Happy Fourth of July, Simple fan! Nancy here - I hope you are celebrating today and making fun summer memories.

Today's page highlight the bright and colorful Good Day Sunshine collection. I used the fun icons and ombre brights to scrapbook some of my favorite summer photos.

I created a cluster of embellishments along the left side of the page to draw the eye to what's important - the photos! I started the layers with the photo frame transparency and wood grain patterned paper. Then I added photos, die cuts, chipboard and a fun splash of enamel dots for texture.

The chipboard title is highlighted with an arrow sticker and chipboard heart just so it doesn't get lost in the bold design.

Good Day Sunshine is perfect for all of your summer celebrations - big and small! I hope that your Fourth is a happy one.

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

I'm excited to introduce you to our July guest designer AND new design team member Nicole Harper -

Here's a little bit about Nicole -

Hi! I’m Nicole Harper :)   I've been playing with paper since elementary school, when shopping for new supplies quickened my heart a beat. I spend my crafty time documenting the everyday details of my family’s fast paced life, and also love hunting for vintage finds whenever I can. I lives in Northeast Ohio with my husband Mike and daughter Allison…and am a proud soccer mama, medical professional and trusty friend. I wear my heart on my sleeve with my journaling and love to share the everyday moments that mean the most.

blog: http://seriouslybrains.blogspot.com/

Before I share Nicole's fabulous creations this month, I gave Nicole 8 prompts - here are her responses :) 

Scariest Thing – the fact that my daughter is less than 6 months from driving...where did the time go?!

Favorite Snack – I'd love to say fruit, lol...but honesty would say BBQ chips and Jersey Milk chocolate bars from Canada.

Can’t Figure Out – Photoshop Elements. I bought a help book, look up tutorials online and still only know how to do 3 things.

Match Made in Heaven – the rainbow chevron + dark woodgrain in the Good Day Sunshine collection - as soon as I saw it, I went a bit nuts.

Probably Shouldn’t Have –  ever tried a Jersey Milk chocolate bar. Please see 'favorite snack' above, lol.

Current Addiction – gold Sharpie marker..if you haven't stopped at your local Staples and made the $2 investment, DO IT.

Bringing to the Party – pasta salad or Buffalo Chicken Dip. Our friends love both, and I'm not allowed to veer off course since they crave it.

Words to Live By – 'I think I like who I am becoming'. Found this quote on Pinterest and it really struck a chord...I've worked hard on applying this to myself as well as stressing the concept of respecting yourself above all others to my daughter.

Fun, huh?!

Allrighty, now let's get to the good stuff!

Nicole's first project - It Is What It Is - along with some of her thoughts on the layout -

If you've ever seen a photo of me, you'd know how fair-skinned I am lol...which I passed on to my daughter. She was hired for her first job this summer as a lifeguard, and got burnt pretty badly during her first day of training...resulting in this selfie she took of herself all bundled in a towel while on break. I thought the 'get sunkissed' 3x4 card was perfect for this layout ;)

How about all of the great details in this next 3 project of Nicole's - two 12x12 pocket page layouts and a 3rd in our fun 2x2 Insta Square Pocket Page?!

A week long vacation at the beach paired perfectly with the Good Day Sunshine line! I love the clear photo stickers from the DIY line, and couldn't help using a few.

I love filling a pocket with a simple die cut, like this Simple Stories 'Every Summer Has a Story' from the Silhouette store. I cut it from the ombre paper to jazz it up a bit. The chevron/woodgrain pocket will be filled with the receipt for those crazy pink socks you see in the bottom photo...as soon as I find it, lol.

I LOVE the 2x2 Insta Pocket Pages for just playing with little bits & pieces. The holes line up perfectly with my 12x12 Simple Storie faux leather album, so I like to slip these in between 12x12 photo sleeves to break things up!

WOW!  Again - just love all the little details in Nicole's work; I think I could look at these again and again and see something different and totally cool each time.  You can look forward to seeing more of Nicole's work here on the blog every month.

Thanks so much Nicole for sharing your projects with us this month AND welcome to the Simple Stories Design Team!! 

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Hi everyone! Allison here with a Life Documented layout using the Sea To Shining Sea Simple Set and I've got a new sketch to share with you that combines traditional scrapbooking with the SN@P! Pocket Pages.

