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Hello everyone. Chantalle here, and I would love to share some recent projects with you, capturing some sweet outdoor moments. I have used new releases Cabin Fever and Summer Days which are both perfect for your summer adventures!
 
You Are My Sunshine
 
This page uses the bright and breezy Summer Days. I love this new collection with its infectious brights and fun elements. The watermelon is a fave for sure!
 
 
For a bit of fun, I have created some subtitles on the ‘So much Fun’ background paper using some co-ordinating alpha stickers from a pack of Sn@p Color Vibe Lights. 
 
 
I love the way these stickers add a bit more detail to the page without being too distracting. I lined them up with the help of a light ruler but you could also line them up on the very edge of a plastic ruler and then place the ruler down carefully in your desired area, to transfer them.
 
 
The striped pattern also helped make lining things up a breeze. In between the colour bars, I have added some more details in the form of ephemera and phrase stickers. The super cute sunglasses shapes matched my photo perfectly, so I cut some larger sized ones from a sheet of the 4x4 Elements in three different styles and colours.
 
 
I quite like to group matching colours on my projects. Creating with Simple Stories is such a joy as everything co-ordinates so perfectly!
 
 
I’ve cropped my photo in a circular shape for something different. Using Circle Photo Crops makes cutting your photos to size a cinch!
 
 
 
For a final flourish, I have added some embroidery style stitching around my title stickers. I think it helped it stand out a bit more against the colourful elements.
 
 
This next page, 'Call of the Wild’ also celebrates fun moments outside.
 
 
Cabin Fever is amazing for those camping times, getting out and about times or just nature times! Living in Queensland where we have pretty much gorgeous weather for most of the year, I can see myself using every last bit of this collection!  I’ve used a vertical design and grouped lots of fun elements together to show off the photos of a wonderful day we spent enjoying the Gold Coast Hinterland this Summer.
 
 
The tree and mountain elements called out to me for this project so I nabbed a few larger size ones from the Cabin Fever 4x4, 3x4 and 4x6 Elements pages. I always look forward to seeing these papers in Simple Stories collections as they are full of extra bits and pieces to cut out if you need some more of a certain shape or for a journalling spot etc. Value and versatility in one! The compass was also cut from the 4x6 Elements page. I added a little brad in the centre for a bit of extra detail.
 
 
I also loved the muddy boot track and tree stump chipboard stickers!
 
 
Thanks for joining me today!

 

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Do you ever just find yourself looking at a page or project you have created and wonder ‘Where did that come from?!’   More often than not, something totally awesome will come of something that’s driving you nuts! I had ideas about how the two pages I am going to share with you today were going to turn out, and let me tell you, they were nothing like this! Not that I’m complaining, lol. I love them both now, but they didn’t start out that way ;)
 
 
Nope #whatever! is a fun page about my sometimes crazy kids, who are getting to an age where they just won’t ‘smile nicely’ for the camera anymore! I pleaded with them to stand at the edge of beautiful Lake Somerset, but they just mucked around. The photos that came of it were so funny though and the #Whatever simple set was the perfect match for them.
 
 
Now this next part might sound a bit nuts, but ever since I first saw the front ‘info’ page of the Reset Girl Simple Basics Kit, I just wanted to use it on a project. I LOVE how all the papers displayed next to each other… it’s such an awesome mix of prints and colours! I trimmed the individual prints down in to strips and attached them to my Instax photos - a perfect fit!
 
 
I put the photos aside and started combining papers and embellishments to create my page. I put everything together and…. hated the outcome. #ohdear! So I pulled it apart, keeping the major elements to re-use and chose a new sheet of paper - yummy Mint Hashgrid by the Reset Girl. I added elements on top and still thought it was all a bit too busy, so I decided to give it all a good wash with some white acrylic paint. Instantly, it looked way better! I continued to place the rest of the elements on the page and I was so happy with the outcome.
 
 
For my title, I have combined a hand-cut word ’NOPE' from the 4x6 #Whatever elements and some stickers from the Cardstock sticker sheet.
 
 
Those little snippets of paper from the info page peek out on either side of my central band. As you can see in the image above, I cut them in half (or thereabouts) so they would ‘stretch’ further. This is a great technique if you want to make stickers go further too
 
 
It was all quite spontaneous once I got fully going, so I wasn’t too fussed if things weren’t perfect. There are no rules in this glorious creative pastime of ours, so go with what makes your heart happy!
 
 
A bit of journalling and (all-time faves) enamel dots, finish off the page.
 
 
Don’t be afraid to make a change if something isn’t working for you or if you just feel like having a go. It can be so rewarding!
 
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L❤︎VE
 
In stark contrast, this next page is super ‘clean’. I do feel myself wondering on a small level if it maybe needs a few more ‘things’, but you know what? It’s OK if it’s not the ‘normal’!
 
