October 2015 Blog Posts

Hi there!  It's Chantalle with you here today.  Here's the first of 3 projects I'll be sharing with you; check back later this afternoon for me 2nd post and then again at the end of the day for my 3rd post!

I’ve taken inspiration from the adorable embroidery hoop prints in this collection. (I may or may not be hoarding a certain 12x12 sheet of ‘Perfect Together’!) Adding an actual mini hoop to my page was a great way to tie in the theme and frame a very special photo taken of us as a family, when my little man was only a few weeks old.

I’ve gathered as many of the hoop bits and pieces that I could find. The different sizes and textures add great dimension to the page and the floral die cuts fit in nicely with the circular shapes.

I just love the sweet stitched details and the texture of this Teal Calico/Linen 12x12. You will definitely want to invest in the 'We are Family’ Simple basics kit and grab yourself a sheet of every colour!

Utterly adorable, this teensy wood veneer hoop was the perfect finishing touch for this page!

Remember to check back later this afternoon for me 2nd post and then again at the end of the day for my 3rd post!

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Together with We are Family

Hi all, Wendy here today with a few pages created with the We Are... Family collection.  I have just about exhausted my supply of this collection as it is just so wonderful for documenting life in general.  I love how bright the colors are, they just make me happy!
 
Today I created some fun pages working with the SN@P! Pages, a product normally used in the 6x8 SN@P! Binders. I simply trim the holes off of the Pages; I love incorporating these in my scrapbook layouts!  
 
 
My first layout, Best of Friends, used the frames to nestle little scenes and items to transform my page.
 
 
I contrasted the light playful pieces with the dark woodgrain paper which I used to mat my picture and draw your eyes to my focus.  I also used this area to place my title where it wouldn't get lost.
 
 
I even used a chipboard frame to make one of the areas pop out more, I chose a tone-on-tone look to keep the area from standing out too much.
 
 
A strip at the top and bottom of the layout held all of my pieces in and added a little more interest.
 
 
My next layout, Together Forever, again started with a SN@P! Page and my photo.  
 
 
I love looking for SN@P! cards that work for a title or sentiment to explain my thoughts on my layout, it takes the work out of it which allows me time just to create.
 
 
I dressed up the one side with a dark woodgrain to balance the SN@P! Page colors.  I created a visual triangle with the wood veneers and the black pops.
 
 
A chipboard banner added some fun to the page.  I carried the heart theme on a vertical to further bring cohesiveness to the layout.
 
 
A splattering of photo stickers and enamel dots were the finishing touches of playfulness.
 
Thanks for joining me today, you can see another layout I created with the We Are Family collection here on my blog. 
 

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Hello all!!! Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in Canada so I'm feeling rather stuffed from all that yummy turkey & pumpkin pie!!  Plus it's always so wonderful to get together with family.
 
Family and fall are what my layouts have in common today and I'm excited to share them with you.
 
In this first layout, "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart" I used the Pumpkin Spice collection. This collection offers so many possibilities for creating layouts and any type of project. I love it!!
 
 
 
I incorporated some of the Bits & Pieces (diecuts) into my handwritten journaling.  It's a good idea to pencil in your journaling first when doing something like this. That way you can space your lettering and sentences accordingly. Make sure to use a pen/marker that will not smudge when you erase too.
 
 
I then added a bunch of stickers, diecuts pieces and enamel dots across the lower section to give a whimsical feel.
 
 
I love the rich & warm colours in this collection and in this second layout I chose to use the colourful wood patterned paper  on the front of my layout.
 
 
 
I wrote some of the things I'm thankful for on the 3x4 journaling card and added the most adorable chipboard coffee cup on top. 
 
 
I added a few chipboard leaves here and there on my page as well as a few word strip stickers.
 
 
 
I kept the layout simple with 2 photos and journal/title blocks that balanced it out on either side of the photos.  
 
Thanks for stopping by.  We'd love to see what you create with this fabulous fall collection called Pumpkin Spice.
 

Happy Monday!  It's Layle here with you today and I have a treat for you!  Today designer extraordinaire Cathy Zielske is here with us on the blog to share a little project she's been doing for the last few years - 30 Days of Thankful.  This year she's used our 4x6 SN@P! Binder as the base of her project and it's just perfect.  Even better, she's designed a self-paced class around the concept; I'll let her tell you all about it!  And hey, stick around to the end, it just might be worth your while ;)
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Every November for the past several years I’ve embarked on a little scrapbook project of gratitude. What started out as having people simply fill out what they were grateful for on preprinted cards at my Thanksgiving table has evolved into a mini album project I call “30 Days of Thankful.” 

