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Welcome to Digital Scrapbooking Month!

Yes, we've declared the month of August Digital Scrapbooking Month! And trust me, there will be something for everyone here on the site all month long (including freebies and giveways), so check back often!

Now let's talk digi for a moment.

Sometimes I wonder why I don't create more digital scrapbooking pages. I've got the skills, man. I design banners and blinkies for this website when our chief designer (my husband, Travis) is otherwise occupied. I write and edit instructions for how to use Photoshop Elements. I know how to use actions, layers, brushes, drop shadows, the works! I'm familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. And I have my own personal design and software coach living right in my house. So what's the problem?


{CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW}
Here's a digital scrapbooking page I made this weekend—my first digi attempt in a long time! Supplies: Adobe Photoshop + faux polaroid frames (Retro Digital Frames by Ella Publishing Co.
) + patterned papers (Crystal Wilkerson's November paper collection) + tree brush (free Woodland Brush set from Brush King) + Cooper Black and Consolas fonts + 12 x 12 page by Angie Lucas

Why I Love Digi

  • I do find it appealing that you can start a digi page, walk away from it for as long as you want to, and then come back to it, and everything will be exactly as you left it. (Pets, children, tidy husbands, and gusts of wind can never disturb a page in progress.)
     
  • As a minimalist who does not like to own, store, collect, dust, and maintain too many "things," the idea of all of my scrapbooking products living on my computer (and not taking up space in my home) is appealing.
     
  • With a soon-to-be toddler living in my home, I like the idea of there never being dangerous tools lying about for her to get her hands on.
     
  • I love the idea of the only "mess" to clean up is closing down all my software programs, sorting my digital files into folders, and shutting down the machines.
     
  • You can instantly create your own perfectly coordinated "letter stickers" at any time with just a font, the color picker tool, and the fx button.
     
  • Undo, undo, undo! I LOVE the "undo" command (CTRL+Z). No change you make to a digital paper, product, or page is ever permanent, as long as that undo command is there.
     
  • Although the early days of digi (circa 2004) did not really appeal to me, I've since discovered many designers, products, styles, and websites that DO appeal to my sense of style. (Much of what I saw when digital scrapbooking was new seemed to be more about what you COULD do with your computer programs rather than what you SHOULD do. I never saw enough emphasis on story, and I didn't have an appreciation for photos that were altered to the point that the subjects were almost unreconizable as humans. :)


Why I Rarely Create Purely Digital Pages

  • I'm a tactile person, and I love sorting through my piles of colorful papers and accents, feeling the textures, admiring the finishes. 
     
  • I enjoy the shopping part of scrapbooking, although I don't do it super often. There's something about physically browsing through a store, absorbing ideas and color schemes, that feeds me creatively.
     
  • I enjoy the puzzle-like process of physically fitting different pieces together, matting photos, using glue, arranging and rearranging elements. (But I do NOT enjoy using glue! Too messy.)
     
  • I already spend so much time on my computer (as a writer, blogger, and the owner of a website) that my eyes and mind just need a break. I NEED that change of scenery, even if it just means swiveling my chair from my computer screen to my drafting table, where I usually scrapbook. And this is definitely the reason that rules them all and outweighs so many of the benefits of digi, at least right now.



{CLICK THIS BANNER FOR AN OVERVIEW OF ALL THE DIGI HAPPENINGS THIS MONTH!}

I'm sure this month of digi fun will inspire me to try out more of the digital tools that sit dormant on my computer so much of the time, and I DO love a creative challenge! I think, for me, hybrid scrapbooking is my cup of tea at the moment. But since we're all ever-evolving creative individuals, who knows what the future will bring for me?

How about you? Do you digi? If so, why? If not, why not?


Answer this question in the comments below, and you'll be entered to win a free copy of Retro Digital Frames (which includes the cute Polaroid frame you see on my layout example, plus instructions for how to use them)! I'll choose one winner for every 30 comments!



Giveaway winners are
Swiss and Blessedintheus

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Summer CHA 2011: Keshet's favorites


One of the best parts of going to CHA is seeing all of the beautiful new supplies in person! Here are just a few of the things I loved best. (Warning: this post is just a BIT image heavy. I tried to narrow down, but there are way too many pretty things!)


