Beach Vibes | Simple Stories | Just Beachy

Saturday 18 May 2024


Feeling the Beach Vibes? Here is a layout I made using the Just Beachy collection by Simple Stories. I used THAT paper, and cut out all the white, leaving only the coloured stripes which I popped up on a white background, before tucking in ALL the embellishments: Floral Bits, Bits & Pieces, Chipboard Stickers, Foam Stickers and a few sequins by Spiegelmom Scraps!

Process reel on my Instagram

Happy scrapping

Niki xx



Love | Simple Stories | Simple Vintage Essentials Color Palette

Friday 17 May 2024


Hey everyone! Here is a layout I made using the very pretty Simple Vintage Essentials Color Palette Collection. I adore this collection as it is full of ginghams (my favourite!) and also there is a set of papers containing just tags! I also love working with tags, and always reach for them in all the regular collections. These ones are sightly different as they are bigger, but they are also double sided as usual.

I selected three colours to use on this layout: red, pink and turquoise. I cut tags out in those colours, as well as tags to go behind them too. I added ribbons to the three top tags and layered them onto a white cardstock background. Before sticking down the tags fully, I just tacked them in place so they were easy to lift up and tuck bits under. I then had some wonderful fun with the Rub Ons. They are so beautiful and easy to use. I cut them from the main sheet, positioned them where I wanted them, and rubbed. They transfer super easily.

Some of the Rub Ons are slightly behind the tags, some are slightly over, and some are over by a long way! There is a lot of flexibility and options!

I added my photo to the middle point of the two tags on the right and then added some additional embellishments. I aimed for a colour-on-colour effect. I added words from the Foam Stickers, some Chipboard Stickers, Bits & Pieces and Enamel Dots.

I finished off with a few splatters of black paint. I love how the pops of black stand out so much, contrasting with he softer colours.

Thanks so much for joining me today and happy scrapping!

Niki xx




Smile | Simple Stories | Simple Vintage Essentials Color Palette


Hey everyone! Here is my layout using the very gorgeous Simple Vintage Essentials Color Palette. I LOVE gingham! And decided to use ALL the colours!

I used the 6x8 Paper Pad and selected one sheet of each design, 12 colours in total. I trimmed them down a little and then scored at ¼” intervals, then concertina folded. Some of the pieces I scored at ½” intervals, so as to add a little extra dimension and interest.

I then arranged the concertina pieces into an uneven circle and stuck them down using a hot glue gun. This was a little tricky and took a bit of time and manoeuvring of the pieces! But it was a fun process and I adore my wonky circle! It was never supposed to be uniform but it isn’t quite how I expected as I wanted more difference in the length of some of the pieces but I’m still happy with how it turned out!

I then felt I should keep the remainder of the layout quite simple, so I added my two photos to the middle without any borders or layers. I then tucked in some Bits & Pieces, and some words from the Foam Stickers. I added these embellishments in a colour-on-colour fashion, so green embellishments on the green segment of the circle, red on red, etc.

I finished off with a few heart stickers from the Foam Stickers and splatters of black paint.

I love how this turned out, it is so colourful and fun! Process reel on my Instagram!

Happy scrapping

Niki xx



Sweet Memories | For the Love of Pretty Paper Sketch | Simple Stories Remember Collection

Tuesday 14 May 2024


Here is my version of the May For the Love of Pretty Paper Sketch. I've used the Remember Collection by Simple Stories - oh those beautiful florals!

Happy scrapping
Niki xx

Wild by Nature | Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Great Escape Collection

Monday 13 May 2024


Hey everyone, here is my latest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the Great Escape Collection. For this layout I decided to feature the wonderful journaling cards from the cut -apart sheet. I chose four cards and arranged them in a grid design together with two photos. I mounted the two photos onto some of the papers from the A5 Paper Stack.

I made the journaling cards and the mounted photos all the same size and distressed the edges of all. I arranged them onto my white card background and then I started to add some fabulous embellishments – my favourite part!

