Hi there, Layle with you today for another round of Pick a Card, Any Card!

Each month, 5 of our design team members and I will be picking one of our favorite Simple Stories or SN@P! 3x4 or 4x6 cards and sharing them with you - in more ways than one!  We've introduced so many GREAT cards over the last few years that I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite cards each month, tell you why they're our favorites and then give you a chance to win not only the specific cards that we picked, but the other cards they're paired up with as part of the set (more on that fun giveaway at the end of this post)!

If you missed last month's picks, you can see them here.

To kick off this month's version of Pick a Card, Any Card, here's one of my favorites -

This card is one of the 4x6 Cards from our Hello Baby SN@P! Cards.  I just love the chalkboard background with the contrast of all of the different white frames!  So many fun possibilities for this card! 

Next up is Lisa Swift with this 4x6 card from our Travel SN@P! Set -

When I asked Lisa why she choose this particular card, she said -

We recently made a trip to Disney so this card, from the Travel Sn@p 4x6 Card Set, really caught my eye. Not only does it remind me of our vacation travels, but also of our favorite park (Epcot) because it has so many adorable country landmarks on it. It's like taking a stroll through the World Showcase at Epcot, only much, much smaller. :)

Marie Lottermoser chose this 4x6 card from the Good Day Sunshine 4x6 Horiztonal Elements -

When I asked Marie why she chose this card, she said -

The vibrant colors really stand out, and the sentiment of living in the sunshine is perfect for summer.

Nicole Harper selected this 3x4 card from the Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards -

According to Nicole -

I fell in love with every piece of this collection that has this woodgrain chevron + I use sequins (on the back side of this card) on just about every project these days!

Next up is Nancy Damiano with this 4x6 card, also from the Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards -

When I asked Nancy why she selected this card, she said -

This card is a fav because I love color and you can't beat a rainbow for a punch of brights! This card will complement all of my bright summer photos and look great on any background.

Last up this month is Nichol Magouirk with this 4x6 card from the Summer SN@P! Set -

According to Nichol -

I love this little card. It reminds me of being younger and how we use to get so excited to hear the bells from the " Dickie Dee " Ice Cream truck! It was a special summer treat that we use to enjoy. I always got this red/white and blue popsicle that use to turn my tongue blue! This Card is definitely one of my favorites right now.

So, what do you think?  How about those picks - pretty fun, right?!

OK, now to more good stuff.  At the beginning of this post I mentioned something about a giveaway!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by end of day Friday, August 1st telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday the 3rd I'll draw one random lucky winner to win not only the cards we selected, but the rest of the cards that are included with each package the cards are from  - that's 126 fabulous Simple Stories cards; you can see all of the cards one random lucky will win under the Supplies section below!

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Reveal Week starts on Monday!! 

Hello Simple Stories fans! 

I'm excited to share this layout with you today because it combines many of my favourite things! 

First of all, there's these super fabulous colours from the Good Day Sunshine collection, then the Simple Stories Silhouette Print & Cut files (which are so much fun!) and last of all pictures of my family enjoying time together at the beach! It can't get better than that!

I love using my Silhouette when I create my layouts and I'm so excited that Simple Stories has created some Print & Cut files to go along with their amazing collections.  I used 4 different files on my layout.

Here's a close-up of the Silhouette print & cut Surfboards.

I just love this Camera design and used the Silhouette Print & Cut feature for this one as well.

This Silhouette Print & Cut beach sign is so cool. Don't ya think?

I also typed my journaling onto a 4x6 journaling card that comes with the 12x12 Good Day Sunshine collection.  I was enjoying creating the print & cut embellishments so much that instead of using the chipboard of this cloud shaped design I used the Silhouette Print & Cut feature once again!

To finish off my page and add a bit more colour I adhered some of the Enamel Dots in various places on my layout and a few stickers. 

I hope that I've inspired you to use this wonderful collection and for all of you Silhouette lovers you definitely have to give the Print & Cut feature a try.  You will love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hi, All! Alissa here with you today with another Life Documented spread. Today I used a very unexpected Simple Stories line, Hello Baby. It’s unexpected because there are no babies in the spread. Just everyday life. I really LOVE how the Simple Stories lines, although some are themed, will work with anything. You just need to love the colors and patterns, and, use a little crafty ingenuity!