 
I had plans for a big photo and it just didn’t do it for me, so I went about trimming my photo down and cutting out some areas of a sheet of Love & Adore ‘With all my Heart’. I removed a teensy bit extra from the grid, so our faces could show through a bit better. It’s one of only a handful of really lovely photos of my DH and I, and I like the way it sits up in that left hand corner, sending the flow of the page down diagonally.
 
 
What followed was a hearty explosion! I’ve grabbed all the hearts I could find, in the stickers and ephemera in this collection and placed them in the matching area on the paper. I use this technique often and have kept the same colours together because I think this is a great way to add interest while keeping it less ‘busy’.
 
 
Here you can see how the heart cardstock stickers look different to the more matte finish of the heart stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets and how both of those look different again to the heart chipboard and die cut shapes.
 
 
Another little detail on this page is the semi-circular shapes I have added at various intervals along the black grid line. I simply snipped the coloured part off from the little circle stickers in the 4x6 Sticker Sheets and used them in the co-ordinating coloured areas.
 
 
The last little touch was this ‘xoxo’ ticket shape from the Bits & Pieces pack. I’ve adhered it to the page with a wave-like shape, so it looks like a little fabric tag. I think it adds a bit of a 'stitched' feel to it. As if it could be something you would pick up at a market or something. Am I sounding crazy? Lol, maybe.
 
 
The point to both of these pages is just go where the moment is taking you. Have fun, enjoy the process and get those fingers busy!
 
Til next time!

 

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Hello Simple Stories friends and welcome back to the blog today. Chantalle with you and I am excited to share two pages where I have made stickers a main focus for my background. The 4x6 sticker packs are definitely a favourite of mine, as each comes with a wonderful variety of alphabets, phrases, shapes and more! Indulge and use up a whole sheet on your next project, I dare you!
 
More Precious Than Jewels
 
This page, featuring my beautiful niece, was inspired by the cross pattern on a sheet of Faith ‘Believe’. I absolutely love all the prints in this line but I felt this one had a positive (excuse the pun!) and youthful feel. 
 
 
You’ll notice I have used a lot of tone on tone here. I like to do this when I want to add depth but keep focus. I started with a hint of floral foil and then layered a sheet of alphabet stickers over the top. This formed my base, over which I could add my elements.
 
 
In order to keep your sticker sheet intact, peel the backing paper off very slowly. Note: You may need to use one hand to steady the upward pull as you peel the paper back. Then, lay the stickers down on your project and again, carefully peel the rest of the paper surrounding the letters, off.
 
 
I’ve chosen to work in a sort of T-shape and being black and white, I think the photo stands out quite well against the more subtle colours. As I mentioned above, I’ve used lots of elements in a similar tone to bring the page to life. Lots of stickers - both cardstock and chipboard. The die cut shape provides the title and the stickers bring up the rear with little positive notes! 
 
 
I’ve die cut a few floral shapes using the awesome ‘believe’ paper again and brought out some of the pink tones with a hint of ‘Charity'. (The delicate florals of this paper also help to tie in the floral theme together.)
 
 
As always, I like to make use of little details to finish my projects off. Enamel dots are also a go-to for me. How adorable do these Reset Girl heart enamel shapes look! 
 
 
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My next page, There’s an Emoji for That,  also uses a whole bunch of stickers to build up the background.  
 
 
I can’t help but be drawn to the sweet circular faces in this Emoji Love collection. The circular shape calls me! haha. 
 
I first thought to use a square photo but it just didn’t look right. I trimmed the photo into a circle instead and it instantly looked better!  I loved the bold black and white script of ‘Be a Unicorn’ but it would’ve overpowered the page, so I’ve cut a large circle as a base shape and placed it on some white cardstock and then, laid my stickers over the top. You’ll notice the design of this page is similar to the one above, but this time it draws the eye predominantly down the page, instead of across. 
 
 
These rectangular sticker shapes from a pack of Emoji Love 4x6 Stickers are fabulous for use in Carpe Diem planners as well as any other paper projects! I love folding them over the top of pages or using them in a title. Here, I have used two sheets of these stickers (removing one or two that I didn’t think added anything to the page) which left behind a few gaps, but I quite like the effect!
 
 
To give them a bit of a less ‘structured’ feeling, I have also used the excess bit of the sticker paper and used it as an overlay.
 
 
The title phrase was snipped from a sheet of Emoji Love 4x4 Elements.  Journalling cards are such a great resource - they can give you extra wording, phrases and shapes to hand cut. Plus, you get a few on a single sheet of paper - great value!  Other elements on this page include die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack, decorative brads, some roller stamping and a few little hand-drawn elements using some coloured pens.
 
 
OMG - such fun! ;)
 
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  'Til next time!
 

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