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Spring Training Catch Up Day


Happy Sunday! This marks the halfway point in our Spring Training journey. We hope you're feeling stronger and more toned each day.

Today is a "catch-up day." Here's your chance to watch missed videos, rewatch your favorites, complete challenges, and enter the giveaways you haven't yet entered. Tune in tomorrow for our 7th video, "Finding the Light," from photography coach Kelly Willette.

Remember, turn in your entries for the first six challenges by Monday, May 2. We'll choose our random winners and announce them on May 4th!

DISCOUNTS
Our generous sponsors are offering you the following discounts, announced earlier this week. Take advantage while there's still time!

From Therm O Web: Save 15% off any internet order. Enter code ELLASPRING at checkout.

From Clickin Moms: Enjoy 25% Off a Six Month, One Year, or Lifetime Membership for New Sign-Ups. Use the code SPRINGTRAINING. Code expires May 10, 2011. (Can also be used by existing members to save 25% off when they upgrade to Lifetime.)

From Kelly Willette: Use the instant purchase buttons you'll find in Day 3 blog post to purchase Kelly's photography guides and save more than 50 percent!

From Big Picture Classes: Enjoy 10% off your entire order at Big Picture Classes! To redeem the discount, add the promo code springtrain to your cart when checking out. Code expires 5/20/2011.

Angie Lucas's picture

Spring Training: Day 6

Welcome to day six of Spring Training! Everyone is free to participate in our daily blog challenge and giveaway. Not signed up yet? There's still time. Sign up here and use code SPRING33 to save $7 on your registration.

If you're already registered, click here to visit the Craftnasium. (Note: must be signed in to your user account for the page to load.)
 

Note from the Coach

"Are you ready to write again? I hope so, because this is an easy, fun, AND meaningful way to journal about someone you love. Follow this exercise and learn how to narrow in on the descriptive words and concrete examples that will help you illustrate your loved ones' defining characteristics. Can't wait to see you in the craftnasium!"


Interested in the full lesson? Click here to learn more.


FREE Bonus Inspiration

For more examples of this challenge to help you with today's exercise and challenge, check out Francine Clouden's entry on Write.Click.Scrapbook.

 

Thanks to today’s sponsor!



***Winner***
BIG winner #7 Di Turner
ebook #15 Sharon


Paper Coterie, today's sponsor, is offering $100 gift certificate to one lucky winner who enters today's challenge!
A second winner will win a copy of Text Tricks by Margaret Scarborough and Sara Winnick

You must check out Paper Coterie's website and service it is innovative and super cool!!

Daily Discounts



Today only, save $1 on Text Tricks by Sara Winnick and Margaret Scarborough
Use the code SPRTEXTTRKS  at checkout.
 

Today's Challenge is...

Use an adjective, or descriptive word, as the inspiration for a page.

Archives
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Spring Training: Day 5

Welcome to day five of Spring Training! Everyone is free to participate in our daily blog challenge and giveaway. Not signed up yet? There's still time. Sign up here and use code SPRING33 to save $7 on your registration.

If you're already registered, click here to visit the Craftnasium. (Note: must be signed in to your user account for the page to load.)
 

Note from the Coach

"Back to me, Inspiration coach Wendy Smedley! I'm SO glad you are here and participating. Today is all about being inspired to have an emotional reaction that can lead to unlocking important memories and stories you want to scrapbook. We look to the professionals who pair words and images to create feeling and we leverage their work to jumpstart a layout. Interested in learning more? You can still sign up to enjoy all of the Spring Training workouts. Have a great day!"


Interested in the full lesson? Click here to learn more.


 

FREE Bonus Inspiration

For more examples of this challenge to help you with today's exercise and challenge, check out Francine Clouden's entry on WRite,Click, Scrapbook.


 

Thanks to today’s sponsor!
 


To one lucky winner who enters today's challenge, Therm O Web is offering a prize pack of adhesives that includes:

  • Zots
  • Sticky Strip Runner
  • SuperTape, Foam Squares
  • Vellum Runner
  • SuperStik Glue Sticks

***Winners***
BIG winner #1 Aubree

ebook #10 pink soup


A second winner will win a copy of...


 

Daily Discounts

1. From Ella Publishing: Today only, save $1 on Stretch Your Sketches by Donna Januzzi.
Use the code SPRINGSKETCHES at checkout.



2. From Therm O Web: Save 15% off any internet order. Enter code ELLASPRING at checkout.

Today's Challenge is
Get inspired in any way by a print advertisement.


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Spring Training: Day 4


Welcome to day four of Spring Training! Everyone is free to participate in our daily blog challenge and giveaway. But sign up to enjoy ALL the benefits of this exciting event! There's still time. Sign up here and use code SPRING33 to save $7 on your registration.

If you're already registered, click here to visit the Craftnasium. (Note: must be signed in to your user account for the page to load.)
 

Note from the Coach

"Hello Ella friends! I'm Tammy Tutterow, the technique coach for Ella's Spring Training 2011. Today I shared with the craft-letes tons of ideas for ways to distress and change up products sitting in their craft stash and ways to add more texture and visual interest in their projects. I had so much to share I had to talk in fast speed to get it all in! If you have things sitting unused in your craft stash or feel like your projects could use a little something extra, you will want to watch this video!"



