Hi everyone! Tara here with Secretbees Studio and I am so excited to share my newest project with you! I made a travel folio mini scrapbook a while back and got so many requests to do a tutorial that I just had to make another. I used a different paper collection and made a few minor changes to the folio and it is stunning!

The paper collection used for this fabulous folio is the Simple Stories 'Simple Vintage Botanicals' paper collection. Oh em gee, this collection is so gorgeous and lush it's like being transported to a breathtaking garden full of beautiful butterflies and birds and all of the most vibrant colors of the earth! Plus this collection has so much to choose from- paper, stickers galore, chipboard, ephemera and more and there is even a clear stamp set to go with it!

This amazing book, which can be filled with photos, mementos or journaling, measures 5.25" by 7.75" when closed but the best part is when you open it up to see all of the pages and pockets inside!The cover of the book opens up to reveal pockets on both sides and another whole center section that has its own surprises. There is even a small notebook that is perfect for writing or drawing!

There are photo flips and frames and even a pocket page waiting to be filled with your favorite memories and there are some hidden pockets too that give you more room for precious mementos. I could go on and on about this amazing folio but the pictures show more detail than I could explain. 

To really see this book in all of its ravishing detail, visit my YouTube channel and see a walk through and a tutorial!


Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day from Simple Stories! It's Amber, Owner and Creative Director of Simple Stories. What's not to love about a holiday dedicated to our favorite hobby, right? Whether you are spending time in a quiet, crafty corner, or with an inspiring group of friends, it is our hope that you are able to find some time to be creative this weekend. However you choose to celebrate, we wanted to express our sincere appreciation for allowing us to play a part in your memory-keeping!
We hope you enjoy our 50% off Digital Sale, download the FREE  Party Printable, and enter our National Scrapbook Giveaway by commenting on each of the creative team member's projects in our NSD InstaHop.
I also wanted to share a project with you today! It is an album created with the New Pink 6x8 SN@P! Binder and the Oh, Happy Day! collection.
Our signature 6x8 chipboard binders include eight SN@P! pages with updated patterns, three kraft chipboard dividers, and ten 6x8 pocket pages to decorate to your heart's content.
I used the Well Said paper, a card from the 4x6 Elements paper, and a few Combo Stickers to decorate the cover of my album.
Inside, I filled the pocket pages with family photos and Elements cards.
I love creating interactive elements in my albums by adding a Photo Flip to one of the patterned SN@P! pages.
Creating a collage-style design is easy with a 2x2 Insta Pocket Page and the 2x2 Elements paper.
I love how quickly a project like this comes together when using our SN@P! system!
It has always been our mission to help you share your memories in a simple, yet beautiful, way!
Best wishes as you continue on your creative journey and Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day!


Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day from all of us here at Simple Stories! We are celebrating BIG this year and would love for YOU to join us!

Are you ready to party?! We sure are! And we want to help YOU to get ready to party, too!

Step 1: Throw a National Scrapbook Day celebration with our adorable FREE NSD PARTY PRINTABLES! This FREEBIE is jam-packed and includes everything you will need to host a craft party! (scroll down to the latter half of this post to see this FUN FREEBIE in action!) Simply print and assemble and you’re ready to roll!

There’s even a PAGE PLANNER included to help you prepare projects to create at your crop! (Don’t forget to print some off for your friends, too!)


Step 2: Create something fun by taking advantage of the 50% OFF Digital Products SALE. Use the code below during checkout to apply the discount. The SALE begins Friday, May 3rd, and ends Sunday, May 5th. The code is valid all weekend, so feel free to use it as many times as you’d like!

Step 3: Be INSPIRED and enter our GIVEAWAY at our NSD InstaHop! Join our design team on Instagram at 2:00 pm MT, Friday, May 3rd, for the Simple Stories (inter)NationalScrapbook Day InstaHop! Several of our creative team members have put together projects that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Don’t forget to leave a comment on each of their projects as you hop. Each comment will count as an entry for your chance to WIN one of TEN Simple Stories PRIZE PACKS!

(Comments close Sunday evening at 11:59 pm. Winners will be announced on the Simple Stories Instagram account on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Note: Giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.)


