Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new layout to share using the beautiful new Summer  Farmhouse collection.   There's something about this dark royal blue in this collection that just makes me happy.  I feel like this shade of blue goes with everything.  But then you add the red, yellow and teal and if just makes my heart happy!

When my kids were little, we would often do unplanned photo shoots. I would just grab my camera and take a bunch of photos, it's not that easy now that they are teenagers so I often go back through my older photos and find some gems.  I love this sweet one of my girl.  I was unsure about using the wooden title on the wood paper but I like that it created a soft look.

I cut up the Simple Pleasures paper and made little pinwheels with it.  They turned out so cute with the little enamel dot in the middle!

I then added a few phrase strips, stickers, a few pieces of ephemera and some stitching.

I love how the bright colors and florals look on the woodgrain paper!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hello, hope you are all keeping well! Today I’d like to share with you how I’ve been using the beautiful Garden District collection in the Robins Egg Sn@p binder. 

I’ve always loved gardening and I’m very lucky to have a pretty little garden that over looks fields. Now more than ever, I realise how blooming lucky I am to have this safe outdoor space! What I’m going to use this binder for is to document everything I can think of to do with gardens...

...here’s some of the ideas I have, of what I’m going to fill the pages up with. 

Firstly, and probably the most obvious, I shall include pictures of us enjoying the garden, but also I’m going to document the plants that I grow, changes I’d like to make over time, new flowers I’d like to plant. Stores that I can buy plants, that of course will include the small online stores which are our lifelines at this strange time! 

In the 6x8 sn@p binders you get an assortment of pocket pages, patterned card stock, chipboard dividers and plenty of lined paper. So there’s everything you’ll need for setting it up!

I like to use the patterned card stock as a layout, here I use the lovely little 2x2 images from the Garden District cut apart sheet, and then I’ve made a little framed area where I can add journaling or pop a picture. I’m also going to add pictures from magazines that inspire me, you can even print off pictures you find on Pinterest. 

I hope that I’ve been able to give you some ideas on how you could set up a ‘gardening’ binder. I know that this will be a project that I will keep coming back to, adding more to it throughout the seasons! 

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Hello everybody! So happy to be back! We are living in very special moments in our lives… there is nothing better than to have the chance to share a beautiful moment creating together. I´m Maria Celeste from GuiadeManualidades.com and I have a wonderful idea for all of you!

I've been in my home for more than a month. Everyday is a new challenge. But I´m always thinking that we are very lucky because we love scrapbooking. We have this wonderful hobby/job to help us. I started to imagine a new project with the Simple Stories I Am collection and I was sure about one thing: it was going to be something just for me. A very special mini book full of details and things I love.

The I Am Collection has become one of my favorites. I'm sure I will keep it in my personal collection. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and I feel it´s just for me.

This mini album has plenty space for photographs and personal memories. And I made lovely and special details with my sewing machine. Let´s get started! As I always tell you, remember you can make this mini album in the size you want. For my project I cut 3 pieces of stable cardboard : #1- 7” w x 8 1/2” h (cut 2 of it), #2- 2” w x 8 1/2” h.

I used three of the collection kit papers to cover all the structure. But, before doing it, I sewed it along the edge. You will see I do that in all of my mini books. Sewing details are a must in this project!

For the inside of my structure I used the same design paper and did the same sewing detail. But, you have to wait until you prepare the spine.

I made a very special spine. To make it cut a piece of white cardsotck paper of 10 1/4” w x 6 1/2” h. Then you have to scored it in 1 ½”, 2”, 2 ½”, 2 3/4”, 3 1/4”, 3 3/4”, 4” , 4 1/2”, 5”, 5 1/4”, 5 ¾” 6 1/4”, 6 1/2”, 7”, 7 ½”, 7 ¾”,  8 ¼”, 8 ¾”.  As a result you are going to have a classic spine with 6 hinges. But, before gluing it in the interior of the mini album structure, we are going to add small strips of the the same paper that we used to cover the middle stable cardboard piece. To do it, just sew them… you will love this detail!

Once it´s ready, you can glue the spine and then add the interior papers. You will find that the spine is smaller than your structure. Don't panic! It's ok! Just leave 1” up and down.

As we have a 6 hinges spine, we are going to make pocket pages.

