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Week 6 Sketch Winners are:

Thanks for participating. We at Ella had so much fun doing this that we have another Friday series of challenges for you that starts in March.

This first layout is a landscape version. The stamped title and muted colors work really well together. Great page!


The simple lines and cheerful colors complement the photos perfectly in this layout by Di_Turner.



And finally, a winning cat layout! The photos and journaling speak to Mr. Darcy's personality, and the product choices support the theme.

These three winners will receive a coupon code for a free eBook. And after all the entries from every week of the contest have been gathered, we'll draw one random winner who will receive a Cricut Expression (a value of $349)!
The grand prize winner will be posted the first week of March!!
Important note: grand prize winner will pay shipping, whether domestic or international. If grand prize winner chooses to decline the prize, we'll pick another random winner to win the Cricut Expression. And we hope the winner will agree to create a project or two with the Cricut to be featured on our blog!


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An Interview With Stacy

As you know, UR2 Cre8ive: 68 ways to unleash your creativity went on sale yesterday! But perhaps you didn't know that this eBook is based on the very first class Stacy Julian ever taught at bigpicturescrapbooking.com! And the messages inside are even more relevant today than they ever were.



Well, we'd like to reveal a few MORE fun facts that you may not have known before, so we interrogated....er, interviewed...Stacy herself to find out a bit more about this incredibly creative soul. And since the title of this eBook contains numbers in a very "cre8ive" way, today's "getting to know you" questionnaire is all about NUMBERS!

1. How old were you when you first started scrapbooking?
Well, I started my first scrapbook the summer I was 14. I had a really easy babysitting job, so my mom bought me a scrapbook at our local Hallmark store and handed me a box of childhood photos. More recently, I started when I was expecting Chase. I was 29.

2. How old were you when you finally felt like a "grown-up"?

I don't feel like a grown up.  I hope I never do. I mean this most sincerely.

3. How many times a day do you feel overwhelmed?
I'm overwhelmed at the thought of counting how many times a day I feel overwhelmed. Can I skip this question?

4. How many times a day do you stop, look around you, and realize how lucky/blessed you are?
Ok, now there's a question I want to answer. At least 53 times a day!


You don't have to be a kid to paint your toenails lots of fun colors! Visit Stacy's blog to read about the "oddly creative things" she does to brighten her day.

5. With five adorable kids at home now, how many grandchildren do you hope to have one day?
SO many!

6. How many gallons of milk does your family of seven go through in a week?
Six. I've got teenage boys and we ALL love cold cereal.

7. How many hours of sleep do you need per night (on average) to feel restful and energized?
I need more sleep the older I get. I would say 8, and I make this happen several times a week.

8. As an avid runner, what's the farthest distance you've run in a single day?

Too funny. I recently recalled this CRAZY experiment that I conducted when I was 15, where I ran one mile, at the top of the hour for 7 hours straight! Who does stuff like that? The longest I've run since then (other than the day I ran my marathon) is 18!

9. How many different brownie recipes do you have in your baking rotation (estimate)?
Oh goodness. I have LOTS. My friend Terri Musser in OK organized a brownie scrapbook for me with at least 30 recipes in it. I'm always cutting out recipes to try and the vast majority of the time I either use the Ghirardelli mix from Costco or my trusty low-fat recipe that I got back in 1997.

10. How many books have you written?

Five, if you count the special issue I wrote for Creating Keepsakes magazine before they really recognized authors.

11. How many classes have you personally taught at Big Picture Scrapbooking?

I think about 11 or 12.

12. How many different countries have you visited in order to teach scrapbooking classes?

Seriously, how many things are you going to make me count today? I'm going to guess seven.

13. What are the top 5 obstacles that women tell you get in the way of their creativity?
No time. No money. No where to start. No end in sight. No fun anymore. Please note: I do not except any of these as valid excuses.

14. How many of those 5 obstacles are addressed in UR2 Cre8ive?
In an effort to sell this book, let's say ALL of them! No really, you don't need to address obstacles. You need to teach yourself to see opportunities instead of obstacles. This is possible.

15. If there's another "UR2" message you'd want to tell women everywhere, besides "UR2 Cre8ive," what would it be?

UR2 Hard On Yourself. Seriously, stop and think about everything you do to contribute goodness to this world. Women are amazing.

