Hello Everyone. It's Mindi here with you today and I am sharing a Life Documented layout using the brand new The Story Of Us collection. 

Being the only scrapbooker of the family (besides my mom), I took on the task of putting together an album for my brother and sister-in-law, all about their wedding. 

When I first saw this line, I knew it was absolutely perfect for my brother's wedding. The pictures, papers, embellishments seemed to be made for each other. I was in heaven. So many fun things to work with. 

For this first page I used the Pocket Page Design 5. I had lots of vertical shots that needed to be included.

To start out I decided that this page really didn't need a title card, but simply some journaling surrounding the photos and to explain what was going on. These photos were taken at the hotel where we all stayed, the ceremony was held elsewhere. 

There were so many fun cards to choose from but I narrowed it down to this card. I gave my Brother and Sister-in-law some "homework" to do and they provided the journaling for all of the cards on this layout. I finished it off with some great embellishments from The Story of Us collection. 

I am always looking for different ways, techniques, ect. to add to my Life Documented layouts. This time I used vellum for a different and elegant look.  Instead of printing off my picture on photo paper I printed it out on vellum. It is real easy to do and has a great, almost transparent, soft look. Here is a quick tip, rub a paper bag (for instance, a brown lunch bag) over the whole piece of vellum before printing. It makes the ink stick better. 

After I had my picture printed out on the vellum, I added photo corners and placed on top of one of the SN@P! cuts that I had embellished. 

I used some more vellum for this photo. I started out with a picture printed on photo paper on the bottom in color. I then turned the photo black and white and printed it again onto vellum. I wanted to make the people in the photo the focal point and so I punched a circle in the vellum photo to make them stand out. 

Here are some more close ups. 

I hope you have enjoyed this look at The Story Of Us. It is both beautiful, classy, and super fun to work with ! 


Hi all! Rebecca Keppel here with a look at the newest Simple Stories summer collection Good Day Sunshine

I love everything about summer. From the warm sunshine to the relaxed schedules to the many, many dips in the pool. I have always been a summer person. So each year since Simple Stories' first summer collection I have waited anxiously to get my hands on the latest and greatest scrapbooking goodies for summer lovers. Good Day Sunshine does NOT disappoint! It is loaded with amazing summer colors, deep rich wood grains, fun playful images and much more. I think the rainbow ombre paper might be my favorite. 

I usually hide some journaling or memorabilia in the Simple Stories Pockets, but this time I added a strip of wallet photos.

I LOVED fussy cutting out a bunch of viewfinder circles and popped up some other fun circles on top.

I literally can't say enough about how much I love this collection. I guess it is fortunate that I will have about 6 months of photos to document with it (since our "summer" in Arizona is a long one to say the least)!

I also made a card based on a sketch from the May issue of Scrapbook Generation's Magazine.

Have you ever seen such a fun combination of ombre, rainbow, polka dots, hearts confetti, epoxy dots and more? Good Day Sunshine will be hitting the stores any day now, so run and scoop it up because summer is on its way!


Hi Simple Stories fans, Wendy here today.  I am so excited to share some of what I have created using the newest collections from Simple Stories.  In addition to some great new collections I always stumbled upon a great new discovery (for me).  Besides using the SN@P! Journal Pages in the 6x8 SN@P! Binders and Albums, did you know that you can also use the SN@P! Journal Pages on your scrapbook layouts? 

Every Summer has a Story

I never thought about using the SN@P! Journal Pages on my layouts until I was looking through my goodies from the Good Day Sunshine collection and the wood grain and saying on this page totally jumped out at me.

I paired a SN@P! Journal Page with the amazing blue ombre paper (my favorite) which made my sentiment pop.  

I finished this rather simple page by using the 2x12 Element Borders, one at the top and one at the bottom.  I used a heart die-cut with foam adhesive to add some dimension to the bottom strip.  A few pictures and a journaling card slipped behind my picture that doubles as a pocket finishes up the page.

And a few more details...


