Good morning! Brenda Smith here with you today and I am so excited because I have in my hot little hands a gorgeous ballerina pink Carpe Diem planner. First, look at the new pocket set up (for The Reset Girl planners only)!

The window is perfectly-sized for peek-a-boo 3x4 cards. This card came included with The Reset Girl boxed set but any 3x4 card you have in your stash (or one you make yourself) will work. 

Because The Reset girl dashboards and dividers and accessories are all very motivational and encouraging toward achieving goals, I decided to set up this planner as my creative goals planner. I used this monthly log page to set myself some very basic goals that I can check off as the month goes by. When the month is over, I'll fill out that circle with a pie chart of how I spent my time. 

On my goal tracker (one included in TRG boxed set for each month of the year), I set up a more broad goal and am keeping track of how often I achieve that goal throughout the month. 

Not many know this about me, but I did some graphic design stuff several years ago when I first started college. I've been yearning to get back to designing, so I am setting goals to make myself get back into it. This is a pocket insert that I'm using to hold some little bits and pieces that I've found on Pinterest and elsewhere. 

I have a theme in mind and chose a color scheme and then imagery or composition that sparked an idea. I also found some simple sayings or phrases that would fit well with my theme. 

I tried out the new 140 GSM vertical weekly inserts and they are AMAZING! They are relatively colorless with only a light grey and black so they can be fully customizable to your needs. And the paper weight is just everything I had hoped for and more. The past CD inserts had some ghosting problems, but I am happy to report that my trusty old Versafine Onyx Black does not show through on the other side of the insert! And do you spy those peach floral and black WASHI TAPES?! Hooray! 

The sheer number of coordinating sticker packs for this line had me so excited to add more and more and more to this page. I think The Reset Girl and the Planner Essentials roller stamps have quickly gone to top the list of my favorite roller stamps. They're just so versatile and usable and exactly the right size for planners and pocket pages, my two favorites. 

The new planners & accessories will be shipping to retailers late July, early August. The quality of the binder and the rings and the weight of the inserts and the dashboards/dividers is absolutely impeccable and you can believe that I'll be rounding out my planner collection with more of the gorgeous colors available. 

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There is nothing better than stealing your sister away, for a day of exploring and family fun.  We live 4 hours from each other and don't get to see each other often.  The bright pinks and yellows in the Sunshine & Happiness collection, help make this cold, drizzly day in Bar Harbor, Maine a little brighter.   I knew they fresh 'girl' head had to play a role somewhere.  'She' is how this entire layout got started!  She is on stickers, cards, chipboard, everywhere!!!
 
I loved the 6x12 section of the elements paper that says "there are so many beautiful...."  I used that as half of my page!  I focused on the lower right corner of 'Total Crush' too!
 
 
Using such large and intricate papers made my layout come together rather quickly.   Lets take a look at the smaller details.
 
 
I embellished the corner of the patterned paper with stickers, brands and enamels for dimension.
 
 
The cloud and sun came from the SN@P! Pack.   It was a 4x4 card that I fussy cut.  Because it was a dreary day, I removed the sun and tucked it further behind the cloud.  I didn't want it to come off as a really sunny day!
 
 
I added a bit of SN@P! Pack 3x4  and 4x4 cards as layers behind my photo too.  
 
I hope you have your inspired to used the larger sheets of patterned paper to your advantage!
 
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Traditionally I am not a bird fan.  We have a pool so bird poop is not cool - LOL!  However, when a mama bird builds a nest on a grapevine wreath on your shed door, you treat them like your own.  I watched these babies go from eggs to flying away in just 3 short weeks.  I checked on them a minimum of 4 times a day.  Every time I looked, they changed.  It is amazing how quickly they morph from little raw turkey looking things to feathery birds!  I was really intrigued.  What better collection to document MY birds than Bloom & Grow, right?
 
I print my own photos through my Silhouette.  That way, I  can print the size and shape I want.  
 
 
 
Obviously the chipboard and sticker birds had to play a role in my layout but so did the gnomes.  They serve no purpose here, other than being so darn cute!  
 
 
I layered mushrooms, birdhouse and an umbrella!! I felt like my little vignettes needed some sort of grounding as opposed to just floating on my page, so I trimmed a strip of green paper to replicate grass.
 
 
Look how tiny my baby birds started out.  I am glad children don't grow that fast!
 
Thank you for stopping by.  I can not wait to see how you create with this collection.