Now, that we have you EXCITED and READY to CELEBRATE, let’s take a closer look at our FREE Party Printable, shall we?

First, entice and get your friends excited for your event with the cheerful fill-in-the-blank invitation.

Decorating for your party will be a cinch! Simply assemble the colorful banner, cupcake wrappers and toppers, and add the bottle wraps around your favorite drink. Happy details like these always make a celebration feel extra special!

There’s even two types of tags to tie onto favor bags or treats!

Best of all, everything coordinates with the Oh, Happy Day collection so you are able to create additional decorations if you’d like!

For our party we created paper rosettes with a variety of the Oh, Happy Day! patterned papers, and a colorful paper chain with the coordinating Oh, Happy Day! Simple Basics solid papers.

Having trouble deciding what to work on this weekend? We’ve included a Page Planner to help you gather photos and supplies for each layout.

Doesn’t all of this sound like so much FUN?!!! Come join us! We want to celebrate with YOU!

Hi friends!  Nathalie here today with a new layout that celebrates Mom's Love, and what better way to document it than with the new Simple Stories "MOM'S DAY" collection.

The colors and florals in the Mom's Day collection were the inspiration for this layout all about  the relationship my sister and nephew are building.  For this I pulled a cut file from Handipaper to create the large title of the layout.

I used the papers (including the cut apart elements) to back the empty spaces of the cut out, and then decided to glue the title in the center of the background - Sn@p Basics Birch/ White Grid paper- with a bit of foam adhesive.  

Before gluing the pictures down, I fussy cut lots of florals from the elements paper, and the My Mum paper; in addition, i also cut out the banners from the elements to use in the cluster and as part of the title.   I trimmed the edges of the background, and added strips of the Mom's Day collection to its sides.

The pictures were then glued on opposite sides of the title so that they form a vertical line on the page, and added the fussy cut florals and embellishments from the Mom's Day collection to just frame the pictures.  A few lines of journal and some pink gems complete the page.

The new Mom's Day collection  is simply perfect to document all your Mom special moments and the upcoming Mother's Day celebrations.  Hope you all have a blessed Mother's Day!



Hi! It’s Jeanne here today!  I’m always excited to flip the calendar to reveal a new month.  Being a card maker my first thoughts go to holidays, and special occasions like birthdays.  It’s May and you know what that means right?  It’s time to Celebrate MOM!

There really is no way to thank Mom enough for all the wonderful things she does for me.  From the beginning she’s been my  cheerleader, always making me feel like I can do anything.  She treasured my creations even when she wasn’t sure what she was looking at.. carefully asking me to describe my drawings so she wouldn’t guess wrong.

She is still delighted with my hand made cards today.  I know that every one I send will be put in a place of honor in the kitchen where she can look at them every day.

The Simple Stories Mom’s Day 12” Collection Kit is a beautiful mix of florals, dots and plaids. The sentiments on the sticker sheet are my favorite!  I know these will have my mom smiling ear to ear! - “Mom gives the very best of hugs” - “No woman alive could take my momma’s place” - “I got it from my momma”.

This pinwheel is going to be placed inside a plant or vase of flowers (I haven’t decided yet).  It was made by trimming a 6x2” strip of four different papers.  I used a Fiskars border punch to trim one edge and then scored a line between each scallop.  Finally I “Z” folded and adhered the four strips together to make a circle.   I secured the center with hot glue and then added a punched circle and stickers to the center.  A twine wrapped skewer is hot glued to the reverse and a pretty bow completes the pinwheel.

The best gifts are from the heart and made with love.


Odessa here today with some SN@P! layouts using the Sunshine and Blue Skies collection. The summery Simple Stories collections are often my favourite - they’re always so fresh, bright, fun and a little sassy. The colours in Sunshine and Blue skies are so good. The greens and corals missed with the blushes and blues and even black just feel so summery. 

When I first saw Sunshine and Blue Skies I knew it go perfectly with the new Blush SN@P! binder. It’s such a pretty yet sophisticated colour. I kept the front of my album simple with one of the Bits & Pieces and some word stickers that went well with the binder. That little van is adorable and perfect for documenting some summer fun.