Love You to the Moon

After my ah-ha moment  about using the SN@P! Journal Pages, I couldn't wait to tear into the next collection, Hello Baby  and see what SN@P! Journal Pages were included and I wasn't disappointed!

Do you see that wooden scallop and the lovely star mat?  Yep, those are both SN@P! Journal Pages!

A few fussy cut clouds, moon, and stars to mimic the design on the bottom of the page.  Foam adhesive is definitely my friend, I love layering different embellishments!

Another cluster of embellishments finish up the page.  I love mixing the chipboard elements with the die-cut pieces, there are so many lovely choices.


Not Sweet, Yucky

Can you spy the SN@P! Journal Pages I used in this layout?  I used another to mat my picture and added a border to finish off my design.  I couldn't resist using these pictures of my little guy's first taste of green beans and the sweet die-cut and hence my title, 'not sweet, yucky'!  He has since this picture was taken learned to eat them without gagging, but he still spits!

I used the 7 month card from the 4x6 designs to document how old my son is here and a few bits and pieces tucked in to draw attention to the 7.  I tied my thread in a bow and placed an enamel dot on the top of the flag to give the impression that this was a stick pin.

Some messy string to imitate the mess my little guy was making and a few cute tags and pieces to draw attention to his facial expressions.

Thanks so much for joining me today, I can't wait to see what you discover by thinking out of the box!  Stop by my blog for another layout created using the Good Day Sunshine collection, hope to see you there!


Hi friends. It's Heather and I have to tell you that I love the soft palette of colors in the Hello Baby collection and the fun mix of patterns is inspiring me to pull out my girls' baby albums and start working on them again. I love the mix of 12x12 papers combined with the SN@P sets. I think it will make completing their albums a breeze because now I can do a main layout and Pocket Page for each month. Here are 1st and 2nd month layouts of my youngest daughter.

Sweet Little One

I was inspired to create this layout based on the So Sweet 12x12 paper. I love the pattern and wanted to use it as a background but I my photo got a bit lost so I cut up some of the paper elements and recreated the background.

I trimmed the pieces and then arranged them on the page and then stitched lines down the page. Once that was done, I added the title, photo and embellishments. I chose tone on tone wood grain alphas to add her name to the page. The journaling is included on a pull out tab behind the photo.


Baby Love

You know when you are so inspired by the products that the pages just come together naturally? Yep, that's what happens every time I get Hello Baby out. This collection makes creating these baby pages a breeze. I had some leftover pieces from paper I cut out for the layout above so I put them to use on this layout by creating a wide border at the bottom and smaller one at the top.

I adore the sentiments that are pre-printed on the papers. They are great to use them as titles but I choose to create a title above and use the pre-printed one as a subtle message. I added hand and machine stitching, embellishments and journaling to complete the page.

Now I just need to get my hands on some 12x12 Pocket Pages so I can complete the complimentary 2nd page for each month!


Hey Simple fans, Nancy here today with a look at our bright and fun new release, Good Day Sunshine. This collections pair a bold color scheme, wood grains and beautiful ombre solids perfect for all of your summer season photos.

I started this layout with a white cardstock background and layers of blue and yellow ombre patterned paper. The postage stamp paper adds a punch of color and whimsy,  while the chevron on wood pattern adds contrast.  

A 4x6 SN@P! Cut card was used (blue dots) to mat the focal point and was the perfect place to tuck a chipboard flamingo. 

Key elements on the page were highlighted with a handstitched circle of white floss. This adds dimension and shape to the page in a subtle way. Enamel dots were added for little splashes of color.

Good Day Sunshine is packed with fun summer icons great for travels near and far or just those things you do at home. Creating layers with SN@P! Pages and Cuts make it easy and fun - just add photos!


Howdy friends!  Layle here with you today to share another project from the May issue of CREATE magazine!  If you missed Tuesday's blog post, Simple Stories is the featured manufacturer for the May issue!