To get them ready cut 6 pieces of  white cardstock of  6” w x 16 ½”” h. Place the paper on your scoring board (heigth) and scored in 8”, 16”. The last ½” is what your are going to glue to close the pocket. Repeat the proccess with all the other papers.  Pockets pages are ready! And you can add an extra page inside of them using the same white cardstock. One beautiful detail that I added was sewing to them some special words from the “Journal Bits Kit".

Now we are ready! Let's start with the fun work… Put all your decorating elements on the table and start playing with them. As I always say… let's make magic! Every design paper that I used to decorate the album was sewed first. I even sewed the die cuts while I was decorating the album.

First thing to prepare is the cover. For my cover I found inspiration in one of the elements of the collection. I used chipboards, paper flowers, gold and white baker twine, a very special ribbon (with gold details) and some die cuts. With the ribbon I made a small rosette and I combined it with a piece of paper. The result is a lovely and very romantic cover with inspiring words and phrases.

Let´s go to the inside! Use everything you have to decorate the pages. Die cuts, stickers, chipboard, enamels dots and combine them with pieces of papers. Feel free to prepare small interior structures as cascades or small pockets. And remember to use 4x4, 4x6 and 3x4 elements to combine with them. Brads will be a beautiful detail for your interior structures and you can have some small magnets on your desk to add to them.

I hope you like this idea and now you feel inspired to created beautiful mini album just for you. You will see that I Am Collection is lovely!

See you next time!

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Hi there Simple Stories Friends!

Hope you all are safe in  your little corner of the world. Though most of us are doing our part to beat this virus, it does not stop us from reliving ( and wishing to ) our travels.  The new Simple Stories GOING PLACES collection is perfect to bring the best of those memories.

I started with a Sn@p  basic ledger paper as the background for the page.  What better way to bring happy to a page than a rainbow.  I pulled some of the Sn@p  cards with the same background design in different colors, as well as some of the collection papers.  Then cut chevrons  and hand stitch them to the top right corner of the page.

With so many bright colors in the papers, i glued a few pieces as layers behind the picture an set it at the end of the rainbow chevron.    Here is where i had fun with all the stickers, bits and pieces and even fussy cut some tags from the paper to form a cluster at the top right corner of the picture.

Did i mention this collection has so many fun embellishments?  It was so easy to combine embellishments with some stamping to bring interest and sentiment to the page.

To balance the page, i cut strips of the Happy Travels, On Our Way, 3x4 Elements and set them at the bottom of the page.  Here, i added a large cluster of ephemera at the left side of the paper strips at the same level as the picture.

 

With all the color in the page, i pulled the Black foam alpha from the Color Vibes  collection to spell the title of the page under the chevron pieces.  I added a phrase sticker from the Combo Sticker sheet to complete the title, then used the coordinating stamp to add more sentiment to the title piece.

This collection is amazing, filled with color, fun designs, and just the perfect sentiments to document your past trips, or plan the ones you will go on once we are able to do so! I hope you check the GOING PLACES collection. You are going to love it!

'til next time, keep safe!!

 

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My daughter loves acting and singing and was so delighted to get the part of the dragon in their school play, Shrek Jr. I loved watching her on that stage because she was IN. HER. ELEMENT! Isn't it awesome seeing our kids shine in the things that they love to do?! I thought the butterflies and blooms in the I Am collection were a perfect way to record this "blossoming" moment of my daughter.
 
 
I love that the I Am collection includes "You are ..." phrases, too. I used one of the NEW Foam Stickers as the title here. The foam stickers for this collection are gold foil with all kinds of useful words. It's a set that you can use on many pages, which I love.
 
The journaling has a bit of a glare from the lights because I printed it on a transparency. This allowed me to fit the longer paragraph my daughter wrote onto the 4x6 SN@P! card. Once the page is in its sheet protector, you won't even notice.
 
 
I chose to crop the supporting photos into circles and place them together at the bottom of the page. To the right of the photos, I added a cluster of embellishments.
 
The bird and flowers were fussy-cut from a 3x4 SN@P! card, the envelope and 'Dreaming Big' phrase are from the chipboard set, and then the heart and the 'Killin' It' phrase are from the Combo Stickers.
 
I used a teeny, tiny flower punch to add the cutest little supporting flowers around each flower cluster on this page. I layered two punched flowers together, ruffled up their petals, and then added a golden center using a gold pearl pen. They turned out darling!
 
