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In my ‘Heart’ a Collection by Simple Stories

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Hi Magpies, Niki here today with the Simple Stories Heart collection. I love these little mini collections from Simple Stories, I believe they simply have papers and a few stickers, no embellishments as in the usual collections but I’m a paper girl and am also drowning in other embellishments anyway so this was good for me. The Heart collection is supposed to be about scrapping a loved one who you have lost. I am lucky in that I have never lost anyone significant from my life and therefore I did not want the collection for that purpose. I could have let this put me off but I was drawn to the colours and I carefully studied the papers before buying them to establish whether they were generic enough for me to use. They were.  The full 12×12 sheets are gorgeous and are not themed at all. The only themed papers were the cut apart sheets, and again I decided they I could use enough of each sheet and they were therefore worthwhile buying.

For this Under the Sea layout I used one of the papers, which I mounted on an older gold woodgrain speciality paper by Pebbles. I drew the fishscale pattern onto the paper using my Silhouette sketch pens and then I began building my layout. All the small papers on there are from the cut apart sheets and there’s a Carpe Diem frame in there too. I added the two mermaids and the gold shells (cut on my die-cutting machine) and I cut the title too. I used a lot of the Expressions Stickers on this layout, so many were totally generic and worked with my layout.

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Again for So Brave I mosty used the small pieces from the cut apart sheets to add detail to my layout. I’ve cut out a few elements and used more of the stickers: Fundamentals and Expressions. The Thickers are We R Memory Keepers Crush.

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For Mousecapades I created my own background by adding Gelatos and paint to a white sheet of card, I then cut a circles grid on my machine which I layered over the top. The striped back sheet is one of the Heart papers, it had a gold heart on it which I cut out prior to using it. Again all the bits are from the cut apart sheets with a Carpe Diem frame thrown in too.

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I really loved the stars side of the ‘Love you’ paper but it was a little too dark for my usual style, so I needed to add some lighter layers. I have used torn paper strips agaim (a technique I’m loving at the moment) and then added my photo on top and I was able to journal on the white card. I’ve also used some Carpe Diem frames more stickers from the Fundamentals and Expressions sheets.

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Products used:

Simple Stories Heart: Collection kit (which includes the Expressions Stickers and the Fundamentals Stickers)

Simple Stories Carpe Diem Chipboard Frames

We R Memory Keepers Crush Gold Foiled Thickers

Happy scrapping

NIKI

6 Comments

  1. julie

    so love the colours in this collection but was stumped when it came but you’ve showcased it beautifully & how to use it

  2. Natalia

    Wow, I absolutely love the Under the Sea layout – it is genius! All the elements are clustered together at the bottom of the page like a mini aquarium, the colours, the details, a really fresh take on how to document the Little Mermaid theme. Lovely!!! 😀
    And then more lushness!
    Ending with that gorgeous starry sky background and gold stars. Wow!

  3. Chupacabra

    If you want to add layers to your project you can also cut out pieces from a page or journal card. Cutting out leaves and  flowers is something I do on several of my pages. I didn’t add a fancy title or journaling on this page, a simple piece of chipboard and journal strips from a piece of paper from the collection. 

  4. Claire

    Love these colours Niki – you’ve done this collection proud !