Thank you for spending this time with us, Stacy! Thanks especially for encouraging us to see "opportunities" instead of "obstacles." Truly inspiring words. And thanks to those of you who shared your creative moments with us yesterday! The random winner of UR2 Cre8ive is commenter #16: tape.

Let's have another contest, shall we? To enter today's drawing for a free copy of UR2 Cre8ive, leave a comment answering question #15 for yourself. If there was a "UR2" message YOU'D like to impart to women everywhere, what would it be???
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Ella's NEW eBook: UR2 Cre8ive!



We're thrilled to announce our newest eBook, created in partnership with bigpicturescrapbooking.com!

It's fun, it's fabulous, it's freeing, and it's affordable! And with Stacy Julian as the author, how could it not be wonderful? Get your copy today.

We asked a couple of our Ella Friends to create projects inspired by our newest eBook, and you're going to LOVE them:
  • * Go check out what the adorable Noel Culbertson has to say about this eBook, and get yourself a FREE download while you're at it!

  • * Read all about Barb Wong's journey to discovering her own, unique brand of creativity, and check out her classy "Live, Play, Create" notebook.

  • * Enjoy the FIVE LAYOUTS that Katie Scott was inspired to create after reading a sneak peek copy of UR2 Cre8ive!

  • * Find out how a light-switch cover tutorial from Stacy's book lightens Tami Morrison's room AND her mood!

  • * Get inspired by Monica McNeill's creative use of crayon wrappers on a layout about her son's coloring adventures.

We'd like to give a free copy of this eBook away to one random reader of The Daily Parade! Leave a comment on this post that answers this question: When you feel the most creative, where are you, what are you doing, and who are you with? (e.g., "I'm in the kitchen whipping up a meal, surrounded by my children." or "I'm alone in my scrapbook room with Ingrid Michaelson blasting on the radio.") Go ahead, spill it!
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Short autobiography layout

I am knee deep in layouts and albums, from the past 14 years, oh my! I have thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing about the memories attached to making these layouts as well as the actual memories captured.
I found one layout that I want to share (“As seen in the November/December 2008 issue of Simple Scrapbooks magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.”)  because the journaling is so real. The layout was based on a book called 52 Projects and one of the projects was to write a one-minute autobiography. I highly recommend giving this a try.


Project #45

Write a one-minute autobiography.

Don’t necessarily start at the beginning, and don’t worry about the ending. Indeed, do not let any kind of chronological order hinder your effort. A good place to start is the first thing that comes to mind. Once you start writing, other memories will pop into your head. Go with them. The interruptions enhance the flow.

Once the minute is up, read over what you have written, and then immediately repeat the exercise. Keep going for as long as you can.

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Week 5 Sketch Winners are:

Thanks again for playing along. This week was another stellar one full of color, kids, fire stations, and even some pool shots.


Leah Larsen has the sweetest little girl. (It seems as if she is handing flowers to us!) You get a visual story because or her excellent photo placement. Another great layout!



The colors and use of rub-ons on this page grabbed my attention as well as the excellent use of consistent margins. Outstanding page, famille1999.


This single page layout by Cynthia made me laugh, and the circular title works well to balance out the angular lines.

These three winners will receive a coupon code for a free eBook. And after all the entries from every week of the contest have been gathered, we'll draw one random winner who will receive a Cricut Expression (a value of $349)! Important note: grand prize winner will pay shipping, whether domestic or international. If grand prize winner chooses to decline the prize, we'll pick another random winner to win the Cricut Expression. And we hope the winner will agree to create a project or two with the Cricut to be featured on our blog!
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Six Weeks of Sketches: Week 6

Can you believe that it is the final week of our challenge?  I have had so much fun working on new sketches for you all during the past six weeks.  I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the great participation and the wonderful comments left by you all.  It makes me so happy that you have enjoyed these sketches!  And I love seeing how one sketch can be the inspiration for so many layouts each with their own style and personality.

