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.  I love the mixture of fonts on this card.  I made a quick and easy grid style layout with a few of my wedding photos and this card - hard to believe that will be 19 years ago next month! 

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

When I asked Rebecca why she chose this particular card, she said -

I know many people who are still dealing with crazy winter-like weather are going to detest me for saying this, but in the Southwest of the United States, "spring" actually feels like summer. My kids are already getting in the pool and enjoying warm evenings outside. I pulled this card out and it made me so happy that our fun summer-time is already here! I love the appealing ombre rainbow and the big white font title. And for those buried in snow, don't be too angry at me - I will be miserable in a couple of months in our 115 degree heat!

Shellye McDaniel chose this 3x4 Homespun SN@P! Card -

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

If I could create chalkboard art it would look just like this card!  I love the oval shape and the floral border.  It reminds me of a hand-stitched sampler found hanging in a country home.

Teri Anderson selected this 3x4 card from our Dog SN@P! Set -

According to Teri -

There are cards and there are cards that make you chuckle! This one just plain puts a big smile on my face and makes me giggle. I love the thought of the dog saying those words!  Plus it is a totally versatile card that could be used on a scrapbook page or a greeting card! Love that.

Next up is Vicki Boutin with this 4x6 card, also from the Summer SN@P! Set -

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

My favourite card right now has to be the "Hello Summer" 4x6 card from the 4x6 SN@P! Summer set.  Why, you ask?  It's because I am so ready for it!  Summer that is.  Bring on the sun, heat and blue skies!!

Last up this month is Wendy Antenucci with this 4x6 card from our Birthday SN@P! Set -

According to Wendy -

I love these cards for more than just pocket scrapbooking - these cards are great building blocks for layouts too!  I love the chevron pattern in this packet as it is such a fun card to lead your viewers eye into a photo or maybe your next card!  My favorite card in this pack though is the one with the sentiment, I am grateful for you everyday single day.  This is what I want to remember each and every day as I am surround (and sometimes overwhelmed) by my six children, that I AM GRATEFUL!

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 Saturday, April 26th telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday 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 228 fabulous Simple Stories cards, people; you can see all of the cards one random lucky will win under the Supplies section below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Hi everyone! Nichol here today with a 12x12 layout and set of four cards showcasing Insta-Squares from the Homespun CollectionSummer Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces SetWedding Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces Set and Birthday Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces Set. I'm a big fan of using repetitive patterns or shapes on my layouts and other paper crafting projects and the squares in the Insta-Squares makes it so easy to create amazing projects!  

For my layout share today, I used an assortment of 2" squares from several collections. To give these squares even more "pop", I used pierced nesting square dies from My Favorite Things to give the squares and square photos pierced decorative edges.

The dies make the 2" squares slightly smaller so I used a ruler to figure out where to begin adhering these small squares so that the design would be centered in the middle of the white cardstock background. I left a space in the center of the page where I adhered a 4" square from the Homespun Collection and then layered a vellum die cut square and a square from the Homespun Collection die cut with another one of the pierced nesting square dies. I embellished this title square with some Simple Stories stickers.

I embellished the smaller squares with additional Simple Stories stickers, sequins, enamel dots, etc.

I printed my journaling on a Sn@p! label sticker and adhered it across two of the 2" squares.

The Insta-Squares also make super fast cards. I used the same nesting square dies to cut the center panels for the cards.

I've created four completely different themed cards but they all four have the same design. I adhered a 4x4 patterned Insta-Square on a 4.25" square white card base, cut a piece of 4" square vellum to layer over the patterned design and then die cut the center Insta-Square and adhered the center piece with foam adhesive. Simple embellishments are all these cards need. The design of the Insta-Squares don't need much!

 

 

 

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Good Monday morning - we have a few giveaways to announce today!

The winner of the Perfect Paper Crafting & Simple Stories Blog Hop is....