 

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Hello there! Allie here today, and I have two new layouts to share with you today, using the two newest collections--Sunshine & Happiness and Bloom & Grow.

For the first layout, I used Bloom & Grow to create a quilt pattern across the page. I was inspired by this image on Pinterest!
 

 

To create the quilt pieces, I used a square punch and cut them in half from corner to corner. I started in the middle, and just copied the quilt design until my background was complete. I stitched the triangles down to add to the quilt look, and give dimension to my page. Once I was done with the background, I added my photos, title, and embellishments!
 

 
 

For my second layout, my goal was to mix Sunshine & Happiness with You Are Here!
 

I cut strips from the patterned papers of both collections, and varied them in size and length. I arranged them on my page, and then sewed them down. I left the ends of the thread dangling for a messier look. The theme of the page was Disneyland, so I kept the colors bright and cheery. I used the You Are Here! frames for my photos, as well as a cute phrase from Sunshine & Happiness.
 

 

 I loved the travel themed wood veneers, and added them to my page. The colors from the two collections coordinate so well!
 

 
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are having a great summer and that you feel inspired to create!

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Hello Friends, It’s Kristine Davidson with you today.  I am going to show you 2 of my latest layouts created using the new Bloom & Grow Collection.  This collection is super cute and fun.  Imagine little gnomes in the garden, or flying a kite.   I love the navy blue with a touch of yellow and red in this collection. I really couldn't wait to use it.

The first layout I'll be sharing is called " Bloom & Grow "

My mother is a great gardener and her thumbs are certainly green!  She does an amazing job at planters, her garden beds and has a way to make her garden look amazing. My dad certainly helps her out but it's mostly done by my mom. This layout is just to showcase some of my mom's garden and her love for greenery.

I created this page similar to a pocket page page. It's not in a page protector but it is on a piece of cardstock. I cut out the 3x4 cards in the SN@P! Pack and trimmed them to 2.75x3.75 just to leave enough white space between cards and pictures.

This little SN@P! Pack has everything you need to create a page similar to this. Of course you can add extras with the Expressions and Fundamentals Stickers. You can add or use as little as you wish based on your photos. If you aren't into pocket page scrapbooking why not try this form of layout? You can add several pictures and of course lots of color to these pages.

I love creating dimensional images on my pages and this was no exception. I added foam adhesive in the back of the photos to bring them out a bit from the pattern papers that are around it. It just makes the image pop a bit.

You can see again in this picture how the photos are elevated as well as some stickers. You can also do this on a layout. Instead of having your picture flat on the paper why not add some dimensional adhesive to make it stand out from the rest.

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My Second layout for you today is called "Let's Play Outside"

This photo was perfect for this paper. Don't you love that when it happens? It just fits!  I also like that his tshirt says Play ;) Nope that wasn't planned!

I wanted to create layers and a fun page using some cute chipboard pieces and of course little Gnomes. OMG aren't those cute or what?! Some find them spooky and I must admit I don't think I would have them in my garden, but on a scrapbook page I'm all for it !

I added sewing to this layout and of course a cluster of embellishments on the left of the photo.  This doesn't distract from the photo and adds lots of dimension and texture to my page. I wanted to add several pieces of paper so I created a circle and added another smaller sized circle on top of it to create a border around it.  I again added foam adhesive to my photo to make it pop off the page a bit and placed some of the bits & pieces under it to create dimension.

The title I created using a silhouette cut file " play" and the alphas from the Expressions Sticker Sheet. You could add more alphas instead of a cut file but I think this looks great and matches the page quite well.

Here is a close up of the layout. You can see I used some chipboard pieces and layered them on top of one another. I also created some journal strips instead of a journal block.  Aren't these colors so fun together ?  

I hope you enjoyed my layouts today and enjoy making your own layouts with this fabulous collection! If you are interested in seeing more of my work you can find me on instagram with user name @KristineDavidson. 

Thank you so much for reading and being a fan of Simple Stories!

 

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Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am going to be sharing some summer themed pocket pages using the new Sunshine & Happiness collection. With it's gorgeous colors and all things summer it is simply perfect.  
 
 
It's very typical for me to leave my title cards fairly simple as i did with this one.  I ended up adding some chipboard pieces for some added depth, that is what I love about them, and the summer banner plus the dates below. I went with a mostly white card that way it didn't add to the busyness of the spread. 
 
