November 2014 Blog Posts

Hey everyone! Andrea here with you today to share a Christmas organizer I made using the DIY Christmas Collection and a SN@P! Burlap Binder.  This is how I’m going to keep it all together throughout the holiday season!
The book has a place for everything.  I’ve tabbed sections for a calendar, card list, gift list, store ads, recipes and lists.
There’s a spot for stamps, receipts, recipes and tags.
There’s also plenty of room in the pocket pages for me to add photos and journaling to document the season.
If this can’t help me stay organized, then nothing will!
Thanks for joining me today.  I hope that your holiday season is organized and stress free.



Hi!  It's Kim here with you today.  Happy Thanksgiving to our US friends!

I am blessed to have my eight children, husband, and both sets of our parents together this year for Thanksgiving. We are looking forward to a day filled with gratitude (and food, of course). I have created two projects that both reflect the Thankful theme. Being on the Simple Stories design team has been another thing I am thankful for!

Although this project was created as a card, I think it would be wonderful in a cute frame. It’s sweet, simple and to the point.


I’ve been wanting to play around with this wooden embroidery hoop for a while, so I recently pulled it out of my drawer. I put fabric in the hoop then added some darling paper crafting elements. I wanted a “collage” look and I really love how it turned out. Try mixing fabric with your next project!


Have a wonderful (and blessed) week!



Hey there friends!!!  It’s Vicki here dropping in with a layout all about how THANKFUL I am to be blessed with the best mom ever!  When I sat down to work on this page I decided to use the Simple Stories Legacy line.  I love how the earthy, richness of this line really allows the photo to “pop”.  Take a look…

I played off of the over sized “&” from the Legacy 2x12 Border, 4x12 Title Elements paper and went with an exaggerated title block by layering letter stickers, chipboard pieces (mom was taken from “Memories” on the Chipboard Sticker sheet) and Bits & Pieces.  Here is a closer look…

Journaling is often overlooked on my pages.  I kind of like (ok, LOVE) product and focus on photos more.  This time I had something to say so I added handwritten journaling strips which act as a design detail.  Here is a close up…

A layout would not be complete without a little layered element so I created a “Love Tree” with the Legacy Bits & Pieces.

Here is a close up of the top of the photo.  I cut apart a Legacy SN@P! Card to get the “cherish”.

Take a closer look at the title here…

I love the details and gorgeous artwork on the Simple Stories lines!!!  The attention to detail on the Legacy line is AMAZING!!!!

Well thanks for stopping by!!!  Hope you get a little time between the turkey and good company to craft a little!!!!  Happy Thanksgiving!


Hello there, Simple Stories fans! Teri here today, and I'm here with another pocket page spread. I'm excited to share with you a couple pages made with Sweater Weather.
I did something really different this time with my pages. Usually, I build my pages around events or happenings in my life right now. But I decided this time to instead create a couple pages about things I'm thankful for right now.
I think the Sweater Weather collection was the perfect collection to use for these pages because it is packed with Fall icons and patterns and features so many words that work with a gratitude-themed project. It just works.
My spread is a bit on the random side, featuring a bunch of random pictures and words. On this first page, I wanted to create a title card to set the theme for the spread. I cut apart the "thankful" chipboard word and then stamped "for this" on the label die-cut. 
And check out the "Love" card here.  I randomly wrote a bunch of things I was thankful for, printed them out and then adhered them to a 3x4 card.  
My right page is a lot like my left page. There are a few pictures and some random things I am thankful for on it as well. 
I embellished the "Home" card by adding a heart, some leaves and an enamel dot. For the card next to it, I added some patterned paper, a few die-cuts and a little twine. I also added the sticker sentiment. 
The thing I love about Simple Stories' products is you can use them as they come or you can really customize them to suit needs by mixing different pieces together. 
So before I go, let's talk about albums for a minute (or two or three). I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in red to document all of my 2014 adventures and thoughts. I frequently scrapbook out of order so I like that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 3 and Design 10 for this spread. I love that Simple Stories offers so many different styles of pages. I think it helps me to keep my pages interesting by use different page styles.



Hi Everyone!  Marie here today with another Life Documented spread.  This one features a lot of things I am grateful for, especially during fall.  I used the Simple Stories Sweater Weather line to make these pages.

