Anya Lunchenko's Blog Posts

Hello Simple Stories friends! How is your summer? Are you making new memories that will be fun to document during cold winter months? Anya here today and I am happy to share with you another mini album that I created using a gorgeous Simple Vintage Great Escape collection! This paper line can go so many different ways and can be used to document travels, camping, hiking, picnics and so much more!

I can't say enough how much I enjoyed creating with this line, from patterned paper to chipboard and chipboard frames, to ephemera and stickers! Sticker book can also go a long way, and it always has just that perfect little addition I am looking for.

This mini book measures about 5x7” and has twelve page spreads with lots of space for photos and stories to be added later. As always, I love to create little “cards” from white cardstock which I decorate on the front panel with patterned paper or element cards and leave inside of this folded card for photos.

I used up pretty much entire collection to make this mini album and realized I just have to grab another set before it's gone. Thank you for visiting Simple Stories blog and we hope you'll stop by for more inspiration soon!


Good morning cardmakers! What is your first go-to product when you are creating a card? I love to check 2x2”, 3x4” and 4x4” elements in the paper collection and find the ones that I like to use on my card. They are always a great starting point for a card! Anya here today, and I would like to share six different ideas how you could incorporate some of those elements into your cards.

1. Use a 4x6” element as a foundation piece on your card. For my first card I used a 4x6” element in horizontal orientation. I added stitching before adhering this piece down and decorated the bottom portion with plenty of ephemera and stickers using pop dots for some of them. I also added a chipboard garland to the top of the card to emphasize the design. All of my cards usually measure 4.25” wide by 6” tall and that is a perfect size to incorporate larger elements.

2. Use a 3x4” element as a focal point on your card. This is probably my most loved and used method when I am creating cards. A nice 3x4” piece gives a great starting point and it's usually easy to build a card from here by adding a few more layers underneath and decorating the card with different details. 

3. Use six 2x2” elements to build a grid. I never get tired of this design. It is so much fun to pick 2x2” pieces for the card that coordinate and they create a nice design so effortlessly. Usually you can make up to three or four cards from one sheet of paper with 2x2” elements. I added stitching to some of these squares and finished the card by adding a few pieces of chipboard stickers and enamel dots.

4. Cut 2x2”elements into strips of three and use one, two or three on a card. This is another fun and easy idea to try. I started by looking for a row of three 2x2” elements that looked good together, trimmed them with a trimmer, added white border to each strip and added them to my card. A few stickers and enamel dots is all you need to finish a card.

5. Use a few different size elements to fill cut out windows. For my next card I trimmed a piece of white cardstock and cut out three circle windows using manual dies. Then, I picked three elements to be used behind these windows. I added pop dots to white cardstock before adhering it to the card and decorated the top.

6. Use an element for a shaker card. For my last card today, I used one of the 4x4” elements to create a background in a rectangular shaker. It looks more detailed and complete with a decorative piece inside the shaker window. Again, a few decorative pieces finished another card.

I hope I've inspired you to use the elements from a paper collection next time you sit down to create some cards! Have a great day and stop by for more inspiration!


Hello everyone! Anya here today and it's my turn to share creations that were made with the Magical Birthday collection. I made two cards and a little mini book in a shape of a gift box. I've had this idea for a long time and this paper line seemed simply perfect for that.

I used a downloadable cut file and a Silhouette to cut the pages and a large bow. For the cover, I've cut a large bow and added machine stitching to it. I decorated pages with element pieces, ephemera and other decorative elements. Having a mini book ready will save me lots of time. I'll simply fill it with photos and stories when time comes!

For the cards, I used one of my favorite techniques: using two complimentary patterned papers for the background, adding a lighter center piece and decorating it with popped up elements. This collection has so many fun pieces to play with! I used some of my girls' favorites for these cards.

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