Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 3 of our Summer 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our Claus & Cohere.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Pumpkin Spice!  With florals in warm tones of yellow, orange and rust, hints of gingham and distressed wood accents, Pumpkin Spices makes all of your fall paper crafting projects nice!  

Pumpkin Spice begins shipping to retailers mid August, just as fall prepares to set in!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Pumpkin Spice prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Pumpkin Spice posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Tuesday the 28th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Pumpkin Spice!

And remember, there's one more day of our Summer Release Reveal, so check back in again tomorrow!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Summer 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our brand new A5 Planner & accessories collection, Carpe Diem, here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Claus & Co, the perfect collection for all of your holiday crafting projects this season.  The traditional holiday color palette mixed with accents of red glitter foil make Claus & Co a 'must have' addition to your holiday wish list!

You're going to LOVE this special holiday edition SN@P! Binder!  With 2" rings, it's big enough to capture all of your holiday memories, especially if you're making a December Daily album!

This handy dandy holiday planning kit includes tons of inserts, die cuts and stickers for planning all of your TO DO's, menus, gift lists, etc.  Just slip in a SN@P! Binder, your Life Documented Planner or a 6x8 Leather Album and you're off and running!

Claus & Co. begins shipping to retailers mid August, just in time for you to start planning your holiday projects!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Claus & Co. prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Claus & Co. posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Tuesday the 28th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Claus & Co!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of FOUR fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!   

 

Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Summer 2015 Release Reveal Week.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  

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

Today we introduce you to Carpe Diem, a brand new line of A5 Planners & accessories!  From affordable A5 sized planners with fun & functional monthly, weekly and inspirational inserts included, to an assortment of playful a la carte products, Carpe Diem is just the planner system you've been waiting for.  With Carpe Diem, it's a brand new day!

Here's some additional detail about the planners (because we know you're wondering!) - 

  • The planner is made of split leather
  • The inside is covered with black and white polka dot fabric
  • The planner measures 8 inches wide, 9.4 inches tall and 1.375 inches deep
  • The inserts measure 5.83 x 8.27 inches - the standard A5 insert size
  • The rings and binding mechanism are silver
  • The planner includes an elastic pen loop on the right inside cover
  • There are 4 pockets on the inside left cover and 1 pocket on the inside right cover
  • A metal camera charm is included to either hang from the snap closure or from an inside ring

Each planner includes a variety of inserts for all of your planning needs - {12) monthly calendar pages, {12} monthly tabbed dividers, {72} weekly inserts and {6) assorted decorative inserts (a sampling of all of the inserts is shown below).

At an MSRP of only $44.99 US, the Carpe Diem planner includes everything you need to get started planning; from there you can add the following additional Carpe Diem inserts & accessories to customize the planner to fit your personal needs!

Carpe Diem begins shipping to retailers mid November, just in time to start prepping for your 2016 planning!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Carpe Diem planner before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Tuesday the 28th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Carpe Diem!

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

 

We've had tons of rain here in Ohio this summer...more than I can remember there ever being. It would be hard NOT to fall in love with the Summer Vibes collection, but all of it's cheeriness were just what I needed on another rainy afternoon! 

Determined to fill the back of the pocket page that I used for last month's post, I sat at my desk and began sorting through the cards in the Sn@p! set. This set is a bit different in that there are a couple of die cuts and envelopes, all sized to fit into a 3x4 pocket. The camera and 'Summertime' die cuts went straight into my 'must use these' pile and I was off and running.

I paired a 4x4 photo of my daughter and I with a 3x4 card in the top left pocket...I love how it changes up the look of the page so I never feel 'repetitive'. The bonus transparency overlays in the collection pack are all 4x6, so I just laid it over the photo and trimmed it down. The camera die cut didn't need much help being cute, lol...I just added the 'sun kissed' photo sticker in the center of the lens to add some yellow. :)

Reinforcing my mantra that 'it's ok to just let pretty paper do it's thing inside a pocket', the bottom left corner pocket is one of my favorite cards/prints in the set and simply got a few of the photo stickers placed in the center-ish...I stitched around and around to highlight the phrases. I love the collage-y feel of that card!!

