Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Life in Color | Simple Stories

Hello, I have been so excited for today, so that I can share my very first post as part of the 2016 Simple Stories DT!  I played with the "Life in Color" collection for both of the pages that I created for this reveal and let me tell you, it does not disappoint!  I am a long time hard-core Simple Stories fan, largely because each release includes so many fabulous patterns and embellishments - that there is something for everyone in each gorgeous collection!

My first layout is called "view life in colour" and I definitely went bold with this one!  The page documents  a summer day spent on our boat and checking out the sights, my youngest and my husband really enjoy being out on the water.  I opted for a central focal area for my photo and layered up several of the beautiful patterned papers beneath it.

My favourite part is always the embellishing, embellishments can truly take a layout to the next level.  I love layering up a variety of types of embellishments for impact.

Note - I was fortunate enough to have this layout published in the Summer 2017 issue of Creative Scrapboker magazine!!

With fun elements like wood veneer pieces, bradz, washi, chipboard frames, clips, die cuts, chipboard, enamel dots and two types of stickers I could have just kept adding and adding goodies!  I may have had to tell myself to walk away at one point! ha!

I really wanted to use black enamel dots so I pulled them from the Carpe Diem scrapbook collection, I just thought they would pop really nicely off of the yellow base paper. I was right, they look fab!  I am also so in love with the clips Simple Stories has added to their collections, the designs are great and they are so unique! (You can see one on this page above the photo, it is wood-grained with a heart on it.)

It is super fun to use a variety of text in a title, for mine I combined a large chipboard piece and the mid sized alphas stickers from the Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheet, and I just love the way it turned out!  I am trying real hard to remember to add journaling to all my pages even if it is pretty basic.  Tucking the journaling into an embellishment cluster helps to pull it into my page.


My second page is called "lovely DAY captured", despite the way it looks with my reveal today, I do not always use a "framed base" for my layouts but I was so inspired to use many of the papers, so this was a nice way to be able to incorporate one more pattern!  I just couldn't leave one beautiful paper untouched! lol!

I really wanted to use three photos and frame them with some of the chipboard frames on this layout, which documents a trip with my son to a butterfly conservatory.  I designed my layout to highlight each photo, which also gives me lots of spaces to add embellishments - win win for me!

I used a combination of clear stickers and regular stickers to create my title. I removed the adhesive from the "DAY" stickers using baby powder so that I could pop them up with foam adhesive.  

How awesome are these wood veneer papers clips?  Love them!  I adhered a wood veneer butterfly to one for this page, I love the way it nestles perfectly within my signature ;) embellishment cluster.

Thanks for visiting today, I can't wait until my next share for Simple Stories coming up in March!

Simple Stories Supply List: from the Life in Color Collection - 5028 Chipboard Stickers, 5002 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers, 5003 Expressions Cardstock Stickers, 5027 Bradz, 5036 Clips, 5031 Enamel Dots, 5041 Wood Veneer, 5038 chipboard Frames, 5029 Bits and Pieces (die cuts), 5033 Clear Stickers, 5007 Here & Now patterned paper, 5006 Love this Life patterned paper, 5011 4x5 horizontal elements, 5012 4x4 & 4x5 vertical elements, 5008 Big Memories patterned paper, 5014 Teal Watercolor / Yellow Watercolor patterned paper, 5015  Coral Watercolor / Light Blue Watercolor patterned paper,  5005 The Good Life  patterned paper, 5013 2x12, 4x12 and 6x12 Page Elements.  from the Carpe Diem Collection - 6631 Enamel Dots

Other Supplies: Hemptique button twine, Staedtler felt tip pen, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Pumice Stone and Tiny Attacher.


  1. Beautiful layouts! I love the floral print borders and the embellishment clusters. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  2. I love this collection and your designs are amazing.

  3. Beautiful pages, Laura! Love the bold, bright, perfectly scrumptious color and mix of prints! So striking! And so many scrumptious goodies to love... I couldn't possibly pick a fave.

  4. I so love the colours in this collection!! Beautiful vibrant pages!!


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