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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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Liz's Loves for July (with a challenge!)

Hello all my Ella loves out there in blog land! I sort the layout submissions here at Ella Publishing Co., and once a month I guest blog to share my favorites from the month.

Without further ado, this month's Loves are: Andrea MacDonald, with her layout "Magic Garden"; Katie Squires, with her mini-album; Jennifer Alfonso, with her layout "Sweet Summer"; Reyanna Klein, with her layout "Joy and Me"; and Mindy Miller, with her layout "iwonder".

*First: I loved how Andrea added so many textures and layers to her layout! I love the feeling of a picnic table with the cloth and the cute little smiles of the fruits. Oh, and that frayed paper edge in red is just perfect. If you want to see more of Andrea (and I know you will) check her out at andreasmetta.blogspot.com.


*Second: I found Katie's mini truly inspiring!! The handmade burlap cover is genius...and as she said in her submission, "I had made a little pile of strawberry themed scrap supplies for when we would go strawberry picking this summer. We went this past Monday only to discover that the season was closed.  We picked raspberries instead. I still made the mini book that I had been planning, filled with strawberry embellishments. I like it, kind of cheeky." Cheeky indeed...and when life gives you, um, berries, make a mini. You can see more of Katie at katarooskitchen.blogspot.com.


*Third: I thought that Jennifer's page was so innovative using the pennants in her flower! Finding a new way to use a very popular item takes some serious outside the box thinking. I also really love that color combo, so summery! You can find more inspiration from Jennifer at jenniferalfonso.blogspot.com/.

*Fourth: I was instantly smitten with Reyanna's layout! I love the colors and I am anticipating big time stealing her envelope technique; you never know when you're going to need to hide a love note on a page! She states, "To spruce up the envelope a bit, I opened it up and added patterned paper under the flap. I punched small circles and then used a hole punch to punch them again, so they'd fit perfectly over the clasp circles. I made sure that the words 'child' and 'memory' were visible when I punched the circles. Then I just added buttons (with Glue Dots) and some journal strips!" Wonderful, really. I love new ways to use old ordinary things! You can find Reyanna at sunshineandwonder.blogspot.com.

*Fifth: You could say it was love at first sight with Mindy's page! Look at that scotch tape! Who knew an office staple could pack such a punch? I seriously *heart* the circles as a background with her main photo in the corner; it makes me want to know the story behind the hat! You can see more amazing layouts from Mindy at mysecretheart.typepad.com.


And Now for a Few Words About August
I decided I'd like to issue a fun and exciting challenge for our August Liz's Loves! To help you understand the reasons behind the challenge, I want you to escape with me into one of the most popular love stories of our day. So, indulge me if you will for a minute. (Twilight fans, you're going to love this! Non-Twilight fans, stay with me because there will still be an incentive for you at the end!)

"About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him, and I didn't know how potent that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him."

"You are my life. You're the only thing it would hurt me to lose."

"Isn't it supposed to be like this? The glory of first love, and all that. It’s incredible, isn't it, the difference between reading about something, seeing it in the pictures, and experiencing it?"

"For almost ninety years I've walked among my kind, and yours...all the time thinking I was complete in myself, not realizing what I was seeking. And not finding anything, because you weren't alive yet."

I've read the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and was enthralled by it, like millions of other readers worldwide. I loved her ability to put in to words how her characters were feeling. I loved how smitten Bella was with Edward, even though she knew she shouldn't be, and I could feel Edward's pain in knowing she was untouchable! However, even as enthralled as I was after I read the books, I put them on the back burner of my mind. (I still haven't even seen the third movie yet!)

But, while I was at the library a couple of days ago, I picked up a Stephenie Meyer novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, and I was enthralled all over again. It tells the backstory of a very minor character from the second book in the series, Eclipse. This then inspired me to finally read Meyer's partially finished fifth book in the series, Midnight Sun, which was leaked online and so it's never been officially released. It tells the story of the original Twilight book, but from Edward's perspective instead of Bella's. (I struggled with wanting to read this one because I wouldn't be able to finish and that drives me bonkers!)

Fortunately though, as I was reading, inspiration struck me... Do I ever scrapbook from someone else's perspective? Stephenie Meyer has now been able to recreate the same story through three different characters' perspectives. And she turned it into even more than a he said/she said exercise. It captivated me each time—truly amazing!

Okay, now that you've indulged me, I'm sure you're wondering how this plays into Liz's Loves. Well, here's the scoop: for this upcoming month of Liz's Loves, I want to see pages that are told from a different perspective other than your own. Or you could even go a little Stephenie Meyer on me and show a couple different perspectives on one page. Most of all, I want you all to have fun and try something new to spice up your scrapbooking life!

Of those submissions, I will pick my three favorites, as well as my two other loves for the month. All five loves will be featured on next month's blog post and will receive a discount for some Ella gear. Just email your submissions to submissions@ellapublishing.com, with "Perspective" in the subject line so I'll identify it right away. Deadline: August 16.

