I love working with Simple Stories collection packs - they have such a variety in them. In true Simple Stories style there is a mix of 12x12 patterned papers as well ase a number of divided papers i.e. they are meant to be cut up into smaller elements. There are border strips, as well as 3x4 journaling cards, 6x4 journaling cards (both portrait and landscape) amongst other variations too.
There are 12 papers in total (some of which are the divided ones) all of which are, of course (!) double sided. The collection pack also includes two 12x12 sticker sheets, one alphabet sheet that contains smaller element and label stickers as well as the letters, and a whole sheet of elements:
and as a bonus there are also some photo overlays - transparent 6x4 sheets with subtle patterns on them that are meant to be stuck over the top of your photo. They can also be used as embellishments too of course. The whole kit is £20 so a bargain really.
I have managed seven layouts with it. I have added a couple of sheets of white card and one sheet of navy. I've also added Thickers (in various styles!) and a few small embellishments such as washi tape, (aka wasabi tape) flair badges, wood veneer pieces and enamel dots. Apart from those minor things though (that we all have in our stash!) I've stuck pretty close to just using the kit.
My first layout is actually a double (so counts as two out of the seven I said I got from this kit). The left page is actually for a UKS challenge- the criteria was to scraplift someone, nature theme, use stamping and use washi tape. It was an easy one this week. The layout is actually a design of Shimelle's and I scraplifted Jo M's version of it from the UKS gallery. I loved the idea of using loads of tiny photos on one layout as I had a million animal pictures from our day at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The right page is more of a 'facing' page rather than the whole thing being a flowing double LO. I kept one of the divided papers whole and added photos and embellishments on top rather than cutting up the journaling cards and putting them in a pocketed page protector.
This layout tells the story of the day Sophie broke her foot while we were on holiday. I used the camera paper as my background, layered up some papers and some journaling cards and added gold glittery Thickers (#lush) and embellished with stickers from the kit.
A slightly flippant subject matter and title here - we do all love pizza so much! I used my Silhouette to cut the title and wrote a long story about the pizza place, oh and a slightly unfortunate incident when Max sneezed and hit his mouth on the table, breaking one if his tiny little teeth :( I've used a little washi tape but otherwise only used the stuff in the kit. There is a photo overlay over the photo of Max (bottom right) - can you see the stars?
I found this A4 photo that I had printed ages ago in the back of a drawer - all crumpled so I figured I'd better scrap it before something worse happened to it. I smoothed it out best I could and really stuck it down well and the creases now aren't really noticeable unless you move it around in the light. Again I've added washi tape and Thickers but have otherwise stuck to the kit.
The background for this layout is another of the divided papers in the kit - it came printed like that in the two sections, both 6x12" each. I considered cutting them up but as I quite like the look of layouts that have two different papers making up the background I left it as it was. I had two photos but decided that the one on it's own told the story well enough so just used the one. I've used a largish journaling card (hello) and embellished with stickers from the kit (and a wood veneer star). I've added Thickers for my title and I used the lines on the left of the layout to hold my journaling.
and finally, I pretty much used everything I had left on this layout. There's another photo overlay on the top photo and I cut the large part of the title with my Silhouette. I've added quite a few wooden stars and used a lot of the label stickers from the kit.
I have just a few small pieces leftover. If I added another sheet of cardstock or paper for the background it is possible I might get another layout but that will have to be done another day for I am all scrapped out!
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