Hi everyone, it's Amy here today to share a layout with you I created using the new Say Cheese II line.  I love that although it's a themed line, it's versatile enough to use for some every day projects, too. Of course I love it all, but I just adore the fun pieces in the Bits and Pieces package!

Here are some closeups. I used some of the Simple Stories Silhouette cut files, which you can find here, to create my title.

I love using the adorable new Chipboard Frames for my journaling.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!!

Say Cheese II Enamel Dots: 4331


Hi everybody, Mindi here with you today. I am excited to be sharing a few pocket pages using the brand new Enchanted collection! I have been slowly making my way through our last Disney trip back in 2012. When I saw this new line I was so grateful that I had not tried to tackle my princess pictures yet. Because the colors in the Enchanted line are simply perfect, and you throw in the hint of silver ! Amazing. 

Here is a look at what both pages look like together. 

A few close ups from the first page. 

One of the things I was looking forward to using were the photo overlays. I used the Disney Castle overlay as part of my title card. On the other side of the title card I cut out the pink label from one of the 4x6 cards and printed out my title on there. Finished it off with some personal touches and called it done. 

New this year are the Chipboard Frames. I used it here as a frame around my girls Brave doll. 

I made a fun filler card using a few pieces of the new washi tape on the side. I really had fun using the washi tape. The size is perfect. I also added a photo overlay over the photo. 

A close up of the right side. 

This MAGIC card might have been my favorite! I added a strip of the washi tape on the bottom and also added the fairy wand chipboard piece to personalize it. So fun ! 

One last close up. 

This collection is jam packed with great colors, wonderful embellishments, that I can't wait to create with it again. I can see it being used for much more than princess pictures ! 

Thanks for stopping by everyone. 


Hi friends!   Vicki here with you today to share a layout I created using the new I AM... collection.

One of the things I love the most about this collection is that it inspires me to tell MY story.  The vast majority of the scrapbooking that I do is about someone else - my kids, my husband, my family, my friends - you name it!  Everyone else BUT me.  The I AM...  collection really resonated with me in that it prompted me to step back and really think about how important it is for me to tell MY story.

Between the gold foil accents, the beautiful, feminine colors & patterns and the prompts, the I AM...  collection is the the perfect collection to tell the most important story you have to tell... yours.


Hi everyone! Allison here with a layout using the lovely Hugs & Kisses collection. I've also got a new sketch to share with you that combines traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages.

You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here.

The left side of the sketch follows a more traditional style of layout design while the right side uses the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3.

Here is my layout based on the sketch.

Valentine's Day in our house is usually a day full of fun activities. We have to make Valentine's for Drew and Jackson to hand out a school. We always have a heart themed breakfast like heart shaped strawberry muffins or heart shaped red velvet pancakes and our own special "love potion" to drink. There are balloons and candy and lost of hugs and kisses and even a heart scavenger hunt. We usually end the day with a visit to see family which usually involves lots more balloons, candy, hugs, and kisses. It's definitely a day to document!

I love how the Hugs & Kisses collection has the traditional Valentine's Day colors mixed with the blues and black and white. Those colors made it easy to take something more feminine like hearts and flowers and use them with boy heavy photos.

For the background of the left page I cut out several hearts from the Heartthrob 12x12 Designer Cardstock. I love the variety of colors and patterns! I use hearts often and if you were to visit my house you would see them everywhere. When I first saw the Heartthrob paper, I knew we would be pals!

I added a few small details to some of the hearts like arrows, stickers, smaller hearts, and even small photos. The arrows are cut from the Love Letter Designer Cardstock. I also used some foam adhesive to make a few of the hearts stand out and give some more dimension to the layout.

For the title I used the "love" stickers and added the "Happy Valentine's Day" banner at the bottom.

On the right page I used a combination of cards and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3.

I always enjoy adding small details to the empty spaces of my photos. On this photo I added a small xoxo sticker the bottom corner and added a small circle/heart to one of the "o"s.

For the 3x4" pockets I used photos for three of the pockets for photos and then used a 3x4" card in one pocket. I added a small photo and heart embellishment to the card. The heart embellishment is actually cut from one of the 4x3 cards on the Elements #2 sheet.

On the bottom card I added a small photo to one of the hanging frames. I also added some small heart stickers to the wire the frames are hanging from.