I hope this post and my amazing loves have left you inspired! I can't wait to be inspired by all of your challenge pages. You know you just might be my next crush of the month (along with my favorite Twilight hottie)!



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Thank You & CHA 2009 Highlights

Thanks everyone for joining us for a fun-filled week last week! We had a blast and hope you did, too. We're busy compiling a complete list of all 100 winners' names to post here on the blog. Coming soon!

What else is happening this week? The Craft & Hobby Association summer tradeshow starts tomorrow in Chicago! We're sitting this one out (we're exhausted!), but we'll definitely be at the winter CHA in Anaheim, in just six short months. Still, we've got some fun CHA-related giveaways coming over the next month, since our own Wendy Smedley is so good at keeping up with the latest releases from afar.

CHA summer is an anniversary of sorts for Ella, too. It was last year at CHA Orlando that we started handing out business cards, offering a sneak peek of our website, and inviting people to sign up for our newsletter. We had 900 people signed up that very first day. And the number has decupled since then! (Decuple = x10).

Katie Scott generously hosted us in her time-share condo, and made us feel oh-so welcome.

We got to hang out with Ella friends Tami Morrison, Noel Culbertson, and Katie Scott, two of whom we had met for the very first time! Pictured below: Katie, me, Tami, and the talented Emilie Ahern (formerly of The Scrap Review)

Pictured below: Ashley Harris of The Scrap Review, Noel Culbertson, and Lain (formerly of Ella Publishing Co.)

We got to be panelists on the Paperclipping Newsbreak, which later turned into a recurring stint on the Paperclipping Roundtable. (Pictured below: Lain, Nancy Nally, Noell Hyman, me, Ana Cabrera)

We got to see the latest and greatest releases and visit our first CHA consumer show. And I clearly did not take enough pictures.

Ah, good times. Here's looking forward to more to come!

Stay tuned!

p.s. How about you? Are any of you heading to CHA? Do any of you WISH you were going?

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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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Spotlight on Maggie & Jessica

Today is day three of the Most Influential Scrapbooker Awards BLOG TOUR! For your chance to win some of the 100 prizes that are up for grabs this week, pay a visit to Maggie and Jessica today. (Read more about the awards and the nominees by clicking here!)

Spotlight on... Maggie Holmes
We're definitely not the only ones to have discovered the magic of Maggie Holmes; she's everywhere! From running a family photography business (Maggie Holmes Photography) and a blog (maggieholmes.typepad.com), to teaching online photography workshops and in-person classes (such as Creative Escape), to designing for Creating Keepsakes magazine’s Dream Team and prominent manufacturer design teams, Maggie's got her finger on the pulse of the industry. Check out her full profile here, and click the banner above to visit her blog.

Some thoughts from those who know Maggie's work:

"I went to art school and have always been a painter, but never thought to incorporate that part of my life into the papercrafting side until taking a couple of classes from Maggie. She's fearless when it comes to mixing and using materials. I've taken so many of her techniques and used them in other ways. I've also started using some of her scrapbooking techniques in my painting...total cross-optimization! I think she's extremely cutting-edge and unlike any other. She has such a natural eye for choosing materials that complement each other, and continues to make things that haven't been seen before. All the while her work is pretty, exciting, new, edgy, modern, and cool."
~Jess Leggett from Irvine, California

"Maggie has changed the way I look at everyday items and how to incorporate them into my layouts and mini books. Also she has changed the way I look at colors and mixing odd color combos to get such a fun end result. Above everything else, though, Maggie has taught me that perfection is truly about telling the story how you see it. Yet somehow, she is so unaware of just how talented she really is and is appreciative of any praise or admiration she may receive from the talents she has been given. These talents have given her the opportunity to help her family in so many ways, which is what truly makes her happy. And I admire that!"
~Kelly Bird from Cave Creek, Arizona


Spotlight on... Jessica Sprague
A digital pioneer, Jessica Sprague has helped countless women become more comfortable using their computers in the memory keeping. Through her popular website, jessicasprague.com, she opens women's eyes to new digital possibilities, teaching everything form vintage-photo restoration to hybrid holiday projects. She also authored a brand new book about journaling, called Stories in Hand, to be published this year by Northridge Media. This digital dynamo blogs at spraguelab.squarespace.com.

