Hello Simple Stories fans, Layle here with you today :)

I'm excited to introduce you to Glenda Viljoen -

Here's a little bit about Glenda -

My name is Glenda Viljoen. I live in a city just east of Johannesburg with my husband Gary, two sons Byron and Kyle. My professional qualification is teaching where I taught children for many years – that was until I discovered scrapbooking. I am now fortunate to be able to combine my passion for scrapbooking and a business. I own SA Scrapbook Convention, an event company that organizes scrapbook and mixed media events in South Africa. In 2010, I attended Ranger University in New Jersey, USA and am a certified Ranger Instructor. My primary goal is to take scrapbooking on a never ending journey beyond mundane, repetitious themes and content. I look forward to creating layouts with the innovative, exciting and interesting new product to ultimately inspire others to share their story and be creative.

Glenda has created a STUNNING layout with our new I AM... collection - 

Here's some information from Glenda on how she created this piece of art - 

This layout was created with the versatile I AM collection capturing family memories while recently on a short vacation in Cape Town. I was reminded just how ‘grateful, blessed & so very thankful’ I am to be able to share these moments with my husband Gary and sons Byron and Kyle.

Lightly stencil hearts using Distress Ink and ink blending tool to the background cardstock.  Divide a sheet of Creative paper into 3x4” grid blocks. Machine stitch with black thread along the inner grid lines. Trim the selected 3x4 Journaling Card Elements to fit into selected blocks. Add own choice of Chipboard Frames and Elements as well as a twine or jute bow.  Trim the 6x4 Journaling Card  and adhere centred onto a 5¾  x 3¾ “ piece of chipboard. Using an embossing tool, run along the edge of the chipboard, creating a creased line in the paper. Add a Chipboard Element bird and a gold foil word Sticker.

Trim the journaling card with the bicycle. Cut the label section from another journaling card and adhere to the top section. Add a Chipboard Frame with a photo, Chipboard Elements and Enamel Dots. Trim a floral journaling card and mat onto black Strong paper. Insert into the ‘I am’ Interactive Element and add Enamel Dots and word cut from 2x12, 4x12 & 6x12 Elements paper.

Select and adhere three Interactive Elements to the bottom row. Decorate with Chipboard Elements and Enamel Dots. Trim a 3x4 Journaling Card and insert into the pocket Interactive Element. Cut words from 2x12, 4x12 & 6x12 Elements. I used a small circle punch to trim the curved sections on the sides.

Trim the striped 3x4 Journaling Card with the pink and gold Ampersand. Adhere to the inside flap of the Interactive Element. Cut the phrase ‘so happy’ from another journaling card and adhere to the card. This Interactive Element is great for additional photos and journaling.

Adhere the 6x8 Element centred onto a 5¾  x 7¾ “ piece of chipboard. Using an embossing tool, run along the edge of the chipboard, creating a creased line in the paper. Add the Chipboard banner and a gold inked Wooden Veneer bird. Complete the cluster with other Chipboard elements. Mat photos and add to the layout.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating with this collection… I AM truly thankful, so blessed, so happy and loving life!

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Hey there it’s Vicki!  Happy to be here sharing a project I created with one of my all time favorite Simple Stories collections - I AM....  I love this color palette so much and couldn’t wait to dig in and make something.  As I was shuffling through the papers one immediately caught my eye and the design idea started to take shape.

This is the paper…

I AM... 2x2 & 6x8 Elements.  All of those little squares really appealed to me and I thought it would be fun to try to maximize the use of one sheet of paper to create a layout.  Here is what I came up with…

I used two other sheets of paper, some cardstock and a few embellishments to finish off the page.  I love how this one turned out!!!

Take a closer look at the 2x2 squares.  They make perfect pennants!  And the word paper cut into strips creates a little fun.

Don’t you just love the Chipboard frames?!  That little pop of yellow tied the whole page together.

Here is another perspective of the page.

I used my craft knife to cut around the rose so I could slide my photo under it.  This allowed me some freedom with the positioning of the photo.  This picture also shows off the gold foil that is found throughout the I AM... collection.  That gold is another thing I LOVE!!!

