Hello everyone! Florence here! From my previous blog post you might have seen me write about how I want to do 32 new adventures and 52 new memories. I’m kicking off my 4th adventure by going to Japan!!! I am obsessed with this country and went for the first time at the end November. 

I feel like sometimes life just passes us by. Some of us just settle- even when we’re unhappy. And I was truly unhappy. I was miserable actually. So I decided to book my dream vacation and it was the best decision of my life. While I was still in Japan I decided to check tickets in April for Sakura Season (Cherry Blossom Season) and low and behold I scored a ticket for $430! Round trip!!! I couldn’t believe it. 

Unfortunate news- sometimes things don’t go as planned and Sakura Season was no longer here since the cherry blossoms bloomed early. Womp womp womp. But I decided that this trip was going to be more relaxing for me. 

I’ve been on the go lately with no rest. Especially the month leading into this trip. I wanted to create a Simple Bucket List with items I may or may not achieve (which I was content with). The number one on my bucket list was Tokyo Disneyland Resort. So just as long as I achieved that, I was golden!

I couldn’t wait to use the travel notes line. I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I was excited to use this finally!! I created two spreads- my bucket list layout and a journaling page! I pre-made these pages before I left so it was easy for me to travel on the go without bringing too many things. 

Surprisingly I only brought a small bag of stationery/ craft items with me. My favorite things on this trip was definitely visiting the Mt. Fuji Area and Tokyo  Disneyland. 

What do you have planned for your next adventure?

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There are so many beautiful new collections available at Simple Stories that the hardest part is deciding which one to work with. With Mother's Day just around the corner I couldn't resist reaching for the Mama Llama Collection!

This collection is a mix of pastels - think blue, green, pink and yellow with accents in chocolate thrown in for drama! The images include llamas (of course) with flowers and hearts for Mom, streamers and banners to celebrate her, and some Southwestern accents to set the scene. 

The 12" collection pack has everything you need to make lots of pretty cards! There are a few sheets of journaling cards to cut out and use as the focal point of your design as well as a sticker sheet for embellishments.  

I cut some of the images with a circle die cut, but a punch would work just as well. I powder the back of the stickers to release the adhesive, and then attach them with foam tape to add dimension. 

The sticker sheet has lots of cute sentiments like "I love my mama" and "save the drama for your mama". These cute llamas and whimsical sentiments are sure to make you smile.

What a fun way to thank Mom for all she does and let her know you appreciate all the good things about yourself that you got it from her!   

 

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I Am a Mom!

Hello Simple Stories friends and fans!  Nathalie with you today with a new layout that speaks to my soul using the beautiful I AM collection.   

I don't know about you, but i can not get enough of all the florals in the I Am collection ( plus if you have seen my work before, then you know i am a sucker for florals!).  So what better way to showcase them than to fussy cut them and use them  as the focal point of a layout.

For this page, my idea was to have all the flowers as if they were wrapped around the picture.  So i cut a large strip of the 4x6 horizontal and 4x6 vertical elements and stitched them together, and then used a bit of cardstock to propped this on the center of the b side of the Walnut/Cream Dot paper from the Sn@p basics.

Then used some quality time with my detailing scissors just fussy cutting floral designs from a few of the papers from the collection and the 6x8 paper pad

Once i set the picture on the vertical strip of paper, a bit of foam adhesive was used to layer the florals and embellishments.  I tried my best to create the illusion of the flowers wrapping around the paper strip.

The butterflies help guide the eye across the layout which helped to add lots of small word stickers and ephemera that tell the story of the picture, "motherhood"

Finally the title was created using some of the Chipboard stickers, and the Sn@p Color Vibes Light letter stickers ( which match the tones in the florals).   A few stamped sentiments using the rotaty stamp complete this page.

I love this page, it tells the story of the past 18 years of my life.  Trust me, the I AM collection is perfect to create those unique stories about you, just the way you want to tell them.  So don't forget to check it at your scrapbooking store.

 

XOXO

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Hi everyone, Kelly here with a new blog all about my Crafty Girl Travelers Notebook (TN). For a while I wanted to dedicate a TN for all my craft projects. I wanted a place to write down ideas for special projects, spreads and layouts. But also a place to write down measurements, techniques and swatches of all my inks and pens. When I saw the ‘Crafty Girl’ collection I immediately thought about this project and started decorating my Aztec TN.

