Hello, again!   This is Amber, founder and creative director of Simple Stories.  I'm here for another installment of my monthly Document IT blog feature.  I'm so excited to share something that we've been working on for what seems like forever - earlier this month we revealed our new SN@P! Carpe Diem A5 Planner & accessories collection.  Judging from all of the buzz we're seeing and reading out there on social media, you're excited too!

If you've been following along with my Document IT! monthly blog feature this year, you know the story of how we initially 'dipped our toe' in the planner world with the release of our Life Documented collection in 2014; if you're not familar with that story, you can read more about it here.  The Life Documented collection was so well received that we decided to 'jump in with both feet', so to speak, with Carpe Diem!

At Simple Stories, we're know for producing quality products to help you share your memories in a simplified way, and now we bring that same philosophy to the planner world and we couldn't be more thrilled.  This week we had the opportunity to showcase these beautiful new pllaners & accessories at a retailer tradeshow, and we want to do the same here on our blog!  You may have already had a chance to check out these new products in our reveal blog post here; today we're giving you a first glance at the planner itself and the fabulous a la carte products that will be shipping to retailers mid November!

The planners are available in 6 fun colors - platinum, coral, robin's egg blue, pink, teal & black.  They're crafted with split leather exterior and a printed fabric black & white polka dot interior. Each planner includes everything you need to get started planning - 1 plastic dashboard with silver foil, 12 monthly tabbed dividers/12 monthly pages (12 2-page calendar spreads), 72 weekly insert pages (2-page spread for each week of the year), and 7 extra pages for contacts, important dates and notes. That's not all!  Each planner also comes with a metal charm, elastic pen loop and an A5 tablet.  

At an MSRP of $44.99 - we think you're gonna love it!!

In typical Simple Stories fashion we've created fun, whimsical and colorful designs that will keep you planning happy all year long.

Like what you're seeing so far?  Want to see more?!  Here's a video from the retailer trade show that walks you through the contents of the planners, the a la carte accessories and the sample planner we put together that you see in the photos above - it's the next best thing to seeing it in person!!

Because we KNOW you have tons of questions, we've put together a handy dandy list of Carpe Diem Frequently Asked Questions that you can download here.  Have a question that's not listed, shoot us an email at support@simplestories.com and we'll get you an answer :)

FREE PRINTABLES!

Now we get to the really fun part!  We've designed these FREE printables for July to give you a taste of the colors and designs of the new Carpe Diem planner & accessories!  

Click here to download July's Free Life Documented Printables.

There are a 3 free printables this month, including:

July Month in Review -  in both A5 & SN@P! 6x8 sizes
Decorative Lined Insert - in both A5 & SN@P! 6x8 sizes
Fun Cut Outs

TIP: The July free printables are on a single PDF document with 6 pages - print off what you want and the quantity you need.  We've added cut marks to each printable, so you can easily trim your pages to size.  

Thanks so much for letting me share the details about our new SN@P! Carpe Diem Planners!   See you back here again next month!  Oh yah, one more thing... for those of you that that still love our 6x8 albums and Life Documented inserts...let's just say we have a little something up our sleeves... :)
Hi everyone!
 
Teri here, and I'm excited to share some fun Summer-inspired projects created with Simple Stories'Summer Vibes collection. Is it just me? Does it seems like Summer just started, and yet school is right around the corner? Sigh. I know, right?! In my efforts to squeeze in as much Summer fun as possible this year, I decided to create some cards and a tag with a Summer twist! And the Summer Vibes collection was the perfect choice for that.
 
 
One of the things I love to do is treat my friends with little treats just so they know I appreciate them. So I created this little tag with a fun little beach scene to hang onto a bottle of soda.
 
 
The base of the tag is a chipboard frame attached to a SN@P! card. I poked a hole in the top so I could bring a little twine through it and hang it on the bottle of soda.
 
 
I'm a fan of making cards so, of course, I made some Summer-inspired cards too! 
 
This one was just a fun and quick card to put together.
 
 
I just love that "Oh Happy Day" sentiment on the SN@P! card I used. To make it stand out, I added a torn piece of paper tape to the top of it. and then I embellished it with a couple enamel dots. 
 
