Monday, July 23, 2012

My Sister

Hey everyone! Sorry for the radio silence lately- there's been a lot going on in the Stephens household- potty training, school, and an upcoming move so I haven't been scrapbooking as much as I'd like! I did find some time last week to squeeze in a page though and I'm very happy with how it came out.

I used my Studio Calico kit, 35mm, and the stamp set from Summer Stamp School. I don't usually even think to use stamps on my page (I usually remember once the page is done!) but I started this one with the stamps in mind.

I mainly just filled in space with some of my favorite bits of the set- the chevrons and arrows and stamped them in a light gray ink so they blended into the background a bit. I also added in some hand-stitching once my title was laid down.

I also used the Heidi Swapp color magic letters here but opted not to color them- I really like the subtle gloss effect on them.
I also have a summer-themed page up at Simple Stories today- here's a little peek:

I'll be back later in the week to share the full page, plus a little glimpse into my Instagram mini! See you then!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Simple Stories Sn@p!

If you haven't been to the Simple Stories blog recently, I highly suggest you take a look! They have a lot of great new releases for summer CHA, and the one I'm most excited about is Sn@p!
They've expanded their great Mix & Match albums (that are really the best size for mini albums, December Daily's, and Project Life) and added a lot of great journaling cards and phrases to fit 3x4 and 4x6 pockets!
Here are a few of my favorites:

Like I said yesterday, I'm a sucker for phrases!
And these journaling cards will make PL so much easier!

 And, they have coordinating album inserts- those polaroid frames are very trendy right now!

They also have coordinating pockets, stickers, and alphas- this line is going to be the most versatile you'll find! I'm so excited to play with this line!
To see the rest of their CHA releases, visit them here!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Trying something new

Here's a layout I did for the Pebbles blog this week. I decided to try a new format- 8.5x11" horizontal as it is a size I've never done before. I'm surprised at how well I like this way, I think everything fits a lot nicer and there is less negative space.

And the colors of these papers (Mostly Hip Hip Hooray) are so bright and fun! I cut the envelope with my silhouette and altered the dimensional piece on the left by cutting it into a heart shape. Nothing like stretching your embellishments!
By the way, have you seen the new releases that Pebbles has shown on their blog today? Here are a few of my favorite pieces:


Love tags and those envelopes are too cute!

I don't think you can ever have too many journaling cards or phrases- I'm so glad that Pebbles has added these to their repertoire. These are so great for cards and even Project Life!


I'm a sucker for banners and those dimensional stickers are SO cute. And more ABC stickers? Yes, please!


And, this Halloween line is so cute! I love that it comes in a 6x6 pad- I'm seeing a lot of Halloween cards in my near future!

Have you been following the Simple Stories blog? They've got three great new releases plus a BIG! announcement today so make sure you check it out! I'll be back tomorrow with a re-cap of my favorites from each of their lines!