September 2015 Blog Posts

Hi Simple fans, Audrey here! Today I have some fall card ideas to share with you, made with our adorable new autumn-inspired collection, Pumpkin Spice. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice HelloFallCard I absolutely love the warm colors and prints in the Pumpkin Spice collection. For my first card, I pulled together an earthy palette of patterned papers for my jumping off point. The green and brown prints have a natural feel that work well all year round, but bringing in a touch of orange and russet definitely says fall is here. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice HelloFallCard2 I always love working with the chipboard pieces on card designs, as they provide a great framework for my focal point. In this case, a cute fall garden scene made up of die cuts from the Bits & Pieces ephemera pack. I added a die cut cloud image above the frame to extend the view, and popped some of the images up with foam adhesive for a bit of extra dimension. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice HelloFallCard3 The background is made up of a mixture of prints from the 12x12 Collection Kit and the Simple Basics Kit. I added machine stitching to help define the layers. And a scalloped cardstock sticker snipped into several sections adds a final little detail and pulls it all together. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice FallCard My second card is a smaller 3.5" x 5" design, that also utilizes a fun Pumpkin Spice chipboard frame to ground my happy little fall scene. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice FallCard2 Simple Stories offers so many awesome embellishment choices, that it really is easy to create adorable focal point scenes. This one is made up of more Bits & Pieces die cuts along with that cute chipboard pumpkin. The backing is one of the 3x4 journaling cards from the SN@P packs. Love the green slope. Makes an instant hilly background with literally no effort. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice FallCard3 The card base was once again pieced from the 12x12 papers with a thin sliver of the Simple Basics prints. Simple and sweet! I hope you enjoy!

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Howdy friends!  Every so often we're happy to feature a company that purchases our products, makes some pretty cool kits with them and then offers them to consumers.  With that said, we're happy to introduce you to The Button Farm Club!  They've created an amazing mini book kit featuring our We Are...Family collection and have offered us a kit to give away to one of our random lucky readers!  

The Button Farm Club offers exciting paper crafting project kits exclusive to club members, featuring the hottest materials on the market.  You can expect the same high quality kits that you have enjoyed from The Button Farm in the past.  Each kit is thoughtfully planned, packed and delivered to your door monthly, complete with full color detailed instructions.  What makes The Button Farm Club different from other clubs?  Their Fabulous Designer!!  Angela Moen put in long creative hours designing your kits.  Each Kit comes with step-by-step Full Color Instructions. You can follow along or alter your kit to fit your needs.  One of the most unique and fun features of the Button Farm Club is the altered project included in each kit. From clipboards to mini albums,to tag books, there will always be something fun to create each and every month. These altered projects can be used as meaningful gifts or priceless family treasures.  Silver and Gold members will get a free bonus kit every six months!!  For membership information you may email Laura@buttonfarmclub.com or give them a call 918 207 9515.

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Happy Mid-Week...it's almost FriYAY!!! 
 
Candi here today to show you something a *little* different inside my Life Documented Planner!  This month there will be no month on two pages spread AND no weekly planner inserts...just several elements from the We Are...Family Collection Kit.  I had so much fun creating this for the month of October that I want the month to get here quickly!!!  It reminds me of when I make mini books...I like to use different size elements and bound them with a few loose leaf rings!  
 
For the opening of October I have a piece of Simply Us trimmed down to size on the left hand side.  On top of that I adhered an Interactive Element!  To secure the Interactive Element in place, I used an arrow paperclip.
 
 

 
On the right hand side I have my October Monthly Divider.  I covered up the top of the divider by trimming down the 12x12 So Very Loved and adhered that in place.   To finish off this page I added some Enamel Dots, a fewExpressions Cardstock Stickers and "happy" that came out of Bits & Pieces!
 

 
Flip over the October Monthly Divider and I covered that side up with Dreaming Big (yellow side).  On top of that I trimmed down a 6x12 Element that has a clipboard on it and I will be using that to jot down my notes for the month!  
 

 
Here is the beginning of my "Daily Planner Pages" for October.  I wanted to share each and every page with you, but we would be here all day :) I am just sharing about 8 shots of the different elements used throughout the month of October.  For my first page I trimmed out a 4x6 Vertical Journaling Card Element that has 1-5 on it.  I will obviously be using this for October 1st through the 5th.  I know there isn't a ton of room on this journaling card, but if I need more room I can always add another card!
 

 
October 6th and 7th = For some of the dates I did use a roller date stamp and others I used misc. number stickers.  Also keep in mind throughout this month I did take a Brown Color Box Cat's Eye Ink and rubbed it along all of the edges to give it a finished look.  For these two days I have plenty of room for my to-do's!  I could even add some journaling and even a small photo!
 

 
Here is another Interactive Element!!!  Remove the arrow paperclip and inside you will find October 8-10th!  
 
