July 2019 Blog Posts

Hello everyone! As I was working on getting a binder ready for our next big trip, I remembered a tip I wanted to share with you. It might be pretty simple, but can be very helpful, when the time comes to putting the whole thing together.

I value journaling in every shape and form of scrapbooking, but often struggle to include enough of those special memories in words. Any time I can involve other family members in it is such a great plus! It not only helps me remember more, but it also adds a different perspective to the story.

Before we leave for a family vacation or when kids go to camp, I like to give each of them these tiny notebooks that are small enough not to take up a lot of space, but  cute enough that will inspire them to take a few moment at the end of each day to write a few notes and maybe draw a few pictures from the day.

These particular camping journals measure 4x4” and were created using the “Happy Trails” collection. I trimmed a strip of two 4x4” elements that was folded in half and used for the front cover. The back cover was made in a similar way but instead I just used a piece of patterned paper with an all over design. For the pages inside I used plain “filler” lined paper that was also trimmed to size.

Also, I decorated just one page in each journal simply for fun. When I give these to my children, I know they will be scribbling in them and might add just enough precious information for the overall story. I may also keep some of their drawings and add them to one of the pockets in my album.

I love it whenever I can get my children involved in the memory keeping! They feel important and I feel lucky to get the additional bits to our story!


Good morning Simple Stories fans! Nicole here again to share a fun (and slightly spooky) Halloween layout with you using the new Say Cheese Halloween collection! This collection is a great combination of Halloween color and pattern and has a perfect whimsical feel! It is so great to capture some of those Halloween memories.

I really wanted to combine some of the fun cut apart squares from the 2x2 elements paper to create a grid for my page. I cut some 2" squares of paper from various patterns in this collection to mix in with the cut apart sentiments

I added in a spiderweb cut file as a layer between the patterned paper and my photos in a neutral kraft color to add a little dimension. I added some diecuts and fussy cut some elements from those same 2x2 squares and popped them with foam adhesive onto my project.

I hope that this gives you some fun ideas on how to incorporate the Say Cheese Halloween onto your next spooky Halloween page!


Trick or treat, she's so sweet! The new Happy Haunting collection was perfect for scrapbooking these two cute friends who decided to put together their own gypsy costumes for Halloween one year. Hi, everyone! It's Jana Eubank. It was so much fun listening to these two girls giggle and squeal as they ran back and forth to each other's houses digging through their skirts, scarves, and their mom's jewelry and makeup putting together the perfect gypsy ensemble. 

Do you sometimes feel like that when you're scrapbooking? Like you have to dig and dig to find just the right pieces for your project? Stop digging and grab yourself a collection kit by Simple Stories. The simple, yet brilliant, patterns make it a snap to document your memories!

Time and time again I reach for the Snap Basics Paper Pack for the backgrounds for my layouts. Not only do I love a neutral, clean background, but I adore the built in journaling lines! 

I have been enjoying adding torn bits to my pages lately. This technique is a simple way to add texture to a design. Here I tore a strip of the Fright Night paper to go across the top of my page. There was one spot where the tear curved upwards. Instead of letting it bother me, I ran with it and added a few tab stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet to fill it in. What a fun detail!

I couldn't WAIT to try out the 6x6 Stencil from this collection. The bats in flight were just calling my name. I used a dauber with a black ink pad to create the pattern and then splattered some mist over the top.

Next, I used the chipboard phrase for my title (SWOON!) and then cut out a few of the larger designs from the 4x4 Elements paper decorate the space below. These larger elements are anchored on the chipboard banner and then accented with a pumpkin and floral cluster sticker (Combo Sticker Sheet).

One of my favorite things about this collection is the soft touches of pink. I love how the shades of pink pick up the girls' youthful skin. The pink also adds a feminine, flirty touch!

The Happy Haunting collection was such a fun way to take a break from the summer heat and has me counting down to the cooler days ahead!

Thanks for coming by!


Hello again! It's the Final Day of our Fall and Winter 2019 NEW Release, but this adorable collection is one you are going to want to use all year round!

From our home to yours ... introducing the SO HAPPY TOGETHER collection. Home is where our stories begin and this darling set is the perfect way to record yours! Capture memorable moments with family & friends, document favorite family recipes, or welcome a new neighbor with a handmade card. You'll love creating with the cheerful houses, friendly flowers, and heartfelt sentiments.

View the full SO HAPPY TOGETHER collection HERE. Visit us on Facebook & Instagram for chances to WIN the new SO HAPPY TOGETHER product before you can buy it; stay tuned tomorrow for even MORE new product reveals!

Shipping to retailers September 2019.

Welcome back! It’s Day 6 of our Fall and Winter 2019 NEW Release!

As the snow gently falls outside, warm up with the WINTER FARMHOUSE collection by Simple Stories. Cozy images of mittens, skates, sleds, and snowy pines are coupled with snowglobes, sweaters, skis, and more! You'll look forward to sipping a mug of hot cocoa and snuggling up inside as you create something splendid with this comfy collection.

View the full WINTER FARMHOUSE collection HERE. Visit us on Facebook & Instagram for chances to WIN the new WINTER FARMHOUSE product before you can buy it; stay tuned tomorrow for even MORE new product reveals!

Shipping to retailers September 2019.

It's Day 5 and we're back with another incredible NEW RELEASE to share.

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse! Capture the magic of the holidays with the SAY CHEESE CHRISTMAS collection. Whether or not your celebration includes a visit to see the Big Cheese, you will delight in the playful patterns, seasonal icons, and images of happy kids enjoying the holiday hoopla. All is merry and bright this Christmas when you celebrate with Simple Stories!

Shipping to retailers September 2019.


Hello everyone!  It's Dorymar back to share a new Sn@p album with you. For this time, I used the new Happy Trails Collection. This collection is the perfect one for those people who love the Outdoors Adventures, you can create with them to document all of your summer adventures; camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, etc.

For this project I selected the 6x8 Yellow Stripe Designer Binder.  I love creating the covers of the binders, but in this case, the binder has the perfect color and design to match with the collection.  I decided to use some pieces of the 6x12 chipboard stickers to give an idea of how adorable the project will be in the inside.

I worked the project with space to document all outdoor activities; camping, hiking, fishing, etc.   One of the things that I love about this binder is that it allows you to let your creativity fly. You can use many styles of pocket pages and add whatever you want.

I prepared my own dividers with pockets and space to use the beautiful pieces that the collection allows. I could play with the spaces of the pocket pages to create small collages and in others I could place space to add the photos.

This page is one of my favorites, because I played with the beautiful chipboard and stickers of the collection to recreate an activity that we all do while camping, making smores, Yummy!

I hope you enjoyed my Sn@p! Album today and inspired you to create a wonderful project with this amazing collection. The Happy Trails Collection is perfect for documenting all of your outdoors activities!


Welcome to Day 4 of our NEW product reveals!

Ho, ho, ho! Our hardworking elves have been busy designing the warm and whimsical HOLLY JOLLY collection just for YOU! Christmas cookies, dashing deer, and Santa himself make an appearance in this imaginative collection. Cheerful patterns and joyful designs will add a little spice to your holiday papercrafts and are perfect for capturing memories of the most wonderful time of the year.

View the full HOLLY JOLLY collection HERE. Visit us on Facebook & Instagram for chances to WIN the new HOLLY JOLLY product before you can buy it; stay tuned tomorrow for even MORE new product reveals!

Shipping to retailers August 2019.