Hi friends! It’s Kylie on the blog with you all today with my first layout as a part of the Simple Stories Design Team. With Christmas fast approaching I couldn’t resist scrapbooking a photo from several years ago when my kiddos were quite a bit smaller! I immediately fell in love with the ‘Say Cheese Christmas’ collection. There are so many cute elements to this range and I knew it would be a perfect match for my photo.

I chose to work with a white background for my layout, just so all those Christmas colours would really pop! I did however add a double border with papers MAGICAL HOLIDAYS and SWEET MEMORIES. A strip of BEST CHRISTMAS EVER and MAGICAL HOLIDAYS were also added throughout the middle of my layout. Using a punch and red cardstock from my stash I added a fun border to the top and underside of these pieces.

Lately I have become quite a fan of using larger sized photos in my layouts. This photo measures 6”x 8” and I have backed it with both some white and red cardstock. I also cut the ‘Hello Santa’ title from a Simple Stories cut file. You can find it in the Silhouette store HERE. Since my photo was a little on the dark side it help make the title really stand out.

Using some of the adorable die cuts and stickers I have created some neat clusters supporting my photo.Some of them were added with foam tape so that they added some height and dimension to my design.

A cute tag was created from more red cardstock and layering the tree die cut over the top. It was finished off with a cute string bow.I also added some printed journaling strips which completed my overall layout.


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my layout and it gives you some inspiration for your own scrapbooking.

See you next time!


Hi, Odessa here with a fun project I love been working on with the So Happy Together collection from Simple Stories! Full of gorgeous patterns, fabulous colours and all kinds of icons and phrases and more perfect for all kinds of everyday family stories.

I’ve been into mini albums a bit lately and wanted to try something new. The Blush SN@P! Binder goes so well with the colours in the collection that it was an easy choice. Because the binder has a chipboard cover it was really easy to turn into a 3x8 binder! I just measured (twice of course) and cut it down. So easy! I then covered the chipboard with the dot pattern from the Happy Heart cardstock. I love how it looks. There are so many good patterned cardstock sheets in So Happy Together it was hard to choose which one to cover my binder in!

Once it was covered I added some of the chipboard stickers from the 6x12 Chipboard sheet to embellish it. 

On the inside I had fun playing with different kinds of pages and layers. Here I have a full sized photo and one of the Vertical Page Protectors with spots for 3x3 photos. I cut a 3x3 square from the 2x2 Elements Cardstock to make a card to fill the pocket. I added some cute hearts to finish it up. I love a collection with lots of hearts! Finally I used the tab stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet. I like to use those on smaller layers.

I kept it simple on my full photo with some phrase stickers to add some words to my layout while keeping it neat. And a nice chipboard heart that matches the cardstock I used to cover the album.

Here is the other side of the vertical page protector and one of the larger page protectors I cut down. It normally has 2- 4x6 pockets but I cut it in half and used the scallop border from the Combo Sticker sheet to close it up. I love the added layer that edge adds! 

For this 3x3 pocket I layered torn strips of the coordinating Simple Basics cardstock to create a rainbow of the main colours in the collection and used one of the Bits & Pieces with a camera on it in the middle. 

My final layout has more of those gorgeous dots. I can’t get enough of them! I cut down and hole punched a page from the 6x8 Pad for a more traditional layout.

I tore some cardstock strips to put on top of my background. I love a good torn edge! I used some Bits & Pieces and various stickers from the So Happy Together collection to add some journaling.

The doily shape in the Bits & Pieces is so cute, I had to use it! Using other die cuts and cardstock from the collection I turned it into a cute ribbon! I had so much fun documenting some family memories with the gorgeous colours and style of So Happy Together.


Hello Everyone!

It’s Kristine here today to share one of my latest layouts using the So Happy Together Collection. This collection is so perfect for a variety of pages and projects. It contains cute little flowers, word diecuts, colorful houses and so much more. Going to a house warming party soon? Perhaps an anniversary? Or just want to document the love your shared with your family a few weeks ago? All of these topics and more can be documented using this collection. My 12x12 layout is called Grins & Giggles.