 
I anchored the radio and tanning lotion bottle to the bottom of the card. I used my scissors to slice off the bottom of each. 
 
This was another quick card to put together. 
 
 
There's just something about buses. They scream Summer and the beach! You agree?
 
 
The "hello there" banner was part of a larger die-cut banner. I again whipped out my trusty scissors and snipped off just the part I wanted for my card.
 
Speaking of the beach, this card really reminds me of the beach with a surfboard, flipflops and sunglasses! 
 
 
I layered all of those chipboard pieces together. While they are self adhesive, I wanted one of the shoes and sunglasses to really pop off the card so I adhered them onto my card with foam tape. Foam tape really helps just give embellishments a little extra pop. LOVE that.
 
 
The final card I made is this Hello Sunshine card. 
 
 
I did a little bit of layering here, adhering the frame to patterned paper and then placing it slightly under the "Hello" sentiment. And then I added some embellishments to the mix. I wanted the card to be fun so I purposely used a mixture of embellishments on it. 
 
 
I think it turned out pretty cute! 
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope to see you again soon!

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Hey There!  It’s Vicki here with a little So Fancy fun.  I have to say that I love the So Fancy line for my daughter but I also really love it for documenting some of my adventures with my friends!  When I was pulling photos for my post this month I came across this picture captured last fall when a few friends and I visited Montreal after a teaching event.  This is what I love about scrapbooking.  One photo can bring back so many good memories and fill your heart.  This one did just that.  Take a look at the page I created…

My friends and I ran in to a few ladies from the teaching event.  Love this gang right here!  The So Fancy line created the perfect backdrop for the perfect photo from a snapshot in time.  I love the 6x12 Element strip with the “note” paper is perfect for my journaling and the colors from this line really highlight the photo.

I layered So Fancy Chipboard, stickers and Bits & Pieces for my title with the help of a few foam adhesive squares.  It’s a little blast of happy.  Again echoing the feeling in the photo.

I tied in the aqua with the camera chipboard in the lower right corner and the gold frame.  I love to create little layers of embellishments.

The subtitle is a mix of the So Fancy Expression Stickers.  These are perfect for personalizing your projects and I especially like them for sub titles and “side stories”.

 
I really enjoyed putting this page together and taking a moment to remember a great day spent with good friends!  I may just have to search out a few more of my “friend” photos and do another project with this So Fancy line!  I will have to wrestle it out of my daughter’s hands!!!
 
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great and crafty day!

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Thanks sooooo much for joining us for our 2015 Summer Release Reveal!  We hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  The Pumpkin Spice, We Are...Family and Claus & Co. collections begin shipping to retailers mid August, and the new A5 Carpe Diem Planners & accessories ship mid November!

So, we have LOTS of giveaways to announce from our reveal week - a whopping 16 to be exact!!!  Here goes!

Claus & Co. – 
Blog – Coree Westmoreland
Instagram – sweetplannerlife
Pinterest –  Amanda Boerst
Facebook - Lisa Chandler Baracco

Pumpkin Spice
Blog – Stephanie Humphreys
Instagram –  artjournal888
Pinterest –  Stephanie Cater
Facebook –  Gina Ortiz

We Are...Family
Blog – Michelle Clark
Instagram -  mrshungria
Pinterest –  creative moma
Facebook –  Ronda Camire

Carpe Diem - 
Blog – Pam Busenius
Instagram - lostincrafts
Pinterest –  Margie Visnick
Facebook – Wendy Rangal

Thanks everyone for playing!  If you are one of the lucky winners and did not receive a message or email from me, please send me an email at layle@simplestories.com with your full name and mailing address so we can ship your package!

Happy Tuesday!  Candi here with you today and I am anxious to use the Summer Vibes Collection in my planner again!  This collection, along with my teal binder...perfect match :)
 
I created a new dashboard/flyleaf by taking an 8 1/2 x 11 transparency and trimming that down to about 5 x 8.  Along the right hand side, I added several Bits & Pieces with some adhesive...the embellishments are "hanging" off the edge.  Behind my transparency, I added a 6 x 8 journal page.  
 
