September 2014 Blog Posts

Hi everyone! Allison here with a Life Documented layout using the Frankie and Friends collection. I've also got another sketch that mixes 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 designed with a more traditional style of scrapbooking in mind, while the right side uses photos and cards with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 4.

Here's my layout based on the sketch.

Usually, our October is pretty jam packed with fun fall events and one of my favorites is Halloween. There is so much fun to be had! Picking out or making costumes, trick-or-treating, trading candy, and ending the night in a sugar coma!

With so much variety and fun designs, Frankie and Friends was a great match for all of Halloween pictures. I love the cute little jack-o-lanterns and candy corn!

I tend to use stitching a lot on my layouts and one of my favorite things to do is use stitching to enhance a design on a piece of patterned paper.

In this case, I used black thread to stitch over the spider web design on the 6 x 8" background piece.

I also add a little extra to the web by adding a long stitched line ending with a large chipboard spider.

For the title I used a combination of the alphabet stickers and chipboard pieces. I love the little pops of color in some of the letters of the alphabet stickers!

For the right page I used a combination of cards and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 4.

I really like the 2 x 12" pocket on the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 4. You can either use the 2x12 strip from the 2x12, 4x12, 6x12 Elements sheet of patterned paper or you can do like I did and create you own 2x12 design.  I used a combination of 2x2" photos and 2x2" squares from the 2x2 & 4x4 Elements patterned paper. To finish it all I added a few stitched lines to the frame the squares.

If you are creating a Halloween page, you have to include a picture of the loot! I remember, as a kid, my favorite part was getting home and dumping out my plastic pumpkin bucket to see what candy I had come home with. I thought the "Where's the candy?"  4x6 card would be perfect for a few pictures of what the boys brought home. The chipboard candy corn was the perfect accent!

I used the two 4x6 pockets for pictures of close-ups of each boy in their costume.

My youngest put a slight twist on a pre-packaged costume and went as, what he called, a spider ninja!  I added a few small stickers and die cut pieces to the photos.

I took advantage of some empty space in a photo and added the chipboard haunted house, the chipboard "tricks and treats" banner, and a few die cut stars.

I'm using the 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in black for all of my Life Documented layouts. The quality of the faux leather is fantastic and I love the stitching accent on them. I also used the 12x12 SN@P! Pocket Pages, Design 4 from the Variety Pack. I enjoy using several different styles of Pocket Pages and since the Variety Pack has so many great options, I have a lot to choose from.

I hope you enjoy the new sketch and for those that take part, have a safe and Happy Halloween!    



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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! 


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



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!

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!


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!