Here is the final sketch of our Six Weeks of Sketches challenge:


The 12x12 version features one 4x6 photo with three smaller photos on the upper left-had side of the page.  The smaller photos are sized 2x3, very small indeed but perfect for detail shots.  Also, there have been some requests for single-photo sketches so if you’d like you can always replace those small photos with patterned paper squares or create little mini-collages in that area.

The 8.5x11 sketch is below:

 
Now admittedly, it’s a little squished.  It doesn’t have exactly the same feel as the original, but I think it is a great sketch on its own.
 
As a bonus for our last week together I’ve drawn two more sketches based off of the original design.  Each is a two-page version of the original sketch - one 12x12 version and one 8.5x11 version.  I think that the 8.5x11 two-page spread is a little closer to re-creating the feel of the 12x12 since it has a lot more white space.
 



 
Finally, in my take on this week’s sketch I took the three photos on the left-hand side of the page and put two photos there instead:
 


I recently decided to take up running again.  I haven’t run since before my two boys were born.  As I took out my new running shoes and prepared to throw away the old ones I couldn’t help but notice the difference in the two pairs.  The old shoes show proof of what almost seems like another life.  I ran a lot of miles in those shoes.  But, I’m not hanging on to the past.  I’ve set some goals for myself this year and even if I can’t run as fast as I used to or train as often as I’d like, I’m going to get moving.  I’m actually excited about getting back into shape.  It’s definitely going to be hard work, but I think its’ also going to be lots of fun.  Wish me luck!!

So, let’s see what you do with this final sketch.
Post a link to your layout in the comments of this post by Thursday, February 25 to enter this week's contest! Three winners will each receive a free eBook. And everyone who participates this week will get another entry into our grand-prize drawing for a Cricut Expression (a $349 value)!


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Another Amazing Giveaway

With all the giveaways that have been happening on The Daily Trumpet lately, you must be thinking to yourself, "Are Angie and Wendy attempting to BUY my affection?" The answer to that question is YES, and we're not ashamed to admit it. Will you be our friend? We'll give you stuff!

Another reason for all the great giveaways is our recent return from CHA, where we met with lots of cool people who are eager to spread the word about their products, services, and classes. People like Renee Pearson of reneepearson.com ("Digital training for crafters and artists"), who would like to give one of you a FREE spot in an upcoming class!



Class Title: Get it together. Keep it together! Organize your digital lifestyle with ACDSee Photo Manager
Instructor: Molly Newman
Class Dates: March 17 – April 13 (4 weeks)
Description: Get a handle on your digital photos, scanned images and digital scrapbooking supplies once and for all with this hands-on class. You’ll learn how to design, step-by-step, an organizational system that works for you and the way you scrapbook. Get the encouragement and motivation you need to create a system you’ll actually enjoy keeping up to date. Scrapbook more and faster than ever before when you know just where every holiday snapshot, vintage family photo and piece of digital paper is located.

Take it from me. I've known Molly Newman for years, and not only is she incredibly smart, creative, and talented, she's also one of the wittiest people I know. Get ready to learn AND to laugh! Learn more about Molly's class by clicking here.

If you'd like to enter to win a free spot in this class, leave a comment on this post telling us roughly how many digital photos you have stored on your computer! (Angie Lucas happens to have 6,813 digital photos, approximately 15 percent of which are of dogs.)

Good luck!
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Product play: Sweet Shoppe Designs


Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by. Today we have some cool digital layouts and a free digi kit for you to download!
Sweet Shoppe is celebrating a big anniversary, giving tons of goodies away, and introducing lots of new projects, so you may want to pop on over to their blog.

Now for some layouts from two talented Ella Friends:

From Noel
Scrapbooking is one of those fabulous hobbies that helps you celebrate the thousands of little blessings that fill your life. How could that possibly be a bad thing? Well, I suppose, if you asked my very neat husband, he may come up with some reason like the piles of housework I manage to put off while recording our blessings. So today, if you're looking for a good excuse to leave that load of laundry in the basket just one more day (or two), check out the digital the goodies over at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Since I'm always looking for an excuse to put off laundry, and household chores in general, I quite enjoyed spending the better portion of an afternoon perusing their shop. As an added bonus for a chore-avoiding girl like myself, they add new goodies every Saturday.

