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Repurpose an Infant Crib Spring for Keeping Memories

This story starts in 2005, when a coworker offered me a crib. I was not pregnant at the time, nor would I be for six more years. I moved said crib three times, from basement to storage locker to basement and another basement.

When it came time to assemble it for my daughter's arrival last year, we discovered several important (and proprietary) pieces were missing. This being a (shh) drop-side crib, we were not able to order replacement parts. With few options, we bought a brand new crib and returned this hand-me-down to the basement.

And there that poor drop-side crib sat, no one wanting it, until I saw this on Pinterest. With a new workspace in need of functional and beautiful wall decor, I knew what had to be done. 

I dragged the spring out of the basement and dusted off the cobwebs. 

I set up the spring on sawhorses in the backyard, with the back side facing up. 

I purchased an easy-cover spray paint intended for metal. No sanding or priming needed!

I sprayed the back side first, being careful not to use too much of the can. I let it dry for an hour. 

I flipped it over and sprayed the top. I let it dry for two hours before bringing it inside. 

I used magnets and metal binder clips to attach photos and memorabilia to the grid. It is the perfect place to store inspiration as well as memories waiting to reach your next scrapbook page. 

I also discovered that binder rings can also be added, to help store frequently used supplies!

This repurposed crib spring was the perfect finishing touch to my new office. For less than $5, I created a very large art piece that also serves multiple purposes!

July Take Twelve Roundup

It's July 19, and you know what that means—it's my dad's birthday! Well, OK, so you probably didn't know that, but feel free to wish him a happy birthday if you see him all the same. We'll celebrate here at Ella Publishing Co. by sharing pages from the Take Twelve Team.

As expected, I had a whole lot of diverse subject matter to photograph on July 12. I kept my journaling simple by employing my favorite journaling style: the list. I often approach these Take Twelve pages like a summary; each of these photos has a much, much longer story attached, but I am perfectly comfortable adding just the basics here. I can always choose to scrapbook one or more of these stores in far more depth later.


Angie Lucas opted for an Instagram black and white look at her ordinary day; she included journaling that corresponds with the numbered photos. By keeping her design and color scheme simple, her photos really pop!

We're fairly sure Angie and Take Twelve Team member Stephanie Medley-Rath didn't coordinate their pages ahead of time, but check out a different take on the same black/white/green/orange combination! Some palettes just work with black and white photos.

You can read more about Stephanie's layout here.

Take Twelve Team member Aliza Deutsch tried something new on her page this month—every photo was taken on her phone, because she and her family were on the road. It's always fun when the 12th of the month falls on a day you're doing something out of the ordinary, too! See what you can do to push yourself outside your usual go-to strategy and you might be pleasantly surprised by the results!

You can read more about Aliza's layout and photos here.

Take Twelve Team member Lisa Ottosson added a clever touch to this month's page: she used her "today is" stamp repetitively to add value to her journaling. It's a simple addition to the page, but it creates a fun design element and allows her to share a few words about how she was feeling throughout the day.

You can read more about Lisa's layout here.

Make sure to check out other pages/posts by our Take Twelve Team!

Valerie Bishop

Janette Kincaid

Angela Gutshall

Valerie Bishop

Monica Bradford

And a few from the Ella Friends, too:

Audrey Neal

Grace Tolman


Congratulations to this month's lucky winner, Laura T. (#4) who will receive some brand-new papers courtesy of this month's sponsor, Bella Blvd.

Before you know it we'll be photographing back-to-school shots... until then, experience and enjoy summer!

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Using Die cut shapes as masks *Repurposing Supplies*

Hello Ella fans, Grace here to share with you how I repurposed one of my scrapbook supplies.

I LOVE die cut shapes. There’s just something about perfectly cut out shapes that I can create with a crank or a push of a button. But did you know that you can use those fancy shapes as masks as well? I’m here to share with you how I brought some new life to these die cut shapes…

First off, I picked out the shape that I wanted and used scraps of paper to cut out the frame die cut. Because I’m just using the shapes as masks, I didn’t mind using scraps and non complimenting colors/designs for the shapes.

Then, I used some repositionable adhesive to add my frames in the spots I don’t want mist to go on my page. Repositionable adhesive is vital to this project so that you can take out the adhesive later on and it won’t leave adhesive residue on your project.