I used Floral Ephemera from the Heart & Home collection as the base for each of my clusters. I tucked them under some of the cards in three distinct areas. I added Great Escape Ephemera to the clusters, mostly smaller items, including stars, banners and arrows.

For my title I used the Wild by Nature title from the Puffy Title Stickers which I added to one of the journaling cards. I love these titles, there are so many totally awesome options!  I added some Ephemera words: ‘explore’, ‘roam’ and ‘adventure’ to my layout too and added word strips from the Accessory Stickers. I finished off with my journaling and splatters of black paint!

Thanks so much for joining me today and happy scrapping

Niki xx



Built Tough | Bramble Fox

Sunday 12 May 2024


For the boys..! For this layout I’ve used the fabulous new boy sets available now in the shop, to document my son’s birthday. He took a couple of friends Go-Karting and they had the best time.

I’ve used the Family Fun collection by Simple Stories, which is an older collection, from about 3 years ago, but I’ve held on to it as it’s so good for scrapping boys! I started off by using the cogs stencil, which I stencilled onto a white background using red and black inks.

I’ve used the Built Tough title in black as my main title, and I also used 100% Fearless, also in black. From the Diggers set I used the red racing car…so perfect for my Go-Karting photos! And I’ve also used a number of the cogs and tools. I love the small pieces to tuck in around my layout.

I finished off with colourful enamel dots and splatters of black paint!

Check out these new sets in the Bramble Fox shop, they are super fun!

Happy scrapping

Niki xx




Fresh Air and Good Friends | GoGo Getaway NSD Colour Fest!

Sunday 5 May 2024


Here is my challenge layout for the GoGo Getaway NSD Colour Fest! I've used the Fresh Air collection by Simple Stories and made large strips of patterned paper for my background! Join in with the NSD 2024 Colour Fest challenges over on the GoGo Getaway Facebook Group! Happy scrapping Niki xx @nikiclairecreates [ad]

Where's My Camera? Bramble Fox NSD Sketch Challenge

Saturday 4 May 2024


Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Over at @bramblefox we have a day of challenges for you and this one is my sketch challenge! Head over to the Bramble Fox Friends Facebook Group to play along!

For my layout I've used the True Colors Collection by @simplestories_ and all the gorgeous NSD Crafty Collection Bramble Fox Perspextives: Crafty Talk set and Crafting Elements set!

So Fun! Simple Stories NSD using Just Beachy Collection

Thursday 2 May 2024


Happy International Scrapbooking Day from all of us at Simple Stories! Join us all weekend to celebrate by following along on our Instahop! Hop along to each participating member’s account, follow each person, and prepare to be inspired! Make sure to leave a comment letting us know that you stopped by and to be entered into the @simplestories_ GIVEAWAY! (Comments close on Sunday, May 5th 2024 at 11:59 pm MDT. One comment per team member’s post, please.)

We will be giving away four collection kits: one kit from our Summer 2024 release (SV Color Palette, Summer Snapshots, Just Beachy, and Pack your bags) Isn’t this EXCITING! The four winners will be announced on the Simple Stories Instagram account on Monday, May 5TH, 2024. (Note: Giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.)

For my layout I’ve used the fabulous Just Beachy collection and created a beach scene from one of the papers, beach huts and lots of gorgeous Bits & Pieces! I love how it turned out, it is so fun! Process reel coming up shortly  on Instagram

Next stop on the hop is: @preciouspagespapercraft

Once you make it back to me, you know you have completed the loop! Have fun and Happy International Scrapbooking Day! Here is the full list just in case you get lost!






















Walkin on Sunshine! Simple Stories Fresh Air | Sketch Challenge

Tuesday 30 April 2024


Step into Spring! I adore the Fresh Air collection and all the pretty spring colours and happy flowers. I made this playing along with the April For the Love of Pretty Paper sketch challenge.
Happy scrapping
Niki xx