Camping in the mountains is one of my favorite places to be! The fresh air, the slower pace, the night sky exploding with stars, and the sound of a crackling campfire all inspire me to soak up life and reset my way of thinking. Hi, Everyone! It's Jana Eubank! The NEW Happy Trails collection, with its cheerful colors and images, makes me want to pack up the trailer right now and head out for a weekend in the woods! 

This page features photos of my son when he was younger fishing at a small roadside pond near one of our favorite camping sites. There he could catch and release as many fish as he would like and was his FAVORITE thing to do on our camping trips.

I LOVE every single pattern in the Happy Trails collection and wanted to find a way to include as many of them as I could on this page. I created a triangle-shaped template that I used to create long pennant shapes to go across the top of my page. I added a few red gem brads to one of them and a cluster of stickers and Bits & Pieces die cuts on another.

I fussy-cut this large floral from the 4x4 Elements paper to accent the left side of my photo strip. I added a red gem brad to the center of the yellow flower and then added  word die cuts to fill in the empty space in the top right corner of my photo.

I added the "Gone Fishing" die cut below the two smaller photos, along with a bit of journaling on the plaid journal block from the Journal Bits & Pieces pack. I fussy cut the fish from another die cut to accent the right side, and then tucked in a flower sticker on the right.

On the left side, I created a fun little sticker forest scene with the raccoon and a pair of fluffy pine trees. CUTE!

I almost always create three embellishment clusters in my page designs, and when I do, I like to add something that ties them all together. In this case, I used the ADORABLE mosquito die cuts! (Probably, the one and only time I will think mosquitos are adorable. Ha!)  How cute are they buzzing around each section of this page?!

If you haven't had a chance to get out and do some camping yet this summer season, I think the Happy Trails collection gives you the perfect reason to go! *wink!* Get out there and take some outdoorsy photos so you can come home and scrapbook them with this amazing collection! Happy Camping!

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If you were excited to see the Say Cheese 4 collection, the new Say Cheese Halloween collection is going to bewitch you. It’s Dorymar today and I want to present my most recent project with this super colorful and fun collection. This album has a lot of space to take pictures of all your family and friends, you can’t leave a photo without documenting because this album is perfect for the occasion.

I decide to use the New Teal 6x8 Sn@p Binder to make this album because the collection has some super bright colors, and this gives the perfect touch to make it a super cute Halloween project.  For the cover I wanted to recreate a Halloween scene and for this I used the “Spooktacular” and the “Boo to You” papers as a base.  I fussy cut the haunted house on the Spooktacular paper, all match with the fun elements and stickers of the collection. This make the cover looks perfect!

These binders have a lot of space for pictures and document stories, but this time I want to share with you how I make additional space in the album and give it an interactive touch.  This gives me the opportunity to have fun finding pockets and opening flaps to find the chilling elements.

Another important detail of this project is how I used the beautiful stamps of the collection to make borders and personalize journaling cards.  In the pictures below you can see how they complement perfectly.

The children in this collection are super adorable the more I see them the more I love them.  They allow me to create funny scenes inside the album, perfect for documenting my pictures soon.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and I hope it will inspire you to create beautiful projects this Halloween!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hello! It's Jennifer here today to share a layout I  created with one of the new Halloween collections!  I  know its only July but I'm always so excited when the new fall and Halloween lines are debuted!  Happy Haunting has the traditional orange and black colors with greys and pinks mixed in! I  began with white cardstock as my background. Using the B side of Jeepers Creepers, I  cut out my spider web on the Silhouette. I  then added different prints to fill in the negative spaces of the web.

For my title, I  popped up the "Trick or Treat" die cut from the Happy Haunting Icon Bits and Pieces pack. The Icons are full of cute Halloween shapes as well as some fun sentiments!  I  also added a few enamel dots from my stash as well as a spider from the 6x12 Chipboard

The Happy Haunting line also includes Journal Bits and Pieces full of additional sentiments and of course, journaling spots! (If you are wondering whether you need both Bits and Pieces packs, you do!).  Here, I  used a grey-lined rectangle journal spot to document a little information about my page.   I  then added a fun sentiment above using pop dots.  

