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Celebrating 25,000 Orders!

We have done it – over 25,000 orders and still going. To celebrate we are giving you 25% discount on all Simple Stories Pocket Scrapbooking products including Element Pages, Carpe Diem, Albums and Refills, Sn@p and more, just use discount code 25POCKET
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What is Pocket Scrapbooking?

Most of us know exactly what Project Life is – Becky Higgins branded it and did so very well. There is however many other brands that have been using and promoting Pocket Scrapping and just missed the limelight. Simple Stories is one of them. WRMK another, there are quite a few out there.

The basics of Pocket Scrapping is you use divided refills in various sizes, most popular is 12×12. This one
in particular can give you some very cool results. You pop your photos in some of the pockets, journalling cards in other pockets and a title card if you think it is needed. Even if you usually scrap standard layouts this is a great quick way to get multiple photos incorporated in amongst those layouts that have taken you hours.

My favourite of their products for is their Element Pages, these are standard 12×12 pages that are printed and ready to cut up and go. And you don’t need to buy very much at all to get started. Whilst some are your standard 6×4 or 3×4 there are all sorts of sizes and not only do they work really well for pocket scrapping but also for all sorts of mini albums, layering on layouts and even handmade cards.

Oh and my favourite line Emoji Love

Give it a go guys, it really makes scrapping quick and easy.

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Christmas is such a crafty time of the year.

A quick solution to getting a December Album done…
is pick a Paper Collection Kit- click HERE
to see the ranges and as you scroll down you will notice different Christmas Kits
interspersed with various other kits….and the great thing is there are various prices that might suit your budget
so look through them carefully, there are some great bargains there!
I’ve chosen MME Sleighbells Ring as I love the colours & patterns- it just appealed
These are also available!
And if you love these… there are some gorgeous embellishments that will work perfectly…

I grabbed these matching Decorative Tags and see the black one…weeeeell, that fit PERFECTLY (by accident) in the circle frame on the front of the album! Imagine that!! Without even trying!

I’ll definitely be including the other tags throughout the pages too.
 (I’ve put dimensional magic on the vines and around the wreath on the round tag and the word banner ‘Noel’
The number ’25’  Enamel Shapes is also from the Sleighbells Ring range and for sure the rest will come in handy
And did you notice the fabulous ivy vine diecut ‘Mega Holly Flourish’ on the front of the album?  It is one of the more expensive dies, buuuuut… I’ve used it over and over, I’ve dimensional magic-ed it, I’ve pulled it apart and used bits of it, I’ve used all kinds of paper and colours too on so many projects.   Its one of those general ‘go-to’ Christmas dies!
So after a while… its worth it!  Its about 18cms long – fabulous!
Still to be used are these fabulous little Treat Bags
And the Sleighbells Ring washi tape is stunning! It comes in a pack  and I’ve taken a proper good look pic below, seeing it out like that does it more justice doesn’t it!

Hmmmn, other things I might use are….
sequins!  Pop ‘sequins’ in the search bar in the shop and look at all the pretty colours that pop up!
Most are artist’s drawings of them in packets (have no idea why manufacturers do that!) – but believe me – in real life they are sparkly and gorgeous!
Oh and these….  Teresa Collins Tinsel & Company overlays
(hard to see them from the manufacturer’s photo in the shop (the black & white photo behind is off putting!)…  but they make amazing shaker pockets (with the sequins!!!!)  Here’s a quick pic of them spilled out on my desk.  Hmmmn, does that help?

