October 2015 Blog Posts

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 Shellye McDaniel joins us with this awesome holiday planner -


Hello!  Shellye here to share my version of the "Claus & Co." Planner featuring many of the goodies from the collection, as well as several of the great adhesive products from Tombow!  Because the Holiday SN@P! Album is nice and large, it will work double-duty as a holiday planner and as a December-daily-style album...I cannot wait to fill it up!  To get a jump-start, I decided to have all of the cute pre-planned pages in place and then added a few embellishments that I'll share today.

To begin, I cut the "Oh Joy" (side B) paper down so that it covered the chipboard portion of the album front.  I used the Tombow Xtreme for attachment.  When you want something to really stay PUT, the Xtreme adhesive is what to reach for!

I wanted to create a fun 'bridge' between the fabric binding of the album and the patterned paper, so I used various sized circle dies to cut the motifs from the "I Believe" paper.  The circle sizes ranged from 1.5" to 2". 

After deciding placement for the circles and other embellishments, I used the 3D Foam Tabs, Multi and Aqua Mono Liquid Glue and Stamp Runner to adhere the different pieces.  The Mono Glue was perfect for adding the Wood Veneer pieces and small sequins (from my stash).

Here is a look at the completed album front:

As I said earlier, I did go ahead and add all of the inner workings to the album: the Claus & Co. SN@P! Journal Pages, Holiday Planning Inserts and the clear pocket pages that come with the album.  I mixed in some fun embellishments to some of the pages:

The introductory page to the album is the "Holiday Planner" tabbed page from the "Holiday Planning Inserts" packet.  I decorated it with some of the leftover circles that I didn't use on the cover.  Notice the two half-circles at the top and bottom...I just cut one of the 2" circles in half and glued it in place with the Stamp Runner!  The holly berry die-cuts were attached with 3D Foam Tabs.

Here I dressed up the banner insert page with one of the 4X4 Elements.  Again, I used the Mono Liquid Glue for attaching the sequins.

3D Foam Tabs were used when adding stickers and die-cut pieces.  I found the the Multi or Aqua Mono Liquid Glues worked best for the veneers.

The decorative insert pages are great places to add a splash of personality!  I tried to leave the pages, where a lot of writing would be done, without too much bulk so writing would be easier when the time came.

One last peek at the album cover.  I'm so in love with how this turned out...what fun! 
Thanks for letting me share it with you today!

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!   

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Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!


As I sat down to digital scrap and make my product decisions, I initially skipped right over the newly released Frankie and Friends digital collection thinking "Oh, I'll cover that next month when we're closer to Halloween!".  And then I looked at the calendar.  And this post is happening in October, which means no better time than the present to work with this frightfully delightful collection!  
I will admit that I am not a HUGE fan of Halloween in general, I participate in all the fun activities for the sake of my kids and I cannot resist a scrapbook product with traditional Halloween colors - and this one definitely fit that bill for me. 
I hadn't gotten around to getting my pictures from last year scrapped, so it worked out perfectly to use this super cute collection to showcase our pumpkin carving day.  Which really means our annual 'mom carves all the pumpkins herself' day!    I'm not quite ready to unleash them with the knives and saws just yet. 
I was really excited to use the digital 6x8 Pocket Page templates for this spread, too!  This is really the perfect size if you don't have a whole slew of pictures or for little special events that you can use for inserts in your full pocket album or even to make a 6x8 album! 
I kept my embellishments pretty basic to allow the focus to fall on my pictures and the awesome card designs.  One of my favorite favorite things about digital scrapping (which I've probably repeated a million times by now!) is that I can take bigger cards, or papers, or embellishments and crop them, or shrink them, or manipulate them in any way that suits my desire to fit them into a spot they might not have originally fit in.  And then I can just undo anything I've done to it and no damage done whatsoever!  It's brilliant.  I have such a hard time chopping up my paper supplies.
And with that, I'm out!  Happy Halloween (since you know, it IS this month and all!)!

Howdy friends!  Layle here with you today :)

A few weeks ago we had a marathon project photo shoot for our next 2 upcoming eBooks.  More than 90 projects!  All I can say is there is some amazing work and inspiration coming your way in the next few weeks in the form of the eBooks!

I thought I'd share a few of those projects today that were designed by Guiseppa Gubler.  

This first layout uses our Pumpkin Spice collection.  

Don't you just love the little vignette she created to help frame out her photos?!

This next layout used our We Are...Family collection.


The 6x12 Element on the left paired with the patterned paper, photo & embellishments on the right create the perfect balance!

Stay tuned for more FABULOUS projects in upcoming eBooks!



Hi everyone! Allison Davis here with a layout using the delicious Pumpkin Spice collection and I have another sketch to share with you that features both traditional scrapbooking and Pocket Pages. 
You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here.
The left side of the sketch follows a traditional style of scrapbook design while the right side mixes photos and cards with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3. 
Here is my layout based on the sketch:

I always look forward to this time of year! It’s the “Pumpkin-flavored-everything” season and I love it! I have been trying for years to get my youngest son, Jackson, to try pumpkin flavored things and he refused. I finally, just this last weekend, got him to try pumpkin spice cookies with white chocolate chips. Needless to say, he’s hooked. 
I also love our annual trip in the fall to the pumpkin patch. Sadly, my boys have outgrown it so this will be the first year that we don’t go. I’m reminiscing by using some older pumpkin patch photos and what better collection to use than Pumpkin Spice!
Sometime I like to really play up the theme of my layouts by creating a scene on the page. 
I used the trees, wooden sign, pumpkins, a banner, and clouds to create my own little pumpkin patch on the layout. 

On the right page I used photos, a 6 x 4” card, the 3 x 4” chipboard frames, and 3 x 4” cards with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3.
The “Pumpkin Spice” card was one of my instant favorites in this collection and I knew that I had to use it. I added some sticker flowers, enamels dots, a word sticker, and some hand stitching to the pumpkin to give it some dimension. 
On the top photo I used the “so very grateful” photo overlay and added a few flower stickers and word stickers.
In the middle row of 3 x 4” pockets I used chipboard frames and 3 x 4” cards. The chipboard frames are another favorite of mine in this collection.
I added more hand stitching to outline the pumpkin. I love using stitching to add some more details to the cards.
I added another photo overlay to one of the bottom photos and added another word sticker to the top of it. 
I hope everyone enjoys using the new sketch! Happy Fall!