I desaturated my photos in Photoshop Elements to make the spread more cohesive and to “match” the Hello Baby line a bit better. You could even just convert them all to black and white, which I did with one or 2 of the photos in my spread.  I used a one of the overlays that come exclusively in the Collection Kit, over a white bordered photo (top center below) and I LOVE the results. The color of the overlay frame just pops a little more with the white border underneath.

I created the title card with the cool chalkboard frame paper and just stapled in a few bits from the Bits & Pieces pack in some of the frames.

I used a white gel pen to journal on some of the “chalkboard” papers throughout the spread.

Another overlay exclusive in the Collection Kit that I altered just a bit to fit my photo better. (Yes those are 2 HUGE monitors at my desk at work. J )

I layered up a few of the die cuts from the Bits & Pieces set with a photo and a chipboard heart I borrowed from a different Simple Stories line. I love how the Simple Stories lines can all work together.

More labels and layering.

The heart and enamel dot are popped up on the outside of the Pocket Page. I love dimension, but I want the Pocket Pages to lay as flat as possible.

I used another piece of the chalkboard frame paper for the weekly journaling with the white gel pen.

I hope you have enjoyed my non baby spread using Hello Baby today.

Have a great day!

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Hello, Simple Stories fans! Teri here today, and I'm here with another Life Documented project. I'm excited to share with you a couple more pages made with the Good Day Sunshine collection. 

A dear friend of mine recently came to town. I spent a fun afternoon hanging out with her and exploring some of our local landmarks. Talk about fun! I had such a good time (and took so many pictures) that I wanted to include a couple pages about the experience in my 2014 album.

Because this meet-up happened during Summer and these pictures were shot on a hot Summer day, the Good Day Sunshine collection was perfect to use for these pages. It's such a happy collection and has so many fun Summer'ish elements. I felt it justed worked.


 

One of my favorite elements is that title card! I made it myself by mixing and matching together stickers, paper and an overlay from the Good Day Sunshine collection. The great thing about using things from the same collection is that it takes the guesswork out of it. You don't have to think about the colors. You don't have to think about patterns. Everything just goes together because it's designed to do so. I love that.

I also had a good time with the smaller pockets on this Pocket Page. I cut down the Koi fish picture to fit into one of them. Yes, friends. No fancy schmanzy photo resizing here. I printed the fish picture as a 4" x 6" photo (to save time) and then just used my paper trimmer to cut it down to size. (By the way, have you seen the Simple Stories' Photo Crops tools? They are designed to make photo cropping easy!) 

I had such a fun time putting together the second page of my spread!

I must admit that I went a bit wild, embellishing some of the pictures with stickers, brads and other Good Day Sunshine embellishments. I even wrote on some of them. I sure love how I was able to mix my handwriting with the Good Day Sunshine word stickers on this one here.

I also love the SN@P! cards on this page! The Awesome Awesome Awesome one was 4"x6". I cut it down to fit in my pocket and then used my trusty typewriter to add some text. 

Let's talk albums for a minute. I'm using a 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in red to document all my 2014 adventures in. I frequently scrapbook out of order so I really appreciate that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 3 and 5 for these pages. It's nice that Simple Stories offers so many different styles of pages. I enjoy having creative options!

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Howdy!  Layle here today with this month's pick of our favorite new Silhouette cut files!  With over 350 designs and new cut files from our newest Simple Stories collections, you're sure to find lots of designs that fit your needs.

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

Good Day Sunshine Print & Cut Bicycle

 
 

Him SN@P! Set Print & Cut Cassette Tape

Visit Simple Stories at the Silhouette Online Store here to see these designs and others in our design portfolio.  You can also search for 'Simple Stories' directly on their site. 

Have you created something with our Silhouette cut files?  If so, we'd love to see them!  Post on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram with #simplestories or email an image of your project to layle@simplestories.com!