For decoration purposes only, I filled the front pockets with papers and bits and pieces from the collection. I covered one of my notebooks with a scrapbook paper and added a 3x4 card.

For the opening page in the notebook I made a special spread using the word Create and the ‘Hand made’ paper. I punched different sizes butterflies from the different colors of the paper and placed them in the same rainbow order as the paper. Love the end result!

I used some tab stickers from the combo sticker sheet for the different sections of my notebook. In the first section I will write down all the measurements I need while planning. For example, I made templates and noted the measurements of the monthly and vertical weekly boxes for A5 planner inserts. I attached the templates with washitape on the page. This way I can easily grab them when I need them for a spread.

Lastly, I made an opening page for the swatches of all my color pens, brushpens, inks, etc. The collection has some awesome stickers and ephemera to match this theme, such as pencils and inkpads. In the pages behind this opening page I will swatch all my colors as a reference for use in my planner and projects.

For now, the setup of my Crafty TN is done and I can easily add more measurements, techniques, ideas etc!

Have a lovely day!

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Wedding photos are one of my favorite memories to scrapbook because they are a reminder of the love and joy of that day!   Always & Forever is a timeless collection full of class and beauty without being over the top!  The bonus is that it can be used for other similar events such as proms, dances, or anniversaries!  I  chose this favorite photo of my daughter when she was a flower girl for our niece's wedding. The photographer caught her spinning in her pretty dress before the ceremony like many little girls love to do!

​I  began with a grey/black ombre sheet of cardstock from Bazzill for my background cut file (Circle Heart Mask from Paper Issues). I  wanted to incorporate as many of the beautiful patterns as I  could so I  used my circle hand punch to place papers behind each circle on the die cut.  For my title, I  used the "Live Happy" cut file (#227456) from Simple Stories found in the Silhouette Shop and cut from gold foil cardstock.  I  thought it would go perfect with the gold foil accents found on the embellishments! 

I  added small embellishments from the Bits and Pieces pack as well as the 6x12 Chipboard on a few of my circles to accent. I    also love these sentiment stickers found in the 4x6 Sticker Sheets!  I  use them on all of my projects! 

​I  also love to tuck items like this cute tag under my photos! The Bits and Pieces packs always have a few coordinating tags just for accent or to journal!  You can also see the gorgeous "best day ever" chipboard "banner as well as gold foil chipboard heart! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Check out this collection by going to the products page! And don't forget to look at all of the fun new releases! Have a great day!

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It’s Odessa with a cute 4x6 album I’ve put together with some photos from a recent weekend road trip with my family using the Simple Stories Bliss Collection! Even thought it’s still pretty snowy, I picked Bliss because of it’s light spring-y feel for our spring break road trip to Minneapolis. I kept things simple with lots of all sorts of stickers - words, phrases, chipboard and more! Bliss has lots of super usable phrases and icons that were easy to match up with pictures.

I love the plain chipboard cover of the 4x6 SN@P! binders! I went with a teal spine and decorated it with some cut down cardstock in a nice wood grain and added some of the Bits & Pieces and stickers to personalize it.

The first page of the album is my favourite! The left pocket is more cut down cardstock. I love the handy photo crops so I can see exactly what I am cutting and get it the right size. I used some of the Basics alpha stickers and embellished with some stickers from the Bliss 4x6 sticker pack to make a title. On the right I used an iced coffee cup with an illustration of Minnesota, again cut with the photo crops with a cute heart from the chipboard stickers. See through elements are so fun to add to mini albums!

Throughout the album I used coffee sleeves or cups cut down as dividers for each day. For the sleeves, I cut down cardstock to the same size and glued it to the back so I could add some journalling.

The cardstock in the Bliss collection is really really pretty so I let it shine on this spread, cut down to 4x4 with a simple chipboard sticker on it. I added some more stickers to the photos on the spread for an easy but cute layout.

Throughout the mini album I used lots of the Basics alpha stickers as a focal point and word strips to capture how I felt about this pictures. Here I also used one of the 3x4 elements to fill up my pockets and quiet down a busy spread.

