Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for day 2 of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Vicki Boutin joins us with a clever pool party inviration our Good Day Sunshine collection, several Xyron products and some May Arts ribbon to make some really fun fish! 


Hey there!  Vicki here with some with some MayArts, Xyron and Good Day Sunshine fun!  I love product swaps and I was particularly excited to be teaming up with MayArts and their gorgeous ribbons and trims and adding some fabulous adhesive options from the folks at Xyron.  With the sunshine and hot weather upon us I decided I wanted to create a card for my daughter's upcoming birthday party.  Here is what I came up with…

I fashioned a few little fishies from ribbon and added them to my invite.

Here are the steps I followed to create the fish and the Xyron adhesive I used to help me in this task:

Cut a 6 1/2" piece of 5/8" ribbon, a 4 1/2" piece and two 1" pieces of 1/4" ribbon.

Fold the 6 1/2" ribbon to create a fish shape.

Pinch the space below the fish "body".

Tie the 4 1/2" ribbon where the ribbon is "pinched".  Form the shape of the 'body" and tie the 4 1/2" ribbon in a knot.

Here is an image of the ribbon tied from the back

Trim the ends of the 1/4" ribbon.

Trim the a "v" from the ends of the fish's tail.

Using Xyron Adhesive Dots, add the "fins" to the top and bottom of the fish's body.

Add the fish to the card with Xyrons double side High Tack Tape.

Here is another look at the completed card…

I used the Xyron Mega Runner to assemble the pieces of the card.  The Good Day Sunshine 4x6 Vertical Elements "heart border" make the perfect backdrop for the fish!!  And it was quick fix…that's why I love my Simple stories!!!

The Xyron 3" Sticker Maker came in handy when adhering the little "bubbles".

I finished the card off with a few Good Day Sunshine Fundamental stickers, Good Day Sunshine Expression stickers, Good Day Sunshine Enamel Dots and a piece of MayArts twine.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are inspired to try creating a few fun critters with ribbon and glue!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned - a Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Kim Kesti joins us with three fun cards using our Under the Stars Simple Set, several Xyron products and some May Arts ribbon & twine.


Hi - Kim here!  I am so excited to be posting today using both the fabulous May Arts ribbon and the perfect adhesive to keep everything in place: Xyron! I have three cards to share and a few tips on using the adhesives as well.

All of my cards are created with the Under the Stars Simple Set, it is just so fresh and fun – perfect for some special summer themed cards. Here I used the Xyron Glue Stick in a unique way.

I simply adore the thicker twine produced by May Arts, but like all twine, the ends tend to ravel and come untwisted. Just dab a bit of glue stick on the end of the twine and, boom! Problem solved. It is way easier to use than a runnier liquid adhesive and dries really fast!

My next card uses some of the crocheted lace by May Arts – something that can be a challenge to adhere, but not if you have the little Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker!  Just run that lace through and you have the perfect adhesive. **Please notice that I still use my older “orange” version of the Sticker Maker – Xyron was nice enough to send me this new purple version which I am giving away on my blog! Check and enter to win.

I layered twill ribbon on top of the lace for a fun bohemian look.

My last card is purely for fun! I love how perfectly the Chevron Stripes ribbon ( matches this 3 X 4 journaling card. Swoon!

Hey, thanks for taking a look at my cards. It sure is easy to create with such inspiring products!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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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!


Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Hello Baby Simple Inspiration eBook is now available for download! 

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

Simply click on the link below for your free download & enjoy! -

Hello Baby Simple Inspiration eBook Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Simple Inspiration eBooks from our past collections.

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

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 !! 



Hi there. Angella here with you today!  I have created a layout using the The Story of Us collection -  a layout of my darling daughter turning 21 and it was perfect.  I love that you can use this collection for so many other things besides love/wedding!

I have used the Forever and Always Designer Cardstock and the 2x12 & 4x12 Elements for the base page with circle ink stenciling using a light gold ink.

Gold and black sequins go really well with colour tones in the papers, and with so many elements for fussy cutting make creating with this range so easy and fun.

