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My family and I do a lot of camping in the summer and this year I wanted to collect all of our camping trips in one (or maybe two) 6x8 albums. I started with the Robin’s Egg Blue Designer binder because its so pretty, a stack of photos from our first camping trip of the year and the Good Vibes collection! It’s not quite summer here yet and our camping trip was a bit more glamping than camping so Good Vibes had just the right vibe for a weekend of fun, adventure and ice cream.

I decided that each camping trip needs a good title page. For this one I went simple. I just used some of the papers from the Good Vibes 6x8 page, mounted the photo on a smaller piece with torn edges and added some simple stickers. I really like how it turned out. I also used one of the tabs from the planner tabs sticker tablet. 

On the other side of my title page I just slid in one of the cute ready to go pages from the 6x8 page. I am so glad that there are two of every page in the paper pad or I would have so much trouble deciding between the patterned sizes or one of the super cute pages with phrases on them.

I used one of the smaller 4x6 vertical page protectors (these are my new pocket page bff!) to add in a vertical picture with some fun stickers on it. The smaller protectors are a great way to add vertical or square photos in and add some dimension to an album.

I usually use a boring combination of pocket pages with 3x4 and 4x6 photos, but I had a lot of photos that would look good square so I added in some of the Insta Pocket Pages to get those square pictures in. I really like how the 2x8 space on the side of this protector gives me some space for cute paper. I never get to use all the cute paper I want in a pocket page album!

There is a great sheet of 4x4 elements in the Good Vibes collection and using the Insta Pocket Pages makes it easy to use them. On the other side of this spread I used a lot of the SN@P! Basics alpha stickers - I really like them for emphasizing text. They come in some great neutral colours and I use them a ton.

The Good Vibes pink script chipboard sticker was a perfect fit in the 2x8 Insta Pocket Page slot. The weekend was all about good vibes so I got that in there for a simple yet fun embellishment.

Simple Stories collections make it so easy to put together a layout and Good Vies is no exception! I used a couple of the 3x4 elements (love those colour combos) along with some of the stickers both from the 4x6 sticker pack and the cardstock combo stickers and it was done! So easy! The colours and sentiments all go together. It’s fantastic.

Here I used another one of the 4x6 vertical pocket pages. I just love those 2x2 slots. I didn’t have any 2x2 photos but they are a perfect fit for a lot of the stickers and bits and pieces. I added in a little journalling spot with one of my favourite pictures. On the other side I used some more of the 3x4 elements along with some stickers. I can never get enough of the phrase stickers that come in the sticker packs.

This page is packed with colour and pattern. I used another one of the Insta Pocket Pages and filled up the 2x2 slots with more of my favourite chipboard stickers and bits and pieces from the Good Vibes collection. I used more of the 4x4 and 3x4 elements on this page, I am pretty sure I used up almost the whole page of both working on these pages. Good Vibes might be one of my favourite collections yet - it’s full of great patterns, some of my favourite colours, cute icons like emojis, coffee cups, cameras, hearts and more and super usable phrases.

 

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HI! Odessa here with some SN@P! pages using the I AM Collection! The I AM collection goes great with This Black and White Designer Binder they both have such a chic style!

I’m working on some layouts about me so I Am is the perfect choice! This collection is all about telling your own story with lots of I am-themed phrases to help out and cute icons like cameras, butterflies, typewriters and hearts.

I Am has a great 6x8 paper pad. It’s full of smaller 6x8 papers that slide into 6x8 page protectors easy peasy for full page layouts. There are also some totally frameable phrases that add some easy word art to layouts.

These layouts are about nothing in particular, just me and things I like. Like this page all about cupcakes and face masks, because why not?!? This is my story so I get to decide where it goes. I love how the simple word strip and heart looks on the cupcake picture here.

I just love all the florals and delicate touches in the I Am collection balanced with strong statements and affermations. It’s bold and delicate and complex, just like telling you own story. I included things like screenshots of what I am listening to because it’s a big part of my story. 

I used the Basic Alpha Stickers to make bold titles on my pages to guide the story. Along with lots of the phrase stickers and cute Bits and Pieces. This collection is so cohesive that I found the layouts just came together!