I hope you enjoy using the new sketch and have fun playing with the super cute Hugs & Kisses collection!




Hello!  This is Amber, founder and creative director of Simple Stories.  I'm thrilled to start a new 'behind the scenes' monthly feature on our blog about my vision, our design,  product development & glimpses of how I'm using our products. 

It was 5 years ago when we introduced our Simple Stories products and philosophy with our first collection, Life Documented.   In celebration of 5 years of sharing stories 'simply' we've brought Life Documented back, better than ever.  Just like our first launch, this Life Documented collection is all about sharing your story for the year simply, easily and with lots of fun!   We introduced a ton of scrapbook products with the new Life Documented collection, and a Planner component as well.  Today I'm focusing on our amazing planner portion of the collection.

I've always been a planner fanatic - even way back when, before it was cool.  After spending lot’s of $$ on many different planners and sizes over the years, I was never truly happy with the final results- even with some of the big names and trendy designs.  Whether it was too generic, too detailed, too small, too big, too restrictive, too complicated, too limited – nothing seemed to fit my life and what I was looking for in a planner.  

For me, the perfect planner had to be big enough and with just enough space needed for day-to-day planning.  I didn’t want it to be limited to an 'off-the-shelf', 'one-size-fits-all' planner; I wanted options to personalize my album, but not so many options that it became complicated or overwhelming.  It had to offer complete functionality and choices - from full size daily inserts, to weekly pages and monthly calendars, to notes, lists, journals and menus - however I wanted to plan my life.  Of course, it had to be fun and bright with just enough creativity to keep me excited about planning my day-to-day.  Most importantly, I wanted something that covered all the facets of my life -  work, business, home, family, personal and even my memory keeping hobby.

This entire 'planner' program has been a long time in the making for us …from the minute I held the first sample of our 6x8 Faux Leather Albums, I was in love and couldn’t wait to develop a planner system to compliment them.  From start to finish, this collection was so well thought out - down to every last detail - and I can't wait to share the 'behind the scenes' with you on how I've approached setting up my planner!


It's so easy to start - just choose your favorite 6x8 SN@P! album or binder, including faux leather, chipboard and burlap.  I'm using our Teal 6x8 Faux Leather SN@P! Album - I LOVE the color & it matches my handbag perfectly...plus the high-quality album is simply gorgeous with contrast stitching, decorative metal label on the spine and metal corners. 

Next...select from many of the a la carte SN@P! Life Documented Planner Products - from Monthly, Weekly, & Daily Inserts to Clips, Sticky Notes, Bookmarks, Pockets, etc.  Last comes the FUN part - compiling your planner for day-to-day use...here's how I put mine together:


Every good planner needs a basic information page, so the Monthly Dividers includes one with a cute label and icons for you to store all your personal details.  I wanted to add even more fun to my intro page so I added fun "hello" and arrow stickers to dress it up. 

*TIP:  We added plenty of space to add all of your personal details, including name, address, phone numbers and even space for you website or blog.  

I chose to start my planner with one of our cool Pockets - they come pre-punched and insert easily.  The front has a cool pocket to easily story random, everyday tidbits.  I added a 3x4 card to the back of the pocket from our 2015 SN@P! Card Set with a piece of Washi Paper Tape - a perfect quote to start the year & it coordinates with our very cool 12/52/365 dashboard on the next page (also included in the Monthly Dividers).

*TIP - I LOVE that our planner system is so versatile - you can put theses pockets anywhere you want, depending on what makes sense for you & your needs.  I love that freedom and flexibility - and you will too!


There are so many things I love about our planners - but this has to be one of my favorite.  This interactive, fold out insert, included in the Monthly Dividers, lets you plan and view your whole year at a glance!  I love the quote on the front and added a few more details with stickers.  When opening you can see how easy it is to jot down the big, important things to look forward to with your year.

*TIP:  I chose to focus on just the big events of the year - not the everyday details - like holidays, events, travel, vacations, etc. This has been a great tool for getting a quick glance at what your year looks like.  And who can resist the fun, interactive fold-out feature?

It's the BIG 2015!

