Hi! Odessa here with a couple of pages using the super fun Oh Happy Day collection. Both of these pages incorporate non-traditional photos with the fun colours and graphics of this collection. I love all the little cameras, coffees, hearts and cute phrases, they worked perfect with the pages I was working on. I picked the bright Pink Stripe Designer Binder to go with this collection to keep the fun vibes going.

I knew I wanted to incorporate some of the Instax photos my son took on our trip but in a way that kept them all together as a look into his viewpoint. A little collection of photos like this seems what the Simple Stories Photo Booklets are made for! Knowing that I wanted to incorporate them into my album as a whole I used one of the pocket pages that features 2x2 squares along with a big 4x6 pocket in the middle which I could slide the Photo Booklet into. 

The left side of the layout is pretty simple with some photos and a big graphic journal card. I used a lot of the camera icons from Oh Happy Day throughout this page since photos and taking them was the focus. I added in a little photo I had printed with my portable printer and then attached to the gorgeous photo cardstock from Oh, Happy Day. I sprinkled some cute stickers, chipboard and enamel dots (can I just say I am loving the coordinating enamel dots) to embellish my photos. 

I had a lot of fun embellishing the Photo Booklet with Oh Happy Day. I covered it in a cute dot pattern cardstock from the collection and added some stickers and washi to the front. Along the back of the booklet I used the scallop boarder from the combo sticker sheet to add some fun dimension along with one of the adorable Oh Happy Day bow clips! I also embellished a plain paper clip by adding in some strips of folded over washi from the collection just for more fun. I slid some 2x2 cards and Bits & Pieces to fill up the pockets to keep it less busy around the Photo Booklet.

Inside the photo booklet I cut down some of the coordinating solid cardstock from the Oh Happy Day Simple Basics Kit as a simple background to the photos. The coordinating cardstock was a great way to keep the fun colours throughout the booklet without overpowering the tiny photos. I added some simple phrase stickers to the photos to keep the embellishing simple. The big instant camera is cut down from one of the 4x4 cardstock elements.

On this spread I have some standard SN@P! pockets with a cute insert in the middle to hold a photo strip. The photos on this page are from a fun trip to the mall which is a perfect thematic match for Oh Happy Day! The left side is some cute photos of my boys and 3x4 Element cards to go with them (and a ton of embellishments, of course!)

I cut down one of the Insta Photo Pockets for this page. There’s one with a long vertical pocket and two 4x4 pockets that is perfect for making these little inserts. I slid in a photo strip that I wanted to include with the layout as a stand out element and attached some tab stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet along with some phrase stickers.

On the back of the photo strip I added my journaling and some stickers to tie it into the rest of the layout. On the page facing that I finally got to use ALL THE COFFEE STICKERS on a photo of a coffee cup and a bit of sass with a “normal is boring sticker” on a funny photo of my guys. I hope you’re inspired with some new ways to add non-traditional photos into your pages!


Hello Friends! 

I played with the Oh Happy Day! Collection this week and excited to show you my layout. The colors for this collection are so bright and vibrant - gorgeous for summer pics! I wanted lots of colors on this page and well maybe I over did it with embellishments cut I couldn't stop! I used a picture of my friends girls enjoying a day outside together. They are the cutest gals and have "sweet smiles!"

I started creating this layout with a white cardstock base. I wanted to add a cut file but wasn't sure where and what I wanted to do so I took this circle one and added the bright pink patterned paper behind it. 

I added a piece of yellow paper about 8x12" and sewed the cut file on top of it. I did some messy sewing for this one. I wasn't worried about straight lines. 

I added some other papers to the sides of my layout - 3 different ones actually and sewed them as well. Adding some diecuts from the Bits & Pieces package was really easy. I took mostly the flowers and hearts with a few other misc items such as sunglasses,  and the camera. I formed small clusters surrounding my cut file and well maybe went a little crazy with the hearts and enamel dots. 

All these gorgeous colors I couldn't stop! 

To create the title I used the Sweet and Smile words from the Bits & Pieces package - I was lucky enough to have an extra package and used the S from another word in the package to create Smile(s). 

To add some dimension and give it a contrast on the white cut file I used a black brush marker and traced the edges of the words. This gave me a bit of black detail and kind of make the title stand out a bit more. I of course added dimensional adhesive on the back of my words.