How about a little incentive to head on over and check out these and our other fun designs here at the Silhouette Online Store?!!  Head on over, take a peek at all of our designs, then hop back here and leave a comment on this post via the Rafflecopter widget telling us which design is your favorite.  On Sunday the 27th, we'll draw one random lucky winner to win a $25 Download Card to the Silhouette Online Store! 

So tell us, which Simple Stories design is your favorite?!

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Hi everyone, it's Wendy with you today to share some grid-style layouts using the Good Day Sunshine collection.

As I looked through the Good Day Sunshine collection I was drawn to the cloud paper, it just FIT my beach pictures.  I couldn't resist creating two different layouts using the same background and a simple grid design.

In my first layout, Best Summer 2014 -

I wanted to feature this shot I got of a few of my kids at the beach.  The wide expanse of water seemed to call for the cloud paper, it continued the calm peaceful feeling of my picture.  Because I wanted a calm layout, I chose one 4x6 card to give some color to my layout and to give my layout a title.  This was the basis of my layout and the next step was to add some interest to my page.

I began adding pieces such as the year stickers, the film die-cut and the anchor to give a triangle of colors (woodgrain, yellow, teal) using items that were meaningful to my layout.

I added in some woodgrain chevrons to give some movement to my page and to direct your eyes inward.  I couldn't resist adding a pop of bright color with the flower stickers.  

I used a few of the chipboard circles throughout my page; I loved the tone-on-tone that I achieved with the dream piece.

My Fiskar cloud punch is probably my most favorite tool I own; I wanted clouds, but didn't want to detract from my page, so I used the tone-on-tone approach again.

My next page, Me and my Boy -

This layout was also built on the cloud page again using just the 3x4 cards and my picture.  I chose to do a 2x2 grid design on this layout.  The 3x4 cards provided a place for my title, a pop of color, and a chevron card to direct your eyes to my picture.

I used a scattering of hearts to lead your eyes from the top of my page to the bottom.

Again you can see my clouds; these were created using white cardstock and inked to make them blend more.

The tiny phrases on the sticker sheet add just enough detail to my page without overpowering my design.

Thanks for joining me today!  I have one more page I created using the Good Day Sunshine collection on my blog http://antenucci.blogspot.com/2014/07/hello-summer-simple-stories.html hope to see you there!

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Thanks so much for joining us this past week for the Simple Stories, Xyron & May Arts Ribbon Team Up!  There were so many great projects shared across all 3 blogs; we hope you found some wonderful inspiration!

The random lucky winner of our giveaway is....

Heather Thompson

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for the last day of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three 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 several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Andrea Corriveau joins us with a super creative, rustic mini book using our Under the Stars collection, several Xyron products and LOTS of gorgeous May Arts ribbon!

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Hey Everyone!  Andrea here with you today to share a rustic mini album I made using the Under the Stars Simple Set.  This album is no fuss - and I wanted it to look like I made it while sitting around a campfire.  Here’s how it turned out:

I titled the album “Glamping” because my idea of camping ALWAYS includes running water, electricity, and a roof over my head!  We “glamp” at my parent’s house in Houghton Lake, which is surrounded by forty acres of gorgeous Michigan forest - so it’s just like being out in the wilderness.

To keep with the outdoorsy theme of the papers, the album is very rustic.  I used pieces of corrugated cardboard as the covers, peeling away parts of them and running an ink pad over them.  The majority of the album was adhered together using the Xyron Mega Runner filled with permanent adhesive.  The runner glides smooth, and the adhesive is strong.

I bound the album together with elastic cording and a stick.

The stick is a fun way to add a different element to the album, and it gave me a place to load up lots of great May Arts ribbon.  These are not your average craft store ribbons!  The colors are vibrant, and they tie and cut well with no fraying.  And they stitch well!

To make the flower I cut strips of ribbon, used the Xyron double sided High Tack Tape to adhere it in loops to a cardstock circle, and used a Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dot on the back of a sticker to put in the center of it.

The inner pages of the album are random and fun, made from paper from the collection, a handmade pocket, a piece of balsa wood, and even a coffee bag!  I added a map to show exactly where we were.

Most of my journaling is hidden behind the photos.

I used a SN@P! Photo Flip on this page; they’re a great way to add lots of photos in limited space.

