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New eBook Coming Friday!

It's here, it's sincere, and it will be up for sale on Friday! :)

This new paper and digital idea book features the work of:
Crystal Wilkerson
Stacy Julian
Jen Jockish
Sarah Klemish
Wendy Sue Anderson
Jennifer Pebbles
Jamie Waters
Lisa Dickinson
Kristina Proffit
Caroline Ikeji
Karen Grunberg

BONUS: you'll get a free digital page template and sample paper pack from Crystal Wilkerson WITH your download of this exciting new 28-page eBook.

(And, the day a new eBook goes on sale, I always like to offer five of our Facebook fans--the first five who respond--our latest product at a super DEEP discount. So make sure you "Like" our Facebook Page so you have a chance to get this fabulous eBook AND the free downloads for just $2!)
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One Little Bird Giveaway Winner

A BIG thank you to everyone who left a comment to win $15 worth of One Little Bird digital products. I really loved reading all of the ways that digital scrapbooking has changed (or would change) the way you record your memories.

The lucky giveaway winner (via random draw) was Anna, with this comment...

You can shoot me an email through my website and I'll deliver your loot!

Thanks for playing, everyone. :)

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Our Apologies!

We're So Embarrassed!

We experienced temporary technical issues with our shopping cart today—shortly after we sent our Grand Finale email yesterday! (We clearly forgot to carry our lucky rabbit's foot* with us today.)

Rest assured that the site was still completely secure. We have multiple security layers in place, and an unforeseen error caused a security-certificate warning to pop up during checkout. The issue has now been 100% resolved.

If you were scared away by the error message (and we don't blame you), we've extended all sale prices and coupons through Friday at midnight! (Normally, we don't like to set one deadline and then change it at the last minute. We want you to be able to take us at our word. But this was a special circumstance!)

Here's what's going on:

  • All Digital Scrapbooking Month sale prices are good through 9/2.
  • You can still register for Boot Camp for $30 through 9/2. (Price goes up to $33 on 9/3.)
  • The coupon code 200CENTS actually doesn't expire until 9/9/11, and it can be used on Boot Camp, any of our sale-priced digital products, or anything on our site (excluding gift certificates). Note: Only one coupon per customer. Cannot be combined with any other coupon code or gift certificate.

And to make it up to you, we've also put our $10 gift certificate on sale for $8 through Friday, 9/2. Use it yourself or send it to a friend! Gift certificates never expire and can be used on anything, at any time.
NOTE: Our 200CENTS coupon code cannot be used to purchase gift certificates. Only one gift certificate can be redeemed per purchase, and gift certificates cannot be used in conjunction with coupon codes.

Thank you again for your continued support and for your understanding!

* We don't really have a lucky rabbit's foot, and we assure you that no animals were harmed (or even mildly inconvenienced) in the production of this email.

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Digital Scrapbooking Month Finale!

We're excited to wrap up our fun and exciting Digital Scrapbooking Month with a post by our newest author, Crystal Wilkerson! We asked Crystal (aka "creativitybycrystal") to round up some digital scrapbook pages, templates, freebies, and discounts to share with you, so you can get to know her just a little bit better. Her new eBook, From Paper to Digi: 12 digital designs inspired by pretty paper pages, will be released the first week of September, so stay tuned.

A Collection of Favorite Layouts

First of all, I created a quick collage of 15 of my favorite digital pages, to help you get a sense of my style. There's SO much more where these came from in my upcoming eBook!

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Hi! Crystal Wilkerson here, and I'm thrilled to introduce myself to you, and I'm even more thrilled for the upcoming release of my new eBook, where I've gathered 10 gorgeous paper layouts to share with you, then I created 12 digital pages inspired by those paper pages. (And, as a bonus, with your eBook download, you'll also get a free template and a freebie mini collection of my digital scrapbooking supplies!)

But you don't have to wait until next week to enjoy some fun FREEBIES. I have some for you RIGHT NOW!

Please enjoy this free Back-to-School template (layered PSD file) plus three quick pages (PNG files) you can use right now in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. And the PNG files can be opened in almost any photo-editing program, where you can drop in your own photo and type in a title or journaling! Simply click here to download all four files. Here's what the template and QuickPages look like, with pictures of my own dropped in:

Template Freebie

You can drop in the photo of your choice, add a title and text, and change any of the colors or backgrounds to include the patterns of your choice. Opens in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

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Back-to-School QuickPage #1

This digital QuickPage is full of fun stripes, with a bright pink apple accent and ticket tag on the bottom. Drop in your photo, type something into the tag, and you're done! (This features my Color Combo #3, which is available in LOTS of patterns on my website.)

