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  1. Simple Stories Club Kit Projects

    by Richelle Hallman Here at CraftDirect.com, we are always looking for new and fun ways to make art projects easier. We love to help our customers get their creative juices flowing. In order to continue this tradition, we are now bringing in popular new Club Kits. In case you haven't heard of them, these fancy paper crafting sets made from materials by popular brands like Simple Stories. They are designed to give you everything you need to make a specific project, including instructions. For a quick example of Simple Stories Club Kit projects, check out this Christmas album I made: country christmas snap album club kit project completed The underlying idea behind club kits is that they streamline the process, but also allow you the flexibility to personalize each project as you see fit (choose your own finishing touches by incorporating whatever scrapbooking supplies you have on hand). Not only do club kits make craft time easier to manage, but you might also learn a new technique or two. Continue reading →
  2. 2019 Winter Craft Product Release

    Some of the world's famous craft designers have or will be releasing new amazing product collections for upcoming holidays and spring themes, as well as new solutions for any kind of project. Richelle just returned from CHA 2019, and she's so excited for the entire year, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. In our 2019 winter craft product release, we are excited to offer you: Foil Quill foil quill cricut project with the gold foiled leavesThis will maybe be the most popular product of the year! We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill allows you to transform your Cricut machine or your CAMEO into a foiling machine. The collection includes heat-activated pens, foil sheets, foil rolls, and designs from some of your favorite designers. It works with any artwork (SVG and PNG), but you will love these USB design drives that include 200 icons, phrases, and more. The best way to get started is to buy the All-In-One Kit. Designers include Heidi Swapp, Amy Tangerine, Kelly Creates, and more. Speaking of foil and Heidi Swapp, there was a MINC release, too. In addition to some cool new accessories and projects, they released several tools that should make your projects better. One last thing before we get away from We R Memory Keepers: they have also released Big Happy Jig supplies, which revisits last year's popular release of the Happy Jig. As you might've guessed, the new Happy Jig is bigger and allows you to do larger wire-bending projects. Continue reading →
  3. Halloween Craft Projects 2018: Layouts, Cards, Treat Bags, etc.

    layout made using simple stories happy halloweenby Richelle Naegle It's October and now I feel like I can officially start creating for Halloween, and I love to make spooky and cute crafts. This year I think I got a little carried away with the scrapbook layouts! There are just too many fun Halloween paper collections to choose from this year. I couldn't decide which one I wanted to get, so I think I got them all, including: Simple Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Party Spooky Boo Trick or Treat and more! This first scrapbook layout was not created using any of those product lines, I actually went with the Simple Stories Happy Halloween Collection Kit. This is a perfect solution if you just want to make a couple pages (or a bunch of cards). It came with a sheet of SN@P Cards that are easy to add as an embellishment to your scrapbook pages. wicked cute layout made from SVD download This next layout I made is a design you can download for free (check out the October downloads post here). The paper collection I used is called Hocus Pocus, designed by Echo ParkI absolutely love this layout that Aaron designed. I had to make it, and it was so easy with the collection kit! Continue reading →
  4. 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 to 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! Always & Forever 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. always and forever collection paper displayed   I am... 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 of pictures of me. This collection gives you the chance to add more of you to your projects! Continue reading →
  5. 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: New Carpe Diem Beautiful Bliss Bloom Vintage Blessings Very Merry Continue reading →
  6. Mother's Day 2017 Craft Project Ideas

    by Richelle Naegle Today I'm going to cover a few fun cards you can make for your special Mom. Some are super easy and some are more involved. Hopefully, you have as much fun with your Mother's Day 2017 craft project ideas as I did. Let's start with the intricate project first. This is a fun rectangular pop out card...
  7. Simple Stories Sports Scrapbook Collection Kits

    by Richelle Naegle The new Simple Stories sports collection kits are perfect if you are trying to create a scrapbook layout for your favorite little athlete! Simple Stories is well known for offering scrapbookers the best kinds of solutions. There is a collection kit for just about every sport and they make it super easy to throw together quick projects. Sports-Themed Layout Projects I used different colors of Premium Cardstock by Core'dinations to add photo boards and an occasional die cut, but for the most part, everything (the stickers and cardstock) came from the collection kits. A lot of their new releases are Sports themed paper packs. You can find all the collection kits on our Simple Stories paper page. Baseball and Softball completed baseball scrapbook layout design The above image is a design made from the Baseball Collection Kit. Each set comes with 6 sheets of patterned cardstock. Obviously, I only used 2 of them. There are 4 more 12" x 12" pages that can be made, or you can cut them up to make photo pockets and other additions. Continue reading →
  8. Simple Stories Scrapbooking Projects

    by Richelle Naegle Sometimes simple is better! Especially when you have a lot of scrapbook pages to make because you are a couple of years behind on your scrapbook albums like I am. The Simple Stories collection kits are perfect for making quick and fun scrapbook layouts. These kits include stickers, cardstock elements, and some of them even have journaling cards...

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