I  really love the whimsical shapes included in the Icons Bits and Pieces! Here I used two die cuts at the left of my photo, popping up the jack-o-lantern with foam tape.  I  also used one of the half-circle die cuts from the Journal Bits and Pieces to slide under the bottom of my picture.

Thank you for reading today! Be sure to check out the entire Happy Haunting collection as well as what Simple Stories has coming up next by visiting the Products page!

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Hi everyone! Father's Day may be over but if you are like me, you have some leftovers of the paper collection you used for cards and other Father's Day crafts. Everybody could use a super cute tool caddy for their desk or workbench and I used my extra paper scraps to make this winning tool caddy that is made even more useful with a lazy susan base underneath so it easily turns!

The lazy susan base, which is four inches square, was bought on Amazon. There are other sizes available as well but I thought this would be a great size for the caddy. The sides and bottom of the caddy were put together from heavy chipboard before being covered in the bold and bright patterned papers from the Simple Stories 'Dad Life' paper collection.

The caddy holder is three inches square and almost four inches tall which is plenty big to hold a large assortment of tools. After covering the chipboard sides with the playful patterned paper, I layered on a couple of picture frames along with the charming shape and sentiment stickers. I used lots of foam adhesive too, for extra dimension!

For added pizazz, I topped off the base with colorful brads and added in matching enamel dots on some of the embellishments. The frames, on two sides of the caddy, are open at the top so the pictures can easily be slipped out and changed for lots of variety.  

This caddy is not only adorable but useful as well. Any dad would love to be able to look at and use this every day! You can see this caddy in action and also check out how to make one of your own on my YouTube channel!

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Hi there!

Nathalie with you today with a new layout all about the glorious outdoors.   There is nothing like fresh air and good company to create great memories, and when the new Happy Trails collection from Simple Stories arrived at my door, i quickly pulled a few of those memories to create this page.

I am a sucker for wood grain paper, so i quickly pulled the Happy Camper paper to cut the title from it using a cut file from the Silhouette store.  At the same time,  the letters and waves were also cut from the Lakeside paper.

The title was backed with the patterned paper and foam adhesive to create a bit of dimension on the layout.   The waves were then hand stitched to the Love You S'more paper, and then the title was glued in place above the waves.

I used the Happy Trails 3x4 and 4x6 element papers to back the pictures, and then attached them to the bottom of the title.   I used elements from the Chipboard and cardstock stickers as well as both Bits and Pieces packs to create the clusters around them.

To break up all the wood grain of the background, i decided to trim the bottom of the page a bit and back it with a piece of the Lakeside paper.   A small fold was created at the bottom of the page,  here i added a few stickers and pieces of ephemera to bring a bit more interest to the page.

To finish the page,  i chose to add clusters at the  corners of the title work, so that they bring the colors of the collection, and celebrate my daughter's fishing adventure.

I hope this has inspired you to document those sweet and glorious outdoor adventures using the new Simple Stories Happy Trails collection.   Remember to check it out, you are going to love it!

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Jeanne here today and I’m taking you sea side with the new Simple Stories Crusin’ Collection!   I’ve got SIX cards to share to day so let’s get started!

Crusin’ is a compilation of nautical images, papers in navy, aqua, yellow and red.  The paper prints include stars, stripes, dots and plaid.   There are coordinating enamel dots, stickers, chipboard, die cut images and even a three pack of washi tapes so creating a SNAP! 

The Simple Basics Kit contains coordinating solid card stock sheets perfect for adding layers, borders or accents to your designs.

The nautical sentiments and images make perfect cards for friends and family headed out on a cruise, or seaside vacation.    I just love the images that bring back memories of good times at the beach,  going crabbing, or sailing with my son.   I can almost smell the ocean breeze and feel the sun on my face.

I love to make scenes with mixed pattern paper.  Hand cut curvy waves turn into backgrounds of sea or sand.   The Bits and Pieces and 6x12 Chipboard images are perfect for making scenes or grouping for collage style cards.

There’s loads of sentiments to choose from.  You’ll find them in the Bits and Pieces, Chipboard Stickers as well as the 4x6 stickers and the 12” Combo Sticker you’ll find in the collection kit.