This page has some 4x6 cards and a full page 6x8 photo on the right. The umbrellas on the journal card show off all the colours I am loving in Sunshine and Blue skies. I mounted the photo below on a piece of cardstock cut down to 4x6 with the same umbrellas to tie it together with a cute camera sticker and some word stickers. I kept it simple on my 6x8 photo as it had a strong graphic feel. I used the “summer” word stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet and added a cute lemon slice and a word sticker below to balance it on the page well.

I had a lot of fun with the next spread. I had some smaller photos on the left, a full page 6x8 layout on the left and a cute insert of some things I really liked from Sunshine and Blue Skies in the middle. I made it by cutting off one of the columns on the 6x8 page protectors full of 2x2 squares. I like to do these in my albums to add a visual break from photos and words and to just have fun!

The journal cards in Sunshine and Blue Skies are just so fun they don’t need a lot of extra embellishment. I love these floral words and added a cute camera icon in the middle. I embellished the photo with some chipboard and stickers to frame it - I kept them mostly on the left side so they’d be at the edge of the page and not in the middle which adds to that framed feel.

To fill the 2x2 pockets I started pulling out all my favourite bits from Sunshine and Blue Skies and started moving them around to figure out the feel I was going for. I knew I wanted a mix of 2x2 journal cards and more transparent pockets with floating elements. When I saw the FUN chipboard stickers I knew those had to be in there. I added a snow cone next to them to fill up the pocket. I added in other fun summery things like the rainbow and swimming tubes and really like how it turned out.

I wanted the 2x2 pockets to be reversible and had my work cut out for me. The pockets with the journal cards were easy because I slid some fun cards related to the layout next to them. With the swimming tube I glued down another swimming tube from the Bits & Pieces to the other side. I did the same with the snow cone. With the rainbow and the chipboard FUN stickers I attached some on theme paper on the other side so that it wasn’t plain for a truly reversible layout without using the transparency of those pockets.

For the full page 6x8 layout I kept it simple by mounting one of my fav photos on some coordinating cardstock from the Simple Basics Paper Kit (I love that the newer collections have these!) to give it some depth and then on the cuuuuuute ombre paper from the 6x8 paper pad. I embellished with the floral washi tape and some coordinating flowery bits to keep that summer feel going and to go with the florals on the page next to it. I added some word stickers (always a fav) and a nice journalling spot from the Bits & Pieces to finish it off. I can’t wait to make more pages with Sunshine and Blue Skies, it’s making me wish summer was here already!


Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine here today and I'm excited to share this perfect summer collection called "Sunshine & Blue Skies". It is full of cute embellishments such as flip flops, surf boards, palm trees and more! Planning on a vacation in the Caribbean or Hawaii anytime soon? This collection would be fabulous for your TN's, Planners and Scrapbook Pages too!

I created a layout today using 4 photos from my niece's adventure in Trinidad. Imagine having the luxury of moving to an island for 3 years with your family ... this is exactly what she's doing! I am so thankful that she gives me permission to use her pics since I haven't seen the sunshine since last ... October maybe! Yes the East Coast is really grey right now.

First I used the Sunshine & Blue Skies Simple Basics Kit. This kit has (6) 12x12 Cardstock pages. It is perfect for using as background papers or card bases and a lot more. I used 2 sheets to create the background on the layout.

I used a few 6x8 sheets to use for layering and added 4 small 2x2.5 inch pictures on a piece of white cardstock. I added dimensional adhesive on the back of the photos to give them a bit of a level on my page.

I added chipboard pieces as well as diecuts on dimensional adhesive surrounding the photos. Adding several layers using flowers, cameras, surfboard and even little people diecuts!

These little people come in all shapes and sizes and can be added to any layout to add a little extra FUN to your page. They are so cute!  I hope you enjoyed my layout today and let's see what you create with this beautiful summer collection! Come join us on Instagram @SimpleStories_ and @KristineDavidson


Hello sweet friends! It’s Henny, and it's my very first time here as a Carpe Diem Designer Team member posting and sharing my project with you all today. I have been eyeing this gorgeous "Spring Farmhouse" collection from Simple Stories since it's release day. And I was super excited when I finally got to receive it and play with it.