Enough about my not-so-domestic-goddess like self, lets get to the fun! Sweet Shoppe has a great variety of digital styles, from cute and sweet to classic to manly and everything in between. But one of the greatest offerings for scrappers with time restrictions, are the great template kits by Janet Phillips. She even has a whole line of templates for that person with "2 Many Photos"

As a girl with a camera that can snap 8 frames a second, I find this a VERY handy line! Even as a straight paper scrapper, digital templates can be used just like sketches for layout inspiration.



I worked with three of the wonderful kits from Sweet Shoppe:
Absolute Cherry Crush
U and I
Close to the Edge







With so much variety available at Sweet Shoppe, I foresee many more chore-avoiding days in my future!

From Jodie



credits: alpha (blackjack by fee jardine) + stitches (bad sewing machine by traci reed) + papers, buttons, ribbons, flowers (a love to last by julie billingsley) + font (djb how cute am i by darcy baldwin) + photos and layout by jodie mcnally (www.jodiemcnally.com)

Ready to get some treats? Well, they made a kit just for our readers, yeah!



A few layouts from the gallery that caught my eye.


The color scheme and scalloped border work so well together, from Marnel


Once again the colors caught my eye on this layout by Keely B and the vertical design.

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Win CHA-W 2010 goodies, week 3 (week 2 winner announced)

Hope everyone is enjoying their week, so far mine has been eventful, in a good way.
The prize for this week is a packed box of CHA goodies including
  • assortment of new release products from Karen Foster and My Little Yellow Bicycle
  • tote and apron from Making Memories
  • class kit from Quick and Easy Quizzes class that Angie and I taught at CHA
To enter leave a comment with your name and the where your name came from, for example

My name is Wendy and I was born in the late 60's when the play Peter Pan was very popular. My dad saw it and loved the Wendy character so much, he wanted to name his first daughter Wendy. (and for a few years in junior high I believed I was destined to marry someone named Peter)
Easy enough??
You have until Friday, February 19th at midnight, MST to enter.

winner of last week's contest, uptown cat who said her favorite season was

"I love summer. The flowers are blooming. Everything is green. Afternoons/evenings at the pool or in the back yard. Open windows. Love it all."

Thanks for playing along everyone.
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Week 4 Sketch Winners are:

Week 4 had the most layout entries yet. Great job everyone, and thanks so much for being willing to share your talent and inspire others with your layouts!

The layout winners this week are:



Agata who lives in Switzerland. We love the colors, photos, and the little accents on this layout.


The use of product and simple layering caught my eye on this layout by Ella user thehodgees. Great job!



Young college student Jess showcases her scrapbooking talent with this layout.

These three winners will receive a coupon code for a free eBook. And after all the entries from every week of the contest have been gathered, we'll draw one random winner who will receive a Cricut Expression (a value of $349)! Important note: grand prize winner will pay shipping, whether domestic or international. If grand prize winner chooses to decline the prize, we'll pick another random winner to win the Cricut Expression. And we hope the winner will agree to create a project or two with the Cricut to be featured on our blog!

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Six Weeks of Sketches: Week 5

Hi Everyone!  For week 5 of our 6 week challenge, I did things a little differently.  I wasn’t lying when I said that I have been inspired by all of the participants in this six week sketch challenge!  I looked through the comments on last week’s blog post and saw this great idea from reader Christy (clcbug1):

"I love the sketches! Thank you for doing the challenge for us. I do love the challenge of putting lots of photos on a single 12 by 12 page. I am normally a double page scrapper. Having said that, how about a double page spread with multiple photos? If you do 7 of them, the 365 folks can jump on it as well."


So I took up Christy’s challenge and I created a two-page spread with 7 photos.  Now, I know you’ll just have to take my word for it, but this time around I also designed the 8.5x11 spread first and then adapted it to 12x12.  This was a definitely a change from how I normally work, but I’m hoping you like the results.  The 8.5x11 spread features three 4x6s, one 4x4 and three 3x4s.



For the 12x12 spread I enlarged the photo sizes of some of the photos so that the spread would be more balanced; it features one 5x7, two 4x6s, a 4x4 and three 3.5x5s.  Even though one page has three photos and the other page has 4 the margins on the side of the spread are the same.  Having the enlargement on the side with fewer photos also helps the spread to feel more balanced even if the overall design is asymmetric.



