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Hi everyone! It’s Tara with Secretbees Studio  We might be in the thick of Summer but it is not too early to start getting those paper crafted Halloween albums and decorations started. Especially since Simple Stories has some of the cutest holiday paper collections ready for you! The Say Cheese Halloween collection is full of bright magical colors and so many bewitching patterns. Plus this collection has the happy kids dressed up in their most adorable costumes along with not so scary pumpkins, ghosts and spiders. All in all, this collection will add so much fun to any holiday project!

This sweet wallet mini album is perfect for holding lots of Halloween memories and it has lots of pockets and interactive elements! When closed, it measures 8.5" x 4.25" but it opens up to reveal lots of openings and pockets like any great wallet.

The bottom section has its own 'credit card' slots that holds four of the 3x4 journal cards and a gusseted pocket that holds 4x6 journal cards. All have been decorated and embellished with the charming stickers and bits & pieces.

The center section folds out on both sides to reveal several photo spots including a couple of small flip out sections and a pocket! The large center holds another photo flip that showcases the super cute 4x6 journal cards with photo holders on the backs. Check out the walk through with instructions on making your own photo wallet like this one on my YouTube channel!

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Hi everyone! Summertime is definitely the season to get outdoors and experience nature! There is nothing more satisfying than living for a few days without all of the comfortable conveniences of home-LOL! 

With the release of the new Simple Stories Happy Trails collection, I knew I had to create a camping mini showcasing the colorful woodsy patterns and outdoorsy sentiments. I covered different  chipboard pieces with the fun patterns and made the front and back covers in the shape of a camper. 

Each page features layers of paper, stickers, chipboard and bits & pieces along with some of the journal cards. This collection is so full of the most adorable details including some of the cutest mosquitos you will ever encounter! The page fronts have tons of space for photos and journaling along with a flip feature for even more mementos!

The back of the pages are equally as cute with a pocket filled with journal card tags and another with a band that holds an additional pull-out card. These pages, too, are stacked with more of the stickers, bits & pieces and sentiments! 

So take a hike and then document your trip in the great outdoors with this super fun collection that is perfect for all of your camping adventures!

You can see this mini in all of it's amazing detail by checking out the video at my YouTube channel!

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Hi everyone! Father's Day may be over but if you are like me, you have some leftovers of the paper collection you used for cards and other Father's Day crafts. Everybody could use a super cute tool caddy for their desk or workbench and I used my extra paper scraps to make this winning tool caddy that is made even more useful with a lazy susan base underneath so it easily turns!

The lazy susan base, which is four inches square, was bought on Amazon. There are other sizes available as well but I thought this would be a great size for the caddy. The sides and bottom of the caddy were put together from heavy chipboard before being covered in the bold and bright patterned papers from the Simple Stories 'Dad Life' paper collection.

The caddy holder is three inches square and almost four inches tall which is plenty big to hold a large assortment of tools. After covering the chipboard sides with the playful patterned paper, I layered on a couple of picture frames along with the charming shape and sentiment stickers. I used lots of foam adhesive too, for extra dimension!

For added pizazz, I topped off the base with colorful brads and added in matching enamel dots on some of the embellishments. The frames, on two sides of the caddy, are open at the top so the pictures can easily be slipped out and changed for lots of variety.  

This caddy is not only adorable but useful as well. Any dad would love to be able to look at and use this every day! You can see this caddy in action and also check out how to make one of your own on my YouTube channel!

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