Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Website!!

We have a new name and website for our business! We are pleased to announce EllaBella Design Studios! Karen (from KEW Designs ) & myself are the principle designers and will be maintaining another website found at Please check us out!

I will still be posting on this site on and off, but the majority of our market news and new products will be posted on our new website!

Things are going very well for us and we thank each and every one of you for all of your support! Even if it is just a comment or suggestion, we are listening!

Thank you!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Going on the road...

to Parksville, that is! We'll be at the Parksville Craig Street Market tomorrow evening (Tuesday, August 21st) from 6-9pm. Plan to arrive early - there will be lots of people & the vibe is amazing!! Hope to see you there! :D


I've just finished a mini accordian album in a box for my husband, so thought I'd give you a sneak peak. I'll be giving it to him tomorrow, but perhaps he'll let me display it at the market tomorrow! LOL! Oh, the joys of being a scrapbookers' husband! Seriously though, I loved the way it turned out and just loved to play with all of the cool papers and embellishments! The size is 4"x4".

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Going to Market

We will be at the Farmer's Market in downtown Nanaimo tomorrow, Friday 17th from 10am-2pm. We have both been working a lot and have some very nice items to bring to the market tomorrow. I will try to take some photos of my work tomorrow when the sun is up! LOL! I am such a night owl!

Hope to see you tomorrow! :o)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Lovin' the Black & White

Another journal:

We've Been Accepted!!

YAY! I am thrilled to announce that we have been accepted into the Kris Kringle Craft Market in Qualicum Beach Nov 22-25 (see info at right >>).

This is a HUGE event with over 10,000 people walking through the door last year! There are over 120 high quality crafters at this market plus over 100 door prizes and 4 Grand Prizes. Don't forget the free photo with Kris Kringle himself!!

What a great way to spend a late fall weekend shopping for Christmas gifts - or even a little something for yourself! :o)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More Journals

I've been asked numerous times for more notebooks/journals...I'm happy to say that I am working on some. Here is one that I finished last night. Love the black & white look!!

We are hoping to be at the Parksville street market tonight, but we're on a waiting list. Fingers crossed! :o)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Halloween Treat Bag Albums & Memo Board

My most recent projects were two Halloween Treat Bag Albums & a beautiful pink Chinese fabric Quilted Memory Board.

I have loads of ideas in my head for projects, now I just need to find some creative time! :o)


Friday, August 10, 2007

New Star Albums!!

I have made three new star albums, Winter (small), Christmas (medium) & Baby Girl (large) themes. I am now making my star albums available in small, medium & large and in a variety of themes as was requested. Please let me know if there is a particular theme you would like to see, I'm always open to suggestions!

I just love the way these all turned out!! These albums beautifully display your photos, don't you think?

TFL! :o)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Parksville Craig Street Market

So I thought I'd just try vending at the Parksville Craig Street Market on Tuesday evening. I'm just a drop-in so I only had maybe two hours' notice, but I thought what the hay? I'm so glad I went!! The overall vibe of the market is incredible and so many people I couldn't believe it!

Thank you so much to everyone that stopped by my booth!! I had the best day yet, it only gets better! I had lots of feedback as well, so that is always extremely helpful!

Meanwhile, I have to work on my production. I sold so many things that I need to re-stock, which means more creative time is needed! So, I won't be attending the Nanaimo Farmer's Market tomorrow, unfortunately.

I have finished a Quilted French Memory Board tonight, in a beautiful pink Chinese fabric! So gorgeous, you have to see this in person! I can't wait to make more of these popular memo boards! I have so many different fabrics and I will be making them in a smaller size as well.

Monday, July 30, 2007

New Projects...

Here are a few of my new projects I've been working on. As you can see I have started my Christmas themed projects already!

Large & small explosion album box, as well as a large & mini star album (love it that the small one can hang on the tree if so desired!)

Here's me in my studio working on the star album. I have a great wire shelving unit I bought at the same place we got the display units and I can't wait to fix it up - DH just needs to saw a piece off so my 12x12 paper can fit. :o)

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Good Day At The Market

We both had an excellent day at the market on Friday. We had a fantastic location, it was the first time we had our new display stand up, & we had a sign made up with our new business name EllaBella Design Studios. And the weather was sooo nice, people were out in droves!!

My Explosion Album in a Box sold right away! It was extremely popular, so I will make plenty more. I made a Christmas theme box (getting ready for the Christmas Craft Fairs already), and I will be sure to take a photo of it this time to share with you! :o)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Lots of New Things Coming!

I've been working on lots of new projects that I can't wait to share! Expolding albums, gift boxes, & of course more greeting cards & magnets. I just LOVE working with all of these gorgeous papers & supplies! :o) I'm so blessed!

