Hip Hop Hooray is one of those awesome dual-purpose collections.  While, as the title implies, it certainly covers Easter, it also is jam-packed with spring-themed product.  As I was sitting down to create, I had to decide which direction I wanted to go.  In the end, I used Easter pictures but a lot of general spring embellishments.  So I guess I made it work both ways!

I was drawn to A LOT of the papers in this collection and had a rough time narrowing it down. I actually ended up with the start of three layouts because I had so many ideas.  I'm not sure I have ever had that happen before.  The good news is I will have lots to share with this collection!

I absolutely could not resist all the flowers in this collection.  To create my cluster that is stretched across the middle of the page, I layered flowers that are ephemera, cardstock stickers, and chipboard.

The flowers and hearts trickle down a little to add a finishing touch to my journaling.

This section right here is where the whole layout started!  I wanted to place strips of patterned papers behind the title - causing the colors of the title to stretch the entire height of the layout.  I used the 6 X 8 paper pad for these strings rather than cut into the full-size papers.

Enamel dots are always a nice finishing touch on a layout.  This collection comes with a variety of colors allowing you to choose some like these that are more subtle, or if you want a more saturated and bold look you can choose the darker colors.

I have created a process video to show how I put this layout together.  You can find it here.  Keep an eye on my channel for more layouts with this collection! Thanks so much for joining me today!

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Oh the joys of gifting!  Shellye McDaniel here today with a project that I fell in LOVE with making: "Milk Containers & Caddy" featuring the I Am Collection!

I love crafting gift sets and happy mail and spotted this pretty-popular project while perusing Instagram recently.  When I set out to grab ideas, I look at the main photo and then go to my own drawing board to recreate in my own way :)  So, let's get started with how I constructed the "milk containers":

First I used a very heavy cardstock paper that measured 5.75" X 8.5".  I scored lengthwise at 2", 4", 6" and 8", which leaves a 1/2" tab.  Next, I turned and scored at 1/2" and 4".  Placing the paper in front of me, I have the 1/2" tab to the right (as shown above).  I used a 1/4" corner rounding punch to punch all of the corners on the top flaps. Apply adhesive tape to the side tab and fold the box along the score marks; adhere tab to the inside of the opposite side. To the bottom flaps I made small angle cuts so that it would fold up easier.  You will notice that the second from the end flap is missing; I glued the flap to the inside for a cleaner look when assembled.

Next, cut a small piece of white cardstock to 2"X2.5"; score at 2" and then corner round the edges of the 1/2" tab.  Attach to the last bottom flap; this will be your closure (refer to the photo above).

To join the top tabs together and form the "milk carton" look, I simply folded the two side tabs in and then joined the front and back tabs with a small piece of adhesive tape.  

Onto the decorating!  I used various patterns from the "I Am Collection" and cut them into slightly smaller-than-the-carton- strips.  The tops were adorned with mini clothes pins that were dressed in bits of paper.  I layered on cute die-cuts, chipboard stickers, enamel dots and stickers to each of the containers.  

For the caddy: I created the box using a 7.25" X 7.25" sheet of patterned paper.  I scored around all four edges at 1.5" and then cut along one score mark at each side before folding and adhering the sides together.  I also placed a small square of lightweight chipboard inside before adding the containers. 

For the handle I cut two strips of 1.5"X12" pieces of paper and folded into thirds.  Next, I machine stitched each of the strips and then joined them together at one end with adhesive tape.  Before adhering to the inside of the box, I determined the height of the handle and then trimmed away the excess.  To hide where the two strips were joined, I wrapped a piece of the discarded strip around it and secured with tape.

Finally, I tied on a couple of bows and glued them to the sides.  I attached one of the decorative brads to the center of each bow using fabric glue! Whether you need a couple or a trio of these containers, just make your little caddy accordingly.  Tuck small gifts or treats inside and it's ready for gift-giving!

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Hello Simple Stories friends! It’s Jen today with a special project about a very special day. Each year in my small town a pageant is held for what are considered “differently abled” girls, and I am lucky enough to be able to participate behind the scenes. This year my youngest daughter was a buddy, which means she is paired with a contestant who she stays with during the pageant. It is so fun watching all of the girls and their buddies play, talk, take pictures, and get ready for the different portions of the pageant. It is truly heartwarming!

