Hello everyone! My name is Tya Smith, and this is my very first post as a member of the Simple Stories Design Team.  To say that I am SO EXCITED to be here is an understatement! I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you!

My first project was a labor of love for sure. I have always loved seasonal collections so when I saw the “Best Year Ever” collection and that it included ALL the months and seasons - I knew I had to make a card for each month. It’s going to be so nice to be able to stockpile these cards and pull an already made card out to send off!   Let me show you what I created!

January and February’s cards include a cute snowman that I cut from the SNAP cards.  These cards are perfect for placing on cards. The cupcake on the February card is from the 12x12 cut-apart sheet. I used a stitched circle die cut to cut it out. I place that on the card base with some foam tape for dimension. I used the new Foam stickers on both cards – they add great dimension. I also used one of the Decorative Brads for some added interest.

Next we have March and April. Time for flowers and bright happy colors! The March card features some adorable sticker decorations from the 4x6 Sticker Book. I added a yellow button and some of the Enamel Dots to the card. I tied some bakers twine to the button for a fun pop of color. The “Hello Spring” card sentiment is cut from the 12x12 cut-apart sheet. The adorable kite is from the Chipboard and I love the dimension it adds! I glued a cute butterfly die cut to the top right corner and then made a loopy bakers twine “trail” behind it. I think it’s fun to add little details like that to my cards.

Now for the May and June cards…these were a lot of fun to put together! The May card features decorations from the Bits and Pieces, Journal Bits , Chipboard and 4x6 Stickers! It’s so fun to mix and match all the different decorative elements of this collection.  The June card is made using 2 tags that I cut out using cards from the SNAP 3x4 cards.

Summer is here and so are the July and August cards! The July card features the “Good Times” sentiment that is cut from the 12x12 cut –apart sheet. I decorated the outside of the circle with stickers from the Combo Sticker and the 4x6 Sticker Book.  The August card has several cute stickers including that cute “Summer” banner coming from the 4x6 Sticker Book. I love these books!

And then just like that, we’re back to School and Halloween and our September and October cards. I have always had a thing for Converse sneakers so when I saw the bright red sneaker; I knew that had to be the focal point of my card! I used a notebook paper edge punch on the lined paper 3x4 SNAP card behind the shoe card for a little “school” themed accent. And how cute are those foam paper clips?  More tags on the October card, this one showcasing a few Bits and Pieces and Chipboard elements. I also really like using the small type stickers from the 4x6 Sticker book.  The tiny stickers are the perfect touch to add a little sentiment here and there.

Finally we welcome November and December with some fun and festive cards. I used the 6x8 Pad for many of the pattern papers on all of my cards. The plaid paper was the perfect background for the fall themed November card. The pumpkins die cuts were decorated with stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Book. I punched a tab out of some navy paper and added one of the Decorative Brads with a cute farm truck on it for a finishing touch. The December card is of course decorated all up for the Christmas holiday with a Chipboard Christmas Tree and a few other holiday themed die cuts and stickers. I love using the Journaling Bits to build little scenes on. So fun!

Wow! I seriously had the best time making these cards! Sorry for the lengthy post, but I wanted to make a card for each month to highlight just how amazing this collection is! It really will be the “Best Year Ever” when you use this collection to make some cards of your own! Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!


Hi Simple Stories friends!

Nathalie here with a new layout all about my crafty life.   I have been blessed to be part of the Simple Stories Creative Team for the past three years and are delighted to come back for  a new term ( so happy to have been invited back.  So, what better way to celebrate this new term than documenting the moment with the new Hey Crafty Girl collection.

I started this page by creating a very colorful background.  For this i reached for the Sky Dots basic paper as the background for the page.  Then added a bit of mixed media just to help me add a touch of art to the page.

My design choice was to create large triangles of paper on the top and bottom edges of the paper.  I layered the Happy and Crafty paper on top of the Create Beauty.  These were then glued to the background forming the large triangles you see in the page.

