Thursday, October 9, 2014

Simple Stories Frankie and Friends SN@P Album - Halloweens Past!

Hi Simple Stories fans, Rebecca here! I've always liked Halloween, but once I had little kids who loved to dress up, I started to really enjoy it! A few years ago, the whole family started dressing up and that made it even more fun. I thought it would be great to have a mini album and add our Halloween photos in each year. I think I've mentioned before that I am not much of a mini album master? And then Simple Stories SN@P entered my life and now I am a mini album fiend! So of course I turned to a black faux-leather SN@P album and Simple Stories Frankie and Friends Collection to document our Halloweens past.
 The album came with several different varieties of page protectors like this full 6x8 pocket that holds the title page.
 After the introduction on the left, I started with last year's photos. Since the album is a two-ring binder I can just open and add new pages here each year!
 I love chopping a 4x6 photo in half to fill two side by side 3x4 pockets like I did on the bottom left. On the right, the 12x12 Collection kit includes a sheet of 3x4 journaling cards for telling each year's story.
 I was sure to date each journaling card so I could remember what year the following photos were from.
 The Frankie and Friends collection also includes a sheet of paper with cards that cut down into the 2x2 square size.
 The nice thing about all the cards and papers is they are double sided so when the backs show they are equally as cute!
 It is so fun to flip through the pages and watch as time reverses and the kids get smaller lol!
 For each year I included one open journaling card to jot down a few memories.
 I even printed some 4x4 photos for the right side here. I cut a long strip of lined paper to journal on and decided to mix my handwriting in here since typing one or two words on every line sounded too tedious!
 The Frankie and Friends collection kit also includes a sheet with 4x4 cards which I included here.
 And last but not least - my oldest's first Halloween.
And all this was done in one weekend! Eight years worth of Halloween all documented and plenty more room to add future Halloweens!

Supplies Used:Frankie and Friends Collection5500 Collection Kit5502 Comno Sticker5504 Oct. 315508 Monster Mash5510-5515 Elements5528 Chipboard Stickers5529 Bits and Pieces5531 Enamel Dots

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Scrapbook Circle One Item Wonder

My One Item Wonder for the Scrapbook Circle October Kit was the Cork Shapes by Elle's Studio. I love the little cork arrows, stars and other shapes. They were not self adhesive so I decided to have fun attaching them with staples. I used my Tim Holtz Mini Attacher and combined elements from the Scrapbook Circle Main Kit  On This Day as well as the add on Good Times and add on Right Now.
I love adding staples to embellishments for boy layouts and the combination of colors of the staples and cork worked perfectly here.
The combination of textures is fun too.

Be sure and check out the October kit soon because it is selling fast!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Scrapbook Circle -- On the Corners

I am always looking for ways to include lots of patterned paper on one layout. I've seen lots of people put different patterns on the corners of their layouts and figured that is the perfect way to include multiple patterns without overwhelming the photos! I used the Scrapbook Circle Main Kit On This Day as well as the add on Good Times and add on Right Now.
I used the least busy patterned paper as the main background. Then included corners here:
and here:
The photos were mounted on a solid color and since the busier patterned papers were just on the corners, the photos still take center stage!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy World Card Making Day & Simple Stories Giveaway!

Happy World Card Making Day! 

Simple Stories is celebrating today and giving away an awesome prize package to help get a jump on your holiday card making! 

Be sure to check it out and enter to win! Here is the card I made in honor of WCMD using Simple Stories Frankie and Friends collection:
There are so many fun characters in the Frankie and Friends collection, but that little ghost is one of my favorites :) The chipboard stickers, die cuts and enamel dots on top of a die cut card front came together quickly to make a cute Halloween scene.
Any plans for World Card Making Day? I am at the soccer fields all day, but I see some more card making in my future tonight!
Don't forget to stop by Simple Stories for your chance to win!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scrapbook Circle Take 2

The Scrapbook Circle blog has a fun blog feature called Take Two that means we get to scrap lift an old design. I chose this grid layout from May 2013 to lift.
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In the old layout I punched squares from photos and patterned papers and adhered them for my grid. Even more fun is to use a die cut grid to fill with papers and photos. I used the Scrapbook Circle exclusive Digital Cuts that available in the Scrapbook Circle shop.

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I enlarged the cut to be about 11x11, stitched through the grid and mounted over patterned paper from the Main Scrapbook Circle Kit, Here + There. I bought both Add Ons this month (Time Flies and This Place), so I had two 6x6 pads to use to fill my squares.


Once you have the grid place in shape, you get to have fun decorating. You can use die cuts, chipboard stickers, rub ons, epoxy shapes, pretty much anything goes when it comes to filling in squares.  Here I stamped the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamp on a square of patterned paper and then added a rub on.


Do you scrap lift yourself? Has owning a digital die cut machine advanced your scrap lifts to a new level?

:) Rebecca

Monday, September 15, 2014

Therm O Web and Simple Stories!

