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

I'm excited to introduce you to our August Guest Designer Glenda Viljoen -

Here's a little bit about Glenda -

My name is Glenda Viljoen. I live in a city just east of Johannesburg with my husband Gary, two sons Byron and Kyle. My professional qualification is teaching where I taught children for many years – that was until I discovered scrapbooking. I am now fortunate to be able to combine my passion for scrapbooking and a business. I own SA Scrapbook Convention, an event company that organizes scrapbook and mixed media events in South Africa. In 2010, I attended Ranger University in New Jersey, USA and am a certified Ranger Instructor. My primary goal is to take scrapbooking on a never ending journey beyond mundane, repetitious themes and content. I look forward to creating layouts with the innovative, exciting and interesting new product to ultimately inspire others to share their story and be creative.

Before I share Glenda's beautiful layouts with you, I gave her 8 prompts - here are her responses :)

Scariest Thing – Just a couple more weeks to Christmas…18 weeks to be exact.

Favorite Snack – Popcorn: salted, buttered, caramel

Can’t Figure Out – How to create a couple of extra hours in my day just to do all the things I would like to do.

Match Made in Heaven – Chocolate and nuts!

Probably Shouldn’t Have – Chocolate and nuts…

Current Addiction – Glitter and gold foil paper in all forms on a layout and cards.

Bringing to the Party – Creamy potato bake and Malva pudding (a South African baked sponge dessert soaked in a syrup type sauce).

Words to Live By – “What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.” Eleanor Powell

Fun, huh?!

Allrighty, now let's get to the good stuff!

Glenda's first project - Story of Us - along with some of her thoughts on the layout -

The name of the collection, ‘Story of Us’ was the creative start to this layout. While browsing through the versatile paper, fun embellishments and other interesting elements, ideas were born. The confetti and sequins on the paper just had to have sequins and beads stitched onto them! As gold is a current addiction, the layout included gold elements like the sequins, straws and ribbon. Here’s an idea on how to create ruffled ribbon: Organza ribbon is perfect for this technique - measure a piece of ribbon twice as long as required. Hand stitch down centre of ribbon with a large running stitch or gather using a sewing machine (remember to use longest gathering stitch). Gather the ribbon to create a ruffle. As you gather the ribbon, it twists creating a ruffled effect.

What a great tip!  Check out these other fun details on Glenda's stunning layout -

 This next project from Glenda features our Homespun collection -

My family and home is important to me. These photos captured how much my mom is loved by her grandchildren. The quote ‘LITLE moments BIG BIG memories’ reiterates the good times and memories captured while on vacation. The Fundamental Cardstock Stickers, Expressions Cardstock Stickers, Chipboard Stickers, Decorative Brads, Bits & Pieces Ephemera; SN@P Cuts, Insta-Squares worked so well documenting the memories. Adding trim and ribbon just added to the perfect Homespun collection items.

Here are just a couple of ideas and techniques used on the page.

Punch the top edge of a grid Card Foundation to resemble a notebook page -

The heart SN@P! Cuts can be used as a stencil. Place on background and ink with Antique Linen Distress Ink and ink blending tool. Use a Distress Marker Spritzer and Antique Linen Distress Marker to add detail.

Faux stitch around edge of scalloped Kraft DIY Card Foundation Journal Layer. Add ‘memories of you’ and banner Bits & Pieces, ‘GOOD TIMES’ and flower Cardstock Stickers. Add a bow and three Enamel Dots to flowers.

WOW!  Doesn't Glenda do beautiful work?!  So many great details, tips and techinques! 

Thanks so much Glenda Nicole for sharing your projects with us this month as our August Guest Designer!