Thanks a million for stopping by and letting me share my project with you today!  I hope “I AM...” encourages you to step out from behind the camera lens and get in some of those photos!!!

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Hi everyone!
 
Teri here, and I'm excited to share with you some cards I created with the  Say Cheese II collection. I just love the fun feel of this collection. You just can't go wrong with references to fun times, happy places and "magical memories!"   And I think the collection's chipboard frames are SO fun so I threw a creative challenge to myself to use them on each of the cards I'm sharing with you today.
 
 
I have to admit that I'm a big mix and matcher when it comes to paper crafting. And one of the reasons I really dig Simple Stories' products is you can easily mix and match things together. You can just pick a collection and pull different things from it together. The colors and designs all go together. Everything has been thought out so it just works. I like that a lot! 
 
 
I adhered the chipboard frame over a little bit of patterned paper for this card. Notice how the patterns just go together? LOVE that. I get a kick out of how the mouse's ear just peeks out from behind the frame. So fun.
 
 
To give the frame a unique feel, I decorated it with a Bradz and a couple enamel dots.
 
 
I used three chipboard frames on this card. Instead of using all three in their entirety, I used my scissors to just cut off a portion of two of the frames to use.
 
 
You might say I played things straight with this card. 
 
 
I didn't alter or decorate the frame at all. I used it instead to "frame" the sentiment and a couple stars.
 
 
I went crazy with chipboard frames on this card, using (... wait for it...) four of them! 
 
 
I used just a piece of two of them. And I altered one of the frames by adding the ampersand die-cut to it. 
 
 
I used multiple chipboard frames on this final card as well. Look real close and you'll see there are actually three of them on my card.
 
 
I stacked two frames together on the left to frame the balloons! 
 
 
I envision using this card as a birthday card so I decorated the inside as well. I made a pocket by applying adhesive to just three sides to a strip of patterned paper. And then I added a few stickers. The cool thing about the pocket is I can slide a gift card into (as you see here) or some cash for the recipient.
 
 
I think it will make fun gift! 
 
Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you again real soon!
 
 

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Hi everyone! Allison here with a layout using the fun Life Documented collection and a new sketch that mixes traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages.
 
 
You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here.
 
The right side of the used the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 7 while the left side follows a more traditional style of scrapbooking design. 
 
 
My oldest son, Drew, does martial arts classes four days a week so my youngest son, Jackson and I spend that time together while we wait for Drew’s class to end. It’s always a fun time for us. It’s not often that I get alone time with just one of the boys so I really enjoy it. The activities change from day to day. Sometimes we draw pictures, we talk, make up goofy games, read, and on this particular day we had a little picture taking time. 
 
 
The Life Documented collection was just what I was looking for to document my fun little alone time with Jackson. I sometimes forget to capture the everyday. Those little day to day, normal routine type of activities. They become so routine that I just forget that those moments are worth recording and remembering. The Life Documented collection is such a great reminder to document those moments! 
 
 
For my title I used a cluster of stickers and the die cut “today” piece from the Day to Day Card Set.
 
I always love finding ways to incorporate stitching into my layouts. There is something about that I really enjoy doing so I tend to stitch often. I used stitching to help enhance the “today” piece and make it really stand out. I did both stitching in the center and as a border around the edges. 
 
 
At the top of the photos I used a tab accented with chipboard arrows, a sticker arrow, and the “love this” circle sticker. I love all the different stickers, die cuts, and chipboard pieces in this collection and had fun layering them on top of each other.
 
 
I added a stitched border around the background piece and then added a few small chipboard arrows to one area. I also used a lot of word strip stickers and the photo stickers one my pictures thoughout the layout.
 
 
For the right page I used combination of photos, patterned paper, and cards with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 7
 
 
One of my favorite features of the Pocket Page, Design 7 is the large 6x12” pocket. I enjoy getting to use a little bit of creative freedom within the Pocket Page on such a large scale.
 
For this layout, I cut a 5-3/4x12” strip from the “It’s Your Life” cardstock and added a 1/4” striped strip to fill the 6x12” pocket. I thought the camera on the paper was super cute! 
 
 
 
I used more word strip stickers and photo stickers to accent my photos. I am kind of addicted to word stickers so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Word Strip Stickers in this collection.
 