 
I love adding stitching on my page for a bit of texture, too. Even if it's a simple line around the edge of the page, it adds just the right touch, in my opinion.
 
 
I hope that you enjoyed my I Am page today and that it inspired you to record those shining moments in your family's life.
 
Have a great day!

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Hi everyone!  It’s Dorymar and I'm excited to share with you this Spring project.  I love the colors in this collection, the cutest bunnies, the flowers, birds, butterflies, etc. The new HIP HOP HOORAY collection is the perfect collection to document the beautiful Spring season.

For this project, I decided to use the 6x8 Pink Stripe Binder because the color is just the perfect match with the collection. On the cover, I used the Hello Spring chipboard letters and combined them with the bunch of flowers included in the bits and pieces pack, closer to them I added a few stickers from the collection. The binder design is so beautiful, I just had to add a few elements. It looks super cute.

Because the Striped Binder doesn’t have dividers, I prepared my own dividers with pockets and space to use the beautiful pieces that the collection has. This gives me the opportunity to play with the spaces of the album and create a fun interactive look.

This is one of the dividers that I like the most, it has a lot of space for photos and it also includes a pocket for a 4x6 card, it is fantastic and you have a lot of fun as you open the flaps.  I embellished simply with stickers, die cuts, enamel dots and journal die cuts to tell my story.

Below I show you the close ups.

I love adding the journal bits and pieces, because when I add my photos, I have little spaces to add my journaling. They are perfect and super cute.

One of the things I love the most about using Striped Binders is that I can add the pocket pages that I want among the variety that is included in the Insta Pocket Pages Pack.  The package contain 2 of each configuration and each one is divided into different combinations in both vertical and horizontal orientations. They are perfect to add the lovely 6x4 and 3x4 cards included in the collection. I also had space to decorate it with the beautiful elements of the Hip Hop Hooray Collection.   See the pictures below.

I loved the bunnies so much that I wanted to incorporate all of them, they are the cutest bunnies I have ever seen.

This divider is such fun because it has two big pockets and when you open it, you have space for more pictures. I fussy cut the bunny from one of the pages included in the 6x8 paper pad and used it as a decoration at the top of my card. Also, I added some brads from the collection, that gave a perfect touch to my project.

For my first page I created an open up flap using some different patterned papers from the 6x8 paper pad as a base. I decorated it with all the amazing elements of the collection.

I think this project is perfect to show off this gorgeous collection, I made all the adorable dividers and included many sizes of pocket pages to add all my Spring memories and I hope this inspires you to use this wonderful spring collection.

Thank for stopping by today!

Hello Spring!

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Good morning cardmaking friends! Anya here today and I'd like to share a few cards with you that I created using the Best Year Ever collection. This paper line is designed to cover so many themes and holidays! Actually, I challenged myself to create each card using only one sheet of paper. Must admit, it was so much fun, I could go on and on! But for today, here are my first five cards.

Isn't this amazing, that you can create a card for almost any occasion using just one paper line?

For these first two cards I used the January and February months papers and added some coordinating ephemera and stickers.

While I can never have too many Christmas cards, the card from the February paper doesn't have to be a Valentines Day themed specifically. This one can totally work for a girls Birthday card!

Same thing here, I used a patterned paper for the month of April, which has a Spring theme, but with a great choice of phrase stickers you can make a card that can be used for many more reasons.

For the last two cards I used the September and November patterned papers. I can always use a “thankful” card and with three students at home, a school themed card is a must to have on hand! I hope I have inspired you to try the same challenge of using just one piece of patterned paper for a card and maybe you could go all the way through and create at least twelve cards!

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I got my hands on the "I Am" collection a couple of months ago and if you had told me then what I would be using it to document, I'm not sure I would have believed you.  But here we are, mid-way through April with most of the United States in our homes and practicing social distancing.  So, it seemed only appropriate, to document this crazy moment in time!  I was glad I had a good collection to do just that!  Here's my layout!

 
With so many great patterned papers in this collection, I struggled to determine what to use.  I also was just struggling with creativity in general.  When that happens, I default to a grid layout.  Grids seem to always get me going with creativity!  As I created this grid, I knew I wanted a "solid" line for my title area.  I picked out four additional papers, two with the ivory background and two with the teal background, using some from both the 12 X 12 collection kit and the 6 X 8 paper pad.  By choosing two different background colors, I was able to keep things balanced between dark and light.
 
