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8.24.2011

Simple Stories by Memory Works Elementary Collection


{Reported by Ashley Harris}





Simple Stories is new to me.  I first saw their lines in a LSS and had to know who made them.  I looked down at the manufacturer at the bottom of the page and didn't recognize them at all.  So I did some digging and here is what I found out.  They basically wanted to give you options.  You can put your photos in divided page protectors along with their trimmed elements or you can do the traditional way.  I am a traditional person all the way.   So let me tell you how this line made me want to sharpen a bouquet of pencils!

What I liked:
-I love your options.  You can do basically anything with this. 
-There are so many stickers and different elements to make your own embellishments.
-The patterns are strong and are so perfect for school.  From the first day of school to the last.

What I didn't like:
-Nothing.  I liked it all.  Truly.  I have no complaints.  Sweet huh!?



What I made:

Size 4x6 Supplies: Rhinestone: Kaisercraft; Hemp: Misc.; All other supplies Elementary Collection by Simple Stories




Size: 2x8  Supplies:  Pencils and Hemp: Misc; Staples: Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz for Advantus: All other supplies Elementary Collection by Simple Stories





Size: 12x12  Supplies:  All Elementary Collection by Simple Stories


Where and How Much:
Product: Elementary Collection Kit
Manufacturer: Simple Stories by Memory Works
MSRP: $0.90-22.00


Bottom Line:  In my opinion this is the school themed line in a very long time.  I will use this again and again and still have different looks every time.  LOVE IT!  


What do you think?  Leave us a comment by midnight EST on Thursday to be entered to win the Elementary Collection Kit!  WOO HOO!!

62 comments:

Magdalena said...

I've had a few Simple stories PP in my SC kit, and I have loved those. In this pack I find the alphas to be the best part. Gorgeous!

Cheryl Leong said...

This is bee-Eee-Eh-You-tiful!!!!!!!
Thanks for the chance!

Vicky said...

Love the combination of the muted school colors with tan, bit grungy like that :)

Lots of sticker options as well, and the patterns are fun. Even the wrapping of the paper pack looks like something I could use!

Cynthia B. said...

I definitely like! I saw this when it came out and thought the colors were great, and the concept too...they've tried to make things easier with the divided page protectors, but traditional scrappers can use the whole sheets of paper too. They've done a super job with their other lines, too - Destination, 100 Days of Summer, Life Documented...all winners in my book! Thanks for the chance to win!

April said...

I absolutely LOVE the look of the Simple Stories lines. I haven't been lucky enough to get my hands on any yet though so I'm hoping this is my lucky day! ;)
- April W

janet said...

THis line is new to me too. It really is a GREAT school line. Haven't seen it in my area, so thanks for the chance to win! Your projects are really wonderful!

Hee Jin Ramsey said...

Love it! Colors and the design are great and just what I need! Can't resist it! Thank you for the offer!
heejinramsey@me.com

Jennifer Cowan said...

I'm with you... I think this is THE school line to have. My LSS store just got it in...I think I need to make a trip there!

LouAnn said...

I love this line and have been looking for something new for school.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

I couldn't agree with you more! I love this school collection! Simple Stories has done no wrong! I recently picked up Life Documented, and I realize that I want ALL of their collections! The colors are fantastic!! Love what you created!!

Michele said...

I have to be honest...the first thing I noticed was the owl. I do love the primary colors in this set. There are so many fun things you can do with the papaer and alphas. You gave us some beautiful ideas. Thanks!

Linh C. said...

My LSS carries these but I haven't tried them yet. I love the designs and colors in the Elementary Collection.

Patchi said...

I've been eying this collection since I saw it on a CHA post. I love the colors and the elements look super fun. You did a great job showcasing this line!

Jennifer Moore said...

LOVE Simple Stories and this wonderful collection! The embellies and colors are amazing! Plus, this would match my Kindergartener's 1st day of school outfit perfectly! hehehe

Kristin Rutten said...

I just recently found Simple Stories too and totally fell in love with it. This school collection would be PERFECT for my kindergartener that just started school today. Thanks for the opportunity!! :)

Jen said...

I don't have this collection, but they are awesome to work with...you have everything you need! BTW, the y partnered with Unity Stamps to make matching stamps for this paper line so you could add some extra images where needed.
OMGosh your card is perfect for a teacher, and the pencil holder is cute, and the LO...adorable and your son looks so proud...what a cutie!

Angela Nebinger said...

WOW.. I think this is an awesome giveaway.. I've got the perfect stack of photos calling me for this kit :) Thanks for the chance to win!

ShoppingTamii said...

This looks cute!

Renee VanEpps said...

I have been thinking the same thing - LOVE these Simple Stories releases - and where did they come from??!! Just popped up everywhere in the Scrapbook Universe! Thanks for the chance 2 win!

Katelyn said...

This collection is so cute! Thanks for the chance to get my hands on this stuff! And cute projects.

Katelyn

just me and z said...

Wow, I've never heard of them?! But I LOVE this collection! I went to Hobby Lobby just yesterday to find some "back-to-school" items for my daughter's first day of Kindergarten, which was today. (and yes, I am counting down the minutes until I can pick her up!)
I wasn't really "crazy" about any of the school stuff that I bought yesterday, but I needed SOMETHING to use to scrapbook this huge occasion. But this collection is AWESOME! I was looking for a cute apple, and even an owl, and didn't find anything that caught my eye. These would be PERFECT for the ideas that I have! I love the colors too--so bold and bright, yet not too "primary". I really think this looks like a great kit and I would love to use it to scrapbook my daughter's pages!
Thank you so much for the chance to win!
-Lindsay

marla said...