Cynthia Baldwin

The winner of the March Pick a Card, Any Card giveaway is...

Lisa Woodward Peeples

Congratulations ladies!  Please send an email to layle@simplestories.com with your mailing address and we'll get your prize shipped out.

Thanks for playing!!

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Hi Everyone, Angella here to bring you a couple of Easter treats.

I always like to put my spin on any of our holiday treats, especially when it involves gift giving. Making it all more personalized and special, instead of just  grabbing something off the shelf.

I have used a little chipboard box in which I have  covered with papers from the Homespun collection.

Then all you have to do is decorate your box with fussy cut images from your pattern paper, fill the box with tissue paper, add a nest and eggs and glue a cotton reel to the bottom of the box, to act as a stand for the gift box.

For my next project I created this fun ladybug by drawing an egg for the body, then a circle, cut both shapes out, cut the circle in half for the wings and voila!  

Wishing you all a Happy Easter, and if you're like me, I will be trying to avoid the chocolate overload !

Have a great day!

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Hi all! Teri here today, and I'm here with another Life Documented project. I'm excited to share with you a few pages I made with the SN@P! Travel set. 

I went on a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Oregon Coast this month with my family. I just love the beach. And this trip was extra special because it was the first time I've ever taken my dog Marley to the ocean.

The SN@P! Travel set was perfect to use for these pages. If you have ever been to the Oregon Coast, you'll know our beaches aren't like the ones in California and Florida. It's a little more windy, a little bit more chilly and a little more rugged here. Instead of seeing folks lying on our beachers in swimsuits, you often see people bundled up in sweatshirts and jeans as they explore the beach.

One of my favorite elements on this page is the "Our Great Adventure" title. I made it simply by cutting up a 3x4 SN@P! card and then added a burlap banner sticker to it.

I really went to town cutting up my SN@P! cards on this page too.

I just love the large "Travel" card. I made it by cutting up several of 3x4 and 4x6 SN@P! Travel cards and mixing them together to make one really big 4x6 card. One of the great things about using cards from the same SN@P! set is you can easily mix them together because they all are in the same color scheme! Sometimes, my brain just needs to grab a pack of SN@P! cards and know they are going to work together no matter which ones I use.

Oh. By the way, what's the little rectangle at the top of the travel block? That's a sticker from SN@P! Travel Stickers.

And check out the card in the upper right corner. I created the border that goes across with stickers. Yep. Stickers. I just love how those stickers together.

The "Travel Musings" block here was... you guessed it... cut from a 3x4 SN@P! card. I embellished it by adding a burlap banner sticker to it.

By the way, I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in red to document all my 2014 adventures in. Being able to scrapbook out of order is big to me, and I love that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 5 for these pages. I dig that Simple Stories offers so many different styles of pages. It's great to have so many creative options.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back again soon!

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Hi there!  Layle here with you today :)

Today I'm back with another Fan Focus Friday

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

So, here goes!

This month, let me introduce you to Amy Myers.  I found Amy recently on Instagram and after seeing her fabulous cards, I wanted to share her work with you!

Hi everyone! I am Amy Myers, owner of The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL. I have lived in Illinois my entire life. I live with my husband Mike, my 2 children Jesse and Jennifer, and my 2 puppies Winston and Abbey. I have always loved paper crafting and decided after 10 years of working in accounting decided to open my own business and enjoying every minute of it. You can find me here www.thescrapbookingstudio.com

I loved working with the Hey Mom! and Hey Pop! Simple Sets.  I made some quick cards for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day using the two element sheets from each collection.

Simple Sets are so simple that anyone and any age can put these together for gift giving. There are many elements that I cut out of the paper to use as simple embellishments with a little ink and dimensional adhesive to give each card it’s own simple personality.

Aren't Amy's cards great?!  I think this one has to be my favorite -

Thanks so much for sharing your cards with us Amy!!!