What makes our planner system so unique is that it incorporates our 6x8 SN@P! Albums, Pocket Pages and SN@P! Core products. I love that you can easily incorporate pocket pages of any format or design anywhere in your planner, just like I did here with our 3x4 Pocket Pages and 3x4 Cards from the Life Documented 2015 Card Set.  What a fun way to introduce the year in a BIG way!

*TIP:  One of my favorite parts of designing products is focusing on the details - things that customers may not even notice - but we do.  Our whole goal is to make it SIMPLE for you..so we do all the work for you, like these cards - they're double-sided with the large 2015 numbers,  then the backs show through with coordinating titles. 


Again, I love that our system features a variety of options to personalize your planner, incuding these Monthly Dividers that feature a 2 page calendar spread for each month. My favorite part is the designer pattern that introduces each month - in the same bold prints that coordinate with our Life Documented scrapbook products.  You can choose to leave as is - or add a little something like I did.  I knew I wanted to add some sort of 3x4 card to each month & the 3x4 SN@P! 2015 Cards were the perfect fit.  I LOVE that I start each month with the specific dated 2015 month, since the Monthly Dividers are not date specific. I did this for each month and am so happy with the results - try this on your planner and even add washi tape or other embellishments!

TIP:  Did you notice how each monthly 3x4 calandar card 'month' matches the monthly tab color perfectly...yep, it's all in the details for us!


This is what the Monthly Dividers look like when opened to the month; they'll most likely be the core of your planner.  You'll find a pop of solid color and a basic non-date specific calandar.  We designed this as a 2-page spread because lets face it, your life is BIG and you need plenty of room to plan and organize. 

TIP: Remember the Details!  With all the fun and bright washi strips - well this is where I used those washi tape strips to help me plan my month.  There is so much going on in a single month that using our Basic and Designer Washi Paper Tape is a must to easily plan and coordinate your schedule.  We also offer Calendar Stickers, sized perfectly for our monthly dividers to help you plan your life in a fun way!

TIP: Our Monthly Dividers are not dated, allowing you to start & end your 12 months based on what fits YOUR needs.   The first thing I did when organizing my planner was add the dates to each month so that it's done for the entire year.


We offer both Weekly and Daily Planner Inserts to help you plan your life; I'm using both.  Today I'm showing you how I use the Daily Inserts...pretty basic, right?   For me these Daily Inserts are all about functionality.  I'm choosing to focus on the tasks and important items I need to accomplish each day.  There's so much other fun stuff going on in my planner, so I'm keeping these pages basic.  Of course, you have the option of decorating away with washi, clips, stickers and so much more!

TIP:  It was important for me to have lots of space in our planner system and I insisted on adding these Daily Planner inserts to our line up of products.  They come with enough pages for all 365 days - they're not dated so you can start anytime.  We kept the design pretty general so it would fit anyone's life.  I'm using the 1/2/3 at the top for my daily health goals.  I love that the To Do section has plenty of room and then an added hourly scehdule as well.  The notes are perfect for adding reminders and important information.  I love how I can use these daily pages to incorporate my business, family, and personal life all in one!


Remember this?  When we first launched our SN@P! products a few years ago we added this useful zipper Pouch.  It's the perfect way to store all of your planner goodies - stickers, washi tape sheets, embellishments, & cards all fit into this pouch, ready to go!   I put my pouch at the end so I have easy access to my planner supplies.



Now we get to the really fun part!  We've designed these FREE printables to coordinate with your Life Documented planner.  Even better, we'll be offering free printables each month!  

Click here to download January's Free Life Documented Printables - NOTE: this is a large file, so it may take a few minutes to download, depending on your internet connection :)

There are a whopping 12 free printables this month, including:

2015 Calendar
2015 Holidays
January Month in Review
Gift Giving List

Shopping List
Weight Tracker
Food & Fitness Tracker
Who, What, When Where Dashboard
... and 3 Printable Cards to punch & insert in your planner!

TIPFree printables are on a single PDF document with 13 pages - print off what you want and the quantity you need.  We've added cut marks to each printable, so you can easily trim your pages to size.  

Here's how I've included a few of these Free Printables in my planner - 

This 4x6 quote card free printable is the perfect way to start your planner - and has a meaning that I want to remember all year long.  I just printed, trimmed and placed in one of our new Vertical 4x6 Pocket Pages (available in March).


