Howdy friends, it's Layle back with you today! 

I'm so excited to kick off our Spring 2014 Release Reveal Week.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you - this is our biggest Spring release yet - and now's the time when we can finally share!  Even better news - the collections you see here on the blog this week will be shipping to retailers mid May, so they'll be here before you know it!

Today is the first of four full days! of our reveal week, so be sure to check back each day for more goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

OK, OK, I know what you're saying - "get on with it already, show us the goods"!  Alrighty, hang on to your seats because here we go.....

Today we introduce you to Good Day Sunshine.  Say hello to summer!  Full of the happiest of colors and just the right touch of vintage whimsy, Good Day Sunshine is everything you need to highlight your sunny day memories.

 

 

So there you have it - Good Day Sunshine! 

We'd love it if we could show each and every one of you this amazing new collection in person.  But since we can't do that, we've done the next best thing - we've set up part of our tradeshow booth in our offices and shot a short video to show you Good Day Sunshine - almost as if you were there in person; so take a peek at Good Day Sunshine as I walk you through the collection!  Make sure you head back here when you're done to see a few fun projects created by our talented design team as well as to enter for a chance to WIN Good Day Sunshine before you can buy it!

Now that you've seen all of the beautiful Good Day Sunshine products, how about a few projects to whet your appetite before Good Day Sunshine starts shipping mid May? 


Designed by Wendy Antenucci


Designed by Vicki Boutin


Designed by Andrea Corriveau


Designed by Kim Kesti

Good Day Sunshine begins shipping to retailers mid May, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

How about a chance to win a Good Day Sunshine prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 2 chances to win!  

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about Good Day Sunshine -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Good Day Sunshine images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #Good Day Sunshine, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

That's 2 chances to win a Good Day Sunshine goodie box before you can buy it!  And because we're feeling extra generous, how about a 3rd chance?!  Remember when I suggested you follow us on Instagram waaaaaay back at the beginning of this post?  I'll be doing random giveaways on Instagram as well throughout the week, so follow us at  simplestories_  for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Sunday the 10th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Good Day Sunshine!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of FOUR fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2!

Howdy friends, Layle here!

It's an exciting day - here's a little sneak peek of our Spring 2014 release – our largest spring release yet!  Stay tuned here on the blog for the full reveal, beginning tomorrow, the 29th

So tell me - what are you most excited about seeing tomorrow?!

Join us here on the blog as well as on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter tomorrow as we kick off a FABULOUS week long celebration, starting with the reveal of our biggest Spring Release ever and ending with a National Scrapbook Day celebration on Saturday.  We hope you'll join us!

We have two lucky winners to announce today!

The random lucky winner of the Silhouette $25 gift card from this blog post is

And the random lucky winner from the Pick a Card, Any Card blog post is

Congrats ladies!  Please send an email to layle@simplestories.com and I'll follow up with details.

Thanks for playing everyone!

Hello, everyone! Melissa here with you today to share a Life Documented layout using Simple Stories' DIY and DIY Boutique collections.

I had a little help designing this page thanks to a fabulous sketch by Becky Fleck of PageMaps. Becky put together lots of great sketches last month with inspiration for using Simple Stories' Pocket Pages, and this particular one centers around Simple Stories' Pocket Page Design 3.

I didn't have many photos for this particular week in my album, so I was glad to have some extra inspiration to fill those empty pockets!

Using a combination of the embellishment cues from the sketch and the layering elements from DIY and DIY Boutique, I was able to quickly build a few decorative clusters to fill in the blank space.

DIY Boutique has a great combination of neutral bases in kraft, cream, white, and black, and I used them liberally to keep the bright colors from the title words, shape stickers, and enamel dots from overwhelming my page.

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Howdy!  Layle here today to share some fun news - we have 80+ brand new cut file designs, now available for the Silhouette!

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

Lookin' Good

Love Banners

Anchor

This Way to Fun!

Visit Simple Stories at the Silhouette Online Store here to see these designs and others in our design portfolio.  You can also search for 'Simple Stories' directly on their site. 

Have you created something with our Silhouette cut files?  If so, we'd love to see them!  Post on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram with #simplestories or email an image of your project to layle@simplestories.com!

How about a little incentive to head on over and check out these and our other fun designs here at the Silhouette Online Store?!!  Head on over, take a peek at all of our designs, then hop back here and leave a comment on this post telling us which design is your favorite.  On Sunnday the 27th, we'll draw one random lucky winner to win a $25 Download Card to the Silhouette Online Store! 