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

The left side of the sketch follows a traditional style of scrapbooking design and the right side uses the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3.

Here is my layout based on the sketch:

Independence Day is by far my favorite holiday. I love the food, our annual "parachute run", and most of all the fun we have together as a family. Plus, any holiday or event that involves sparklers is a win in my book!

The Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set was a great fit for my 4th of July photos. I really like that there are different shades and textures of the traditional red and blue throughout the collection.

I love using stars on my layouts. Maybe a large part of that is due to having two boys and stars just being a go-to! I like to challenge myself when I create a layout with something that I use over and over. In this case, the stars were my challenge. I wanted to find a way to use them in a way that I hadn't before.

I used small stars in columns to accent and frame the photo block on the left page.

I finished the stars with some hand stitched lines down the center of each column.

For the right page I used a combination of cards and photos with the SN@P! Pocket Page, Design 3.  I love adding little accents to the cards and photos. There are always so many fun stickers or elements to choose from in each collection.

On the "USA" card I added the celebrate sticker.

There was a lot of empty space in this photo so I added a few strips of paper and the "Stars & Stripes" sticker to that space. I arranged the patterned paper strips to almost look like a flag with the blue with white stars on the top and the red and white stripes on the bottom.

This was another photo with a lot of empty space so I added the large star, the "Independence Day" sticker, and some smaller stars.

On the bottom, right card I added two small photos, some small stars, and the "freedom" sticker.

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 3 from the Variety Pack. I enjoy using several different styles of Pocket Pages and since the Variety Pack has so many great options and designs, I have a lot to choose from.

I hope you enjoy the new sketch and for those of you in the US, have a happy, and safe, 4th of July!

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Hi there, Layle with you today for another round of Pick a Card, Any Card!

Each month, 5 of our design team members and I will be picking one of our favorite Simple Stories or SN@P! 3x4 or 4x6 cards and sharing them with you - in more ways than one!  We've introduced so many GREAT cards over the last few years that I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite cards each month, tell you why they're our favorites and then give you a chance to win not only the specific cards that we picked, but the other cards they're paired up with as part of the set (more on that fun giveaway at the end of this post)!

If you missed last month's picks, you can see them here.

To kick off this month's version of Pick a Card, Any Card, here's one of my favorites -

This card is one of the 3x4 cards from our Wedding SN@P! Set.  The simplicity of this illustration just gets me every time.  When you look at this image in association with a wedding, so many great thoughts come to mind.  The other thing I love about this card is that it works just as well for a school dance or prom!   

Next up is Donna Januzzi with this 3x4 card from our Summer SN@P! Set -

When I asked Donna why she choose this particular card, she said -

This adorable little card is my pick for this month. I love the combination of the yellow background, typewriter font and the clean design. It's just a fun, simple card that would be the perfect addition to any summertime Pocket Page spread or scrapbook layout.

Emily Lanham chose this 4x6 card from the new Hello Baby SN@P! Cards -

When I asked Emily why she chose this card, she said -

This card holds a special place in my heart. It takes me back almost 7 years ago to when my precious daughter was born. There's no way to describe that feeling when your first born child is placed into your arms. This card pretty much sums it up for me!

Heather Leopard selected this 4x6 card from the new Good Day Sunshine SN@P! Cards -

According to Heather -

I love how the words are the epitome of everything summer all rolled up into one. From the bright and fresh colors to the perfectly chosen words, this card can be easily put into a frame for a welcoming piece of home decor or can be the perfect addition to a scrapbook layout or Pocket Page spread.

Next up is Kim Kesti with this 3x4 card  from the Him SN@P! Set -

When I asked Kim why she selected this card, she said -

Maybe it's because summer has arrived and I have a twelve year old little man in the house who is addicted to gaming, but I just love the "Game On" card in the 3 X 4 Him SN@P Collection ().  It is the one with the video game controller on it. I would love to make Harrison a little card, then challenge him to a round of Mario Bros! Ha, ha!

Last up this month, is Kristine Davidson with this 4x4 card from the new Good Day Sunshine Insta Squares -

According to Kristine -

I love this little card. It reminds me of being younger and how we use to get so excited to hear the bells from the " Dickie Dee " Ice Cream truck! It was a special summer treat that we use to enjoy. I always got this red/white and blue popsicle that use to turn my tongue blue! This Card is definitely one of my favorites right now.