Interested in the full lesson? Click here to learn more.


FREE Bonus Inspiration: Cross Training with Write, Click, Scrapbook.

For more examples of this challenge to help you with today's topics, check out Francine Clouden's entry on Write.Click.Scrapbook.



Thanks to today’s sponsor!

Little Yellow Bicycle is our sponsor. They are offering a tote bag full of items from current collections such as Twig, Elizabeth Park, as well as some past favorites, for a total value of $50, to one lucky random winner who enters today's challenge!


***Winner***
BIG winner #21 Monica
eBook #16 Mary


A second winner will win a copy of Lisa Dickinson's Design Workshop eBook.



Daily Discounts

From Ella Publishing Co.: Today only, save $1 on Design Workshop by Lisa Dickinson.
Use the code HAPPYDESIGN at checkout.
 

Today’s Challenge is...

Create a page featuring any distressing techniques.


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Spring Training: Day 3

Welcome to day three of Spring Training! Everyone is free to participate in our daily blog challenge and giveaway. Not signed up yet? There's still time. Sign up here and use code SPRING33 to save $7 on your registration.

If you're already registered, click here to visit the Craftnasium. (Note: must be signed in to your user account for the page to load.)
 

Note from the Coach

"Hey guys!!!! It’s me, Kelly, your photography coach! I totally enjoyed sharing my tips and secrets to how to document the everyday AND how to capture great portraits with you in my photography video. It is SO important to be able to know how to capture ALL events in your life. Do you sometimes struggle with how to capture the moments and the portraits….and when to tell the difference between the two? Then you gotta check out the video!"


Interested in the full lesson? Click here to learn more.


These photos of Max and my daughter are great examples of how to capture posed portraits using entryway light.


The photos of Max drawing are examples of how to document the everyday and the moments without ruining the moment.



FREE Bonus Inspiration

For more inspiring examples to help you with today's exercise and challenge, check out Monika Wright's entry on Write.Click.Scrapbook.



 

Thanks to Today’s Sponsor!



clickin moms
is offering one lucky winner:

Lifetime Membership to Clickin Moms
Mom's Gonna Snap T-shirt
set of Paparazzi Presets for Lightroom
copy of CMbook Volume 1 (Inspire)

Total Prize Package Value: $314.85

***Winners***
Clickin Moms WINNER #17 Lisa J

eBook winner #26 margvp

A second winner will win a copy of 40 Top Tips for Better Photos by Rebecca Cooper from Ella Publishing Co.




Daily Discounts

#1 From Clickin Moms: Enjoy 25% Off a Six Month, One Year, or Lifetime Membership for New Sign-Ups. Use the code SPRINGTRAINING. Code expires May 10, 2011. (Can also be used by existing members to save 25% off when they upgrade to Lifetime.)

#2 From Ella Publishing Co.: Today only, save $1 on 40 Top Tips for Photos by Rebecca Cooper. Use the code PHOTOTRICKS at checkout.

#3 From photography coach Kelly Willette: Save MORE THAN 50% on these products from willettedesigns.com, with convenient instant-purchase buttons.

Photographer’s Bag o' Tricks
$10 instant download product to your PayPal email address. Regularly $35!
Add to Cart
(Note: This Add to Cart button links to the willettedesigns.com PayPal account. Order not fulfilled by Ella Publishing Co.) This tool was designed to help you have fun with your youngest subjects and to encourage those big ol’ grins that parents LOVE to see. This product has 20 games that will bring joy to your sessions! Remember, your job is to make the portrait session a memorable occasion, whether the subject is your own child or a client’s child. This tool puts the FUN in photography! The product is set up on 4×6 jpg files that you print at your favorite photo lab, then place in your bag for a great reference tool if you’re out of ideas! Give some of my tricks a try…..you’ll have a blast as will the little cutie pies!

 
The Portrait Cookbook Children Posing Guide
$20 instant download product to your PayPal email address. Regularly $50!
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The Portrait Cookbook Siblings Posing Guide

$20 instant download product to your PayPal email address. Regularly $50!
Add to Cart
(Note: This Add to Cart button links to the willettedesigns.com PayPal account. Order not fulfilled by Ella Publishing Co.) These portrait “cookbooks” are presented as a downloadable file containing at least 28 jpg images for you to print, along with other organizing detail sheets, such as an equipment checklist, a guide on how to successfully use the portrait posing cards, and a checklist to guide you room by room through a client’s home or outdoor setting. This will show you how I can create a session with at least 30 unique poses in a matter of minutes. This system provides 28 “recipe cards” with a photo example of the pose in action. It also contains a checklist for room-by-room and location-by-location ideas for how to pose a child and what to do in each setting.
 

Today’s Challenge is...

Upload a page featuring your best people photos—those that really capture the subject’s personality. Or, if you're one of our registered Craft-letes, you can simply upload your favorite of the photos you took during today's exercise, whether or not it's on a scrapbook layout.

Angie Lucas's picture

Spring Training: Day 2

Welcome to day two of Spring Training! Everyone is free to participate in our daily blog challenge and giveaway. Not signed up yet? There's still time. Sign up here and use code SPRING33 to save $7 on your registration.

If you're already registered, click here to visit the Craftnasium. (Note: must be signed in to your user account for the page to load.)
 