Here's what a couple of her biggest fans had to say:

"I had been a paper scrapper exclusively, and felt confined by time. Jessica demonstrated that I do have the time to create beautiful things without having to spend hours. But I must say that the thing I admire most about Jessica is her love and commitment to the ladies in our jessicasprague.com community. And to the scrapbooking community as a whole. It is rare that someone truly knows their mission in life. Their purpose and raison d'etre. Jessica does and she lives it every day."
~Jennifer Warneke from Apex, North Carolina

"As Jessica's mother-in-law, I love her dearly and she has taught me everything I know about digital scrapbooking. I love making layouts of all my grandchildren and find it and exciting and rewarding. Thanks to Jessica, I have a way to record the history of our family."
~Carol Sprague

"When I found Jessica's blog, I suddenly realized that the Photoshop CS2 that I had only used for very minimal photo-editing work had immense promise. And Jessica, through her free Photoshop Friday tutorials on her blog, made everything seem so simple and do-able. As my journey with Jes started, I found a home and never had any desire to look elsewhere. The next time you find yourself at jessicasprague.com, scroll down to the bottom of any page on the site, and you'll see 'Jessica thinks you're awesome.' She really does. I think this sums up the reason why people feel brave enough to venture on the paths that Jessica takes us on, whether that's digital scrapbooking, photo-editing, or hybrid scrapbooking. She truly believes in the potential that lies within everyone."
~Liv Esteban from Manila, Phillippines


Note: After a day of travel mishaps and technical troubles, Jenni Bowlin was able to get her post up last night! She'll leave her comments open through Thursday, so head on over for more chances to win!

And the randomly-chosen winners from Monday are...

Comment #48: My inner sanity art (aka- the reason I scrapbook!)
Posted by: jdaloisio

Comment #58: Mostly I'm Simply Adorable (hee hee)
Posted by: dazey1050

Comment #132: 
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

Comment #146: 
My Incredible Scrapbook Albums
Posted by: gilroygirl

Comment #147
: My Imagination Sizzles Away! Linda
Posted by: LinaH

Comment #182: 
Mid-Illinois Sunshine Addict
Posted by: platoj

Comment #276: 
Make it Simply Artistic
Posted by: mjmarmo

Comment #302
: Most Insane Shopper Award
Posted by: Deneen03

Comment #311: 
Mission: Inspirational Scrapbooking Awareness
Posted by: luckysmom

Comment #389
: MISA...Mission InspireMe Seriously Accomplished
Posted by: kimosabescraps

Thanks everyone for commenting! How creative were those comments? Now we think "MISA" should stand for
Most Imaginative & Savvy Audience!

Winners, we'll contact you directly by email in about a week to let you know which of the ten prizes you won. Everyone else, you still have plenty chances to win today, tomorrow, and Friday if you visit the other blogs on the tour.

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Spotlight on Noell & Jenni

The Most Influential Scrapbooker Awards BLOG TOUR continues! For your chance to win some of the 100 prizes that are up for grabs this week, Noell and Jenni are your ladies today!

Spotlight on... Noell Hyman
Noell is a self-made scrapbooking personality who slowly but surely carved out a niche for herself online. And now, she hosts an active community of like-minded scrapbookers on her paperclipping.com website. Besides her weekly, live-streamed video show (Paperclipping Live), Noell also creates professional-quality video tutorials, some free, some for premium members only. And new this year, she teamed up with Nancy Nally (of scrapbookupdate.com) to launch the Paperclipping Roundtable, a free panel-format audio podcast featuring all the biggest names in scrapbooking as panelists and guests. Think of it like The View for Scrapbookers, but far less controversial! Noell also blogs at noellhyman.com.

Here's what a few of Noell's biggest fans had to say:

"Noell and her videos have made me think a lot about why and how I scrapbook, how easy is to get out our skills and use them, how to be more confident with the way I scrapbook, and how important it is to experiment and have fun! She shows us how easy scrapbooking can be, without breaking our budgets. And above all, I've learned that everything is fixable."
~Mariangeles Masegosa from Aldaia, Valencia, Spain

"I first discovered Noell nearly three years ago when a friend was trying to introduce me to these things called 'podcasts' which were apparently 'the future'. I was skeptical that I would find any topic that was specifically targeted to my passion for crafting, so I was utterly gobsmacked when I found the Paperclipping podcasts on iTunes! I was blown away by the quality of the videos, not only visually, but also in content. Paperclipping has been bookmarked on my browser ever since that day. I have definitely, without a doubt, grown as a scrapbooker."
~Lesley Oman from Guildford, near London.

"I particularly enjoy Noell's enthusiasm and how willing she is to share her stories, knowledge, and techniques with everyone. In addition, she enjoys sharing about others and bolstering them up in the process. She's influenced my scrapping, too, by encouraging me to be more forthcoming in my own stories. Through her direct support and example, I feel encouraged to share more of my own stories—to push the envelope and tread a little closer to the edge. I think Noell is an amazing pioneer in the industry."
~Liz Ness from Vancouver, Washington


Spotlight on... Jenni Bowlin
Jenni Bowlin is our comeback kid! After being an industry trend-setter for years with other companies, she came back with a splash last year, launching her own kit club (JBS Mercantile) and a new manufacturing company (Jenni Bowlin Studio) that bears her name! Dare we say that she single-handedly brought the rhinestone-studded butterfly into immense popularity? Jenni also travels monthly to teach in-person scrapbooking classes and keeps a blog at jennibowlin.blogspot.com.

