July 2014 Blog Posts

Hello, Simple Stories fans! Teri here today, and I'm here with another Life Documented project. I'm excited to share with you a couple more pages made with the Good Day Sunshine collection. 

A dear friend of mine recently came to town. I spent a fun afternoon hanging out with her and exploring some of our local landmarks. Talk about fun! I had such a good time (and took so many pictures) that I wanted to include a couple pages about the experience in my 2014 album.

Because this meet-up happened during Summer and these pictures were shot on a hot Summer day, the Good Day Sunshine collection was perfect to use for these pages. It's such a happy collection and has so many fun Summer'ish elements. I felt it justed worked.


 

One of my favorite elements is that title card! I made it myself by mixing and matching together stickers, paper and an overlay from the Good Day Sunshine collection. The great thing about using things from the same collection is that it takes the guesswork out of it. You don't have to think about the colors. You don't have to think about patterns. Everything just goes together because it's designed to do so. I love that.

I also had a good time with the smaller pockets on this Pocket Page. I cut down the Koi fish picture to fit into one of them. Yes, friends. No fancy schmanzy photo resizing here. I printed the fish picture as a 4" x 6" photo (to save time) and then just used my paper trimmer to cut it down to size. (By the way, have you seen the Simple Stories' Photo Crops tools? They are designed to make photo cropping easy!) 

I had such a fun time putting together the second page of my spread!

I must admit that I went a bit wild, embellishing some of the pictures with stickers, brads and other Good Day Sunshine embellishments. I even wrote on some of them. I sure love how I was able to mix my handwriting with the Good Day Sunshine word stickers on this one here.

I also love the SN@P! cards on this page! The Awesome Awesome Awesome one was 4"x6". I cut it down to fit in my pocket and then used my trusty typewriter to add some text. 

Let's talk albums for a minute. I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in red to document all my 2014 adventures in. I frequently scrapbook out of order so I really appreciate that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 3 and 5 for these pages. It's nice that Simple Stories offers so many different styles of pages. I enjoy having creative options!

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Howdy!  Layle here today with this month's pick of our favorite new Silhouette cut files!  With over 350 designs and new cut files from our newest Simple Stories collections, you're sure to find lots of designs that fit your needs.

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

Good Day Sunshine Print & Cut Bicycle

 
 

Him SN@P! Set Print & Cut Cassette Tape

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 layle@simplestories.com!

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Hi everyone, it's Wendy with you today to share some grid-style layouts using the Good Day Sunshine collection.

As I looked through the Good Day Sunshine collection I was drawn to the cloud paper, it just FIT my beach pictures.  I couldn't resist creating two different layouts using the same background and a simple grid design.

In my first layout, Best Summer 2014 -

I wanted to feature this shot I got of a few of my kids at the beach.  The wide expanse of water seemed to call for the cloud paper, it continued the calm peaceful feeling of my picture.  Because I wanted a calm layout, I chose one 4x6 card to give some color to my layout and to give my layout a title.  This was the basis of my layout and the next step was to add some interest to my page.

I began adding pieces such as the year stickers, the film die-cut and the anchor to give a triangle of colors (woodgrain, yellow, teal) using items that were meaningful to my layout.

I added in some woodgrain chevrons to give some movement to my page and to direct your eyes inward.  I couldn't resist adding a pop of bright color with the flower stickers.  

I used a few of the chipboard circles throughout my page; I loved the tone-on-tone that I achieved with the dream piece.

My Fiskar cloud punch is probably my most favorite tool I own; I wanted clouds, but didn't want to detract from my page, so I used the tone-on-tone approach again.

My next page, Me and my Boy -

This layout was also built on the cloud page again using just the 3x4 cards and my picture.  I chose to do a 2x2 grid design on this layout.  The 3x4 cards provided a place for my title, a pop of color, and a chevron card to direct your eyes to my picture.

I used a scattering of hearts to lead your eyes from the top of my page to the bottom.

Again you can see my clouds; these were created using white cardstock and inked to make them blend more.

The tiny phrases on the sticker sheet add just enough detail to my page without overpowering my design.

Thanks for joining me today!  I have one more page I created using the Good Day Sunshine collection on my blog http://antenucci.blogspot.com/2014/07/hello-summer-simple-stories.html hope to see you there!

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Thanks so much for joining us this past week for the Simple Stories, Xyron & May Arts Ribbon Team Up!  There were so many great projects shared across all 3 blogs; we hope you found some wonderful inspiration!

The random lucky winner of our giveaway is....

Heather Thompson

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for the last day of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Andrea Corriveau joins us with a super creative, rustic mini book using our Under the Stars collection, several Xyron products and LOTS of gorgeous May Arts ribbon!

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Hey Everyone!  Andrea here with you today to share a rustic mini album I made using the Under the Stars Simple Set.  This album is no fuss - and I wanted it to look like I made it while sitting around a campfire.  Here’s how it turned out:

I titled the album “Glamping” because my idea of camping ALWAYS includes running water, electricity, and a roof over my head!  We “glamp” at my parent’s house in Houghton Lake, which is surrounded by forty acres of gorgeous Michigan forest - so it’s just like being out in the wilderness.

To keep with the outdoorsy theme of the papers, the album is very rustic.  I used pieces of corrugated cardboard as the covers, peeling away parts of them and running an ink pad over them.  The majority of the album was adhered together using the Xyron Mega Runner filled with permanent adhesive.  The runner glides smooth, and the adhesive is strong.