 
I often like to add little details and accents to empty spaces in my photos. For this photo I used a combination of photo sti
ckers and die cuts to create a little cluster of embellishments. 
 
 
To accent the “today” card I used some bradz and enamel dots around the circle. 
 
 
I repeated the chipboard arrow design with the circle sticker that I used on the left page on this photo. 
 
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 7 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 enjoy using the new sketch!

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Good Morning everyone, Wendy here today to share some layouts I created with the gorgeous I AM collection.  
 
 
My Own Kind of Beautiful, was created to help my 'soon to be' teenage daughter know who she is. This collection is perfect for building up our children to become all they can be with affirming words.  Sometimes our children might not be acting like what we hoped, but we can call forth who they really are by our choice of words.  The words I wanted to convey to my daughter were on the SN@P! Card, "I am my own kind of beautiful" and that is where this layout began.  I pulled a picture of my daughter to pair with the saying and from there I began to embellish the pink background I chose.
 
 
I chose to keep my design simple with the rectangle at the center of the page and then I built three embellishment/title clusters around the page to guide the eyes.   My first was the chipboard I AM piece that I used to bring a boldness to my message and the page.  A bradz (got to love those new kinds with no prongs!), a few die-cut pieces, and some sprinkling of dots finished that cluster.
 
 
My next embellishment cluster was really just a pretty grouping of some of my favorite pieces, again a pop of black and an area to write something (which I forgot at the time).
 
 
My last cluster was a softer I AM with a location clip to mark that this is where we are right now and it is good!  I finished the page with strips of black and white paper at the top and the bottom to keep the black visual triangle going and I feel it keeps my pieces on my page by providing a boundary.  
 
My next layout, I AM Enough was my thoughts on 2014 and where they year had taken me.  
 
 
I love flowers and I love fussy cutting so you see a trail of flowers on a diagonal which is one of my favorite design ideas based around another 4x6 card that became my title.  I also added in a sticker with a word that summed up the year for me.
 
 
Even though I was working with a diagonal, as the previous layout, I also have three embellishment clusters.  The first had part of my title with my word.  The next included flowers and die-cut pieces with sayings that gave more depth to my thoughts of the year.  A butterfly to show change and a sprinkling of dots to further embellish the group.
 
 
And my last cluster, dressed up the heart that came on my background paper.  I always allow my paper to help me build my clusters, it takes less thinking and more going with the flow :)
 
 
 
My last piece was a picture of me and my hubby.  As the page was not built around a picture, I chose a small picture that I liked.  I added a few more die-cut phrases, a bradz, and my thoughts to finish documenting 2014.
 
Thanks for joining me today, I have another I am layout, Dreaming Big on my blog if you'd like more inspiration with this collection.  Have a great weekend, and remember I AM is enough!

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Hello!  This is Amber, founder and creative director of Simple Stories, back again for my monthly 'behind the scenes' Life Documented blog feature.  

I've had so much fun using my SN@P! Life Documented Planner, and hope you are too.  There's a ton of information in my last blog post with tips and ideas on how you can get started using your planner, plus we featured some awesome FREE Printables that you can download here

This month I'm focusing on how you can use your planner to incorporate photos and memory keeping using some of our cool products from the Life Documented Scrapbook collection.

MIX AND MATCH

Our Life Documented collection features both planner and scrapbooking products, designed to mix and match with each other.  One of my favorite products from Life Documented are our SN@P! Cards - we offer 4 different packs and they come with a ton of cards.  

Even better, there are 2 duplicates of each design in several of the Life Documented SN@P! card sets, so you get a good variety - 2 each of your favorite designs, without a bunch of repetitive designs. Each pack has a different theme, from the Week in Review set with a 4x6 card for each week of the year, to the 2015 set that features the 12 months of the year, as well as a Journaling set and Day to Day set.   When you combine the 4 sets together, that's over 600 cards for the year!

We designed the cards with a fun color palette of multicolor patterns and solids to be mixed and matched so you can customize however you like. 

COOL COLORS - FEBRUARY

Check out some fun possibilities for February with cards from the 4 different Life Documented card sets, with a mixture of pink, teal, red, and colorful hearts for a touch of and whimsy.

