Hi beautiful Simple Stories friends, Cristina here with a new project I made with a brand new collection Going Places. This is a wonderful collection totally focused on travel but It’s also so versatile that you can decide to use the beautiful papers full of amazing designs for any other themes you prefer. When I started leafing through the various sheets of patterned papers I was completely drawn to the colors and designs of this wonderful collection. A style so unique that Simple Stories are able to make it so attractive and suitable for any type of project.

I decided to use one of the patterned papers that most impressed me because I love diagonal striped patterns. To break the repetition of the stripes, I decided to insert a portion of white solid cardstock paper which I then decorated with one of the scalloped stickers.

To add some dimensional element I decided to stitch with my sewing machine using a light pink thread. Since the photo I had decided to use depicts a camera, I thought that the elements of the sheet of stickers included in the kit package were very suitable for the result I wanted to achieve. Having chosen a patterned paper with only one color I was able to have fun using all the beautiful elements of the sheet of stickers rich in warm colors. I cut out the tags from one of the other patterned paper that I used as a decorative element around the photo and that I can never do without in my projects.

In this collection there are so many fun and versatile designs that you can cut from the pages or add from the packs of stickers, die-cuts or chipboards and each one can give you different ideas to spread creativity everywhere! On this project I only used the collection kit which includes a 12x12 sheet of stickers and it gave me enough embellishments to complete my composition and embellish my page in so many different ways!

That’s it! I had so much fun making this page so I hope to have inspired you in some way. Thanks so much for joining me today and see you to the next post.


Hello my friends!  Today I’m wishing you springtime fun and bunny kisses with the Simple Stories Hip Hop Hooray Collection.  This collection is a breath of fresh air and springtime fun.

When you think spring, you’ll find flowers, butterflies, birdies and of course bunnies and eggs!  This collection has them all in yummy spring colors – yellow, pink, teal, orange and green. I love making with the perfectly coordinated papers and printed die cut bits and pieces. 

I created several different style cards to share today including scenes with blue skies and waves of rolling green hills.

Circles are perfect for embellishing -  like this wreath.  Adding a floral spray at the top and a bunny at the bottom with adhesive foam tape makes it extraordinary. 

All of my cards today were made with the 6x8 paper pad.  The smaller pages are perfect for card making.  One sheet cut in half is the perfect size for an A2 size card front.  The smaller pages mean a smaller pattern print too.

A great way to use up all those pretty scraps your saving is to make a card with a color block technique.  Simply attach strips of pattern paper together to make a one of a kind print background. 

Journal cards and journaling bits and pieces make beautiful focal points for layered cards.   This collection has lots of extras too.. decorative brads, enamel dots, and washi that are total eye candy taking your cards to the next level!

The Journal Bits and Pieces include lots of sentiment strips, tabs and labels.  If you look close you’ll see I stacked labels on this background to create a base to embellished with die cut images.

There’s so much to love about this collection.  I can’t wait to mail these cute cards to send Easter wishes and spread the smiles.


Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new layout to share with the Best Year Ever collection. If you haven't seen this collection yet it's absolutely fabulous!  It practically covers all the seasons and holidays.  It has to be the most versatile collection I've ever seen!  I decided to focus on the summer elements from the collection.  I just pulled out everything that felt like summer and went from there.

I started by cutting out a big heart from pattern paper. I then added machine stitching on each strip.  For the outside of the heart I hand stitch using multi colored thread.

I layered some ephemera in a few spots.  The florals are so pretty!

I don't very often journal on my layouts so one of my favorite embellishments is word and phrase stickers.  I always try to add a few.  I then finished off the layout with a few enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by!


Hello, it’s Emma back with you today. I’ve been setting up the Navy 6x8 Sn@p! Binder, using the Going Places collection. I’ve decorated the front of the binder by papering and layering, I cut some large tags out and used one of the foam words, a brad and a chipboard piece for more detail. 

If you are a traveller, then this is the perfect collection for you to document your adventures!

I love decorating the dividers in these binders, using the 6x8 paper pad makes it super easy!!

I’ve filled some of the 6x4 pocket pages with some fun cards, adding detail with stickers from the 12x12 Sticker sheet, enamel dots, brads, ephemera and also using some of the smaller 2x2 cut aparts.

