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Summer Days

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!

Summer Days

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.

Jo Boland HLM June Freckled Fawn Traveler's Notebook

I grabbed a kit of basic equipment and a rainbow of inks and took it on holiday with me.

Traveler's Kit

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.

Shimelle Stamps

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.

Jo Boland HLM June Traveler's Notebook Front

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.

Jo Boland HLM June Traveler's Notebook Crop1

Finally I went through the notebook and added in stickers from the 12 x 12 Cardstock Sticker Sheet and 4 x 6″ Stickers.

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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.

Rosie’s

Jo Boland HLM June Rosie's

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.

Jo Boland HLM June Rosie's Crop1

I used three chipboard stickers on my layout, I absolutely had to use that fab VW camper van!

Jo Boland HLM June Rosie's Crop3

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.

Jo Boland HLM June Rosie's Crop2

The Colours of Summer

Jo Boland HLM June Colours of Summer

This layout was inspired by the colourful beach huts in Bude. I teamed the two photos with the rainbow striped paper ‘So Much Fun’ and the Good Vibes washi tape.

Jo Boland HLM June Colours of Summer Crop2

The title is made of blue letter stickers from the 4×6″ sticker pack and the chipboard banner from the Chipboard Thickers pack.

Jo Boland HLM June Colours of Summer Crop1

The tags were from my stash and extra embellishments were added from the chipboard thickers pack and the 12×12 sticker sheet.

Jo Boland HLM June Colours of Summer Crop3

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,

JO

 

 

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