Here is close up of the hearts I have fussy cut

I love how the paper range was so perfect for my daughter's photo, fresh and beautiful tones to match in.

Thanks for joining me today, and I hope I have inspired you today with the  The Story of Us collection.


Hi there, Nichol here!  I'm a huge fan of the Simple Stories Insta-squares  and I'm always looking for new ways to use them in my traditional scrapbooking. Like many of you, I have loads of older photos to scrapbook and I grabbed a couple of old layouts from my "to re-do" pile that had zero journaling and only 1-2 photos and created two new layouts that I absolutely love. The Insta-squares make creating an eye-pleasing arrangement just as easy for a traditional 12x12 layout as they do for pocket scrapping!

I created both "boy" and "girl" versions to show just how versatile this collection is.

The girl-ish layout features four photos, three trimmed down to 2" wide by approx 5" tall and one 4x6 photo. Once I had the photos cropped and/or arranged, I "filled in" the rest of the 10" square design with Hello Baby Insta-squares and a piece of ledger paper from the Good Day Sunshine Collection which I trimmed down for my journaling.

I popped up some of the Hello Baby Stickers on foam adhesive to give them some dimension and help them stand out from the tone-on-tone look of the Insta-squares. I also popped up the 3" Insta-square which works as the title of the page and is matted on one of the 4" Insta-squares!

I let the photos dictate the design of the pages and simply laid them out and then added Insta-squares and strips of 6x6 paper to fill in the design so it would make a 10" square. I laid out all the blue, yellow and white/cream squares I could find for the "boy-ish" layout and put it together similar to the girl version.

I used one of the 3" Insta-squares for my page title again, this time adding some Simple Stories phrase stickers as well.

I combined the chipboard moon, cloud and star stickers onto one of the 4" squares to create a perfect sleepy accent for my page.

The border of 2" squares along the bottom of the page are embellished with Hello Baby cardstock stickers adhered with foam adhesive for dimension, a 2" square photo and sequins in blue and yellow.


Hi, Heather Leopard here today and I'm happy to say that the sun is shining and the pools and beaches are packed, which means summer is well underway. 

We spend a lot of time in the water during these hot Texas summer days so I thought I'd scrap this photo of my oldest in her water gear - goggles, braid and swim suit. Does it get any better than this?!?!

As I was looking through the papers to find my background, I decided to go a different route and use a strip from the 3x4 Elements paper. I found the perfect cards, cut them out, folded up the edges and stitched them to the rainbow background paper. 

I adore the banner stickers and I decided to simply line them across the top of the page and top it with the beautiful cloud paper.

The journaling is hidden in the little blue insert card at the top of the photo. Although the 3x4 cards have fun sentiments on them, I added a larger title at the bottom of the page. I love the large yellow chipboard dot. It helps being a definite end to the title statement, like a super-sized period.

I hope you are having a fantastic summer (or had a great one if yours just wrapped up).  As for us, we'll be in the pool (with a trip or two to the beach mixed on here and there) for the next couple of months so I'm hoarding this collection so we can scrap our memories.


Howdy friends!  Layle here with you today with a special guest - my good friend Megan Hoeppner.  I've known Megan for YEARS - way back to the early days of the industry and Paper Crafts magazine.  There are a lot of great people I've run across in this industry and have been lucky enough to call friends.  Megan is one of those - a truly wonderful, caring, beautiful, down to earth, creative and all around fabulous lady!  But enough of my gushing, I'll let Megan take it away with this darlig project she created for a recent local tv segment using our Good Day Sunshine collection...

Say it simply this summer. All you need are a few 3”x4” journaling cards and the brand new Instax Share Printer to get the most of your summer scrappin’. I created my mini book with one of my favorite paper lines ever—Good Day Sunshine.

Since these 3x4 cards are double sided, I simply had to cut them out, punch them out, and thread them on a jump ring for an instant on-the-go album. With it, I can scrapbooking as I’m out and about, capturing the moments and details as they’re happening.