My cousin spent the afternoon with her daughter and all They did was laugh and play outside. The most memorable moment of that day was this sweet selfie they took. I love the smile they both have and the laughter they shared together. I started my page with a piece of Green paper from the Basics Kit. I backed it up with a Blue piece of paper from the same Basics Kit and both of these then added to a piece of white cardstock. This created a great base for all those pieces of patterned paper I used.

I had an 6x8 paper pad and used quite a few of the papers included in this collection. I created layers and started embellishing with the Bits and Pieces.

Adding a small die it for my title “grins and Giggles” was perfect for this picture. I wanted to add a few sentences of journaling but decided to keep it simple with two strips of journaling as I usually do.

This was really a fun layabout to created and I absolutely loved creating with this collection. Don’t forget to share your layout using some Simple stories by using the #simplestories and tagging us @simplestories_

Have a great day!


My family and I are a huge Disney Fans. The Say Cheese collection was one of my favorite, but now there's a Holiday version so I was really giddy and jumping up and down with joy.
 Let me tell you that I am a scrapbooker at heart who is also a planner girl who loves creative planning and memory keeping. You can probably guess that I will be using this collection to set up my planner.
 Being a planner girl, I love to show my desk view. I love decorating my desk with the current collection I am obsessing over. So guess what? I am obsessing with this collection at the moment.

I want to share with you what I love using in setting up my planner. First, I love love using the bits & pieces and the chipboard pieces. I normally use them to decorate and stuff my planner pockets so when I first open up my planner, I have a view that I can stare at all day long, well not all day but it gives me the chance to adore my set up.
 Tell me you don't think these bits & pieces aren't cute? They are so adorable especially when I use them in my planner as decor.
 I also love using the combo stickers. I mostly use them in my monthly and my weekly layout. As I mentioned, I love creative planning and memory keeping. Think of it as scrap booking but instead of creating 12x12 layout, I use the monthly and the weekly view and I just have fun and start decorating. You can also think about it as portable album that I carry with me everywhere.

I use the 12x12 double sided papers to create my insert cover. I would then decorate the front cover with embellishments.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you love this collection as much as I do. Well then, off I go to set up my planner.


Hey y’all Courtney here. Today I am sharing a layout that I created with the Say Cheese Christmas Collection. This collection is so adorable with all of its icons. I love matching my kiddos up to them.

For this layout I used two pattern papers to create my background. I used Magical Holidays and Sweet Memories. The layering that I did here was a happy accident. I had just put everything on my desk and was starting to pick embellishments. I saw how I stacked my papers and loved it. I trimmed them down and layered them on to a sheet of black card stock.

I then began to create my clusters using the ephemera, chipboard, and combo sticker sheet. I layered everything up to frame my pictures. I finished my layout with a cute little cluster in the top corner to help balance out the layout.

I then began to create my clusters using the ephemera, chipboard, and combo sticker sheet. I layered everything up to frame my pictures. I finished my layout with a cute little cluster in the top corner to help balance out the layout.


Hello everyone! Anya here today with another mini book inspiration. Patterned papers in the Winter Farmhouse collection so beautifully coordinate with each other that it makes the creating process very easy and enjoyable.

This book measures 5x7 and was made from scratch. I created the cover for the mini book using three pieces of heavy cardstock. Front and back pieces I covered with patterned paper and the binding piece I adhere to a piece of faux leather, to which I also adhered the other two parts of the cover and stitched them down with a sewing machine.

To create the inside of the album, first I cut all the pages, scored them and using a sewing machine again stitched them down to a piece of paper that was later added to the binding of the mini book. For a fun look I kept some of the pages shorter, others longer and some with a little flap that opens for more photos.

This mini album can fit up to forty five photos in different sizes. When I an ready to fill it with photos all I would have to do is to measure the spot, trim down a photo a bit smaller to leave a white border and adhere it.

I used a lot of stickers and bits and pieces to decorate all of the pages inside this mini book. The front of the album I decorated with a shaker window, filled it with snow-like sequins and added chipboard pieces on top. A few enamel dots and a piece of backers twine finished the design.

