Hello Simple Stories fans and Happy New Year!
 
The last 12 months have seen some amazing changes in my little world and I’m so excited to see what this new year has in store for us all! 
I’m kicking off the year with this self reflective layout using the beautiful black, white and gold theme of the ‘2018' Simple Set.
 
 
To draw the eye, I decided to use a section of white cardstock against the contrasting black and white stripe of a sheet of ‘Below Zero’. There is a gold spot printed on to this paper and I have used some gold sequins over them to add a bit of sparkle to the right side of the page.
 
 
The design was based on a sketch which had circles across the centre. I’ve used a circle punch on either end of the four circles and used different sized circles for interest. The numbers 2018 were cut out of the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements.
 
 
I’ve paired the page with some elements from one of my all-time favourite collections, The Reset Girl. The inspiring messages and boss babe imagery are perfect for a layout about the possibilities that lie before us!
 
 
Wishing you an amazing 2018. Go get it girls!
 

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Hello! It's Lisa Dickinson here today sharing a layout on the last day of 2017! I absolutely love mixing papers from different lines to create a unique look for my page, and Simple Stories makes that so easy. The colors and patterns in each collection are made for mixing and coordinate seamlessly, making it a cinch to pull patterns from any line and get a cohesive look!

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This holiday page uses products from the Very Merry and Sub Zero collections - don't they look great with each other? I added some of the non-traditional holiday patterns and colors from the Sub Zero line with the classic red & green papers in Very Merry for this unique look.

 

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This cute chipboard snowman gets dressed up with a few enamel dots added as buttons.

 

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And this moose die-cut gets a Christmas flourish with the addition of a small red button!

 

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The script title is one of the Simple Stories electronic cut files available in the Silhouette store - I simply cut only the "Christmas" portion of the "Merry Christmas" file.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year's Eve and wonderful 2018!

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Where has December gone!  It is hard to believe we just celebrated Christmas, and what better way to document those memories than to use the super fun and gorgeous "Oh What Fun" collection.

This picture of my littles was fun and playful (even when it is a bit blurry!), so I wanted to create a soft background for the page, and pulled a cut file from Just Nick Studio.   All those small holly berries and branches bring some texture to the page.

To bring playfulness to the page, I chose to create a colorful and large title, for this I pulled the Merry Wishes cut file from Just Nick Studio and used all the papers from the Oh What Fun collection to back the letters.  Then cut the script word from one of the papers from the collection.

All the fun elements from the "Oh What Fun" collection are so gorgeous ( i think I am left with small pieces from the collection!) that i had to use them to highlight the picture.   Gotta love that reindeer, just like my little nephew in his antler hat.

What is not to love of the "Oh What Fun" collection!!  the designs, the colors are just perfect to document  your most beloved memories.  

Well now it is only fitting, I wish you all a Blessed New Year!  

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Happy Holiday's Everyone! Addy here on the blog today to share my planner prep for the new year! I've been working on getting my planner ready for the new year and I am excited to be using the the Mint Vintage Floral Personal Planner.

I set up the entire planner using the collection “Beautiful,” from the 12x 12 papers for my dashboards to making envelopes to store my stickers and ephemera. 

I used the ephemera and chip boards as well as washi tape to set up my pockets.

I am trying out the monthly inserts that come in the planner as well as testing the daily/ hourly insert that you can buy separately.

Now my planner is all set and ready to go for the new year!

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Hello! It's Lisa Dickinson here today, hoping everyone had a joyous holiday (and that you took lots of fun photos that are now waiting to be scrapped!) Today I'm sharing a simple page technique that's perfect for almost any festive event - a wreath of stars!

 

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I simply sketched a circle centered on the cardstock and then machine stitched several times around the circle (it doesn't need to be perfect!).

 

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Then I added die-cut stars from several of the Sub Zero and Oh What Fun! papers, which I scored from point to valley and gently folded to make them three-dimensional.

 

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Large glue dots (the 3D kind) are great for securing the stars to the page and also help keep the centers from getting smashed!

 

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A simple sticker (adhered with foam adhesive) serves as a title atop a block of typed journaling.

 

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Tuck in a few die-cut snowflakes and add a sprinkle of sequins for a wonderfully whimsical wreath!

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Hello friends! It’s Dorymar on the blog today! I am super excited to share with you a beautiful mini album I designed with the stunning O Holy Night 12x12 Simple Set. It is perfect to decorate your living room during the Holidays, put in a special place at home or to give as a present to a very special relative or friend!

For me and my family, Christmas is the most special time of the year, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. The designs and colors of this collection are perfect to document such an amazing time of the year!

On the cover, I used a Silhouette cut file to create a manger and with one of the collection’s 4x6 cards, made the image of the Birth of Jesus.

These pages are my favorite, because you can appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. You can combine the stickers with the elements of the 4 x 6 cards to create the Nativity.

The collection has golden details that highlight all the elements and colors of the season. Breathtaking!

I loved how this album came together and can’t wait to put all my special photos in it. Hope it inspired you to document your Holiday season!