For my take on this sketch I decided to do only one side of the 12x12 spread.  I just took these photos of Nathan learning to use a fork on Sunday and as I was looking through them I realized they would be perfect for this sketch.  I did have a lot of shots but I didn’t really want to include 7 of them which is why I decided to go with one page instead of two.  I shifted the design upwards to make room for my border and I also trimmed my 3.5x5s to make room for journaling, but you’ll see that the basic arrangement of the photos and the title stayed the same.



I hope you’ll find this sketch a lot of fun.  I think it is really versatile since you can always do just one side of the spread like I did, you can do both pages, you can flip the pages, etc.  The possibilities really are endless.  I think it’s a sketch I will turn to again in the future and I can’t wait to see what you all do with it.  I have loved looking through the flickr gallery and visiting everyone’s blog these past weeks.  And thank you for all the comments and suggestions on last week’s post.

Post a link to your layout in the comments of this post by Thursday, February 18 to enter this week's contest! Three winners will each receive a free eBook. And everyone who participates this week will get another entry into our grand-prize drawing for a Cricut Expression (a $349 value)!

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Elephantastic News!

1. An Ella Publishing eBook was featured in Utah's largest newspaper, The Salt Lake Tribune, on Sunday! My mother-in-law Beverly (who is my main Source for Breaking News, Weather & Sports) called immediately to alert me of the mention. Click here to see the story.



2. Ella Friend Moon Ko sent me the most adorable handmade elephant pincushion in the mail! I think everyone should have one. I blogged about this at my Yeah, Write blog today too, because I want everyone to know how awesome Moon is. Thanks friend!



3. Alert reader Leah McLean, who lives in Brussels, Belgium, sent this cool photo from the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Wooden elephant sculptures? In the immortal words of Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, "I want to go to there!"


Elephants rule.
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more KIKI Art

I'm excited to share some creations I made using more of the KiKi Art goodies featured here on The Daily Trumpet last week! (And visit my blog for a fun giveaway.)

These pictures were the perfect match for this paper & Donna Jannuzzi's Sketch from the first week of Six Weeks of Sketches. I adapted Donna's Sketch from 12x12 to 8.5x11, rotated it & played with the placement of the title and journaling. Since I live in a house of boys it was so much to work with pictures of my best friend's daughter.

Supplies: Patterned Paper (KiKi Art) + Cardstock (American Crafts & Stampin' Up!) + Chipboard Letters (American Crafts) + Font (Traveling Typewriter)


With Valentines Day just around the corner, I was excited when I saw the red, green & white glitter paper. I've had this unfinished clothespin in my project stash for years & thought it would be perfect to hold love notes between my husband & me. I painted the clothespin, used ModPodge to adhere the paper & added a few embellishments. 


Supplies: Patterned Paper (KiKi Art) + Cardstock (American Crats) + Letters (K&Company & Making Memories) + Precision Pen .05 (American Crafts) + Embellishment (Anna Griffin) + Wooden Clothespin + White Paint + Mod Podge + Sanding Paper


I fell in love with this paper, which meant I had to finish a frame with the whole sheet.  I was inspired to add the flowers after I saw a tutorial on the Studio Calico Blog for paper roses.  Once it all came together, I knew the perfect picture would be one I've already scrapped but had a 5x7 copy I planned on sending to my best friend. Instead, I'll be sending the finished frame as a sweet Valentine's surprise. 


Supplies: Patterned Paper (KiKi Art) + Jewel Brads (American Crafts) + Wooden Frame + Brown Paint + Mod Podge + Sanding Paper

Please visit me on my blog, Without Filters, for the giveaway. Hurry, contest ends Friday, February 12th at midnight CST.

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Win CHA-W 2010 goodies week 2 (week 1 winner announced)

We are sharing the love that Ella received at CHA. This week's giveaway is an assortment of new product from Nikki Sivils.
The second giveaway includes:
 

  • assortment of new release products from Nikki Sivils
  • tote and apron from Making Memories
  • class kit from Quick and Easy Quizzes class that Angie and I taught at CHA

To enter, leave a comment below and answer the following question
What is your favorite season?

