Nathalie DeSousa's Blog Posts

Hi there!

Nathalie with you today with a new layout that is all about those magical Christmas days.  I wanted to use the new Holly Jolly collection to document this happy memory of my nephew enjoying Christmas carols.   This new collection is just amazing, the colors, designs were ideal to document this happy memory.

My idea was to bring a colorful background that will use the beautiful designs of the collection, so i picked a cut file from Handipaper to create a cluster of Christmas trees on the page.

To add dimension to the page, i cut the trees three times from white cardstock and stacked them together, then backed each one of the trees with the beautiful papers from the collection.  I just love the colors and designs in the papers.

The papers in the  Simple Basics Kit are perfect to create backgrounds, so i picked the soft Blush/Dots serve as the frame for my page.   Once, i glued the trees to the page, i used the Journaling Bits and Pieces to add the stars at the top of the tallest trees.  Then backed the picture with the Home for the Holidays paper , nestled it in the background, and then added a cluster of stickers to  frame the picture.

To create the title of the page, first i added an extra Christmas tree (to help frame the title) and then used the alphas on the sticker tablet and a piece of ephemera to complete the title of the layout.

I created a small cluster of embellishments using stickers from the Sticker tablet and sticker combo sheet as well as ephemera from the journal bits and pieces.   To finish the page, i added a few lines of journal and enamel dots.

The new Simple Stories Holly Jolly collection is so beautiful and filled with amazing designs that it makes is so easy to document your memories.  Be sure to check it out.  You are going to love this new collection.


Hi there!

Nathalie with you today with a new layout that is all about the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas!  The new Country Christmas collection from Simple Stories is perfect to document all those memories of Christmas passed, just wait till you see all the details on the papers and embellishments.

I wanted to have a large focus for this page, so i chose to paper piece a poinsettia bough on the page.  For this, I pulled two cut files from Just Nick Studio and used them to build  the centerpiece on my page.

I cut the Poinsettia from the 4x6 elements  and Joyous Noel papers; for the flower's leaves I chose a paper from the Basic paper pack, and cut the Pineneedle boughs from Good Cheer and Holiday Greetings papers.

I assemble the flowers together, and then used foam adhesive behind the pieces to add a bit of dimension to the page. I chose the Winter Wishes Paper as the background for the page as it contrasted and complemented the colors of the flowers nicely.

The chipboard frames that are included in this collection are amazing as they already have embellishments on them, so all i had to do was add the picture behind it, and nestled it in the flowers.  A few small embellishments complete the look.

To finish the page, i trimmed a bit of the borders and glued it to the Scarlet/Dots paper from the Basic pack,then used chipboard and a few stickers to create the title at the bottom right corner of the page.  A few drops of gold ink complete the page. I hope this inspires you to check the new Simple Stories' Country Christmas collection, i am sure you are going to love it !!



Hi there!

Nathalie with you today with a new project that marks the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year,  FALL!!  I love Autumn, it is my favorite season and the new Fall Farmhouse collection from Simple Stories is just perfect to document some of our Fall traditions, Apple Picking.

As soon as i saw the collection, the idea for this page formed in my mind as i wanted to use many of the designs in one page. So what better way to bring the farm feel to the page than a simple quilt design.

First i  used the Leaf It To Me cut file from JustNick studio to create the large leaf from white cardstock.   Then cut 2"squares from various Fall Farmhouse collection to create the design.  I used the leaf to mark the area on the Peach Dots paper (Basic set) and then covered the area with the squares leaving about a 0.25" frame around the page.  I stitched each square and then ruffle the edges of the paper a bit.

To assemble the page, first i stitched around the perimeter of the leaf image (using the negative part of the cut out) and then used foam adhesive to attach it on top of the quilted papers.

I used stickers, bits and pieces, chipboard from the Fall Farmhouse collection to embellish the layout by creating little clusters inside the leaf. A large cluster was placed behind the picture.

To finish this page, I mixed some of the embellishments to create the title of this page.   I LOVE how this turned out, though it took a bit of time to construct, it is the perfect way to document this family tradition.   I hope this inspires you to check the Fall Farmhouse collection, you are going to love it!!!

Til next time,