So, what do you think?  How about those picks - pretty fun, right?!

OK, now to more good stuff.  At the beginning of this post I mentioned something about a giveaway!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by end of day Friday, July 4th telling me which of our 6 cards is your favorite and why.  On Sunday the 6th I'll draw one random lucky winner to win not only the cards we selected, but the rest of the cards that are included with each package the cards are from  - that's 268 fabulous Simple Stories cards, people; you can see all of the cards one random lucky will win under the Supplies section below!

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Good luck!

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Howdy friends, Layle here :) 

Great news, the The Story of Us Project Idea Sheets are now available for download! 

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

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

The Story of Us Project Idea Sheets Free Download

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

To see more projects using our The Story of Us collection, visit our The Story of Us Pinterest board here!

Hello Simple Stories fans! Lisa here to share two layouts with you today. I didn't realize, until after I decided to post these together, that they both repeatedly feature the word "hello". Must be my current addiction or something or maybe the word just worked well with both pages. :)

Let's start off with a Good Day Sunshine layout about an opportunity my daughter had to take classes at her dance studio with choreographer Kim McSwain.

I turned the photo black and white so I could work with all of the colors in this fabulously happy collection. The colors not only reflect Kim's upbeat personality, but also the fun time my daughter had. Even though Good Day Sunshine is primarily a summer collection, you'll notice it certainly works equally well for other topics.

Here's a closer look at one of the embellishment clusters on the page:

For this cluster, I layered up a number of items from the Bits & Pieces pack. Grouping them together like this gives them a cohesive look. The enamel dots are a fun way to add dimension and groupings of color.

In this detail shot, you can see more elements from the Bits & Pieces pack, again layered together to create a grouping.

Next up I have a Homespun layout to share. Simple Stories was the featured manufacturer in Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine last month. This is one of my projects that appeared in the issue. I used one of the Snap Pockets as a design element next to the photo, layering other items on top of it. The "hello" card inside the pocket is actually product packaging from an iPhone.

Let's take a closer look at some of the details on this page:

A Kraft Tag from the DIY collection provides the perfect foundation for chipboard and die cut embellishments and provided a way to ground them to the page. You may have noticed I used three tags around the page — one larger tag, and two smaller ones. Odd numbers of embellishments are more pleasing to the eye and create a visual triangle to help move your eye around the page.

This second detail shot shows another mix of embellishments, also grounded by a Kraft Tag.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed getting a look at Good Day Sunshine and Homespun in action.

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Hi! Kim Kesti here with some great summer themed cards for the patriotic at heart. I have loved crafting with the Sea to Shining Sea Simple Set; we have three summer birthdays in the family with my Mom’s birthday actually on the 4th of July! This first card is specially made for her.

This next one is a fun mix of beach and patriotic themes. Love that lighthouse!

And lastly, a great card for anyone who loves the Good Ole USA!

Thanks for letting me share these fun cards. Enjoy your special summer and make lots of great memories, okay?

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Howdy!  Layle here today to share some fun news - we have 80+ brand new cut file designs, including new Print & Cut designs, now available for the Silhouette!

Here are just a few of our new favorites -

This Way to Fun -

The Story of Us Print & Cut Mason Jar -

Here We Go -

 

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. 

Guess what?!  Now through July 14th, all Travel and Seasons themed designs are 25% off at the Silhouette Online Store!  Now's the perfect time to pick up a few of your favorite cut files at 25% off, including that fun 'Here We Go' cut file above!

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!

How about a little incentive to head on over and check out these and our other fun designs here at the Silhouette Online Store?!!  Head on over, take a peek at all of our designs, then hop back here and leave a comment on this post via the Rafflecopter widget telling us which design is your favorite.  On Tuesday the 1st, we'll draw one random lucky winner to win a $25 Download Card to the Silhouette Online Store! 

So tell us, which Simple Stories design is your favorite?!

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Hey everyone!  Andrea here with you today to share a fun board book made with the Good Day Sunshine collection from Simple Stories.  The wood grain papers and embellishments in this collection give it a “beachy” feel that make it great for your outdoor summer photos.

