Christmas is almost here!!!  It’s Vicki here with a last minute gift wrapping idea!  As the kids get older I find all they ask for are gift cards.  Well here is a fun way to wrap them up!  I mixed some items for Cozy Christmas and DIY Christmas to create this Gift Card/Cash Pockets on a Ring project.  
Take a look…
The Cozy Christmas DIY SN@P! Pockets are perfect for this project!!!!  Here is another look…
This is a super quick project and so pretty.
I took the two small pockets and attached them back to back and add stickers and tags.
Here is the back side of the first pocket.
I used the tree from the DIY Bunting Banner set and added it to the back of the pocket to create a money holder.
I added a little tag holder inside this pocket.
I attached the third small pocket to the back of this larger pocket.  The gift cards fit PERFECTLY!!!!
The last pocket has a little tag inside to hold the gift card.
Take a closer look at the paper clip detail.  It is great for this project because you can utilize both sides.
Here is the flip side of the paper clip.  I just added some the DIY Christmas Layers.  FUN!!!
One more close up shot….
I hope you can find a use for this little gift card holder!  Thanks for stopping by and have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!!!!  


Happy Holiday Greetings!  Shellye here to share a quartet of Cozy Christmas shabby chic-style gifting tags with you today.  I've pulled together chipboard stickers, cardstock stickers, brads, enamel dots, bits 'n pieces, insta squares and SN@P! cards from the collection, along with a few other basic office supplies from my stash.

To begin I started with basic manila shipping tags, as well as a couple of metal rim key tags (these can be found at office supply stores).  I soaked the key tags in a tea solution overnight to give them an aged look.

Next, I prepared the tags by inking around the edges with a brown distress ink.

I started each tag with a mat of paper that was cut from a larger SN@P! card or placed two of the smaller Insta Squares together to form a background. 

Add dimension by layering small stickers and die-cuts with foam adhesive.  When adding the brads, I made sure that I attached them to a piece so that the prongs wouldn't show at the back of the tag.

Use dies to create your own mats for the different bits 'n pieces die cuts.  And of course I had to add some pom pom trim and ribbon bows to the tops of each tag!

A bevy of beautiful, handmade tags can be whipped up in no time and they make lasting keepsakes for the recipients (or for yourself!).  Have fun tag making!


Hello there everyone! Donna here today, your host for the blog, and I have a few projects to share with you using the DIY Christmas collection.

To start, I want to share this countdown calendar I created for the DIY Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook:

If you haven’t had a chance to download the eBook, now is a great time to do so! (Just click on the link above.) It is free, and filled with lots of great ideas for cards, home décor projects, and more. I know there isn’t much time left until Christmas, but honestly I don’t think it’s too late to create a few simple homemade cards or tags.

With that in mind, I wanted to show you a couple of easy cards that you can put together quickly using items from DIY and DIY Christmas. I started with the Kraft A2 Card Bases, and added a layer from the A2 Card Fronts:

I then embellished with various other bits and pieces from DIY Christmas to create these:

I have always been a fan of the pockets made by Simple Stories, and now that they come in kraft they can be customized to match any collection. 

I decided to use them to create some gift card holders.

The Kraft Pocket Foundations and Pillow Boxes are the perfect size for gifts cards or cash. The pillow boxes would also easily accommodate a smaller gift such as jewelry. What’s better, both are small enough to make a perfect stocking stuffer!

Before I go, this will be my last blog post as a member of the Simple Stories design team. I have been on the team for almost three years now, and it has been a truly remarkable experience. I have loved sharing my projects with you here on the blog, and working with the fabulous team at Simple Stories, but as they say, all good things must come to an end, and it is time to say goodbye.

Thank you for stopping by the blog, and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!



Hi Simple fans...I wanted to share a layout I made with the DIY Christmas line, using only a 6x6 pad and embellishments. Being a pocket page fan, I don't always go for the 12x12 papers but I love the smaller scale of the 6x6. Rather than the 'traditional' tree layout, I wanted to use this photo from the tree lot last year. It's a different kind of tradition, but one that is important to us.

This lot is literally in the middle of nowhere, and ran by a gentleman who lives in a camoflauge painted Winnebago during the Christmas tree season. He may seem a bit rough around the edges to some, but he remembers us every single year.  How I make my husband stand 20-something trees in the aisle for me to look at yet always end up with the first, lol...we laugh with him each year in the freezing cold. It would be 10x easier to go somewhere else, but that just wouldn't be the same. :)

I snapped this pic of his make shift lot with the spotlights strung about and it still makes me happy to look at. I wanted the layout to be simple to focus on the story, so I opted for a few strips from the 6x6 pad and some embellishments. 