This is my second favourite spread in the album. A cute picture from our trip that goes really well with Bliss on one side and one of my favourite quotes of the trip from my younger son using the Basics alpha stickers again.

Here I used one of the photo flips. When we go on trips I collect bits and pieces of ephemera to go with my pictures and this cut out from a fast food tray liner was perfect in the photo flip above our lunch picture. I just folded down the sticky edge of the photo flip and attached it  to the back of the page protector.

When we go on trips, I always pick up some film for my instant camera for my older son. He loves taking pictures with it and I love seeing things from his point of view! I added his favourite ones to a 3x4 photo booklet and slid the back of it into one of the page protector pockets for a quick flip book. It was the perfect way to add in his pictures.

I had so much fun making this mini album. There are so many fun sizes of page protectors and accessories that it’s easy to add all of my pictures and things into an album.

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Hello friends. María here showing a new month to edit bullet journal.  I know, it's still early to think in May, but I could not wait to use the I Am ... collection.  Also, May is my birthday month. I hope to inspire you and if you wish you can visit my instagram to see my weekly.
 
 
This is the insert I use to edit my future log. The 6 x 8 paper pad helped me decorate, I ripped the paper and combined with the clear stickers. I love how it looks!
 
 
For the interior cover I made a pocket, the designs of this collection are so beautiful that I found it difficult to decide which one to use. I cut out some rectangles of decorated paper to write the month.
 
 
I have decorated the collections of this month with strips of decorated paper, ripped paper, washi tape and clear stickers, which I love. I also used some 4 x 6 stickers to complete my gratitude log, I think they are perfect for this.
 
 
I have decorated my monthly in the same way, but I added some motivating phrases for the clear stickers. I'm sure it helps me meet my goals.
 
 
Finally my weekly. I use two, the first is to organize my work beforehand. The second is to take notes and to do lists.

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Hello friends.  Iris here with a layout using the I Am collection. Have you ever fallen head over heels in love with a piece of patterned paper?  When I first got the this collection in my hands, I squealed in delight with each piece I took out of the box.  But when I saw the typewriter text print with rose gold foiling of the Focusing on the Good paper, I gasped! I knew immediately I couldn't cut it up.  I had to use it as a complete background.

To help all the elements stand out against the dark background, I started with off-white acrylic paint that I dabbed on lightly with a makeup sponge so that it remained translucent enough for the background words to show through.  I thinned some of the paint down with water and used a round paint brush to splatter big droplets. Inspired by the water color circle sentiments in the Clear Sticker pack, I also watered down acrylic paint in aqua, pink, green, and yellow shades, and used the packaging technique to create some splotches. Then I stitched a few lines radiating out from the center.  

Now my base was ready to add all the elements to. I cut the yellow flower and black and cream papers from the 6x8 pad to layer behind my photo.  I'm really loving the scale of the patterns in those pads!  I was going for a mostly symmetric design radiating from the center, so I divided my title above and below the photo.  I used the lovely rose gold foiled "I Am" from the Bits & Pieces pack. The "Me" was cut with my Cameo from the b-side of the 4x6 cut-apart sheet using one of my favorite fonts called Miss Elizabeth. (downloaded from the Silhouette store)  I hand stitched around it to make it pop and to personalize it even more because stitching is one of my things. 

I had so much fun picking the icons and words that really resonate with me and arranging them in a swirling cloud around the photo.  My brain is always swirling with stuff, so I feel this design captures my personality really well.  I used something from every pack in this collection. The "making it happen" was a square from the 4x6 Stickers, but I punched it out with a 1" circle punch so that it could match the others.  

To fill in some of the gaps and create a bit of clustering, I sprinkled lots of hearts around.  I can't decide if the rose gold are my favorite, or the buffalo plaid and striped ones.  I love them all!  One final bit of whimsical touch is a string of pom-poms from my stash I've had at least 8 years.  Great to finally use it and I like how it underscores "I Am".

The I Am collection is so beautiful and inspiring, I'm absolutely smitten with it!  It's full of soft colors, accents of black and glorious rose gold, and tons of affirming sentiments, making it the perfect collection for documenting ourselves.

