Wednesday, February 3, 2010

:REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: A Year in the Life from Ella Publishing

It's no secret that I'm an Ella fan. Ever since they have started publishing last year, I've been amazed by the variety and quality of eBooks they have produced.

Early this year, they released A Year in the Life which is a collaborative effort from the very talented group of ladies over at Write.Click.Scrapbook.

This is the perfect companion for any scrapper - novice to experienced - as you start a fresh year of celebrating your life through the pages of a scrapbook.

This 30-page treasure includes 24 sample layouts - 19 of which are multi-photo, two-page designs in a mixture of 12x12 and 8 1/2 x 11 formats. There are both traditional and digital layouts represented as well.

There is one layout sample for each month. As you might guess, the general themes are traditional for the time of year. However, I was pleasantly surprised that they all had a quite unique and creative twist to them. I shouldn't have expected the 'same-old, same-old' from Ella, right?!

After each monthly layout sample is an 'anytime' themed layout to help you record the important things that make up your life in the here and now.

Inside this eBook are great ideas for themes, design, journaling, photos, techniques, title treatments and more.

One thing that really stood out to me as I enjoyed this eBook is the numerous ideas for compilation layouts. In the mix of our busy lives, it is so great to have new and inspired ideas for scrapping photos from an extended period of time (rather than 'moment' scrapbooking) or showcasing multiple people on one layout in a creative and cohesive way.

These typles of ideas are exactly what is need to make our piles of photos seem significantly less daunting and takes the pressure out of scrapping every individual event.

At the end of the eBook, there is also an wonderful collection of 10 photo ideas for each month of the year to help us make sure we are recording what's important throughout the year.

To check out the other great Ella Publishing Co. eBooks, check out their website.

All of their current titles can now also be purchased for instant download at

Would you like to win a free download of A Year in the Life by Write.Click.Scrapbook? Well, all you've got to do is leave a comment below answering the following question by Friday, February 5th, 2010, 11:59 p.m.:

What is your favorite month of the year and why? will select the winner on Saturday. Be sure to come back to find out if you've won!

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