Can't wait to take pics and share my latest creations with you!

Monday, July 23, 2007

New Layout

It seems like I haven't done a 12x12 layout for my DD's album in soooo long! It took me a while to get into it, but here's the final result.

PP & tag: 3 Bugs in a Rug
Heidi Swapp: Large Flower

Sunday, July 22, 2007

More Displays...

I'm so happy we have more displays to showcase our items at the market!! There is a store closing down and they are selling their display units. We made some good finds and can't wait to set it all up at the next market.

Ugly Weather

We're having such ugly weather lately! Grey & wet! I was freezing at the Farmer's Market on Friday, but I stuck it out! (Sorry, no pictures, I completely forgot my camera!!)

Saturday was a bit better after a few initial downpoars, it seemed to warm up a bit, too. The Bathtub parade seemed to bring a few people downtown and I had my best day yet at the market! :o) My new purse albums are a hit, I can't wait to make more! I definitely have my work cut out for me...I have so many projects I want to try.

Last night I finally decided to start up my scrapbooking again for my DD's album. It feels so weird to do 12x12 layouts again! Now I know why some people absolutely love altering items and doing mini albums! LOVE them! I am planning on doing a few mini albums of my DD, and will probably use these as my "sample" albums at the market.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Change of Plans...

I decided to set up shop at the Farmer's Market tomorrow (July 20th) all by myself!! Eekk!

This should be a challenge, but I'm sure it will turn out wonderful!! :o) Must have faith! I'm just worried about the rain & wind, but I couldn't miss out on being a part of the biggest event in Nanaimo - the Bathtub Race Weekend!! Should be fun!

Can't wait so show off my new purse albums! Karen made a great find for me...a magnetic board to display my magnets! Thank you again, Karen! And my husband made a banner for me to display!! YAY! I'll see how much struggling it will take to put it up, it's HUGE! I'll be sure to take some pictures to share. Pray for me that I'll get the covered spot again this week. :o)

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bathtub Special Market

Look for our stall again at the Farmer's Market this Saturday for the special Bathtub weekend market. I'm looking forward to it! I have so many great projects I have on the go, so be on the lookout for more fun stuff soon! I will be making more French Memory Boards as well as mini albums; and I have made some fabulous souvenier cards & magnets with pictures I have taken of beautiful Nanaimo & area.

I picked up some displays from a fabulous lady on Freecycle Nanaimo (many thanks again!). And with more display ideas in the works as well as a banner, I think we'll have a nice booth to showcase our handmade art!

Purse Album

Here is the finished product! I added a few bits of ribbon here and there, but I also couldn't resist my Fancy Pants stamps! They bring the album to life! I stamped on most pages and what a difference!! I have started quite a collection, so I must remember to use them more often!!


Monday, July 16, 2007

What I've Been Up To...

I've been inspired to try some new projects! I have a huge list of things I want to create!!

Here are a couple of new mini purse albums, the first is made from paper bags! They were so fun to create! I'm still embellishing the second purse, so picture it with more ribbons!! :o)

Karen & I will be at the special Farmer's Market this Saturday for Bathtub weekend! Hope to see you there!!


Monday, July 9, 2007

Photos are up!

My photo slideshows are finally up & running! Hope you enjoy!

I will be working on more designs today, so watch for those being posted soon.

Monday, June 25, 2007

We did it!

We had a fairly successful first day at the Farmer's Market on Friday! Well, I didn't expect to sell anything so any sale was a success in my books!! LOL! I will definitely have to work on the displays as it was very windy. Suddenly everything would be blown down! So now we are on the search for the perfect displays!

Here are a few pictures. This is me & Karen of KEW Designs. As you can see, most of our items had to be displayed laying down.

Friday, June 22, 2007

To Market, To Market...

Tomorrow (ok, technically today since it's already 1am) is our first day at the Farmer's Market! I'm all packed and ready to go. Just need to make the lunches! We hope to see you there!

We've got:

* Quilted Memory Boards
* Mini Albums
* Altered Frames & Canvases
* Journals/Notebooks
* Magnets
* Bookmarks
* Greeting Cards
& More!

I'll be taking photos of all of my work soon; I will then upload the photo slideshows. Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Hello & welcome to Ann Chapman Designs!

I am excited to launch this new blog to showcase my creations! I really enjoy creating scrapbook pages and have recently ventured into altered projects, which I just love!

You can see my work in person at the Farmer's Market in downtown Nanaimo, BC, right on the beautiful waterfront. I will be there most Fridays during the summer from 10am to 2pm. I'd love to see you stop by!

You can also place custom orders by contacting me at

Please take a browse through my photo galleries (coming soon!). I'd also love to hear any comments & suggestions you may have.

Thank you!