July 2014 Blog Posts

Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for day 2 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 Vicki Boutin joins us with a clever pool party inviration our Good Day Sunshine collection, several Xyron products and some May Arts ribbon to make some really fun fish! 

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Hey there!  Vicki here with some with some MayArts, Xyron and Good Day Sunshine fun!  I love product swaps and I was particularly excited to be teaming up with MayArts and their gorgeous ribbons and trims and adding some fabulous adhesive options from the folks at Xyron.  With the sunshine and hot weather upon us I decided I wanted to create a card for my daughter's upcoming birthday party.  Here is what I came up with…

I fashioned a few little fishies from ribbon and added them to my invite.

Here are the steps I followed to create the fish and the Xyron adhesive I used to help me in this task:

Cut a 6 1/2" piece of 5/8" ribbon, a 4 1/2" piece and two 1" pieces of 1/4" ribbon.

Fold the 6 1/2" ribbon to create a fish shape.

Pinch the space below the fish "body".

Tie the 4 1/2" ribbon where the ribbon is "pinched".  Form the shape of the 'body" and tie the 4 1/2" ribbon in a knot.

Here is an image of the ribbon tied from the back

Trim the ends of the 1/4" ribbon.

Trim the a "v" from the ends of the fish's tail.

Using Xyron Adhesive Dots, add the "fins" to the top and bottom of the fish's body.

Add the fish to the card with Xyrons double side High Tack Tape.

Here is another look at the completed card…

I used the Xyron Mega Runner to assemble the pieces of the card.  The Good Day Sunshine 4x6 Vertical Elements "heart border" make the perfect backdrop for the fish!!  And it was quick fix…that's why I love my Simple stories!!!

The Xyron 3" Sticker Maker came in handy when adhering the little "bubbles".

I finished the card off with a few Good Day Sunshine Fundamental stickers, Good Day Sunshine Expression stickers, Good Day Sunshine Enamel Dots and a piece of MayArts twine.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are inspired to try creating a few fun critters with ribbon and glue!

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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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned - a 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 Kim Kesti joins us with three fun cards using our Under the Stars Simple Set, several Xyron products and some May Arts ribbon & twine.

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Hi - Kim here!  I am so excited to be posting today using both the fabulous May Arts ribbon and the perfect adhesive to keep everything in place: Xyron! I have three cards to share and a few tips on using the adhesives as well.

All of my cards are created with the Under the Stars Simple Set, it is just so fresh and fun – perfect for some special summer themed cards. Here I used the Xyron Glue Stick in a unique way.

I simply adore the thicker twine produced by May Arts, but like all twine, the ends tend to ravel and come untwisted. Just dab a bit of glue stick on the end of the twine and, boom! Problem solved. It is way easier to use than a runnier liquid adhesive and dries really fast!

My next card uses some of the crocheted lace by May Arts – something that can be a challenge to adhere, but not if you have the little Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker!  Just run that lace through and you have the perfect adhesive. **Please notice that I still use my older “orange” version of the Sticker Maker – Xyron was nice enough to send me this new purple version which I am giving away on my blog! Check www.kimkesti.com and enter to win.

I layered twill ribbon on top of the lace for a fun bohemian look.

My last card is purely for fun! I love how perfectly the Chevron Stripes ribbon (http://www.mayarts.com/ribbons/3-4-inch-twill-stripes/) matches this 3 X 4 journaling card. Swoon!

Hey, thanks for taking a look at my cards. It sure is easy to create with such inspiring products!

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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Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca Keppel here to share a quick way to document your 4th of July today! I take tons of photos on the Fourth of July, and with the summer being so busy, I like to quickly get them into a layout. Simple Stories has a SIMPLE answer - the latest Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set includes everything you need to get your 4th of July or other summer layout done in a snap!

I used 2 strips of 4x11.5 paper and one 3.5x11.5 patterned paper and stitched around each rectangle and adhered those down as horizontal blocks to create my background. I combined 15 photos into three 4 x 4 collages to use on my center strip of paper. I trimmed down the Original Summer Memories card so you could see more of the patterned paper and machine sewing behind it. Plus, I added some letter stickers for a title to it.

I trimmed down the journaling card so that it match in height to the Red White and Cute card and typed my journaling, adding a border sticker to take up some empty space.

The large star was fussy cut from another card on the 12 x 12 Elements patterned paper and then popped up with 3 dimensional adhesive.

Lastly, I love including tiny Simple Stories stickers right on my photos as a banner or in the case of collages right in the middle where the points between photos intersect.

Sea to Shining Sea is such a fun collection and could be used for a number of summer themes, but I loved getting my Fourth of July memories down on a page so quickly!

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Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Hello Baby Simple Inspiration eBook is now available for download! 

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

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

Hello Baby Simple Inspiration eBook Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Simple Inspiration eBooks from our past collections.

To see more projects using our Hello Baby collection, visit our Hello Baby Pinterest board here!

Hi everyone ! It's Mindi here with you. I'm going to be sharing a life documented layout with you today, featuring the Good Day Sunshine collection. 

The bright colors along with the wood grained paper were a great match for our fun and fast road trip down to the beach. 