Originally I was thinking about placing the 'summertime' die cut in the pocket by itself, but liked it a bit better with some of the driftwood pattern behind it. Again, random stitching and a few enamel dots were enough to jazz it up. The 2x12 pocket along the right side was cut from the Sun Kissed patterned paper...a few stamped phrases + stickers + the 'summer' title sticker and I was done!

I find that I keep sifting through all of the Sn@p! cards from this collection...so many great patterns + phrases to use on just about any project :)

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Hello!  Shellye with you today to share a unique "So Rad" album using an assortment of the collection's Chipboard Frames and other embellishments!
 

I started with the full pack of Chipboard Frames and the 6X6 paper pad from "So Rad".  I filled in each of the frame's windows with a piece of patterned paper that was glued into place.  A matching-sized frame was glued to the back of each.
 

 I used dies to cut small photos to fit the frames or just cut the photos down to size.
 

Stickers, enamel dots, brads and die-cuts were used to dress up the individual pages.
 

Two pockets from the SN@P! Card pack were also added to the album and a tag slipped inside for journaling.
 

 I left some of the smaller frames without any photos and simply embellished them with clear photo stickers and enamel dots.  You can also use the lined papers to create areas for journaling.
 

And don't forget those awesome Chipboard stickers and adhesive brads!
 

Once the pages were finished, I used the small punch of a crop-a-dile and punched holes into the tops of each frame.  Two strands of ball-chain were used to hold the pages together.  The perfect little keepsake!

Thanks for joining us today at Simple Stories!

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Hi everyone!  It's Ashley Horton, and I've got two new layouts to brighten your day, using the Summer Vibes collection!  There's no denying it's Summertime!  And with the warm temps, come popsicles out in the backyard and a lot of time spent in the swimming pool!
 

I started my first layout, with a die cut, to mimic the look of a large sun and cut it from the Yellow Wood/Grid patterned paper.  Then I backed several of the open spots with patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad.
 

Since I had the large circle element at the center of the layout, I thought it would be fun to create a circular title to go around it.  I used Silhouette Studio and my Cameo to create and cut out the title letters from the 6x6 paper pad.  I wanted the title to really stand out on my layout, so instead of adhering the letters directly to the background paper, I added pop dot adhesive to each of the letters before arranging them around the die cut.

I didn't want to cover any of the title letters or the center die cut, so I placed my photo to the left hand side of the layout.  I used one of the Chipboard Frames from the Summer Vibes collection, along with some Bits & Pieces, Stickers and Chipboard Stickers, to draw attention to the photo.
 


 

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It took me a while to decide on a design for my second layout, because honestly, the Shine On patterned paper with the Bokeh print is so gorgeous on it's own!  I thought about just sticking my photo in the center of the paper and calling it done!!  But I do love to embellish, so I finally came up with a design that I was happy with and that still let the background paper "shine on".
 


 

I wanted a large element in the background, that I could use to ground the frames that I planned to use on the layout, but didn't want to use a large die cut that would cover the background paper.  I decided to go with a large stitched heart, and chose three colors of embroidery floss that coordinated with the Shine On patterned paper.  After I finished stitching around each of the hearts, I added my photo to the center, and the then used the remaining space around the heart, to add the Chipboard Frames.
 


 

I debated whether or not I wanted to back each of the frames, but decided to only back the one at the top of the layout.  This allowed the color from the background paper, and the stitching around the heart to show through the frames.  Then I used several embellishments from the Summer Vibes collection to "decorate" each of the frames.  
 


 

There are so many fun ways to use the Summer Vibes collection to document all of your Summer activities!  I know I'll be using it for a lot more upcoming Summer layouts!  

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you for the final day of the Simple Stories & A Flair for Buttons Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both A Flair for Buttons & Simple Stories! 

Even better, A Flair for Buttons has created these custom flair to coordinate with our Summer Vibes collection for both teams to use this week!

You can pick up your own FUN custom Summer Vibes Flair here!