This book is made from chipboard pieces cut to 5 1/2 x 10, and is held together by O-rings.  Once I had all my pieces cut, I covered them with papers from the collection and sanded all the edges to give it a weathered look.  I added SN@P! Cards on the ends of some of the pages and tied ribbon around the entire page to add an extra element.

The cover has some paper flowers attached to the ribbon by a decorative brad, and I hung some beads and a button off of that for visual appeal.

Once the pages were covered I added my photos.  I matted them on white cardstock so they would stand out against the background.  The photos show how we spend our summer days, and this album will be our summer “coffee table” book.

Once the photos were added it was on to embellishing, and when it comes to that, all I can say is, “LAYER, LAYER, LAYER”!  There are so many items in the collection to choose from, and all those embellishments around a photo really draw your eye to the focal point of the page.  The SN@P! Cards are great for this; place them behind the photo, and layer embellishments on to them.

Did you notice all the Simple Stories Silhouette cut files I used in this book?  Simple Stories has a TON of files to choose from, and they are great additions to ANY project.  I especially love the new “tickets”!

And what about the Clear Photo Stickers?!  These things are so hot, it’s hard to get your hands on them - I love them! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and you’re inspired to make up a quick “coffee table” book of your own!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today. 

Have you heard?!  Creative Spaces Vol. 3 is now available! 

Back in February - funny, I just realized it was exactly 4 months ago to the day! - Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking editor Susan Opel came to our office in Ogden, Utah for a photo shoot for this issue.  We had a blast showing Susan around our offices and talking about the issue!

We're super excited to be featured in the In Good Company section, along with 5 other companies. 

Trust me when I say you'll want to pick up this most current issue of Creative Spaces, it's one of the best yet!  Speaking of picking up the issue, how'd you like to win a copy of Creating Spaces Vol. 3 for your very own?!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by end of day Friday the 27th and one lucky winner will win his/her very own copy!  Good luck!

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There's a fun Blog Hop going on to celebrate this fun new issue - hop on over to each of the blogs below and take a peek!   

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine

Cathe at Just Something I Made

Kristi and Kelli at Lolly Jane

Beckie at Infarrantly Creative

Haeley at Design Improvised

Tracie at Cleverly Inspired

Carola at Boxwood Cottage

Lina at Fancy Frugal Life

Lia at Lia Griffith

Jen at Tatertots & Jello

Jennifer McGuire

Jill Yegerlehner/Jillibean Soup

Amanda Coleman

Jen Gallacher

Becky Olsen

Stephenie Hamen

Jodi Sanford

Elle Price/Elle’s Studio

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Michelle Hill

Sherry Mendoza

We R Memory Keepers

Graphic 45

Cosmo Cricket

Fancy Pants Designs

Simple Stories - YOU ARE HERE :)

Michelle at Chalkboard Blue

Stacy Cohen

DCWV Inc.

Hazel & Ruby

Hello! Nichol here today with a new layout and card showcasing the new Sea To Shining Sea Collection. I am a huge fan of red, white and blue and this new Simple Set is perfection!

For my layout share today I used some of my favorite Simple Stories polaroid cut files from the Silhouette Online Store to create polaroid "folders" to stick my photos inside, fold over and staple shut. It's super easy to customize the cut files and create folders. In the video below I'll show you how!

 

I sized all the polaroid "folders" to 3" wide by 4.5" tall so that they would completely fill the width of my 12x12 layout. I placed my photos behind the polaroids with text cut outs and removed the text from the other polaroids so they cut smooth. I filled those with red, white and blue embellishments!

Layering stickers over a photo adds interest to the page and helps with the overall cohesiveness of the design.

I used a combination of letter stickers from Sea To Shining Sea and The Story of Us for my page title, replacing the "a" in "crabby" with the cute crab from the sticker sheet.

I knew I loved the lighthouse and boat from the Sea To Shining Sea sticker sheet so I designed a "scene" using some steel rule dies plus the Simple Stories sunshine and cloud cut files from the Silhouette Online Store.

 

I popped up some of the elements and stickers on my card for subtle dimension.

Silhouette Cut Files: Sun Card (Design ID #61845); Cloud Circle (Design ID #61226); Month Polaroids May-Aug (Design ID #55321); Awesome, Sn@pshot and Good Stuff Polaroids (Design ID #54010); Fabulous Polaroids (Design ID #54976)

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Hi all, Layle back with you today. 

