Hi there!  Sue here today to share with you a 2 page spread I created using the Frankie and Friends collection!

One of the things I love the most about this collection is that it not only works well for little kids, but is mature enough to work for tweens and teens as well.

One of my favorite ways to incorporate pocket pages into my scrapbooking is just what I did here - combine and traditional 12x12 layout on the left side of my spread with a pocket page layout on the right side.  Adding the pocket page lets me quickly and easily add additional photos without taking a lot of time.  It's the best of both worlds!

Happy Halloween!


Hello, friends! Kim Kesti here sharing a quick set of cards perfect to give as a set, or to attach to a fun Halloween treat. Of course, I am using the whimsical and adorable Frankie and Friends collection.

First, I cut six cards from one sheet of 12 X 12 cardstock (bonus!); each card measures 4” X 6” before folding. Next, I trimmed one sheet of the 3x4 Elements patterned paper, this actually gives me 12 choices of paper for my card fronts (go ahead, make six more)!

Here are my six finished cards. I embellished the patterned paper with Chipboard Stickers, Decorative Brads and Bits and Pieces all from the Frankie and Friends collection. Did you notice the little hole punched in the upper left corners?

This is so I can hook them all together with a library ring. This set is going to be a little gift for a friend.

And, since gifts just cry out to be prettied up…

I quickly added another piece of Frankie and Friends patterned paper to a gift bag. So quick, easy and adorable!

Are you all ready for Halloween?


Hello, Simple Stories fans! Teri here today, and I'm here with another Life Documented project. I'm excited to share with you a couple pages made with the Seasons SN@P! Set.  

One of my memory keeping goals right now is to get some of the old pictures I've not put into my scrapbooks in the books. I've sadly let a lot of photos just pile up and slowly some of the memories have started slipping away.

A couple years back, I went on a Halloween weekend adventure with my friends, hitting a couple local pumpkin patches. Sure, we are all well beyond the Trick or Treating stage, but we sure had a great time exploring the patches and hunting for the perfect pumpkin.

Because of the time of year these adventures happened, I wanted my pages to be rich with Halloween icons. So I used anything spooky or Fall'ish I could find in the Seasons SN@P! set. Spiders, pumpkins, leaves... they all have a place on these pages!

One of the things I just love about Simple Stories' SN@P! Sets is you get a bunch of fun elements that you can use as they come.  But you can also spice them up with embellishments to make them a little more personal.  I think this spider square is just so cute! To add to his cuteness, I stitched a little floss through the card and tied a little bitty bow.

I added a little floss on the Fall Square too. I also added a few enamel dots. I think little touches like that just make pages seem a little more personal.

This die-cut owl (from SN@P! Seasons Squares & Pieces) is probably my favorite element on the page! I added the twine bow and the buttons, which are actually enamel dots. 

I kept on with my theme of customizing the SN@P! Set elements on the right page.

I especially like the card in the right corner. I adhered the leaf die-cuts to a circle and then stitched floss through them. I just love that look. 

Let's talk albums for a minute. These pages are going in my 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in teal. I frequently scrapbook out of order so I really appreciate that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 6 and 10 for these pages. It's so nice that Simple Stories has so many different styles of Pocket Pages. I realy like not having to commit to the same style of pages all the time.

See you again soon!


Today I am here sharing two layouts I created using some of the DIY Christmas products that were meant for 'off the page'.  I love to use things in different ways and I don't mind pulling paper/embellishments, etc... from anywhere as long as it supports my story.

My first layout, Christmas Love was based on the banner pieces from the Bunting Banner Kit.  I loved the big chalkboard Dec 25th tag and the large tree and used them to build my layout because they told the story of my son's Christmas Day.  

I used the mini clothespins and twine that are included in the Bunting Banner Kit to "hang" pictures of my son's Christmas on the line, like a stocking might be hung from a mantle.  I chose to split the Christmas tree onto the bottom of both sides of my page to add interest to my page.  

I 'fussy cut' the word Christmas from the 'B' side of the Festive paper, then outlined the letters to make them stand out on my red background paper.  I added a little tag on the word as my pen slipped and marked my letter, oops!

My next layout, Merry & Bright, used a similar design of hanging things and it again focused on the banner pieces from the Bunting Banner Kit; the poinsetta and the Merry & Bright tag which I used as my title. 

I chose my background to match the lights on Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World.  

