August 2014 Blog Posts

Hi Angella here to share with you a mini book made with the new Legacy collection

I do love creating mini books about memories, and I find that the 4x6 Vertical Element papers are great for creating my little mini books, all the guess work is done!

I don’t know about you but sometimes I take more time picking the papers then I do creating.

The colours in the Legacy collection are great for all your heritage memories, this mini book is about my mum's story growing up in the Australian Outback! And I love how all the elements in the 4x6 fit in with the era. 

The Bits and Pieces in Legacy are great embellishments on your pages, to give that extra touch.

I like to mat my  fundamental stickers and fussy cut them a lot, as it gives me the option to adhere with pop dots for extra dimension. 

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Hi  Wendy here today :) 

Here in FL where there is no Autumn I had this picture of the one tree that dropped its leaves (in January).  Since my photo was so pitiful I had to rely on the amazing journaling cards in the new Sweater Weather collection to carry the layout.  To do this I also framed the card to add some more weight/interest.  I embellished the area further with leaves falling (wishful thinking) and some flower bits & pieces.

To further add interest to my sad Autumn page, I started with the sticker "Count your Blessings" at the top of the page and finished with some stickers and die-cuts beside my page, "even when they don't fall" 

Some sewing and enamel dots added texture on my page giving me a perfect Autumn page, even without pictures to prove the story!

This layout was built because of all the fun pieces in this collection.  I loved the die-cuts and brads and the cute foxes; perfect for our little boy!  I loved the red and black floral pieces, but they were too intense for my layout, but by using the woodgrain as the base I was able to use smaller portions of my other colors.  I then lined up my journaling card and insta squares and filled in with the various bits and pieces that matched my theme.  

The layout came together really quick as Simple Stories thought of everything you could want in this collection.

I love the enamel dots that are now a part of the collections, but how do you get them in the perfect location?  Here's a little trick I found, grab a few wooden veneer pieces and scatter them.  

Then when you are happy with your scattering that is natural since you didn't have to place them, remove the veneers one at a time and put your dot.

As you can see on this version, the base of my layout is complete, but my layout feels empty and unbalanced on the bottom, so...

add some lines and put in your journaling!  It is an easy way to include the who, what, where, when of a layout and it doesn't have any weight, but can balance the empty areas of a layout!

I have one more layout using Sweater Weather on my blog and some more fun journaling tips, http://antenucci.blogspot.com, see you there!

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Aloha everyone! Heather's here on the blog today and I just got back from a wonderful vacation in Hawaii. I was eager to jump in and start scrapping our vacation photos with the Good Day Sunshine collection. The rainbow of colors and the gradients just epitomize the bright, sunny days we spent on the beach. We were lucky enough to spent our second week in Hawaii with friends who live there. They took us to all the local stops, which included secluded beaches that we had to ourselves, like Makalawena. My oldest daughter claims that the sand is "angel soft" and she couldn't be more right.  It was the perfect sand for drip castles...

I was looking at this collection and I knew I wanted to scrap these photos with it but I didn't have a design in mind. As I was looking through all the great pieces of the collection, I was drawn to the SN@P! Pockets and SN@P! Cards. They inspired this offset grid design and it all just fell into place.

The cards are great by themselves but it's a fun part of the creative process to dress them up. I also cut little strips to use as a border on the top, bottom and left. I added enamel dots to add some dimension.

This cute little journaling card fits perfectly in the SN@P pocket. Simple Stories is just cool like that!  You can also see the "HELLO" SN@P! Cut card. I love that it has the word pre-cut. You can leave it as it or do what I did and back it with solid or pattern paper. I added a die cut and sticker on top to dress it up a little more.

So who else is scrapping their summer photos with me? Are you doing individual layouts, a mini album, Pocket Pages or something else? I have a gagillion photos from this trip so I think I will do a combo of individual layouts mixed with Pocket Pages but I'd love to know what you are doing. 

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Hello Everyone! It's Kristine Davidson here today with a Life Documented post using the NEW Sweater Weather Collection.  In my previous posts I shared with you that I would document 2012 and I'm happy to say I'm right on schedule! As for 2014 that's another story. Today, I'm sharing the month of September 2012.

The first page of this spread is a simple one. I added a picture of our home with the glow of the sunset. We have really beautiful sunsets here and it's something i want to remember.
I used quite a few of the 3x4 cards from the Elements page. It was easy to use by simply cutting up the entire sheet and using the cards for journaling or filler cards.

We constantly have deer in our yard. This day in September was special because i  was walking down to our basement and this face was literally staring at me!
I also added a currently page to document a few things that I never took pictures of.

Layering Bits & Pieces is something I love to do on my spreads. Adding one on top of the other and maybe adding a brad is a great little added touch without the bulk.

I added a little tag from the Bits and Pieces pack and cut out from the 2x2 4x4 Element sheet a few elements such as So Very Grateful and the maple leaf.

We were in Ottawa and i thought this was a great way to add that Canadian Symbol!  

I used a 4x3 picture on my top card. I cut it in half, added some elements and created a little mini layout that fit in my 4x6 pocket.

The bottom card I used tons of little stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet and added a brad, enamel dots and a piece of chipboard to finish off. I love that I could use up some stickers and it makes a cute card!

For my Life Documented 2012 album I am using the 6x8 Sn@p! Leather Album in black. The sturdiness, metal corner accents, and stitch details are fantastic features to this album but I really like the fact that it's timeless and because they are so well built will endure the  many years to come.   

I used two varieties of inserts for this monthly spread - in the 6x8" size featuring 3x4" and 3x4"/ 4x6. The Sn@p pocket pages come in a variety that you can add to your album. PERFECT for any project!

I hope you enjoyed my LIFE DOCUMENTED post today !