I made another flower with my favorite May Arts ribbon from the bunch - a yellow stripe that has elastic along the bottom edge.  I simply rolled it up and used a Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dot to adhere it to the tab on the page.

And the last page:

I cut the campfire out of paper and ran it through the Xyron Sticker Maker to make it adhesive.  I added a twig tied into the ribbon to go along with the theme of the woodpile photo.

And that’s all there is to it!

Thanks for joining me today.  I totally enjoyed getting the chance to work with the great line of adhesives from Xyron, and with all the gorgeous ribbons from May Arts.  As always, I hope this project inspires you to try using something different in your mini albums!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

Join us again tomorrow to see if you won a prize pack! 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for day 5 of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three 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 several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Emily Lanham joins us with a patriotic canvas project using our Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set.

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Hello everyone! Emily here today with a fun & festive 4th of July project! Yes, I know the 4th of July is over for this year, but I wanted to create something to showcase a picture that I captured with myself and my little cutie pie. 

I LOVE the Sea to Shining Sea collection! I have so many photos from the beach which this collection is perfect for, but also great for 4th of July projects as well. It really is a double duty collection. So great to get use out of every last piece of paper in this little collection! 

When I heard that we were teaming up with May Arts and Xyron, I was excited! I LOVE ribbon and I love adhesive, what a great combo to pair with Simple Stories products!

I created this little 6x6 canvas to hang in my home, I thought that it was perfect. I didn't want to do a layout simply because I wanted something with dimension, so this is what I ended up with.

Thanks for joining my here today!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for day 3 of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three 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 several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Shellye McDaniel joins us a wonderful plaque using our The Story of Us collection, several Xyron products and some gorgeous May Arts burlap ribbon and trim.

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Hi there, it's Shellye!  For my project today I have altered a wooden house shaped plaque with Simple Stories' "The Story of Us" Collection and various ribbon/trim by May Arts.  Putting it all together was made quick and easy with the 9" Creative Station and other adhesives by Xyron.

I traced the individual shapes onto different patterned papers found in the collection and then trimmed out.  All of the larger pieces of paper were ran through the Xyron Creative Station, which provides complete coverage of adhesive. 

I trimmed the edges of the pieces with either a 1/4" ribbon or pom pom trim by May Arts.  For the outer edge, I applied the 1/4" Doubled Sided High Tack Tape by Xyron and then pressed the ribbon in place. 

The pre-cut wood set also came with a folk art style heart that I covered in paper and then embellished with chipboard stickers, enamel dots and cardstock stickers. 

To the top I made a large bow with May Arts faux burlap ribbon.  I looped the ribbon back and forth and then cinched together at the center with twine.  To cover the twine, I used a large decorative brad.

The finished plaque makes a cute centerpiece for a wedding shower and then can be passed along to the bride-to-be! 

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for day 3 of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three 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 several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Lisa Swift joins us with 2 layouts using our Good Day Sunshine collection, several Xyron products and some May Arts ribbon.

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Hi Simple Stories fans! Lisa here today to share two layouts, about a recent trip to Disney, made with my current favorite Simple Stories collection — Good Day Sunshine. I paired this collection with some fabulous May Arts ribbon and Xyron adhesives.

This first layout is about how much we love spending time on Disney's Boardwalk, walking around, shopping, eating (of course!) and riding the surrey bicycles.

Ever since it was released, I've found myself reaching for May Arts' chevron twill ribbon again and again. Because it comes in different widths (and colors), you can use it to accent larger items, like photos, and smaller items, like embellishments.

Xyron adhesives are "must have" supply for me and are always in my stash. I used the double-sided tape to hold the ribbon in place on the back of the photo (making it easier to tie the bow). The adhesive dots were perfect for adhering chipboard pieces and smaller items. The Mega Runner, with its permanent adhesive, worked great to adhere the photo and paper-to-paper!

This next page is about our down time at Disney. The title is a spin off of the resort we stayed at, The Yacht Club. After hours in the scorching heat and humidity, there was nothing like heading to the pool to cool off. The water seemed to refresh my daughter and perk her right back up again. We definitely did a "yacht" of swimming while we were there!

