Nathalie DeSousa's Blog Posts

Hi there! Nathalie with you today with a new layout all about the loves of my life, my family.  The Heart collection is probably one of my favorite Simple Stories collections ever.   The colors and sentiments are just beautiful and perfect to document a memory for my son's album.

I started by cutting the floral frame from white cardstock using a cut file from Handipaper -who says florals are just for girls!-.   Each of the images was then backed used papers from the 6x8 paper padsn@p cards, and Simple Basics kit.

The cut out was attached to the b-side of the My Heart paper using some foam adhesive - this creates dimension on the page-.   All the colors in the frame  are just soft and masculine, perfect for a memory for my son.

The picture of  my family was backed with papers from the collection, and then nestled at the bottom corner of the frame.   To frame the picture, i used a combination of stickers and bits and pieces to create embellishment clusters.

The title of this page was placed at the top corner area of the floral frame - this balances the page-.   All the embellishments in the Heart collection are just gorgeous that it makes it so easy to embellish a page.

To finish this page, i used one of the tags in the Bits and Pieces pack to write my lines of journal, and then slid it behind the picture.   A few drops of gold ink complete this page.

I hope this inspire you to create a new project of your own.   The HEART collection is versatile, gorgeous and perfect for all those special memories.  Make sure to check it out!



Hi there Simple Stories Friends! Nathalie with you today with a new layout that brings a not-so frightful approach to Halloween memories.   When i saw the Happy Kids Bits and Pieces of the new Say Cheese Halloween collection from Simple Stories, i did a small inner cheer as i had the perfect picture for it.  Hence this page.

I wanted to bring color and playfulness to this page, so i opted to use lots of the patterned papers, and what better way than to create a large title for the page.  I chose a few cut files from the Silhouette store to cut the words from some of the collection's papers.   A chose to cut an offset of the words out of the Say Cheese 4 Basics papers and then hand stitched the words to the black cut out.

Before building the page, i chose to trim and distress the edges of the Frankly Frightful paper, then stitched it to the  Hey Pumpkin paper.   A few sticker details were added to the distressed edges, followed by drops of black and white ink around the page.

The title was glued on a bit of a slant, then i nestled the pictures atop the title, and started adding embellishments around them. I chose to complete my title with one of the phrase stickers from the ephemera pack

To finish the page,i added a few lines of journal to the side of the title,followed by a pair of the Happy Kids Bits and Pieces that match closely their costumes.  Just love these little pieces of joy.  

I LOVE how this turned out!  The new Say Cheese Halloween from Simple Stories is one of the cutest and not-so frightful collections around, you are going to fall in love with it!  



Hi there Simple Stories friends!

Nathalie with you today bringing you a new layout  boo-ti-ful layout.   When the new Happy Hunting collection arrived at my doorstep, all i could think about was documenting a few of our past Halloween memories with its beautiful color palette and designs.  

It all started with creating the background for this layout.  I chose to add some mixed media to a letter size white cardstock page so that it complemented the warm tones in the collection. While the background dried, I used a JustNick cut file to cut two spider webs from the Jeepers Creepers paper.

The Hocus Pocus paper is probably one of my favorite papers in the Happy Haunting collection, so  used it as the mat for this layout. I glued the cardstock and spiderweb cut outs towards the top part of the paper.  

Once the picture was set in place ( i used papers from the collection to back and add layers behind the picture), i used some of the ephemera pieces to create the title for this layout,  just loved the little spiders that the collection features.

To use all the space below the picture, i chose to add a large cluster of bits and bit and pieces, stickers, and a few stamped sentiments (using the coordinating stamp set). I love florals, so having them to embellish the page was amazing. The lines of journal were also added at the bottom of the cluster, followed by splatters of white, black and gold ink.

I love how this page turned out. All those beautiful embellishments just complemented the story of my daughter's Halloween costume search. You have to check the Happy Hunting collection from Simple Stories, I am sure you will love it, too!