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The Simple Stories 2019 collection makes it so easy to document the New Year! I did a bit of a look back along with some pictures from our family New Year’s celebration in a 4x6 SN@P! album. I love the small size for little stories.

I started out my album with an empty 4x4 page protector with some song lyrics using the Basic Alpha stickers in an off white. I love how it lays on top of the page beneath it. I added a tab from the Planner Tabs Sticker tablet and a clear tab sticker to make it a bit more durable. I use these tabs SO much in my layouts, they’re a great way to add simple tabs to a layout and the booklet comes with lots of styles and colours. I also used some of the reinforcing tabs from the same booklet on the holes on the protectors to give it a bit more contrast since the protector was empty. 

Under the clear protector I printed out a roundup of great moments from the year before. I cut down one of the papers from the 2019 kit (with my photo crops of course!) and added some stickers to round it out. The countdown sticker makes a great border for the page.

On the other side I used one of the 4x6 elements from the 2019 kit with a word sticker from the sticker sheet in the middle. Simple and sweet! On the other side are my year in colour from the year past and a cute Instax picture of my boys mounted on one of the papers from the kit cut down. With more stickers, of course!

To finish it off I used some pictures from our New Year’s celebration along with some of the 3x4 elements from the kit. The word stickers in the 2019 kit rounded out my page nicely along with the black and white stars.

The 2019 Collection kit was perfect for some sweet layouts going into the new year. The black and white colours go with everything and the stickers were super fun.

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HI! Odessa here with some very Merry & Bright pages! It feels like everyone is working on all things December and it’s so much fun. I just finished up my album from last December and I can’t believe how easy it was. I had about 18 pages left to do, sat down to do a couple and ended up finishing the whole album. It was so easy with Merry & Bright. Working with one collection makes it really easy to put together pages that work. Everything goes together! Merry & Bright is the perfect balance of a traditional Christmas look with a touch of fun that was just perfect for me.

This is one of the first spreads in my album. I just loved the print from the Merry & Bright 6x8 paper pad on the left so much that I left it plain in a page protector. It’s pretty great. On the other side is a page protector with some 4x4 and 2x2 pockets which I got busy filling up. My current pocket page obsession is photo flips and this page did not escape without one! I added a 4x4 photo flip to add some journalling under my photo. I filled up the 2x2 pockets with SN@P! cards and cute embellishments from the collection

I added the cute scalloped border sticker from the Merry & Bright combo sticker page and a tab on the edge of the flip, I really like how it turned out. It makes it a little more obvious and a lot more fun to flip.

Under the photo flip is some journalling in one of the frames from the Merry & Bright tags and frames pack along with all the cute embellishments. I just love those puffy sticker stars!

Here’s another layout I put together with Merry & Bright. I used a combination of SN@P! cards, stickers of all types and bits and pieces to embellish my pages.

The big Merry & Bright numbers might just be my favourite thing from the collection. They’re the perfect size to slide into a 3x4 pocket or add to a bigger pocket or page. Here I embellished a journal card with a big number, a phrase sticker that suited the layout and another cute puffy star.

Sometimes I have pictures that I really like but don’t tell much of a story, like this succulent one. This page goes with another page about a day at a greenhouse and I really liked the colours in it so I had to add it in. By adding a focal chipboard sticker and a word phrase it acts like filler journal card in my album and makes for a nice pocket. I’ve been loving seeing what everyone has been crafting with Merry & Bright! I hope you enjoyed this peek in my album.

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Odessa here with some more December Documenting inspiration! This time I am using Simple Stories Freezin’ Season to document some of the bold and cold stories in my album. If you missed my other posts I’m using Freezin’ Season, Vintage Christmas and Merry & Bright to document last Christmas with each collection being perfect for different stories in my album. This one is perfect for winter fun!

This page ended up being about coffee. I used some letter stickers along with some simple embellishment stickers from the collection on these pages to keep it simple but add some fun. I love the super cute toque and eyelashes card on the left side!

This page combines a regular 6x8 pocket page on the left with one of the 4x6 vertical pocket pages on the right. I love those smaller pocket pages to add in a focal square picture.

The playful palette and graphics in Freezin’ Season go great with bold titles. One of my favourite things is to use larger alpha stickers to make a bold title and then layer a small phrase sticker over it like I did here. I added in a chipboard tree sticker to fill in some negative space.

I used the vertical 4x6 pocket page to highlight a photo for that day in my album. Underneath the 4x4 pocket are two small 2x2 pockets. I filled them with some cut down paper from the collection with embellishments on top. I didn’t really have more story-wise to tell so I decided to make it cute! And that penguin really is the cutest. As with most of the tags in my album, I folded down some of the Freezin’ Season washi to thread through the hole in the tag to add a little more to it.

This page is all about bold colour! I love colour and the saturated fun colours Freezin Season make me so happy. On the left is a pocket page with some journal cards from the collection that go well together and with my photos on the page. My photos are pretty neutral so they’re balanced perfectly with the red and blue cards. On the left is a 6x8 layout with a bright photo on one of the quieter papers in the collection. It’s a great contrast to the pocket page.

I used some of the great stickers from the collection to fancy up  my pocket pages but overall kept it pretty simple to maintain contrast with the right side where I embellished quite a bit more. The phrase stickers in the 4x6 sticker pack are winter perfection!

On the right side I used a circular photo (which was easy to cut with the photo crop circles) on top of a cute tree print from the collection. I added a layer of vellum in the middle to make the photo pop a bit more. I added in a tab and some phrase stickers and some song lyrics that always get in my head when I am Christmas baking!

Here’s the last page I am sharing today. On the left instead of journal cards I cut down some papers from the collection and used them in a couple of different ways. I added a big chipboard snow globe (ADORABLE) to the paper with all of the snowy houses. I left the all over print paper plain because I really like how it looks cut down. I added some stickers to my photos to quickly finish off this page, I really like how quickly this page came together while still looking super fun. On the right I used some journal cards from the collection with a bunch of stickers. I even got some journalling in. I couldn’t resist another snow globe!

There are some really great stickers in the 4x6 sticker pack. I really like the one I used on this photo, it’s the perfect size! And I bet you’re humming jingle bells now!

The way the pocket with the paper full of houses with the chipboard snow globe on it might be my favourite in all of my pages using Freezin’ Season. I added a phrase sticker for a final touch.


The penguins in Freezin’ Season are the cutest ever and I need a million. Or at least one per page. Hope you enjoyed this peek into my December album!

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