 
Last summer we went to visit my parents for a couple of weeks. These pages span a whole week of that trip. I ended up staying with my usual weekly schedule all through out the summer with some event/theme based spreads thrown in. During our stay we visited a city pool with some of my family. The pool had a water slide that previously Noah had been too short to participate. This year when we went over to the measuring stick to check his height. The joy that came over his face when he realized he was tall enough almost made me cry. He was so excited to slide down that slide over and over again. The @ journaling card was a great choice for our pool journaling. I spelled out Pool with the letter stickers and then added the label sticker on the bottom. 
 
 
My mom is famous for her parties and get togethers. Ever since I can remember we have had parties in the backyard. A few years ago she put up what she calls " Party Lights " around the deck. We had a family get together one night and I snapped a picture of the lights. I added a little bit of journaling onto the photo before printing and then finished it off with some stickers. 
 
 
The colors in this collection are great. I used green here and there to compliment the green in my photos. Usually I am not a green fan but it worked for this spread. I also added pops of the dark pink color to tie in with the pink in my photos. I love that it draws your eye to the color. 
 
 
Since I added in lots of photos to my spread I needed a space for more journaling. I had this idea to add the chipboard letters onto the 4x6 journaling card that had the word summer on it already. I added a few of the chipboard letters onto it with my stapler for a fun look. 
 
 
I used a variety of different embellishments for this journaling card about my visit to a local soda shop. This technique is something that is so easy to do. Don't be afraid to get those bits and pieces out and play around to make a custom journaling card of your own. 
 
 
There is nothing better than white space on a photo to add some journaling and embellishments. It makes me all types of giddy. I added my journaling to the top of the photo on the left before figuring out what else I wanted to add to the photo. The story about the photo reminded me of summer joy. I went with adding the word JOY to the top of the journaling. 
 
 
I have really enjoying reliving a few of our summer memories from last year while putting these pages together. I wish you all a fabulous rest of your summer and thank you for visiting the blog today. Now go out and get those summer memories scrapped. 

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Hello again Simple Stories fans! Chantalle with you today to share some pages I have created using the beautiful Heart and Sunshine & Happiness collections. Both use a similar design, playing on a centred focal point, either vertically or horizontally. 
 
Hello Love
 
Heart has so many beautiful and truly touching sentiments to remember those we have loved and lost. But it also has some hoard-worthy patterns, like the dotty and starry ‘Love You’ and this dreamy watercolour which is the b-side of Forever in my Heart.
 
 
If you love clustering elements this is a great design to try, as you can pack a punch with lots of bits and pieces. Having them all in a similar place along with a simple colour palette adds uniformity to this page as well.
 
 
The diamond shapes have been cut out from a sheet of Heart Elements #2. I really wanted to bring in some of the deeper shades in the collection as they complimented the photo of my hubby and I on our 11 year anniversary last year. I liked the diamond shapes as they could easily be applied down the length of the page as well as cut in half and spaced out a bit if I needed to fill a bit of extra white space.
 
 
The wood veneer part of the title has been given a twinkle of Wink of Stella. This photo does it absolutely no justice I’m afraid. If you own one of these awesome little brush pens then you know how much they rock! If you don’t have one, it’s definitely worth investing in one. They add some a gorgeous sparkle and if you buy a clear shade you can pop it over the top of just about anything for a little extra sparkle.
 
 
The little frames I added on almost at the end. I wanted to add a bit more dimension and I think they worked with the harder lines of the square photo and the diamond shapes. A couple of mist drops and my fave enamel dots finish the page off.
 
 
#5032 Life in Color Stickers
#5041 Life in Color Wood Veneer
#5038 Life in Color Chipboard Frames
#7231 Sunshine & Happiness Enamel Dots
 
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#HAPPY
 
The title of this page just says it all - HAPPY! My kiddos are absolutely beaming as they fly though the surf on their bodyboards. Continuing with a central theme, I have printed the photo out splitting it across three seperate boxes. I think it gives the photo a great sense of movement and is especially suited to the image where they start to split up as they reach the end of their ride. Sunshine & Happiness is perfect, set on some totally awesome Sn@p Basics ‘Cedar’. If you are a woodgrain fan like me, you NEED to grab yourself a pack of these basics today!
 
 
Summer memories are made of this! There are so many things to love about Sn@p! Packs…. one of them is that you get a couple of extra little die cuts, like this banner shape. So cute and just the right size for any project!
 
 
This layout uses mostly a combination of die cuts and stickers. I’ve used the 12 inch stickers that can be found on most Fundamental sticker sheets. Running two strips at slightly different angles across the width of my page, they’re a springboard for the rest of the layout.
 
