Hi there! Donna here with you as your host for the blog today, and I have a few projects to share with you. First up, by now you know that Simple Stories is the featured manufacturer for the May issue of Scrapbook Generation’s CREATE Magazine! I created a layout using the single-page sketch for this month:

As soon as I saw the sketch I was immediately drawn to the horizontal row of 3x4 photographs. Since there were three of them I decided to do a page about my three boys and use papers and embellishments from A Charmed Life to create this layout:

I simplified the design by moving the journaling space so it would be in line with the photos. I also eliminated the two small detail photos, and instead put a circular die-cut from the Bits & Pieces embellishment pack in their place.

I used the chipboard word “Lucky” and a few arrows from the same collection to create a simple, easy, and fun title. These changes to the design reflect my personal style, but still keep the feeling of the original sketch. Here’s a closer look at the journaling:

I am indeed so lucky to be the mom to these three boys!

I also made a tag for the issue using the Homespun Collection:

In total, our team created 27 projects for the magazine! See all the sketches and projects and download the May issue for free, here.

Switching gears a bit, I’ve also had a lot of fun playing with the newest collections including Good Day Sunshine. I have loved every summer collection released by Simple Stories (remember 100Days of Summer!?) and this one is no exception. I decided to create a grid using 3x4 Sn@p! cards and photos of the same size.

Summertime is upon us and the papers and embellishments from this collection were perfect for documenting my guys enjoying some of the some sweet treats I’ve been making for them such as popsicles and ice cream.

We’ve made a few of our favorites, but have also been experimenting with new flavors like lemon-buttermilk sherbet and avocado ice cream. Yes, when you live in California avocado ice cream is not so strange! It is surprisingly good and even baby Sam enjoyed it!

I’ve mentioned this before several times, but all of the collections from Simple Stories mix and match so well. The background paper for this layout actually comes from the Hello Baby Simple Basics Kit. I absolutely love the colored woodgrain in that collection and the blue was a perfect match to the colors in Good Day Sunshine.

Thank you for stopping by!


 Fundamentals Stickers, 4x6 Sn@p! Cards,  Enamel Dots, Bits & Pieces, Beach Wood/Ledger


Hello Baby: Simple Basics Kit, Blue Wood/Stars


A Charmed Life: Collection Kit, Simple Basics Kit, Expressions Stickers, 4x6 Sn@p! Cards, Chipboard Stickers, Bits & Pieces, Decorative Brads, Happy Go Lucky, Be Still My Heart, Whitewashed Wood, Yellow Stripes


Homespun: Collection Kit, 6x6 Paper Pad, Chipboard Stickers, Grey Wood/Grid


Howdy!  Layle here today to share some fun news - we have 80+ brand new cut file designs, now available for the Silhouette!

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

This Was Amazing -

Capture This Moment -

So Sweet Together -

Design team member Cari Locken used the 'So Sweet Together' cut file and our A Charmed Life collection in this stunning layout recently published in summer issue of the Canadian Scrapbooker magazine -

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. 

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!

How about a little incentive to head on over and check out these and our other fun designs here at the Silhouette Online Store?!!  Head on over, take a peek at all of our designs, then hop back here and leave a comment on this post telling us which design is your favorite.  On Sunday the 1st, we'll draw one random lucky winner to win a $25 Download Card to the Silhouette Online Store! 

So tell us, which Simple Stories design is your favorite?!


Giveaway is now closed; the random lucky winner is Craft Girl!


Howdy!  Layle here with you again today with some fun news. 

We're super excited to introduce Simple Inspiration eBooks - free, downloadable idea books that you can look forward to with each of our new collections! 

Simple Inspiration eBooks include beautiful photography, project ideas, design tips and inspiration on how you can create with our fabulous Simple Stories collections!  The new Simple Inspiration eBooks include a little something for everyone - layouts, SN@P! Binders, pocket page spreads, home decor items and cards.

Today brings you our newest eBook - the Good Day Sunshine Simple Inspiration eBook - 21 pages of amazing inspiration; simply click on the link below for your free download & enjoy!

Good Day Sunshine Simple Inspiration eBook Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Simple Inspiration eBooks from our past collections, including Homespun, A Charmed Life and DIY.

To see more projects using our Good Day Sunshine collection, visit our Good Day Sunshine Pinterest board here!

Howdy friends, Layle with you here today to share an awesome burlap SN@P! Binder using our Hey Mom! Simple Set, designed by Sue Kendall -

This fun binder would make a great gift for Mother's Day or even to give mom after Mother's Day, with photos inside from your Mother's Day celebration!

Sue added some of our Insta Square Pocket Pages to her album & inserted a few Instagram photos.

With lots of room for journaling and hand written notes, wouldn't it be fun to have the kids/grandkids add personal notes in their own handwriting to mom?!

The 6x8 Kraft envelope that's included in the binder is perfect for tucking additional photos, cards or even secret notes :)

Such a fun project!  If you're looking for something fun for Dad or Grandpa for Father's Day, you could make the same type of album, but with our black Burlap SN@P! Binder and our Hey Pop! SImple Set!


Hi, Angella here with you today, I am so excited to share with you what I have been creating  with the new Good Day Sunshine collection.

And as soon as I saw the new ranges I was so excited, I just could not stop smiling I had to start creating straight away.  I have created this little Bus Caddy for a few snapshots of my niece who loves playing around in the sun, her smile is a true sunshine.

I inserted a photo of her in a SN@P! Pocket - they're great for your little snapshots; just pop a photo or 2 into the pockets to showcase your memories.  The 4x6 SN@P! Cards are perfect for journaling.

For a great idea, fundamental 12x12 stickers matted onto cardstock and attached to straws make great embellishments.

And it is always fun to finish off creating a card

Thanks for joining me today!


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 Rory Vaillancourt.  I found Rory recently on Instagram and after she had tagged Simple Stories on her FUN dog layouts and couldn't wait to share them here with you!   

Hello.  I am Rory - a Family first, Dog loving, Photography enthusiast, Scrapbooking fanatic, bicycling lover, Instagramming, Canadian girl.

I don't have a blog but I am Kateroar on Instagram.

My first layout was all based around this 'Wag more bark less' 3x4 card from the Dog SN@P! Set.  It jumped right out at me - if only my dog Mags would understand this :)  I chose some other 3x4 cards from the SN@P! Set and then made the two tags as a print and cut with my Silhouette. I chose words that make me think of Maggie.  It was so easy with the cards, it all just fell into place.

This second layout also started with the card first - a 4x6 card, also from the Dog SN@P! Set.  What an awesome quote!  I used some of the 6x6 pads to layer under the photo, and just had to get that ruff speech bubble on the page as well.  Honestly the pages just about make them selves with all the fantastic SN@P! goodness.  I love it  :)

Thanks so much for sharing your great layouts with us Rory - and your cute dog, Mags!


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!