
butterfly punch
modern garland border punch
spellbinders circles

Layout #1
added: white and brown cardstock, machine and hand stitching
Leah says: "I used 1 large sheet of pp backed by cardstock but I cut out the part of the paper behind the photo mat so I could use that on another LO. I cut out the little flowers from the paper and used pop dots to give some dimension and hand sewed little stems. The sun rays were thin scraps that I trimmed and sewed down."


Layout #2
added: white and turquoise cardstock, machine stitching and staples.
Leah says: "I cut circles of the patterned paper and then cut them in half. I mounted them on white cirlces to create the border. I used the half of the circle that I didn't use in the border under the tear in the cardstock."


Layout #3
added: white and yellow cardstock and hand stitching.
Leah says: "I used little strips of paper to create the mat for the photo. I cut flowers from the orange paper to use as accents. I used the negative large circle from my sticker sheet, filled it with cardstock, and then stitched around it to give an anchor for my stickers."

Layout #4
added: kraft and brown cardstock, machine and hand stitching.
Leah says: "I used little scraps of paper to cut different butterflies, layered them with brown cardstock and then sewed a little X on their bodies."

Leah has won Studio Calico's August kit and a $15 gift certificate to Ella Publishing Co. Below is the gorgeous current kit, up for grabs for September's winner! So warm up that paper trimmer and get scrapbooking...

Your Turn

It's your turn! We hereby challenge you to come up with your own list of eight items from your stash of supplies and to stretch your list into four great layouts. (Absolutely no shopping allowed.) Make sure you include a mix of papers, accents, tools, and alphabets—whether stamps, die-cuts, or stickers. You can only use the items on your list, but cardstock, fonts, and standard tools (such as trimmers, journaling pens, or a sewing machine) are freebies.

When you’re done, e-mail us pictures of all four of your layouts, plus a picture of your eight original supplies, and an explanation of how you stretched them, and we’ll pick one winner each month through March 2011!  E-mail questions and entries to submissions@ellapublishing.com, with “Eight is Enough” in the subject line.

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Look Who's Turning 1!

You're invited to a PAR-TAY!

On September 1, 2009 at 8:03 p.m. MST, ellapublishing.com made her official entrance into the world. This little bundle of joy began offering top-quality eBooks, a free monthly eZine, and tons (get it? TONS? She's an elephant?) of blogging and memory-keeping fun.

To celebrate, we're having a party here on The Daily Trumpet every single Monday in September. Stop by each week for your chance to win incredible prizes from Ella Publishing Co. and our birthday-party sponsors Shutterfly and Scrapbook.com. There are hundreds of dollars of great prizes up for grabs. Hope you can make it!

Is there anyone else out there who shares Ella's birthday? Speak up, birthday buddies!

** Psst! If you're on our mailing list, watch for a special email announcement to hit your inbox at exactly 8:03 p.m. MST tonight.

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Calling All Ella Friends!

Hello all you Ella Fans out there! Would you like to become an official part of the Ella Publishing Co. family? We're now accepting applications for our second Ella Friends team! Part design team, part social-media ground crew, our Ella Friends team is an instrumental part of helping Ella spread the good news of scrapbooking far and wide.

We can't thank our group of inaugural Ella Friends enough for all they've done to help us through our first year in business. (Linda, Noel, Moon, Jodie, Monica, Tami, Katie, Katrina, and Barb, you've been the best!) Are you scrapper enough to follow in their footsteps?

Green Elephants Garden Sculptures
(photo from Flickr Creative Commons, by epSos.de)

Answer our Ella Friend call! Here are the details...

What We're Looking For
Passionate scrapbookers who are active online, whether via blogs, online scrapbooking galleries, Facebook, Twitter, manufacturer design teams, and more.
Paper, hybrid, and digital scrapbookers. All creative types are welcome to apply!
Scrapbookers who offer a wide variety of styles, from simple to artsy
Scrapbookers from all over the world and from all walks of life
NOTE: Previous design-team experience not expected or required! We're looking to work with current influencers AND fresh new faces in the industry. This is not a popularity contest! And while we had nine Ella Friends last year, we are not limited to any specific number. We may choose eight, we may choose a dozen!

