November 2014 Blog Posts

Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the DIY Christmas 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, and special just for Christmas, eight Christmas cards! 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!

DIY Christmas 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 DIY Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook?  You can see those in the Project Downloads section of our website as well!

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

Hello there everyone! Donna here today, your host for the blog, and I have two layouts to share with you using the new Life Documented scrapbook collection. I have been fortunate enough to be on the Simple Stories design team for nearly three years now, and in that time I have had many favorite paper collections. But, I have to tell you, this one may be my most favorite yet! To start, I used several cards from the new collection to create this first layout.

I have said many times here before on the blog that I am a simple scrapper at heart. Even if you don’t keep a Life Documented pocket page album, the cards in this collection provide great inspiration for layouts. Use them to create an instant grid. They make it so quick and easy to put layouts together! Make the design work even easier, and use a card to double as a title for your page.

In this close-up you can see a few of my favorite products from this new line: Basic Washi Paper TapePhoto Stickers, and Bradz. I always cut the prongs off of my brads when scrapbooking and so I feel like the new self adhesive Bradz were made just for me!

I also used one of the journaling cards as a home for my journaling and a close-up photo of my silly boy.  

Speaking of grids, I have had a lot of fun lately in my scrapbooking playing with asymmetrical grids and designs. For this second layout I wanted to create a clean background with simple patterns to feature a collection of photos of my boys from the past year.

I used the white grid paper so as to not compete with the colors in the photographs, and added color to the layout with the yellow striped and polka dotted paper off to the side. I took inspiration from the collection’s name to create the title for this layout, and added a pop of color to this part of the design using the Chipboard PiecesBradz and Enamel Dots.

I do love our crazy life and my three boys very much!

I just know that once you get a chance to use the new Life Documented collection you are going to love it as much as I do! Thank you for stopping by the blog today!


Hello there, my friends.  Heather's here today with you to highlight a really cool concept from Simple Stories.  I'm sure you've all read about and seen the new Life Documented planners and collection and are just as excited about it as I am.  I had a strong need and desire to organize my life and I'm am just overjoyed to have such a great solution now!  

While I was putting my planner together to keep track of all family activities, do my meal planning, track deadlines, etc, I came across the Life Documented Planning Inserts.  Imagine a light bulb going off.  No, even better...the clouds cleared and birds starting singing - I was that excited!

Do you see that cool little grid in the photo and the section below to plan out your photos, supplies, ideas, journaling???? Genius! I stopped everything I was doing and started sketching.  Take a look at how I used this cool feature of the planners.

I started by selecting the photos I wanted to scrap. Then, I pulled out my Life Documented supplies and started sorting through them, looking for the perfect papers and embellishments. I jotted them down along with a few other items I knew I wanted to use.  I didn't have any memorabilia this time. We ended up donating my daughter's hair to those in need but once we get the confirmation letter back, I will add it to the page somewhere, maybe behind.

I love that I can use this to plan everything out in advance so when I'm ready to scrap, I have my plan and I'm ready to go.

So, let's see how it all transpired into an actual layout...

I really wanted to use the awesome paper with all the words.  The words were soo fitting for what my daughter was doing.  She grew out her hair and it took her a while to make the decision to cut it but she did and I am soo proud of her.  She felt soo wonderful knowing that she was helping another child in need.  It was definitely a FABULOUS, EPIC, AWESOME thing for her to do.

I toned down the words on the paper by adding gesso and then I added the graph section to the bottom, lining the dividing line with tags and banners.

I created the title using a combo of hand cut and die cut words.  I am still deciding what exactly I want to journal about but I do know it will go right there in the empty section near the title.


Howdy friends!  Layle with you here today to share with you one of the really useful new products in the new Life Documented Planner collection - the Life Documented Planning Inserts.  These handy dandy 6x8 pages are designed to help you plan your pages - whether they're 12x12 layouts or pocket page spreads, you'll find they're the perfect thing to help you gather your thoughts, ideas, photos and products as you plan your projects! 

I used them recently to plan a 12x12 pocket page spread -

The left page has space for a sketch and then different sections for you to list photos, supplies/products, memorabilia & notes for a project. 

The right page has the days of the week with room for notes on what took place during the week.

Here's the pocket page spread I put together after using the inserts to roughly plan everything -

On the left page I used one of the pre-designed week cards from the new Week in Review card set.  I love that there's 52 weeks included in the card set, all with different designs.  Makes it so easy to get started! 

In the bottom right corner of the left page, I used a number card to document the main things that happened during the week.  I then added a number sticker to each photo that corresponded with the number and journaling on the card. 

