Friday, January 20, 2012

Goofy Hats - Simple Stories Blog Hop

Hi Folks & Welcome!!

There is lots of information to cover in this post but trust me it will be well worth the read, so let's get started!! :-)

Last June / July I was introduced to the company "Simple Stories and fell in love with their line of product. Well at the beginning of January, they announced (on their Facebook page) that they were going to have a Fan Blog Hop! I was lucky enough to be one of the first 7 people to respond! All we needed to do was create a layout using their line of product (which isn't that difficult), and they would get the word out!! Oh and to top it off, they are giving away PRIZES!!! How cool it that! :-)

This is how it works - you have 2 chances to win. The Blog that has the most comments at the end of the day wins a Prize  PLUS one of the people that commented on that blog will also win a prize! A second prize will be given to someone who has left a comment on the Simple Stories blog.

Now that you know how it works, let's take a look at my layout!  I used their "25 Days of Christmas" collection.

I often find myself not using all those little letters that you find on the sticker page, well as you can see, I finally decided to use them. I wasn't able to say everything that I had wanted to say on the journaling card, so I thought I would make it apart of my "Title"!!

Whenever these guys get together, they don't need Goofy Hats to get them going... no, all I need to do is bring out the camera!!

I tried a couple new things with this layout... all of which can be seen in the photo below:

  1. I used a product called "Pearl Pen" by Viva. (I used # 401 - Dark Brown) This is a great way to add a bit of dimension to your layout, as you can make the "pearls" what ever size you want! Very cool product that I will be using again soon!
  2. I finally used a transparency!!! I have talked about using them for some time now & found that the transparencies from Simple Stories are AWESOME!! My main concern about using transparencies has always been... how do I keep them in place without the glue/adhesive showing... Well I no longer have to worry about this when using the transparencies from Simple Stories as they just sticks to the photo - no glue or adhesive needed!! I can turn the page upside down & it doesn't move! :-)
  3. I have a tendency to use pop dots when adding embellishments or my journaling squares, but for this layout you will notice that I raised the large group photo on the left hand side page...   

Thanks again for stopping by & don't forget to Hop on over to the last blog --> Liz Qualman!

Till next time... Happy Hopping.... I mean Scrapping!! :-)

PS - Please don't forget to leave a comment below for your chance to WIN some very cool prizes!!  :-)

Just in case you have missed someone's blog, here is the list for you!!


1.            Simple Stories

2.            Martha Saenz:

3.            Simple Stories Design Team Member  
               Kim Holmes

4.             Amanda Albright:

5.            Cindy Pittman:

6.            Simple Stories Design Team Member
               Emily Pitts   

7.            Sara O’Shea:

8.            Simple Stories Design Team Member  
               Allison Landy

9.            Kate Blue:

10.         Simple Stories Design Team Member
              Wendy Morris

11.          Naomi Armenta:

12.          Michelle Brekke:

13.          Simple Stories Design Team Member
               Liz Qualman



beautiful layout! I never use all those stickers either. :)

Martha ~ xpetunia

Great design on your LO and great job using up all the stickers too.


Great layout. I only own one collection so far, destinations, but I'm looking forward to more kits and making great stuff with it.


First of all, i have to say... i LOVE your blog design!!! Second, LOVE your double page layout (i am a big fan of double pages!) Thank you so much for sharing!!


Lovin' your two-pager! Fun memories, preserved in grand fashion! 25 Days was one of my favorite Christmas collections this year! :) Well done!


I can't finish using all the little stickers either! I believe that's because the papers themselves are more than enough to make the layouts (or projects) amazing! :)

Emily Pitts

fun page and i really like how you explained everything you did, good tips!

Wendy Spence

I am a big fan of scrapbooking, but didn't know I could do this online. This maybe my next favorite past time. Thanks for sharing!


Amazing, amazing, amazing. I love your blog and I have shared it with many and they feel the same. Great layout ideas. I haven’t scrapbooked for a while but man do you inspire me. I especially love the mini record photo display...sooo amazing...I will definitely be making those soon...Great Christmas gift idea.

Keep up the good work.

Diana Smith


I am not a scrap-booker, rather I stitch and “PASSION” I understand.
I met Michele some 5 years ago and I had an opportunity to see her “Special Room” at home and her accomplishments to date. I was overwhelmed with what I saw and even joined her for an evening class just to get the feel of the craft. I could see myself getting into this craft however I would have to give up my stitching and am not ready to do that. I can state honestly I would go nuts with embellishments.
Michele has shown me so many wonderful pieces of her art and it is just fabulous. From goofy and silly to romantic and pure majestic, I see Michele’s gift flourishing for many years to come. Also – great work on your new Blog – I am amazed... Smiles Sandy B.


Loved this line too!! Wonderful layout to showcase it!

Lisa P

Great two pager. I love to see two page designs and you rocked this one.


Beautifully designed!


I love Simple Stories - your layout is great!

Jessica K

Amazing layout, thanks for sharing!


So cute, great layout, love the details!

Ms. Lucie

Beautiful LO. It inspired me to finish my December Daily that I stopped on Day 8!

Miriam Prantner

What a fun holiday layout! You did a great job, love this line.

Gail C

Great work, I have so loved this blog hop!


Love your layout awesome your were chosen as one of the fans , next try for their design team! You Rock!


Love the way you split the patterned paper and put half on each side - I will be scraplifting!

some kind of wonderful

very cool layout!


Awesome layout! Thank sos much for sharing your work with us!

Basement Stamper

Great scrapbook page and wonderful documentation of your traditions.