 
 

 
I can't leave anything "empty" so on the back side of the 6 x 8 journal page, I added some cardstock stickers and a few journaling card elements...
 

 
Currently I am using the daily planner inserts and there is just so much room for jotting down your daily tasks along with adding some great stickers.  Here is a peek at a few of my days...
 
 
 

 
I love adding journaling cards in between my planner inserts...super fun adding different elements along the way!
 

 
Below I am using two different sheets from the basic planner inserts.  One for my current project and the other for my meal planning.  
 
 
 

 
I took the 12 x 12 Oh Hello double sided sheet and trimmed that down to fit inside my planner, which is 6 x 8.  After I trimmed it down to size, it left me 4 "blocked" areas, so I thought I would document 4 highlights of my Summer!  I already filled in my first highlight...the shooting range!!!
 
 

 
On the back side of the Oh Hello double sided sheet, I cut out "Hello Summer" from the Summer Vibes Collection Kit and used some washi paper tape to hold it in place!
 

 
These 2 x 2 elements are just so cute...I had to trim some of them out and put them inside a 4 x 6 insta-pocket page!  I even added a few embellishments on top of the pocket page.  Maybe I will add some 2 x 2 pics on the back side or even jot down memories from my month :)
 

 
On the back side of my August monthly divider, the colors were just not going along with the Summer Vibes Collection...so I fixed that by adhering down a 6 x 8 journaling page!  There is enough room to add a photo or to jot down notes...
 

 
Right now I don't have August set up, but I wanted to show you what I have added in my monthly divider that pertains to August.  There is a little vintage shop that is only open every other weekend.  They print out the cutest little postcard with their opening dates, so I punched a hole in the corner and added that to August. This way I know exactly when they are open.  I am also joining in on the Week In The Life Project by Ali Edwards and the perfect way to keep track of my week.........Life Documented Planner Inserts!!!!!!  I added a few stickers and stamped out the dates for each day, now I am all set to jot down memories from the week!
 
 
 

 
Later this week I will be planning out August and setting up my planner inserts for the month!
 
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a great week ahead!!!
 
See you next time...
Candi

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Don't you just love the new collections that Simple Stories has created?  I think this was my favorite release so far!  Wendy here today to share some of what I created using the So Fancy collection .
 
 
The colors in the So Fancy collection were perfect for my Easter pictures, even if the collection wasn't specifically created for such an event.  I had a few pictures I really wanted to use on this layout so I focused more on adding color in through my paper choices.  I chose the navy blue floral to match our clothes, but the floral added a nice Easter touch and an outdoorsy feel.  
 
 
I used the pink on the top to lighten the page up some and to create an area for some embellishing.  I then carried my pink throughout my paper creating a visual triangle.
 
 
Sn@p! cards are one of my favorite products that Simple Stories creates, so I used one to finish up my page.
 
 
My next page, was a totally different take on the So Fancy collection.  I was dying to try out the Mood Board paper; with such a great paper I didn't want to add too much to my page so I concentrated on fitting my elements into the page without making them stand out.
 
 
My title cluster carried the page from one side to the other and while big, it blended in quite well I think.
 
 
Some stickers and a few die cuts were my next touch.
 
 
I added in some journaling on the lines already provided on the paper and added a small chipboard heart for a little pizazz.
 
 
Wow, I really love how many different adventures can be documented with the So Fancy collection, don't you?  I have one more layout using this collection here on my blog  this one featuring my son, hope to see you there! 

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Hey everyone, it's Amy here to share a layout I created using the fabulous Stars and Stripes Simple Set. I love this line, and couldn't wait to document our recent Fourth of July celebration at the beach.

Although I used mostly the Stars and Stripes collection, I did add in some embellishments from the Gold Sn@p! Pack along with some wood veneer from Say Cheese II.

This is such a great patriotic collection, and I loved creating with it.