What You'll Do
Act as our marketing ground crew, helping us spread the Ella news via blogs, Facebook, Twitter, scrapbooking forums and galleries, and more!
Share ideas, insights, and anything else you'd like to share to help Ella grow and evolve.
Write articles, blog posts, and possibly even eBooks.
Support and participate in design challenges and product showcases on the Ella blog.
Offer feedback and guidance about Ella's upcoming editorial plans.

What You'll Get
Free advance copies of all new Ella eBooks.
Product packs from our sponsor manufacturers.
A profile on ellapublishing.com, with links back to your blog.
Opportunities to guest blog, write articles, and possibly even eBooks.
Opportunities to design pages and projects for articles, eBooks, blog posts, design challenges, and more.
Occasional "happy mail" from Angie and Wendy.

How to Enter
Send an email to submissions@ellapublishing.com with "Ella Friend Call" in the subject line by Monday, September 13, 2010. In that email, attach pictures of four layouts or projects that you feel illustrate your scrapbooking or paper-crafting style. And in the body of the email, please answer the following nine questions:

1. Why do you want to be an Ella Friend?
2. Why do you scrapbook and/or what are your scrapbooking goals?
3. What are your top three sources of scrapbooking inspiration? (Apart from Ella, of course!)
4. Where and how are you active online?
5. How many people are you able to reach with your online efforts? (Share number of Facebook or Twitter followers and/or blog traffic numbers.)
6. What design teams are you on now or in the past?
7. How would you describe your scrapbooking style or philosophy?
8. Please tell us where you live and with whom. (In other words, describe your family!) 
9. Give Ella one sincere compliment (insincere compliments are also welcome):

The new team will be announced on or around September 27, 2010.

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Girly Girl Giveaway

As you may have noticed from the sudden infusion of PINK into our website, Ella's Essential Guide to Scrapbooking Girls is on sale now! (Don't worry, boy mamas, Ella's Essential Guide to Scrapbooking Boys goes on sale in September!)

To celebrate, we've decided to give some fun stuff away!

Leave us a comment telling us what kind of girl YOU are (girly girl, diva, tomboy, career woman, athlete, craft goddess, mama's girl, daddy's girl, fashionista, mama bear, etc.) and four random winners will win one of these amazing prizes:

A copy of Ella's Essential Guide to Scrapbooking Girls:

The "Perfectly Posh" collection from Imaginisce:

The "Flirty" collection from Bella Blvd:

The "Snugglebug" paper line from Little Yellow Bicycle:

You go, girls! (And by that I mean, comment.) I hope you win!

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Ella Every Day

Every now and then, we like to take a moment to recap all the AMAZING and fun ways to keep up with Ella every day. (Keep reading for a chance to win Ella's complete library of eBooks and/or to get a $3 coupon!)

Here we are, Wendy and Angie, in a photo Designer Travis took for our newest eBook, Time to Scrapbook! 9 busy women share 27 tips for fitting it in, just $4.99. Do you have your copy yet?

Here's How to Keep Up With Ella:
(Elephants are notoriously slow. It's really not that hard.)

1. Sign up for our Free Newsletter. We're not pests, really. And you'll get to find out about all the new eBook releases (and the free eZine) right in your inbox. So convenient!

2. Join our Facebook Page. Just click on over and "Like" us and you'll get to hear in-the-moment news, deals, exclusive offers, and funny stuff. We like funny.

3. Follow us on Twitter. Yes, we have been known to tweet every now and then. (Everybody does it!)

4. Read our Blog. Okay, you're already doing that one. Check.

5. Check out our Free eZine. It's free. And it's an eZine. And it's full of fabulous ideas.

6. Shop for eBooks. So lovely, so affordable, so educational. And one of them is FREE.

Why these reminders, you ask? Because we've got a group of visitors joining us today from the U-CreateCrafts blog and Write.Click.Scrapbook. Welcome friends!

