Simple Stories: Say Cheese Christmas SN@P! Album

Merry Christmas, friends! Recently, I went to to film a few segments for Simple Stories, including the Say Cheese Christmas collection and the SN@P! Binder Bundle available at (You can view the video at the bottom of THIS PAGE at the 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!



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Christmas Pocket Pages

Some of you may be working on December Daily albums … and others of you may just be ignoring Christmas scrapbooking altogether until you make it through the holidays. LOL! Am I right, or what?!

Me? I do as much holiday scrapping as I can while I am in the mood, but most of it won’t get finished until next year. It helps that I have some design team projects that keep me plugging along, otherwise I probably wouldn’t be doing ANY scrapbooking this month. Hehe!

Some of you have expressed interest in seeing more of my Pocket Pages, so today, I thought I would share with you the¬†2015 Christmas Pocket Pages I recently completed. (I worked on them in November with a goal to finish up last year’s photos before taking more photos this year.)

If you are a pocket scrapbooker, I hope they inspire you … and if you are not, maybe you’ll just enjoy seeing random photos of my family all smooshed together. LOL!


I use my Pocket Style albums as a decorative photo album of sorts. I like to provide an overview of all of our pictures, and then I go back and create pages for the events that have more photos, or have more meaning to me and my family to place in our scrapbook page albums.


Next spread …

A little note about the way I’ve been doing my holiday pages the past couple of years. I have discovered that I like the holidays to have a cohesive look … it connects the multiple pages and makes it easier to view. For these pages, I used an American Crafts/Project Life card kit combined with a few things from my stash.


Next page …

The pages vary slightly, but overall they have the same feel.


Next …


And the last, single page, of our album …



Now, I know we are past Halloween, but while my pocket page scrappers are here perusing, I thought I would slip in the Halloween pages I made for 2015, too. I didn’t get them finished in time to share in October, but figured you might still enjoy seeing them. ūüôā

I used the Echo Park Paper Halloween collection for these two spreads.


Second spread…


Whew! Well, atleast I am mostly caught up with the holidays from 2015 now. ūüôā

Thanks for coming by! I hope to see you again soon!


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Noel Mignon: Pumpkin Patch Pocket Page

This week I combine the Noel Mignon All Fall Classic Kit and All Fall Daily Diary kit together on this 3-page pocket spread of my family’s visit to the pumpkin patch last year. I love how this one came together!



I love when Noel includes Simple Stories in her kits because they are definitely one of my favorite companies! I pulled out all of the Hello Fall elements and combined them together on these pages.


I just love the colors, patterns, typography, and icons in this set! The “Grateful” die cut made the perfect title!


I used more die cuts on the cards towards the bottom of the page. How cute is that little fox circle … and the leaves?! Ack! I also couldn’t get enough of the phrase stickers. I used a combination of the Pebbles phrase stickers from this month’s kit along with the Simple Stories phrase stickers that were included on the large 12×12 sticker sheet of last month’s Falloween Daily Diary kit.


More die cuts and goodies over on the other side of the spread!


I created a little cluster on the corner of each photo at the top of the page using the die cuts, phrase stickers, and those adorable patterned orange buttons from the All Fall Classic kit!


Some Simple Stories element stickers (Oct. Falloween Daily Diary kit) adorn two of the photos at the bottom of the page.

The journaling cards gets a little dimension with a wood button from last month’s kit and another one of those darling patterned Queen & Co. buttons from this month’s kit.


The Simple Stories fun continues on the third page of this spread.


Enamel dots are the perfect little dimensional accent for the 4×6 quote card.


I pulled in a bit of the Echo Park plaid washi tape (last month’s kit) to add some pattern to the bottom of a couple of the photos. A few die cuts and orange buttons clustered together round things out.


Finally, I had fun creating my own large journaling card for this one. I trimmed down a notebook patterned card I had in my stash and adhered it to the patterned side of one of the 4×6 journaling cards. Next, I decorated the top and bottom of the card with a few die cuts and Simple Stories stickers … and of course another button!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you are having a creative week!


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A Visit to Stampin’ Up Headquarters and Stampin’ Up Project Life Projects

A week ago today I had the pleasure of visiting the¬†gorgeous Stampin’ Up Headquarters located in Riverton, Utah. Stampin’ Up had contacted me and asked me if I would like to create with some of their products. Of course I said, “YES!” And then when I mentioned that I had never been to their offices, but had heard how AMAZING they were, they invited me to come for a tour! What a fun surprise!

From the moment I walked in I was in AWE!!! Just look at the beautiful three story+  entry with the fountains and atrium ceiling. WOW!!!

I met with Rachel Jensen, PR gal extraordinaire. She is the nicest person! We hit it off right away and I really loved getting to know her. (I should have got a picture of the two of us together! Grrr! What was I thinking?!)

Rachel first took me through the Legacy Hall, a series of rooms introducing a visitor to Stampin’ Up, and what they are all about.

I LOVED looking at each of the different vignettes and could have soaked up the inspirational projects for hours. I mean, how cute is that lamp base filled with stamps, and the pillows created with stamps … and the artwork … and … and … I loved it ALL!

Next, I got to see where the designers dream up new products, rest, and where all the products are shipped from. The warehouse was INCREDIBLE! And I really enjoyed learning about how things are boxed and shipped.