This is a Detail page for you to identify the who, what, when, and where of all of your reoccurring events, activities, appointments, etc.  It's a great dashboard for adding our colroful Washi Paper Tape - and the corresponding details.  You'll see how our fabulous Washi Paper Tape will be a huge tool to organizing your life and planner - plus it adds so much color and fun!

TIPOur free printable planner page inserts have simple cut-marks so you can trim, hole punch and insert into your 6x8 SN@P! planner.  I slipped these into one of our 6x8 Pocket Pages for easy reference all year long. Print as many as you need - they're FREE and so functional!

Thanks so much for letting me share my insight and vision for our Life Documented Planner system - it's a dream come true for me to finally have my dream planner.  I already feel like my life is so much more organized.  I hope you're inspired to plan and organize your with our Planner system as well!   See you back here next month!



Howdy, Layle here with you today!  Where does the time go?  It's already the 1st of February!  Seems like it was just yesterday when we were welcoming in the new year!  

Speaking of welcoming in the new year AND February, we have some great new Silhouette designs now available that are perfect to kick start your month or year!  Here are just a few of our new favorites (click on the name for a direct link to the design in the Silhouette Online Store) -

Love This

Curly Arrows

This and That


Visit Simple Stories at the Silhouette Online Store here to see these designs and others in our design portfolio.  You can also search for 'Simple Stories' directly on their site. 

Have you created something with our Silhouette cut files?  If so, we'd love to see them!  Post on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram with #simplestories or email an image of your project to layle@simplestories.com!

Hi everyone, Wendy here today sharing some Magic Moments using the new Say Cheese II collection.  I loved the first Say Cheese collection, it holds a special spot in my heart, so this new collection made me so happy!  
The first layout I made, Happy Little Moments, began with an oversized picture, not my norm, and a black and white at that.  (I printed the photo from my Canon printer.)  Since the photo was the focal point of the page I chose to keep my page rather simple; not a lot of color or embellishments.  I used the film strip border to rest my picture on and I tilted it for a little bit of fun.
I added a pop of color on the bottom of the page and then I began to embellish my layout.  Since there was a lot of blank space on my photo I chose a word bubble as my title that I fussy cut, I added a few sprinkles and pieces to dress up the bubble. 
I did an embellishment cluster at the bottom of my page to draw the viewer's eyes through the layout.  I chose other photo type die-cuts to layer, the new self-adhesive Bradz which I love, and a clip to build my cluster.
Oversized pictures don't need much to dress them up, but the pieces included in the Say Cheese II collection are perfect for giving anything the WOW! factor.
My next layout, Believe, originated with my picture and the I'm All Ears paper (NOTE - this paper was a pre-production sample so it doesn't have the gold foil on the ear!).  I wanted to have the two nestled up to each other and so I actually fussy cut the Mouse ears from the paper and slid my picture underneath.  To further accent the ears on the paper I used my sewing machine to ouline the mouse.
I didn't want to clutter up the Mouse ears on the paper so I again built embellishment clusters at various spots throughout my page to lead the viewer's eyes around.  I chose a few pops of red to use in each of my areas to bring color into my page, staring with the "Let the Magic begin" piece.
My Mouse ears needed a little excitement at the bottom of the page, so again I chose a red piece to start my cluster.  A leftover photo frame from my other layout and a few well placed sprinkles and stars connected the left top of the page to the bottom right further uniting my layout.
The bright colors and fun magic designs make this a great collection to create with whether you have "Mouse" pictures or not, it just shouts fun! 


Great news!  We've added FIVE new collections to our Digital Store (click on the name of each collection to go directly to that collection in the store) - 


Fresh Air Simple Set

Summer Paradise Simple Set

Hey Mom! Simple Set

Hey Pop! Simple Set

Check out these and our other digital collections here at our Digital Store!



Hi all!