Hello, Simple Stories friends!  Shellye here today with a sweet treat holder using the brand new "Frankie & Friends" Collection.  I found this idea for a cat-shaped treat holder using a paper plate on Pinterest and adapted it by using patterned paper instead!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The great thing is that you can make these in any size up to (almost) 12" in diameter.  If you need to make several for a class project, just use a smaller circle.  I used a dinner plate for my cat, which measures about 10" round.  After tracing and cutting out, I placed the plate back onto the circle so that it covered just the top edge.  I cut around the plate to create the crescent shape and the area that will be open for treats.  Next, make a matching back panel by tracing around the design and cutting out. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the ears, I cut triangle shapes and curved them a bit to follow the contour of the cat's head.  I machine-stitched them in place, but faux stitched would also work nicely. This is all of the machine-stitching that I had planned for the front of the cat's face, so next I machine stitched the back panel to the front by using a zig-zag stitch around the perimeter...just be sure to leave the opening at the top!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the hanger, I used a heavy-gauged wire and strung it through two small holes that were made on each side of the ear.  I cut one of the 4X12 Page Elements down to roughly 3X12 and attached it to the top of the wire.  To do so, I left a margin to the left (by the "happy") and wrapped it around the wire and then glued in place.  The chipboard spider was added to the center of the bow with fabric glue.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are so many ways that you can choose to decorate the cat's face!  I decided to go ahead and add the mouth by drawing it with a black marker, but it looks very adorable without it.  I used two different round punches to create the layered eyes and then two large black enamel dots for the centers.  The whiskers were made from small strips of black cardsock that I curled at the ends.  Pink chalk was used for blushing the cheeks.
 
Again, use a 6" circle template to make-up smaller versions...perfect to give to your favorite 'lil trick-or-treaters!
 
Thanks for joining me today at Simple Stories!

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Howdy, Layle here with you today!  YIPPEE!  My kids went back to school yesterday - finally!  Seems like the summer lasted forever this year - hee hee!

With school back in session, that leaves more crafty time for lots of us, and what better way to celebrate than with almost 100 new Simple Stories Silhouette designs?!  Even better, we've got you covered with the back to school essentials - many, many new cut files and print & cut school themed designs. 

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

School Bus

Keep Calm and Do Your Homework

Selfie Camera

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.  Through the end of August, you can save 25% on all School and Education designs with Silhouette, so head on over!!

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

Hi everyone! Lisa here with you today to share two layouts I made with the fabulous new Cozy Christmas collection. I don't usually create holiday layouts in August when the sun is shining and the temps are soaring (I'm more of an "in season" scrapper), but this collection was a breeze to work with and these pages came together so easily (even without snow on the ground or holiday music playing in the background to get me in the spirit of things).

First up is a page about my daughter's cat. He likes to take up residence under our tree. When he was a kitten, he actually liked to climb the tree, nestle among the branches, and just hang out.

The base of this page uses the 2x12 Border & 4x12 Title Strip Elements 12x12 Paper. I love how it looks like a number of different papers have been pieced together but without all of the choosing and all of the work. After all, that's what Simple Stories is about, right? Making it easy to scrap our memories.

Let's take a closer look at this page...

I added a number of embellishments to the bottom strip of the paper, not only to extend the one element already printed there (the word "believe"), but to give the page added dimension. One way to do this is to layer the die cut Bits & Pieces with Expressions and Fundamental Cardstock Stickers. Enamel dots give the Bits & Pieces even more depth.

Embellishments are also a great way to fill an empty space on a photo, like I did here in the bottom left corner of my photo. Again, I used a mix of Bits & Pieces, along with a snowflake sticker (cut in half since I didn't need the whole thing).

Chipboard pieces can also add dimension and another element to your pages. I decorated the tree with enamel dots and a mix of stickers.

This last shot shows how I decorated one of the Sn@p Pockets. There are times when I use the pockets to house a journaling tag or card, but other times I like to decorate them and use them as another element on my pages.

Now let's take a look at a page about my daughter's love of all things crafty. I wonder where she got that from? :)

Once again, I used a number of Bits & Pieces. In this case I layered a snowflake die cut over the mug, using foam adhesive to give the snowflake dimension.

Here's a look at the top right corner of the page. Enamel dots added to the "ho ho ho" die cut give it a bit of whimsy. The candy cane die cut piece gets dressed up a bit with a ribbon bow.

This last image shows the adorable snowman die cut peeking out from behind the photo, almost as if he's waving hello. Layering this piece over a tag helps to ground the die cut.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the Cozy Christmas collection and the different ways you can use the papers and embellishments. I hope you have a fun and crafty day!