This collection is so.much.pretty even more in person, as well as the matching planner and traveler's notebook.  I am using the matching "Hello Floral" TN and created a fresh new set up as you can see. Quite in love with the way it turned out.

For the pockets, nothing much going on just simply loaded up with some diecuts, floral shaped page flag notes from my stash and couple of paper bow clips that come from this collection. I also punched the paper with a butterfly punch and created another paperclip. Then I slipped a couple of stickers sheets from this collection into the slip pocket.  

I love creating dashboards and dividers for my planners and TNs. And I also love to embellish them with embellishments such as gems, chipboard stickers, layers of diecuts, etc. This time I did not create a dashboard nor divider, instead I created covers for each of my insert notebooks for this TN. As you can see for the first notebook, I used this fun green checked patterned paper, decorated with a paper doily and one of the beautiful quote cards from the 12x12 cardstock element papers from the collection. I Then layered with a few floral die cuts on the bottom left corner and top right corner, and added a few adhesive pearls just for some sweetness :). Really simple but lovely to look at.

Of course when you're setting up your planner/TN, you can't forget about the washi, can you? :) I used my washi sampler metal die cut and die cut my left over paper, sent it through a laminator and then wrapped up all of the different styles of washi tape onto it. There we have some sampler washi on a card. So adorable!

May is just around the corner, so I managed to decorate my monthly spread with some stickers and have written down some important dates.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post. I hope you'll like it and will come back again to check out my next post!


Hello everyone! It's Courtney here today and I am sharing my very first blog post as a Simple Stories design team member. I feel like I need to be pinched! I was all too excited to get started, so let me tell you about what I created.The Simple Stories Say Cheese lines are always a favorite of mine and the newest collection Say Cheese 4 didn't disappoint. I love the colors that are included with this line and love to incorporate them into my everyday scrapping.

This layout is of my two youngest (I have 5 adorable kiddos), and I titled it with a card from the 4x4 element sheet that says Dream Imagine and Believe. I thought that title was fitting for my littles. My main background sheet is Make a Wish and I trimmed it to 11x11 and then matted it with the fireworks paper called Fun This Way. I really wanted to showcase a ton of the patterned papers so I cut 1-2 inch strips of paper from the 6x8 pad. I popped two of the strips up on two different thickness of foam. I added some of the adorable red scallop border sticker that is included in the 12x12 Cardstock Combo sticker sheet.

I went with three main clusters and then I added a little word phrase at the bottom. This was a happy accident I had started to doodle on my edge and didn't really care for it. So I covered it up with the phrase sticker and heart sticker. They both came from the 12x12 cardstock sticker sheet as well.

Here are two close-ups of my main clusters. For each of these, I used the cute little boys from the Happy Kids Bits and Pieces ephemera. I picked two that weren't overly themed. I also added a few stars from the 4x6 sticker sheet and the puffy sticker sheet. The black enamel dots came from Say Cheese 2. Now from the 12x12 sticker sheet, I used the What Happy looks like and the awesome tab that I added to my picture.

To finish off my layout I added the perfect tag that says Admit two! Me and you along with a heart and more puffy stars. Thank you for taking the time to read about how I created this l layout!


Hello friends! It’s Mik here from Papermiks on the blog today! It’s my first blog post and I’m so happy! First of all, I'd like to say that I'm glad to be part of this team, sharing all my creations and also learning with you. This is a dream come true!! So, let's live it together?

I love to travel and making setups in my TN is a passion of mine. I have to confess, I could do this for all my life and I’d be very happy! 

It’s vacation time for me and thinking about it I’ve chosen the Simple Vintage Traveler collection to setup my Aztec Black & White TN. For every TN, I make one or two accordion folders. In them I can store my cards, stickers and all the papers and tickets that we get during the trip, with those same items I’ll decorate my mini-album.

Besides the accordion folder I like to take two notebooks with me. One for weekly planning and one for lists & notes. This makes it so much easier to have everything handy so when I need any information about our trip its all together.

