Hello Simple Stories fans! Happy Halloween! In preparation for tomorrow's costumed, candy-crazed celebration, I created a couple of spook-tacular cards to share with you using the adorable Frankie and Friends collection.

First up is "Where's the Candy?" I built this card around a piece cut from the 4x6 Horizontal Elements paper. I worked my embellishments around the pre-printed design, adding in stickers, chipboard, a die cut and plenty of enamel dots.

Next up is "Halloween Favorites". This card is designed around a vertical journaling card from the 3x4 & 4x6 Elements paper. I used the same embellishments as I used on the first card, but achieved a completely different look. I layered two pieces of chipboard to give the card additional depth. I wanted to add die cut and arrow stickers to the card, but they all had sentiments at the end and an angled design and didn't fit in the spaces where I wanted to use them. What did I do? I trimmed away the portion I didn't want, and ended up with the straight arrows you see here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these fun Frankie and Friends cards. If you happen to see Frankie or any of his friends out trick-or-treating, please be sure to tell them I said hello. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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BOO!  Layle here with you today!  With Halloween just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to share some of our new Halloween themed Silhouette designs that are now available.  Even better, through the 31st, all Halloween designs are available for 25% off, just in time for scrapping those Halloween photos you take this weekend!

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

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

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

Have a happy Halloween!

Hi Everyone, it's Marie here to show you a Life Documented spread using Frankie and Friends.

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As a mother of a teenage girl I miss the days of trick or treating.  For the past few years my daughter has been having a Halloween Party at our house with her friends instead.  I was so excited to see the new Frankie and Friends papers because they were the perfect way to document this new tradition.
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I naturally had to choose the 4x6 card which says "Let's Party."   I added lots of enamel dots to give it some added punch.
 
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My favorite embellishment might be the ribbon button that says "#1 Boo Crew," which fits right in with a picture of the girls all together in their costumes.

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The right-hand page shows a photo of the gift bags and some of our spooky decor.
 
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Whether this year you are taking little ones trick or treating, going to a party, or just relaxing at home, I hope you have a very fun Halloween!

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Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the DIY Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook is now available for download - just in time for your holiday scrapbooking & crafting ideas, with over 35 inspirational projects!!

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

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Hi there!  Sue here today to share with you a 2 page spread I created using the Frankie and Friends collection!

One of the things I love the most about this collection is that it not only works well for little kids, but is mature enough to work for tweens and teens as well.

One of my favorite ways to incorporate pocket pages into my scrapbooking is just what I did here - combine and traditional 12x12 layout on the left side of my spread with a pocket page layout on the right side.  Adding the pocket page lets me quickly and easily add additional photos without taking a lot of time.  It's the best of both worlds!

Happy Halloween!

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Hello, friends! Kim Kesti here sharing a quick set of cards perfect to give as a set, or to attach to a fun Halloween treat. Of course, I am using the whimsical and adorable Frankie and Friends collection.

First, I cut six cards from one sheet of 12 X 12 cardstock (bonus!); each card measures 4” X 6” before folding. Next, I trimmed one sheet of the 3x4 Elements patterned paper, this actually gives me 12 choices of paper for my card fronts (go ahead, make six more)!

Here are my six finished cards. I embellished the patterned paper with Chipboard Stickers, Decorative Brads and Bits and Pieces all from the Frankie and Friends collection. Did you notice the little hole punched in the upper left corners?

This is so I can hook them all together with a library ring. This set is going to be a little gift for a friend.

And, since gifts just cry out to be prettied up…

I quickly added another piece of Frankie and Friends patterned paper to a gift bag. So quick, easy and adorable!

Are you all ready for Halloween?

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

One of my memory keeping goals right now is to get some of the old pictures I've not put into my scrapbooks in the books. I've sadly let a lot of photos just pile up and slowly some of the memories have started slipping away.

A couple years back, I went on a Halloween weekend adventure with my friends, hitting a couple local pumpkin patches. Sure, we are all well beyond the Trick or Treating stage, but we sure had a great time exploring the patches and hunting for the perfect pumpkin.

Because of the time of year these adventures happened, I wanted my pages to be rich with Halloween icons. So I used anything spooky or Fall'ish I could find in the Seasons SN@P! set. Spiders, pumpkins, leaves... they all have a place on these pages!