Note from the Coach

"Hi, it’s me Angie, your journaling coach! I had a blast in today’s video walking our craft-letes through four completely unique ways to write single-sentence journaling. The truth is, writing LESS is sometimes more difficult than writing MORE. But not if you follow my four tried-and-true strategies! Would you like to get fantastic journaling written in five minutes or less? Then you need to watch this video!”


Interested in the full lesson? Click here to learn more.



 

FREE Bonus Inspiration

For more examples of this challenge to help you with today's exercise and challenge, check out Monika Wright's entry on Write.Click.Scrapbook. today.



 

Thanks to today’s sponsor!


Big Picture Classes is today's sponsor. One lucky winner who enters today's challenge will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to bigpictureclasses.com!
A second winner will win a copy of Journaling that Matters from Ella Publishing Co.

***Winner***
BPC gift certificate #22 Jennifer Holowaty 
eBook winner #12 Heather C



 

Daily Discounts

Enjoy 10% off your entire order at Big Picture Classes! That's correct, your entire order! To redeem the discount, add the promo code springtrain to your cart when checking out. Code expires 5/20/2011.

And today only, save $1 on Journaling That Matters by Angie Lucas and Kelly Jeppson. Use the code HAPPYJOURNAL at checkout.
 

Today’s Challenge is...

Create a layout featuring single-sentence journaling.

Wendy Smedley's picture

Spring Training: Day 1

Welcome to day one of Spring Training! Everyone is free to participate in our daily blog challenge and giveaway. Not signed up yet? There's still time. Sign up here and use code SPRING33 to save $7 on your registration.

If you're already registered, click here to visit the Craftnasium. (Note: must be signed in to your user account for the page to load.)
 

Note from the Coach

"Hello all! Wendy here. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and am excited for you to learn from all the other coaches too. The important aspect is to energize yourself by learning new things. My topic today is all about understanding your signature style and leveraging that to your beneift. You can see from my layout below that I love bright pops of color with a handmade touch. And you'll learn lots more than that in today's video!"


Interested in the full lesson? Click here to learn more.


 

FREE Bonus Inspiration

For more examples of this challenge to help you with today's exercise and challenge, check out Monika Wright’s entry on Write.Click.Scrapbook.


Here is a sampling of what you will find in today's post (layouts from Angie and Elizabeth)

 

Thanks to today’s sponsor!




Nikki Silvis is offering a complete set of her new paper line, Max and Mollie, to one lucky winner who enters today's challenge! A second winner will win a copy of 20 Simple Secrets of Happy Scrapbookers.

***Winner***
Nikki Silvis prize #8 Katherine
eBook winner #16 Janet

Daily Discounts

Today only, save $1 on 20 Simple Secrets of Happy Scrapbookers by Stacy Julian and Lain Ehmann. Use the code HAPPYSPRING at checkout.



 

Today’s Challenge is...

Share a layout that shows off your signature style! Or, if you're a registered Craftlete, you can share an image of your Style Statement instead.

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Quick & Easy Photo Cards


Hope everyone is enjoying photo week. I’m thrilled to be joining my Ella friends today with a quick & easy photo card project.

As a scrapbooker, I take tons of photos; from the special occasions to the mundane and everything in between. It’s the ‘in between’ stuff I like to focus on for card making. The photos of scenery, or things I’ve baked, or pretty stuff I just wanted to capture.

I realized if I liked these photos so much, maybe someone else would appreciate them, too.  So I started using them on cards & gift tags. I know making cards can be somewhat scary to scrapbookers, and adding photos to cards just takes that fear to the next level. Today I will show you how ‘not scary’ photo cards are, and share with you a few tips I’ve learned along the way.

Photo Card Tip #1: Stick with a theme.
For example, for this simple notecard set I used a group of photos from an amusement park we visited over the summer. I took all these photos while waiting for my kids who were riding the rides.
note cards

This brings me to Photo Card Tip #2: Keep the cards simple.
If the picture is pretty enough to make it onto the card, it’s not going to need much in the embellishment department. For this set I chose simple clear stickers to add a sentiment and I machine sewed the perimeters onto pre-made kraft cards. The sentiments could easily be added in a photo editing program if you prefer. Cards like this make a great gift, tied together with a little baker’s twine:
note card set with twine

Pictures of baked goods also make great cards. Cupcakes, for example, make great birthday cards and tags (and, no…I did not make this cupcake. I wish I did!)


For this tag I added a little patterned paper, a couple of metal accents and another clear sticker sentiment.
Photo Card Tip #3: Print the photos on non-glossy paper – either matte photo paper or plain white cardstock.
Or have some fun and print on a color or something transparent, or even something textural. Your creativity and a good photo editing program are your only limits – just keep them matte. Unlike a layout, cards get handled. If the photos are shiny, they will get smeared with fingerprints and scratched up. The shinier something is, the more visible the flaws will be.

Another way to get a sentiment onto a card photo is with a stamp. Which is another good reason to print on matte paper. It’s easier to stamp onto a matte surface and you can even heat emboss. You cannot heat emboss a shiny photo. 
stamped photo cards

Here’s a close up of these heat embossed sentiments:
detail of heat embossing

Making cards with photos is fun and very simple! If you are anything like me, you will become addicted to this process. Now, as I do when I take family photos with potential scrapbook layouts in mind, I’m also taking photos with ‘card making potential’ too!

