July 2014 Blog Posts

Welcome!  Layle back with you again today for Day 5 of our Summer 2014 Reveal Week!  I hope you've had fun so far this week following along as we introduce a new collection each day. 

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our first ever Halloween collection, Frankie and Friends, here.  Be sure to check back with us one more time tomorrow for our last day of our Reveal Week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win!

Earlier this year, we introduced DIY Design it Yourself and DIY Boutique collections.  They were such a huge hit that we did it again with DIY Christmas

DIY Christmas with Design it Yourself greeting cards, journaling elements, gift tags, pockets, treat bags, home decor & so much more - it's your 'go to' crafting holiday collection this season!!

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The sentiments stickers have 4 colors each of two different designs; this makes it great for creating multiples of the same project!

The Tags and Twine include just what you need for all of your gift wrapping needs - tags, twine and label stickers!

Fun, right?!!  In addition to the foundations, layers and embellishments, we're also introducing some super new products to make your holidays a little more fun!

 

 

The Bunting Banner is a self contained kit.  It includes the twine, clothespins and die cut pieces all in one compact package to create your own holiday banner!

Of course, we also have DIY Christmas paper to go along with everything you've seen so far!

By the way - the Merry Christmas strip you see on this layout is actually one of the Label Wraps! 

So there you have it, DIY Christmas!

We'd love it if we could show each and every one of you this amazing new collection in person.  But since we can't do that, we've done the next best thing - we shot a short video in our showroom to show you - almost as if you were there in person; so take a peek at DIY Christmas as I walk you through the collection!  Make sure you head back here when you're done to enter for a chance to WIN it before you can buy it!

DIY Christmas begins shipping to retailers mid September, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

How about a chance to win a DIY Christmas prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 2 chances to win!  

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about DIY Christmas  -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the FDIY Christmas images in this post, name your pin Simple Stories DIY Christmas, 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 DIY Christmas goodie box before you can buy it!  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 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about DIY Christmas!

And remember, today is only Day 5 of 6 fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 6 for the reveal of our new SN@P! Sets and a super useful new tool! 

Well hello there!  Layle back with you again today for Day 4 of our Summer 2014 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our fall collection, Sweater Weather, here.  Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win!

Today I'm excited to introduce you to our first ever Halloween collection, Frankie and Friends

Sppoktacular and haunting fun; treat yourself to Frankie and Friends this October thirty-one!

So there you have it - Frankie and Friends!

We'd love it if we could show each and every one of you this amazing new collection in person.  But since we can't do that, we've done the next best thing - we shot a short video at the Sierra Pacific Mixed Media Event last week to show you Frankie and Friends - almost as if you were there in person; so take a peek at Frankie and Friends as I walk you through the collection!  Make sure you head back here when you're done to enter for a chance to WIN it before you can buy it!

Frankie and Friends begins shipping to retailers mid August, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

How about a chance to win a Frankie and Friends prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 2 chances to win!  

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about Frankie and Friends  -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Frankie and Friends images in this post, name your pin Simple Stories Frankie and Friends, 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 Frankie and Friends goodie box before you can buy it!  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 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Frankie and Friends!

And remember, today is only Day 4 of 6 fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 5 for the reveal of DIY Christmas - you're going to LOVE it!!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 3 of our Summer 2014 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our holiday collection, Cozy Christmas, here.  Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win!

Today I'm excited to introduce you to the 3rd of our new Summer Release collections - Sweater Weather.

Get comfy with Sweater Weather!  Relish in the crisp days of fall in style with warm colors and harvest patterns and record your autumn memories with Sweather Weather!

So there you have it - Sweater Weather!

We'd love it if we could show each and every one of you this amazing new collection in person.  But since we can't do that, we've done the next best thing - we shot a short video at the Sierra Pacific Mixed Media Event last week to show you Sweater Weather - almost as if you were there in person; so take a peek at Sweater Wether as I walk you through the collection!  Make sure you head back here when you're done to enter for a chance to WIN Sweater Weather before you can buy it!

Sweater Weather begins shipping to retailers mid August, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

How about a chance to win a Sweater Weather prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 2 chances to win!  

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about Sweater Weather  -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Sweater Weather images in this post, name your pin Simple Stories Sweater Weather, 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 Sweater Weather goodie box before you can buy it!  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 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Sweater Weather!

And remember, today is only Day 3 of 6 fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 4 for the reveal of Frankie and Friends!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Summer 2014 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our first brand new collection, Legacy, here.  Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win!

Today I'm excited to introduce you to the 2nd of our new Summer Release collections - Cozy Christmas.

Jingle all the way and deck the halls with Cozy Christmas!  Christmas really is the most wonderful time of year!

 

So there you have it - Cozy Christmas!  Did you see those SN@P! Recipe Binder Pages and Recipe Cards there at the end?!  They were so wildly popular when we first introduced Recipe Binder Pages and Recipe Cards with Homespun that we just knew we HAD to do them for Cozy Christmas as well!   Wouldn't they just make the best Holiday Favorites Recipe Book?  My mouth is just watering thinking about it!