I love the design of the Shades of Summer paper! It reminds me of a paint sample swatch and packs so much color with its simple design. I thought it would be fun to embellish each "color swatch" with coordinating enamel dots, stickers and embellishments.

I used enamel dots and ribbon to add interest and dimension to the chipboard pieces. Here's a closer look at the popsicle:

Again, I relied on my trusty Xyron adhesives. I used the Xyron X Sticker Maker to turn smaller items, like the diecut anchor, into stickers to make them easier to adhere to the page.

Thanks for stopping by for day 3 of our partnership with May Arts ribbon and Xyron adhesives. I hope I gave you some ideas on how to use these products along with the Good Day Sunshine collection. Have a great day!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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Psssst....  How about a quick sneak peek of our brand new Summer/Fall Release?!  Leave us a comment and let us know what you're most looking forward to & be sure to check back here starting on Monday, July 28th for the full reveal and a chance to win it before you can buy it!

Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  Thanks for joining us for day 2 of the Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three 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 several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Vicki Boutin joins us with a clever pool party inviration our Good Day Sunshine collection, several Xyron products and some May Arts ribbon to make some really fun fish! 

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Hey there!  Vicki here with some with some MayArts, Xyron and Good Day Sunshine fun!  I love product swaps and I was particularly excited to be teaming up with MayArts and their gorgeous ribbons and trims and adding some fabulous adhesive options from the folks at Xyron.  With the sunshine and hot weather upon us I decided I wanted to create a card for my daughter's upcoming birthday party.  Here is what I came up with…

I fashioned a few little fishies from ribbon and added them to my invite.

Here are the steps I followed to create the fish and the Xyron adhesive I used to help me in this task:

Cut a 6 1/2" piece of 5/8" ribbon, a 4 1/2" piece and two 1" pieces of 1/4" ribbon.

Fold the 6 1/2" ribbon to create a fish shape.

Pinch the space below the fish "body".

Tie the 4 1/2" ribbon where the ribbon is "pinched".  Form the shape of the 'body" and tie the 4 1/2" ribbon in a knot.

Here is an image of the ribbon tied from the back

Trim the ends of the 1/4" ribbon.

Trim the a "v" from the ends of the fish's tail.

Using Xyron Adhesive Dots, add the "fins" to the top and bottom of the fish's body.

Add the fish to the card with Xyrons double side High Tack Tape.

Here is another look at the completed card…

I used the Xyron Mega Runner to assemble the pieces of the card.  The Good Day Sunshine 4x6 Vertical Elements "heart border" make the perfect backdrop for the fish!!  And it was quick fix…that's why I love my Simple stories!!!

The Xyron 3" Sticker Maker came in handy when adhering the little "bubbles".

I finished the card off with a few Good Day Sunshine Fundamental stickers, Good Day Sunshine Expression stickers, Good Day Sunshine Enamel Dots and a piece of MayArts twine.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are inspired to try creating a few fun critters with ribbon and glue!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

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 - a Simple Stories, Xyron and May Arts Ribbon Product Swap! 

All three 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 several prize packages from all 3 companies!

Today Kim Kesti joins us with three fun cards using our Under the Stars Simple Set, several Xyron products and some May Arts ribbon & twine.

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Hi - Kim here!  I am so excited to be posting today using both the fabulous May Arts ribbon and the perfect adhesive to keep everything in place: Xyron! I have three cards to share and a few tips on using the adhesives as well.

All of my cards are created with the Under the Stars Simple Set, it is just so fresh and fun – perfect for some special summer themed cards. Here I used the Xyron Glue Stick in a unique way.

I simply adore the thicker twine produced by May Arts, but like all twine, the ends tend to ravel and come untwisted. Just dab a bit of glue stick on the end of the twine and, boom! Problem solved. It is way easier to use than a runnier liquid adhesive and dries really fast!

My next card uses some of the crocheted lace by May Arts – something that can be a challenge to adhere, but not if you have the little Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker!  Just run that lace through and you have the perfect adhesive. **Please notice that I still use my older “orange” version of the Sticker Maker – Xyron was nice enough to send me this new purple version which I am giving away on my blog! Check www.kimkesti.com and enter to win.