I hope you'll give a handmade mini book a try if you haven't made one yet.


Hi there! Nicole here today to share with you a project using the gorgeous Winter Farmhouse collection. I couldn't resist mixing this collection with some wintery photos of a travel destination in Canada I visited a while ago, it was perfect for those wintery moments.

I chose to add my photos along the top of my page in a row and then wanted to mix up various patterns from the 6x8 paper pad to create the design for my page. I cut several different sized of squares/rectangles and layered them under the row of photos, to add a pretty layered feeling to the bottom area of the page. 

To add some extra dimension, I added in some chipboard and mini element stickers along with some punched half circles into the layered paper design! I added a simple digital diecut cardstock title along the top edge of the photos.


We are pleased to announce TWO new collections for Winter 2019! 

You’ll go weak at the knees over the new SIMPLE VINTAGE MY VALENTINE collection featuring time-honored images of heirloom roses, heart-shaped doilies, candy hearts and cute kids sending cards to their secret crush. Pretty patterned papers and a wide array of embellishments in shades of red, pink, aqua, and blue will make this year's Valentine papercrafts sugary-sweet!

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Celebrate all the happiness of craftiness with the new HEY, CRAFTY GIRL! collection from Simple Stories. If your motto is “a craft a day keeps the crazy away,” then you will love the clever and witty sayings honoring your favorite pastime, the icons of cute girls absorbed in their creativity, and the pretty, candy-colored floral accents. Whether you use this collection to scrapbook about your favorite hobby, keep a log of your creativity in a SN@P! album, or make decorations for the cutest crafting party on the block, this collection is a must-have!


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Hello, Simple Stories Fans! It's Jana Eubank. Today I have a layout to share with you using the happy and cheerful So Happy Together collection.

For the title of this page, I fussy-cut the globe with the quote "Life is about the Journey" from the 6x8 paper pad and added it to the left of my photos.

I like this quote because my daughter had never taken a dance or tumbling class in her life, yet she was determined to try out for the cheerleading team at her school. I tried to prep her for the disappointment that would inevitably come, but to everyone's surprise her hard work paired with her incredible team spirit and sparkling personality earned her a spot on the team! It was quite the journey with a happy ending. I was so proud of her for persevering and going for her dream.

I used the "Hello Love" woodgrain paper as the background for this page and added a scalloped border piece across the top cut from the "Our Story" paper.

I added the photos to several different layers of patterned paper and then added several Journal Bits & pieces to the top to write the story about the day she received her uniform for the first time. I also used the 4x6 Clear Stamps to add a sentiment to the upper right corner of the journal blocks.

I used the 4x6 Clear Stamps again to stamp the phrase "life is beautiful" across the bottom of the globe. 

I layered together several flowers, hearts, and the word "HAPPY" from the Bits & Pieces in the lower right corner of the photos. I also fussy-cut the wreath from the 4x4 Elements paper and tucked it behind the right edge of the photos.

I love that scrapbooking gives me the opportunity to celebrate all of life's challenges, victories, and lessons. This page about my daughter achieving her goal will always serve as a reminder to *ME* to work hard for my dreams and goals, too, even when it seems impossible. I will always learn something along the way. Like the title for this page says, life is about the journey!


Hi friends, It’s Dorymar today I’m back to share with you a super colorful and fun mini album with the Say Cheese Christmas Collection.  This collection between the bright colors has a touch of black, this is why I selected the 6x8 Black Leather Album .

For the cover I used a red and white stripe 1.5” ribbon and created a big bow in the top edge of the album.  I added three jingle bells in the center of the bow and hanging with twine I added a tag with a Christmas feeling. For the title I used the Merry Christmas Sticker.

This album doesn’t include the page dividers so I went ahead and incorporated my own.  To create the page divider on the right I selected the b-side of the Magical Holidays paper and cut it at 6x8.  In the top, I added a 3¾x12 stripe folded at 3 and 6 to create an open side belly band.   The belly band hold a 5x7 card to add my pictures and journal.

I created a fun cluster of die cuts at the top of the belly band to open it.  The inside of the belly band has space for three pictures (one 5x3” and two 2.5x3”).  For the title of this page I used the “merry” word from the chipboard stickers.