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Hi there Simple Stories fans! Suzanna here today to share with you a pocket page spread created using the So Fancy collection! Recently my daughter celebrated her First Communion and I really wanted something feminine yet girly to record these special memories for her. So Fancy was just the thing I was looking for!
 
 
I had so many pictures that really, pocket pages are the way to go and include them all. I chose the highlights for the front pages with plenty of "supporting evidence", AKA embellishements. Later, I can go back and size and print some of the other pictures for the backsides. I love that by using two different pocket pages, I am able to have both vertical and horizontal pictures. Really, with pocket scrapping, there is always some combination that will accommodate what you HAVE rather than needing to cut and trim and work existing photos and supplies.
 
 
I like to have at the very least one, more often than not two, confetti pockets. I broke out my Fuse for the first time and sealed in some of the die cuts and various other "bits". LOVE the way it turned out! I can't wait to play with it some more. The left hand page, with the banners in the confetti pocket, has variegated thread in the pocket as well - another fun addition to the sequins and die cuts you can add.
 
 
The bulk of my pockets are filled with SN@P cards but I did use some of the cards from the 12x12 sheets as well. For the title, I had to use my watercolor pencils, without water, to color over the "Y" to create a fourth complimentary shade. I believe the way that the fussy cut letters were cut, and still saving plenty of extra paper unscathed for future use, the "L" and "Y" were the same color. This type A, highlighted, bolded and underlined personality could have none of that! Quick and easy fix, thanks to color pencils. Just stay in the lines!
 
 
The gold bits and pieces scattered through out the die cuts, chipboard and SN@P cards in this collection are just the right amount of pizzazz and bling. Being such a special occasion, I couldn't omit that golden touch! To add a personal touch to the cards, I stitched on them, both hand and machine stitching.
 
 
With all of the goodies one can mix and match in this collection, the sky is the limit with what you can! This and any of the Simple Stories collections in fact!
 
Thanks for stopping in today!
 

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for the final day of our Summer 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our Pumpkin spice collection here.    You can see the other new collections - Carpe Diem A5 Planners & accessories here and Claus & Co. here


 Document your favorite family memories with We Are...Family.  Bright colors, flirty florals and loving sentiments paired with dark wood & embroidery accents are sure to make this a 'go to' collection.  There's no place like home when youre creating with We Are...Family!

We Are...Family begins shipping to retailers mid August!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a We Are...Family prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the We Are...Family images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #WeAreFamily, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for We Are...Family posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Tuesday the 28th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about We Are...Family!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 3 of our Summer 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our Claus & Cohere.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Pumpkin Spice!  With florals in warm tones of yellow, orange and rust, hints of gingham and distressed wood accents, Pumpkin Spices makes all of your fall paper crafting projects nice!  

Pumpkin Spice begins shipping to retailers mid August, just as fall prepares to set in!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Pumpkin Spice prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Pumpkin Spice images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #PumpkinSpice, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Pumpkin Spice posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Tuesday the 28th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Pumpkin Spice!

And remember, there's one more day of our Summer Release Reveal, so check back in again tomorrow!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Summer 2015 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our brand new A5 Planner & accessories collection, Carpe Diem, here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Claus & Co, the perfect collection for all of your holiday crafting projects this season.  The traditional holiday color palette mixed with accents of red glitter foil make Claus & Co a 'must have' addition to your holiday wish list!

You're going to LOVE this special holiday edition SN@P! Binder!  With 2" rings, it's big enough to capture all of your holiday memories, especially if you're making a December Daily album!

This handy dandy holiday planning kit includes tons of inserts, die cuts and stickers for planning all of your TO DO's, menus, gift lists, etc.  Just slip in a SN@P! Binder, your Life Documented Planner or a 6x8 Leather Album and you're off and running!

Claus & Co. begins shipping to retailers mid August, just in time for you to start planning your holiday projects!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Claus & Co. prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Claus & Co. images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #Claus&Co, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Claus & Co. posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Tuesday the 28th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Claus & Co!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of FOUR fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!   

