Braver Than You Think by Simone

I can’t get over how in love with this layout I am! Simone used Lovely Day to create this STUNNING page. Read more of her take on this on her blog.

This background paper is my personal favorite from the whole line. Stamping this quote made a perfect title/journal combo. She used alpha stamps from Elle’s Studio. Can you believe how perfect she got her stamping? She needs to do a tutorial on just this for sure!

Simone has reignited the trend of fussy cutting your photos! Her last few layouts have been with a fussy-cut photo and the feedback she’s gotten has been amazing. If Simone has inspired you to fussy cut, please share your layouts in the Facebook Group!

Simone cut a strip of houses from this paper and adhered them to the bottom of the layout. With the combination of this background paper, it reminds me of a sunrise over a tiny town. The little puffy sticker birds in the tree and the hot air balloons in the background add to the real-life feel of this layout.

Simone reminded me to get myself in the scrapbooks, even if I don’t have a lot to say. Using a quote that you love or one that describes you can be enough. Don’t think people aren’t going to want to see you because they will! Find some photos of yourself to use or take some new ones. Your family will be SO glad you did!

You can find Simone here on her blog or watch some of her process videos on her YouTube (she also has on unboxing video of this line on her channel). She is very active on Instagram too!

View the entire Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection HERE and get 20% off until March 31, 2017!

Heart Day by Simone

For the last post about Heart Day this month, Simone has two layouts to share! The first one, XOXO, she uses a mixed media approach, which I love! Paint and gesso make great additional layers to a background. She also has some other tips about this layout on her blog and in the process video.

She used the stamp set from this line to create additional layers to her background. I love how she repeats the heart pattern here with the acrylic heart from the ephemera pack!

Here is another close up of her mixed media background showing the great use of texture and color to add interest.

Simone used a few of the embellishment options from this line to cluster this top corner and draw attention to this super-cute candid photo. She uses pieces from the ephemera pack, 12×12 chipboard sheet and the layered embellishment pack. This little XO enamel piece is from the layered embellishment pack, but actually comes on a wood button. Simone pulled it off to use as a large enamel piece instead. So smart!

How perfect is the completed layout?! Lots of interest and my personal favorite-clusters! Find more about this layout of Simone’s blog and the process video she did on her YouTube channel!

Her second layout is AMAZING too! Simone really got creative with the stitching and paint and most of all-cutting her photo! It makes it look as though they’re in the flowers, doesn’t it? I just love! She talks about the process on her blog post here.

This photo shows a better look at that stitching. It’s so awesome how she used the stitching as her outline and then colored it in on her white cardstock. I keep admiring it while I’m typing this! You can also find a few awesome pieces from the Heart Day line in this photo. The chipboard heart and this so adorable puffy heart are both from the line. However, this awesome heart flair? This is made specially for my shop by A Flair For Buttons and are free with every order! I LOVE that Simone was able to make use of these in her layouts!

Simone used a chipboard flower and flowers fussy cut from this paper to create a dimensional layered look. I need her to teach me how to fussy cut! The chipboard letters in her title are also from Heart Day, but could be used for anything!

Here is the final look at this entire beautiful layout. If you love Simone’s work as much as I do, you should definitely check her out on her blog and YouTube channel. She also posts regularly on her Instagram!

View the entire Crate Paper Heart Day collection HERE and get 20% off until February 28, 2017!

Heart Day Valentines by Simone

Adorable and brilliant! Simone made these super-cute Valentines for her kids class using the Crate Paper Heart Day collection and some goldfish crackers.

She found a design in Silhouette Studio that looks exactly like a goldfish cracker. Then she glued on some googly eyes and had the cutest fish ever! Check out her blog post to see all of her directions on how she made these including the cut file she used.

She typed up this sweet poem on the back and had her littles sign it. She made copies of the poems and also cut them on her Silhouette using regular white cardstock. Then she adhered the cardstock poems to the patterned paper from the Heart Day collection. Then she punched holes and attached these little goldfish cracker bags to each one. She links where to find these crackers on her blog post.

How cute did these turn out!? Now I am reconsidering the Pokemon Valentines my son picked out this year!

