Just be You

Just be You

We're so excited to welcome back Anya Lunchenko to our 2023 design team. We can't wait to share her work with you. Before we jump into that, we want you to get to know Anya a little better. 


 My name is Anya and for as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in all sorts of crafting and creating, but when scrapbooking entered my life, I put all of the other interests aside:) I was born in Ukraine, but for the past 28 years called the USA my home. At nineteen I married an amazing person and today we are happy parents of six children! At the beginning of a new year, I am so excited for new opportunities, new places to visit, new photos to take and new stories to scrapbook!

Fun Facts:

   1) I speak three languages: Ukrainian, English and Russian. 2) My scrapbooking projects along with an interview were published in a French scrapbooking magazine. 3) We have eleven musical instruments at home and most of them are used regularly. 


Hello Simple Stories friends! Anya's here today and I am so excited to share with you a mini album and a card I created with the gorgeous Simple Vintage Life in Bloom collection. Last week I had a pleasure to play with this gorgeous line but couldn't decide on the colors I wanted to use for my album, so I split the collection into two parts by the color scheme to make two different mini albums. I divided the papers into a pile of blue/lavender/black and pink/yellow/black and added coordinating solids and Color Vibe papers. By adding solid colors to the album, you get a break between busier patterns and you stretch your favorite collection. This is one of my favorite tips I use often.

While I am still working on my second album, the first one is completely finished and these colors remind me of Spring so much, which makes me so happy!

Just like many of you would do, I started this project by fussy cutting a bunch of butterflies from two different patterned papers. Butterflies have always been one of my favorite embellishments to use in paper crafting, and having a variety of them in different colors was such a bonus. I used them throughout the mini book, which gave the album a more cohesive look.

 For the cover, I used one of the larger horizontal chipboard frames, but cut it to make a smaller vertical frame. I was able to cover the cuts on the frame by adding additional chipboard pieces on top of it. This is not the first time I do that and want to remind you to look at the frames remembering they have more possibilities. Layering frames on the cover is also one of my favorite things to do, even though this time I used only one frame.


For the card, I used a 5x5 card base, and a few die cut circles, which was then decorated with flowers and a lot of butterflies. If you don't have an envelope to fit your card nicely, it may easily be cut with a digital cutting machine.

I hope these projects inspired you and next time you create you may remember one of the tips I shared today. Thank you for visiting the Simple Stories blog and stop by again soon for more inspiration!


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  • Beth Dominick: February 27, 2023

    I love every You create…thanks For sharing your amaZing talents! Your husband and sux kids must be so proUd🥰

  • Linda: February 24, 2023

    I love what you made with this paper!!!
    I also love the colors!!!

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