One of my first stops was the Pebbles booth, which was chock-full of new stuff. These little pink clothespins are from the baby girl line, but could work for any project:


And the adorable Pebbles buttons are back in new colors. My favorite is that teal!

The American Crafts booth was hopping this season. I didn’t get too many photos of the product, but the entire Amy Tan line is to die for! Check out this fantastic embroidery from the booth:




American Crafts also came out with a fall/Halloween line, Nightfall, that contains my most favorite washi tape ever. Don’t you agree?



I also loved this apple sticker from the same line, and the fun apple paper:



Crate Paper has three fun new releases, but my favorite is (ironically!), the Christmas line, Peppermint.  How cute are these Elements cutouts?


October Afternoon never disappoints me, and this show was no exception. The Sidewalks line is super fun and summery. I adore the banners on these chipboard stickers.


Not to mention this floral patterned paper!


And these cute pennant stickers!


Jillibean soup has a fantastic new fall line out, called Apple-Cheddar Soup.


And I fell completely in love with these Bella Blvd pink alphas!



And last but not least, I’m completely in love with Lily Bee’s Head over Heels line. Can you tell it matches me?

There you have it—some CHA highlights! I hope you found some new things you love and inspiration to save those pennies for the new goodies!
 

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Summer CHA 2011: Boy themed products

Hello, Jennifer Larson back from CHA, and I wanted to share some of my favorite products, specifically the ones that would work well on pages about boys. As a mother of two boys, I find it challenging sometimes to find nice, varied products for their pages; Summer CHA gave me a multitude to look forward to finding in my local scrapbook store.

Here's what I found, starting with the obvious:

1. Sasparilla by October Afternoon. Even though there were some images of little girls playing cowgirl, the whole line had a rough and tumble look to it which is perfect for little boys.


2. Kaisercraft's Hunt and Gather. This line has a little hunting and fishing in it, but it also has a botanical feel that makes it a little more refined than typical hunting, fishing, and nature products.


3. Bella Blvd's Making the Team. This bright, fun line is perfect for sports, but is subdued enough to use for boy pages in general.


4. Nikki Sivils' My Little Monster. Now, I'm not saying boys can be monsters...well, mine can be sometimes. Plus they like monsters too, so this collection would be nice on many levels.

And now for some less obvious choices for papers and products:


5. Amy Tangerine by American Crafts. I know, this funky collection might not seem like boy fodder, but check out this paper: and this set of die cuts, I'm picturing a page about my boys' adventures.


6. Crate Paper Farmhouse. Some elements in this collection are suitably rough for boy pages, especially this paper, and this 12x12 sheet of stickers

I noticed patterns equally usable for boys in October Afternoon's Farmhouse collection too.


7. Doodlebug twine and twine letters. Such bright and happy things! I love using bright colors on my boy pages, so these will have a place.


8. Little Yellow Bicycle and Fancy Pants' school collections. I was drawn to the bright colors and geometric patterns in Little Yellow Bicycle's Head of the Class line:


I also loved the heavily saturated colors and cool images in the Fancy Pants Off to School line that would work well for boys pages--check out the shoe paper!


9. KI Memories' Good Folk stickers. The whole collection was a traditional KI fall line, but these stickers in particular would go well with the woodsy, farmhouse, Western vibe of the many other lines at the show:


10. Pebbles' wood buttons and American Crafts' Nightfall. These buttons, which came from their Christmas line, would look great on a boy page.


And even though this line is themed for fall and Halloween (clever to combine the two), the theme is muted and rustic enough to work well for boys.

Thanks for looking through my favorite products that I want to use on the pages about my boys. There were a lot of cool products out there, so don't limit yourself to the ones that are the obvious ones for boys. May you not have to wait too long to get your hands on these goodies!

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Big, Huge News

Dear Ella Family,

Wendy and I have been keeping a little secret under wraps for the last few months, and believe us, it has NOT been easy! (We both loooove to talk.) We've almost spilled the beans several times, but we've managed to keep this news under our hats. And now we are finally at liberty to speak. Let the floodgates open! (Did I include enough metaphors for you there?)

