Anya Lunchenko's Blog Posts

Good morning Simple Stories friends! Anya here today to share some Valentines Day card inspiration with you. To make these cards I used the gorgeous “Simple Vintage My Valentine” collection and created the cards in pairs of two.

This collection comes with a beautiful line of Bits and Pieces, but the “My Sweetheart” patterned paper in this collection is full of gorgeous flowers that can provide additional decorative pieces by fussy cutting them. I used a few of those in clusters on my cards.

Also, you can also create a variety of unique ephemera pieces by taking 3x4” cards and cutting them in different shapes. I used simple stitched circle dies to turn 3x4” cards into elegant sentiment pieces and backed them up with a larger die cut circles cut from white cardstock. I like finding ways to stretch my supplies, especially when I love the paper line so much! I hope you enjoy these cards as much as I enjoyed creating them!


Good morning friends! Have you ever had a moment when a certain theme or paper collection reminded you of a story you haven't told yet? Art and creativity runs in our family for at least four generations and I never thought of recording that story until I met this beautiful paper line by Simple Stories called Hey Crafty Girl.

Since there were a number of people I wanted to mention in this story, a mini book seemed like the perfect solution. I picked a decorative label shape as the base for the mini book and cut ten pieces from white cardstock. Then, I cut out twenty more pieces from patterned paper that were a bit smaller to cover all the pages.

For the front cover I cut a circle from one of the cards in the collection with the word “create,” which also served as a title for my book. I decorated the cover with another die cut piece, a few chipboard pieces and scattered enamel dots.

Most of the photos in this mini album measure about 2x3” and I printed them at home with a white border. I will be adding journaling to the tags and pieces that open like a card (behind the 3x4” elements).

I love decorating smaller format pages! As always, bits and pieces and some stickers make this step pretty easy. It was such a fun little mini book to create and I hope you will take a closer look at this beautiful collection if you haven't done so yet!


Hello friends and family! Don't you agree that those two words are so important in our life and for that reason need to be documented more often? How about a cute little mini book? Anya here today and I am happy to share my scrapbook obsession – a mini book!

To create this mini album I started with a house shape. I downloaded mine from the Silhouette store, but if you don't have a digital cutting machine you can print a shape, fussy cut it and use it as a template to cut all of your pages. Digital cutting machines are helpful, but it didn't stop me from making shaped mini books when I didn't have one.

I covered all of the pages with coordinating patterned papers and decorated some them with different elements, leaving some of the pages blank for the freedom of photo placement. As always, one of my favorite ways to add more photos to a mini book is to add a small “card”, which has a 3x4” element piece on the front panel and has spots for two photos when you open it.

My favorite elements to decorate the cover for a mini book are chipboard pieces! They withstand the wear and always look awesome, adding details and depth. I hope you'll find some time to make a similar mini book soon, but I must warn you: creating these may become addicting, just like it was for me! Thank you for visiting and we hope you will stop by again for more inspiration from the Simple Stories team!