Simply pair the pages with photos printed on the FABULOUS new Instax Share printer. It’s small enough to fit in your bag, and it allows you to print directly from your phone no matter where you are.

Take yesterday, for example. My daughter and I went to the park with friends. In the time it took Maggie to discover and play with the cool music toy on the playground, I had another album page done and ready to add to our ever-growing book. This approach is so quick, I’m able to document as we’re experiencing without missing out on the actual experience. I {heart} technology!

Want proof that scrapbooking is fun? Kiddos would rather watch me work than play on the awesome playground equipment before them. Now that’s fun!

This approach to project creation is so simple that I had time to make additional mini pages for our friends.

Since I’ve used all of the cards on my 12x12 journaling card sheet (shown above), I’ve now moved on to the Good Day Sunshine SN@P cards, which are the same 3”x4” size and even a bit more durable than the paper—perfect!

I just love the way the book is coming together. Here are a few more shots of our summer story.

Pack in a SN@P!

When it comes to crafting on the go, you don’t need more than a few basic necessities.

  1. A few rolls of washi tape. I love these mini rolls, which I carry on a jump ring in my purse. They’re perfect for this bitty scrapping bidnaz.  Tape Source:
  1. SN@P! Necessities Kit (see next image for a breakdown of what’s inside).
  1. Instax Share Printer by FujiFilm and the ADORABLE, handmade printer cozy.  Printer Source:  Cozy Source:
  1. A couple of reliable pens. The black one actually writes on washi tape without smudging (love!), and the pink is a journaling must I pick up anytime I’m in NYC. Black Pen Source:  Pink Pen Source: Muji in NYC (or the JFK JetBlue Terminal)

A Look Inside

The items I keep inside my SN@P! Pack include: Good Day Sunshine journaling cards, dots, and die-cuts; small sheets of coordinating letter stickers and label stickers.

As Seen On TV

Want to learn more about my book and how to make a splash with your summer scrapbooking using the Instax Share printer? I invite you to check out my Studio 5 TV segment from last week here

More On My Blog

Come on over. I’ve got more pages of the album to reveal. Plus, you’ll find tips for what works well and what to avoid when making your own mini book, as well as a list of additional supplies to keep with you when it comes to scrapping on the go. And clever way to contain those supplies.

Oh, and then there’s the matter of a Fuji Instax Camera that I’m giving away in celebration of my CreativeLive  Class Countdown. Yeah, there’s much going on. Hope you’ll stop by!


Thank You!

I’ve loved being here today. I fully believe that people are pivot points in our lives. Not products. Not experiences. It’s the people behind those experiences and ideas that keep us in motion, getting us from point to point in life by sharing and being willing to connect. Thank you, Simple Stories, for allowing me this chance to share and connect with your beautiful audience today! I love this creative industry and all of the passionate creators who make it what it is.

Enjoy the sunshine, friends!


Megan Hoeppner


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Hello Everyone! It's Kristine Davidson here today with a Life Documented post using the NEW Good Day Sunshine Collection.  

This spread uses photos from the month of August 2012. It was a bit of a busy month but hubby and I took a week off and enjoyed Las Vegas for the first time. This month will concentrate  on this trip.

My first page, i used a 3x4" SN@P! pocket which is fantastic for adding extra journaling, ticket stubs, receipts and more.

I have to showcase my love for a good Tim Horton's Iced Coffee! It makes me happy, it is my go to when I get to work,  after shopping, or even for a little ah... moment!

Hubby and I also enjoyed our new outdoor propane fireplace. So clean and easy to use. He won this during a promotion at our local hardware store !

Then Comes our trip to Vegas.  Our first time ever. I have a few mini albums of our trip but nothing ever included in a Life Documented Spread.

We have so many photos of this trip and I wanted to include as many as possible in my spread for this month. I added a 4x4 Photo Flip to add another picture of me enjoying a drink in our room with a view at MGM Grand. Photo Flips are awesome when it comes to adding that extra photo or journaling.. It would be perfect to use on a layout too!

I created this page with more photos and of course I added another photo flip sized 4x6 on the top right!  