I know I say this every time...but, I do love to outline all the stickers, photo mats ect...it makes them stand out and pop! Do you have something that you always like to do when you’re crafting? I think I’d feel like I hadn’t finished a project if I didn’t outline everything!

I’ve also decorated one of the 6x8 patterned cards out of the navy binder. This particular one I’ve done by cutting out two areas for journaling from the small 6x6 Basics paper pad. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a little look at how I’ve started using the Going Places collection and also a fun way you can incorporate pages from the Basics collection. You can find lots more pictures on my IG account where I’ve used Simple Stories collections.


Hi everybody! I am Happy to be back! I´m Maria Celeste from GuiadeManualidades.com. Today I have something special for all of you. The Simple Vintage Garden District Collection is so amazing… I fell completely in love… The colors, details, designs are so beautiful… When I saw it, the first thing that came to my mind was “I have to make something with a romantic style". Something special to remember that amazing and romantic trip with the love of my life.

Simple Vintage Garden District Collection has most of the things I love: butterflies, flowers, pastel colors. So the project I decided to make was a mini album with plenty space for photographs. I hope you find this idea really inspiring…

For this project I decided to combine many of the collection products, but I´ll be using one of them in a different way. I will make a shaker for the cover using one of the layered frames. As I told you in my first project, it´s really important to add our personal touch to every creation. You are also going to see me adding a bit of sewing and playing with the washi tape and the stamp set of the collection.

Remember that you can make this mini album in the size you want. For my project I cut 3 pieces of stable cardboard : #1- 10” w x 7 1/2” h (cut 2 of it), #2- 2 1/4” w x 7 1/2” h.

I used two of the collection kit papers and one of the basic kit papers to cover all the structure. You can glue them together or sew them.

Once the papers are ready, we are ready to prepare our mini album structure and decorate the cover. For making a very special cover I combined some ribbons, die cuts, stickers, chipboards, enamels dots and I prepared a shaker full of chunky glitter and shape sequins. To transform the layered frame into a shaker I used white foam and acetate. Besides, I added ribbons for closing the mini album  and a bit of twine. This is the moment of the making process that you have to play and combine everything you like. I love to do it!  It´s like making magic! After a few minutes of working our cover is ready.

I definitely wanted a lot of space for photographs so making a classic spine with pocket pages was the best choice. For making the spine I cut a piece of white cardsotck paper of 9 1/2” w x 7 1/4” h. Then you have to scored it in 1 ½”, 2”, 2 ½”, 2 7/8”, 3 3/8”, 3 7/8”, 4 ¼”, 4 ¾”, 5 ¼”, 5 5/8”, 6 1/8”, 6 5/8”, 7”, 7 ½”, 8”.  As a result you are going to have a classic spine with 5 hinges. Glue it in the interior of the mini album structure.

We still have to prepare some more things before starting the wonderful process of decorating. I love to spend hours doing it! It´s the most creative and happy thing to do… don´t you think? As we have 5 hinges, we are going to prepare 5 pocket pages. To get them ready cut 5 pieces of  white cardstock of  9” w x 15” h. Place the paper on your scoring board (heigth) and scored in 7 ¼”, 14 ½”. The last ½” is what your are going to glue to close the pocket. Repeat the proccess with all the other papers.  Pockets pages are ready! And you can add an extra page inside of them using the papers of the basic kit. Remember that this pages must be a bit smaller than the pocket pages. One beautiful detail that can be added is the use of an edge punch.

Let's start with the creative work… let´s make magic with the wonderful papers of Simple Vintage Garden District Collection! We have to choose 10 paper designs and combine them as we like. But the most important thing is to use everything we have to decorate them. Washi tape, die cuts, stickers, chipboard, enamels dots and stamps. If you like you can add sewing details as well as embroidery details.  All of that makes our composition as romantic as possible and it is great. As you can see I decorated just some parts of the paper to leave as much space as possible for my pictures and memories

I hope you like this idea and now you feel inspired to created beautiful mini books using SV Garden District Collection! I´m sure you are going to fall in love with this collection…

See you next time!


Hi there,

Nathalie with you today with some inspiration on documenting yourself.  I know most of us have a hard time taking pictures of ourselves/selfies which results on the lack of your presence on your documenting.   Here is where the new Simple Stories I AM 2020 comes  in to save your day.  All the papers and  designs are just perfect to bring your story forward.  Let me show you:

I started the page by, literally, copying the design the papers created when fanned out on the page.   I used the b-side of the Blooming Paper as the background for the page; then cut papers from the 6x8 paper pad, 3x4 elements and Fierce papers to create the paper fan idea on the page.  I took my time hanstitching the edges of the paper.  

