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Hello friends! Brenda Smith here with you today and I've got a Summer mini album in a 4x6 SN@P! binder to share with you today.
 
 
I used the 4x6 Sn@p album in teal and papers and embellishments from the new Summer Days collection. The chipboard "Summer" just begs to be used on mini album covers and I couldn't resist. I paired it with a label, stamps, and some additional sticker embellishments. 
 
 
 
 
 
I covered the insides of my album with the Lazy Days patterned paper. I usually like to choose a smaller pattern without too many colors for the covers and this worked perfectly. I trimmed down a 4x6 "bucket list" journal card and matted it on the Gotta Wear Shades patterned paper.  I created a sequin pocket and sealed it shut with the Good Vibes washi. I used a 4x6 card as a title cards of sorts, typing out the months documented and our names.
 
 
 
 
I knew I wanted to use the box stickers from the 4x6 stickers so I measured them and created a photo collage in Photoshop with photos the same size. I filled the blank spots of the collage with box stickers and embellished accordingly. I matted the collage with the Soak up the Sun paper. For the "bright" journal card, I used some more of the Gotta Wear Shades paper and glued a bit of it on the top of a 3x4 journal card. I then used some alpha stamps from my stash atop a label and added a few brads from the Decorative Brads. The "Hello Sunshine" is a stitched on die cut from the Bits and Pieces pack. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I outlined the letters and the heart on the "I <3 Summer" card and added a few extra embellishments. "The Good Life," the green patterned stickers underneath, and the label are all from the 4x6 stickers. I used a 4x4 insert pocket in between this spread and stamped some sentiments from the Emoji Love roller stamp. I put an extra wide border on my "Swim" photo and added some stickers from the 4x6 stickers set as well as the cloud decorative brad. 
 
 
 
 
I printed a 1.5" circular photo as well as 2x2 photo to fill the smaller pockets. I created a 4x4 journal card using a card from the cut-apart sheet and some paper from the Sn@p Basics 6x6. On the other side, I trimmed a corner from the Summer Snapshots paper and added a few embellishments including enamel dots from the Home collection. One of my favorite things about Simple Stories lines is that you can often easily combine collections. 
 
 
 
 
One of my favorite tricks is to print a photo at 3x3 and leave the blank white space at the bottom so the photo is a 3x4 but looks somewhat like a polaroid. Then I'll add a little patterned paper and embellishments to finish it off. This Ninja card was just the right amount of color paired with the black and white photo. The 4x6 journal card is pretty simple with just the "chill" added from the 12x12 sticker sheet. I outlined it with a black pen to make it stand out more. 
 
 
For this page, I again made a very wide border on a 4x6 photo and embellished. The "happy" is from the 12x12 sticker sheet and the stickers along the bottom are all from the 4x6 sticker set. I obviously still have a bunch more to go to adequately document our summer, but I'm happy with this as a stopping point. 
 
Have you begun to document your summer with Simple Stories? Be sure and tag us @simplestories_ when sharing on Instagram so we can come and take a look! 

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Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to show you how versatile the Faith collection is. I wanted to document my daughter's seventh birthday party but really liked the colors and patterns in the Faith collection but knew the sentiments weren't exactly what I needed for these kind of layouts. So I set out to make this kit work for what I needed. 
 
 
One of the things I liked about this collection so much is the perfect balance of girly-ness with more colors than just the traditional pink and purple and red. The blues, yellow, pinks, and greens meshed amazingly with colors of my photos. 
 
 
The cloud and stars die cut had a non-applicable bible verse on the cloud so I covered it with some labels from the Emoji Love 4x6 stickers. The phrase stickers atop the labels are from the Emoji Love Sticker Tablet. I trimmed a 3x4 journal card so I could use it as journaling space on this 4x6 card. I hand-stitched a little to accent. I interviewed my daughter to fill out the "I Am..." card and love how I'll have this little time capsule of what she was doing when she turned seven. 
 
 
I added a strip of patterned paper to the bottom of the "Never Forget" journal card before hand-stitching the "love." Because the patterned papers in this collection worked so well with my photos, I printed out most of my photos just slightly smaller than the cards so I could get additional pops of color in the pockets with photos. The "His Love" heart worked so well with this photo of my kids and gave me a great opportunity to talk about how enamored my son is with my daughter. 
 
 
The varying sizes of the page protectors encouraged me to print up my photos at varying sizes and use some of the large pocket cards I don't usually use (like the 4x4 and the 4x6 cards). 
 
 
I trimmed two 3x4 cards on the diagonal and glued them together to form the background of this "believe" photo pocket. The chipboard balloons from Faith 6x12 chipboard gave me a little dimension on an otherwise flat spread. I hand-stitched some arrows to make sure the rare family photo was appropriately highlighted. 
 
 
The 4x6 pocket on the top is a little heavier visually with all of the patterned papers and embellishments I combined so I attempted to keep the pocket on the bottom a bit lighter with the white background and lightly patterned blue paper with the journaling. It was a little too plain for my liking at first so I added more hand-stitching and a little washi and a sticker at the bottom. 
 
 
I knew I wanted to use this cute globe card but I couldn't figure out what to add to it. It's great on its own but putting this "love" chipboard piece on the diagonal added the accent I desired. I used a paper punch to add the chevron detail to the picture of my son.
 
 
I had fun altering journal cards on this side. I trimmed the aqua diagonal 3x4 card and placed it atop a yellow journal card. For the picture of myself, I trimmed several cards to make the layered effect you see. I used dimensional foam adhesive to pop up "inspired." The "Be Still" sentiment I thought worked well for the picture of all the kids together because we all know that familiar struggle of getting this many kids to be still at the same time. 
 
I hope I've encouraged you to think outside of the box when it comes to your themed Simple Stories collections!

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Hello friends! Brenda Smith here to share a memory planner spread using the new Domestic Bliss line. While a lot of the stickers and embellishments are chores-related and work perfectly in everyday planners, I wanted to show that this line is equally usable for memory planning. 
 
 
I decorate my pockets fairly minimally using the items I think I'll use in upcoming spreads. I like my pockets to be mostly functional but with a little bit of cuteness. Luckily these die cut ephemera pieces are adorable enough on their own without me having to add much else. 
 
 
I used a dashboard insert from the Home Planner Insert set to divide my spread and give me ample space for two photos. 
 
 
I absolutely adore the new sticker tablets and made good use of a lot of stickers, including all the fabulous little stars you see throughout the spread. 
 
 
I like my memory planner spreads to be a mix of cute quotes from my kids and memorable things we did that week. I used my Silhouette Cameo and its pen tool to "type" my headers and my journaling for me. I thought I would change things up a little with the typography and love the look of the headers. 
 
 
Enamel dots are some of my favorite tools to unite a page together. I love the little tiny pops of color and how the dots reinforce the circular theme I've got going on. 
 
 
I am addicted to the Bits and Pieces packs and cannot do a memory planner spread without them. They are so easy to layer for visual interest without detracting from the spread. 
 
 
 decided to sew on this planner spread. I have the thread backings on the other side of the planner pages, of course, but they'll be easy enough to cover up with paper or embellishments so I'm not worried about it. I love the finished look of the stitching. The roller stamp from the Domestic Bliss line has a lot of stamps perfect for household planning but again, a lot that can be used for anything. I stamped the "Get it Done" here for an additional accent. 
 
Have you picked up Domestic Bliss yet? Show us what you're making with it by tagging us (@simplestories_) on Instagram!

 

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