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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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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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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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Summer 2014 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our first brand new collection, Legacy, 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!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win!

Today I'm excited to introduce you to the 2nd of our new Summer Release collections - Cozy Christmas.

Jingle all the way and deck the halls with Cozy Christmas!  Christmas really is the most wonderful time of year!

 

So there you have it - Cozy Christmas!  Did you see those SN@P! Recipe Binder Pages and Recipe Cards there at the end?!  They were so wildly popular when we first introduced Recipe Binder Pages and Recipe Cards with Homespun that we just knew we HAD to do them for Cozy Christmas as well!   Wouldn't they just make the best Holiday Favorites Recipe Book?  My mouth is just watering thinking about it!

We'd love it if we could show each and every one of you this amazing new collection in person.  But since we can't do that, we've done the next best thing - we shot a short video at the Sierra Pacific Mixed Media Event last week to show you Cozy Christmas - almost as if you were there in person; so take a peek at Cozy Christmas as I walk you through the collection!  Make sure you head back here when you're done to enter for a chance to WIN Cozy Christmas before you can buy it!

Cozy Christmas begins shipping to retailers mid August, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it! 

How about a chance to win a Cozy Christmas prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 2 chances to win!  

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us what you think about Cozy Christmas  -

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

That's 2 chances to win a Cozy Christmas goodie box before you can buy it!  And because we're feeling extra generous, how about a 3rd chance?!  I'll be doing random giveaways on Instagram as well throughout the week, so follow us at  simplestories_  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 3rd, 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 Cozy Christmas!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of 6 fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3 for the reveal of Sweater Weather!

Hello Simple Stories fans! 

I'm excited to share this layout with you today because it combines many of my favourite things! 

First of all, there's these super fabulous colours from the Good Day Sunshine collection, then the Simple Stories Silhouette Print & Cut files (which are so much fun!) and last of all pictures of my family enjoying time together at the beach! It can't get better than that!

I love using my Silhouette when I create my layouts and I'm so excited that Simple Stories has created some Print & Cut files to go along with their amazing collections.  I used 4 different files on my layout.

Here's a close-up of the Silhouette print & cut Surfboards.

I just love this Camera design and used the Silhouette Print & Cut feature for this one as well.

This Silhouette Print & Cut beach sign is so cool. Don't ya think?

I also typed my journaling onto a 4x6 journaling card that comes with the 12x12 Good Day Sunshine collection.  I was enjoying creating the print & cut embellishments so much that instead of using the chipboard of this cloud shaped design I used the Silhouette Print & Cut feature once again!

To finish off my page and add a bit more colour I adhered some of the Enamel Dots in various places on my layout and a few stickers. 

I hope that I've inspired you to use this wonderful collection and for all of you Silhouette lovers you definitely have to give the Print & Cut feature a try.  You will love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hello, Simple Stories fans! Teri here today, and I'm here with another Life Documented project. I'm excited to share with you a couple more pages made with the Good Day Sunshine collection. 

A dear friend of mine recently came to town. I spent a fun afternoon hanging out with her and exploring some of our local landmarks. Talk about fun! I had such a good time (and took so many pictures) that I wanted to include a couple pages about the experience in my 2014 album.

Because this meet-up happened during Summer and these pictures were shot on a hot Summer day, the Good Day Sunshine collection was perfect to use for these pages. It's such a happy collection and has so many fun Summer'ish elements. I felt it justed worked.


 

One of my favorite elements is that title card! I made it myself by mixing and matching together stickers, paper and an overlay from the Good Day Sunshine collection. The great thing about using things from the same collection is that it takes the guesswork out of it. You don't have to think about the colors. You don't have to think about patterns. Everything just goes together because it's designed to do so. I love that.

I also had a good time with the smaller pockets on this Pocket Page. I cut down the Koi fish picture to fit into one of them. Yes, friends. No fancy schmanzy photo resizing here. I printed the fish picture as a 4" x 6" photo (to save time) and then just used my paper trimmer to cut it down to size. (By the way, have you seen the Simple Stories' Photo Crops tools? They are designed to make photo cropping easy!) 

I had such a fun time putting together the second page of my spread!

I must admit that I went a bit wild, embellishing some of the pictures with stickers, brads and other Good Day Sunshine embellishments. I even wrote on some of them. I sure love how I was able to mix my handwriting with the Good Day Sunshine word stickers on this one here.

I also love the SN@P! cards on this page! The Awesome Awesome Awesome one was 4"x6". I cut it down to fit in my pocket and then used my trusty typewriter to add some text. 

Let's talk albums for a minute. I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in red to document all my 2014 adventures in. I frequently scrapbook out of order so I really appreciate that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 3 and 5 for these pages. It's nice that Simple Stories offers so many different styles of pages. I enjoy having creative options!

