Jennifer Haggerty's Blog Posts

Hello friends! Jennifer here on the blog today to share some pages I created using the new Cabin Fever collection!  The weather is getting warmer here in the US so that means getting outdoors!  Where I live many people love to camp and I was excited to see this fabulous line!  Truth be told, I don't love to get out there and "rough it" but definitely enjoy being among nature!   Both of my kids have attended church camp during the summers just north of our city and Cabin Fever is perfect for their photos! 
 I used the new Geo Background (#19848) Simple Stories Silhouette Cut File as the base of my first layout "Explore".  I wanted to show off the many rich patterns and colors of Cabin Fever so using a background cut file is a perfect way to do so!  I honestly can't tell you which pattern is my favorite because I love them all!  
The 3x4 Journaling Card Elements are perfect to add journaling or layer small embellishments around your title! I did both using pieces from the Combo Sticker Sheet as well as one of the Decorative Brads! Using pop dots or foam tape with embellishments can add some depth to your page just as I did with the fire die cut.  I usually find this helps fill in space between  photos and/or journaling spots.  
If you don't do much pocket page scrapbooking and aren't sure what to do with the 4x6 Horizontal and Vertical Elements, they do make great layers under your photos!  I like to add at least two contrasting colors to help my photo "pop"!  I also have a habit of matting my picture onto white cardstock  as well!  What can I say? I love layers!  To break up the page, I used the tartan plaid border sticker from the Combo Sticker Sheet and the "Wild and Free" Die Cut from the Bits and Pieces pack. 
I love that the Decorative Brads have a multitude of sizes and shapes to choose from!  Here, I paired one of the smaller brads with a larger plaid.  Brads are a nice accent to bring you pages together!  

For my second layout, "Camp 45", I started with kraft cardstock as my backround.  Again, using my Silhouette, I cut different size circles from a few select patterns (using both sides of the page).  I then layered my circles across the center of my layout and stitched through with my sewing machine.  I also added strips of favorite accent prints at the top and bottom of the page (and again stitching through...I sew on everything!).  
Camp 45 is the name of the camp my daughter attended that was for fourth and fifth graders and her first time being away from home for more than a night.  It's only 20 min away but I may have cried when I dropped her off!   Again, there is that 3x4 Journaling card! They are so nice to tuck next to your photo and add a title and a few embellishments!  I used the "CAMP" from the Camping on the 6x12 Chipboard along with cutting my "45" with my Silhouette and backing with yes another 3x4 Journaling Card! :)  
I punched two smaller holes at the top of my Journaling card to add brown baker's twine to the top!  I thought it gave the card a little bit of dimension!  
Using hand punches, I added smaller circles to the fringes of my photo as well as added die cuts and smaller Decorative Brads.  Also, you can spy at the top of my photo some of the lovely Nature Hike Washi Tape!
Here, I used the remainder of my tartan plaid scallop border sticker to break up the can also spy a small section on the other side of my journaling card!  I love using repeating shapes on a page when you want to include lots of color and prints!  
Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope this inspires you to do some creating with Cabin Fever! You can check out the collection in its entirety by going to the Products Page!  Have a wonderful day! 



