April 2015 Blog Posts

Howdy friends, Layle back with you for the last day of our Spring 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of yesterday's collection, So Rad here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Stars & Stripes.  Red, white and blue = Happy 4th of July to you!  Let freedom ring with this patriotic new Stars & Stripes Simple Set. 

Stars & Stripes begins shipping to retailers mid May, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win the Stars & Stripes Simple Set before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the So Rad images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #Stars&Stripes, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for I Stars & Stripes posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Monday the 4th, 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 Stars & Stripes!!

Thanks so much for joining us this week for our Spring Reveal!  Summer Vibes and Stars & Stripes ship to retailers mid May, and So Fancy and So Rad ship mid June.  Keep your eye out for these fun new collections!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 3 of our Spring 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our first brand new collection, So Fancy here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to So Rad, the counterpart to So Fancy.  Navy, orange, yellow, and grey with a tad bit of teal mixed in make up one #awesome collection for the cool dude in your life!

So Rad begins shipping to retailers mid June, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a So Rad prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the So Rad images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #SoRad, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for I So Rad posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Monday the 4th, 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 So Rad!

And remember, today is only Day 3 of FOUR fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 4!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Spring 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our first brand new collection, Summer Vibes here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

 

Today we introduce you to So Fancy.  A sweet & sassy mix of berry, mint, teal and yellow with accents of navy mixed in, So Fancy is perfect for that girly girl in your life!  And with gold foil accents mixed in, well, what tween/teen girl doesn't love THAT?!

So Fancy begins shipping to retailers mid June, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a So Fancy prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the So Fancy images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #SoFancy, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for I So Fancy posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Monday the 4th, 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 So Fancy!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of FOUR fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Spring 2015 Release Reveal Week.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  

Today is the first of four full days! of our reveal week, so be sure to check back each day to feast your eyes on our new products, as well as a chance to win them before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Summer Vibes.  Full of warm colors & just the right vintage groove, Summer Vibes is everything you need to capture your sunny day memories.

Summer Vibes begins shipping to retailers mid May, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Summer Vibes prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Summer Vibes images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #SummerVibes, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for I AM... posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Monday the 4th, 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 Summer Vibes!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of FOUR fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2!

Hi Simple Stories friends!!

I'm taking a moment this month to share one of my favorite new items from the SN@P! collections...the Fresh SN@P! Pack. I confess that I hadn't really investigated what they had to offer until recently, and boy was I surprised!!







In one coordinated pack, you get my favorite elements from Simple Stories: die cut Bits & Pieces and a great variety of fun 2x2, 3x3, 3x4, 4x4 & 4x6 pocket cards that are 100% on trend. Phrases that are able to be used for just about any project you're working on + FIVE different sizes of cards!! I selected a few to fill in the backs of some 6x8 pocket pages I already had in my album and sat down to work.







I will tell you that this pocket spread came together in 25 minutes...and that includes printing my own photos at home. The cards and die cuts literally took all of the 'work' out of figuring things out, and all I added were a few stickers from the Life Documented collection to spruce things up here and there!







Layering cards together is a fun way to fill a pocket, and when you get different sized cards that coordinate well (like the two you see here from the Fresh pack) things just fall together. No joke...I can't stress how easy this makes things!!







When I find a card that I love in a set, I'm totally OK with just slipping it into a pocket...as I did with the 'let's be happy together' card. Not every pocket has to be filled with a 'masterpiece', and as a lover of pretty paper things I do this frequently. Don't get hung up on the notion that each pocket has to be a work of art that you slave over for 30 minutes. ;)



As I mentioned, the Life Documented embellishments paired perfectly with this pack so I sifted through and added a few elements. And with the 12x12 3-ring binder albums, I was able to slip these 6x8 pages right into my 12x12 album (the holes were designed to match up!!) ...I love the variety it gives to be flipping through and come across an unexpected page size. If you haven't checked out the SN@P! Packs, do so ASAP!!

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Hello!  Shellye here today with a set of three fun cards featuring all sorts of pieces from a few of the SN@P! Pack Collections.

To accommodate the larger 4X6 journal cards, I chose to use 5X7 card bases for each one.

For the first card, a 3x3 square from the "Fresh" pack was used for the sentiment piece.  A smaller 1.25" wide strip was cut from one of the other cards and layered side-by-side onto a mat of blue dot paper.  To tie in with the blues in the banner and bow, the assembled piece was then attached to a 4X6 arrow card from the collection.

I love this sentiment from the "Epic" SN@P! Pack; it's an endearment in the simplest fashion!  I dressed up the 'white' areas of the 4X6 sentiment card with two halves of a 2.5" circle that was die cut from the back side of one of the cards.  A few die-cut embellishments, enamel dots and this card was complete!

The final card features some lovely pieces from the "Lovely" set.  The 4X4 square was centered onto the 4X6 card and machine stitched in place.  Next, a circle was die cut from one of the cards and added with foam adhesive.  The embellishment pieces were clustered together and a burlap heart from the DIY collection just added to the homespun feel of the card.

Thank you for joining me today at Simple Stories!

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Hello fellow memory keepers!  I'm having a really hard time believing we're already over halfway through April - spring has finally sprung here in Minnesota and we're just all crossing our fingers for no random blizzards to sprout up!  I've been enjoying getting outside to exercise and ride bikes and clean out the garage (okay, I didn't really enjoy that!).  But I've still managed to squeeze in some time after the kids are all tucked into bed at night to get some scrapbooking done. 
 
I was so excited when we were told that the Simple Stories Digital Pocket Pages were going to be offered as templates in the digital store!  I am all about anything that saves time - that allows me to get more memories scrapped - and I love the various unique configurations that Simple Stories offers in their page protectors and now I can use them on my digital pocket pages!  So naturally, that was the first thing I grabbed to work with this month to slowly (ever so slowly) inch toward catching up on my pocket scrapbook album, along with the Digital Daily Grind collection.  I was looking for something bright and colorful and inspired by the everyday, and Daily Grind was a perfect fit!
 
 
I went back in time to January (thankfully only in photos, I don't want to travel back in to winter!) when we celebrated a birthday in the family and my boys got silly with some stick on moustaches! 
 
 
To use the template, I just deleted the top layer and then just placed the card/paper/photo over the layer that I wanted it on, right click and select "create clipping mask" and then adjust as needed.  Once I have it where I want it, I merge the clipping mask and layer and apply my shadow style to make it look a bit more realistic.  They are so easy to use!
 
 
I love how the finished product turned out - using bright colors on my winter layouts is especially fun for me!
 
Have any of you tried the new templates from the digital store?  We'd love to see what you created with them!
 
Have a great day!

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