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Back-to-School QuickPage #2

With softer colors and more feminine patterns, this one is perfect for the little girly girl in your life. (This features my Color Combo #1.)

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Back-to-School QuickPage #3

I love the primary colors on this version (red, yellow, and blue) which just says "school" to me, making it great for a boy or a girl. In this case, a boy. (Features my Color Combo #2.)

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I hope you enjoy these digital freebies, and that you'll soon come to love digital as much as I do!

And also, just for you, I've created a 30% off coupon you can use at my website,, through the end of September! (Tip: you can use this coupon even when my new kits are 50% off!)

It was so fun having the chance to guest blog with you today. And before I go, I want to leave you with just one more thing: a FREE drawing! Please leave a comment on this post, and we'll pick one winner who'll get a  $30 Gift Card to my shop, plus three more lucky readers will get a personal 30% off coupon that they can use for the rest of the year!

So please, comment away! We'll draw our winners on Tuesday, September 6th.

August is Digital Scrapbooking Month at Ella Publishing. Read more great articles about digital scrapbooking and check out the related eBooks on sale through the end of the month!

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Behind the Creation of a Digital Layout + Giveaway

I've had this photo of my younger boy in mind to use as an 8x12 photo on a layout, but I decided recently to use it on a digital page instead of paper. I think of digital scrapbooking in the same way I do paper scrapping:

1. I apply products in layers;
2. I have to stretch my techniques to achieve visually what I want using the supplies I have; and
3. I often get a great idea for a lower layer long after I've applied product above it.

Number 3 above is a good place where digital is clearly superior to paper: the undo button! Plus, I can click on different layers to add stuff or delete layers without having the pry already adhered paper off without damaging the page. Not that it happens that often. ;) winking

I created this paper like I would a paper page: I browsed my supplies, found some papers and elements I thought would work, and started creating a layered template for me to work with.
(Note: browsing supplies to me is where actual paper is superior to digi. Clicking on folder after folder trying to find the paper I want frustrates me so much it makes my teeth ache.)

I clustered elements, journaling spots, labels, and brushes in ways I would with paper. The journaling sport from List It! Childhood Digi Plus. It was bigger than I wanted, so I shrunk it on the page--again, a clear advantage of digi.

One cool thing:
I couldn't find a piece of orange paper the exact shade I wanted, but I found two close ones, so I layered them on top of on another and reduced the opacity of the top layer so you could see both. Something you just can't do with regular paper! Fun.

One final disadvantage:
it took me hours to make this page, mainly because of searching through and choosing supplies. I suspect creating a paper page would have taken less time, but certainly with less flexibilty in the creation process.

And one final confession:
though I use digi elements often in my photos, I do not create many digital pages. This one is my third ever. Will I do it again? Oh, yes! I plan on making a digital photo book of my own design (not the premade ones) for my father-in-law next. I look forward to the entire process (well, except for searching through supplies!).

Patterned Paper: Queen of Quirk/Paislee Press You Are Here (, One Little Bird Vagabond (
Brushes: Katie Pertiet Graphically Scrolled (, Cathy Zielske Dotted and Dashed Circles (
Border overlay: Creashens/Paislee Press Nostalgia (
Label: One Little Bird Vagabond (
Journaling spot: Ella Publishing List It! Childhood Digi Plus
Scattered flowers: One Little Bird Vagabond (
Font: Cocktail Shaker, My Own Topher

Giveaway is for a copy of List It! Childhood Digi Plus- leave a comment sharing your favorite digi designer
Giveaway closes in 48 hours, Sept 1 @ 11:00 am MST

Winner of May's Flaums giveaway is Funnybunny

Note from the Editor: We're thrilled to share with you this awesome, FREE, professional how-to video, where Renee Pearson shares tricks for using digital brushes (the digital equivalent of stamping) in Photoshop Elements 9.

Thanks for viewing my video! I hope you learned a little something new about working with Photoshop Elements 9. If you don't have this program, download a free trial here and try this yourself! (Note: Sunny Side Brush Set by Anna Aspnes. For free brush sets to try on for size, check out this brush article by Celeste Smith.)

I’d also like to give away a registration in my self-paced workshop for beginners to one commenter! Just leave your comment by Wednesday, August 31, and we'll pick one lucky winner.