 

Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Summer 2015 Release Reveal Week.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  

Today is the first of four full days! of our reveal week, so be sure to check back each day to feast your eyes on our new products, as well as a chance to win them before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Carpe Diem, a brand new line of A5 Planners & accessories!  From affordable A5 sized planners with fun & functional monthly, weekly and inspirational inserts included, to an assortment of playful a la carte products, Carpe Diem is just the planner system you've been waiting for.  With Carpe Diem, it's a brand new day!

Here's some additional detail about the planners (because we know you're wondering!) - 

  • The planner is made of split leather
  • The inside is covered with black and white polka dot fabric
  • The planner measures 8 inches wide, 9.4 inches tall and 1.375 inches deep
  • The inserts measure 5.83 x 8.27 inches - the standard A5 insert size
  • The rings and binding mechanism are silver
  • The planner includes an elastic pen loop on the right inside cover
  • There are 4 pockets on the inside left cover and 1 pocket on the inside right cover
  • A metal camera charm is included to either hang from the snap closure or from an inside ring

Each planner includes a variety of inserts for all of your planning needs - {12) monthly calendar pages, {12} monthly tabbed dividers, {72} weekly inserts and {6) assorted decorative inserts (a sampling of all of the inserts is shown below).

At an MSRP of only $44.99 US, the Carpe Diem planner includes everything you need to get started planning; from there you can add the following additional Carpe Diem inserts & accessories to customize the planner to fit your personal needs!

Carpe Diem begins shipping to retailers mid November, just in time to start prepping for your 2016 planning!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Carpe Diem planner before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Tuesday the 28th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Carpe Diem!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of FOUR fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2!

 

Hi, All! Alissa here and I’ve got another update on my 6x8 weekly SN@P! Binder project for you all!  I’m keeping up is the name of the game and I’m winning this game! I know! So exciting! It’s safe to say I still love this 6x8 project! And I’m, almost, halfway through the year. The 6x8 Faux Leather Albums, 6x8 SN@P! Pocket Pages and all of the great Simple Stories products are making this so easy and so fun and I just love how it’s turning out!

Here’s the first spread, minus the 4x6 insert. LOTS of fun stuff from the So Fancy collection! I know I always say this and I say it because it’s true, but this line is just one of my very favorites from Simple Stories! 

I LOVE the white photo stickers and really wanted alphas so I could spell out “planner nerd” under those cute glasses. Wouldn’t that be perfect? 

I cut down on of the chipboard frames to house the photo title here. I love how it turned out.

The weekly title card started out as a 4x6 card I cut down to 4x4 and outlined the pink alphas to help them stand out.

Gluing the chipboard frames to the outside of the pocket pages is one of my favorite things to do, lately.

Here’s the 4x6 insert, front and back. Rather than add more 2x2 photos on the back side, I chopped a 4x4 photo into the smaller squares. I always love how that turns out! 

Week number 2 in my post today was also a 6x8 spread with a 4x6 insert.

I love that so many of the cards in the SN@P! Cards pack already have the layered look to them! I just added another piece of washi paper tape and a title and I was good to go!

More layers and stickers, oh my!

And, the final 4x6 insert for this week. I chopped a vertical 4x6 photo into 2 3x4 photos to fit in the pockets.

This wraps up weeks 24 and 24 in 2015 in our household. I hope you’ve enjoyed my diversion from mini books this month. A lot of these ideas will apply to mini books in the SN@P! Binders, too.

Have a great day!

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We've had tons of rain here in Ohio this summer...more than I can remember there ever being. It would be hard NOT to fall in love with the Summer Vibes collection, but all of it's cheeriness were just what I needed on another rainy afternoon! 

Determined to fill the back of the pocket page that I used for last month's post, I sat at my desk and began sorting through the cards in the Sn@p! set. This set is a bit different in that there are a couple of die cuts and envelopes, all sized to fit into a 3x4 pocket. The camera and 'Summertime' die cuts went straight into my 'must use these' pile and I was off and running.