So how about all of that amazing inspiration this past week for the Simple Stories + Kerri Bradford Studio Designer Team Up?!  I am blown away by not only what our team did, but with what Kerri and her team team did as well.  What a fun week it has been!!

If you've been following along this past week, you just may remember that Kerri offered up a $25 Spending Spree to her store to 3 random lucky winners...

Well, those winners are the following 3 LUCKY folks -

Cynthia Baldwin

Sherry Anderson

Kathleen D

Congratulations ladies!  Please email me at layle(at)simplestories(dot)com and I'll get your information to Kerri :)

Thanks for joining us this week!

Hi Simple Stories and Kerri Bradford fans! Rebecca Keppel here for day 6 of the Designer Team Up with the Simple Stories & the Kerri Bradford Studio design teams.  Kerri's team will be working with our collections and we'll be working with her fabulous cut files.  We'll be doing some fun giveaways, sharing a discount code to Kerri's store and offering a freebie cut file, so keep reading and make sure to visit Kerri's blog as well as join us again here each day this week to parcitipate in the fun!, So excited to share with you what I have created with Kerri bradford studio digital design cuts.

Today I've combined Kerri Bradford Studio's fabulous digital cut files with my current favorite Simple Stories collection Good Day Sunshine. The combination is absolutely addicting and I am willing to bet my next bunch of layouts will include the same! I started with Kerri Bradford's Enjoy the Sunshine cut and the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine Basics to cut out a large sun.

The sun comes in two pieces and I love seeing the white background cardstock in between. I machine stitched around both to add texture. Next I cut out the "Enjoy" part of the file. The word comes in two parts, so I cut the Joy out with Simple Stories Blue Skies cardstock and the "EN" was cut with the Basics Beach Wood. I added the chipboard beach ball to the center of the "o" because it fit there perfectly ;)

I cut the last part of Enjoy the Sunshine with Simple Stories Carefree patterned paper. By turning the paper 90 degrees and cutting, I was able to see the entire rainbow of colors in the two words "the sunshine."

Last, but not least, I also used the Have a Great Summer cut. I removed everything besides the glasses and cut the frames from the Teal Basics and the lenses from the Beach Wood Basics.

This was my first opportunity to use Kerri Bradford Studio's digital cuts, but it will definitely NOT be the last! The KBS website is easy to navigate, the files are a breeze to download and use and they work so well with Simple Stories designs! 

Now for some fun!  This week we'll be giving 3 random lucky winners a $25 Spending Spree to Kerri's store

Hop on over to her site, check out what her design team did today with our products, then check out her store.  Come back and leave a comment here telling us what you saw and loved and you'll be entered in the giveaway.  Even better, when you find some things there that you just can't live without, you can save 15% off on orders over $20.  And hey, she's giving away some fun new Simple Stories product on her site as well, so head on over!

 

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Hi there. Angella here with you today for day 5 of the Designer Team Up with the Simple Stories & the Kerri Bradford Studio design teams.  Kerri's team will be working with our collections and we'll be working with her fabulous cut files.  We'll be doing some fun giveaways, sharing a discount code to Kerri's store and offering a freebie cut file, so keep reading and make sure to visit Kerri's blog as well as join us again here each day this week to parcitipate in the fun!

I am super excited to be able to play with Kerri's designs. I received the Click, Lucky Stars, and Feathers kits - the designs are fabulous and worked perfectly into my project.

I've decorated a ship's wheel caddy using the Sea to Shining Sea collection -

The caddy has 6 circle pages that sit inside, I covered the pages with Sea to Shining Sea patterned paper and I attached one of the pages to the front of the caddy using 3D foam, so I could decorate the front with a base.

I printed Kerri's “love this Grey Overlay” (from the Click kit) so I could aattach to the front cover using 3D foam.

I cut camera- insta, Stars and feathers for my pages using my Zing die cutting machine.

I added dimension to my pages with the feathers - I cut 2 sizes out with co-coordinating papers and machine sewed them together with a cute bow to finish off!.

Tip - add straws with foam balls attached to the end for great embellishments for your projects!

Here's a few close-up shots.