If I were to write a list of pocket page things I almost always do, hearts on drinks is a big one. It’s just a great place to add a little touch of whimsy and maybe a word sticker or two. And chipboard hearts are my absolute favourite to add!

I Am has a great SN@P! set that made getting my pockets all filed up even easier! There are some gorgeous double sided 2x2, 3x4, 4x4 and 4x6 cards in there on top of the great (FOILED!!!) cut apart papers. 

I really wanted to use some of the cute 2x2 cards so I added in a 4x6 vertical pocket full of 2x2 pockets! 

I love adding tabs to inserts so I used the Carpe Diem Tab Sticker Tablet and the matching clear stickers that fit perfectly over the tabs to make them even stronger.

I am all about sticker clusters. A word phrase, maybe some alpha stickers and hearts. That is my happy place. These all about me layouts are the perfect place for the abundance of pretty coffee cup photos I take. Haha!

I found I did not do a lot of journaling in these pages because the journal cards and stickers and Bits and Pieces said what I wanted to say better than I could. I love when photos and paper pair so well!

On the back side of the 4x6 protector I cut up one of the patterned I Am SN@P! cards and stuck some of my favourite stickers and chipboard stickers to it for something decorative. 

Another favourite pocket page thing of mine is using a more background photo in place of a 3x4 card and using alpha stickers to make a big title on it.

I hope you enjoyed this look at my SN@P! pages! If you haven’t documented your own story you should give it a try! Round up all those pretty plant and coffee pictures, your stacks of books, selfies and playlists and put it together to tell your story!

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It’s Odessa with a cute 4x6 album I’ve put together with some photos from a recent weekend road trip with my family using the Simple Stories Bliss Collection! Even thought it’s still pretty snowy, I picked Bliss because of it’s light spring-y feel for our spring break road trip to Minneapolis. I kept things simple with lots of all sorts of stickers - words, phrases, chipboard and more! Bliss has lots of super usable phrases and icons that were easy to match up with pictures.

I love the plain chipboard cover of the 4x6 SN@P! binders! I went with a teal spine and decorated it with some cut down cardstock in a nice wood grain and added some of the Bits & Pieces and stickers to personalize it.

The first page of the album is my favourite! The left pocket is more cut down cardstock. I love the handy photo crops so I can see exactly what I am cutting and get it the right size. I used some of the Basics alpha stickers and embellished with some stickers from the Bliss 4x6 sticker pack to make a title. On the right I used an iced coffee cup with an illustration of Minnesota, again cut with the photo crops with a cute heart from the chipboard stickers. See through elements are so fun to add to mini albums!

Throughout the album I used coffee sleeves or cups cut down as dividers for each day. For the sleeves, I cut down cardstock to the same size and glued it to the back so I could add some journalling.

The cardstock in the Bliss collection is really really pretty so I let it shine on this spread, cut down to 4x4 with a simple chipboard sticker on it. I added some more stickers to the photos on the spread for an easy but cute layout.

Throughout the mini album I used lots of the Basics alpha stickers as a focal point and word strips to capture how I felt about this pictures. Here I also used one of the 3x4 elements to fill up my pockets and quiet down a busy spread.

This is my second favourite spread in the album. A cute picture from our trip that goes really well with Bliss on one side and one of my favourite quotes of the trip from my younger son using the Basics alpha stickers again.

Here I used one of the photo flips. When we go on trips I collect bits and pieces of ephemera to go with my pictures and this cut out from a fast food tray liner was perfect in the photo flip above our lunch picture. I just folded down the sticky edge of the photo flip and attached it  to the back of the page protector.

When we go on trips, I always pick up some film for my instant camera for my older son. He loves taking pictures with it and I love seeing things from his point of view! I added his favourite ones to a 3x4 photo booklet and slid the back of it into one of the page protector pockets for a quick flip book. It was the perfect way to add in his pictures.

I had so much fun making this mini album. There are so many fun sizes of page protectors and accessories that it’s easy to add all of my pictures and things into an album.

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