Oct 17, 2013

Simple Stories December Daily

Don't forget about my Simple Stories giveaway on THIS POST open until Friday!!


Anyone who knows me knows that there is no way I get anything done early for Christmas. I procrastinate and wait until the last minute and then rush and barely make it through all I want to do and generally make myself miserable during what should rightfully be a joyous time. Well this year I will have ONE thing done ahead of time--my December Daily! Simple Stories makes planning ahead very easy! I started with a SN@P album in green and the Decemeber Documented collection.
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I love the book plates on the spines of SN@P albums dont you?!

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December Documented patterned paper, chipboard and stickers make it easy to create fun mini scenes for your cover and title pages.

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I added the largest size pocket on one page to hold the kids letters to Santa.

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I took a 6x8 page and some patterned paper and sewed 3 edges together to create an extra large pocket to hold favorite greeting cards.
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I adore the die cut pages.

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I   was sure to include some Pocket Page protectors so I will be able to slip in photos and memorabilia as they happen.
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I included some photos from last year to get an idea of how it will look and to get an idea of where to place the Pocket Pages.
Rk ss dd 9
And the inside back cover says, "The End...until next year!!"

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I am thoroughly convinced I will be able to add my December photos and memorabilia to this preconstructed album with out giving myself any undue holiday stress. Lots of Simple Stories designers are working on December Dailies this week, so be sure to check out the Simple Stories blog all week!


Oct 13, 2013

BIG Simple Stories GIVEAWAY - I Got Caught Up in a SN@P!

It is true! I finally got all caught up on my Life Documented Album. And let me tell you it was a SN@P with Simple Stories pocket pages, album and SN@P sets. YES this post will culminate in a BIG giveaway, so be sure to make it all the way to the end :)

First let me tell you, that my Life Documented album had fallen woefully behind. At the beginning of this weekend I was still in July!! So I had a lot of catching up to do! I got myself a brand new Teal Simple Stories Faux Leather 12 x 12 album:

And a set of Pocket Pages in various design layouts:

and a few SN@P sets as well as some other Simple Stories papers and embellishments and got to work.
I seriously LOVE this album. It is gorgeous. 

This album is constructed really well. The stitching and metal corners are such a nice touch.
 Here is the mess I made pulling everything out to get to work :)
 And here is how my new album looks now that it is nice and caught up!
I started by using the Family and Girl SN@P sets to work on a spread for August. You should know that in my version of Life Documented I dont always do one spread each week. I usually use my phone photos (since my camera photos generally end up in regular scrapbook pages) and the number of spreads I do really depends on how many photos I take that month. The variety of layouts in the pack of Pocket Pages made it really easy to work with 3x4, 4x4 and 4x6 photos.
 Here is more August on the left and the beginning of Septmember on the right. For this spread, I used the Girl SN@P set and some SN@P Studio papers and stickers too.
 I continued September with this 2 page spread that mainly used the Family SN@P set and a flair from SN@P.
 Here, the left page is the end of September, while the right 12 x 12 layout is the introduction to October. I used the Simple Stories Say Cheese collection for October's intro layout.
 Since I needed another 12 x 12 layout for the back of that right hand page to start this spread, I used another enlrarged photo and more Say Cheese and the right side I went back to another Pocket Page spread. I think it is fun to mix it up!
So there you have it! In a SN@P I am all caught up!
So tell me....would you like your very own Simple Stories album and set of pocket pages!!!!???? If so, tell me if you are into the Pocket Page scrapping and if so, are you up to date or woefully behind? Leave me a comment and you will be entered into a drawing for 1 Simple Stories Album and 1 Set of Pocket Pages! (***BE sure to leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win!!!***) Would you like a second chance? Then follow my blog and leave me a comment letting me know you now follow or already did follow. This giveaway IS OPEN to EVERYONE including international winners. I will leave the comments open until Friday. Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 6, 2013

Therm O Web and Cocoa Daisy GIVEAWAY!

Cocoa Daisy-Logo
I had the opportunity to combine the September Cocoa Daisy kit with Therm O Web adhesives and had LOTS of fun!

One of my favorite things to do with kits is to cut out bits and pieces and use them as three dimensional elements. The red speech bubble that houses my title was one such element--easy to cut out and easy to pop up with a couple of Therm O Web 3D Zots™ (my favorite way to add dimension to layouts).

rk ride like the wind
I also use 3D Zots™ under stickers. I apply the sticker to my shirt for a few minutes to get rid of some of its tackiness then add my 3D Zots™ to pop them up.
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The 3D Zots™ offer so much lift that they make it easier to layer and cluster elements like the BasicGrey slide frame hanging over the popped up Echo Park sticker in this layout:
rk lucky 2 have you
When you have an embellishment that does not have its own adhesive a regular Therm O Web Zots™ makes sure it stays put. I used a Large Zots™ to hold the Happy flair. Once again I popped up the Love This sticker with 3D Zots™.
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Next time your layout is feeling flat, reach for some Therm O Web 3D Zots™ and start popping things up!

Therm O Web is giving away a Therm O Web adhesive kit ALONG with a complete Cocoa Daisy September Kit !
Enter the information at Therm O Web HERE to win.
Then head over to the Cocoa Daisy blog to see what they've created and for more chances to win!

Oct 5, 2013

Two Totally Different Looks -- One Kit

One thing I have always loved about Scrapbook Circle kits is that there is such a variety of goodies included that it permits you to make layouts that look nothing like one another. I dont know about you, but I dont want 4+ layouts that look exactly the same and with Scrapbook Circle kits each layout you make can look completely different. The September Kit So Happy Together is a perfect example. The kit includes neutral colors and dreamy patterns, but also has bright vibrant papers too. Take a look at these two layouts. This one includes the lighter and more neutral tones:

rk sc joggin buddies

By focusing on the confetti paper and yellow and kraft cardstock, it has a very sunrise feeling. I used the confetti patterned bag to house my journaling.


And this layout is the polar opposite!

rk sc my colorful girl

Bright, vibrant in your face colors to go along with my daughter's personality. :) From the background Glitz patterned paper, to the pink cardstock and the colored confetti, everything on this layout was chosen because it was colorful.


I even used two American Crafts die cuts to add two more colors to the layout.  And the bright red with white polka dot paper was perfect for a big title.


Have you noticed how many different layouts you can make with a Scrapbook Circle kit? How do you mix it up each month?