Here's what a couple of her biggest fans had to say:

"I discovered Jenni as soon as I started truly getting into scrapbooking (in 2004 or so). I loved the way she incorporated vintage finds into her scrapbook pages and I adored the way she used her handwriting on every page. She is the reason I hand journal on every page. But maybe the most important lessons I've learned from Jenni are to always be down to earth and approachable, remember what this hobby is truly about, and never lose sight of that."
~Stephanie Howell from Fort Benning, Georgia

"Jenni's style has always been her own and has never been the 'norm.' In fact, in my opinion, she is the one who inspired others to use vintage pieces in and on their projects. I believe her style has also inspired companies to design antiqued, aged, and vintage lines. Jenni has inspired me in so many ways, especially after I attended Vintagefest in Tennessee in Dec 2009. Just the way she had her personal booth set up (the packaging, the displays) inspired some of the decor in my home, in particular a vintage typewriter I use to display photos! And the fact that Jenni is still in the business—creating, designing, and selling—just means that she is also very smart."
~Teri Davis from Lafayette, Louisiana


We'll announce the list of ten winners from yesterday's post on Wednesday. (Holy comments, Batman! Thanks for your support, everyone!) So if you haven't yet commented on Monday's giveaway, you can sneak an entry in today. We won't tell!

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Let the Fun Begin! (Spotlight on Cathy)

Welcome to the Most Influential Scrapbooker Awards BLOG TOUR! If you're ready to have some fun, you've come to the right place. (If you'd rather not have fun, well, stick around anyway. Maybe the 100 prizes that are up for grabs will change your mind.)

Here's how it works:
Every day this week, two of the MISA nominees will be spotlighted here on The Daily Trumpet, and we'll link you directly to their blogs, where you can go and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the amazing prizes described yesterday. There will be ten winners on each spotlighted blog, each day. This means that if you visit every featured blog this week, you can enter a total of ten times. This also means that there will be 100 prizes given away to 100 winners in just five days!

And the fun starts right now, on this blog. Leave a comment right here on this post telling us another possible thing the initials "MISA" could stand for (other than "Most Influential Scrapbooker Awards"), and we'll award TEN randomly chosen commenters.  (examples: "Most Ignorant Surgeon Awards" or "Make It Stop Already" or "My In-laws Smell Awesome.") Can't think of one? Just second someone else's choice!

Today's Spotlight: Cathy Zielske

Cathy Zielske may have lost 33 awesome pounds in the last six months (way to go!), but that is not why she was nominated. She made the list because, after losing her job when Simple Scrapbooks closed last March, she chose to dive into the industry with both feet. She supercharged cathyzielske.typepad.com, developed awesome new classes at bigpicturescrapbooking.com (including the top-attended class ever for BPS), developed a series of popular digital templates for designerdigitals.com, became the eBook designer for ellapublishing.com, and was even featured on the Martha Stewart Living Radio blog. Read her complete profile here.

We asked three "in the know" scrapbookers who have been following her career to share a few thoughts about Cathy. Here's what they had to say:

"Cathy has inspired me to: stop obsessing about chronology and get caught up; include our everyday stories in my albums instead of focusing solely on events and holidays; design better pages through the use of common margins, focal points, and other useful design tricks; and not be afraid to use my real voice in telling my stories, both in my scrapbooks and on my blog. But none of that makes as much of an impression on me as this: she is first and foremost a great mom. I like that she has her priorities straight."
~Barb Wong, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"I have had more 'a-ha!' moments reading Cathy's blog, participating in her online classes, and listening to her tutorials than probably all other teachers combined. She has a lovely way of making every project approachable and conveys to her audience that she has every confidence that they are perfectly capable of doing the same. The most important lesson I've learned is that you don't have to tell every story, but those you choose to tell should be real and authentic. You can never make a bad page if it is genuine, though she has many ideas to make it look good too!"
~Lee Currie, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

"I admire Cathy's ability to inspire others, whether it be to try digital scrapbooking or to grab your sneakers and start running, even when you think it's next to impossible. (That actually did happen, for me.) She is so real and so honest in everything she does, she makes you believe you can do it too. And that it's totally okay if it's not perfect. From Cathy, I've learned to relax. Keep it simple. Don't sweat the small stuff. Trying is better than not. In scrapbooking and for everyday life."
~Debbie Alvarado, Homer Glenn, Illinois

Now, head over to Cathy Zielske's blog today, where another ten prizes are being given away as we speak! (And she gets to tell you her criteria for picking her ten winners.)


p.s. Don't forget to check out Time to Scrapbook! 9 busy women share 27 tricks for fitting it in, Ella's newest eBook, which features advice and layouts from all nine nominees.
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Amazing Prize Line-up for the MISA Blog Tour!