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Hi there! Marie here with you today to take you on a road trip adventure with our family using the Travel SN@P! Set.

Every time we go on a vacation I seem to do the same thing. I take 500 photos and promise myself someday I will do something with them.  But usually the photos just end up sitting on my hard drive.  Using the SN@P! Sets has made it easier than ever to actually put my photos together in an album.

These pages are of a road trip we took to Montana to visit Glacier National Park.  We also went on a lot of day trips such as the National Bison Reserve and Bigfork.

I added a 2x2 Insta-Pocket page in the middle of my spread so I could fit in extra photos.  I love how many pictures and embellishments such a small page can hold.

I like having different size Pocket Pages in the same album.  I added a tab made out of a sticker to the side of the 2x2 Insta-Pocket Page to make flipping through even easier.

We packed a lot into a few days and I needed to find a way to organize all of the different side trips we took.  I typed out our itinerary on a 4x6 SN@P! card.  Having a record of all the different places we went is very helpful to remember our trip.

And that's our road trip in a nutshell.  Do you have any vacation plans coming up?  I highly recommend the Travel SN@P!! Set if you do!

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Hi there, Emily here with you today!  For my project, I decided to cut some cute little treat boxes for Easter with my Silhouette Cameo. There are SO many treat box files to choose from in the Silhouette online store, the possibilities are endless! 

The Fresh Air Simple Set is the PERFECT collection for anything Spring. I don't buy a ton of Spring paper because I'm not always a fan of pastels, so the size of this kit is great for someone like me who is only going to use it a couple times and be done with it. I've used the entire kit up on a couple of Spring projects that I've done and no leftovers so I feel accomplished! 

I loved that I was able to reach for this beautiful collection and create some perfect little treat boxes to go in my kids' Easter baskets this weekend. Thanks for stopping by today! Have a Happy Easter! 

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Hi there!  Shellye along today with a handsome little mini album made with pieces from the SN@P! Baby Boy Set and a onesie shaped die by Top Dog Dies.  I love to make small albums such as this to give as gifts to a new mom or grandma...they're the perfect size for a brag book and display so sweetly on a shelf or cabinet!

The die that I used is actually a 'card' die, so look for that if you're interested in shopping for it.  First, I cut the shape from white mat board; you can also use a medium-heavy weight chipboard.  When I cut the shape, the scoring area of the die actually cut instead of score, which worked out perfectly.  So a 12 page mini album would consist of cutting the entire die shape three times from a 6X12 sheet of material.  Next, repeat the process and cut the shape  from either a cardstock or patterned paper. 

The 'mat' portion of the pages were die-cut with a onesie 'finisher' die set, but you could also cut an oval or rectangle so that it fits nicely.  I die cut the pieces from various 4X6 cards found in the SN@P! Baby Boy Set, as well as some plaid and solid patterns found in the Homespun 6X6 paper pad.  The front is simply decorated with some layered hearts and adorable stickers from the set.

I decided to go with a 'flip-up' style album, so just keep in mind the direction that your pages need to be decorated when putting it together.  Between each chipboard page, I added 2-3 of the 'months' cards found in the Baby Boy SN@P! 3x4 cards.  Great place for mom to journal or add extra photos.

Also, when putting the album together, I try to stagger the embellishments from page-to-page so that one page's embellishments doesn't layer right on top of the next page's. 

Use designs found on the larger, 4X6 cards as embellishments.  Below, I cut one of the hearts from a card and then simply added some hand-stitching over it. 

Although I try to keep the 'bulk' to minimum with such a thick album, I still like to raise up a few of the stickers by adding foam adhesive to the back.  Brads and buttons dress up plain stickers and give a touch of dimension.

And don't forget about the other fun products by Simple Stories that you can mix in!  The DIY Kraft and Burlap pieces are great for layering.

One of my favorite SN@P! products are the adorable pockets!  Here, I've added one of the smaller ones to the page and then simply tucked in one of the DIY Kraft tags.

