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September Take Twelve Roundup

Hello everyone! What a difference a week makes... the sun is shining, my camera is back from the repair facility in California, and as far as I can tell my email is working just fine again. And how could the day be anything other than spectacular when I have fun pages to share with you from the Take Twelve Team?

I chose a neutral cream-based scheme for my September page vs. my ever-faithful standby kraft, and was pleasantly surprised how much color I really did manage to capture on one of the dreariest days we've had in Cheyenne all year. Trivia: Cheyenne really does have an inordinate amount of purely sunny days—236 on average per year, compared with 205 for the overall U.S. average. Rainy days kind of mess with us here in southeast Wyoming : )

You can read more about my photos here.

Monica Bradford also began with a neutral foundation for her page, but added an additional layer of depth with colorful twine accents. This thoughtfully documented Wednesday filled with ordinary chores and routines is not suprisingly an extraordinary favorite of Monica's. We've been saying it all year but it's worth saying again: slice of life photo projects like the Take Twelve photography challenge afford us the opportunity to see our lives from a different angle. Priceless.

Read all about how Monica built her page here.

Clearly Angela got the memo about neutral foundation month too! (Just kidding. We don't send memos, we use Bat-Signals.) Her design is perfect for when you have a variety of image orientations, as her journaling block anchors them all. I love the variety of photographs she included about her daily routines as a mama of small children; I've scrapbooked long enough now to know how precious these images are, because so much of our memory is framed by routines in the different phases of our lives.

Check out Angela's page more closely here.

And finally, our dear Take Twelve Team member Van's page... she deserves not just a rainbow, but a medal and a round of applause from all of us for facing down the challenge of being separated from her deployed husband and welcoming a new baby boy, Benjamin, on September 7. Ten weeks early. Who lives to tell the tale of that challenge through a scrapbook page? Van does, that's who. Never underestimate the power of pretty paper and photos, friends—or the dedication of the military community to see its members through anything life brings.

Read more about Van's incredible September here.

Don't miss our other Take Twelve Team pages this month:

Aliza Deutsch

Stephanie Medley-Rath

Angie Lucas

Lisa Ottosson

Margie Scarpignato

and another from our Ella Friend...

Grace Tolman


And finally, please join us in congratulating lucky number #8, MajiclnOz, for winning a seat in Big Picture Boot Camp 2012, this month's prize from Big Picture Classes! This intensive training course is designed to help you prepare for the 2013 Four Experts series of workshops and is guaranteed to get you in excellent (scrapbooking) shape!

Keep working on those pages and we'll see you back here for the final quarter of the year on October 12!

September Take Twelve

Good morning! If it is a good morning, which I doubt. OK, OK, that's a little harsh on Take Twelve Day, but I've been locked out of my email for over 24 hours thanks to a "glitch" in the billion dollar Apple data center in North Carolina, my camera is undergoing mirror assembly surgery in Irvine, California, and the beautiful late summer weather went away over night and it's now cold, dreary, and raining cats and dogs. My own new dog (a six year old from the shelter who's been with us for under two weeks) is also not impressed. Well, with the cold, dreary, and rainy part. I don't think she cares about the email or camera. 

But! In the spirit and momentum of the Take Twelve Photography Challenge, I will persevere with my phone camera in hand! I hope you're persevering, too. And I hope it's sunshine-y wherever you are!

To celebrate the new partnership between Ella Publishing Co. and Big Picture Classes, our lucky monthly winner is in for a treat—a seat in this year's Big Picture Boot Camp! If you aren't familiar with Boot Camp, here's a little bit of info to get you excited:

Boot Camp 2012 with four all-star coaches
Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Tracey Clark, Amy Powers
Boot Camp lasts for 12 days and costs $40
Camp starts 10/15/2012

Class Description
Shape up your scrapbooking, photography, and general crafting skills with help from our four expert coaches

Here's How it Works
You'll log in daily for a 10-minute video from one of our 4 coaches followed by a 10-minute targeted exercise that's guaranteed to:
jumpstart your creativity
exercise your scrapbooking muscles
give you a concrete starting point to get something done NOW
inspire you with lasting skills and ideas you'll want to apply over and over

New to Big Picture Classes?
Learn more here.


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Boot Camp 2012

Introducing Boot Camp 2012

The four coaches this year are

Sign up at Big Picture classes here

Here's How it Works
You'll log in daily for a 10-minute video from one of our 4Experts followed by a 10-minute targeted exercise that's guaranteed to:

  • jumpstart your creativity
  • exercise your scrapbooking muscles
  • give you a concrete starting point to get something done NOW
  • inspire you with lasting skills and ideas you'll want to apply over and over
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Big News! HUGE!

We at Ella are absolutely thrilled to share our BIGGEST news of all time, which was revealed publicly for the first time today during Big Picture Classes' annual Big Idea Festival. (That's a lot of BIG!)


And if you haven't guessed the BIG NEWS yet, here are two little hints...







Um, yeah. Ella Publishing Co. is now part of the Big Picture Classes family! And the team that brought the world Simple Scrapbooks magazine is together again under one umbrella, roof, Big Top...pick your metaphor.


Click here to have a giggle at the animated Brady-Bunch-style graphic you see above and read all about the big news over at bigpictureclasses.com.


While you're there, make sure you're signed up for the Big Idea Festival, which starts today, September 4th! You just heard the first of four BIG announcements to be revealed during the 14-day free festival, and you won't want to miss the other three.

Oh, and those seven mystery instructors they've been talking about all month long that will be inspiring you inside the Big Idea Festival? They're really seven of your favorite Ella authors, and their cute faces were unveiled inside the festival today (Rebecca Cooper, Wendy Smedley, Stephanie Baxter, Angie Lucas, Nichol Magouirk, Becky Novacek, and Lisa Dickinson)!



What does this news mean to you?

1. Ellapublishing.com will continue to educate and inspire you while the above pictured "BPC Bunch" works together to launch a new umbrella site that will house all of the amazing Big Picture Classes/Ella Publishing Co. educational content in one place.

2. Ella's eBook library is ALSO available at bigpictureclasses.com starting today! Click here to browse.

3. Wendy, Cathy, and I will continue to crank out eBook awesomeness for your reading pleasure at least once a month, and all upcoming eBooks will now be available at ellapublishing.com as well as at bigpictureclasses.com, thus reaching a much wider audience!

4. We're all combining our talents to benefit both brands. I, for example, am now the Editorial Director at Big Picture Classes, on top of being eBook Editor-in-Chief.

5. The elephant stays. Because she's just so darn cute.


Any questions? :)