Thursday, March 20, 2014

finding inspiration - Simple Stories

Let's talk more about finding inspiration on manufacturer blogs! The best inspiration for "hey, I own this, now what do I do with it?"
My favorite manufacturer blog is Simple Stories. Simple Stories is in my top three product list (along with October Afternoon & Echo Park).

They have a new website that went up this week and you can find the new blog by clicking here but all this inspiration came from their old blog.

When I look through a blog for inspiration, I'm always drawn to something that is my style.
You might find other projects on the blog that you like more but these are the ones that speak to me.
Of course there are layouts on every blog that don't appeal to me, but there's a lot at Simple Stories I really like.

For instance, I love this layout from Donna Januzzi. It could easily be translated to 8.5x11 which is the size I scrap in most often.
Anytime a layout mixes patterns, I love it and if you are someone who has trouble deciding which patterns to mix, you can never go wrong with a collection kit of papers from Simple Stories. They all blend superbly!
Those 2x2 squares are actually Snap cards and I just bought the very pack featured in this layout! Yay!

This layout by one of my favorite scrappers, Nancy Damiano, just slays me. I love the faces of the kids in the picture and I love that she so perfectly captured that moment in time with the title and journaling! This is perfection on a page! Go Nancy!
You could use this same design and add a couple smaller photos on the right. I love the brads on the colored strips at the far right.

Check this incredible layout out! By Gail Lindler..

Because Simple Stories has their own version of pocket page scrapbooking called "Life Documented" - you can find a lot of Project Life style ideas here too! I love this spread about Disneyland by the very talented Teri Anderson.
Colorful and fun....just like I like it!

One of my heroes, Marie Lottermoser, is on the SS design team and she just amazes me with every thing she does! Love this!

I love picking up just a little idea here and there. This is a die cut 4x6 with the letters in the word cut out. I love how they stuck the paper behind.

Love how Teri did this and this...

Love the mix of colored letter stickers - I would NOT have thought to do that!

I gotta give props to Marie for being able to print on this card. I'm totes doing this.

You can also find loads of ideas for their 6x8 Snap albums like this killer travel album by Melissa Stinson. It's so awesome!

In addition to layouts, they share projects, mini-albums and lots and lots of cards!! Love cards! Here's a great one by Donna Januzzi...
That makes me want a doily real bad. can also learn about fun new products coming out. I'm stoked about this one!
They are called Photo Crops and they're acrylic templates you place over your photo to crop in just the right spot, to just the right size!

I must own these! I must!
(I must, I must, I must increase my bust! Goodie bag to the first person who knows what that is from.)

So check out the Simple Stories blog. Go back yonder a ways in their archives - it's chock full of scrappy goodness!

Peace out - word to yo mother.


bernii miller said...

ha ha Traci great minds think alike :) Simple Stories is an awesome blog to follow and I love your choices :)

The Happy Scrappy Momma said...

Love all the inspiration! Thx for sharing! Those photo crops are pretty cool too but I would just use a piece of vellum cut to the size I want.

Michelle said...

I too LOVE Nancy's page! She just nailed it so perfectly. Lately, I have been printing at home and sizing my pics in PSE. It is a neat idea to use for all of those preprinted photos. And the quote, I read it in a book a long time ago when I was a kid. "Are you there God? It's me Margaret." -Judy Blume's book.

Tiffany Lowder said...

These are great inspiration pieces! Way to go, Tracie. I've added the Simple Stories blog to my ever-increasing reading list. :)

Unknown said...

You definitely highlighted some amazing projects, I adore SS, too!

TracieClaiborne said...

Michelle - that's it!!! I always quote that line by Judy Blume. Send me your address to!