You can download the May issue for free here

Our design team participated in this month's issue by contributing 27 projects - single and double page layouts, pocket page style layouts, cards and tags - all inspired by sketches!

Here's one of the cards created by design team member Wendy Antenucci -

Wendy used our new Hello Baby collection to create her card based on this sketch -

Check out the CREATE magazine here to see 6 more interpretations of this card sketch from our design team, along with over 240 pages of project inspiration!


Howdy friends!  Layle here with you today to share another project from the May issue of CREATE magazine.  If you missed Tuesday's blog post, Simple Stories is the featured manufacturer for the May issue!

You can download the May issue for free here

Our design team participated in this month's issue by contributing 27 projects - single and double page layouts, pocket page style layouts, cards and tags - all inspired by sketches!

Here's one of the projects I created -


I used our new Good Day Sunshine collection to create my Life Documented Pocket Page spread based on this two page sketch -

Most of my scrapbooking these days is pocket page style, so I thought it would be fun to take Allison’s sketch and apply it to a Pocket Page spread instead!  I stayed pretty true to her sketch overall, but decided to use our 6x12 Pocket Page designs and the coordinating 2x12 and 6x12 Elements on each page.

Check out the CREATE magazine here to see 5 more interpretations of this double page sketch from our design team, along with over 240 pages of project inspiration!


Howdy friends!  Layle here with you today to share another project from the May issue of CREATE magazine!  If you missed yesterday's blog post, Simple Stories is the featured manufacturer for the May issue!

You can download the May issue for free here

Our design team participated in this month's issue by contributing 27 projects - single and double page layouts, pocket page style layouts, cards and tags - all inspired by sketches!

Here's one of the tags created by design team member Melissa Stinson -

Melissa used our Hey Mom! Simple Set to create her tag based on this sketch -

Check out the CREATE magazine here to see 4 more interpretations of this tag sketch from our design team, along with over 240 pages of project inspiration!


Howdy friends!  Layle here with you today!

I'm super excited to finally be able to share that Simple Stories is the featured manufacturer for the May issue of CREATE magazine!  You can download the May issue for free here.  Trust me, you don't want to miss this issue!  With over 240 pages and 174 projects, it's one of the biggest and best issues yet!  And of course, you'll find TONS of Simple Stories inspiration throughout the issue as well :)

Our design team participated in this month's issue by contributing 27 projects - single and double page layouts, pocket page style layouts, cards and tags - all inspired by sketches!

Here's one of the projects created by design team member Rebecca Keppel -

Rebecca used several papers from the Summer Paradise Simple Set and products from the Summer SN@P! Set to create her layout based on this sketch -

Check out the CREATE magazine here to see 8 more interpretations of this sketch from our design team, along with over 240 pages of project inspiration!


Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine with you today and I am excited to show you a few of my DIY Filler Cards for my 2012 Life Documented Album.

I first drooled on the entire DIY & DIY Boutique collections and then decided on which elements I was going to use. Most of them made the list and ended up scattered on my entire scrapbook table! I decided I was going to do a "set of 24" just to have on hand and maybe trade some with friends for their own Life Documented albums.  

I used some DIY Boutique papers and cut them up 3x4" knowing they are double sided I could use the A or B sides, I also used the DIY Office Card Foundations. Using a few scraps of paper and of course lots of pop dots, DIY stickers and chipboard I was able to create a great variety of cards.  

I began creating these cards a little late in the evening, a few hours after a little over 1:30am I looked at the clock and I seriously couldn't stop! This project is perfect for Crops or Scrapbook nights with friends! So fun to do ;-)  and sharing them for Card Swaps even better! The DIY products are for sure a must have in your stash!

Here's are a few finished Life Documented pages using a few of my own filler cards.  

Here's a few close-up shots.

and a few close up shots of my Filler Cards.

This Collection is fabulous to create your own journal cards, pages, mini albums and so much more - it's endless! As you can see these are just too much fun to create, Give it a try, add them to your Life Documented pages and Please share them with us!

