Simple Stories: Two Page Beach Layout

Four years ago my family checked off a bucket list item when we took our summer vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We stayed in a beach house and/ spent our days playing in the ocean, collecting shells, and eating good food. It was amazing! The Simple Stories Sunshine & Blue Skies collection, with its sunkissed vibe, was perfect for scrapbooking all of the beach photos I took while we were there!

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I pulled out the Say Cheese 4 Fun Words Large Metal Dies to create my title. I die cut the title three times. Two layers are from Navy/Emerald paper, and the third layer is from the navy dot side of the Let’s Escape paper. I layered them all together with foam tape to give the title lots of dimension.

I LOVE the Pool People Bits & Pieces and couldn’t resist creating a little scene with them below the title. I surrounded them with phrase stickers from the Combo Stickers and 4×6 Stickers, and added in more accents from the Bits & Pieces pack and Chipboard Stickers.

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I used dies from my stash to compliment the Sun die cut at the top of the page. I used foam tape to add a couple of leaf stickers and a phrase from the Combo Sticker Sheet.

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This embellishment cluster on the right page was a lot of fun to create. I love combining die cuts in an “L” shape to accent the corner of my photos. I also added another die cut word to this side, as well, accenting it with the hexagon umbrella shapes from the collection, phrase stickers (4×6 Stickers), and that super-cute, polaroid camera sticker!

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I love how beachy this collection feels! It was the perfect way to document our beach adventure on the East Coast!

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Simple Stories: Summer Treasure Box

Hello, Simple Stories fans! Today I have a fun summer project you can create with your kids. I am sharing a Summer Treasure Box created with the Sunshine and Blue Skies collection. I adore the vibe of this collection! Not only is it perfect for creating seasonal summer projects, but with the palm trees and hibiscus flowers, it would be perfect for documenting your tropical vacation memories, too!
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Every year my three daughters each create a treasure box to keep their summer and vacation mementos in. As we go on our family vacation, road trips, and other summer outings my girls place trinkets they have collected along the way inside.
Some of the things they have added to their boxes have been smooth rocks and seashells from a beach trip, amusement park and movie tickets, and even business cards from restaurants and stores that they want to remember. They love going through their boxes later and reminiscing about all of the places we have been. It’s almost like their own little 3d scrapbook!
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The Sunshine and Blue Skies papers were so cute for this box! I love the popsicle pattern of the 2×2 Elements paper on the lid and the Pool Party patterned paper on the inside. I feel like those happy swimmers are beckoning me to come join them in the pool every time I open it up. Awwww, summer!
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I decorated the front of the box with the super-cute chipboard Ice Cream Truck, palm tree, and sun. I’m craving a frosty treat right now just looking at it!
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If you’re looking for a craft idea to do with the kids this summer, try making a Summer Treasure Box! Your children or grandchildren will love having a special place to store their mementos!
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Echo Park Paper: Fun in the Sun

Summertime is about so many things, but for my daughter it is about hanging out with her friends having fun! Today I have a new layout up on the Echo Park Paper Blog featuring the I Love Summer collection.

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My daughter was born in the summer which is perfect for her sunny personality! I placed the “Hello Sunshine” Ephemera die cut at the top of the page because it is the perfect reflection of the fun person she is.

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Besides hanging out with friends, my daughter LOVES to go to the pool to swim anytime she possibly can. I decided to use my electronic die cutting machine to cut this series of open circles to mimic bubbles. I treated each bubble, or circle, with 6×6 papers and embellishments.

This circle at the top featured a couple of chipboard pieces from the Chipboard Accents pack, as well as a glittering, pink, rhinestone brad.

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I used the Ride the Wave embossing folder to emboss the Lt. Blue solid background of this circle for a few fish to hang out in.

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This last circle features a cheerful, toucan with a seashell background and another pink, gem brad.

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I used an Echo Park design from the Silhouette Design Store and letter stamps from my stash to build my title. The file I used is called the “Fun in the Sun” phrase (Design #186889).

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I loved the striking contrast of the navy blue in this collection and decided to finish this page by capping off the top and bottom with strips of the gingham Summer Floral paper. The result is a happy, summery page that I can’t wait to add to our family album!

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“Fun in the Sun Phrase” Cut File by Echo Park Paper
(Design #186889 in the Silhouette Design Store)
“Circle Frame Collage” by Rivka Wilkins
(Design #61897 in the Silhouette Design Store)

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Stashbusting: Using Only Die Cuts

Have you ever tried creating a scrapbook page using only die cuts? That is what I did on this next layout. Check it out below!

TROPICAL ADVENTURE

I had picked up this pack of large die cuts at Michael’s one summer after our vacation to Hawaii. I thought they would be the perfect page accents. However, I didn’t have any paper that matched the style of the die cuts and the size of the die cuts themselves was quite large. So, I decided to use them as the main focal point for my page.

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I arranged my photos together and then began tucking the leaves and flowers in around them. Notice again, that there is no patterned paper layers on this page … only die cuts.

I ended up with two “spaces” between the leaves. I used the space at the top of the page for my journaling …

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… and the space at the bottom of the page for the title.

This page title was created with an “oldie-but-goodie” stamp set in my stash. They are the “Nadiya Stamps” by Studio Calico from 2008. I remember when they released these stamps. I HAD to have them … but you know what?! I think this is only the second time I have actually USED them. *blush*

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The small gold Thickers made the perfect little shelf for my stamped word to “sit” on.

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This weekend, dig into your stash and find a set of die cuts that could use some love. If they are a large set, try using them as “layers” tucked in around your photos, instead of using patterned paper. Who knows? You might just come up with a design you love!

See you again soon!
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