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Hi! Odessa here with some sunshine-y SN@P! pages made using the nautical Cruisin’ kit. When I first opened up Cruisin’ I was drawn to the rich blues, reds and yellows throughout the collection. I paired it with some fun photos and made a few pocket pages with it.

First up is my album cover. I used the new Robin’s Egg SN@P! binder which has a lovely blue spine that goes perfect with Cruisin’. I was torn between it and red but I wanted to keep the sea inspired colour theme going. I covered up the front of the binder with the Lost at Sea cardstock and embellished the corner with a simple cluster of Bits & Pieces, chipboard stickers and smaller stickers. I finished off the cover with a cute strip of washi where the binder spine and cardstock meet.

My first two page layout using Cruisin’ features a 6x8 layout on the left and some pockets full of fun on the right. You can really do anything in a 6x8 album, I love it!

I used some plain light coloured cardstock from the Simple Basics coordinating cardstock from the collection and layered different cardstock, stickers, chipboard and enamel dots around a watery photo. I had to include those cute nautical flags from the Cruisin’ chipboard. I used a scalloped boarder photo from the combo sticker sheet to give the page a nice edge that I echoed on the 4x6 photo on the other side of the layout.

I filled my pockets with a 4x6 photo and a couple of cut apart journaling cards from the Cruisin’ cardstock. I used oodles of phrase stickers from both the combo sticker and 4x6 sticker sheets and more enamel dots and chipboard to finish it off.

The next layout in my SN@P! album has a few more photos and cards. I just love the contrast between the peaceful blues and bright yellows in Cruisin’ so much!

The left side of this layout is more peaceful with some of my fav recent photos, a simple journal card and a few well placed embellishments. I had a square photo I wanted to use that I attached to a piece of the coordinating solid Simple Basics Cruisin’ cardstock and added some washi and chipboard accents.

The right side of this layout is packed with more fun and colour with lots of yellows. I filled up some 2x2 pockets with some of the journal cards cut from the 2x2 Elements cardstock and filled the larger pockets with a photo and some journalling. I added some more stickers, chipboard and bits and pieces to round it out and balance the peaceful feeling of the right side with a ton of fun.

I had a ton of fun using the Simple Stories Cruisin’ Collection with some fav watery photos and I hope I’ve inspired you.

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Hi! Today I’m here with a spread using the Dad Life Simple Set. I don’t tend to do a lot of a layouts about what a great dad my husband is specifically, but I think it shows across my albums and layouts. The Dad Life set was perfect for putting together a couple of pages that celebrate how awesome he is! With lots of bold oranges and neutrals it was the perfect choice to highlight some photos of him in his element, having fun camping with our boys. I used the Black Stripe Binder which goes really well with the collection!

I mostly used just the Simple Set in my pockets, the only thing I added were some Simple Stories letter stickers I had on hand in a well matched orange and black. I like how Dad Life uses those colours heavily without looking like a halloween party. The playful plaids and stars are so fun. I picked out a couple of great photos: one of my husband and youngest son, one of my husband in his fav camping place, keeping the campfire going and one of his sweet coffee set up which went perfectly with the Dad’s Rocket Fuel card form the 3x4 and 4x6 Elements Cardstock. I love the plaid Papa Bear too, when they were younger I referred to the boys as the bears so it’s pretty perfect. I embellished with a combination of the sticker sheet as well as cutting up some of the cardstock in the collection. These Simple Sets are so great for working on a specific theme because everything works together so well.

This photo was one of my favs from my whole batch of way too many from our camping photos so I knew I had to feature it. I cut down a piece of the cardstock to 4x6 to fit in the pocket and got to work. It’s a mini layout within a layout. I added a very thin mat to the photo with the black and white dot cardstock and then added an asymmetric plaid cardstock with a wide, hand torn edge on the right side to add some depth. I then added some of the great hearts and phrases from the sticker sheet and some letter stickers to finish it off. I felt like the orange or black letter stickers would get lost on their own, so I stuck down the black ones first and then layered the orange ones on top offsetting them for some dimension.

The Papa Bear is just so cute I had to get it in my pockets! I embellished the adorable plaid bear with some star stickers and a couple more stars cut out from the star patterned cardstock paper from Dad Life. The sticker sheet had a fun square sticker with a Papa Bear hat which I fussy cut to give the bear a bit of attitude.

If you’re looking to celebrate a dad in your life, the Dad Life Simple Set is fun and ready to go with everything you need to fill your pockets with a dad-centric layout.

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Hi! Odessa here with a couple of pages using the super fun Oh Happy Day collection. Both of these pages incorporate non-traditional photos with the fun colours and graphics of this collection. I love all the little cameras, coffees, hearts and cute phrases, they worked perfect with the pages I was working on. I picked the bright Pink Stripe Designer Binder to go with this collection to keep the fun vibes going.

I knew I wanted to incorporate some of the Instax photos my son took on our trip but in a way that kept them all together as a look into his viewpoint. A little collection of photos like this seems what the Simple Stories Photo Booklets are made for! Knowing that I wanted to incorporate them into my album as a whole I used one of the pocket pages that features 2x2 squares along with a big 4x6 pocket in the middle which I could slide the Photo Booklet into. 

The left side of the layout is pretty simple with some photos and a big graphic journal card. I used a lot of the camera icons from Oh Happy Day throughout this page since photos and taking them was the focus. I added in a little photo I had printed with my portable printer and then attached to the gorgeous photo cardstock from Oh, Happy Day. I sprinkled some cute stickers, chipboard and enamel dots (can I just say I am loving the coordinating enamel dots) to embellish my photos. 

I had a lot of fun embellishing the Photo Booklet with Oh Happy Day. I covered it in a cute dot pattern cardstock from the collection and added some stickers and washi to the front. Along the back of the booklet I used the scallop boarder from the combo sticker sheet to add some fun dimension along with one of the adorable Oh Happy Day bow clips! I also embellished a plain paper clip by adding in some strips of folded over washi from the collection just for more fun. I slid some 2x2 cards and Bits & Pieces to fill up the pockets to keep it less busy around the Photo Booklet.

Inside the photo booklet I cut down some of the coordinating solid cardstock from the Oh Happy Day Simple Basics Kit as a simple background to the photos. The coordinating cardstock was a great way to keep the fun colours throughout the booklet without overpowering the tiny photos. I added some simple phrase stickers to the photos to keep the embellishing simple. The big instant camera is cut down from one of the 4x4 cardstock elements.

On this spread I have some standard SN@P! pockets with a cute insert in the middle to hold a photo strip. The photos on this page are from a fun trip to the mall which is a perfect thematic match for Oh Happy Day! The left side is some cute photos of my boys and 3x4 Element cards to go with them (and a ton of embellishments, of course!)

I cut down one of the Insta Photo Pockets for this page. There’s one with a long vertical pocket and two 4x4 pockets that is perfect for making these little inserts. I slid in a photo strip that I wanted to include with the layout as a stand out element and attached some tab stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet along with some phrase stickers.

On the back of the photo strip I added my journaling and some stickers to tie it into the rest of the layout. On the page facing that I finally got to use ALL THE COFFEE STICKERS on a photo of a coffee cup and a bit of sass with a “normal is boring sticker” on a funny photo of my guys. I hope you’re inspired with some new ways to add non-traditional photos into your pages!

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