Welcome to the first day of Spring Training! I don't know about you, but I am super excited to participate this year. As a 2012 Ella Friend, I got a sneak peek into Wendy Smedley's organization training tips, and I can tell you that you will not be disappointed. She challenges you to select one problem area of your scrapbook space and target it over the course of three days.
You really can make some real organizational progress in just 20-30 minutes each day from now until Wednesday, but if you're really motivated after watching the videos, just keep on going for as much time as you have! Today I would like to talk a little about the first step, sorting and purging.
MY TIP: Be brutal when you sort and purge. When I went through the process, if I have not touched a tool in over a year, with very few exceptions, it went into the donate pile.
I decided to sort and organize my scrapbooking tools. I have a ton of them, and they are the only part of my room that is in complete disarray, most of the time. I'm also not a huge tool user, but what I have takes up a ton of space in my room. Not very effective, storagewise. By working only ten minutes a day over the last three days, I was able to sort my tools, discover ones that I had forgotten, and clear enough space with my donated pile to free up two whole shelves!
BONUS TIP: Have friends that scrapbook? Organize a swap your stash party. It's a great way to get rid of unwanted supplies and get something new in return.
So what did I do with all my newly organized tools? I broke them out and made a layout, of course! I decided to use as many tools as I could and used my sewing machine, border punches, embossing tools, and an electronic die-cutting machine on this page; not bad for as self-proclaimed tool-o-phobe.
Supplies: Cardstock (Bazzill Basic), Patterned Paper (Pink Paislee, American Crafts, K and Company Smash ), Border Punch (EK Success), Sewing Machine (Singer), Embossing Powder (American Crafts), Stamp (Studio Calico), Ink (Versamark, Staz-On), Die cut (Studio Calico), Font (Calibri), Silhouette Cameo, Alpahbet Sticker (Basic Grey), Label Sticker (Studio Calico), Epoxy Stickers (Cloud Nine Designs), Date Stamp (Office Supply Store), Twine (The Twinery), Ribbon (May Arts)
If you haven't yet signed up for Spring Training, join us today! You'll love Wendy's training video and related downloads. Be sure to share your work there for a chance to win some awesome prizes from our wonderful sponsors!
Here's one example of what you could win: This cool rotary trimmer, plus several packages of Thickers letter stickers, and a great big pack of cardstock in summer colors!
Interested? Learn more about this live event here. Yes, you can still register.
Already registered? Click here to visit the exclusive Craftnasium. (Must be logged in to your Ella user account for the link to work.)
Spring Training Starts at Midnight Tonight!
The big event is almost underway, folks! The first training exercise goes live at midnight MDT. And we're kicking things off with some fun and giveaways.
In just a few hours, our Craft-letes will flood into our exclusive Craftnasium to enjoy Wendy Smedley's first organization video exercise and to enter to win this darling yellow elephant tote (for registered Craft-letes only)! Check out the complete training schedule to see what we'll be up to for the next two weeks.
And it's not too late for you to join the fun!
Five lucky commenters on this blog post can register for 50% off! That's right. Leave a comment by 1:00 MDT Monday, April 23 (3:00 EST), and we'll pick FIVE winners at random who can dive right into training today for 50% off.
If you're already registered and you're drawn as a winner, you can choose a 50% refund of your Spring Training purchase price OR a $25 gift certificate to use on anything you want on ellapublishing.com!
Let's get this party started!
**UPDATED WITH WINNERS**
With the help of random.org, we've drawn our five random winners! And they are:
comment #6 clmkelly
comment #13 scrappychic67
comment #2 arudolph
comment #30 kmsjohnson
comment #18 cblayloc
Winners, I'll be emailing you individually with your discount code!
We're wrapping up Warm-Up Week and gearing up for the big event on Monday. Thanks for joining us this week. See you in the Craftnasium in just a couple of days!
Last but not least, we're going to chat about Scrapbooking Fitness Coach Tami Morrisson.
