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Howdy! Layle here with you again today with some fun news.
We're super excited to introduce Project Idea Sheets - free, downloadable project idea sheets with step by step instructions. Beginning with our most recent releases, you can now look forward to Project Idea Sheets with each of our new collections!
Project Idea Sheets include 2 projects - a 12x12 layout & a Pocket Page Spread - as well as a list of tools and products needed to create the project along with step by step instructions.
Today brings you the first of our new Project Idea Sheets - Homespun; simply click on the link below to download & enjoy!
We hope you enjoy it!
Did you know we also have free, downloadable Simple Inspiration eBooks? You can see that here!
On Pinterest? To view more Homespun projects check out our Homespun Pinterest board -
Hello All! Alissa here today with another week of my life documented! Yay!!! The Simple Stories collections make it so easy to get these weeks done! Weeks from the middle of 2013, even. :) Today, I've got one of the new collections from the 2014 Winter CHA show, A Charmed Life. I LOVE the greens, blues and yellows of this line. It's not only for spring and St Patrick's Day. I love it for everyday!
It's such a pretty collection.
I used 2 different designs of the 12x12 Pocket Pages (Design 3 and Design 5) and 2 different designs of the 6x8 Pocket Pages (6x8 & 3x4/4x6) as a 3 page insert. I LOVE adding inserts! Too much, sometimes, i think. I'm moving into my 3rd 12x12 album for 2013 and I'm sure I will need 3 for 2014. Darn inserts! HAHA.
I think the Happy and Lucky cards are my favorites in the whole collection!
Here's insert page number 1. I added in all the extra photos from the week in a 6x8 pocket from the SN@P! Pockets pack and journaled about the week on the front. Just slip it in a 6x8 Pocket Page and you're good to go.
This was the week I took a bunch of photos of my team at work, on the green wall (I LOVE that green wall!) and included them all in a couple of the 3x4/4x6 Pocket Pages.
Here are a few close ups of my spread pages.
A chipboard arrow, a few stickers and a date stamp turn one of the 4x6 cards from from the Horizontal Journaling Card Elements set into a weekly title card.
I know it's a lot of photos, but I wanted to share it all with you. This collection is so awesome and is perfect for so much more than just St Patrick's Day!
I'm using the 12x12 SN@P! Faux Leather album in Teal for my Life Documented spreads. I just love these albums. They are super sturdy and the teal color is fabulous!
Also, here are the Pocket Pages I used in the spread.
There you have it! A Charmed Life documenting a late summer week of everyday stuff. Perfect! This line is so much more versatile than the first glance might just offer! What will you create with A Charmed Life?
Products used from A Charmed Life:
Hi there! Layle here with you today :)
Today I'm back with another Fan Focus Friday!
We have so many great Simple Stories fans out there that we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the work shared with us.
So, here goes!
This month, let me introduce you to Amber Boren -
Hi! My name is Amber Boren. I grew up in California, but now live in sunny Arizona with my husband and four children. Yes, I love warm weather!! Life is so precious. That is why I believe we should document all the wonderful moments, and everything in between. Life goes by way too fast.
Here are 3 fabulous layouts she recently created with our A Charmed Life collection -
You'll notice that Amber has photos of teens and boys are her layouts - A Charmed Life is not only a great springy collection, but it works great for older kids AND boys as well!
Thanks so much Amber for sharing your work with us this month!
To see more projects using our A Charmed Life collection, check out our A Charmed Life Pinterest board -
Hi there everyone! Donna here today as your host, and I have a bit of a mixed-up post for you today. Even though it's been two months since CHA, I still haven't had a chance to share my projects with you here on the blog. I love everything that Simple Stories designs, but the two main collections released this past season, A Charmed Life and Homespun are definitely up there among my favorites.
Since St. Patricks's Day is just around the corner, let's start with this lucky card first:
Layered clovers... might be my new favorite shape. Love the mix of kelly green and navy in this collection.
And of course, we cannot forget the yellow polka dots:
I made another card for the show using Homespun, and the chipboard pieces from that collection.
As soon as I saw that little bicycle I knew I wanted to feature it on a card.
Some of you may not know that I am a huge fan of sketches and have actually written two eBooks all about them, Stretch Your Sketches and Stretch Your Sketches 2. The first eBook covers one-photo to seven-photo designs, while the sequel covers 8-photo through 20-photo designs.
This next layout uses a variation of one of the sketches featured in my second book. In place of photos I used the new Insta-Squares that were released with Homespun:
These little pre-cut squares make it so easy and fun to create your own customized patterned paper grid.
Speaking of hodgepodge, grids are such a great way to fit a lot of otherwise mixed-up photos onto a page. This next layout wasn't made for the show, but I want to share it with you today. You see, until recently I still hadn't scrapbooked any of our past Christmas photos and really wanted to make something before too much time passed. I used December Documented's Simple Basics Kit as the foundation for my page.
You're probably getting tired of me saying it, but I love the Simple Basics packs. I think the chalkboard background worked really well here since it is fairly neutral. With all the busyness in the photos I wanted to keep the rest of the layout rather simple.
I took a few highlight photos from the season and created a photo grid on an 8x10, added my title and finished with some very simple embellishments. It didn't take me very long at all to put together and now we have at least one layout documenting our Christmas. That's what my grandma used to call, "a good deal."
Thank you all for stopping by, and for letting me share my creations with you today!
