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Hi, Odessa here with a fun project I love been working on with the So Happy Together collection from Simple Stories! Full of gorgeous patterns, fabulous colours and all kinds of icons and phrases and more perfect for all kinds of everyday family stories.

I’ve been into mini albums a bit lately and wanted to try something new. The Blush SN@P! Binder goes so well with the colours in the collection that it was an easy choice. Because the binder has a chipboard cover it was really easy to turn into a 3x8 binder! I just measured (twice of course) and cut it down. So easy! I then covered the chipboard with the dot pattern from the Happy Heart cardstock. I love how it looks. There are so many good patterned cardstock sheets in So Happy Together it was hard to choose which one to cover my binder in!

Once it was covered I added some of the chipboard stickers from the 6x12 Chipboard sheet to embellish it. 

On the inside I had fun playing with different kinds of pages and layers. Here I have a full sized photo and one of the Vertical Page Protectors with spots for 3x3 photos. I cut a 3x3 square from the 2x2 Elements Cardstock to make a card to fill the pocket. I added some cute hearts to finish it up. I love a collection with lots of hearts! Finally I used the tab stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet. I like to use those on smaller layers.

I kept it simple on my full photo with some phrase stickers to add some words to my layout while keeping it neat. And a nice chipboard heart that matches the cardstock I used to cover the album.

Here is the other side of the vertical page protector and one of the larger page protectors I cut down. It normally has 2- 4x6 pockets but I cut it in half and used the scallop border from the Combo Sticker sheet to close it up. I love the added layer that edge adds! 

For this 3x3 pocket I layered torn strips of the coordinating Simple Basics cardstock to create a rainbow of the main colours in the collection and used one of the Bits & Pieces with a camera on it in the middle. 

My final layout has more of those gorgeous dots. I can’t get enough of them! I cut down and hole punched a page from the 6x8 Pad for a more traditional layout.

I tore some cardstock strips to put on top of my background. I love a good torn edge! I used some Bits & Pieces and various stickers from the So Happy Together collection to add some journaling.

The doily shape in the Bits & Pieces is so cute, I had to use it! Using other die cuts and cardstock from the collection I turned it into a cute ribbon! I had so much fun documenting some family memories with the gorgeous colours and style of So Happy Together.

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Hi! Odessa here with some wintery SN@P! Pages using Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse. When I saw the new winter collections this one jumped out at me. It’s really wintery where I live so it’s really perfect for everyday layouts and my favourite, Christmas layouts! 

On this page I have some cute pockets on one side and a full page layout on the other side. I kept the pages nice and bright with lots of rich colour pops. The mustard yellow, pine green and cardinal red in Winter Farmhouse are so nice together!

Instead of using a 4x6 card in this pocket I adhered 6 2x2 cards to some cardstock to make a cute patchwork pocket with some of my fav elements from the collection.

Baking is one of my favourite Christmas traditions and throughout this album I have photos of some of the things I’ve baked along with the recipes. On this page I made a 6x8 layout on some woodgrain cardstock from Winter Farmhouse as my base. I layered torn patterned cardstock collections in some of those rich colours I mentioned before to feel like a stack of recipes with little tabs stickers and other things peeking out as well as a big title under the photo.

I used the scalloped border from the Winter Farmhouse Combo Stickers at the bottom of my photo to make the flip element a bit more visible. I adhered the photo to some folded cardstock from the collection so when it’s opened the recipe for the cookies pictured is on the inside with some cute stickers to make it a little more fun.

Here’s another SN@P! Page I put together with Winter Farmhouse. These photos are all about being in a rustic winter wonderland - it was a perfect match of theme and photos! 

I added a 4x6 vertical protector in the middle with a wintery photo. I used various phrase strips from the Winter Farmhouse Sticker Tablet, Combo Stickers and Bits & Pieces to add a poetry-like element and a cute cabin due cut from the Bits & Pieces that went well thematically. The Combo Sticker sheet always has some great tabs perfect for sticking on the side of these smaller page protectors to add more layers to albums.

I adhered a photo to a 4x6 card with a journalling spot in the middle and added a nice title to it. Using the alpha stickers in the Sticker Tablets is a great way to title a group of photos while maintaining colour and theme!

This full sized 6x8 photo of the rustic Otentik a few hours away in Riding Mountain National Park we booked for a few days right after Christmas was one of my favs so I kept it simple. A journaling spot from the Winter Farmhouse Journaling Bits & Pieces along with a snowflake chipboard sticker. I used the number stickers from the Sticker Tablet to add in the date and a cute phrase strip over the door.

I’m having so much fun working on my December album with the winter Simple Stories collections!

 

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Hi! Odessa here with some more Christmas SN@P! pages. Today I’m using the Holly Jolly Collection which is packed with fun!

The Simple Stories Striped Binders are my favourite albums to use for 6x8 scrapbooking so I was pretty excited about a new colour added to the line up! The red stripe binder coordinates so well with Holly Jolly. I love the striped exterior and polka dot interior as well as the nice metal corners on the binder. I kept it simple with a Holly Jolly chipboard flower sticker and a cute Bits & Pieces banner.

This is one of my favourite layouts in my December album so far! On the right I’ve filled my pockets with some photos from when we were putting up our tree. I added lots of phrase stickers in place of journalling and added a simple card with a tree on it. Throughout December I have a box that I fill with little bits from our life and notes so that when I finally get to working on my album I am totally ready. Inside my box was a sweet bag from when I was on our annual special ornament shopping trip which I used as the background for the page on the right. 

I mounted my photo on some cardstock that I tore the edges of to give it some dimension against the background. The layers gave me the perfect place to slide in one of the Holly Jolly Bow Clips.

On the bottom I made some clusters of trees, phrase stickers and emamel dots to balance out the layout and frame the photo.

The Holly Jolly collection has lots of cookies throughout it so it was perfect for documenting one of my favourite Christmas things, baking! I love that christmas cookie SN@P! card. I used one of the page protectors with spots for 4x4 photos just to use it. I also used a 2x2 calendar card on the bottom with one of the date stickers from the Sticker Tablet as a different way to date the layout. On the right I used a large 6x8 photo and kept the embellishing simple with a couple of cute handwritten style Bits & Pieces.

I love layers so sometimes I just fill a pocket with a few stickers or Bits & Pieces to let what’s underneath peek through. Here I used some Bits & Pieces inside my pocket and stuck some of the enamel dots on the outside of the pocket. 

I love to include recipes in my album so this layout is another one all about baking. On the right is another 6x8 photo with a journalling spot from the Journal Bits & Pieces with some cute icons sprinkled around it.

I used one of the journalling cards from Holly Jolly to add a cookie recipe next to a photo from a day well spent baking. The overall layout was quite busy so I kept it simple with an adorable SN@P! card on the bottom.

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