Hello friends!  It's Jennifer on the blog and I'm very excited to be a part of the Simple Stories team for another year!  I will be creating layouts but you may see a mini book from me from time to time!  Today I'm sharing pages I created using the new Domestic Bliss collection!  This lovely line is full of beautiful colors and prints that are perfect for just about any theme!  
For my first layout, "Home", I started with the gorgeous blue/grey wood plank print of the B side of Bless This Mess! (This sheet is probably my favorite out of the collection as it has a beautiful plaid print on the opposite side).  Going through an old photo album, I found this black and white picture of the first house I remember living in.  The address and a date were written on the back; I assume it was taken by the realtor.  I have lots of memories of this house: some good, some bad, but definitely part of my story.  
Using white cardstock, I cut a circular cut file on my Silhouette (Geo Globe from The Cut Shoppe) then added in different patterns from the collection. I finished by stitching the edges with my sewing machine (honestly I sew on everything!).  You can also spy one of the cute tags under my photo from the Bit and Pieces pack! I added some navy and white bakers twine from my stash to accent. 
​The colorful "HOME" chipboard letters found on the 6x12 Chipboard Sheet make the perfect title for my page!  I love the bright colors! I added in a sticker from the 
Combo Sticker Sheet as well as coordinating Enamel Dots to accent my title. 
I thought the chipboard and die cut houses would look cute next to my photo! I placed them across my page almost like a street adding in die cuts and one of the cute
I'm not a fan of my handwriting so if I have a choice, I will use my electric typewriter.  I used the B side of Domestic Diva because I love the bright yellow! And it was different than my usual white card stock. I think I could've written a book about this one photo; its funny how a picture can bring up so many memories!  
For my next layout "Love Was Here", it is ALL about memories.  When I first saw Domestic Bliss, I knew I wanted to scrap about my mom in her kitchen. The minute you walked in the door she had a smile and a hug for you.  Next, she was offering to cook you something or get you a drink; that's how my mom showed her love to others. 
I used the colorful florals of "Work It Girl" (don't you love the titles?!) and used the Simple Stories Crosses Background Silhouette cut file for my background.  I backed the crosses with different patterns then stitched around the edge of the cardstock.  
Using one of the ledger prints from the SN@P! Basics Paper Pack I cut a tag from my Silhouette to hold my title. I used the letter stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet as well as black alphas found in the Say Cheese III collection.  I "popped up" my tag using some foam tape to give it some dimension above the surrounding embellishments.  I love how  Simple Stories gives you so many little pieces to decorate and accent your pages!  
Another fun Simple Stories cut file, Heart Polaroid, I used with the B side of Mom Rules.  I then added a cute chipboard plant as well as smaller stickers and die cuts! And don't you love the hanger with the heart?  I thought it would look cute "hanging on the line" across my page.  
Showing more of the coordinating die cuts and stickers that are part of the collection! I used brown bakers twine to hold my pieces and added in mini wood clothes pins. 
​I also used one of the chipboard clothespins to "hold" my photo as well as used the adorable "mom" Epoxy Metal Clip.  
​I probably will go back later and add journaling to my page. Honestly, I had so much emotion even putting this page together and there is so much I wanted to say.  For now, I think just scrapping the photo was enough since its still difficult to create pages about my mom. I miss her so much...what I wouldn't do for one more day to sit at her kitchen table with her! 
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will check out all that is included in Domestic Bliss as well as the new releases!  You can check out everything by visiting the Products page! Have a wonderful day!  



Hello friends! It's Jennifer here to share a fun mini album I created using the new Say Cheese III collection!  I am usually a layout girl but my second love is making mini albums! The SN@P! 4x6 Albums are the perfect size to document your favorite event or trip! Each binder come with a variety of pocket pages as well as eight different journal inserts! I was thrilled to see that Simple Stories added to their Say Cheese collection as all of the lines coordinate!  Of course a new collection means new embellishments such as washi tape, enamel dots, and decorative pins!  

I also love when a plaid print is included in a line; my eye instantly goes to that page and I can't wait to use it!  I layered a strip of the B side of Magical Memories  one of the 4x6 cards from the Say Cheese III SN@P! Pack.  I typed up my journaling on my electric typewriter then added a cute Epoxy Metal Clip and a strip of the 100% Fun Washi Tape!  To accent my journaling, I stamped some sentiments with the Say Cheese III Roller Stamp

The journal pages include grid and ledger prints which are my favorite! They are great for adding larger photos or telling more of your story!  I trimmed my photo down to 4x4 so I could add more embellishments! I layered pieces from the Bits and Pieces pack as well as the SN@P! Pack.  

Here is one of many different pocket pages included with your SN@P! Binder! I used 3x4 cards from the SN@P pack to include about my photo (I love the look on my son's face! LOL).    An easy trick to add depth to your page

I also love the 2x2 slot that are perfect as an accent page in your book!  I used inserts from the SN@P! Pack as well as the smaller stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets.  It's always fun, too, to make a "shaker" space with sequins and smaller die cuts.  

I love utilizing the 3x4 Journaling Cards along with the SN@P Pack pieces! I added a strip of the cute Photo Op Washi Tape to the side of my journaling card. The 2x2 pockets paired with the 4x4 is a fun combo to add smaller accents such as the cut out stars and hearts from the Combo Sticker Sheet

I like to add my own flair to some of the cards in my pocket pages. I used strips of paper underneath the "Castle" Decorative Brad for one of my cards. Also using a favorite hand punch, such as a pennant is a great way to accent your card.   

​Thank you for stopping by today! You can check out the Say Cheese Collections in their entirety by clicking HERE! Have a great day!