Materials
Amusement Park notecards: kraft cards (Canvas Home Basics) + stickers (SRM) + twine (Divine Twine)
Cupcake tags & cards: cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (My Minds Eye) + stamps (Studio Calico, Stampin’ Up) + tape, mini paper clip (Tim Holtz) + photo turn (7 Gypsies) + twine (Divine Twine)
 

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Best of Photo Projects: photo cubes for the seasons



Spring is here and before you know it, Summer will be on its way, too. In our part of the world, there are only 22 more school days left. Can you believe it? Time to start planning those Summer activities now before the kids ask, "What are we going to do today Mommy?"

With that in mind, I started thinking about our trip to the Beach this year and how much we enjoy going as a family. Lots of good food, lots of down time and a whole lot of sand. Everywhere. A few favorite photos stand out in my mind when I start thinking about our past trips to the land of sand, surf and sea and I am sure that you're probably the same way.

I know, let's make a photo cube together. Most every craft store has these lucite photo cubes, so pick one up next time you're out. Remove the cardstock template and use it as your guide. You will notice below that my 12x12 piece of cardstock was not large enough for the whole template. See that partial piece adjacent to the sufrboards? I used that square for the bottom and cut a piece of cardstock to cover the partial hole. 



I trimmed my template and scored my fold lines while my photos were printing. After placing them, I decided that I would outline each photo to give it more presence. You could make your photos full size and skip this step, but I was not sure that each of my template openings was the same size after I copied the template and folded...so I took the easy way!

I adorned the top of my photo cube with a shell that my oldest daughter found in Aruba. Lucky for me there was a hole in the top of the shell and I threaded some baker's twine through it.



Now for my memorable {to me} photos, this one of my two guys...



and five surf boards to represent our family, where I've fussy cut around a stamped bracket shape...



and these two bathing cuties in their matching swimsuits.



I used some washi tape to attach my jewelry tag to the outside, knowing I couldn't add embellishments to the inside of the photo cube and for the photo of my husband and I walking hand in hand on the beach at sunset, I added a chipboard letter "W" that just happens to have hearts on it.

Because I used repositionable adhesive, I can remove my embellishments, make a new template and enjoy using the photo cube to display more photos as the seasons change.

So, how do you display your seasonal photographs at home?

and here are Ella's photo products

Picture Perfect
Special Effects for Digital Photos
40 Top Tips for Photos

Retro Digital frames
On the Go photo tips
 

Donna Jannuzzi's picture

Best of Photo Projects: Shape Collage


Hello!  I’m here today to share with you a fun photo project using a program called Shape Collage.  If you’re not familiar with it, Shape Collage is a free downloadable program that can be used to create an enormous range of custom photo collages.  You can download the program by visiting the Shape Collage website.
 
I used the program to create a heart shaped collage made from my favorite photos from last year.  The free version of the program allows you to save your collage as a JPEG file and then resize or edit the image in your favorite photo editing software (you can also size the image in the shape collage program itself).  I sized my collage to 8 x 10 and then I cut out the heart and created this layout:
 


One tip I can offer after having used the program myself is that the more photos you use the more your finished collage will look like the desired shape.  However, if you want to see your photos and don’t want them to overlap too much then I recommend using fewer photos.  I wanted to see my photos, even if they are quite small, and so I opted to use fewer of them – this meant that my heart has rather jagged edges.  This didn’t bother me though and I like the way the finished collage looks.
 
The program is extremely versatile.  In making your collages you can adjust the collage size, the size and number of photos used, the spacing between photos and much more.  Before using the program I recommend viewing the video demonstration at the Shape Collage website.  I should also let you know that collages created using the free version of the software will have a watermark, but I found that it is very subtle and it did not bother me at all.  A personal-use version of the program can be purchased for $25.  The files created from that version can also be saved as PNG or PSD files with each photo being its own layer giving even more flexibility for your creations.  Also, images created in the personal-use version of the software will not have a watermark.
 
The program does take some getting used to.  There are so many customizable options that it can take some time to figure out what each option does and how it affects the finished collage.  It is an easy program to learn though, and once you get the hang of it it is a lot of fun to use.  Truly, the possibilities for creativity are endless and I know I will use this program again for future projects.
 
I hope I’ve inspired you to give this program a try.  If you create something with Shape Collage, please post a link to it here in the comments.  I would love to see what you’ve created!


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Best of Photo Projects: A Simple and Quick Photo Journal


Welcome to Ella's new series featuring the best of photo projects brought to you by our amazing Ella friends.

Are you familiar with the site PhotoJojo? It's a great photography website with a store that sells photography supplies and gadgets, but also they post a variety of DIY projects using photos. Me and Lee Currie tackle one of my  favourites, the Photo Journal, which uses supplies you no doubt have on hand: two photos, scrap paper, and craft glue.



With two photos and paper cut to the same size as the photos, you use craft glue (any PVA glue like Elmer's will work) to make a "perfect bound" notebook. Add another piece of paper as a binding and you're ready to start journaling.

The video tutorial by Judy Lee, formerly of Five and a Half Journals, gives step by step instructions on how to make the journal. It should take you less than an hour from start to finish.

