September 2014 Blog Posts

LifeDocumented

Happy fall everyone!  Marie here today to share some new Life Documented pages using the School SN@P! Set.


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Kids bring home a lot of papers and art projects from school.  I like to save everything throughout the school year and then go through it all at one time, saving out my favorite photos and projects.


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This way I have a nice variety of photos and papers to represent that grade level.  These pages show my son's 5th grade year, and include everything from his science fair project to a ukulele concert.


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I tend to find a large number of handwritten notes (usually from girls) in his backpack.  I saved a couple of those in one of the 3x4 pockets. I'm sure he'll appreciate that some day.


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To store additional artwork I added in a 6x8" clear pocket page as an insert.  I simply added a small tab sticker along the side which is included with the SN@P! Set. These inserts are a perfect way to store school memorabilia, class photos, invitations, and so on.

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And finally to wrap things up I had to include a photo from his favorite subject... recess! 


I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! Faux Leather Album in teal for all of my Pocket Pages.  I have to say no matter what season it is, the beautiful, rich color of this album really makes my photos pop.  And for this spread I used Pocket Pages in Design 3, and a 6x8 Pocket Page as an insert.


Thanks for stopping by!

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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)!

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 Elements from our Sweater Weather collection.  That whimsical fox is just the cutest thing EVER and I love the contrast with the more tailored look of the grey houndstooth background. 

Next up is Andrea Corriveau with this 4x6 card from the Family SN@P! Set -

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

I love this card! I think of all the hours I put into creating albums for my children, and this card sums all that hard work up; there’s no place I’d rather be than with my family.

Alissa Fast chose this 3x4 card from the new Seasons SN@P! Set -

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

I'm still loving the chalkboard look and the colors of the flowers are so pretty. This card would be perfect for some journaling with a white pen or as a layering piece, focusing on the beautiful colors of the flowers. It looks to be intended for a Spring project but the darker floral will also work nicely with fall.

Allison Davis selected this 3x4 card from our Say Cheese 3x4 Elements -

According to Allison -

One reason I picked this card is because I always tend to gravitate towards blue and red color combos which happens to be one of my all-time favorite color combos. Plus, any card with a heart on it is an instant win in my book. I've used this card on multiple layouts because I love it so much!

Last up this month is Angella Peardon with this 4x4 Element card from our Cozy Christmas collection -

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

I picked this card as it immediately makes think of Christmas.  I love the word joy for my Christmas mini albums and cards, and I do love the heart shape.  Red, Gold and White for Christmas for me!

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, October 4th telling me which of our 5 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday the 5th 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 125 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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Hey everyone!  Andrea here with you today to share a fun mini album I made using the Frankie and Friends collection.  I love Halloween, and I love this collection!  This album was a blast to make, and the cool cardboard coffin box makes it double as a decoration.

Here it is:

I decorated the top of the coffin with papers and embellishments; I cut the paper to the shape of the box and layered, layered, layered!

The cute saying on the inside of the lid is from the Bits and Pieces from the collection.

The pages of the album are chipboard.  I cut those to shape, then covered and decorated them.  They are done on both sides.

I punched holes and tied the pages together with pieces of fabric.

The album stores perfectly in the box, so it can be packed away and pulled out each year with the Halloween decorations.

I tied a few pieces of fabric around the outside of the box to finish it off.

And that’s it!

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you’re inspired to create a fun and unique mini album of your own.

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Hi there, it's Emily.  Fall is here! Literally, the first day of fall and immediately the temperature dropped here in southern Ohio. I couldn't wait to use the new "Sweater Weather" collection on a project, but I am one of those crafters that has a lot of trouble crafting projects out of season. I can never bring myself to do the Christmas in July.... and fall projects before summer is a little much for me as well. Since it's "officially" fall, and it's now cold, I was able to play a little with this fun fall collection!

I created this mini album using tags. I thought this would be really cute to fill with some candid photos this fall. 

I used the collection kit along with the chipboard stickers and the bits & pieces from this collection. 

I didn't fill the pages yet, but the collection kit comes with so much that I have plenty to add into my album once I take those photos this fall and add them in. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

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Howdy, Layle here with you today!  Welcome fall!  Anyone else out there excited for the transition to fall, cooler temperatures, the changing leaves & sweater weather?  I know I am!

Speaking of fall, we have some great new fall themed Silhouette designs now available.  Here are just a few of our new favorites -

Family Tree

So Very Blessed Wreath

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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. 

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!

It's beginning to look a lot like a DIY Christmas!  Hello, friends...Shellye along today with a quick home decor project and even quicker card using the new "DIY Christmas" Collection from Simple Stories!

