Hello everyone! I’m Stacy Koo and I’m sending sunshine from the far end of the globe – Singapore!
It is such a thrill joining this team of talented ladies and working with my favourite brand of papers! I am excited to share my first project as a Simple Stories Creative Team Member today!
This same year marks another milestone for me. I recently got engaged with my boyfriend of 9 years and now embarking on a journey as husband and wife. With the traditional wedding coming up in another 4 months’ time, I am kept super busy with the preparations and decorations! We registered our marriage earlier in May 2015. I wanted to document down this set of memories, and in the following layouts, you will be seeing some of the photos taken during the ROM.
Life in 2015/2016 is showing me lots of new challenges and milestones completed. “Life in Color” collection from Simple Stories must really be the answer to my layouts’ needs! I love the vivid colors of the collection very much!
This is my first layout which I have concentrated on circular elements as the main shape of focus here.
Started working on the negative space behind the light blue pattern paper, and then decided that I wanted to work with the positive side as well. This page comes up a little more bulky than usual because of all the 3D formations, but it works for me fine.
On the positive spaces, I layered the elements with different depths to create more visual effects. After cutting the circular shape for the pattern paper, I also added sewing details to enhance the shape. Since this ROM took place in May, I added in the circular month as part of the embellishment detail. I love the “Bits and Pieces” pack in this collection. Simple Stories has filled it with so many choices and I am spoiled!
See what I meant about the bits and pieces pack? Add the little piece “Today” with the memories tag in the “6x12 Chipboard pieces” and the embellishments start to hook up in amazing coordination!
Finally, because the pattern papers are so attractive, I decided to make a little banner strip right at the top corner of the layout, to showcase the vivid colors and complement the rest of the elements.
On the second layout, I decided on a cleaner grid page. After printing out all the photos, I noticed that these 2 photos had a significant complement to each other. It seems like my husband and I were looking at each other when the photos were placed side by side to each other. Hence, I decided to use a more grid form to this layout.
In addition, I was inspired by “Life in Color – Happy Little Moments” pattern paper. The triangular concept of the paper appealed to me and I started the arrangement of embellishments with the triangular cut in mind.
I wanted to create some white space around the photo. Hence, to make it more prominent, I used a black marker pen to doodle some dotted lines to create emphasis on the main layout elements.
To top things up, I added some enamel dots scattered all around the layout. It helps to fill up the empty spaces yet not cluttering. I love the multiple colors and sizes of enamel dots in the series. Play along with different colors and sizes to create more (yet simple) attraction to your layout!
Hope you liked these layouts that I have shared with you today!
Hey there, friends! Missy here with my very first blog post as a Design Team Member! I’m beyond excited to be working with such talented ladies and such amazing products. I decided to work with the You Are Here collection for my projects. I love creating layouts, and I love incorporating die cuts and mixed media into my designs. I also wanted to show how this collection can be used with color photos vs. black & white photos and also travel vs. non-travel photos.
For my first layout, I used a color travel photo. My husband and I vacationed in St. Maarten right before New Year’s, and we took a day trip to Loterie Farms. We went hiking, zip lining and ran through a fun obstacle course. The photo in this layout is of me walking on a high wire in between some trees. It was a first for me, and I can’t wait to do it again! I wanted to create a “forest” feel, so I cut a background die cut pattern of leaves. Behind that, I used white gesso and some blue spray inks to create a watercolor look. I wanted to bring that bright blue into my background.
I layered a few papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad under my photo along with some tissue paper from my stash and added pop dots. I love all of the fun die cuts in the Bits & Pieces pack, and this flower was perfect to layer here. One of my favorite techniques is to add tangled thread under photos, papers and embellishments. I think it creates awesome texture and gives an extra pop of color. This cute brad was the perfect addition to this part of the page.
I love that Simple Stories gives such a variety of sizes in embellishments. I found a large, medium and small flower embellishment to layer all together here. And there are always so many colors! This made it very easy to bring in all the colors of my layout to this area.
