August 2014 Blog Posts

Hello there everyone! Donna here with you as your host for the blog today, and I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that summer is almost over! Honestly, since we homeschool, life doesn’t change all that much when the school year ends. But keeping three little boys occupied in the summer months means that I don’t have all that much time for scrapbooking. Still, I get a bit antsy when I don’t make time to create. When I do get some time to scrapbook I try to keep it simple, and today I have two easy summertime layouts to share with you.

We’ve had a lot of fun this summer with our Zoku pop maker and ice cream machine. Sam is always up for a sweet frozen treat and my first layout is all about him:

He’s enjoying a bowl of homemade honey ice cream. It was so delicious, if you can’t tell from the photos. He loved it so much he was practically licking the bowl!

I used one of the decorative polaroid-style frames from the Bit & Pieces ephemera pack to highlight the photo of him giggling. I also used a square from the Insta-Squares pack to balance the photo collection. A few pops of pattern and color, from the paper and stickers strips along the bottom of the page, add fun to the page, but keep the focus of the layout on these funny pictures. These were taken just before he got a haircut and so you can see that his hair is a little wild too. But, I think it’s cute!

Next up is a layout I made of my two oldest boys and a yearly summertime ritual. Our neighbor has several lemon trees in her backyard and their branches extend just a tad over onto our side of the fence. The boys love to collect lemons for me to use in my cooking (or making lemonade or lemon bars).

Again, I’ve kept the layout very simple; just a trio of photos, a few strips of pattern paper and a smattering of stickers and brads to embellish the page.

The title for this layout is a bit tongue-in-cheek because the truth is that our neighbor lets them collect as many lemons as they want. And believe me, they collect quite a few lemons! In the summer I never have to buy lemons at the grocery store since they keep me well stocked.

Both of today’s layouts feature multiple photographs, but I kept the layouts simple with a focus on the photos by using either a grid or ledger background. I finished the designs by adding colorful strips of paper and embellishments from the Good Day Sunshine Collection. And now I have two happy layouts documenting some of our summer fun!

Have you found time to document your summer memories? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. As always, thank you for stopping by!


Hi everyone! Allison here with a Life Documented layout using the Under the Stars collection. I've also got another sketch that combines traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages.

You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here.

The left side of the sketch is a traditional style of scrapbook layout while the right page uses photos and cards with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 10.

Here is my layout based on the sketch:

About three weeks ago I went on one crazy road trip! There was one RV, four adults, two teenagers, a nine-year-old, a six-year-old, and we traveled over 4,000 miles through eight different states. I said at the beginning that it was going to be either a complete disaster or the best road trip ever. It ended up being a little bit of both but it was, without a doubt, an adventure that I'll never forget.

I first saw the Under the Stars collection about the same time that we started planning our road trip. I knew, even before I had snapped a single photo, that this would be the collection I wanted to use!

Before we took off on our road trip adventure, I requested that we all line up in front of the RV and take a group selfie. This was the beginning of documenting almost everything we did along the road. It ended up being so much fun trying to come up with different ways to do these pictures at all the different places we visited. I couldn't wait to get all of these pictures together and make a layout with them!

With this sketch, the simple design on the left page was ideal for these photos. The photos have so much going on in them with eight people and the scenery so I didn't want it to be overwhelming with too much going on around the photos.

I numbered each photo and added a short description of the location of where the photo was taken.

For the right page I used a combination of cards and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 10. I use this Pocket Page design often for my Instagram photos! I used each square pocket with a photo.

I did the same labeling for the photos as I did on the left page with the numbers and location on each photo.

We spent the last few hours of our trip planning out our final group selfie, back at home at our starting point. We all look so happy and excited in our first photo and we thought it would be funny to do the opposite on our return. Everyone is fighting and going crazy! I'm sure our neighbors thought we were insane! It ended up being a fun photo and a goofy end to our adventure!

I used 3x4 cards in each of the 3x4 pockets and accented them with photos and embellishments.