When going through my photos last weekend, I came across this endearing picture of Abby with her buddy. Just look at the happiness on both of their faces – it is pure joy! I could not think of a better collection to document this special photo than Simple Vintage Garden District. The beautiful florals and sentiments are perfect.

To create a unique background for my project I used the Simple Stories Scalloped Heart (#187129) cut file from the Silhouette Design Store with paper from the Simple Vintage Garden District Simple Basics Kit. I resized and duplicated the file so there are three hearts on the page. After cutting the hearts, I backed each one with patterned papers from the Collection Kit and Simple Basics Kit and machined stitched each one to add texture.

Next, I placed a Layered Frame over my 4” x 6” photo and adhered it to the page with foam squares.

Embellishing the layout used several Simple Vintage Garden District products including the Banner Stickers, Bits & Pieces, and Chipboard. There are so many beautiful elements to choose from that I used a little bit of everything.

To give the project more uniformity, I layered the Scalloped Hearts with embellishments that are in the same color scheme. I love the butterflies the appear throughout the page.

Last was journaling to capture the story and a date stamp.

Here’s one last look at the finished project. I totally love this layout and the story it tells.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you are inspired to record your special moments just as I have using the beautiful Simple Vintage Garden District Collection.

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Hi there! It’s Tya up on the blog today! I am so excited to share with you all my latest batch of handmade cards using the awesome new “Going Places” collection. As someone with a serious case of wanderlust – this collection was right up my alley and I loved working with it!

I created 4 cards today using many parts of the collection. These cards would be great to give a fellow travel lover or to anyone who is headed to or from a vacation - so many great sentiments, embellishments and papers to celebrate all things travel. Let me show you each of the cards!

This first card was a lot of fun to make. I love adding dimension and layers to my cards for some interest. On this card, I used a circle die cut to cut a hole in the red pattern paper. I added some foam tape on the red paper and then placed it on top of a lined 3x4 SNAP card. I then decorated the card with a chipboard girl on a scooter, some palm tree and cactus die cuts from the Bits and Pieces. I placed the cute “travel” banner, which is from the Combo Sticker along the bottom part of the card and decorated the ends with a couple of enamel dots.

This card is one of my favorites! I feel like the happy traveling lady in the corner could be me planning my next trip LOL! The fun “Go, See, Do” 3x 4 SNAP cards makes a great base layer to decorate this card. I used the inside of the red pattern paper that I used in my previous card on the card base and then layered my other papers on top. I like  to create little  scenes with my embellishments and loved the adorable  “I Love Travel” bag ,which is from the Bits and Pieces and those fun heart sunglasses are from the 4x6 Sticker Book.

This next card was inspired by my desire for a cross country road trip with my hubby! I’d love to cruise across the states in a cool convertible like the die cut I used in the bottom corner. The states paper is actually one of the 4x6 SNAP cards that I trimmed down to fit my 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch card base.  I added a navy brad from the Decorative Brads in the center of the front wheel.  Lady Liberty peeks out from behind the car and she is from the Bits and Pieces. I loved the “Let’s Get Lost Together” sticker and used it as my sentiment. I also added a geo tag die cut with an orange brad in the center just to the left of the sticker sentiment.  I added the “I Love Travel” die cut from the Bits and Pieces with some foam tape right under the car.

The final card was made by layering a few papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad and some more SNAP cards. Whenever I travel I like to get postcards from my trip and save them so I had to use one of the SNAP cards that looked like a postcard. . I used a tag from the Journal Bits and Pieces and tied some red twine to the top. And those cute suitcases are from the chipboard and they add great dimension to the card! The card sentiment is made from the adorable foam stickers – I love the green in this collection. I finished this card off with some orange enamel dots in the corners.

Wow! It was a blast making these cards and I am seriously hopping on the computer to book my next trip after working with the “Going Places” collection. I hope I have inspired you to grab this collection and make a batch of cards of your own- you won’t regret it! Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

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Hello friends! It’s Kylie back with you on the blog and today I have a new layout to share created with the super adorable ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ collection. The colour palette and gorgeous icons featured in this range will have you doing happy bunny hops…….I sure did. I wanted to create a layout with lots of layers of colour which was really easy to achieve!