 
I put the most work into my title area. It combines chipboard, cardstock stickers, ephemera, and brand new Color Vibe letter stickers.  By adding the yellow hearts throughout, I was able to ground things and build beyond the title into the rest of my layout. It also creates some softer lines amidst the squares.
 
 
Although the title begins with chipboard - it continues with Color Vibe letter stickers.  Because I wanted some white in there - I used the white letters as shadows to the teal.  I did not try to make them fit in an exact way with each letter - allowing again for a softer look amidst the grid.  I also tore the top layer of the letters in at least one spot.  I wanted this to symbolize how we are "torn apart" by this pandemic.
 
 
I know most of us will want to document this time, I hope this is inspired to tell not only the story of your family, but also of you!  You can see the whole process for this video on my YouTube Channel!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Hi everyone! I was SO excited when I first saw the Best Year Ever collection. It was just what I was looking for to work on my annual family album this year. Lots of great SN@P! cards and coordinating embellishments that go with all the months and seasons all ready to go.

I organized all the supplies from the kit by month so that when I print my photos at the end of the month I just need to pull out those things and it’s just so easy to pull together a few SN@P! pages and have another month documented. So far I’ve managed to stay current, fingers crossed it keeps up!

I paired Best Year Ever with my favourite album, the Robin’s Egg Stripe Binder. Its such a cheery colour that goes with everything!

I started my album with a big BEST YEAR EVER page from the Best Year Ever 6x8 paper pad. Next to it is the start of January. I love how many journal cards there are. I’ve been using these big oval ones to lay out what happened that month. Each month has it’s own colour scheme and icon set that works together great and highlights some important things that month. There is even a page of coordinating stickers in the sticker book for each Month with phrase stickers and icons and other cute things. It’s perfection!

I’ve been really into dividers lately and had a few saved up from some old SN@P! binders. I pulled them out and used some of the Best Year Ever cardstock and stickers to embellish them. Simple and cute! On the left side I got one of those big bold month cards from the SN@P! pack, the type is so cute! I also used the new Color Vibe Foam Stickers in blush on one of my photos, they are so fun!

There are also some great calendar SN@P! cards in the SN@P! pack. I included one for March for all the days we’ve been hanging out at home. I used one of the new Color Vibe alpha sticker books to add some matching alpha stickers. There are so many colours to choose from, it’s perfect! The Best Year Ever Foam Stickers had a perfect phrase to put over my not so lucky dolled up cat.

Playing with layers is my favourite thing after bold colour! I used one of the 2x2 filled SN@P! pages here with a mix of photos and embellishment. They are a great way to add in a lot more photos without taking up too much more space. I’m hoping to get the year into two albums so I can see more of these pages sneaking their way in. Aren’t those March colours gorgeous?!?

More layers and another one of those big bold month title SN@P! cards. All my favourite things. I really like these protectors with two 3x4 pockets in the middle with a row of 2x2 pockets on the top and bottom of them. It’s a great way to focus on a story or set of photos. February was a another favourite, all those hearts are perfect!

If you’re looking for a great collection to document the whole year check out Best Year Ever!

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With Mother's Day and Graduation around the corner, let's think about creating those "useful" gifts!  Today I'm sharing a tutorial on crafting a beautiful "Note Card Gift Box" using the Simple Vintage Garden District Collection.  This project is built from the ground up, but if you have an empty box and lid just adjust the measurements to fit.

Let's get started by making the box:

I started with three strips of heavy chipboard (use a cereal box, etc if you don't have sheets on hand).  You will need two pieces that measure 6.5"X4.25" and one piece that measures 6.5"X2". A piece of patterned paper was cut to 10 5/8" squared. The chipboard pieces were adhered to the square of paper, leaving an 1/8" gap between (to allow for folding).  Two pieces of 6.5"X4.25" scrapbook paper were attached as shown above and then the sides were folded in to create the box:

For the lid I have used the non-stick portion of an 8.5X11 laminate sheet from Scrapbook Adhesives; simply peel away the sticky sheet.  I scored the sheet at 1" and 7.5"; turned the sheet and scored at 4.5" and 6.5". The acetate is quite thick, so you may want to use a stylus to create a better score.  Next, only four small cuts were made at the sides where the vertical marks meet the horizontal marks.  After folding I used an extreme double-sided tape to attach at the 1"X2" tab.  For decoration, I added a 1" strip of patterned paper around the sides and top of the lid; you could also use ribbon or trim!