I have a confession - I am super behind when it comes to my weekly pocket page scrapbooking.  But you know what, these Life Documented Planning Inserts are just what I need to keep my weeks organized until I do find the time to work on them!   After I put together this week based on the Life Documented Planning Inserts, I decided the best way for me to use them is to keep them in my 12x12 album, like I've done here -

(If you didn't know, all of our 6x8 inserts & pocket pages are designed to also fit in our 12x12 albums)!  At the end of each week, I'll insert the Planning Inserts into my 12x12 album and jot down what happened that week, a list of the photos I took, and any other information I want to make sure not to forget!  That way, when I do finally sit down to work on a week, I'll have all of the information I need right at my fingertips!


Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine Davidson with you today and I am here to share a Life Documented spread featuring the NEW LIFE DOCUMENTED Collection! How exciting is that? You are going to love the diversity of this collection to create layouts, projects and Life Documented Spreads in 2015.   

This collection is filled with bright primary colors, journal cards that make it easy for you to document your daily activities or adventures, filler cards, and the cutest bits & pieces!

The Left Side of my spread has one of my favorite title cards that I made. I used the TODAY diecut and added popdots for dimension, I then added sewing on the initial card and cut up a quote @this very moment from another Day to Day card. I love it! I then added the date with a roller stamp and it was so easy ;-)

The Right Side of my spread has 6 SN@P! Insta Squares that I sewed together to create a 4x6 card. I added a few extra details by using bradz, Stickers, and Bits & Pieces.

This collection is so much fun to play with. You'll enjoy creating your own cards and making this collection one of your favorites!

I hope you enjoyed my Life Documented post today and I hope you enjoy creating with your Simple Stories Life Documented Collection!


Hi there Simple fans! Nancy here today with a video on how I set up my new Life Documented Planner. Take a look at the video as I walk you through the set up I plan to use to organize my ideas, schedule, project life and sketches.

Click here to watch the video or watch below.

Here's a peek at how I'm using the daily planner inserts:


Hi everyone! Nichol here today with a new layout and card showcasing the fabulous new Life Documented Collection from Simple Stories! I love this new collection. The colors, the designs… perfection!

I created a layout showcasing my daughter and her friend from several years ago by grouping several photos into a photo collage border and adhering them on a woodgrain background from the Life Documented Collection. 

I trimmed several strips from the Life Documented diagonal stripe papers in light blue, navy and green and adhered three of them at the top of the page and three below the photo collage. I added a title for my page using a combination of Life Documented die cut shapes and stickers.

I used embellishments in the same colors as the three striped patterned papers plus a bit of yellow to unify the design. I used the Life Documented die cuts, stickers, chipboard, and enamel dots.

I printed the journaling for my page on one of the 4x6 journaling cards and tucked it behind the photo collage, embellishing it with a label sticker and chipboard sticker. I finished the page with a few wood veneer shapes and sequins.

I created a simple card using the Life Documented journaling cards, washi stickers and stickers.

To see the creation of the scrapbook page from start to finish watch the video below or HERE on youtube.


Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca here today to share my latest absolute favorite Simple Stories Collection - Life Documented.  Life Documented is one of those incredibly versatile collections that once you see it, you will want to use it on everything in your life - layouts, cards, SN@P albums, planners, pocket page spreads and more!  Today I am here to share 2 layouts, but believe me, I will be back soon with many more projects featuring this fabulous collection. It has everything you need in one all encompassing collection.

Seriously! Rainbows, grids, floral, hearts, arrows, stripes, ampersands. And the colors?! Navy and white, cream and wood grain as the neutrals, with pops of brights. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection. Of course the Bits and Pieces are always a personal favorite of mine, but new to Simple Stories for Life Documented are clips. Perfect for planners or layouts!

 The clear stickers in white or black layer well over photos or over die cuts.

 Chipboard stickers and epoxy dots are perfection in this collection.

I couldn't stop at one layout!  The large numbers on this next layout are from a 12x12 patterned paper. I mounted them on white cardstock and cut around for a large die cut piece in the middle of this layout.

Another new favorite? Bradz! They are self adhesive and you dont have to wrestle with prongs/'wings' anymore!  I used to cut the prongs/'wings' off of brads and adhere to my layouts, so having the work done already for me is awesome!

I love combining all the fun embellishments like on this die cut tag with a Bradz and chipboard sticker.

And I can't get over the cuteness of the clips, like the 'good stuff' heart below. I hope I don't use them all up on my layouts, because I want to save some for my planner!

I can't say it enough! I love every little bit and piece of this amazing collection! Happy documenting!