Today design team member Mindi Niebuhr rounds out the week with this super summery pocket page spread -  
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Hi everybody ! I am so excited to be here with you today for this product swap with A Flair With Buttons.  These flair buttons are awesome, not to mention they match perfectly with the Summer Vibes Collection. Aren't they cute !! 
 
I tend to do most of my pocket page spreads in a weekly format. This is week 26 that I am going to share with you today. 
 
 
Here is a look at the left side. 
 
 
I love using flair to embellish with. It adds dimension, interest, and character to your pages. I used the Hello Summer flair button on my title card and love the result. 
 
I started off by using the 4x6 journaling card, adding the date and week number. There was some extra space on the bottom so I used it for an extra journaling. Finishing it off with a few stickers. 
 
 
Here are a few close ups.
 
 
 
The kids seem to be repeating the same things over and over again each day. They swim, they take a tub, they sleep and then repeat. I decided to make my own filler card with letter stickers. I cut out the word swim from one of the 4x6 journaling cards.  
 
I made another filler card using a chipboard frame and a flair button. I backed the frame with a journaling card, added a photo sticker and then added the flair button on top. 
 
 
Here is a look at the right side 
 
 
Some close ups. I love to add embellishments to my photos and journaling cards. 
 
 
 
I think this button was my favorite. I journaled on this card about the boys going on their camping trip. I used two stripes of the washi tape and added the flair button on top. 
 
 
That wraps up my Week 26. I hope you have enjoyed my post today. Now go out and create something with some of your favorite Simple Stories products. Don't forget to add some Flair !! 
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Summer Vibes prize pack!  

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After you enter, head on over to the A Flair for Buttons blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away $50 worth of flair both here & on their blog!

Want to follow A Flair for Buttons and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Thanks so much for joining this week, we hope you've found some great inspiration!

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you for Day 5 of the Simple Stories & A Flair for Buttons Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both A Flair for Buttons & Simple Stories! 

Even better, A Flair for Buttons has created these custom flair to coordinate with our Summer Vibes collection for both teams to use this week!

You can pick up your own FUN custom Summer Vibes Flair here!

Today design team member Nancy Damiano joins us with this super fun layout - 
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Hi there Simple fans and welcome to the A Flair for Buttons blog hop!   Today I'm using the Summer Vibes collection to highlight one of my favorite vacation photos. Plain white card stock is the perfect backdrop for big doses of color in this collection. 

​To frame out the coordinating flair, I created little nests of machine stitching to add texture and draw attention to the design. 

​Sprinkles of tiny circle punches draw attention to the embellishment clusters and add a little pop of color to the background.

​Surrounding the photo with a chipboard frame, die cuts and a transparency from the Summer Vibes collection is a great way to highlight a favorite photo. I like how the text in the custom flair adds words to the center of the design without distracting from the overall look. Using flair is one of my favorite ways to embellish a page. I placed them in a visual triangle so that they could lead the eye through the page. The custom match made it a snap to use!

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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Summer Vibes prize pack!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

After you enter, head on over to the A Flair for Buttons blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away $50 worth of flair both here & on their blog!

Want to follow A Flair for Buttons and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you for Day 4 of the Simple Stories & A Flair for Buttons Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both A Flair for Buttons & Simple Stories! 

Even better, A Flair for Buttons has created these custom flair to coordinate with our Summer Vibes collection for both teams to use this week!

You can pick up your own FUN custom Summer Vibes Flair here!

Today design team member Kristine Davidson joins us with this summery pocket page spread - 
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It's Kristine Davidson here today and I'm happy to share a pocket page spread featuring Summer Vibes.  These are photos of my nieces and nephew from a beach vacation last summer. Our summer here on the East Coast is a bit slow this year!!

The colors in the Summer Vibe collection are perfect for beach and summer photos. Since most of my pictures were brown .. of sand it was great to mix in some fun colors in this spread.

I used the Flair Buttons on top of my pocket pages - i like that better than inside my pockets - it just gives me less clump in my pages ;-)

Here are a few close up pictures of my pages.

I added chipboard pieces and also diecuts on my cards for a bit of extra decorating. I love doing that -- it's always so easy to make a spread when you have coordinating pieces of a collection.

