Hi everyone! Happy 4th of July!  Allison here with a layout using the new Stars & Stripes Simple Set.  I’ve also got a new sketch to share with you that combines traditional scrapbooking design with the SN@P! Pocket Pages. 
 
 
You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here.
 
The left side of the sketch features a more traditional style of layout design while the right side uses the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 4.
 
Here is my layout based on the sketch:
 
 
My mom started the tradition of flag photos on the 4th of July with my oldest son. We all snapped away while Drew ran around the room with a mini American flag. The pictures turned out so great that we did it the next year, and the next year, and the next year. Fast forward a few more years and we’ve gotten Jackson doing the same tradition. Drew has hit the point of too cool for flag photos and has passed the torch flag onto his younger brother. Jackson did not disappoint in taking over the flag tradition. 
 
 
I instantly knew that I had to use the “Land that I Love” paper from the Stars & Stripes collection.   The large USA with the flag print was the perfect backdrop for my flag fun photos!
 
 
I added two grouping of smaller photos on the big USA and arranged them so that I wasn’t covering up too much of the design on the paper. I cut out the “Fourth of July” star from a 3 x 4” card and accented it with smaller hearts and a word sticker.
 
 
I arranged the title and journaling in the center, between the two groups of photos.
 
 
At the top of the page I used two 2 x 2” photos accented with more stars and another word sticker. Word stickers are one of my favorite go-to embellishments! 
 
 
For the right page I used a combination of photos and cards with Pocket Page, Design 4. I love the 2 x 12” pocket with this Pocket Page! 
 
 
 
 
To embellish the 2x12” strip, I used a small striped strip, stars, a small photo, and a 2x2” square. 
 
 
 
I always like adding pieces to decorate the empty space in some of my photos. On this photo I added the washi tape sticker and accented it with the USA and Land That I Love sticker.
 
 
On the Stars & Stripes Forever card I added two 2 x 2” photos and some more word stickers.
 
 
To accent another photo I used the Yankee Doodle sticker and some more stars.
 
 
I hope you enjoy using the sketch! And, for those of you in the US, have a happy (and safe!) 4th of July! 

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Hi!  It's Chantalle back with you again today, sharing one last layout -  Summertime Selfie using the Summer Vibes collection. This is a way to demonstrate how one can use embellishments to help tell a story.

The photo was taken in the early summer weeks. My son rode his first roller coaster with me and I took a quick snap to mark the occasion. I loved the lens flair in the shot. I couldn’t believe my eyes when it matched up perfectly with the flair in the gorgeous bokeh print on the sheet of ‘Shine On’. I’ve made the text on the chipboard frame part of my title by setting it close to the ’Summertime’ die cut shape from the Summer Vibes ‘Bits & Pieces’ pack.

The camera print photo overlay sparked the use of lots of camera shapes. I cut them out of a 12x12 sheet of ’Selfie’ as well as the smaller version from the 6x6 Pad.

When using lots of similar shaped embellishments, vary the size if possible and raise individuals at different heights to keep interest.

Thank you so much for stopping by the last 2 days! If you would like to see more of what I get up to, feel free to pop in to my blog (copasetique.blogspot.com) or you can find me on FB and Instagram @chantallemcdaniel.

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Hi!  It's Chantalle, back again today with another layout, this time featuring the So Rad collection.  I have been itching to use this picture of my DS against a painted mural, which was taken on a recent trip to Bondi Beach in Sydney. I just love how these two hot dogs coordinate with their cool sunglasses! ‘So Rad' could not be a more perfect fit for capturing this moment on paper.

I was inspired by the artistic print on this So Rad ‘Chillin’. I wanted to build on the theme by adding a Gesso base. Simply applied with an old loyalty card, it adds to the painted elements and also provides a more focused area on which to build up my photo layers.

Once the gesso was dry, I added an ‘extreme awesome’ 12 inch sticker from the So Rad  Fundamentals sticker sheet. I really love that these stickers are a full 12 inches in length. It can be annoying when one goes to use a sticker like this and it doesn’t fit all the way across the page. By placing it diagonally. I am creating continuation with this awesome ‘extreme awesome’ photo overlay, which comes as a bonus in the So Rad collection kit!

Add a touch of grunge by distressing chipboard stickers with a sanding block. Under my photo I have adhered a pocket horizontally. You will find a couple of these handy guys, as well as some super cute die cut shapes in the So Rad Sn@p Cards pack. I’ve journalled on a 3x4 card from the pack and ever so slightly trimmed it and tucked it into the pocket.