The starting point of the papers create the perfect spot for my pictures.  However the stitched edges of the papers are a great place to add embellishments, such as phrase stickers, ephemera, brads and enamel dots.  I even used the gorgeous foam gold alpha words to set my title in place along the stitched edge of the top paper.

I added a small  piece of vellum behind the picture and set it at the corner above the paper fans.  I pulled one of the journaling ephemera to anchor the cluster of embellishments to the layout and picture.   All the floral in this collection are amazing!!!

Just to balance the bottom cluster, i added a  second one to the top of the page.  To make the page cohesive, i repeated a few of the banner ideas in the cluster, and added a butterfly to each of the major clusters

I love how my crazy ideas turned into this colorful an beautiful layout all about ME.   I am sure the new I AM 2020 will become a new favorite of yours.   Remember to share with us what you created with the Simple Stories collections.




Hi Friends, It’s Dorymar today sharing an AMAZING Sn@p Album.  For this project I used the new Best Year Ever Collection. When I saw the collection I fell in love instantly!  With this collection you can document all your adventures month by month, with beautiful colors, beautiful designs and fantastic feelings for each month. It’s just FANTASTIC.

For the cover I wanted to incorporate all the seasons of the year. To achieve this, I combined some patterns with the die cuts, stickers and chipboards of the collection. In the background I used the B side of the January paper and sewed the entire edge.

In the center of the cover, I used a digital cut file from the Cut Shoppe called Let Them Eat Pie. I filled each of the trapezes with different papers from the 6x8 paper pad and used the washi tape from the collection. In some of the trapezes I created shakers to give texture and fun to the project. For the inside of the album, I decided to assign a page and a pocket page to each of the months. I combined the chipboard pages with the design pages included in the album together with the patterned pages of the collection. As the collection has a paper for each month, I decided to fussy cut the 6x4 cards with the letters of the month and use it as the title of each page, cutting and searching between the pieces to create the pages was very fun.

The collection includes beautiful foam stickers that were the perfect touch for the project. I added them in different places on the album and they look fantastic!

In some of the pages, you can see that I added photo flip pockets because this allows me to have more space for photos and journaling as well as giving an interactive touch to the project.

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I do, I can't wait to see my project full of photos and remember each of my adventures during this fantastic year. I hope you run to find the Best Year Ever Collection and use my project as inspiration.

107Happy Scrapping!


Hip Hop Hooray is one of those awesome dual-purpose collections.  While, as the title implies, it certainly covers Easter, it also is jam-packed with spring-themed product.  As I was sitting down to create, I had to decide which direction I wanted to go.  In the end, I used Easter pictures but a lot of general spring embellishments.  So I guess I made it work both ways!

I was drawn to A LOT of the papers in this collection and had a rough time narrowing it down. I actually ended up with the start of three layouts because I had so many ideas.  I'm not sure I have ever had that happen before.  The good news is I will have lots to share with this collection!

I absolutely could not resist all the flowers in this collection.  To create my cluster that is stretched across the middle of the page, I layered flowers that are ephemera, cardstock stickers, and chipboard.

The flowers and hearts trickle down a little to add a finishing touch to my journaling.

This section right here is where the whole layout started!  I wanted to place strips of patterned papers behind the title - causing the colors of the title to stretch the entire height of the layout.  I used the 6 X 8 paper pad for these strings rather than cut into the full-size papers.

Enamel dots are always a nice finishing touch on a layout.  This collection comes with a variety of colors allowing you to choose some like these that are more subtle, or if you want a more saturated and bold look you can choose the darker colors.

I have created a process video to show how I put this layout together.  You can find it here.  Keep an eye on my channel for more layouts with this collection! Thanks so much for joining me today!


Oh the joys of gifting!  Shellye McDaniel here today with a project that I fell in LOVE with making: "Milk Containers & Caddy" featuring the I Am Collection!

