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Hi beautiful Simple Stories friends, Cristina here with a new project I made with a brand new collection Going Places. This is a wonderful collection totally focused on travel but It’s also so versatile that you can decide to use the beautiful papers full of amazing designs for any other themes you prefer. When I started leafing through the various sheets of patterned papers I was completely drawn to the colors and designs of this wonderful collection. A style so unique that Simple Stories are able to make it so attractive and suitable for any type of project.

I decided to use one of the patterned papers that most impressed me because I love diagonal striped patterns. To break the repetition of the stripes, I decided to insert a portion of white solid cardstock paper which I then decorated with one of the scalloped stickers.

To add some dimensional element I decided to stitch with my sewing machine using a light pink thread. Since the photo I had decided to use depicts a camera, I thought that the elements of the sheet of stickers included in the kit package were very suitable for the result I wanted to achieve. Having chosen a patterned paper with only one color I was able to have fun using all the beautiful elements of the sheet of stickers rich in warm colors. I cut out the tags from one of the other patterned paper that I used as a decorative element around the photo and that I can never do without in my projects.

In this collection there are so many fun and versatile designs that you can cut from the pages or add from the packs of stickers, die-cuts or chipboards and each one can give you different ideas to spread creativity everywhere! On this project I only used the collection kit which includes a 12x12 sheet of stickers and it gave me enough embellishments to complete my composition and embellish my page in so many different ways!

That’s it! I had so much fun making this page so I hope to have inspired you in some way. Thanks so much for joining me today and see you to the next post.


Hi beautiful Simple Stories community, Cristina here to show you my very first project made as a new creative member of the Simple Stories design team. I’m so excited to be here working with all those amazing brand new collections and I can’t wait to show you what I made. I worked on this project starting with a focused idea on what I wanted to achieve by taking advantage of one of the collections that I love the most among the new releases, that is Simple Vintage Garden District. It's a collection with a light vintage touch that literally stole my heart. I really love matching colors and amazing designs I chose, really cool!

To better harmonize my composition I decided to use a black textured color vibe basics cardstock and create a very strong contrast using the stencil by the same collection with delightful butterflies, on which I spread gesso using a blending tool. I really love how it turned out. I let it dry and then I started work on my composition. This is really my favorite part because I spend so much time choosing the right elements that perfectly fit each other.

In this collection you can really can find many different embellishments, chipboard and cardstock stickers, bit and pieces die-cuts and obviously a rich choice of papers with amazing patterns and It’s been very difficult to choose only some of them for this project.

All my pages must be symmetrical and all the elements used must be in a cluster, I always use the double foam tape to glue papers and embellishments because I really love the 3D effect you get. For this page I decided to place my decoration in the center of the page focusing on the mixed media background. The thing I like the most on this page is the flight of butterflies, both those drawn on the black cardstock and those in chipboard and cardstock added here and there to give movement to the overall view.

The pieces of distressed paper were stitched using my sewing machine and the threads at the ends were stopped with a stapler and embellished with two butterflies. When I was satisfied by the page I spread all over the opposite corner some drops of gesso mixed with water.

Thanks for joining me today.

See you lovelies.