Great layout! I'm glad to hear someone else likes to use pop dots as much as I do on pages. Can't wait to use the Simple Stories transparencies as I have been looking for one that is easy to apply without requiring special adhesive or layering to cover the "glue marks"


Cute 2 pager. Love your main photo matting with the pearls!


Great projects!

Linh C.

Great layout and kudos for trying new things!


Good for you, trying something new. And I like how you used the little letters, I've often had the same issue at times.



i like the idea of popping up the photo i have this collection but have done nothing with it yet so thanks for ideas and inspiration
upnurse at aol dot com


love your layout, I love double pages too, it is so much easier when it comes to putting them in an album!


Lovely layout & fun tradition! I haven't used transparencies, so thanks for sharing how simple it is to use them :)


I like your goofy hats tradition. It sure beats my families tradition of talking politics at the table!

Erika B.

Very cute layout. Its all about using new things!


Very creative and so cute!


I loved your layouts and I really like the Simple Stories product lines!


Lovely layout, thanks for sharing!

Carol B


Great layout!I'd try scrapbooking if I didn't already have an addition to quilting!

Teresa S

LOVE your layout and love your website...I, like you, do many papercrafts and I love the way you laid out your site...I will be returning for inspiration!

Michelle M

I have had such fun looking at everyone's wonderfully creative projects. And now I am really inspired to do some more of my own. Would love to use some Simple Stories.


Loved the journaling you did. This is such a beautiful layout.


Very cute! I love crakers too! lol Thanks for sharing!

christine in cape coral

Hey, we do the crackers too!! but no hats, maybe next year. love the simple stories pages. i'm ordering 25 days of xmas asap!! thanks for sharing


I heart that collection! What a great page :) TFS

Karen Moore

I really like your christmas layout! It's the first time I've seen the SS's Christmas paper and of course NOW I want the kit! I'm also going to check out those transparencies!


Beautiful job, I love all the colors!
Love Penny


What a great layout. Love Simple Stories!

Scrap by RĂ´

Very cool 2 page LO! TFS


Great 2 page layout!


Very cool! Sure makes me wish my scrapping stuff wasn't packed away in boxes until the next move~ So much to look at! Great job!

Cindy Gay

Very pretty. Great embellishments and I love the goofy hats.


Was looking at your blog earlier today, what a great job!! Your double pages are great but it's neat to see you trying new and different layouts! Keep up the good work!! Mom


Great job Hun & yes you are addicted.


oh that's what you the puppy pics, and of course Brad.... looks great!

Janet Zeppa

Super Christmas layout!


MOM!!! Everything looks amazing, as per usual :)

Love you!



Michelle you put your cousin to shame in your zeal for scrapbooking. I love scrapbooking as well but live vicariously thru you as mine has to stay put away from my little "helpers" hands. You have a great eye for this and I love looking thru your blog when I have a chance. (i too have a ton of little stickers leftover from pages.)
Love ya, your younger cousin Christalee :)


Rob was here! Looking good Michelle :)


Looking good Michelle!!!! I think we have a winner!! Come on people POST AND VOTE!!!


Great Job Michelle -- couldn't get my wordpress ID to work -- Carol Volk!


These look like some great memories Michelle. Cath


Love the layout Chelle! Very informative blog as well! I will be back to see updates!

Love Pam


well done Michelle!


looks incredible Maja!



Nice layout Brad's mom!


Cynthia B.

Wonderful job w/ this 2-pager! Love how the journaling card works perfectly for your layout - and that you were able to use all those letters for your page title. Great use of the Simple Stories product!

Alma Dirpaul

I will look back to your blog when I use my Christmas paper from SS


Really loved your blog, and will happily come back and explore. I discovered Simple Stories early last year and LURVE the freedom it has given me to create both easy and more involved pages.


Super cute! thanks for sharing!


Great job. love the layout


Wow this looks really cool. I have lots of wild and krazy memories i'd like to get down on paper


Amazing layout, thanks for sharing your holiday memories with us. I too used this collection this year, I loved it so much, that i went back and bought more after Christmas so I would have it!


Great layout!!


I LOVE the colours, so pretty, and without being too girly :) Hope you win GOOD LUCK!

Barbara H

Enjoyed hopping to your blog and your project with the Simple Stories Christmas line.


What a fun way to highlight a family tradition. I think they tell your story so much better than a formal portrait does.

Marcia Dehn-Nix

What a fun tradition you have. Your layout is wonderful.


Gorgeous LO! We do the party poppers on Christmas, too, and then walk around until our little crowns fall off. The kids will usually trade colors (what 10yo boy wants a magenta crown?) Thanks for sharing and congrats on your guest post! I like what I see! rgauss at sbcglobal dot net.


Your layouts are fantastic Michelle and your blog site is wonderful. As you know I am not a scrapbooker but looking at your site is very inspiring. Bye for now.

Gigi Garcia

Love this layout. This is the next set I want.


Beautiful layout! And I like your blog too! Thanks for sharing!


Loved your layout! What a great tradition you have.


nice blog


hey michele nice page

brad randall

looking good


Beautiful layout!


Very nice layout


Beautiful work Michelle :)


You are very creative Michelle.


Creative interesting ideas. You are a dedicated crafter of memories Michelle!


Hey Michelle, I really love the colours you used and the layout works great. Great job!!


You have a really fun layout! I love this line of supplies. Thanks for sharing it with us!




Looks real good Michelle... Good luck!


Hey Michelle - these all look GREAT !!! Really liked the Xmas and puppies. Keep up the good work, you are very talented


Awesome layout and I love Simple Stories transperencies too!

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