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Be Inspired By Your Outfit

Hi, I am Alison Lindhardt. I’m a graphic designer, office manager, and also in charge of buying all the fun goodies found at the ADORNit Boutique. I also have my own design business creating custom wedding invitations. I’m so excited to be a guest blogger here at Ella and show you how to draw inspiration from an outfit and incorporate similar elements into a scrapbook layout.

Part of my job is buying and displaying the clothing and accessories sold in our store. I was inspired by the outfit in this photo.

It is an adorable girly outfit. I love the sweater trimmed with a gathered edge along the collar and layered over a cream lacy tank that is tiered with lace ruffles. And of course, no outfit is complete until you bling it up with jewelry.

What I love about this challenge is you can apply it to any outfit that inspires you – from either your own closet or from your favorite apparel store. The outfit I used is from the ADORNit Boutique. For your scrapbook page, be sure to find an outfit that is layered (this is a perfect example, because the lace tank top was layered over a plain white tee, a sweater, and then topped off with a chunky necklace). All the more to take inspiration from!

The papers in my layout are from the new ADORNit Daisy Dew Paper Collection. I drew inspiration for my lace embellishment from the beautiful cream lace on the top. I took a piece of vintage lace and ran a gathering stitch to gather it and tacked the lace down with glue dots.

I then "layered" my layout with layers of patterned paper. Now keep in mind the importance of using harmonious colors and keeping things tone on tone. When layering you don't want to use too many colors because it can “tackify” any outfit or in this case layout :D. Use your creativity by picking elements with texture and depth.

To top off your layout, be sure to add strategically-placed bling. I put jewels in the center of the daises and then finished it with a blingy flourish – just like my outfit!

Be sure to stay in touch with me at or at the ADORNit Facebook page. You can also see more of my designs at my little company blog at and the Wistful Moments Facebook page

I hope you will look at your closet a little differently now and find inspiration in all the goodies you have. I can’t wait to see how you incorporate them into your next layout, card, or craft project.



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{made} simply

Greetings!  Jan Tatomir here and happy to be guesting at Ella for Card Month!  Haven't we received some fantastic tips on card making?   Scrapbook manufacturers sure have made it easy on us card makers, haven't they?  I love the new 6x6 paper pads that a lot of the scrapbook manufacturers are coming out with.  The scaled down prints work so much better on cards, dont' they?  Matching embellishments and easy to use sentiments make making a card quick and easy.  

Here, I've let the fun sticker sentiment from SRM determine what I did for the rest of this simple card. I added a little fake snow for a frosty mustache embellishment.  

For my Halloween card I used 2 pattern papers from a 6x6 paper pad from My Mind's Eye Mischievious line.   I added one large felt tree embellishment with a pop of color from the stars.  The eyes added a bit of fun to the tree.  The sticker sentiment was cut in half in order to work on my card.

One of my favorite techniques for making a simple eye catching design is blocking.   Using pattern paper from a paper pad makes it easy to do.  Add a matching embellishment and you have a simply stunning card made in minutes.

Simple can be elegant.  Simple can be fun.  Easy to use products make card making simple and enjoyable.  Please visit my blog,  Simply Made,  for a chance to win som SRM Sticker Sentiments!  Happy Card Making!

Cards from Kits... Making it Simple

Happy Card Making Month Ella Friends! I'm happy to be guest blogging over here at Ella. I'm hoping to meet many new online friends, so I hope you'll hop over to all my links below and learn more about me and what I do.

There is no denying that I love to craft, so much so that I was ending up with lots and lots of crafty things. Many were piling up with no other purpose than being "cute." My craft room was busting at the seams and I was in need of a solution. That's when I fell in love with card making!

Card making is perfect for me and my style of crafting. They are quick to make and give you that "I finished something" feeling. Handmade cards give your friends and loved ones that "I feel extra special" feeling. And making cards brought a sence of practicality to my crafting. I use them up quickly, they make great gifts and everyone needs a cards, so I can keep on making them and they never pile up!

I've been teaching card classes for 10 years and a few years ago I launched my own onlin card kit business. Today I wanted to share with you just how easy it is to make cards from kits! Kits are a great jumping off point, all the colors and embellishments are already coordinated and with my kits all the parts and pieces are already cut to size. All you have to do is put the parts together and add a little glitter or ink if you desire.

Here's an idea of what you can expect your kit to look like. There are two different kits pictured here.

Here are the cards I made from one kit.

And here are 2 of the 6 cards I made from the other kit.