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Hey there Simple fans, Nancy here with a little summer sparkle as the season starts to wind down. I based this layout on one of my favorite items in the Good Day Sunshine line - the ombre patterned papers. This pretty pink was the perfect mat for this photo of my niece that really shows her 'sparkle'. It's my nickname for her and the inspiration behind the sequin sunburst. 

The design is mostly clean and simple allowing the sequins and photos to shine. The cluster on is made up of layers of an envelope and tag from the DIY collection and die cuts from the Good Day Sunshine collection.

The colors in the photo are highlighted by placing it on a similarly shaded transparency. Adding two simple matching embellishments adds some texture and a punch of color to this corner.

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Hi everyone! Nichol here today with a layout and card celebrating summer sunshine. I thought it would be fun to create a couple of projects using sunshine icons. I love adding sunshine shapes to my projects, whether it be scrapbook page layouts or cards. There are tons of ways to use them and so many of the Simple Stories Collections showcase sunshine icons in one way or another. I'm using sunshine designs from the Summer SN@P! Set for both of my projects today however Good Day Sunshine and the Summer Paradise Simple Set are two recent collections which feature sunshine elements as well.

For my layout I combined 12x12 patterned papers from the DIY Boutique and Say Cheese collections. I love how easy it is to mix and match the paper designs from the Simple Stories collections! I drew several circles in the Silhouette Cameo Software and used the offset button to create approximately 1/4" outer circle for each. I then cut the larger (offset) circle shapes from the Say Cheese text paper and cut the smaller circle from the other Say Cheese black tone-on-tone patterned paper. When these two papers are layered together it provides a lovely "frame" to pop some of the Summer Sn@p! cards behind!

I embellished these circles with stickers and brads.

I printed a 6x8 photo collage and trimmed the top row apart from the rest to split above and below the 4x6 Summer Sn@p! Card I used for the title of my page. I added thin patterned paper strips from the DIY Boutique 6x6 Paper Pad above and below the journaling card and layered a couple of the DIY Collection Office Journal Layers around the title card.

I finished the page with a few phrase stickers on top of some of the photos in the collage and a strip of the tone-on-tone black paper along the right edge adorned with brads.

To create the "hey there sunshine" card I first used a manual die cutting machine and some steel rule dies from my collection to die cut several of the 4x6 Summer SN@P! Set journaling cards with the hexagon background shape. I cut the design again from some smooth white cardstock, matted the "frame" on a piece of cardstock trimmed to the same size as the hexagon background and started replacing the "inside" hexagon shapes using the colorful patterns. This creates a wonderful inlay style background!

I die cut a 3x4 journaling card with a banner die for the "greeting" of my card and adorned the sunshine with some glasses stickers and glued some fun wiggle eyes inside the glasses.

I trimmed a thin strip from one if the other cards to adhere along the top of the banner, layered another die cut banner made from vellum behind and wrapped some pretty twine around the top, tying it into a bow. I stapled the two banners together at the top and secured them to the card.

Easy, bright and FUN!

Want to see how I put both of these sunshine-y projects together? Check out the video below:

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Hi there!  Layle here with you today :)

Today I'm back with another Fan Focus Friday

We have so many great Simple Stories fans out there that we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the work shared with us. 

So, here goes!

This month, let me introduce you to Kirsteen Young.  I found Kirsteen recently after she had tagged a few projects with #simplestories on Instagram and couldn't wait to share them here with you!

Hello, I'm Kirsteen and I live on the east coast of Scotland in the UK with my husband and our two little boys; Jack (5) and Noah (1). I have been scrapbooking for almost 10 years and cannot imagine a life without papers, stickers and double sided sticky tape. I am blessed with two sons, two goddaughters, four nieces and a nephew and I have a scrapbook (or two) on the go for each and every one of them. They are all age 7 and under so I was delighted with the new Simple Stories baby collections, as you can imagine I have A LOT of baby photos.

My first page started with the Hello Baby 4x6 card 'so many of my smiles begin with you' (with such a smiley photo how could it not?!). I really wanted to go to town on this page as it was the first page I scrapped for my youngest niece, Nia (only 4 months old). I added stickers, chipboard, some ephemera pieces and enamel dots.

My second page was a little bit of a labour of love but I think it was worth it. And it turns out hand stitching is quite therapeutic. I picked out some of my favourite 3x4 Baby Girl SN@P! cards and attached them to a sheet of 12x12 cardstock using double sided sticky tape (just a small piece in the middle of the card otherwise you end up trying to stitch through sticky tape which is messy - I know!). I then hand stitched all the cards using different shades of pink thread. Lastly I added some SN@P! stickers to my page. Hand stitching aside, it was a really simple page to make.

The final page I am sharing with you today was inspired my Nichol's blog post Hello Baby Layouts with Insta Squares. I borrowed two of Nichol's design elements from her pages - the tone on tone elephants and the layered chipboard cloud, moon and stars.

You can find me on Instagram or on my blog Life in the Craft Lane. I am also part of the social media and creative team for an online scrapbook store in the UK - Craft Island. I sometimes post as Craft Island on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thanks so much for sharing your great projects with us Kirsteen - I love them all, but especially your layout with all of the hand stitching!! 

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Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Hello Baby Project Idea Sheets are now available for download! 

Project Idea Sheets are free, downloadable project idea sheets with step by step instructions for both a 12x12 layout as well as a two page pocket page spread.   Beginning with our last few releases and going forward, you can now look forward to Project Idea Sheets with each of our new collections!

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

Hello Baby Project Idea Sheets Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Project Idea Sheets from our past collections.  Did you know we also have free, downloadable Simple Inspiration eBooks for each of our newer collections as well?  You can see those in the Project Downloads section of our website as well!

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

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