Wendy and I been invited to be a part of MyCraftChannel.com, which means we get to have our very own crafty tv show! This first-of-its-kind website launches in this fall, with 20 exciting hosts (from Stacy Julian to Heidi Swapp to Theresa Collins to so many more!) who will each release a new webisode each week. Here's how MyCraftChannel describes their vision, in a nutshell:

"Top experts, bloggers and craft celebrities in various niches from sewing, painting, scrapbooking, DIY projects, photography, mixed media and more have joined together to bring entertaining education to the web with TV-formatted shows."


And this isn't the two of us sitting in front of a webcam (as you may be used to seeing). We have our own custom-built set, a producer, a real-live camera man, the works! If only we had our own makeup artists and personal assistants, then we'd really be in business.

Our show is called Books & Crafts with Ella Publishing Co., and our first several episodes are already filmed and in production now.



Here's the official description:

Are you a reader who loves to craft? Or a crafter who loves to read? Either or, one or both, you'll have a home at the Books & Crafts show with Wendy Smedley and Angie Lucas. Join us for weekly creative projects and book reviews that revolve around the written word. You'll love the crafts we make for, because of, inspired by, or literally out of actual books. And listen in as we share the books that inspire us to create and live, live and create. We'll discuss books and eBooks that are related to creativity, writing, scrapbooking, crafting, photography, design, style, diy, decor, and more. Even fiction may find its way into our show, if it inspires us to make something pretty. 


We are thrilled to be a part of this new venture and to be in the company of so many extremely talented and innovative women. If you haven't been following along, we invite you to visit the MyCraftChannel blog, where a new host is being announced (and a new Cricut machine is given away) each day.



Today they're giving away the last E2 machine in the bunch today. Just hop over to the MyCraftChannel blog to find out how to win! (We'd LOVE to hear from you below, but you also need to comment on the post at mycraftchannelblog.blogspot.com to be eligible for the giveaway.)

We're beyond excited for this new adventure. And if you'll just keep checking here at The Daily Trumpet and visiting the Ella Publishing Facebook page, we'll keep you updated as the launch draws nearer. And we'll make sure to post each new video here as well as on our Facebook page for a fun new dose of weekly inspiration.

Thanks for reading! Now go win a Cricut...

  
 

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Guess What?

Ella Publishing Co. has something really exciting to share with you tomorrow.



Here are a few hints:
It's due this fall.
Our close friends and family already know about it.
It's not pink.
It's not a puppy.
It has three initials.
It has absolutely nothing to do with a peach.
If you love to read, you'll be extra excited about it.
Thank you, Philo T. Farnsworth.

Please, come back tomorrow.
 

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Christmas in July + Giveaways



Our friends over at reneepearson.com have just unwrapped their brand new blog and in celebration, they're offering three holiday-themed workshops available for registration only during the month of July.
They're giving away one enrollment in each class. Be sure to follow theBlog @ReneePearson.com to find out when!

DIY Family Portraits by Molly Newman
This year, start early and create a holiday card portrait that captures your family’s unique spirit.

Holiday Templates Reloaded by Tiffany Tillman
Stay one step ahead for the upcoming season and learn how to ready your holiday album.

Holly Shop by Laura Coyle
Laura guides you through the process of creating three holiday greeting card designs in Illustrator from start to finish.

Go check it out!


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Summer CHA 2011: from the sidelines


Hello everyone, Wendy here, I am not attending CHA summer but have been enjoying all the updates and photos from those who are in attendance. I am going to share my favorites trends.



Color-grape, purple, indigo color, very rich and Mediterranean looking, count me as a fan

  1. Websters Pages, Fairy Tales
  2. Basic Grey, Indie Bloom
  3. Crate Paper, Random



Motif-rulers, measuring tape whatever you want to call it.

  1. 7Gypsies wooden rulers
  2. Technique Tuesday stamps (this is a summer release, this company did not attend CHA)
  3. Stampers Anonymous, Wendy Vechhi remnany of art stamp
  4. Graphic 45, ABC primer cling stamp 1



Medium-Wood, veneer, brown and alterable

Maya Road, wooden (you guessed it) 1. doiles, and how about those 2. rulers?
3. Studio Calico, veneer shapes
4. Pink Paislee has more of their wooden alphabets

Check back over the next few days for more CHA Summer 2011 highlights from our Ella friends.
 