Pops of red were used to guide your eyes through the layout hitting on all the main points of my layout (picture, title, sentiment, and journaling).  Did you notice the envelope wraps work amazingly well for journaling spots too?

Sprinkles of enamel dots and stars continued the theme of twinkling lights thus furthering my design.

What fun items can you repurpose to fit your scrapping story?


Hi there!  It's Emily.  I always have trouble crafting holiday projects  AFTER the holiday is over. More than likely, I won't scrap my Halloween photos until this time next year. There's something about being in the mood. Christmas in July is never my thing, Christmas in December is. Same goes with Halloween. I am usually left with piles of last year's Halloween paper and it gets stored away and often unused the next year. Not this go around! Simple Stories has done it yet again with an amazing line. The "Frankie & Friends" collection is just the right amount of paper and embellishments to scrapbook those photos that I have from last year and still have enough to make a few more Halloween crafts for this year. 

In this layout, I used a photo of my daughter and I from last year. I think she made an awful cute Bat girl! I don't take a lot of photos, but I know that I will be able to use every last piece of this kit because it's so stinkin' cute!

I take cutesy photos of my daughter so the eerie Halloween stuff isn't really my thing, so collection is perfect! 

Thanks for stopping by today & have a Happy Halloween! 


Hello!  Shellye along with a "Thankful" Mini Album/ Journal using the beautiful "Sweater Weather" Collection and a pumpkin shaped die.  My inspiration for this type of album/journal derives from the "thankful" posts that I've witnessed on Facebook!

After die-cutting the cover pages from heavy chipboard, I dressed them in patterned paper and then distressed around the edges with a walnut ink pad.   

I matted the journal card and added some machine stitching for an extra-homespun feel.  Before attaching to the front of the album, I added the cute brad banner embellishment.  

The inside of the album can be made up of patterned papers cut to size, journal cards, pockets, etc.  

The pockets and tags were constructed from the Kraft A2 Card Bases & Envelopes.  The envelopes were trimmed down to a height of 3.75", leaving the width as is.  The cards were cut in half along the crease and then to a width of 5.25".  I also added punched tabs to the top of each tag.  

I used a ruler and fine tip black pen to add lines to the backs of the envelopes...great spot for extra journaling!  

 You may chose not to add bulky embellishments to the journal cards if you're planning on adding photos to that area.  On the pocket page fronts, I only embellished the top or bottom corner so that there is plenty of room for small pictures.  

When planning the page's embellishments, keep in mind how the opposite page will lay against it.  A bulky embellishment placed against a page with a bow may cause damage to the more delicate piece.

Get input from family members and let them each have a tag to write what they are thankful for or their favorite Fall memory!  

 Keep it simple by allowing the beautiful artwork of Simple Stories do the work!  

Add even more pages if you plan on keeping a "12 Days of Thanks" or a "November Gratitude Journal"...you may even wish to adapt this idea to a SN@P! Binder...what fun!

Thanks for joining me today at Simple Stories!


Hello there! Donna here today, and I have a few simple fall cards to share with you. This is my absolute favorite time of year, but it is the busiest too! With all the extra activities going on, I tend not to scrapbook much during this season. So this year I wanted to keep the creative fires burning by making a few cards. The first two feature Simple Stories’ Halloween collection, Frankie and Friends.

Isn’t that little witch cute!? The die-cuts, brads, and chipboard stickers are all so adorable, as are all the papers. The witch featured on this card can be found on the stickers that are part of the collection. They are a combination of letters and shapes on a single 12x12 sheet and include a lot of great options for layouts, Life Documented pages, and cards.

Frankie is pretty cute too:

The speech bubble that I used as the greeting was cut from the Happy Haunting paper. This collection features so many great patterns and colors and I had a lot of fun creating with all the different elements!

Truth is I love all of the fall collections released by Simple Stories. Sweater Weather is the obvious one, but Legacy has a very fall-friendly palette too. The next two cards feature papers from the Legacy 6x6 pad and the Simple Basics Kit.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the tree above. It is part of the collection of shapes from Simple Stories and can be found through the Silhouette Design Store, here.

In the spirit of keeping things simple, the next card uses a very similar design but I made a few small changes and came up with this:

The pop of blue in Legacy offsets the yellows, browns, and reds of that collection so beautifully. And as always, all of the collections coordinate well with one another. The sentiments on both of these cards actually come from the Sweater Weather Bits & Pieces.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy fall to all of you!