Win Stuff from the Most Influential Scrapbookers of 2010! 

Our Most Influential Scrapbookers are busy women who invest their time and talent in the scrapbooking industry. They run educational websites, design products, teach classes, and spread the joy of scrapbooking. You can learn more about everything these ladies do by reading their profiles

During the week of July 19–23, we’ll be celebrating these fabulous scrappers with a fun-filled blog tour. Help us celebrate, and you could win one of 100 cool prizes! Just visit each nominee’s blog on her special day, and leave a comment. Each nominee will be giving away one of each of the prizes described below. That’s 10 winners and 10 prizes on each blog! Here’s what’s up for grabs: 

A six-month Paperclipping membership from Noell Hyman

This six-month Paperclipping membership includes immediate access to the complete archive of past Paperclipping tutorials (about 150 to date), two members-only videos per month, and higher-resolution videos (including many in HD).

Two digital-scrapbooking template packs from Cathy Zielske

Scrap faster and simpler with two digital-scrapbooking template packs (20 templates in all) from Cathy and designerdigitals.com. Just pop in your photos, add a bit of journaling, and embellish—simple as that! Templates are layered Photoshop files that are compatible with both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

A place in either “Photo Editing: Good-to-Great Workflow” or “Up & Running with Photoshop” from Jessica Sprague

Enjoy a spot in one of these video-based classes at jessicasprague.com: (1) “Photo Editing: Good-to-Great Workflow” teaches basic, global editing techniques for RAW and JPG photos, plus lots of extras! (2) “Up & Running with Photoshop” teaches basic skills needed to start digital scrapbooking in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (Note: Five people will receive a spot in each class. Classes will be assigned randomly by Ella Publishing Co.)

A “Play Date” product pack from Jenni Bowlin

Record your summer memories with the cheerful papers and embellishments in this “Play Date” product pack from Jenni Bowlin Studio. Each product pack includes one set of patterned papers (6 papers in all), one die-cut paper, one package of mini papers, one package of journaling cards, and one sheet of banner alphabet stickers.

A spot in the “Beginner/Intermediate Online Photography Workshop” from Maggie Holmes

This fun, enlightening six-week course teaches DSLR users to shoot in manual mode and covers the fundamentals of exposure, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and white balance. It also covers Maggie’s best tips on style, composition, lighting, and creativity. Start shooting like a pro in no time!

“Paper Girl” and “On Holiday” product packs from Margie Romney-Aslett

Enjoy one complete set of each of Margie’s new lines from The Girls’ Paperie. You’ll love the romantic, feminine touches of her “Paper Girl” line and the playful, upbeat feel of the “On Holiday” collection. These lines will keep you happily scrapping hour after hour.

A $50 gift certificate toward any class on reneepearson.com from Renee Pearson

Learn digital-scrapbooking and photo-editing techniques from top digital scrapbookers at reneepearson.com. Use this gift certificate toward any video-based class or tutorial, and make a smooth transition into digital or hybrid scrapbooking.

Two spots in both “Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages” and “Journal Your Christmas” from Shimelle Laine

Invite a friend (or two different friends) to join you in two online classes at shimelle.com. “Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages” makes taking and scrapping summer photos a pleasure. And “Journal Your Christmas” helps you preserve those special holiday memories in a stress-free way.

A place in either “Inspiration Defined” or “Book of Stories” from Stacy Julian

Enjoy a spot in one of these workshops at bigpicturescrapbooking.com: (1) Elizabeth Dillow’s “Inspiration Defined” workshop will help you gather, organize, and use inspiration from ordinary and uncommon places. (2) Karen Grunberg’s workshop “Book of Stories” will help you develop a process for collecting, organizing, storing, and using your stories. (Note: Five people will receive a spot in each class. Classes will be assigned randomly by Ella Publishing Co.)

A $20 gift certificate from Ella Publishing Co.

Use this gift certificate toward any of Ella’s eBooks or accessory products, which cover everything from photography and design to time-saving tips and journaling strategies. Own them all? A new book is released every month!

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Punch Challenge Winners!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in our three weeks of punch challenges!

See week one here.
See week two here.
See week three here.

Week Three eBook winner:

Random.org chose entry #5 as our winner from week three, and that means GABMC will receive a copy of Eight is Enough! Here's her cute layout, featuring a fun use of negative shapes.

Punch Winners:

And now for the grand-prize announcement! We pooled all the entries from all three weeks, and random.org chose entries #5 and #24 to each win an assortment of punches from EK Success and Martha Stewart Crafts.

And the lucky ladies are...
HEATHER D (layout pictured is from week one)

And GOLDNUGGT (layout pictured is from week three)

Congratulations! Winners, we'll be emailing you for addresses.
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Most Influential Scrapbookers Revealed!

Not only did you mention tons of people we were also considering, you gave us some great ideas of people to pay attention to. And you reminded us how HARD the choices were!!! And we feel very gratified that every single one of the nominees was guessed by you guys at least once.