 
The word ‘happy’ was spelled out using die cut letters from the Sunshine & Happiness Sn@p! pack. I’ve raised them with some foam tape and set them as slightly different heights to add interest to my title.
 
 
 
A bit of machine stitching gives it a playful feel and adds a bit of texture.
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today.
 
Happy Crafting

 

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Hi everyone! It's Jennifer and I'm happy to share two layouts I created with the new Sunshine and Happiness collection!  We are just beginning our summer here in Central Illinois which means lots of outside activities and pool time!  My kiddos love the water so I have lots of photos of them enjoying the warm weather! Sunshine and Happiness is perfect for all of your summertime projects with its bright colors and coordinating embellishments!

For my first layout, "Hello Sunshine", I used many of the fun die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack! I love all of the little flowers as well as summer theme sentiments such as my title! I started with white card stock and yellow spray ink and a chevron mask!.  

I also included pieces from the 6x12 Chipboard sheet as well as Bradz and Enamel Dots.  

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For my second layout, "Oh Happy Day", I again started with white card stock as well as a circle cut file background. I used a circle hand punch to add different patterns to the center of each circle. I used foam tape to pop up a few smaller circle as well as add stickers and Bradz.  

For my title, I used one of the many great Simple Story cut files from the Silhouette Shop! This one is one of my favorites and called appropriately "Oh Happy Day" (file #89426).  I used the beautiful and bright yellow from the Shine Bright pattern.  

​Again, I used lots of layers including this adorable mason jar and tag from the Bits and Pieces pack. I used some orange and white bakers twine from my stash as well as used some additional pieces from the Fundamentals Cardstock Sticker sheet. 

​Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will check out the collection in its entirety by clicking here! Have a wonderful day!

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Hi it's me Violet! This week I decided to chill with my Gnomies by using the Bloom & Grow collection kit in my Aqua Carpe Diem planner. I started off by making five tabbed dividers. Two of them regular and !three folders. The stickers worked best for the tabs.

What I really love about the paper is that it is double sided, therefore, it's awesome for making pocket folder dividers. They hold so many planner goodies and the journaling card elements and stickers fit perfectly in the pockets. I couldn't resist adding the "to gnome is to love me" journaling card to my planner. It makes me smile & giggle every time I see it. I used several of the stickers and enamel dots to embellish the dividers.

I used the A5 Basic Inserts for the current week of planning. The first picture I took was before the pen.  I absolutely love using these, it makes it so easy to plan. How adorable and functional are the 4x6 Stickers? They definitely make a picture perfect weekly planner  spread.

Thank you to everyone who took time once again to stop by the blog. Bloom & Grow is definitely one of my favorite kits. I struggled with what I wanted to create and made so many items. I wish I could fit it all on this post, but seriously you all would be here all day. Till next time.

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Hi everyone! Leah here again, showing you how I’ve decorated my planner for summer using the Sunshine and Happiness scrapbook collection. I’ll be showing you how I’ve revamped my pockets with a new summertime look, how I’ve created another memory-keeping dashboard, and how I’ve made my own double-sided pocket insert.

If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you are probably very aware of my love for decorating planner pockets! I change up the décor in the front pockets of my planner at least once a month because it’s such an easy way to revamp my planner and keep it feeling new and exciting. This month, I’ve made my pockets summer-ready using the Sunshine and Happiness collection!

When I first start the process of decorating my pockets, I ALWAYS start with the SN@P! Pack for whatever collection I am working with. The journal cards and little square pieces fit in the pockets perfectly. I try to mix and match the colors I use so that no element is the same size or color as the one next to it. I find that this contrast allows each element to stand out. I also add variety to the shapes of the cards by using different paper punches. For example, I used a 3inch circle punch, a tag punch, and a rounded corner punch to create some of the pieces you see here. I also left some of the cards as squares and rectangles. After I laid the cards out in the pockets how I wanted them, then I added the extra decoration. I wait until the cards are in the pockets so I can better judge the placement of the embellishments. I used several die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack – there are so many fun florals and that Mason jar lemonade and fruit slice die cut are just too cute for words! I secure everything in the pockets using a Scotch Tape Glider loaded with repositionable tape so I can easily remove everything later. 

