Ashley Harris's picture

No place like home.

Hey there!  Today I am sharing a fun layout using the Everyday List-It's.  I love these little journaling spots!  They give you a simple push for your journaling.  Makes it that much easier to complete a layout.   Here is the layout that I made:


Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Kraft; Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Portfolio; Washi Tape: Glitz Design, Freckled Fawn; Clear Stamps: Technique Tuesday Nov. Studio AE; Dye Ink: Jenni Bowlin for Ranger Brown Sugar; Twine: May Arts; Journaling Pen: Distress Markers by Ranger; Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Dots Mini by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L


Are you someone that needs a little journaling push?  I know I sure am and these List-It spots are "spot" on!  Have a wonderful day!

Angie Lucas's picture

Introducing Mini Month

Yes, you don't often think "mini" when you think of elephants, but this month Ella is going miniature! Just wait until you see what we have in store for you this month!

Apart from one of my FAVORITE eBooks I've ever edited (seriously), which is called Meaningful Mini Albums and will be released the week of August 21, we've got a whole month of "mini" posts scheduled for the Daily Trumpet Blog.

Watch for:

Mini albums
Mini embellishments
Mini projects
Mini sales
Mini prizes
and more!


And each week, something new will be on sale for 50% off. And, as you know, we don't do that often around here! Just make sure you're signed up for our email newsletter so you'll be the first to know about each sale.


After all, everything's cuter when it's mini, right?


To start the month off, you can enjoy a FREE tiny thing when you purchase another tiny thing at

If you purchase "Make a Smiles Mini Book" by Stacy Julian (some proceeds of which go to Operation Smile), you'll get the itty bitty "On-the-Go Photo Tips" by Rebecca Cooper for FREE. Just put both items in your card and apply coupon code MINIMONTH before August 31.


What are your favorite mini scrapbook products, mini albums, and more? We'd love to hear it!

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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:

Angie Lucas's picture

Getting Ready for the Take Twelve photo challenge

I don't know about you, but I'm REALLY excited to get started on the Take Twelve photography and scrapbooking challenge for 2012. And here are just a few of the reasons why:


1. I don't take as many pictures during the day as I'd like to, so I'm excited to have one dedicated day each month where I know I'll be toting my camera around all day.
2. 2012 will be a big year of change for my family. My stepson will be graduating from high school this summer (ack!), and my daughter will grow out of her baby stage and firmly into the toddler years—right before my eyes. And we're hoping/planning for other exciting changes, too.
3. With a baby, a teenager, and a business and household to manage, I often let the actual act of creating scrapbook pages fall by the wayside. Now I've committed to scrapbook 144 pictures this year!
4. I think I convinced my sister and two sisters-in-law (all very creative and crafty but not frequent scrapbookers) to join the challenge, too!

I've been so excited, in fact, that I "practiced" by taking twelve photos on December 12, which happened to be the day we bought and put up our Christmas tree. (It was our first live tree in years, and it was a pure delight—apart from the price tag, that is.)


Here are my 12 photos from December 12, all taken with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone:



I didn't intend for each photo to have a different filter/effect (I didn't realize the app was set to "shake" mode, which switches lenses and film for you randomly between pictures), but it turns out I really like them all as a group!


I haven't decided yet whether I'll take the bulk of my pictures with my "real" camera or my phone camera. I may just let the mood of the day guide me.


For my December pictures, I'm probably going to use one of the two templates below from the Take Twelve Template pack to assemble my page. Of the twelve in the pack, I chose these two because they both have exclusively square photos, to match my Hipstamatic pictures. Since this layout isn't actually going in my 2012 Take Twelve album (which will be 8.5 x 11 although I probably should go with 12 x 12 just because it fits the "12" theme so well!), there are truly no constraints as to size for my December page. Darn it! Sometimes constraints are just the thing you need to help you make decisions.


Take Twelve photo challenge template 12 x 12
12 x 12 single page template

8.5 x 11 double page template


If you're not sure how to use templates, check out this step-by-step video that will truly make it a breeze!


So, the countdown is on. I hope you'll join us! Make sure you sign up for our email list, if you haven't already, so you'll get that email reminder on January 11th to encourage you to get out that camera and snap away.