Make sure you click all around our special Most Influential Scrapbookers section, read the nominees' bios, find out the selection criteria, and see how YOU can nominate someone for our next award.

Feel like someone's missing from our list? Nominate her (or him) for next time! Also, read the Most Influential Scrapbooker Awards FAQs to learn about our mystery 10th nominee. We originally named 10, but one was unable to participate due to scheduling, so she wanted to wait and see if she gets nominated next year. (Oops! Gave it away! It's a girl!) And to keep things authentic, we decided not to pull in an alternate. Please, nominate anyone you feel is missing by clicking here!

And the winners from our three-day guessing game are:

rosarivero, goldnuggt, rebeccak

Myra, buenvsh, bigredtx

Cyn, buenvsh (hey we didn't say you couldn't win two days in a row!), julesspud

And did you see that the 9 nominees' new eBook is live??? (We never could show you the complete cover before today, because both Maggie and Margie are pictured.)

The secret is finally out. Whew.
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Last Chance to Guess!

We've got less than 24 hours to go until the BIG REVEAL!

You ladies are some good guessers. Eight of our nine nominees have been guessed at least once in the last couple of days. There's just one person who hasn't yet been named! Keep the guesses coming...

Here are today's hints:
Eight of our nominees have blogs, while one no longer does.
Six of our nominees have companies named after themselves.
Three of the nominees have companies that are not named after themselves.
One of our nominees earned the nickname "Penelope" at age 12.
At least three of our nominees are baffled by the "skinny jeans" trend.
Two of our nominees have never heard of reality-tv star (and tabloid princess) Kate Gosselin. (We just had to ask!)
Of the remaining seven nominees, three would like to see Ms. Gosselin get out of the limelight and stay home with those eight kids, while four think she's just misunderstood. (We should stage our own version of The View with the nine nominees, don't you think?)

Again, the FIRST THREE comments today that contain at least one correct guess (and NO incorrect guesses) will each be awarded a $10 gift certificate to ellapublishing.com. Yes, you can guess people who have been previously guessed. It's the first three correct guesses each day that win.

(Note: we won't be announcing this week's blog winners until after Thursday, when the full list of Most Influential Scrapbookers has been posted.)

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Guess Our Most Influential Scrapbookers!

We hope you read yesterday's post for a few geographic hints about our nine Most Influential Scrapbookers! Now it's time for a few more helpful facts...

Today's Hints
One nominee has no children and one nominee has 5 children.
The nine nominees have 25 children among them (6 of whom are all grown up).
Five of the nominees have brown or black hair.
Two nominees are blond.
Two nominees have beautiful reddish hair (whether it's natural or colored, we can't say).

Go ahead and guess! The FIRST THREE comments today that contain at least one correct guess (and NO incorrect guesses) will each be awarded a $10 gift certificate to ellapublishing.com. Yes, you can guess people who were guessed yesterday. It's the first three guesses each day that win. (Note: we won't be announcing this week's blog winenrs until after Thursday, when the full list of Most Influential Scrapbookers has been posted.)

One more bonus hint:
We set up this award not to recognize "lifetime achievement," but to reward very recent effort and achievement (e.g. from 2009 and 2010), out-of-the-box thinking and innovation, partnering and pioneering into new frontiers, and reaching out to support and lift others within the industry. Our hope, in part, is to introduce you to (or remind you of) people who are influential in their own spheres, making a daily difference to their audiences and to their industry peers. We want to help our nine nominees widen their influence even further, because we think they’re doing great things.

p.s. Make sure you mark your calendar for our Most Influential Scrapbookers Blog Tour, coming up July 19 through 23, 2010. There will be 100 total prizes given away from Ella and the nine nominees!
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Most Influential Scrapbooker Hints!

Last week, we gave you a quick heads up about an exciting event happening here on our website this month! And for the next three days, as we lead up to the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT on Thursday of our nine Most Influential Scrapbookers, I'll be dropping little hints here on the blog.

And, over the next three days, we'll also award nine $10 gift certificates to ellapublishing.com! All you have to do is guess who you think was nominated by leaving a comment on this post.

The FIRST THREE comments each day that contain at least one correct guess (and NO incorrect guesses) will be awarded a gift certificate. So, guess as many times as you'd like, but be careful about including more than one person's name in each comment, because if one name is wrong, the whole comment doesn't count!  (Note: we won't be announcing this week's blog winenrs until after Thursday, when the full list of Most Influential Scrapbookers has been posted.)

Today's Hints
Only one of the nominees lives in Utah.
There are two nominees living in Arizona.
Two nominees live in East-Coast states and one lives in a West-Coast state.
Two nominees live in states bordering Canada and two live in a state bordering Mexico.
Five of the nominees lives in landlocked states.
One nominee lives outside of the United States.

p.s. Keep an eye out for our new eBook, to be released this Friday! It features hints, helps, and eye-candy from the nine Most Influential Scrapbookers of 2010.