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Howdy friends!  Layle here and I have a fun project to share with you today that I recently made using our red SN@P! Binder and new Say Cheese SN@P! Set -

We took our boys to Disneyland back in 2006 (oh my gosh, can't believe how little they are in these photos!!) and I've never really done anything with all of the photos from the trip.  As soon as we came out with the new Say Cheese SN@P! Set, I knew that was just what I needed to get motivated to get the trip scrapped!

This was seriously the fastest, easiest project to put together!  I used nothing but the SN@P! Binder and the 4 products in the Say Cheese SN@P! Set - the 3x4 cards, 4x6 cards, stickers, and Insta Squares and Pieces.  Once I had my photos printed out, I just added them to the pages and the Pocket Pages, inserted the cards, added a few stickers and die cut pieces and called it good.  It probably took me less than 3 hours, start to finish. 

This type of project is so well suited for our SN@P! Binders - a subject that has a beginning and end, such as a vacation.  I'm so glad to have this trip FINALLY off of my scrapbooking to-do list!  And I love that the Say Cheese SN@P! Set coordinates so well with our photos from Disney, while at the same time doesn't scream Disney :) 

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Hello there! Kim here sharing two cards that I recently created using the brand new Sweater Weather and Legacy Collections. Both lines share some of the same warm fall colors, but each line sure has its own personality.

My first card is just full of lovely layers and vintage touches from the Legacy collection. I think this card will go to a friend who just bought a new house, what a wonderful chance to fill that home with memories and love.

The Sweater Weather collection is the spunkier side of fall. Ha, ha! I love all the critters and fun icons included in this line. I let Mr. Fox take center stage on my card, what a cutie! This card had a modified matchbook fold: the bottom edge is folded up about ¾” and secured with a brad. Might be a fun way to add a little interest to your next card!

With so many amazing products just arriving from Simple Stories, I am feeling the urge to brew up some coffee and escape to my craft room! Won’t you join me?

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Hi Simple Stories fans Rebecca here! I LOVE Halloween. My kids LOVE Halloween. They are both still on the young side, so cutesy is the mainstay for their costumes. And that's ok with me! I featured two pictures of them in their costumes and went with a SIMPLE color block design.

When I am creating a color block layout, I pretend like I am dealing with a jigsaw puzzle and start with one piece that I know from the beginning where it is going to be. For this layout it was this un-matted photo.

I am not really big into measuring and rulers so I just do quick checks on the basics. The photo was 5" tall so I cut a piece of patterned paper to that height. Then I eye ball how much room I want inbetween the two pieces and how wide I want it to be (remembering to have a border around the whole page).

That block ended up housing a smaller matted photo. From there it is pretty easy to have two long blocks one for the top and one for the bottom.

Finally I used some Simple Stories Bits and Pieces, Brads, Cardstock Stickers and Chipboard stickers.

So if you are a Halloween fanatic like my family, you will definitely want to get every bit of Simple Stories Frankie and Friends and start having fun!

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Hi everybody ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am very excited to be sharing a Life Documented layout using the Sweater Weather collection. Here is a look at both pages. 

I just love this collection, with its rich colors, fall inspired pieces, and it's wood grained patterned paper. It has definitely left me dreaming, yearning, and wishing for all things fall. Especially since it's still very hot (105+) here and the kids are swimming daily.

Here is my title card. I left it fairly simple, using the chipboard banner sticker as a focal point. 

A close up of one of the journaling cards. I started out with the chipboard stickers that spell out fall, doodling around it with a pen to make it pop. 

One of my favorite things about fall is the changing colors. The trees were starting to turn colors this particular week and I made sure to stop and snap a photo. 

I printed out my photo of the tree in color as a base for this pocket. I took some vellum and cut it down to 4x6 to go on top. I didn't want to hide the whole photo so I took the vellum piece and punched a 3" hole in the middle. I used my pen around the edge of the circle to draw attention to the colors of the tree. Then I layered it with some die cuts from the Bits and Pieces set and some enamel dots. Love those things !