 
It is hard to write on dark paper unless you have an awesome white gel pen so I decided to add some extra decorating on the back side of October 11th!  Yep, I added another FUN Interactive Element...this one is like a matchbook!  There are about 4 tabs inside so I can jot down some memories and small photos...
 
 

 
October 14th and 15th...I stamped out the date on some Washi Paper Tape!
 

 
On the right hand side you will notice I tore some of the lined paper from this 6x8 Element so I could have a spot to write!
 

 
By the time I am finished with October, I am sure this will bulk up my planner a bit, but I don't mind at all!  The chunkier the better in my opinion :)  Also, keep in mind...you can use this same idea and take it outside of your planner and bind all of these fun elements with a few loose leaf binder rings to create a mini book!
 
If you are working with the We Are...Family Collection, make sure to check out the >free printables< for August, that match the Collection!!!  
 
So glad you stopped by!

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Hi Everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am going to be sharing with you a few pocket pages using the Pumpkin Spice collection. With temperatures still reaching 100's here, fall seems really far away. It has made my days a little nicer working with some fall photos and stories from last year. 
 
 
Over the past year I have been working on filling in the holes in my 2014 album. I started this project out by printing some photos from my son's kindergarten field trip to the pumpkin patch. I didn't have too many and so I decided to add them into our regular week. 
 
 
I made a title card using the heart photo overlay underneath as a fun background. There was some white space on the left side of the card and so I decided to add another photo from the pumpkin patch. The fall script word was the perfect touch to finish off the title card. 
 
 
Whenever i start some new pages I go through my supplies and set aside some of my "favorite pieces". I just love that cute window and knew I had to use it. To dress it up a little bit by adding a few stickers and some enamel dots.  
 
 
The chipboard pieces are perfect for frames. It is one of my favorite things to use them for. Another fun thing I like to do is to add a little title to the journaling card as I did here. During the field trip we got lost in the corn maze. I believe that when you use a fun title it helps to aid the purpose of the photo so to speak. Adding a little title also helps me remember what the photo is all about. To spell out my title I used mismatched letters for a fun look. 
 
 
As I mentioned earlier that I added in the field trip to the rest of our week. I added in one regular photo to the left side of my spread. Stayed minimal on this one by adding some journaling and a sticker on the top. 
 
 
Lets move on to the right side. 
 
 
The Fall season always brings a few fun things, but for us it was cooler weather clothes shopping. The girls and I drove out to the outlets and did a little shopping. It was fun to spend some girl time together.  I added a photo of the girls having a snack and journaled on the other side of the 4x6 journaling card. 
 
 
I love to add little embellishments here and there as I'm sure you all do too. The filler card seemed to need something on the top so I added a strip of patterned paper. I also added one of the bits and pieces onto my apple crisp photo, it was perfect. 
 
 
Here is a close up of some photos and cards. 
 
 
I used another photo overlay over this photo of the fall leaf. Love those things. They are certainly an easy way to add something extra. 
 
 
I really have enjoyed working on some pages from last Fall and I hope you all have fun documenting your own fall memories. Fall is right around the corner!
 

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Create this pumpkin duo with your favorite pieces from the "Pumpkin Spice" Collection, a couple of recycled glass jars and burnt orange acrylic paint!
 

Before decorating either jar, a generous amount of burnt orange acrylic paint was squirted into the bottom.  After reattaching the lid (securely), the jar was shaken and rolled around until the interior was completely coated.  Next, I placed the jars upside down onto a thick mat of newspaper and allowed the excess paint to drip off.  You may need a sponge brush just to touch up some spots if needed.  I also used a heat tool (or hair dryer) to complete the drying process.
 

The largest pumpkin is a standard Mason jar size.  To it, I cut a strip of "Autumn Splendor" paper to 3.75"X12" and taped it in place around the jar with high tack adhesive.  I used a couple of dies that I had on hand to create a cute tag for the front.  The tag was distressed around the edges with a walnut ink and then embellished with goodies from Pumpkin Spice.
 

The second pumpkin is a smaller 2.75"X5" jar.  The same paper was cut to 2.5"W and just enough to wrap around the jar completely.  After threaded the chipboard buttons with jute, they were attached with a glue dot.
 

The bands of the lids were covered in a strip of the turquoise barn wood paper from the Simple Basics pack.  A wooden spools was inked with walnut ink and added to the top for the stem.
 

What an adorable display or gift for the upcoming Autumn season!  I can't wait to share them with my visiting guests soon.  I hope you've enjoyed!

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Click here to download your free copy of the We Are...Family SN@PBOOKING Guide or visit the Project Downloads page to download it as well as other free downloads!

Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to Day 5 of the Simple Stories & The Cut Shoppe Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both The Cut Shoppe & Simple Stories! 