This is the right side of my spread. I carried over the theme of adding diecuts, and chipboard pieces as well as flair on top of my pockets again.

and a few close ups again.  Don't you love the colors in this collection? Perfect for Summer !!

Thanks for coming to visit today, and I hope you feel inspired to scrapbook those beach pictures you've been hoarding!  Enjoy creating with your Simple Stories collections ;) For more of my work you can visit my blog kristinedavidson.com or on instragram @KristineDavidson .

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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Summer Vibes prize pack!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

After you enter, head on over to the A Flair for Buttons blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away $50 worth of flair both here & on their blog!

Want to follow A Flair for Buttons and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you for Day 3 of the Simple Stories & A Flair for Buttons Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both A Flair for Buttons & Simple Stories! 

Even better, A Flair for Buttons has created these custom flair to coordinate with our Summer Vibes collection for both teams to use this week!

You can pick up your own FUN custom Summer Vibes Flair here!

Today design team member Cari Locken joins us with two - 
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Hello Simple Stories fans.  I'm thrilled to be sharing some layouts with you today because they're full of awesome new goodies!!  With summer in full swing around here it seemed fitting for me to use the new Summer Vibes collection.
 
Here's my first layout called "You Make Me Happy".
 
 
I just love the bright, cheerful colours on this background paper. The 'beams' of sunlight are so fun.  I created my title to follow the lines of the paper edges.
 
 
The die cuts and alpha stickers add so much interest to a project.
 
 
 
I also used the fun Flair button (created by A Flair for Buttons) in the centre of my photo collection. It fit perfectly.
 
 
This collection just makes me happy.
 
 
 
The next layout that I'm sharing with you today is from a recent weekend trip our family took.  We didn't have to go far to enjoy the beauty of nature that is all around us. Plus it was fun to spend time with family.
 
 
I love the Flair buttons so much that I used them 3 times on this layout!!
 
In this picture you can see that I've used a few die cuts, enamel dots and word strip stickers.
 
 
Here I've used another Flair button along with some chipboard embellishments and my journaling block.
 
 
In this picture you'll notice that I've used the new 4x6 Photo Booklet so that I could incorporate more photos onto my layout. I've also used another Flair button and a die cut on the front of the book.
 
 
Here's a closer look at what I did on the inside of the Photo Booklet.
 
I added a 4x6 journal card on the inside flap and did the same thing on the next page as well.
 
 
 
On the plastic pockets I've added some clear photo stickers (in white) and some die cuts.
 
 
 
I love how the 4x6 cards go so perfectly with my photos. 
 
 
The last pages of the booklet ...
 
 
On the back page I used some Washi tape on the square card for some added colour.
 
 
I just love how everything ties together so nicely and creates a fun, inviting and warm feel to this layout.
 
Trust me ... you will have SO much fun with this collection!! And it will just make you HAPPY.  Thanks for stopping by!
 
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Summer Vibes prize pack!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

After you enter, head on over to the A Flair for Buttons blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away $50 worth of flair both here & on their blog!

Want to follow A Flair for Buttons and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you for Day 2 of the Simple Stories & A Flair for Buttons Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both A Flair for Buttons & Simple Stories! 

Even better, A Flair for Buttons has created these custom flair to coordinate with our Summer Vibes collection for both teams to use this week!

You can pick up your own FUN custom Summer Vibes Flair here!

Today design team member Marie Lottermoser joins us with a sunny, summery SN@P! Binder - 
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Hi Everyone!  Marie here today to share the beginning of my summer album. As the weather warms up I can't wait to include all my favorite summer things from popsicles to beach trips in my album.

I started off by using a die cut from the SN@P! Journal Pages to create a divider page to separate out the season and year from the rest of my album.  I punched out a 2" circle of striped paper and layered a flair button right on top.  I love these flair buttons, and am using several of them throughout my pages.

I followed that up with a 2x2 grid page of my favorite summer things. I added in several small chipboard frames which fit perfectly in the pocket pages and make great accents for stickers and another flair badge.