Here is the second page. 

Some close ups.

I saw this card on the sheet of 4x6 cards and knew that it would make a great frame. I carefully cut out the middle and placed it on top of my printed journaling. I used some of the die cuts from the Bits and Pieces set and some of the chipboard stickers as well to embellish. 

One of the ways that I like to maximize my "space" on my pocket page layouts is to use the empty space in a photo. This particular week I had a lot of photos and stories that I wanted to add to my pages. This photo of my son in his pilgrim hat was perfect to help me solve my space problem. I added the journaling right on top of the photo. I decided to print my journaling onto a strip of vellum for a see through look.  

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Hi Angella here to share with you a mini book made with the new Legacy collection

I do love creating mini books about memories, and I find that the 4x6 Vertical Element papers are great for creating my little mini books, all the guess work is done!

I don’t know about you but sometimes I take more time picking the papers then I do creating.

The colours in the Legacy collection are great for all your heritage memories, this mini book is about my mum's story growing up in the Australian Outback! And I love how all the elements in the 4x6 fit in with the era. 

The Bits and Pieces in Legacy are great embellishments on your pages, to give that extra touch.

I like to mat my  fundamental stickers and fussy cut them a lot, as it gives me the option to adhere with pop dots for extra dimension. 

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Hi  Wendy here today :) 

Here in FL where there is no Autumn I had this picture of the one tree that dropped its leaves (in January).  Since my photo was so pitiful I had to rely on the amazing journaling cards in the new Sweater Weather collection to carry the layout.  To do this I also framed the card to add some more weight/interest.  I embellished the area further with leaves falling (wishful thinking) and some flower bits & pieces.

To further add interest to my sad Autumn page, I started with the sticker "Count your Blessings" at the top of the page and finished with some stickers and die-cuts beside my page, "even when they don't fall" 

Some sewing and enamel dots added texture on my page giving me a perfect Autumn page, even without pictures to prove the story!

This layout was built because of all the fun pieces in this collection.  I loved the die-cuts and brads and the cute foxes; perfect for our little boy!  I loved the red and black floral pieces, but they were too intense for my layout, but by using the woodgrain as the base I was able to use smaller portions of my other colors.  I then lined up my journaling card and insta squares and filled in with the various bits and pieces that matched my theme.  

The layout came together really quick as Simple Stories thought of everything you could want in this collection.

I love the enamel dots that are now a part of the collections, but how do you get them in the perfect location?  Here's a little trick I found, grab a few wooden veneer pieces and scatter them.  

Then when you are happy with your scattering that is natural since you didn't have to place them, remove the veneers one at a time and put your dot.

As you can see on this version, the base of my layout is complete, but my layout feels empty and unbalanced on the bottom, so...

add some lines and put in your journaling!  It is an easy way to include the who, what, where, when of a layout and it doesn't have any weight, but can balance the empty areas of a layout!

I have one more layout using Sweater Weather on my blog and some more fun journaling tips, http://antenucci.blogspot.com, see you there!

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Aloha everyone! Heather's here on the blog today and I just got back from a wonderful vacation in Hawaii. I was eager to jump in and start scrapping our vacation photos with the Good Day Sunshine collection. The rainbow of colors and the gradients just epitomize the bright, sunny days we spent on the beach. We were lucky enough to spent our second week in Hawaii with friends who live there. They took us to all the local stops, which included secluded beaches that we had to ourselves, like Makalawena. My oldest daughter claims that the sand is "angel soft" and she couldn't be more right.  It was the perfect sand for drip castles...

I was looking at this collection and I knew I wanted to scrap these photos with it but I didn't have a design in mind. As I was looking through all the great pieces of the collection, I was drawn to the SN@P! Pockets and SN@P! Cards. They inspired this offset grid design and it all just fell into place.

The cards are great by themselves but it's a fun part of the creative process to dress them up. I also cut little strips to use as a border on the top, bottom and left. I added enamel dots to add some dimension.