I used two 5x7 photos of this Ixora flower that I took while visiting my aunt in Grenada. Here's the back of the journal:

 

The photo is of the same flower as the front, but zoomed in some more. For my pages I cut up notebook pages from a larger notebook.



This would be a perfect project for photos that you have already scrapped, or that are similar to ones you have scrapped, landscape and macro shots, or those random portraits that you love and want to do something else with. You can use any kind of paper for the pages too, not just notebook paper. How about magazine and catalog pages, or old maps? The journals are a great gift idea too.

Now it's time for me to start filling those blank pages! For those of you that like to read the steps, Lee shares steps below.





1. Choose your photos: Every year I have the privilege of heading to Cape Cod for a couple of weeks. This year I’m heading there with a few friends and decided to take previous photos to make a journal to account for my stay and our adventures in 2011.
2. Cut scrap paper: In this case it was mostly leftover sheets from an almost full sketchpad. I added in some sheets of gridded paper and printed scrapbook paper. These were all cut to 5” x 7” to match the size of the photos chosen. About 50 sheets of paper make a good sized journal.
3. Square up: Tap the now-cut paper along with the photo front and photo back. Secure with the binder clips – one on either side. (I put scrap paper on the front and back photos to protect the finish from being harmed by the binder clips.)
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4. Sandwich: Between the two smaller books, in my case I used composition books, use the binder clips to help keep the journal steady to apply glue.
5. Apply Glue: Using my foam brush I spread a generous, but not drippy, amount of glue along the top.
6. Dry & Re-apply: This took a bit of time, about ½ hour for the glue to dry to the point of tacky. I then re-applied glue in order to make sure nothing was missed the first time. Again, I waited, this time about 10 minutes. Remove the binder clips and place the journal in wax paper sleeve.
7. Press: Lay flat on a table and put your Big Heavy Book on top. Do this until the glue is fully dried. (Because I was in no particular hurry, I let the glue cure overnight.)
8. Trim: Sometimes with the moisture of the glue paper will “grow”. With your scissors, trim off any excess before you finish off with the spine. I find, even with a paper trimmer, that the paper is not “perfect” so I am not too upset about some misalignment.
9. Add the spine: You pretty much need to saturate the printed-paper to add to the finishing touch to the journal, especially the edges so they don’t curl. I chose some coordinating American Crafts printed-paper in a fun summery stripe.
10. More drying: Once dry you’re all done! I added a quick title and voilà, my journal is all ready to record the memories that will be made in June.

Lee shares,

"If you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop with just one! Additional projects on the go include: Move More, Eat Better; Decorating Ideas; Gardening Plans; Christmas Plans; and, Quiet Moments.For the decorating, gardening and Christmas books I changed things up a bit: orientation, cardboard backing, gaffer tape spine. That was the most fun of the whole project – changing things up."

and don't forget all of Ella's photo offerings

Picture Perfect
Special Effects for Digital Photos
40 Top Tips for Photos

Retro Digital frames
On the Go photo tips
 

Angie Lucas's picture

What you WON'T see in Spring Training 2011!

Everybody loves bloopers, right?



Here's a little preview of what you can expect NOT TO SEE in Spring Training 2011, plus a few exclusive glimpses of topics we'll be covering and ideas you can expect to learn more about!

Clearly, we're not afraid to embarrass ourselves for your entertainment.

If you haven't reserved your spot yet, you can save 10 percent for the next 6 days only, so hurry!

Click here to find your 10% off coupon code.

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #2

Hi Everyone!  I’m back today with this month’s second sketch in our new challenge series.
 


In case you missed out on the first sketch you can see it and read more about the series here.  Let me remind you of the prizes for this month.

This month's prize is a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches 
 


plus a $10 Gift Certificate to Ella's eBook shop
 



Alright, let’s get to this week’s sketch.  It features two 4 x 4 photos with the title setting on top of the photographs and with the journaling just below.
 


 For the 8.5 x 11 version I took the two 4 x 4 photos and replaced them with one 4 x 6 photo. 
 


From the original 12 x 12 version of the sketch I made this layout.
 


I didn’t edit my photos before printing, I just trimmed two 4 x 6s to fit the sketch.  And in fact, it worked well for these photos because my son and I were facing the ocean with the beach’s parking lot to our backs – not very picturesque.  Trimming the photos actually got rid of a lot of the visual noise of the original images.  Design-wise, I could have chosen to scrapbook just one of these photos, but I wanted to scrapbook both, one with my son’s somewhat grumpy face and one with him smiling and so this sketch worked out perfectly in that sense too.

Fellow Ella Friend Monika Wright created this layout using the 8.5 x 11 version of the sketch
 


Here is what she had to say about her layout and the sketch that inspired it, “Even though my journaling takes a more prominent place in the layout than the original, I followed the sketch pretty literally. I had forgotten that I had the "W" letter sticker and it fits so perfectly as a title for my page. I scored and folded my cardstock, then punched it, placing it on my page. Using my paper piercer made sewing the border with the embroidery floss through the kraft go so much easier.
 
I adore a sketch that allows me to interpret it to best fit my story and my photo. I could have added more embellishments, I could have not added a thing other than the title and the journaling... either way would have been just right. This sketch will definitely be in my arsenal of "go to" designs as I think it is a versatile concept.
” 

Here is one more version of the sketch
 


Feel free to use any version of the sketch, or adapt the sketch to fit your needs.  There is no wrong or right, sketches are meant to aid the creative process.  Use the sketches as a starting off point and then let your photos, products or story guide the rest of your design choices.

Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album and be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption.  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by April 30, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.

This is the second sketch posted for the month of April.  Remember, there will be two sketches posted every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from now through September.  Stop by to see a brand new sketch and layouts created by me and the Ella Friends using the sketches.  Along the way I'll share my favorite tips and tricks for getting the most from your sketches.

I hope you all have fun with this week’s sketch.  I can't wait to see what you do with it!

***Winner of seat in photo finish class from Friday giveaway is Ella reader sdebevec***

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TopTips for Photographing Babies

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be a guest blogger at Ella today! I've been a professional photographer for a few years now and I can't even tell you how much I love doing it. I'm so incredibly lucky that I get to do what I do. I've been married to my husband, Matt, for 7 years and we have three beautiful boys.

Today I'm going to give you a few tricks on photographing babies. I mean, how hard can photographing babies be, right? They just lay/sit there, coo and smile, and you just snap away with your camera. Uhhh….dream on.

PHOTOGRAPHING NEWBORNS

When I photograph newborns I plan on at least 2 hours for the session. Usually we don't need quite that much time, but occasionally we need even a bit more than that. It turns out babies are very unhappy when they're unwrapped from their blanket, undressed completely, and then expected to be a contortionist so they can be photographed in the cutest pose possible. But here are five tips to make the process as smooth and quick as possible:



1. Keep the room really warm. Babies like to be warm. If you're sweating a little bit then the room is at the right temperature.

2. Don't invest in fancy backdrops. All you need is a simple, neutral blanket. Place the baby on the blanket (with a cushion or pillow underneath her) and then have someone hold up the back of the blanket to create a "backdrop."



3. Expect to be peed and pooped on. Yeah. That's life.

4. If you're taking photos of your own baby, you may find it somewhat difficult. Babies have an amazing sense of smell, and if they can smell their own mom they might not cooperate very well for you. I know this from personal experience, and it's frustrating.

5. Don't forget to photograph details!


PHOTOGRAPHING OLDER BABIES

Older babies (especially those that can sit up, but can't crawl) are so FUN to photograph! They've got these cute little personalities and it's great to be able to capture those personalities. There are still a few tricks to use with older babies.

1. Get down on their level. Even if it means laying completely flat on your stomach.



2. Have plenty of toys nearby that make noise. I say have plenty because one noise may scare a baby, while another noise may make him coo and smile. If a toy with noise doesn't work, try your signing voice. Babies don't care if you've got a great singing voice or not--they just love to hear you sing.

3. Use fun props that are age-appropriate (such as vintage blocks, flowers and bows for girls, or some neutral-colored stuffed animal).



4. Again, keep backgrounds simple. You can use just a simple blanket again, or try a simple white or neutral backdrop (such as a sheet).

5. Know when enough is enough. When babies have had enough there's usually nothing you can do to get just "one more smile" out of them. I've often rescheduled photo shoots because it simply wasn't working that day. Let everyone take a break and try again later!


That last baby is my youngest, Myles.


For more photography read Picture Perfect, I am one of three authors along with Kelly Noel and Becky Novaceck.



Also I have a class starting at Big Picture Classes called Photo Finish. Leave a comment below to enter a giveaway for a free spot in my class.

Giveaway closes in 48 hours Sunday 4/17 @10:00 am MST


***Winner of seat in photo finish is Ella reader sdebevec***

 

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Baby Photo Fun

Baby week continues with a bit of baby photo fun!

And today's photo fun was inspired by Rebecca Cooper's 40 Top Tips for Better Photos eBook, which instructed me how to buy the right kind of black fabric and how to set it up in relation to a large window in my home, in order to let in the best possible natural light.



I used Rebecca's helpful and accessible tips to help me in an ongoing photo series that I take once a month of my baby girl, whose adoption was finally finalized yesterday. (Hooray!) I use some Picky Sticky stickers that I place on her belly for each photo, showing her growth.

 

Below you'll see the very first time this series of photos has been presented all in a row, in order. I've waited six months for this moment, and it feels just as sweet and nostalgic as I expected it to feel!













The final picture in the series was actually taken by my husband, Travis. Check out more of his amazing 6-month baby pictures on my blog today.

And if you're looking for useful tips for how to photograph newborns—or how to photograph babies of any age, really—also check out Picture Perfect by Elisha Snow, Becky Novaceck, and Kelly Noel.



In fact, Elisha will be guest blogging here on The Daily Trumpet tomorrow, so make sure you stop back in to witness a REAL professional at work.

Ciao for now!

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Baby Boy Gift: Customized Shadow Box Houses

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I want to share with you a cute customized gift that you can make for a baby boy using your scrapbooking and general crafting supplies.  I've given this gift to both boys and girls with great success! Here are two examples:  



To make this gift you will need
A plain wooden shadow box house - available at your local craft or dollar store.
Acrylic paint in chosen colours
Patterned Papers
Baby themed chipboard and other embellishments
Die cut machine (optional)
Letter stickers

1. Paint your box in your chosen colours.

2. If you want to use patterned paper backings like the first image shown: measure the sections of the box and cut patterned papers to fit them. Check to see if any of your punches will punch the right size piece to save some time. You can also cut pieces to fit the roof and sides of the box. 

