August 2014 Blog Posts

Howdy friends!  Layle here with you today!

Do you love mini albums, but are tired of the same old techniques?  Are you stumped when it comes to creating with our 6x8 SN@P! Binders, not sure where to start?!! 

If you're raising your hand, you're in luck!  I'll be tackling this VERY subject for True Scrap 6 - an online, LIVE virtual scrapbooking event October 17th and 18th, with inspiration and education from 9 A-list instructors including Nichol Magouirk, Jennifer Gallacher, Donna Salazar and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to learn more about this great virtual event, including the list of instructors, their class descriptions, more about my class (I'll be covering more than 10 different innovative and interactive, techniques for taking your mini books and SN@P! Binders from blah to ahhhh!) and to register.

Here's a little more about my class -

Flip It, Score It, Make It, Shake It!:  Innovative, Interactive Mini Book Techniques With Layle Koncar

From flips that lift and tabs that pull to peek-a-boos & see throughs, mini books can open up a whole new world when it comes to innovative elements for your reader to interact with.  Join Layle Koncar in this "Flip It, Score It, Make It, Shake It!:  Innovative, Interactive Mini Book Techniques" class as she shares 12 of her favorite interactive techniques for spicing up your mini books, many of which can also be incorporated into your traditional and Pocket Page scrapbooking projects!

Click here for all the details!

Hope to (virtually) see you there!

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 new School SN@P! Set.  I just love the 'HELLO' on the display - it reminds me of being a kid and trying to make up words on the calculator!

Next up is Rebecca Keppel with this 4x6 card from our Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards -

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

My kids are in their 3rd week of school already, so I am missing and remembering our summer and this card says it all! Plus I love the rainbow gradient from the Good Day Sunshine collection that is featured as the background of this card. And the flip side? Diagonal stripes in teal, my favorite color. This card has it all for me :)

Shellye McDaniel chose this 4x6 card from the Cozy Christmas 4x6 Horiztonal Elements -

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

I love the mix of simple, real-life elements mixed in with graphic design; you will see this a lot throughout the newest Simple Stories Collections!  This particular card really stood out to me:  I love the pop of red from the ornament, that little bit of tree branch poking out, the muted background and the various fun fonts...it truly looks like an old photo made new again with a few words sprinkled over the top!  And the sentiment is perfect for a card, which makes it perfect for my crafting.

Teri Anderson selected this 3x4 card from the Cat SN@P! Set -

According to Teri -

Ever see something and just spontaneously start giggling? Yep. That's this card for me. That sweet yet devilish cat is just the best. And even though I don't even have a cat, I totally plan on using this card on a page to document my dog's love/hate relationship with the neighborhood kitties.

Next up is Vicki Boutin with this 3x4 card from our new Seasons SN@P! Set -

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

This card is a fav because I love color palette and the look on that little snowman's face is too cute.  I can see myself using this card for so many different things! 

Last up this month is Wendy Antenucci with this 4x6 card from the Legacy SN@P! Cards -

According to Wendy -

I LOVE the cards from the Legacy collection!  The sayings on these cards are why I scrapbook.  How about the card, Celebrate your Life honor those that made it possible?  or this one, this is what matters most?  The Legacy collection is the collection that will really make pages that are lasting and will impact the future generation.  These cards will not only tell who you are, but who your family is and what you stand for.

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 Saturday, September 6th telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday the 14th 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 198 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!

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Hello again, 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. 

I just love the bright, happy colors of this collection. I think it just screams Summer so I thought it would be perfect to use to document a late-Summer trip to the fair. I had signed up to take part in a 5K race at the fair and then got enjoy the fair's sights and sounds afterwards. It was such a fun day and totally worth remembering!

One of my favorite elements of these pages are the pockets along the top of this page. I took some of the SN@P! Cuts and then added layers of twine and paper to them. One of the things I really love about Simple Stories' products is you can use them as they come or you customize them by adding embellishments, paper and stickers to them and really make them your own. That's so cool! 