Hi everyone. Heather here with you today.  I know it isn't even Halloween yet but who can resist this gorgeous Cozy Christmas collection? I just had to dig in...

Y'all know I like mixing my patterns up so when I saw this snowflake file while perusing through the online store, I just knew I had to supersize it as use it as a focal point for my photo.

How to:

  • Cut a large snowflake approximately 10" in diameter.  
  • Adhere coordinating pattern paper behind the cuts.
  • Adhere to the background paper, so that it hangs off the edge and covers 7 - 8" of the paper.
  • Fussy cut a flower from the Happy Holidays paper and adhere to the center of the snowflake. Add a small die cut and brad in the center.
  • Add your photo with frames in the bottom right of the snowflake.
  • Punch the right side of the background paper with a scalloped edge. 
  • Add ornaments, sentiments and other embellishments, flush against the scalloped edge
  • Stitch a coordinating paper behind the scalloped edge so that you stitch over the sentiments.
  • Add additional embellishments to your liking.


Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine Davidson with you today and I am here to share a Life Documented spread featuring Legacy!  

When you first look at the Legacy Collection you might see papers that are great for those antique photos or black and white. I can prove to you that it's not only for those antique photos but for any day to day photos as well. Mixing older looking papers and new pictures isn't as hard or awkward as it might seem!

As you can see I added lots of  color and modern photos with the "antique" looking papers and I personally think it goes quite well together.

Here are a few close up photos of the Left Side of my Life Documented page.

The Right side of my spread includes a black and white photo and the others all have colors.

So keep that in mind when shopping for products. Just because it looks antique doesn't mean it has to be!

Here are a few close up photos of the Right Side of my Life Documented page.

I hope you enjoyed my Life Documented post today and I hope you enjoy creating with your Simple Stories Legacy Collection!


Hi, Angella with you today creating with the new DIY Christmas advent countdown, perfect for a gift or something fun for home décor.

I love the fresh crispness of the range and how versatile the range is for all types of holiday season.

Here in Aussie land we have a such a hot summer Christmas, while other parts of the world are covered in glorious snow!

So I began with a white chipboard triangle for the tree, mounted onto a straw threaded through a cotton spool for the base.

I attached two DIY clothespins so I can change my day countdown, using the DIY Christmas Advent Bits & Pieces for my countdown numbers.

I have to make special mention!  I am so in love with the Clear photo stickers, they are a must to have this christmas!

Thanks for joining me, have a great day!


Hi everyone! Nancy here with a couple of Simple Stories projects that I’ve been working on. With Halloween season in full gear, I was looking forward to creating with the whimsical Frankie and Friends collection. The first icon that caught my eye was the green jar of googly eyes and that piece was the jumpstart for this layout design:

I lined up all of the text, photo, and chipboard on the right side of the page to create a clean, linear design.

The border of half circles mimics the eyeball jar and repeats that shape.

A few splatters of mist, a few swishes of watercolor paint and some real googly eyes add special little details that keep this page from being anything but flat!

I also used the new Say Cheese SN@P! Set to create this quick and simple layout.

Here I centered all of the elements (just about) and framed the most important part – the photos!

The page title is sewn down the center to add texture and ‘underline’ the word Magic.

Some splatters of mist and layers of die cut add a pop of color and texture to the top of the page. Lining up photos and centering all of the embellishments is a quick and easy way to create a bold page!


Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Cozy Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook is now available for download - just in time for your holiday scrapbooking & crafting ideas!

Simple Inspiration eBooks include beautiful photography, project ideas, design tips and inspiration on how you can create with our fabulous Simple Stories collections!  The new 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! -

Cozy Christmas 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!  Nichol here with a layout and card featuring the Sweater Weather collection (with a little Legacy thrown in since it matches in color so well). 

First up I created a layout featuring some old photos of my two oldest kids when they were small and sweet! I wanted to scrapbook these less than perfect photos because of the emotion and memories they evoked. To make the photos shine, I die cut one of the 12x12 Sweater Weather patterned papers using a design from the Silhouette Online Store. I sized the circles to fit across a 12x12 page. I die cut the "inside" pieces of the circles from Sweather Weather and Legacy 6x6 patterned paper.

To make the title really "pop" I combined plenty of chipboard stickers from the Sweater Weather Chipboard Stickers. Grouping the images together makes the maximum impact (plus aren't these little critters the cutest!).