Regular readers, if you click over to the U-CreateCrafts blog and/or Write.Click.Scrapbook. and read the Ella spotlight posts, you'll discover the clue to a secret coupon code that's embedded somewhere in THIS post. Go there, read clue, come back here, find coupon code. It's that easy! And that coupon code will get you $3 off any eBook purchase (expires 8/27/2010). Who doesn't love a good scavenger hunt?!? (Also, we're giving away 10 eBooks on Write.Click.Scrapbook. today, and we're giving away our entire library of eBooks on the U-CreateCrafts blog! That's a total value of $77.87. So head on over to both blogs and comment.)

Well, that does it for us. Keep an eye out next week for our upcoming eBook release, Ella's Essential Guide to Scrapbooking Girls. If you're signed up for the newsletter, you'll find out FIRST.

Hugs and kisses!

~Angie and Wendy

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100 Winners!

Read below for a complete list of the 100 winners announced last week in the Most Influential Scrapbooker Awards Blog Tour! Each individual blogger announced her list of 10 winners on her blog, but we also compiled the full list for you to see here!

If you see your name below, and you haven't already contacted the owner of the blog or been contacted yourself, please send an email to rachel@ellapublishing.com with as much information as you can include for Rachel to verify that you're a winner. (Include your name, email, physical address, the text of the comment you left, and the name of the blog you were a winner from.) She'll know what to do!

If you are a winner, we at Ella are randomly assigning prizes to winners and emailing or mailing you your prize. Each blogger gave away one prize from herself and one each from everyone else, so if your name is on the noellhyman.com winner list (for example), you may have won something from any one of the 10 blog tour participants!

As you can see, each blogger picked winners in her own way, asking for different criteria for entering. Here are the winners!

winners from ellapublishing.com/blog

I asked people to guess what else MISA could stand for...
#48: My inner sanity art (aka- the reason I scrapbook!) Posted by: jdaloisio
#58: Mostly I'm Simply Adorable (hee hee) Posted by: dazey1050
I have to second Make It Sane Again. I am so happy to be back scrapping and a few of your ladies
on your list are the reason I'm here. :) Posted by: p7eggyc
My Incredible Scrapbook Albums Posted by: gilroygirl
: My Imagination Sizzles Away! Posted by: LinaH
Mid-Illinois Sunshine Addict Posted by: platoj
Make it Simply Artistic Posted by: mjmarmo
: Most Insane Shopper Posted by: Deneen03
Mission: Inspirational Scrapbooking Awareness Posted by: luckysmom
: MISA...Mission InspireMe Seriously Accomplished Posted by: kimosabescraps

winners from cathyzielske.typepad.com
Click here to see the comments associated with each person, to verify if it was really you.
#14: Jo Sowerby
#321: Olivia
#326: Liz Nelson
#456: Ashley
#640: Sarah MacKenzie
#897: Saskia K
#1150: Lillian Child
#1570: Abby P
#1599: Marty
#1800: Ceci O Hurtado