The bright orange alphas were perfect for creating my title, and I paired them up with the smaller blue alphas. I love that you can get a few different colors & fonts on one sticker sheet. I ran this through my sewing machine here, and then added another brad and a few sentiment stickers.
Here’s one more close up of the leaf die cut. I love the pop of green, and I like how it gives my background some interest without being overwhelming. The leaves tie into my photo and create a nice tropical and jungle feel. And this patterned paper cut beautifully in my Silhouette Cameo.
For my second layout, I am using three black and white photos of my daughter twirling and jumping all around our patio. She’s a special little girl, and she loves the simple things in life. Sometimes she just looks so happy doing her own thing, and it made me think of how she creates her own little paradise here at home. This collection showcases my idea very well. As I said earlier, I love mixed media. I used two different sunburst stencils. I used a light pink texture paste through the small one and some yellow distress ink through the large one. I also used blue and pink spray inks to create the watercolor effect. This is a great way to create your own background. I chose colors from this collection, so adding layers and embellishments was easy.
Here you can see the texture on the background and the pretty mix of colors. I used several of the 3x4 SN@P! Pack cards. They are excellent for layering and even fussy cutting. I mixed and matched the pink and blue alphas for my title here and added some machine stitching. I also added in a chipboard piece and a sentiment sticker.
Here’s a closer look at that cute chipboard banner piece. That orange and pink circle element was cut from one of the Snap cards. I love that these are part of the Simple Stories collections…you don’t always have to have 12x12 or even 6x6 papers sometimes!
Here’s the top of the layout. You can see the SN@P! cards layered together and the color & texture above them. I also used one of the Clear Stickers at the top.
Here’s one more photo of the top of the page. I absolutely love the Simple Stories brads! I love that they’re adhesive and stick well anywhere on your page. I stuck this one right on top of my photo. Once again, I added a few colors of tangled thread for extra texture and pops of color.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope these layouts inspire you in some way. See you soon!
Hi there! It’s Shei on the blog today, sharing my first Simple Stories post! I’m beyond thrilled to be part of an amazing team of talented ladies!! Let’s get started! For my first layout I used the new Life in Color collection. I really like this line ‘cause it’s gorgeous and versatile. You can use it to document any theme.
I chose white cardstock as my background. I love the brightness that the white color brings to the whole project. One of my favorite Simple Stories’ embellishments are the chipboards frames, so I used them as my starting point. I chose seven frames with different sizes and I distribute them without apparent order, adding dimension with dimensional adhesive. Before that, I glued my picture and some paper pieces (Big Memories b-side paper, Happy Little Moments paper and one card from 3x4 Journaling Card Elements paper) on b-side of some frames.
Once I had the frames glued I stuck my tittle “Love, laugh, live”. I used the Scrabble words from Simple Stories’ Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers ‘cause I fell in love with them when I first saw them.
Next came the embellishing! (my favorite part). For that I used flowers, hearts and arrows from Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers and some stickers from 4x6 Sticker Sheets (I really love the black & white word label stickers). I also added another favorite Simple Stories embellishment - the self-adhesive Bradz (what a wonderful idea these Decorative Bradz!).
The next layout I’m sharing with you today was again created with the beautiful Life in Color collection. I started this page drawing a cross on a white cardstock, so the background was divided into 4 parts. Then I used three papers (the b-side parts of Happy Little Moments, The Good Life and So Much Happiness papers) to cover three of its four parts.
I glued my picture on the intersection of these patterned papers and I created a cluster of embellishments with flowers stickers from 4x6 Sticker Sheets and Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers. I also cut some flowers from 4x4/4x6 Vertical Elements paper.
I used different elements for my tittle. The picture of my boyfriend and me was taken some months ago at childhood friend’s wedding. I wanted to document these fun moments I’m living with him, so I wanted to use the word “Enjoy” in my tittle. For that I used the Expressions Cardstock Stickers and I added a sticker from Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers with the sentence “happy little moments”. I also added a heart sticker from Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers behind the tittle.