You all know how much I love my Simple Stories. Well this month I got to combine my love for Simple Stories with my love for Therm O Web Adhesives. Simple Stories is one of those manufacturers that is so fun to play with when you have lots of Therm O Web adhesives.

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Of course Simple Stories has many self adhesive embellishments such as chipboard stickers

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and epoxy dots,

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but they also have lots of die cuts and elements on their patterned paper that are fun to fussy cut. The smaller speech bubbles can be cut out and adhered with a Therm O Web Mini Runner. Then, take a 3x4 card and fussy cut around the frame shape for a fun journaling element that can be popped up on Therm O Web 3D Zots.

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Glitter Dust Decorative frames can be fun additions too.

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Punch or cut a shape just slightly smaller than the Decorative Frame. The Glitter Dust frames are self adhesive so just peel and stick onto cute patterned paper for a fun element.

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And here is a tip. If you don't want to poke a hole through your project for the brad and die cut combinations, simply close the brad wings and place a Therm O Web Medium or Large Zots right over the closed wings.

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Press down on your project and you'd never know the brad hadn't been poked through!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Simple Stories - Our Summer SN@P Album with Good Day Sunshine Collection

Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca Keppel here today with a Simple Stories SN@P album documenting the fun of summer. Simple Stories created the SN@P albums and pieces with people like me in mind. People who love the idea of mini albums, but kind of freak out at the idea of making them lol! When you typically create layouts and design with a larger space such as 8.5x11 or 12x12, the smaller format can be a bit scary. Not so with SN@P albums. Much of the work is done for you and the parts that are not done are super user-friendly. You can easily complete an entire album in one weekend. I used the Good Day Sunshine collection to make a SN@P album documenting all the fun we had this past summer. The Teal Chevron Burlap album is gorgeous as is, but I decided to tie some trims and add a 4x6 card with stitching for the cover mounted on a scallop cut piece of wood grain paper. It's always nice to have the year on the cover too.
The inside cover page says it all, doesn't it?!
The first page features the last day of school! Anyone already looking forward to that again? The 6x8 SN@P pages feature awesome die cut pages and they really don't need any embellishing at all, they create such a statement on their own. I love how you can see the next page through the die cut letters.
 I am in love with the Pocket Page formulation here. It includes two 4x4 pockets perfect for either Instagram photos OR the 4x4 cards and four 2x2 pockets again perfect for mini photos or cards. The sun die cut page is AWESOME! I loved backing it with a sky page :)
 I used the full 6x8 pages to introduce each month of the summer.
 On the back of the intro page I used a typewriter to journal about the main events from that month. On the right you see another die cut page. This is one that came with the album. It is awesome as-is, but I thought it was sun to spritz it with some coordinating mist.
 Another die cut page - LOVE THEM - and you get a bunch in the pack. This Pocket Page is fun for a bunch of photos and one journaling card.  I like to mix handwritten and typed journaling in one album.
 Love that the 3x4 cards are double sided so the green polka dot is just the backside of the card from the previous page. I simply added a chipboard sticker to spice it up ;) On the right you can see a couple of pictures that were smaller than the pockets. One is mounted on a 4x4 card, and one is stuck in a pocket with a 2x2 card behind it. Don't worry about having just the "right" size.
 In this whole spread there is really only one 4x4 photo, but it feels like there is lots going on thanks to the Good Day Sunshine cards, brads, stickers and SN@P pages.
 Here is July's introduction. No photos at all here, just journaling.
 The SN@P cuts are fun too. On the left one is backed with a 4x6 card so you see a fun pattern through the lettering.
 I used the 4x6 transparencies on a photo from the previous page and the one on the left here. What's nice about the 4x6 pockets is that you don't need to adhere the transparency, just slip it into the pocket in front of the photo.
 The banner die cut SN@P page is another of my favorites. I love that it is a unique size and shape that allows you to see the page behind it.
 The 6x8 pages can also be used to highlight one large photo like I've done on the right here.
 And again here on the left. Stickers and chipboard can be fun on the empty space of a photo.
 Here is the introduction of August the final month.
 Here I have more journaling and a 4x6 photo that I made into a vertical strip collage before printing. On the right is the last title page and introduces our last weekend of the summer.
 I had fun added little bits to the top of pages with binder clips. The Today is a Simple Stories die cut available in the Silhouette online store.
 Last, but not least, the final page to my album.
This album was fast and simple to pull together, but I love the colors, the bits and pieces and of course all the memories it holds! I can't wait to make my next SN@P album!

Supplies Used:
Teal Burlap SN@P Binder - 4705
Pocket Pages - Design 4071 and 4073
Good Day Sunshine Collection
Collection Kit 5800
Fundamentals 12 x 12 Stickers 5802
Expressions 12 x 12 Stickers 5803
6x6 Paper Pad 5822
SN@P Cards 5823
SN@P Pages 5824
SN@P Cuts 5826
Decorative Brads 5827
Chipboard Stickers 5828
Bits and Pieces 5829
Insta Squares 5830