winners from spraguelab.squarespace.com

winners from maggieholmes.typepad.com
*Angie Kyle said...Congratulations on the recognition! Thanks for the chance to win! I would love to win your class
or the gift certificate from Ella. ReplyJuly 21, 2010 at 04:26 AM
*Tess said...Happy to discover your blog on the blog tour. Had a quick look around and have bookmarked to return when life slows down a little. Really want to work on improving my photographic skills (pretty much non existant at the moment) ReplyJuly 21, 2010 at 05:53 AM
*Erin said...Congratulations on the nomination Maggie! You definitely deserve it and you most definitely inspire me! I am in your beginner / intermediate class starting the end of August and am so excited about it. Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes...I would love any of them. ReplyJuly 21, 2010 at 06:29 AM
*Karen said...Congratulations on making the list! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. ReplyJuly 21, 2010 at 07:00 AM
*Lillian Child said...Congratulations, Maggie! You are so deserving of this nomination! ReplyJuly 21, 2010 at 07:39 AM
*kimberly said...congratulations, I know I am always inspired by your fun style when I see your projects in CK! ReplyJuly 21, 2010 at 08:53 AM
*krafting kelly said...Congratulations, Maggie! I've seen your work for a while through Creating Keepsakes and always enjoy seeing your creations. I'm bookmarking your blog now. :) Thanks for the chance to win! ReplyJuly 21, 2010 at 03:23 PM
*Julia said...Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition :) ReplyJuly 21, 2010 at 04:25 PM
*Mary Mitchell said...I can't think of a better list of influential scrapbookers. I wouldn't be where I am today in my scrapbooking if you hadn't been willing to share share your creative passon with the world. I would be excited to win any of the prizes being given away. Congratulations on an honor well deserved. ReplyJuly 21, 2010 at 07:42 PM
*Trish said...Congratulations on your award!! I'm a newbie here but I am totally inspired by your photos - I'm off to delve deeper. Thanks for the chance to win - would love absolutely anything on the list. ReplyJuly 22, 2010 at 02:33 PM


winners from margieromney-aslett.typepad.com
* :) Posted by: Jan | July 22, 2010 at 10:37 AM
* Congrats on the award!Love the sneaks...Toil & Trouble looks like fun. Posted by: Melissa | July 22, 2010 at 11:12 AM
* Congrats ~ you're FABULOUS!!! Can't wait to see pics from your booth at CHA ;) Posted by: Lisa | July 22, 2010 at 12:28 PM
* Congratulations! And thanks for participating in such an amazing giveaway! Posted by: Michelle H | July 22, 2010 at 01:40 PM
* Congrats on the nomination! I love your paper lines- can't wait to see the new stuff :) Posted by: Jen | July 22, 2010 at 05:47 PM
* You very much deserve the honor. You are amazingly creative. Posted by: Maria Moore | July 22, 2010 at 07:22 PM
* Congratulations Margie!! You truly are an influential scrapper - a GOOD influence indeedy:) <3 that you scrap with your girl. * How sweet! Posted by: Kris | July 22, 2010 at 07:26 PM
* Thanks for the chance to win. I've learned so much from all of you!! Congrats.Posted by: Dianne | July 22, 2010 at 07:45 PM
* Congrats on your award. I really love what you are doing with The Girl's Paperie everything is so beautiful and you certainly deserve the honor. I can't wait to see what you have to come for all of us! Posted by: Katie | July 22, 2010 at 07:57 PM
* I have always admired your work, congratulations!! Posted by: Marisa | July 22, 2010 at 09:00 PM

winners from noellhyman.com
Heather Crawley
Sylvie Hoobanoff
Britta Nunley
Nitasha Griffin-Johunkin
Elizabeth Gillum
Jennifer Alfonso
Kate Blue
Pat Hines
Nancy Barnes
Liz Freeze


winners from reneepearson.com
48 Hannah: I would most like to learn how to make (rather than use) the basics in PSE ~ rounded corners
on clipping masks, create shaped clipping masks, alter colors on patterns, etc
84 Sue Williams: Well deserved mention on this list Renee! I'd like to learn more about 'text paths'
152 Llsmithx4: I want to learn how and when to use drop shadows. Congrats on the well-deserved win!
173 Kmsjohnson: Congratulations! I have just started dipping my toes into digital, so there are so many skills I am interested. Learning how to work with digital brushes and frames are two that come to mind immediately.
237 Susan: Well, I would love to break out of the templates, ya know?
208 Barbara: I'd love to learn how to create my own digital templates! That and creating and using brushes. And a ton more I'm sure....
332 just kim: I believe a really basic beginning 101 masking class would be best for me. I have all the goodies but none of the skills
338 Jillld: I would like to learn the basics because I am still a beginner. I just want to make one layout that I really like without throwing up my hands in frustration.
428 Sue: what digital skill would you most like to learn? hmm.. that's a hard one, there are so many...maybe how to make the background more blurred and sharpening the object that i want in focus?
542 Jamiesolorio: Congrats to you, I have just recently your site....and I have to say I am in LOVE! I would like to learn how to use photoshop actions in Elements. I am pretty sure it can be done, but not too sure how to do it!