Supplies Used : 

















Whoot whoot - time for a little celebrating for these random lucky winners from our Spring 2014 Release Reveal Week!

Good Day Sunshine
Blog Winner - Kathie Simpson Craig
Instagram Winner -@saralam
Pinterest Winner - Nicole McNamara

The Story of Us
Blog Winner - Sandy Deer
Instagram Winner -@madz_gocrafty
Pinterest Winner - Tracy Moloney

Hello Baby
Blog Winner - Inky Fingers
Instagram Winner - @4momsed
Pinterest Winner - Susan Roode Dean

Sea to Shining Sea & Under the Stars Simple Sets
Blog Winner - Nancy Funkhouser
Instagram Winner - @kim_massey
Pinterest Winner - Theresa Hendricks

Thanks everyone for playing!  Remember, our new collections will be shipping to stores within the next 1-2 weeks, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on them!!


Hey everyone!  Andrea here with you today to share a mini album made with the new Hello Baby collection from Simple Stories.  You’re going to love the soft, gender friendly colors in these papers and embellishments!  I love that the collection focuses on baby’s first year, and a friend was kind enough to let me use her son Logan as my muse for this project; it documents his first six months.

I used a Burlap Binder as the base for the album.  Because it already has texture and pattern, I wanted to keep the cover simple; a cut file, photo, and a few embellishments was all it needed.  I matted one of the Insta-Squares (You) as a title, and made the photo of those cute little feet the focal point of the album cover.

The inner pages are a mix of Pocket Pages, papers from the collection, SN@P! Pages, and SN@P! Pockets.  These left me plenty of room for photos, embellishments and journaling.

I love the great shapes of the SN@P! Pages and how they accent the album.

Here’s a few close-ups of some of the great embellishments in the collection:

I cut the frames for each month out of the 12 x 12 Tiny Details paper and pop dotted them over the photos that coordinate with Logan’s age.

Here’s a few more of the pages:

And there you have it!

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I love using the collections from Simple Stories in my projects because EVERYTHING you need is right there and coordinated; simple!  And I’ll love this collection even more when I get to use it to document my first grandbaby in October.

I hope you’re inspired to pick up a collection and whip together something fabulous!


Howdy friends, Layle with you here today!

Wanted to share a layout I recently made mixing some old Simple Stories with some new -

Last month I had a whirlwind trip, I was in 3 countries – the US, the UK and Mexico – over a period of 11 days.  6 airports, 3 cities and 13,361 miles!  To say it was a tad crazy would be an understatement!

For the base of the layout I used one of the Simple Basics papers from our Urban Traveler collection.  I love this paper, it has a faint world map in the background - perfect for my world travels!  I combined that 'something old' with some papers and letter stickers from our new DIY collection.  I used the different colored alpha stickers for the airport codes for each of the 6 different airports I was in over the course of the trip.

I used a few of Kerri Bradford's cut files on the layout to pull it all together - Well Traveled (title) / Click (film strip) / Need Directions (arrow)]. 

Here's a tip I've been taking advantage of more and more lately - if you don't have a chance to capture a photo, or the perfect photo, check Google!  In this case, I had great photos from the UK and Mexico portions of my trip; however, I was only in New York overnight, so I didn't have a photo.  I searched Google for New York City photos, found the one seen here of the Statue of Liberty and printed it out on my printer. 

If you have old (but still good!) Simple Stories paper floating around - especially the Simple Basics, they're good for so many different things! - I encourage you to pull them out and create a 'Something Old, Something New' project!


Hi there! Kim here in sunny Arizona, gearing up for a long, hot summer. But, you know what? Call me strange, but summer is my favorite season of the year, even here in AZ. Maybe it’s because I was born right here in Phoenix. Regardless, I say “bring it on”.

I have a feeling more of you will be summer converts after seeing and crafting with our new Good Day Sunshine collection. How could you resist the sun drenched colors, the warmth of the wood grain, and my favorite? The touch of vintage in the photo inspired products.