If you look really close here, you'll see one of the Good Day Sunshine SN@P! pockets. I typed some thoughts about the day on a journaling card and just slid them into the pocket. To make the pocket a little more customized, I added a die-cut and a little twine to it. 

I sure had a fun time putting together the second page of my spread. Believe it or not, I made my own decorative tape with some Good Day Sunshine patterned paper! 

It was so easy! I cut strips of patterned paper and then applied two-way tape to it. When it came time to use it, I just tore off a little bit of paper... just like real tape.

One other fun thing about the right page is that top right pocket. I had a bunch of different die-cuts, stickers and brads from Good Day Sunshine collection that were left-over from other projects I worked on and I thought, "What if I mix them up?" Sure enough. That's what I did. I went to town, mixing them randomly together to make the card for the pocket. I think it turned out pretty cool!

I also used one of Simple Stories' Photo Flips on my page so I that I could add another picture to the mix.

By the way, are you guys familiar with the Photo Flips? http://simplestories.com/products/photo-flips They are amazing! Here's why: They are like little pockets. You fill them up with photos, SN@P! Cards or anything your heart desires. Then you adhere the Photo Flips (which have adhesive on them) to your page. 

And one more thing I should mention. After I completed my pages, I still had my race bib to scrap. So what did I do? Easy! I grabbed a 6x8 Pocket Page and slapped it in it and added it right to the spread. If you run or know someone who runs and want to scrapbook those bibs, I've found those pocket pages fit many of the race bibs out there. 

So before I go, let's talk about albums. I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in red to document all of my 2014 adventures in. I often scrapbook out of order so it's really nice that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 3 for these pages. I also used one of the 6x8 Pocket Pages.  It's cool that Simple Stories offers so many different styles of pages. I dig being able to mix them together. I think it helps keeps my pages interesting!

See you again,

Teri

Supplies

Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Legacy 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!  The new 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! -

Legacy Simple Inspiration eBook Free Download

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

Hi everyone, Marie here to share a 6x8 Sn@p! album using the new Legacy collection.  I've been researching our family's genealogy for the past couple of years, and I'm finally getting all of those stories and photos organized into an album. 

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I have to admit the Legacy collection made putting this album together a breeze.  There were blank genealogy cards and charts included, so all I had to do was add our family's information.  I was also a big fan of the colors in this collection. The muted red, aqua, and yellow colors really make a pretty backdrop for black and white photos.

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I added in memorabilia in Sn@p! Pockets througout the album. I even have a copy of my grandfather's high school report card in there.  I also used vellum to print out several photos and letters in this album.  I think it adds a nice vintage touch.


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The 2x2 Insta-Pocket Pages are still my favorite way to add in a lot of pictures in a small space.  I love that Simple Stories has a variety of Pocket Pages to choose from. 

For this album I used a 6x8 SNAP! Faux Leather Album in brown.  It was the perfect size and color for this project!     

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Hi everyone!  It's Emily with you today.  I've recently discovered hiking.... ok, I'm a little late to the party, but I have been out of shape for years and never thought that I would be able to "take a hike" per say. A few weeks ago my husband and I decided to go hike some trails that were located by a lake, really scenic and very beautiful! So we took a few photos. Of course, I HAD to make a layout! 

The "Under the Stars" collection isn't just for camping. This collection was perfect for my hiking photos! I love that the collection is small, so I have no problem using it all up with these photos. I'm not a campy type person, but I do love being outdoors. This collection is a must have if you are outdoorsy! 

I used some templates from Kiwi Lane Designs to add a little extra to my layout. I wanted to layer the papers in this collection because they are all such beautiful papers and need to be seen! 

Thanks for joining me today! 

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Hey everyone!  Andrea here with you today, and I’m super excited to share a cute Halloween tree I made using the new Frankie and Friends collection.  I LOVE THIS COLLECTION!  Halloween is my most favorite holiday, and I’ve been waiting for Simple Stories to make a collection specific to it for a long time - and I’m so glad they did!

Here it is:

I found a black urn and branches at my local craft store and that became the “canvas” to work with.  Think of decorating your Christmas tree; that’s exactly how I tackled this, except that I wanted to include photos of my family in their Halloween costumes from years past.