Teri here, and I'm excited to share with you some cards I created with Simple Stories' s Enchanted collection.  I've been trying to get a jump on my Valentine's Day cards. As much I love red and white cards, I really wanted to make some cards this year that had a non-traditional Valentine's Day color scheme so I pulled out the Enchanted collection. With castles, hearts and frogs, I think this collection has some really cute elements that work for fun and cute love-themed projects.
I must admit that I really love the collection's SN@P! Cards. Gosh, who am I kidding? I love all of Simple Stories' SN@P! Cards. They are such a versatile product. They are great for scrapbooking and memory keeping projects, but they also look good on greeting cards!
For this card, I took a silver foil heart SN@P! card and embellished it by adding a chipboard heart, a strip of Washi Paper Tape and a few die-cuts and enamel dots. 
To make that banner really stand out, I adhered it with foam tape. I love doing that with die-cuts. I really dig that extra pop that foam tape adds. 
Here are a couple more cards I created with the collection's SN@P! Cards. For each of them, I embellished the cards just slightly by adding some chipboard shapes and enamel dots. 
The frog on this SN@P! Card sure made me chuckle. I wonder if he'd turn into a prince if you kissed him! Wink! 
So I kinda just ran with that whole kissing thing and added a few die-cut hearts to look like they were coming from the frog! And the "I believe in fairytales" sentiment? Believe it or not, it's a Washi Tape Sticker. I used my scissors to cut that phrase off of a longer sticker.
For this card, I placed the castle SN@P! Card underneath a Chipboard Frame. I customized the frame by adding the purple Washi Tape Sticker and a blue Bradz to it.
I used another Chipboard Frame on this guy. This time, I customized the frame by adding a few enamel dots to it. 
I think it turned out pretty fun!
Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you again real soon!
Enchanted Washi Paper Tape - 4435


Hi there Simple fans, Nancy here today with a look at the brand new Say Cheese II collection. The red, yellow, white and slate blue palette is one that I love and find myself reaching for again and again. It definitely has a theme park feel, but I’ve found that on second look it’s definitely versatile!

I began this page with one of my favorite photos and an idea for a shaker box.  I used a chipboard frame from the Say Cheese II collection, stickers, star punch, patterned paper and a transparency to make a custom embellishment that adds movement and a punch of color to the layout.

To add texture, I used a sewing machine to attach a chipboard frame to the layout. Placing a plastic clip in the center of the frame adds dimension and a bit of a ‘flap’ to the area.

Say Cheese II is a practical collection that goes a long way. Here I used to scrapbook a layout about  a cruise vacation. The bold colors compliment my photos without overpowering them.

To add a subtle title, I used a tone-on-tone effect with white lettering on a white background. I used a sewing machine to underscore each word in the title. This draws attention to the title and texture to the page. The overall design is a simple grid that came together very quickly. It’s a design that I use often when I’m stumped for ideas.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at my favorite release this Winter – Say Cheese II!


Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Life Documented Simple Inspiration eBook is now available for download!

Simple Inspiration eBooks include beautiful photography, project ideas, design tips and inspiration on how you can create with our fabulous Simple Stories collections!  The Simple Inspiration eBooks include a little something for everyone - layouts, SN@P! Binders, pocket page spreads, home decor items and cards.


Simply click on the link below for your free download & enjoy!

Life Documented Simple Inspiration eBook Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Simple Inspiration eBooks and Project Idea Sheets from our past collections.

Hi Everyone, Marie here today to share a new Life Documented project using the new I AM collection. I decided to change things up this year and switch to a 6x8 album to document our everyday moments.

I love the look of mixing different size pages and dividers within an album. The I AM collection has a lot of premade dividers, envelopes, and tags of different sizes and shapes.  To carry it one step further I trimmed off the final column of one of the 2x2 page protectors to add even more variety to my album.

I tend to focus on my kids a lot in my albums, so for these first few pages I made sure to document the things that I'm doing right now.   It was a good challenge for me, and the papers and embellishments in this collection really lend themselves to that.

The last couple of pages are about what I am reading/watching right now, and also what I am doing which is mostly a lot of organizing.

I hope you've enjoyed a peek into the start of my 2015 album.  Have a great month!