The A2 envelopes were crafted from solid sheets of colored papers.  I've used an envelope making tool, but premade envelopes could also be used.  

Next, I stamped and colored the fronts with colored pencils and used a pen and ruler to create the lines:

I chose a set of premade kraft card bases and then layered on mats with the leftover papers from the envelopes.  One of the layers was attached with foam adhesive, with the final layer being one of the 3X4 journal cards.  A band of scrapbook paper holds all of the notecards together.

Envelope seals were created from a simple duo of adhesive paper, scrapbook paper and a 1.5" circle punch!

To finish off the notecard set, I made six unique embellishments for card toppers!  Again, I used the leftover solid papers to die-cut a small design (circle, heart, octagon) and then layered them with all sorts of die-cuts, stickers, chipboard and enamels:

The front of the box was decorated with stickers, trim and a hand-tied ribbon.  Finally, the acetate top slides right down into the box opening for a perfectly completed gift!

I'm also sharing a YouTube video that includes a bit of a tutorial, as well as a walk-through of the pieces! 

Thank you for joining!

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Hello Simple Stories friends! It’s Jen today with a project that has me dreaming of vacation, and what better way to those document special trips than with the Going Places Collection. I have to admit that I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk lately. Whenever this happens, I look through layouts that I have made in the past as a source of inspiration. Today’s project is actually one that I lifted from myself!

The Going Places Collection is great for any travel-themed project you may be working on. While this layout documents a trip to California in 2017, I also have plans for using the collection again for one of our trips to Mount Rainier. The possibilities are endless!

After printing my photo, I cut 2” x 2” squares from a piece of patterned paper and aligned them all in a row across the page.

On each of the squares, I either added embellishments or doodled a border around the outer edges. I love adding all of the fun bits and pieces to the squares – they look so cute! This is also where I added a bit of journaling by fussy cutting tags from patterned paper. They were the perfect size!

Above and below the photos, I created clusters of embellishments to create a visual line that runs diagonally from the top of the layout to the bottom. To complete the project, I added a title using the foam stickers along with enamel dots for pops of color.

Lastly, I hand doodled a border around the entire project to tie in with the doodles on the smaller squares.

I love the whimsical feel of this project and can’t wait to create another with this fun collection.

Thank you so much for visiting today.

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Hello there! It’s me, Tya Smith up on the blog today! I so excited to share my latest batch of handmade cards using the super adorable “Hip Hop Hooray” collection. This sweet collection is chock full of so many Spring and Easter themed elements and papers. I decided to create 4 cards focusing more on the Easter themed elements – I mean just how cute are those bunnies?

Let me show you each of the cards close up!

The first card uses the awesome Bits and Pieces ephemera as the “Happy Easter” sentiment.  I love that these are the perfect size for card making. I made a banner out of the pretty pink gingham paper from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I also used a couple of stickers from the Combo Cardstock Stickers up in the corners next to the title that I decorated with some of the Enamel Dots. I also added an orange brad in the center of my twine bow from the Decorative Brads. 

I loved the addition of the wood grain paper in this collection. I used it as the background of this card and then fell  in love with this adorable 3x4 card from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I decorated the card with some of the Journal Bits and Pieces, Chipboard, Stickers , Enamel Dots and various dot pattern papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I love the little bow on the bunny with the flower sticker center.  I like to look for fun little ways to add dimension to the 3x4 cards.

This card features the cutest little girl bunny ever! She is from the Chipboard stickers and I just loved her cute little face. I added a flower sticker to her with and enamel dot in the center. You can dress up the Chipboard stickers too! Those adorable wood grain hearts are from the Bits and Pieces and I staggered a few on the card with some word stickers from the Combo Cardstock Stickers. The cute bunny girl is placed on a floral wreath which is from the Bits and Pieces.