3. Decorate the box with embellishments. Use stickers, chipboard and shapes cut using a die cut machine.

4. Add the baby's name in the sections. You can either do one letter per smaller section like the first image, or the entire name in a larger section like the second image. If you don't yet know the name, simple put the word "name" in the section and let the parents know that you will supply the correct letters later! You can also choose to label one section for a photo, which the parents can add. if you're giving the gift after the baby's birth you can also include pertinent info like the date and time of birth. 

5. Embellish one corner at the outside of the house if you like.

6. Wrap and present with love!

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Welcome to Baby Week


Happy Tuesday all! Ella friend Valerie here. I’m excited to be kicking off baby week at the Daily Trumpet. What a joyous occasion to celebrate and mark with a keepsake gift. I love making gifts for new babies!  I’m a huge fan of the mini album and I tend to make these the most when it comes to giving a gift for this special occasion.

Here’s a small album I whipped up that has the feel of a little board book:



The design is clean and the concept is simple: a page for a few facts about day 1, then a layout for each month of the baby’s first year.



Each mini layout has space on the left for recording important facts or milestones in that month of the baby’s life. There is space on the right hand page for a small photo or two. Simple and not overwhelming to a new mom, who may also be brand new to the idea of scrapbooking.  A mini like this is a great way to introduce someone to this hobby in a format that might not be familiar to them.  Most people tend to picture expansive 12 x 12 albums when they think of scrapbooking.  Starting off small and simple like this is so much less intimidating.



A simple little mini like this is a great, quick gift that could even be displayed as it is being completed.  I’m sure any new mom would love to receive a little keepsake book like this, and even more excited to be involved in its completion.

Materials
Chipboard album (Maya Road) + cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye, Basic Grey + letter stickers (American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin) + stamp (Stampin Up) + ink (Jenni Bowlin) + ribbon (Little Yellow Bicycle) + pin (Tim Holtz) + pearls, tag punch (Martha Stewart) + die cutter (Big Shot)  by Valerie Mangan
 

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Join Us for Spring Training 2011!

Breaking News!
Ella has put on a headband and some rockin' leg warmers, and she's all suited up for 12 days of scrapbooking exercises, expert coaching, daily challenges, sponsor giveaways, and more.

Just set aside 20 minutes a day from April 25 through May 7 to join in the fun, education, and inspiration. This two-week marathon ends on National Scrapbooking Day, so you'll be all warmed up and in the mood to scrapbook the day away! (And you won't lose a single toenail or have to pee-while-running, like real marathoners do!)

We've got four expert coaches lined up, 12 exclusive training videos (on photography, journaling, techniques, and inspiration), and 12 fantastic sponsors who are readying their prize packages as we speak.


 

 

Sign Up Here

if you'd like to suit up and become an official "craft-lete"—get it? athlete? craftlete? ha!—and enjoy all of the perks listed above. But hurry! Your chance to save $8 expires on April 15th!

OR you can stop by the blog every day between April 25 and May 7 and participate in a daily challenge and giveaway for FREE.

So dust off those sweatpants, you little craft-lete you, and get ready to scrapbook!

p.s. Stop by all week long THIS WEEK too, as it's BABY WEEK on The Daily Trumpet, and we've got lots of babyfied adorableness in store. (I'm trying to include a record number of made-up words in this blog post. How'd I do?)

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From the ezine, Misting Mania

Have you seen the redesigned ezine yet? It is pretty dang amazing. One of the recent articles is all about misting- if you are like me, a bit behind with this trend, then check it out. It is written impeccably by Ella friend Jennifer Larsen, and after reading it you will fill like you know all you need to about misting.

A favrotie misting technique is this one by Jenni Hufford


"One fun way to incorporate journaling into design is to use misting.  Yes misting! For this layout, Jenni didn’t leave any space for journaling in her column of photos and accents.   So misted her background cardstock in three spots and added her words on top—a very natural look that blends nicely with the rest of her design."

 

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An Ode to the Internet

(Read on for some fabulous scrapbooking deals!)
I have been scrapbooking since glittery dinosaurs walked the Mrs. Grossman’s sticker sheets as the “it” page embellishment. Over the years, I’ve seen so many positive evolutions in this industry, from the types and variety of products available to the ever-broadening definition of what counts as scrapbooking, to the proliferation of the Internet for connecting to other scrapbookers.

Back in the 1990s, if we wanted to share ideas, take a class, or just spend some time with like-minded hobbyists, we had to seek out places to meet with local people. Today, with the simple click of a mouse, inspiration, camaraderie, and classes from all over the world can be right at our fingertips, in the comfort of our home (and pajamas!)

You might want to check out these exciting online opportunities for learning and mingling:
 

True Scrap



If you want in on this first-of-its-kind virtual expo event, you’ll have to act fast…it starts today! True Scrap offers a keynote from Ali Edwards, a virtual classroom featuring a wide variety of live session topics from a dozen different instructors (including ME!), and make-and-take project videos from 5 well-known kit clubs – all for one flat price ($97) that works out to less than $6 per presentation. Not going to be around to absorb all this inspiration live? No worries! For a bit more ($127), you can purchase an option that includes recordings of the whole shebang, to soak up at your leisure.