This cute little journaling card fits perfectly in the SN@P pocket. Simple Stories is just cool like that!  You can also see the "HELLO" SN@P! Cut card. I love that it has the word pre-cut. You can leave it as it or do what I did and back it with solid or pattern paper. I added a die cut and sticker on top to dress it up a little more.

So who else is scrapping their summer photos with me? Are you doing individual layouts, a mini album, Pocket Pages or something else? I have a gagillion photos from this trip so I think I will do a combo of individual layouts mixed with Pocket Pages but I'd love to know what you are doing. 

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Hello Everyone! It's Kristine Davidson here today with a Life Documented post using the NEW Sweater Weather Collection.  In my previous posts I shared with you that I would document 2012 and I'm happy to say I'm right on schedule! As for 2014 that's another story. Today, I'm sharing the month of September 2012.

The first page of this spread is a simple one. I added a picture of our home with the glow of the sunset. We have really beautiful sunsets here and it's something i want to remember.
I used quite a few of the 3x4 cards from the Elements page. It was easy to use by simply cutting up the entire sheet and using the cards for journaling or filler cards.

We constantly have deer in our yard. This day in September was special because i  was walking down to our basement and this face was literally staring at me!
I also added a currently page to document a few things that I never took pictures of.

Layering Bits & Pieces is something I love to do on my spreads. Adding one on top of the other and maybe adding a brad is a great little added touch without the bulk.

I added a little tag from the Bits and Pieces pack and cut out from the 2x2 4x4 Element sheet a few elements such as So Very Grateful and the maple leaf.

We were in Ottawa and i thought this was a great way to add that Canadian Symbol!  

I used a 4x3 picture on my top card. I cut it in half, added some elements and created a little mini layout that fit in my 4x6 pocket.

The bottom card I used tons of little stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet and added a brad, enamel dots and a piece of chipboard to finish off. I love that I could use up some stickers and it makes a cute card!

For my Life Documented 2012 album I am using the 6x8 Sn@p! Leather Album in black. The sturdiness, metal corner accents, and stitch details are fantastic features to this album but I really like the fact that it's timeless and because they are so well built will endure the  many years to come.   

I used two varieties of inserts for this monthly spread - in the 6x8" size featuring 3x4" and 3x4"/ 4x6. The Sn@p pocket pages come in a variety that you can add to your album. PERFECT for any project!

I hope you enjoyed my LIFE DOCUMENTED post today !

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Hey there Simple fans, Nancy here with a little summer sparkle as the season starts to wind down. I based this layout on one of my favorite items in the Good Day Sunshine line - the ombre patterned papers. This pretty pink was the perfect mat for this photo of my niece that really shows her 'sparkle'. It's my nickname for her and the inspiration behind the sequin sunburst. 

The design is mostly clean and simple allowing the sequins and photos to shine. The cluster on is made up of layers of an envelope and tag from the DIY collection and die cuts from the Good Day Sunshine collection.

The colors in the photo are highlighted by placing it on a similarly shaded transparency. Adding two simple matching embellishments adds some texture and a punch of color to this corner.

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Hi everyone! Nichol here today with a layout and card celebrating summer sunshine. I thought it would be fun to create a couple of projects using sunshine icons. I love adding sunshine shapes to my projects, whether it be scrapbook page layouts or cards. There are tons of ways to use them and so many of the Simple Stories Collections showcase sunshine icons in one way or another. I'm using sunshine designs from the Summer SN@P! Set for both of my projects today however Good Day Sunshine and the Summer Paradise Simple Set are two recent collections which feature sunshine elements as well.

For my layout I combined 12x12 patterned papers from the DIY Boutique and Say Cheese collections. I love how easy it is to mix and match the paper designs from the Simple Stories collections! I drew several circles in the Silhouette Cameo Software and used the offset button to create approximately 1/4" outer circle for each. I then cut the larger (offset) circle shapes from the Say Cheese text paper and cut the smaller circle from the other Say Cheese black tone-on-tone patterned paper. When these two papers are layered together it provides a lovely "frame" to pop some of the Summer Sn@p! cards behind!

I embellished these circles with stickers and brads.