 
The circular elements in the pack of So Rad photo stickers tie in the nicely with the small circular finishing touches.
 

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Hello everyone! Chantalle here and how fabulous to be back sharing with you again today! I have been creating up a storm with the new lines, So Fancy, So Rad and Summer Vibes and absolutely love them. It’s a thrill to see these collections shipping to retailers and seeing amazing creations on social media already!
 
I have three layouts to share with you over the next 2 days, one from each collection. My first uses So Fancy.  Not only is it beautiful and inspiring, but also very luxurious with it’s gold finishes. One can add a sense of fun with the sweet sentiments and carefree elements or add a dash of metallics for a touch more drama.
 
Girl, why fit it?
 
 
The 4x6 SN@P! card and its statement was a perfect match for this image of my little girl, working her usual sass! I often find myself amazed by her outgoing personality and sense of humour. She’s definitely a force to be reckoned with! I need to remember that she has her own path to follow and I must encourage her to be the beautiful rainbow that she is.
 
 
The feather shapes were also a big drawcard for me. I’ve taken the various sizes from the chipboard stickers and the die cut elements and added a couple more in the form of some stamping as well as some die cut shapes which I created with a metal die and gold foil paper in my Cuttlebug.
 

I then had some fun layering all these elements and adding a few details like machine stitching, enamel dots and tiny pops of inky splatters.

Check back later today for the layout I created using to the So Rad collection!

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Hi everyone, it's Audrey, with a couple of patriotic projects to share with you today. So, the Fourth of July is almost here, and that means it's time for long lazy days, summer barbeques, and the good ol' red, white, and blue. Perfect time for Simple Stories' new 12x12 Simple Set - Stars & Stripes. AudreyPettit-Stars&Stripes-USASet Now I am absolutely crazy over patriotic colors and theme, so this new collection is right up my alley. Of course they are perfect for the Fourth of July, but I think they work really well all summer long, or all year long, for that matter. I think my favorite thing from this collection has got to be that adorable VW Buggy, so that's right what I've went for in my projects today. First up, a quick and easy home decor frame. AudreyPettit-Stars&Stripes-USAFrame This frame uses one of the larger 4x6 journaling cards, which is absolutely perfect for slipping into a standard 5x7 frame. I had just enough room for a couple of layers of papers underneath, and because I removed the glass, I could build up layers on top, too. AudreyPettit-Stars&Stripes-USASet2 I simply added a twine tie, and a few Stars & Stripes stickers. Thought the scalloped border made an awesome "road" for my buggy to cruise on. Super simple, and fun. AudreyPettit-Stars&Stripes-IndependenceDayCard And because I love that little Buggy so much, I made a matching card using the smaller VW cardstock sticker. AudreyPettit-Stars&Stripes-IndependenceDayCard2 A 3x4 journaling card is the perfect size for my little arrangement, and I love that the cards do half of the design work for me with all the fun printed details. I simply added stickers for the image, as well as a pair for the greeting. I popped some of them up with foam dots for definition and depth. AudreyPettit-Stars&Stripes-IndependenceDayCard3 Have a problem adhering stickers with foam tape without catching every stray fuzzy floating around? Place your foam adhesive onto the back of the sticker, and then try patting the remaining sticky spots with an embossing powder tool, baby powder, or even cornstarch. The powder will stick to the sticker, so the fuzzies can't. Happy Summer! 

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Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca Keppel here today to share a couple of projects I made with the latest lines - So Fancy and So Rad. Although they are technically a girl and boy line respectively, they are pretty versatile for lots of themes. But lucky me - I conveniently have a girl AND a boy! Here is a layout I made with So Fancy:
 
 
This layout combines several of my loves of Simple Stories collections. First fabulous patterned paper designs and colors. I highlighted that by die cutting a pie chart so I could feature several different patterns without overwhelming my photos. I also love how the patterned paper looks so good with machine stitching (one of my favorite techniques).
 
 
And how about the chipboard stickers? LOVE them! Perfect amount of dimension and I am loving the foiled elements too.
 
 
I also love the new self adhesive Bradz. The fact that they don't have traditional brad wings that require you to poke a hole through your project makes me very happy indeed!
 
 
I went for a much simpler look for the So Rad layout:
 
 
So Rad has such a cool mix of elements like text paper with paint splatters and fabulous boy colors. I especially love the #Dude chipboard sticker.
 