One of the things I just love about Simple Stories' SN@P! Sets is you get a bunch of fun elements that you can use as they come.  But you can also spice them up with embellishments to make them a little more personal.  I think this spider square is just so cute! To add to his cuteness, I stitched a little floss through the card and tied a little bitty bow.

I added a little floss on the Fall Square too. I also added a few enamel dots. I think little touches like that just make pages seem a little more personal.

This die-cut owl (from SN@P! Seasons Squares & Pieces) is probably my favorite element on the page! I added the twine bow and the buttons, which are actually enamel dots. 

I kept on with my theme of customizing the SN@P! Set elements on the right page.

I especially like the card in the right corner. I adhered the leaf die-cuts to a circle and then stitched floss through them. I just love that look. 

Let's talk albums for a minute. These pages are going in my 12x12 SN@P! faux leather album in teal. I frequently scrapbook out of order so I really appreciate that the album's ring binding allows me to do that. I used the SN@P! Pocket Pages Design 6 and 10 for these pages. It's so nice that Simple Stories has so many different styles of Pocket Pages. I realy like not having to commit to the same style of pages all the time.

See you again soon!

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Today I am here sharing two layouts I created using some of the DIY Christmas products that were meant for 'off the page'.  I love to use things in different ways and I don't mind pulling paper/embellishments, etc... from anywhere as long as it supports my story.

My first layout, Christmas Love was based on the banner pieces from the Bunting Banner Kit.  I loved the big chalkboard Dec 25th tag and the large tree and used them to build my layout because they told the story of my son's Christmas Day.  

I used the mini clothespins and twine that are included in the Bunting Banner Kit to "hang" pictures of my son's Christmas on the line, like a stocking might be hung from a mantle.  I chose to split the Christmas tree onto the bottom of both sides of my page to add interest to my page.  

I 'fussy cut' the word Christmas from the 'B' side of the Festive paper, then outlined the letters to make them stand out on my red background paper.  I added a little tag on the word as my pen slipped and marked my letter, oops!

My next layout, Merry & Bright, used a similar design of hanging things and it again focused on the banner pieces from the Bunting Banner Kit; the poinsetta and the Merry & Bright tag which I used as my title. 

I chose my background to match the lights on Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World.  

Pops of red were used to guide your eyes through the layout hitting on all the main points of my layout (picture, title, sentiment, and journaling).  Did you notice the envelope wraps work amazingly well for journaling spots too?

Sprinkles of enamel dots and stars continued the theme of twinkling lights thus furthering my design.

What fun items can you repurpose to fit your scrapping story?

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Hi there!  It's Emily.  I always have trouble crafting holiday projects  AFTER the holiday is over. More than likely, I won't scrap my Halloween photos until this time next year. There's something about being in the mood. Christmas in July is never my thing, Christmas in December is. Same goes with Halloween. I am usually left with piles of last year's Halloween paper and it gets stored away and often unused the next year. Not this go around! Simple Stories has done it yet again with an amazing line. The "Frankie & Friends" collection is just the right amount of paper and embellishments to scrapbook those photos that I have from last year and still have enough to make a few more Halloween crafts for this year. 

In this layout, I used a photo of my daughter and I from last year. I think she made an awful cute Bat girl! I don't take a lot of photos, but I know that I will be able to use every last piece of this kit because it's so stinkin' cute!

I take cutesy photos of my daughter so the eerie Halloween stuff isn't really my thing, so collection is perfect! 

Thanks for stopping by today & have a Happy Halloween! 

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Hello!  Shellye along with a "Thankful" Mini Album/ Journal using the beautiful "Sweater Weather" Collection and a pumpkin shaped die.  My inspiration for this type of album/journal derives from the "thankful" posts that I've witnessed on Facebook!

After die-cutting the cover pages from heavy chipboard, I dressed them in patterned paper and then distressed around the edges with a walnut ink pad.   

I matted the journal card and added some machine stitching for an extra-homespun feel.  Before attaching to the front of the album, I added the cute brad banner embellishment.  

The inside of the album can be made up of patterned papers cut to size, journal cards, pockets, etc.  

The pockets and tags were constructed from the Kraft A2 Card Bases & Envelopes.  The envelopes were trimmed down to a height of 3.75", leaving the width as is.  The cards were cut in half along the crease and then to a width of 5.25".  I also added punched tabs to the top of each tag.  