For my background, I have layered the ‘BUNNY TAILS’, ‘HELLO PEEPS’ & ‘4 x 6 ELEMENTS’ paper together. Because I have a thing for pink gingham, I also added strips of the ‘3 x 4 ELEMENTS’ paper. I also added a hand drawn border with a black fine tip marker.

The ‘Hello Spring’ chipboard stickers were added as my main title. This was supported by some of the pretty floral die cuts. I added some with foam tape so that it gave some dimension to my layout.

The ‘Bits and Pieces’ die cut pack also had the perfect little sub-title for my photo- ‘Hoppin’ down the bunny trail…’, which was added alongside more die cuts and chipboard stickers.

To complete my layout, I couldn’t resist making a sweet tag. I have added to of the decorative brads to the front and the string came from my craft stash.

Thanks so much for taking a little peep at my layout today. I hope it has given you a little inspiration for your own creating.

Until next time,

Kylie.

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Hello friends! It’s Mik here from Papermiks on the blog today! Today I’ll show you some Sn@p! inspiration using the gorgeous Best Year Ever Collection. To make the cover I started cutting out the monthly Sn@p cards and sewed them on a white cardstock. Then I glued those on the cover and added some words from Combo cardstock stickers. Super easy and fun to make!

I decided to make 4 dividers to my album. Each one decorated with one of the 4 seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, using 12x12 paper. Now we have 3 months in each divider. I used monthly washitape to make my tabs. It looks beautiful and fun, doesn’t it?

I’ve also decorated a couple of 6x4 and 3x4 cards to fill the pockets page, leaving some space to add photos or journaling.

Important to say that this binder has so much space and you can add as many pocket pages as you want. I love the sense of opening my album in the end of the year and remembering every moment of my year. Do you also? There are so many elements to the “Best Year Ever”! I can’t wait to see my album full of photos by the end of the year! I hope you’ve got some inspiration from this idea and enjoyed it! If you have any questions or want to talk more about Sn@p!, leave a comment below the post or check out my IG account. Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

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Hi beautiful Simple Stories community, Cristina here to show you my very first project made as a new creative member of the Simple Stories design team. I’m so excited to be here working with all those amazing brand new collections and I can’t wait to show you what I made. I worked on this project starting with a focused idea on what I wanted to achieve by taking advantage of one of the collections that I love the most among the new releases, that is Simple Vintage Garden District. It's a collection with a light vintage touch that literally stole my heart. I really love matching colors and amazing designs I chose, really cool!

To better harmonize my composition I decided to use a black textured color vibe basics cardstock and create a very strong contrast using the stencil by the same collection with delightful butterflies, on which I spread gesso using a blending tool. I really love how it turned out. I let it dry and then I started work on my composition. This is really my favorite part because I spend so much time choosing the right elements that perfectly fit each other.

In this collection you can really can find many different embellishments, chipboard and cardstock stickers, bit and pieces die-cuts and obviously a rich choice of papers with amazing patterns and It’s been very difficult to choose only some of them for this project.

All my pages must be symmetrical and all the elements used must be in a cluster, I always use the double foam tape to glue papers and embellishments because I really love the 3D effect you get. For this page I decided to place my decoration in the center of the page focusing on the mixed media background. The thing I like the most on this page is the flight of butterflies, both those drawn on the black cardstock and those in chipboard and cardstock added here and there to give movement to the overall view.

The pieces of distressed paper were stitched using my sewing machine and the threads at the ends were stopped with a stapler and embellished with two butterflies. When I was satisfied by the page I spread all over the opposite corner some drops of gesso mixed with water.

Thanks for joining me today.

See you lovelies.

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Hi friends!  I hope you’re having a great day!  Today I am excited to share the new Simple Stories I Am 2020 Collection!   This collection is full of empowerment and inspiration – a way to affirm that we are all beautiful, blessed and capable of more than we know!

Before I read the wonderful words of empowerment I was smitten with the beautiful colors!  I’m attracted to brights and this collection does my heart happy!