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It’s Cara today from the Carpe Diem team and I love making my own traveller’s notebook inserts! Usually I use plain, lined or dotted paper for my pages. This time, I was inspired by the free ‘I Am’ printables to use those as the pages. 

Using Photoshop, I trimmed each page, made them into a PDF and then printed them as a booklet in Adobe Reader. This worked for the most part, only there’s a white border around the edges of the pages. My printer won’t let me print the pages of a booklet all the way to the edges of the paper. I’ll have to try a different technique next time.

I used the I Am… collection to match the printables and I started with the ‘Staying Positive’ paper as the cover and stitched down the middle of the whole lot before folding it all in half and trimming the pages to size. 

Since spring is still too shy to poke her nose out here in Luxembourg, I thought I’d try and coax her out with some flowers and butterflies. So after layering washi, paper and a sticker for a border, I added a floral tag and stickers and topped it all off with a chipboard butterfly.

I love to add pockets to the inside of my inserts. These are great for tucking away spare Project Life cards, stickers, receipts and memorabilia. I added some cards cut from one of the cut apart sheets. 

Pockets are easy to make, just take a strip of paper the height of your pocket and about 2 inches wider than the size needed and accordion fold each side down to size. Stick down the two sides and the bottom, being careful not to glue the folded bits together, and voila!

More butterflies are added here to further invite spring! One sticker and 4 die cuts. The die cuts are only adhered down the middle and I bent the wings up to make it look like they’ll take flight at any minute. A few more stickers and die cuts and the pocket is complete.

The ‘I Am…’ page is my favourite from the printables. I love capturing the everyday moments of life. They are what make life rich and wonderful and I love looking back over pages like this to see what I had been up to at that time in my life. Life seems to move slowly, but really it does change quite quickly, so these little records become priceless peeks into our own story.

I added a layered washi border to cover up the white border left by my printer and then layered some stickers to finish it off. What are you loving? liking? doing? etc…

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I absolutely love this travel line Travel Notes by Simple Stories. The colors are so cute and go with everything!!! 

I created this cute page layout and left the pictures off so you could imagine your own cute photos on this page..... it could go with a cruise, road trip, hiking just about anything!!! 

 I also made these cute wood blocks to put on one of my shelfs to decorate for the summer next to a fun vacation picture. 

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Hello friends.It’s Kylie with you all today sharing how I have set up my Grape, Carpe Diem Planner for April. I have the boxed A5 Grape planner and I have teamed it with the new ‘Bliss’ collection by Simple Stories. Being boxed, my planner already had a gorgeous selection of dividers and stickers come with it in the Bliss theme. So to combine all of this, really creates some lovely additions to my planner.

The delicate pastels of the Bliss collection really stand out in my Grape planner. I had a lovely time creating extra dashboards, using the A5 divider templates. I love having my planner pockets full and store a lot of my stickers and die cuts in them.

I created an extra pocket at the back of my first divider. Perfect for storing more stickers and receipts etc, in. Here you can also see one of the dividers my planner came with, complete with gold foil acetate overlay. Love it!

Here is a look at my monthly view pages. I love adding extra details and have made some flowers from a punch as well as some leaves. I’ve layered different papers for the extra colour.

I have used the banner date stickers from the Date Stickers Tablet. I love all the different colour selections to choose from. These fitted nicely as did the printed box stickers, from the Bliss Sticker Tablet.

I loved the banner stickers from the Bliss Sticker Tablet and have used them in my weekly pages. I love how orderly it makes my planning appear, being in point form.

With all these gorgeous die cuts and papers in the collection, I just can’t resist adding lots of tags and tip ins to my pages also.

I have also been using some Alpha dies to punch my own lettering from the patterned paper. I love the contrast it gives my pages.

Another dashboard I have created. It sits in between some of my weekly pages for colour.

I have also created a page mark using some of the 3 x 4 elements paper as a background. I’ve also fussy cut some of the beautiful blooms from the ‘Be the Good’ paper and centred them with some pearls I had in my stash.

Another element I loved adding were some Butterfly paperclips. I fussy cut some of the Butterfly’s from the ‘Enjoy the Ride’ paper, and sandwiched a paperclip in between. These were actually quite addictive to make!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my April planning today and it inspires you a little with your own.