Ella's picture

Best of Ella: Photography

Continuing on with our best of Ella series below is a list of great photography posts and ezine articles.

How to Take Great Group Photos: part one by Bobbi Jo Grunwald

How to Take Great Group Photos: part two by Bobbi Jo Grunwald

Take better everyday photos by Rebecca Cooper

Perspective by Noel and Moon

Pictures that Pop by Noel Culbertson

Taking photos of kids being kids by Rebecca Cooper

Capture Action by Noel and Moon

Get great shots of tiny tots by Elisha Snow

Focus by Noel and Moon

Photographing Babies by Elisha Snow

Light by Noel and Moon

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Best of: Photo editing and photo projects

I've been enjoying going back and finding favorite posts and ezine articles to share with you all. This is the kick off of our Best of Ella highlights; photo editing and projects

Photo editing

3-Minute makeovers by Rebecca Cooper

Free photo Fun by Celeste Smith

Photo resizing 101 by Rachel Gainer

More free photo effects by Diana Chen

Photo projects

Photo coasters by Brenda Johnston

How to make a photo journal by Franciine Clouden

Make a photo cube by Monika Wright

Fun ways to display vintage photos by Jennifer Evans

Photo booth strips by Jennifer Larsen

Make a photo shape collage by Donna Januzzi

Angie Lucas's picture

Boot Camp Day 5: Guiding Principles and Inspiration Extraction

It's DAY 5 of Boot Camp! Yes, there are some BIG WORDS in our blog post title today, but the fun AND the inspiration marches on...

Here's today's schedule:

06:00 Journaling Drill
For my final journaling drill, I'm going to help you uncover your guiding values and principles in a fun and easy way. We're going to use a QUIZ! And I'm going to walk you through the proces step-by-step. You'll walk away with a layout that describes one of the most important (and least documented) aspects of who you are. And it will be worth every minute spent.

Our morning sponsor, the online paperie Ormolu, is offering a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner!

12:00 Lunch Break
Pop back in to the Boot Camp Barracks for a bonus inspiration video from "Storytelling Sergeant," Wendy Smedley. Today, Wendy's talking about "Inclusive Storytelling."

18:00 Design Drill
This evening, Lisa Dickinson takes you step by step through the inspiration process, sharing a designer's eye for inspiration! She'll show you nine different ways to translate the printed pieces that inspire you into scrapbook pages that will inspire you even more. You'll never look at magazines the same way again!

Our evening sponsor is Jenni Bowlin, who has this kit up for grabs, plus a Christmas-themed one too!

We've got just one day to go, but you can still sign up. You have until October 1 to turn in your projects to enter the daily giveaways, so it will be EASY to play catch-up all through next week. PROCRASTINATORS ARE WELCOME! Register for just $33 now.

If you're already registered, log into your user account and visit the page (You must be registered and logged in for the link to work.)

Angie Lucas's picture

Boot Camp Day 4: Word Stamps and Urban Effects

First of all, let us say,

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day!

Have you hugged an elephant today?

In honor of this once-a-year event, please use code ELEPHANTSRULE to save 10 percent on any purchase today only! Boot Camp recruits can use code ELEPHANTASTIC to save 20 percent on any purchase (must be logged into your user account for the code to work)!

And also, Boot Camp continues! We're having SO much fun in the barracks, with inspiring new ideas posted daily.

Here's today's schedule:

06:00 Stamping Drill
Nichol Magouirk shares everything you ever wanted to know about stamping with word and phrase stamps! You'll see layouts, tags, journaling spots, file folders, titles, the works! It's amazing, fun, and inspirational.

And our morning sponsor is Lawn Fawn, who's giving one lucky winner a package (valued at $64) that includes some of their newest sets: Many Thanks, Happy Haunting, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum, Making Frosty Friends, and Winter Fox.

12:00 Lunch Break
Pop back in to the Boot Camp Barracks for a bonus inspiration video from "Storytelling Sergeant," Wendy Smedley. Every day this week, Wendy shares a fun and inspirational nugget about storytelling. Here's the layout she discusses today:

18:00 Photo-Editing Drill
This evening, Maggie Holmes is back to show you the hard way AND the easy way to add that oh-so-popular urban effect to a photo. (And with Maggie showing you how, the "hard way" really isn't that hard at all.)

