April 2014 Blog Posts

Hey there!  It's Vicki here today with some DIY goodness to share.  For CHA Winter I had lots of fun creating a series of make 'n takes using pieces of the DIY line.  Let me tell you…I am head over heels for DIY!!  I love to layer and build projects and this line was made for exactly that!  Take a look at some of the pieces I had to work with and let me tell you a little more about it.

This system is set up for success!  First, you have your "Foundations" i.e. tags, cards, pockets and envelopes.  The next step is "Layers" (probably my favourite Simple Stories invention ever!!).  And finally you have the "embellishments" which include stickers (6 sets with 8 sheets in EACH pack!!!!), Clear Photo Stickers, stamps, Enamel Dots and Burlap Icons, Banners and Arrow Stickers!!!  The Foundations and Layers come in both Kraft and Office.  That, my friends, makes for a ton of choices and combinations!!  Take a look at a few that I came up with…

Here are a few ideas using the tags…

Here are some samples using the cards…

Take a look at some pocket samples…

And finally, here are a few ideas using the envelopes…

I could create these DIY projects ALL DAY LONG!!!  They are versatile and fun.  This system works for any type of crafter…cardmakers, scrapbookers, pocket page lovers, etc.  The possibilities seem endless.  I plan on making more with a few different elements and additions and I will post them when it's my turn again to spend some time with you here.

Thanks for stopping by!  I can't wait to hear your thoughts on DIY and see what you create with it!!


Hi there, Layle with you today for another round of Pick a Card, Any Card!

Each month, 5 of our design team members and I will be picking one of our favorite Simple Stories or SN@P! 3x4 or 4x6 cards and sharing them with you - in more ways than one!  We've introduced so many GREAT cards over the last few years that I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite cards each month, tell you why they're our favorites and then give you a chance to win not only the specific cards that we picked, but the other cards they're paired up with as part of the set (more on that fun giveaway at the end of this post)!

If you missed last month's picks, you can see them here.

To kick off this month's version of Pick a Card, Any Card, here's one of my favorites -

This card is one of the 3x4 cards from our Wedding SN@P! Set.  I love the mixture of fonts on this card.  I made a quick and easy grid style layout with a few of my wedding photos and this card - hard to believe that will be 19 years ago next month! 

Next up is Rebecca Keppel with this 3x4 card from our Summer SN@P! Set -

When I asked Rebecca why she chose this particular card, she said -

I know many people who are still dealing with crazy winter-like weather are going to detest me for saying this, but in the Southwest of the United States, "spring" actually feels like summer. My kids are already getting in the pool and enjoying warm evenings outside. I pulled this card out and it made me so happy that our fun summer-time is already here! I love the appealing ombre rainbow and the big white font title. And for those buried in snow, don't be too angry at me - I will be miserable in a couple of months in our 115 degree heat!

Shellye McDaniel chose this 3x4 Homespun SN@P! Card -

When I asked Shellye why she chose this card, she said -

If I could create chalkboard art it would look just like this card!  I love the oval shape and the floral border.  It reminds me of a hand-stitched sampler found hanging in a country home.

Teri Anderson selected this 3x4 card from our Dog SN@P! Set -

According to Teri -

There are cards and there are cards that make you chuckle! This one just plain puts a big smile on my face and makes me giggle. I love the thought of the dog saying those words!  Plus it is a totally versatile card that could be used on a scrapbook page or a greeting card! Love that.

Next up is Vicki Boutin with this 4x6 card, also from the Summer SN@P! Set -

When I asked Vicki why she selected this card, she said -

My favourite card right now has to be the "Hello Summer" 4x6 card from the 4x6 SN@P! Summer set.  Why, you ask?  It's because I am so ready for it!  Summer that is.  Bring on the sun, heat and blue skies!!

Last up this month is Wendy Antenucci with this 4x6 card from our Birthday SN@P! Set -

According to Wendy -

I love these cards for more than just pocket scrapbooking - these cards are great building blocks for layouts too!  I love the chevron pattern in this packet as it is such a fun card to lead your viewers eye into a photo or maybe your next card!  My favorite card in this pack though is the one with the sentiment, I am grateful for you everyday single day.  This is what I want to remember each and every day as I am surround (and sometimes overwhelmed) by my six children, that I AM GRATEFUL!

So, what do you think?  How about those picks - pretty fun, right?!

OK, now to more good stuff.  At the beginning of this post I mentioned something about a giveaway!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by end of day Saturday, April 26th telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday I'll draw one random lucky winner to win not only the cards we selected, but the rest of the cards that are included with each package the cards are from  - that's 228 fabulous Simple Stories cards, people; you can see all of the cards one random lucky will win under the Supplies section below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Hi everyone! Nichol here today with a 12x12 layout and set of four cards showcasing Insta-Squares from the Homespun CollectionSummer Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces SetWedding Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces Set and Birthday Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces Set. I'm a big fan of using repetitive patterns or shapes on my layouts and other paper crafting projects and the squares in the Insta-Squares makes it so easy to create amazing projects!  

For my layout share today, I used an assortment of 2" squares from several collections. To give these squares even more "pop", I used pierced nesting square dies from My Favorite Things to give the squares and square photos pierced decorative edges.

The dies make the 2" squares slightly smaller so I used a ruler to figure out where to begin adhering these small squares so that the design would be centered in the middle of the white cardstock background. I left a space in the center of the page where I adhered a 4" square from the Homespun Collection and then layered a vellum die cut square and a square from the Homespun Collection die cut with another one of the pierced nesting square dies. I embellished this title square with some Simple Stories stickers.

I embellished the smaller squares with additional Simple Stories stickers, sequins, enamel dots, etc.

