New Simple Stories Winter 2018 Collection Kits

by Richelle Naegle

Last month was the CHA 2018 show (which is now called Creativation), and this year there are a lot of great new products coming out! I can’t wait for you see them all. Simple Stories is one of my favorite paper lines, and I love the new Carpe Diem planners that are coming out in May. You should follow up on that later!

The first collection you are going to want to check out is the Always & Forever! This is the perfect paper collection for a wedding; it features black and white floral prints as well as a great selection of embellishments that will perfectly enhance your layouts.

This next set gives you the opportunity to scrapbook all about yourself. The I am. . . collection was designed for yours truly! If you are like me, you spend a lot of time spending your scrapbooking time on projects about your kids. We are so busy with all the activities they do, and the only time you show up in the scrapbook is when someone else takes the camera at a family vacation or event, and then you’re in the picture for once.

Above is a scrapbook layout I quickly created using I am… Now, all I need are a couple pictures of me. This collection gives you the chance to add more of you to your projects!

Next we have Simple Stories Bliss, which is filled with fun pastel colors like purple, pink and blue, and green, with lots of butterflies and flowers. This collection is perfect for scrapbooking all your spring and even Easter projects. If you prefer more traditional Easter pages, check out the Happy Easter set from Simple Stories, or Welcome Spring! Both of these collections come with six 12″ x 12″ double-sided sheets and a selection of stickers.

This next collection is great for anyone who loves to craft, as well as teenage girls. Crafty Girl features bright colors and fun patterns. With this collection, I created a super simple and fun card that any anyone would love.

Mama Llama is a fun llama-themed paper stack that would be great for making your Mother’s day cards and scrapbook pages with. Pick up this kit now because our Mother’s day scrapbook kits always seem to sell out quickly.

Last, but definitely not the least of these kits is Travel Notes. It will make crafting your family road trip or vacation super easy. I wanted to make something different from this paper collection, so I made a traveler scrapbook. The finished size of this book is 8″ x 8″.

Below is the first page, and I used some of the element sheets to cut out little images, like the cameras, heart, and the phrase Enjoy every Moment. I also added the fun pocket to hold tickets and other little keepsakes.

On the second page (below), I added some photo spots, because what good is it without some fun pictures from your trip? This collection kit has a lot of fun embellishments that you can use to make this little scrapbook come to life. 

The third page of this travel scrapbook is only made up of three sheets of paper, so you will still have a lot of extra scraps to use in other projects.

Here is the back page, and to bind this book together, I stapled the edge. You could also poke little holes in the side and string some ribbon or jute through.

This is the complete NEW Simple Stories Winter 2018 collections that are coming out this month (Feb 2018). There are a bunch more that are coming in April so check back to see those fun collections as well.

Happy Creating

February 2018 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

It’s February, and we are so excited to have spring right around the corner, but before we get there we have Valentine’s Day crafts to take care of! Every month we offer our readers/customers free SVG design downloads created by Aaron Meyers. This month, we are pleased to bring you (2) card designs and (1) set of February-themed icons for your daily planner.

Before we get to the projects, we must explain how this all works. You use the SVG image files with an electronic cutting machine to cut your material (colored cardstock, vinyl, etc.) to make these fun designs. To download each file, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the links. Here is our favorite design for this month’s selection:

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Valentine’s 2018 Paper Craft Projects

homemade love dog w/ balloon valentine's cardby Richelle Naegle

Valentine’s, or as I like to call it, the big heart day, is almost here. One of my new year’s resolutions is to stop being a paper craft slacker! This year, I am going to get my holiday crafts done early, starting with my Valentine’s paper craft projects. If you need some help meeting your goals, whether they are related to crafts or not, you should download our free SVG files.

Valentine’s Greeting Cards

For this first card, I used my Silhouette CAMEO 3. The overall size of the card is 4.25″ x 5.5″, and I found the cute puppy at the Silhouette Store. The design is called Love Dog w/ Balloon. I cut the image out at about 3.5″ tall, from the bottom of LOVE to the top of the heart balloon. Continue reading “Valentine’s 2018 Paper Craft Projects” »

January 2018 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

Ready or not, it’s 2018! We are ready, which means we have new free downloadable SVG designs to get you on track for goals and good habits. Aaron Meyers created unique designs for (1) good habit forming chart, (1) resolutions chart, and (2) greeting cards. They work with electronic cutting machines, like the Silhouette CAMEO 3 and the Explore Air 2. All you have to do is upload the SVG files to your machine, load material, and then watch while your sophisticate machine does all the work. You can download the files from the links are at the bottom of this post. If you do not see the download links, it means you are reading the post within the blog feed and need to click on the article to reveal them.

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Sweet Sugarbelle Project: Cactus Cookie Cutters Set

cactus cookie cutter set components and boxAt CraftDirect, we’ve wanted to do a Sweet Sugarbelle cookie cutter project for quite some time, so I took the opportunity this Christmas break. I visited my nieces (ages 13 and 9) and nephew (age 4) in Georgia where it was bitter cold and gray, the type of weather that is perfect for cookie baking. Everyone was happy to participate, and we all had fun. The great thing about Sweet Sugarbelle is their products make it easy to create intricate sugar cookie designs using stencils and other helpful accessories.

Getting Started

Because I’m from Arizona, I thought the kids would like to get a little taste of the desert, so I selected the Cactus Cookie Cutter Set. It includes two cookie cutters, two templates, and two instruction cards. In addition to that, we used Disposable Piping Bags and a few household utensils, like butter knives and spatulas. Since we’ve been selling Sweet Sugarbelle, I’ve wondered what the templates look like. It turns out they are made of thin, clear plastic. You punch out the shapes to get the positive and the negative stencil: Continue reading “Sweet Sugarbelle Project: Cactus Cookie Cutters Set” »