May 2014 Blog Posts

Hello Simple Stories fans, Layle here with you today :)

I'm excited to introduce you to our April guest designer Ana Cabrera Moses -

Here's a little bit about Ana

Hey there fellow craftees! I am Ana, aka the Coconutgoddess: that sleepless, indefatigable craft-binging former chef, who rocks to country music, indulges in karaoke singing, and is addicted to my app filled iPhone, zombies and comic books (Hawkeye hits the bullseye). That said, I worship everything and anything pink, paper and glittery (my professional kryptonite, sparkle sparkle).  I live in Happy Valley, Utah with my three precocious daughters, Sierra, Savannah, and Sedona, our mischievous chihuahua Spock, and my new “Mr.” Matthew. I have worked in the crafts industry for over a decade and started scrapbooking 20 years ago. A Social Marketer by day, hot mama by night, you can often find me scrapping into the wee hours of the dawn or perusing the latest happenings on the interwebs. I love to incorporate bits of my digital e-life into my scrapbooks and my digital cutter is one of my most beloved tools. Interested? Of course you are! You can find all the latest happenings on my blog Craftification or on Instagram! 

Let’s Connect.. 


instagram & twittter: coconutgoddess

FB: anacabrera 

My approach to creating layouts is simple.. PLAY!

I love the simple stories approach that takes the work out of keeping memories. Being a newlywed and mother to three teenagers leaves me little time. So when I scrapbook I want it to be fun! 

I almost always start by cutting out oodles of my favorite Silhouette Simple Stories cut files on my Silhouette Cameo. This way I don’t have to stop and start while creating.

Use some of your “leftover” die cut words with a sprinkling of sequins to make lovely sparkle pockets. 

A sister post to this one will be live on my blog today where you can see more additional pages in this fun Simple Stories burlap SN@P! Binder! 

Here's a list of the different fun Simple Stories Silhouette cut files I used -

Bits and Pieces of Life -

Fun -

Love -

Smile -

Lookin’ Good -

Thanks so much Ana for sharing your fun SN@P! Binder with us!!


Howdy!  Layle back with you again today!  What better way to wrap up our exciting 2014 Spring Reveal Week than with National Scrapbook Day!  We’re celebrating here on our blog as well as our Facebook page, so be sure to head over to Facebook as well!

To kick things off, we're excited to share a free 2 page printable that coordinates with our brand new Good Day Sunshine collection released earlier this week -

Click HERE to download this fun free printable!  NOTE: this is a very large file, it may take a few minutes to download, depending on your internet connection :)

Next up we have our new DIY Simple Inspiration eBook, also free for download!

Click HERE to download this 19 page eBook, full of inspiring DIY & DIY Boutique projects!!  You can also visit our Project Downloads page for other free Simple Inspiration eBooks & Project Idea Sheets!

We hope you have a fabulous National Scrapbook Day and enjoy these free printables and Simple Inspiration Ebook!


Howdy!  Layle  here as your tour guide again today, welcoming you to Day 4 of our Spring 2014 Reveal Week!  If you missed us earlier this week, you can catch the reveal of our brand new summer collection, Good Day Sunshine, here, our new love/wedding collection, The Story of Us, here and our new baby collection, Hello Baby, here! 

Today I'm super excited to walk you through two brand new Simple Sets - Sea to Shining Sea and Under the Stars.

Simple Sets are mini, themed collections consisting of 6 12x12 double sided patterned papers, two 6x12 sticker sheets and a Collection Pack; they're a pint sized package of Simple Stories goodness :)   They're just perfect for your themed layouts, Life Documented/Pocket Page scrapbooking spreads and paper crafting projects!


Next up -



Sea to Shining to Sea and Under the Stars begin shipping to retailers mid May, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on them! 

Ok, if you've been following along with us here this week, you know the drill - how about a chance to win the Simple Sets before you can buy them?!!  You have 2 chances to win!  

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about Sea to Shining to Sea and Under the Stars -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

That's 2 chances to win a the Simple Sets before you can buy them!  And because we're feeling extra generous, how about a 3rd chance?!  I'll be doing random giveaways on Instagram as well throughout the week, so follow us at simplestories_  for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Sunday the 10th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

So there you have it my friends!  That wraps up our Spring 2014 Reveal Week.  We are SO very glad you joined us and we look forward to seeing your projects using our new collections and Simple Sets!  All of our new products are shipping to retailers mid May, so watch for them soon!

But wait, the fun's not over yet!  What better way to wrap up this fun week than with a National Scrapbook Day Celebration here tomorrow?  Make sure to check back in with us tomorrow, you won't want to miss it.

Until then!