Hello hello! Chantalle here and I’m so excited to be sharing my first Simple Stories projects with you! Adding to this thrill was seeing one of two of my layouts on display in the SS booth at CHA. I’m sure you will agree that the new collections are absolute must haves!
 
Today I would like to show you more of this page (which you may have spotted on social media). I love to include interactive elements on my pages, so let’s take a closer look…
 
 
The new Enchanted collection is perfect for the little Princess in my life. The main image has been mounted inside a chipboard frame. (I actually did a little dance of joy when I saw these for the first time!) and then together they have been mounted onto a 4x6 Sn@p card that I have folded in half. Tip: Round the edges once you are done to get a neat finish.
 
 
To the left of the framed image, I have another teeny mini you can open. I created this by using a 4x6 Sn@p card (they are so versatile!) and folding it in half again. To extend the inside and make a gatefold, I have taped another 3x4 Sn@p card to the right hand edge with some Enchanted Washi Paper Tape. I love the tape as the sheets include patterns, punched circles as well as sentiments! Machine stitch over the top for extra hold.
 
 
Under the mini, I have used one of the gorgeous silver camera die cuts from the Enchanted Bits & Pieces. Don’t be afraid to alter things to suit your project. Here, I have punched out the centre of the camera to let the detail from underneath show through.
 
 
Lastly, to tie the butterfly theme together, I have used some die cuts as well as fussy cut extra butterflies from the patterned papers available in the collection. Some hand stitching adds a special touch and you can easily use a die cut shape as a template! Simply place the shape on your page, and using a hole piercer, punch at regular intervals around it. I like to use embroidery floss as it stands out a bit more than regular thread.
 
 
The next page I would like to share with you, is this one, using the stunning new Say Cheese II collection. The gold foil is absolutely lush!  My DS is very into his magic tricks at the moment and loves to put on little shows for us. I have tried to include a bit of a magic trick on my page with some photos that change!
 
 
For my ‘trick’ I have created a sleeve from a strip of ‘Let’s Ride’ paper, that I have folded into three equal parts. Before I taped it closed, using the chipboard frames as a stencil, I have cut out three squares the size of the inside of the frames into the middle folded area. Once they were removed, I adhered the frames over the holes.  
 
 
For the removable strip, I have used the film strip print from the 6x12 Element paper. The sizes matched perfectly with the inside of the chipboard frames. Along lengths of the filmstrip, I have replaced with print with some small photos and some journalling.
 
Now, to make the images change as if by magic, I marked out with a pencil, through the cut out squares, the area where some more pictures could go. These lie behind the pull-out strip IYKWIM and are fixed in position. I printed the additional images out and glued them down. I then folded the sleeve and taped the back shut, not too tight, so as to leave a bit of breathing room for the filmstrip, which I then slid inside the sleeve. 
 
 
Finish your page off with some ‘pixie dust’ in the form of gleaming alphas, die cuts and glittering enamel dots!
 
 

 

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Hello Simple Stories fans!!  Have you been seeing the posts from CHA with all the fabulous collections that are being released. Wow!!!  I am so excited about so many of them and I had a blast playing with the new I AM... collection.
 
I created this layout about me - the I AM... collection is perfect for just that!   Scrapping 'me' is  something that I don't usually do because most of my layouts are about my family.  Maybe that's because I don't have enough pictures of me - something I guess I should remedy this coming year!  Anyways, here's the layout that I created.
 
 
I chose to journal about a life-changing event in my life which keeps me grateful for everything!  I printed my journaling on one of the I AM... SN@P! Cards.
 
 
I layered some patterned papers from the 6x6 I AM... paper pad onto the fabulous black striped 12x12 paper (which I absolutely adore!).
 
 
I love the new gold foil look that's in the embellishments!  It's just brings so much life to your projects!  The die cut feathers reminded of taking flight and continuing on this journey of life - so I thought that they were a perfect touch on my layout.
 
 
Oh, and how could I forget the new paper clips embellishments!  I used the flower design at the top section of my page and love it!
 
 
The second layout that I created for today is titled "My exercise today".  I used the new SNOW FUN collection for this page and it fit perfectly with some pictures I had from our big snowfall last year.
 
 
I love the colour scheme and rustic nature with the wood grain in this collection. 
I layered my title with some alpha stickers and then cut out the word 'today' with my silhouette .
 
 
I added a few more embellishments here & there - some with foam squares just for added dimension.
 
 
 
What a fun collection this is for all those winter pictures!
 
Thanks for popping by today!

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Hi everyone, Amy here to share my first layout on the Simple Stories Blog! I created a layout using the fabulous new I Am collection that was just released for CHA 2015.  This collection is amazing, and very versatile.  It worked perfectly for a layout about my sweet boy at three.