Thank you for visiting the blog today! Wishing you lots of fun with your family this

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Happy day after Christmas!  We hope you've had a wonderful holiday season with family & friends. As we switch gears and look towards a new month & new year, we have some fabulous printables we're excited to share.  In A5 and Personal planner sizes as well as Traveler's Notebook too, your plans will be set to start the new year off with a bang!

 

Designed for use in your Carpe Diem A5 planner, personal planner, Traveler's Notebook, on your scrapbook pages, in your SN@P! albums & more - simply download, print, and trim.

Click HERE to visit our Project Downloads page for these free printables along with many more!

Happy New Year from all of us at Simple Stories to you and yours!

Merry Christmas from our Simple Stories family to yours.  Here's wishing you a wonderful day and a safe, happy & healthy new year!

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Hello friends! It's Jennifer and I'm back to share another layout I created using the fabulous 2018 Simple Set!  Is New Years a big event in your household? We've always kept things pretty low key and have celebrated at home with our kids.  Even if we are invited out, we usually take them with!

For my layout, "Celebrate", I  scrapped a favorite photo of my children from a friends' NYE party.  They were so happy to wear party hats and watch the ball drop in Times Square with the adults! 

How cute is this journaling card with the tassels across the top?  I  love anything that is a banner or banner-like so my eye was drawn to this pattern instantly!  I  added coordinating stickers from the 6x12 Sticker Sheet for my title and to accent my journaling.

Using my Silhouette, I  cut these fun star banners out of the festive patterns of 2018 and adhered them across the top o of my page. I  then used some of the stickers to accent as well as some enamel dots from my stash. 

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Hello there!

Nathalie with you today to bring you some inspiration for the upcoming Christmas season!   This time, I wanted to document a "classic" Santa portrait using the gorgeous "Very Merry" Collection.

To wreath that frames the background was created from a Silhouette design, and backed with papers from the Very Merry collection.  All those classic designs, and rich colors create the perfect background for the picture.

To bring the picture forward in the design, embellishments from the collection were layered in clusters around the wreath, and in clusters around the picture.

The title of this page tells the story of the layout  (this is one of my favorite pictures of my littles - a true "classic"-), and was formed using pieces from the Very Merry collection (chipboard, cardstock and clear stickers) as well as some sn@p Color Vibe Bold alphas.

The color combo, and beautiful designs are perfect to document all your Christmas memories.  Don't forget to check the Very Merry collection - you will love  it!

 

Have a blessed Christmas!!!

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This has to be one of the busiest times of the year!  We’re reuniting with friends and family.  The kids are off school, or coming home from college, and we’re running in all different directions.  There’s dinners to plan, and gifts to buy!. 

As the days start counting down to 2018 I’m filled with thoughts of how I can make this year better than the last. It’s time to reflect on accomplishments and failures of 2017.     Most of all, in 2018, I want to appreciate each moment and to live in the “now”.  I want to show appreciation for the ones I love EVERY day, and try to make a small difference to those I can help WHENEVER I can.

 
If you’If you feel the same way I think you’ll love the new Simple Stories 2018 Collection.  The 12” Collection Kit contains everything you need to make memorable cards and layouts to celebrate the coming year.  The messages are inspirational and encouraging!

The collection is a classy mix of black and white with a touch of gold.  It’s got images of clocks, balloons, fireworks and champagne flutes.  It’s a party in a package!
 

It’s a new year – a new beginning – and what you do with it is completely up to you!   Wishing you peace and love and a 2018 filled with memories to last forever!

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Hi everyone, its Meredy here getting ready for the New Year.  I know, I know it is not yet Christmas, but never too early to start planning, right?  I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to the New Year.  I have a lot to accomplish in January so I started a new planner and have been adding to it here and there over the last few weeks.

I made a quick set up for the New Year using the “2018 “ Simple Set

I haven’t done too much in the planner, but I did spend some time creating a monthly overview.  I have to be honest, I usually skip this page, but I was surprised how helpful it was to spend some time thinking about the coming month.

I put my theme for 2018 at the top (I am attempting so say “NO” more often) and a few birthdays which was a nice reminder that I better get shopping!

The bottom portion has a space for important dates and my goals for the month. 

This page didn’t take long at all, but I already feel ready for next month.  Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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I decided to document the Christmas gift that my husband and myself have treated ourselves to this year. A new coffee machine. We've been having problems with ours for so long now and as we both work from home, we do like to make decent coffee. So this little story need to be documented this Christmas.
 

 
 
I used the 'Sub Zero' collection to tell this story. The Wintery elements are just so perfect. I love a Winter line that isn't overly Christmassy. So this is perfect for me.
 
I really like the contrast here between the white card that I used and the creamy colours in this collection. For me it represents the snow in Winter along with the coziness that you feel at the same time.
 
I used one of the 6x4 and a 4x3 Element. These 12x12 Element sheets are great to cut up and use. I've layered them up here to home my photo and my journaling.
 

     
 
I really liked the idea originally of lots of white space, but once I'd created the middle section, the page just didn't look finished to me. So I continued on and used the coordinating Washi from the collection and some of the die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack. It was just what I needed to finish the page.
 
 
 
 I have a short video here of this page being created.
 