Tami Morrison is going to rock your world with her six totally tubular motivational videos in Spring Training this year. Tami has worked in many different areas of the scrapbooking industry, from the retail side to the education side, and she's a frequent instructor at Big Picture Classes. Winner of Simple Scrapbooks magazine's Funnest Scrapbooker Ever contest in 2007, Tami injects fun, creativity, and humor into everything she creates. She blogs at bcre8uv.typepad.com.
Video Sneak Peek
For this last sneak peek, you're in luck. I'm just posting one of Tami's rad motivational videos in its entirety! She perfectly sums up why participation in events like Spring Training truly can make a difference to your scrapbooking over the long term.
And the outfit you see here is just one of six totally bad (you know it) get-ups Tami wears in her videos, including a Save Ferris t-shirt and a vintage 1984 Olympics shirt that are the bomb! These alone are worth the price of admission. Fer sure.
We'd also like to thank our final two sponsors for providing fabulous prize giveaways for our Spring Training participants:
**Only 3 Days to Go!**
It's April 19, which means it's Take Twelve roundup day—are you ready? We're 1/3 of the way through the project (hard to believe!) and by this point, there's a good chance you're starting to get a feel for how your pages are coming together. As for me, I'm still keeping more detailed notes on my blog about the photos I take on the 12th of the month; my full-size pages have less detail in the journaling, and I'm perfectly OK with that. I'm also realizing that the busier I am, the happier I am creating a very simple page. I'm enjoying the quick turnaround by giving myself permission not to fuss too much over my page. How are you approaching your photos and layouts?
Read more about my photos on my blog.
Let's move on to the featured Take Twelve team members for April! First up is Angie Gutshall's beautiful nod to springtime. It's full of light, it's whimsical, but it also includes a heartwrenching subject, too—the death of her husband's grandfather. It's a well-known fact that scrapbooking can be therapeutic and an important component in healing; I can attest to this personally as my husband's grandfather passed away on April 12, 2010, the first time I participated in Take Twelve. Just like Angie, I figured out a way to incorporate it and two years later, I am so glad I did. Life is about so many things, and it would be a shame to leave out the hard parts.
Read more about Angela's layout on her blog.
Next, check out Janette Kincaid's spread about signs of spring reaching Canada. She even captured one of my most favorite signs of spring—baseball! (Lucky her, my all-time favorite player—Omar Vizquel—is a Toronto Blue Jay these days, sniff sniff.) Janette let one of Donna Januzzi's sketches from the Take Twelve Guided Inspiration Kit guide her design; a few tweaks to the sketch and it came together seamlessly. Don't forget to refer to those sketches, because they are an amazing resource for your Take Twelve photos—or any page you might make.
Read more about Janette's page on her brand new blog, Kit Bits.
Margie put a spin on the neighborhood photo walk by capturing small details that make her life in China so unique. It can be difficult when your "home" is so far from your home, and as Margie says, sometimes the novelty of the adventure can wear off. "The Take 12 challenge helps me step back and make more of an effort to pay attention to things I take for granted now but will want to remember after we are long gone. Especially because Beijing is changing so rapidly it makes my head spin!" You might not live in China, but the benefit is still there—you can see things differently when you point your camera at them.
Read more about Margie's life in China and her "Small Details Big Differences" page on her blog.
Spring fever struck Monica Bradford this month, too—she captured a glorious collection of subjects and colors, including a tiny little nest with eggs inside! She let the photos speak for themselves on the page; it's OK not to agonize over journaling when the photos say it all! The darling washi banner was a snap to make, and provided a fun spot to include the title.
Read more about Monica's page on her blog.
Want to check out how other Take Twelve members approached their pages this month? Go look—we'll wait!
Finally, we don't want to forget our winner of this month's Take Twelve giveaway! Muvazi Renewal Skin Care generously donated a package of skin care products valued at $149.95 this month; the lucky girl who gets to take it home is entry #14, Jennifer S! She earned that prize, too—check out all the work that went into her collections page:
You can look more closely at Jennifer's page in the Take Twelve Flickr group.