Are you ready to get your own Oh Happy Day collection pack? It has so many awesome papers and fun diecuts too.  Hopefully I gave you a bit of inspiration or atleast something to think about for your next layout. You can find more projects on our instagram accounts - @SimpleStories_ and @KristineDavidson. 

Have a great day friends!


Hey y’all Courtney here and I’m sharing the layout that I created using the super adorable Sunshine and Blue Skies collection. Every piece of this collection is absolutely cute from the normal summer icons to the trendy floats and people. The colors and prints are what really drew me into it though.  Here is a look of what I created and I hope it inspires you to scrap some summer layouts!

So the main papers I used for this layout came from the 6x8 paper pad and I also used two sheets from the collection pack for my main layout. The main background page is Sunkissed then it’s backed with On Holiday.

I used my silhouette to create my large title and cut it in white then I used the 6x8 pad to back it. You can use any font that you like and just add an offset to it. I used a different patterned paper for each letter. Did I tell you that I am in love with all of these patterns? This was the best way for me to not have to choose which one I went with, and there is still a ton that I didn’t use on this layout!

I spaced my cut file out so that I could add three photos and three clusters to stick with that rule of thirds. Each photo is cut down to 2 ¾ by 3 ¾ so that could back them with the wood grain printed 3x4 elements. This allowed me to have some more neutral going on. Each photo also had a little piece of branding strip cut down layered with gold glitter washi, a phrase sticker, a cute icon, and an enamel dot. This technique is a go to for me when I do pocket pages also. It just adds just the right amount for me. All of those elements came from the 4x6 sticker sheets.

I created three clusters that I thought went well with the photos and the theme I was going with. This layout is created with pictures from my four year olds first beach trip. I used both the bits and pieces and pool people bits and pieces to create the look that I wanted. A few of the elements are popped with foam to help them stand out a little more.

I finished the layout with a few more word phrases at the bottom and sprinkled some enamel dots throughout.

Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to see how you use this collection!


Good morning everyone! The time of vacations and traveling has arrived and one of my favorite ways to document those memories are by creating a mini book. Anya here today and I would like to share with you an album I created using the Simple Vintage Traveler collection.

For this mini book I used some heavy weight cardstock, faux leather and patterned paper to make an album cover, and white cardstock for the pages, which were sewn to the binding piece and then glued inside the cover. It may sound a little complicated, but once you make one you get the hang of it.

I really enjoyed the soft color pallete in the Simple Vintage Traveler's collection! I used the patterned paper to cover all the pages and then decorated them with chipboard frames, stickers and ephemera pieces.

One of my favorite ways to add photos to these mini albums is by including a folded piece of white cardstock, which I like to cover with one of the journaling cards from the collection. By gluing this piece down, it creates two spots for photos when you flip it open.

Also, I made a few long pockets, which can hold extra pictures and ephemera. These additions make the album more fun to look through and these pockets can hold larger pieces.

I hope this inspired you to document your next trip in the album you make from scratch. It gives you total freedom by choosing your own custom size, color of the cover and the number of pages inside!


Good morning Simple Stories fans! Nicole here to share with you a bright and bold layout using the Oh Happy Day collection.

I just couldn't resist using a good variety of the patterned paper in this collection to create my page. I just adore the bright colors and gorgeous patterns and so I cut up several strips from several of those papers to create the background for my page.

I create some simple + signs around my photo and anchored the project with a strip of neutral teal along the top and bottom edges of the project. I added several rows of machine sewing across the + signs to add a little texture too.

I finished off the page with a title cut from my Silhouette Cameo and popped it up with plenty of foam dots. I love that you can get a co-ordinated Simple Basics kit to go with this collection, they are perfect for die cutting and layering.

Thank you for joining me on the blog today, I hope you are inspired to create something of your own that is bold and colorful!


Hello everyone, Jackie G here on the blog today!!  I have a fun little mini album using the Oh Baby! collection I want to share with you all!!  Spring has finally arrived and with that all the freshness of new life.  In fact, we have baby birds chirping in our trees, and the baby cows and ponies down the road have dropped!!  Babies are everywhere!!