I printed my journaling on a Sn@p! label sticker and adhered it across two of the 2" squares.

The Insta-Squares also make super fast cards. I used the same nesting square dies to cut the center panels for the cards.

I've created four completely different themed cards but they all four have the same design. I adhered a 4x4 patterned Insta-Square on a 4.25" square white card base, cut a piece of 4" square vellum to layer over the patterned design and then die cut the center Insta-Square and adhered the center piece with foam adhesive. Simple embellishments are all these cards need. The design of the Insta-Squares don't need much!





Good Monday morning - we have a few giveaways to announce today!

The winner of the Perfect Paper Crafting & Simple Stories Blog Hop is....

Cynthia Baldwin

The winner of the March Pick a Card, Any Card giveaway is...

Lisa Woodward Peeples

Congratulations ladies!  Please send an email to layle@simplestories.com with your mailing address and we'll get your prize shipped out.

Thanks for playing!!


Hi Everyone, Angella here to bring you a couple of Easter treats.

I always like to put my spin on any of our holiday treats, especially when it involves gift giving. Making it all more personalized and special, instead of just  grabbing something off the shelf.

I have used a little chipboard box in which I have  covered with papers from the Homespun collection.

Then all you have to do is decorate your box with fussy cut images from your pattern paper, fill the box with tissue paper, add a nest and eggs and glue a cotton reel to the bottom of the box, to act as a stand for the gift box.

For my next project I created this fun ladybug by drawing an egg for the body, then a circle, cut both shapes out, cut the circle in half for the wings and voila!  

Wishing you all a Happy Easter, and if you're like me, I will be trying to avoid the chocolate overload !

Have a great day!


Hi all! Teri here today, and I'm here with another Life Documented project. I'm excited to share with you a few pages I made with the SN@P! Travel set. 

I went on a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Oregon Coast this month with my family. I just love the beach. And this trip was extra special because it was the first time I've ever taken my dog Marley to the ocean.

The SN@P! Travel set was perfect to use for these pages. If you have ever been to the Oregon Coast, you'll know our beaches aren't like the ones in California and Florida. It's a little more windy, a little bit more chilly and a little more rugged here. Instead of seeing folks lying on our beachers in swimsuits, you often see people bundled up in sweatshirts and jeans as they explore the beach.

One of my favorite elements on this page is the "Our Great Adventure" title. I made it simply by cutting up a 3x4 SN@P! card and then added a burlap banner sticker to it.

I really went to town cutting up my SN@P! cards on this page too.

I just love the large "Travel" card. I made it by cutting up several of 3x4 and 4x6 SN@P! Travel cards and mixing them together to make one really big 4x6 card. One of the great things about using cards from the same SN@P! set is you can easily mix them together because they all are in the same color scheme! Sometimes, my brain just needs to grab a pack of SN@P! cards and know they are going to work together no matter which ones I use.

Oh. By the way, what's the little rectangle at the top of the travel block? That's a sticker from SN@P! Travel Stickers.

And check out the card in the upper right corner. I created the border that goes across with stickers. Yep. Stickers. I just love how those stickers together.

The "Travel Musings" block here was... you guessed it... cut from a 3x4 SN@P! card. I embellished it by adding a burlap banner sticker to it.

By the way, I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in red to document all my 2014 adventures in. Being able to scrapbook out of order is big to me, and I love that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 5 for these pages. I dig that Simple Stories offers so many different styles of pages. It's great to have so many creative options.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back again soon!


Hi there!  Layle here with you today :)

Today I'm back with another Fan Focus Friday

We have so many great Simple Stories fans out there that we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the work shared with us. 

So, here goes!

This month, let me introduce you to Amy Myers.  I found Amy recently on Instagram and after seeing her fabulous cards, I wanted to share her work with you!

Hi everyone! I am Amy Myers, owner of The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL. I have lived in Illinois my entire life. I live with my husband Mike, my 2 children Jesse and Jennifer, and my 2 puppies Winston and Abbey. I have always loved paper crafting and decided after 10 years of working in accounting decided to open my own business and enjoying every minute of it. You can find me here www.thescrapbookingstudio.com

I loved working with the Hey Mom! and Hey Pop! Simple Sets.  I made some quick cards for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day using the two element sheets from each collection.

Simple Sets are so simple that anyone and any age can put these together for gift giving. There are many elements that I cut out of the paper to use as simple embellishments with a little ink and dimensional adhesive to give each card it’s own simple personality.

Aren't Amy's cards great?!  I think this one has to be my favorite -

Thanks so much for sharing your cards with us Amy!!!


Hi there! Marie here with you today to take you on a road trip adventure with our family using the Travel SN@P! Set.

Every time we go on a vacation I seem to do the same thing. I take 500 photos and promise myself someday I will do something with them.  But usually the photos just end up sitting on my hard drive.  Using the SN@P! Sets has made it easier than ever to actually put my photos together in an album.

These pages are of a road trip we took to Montana to visit Glacier National Park.  We also went on a lot of day trips such as the National Bison Reserve and Bigfork.

I added a 2x2 Insta-Pocket page in the middle of my spread so I could fit in extra photos.  I love how many pictures and embellishments such a small page can hold.

I like having different size Pocket Pages in the same album.  I added a tab made out of a sticker to the side of the 2x2 Insta-Pocket Page to make flipping through even easier.

We packed a lot into a few days and I needed to find a way to organize all of the different side trips we took.  I typed out our itinerary on a 4x6 SN@P! card.  Having a record of all the different places we went is very helpful to remember our trip.

And that's our road trip in a nutshell.  Do you have any vacation plans coming up?  I highly recommend the Travel SN@P!! Set if you do!