Iris Fox's Blog Posts

Hello Simple Stories fans.  It's the month of celebrating love, and I'm so in love with the Kissing Booth collection!  I made a sweet layout celebrating my guy and me.  

We were just out a random day at brunch, but I really loved these photos of us that I printed out with my Instax Printer.  I knew this would be a paper heavy layout because I love so many of them, but I didn't want to overwhelm the two photos, so I made them the center, with everything pointing inwards.  

Inspired by some of the cut-aparts that have a wood print background, I picked the Hickory paper from the Snap Basics as my background.  I randomly cut the papers into wedges and arranged them in a circle around the central point, leaving a few open wedges.  I also cut the pretty floral scallop border sticker from the combo sticker sheet to add more interest to the mostly angular design. 

I machine stitched down the middle of each paper to secure it down, and in three of the open areas that are roughly the same distance from each other, I did a messy stitch back and forth in shades of pink and red.  I really love how that adds so much texture, and gives the eye a few spots that are further in the background to rest on.

Two more open areas I I filled with hearts from the puffy stickers pack.

For a title I used the XOXO stickers from the combo sticker sheet on top of the largest stitched wedge.  This sits next to a tab from the 4x6 sticker pack where I stamped the date. Originally I used a tab from the combo sticker sheet, but didn't like the size in relation to the photo. I love that the Simple Stories collections come with several size stickers, giving options to find something that fits just right. 

This design already had so much visual weight, so I added just a few more embellishments to give it depth.  A couple of floral stickers peek out from behind the photos, and on top I made a small cluster with a birdy sticker and the adorable tree trunk from the chipboard set.

Also I used a journaling spot from the bits & pieces pack, topped with a puffy heart stapled on with a tiny staple. The finishing touches are a couple word strips and arrow along the wedges, and a small sprinkling of white mist. 

This collection is the sweetest for scrapping all about the sweethearts in our lives!


Hello, Iris here with a layout that's all about embracing the Freezin' Season!  This whimsical collection was perfect for documenting the first time we took my girls to play in the snow!

I picked the dark, snowy Shiverin' paper as my background to provide great contrast.  I wanted a design reminiscent of snowballs tumbling down, so I printed my photos at 2", 2.5", and 3", and punched them with circle punches of those sizes.  Then I cut some Doodle Circles (Silhouette Store Design ID: 68077) from the Snuggle Up paper with my Cameo to frame them.  I arranged them across the diagonal, varying placements and leaving space to intersperse some cute elements.  The circles along the edges are cut off because that gives the design even more movement.  For texture, I machine stitched several times around the frames.

I added some of the die-cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack to fill in the gaps, including the snow globe to add some interest in the middle of all those photos.  There's stitching around the globe as well.  I placed word strips form the Combo Stickers and the 4x6 Sticker pack to caption each photo. I always delight in finding just the right little phrase to go with my photos.  Chipboard snowflakes help bring the die-cuts and word strips together into clusters.

The final piece was to add my title, which I propped up on foam, across a small gap between my photos and the journaling. For my journaling, I punched a circle out of one of the journaling cards from the 4x6 Horizontal Elements. See that cute penguin poking up from the bottom instead of another photo within the circle?  He adds something a little unexpected. 

Freezin' Season is so stinkin cute, with fresh fun colors and icons that will make documenting all those chilly winter outings super fun!


Hello! Iris here sharing another layout I made using the wonderful Merry & Bright collection. This time I was going for a clean, modern look, on-trend with the farmhouse style. 

To do that, I started off with a white cardstock background. This one is a Swiss Dot texture from Bazzill.  (You can get this on Amazon or at Joann's) Then I downloaded three separate Simple Stories word cut files from the Silhouette Store.  (Peace: Design ID 67976; Love: Design ID 80540; Joy: Design ID 67980) I welded them together to make my title.  I have been obsessed with buffalo plaid and it’s all over the place in Christmas decore, so I first cut my title from the B-side of the 4x4 Elements paper.  Then I used the offset function in the Silhouette software to create an outline that I cut out of plain white cardstock and I adhered it on top of the buffalo plaid words.  

I printed my photo as a 3.5”x5” in black and white because it was dark and reddish-brown toned.  The black and white elevates it, and lets you focus more on the subject than all the color.  Behind the photo, I layered a tiny bit of tissue paper, a sliver of the green plaid paper from the 6x8 paper pad peeking out on two sides, a doily, and a brown paper bag with a torn top edge.  Then I added a cluster of stickers, chipboard, and puffy stickers at the bottom left corner.  I concentrated on icons that felt like the farmhouse style -  the tree which echoes the plaid from the right, the galvanized vase of foliage, a couple word stickers (love the mix of fonts), a puffy star, and the banner of lights to go with the lights you see in the photo.  For interest, I tucked some thread under the layers.

Having the buffalo plaid in two spots, I completed a visual triangle by adding the last bit of the scalloped border sticker from the Combo Sticker sheet.  I could use that on every layout and be happy! I’ve never been one for poinsettias, so I was thrilled to see this collection also has a lovely red flower that looks more like a peony, and I used that motif throughout my design. Another word sticker and puffy star complete a cluster at the bottom.  And the “love” in that sticker repeats the “love” of the title, which ties things in even further.

The large cut title is a prominent focal point, so I kept things simple around it by adding just another flower, word sticker, puffy star cluster at the top where it intersects the photo, and another flower on the last letter.  The flower sits atop a loop of thread.  This decorates the area where the journaling is nestled in, and is complimented with a couple more puffy stars. I turned to one of my favorite journaling looks - typed on vellum - to keep this page looking clean, light, and airy.

I welcome you to check out my Youtube channel for the process video, which includes the steps I did to make the cut file title.  There is a wonderful selection of words in the Simple Stories designs at the Silhouette Store that you can play with to match and compliment all the SS collections!

I can’t get enough of the Merry & Bright collection.  You can make a layout with a classic feel, or one that looks completely fresh and modern.  It’s such a versatile collection that will help you scrap tons of Christmas holiday memories!