I love crafting gift sets and happy mail and spotted this pretty-popular project while perusing Instagram recently.  When I set out to grab ideas, I look at the main photo and then go to my own drawing board to recreate in my own way :)  So, let's get started with how I constructed the "milk containers":

First I used a very heavy cardstock paper that measured 5.75" X 8.5".  I scored lengthwise at 2", 4", 6" and 8", which leaves a 1/2" tab.  Next, I turned and scored at 1/2" and 4".  Placing the paper in front of me, I have the 1/2" tab to the right (as shown above).  I used a 1/4" corner rounding punch to punch all of the corners on the top flaps. Apply adhesive tape to the side tab and fold the box along the score marks; adhere tab to the inside of the opposite side. To the bottom flaps I made small angle cuts so that it would fold up easier.  You will notice that the second from the end flap is missing; I glued the flap to the inside for a cleaner look when assembled.

Next, cut a small piece of white cardstock to 2"X2.5"; score at 2" and then corner round the edges of the 1/2" tab.  Attach to the last bottom flap; this will be your closure (refer to the photo above).

To join the top tabs together and form the "milk carton" look, I simply folded the two side tabs in and then joined the front and back tabs with a small piece of adhesive tape.  

Onto the decorating!  I used various patterns from the "I Am Collection" and cut them into slightly smaller-than-the-carton- strips.  The tops were adorned with mini clothes pins that were dressed in bits of paper.  I layered on cute die-cuts, chipboard stickers, enamel dots and stickers to each of the containers.  

For the caddy: I created the box using a 7.25" X 7.25" sheet of patterned paper.  I scored around all four edges at 1.5" and then cut along one score mark at each side before folding and adhering the sides together.  I also placed a small square of lightweight chipboard inside before adding the containers. 

For the handle I cut two strips of 1.5"X12" pieces of paper and folded into thirds.  Next, I machine stitched each of the strips and then joined them together at one end with adhesive tape.  Before adhering to the inside of the box, I determined the height of the handle and then trimmed away the excess.  To hide where the two strips were joined, I wrapped a piece of the discarded strip around it and secured with tape.

Finally, I tied on a couple of bows and glued them to the sides.  I attached one of the decorative brads to the center of each bow using fabric glue! Whether you need a couple or a trio of these containers, just make your little caddy accordingly.  Tuck small gifts or treats inside and it's ready for gift-giving!


Hello Simple Stories friends! It’s Jen today with a special project about a very special day. Each year in my small town a pageant is held for what are considered “differently abled” girls, and I am lucky enough to be able to participate behind the scenes. This year my youngest daughter was a buddy, which means she is paired with a contestant who she stays with during the pageant. It is so fun watching all of the girls and their buddies play, talk, take pictures, and get ready for the different portions of the pageant. It is truly heartwarming!

When going through my photos last weekend, I came across this endearing picture of Abby with her buddy. Just look at the happiness on both of their faces – it is pure joy! I could not think of a better collection to document this special photo than Simple Vintage Garden District. The beautiful florals and sentiments are perfect.

To create a unique background for my project I used the Simple Stories Scalloped Heart (#187129) cut file from the Silhouette Design Store with paper from the Simple Vintage Garden District Simple Basics Kit. I resized and duplicated the file so there are three hearts on the page. After cutting the hearts, I backed each one with patterned papers from the Collection Kit and Simple Basics Kit and machined stitched each one to add texture.

Next, I placed a Layered Frame over my 4” x 6” photo and adhered it to the page with foam squares.

Embellishing the layout used several Simple Vintage Garden District products including the Banner Stickers, Bits & Pieces, and Chipboard. There are so many beautiful elements to choose from that I used a little bit of everything.

To give the project more uniformity, I layered the Scalloped Hearts with embellishments that are in the same color scheme. I love the butterflies the appear throughout the page.

Last was journaling to capture the story and a date stamp.

Here’s one last look at the finished project. I totally love this layout and the story it tells.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you are inspired to record your special moments just as I have using the beautiful Simple Vintage Garden District Collection.


Hi there! It’s Tya up on the blog today! I am so excited to share with you all my latest batch of handmade cards using the awesome new “Going Places” collection. As someone with a serious case of wanderlust – this collection was right up my alley and I loved working with it!

I created 4 cards today using many parts of the collection. These cards would be great to give a fellow travel lover or to anyone who is headed to or from a vacation - so many great sentiments, embellishments and papers to celebrate all things travel. Let me show you each of the cards!