Back to Basics: An Introduction to Photoshop Elements for Crafters

Here's the class description:
Six years ago, when Renee wrote the first Digital Designs for Scrapbooking, computers were not yet an essential tool for mainstream scrapbooking. As the popularity of digital scrapbooking has grown, so has the need for easy-to-follow instructions. That's why she developed this workshop.

Renee will lead you through the fun, fast and easy lessons designed specifically for the beginning digital scrapbooker or crafter. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements and the digital kits and templates provided, you'll be whipping out digital scrapbook pages in no time.

About Renee Pearson
Renee Pearson is a digital designer, illustrator and educator and the owner of An established authority in the digital crafting world, she’s the author of two digital design books and former Associate Editor of “Digital Scrapbooking” magazine.


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Get Digi with Microsoft Word + Giveaway

Hybrid Scrapbooking is something I have been doing since before it was even a “thing”! By using my computer for fonts I used to print out titles and cut out my own custom letters before the age of die cut machines and the plentiful options in alphabet stickers.
These days, I find myself using the computer for less titles and journaling, and more for amazing photo overlays and digital designs that enhance my crafting. Today I’m going to show you how even if you don’t have photoshop – you can totally have some fun and get some quick projects going that are hybrid.
First, just open up Microsoft Word and go to insert > picture. You can insert any image – whether it’s a photo or a digital element such as a .png file! SO COOL! They all get treated the same.

For this project I’m using one of Rhonna Farrer’s spring digital images. She has some beautiful images and digi art on her site. Here’s the link.  Back to this project - once your image is in, you want to change the orientation to “tight” as I have here below:

The default is ‘in line with text’ which will not let you do anything you want and will restrict your editing. By changing to “tight” This will let you move, size, and adjust the image freely. No rules! Wahoo!

Now just size, adjust, and play with your image until you’re satisfied. There are a lot of options in the “format” edit bar including cropping, some color adjustments, sizing, and more. If you want to add in more images or layer – go right ahead! Need to adjust where a layer is? Just right-click on the image and you can move what order it is in (top, bottom, etc).

For today, I’m just going to print mine right out onto a tan cardstock and turn it into a card.

Once I add some letter stickers (by Echo Park) and some ink around the edges I’m all set. I could add more elements if desired, but I love how quick and simple this card is. With so many possibilities – hybrid scrapbooking gives you the best of both paper and digital – I hope you can see why I love it so much.
How fun was that? I hope you had fun – if you’d like to see more of my projects and what I’m up to you can visit me at and

Happy Crafting!


I am teaming up with Nic Howard to teach a Double page layout class at Big Pciture Classes: Double Take.

Join Nic and May as they embark on four weeks of double fun! Each week you’ll receive four new sketches, eight example layouts, tips, techniques and step-by-step instructions. Working together to create double page layouts, while using your stash of scrapbooking products and making a dent in that pile of photos is the goal - all while having fun with two instructors that love to participate alongside the students on the message board and in the gallery.

Enter to win a spot for you and a friend by commenting here sharing your most common hybrid technique.

Enter a second time by connecting with one of the digi guest bloggers:

  • leave a comment on their blog
  • like them on facebook
  • follow on twitter
  • subscribe to newsletter

then come back here and leave a comment sharing what you did.
Giveaway closes in 48 hours August 26 at 10:00am MST.


Guest digi bloggers

Mary Jo Johnston twitter   blog
Lisa Jurrens blog
Barb Wong blog + Cathy Zielske blog facebook page
Shaui from Fei Fei's Stuff blog  facebook page   twitter
Francine Clouden twitter   blog  
Peppermint Granberg facebook page   newsletter   twitter





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Winner Announced

Thank you to everyone who have participated and thanks Ella for having me here! The winner of tge $15 GC to fei-fei's stuff is...

Congratulations antnaude!!! Please email me at feifeistuff(at)gmail(dot)com and I will send you your prize. Thanks again everyone!!!

PS... If you are still new to digital scrapping and hesitant to buy digital products, you can visit my blog and download my freebies and use it on your scrap pages or hybrid projects!

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The Pages That Almost Weren't

As a paper scrapbooker I often found that I had a lot of rules about my memory keeping. Rules that revolved around my available time, my available space or my available money (a big one!) I had no shortage of page ideas, but definite shortages in those other three areas.

As a digital scrapbooker I have a "digital worktable" that goes on for miles, supplies that are re-usable and neatly stored in folders on my hard drive, and digital tools that speed a up a few of the most time-consuming paper techniques.