 The images are a walk in the garden.. flowers and butterflies!  You’ll also find images to refresh (Coffee anybody?) and set your soul free.  Check out the little motor scooter with the basket of flowers!

This set has all the embellishments you love including journaling cards, bits and pieces, washi and enamel dots.  But guess what?  There’s also decorative brads, GOLD foiled foam stickers, stamps and a stencil too!

One of my favorite things in this collection is the washi.  Why?  Because one roll has gold foil words, another is floral print, and the third?  LEOPARD PRINT!

Because I’m primarily a card maker I used the 6x8” pad to create my cards.  The prints are smaller and the sheets cut in half are the perfect size for the front of an A2 size card.   The pad even includes some journaling 3x4” cards great for embellishing or SN@P! journaling.

And what’s better than the printed, die cut bits & pieces?  Having Journal Bits & Pieces too!   They’re great for making focal points to embellish, and of course everything is color matched to coordinate.

TIP:  If you decide to add a decorative brad after you have all your paper layers adhered in place simply snip off the metal prongs and adhere the brad with adhesive to secure it in place.

Wishing you a beautiful day!

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Hey everyone, Michelle here today with my first post as a design team member of this amazing team!  Yay!  I'm so very happy to be here!  I was given the Going Places collection to work with this week.  Although I don't travel much, I have a soft spot for travel collection. They are always so fun to work with.  

I had a plan for this layout but then my Silhouette Cameo died so I had to improvise.  lol  It just goes to show how easy this collection was to work with.  I still managed to create my layout in about 45 minutes. 

I love to layer embellishments on my layouts.  Especially ephemera, you can never have too much right?  The touches of red in this collection were perfect for my photo.

I often pop up embellishments or stickers on my layouts.  I like the dimension it adds and it makes layering easier.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hello, it’s Emma with you today. Hands up who’s excited for Spring! Me! Me Me!! It’s no secret that I love Spring & Summer!! So I’m definitely excited to start playing with the new Hip Hop Hooray Collection, as always Simple Stories have knocked it out the park with this spring design. The colours, the prints and the super cute bunnies!! Let’s take a look at how I’ve started using this collection to set up my Teal Sn@p! Binder! Firstly I covered the front of the binder with the ‘Hello Peeps’ 12x12 sheet of paper which you’ll find in the collection kit. I then used one of the cute bunny images which I layered up, this helped it stand out nicely and I also used a couple of the floral chipboard pieces. 

The binders come with some chipboard dividers which I always enjoy decorating. The sheets out of the 6x8 paper pad are the perfect size and then I use some of the stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet on the tabs. 

On the back of the dividers I like to make little pockets, these are great to add memorabilia, photos, anything you fancy! Here you can see some of the handmade tags I’ve done ready for journaling on!

I really enjoy filling up the Sn@p! Pocket Pages, I like to add as much detail as I possibly can, adding stickers, enamel dots, chipboard pieces, ephemera and I’m loving the new brads that co ordinate with the Hip Hop Hooray Collection! 

How fun are the wellies I’ve cut out to use on this pocket page! Remember you can always cut out flowers and other images you find in the collection kits. Fussy cutting is so calming, I really enjoy it! 

Out of all the different sized pocket pages I think the 2x2 insta pockets are my fave! Here I’ve used the SPRING chipboard letters and backed them with more of the ‘Hello Peeps’ paper. Then the other pockets I’ve filled with pictures from the 12x12 sheet of cut a parts from the collection kit. Hope you’ve enjoyed a little look inside my spring binder and praps taken some ideas you can use in yours! You can find lots more pictures on my IG account where I’ve used Simple Stories collections.

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Let´s keep our favorite moments of the year in a very special way… Since seeing the Best Year Ever Collection for the first time, I knew what I wanted to do with it. I love to choose the most special moment of every month and remember it in a very special way. Today I´m going to show you the mini album that I created to keep all of those special moments in one place. My 2020 is going to be amazing! I´m Maria Celeste and I hope you find this idea really inspiring…

The Best Year Ever Collection is full of details and the colors are so beautiful. I love the fact that every month has a wonderful and individual color palette. We can combine all of the products from the collection and add our personal touch. You are going to see that I add twine and a bit of sewing.

