Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Legacy Project Idea Sheets are now available for download! 

Project Idea Sheets are free, downloadable project idea sheets with step by step instructions for both a 12x12 layout as well as a two page pocket page spread.   Beginning with our last few releases and going forward, you can now look forward to Project Idea Sheets with each of our new collections!

Simply click on the link below for your free download & enjoy!

Legacy Project Idea Sheets Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Project Idea Sheets from our past collections.  Did you know we also have free, downloadable Simple Inspiration eBooks for each of our newer collections as well, including the newest Legacy Simple Inspiration eBook?  You can see those in the Project Downloads section of our website as well!

To see more projects using our Legacy collection, visit our Legacy Pinterest board here!

Hello fellow Simple Stories fans! Lisa here to share the new Sweater Weather collection with you. Today is the first day of fall here in the States (if you can believe it) so the timing of this post couldn't be more perfect!

I have two layouts to show you today. The first features a photo I actually took this spring, as the Japanese maple outside of my craft room was deepening toward a lovely shade of crimson. I put off scrapping this photo because it looked like a fall photo and didn't go with any product I had on hand. Turns out, I waited for good reason. The colors in Sweater Weather complement the photo so nicely and the embellishments work well with it too.

Let's take a closer look at various parts of this page. I backed the die cut Polaroid-style frame from the Bits & Pieces pack with a photo overlay and then a 3x4 journaling card. I added machine stitching to keep everything in place and embellished on top of the overlay with a chipboard sticker and enamel dots.

This next detail shot shows you the title area. This layout is called "All Heart". I used the chipboard letters that spell out the word "Fall" to create the first part of the title, leaving off the "F". A die cut arrow from the Bits & Pieces pack, layered over the chipboard letters, as well as some other hearts form the second part of the title, "Heart".

This last image shows the detail just above the frame.

This next page, "Let's Talk Turkey on the Shelf", is about a family tradition we started a few years ago. It's a variation on the ever-popular Elf on the Shelf, but geared toward the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Our turkey's name is Gallop, shortened from the species name for a wild turkey (gallopavo). He is a plastic Hallmark figurine passed on to me by my Mom. Gallop arrives on the first day of November and leaves Thanksgiving Eve so he doesn't end up on our dinner table. During this time, he gets into all sorts of trouble, like spilling the cat food while trying to feed the cat, but he does sweet things too like leaving chocolate truffles and inspiring messages. Although my daughter is now 13, she's already asked that Gallop visit us again this year.

Here are some detail shots of the page. This first one shows the title area. I used the fabulous cranberry script letters from Sweater Weather mixed with the green mini alpha stickers from Cozy Christmas.

This second image shows how you can layer up some of the Bits & Pieces with chipboard stickers, using foam adhesive to pop the acorn die cut off the page.

In this last picture, you can see more of the die cut Bits & Pieces, mixed with some of the stickers. Don't you just love the script words? I guess I do since I used three of them on this page! :)

I hope you enjoyed seeing Sweater Weather in action today, both on a fall-themed page and a layout with a spring photo. It's such a wonderful collection! It will have you wishing for changing leaves, pumpkins, apple picking and cozy sweaters in no time (or at least get you in the mood to scrap your seasonal photos).

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to the last day of the Simple Stories & Therm O Web Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from Therm O Web! 

Last up this week is Teri Anderson with a Say Cheese Life Documented pocket page spread -

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Hello there, Simple Stories fans! Teri here today, and I'm here with another Life Documented project. I'm excited to share with you a couple pages made with SN@P! Say Cheese.

I just got back a couple weeks ago from a fun trip to Disneyland. My aunt and I took part in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Sure, we had a great time running! But we had just as much fun exploring the park when we weren't running! So, of course, I just had to document the experience.

SN@P! Say Cheese was the perfect set to use for these pages because most of my pictures from the experience are of my aunt, me and the park's characters. The feel of the SN@P! set and the memories of just being in Disneyland just go well together.

Like any good tourist, I picked up a few trinkets to bring home. I think it will be fun in the future to look back and see what I paid for them so I included my receipt on this page.

I folded the receipt up, put a strip of Supertape (from Therm-o-Web) on the back of it and adhered it to a SN@P! card.

Here's how the card looks when the receipt is all folded up.

And here's how it looks when it is unfolded. The paperclip holds the Say Cheese tag in place. 

Kinda fun, right?

I used another fun technique on my right page. I made a shaker with the "We're all ears!" SN@P! card/ 

I'm almost afraid to admit how easy it was to pull it off.