Any of the circles I didn't fill with patterned paper, I filled with sweet photos. Then I added Sweater Weather Cardstock Stickers, DIY Burlap Stickers, Sweather Weather Enamel Dots and sequins to round out the design. 

I loved those little Sweater Weather critters so much that I grabbed the cardstock versions and put together a quick card. 

I embossed a cardstock background for subtle texture and die cut a filmstrip frame, then popped these cute critters inside the openings. I love creating cards like these with stamped and colored critter images however they can be time consuming. These sweet critters took no time and made this card come together in a matter of minutes! Love.

Want to see how I put both of these fall-themed projects together? Check out the video below:


Hi Simple Stories fans, Rebecca here! I've always liked Halloween, but once I had little kids who loved to dress up, I started to really enjoy it! A few years ago, the whole family started dressing up and that made it even more fun. I thought it would be great to have a mini album and add our Halloween photos in each year.

I think I've mentioned before that I am not much of a mini album master? And then Simple Stories SN@P! entered my life and now I am a mini album fiend! So of course I turned to a black faux-leather SN@P! album and Simple Stories Frankie and Friends Collection to document our Halloween's past.

 The album came with several different varieties of page protectors like this full 6x8 pocket that holds the title page.

 After the introduction on the left, I started with last year's photos. Since the album is a two-ring binder I can just open and add new pages here each year!

I love chopping a 4x6 photo in half to fill two side by side 3x4 pockets like I did on the bottom left. On the right, the 12x12 Collection kit includes a sheet of 3x4 journaling cards for telling each year's story.

 I was sure to date each journaling card so I could remember what year the following photos were from.

 The Frankie and Friends collection also includes a sheet of paper with cards that cut down into the 2x2 square size.

The nice thing about all the cards and papers is they are double sided so when the backs show they are equally as cute!

It is so fun to flip through the pages and watch as time reverses and the kids get smaller lol!

For each year I included one open journaling card to jot down a few memories.

I even printed some 4x4 photos for the right side here. I cut a long strip of lined paper to journal on and decided to mix my handwriting in here since typing one or two words on every line sounded too tedious!

The Frankie and Friends collection kit also includes a sheet with 4x4 cards which I included here.

And last but not least- my oldest's first Halloween.

And all this was done in one weekend! Eight years worth of Halloween all documented and plenty more room to add future Halloweens!


Hello everyone !! It's Mindi here with you today to share a few Life Documented pages using the Say Cheese SN@P! Set. 

During our last trip to Disneyland, back in 2012, we went for a whole week. As you can imagine there were a million photos. I divided some up into days but for this layout I gathered up all of the photos from Cars Land and put them together in one [ocket page spread. 

The Say Cheese SN@P! Set is so perfect for all of your Disney memories. I picked out a 4x6 card to make a title card with and quickly got down to business. The combination of fun, colorful cards with the fun pieces made this whole layout come together perfectly and easily. 

Here are a few close ups of some of the fun journaling cards and photos from our trip. 

I combined one of the 4x4 squares with a 2x4 strip of photos. I just love all the misc. journaling cards and squares. They are already beautifully embellished for you. This makes it super easy to finish a layout in record time. I finished off this card with a star and a few embellishments. 

This journaling card on the left might just be my favorite one from the collection. With the pie chart on the top and the journaling spots down on the bottom. It was fun trying to think back about our time in Cards Land and how it was spent. I used a strip of vellum over the top of the pie chart to document what it represented.

As you can see in the second page of my layout, I wanted to make sure and highlight the amazing neon lights that came on at night. 

This "insta magic" card was another one of my favorites. I put it next to one of my instagram photos and love how it turned out. 

I needed some more journaling space so I used the empty space in the middle of the card. Since I used vellum for my journaling I added a few stickers underneath to try and highlight some of the words in my journaling. I then added some enamel dots to hold down the vellum and to add dimension. 

It's really that easy to create an amazing pocket page or album using the Say Cheese SN@P! Set.  So go on and get those Disney photos scrapped !! We all know you have some :)


Hello Simple Stories fans, it's Cari with you today.  I decided to dig into my Legacy collection and I'm so glad that I did.  These papers are so rich & warm.  Perfect for a variety of photos from many years past to present day.  So I decided to use a photo from our family shoot last Thanksgiving and simply converted the colour photo to black & white (because the original colours in my photo really didn't go with the colour scheme).  This photo captures all the children in a tree - yes as soon as we found a spot for picture taking they were all up the tree in a blink of an eye!!! Kids will be kids!