Some other helpful things you might want to gather if you’d like to learn some new techniques or try out products you might not have known about along the way is
Multi Medium Matte Gel
A Christmas dinner napkin (because you love the pattern!)
Dimensional Magic (or the like)
A stencil (I used Theresa Collins Essential one, it has 3 A4 sized stencils in the packet)
And I LOVE Ranger’s Coredinations Distress Cardstock – it really is such amazing quality. There are some great colours there that work well with the paper collection you might choose.
Inka Gold Graphite is like a metallic finish that can be rubbed onto just about anything.  Its great to use as a distress colour on the album covers too!
It doesn’t have to be the same as these are ideas, just gather up your supplies!
There might be other bits and pieces…

 

 COVERS (inside and out)
Not a lot of work needs to be done for these covers as they are pretty much done for us!
The vine looks fabulous with some Dimensional Magic on it – it comes into its own as an embellishment (the photo shows it in its not quite dry form.  There is one dry layer, and then I’ve put on a second layer…just on once side of each leaf to give it more of a 3-D effect
which I pulled apart to make it go further for underneath the tag

Then the tag goes on top to finish it off
the little letter ‘DAYS’ can be found HERE

It also got a good dose of Dimensional Magic too!

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Inside Cover:
Have you found a pretty Christmas Napkin…
as this can go along the entire length of the inside cover.. (or any album you choose)
Here’s a part of it as an overview…
you can also notice the Dimensional Magic raising up in places
Usually napkins are two ply, so pull the bottom layer away from the top patterned layer.
Then with a wet brush, paint with water along where you’d like to tear your napkin
So here is where it will be placed… right along the bottom of the inside cover.
If you look closely, you’ll see a join… but that will become in visible
The fun part!   Using a Matte Gel  (or you can use a gloss one that looks just as fabulous) we’ll adhere the napkin piece to the cover…
Paint underneath where the napkin will go with the matte gel…

then on top of the napkin to seal it 🙂

and here it is right along the inside cover
(and the darker grey inking is already there- its the way the cover comes)

Next is the stenciling of the word ‘REMEMBER’

A stencil (I used Theresa Collins Essential ‘Remember’ one, it has three A4 sized stencils in the packet) now that’s cool! Here’s a photo of them out on my desk so you can see them easier than in the manufacturer’s packaging.
I had a little practice with on a spare piece of paper before I did it for real on my album…
Got to say it worked a treat….  The tub is ‘Inka Gold – Graphite’ (I think I have every colour in Inka Gold because I love it so much!!)   I’ve used the Ranger Wooden Ink Blending Tool  which worked great blending in the Inka Gold
(don’t be fooled by the ‘Gold’ bit – its just a name, not a colour – don’t know why?)
I did rub this in a second time to get it to go a little darker.
The Inka Gold dries quite fast and suggest you keep the lid on your tub.
Then rubbed the Inka Gold Graphite around the edges of my inside cover, added dimensional magic over the word ‘Remember’ and that really raised it up a treat too. And added in the bar with the rings on too.  Some sequins top it off!  Pop the word ‘sequins’ in the search bar in the shop and see all kinds of colours!

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Gotta love a transparency page and a bit of sequin!

First up is the transparency shaker page..

I’m using the reverse side of this front paper in the  MME Sleighbells Ring kit

and picked out two 7×5 sized transparency from
Theresa Collins Photo Overlays (there are 6x4s too)

And folded the paper in half, measured and cut a frame  

Put a  heap of sequins on top of one of the overlays
glue the edges of the other overlay and stick it down on the other

All colour matched with the napkin that had been pasted and sealed inside the cover

Next is Day 1

 

 

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Diary Cover with Gelatos

Firstly gather some scraps leftover from other projects, we all have a few floating around.  Using Multi Medium Matte from Ranger, glue these pieces down onto a A5 piece of Chipboard.  I have used 3000 GSM for this project.

After gluing down the original layer decide of you need something else, all we are doing here is providing a base layer to create some texture for our project. The beauty of Multi Medium Matte is it dries clear and flat. Therefore you can create as many layers as you like without thick glue layers in between.

When that dries (apply the glue sparingly and it should only take a few minutes) we need to Gesso the cover.

Next we need to choose what colours to use – pick 4 or 5 that will co-ordinate together well

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Scrapbook Page Class

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Firstly it has been a long time since our last class. Therefore we are really excited to let you know that because you have all being asking, we will be having a class on December 2nd.  The class will be 2 layouts with a beach theme.  The class cost will be $50 which includes layout kit and tutorial, Morning Tea. Most of all though it also includes a $35.00 shop credit for you to spend on the day. There is a maximum of 8 places available consequently I would suggest that if you want to attend you need to book and make payment as soon as possible.  Finally I am really excited to see you all there, it should be a great day.

