Thursday, July 21, 2011

Giveaway at RisC

Check out the new blog of a friend of mine -- She's a SAHM who makes super cute stuff (jewelry, hair stuff, hats, etc.) for her etsy shop and is giving away a couple of fun things this week when she gets 50 followers!

Go to RisC Handmade to enter! Good luck!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Simple Stories Blog Hop! 100 Days of Summer, baby!

**Note: The Blog Hop starts officially at 10am MST...if some of the links to other blogs aren't working yet, try again then :) ***


Welcome to my oft-neglected, but always loved, little crafting space on the web! Today I am showing you some fun projects made with the Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer scrapbooking kit, as well as a few other goodies.

Simple Stories is an AWESOME system developed by MemoryWorks founder Amber Crowell. The kits include doubled sided 12x12 paper, as well as double-sided element cards in various sizes to use for titles, photo mats, journaling blocks, etc. There are also stickers, ribbon and stamps! You can use the pieces stand-alone for traditional scrapbooking/paper crafting, or use the whole Simple Stories "system" which uses divided page protectors for fast, cute, hassle-free memory recording. Check out the Simple Stories website here for more information.

Now...on to the projects!

First we have 3 wedding cards (tis the season for weddings, no?!) using 100 Days of Summer paper, some Simple Stories coordinating ribbon and a couple of Unity Stamps ("Nicest Place to Be" and "Rain or Shine" ittybitty sets). Feel free to click on the following image to examine them up close and personal!

Aren't the colors in this kit yummy? Reminds me of lemonade, watermelon, blue shaved ice...SUMMER!

Next up is a "layout" using the Simple Stories divided page-protector system. The two colored blocks are a couple of the cut-apart elements that come with the kit - I used the Simple Stories/Unity banner stamps and some twine to make some cute garlands, added some photo mats and stickers and PRESTO! Easy-peasy layout waiting for pictures to slip into their pockets - no adhesive required - and I can add more journaling or multiple pictures to the pockets if I want to! I love this system!
Here's a closer look at the larger photo mat. You can see that I used some pop-dots to add a little dimension to the banner, as well as some hand stitching along the photo mat:
The last project I'd like to share with you has LOTS of parts (you wouldn't believe how much paper and kit elements I have left from this kit, even after making ALL these projects! You can literally make an entire scrapbook out of one kit and the divided page protectors!).

This is my new "Household organizer"! I used a 7 gypsies library card holder set and put together an easy place to keep goals, budgets, bills, coupons, etc. - all the little bits of paper, post-its and to-do lists that I constantly misplace!

I lined the bottom of the box with a piece of patterned paper from the 100 Days of Summer kit and used all kinds of stickers, stamps and cut-apart elements to decorate the cards inside. I laminated all pieces for durability:

Here is a peek at some of the cards:
I will be sharing more photos and information about this system on the MemoryWorks blog on July 29th -- stay tuned!

Now that you've seen my projects...keep on hoppin' to the other MemoryWorks TeamWorks participants' blogs!


Be sure to leave a comment at each stop on the Hop to earn more entries towards the Grand Prize Giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by!