Loving all of the fonts + phrases in the 8 sheet sticker sentiment set, I settled for the cream 'love'...just added an outline all around with a fine black pen to help it stand out a bit on the ledger paper. Some chipboard stickers here, a die cut there and I was set.

If you don't have the clear stickers yet, you're missing out. They have all of the cool phrases and look of rub-ons, without the need to rub. ;) They look awesome right on top of my photo...and I just added a few enamel dots & sequins here and there to finish things up.

Keeping it simple is 100% ok, especially at this time of year. What matters most are the things that you remember about the season...tied up in a neat little layout to remind you that good things come in small packages. 


Hi friends, Heather here.  It's been a fabulous year working with Simple Stories and I am thankful for the opportunity to delight you all with inspiring projects using their incredible collections.  For my final design team project, I am soo excited to show you a fun layout I created using the Snow Fun collection.  It's doesn't get snowy here in the part of Texas where we live but this collection was PERFECT for documenting this year's Halloween, which was all about Frozen, for my my 6 year old.
How to: Cut and stitch the "Do you want to build a snowman?" card to the front of the "mountain top" card so that it creates a pocket for journaling.  Add a frame around your photo using the Frostbite and dark blue papers from the Collection Kit. Apply the pocket and the photo in the middle of the "Flurries" background paper, slightly offset from each other.
Cut the letters "LET IT" from the Elements #1 paper and adhere it over the journaling pocket. To complete the title, cut a super sized "Go" using your electronic die cut machine. I used the offset function to create a white background to ensure the word "GO" stands out on the page. Lastly, decorate the pre-printed snowflakes with enamel dots, brads and other embellishments.
Many thanks to Simple Stories for an amazing year. I'd love to connect with you all via Instagram (@heatherleopard) or my blog. I wish you all an amazing 2015!


Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine Davidson with you today and I am here to share a fun project with you. A beautifully decorate wreath created with paper! 

 I will admit this wasn't my idea - I did get this from Pinterest and if you'd like to see the original post CLICK HERE

I always love creating fun projects during the holidays. This year is no exception.

Here are the instructions and I would LOVE to see what you create! 

I used a 10" Foam Wreath for this project.

6 sheets of 12x12 patterned paper ( you could use more if you want a fuller wreath)

Cut strips of paper into 1/2″ X 12″ 

Curl each individual strip of paper with a bone folder

Add a bow or extra decorations such as balls, tags, candy canes etc!

I sprayed mine with Therm-O-Web Glitter Spray.

I hope you enjoyed my project today and perhaps you'll give this a try!


Hi! Angella here with you today, sharing a gift for giving this festive season. There is nothing more wonderful than giving a handmade gift to loved ones, especially when it is made with love. Take a cute little chipboard box, combine with DIY Christmas products and you have the perfect gift for giving!

I covered the box using patterned paper from DIY Christmas, then attached a couple of the die cuts using foam pop dots.

I then decorated the top using DIY twine and clothespins and some berries.

When I was done, I filled with chocolates!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry and safe holiday season. May the New Year bring love and peace for all.


Scrapbooking the holiday season fills me with the spirit of Christmas! I spent an afternoon going through some of my favorite photos when I came across this one of my niece dressed as a snowgirl last year. She’s two now and absolutely crazy about Olaf of Frozen fame. Was this a sign?  I knew it was a story that I wanted to tell. The Cozy Christmas collection with it’s warm feel and classic Christmas color palette was the perfect way to highlight the photo and story.

​I started the base of the design by cutting two patterned papers diagonally, combining the large snowflake print and wood background. I thought this would make an interesting backdrop. I placed the 4x4 photo in the center on a bed of patterned paper layers.  To keep the layers from overshadowing the photo, I used the scaled down prints from the 6x6 paper pad.


The chipboard candy cane and heart add dimension and pops of color to the neutral photo mat. A few snowflake stickers in the upper right add movement to the design.

At the bottom left of the layout, I added a cluster of embellishments to balance out the layout and add pops of color to the dark background. The sewn line grounds the cluster of snowflake brads, die cuts, chipboard accents and stars.

The Cozy Christmas collection makes the season bright. Happy holiday scrapping!


Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share some holiday layouts with you.  
I had so much fun creating with Cozy Christmas, especially using the fun SN@P! Pages!  I began this layout, Merry and Bright,  with a SN@P! Page as the focal point to house my picture of the kids Christmas morning.  The Bits & Pieces were my next pieces added as I built a scene around the existing Sn@p page.  
My green background paper was a little too green so I added in a 6x12 piece with the warm wooden snowflakes to warm up my page.
A few red touches to bring some pop to the page were the finishing touches to my page.
My next layout, Merry Little Christmas, began because I love to multi-task!  
I had a piece of the green paper left from my last layout and some of the red striped paper, they looked great together so naturally I went to look for a neutral background that I could build my next layout on.
I am not the best at coming up with titles (or fonts to use), so I love the the border strips.  I used the wooden one to to again give some warmth to my page and tone down the colors as my picture was already colorful.
I next grabbed the Bits & Pieces to add some fun touches to the page.
I wanted to add the photo frame to the empty spot on my layout, but it needed a little bit more.  The insta squares fit perfectly in the frame so I chose the Santa hat to match my picture.  A few enamel dots added in were the finishing touches to my layout.
I couldn't stop creating there as I still had leftovers :) so you can find another Cozy Christmas layout on my blog if you'd like to stop by,


Hi Simple Stories fans, Rebecca here with some DIY Christmas projects for the holidays season.  I loved the original Simple Stories DIY line so I was pretty excited about the DIY Christmas collection and it does not disappoint! The mix of chalkboard black, Kraft and graphic designs is a different twist on a holiday collection so everything you create with this line will look fresh and trendy.
I used DIY Christmas to get my December Daily started.
The Card Foundations, Layers, and Advent Bits and Pieces make putting together a daily album quick and easy.
Stay tuned to my blog as I start to fill in this album with our first December pictures! 
For you layout makers there are plenty of beautiful 12x12 patterned papers too.
But let's not forget the cardmakers! DIY Christmas includes a 6x6 pads and fun embellishments like chipboard stickers, epoxy dots and brads that make creating handmade cards a breeze.
Last, but not least, how about a home decor project? I created these Christmas pinwheels with DIY Christmas papers, brads and chipboard stickers.
There are a million other uses for DIY Christmas including gifts, treat wrappers, banners and more! What are you DIY-ing with DIY Christmas this season? Here's to hoping all your projects are magical and your holidays are happy!


Hello everybody ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am so excited to be sharing a few of my 2013 December Daily pages featuring the wonderfully festive DIY Christmas. Can you believe it's already December ?  I don't know about you but I sure am looking forward to the holidays. 
This was Day 11, which included a scavenger hunt and some elf mischief. 
The family packed up in the car that night for a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt.  All the kids were armed with clipboards and pencils as they piled in the back of our van. We had the Christmas music playing as we drove around many of the neighborhoods looking for lights. The kids were so excited to be able to cross things off their list when they were spotted.
Even though it was dark I wanted to include a fun photo of our adventure. I also wanted to be able to tell that it was in fact dark outside, so I snapped one from my seat in the front with my phone.  I added my photo to one of the journaling cards and added some embellishments. 
Harry the elf also got added into Day 11. We caught him and Rex the Dinosaur having a snowball fight with some mini marshmallows. 
The DIY Christmas collection is so fun ! I love all the different stickers, embellishments, and fun journaling cards. I started out my journaling with a 4x6 card and added the word sticker "holiday" at the top. Finishing it off with some personal touches using some chipboard pieces and enamel dots. 
I really wanted to include a print out of the Scavenger Hunt that we used in my album, especially since I didn't have many photos of the event. It turned out real easy to resize it to 6x8 and print it out. Instead of leaving it plain I decided to embellish it a little bit. I added some pen doodling around the edges and the some embellishments in the middle. 
Thank you so much for joining me today. I want to wish you all a very magical and wonderful holiday season. 
Supplies :
DIY Christmas :