 

Spring Training with Ella


Ella's super duper Spring Training exravaganza is coming to a computer near you very soon! Stay tuned for details and your chance to sign up and get inspired.

  • Four expert coaches (Angie Lucas on journaling, Wendy Smedley on inspiration, Tammy Tutterow on techniques, and Kelly Willette on photography)
  • 12 exclusive videos (one per day) featuring coached training exercises (watch for 10 minutes, "exercise" for 10 minutes)
  • A daily layout challenge based on the daily exercise
  • Daily giveaways from our event sponsors (including Big Picture Classes, Jenni Bowlin, Little Yellow Bicycle, and more)
  • Exclusive downloads and offers
  • Access to the videos for a full 60 days after the event ends

Sign up Next Week (April 11-15) to enjoy all of the above for 20% off the list price! Registration page coming soon!

Note: Participation is
FREE in the daily layout challenge and giveaway (without access to the videos, hands-on exercises, and exclusive downloads)
 

Creative Crop



Big Picture Classes and Creating Keepsakes magazine have teamed up to celebrate National Scrapbook Day with a jam-packed, 12-hour online event Saturday, May 7. Hourly challenges, live chats, giveaways, and inspiration galore! And best of all? It’s FREE!
 

**Great Scrapbooking DEALS!**

Looking for more ways to harness the powers of the internet to benefit your scrapbooking? Here are some ideas

Research your ancestry for heritage projects with help from The Ancestry Store. If putting together a family tree leaves you feeling stumped, this is the place to find software and books that can help. Or, try a new Ancestry.com Membership.

Order photos. At Clark Color, you can order digital photo prints for as low as 8¢. Plus, register for free with Clark Color, and get 40 free 4x6 prints with your first order. I order many of my prints from Clark, and have always been pleased with the quality.

Shop for scrapbook supplies. Right now you can get 20% off most scrapbooking products at ScrapbookingAlley.com, which could come in handy for that page or project you have in mind!

What's your favorite way that the Internet makes scrapbooking easier or more fun? Tell us in the comments!
 

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Let's Party Like it's Wendy's Birthday!

Because it is, in fact, Wendy's birthday today! And that means a discount for you. Ain't life grand?



Pictured: Wendy showing off the 40 birthday cards the old Simple Scrapbooks magzine team gathered for Wendy when she turned 40 a few years ago! (While we may miss several thigns about our old jobs, the gray cubicles are not among them!)

To celebrate her big day, Wendy is offering you a rockin' deal! (We'll, I'm offering it on her behalf because she's far too modest to be as shameless as I am willing to be.)

And just like last week, when Angie made a big freakin' deal out of her birthday, we're going to force you to tell Wendy HAPPY BIRTHDAY in order to enjoy the discount. There's no shame in a little coercion, is there?

To celebrate Wendy's fabulous 43rd year, if you buy one eBook today, you can get a second eBook for 43 percent off! Use the code HAPPYBDAYWENDY at checkout by April 7.

And be a pal and leave her a little note below, while you're at it!

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Spring Beauties

Hello everyone- feast your eyes on these springy products- what are you exciting to be working on? I am finishing some pages that are candy colored- thus the candy. Do share your current projects.



spring colored candy by Selfridges

alterable wooden buttons by Maya Road

5 things I love about you project by LYB

say cheese stamps by Lawn Fawn

dinner party conversation starters by Kikki K

colorful twine by Pink Paislee

love the twine packaging sold by Kikki K

spring garland kit by Jenni Bowlin

 

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Join the Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series!

Hi Everyone!  I have some really exciting news to share wih you.  Starting today I will be hosting an all-new
 


here on The Daily Trumpet.  Visit the blog every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from now through September to see a brand new sketch and layouts created by me from the sketch.  Along the way I'll share some of my favorite tips and tricks for getting the most from your sketches.  Plus, each week I've invited one of the Ella Friends to stretch the sketch and create another layout based on that same sketch so you'll get double the inspiration!  Each month you can join in the fun by making your own layouts based on the sketches presented to be eligible for some great prizes.

This month's prize is a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches 



plus a $10 Gift Certificate to Ella's eBook shop


 

Are you ready for the first sketch?  Here it is
 


and here is an 8.5 x 11 version
 

 

From the original 12 x 12 version of the sketch I made this layout
 


To stretch the sketch I used two 5 x 3.5 photos in place of the single 5 x 7 photo
 


and created this layout
 

 

Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album and be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption.  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by April 30, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.

Remember, there will be two sketches posted each month.  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries which will double your chances of winning!

I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog.
 



I can’t wait to see your interpretations! 

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Vote on an Upcoming eBook!

Here are a few eBook titles we're considering for upcoming months. Which do you think would be most successful?

1.
Scrapbooking by the Yard
Getting more use from your rake, trowel, and hoe in your paper creations

2.
20 Secrets of Happy Scrap-hookers
Because escorts have important memories to preserve, too.

3.
Giant Designs
Maximizing the space on your 12 ft. by 12 ft. scrapbook pages

4.
Paper Predictions
How to predict—and scrapbook—important events before they happen.

5.
Your Life, Reimagined
12 easy ways to recreate your past and erase all your regrets.

Please vote for your favorite!