Summer just isn't summer without a trip to the fair.  On this page I layered a transparency (which is included in the Summer Vibes collectionover my photo.  It's a simple way to add a pop of color to a photograph.

Next I used a foldover Journal Page and punched a 2 inch circle on one side.

Now when the Journal Page is folded over, a flair badge peeks through the opening.  One tip, punch out your circle before you glue down your flair badge to make sure you have proper placement.

So that's a look at how my summer album is coming together.  I hope you'll join me this summer in documenting all of your favorite memories!
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Summer Vibes prize pack!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

After you enter, head on over to the A Flair for Buttons blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away $50 worth of flair both here & on their blog!

Want to follow A Flair for Buttons and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & A Flair for Buttons Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both A Flair for Buttons & Simple Stories! 

Even better, A Flair for Buttons has created these custom flair to coordinate with our Summer Vibes collection for both teams to use this week!

You can pick up your own FUN custom Summer Vibes Flair here!

Today design team member Allison Davis joins us with this super, summery layout -
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Happy Summer! Finally! I don’t know about you but I have been counting down the days until Summer time. We always try to find a beach to visit during our family summer vacations and I can’t wait for this year. I had never been to a beach until I was in my thirties (crazy, right!?) and let me tell you, I’m hooked. So is my 10-year-old, Drew. He’s like a natural born beach bum. We can’t get him out of the water whenever we go. He’ll spend hours running into the crashing waves and laughing when they knock him over. It’s always fun to watch!
 
Just like I look forward to our beach time every year, I always find myself looking forward to seeing what summer collection Simple Stories puts together. Summer Vibes will go down as one of my favorites and paired with A Flair For Buttons, it’s a recipe for fun! 
 
Here’s a look at my layout using both of these fun products:
 
 
I used A Flair For Buttons in combination with the Simple Stories Bradz, enamel dots, and small circle stickers to create a spray of circles across the whole layout.
 
 
 
For the title of my layout I couldn’t resist using the die cut “beach” arrow.
 
 
Here’s a closer look at some of the details:
 
 
 

Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Summer Vibes prize pack!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

After you enter, head on over to the A Flair for Buttons blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away $50 worth of flair both here & on their blog!

Want to follow A Flair for Buttons  and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

 

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Hi everyone! Happy 4th of July!  Allison here with a layout using the new Stars & Stripes Simple Set.  I’ve also got a new sketch to share with you that combines traditional scrapbooking design with the SN@P! Pocket Pages. 
 
 
You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here.
 
The left side of the sketch features a more traditional style of layout design while the right side uses the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 4.
 
Here is my layout based on the sketch:
 
 
My mom started the tradition of flag photos on the 4th of July with my oldest son. We all snapped away while Drew ran around the room with a mini American flag. The pictures turned out so great that we did it the next year, and the next year, and the next year. Fast forward a few more years and we’ve gotten Jackson doing the same tradition. Drew has hit the point of too cool for flag photos and has passed the torch flag onto his younger brother. Jackson did not disappoint in taking over the flag tradition. 
 
 
I instantly knew that I had to use the “Land that I Love” paper from the Stars & Stripes collection.   The large USA with the flag print was the perfect backdrop for my flag fun photos!
 
 
I added two grouping of smaller photos on the big USA and arranged them so that I wasn’t covering up too much of the design on the paper. I cut out the “Fourth of July” star from a 3 x 4” card and accented it with smaller hearts and a word sticker.
 
 
I arranged the title and journaling in the center, between the two groups of photos.
 
 
At the top of the page I used two 2 x 2” photos accented with more stars and another word sticker. Word stickers are one of my favorite go-to embellishments! 
 
 
For the right page I used a combination of photos and cards with Pocket Page, Design 4. I love the 2 x 12” pocket with this Pocket Page! 
 
 
 
 
To embellish the 2x12” strip, I used a small striped strip, stars, a small photo, and a 2x2” square. 
 
 
 
I always like adding pieces to decorate the empty space in some of my photos. On this photo I added the washi tape sticker and accented it with the USA and Land That I Love sticker.
 