The last card to wrap up my project is just so fun! I loved the sentiment here since it matched the name of the collection and it’s a throwback to one of my favorite 90’s hip hop songs – so cute! It is found in the Journal Bits and Pieces. Little Bunny Boy makes his cute face show here – he is from the Bits and Pieces. I tucked 3 carrots behind the sentiment and they are also from the Bits and Pieces. This card is finished with some bakers twine, enamel dots and an Easter Egg border which is from the Combo Cardstock stickers.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today and getting a closer peek at my card creations. I am so excited for this new time of year and for the Easter holiday coming up. These cards would be great to put together and give to your “Egg-stra” special someone! I hope I have inspired you today to make a few of these cards! Thanks again and Happy Crafting!

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Hello friends, it’s Kylie back with you today with a brand new layout to share. I’ve been enjoying creating with the Simple Vintage Garden District collection and even though the days are getting cooler here for me in Australia I wanted to create a ‘Spring’ themed design. When I first saw this collection I immediately fell in love with the pink gingham side of the ‘Celebrate Today’ paper. I have created this layout based entirely around my love for this paper.

To begin with, I trimmed a 1cm (10mm) edge off each side of the ‘Love More’ paper before adhering it over the top of the ‘Choose Happy’ paper. Next, I trimmed a 1.5cm (15mm) edge off each side of the ‘Celebrate Today’ paper. Using a ruler and pencil I measured 1 inch from the edges all the way around and used a craft knife to cut out a ‘frame’. With the square off cut from the middle, I trimmed an extra 0.5cm (5mm) edge off each side. I machine stitched around both the frame on all edges as well as the square to give a nice texture. The frame piece of paper was adhered to the background and I adhered the square over the top, turned onto one corner, similar to a diamond shape.

Using a die from my craft stash I have cut two doilies from the Basics Paper Pack to be tucked in behind my photo.

I loved the layered frames and selected one to mount my photo to. I have also added one of the floral borders in the Chipboard Stickers to adhere to the top of the frame. I wanted to create as much dimension and as many layers as I could.

Using both the Bits and Pieces as well as the Floral Bits and Pieces, I layered many below my photo. I’ve used a ‘stacks on’ method, carefully building the layers so they had balance and dimension. I used foam tape on many which helps to add the necessary height.

This was a fun layout to create and I love all the different paper patterns and floral embellishments together.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope my layout has given you all some inspiration with your own creating.

Take care!

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Hello friends! It’s Mik here from Papermiks on the blog today! Today I’ll show you a Sn@p! inspiration using the beautiful Going Places Collection. I love traveling and making albums to eternalize each trip. It is a passion of mine.

To make the cover I used a paper from the 6x8 paper pad, SNAP Cards, Foam Stickers and Ephemeras. I stitched two pieces of happy travel paper to make a suitcase belt and then used some brads in the corners so we could have ourselves a “suitcase album”. I liked this.

As I still don't know which trip I’ll add to this album, I wrote “Destination: Happiness”. This way any destination will be perfect.

For the first page I decided to use a lined page so there I can write some notes about my destination: Happiness trip.

For the inside I chose pocket pages and some flip pockets. This allows me to have more space for photos and it also gives my album an interactive touch.

Here, as you can see, I decorated with an “Adventure” cut file. I love using cut files on my pages and I liked how it ended up looking.

I hope you got some inspiration from this idea and enjoyed it! And don’t forget this:

“On the way to happiness, there are no obstacles. There are only opportunities.” Paramahansa Yogananda

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

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Hi beautiful Simple Stories friends, Cristina here with a new project I made with a brand new collection I love the most, I Am. I am totally in love with this collection and especially for this new edition full of my favorite colors but also with unusual combinations but so well matched that it is impossible not to fall in love with.

I decided to use this wonderful collection to make a mini album, 4x6" size, because I would be able to use as much as possible all the decorative elements and embellishments of which this collection is full. I chose to make a mini album to send a gift to a dear friend who asked me to use her photos of her recent trip to the States and so I did.

I chose a very easy way to make my project, without a front cover and with a ring binder to support the pages. 

I alternated the pages of patterned paper with page protectors of various sizes to adapt photos of different sizes.

To make my album more sturdy I made a back cover using a chipboard sheet that I covered with two patterned papers by the 6x8 “ pad which was perfectly suited for its vertical size.

I chose to sew some embellishments to give movement and added various elements as chipboard and brads wherever possible.

The designs are very original, versatile and perfectly chromatically balanced with each other.

I love to use so many layers and foam double tape to add 3d effects because I think this helps to focalize attention on the picture.

