Hi everyone, Marie here today to share a Life Documented spread using Simple Stories' Cozy Christmas collection. I went back a few years and picked a Christmas I have never documented before. It was so easy to get these pictures displayed in an album with Pocket Pages.
This was a year we had a lot of snow which went so well with the Cozy Christmas theme. Lots of skiing, sledding, plowing, and snowman building was going on. And of course I couldn't leave out the hot chocolate!
I think my favorite card of the whole set is the one which reads "Don't get your tinsel in a tangle" which I thought was a great match for this photo of my daughter who had fallen in the snow. Don't feel too sorry for her...it happened right after she threw a snowball at her little brother.
I hope whether or not you have snow where you are, you are enjoying this wonderful time of year!
Happy Holiday Greetings! Shellye here to share a quartet of Cozy Christmas shabby chic-style gifting tags with you today. I've pulled together chipboard stickers, cardstock stickers, brads, enamel dots, bits 'n pieces, insta squares and SN@P! cards from the collection, along with a few other basic office supplies from my stash.
To begin I started with basic manila shipping tags, as well as a couple of metal rim key tags (these can be found at office supply stores). I soaked the key tags in a tea solution overnight to give them an aged look.
Next, I prepared the tags by inking around the edges with a brown distress ink.
I started each tag with a mat of paper that was cut from a larger SN@P! card or placed two of the smaller Insta Squares together to form a background.
Add dimension by layering small stickers and die-cuts with foam adhesive. When adding the brads, I made sure that I attached them to a piece so that the prongs wouldn't show at the back of the tag.
Use dies to create your own mats for the different bits 'n pieces die cuts. And of course I had to add some pom pom trim and ribbon bows to the tops of each tag!
A bevy of beautiful, handmade tags can be whipped up in no time and they make lasting keepsakes for the recipients (or for yourself!). Have fun tag making!
Hello there everyone! Donna here today, your host for the blog, and I have a few projects to share with you using the DIY Christmas collection.
To start, I want to share this countdown calendar I created for the DIY Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook:
If you haven’t had a chance to download the eBook, now is a great time to do so! (Just click on the link above.) It is free, and filled with lots of great ideas for cards, home décor projects, and more. I know there isn’t much time left until Christmas, but honestly I don’t think it’s too late to create a few simple homemade cards or tags.
With that in mind, I wanted to show you a couple of easy cards that you can put together quickly using items from DIY and DIY Christmas. I started with the Kraft A2 Card Bases, and added a layer from the A2 Card Fronts:
I then embellished with various other bits and pieces from DIY Christmas to create these:
I have always been a fan of the pockets made by Simple Stories, and now that they come in kraft they can be customized to match any collection.
I decided to use them to create some gift card holders.
The Kraft Pocket Foundations and Pillow Boxes are the perfect size for gifts cards or cash. The pillow boxes would also easily accommodate a smaller gift such as jewelry. What’s better, both are small enough to make a perfect stocking stuffer!
Before I go, this will be my last blog post as a member of the Simple Stories design team. I have been on the team for almost three years now, and it has been a truly remarkable experience. I have loved sharing my projects with you here on the blog, and working with the fabulous team at Simple Stories, but as they say, all good things must come to an end, and it is time to say goodbye.
Thank you for stopping by the blog, and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!
Hi Simple fans...I wanted to share a layout I made with the DIY Christmas line, using only a 6x6 pad and embellishments. Being a pocket page fan, I don't always go for the 12x12 papers but I love the smaller scale of the 6x6. Rather than the 'traditional' tree layout, I wanted to use this photo from the tree lot last year. It's a different kind of tradition, but one that is important to us.
This lot is literally in the middle of nowhere, and ran by a gentleman who lives in a camoflauge painted Winnebago during the Christmas tree season. He may seem a bit rough around the edges to some, but he remembers us every single year. How I make my husband stand 20-something trees in the aisle for me to look at yet always end up with the first, lol...we laugh with him each year in the freezing cold. It would be 10x easier to go somewhere else, but that just wouldn't be the same. :)
I snapped this pic of his make shift lot with the spotlights strung about and it still makes me happy to look at. I wanted the layout to be simple to focus on the story, so I opted for a few strips from the 6x6 pad and some embellishments.
Loving all of the fonts + phrases in the 8 sheet sticker sentiment set, I settled for the cream 'love'...just added an outline all around with a fine black pen to help it stand out a bit on the ledger paper. Some chipboard stickers here, a die cut there and I was set.
If you don't have the clear stickers yet, you're missing out. They have all of the cool phrases and look of rub-ons, without the need to rub. ;) They look awesome right on top of my photo...and I just added a few enamel dots & sequins here and there to finish things up.
Keeping it simple is 100% ok, especially at this time of year. What matters most are the things that you remember about the season...tied up in a neat little layout to remind you that good things come in small packages.
It's Kristine Davidson with you today and I am here to share a fun project with you. A beautifully decorate wreath created with paper!
I will admit this wasn't my idea - I did get this from Pinterest and if you'd like to see the original post CLICK HERE.
I always love creating fun projects during the holidays. This year is no exception.
Here are the instructions and I would LOVE to see what you create!
I used a 10" Foam Wreath for this project.