winners from shimelle.com
Dee Cummins Says: 24 July 2010, 04:59
One of my favorite pages is for the birth of my granddaughter. The biggest picture is of her and her mom seeing each other for the first time. Smaller pictures are of my son holding her up for us to see and of her getting weighed and measured in the nursery. The last picture is her asleep in that little striped hospital cap. What a lovely day to capture! Also, I finally get to use pink flowers after having three sons!!! Congrats Shimelle! I love your classes.
Stef Says: 23 July 2010, 17:36
Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination – what an honor! One of my favorite layouts is an older one I did of my first daughter with her first pigtails – she was younger then than my third daughter is now, but I remember thinking how big she was. And she’s laying on my dog that has since passed away, so it brings an extra smile to my face to look at it.
Manda Says: 24 July 2010, 00:41
Congrats to you!! A page I recently scrapped included my whole family, husband and two kiddos…summer time fun!
Kimber-Leigh Says: 23 July 2010, 14:53
i recently finished a page that has a very special picture on it…sometimes i am so hesitant to scrap those pictures since i want the layout to be just as perfect and special. i was very pleased with how this one turned out :) thanks for the chance to win…and congrats for the well-deserved honor!
Karen S Says: 23 July 2010, 15:36
Congrats! Recently I made a page with no photos. It is titled “No, Thank you!” and has a place for all of us in this family to write down the things in life we’d rather do without. I decorated with a cute grasshopper because my husband is not a fan of them. At all. :)
Dora Says: 23 July 2010, 22:18
Hiya! Looking forward to LSNED in September – my very first online class ever! The last layout I made, on Tuesday, was of my kids at the state fair last year. There were some shots of my son, then 14 months old, climbing the animal pens to try to get closer that we thought were pretty funny! Since the fair comes up again in a few weeks, I thought it would get me in the mood. HERE are the photos– I don’t have my camera here to photograph the pages I made. My husband was recently sent to the US Gulf Coast with the Coast Guard to work on the oil spill clean up, so we (my 3 babies and I) moved in with Mom until he returns. I don’t have my regular set up here, so I am just trying to make do! Congrats on your prize – you have a unique voice and style. Keep up the good work! Dora :)
Antoinette Says: 23 July 2010, 20:12
Hey there, I am a student in your current “LYP” class and absolutely adore it :-) Congrats and wishing you many more successful years influencing us! The most recent page I made was with journaling spots for my husband to list his Top 5 fav songs he’s been listening to this year :-) What a fun way to get him involved don’t you think?
carol in seattle :) Says: 23 July 2010, 18:10
So nice to “meet” you Shimelle. I’ve been hearing about you for a long time, but never really explored your site. I can’t wait to find out more about you! One of my favorite pages is this It’s one of the first pages I did when I started scrapping. And I still love it!
Kristin O. Says: 23 July 2010, 17:06
Yahoo for you!! My favorite page is one I did recently but the photo is years old. It is a photo of my two big boys as very little boys reading a Spiderman book together. Just thinking about those boys and that book makes me feel all mushy inside!!
Bonnie Says: 24 July 2010, 01:17
Congratulations !!! So well deserved Shimelle. I have loved taking your classes, they make us think, and that’s a good thing !!! My favourite page right now is that where I made a comparsion of my daughter and her Great-Grandma.