You can make this mini album in any size you want. I cut 5 pieces of stable cardboard : #1- 4 ½” w x 7” h, #2- 2” w x 7” h, #3- 6” w x 7” h, #4- 2 ¼” w x 7” h, #5- 2” w x 7”h. I used one of the collection papers and white textured paper to cover all the pieces plus adding more details with one of the washi tape designs. I combined both types of papers and placed a piece of washi tape at the top for the spine of the album adding beautiful detail. For the inside of your mini album, combine as many papers as you like. I love playing with all the designs!

As we have twelve months in a year I decided to make an interior structure like an accordion. I found it easy to see and really lovely. Even your kids are going to enjoy decorating and adding details to it. For my mini album I cut a piece of white cardsotck paper of 42 ½” w x 6 ¾” h. I scored it in 5 ¾” (7 times) and 3/8” in between (6 times). So you are going to score 5 3/4" + 3/8" and will repeat till you complete all of your paper width. The accordion structure is super easy to make and wonderful to create … I'm a huge fan of it!

When I have all pf the structure ready… the magic begins as I like to say! My absolute favorite part of the process is… decorating. It's time to combine all details and make magic with our hands. You are going to see that for my cover I used some of the stickers. But I must say that I transformed them into chipboards using heavyweigth paper. Practical, easy to do and they look amazing! I also prepared some paper rosettes for the background and cut some numbers of glitter paper. Keep a bit of twine always near you and use two brads for closing your mini album. Cover is ready!

I have fallin in love with The Best Year Ever Collection from Simple Stories… Stikers, chipboards, die cuts, enamels dots, brads… it is all so beautiful! So now it´s time to prepared a page for every month. Feel free to combine everything as you like. Mix textures, add rossettes, pieces of papers, sewing details… The most important thing to remember is to leave as much free space as we can for your photograps and to have room to journal about every moment.

As you can see… I love mixing chipboard, bits & pieces, twine, buttons, cardstock... everything! For me creating is an adventure and I enjoy every moment of it. Decorating is the most wonderful and happy time!

Another idea for this mini album is to prepare cards to journal on as you think about your special moments of every month and also add more photograps… So many lovely moments can be keep in this wonderful mini album! I hope you like this idea and I would love to see your own creations. Let´s make 2020 the most wonderful year! Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog post! I just love sharing what I do! See you next time!

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Hi there!

Nathalie with you today bringing you a new layout all about those sweet memories of Easter Egg hunts.   I think we all have memories of our children (or younger us) enjoying all the egg hunt finds, and what better way to enjoy them than to document them with the new Simple Stories Hip Hop Hooray collection.  It is just the perfect Easter and also Spring collection.

I created a simple design for the page so that i can mix all the beautiful paper colors and cute embellishments.  First i used the Butterflies stencil and some white texture paste to create a few impressions on a piece of the 6x8 wood grain paper. 

Since both my little (niece and nephew) are wearing bunny ears, i quickly chose the Hippity Hop paper for the background of the page.  First i chose a strip of the Puddle Jumper paper as an anchor for the page.  I decided to keep add a few more paper layers behind the paper strip from the 6x8 paper pad and Hello Peeps paper.

I used the Bunny Tails and Hello Peeps paper to back the pictures, and then set them on the wood grain paper piece ( once the texture paste impression had dried).  I set the paper on the middle of the page and  then started adding embellishments around the photos and paper strips.  With so many cute and colorful embellishments it was easy to mix and match them on the page.

The cute little bunny embellishments are so adorable, and so perfect to embellish the title of the page.  I combined the sentiments from the Bits and Pieces and Combo Sticker sheet to create the title at the bottom of the page.  Here i added the bunnies and a few more embellishments in a large cluster.  To finalize the page, I used the Hip Hop Hooray stamp set to add a few sentiments to the page.

I just love all the color and cheery nature of the page.   The textures in the paste, papers and embellishments complement the picture of my littles nicely.  I am sure that you are going to love documenting your Easter/ Spring memories with the new Simple Stories HIP HOP HOORAY collection, make sure to check it out!

Til' next time.