Until next time,

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Hello Simple Stories fans!

Marcia here today with a fun layout created with the awesome Travel Notes collection. This collection is perfect for documenting your wanderlust adventures. A couple years ago, my daughter was fortunate enough to spend a summer backpacking across Europe with a friend. They started their adventure in Dublin Ireland. These photos were some of the first ones she sent to me.

I created a cluster of embellishments in the lower right corner of my layout with the Itinerary tag to document the location. You can see stickers, chipboard elements, and some of the Bits & Pieces die cuts all deliciously layered on top of each other.

I used a digital cut file for my title cutting Adventure twice, the second time from the map pattern paper. I popped it up with some foam tape and added some fun clear stickers, phrase stickers, and more chipboard.

The compass point was fussy cut from pattern paper. I love how it looks with my title layered over the top.

A smaller cluster of embellishments is located in the lower left. I used phrase stickers on top of my photos and added the wanderlust and car from the clear stickers pack.

I love how this turned out. I know that the Travel Notes collection will be perfect for documenting your adventures too. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Hello Planner Friends! This is Rachel and I am so happy to share another planner blog post with you. Today, I am going to show you my personal-size planner that I use to document daily happy moments.

Can I just take a moment and say how perfect this little planner is? First, the color - if I could only have one color of planner (gasp!), it would definitely be this Robin’s Egg Blue! It goes with everything and makes me so happy every time I look at it! And while some personal-size planners can feel too small, this planner is perfect, with its slightly wider size and inserts. I keep this planner on my bedside table so I can easily work in it at the end of each day.

When I saw the Crafty Girl line, I knew I wanted to give this little planner a facelift using this colorful and cheerful collection. Those pockets were begging for some decoration. I used a few scraps from the 6x8 papers to back up a few of the bits and pieces die cuts.

 

I decided to make some monthly dividers using the 6x8 paper pad, the new personal planner dividers templates, and the tabs sticker tablet with decorations from the Crafty Girl Collection Kit.

I love this quote from Alice Morse Earle: “Every day may not be good...but there's something good in every day”. This pint-size planner helps me document those good little moments so I don’t forget them. Maybe it was a good workout, time with friends, a good moment at work or even just quality time with the husband. Documenting these moments helps me thank my lucky stars and focus on the good, rather than dwelling on the bad.

Something I love about the Craft Girl Collection is its versatility. The colors, patterns, and stickers can be used for more than just documenting your crafty life. But the crafty sayings also inspire me to get my crafty on! I know that spending time crafting helps me relax. Plus, the more I do it, the more I want to keep doing it!

Since I’m usually working in this planner at night, I have a little planner “kit” for myself to limit my supplies. That way, I spend less time choosing decorations and more time documenting.

Along with Crafty Girl Items, I also keep the new Sticker Tablets close at hand for dating the pages and adding little icons here and there.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed getting to peek into my personal “good in every day” planner. How do you document the goods things in your life? Comment below, I would love to hear from you!

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Hello my fellow crafters!! Jackie G here again with a super fun project to share with you today!!  I don’t know about you, but mini albums are so fun to make!!  The album I am sharing with you today was inspired using the tutorial by Frances of Your Book of Memories.  You can find a link to her tutorial HERE. This album holds so many photos, it’s unbelievable!!! Check it out!!

I plan to give this mini album to a friend so wanted to create a matching card to go with the gift.  I used the gorgeous I Am collection to create both the album and card. 

Okay, lets get started!! First, I created a thick belly band to keep my album closed.  I didn’t have any magnet closures so had to get super creative!!  I opted to specifically use some of the chipboard elements to decorate my belly band as they are very sturdy.  I wanted to make sure nothing could bend as this piece will get a lot of traffic.  I made sure to keep the entire cover, spine and back flat so nothing would catch on the band.

This album has so many fun features including and big accordion pocket, hidden pockets, and two waterfall features that can hold both 3x4 and 4x6 photos!!  Like I said before, you get a lot of real estate in this mini!!