The new release will be hitting stores in just a week or two, but in the meantime, here’s a peek at two cards I’ve created with the new collection.

I hope that tides you over until you get your hands on this lovely new collection! Take care and enjoy a great kick off to summer!


Hi everyone! Lisa here to add a bit of sunshine to your day. The projects I'm sharing with you today will give you a good look at one of Simple Stories brand new releases called Good Day Sunshine. I don't know about you, but I get all excited about new releases. I definitely can't wait for the reveals and I especially love to see the product in action. This collection is definitely a must have for all of your summer photos.

Let's start off with a card that's definitely summer sweet.

I love the mix of colorful contemporary and vintage elements in this collection. With so many colors to work with, it was easy to put this card together by layering a number of Bits & Pieces (index card, Polaroid frame, banner and ice cream truck) over a piece of multi-colored text paper. Fundamental Cardstock Stickers, enamel dots and ribbon help to finish it all off.

Next up I have a layout to share. I couldn't believe how perfectly this photo of my niece, aboard her paddle board, coordinated with the rainbow of colors in this collection.

Let's take a closer look at some of the details on this page:


Although the SN@P! Pockets are perfect for holding journaling tags or cards, sometimes I like to use them as a decorative element on a project. Think about layering embellishments on top of the pocket and adding to the design already printed on them.

I used a mix of Bits & Pieces and Chipboard Stickers in the upper right hand corner of the page. The chipboard adds dimension and layers nicely with the diecut pieces.

This last detail shot shows a mix of Bits & Pieces and stickers. I hand-stitched around the outer edge of the cloud with embroidery floss to add some texture. The yellow floss adds color and helps the cloud stand out against the background paper.


I hope you enjoyed getting a good look at Good Day Sunshine. It's a fun collection to consider for recording all of your summer memories and colorful summer photos.


Hi everyone! Allison here today with a Life Documented layout using the brand new Good Day Sunshine collection and I have a new double page sketch that mixes traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages.

You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here Life Documented Sketch #11.  The left side of the sketch is designed in a more traditional style of scrapbooking while the right side of the sketch uses a combination of photos, cards, and paper to fit the Sn@P! Pocket Page, Design 7.

Here's my layout based on the sketch above.

The instant I saw Good Day Sunshine I knew that our beach pictures from last summer would go with it perfectly! What a fun and bright collection and it's full of so many great elements and designs! It really made putting my layout together so easy.

On the left page I created a large sunburst for one of the background squares on the sketch. The yellow ombre paper was just right for this kind of design. I always enjoy trying to find ways to incorporate the theme of my layout into the design of the papers too. A sunburst was a great fit for not only my pictures but the Good Day Sunshine collection too.

The sunburst may look like individual strips but, since part of the sunburst is behind the photos, I was able to keep that part of the paper intact. This made it so much easier to adhere it on to the white cardstock behind it. I just cut the little strips out between each piece of the sunburst, stopping before I went all the way to the center.  Trying to make sure that each individual strip is perfectly adhered could take some time! This way it all went down at once saving me lot of time and possible headaches!

I added some hand stitching to the sunburst design and finished it with some yellow enamel dots on a few of the stitched lines.  I used clouds to accent the sunburst design. The first cloud is above the photos with a brad and word sticker attached to it.

At the bottom of the photos I added waves made with a circle punch. I really like using this simple technique on water pages. All you have to do is cut a strip of paper to the size you need and then use a circle punch to punch little half circles along one side of the strip. It's so easy! I especially like layering multiple "wave" strips.  I added a few smaller photos, my title, and another cloud over the wave strips. I loved the little hearts on the cloud so I added some more hearts on both sides of it.

On the right page I used the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 7; this is one of my favorite Pocket Page designs because of that large 6 x 12" pocket on the right! I used a 6 x 12" piece cut from the "Life is Beachy" patterned paper for that pocket. I was drawn to the design of this paper and thought it would be fun to use some small pictures in place of some of the rectangles.

I used one larger photo in place of four of the rectangles and then used smaller photos to cover a few of the smaller ones.