In finishing, I like to add some baker's twine around the edge of the album. This isn't necessary, especially when using a clean-cut die, but it does add such a soft texture.  For the binding, I took the first page of the album and punched two holes at the top.  I then used it as a template for creating holes in all of the following pages.  The album is quite thick, so I strung through two 1.5" rings and tied on single ribbon bows to each.  Now it's ready to be adored for many years to come!

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Couldn’t make True Scrap Pocket Pages but want to scoop up some great content?  Well, today’s your lucky day!  Join Simple Stories Marketing Director Layle Koncar in her Pocket Page Scrapbooking – Back to the Basics online video class!  Whether you're a seasoned pocket page scrapbooker, a newbie, or sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to make the plunge, this class is for you!  

From organizing and storing your supplies, planning your pages, and including memorabilia in your albums, to different styles and designs of pocket page layouts, you're sure to walk away with a renewed sense of invigoration when it comes to pocket page scrapbooking!

For a limited time you can purchase this a la carte online class for only $9, as well as other True Scrap Pocket Pages classes!  Purchase only the classes you want. Get immediate access to hours of video instruction. Watch from the comfort of your own home!  And at only $9 for a limited time, these are a bargain. Get ‘em while they’re hot, before the price increases!

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Click here to purchase the Pocket Page Scrapbooking – Back to the Basics online video class - only $9.00 for a limited time!

Hi everyone! Cari here with you today, welcome to Day 1 of the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop Week!  We’re so excited to team up with Perfect Paper Crafting to share some inspiring projects with you this week.

We’ll be giving away a great Perfect Paper Crafting prize package at the end of the week, so be sure to play along and check back tomorrow to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Here are the different ways you can play along –

  1. Like Simple Stories on Facebook
  2. Share this blog post on your Facebook wall and tell us you did on our Facebook wall
  3. Follow Simple Stories on Pinterest
  4. Follow Simple Stories on Instagram at simplestories_
  5. Comment here on our blog or on Facebook

Perfect Paper Crafting is also posting projects and giving away prizes, so be sure to check out their blog and Facebook page, too!

I received the Perfect Layers - set of 3 different 'rulers' each with 4 different measurements - I was thrilled to be able to play with this fabulous tool. The possibilities are endless and definitely make creating mats so easy!

I decided that I would mat my photo with a few layers and then mat the papers on my layout as well, so I began layering my photo. I first printed it with a white border and then matted it onto some turquoise card stock. I adhered the photo to the card stock first and then used the 1/4" measurement to trim around the photo.

I then matted the turquoise card stock onto some orange card stock using the 1/8" measurement.

I matted a piece of black card stock onto a piece of the diagonal striped patterned paper using the 1/4" measurement. I then matted that entire piece onto some orange card stock using the 1/16" measurement.

Adding layers is a great way to add dimension to your work.  After matting your pictures you could also adhere them to your layout using foam squares for even more dimension. I decided to just adhere my main photo flat because I wanted to pop up my title instead.

I used a Simple Stories Silhoutte cut file for the 'Sweet & Sassy' title.

Here's my finished layout.  

I like this tool because it allows you to create such straight lines with so many different widths!

Here's a few close-up shots.

Thanks so much for joining us this week for the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop.  We'll announce the winner tomorrow, so if you've entered, make sure and check back with us here tomorrow!

 

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Hello! Donna here with you today, welcome to Day 4 of the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop Week!  We’re so excited to team up with Perfect Paper Crafting to share some inspiring projects with you this week.

We’ll be giving away a great Perfect Paper Crafting prize package at the end of the week, so be sure to play along and check back on Sunday the 20th to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Here are the different ways you can play along –

  1. Like Simple Stories on Facebook
  2. Share this blog post on your Facebook wall and tell us you did on our Facebook wall
  3. Follow Simple Stories on Pinterest
  4. Follow Simple Stories on Instagram at simplestories_
  5. Comment here on our blog or on Facebook

Perfect Paper Crafting is also posting projects and giving away prizes, so be sure to check out their blog and Facebook page, too!