I decorated pieces of chipboard with papers from the collection and photos, and jazzed them up with the embellishments.

I strung them with ribbon and tied them to the branches.

This will sit on a table in the corner of my living room, and I’ll be able to add photos to it each year.  I had a blast doing this, and I hope it inspires you to use your scrapbook supplies to capture your memories in a fun, different way.

Thanks for joining me!

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

I'm excited to introduce you to our August Guest Designer Glenda Viljoen -

Here's a little bit about Glenda -

My name is Glenda Viljoen. I live in a city just east of Johannesburg with my husband Gary, two sons Byron and Kyle. My professional qualification is teaching where I taught children for many years – that was until I discovered scrapbooking. I am now fortunate to be able to combine my passion for scrapbooking and a business. I own SA Scrapbook Convention, an event company that organizes scrapbook and mixed media events in South Africa. In 2010, I attended Ranger University in New Jersey, USA and am a certified Ranger Instructor. My primary goal is to take scrapbooking on a never ending journey beyond mundane, repetitious themes and content. I look forward to creating layouts with the innovative, exciting and interesting new product to ultimately inspire others to share their story and be creative.

Before I share Glenda's beautiful layouts with you, I gave her 8 prompts - here are her responses :)

Scariest Thing – Just a couple more weeks to Christmas…18 weeks to be exact.

Favorite Snack – Popcorn: salted, buttered, caramel

Can’t Figure Out – How to create a couple of extra hours in my day just to do all the things I would like to do.

Match Made in Heaven – Chocolate and nuts!

Probably Shouldn’t Have – Chocolate and nuts…

Current Addiction – Glitter and gold foil paper in all forms on a layout and cards.

Bringing to the Party – Creamy potato bake and Malva pudding (a South African baked sponge dessert soaked in a syrup type sauce).

Words to Live By – “What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.” Eleanor Powell

Fun, huh?!

Allrighty, now let's get to the good stuff!

Glenda's first project - Story of Us - along with some of her thoughts on the layout -

The name of the collection, ‘Story of Us’ was the creative start to this layout. While browsing through the versatile paper, fun embellishments and other interesting elements, ideas were born. The confetti and sequins on the paper just had to have sequins and beads stitched onto them! As gold is a current addiction, the layout included gold elements like the sequins, straws and ribbon. Here’s an idea on how to create ruffled ribbon: Organza ribbon is perfect for this technique - measure a piece of ribbon twice as long as required. Hand stitch down centre of ribbon with a large running stitch or gather using a sewing machine (remember to use longest gathering stitch). Gather the ribbon to create a ruffle. As you gather the ribbon, it twists creating a ruffled effect.

What a great tip!  Check out these other fun details on Glenda's stunning layout -

 This next project from Glenda features our Homespun collection -

My family and home is important to me. These photos captured how much my mom is loved by her grandchildren. The quote ‘LITLE moments BIG BIG memories’ reiterates the good times and memories captured while on vacation. The Fundamental Cardstock Stickers, Expressions Cardstock Stickers, Chipboard Stickers, Decorative Brads, Bits & Pieces Ephemera; SN@P Cuts, Insta-Squares worked so well documenting the memories. Adding trim and ribbon just added to the perfect Homespun collection items.

Here are just a couple of ideas and techniques used on the page.

Punch the top edge of a grid Card Foundation to resemble a notebook page -

The heart SN@P! Cuts can be used as a stencil. Place on background and ink with Antique Linen Distress Ink and ink blending tool. Use a Distress Marker Spritzer and Antique Linen Distress Marker to add detail.

Faux stitch around edge of scalloped Kraft DIY Card Foundation Journal Layer. Add ‘memories of you’ and banner Bits & Pieces, ‘GOOD TIMES’ and flower Cardstock Stickers. Add a bow and three Enamel Dots to flowers.

WOW!  Doesn't Glenda do beautiful work?!  So many great details, tips and techinques! 

Thanks so much Glenda Nicole for sharing your projects with us this month as our August Guest Designer!

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