June 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 Wedding SN@P! Set.  The simplicity of this illustration just gets me every time.  When you look at this image in association with a wedding, so many great thoughts come to mind.  The other thing I love about this card is that it works just as well for a school dance or prom!   

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

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

This adorable little card is my pick for this month. I love the combination of the yellow background, typewriter font and the clean design. It's just a fun, simple card that would be the perfect addition to any summertime Pocket Page spread or scrapbook layout.

Emily Lanham chose this 4x6 card from the new Hello Baby SN@P! Cards -

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

This card holds a special place in my heart. It takes me back almost 7 years ago to when my precious daughter was born. There's no way to describe that feeling when your first born child is placed into your arms. This card pretty much sums it up for me!

Heather Leopard selected this 4x6 card from the new Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards -

According to Heather -

I love how the words are the epitome of everything summer all rolled up into one. From the bright and fresh colors to the perfectly chosen words, this card can be easily put into a frame for a welcoming piece of home decor or can be the perfect addition to a scrapbook layout or Pocket Page spread.

Next up is Kim Kesti with this 3x4 card  from the Him SN@P! Set -

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

Maybe it's because summer has arrived and I have a twelve year old little man in the house who is addicted to gaming, but I just love the "Game On" card in the 3 X 4 Him SN@P Collection ().  It is the one with the video game controller on it. I would love to make Harrison a little card, then challenge him to a round of Mario Bros! Ha, ha!

Last up this month, is Kristine Davidson with this 4x4 card from the new Good Day Sunshine Insta Squares -

According to Kristine -

I love this little card. It reminds me of being younger and how we use to get so excited to hear the bells from the " Dickie Dee " Ice Cream truck! It was a special summer treat that we use to enjoy. I always got this red/white and blue popsicle that use to turn my tongue blue! This Card is definitely one of my favorites right now.

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 Friday, July 4th telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday the 6th 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 268 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

Good luck!

Supplies

Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the The Story of Us Project Idea Sheets are now available for download! 

Project Idea Sheets are free, downloadable project idea sheets with step by step instructions for both a 12x12 layout as well as a two page pocket page spread.   Beginning with our last few releases and going forward, you can now look forward to Project Idea Sheets with each of our new collections!

Simply click on the link below for your free download & enjoy! -

The Story of Us Project Idea Sheets Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Project Idea Sheets from our past collections.  Did you know we also have free, downloadable Simple Inspiration eBooks for each of our newer collections as well?  You can see those in the Project Downloads section of our website as well!

To see more projects using our The Story of Us collection, visit our The Story of Us Pinterest board here!

Hello Simple Stories fans! Lisa here to share two layouts with you today. I didn't realize, until after I decided to post these together, that they both repeatedly feature the word "hello". Must be my current addiction or something or maybe the word just worked well with both pages. :)

Let's start off with a Good Day Sunshine layout about an opportunity my daughter had to take classes at her dance studio with choreographer Kim McSwain.

I turned the photo black and white so I could work with all of the colors in this fabulously happy collection. The colors not only reflect Kim's upbeat personality, but also the fun time my daughter had. Even though Good Day Sunshine is primarily a summer collection, you'll notice it certainly works equally well for other topics.

Here's a closer look at one of the embellishment clusters on the page:

For this cluster, I layered up a number of items from the Bits & Pieces pack. Grouping them together like this gives them a cohesive look. The enamel dots are a fun way to add dimension and groupings of color.

In this detail shot, you can see more elements from the Bits & Pieces pack, again layered together to create a grouping.

Next up I have a Homespun layout to share. Simple Stories was the featured manufacturer in Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine last month. This is one of my projects that appeared in the issue. I used one of the Snap Pockets as a design element next to the photo, layering other items on top of it. The "hello" card inside the pocket is actually product packaging from an iPhone.

Let's take a closer look at some of the details on this page:

A Kraft Tag from the DIY collection provides the perfect foundation for chipboard and die cut embellishments and provided a way to ground them to the page. You may have noticed I used three tags around the page — one larger tag, and two smaller ones. Odd numbers of embellishments are more pleasing to the eye and create a visual triangle to help move your eye around the page.

This second detail shot shows another mix of embellishments, also grounded by a Kraft Tag.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed getting a look at Good Day Sunshine and Homespun in action.

Supplies

Hi! Kim Kesti here with some great summer themed cards for the patriotic at heart. I have loved crafting with the Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set; we have three summer birthdays in the family with my Mom’s birthday actually on the 4th of July! This first card is specially made for her.

This next one is a fun mix of beach and patriotic themes. Love that lighthouse!

And lastly, a great card for anyone who loves the Good Ole USA!

Thanks for letting me share these fun cards. Enjoy your special summer and make lots of great memories, okay?

Supplies

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

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

This Way to Fun -

The Story of Us Print & Cut Mason Jar -

Here We Go -

 

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. 