I have a layout to share with you today that I made using the Perfect Ruler. I have completely fallen in love with this tool! While I do use a paper trimmer when scrapbooking, I also heavily rely on my metal ruler and craft knife for making finer cuts and trimming photos. What makes this ruler different? It is double-sided with a clear plastic edge on one side and a metal ruler on the other. It also has the coolest feature called a grip strip. You simply press down on the center button

and the strip holds your paper or photo in place. I used my ruler to trim my photos and the paper strips on my layout.

This feature also helps keep your fingers safe and away from your knife blade. Pretty smart!

Here is the layout I created:

I cannot seem to get enough of Daily Grind. With three little boys, our lives are very colorful indeed and this line has been the perfect fit for so many of our stories. One of my favorite parts of this collection are the die cut Bits & Pieces -

There are so many fun little bits and pieces, and they add just the right accent to your layouts.

I also love adding a little detail to my titles:

A simple thing like using a brad to dot your i’s makes it more dynamic and interesting.

Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more awesome projects from Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting!

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Hi Simple Stories fans, Rebecca Keppel here; welcome to Day 3 of the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop Week!  We’re so excited to team up with Perfect Paper Crafting to share some inspiring projects with you this week.

We’ll be giving away a great Perfect Paper Crafting prize package at the end of the week, so be sure to play along and check back on Sunday the 20th to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Here are the different ways you can play along –

  1. Like Simple Stories on Facebook
  2. Share this blog post on your Facebook wall and tell us you did on our Facebook wall
  3. Follow Simple Stories on Pinterest
  4. Follow Simple Stories on Instagram at simplestories_
  5. Comment here on our blog or on Facebook

Perfect Paper Crafting is also posting projects and giving away prizes, so be sure to check out their blog and Facebook page, too!

I got to work with the Perfect Paper Crafting marker spritzer called the Perfect Airbrush. I was going to do a little mini video showing how to use this ingenious tool, but you know what? It is so easy to use, it doesn't even need a video! I paired the Perfect Airbrush with Simple Stories DIY collection and came up with this layout:

I knew I wanted to create a rainbow background using the colors from DIY so, I pulled out some stickers from DIY and found Copic markers to match.

I unscrewed the pen barrel since my markers were too wide, inserted the marker and screwed it tight. This is how you want the tip of the marker placed:

Then you just squeeze! You can play with how dark or light the spray is by moving it closer or further away from your paper.

 I sprayed an entire background with a ROYGBV of the bright colors found in DIY.

I loved being able to create my own background with perfectly coordinating colors!

And the playfulness of the DIY collection makes it a perfect compliment to a spritzed rainbow background.

Thanks for joining us!  Check back in tomorrow for day 4 of the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop.

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Hi everyone! Mindi here with you today, welcome to Day 2 of the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop Week!  We’re so excited to team up with Perfect Paper Crafting to share some inspiring projects with you this week.

We’ll be giving away a great Perfect Paper Crafting prize package at the end of the week, so be sure to play along and check back on Sunday the 20th to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Here are the different ways you can play along –

  1. Like Simple Stories on Facebook
  2. Share this blog post on your Facebook wall and tell us you did on our Facebook wall
  3. Follow Simple Stories on Pinterest
  4. Follow Simple Stories on Instagram at simplestories_
  5. Comment here on our blog or on Facebook

Perfect Paper Crafting is also posting projects and giving away prizes, so be sure to check out their blog and Facebook page, too!

I am so excited to be apart of the Simple Stories/Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop. I received the Perfect Tears tool  - a set of 3 rulers with 6 different tearing edges.  It was so easy to use and there are lots of different possibilities.   Along with the Perfect Paper Crafting tool I used the Travel SN@P Set. 