I used several stickers from this pack of 4x6 sticker sheets. There are so many different types of stickers in this pack! I used the hot pink alphabet stickers to spell out “Summer Time,” though I had to improvise and use an upside down “W” for the third “M.” I used the word strip stickers, which I dressed up with some gold glitter washi tape and enamel dots. 

I also used one of my favorite stickers from another sticker sheet in the pack, the girl with sunglasses, and a floral die cut to dress up a tag from the Bits and Pieces pack.

For my dashboard, I made another scrapbook layout for my planner similar to what I made back in April. Some people like to carry photos of their families in their wallet, I like to add them to my planner to make me smile every day and remind me to be grateful for the people I love most! Featured in this layout are my darling niece and nephew, the flower girl and ring bearer from my wedding. Here they are peeking through the pier down at the ocean…and in another photo, making silly faces when they were told to smile! I could not wait to print these photos and use them in a layout! Because I like to use the small square pieces from the SN@P! Pack to layer behind photos, I like to resize my photos for planner layouts to be 2x2”.  One of the photos was not square so I resized it to be 2x3”. These smaller photos fit better onto the limited space available on a planner dashboard.

I used the “Shine Bright” 12x12 paper from the Sunshine and Happiness collection to create the dashboard. If you would like to see more about how I create dashboards and dividers, check out this blog post. I used the bold yellow side of the paper as the base for this layout – I love the “Hello Sunshine” sentiment so much! The flip side of this paper has a beautiful, delicate floral pattern. I had some leftover scraps from the paper after I trimmed it down and the floral pattern made a lovely frame for the photos. 

I added a couple of the SN@P! Pack square cards behind the photos to add a little more dimension to the layering and make the photos pop off the page. I used a couple of chipboard flowers as embellishments and no surprise here, more gold glitter washi tape and word strip stickers with enamel dots (always)!

Before gluing everything down, I tucked a couple of light blue paper doilies under the floral paper. This finishing touch provided some contrast against the bold yellow background, helping to draw the eye towards the focal point of the layout – the photos.

Last but certainly not least, the bright yellow paper really needed some contrast on the edges to frame the layout, so I inked the edges with a pink chalk ink. I love how this project turned out! You know the best part about making scrapbook layouts for your Carpe Diem planner? The holes line up to fit into the Simple Stories 6x8 SN@P! binders, so you can transfer the layouts there later to form a 6x8 scrapbook!

Next up, I will be showing you how I made a double-sided pocket insert using the Sunshine and Happiness collection! 

I cut down another 12x12 paper to fit my planner, which ends up being 6 inches wide. The 4x6 cards from the 12x12 Elements sheet, as well as the largest SN@P! Pack cards (also 4x6), fit perfectly on the page to make a pocket.

To create the pocket, I lay the 4x6 card with the side I want to show, face down against the bottom edge of the page I’m attaching the pocket to. I use a piece of washi tape (or scotch tape) to attach the two pieces and then if you fold the card up to lay on top of the page, you will see the pocket forming.

To attach the sides of the pocket, I used the little edge I trimmed off the 12x12 paper at the beginning (you know the part with the Simple Stories logo and collection name – no scrap goes unused in my house!). I cut it down to two 4 inch strips, used the track on my cutting board and a pair of scissors to crease the center of each strip and then folded them in half along the crease.

I then added glue to one edge of each strip and glued them down to the inside edges of the pocket. 

I added more glue to the other half of each strip and folded the pocket up to lay against the page and pressed it down firmly. I followed this same process on the reverse side of the insert to create another pocket using a different 4x6 element card. 

I embellished each pocket using strips of paper and washi tape along the top, die cuts from the Bits and Pieces Pack, word strip stickers, enamel dots and a chipboard sticker. I then marked the holes for the planner rings and used my Crop-A-Dile to punch them out.

I hope you have just as much fun decorating your planner for the summer season as I did! I also hope you find this pocket tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask here in the comments or over on my social media (Instagram or Facebook). I am happy to help! Also, if you make a pocket insert, tag me on Instagram @sunny.leah, I would love to see what you create! And come show us your creativity in the new Creative Planning Facebook group that my friends and I started just for YOU, our fellow crafty Planners!

With love,

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Hey there, friends!  Missy here, and today I have two new layouts to share.  I used the new Sunshine & Happiness collection for my first one.   Summer pool pictures are my favorite ones to scrap, so I dove right into this gorgeous collection for these photos of my little girl.  I decided to use a fun cut & fold cut file from The Cut Shoppe on this layout, and I backed the circles with various patterned papers and even a few of the Snap pack cards.  I wanted to have lots of bright colors scattered all around the page, and this collection makes it easy to do.  I used lots of coordinating watercolors to jazz up the background behind the circles, and I love how that makes the paper colors pop even more.  How often do you use cut files on your layouts?

