Simple Stories: You Are Amazing!

Happy weekend, friends! Although the days all seem to blur together right now, don’t they?

Scrapbooking has always been very therapeutic and fulfilling for me. I love the process of looking through past memories, selecting one to scrapbook, and then choosing beautiful products to highlight that memory.

As I work, I feel a sense of gratitude for my family and the time we spend together. I giggle to myself as I think about the funny things that were said or that happened during that particular time and marvel over how much we have all learned, grown and changed since then.

I’m sure you can relate and have similar feelings as you work on your memories.

What I love about this crazy time, is that in some small way, being at home is allowing the general population to think about the same things. I’ve noticed new people starting to work on recording their memories, saying they finally have the time. I hope they will continue to MAKE time to record their memories after all of this is over. It is rewarding in sooooo many ways.

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Anyhow, I have a new page to share with you today using the beautiful I Am collection from Simple Stories.

My daughter loves acting and singing and was so delighted to get the part of the dragon in their school play, Shrek Jr. I loved watching her on that stage because she was IN. HER. ELEMENT! Isn’t it awesome seeing our kids shine in the things that they love to do?! I thought the butterflies and blooms in this collection were a perfect way to record this “blossoming” moment of my daughter.

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I love that the I Am collection includes “You are …” phrases, too. I used one of the NEW Foam Stickers as the title here. The foam stickers for this collection are gold foil with all kinds of useful words. It’s a set that you can use on many pages, which I love.

The journaling has a bit of a glare from the lights because I printed it on a transparency. This allowed me to fit the longer paragraph my daughter wrote onto the 4×6 SN@P! card. Once the page is in its sheet protector, you won’t even notice.

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I chose to crop the supporting photos into circles and place them together at the bottom of the page. To the right of the photos, I added a cluster of embellishments.

The bird and flowers were fussy-cut from a 3×4 SN@P! card, the envelope and ‘Dreaming Big’ phrase are from the chipboard set, and then the heart and the ‘Killin’ It’ phrase are from the Combo Stickers.

I used a teeny, tiny flower punch to add the cutest little supporting flowers around each flower cluster on this page. I layered two punched flowers together, ruffled up their petals, and then added a golden center using a Viva Pearl Pen (you could also use Nuvo drops). They turned out darling!

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I love adding stitching on my page for a bit of texture, too. Even if it’s a simple line around the edge of the page, it adds just the right touch, in my opinion.

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I hope that you enjoyed my I Am page today and that it inspired you to record those shining moments in your family’s life.

Have a great day!

JanaBold

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If you are ‘land-locked’ at home due to the coronavirus pandemic and looking for a distraction, I thought I’d remind you that I have a FREE class at Scrapbook.com!

Here’s a sneak peek at the Spring projects I created for this class, including a super-cute Easter basket that is WAY EASIER to create than it looks. (You can see a sneak peek of it in the top right corner of the photo.) Stop by my class to learn how!

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Simple Stories: Happy Easter

Helloooo! Happy Easter to you! It’s been a while since I’ve created something that I can share publicly here on my blog, but I’m happy to say that I have an Easter layout to share with you today using the adorable Simple Stories Hip Hop Hooray collection!

Scrapbooking has been my way of coping with this crazy, coronavirus time warp of a Twilight Zone we are all living in right now and I’m so grateful for how therapeutic it feels. I will try and find time to share everything I have been making, but I will definitely share my favorites. 🙂

HAPPY EASTER

These are some individual shots I took of my kids on Easter Sunday four years ago. It’s crazy how much my kids have changed since then! Wow!

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I opted to place each photo in white cardstock frames that I cut using my Silhouette die cutting machine. I placed an additional layer of patterned paper and small strips of washi tape behind some of the photos, and wrapped others with twine.

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I placed the photos in a grid on the page, and filled the two ’empty’ frames with elements from the collection.  I also stitched around these frames to add texture and popped them up with foam tape for depth.

This one features a pair of cute buzzing bees accenting the rainboot 3×4 Element Card, a tab sticker (Combo Sticker Sheet), and the ‘Spring Fever’ banner along the bottom.

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I used the ’empty’ frame in the bottom row as a spot for a springtime scene and my title. I love how the yellow Decorative Brad adds a bit of detail to the sun die cut (Bits & Pieces)!

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My family, like yours, won’t be dressing up for church this Easter Sunday, but we will still think about the beautiful reason for this holiday, our brother and Savior, Jesus Christ. I love Him! I’m always grateful for Him and his loving sacrifice for each and every one of us.

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Wishing you and yours peace and sunshine this Easter!

With love,

JanaBold

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Simple Stories: Say Cheese Christmas SN@P! Album

Merry Christmas, friends! Recently, I went to Scrapbook.com to film a few segments for Simple Stories, including the Say Cheese Christmas collection and the SN@P! Binder Bundle available at Scrapbook.com. (You can view the video at the bottom of THIS PAGE at the Scrapbook.com or on their YouTube channel, if you’d like!)

This is a great bundle to use for your Christmas vacation to a Disney destination, but with a few slight adjustments it is versatile enough to use for your at-home holiday memories as well!

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I created an album with the kit, adding in the Say Cheese Christmas collection kit so I could use the 12×12 papers to add layers and interactive elements. I also added in a few of my favorite Photo Flips. I’ve had a few requests to post pictures of the individual pages, so here you go! Enjoy!

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Below, I scored the top of the 4×4 black castle card to create an interactive flap covering the 4×4 photo beneath.

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For this pocket, I scored a piece of patterned paper in half, and then tucked the back panel in the pocket for a fold-over card. This creates additional space for photos and journaling!

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I trimmed the top and bottom off of the red confetti dot page included with the SN@P! album to add in a different sized page. (save the top and bottom strips to use as layers in other spots of the album)

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The blue card on the red page is scored on the left edge, creating a flap. Use the tab to lift the flap and view more photos!

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A simple strip of patterned paper creates a pocket for journal cards and photos!

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This z-fold page is a fun way to add interest to your album!

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Want to add journaling, but you don’t want everyone to read it. Add it to a tag and then tuck it in between the photos or cards in the pocket pages (like I did behind the green snowman card below).

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I used a circle punch to cut out the word “M-E-R-R-Y” from the 2×2 cards for the title on the page below.

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Try creating a tri-fold element with a decorative scalloped edge!

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Use a craft knife to cut a slit in a page pocket and add hidden journaling that slides out from behind a 4×4 Element card.

The pocket on the right was created by adhering a 4×6 piece of patterned paper to a 4×6 photo. leave the right side blank, creating a pocket for additional photos or journaling. I created a tab for the slide-out photo by folding a punched circle over the edge.

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Here I used an oval die to cut windows in the red 6×8 SN@P! page. I then adhered it to another page along the top, left, bottom, and horizontal center. I left the right side open as a pocket and placed photos, cut in the shape of tags, in the pockets. You can write your journaling behind the photos on the grid paper. CUTE!

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On the back of the grid page, I created a large flip-out page by scoring the left edge of a large piece of patterned paper.

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This Photo Flip opens downward revealing more photos.

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These 4×4 Element cards were scored on opposite sides, creating flaps that open both ways.

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Score 2″x4″ pieces of cardstock and adhere 2″x2″ Element cards on the front of them for lots of little flaps!

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Or simply score a journal page vertically to create a narrow page that opens up to reveal your story.

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A 4×6 Photo Flip covers the pocket on the bottom of this 6×8 pocket page, opening up to reveal additional photos.

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I hope you feel inspired to create your own Christmas album. This is such a fun project to do and products from Simple Stories makes it easy!

See you next time!

JanaBold

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