Chantalle McDaniel's Blog Posts

Hello Simple Stories fans! Thank you so much for visiting the blog today. While I am currently enjoying a reprieve from what feels like a very looooong Summer, lots of you are full of the joys of Spring! That palpable excitement is completely infectious and I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous Summer projects coming out of different parts of the world as the weather warms up!

I’ve created two projects with the new 'Hello Summer’ collection. You are going to fall head over heels for this bright and playful line - juicy pops of lime and flamingos are a must!


This page uses a simple circle shape, repeated. I’ve created this type of design before and I just love it. 

I’ve used a sheet of Birch/White Grid 12x12 from my pack of Sn@p Basics and punched repeatedly widthways across the paper.

I’ve matted these circles with slightly larger circles (just cut freehand) in various prints from the Hello Summer 6x8 paper Pad.

The circular shape is strengthened by using lots of the same shape, pulled from Hello Summer sticker sheets and my Bits & Pieces pack.

A touch more detail has also been added in the form of a spot of stamping in similar shades. This spotty stamp pulls the dotted print out of the collection perfectly!

Teensy details can be found in the mini circle stickers from the 4x6 Sticker pack.



This cheeky little timepiece started life a little uglier lol. My hubby (knowing I like to take in ‘orphan’ items) brought this clock home from work with the thought that I could make it a bit prettier. Hello….Challenge accepted!

It now lives in my DD’s room but would look cool in a craft space too!

This is the very corporate ‘before’ pic. The rectangle shape was a little chunky, but I thought the silver lifted it and would work ok with some cooler summery tones.

I pulled the clock apart and began by replacing the solid red with a trimmed sheet of ‘Life is Good’ 12x12. The simple rainbow print was perfect as it gives a pop of colour but doesn’t distract the eye too much.

Next, I went about adding the titles ‘Summer & Chill’ to the face as well as a few little summery bits. I don’t know why I haven’t done a seasonal clock before!! I love this and I’m totally going to be making more as the season’s change.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you lots of fun with the gorgeous new Simple Stories Collections and don’t forget, if you are a digital or hybrid scrapper, you can grab all of your favourite collections online in the Simple Stories Digital Store.

Happy creating!



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!


Hi Simple Stories fans and thanks so much for coming over to the blog today! Chantalle with you, to share my first layout on the 2018 DT. As you are well aware by now, I adore Simple Stories and am so thankful to be returning to create with the goregous new collections, like the super sweet ‘Mama Llama’ Simple Set.

I lost my Mum when I was a teenager and each photo of her is precious to me. There is definately a strong resemblance between us and it warms my heart every day, to see her face in my own children.

I’ve cut the title for the page from the 3x4/4x6 Elements sheet from the Mama Llama Set. 

Initially I wanted to do a grid design, so I cut a bunch of 3x3 squares. I found it a bit too constricting, so instead I took inspiration from the fun bunting and confetti in this set and machine stitched some bunting lines over the squares, which were adhered in a more loose arrangement on the notebook print background paper which comes from a Sn@p! Basics pack.

Over the stitching, I’ve popped some enamel dots to echo the dotted pink lines in the paper.

This frame is a little DIY number which I created using an older chipboard frame from the retired 'We are Family’ collection. The dark woodgrain looked great with the muted hippy pastels. 

I saw some frames like this on the market recently and I’ve been dying to try making some myself, so I bought some mini pom pom trim from a LSS. It was so easy, I really encourage you to give this adorable embellishment a try! You could use a glue gun to adhere the trim, but mine worked great with the red super strong double sided tape.


Some typewritten journalling onto co-ordinating paper and stickers, finished this page off.

This adorable set is perfect for the Mama in your life!

Happy crafting!