As you can see adding those photo flips makes it easy to add those extra details in your albums. I added the extra 4x6 pics and then on the other side just finished journaling about our day at the Grand Canyon.   

The end of this Life Documented spread focuses on the trip to Vegas since it was also August 31st.  This was a simple spread but i shared what was most important to me during this month.

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.  This Sn@p! album is so far the best I've been using.

I used a variety of inserts for this month's spread. 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 !


Happy Fourth of July, Simple fan! Nancy here - I hope you are celebrating today and making fun summer memories.

Today's page highlight the bright and colorful Good Day Sunshine collection. I used the fun icons and ombre brights to scrapbook some of my favorite summer photos.

I created a cluster of embellishments along the left side of the page to draw the eye to what's important - the photos! I started the layers with the photo frame transparency and wood grain patterned paper. Then I added photos, die cuts, chipboard and a fun splash of enamel dots for texture.

The chipboard title is highlighted with an arrow sticker and chipboard heart just so it doesn't get lost in the bold design.

Good Day Sunshine is perfect for all of your summer celebrations - big and small! I hope that your Fourth is a happy one.


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

I'm excited to introduce you to our July guest designer AND new design team member Nicole Harper -

Here's a little bit about Nicole -

Hi! I’m Nicole Harper :)   I've been playing with paper since elementary school, when shopping for new supplies quickened my heart a beat. I spend my crafty time documenting the everyday details of my family’s fast paced life, and also love hunting for vintage finds whenever I can. I lives in Northeast Ohio with my husband Mike and daughter Allison…and am a proud soccer mama, medical professional and trusty friend. I wear my heart on my sleeve with my journaling and love to share the everyday moments that mean the most.


Before I share Nicole's fabulous creations this month, I gave Nicole 8 prompts - here are her responses :) 

Scariest Thing – the fact that my daughter is less than 6 months from driving...where did the time go?!

Favorite Snack – I'd love to say fruit, lol...but honesty would say BBQ chips and Jersey Milk chocolate bars from Canada.

Can’t Figure Out – Photoshop Elements. I bought a help book, look up tutorials online and still only know how to do 3 things.

Match Made in Heaven – the rainbow chevron + dark woodgrain in the Good Day Sunshine collection - as soon as I saw it, I went a bit nuts.

Probably Shouldn’t Have –  ever tried a Jersey Milk chocolate bar. Please see 'favorite snack' above, lol.

Current Addiction – gold Sharpie marker..if you haven't stopped at your local Staples and made the $2 investment, DO IT.

Bringing to the Party – pasta salad or Buffalo Chicken Dip. Our friends love both, and I'm not allowed to veer off course since they crave it.

Words to Live By – 'I think I like who I am becoming'. Found this quote on Pinterest and it really struck a chord...I've worked hard on applying this to myself as well as stressing the concept of respecting yourself above all others to my daughter.

Fun, huh?!

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

Nicole's first project - It Is What It Is - along with some of her thoughts on the layout -

If you've ever seen a photo of me, you'd know how fair-skinned I am lol...which I passed on to my daughter. She was hired for her first job this summer as a lifeguard, and got burnt pretty badly during her first day of training...resulting in this selfie she took of herself all bundled in a towel while on break. I thought the 'get sunkissed' 3x4 card was perfect for this layout ;)

How about all of the great details in this next 3 project of Nicole's - two 12x12 pocket page layouts and a 3rd in our fun 2x2 Insta Square Pocket Page?!

A week long vacation at the beach paired perfectly with the Good Day Sunshine line! I love the clear photo stickers from the DIY line, and couldn't help using a few.

I love filling a pocket with a simple die cut, like this Simple Stories 'Every Summer Has a Story' from the Silhouette store. I cut it from the ombre paper to jazz it up a bit. The chevron/woodgrain pocket will be filled with the receipt for those crazy pink socks you see in the bottom soon as I find it, lol.

I LOVE the 2x2 Insta Pocket Pages for just playing with little bits & pieces. The holes line up perfectly with my 12x12 Simple Storie faux leather album, so I like to slip these in between 12x12 photo sleeves to break things up!