Here's what I did: I adhered a strip of Supertape at the top of the SN@P! card. I then slid the card (with the red tape liner still on it) into the pocket. Then I dumped a few sequins into the pocket. 

Only after that, I removed the liner. The end result? A super cool, super easy to make shaker pocket!

I think the cool thing about this technique is you can still slide a SN@P! card in the pocket when you go to use the backside of the Pocket Page.

See where my hand is? Yep. I'll totally be sliding a SN@P! card when I use the backside of this page to document another event in the future. 

So before I go, let's talk about albums for a minute (or two). I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in red to document all of my 2014 adventures in. 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 5 for this spread. I love that Simple Stories offers so many different styles of pages. I think it helps keeps my pages interesting by being able to use the different page styles.

Therm-o-Web supplies:

Supertape

Sticky Dot Mini Roller

Mounting Adhesive Tape

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After you enter, head on over to the Therm O Web blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a prize featuring our new Sweater Weather Collection!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to Day 5 of the Simple Stories & Therm O Web Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from Therm O Web! 

Today Donna Jannuzzi shares a few cards and a layout -

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Hello Everyone! Donna here with you today as your host for the 5th day of our Simple Stories & Therm O Web Product Swap.

First up, I have two cards to share with you using the new Legacy collection.

I have been a longtime fan of Therm O Web adhesives. My favorite tape runner happens to be their Memory Tape Runner XL. But for this product swap I was given the opportunity to try out the Sticky Dot Mini Runner, and I have to say, I really liked it! It is smaller than the standard tape runner which makes it perfect for projects such as cards.

On my second card I used Therm O Web’s Decorative Photo Corners

The photo corners add a nostalgic touch to the card while also highlighting the Sn@p! card I used in place of a sentiment.

Next is a layout I created using bits and pieces from a few different collections:  Sweater Weather, Legacy and Hello Baby.

One of our favorite annual trips is when we go apple picking. It is nowhere near sweater weather here in Southern California (the high for this past weekend was 104 degrees!) But if you wait too long into the season to go apple picking there is nothing left! So we headed out a couple of weekends ago to visit a new farm, and ended up having a wonderful time.

I don’t know if I‘ve ever shared this tip with you here on the blog, but I like to remove the prongs from my brads using wire cutters. Therm O Web’s Zots are perfect for adhering brads to your pages. You don’t have to worry about punching a hole in your page or having the prongs sticking out the back of your layout. It makes it a lot easier to slide layouts into page protectors too.

I loved the light brown wood grain paper from the Hello Baby collection and wanted to use it as the background for this layout. A few embellishments from Sweater Weather and Legacy completed my page.

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After you enter, head on over to the Therm O Web blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a prize featuring our new Sweater Weather Collection!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to Day 4 of the Simple Stories & Therm O Web Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from Therm O Web! 

Today Heather Leopard shares a fabulous Christmas layout!

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Heather's here with a fun way to use up those itty bitty scraps you've been hoarding. You know what I'm talking about...the ones that are a bit too small to do much with but you just love Simple Stories sooo much that you can't bear to throw them away!?!? Anyway, I challenged myself to use them up and I thought I'd pass the challenge along to you.  Take a look at what I created using the new Cozy Christmas collection.

I love this photo of my daughter holding her gigantic stocking that's filled to the brim with little goodies. I knew I had to create a re-create a jumbo sized stocking for this page.

How to:

  • Using your favorite stocking cut file, enlarge it to fit the page. If it has circles already, move to step 2. If not, draw circle cut lines. Cut your stocking.
  • Cut another stocking the same size but this time without the circles.
  • Next, place your stocking with circles cut out over the offset stocking and draw the circles so you know what areas to cover with your scraps.
  • Remove the stocking with the circles and add shimmer using glitter spray from Thermoweb. If you forget this step, just do what I did and cover your pattern paper with the circle cut-outs.

  • Take your scraps of varying shapes and sizes and line them up in whatever way they fit. You may have to trim a bit here and there.

  • Once you've placed all your scraps, place the stocking with circles cut out over the background. Stitch around the stocking and around each circle. Adhere or stitch to the page.
  • Add the stocking trim at the top and embellish to your liking.
  • Add your photo in the upper right side of the page or you can layer it over part of the stocking.. I chose to place it where it is to ensure it remained a key focal point on the layout vs. getting lost by mixing in with the stocking.

  • Add your title in an open space on the stocking.