Here are some closeups. I cut the 3 out using my Silhouette Cameo, and all the other bits and pieces are from Simple Stories.

This line has the most perfect embellishments and so much color and good things that come with it! I loved using it and can't wait to create with it again.

 

Happy Wednesday!!!  Candi here today to share with you a few peeks inside my Life Documented Planner.  There really is so much to show you, but there is always my next blog post, right?!!!  Right now I am using this planner for my Design Team Projects and Life Documented Planning (Pocket Pages).  Let's get started...
 

When you open up my planner I created a transparent flyleaf.  The flyleaf is there to protect my cover page and a place to quickly put any sticky notes with important information that I need to jot down later in my planner.  I thought it would be fun to punch a few circles out of the 2015 Card Set and add that to the flyleaf (front and back)...I love how the punched out circles add a little something to the top of the next sheet which says "12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days"

Inside the package of the Monthly Dividers, you will receive a fold out Year Planner.  I used some of the Letter Stickers to spell out "Twenty-15".


 

I am loving this quick glance at the whole entire year!!!  To block off the "quarters", I used a highlighter...since that is the way I receive my Design Team Assignments (per quarter).  I added a 3x4 card of the current month, just in case I need to take a quick glance to see what day the date landed on.  Once I am finished with that task, I use a grey highlighter to highlight over it.  

Here are a few photos at my month at a glance...to find this spot quickly, I have a bookmark in place.  I am a huge fan of decorating my planners so I had to add that January 4x6 card (by using a single hole punch) from the 2015 Card Set...stamped some snowflakes using white acrylic paint and added a few stickers from the Snow Fun Simple Set...so much fun :) makes me happy every time I open up my planner!

I am thinking that I want to add an Insta-Pocket Pocket Page for each month!  The front side, decorate it with patterned paper and embellishments...then on the back side add some of my favorite shots throughout that particular month (you will get to see that finished next month {wink})  SUPER happy with how this turned out!!!

My favorite part about a "ring" style planner is...you can add ANYTHING to the inside of your planner!  In this photo, I am sharing how I printed off a monthly calendar schedule that was emailed to me...added a few punched holes and inside my planner it goes!  Another tip...whenever I receive any invites in the mail, I punch a few holes and add it in my planner for that particular month/week!


 

Here is January 1st and 2nd, using the Daily Planner Inserts.  These inserts are great...so much room!  I especially love at the top where you jot down your top 3 things that need to get done on that day.  You also have a to do list, schedule and a notes section.  Once again...LOVE to decorate my inserts so I had to add a few stickers here and there using the Snow Fun Simple Set.  

I am so thrilled to be on the Simple Stories Design Team for 2015, to show you all how I am using the Life Documented Planner.  There is just so much to share...

Next month I will show you how I finished off my Insta-Pocket Page for January, a peek inside how I am using the Life Documented Planning (pocket pages) Section and my planner will be all set up for Valentine's Day Month!!!
 

Thanks for stopping by...

Happy Planning,

Candi

 

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Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and today I'm here to share a couple of fun cards using the adorable new I AM... collection.

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Gold has been such an on-trend color this past year, and I am so excited to see that trend continue into the new year. For this first card, I combined the shiny, elegance of gold accents with the softer look of pastel papers and fabric for an eye catching combo that's full of visual texture. 

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As a card-maker, I am always smitten with the smaller prints of the 6x6 paper pads, as the toned-down scale is perfect for card designs. For this card, I started with a base made of two contrasting prints, then added in additional paper accents and a soft layer of cotton batting.

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A 3x4 SN@P Card creates the perfect frame work for the focal point and sentiment. Chipboard, Bits & Pieces die cuts, and a yummy gold glittered Enamel Dot, all tied up with some pretty metallic trim.

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My second card shows a bit of the bolder side of I Am, with lots of pops of strong black mixed into the works.

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The main focus of this card is one of the cool Interactive Elements, the window pocket card. So great for hiding journaling on a scrapbook page, or for housing a secret pull-out note on a card. Or why not tuck in a gift card, too, for an instant all-in-one gift idea.

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Once again, this card starts with papers from the 6x6 pad. And this time, I added interest with both a torn edge and punched edge border. A plain manila tag placed behind the pocket helps convey the interactive theme.

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The window slot was the perfect spot for a die cut sentiment banner. Additional Bits & Pieces accents and a chipboard banner add the finishing touch. Although the original chipboard banner was too big for the card, one quick snip brought it down to size, with some left over for another project. So don't be afraid to alter embellishments to perfect suit you. 