This mini album measures 7.5” by 9” with a small ¾” spine, but has plenty of room to store those precious baby photos!!  For the front cover I decided to keep in very simple and allow the paper to be the main focus.  I did use the “baby” chipboard sticker to title the album, along with burlap paper and ribbon for some added decoration.

On the inside pocket I made a couple different sized photomats.  I kept the measurements very simple so the recipient of this album can adhere a 5x7 or 4x6 photo directly onto the mats, no cutting involved!! 

I wanted the recipient be able to store a lot of photos in a small space so decided to use the Pocket Pages and created my own binding to hold them in place.  A simple accordion fold was all in took to hold these pocket pages in the album.  I glued them right in between each fold so they flipped like a book.  I used the horizontal 4x6 and 3x4 patterned paper elements to fill in my pockets.  For some added dimension, I glued down a couple chipboard stickers on some of the pages. 

I hope you enjoyed this simple little mini album!!  Happy Crafting!!


Hello, Simple Stories fans! Jana Eubank here with a fun summer project to create with your kids. Today I am sharing a Summer Treasure Box created with the Sunshine and Blue Skies collection. I adore the vibe of this collection! Not only is it perfect for creating seasonal summer projects, but with the palm trees and hibiscus flowers, it would be perfect for documenting your tropical vacation memories, too!

Every year my three daughters each create a treasure box to keep their summer and vacation mementos in. As we go on our family vacation, road trips, and other summer outings my girls place trinkets they have collected along the way inside.

Some of the things they have added to their boxes have been smooth rocks and seashells from a beach trip, amusement park and movie tickets, and even business cards from restaurants and stores that they want to remember. They love going through their boxes later and reminiscing about all of the places we have been. It's almost like their own little 3d scrapbook! 

The Sunshine and Blue Skies papers were so cute for this box! I love the popsicle pattern of the 2x2 Elements paper on the lid and the Pool Party patterned paper on the inside. I feel like those happy swimmers are beckoning me to come join them in the pool every time I open it up. Awwww, summer!  

I decorated the front of the box with the super-cute chipboard Ice Cream Truck, palm tree, and sun. I'm craving a frosty treat right now just looking at it!

If you're looking for a craft idea to do with the kids this summer, try making a Summer Treasure Box! Your children or grandchildren will love having a special place to store their mementos!


Hello everyone!!! Its Dorymar here today sharing a colorful Snap album with the AMAZING “Oh Happy Day Collection”. I love all the elements in this collection, they are so beautiful!

I selected the new Pink Snap Binder for this project because it is very bright and matches perfect with this collection. One of the things I enjoy most when I am preparing a Snap Album, is to make the cover. In this case the theme of the album is life, happiness and moments.

For the cover I used many elements of the collection and added many layers to make the project more fun!  I used pieces from die cuts, chipboards, stickers, 3x4, 4x4 and 2x2 journaling cards. I love how the elements, colors and designs combine perfectly to make a wonderful project! 

I enjoy creating full scrapbook page so the snap dividers and the 6x8 spread give me the space I need to create a smaller scrapbook page.  I love how I can add elements and message clusters of my photos and journaling space.

The sticker sheet, 2x2 cards and die cuts are perfect for embellishing. The papers are perfectly coordinated to mix and match, in these pages you can see how the different patterns of the collection kit look and give you a lot to play with. I gave a final touch adding enamel dots and washi tape. I love the results!

I love the colors in this collection!!  That touch of black between the pink, green and teal give an amazing look!

One of the things I love the most is to make my personalized spreads, I combine the 4x4 cards with the 2x2 cards and to add more fun space. This allows me to create shakers between the photos, journaling and decorations.  Looks fantastic!

In this case I cut the 6x8 spread at 4 ¾ “and created four 2x2 spaces and one 4x4 space, then I added some cards and sequins.  It’s so fun! 

I hope you enjoyed the project and I also hope it inspired you to use this A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. collection. Please come join us on Social Media @simplestories_ and myself @dorymar_pl.

Happy scrapping!