 
I am also loving the new SN@P 4x6 Binders! I couldn't resist making each kid an album of their own featuring these fabulous collections. How about a little sneak peek of the covers? My daughter's So Fancy album:
 
 
And my son's So Rad album:
 
 
My plan is to fill these with favorite photos from each year. What are you doing with the So Fancy and So Rad collections?

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Hello everybody. Mindi here with you today sharing some pocket pages I've created using the new So Fancy collection. 
 
 
I just have to say that I am loving everything in this collection, from the colors to the embellishments. As soon as I saw it I just knew that it would be a perfect match for this project.  
 
 
Every year I put together a few pages all about each one of my three kids. 
 
My daughter has a new found love/crush for music. I took this photo of her relaxing one day listening to her favorite tunes. I used one of the chipboard frames as a photo frame and added it to this journaling card. 
 
You might hear me say this many times, but here goes ! I love, love, love the photo stickers !! I used the music headphones sticker, which was just perfect by the way, on the journaling card and then added my journaling about the photo underneath. 
 
 
My daughter has always been a reader but lately she has been in the habit of reading at night before bed. She is reading all sorts of great books, I journaled about her reading habits and included a photo of her in her room. 
 
On the next journaling card I included a list of some of her favorite things according to her. I sat down and had her list off some of her favorite things. 
 
The photo stickers are not just for photos, they can also be used on journaling cards. So of course I added some to this journaling card. I used the gold colored ones here, which might just be my current favorite !! 
 
 
This particular card I used it to kind of sum up what these two pages were about. I added a chipboard sticker and some letter stickers to spell out My Girl on the bottom of the card. I just love the patterns on these journaling cards. You can either leave them just the way they are or add a little something to them for texture and dimension. Either way it's easy and fast to get your pages done using these cards. 
 
 
Let's move on to the second page. I decided to use a Design 7 pocket page page for this page. This page protector has a good mix of 4x6 pockets and a 6x12 pocket for either a big photo, a long story, or a combination. I sat down and asked my daughter some questions the week of her birthday. I used the questions and answers as part of my journaling for this page. 
 
 
I took some fun photos of my daughter during a family photo shoot this past spring. I asked her to smile and that I wanted to see her teeth, which she didn't want to do. I continued to snap some photos while I was trying to get her to smile. 
 
I made a small photo collage of some of those photos. I left a white space so that I could add in some embellishments, which happens to be a photo sticker and a few of the other stickers from the collection.
 
The "smile" sticker was perfect for a title on this journaling card. 
 
 
Here is a closer look at the bottom of the 6x12 page. I used another one of the chipboard pieces and added in some embellishments. 
 
 
Another one of my favorite products is the Washi Tape Strips. I used some of them on the sides of the 6x12 page. I layered them underneath some of my other bigger embellishments for a fun look. 
 
 
That's a wrap for me using the So Fancy Collection. I am so glad that I was able to document a few fun facts about my daughter at this stage in her life. 

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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; however, this month I'm taking a break from my regular series to talk about documenting life in a different way based on a recent experience that deeply affected our family, and particularly our teenage daughter.

At Simple Stories, we produce product that help you capture your story.  Sometimes our stories are full of love, happiness and goodness – but sometimes there’s loss, heartache and sadness.   It’s important we document ALL of our stories from the happiness to the heartache, as evidenced earlier this month.  

On Monday, June 1 our 13 year old daughter received a message that 4 of her friends were missing.  They were part of a group of 7 that were boating in a local lake when a sudden storm hit the area and they were thrown into the cold waters when their boat capsized.  Although everyone inside the boat was wearing a life jacket, the water temperature was 53 degrees.

I can’t put into words how devastating this news was, especially for our daughter.  These were our friends and neighbors; girls our daughter went to school with, hung out with and were just at our house for an end-of-year school party.   We stayed up late with her that night to wait for news.  Tuesday morning the final report was heartbreaking - 4 of the 7 boaters did not survive, including two of her friends, as well as the father and sister of one of the girls.  One of the hardest things was telling our daughter the news that her friends were gone.

Our hearts were broken and we couldn’t imagine what their families were going through.  As a mother, my heart ached for these families that had lost their girls.  I thought a lot about what I could do to help. I knew others felt the same way, especially the girls' group of friends that were struggling with the news as well.