I also used foam adhesive and a small cardstock mat behind each photo. I wanted to make sure the photos stood out and took center stage.

I had a photo with a lot of empty space and I happened to have one more photo that I wanted to include on the layout. An easy solution was to add the smaller photo to the empty space. I then finished it with the "hello summer" heart.

The "Every summer has a story" SN@P! Cut is one that stood out to me. I printed out a picture I had taken at the beach of the water crashing into the sand and adhered it behind the card so that the sand and water would show up in the letters. Since the card specifically says "story" I thought,  "what could be a better place to put my journaling"?

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 top notch and I love the stitching accent on them. They are beautiful! I also used the 12x12 Sn@P! Pocket Pages, Design 7 from the Variety Pack. I enjoy using several different styles of Pocket Pages and since the Variety Pack has so many great options and designs, I have a lot to choose from.

I hope you enjoy using the new sketch!


Hello Simple Stories fans, Layle here with you today :)

I'm excited to introduce you to our April guest designer Ana Cabrera Moses -

Here's a little bit about Ana

Hey there fellow craftees! I am Ana, aka the Coconutgoddess: that sleepless, indefatigable craft-binging former chef, who rocks to country music, indulges in karaoke singing, and is addicted to my app filled iPhone, zombies and comic books (Hawkeye hits the bullseye). That said, I worship everything and anything pink, paper and glittery (my professional kryptonite, sparkle sparkle).  I live in Happy Valley, Utah with my three precocious daughters, Sierra, Savannah, and Sedona, our mischievous chihuahua Spock, and my new “Mr.” Matthew. I have worked in the crafts industry for over a decade and started scrapbooking 20 years ago. A Social Marketer by day, hot mama by night, you can often find me scrapping into the wee hours of the dawn or perusing the latest happenings on the interwebs. I love to incorporate bits of my digital e-life into my scrapbooks and my digital cutter is one of my most beloved tools. Interested? Of course you are! You can find all the latest happenings on my blog Craftification or on Instagram! 

Let’s Connect.. 

blog Craftification.com 

instagram & twittter: coconutgoddess

FB: anacabrera 

My approach to creating layouts is simple.. PLAY!

I love the simple stories approach that takes the work out of keeping memories. Being a newlywed and mother to three teenagers leaves me little time. So when I scrapbook I want it to be fun! 

I almost always start by cutting out oodles of my favorite Silhouette Simple Stories cut files on my Silhouette Cameo. This way I don’t have to stop and start while creating.

Use some of your “leftover” die cut words with a sprinkling of sequins to make lovely sparkle pockets. 

A sister post to this one will be live on my blog today where you can see more additional pages in this fun Simple Stories burlap SN@P! Binder! 

Here's a list of the different fun Simple Stories Silhouette cut files I used -

Bits and Pieces of Life - http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=view-shape&id=54448

Fun - http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=view-shape&id=56578

Love - http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=view-shape&id=56578

Smile - http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=view-shape&id=56585

Lookin’ Good - http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=view-shape&id=58510

Thanks so much Ana for sharing your fun SN@P! Binder with us!!


Howdy!  Layle back with you again today!  What better way to wrap up our exciting 2014 Spring Reveal Week than with National Scrapbook Day!  We’re celebrating here on our blog as well as our Facebook page, so be sure to head over to Facebook as well!

To kick things off, we're excited to share a free 2 page printable that coordinates with our brand new Good Day Sunshine collection released earlier this week -

Click HERE to download this fun free printable!  NOTE: this is a very large file, it may take a few minutes to download, depending on your internet connection :)

Next up we have our new DIY Simple Inspiration eBook, also free for download!

Click HERE to download this 19 page eBook, full of inspiring DIY & DIY Boutique projects!!  You can also visit our Project Downloads page for other free Simple Inspiration eBooks & Project Idea Sheets!

We hope you have a fabulous National Scrapbook Day and enjoy these free printables and Simple Inspiration Ebook!