winners from jennibowlin.blogspot.com
Instructions for Jenni Bowlin's winners are here.
Stephanie (the one with the cute baby girl named Zalia)
Inspired (Cheryl)


winners from stacyjulian.com/blog
Kristi B says: July 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I would win the award for oldest person to enjoy coloring. I have always loved to color. My kids (ages 10 & 4) color almost every night before bed. I love coloring books, school supplies & new markers. It isn’t a perfect picture though. Sometimes we color out of the lines – it is just the time to sit & be at peace & fill the blank space while hanging out with my kids.
Bernice J says: July 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I would like to get an award for “Best Worker in the Background” award. I am one of those detail people that are in the background making things happen, and making the head honcho look good. I don’t want to get kudos for what I do, I know God sees what I do and why I do it.
Amanda M. says: July 23, 2010 at 7:19 am

I would love to be influential for being a good wife, friend, and family member. Truly. I don’t want professional awards. I want personal ones. Little tiny ones that are given because they meant something to my family. “Best chocolate chip cookie maker”, Amanda. “Best card giver” Amanda. Thanks for the chance to win.
Karilyn A. says: July 23, 2010 at 7:28 am

I would like to win an award for using the gifts that God has given me to the best of my abilities. I think all to often in life we try to be someone or something we are not. We need to just keep trying to do our best, in our own little lives, and just know that by doing that, that we are making a difference.
sharolyn says: July 23, 2010 at 10:12 am

Congratulations on your award! I’m so glad I found your blog. If I was to win an award I would want it to be for being the best version of myself. For truely being the person that God created me to be…something I struggle with everyday…wish me luck!
CJ says: July 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

Well, as someone who has taken several classes at BPS and currently taking Claudine’s class…yahoooo to you that you have received this award because what you have created in the scrapping world has been amazingly awesome! So, congrats to you!!! As for what I would want an award for…it would be for consistently offering creative opportunities for expression and healing to the clients I work with as an Expressive Arts Therapist and Addiction Specialist. I work with women who are pregnant and/or mothers who are suffering with addiction issues, as well as coming from some of the most heart breaking backgrounds one can imagine exists in our sometimes twisted society. Yup, that’s what my influence is on a daily basis…helping them find their voices and recovery through the rediscovery of their creative souls.
JoLynn says: July 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I would like to win an award for being the kind of teacher who never, ever, gives up on students. That and for sticking with my man as long as I have. (heh heh)
Maryellen says: July 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I’d like to be remembered for a life of integrity. For me, that means being true to myself, my beliefs/values and and in my relationships with others. I strive for that and if I can reach and maintain that lofty goal I have to believe that at least some of it can fub off on the people I come into contact with and most of all my children.
Kelly says: July 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I think if I were to receive a reward I would want it to be for being a good woman. For most of my life, I have had thoughts about being great, being known, etc. When my grandma passed away at the beginning of the year, my desire changed. Her life changed my life. She never won any award, no one really knew her outside of her community..but when I saw the amount of
people her life touched by her kindness and acts of goodness, I wanted to be like her.
Wendy says: July 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm

If I were to receive an award, it would have to be for being a great stay at home mom. It’s a much harder job than I ever imagined, and I would love to know that all of my hard work has been noticed! Thanks for the chance to win!


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Spotlight on Shimelle & Stacy

Today we wrap our fun and eventful Most Influential Scrapbooker Awards BLOG TOUR! (Sniff.) Thanks for joining us this week, everyone! We've had a fabulous time. Today, you have 20 chances left to win one of the 100 prizes that were up for grabs this week, but only if you hop on over to Shimelle's and Stacy's blogs today! (Read more about the awards and the nominees by clicking here.)

Spotlight on... Shimelle Laine
The adorable Shimelle lives and breathes creativity. She teaches and blogs at her website shimelle.com, one of the first online education websites for scrapbookers, and she picked up a new gig this year, serving as an editor for the brand new ScrapBook Inspirations Ideas Book series! She's also a design-team member for JBS Mercantile, Banana Frog, and twopeasinabucket.com (where she's a "Garden Girl"). And if that weren't enough, she also creates digital-scrapbooking products and teaches in-person scrapbooking classes in England, Germany, and elsewhere.