As a memory keeper,  I know two of the most precious gifts can be memories and photos.  I felt it was important for us to share this with the families that had lost so much. We wanted to do something special to remember these special girls, so we gathered our daughter's friends together to create a keepsake album for each family.   I had the kids send me photos of the girls that they'd like to share in the album.  

This gave our daughter and her friends a chance to talk about their feelings and unite together to support and share their love for the girls that had died - an extremely therapeutic process for these teenagers.

This grew from having a group of teenagers in our family room sharing their memories and writing special messages for the girls to having the albums available at the candlelight vigil for the community to also write messages to put in the albums.

It was a very humbling experience for me to put together the final albums, combining photographs of the girls along with messages from their friends and members of the community.  I'm so thankful for the opportunity to give something to the girls' families to help remember their daugthers and to know just how much they are loved and will be missed.  

We created some special sentiments specifically for these albums that I wanted to share with you this month for the free printables.  As I mentioned earlier, It’s important we document ALL of our stories from the happiness to the heartache.  It is my hope that these printables may help you document any heartache in your life that you may have experienced.

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

Thank you for letting me take my monthly blog post in a different direction today and sharing this experience.

 

Hey everyone, Amy here to share 2 layouts I created with the some of the new lines Simple Stories has just released.  I'm sure you've already checked them out, but if you haven't, head on over to the website to see them.

First, I grabbed the Summer Vibes line to work with. Oh my word, I adore this line.  The papers, the embellishments, they are all fabulous!  I couldn't wait to use it on this layout of my daughter and her brother. Here's the layout I created.

Here are some closeups.  The photo sticker was the perfect addition to the picture.

If you've followed my work, you know I usually use the frames for my journaling, but this time I cut out the cute geo tag from one of the sn@p! cards to put inside.

I mean, it this not the cutest line ever?  

 
The So Rad line was just perfect for this layout of my boy submerged in the ball pit.  The colors matched perfectly. I picked the So Much Fun Circle cut file from the Silhouette online shop to use as the base of my layout.
 
 
Here are some closeups.  The diecuts in this line are so much fun.
 
 
The street sign was cut from a sn@p! card, so I could use it as an embellishment.  Are you seeing a trend here?
 
 
Make sure you check out all the new lines, they are all amazing!  Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

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Hi there Simple Stories fans!  Suzanna here today to share with you a summer memory recap in a photo tray using the Summer Vibes collection and a layout of my boy which features So Rad!  Both collections are sublime, definitely big hits!
 
 
First up, the photo tray. What I love about the photo tray is it's like having 6 little canvases in one! It's like doing Project Life (or pocket scrapping) in a frame! I never adhere the "inserts" into the frame thus being able to remove them and slide them into pocket pages and feature another, newer, fresher look on the wall.
 
 
Captured within these 6 mini canvases are memories of our Lake Michigan beach house trip from last year. This is the second time we have returned to this house and it's a wonderful little tradition. I wanted to capture the highlights of that week at the beach with bits and pieces from the collection to support the wonderful memories.
 
 
Next, I have a layout of my son that is just stunning in amongst some wonderful boy goodies!!  It's tough finding boy papers and supporting embellishments that aren't juvenile. When you have a 12 year old who is mature for his age, the kiddie trucks and what not just don't cut it anymore. So Rad is AWESOME for all things masculine and tween or teen!
 
 
I used some cardstock embossed and debossed with various star folders to carry the star theme a bit further. The supplement "Simple Basics" papers would have been great but I really wanted the aged effect of sanding thus opted for cardstock with a colored core instead.
 
 
By converting my picture to black and white, I am able to really let the emotion of the picture stand out and let the bright colors of the papers reflect that mood! There were so many great patterned papers and patterns to choose from!
 
 
Thanks for stopping in today!

 

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Hello Simple Stories fans! Nancy here with a colorful and happy layout using the Summer Vibes collection. My favorite season to scrapbook is summer and this collection does not disappoint. I love the playful icons and pretty patterns.

I started with a list in mind about all the things we love to do (big and small) during the summer.

A few swipes of acrylic paint in an ombre shade created a shelf to ground the rows and rows of die cuts, chipboard and enamel dots from the Summer Vibes collection.

The title is completed neutral and almost fades into the background. I added a row of machine stitching and a date stamp to call just a little bit of attention to it.

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Have you tried using leftover bits and pieces from your Simple Stories collections to decorate your planner? That’s just what I did with what was left on my desk after completing this layout.