It was simple and I can put together a kit in less time than it takes me to drive to Hallmark and pick out a card. Not to mention it's less expensive and I didn't have to beg my children to behave in the store. I hope this month you find ideas to get you inspired to make some cards. Hope you'll stop by and check out my shop and let me help you get inspired and make it easier than you ever imagined to make cards. I'd love to give away a kit today!

Just leave a comment here on Ella's blog and for another entry leave a comment on my blog and we'll pick a winner!

Giveaway closes in 48 hours October 13th at 9:00 pm

Giveaway closed!

Winner is Jillt

To sweeten the deal the two kits above are specially priced in my shop this week.

Regularly $20.00 this week $12.95 Come by and say hi,




I hope you have a beautiful day, enjoy the cards!

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Card Making Idea: Embossed Die-Cuts

It's card-making season! I'm happy to be guest-blogging for Ella Publishing Co.'s card making month!

Fall is here, and I wanted to share with you fun fall card—and a technique that makes me feel somewhat better about the 100+ embossing folders that I own. Simply take any shape of die (i.e., flower, leaf, heart, star) and add great dimension by embossing the shapes with a variety of folders or texture plates. 

Now take that idea plus the newest cardstock to come from Core'dinations, Kraft Core, and you have a fabulous combination for all your autumn projects! Just be sure to lightly sand any embossed patterns in order to bring out the kraft paper core at the middle of your Kraft Core projects.

Here is a business-letter-sized card (9 x 4), which I made using my Tim Holtz/Sizzix leaf die and a few of my embossing folders (Cuttlebug, Quickutz, Sizzix, Stampin' Up!, etc.)—a different texture for each leaf. 

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock and Sand-It Gadget tool, Sizzix/Tim Holtz leaf die, Cuttlebug, Quickutz, Sizzix and Stampin' Up! embossing folders, Cuttlebug text die, Xyron sticker maker, Fiskars layering tape and heart punch, Queen & Co. bling, other: sewing machine and thread.

Would you like an opportunity play with the new Kraft Core cardstock from Core'dinations? Leave a comment on this blog post, and we'll draw one random winner who'll receive this awesome prize. 

Giveaway closed!

Winner is Hallymichelle

There's more card-making fun where that came from!
Join us all month long. We'll keep you up-to-date with all the latest articles, giveaways and more on our Card-Making Month homepage:

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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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Journaling Week: with Kelly Jeppson

The words that hold us together

Hi there! I've learned a few lessons since I helped pen the eBook Journaling that Matters. One of those lessons is that words are the glue that hold memories together. Let me give you an example:

I haven't been exactly great at organizing recent photos. I download them, and then send some off for printing, but after that, they sit in a pile at my workspace, and sit, and sit. After a time, I'm not really sure if I remember why I took those photos in the first place! They are funny, cute, and meaningful in SOME way, if only I can piece the memory together.

This is where words come in. When I look back at my notes and journal writing, I remember why I took those photos in the first place. Using words and journaling on layouts, I can connect those pictures together and restore the meaning to the photos.

I was given an assignment for this blog entry: to choose one of the prompts from the Journaling That Matters eBook and try it out. As I was thinking about what task I wanted to take on, I kept coming back to that pile of photos. Could I explore the connections between the photos using journaling? As I was looking through them, I happened upon a series of photos of my kids eating funny things, such as cake batter, a large slice of pizza, and a plate of Cheetoes. Bingo! My story began to take shape.

I chose to tie all of these photos together with an adjective that describes the state of mind my kids are in while eating these things. Pure BLISS. And isn't that what all kids want? It didn't take many words to connect all those photos together, but the result is a glimpse into the very blissful world of sometimes treats at the Jeppson house. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it - time for a treat of my own!

To learn more about how to make your journaling more meaningful buy a copy of Journaling That Matters by Angie Lucas and Kelly Jeppson

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Liz's Loves for March

Hey ya’ll! I am excited to be back for another year of canoodling with the likes of such amazing people. My heart is swooning as I think of how many amazing submissions we have been receiving since I last posted! I can’t wait to expose my crushes for the month (you’ll heart them too when you see their work), so without further ado:

First up is Mindy Miller with her super springy page “All Grown Up”. I love the bright happy colors and her uses of the scallop circles (super easy to do with punches, by hand, or with a die-cutting system). I can’t wait to mimic her use of butterflies as well. Great job Mindy!

Next is Megan Klauer with her amazing page featuring her cute little bundle Ella. I was amazed when I saw this photo…so captivating! As a photographer myself I love to see pages that focus completely on a photo. One this sweet would be a focal point of any page, but I love that she journaled around it and used her embellishments to draw your eye to the photo. Beautiful page Megan!

Third is Katharyn Brine with her page “Trouble”. This is such a sweet way to showcase her daughters naughty side :0). I love her use of hearts and clean white space. They color scheme is also a refreshing combo to use for girls. Thanks for sharing Katharyn!