The idea is simple: document something you’re grateful for every day for a month by journaling about it and taking a photo related to it. Combine everything in a mini album and at the end of 30 days you’ll have an authentic, meaningful record of stuff that you’re grateful for.

When I first saw the Simple Stories 4x6 SN@P! Binder last Spring, I knew I’d found my home for 2015. A huge fan of the smaller size, I loved the mix of different sized pockets and the cloth and chipboard design. I designed a range of journal and filler cards in all the various pocket sizes (2 x 2, 3 x 4, 4 x 4 and 6 x 4) to let scrapbookers mix and match their entries in any way they liked.

In past years this has been a project I’ve shared on my blog but for 2015 I created a self-paced online class to share the project and the inspiration behind it. Once enrolled, students can use the printable PDF card designs to start creating their projects or they can use the layered digital files and learn through several video tutorials how to customize the card files to suit their style and taste using Photoshop Elements.

While this project is a natural fit for November, I created my album in July to create a sample for the online course. What surprised me was how well my gratitude project fit into not just a month with Thanksgiving, but any month. I had a pretty busy and somewhat stressful summer. I had a college-aged daughter preparing to move to her third school in three years; a husband in grad school on the verge of a career change with a lot of question marks; and a teen-aged son who, well, let’s just say he was very teen-age-y.

As soon as I jumped into creating my album, it reminded me of all that I had to be grateful for every day. From the big obvious things (my family, my health) to the less obvious things (air conditioning in the middle of a Midwestern July, my success with growing succulents.) This project always reminds me of of the good in the every day and it has a way of taking my attitude and putting it in a much more positive place.

30 Days of Thankful has become a favorite annual tradition for me and I’m excited to share this scrapbook project with anyone who wants to undertake an exercise in gratitude. It’s a small but mighty little album that will make a fabulous addition to anyone’s memory keeping repertoire.

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Doesn't that look like a great project?!  Sometimes we take for granted all that we have.  I love the idea of taking a few minutes each day to identify and document one thing to be thankful for!  

To learn more or to sign up for Cathy's class, click here.  To make it super easy, Cathy has worked with scrapbook.com to create a combo set of the SN@P! Binder and Variety Pocket Pages for the class. 

Now who's interested in a chance to win the class as well as the 4x6 SN@P! Binder and Pocket Pages?!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us one thing you're thankful for today.  We'll draw the lucky winner on Thursday and announce here.  Good luck!  

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Cathy Zielske is a graphic designer who loves her family, typography, clean and simple design, french fries and Silence of the Lambs. Her motto: own your life, document it well and preserve reality. Her mission: take the ‘crap out of scrapbooking'. To that end, she offers digital products, online workshops, and writes about crap-free approaches to memory keeping on her blog. 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to day 5 of the Simple Stories & Tombow 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 Tombow & Simple Stories! 

Today design team member Nancy Damiano joins us with a super clever idea for creating your own cusom letters!
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Hi there Simple fans! Today I'm combining some of my favorite pieces from Simple Stories' Happy SN@P Pack and some cool products from Tombow. I created this tumbling title page with my die cut machine and added a pop of color and texture using the Tombow Colorful Adhesive Dots.
 
 
 
Here's a step by step look at how to create this glass enamel look:
 
 
​Create a cut file of tumbling words using your die cutting machine. Among the letters, choose a title and fit it in a prominent spot. Here I chose the word "cousin". Layer the die cut paper onto another sheet of white card stock. Then using a pencil, very lightly trace the title word onto the background.
 
 
Using the pencil guidelines, place the adhesive dots so that they form the letters in your title.
 
 
​Cover the glue dots with clear embossing powder and set with a heat gun. You'll get a beautiful clear glass look as the embossing powder melts. Then place the alphabet die cut sheet over lining up the dots and glue down.
 
 
I love how the color really pops off the page. It's a word find within a scrapbook layout!
 
 
Here's a peek at this month in my Simple Stories Planner. I started by creating a dashboard using a transparency from the Enchanted line. I like to add post-its to these which I use throughout the month. A simple Bradz gives it a pop of color.
 

I kept the color scheme for October traditional with black, orange, gray and a pop of aqua. I used simple graphic label and alphabet stickers to keep the theme clean.
 
 
My daily pages are dressed up for Halloween. This one is my fairytale page with pops of color from the Enchanted line. This is as close to a princess costume I'm going to get!
 
 
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Claus & Co. collection pack!  

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After you enter, head on over to the Tombow blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away an adhesives package!   

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

Website: http://tombowusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tombowusa

Instagram: tombowusa

Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com

Join us again here tomorrow for the final day of our swap with Tombow!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to day 4 of the Simple Stories & Tombow 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 Tombow & Simple Stories! 