DOCUMENT YOUR LIFE!

One thing I love about our planner system is it easily incorporates your day to day planning plus memory keeping, even if you're not a scrapbooker.   It's so easy to highlight some of your favorite memories and photos - no scrapbooking involved!  Our system is unique in that our planner albums include the divided pocket pages,  perfect for adding some of your favorite photos and 3x4 & 4x6 cards.

You can see here how I simply used the pocket pages included in the planner, a few Life Documented SN@P! cards and photos that I easily printed from my phone using a quick app from my local drugstore, to highlight some of my memories from the month.  The back of the January Monthly Divider is the perfect place to record a few highlights from the month, along with a few label stickers from the collection.  Because the planner has rings, I can add as many pages as I want.  When my planner starts to become full I'll start to store my monthly divider pages and pocket pages in a separate album so I can easily flip through and have memories recorded for each month.

PLAN YOUR PAGES

If memory keeping is your thing, then we also have really cool inserts enabling you to easily plan your 12x12 layouts and Pocket Page spreads - the Life Documented Planning Inserts.  These inserts feature a grid to sketch your pages, along with lists for products to use, memorabilia to include and notes. 

In addition, there's a journaling page for each week that you can use jot down notes and highlights for each day of the week.  Whether you're a pocket page scrapbooker or a traditional scrapbooker, this is a great tool to help you document your life.

TIP:  We designed the squares on these inserts to represent a double-page spread - with grid marks to represent an inch - so you can easily sketch your own pocket page configurations or 12x12 pages.  It's easy to do using the side of our planner bookmark to make even lines!

Here are the two 12x12 pocket pages I created after I had used the Life Documented Planning Inserts to plan my pages - it made it so quick and easy to put my pages together after only a few minutes spent planning & sketching!

FREE PRINTABLES!

Now we get to the really fun part!  We've designed these FREE printables for February to coordinate with your Life Documented planner.  Even better, we'll be offering free printables each month!  

Click here to download February's Free Life Documented Printables

There are a 5 free printables this month, including:

February Month in Review
Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See Checklist
Project Planner
Recipes to Try/Music to Check Out Checklist
Books to Read/Movies to Watch Checklist

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

Thanks so much for letting me share my insight and vision for our Life Documented Planner system - it's a dream come true for me to finally have my dream planner.  I already feel like my life is so much more organized.  I hope you're inspired to plan and organize your life with our Life Documented Planner system as well!   See you back here next month!

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Traditionally folks make resolutions at the start of a New Year, but the planner in me bucks that trend. Instead, I make lists – lots of them! Things I want to accomplish, healthy goals, places I want to go, a honey-do list, and learning targets.

I started my 2015 list with a blank page from the Life Documented Basics Inserts pack and decorated it with letter and icon stickers from the collection.

The calendar stickers separate each of the main categories and represent the most important things on the goal list.

Here is an overview of how I use the monthly calendar pages. I note important appointments and celebrations here.

I use icon stickers to highlight the theme of the month and some calendar stickers to remind me of important things coming up. I like adding a sticky note to the side for notes and changes.

I’ve been using the Weekly planner inserts to capture a quick snapshot of the most important weekly goals and appointments. I kept this streamlined, adding a few pops of color with washi tape and a handful of calendar stickers. I love how I can turn to this page and see my entire week in one spot.

The Life Documented Planning Inserts are the perfect spot for jotting down design ideas and keeping track of photos to be printed.

Instead of writing down a daily account on these planner sheets, I use them to journal about the stories I want to highlight that month. Instead of plugging in a date, I write down the main subject and highlight with a light gray brush marker. It’s a great way to document the day to day things that are sometimes lost as time passes.

Finally, a sneak peek of the theme I chose for the coming week. I used a palette of grey and yellow. It’s my small attempt at brightening up a bleak time of the year. This is exactly what I love most about the Life Documented Planner – how it can be custom decorated to fit my needs (and wants)!

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This past weekend my family and I took a day trip to the EMP (Experience Music Project) and I managed to take over 200 pictures! I wanted to put my favorites in an album, but I admit I was feeling overwhelmed at the task. Then I pulled out the new 4x6 SN@P! Binder and my entire album came together in under an hour. 