Keep adding those pages and photos to the Take Twelve Flickr group all month long and we'll see you back here on May 12 for round #5 of the Take Twelve photography challenge!
Hey There! The fun continues with more Spring Training sneak peeks...
Today, we're going to chat about Techniques Coach Nichol Magouirk.
She's got LOTS of technique fun in store for you! She's got great tips for customizing letter stickers and embellishments, followed by ideas for misting with masks, with a finale of die-cutting plus paper-piecing. And you'll love her gorgeous signature style!
Video Sneak Peek
Nichol has been scrapbooking, stamping, die-cutting, teaching, and inspiring other crafters for 14 years. A 2003 Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame winner and Scrapbooks Etc. Creative Team member, she is currently teaching classes at several online events: True Scrap 3, Ella Publishing's Spring Training, and A Cut Above with Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner at Online Card Classes. An avid stamper and die cutter, you can also see her die cut work at www.kerribradford.com and new stamped projects on the 10th of every month featuring Ali Edwards' Studio AE stamps as part of the Technique Tuesday Studio AE Design Team Blog Hop. She blogs at nicholmagouirk.typepad.com.
What technique-related questions do you have for Nichol? Include them in the comments below for your best chance and getting your question answered during our scheduled live chat (for Spring Training participants only). You can also ask questions live during the chat, and we'll get to as many as we can.
A big thanks to three more of our prize giveaway sponsors:
ScrapbooksPlus.com is offering a gift card for one lucky winner to select the prizes of her choosing.
Becky Higgins' Project Life is offering Cobalt binder, Core Kit, Cardstock, and Variety/Photo Pages.
Persnickety Prints has an awesome prize up for grabs!
Did You Know?
|We've recruited our 12 amazing Ella Friends to post their Spring-Training inspired projects here on the Daily Trumpet every day that Spring Training is going on! So, besides the daily video, exercise, and bonus download, there will also be a dose of extra inspiration every day on our blog.
**Only 4 Days to Go!**
Happy Wednesday! Yep, you guessed it, we have yet more Spring Training sneak peeks to share.
Today, we're going to chat about Design Coach Lisa Dickinson.
Lisa Dickinson is a professional graphic designer and one of the most highly rated Drill Instructors from our Boot Camp event in the fall. She's put together three truly fantastic videos for Spring Training that will inspire you to Embellish Effectively, Match Patterned Papers with confidence, and Create Cards Inspired by Layout Designs. This is information you won't want to miss! You can also keep up with Lisa on her blog, Gettin' By.
Video Sneak Peek
What design questions do you have for Lisa? Include them in the comments below for your best chance and getting your question answered during our scheduled live chat (for Spring Training participants only). You can also ask questions live during the chat.
A big thanks to three MORE generous prize sponsors:
Did You Know?
New this year, we have LIVE CHATS scheduled with each of the coaches. You can send us questions in advice, listen or chat with our coach live, and also access the chat later (if you can't make it at the scheduled time). You'll find info about the days and times of the chats in exclusive Craft-nasium!
**Only 5 Days to Go!**
Happy Tuesday! Today we have more fun sneak peeks to share.
Today, we're going to chat about Photography Coach Erin Cobb.
Erin has great things in store for you, from Shooting for Expression, to Three Ways to Use Window Light, to What to do When the Lights Ain't Bright! And her tips are appropriate whether you shoot in Auto Mode or have the skills to shoot in Manual Mode.
Video Sneak Peek
Erin has been a mama for six years, a blogger for five, and professional photographer for four. She hopes to be all of those things for at least another 50. She’s passionate about her family, her friends, bright colors and shooting jpeg (what?!). Erin is also the creative force behind the highly acclaimed Clean Color video editing tutorial. Those are the things that feed her soul but Erin says writing about them feels like the dessert. Erin makes her home and runs her business in Huntsville, Alabama.
What photography questions do you have for Erin? In what areas do you need the most help?
