Monday, March 21, 2011

Ella Friends Blog Hop


Welcome to the Ella Publishing Friends blog hop!

You should have arrived here from Jennifer Larson's blog. If you've gone astray, here's our blog list:
Valerie (you are here :)

Today we are celebrating the release of the newest Ella eBook:
Scrapbooking the Everyday; 34 fresh new ways to celebrate your daily life - definitely one of my most fave Ella books ever. Elizabeth Dillow and Tina Cockburn have included 12 unique scrapbooking challenges that will have you creating meaningful projects that look at daily life in a new way.

The prompts in this book really got me looking at my photos, and even the patterns on my paper, with fresh eyes. Here's an example - I never intended to use this photo to illustrate a page about how crazy my life feels these days. (I actually never planned to use it for anything - I took it as an exercise in focal length). After reading Scrapbooking the Everyday, I started to think about the circus performers balancing those candle holders, and how I'm feeling at the moment  trying to balance what feels like way too much. Then I remembered this circus themed paper from my stash. Here is the result:
 

materials: cardstock: Coredinations; patterned paper: TaDa; letters: American Crafts; spray ink: Studio Calico

Here's another example: while visiting Disney is not exactly an everyday occurrence, I was inspired by one of the prompts in the book that recommends making a 'highlight' page. With that, I made this page which focuses on the amazing gingerbread creations we saw on a recent trip to Disney at Christmastime.

materials: cardstock: Coredinations; patterned paper: TaDa; letters: American Crafts

Now, it wouldn't be a blog hop without prizes so be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this fantastic eBook! (I'll draw a winner tomorrow.) Thanks so much for stopping by!

58 comments:

Kate aka stinkydudette said...

1st post! lol... love how vibrant your Disney page is!!

malwa said...

Love the idea on using a "training" photo on a layout to tell a story. I guess you're not alone having such photos in the 'puter... *rolling my eyes, whistling a little*

Lisa said...

lovely pages! and a very cool prize to win!

Laura said...

Great layouts! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Lee Currie said...

GREAT pages, Valerie. Such wonderful inspiration in the e-book. One of my favourites, too :) Happy first day of Spring!

joel & ginny said...

Love the stitching on your pages!

Monica said...

what great ideas! thanks for the chance to win!

ruth said...

I love your layouts!! Your take on the 'everyday' has me thinking more outside the box. Thanks!

Jessica said...

Love the layouts! I need to do this more. I get caught up with trying to document certain feelings/events/moments.Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Danielle said...

what an awesome background on that first layout! wow!

~amy~ said...

magnificent...both of your layouts are fab...really love the first one...

Ally said...

That first layout is brilliant I tell you! Brilliant!

of stuff about me! said...

That's such a cool, different focus from a Disney trip! Love the uniqueness of it. We always go around Christmas time - I'll have to remember to capture those special Christmas decor items next time! Thank you!

Love this blog hop. Thank you for doing this!

Christa said...

Love their idea for the ebook! And great layouts to go with it!

Carolyn Lontin said...

Love love the circus theme!

Susan said...

Love your layouts ~ thanks for the chance to win!

Vera said...

I love the colors on that first layout!

Lara said...

love both of the layouts! I really like how you did your paper for the circus page it looks like it is just flowing like a circus tent. so cute.

Jenny McGee said...

Love your 3 ring circus page. Thanks for a chance to win.

Peg said...

Really love the circus layout and that you shared the backstory. Thanks! Would love to have the book.

louisemerriman said...

I love the texture of your layouts!

Julie (juls2000) said...

Gorgeous pages!! The circus one is just like the Big Top- very cool!! Mmmmm Disney!!

ArlaMo said...

LOVE the circus page!! Genius!

TinaM said...

I'd love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

stamphappy2001 said...

I so love your use of color. Great ideas.

BunnyFreak said...

Love the design of your page.

DanaMK said...

I love your perspective for each of your LOs. I am going to have to go through my photos and try to find a different spin on them. Thanks for the inspiration!

Amanda Jones said...

These pages are both so pretty and fun, Val! Love 'em :)

Aliza said...

SO glad this blog hop brought me here. I love your work.

AnnaMarie said...

Wonderful LO's! Loving your style! :) And what a great giveaway too!!

Sara said...

The Sweet Disney page is great! Thanks for the chance to win, looks like a great ebook!

Kristen said...

I now know what to do with those odd, seemingly insignificant photos in my collections. Thanks!

Miss Kathy said...

Love your first layout. I think we all feel that way at some point in our lives. Looks like a great book.

Jen said...

Great LOs! I have never used those practice shots, but you just gave me a great idea for how to use some of mine! Thanks for the chance to win the e-book!

Sarah Webb said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous pages!

Chris Hertel said...

Great layouts! I so want to go to Disney during Christmas to see all the decorations. Thanks for the chance at an ebook.

Sue said...

Great layout ideas!

Jenny said...

I love the gingerbread Disney creations too! Love your layout. Thanks for a chance to win this ebook!

Briana said...

I love the "Sweet Disney" layout! Thanks for the chance to win!

9isfine said...

Love the title of your page and I love those thickers too!

Lisa said...

Love your circus page! :) Thanks for a chance to win this book.

Miss Niki said...

What a sweet twist on Disney! Love it!

Jeri Pettingill said...

I'd love to win this ebook. I suspect each of the suggestions and examples are applicable to my family's life.

Kimberly said...

Thanks for sharing your layouts! The first one really looks like a circus :)

Kimberly said...

Great layouts! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

Melissa said...

Love your pages, especially the fun "3 ring circus" one!

Nicole Voth said...

This sounds like a great book!

Meghann said...

Your layouts are fantastic, Valerie! I love the stitching on the Circus layout and the patterned paper on the Disney!

Majic Scrapbooker said...

What a great use for that photo on 3 ring circus! Love it:)

Winnie said...

Love your layouts, they are so bright and eye-catching. I love how you've seen something of the everyday in two not so everyday events! Thanks for the chance to win.

Anna Sigga said...

Love these layouts and the design on the Disney page is fab.

Binty said...

love the LOs. TY for a chance to win. :)

Keianna said...

Love the details on your layouts. Planning a trip to Disney this summer, so your layouts go in my inspiration folder. thanks for a chance to win.

graphics_girl said...

Oh my goodness! These layouts are excellent! Thanks for the chance.

charmi said...

I love the 'Sweet Disney' lo!! Thanks for the chance to win !!

Jerri Silman said...

Love to win this ebook! Thanks for the giveaway.

Jessica Ozburn said...

Love your layouts! Thanks for the chance to win!

patti west said...

holy crap, Valerie...I LOVE the STITCHING on your first lo!!! Brilliant! The second lo is too sweet as well! Always love your stuff!!! :)