In the following pages I incorporated de Fun Words metal dies to from the Say Cheese 4 Collection.   I think they are very practical, and you can use them as many times as you can.  For the right page, I had to cut the FUN word from the Magical Holidays paper and then, I used the Making Spirits Bright as a base and two more different patterned papers for additional layers.  Then I decorated it with die cuts and phrase stickers.

These pages are one of my favorites in this project, on the left page I created a flap that opens to the side with one of the 4x6 cards that the collection includes. For the pocket page on the left I had to cut the word "magic" in black and created a beautiful background incorporating twine and buttons.

I created the page on the right reducing the "Best Christmas Ever" paper to 10 ¾ x 8” and folded it in 6” to create an open side page.  On top of the page, I created a 4x4 pocket with one of the 4x4 journaling cards.  I added some of the fun die cuts with foam tape to decorate it.

One of the traditions of Christmas is to give gifts to your family and friends, that is why in Christmas collections gifts can’t be missing. For the left page I made some gift pockets and when you pull up the top of the gift you discover space to add your photos and your journal. Its super cute and fun. 

I decorated the top of the gifts with the beautiful poinsettias flowers that the bits and pieces pack includes, all are glued with foam tape to give the dimension that I love so much.

I can't stop incorporating the beautiful 2x2 cards that the collection includes, all are full of beautiful designs. I added to my album one 2x2 Insta-Pocket Pages to add space for this stunning 2x2 cards.  They look fantastic!

You will love this collection for any of your holiday fun photos, it’s colorful, bright, fun and so beautiful!!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope this project inspired you to create your own one!

Happy Crafting!


Hi friends! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share an altered project I  created with the new Say Cheese Christmas!  I  picked up a chipboard advent calendar at a local craft store and thought this collection would be adorable! I  love the traditional red and greens Christmas colors as well as the pink and light blue!

I  cut 2x2 inch squares of a background pattern followed by adhering a smaller square on top. For both pieces, I  used a circle hand punch to create a notch to line up to the chipboard.  I  then used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges for extra accent.  

On each square, I  used embellishments from the Bits and Pieces and Combo Sticker sheet.  I  had SN@P Number Stickers in my stash and used different colors to mark each day.  

Here, I  used the cute banner from the Combo Sticker sheet and adhered it with pop dots.  I cut the banner where the two boxes meet.  I  also added some coordinating enamel dots from my stash! 

There are so many cute, whimsical shapes included in Say Cheese Christmas!  I  tried to use pop dots on the larger shapes and adhere them at an angle.  For contrast, I  adhered my numbers stickers to a circle embellishment or one that I  hand punched from patterned paper. 

For my last square, I  used the multi-colored "25" found on the Combo Sticker Sheet. I  adhered my number with pop dots adding a poinsettia die cut underneath.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! Check out this collection and more by visiting the Products page! Have a great day!


Hi everyone! Tara here with Secretbees Studio! When I saw the new Simple Stories So Happy Together paper collection I was smitten.This collection is a delightful mix of beautiful florals and colorful stripes and plaids in fun candy shop colors complemented with sweet and cute family themed embellishments. The perfect way to scrap about home and family!

This folding house mini is not only adorable on the outside, but it opens up to reveal oodles of spots for photos and mementos! I found the tutorial online and it's multi sections are perfect to showcase all of the gorgeous papers and ephemera included in this collection. 

The roof of the album comes off and is pretty enough on the under side for a couple of photos. Then the whole album unties and folds flat into four sections that each hold surprises of their own! There are pages that open, photo flips and even pockets! Such a cute way to hold all of the wonderful memories of friends and family!

Untie the doors of the first section to reveal a spot for photos and journaling. Plus the doors flip down for another photo spot and a small pocket!

The second section is interesting with lots of flaps that open in opposite directions to finally reveal a set of cascading photo flips! All decked out in the gorgeous So Happy Together paper and embellishments!

A sweet pocket for the third section that can hold journaling cards or more photos! There are folds in this section as well that flip up, down or open for more photos and even a hidden pocket in the back that holds a cute tag!