Today design team member Ashley Horton wraps up our week with The Cut Shoppe with 2 fabulous layouts!  And hey, did you know she's also the talent behind The Cut Shoppe?!
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Hi my name is Ashley, and I am addicted to my Silhouette Cameo!  It's true...not a layout goes by, that doesn't incorporate some type of die cutting, using the Cameo.  I love creating fun, modern cut files for The Cut Shoppe and I'm excited to share two layouts with you today using some of the Fall sets in the Shop along with the We Are Family and Pumpkin Spice collections.
 

One of my favorite looks to use on a layout, is a large die cut backed with multiple patterned papers.  I started this layout by cutting the I Heart Plaid cut file from the So Very Loved patterned paper in the We Are Family collection.  Once the heart finished cutting, I used a mix of patterned papers from the collection to back the inside shapes of the heart.  This is a great technique if you're using papers from a 6x6 paper pad, or have a lot of scrap pieces that you want to use up!
 


 

After I finished backing all of the open spaces on the heart, I added it to the center of the layout.  Then I backed the words in the title, that I also cut on the Cameo, with some of the same patterned papers.  I wanted to add a positive and negative look to the title around the heart, so I also cut the word "Heart" from the Tall Type cut file set.  I wanted the word to stand out, so I enlarged the letters and cut them from the Making Memories patterned paper.
 


 

When the title work was finished, I added my photo to the center of the heart.  I like to layer my photo and embellishments over the die cut elements, to give dimension to the layout.  I also like to draw attention to my photo, by clustering various embellishments, so I added some of the Bits & Pieces, stickers and wood veneers from the collection.
 


 

 

On my second layout, I used the Tall Type cut file to create a large title element.  I cut the title letters from the Pumpkin Spice Simple Basics Apple Cider/Gingham patterned paper.  Then I placed the title and photo on the Acorn/Gingham background paper in a vertical design.
 

I wanted to balance the vertical look of the title and photo, with a horizontal embellishment grouping.  I placed several different types of embellishments from the Pumpkin Spice collection on both sides of the photo.  Once the embellishments were in place, I added some machine stitching to add texture and interest to the embellishing.
 

 
And here's a fun side note about something on this layout.  See the patterned paper triangles in the corner?  Those were left over from the "Fall Is My Happy Place" layout from last month.  My first round of triangles for the quilt design on that layout, ended up being just a bit too large for the design.  So I thought it would be fun to add some quick machine stitching and place one of the triangles in each corner on this new layout.  That's why it's a good idea to keep things like that lying around for future layouts!
 
 
I hope you've found some inspiration today for using die cuts on your layouts.  It's a great way to add your own unique look to a project, and some patterned paper from your favorite Simple Stories collection + your electronic die cut machine can go a long way in creating fun looks on your projects!
 
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After you enter, head on over to the The Cut Shoppe blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a $25 gift certificate to their store!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to Day 5 of the Simple Stories & The Cut Shoppe Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both The Cut Shoppe & Simple Stories! 

Today design team member Nicole Harper joins us with a pocket page 
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School is back in session, we've had a few cool days around here and the veggie plants are starting to die off...but I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer!! Seemed like the perfect reason to reach for my Summer Vibes stash and have fun :)

I am a HUGE fan of clear elements in my pocket pages these days, and the transparency pieces in the Summer Vibes collection kit seem made to shine all on their own. I used several die cut shapes from The Cut Shoppe, love how easy they are to use! The 'lifeguard on duty' cut file from Life's A Beach set in their shop paired perfectly with a photo of my daughter + her fellow coworkers from this summer. I cut it from white cardstock, and then added gold metallic embossing powder to it...then just stapled it to the 'hello' transparency and slipped it into the upper right pocket. 

It's fun to kind of get a 'sneak peek' of what's coming up on your next pocket page by allowing the transparencies to stand alone. 

The EmotiCards set is right on trend and cuts like a dream...I backed the 'happy days' card with the B side of a 3x4 Summer Vibes card and added a few doodles. After placing it into a 4x6 pocket, I reailzed that the van diecut fit perfectly alongside it, so I just tucked it in the same 4x6 pocket. Again, this allows for some 'clear' pocket space, which I LOVE!! The 2x12 pocket along the left side was filled with some random Bits & Pieces, and I sealed each little pocket with the Fuse tool (WOW!!)...versatility at it's finest, and I didn't have to limit myself to just one or two diecuts. ;)

Just a friendly reminder, that photos are for embellishing as well...they aren't sacred relics that should only be handled with care, lol. I added stickers to both of the photos at the bottom of this page, so don't hesitate to give it a go!! ;)

Don't say farewell to summer just yet...there are still plenty of warm + sunny days ahead!!
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After you enter, head on over to the The Cut Shoppe blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a $25 gift certificate to their store!

Want to follow The Cut Shoppe and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCutShoppe?ref=ss_profile

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Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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