August 2015 Blog Posts

Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca here! I am incredibly happy to be sharing my first We Are Family layouts with you. This is an incredible collection combining a dark woodgrain with a bright rainbow of colors-- literally something for everyone! This versatile collection made it very easy for me to create family layouts. Here is the first:
The wood veneer in this collection is seriously the most awesome thing ever. And I love the die cuts in the shape and design of embroidery hoops.
I wanted to do a large water color title. So I brought out my watercolors and found matches to the colors in the collection.
Then I cut the word family (a Simple Stories cut file available on the Silhouette site) out of watercolor paper. I painted each letter a different color and then went over the whole thing with a water brush to blend the letters together.
For my second layout I focused on just two members of my family.
There are a ton of stitching elements in this collection so I machine stitched a border on my layout. I layered chipboard frames over all of my photos and I like that they seem to be hanging on a wall or in a photo gallery in this layout.
And seriously how awesome are the little wood veneer people?

So whether you are scrapbooking babies to grandparents and everyone in between, you will find We Are...Family to be an incredibly versatile collection with so many elements to add the perfect little details to your projects!



I'm still completely blown away by the fact that we're in August now.  I've been having the busiest summer and it's just flown by!  We've been camping nearly every weekend which has given me lots of great material to scrap with one of the newer digital releases - Take a Hike!
I actually bought a lot of the Take a Hike collection in paper form because I loved it so much, I couldn't live a life without it.  And now it's digital and that makes me so very happy!  I knew right away I wanted to scrap a digital page with this collection - it's the perfect color scheme and outdoorsy and rugged.  I couldn't ask for a better fit for my family of happy campers! 
I loved all of the fun patterns in this collection and it was so hard for me to choose which papers I wanted to layer on - I spent some time swapping them out and trying different things.  In the end, I landed on one of the multicolored patterned papers - I can never resist those!  Since that paper has a fairly busy pattern, I kept the rest of the page pretty simple and mostly photocentric.  I used a picture of my mom and my son out trying to catch turtles on the pond and used a couple of the fun cards to add some extra color to the page and give me a place to journal!
I loved the little fishing pole and fish - even though they aren't fishing for fish in this photo, it still struck me as just right and I think they look so cute filling in that space under the cards.  I loved that the journal card had a place for me to tuck in my date (which is never too precise because I always forget!).  
On that note, I'm off to make more memories with what remains of summer.  Have a great day!
Hi everyone! Allison here with a layout using the awesome Summer Vibes collection and another sketch that combines traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages. I am actually, as this post goes live, sitting on a beach in Florida. What a perfect time to share a layout using Summer Vibes! 
You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here.
The left side of the sketch follows a traditional scrapbook design while the right side combines photos and cards with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 7.
Here is my layout based on the sketch:
For years Drew would watch The Huna, a perpetual wave you can surf on at our local aquatic center, with fear and wonder. I thought he would never really be interested in actually doing it. We call him “Safety Steve” because he is always so cautious and hesitant to try risky and new things. He surprised me though and finally asked if he could try it. He got up there and made it look so easy and at one point laid his head down in a very chill, relaxed pose. He conquered The Huna and I got a ton of great pictures in the process! 
Summer Vibes was the perfect match to document Drew’s wave riding from the fun summer designs down the way the it matched the water in my photos. I love the colorful “Hello Summer” SN@P! Journal Page and thought it would be a great title/journaling spot for my layout.
I added some smaller photos near the title and journaling and added some fun embellishments like the washi tape, word stickers, enamel dots, and bradz.
I added another embellishment cluster similar to the clusters near the small photos to the bottom left photo.
On the right page I used photos, a 3 x 4” card, and a 6 x 12” piece with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 7. This Pocket Page is one of my favorites because of the big 6 x 12” pocket!
On the top photo I has some empty space on the right so I added the “Summertime”  SN@P! card and used some hearts and word/phrase sticker to accent it. 
For the middle pocket I used a 3 x 4” card with a 3 x 4” photo. Sometimes I like to use two smaller photos or elements in place of one 6 x 4” photo. In this case I thought “Easy, Peasy…” phrase was perfect for these photos. Drew made The Huna look so easy!
In the bottom pocket I used two 3 x 4” photos and added some chipboard and die cut embellishments. 
I instantly fell in love with the big 6 x 12” piece with all the beach-y, summer-y phrases and knew I just had to use it! I added two small photos to some of the empty space at the top and kind of replicated the embellishment clusters from the left page to tie everything together. 
I added another small photo in some space in the middle of the large 6 x 12 piece and created another little cluster of small embellishments.
I hope you all enjoy the new sketch and be sure to enjoy those last month of Summer!