One of my favorite features of this album are the different size Pocket Pages (which are included). I love the layered look of 3x4, 4x4, and 4x6 photos stacked on top of each other.  I am going to need to stock up on these sizes!

I used the new Gold SN@P! Pack inside the album.  The metallic, kraft, and black colors worked perfectly with the "rock n' roll" photos, and are very on trend right now.

I added a single page of journaling, but to save time I mostly let the photos speak for themselves.

With the different Pocket Page configurations it was possible to place up to 12 photos in a single spread, which was definitely an easy way to get all of my photos in the album instead of sitting on my computer.

The EMP has many different sections such as music, movies, and games.  I divided up my album much like the themes of the rooms in the museum.  I ended with my favorite section which was movie costumes and props.  They even had the hat from the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, and the glove from the 6-fingered man in The Princess Bride.  

I've enjoyed sharing my album with you today, and I hope it helps show how quickly an album can come together using Pocket Pages and a SN@P! Pack!

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Hi there! Suzanna here to share with you two layouts I created using the utterly amazing I AM and Say Cheese II collections! These collections are available to retailers now so be sure to stop in and snatch them up before they are gone! They are sure to disappear quickly.
 
My first layout is about my daughter, Mia. I am very fortunate that her name uses the same letters "I am" and I was able to use the very plentiful "I am" stickers for her name in the title of the layout. I used the 6x12 element page cut apart and reconstructed around the picture for this layout. Sometimes, based on the direction that your subject is facing, you need a little shifting and manipulating as I did here.
 
 
The bulk of the embellishing of this layout was done utilizing stickers, smaller chipboard pieces, Washi Paper Tape, Bradz and Enamel Dots to "supplement" the labels found on the 6x12 Element page. Some of the defining characteristics that don't really apply to an 8 year old I chose to cover with elements that were more appropriate. In many ways, this is my journaling. I just wrote on a small piece of washi at the bottom of the layout where the picture was taken and the date.
 
 
The bottom of this 6x12 picture was white space and a bit distracting.   Cutting the banner from a 4x6  card was the perfect cover up. It provided me with a space to put the title of my layout with further embellishments.
 
 
The next layout that I would like to share with you today I created utilizing the Say Cheese II collection. Our first trip to a Disney theme park was to Disneyland California when my kids were rather little.  I'm not sure that the "grandness" of it all really struck the kids. Honestly, I'm not sure they really knew who half of the characters were.  We aren't big TV watchers and so they would have had little exposure to the characters. This layout is of their first visit to Disney and their first "encounter" with Mickey.
 
 
Again, with this layout, the majority of the patterned papers come from Element pieces and SN@P! Cards with lots of little embellies here and there to supplement. I used the chipboard frame to frame a picture of Mickey signing the homemade autograph book that I had made the kids before we left for California.
 
 
I often find that there are elements of the patterned paper that I really like which "limit" the use of the paper if I don't cut into it. Don't be afraid to fussy cut and layer your background pieces over your pictures. Take for example the heart on the left hand side of the main pictures. If I hadn't fussy cut the inner most part of the heart, it would have been hidden underneath the picture. It's not a bad place for it to be but I wanted the full effect of the heart. The label sticker was perfect to help hold the heart layer down onto the picture.
 
 
I love using larger sized pictures for my layouts and the element pieces of these collections make scrapping larger pictures so easy! What size picture is your preference?
 
Thanks for stopping in today!

 

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Hi everyone!  Shellye along today with a perfectly adorable and "Enchanted" door hanger for any little princess in your life. 

I started with a sheet of heavy weight chipboard and an album die from Top Dog Dies, but any pre-made chipboard shape would work. Next, I cut the shape from the "Dreams Come True" paper and distressed around the edges with a walnut ink before attaching to the chipboard base.

The edge was trimmed in a pom pom ribbon along the back of the chipboard.  For a nice finishing touch, I also covered the back in a coordinating paper.

The focal point of the hanger was made with a couple of die-cut hearts from the Enchanted 6X6 Paper Pad and the center piece is a smaller chipboard shape hosting the sweet sentiment that was cut from the 4X6 Journaling Card Elements paper.

