August 2014 Blog Posts

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!

Hello, Simple Stories friends!  Shellye here today with a sweet treat holder using the brand new "Frankie & Friends" Collection.  I found this idea for a cat-shaped treat holder using a paper plate on Pinterest and adapted it by using patterned paper instead!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The great thing is that you can make these in any size up to (almost) 12" in diameter.  If you need to make several for a class project, just use a smaller circle.  I used a dinner plate for my cat, which measures about 10" round.  After tracing and cutting out, I placed the plate back onto the circle so that it covered just the top edge.  I cut around the plate to create the crescent shape and the area that will be open for treats.  Next, make a matching back panel by tracing around the design and cutting out. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the ears, I cut triangle shapes and curved them a bit to follow the contour of the cat's head.  I machine-stitched them in place, but faux stitched would also work nicely. This is all of the machine-stitching that I had planned for the front of the cat's face, so next I machine stitched the back panel to the front by using a zig-zag stitch around the perimeter...just be sure to leave the opening at the top!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the hanger, I used a heavy-gauged wire and strung it through two small holes that were made on each side of the ear.  I cut one of the 4X12 Page Elements down to roughly 3X12 and attached it to the top of the wire.  To do so, I left a margin to the left (by the "happy") and wrapped it around the wire and then glued in place.  The chipboard spider was added to the center of the bow with fabric glue.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are so many ways that you can choose to decorate the cat's face!  I decided to go ahead and add the mouth by drawing it with a black marker, but it looks very adorable without it.  I used two different round punches to create the layered eyes and then two large black enamel dots for the centers.  The whiskers were made from small strips of black cardsock that I curled at the ends.  Pink chalk was used for blushing the cheeks.
 
Again, use a 6" circle template to make-up smaller versions...perfect to give to your favorite 'lil trick-or-treaters!
 
Thanks for joining me today at Simple Stories!

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Howdy, Layle here with you today!  YIPPEE!  My kids went back to school yesterday - finally!  Seems like the summer lasted forever this year - hee hee!

With school back in session, that leaves more crafty time for lots of us, and what better way to celebrate than with almost 100 new Simple Stories Silhouette designs?!  Even better, we've got you covered with the back to school essentials - many, many new cut files and print & cut school themed designs. 

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

School Bus

Keep Calm and Do Your Homework

Selfie Camera

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.  Through the end of August, you can save 25% on all School and Education designs with Silhouette, so head on over!!

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!

Hi everyone! Lisa here with you today to share two layouts I made with the fabulous new Cozy Christmas collection. I don't usually create holiday layouts in August when the sun is shining and the temps are soaring (I'm more of an "in season" scrapper), but this collection was a breeze to work with and these pages came together so easily (even without snow on the ground or holiday music playing in the background to get me in the spirit of things).

First up is a page about my daughter's cat. He likes to take up residence under our tree. When he was a kitten, he actually liked to climb the tree, nestle among the branches, and just hang out.

The base of this page uses the 2x12 Border & 4x12 Title Strip Elements 12x12 Paper. I love how it looks like a number of different papers have been pieced together but without all of the choosing and all of the work. After all, that's what Simple Stories is about, right? Making it easy to scrap our memories.

Let's take a closer look at this page...

I added a number of embellishments to the bottom strip of the paper, not only to extend the one element already printed there (the word "believe"), but to give the page added dimension. One way to do this is to layer the die cut Bits & Pieces with Expressions and Fundamental Cardstock Stickers. Enamel dots give the Bits & Pieces even more depth.

Embellishments are also a great way to fill an empty space on a photo, like I did here in the bottom left corner of my photo. Again, I used a mix of Bits & Pieces, along with a snowflake sticker (cut in half since I didn't need the whole thing).

Chipboard pieces can also add dimension and another element to your pages. I decorated the tree with enamel dots and a mix of stickers.

This last shot shows how I decorated one of the Sn@p Pockets. There are times when I use the pockets to house a journaling tag or card, but other times I like to decorate them and use them as another element on my pages.

Now let's take a look at a page about my daughter's love of all things crafty. I wonder where she got that from? :)

Once again, I used a number of Bits & Pieces. In this case I layered a snowflake die cut over the mug, using foam adhesive to give the snowflake dimension.

Here's a look at the top right corner of the page. Enamel dots added to the "ho ho ho" die cut give it a bit of whimsy. The candy cane die cut piece gets dressed up a bit with a ribbon bow.

This last image shows the adorable snowman die cut peeking out from behind the photo, almost as if he's waving hello. Layering this piece over a tag helps to ground the die cut.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the Cozy Christmas collection and the different ways you can use the papers and embellishments. I hope you have a fun and crafty day!