Next, I placed my white cardstock inside a box and picked the mists that I wanted on this page. I used two colors so that there’s some variety on the mist colors. I set it aside to dry completely before continuing.

Once it’s all dried, I pulled the frame off and it revealed perfectly white shapes in between all the misted areas. I love it!

To make the shapes stand out more, I added pen stitching around the inside of the shapes.

Then I started putting the page together. I first placed some paper strips around the cardstock to frame and ground my page, and then I matted my photos and added photo corners for my focal photo.

Then I added the title and handwritten journaling. I finished off the page with embellishments like rubons, chipboard, stickers and buttons.


And here’s the final page again…




Thanks for letting me share with you one of my favorite ways to repurpose my supplies. Have a fantastic day!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock- WorldWin; Pattern papers, chipboard, stickers, rubons- Dear Lizzy, American Crafts; Mist- Maya Road; Clearsnap; Pen- Creative Memories; Die cut machine- Grand Calibur, Spellbinder’s; Die cuts- Label’s Eight, Spellbinder’s; Adhesive- Glue Arts

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Brighten Someone's Day with Buttons

Of all the supplies in my craft room, my favorite are the buttons. I've always been drawn to them, and even though I have more than I could possibly ever use, I never seem to have quite enough.

In fact, at a recent crop I won a "door prize," which meant I got to pick from a basket of goodies. What did I choose? Buttons, of course!

As I studied them, I noticed the cute backing and thought it had possibilities for incorporating into a layout. But then I got the idea to use the whole thing -- buttons and all -- on a card for a crafty friend who loves buttons as much as I do.

To cover the product logo, I used a sentiment label. Then I added strip of lace to the bottom to cover the UPC code.

After adding these simple touches, it was ready to go on the card. I used some bright colored patterned papers for contrast and round journaling spots and embellishments to break up the rectangular lines.

The best part? The recipient of this card will have some cute buttons to add to her stash!

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Frame it! Scrapbooking Off The Page

Creating scrapbook pages can be so fulfilling, but then you slip the page into an album, and put it away on the shelf. Wouldn't it be nice to create something with your photo that can be out on display for all to see? What if you could create something "off the page" that could be switched out easily and regularly? What if that "off the page" project was super cute to boot? Today I am sharing a SUPER simple idea to take your memory making OFF the page and on display, using an inexpensive Ikea frame (or ANY frame) and your imagination!

I will be using this super cute (though plain) frame from Ikea - and this is crazy  inexpensive at 2 for 99 cents! You can't beat that.

Remove the plastic insert so the frame is empty. This will work with any frame, as long as the frame itself is thin enough to get a binder ring around it. At this point you can add a little bit of bling, ribbon, or other embellishments. I liked this little butterfly from the dollar store.

Measure the INSIDE of the frame (the opening) and create a little (itty bitty) scrapbook page about a quarter inch smaller on all sides. Then, punch two holes and add two binder rings. While you are at it, create 3 or 4 little layouts that you can "flip" through whenever you want a change)!

Now clip the binder rings around the top part of the frame to "hang" your mini layouts!

There you have it! A cute "flip chart" type way to display some photos and journaling for all to see!

Try using a larger frame that you can hang on the wall! Instead of binder rings, tie the page on with ribbon, baker's twine, or wire! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Happy creating!!

July Take Twelve

Good morning, Take Twelve photo challenge participants! Are you ready to photograph your world through a Thursday lens? Will you be playing along with this month's special theme of portraits (found in the Take Twelve Guided Inspiration Kit) or letting the day unfold more organically as you look for your twelve photographs? My Thursday includes two photo shoots, a gymnastics BBQ, and a media reception for Cheyenne Frontier Days, so I'm betting I won't be lacking for subject material. I would be just as happy photographing the view from my front porch all day, though. No matter what you photograph it will be just right.

I know we featured a page by Take Twelve Flickr group member midwestgirl60 last month in our June post, but how could I resist sharing this bright, happy layout that just screams summer?

Here's another eye-catching June page by Take Twelve Flickr group member Kimm23. Love how she lined up a variety of photo sizes without losing a clean, simple design.