We'd love it if we could show each and every one of you this amazing new collection in person.  But since we can't do that, we've done the next best thing - we shot a short video at the Sierra Pacific Mixed Media Event last week to show you Cozy Christmas - almost as if you were there in person; so take a peek at Cozy Christmas as I walk you through the collection!  Make sure you head back here when you're done to enter for a chance to WIN Cozy Christmas before you can buy it!

Cozy Christmas begins shipping to retailers mid August, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

How about a chance to win a Cozy Christmas prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 2 chances to win!  

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about Cozy Christmas  -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Cozy Christmas images in this post, name your pin Simple Stories Cozy Christmas, 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 Cozy Christmas goodie box before you can buy it!  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 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Cozy Christmas!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of 6 fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3 for the reveal of Sweater Weather!

Howdy friends, it's Layle back with you today! 

I'm so excited to kick off our Summer 2014 Release Reveal Week.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you - this is our biggest Summer release yet - and now's the time when we can finally share!  Even better news - the collections you see here on the blog this week will be shipping to retailers mid August and mid September, so they'll be here before you know it!

Today is the first of five full days! of our reveal week, so be sure to check back each day for more goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

OK, OK, I know what you're saying - "get on with it already, show us the goods"!  Alrighty, hang on to your seats because here we go.....

Today we introduce you to Legacy.  Document your family history with Legacy!  Warm, radiant hues of gold, rust, woodgrain and pastel light blue paired with vintage images bring your family history to life! 

So there you have it - Legacy!  Did you see those SN@P! Recipe Binder Pages and Recipe Cards there at the end?!  They were so wildly popular when we first introduced Recipe Binder Pages and Recipe Cards with Homespun that we just knew we HAD to do them for Legacy!

We'd love it if we could show each and every one of you this amazing new collection in person.  But since we can't do that, we've done the next best thing - we shot a short video at the Sierra Pacific Mixed Media Event last week to show you Legacy - almost as if you were there in person; so take a peek at Legacy as I walk you through the collection!  Make sure you head back here when you're done to enter for a chance to WIN Legacy before you can buy it!

Legacy begins shipping to retailers mid August, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

How about a chance to win a Legacy prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 2 chances to win!  

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about Legacy  -

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Legacy images in this post, name your pin Simple Stories Legacy, 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 Legacy goodie box before you can buy it!  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 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Legacy!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of 5 fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2 for the reveal of Cozy Christmas!

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 4x6 Cards from our Hello Baby SN@P! Cards.  I just love the chalkboard background with the contrast of all of the different white frames!  So many fun possibilities for this card! 

Next up is Lisa Swift with this 4x6 card from our Travel SN@P! Set -

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

We recently made a trip to Disney so this card, from the Travel Sn@p 4x6 Card Set, really caught my eye. Not only does it remind me of our vacation travels, but also of our favorite park (Epcot) because it has so many adorable country landmarks on it. It's like taking a stroll through the World Showcase at Epcot, only much, much smaller. :)

Marie Lottermoser chose this 4x6 card from the Good Day Sunshine 4x6 Horiztonal Elements -

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

The vibrant colors really stand out, and the sentiment of living in the sunshine is perfect for summer.

Nicole Harper selected this 3x4 card from the Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards -

According to Nicole -

I fell in love with every piece of this collection that has this woodgrain chevron + I use sequins (on the back side of this card) on just about every project these days!

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

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

This card is a fav because I love color and you can't beat a rainbow for a punch of brights! This card will complement all of my bright summer photos and look great on any background.

Last up this month is Nichol Magouirk with this 4x6 card from the Summer SN@P! Set -

According to Nichol -

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, August 1st telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday the 3rd 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 126 fabulous Simple Stories cards; you can see all of the cards one random lucky will win under the Supplies section below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Supplies

Reveal Week starts on Monday!! 

Hello Simple Stories fans! 

I'm excited to share this layout with you today because it combines many of my favourite things! 

First of all, there's these super fabulous colours from the Good Day Sunshine collection, then the Simple Stories Silhouette Print & Cut files (which are so much fun!) and last of all pictures of my family enjoying time together at the beach! It can't get better than that!

I love using my Silhouette when I create my layouts and I'm so excited that Simple Stories has created some Print & Cut files to go along with their amazing collections.  I used 4 different files on my layout.

Here's a close-up of the Silhouette print & cut Surfboards.

I just love this Camera design and used the Silhouette Print & Cut feature for this one as well.

This Silhouette Print & Cut beach sign is so cool. Don't ya think?

I also typed my journaling onto a 4x6 journaling card that comes with the 12x12 Good Day Sunshine collection.  I was enjoying creating the print & cut embellishments so much that instead of using the chipboard of this cloud shaped design I used the Silhouette Print & Cut feature once again!

To finish off my page and add a bit more colour I adhered some of the Enamel Dots in various places on my layout and a few stickers. 

I hope that I've inspired you to use this wonderful collection and for all of you Silhouette lovers you definitely have to give the Print & Cut feature a try.  You will love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

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