Again, I used my favorite Simple Stories’ embellishments, the Bradz, to accent my journaling and a frame (half frame in this case) added at the bottom of the page.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! I hope you enjoyed my layouts! See you next month!
Never stop smiling! Kisses!!
My daughters and I loved the puppy with flowers so I had to use it in our cover! That doggie might be my favorite image from this collection. It has been my favorite since the Carpe Diem Planner Collection came out!
Hello planner friends! Leah here and I am so excited to be a part of the Simple Stories Creative Team this year! I cannot wait to show you how I have been using the products from the Carpe Diem Scrapbooking Collection to customize my platinum Carpe Diem planner.
One of my absolute favorite things to do in a new planner is setting up the front pockets. I love to create fun pieces to decorate them with so that when I change up my front pockets later, I can use the decorative pieces elsewhere in my planner. The Simple Stories Carpe Diem Scrapbooking Collection offers all sorts of beautiful embellishments to get crafty with, like washi paper tape, ephemera bits and pieces, chipboard frames, stickers and a SN@P! Pack full of goodies! I layered these embellishments to create the little cards you see below.
The floral details in the Carpe Diem Collection are my favorite! You can see that those florals tend to find their way onto everything I have made here. I love using the paper washi tape as a background to the Word Label Stickers, it really makes the motivational messages pop off the cards! I also used a few of my paper punches to cut out some patterned papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad and then used those shapes to add layers to the cards.
Now time to get all of these pretties into the pockets!
Most of the embellished cards just get tucked into the pockets like you see above. However, I wanted to put the card with the coffee cup in the bottom pocket and I wanted it to be fully visible. In order to do that, I took a scrap of paper I had punched earlier and glued it to the back of the coffee card to create a flap that I can tuck into the bottom pocket, so the full front of the card would remain exposed.
Above, you can see what the pockets look like fully loaded! I use a Glue Arts GlueGlider Pro+ loaded with a repositionable tape cartridge to secure any pieces that might feel loose, but any non-permanent adhesive tape will work to help keep everything in place.
Another simple way to add a personalized detail to your planner is to add or change out your planner charm. Each Carpe Diem planner comes with one metal charm already on the strap, but the Carpe Diem Collection has a set of four metal charms you can buy to customize your planner even more. Did you know that the Decorative Bradz from all the new Simple Stories collections have a top row of brads that are the exact same size as the circle Carpe Diem charm? Of course, I chose the gorgeous flower brad from the Carpe Diem collection and stuck it to the flat side of the charm.
All that was left to do to finish customizing the front of my planner was to stuff the front secretarial pocket with a bunch of super cute planner stickers for on-the-go planning. I also cut down my favorite 12x12 floral paper from the collection to use as a front dashboard and voila! Here is the full view! Hop on over to my Instagram account if you would like to see more of the projects I have created using this charming collecton from Simple Stories!
I love that this travel collection! The pastels, the palm trees, the pineapples - oh my! It was perfect for documenting our family trip to Mexico over Christmas.
I started the album with this fun 2x2 Insta Pocket Page. I collected sand and small shells from the beach on our trip and sealed them into some of the little 2x2 pockets using the Fuse. I love having these little pieces for reality in my album!
I used a few of the chipboard frames throughout my album to frame different sized photos & the self adhesive Bradz make it so easy to add dimension to the pages without the pesky prongs on the back.
I love including different memorabilia from our trips in my minis. Here I took one of the 3x4 pocket pages included in the album, cut off the right two pockets and then added one of our hotel room keys to one of the pockets. I also added a few postcards, hotel brochures, etc - they're great visual reminders of some of the trip details.
The You Are Here! Journal Pages are one of my favorite things in the collection. They're pre-punched to fit in the 6x8 albums and the different shapes and sizes really add interest to my mini, like this striped banner page -
On the banner page I added one of the Pocket Pieces - they're large die cuts that are great for sliding right in the 3x4 pockets, but I also like to use them on the page as well, like I also did on this page with that FUN! pineapple Pocket Piece and the 'paradise' piece as well
If you haven't checked out the You Are Here colletion, you really should! Thanks for joining me today :)