These cards are perfect for all the sea loving people in your life.  The nautical theme appeals to the guys and the gals, and the images will bring a smile to your face.

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Hi! Odessa here with some SN@P! pages using the Heart collection. The colours and papers are so nice in this collection, I was so inspired!

I used a Robin’s Egg SN@P! binder which went well with Heart. I was really inspired by all the diamonds so I covered the binder in them! I cut down a piece of cardstock to fit and then tore the diamond shapes by hand from the Missing You Cardstock and stuck them down to the cardstock. I added in a few hearts around the page to add some more dimension.

The diamonds really reminded me of quilts so I pulled out my sewing machine and stitched up the rows of diamonds before I attached the cover to my binder. I added some simple stickers in the corner and it was all done! I love the homey cozy quilt feel of this.

For my layouts I used some recent family photos from a few days away that were special to me. On the right I did a single page layout using one of my favourite phots and on the left a SN@P! page with some more photos, journal cards and stickers. I just adore the gold foil throughout Heart!

I decided to bring the torn and stitched paper feel from the cover to the inside so for my single page layout I tore strips from various Heart collection cardstock and layered them around my photo. I also added in some strips of washi here and there to add more dimensions before I stitched a few rows across the page. The Heart collection is full of great handwritten style word stickers so I added one to my photo.

I had some more photos to get in my binder so I did a second page with Heart. This spread is full of things in pockets with a cute 4x6 vertical protector in the middle full of SN@P! cards, stickers and more. Throughout the layouts I folded washi over corners of photos to give it a vintage photo album feel.

On this card I layered some of the gorgeous Heart washi tape to personalize the journal card a little more. Throughout my layout layering is a major theme! The colours and patterns lend themselves so well to oodles of layers and mixing and matching.

These vertical SN@P! protectors are one of my fav things. Sometimes I’ll fill them up with photos and sometimes I’ll fill them up with bits of ephemera and cardstock from the collection I am working with like I did with Heart here. It’s a great way to add dimension to a layout and sneak in some extra pieces that didn’t quite make it to my layout.

When you flip over the vertical protector my last page pops out. I added in some journalling, stamping, stickers and more to keep it all together. There were a lot of background people in my bottom photo so I used various hearts from the collection to create a boarder around my family and hide all that. I hope this peek into my pages has inspired you!

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Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine Davidson here today and I'm sharing a layout I created using the Cruisin' Collection. I used a photo of the cruise ship my friend and her Mother in Law took last February. I highlighted the ship, the ports of call and of course the date the cruise was taken. 

My background was created with a white piece of cardstock but you could use the gorgeous Simple Basics sheets that come with this collection. I added a few strips of paper in assorted sizes to use more color and texture. 

 

I used a 4x6 photo and mounted it on dimensional adhesive and of course added more on the stickers and diecuts. I didn't want to add to many diecuts around the photo since my photo was the focal point for my layout. Instead of doing clusters around the photo I added the elements on the bottom of my page. 

My journaling was created on a piece of white cardstock that I cut in strips to place them on my layout. I was debating on using my own handwriting but I thought typed up would be better. 

I added a small cluster of stickers and diecuts on the right of my photo. This can be another small photo if you wish or use a 2x2 piece with an image or title even. 

I hope you enjoyed my layout today. This collection is super cute for beach scenes and Cruise Ships!

Find us on Instagram @SimpleStories_ and @KristineDavidson

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Hey y’all! Courtney here on the blog today sharing a layout that I created using the really cute Crusin’ line. Now I haven’t been on a cruise lately, but we did just come back from a long beach trip. I have a ton of pictures that will go so perfectly with this collection.

I chose these two precious pictures of my youngest on his daddy’s shoulders. I chose to do two 3x4 pictures that I matted on the Ports of Call individually and then double matted them on the Ahoy and the Seas the day paper

The background paper is Lost at Sea and it’s cut down ¼ of an inch and matted on the 4x4 elements sheet. I also used a free cut file from paper Issues called Sailing into summer that I backed on Man overboard and the lined card from the 4x6 element sheet.