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Summer CHA 2011: Live from the show

Hello there! Ella Friend Val here blogging from CHA in Chicago. I had the pleasure of attending the show yesterday with some of my Ella Friends and would love to share a few of the trends we spotted and handful of fave picks with you!

The Trends
Two big trends we couldn't help but notice  tie right into the current vintage and sewing trends: country/farm & quilting-inspired lines.
At Studio Calico we spotted this pretty quilt-pattern paper from their new Memoir release:
 
And the Homemade 6 Bean Soup line from Jillibean Soup includes quilt patterns and even a cool quilting cutting grid pattern.
 
These releases from Crate and October Afternoon, both aptly titled Farmhouse, capture the homey vintage imagery & patterns of this trend…
here’s Crate’s Farmhouse:
Crate Farmhouse
And here’s October Afternoon’s release:
OA Farmhouse
We also spotted maps in many lines including these from October Afternoon’s new releases: Sasparilla and Boarding Pass:
 OA Sasparilla map
oa boarding pass map
Since cardmaking is always on my radar, I was really happy to see lots of  6 x 6 paper pads. They used to be an occasional perk to a manufacturer’s release but now it seems every line has an accompanying 6 x 6 pad. These little pads are great for die cutting, embellishing scrapbook pages and the smaller scale of the patterns make them ideal for cardmakers.

A few other trends we noticed  that are still going strong: grid patterns, hexagons, vintage & sewing themes.

Ella Friend Faves
How great it is to get a sneak peek at all the great new products and materials. Here are some of the faves we spotted and admired today:

Amy Tangerine for American Crafts; such a fun line! It was a general consensus among the Ella Friends that this line is outstanding. I was particularly impressed by the little details in this line. Like the paper clip embellishments in the shape of little cameras!
Amy Tangerine

Amy Tan for AC

Pink Paislee – loved so much in this booth – especially these vintage thread spool tops:
Pink Paislee buttons

October Afteroon’s Farmhouse collection has a mix of vintage ephemera, ledgers and farming related imagery. This grid sheet was a stand out for me:
OA grid

Love the graphic imagery and bright color of Jillibean Soup’s Homemade 6 Bean (a quilting-themed line) and Sweet and Sour Soup (a type themed line). Hearing Laina Lamb, designer of the lines, explain her design inspiration was a special treat:
Jillibean

According to Lori at Studio Calico, they selected several favorite paper patterns and re-colored them in this warm grey palette, hence the name Warm Calico. This release is complete with a line of coordinating embellishments and I could easily seeing it working in place of or alongside kraft:
Studio Calico

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what there is to see at CHA and I enjoyed sharing these peeks with you – hope you enjoyed seeing them. Lot’s to look forward to in the months to come!

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #8

Happy Monday everyone!  I’m here today with the second sketch for the month of July's
 


For this second sketch, I decided to use a mix of sizes and orientations for the photos, I thought it might be a fun change:
 


To create my layout I made some minor adjustments to the photo sizes in the sketch, but I kept the placement and orientation of the photos the same.  I used some of my favorite photos from this past spring to make this layout:
 


The journaling reads:  On one of the first warm days of spring, we decided to go on a picnic. Once at the park we enjoyed a simple lunch of PB & Js and apple slices. After we ate, we played in the park.  It was a happy and beautiful day. March 9, 2011

Joining me this week in our sketch challenge is Ella Friend, Keshet Starr.  Here is her take on the sketch:
 


I love Keshet's style and I love this layout!  Here is what she had to say about it, "When I first saw the sketch, I loved how the structured grid design could work really well with fun, whimsical embellishments.  I used my Studio Calico Lawn Party kit and matched the bright colors with these funny photos of an impromptu dance party! Best of all, my layout came together in record time because the hard work of designing the layout was already done for me!"

 
Are you ready to hear about the prizes this month?
 
