May 2014 Blog Posts

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 SN@P! Birthday Set.  I love this card because it's general enough to be used for so many different things in addition to birthdays!

Next up is Andrea Corriveau with this 4x6 card from our Cat SN@P! Set -

When I asked Andrea why she choose this particular card, she said -

I love this card for a couple of reasons; first, I AM a “crazy cat lady” so anything cat-related is a top pick for me.  I also love it because it’s just true - life is more fun if you’re having a good time, enjoying yourself, and being a little silly!

Alissa Fast chose this 3x4 card from the new Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards -

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

I have always been a fan of wood grain, chevrons and rainbows. This card is the PERFECT mix of all three! It just makes me happy!

Allison Davis selected this 4x6 card from the new Hello Baby SN@P! Cards -

According to Allison -

This card would be perfect for so many things. A special note about the delivery experience or the baby, a small picture or two, or some memorabilia from the day.

Next up is Cari Locken with this 4x6 card, also from the new Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards -

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

I'm loving the new 4x6 Sn@p Cards from the Good Day Sunshine collection.   My favourite is the "Best Summer" card, I just love the ombre effect on this card because it's so bright, colourful, fresh & fun.

Last up this month, is Angella Peardon with this 4x6 card, also from the new Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards (boy, the Good Day Sunshine cards are sure popular with our design team!!) -

According to Angella -

This is one of my favourite cards, It just popped out at me for many reasons.  Reminds me so much of a photo of my daughter’s  formal, the hearts, the colours, and  it brings  many memories.  I am actually designing her 21st invites around this card, can’t wait to get started!

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 Thursday, June 5th telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday the 8th 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 144 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 Simple Stories fans! Cari here with you today and I'm excited to share with you some layouts that I created using some of the new releases.

The first layout I'd like to share is one I created using the Good Day Sunshine collection.  I love the warmth of this collection and the super cute designs that capture what summer is all about.

We live close to the beach and spend many summer days there. So my layout is about our last big summer day at the beach before school started up last year.

The coordinating stickers, brads and chipboard add so much visual interest and texture.

And I just love the new Enamel Dots. Love them!!

The second layout that I'd like to share with you is using The Story of Us collection. This is a beautiful & romantic collection.  I love the chalkboard theme that is throughout the entire collection.  Plus you don't have to use wedding photos - the theme is love and you can definitely use other photos with this collection.

I decided to create a layout about my hubby and me.  We celebrated 16 years of marriage just a few weeks ago. Time flies and boy ... the wrinkles sure do creep in there too.  We really do look young (but we were 30 when we got married so not that young at all!!)

The Enamel Dots in this collection sparkle - how fun is that?

And once again, I just love how everything (stickers, chipboard embellishments, etc) all matches. It makes creating a project so much fun and easy to do.

Thanks for joining me today!


Hi there! Donna here with you as your host for the blog today, and I have a few projects to share with you. First up, by now you know that Simple Stories is the featured manufacturer for the May issue of Scrapbook Generation’s CREATE Magazine! I created a layout using the single-page sketch for this month:

As soon as I saw the sketch I was immediately drawn to the horizontal row of 3x4 photographs. Since there were three of them I decided to do a page about my three boys and use papers and embellishments from A Charmed Life to create this layout:

I simplified the design by moving the journaling space so it would be in line with the photos. I also eliminated the two small detail photos, and instead put a circular die-cut from the Bits & Pieces embellishment pack in their place.

I used the chipboard word “Lucky” and a few arrows from the same collection to create a simple, easy, and fun title. These changes to the design reflect my personal style, but still keep the feeling of the original sketch. Here’s a closer look at the journaling:

I am indeed so lucky to be the mom to these three boys!

I also made a tag for the issue using the Homespun Collection:

In total, our team created 27 projects for the magazine! See all the sketches and projects and download the May issue for free, here.

Switching gears a bit, I’ve also had a lot of fun playing with the newest collections including Good Day Sunshine. I have loved every summer collection released by Simple Stories (remember 100Days of Summer!?) and this one is no exception. I decided to create a grid using 3x4 Sn@p! cards and photos of the same size.

Summertime is upon us and the papers and embellishments from this collection were perfect for documenting my guys enjoying some of the some sweet treats I’ve been making for them such as popsicles and ice cream.

We’ve made a few of our favorites, but have also been experimenting with new flavors like lemon-buttermilk sherbet and avocado ice cream. Yes, when you live in California avocado ice cream is not so strange! It is surprisingly good and even baby Sam enjoyed it!

I’ve mentioned this before several times, but all of the collections from Simple Stories mix and match so well. The background paper for this layout actually comes from the Hello Baby Simple Basics Kit. I absolutely love the colored woodgrain in that collection and the blue was a perfect match to the colors in Good Day Sunshine.

Thank you for stopping by!