Here you can see the cut file, the watercolors and some of the gorgeous papers up close.  I fussy cut this flower so it would go beyond the edges of the circle.  I added a few of the phrase stickers and machine stitched through each line of circles.  I created my title and ran this pretty Tangerine Stripe paper through my Cameo.  I added an extra pop of blue behind it with some tangled thread.

I added a simple line of journaling here.  I couldn’t resist using this adorable little bird.  He looked perfect standing on this circle.  I love that this collection is also perfect for Spring photos as well.  It isn’t just limited to Summer;  there are some very versatile pieces in this line.

I added in this cute balloon sticker and a few more smaller ones here.  I love how the blue watercolor makes everything pop and stand out. 

I fussy cut this sun from a 3x4 card and angled it so the rays would come outside the circle.  I love how it turned out!  The added yellows and pinks mixed in with the blue in the photo really look nice together here.  I love mixing color all around the page.

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I used the beautiful Bloom & Grow collection for my next layout.  It’s perfect for outdoor photos, and I love how it showcases this cute photo of my daughter’s reflection in our 4-wheeler’s mirror.  All the green in the photo coordinates so nicely with the papers and embellishments.  I started with a neutral patterned paper from the Color Vibe Lights pack to have a light background.  I used some white gesso, acrylic paint and spray inks to create the blue mixed media look, and I also used a few inks to add some messy splatters.  Since my daughter is looking down to the left in the photo, I wanted it placed in the upper right area.  I pulled lots of flowers & leaves from the Bits & Pieces pack and a few stickers. I used a floral & leaf cut file from The Cut Shoppe and created a few big yellow flowers and green leaves.  I placed them all around and under the photo and also created a cluster on the left.

These die cuts I used for my title actually inspired this layout.  I had the title before I even began, and I wanted to use that big floral ampersand in between the words.  I love how it looks, and the mix of colors reminds me of nature and being outside.  You can see all the die cuts and stickers layered under the photo as well as some tangled thread.

Layering is such a great technique, especially when there are flowers and leaves.  They made it so easy to create layers here, and I wish I had more of them!  The cute phrase stickers are the perfect little accents for just about anywhere on your layout.

This is something I love to do…instead of just cutting a square of the yellow paper here to use as a layer behind my photo, I cut a big flower out of it on my Cameo and used it as a layer that way.  It just gives it more interest while still adding the color and the layer.  Plus it goes with the theme of what the page is about.

Simple Stories always includes a ton of little stickers like this in all their collections.  They are perfect for just about anything, but I love to layer them like this.  Sometimes they have just the right sentiment on them and can make great additions to your journaling.

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Hi there! It’s Shei on the blog today. I’m so happy to be back sharing two layouts.  Let’s get started!

For my first layout I used the colorful Sunshine & Hapiness collection. I really like this line ‘cause it’s very happy and energy. This is the perfect collection for document our summer memories.

I chose “Shine Bright” paper as my background. I folded the paper into a corner, so you can see the b-side “Shine Bright” paper (it’s so beautiful!) and the “Berry Stripe” paper as background. 

Then I glued my picture. I glued it with a white frame ‘cause it stands out the pic. This photo is from last summer. I love summer and lazy summer days. And this day was a very lazy day, hahaha! 

Next came my favorite part: the embellishing!  For that, I used some stickers from Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers like flowers, hearts and the tag and some words and phrases from Expressions Cardstock Stickers. I combined that with some chipboard pieces like the pink swimsuit, the colorful ballons or the funny watermelon. Also, my title “Sunshine & Hapiness” is from chipboard stickers too.

I also added one of my favorite Simple Stories’ embellishment, the self-adhesive Bradz (I love them!!) and some colorful enamel dots.

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The next layout I’m sharing with you today was again created with the happy and fun Sunshine & Happiness collection. I started this page drawing two hearts on the B-side “Happy Day” paper.

I glued my picture on these hearts with a white frame. Then, I used different elements for the embellishing and for my tittle. 

I combine some elements from Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers like flowers, the watermelon, hearts, the bird or the orange, and some pieces from Chipboard like the popsicle, the sun, the butterfly or the lime “&”. I glued them on the line I drawed before, creating two hearts with the embellishments. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! I hope you enjoyed my layouts! See you next month!