I love this paper collection so much and I love that I can use it on all my Winter stories and not just for those over Christmas.  I have so many more ideas now.
 
 

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Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today. Even though it is not even Christmas yet I have been thinking about the New Year. Have you seen the new Simple Set called 2018 yet ?  Is is so fantastic and I am beyond excited to share with you my pocket pages that I have created. 

To begin my New Years Eve pages I wanted to start out with a fun front page. I cut down one of the 12x12 pages and made it into a title page. On the other side I cut down a page protector to add some layers and interest. 

This next set of pages includes lots of photos and a fun sticker that I spread over two pockets. 

More stickers from this awesome simple set and I made some custom journaling cards.

Thanks for coming to the blog today. I want to wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

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Hello creatives! Welcome back to the Simple Stories blog. Leah here and I can't wait to show you how my December Daily traveler's notebook album is coming along! You can follow along with my progress over on my Instagram where I've been posting layouts regularly, and/or you can stay tuned to my YouTube channel where I plan to share a week of pages at a time when I reach those milestones. Today, I'd like to show you day five since it was such an eventful day. I ended up dedicating four pages to the stories.

I love using my paper scraps to add fun elements like pockets to my pages. I cut a tag out of a 6x8 paper (from the Very Merry paper pad) and journaled the story of “Queen Olivia” on the back. Tucking the tag into the pocket gave this page a fun interactive feature.

I got to spend the rest of the day with the Queen, a.k.a. my niece Olivia, which is why I have so many stories to tell for day five. These photos were from lunch – what a goofball she is. Four years old with a personality quadruple the size of her body. Never a dull moment with this silly elf around!

 

If you'd like to see a walk-through of the entire first week of my December Daily, check out the video below.

https://youtu.be/WseuweoAHEc

Completing a full week in my December Daily is a big accomplishment for me. This is the third year I've tried starting this project, but this is the first time I've gotten this far. Turns out the traveler's notebook format is a game changer for me. My TN insert is already bursting at the seams with holiday cheer!

As usual, this month is flying by, but I hope your December has been going well and that you've had some time for a little festive fun. Happy holidays friends!

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Hello! Its hard to believe another year is coming to a close! Soon we will turning the calendar and celebrating the new year!  Simple Stories' new Simple Set is the perfect collection to document your favorite NYE photos or create a layout about those New Years resolutions! I am loving the black and white colors with gold mixed in! 

For my layout, "This Is Your Year To Sparkle",  its all about yearly traditions!  We've had our own NYE countdown with our kids since they were little! We would even get out pots and pans and let them make as much noise as they would like!  I  scrapped one of my favorite photos of my daughter from one recent year.

I  began with using a fun star background cut file with white cardstock from Just Nick. I then used one of the 3x4 cards for my title from the Journaling​ Card Element Sheet that is included in the set.  Repeating patterns or shapes is a favorite technique of mine so I  got out my star punch and created a line of stars around my photo and title. ​I added in a few of the coordinating stickers from the 6x12 Sticker Sheet as well as some sequins from my stash! The little sentiments included are the perfect accent to my cluster of stars!

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Happy Christmas! Here’s a look at how I began setting up my Black Vintage Floral CarpeDiem TN, using the gloriously classic, traditional Very Merry collection by Simple Stories.

I’ve stuffed the pockets full to bursting with bits & pieces, chipboard pieces and elements from the 12x12 sheets! 

I’ve used paper from the collection to cover one of the ‘Beautiful’ inserts and decorated with pieces from the Snap pack, washi tape and alpha stickers.

Once again I’ve had fun adding, tip ins and flaps to my pages.

I wanted to include a month to view page and had such fun adding lots of stickers from the Very Merry collection and a peek a boo flap!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek inside my Christmas TN, you can find more detailed pictures on my IG account  https://www.instagram.com/heartsbyemma

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Hello!!  It's Lisa, I'm here today to show you just how much fun I've been having with the 'Sub Zero' collection. I created this 12x12 here using some Disney photos of our's taken in the Summer at the Winter Summerland Mini Golf, which is Christmas themed. I love that you get to play golf in the 90's sunshine and listen to Christmas music. There's even fake snow!!    
 
 
 
I do love a white background, but I also love to create a frame for my pages. I just feel it finishes them off. My photos really needed those thick white borders. The colours are so similar to this paper line that they would have been lost on this page otherwise. It really helps them to stand out.
 
 
 
 
I used one of the stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet and added some printed strips to create the title. I really enjoy doing this.I alternated sticking the sticker and die cut snow flakes with tape and 3d foam dots to add extra depth.
 
 
 
And this 'Snow Much Fun' was cut from one of the 3x4 Element sheets. It's what pulled this whole page together for me. Thinking of the fun that we had on that day and using the lime green which I continued throughout the page in the form of paper strips and snowflakes to bring it all together. This is the favourite part of this layout for me.
 
I do have a video here where I show everything from this collection that I have received and you can also watch this page being made by myself. I hope you enjoy.
 
This page just makes me smile. I love all the bright colours and jolly elements. It's just perfect for the fun time that we had and just goes to prove that you can still have 'Snow Much Fun' even in Florida in the hot August sun.  
 

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