I got a head start with my August calendar this month. I kept the decoration simple on the calendar with just a few stickers and grey number stickers in random days. 

I added most of my décor in the center of the calendar with a large flag die cut from the Summer Vibes Journal Pages pack.

I trimmed down another of the Journal Pages with a favorite poem and added to the banner with some machine stitching to highlight the words.

The pockets are filled with a summer photo and pretty patterns.

The opposite side includes a picture from last summer and a fun confetti pocket and chipboard camera.

I’d rather add the décor in pocket pages than right on to the calendar – I need that space for writing and planning!

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Hi, SS Fans...it's Candi here today to show you how I am getting a jump start on my July Planning and showing you how I "Get It Done" with the Basic Planner Inserts!!!
 
July 4th means.......Red Binder :) time to switch it out!  That is the best part about a ring bound planner...it just takes seconds to swap it out!!! 
 
 
 
The July Monthly Divider has some pretty colors, but I wanted to use the Stars & Stripes Simple Set...so it's time to change things up a bit :)  I picked out my favorite double-sided cardstock paper from the kit and trimmed it down to the same size as the divider, adhered it in place and then punched two holes using a single hole punch...now we have a 4th of July theme started!!!
 

 
Next, I took one of the double-sided cardstock elements sheet and trimmed out one of the 4x6 "cards" and adhered a longer strip of cardstock along the side so I could punch a few holes in that strip, instead of the 4x6 card.  I wanted to be able to read all the words and not have a few punched holes making it hard to read.
 

 
I have to say that I lovvvve decorating my month on two pages!!!  The Stars & Stripes Simple Set is all set with two 6x12 sticker sheets to make decorating easy and fun :)
 
 
 

 
As always, behind the monthly divider, there is a little monthly recap.  I added a few stickers from the kit...
 

 
It has been awhile since I have added an Insta-Pocket Pocket Page to my month, so I thought it was time to bring it back again!  I trimmed out a few cards from the double-sided cardstock elements sheet (4x4 size) and then trimmed those down to 2x2 squares to fit inside my pocket page.  Now I can add some favorite insta size photos from July :)
 
 

 
Between my Basic Dividers, I have some of the Basic Planner Inserts.  Lately I have been using the "Get It Done" inserts for my weekend tasks since Saturdays and Sundays are super busy for me!
 
 
Pictured here are my weekend tasks from a few weeks ago, but I think I might start using these sheets for a whole week (just weekdays).  For me, I don't have that many tasks to do for one weekday, but I bet I could fill that sheet up with my tasks from M-Fri!!!  Plus I can take this sheet out of my planner and take it with me and throw it in my purse!
 
 
I took my sticky notes and adhered them to the divider...easy to grab and always an easy reach!!!
 
 
Hope you look at your scrapbook paper and embellishments a different way now :) You can totally cut that paper up and use it in your planners to create so many things: dividers, pockets, page markers, etc...  I sure am having a blast using them inside my planner!  Makes planning fun...especially those not so fun to-do's...hahaha!
 
I hope you all have a great week!!!
 
Until next time...happy planning :)
Candi
xo

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Hi Simple Stories fans!  It's Ashley Horton and I'm stopping in today, to share two new layouts with you for June!  How is it June already??!!  Time flies when you're having fun!  And I must admit, that I am having tons of fun with the new collections from Simple Stories.  On today's layouts, I worked with the Summer Vibes collection and the So Fancy collection.  
 

I'll start off with my layout, using Summer Vibes, since summer is now upon us!  There is a little touch of a vintage vibe to this collection and I really love it!  I started my layout by choosing one of my favorite patterns to work with...wood grain!  The wood grain paper from the Summer Vibes Simple Basics Kit made a perfect background for my layout, and worked great with the large title I had in mind.
 


 

I chose the "You Can Never Have Too Much Happy" phrase from the Simple Stories images in the Silhouette Store.  Before cutting the phrase, I created an offset image in Silhouette Studio and used a Black sketch pen to draw out the phrase on my paper.  Then I deleted the offset lines and went back and cut the phrase by placing my blade back in the machine.  Once the cutting finished, I backed each of the words with a different patterned paper from the Summer Vibes 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad.
 


 

I enlarged the title to fill up my background, but created a space in between the last two lines of the phrase.  This gave me the perfect spot for adding my photos and a mix of embellishments from the Summer Vibes collection.  I created dimension by layering the Chipboard Frames, Chipboard Stickers, Bradz, Bits & Pieces and stickers.
 