 

Hi Simple Stories fans!  It's Ashley and I'm here today to share my very first projects with you, as one of the new DT members!  I was so excited to create two layouts, using the Say Cheese II collection and the I Am collection.  So without further ado, let's take a look at how I used these new collections!
 


 

I wanted to create a masculine layout, using the Say Cheese II collection.  I love that it's versatile enough to use for your Disney layouts and projects or for your everyday projects.  I started my layout by choosing the Laughter patterned paper for my background.  Before I started working on my layout, I cut my title from the background paper, using my Silhouette Cameo, and backed it with one of the patterned papers from the 6x6 paper pad.
 


 

Then I got to work on placing all of my embellishments.  I love to cluster elements around my photo, so it helps to draw attention to the subject of my layout.  I created a fun look by layering one of the Chipboard frames, some of the Bits & Pieces, Stickers and a Decorative Clip.  You just can go wrong with so many awesome coordinating embellishments!
 


 

Next up, is a layout using the gorgeous new I Am collection.  This collection is perfect for telling your own story...it's okay to be in front of the camera once in a while!  If you find it a little too intimidating to create a layout completely focused on you, then why not start out with baby steps, and do a family layout with a fun, family selfie!
 


 

Once I chose the Grateful patterned paper for my background, I knew the I Am Chipboard Frames would look great against the muted pattern.  Plus, it's pretty fun to fill them with different patterned papers and embellishments!  
 


 

I wanted to create an over-sized title on my layout, to balance out the photo and use of the frames.  I decided to mix the large I Am phrase from the Chipboard Stickers, with one of the Simple Stories die cut words, to create my title.  Once I had it in place, I added a little machine stitching to add some texture to my page.
 


 

Both of these collections are being debuted at WCHA, along with the Enchanted collection and lots of other new Simple Stories goodies!  If you are at CHA this week, then make sure you stop by the Simple Stories booth for a visit, and check out all of the amazing new products!

 
 

Hi there friends! My name is Rebecca Larson (ig:@digiscrapbec) I am so excited to be here at Simple Stories, and even more excited about the new digital lines that are givingscrappers additional options and flexibility for collecting the memories we cherish.

For the last couple years, I have been fascinated with family history. Lets be honest, because photography was so expensive and hard to come by, our predecessors went all out when getting their portraits taken!  When browsing the digital The Story of Us collection, I was drawn to the vibrant gold, sleek black, and antiqued white and knew that I had to give life to a classic bridal photo.

One of the great things about digital scrapbooking is the option to correct photos, and tweak colors to match the scheme of the products that you are working with. Take this gorgeous picture of my good friend’s great grandmother:

I was able to clean up the image, by removing the bend/tear in the corner, smooth out the texture, lighten, and change the color to better match the paper and elements in the Story of Us collection. 

I wanted the to gold in the photo to shine (no pun intended:)), and so I used the striped foil paper for the majority of the open space. Doesn’t the quality of the detail make it look like actual physical paper?

Finally, the coordinating elements really make the photo pop, and gives it the timeless feel. Another positive aspect of adding digital components to a layout is the flexibility to resize the item to fit your design, as I did with the photo mat. It is actually one of the 2x3 cards, that I resized to fit and mat the photo perfectly!

I didn’t want to add any additional distraction, so I added name, location and date of the photo in the bottom right corner. 

The possibilities with this kit are endless and timeless! Thank you for stopping by!

 

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for the last day of our Winter 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new SN@P! Packs and Color Vibe products here.    

You know the saying 'save the best for last'?  Although we love all of the new products we've shared with you this week equally (kind of like how you can't have a favorite child!), to say we're partial to the products in today's release would be an understatement!  

Our 6x8 SN@P! Binders have been such a staple for scrapbookers that we knew we had to continue the fun and introduce a 4x6 size, in 6 colors! 

You know we couldn't introduce these new 4x6 SN@P! Binders without also introducing new Pocket Pages, right?  How about 4x6, 3x4 and an AWESOME Variety Pack with 6 different configurations, including 2x2 and 4x4?

We were so excited about the new yellow and navy colors in the 4x6 size that we decided to add them in our 6x8 size as well :)

If you're a fan of our 6x8 SN@P! Binders, you're going to love these - new Pocket Page configurations designed for the 6x8 Binders & Albums, including vertical 4x6, 3x4 and a Vertical Variety Pack!

Last, but certainly not least, we're excited to introduce Photo Booklets.  Photo Booklets are 4x6 & 3x4 pocket pages encased in a kraft folder.  Available in 4x6 & 3x4 sizes, simply inesrt photo and cards in the Photo Booklet & slide in pocket pages to quickly & easily add extra photos to your projects.  