And what can I say about the ephemera? I love them and also love filling my pockets with them. I put as many die cuts as I can in the planner pockets. This way, when I’m decorating, I can mix ephemeras, stickers and papers on the same page. 

The Simple Vintage Traveler Collection is surely the best collection to use for my trip. What do you think?


Hello everyone! Anya here today and I would like to share a set of cards I created using the beautiful summer collection called “Sunshine and Blue Skies”. I absolutely adore the color scheme in this line! Makes me want to pack and go on a mini vacation somewhere.

I love making cards in sets of three or four. It also seems like a great time saver, especially if you try to keep a somewhat similar design on all of them. To create these cards I started with a white card base that measures 4.25x6.25.

Next, I covered the front panel of each card with a 4x6 piece of patterned paper or a combination of two pieces of paper, and added a piece of white cardstock on top, which gave me a perfect spot for decorations.

Finally, I created clusters of embellishments using some ephemera, chipboard pieces, stickers, fussy cut elements and enamel dots. Most of these pieces were added with foam adhesive for dimension.


Hi Everyone!  Laura Daniels here, a new member of the Carpe Diem Design Team!  So excited be here and to sit and chat with you for a bit.   So …Grab your favorite cup of coffee and let’s talk planners, girlfriend!

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Today I wanted to share my FIVE steps in setting up any 3 ring planner.

1. Front Pockets

2. Dash board

3. 1-2-3 Goal page

4. Calendar month view with tip-ins

5. Currently page

I love front pockets, don’t you?!   It’s like walking in the front door of a friend’s house, but …  before you sit down to enjoy a cup of tea, you find yourself looking around to take it all in!  Some new Décor? A new picture on the wall? Anew flower arrangement on the table….?

My front pockets welcome me into my planner, and it’s a good feeling!

Tip number 1:  Choose 3 colors to work with, choosing different shapes and sizes to fill your pockets up, following a triangle or a zig zag pattern. You can see here, my primary colors are Pink, Blue and Green.

I like to add dimension/ 3-d Elements along with movement to my dash board.  See the butterfly lifted with a dimensional? See them flying across the page?  Your mind sees where they’re headed! See the dimensional frame, it makes you want to see what’s inside?  It all creates a dimensional journey that’s fun!

Tip number 2: Look through your kit to see what really makes your heart smile and then use your creativity to make it pop on your dashboard!  For me I loved the frames in chipboard and the butterflies!!

Goals! They inspire me! They bring direction and movement to my month!  I try to focus in three primary areas each new month. Healthy Me,  Home and Social Media!

I’ve found at 57 years old I need to pay more attention to bringing healthier habits to my life style.  Especially with a first grandchild on the way… I want to be around a looooooong time!!

I try to de-clutter one area of the house every month.  Oh ….and I love home improvement projects, don’t you?!  Here you can see I focused on Spring Cleaning!

I’m trying to really establish myself on Social Media, so there’s a lot to learn, and plenty of goals to set!

Tip Number 3:  Choose three areas you want to focus on each month!   Then write 1-2 things in each category.  Be as specific as possible!  Let’s see how we both do by the end of the month, shall we?!

Setting up my month view!  Here’s the order I put it together in.

 I first number the dates of the month with a color that matches the over-all color scheme.  Then I choose 2 cards for Tip Ins, and attach with Washi tape! I Choose a Stamp set to create movement across the page, adding quotes.  Then I log meetings, travel, birthdays and holidays! I fill in any blank dates with stickers and color!

Tip Number 4:  Choose the 4-6 things you want to make sure you record each month in your monthly view.  Ideas:  Birthdays, Events, Appointments, Travel, Step counts, Gym time, girlfriend coffee’s …..

Suggestion: On the back of the Tip-ins you could write your two top favorite memories of the month!

Memories!  They take us back to moments in time, don’t they!  One of the reasons I love writing in my Currently page each month!