Many thanks to Therm o Web for the wonderful adhesive and glitter spray and to Simple Stories for the amazing Cozy Christmas collection.

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After you enter, head on over to the Therm O Web blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a prize featuring our new Sweater Weather Collection!

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Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

 

Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to Day 3 of the Simple Stories & Therm O Web Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from Therm O Web! 

Today Kirstine Davidson shares a few 6x8 Life Documengted pocket page spreads -

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Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine with you today and I am here to share with you my October 2012 Life Documented spread using the NEW Seasons SN@P! Set!

Often times we are overwhelmed by products and photos. It's hard to decide what to use - what not to use and this post is just that! I decided for the month of October I was going to simplify and use a few photos and few products. What's awesome about the Seasons SN@P! Set is that you can do several spreads with just a few cards! 

I first sorted all the FALL/AUTUMN/HALLOWEEN Cards, Insta Squares & Pieces and a few Stickers. Some cards I wouldn't use such as Halloween cause I didn't have any photos of hubby and i being ghostly! But what i did instead is use the B Side of the card for a coordinating background to my photo! 

If you look closely to the Autumn Filler Card - I Sprayed it with Thermo Web Glitter Dust. I love this stuff!! It gives my card a glitter effect in seconds! 

I love the simplicity of this spread. I only took a few cards, cut up some pieces from 3x4 cards or 4x6 cards and added Stickers using Thermo Web - 3D Foam Sticky Strips and Zots 3D. 

Here are individual pages of my spread. 

Look at this filler card - even the dots are glittered!! SO Easy with a little spray! 

Here are 2 more close up shots - 

So with just a few awesome SN@P! products you can create an awesome spread for your LIfe Documented album. No stress on which products to use, just select a few from the Seasons SN@P! Set and you are ready to create!

Thermo-Web Adhesive
ZOTS™ SINGLES • SMALL
ZOTS™ SINGLES • 3-D
3D WHITE FOAM STRIPS 1/2"

Glitter Dust - Silver
Sticky Dot Mini Runner

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After you enter, head on over to the Therm O Web blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a prize featuring our new Sweater Weather Collection!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Welcome to Day 2 of the Simple Stories & Therm O Web Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from Therm O Web! 

Today Angella Peardon shares a woderful fall home decor project using our Sweater Weather collection -

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Hi Angella here with you today for the  Simple Stories/ Thermo Web Blog Hop.  I was so lucky to play with the Zots Singles 3-D, Super Tape and the Sicky Dot Runner (which I love!).  They are so perfect for home decor projects that I love creating.  Here in aussie land we don’t have much access to paper mache pumpkins so I decided to use a gourd ( which is a large seed with hard skin, quiet common in craft making).

I started by covering the gourd with strips of about 15cms wide of Simple Stories Sweater Weather Give Thanks and I {Heart} Fall papers.  I glued one strip at a time, until all the gourd was covered.  Then I gave it a quick sand all over.

Then I matted some of the sticker elements from the Simple stories Sweater Weather Combo sticker sheet, fussy cutting them out for my embellishments on top of the pumpkin.

Using the Zots™ Singles 3-D which gave me heaps of dimension on top, and the Super tape was perfect for attaching flowers to the top of the pumpkin. 

The finished project

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Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win this awesome prize from Therm O Web! 

 

After you enter, head on over to the Therm O Web blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a prize featuring our new Sweater Weather Collection!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want to follow Therm O Web?  Here you go!

Web:  www.thermoweb.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thermowebmimi

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Instagram: http://instagram.com/thermoweb

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thermoweb/

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & Therm O Web Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from Therm O Web! 

Today Nancy Damiano joins us with with this darling layout about her son as a baby-

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Hello there! Nancy here with a Hello Baby collage with photos from the past. My baby boy is all grown up now, but I still have so many old baby photos that I love and want to scrapbook. This shot is dramatic and I emphasized that by changing it from color to a black and white print and enlarging it to roughly 5.5x12. One of the things that I love most about the Hello Baby collection is its versatility. Not only can it be gender neutral, but it can also be used for pages that are heavily themed or not.

I chose a cool color palette of grey, yellow and aqua to complement the black and white of the photo. I was also lucky enough to be able to use some Thermoweb adhesive products to piece my project together.  To attached the large photo to the background, I used the supersticky Thermoweb Kraft Adhesive Tape in the 1/2 inch size. It's perfect for full coverage of heavier items.