Contest ends @ Midnight Friday February 12 MST
(winner announced on next week's CHA giveaway)

Week 1 CHA goody giveaway winner is
Javajennie

Thanks giving the Ella Friends some blog love and thanks for playing!
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Week 3 Sketch Winners are...

Thanks to everyone who is participating, this is so energizing to see how you talented ladies interpret Donna's sketches and I know she finds it inspiring.

One of the benefits of sketches is how each pages is so different depending on style, products, orientation, etc.
These first two winning layouts illustrate how the diverse the approach on the sketch can be.


Thanks Jennifer Larsen for sharing this layout that showcases family outings
(click on the photo to see layout enlarged)



Don't you just get cold looking at this simple layout by Lisa Olsen? Great job!


and this last winning layout caused me to do a double take, not just because of the cute toddler, but because I thought it was digital, and upon reading more, discovered that it isn't, how cool from reader lbpost
(read more on her blog to learn about how she created the page)

The winner of the CHA giveaway will be posted tomorrow, Sunday. These three winners will receive a coupon code for a free eBook. And after all the entries from every week of the contest have been gathered, we'll draw one random winner who will receive a Cricut Expression (a value of $349)! Important note: grand prize winner will pay shipping, whether domestic or international. If grand prize winner chooses to decline the prize, we'll pick another random winner to win the Cricut Expression. And we hope the winner will agree to create a project or two with the Cricut to be featured on our blog!
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Six Weeks of Sketches: WEEK #4

I was afraid I might have scared some of you off after last week’s challenge.  An asymmetric design, five photos… but you all came through with some amazing layouts!  I have been so inspired by the creativity of the Ella readers!  As an added bonus, it’s been really cool to see how others interpret my sketches.  Before writing my eBook Stretch your Sketches, I was the only person who had ever used my sketches.  This experience has been both fascinating and inspiring to me and I want to thank all of you who have participated in the challenges so far!

For this week I’ve simplified the design a bit.  The sketch features three photos:  one 4x6 and two 4x4’s.  Ideally the 4x4’s would be crops of 4x6 prints.  I wanted to share a sketch that didn’t require any photo editing.


In the 11x8.5 version, I’ve kept the main photo a 4x6 and I reduced the smaller photos to 3.5x3.5.  You can either crop your 4x6’s to this size, or you can crop a 3.5x5 to a square.  I realize that this may require some photo editing, but it is a fairly standard size print and I know it is one that a lot of 8.5x11 scrapbookers use often.  I really was trying to make this easier this week, but I think when you convert a 12x12 sketch to a smaller size something has to give (which gives me an idea for next week.  Hmmm, stay tuned). 

Here is my take on the sketch:

I wanted to share the journaling on this page since it’s the only way that the title will make sense.

Journaling reads:  We were at the doctor’s office because I had a suspicion that you might have a UTI.  We needed to collect a urine sample but you were absolutely terrified of the collection cup (who knows why).  I didn’t really know what to do… We were going to give you this crane anyway so I promised you this toy as a reward.  Truth is, I was so proud of you for peeing in that cup.  You were really and truly scared but you did it anyway.  I think you were proud of yourself too.

My dad made fun of me when I told him this story.  But you know, you can’t make a child use the restroom.  I was truly proud of Gabe for confronting his fear and doing what I was asking of him even though he didn’t want to do it (and he did it without crying).  Was it a bribe?  I don’t like to think of it that way.  Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures… I certainly wouldn’t offer him a special toy for eating his vegetables - thank goodness he does that anyway!

Remember that we are half-way through our challenge; just three more weeks to go. 

What do you all think so far? 

Do you like the sketches? 

Do you have any requests?

Post a link to your layout in the comments of this post by Thursday, February 11 to enter this week's contest! Three winners will each receive a free eBook. And everyone who participates this week will get another entry into our grand-prize drawing for a Cricut Expression (a $349 value)!

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Check out KIKI Art

The company we are highlighting in this product showcase is called, KIKI Art. They are a new company based in Montreal (Canada), and are proudly influenced by the many cultures, languages and stories inhabiting the city.  One of their goals is to transfer the multicultural perspective they experience everyday into the creation of their products, so they can serve in the making of unique projects and layouts for people from around the world.