I layered twill ribbon on top of the lace for a fun bohemian look.

My last card is purely for fun! I love how perfectly the Chevron Stripes ribbon (http://www.mayarts.com/ribbons/3-4-inch-twill-stripes/) matches this 3 X 4 journaling card. Swoon!

Hey, thanks for taking a look at my cards. It sure is easy to create with such inspiring products!

Now for the fun part!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a prize pack from all 3 companies!  After you leave a comment, head on over to the Xyron blog and the May Arts Ribbon blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to a leave a comment on their blogs as well - they're giving away a prize pack too. 

Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

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Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca Keppel here to share a quick way to document your 4th of July today! I take tons of photos on the Fourth of July, and with the summer being so busy, I like to quickly get them into a layout. Simple Stories has a SIMPLE answer - the latest Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set includes everything you need to get your 4th of July or other summer layout done in a snap!

I used 2 strips of 4x11.5 paper and one 3.5x11.5 patterned paper and stitched around each rectangle and adhered those down as horizontal blocks to create my background. I combined 15 photos into three 4 x 4 collages to use on my center strip of paper. I trimmed down the Original Summer Memories card so you could see more of the patterned paper and machine sewing behind it. Plus, I added some letter stickers for a title to it.

I trimmed down the journaling card so that it match in height to the Red White and Cute card and typed my journaling, adding a border sticker to take up some empty space.

The large star was fussy cut from another card on the 12 x 12 Elements patterned paper and then popped up with 3 dimensional adhesive.

Lastly, I love including tiny Simple Stories stickers right on my photos as a banner or in the case of collages right in the middle where the points between photos intersect.

Sea to Shining Sea is such a fun collection and could be used for a number of summer themes, but I loved getting my Fourth of July memories down on a page so quickly!

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Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Hello Baby Simple Inspiration eBook is now available for download! 

Simple Inspiration eBooks include beautiful photography, project ideas, design tips and inspiration on how you can create with our fabulous Simple Stories collections!  Our Simple Inspiration eBooks include a little something for everyone - layouts, SN@P! Binders, pocket page spreads, home decor items and cards.

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

Hello Baby Simple Inspiration eBook Free Download

Visit the Project Downloads section of our website to download Simple Inspiration eBooks from our past collections.

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

Hi everyone ! It's Mindi here with you. I'm going to be sharing a life documented layout with you today, featuring the Good Day Sunshine collection. 

The bright colors along with the wood grained paper were a great match for our fun and fast road trip down to the beach. 

We were fortunate enough to be able to join my husband down by the beach while he was working in the area. I wanted to make sure that I included the "work" and the "play" aspects of our trip. For this journaling card I wanted to keep it clean and fun, I loved the rainbow ampersand and thought it was perfect for the top of the journaling card. I had some fun mixing different texts for my journaling. 

For this layout I thought I would play around with some watercolor paints. I broke out the kids watercolors and made my own journaling card. After I was happy with my paint job,  I added a few stamps and some embellishments. 

I needed to add my "play" factor to my layout and added a photo of Maddie at play in the water. 

Here is a look at the second page of my layout. The weather was foggy and on the cooler side. Noah was the only one we could get in the water that day for more than one or two times. But once he got in, meaning his feet, we couldn't get him out ! 

I loved mixing a little of the wood grained cards and colors in here and there. I used the wood grained SN@P cuts and put some patterned paper behind it. Then added the chipboard sun and cut up the word "Smile" from the DIY photo overlays. 

I played around with a few different things on the photo that is split over the two pockets and ended up adding a vellum tag onto half of the photo. Finishing it off by using a fun DIY word sticker and a few extras. 

I really didn't have too much to say about our short trip so I decided to play around with one of the colorful cards. I started off with the chevron patterned card and wanted to fold it over so I could add my journaling. The other side of the card didn't work for what I needed. I simply found a simple patterned and glued the two cards together and folded it over. 

I have really loved working with the fun products from the Good Day Sunshine line. They make it so easy to make fun and fast pocket pages. That is key when your working in the summer months, when time is tight !! 

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