 

The new SN@P! Binders, Pocket Pages & Photo Booklets begin shipping to retailers in March, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on them!  

Now for some fun - how about a chance to win a new 4x6 SN@P! Binder & Pocket Pages Variety Pack before you can buy them?!  You have 3 chances to win -
First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below - leave a comment and tell us what you think of the new SN@P! Binders & Pocket Pages.

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for SN@P! Binders & Pocket Pages posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Sunday the 17th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about the new SN@P! Binders and Pocket Pages!

Thank you so much for joining us for Reveal Week!  We're so excited about all of the new products we shared.  Keep in mind, our I AM..., Say Cheese II and Enchanted collections will ship to retailers mid February and our new Color Vibe, SN@P! Packs and SN@P! Binders and Pocket Pages begin shipping in March.

 

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 4 of our Winter 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our third brand new collection, Enchanted here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

Today brings two categories of new products - Color Vibe & SN@P! Packs!  

To kick off the fun, we're introducing five SN@P! Packs - 2x2, 3x3, 3x4, 4x4 & 4x6 cards PLUS Bits & Pieces in one compact, convenient pack!  

Any kraft lovers out there?  Our first SN@P! Pack includes designs printed on kraft paper!

Gold is in!  Our 2nd new SN@P! Pack includes designs with gold foil as well as some printed on kraft paper!

How about all of those awesome colors in the SN@P! Packs?  Looking for some coordinating papers and stickers to go with them?  No worries, we've got you covered...

Next up is Color Vibe!  We first introduced our Color Vibe collection a few years ago.  It was such a hit, we've added more palettes and colors - Brights, Bolds & Lights!

 The new Color Vibe papers and Stickers are great basics for all of your scrapbooking and paper crafting projects - in all of the colors you could ever possibly need!

 

 

We've included all of the Color Vibe papers & colors in one convenient 6x6 pad!


Color Vibe & SN@P! Packs begin shipping to retailers in March, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on them!  

Now for some fun - how about a chance to win a Color Vibe & SN@P! Packs prize pack before you can buy them?!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below - leave a comment and tell us what you think of the new Color Vibe & SN@P! Packs.

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Color Vibe & SN@P! Packs posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Sunday the 17th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Color Vibe & SN@P! Packs!

Remember, today is only Day 4 of 5 fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for the last day of our Reveal Week - you're going to love what we have for you tomorrow!

 

 

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

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our second brand new collection, Say Cheese II here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

If you liked Say Cheese II yesterday, I think you just might also like our third brand new collection - Enchanted!   It's the picture perfect collection for your princess; after all, everyone desrves a little happily ever after.

From new products like wood veneer, clips, chipboard frames & washi tape, to the tried and true products, many with bright and shiny silver foil accents, that you've come to know and love from Simple Stories, Enchanted is a dream come true.

 

Now that you've seen all of the great new Enchanted products, how about a few projects to whet your appetite before Enchanted starts shipping next month! 

Created by Chantalle McDaniel

 

Created by Wendy Antenucci

 

Created by Rebecca Keppel

 

Created by Teri Anderson

 

Enchanted begins shipping to retailers in February, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it!  

Now for some fun - how about a chance to win an Enchanted prize pack before you can buy it?!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below - leave a comment and tell us what you think of Enchanted.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

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

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Sunday the 17th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

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

Remember, today is only Day 3 of 5 fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 4 of our Reveal Week!   

 

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

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our first brand new collection, I AM™… here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

Today I'm excited to ask ''anyone care for more cheese"?  Introducing the 2nd of our new Winter Release collections - Say Cheese II - brand new products for capturing more of those wonderful memories with the 'big cheese, himself'!

You asked 'more cheese, please', and we listened!  From new products like wood veneer, clips, washi tape, and stitched & layered tags to the tried and true products, many with bright and shiny gold foil accents, that you've come to know and love from Simple Stories, Say Cheese II is the perfect, coordinating extension to the original Say Cheese collection.

 

Now that you've seen all of the great new Say Cheese II products, how about a few projects to whet your appetite before Say Cheese II starts shipping next month! 

Created by Wendy Antenucci

 

Created by Sue Kendall

 

Created by Ashely Horton

 

Created by Chantalle McDaniel

Say Cheese II begins shipping to retailers in February, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

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

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about Say Cheese II.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Say Cheese II posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Sunday the 17th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Say Cheese II!

Remember, today is only Day 2 of 5 fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3 for the reveal of Enchanted.  And hey... if you liked Say Cheese II today, you'll definitely want to come back tomorrow; you'll love Enchanted :)

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

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

Today we introduce you to I AM™…a soft, feminine, introspective collection for telling the most important story you have to tell... yours.