Our evening sponsor is, who is offering her awesome Color Mix Action Set (for either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements) to one lucky Boot Camp Recruit. Valued at $35.

Yes, you can still sign up. Since you have until October 1 to turn in your projects to enter the daily giveaways, it will be EASY to play catch-up all through next week. PROCRASTINATORS ARE WELCOME! Register for just $33 now.

If you're already registered, log into your user account and visit the page (You must be registered and logged in for the link to work.)

Thanks everyone for joining in! We're having an amazing time!

Angie Lucas's picture

Boot Camp Day 2: Stamping and Photo Editing Drills

Scrapbooking Boot Camp marches on! It's day 2. And we're having a BALL!

Yes, you can still sign up (and there's a coupon code on yesterday's post).

Here's a little rundown of today's schedule (all times are EST and in military time):

06:00 Stamping Drill
Nichol Magouirk shares inspiring ways to stamp backgrounds, text backgrounds, and borders. I was so inspired I HAD to stamp a text border on the layout you'll see in tomorrow's drill! All of that, and meaningful journaling, too!

And our morning sponsor is Hero Arts, who is offering an incredible prize package!

12:00 Lunch Break
Pop back in to the Boot Camp Barracks for a bonus inspiration video from "Storytelling Sergeant," Wendy Smedley. Every day this week, Wendy shares a fun and inspirational nugget about storytelling. Here's a peek at one of the projects she discusses today:

18:00 Photo-Editing Drill
This evening, Maggie Holmes brings you her four-step process to turn a good photo into a fabulous photo! You can watch while she works in PSE9. It's awesome! Download a free, 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements 9 (for Maggie Holmes' photo drills) by clicking here. If you're a full-version Photoshop user, the concepts and steps are very translatable.

Our evening sponsor is, who is offering a free entry into this awesome class from Molly Newman:

Training Schedule
Yes, you can still access it ALL!
Monday morning: Grammar-Free Journaling with Angie Lucas
Monday lunch: What makes you unique? with Wendy Smedley
Monday evening: Designing with Pattern with Lisa Dickinson
Tuesday morning: Cool, Custom Backgrounds with Nichol Magouirk
Tuesday lunch: The Importance of Words with Wendy Smedley
Tuesday evening: 3 Basic Photo-Editing Tricks with Maggie Holmes
Wednesday morning: Connective Journaling with Angie Lucas
Wednesday lunch: Active Remembering with Wendy Smedley
Wednesday evening: Designing with Grids with Lisa Dickinson
Thursday morning: Fun with Word Stamps with Nichol Magouirk
Thursday lunch: You Have the Power with Wendy Smedley
Thursday evening: Adding an Urban Look with Maggie Holmes
Friday morning: Guiding Principles Quiz with Angie Lucas
Friday lunch: Inclusive Storytelling with Wendy Smedley
Friday evening: Extracting Inspiration with Lisa Dickinson
Saturday morning: Embossing & Resisting with Nichol Magouirk
Saturday lunch: Parting Thoughts with Wendy Smedley
Saturday evening: Brightening Eyes with Maggie Holmes

If you're already registered, it's EASY to access our Boot Camp Barracks. Simply log into your user account and visit the page (You must be registered and logged in for the link to work.) And you'll get daily emails, too.

If you haven't yet registered, what are you waiting for? Join hundreds of fellow Boot Campers for INSPIRATION without PERSPIRATION. Register for just $33

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You Could Win THIS!

I couldn't resist. When I saw one of the prize packages Nichol Magouirk lined up for one of our Boot Campers to win in our drawings, I HAD to share it with you. What an amazing, generous grouping of awesome products from Hero Arts! Couldn't you imagine having THIS to add to your scrapbooking stash?

Yes, really. ALL of that. Awarded to one dutiful Boot Camp Recruit who gets her drill done on time and has a little bit of luck on her side.

If you haven't registered yet, we've got 5 more days before the fun begins. Won't you join us?
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