I printed a 6x8 photo collage and trimmed the top row apart from the rest to split above and below the 4x6 Summer Sn@p! Card I used for the title of my page. I added thin patterned paper strips from the DIY Boutique 6x6 Paper Pad above and below the journaling card and layered a couple of the DIY Collection Office Journal Layers around the title card.

I finished the page with a few phrase stickers on top of some of the photos in the collage and a strip of the tone-on-tone black paper along the right edge adorned with brads.

To create the "hey there sunshine" card I first used a manual die cutting machine and some steel rule dies from my collection to die cut several of the 4x6 Summer SN@P! Set journaling cards with the hexagon background shape. I cut the design again from some smooth white cardstock, matted the "frame" on a piece of cardstock trimmed to the same size as the hexagon background and started replacing the "inside" hexagon shapes using the colorful patterns. This creates a wonderful inlay style background!

I die cut a 3x4 journaling card with a banner die for the "greeting" of my card and adorned the sunshine with some glasses stickers and glued some fun wiggle eyes inside the glasses.

I trimmed a thin strip from one if the other cards to adhere along the top of the banner, layered another die cut banner made from vellum behind and wrapped some pretty twine around the top, tying it into a bow. I stapled the two banners together at the top and secured them to the card.

Easy, bright and FUN!

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

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Hi there!  Layle here with you today :)

Today I'm back with another Fan Focus Friday

We have so many great Simple Stories fans out there that we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the work shared with us. 

So, here goes!

This month, let me introduce you to Kirsteen Young.  I found Kirsteen recently after she had tagged a few projects with #simplestories on Instagram and couldn't wait to share them here with you!

Hello, I'm Kirsteen and I live on the east coast of Scotland in the UK with my husband and our two little boys; Jack (5) and Noah (1). I have been scrapbooking for almost 10 years and cannot imagine a life without papers, stickers and double sided sticky tape. I am blessed with two sons, two goddaughters, four nieces and a nephew and I have a scrapbook (or two) on the go for each and every one of them. They are all age 7 and under so I was delighted with the new Simple Stories baby collections, as you can imagine I have A LOT of baby photos.

My first page started with the Hello Baby 4x6 card 'so many of my smiles begin with you' (with such a smiley photo how could it not?!). I really wanted to go to town on this page as it was the first page I scrapped for my youngest niece, Nia (only 4 months old). I added stickers, chipboard, some ephemera pieces and enamel dots.

My second page was a little bit of a labour of love but I think it was worth it. And it turns out hand stitching is quite therapeutic. I picked out some of my favourite 3x4 Baby Girl SN@P! cards and attached them to a sheet of 12x12 cardstock using double sided sticky tape (just a small piece in the middle of the card otherwise you end up trying to stitch through sticky tape which is messy - I know!). I then hand stitched all the cards using different shades of pink thread. Lastly I added some SN@P! stickers to my page. Hand stitching aside, it was a really simple page to make.

The final page I am sharing with you today was inspired my Nichol's blog post Hello Baby Layouts with Insta Squares. I borrowed two of Nichol's design elements from her pages - the tone on tone elephants and the layered chipboard cloud, moon and stars.

You can find me on Instagram or on my blog Life in the Craft Lane. I am also part of the social media and creative team for an online scrapbook store in the UK - Craft Island. I sometimes post as Craft Island on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thanks so much for sharing your great projects with us Kirsteen - I love them all, but especially your layout with all of the hand stitching!! 

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Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Hello Baby 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!

Hello Baby Project Idea Sheets Free Download

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?  You can see those in the Project Downloads section of our website as well!

To see more projects using our Hello Baby collection, visit our Hello Baby Pinterest board here!

Hello there everyone! Donna here with you as your host for the blog today, and I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that summer is almost over! Honestly, since we homeschool, life doesn’t change all that much when the school year ends. But keeping three little boys occupied in the summer months means that I don’t have all that much time for scrapbooking. Still, I get a bit antsy when I don’t make time to create. When I do get some time to scrapbook I try to keep it simple, and today I have two easy summertime layouts to share with you.

