October 2015 Blog Posts

Hi everyone, it's Audrey, here today with a couple of sweet fall cards made with the adorable Pumpkin Spice collection. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice HelloCard Fall is such a happy time of year, and that's just what this collection is, too.... happy! Love the bright colors mixed with rustic tones of woodgrain and gingham. So great for fall themed scrapbooking layouts, but also really perfect for cards. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice HelloCard2 On my first card, I took advantage of one of the chipboard frames to act as both the sentiment and the grounding framework for my focal point. Such an easy way to create a card design in no time at all. I simply backed the frame with one of the SN@P journaling cards, and then added a variety of die cuts to build a fun fall scene. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice HelloCard3 The die cut fence behind the frame really adds to the fall scene here and helps create the illusion of depth and space. The piece wasn't originally large enough to span the width of my card, but since it was place behind another element, I could easily snip it in half to extend the size. That's a great tip for making embellishments work for you. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice ThankfulCard For my second card, I also took advantage of some pre-made embellishments to create my focal point... this time, an adorable harvest pumpkin on one of the 3x4 SN@P journaling cards. The sentiment, from one of the Journaling Cards Element sheets, was a super easy find, too. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice ThankfulCard2 I love to add layers to a one-dimensional element to create a bit of movement and depth. Here a few die cut flowers, enamel dots, and a rustic twine bow really dress up my otherwise flat journaling card. Foam adhesive behind some of the layers adds some great dimension, too. AudreyPettit PumpkinSpice ThankfulCard3 Happy Fall, everyone! I hope you enjoy!   


Hello, SS Fans!  Candi here today to do a little "follow up" from my September Blog Post!  If you don't remember my blog post from last month, click HERE to get a little refresher!!! 
Real quick...for the September Blog Post, I did something a little different inside my Life Documented Planner......instead of weekly inserts, I used different elements from the We Are...Family Collection Kit!  Here we are mid-October and I wanted to update you all on how it is coming along!  Going into October, I was a little unsure if I was going to plan + journal or just journal.  I ended up with just journaling about each day and adding a few photos and memorabilia along the way!  Loving how it has turned out so far :)   
Inside my first Interactive Element, I added a few photos of my loves...Troy and our two black labs!  I love how you can fold this Interactive Element back up and add a paper clip to keep it closed.

My spot to store some important notes throughout the month...

The first week of October all filled in with things that happened throughout my day!

I signed up for a half marathon and so I had to print out the receipt, punch a few holes in it and stick it inside my planner.  I even added a business card that I received in the mail...

On the back side of the receipt, I added a photo...yep, that is a smashed windshield!  Of course I journaled about that ;) On the right hand side I paper clipped in an instax photo!

Here is a peek inside another Interactive Element!  Once again...to keep this closed I just used a pretty paper clip!

Lots of memorabilia from our weekend getaway...business cards and my coffee sleeve :)

This "matchbook" Interactive Element is so much fun!!!  I added a photo to each "flap" along with a few embellishments...

Can't forget to add the bag that the best tasting chocolates came in :) Printed out a photo of our "home" for the weekend, trimmed it down and used a corner rounder.  Added that photo directly behind a social media advertisement from our breakfast out.

Anxious to see how the rest of my month turns out?!  I will be updating my Instagram account as I continue adding more journaling, memorabilia and of course more photos!
Have a great month...I will see you in November!