Tip Number 5: Think back on the month …..what are the 4-5 events or moments that speak the most to your heart?  Use those are your currently tags for the month!  Did a song keep replaying in your head? Did you have a wonderful visit from friend?  Was there a phone call that made you belly laugh?  Did you enjoy a great movie? Did you go on a fabulous  adventure somewhere?

And finally, how can any planner set up be complete without some crafty book marks and paper clips? Lol!

Tip Number 6: Look through your ephemera and Stickers…what can you fold over a paper clip? What can you use to make a 3-D paper clip?  What Cards can you use as a book mark and then ad dimension to it?

Thanks for sharing some of your time with me today!  I’d love to hear back from you and what you thought of this blog post.  Any question about what I’ve created?  .. or how its inspired you! Any ideas for a future blog post?... or for a You tube video you’d like to see?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Hugs and Creative Blessings to you my friend,


Laura Daniels


Spring is popping up all around us! The Simple Vintage Botanicals collection is perfect to capture some of those moments of spring. Nicole here today to share a project that I made using this pretty collection.

First, I pulled out some of the chipboard frames from the collection and secured my photos behind both. I added some detail by running the chipboard frames through my sewing machine. I added some dimensional foam adhesive to the back of each photo to ensure they popped off the page.

Next, I diecut some larger butterflies from some patterned paper and adhered each beside both photos, adding in a journaling card to fill in the open area.

I trimmed out small pieces of the watercolour palette paper and adhered each piece along the edge of the main patterned paper in the center of the page, adding some machine stitching to hold it all in place. I truly enjoyed creating this layout and working with this new Botanicals collection and hope you love it!


Hello everyone!!  Jackie G here on the blog today to share a couple cards with you using the beautiful Spring Farmhouse collection!!  This is one of my favorite collections!!  I know I say that a lot, but this collection is beyond amazing!!  My all-time favorite thing to craft with are flowers, and this collection does not disappoint!! 

I didn’t use many papers to create these cards, but instead allowed the 3x4 Elements, Floral Bits & Pieces, and the Spring Farmhouse Bits & Pieces do all the work for me!!  Especially those flower pieces!!  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love making very intricate cards, but sometimes all you need are just a couple elements to really make a card pop!!

Speaking about popping, I made sure you use LOTS of dimensionals on each of these cards to really draw some interest.  Some elements I even doubled the height of the dimensionals so it looked very realistic.  You can see this example on my “hello” card.

I hope you love this collection as much as I do!! Enjoy!!


What's more fun than spending Spring Break at the happiest place on earth? This year my family was able to enjoy and create new magical adventures at Hong Kong Disneyland.
As soon as I saw the new Say Cheese Collection, I'm already imagining in my head what am I going to use it for. Say Cheese 4 is perfect to document all the happy memories my family experienced and will experience at all the locations for the happiest place on earth.
 My weekly layout. I used the letter stickers to create "Hong Kong Disneyland" I wanted it to be the main focus as soon as you look at this spread.
 On this page, I did the same thing for the word "Spring Break" 
When you look at both pages of my weekly spread, you will see "Hong Kong Disneyland" and "Spring Break" right away. 
I used washi tapes, stickers and bits & pieces to create my magical layout.
Planner Pockets full of magical elements. If you didn't noticed, I added 3 kids in all my layouts/spreads. They represent my 3 wonderful children. You will see 2 boys and a little girl. You can find them here in my planner pockets. Now go back and check them out in my weekly spread. You will also see them in my monthly spread.
 As you may already know, I love and enjoy decorating monthly view of my planner. I love using the yellow number stickers for the dates.

I labeled my Doc it journals according to Disneyland we have visited and plan to visit in the near future. I will be documenting our magical adventures in each of the Disneyland we have visited. I can't wait to visit Paris Disneyland.
Are you also a big fan of Disney? If so, what are you waiting for? Grab the new Say Cheese 4 and starting planning your dream vacation. 
To be able to visit all the Disneyland Parks locations is in our bucket list. We are hoping to go to Paris soon. All we have left is Shanghai and Florida. 


Hello, Simple Stories Fans! Have you checked out the latest Simple Sets? With six papers (2 each of 3 designs) and a coordinating 6x12 Sticker Sheet, they are the perfect solution for a quick project or two!