This first card was a lot of fun to make. I love adding dimension and layers to my cards for some interest. On this card, I used a circle die cut to cut a hole in the red pattern paper. I added some foam tape on the red paper and then placed it on top of a lined 3x4 SNAP card. I then decorated the card with a chipboard girl on a scooter, some palm tree and cactus die cuts from the Bits and Pieces. I placed the cute “travel” banner, which is from the Combo Sticker along the bottom part of the card and decorated the ends with a couple of enamel dots.

This card is one of my favorites! I feel like the happy traveling lady in the corner could be me planning my next trip LOL! The fun “Go, See, Do” 3x 4 SNAP cards makes a great base layer to decorate this card. I used the inside of the red pattern paper that I used in my previous card on the card base and then layered my other papers on top. I like  to create little  scenes with my embellishments and loved the adorable  “I Love Travel” bag ,which is from the Bits and Pieces and those fun heart sunglasses are from the 4x6 Sticker Book.

This next card was inspired by my desire for a cross country road trip with my hubby! I’d love to cruise across the states in a cool convertible like the die cut I used in the bottom corner. The states paper is actually one of the 4x6 SNAP cards that I trimmed down to fit my 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch card base.  I added a navy brad from the Decorative Brads in the center of the front wheel.  Lady Liberty peeks out from behind the car and she is from the Bits and Pieces. I loved the “Let’s Get Lost Together” sticker and used it as my sentiment. I also added a geo tag die cut with an orange brad in the center just to the left of the sticker sentiment.  I added the “I Love Travel” die cut from the Bits and Pieces with some foam tape right under the car.

The final card was made by layering a few papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad and some more SNAP cards. Whenever I travel I like to get postcards from my trip and save them so I had to use one of the SNAP cards that looked like a postcard. . I used a tag from the Journal Bits and Pieces and tied some red twine to the top. And those cute suitcases are from the chipboard and they add great dimension to the card! The card sentiment is made from the adorable foam stickers – I love the green in this collection. I finished this card off with some orange enamel dots in the corners.

Wow! It was a blast making these cards and I am seriously hopping on the computer to book my next trip after working with the “Going Places” collection. I hope I have inspired you to grab this collection and make a batch of cards of your own- you won’t regret it! Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!


Hello friends! It’s Kylie back with you on the blog and today I have a new layout to share created with the super adorable ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ collection. The colour palette and gorgeous icons featured in this range will have you doing happy bunny hops…….I sure did. I wanted to create a layout with lots of layers of colour which was really easy to achieve!

For my background, I have layered the ‘BUNNY TAILS’, ‘HELLO PEEPS’ & ‘4 x 6 ELEMENTS’ paper together. Because I have a thing for pink gingham, I also added strips of the ‘3 x 4 ELEMENTS’ paper. I also added a hand drawn border with a black fine tip marker.

The ‘Hello Spring’ chipboard stickers were added as my main title. This was supported by some of the pretty floral die cuts. I added some with foam tape so that it gave some dimension to my layout.

The ‘Bits and Pieces’ die cut pack also had the perfect little sub-title for my photo- ‘Hoppin’ down the bunny trail…’, which was added alongside more die cuts and chipboard stickers.

To complete my layout, I couldn’t resist making a sweet tag. I have added to of the decorative brads to the front and the string came from my craft stash.

Thanks so much for taking a little peep at my layout today. I hope it has given you a little inspiration for your own creating.

Until next time,



Hello friends! It’s Mik here from Papermiks on the blog today! Today I’ll show you some Sn@p! inspiration using the gorgeous Best Year Ever Collection. To make the cover I started cutting out the monthly Sn@p cards and sewed them on a white cardstock. Then I glued those on the cover and added some words from Combo cardstock stickers. Super easy and fun to make!

I decided to make 4 dividers to my album. Each one decorated with one of the 4 seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, using 12x12 paper. Now we have 3 months in each divider. I used monthly washitape to make my tabs. It looks beautiful and fun, doesn’t it?

I’ve also decorated a couple of 6x4 and 3x4 cards to fill the pockets page, leaving some space to add photos or journaling.

Important to say that this binder has so much space and you can add as many pocket pages as you want. I love the sense of opening my album in the end of the year and remembering every moment of my year. Do you also? There are so many elements to the “Best Year Ever”! I can’t wait to see my album full of photos by the end of the year! I hope you’ve got some inspiration from this idea and enjoyed it! If you have any questions or want to talk more about Sn@p!, leave a comment below the post or check out my IG account. Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!


