Hello, Jo here with my June look at a new collection in from Simple Stories ‘Summer Days’. It’s a lovely collection with a rainbow colour palette and summer icons with a hint of a vintage vibe. I particularly love the retro floral bikinis, I wish Simple Stories made those for real!
I decided to combine this collection with a traveler’s notebook and make it into a mini album about our holiday in Cornwall this past half term, where thankfully we did get some summer like weather! I used the Freckled Fawn off white Traveler’s notebook and the gorgeous Sleek Traveler’s Notebook leather cover with black and white hearts.
I grabbed a kit of basic equipment and a rainbow of inks and took it on holiday with me.
You’ll see I included a travel stamp from the Shimelle collection ‘Go, Now, Go‘, I used it lots, such great value for £3.99.
Here’s the finished notebook with the front cover decorated in stickers (the large label was from my stash, the others were from the collection sticker sheets, links below.
In the end I kept it quite simple, focusing on strips of washi tape along the top and bottom, alternating between the striped ‘Good Vibes’ and the floral ‘Summer Sweetness’ for each new day, I love these washi tapes! Then I added my photos, there were lots and I’m super impressed with how many I was able to fit in to the notebook! Each new day had a stamped ‘Today’ journaling card from the Shimelle set linked above and every spread had at least one ‘Noted’ stamped circle.
In the end I didn’t use the chipboard stickers or much of the papers from the collection, so I made a couple of layouts about stories from our holiday.
I used the red check paper (B-side to the gorgeous blue floral paper) ‘Soak up the Sun’ and the blue stripe paper (B side to the floral placement paper) ‘Sunny Days‘. The 12 x 12 white cardstock can be found here.
I used three chipboard stickers on my layout, I absolutely had to use that fab VW camper van!
I layered a couple of doilies and used old American Crafts thickers from my stash and added in some Bit’s & Pieces die cuts from the collection. The blue letter stickers are from the 4×6″ sticker pack.
The Colours of Summer
Some of the items from the Simple Stories ‘Summer Days’ are currently out of stock, as is the Freckled Fawn Sleek Traveler’s Notebook sleeve. However, don’t worry more are on their way. The Simple Stories stock may even be in next week. To get an alert when the stock returns simply log in to your account and click on the notification link on the out of stock item.
Thanks so much for stopping by,