Hi y'all! Suzanna here today for the first time with Simple Stories to share with you two layouts, each created using one of the three new collections released at CHA recently.  Amazing, aren't they, the new collections?! I can't decide which one I love most!
I AM... eternally grateful. This collection, the I AM... collection is perfect in so many ways; the colors, the sentiments, the ability to scrap you or use it to diversify.  I opted with a combination of me and diversify by scrapping a friendship.  I met Christine via scrapbooking and though we live hundreds of miles apart, we have an amazing connection.
The floral paper is just perfect for fussy cutting, something I am known to do a lot of. It's easy fussy cutting, take it from me.
For the title of the layout I combined the amazing chipboard stickers with stickers and letters that I cut using the smaller designs in the 6x6 paper pad. The shimmer of the gold in this collection is sure to please! I know I want more! A lady can never have enough gold, right?
The I Am collection has so many fantastic bits and pieces to it. It doesn't matter if you are a traditional layout scrapper, card maker or pocket scrapper, there is something for everyone!
Today's second layout, Magic, uses another of the new collections, Say Cheese II. Just perfect for our Disneyland Paris pictures! No matter where you are, Disney and Disney! Though I have only used the Say Cheese II collection in this layout, it is indeed, the perfect compliment to Say Cheese. You could easily combine both collections and not know they weren't released together.
In this detail picture, I layered stickers and used foam dots to create some depth to the embellishments under the photo for a more "unique" touch. We all have the same embellishments so using them in different combinations allows you to personalize.
The Clips that accompany these collections, like the one I used here, are just perfect for something a little different on your layout. I wanted the hint of black but not that much so I put a smaller sticker on the clip, almost like a brad on a clip. 
I also dressed up the film strip, again, for a more personal touch. The brads and smaller stickers, some on foam dots, are perfect for this!
Like the other collections, this too has some shimmer in it!  Love the hints of gold scattered through out the collections.
Thanks for popping in today!


Hello Simple Stories fans!! I've been meaning to get our photos + souvenirs from a 2007 Disney trip all sorted and organized, but have always had a heck of a time finding products that suited my taste. And then along came Say Cheese II...and my problem was solved :)   I've decided to tackle the challenge with one of the classic 6x8 black faux leather SN@P! albums and a variety of pocket pages to slip inside. 
I am a huge fan of mixing up my pocket pages for variety, as I've found over the years that sticking with a 'pattern' leaves me feeling bored after a page or two. It also keeps the album interesting! The newer configurations of SN@P! Pocket Pages have an amazing mix of sizes to choose from, and I am especially fond of the ones that have 2x2 squares. These are so easy to drop an element or two into, and add some fun!
One of the new embellishments that I couldn't wait to use were the chipboard frames. In addition to squares, there are 3x4 rectangle frames included and they fit perfectly into a pocket! I backed one with a ledger journal card and added my journaling...also using the red card as is, since I love the gold foil so much. After adding a few drops of gold spray ink, I realized it didn't need anything extra. I used a few pieces of the washi paper tape along the bottom of the 4x6 photo and called that page 'done'. :)
Here I've used an insert with (2) 4x4 slots and (4) 2x2 slots. I printed off a fun photo for one of the 4x4s and the other 4x4 is a piece of paper from the 6x6 pad that I've decorated with a few diecuts from the Bits & Pieces pack. Along the right edge are 2 of my photos, a square from the 12x12 elements paper and another chipboard frame. This time, I just slipped some sequins into the pocket with the frame and sealed it with a strip of washi tape. I always love to leave a pocket like this where you can see right through it...kind of a 'sneak peek' of what's coming up next.
Even if you haven't been to the happiest place on earth recently, don't let that stop you from pulling out your older photos and making a bit of magic with them! 


Hello!  Shellye along today with a set of cards using the beautiful new I AM... Collection.  The collection is filled with all sorts of sweet sentiments, or if you prefer, use the pretty papers and embellishments to create an assortment of note cards!

For the first card I used a 3" and 4" circle die to cut the 6X6 patterned papers. 

The circles were layered together with foam adhesive and black pom pom trim was adhered to the back of the larger circle and then attached to the card front.

The typewriter sticker was embellished with one of the cute clips, a label sticker and butterfly sticker.  And I love that the new adhesive brads!  A small strip of washi tape was applied to a scrap piece of paper and then added to the bottom.

The focus of this next card was the adorable chipboard frame!

The inset of the frame was filled with one of the smaller journal cards and then layered onto a black mat. 

In keeping with the floral pattern on the frame, matching patterned paper (for the card base) and stickers were used.  The gold foil chipboard pieces add just the right amount of glitz and shine.

Thank you for joining us today at Simple Stories!


Hello everyone!  I'm Sara and I'm a part of the newly minted design team for Simple Stories digital products!  I have been a long-time digital scrapbooker, in love with memory keeping, but not so much the mess.  I got hooked on Simple Stories a few years ago when I tried my hand at pocket scrapbooing using paper products, so naturally I was thrilled to hear that Simple Stories has introduced digital collections!