Include your questions in the comments below for your best chance and getting your question answered during our scheduled live chat (for Spring Training participants only). You can also ask questions live during the chat, and we'll get to as many as we can.
We'd also like to thank two MORE of our sponsors for providing amazing prizes for our Spring Training participants:
Jo Totes, who's offering a sensational camera bag of the winner's choice to one lucky winner
Stampin' Up!, who's offering the following: Simply Scored Tool, Simply Scored Plate, In Color Card Stock, Classic Pad In Color
Did You Know?
Thanks to a new video hosting service, our 18 videos won't expire when Spring Training is over! So if you can't keep up during the live event, no worries. You can pop back in and catch up or rewatch the content whenever you want. Cool? Cool!
**Only 6 Days to Go!**
Today, we're excited to share our first Sneak Peek of the fun that awaits you in Spring Training, which starts ONE WEEK from today! We've got Warm-Up Week fun happening all week long, so make sure to pop back in daily!
Today, we're going to chat about Organization Coach Wendy Smedley.
In her three organization exercises, Wendy will share a foolproof organization process that builds from one day to the next, sharing secrets for how and why to purge unneeded supplies, tips for sorting and organizing what remains, and insight into different storage types. These universal organization principles will help you tackle your scrapbook room, one category at a time, but you can also apply them to any room in your house!
A bit of trivia for you: Wendy is the co-author (with Aby Garvey, owner of simplify101.com) of The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker, which is in its second printing. While it was out of print, used copies were available on Amazon.com for as high as $200!
Video Sneak Peek
What organization questions do you have for Wendy? Include them in the comments below for your best chance and getting your question answered during our scheduled live chat (for Spring Training participants only). You can also ask questions live during the chat.
A big thanks to two of our prize sponsors:
American Crafts, who's offering a trimmer, replacement blades, a big summer-themed cardstock pack, and Thickers!
Whisker Graphics, who's offering a $60 store card so you can shop for gorgeous, crafty goodies!
Did You Know?
Inside our exclusive Craftnasium, we've just posted a new giveaway opportunity during Warm-Up Week just for registered Craft-letes. Once you register, just go to ellapublishing.com/springtraining12 for your chance to enter to win! (Note: must be already registered and logged in to your ellapublishing.com user account for the link to work.) Winner will be drawn and announced on our around April 23.
**Only 7 Days to Go!**
Happy April, everyone! Believe it or not we're almost 1/3 of the way through with the Take Twelve photography challenge. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done—that's 36 moments captured with another 12 on the way! Whether you focused on a theme like Take Twelve Flickr group member Danielle Hunter did last month...
...or took the opportunity to freeze time through photos and journaling like group member Joscelyne Cutchens did...
...there's one thing you should know: there is no right or wrong way to participate. The important thing is to keep at it. Even if you forget to take your photos until the end of the day (the sun'll come out... tomorrow!) or your photos maddeningly disappear from your memory card, find a way. And then scrapbook it.
If you're following along with the Take Twelve Guided Inspiration Kit (on sale today at a 12% discount) you'll find the special theme project is all about the technology in your life. If you've never scrapbooked about technology, consider this: the majority of what you use during the course of an ordinary day didn't exist in 1912. Can you imagine how quaint we'll seem to our descendants 100 years from now?
No matter what you see through your lens today, be sure to blog and/or scrapbook it this week and come back here to link us to your photos/layout for a chance to receive this month's Take Twelve giveaway! We have something a little different on hand:
A Muvazi Renewal Skin Care Set (retail price $149.95), which includes 5.5 oz Foaming Cleanser Toner, 15 mL Oxygenic Eye Cream, 50 mL Intra-Cellular Moisturizer, and 1 oz Hydrating Face Serum. And a reminder that with code PAMPERYOURSELF, you can save $80 off the retail price and get this skin-care set for $69.95. Want to learn more? Check out reviews from Angie Lucas, Ashley Harris, and Audrey Neal over at The Daily Trumpet. I'll be back in a week to announce the lucky recipient!