The last section has another photo flip under the first flap and behind that another photo spot and pocket with another tag!

To really see this album in all of its lovely detail, please visit my YouTube channel. I  describe and show all of the different sections so you can be inspired to make one of your own!


Hi there!  Nathalie with you today with  a new layout that is all about combining the beautiful and rich tones of the new Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse collection.    I love this collection, and knew that i want to make a layout all about my niece and her love for snow.

It all started with a cut file from Paige Evans, which was enlarged to fit to the page.  I cut this from white cardstock and backed the empty spaces with different papers from the beautiful Winter Farmhouse collection.

For the background, i chose to trim a bit of the edges of the Feeling Frosty paper and framed with the 

Cuddle Up paper.   Here i glued the title on place  and started working on embellishing the page.

The picture was backed and layer with the Snowed In paper and paper from the 6x8 paper pad, and then nestled between the side letters of the title.  I used all the embellishments from the collection to create small clusters around the picture, just love the floral designs in the collection.

I also used a large embellishment cluster at the start of the title, just so that your eye goes through the entire page and brings all the charming detail forward.  I just love how this came together, and all the beautiful patterns are perfect to bring the outdoor feel to the page

I  hope this inspires you to check the new Farmhouse collection from Simple Stories, you will love all the patterns, colors and designs in this collection.



Hello Simple Stories friends!  It’s Jeanne here today and I’m happy to be sharing some Christmas cards made with the Say Cheese Christmas Collection.   This collection captures the childhood delight of Christmas as only the most magical place on earth can do!

The collection is filled with bright colorful papers in traditional red and green with a touch off pink and pastel blue.  The patterns are candy cane stripes, sprinkle dots, poinsettias, snowflakes, and everything nice.

There are two sets of bits and pieces available in this collection.  The iconic bits and pieces that include lots of holiday images like ornaments, presents, flowers and sentiments.  There’s also a Happy Kids Bits and Pieces pack that includes all the cute kids you see on my cards today.  

The two packs of bits and pieces are sized perfectly to work together so you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching die cuts from both packs.

The sticker sheet that comes with the collection kit also has lots of sentiments, images and tabs too.  Again, everything is perfectly color coordinated so you know it will be a perfect match every time.

I had lots of fun mixing and matching the papers from this bright collection.  I always start by cutting the 12” papers into 6” squares.  I layout all the images on a piece of plastic the size of my card face and lay it over different pattern papers.  The clear plastic allows me to pick up the entire arrangement and see it over the papers before I commit and adhere everything in place.

This set includes 6x12” Chipboard Stickers too.  These are my favorite to work with!   I love how the thick study pieces add dimension.  Because they have adhesive backing, they couldn’t be easier to make with.

This collection makes me feel as though I’m seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child.  What a magical world! 

You’ll have lots of fun making fun holiday cards with the different elements in the Say Cheese Christmas Collection, and because the fun is contagious, your recipients will be smiling too!


Hi! Odessa here with some wintery SN@P! Pages using Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse. When I saw the new winter collections this one jumped out at me. It’s really wintery where I live so it’s really perfect for everyday layouts and my favourite, Christmas layouts! 

On this page I have some cute pockets on one side and a full page layout on the other side. I kept the pages nice and bright with lots of rich colour pops. The mustard yellow, pine green and cardinal red in Winter Farmhouse are so nice together!

Instead of using a 4x6 card in this pocket I adhered 6 2x2 cards to some cardstock to make a cute patchwork pocket with some of my fav elements from the collection.

Baking is one of my favourite Christmas traditions and throughout this album I have photos of some of the things I’ve baked along with the recipes. On this page I made a 6x8 layout on some woodgrain cardstock from Winter Farmhouse as my base. I layered torn patterned cardstock collections in some of those rich colours I mentioned before to feel like a stack of recipes with little tabs stickers and other things peeking out as well as a big title under the photo.

I used the scalloped border from the Winter Farmhouse Combo Stickers at the bottom of my photo to make the flip element a bit more visible. I adhered the photo to some folded cardstock from the collection so when it’s opened the recipe for the cookies pictured is on the inside with some cute stickers to make it a little more fun.