Today design team member Marie Lottermoser joins us with a super useful altered notebook and a layout -
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Hi Everyone, Marie here today to share how I used my new Pumpkin Spice collection kit.  I have to be honest, when a new collection comes along there is so much in the pack I usually end up using only a small portion of it.  This month I decided to go all out and try to use as much of the new Pumpkin Spice collection as possible.
 
 
I started by making my 6x8" Pocket Page spreads to go into my Sn@p! Binder.  I love fall, and it's nice to be documenting football games, falling leaves, and pumpkin everything right now. 
 
 
Next, I decided to make some greeting cards.  I cut and folded patterned paper to make the cards, and then used foam tabs by Tombow, to pop up some die cuts to give my cards extra dimension.
 
 
I made envelopes to match my cards using some extra sheets of patterned paper.  I simply traced an envelope pattern straight on to the paper, and then cut them out and folded them.
 
 
The last thing I would want is for my envelopes to come apart when they are in the mail, so to keep them held together I chose Tombow's extreme adhesive to create a strong, permanent bond.
 
 
I finished by making a gift card holder, with more foam tabs to pop up the coffee cup on the front.  I can't think of a more fitting gift for this time of  year, than a gift card to a coffee shop.
 
 
It feels great to use up so many of my supplies, and know that some friends have a little surprise heading for their mailbox.
 
 
Thanks so much for joining me today.  Happy Fall!
 
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Claus & Co. collection pack!  

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After you enter, head on over to the Tombow blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away an adhesives package!   

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

Website: http://tombowusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tombowusa

Instagram: tombowusa

Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to day 3 of the Simple Stories & Tombow 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 Tombow & Simple Stories! 

Today design team member Rebecca Keppel joins us with a super useful altered notebook and a layout -
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Hi All! Rebecca here! The Simple Stories team had the pleasure of swapping goodies with the Tombow adhesives team this month.  I received an assortment of Tombow adhesives and a set of Dual Tip Markers. For my first project I created an altered notebook. I bought a composition book from the Dollar Store, pulled out my Simple Stories We Are...Family collection and the several Tombow adhesives. I got to work changing it from a plain old black and white notebook into this...
 
 
I used the Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to cover the front and back with patterned paper.
 
 
I used Tombow Xtreme to apply cards and smaller pieces of paper.
 
 
I added layers to the front, back...
 
 
and inside.
 
 
I love how quick and easy it is to turn a plain composition book into a personalized gift with some pretty Simple Stories paper and stickers and some good adhesive.
 
 
I also created a layout this time using both the Tombow adhesives and markers.
 
 
I stamped the hot air balloons and colored them in with the Dual Tip Markers.
 
 
I used the Tombow Stamp Runner to adhere elements to my page. I used it as a roller on the larger pieces like the one on the right and as the Stamper to stamp out a square adhesive on the smaller elements like the small cloud.
 
 
For some extra dimension I used Tombow 3D Foam Tabs.
 
 
I like how they come in two sizes for different size embellishments or die cuts.
 
 
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Claus & Co. collection pack!  

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After you enter, head on over to the Tombow blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away an adhesives package!   

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

Website: http://tombowusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tombowusa

Instagram: tombowusa

Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & Tombow 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 Tombow & Simple Stories! 

Today design team member Vicki Boutin joins us with two fun cards -

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Hey there friends!  So happy to be apart of the Tombow/Simple Stories Swap!  I am a girl who likes to find time to be creative even if there isn’t much time available!  One of the ways I have mastered crafting on the fly is creating simple cards!  So today I made two super cute, super quick cards and focused on the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  The cards were quick to make and the addition of the pens also helped feed my technique-y soul!!!

Here are the pens.  They are Water-based, blend with ease and the colors are bright and fun.

These are the Tombow items I gathered to create two cards using the We Are Family Collection!

I used the pens to add a little color to the We Are Family Bit & Pieces on this card.  It’s a fun way to highlight and customize premade embellishments.

Here is the completed card.  

For this card, I used a little Pointillism and created a pattern with two shades of green and a series of dots!

Take a look at the completed card.

Some We Are Family paper, Bits & Pieces and embellishments and Tombow products and lickety split 2 cards in 20 mins or less!!  LOVE it!!

 
Thanks for stopping by!!!  Hope you can grab 20 minutes in your day and feed that creative soul!!!
 
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Claus & Co. collection pack!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

After you enter, head on over to the Tombow blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away an adhesives package!   

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

Website: http://tombowusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tombowusa

Instagram: tombowusa

Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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