First up is a 3-D distressed star that I purchased from Hobby Lobby; they have some really beautiful wood pieces available that require no painting, just a little embellishing :)

There are a couple of different ways that you can go about getting the right size star for the inner-part of the shape.  Press a piece of wax paper down into the shape and then use a stylus or pencil to trace the pattern onto the wax paper.  For mine, I used a piece of vellum and stylus for tracing.  Cut the shape out and then transfer onto your favorite DIY Christmas paper.  And if you're inclined, add a trim of baker's twine around the edge of your shape after you've glued it in place...this will help to hide any imperfections.

 Next I made a trio of basic paper-pleated rosettes by cutting two strips of 1.5" paper for each.  Score the strips at every 1/2" mark and accordion fold.  Glue the two strips together, end-to-end.  Punch a 1.5" circle for both the front and back of the rosette and glue in place at the center.  Place a heavy bottle of glue or small punch on top of the rosette until it has dried. 
 

I embellished around the backside of the rosettes with a silver tinsel trim that I found in the Christmas aisle at Hobby Lobby.  The poinsettias were made using the "Layered Poinsettia" dies from Spellbinders.  To the centers I added one of the larger enamel dots from the DIY Christmas Collection.  There are so many ways that you could decorate such a star...just have fun experimenting with this crafty Christmas collection!

Lastly I have a quick, quick card!  This quick card was made even quicker with the new DIY Christmas A2 Kraft Card Bases!

Using the 6X6 Paper Pad from the collection, I cut the chevron paper to 4"X5.25" and then trimmed away a portion of the chevron pattern.  Next I cut a matching sized paper from the holly pattern and adhered it to the card front.

The chevron paper was then lined up with the holly paper (top and bottom) and attached with foam adhesive.  I used some of the baker's twine from the Tags & Twine and made a border along the edge of the cut chevron...I like to use a fine-point glue pen for this.

You will find really cute tags and die-cuts in the DIY Christmas Tags & Twine set, the A2 Card Layers and Chipboard Stickers.  Make an assembly line of prepared card bases and have the kids and grands help decorate the fronts!

I hope that you've enjoyed the spotlight on this ultimate papercrafting collection!

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Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Legacy 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!

Legacy 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, including the newest Legacy Simple Inspiration eBook?  You can see those in the Project Downloads section of our website as well!

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

Hello fellow Simple Stories fans! Lisa here to share the new Sweater Weather collection with you. Today is the first day of fall here in the States (if you can believe it) so the timing of this post couldn't be more perfect!

I have two layouts to show you today. The first features a photo I actually took this spring, as the Japanese maple outside of my craft room was deepening toward a lovely shade of crimson. I put off scrapping this photo because it looked like a fall photo and didn't go with any product I had on hand. Turns out, I waited for good reason. The colors in Sweater Weather complement the photo so nicely and the embellishments work well with it too.

Let's take a closer look at various parts of this page. I backed the die cut Polaroid-style frame from the Bits & Pieces pack with a photo overlay and then a 3x4 journaling card. I added machine stitching to keep everything in place and embellished on top of the overlay with a chipboard sticker and enamel dots.

This next detail shot shows you the title area. This layout is called "All Heart". I used the chipboard letters that spell out the word "Fall" to create the first part of the title, leaving off the "F". A die cut arrow from the Bits & Pieces pack, layered over the chipboard letters, as well as some other hearts form the second part of the title, "Heart".

This last image shows the detail just above the frame.

This next page, "Let's Talk Turkey on the Shelf", is about a family tradition we started a few years ago. It's a variation on the ever-popular Elf on the Shelf, but geared toward the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Our turkey's name is Gallop, shortened from the species name for a wild turkey (gallopavo). He is a plastic Hallmark figurine passed on to me by my Mom. Gallop arrives on the first day of November and leaves Thanksgiving Eve so he doesn't end up on our dinner table. During this time, he gets into all sorts of trouble, like spilling the cat food while trying to feed the cat, but he does sweet things too like leaving chocolate truffles and inspiring messages. Although my daughter is now 13, she's already asked that Gallop visit us again this year.

Here are some detail shots of the page. This first one shows the title area. I used the fabulous cranberry script letters from Sweater Weather mixed with the green mini alpha stickers from Cozy Christmas.

This second image shows how you can layer up some of the Bits & Pieces with chipboard stickers, using foam adhesive to pop the acorn die cut off the page.

In this last picture, you can see more of the die cut Bits & Pieces, mixed with some of the stickers. Don't you just love the script words? I guess I do since I used three of them on this page! :)

I hope you enjoyed seeing Sweater Weather in action today, both on a fall-themed page and a layout with a spring photo. It's such a wonderful collection! It will have you wishing for changing leaves, pumpkins, apple picking and cozy sweaters in no time (or at least get you in the mood to scrap your seasonal photos).

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