Guess what?!  Now through July 14th, all Travel and Seasons themed designs are 25% off at the Silhouette Online Store!  Now's the perfect time to pick up a few of your favorite cut files at 25% off, including that fun 'Here We Go' cut file above!

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 layle@simplestories.com!

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 via the Rafflecopter widget telling us which design is your favorite.  On Tuesday 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?!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hey everyone!  Andrea here with you today to share a fun board book made with the Good Day Sunshine collection from Simple Stories.  The wood grain papers and embellishments in this collection give it a “beachy” feel that make it great for your outdoor summer photos.

This book is made from chipboard pieces cut to 5 1/2 x 10, and is held together by O-rings.  Once I had all my pieces cut, I covered them with papers from the collection and sanded all the edges to give it a weathered look.  I added SN@P! Cards on the ends of some of the pages and tied ribbon around the entire page to add an extra element.

The cover has some paper flowers attached to the ribbon by a decorative brad, and I hung some beads and a button off of that for visual appeal.

Once the pages were covered I added my photos.  I matted them on white cardstock so they would stand out against the background.  The photos show how we spend our summer days, and this album will be our summer “coffee table” book.

Once the photos were added it was on to embellishing, and when it comes to that, all I can say is, “LAYER, LAYER, LAYER”!  There are so many items in the collection to choose from, and all those embellishments around a photo really draw your eye to the focal point of the page.  The SN@P! Cards are great for this; place them behind the photo, and layer embellishments on to them.

Did you notice all the Simple Stories Silhouette cut files I used in this book?  Simple Stories has a TON of files to choose from, and they are great additions to ANY project.  I especially love the new “tickets”!

And what about the Clear Photo Stickers?!  These things are so hot, it’s hard to get your hands on them - I love them! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and you’re inspired to make up a quick “coffee table” book of your own!

Supplies

Howdy!  Layle here with you today. 

Have you heard?!  Creative Spaces Vol. 3 is now available! 

Back in February - funny, I just realized it was exactly 4 months ago to the day! - Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking editor Susan Opel came to our office in Ogden, Utah for a photo shoot for this issue.  We had a blast showing Susan around our offices and talking about the issue!

We're super excited to be featured in the In Good Company section, along with 5 other companies. 

Trust me when I say you'll want to pick up this most current issue of Creative Spaces, it's one of the best yet!  Speaking of picking up the issue, how'd you like to win a copy of Creating Spaces Vol. 3 for your very own?!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by end of day Friday the 27th and one lucky winner will win his/her very own copy!  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There's a fun Blog Hop going on to celebrate this fun new issue - hop on over to each of the blogs below and take a peek!   

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine

Cathe at Just Something I Made

Kristi and Kelli at Lolly Jane

Beckie at Infarrantly Creative

Haeley at Design Improvised

Tracie at Cleverly Inspired

Carola at Boxwood Cottage

Lina at Fancy Frugal Life

Lia at Lia Griffith

Jen at Tatertots & Jello

Jennifer McGuire

Jill Yegerlehner/Jillibean Soup

Amanda Coleman

Jen Gallacher

Becky Olsen

Stephenie Hamen

Jodi Sanford

Elle Price/Elle’s Studio

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Michelle Hill

Sherry Mendoza

We R Memory Keepers

Graphic 45

Cosmo Cricket

Fancy Pants Designs

Simple Stories - YOU ARE HERE :)

Michelle at Chalkboard Blue

Stacy Cohen

DCWV Inc.

Hazel & Ruby

Hello! Nichol here today with a new layout and card showcasing the new Sea To Shining Sea Collection. I am a huge fan of red, white and blue and this new Simple Set is perfection!

For my layout share today I used some of my favorite Simple Stories polaroid cut files from the Silhouette Online Store to create polaroid "folders" to stick my photos inside, fold over and staple shut. It's super easy to customize the cut files and create folders. In the video below I'll show you how!

 

I sized all the polaroid "folders" to 3" wide by 4.5" tall so that they would completely fill the width of my 12x12 layout. I placed my photos behind the polaroids with text cut outs and removed the text from the other polaroids so they cut smooth. I filled those with red, white and blue embellishments!

Layering stickers over a photo adds interest to the page and helps with the overall cohesiveness of the design.

I used a combination of letter stickers from Sea To Shining Sea and The Story of Us for my page title, replacing the "a" in "crabby" with the cute crab from the sticker sheet.

I knew I loved the lighthouse and boat from the Sea To Shining Sea sticker sheet so I designed a "scene" using some steel rule dies plus the Simple Stories sunshine and cloud cut files from the Silhouette Online Store.

 

I popped up some of the elements and stickers on my card for subtle dimension.

Silhouette Cut Files: Sun Card (Design ID #61845); Cloud Circle (Design ID #61226); Month Polaroids May-Aug (Design ID #55321); Awesome, Sn@pshot and Good Stuff Polaroids (Design ID #54010); Fabulous Polaroids (Design ID #54976)

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