Hi Everybody. It's Mindi here with you today. I am happy to be sharing some pocket pages with you today, using the Pumpkin Spice collection. Every year around here Fall seems to be delayed. I makes it really nice to be able to work with some Fall related products to tide me over until the real Fall shows up. 
A few weekends ago we drove up the canyon to a small town that was holding an Apple Festival. While we were wandering around I happened to spot a tree that was changing it's colors !! Boy was I excited to see some beautiful fall colors. 
Speaking of fall leaves. I used the woodgrain tag underneath my embellishments here. It was the perfect backdrop for adding a little something extra on top of my photo. 
This is my title card. I really wanted to add in some of the great patterned paper from this collection somewhere. The title card was the perfect choice. I added the tree on top of the paper and added the week number and some embellishments on top. 
Here is a look at the left side of my spread. 
One thing I like to add into my pocket page spreads are "Highlights" journaling cards. Especially with weeks like this where I wanted to include a lot of photos from the weekend. Which, by the way, I am totally ok with. I printed out my journaling onto some white cardstock and cut it down to fit onto the yellow 3x4 card. I added a strip of paper to the top to add some color and then put some more embellishments on the top. 
One more closer look from the first page. Over the weekend the girls and I attended a girls only Witches party.  Don't be to afraid to customize your pages by cutting up some of the stickers, cards, bits and pieces. I cut up part of the chipboard flower sticker to use one of the smaller flowers on my journaling card. 
The second page of my spread included more of our adventure at the Apple Festival. 
There is nothing more beautiful than Fall colors. Am I right ?!! 
This is a fun filler card that I made for this week. On the bottom I made triangles out of patterned paper. Matching them up to make a fun pattern on the bottom. I added the chipboard frame on the top with the bird tucked right in. 
Back to the apples now. How could I not take home a souvenir from the Apple Festival. 
Isn't this apple journaling card the best. The word phrase stickers are perfect to add a little something extra to your photos of journaling cards. I stacked a few to the side of my journaling card. 
I knew I had to use this clear photo overlay somehow. I decided to put it on the bottom of my journaling card. They sure are versatile. I added the word Autumn to the top and then put my journaling about our day in the middle. 
That does it for me today. Go out there and enjoy all that Fall has to offer! 


Happy Holidays!

And by Happy Holidays, I mean Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!  October through December is my favorite time of the year, and I love creating Fall and Christmas layouts.  And Simple Stories has you covered with some great collections for the upcoming holidays...Pumpkin Spice, We Are Family and Claus & Co.  Today, I'm sharing layouts using the Pumpkin Spice collection (with a bit of We Are Family mixed in) and the Claus & Co. collection.

Let's start out with the layout using the Pumpkin Spice collection (might as well stick with chronological order!!).  I had a lot of fun with this layout.  I thought it would be fun to cut a large pumpkin shape and then back it with an Ombre look, using patterned papers from the Pumpkin Spice collection


After I cut the pumpkin shape from White card stock, I traced the shape onto a second sheet of White card stock.  Then I cut strips of patterned paper and made sure they were placed outside of the pumpkin shape traced outline.  Before placing the die cut pumpkin paper over the second piece of card stock, I machine stitched through each of the paper strips


Then I adhered the die cut pumpkin paper over the background card stock piece.  I decided to mix in hand-stitching with the machine stitching, so I stitched around the outside edge of the pumpkin with a mix of embroidery floss.


Once I finished the hand-stitching, I started going through the Pumpkin Spice Chipboard, Bits pack and Sticker Sheet, to add coordinating embellishments to match the color of the patterned paper strips.  I also wanted to add some embellishing around the outside edge of the pumpkin, so I added a mix of embellishments, as well as Enamel Dots.

This look can be created with lots of different shapes and collections!  Hearts, stars, a large letter, etc. would work great to create this same effect on your layout!

On my second layout, I used the gorgeous Claus & Co. collection.  I took this photo of my hubby and the kids last year on Christmas Eve, as they were checking out the Santa tracker.  I loved that it was a candid shot, with no one making faces, crying or hitting brother or sister!  HA!  It was one of those photos I wanted to save for just the right collection, and Claus & Co. fit the bill!


I knew I wanted to use the frames from this collection in a prominent way on my layout.  So I started by mixing three patterned papers in the background, and then added a mix of the Chipboard Frames to the right hand side of the layout.

I placed the frames on the layout, and moved them around several times, to get just the right placement.  When I had them where I wanted them, I went ahead and adhered each one.  The frames made perfect spots to add embellishments from the Claus & Co. collection.  I added a mix of Chipboard, Stickers, Bradz and Wood Veneers to each of the frames to give the layout dimension and texture.