We’ve had a lot of fun this summer with our Zoku pop maker and ice cream machine. Sam is always up for a sweet frozen treat and my first layout is all about him:

He’s enjoying a bowl of homemade honey ice cream. It was so delicious, if you can’t tell from the photos. He loved it so much he was practically licking the bowl!

I used one of the decorative polaroid-style frames from the Bit & Pieces ephemera pack to highlight the photo of him giggling. I also used a square from the Insta-Squares pack to balance the photo collection. A few pops of pattern and color, from the paper and stickers strips along the bottom of the page, add fun to the page, but keep the focus of the layout on these funny pictures. These were taken just before he got a haircut and so you can see that his hair is a little wild too. But, I think it’s cute!

Next up is a layout I made of my two oldest boys and a yearly summertime ritual. Our neighbor has several lemon trees in her backyard and their branches extend just a tad over onto our side of the fence. The boys love to collect lemons for me to use in my cooking (or making lemonade or lemon bars).

Again, I’ve kept the layout very simple; just a trio of photos, a few strips of pattern paper and a smattering of stickers and brads to embellish the page.

The title for this layout is a bit tongue-in-cheek because the truth is that our neighbor lets them collect as many lemons as they want. And believe me, they collect quite a few lemons! In the summer I never have to buy lemons at the grocery store since they keep me well stocked.

Both of today’s layouts feature multiple photographs, but I kept the layouts simple with a focus on the photos by using either a grid or ledger background. I finished the designs by adding colorful strips of paper and embellishments from the Good Day Sunshine Collection. And now I have two happy layouts documenting some of our summer fun!

Have you found time to document your summer memories? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. As always, thank you for stopping by!

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Hi everyone! Allison here with a Life Documented layout using the Under the Stars collection. I've also got another sketch that combines traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages.

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

The left side of the sketch is a traditional style of scrapbook layout while the right page uses photos and cards with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 10.

Here is my layout based on the sketch:

About three weeks ago I went on one crazy road trip! There was one RV, four adults, two teenagers, a nine-year-old, a six-year-old, and we traveled over 4,000 miles through eight different states. I said at the beginning that it was going to be either a complete disaster or the best road trip ever. It ended up being a little bit of both but it was, without a doubt, an adventure that I'll never forget.

I first saw the Under the Stars collection about the same time that we started planning our road trip. I knew, even before I had snapped a single photo, that this would be the collection I wanted to use!

Before we took off on our road trip adventure, I requested that we all line up in front of the RV and take a group selfie. This was the beginning of documenting almost everything we did along the road. It ended up being so much fun trying to come up with different ways to do these pictures at all the different places we visited. I couldn't wait to get all of these pictures together and make a layout with them!

With this sketch, the simple design on the left page was ideal for these photos. The photos have so much going on in them with eight people and the scenery so I didn't want it to be overwhelming with too much going on around the photos.

I numbered each photo and added a short description of the location of where the photo was taken.

For the right page I used a combination of cards and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 10. I use this Pocket Page design often for my Instagram photos! I used each square pocket with a photo.

I did the same labeling for the photos as I did on the left page with the numbers and location on each photo.

We spent the last few hours of our trip planning out our final group selfie, back at home at our starting point. We all look so happy and excited in our first photo and we thought it would be funny to do the opposite on our return. Everyone is fighting and going crazy! I'm sure our neighbors thought we were insane! It ended up being a fun photo and a goofy end to our adventure!

I used 3x4 cards in each of the 3x4 pockets and accented them with photos and embellishments.

A lot of times I like use smaller photos on the 3x4 cards. It's a fun way to add in some detail photos of an event and in this case a photo of our RV.

The cute little camper is exactly why I couldn't wait to use this collection with these photos! I add the "hello adventure" sticker to the card.

This piece was actually cut down from a 4x6 card. I added the photos and a few tree stickers to finish it.

I'm using the 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in black for all of my Life Documented layouts. I love the beautiful construction and details! I also used the 12 x 12 SN@P! Pocket Pages, Design 10 from the Variety Pack. I often use different styles of Pocket Pages and since the Variety Pack has so many great options and designs, I have a lot to choose from!

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