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Hi Friends, It’s Dorymar today! This is my first project as a 2020 Creative Team Designer, I’m super excited to be back on the team. This 2020 will be a very creative year! Today I share with you a Gorgeous Snap Album with the New I AM Collection; I love every piece of this collection. Over the years this is one of my favorite Simple Stories collections, what I like most about this collection is that we as scrapers are always behind the camera, looking to document every perfect moment with our loved ones, but this collection allows you create from you and set aside everyone else. LOL!!!

The collection is full of refreshing colors and patterns, but as I love bright colors I wanted to focus on the pink and bluish tones. That's why I decided to select the 6x8 Pink Snap Binder, because it is super bright and will stand out perfectly with the golden details that the collection has.

For the cover, I selected various patterned papers and snap cards to create layers.  I selected the 3x4 card as a title of my album, around the card I added a file line with a gold pen and some cutest elements from the chipboard’s sticker.  To add texture, I added one of the new brads and enamel dots. To finish my cover and give a personal touch I added a gold twine on top of the side of the album. I am in love with the result!

This collection has so many beautiful elements that I wanted to use as many as I could. Inside the cover I created a series of pockets, full of space for journaling and photos, as well as using a lot of goodies from the collection. It’s gorgeous!

One of the new products that I liked the most, are the gold words, I used them in several parts of the project, above you can see how they stand out in the dividers of the album, in the pocket pages and in the journaling cards.   They look spectacula

Who doesn't like to create your own embellishments? Here you can see how I used the die cuts and stickers to create a fun piece to the pocket page.

The new decorative brads have a great variety of pieces, among them some ephemera with built-in brads that are beautiful, on the page you can see how I added it between the pieces and it is perfect to add phrases, dates or just some sticker with a message.

I love to create a layout for my dividers, they give me the opportunity to make different designs to add photos of different sizes. Here, I added space for 2x2 pictures and used the fun 2x2 cards to decorate it.

To add more golden elements, I used a golden page from my shelves and used my digital cut machine to cut some tabs from the Simple Stories design in the Silhouette Store. This gave the project a cute touch

I hope you've enjoyed a peek inside my snap album using the I AM collection and inspired you to create your own one.

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Hello Simple Stories friends! Anya here today and I would like to share with you a few cards that I created using the gorgeous “Simple Vintage Garden District” collection and a few cardmaking tips along the way. Here are all the cards we will be looking at today:

For my first two cards I used a sheet of patterned paper with 2x2” elements. I have shared a similar card idea before, but is is totally OK to repeat your favorite designs! With all the beautiful cut apart pieces Simple Stories provides in each paper lines, I feel like creating same card for every collection.

To create these cards I used six coordinating 2x2” element pieces for each card that were cut to 1.75” squares and adhered to a piece of white cardstock. I stitched around three of them with sewing machine to add texture and adhered that whole piece to a white card base. These pieces are pretty enough you don't need a whole lot of other decorations. All I did is added a few popped up stickers and a few enamel dots to finish this set of cards.

Next two card have an opening at the bottom instead of the usual side. To make them a little unique, I made the front panel a little shorter with a rounded edge. To create round edge you can use a plain desert plate as a template as I did here. I covered the bottom of the back panel with 2” strip of gingham patterned paper and decorated the front as usual.

Layers always look good in any project. I love adding layers to my cards, and sometimes I fell like adding more layers, while other times I like to leave them on a clean and simple side. Here I want to show you same cards with less and more decorations and you decide which option you like best.

This first option has enough layers and looks good just like that, but I also wanted to show you that adding a few more pieces also looks great. I found green foliage pieces and butterflies and added those on top of layered frames. Play with your choices and find the best balance that makes your eyes happy when you create.

And for my last card today I used three rolls of washi tape to create the background piece. I trimmed a piece of white cardstock and added strips of washi tape alternating colors and patterns that looked good to me.

After covering the whole piece you can either cut off edges or fold them to the back as I did here. I adhered this piece to another piece of white cardstock and then adhered everything to a card base.

From this point I treated it as a usual card with a piece of background paper. Added a piece of white die cut circle gave me a good spot to add decorations. Keep in mind, that our background is bright and colorful enough and does not require a whole lot of decorations. A few popped up elements and enamel dots finished this card.