Next, i backed the picture with the So Artsy paper and then glued it on to the top left side of  the page.   Then started using Bits and pieces, Journaling Bits and Pieces, stickers, chipboard stickers to create clusters around the picture making sure to stretch them past the triangle shape.  So many cute embellishments made this so easy to put together.

All that was left to do was add a large title to the page.   I started with the large crafty girl image on the chipboard stickers - this helps balance the page- and then used the Bits and Pieces to add the title next to her.   A few extra embellishments complete the title.  All that was left to do was add my lines of journal and a few sequins all over the page.

I love how this page turned out!  The colors and designs in the collection are so cute and versatile.  What better way to document the start of this new term with Simple Stories than to use the new Hey Crafty Girl for it.  Remember to check it out, you are going to love it!



Hello sweet friends! It’s Kylie with you again today with a new layout I wanted to share.

 I have a little confession to make! In all my years of scrapbooking I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I have scrapbooked a photo of myself! Is this something you are guilty of too?? I seem to be always the one behind the camera which is where I feel most comfortable. ( No selfie queen here folks). When I first saw the ‘Hey Crafty Girl’ collection I knew it was perfect for scrapbooking a photo of myself…..and do you know what?? I totally survived the experience and have since encouraged myself to do it more! It wasn’t so scary….

One of the many things I love with this collection is the colour palette. I selected the 2 x 2 elements paper and the 4 x 6 elements paper to form my background page. I did this by simply cutting some border pieces in the 2 x 2 elements sheet and adding them vertically over the top of the 4 x 6 elements paper. If you have seen my previous blog posts of late, you will know I have been trying to use more creative punches in my craft stash. I used some border punches again with the Simple Basics paper pack to create some fun interest to my background.

Once I was happy with my background, I created some embellishment clusters on opposite sides of my background paper. I did this using a mixture of the gorgeous chipboard stickers, die cuts and sticker sheet. Some were adhered with foam tape so that they sat up from the background with dimension.

I really love the main title I created for my page. This was made from the die cut pack and I added some phrases below from the sticker sheet. The positioning of these also gave a nice balance to my overall, completed layout.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and for seeing my layout. I hope it gives you a little inspiration for your next crafty project and maybe even encourage you to take and scrap more photos of yourself.

Until next time,


Hi! Odessa here with a cute SN@P! 4x6 album using My Valentine. Valentine’s themed collections are one of my favourite themes to work with because hearts and pink and things like that are stuff I use every day. I used a 4x6 SN@P! binder to make a mini album about my fav people, my family.

For my cover I used the newsprint-y side of the Be Mine cardstock with one of the My Valentine Layered Frames on top. Simple yet so sweet.

I used one of the single 3x4 page protectors and added a photo strip with simple embellishments. The Mini Sticker tablet has some great tab stickers that were perfect to add along the edge.

On the backside I adhered the fun bingo card from the Bits & Pieces and added a heart sticker in the middle. Next to that I used one of the protectors full of 2x2 pockets which I filled with cards cut from the 2x2 elements and some ticket embellishments from the stickers and Bits & Pieces

The other side of the 2x2 pockets are similar to the side before for a fun decorative page. I used a 4x6 photo of my boys that I just love with some simple phrase stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet and the Mini Sticker tablet to embellish.

I just love all the pink in My Valentine! The pink phrase stickers in the Mini Sticker Tablet might be my favourite thing in the whole collection.

On the other side I cut down one of the coordinating Simple Basics cardstock sheets in Blush Dots and slid it in the 4x6 pocket. On top of the protector I attached one of the My Valentine Layered frames with a photo of my husband and I. Next to that is another cherished photo with some washi layered under phrase stickers and a cute chipboard heart in the corner. I used one of the 3x4 elements in the other pocket.

The Layered Frames are so fun to play with. While they seem like they’d be best for big single page layouts I also really like to use them on top of page protectors to add some dimensional embellishment without any fuss! 

Finally I finished it off with a few more loved photos and great embellishments from My Valentine. Lots of chipboard hearts, the super fun heart washi, phrase stickers and one of the border stickers from the Mini Sticker Tablet on a photo. The best part of using Valentine’s themed collections like My Valentine is that when in doubt you can always add more hearts!