I used a ruler and fine tip black pen to add lines to the backs of the envelopes...great spot for extra journaling!  

 You may chose not to add bulky embellishments to the journal cards if you're planning on adding photos to that area.  On the pocket page fronts, I only embellished the top or bottom corner so that there is plenty of room for small pictures.  


When planning the page's embellishments, keep in mind how the opposite page will lay against it.  A bulky embellishment placed against a page with a bow may cause damage to the more delicate piece.
 
 

Get input from family members and let them each have a tag to write what they are thankful for or their favorite Fall memory!  

 Keep it simple by allowing the beautiful artwork of Simple Stories do the work!  

Add even more pages if you plan on keeping a "12 Days of Thanks" or a "November Gratitude Journal"...you may even wish to adapt this idea to a SN@P! Binder...what fun!

Thanks for joining me today at Simple Stories!

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Hello there! Donna here today, and I have a few simple fall cards to share with you. This is my absolute favorite time of year, but it is the busiest too! With all the extra activities going on, I tend not to scrapbook much during this season. So this year I wanted to keep the creative fires burning by making a few cards. The first two feature Simple Stories’ Halloween collection, Frankie and Friends.

Isn’t that little witch cute!? The die-cuts, brads, and chipboard stickers are all so adorable, as are all the papers. The witch featured on this card can be found on the stickers that are part of the collection. They are a combination of letters and shapes on a single 12x12 sheet and include a lot of great options for layouts, Life Documented pages, and cards.

Frankie is pretty cute too:

The speech bubble that I used as the greeting was cut from the Happy Haunting paper. This collection features so many great patterns and colors and I had a lot of fun creating with all the different elements!

Truth is I love all of the fall collections released by Simple Stories. Sweater Weather is the obvious one, but Legacy has a very fall-friendly palette too. The next two cards feature papers from the Legacy 6x6 pad and the Simple Basics Kit.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the tree above. It is part of the collection of shapes from Simple Stories and can be found through the Silhouette Design Store, here.

In the spirit of keeping things simple, the next card uses a very similar design but I made a few small changes and came up with this:

The pop of blue in Legacy offsets the yellows, browns, and reds of that collection so beautifully. And as always, all of the collections coordinate well with one another. The sentiments on both of these cards actually come from the Sweater Weather Bits & Pieces.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy fall to all of you!

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Howdy!  Nicole Harper here.  This post is for those of you who feel 'obligated' to stay 'current' with their pocket pages...because I hear those terms quite a bit when teaching classes, and so I wanted to take a second to stress that neither of those words should come into play. ;)

I think that the moment you feel stressed to 'keep up' may just be the moment that you step away from this hobby. So in an effort to show that it's OK to be 'out of order', I whipped this page up using the Legacy collection and some OLD photos.

Not one of these photos is from the same year, let alone the same week.

They have nothing in common, other than they are members of my family.

The story for each of them is irrelevant to any of the others on the page.

But they fit together nicely, don't you think?  :)

The Legacy collection helped these photos settle together easily. Great family phrases, muted tones and vintage images worked perfectly with the black & white photos from my stash. I layered some elements together and simply told the simple story of each photo...leaving the yellow card alone because it is  the card that sparked this entire layout.

I always love the 2x2 squares that come in the Insta Squares packages, but sometimes have a hard time fitting them into my project. When a few of them fell onto my desk though, I thought it would be fun to glue them onto a 4x4 piece4 of cardstock and sew them together...kind of like a quilt. (and yes, I pulled out my DIY stamps + Photo Stickers once again...LOVE THEM!)

If you have lots of older family photos, but feel overwhelmed at the task of organizing them...DON'T!  Just start slipping them into pockets and adding pretty paper.

Easy peasy, I promise.  :)

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Hi everyone. Heather here with you today.  I know it isn't even Halloween yet but who can resist this gorgeous Cozy Christmas collection? I just had to dig in...

Y'all know I like mixing my patterns up so when I saw this snowflake file while perusing through the online store, I just knew I had to supersize it as use it as a focal point for my photo.