The accordion pocket has a ½” gusset which allows for lots of storage!!  The storage possibilities for this giant pocket are endless!! You can put photos, memorabilia, notepads, pretty much anything!! Again, I didn’t have any magnets so created a paperclip closure with some of the butterfly chipboard elements and some ribbon.

I also created paperclip closures to keep my waterfall features closed.  Didn’t want them flopping around!! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!!  I hope you enjoyed these projects!! Have a wonderful crafty day!!

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Hello Simple Stories fans and welcome back to the blog today! When the first release of I AM was released it was an instant hit. One of my all-time favourites! The 2018 version is equally divine and I was so inspired, I’ve created two pages for you today… one traditional and one digital.

The beautiful butterflies in this collection have really caught my eye as you can see! Die cut shapes combined with some butterfly-shaped brushes form part of a bold title as well as build up interest with embellishments. I’ve given a white background a bit of texture and paired it with some pretty pink lined paper with a torn effect. I really like this self reflective page and don’t really know why I don’t do more digital scrapping! New digital collections are released very soon after paper ones so keep an eye on the Simple Stories Digital Store!

The Digital Supplies I used are

D10024-1 I Am Digital Designer Cardstock

D10024-2 I AM Digital Elements

D10025 I Am Digital Stickers

 

THIS IS ME (traditional page):

The I AM collection is not just for scrapping ourselves but the cuties in our lives like my little Miss E, looking adorable on holiday in 2013.

For the base, I’ve used a floral cut file from the Simple Stories collection available in the Silhouette store. I’ve used a sheet of ‘Living Vibrantly’ for the floral shape as the gentle watercolour wash pattern was beautifully subtle underneath the image and embellishments.

I pulled out lots of the butterfly shapes, be it as cardstock stickers, chipboard stickers and ephemera from the Bits & Pieces pack.

For the rounded photo, I used my clever Circle Photo Crops to bring attention to the most important element in this photo, lol.  I’m sure you will agree with me that the white space around her head was unecessary.) The circular shape also softens the page and echoes the mild circular shapes in the die cut shape.

The devil is in the details! Little sticker hearts, some machine stitching and the stamping peeking out from underneath the cut file = heart eyes!

Wishing you lots of fun with your I AM collection!

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 When I first glance at the new Color Wash A5 planner, it makes me think of macarons. I love all the fun colors. I think the Crafty Girl collection matches this planner perfectly.

 As soon as I saw the crafty girl with a bun and glasses, I knew I wanted to use her for my dashboard since she kinda looks like me. I have the same color glasses.

  I added a strip of pink ribbon at the bottom to dress it up a little bit more.

I always like to decorate my planner pockets. I start by picking some bits & pieces and chipboard pieces and arrange them how I like it. It's all about balance and appeal.

I truly enjoy creating my monthly layout. Having so many beautiful pieces makes it easier and more fun.

The new Number sticker tablet has so many different designs that it can go with many different collections.

 I decided to use the pink color number stickers for my monthly layout.

 There are so many more pieces and elements that I can use to create more layouts in the future.

 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy viewing my planner set up. Hope to see you next time.

 

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It's been a few years since my son and daughter-in-law got married, but a small gift album had been on my to do list for a while.  I wanted a 4x6 album with some of our favorite photos from the big day, and I knew the Always and Forever collection would be perfect for this project.

 

I kept the album simple and used clear stickers on photos and pocket cards.

 
 
The die cuts, chipboard stickers, and element cards helped make the album fun, and added space for journaling that I wanted to record.
 
 
 
I especially love the page above.  Although you can't tell in the photo, I wish you could see the pretty gold foil on the die cuts!
 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and taking a peak into my mini album!  The products I used for this project are:

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Hi, Scrappers! Jana Eubank here today with a new page using the Welcome Spring collection.

One of my favorite things about Simple Stories is the beautiful floral papers in each of their collections. I LOVE fussy-cutting out the flowers and using them to decorate my page.

On this page, the flowers are the most colorful thing on the page. I placed them at the top of the page to accent my journaling ...

... and at the bottom of the page to call attention to my photo.

A strip of black and white striped paper (Hello Spring paper) anchors the photo and title.

Brighten up your Spring on your next project with beautiful florals and Simple Stories!

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