I bound the album together with elastic cording and a stick.

The stick is a fun way to add a different element to the album, and it gave me a place to load up lots of great May Arts ribbon.  These are not your average craft store ribbons!  The colors are vibrant, and they tie and cut well with no fraying.  And they stitch well!

To make the flower I cut strips of ribbon, used the Xyron double sided High Tack Tape to adhere it in loops to a cardstock circle, and used a Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dot on the back of a sticker to put in the center of it.

The inner pages of the album are random and fun, made from paper from the collection, a handmade pocket, a piece of balsa wood, and even a coffee bag!  I added a map to show exactly where we were.

Most of my journaling is hidden behind the photos.

I used a SN@P! Photo Flip on this page; they’re a great way to add lots of photos in limited space.

I made another flower with my favorite May Arts ribbon from the bunch - a yellow stripe that has elastic along the bottom edge.  I simply rolled it up and used a Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dot to adhere it to the tab on the page.

And the last page:

I cut the campfire out of paper and ran it through the Xyron Sticker Maker to make it adhesive.  I added a twig tied into the ribbon to go along with the theme of the woodpile photo.

And that’s all there is to it!

Thanks for joining me today.  I totally enjoyed getting the chance to work with the great line of adhesives from Xyron, and with all the gorgeous ribbons from May Arts.  As always, I hope this project inspires you to try using something different in your mini albums!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for day 5 of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Emily Lanham joins us with a patriotic canvas project using our Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set.

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Hello everyone! Emily here today with a fun & festive 4th of July project! Yes, I know the 4th of July is over for this year, but I wanted to create something to showcase a picture that I captured with myself and my little cutie pie. 

I LOVE the Sea to Shining Sea collection! I have so many photos from the beach which this collection is perfect for, but also great for 4th of July projects as well. It really is a double duty collection. So great to get use out of every last piece of paper in this little collection! 

When I heard that we were teaming up with May Arts and Xyron, I was excited! I LOVE ribbon and I love adhesive, what a great combo to pair with Simple Stories products!

I created this little 6x6 canvas to hang in my home, I thought that it was perfect. I didn't want to do a layout simply because I wanted something with dimension, so this is what I ended up with.

Thanks for joining my here today!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for day 3 of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Shellye McDaniel joins us a wonderful plaque using our The Story of Us collection, several Xyron products and some gorgeous May Arts burlap ribbon and trim.

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Hi there, it's Shellye!  For my project today I have altered a wooden house shaped plaque with Simple Stories' "The Story of Us" Collection and various ribbon/trim by May Arts.  Putting it all together was made quick and easy with the 9" Creative Station and other adhesives by Xyron.

I traced the individual shapes onto different patterned papers found in the collection and then trimmed out.  All of the larger pieces of paper were ran through the Xyron Creative Station, which provides complete coverage of adhesive. 

I trimmed the edges of the pieces with either a 1/4" ribbon or pom pom trim by May Arts.  For the outer edge, I applied the 1/4" Doubled Sided High Tack Tape by Xyron and then pressed the ribbon in place. 

The pre-cut wood set also came with a folk art style heart that I covered in paper and then embellished with chipboard stickers, enamel dots and cardstock stickers. 

To the top I made a large bow with May Arts faux burlap ribbon.  I looped the ribbon back and forth and then cinched together at the center with twine.  To cover the twine, I used a large decorative brad.

The finished plaque makes a cute centerpiece for a wedding shower and then can be passed along to the bride-to-be! 

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for day 3 of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Lisa Swift joins us with 2 layouts using our Good Day Sunshine collection, several Xyron products and some May Arts ribbon.

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Hi Simple Stories fans! Lisa here today to share two layouts, about a recent trip to Disney, made with my current favorite Simple Stories collection — Good Day Sunshine. I paired this collection with some fabulous May Arts ribbon and Xyron adhesives.

This first layout is about how much we love spending time on Disney's Boardwalk, walking around, shopping, eating (of course!) and riding the surrey bicycles.

Ever since it was released, I've found myself reaching for May Arts' chevron twill ribbon again and again. Because it comes in different widths (and colors), you can use it to accent larger items, like photos, and smaller items, like embellishments.

Xyron adhesives are "must have" supply for me and are always in my stash. I used the double-sided tape to hold the ribbon in place on the back of the photo (making it easier to tie the bow). The adhesive dots were perfect for adhering chipboard pieces and smaller items. The Mega Runner, with its permanent adhesive, worked great to adhere the photo and paper-to-paper!

This next page is about our down time at Disney. The title is a spin off of the resort we stayed at, The Yacht Club. After hours in the scorching heat and humidity, there was nothing like heading to the pool to cool off. The water seemed to refresh my daughter and perk her right back up again. We definitely did a "yacht" of swimming while we were there!

I love the design of the Shades of Summer paper! It reminds me of a paint sample swatch and packs so much color with its simple design. I thought it would be fun to embellish each "color swatch" with coordinating enamel dots, stickers and embellishments.

I used enamel dots and ribbon to add interest and dimension to the chipboard pieces. Here's a closer look at the popsicle:

Again, I relied on my trusty Xyron adhesives. I used the Xyron X Sticker Maker to turn smaller items, like the diecut anchor, into stickers to make them easier to adhere to the page.

Thanks for stopping by for day 3 of our partnership with May Arts ribbon and Xyron adhesives. I hope I gave you some ideas on how to use these products along with the Good Day Sunshine collection. Have a great day!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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