So tell us, which Simple Stories design is your favorite?!

Hey there!  It's Vicki here today with some DIY goodness to share.  For CHA Winter I had lots of fun creating a series of make 'n takes using pieces of the DIY line.  Let me tell you…I am head over heels for DIY!!  I love to layer and build projects and this line was made for exactly that!  Take a look at some of the pieces I had to work with and let me tell you a little more about it.

This system is set up for success!  First, you have your "Foundations" i.e. tags, cards, pockets and envelopes.  The next step is "Layers" (probably my favourite Simple Stories invention ever!!).  And finally you have the "embellishments" which include stickers (6 sets with 8 sheets in EACH pack!!!!), Clear Photo Stickers, stamps, Enamel Dots and Burlap Icons, Banners and Arrow Stickers!!!  The Foundations and Layers come in both Kraft and Office.  That, my friends, makes for a ton of choices and combinations!!  Take a look at a few that I came up with…

Here are a few ideas using the tags…

Here are some samples using the cards…

Take a look at some pocket samples…

And finally, here are a few ideas using the envelopes…

I could create these DIY projects ALL DAY LONG!!!  They are versatile and fun.  This system works for any type of crafter…cardmakers, scrapbookers, pocket page lovers, etc.  The possibilities seem endless.  I plan on making more with a few different elements and additions and I will post them when it's my turn again to spend some time with you here.

Thanks for stopping by!  I can't wait to hear your thoughts on DIY and see what you create with it!!

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Hi there, Layle with you today for another round of Pick a Card, Any Card!

Each month, 5 of our design team members and I will be picking one of our favorite Simple Stories or SN@P! 3x4 or 4x6 cards and sharing them with you - in more ways than one!  We've introduced so many GREAT cards over the last few years that I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite cards each month, tell you why they're our favorites and then give you a chance to win not only the specific cards that we picked, but the other cards they're paired up with as part of the set (more on that fun giveaway at the end of this post)!

If you missed last month's picks, you can see them here.

To kick off this month's version of Pick a Card, Any Card, here's one of my favorites -

This card is one of the 3x4 cards from our Wedding SN@P! Set.  I love the mixture of fonts on this card.  I made a quick and easy grid style layout with a few of my wedding photos and this card - hard to believe that will be 19 years ago next month! 

Next up is Rebecca Keppel with this 3x4 card from our Summer SN@P! Set -

When I asked Rebecca why she chose this particular card, she said -

I know many people who are still dealing with crazy winter-like weather are going to detest me for saying this, but in the Southwest of the United States, "spring" actually feels like summer. My kids are already getting in the pool and enjoying warm evenings outside. I pulled this card out and it made me so happy that our fun summer-time is already here! I love the appealing ombre rainbow and the big white font title. And for those buried in snow, don't be too angry at me - I will be miserable in a couple of months in our 115 degree heat!

Shellye McDaniel chose this 3x4 Homespun SN@P! Card -

When I asked Shellye why she chose this card, she said -

If I could create chalkboard art it would look just like this card!  I love the oval shape and the floral border.  It reminds me of a hand-stitched sampler found hanging in a country home.

Teri Anderson selected this 3x4 card from our Dog SN@P! Set -

According to Teri -

There are cards and there are cards that make you chuckle! This one just plain puts a big smile on my face and makes me giggle. I love the thought of the dog saying those words!  Plus it is a totally versatile card that could be used on a scrapbook page or a greeting card! Love that.

Next up is Vicki Boutin with this 4x6 card, also from the Summer SN@P! Set -

When I asked Vicki why she selected this card, she said -

My favourite card right now has to be the "Hello Summer" 4x6 card from the 4x6 SN@P! Summer set.  Why, you ask?  It's because I am so ready for it!  Summer that is.  Bring on the sun, heat and blue skies!!

Last up this month is Wendy Antenucci with this 4x6 card from our Birthday SN@P! Set -

According to Wendy -

I love these cards for more than just pocket scrapbooking - these cards are great building blocks for layouts too!  I love the chevron pattern in this packet as it is such a fun card to lead your viewers eye into a photo or maybe your next card!  My favorite card in this pack though is the one with the sentiment, I am grateful for you everyday single day.  This is what I want to remember each and every day as I am surround (and sometimes overwhelmed) by my six children, that I AM GRATEFUL!

So, what do you think?  How about those picks - pretty fun, right?!