I used the 6x12 chipboard sheet, the combo sticker sheet, the 4x6 sticker sheet, and the bits and pieces to create my clusters around my photo.  The title came from the bits and pieces pack and I added some foam to give it dimension.

I finished my layout with three clusters of enamel dots and some gold splatters. I also added a little bit of my handwriting to journal about this sweet moment.

Thank you so much for checking the blog out. I hope I inspired you!

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Hello Simple Stories friends! Anya here today and I would like to share an explosion box with you that I created using the beautiful “Heart” collection. Even though the main theme for this line is about memories of people we lost, it doesn't mean we can't use it for other projects as well.

To create this box I used a scoring board and some white cardstock. My box measures 3” from all sides and the lid is 1” tall. In order for the lid to fit the box nicely, you need to make it about 1/16” larger then the size of the box. After creating the basic shape of the box, I like to cover all the panels with patterned paper, leaving a thin white border.

My favorite part is to decorate all the panels with little pieces and stickers. The sides don't have to be very similar in design - the basic idea here is to distribute the colors evenly among them. By adding some of the pieces to panels with pop dots, you will create dimension, which always makes this type of project more interesting.

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Good morning, Nicole here today to share a layout created with the Dad Life Simple Set. This collection has a great masculine feel to it, and great for pages all about Dad - BUT, also great about pages about boys too!

To easily combine the masculine patterns in this Simple Set, I cut some pie shapes on my digital cutter and arranged them in a circular shape around a circle shaped title as well.

I added some texture to the design with some simple machine stitching, running around and over the edges of the patterned paper. I repeated the same design in three areas of the page to fill in the background. 

I Fussy cut a few stars from the My Hero patterned paper and used popped them onto the page with foam adhesive to embellish any open areas. I then added few enamel dots to add tiny pops of color around the page.

Everything came together beautifully!

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Hello, Simple Stories Fans! Jana Eubank here with a brand new layout featuring the Cruisin' Collection. 

Each time one of my children graduate from high school, we plan a big family trip to celebrate! My son graduated from high school this year, so we planned a Caribbean cruise. The photos on this layout today feature the excitement we all felt as we boarded the cruise ship.

I LOVE using lots of patterned paper in my scrapbook designs, but to make those patterns really SHINE, you need to give the eye a rest by incorporating solid colors as well. This is why I love the Simple Basics Kit so much! I used all three papers in the Simple Basics Kit on this page. I used the Navy/Yellow paper for the background, and then layered up the Red/Blue paper and the Teal/Cream paper as photo mats behind my main photo.

I then created an embellishment cluster across the top of my photo with the sun, cloud, and phrase stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet, as well as a few chipboard hearts and enamel dots.

I decided to do something a bit different for my journaling on this layout. Instead of using one large journaling block, I layered together three different journaling shapes from the Bits & Pieces. I LOVE the way this turned out! The different shapes stacked together are so CUTE!

I then accented the top of the horizontal photo with the "Anchors Aweigh" phrase (Bits & Pieces), a heart sticker (Combo Stickers), chipboard pieces, and a sprinkling of enamel dots.

I placed the chipboard phrase "Bon Voyage" along with the chipboard cruise ship at the bottom of the vertical photo for my page title. Next, I tucked in a few stickers behind the photo mat layers to the right of the title and then added tone-on-tone navy enamel dots to the ship and page background. (It's amazing the fun texture and shine you can add with just a few enamel dots! I love those things SO MUCH!!!)

To cap off my design, I added strips of the yellow/white striped AHOY paper across the top and bottom of the page. 

Simple Stories makes scrapbooking so much FUN! What memories will YOU capture today?!

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Hi Friends, It’s Dorymar here!  Today I want to share with you some layouts and the cover of my latest Snap Album.  On this occasion I used the lovely Heart Collection, this is a very sentimental collection, but in this case, I used it with a different meaning than for what it is designed for. My album is designed for Family Memories.

I select the 4x6 Navy Snap Binder because it is a perfect match with the collection. To design the cover, I used the Never Forget paper as a background.  I selected the forever and love words from the Chipboard Stickers as a title.  This time I want to make the cover simple, that’s why I only use a few elements of the collection to decorate it.   