 

If you're looking for fun ways to incorporate cut files and large titles in your layouts, then make sure you check out the Simple Stories portfolio in the Silhouette Store.  There are tons of great cut files that coordinate with each of the Simple Stories collections!
 

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Now, it's time to go girly with the new So Fancy collection!  I have two daughters and the So Fancy papers and embellishments are perfect for your girly layouts.  I snapped a photo of our oldest daughter on a recent family vacation, and I wanted to pair it with this collection.
 


 

The idea for the design of this layout, started with the cards from the So Fancy SN@P pack.  I chose three that I wanted to use to create a grid design on my layout, along with my photo.  Before I placed the cards and photo on the background paper, I added a messy stitched circle with my sewing machine.  Then I started layering the cards and my photo.
 


 

I also did something on this layout that's a little different for me.  I didn't create a separate title for the layout.  A lot of the cards in the SN@P packs have great phrases on them, so I decided to use "You Make My World Sparkle" from the top card, as the title for my layout.  And the bottom two cards worked great as supporting sentiments for the layout.
 


 

Since I had the stitched circle in the background, I thought it would be fun to contrast the grid shape, by adding my embellishments in a circle around the grid.  I went through the Bits & Pieces pack, stickers, enamel dots and Bradz to pull out embellishments that would work well around the circle.  And I even pulled out a couple of wood veneer pieces from the I AM collection, to add a different texture to the layout!
 

So next time you're looking for a different design element on your layout, take out your SN@P! pack and build your page off of some of your favorite cards from the pack!

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you again today for the last day of our Simple Stories & Top Dog Dies 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 both Top Dog Dies & Simple Stories! 
Today design team member Alissa Fast joins us with a fun 6x8 SN@P! Binder using the Summer Vibes collection -
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Hi, All! Happy June! Happy, almost, summer! Do you remember my spring SN@P! Binder? Today I’ve got the start to the summer binder for you all and I hope you love it as much as I do!  It’s extra special because I had the pleasure of playing with a few Top Dog steel dies and my Big Shot. So fun! I really need to get that thing out more often and use it!  Along with the Top Dog dies, I used the new yellow 6x8 SN@P! Binder and the Summer Vibes collection. I think Summer Vibes is my all-time favorite Simple Stories collection. No kidding! 
 
 

Here’s the cover. I used the pennant page from the SN@P! Journal Pages and the cute tag label die from Top Dog Dies Gift Tag Die Set. Watch for this set used A LOT in this album.

Close up of the title piece on the cover. I just love to layer stuff up!

I created the same monthly dividers as the spring album and created a cute title page out of a 4x6 Pocket Page, a few cards and a couple flowers, glued back to back, from the Top Dog Dies Pretty Petals #2 Die Set. Such cute little flowers in that set.

This time I covered the chipboard divider pages with my favorite pages from the SN@P! Journal Pages pack. I LOVE the colors and the fonts on this Hello Summer page. It’s so, so summery!

The monthly selfie page. :)  I cut down one of the 4x6 transparent overlays from the Summer Vibes Collection pack to fit on my 4x4 photo. I used the tag from the Top Dog Gift Tag set to frame my title on the side of my photo.

What’s summer without backyard fun? We’ve got a huge backyard and my hubby is always out there practicing golf with foam and wiffle golf balls. I had to add this one to my summer 2015 book.

I told you you’d see the gift tag die a lot. I really like it!

The chipboard frame from the Summer Vibes set is glued on the top of the pocket page. It adds some texture and makes the pocket a lot less tight and it doesn’t buckle this way. 

I love to watch horse racing. It’s very exciting and I think a triple crown winner this month is something worth documenting. It has been a really long time since the last winner and I told you how I love adding current events to my Life Documented projects last month. I plan to journal on the orange ledger card my thoughts on horse racing and the long wait for another triple crown winner. The “from” and “to” die cuts come from the Top Dog Dies Gift Tag Set, too. So cute!

I plan to journal some of my favorite June memories on the fold out page that also came from the SN@P! Journal Pages pack.

I still need to add a little journaling about lunch with mom out on the Semiahmoo Spit. 

I added a sticker tab to the cute camera page from the SN@P! Journal Pages pack and I plan to add a few summer lists here, too. The envelope/page came from the same pack. I’ll add extra photos and emphemera to the envelope. I used the gift tag die, once again, to house the “extra stuff” title on the pocket page.