To balance the large photo, I cut a series of irregular squares and rectangles from patterned paper to create the collage on the bottom half of the layout. The chipboard, sewing, tags and stamping add to the handmade feel and give it a lift. I used the Thermoweb sticky dot runner to attach all of the small elements of the collage. I also added Thermoweb glitter dust photo corners to frame out the white cardstock.

 

Adding the journaling right in the photo, draws the eye back to the focal point – my boy! The chipboard star, row of enamel dots and die cut give the area  a pop of color and dimension. To attach the intricate die cut title, I used the Thermoweb sticky dot sheet that gave me perfect coverage.

Thanks Simple Stories and Hello Baby for the perfectly adorable collection and Therm O Web for the great adhesives!

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Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win this awesome prize from Therm O Web! 

After you enter, head on over to the Therm O Web blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a prize featuring our new Sweater Weather Collection!

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Want to follow Therm O Web?  Here you go!

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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thermoweb/

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca Keppel here today with a Simple Stories SN@P album documenting the fun of summer. Simple Stories created the SN@P albums and pieces with people like me in mind. People who love the idea of mini albums, but kind of freak out at the idea of making them lol!  When you typically create layouts and design with a larger space such as 8.5x11 or 12x12, the smaller format can be a bit scary. Not so with SN@P! albums. Much of the work is done for you and the parts that are not done are super user-friendly. You can easily complete an entire album in one weekend. I used the Good Day Sunshine collection to make a SN@P album documenting all the fun we had this past summer. The Teal Chevron Burlap album is gorgeous as is, but I decided to tie some trims and add a 4x6 card with stitching for the cover mounted on a scallop cut piece of wood grain paper. It's always nice to have the year on the cover too.

The inside cover page says it all, doesn't it?!

The first page features the last day of school! Anyone already looking forward to that again? The 6x8 SN@P! pages feature awesome die cut pages and they really don't need any embellishing at all, they create such a statement on their own. I love how you can see the next page through the die cut letters.

 I am in love with the Pocket Page formulation here. It includes two 4x4 pockets perfect for either Instagram photos OR the 4x4 cards and four 2x2 pockets again perfect for mini photos or cards. The sun die cut page is AWESOME! I loved backing it with a sky page :)

 I used the full 6x8 pages to introduce each month of the summer.

 On the back of the intro page I used a typewriter to journal about the main events from that month. On the right you see another die cut page. This is one that came with the album. It is awesome as-is, but I thought it was fun to spritz it with some coordinating mist.

 Another die cut page - LOVE THEM - and you get a bunch in the pack. This Pocket Page is fun for a bunch of photos and one journaling card.  I like to mix handwritten and typed journaling in one album.

Love that the 3x4 cards are double sided so the green polka dot is just the backside of the card from the previous page. I simply added a chipboard sticker to spice it up ;) On the right you can see a couple of pictures that were smaller than the pockets. One is mounted on a 4x4 card, and one is stuck in a pocket with a 2x2 card behind it. Don't worry about having just the "right" size.

 In this whole spread there is really only one 4x4 photo, but it feels like there is lots going on thanks to the Good Day Sunshine cards, brads, stickers and SN@P pages.

 Here is July's introduction. No photos at all here, just journaling.

 The SN@P cuts are fun too. On the left one is backed with a 4x6 card so you see a fun pattern through the lettering.

 I used the 4x6 transparencies on a photo from the previous page and the one on the left here. What's nice about the 4x6 pockets is that you don't need to adhere the transparency, just slip it into the pocket in front of the photo.

 The banner die cut SN@P page is another of my favorites. I love that it is a unique size and shape that allows you to see the page behind it.

 The 6x8 pages can also be used to highlight one large photo like I've done on the right here.

 And again here on the left. Stickers and chipboard can be fun on the empty space of a photo.

 Here is the introduction of August the final month.

 Here I have more journaling and a 4x6 photo that I made into a vertical strip collage before printing. On the right is the last title page and introduces our last weekend of the summer.

 I had fun added little bits to the top of pages with binder clips. The Today is a Simple Stories die cut available here in the Silhouette online store.

 Last, but not least, the final page to my album.

This album was fast and simple to pull together, but I love the colors, the bits and pieces and of course all the memories it holds! I can't wait to make my next SN@P! album!

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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 Chantalle McDaniel.  I discovered Chantalle a few months ago via Instagram when I saw her AMAZING work using our products and I couldn't wait to share them here with you!