I hope you found these tips helpful and may try applying some of them next time you create your own set of cards.

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Do you always feel like you are playing "catch up" when it comes to scrapbooking?  I scrapbook a lot and I am able to tell so many stories and yet I feel like I still leave a lot left untold AND pictures left not used.  So when I laid eyes on the Best Year Ever collection, I was completely inspired.  I knew immediately that I could use this collection to capture memories from throughout the year!  I formulated a plan for how I'm going to do this and hope to have a similar approach at the end of each month.  Christine joining you today to take a look at my first layout: January!

 
When I got the idea, I grabbed my phone and started loading photos into a January folder to print out.  I specifically went for pictures that I didn't think I would immediately get to for scrapbooking or for that matter, I might never get to. I also looked for stories that just had one picture - it's easier to tell a story when there are multiple photos for the layout - so if I only had one they defaulted to this folder. I printed them all off in a 2 X 3 format and all in black and white.  Black and white allowed me to keep the colors uniform without taking away from the story.  The very first step then in my layout was to lay all pictures out in a grid.  As you can see I trimmed some down further into a 2 X 2 square.
 
 
Knowing that I would have a lot of pictures on the layout, I knew I needed to keep my embellishing to a minimum. With that in mind, I decided to use one of the pieces from the 6 X 8 pad as a focal point.  I fussy cut the snowman/oval picture from that paper pad and added that above my picture collage.  I accented that with some enamel dots on limited snowflakes. 
 
 
The Journaling Bits package came with a variety of journaling spots.  I tucked these in under the top of the picture collage making a backdrop for my journaling. Rather than handwrite my journaling or write it in story format, I opted to print out a list of what the pictures were of.  Then I cut them out and added them to the tags. 
 
 
I wanted to create a subtitle that featured the month.  I fussy cut this out of the cut apart cards patterned paper. As I created my picture collage I intentionally left a space to add my subtitle.  I filled that space with washi tape and then added my January.  A few embellishments, including stickers from the 4 X 6 sticker book and Decorative Brads, adorn it as well.
 
 
I felt a major sense of accomplishment in doing this layout. So much of that month's story is told!!! My plan from here is to follow a format pretty similar to this making coming up with each month's page even easier.  If you'd like to check out the whole process video for how this came together you can find it here:
 
Thanks so much for popping in today and be sure to share with us how you are making the "Best Year Ever" collection work for you!
 
 

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Hi! Odessa here with some travel SN@P! pages made with one of the newest Simple Stories collections, Going Places. It’s really cold and wintery where I am still so it’s really nice to spend some time with photos and scrapbook supplies that make me think of warmer days. Travel documenting might just be my favourite kind so I always get so excited at new travel themed collections from Simple Stories.

I used a Teal SN@P! Binder because the teal goes so well with Going Places. I did some simple embellishing to the chipboard cover with one of the papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad, it fits so nicely. I added a tag from the Journal Bits & Pieces and layered on some cute stickers and the new foam stickers. Cute and simple!

I love bright colourful collections like Going Places! Here I had a full sized 6x8 photo and some smaller photos next to it. On the smaller photos I used a mix of the alpha stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Book. A good colour coordinated alpha sticker is a great thing to have and this book has two! I embellished my photos with another foam sticker, some washi disguised as photo corners and a cute camera chipboard sticker amount other things. There are so many great journalling cards in Going Places which is just what I needed to tell a silly story on this page.

Embellishment clusters always! In the corner of the large 6x8 photo of my boys I clustered together Bits & Pieces, stickers, chipboard stickers and more to tell the story using only embellishments. I love the pops of teal, yellow and red in there.

On these pages I used a lot of the teal, yellow and red elements found throughout Going Places because after working on the other page I was really into them. I used a 4x6 journal card with some Bits & Pieces along the edge to segment it. I added in phrase stickers to support my journalling. Above that I used some Here and There Bits & Pieces to support some nature photos  I wanted to include, they tied the photos into the rest of my pages well.