Hello friends! It's Jennifer with you today to share a layout I  created using the very fun Oh, Happy Day collection!  The bright patterns and whimsical embellishments are perfect for just about any theme or project! I  feel, too, that its a bit girly without being over the top!  I  scrapped photos of my teen daughter at her last birthday (and yes that is a Peppa Pig headband!) LOL

One of the many new additions to the larger Simple Stories lines is the Simple Basics Kit which includes coordinating solid papers.  I  don't know about you but I  rarely have matching cardstock so I'm very appreciative of this!  For my base, I  started with the Fuchsia from the Oh Happy Day Simple Basics Kit.  I  then added some strips of bright patterns at the bottom and stitched through with my sewing machine.  For my title, I  utilized the black script words from the 6x12 Chipboard.  You can also spy some of the coordinating Washi Tape which is a great way to accent your pages!

I  matted my photos with white cardstock along with backing them with patterned paper or a solid from the Simple Basics Kit.  I'm a fan of layering not only for additional color but also dimension.  I  snipped a portion of the border sticker on the Combo Sticker sheet and placed it in a spot between photos. Using pop dots, I added this fun die cut sign from the Bits and Pieces pack which includes a large variety of shapes and sentiments!

One of my favorite things about Oh Happy Day is the floral clusters!  I  used a few on my page around my photos and title.  Of course, I  pop dots were involved! The collection has many in the Bits and Pieces pack as well as on the Combo Sticker sheet!  

Adding small stickers or die cuts at the top of a photo is a nice way to accent without being overbearing.  The little birds are adorable plus my daughter is a bird lover so I  had to add one to her page. I  also added a smaller flower with a pop dot as well.  

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! Check out the entire Oh Happy Day collection by visiting the Products page!  You can also see what is up next for Simple Stories!  Have a great day!


Hi everyone! Tara here with Secretbees Studio and I am so excited to share my newest project with you! I made a travel folio mini scrapbook a while back and got so many requests to do a tutorial that I just had to make another. I used a different paper collection and made a few minor changes to the folio and it is stunning!

The paper collection used for this fabulous folio is the Simple Stories 'Simple Vintage Botanicals' paper collection. Oh em gee, this collection is so gorgeous and lush it's like being transported to a breathtaking garden full of beautiful butterflies and birds and all of the most vibrant colors of the earth! Plus this collection has so much to choose from- paper, stickers galore, chipboard, ephemera and more and there is even a clear stamp set to go with it!

This amazing book, which can be filled with photos, mementos or journaling, measures 5.25" by 7.75" when closed but the best part is when you open it up to see all of the pages and pockets inside!The cover of the book opens up to reveal pockets on both sides and another whole center section that has its own surprises. There is even a small notebook that is perfect for writing or drawing!

There are photo flips and frames and even a pocket page waiting to be filled with your favorite memories and there are some hidden pockets too that give you more room for precious mementos. I could go on and on about this amazing folio but the pictures show more detail than I could explain. 

To really see this book in all of its ravishing detail, visit my YouTube channel and see a walk through and a tutorial!


Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day from Simple Stories! It's Amber, Owner and Creative Director of Simple Stories. What's not to love about a holiday dedicated to our favorite hobby, right? Whether you are spending time in a quiet, crafty corner, or with an inspiring group of friends, it is our hope that you are able to find some time to be creative this weekend. However you choose to celebrate, we wanted to express our sincere appreciation for allowing us to play a part in your memory-keeping!
We hope you enjoy our 50% off Digital Sale, download the FREE  Party Printable, and enter our National Scrapbook Giveaway by commenting on each of the creative team member's projects in our NSD InstaHop.
I also wanted to share a project with you today! It is an album created with the New Pink 6x8 SN@P! Binder and the Oh, Happy Day! collection.
Our signature 6x8 chipboard binders include eight SN@P! pages with updated patterns, three kraft chipboard dividers, and ten 6x8 pocket pages to decorate to your heart's content.
I used the Well Said paper, a card from the 4x6 Elements paper, and a few Combo Stickers to decorate the cover of my album.
Inside, I filled the pocket pages with family photos and Elements cards.
I love creating interactive elements in my albums by adding a Photo Flip to one of the patterned SN@P! pages.
Creating a collage-style design is easy with a 2x2 Insta Pocket Page and the 2x2 Elements paper.
I love how quickly a project like this comes together when using our SN@P! system!
It has always been our mission to help you share your memories in a simple, yet beautiful, way!
Best wishes as you continue on your creative journey and Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day!


Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day from all of us here at Simple Stories! We are celebrating BIG this year and would love for YOU to join us!