We had a magical time bringing our family & friends togther to create this short little video to share with you & set the stage for this fabulous new collection -

Storytelling is what this fantastic hobby of ours is about after all, right?  I AM... is designed with that thought in mind - telling YOUR story.   From new products like wood veneer, clips, interactive elements and washi tape to the tried and true products, many with gold foil accents, that you've come to love from Simple Stories, I AM... is the collection you'll want to entrust for telling the most important story you have to tell, yours. 

 

Now that you've seen all of the beautiful I AM... products, how about a few projects to whet your appetite before I AM... starts shipping next month? 


Created by Wendy Antenucci


Created by Chantalle McDaniel


Created by Rebecca Keppel


Created by Audrey Pettit

I AM... begins shipping to retailers in February, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

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

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about I AM... 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

 

 

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

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Sunday the 17th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about I AM...!

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

Great news!  We've added two new collections to our Digital Store - 

The Story of Us

 

Hello Baby

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

Hi everyone! Allison here with a layout using the Snow Fun Simple Set and a new sketch that mixes 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 is designed with a more traditional style of scrapbooking in mind, while the right side uses photos and cards with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3.

Here is my layout based on the sketch.

The last few years we've had some pretty wicked snow and ice storms in my part of the country so I'm definitely not short on snow pictures. Both of my boys love playing outside and especially when there is lots of white, fluffy snow to roll around in or throw at each other.

The colors of the Snow Fun collection were so great for my snow pictures. From the wood papers matching the wood fence in our backyard to the blues and greens perfectly matching my oldest son, Drew's, hat. I did run into a little speed bump with my youngest son, Jackson's, hat. It was bright red! A simple solution was to convert all of his pictures to black and white. Not only did it compliment the papers, it also added a fun and different look to mix color photos with black and white photos. The wood paper with the snowflakes was my favorite of the whole collection. I thought it would be a great background for my layout and the snowflakes would help to frame my photo block design.

I used a combination of cards and photos to create a photo block and then added some hand stitching around the whole thing.

I used 4 x 4" photos and a card for most of the photo block but used 2 x 2" photos and patterned paper squares for one area. I added some snowflakes stickers to accent the snowflakes design on the paper. On the right page I used a combination of cards and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3 I decided to add some embellishments to the empty space on my photos. To go with the snowy theme, I added snowflake circles cut from patterned paper and then some hand stitching. On the snowman journaling card I added two smaller photos and a few word stickers. For my journaling, I let the "today is" card do most of the work. I used a heart sticker to "check" the box that fit the mood of my layout. I used the same snowflake embellishments on the empty space on the second  6x4" photo. I also sanded the edges of all the photos and patterned papers to reveal the white edges. I thought it would be very fitting for a snow themed page!

I hope you enjoy the new sketches! Happy New Year!

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Howdy friends, Layle with you here today!

Happy New Year to you!  With a new year brings new beginnings, and with that said, I'm excited to introduce you to our 2015 Design Team -

 

We're thrilled to have some returning design team members, as well as to introduce you to some new faces.  We can't wait for you to see their beautiful work!

Here's to new beginnings!

Howdy, Layle here with you today!  Can you believe it's New Year's Eve?!  2014 seems like it flew by in a flash and it's time to welcome 2015.

Speaking of welcoming in 2015, we have some great new Silhouette designs now available that are perfect to kick start your year!  Here are just a few of our new favorites -

This is Just the Beginning

 

Hello 2015

 

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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. 

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Hi everyone! Lisa with you today. I'm excited to share some cards I made with the fabulous new Life Documented Scrapbook collection. You didn't think it was only meant for use in the new planners, did you? :)
 
I always like to have "basic/generic" cards on hand — cards that can be used for any occasion — and this is the perfect collection to do that with. So let me show you the two cards I made to add to my stash...
 
First up is a card called "Today". I made it by layering a 3x4 card over a 4x6 card from the Journaling Card Set. Once I had those layers adhered, I added die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack, chipboard pieces and enamel dots.
 
 
This next card, called "And Then...", uses the same concept of layered journaling cards, but this time I used four of them (two 4x6 and two 3x4). One of the 3x4s is actually the heart-shaped die cut and the other is the chevron pattern that fills the opening of the heart. I trimmed down the polka dot card so the solid border of the underlying 4x6 card makes it appear as if it's been matted.
 
 
I hope you've been inspired to use the Journaling Cards and embellishments from the Life Documented Scrapbook collection to make cards. Of course, they're equally fun to use to pretty up your planner or to make a layout or other project.
 

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