Hello Simple Stories fans, Layle here with you today :)
I'm excited to introduce you to our March guest designer, Ashley Horton -
Here's a little bit about Ashley -
Hi! My name is Ashley Horton and I live in the Southern US with my husband Tyler and our three children. I started scrapbooking about 8 years ago, and have been in love with it ever since. Scrapbooking has always been a fun creative outlet for me and I also set goals that I wanted to achieve, and have been very fortunate in recent years to be published in several paper and online magazines and have designed for a variety of Blogs and Manufacturers. I am currently designing for American Crafts, Silhouette, Echo Park, Creative Scrappers, and Get It Scrapped! I like to have fun when I am creating and enjoy telling the stories of our family on my layouts. Even though Scrapbooking takes up the majority of my free time, I also enjoy cooking, reading, and watching movies!
Ashley created a few gorgeous projects for us this month using our new A Charmed Life collection!
According to Ashley -
Most of the time, I like to create a title on my layout as the focal point of my page. But I couldn't resist using the wood grain paper in the collection, that came pre-printed with the phrase "A Charmed Life". Having a built in title really makes it quick and easy to put your pages together. I placed my photos above the title and matted them with two different patterned papers from the collection. I also thought it would be fun to layer one of the transparent overlays included with the collection kit, over my smaller photo, for added detail. I finished my page design by adding some of the chipboard pieces, stickers, and brads.
The 8 Sn@p! Cuts jumped out at me, when I looked through the collection. I thought the Navy polka dot cut would make a great large mat, to place behind the photo. Once I had my mat and photo in place, I layered a piece of paper cut from the heart pattern. I loved the look of hearts "floating" against the wood grain background. And the Sn@p! Insta Squares were perfect for completing my design.
It's always fun to create a card and add a pocket to the front. You can tuck in a gift card, note, or just a fun patterned paper design. I used one of the Sn@p! Pockets for the front of my card, and placed the clover cut from the Sn@p! Cuts package inside the pocket. I added the star brad to the center of the cut card, to hold it in place. The mix of the word "Lucky" from the chipboard package and the sticker "like a four leaf clover" paired perfectly, to complete the sentiment for my card. I also used some of the left over hearts, from my A Charmed Life layout. Those left overs can always come in handy, when you are a creating a card!
I really loved working with A Charmed Life! The mix of Green, Yellow and Navy in this collection work so well together. I also love the fact, that this collection can be used for masculine or feminine layouts, since we have two daughters and a son. The chipboard pieces are great for adding dimension to your projects and the cute 8 Sn@p! Cuts are really on trend with the die cut look that is appearing on so many projects.
Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us this month, Ashley! We loved working with you :)To see more projects using our A Charmed Life collection, check out our Charmed Life Pinterest board -