The winner of this month's challenge will win a copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches
 


and this vintage-inspired prize package
 

 
It includes patterned papers from Making Memories as well as embellishments from American Crafts, Kaisercraft, Prima and Cosmo Cricket; plus there are glassine envelopes, shipping tags, safety pins and twine.  Notice too, the Addy Sentiments Stamps from Studio Calico, these are the same stamps that Valerie used on her card. 

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.  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 July 31, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S.addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

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.
 



***Because last month's winner was an international reader the prize has been redrawn.  Winner of June's Stretch Your Sketch Challenge is Ella reader jleija!***

Please email me at donnajannuzzi(at)gmail(dot)com to receive your prize.

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Creative Die Cutting

Die cutting is experiencing a resurgence in popularity in the paper crafting world. Whether you are using a manual cutting machine, like a Big Shot or a Cuttlebug, or a digital one, like a Silhouette or Cricut, you can produce some very cool effects for your pages and cards.
Manual die cutters can cut and emboss a variety thick materials in addition to just cutting paper. Digital cutters offer flexiblity is size of cut image and the ability to cut computer fonts. Whichever you choose to use, die cutters are and extremely versatile too. Today, along with the help of Ella Friend Monika Wright, I’d like to share a few of my favorite die cut projects and maybe inspire you to dust off your machines & try something new.

Create a Textured Background
With some basic embossing folders and nesting shapes you can create your own textured cardstock. For this page, I created the circle background by first embossing some 4 x 6 panels with a few different patterns. I then cut the panels with a nesting circle die. I deliberately kept the color of the die cut area neutral so that attention would be focused on the texture and photos. This is a great technique for a card base, too!

materials: cardstock: Bazzill, American Crafts; patterned paper: Pink Paislee, Studio Calico; tags: Studio Calico; stickers: 7 Gypsies; buttons: Graphic 45; letter stickers: Basic Grey, American Crafts by Valerie Mangan

Page & Card Embellishments
For this card I used another 2 step process. First I wove strips of coordinating patterned papers into 4 x 6 panels then used the same nesting circle cutters to cut the shapes. I stitched the edges to hold the assemblies together. This is a great technique for mixing a lot of pattern in a small amount of space.

Materials: cardstock: Bazzill; patterned papers: Crate, Studio Calico, Cosmo Cricket, American Crafts; letters: Pink Paislee; string: Martha Stewart by Valerie Mangan

Ella Friend Monika Wright had this to say about her quick & easy die cut cards:
Monika Wright cards
“We've been sending tons of mail to my son, who's away at Navy Boot Camp, and that's where the star card{s} come in: fun, but not too frilly or embarrassing. {At least I don't think so!} I knew I wanted to use the bracket-shaped die in some way and it seemed the perfect backdrop for the star-punched garland I strung together using baker's twine. Die cut, punch stars and holes, string with twine, adhere and you're done! Quick and simple summertime design.”
“For the card on the right I folded my die cut in half, glued more baker's twine to mimic the shape of the die cut and layered three paper punched star shapes, with pop dots in between. Think outside the box here...small note card, place card, gift tag or a great way to label all the dishes on a buffet table. “Great ideas for using that die, Monika!

Emboss Wood Veneer
Thicker materials can also be embossed and make really cool mini album covers. I made this one by first embossing the wood veneer panel then running it through the machine again to cut the bracket shape. The pages for the album are cut from the same shape die but you could certainly mix shapes here for a more playful book. (This mini album was inspired by the new Ella Publishing’s List It! Everyday Edition and will eventually contain snapshots some keepsakes in my home that make me smile.)
Val Mangan Mini Album
Materials: wood veneer: Stampin’ Up; cardstock: Bazzill; patterned papers: Crate, Studio Calico; letters: Pink Paislee; tin pin: October Afternoon; butterfly: Making Memories; string: Divine Twine by Valerie Mangan

Some other cool things you can try with your die cutter:
·         Accentuate the negative: use the leftover/negative cuts for page elements and masking
·         Run a little panel of woven or stitched fabric through die cutter
·         Cut vintage material: maps, vintage cards, sewing patterns, etc
·         Emboss a thick material like wood veneer or plastic, apply a light coating of paint and use as a stamp.
·         Make dimensional shapes by stacking multiple cut outs.
·         Experiment with embossing using unconventional materials like leaves, window screening, drywall tape, etc…
·         Smash things, like metal bottle caps  (please check to make sure your machine can handle this first before     attempting…)

Are the wheels turning yet? I hope I’ve inspired you to break out that die cutting machine and put it to good use!