I paired a 4x4 photo of my daughter and I with a 3x4 card in the top left pocket...I love how it changes up the look of the page so I never feel 'repetitive'. The bonus transparency overlays in the collection pack are all 4x6, so I just laid it over the photo and trimmed it down. The camera die cut didn't need much help being cute, lol...I just added the 'sun kissed' photo sticker in the center of the lens to add some yellow. :)

Reinforcing my mantra that 'it's ok to just let pretty paper do it's thing inside a pocket', the bottom left corner pocket is one of my favorite cards/prints in the set and simply got a few of the photo stickers placed in the center-ish...I stitched around and around to highlight the phrases. I love the collage-y feel of that card!!

Originally I was thinking about placing the 'summertime' die cut in the pocket by itself, but liked it a bit better with some of the driftwood pattern behind it. Again, random stitching and a few enamel dots were enough to jazz it up. The 2x12 pocket along the right side was cut from the Sun Kissed patterned paper...a few stamped phrases + stickers + the 'summer' title sticker and I was done!

I find that I keep sifting through all of the Sn@p! cards from this collection...so many great patterns + phrases to use on just about any project :)

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Hello!  Shellye with you today to share a unique "So Rad" album using an assortment of the collection's Chipboard Frames and other embellishments!
 

I started with the full pack of Chipboard Frames and the 6X6 paper pad from "So Rad".  I filled in each of the frame's windows with a piece of patterned paper that was glued into place.  A matching-sized frame was glued to the back of each.
 

 I used dies to cut small photos to fit the frames or just cut the photos down to size.
 

Stickers, enamel dots, brads and die-cuts were used to dress up the individual pages.
 

Two pockets from the SN@P! Card pack were also added to the album and a tag slipped inside for journaling.
 

 I left some of the smaller frames without any photos and simply embellished them with clear photo stickers and enamel dots.  You can also use the lined papers to create areas for journaling.
 

And don't forget those awesome Chipboard stickers and adhesive brads!
 

Once the pages were finished, I used the small punch of a crop-a-dile and punched holes into the tops of each frame.  Two strands of ball-chain were used to hold the pages together.  The perfect little keepsake!

Thanks for joining us today at Simple Stories!

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Hi everyone!  It's Ashley Horton, and I've got two new layouts to brighten your day, using the Summer Vibes collection!  There's no denying it's Summertime!  And with the warm temps, come popsicles out in the backyard and a lot of time spent in the swimming pool!
 

I started my first layout, with a die cut, to mimic the look of a large sun and cut it from the Yellow Wood/Grid patterned paper.  Then I backed several of the open spots with patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad.
 

Since I had the large circle element at the center of the layout, I thought it would be fun to create a circular title to go around it.  I used Silhouette Studio and my Cameo to create and cut out the title letters from the 6x6 paper pad.  I wanted the title to really stand out on my layout, so instead of adhering the letters directly to the background paper, I added pop dot adhesive to each of the letters before arranging them around the die cut.

I didn't want to cover any of the title letters or the center die cut, so I placed my photo to the left hand side of the layout.  I used one of the Chipboard Frames from the Summer Vibes collection, along with some Bits & Pieces, Stickers and Chipboard Stickers, to draw attention to the photo.
 


 

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It took me a while to decide on a design for my second layout, because honestly, the Shine On patterned paper with the Bokeh print is so gorgeous on it's own!  I thought about just sticking my photo in the center of the paper and calling it done!!  But I do love to embellish, so I finally came up with a design that I was happy with and that still let the background paper "shine on".
 


 

I wanted a large element in the background, that I could use to ground the frames that I planned to use on the layout, but didn't want to use a large die cut that would cover the background paper.  I decided to go with a large stitched heart, and chose three colors of embroidery floss that coordinated with the Shine On patterned paper.  After I finished stitching around each of the hearts, I added my photo to the center, and the then used the remaining space around the heart, to add the Chipboard Frames.
 


 

I debated whether or not I wanted to back each of the frames, but decided to only back the one at the top of the layout.  This allowed the color from the background paper, and the stitching around the heart to show through the frames.  Then I used several embellishments from the Summer Vibes collection to "decorate" each of the frames.  
 


 

There are so many fun ways to use the Summer Vibes collection to document all of your Summer activities!  I know I'll be using it for a lot more upcoming Summer layouts!  

 

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