Chantalle McDaniel's Blog Posts

Hi Simple Stories fans and thanks so much for coming over to the blog today! Chantalle with you, to share my first layout on the 2018 DT. As you are well aware by now, I adore Simple Stories and am so thankful to be returning to create with the goregous new collections, like the super sweet ‘Mama Llama’ Simple Set.

I lost my Mum when I was a teenager and each photo of her is precious to me. There is definately a strong resemblance between us and it warms my heart every day, to see her face in my own children.

I’ve cut the title for the page from the 3x4/4x6 Elements sheet from the Mama Llama Set. 

Initially I wanted to do a grid design, so I cut a bunch of 3x3 squares. I found it a bit too constricting, so instead I took inspiration from the fun bunting and confetti in this set and machine stitched some bunting lines over the squares, which were adhered in a more loose arrangement on the notebook print background paper which comes from a Sn@p! Basics pack.

Over the stitching, I’ve popped some enamel dots to echo the dotted pink lines in the paper.

This frame is a little DIY number which I created using an older chipboard frame from the retired 'We are Family’ collection. The dark woodgrain looked great with the muted hippy pastels. 

I saw some frames like this on the market recently and I’ve been dying to try making some myself, so I bought some mini pom pom trim from a LSS. It was so easy, I really encourage you to give this adorable embellishment a try! You could use a glue gun to adhere the trim, but mine worked great with the red super strong double sided tape.


Some typewritten journalling onto co-ordinating paper and stickers, finished this page off.

This adorable set is perfect for the Mama in your life!

Happy crafting!



Hello Simple Stories fans and fans of love in general!
I’d love to share a post I created for my DH which captures a really sweet, fun time we had in the park together, while our kids played. He had recently got a new phone and we were trying out all the settings on the camera. It was so much fun and I love the pics that came out of our impromptu ‘photo session’.
The new ‘Romance’ collection was perfect for documenting this photo. The gorgeous brick work print on a sheet of ‘Love Story’ was hard to resist!  I used it as focal point and then went about fussy cutting some florals from various papers in the collection, until I had a good mix of sizes and colours.
There are lots of beautiful hearts in this collection too and I played with the shape, adding some stickers and creating some sweet, dimensional embellishments.
The title has been set above and below some text, which I typed onto my background paper using my typewriter. The stickers are from the Combo Cardstock Sticker sheet which has loads of sweet shapes and sentiments.
I’ve also used some of my (very precious, lol) wood veneer from one of my all-time favourite collections ‘Life in Color’. The little camera shapes were just the perfect finishing touch for this page. (I also asked myself, what good they were just sitting in a box somewhere… use the things you love so you can actually see them!)
The idea for these accordion hearts came from some stickers  I have in my stash. I pulled them apart and cut a few shapes out of a sheet of ‘4x4 Elements’. I scored them at 1/4 intervals on a score board and folded them up. Pretty impressed with how they turned out, even if they are not 100% perfect. I often do this and I think it’s a great way to not only save a bit of money, but also create a few awesome goodies you can use again and again.
Wishing you lots of happy crafting. I can think of no better way to show love, by making something from the heart or simply filling up our own buckets and creating from a place of joy!
Happy Valentines Day


Living in the tropics, seeing snow is a rare treat! I’ve only had the pleasure of a winter wonderland a handful of times and it was amazing. Creating this page with Sub Zero has me looking forward to a day when my kids and I can frolick in the snow together!

I’ve journalled directly on my background paper using my typewriter. The coloured lines alternating with white on this ‘Below Zero’ paper made for a fun alternative to printing my journaling out and adhering it to the page. 

The little snowman elements were a great match for the snowman building pics. It was the first snowman I had ever built! I’ve used a combination of a larger, hand cut snowman from the 4x4 Elements sheet as well as some smaller sized ones from the Combo Cardstock Stickers, 4x6 Stickers and Bits & Pieces.

Expression stickers are just the right size to fit in between the lines of journaling.

Thanks for joining me.

If you are lucky enough to play in the snow - roll around in it for me!