The 2 digital collections that were released this month couldn't have been more different and I loved that.  I knew I wanted to try my hand at both of them, so I started with Story of Us.  
One of my very favorite things about Simple Stories, that I think will shine through in my layouts, is their cards.  The design, colors, textures, words, illustrations, I just want to fill my page up with all of the beautiful things.  Of course, that might look like a jumbled mess so I had to control myself.  With the Story of Us, I was immediately drawn to the stunning black and white striped card with gold foil "LOVE" on it.  I knew I had to make that a focal point on my page so I just plopped it in the middle and started working around it.  As my page progressed I decided I wanted to make the card a part of my title work and so my layout came together.  
I love to journal on my pages so the assortment of cards with space for journaling is a huge plus for me.  And I decided to add the finishing touch of some of my favorite song lyrics to the outside of the circle.  One of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking is the ability to move things around and try different things without truly cutting up any paper and I can change my mind on a dime.  This is an excellent quality for a person who can never make up her mind. 
The other digital release for this month is the Hello Baby collection, which is sweet and precious and light and beautiful.  I knew immediately I wanted to use it to document some photos I took of my newborn niece.  Having two small boys myself, it is a delight for me to make a page that's more girly, but the beautiful thing about this collection is that it's so EASY to use it for either girls or boys (or both!).  
I was again drawn to the cards first and foremost, so I decided to make a digital pocket style page so I could incorporate my favorite photos from her newborn photoshoot and my favorite cards from this collection.  I loved the woodgrain cards tying the whole layout together, and I used the die cut "baby" card to create my title, layering the different colored woodgrain cards behind the cut-out part of the card.  I layered the beautiful stripe underneath it all to tie the colors together, and finished it off with the tiny pink alphabet.  
It all came together so easily and I just love how it looked!  It was hard to choose which elements and cards got used so I will surely be reaching for this collection over and over again to be sure I can make use of it entirely!
I hope you have enjoyed a closer look at some of the pieces in these new digital collections!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


There is an amazing new release from Simple Stories called I AM... and every scrapbooker needs it. Why? Because we all scrapbook everyone else first. Our kids, our families, our friends, husband's, boyfriends, siblings, and pets. For some reason we always come last! This new collection makes it a breeze to get YOU into the scrapbooks. Plus, it's gorgeous! 

New to Simple Stories are chipboard frames and FOILED pieces. Love them both!

I also loved the interactive pockets. This one had 5 flags with strings that fit inside. I added journaled word stickers as my journaling. I chose the ones that were appropriate for my layout, but seriously, does it get any easier than that?!
On this layout I typed my journaling, but the strip of patterned paper at the bottom also includes journaled sentiments in the I Am theme.
I can't get over the beauty of the foiled pieces like this die cut.
And with that in literally no time at all I had not one but TWO layouts about ME! I can't tell you how long it had been before this that I'd made a layout about myself. Grab this collection and get yourself in the books!


Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine Davidson with you today and I am here to share a layout I created for CHA using the new I AM... CollectionThis collection is filled with such beautiful colors; a little red, turquoise, black, yellow and touches of gold. For my layout I used mostly 3x4 journal cards from the collection, the 6x6 paper pad and also the Chipboard pieces. I had no Bits & Pieces but I made my own by cutting out some elements from the journal cards. It's really easy to do !

I wanted to add as many colors and papers as I possibly could on my page so i added several 3x4 cards or cut up 6x6 papers underneath each other for layers - I sewed a few of them for a little extra texture and because I love sewing on my pages.

Here is a little close up where i created my own " diecut ".  I used the feather from a 3x4 card and cut it up to place it underneath a piece of chipboard.


For this next card I added the letter M from the " I AM "  for my niece's initial M - for Marissa.  

The last one I'll show you is a the gold heart. I cut this up as well and added a pop dot under it to give it some dimensions.

As you can see, it's so easy to add dimensions or little extras even if you only have a few 3x4 journal cards!

I hope you enjoyed my post today and I'm sure you'll enjoy creating with your Simple Stories I AM... Collection - Make sure to tell your Local Scrapbook Store you NEED this collection ;-)