Originally from South Africa, my hubby and I moved to Brisbane, Australia from London. I have two little scallywags aged 8 and 4 who provide me with plenty of inspiration with their crazy antics! Scrapping for me, is an important and joyful way to tell my children stories about our lives together. You can find me (with links to other media) at my blog www.copasetique.blogspot.com or on Instagram, user: chantallemcdaniel

'Summer is Here' mini album - Good Day Sunshine

Having the journalling card elements on a sheet instead of being individually trimmed, is very useful in my opinion. It gives you the flexibility of using a whole row to create little projects like fold out cards or in this case, a mini album.

I have used a gatefold to reveal more of the album contents, which includes a pocket made from a single journalling card that has been folded; slide out photos and a tag featuring misting, where I used the negative of the chipboard stickers as a stencil.

 

'Pretty & Fabulous' - DIY Boutique

I have always been drawn to bright colours and patterns - this DIY Boutique collection just rocks!  The Silhouette store carries an awesome collection of Simple Stories cut files and I was inspired to use the 'butterflies' file, adjusting the path to leave some parts attached to the page, giving the illusion of flight. The word ‘fabulous’ has been drawn instead of cut, using the pen tool attachment and filled in by hand.

 

'A Charmed Life' - A Charmed Life

One of the things I love most about Simple Stories collections, is how patterns are backed up with basics. I like to pair a busy theme with something neutral, to really make the most of the little details. I’m a sucker for a woodgrain print and I love how the simple colours have a subtle distress to them. Plain is certainly not boring!

 

'Tickety Tock' clock - ‘Daily Grind’

Sitting pride of place on my desk, is this altered clock. The prompts in Daily Grind (and so many other SS collections) lend themselves beautifully to lots of situations we find ourselves in on a daily basis!

My hubby even got in on the action with this one, fitting moving parts inside the clock frame!

 

'Enjoy Today' - DIY Boutique

Teensy stickers, glossy enamel dots, pockets and brights, I am in love! I adore incorporating interactive elements on my projects. Pop goodies into pockets and hide photos with a sneaky mini on your page...

… Create one easily with a block of squares and fold in to hide journalling and extra pictures.

 

What a talented, designer!!!  Thank you SO MUCH Chantalle for sharing your work with us - we just love it!!

Hi Everybody ! Mindi here with you today sharing a few pocket page layouts using a combination of Cozy Christmas and Christmas SN@P!. They go together so perfectly ! 

I have a confession to make. I love Christmas. I love Christmas Paper. All things related to Christmas. 

I could work on Christmas projects all year round. Lucky enough for me, I still have yet to finish my December album from 2013. Kind of forgot about it actually, crazy enough. 

Here is my first page. I started out with one of the Cozy Christmas SN@P! pages as a background. I fell in love with the cut out stars and it was the perfect size for my album, especially since it matched perfectly with the theme of our "family/lights photo shoot". I decided to make my photo smaller in size, as to not cover up all of the stars and knowing that I wanted to embellish around the photo. 

For the back side of the SN@P! page I went with the same look as the front. A smaller photo and some embellishments.    It was paired up with a 6x8 pocket page. 

I had fun with this filler card. I took one of the SN@P! cards and cut it down. That way I had room for my fun layered circles on the bottom. I started out with a bunch of 1 inch patterned paper, punched out circles. Finished it off by lining them up and layering them on top of each other in a staggered way for a fun textured look.  

I was having so much fun with my album that I just keep right on going. Finishing off the other side of the pocket page.

I just love these SN@P! cuts! They are such an easy and fun way to add a little bit extra to your layouts. Originally the wood grained snowflake cut piece was 4x6. I cut it in half and added a strip of patterned paper to the end, adding patterned paper to the back side here and there. 

I finished off the pocket page by adding a few embellishments to my journaling card and photo. Adding both the bits and pieces and the enamel dots to my layouts are always something that I love to do. They let me be creative, while adding texture and making each one unique.

For this particular project I am using the 6x8 SN@P! Binder in Red. It is the perfect size for something like this and I love both the creme and the red color of the album. 

Thanks for joining me today !  

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Hi everyone!  It's Wendy with you today to share some recent layouts I made using the Cozy Christmas collections!

My layout Dec 25 came together in just a short amount of time with the use of the SN@P! Cuts card. conveniently also my title.  I placed my pictures on either side of the card, but I needed a little more interest to my page - hello SN@P! Journal Page!  These pages work great on layouts, and it just takes a little creative planning to cover the holes.  A border strip grounds my design and gives it some visual interest.  I love the border strip of stamps and couldn't resist cutting them out to use as elements scattered on my page.  