I love the colors and patterns in the Heart Collection.  Fun plaids, stripes, and hearts paired with lots of cute flowers and a beautiful touch of metallic gold made this album come together very quickly.

The die cuts, chipboard stickers, and element cards helped make the album fun, and added space for journaling that I wanted to record.

I love to add folding elements in my albums for extra space and interest.  For the page above, I used a piece from the Never Forget paper, a 4x6 element card and I combined it with the washi tape, die cuts and scallop border from the combo stickers.   

The 4x4 and 3x4 element cards allow you to have more space for journaling and photos.  I always incorporate buttons and ribbons to give a personal touch. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I've inspired you to create beautiful things with the Heart Collection!

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Hello, its Jennifer here on the blog!  Today I'm happy to share a layout I created with the Heart collection!  If this line looks familiar, you aren't imagining things!  Heart was originally released as a Simple Set a few years ago and is now back with the same beautiful prints plus some as well as additional embellishments! I  cannot tell you how excited I was to see this collection again because of its wonderful meaning.  My page is about my dear angel mother who passed away 10 years ago this month. A lot of tears were shed creating my layout but I  feel that its therapeutic and healing to scrap about the people we've lost. 

I  started by cutting the My Heart print in half and adhering each side to a white cardstock background. I  loved the contrasting light blue ledger print against the grey/white heart.  I  then adhered and stitched a strip of my favorite plaid of So Loved down the middle. Using the navy from the Heart Simple Basics Kit, I  cut my heart frame cut file on the Silhouette. I   then adhered different prints inside the negative spaces of the heart to add extra color! 

For my title, I  used the script words "miss you" off the 6x12 Chipboard as well as added flowers to accent from both the Chipboard and Bits and Pieces pack.  

For journaling, I  utilized one of the tags in the Bits and Pieces and layered a die cut floral cluster underneath. You can also spy one of the beautiful Washi Tapes that coordinate with the line which I  placed over the navy/white stripe border sticker from the Combo Sticker sheet. I  also added two die cut heart prints at the bottom of my tag; one of which I  adhered with pop dots to add dimension. 

The Bits and Pieces pack also includes smaller journaling spots such as the gold yellow framed one you see here. I'm always a big fan of the typed sentiment stickers in the 4x6 Stickers as they make a wonderful addition to your title or just if you want to add something extra to your page! 

One of the beautiful things about the Heart collection is that you will find embellishments and papers that include gold foil!  Here is a small pennant from the Bits and Pieces that I  adhered to the top of my photo with pop dots.  Also included are die cut gold foil hearts

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  I  hope this inspires  you to create a page about someone you love that is in heaven with the Heart collection! Have a great day!

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Hi everyone! Our loved ones are always gone too soon from our lives but with the new 'Heart' paper collection from Simple Stories, you can preserve all of those wonderful memories. This collection is full of gorgeous, soft colors and beautiful sentiments and images to commemorate those we miss.

I couldn't not make a mini album to show off this fabulous collection full of blooms, stars, hearts and gold accents! Plus, I recently took a Coptic stitching class by Paige Taylor Evans and needed to make a Coptic book to keep the lesson fresh in my mind. This adorable mini has chipboard covers and five multi-tiered 'signatures' that will hold a ton of photos and mementos with lots of interactive pull-outs, flips and even some hidden pockets!

No somber colors here- just a spectacular mix of colors and patterns to happily reminiscence about your loved ones. The shine of the metallic gold accents are the perfect highlight for all of those joyous memories! All of the stickers, chipboard, washi tape and decorative elements layer together  beautifully.

To match the lovely metallic accents of the collection, I used a gold metallic thread for my stitching. You can see some of the pretty Coptic stitches here on the spine. I also wrapped my paper tassels with the same thread for even more shine!

Visit my YouTube channel to get a closer look at all of the beautiful details of this splendid paper collection and see more pages of this mini album! 

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Hello Friends, 

It's Kristine Davidson here today to share a layout I created using the Heart Collection. This collection is more about celebrating and scrapbooking loved ones we've lost and those we want to cherish in our scrapbooks. I wanted to use this collection to celebrate my niece's sweet face instead. Something different and a bit of different direction with this collection. I tend to do that on many of my projects. I am showing you another way to use this collection in case you love it and don't necessarily want to scrapbook that many pages of loved ones lost.