Now for some fun! 

Kerri has created this FABULOUS freebie cut file for our team up this week!

How cool is that?!!  To download the free file, click the image or click here!  Kerri has quite a few freebies on her site, you can check them out here!

This week we'll be giving 3 random lucky winners a $25 Spending Spree to Kerri's store

Hop on over to her site, check out what her design team did today with our products, then check out her store.  Come back and leave a comment here telling us what you saw and loved and you'll be entered in the giveaway.  Even better, when you find some things there that you just can't live without, you can save 15% off on orders over $20.  And hey, she's giving away some fun new Simple Stories product on her site as well, so head on over!

 

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Hi, it's Wendy here today for day 4 of the Designer Team Up with the Simple Stories & the Kerri Bradford Studio design teams.  Kerri's team will be working with our collections and we'll be working with her fabulous cut files.  We'll be doing some fun giveaways, sharing a discount code to Kerri's store and offering a freebie cut file, so keep reading and make sure to visit Kerri's blog as well as join us again here each day this week to parcitipate in the fun!

I was thrilled to get the chance to design with the Kerri Bradford Studio files for this team up!  After getting my files I sat down with my Cameo and began to cut everything!  Since my Cameo is downstairs and I create upstairs I will usually cut multiple pieces on white cardstock; things that I think I might use and just like and then I go create.   

I cut the saying Nothing Short of Amazing large (from the Say What #2 kit) to fit beside a 4x6 vertical shot, still without picking products or photos. 

Once I got to my scrap area I pulled some pictures that I thought might work and matched them papers from the new Under the Stars Simple Set and finally my cuts that I had made.  The picture of my son catching this big fish totally fit the saying and so they became my layout.  I knew I wanted an outdoorsy look which matched the woodgrain paper.  I added a little bit of color through the plaid and the dark blue floral grounded my pieces.

I fussy cut a few pieces (trees, tent, journaling spot, arrow) from the Elements #1 & #2 to add some decorations without overpowering my title and photo which were the main focus of the page.

As I put my final touches on the page in the form of my journaling, I added in some color by using phrases that were included on the Under the Stars Expressions sticker sheet.

For my next layout, I knew that Lucky Stars and star paper (also from the new Under the Stars Simple Set) were just meant to be, but my dilemma was what picture to use!

I had so many pictures that look so amazing on this paper and fit the title (from the Thank My Lucky Stars kit), but I chose to write about my son who will soon be one.  

My page was quite simple as I had a large picture and my words filling up the top diagonal of the page, but I knew I needed more color to MAKE my page.  As I sorted through the Under the Stars collection nothing really gave me what I wanted, until I bent up the star paper to see what was underneath and found the perfect color.

I debated about cutting a triangle off the page and flipping it over, but I was afraid that I might mess up the dimensions and it wouldn't "fit" back together again.  So I just left the page bent and adhered some white cardstock underneath giving me the perfect spot to write about how lucky we are to have our little boy.

A few added star veneers and my journaling completed my page.  The words 'for you' (from the February Fourteen kit) were cut from white cardstock, but I wanted to balance out the blue of the page on the bottom so I misted them with Heidi Swapp Navy mist to give them more weight.

I had so many more cuts sitting on my desk that I created another layout that you can find here on my blog; I'm also sharing some tips to getting great cuts!  Thanks for joining me today, I hope you are inspired to try some fun cutting.

Now for some fun!  This week we'll be giving 3 random lucky winners a $25 Spending Spree to Kerri's store

Hop on over to her site, check out what her design team did today with our products, then check out her store.  Come back and leave a comment here telling us what you saw and loved and you'll be entered in the giveaway.  Even better, when you find some things there that you just can't live without, you can save 15% off on orders over $20.  And hey, she's giving away some fun new Simple Stories product on her site as well, so head on over!

 

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Hi everyone in Simple Stories land. Heather Leopard here today for day 3 of the Designer Team Up with the Simple Stories & the Kerri Bradford Studio design teams.  Kerri's team will be working with our collections and we'll be working with her fabulous cut files.  We'll be doing some fun giveaways, sharing a discount code to Kerri's store and offering a freebie cut file, so keep reading and make sure to visit Kerri's blog as well as join us again here each day this week to parcitipate in the fun!