A few die cut pieces and chipboard finished out this simple page.

 

Sometimes you just have to make a layout based on the product; when I saw the sticker "We can build a snowman", my layout Meeting Olaf was born.  Even though I was working with a Christmas collection, this picture was taken in the summer, so just have fun with papers and make them work for you!

My design was very similar in this layout as my Dec 25 layout (and a lot that I create), I used a border strip to ground my design and I used various Sn@p cards and Sn@p cuts to layer behind my photo.  These cards not only make great title and journaling spots, but the are so easy to layer behind your photos.  

You can see I snuck in another one of the fun stamps from the border at the top of my page.

A few sprinkles scattered throughout my page (You can see a fun tip here, http://www.simplestories.com/blog/autumn  for placement.) were the final touches.

I hope you were inspired to pull out your collections and just play, make them fit and just enjoy creating!

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Hi Paper Crafters! Nichol here today with two new projects showcasing the gorgeous new Legacy Collection. The rich colors and antique-style collection lends itself perfectly to scrapbooking those heritage photos we have sitting in shoe boxes. Don't feel like you're limited to only heritage layouts, though. This collection would also make stunning pages for those guys in our lives, scrapbooking a European vacation or combine elements with other collections to make one-of-a-kind designs for any theme!

For my layout share today, I created a page around a very favorite heritage family photo that my mom had printed for me. It's always been a favorite photo and I absolutely love how the Legacy Collection perfectly compliments it.

To create my page I first spritzed the Dark Wood/Newsprint 12x12 paper with white Mister Huey to add some distressing and let the droplets dry completely.

Next, I layered a 4x6 Legacy Journaling Card under my 4x6 photograph. A transparency frame from The Story of Us Collection worked perfectly with the design of my page and dressed up the photograph. I printed the date on a Legacy label sticker and placed it near the bottom of the photo. I tucked a couple of tab stickers along the left edge of my photo and adhered the layered piece in the upper left quadrant of my page.

Next to my photograph I layered a couple of the 4x4 journaling cards, distressing the edges of the cards with my fingernail. I added some string to the Legacy tag stickers and stapled them to the left corner of the layered 4x4 cards and added a phrase sticker near the bottom before adhering the embellished cards to the top right quadrant of my page. I tucked a tab sticker under the top edge of the cards and added Legacy Enamel Dots and a clip to finish this square.

In the lower left quadrant of the design I layered two 3x3 journaling cards on a 4x4 journaling card, distressing the edges with my fingernail. I added a phrase sticker, enamel dots and a mini clip to finish this square.

For the lower right quadrant of my page I layered a few of the 2x2 journaling cards, adhering them in a square. I embellished the squares with buttons, and trims from my scrapbook stash. I die cut a couple of tags from one of the Legacy 4x6 journaling cards and embellished those with buttons, trims and a Legacy sticker tag before securing to one of the 2x2 squares.

Finally I printed my journaling on one of the Legacy 12x12 patterned papers, trimmed it down and attached it to my page as shown.

I love creating layered tags. Whether you use them to embellish scrapbook pages, cards or like me, are attaching them to a pinboard to create a fall inspiration board, tags are a great way to unleash your creativity on a small canvas! I am a big fan of using repetitive designs on my pages and could easily incorporate several of these tags on a scrapbook page when I no longer am displaying them on the pinboard.

I layered lots of the Legacy journaling cards on my tags, finishing the pieces with bits of ribbon, ephemera, washi tapes and other embellishments from my scrap stash. I die cut a butterfly from one of the journaling cards and adhered it to the first tag (top left). I die cut the tag itself from a 4x6 journaling card (top center) before embellishing with ribbon and a wood charm. I trimmed down a 4x4 card for camera tag (top right) and trimmed the 3x4 card from the 12x12 paper to adhere on top. I distressed the edges with my fingernail and "secured" the pieces to my tag with washi tape. A couple of small tags die cut from Legacy 2x2 journaling cards and embellished with a Legacy heart sticker, a phrase sticker and ribbon finish this tag.

I have been obsessed with all this shaker lately so I created a shaker tag by die cutting a leaf shape from one of the 3x4 Legacy journaling cards, adhering a transparency cut to the same size behind the "window", then applying a layer of foam tape, inserting sequins and finishing the shaker by adding another 3x4 card as the backing! A hole punched through the top makes this shaker card an instant tag (bottom left). Some wooden letters, twine and a Legacy word sticker finish the tag.