Fourth is Heather Innusa with her super cute card “Hoppy Easter”. Her card caught my eyes right away; I mean who doesn’t love cuddly little bunnies? I love that she was so creative and put the googly eyes up top to make a little rabbit-so innovative! Thanks so much for inspiring us to make so cute Easter cards Heather!

Last up is Nicole Pomeroy, my super crush…you know that one you never seem to get over or get enough of? Yea…it’s kinda like that ;0). Anyways, she sent in several amazing submissions and this one caught my eye instantly. I love how she used mini-photos. I love that the title is part of her journaling, and I love how simplistic her layout is with plenty of shebang surrounded by lots of white space.

So all my lovely little loves…please send me your work by emailing pictures of your favorite layouts to! I love seeing your fabulous creations and look forward to ogling your goods (if ya know what I mean). I will see you again in May with my new crushes-you won’t want to miss it!

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Join the Blog Hop Fun!

Join the fun and hop from blog to blog to blog today, where you'll see amazing projects inspired by Ella's newest eBook, Scrapbooking the Everyday by Elizabeth Dillow and Tina Cockburn. And there will be a free copy of the eBook given away on each blog too. So hop along!

Start here: Brenda Johnston

And from there you'll visit:

Donna Jannuzzi
Jenni Hufford
Monika Wright
Jennifer Larson
Valerie Mangan
Lee Currie
Francine Clouden
Diana Chen
May Flaum
Keshet Starr
Mary Jo Johnston

p.s. It's design-genius Travis Lucas's birthday today (husband to Angie, for those who don't know) so wish him a happy day!

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Home Decor inspired scrapbooking: Week 4

I hope you all have been having a great week and not missing home décor goodness to badly!  If you’re new to this blog series, we’re profiling women who have mad skills in the scrappy department and beautiful décor in their homes.  These images are inspiring me to use design principles I learned in scrapbooking in home décor, and I hope they do the same for you!
Today I’m so excited to introduce you to April Foster who is the owner of Studio Calico, a fabulous kit club—and a gorgeous new farmhouse!

I asked April to give us the scoop on her home décor and scrapbooking life:

  1. How would you describe your scrapbooking style?


My scrapbooking style has definitely evolved over the years.  Originally, I was very minimalist and had very little journaling.  Now, my layouts definitely still have a simple structure,  but I add some detail, layers, stitching and definitely more journaling.  I also try to make my journaling more meaningful, but I’ll be the first to admit my sensitive side needs some work!

  1. What is your creative process for decorating? Is it similar or different to your process for scrapbooking?


a.       When decorating, I usually collect lots of bits and pieces that I like, then start grouping them together.  I also have a notebook that I collect magazine clippings.  It’s divided into two sections: (1) inspirational images, whether it’s a color scheme, window treatment, overall feel that I like and (2) items that can be purchased with direct sources and prices listed.  Then, when putting together my space, I look over my notebook and make sure the items I want would work with some of the inspirational images I’ve saved, so the overall feel of my house remains consistent. 

b.      This is similar to my scrapbooking process as I definitely group items together before beginning to create.  Usually the items are from a kit or a kit + one or two items from my stash, so that’s easy to do!


  1. How do you transfer design concepts in scrapbooking to home décor?


I think I transfer concepts the opposite direction more often.  I might see something, like a pennant banner in home décor that inspires me.  I’ll never forget spotting that on an etsy shop, creating a layout by cutting triangles, then having that trend pop up everywhere.  It was a home décor trend first, that definitely found its way to scrapbooking. 

  1. Are there any items you’re coveting in home décor? How about scrapbooking?


a.       There’s always items I covet in home décor!  I’m anxiously waiting to tell my husband I want him to build me some shelves in our living room to house a collection of white pieces (urns/vases/trays/books/etc) on our back wall.  That wall is missing something and he needs a project (not!).

b.      As for scrapbooking, I am always anxious to see the latest and greatest as well.  That’s what keeps me inspired and always at-the-ready to create new kits.

Here are some layouts that display April’s clean and classy style:

And take a look at April’s streamlined look in her home:

I love April’s use of neutrals and classic prints, both in scrapbooking and home décor!
Thank you April for sharing your beautiful work with us!

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Simple Ways to Create Hybrid Scrapbook Pages

Hello friends! Have you been tempted to try out hybrid scrapbooking, but haven't wanted to deal with learning a new software program or a technique? Well today my friends Lee and Monika will share with you three ways you can use simple methods to make a hybrid page or album.