Two of our Ella Friends, Barb and Katie, played with their products and produced these cheery projects.

Barb created some cards and a layout:


(left side) card #1 Supplies: paper (KiKi Art) + chipboard shape (KiKi Art) + stamps (Autumn Leaves, Daisy Bucket) + gems (Kaiser Craft) + pen (American Crafts) + ink pad (Tsukineko)

I used the glittery heart to make a flower by inking the edges of the chipboard shape, doodling the dots around the edge, stamping the swirls and sentiment, and then matting the entire image on black cardstock to make the design pop off the white background.
 
(right side) card #2 Supplies: paper (KiKi Art) + stamp (Stampin' Up!) + gems (Dollarama) + decorative scissors (Fiskars) + ink pad (Tsukineko)

This is just a simple card to show off the pretty colour combination on the patterned paper. The glittery texture of background paper added a nice touch to this card.



Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill) + chipboard shape (KiKi Art) + chipboard letters (American Crafts) + brads (American Crafts) + decorative tape (KiKi Art) + photo corner punch (EK Success) + ink pad (Tsukineko) + pen (Signo Uniball)

I trimmed the chipboard shape, originally 12 inches wide, to fit on my 8.5x11 page, and I added the black brads under the swirl to accentuate the shape. I used the decorative tape with the zigzag stitching to pull the whole page together, by repeating of the colour black and anchoring the entire design to the bottom of the page.

Katie made a few layouts:


Supplies: October Afternoon; KiKi Art; Cosmo Cricket.

I made this by pairing colors that don't normally go together, and I love how it turned out


Supplies: KiKi ARt; Heidi Grace; October Afternoon; and Miss Elizabeth.

This layout uses one of the hot colors of 2009, orange. I used just a touch of orange product to work with my daughters photos.





Here my daughter is again, wearing orange. Notice I used just a little bit of orange to complement her photos. My new favorite color combination may just be, orange and purple, who knew?

To learn more about KIKI ART visit their website, sign up for their newsletter, or stop by their blog. Thanks KIKI for joining this awesome industry.
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Win some CHA-W 2010 goodies

Yes, you read that correctly. We have some goodies to give away for the next three weeks. The first giveaway includes:

  • new release from Studio Calico
  • tote and apron from Making Memories
  • class kit from Quick and Easy Quizzes class that Angie and I taught at CHA

Sound fun?
To enter, visit one of our Ella friends blogs (listed below) and leave a comment, then come back and leave a comment with a link and you are entered automatically.

Noel
Moon
Barb
Katie
Tami
Katrina
Monica
Jodie

Contest ends @ midnight MST Feb 5.

(Oh, don't hate us but we have to limit this to U.S. and Canada residents only.)

Thanks for playing!
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Be Our March Cover Girl

You've seen the likes of Jennifer Barksdale, Barb Wong, Katie Scott, Moon Ko, and Aly Dosdall on the cover of the Scrapbook Ellaments eZine. How would you like to add your name to this illustrious list?



Announcing our March Scrapbook Ellaments cover contest!

To enter, email a scan or a photograph of your layout to submissions@ellapublishing.com with "March cover" in the subject line. The winning designer will mail the layout in to be photographed, be profiled on our website, and will win a free Ella eBook. Here's what we're looking for:
  • This month's theme is: layouts about YOU! Your likes and dislikes, your personality traits, what makes you unique, memories from your childhood, your quirks and attributes, anything!
  • Layout must be a single page and square (12 x 12 or 8 x 8).
  • Layout should be inviting and easy to understand at a glance, and include legible journaling.
  • Smiling faces in photos where there's strong eye contact with the viewer are a plus.
  • Digital layouts are welcome.
  • You may submit more than one layout if you like.
  • The layout cannot have been previously published or posted anywhere else.
  • We cannot personally acknowledge every layout we receive.
  • In the body of the email, include your full name, city, state/province, and country. Also include a complete materials list for your layout, formatted like this: patterned paper (American Crafts) + letter stickers (BoBunny) + buttons (BasicGrey) + Tahoma font + 12 x 12 page by Miss Piggy

  • DEADLINE:
    February 7, 2010, midnight EST