WOW!  Again - just love all the little details in Nicole's work; I think I could look at these again and again and see something different and totally cool each time.  You can look forward to seeing more of Nicole's work here on the blog every month.

Thanks so much Nicole for sharing your projects with us this month AND welcome to the Simple Stories Design Team!! 


Hi everyone! Allison here with a Life Documented layout using the Sea To Shining Sea Simple Set and I've got a new sketch to share with you that combines traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages.

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

The left side of the sketch follows a traditional style of scrapbooking design and the right side uses the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3.

Here is my layout based on the sketch:

Independence Day is by far my favorite holiday. I love the food, our annual "parachute run", and most of all the fun we have together as a family. Plus, any holiday or event that involves sparklers is a win in my book!

The Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set was a great fit for my 4th of July photos. I really like that there are different shades and textures of the traditional red and blue throughout the collection.

I love using stars on my layouts. Maybe a large part of that is due to having two boys and stars just being a go-to! I like to challenge myself when I create a layout with something that I use over and over. In this case, the stars were my challenge. I wanted to find a way to use them in a way that I hadn't before.

I used small stars in columns to accent and frame the photo block on the left page.

I finished the stars with some hand stitched lines down the center of each column.

For the right page I used a combination of cards and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3.  I love adding little accents to the cards and photos. There are always so many fun stickers or elements to choose from in each collection.

On the "USA" card I added the celebrate sticker.

There was a lot of empty space in this photo so I added a few strips of paper and the "Stars & Stripes" sticker to that space. I arranged the patterned paper strips to almost look like a flag with the blue with white stars on the top and the red and white stripes on the bottom.

This was another photo with a lot of empty space so I added the large star, the "Independence Day" sticker, and some smaller stars.

On the bottom, right card I added two small photos, some small stars, and the "freedom" sticker.

I'm using the 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in black for all of my Life Documented layouts. The quality of the faux leather is fantastic and I love the stitching accent on them.  I also used the 12x12 SN@P! Pocket Pages, Design 3 from the Variety Pack. I enjoy using several different styles of Pocket Pages and since the Variety Pack has so many great options and designs, I have a lot to choose from.

I hope you enjoy the new sketch and for those of you in the US, have a happy, and safe, 4th of July!


Hi there, Layle with you today for another round of Pick a Card, Any Card!

Each month, 5 of our design team members and I will be picking one of our favorite Simple Stories or SN@P! 3x4 or 4x6 cards and sharing them with you - in more ways than one!  We've introduced so many GREAT cards over the last few years that I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite cards each month, tell you why they're our favorites and then give you a chance to win not only the specific cards that we picked, but the other cards they're paired up with as part of the set (more on that fun giveaway at the end of this post)!

If you missed last month's picks, you can see them here.

To kick off this month's version of Pick a Card, Any Card, here's one of my favorites -

This card is one of the 3x4 cards from our Wedding SN@P! Set.  The simplicity of this illustration just gets me every time.  When you look at this image in association with a wedding, so many great thoughts come to mind.  The other thing I love about this card is that it works just as well for a school dance or prom!   

Next up is Donna Januzzi with this 3x4 card from our Summer SN@P! Set -

When I asked Donna why she choose this particular card, she said -

This adorable little card is my pick for this month. I love the combination of the yellow background, typewriter font and the clean design. It's just a fun, simple card that would be the perfect addition to any summertime Pocket Page spread or scrapbook layout.

Emily Lanham chose this 4x6 card from the new Hello Baby SN@P! Cards -

When I asked Emily why she chose this card, she said -

This card holds a special place in my heart. It takes me back almost 7 years ago to when my precious daughter was born. There's no way to describe that feeling when your first born child is placed into your arms. This card pretty much sums it up for me!

Heather Leopard selected this 4x6 card from the new Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards -

According to Heather -

I love how the words are the epitome of everything summer all rolled up into one. From the bright and fresh colors to the perfectly chosen words, this card can be easily put into a frame for a welcoming piece of home decor or can be the perfect addition to a scrapbook layout or Pocket Page spread.