A Charmed Life
Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca Keppel here with one of my favorite Simple Stories releases A Charmed Life. I adore the colors, the designs and just everything about this new collection, but I especially love how versatile it is. You can make an everday card:
You can make a more detailed layout:
You can even make a pocket page spread! I based mine on Becky Fleck's amazing skecth available now at Pagemaps.
How is that for versatility? This collection is perfect for boys and girls of all ages and all themes. I love how happy and sunny it is. Have you been creating with A Charmed Life? What other projects is it perfect for?
- 12 x 12 Collection Kit #3700
- Bits and Pieces #3729
- Chipboard #3728
- Brads #3727
- Simple Basics #3701
- SN@P Cuts 3726
- SN@P Cards 33723
Silhouette Simple Stories Digital Cuts
Hi everyone !
The first thing I did for my title card was cut out the middle of the doilie from the Homespun Collection. Now it was ready for the title, the date and then the patterned paper on the bottom. I am in love with the honeycomb paper on one of the Summer Sn@p Cards. I cut up the paper to make a great patterned for the top of the title card.
I did some more hand cutting up the Sn@p cards again and made some waves for this journaling card. The clothes line banner from the Squares and Pieces Summer Sn@p Set was a perfect fit to embellish this card.
The other side of my 2 page spread came together super easy with these fun pocket page.
I love to use big photos in my layouts. They can make a big impact to the overall look. This pocket page was perfect to house my big photo. To add to my photo I decided to use one of the new DIY Clear Photo Overlays. I made a clear frame with a slick writer and added some pieces from the Summer Sn@p Squares and Pieces.
I needed to add some type of journaling card to my Pocket Page. This one was perfect and super fast because it was already mostly embellished.
One last close up.
I will be using the Teal Sn@ap Faux Leather Album for my Life Documented pages. It is so durable and looks great !
DIY Products Used :
Thank you so much for letting me share my pages with you today !
Angella here today with a spash of Colour using the new Summer Paradise simple set for a SUMMER mini album ! for some of you out there, i promise the hot weather is coming.
I loved Summer paradise as soon as i saw it ! The Colours are great for those summer projects and best of all it is a FUN collection!
I have created a mini album using a chipboard beach pail album, and the summer paradise 12x12 simple set. the summer paradise collection comes complete to create great projects.
1. cover your chipboard pages with pattern paper
2. Choose one of the pages for your front cover and decorate with the fundamental cardstock stickers
3 . to create the funky classes as i have, the classes are cut from the Elements 1 1#6034 page, then i just dressed them!
4. 3d foam the front cover and another page together, this is so you can add elements to your bucket - example straws, cardstock stickers.
I have also used the DIY Enamel dots and Burlap stickers - arrows for that added extra Zing !
Have a great day all !
Hello Simple Stories fans, Layle here with you today :) If you haven't changed your clocks to 'spring forward', here's your reminder :)
Well, I've invited Julie back again this month and I'm absolutely thrilled to share another one of her amazing mini albums she created for one of her March kits, this time with our A Charmed Life collection! A Charmed Life is the perfect collection to 'spring forward' with it's fresh, springy pallette!
Here are some shots of her 'springy' minibook, prepared to be WOWED!
Here are all of the inside pages -
AMAZEBALLS - am I right?!!
She also created this fun two page layout with plenty of room for LOTS of photos -
Pretty awesome, right?! Every time I see one of Julie's creations with our products, my jaw literally drops. She's one talented lady!
Julie has graciously offered one of our readers her A Charmed Life mini album kit - everything you need to put together a gorgeous mini album of your very own! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and on the 13th we'll be back here to announce the random lucky winner!
To see more projects using our A Charmed Life collection, check out our A Charmed Life Pinterest board -
Thanks Julie for sharing your beautiful work with us again!!
As I was looking through the pack of Insta Squares I was thrilled with all of the colors and designs and knew that I wanted to create a page to showcase these beauties. I began by choosing my favorite pieces and arranging them in a grid using the navy dot as my background to really make them pop. I could have easily stopped there and even framed the piece as it was so pretty to look at! But I had the perfect pictures to showcase on my background.
After adding my picture of my son and his furry friend I began to add different items to the squares to dress them up.
And that is all it took! Wow, I am totally in love with these Insta Squares!
I created my next layout using a grid design also and the Sn@p! Birthday cards to celebrate my son's 3rd birthday. I decided to go with the teal and red color cards as my base along with the 3 favorite things card as my son was turning 3. I again chose a navy background to make my cards pop, but this time to add a fun feel to my layout I tilted my design and used a bright yellow for more of a kick.
This time my grid wasn't exact, but it gave me a quick place to start from. I again embellished the different cards using the pieces included with the Insta Squares and the Sn@p! stickers.
Since I had quite a few pictures from the various events of our little guys birthday I decided to showcase my favorite that really shows his personality and then using some cardstock which I folded in accordian style I included the rest of the pictures, tying them up in a neat little package.
I don't always use a grid design, but with such great products at your fingertips it makes the grid a great tool for your scrapbooking! Join me at my blog for another look at a grid layout using the Sn@p! Everyday set. See you next month!
Supply List for Just Like Family
3803 Expression Cardstock Stickers
3829 Bits & Pieces
3811 Horizontal Journaling Card Elements
3821 Navy Dots
3830 Insta Squares
Supply List for Celebrating You
4193 Insta Squares & Pieces