 Fundamentals Stickers, 4x6 Sn@p! Cards,  Enamel Dots, Bits & Pieces, Beach Wood/Ledger


Hello Baby: Simple Basics Kit, Blue Wood/Stars


A Charmed Life: Collection Kit, Simple Basics Kit, Expressions Stickers, 4x6 Sn@p! Cards, Chipboard Stickers, Bits & Pieces, Decorative Brads, Happy Go Lucky, Be Still My Heart, Whitewashed Wood, Yellow Stripes


Homespun: Collection Kit, 6x6 Paper Pad, Chipboard Stickers, Grey Wood/Grid


Howdy!  Layle here today to share some fun news - we have 80+ brand new cut file designs, now available for the Silhouette!

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

This Was Amazing -

Capture This Moment -

So Sweet Together -

Design team member Cari Locken used the 'So Sweet Together' cut file and our A Charmed Life collection in this stunning layout recently published in summer issue of the Canadian Scrapbooker magazine -

Visit Simple Stories at the Silhouette Online Store here to see these designs and others in our design portfolio.  You can also search for 'Simple Stories' directly on their site. 

Have you created something with our Silhouette cut files?  If so, we'd love to see them!  Post on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram with #simplestories or email an image of your project to!

How about a little incentive to head on over and check out these and our other fun designs here at the Silhouette Online Store?!!  Head on over, take a peek at all of our designs, then hop back here and leave a comment on this post telling us which design is your favorite.  On Sunday the 1st, we'll draw one random lucky winner to win a $25 Download Card to the Silhouette Online Store! 

So tell us, which Simple Stories design is your favorite?!


Giveaway is now closed; the random lucky winner is Craft Girl!


Howdy!  Layle here with you again today with some fun news. 

We're super excited to introduce Simple Inspiration eBooks - free, downloadable idea books that you can look forward to with each of our new collections! 

Simple Inspiration eBooks include beautiful photography, project ideas, design tips and inspiration on how you can create with our fabulous Simple Stories collections!  The new Simple Inspiration eBooks include a little something for everyone - layouts, SN@P! Binders, pocket page spreads, home decor items and cards.

Today brings you our newest eBook - the Good Day Sunshine Simple Inspiration eBook - 21 pages of amazing inspiration; simply click on the link below for your free download & enjoy!

Good Day Sunshine Simple Inspiration eBook Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Simple Inspiration eBooks from our past collections, including Homespun, A Charmed Life and DIY.

To see more projects using our Good Day Sunshine collection, visit our Good Day Sunshine Pinterest board here!

Howdy friends, Layle with you here today to share an awesome burlap SN@P! Binder using our Hey Mom! Simple Set, designed by Sue Kendall -

This fun binder would make a great gift for Mother's Day or even to give mom after Mother's Day, with photos inside from your Mother's Day celebration!

Sue added some of our Insta Square Pocket Pages to her album & inserted a few Instagram photos.

With lots of room for journaling and hand written notes, wouldn't it be fun to have the kids/grandkids add personal notes in their own handwriting to mom?!

The 6x8 Kraft envelope that's included in the binder is perfect for tucking additional photos, cards or even secret notes :)

Such a fun project!  If you're looking for something fun for Dad or Grandpa for Father's Day, you could make the same type of album, but with our black Burlap SN@P! Binder and our Hey Pop! SImple Set!


Hi, Angella here with you today, I am so excited to share with you what I have been creating  with the new Good Day Sunshine collection.

And as soon as I saw the new ranges I was so excited, I just could not stop smiling I had to start creating straight away.  I have created this little Bus Caddy for a few snapshots of my niece who loves playing around in the sun, her smile is a true sunshine.

I inserted a photo of her in a SN@P! Pocket - they're great for your little snapshots; just pop a photo or 2 into the pockets to showcase your memories.  The 4x6 SN@P! Cards are perfect for journaling.

For a great idea, fundamental 12x12 stickers matted onto cardstock and attached to straws make great embellishments.

And it is always fun to finish off creating a card

Thanks for joining me today!


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 Rory Vaillancourt.  I found Rory recently on Instagram and after she had tagged Simple Stories on her FUN dog layouts and couldn't wait to share them here with you!   

Hello.  I am Rory - a Family first, Dog loving, Photography enthusiast, Scrapbooking fanatic, bicycling lover, Instagramming, Canadian girl.

I don't have a blog but I am Kateroar on Instagram.

My first layout was all based around this 'Wag more bark less' 3x4 card from the Dog SN@P! Set.  It jumped right out at me - if only my dog Mags would understand this :)  I chose some other 3x4 cards from the SN@P! Set and then made the two tags as a print and cut with my Silhouette. I chose words that make me think of Maggie.  It was so easy with the cards, it all just fell into place.

This second layout also started with the card first - a 4x6 card, also from the Dog SN@P! Set.  What an awesome quote!  I used some of the 6x6 pads to layer under the photo, and just had to get that ruff speech bubble on the page as well.  Honestly the pages just about make them selves with all the fantastic SN@P! goodness.  I love it  :)

Thanks so much for sharing your great layouts with us Rory - and your cute dog, Mags!