This layout is called LOVE LOVE LOVE - I love her face, the way she makes silly smiles and grimaces and makes me laugh out loud! I used the SN@P Basics papers for my background along with a white piece of cardstock. I layered all 3 papers to form my background. I cut up small pieces of paper 1" by 4" from the 6x8 paper pad. This allowed me to use smaller patterns and many different papers from the collection. 

Once my background was done, I added the strips of paper, the 3x4 photo and then started layering with flowers and hearts. I scattered the hearts on the paper more on the right of the page than middle.
This just makes it easier on the eye.

Adding the circle LOVE LOVE LOVE from the Bits & Pieces adds more details and enhances the page title.

Of course I added small drops of glimmer glaze to add texture and finished off with some journaling.

Hopefully I gave you a bit of inspiration or something to think about for your next layout.
You can find more projects on our instagram accounts - @SimpleStories_ and @KristineDavidson.

Have a great day friends!

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I confess that I’ve always had a hard time making Sympathy and Miss You cards.  It’s never easy saying good bye  or  expressing myself  when I just can’t seem to find the right words to say.

The Simple Stories new HEART Collection allows me to convey my feelings without having to search for the right words.   The journaling cards in the collection are beautifully worded, and heartfelt.

The papers in the collection are contemporary -  yellow, teal and navy, with plaids, stripes, florals, hearts and dots that are fresh and classic at the same time.

The Simple Basics Kit includes solid 12” cardstock sheets perfectly coordinated with the pattern papers.  They’re perfect for layering and mixing with the pattern papers.

I used die cut bits and pieces and chipboard stickers to embellish the journaling cards that take center stage on each of my cards.  I added sentiments from the 4x6 sticker sheets to look like journaling.

I know these handmade cards will convey my heartfelt thoughts and let the recipient know how much I care.

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Hi! Odessa here with some sunshine-y SN@P! pages made using the nautical Cruisin’ kit. When I first opened up Cruisin’ I was drawn to the rich blues, reds and yellows throughout the collection. I paired it with some fun photos and made a few pocket pages with it.

First up is my album cover. I used the new Robin’s Egg SN@P! binder which has a lovely blue spine that goes perfect with Cruisin’. I was torn between it and red but I wanted to keep the sea inspired colour theme going. I covered up the front of the binder with the Lost at Sea cardstock and embellished the corner with a simple cluster of Bits & Pieces, chipboard stickers and smaller stickers. I finished off the cover with a cute strip of washi where the binder spine and cardstock meet.

My first two page layout using Cruisin’ features a 6x8 layout on the left and some pockets full of fun on the right. You can really do anything in a 6x8 album, I love it!

I used some plain light coloured cardstock from the Simple Basics coordinating cardstock from the collection and layered different cardstock, stickers, chipboard and enamel dots around a watery photo. I had to include those cute nautical flags from the Cruisin’ chipboard. I used a scalloped boarder photo from the combo sticker sheet to give the page a nice edge that I echoed on the 4x6 photo on the other side of the layout.

I filled my pockets with a 4x6 photo and a couple of cut apart journaling cards from the Cruisin’ cardstock. I used oodles of phrase stickers from both the combo sticker and 4x6 sticker sheets and more enamel dots and chipboard to finish it off.

The next layout in my SN@P! album has a few more photos and cards. I just love the contrast between the peaceful blues and bright yellows in Cruisin’ so much!

The left side of this layout is more peaceful with some of my fav recent photos, a simple journal card and a few well placed embellishments. I had a square photo I wanted to use that I attached to a piece of the coordinating solid Simple Basics Cruisin’ cardstock and added some washi and chipboard accents.

The right side of this layout is packed with more fun and colour with lots of yellows. I filled up some 2x2 pockets with some of the journal cards cut from the 2x2 Elements cardstock and filled the larger pockets with a photo and some journalling. I added some more stickers, chipboard and bits and pieces to round it out and balance the peaceful feeling of the right side with a ton of fun.

I had a ton of fun using the Simple Stories Cruisin’ Collection with some fav watery photos and I hope I’ve inspired you.

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