OK, now to more good stuff.  At the beginning of this post I mentioned something about a giveaway!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by end of day Saturday, April 26th telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday I'll draw one random lucky winner to win not only the cards we selected, but the rest of the cards that are included with each package the cards are from  - that's 228 fabulous Simple Stories cards, people; you can see all of the cards one random lucky will win under the Supplies section below!

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Hi everyone! Nichol here today with a 12x12 layout and set of four cards showcasing Insta-Squares from the Homespun CollectionSummer Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces SetWedding Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces Set and Birthday Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces Set. I'm a big fan of using repetitive patterns or shapes on my layouts and other paper crafting projects and the squares in the Insta-Squares makes it so easy to create amazing projects!  

For my layout share today, I used an assortment of 2" squares from several collections. To give these squares even more "pop", I used pierced nesting square dies from My Favorite Things to give the squares and square photos pierced decorative edges.

The dies make the 2" squares slightly smaller so I used a ruler to figure out where to begin adhering these small squares so that the design would be centered in the middle of the white cardstock background. I left a space in the center of the page where I adhered a 4" square from the Homespun Collection and then layered a vellum die cut square and a square from the Homespun Collection die cut with another one of the pierced nesting square dies. I embellished this title square with some Simple Stories stickers.

I embellished the smaller squares with additional Simple Stories stickers, sequins, enamel dots, etc.

I printed my journaling on a Sn@p! label sticker and adhered it across two of the 2" squares.

The Insta-Squares also make super fast cards. I used the same nesting square dies to cut the center panels for the cards.

I've created four completely different themed cards but they all four have the same design. I adhered a 4x4 patterned Insta-Square on a 4.25" square white card base, cut a piece of 4" square vellum to layer over the patterned design and then die cut the center Insta-Square and adhered the center piece with foam adhesive. Simple embellishments are all these cards need. The design of the Insta-Squares don't need much!

 

 

 

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Good Monday morning - we have a few giveaways to announce today!

The winner of the Perfect Paper Crafting & Simple Stories Blog Hop is....

Cynthia Baldwin

The winner of the March Pick a Card, Any Card giveaway is...

Lisa Woodward Peeples

Congratulations ladies!  Please send an email to layle@simplestories.com with your mailing address and we'll get your prize shipped out.

Thanks for playing!!

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Hi Everyone, Angella here to bring you a couple of Easter treats.

I always like to put my spin on any of our holiday treats, especially when it involves gift giving. Making it all more personalized and special, instead of just  grabbing something off the shelf.

I have used a little chipboard box in which I have  covered with papers from the Homespun collection.

Then all you have to do is decorate your box with fussy cut images from your pattern paper, fill the box with tissue paper, add a nest and eggs and glue a cotton reel to the bottom of the box, to act as a stand for the gift box.

For my next project I created this fun ladybug by drawing an egg for the body, then a circle, cut both shapes out, cut the circle in half for the wings and voila!  

Wishing you all a Happy Easter, and if you're like me, I will be trying to avoid the chocolate overload !

Have a great day!

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Hi all! Teri here today, and I'm here with another Life Documented project. I'm excited to share with you a few pages I made with the SN@P! Travel set. 

I went on a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Oregon Coast this month with my family. I just love the beach. And this trip was extra special because it was the first time I've ever taken my dog Marley to the ocean.

The SN@P! Travel set was perfect to use for these pages. If you have ever been to the Oregon Coast, you'll know our beaches aren't like the ones in California and Florida. It's a little more windy, a little bit more chilly and a little more rugged here. Instead of seeing folks lying on our beachers in swimsuits, you often see people bundled up in sweatshirts and jeans as they explore the beach.

One of my favorite elements on this page is the "Our Great Adventure" title. I made it simply by cutting up a 3x4 SN@P! card and then added a burlap banner sticker to it.

I really went to town cutting up my SN@P! cards on this page too.

I just love the large "Travel" card. I made it by cutting up several of 3x4 and 4x6 SN@P! Travel cards and mixing them together to make one really big 4x6 card. One of the great things about using cards from the same SN@P! set is you can easily mix them together because they all are in the same color scheme! Sometimes, my brain just needs to grab a pack of SN@P! cards and know they are going to work together no matter which ones I use.

Oh. By the way, what's the little rectangle at the top of the travel block? That's a sticker from SN@P! Travel Stickers.

And check out the card in the upper right corner. I created the border that goes across with stickers. Yep. Stickers. I just love how those stickers together.