I finished the layout, by adding my title on the left hand side of the page, to balance out the design.  It also created a visual triangle on my layout, that helps to guide your eye around the page.  

So whether you are scrapping photos from Christmases past, looking forward to creating new layouts for this season, or prepping your December Daily, the Claus & Co. collection is perfect for documenting all of your holiday memories!!



No doubt about it, we love fall here in the Midwest!!

That being said, when your daughter is 16 and constantly on the go, your 'traditions' change a bit. No more pumpkin patches or apple orchard visits, no more dressing for Halloween. What she does still love though is our annual 'photo shoot' at the local metroparks to celebrate the return of sweater weather and crisp sunny days. I snapped this pic last year during our walk and other than the long sleeved sweater, it didn't feel like your 'traditional fall' photo...so I snagged the opportunity to feature colors other than brown/orange/yellow. :)

Sometimes when you love a photo, you have to just let it stand out. I kept the colors around the photo pretty simple, and stayed away from what most may consider the common palette for autumn photos. It fit my photo (and our twist on fall around here), but it's also to liven things up a bit!! When things start to feel 'stale' (like using the same colors for photos this time of year might), I typically look for a change. 

As always, I adored the little phrase stickers + die cuts in this collection...Simple Stories has such a knack for including little details! So much so that I often find myself wanting to use more than I have room for, so this time I used them within my journaling to incorporate as many as I liked. The phrases did all of the work for me: I opted for a rainbow color scheme when choosing them (notice they go from red to blue, top to bottom), and they acted as my jump start for my own journaling. I placed the stickers + die cuts along the right edge of the page and added my journaling lines in between...all I needed to do was fill in the blanks!

Along the left edge of the photo, I layered more die cuts + stickers...using the ampersand and 'grateful' sticker for my title. Those leaves are probably the only thing that kind of screams 'autumn' on this page, and I love that it isn't quite so obvious. I'm all for thinking outside of the box to make something work for me in a different way, rather than feeling stuck in a rut. ;)

Don't be discouraged if your family isn't hanging out at all of the familiar fall places that they used to...just opt to roll with it and use your items in a way that fits!!



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Hi, Chantalle back with you again for my 3rd project of the day.   This page uses a technique which I think is really fun - cutting in to paper and hiding bits inside.
The peek-a-boo effect adds a touch of playfulness, which really suits this happy photo of my children and I having fun together at the park.
Super quick and easy to do, you simply cut into an area of your choice, going just a tiny bit extra on either side of the bit that you want to tuck in, so you don’t have to force it into the cut slit, which might tear your paper.
For slightly thicker items, like chipboard, you will definitely need to cut that little bit extra on either side to accommodate it.
Have fun by layering up lots of similar shapes and finish off with tiny details, like glossy enamel dots.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you would like to see more of what I get up to, feel free to pop in to my blog or you can find me on FB and Instagram @chantallemcdaniel.


Hi all!  It's Chantalle with the 2nd of 3 projects I'm sharing on the blog today :)

This little pen pot happened almost by accident. I was admiring some Pumpkin Spice chipboard frames side by side, when I thought, if I added a third frame, I could make a sort of pyramid structure. Initially I thought it would just be a 3D photo frame but by keeping the inside hollow it’s become a pretty and useful addition to my desk.
I started out by trimming up a scrap of cardstock the same height as one of the frames and the length of three frames side by side, leaving a bit extra on the one side so that I could fold it in and glue it shut. I scored the card twice along the length, so I could fold it into a triangular shape.
This is a view from the top. I’ve used washi paper tape to cover half way down inside the pot, but it would’ve also been nice to use patterned paper instead of the plain cardstock I think.
I’ve used strong adhesive so the frames stay put on the chipboard base. As you can see, I’ve mounted some sweet family snaps from my recent camping trip inside the frames and embellished them quite simply with some ephemera and a few stickers.
From the top you can see the lovely spotty washi paper I used to line the inside with.