Are you ready to party?! We sure are! And we want to help YOU to get ready to party, too!

Step 1: Throw a National Scrapbook Day celebration with our adorable FREE NSD PARTY PRINTABLES! This FREEBIE is jam-packed and includes everything you will need to host a craft party! (scroll down to the latter half of this post to see this FUN FREEBIE in action!) Simply print and assemble and you’re ready to roll!

There’s even a PAGE PLANNER included to help you prepare projects to create at your crop! (Don’t forget to print some off for your friends, too!)


Step 2: Create something fun by taking advantage of the 50% OFF Digital Products SALE. Use the code below during checkout to apply the discount. The SALE begins Friday, May 3rd, and ends Sunday, May 5th. The code is valid all weekend, so feel free to use it as many times as you’d like!

Step 3: Be INSPIRED and enter our GIVEAWAY at our NSD InstaHop! Join our design team on Instagram at 2:00 pm MT, Friday, May 3rd, for the Simple Stories (inter)NationalScrapbook Day InstaHop! Several of our creative team members have put together projects that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Don’t forget to leave a comment on each of their projects as you hop. Each comment will count as an entry for your chance to WIN one of TEN Simple Stories PRIZE PACKS!

(Comments close Sunday evening at 11:59 pm. Winners will be announced on the Simple Stories Instagram account on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Note: Giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.)


Now, that we have you EXCITED and READY to CELEBRATE, let’s take a closer look at our FREE Party Printable, shall we?

First, entice and get your friends excited for your event with the cheerful fill-in-the-blank invitation.

Decorating for your party will be a cinch! Simply assemble the colorful banner, cupcake wrappers and toppers, and add the bottle wraps around your favorite drink. Happy details like these always make a celebration feel extra special!

There’s even two types of tags to tie onto favor bags or treats!

Best of all, everything coordinates with the Oh, Happy Day collection so you are able to create additional decorations if you’d like!

For our party we created paper rosettes with a variety of the Oh, Happy Day! patterned papers, and a colorful paper chain with the coordinating Oh, Happy Day! Simple Basics solid papers.

Having trouble deciding what to work on this weekend? We’ve included a Page Planner to help you gather photos and supplies for each layout.

Doesn’t all of this sound like so much FUN?!!! Come join us! We want to celebrate with YOU!

Hi friends!  Nathalie here today with a new layout that celebrates Mom's Love, and what better way to document it than with the new Simple Stories "MOM'S DAY" collection.

The colors and florals in the Mom's Day collection were the inspiration for this layout all about  the relationship my sister and nephew are building.  For this I pulled a cut file from Handipaper to create the large title of the layout.

I used the papers (including the cut apart elements) to back the empty spaces of the cut out, and then decided to glue the title in the center of the background - Sn@p Basics Birch/ White Grid paper- with a bit of foam adhesive.  

Before gluing the pictures down, I fussy cut lots of florals from the elements paper, and the My Mum paper; in addition, i also cut out the banners from the elements to use in the cluster and as part of the title.   I trimmed the edges of the background, and added strips of the Mom's Day collection to its sides.

The pictures were then glued on opposite sides of the title so that they form a vertical line on the page, and added the fussy cut florals and embellishments from the Mom's Day collection to just frame the pictures.  A few lines of journal and some pink gems complete the page.

The new Mom's Day collection  is simply perfect to document all your Mom special moments and the upcoming Mother's Day celebrations.  Hope you all have a blessed Mother's Day!



Hi! It’s Jeanne here today!  I’m always excited to flip the calendar to reveal a new month.  Being a card maker my first thoughts go to holidays, and special occasions like birthdays.  It’s May and you know what that means right?  It’s time to Celebrate MOM!

There really is no way to thank Mom enough for all the wonderful things she does for me.  From the beginning she’s been my  cheerleader, always making me feel like I can do anything.  She treasured my creations even when she wasn’t sure what she was looking at.. carefully asking me to describe my drawings so she wouldn’t guess wrong.

She is still delighted with my hand made cards today.  I know that every one I send will be put in a place of honor in the kitchen where she can look at them every day.

The Simple Stories Mom’s Day 12” Collection Kit is a beautiful mix of florals, dots and plaids. The sentiments on the sticker sheet are my favorite!  I know these will have my mom smiling ear to ear! - “Mom gives the very best of hugs” - “No woman alive could take my momma’s place” - “I got it from my momma”.

