Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Simple Stories

I saw that the Simple Stories brand had put out a call, looking for new designers for their design team.  Since I had completed a couple of pages with their "100 days of Summer" collection and had purchased pieces from their baby and birthday lines, I thought I might as well throw my name in the hat.  If nothing else, it was a good motivator to get some more pages done and use up some of the product I already had purchased.  What I love about the Simple Stories products is that they provide a solution for every scrapbooker - from simple to decorative. Their products can be a time saver, by easily being cut apart and slipped into pre-sized divided page protectors.  Thus they are ideal for those that want and need to document their memories quickly. At the same time, however, each collection is equally as inspiring for more creative play and detailed pages, which is, how I've chose to use them so far. I didn't get chosen for the team, but I'm so glad it encouraged me to get some more photos/memories scrapped, and I and my kiddos really love how the pages turned out -- so that's a bonus!

Here is the page I completed last fall, using Simple Stories '100 Days of Summer' line, as an assignment for Simply Scrapbooks.  The colors and icons in this line really lend themselves to so many of summers great memories.  On this page, I used pictures that were taken at a local festival that we take the kids to every year.

The Simple Stories 'Happy Day' birthday line definitely tops my favorites of their collections.  I love that the colors work for either girl or boy and the different icons and patterns are just so cute.  This page highlights pictures from Justin's 3rd birthday. 

And a couple of close ups:

With a new baby in the house, I easily gravitated toward the Baby Steps collection.  I was especially fond of this patchwork style paper, that included many of the designs from this line, to use for the page background.  I LOVE this picture of baby girl and I from the hospital.  I simply can't believe that those newborn days are already gone!

Here's a look at the title.  I cut the letters B A B Y from one of the 12x12 sheets, for my title.

Of course, I couldn't call the page complete without adding a few buttons, some machine stitching and a little baker's twine!

And finally, I used up some of my scraps from the 'Happy Day' collection to whip up a quick birthday card.

I'll be back to share a couple more Simple Stories pages in the coming week, as I just picked up some of their new 'Awesome' collection released at CHA.  Can't wait to play with this one!


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