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Glittery fun with Amy Powers

Back with some more fabulous projects from inside Amy Powers Inspired Ideas magazine. Today we are highlighting glittery and sparkly projects that you should try out! 

Sugary Cottage

Heart Wreath

Click on the links above for complete instructions

To see the other Amy projects we highlighted click on the links below 

To see all current and past issues of Inspired Ideas, click here

Learn more from Amy at Boot Camp, registration details here.

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Kid Projects with Amy Powers

Back with more Amy Powers projects to share and inspire. These are all kid friendly and would be great to make with your little friends. 

Altered Tiny Notebooks

Cartoon Flowers 

Marble House 

click on the links above to get full instructions

See the fall projects shared prior here. 

We hope to see you in our Boot Camp Barracks! Register here

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Fall projects with Amy Powers

Introducing creativity coach extraordinaire Amy Powers. She is newer to the scrapbooking world but has been a long time crafter and evangelist for creative living. She is the Creative Living coach for Boot Camp and we invite you to get to know her better. She owns, publishes, edits, basically does everything for her online magazine, Inspired Ideas. All week here on the Ella blog we are sharing projects from that have been previously published in her magazine. (some of the projects are by her others by her contributors)

Jack o Containers

Spooktactular Plant Stakes by Cari Kraft 

Witch Hat Treat

Click on the links above for complete instructions 


Don't forget that Boot Camp 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. 

See you in our Boot Camp Barracks! Register here

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Boot Camp 2012

Introducing Boot Camp 2012

The four coaches this year are

Sign up at Big Picture classes here

Here's How it Works
You'll log in daily for a 10-minute video from one of our 4Experts followed by a 10-minute targeted exercise that's guaranteed to:

  • jumpstart your creativity
  • exercise your scrapbooking muscles
  • give you a concrete starting point to get something done NOW
  • inspire you with lasting skills and ideas you'll want to apply over and over
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ABC Curio Cabinets: Fun for Any Occasion

sewing notions curio craft project

One of my favorite projects to make is a meaningful curio cabinet, like this sewing-themed one I made for my mom, featuring sewing notions for every letter of the alphabet. There's "embroidery" for E and "thread" for T and "zipper" for Z, not to mention a "measuring tape" for M.


Watch Awesome Alphabet Curios on mycraftchannel.com to see more about this project and other curios, too, including an "I Spy" curio idea and a "Christmas Countdown" curio by Angie Lucas. (The below image was taken before Angie found an ice skate for "I," Santa's underwear for "U," and a sleeping reindeer for "Z." You'll see them in the video though!)

Watch the epsisode here:


And also check out our awesome book picks for the week:

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Dear Photograph: In the Backyard


Dear Photograph,


The wooden fence still stands tall and is just as strong as it was 6 years ago when this family photo was taken. The trees and plants have grown taller as have my five sons. Our family has grown and changed immensely, mostly good, but some not so good.


Now I have to get used to fewer people at home, less time with my grown children, less time looking out the window and watching my children playing, less time with just my boys. And that will take time to grow used to.





Happy National Photography Month! Read about Ella's Dear Photograph challenge and join in by linking up your Dear Photograph post here.

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Dear Photograph Challenge

In case you haven't heard, May is NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY MONTH, and we're celebrating with photography ideas and fun all month long here in our blog, in our eZine, and even with the release of a new book from Rebecca Cooper, Real.Life.Photography.

And on that note, I have found the coolest photography site ever! And I just had to share it with you. It's called Dear Photograph.



The Concept
The idea behind Dear Photograph is simple: hold up a photo from the past in front of the place where it was originally shot, then take a picture of the picture, adding a dedication about what the photograph means to you. The results, however, are astounding. By turns nostalgic, charming, and poignant, Dear Photograph is a stunning visual compilation that evokes childhood memories, laments difficult losses, and above all, celebrates the universal nature of love.


If the concept looks familiar, it seems to have inspired a popular television ad for Chevrolet, as was pointed out in an article from AdWeek.