All throughout my Pocket Page layout I used the Perfect Tears tool to tear my journaling cards and papers. For this card I used 3 different shapes for a great layered look. I used 4 different SN@P cards and layered them on top of each other before adding the sign.

Here is a close up of what the card looks like all put together.  

This is another journaling card that I used the Perfect Tears Tool on. 

I had a blast using the Travel SN@P set. I took this photo of the hotel stationery during our stay. I knew the moment I took the photo that I was going to use it as my title card for this weekends spread. It was the perfect starting point for all my embellishments. 

I love all the different SN@P cards that come with this set. They are all so versatile. Instead of using this one for a journaling spot, I put a photo at the bottom and added just a bit of journaling and some embellishments. 

Here is one more close up. I used this fun SN@P card and cut out the middle. I thought that it would make the perfect frame for a photo. 


  

Thanks for joining me today; check back tomorrow for Day 3 of the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop!

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Hi everyone! Wendy here with you today, welcome to Day 1 of the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop Week!  We’re so excited to team up with Perfect Paper Crafting to share some inspiring projects with you this week.

We’ll be giving away a great Perfect Paper Crafting prize package at the end of the week, so be sure to play along and check back on Sunday the 20th to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Here are the different ways you can play along –

  1. Like Simple Stories on Facebook
  2. Share this blog post on your Facebook wall and tell us you did on our Facebook wall
  3. Follow Simple Stories on Pinterest
  4. Follow Simple Stories on Instagram at simplestories_
  5. Comment here on our blog or on Facebook

Perfect Paper Crafting is also posting projects and giving away prizes, so be sure to check out their blog and Facebook page, too!

I'm here today to give a little mixed media inspiration using both the DIY Boutique collection and Summer SN@P! Set.  I chose the Perfect Airbrush from Perfect Paper Crafting to play with for today's hop, having never used an airbrush I thought that this would be a ton of fun!  When I first received the product I pulled out all of the markers I could find and began to play...  I found that when you airbrush you have to cover your area because a fine mist goes everywhere!  I found that my Faber-Castell big brush markers were too big to fit in the holder.  I found that Crayola markers work nicely, but the skinny ones didn't achieve much spray.  I really liked using highlighters, Expo markers, and my copic markers that I had, they achieved a nice amount of spray.

I began my layout Bring It On, with the idea of using frames - the photo frames and the paper Freeze Frame, as I was cutting out the frames I realized that my picture nestled perfectly in the empty spots.  

I grabbed SN@P! Cuts from various collections looking for the right touch and fit in my frames.  After I laid out the basic page, I removed everything (remember the tip that the mist goes everywhere!) and taped my SN@P! Cut down on my cardstock and began to spray with the Perfect Airbrush.  

Once my spraying was finished, I adhered the photo frames and pictures, popped up a few of the frames that I had removed from the paper, added a few stickers, chipboard pieces, and some penwork and my layout was complete.

My next layout, Soak Up the Sun, began with the idea of using the airbrush to give a water feel.  

I began this layout by using a stencil (Heidi Swapp) and forming a diagonal of bubbles using my airbrush.  

I loved what my scrap paper looked like with the overspray so I decided to put some overspray on my edges furthering the idea of a watery page.  

After my messy fun was done, I grabbed my little wallet photos and a few Insta Squares from the Summer SN@P! Set to form the focal point of my page.  I loved the look of the black sunglasses from the 4x6 cards which I added in as something to ground my layout.  A few die cut pieces, stickers, and enamel dots were the finishing touches to my layout.

Thanks for joining me today for some mixed media fun!

Check back tomorrow for Day 2 of the Simple Stories & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop!

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

We're super excited to introduce Project Idea Sheets - free, downloadable project idea sheets with step by step instructions.   Beginning with our most recent releases, you can now look forward to Project Idea Sheets with each of our new collections!