6 sheets of 12x12 patterned paper ( you could use more if you want a fuller wreath)
Cut strips of paper into 1/2″ X 12″
Curl each individual strip of paper with a bone folder
Add a bow or extra decorations such as balls, tags, candy canes etc!
I sprayed mine with Therm-O-Web Glitter Spray.
I hope you enjoyed my project today and perhaps you'll give this a try!
Hi! Angella here with you today, sharing a gift for giving this festive season. There is nothing more wonderful than giving a handmade gift to loved ones, especially when it is made with love. Take a cute little chipboard box, combine with DIY Christmas products and you have the perfect gift for giving!
I covered the box using patterned paper from DIY Christmas, then attached a couple of the die cuts using foam pop dots.
I then decorated the top using DIY twine and clothespins and some berries.
When I was done, I filled with chocolates!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry and safe holiday season. May the New Year bring love and peace for all.
Scrapbooking the holiday season fills me with the spirit of Christmas! I spent an afternoon going through some of my favorite photos when I came across this one of my niece dressed as a snowgirl last year. She’s two now and absolutely crazy about Olaf of Frozen fame. Was this a sign? I knew it was a story that I wanted to tell. The Cozy Christmas collection with it’s warm feel and classic Christmas color palette was the perfect way to highlight the photo and story.
I started the base of the design by cutting two patterned papers diagonally, combining the large snowflake print and wood background. I thought this would make an interesting backdrop. I placed the 4x4 photo in the center on a bed of patterned paper layers. To keep the layers from overshadowing the photo, I used the scaled down prints from the 6x6 paper pad.
The chipboard candy cane and heart add dimension and pops of color to the neutral photo mat. A few snowflake stickers in the upper right add movement to the design.
At the bottom left of the layout, I added a cluster of embellishments to balance out the layout and add pops of color to the dark background. The sewn line grounds the cluster of snowflake brads, die cuts, chipboard accents and stars.
The Cozy Christmas collection makes the season bright. Happy holiday scrapping!
Hello, hello Simple Stories fans! Have you started gearing up for the December holidays? Do you have your holiday shopping done? Are you busy making holiday treats? No matter what you're up to, I hope you make time for holiday crafting because both the Cozy Christmas and DIY Christmas collections are perfect for documenting your holiday memories.
Howdy friends, Layle here :)
Just in time for your holiday crafting - the Cozy Christmas Project Idea Sheets are now available for download!
Project Idea Sheets are free, downloadable project idea sheets with step by step instructions for both a 12x12 layout as well as a two page pocket page spread. Beginning with our last few releases and going forward, you can now look forward to Project Idea Sheets with each of our new collections!
Simply click on the link below for your free download & enjoy!
Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Project Idea Sheets from our past collections. Did you know we also have free, downloadable Simple Inspiration eBooks for each of our newer collections as well, including the newest Cozy Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook? You can see those in the Project Downloads section of our website as well!
To see more projects using our Cozy Christmas collection, visit our Cozy Christmas Pinterest board here!
Hi everyone! Allison here with a layout using the fun DIY Christmas 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 right side of the sketch uses the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 9 and the left side follows a traditional style of layout design. Here is my layout based on the sketch:
I got to take a trip down memory lane with these pictures of my now 9-year-old son Drew. Every year I take the pictures for our Christmas card and each year I try to do something different. I think Drew loved this year the most because he had a sweet and tasty prop to occupy him while I snapped his picture. We ended up with messier pictures than I had planned but his smile was so cute I didn't care!
I am in love with the DIY Christmas collection! There are so many fun options and elements to create and add your own unique touches to your projects. I used the "Merry & Bright" paper as the background and simply added my pictures and pieces from the DIY Christmas collection around that.
I added a few banner strips from the A2 Card Layers package and finished it with some hand stitching and the "cheer" arrow.
I framed the "Merry & Bright" with some Christmas trees, hearts, and enamel dots. I also added a little candy cane to one of the trees.
I used more of the banner strips and a scallop strip with some hearts to the top of the photos.
I added one more banner strip to the top left corner of the page and finished it with some hearts and enamel dots and hand stitching.
For the right page I used a combination of card and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 9.
In the top pocket I used a 4x12" strip accent with 2x2" photos.
I also added more banner strips, hearts, and a title to the 4x12" strip.
There are three 6x4" pockets on the SN@P! Pocket Page but I didn't use any 6x4" photos. All of the photos I wanted to use were vertical photos and I wanted to include a lot more. My simple solution was to break the 6x4" pockets/photos into two 3x4" photos.
I couldn't resist using the cute candy canes so I created a card to fit the candy cane theme of the layout. I added some stitching and few hearts to finish the card.
I created another card to use as my journaling space. I layered a few pieces and added some hearts and a candy cane to finish it.
I'm using the 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in black for all of my Life Documented layouts. The quality of the faux leather is fantastic and I love the stitching accent on them. I also used the 12x12 SN@P! Pocket Pages, Design 9 from the Variety Pack. I enjoy using several different styles of Pocket Pages and since the Variety Pack has so many great options, I have a lot to choose from!
I hope you all enjoy the new Life Documented sketch and I wish everyone a fun and memorable holiday season!