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!

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Hi Everyone! This is Jennie and I need to tell you all about my new obsession, the 4x6 Sn@p Binder! It’s the perfect size for occasions where I have too many photos for my regular pocket pages album but not as many for a 6x8 Sn@p Binder. It is super easy to put together! It comes with 12 4x6 Pocket Pages in different styles and 8 journal pages.

For the cover I used the Bits and Pieces and the die cuts from the Sn@p Pack from the Sunshine & Happiness Collection.

That fun number 7 in the shaker pocket is from the Pocket Pieces from the Let’s Party Collection. I added Bradz glued back to back and I did the same with word stickers from the 4x6 Stickers

The album comes with 2 3x4 Pocket Pages and I used that to add a little extra fun to my album! Behind you can see the Party Invitation.

Behind the invitation I glued a photo and added the stickers from the 4x6 Stickers and Enamel Dots. On the right I used one of the journal pages to glue on the 4x6 photos and added a little bit of patterned paper on the side. To write Rules I used the Expressions Stickers

I used the alphas that come in the 4x6 Stickers Pack but I also used the Sn@p Sticker Letters from the Color Vibe Bright Set. I could’ve used a 4x4 Pocket Page but I really wanted to add something extra fun so I used this one and I used one of the 2x2 pockets extra. The 2x2 squares are from the Sn@p Pack from the Sunshine & Happiness Collection.

I always glue together similar shapes of die cuts so I can put them in shaker pockets and I don’t see a blank in the back. 

I can’t help to embellish and since in the collages I can’t add too much I just added Bradz at the center.

The Carpe Diem Word Label Stickers are a staple in my projects, they are small and always fit great in my projects. I added Fundamental Cardstock Stickers to these photos.

I added patterned paper on the grids pages that come in the pack to make them sturdier and to match the exact size. They are great for journaling but I didn’t do too much journaling on this  album. 

I hope you enjoyed this mini as much as I enjoyed making it! Make sure you watch the video to see the whole thing in action!

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Howdy folks, it's Layle here with you today!  

Creative team member Mary-Ann Maldonado has created a darling mini album kit for The Button Farm, so let's take a peek & Let’s Celebrate along with them!  

This vivid gem was created on a cheerful 5 x 5 mini chipboard album featuring our Let’s Party collection. 

You must see the combination of chipboard, die cuts, enamel dots,  and even how she recycles a little trash to use in her album!  

What a perfect birthday gift for a friend or a keepsake of your child, regardless of age!  How about our Let's Party collection used to document a 70th birthday party? 

You'll find more information about the kit here at The Button Farm :)

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Hello everyone, Marcia here! I am so excited to share a couple awesome Simple Stories layouts today using the new Bloom & Grow collection. I think I have a new favorite collection!! It combines my love of gardening with my love for paper. I just love those little gnomes to pieces. 

For my first layout "Bloom & Grow", I wanted to use a chicken wire background digital cut file and fill in the negative space with a variety of pattern papers. The prints are small enough on the 12x12 Bloom & Grow paper to make this possible. You could also use the 6x6 paper pad. This is a perfect way to use up scraps when you are nearing the end of playing with your papers. I added some stitching too for a little more texture.
 

 
At the top of the page I used one of the 4x12 page elements. I love that Bloom & Grow graphic! I thought it would make a great title too. I gave it a little dimension by placing a chipboard sticker over the "&".
 
 
One of the those fabulous chipboard gnomes embellishes my photo. Those pink enamel dots work so well to give him a nose and make him look more life-like. There are the cuties little sayings as well. I couldn't resist the "chillin' with my gnomies".
 
 
More garden elements are clustered near the bottom of my layout along with another gnome. Isn't he is so adorable?
 
 
For my second layout "Be Happy", I decided to layer my pattern papers along with some die cut doilies to give my layout a country look. The woodgrain background paper adds a rustic feel and really shows off the delicate doily.
 
 
This adorable little bird and birdhouse make a nice cluster over the doily in the upper right. I couldn't resist adding a little jute bow here too,
 
 
The Simple Stories Bits & Pieces are fabulous for tucking under photos too. They are layered here with some Stickers, Chipboard, Enamel Dots, and oh so pretty Bradz.
 

I like distressing the edges of my papers slightly by rolling corners, or bending and tearing the edges. It helps to add dimension so your layout doesn't look so flat.
 