I have to confess, autumn used to be my least favorite season, but in recent years it's become one of my favorites.  I love the fall colors, cozy sweaters, fires, and of course, Thanksgiving.  Here's a closer look at my pages.



In some places I placed stickers on top of the page protectors instead of straight on the cards or photos. It helps give the page a little more dimension.

I chose to leave the knit sweater card blank, because I love the look.  It looks like there is an actual sweater in the pocket.

And the list of things I am grateful for is not complete without some mention of coffee.  I took a coffee sleeve and placed it directly in one of the pockets, held down by a sticker.
I hope you've enjoyed looking at my pages using Sweater Weather today.  I hope you are enjoying this beautiful season.


Hi there, Angella with you today to share my project called HelloI It's a Beautiful Life.   The new Life Documented scrapbook collection says it all!  it is a beautiful, so I thought what better way to celebrate this range than to make a banner to hang over my office desk.  What could be better then walking into work and seeing your banner hanging there like sunshine?

I used a chipboard banner as my base, I then covered the banner papers from the 12 x12 Paper Kit.   It was easy - just trace, cut and glue the pattern paper onto the banner pieces.

To decorate the banners,  I used chipboard pieces, Insta Squares, Clear Photo Stickers and the Bits & Pieces. You can totally go wild with this collection. I love it!

Here are a few close up shots of the individual banne pieces - 

When you have finished decorating your banner pieces, just string raffia or ribbon through holes and top off with a bows.


Hi, it's Shellye!  Today I'm sharing a trio of cards that focus on the brand new "Life Documented" Collection.  The collection is a series of bright colors, trendy patterns and cute icons...perfect for a set of cards!

First up is a 6X6 card entitled "Hello"

I was inspired by the diagonal patterns on the backs of the 2X2 Insta Squares cards.  I arranged them in a grid pattern and added a strip of the woodgrain washi tape to the sides of the two pieces on the right.  I focused the design on the left by simply accenting with a cut-out portion of the "hello" 3X3 card, a couple of chipboard pieces, enamel dots and matching polka dot bow.

Next up is a 4X6 birthday card showcasing the Washi Paper Tape:


I cut a swatch of paper that was the same width as the 3x3 "1 great year" card and then applied various strips of the paper washi tapes to it.
The banner chipboard sticker was the perfect divider and just says CELEBRATE!

Lastly is a heavily layered card that features some of the softer, feminine sides of the collection:

Squares, squares, squares!  Using the three different sizes of squares found in the Insta Squares Pack made this a really quick card to put together.  Again, I trimmed out the speech bubble sentiment and added a few cute chipboard stickers around it.  


Hello there everyone! Donna here today, your host for the blog, and I have two layouts to share with you using the new Life Documented scrapbook collection. I have been fortunate enough to be on the Simple Stories design team for nearly three years now, and in that time I have had many favorite paper collections. But, I have to tell you, this one may be my most favorite yet! To start, I used several cards from the new collection to create this first layout.

I have said many times here before on the blog that I am a simple scrapper at heart. Even if you don’t keep a Life Documented pocket page album, the cards in this collection provide great inspiration for layouts. Use them to create an instant grid. They make it so quick and easy to put layouts together! Make the design work even easier, and use a card to double as a title for your page.

In this close-up you can see a few of my favorite products from this new line: Basic Washi Paper TapePhoto Stickers, and Bradz. I always cut the prongs off of my brads when scrapbooking and so I feel like the new self adhesive Bradz were made just for me!

I also used one of the journaling cards as a home for my journaling and a close-up photo of my silly boy.  

Speaking of grids, I have had a lot of fun lately in my scrapbooking playing with asymmetrical grids and designs. For this second layout I wanted to create a clean background with simple patterns to feature a collection of photos of my boys from the past year.

I used the white grid paper so as to not compete with the colors in the photographs, and added color to the layout with the yellow striped and polka dotted paper off to the side. I took inspiration from the collection’s name to create the title for this layout, and added a pop of color to this part of the design using the Chipboard PiecesBradz and Enamel Dots.

I do love our crazy life and my three boys very much!

I just know that once you get a chance to use the new Life Documented collection you are going to love it as much as I do! Thank you for stopping by the blog today!