Nathalie DeSousa's Blog Posts

Hi there Simple Stories Fans and Friends!

Nathalie with you today to bring you  a fun and cheery layout that will surely put you in a Summer mood!  The new Simple Stories Hello Summer collection is perfect to document Summer, the colors and designs are amazing. So i had to use a bit of everything in the collection to create this page:

I was inspired by the umbrella die cut to create this page, and all i can think was paper rosettes.  So i cut strips of paper of about 12x1.5 and 12x1in to create the rosettes.

Then used the cardstock stickers as centers of the rosettes.   Once they were all ready, the  rosettes were glued to the b-side of the Sn@p basics Chestnut/white dot paper on a diagonal.

The picture was then added (lots of foam adhesive and pop dots are behind the picture) and a few clusters were created at the corners of the picture using a combination of the cardstock stickers and die cuts, the small umbrella is also featured in the cluster.

Finally i used the large chipboard word with a sticker from the 12x12 sticker combo page to form the title of this page.   To finish the page, a strip of the Life is Good paper was added to the sided of the page.

Just look at all those colors and the happiness it brings.   So ready for Summer. I hope you check the entire Hello Summer collection, it should be hitting your local scrapbook stores right now.



I Am a Mom!

Hello Simple Stories friends and fans!  Nathalie with you today with a new layout that speaks to my soul using the beautiful I AM collection.   

I don't know about you, but i can not get enough of all the florals in the I Am collection ( plus if you have seen my work before, then you know i am a sucker for florals!).  So what better way to showcase them than to fussy cut them and use them  as the focal point of a layout.

For this page, my idea was to have all the flowers as if they were wrapped around the picture.  So i cut a large strip of the 4x6 horizontal and 4x6 vertical elements and stitched them together, and then used a bit of cardstock to propped this on the center of the b side of the Walnut/Cream Dot paper from the Sn@p basics.

Then used some quality time with my detailing scissors just fussy cutting floral designs from a few of the papers from the collection and the 6x8 paper pad

Once i set the picture on the vertical strip of paper, a bit of foam adhesive was used to layer the florals and embellishments.  I tried my best to create the illusion of the flowers wrapping around the paper strip.

The butterflies help guide the eye across the layout which helped to add lots of small word stickers and ephemera that tell the story of the picture, "motherhood"

Finally the title was created using some of the Chipboard stickers, and the Sn@p Color Vibes Light letter stickers ( which match the tones in the florals).   A few stamped sentiments using the rotaty stamp complete this page.

I love this page, it tells the story of the past 18 years of my life.  Trust me, the I AM collection is perfect to create those unique stories about you, just the way you want to tell them.  So don't forget to check it at your scrapbooking store.




Hi there!

Nathalie with you today to bring you a bit of Springtime inspiration to your corner of the world, and what better collection to document the season than the new Simple Stories "WELCOME SPRING".

This simple set collection is packed with soft but vibrant colors and some of the most beautiful floral designs.  It is no secret I love florals, and as soon as I saw the ones in the Hello Spring paper, I knew i had to fussy cut them to scattered them on the layout.

I wanted to bring all the designs of the papers into one page, so I chose to create a large title using one of JustNick Studio's cut file.  Each letter was backed with papers from the collection, and a bit of foam adhesive which adds dimension to the title.  

The stickers that come included in the collection are just the perfect complement to the title work of this page.  Gotta love all the phrases and cute designs!

To bring all the colors of the florals and papers, a bit of black art crayon -from Vicki Boutin- was added to the background.   Once the title was in place, the picture of my daughter and nephew on one of our Spring walks was tucked under the title, and all the fussy cut designs were used to frame the picture and title.

All the colors and designs of the Welcome Spring collection just shine in this page, but still don't overtake the picture of my family.   I just love how this layout turned out.

Well it is time to enjoy the season (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), and the new Simple Stories' "Welcome Spring" is ideal to document the arrival of all things new!  

Have a great Spring !