Hello everyone!
Today I'm sharing with you a layout and a card that I created using Cozy Christmas and the DIY Christmas collections.  They are so much fun to work with!
First of all let me share my layout with you.  I created this using some photos from last christmas.
I used the 4x12 strips across the lower portion of the layout to add some extra colour on the dark background paper and a bit of depth.  I also used a 3x4 journal card behind the left photo. 
I embellished with lots of stickers from the Cozy Chrismtas and DIY Christmas collections, along with some Clear Stickers on my photos.  I love how those look.
I also added a few enamel dots to the ornament tops.
It was very simple & easy to put this layout together ... because Simple Stories just makes it so EASY!!
I also created this Christmas card along with an envelope using the new DIY Christmas.  This new release makes it so easy to create a card in a matter of minutes!! Seriously.  That's all it took me.  And I could have taken a long time figuring out what products to use normally but this system is so amazing & quick!
I just created a few layers onto the patterned paper Card Front using the Card Layers & Journal Layers. After tying some string around a few pieces I then just adhered it to the card front using some 3d dimensional stickers for added depth. And voila!
I finished the set off by using one of the envelope wraps onto the bottom section of a DIY Christmas kraft envelope.  This really makes the set complete.  I love the look!
Thanks for stopping by!!


Hi, All! Alissa here with you today with another 6x8 album to help keep you organized during this busy holiday season.  I’m sharing my 2014 Christmas Planner using a 6x8 SN@P! Faux Leather Album in Red and the Cozy Christmas collection with a little DIY Christmas thrown in for fun! I also added in several pockets for photos. My plan, in the end, is to document a little December in the same album where I keep myself organized this month.


The cover is pretty simple. I wrapped it with the red & white twine from the DIY Christmas Tags & Twine kit and tied on a kraft tag from DIY Kraft Tag Foundations pack with a few stickers for the title.


I “borrowed” the chipboard dividers from one of my SN@P! Binders I had on hand to make dividers for my planner. I used a few of the SN@P! Pages from Cozy Christmas to cover both sides of the divider pages.

I used the pocket pages and 3x4 and 4x6 cards to decorate and house my lists. I left a few pockets open for photos. I decorated clear cards (cut from Pocket Pages) so I can just slide the photos behind the photo decorations when I print them out.



In the “Cards” section, I included a full ledger page from a SN@P! Binder to list who I need to send cards to and on the back I will list who we received cards from.

I also used 6x8 full page Pocket Pages to hold my cards, envelopes and address labels. I will used this section to store the cards we receive this year, too. I usually put them in my December Daily, but it always is so full that I thought this would be a better idea.


On this divider, I adhered glitter paper behind the die cut SN@P! Page.


In the “To Do” section I included the calendar SN@P! Page and stamped the calendar with number stamps from the DIY Date Stamps set. I plan to use this calendar to keep track of events we need to attend during the holidays.


Lastly, I made a pocket to save all my receipts and gift receipts. I just stapled the title card on the front of the pocket. Easy! J


I hope you have enjoyed my 2014 Christmas Planner today and I hope it’s inspired you to create one of your own.

Have a great day!


Hello, hello Simple Stories fans! Have you started gearing up for the December holidays? Do you have your holiday shopping done? Are you busy making holiday treats? No matter what you're up to, I hope you make time for holiday crafting because both the Cozy Christmas and DIY Christmas collections are perfect for documenting your holiday memories.

Today I'm sharing a layout with you featuring some delicious holiday treats. Seriously, you can't eat just one. I'll also show you a pretty way to package holiday treats for gifting to neighbors, teachers, mail carriers, etc. and share the recipe for these delicious confections.
First up is the layout, Rolo Pretzel Confections. I used a mix of Cozy Christmas and DIY Christmas on here.
You may have noticed by now how much I love layering on my projects. This page is no exception. Here's a look at the trailing cluster of elements, starting at the bottom of the page. I used a mix of stickers, chipboard and die cuts. I even removed the front of a Cozy Christmas Sn@p pocket to start the whole thing off ("believe" file folder piece).
The layering continues at the top of the page as well. Here's a look at the mix of elements there.
Now let's take a look at a pretty way to package holiday treats. I purchased this polka dot gable box at Target and decorated it with elements from the DIY Christmas collection. I used a mix of die cuts, chipboard, enamel dots and stickers.
Before I go, here's the recipe I promised. Don't say I didn't warn you...they're addicting!
1 bag square waffle pretzels
1 bag Rolo candies, unwrapped
1 bag pecan halves
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
2. Line pretzels up on the prepared cookie sheet. Top each pretzel with one Rolo candy.
3. Bake 3-5 minutes or until the Rolo begins to soften, but not melt.
4. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Top each Rolo with a pecan half, pressing in gently.
5. Cool completely.
6. Enjoy!



