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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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A New Writing Workshop with Angie Lucas

It starts on Valentine's Day!

4 weeks, 12 cool strategies for telling stories on scrapbook layouts,  34 layout examples, 6 videos, and more!


Special Offer!

If you register now using the links below, you can save $5 off your purchase! Click here to register and enter code GRAMMAR5 at checkout. Offer expires February 14, 2013. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or special offer.

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Guess What's New?

Real.Life.Photography. little kids' photography ideas



Simple Fixes photo editing actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

And this.


They've been in the works for quite some time. And we're quite sure you'll love them! 

Purchase Real.Life.Photography and the Simple Fixes Action Set in the same purchase and save 20% with code PHOTOFIX. And since both are currently only $9.99 each (introductory price! regularly $12.99 each), that means you'll save a total of $9 by purchasing them together now!

We've been so busy with Spring Training (which was SO fun!) and our upcoming eBooks (need some extra photography help anyone? Stay tuned for a fun annoucement later this month!) that we may have neglected to tell you about our FIVE newest episodes of Books & Crafts!

Yesterday, we released our 6th and final episode from season 3. And we're busy working on our 12 awesome installments for season 4. We have more ideas than we'll ever be able to film, but we'll give it the old college try anyway.


Our newest episode, Stamping Secrets, includes a special $2 coupon if you listen closely...

And here's another favorite from season 3, Glass Plate Collage inspired by the book Crafting a Meaningful Home:


To watch the rest of these fun, quick and simple videos (which include plenty of great ideas for Mother's Day, which is coming up this weekend), just click here.

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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.


**Only 4 Days to Go!**

Register Now for $44.99
Just $2.50 per video / mini class

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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!


**Only 5 Days to Go!**

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Just $2.50 per video / mini class

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Warm-Up Week: Sneak Peek #2


Happy Tuesday! Today we have more fun sneak peeks to share.


Coach Spotlight
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


About Erin
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.

Today's Poll

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.

Sponsor Spotlights

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!**

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Just $2.50 per video / mini class

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St Patrick's Day Sale!


Any questions? :)


p.s. If you're ALREADY registered for Spring Training 2012, watch your email for a coupon code for a free eBook, too. As always, those who register earliest get the best deal!


p.p.s. And if you're a returning Spring Training or Boot Camp attendee, you'll get an email this weekend explaining how you can save 20% off of Spring Training 2012 registration PLUS get a free eBook.

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Gift idea: Photo Tile Necklace

The Crafting Chicks

This is a blog repost from Kristen of the CraftingChicks.com

So the Scrabble Tile Necklace was the perfect solution to last year’s birthday roundup. All the gifts that are given from my fingertips routinely have something to do with pictures. WHY? Because I’ve been a photographer for ten years now. That means that I have pictures of everyone and their dog (literally), and who doesn’t like a picture of….their DOG, or a candid from their wedding, snapshot of their kid, or a picture of their whole family, on a necklace. Que the Scrabble Tile Necklace….PHOTO style.

For a lovely tutorial on how to glue and protect your necklace (after learning how to personalize below), head over to the wonderful blog Make and Takes.




STEP 1: Open Photoshop (I use CS2), but this can be done on Photoshop Elements as well as the full version of Photoshop.

Go to FILE, then NEW then make a 4×6 canvas by putting 4 in the width box and 6 in the height box.

Make sure your setting is on inches instead of px. The 4×6 will allow you to make images for multiple necklaces.

STEP 2: On the 4×6 canvas make some squares with your shape tool that measure approx. .75″ x .75″. Use the rulers to eyeball it. If your rulers are not showing, go to VIEW and click on RULERS. This will allow you to see how big your shapes are. These squares will be the template for the pictures.

STEP 3: OPEN the photo you are going to use. LEFT CLICK and DRAG that photo over to the 4×6 canvas. At this point you can go to your LAYERS palette. For each of the squares you make you will find that each one is represented in it’s own layer (like a transparency).

STEP 4: Position your photo over the first square making sure your photo is directly over that particular square in the layers pallet. If it’s not directly over that square in the layers palette, LEFT CLICK on the photo layer and move it over the first square.

STEP 5: Then for the MAGIC. This is called a CLIPPING MASK. It’s lovely, wonderful and beautimous. With the photo layer selected (you will know this if the layer is photo layer is highlighted in the layers palette), you push CTRL ALT G (CTRL G on Photoshop Elements). This will magically place your picture into the template. You can now move it around and zoom and crop where you want the photo. It’s magic. At this point, add your frame you can find from any digi site if you search for them. Open this file then place the frame on the picture. For more photos, repeat steps 3-5 on the next square until you’ve filled up your 4×6 and are making a necklace for everyone you know. They will love you for it.

Add some dangles, charms, or leave as is. You will be loved for giving such a personal gift.

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Books and Crafts Season One THE REPURPOSED LIBRARY

Announcement Books and Crafts Season 2 starts tomorrow!! Check it out on MyCraftChannel.com


This book is full of awesome and beautiful projects made out of books,The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life, by Lisa Occhipinti. The photography is both beautiful and instructional. You won't be disappointed. the project we show is the treasure box.


You can see the full instructions from the book to create the treasure box shown in the Books and Crafts episode above and the image above, here on the publishers website.

Watch a short video of the author creating projects from books below.

Off to make more stuff!

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