Chantalle McDaniel's Blog Posts

Hello again Simple Stories fans! Chantalle with you today to share a countdown-style page using the beautiful festive ‘Very Merry’ collection.

Instax snaps are a favourite of mine for scrapping. They are just small enough to really draw the eye in and one can use a couple on a 12x12 size page.

The design of this page is pretty simple, focusing the attention through a central band with busier pattern paper on either side. For this reason, I have kept the central paper pretty neutral, cutting several strips from a sheet of ’Tis the Season’. 

The outer botanical print is the 4x6 Vertical Elements from the collection. I wanted to pull out pops of the red, green and charcoal, so I’ve kept this busy print further out, then brought the red & black checked print in to co-ordinate with the large ’25’ from a pack of Very Merry Pocket Pieces.

To give the feeling of a little countdown, I have also added some numbers close to 25 from the top of the page. These are from a pack of Very Merry Stickers and would be fantastic for a planner or December album at this time of year.

The page has been finished off with some Clear Stickers (cut in half to go further!) some mini banners from a pack of Bits & Pieces and a touch of stamping.

A super simple page but I love the bold title and centralised theme.

Thanks so much for joining me!


Hello Simple Stories fans and welcome back to the blog today!

The silly season is fast approaching and it’s a wonderful time to revisit photos of Christmas past. Personally, my shots are always pretty average. Every year I tell myself to play with lighting options before the big day but every year I’m bleary-eyed as my kiddos wake up before dawn, lol.

This page captures a super cute moment between my two when they were a bit younger. Erin was pretty comfy on her big brother’s lap but laughs soon turned to tears as she was asked to sit for one more snap! I’ve used the adorable ‘Oh What Fun’ Simple Set. I love the slightly less traditional colours of this collection and the characters are oh-so-cute!

One of my favourite prints was on a sheet of ’Tis the Season’. I couldn’t resist hand cutting a bunch of the flowers out to use as embellishments! The centres have been highlighted with a bit of glittering dimensional media.

Watch out there Santa! Two stickers have been combined from the Oh What Fun Combo Cardstock Stickers to make as if Santa is walking a bulby tightrope.

The title has been hand cut from the 4x6 Vertical Elements paper in the set. I haven’t cut right to the edge, instead, leaving a bit of the red as a border around the text.

Some typewritten journaling and machine stitching finish the page off…

I changed the idea for the design of this page a couple of times as I just wasn’t feeling it. Eventually, I found a sketch by Kristine Davidson that I liked and used it for reference. I cut a bunch of squares then snipped them in half, adhering and then stitching them down.

Thanks so much for joining me today.

Wishing you lots of fun with your Christmas crafting!




A spookalicious welcome to you today to the Simple Stories blog! Chantalle with you to share a page about some super cute trick-or-treaters, using the ‘Spellbound’ Simple Set.

The background of this page incorporates some hexagon shapes which I have punched in to some white cardstock. Behind the shapes, I have placed some orange circled paper (this one comes from the Summer Days collection). I then used the different patterned stripe print of ‘Something Wicked’ and ran the strips in and out of the hexagonal shapes.

Now the base was ready and I could go ahead and embellish to my spooky hearts content!

I’ve added a touch of watercolour painting over some stamped pumpkins, some fussy cut elements from a sheet of 3x4 & 4x6 Journalling Card Elements and almost a whole sheet of the fabulous ‘Spellbound’ cardstock stickers.

Some machine stitching and typed journalling strips add the finishing touches.

Thanks so much for joining me today.


Happy Haunting!