The "Travel Musings" block here was... you guessed it... cut from a 3x4 SN@P! card. I embellished it by adding a burlap banner sticker to it.

By the way, I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in red to document all my 2014 adventures in. Being able to scrapbook out of order is big to me, and I love that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 5 for these pages. I dig that Simple Stories offers so many different styles of pages. It's great to have so many creative options.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back again soon!

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Hi there!  Layle here with you today :)

Today I'm back with another Fan Focus Friday

We have so many great Simple Stories fans out there that we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the work shared with us. 

So, here goes!

This month, let me introduce you to Amy Myers.  I found Amy recently on Instagram and after seeing her fabulous cards, I wanted to share her work with you!

Hi everyone! I am Amy Myers, owner of The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL. I have lived in Illinois my entire life. I live with my husband Mike, my 2 children Jesse and Jennifer, and my 2 puppies Winston and Abbey. I have always loved paper crafting and decided after 10 years of working in accounting decided to open my own business and enjoying every minute of it. You can find me here www.thescrapbookingstudio.com

I loved working with the Hey Mom! and Hey Pop! Simple Sets.  I made some quick cards for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day using the two element sheets from each collection.

Simple Sets are so simple that anyone and any age can put these together for gift giving. There are many elements that I cut out of the paper to use as simple embellishments with a little ink and dimensional adhesive to give each card it’s own simple personality.

Aren't Amy's cards great?!  I think this one has to be my favorite -

Thanks so much for sharing your cards with us Amy!!!

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Hi there! Marie here with you today to take you on a road trip adventure with our family using the Travel SN@P! Set.

Every time we go on a vacation I seem to do the same thing. I take 500 photos and promise myself someday I will do something with them.  But usually the photos just end up sitting on my hard drive.  Using the SN@P! Sets has made it easier than ever to actually put my photos together in an album.

These pages are of a road trip we took to Montana to visit Glacier National Park.  We also went on a lot of day trips such as the National Bison Reserve and Bigfork.

I added a 2x2 Insta-Pocket page in the middle of my spread so I could fit in extra photos.  I love how many pictures and embellishments such a small page can hold.

I like having different size Pocket Pages in the same album.  I added a tab made out of a sticker to the side of the 2x2 Insta-Pocket Page to make flipping through even easier.

We packed a lot into a few days and I needed to find a way to organize all of the different side trips we took.  I typed out our itinerary on a 4x6 SN@P! card.  Having a record of all the different places we went is very helpful to remember our trip.

And that's our road trip in a nutshell.  Do you have any vacation plans coming up?  I highly recommend the Travel SN@P!! Set if you do!

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Hi there, Emily here with you today!  For my project, I decided to cut some cute little treat boxes for Easter with my Silhouette Cameo. There are SO many treat box files to choose from in the Silhouette online store, the possibilities are endless! 

The Fresh Air Simple Set is the PERFECT collection for anything Spring. I don't buy a ton of Spring paper because I'm not always a fan of pastels, so the size of this kit is great for someone like me who is only going to use it a couple times and be done with it. I've used the entire kit up on a couple of Spring projects that I've done and no leftovers so I feel accomplished! 

I loved that I was able to reach for this beautiful collection and create some perfect little treat boxes to go in my kids' Easter baskets this weekend. Thanks for stopping by today! Have a Happy Easter! 

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Hi there!  Shellye along today with a handsome little mini album made with pieces from the SN@P! Baby Boy Set and a onesie shaped die by Top Dog Dies.  I love to make small albums such as this to give as gifts to a new mom or grandma...they're the perfect size for a brag book and display so sweetly on a shelf or cabinet!

The die that I used is actually a 'card' die, so look for that if you're interested in shopping for it.  First, I cut the shape from white mat board; you can also use a medium-heavy weight chipboard.  When I cut the shape, the scoring area of the die actually cut instead of score, which worked out perfectly.  So a 12 page mini album would consist of cutting the entire die shape three times from a 6X12 sheet of material.  Next, repeat the process and cut the shape  from either a cardstock or patterned paper. 

The 'mat' portion of the pages were die-cut with a onesie 'finisher' die set, but you could also cut an oval or rectangle so that it fits nicely.  I die cut the pieces from various 4X6 cards found in the SN@P! Baby Boy Set, as well as some plaid and solid patterns found in the Homespun 6X6 paper pad.  The front is simply decorated with some layered hearts and adorable stickers from the set.