I attached the "F" Legacy 2x2 journaling card with buttons to a tag wrapped with organza trim and burlap (bottom middle). The wooden clothespin from the DIY Collection works perfectly with this fall themed set of tags. For my last tag (bottom right) I die cut a couple of the journaling cards with banner die cuts and attached them to a tag. I wrapped some ribbon around and tied it in a bow, added a Sweater Weather phrase sticker, metal key and ribbon to finish the tag.

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Howdy friends!  Layle here and I have a quick and easy project to share with you today that I recently made using our green SN@P! Binder and new School SN@P! Set -

I approached this project a little bit differently than you might think.  I never taken a lot of photos of our boys at school over the years, so I thought I'd combine the majority of the school photos I've taken for both of them and include them in the same album.  I divided it into 3 main sections - the first day of school photos (I take one of those every year, without fail!) and then a section for each of the boys.

Here you can see the last page of the 'first day of school photos' section and the first page of the section for our youngest son, Sam. 

The 3x4 cards and 4x6 cards in this SN@P! Set are so fun!  In several instances, I just adhered 2 4x6 cards or photos back to back, punched holes and added them in the binder, as if they were their own pages. 

The SN@P! Binders make it so easy to put a project like this together!  Once I had printed off the photos, it was just a matter of adding them, along with the cards and fun stickers and Bits & Pieces in the Pocket Pages included in the binder and I was done!  Another scrapping 'to do' marked off of my list!

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Hello Simple Stories fans!

I'm excited to share this layout with you because it has happy memories for me.  This was during this past summer when my cousin was visiting and it was time for the girls to get together for a Tea party!

My photos had a rather soft tone to them and I decided to use the Hello Baby collection because the colours were just perfect. Yes, I used a baby collection and there is definitely no babies on this layout!  It's a great collection with soft blues, pink and neutral tones as well.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out out the centre design (Lattice) from the Wood Veneer paper and then backed it with some patterned paper.

On the centre section I then cut out the title banner 'It's a lovely day' (a Simple Stories cut file which you can find in the Silhouette Online store).

After adhering my photos in place along the top & bottom edges I adhered some of the cut-out pieces (from the centre) along the sides using foam squares for some added dimension and visual interest.  In the centre of each block I adhered an Enamel Dot from the Hello Baby collection.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi there! Donna here with you today, and I’m really excited about today’s project! I don’t keep a Life Documented album, but something that I’ve always wanted to do is to find the best way to include all the “extra” photos I take each year into our family scrapbooks. You know, the ones that never make it onto layouts. Today I want to share with you the photos and stories that fill in gaps of 2013 using Pocket Pages and Sn@p! Collections:

Even though the idea behind this project was to include my extra photos, I knew that I needed to set limits in order to make it manageable. To start, I decided to use only two Design 3 pocket pages which altogether make 32 slots for photos or journaling/title spots. I knew that to keep the project doable, I wouldn’t be able to include all of our extra photos. When choosing photos from the year I aimed to pick somewhere between 25 and 28.

Part of why I’ve put off this endeavor before was because it seemed too overwhelming. So, I also limited my product choices deciding not to use any embellishments other than stickers, and keeping mainly to using SN@P! Sets already in my stash. I relied most on the Him and Everyday SN@P! Sets, but also used Baby Boy, Family, Christmas, and Summer.

As you’ll see below, I also included two cut-out elements cards from Sea to Shining Sea. I really wanted to include one photo of each of my sons creating our Fourth of July flag cake. They had so much fun doing this, but I never made a scrapbook page to document it.

It feels good to finally have that story recorded!

I don’t take tons and tons of photographs, but I take enough that they can’t all make it onto layouts. Plus, some of them, while cute, aren’t all that great. Perhaps they are too dark, or maybe out of focus. Sometimes, there really isn’t enough story there to warrant an entire page. This third page includes a few photos that fit into those categories.

Also, while I don’t create my layouts in chronological order, I do store them in my albums in chronological order. So when I created this fill-in-the-gaps project, I decided to put the photos in order as the year progressed. So you’ll see on this last page photos from fall, Halloween, and Christmas.

These two pocket pages will be placed behind the year-in review spread I make each year (which is more a highlights layout of photos already scrapbooked) and together they will give a more complete picture of our year.

Some more close-ups of the pages, here is a birthday photo of Sam:

As it says in the journaling, we had a very simple celebration at home. And because Sam did not like the cupcakes, I really didn’t have all that many photos of him, well, celebrating. But again, it is good to finally have at least one photo in our albums documenting that special day.