Project Idea Sheets include 2 projects - a 12x12 layout & a Pocket Page Spread - as well as a list of tools and products needed to create the project along with step by step instructions. 

Today brings you the 2nd of our new Project Idea Sheets - A Charmed Life; simply click on the link below to download & enjoy!

A Charmed Life Project Idea Sheet

We hope you enjoy it!

Did you know we also have free, downloadable Simple Inspiration eBooks?  You can see those here!

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

I'm excited to introduce you to our April guest designer Linda Auclair -

Here's a little bit about Linda -

Hi!  I’m Linda Auclair from scenic New Hampshire, and I’m so excited to be guesting here at Simple Stories today!  I am a lifetime crafter, and have spent the past years working in the papercrafts industry. I have had the great honor of representing a variety of manufacturers and online retailers with my papercrafting, scrapbooking, and card-making projects.  I’ve been published in a variety of magazines and eMags, and in January I was lucky enough to run the Make & Take counter for one of my favorite companies at CHA in California, and will have several other teaching opportunities with them throughout the year.  I have an active blog, and post new projects nearly every weekday:  http://elendae.wordpress.com/  Please stop by and say “hello”! I’m also an addicted pinner, and invite you to check out my boards at http://www.pinterest.com/elendae/

The projects I have to share with you today all use the brand new DIY and DIY Boutique collections from Simple Stories.  The first is a bright and happy shadowbox.  “Joy” is my word of the year, and I will be re-visiting it with new projects throughout the year.  The stickers and chipboard that coordinate with this collection are the perfect scale for my project, and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out!

I also put together two new layouts with paper and elements from the collection.  The first features studio photographs of my dancer arranged in a grid format.  I love the new clear stickers – both black and white in one package!  The white “fabulous” shows up perfectly on my black cardstock, and I was able to use the black stickers directly on the white background of my photos.

My second page is just as bright and happy as my daughter, who had spent the day doing “makeovers” with her best friend.  I’ve layered papers, tags, stickers and embellishments but maintained my usual clean and simple style.

I want to thank Simple Stories for inviting me to participate in their blog today, and hope you have enjoyed the projects I have shared with you!

Thanks so much Linda for sharing your work with us!!

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Hi Simple Stories friends. It's Heather  and I gotta shout from the roof tops just how much I LOVE the DIY Boutique collection. The colors are just so bright and fun and it has such a great mix of patterns, from stripes, to polka dots, chevrons, flowers, basics, you name it, it's there. And if you haven't learned yet...I love mixing patterns.

Let me walk you through this layout I created to document a day at the park with my littlest girl.

I wanted to pull out the yellow color in the tire swing so I chose to use the yellow and white polka dot paper as my background. And, I knew I wanted to use the floral paper because it matches my daughter's shirt perfectly. Third, I knew I wanted to use all those fabulous sticker, brads and enamel dots in a big way. First, though, I had to create a foundation for them so I stitched a strip of the red paper across the page and then folded the edges up, allowing them to tear here and there.

See? See how perfectly that floral paper matched my daughter's shirt. I couldn't have planned it any better. LOL. I added a multi-colored black polka dot frame over a section of vellum to help soften the floral pattern just a bit. I offset the photo to the left of my page. I used foam dots to adhere a couple of sentiment stickers.

To create this cluster of embellishments, I knew I needed to use at least 3 different shapes. I chose hearts, flowers and butterflies. I started by placing the largest shapes first and then the medium pieces. I tucked a few under my photo mats and let some hang off the left and right side of the page. Then the little bits filled in the gaps perfectly. If you look closely, you can see that I added 3 yellow sentiment stickers on the yellow paper. I like the subtly of it scattered here and there.

So, that's my layout today. I hope this inspired you to grab all your embellishments packs you've been hoarding and put them to use to create a fun little clustered embellishment page. I think that would make a great weekend project.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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