I decided to go with a 'flip-up' style album, so just keep in mind the direction that your pages need to be decorated when putting it together.  Between each chipboard page, I added 2-3 of the 'months' cards found in the Baby Boy SN@P! 3x4 cards.  Great place for mom to journal or add extra photos.

Also, when putting the album together, I try to stagger the embellishments from page-to-page so that one page's embellishments doesn't layer right on top of the next page's. 

Use designs found on the larger, 4X6 cards as embellishments.  Below, I cut one of the hearts from a card and then simply added some hand-stitching over it. 

Although I try to keep the 'bulk' to minimum with such a thick album, I still like to raise up a few of the stickers by adding foam adhesive to the back.  Brads and buttons dress up plain stickers and give a touch of dimension.

And don't forget about the other fun products by Simple Stories that you can mix in!  The DIY Kraft and Burlap pieces are great for layering.

One of my favorite SN@P! products are the adorable pockets!  Here, I've added one of the smaller ones to the page and then simply tucked in one of the DIY Kraft tags.

In finishing, I like to add some baker's twine around the edge of the album. This isn't necessary, especially when using a clean-cut die, but it does add such a soft texture.  For the binding, I took the first page of the album and punched two holes at the top.  I then used it as a template for creating holes in all of the following pages.  The album is quite thick, so I strung through two 1.5" rings and tied on single ribbon bows to each.  Now it's ready to be adored for many years to come!

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Couldn’t make True Scrap Pocket Pages but want to scoop up some great content?  Well, today’s your lucky day!  Join Simple Stories Marketing Director Layle Koncar in her Pocket Page Scrapbooking – Back to the Basics online video class!  Whether you're a seasoned pocket page scrapbooker, a newbie, or sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to make the plunge, this class is for you!  

From organizing and storing your supplies, planning your pages, and including memorabilia in your albums, to different styles and designs of pocket page layouts, you're sure to walk away with a renewed sense of invigoration when it comes to pocket page scrapbooking!

For a limited time you can purchase this a la carte online class for only $9, as well as other True Scrap Pocket Pages classes!  Purchase only the classes you want. Get immediate access to hours of video instruction. Watch from the comfort of your own home!  And at only $9 for a limited time, these are a bargain. Get ‘em while they’re hot, before the price increases!

>>BONUS! BUY FIVE, GET ONE FREE! Get all six True Scrap Pocket Page classes for only $45. That’s a savings of 40% over the regular price! Just add all six classes to your cart and use code “SAVE40″ to get the whole event for only $7.50 per class!

Click here to purchase the Pocket Page Scrapbooking – Back to the Basics online video class - only $9.00 for a limited time!

Hi everyone! Cari here with you today, welcome to Day 1 of the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop Week!  We’re so excited to team up with Perfect Paper Crafting to share some inspiring projects with you this week.

We’ll be giving away a great Perfect Paper Crafting prize package at the end of the week, so be sure to play along and check back tomorrow to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Here are the different ways you can play along –

  1. Like Simple Stories on Facebook
  2. Share this blog post on your Facebook wall and tell us you did on our Facebook wall
  3. Follow Simple Stories on Pinterest
  4. Follow Simple Stories on Instagram at simplestories_
  5. Comment here on our blog or on Facebook

Perfect Paper Crafting is also posting projects and giving away prizes, so be sure to check out their blog and Facebook page, too!

I received the Perfect Layers - set of 3 different 'rulers' each with 4 different measurements - I was thrilled to be able to play with this fabulous tool. The possibilities are endless and definitely make creating mats so easy!

I decided that I would mat my photo with a few layers and then mat the papers on my layout as well, so I began layering my photo. I first printed it with a white border and then matted it onto some turquoise card stock. I adhered the photo to the card stock first and then used the 1/4" measurement to trim around the photo.

I then matted the turquoise card stock onto some orange card stock using the 1/8" measurement.

I matted a piece of black card stock onto a piece of the diagonal striped patterned paper using the 1/4" measurement. I then matted that entire piece onto some orange card stock using the 1/16" measurement.

Adding layers is a great way to add dimension to your work.  After matting your pictures you could also adhere them to your layout using foam squares for even more dimension. I decided to just adhere my main photo flat because I wanted to pop up my title instead.

I used a Simple Stories Silhoutte cut file for the 'Sweet & Sassy' title.

Here's my finished layout.  

I like this tool because it allows you to create such straight lines with so many different widths!

Here's a few close-up shots.

Thanks so much for joining us this week for the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop.  We'll announce the winner tomorrow, so if you've entered, make sure and check back with us here tomorrow!

 

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