Today I have  another baby layout (see Month 1 and 2 HERE) using the new Hello Baby collection and the Kerri Bradford Thank My Lucky Stars cut file

I chose to super size one of the stars and use it as my bold flagplant on the page. Once I sized it how I wanted it, I sprinkled little clusters of stars in the white space, making sure to leave lots of room for the title. 

I backed each of the little stars with pattern paper from the Hello Baby collection and then either stitched around the stars or right over them. I trimmed about 1/4" of the edges where the large star was cut and adhered the white background paper to the subtle music sheet paper. I took the large, cut out star and adhered different coordinating papers in each section of the star and then added it over the music sheet paper. Last step here was to stitch around the outside border of the star and then again right over the inside cut for the star.

Can I just tell you that Kerri's fonts, especially the hand writing ones are INCREDIBLE?!?! I just love how it completes my page and ties everything together.

Thanks Kerri and Simple Stories for the amazing designs and collection. I can't wait to create with the other files Kerri blessed me with.

Now for some fun!  This week we'll be giving 3 random lucky winners a $25 Spending Spree to Kerri's store

Hop on over to her site, check out what her design team did today with our products, then check out her store.  Come back and leave a comment here telling us what you saw and loved and you'll be entered in the giveaway.  Even better, when you find some things there that you just can't live without, you can save 15% off on orders over $20.  And hey, she's giving away some fun new Simple Stories product on her site as well, so head on over!

 

 

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Hello Everyone! It's Kristine Davidson with you today for day 2 of the Designer Team Up with the Simple Stories & the Kerri Bradford Studio design teams.  Kerri's team will be working with our collections and we'll be working with her fabulous cut files.  We'll be doing some fun giveaways, sharing a discount code to Kerri's store and offering a freebie cut file, so keep reading and make sure to visit Kerri's blog as well as join us again here each day this week to parcitipate in the fun! 

I couldn't be more excited to be working with Kerri's cut files this month. I love Kerri's work and all her cut files are so fun and easy to use!  In my previous posts I shared with you that I would document 2012 and today I'm sharing the month of July 2012.  I still haven't been able to find any photos of 2012 so I'm very thankful that I have some photos on Instagram. If it wasn't that I really wouldn't have any photos of the year 2012 and I'm also glad this LIFE Documented series has allowed me to save some of those memories ;-)

I am still using the 6x8" album and I'm including all formats of pocket pages. I haven't limited myself to the standard 4 (3x4) but instead including 2x2, 4x6, etc. It makes my album that much more versatile and I'm not limited to the standard size photos - that works for me.

Left Side - I have 4 (3x4) photos. I used one of the 3x4 SN@P Cards to create my starting point for this month's spread. A photo of myself to see the changes in my wrinkles and hair color -- although I wear my sunglasses most of the time but still it's a selfie right?!  I cut 'july' from the Monthlies kit.
 

Right Side-  I have added mini 2x2 pictures to kind of showcase what my month of July was like in 2012. I love the mini format cause i can include so many small pictures that I really don't need to add in the corresponding pages.  I used the 07 from the Life Additions: Weeklies to reflect the month of the year, and it could even be 07 July - that works too!

I loved adding Kerri Bradford's Silhouette cuts in this months Life Documented Project. Kerri's online store has been my go to place for great silhouette cuts and I her classes on  how to use they cameo is fantastic!

Spending time with my nieces was a big part of my summer last year. I tried to visit as much as i could. We did lots of crafts, scrapbooking, painting and playing outside.  The Left Side has a 6x8 photo of my nieces in their paint shirts and large canvas that we created. I decided I wanted to add this 6x8 photo and cut it into small 2x2 pieces to fit behind the previous photo display. I love doing this to larger photos and it's a great way to add a " fun" photo of the girls.

The Right Side of my spread has another awesome Kerri Bradford file - Best Day from the Let's Go kit.   I added some journaling on a card and also added two more photos of the girls playing with paint. I still have this canvas that we created together - I have it hanging in my scrapbook room. It reminds me of how much fun we had that day !