Let's talk about YOU. Do you get so wrapped up in taking care of everyone (and everything) around you, that you forget to take care of yourself? Well, you're not alone. As women, we have so many demands on our time that it can be difficult to find the time to exercise, eat right, take care of our skin and bodies, find time for rejuvenation and inspiration, and participate in other activities that feed the body and soul.
So today, Wednesday, April 11, I want to encourage you to be a little bit self-indulgent, maybe even selfish, just for a little while. Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Shop for yourself. Scrapbook about yourself! You deserve it just this once.
In that spirit, I invited two of our Ella Friends, Ashley and Audrey, to join me in creating autobiographical scrapbook pages. We're all busy ladies, for sure, but we carved out a bit of time for these reflective pages—and it was worth the effort! It really is important to spend some of your crafting time scrapbooking just about yourself, to be the star of your own life story.
Here are three different approaches for scrapbooking about yourself.
1. My Layout
Tip: Scrapbooking about yourself doesn't have to mean you're alone in the photos, just that you're pictured on the page. And actually, it's essential that you are taking photos of yourself with your kids on a fairly regular basis. You'll treasure these photos as your kids grow up. If you don't have one shot where both subjects look their best (or are even looking at the camera), print several images film-strip style! This series shows my daughter Keira opening a little Easter present.
Note: Now I know some women hate having their picture taken, because they feel self-conscious about so many things, such as not being as young and thin as they once were. But I'm going to tell you something: you look better than you think you do. And I hate to break it to you, but whatever age you are, you're not getting any younger. This is the youngest you will ever be! Which means you better hurry and get your picture taken before you get any older! I promise that 10 years from now, when you look back at today's photos, you'll be surprised at how great you actually looked, and you'll be grateful you allowed yourself to be captured on camera.
Ashley's journaling reads: Me- I am never the one in front of the camera. I know there are reasons for this. Well, those reasons are going to change and so am I. Slowly but surely I will beat my inner struggles and be in front of the camera more. Like today.
Audrey's journaling starts with: "There was a time when I just refused to step in front of the camera; I was always so critical of what I saw when I looked at myself later." And it ends like this: "I am growing into this skin I'm in and realizing that this is who I am, and who I am is loved beyond compare." Beautiful!
You matter. You really do. And we hope these layouts inspired you to turn the spotlight on yourself.
And now it's time to reveal our little secret. One of the things that gave us confidence to mug for the camera for these pages is that all three of us have been trying out a skin care line called Muvazi. And you can try it, too, for $80 off if you'll keep reading! Note: we did not get compensated for saying these nice things about Muvazi, apart from the trial products three of our team members received. We were simply excited to share a great deal with you plus a little reminder that it's okay to pamper yourself every now and then.
Here are a few things we loved about it:
Angie: "For years, I was using products designed for oily skin (but my skin is actually dry), which only made breakouts worse. One thing I loved about the Muvazi line is that my face feels supple and super hydrated every night for bed."
Ashley: "I have been battling impetigo for nearly a year and nothing would get rid of it. This has kept it at bay for almost a month now. I love this stuff!!"
Audrey: "I'm usually a wash and wear kind of girl, so I like that the Muvazi products are simple to use and don't add much time to my daily routine. The cleanser and toner combination means one less step, and the pump bottles mean less mess."
It's amazing how just spending a couple of weeks pampering yourself a little bit—whether that's through taking better care of your skin or getting a pedicure or picking out a new Spring outfit—can lift your overall outlook. Try it! And then take a picture of yourself and make a page. We dare you.
If you'd like to try the Muvazi line yourself, we have a KILLER deal for you. Use the code PAMPERYOURSELF to save $80 off the kit (includes cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and eye cream) AND get free shipping. It's priced at $149 and you get it for just $69. No kidding! And there's a 30-day money-back guarantee, too, so if it doesn't work for you, there's no risk. And come back tomorrow for your chance to win the kit for FREE!