This looks like a great set that would make scrapbooking my childrens school photos very easy to do!!

Jennifer said...

I love Simple Stories products! They work so well together and are sturdy! Thanks for the chance to win.

Scrapamum said...

Absolutely perfect for back to school projects!!! Love the colors.

Erica Hettwer said...

I love that alpha sheet! It's perfect!

Jill said...

I always love the primary colors and especially love the distressed/ 'softer' look of this fabulously complete collection.

Rebecca Ednie said...

I absolutely love this collection. I've pinned it!

connie said...

I love the colors and papers in this line.

Karen L said...

Wow...I love the colors and distressed look of this collection! It's so great to see a school collection that isn't all primary brights! Would love to get my hands on this!

June Houck said...

This line is completely new to me and I *love* it! I am working on my twin girls' school scrapbooks and I would love to have this collection. I also make a lot of teacher gifts throughout the year. Bravo to Memory Works!

SHartl said...

Such a really nice collection for back to school. I like that it's not too cutesy! I would use this for lots of different themes as well.

Kelly Massman said...

Looks like fun to me! Thanks!

alwayscharlie said...

Simple Stories lines always look so fun but I haven't used them yet. I'd love to try!

Kathy H. said...

I like how you used the pieces for cards. I had never thought of using the kit for cards. Great idea!

Melanie said...

This collection is fabulous...I just love the colors!

The Girl said...

I have fallen in love with Simple Stories and especially love this kit with it's browns and bright colors - perfect for my two boys.

csparky61 said...

This is an awesome collection, perfect for the school years.... and I have four kids worth to do!

Carol said...

I love it too! I like that you can choose to do it the Simple way or the traditional way.

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

ferrellgraph-x said...

I love the colors of this line, especially the brown! It's my favorite color. I agree it is perfect! Love your creations with it. Thank you for telling me where I can purchase it.
Kindest regards,
Jennifer Ferrell

scrapper al said...

I would love to use this paper for my nieces and nephew's school pictures. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Lisa said...

I have one of their collections and love every bit of it so I'm not surprised at how great this one looks!

Shawninaz said...

I really like the options that this company offers and the overall look is awesome, love what you did with it, nice work!

PamS said...

The colors in this line look so rich...I love it all. I like that you get so many different alphabets also.

smahrty said...

I love Simple Stories and their easy concept for making quick pages. the school line looks fun and versitile.

Ellie A. said...

I have been DREAMING about this collection and Simple Stories have fast becoming one of my favorite companies as they have JUST what I need. I love how I can used them for my projects be it Project Life,card making or a frame to send to someone. This is just perfect as my oldest will be graduating and I want to document this year for him. Thanks for the chance!

scrapbookobsession said...

Love what you did with his line, Ashley!

Memory Works Consultants are also a great place to get ahold of any Simple Stories lines (there are 8 total now!). We've been working with them since the beginning, have resources for layout/album/project ideas, can point you toward matching accessories, etc. My blog has lots of info.

(Please don't enter me in the giveaway as I already have this awesome line :)

~Erika

Anke said...

Great line. The colors make it also possible to use it for other pictures than just school-pictures!

Natalie said...

Great projects! Now that I have kids in school, I absolutely LOVE school days themed products! I'll have to get my hands on this line soon! :)

Lisa C. said...

Love your projects! Simple Stories is so great! I love this school line - awesome colors and so many wonderful papers!

danni reid said...

loved their 100 days of summer and this looks fab ashley, looove what you created♥

Sandi said...

Awesome....I really need to get some Simple Stories collections!

mommakatx6 said...

I know I missed the deadline to qualify for the prize, but I had to post. Thanks for the review, this collection is fabulous. The projects you made with it are great. Inspires me to spend more time in the craft room. Thanks.

michsmith1973 said...

Simple Stories collections always rock, this one is no exception, love the colors, design and fun extra's that go with the collection, definitely one I will have to add to my wishlist, unless I'm lucky enough to win this awesome giftaway:)

Tamara said...

I have never used a Simple Stories kit, but I love this back to school one. I have been working in an elementary school for a couple of years, and am going back to school myself this year to get my education degree. This is perfect for me :)

Lillian Child said...

I just found this blog and LOVE that you review products that I actually might purchase!! And your projects - oh my - I simply adore your creative style!! Thanks for sharing with us and also for a chance to win some fabulous products!

Shannon said...

I really love the color combos for this line!! I agree...love everything about them!!

Molossus said...

Fantastic layouts! Thank you for the giveaway!

Monique Leslie The Misfit Crafter said...

I love the Simple Stories Line. I still have my Elementary Kit all wrapped up (but I did open it to peek). My son starts Kinder On Monday. (first child to start school just a little weeping inserted here). I have waited to be able to break open this kit. All my other Simple Stories collections I love. I make so many great projects with them and they are so simple to put together. I just love it.

Carol said...

I've just finished an album using nothing but the Simple Stories Destinations line. I LOVE the look of this line, but have yet to find any at our LSS. I have 4 kids and can see using this line and still having a different layout each time. Fabulous!!

Sue Biewer said...

I just recently discovered Simple Stories and fell in love with their stuff immediately...love this line

Dale Tiernan said...

I really like Simple Stories. I like this line because it has primary colours, yet they are muted. The element stickers are great.

Miss Kathy said...

I bought their summer collection and loved it so I'm sure this school collection will be great too. love all the journal cards and embellishments.