About the creator of Dear Photograph:
Taylor Jones, at just 22 years of age, was inspired to start his website Dear Photograph as he flipped through old family photos at his parents' kitchen table. When he came across an image of his brother sitting at that very same table, he lifted it up and snapped a picture of the picture. In a moment, the idea for DearPhotograph.com was born. After taking more photographs, Jones posted them on a website and asked people to submit their own renditions -- but he had no idea how overwhelming of a response he would get. In just six short weeks, millions of people had visited, hundreds had submitted, and Jones had created an internet phenomenon that captured the world's attention.


Are you in?

To play along, post your own, Dear Photograph, on your blog or any hosting service (Flickr, etc.) then link it back to this post.


We are *hosting the challenge here on our blog until the end of May. And check back because we will be posting our own Dear Photographs throughout the rest of the month from members of the Ella Publishing staff and the Ella Friends team.


*All participants will be entered into a random drawing to win a copy of the book, Dear Photograph, and some other surprise goodies, too.


Oh, and you can listen to an interview with the author here.


The winner of a copy of the book is Kym Tsukamoto- thanks everyone!

Buy One Get One FREE


Their is a fun LIVE event happening on National Scrapbook Day here in Utah and we have a special ***discount for you.  We have limited spots available, so take advantage of this discount, Good until 5/3/2012. come hang out with Stacy and I and see the INSIDE of the Doodlebug offices.

We've created two LIVE Crop & Shop events later in the day (as a BONUS!)
Each three-hour event will feature 3 rotations, including a lecture-style class with Stacy, a hands-on, create your own 8x8 album with Wendy Smedley and Doodlebug designers and a final hour to enjoy a delicious box lunch, delightfully fun make & takes and a special National Scrapbook Day store chock full of Doodlebug products at special prices.

Details: After you register send your Big Picture Login name and the name of your friend to allison@stacyjullian.com

***Offer good until midnight PST 5/3/2012, only one deal per customer***


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Play Time!!

In this episode of Books and Crafts it is all about playing. Thanks to Vicki Boutin and her awesome new book Angie had fun playing and she shares what she learned and made on today's episode of Books and Crafts at My Craft Channel.

We love Vicki and know you will too. Check out her book and don't miss her blog. She is genuine and bubbly with a strong desire to help us all get in touch with our inner artist.  Thanks Vicki!!

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Spring Fling Giveaway: by Big Picture Classes

April is such a happy month!! Many thanks to Big Picture Classes for sharing these awesome giveaways. To make it easy to enter and even easier to track we are trying out a giveaway tracker, raffelcopter, It is super easy and allows you to enter more than once, no need to come back and leave multiple comments either.

Giveaway information below!

1. Design Challenges is a 4-week workshop with Elizabeth Dillow and Stacy Julian

Fitting scrapbooking into a busy schedule can be tricky; even more so if you’re feeling a little stale, bored, or generally uninspired! Scrapbooking is about the photos and the words that make up your memories, of course, but if you lose sight of the value of the process, our beloved hobby can feel a little like a chore—and scrapbooking should never feel like a chore. If your creative process is feeling a little anemic or you simply want the accountability of a challenge to reset your creative focus, you need Design Challenges!

2. Join Tracey Clark of Shutter Sisters in this self-paced class, Picture Color.

Through this 30-day photo centric celebration, Picture Color will encourage you to turn your lens toward the colors that delight you most. With daily email prompts delivered right to your inbox, you will be greeted and inspired by a myriad of colorful shades to awaken your senses and your inner-artist as your camera clicks color after vibrant color!

3. Have fun using your stash and making pages with Nic Howard and May Flaum in Double Take, a 4-week workshop.

Are you looking for a class to help you use your stash while embarking on a journey of creative fun? Do you want to put a dent in your pile of photos whilst learning through sketches and example layouts how to create visually effective layouts? Double page scrapbook layouts are a great way to create a more cohesive looking album, include more photos and stories in your layouts and still have plenty of room left over for creative fun! What could be better than getting a whole class packed with two-page layouts? We're doubling the fun with not just one, but two of our fabulous teachers, and they are teaming up for a BPC class like never before!

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