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Hi everyone, it's Wendy with you today to share some grid-style layouts using the Good Day Sunshine collection.

As I looked through the Good Day Sunshine collection I was drawn to the cloud paper, it just FIT my beach pictures.  I couldn't resist creating two different layouts using the same background and a simple grid design.

In my first layout, Best Summer 2014 -

I wanted to feature this shot I got of a few of my kids at the beach.  The wide expanse of water seemed to call for the cloud paper, it continued the calm peaceful feeling of my picture.  Because I wanted a calm layout, I chose one 4x6 card to give some color to my layout and to give my layout a title.  This was the basis of my layout and the next step was to add some interest to my page.

I began adding pieces such as the year stickers, the film die-cut and the anchor to give a triangle of colors (woodgrain, yellow, teal) using items that were meaningful to my layout.

I added in some woodgrain chevrons to give some movement to my page and to direct your eyes inward.  I couldn't resist adding a pop of bright color with the flower stickers.  

I used a few of the chipboard circles throughout my page; I loved the tone-on-tone that I achieved with the dream piece.

My Fiskar cloud punch is probably my most favorite tool I own; I wanted clouds, but didn't want to detract from my page, so I used the tone-on-tone approach again.

My next page, Me and my Boy -

This layout was also built on the cloud page again using just the 3x4 cards and my picture.  I chose to do a 2x2 grid design on this layout.  The 3x4 cards provided a place for my title, a pop of color, and a chevron card to direct your eyes to my picture.

I used a scattering of hearts to lead your eyes from the top of my page to the bottom.

Again you can see my clouds; these were created using white cardstock and inked to make them blend more.

The tiny phrases on the sticker sheet add just enough detail to my page without overpowering my design.

Thanks for joining me today!  I have one more page I created using the Good Day Sunshine collection on my blog http://antenucci.blogspot.com/2014/07/hello-summer-simple-stories.html hope to see you there!

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Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca Keppel here to share a quick way to document your 4th of July today! I take tons of photos on the Fourth of July, and with the summer being so busy, I like to quickly get them into a layout. Simple Stories has a SIMPLE answer - the latest Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set includes everything you need to get your 4th of July or other summer layout done in a snap!

I used 2 strips of 4x11.5 paper and one 3.5x11.5 patterned paper and stitched around each rectangle and adhered those down as horizontal blocks to create my background. I combined 15 photos into three 4 x 4 collages to use on my center strip of paper. I trimmed down the Original Summer Memories card so you could see more of the patterned paper and machine sewing behind it. Plus, I added some letter stickers for a title to it.

I trimmed down the journaling card so that it match in height to the Red White and Cute card and typed my journaling, adding a border sticker to take up some empty space.

The large star was fussy cut from another card on the 12 x 12 Elements patterned paper and then popped up with 3 dimensional adhesive.

Lastly, I love including tiny Simple Stories stickers right on my photos as a banner or in the case of collages right in the middle where the points between photos intersect.

Sea to Shining Sea is such a fun collection and could be used for a number of summer themes, but I loved getting my Fourth of July memories down on a page so quickly!

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Hi everyone ! It's Mindi here with you. I'm going to be sharing a life documented layout with you today, featuring the Good Day Sunshine collection. 

The bright colors along with the wood grained paper were a great match for our fun and fast road trip down to the beach. 

We were fortunate enough to be able to join my husband down by the beach while he was working in the area. I wanted to make sure that I included the "work" and the "play" aspects of our trip. For this journaling card I wanted to keep it clean and fun, I loved the rainbow ampersand and thought it was perfect for the top of the journaling card. I had some fun mixing different texts for my journaling. 

For this layout I thought I would play around with some watercolor paints. I broke out the kids watercolors and made my own journaling card. After I was happy with my paint job,  I added a few stamps and some embellishments. 

I needed to add my "play" factor to my layout and added a photo of Maddie at play in the water. 

Here is a look at the second page of my layout. The weather was foggy and on the cooler side. Noah was the only one we could get in the water that day for more than one or two times. But once he got in, meaning his feet, we couldn't get him out ! 

I loved mixing a little of the wood grained cards and colors in here and there. I used the wood grained SN@P cuts and put some patterned paper behind it. Then added the chipboard sun and cut up the word "Smile" from the DIY photo overlays. 

I played around with a few different things on the photo that is split over the two pockets and ended up adding a vellum tag onto half of the photo. Finishing it off by using a fun DIY word sticker and a few extras. 

I really didn't have too much to say about our short trip so I decided to play around with one of the colorful cards. I started off with the chevron patterned card and wanted to fold it over so I could add my journaling. The other side of the card didn't work for what I needed. I simply found a simple patterned and glued the two cards together and folded it over. 

I have really loved working with the fun products from the Good Day Sunshine line. They make it so easy to make fun and fast pocket pages. That is key when your working in the summer months, when time is tight !! 

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