Today I am working with the Springtime Simple Set. Butterflies and flowers are not only perfect for Spring, but work great for everyday memories, as well. This page is about my daughter achieving recognition in her writing class at college. Definitely, a "bloom where you're planted" moment for her!

Butterflies are a perfect symbol for growth and transformation, as well as following your own path. I fussy-cut the butterflies from the 3x4 & 4x6 Elements Paper and then adhered themto the page with foam squares as embellishments.

I layered several of the stickers together in this embellishment cluster, anchoring them with strips of patterned paper across the bottom and a scribble-style circle that I die cut using my electronic die cutting machine.

On the opposite side of the photos I used several patterned papers from my scrap bin and some metal dies from my stash to create a pair of dimensional flowers.

I hope this page will help my daughter remember to always celebrate her accomplishments! There is so much in our lives to be grateful for!

Thanks for stopping by!


Hello everyone! It’s Dorymar Pérez here today and I couldn't be more EXCITED to be back with the Simple Stories Design team, a group of amazing and talented designers! I’ve always LOVED Simple Stories and being part of this team for the 2nd time is a dream come true!

For my first blog post this year, I want to share a beautiful and chunky album I designed with the Say Cheese 4 Collection. The collection is absolutely stunning: it is fun, colorful and playful – perfect to document those magical memories!

I selected the Say Cheese 4 6x8 Album for my project and embellished its cover with a piece of the All Smiles Patterned Paper, the castle card from the 4x4 Elements Paper, and different elements from the Bits & Pieces and the Happy Kids Bits & Pieces. Then, I added “Magical Memories” from the 6x2 Chipboard Word Stickers and some rhinestones. I love how it turned out!

When I travel, I like to keep memorabilia from my trip, so I used a black cardstock to create a big pocket and two small ones on the inside cover.  I wanted it to look like a traveler’s journal, with cute embellishments from the collection.

For the left page of the next spread, I used both sides of the All Smiles Patterned Paper, the back of the 2x2 Elements Paper, elements from the Bits & Pieces and stickers. When working with the Simple Stories albums, I like to embellish even more the sn@p pages that come with the album, so I used stickers, Bits & Pieces, patterned paper and a piece of yellow ribbon to make it stand out more.

The next spread has a combination of a sn@p page and a pocket page. As you can see throughout my project, I try to always maximize the elements of the collection. I am also a huge fan of clustering embellishments and fussycutting those images from the patterned paper that I really like. This gives dimension to the pages and provides an interactive look to the project.

When I designed this project, I wanted to create pages for the different activities that we enjoyed in the Happiest place on Earth.  In the following photos, you’ll see pages dedicated to document everything from waiting in line for the rides, photos with characters, autographs, food, etc.  I used the collection’s washi tape to decorate some of the pages - it is so cute!  Also, I added yellow ribbon, twine and buttons to add more dimension to the pages.

This was so much fun!  I hope you like this album as much as I enjoyed designing it and that it inspired you to create!

Happy scrapping!


Hello everyone!!  Jackie G here on the blog today to share a couple cards with you!!  Let’s talk about scraps.  We all have them at the end of a project and sometimes they are SO HARD to get rid of.  I definitely can’t be alone when I say…I hoard scraps!!!  It’s so hard to throw those pieces away regardless of their size…I struggle!!  I know I’ve talked about this many times before, but let’s use those scraps to make some cards!! 

If you saw my previous design team blog post, you saw I created a very large mini album using the Say Cheese 4 collection.  I used majority of the collection with very little scraps left, yet I still kept them!! Oopies!!  So here is what I came up with.  Left over stickers created this custom background for my first card!!  I backed them up with some black cardstock extra interest. 

Next, I used the Say Cheese 4 Happy Kids Stamp collection and word dies to create my next card.  It was definitely a challenge with such little pieces to work with, so lots of pop dots to add some dimension!!

Lastly, I wanted a “wow” card so used the couple Happy Kids bits and pieces I had left to create an easel card.  I absolutely love making these interactive cards!!  Using some scrap acetate to make the children look like they are jumping for joy!!