February SCT Sampler Layout with Simple Stories Happy Hearts collection!

The SCT Sampler kit is a small subscription kit that gives you a small ‘sampling’ from different manufacturers each time. I subscribe to the kit and enjoy getting a ‘taste’ of new collections each month.

(Click here for more information about the SCT Sampler Kit Subscription.)

I was invited to do a Facebook LIVE in the SCT Sampler Group in February (anyone can request to join … even if you don’t yet subscribe to the kit) and created the following layout featuring the darling Simple Stories Happy Hearts collection.

I used the heart dies that were included in the January Sampler kit to create the hearts around my page. I used scissors to cut away the inside of the hearts and then layered them on top of the different papers included in the kit.

The ‘Happy’ script die was included in the February SCT Sampler kit. I decided to use it for my title. I used the ‘Happy’ word as-is for the first word. For the second word in the title, I cut apart the letters from the die and re-fashioned them to spell the word ‘day’ (the ‘d’ is an upside down ‘p’).

The Doodlebug Design enamel hearts and dimensional bird stickers were the perfect accents to the Happy Hearts die-cuts included with my kit. It’s always a fun and creative exercise to see what I can create with just a few supplies.

If you’d like to watch my process of this page coming together, you can see it in the group at the link below (if you’re not yet a member of the group, just request to join).


The February SCT Sampler is no longer available, but I linked the products I used for this page in the list below, if you are interested.

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Simple Stories: Happy Hearts Layout

Hello, my friends! Last month my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Woo hoo! I honestly can’t believe that we have been married for 25 years! How did we get here so quickly? Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

I wanted to create a ‘Then & Now’ type of layout commemorating our anniversary. I pulled out an engagement photo of my husband and I, then paired it with a recent photo of the two of us together. I used the Simple Stories Happy Hearts collection which was perfect! This collection is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but it also works great for everyday photos about the people and things we love.


The inspiration for this page came from a challenge that we are working on in the Private Facebook Group for the Simple Stories 2022 GET CREATIVE! Retreat. The challenge was to incorporate 2 photos, 1 sheet of cardstock, 4 patterned papers, a sprinkle of hearts, a pinch of ribbon or washi tape, and a smidge of stamping.

After matting my photos on Robin’s Egg Color Vibe cardstock I wrapped a length of ribbon around the center. I incorporated washi tape by adding strips of it above and below the journaling blocks. CUTE!

For my stamping, I used the ‘All the Heart Eyes!’ phrase from the Happy Hearts 4×6 Stamps underneath my title. I also used an OLD Simple Stories date stamp at the bottom of my journal blocks.

You can see the ‘sprinkle of hearts’ in a variety of places around the page. I used a sticker with a cluster of heart-shaped balloons by the title, several foam hearts from the Foam Stickers, and then die cut and layered Color Vibe cardstock hearts in the bottom right corner of the page (Color Vibe Cardstock Colors: Flamingo, Apricot, Bubblegum).

The largest heart die was recently included in the January SCT Sampler. The other two smaller heart dies came from my stash (source unknown).

This was a fun challenge to do!

If you love challenges, scrapbooking, and scrapbook retreats … consider purchasing a ticket to the 2022 Simple Stories ‘GET CREATIVE!’ retreat. I will be teaching a class at the retreat, but I am also hosting the exclusive Private Facebook Group for Retreat attendees where we are having a bit of fun together while counting down the months until the retreat in September. Tickets are going F-A-S-T! Click on the image below to find out more!

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Simple Stories: Jingle All the Way Banner

Are you looking for a way to brighten up a corner of a room with holiday cheer? Or maybe you need a handmade gift idea for someone who could use some additional Christmas spirit?

Christmas banners to the rescue! Banners are perfect for adding to a mantle, banister, sideboard, window, treat table, and more! I created this Jingle All the Way Banner for the Scrapbook.com Holiday Inspiration Series on their YouTube channel and wanted to share it here with you today!

Watch as I take you through my step-by-step batch process for creating focal point images by selecting a main image, adding in supporting images, connecting them all together with a shape, and then adding additional layers underneath. We start from the image to the front and work our way back to the base layer.

These concepts can be used for anything and can be applied to any type of collection! Try this process for creating a batch of cards, tags, embellishment clusters for a layout, gift bags, and more! Watch the video below!

Why not give banner making a try today?

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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. 🙂


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,



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