The July divider page.

And, the August divider page.

That wraps up my Summer 2015 6x8 SN@P! Binder. I hope you’ve enjoyed my June, so far. As, I said before, document your life how you like and use what works for you. This seasonal option just might work. I encourage you to give it a try. Include as much or as little as you like for each month.

Have a great day!

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/topdogdies

 

Thanks again for joining us this week, we hope you've found tons of inspiration from both companies!  Make sure to check back here tomorrow to see if you're the random lucky winner of the $50 Summer Vibes prize pack!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you again today for day 5 of our Simple Stories & Top Dog Dies 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 both Top Dog Dies & Simple Stories! 
Today design team member Nicole Harper joins us with a pocket page spread using the new So Fancy collection -
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I have a friend who is the mama of two boys. That being said, she immediately passes by anything pink as being 'meant for little girls'...and claims in the same breath that she wishes she had a girl to document. After years of nudging her to not count out pink/purple/gold/etc, she is slowly coming around...probably due to my nagging, lol. 



Sifting through the new So Fancy collection initially, I had planned on using it to document some photos of my daughter + her friends. It has great trendy phrases and images that I hear and see them using constantly, so it seemed meant to be. After digging further into the collection though, I realized it would be an even better fit for photos taken during a girl's weekend away with two dear friends. On top of that, I could show my friend that this collection isn't JUST for teen girls. ;)







I still love the versatility of the Design 4 pocket page. The combination of vertical + horizontal + 3x4 + 4x6 + 2x12 pockets leaves you with more options than you'll ever know what to do with! I was able to simply print a few of my favorite photos and get started. As I often do, I loved several of the 3x4 cards from the collection, so I slipped (2) 3x4 cards into a 4x6 pocket to allow me to use my favorites.







The Top Dog Dies for pocket scrapbooking helped me to fill the 2x12 pocket along the left side. I knew I wanted to include my boarding pass but needed to fill the space with something else...so I reached for the pocket die and designed my own card to fill the gap. The 'hello' die + shadow came in handy, repeated around the page to unify everything together. 







The mix tape card couldn't have been more perfect for this project...we joked after snapping the top right photo that we looked like we were a rock band posing for the cover of our first album, lol. Love when I happen along an element that just seems 'meant to be'. 



Bottom line?  Don't assume when you first see a collection that it may not work for you...sift through the patterns & embellishments. More often than not, I bet you'll find something you love.

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Website: topdogdies.com

Blog: http://www.topdogdies.com/blog

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/topdogdies

 

Join us again tomorrow for more the final day of our product swap with Top Dog Dies!

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you again today for day 4 of our Simple Stories & Top Dog Dies 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 both Top Dog Dies & Simple Stories! 
Today design team member Shellye McDaniel joins us with two fun cards using our Summer Vibes collection - 
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Hello!  Shellye here today with a couple of sweet summer-themed cards using the brand new "Summer Vibes" Collection and adorable dies from Top Dog Dies!

First up is a "Fun Summertime" card featuring the cutest hippo:

I've used the Top Dog Dies Hippo Die Set TC112 and the grey woodgrain paper found in the 6X6 paper pad to create the hippo. 
 

I chalked around the edge of the face and body with a darker grey and black chalk.  For the feet I used a black watercolor pencil.  The cheeks were also given blush with pink chalk.  I cut one of the "O" sticker letters in half to make the mouth.  And the chipboard sunglasses are a perfect fit!
 

I made the card a 5X7 size to accommodate the large die-cut title.  The sides of the title were embellished with die-cut and chipboard flowers with enamel dot centers.

Next up is a layered card featuring waves and sand using Top Dog Dies Water Die Set:

At the top of the card I used the sunburst clear overlay and placed it on top of the multi dot paper.  The waves were die cut from the blue floral and bits of solid blue paper that I found throughout the 6X6 paper pad. 
 

All of the layers were pieces together to form a 5" square so that it could be added to the 5.5" yellow woodgrain mat.  One of the Top Dog Dies Mini Tags TC044 was cut from a solid paper and a clear sticker attached to the center.
 

Foam adhesive was placed just along the top edge of each layer, with the bottom edge simply glued in place.  I finished the card by embellishing with enamel dots and Bradz.

Thanks for joining me today!
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Summer Vibes prize pack!  