Hi beautiful Simple Stories community, Cristina here to show you my very first project made as a new creative member of the Simple Stories design team. I’m so excited to be here working with all those amazing brand new collections and I can’t wait to show you what I made. I worked on this project starting with a focused idea on what I wanted to achieve by taking advantage of one of the collections that I love the most among the new releases, that is Simple Vintage Garden District. It's a collection with a light vintage touch that literally stole my heart. I really love matching colors and amazing designs I chose, really cool!

To better harmonize my composition I decided to use a black textured color vibe basics cardstock and create a very strong contrast using the stencil by the same collection with delightful butterflies, on which I spread gesso using a blending tool. I really love how it turned out. I let it dry and then I started work on my composition. This is really my favorite part because I spend so much time choosing the right elements that perfectly fit each other.

In this collection you can really can find many different embellishments, chipboard and cardstock stickers, bit and pieces die-cuts and obviously a rich choice of papers with amazing patterns and It’s been very difficult to choose only some of them for this project.

All my pages must be symmetrical and all the elements used must be in a cluster, I always use the double foam tape to glue papers and embellishments because I really love the 3D effect you get. For this page I decided to place my decoration in the center of the page focusing on the mixed media background. The thing I like the most on this page is the flight of butterflies, both those drawn on the black cardstock and those in chipboard and cardstock added here and there to give movement to the overall view.

The pieces of distressed paper were stitched using my sewing machine and the threads at the ends were stopped with a stapler and embellished with two butterflies. When I was satisfied by the page I spread all over the opposite corner some drops of gesso mixed with water.

Thanks for joining me today.

See you lovelies.


Hi friends!  I hope you’re having a great day!  Today I am excited to share the new Simple Stories I Am 2020 Collection!   This collection is full of empowerment and inspiration – a way to affirm that we are all beautiful, blessed and capable of more than we know!

Before I read the wonderful words of empowerment I was smitten with the beautiful colors!  I’m attracted to brights and this collection does my heart happy!

 The images are a walk in the garden.. flowers and butterflies!  You’ll also find images to refresh (Coffee anybody?) and set your soul free.  Check out the little motor scooter with the basket of flowers!

This set has all the embellishments you love including journaling cards, bits and pieces, washi and enamel dots.  But guess what?  There’s also decorative brads, GOLD foiled foam stickers, stamps and a stencil too!

One of my favorite things in this collection is the washi.  Why?  Because one roll has gold foil words, another is floral print, and the third?  LEOPARD PRINT!

Because I’m primarily a card maker I used the 6x8” pad to create my cards.  The prints are smaller and the sheets cut in half are the perfect size for the front of an A2 size card.   The pad even includes some journaling 3x4” cards great for embellishing or SN@P! journaling.

And what’s better than the printed, die cut bits & pieces?  Having Journal Bits & Pieces too!   They’re great for making focal points to embellish, and of course everything is color matched to coordinate.

TIP:  If you decide to add a decorative brad after you have all your paper layers adhered in place simply snip off the metal prongs and adhere the brad with adhesive to secure it in place.

Wishing you a beautiful day!


Hey everyone, Michelle here today with my first post as a design team member of this amazing team!  Yay!  I'm so very happy to be here!  I was given the Going Places collection to work with this week.  Although I don't travel much, I have a soft spot for travel collection. They are always so fun to work with.  

I had a plan for this layout but then my Silhouette Cameo died so I had to improvise.  lol  It just goes to show how easy this collection was to work with.  I still managed to create my layout in about 45 minutes. 

I love to layer embellishments on my layouts.  Especially ephemera, you can never have too much right?  The touches of red in this collection were perfect for my photo.

I often pop up embellishments or stickers on my layouts.  I like the dimension it adds and it makes layering easier.

Thanks for stopping by!


Hello, it’s Emma with you today. Hands up who’s excited for Spring! Me! Me Me!! It’s no secret that I love Spring & Summer!! So I’m definitely excited to start playing with the new Hip Hop Hooray Collection, as always Simple Stories have knocked it out the park with this spring design. The colours, the prints and the super cute bunnies!! Let’s take a look at how I’ve started using this collection to set up my Teal Sn@p! Binder! Firstly I covered the front of the binder with the ‘Hello Peeps’ 12x12 sheet of paper which you’ll find in the collection kit. I then used one of the cute bunny images which I layered up, this helped it stand out nicely and I also used a couple of the floral chipboard pieces. 