A lot of times I like use smaller photos on the 3x4 cards. It's a fun way to add in some detail photos of an event and in this case a photo of our RV.

The cute little camper is exactly why I couldn't wait to use this collection with these photos! I add the "hello adventure" sticker to the card.

This piece was actually cut down from a 4x6 card. I added the photos and a few tree stickers to finish it.

I'm using the 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in black for all of my Life Documented layouts. I love the beautiful construction and details! I also used the 12 x 12 SN@P! Pocket Pages, Design 10 from the Variety Pack. I often use different styles of Pocket Pages and since the Variety Pack has so many great options and designs, I have a lot to choose from!


Thanks sooooo much for joining us this past week for our 2014 Summer Release Reveal!  We hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  Legacy, Cozy Christmas, Sweater Weather & Frankie and Friends begin shipping to retailers mid August and our new Circle Photo Crops, SN@P! Sets and DIY Christmas begin shipping mid September, so it won't be long before you can snatch up these new collections!!

So, we have LOTS of giveaways to announce from our reveal week - a whopping 18 to be exact!!!  Here goes!

Blog - Amy Kersten
Instagram - @m_pastoor
Pinterest - Betty & Jay Weaver

Cozy Christmas
Blog - CallyAnn Cornwell
Instagram - @cherylahutcherson
Pinterest - Kelly Carden

Sweater Weather
Blog - Miriam Prantner
Instagram - @tashaslife
Pinterest - Cutiephinphin

Frankie and Friends
Blog - Lisa Woodward Peeples
Instagram - @ginaegg
Pinterest - Dorina Denton

DIY Christmas
Blog - Leanne Price Heern
Instagram - @memoriesbymanda
Pinterest -

Blog -Vickie Bennett Farrow
Instagram - @traupman
Pinterest - Janetta Zeimetz

Thanks everyone for playing!  If you are one of the lucky winners and did not receive an email from me, please send an email to me at with your full name and mailing address so we can ship your package!  

Howdy howdy!  Layle back with you again today; welcome to the 6th and final day of our Summer 2014 Reveal Week.  Holy cow, have there been some awesome new products so far this week or what?! 

if you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our DIY Design It Yourself Christmas collection here.  Be sure to check back with us tomorrow if you've been following along all week - tomorrow I'll be back to announce the winners from all of the giveaways, so you won't want to miss it! 

Today brings several additions to our SN@P! line of products. 

Earlier this year, we introduced Photo Crops - they make cropping your photos easier than ever!  You simply lay the opaque template over your photo, position and then cut.  You guys, I kid you not, I use these EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I scrapbook!  We know there are lots of you that love our Photo Crops just as much as I do because we keep selling out of them!  So I have some good news...... Circle Photo Crops are coming!! 

In addition to the Circle Photo Crops, we have 4 brand new SN@P! Sets coming out as well!




With the Say Cheese SN@P! Set, we took our favorites from the SUPER popular Say Cheese collection and reformulated it into the SN@P! Set format of 3x4 and 4x6 cards, sticker sheets and Insta Squares & Pieces.  Some aspects of the set are the same as what you might have picked up in the original Say Cheese collection and there are a few ALL NEW things as well, including the 4 sticker sheets and the Insta Squares & Pieces! 

So, what do you think about what you see here today?  Can I get a 'whoop whoop'?! 

The new Circle Photo Crops and the SN@P! Sets are shipping to retailers mid September, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on these new goodies!

How about a chance to win a the 4 SN@P! Sets AND a set of the new Circle Photo Crops of your very own, begore you can buy them?!  You have 2 chances to win!  

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you you've seen today excites you the most -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the images in this post, name your pin Simple Stories New SN@P!, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

That's 2 chances to win the new Circle Photo Crops AND all 4 new SN@P! Sets before you can buy them!  And because we're feeling extra generous, how about a 3rd chance?!  I'll be doing random giveaways on Instagram as well throughout the week, so follow us at  simplestories_  for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Sunday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about today's release!