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Howdy friends!  Layle here and I have a fun project to share with you today that I recently made using our red SN@P! Binder and new Say Cheese SN@P! Set -

We took our boys to Disneyland back in 2006 (oh my gosh, can't believe how little they are in these photos!!) and I've never really done anything with all of the photos from the trip.  As soon as we came out with the new Say Cheese SN@P! Set, I knew that was just what I needed to get motivated to get the trip scrapped!

This was seriously the fastest, easiest project to put together!  I used nothing but the SN@P! Binder and the 4 products in the Say Cheese SN@P! Set - the 3x4 cards, 4x6 cards, stickers, and Insta Squares and Pieces.  Once I had my photos printed out, I just added them to the pages and the Pocket Pages, inserted the cards, added a few stickers and die cut pieces and called it good.  It probably took me less than 3 hours, start to finish. 

This type of project is so well suited for our SN@P! Binders - a subject that has a beginning and end, such as a vacation.  I'm so glad to have this trip FINALLY off of my scrapbooking to-do list!  And I love that the Say Cheese SN@P! Set coordinates so well with our photos from Disney, while at the same time doesn't scream Disney :) 

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Hello there! Kim here sharing two cards that I recently created using the brand new Sweater Weather and Legacy Collections. Both lines share some of the same warm fall colors, but each line sure has its own personality.

My first card is just full of lovely layers and vintage touches from the Legacy collection. I think this card will go to a friend who just bought a new house, what a wonderful chance to fill that home with memories and love.

The Sweater Weather collection is the spunkier side of fall. Ha, ha! I love all the critters and fun icons included in this line. I let Mr. Fox take center stage on my card, what a cutie! This card had a modified matchbook fold: the bottom edge is folded up about ¾” and secured with a brad. Might be a fun way to add a little interest to your next card!

With so many amazing products just arriving from Simple Stories, I am feeling the urge to brew up some coffee and escape to my craft room! Won’t you join me?

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Hi Simple Stories fans Rebecca here! I LOVE Halloween. My kids LOVE Halloween. They are both still on the young side, so cutesy is the mainstay for their costumes. And that's ok with me! I featured two pictures of them in their costumes and went with a SIMPLE color block design.

When I am creating a color block layout, I pretend like I am dealing with a jigsaw puzzle and start with one piece that I know from the beginning where it is going to be. For this layout it was this un-matted photo.

I am not really big into measuring and rulers so I just do quick checks on the basics. The photo was 5" tall so I cut a piece of patterned paper to that height. Then I eye ball how much room I want inbetween the two pieces and how wide I want it to be (remembering to have a border around the whole page).

That block ended up housing a smaller matted photo. From there it is pretty easy to have two long blocks one for the top and one for the bottom.

Finally I used some Simple Stories Bits and Pieces, Brads, Cardstock Stickers and Chipboard stickers.

So if you are a Halloween fanatic like my family, you will definitely want to get every bit of Simple Stories Frankie and Friends and start having fun!

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Hi everybody ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am very excited to be sharing a Life Documented layout using the Sweater Weather collection. Here is a look at both pages. 

I just love this collection, with its rich colors, fall inspired pieces, and it's wood grained patterned paper. It has definitely left me dreaming, yearning, and wishing for all things fall. Especially since it's still very hot (105+) here and the kids are swimming daily.

Here is my title card. I left it fairly simple, using the chipboard banner sticker as a focal point. 

A close up of one of the journaling cards. I started out with the chipboard stickers that spell out fall, doodling around it with a pen to make it pop. 

One of my favorite things about fall is the changing colors. The trees were starting to turn colors this particular week and I made sure to stop and snap a photo. 

I printed out my photo of the tree in color as a base for this pocket. I took some vellum and cut it down to 4x6 to go on top. I didn't want to hide the whole photo so I took the vellum piece and punched a 3" hole in the middle. I used my pen around the edge of the circle to draw attention to the colors of the tree. Then I layered it with some die cuts from the Bits and Pieces set and some enamel dots. Love those things !

Here is the second page. 

Some close ups.

I saw this card on the sheet of 4x6 cards and knew that it would make a great frame. I carefully cut out the middle and placed it on top of my printed journaling. I used some of the die cuts from the Bits and Pieces set and some of the chipboard stickers as well to embellish. 

One of the ways that I like to maximize my "space" on my pocket page layouts is to use the empty space in a photo. This particular week I had a lot of photos and stories that I wanted to add to my pages. This photo of my son in his pilgrim hat was perfect to help me solve my space problem. I added the journaling right on top of the photo. I decided to print my journaling onto a strip of vellum for a see through look.  

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