The binders come with some chipboard dividers which I always enjoy decorating. The sheets out of the 6x8 paper pad are the perfect size and then I use some of the stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet on the tabs. 

On the back of the dividers I like to make little pockets, these are great to add memorabilia, photos, anything you fancy! Here you can see some of the handmade tags I’ve done ready for journaling on!

I really enjoy filling up the Sn@p! Pocket Pages, I like to add as much detail as I possibly can, adding stickers, enamel dots, chipboard pieces, ephemera and I’m loving the new brads that co ordinate with the Hip Hop Hooray Collection! 

How fun are the wellies I’ve cut out to use on this pocket page! Remember you can always cut out flowers and other images you find in the collection kits. Fussy cutting is so calming, I really enjoy it! 

Out of all the different sized pocket pages I think the 2x2 insta pockets are my fave! Here I’ve used the SPRING chipboard letters and backed them with more of the ‘Hello Peeps’ paper. Then the other pockets I’ve filled with pictures from the 12x12 sheet of cut a parts from the collection kit. Hope you’ve enjoyed a little look inside my spring binder and praps taken some ideas you can use in yours! You can find lots more pictures on my IG account where I’ve used Simple Stories collections.


Let´s keep our favorite moments of the year in a very special way… Since seeing the Best Year Ever Collection for the first time, I knew what I wanted to do with it. I love to choose the most special moment of every month and remember it in a very special way. Today I´m going to show you the mini album that I created to keep all of those special moments in one place. My 2020 is going to be amazing! I´m Maria Celeste and I hope you find this idea really inspiring…

The Best Year Ever Collection is full of details and the colors are so beautiful. I love the fact that every month has a wonderful and individual color palette. We can combine all of the products from the collection and add our personal touch. You are going to see that I add twine and a bit of sewing.

You can make this mini album in any size you want. I cut 5 pieces of stable cardboard : #1- 4 ½” w x 7” h, #2- 2” w x 7” h, #3- 6” w x 7” h, #4- 2 ¼” w x 7” h, #5- 2” w x 7”h. I used one of the collection papers and white textured paper to cover all the pieces plus adding more details with one of the washi tape designs. I combined both types of papers and placed a piece of washi tape at the top for the spine of the album adding beautiful detail. For the inside of your mini album, combine as many papers as you like. I love playing with all the designs!

As we have twelve months in a year I decided to make an interior structure like an accordion. I found it easy to see and really lovely. Even your kids are going to enjoy decorating and adding details to it. For my mini album I cut a piece of white cardsotck paper of 42 ½” w x 6 ¾” h. I scored it in 5 ¾” (7 times) and 3/8” in between (6 times). So you are going to score 5 3/4" + 3/8" and will repeat till you complete all of your paper width. The accordion structure is super easy to make and wonderful to create … I'm a huge fan of it!

When I have all pf the structure ready… the magic begins as I like to say! My absolute favorite part of the process is… decorating. It's time to combine all details and make magic with our hands. You are going to see that for my cover I used some of the stickers. But I must say that I transformed them into chipboards using heavyweigth paper. Practical, easy to do and they look amazing! I also prepared some paper rosettes for the background and cut some numbers of glitter paper. Keep a bit of twine always near you and use two brads for closing your mini album. Cover is ready!

I have fallin in love with The Best Year Ever Collection from Simple Stories… Stikers, chipboards, die cuts, enamels dots, brads… it is all so beautiful! So now it´s time to prepared a page for every month. Feel free to combine everything as you like. Mix textures, add rossettes, pieces of papers, sewing details… The most important thing to remember is to leave as much free space as we can for your photograps and to have room to journal about every moment.

As you can see… I love mixing chipboard, bits & pieces, twine, buttons, cardstock... everything! For me creating is an adventure and I enjoy every moment of it. Decorating is the most wonderful and happy time!

Another idea for this mini album is to prepare cards to journal on as you think about your special moments of every month and also add more photograps… So many lovely moments can be keep in this wonderful mini album! I hope you like this idea and I would love to see your own creations. Let´s make 2020 the most wonderful year! Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog post! I just love sharing what I do! See you next time!