Chantalle McDaniel's Blog Posts


Hello again Simple Stories fans! Thank you so much for joining me today as I share this page which captures my babes when they were much younger. The soft pastel notes of the beautiful new ‘Oh Baby!’ collection were perfect for getting this little park outing documented!



















I’ve used the simple spotty print of a sheet of ‘Sweet Dreams’ for the background and popped the paper into my typewriter, to get the journalling sorted. I’ve opted for a small title on this page, choosing a banner sticker from my pack of Oh Baby! 4x6 Stickers.




























Next, I went about layering up some sweet prints, in the form of this cute ‘squiggle’ print on a sheet of ‘Little One’. I’ve echoed this shape by tearing my paper in a wavy pattern.

The little rulers were hand cut from a sheet of ‘Sweet dreams’. I’ve added them at different levels for interest. These rulers also echo the die cut shape from my pack of Buits & Pieces with the sentiment "Love you beyond measure” which I’ve tucked behind the main photo.




























How adorable are these giraffes! Big brother and little sister….

This collection is perfect for documenting a new baby, a baby shower or even a new fur baby!

I hope you enjoy creating with it as much as I have!

Until next time,



Hello Simple Stories fans and welcome to the blog today! I’ve been playing with some new releases, Good Vibes and Travel Notes and I’m really so excited to share my pages with you!

It’s not often I actually document stuff that happens to me. Not that it’s not important, but I’m sure you’ll agree, being a Mum can sometimes feel like everyone else’s lives are more exciting. This big exciting thing that happened to me is something I have been chasing for a while and finally plucked up the courage to get out there and do! Getting my motorcycle license has been an incredibly fun and empowering thing to do and it’s proof to me to keep chasing my dreams because it’s not worth giving up on them!

The page came together with a jump start in the form of that gorgeous title which is a sheet in the Good Vibes 6x8 paper pad. I’ve used the whole sheet and it worked a treat to break up the large chevron pattern of the background paper. Incidentally this paper is called ‘Be Amazing’ which made me smile even more!

Those brush stroke with script is a fave of this collection. Everything just pops and fizzes and I absolutely love the mix of brights and prints.

The little feathers add a whimsical note. 

The journalling was a test of this do-it-yourself-rub-on material which didn’t quite work the way I thought it would, but it did allow me to avoid my terrible handwriting and get quite a bit of journalling down on the page.


Ahoy There!

This page was also so much fun to create. Again, the Travel Notes 6x8 pad gave me some awesome inspiration with a mini version of a travelogue which is also a full size awesome 12x12 sheet in the collection.

The title was cut in to a sheet of ‘Go See Do’ using my Silhouette Cameo. I chose this paper because it has a beautiful subtle map print, which really showed off the blue ocean in the photo. I’ve raised the background paper with foam tape and mounted it to some plain cardstock. I like the extra depth it gives the title which allows me to keep the colours neutral. The map print below comes from the 6x8 pad as well.

The 6x8 travelogue allowed me to jot down some of the details of the getaway we surprised my DH with for a special birthday.

Another little thing that I find liberating sometimes is to just go crazy with those stickers and die cut shapes. What is the point of hiding their beauty in a box or on the shelf? Don’t get me wrong, there are some things I will never use and admire for years lol, but it’s also just nice to see them arranged on a page to admire as well. Go wild and use your nice things!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Happy crafting



Hello Simple Stories fans! Thank you so much for visiting the blog today. While I am currently enjoying a reprieve from what feels like a very looooong Summer, lots of you are full of the joys of Spring! That palpable excitement is completely infectious and I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous Summer projects coming out of different parts of the world as the weather warms up!

I’ve created two projects with the new 'Hello Summer’ collection. You are going to fall head over heels for this bright and playful line - juicy pops of lime and flamingos are a must!


This page uses a simple circle shape, repeated. I’ve created this type of design before and I just love it. 

I’ve used a sheet of Birch/White Grid 12x12 from my pack of Sn@p Basics and punched repeatedly widthways across the paper.

I’ve matted these circles with slightly larger circles (just cut freehand) in various prints from the Hello Summer 6x8 paper Pad.

The circular shape is strengthened by using lots of the same shape, pulled from Hello Summer sticker sheets and my Bits & Pieces pack.

A touch more detail has also been added in the form of a spot of stamping in similar shades. This spotty stamp pulls the dotted print out of the collection perfectly!

Teensy details can be found in the mini circle stickers from the 4x6 Sticker pack.



This cheeky little timepiece started life a little uglier lol. My hubby (knowing I like to take in ‘orphan’ items) brought this clock home from work with the thought that I could make it a bit prettier. Hello….Challenge accepted!

It now lives in my DD’s room but would look cool in a craft space too!

This is the very corporate ‘before’ pic. The rectangle shape was a little chunky, but I thought the silver lifted it and would work ok with some cooler summery tones.

I pulled the clock apart and began by replacing the solid red with a trimmed sheet of ‘Life is Good’ 12x12. The simple rainbow print was perfect as it gives a pop of colour but doesn’t distract the eye too much.

Next, I went about adding the titles ‘Summer & Chill’ to the face as well as a few little summery bits. I don’t know why I haven’t done a seasonal clock before!! I love this and I’m totally going to be making more as the season’s change.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you lots of fun with the gorgeous new Simple Stories Collections and don’t forget, if you are a digital or hybrid scrapper, you can grab all of your favourite collections online in the Simple Stories Digital Store.

Happy creating!