The photo below is from our first day of school last year.

In this case, I actually do have more photos from the day and have meant to scrapbook them, but have just never got around to doing it. I may go back and to do that, but if I don’t, I’ll at least have some record of that day.

Finally, in some cases there really isn’t much to say about a photo. I do get bored sometimes scrapbooking the same types of stories over-and-over again each year. So for instance, while I love our annual trip to the pumpkin patch, carving the pumpkins isn’t really my thing. But I did take a photo of the boys cleaning their pumpkins last year:

The photo is pretty self-explanatory, but I decided to embellish it simply with some stickers from the new Frankie and Friends collection.

With all the product choices available to scrapbookers today it is so easy to get overwhelmed with options. Add to that feeling the multitude of photos that we take in the course of the year. As I worked on this project I kept repeating to myself, keep it simple! In the end, my project fulfills my goals, and it is in keeping with my style.

The best part of completing this project is that my boys saw the pages on our kitchen table as I was photographing them, and they were so happy to see all our memories from the previous year in one place. This project was easy, fun, doable, and honestly, fast too. Thanks for stopping by and letting me share it with you!

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Hi Simple Stories fans...Nicole here, sharing a pocket page using the Sweater Weather collection.

Sometimes one single photo can inspire you to pick up some pretty paper and get to work...for me, it was this photo of my daughter's boots + the colorful leaves we found on an impromptu walk around the park.

When working on a pocket page, I apply the same 'basics' that I've always followed in the time that I've been scrapbooking...I almost always start with the 'visual triangle'. On this page, it was the white woodgrain cards that I used. I placed them in the pockets so that if you were to draw lines to connect the 3, they would create an imaginary triangle...kind of leading your eye around the page.

I love stamping directly onto photos, as well as the cut files that are available to coordinate with Simple Stories products in the Silhouette shop. The 'so typical' cut file isn't from the Sweater Weather line, but it fit perfectly with the photo I used. I just sized it to 4x4 to fill the entire pocket. After backing it with some glitter paper, I just added stitching all around the border and a few enamel dots. :)

I still have much love for the DIY line, and use it on nearly every pocket page I make. The 'hello there' transparency (hoping that MANY MORE of these are included in upcoming Simple Stories lines, lol!) and dictionary page 3x4 card are both from the DIY line, and were just what I needed to allow both the photo I used and the sweet chipboard fox to stand out on my project. And don't forget...it's TOTALLY OK to cut a 4x6 photo in half to slip into (2) 3x4 pockets!! My rule is: as long as I'm not cutting someone in half, it's all good. ;)

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Hi everyone! Allison here with a Life Documented layout using the Sweater Weather collection and I've got a new sketch to share with you that combines traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages.

You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here.

The left side of the sketch follows a traditional style of scrapbooking design and the right side uses the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 6.  Here is my layout based on the sketch:

I can't believe that Fall is right around the corner! There is a part of me that is sad that Summer is coming to an end but I can't deny that I'm really looking forward to Fall! One of my favorite things in the Fall is our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. We pack so many great activities into one day and it's always a fantastic time. Sweater Weather was such a terrific complement for documenting our trip to the pumpkin patch.

The 4x12" Elements strip is always one of my favorites to use in every Simple Stories collection. Not only do I love the designs on them but also how easy it is to use them on a layout and add a design around/on them.

For this layout I used the 4x12" strip with the Autumn quote as my title and added some detail photos on the left edge of it.

Along the bottom of the 4x12" strip I used a row of photos. You could easily adjust this part of the sketch to fit what you want to use and could around with different photos sizes.

I added an little extra photo to some of the empty space on the 6x4" photo. A lot of times I like to sneak in photos where I can! I take so many pictures that I try to use as many I can!

On the right page I used a combination of cards and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 6

I added a few extra details, like the "love" and heart pieces, to some of the photos.

On this picture I added a little cluster of hearts and the "family" piece to the edge of the photo. I also added some detail stitching to the largest heart. I love the sweater look to that heart!

On the "together" card I added a few sweater hearts cut from patterned paper and added a few stitched lines over them.

I'm using the 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in black for all of my Life Documented layouts. I love the quality of the faux leather and the pretty accent stitching! I also used the 12x12 SN@P! Pocket Pages, Design 6 from the Variety Pack. I love how many great designs and options you get with the Variety Pack!

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