But don't take it from us, take it from those who know Shimelle best:

"I admire Shimelle's unique ability to see the good in everyone; her truly good nature and patience makes her the perfect scrapping teacher, who always has time for her students. I have learned from Shimelle and her class philosophies to appreciate the little things, to remember daily events that make me smile, to view days differently, and to see what I can learn from events that normally I would pass off as insignificant. Her classes are always varied, motivating and above all useful! You always end up with a project that you go back to time and time again."
~SJ Dowsett from Bexhill, England

"Shimelle is a fabu scrapbooker, a wonderful teacher, a completely creative genius, a generous friend, a copious cupcake cook, and an all around great gal! I love how easily she mixes papers and embellishments from all sorts of different lines and companies, making it look fabulous. One of the first times I saw a "banner" on a page was from Shimelle. She influenced that craze in my pages. And of course the journaling...she is all about the story. She challenged me to really think about what story I wanted to tell my family through my layouts. In a nutshell, she brings sunshine and cupcakes to everyone around her, and what's not to love about a girl like that!?"
~Joy Madison from Seattle, Washington

"Shimelle helped me to realise that scrapbooking isn't just for people with children, and that us young, child-free girls have plently that is worthy of documenting.  She inspired me to scrap about the everyday and document my life now, the highs, the lows and the fun journey that we are all on. I admire her ability to journal.  She has such a skill at recording events, encapuslating memories in words and creating pages that are not only a joy to look at but also tell wonderful stories that may have otherwise been forgotten."
~Laura Buckingham from London, England

Spotlight on... Stacy Julian
Stacy is unbelievably generous with her time, talents, and advice. She reaches out to partner with other companies (small or large, new or established), and does everything in her power to sustain and to grow the scrapbooking industry. You can find her running Big Picture Scrapbooking, a robust online scrapbooking-education website; blogging and podcasting at stacyjulian.com; teaching in-person classes around the world; partnering with with Core’dinations to create an upcoming line of “happy colors” embossed cardstock; creating “Finish-Line Scrapbooking Kits” to enable faster, freer scrapbooking for her followers; and authoring three eBooks for Ella Publishing Co., including 20 Simple Secrets of Happy Scrapbookers, UR2 Cre8ive, and Make a Smiles Mini-Book. It makes us tired just thinking about it!

Here's what a few top fans have to say about Stacy:

"Stacy completely changed the way I approach scrapbooking. I used to look at scrapbook magazines and think I would never have the time, money, or creativity to scrapbook—it was totally overwhelming. I love the way she encourages you to break it down into small bits, and focus on the most important things, that some is truly better than none. It helped me to change my perspective from thinking scrapbooking was a totally insurmountable goal, and helping me to set my priorities so that fit scrapbooking into my life. She helped me to see that it didn't have to be all or nothing, that little bits will say a lot in years to come. I also love that she is constantly learning, and sharing. The way that she shares this makes me feel like I don't have to have all of the answers, I need to just start and figure it out from there."
~Maureen Sargent from Dedham, Massachusetts

"I have two lessons that to me are equally important that I've learned from Stacy. One is that you must embrace and work with your scrapbooking process on a regular basis. This was after the lightbulb went on that I needed a process such as Library of Memories. It makes life so much easier. The second is that I am free to be me. Scrapbook styles, trends, embellishments change. Do not get intimidated by artistic scrapbookers; that's their style. Your style is constantly evolving. It's sharing your story that matters. Stacy inspires me almost weekly, not just with scrapbooking, but in how to approach life. Now I see and capture the moments, not just the events. The everyday and little things matter as much as the big things. Now I am the family story teller and not 'just' a scrapbooker anymore."
~Heather Wartenburg from Kyle, Texas


But don't let the inspiration end here!
Get more of these nine ladies' incredible perspectives in their eBook, Time to Scrapbook: 9 busy women share 27 tricks for fitting it in, only $4.99.