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Thursday 16th March 2017 Super Organised Emoji

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Planner

Good Afternoon everyone – hope you are having a great week so far. The Emoji Planner Inserts have arrived – perfect time to start a Planner if you don’t have one already! Just to add to the temptation we have Planners on Sale this week for 20% off!

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We have more new Simple Stories this week, Emoji Love and Say Cheese III – we also have restocks of Domestic Bliss and Faith Lines.

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Emoji

Simple Stories Emoji Love

How many of us have some loved son or daughter, niece or nephew or Aunt for that matter who lives with their nose in their phone. Ever been in a shopping centre eating lunch? Have a look around.

Time to take a photo of it guys because Simple Stories have given us the PERFECT paper……………………….

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Simple Stories Say Cheese III

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I missed out last time on the Domestic Bliss so sorry guys, but this time around I had to have a play. Sometimes the hardest thing with buying online is matching Cardstock so if it is any help the ones I have used on this layout are Denim, Rosebud and Bubbles

domestic bliss layout
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emoji love end

Lee-Anne and Danny

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Friday 10th March 2017 New Collections from Bella Blvd and Illustrated Faith. Puffy Stickers, new paper lines and more Alpha Stickers

Happy Friday Everyone – something a little out of the norm for you guys this week. Our Bella Blvd products have arrived, together with the Illustrated Faith Range that they also design – we have had several of you request these products and I have to say thanks guys, they are really lovely.

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Puffy Stickers

There is a star in all of us, all we need is a little sparkle

Bella Blvd have always been nice and bright and they are not letting us down here – Hearts and Star Puffy Stickers in a beautiful mix of bright rainbow colours to give a boost to all your fun layouts.

Speaking of bright colours we also have restocked all of the Little Bits stickers, always popular for pocket page scrapping, Enamels as well Tiny Text Alpha Stickers.
and..

All your favorite Bella Blvd signature colors are also available in this fantastic star patterned paper!

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ILLUSTRATED FAITH

After the raging success of the Simple Stories Faith line last week (restocks of which are on their way) we are expecting you guys to love these new faith inspired lines as well. At the moment we have 4 lines from this brand, She Blooms, my favorite You are Loved, Bright and Brave and Whatever is Lovely

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As always “In with the new” means “Out with the old” so you will find a bundle of Bella Blvd bargains here, Happy Shopping

Lee-Anne and Danny

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Simple Stories brings us two fabulous new lines, Domestic Bliss and Faith

       

And So It Starts!

So Lee-Anne – this is the time of the year that we are waiting for all those yummy new goodies from CHA and they have started! There are those as well of course that are highly anticipated like Tim’s new oxide ink pads and I can promise they are on order and should not be too far away – but for now what has arrived ………………………

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domestic adult today

This is a fun line having a bit of a comical look at all of those everyday household jobs. My favourite from the Domestic Bliss range – how many of us can relate to ‘do I have to adult today?’ And let’s face it, scrapping is about saving all that history of our lives, and household stuff is a huge part of that history.

For our cardmakers – I think my next invite to dinner needs to include the following line –

Make yourself at home …….. Clean my Kitchen

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              Simple Stories Faith Line

A New style for Simple Stories, this lovely Christian line, Faith is full of biblical quotes, gentle sentiments, lovely colours and great Neutral Papers.

Great Biblical quotes from both old tesitment and new.

One of the new things that is a step away from the norm is that we now have 6×8 paper pads in this line instead of the usual 6×6 – they will work well for both the Sn@p 6×8 Albums and for the Carpe Diem Planners

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And we will let you know what arrives as it arrives, but in the meantime keep an eye on what’s new and if there is anything in particular you are hoping to see please feel free to drop us a line and let us know. Happy Shopping

Lee-Anne and Danny

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