We were fortunate enough to be able to join my husband down by the beach while he was working in the area. I wanted to make sure that I included the "work" and the "play" aspects of our trip. For this journaling card I wanted to keep it clean and fun, I loved the rainbow ampersand and thought it was perfect for the top of the journaling card. I had some fun mixing different texts for my journaling. 

For this layout I thought I would play around with some watercolor paints. I broke out the kids watercolors and made my own journaling card. After I was happy with my paint job,  I added a few stamps and some embellishments. 

I needed to add my "play" factor to my layout and added a photo of Maddie at play in the water. 

Here is a look at the second page of my layout. The weather was foggy and on the cooler side. Noah was the only one we could get in the water that day for more than one or two times. But once he got in, meaning his feet, we couldn't get him out ! 

I loved mixing a little of the wood grained cards and colors in here and there. I used the wood grained SN@P cuts and put some patterned paper behind it. Then added the chipboard sun and cut up the word "Smile" from the DIY photo overlays. 

I played around with a few different things on the photo that is split over the two pockets and ended up adding a vellum tag onto half of the photo. Finishing it off by using a fun DIY word sticker and a few extras. 

I really didn't have too much to say about our short trip so I decided to play around with one of the colorful cards. I started off with the chevron patterned card and wanted to fold it over so I could add my journaling. The other side of the card didn't work for what I needed. I simply found a simple patterned and glued the two cards together and folded it over. 

I have really loved working with the fun products from the Good Day Sunshine line. They make it so easy to make fun and fast pocket pages. That is key when your working in the summer months, when time is tight !! 

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Hi there. Angella here with you today!  I have created a layout using the The Story of Us collection -  a layout of my darling daughter turning 21 and it was perfect.  I love that you can use this collection for so many other things besides love/wedding!

I have used the Forever and Always Designer Cardstock and the 2x12 & 4x12 Elements for the base page with circle ink stenciling using a light gold ink.

Gold and black sequins go really well with colour tones in the papers, and with so many elements for fussy cutting make creating with this range so easy and fun.

Here is close up of the hearts I have fussy cut

I love how the paper range was so perfect for my daughter's photo, fresh and beautiful tones to match in.

Thanks for joining me today, and I hope I have inspired you today with the  The Story of Us collection.

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Hi there, Nichol here!  I'm a huge fan of the Simple Stories Insta-squares  and I'm always looking for new ways to use them in my traditional scrapbooking. Like many of you, I have loads of older photos to scrapbook and I grabbed a couple of old layouts from my "to re-do" pile that had zero journaling and only 1-2 photos and created two new layouts that I absolutely love. The Insta-squares make creating an eye-pleasing arrangement just as easy for a traditional 12x12 layout as they do for pocket scrapping!

I created both "boy" and "girl" versions to show just how versatile this collection is.

The girl-ish layout features four photos, three trimmed down to 2" wide by approx 5" tall and one 4x6 photo. Once I had the photos cropped and/or arranged, I "filled in" the rest of the 10" square design with Hello Baby Insta-squares and a piece of ledger paper from the Good Day Sunshine Collection which I trimmed down for my journaling.

I popped up some of the Hello Baby Stickers on foam adhesive to give them some dimension and help them stand out from the tone-on-tone look of the Insta-squares. I also popped up the 3" Insta-square which works as the title of the page and is matted on one of the 4" Insta-squares!

I let the photos dictate the design of the pages and simply laid them out and then added Insta-squares and strips of 6x6 paper to fill in the design so it would make a 10" square. I laid out all the blue, yellow and white/cream squares I could find for the "boy-ish" layout and put it together similar to the girl version.

I used one of the 3" Insta-squares for my page title again, this time adding some Simple Stories phrase stickers as well.

I combined the chipboard moon, cloud and star stickers onto one of the 4" squares to create a perfect sleepy accent for my page.

The border of 2" squares along the bottom of the page are embellished with Hello Baby cardstock stickers adhered with foam adhesive for dimension, a 2" square photo and sequins in blue and yellow.

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Hi, Heather Leopard here today and I'm happy to say that the sun is shining and the pools and beaches are packed, which means summer is well underway. 

We spend a lot of time in the water during these hot Texas summer days so I thought I'd scrap this photo of my oldest in her water gear - goggles, braid and swim suit. Does it get any better than this?!?!

As I was looking through the papers to find my background, I decided to go a different route and use a strip from the 3x4 Elements paper. I found the perfect cards, cut them out, folded up the edges and stitched them to the rainbow background paper. 

I adore the banner stickers and I decided to simply line them across the top of the page and top it with the beautiful cloud paper.

The journaling is hidden in the little blue insert card at the top of the photo. Although the 3x4 cards have fun sentiments on them, I added a larger title at the bottom of the page. I love the large yellow chipboard dot. It helps being a definite end to the title statement, like a super-sized period.

I hope you are having a fantastic summer (or had a great one if yours just wrapped up).  As for us, we'll be in the pool (with a trip or two to the beach mixed on here and there) for the next couple of months so I'm hoarding this collection so we can scrap our memories.

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