Find Simone on her blog and be sure to check out her YouTube channel. I’ll include the unboxing video she did featuring the Heart Day collection below. She’s also sharing her most recent projects on her Instagram.

View the entire Crate Paper Heart Day collection HERE and get 20% off until February 28, 2017!


Winter Wonderland by Simone

Simone did two more layouts using the Winter Wonderland collection and they are AMAZING! This one titled, “Silvesterwanderung” uses papers from the line and almost no stickers or die cuts and yet it looks so embellished. Aside from the title letters from the 12×12 sticker sheet, the only embellishment she used was this deer sticker. Until she pointed it out in her blog post, I didn’t even notice! She did so much to make this layout interesting, I didn’t miss the embellishment at all!

I love all of these awesome layers and using the notebook punch gives it great dimension! It’s the perfect punch to use with this paper, since it’s so similar to notebook paper. Who doesn’t love a lined paper for journaling!

I love the stitching around the outside of this layout that’s covered by all of these awesome paper layers. Adding the brown ink with a stencil on the left adds to the outdoorsy theme to this layout.

Here’s a great close up showing all the stitching she did. She not only stitched the edges, but also on top of all the layers too. Simone really makes me want to get working with my sewing machine!

The whole layout is awesome right? I especially love these photos of them grilling outside in the cold. You definitely want to see what Simone says about this layout on her blog. It sounds like a really fun tradition!

The next layout by Simone has TONS of layers and mixed media too! She showcased a beautiful photo with lots of awesome layers and some die cuts from the bits and pieces. She also cut down some of the papers from the collection to make her own die cuts.

All these layers and dimension really make this photo pop off the page. The blue background paper was the perfect choice for the colors of this photo. The blue from the sky in the photo matches really well. While the orange glow from the candle really contrasts it. It was just the perfect choice!

Simone did a process video for this layout on her YouTube channel. I really recommend not only checking out this process video, but looking at what else she does. Simone’s channel is FULL of inspiration!

You can also follow her on her blog or on Instagram!


View the entire Winter Wonderland collection HERE and get 20% off until January 31, 2017!

Winter Wonderland by Simone

Simone was unsure how she could use the Winter Wonderland collection initially and ended up with several beautiful layouts using it! This post includes two of those layouts and both happen to be talking about hats! In this layout Simone uses tons of lovely layers to raise a photo of herself in a beautifully knitted hat she loves. She layered the papers from the collection with a vellum envelope and tag she had in her stash. She fussy cut this giant snowflake from the cut apart sheet to use as her focus embellishment.

She used a chipboard heart from the chipboard stickers as part of her title, “In Love with My New Hat” and layered lots of snowflake embellishments around it from the 4×6 and 12×12 sticker sheets in the collection.

Some word stickers and more snowflakes added to the layers give this layout so much dimension. The enamel dots perfectly dispersed bring this whole layout together with multiple colors that coordinate perfectly with Simone’s super-cute hat!

The Blizzard paper she placed on the side helps to ground this layout and give this beautifully layered photo a place to live, keeping it from floating on the page. This page really showcases Simone’s awesome design skills and also how beautiful the Winer Wonderland collection is!

To read more about this layout visit Simone’s blog post where she wrote all about it.

The second layout Simone shared is about a hat, but the story has such a deeper meaning. The title, “Mein Held” translates to, “My Hero”. The story is about her mother and you just have to read what Simone says about the story on her blog.

I love how Simone incorporated a newer photo with an older one. She tied together a great story about her mother with the newer story of her hat and why it was special. It’s so great that she’s gotten older memories and facts down on paper for the next generations to see.

She used a grid design with the papers from the collection. That gave her one square for a title, one square for journaling and two places for her square photos. In the center she used one of the exclusive flair from the shop (that you get free with every order). I love that she incorporated that! She drew a line around the entire layout to pull the top embellishment cluster in with the rest of the layout. I love the zig zags she drew to mimic a stitched design.

How cute is this little top cluster? I just love those little mittens from the bits and pieces in this collection!

Make sure to visit Simone on her blog to see everything she’s been posting. You can also follow her on Instagram to see more of her layouts and her Travelers Notebooks!

View the entire Winter Wonderland collection HERE and get 20% off until January 31, 2017!