How to:

  • Cut a large snowflake approximately 10" in diameter.  
  • Adhere coordinating pattern paper behind the cuts.
  • Adhere to the background paper, so that it hangs off the edge and covers 7 - 8" of the paper.
  • Fussy cut a flower from the Happy Holidays paper and adhere to the center of the snowflake. Add a small die cut and brad in the center.
  • Add your photo with frames in the bottom right of the snowflake.
  • Punch the right side of the background paper with a scalloped edge. 
  • Add ornaments, sentiments and other embellishments, flush against the scalloped edge
  • Stitch a coordinating paper behind the scalloped edge so that you stitch over the sentiments.
  • Add additional embellishments to your liking.

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Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine Davidson with you today and I am here to share a Life Documented spread featuring Legacy!  

When you first look at the Legacy Collection you might see papers that are great for those antique photos or black and white. I can prove to you that it's not only for those antique photos but for any day to day photos as well. Mixing older looking papers and new pictures isn't as hard or awkward as it might seem!

As you can see I added lots of  color and modern photos with the "antique" looking papers and I personally think it goes quite well together.

Here are a few close up photos of the Left Side of my Life Documented page.

The Right side of my spread includes a black and white photo and the others all have colors.

So keep that in mind when shopping for products. Just because it looks antique doesn't mean it has to be!

Here are a few close up photos of the Right Side of my Life Documented page.

I hope you enjoyed my Life Documented post today and I hope you enjoy creating with your Simple Stories Legacy Collection!

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Hi, Angella with you today creating with the new DIY Christmas advent countdown, perfect for a gift or something fun for home décor.

I love the fresh crispness of the range and how versatile the range is for all types of holiday season.

Here in Aussie land we have a such a hot summer Christmas, while other parts of the world are covered in glorious snow!

So I began with a white chipboard triangle for the tree, mounted onto a straw threaded through a cotton spool for the base.

I attached two DIY clothespins so I can change my day countdown, using the DIY Christmas Advent Bits & Pieces for my countdown numbers.

I have to make special mention!  I am so in love with the Clear photo stickers, they are a must to have this christmas!

Thanks for joining me, have a great day!

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Hi everyone! Nancy here with a couple of Simple Stories projects that I’ve been working on. With Halloween season in full gear, I was looking forward to creating with the whimsical Frankie and Friends collection. The first icon that caught my eye was the green jar of googly eyes and that piece was the jumpstart for this layout design:

I lined up all of the text, photo, and chipboard on the right side of the page to create a clean, linear design.

The border of half circles mimics the eyeball jar and repeats that shape.

A few splatters of mist, a few swishes of watercolor paint and some real googly eyes add special little details that keep this page from being anything but flat!

I also used the new Say Cheese SN@P! Set to create this quick and simple layout.

Here I centered all of the elements (just about) and framed the most important part – the photos!

The page title is sewn down the center to add texture and ‘underline’ the word Magic.

Some splatters of mist and layers of die cut add a pop of color and texture to the top of the page. Lining up photos and centering all of the embellishments is a quick and easy way to create a bold page!

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Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the Cozy Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook is now available for download - just in time for your holiday scrapbooking & crafting ideas!

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

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

Cozy Christmas Simple Inspiration eBook Free Download

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

Hi!  Nichol here with a layout and card featuring the Sweater Weather collection (with a little Legacy thrown in since it matches in color so well). 

First up I created a layout featuring some old photos of my two oldest kids when they were small and sweet! I wanted to scrapbook these less than perfect photos because of the emotion and memories they evoked. To make the photos shine, I die cut one of the 12x12 Sweater Weather patterned papers using a design from the Silhouette Online Store. I sized the circles to fit across a 12x12 page. I die cut the "inside" pieces of the circles from Sweather Weather and Legacy 6x6 patterned paper.

To make the title really "pop" I combined plenty of chipboard stickers from the Sweater Weather Chipboard Stickers. Grouping the images together makes the maximum impact (plus aren't these little critters the cutest!).

Any of the circles I didn't fill with patterned paper, I filled with sweet photos. Then I added Sweater Weather Cardstock Stickers, DIY Burlap Stickers, Sweather Weather Enamel Dots and sequins to round out the design. 

I loved those little Sweater Weather critters so much that I grabbed the cardstock versions and put together a quick card. 

I embossed a cardstock background for subtle texture and die cut a filmstrip frame, then popped these cute critters inside the openings. I love creating cards like these with stamped and colored critter images however they can be time consuming. These sweet critters took no time and made this card come together in a matter of minutes! Love.

Want to see how I put both of these fall-themed projects together? Check out the video below:

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