This pinwheel is going to be placed inside a plant or vase of flowers (I haven’t decided yet).  It was made by trimming a 6x2” strip of four different papers.  I used a Fiskars border punch to trim one edge and then scored a line between each scallop.  Finally I “Z” folded and adhered the four strips together to make a circle.   I secured the center with hot glue and then added a punched circle and stickers to the center.  A twine wrapped skewer is hot glued to the reverse and a pretty bow completes the pinwheel.

The best gifts are from the heart and made with love.


Odessa here today with some SN@P! layouts using the Sunshine and Blue Skies collection. The summery Simple Stories collections are often my favourite - they’re always so fresh, bright, fun and a little sassy. The colours in Sunshine and Blue skies are so good. The greens and corals missed with the blushes and blues and even black just feel so summery. 

When I first saw Sunshine and Blue Skies I knew it go perfectly with the new Blush SN@P! binder. It’s such a pretty yet sophisticated colour. I kept the front of my album simple with one of the Bits & Pieces and some word stickers that went well with the binder. That little van is adorable and perfect for documenting some summer fun.

This page has some 4x6 cards and a full page 6x8 photo on the right. The umbrellas on the journal card show off all the colours I am loving in Sunshine and Blue skies. I mounted the photo below on a piece of cardstock cut down to 4x6 with the same umbrellas to tie it together with a cute camera sticker and some word stickers. I kept it simple on my 6x8 photo as it had a strong graphic feel. I used the “summer” word stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet and added a cute lemon slice and a word sticker below to balance it on the page well.

I had a lot of fun with the next spread. I had some smaller photos on the left, a full page 6x8 layout on the left and a cute insert of some things I really liked from Sunshine and Blue Skies in the middle. I made it by cutting off one of the columns on the 6x8 page protectors full of 2x2 squares. I like to do these in my albums to add a visual break from photos and words and to just have fun!

The journal cards in Sunshine and Blue Skies are just so fun they don’t need a lot of extra embellishment. I love these floral words and added a cute camera icon in the middle. I embellished the photo with some chipboard and stickers to frame it - I kept them mostly on the left side so they’d be at the edge of the page and not in the middle which adds to that framed feel.

To fill the 2x2 pockets I started pulling out all my favourite bits from Sunshine and Blue Skies and started moving them around to figure out the feel I was going for. I knew I wanted a mix of 2x2 journal cards and more transparent pockets with floating elements. When I saw the FUN chipboard stickers I knew those had to be in there. I added a snow cone next to them to fill up the pocket. I added in other fun summery things like the rainbow and swimming tubes and really like how it turned out.

I wanted the 2x2 pockets to be reversible and had my work cut out for me. The pockets with the journal cards were easy because I slid some fun cards related to the layout next to them. With the swimming tube I glued down another swimming tube from the Bits & Pieces to the other side. I did the same with the snow cone. With the rainbow and the chipboard FUN stickers I attached some on theme paper on the other side so that it wasn’t plain for a truly reversible layout without using the transparency of those pockets.

For the full page 6x8 layout I kept it simple by mounting one of my fav photos on some coordinating cardstock from the Simple Basics Paper Kit (I love that the newer collections have these!) to give it some depth and then on the cuuuuuute ombre paper from the 6x8 paper pad. I embellished with the floral washi tape and some coordinating flowery bits to keep that summer feel going and to go with the florals on the page next to it. I added some word stickers (always a fav) and a nice journalling spot from the Bits & Pieces to finish it off. I can’t wait to make more pages with Sunshine and Blue Skies, it’s making me wish summer was here already!


Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine here today and I'm excited to share this perfect summer collection called "Sunshine & Blue Skies". It is full of cute embellishments such as flip flops, surf boards, palm trees and more! Planning on a vacation in the Caribbean or Hawaii anytime soon? This collection would be fabulous for your TN's, Planners and Scrapbook Pages too!

I created a layout today using 4 photos from my niece's adventure in Trinidad. Imagine having the luxury of moving to an island for 3 years with your family ... this is exactly what she's doing! I am so thankful that she gives me permission to use her pics since I haven't seen the sunshine since last ... October maybe! Yes the East Coast is really grey right now.

