Nathalie DeSousa's Blog Posts

Hi there!  Nathalie with you today with a fun new project using SIMPLE STORIES new BEST YEAR EVER collection.  We are all living hard times at this moment, and it is hard to think of happy moments. Well, what better way to relive those lovely memories than to gather them all in one page.

Sometimes simplicity is the best way to go when working with multiple pictures.   I chose a picture of each month of 2018, transform them to black and white and used Lightroom to size them all to 2"x2.75" and print them all in one single sheet of photo paper.

I cut the rainbow paper from the 6x8 paper pad and glued it to the side of the picture.  This brings lots of color to the page.  A large piece of heavy cardstock was then glued to the back of the picture before matting the entire picture with the b side of the JANUARY Paper.  In order to bring texture to the page, i chose to hand stitch the corners of the paper to the background (Sn@p basics white dot grid paper).

There are so many cute embellishments in the Best Year Ever collection that it was hard not to over embellish the page, but i tried my best to place small clusters of stickers at the corners of the photo grid, and sprinkle some word stickers throughout the pictures.

The large "BEST YEAR EVER" from the sticker sheet was the perfect size to fit along the bottom edge of the picture collage.  A bit of foam adhesive help to add dimension and make it pop.  All that was left to do was type my lines of journal and add them below the title.  I finished the page with a chipboard sticker at the very bottom of the page.

It is in difficult times that we always look for silver linings, and the BEST YEAR EVER collection from SIMPLE STORIES will help you relive and document all those special moments.   

My thoughts and prayers are with you all!


Hi there,

Nathalie with you today with some inspiration on documenting yourself.  I know most of us have a hard time taking pictures of ourselves/selfies which results on the lack of your presence on your documenting.   Here is where the new Simple Stories I AM 2020 comes  in to save your day.  All the papers and  designs are just perfect to bring your story forward.  Let me show you:

I started the page by, literally, copying the design the papers created when fanned out on the page.   I used the b-side of the Blooming Paper as the background for the page; then cut papers from the 6x8 paper pad, 3x4 elements and Fierce papers to create the paper fan idea on the page.  I took my time hanstitching the edges of the paper.  

The starting point of the papers create the perfect spot for my pictures.  However the stitched edges of the papers are a great place to add embellishments, such as phrase stickers, ephemera, brads and enamel dots.  I even used the gorgeous foam gold alpha words to set my title in place along the stitched edge of the top paper.

I added a small  piece of vellum behind the picture and set it at the corner above the paper fans.  I pulled one of the journaling ephemera to anchor the cluster of embellishments to the layout and picture.   All the floral in this collection are amazing!!!

Just to balance the bottom cluster, i added a  second one to the top of the page.  To make the page cohesive, i repeated a few of the banner ideas in the cluster, and added a butterfly to each of the major clusters

I love how my crazy ideas turned into this colorful an beautiful layout all about ME.   I am sure the new I AM 2020 will become a new favorite of yours.   Remember to share with us what you created with the Simple Stories collections.




Hi there!

Nathalie with you today bringing you a new layout all about those sweet memories of Easter Egg hunts.   I think we all have memories of our children (or younger us) enjoying all the egg hunt finds, and what better way to enjoy them than to document them with the new Simple Stories Hip Hop Hooray collection.  It is just the perfect Easter and also Spring collection.

I created a simple design for the page so that i can mix all the beautiful paper colors and cute embellishments.  First i used the Butterflies stencil and some white texture paste to create a few impressions on a piece of the 6x8 wood grain paper. 

Since both my little (niece and nephew) are wearing bunny ears, i quickly chose the Hippity Hop paper for the background of the page.  First i chose a strip of the Puddle Jumper paper as an anchor for the page.  I decided to keep add a few more paper layers behind the paper strip from the 6x8 paper pad and Hello Peeps paper.

I used the Bunny Tails and Hello Peeps paper to back the pictures, and then set them on the wood grain paper piece ( once the texture paste impression had dried).  I set the paper on the middle of the page and  then started adding embellishments around the photos and paper strips.  With so many cute and colorful embellishments it was easy to mix and match them on the page.

The cute little bunny embellishments are so adorable, and so perfect to embellish the title of the page.  I combined the sentiments from the Bits and Pieces and Combo Sticker sheet to create the title at the bottom of the page.  Here i added the bunnies and a few more embellishments in a large cluster.  To finalize the page, I used the Hip Hop Hooray stamp set to add a few sentiments to the page.

I just love all the color and cheery nature of the page.   The textures in the paste, papers and embellishments complement the picture of my littles nicely.  I am sure that you are going to love documenting your Easter/ Spring memories with the new Simple Stories HIP HOP HOORAY collection, make sure to check it out!

Til' next time.