With this beautiful green-blue lake I went heavy on the teal and yellow to accent it. I added a yellow foam sticker along the bottom with a red foam heart to give the page a title. Foam stickers can go a long way when you have a photo you don’t want to embellish too much but tie into the rest of the page. Above it is a journal card with yellow elements along with my favourite pocket. Throughout Going Places there’s a pattern with passports and sunglasses and cameras and all things travel and I just love it! I cut down the cardstock to 3x4 and then added some embellishments on top. Simple but so fun!

I hope you enjoyed this look into my album and are inspired to try out Going Places with some travel pics of your own!

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Spring is around the corner and so is Spring decorating! Shellye McDaniel here today with an easy and fun display featuring the adorable "Hip Hop Hooray" Collection.

To begin I started with a clean peanut can and lid.  I covered the can with a strip of the Bunny Tails paper.  Next, I crafted a lid FOR the lid by cutting a circle and 1" strip of paper from the Egg-stra Special paper.  I scored the strip of paper 1/4" from one edge and then cut small slits up to the scoreline so that it would easily mold to the lid. A hot glue gun was used to attach the paper strip and pom trim to the plastic lid.  The circle of paper was finally added with foam adhesive. For the bunny design, it's as easy as twisting a couple of chenille stems together and topping with the chipboard bunny head!

The bunny's dress is simply a disc of patterned paper that was pleated and then attached to the front of the chenille body with hot glue. I also added some pom trim around the bottom edge of the dress.  For the bunny's "petticoat" I folded a yellow cupcake liner into a small triangle and glued under the pleated paper.

To the side of the can I attached the "SPRING" chipboard letters using foam adhesive squares.

I finished dressing the bunny with a mix of stickers, die-cuts, a brad and enamel dots.  And doesn't she look so cute holding the basket with a carrot tucked inside!

All sizes and sorts of bunny faces can be found throughout the collection, so I look forward to trying some different looks for more bunnies!

Thanks for joining me today!

Shellye

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Hello Simple Stories friends! It’s Jen today sharing my first project as a member of the 2020 Simple Stories Design Team. To say I’m excited is definitely an understatement, and I’m honestly still pinching myself to be certain it’s real.

Scrapbooking has always been a creative outlet for me and something I do to record my family’s stories so they will be remembered for years to come. However, I am really feeling a need to tell my stories . . . the ones that are hidden in my heart so that my children will really know who I was and what I went through in my youth and young adulthood. With that in mind, this year I will be on a journey to get my story written and I hope you all will accompany me and perhaps be inspired to do the same for yourself. It won’t always be pretty or fun or happy, but it needs to happen and what better way to get started than with the 2020 I Am collection?

For this specific project I am using a SN@P! Robin’s Egg Striped 6x8 Designer Album since it is one of my favorite colors. Before we look at my first spread, here is the outside cover using the I Am 6 x 6 Affirmations stencil, Flower 304904 Simple Stories cut file from the Silhouette Design Store, and title fussy cut from a 4 x 6 SNAP! Card.

Moving to the inside, I created a divider using the same Flower cut file with several I Am patterned papers. Adding dimension to my projects is an absolute must for me; so you will see cut files, paper tearing, stitching, and mixed media elements on most of my projects throughout the year.

The first spread uses a 2x2/4x4 Insta-Pocket Page with a 4x4 Photo Flip. I began by using the I Am Clear Stamp and 4x6 Sticker Book to embellish the top photo. Along the bottom I layered strips of washi tape on the photo and then stitched through them on my machine.

To give each element more texture and dimension, I machine stitched around the borders. I love, love, love stitching on projects to add that little bit of texture.

Inside the Photo Flip is a 4x6 SN@P! Card cut down to size where I added my journaling and a sticker. My second photo uses a bit of torn patterned paper and a sentiment from the I Am Journal Bits & Pieces. To the right of the photo is the other end of the SN@P! I used for journaling with the other half of the previous sticker.

On the opposite side of the spread I used two childhood photos of myself. I did not add any journaling to this side but will as I continue through the album. I decided to keep this side simple with few embellishments and a muted color scheme.

The I Am collection is a perfect beginning for this project and I can’t wait to see where it goes. I hope you are inspired to create today and get your stories recorded!

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