First I used the Sunshine & Blue Skies Simple Basics Kit. This kit has (6) 12x12 Cardstock pages. It is perfect for using as background papers or card bases and a lot more. I used 2 sheets to create the background on the layout.

I used a few 6x8 sheets to use for layering and added 4 small 2x2.5 inch pictures on a piece of white cardstock. I added dimensional adhesive on the back of the photos to give them a bit of a level on my page.

I added chipboard pieces as well as diecuts on dimensional adhesive surrounding the photos. Adding several layers using flowers, cameras, surfboard and even little people diecuts!

These little people come in all shapes and sizes and can be added to any layout to add a little extra FUN to your page. They are so cute!  I hope you enjoyed my layout today and let's see what you create with this beautiful summer collection! Come join us on Instagram @SimpleStories_ and @KristineDavidson


Hello sweet friends! It’s Henny, and it's my very first time here as a Carpe Diem Designer Team member posting and sharing my project with you all today. I have been eyeing this gorgeous "Spring Farmhouse" collection from Simple Stories since it's release day. And I was super excited when I finally got to receive it and play with it.

This collection is so.much.pretty even more in person, as well as the matching planner and traveler's notebook.  I am using the matching "Hello Floral" TN and created a fresh new set up as you can see. Quite in love with the way it turned out.

For the pockets, nothing much going on just simply loaded up with some diecuts, floral shaped page flag notes from my stash and couple of paper bow clips that come from this collection. I also punched the paper with a butterfly punch and created another paperclip. Then I slipped a couple of stickers sheets from this collection into the slip pocket.  

I love creating dashboards and dividers for my planners and TNs. And I also love to embellish them with embellishments such as gems, chipboard stickers, layers of diecuts, etc. This time I did not create a dashboard nor divider, instead I created covers for each of my insert notebooks for this TN. As you can see for the first notebook, I used this fun green checked patterned paper, decorated with a paper doily and one of the beautiful quote cards from the 12x12 cardstock element papers from the collection. I Then layered with a few floral die cuts on the bottom left corner and top right corner, and added a few adhesive pearls just for some sweetness :). Really simple but lovely to look at.

Of course when you're setting up your planner/TN, you can't forget about the washi, can you? :) I used my washi sampler metal die cut and die cut my left over paper, sent it through a laminator and then wrapped up all of the different styles of washi tape onto it. There we have some sampler washi on a card. So adorable!

May is just around the corner, so I managed to decorate my monthly spread with some stickers and have written down some important dates.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post. I hope you'll like it and will come back again to check out my next post!


Hello everyone! It's Courtney here today and I am sharing my very first blog post as a Simple Stories design team member. I feel like I need to be pinched! I was all too excited to get started, so let me tell you about what I created.The Simple Stories Say Cheese lines are always a favorite of mine and the newest collection Say Cheese 4 didn't disappoint. I love the colors that are included with this line and love to incorporate them into my everyday scrapping.

This layout is of my two youngest (I have 5 adorable kiddos), and I titled it with a card from the 4x4 element sheet that says Dream Imagine and Believe. I thought that title was fitting for my littles. My main background sheet is Make a Wish and I trimmed it to 11x11 and then matted it with the fireworks paper called Fun This Way. I really wanted to showcase a ton of the patterned papers so I cut 1-2 inch strips of paper from the 6x8 pad. I popped two of the strips up on two different thickness of foam. I added some of the adorable red scallop border sticker that is included in the 12x12 Cardstock Combo sticker sheet.

I went with three main clusters and then I added a little word phrase at the bottom. This was a happy accident I had started to doodle on my edge and didn't really care for it. So I covered it up with the phrase sticker and heart sticker. They both came from the 12x12 cardstock sticker sheet as well.

Here are two close-ups of my main clusters. For each of these, I used the cute little boys from the Happy Kids Bits and Pieces ephemera. I picked two that weren't overly themed. I also added a few stars from the 4x6 sticker sheet and the puffy sticker sheet. The black enamel dots came from Say Cheese 2. Now from the 12x12 sticker sheet, I used the What Happy looks like and the awesome tab that I added to my picture.

To finish off my layout I added the perfect tag that says Admit two! Me and you along with a heart and more puffy stars. Thank you for taking the time to read about how I created this l layout!