1. Monika shows us how she adds personalised text to a photo without using a fancy photo editing program!

Here is what Monika had to say about her layout:

Layouts for my only boy are always a bit tough for me. I try hard to hard to incorporate patterned paper and cardstock that  in colors other than blue or black {though this one has both} and patterns that still add interest without being distracting. I try not to get too distracted by it all and just focus on the story I want to remember. I adding text to photos as it conveys some of the details without having to point them out in my journaling. And in this layout, the photo was taken long before I ever journaled the story.

And here is how she got her photo effect using a word processing program:

For my photo, I exported it from my Aperture {my photo-editing program} and opened it up in Pages {the word processing program if you are on a Mac}. From Pages, I chose a text box, typed my text, chose a font that appealed to me, positioned it and then saved my new document. I then exported the document back into Aperture. So, dear Ella friends, don't feel discouraged when you hear about all the grand projects achieved with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements when you might be able to do some of those very same things through your computer's word processing program.

Monika uses a Mac, but Windows users can acheive the same results using Word from Microsoft Office. What a simple way to get a great effect!

2. Lee shares the process she uses to make the hybrid pages in her Twelve of Twelve photo album. This is an idea that she found via Cathy Zielske to document the 12th of each month. Lee has been doing this for a couple years, and now has a wonderful album of memories.

This is what Lee had to say about her project:

"Of course, the first thing to do is document the day. Though the project requires only 12 photos, we all know that many more will be taken! The idea is to capture every day moments and if we’re lucky, some special celebrations. With my four kids I do my best to make sure that they are represented at least one time each, so I’m guaranteed to have four shots. That’s not always manageable and therein lies the beauty of the project – if you miss something one month you have the next to rectify!"

To print her photos Lee uses a simple 8” x 6” digital layered photo template which is perfect for a basic 8.5” x 11” page. She prints two months worth of photos at a time in order to save on printing costs.

Here is how she puts her pages together:

Grid + Journaling + Printed Paper = Simple Hybrid Layout

A. All page elements are collected. My completed 8”x6” grid is retrieved from my photo processor (I print no photos at home); month one and two are printed on an 8.5”x11” sheet of cardstock; and a sheet of patterned paper is selected. In this case, my 2010 album is coordinated with the Basic Grey Indian Summer paper.

B. My base, the printed paper, is trimmed to 8.5”x 11”.

C. My journaling is cut in half, from 8.5” x 11” to 8.5”x5.5”.

D. Coordinating cardstock is trimmed to accommodate the photo.

E. Photo is mounted, time to trim down the journaling – about ¼” each side.

F. Journaling is adhered to printed paper below photo.

G. I have a page of title strips which coordinate with the font used to number the photos and are sliced into ¼” strips.

H. The strip is mounted on a coordinating coloured piece of cardstock from my stash. In this case it is orange to coordinate with colours associated with October. Anything to help use up scraps is good!

I. Done. A quick and easy page! You can always add stuff like buttons, brads and bows, but in my case I’m happy to have it finished and in the album.

Great idea Lee!

3. Finally. I'll show you a quick way to print out digital patterned papers without using a photo editing program, like I did for this layout about my son's first forays into eating solids.

(Digital Patterned Papers from the Jude kit by Karla Dudley)

I happened upon this purely by chance, as I was in the process of printing out some photos I had a "What if I?" moment. In this case it was "What if I tried to print out papers using the Windows Photo Printing Wizard"?

To print out nine wallet sized pieces of patterned paper, here's what you do.

Go to the folder containing the digital papers and select the nine you want to use. Then click on "Print these images" in the top left menu (apologies, my Operating System is installed in French, but the steps are the same for the English version)

The Windows Photo Printing Wizard will pop up.

Follow the steps, selecting the paper type and size. In this case I am using an A4 (or European letter) sized sheet.

The last step of the wizard asks you to select the size the images will be printed at. You can choose from full page, 4x6, 5x7, 3.5x5, index and wallets. In this case I chose wallets, which is the last choice on the list.

Click ok, and voila! You now have nine pieces of patterned paper!

I then cut out each piece individually to use on my page. You can play around with this and select different photo sizes like 4x6 or 5x7 to get varying sizes of patterned paper for your projects. The photo wizard will automatically print these out on as many pages as necessary. For example if you select 4 patterned papers to print out at 5x7 size, you will get two printed sheets each with two images. I like to print out my patterned papers on white paper that is a heavier weight than printer paper, but not as thick as cardstock.

I hope the techniques we have shared today will encourage you to give hybrid scrapbooking a try. You don't necessarily need a fancy photo editor to be able to use digital papers and techniques! Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments if you need further clarification on any of the techniques we shared.

Happy (Hybrid) Scrapping!!






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