Next up is Kim Kesti with this 3x4 card  from the Him SN@P! Set -

When I asked Kim why she selected this card, she said -

Maybe it's because summer has arrived and I have a twelve year old little man in the house who is addicted to gaming, but I just love the "Game On" card in the 3 X 4 Him SN@P Collection ().  It is the one with the video game controller on it. I would love to make Harrison a little card, then challenge him to a round of Mario Bros! Ha, ha!

Last up this month, is Kristine Davidson with this 4x4 card from the new Good Day Sunshine Insta Squares -

According to Kristine -

I love this little card. It reminds me of being younger and how we use to get so excited to hear the bells from the " Dickie Dee " Ice Cream truck! It was a special summer treat that we use to enjoy. I always got this red/white and blue popsicle that use to turn my tongue blue! This Card is definitely one of my favorites right now.

So, what do you think?  How about those picks - pretty fun, right?!

OK, now to more good stuff.  At the beginning of this post I mentioned something about a giveaway!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by end of day Friday, July 4th telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday the 6th I'll draw one random lucky winner to win not only the cards we selected, but the rest of the cards that are included with each package the cards are from  - that's 268 fabulous Simple Stories cards, people; you can see all of the cards one random lucky will win under the Supplies section below!

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Good luck!


Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the The Story of Us 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! -

The Story of Us 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 The Story of Us collection, visit our The Story of Us Pinterest board here!

Hello Simple Stories fans! Lisa here to share two layouts with you today. I didn't realize, until after I decided to post these together, that they both repeatedly feature the word "hello". Must be my current addiction or something or maybe the word just worked well with both pages. :)

Let's start off with a Good Day Sunshine layout about an opportunity my daughter had to take classes at her dance studio with choreographer Kim McSwain.

I turned the photo black and white so I could work with all of the colors in this fabulously happy collection. The colors not only reflect Kim's upbeat personality, but also the fun time my daughter had. Even though Good Day Sunshine is primarily a summer collection, you'll notice it certainly works equally well for other topics.

Here's a closer look at one of the embellishment clusters on the page:

For this cluster, I layered up a number of items from the Bits & Pieces pack. Grouping them together like this gives them a cohesive look. The enamel dots are a fun way to add dimension and groupings of color.

In this detail shot, you can see more elements from the Bits & Pieces pack, again layered together to create a grouping.

Next up I have a Homespun layout to share. Simple Stories was the featured manufacturer in Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine last month. This is one of my projects that appeared in the issue. I used one of the Snap Pockets as a design element next to the photo, layering other items on top of it. The "hello" card inside the pocket is actually product packaging from an iPhone.

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

A Kraft Tag from the DIY collection provides the perfect foundation for chipboard and die cut embellishments and provided a way to ground them to the page. You may have noticed I used three tags around the page — one larger tag, and two smaller ones. Odd numbers of embellishments are more pleasing to the eye and create a visual triangle to help move your eye around the page.

This second detail shot shows another mix of embellishments, also grounded by a Kraft Tag.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed getting a look at Good Day Sunshine and Homespun in action.


Hi! Kim Kesti here with some great summer themed cards for the patriotic at heart. I have loved crafting with the Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set; we have three summer birthdays in the family with my Mom’s birthday actually on the 4th of July! This first card is specially made for her.

This next one is a fun mix of beach and patriotic themes. Love that lighthouse!

And lastly, a great card for anyone who loves the Good Ole USA!

Thanks for letting me share these fun cards. Enjoy your special summer and make lots of great memories, okay?


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

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

This Way to Fun -

The Story of Us Print & Cut Mason Jar -

Here We Go -


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. 

Guess what?!  Now through July 14th, all Travel and Seasons themed designs are 25% off at the Silhouette Online Store!  Now's the perfect time to pick up a few of your favorite cut files at 25% off, including that fun 'Here We Go' cut file above!

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!

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 via the Rafflecopter widget telling us which design is your favorite.  On Tuesday 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?!

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