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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

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” »

Thanksgiving Craft Projects 2017

turkey trotters t-shirt thanksgiving craft projectby Richelle Naegle

Did you get a chance to see the Free SVG downloads from Aaron last week? If you haven’t, download them here. I loved his football jersey ideas and thought it would be fun to put my own twist on it for my Thanksgiving craft projects. We don’t play football in my family, but we do participate in a fun run every year. I decided to make t-shirts for our fun run this year. Aaron owed me a favor, so I asked him to make this fun Turkey Trotters design for us. I also did the Thanksgiving Tree project that Aaron designed.

Turkey Trotters Shirts

My boys were in my craft room looking at my fabric transfer paper and they found this Silhouette flocked brown heat transfer material. This gave the turkey fuzzy texture, which makes it a little more fun. For this shirt project, you need:

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Halloween Treat Bag Projects

two ghost-themed halloween treat boxesby Richelle Naegle

It’s time to get ready for Halloween, Everybody knows the best thing about Halloween is the treats! At least that’s what my kids tell me. So today, I thought it would be fun to make a few quick and easy Halloween treat bag projects.

Silhouette 3D Open-Sided Halloween Favor Box

For me, the first thing I did was get my Silhouette CAMEO (have you seen the new Pink CAMEO 3?) out and searched through their Silhouette Studio until I found these cute Ghost boxes. They are called 3D Open sided Halloween Favor Box.

I cut them out out at 11″ tall, which allowed me to cut two boxes from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of patterned cardstock. The banner spells “Boo”, but instead of O’s, I substituted googly eyes. I think that modification turned out great
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New Simple Stories – Fall 2017

At CraftDirect, one of our favorite brands is Simple Stories because of the way they make paper crafting so much easier. We had very high expectations for this fall release, and they did not disappoint! Is that any surprise?

the bloom collection is part of the fall 2017 Simple Stories release

You will be inspired to make unique scrapbook layouts, heart-felt greeting cards, decorative photo frames, and don’t forget your Carpe Diem planner projects. Save on the new Simple Stories Fall 2017 collections with the online leaders in crafting. Here are the new product lines we are so excited to announce:

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