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Wednesday's Winners

The seven randomly chosen winners in our Wednesday 7/7/10 drawing are commenter numbers 53, 74, 60, 58, 65, 69, and 45. So you don't have to go count, here are their names:

jeannett_mcgee (gets 10% off her next Ella purchase)
falwyn (gets 20% off her next Ella purchase)
Leggs94 (gets 30% off her next Ella purchase)
snapsandsnippets (gets 40% off her next Ella purchase)
amkrewald (gets 50% off her next Ella purchase)
tyfb (gets 60% off her next Ella purchase)


JustJen (gets 70% off her next Ella purchase!)

Thanks everyone for entering!
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Stretch Your Supplies: Punch Week 3

Welcome to week three of our challenge series.  Time to stretch your supplies, in particular your punches!

Join us for the last week of stretching as we get creative with our punches.
view week one here
view week two here

Do something with the negative space!

Can you find the negative space? I punched each photo with a heart shape and backed it with patterned paper. Next I added a number sticker that referred to the reference journaling on the left.

To participate, upload a layout that fits this week's challenge anywhere online (to your blog, to an online gallery, or to our BRAND NEW Flickr gallery). Then leave a comment on this post containing a link to your layout by Thursday, July 15 at midnight MST. One random participant each week will win a free copy of Eight is Enough!

AND, at the end of the three weeks, we'll pick two random participants from the entire challenge series who will each win an assortment of punches from EK Tools and Martha Stewart Crafts! Every layout you enter counts as one entry into the giveaway, so yes you can submit several different layouts in the same week, and the more times you enter, the greater the odds that you'll win!

EK Success Brands is giving away:

Dotted Circle Medium Punch 

Zig Zag Chain Edger Punch

For Sale Sign Large Punch

Bubbles Edger Punch

Martha Stewart Crafts is giving away:

Leaf Stamp and Punch

Medium Birthday Candles Punch

Garden Trellis Deep Edge Punch

Deco Fans Punch Around the Page Set

The Random Winner from Week 2 Was:

Commenter #11, teapot2angel, who added Shimmerz Spritz and a colored brad on her layered punched butterfly. Adorable!
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Wednesday Giveaway: An Ella of a Giveaway!

Just in case you were on vacation yesterday and missed it, the newest eZine is live and ready to be read! And speaking of vacations, that's the theme of the entire issue! You'll find lots of travel-related tips, tricks, and techniques. So take a mini vacation from whatever you're doing right now, and head on over there to enjoy some scrapbooking goodness.

Now, are you ready for the giveaway?
To qualify for our random drawing, all you have to do is leave a comment here telling us which article or layout (or both) from July's Scrapbook Ellaments was your favorite!

We'll pick SEVEN random winners who'll each receive a coupon code to save on their next eBook purchase! Why are there seven winners? Because today is 7/7/2010! (And it's also our copy editor Rachel Gainer's birthday today. Happy birthday, Rachel!)

Here's the prize breakdown:
Winner #1 will get 10 percent off her next purchase.
Winner #2 will get 20 percent off her next purchase.
Winner #3 will get 30 percent off her next purchase.
Winner #4 will get 40 percent off her next purchase.
Winner #5 will get 50 percent off her next purchase.
Winner #6 will get 60 percent off her next purchase.
Winner #7 will get 70 percent off her next purchase.

All winners will be chosen randomly, and names will be announced Saturday, July 10. And all winning coupon codes must be used by July 17, 2010!

Let's hear what you have to say!

p.s. Shhh! Don't tell anyone else, but in the meantime, please enjoy 7 percent off of the three eBooks cover girl Jennifer Larson picked as her favorites. This deal lasts today and tomorrow only. Just use the coupon code SEVEN at checkout when you purchase one (or all three!) of Jennifer's picks by Thursday, July 8, 2010! And I'm not telling you what they are. You'll have to read the article to find out!
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Scrapping by the Book

Guest blogger Audrey Neal writes:

I've been a book lover for as long as I can remember; in fact, I'm lucky enough to say that some of my earliest memories involve books. And while I consider myself a gadget girl in many ways, switching to an e-reader has been one technological advance I'm not willing to take. Not only would I miss the familiar heft of a book in my hands, but I'd miss out on the amazing cover art that accompanies some of my favorite books.

Those same book covers have served as inspiration for my scrapbook pages time and again. Whenever I'm feeling uninspired, I browse my bookshelves and come away with so many great ideas. Let's take a peek at a couple of my favorite books and I'll show you what I mean.

Design style: This cover features a playful look with hand-drawn illustrations. You could easily achieve the same look with doodles -- either digital, stamped, or hand-drawn.

