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Ella Website Shuts Down February 1, 2015

A series of facts that will explain why there are no longer any eBooks or Ella Fun items for sale on this website:

Ella Publishing Co. was acquired by Big Picture Classes in 2012.

Big Picture Classes was acquired by Studio Calico in 2014.

Studio Calico will be shutting down the Ella Publishing Co. website and replacing the Big Picture Classes website on February 1, 2015. eBooks will no longer be available for sale at that time.

As of December 31, 2014, no new purchases may be made on Ellapublishing.com, but you can continue to access your account and download past purchases through January 31, 2014. Need help? Email admin@bigpictureclasses.com

You may continue to purchase any Ella eBook at bigpictureclasses.com through January 31, 2015. Click here to view all available eBooks. Starting February 1, Ella eBooks will not be available for sale anywhere.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you since 2009!
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Boot Camp Sneak Peek!

In no particular order, here are three behind-the-scenes peeks at the people and projects you'll enjoy in Boot Camp 2012, coming to a computer near you October 15. 


Auntie Ella wants YOU in Boot Camp 2012!

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Boot Camp is Back

Have you heard? Boot Camp is back, and it's BIGGER THAN EVER.


It's the format you know and love, with a couple of awesome differences:


1. Our four instructors are Ali Edwards on storytelling, Cathy Zielske on design, Amy Powers on creative living, and Tracey Clark from the Shutter Sisters on photography.


2. Our event will be hosted at our parent company website, Big Picture Classes, where you'll enjoy a robust gallery, message board, and a live chat with each instructor!


The fun begins in less than two weeks! You can log in daily from October 15 to 27 for targeted daily drills that will shape you up in all four areas of scrapbooking. Here's what to expect from our four amazing drill instructors:

With Ali, you'll be slowing down your scrapbook process and creating a thoughtful, meaningful page in 10 minutes a day over the course of three days. You'll love how this will help you think about your process in a new light.

With Cathy, you'll get three separate design lessons, each with tons of layout examples and a targeted drill for you to try on your own. And not to give TOO much away, but you'll get to see Cathy in her swim cap and goggles as part of the fun.

With Amy, you'll make a gorgeous celebration tree, a spider ornament, and thanksgiving spools and glittered acorns. The steps are simple, but you'll want to have the right supplies on hand, so make sure you check out your pre-assignment in the classroon.

With Tracey, you'll get three inspiring photography challenges suitable for photographers of ALL levels. Tracey will show you some of her favorite photographic techniques and challenge you to stretch your photography skills.

See you in our Boot Camp Barracks! Register here. 

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Five Favorites from CHA Summer 2012

I was only able to attend CHA for one (very long) day, but scouted the show for new ideas and good design. While there were many lovely patterned papers, new embellishments and other accessories most caught my attention.

Glitz Design

This boutique brand showcased four new lines that were some of the freshest designs on the show floor. I really loved their washi tape, with more visual texture and subtle colors than other brands. 

Cosmo Cricket

In their signature vintage-meets-modern style, the new lines showcase some great color schemes. What stood out to me most though were Tiny Text sheets of words and phrases. 

KI Memories

With a new home at Hampton Art, KI Memories is back with a new line in fun colors and on-trend motifs. Their sticker sheet and stamps were particularly cute.  

Doodlebug Design

As I expected (anyone heard of Project Life?), divided page protectors and products for them were all over the show floor. As a frequent 8x8 scrapbooker, I was excited to see a 4-up option perfect for Instagram photos. 

We R Memory Keepers

Though this popular brand showcased many new tools, I was most excited about their washi sheets. These are full 12x12 patterned translucent adhesive, perfect for use in die-cut machines! 

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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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Storage Options (Day #3)


Hello everyone, Grace here to share with you a few things I learned from watching Wendy Smedley’s videos on organization as part of Ella’s Spring Training this year.

I totally believe that we are never “done” learning. There are always new things that we either have forgotten or never really thought about until someone else introduces it to us. Such was the case for me while watching the three-part Organization videos by Wendy.

After watching the very informative videos (and did I mention how cute Wendy was in these videos?), I went straight to work and targeted my flower stash. *Now I need to be honest with you that the following photo only shows “some” of my flower stash. I have a slight obsession with them and I have silk ones too which are still attached to the plastic stems and I’ve decided not to worry about that since they’re organized in their own special way.

Two things that resonated with me through the video especially the third part of the series (where Wendy talks about storage items) is that Organization doesn’t equal to containers and/or containing. When we contain items it doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve organized it. What an “aha” moment for me!

I also really liked her comment about waiting to pick containers AFTER you have purged and sorted, because how we are going to “contain” our newly sorted items would depend primarily on how we are going to organize them. Basically don’t buy storage containers for cuteness but more for function, and you cannot know this unless you have purged and sorted your items.


Because I liked the storage idea of “not visible and open” (you’ll learn more about this in Wendy’s 3rd video) I chose glass jars and some old flower containers to put inside my enclosed basket.