 

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Our July eBook!

Here's a little sneak peek of the cover.



This may not end up being the final cover, or the final title, but it is the final author and topic! (And the content is amazing! And it's 52 pages long, including Rebecca's top photo games and seasonal photo-taking checklists!)

So, quick poll: do you like the title as it now stands?

Stay tuned for the official release, coming later this month!

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GIVEAWAY: Are you up for a Challenge?


Our amazing talented friend Elizabeth Dillow is teaching a four week workshop at Big Picture Classes called Design Challenges and we our giving away TWO SPOTS in her class. She is so talented, inspiring, and just plain fun to hang out with.



Read more about the class below.
Fitting scrapbooking into a busy schedule can be tricky; even more so if you’re feeling a little stale, bored, or generally uninspired! Scrapbooking is about the photos and the words that make up your memories, of course, but if you lose sight of the value of the process, our beloved hobby can feel a little like a chore—and scrapbooking should never feel like a chore. If your creative process is feeling a little anemic or you simply want the accountability of a challenge to reset your creative focus, you need Design Challenges!

This is a perfect class for summer and remember you have FOREVER access to the class archives.

GIVEAWAY:

Enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below sharing your number one design challenge. Winners will be randomly selected and posted in 24 hours 9:00 pm MST July 7.
Thanks for playing along!!

***Winners below***
justasiam
christa_allgood

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #7

Hello everyone and Happy 4th of July!  I do hope you are enjoying your long holiday weekend.  Today I’m back to share the 7th sketch in the


Here it is:
 


This design was inspired by an advertisement that I saw in a magazine.  I admit that I don't remember which ad, or which magazine!  I just remember liking the simplicity of the shapes and their arrangement and I thought it would make an excellent sketch for a layout.  I used this week's sketch to make this layout documenting our family's love of pickles:
 


I make these refrigerator pickles every summer and everyone in our family loves them.  They are really simple and easy to make; visit my blog if you'd like the recipe.

Joining me this week in our sketch challenge is Ella Friend, Valerie Mangan.  If you are familiar with Valerie's work, then you know that in addition to creating beautiful layouts Valerie is also an extremely talented card maker.  To mix things up a bit, I asked her to use this week's sketch to make a card:
 


and here is a closer look:
 


 Isn't it beautiful?  Valerie said, "In addition to being a very useful tool for layout making, page sketches are great for making cards too! Donna’s sketches are no exception. In fact her clean, linear designs are a particularly handy jumping off point for cardmaking. In scrapbooking and cardmaking I’m a huge fan of the grid so this sketch was especially fun to work with. I tried a few literal interpretations but thought for the smaller scale of a card, breaking the grid with some circles might be more interesting. While the 2 circular elements are completely different, the 2 patterned paper squares are the same and in monotone pattern to reinforce the grid and anchor the main design element. I put my sentiment in the same place as the title."

 
Are you ready to hear about the prizes this month?
 
The winner of this month's challenge will win a copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches
 


and this vintage inspired prize package
 

 
It includes patterned papers from Making Memories as well as embellishments from American Crafts, Kaisercraft, Prima and Cosmo Cricket; plus there are glassine envelopes, shipping tags, safety pins and twine.  Notice too, the Addy Sentiments Stamps from Studio Calico, these are the same stamps that Valerie used on her card. 

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.  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 July 31, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S.addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

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.
 



***Winner of June's Stretch Your Sketch Challenge is Ella reader di_turner!***
Please email me at donnajannuzzi(at)gmail(dot)com to receive your prize.

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Weekend Giveaway from Renee!

Hooray for a 4th of July weekend giveaway! Leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, July 5th for a chance to win a seat in Scraphic Design with the fabulous instructor Tiffany Tillman! (Thanks Renee for the giveaway...)


*UPDATE*
And the winner is...
nej26