Chantalle McDaniel's Blog Posts

Hello and welcome to the Simple Stories Blog today!
Chantalle with you and I’d love to share a page I’ve created using the oh-so-pretty ‘Beautiful’ collection and a pic of my little one taken a couple of years ago.
The base of this layout uses a 12x12 floral stencil cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I’ve placed this over a sheet of ‘Choose Happy’ which has a soft and flowy, mint marble print. I loved this paper as it wouldn’t distract too much and the colour would blend with anything I placed over the top.
Behind the floral lace, I’ve popped some circles which I cut from the ‘Beautiful’ 6x8 paper pad. This gave me the opportunity to incorporate many different colours and prints from the collection into the layout.
Once I was happy with the background, I went about building up my layers and embellishments, which included a card cut from a sheet of ‘Beautiful’ 4x6 Vertical Elements, which I used for my title. Over the top of this, I have placed a foil finish sticker from a pack of ‘Beautiful’ Clear Stickers.
There are lots of little finishing touches on this page, like some tiny floral punches, stickers, some hand drawn pen marks and enamel dots. 
This collection is so versatile - pull out the darker shades and you’ve got the makings of masculine pages or work with the creamy pinks and mints and add soft tones to feminine projects.
Thanks for joining me!



Hi Simple Stories fans and welcome back to the blog today!  Chantalle with you, and I’d love to share some layouts, which both make use of some machine stitching to secure embellishments, as well as add a decorative touch.
This page, capturing my kiddos in the pool at one of our fave holiday destinations, was created using the Summer Days collection. The bright colours, fun prints and mini swimming costume shapes were perfect for bringing this memory to life on paper!
The inspiration for the title of this page came in the form of a phrase from a sheet of Summer Days ‘4x4 Elements’.
I set up the text in Silhouette Studio and then went about using my Silhouette Machine to cut the lettering out of a 12x12 sheet of Summer Days ‘Lazy Days’.
Initially I thought I would leave the top section as is, or just cut it neatly into a strip about 4x12 inches across. Thinking of all the splashing that was going on in that pool at the time (not to mention two cheeky little monkeys!) I thought it would look better if I tore the paper, to give it more of a sense of movement.
Another fun touch is this scalloped stitching! The sewing machine I used is new to the market and allows the user to sew with thicker mediums like Baker’s Twine! I’ve done the scalloped stitching across the teal cardstock and photos, to echo a wave pattern.
For an extra bit of fun, I've added some water and splash marks to the page. Glossy accents made for some awesome water droplets and Versamark can be used to create a stained effect.
Getting out and about to explore the beautiful area in which we live is a firm favourite in our family. We are so lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world, with opportunities for adventure right on our doorstep. Cabin Fever is perfect for capturing those big and not-so-big trips out!
I’ve turned things on the diagonal with this page, choosing to pick up some of the thicker lines and bring them out by machine stitching with embroidery floss from edge to edge. Inside these lines, I have added my text and photos at an angle to mix things up.
The heading was hand cut from a sheet of 4x6 Horizontal Elements. I snipped it in to pieces so I could run them within the stitched lines. Below these strips, I began with some border stickers from the sheet of Cabin Fever Combo Cardstock Stickers. I’ve also popped some strips of Summertime Sweetness Washi Tape as well as some pattern stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheet pack.
Another little touch I added was a mini circular garland which I created by punching some 1 inch circles from a leftover piece of ‘Off the Grid’. I then sewed these together using a straight stitch.
I’ve popped a few up on foam tape to add a touch of height.
For the rest of my embellishments, I’ve used some Cabin Fever Bits & Pieces, Chipboard Stickers as well as stickers. Finished off with a bit of journalling which I have also divided in to strips to match the diagonal theme.
Thanks so much for joining me today.
Happy crafting!



Hello Simple Stories fans and welcome to the blog today! One of the best things about SS collections for me, is that you get a brilliant selection of elements that all go together effortlessly. I love having some washi, that matching brad or enamel dot in just the right shade!  Sometimes though, it’s awesome to have a few bits and bobs that co-ordinate perfectly plus you know you will make use of every bit, for occasions like Halloween etc… Enter Simple Sets. I love them! I’ve created two pages to share with you today using ‘Old School’ and ‘Hello Lovely’ Simple Sets.
Hello Lovely
The combination of pink & navy was too pretty to resist for these fun snaps taken in a photo booth recently. 
The woodgrain print was a perfect base on to which to start my layering. This one is the Hickory/Cream Grid. The great news is that you can grab a selection of these useful papers in a Sn@p! Basics Pack which has 8 double sided sheets and is also available in a handy 6x6 size! Perfect for a variety of projects.
I started with a bit of texture paste through a stencil to echo the floral patterns in the Hello Lovely set. I purposefully didn’t add it in a uniform pattern. I just wanted it to show here and there.

Once the texture paste was dry, I began adding my elements. There is lots to choose from to hand snip if you enjoy fussy cutting!
Below my photo strip are some black plastic bits as well as an overexposed pic I probably won’t use. The black bits are the pieces that are left over from a pack of Instax film. I used a stapler to quickly bind them together and pop them behind the images I was scrapping. I really like the bit of interest they provide!
Stickers can be used like a die cut if you pop some talcum powder on the back of them. I’ve mounted this one on to some pop dots and used a chipboard frame from the Enchanted collection to highlight the title.

There are lots of little details on this page, like the confetti which I used to show happiness bursting off the paper. It was a bit of a labour of love adding adhesive and subsequently the teensy bits of paper, but it adds that extra element of fun to the page.


This page also uses an element from a Simple Set to create the page title. This phrase is so apt right now, so I cut a section from a 3x4 journalling card from the Old School Journalling Card Elements. My son will be completing his primary school journey at the end of this year and we are so excited and nervous for him as he starts a new chapter in his schooling career.

The background is a combination of Old School ‘Hall Pass’ and the 3x4 Journalling Card Elements B side. The chalkboard print is super cute! I also echoed the paperclip theme of Hall Pass by using some coloured paperclips as embellishments. You’ll notice my materials list is pretty minor for this page, but by using a mixture of elements, it can still pack a visual punch!
I pretty much used up the whole sheet of 6x12 Cardstock Stickers on this page. I ran them along the edge where the two papers meet, tucking some in and raising some up on foam dots. I’ve added some typed journalling above and below the title to draw the eye along the same line, so it doesn’t look like too sharp an angle jutting out on it’s own.
Thanks so much for joining me today.
Happy creating!