I also really like how she mentioned to consider how many steps it will take to get to the products when thinking about storage items. For me, having a basket/container that can contain smaller items in it works best with how I scrapbook. This way I’ve organized them into sizes but when I pick up the whole flower basket/bucket, they’re all visible to me, making it easier to pick up just the right size flower when I need it.

And because these videos were very inspirational to me, I took the exercise to the next level and created a page using the flowers that I just organized.


Retail Experience

Supply list: Cardstock- WorldWin; Pattern papers- American Crafts, Lily Bee Designs, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye; Ricrac- Making Memories; Flowers- Accent Creative Designs, Petaloo; Letter stickers- My Little Shoebox; Mist- Tattered Angels; Black pen- Creative Memories; Photo Corners- Recollections; Adhesives- Glue Arts


As I was studying my photo, I was inspired by the tiles on the wall behind me in the picture so I used that as a design inspiration for my page, making paper blocks, just like the tiles. Because I just organized my flowers, I had a fresh look at what I had therefore I was able to do some layering of flowers in this page. Having my flowers organized by size, I was able to grab medium, small and tiny flowers fast and efficiently while making this page.



I wanted to use ricrac in this page but I only had white so I used some misting technique to better match my products to my page. (Which, incidentally, is something Nichol Magouirk covers in a similar way in a later Spring Training video!)

So there you have it. I strongly feel that even if you have a bag, shelf or a room full of supplies, we all need to purge and sort every so often. And that organization never equals to storage. Now go get that organizational bug by staying tune to Spring Training and good luck on your journey to better organization!


Interested in Spring Training? 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 participants get the chance to win great prizes from 13 crafty companies, including today's spotlighted sponsor:

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Organizing Supplies (Day #2)


Hello there! It’s Ella friend Shemaine Smith here and I’m shaping up during Ella’s Spring Training!  I can’t even begin to tell you how much better I am feeling already!


My Studio is really small and I wish I could express how quickly it gets cluttered and full of unnecessary product. Because my studio is the dining room in our kitchen, I really do have limited space for my supplies.



My initial storage idea was to store the bulk of my supplies in my daughter’s closet and then only have the most “needed” items stored in my studio. Over time I seemed to bring more and more excess into my studio and now it looks like this.



What a mess, huh? Who could ever find what they needed in this pile of mixed product?  So after watching Wendy’s video Organization Strategies, I chose to work on this area of my studio, which holds a variety of my embellishments and punches. Within about 20 minutes using her tips I was able to sort these 4 baskets into:

  1. Glimmer Mist, mistables and masks.
  2. Maya Road chipboard and embellishments
  3. embossing folders
  4. assorted newly purchased embellies


I threw out scraps of paper, trash and things I just wasn’t using—and I placed all of my chipboard albums and miscellaneous pieces of chipboard and alterables in my master storage bin to keep in my craft closet and sort through later.



I then applied the same system to my We R Memory Keepers product bin also pictured above, which is purple. I have four of these bins that sit on a long shelf in my craft closet that are sorted by manufacturer. The purpose of this organization is to make it easy when I need to create some samples for assignments. I can simply pick up that bin and bring it into my studio to use and when I am done, return the bin to the closet.

So after I was finished applying the same organization tips to the bin, here is the result of my Spring Training session on organization.


Now that I had all my supplies sorted and organized I was ready to create! While organizing I found many supplies I'd forgotten I had that I wanted to use to scrap a photo I love of my daughter that I came across recently.


A Sweet Memory by Shemaine Smith

Supplies: Basic Grey Kissing Booth collection, American Craft Thickers, Spellbinders dies, Glimmer Mist, My Little Shoebox mini alphas, Maya Road pins, Misc: buttons.

I used several of the products I sorted into the four blue bins, as you can see in this close up view of my layout.


Well...I had a great workout today and I'm ready to hit the showers. I know I am going to sleep so well tonight when I lay there thinking of how clean my embellishment space is.


Interested in Spring Training? 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 participants get the chance to win great prizes from 13 crafty companies, including today's spotlighted sponsor:

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Warm-Up Week: Sneak Peek #5


Happy Friday!

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!


Coach Spotlight
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.


Sponsor Spotlights
We'd also like to thank our final two sponsors for providing fabulous prize giveaways for our Spring Training participants:

twopeasinabucket.com, who's offering a $50 gift card to one lucky winner
Adobe.com, who's offering Photoshop Elements 10 and Photoshop Elements Premier



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Warm-Up Week: Sneak Peek #4


Hey There! The fun continues with more Spring Training sneak peeks...


Coach Spotlight
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

Techniques Exercises Sneak Peek from Ella Publishing Co. on Vimeo.



About Nichol
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.


Today's Poll
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.


Sponsor Spotlights
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.


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Warm-Up Week: Sneak Peek #3


Happy Wednesday! Yep, you guessed it, we have yet more Spring Training sneak peeks to share.


Coach Spotlight
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

Today's Poll
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.


Sponsor Spotlights
A big thanks to three MORE generous prize sponsors:

Shopormolu.com, StudioCalico, and Lawn Fawn all have giveaway packages in the works, available to lucky random winners who are good Craft-letes and complete their daily exercises. :)


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!


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