Extra dimension was added with various chipboard stickers pieces, decorative Bradz, Enamel Dots and Bits & Pieces die cuts.  To create the hanger, two holes were punched at the top and a strand of 1.5" grosgrain ribbon was strung through and then knotted at the ends.  Two boutique style bows were made and then attached above the knotted ribbon ends.  Now it's all ready for gift-giving or hanging!

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Hello scrapbooking friends!
 
I'm Sara and I'm back this month to show you some more of the new releases in the Digital Store!  There were lots of choices this month and I decided to once again work with my very favorite parts of the Simple Stories collections - the 3x4 and 4x6 cards!  I am having a blast experimenting with digital pocket pages, and have been even trying to use pocket style pages for scrapping events instead of strictly daily life.  I love making each little pocket it's own layout and mixing colors and patterns and finding just the right photos.  It is hard to narrow down which cards and patterns I want to use, though.  Simple Stories has an understanding for fun, lively colors.  
 
I started out working with the bright and sunny digital Summer Paradise Simple Set, which has so many refreshing and bright patterns, it calls to mind a warm summer day on a beach with your toes in the sand.  Which, for this Minnesota girl in the thick of winter, was a welcome change of pace! 
 
 
I dug up some pictures from our trip up to Lake Superior last summer since beach trips are few and far between for our family.  Once I found the pictures of my boys playing in the sand and in the water, I knew what I wanted to do with this collection.  I like to incorporate multicolored papers in my pages as much as I can, so this turned out really bright!  I also love to mix things up a bit sometimes and use some of the smaller square cards on a page with the traditional 4x6 and 3x4 layout by shrinking them down a little and putting them on a patterned background.  
 
I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull off a second project as I found myself stuck in a huge creative rut this month for whatever reason (or...winter).  But when the first digital SN@P! Set - the Love SN@P! Set - became available, inspiration struck and I was so excited!
 
 
I have been known to randomly stage a little "photoshoot" from time to time and so I pulled out a few things toward the end of January to do a little Valentine's Day photoshoot of my boys.  I purposely picked a day when it was nicer outside so I could use outside play as a bribe to get them to sit for pictures, since they don't often get to play outside during our frigid winters.  I knew I wanted to use the Sn@p set to document a few of the pictures I captured that day and it turned out almost exactly as I had envisioned in my head.  
 
 
I like to pop a few of the elements off the page to give it a little more of a realistic look - like I had used pop dots on them.  I scattered hearts around the whole layout with the "pop dot" effect, and even on a few of the hearts in the jar to give that card a little bit of extra dimension.  This came together so very easily for me and I was thrilled to feel inspired once again!
 
Thanks for dropping by, and happy scrapping!
Last year for Spring break we went to Disneyland for the first time as a family. I still have about a billion photos that I want to scrapbook from that quick trip! I loved Simple Stories' original Say Cheese collection and the latest Say Cheese II collection is just as awesome.
 
 
With the traditional red, black and white Disney colors, it was perfect for a ton of our Disney photos. The gold foiling in the die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack is such a fabulous touch! I also adore the Self Adhesive/wingless Bradz and the glittered gold Enamel Dots!
 
 
But some photos (think princess and the castle!) require a softer color palette. Lucky for us, Simple Stories heard the call for a girly Disney-inspired line and brought us Enchanted
 
 
Of course, Disneyland and other theme parks work well with these lines, but they are more versatile than that. Check out my layout about a photo shoot I did with my less-than-cooperative daughter.
 
 

Both of these lines are so fun and playful, feature both cute and beautiful elements and can be used for a wide variety of paper crafting projects. Besides who doesn't love having another reason to get back to Disney? ;)

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It's Kristine with you today and I am here to share a Life Documented spread featuring the LIFE DOCUMENTED collection.  It should be available at your Local Scrapbook Store - HURRY!   You are going to love the diversity of this kit to create plenty of Layouts and Pocket Page Spreads in 2015.

This is the first page in my Life Documented album for 2015. I'm doing something a bit different this year. I'm not committing to a weekly spread. This means I can do a month at a time, a week at a time or even a day at a time. I am not worried about the pocket page style that I'll be using either. It's considered more of a large "mini ablum" and I'm looking forward to creating this year and hope you'll join me!  