 

Another weekend in July we took a day trip to one of our favorite places - St. Martins which is only 45 minutes away from our house. It is always nice to visit and explore the caves, the seafood, the wharf and yes the peace and quiet.  It's called ROAD TRIP! - I used Kerri's arrow cut files from the Need Directions kit on this page as well as the word Discover (from the Well Traveled kit) and the Love This overlay (from the Click kit) as a png image on top of my photo as a layer. I LOVE that feature of her png images.

This transparent layer can be done with any of Kerri's png images. I use an old program to create this effect on my photos but i know if you use photoshop you can certainly do this. Wanna know how ? visit Kerri's tutorial here on you tube.

My sister came to visit with her two kids for a weekend and we played with some fun photo props - HOT LIPS! They were a hit, even with my sister being included in the photo!

I sometimes have to bribe my nieces for photos so giving them a prop always makes this fun and a bit easier for me to take their picture. I added some journaling and larger 4x6 photos on the right hand side. I love these pictures of them, especially when Marissa had her braces!

 The Final Details -

I added a Kerri Bradford png image (Details from the Happy Stuff kit) image to my 4x6 journal card. I also used a typewriter font to add some thoughts on the months' activities and a few more memories.  This also has a beautiful picture of a sunset that happens almost nightly on the Kennebecasis River in our town. It's beautiful! I added nothing on top of this photo although I could have.

The Final Page of July 2012 has a 6x8 layout of me.  ( it was later in 2012 when I realized my husband should be part of my Life Documented spreads! I promise he's coming in the album soon! )

I created a small circle mat for my background from the Life Additions: Backgrounds kit and LOVE this! I will be doing this again in a larger format for sure. The title Me is also from the Well Traveled kit.

I'm using the 6x8 SN@P! faux leather album in black for my Life Documented 2012 album.  The sturdiness, metal corner accents, and stitch details are fantastic features to this album but I really like the fact that it's timeless and because they are so well built and will endure the many years to come.  This Sn@p! album is so far the best I've been using.

I used a variety of inserts for this monthly spread - in the 6x8" size featuring 2x2" , 3x4" to 4x6 and also a full 6x8. The Sn@p pocket pages come in a variety that you can add to your album. PERFECT for any project! 

Now for some fun!  This week we'll be giving 3 random lucky winners a $25 Spending Spree to Kerri's store

Hop on over to her site, check out what her design team did today with our products, then check out her store.  Come back and leave a comment here telling us what you saw and loved and you'll be entered in the giveaway.  Even better, when you find some things there that you just can't live without, you can save 15% off on orders over $20.  And hey, she's giving away some fun new Simple Stories product on her site as well, so head on over!

 

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  This week you're in store for a treat - we're doing a week long Designer Team Up with the Simple Stories & the Kerri Bradford Studio design teams.  Kerri's team will be working with our collections and we'll be working with her fabulous cut files.  We'll be doing some fun giveaways, sharing a discount code to Kerri's store and offering a freebie cut file, so keep reading and make sure to visit Kerri's blog as well as join me again here each day this week to parcitipate in the fun! 

I've known Kerri for many years and I have to tell you she is one of the kindest, sweetest, and most talented people you'll ever run across!  I've been working with her cut file designs for the last year or so and am smitten with them :)

So, without further adieu, Simple Stories design team member Nancy is kicking off this fun week today!

Hey Simple fans, Nancy here today with a look at our pretty, soft new release, Hello Baby paired with some intricate cuts from Kerri Bradford Studio.This collections pairs a gender neutral color scheme, wood grains and beautiful soft patterns. 

The intricate cuts by Kerri Bradford Studio add texture and movement to the design. This background is called scattered petals, included in Kerri's Basic Backgrounds shape set.

The staples and enamel dots placed on the shape cut, add more color and texture to the background design.

The beautiful title was cut out of vellum to accentuate the intricacy of the script font. This title can be found in Kerri's Something to Say set.

Pairing Kerri Bradford Studio and Hello Baby is a perfect way to tell your most precious stories!

Now for some fun!  This week we'll be giving 3 random lucky winners a $25 Spending Spree to Kerri's store

Hop on over to her site, check out what her design team did today with our products, then check out her store.  Come back and leave a comment here telling us what you saw and loved and you'll be entered in the giveaway.  Even better, when you find some things there that you just can't live without, you can save 15% off on orders over $20.  And hey, she's giving away some fun new Simple Stories product on her site as well, so head on over!

 

 

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