 
On the Stars & Stripes Forever card I added two 2 x 2” photos and some more word stickers.
 
 
To accent another photo I used the Yankee Doodle sticker and some more stars.
 
 
I hope you enjoy using the sketch! And, for those of you in the US, have a happy (and safe!) 4th of July! 

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Hi!  It's Chantalle back with you again today, sharing one last layout -  Summertime Selfie using the Summer Vibes collection. This is a way to demonstrate how one can use embellishments to help tell a story.

The photo was taken in the early summer weeks. My son rode his first roller coaster with me and I took a quick snap to mark the occasion. I loved the lens flair in the shot. I couldn’t believe my eyes when it matched up perfectly with the flair in the gorgeous bokeh print on the sheet of ‘Shine On’. I’ve made the text on the chipboard frame part of my title by setting it close to the ’Summertime’ die cut shape from the Summer Vibes ‘Bits & Pieces’ pack.

The camera print photo overlay sparked the use of lots of camera shapes. I cut them out of a 12x12 sheet of ’Selfie’ as well as the smaller version from the 6x6 Pad.

When using lots of similar shaped embellishments, vary the size if possible and raise individuals at different heights to keep interest.

Thank you so much for stopping by the last 2 days! If you would like to see more of what I get up to, feel free to pop in to my blog (copasetique.blogspot.com) or you can find me on FB and Instagram @chantallemcdaniel.

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Hi!  It's Chantalle, back again today with another layout, this time featuring the So Rad collection.  I have been itching to use this picture of my DS against a painted mural, which was taken on a recent trip to Bondi Beach in Sydney. I just love how these two hot dogs coordinate with their cool sunglasses! ‘So Rad' could not be a more perfect fit for capturing this moment on paper.

I was inspired by the artistic print on this So Rad ‘Chillin’. I wanted to build on the theme by adding a Gesso base. Simply applied with an old loyalty card, it adds to the painted elements and also provides a more focused area on which to build up my photo layers.

Once the gesso was dry, I added an ‘extreme awesome’ 12 inch sticker from the So Rad  Fundamentals sticker sheet. I really love that these stickers are a full 12 inches in length. It can be annoying when one goes to use a sticker like this and it doesn’t fit all the way across the page. By placing it diagonally. I am creating continuation with this awesome ‘extreme awesome’ photo overlay, which comes as a bonus in the So Rad collection kit!

Add a touch of grunge by distressing chipboard stickers with a sanding block. Under my photo I have adhered a pocket horizontally. You will find a couple of these handy guys, as well as some super cute die cut shapes in the So Rad Sn@p Cards pack. I’ve journalled on a 3x4 card from the pack and ever so slightly trimmed it and tucked it into the pocket.

 
The circular elements in the pack of So Rad photo stickers tie in the nicely with the small circular finishing touches.
 

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Hello everyone! Chantalle here and how fabulous to be back sharing with you again today! I have been creating up a storm with the new lines, So Fancy, So Rad and Summer Vibes and absolutely love them. It’s a thrill to see these collections shipping to retailers and seeing amazing creations on social media already!
 
I have three layouts to share with you over the next 2 days, one from each collection. My first uses So Fancy.  Not only is it beautiful and inspiring, but also very luxurious with it’s gold finishes. One can add a sense of fun with the sweet sentiments and carefree elements or add a dash of metallics for a touch more drama.
 
Girl, why fit it?
 
 
The 4x6 SN@P! card and its statement was a perfect match for this image of my little girl, working her usual sass! I often find myself amazed by her outgoing personality and sense of humour. She’s definitely a force to be reckoned with! I need to remember that she has her own path to follow and I must encourage her to be the beautiful rainbow that she is.
 
 
The feather shapes were also a big drawcard for me. I’ve taken the various sizes from the chipboard stickers and the die cut elements and added a couple more in the form of some stamping as well as some die cut shapes which I created with a metal die and gold foil paper in my Cuttlebug.
 

I then had some fun layering all these elements and adding a few details like machine stitching, enamel dots and tiny pops of inky splatters.

Check back later today for the layout I created using to the So Rad collection!

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