Technique: The cover artist created a neat effect by using negative space on the hillside to create the outline of a man. Punches give you the same look on your layouts, and clipping masks help you achieve the look with digital layouts.

Photo treatment: Get the same vibrant look for your photos with photo actions, or play around with overlays and textures to mimic the blurred background on the main image.

Typography: This funky font would look great handcut from cardstock or printed onto a subtly patterned paper. Create a block of color to back your title.

The opportunities for inspiration are endless. In fact, I've found that some of my most meaningful layouts have been strongly inspired by the books I'm currently reading and their covers. Here's one of my favorites:

I had just finished The Help and was moved so strongly by this story; I couldn't stop thinking about it, even as I moved on to other books. There was so much about the book that resonated so strongly with me, and in part I knew it was because of the relationship I had formed as a small girl with three older black women who worked at the restaurant my grandparents owned when I was younger. It wasn't long before I knew the story I wanted to tell, but I was having trouble coming up with the layout and style. That's when I turned to the book cover for help.

Color scheme: I pulled patterned papers from some of my favorite designers in the same purples and yellows of the book's cover. (Being able to recolor just about anything makes this really easy with digital scrapbooking!)

Visual element: The birds and birdcages helped me to think more symbolically about the story I was telling; while I never really discusss the idea of being caged by society's ideas about class and race, those ideas are hinted at with the images I chose.

After participating in a circle journal based on books and reading with a number of scrappers this past year, I wanted to continue and expand this idea of getting scrapbooking inspiration from the books I was reading. That's when The Open Book Challenges were born. Every other Monday, seven talented scrappers and I take turns offering up our latest reads for your scrapbooking inspiration. We offer a short review and then include a variety of challenges, both inspired by both the content and the design of the book. To play along, all you have to do is create a layout (digi, hybrid, or traditional), card, or other paper project of your choice (any style, any format) and post a link to it in the comments. That's it -- though we do welcome comments and discussion about the book as well.

Click here to see the current challenges we have posted, as well as short bios of our challenge team.

We've got a new challenge going live on Monday, July 12 -- we hope you'll stop by, check it out, and play along!
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Coming this month from Ella!

No, they're not the BEST scrapbookers, they're not the SMARTEST scrapbookers, and they're not the scrapbookers with the CUTEST KIDS. They are simply the MOST INFLUENTIAL.

They're the scrapbookers who give of their time and their talents to inspire the world's memory keepers. They're the scrapbookers who are innovating, teaching, sharing, partnering, and spreading the good news of scrapbooking far and wide. They're the scrapbookers who are attracting new audiences to the hobby and making scrapbooking look COOL to the uninitiated.

And starting Monday, July 12, we'll start sharing HINTS about who they are. Then, the week of July 19 through 23, we'll have the BIGGEST, BADDEST BLOG TOUR you've ever seen, starring our Most Influential Scrapbooker nominees!

There will be 100 prizes and 100 winners (all from the Most Influential Scrapbookers) given away to folks like you! (See, we told you they were "givers.")

Please stay tuned! The party starts next week, culminating with the Friday release of an awesome new eBook, where the nominees share HOW THEY FIND THE TIME. Wouldn't you like to know how the industry movers and shakers manage to fit scrapbooking into their busy schedules?

The time is coming...
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Stretch Your Supplies: Punch Week 2

Welcome to week two of our challenge series.  Time to stretch your supplies, in particular your punches!

In the last two years the type, quality, and styles of punches have grown drastically. It is a tool that can be used in so many different ways. We, at Ella, were inspired by the inventive ways Nicole Harper, Stephanie Howell, and Kelly Noel  used punches on their layouts in Eight is Enough: Easy ways to stretch supplies and use leftovers, so we wanted to extend the inspiration to you!

Join us for three weeks of stretching as we get creative with our punches.


Add color and embellishments to your punched shapes

As you can see I used a butterfly punch and added bling and polka dots with a Sakura gel pen.

To participate, upload a layout that fits this week's challenge anywhere online (to your blog, to an online gallery, or to our BRAND NEW Flickr gallery). Then leave a comment on this post containing a link to your layout by Thursday, July 8 at midnight MST. One random participant each week will win a free copy of Eight is Enough!

AND, at the end of the three weeks, we'll pick two random participants from the entire challenge series who will each win an assortment of punches from EK Tools and Martha Stewart Crafts! Every layout you enter counts as one entry into the giveaway, so yes you can submit several different layouts in the same week, and the more times you enter, the greater the odds that you'll win! 

EK Success is giving away:

Dotted Circle Medium Punch

Zig Zag Chain Edger Punch

For Sale Sign Large Punch

Bubbles Edger Punch

Martha Stewart Crafts is giving away:

Leaf Stamp and Punch

Medium Birthday Candles Punch

Garden Trellis Deep Edge Punch

Deco Fans Punch Around the Page Set

Week one's randomly chosen winner is... skling!

Great use of color- and what chipper photos of that little boy