Tara Chaussee's Blog Posts

Hi everyone! It’s Tara with Secretbees Studio and I have the sweetest tags to share today! Christmas is getting closer and it is never too early to start the wrapping of your gifts. Sometimes, instead of using fancy paper, I prefer just kraft and then I can really light up the packages with super cute tags! And the ‘Very Merry’ collection is full of the most adorable holiday images in awesome traditional colors!

Tags are the perfect way to use up your small paper scraps and left over embellishments from a collection! I had already used the ‘Very Merry’ collection on another project but held on to those last few pieces of patterned paper and decorative pieces I had left. I took some large manila tags and small white tags that I had in my stash and just got busy adding scraps and stickers and ephemera galore! All of the pieces in this collection look so beautiful together!

I did add in a few tiny details in the form of wooden stars and hearts, colorful enamel dots and festive twine. I also couldn’t resist making lots of paper curls to give these tags that final flair! The backs of the tags are totally blank so I have plenty of room to write in the lucky recipients name. Now to just get the Christmas shopping done! Thanks for visiting!


Hi everyone! It’s Tara from Secretbees Studio and I’m here to show you how you can take your favorite Simple Stories paper collections and create your own Travelers notebook! Travelers Notebooks are not just for journaling- they are so awesome for collecting memories, thoughts and mementos and you can fill them with pictures too.This gorgeous notebook showcases the 'Beautiful' paper collection from Simple Stories along with its stunning stickers, chipboard and Bits and Pieces!

I used sturdy chipboard to create the covers and spine of the notebook along with a few other supplies like sticky back canvas, bookbinding tape and elastic cord. I also added some plain paper inserts to my notebook that I covered with more of the gorgeous ‘Beautiful’ patterned paper. 

There is also a hand crafted paper insert in the center of this notebook with folding pages, pull-outs and pockets! More room for all of your favorite memories using the papers and embellishments from the collection! Please visit my youtube channel for a full video tutorial on how to create this beautiful Travelers Notebook! Thanks for visiting!



Hi everyone! It’s Tara, aka Secretbees Studio  here with you today to share the sweetest mini scrapbook made with the ‘Vintage Blessings’ paper collection! It’s no secret that I love making mini albums and when you have a fabulous collection like this one, it is so easy and enjoyable!  
This paper collection is all about love for family, friends and Fall! There are sweet vintage images paired with lots of hearts,florals and birds in the deep, beautiful colors of Fall. This pocket and tag album is perfect to display all of the wonderful patterns that mix and match so well together! 
This is a chunky little album measuring about 3.25" by 4.25" and is full of 6 pockets and coordinating tags. The die I used allows you to cut as many pockets as you would like but depending on the embellishments, I would say 5 or 6 is the limit! That gives you lots of space for all of your Fall memories!
Each pocket holds a tag that I die cut first out of card stock for sturdiness. Each tag was then layered with a smaller tag of the pretty patterned papers of the collection. Because my mini has so many pockets, I kept each tag thin by just adding a few charming stickers. Here are the fronts of all of the tags!
And of course, the just as adorable back sides of the tags! The colors in this collection are so rich and lovely!
I just had to show you the inside front cover! The patterned paper of tiny houses is so sweet and I popped off the word 'love; from the background so there is plenty of room to slide a photo in!
Each pocket and tag combo is beautiful and unique, but I do have some favorites! I am a sucker for florals and Simple Stories does them in the most gorgeous way! This flowered pocket is highlighted with the amazing birdie washi tape and one of the sweet birds in the collection!
No surprise, another fabulous floral sticker together with a Bits & Pieces sentiment!
I just love the contrasting patterns and colors of this pocket! The mix of mustard yellow with soft pink and turquoise  are so retro and stunning! I have added in a heart and sentiment ephemera from the Bits & Pieces pack for just the right touch!
There are more pretty pockets to this mini album and if you would like to see them all, I invite you to my Instagram or youtube channel for a short video showing all of them! The 'Vintage Blessings' paper collection is a definite must-have for your Fall memories!