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Spotlight on Renee & Margie

The Most Influential Scrapbooker Awards BLOG TOUR is still going strong! And you have plenty of chances left to win the 100 prizes that are up for grabs this week. Hop on over to Renee's and Margie's blogs today! (Read more about the awards and the nominees by clicking here!)

Spotlight on... Renee Pearson
A successful author and digital-scrapbooking pioneer for years, Renee now makes her home at her online digital-training website, reneepearson.com. She teaches digital-scrapbooking and photo-editing classes through her site and brings in talented guest instructors as well. She reaches out to work with other industry fixtures, such as scrapblog.com and the Pen Scrappers team at wacom.com. Recent innovations include launching ReneeTV interactive video and online chat sessions (no small feat, technically speaking!) and authoring an instructional eBook, Special Effects for Digital Photos, for Ella Publishing Co.

But don't take it from us, take it from Renee's fans:

"I first discovered Renee with her books. They were so well written that when her first class was offered on bigpicturescrapbooking.com about designing with Photoshop Elements, I took it. I was impressed by Renee's ability to teach as well as her deep knowledge, and so I took her following class on Brushes. With these classes Renee taught me to relax and enjoy the many wonderful things that I could do by scrapping digitally. I admire Renee, for her spirit, talent, and teaching ability, and even more than those for her lively character, readiness to share and her warmth."
~Ami Pilon from Bellevue, Washington

"I started to search online about Photoshop classes and digital scrapbooking, and I found ReneePearson.com. I tried a class to see how her style was. Renee helped me get more inspired and ready to try more artsy and advanced techniques with my digital scrapbooking. Her collage class got me very inspired and full of ideas. She goes straight to the point and really teaches what we want to know, and she breaks up all the steps that you need to learn. She is really a very gifted teacher, and she selects great teachers for her website, too."
~Jana Oliveira, Monmouth Junction, NJ

Spotlight on... Margie Romney-Aslett
Just call her the unsinkable Margie Romney! A key player at Making Memories for many years, Margie was downsized in early 2009. But that did nothing to quell this creative force! She jumped right into the creation of The Girls’ Loft, the monthly kit club she runs with her two daughters, and The Girls’ Paperie product lines followed soon after. She also teamed up with Elizabeth Kartchner and Rhonna Farrer to run the Spark event, now in its second year. On top of all that, Margie travels the world several times a month to teach in-person classes, she authored a holiday-projects eBook with her daughters, and she keeps a popular blog at margieromney-aslett.typepad.com

Here's what a couple of her favorite associates have to say:

"Margie has inspired me most of all through her amazing products! She has created some of my most favorite scrapbook papers and supplies—many before I even knew her. She truly knows how to make vintage useful and accessible in my modern world. She brings her own unique style to everything she does, and she does so with a smile. I love that she embraces her uniquely feminine brand of creativity and runs with it. And that she’s the first one to glitter, glam, and shabby-chic enhance a project and make something ordinary into something special. From her kit club to Spark to her line of products—I know that whatever she’s doing she is doing it with her whole heart."
~May Flaum from Sacramento, California

"I first met Margie at a CKU (Creating Keepsakes University) 6 or 7 years ago, when I was a student and she was an instructor. Over the last few years, Margie and I have had the opportunity to hang out and get to know each other,  and I can honestly say that I'm proud to call this wonderful, outstanding woman my friend. She's been in the industry for what seems like FOREVER; her design sense and knack for identifying trends and turning them into products is second to none. Since Margie and I (along with many of you other scrapbookers out there!) share the same passion for vintage and flea market finds, it's been so fun to watch her take that passion for things old and funky and transition those ideas into scrapbooking products. But one thing I especially admire is her belief that it's never too late in life to start over."
~Layle Koncar from Sandy, Utah

Did You Know?

Both of today's spotlighted scrapbookers took a chance on a brand new publishing company (Ella Publishing Co.) and authored wonderful eBooks that were released in our first few months. Check them out!

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