I started my spread using the Simple Stories Design 10 Pocket Pages. This allows me to add larger photos 4"x4" and also the standard 3"x4". The left Side of my spread has a photo of hubby and I from 2014 and a bit of journaling about the year ahead. I love that my pictures can be included with journaling on a 4x4 card.

Creating your own journal cards can be so much fun.  I used 4x6 and also 3x4 cards and created my own. I added 1" strips and sewed them to cut up 4x6 cards. Super easy to do and gives you a unique touch to your page using all the wonderful Simple Stories Cards. 

 

Since my spread is about the entire Month of January 2015 I wanted to add photo and journaling but not have this on a few spreads so I typed directly underneath my pictures!

The Right Side of my spread has the same format as the Left.   I did a picture collage on one of my photos to showcase the great day we had at the Clay Café. This is a place I bring my nieces when I visit. We have a blast and always look forward to getting our fired clay pieces.  

Below is an example of a journal card I created using a 4x6 card cut to fit below the " Week In Review " title. I added a tag for my journaling and created little embellishment details with the Life Documented Washi Paper Tape. So Easy!

This collection is so much fun to play with. I hope you enjoyed my Life Documented post today and I hope you enjoy creating with your Simple Stories Life Documented Collection!

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Hello everyone, Chantalle with you again and I’m looking forward to sharing a couple of layouts I’ve created, using the truly beautiful I AM... and Enchanted collections.
 
First up, is this page entitled ‘I am perfectly imperfect'. I think the reason we are so smitten with the ‘I Am’ collection is that it resonates will all of us. Not only is it a beautiful line, but the sentiments expressed pertain to our every day lives. We all have our fears, our eccentricities and instead of dwelling on them, it’s a happy reminder to be comfortable in our own skin!
 
 
I have stitched together a couple of different elements to create my base layer. Using a sheet of ’Thankful’ 12x12 paper underneath, I then went about trimming the diagram section from the 6x8 elements paper and placing it in the centre towards the bottom. As you can see, I have printed my journalling directly onto this section, using my home printer. Finally, I have placed a 6x4 SN@P! card in complimentary hues at the top, leaving a small gap for interest. Everything was then machine stitched down.
 
 
Various elements have been strategically placed onto the journalled sheet. Some stickers have been raised onto foam tape, some ephemera stitched over the top. I have used the prompts on the stickers to remind myself of the things I want to remember this year. I just love the gold touches in this collection!
 
 
One of my favourite things I like to do with enamel dots is highlight patterns. Pop an enamel dot over a spotted pattern or use it as the centre of a floral print to add definition.
 
 
Experiment with tucking your die cuts in and over other objects on your page. A great way to make your stash go further is to cut things in half... There’s no point wasting a great bit of a die cut that no-one can see anyway!
 
In this next page, I have pulled out all the elements I could find in the yellow and green hues from the Enchanted collection, to tell a wedding love story. I especially love that rose pattern. Doesn’t it evoke imagery of Sleeping Beauty waiting for her dashing Prince?!
 
 
The floral print, inspired me to create a bramble (just like in the storybook!) using my Silhouette Cameo, where I have tucked lots of elements inside, including my photo.
 
 
Some machine stitching adds texture along with a mix of elements, like the glitter enamel dots (SO yum!) metallic sheen from the gorgeous silver foil elements and metal bradz. 
 
 
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then you are going to be serious BFF’s with this collection! Layer chipboard frames over parts of a print to highlight them, like on this sheet from the 6x6 paper pad.
 
 
An awesome touch is the various sizes and circular shapes included in the washi paper, that also have some sentiments printed onto them. Here I have placed the thicker size of the yellow floral tape onto some plain cardstock, then raised it with some foam tape. Layer another piece of washi over the top to create your own layered stickers.
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
 

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Hi friends!  It's Layle here with you today :)  We hope you had a fabulous Valentine's Day celebrating with friends and family.

We have a treat for you today!  Design team member Vicki Boutin recently designed and taught a workshop in Puerto Rico using our Hugs & Kisses Simple Set.  She's sharing the projects and instructions - because she loves us AND you!

Simple click here to download the project & instruction sheet.  Enjoy!

 

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