I love the turquoise floral background paper and I added pops of that same colour with a few embellishments, such as the die-cut flowers, stickers and I also cut out this Silhouette polaroid pic frame on my Silhouette in the same colour.

I love the tree theme in this collection and decided to use this Silhouette cut file of the tree and layered that overtop of the tree on the journal card.

The 2" x 12" strips make creating a page so easy & quick. I love that! I simply used one vertically and another horizontally and this providing a starting point for my layout.

With all the matching embellishments and co-ordinating products it makes is so much fun to add finish off a layout!!

Thanks for joining me today!


Hey friends, Layle here with you today with a little something fun!  How would you like to hang out with eight of the most inspiring and talented scrapbooking instructors on the planet...without leaving home?!!  You can with True Scrap 6!  Even better, how would you like to WIN a spot in True Scrap 6?!

With True Scrap 6, the best in online education is brought to you, with a twist - everything is LIVE so you don't need to lose that feeling of community and excitement that comes with an in-person event! 

On October 18th, True Scrap 6 takes to the internet with a full day of scrapbooking and papercrafting inspiration, hosted by Lain Ehmann and with classes from:

  • Layle Koncar - that's me :)
  • Noell Hyman
  • Nichol Magouirk
  • Tracy Banks
  • Donna Salazar
  • Jen Gallacher
  • Kelli Crowe
  • Katrina Kennedy

Yes, it's all streamed live.... AND it's all recorded so you can revisit your favorite classes again and again!

Great news!  We're giving away one spot in this one-of-a-kind event. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Visit www.truescrap.com and watch the short video at the top of the page.
  2. Return here and leave a comment below by midnight, Thursday October 9th, about which class you're most excited about.
  3. Check back here on this blog post on Friday, October 10th to see if you won!

And here's something for EVERYONE... Not sure you'll be lucky enough to win a spot?  No worries... you can use coupon code “HERO” at checkout to save 20% off the regular registration rate. Just click this link HERE and get yourself signed up!   NOTE - this coupon code expires 10/13.

About True Scrap: True Scrap blends the best of on-demand, web-based learning with the excitement and energy of a live, in-person event. True Scrap events have delighted thousands of ecstatic students over the past three years. Produced by Lain Ehmann with previous instructors ranging from Heidi Swapp to Shimelle Laine, True Scrap events are sure to inspire, entertain, and educate. Find out more at www.truescrap.com.

Rules and guidelines: One entry per person, please. Contest closes to entries on Thursday, 10/9 at midnight Pacific. Winners will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, 10/10 and will be posted on Truescrap.com, and spots must be claimed by Sunday, October 12. If you have already purchased a spot and subsequently win a spot, you may transfer your prize to another person or receive a credit from your original purchase towards a future True Scrap event. No cash refunds will be given.

Hello friends!  Happy World Card Making Day!  We're happy to have you join us today :)

If you're making cards today, we have some great inspiration for you from our design team, as well as a giveaway - more on that later!

To kick things off, we have this everyday card designed by Kim Kesti, using products from our DIY Boutique collection -

Next up is this thank you card using our Legacy collection, from Wendy Antenucci -

How about a few cards using our Sweater Weather collection?

A fun play on words with the pumpkin on this card from Lisa Swift -

What a cute thank you card from Kristine Davidson - don't you just love the fox and squirrel?!

Halloween will be here before you know it, and these Frankie and Friends cards are getting me excited about Halloween!  How about you?!

The witch takes center stage on this card from Shellye McDaniel -

Love those eyeballs on Rebecca Keppel's card -

To wrap it up, this card by Teri Anderson using our DIY Christmas collection makes me want to get started making Christmas cards!

Speaking of DIY Christmas and making Christmas cards, how'd you like a little help getting a jump start on your holiday card making this season with this fabulous DIY Christmas prize package?  It's got everything you need to make your own Christmas cards - DIY style!   ‘Design it yourself’ greeting cards, journaling elements, gift tags, pockets, treat bags, home décor & so much more with DIY Christmas!

Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by midnight MT tonight (Saturday, October 4th) and we'll pick the winner tomorrow.  Check back tomorrow on this post for the winner!

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