As a result I have a lot of "pages that almost weren't" in my albums - pages that digital scrapbooking made possible. I'm excited to share a few examples of these pages with you today.

The So-Called "Frivilous" Topics

Would I have made a page detailing my husband's hate/hate relationship with our snow plow truck driver if I weren't a digital scrapbooker? It's highly unlikely, because every paper page I ever made had at least a photo on it. And I always tried to get the most bang for my buck by making sure to cover the big events in our lives. I feel less guilty tackling the everyday topics now as a digital scrapbooker.

Enemy by Peppermint Granberg

Materials: Snow Day by Kate Hadfield, Doodled Dates by Designs by Lili, Green Jelly and Mint Musk Midnight Papers by Kaye Winiecki, Fun Stripes Alpha by Designs by Lili.

Many paper scrapbookers still manage to make these kinds of pages, and I envy (and revere!) those paper scrapbookers because they obviously don't impose arbitrary rules on their craft like I do. For me, a page like this would have lived in my mind but never made it to the family album.

Pages With Time-Intensive Materials

It could be argued that being a digital scrapbooker tends to make you a bit impatient. Especially when it comes to techniques like cutting, painting and gluing. Cutting things digitally is risk-free because you can always CTRL+Z your way out of any mistakes you make, plus it's faster and won't leave you scrambling for the bandages after an Xacto knife incident.

Also, digital paint and glue require no time to dry, either - so you can splatter paint, "glue" down glitter or beads or ink the edges of your elements without having to walk away for a while to allow it to set. If you're like me you avoided a lot of these techniques as a paper scrapbooker because of time/space restraints, it feels a little indulgent to use them so freely and liberally on digital pages.

Page by Becky Derby. Materials: Neatnik Template Set 2 by Gina Miller, Prehistoric Adventure by Kaye Winiecki, Double Dribble Alpha by Heather Hess and Jacque Larsen, Stand Tall Alpha by CD Muckosky

Large-Scale Subject Matter

Another digital perk that can really come in handy is the ability to create a collection of somewhat "big" things on one digital page - like a selection of your child's recent artwork.

With the help of digital resizing it doesn't take much time at all to fit twenty-six recent works from a budding artist on your page. Printing, trimming and individually framing these photos for a paper page would have been a large undertaking, but for a digital scrapbooker it's a relatively small undertaking.

Page by Kelly Schmidt. Pictures + words Vol. 2 by Paislee Press, Frosted acrylic alpha by Sahlin Studio, Sketchbook by Three Paper peonies.

Insanely Realistic Page Elements

In the magical land of digital, items have no real-world bulk. Where else could you add boxes, paintbrushes, a baseball bat and a stuffed animal to a page and still have it fit in your standard album?

As digital scrapbookers a lot of us spend a substantial amount of time perfecting the art of making our digital pages look like paper pages - but it can be really fun to break free from that strategy and create a page filled with unconventional items.

Page by Claire Skeps. Materials: Noise and Trouble by Lily Designs, Teeny Tiny Beads Alpha by Camilla Designs.

Making a page like this using paper supplies could be very difficult. Would you really go out in search of a mini-sized baseball bat then break out the table saw to trim it for your page? Probably not, right?

But in digital a whole world of outside-the-box creativity awaits.



In celebration of Digital Scrapbooking Month here at Ella you can enter for your chance to win $15 worth of digital products from One Little Bird Designs. Simply leave a comment below answering the question:

How would/does digital scrapbooking change the way you record your memories

Your comment must be posted by Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 11:59pm (midnight) EST. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries received.

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Pretend Polaroids with Ella's Retro Digital Frames

Hi everyone! Today I am showing a quick example using the Retro Digital Frames from the Ella Store. The set includes five custom frames, but since I have a passion for Polaroids, I chose to use the Pretend Polaroid frame for my layout.

I followed the included instructions to create my three polaroid photos, then printed them out onto 4x6 photo paper.

I trimmed off the excess and then made my page with my three Pretend Polaroids.

I cut a piece of patterned paper the same size as the photos to form a grouping of four, and then continued with my embellishments, title and journaling.

Here are some other ideas for using the frames:
1. You can add text or digital embellishments before printing your photos out
2. You can make the photos smaller by resizing them before printing
3. You can use them directly on a digital page instead of printing them out like I did.
4. You can use a different frame for each of five photos for an eclectic grouping on a page.

I hope I've inspired you to give these frames a try. This month they are on sale for only $3! and click on the banner below to find out the digital month happenings here at Ella

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