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After you've entered, head on over to the Top Dog Dies blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a $50 prize!

Want to follow Top Dog Dies and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Instagram: @topdogdies

Facebook: www.facebook.com/topdogdies

Twitter: @TopDogDies

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/topdogdies

Website: topdogdies.com

Blog: http://www.topdogdies.com/blog

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/topdogdies

 

Join us again tomorrow for more projects using Simple Stories & Top Dog Dies!

 

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you again today for day 3 of our Simple Stories & Top Dog Dies 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 both Top Dog Dies & Simple Stories! 
Today design team member Vicki Boutin joins us with a fun summery layout using our Summer Vibes collection & lots of great die cut flowers - _______________
Hey there!  Vicki here with a cute project using Top Dog Dies and the brand new Summer Vibes collection!  I am a huge fan of die-cutting and I love the ease of use steel-rule dies offer.  It sure makes cutting paper pieced images a lot easier than when I did it all by hand!  I used three set of dies from Top Dog Dies to create today’s project.  Here are the sets - Pretty Petals #2, Leaves Set and Gift Tag Die.
 
Take a look at the project…
 
 
These dies were super easy to use!!!!  They cut through the paper like butter and the images are so clean!  I think they go splendidly with the new Summer Vibes line!
 
 
Here is a little peek at the dies and some of the flowers I cut out.  
 
 
Take a closer look at the details these dies offer.  I LOVE the “pinholes” and intricate designs.
 
 
I used the Gift Tag die as a label.  Love this one and will be using it often!
 
 
The Summer Vibes Chipboard and Fundamental Stickers layer perfectly with the “customizable” die cuts.
 
 
Another fun way to use the Top Dog Dies is to create a pattern from the “negative” cuts like I did with the border here.  When I cut the leaves out I repeated a pattern on the strip of paper I was cutting from and then backed it with a strip of red paper.  I LOVE how this turned out.
 
Thanks again to Top Dog Dies for sharing their wonderful dies!  
 
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Summer Vibes prize pack!  

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After you've entered, head on over to the Top Dog Dies blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a $50 prize!

Want to follow Top Dog Dies and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Instagram: @topdogdies

Facebook: www.facebook.com/topdogdies

Twitter: @TopDogDies

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/topdogdies

Website: topdogdies.com

Blog: http://www.topdogdies.com/blog

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/topdogdies

 

Join us again tomorrow for more projects using Simple Stories & Top Dog Dies!

 

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you again today for a 3rd project for day 2 of our Simple Stories & Top Dog Dies 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 both Top Dog Dies & Simple Stories! 
Today we'll have 3 (yes, 3!) posts from design team member Chantalle McDaniel with 3 stunning layouts using our 3 newest collections & 3 Top Dog Dies.  Here's Chantalle's last project -
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My final share today is this airy page using the new ‘So Fancy' collection and the Circle Die Set from Top Dog. 
 
 
When I was testing this die out, I initially thought about using the shapes in a circular pattern on the page. One of the shapes came out half cut, where the test paper had failed to cover the area, and I thought how much the shape looked like a little cloud. Total change of plan and I ended up with this arrangement instead. I love how that kind of evolution takes place in a project sometimes!
 
 
I wanted to keep the page uncluttered, so I have kept lots of space between the elements - topping the circle shape with half the middle, flower-like shape. Some have been raised on foam tape for dimension and one has been given a sparkly finish with the addition of some fine glitter. Some others have been stamped for interest.
 
 
To compliment the ’So lovely’ banner, I have snipped the edges of a couple of phrases from the So Fancy Expressions sticker sheet and added them at intervals behind the circles. A few enamel dots and photo stickers add whimsy and as a final flourish, some small paint spatters (fake the really tiny ones with a good white pen, like a Uni-ball Signo.)
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today. If you would like to see more of what I get up to, you are most welcome to pop by and say hello on Instagram @chantallemcdaniel.
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday to win a Summer Vibes prize pack!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

After you've entered, head on over to the Top Dog Dies blog to see what their team has created.  Make sure to enter there as well - they're giving away a $50 prize!

Want to follow Top Dog Dies and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

Instagram: @topdogdies

Facebook: www.facebook.com/topdogdies

Twitter: @TopDogDies

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/topdogdies

Website: topdogdies.com

Blog: http://www.topdogdies.com/blog

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/topdogdies

 

Join us again tomorrow for more projects using Simple Stories & Top Dog Dies!

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