I’m a pink addicted and therefore if you are also you cannot fail to add this collection to your stash and we can’t wait to see how many beautiful projects you’re going to make with it.

So please don’t forget to leave us a comment below and tell us which is your own idea on how to use this collection, maybe so different than mine.

Thank you so much for joining me today and see you to the next post.

Bye.

Cristina xxx

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Have you checked out the Simples Stories Best Year Ever Collection?  It’s celebrates the things that make each month special - the holidays and changing of the seasons.   This collection is wonderful for embellishing planners, or documenting special occasions throughout the year.  I’m a card maker so I thought I’d make a card to celebrate holidays or seasonal birthdays.

January celebrates winter!  I made a fun scene cutting pattern paper from the 6x8” pad to create colorful snowdrifts for the cute snowman!  The snowflakes are a mix of chipboard, decorative brads, stickers and bits and pieces.

February is sugar sweet with hearts, a calendar page and yummy treats! The layout of each card is the same.  A foam sticker with the month is at the  top right of each card and coordinating foam stickers are along the left attached horizontally. 

Lucky me!  March is a fun mix of rainbows and shamrocks.   The washi tape in this collection features a rainbow stripe roll, a floral and a third printed with the months of the year. 

There are no clouds to chase away in April because we know that spring flowers will follow soon!  The 6x8 pattern papers are perfect for card making.  They feature a smaller pattern print and each sheet when cut in half will cover two A2 size cards.

This collection has many beautiful embellishments.  These May flowers are surrounded by little chipboard butterflies and enamel dots in coordinating colors.

June is a tropical paradise.  A flirty flamingo and juicy fruits are candy for the eyes.  Even the little decorative brad has a pineapple on it.   I adhered the printed and die cut bits and pieces with adhesive foam tape.  It’s easy to make your own with inexpensive craft foam and double sided tape.

July is all things summer – fireworks, barbeques, and of course the stars and stripes.   I added small sentiments from the 4x6 sticker book to each of the cards. 

In August we’re getting out of the house and heading out for a picnic!  The van is packed and we’ve got some yummy berries in the basket!

September is back to school.  A lined piece of patterned paper looks like a sheet from a notebook and is topped with a pencil and books, a sneaker and a decorative brad that reads “best year ever”.  Little foam sticker paper clips add some washi are fun embellishments.

October brings Jack O Lanterns, Bats and a Ghost.  I love a pop of teal with the orange so I added extra blue enamel dots.

November is sweater weather.  I arranged pumpkins and leaves as a focal point for this card.   I embellished the card with decorative brads and green enamel dots for a pop of color.

Simple Stories combines all the things you love about each month of the year so it really is the best year ever!

 

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Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new layout to share using the Simple Vintage Garden District collection.  If you're like me and love to work with florals this collection is for you!  The pretty and soft floral patterns are perfect for any feminine project.

One of my favorite items in this collection is the big chipboard frames.  It's so easy to make a big impact on your layout just by adding one of these frames.

The final touches of this layout was just adding bits of ephemera and chipboard pieces.  It was hard to limit myself to just a few, they 're all so pretty!

This sweet black and white photo of my daughter was perfect for this collection.  Any photo can be made to look vintage just by printing it in black and white.

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Hello, it’s Emma here today to show you how I’ve started using the fabulous I Am collection in my Pink Sn@p! Binder. Never before have I needed to hear all these positive quotes!! The I Am collection is the perfect kit to be using right now in these difficult times!!

I have decorated the front of the binder with (yes you guessed it!) one of the big blousy floral 12x12 papers from the Collection kit. I added more interest by using a layer of bold pink paper and embellished that with gold ribbon, doilies, chipboard pieces and the words ‘just me’ from the gold puffy stickers. 

As you know I’m still quite new to sn@p! binders, so I’m still finding my feet...but what I have found is that I’m really enjoying doing large 6x8 layouts to fit in the pocket pages. 

Like I said, the quotes are just lovely! This page I did with the gorgeous house images sums up everything right now! ‘Home is where the heart is’!

...and this one, ‘Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Lives’ Lets all stay positive, it’s all going to be ok!!

I’m going to fill this binder with positive quotes, you know when you stumble across one, remember to write it down! This is my place to fill with positivity! Stay safe! Stay healthy! ...and hold your loved ones tight!!

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