August 2017 Blog Posts

Hi everyone! Tara Chaussee, aka SecretBees Studio, here to share my newest mini scrapbook with you! Colorado is a wonderful and near perfect place to go camping! I have lots of great memories of spending days in the woods hiking, climbing and fishing so I was thrilled to see the new Cabin Fever collection! Everything in this collection is absolutely cute and charming and has the best details!  Since I spent much of my camping days in tents, I thought it only fitting to create this adorable set featuring a tent and mini album!

I designed the tent to be a pyramid box and knew that I wanted it big enough to hold a small scrapbook. I cut all of the pieces from chipboard and then had the best time covering them with a mix of the awesome Cabin Fever papers and embellishments!  This tent is so cute and realistic- it even has mesh covering the windows and door! 

The tent is 6.5" square and stands about the same height. The four triangle flaps are re -inforced with grommets and tied together with rustic twine that unties to reveal the super cute mini scrapbook inside!

The mini itself is 4 inches square and has seven pages that are covered in more of the fabulous Cabin Fever patterned papers and fun embellishments! I tied the pages together with more twine and added a sweet trio of camping charms too! Inside there is a pocket holding some tags as well as two interactive pull out pages for even more camping photos! Take a look!

One of the tags is from the Bits & Pieces pack and I have added lots of details to both pages with the combo and 4x6 stickers!

The chipboard stickers are amazing and so realistic not to mention totally adorable!

Above is one of the interactive pull out pages made with some of the 3x4 journaling cards. I used a small sticker form the 4x6 sticker sheet as a tab at the bottom!

More adorable chipboard pinecones and flowers together with stickers from the combo sheet!

Smores are such an important (and tasty) part of camping! More great stickers and chipboard on these pages!

Oh so cute! The papers in this collection go so well together and have amazing patterns and details! It was such a joy to layer all of them together with the fabulous stickers, chipboard and bits and pieces to create this adorable little memento! 


Hi there!  Nathalie with you today showcasing the fun and colorful, "Summer Days" collection.  I am sure you all are enjoying the long and warm days of Summer, and what better way to document them than with  this new and super gorgeous collection from Simple Stories.  Here is a few projects that show you how versatile this collection can be:


We are so lucky to have an outdoor swimming pool in our backyard for all those hot summer days, but i think my little niece is the one who enjoys it  the most -on all the days she visits us-.   So i chose to document a picture of my niece at her happiest!

I love cut files!, so this time i chose to use the "Summer" cut file from JustNick Studio to stitch the  large sun image in the background.  A bit of watercolor, and golden splatters completes the background.  

The mat  was then trimmed about a quarter of an inch on all sides, and machine stitched to the b side of the Sunny Days paper.  The title of this page was  then created with the same cut file, however this time, i chose to back the cut out with all the different papers from the collection.   Don't you just love all those summer designs!!

I placed the picture on a  bit of a slant, and used pieces from the combo sticker sheet, bits and pieces, 4x6 stickers, and those gorgeous decorative brads to create clusters at the corners of the picture.  I just wanted to reflect the elements and colors from the entire collection in the clusters.

I love this collection brads and stickers, and what better way to use them in your layouts than to layer them.  All the small word stickers included in the 4x6 sticker pack are just perfect to add to small tabs, flags and onto those small corners of your projects.

Here is the completed layout.  I love all the textures and colors that are displayed in this project.  The  summery designs are the perfect complement to all your summer memories.






This second project is all about reflecting our love for the beach using the colors of the Summer Days collection papers.   We recently took a month long vacation to my native Ecuador;  every time we visit my family, my kids only request is to be taken to the beach.  So i picked one of the pictures of my daughter and one of our cousins roaming the beaches of Mompiche (Ecuador) for this page.



This page started with the Heart is Full background cut file from JustNick Studio.  This time, i used the Hello Sunshine, and So Much Fun papers from the Summer Days collection to back the hearts in the cut out.  In addition, some of the hearts were backed with vellum.  Once all the hearts were backed, then the entire circle was backed with light blue vellum., so that it brings some of the sea color to the page.



The circle was then glued to the Sn@p Basic's Aspen/White Notebook design.  Using the different colors of the collection on the heart cut outs gives you the freedom to use some of the papers in the collection to back and layer the picture.  



Can you tell i am loving the brads in this collection?   I think I have used at least 1 brad in each of the layouts i have created with the Summer Days collection - I have reordered brads for my stash!!-.  Once again, I used pieces from all the embellishments in the collection to create clusters at the corners of the picture.  In addition, I added a word sticker to each of the vellum hearts in the background.  This brings color and lots of interest around the page.



To complete the visual triangle, and to balance the page, I added a small cluster at the bottom left corner of the page. By simply layering elements from the Sticker combo, and 4x6 sticker sheets along with another one of the decorative brads, the clusters were created.  In addition a large piece of the Good Vibes washi tape along the bottom edge of the page balances the page to completion.



To complete the page, I used the alphas that are included in the 4x6 sticker sheets to complete the title of the page ( the color completely matched that of the sea water in the picture).   I love the fresh and clean feel of this page, and how it brings the color of picture to life!  


This lovely and so fun Summer Days collection is perfect to document all the glory of your summer day adventures!.  So don't forget to check it out.


Thank you for stopping by today, and don't forget to contact me if you have any questions on how these pages came together.   Have a great summer, and see you all soon!!!