 
Thanks for stopping by today. Watch for both of the new Bloom & Grow and Sunshine & Happiness Simple Stories collections at your local scrapbook store. You will absolutely LOVE them!

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June is all about the gnomies in my Carpe Diem planner with the Bloom and Grow scrapbook collection.

I love the color combination in this collection and all the fun gnomes and their bird and bug garden friends!  

There's lots of pretty florals in this collection as well.

I decided to change the patterned paper behind the dashboard to match the theme this month.  First I cut down the Dig It patterned paper and punched holes in it.  

I added stickers around the edge of the page.

Then I placed it behind the clear dashboard.

I had quite a few to do's this week so I made a list and kept that right behind my new dashboard for quick reference.

I love all the positive little notes on the stickers and die cuts. 

I also made a new bookmark by tracing the original on onto the Chillin With My Gnomies patterned paper.

I added a few stickers to it and placed it in my planner.

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Hello friends, Laura here today sharing two pages today that I had so much fun creating!  Oh my, the Sunshine and Happiness collection is the epitome of summer joy, I just love it!
 

Happy Times with You

My husband and I tried kayaking for the first time last summer when we borrowed a tandem kayak,  we loved it so much that we just bought our own kayaks! We have a motor boat as well, but I am a real chicken in it so I love that we both enjoy kayaking together.  I wanted to document this start in our kayak adventures.
 

I had the idea for this layout to create a channel between two pieces of paper that sat a little lower so that I could tuck embellishments into and under the channel. Yes, you know by now that it is all about loads of embellishments for me!
 

In order to not use a million pop dots to raise the two pieces of yellow patterned paper up enough to facilitate my vision of creating a channel, I punched out all of the chipboard pieces from this chipboard sheet and used the negative piece to raise my papers on either side of the channel, by cutting it into pieces.
 

 

From there I filled in more embellishments around my photo focal area.
 

And created a title with a combination of die cuts and stickers.
 

I added a bit of pink polka dot sticker to balance the pink in my layout.
 

I also used some washi like stickers to adorn the very bottom of my layout, I loved that I could easily draw some pattern down there with these stickers.
 

A Cup Full of Sunshine

My youngest son favours lemonade as his beverage of choice, and frozen lemonade is just the icing on the cake!  So of course, this needs to be documented!
 

I started my layout by creating the sunshine background and filling in some of the centres of the suns with pretty patterned papers.
 

I knew I wanted to use this glass of lemonade on my layout but worried I made a mistake in choosing the soft teal colour for my background because the die cut did not stand out enough against it, but I rectified that by clustering some other die cuts and stickers around it. I love that there are no mistakes in scrapbooking and an embellishment or two can solve so many problems!
 

I layered die cuts, stickers, chipboard, bradz and enamel dots under and around my photo focal area.
 

And tucked in a bit of journaling.
 

Once again I layered stickers and die cuts to create my title.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

 

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Good morning! Brenda Smith here to share with you a few tips on how to use your digital Simple Stories products on your paper layouts. 
 
 
Did you know Simple Stories offers digital products? They have printable digital cards and digital papers and embellishments here on their website and also have nearly one thousand cut files and print and cut shapes in the Silhouette Design store. The newest lines, Bloom & Grow and Sunshine & Happiness have already been released digitally so I decided to show you how to maximize these supplies on your paper projects. 
 
 
The first way to use digital products on your paper pages is quite simple. Print and cut out the cards and embellishments and use as you would normally. I've heard from many paper scrappers that they stay away from digital cards and embellishments because they don't have any fancy software to print them up with. I've created a video tutorial to show you how you can use the free-to-download Silhouette Studio program (even if you don't have a Silhouette). For this tip and all the following tips, please refer to this video for the actual how-to. 
 

The second way to use digital files on your paper pages is to turn the Silhouette cut files available in their design store into digital stamp art for your photos as you can see I did on my photos with the "life" tab and "So happy". 
 
 
The third way is to apply digital papers to the aforementioned cut files so you can either print and cut or add to your photo as a digital stamp as I did with the "perfect" cut file. 
 
 
The fourth technique I discuss in the video tutorial is how to use the digital papers to create your own pocket-card-sized patterned papers. You can use these as you would use a regular pocket card or you can use them how you would ordinarily use patterned paper on your spreads. 
 
I hope I've encouraged you to play around with some digital files and try a little hybrid on your paper projects. Please let me know if you have questions regarding any of the methods discussed in the video. 

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