This month's Take Twelve sponsor is Bella Blvd., so you'll want to get those pages/blog posts/Flickr photos posted and linked to our link collection below before the deadline to be eligible! The lucky winner will receive three summer CHA release collections of new Bella Blvd. products, as seen here:

Birthday Boy

Birthday Girl


Each line comes with eight double-sided papers, one sheet of Alpha + Bits stickers, and one sheet of Just Write Journaling Stickers. Plus that magic that comes with something so brand-new : )


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Re-purpose your packaging!

Hello there out there!  Ashley here on the 'ol blog today.  Now we all have had some sort of packaging in our home.  There has been a ton of packaging go in and out of my scrap room for sure.  Well today I am going to show you a fun way to use that packaging!  Here is the packaging I am using:


The wonderful wood veneer butterflies by Studio Calico.  LOVE THESE!!


I just basically took off the bubble on the front and cut the woodgrain and used it as patterned paper on my card.  Here is the final result:

Supplies used:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Op White; Washi Tape:  Aqua Airmail Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn); Wood Veneer Butterflies: Studio Calico; Spray Mists:  Piglet, Bluegrass: Studio Calico; Clear Stamp: My Happy by Studio Calico for Hero Arts; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko


I hope this gave you a new idea to use all that packaging that you might be going through!  Have a wonderful day!!

Photography Lesson Learned: Change your perspective

Hi, I'm Monica Bradford, happy to be guest posting on the Ella blog today.


This photo was inspired by 40 Top Tips for Better Photos by Rebecca Cooper. I love the idea of changing your perspective when taking a photo. My favorite is to get up above your subject. It’s a very flattering perspective when photographing adults, but I even love capturing my children this way. This is how they look to me now, while they are still little. I know that I’ll want to remember this perspective: seeing my youngest gazing up at me with that cheesy grin.



I took this photo on the first day of school in the fall. My son was prepared for the standard “on the front porch” pics, so once those were done I decided to take advantage of his nice clothes and ready smile. I pulled him to the side of the house and snapped a few more shots against the fence. Nothing about this photo says “school” so it’s perfect for using on a personality scrapbook page or even framing to hang on the wall. I actually used this photo, along with several others, to make photo coasters (here’s the link if you want it). I love having a good, generic shot like this in my back pocket to pull out when needed!


Learn more about Rebecca Cooper's photography books by clicking on the covers below.


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Fourth of July Sale

For four days, from July 4 through July 6, enjoy 40% off of four items! Simply place one, two, three, or four items in your cart and apply the coupon code FOUR.

Note: Coupon code may be used once per customer. Excludes Real.Life.Photography., Simple Fixes Actions, all bundles, and gift certificates. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or gift certificate.

Shop our eBooks section, or here are a four fun items to consider!


List It! Holiday Edition
You're bound to be making some fun holiday memories this weekend. And these printable journaling guides will help you journal about all things holiday related, from Independence Day to Labor Day to Valentine's Day—and lots of holidays in between! You'll save $4 with the FOUR coupon code.



Take Twelve Guided Inspiration Kit
The year is half over, but it's never too late to start your own "take 12" photography challenge, where you take 12 photos on the 12th of the month and scrapbook them! This kit will give you all the inspiration you need to succeed—and have a blast along the way. You'll save $8 with the FOUR coupon code.



Take Twelve Templates
Make your 2012 Take Twelve Project a breeze with these layered templates for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It just takes a few quick commands to replace the colored boxes in these templates with your own photos. You'll save $4.85 with the FOUR coupon code.



Book Crafting
Make layouts about your favorite books using our handy List It! for book lovers, which are included with this eBook, or create layouts and decor projects using the pages, covers, and more from old books. Upcycled crafting at its best! 110 pages of inspiring ideas. You'll save $4 with the FOUR coupon code.


Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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Group Gift Albums for Milestone Birthdays

Group Gift Albums instructional video


This week on Books & Crafts, Wendy and I demonstrate how to put together a group gift album for a milestone event, like a parent's 60th or 70th birthday, your grandparents' 50th anniversary, or any other important milestone. Watch the video here.


This is hands down the most common question I get from readers of my personal blog who have seen the albums I coordinated for my grandma's 80th birthday, my grandpa's 80th birthday, and my in-laws' 50th wedding anniversary. So I've also put together a detailed list of additional tips (above and beyond what you see in the video) that you can find on


Summer is a great time to plan ahead for an album like this. When we worked on my grandpa's 80th birthday album, we started it at the family reunion in June, even though his birthday is in late August.


Do you have any big milestone family events coming up?

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