Hi everyone! Nichol here today with one of my favorite projects every year, scrapbooking Christmas Card Photos from friends and family. I have an entire album (or two!) dedicated to recording those treasures that come in the mailbox during the holiday season. Today I have two two-page layouts to share with you. 
This first page share showcases some of the photo cards we received last year at Christmas-time. I used the beautiful Cozy Christmas Collection, using the gorgeous bokeh background of the Sparkle Flurries/Ledger Paper.
I die cut a title from a Kerri Bradford Studio cut file  and added stickers from the Fundamental Cozy Christmas sticker sheet and Cozy Christmas enamel dots for added color and interest. I used number stickers from the Cozy Christmas Expressions 12x12 Cardstock Sticker Sheet on each photo to correspond back to the journaling.
I added the fun hanging ornament stickers from the Cozy Christmas Fundamentals Sticker Sheet along the top edge of the two-page spread for a pop of color and interest.
I randomly added sticker phrases to a couple of the photos and finished the page with a bit of stamping above the journaling and some Cozy Christmas Fundamentals heart stickers and Bits and Pieces die cuts.
My second layout features the remaining photos from 2012 that I hadn’t scrapbooked. I used the DIY Christmas Collection for this page and a green/cream/black color scheme.
I layered stickers from the DIY Christmas Sentiment Stickers on a piece of Grinch Green DIY Christmas paper. I printed a sub-title above the stickers and finished the title block with additional stickers from the DIY Christmas Icon Stickers and DIY Christmas enamel dots.
I added number stickers from the DIY Christmas Word/Letters Stickers on each photo to correspond back to the journaling. I finished the page with heart stickers, enamel dots and phrase stickers.



Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Just in time for your holiday crafting - the Cozy Christmas Project Idea Sheets are now available for download! 

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


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

Cozy Christmas Project Idea Sheets Free Download

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

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

Hi everyone! Allison here with a layout using the fun DIY Christmas collection. I've also got a new sketch to share with you that combines traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages.

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

The right side of the sketch uses the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 9 and the left side follows a traditional style of layout design. Here is my layout based on the sketch:

I got to take a trip down memory lane with these pictures of my now 9-year-old son Drew. Every year I take the pictures for our Christmas card and each year I try to do something different. I think Drew loved this year the most because he had a sweet and tasty prop to occupy him while I snapped his picture. We ended up with messier pictures than I had planned but his smile was so cute I didn't care!

I am in love with the DIY Christmas collection! There are so many fun options and elements to create and add your own unique touches to your projects. I used the "Merry & Bright" paper as the background and simply added my pictures and pieces from the DIY Christmas collection around that.

I added a few banner strips from the A2 Card Layers package and finished it with some hand stitching and the "cheer" arrow.

I framed the "Merry & Bright" with some Christmas trees, hearts, and enamel dots. I also added a little candy cane to one of the trees.

I used more of the banner strips and a scallop strip with some hearts to the top of the photos.

I added one more banner strip to the top left corner of the page and finished it with some hearts and enamel dots and hand stitching.

For the right page I used a combination of card and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 9.

In the top pocket I used a 4x12" strip accent with 2x2" photos.

I also added more banner strips, hearts, and a title to the 4x12" strip.

There are three 6x4" pockets on the SN@P! Pocket Page but I didn't use any 6x4" photos. All of the photos I wanted to use were vertical photos and I wanted to include a lot more. My simple solution was to break the 6x4" pockets/photos into two 3x4" photos.

I couldn't resist using the cute candy canes so I created a card to fit the candy cane theme of the layout. I added some stitching and few hearts to finish the card.

I created another card to use as my journaling space. I layered a few pieces and added some hearts and a candy cane to finish it.

I'm using the 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in black for all of my Life Documented layouts. The quality of the faux leather is fantastic and I love the stitching accent on them. I also used the 12x12 SN@P! Pocket Pages, Design 9 from the Variety Pack. I enjoy using several different styles of Pocket Pages and since the Variety Pack has so many great options, I have a lot to choose from!

I hope you all enjoy the new Life Documented sketch and I wish everyone a fun and memorable holiday season!


Hey everyone! Andrea here with you today to share a Christmas organizer I made using the DIY Christmas Collection and a SN@P! Burlap Binder.  This is how I’m going to keep it all together throughout the holiday season!
The book has a place for everything.  I’ve tabbed sections for a calendar, card list, gift list, store ads, recipes and lists.
There’s a spot for stamps, receipts, recipes and tags.
There’s also plenty of room in the pocket pages for me to add photos and journaling to document the season.
If this can’t help me stay organized, then nothing will!
Thanks for joining me today.  I hope that your holiday season is organized and stress free.