Here’s another SN@P! Page I put together with Winter Farmhouse. These photos are all about being in a rustic winter wonderland - it was a perfect match of theme and photos! 

I added a 4x6 vertical protector in the middle with a wintery photo. I used various phrase strips from the Winter Farmhouse Sticker Tablet, Combo Stickers and Bits & Pieces to add a poetry-like element and a cute cabin due cut from the Bits & Pieces that went well thematically. The Combo Sticker sheet always has some great tabs perfect for sticking on the side of these smaller page protectors to add more layers to albums.

I adhered a photo to a 4x6 card with a journalling spot in the middle and added a nice title to it. Using the alpha stickers in the Sticker Tablets is a great way to title a group of photos while maintaining colour and theme!

This full sized 6x8 photo of the rustic Otentik a few hours away in Riding Mountain National Park we booked for a few days right after Christmas was one of my favs so I kept it simple. A journaling spot from the Winter Farmhouse Journaling Bits & Pieces along with a snowflake chipboard sticker. I used the number stickers from the Sticker Tablet to add in the date and a cute phrase strip over the door.

I’m having so much fun working on my December album with the winter Simple Stories collections!



Hello Friends! 

I am here to spread a little Cheer with my latest layout called Merry & Bright using the Say Cheese Christmas collection. I absolutely love seeing picture of animals dressed up for the holidays. This little one called Dev is with his favorite human Cabrelle getting ready for the holiday festivities. That look on his face just screams why am I doing this!!!? Right? 

This layout is very simple to create and all you need is a few sheets of this gorgeous and festive collection.  I used a sheet from the Holly Jolly Simple Basics Collection, which is a must have by the way, and backed up a few pieces of assorted papers in different sizes. I used a piece of white cardstock as my base but any color that matches this collection would be perfect. I added my assorted papers to the base in no random order and that was my background! Simple right?  

Once I added my photo I started embellishing the bottom and top left of the layout. I always use dimensional adhesive under my Bits & Pieces to create height and it also allows me to add more layers. 

Journaling was added on a small piece of white cardstock and adhered under the top left cluster.  My title was left simple using a die cut called Merry & Bright.  

You can create this simple layout in no time and you can even add a few more pictures if you'd like. 

This collection makes it super easy to create fun pages of you and your pets or something to make you SAY CHEESE!

Come visit Simple Stories and myself on instagram at @SimpleStories_ and @KristineDavidson. 



Hello everyone! Anya here today and I am happy to share some holiday shaker cards with you! Winter themed shaker cards are my favorite to make, because the filling in the shaker window reminds me of a snow. 

For the first card I used one of the 3x4 elements for a background inside the window and decorated the card with stickers adding them with pop dots to keep the decorative elements even with the shaker window. A few white dots made with Nuvo Drops always look great on acetate and also reminds me of snow floating in the air.

For the background picture inside the window of the second card, I created a scenery with stickers using adorable houses. I decorated the top of the shaker window with ornament stickers and added more stickers and some bits and pieces at the bottom, alternating height and colors. 

Always love to cover the back of the card with patterned paper. Adding a few little stickers to the background panel makes it even more fun and extra special. I really enjoyed creating these shaker cards and can't wait to make more!


Hey y’all Courtney here. Today I am sharing the layout that I created using the fun Holly Jolly line. This collection was perfect to document a few pictures of two of my littles writing letters to Santa.

 I decided to go with a grid layout to create my little scene. I used a 4x4 card from the SN@P cards to help balance my 4x4 picture. I backed both of those with a green stripe paper from the 6x8 paper pad. I also used two of the 2x2s from the 2x2 element sheet. My background sheet Winter Wonderland is cut down to 10x 10 and backed on the Seasons Greetings paper.

I used the fun candy stripe bow in the corner along with the cute ornament sticker from the combo sticker sheet. I added some tabs from the combo sticker sheet and popped up a few of the ephemera pieces to add dimension. Then I added the fun green enamel dots to finish the layout off.

I hope you like the layout and are inspired to craft some Christmas pictures!