October 2014 Blog Posts

Hello Simple Stories fans!!  Its Cari & I'm excited to share with you today this fun little project - perfect for those little trick or treaters or to just use as decoration.

I used the Frankie and Friends collection - such a fun release!

I love using my Silhouette Cameo so I decided to create some little treat boxes using the new collection.  The colours and designs are adorable and so perfect for Halloween.  When I saw these fabulous Frankie and Friends cut files in the Silhouette online store, I knew that I wanted to use them right away (you can find them here).  So I grabbed some patterned papers and began cutting out the shapes.

I created the Mummy box using "October 31st" patterned paper. I then cut the mummy face from "The Great Pumpkin" paper and some black card stock .   I added a few die cuts as well.

The witch box is so fun with her purple hair!!. I used "Spooktacular" paper for her hair, "Trick or Treat" for the box and added a Enamel Dot on her hat as well as some die cuts.

The pumpkin box was so simple to put together as it didn't have as many cut elements to adhere.    I used "Spooktacular" for the box, "The Great Pumpkin" for the pumpkin shape and finished with the 'sign post' die cut.

And lastly is little Frankenstein.  This is my youngest child's favourite because he wants to dress up as Frankie for Halloween this year.  I created this one entirely from patterned papers ("Happy Haunting", "Trick or Treat", and "Monster Mash") from the collection and only used a bit of black card stock for the hair. 

Now I just need to fill them up with some goodies!!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Happy Halloween!!


Hello Simple Stories fans! Happy Halloween! In preparation for tomorrow's costumed, candy-crazed celebration, I created a couple of spook-tacular cards to share with you using the adorable Frankie and Friends collection.

First up is "Where's the Candy?" I built this card around a piece cut from the 4x6 Horizontal Elements paper. I worked my embellishments around the pre-printed design, adding in stickers, chipboard, a die cut and plenty of enamel dots.

Next up is "Halloween Favorites". This card is designed around a vertical journaling card from the 3x4 & 4x6 Elements paper. I used the same embellishments as I used on the first card, but achieved a completely different look. I layered two pieces of chipboard to give the card additional depth. I wanted to add die cut and arrow stickers to the card, but they all had sentiments at the end and an angled design and didn't fit in the spaces where I wanted to use them. What did I do? I trimmed away the portion I didn't want, and ended up with the straight arrows you see here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these fun Frankie and Friends cards. If you happen to see Frankie or any of his friends out trick-or-treating, please be sure to tell them I said hello. Have a fun and safe Halloween!


BOO!  Layle here with you today!  With Halloween just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to share some of our new Halloween themed Silhouette designs that are now available.  Even better, through the 31st, all Halloween designs are available for 25% off, just in time for scrapping those Halloween photos you take this weekend!

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

Oct 31 -

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet -

Witch Feet -

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!

Have a happy Halloween!

Hi Everyone, it's Marie here to show you a Life Documented spread using Frankie and Friends.


As a mother of a teenage girl I miss the days of trick or treating.  For the past few years my daughter has been having a Halloween Party at our house with her friends instead.  I was so excited to see the new Frankie and Friends papers because they were the perfect way to document this new tradition.

I naturally had to choose the 4x6 card which says "Let's Party."   I added lots of enamel dots to give it some added punch.


My favorite embellishment might be the ribbon button that says "#1 Boo Crew," which fits right in with a picture of the girls all together in their costumes.


The right-hand page shows a photo of the gift bags and some of our spooky decor.

Whether this year you are taking little ones trick or treating, going to a party, or just relaxing at home, I hope you have a very fun Halloween!


Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the DIY Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook is now available for download - just in time for your holiday scrapbooking & crafting ideas, with over 35 inspirational projects!!

Simple Inspiration eBooks include beautiful photography, project ideas, design tips and inspiration on how you can create with our fabulous Simple Stories collections!  The new Simple Inspiration eBooks include a little something for everyone - layouts, SN@P! Binders, pocket page spreads, home decor items and cards.

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

DIY Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Simple Inspiration eBooks and Project Idea Sheets from our past collections.

Hi there!  Sue here today to share with you a 2 page spread I created using the Frankie and Friends collection!

One of the things I love the most about this collection is that it not only works well for little kids, but is mature enough to work for tweens and teens as well.

One of my favorite ways to incorporate pocket pages into my scrapbooking is just what I did here - combine and traditional 12x12 layout on the left side of my spread with a pocket page layout on the right side.  Adding the pocket page lets me quickly and easily add additional photos without taking a lot of time.  It's the best of both worlds!

Happy Halloween!


Hello, friends! Kim Kesti here sharing a quick set of cards perfect to give as a set, or to attach to a fun Halloween treat. Of course, I am using the whimsical and adorable Frankie and Friends collection.

First, I cut six cards from one sheet of 12 X 12 cardstock (bonus!); each card measures 4” X 6” before folding. Next, I trimmed one sheet of the 3x4 Elements patterned paper, this actually gives me 12 choices of paper for my card fronts (go ahead, make six more)!

Here are my six finished cards. I embellished the patterned paper with Chipboard Stickers, Decorative Brads and Bits and Pieces all from the Frankie and Friends collection. Did you notice the little hole punched in the upper left corners?

This is so I can hook them all together with a library ring. This set is going to be a little gift for a friend.

And, since gifts just cry out to be prettied up…

I quickly added another piece of Frankie and Friends patterned paper to a gift bag. So quick, easy and adorable!

Are you all ready for Halloween?


Hello, Simple Stories fans! Teri here today, and I'm here with another Life Documented project. I'm excited to share with you a couple pages made with the Seasons SN@P! Set.  

One of my memory keeping goals right now is to get some of the old pictures I've not put into my scrapbooks in the books. I've sadly let a lot of photos just pile up and slowly some of the memories have started slipping away.

A couple years back, I went on a Halloween weekend adventure with my friends, hitting a couple local pumpkin patches. Sure, we are all well beyond the Trick or Treating stage, but we sure had a great time exploring the patches and hunting for the perfect pumpkin.

Because of the time of year these adventures happened, I wanted my pages to be rich with Halloween icons. So I used anything spooky or Fall'ish I could find in the Seasons SN@P! set. Spiders, pumpkins, leaves... they all have a place on these pages!

One of the things I just love about Simple Stories' SN@P! Sets is you get a bunch of fun elements that you can use as they come.  But you can also spice them up with embellishments to make them a little more personal.  I think this spider square is just so cute! To add to his cuteness, I stitched a little floss through the card and tied a little bitty bow.

I added a little floss on the Fall Square too. I also added a few enamel dots. I think little touches like that just make pages seem a little more personal.

This die-cut owl (from SN@P! Seasons Squares & Pieces) is probably my favorite element on the page! I added the twine bow and the buttons, which are actually enamel dots. 

I kept on with my theme of customizing the SN@P! Set elements on the right page.

I especially like the card in the right corner. I adhered the leaf die-cuts to a circle and then stitched floss through them. I just love that look. 

Let's talk albums for a minute. These pages are going in my 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in teal. I frequently scrapbook out of order so I really appreciate that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 6 and 10 for these pages. It's so nice that Simple Stories has so many different styles of Pocket Pages. I realy like not having to commit to the same style of pages all the time.

See you again soon!