Stampin’ Up was incredibly generous to me and gave me all kinds of Project Life goodies to play with. I chose to work with the Good Vibes collection.

Here is a peek at all of the yummy-ness, just waiting for me to dig in! Isn’t it gorgeous?!! I LOVE these colors!


The Good Vibes Project Life Card Collection includes 100 cards in 4×6, 4×4, and 3×4 sizes. There are 50 different two-sided designs, two of each design.

The Good Vibes Project Life Accessory Pack includes all kinds of fun goodies that coordinate with the card collection; a mini stamp set, paper clips, sequins, enamel shapes, foiled 3×4 cards, laser cut 4×6 cards, a roll of washi tape, two sets of letter stickers, overlay stickers, shape stickers, and 2×2 cards Whew! Lots of fun stuff to play with!

And let me tell you about their ink pads! … Juicy, vibrant, and high-quality! They make stamping a dream!

On top of all that they also sent me an adorable striped 12×12 albumadorable striped 12×12 album and a variety of their sheet protectors. THANK YOU, Stampin’ Up!!! Wow!!!

So … are you ready to see everything I created with these fun products?! Here we go!


First up are three single page pocket layouts. Let me take you through the details of each one.




I cut the “The Perfect Day” tab from one of the 3×4 journaling cards and used it to accent the top of this photo.


I typed all of the journaling to keep things clean and unified. I used the Night of Navy ink to stamp “Loved this Moment” on the bottom of the pink journaling card and then accented the stamp with a gray enamel arrow and a sprinkle of sequins.

The sequins are so fun to sprinkle here and there. I love the shimmer and shine they add to my pages!


I pulled out an older Stampin’ Up letter stamp set I had in my stash to add the word “obsessed” to the label sticker at the bottom of the page. Aren’t the stamped emojis as cute as can be?! I love them!





On this page I used the copper/rose gold foiled tile letter stickers to add “Be My Valentine” along the curved design of the pink journaling card. I used the “Loved This Moment” stamp again, accented with a few heart stickers from the sticker sheet.


To add some interest to the multi-colored patterned card, I added sequins to the design.


A little bit of washi tape on the bottom of the triangle 3×4 card gives it a bit more color.


And here I used a stamped/punched heart to replace the letter “o” in the word “forever.”





I was pretty excited to discover that I had some letter stamps in my stash (by Studio Calico) that matched the letter stickers in the Accessory Pack. I used them here to stamp out my title, along with some interlinked stamped hearts.


The pink half circle accenting the top of the photo in the right top corner was cut from one of the 2×2 cards.


I had a lot of fun decorating this hexagon/honeycomb 3×4 card. I stamped several hearts with the Flirty Flamingo, Night of Navy, and Emerald Envy inks, hand cut them out and then added them to the centers of the pattern with some foam adhesive.


The striped card gets decorated with a couple of 2×2 cards … the 2×2 transparent heart card, and the “High Five” sliced from the center of another 2×2 card.



How about some two-pagers now?




I used the letter stickers, 2×2 cards, sequins, stickers, and enamel dots from the Accessory Pack to decorate these top three cards.


The pink heart accents were cut from one of the 3×4 cards and then added to other cards with foam squares for a bit of dimension.




I added the “Remember” stamp above the heart on the first card. The frame around the smaller photo was actually cut from another 3×4 card.


How sweet is that heart geo tag enamel sticker?! CUTE!!!





For the title card on this page, I pulled out a set of Echo Park Alphabet Stamps. I stamped the title directly to a patterned 4×6 filler card. The green chevron shape was cut from another 4×6 card and adhered to the top.



I fell in love with that emoji face that was by itself on a pink card. I punched it out with a circle punch, added a punched white circle behind it as a mat and then added it to the color-blocked 3×4 card. I stamped the bottom of the card with the “Remember” stamp.


The photo on this 3×4 card was matted with a navy 3×4 card. I cut the green hexagon from another 3×4 card and tucked it underneath the photo to provide a spot for my journaling.


The washi tape even shows up great on the darker colors! Here I used it at the bottom of the navy title card to add a bit more interest.


I used the letter stickers to spell out the location of our weekend getaway, stamping hearts on either side.


I think I got the most use out of that cute, little heart stamp! It was the perfect accent no matter what spread I was working on!





This title card was a lot of fun to make. I cut the border, “Stories” pennant shape, and the label shape from other 4×6 cards … then combined them here to make my own unique design.



Another pennant shape placed on its side accents the 3×4 bar graph card adhered to the Mint Macaron patterned 4×6 card at the bottom of the page.



I cut a banner shape from a scrap of white cardstock to house the letter stickers for this smaller 3×4 title card on this side of the spread.


The washi tape adhered to white cardstock makes a great mat for the photos on the Navy brick-patterned card here.


I love the way that orange patterned card turned out! I handcut the green banner quote from another 4×6 journaling card and adhered it to the orange patterned one using foam squares. It just kicks things up a notch, don’t you think? Love it!



Whew! That was quite the post! See?!! I told you I had a ball playing with these adorable goodies … and I still have a lot left!

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this peek into Stampin’ Up and the darling products they have available. If you haven’t checked out their catalogs for awhile, be sure to! I have an ongoing list of more cute things I am excited¬†to add to my stash!

A BIG THANK YOU ¬†again to Stampin’ Up for your generosity and for inviting me to visit your headquarters. It was the highlight of my week!

Until next time! Happy Scrapping!


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