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5.25.2012

Simple Stories Fabulous

















{Reported by Paula Gilarde}








Simple Stories is relatively new company (to me at least) that specializes in pre-designed elements for quick and easy scrapbooking. The Fabulous line is a happy, girly line with lots of pinks and bright colors but it's also muted and a little distressed. I found it really easy to use because I have a tween daughter who is very info the type of graphics included in this line.

What I liked:
1. Fun, trendy geometric patterns - the line includes stripes, doilies, quatrefoil, flowers and of course, clouds.
2.  The stickers were very fun with lots of variety - including borders, images, text and labels.
3. The premade/embellished journaling cards (for want of a better explanation) lend themselves to all kinds of uses - layouts, cards, mini albums. I thought they were versatile and sparked lots of ideas.

What I disliked:
1. I wasn't overly enthused with the distressing. I liked a little of it, but could have done with a little less.
2. The B-side were neutral which I liked but I was disappointed that so many of them were so similar (neutral ledger).

What I made:


I made a layout using one of the embellished background papers - so quick and easy. I can definitely see the appear of scrapbooking like this:



Supplies: Simple Stories papers and cardstock stickers, digital cluster frame by Katie Pertiet (www.designerdigitals.com)




The papers with the 4x6 sheets inspired me to make a "Smash book" type of mini album for my daughter. The prompts like "all about me" and "my top favorites" are very her right now.




Supplies: Simple Stories paper and chipboard stickers, Bind it All binding rings.


Finally I made a card using the 4x6 transparency sheets and cardstock stickers:


Supplies: Simple Stories cardstock stickers and transparency, Jillibean Soup kraft cardbase.

Where and How Much:
Product:  Fabulous
Manufacturer:  Simple Stories
MSRP: $0.89-$20.99
Available Online:  Scrapbook.com, Two Peas In a Bucket*, Blue Moon Scrapbooking




What do you think? Is this collection in your must haves?  Leave a comment by midnight EST on Saturday to be entered to win a prize pack from Simple Stories!  U.S. residents only and please leave an  email address so that we can contact you if you win.

40 comments:

Emily Todd said...

I can see what you mean about the distressed look, but overall I do like the colors! And seems you get a lot in this collection too. Thanks for reviewing this!
emt85_04(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jean said...

I like the colors and patterns. I could definitely use this.

Shawninaz said...

I love the patterns and the colors in this collection it really caught my eye. I've also seen some great projects using it around the blogs such as Betsy Veldman. Great post today!

Shawninaz said...

Oops, forgot to leave my email.
Sew7752@aol.com

Angela said...

I really like the colors and designs in this collection! I like most of what I see from simple stories! Love your layout and cards!

Kelly Massman said...

i love the colors and the slightly retro feel! Thanks!

Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

PamSpradlin said...

Another 'fabulous' line from Simple Stories! Love it.

Miriam Prantner said...

Distressing isn't my favorite too -- I find it most annoying when making cards as I don't necessarily want the corner of my card to be shaded. But, overall this is an adorable collection, perfect for girls, and we happen to have two at home. :)

Houses Built of Cards said...

I really love the girlie-ness and colors of this line! Of course, I do have 2 girls...so that might influence it!

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www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Linh C. said...

I love the look that all Simple Stories collections have. If you like the muted, distressed colors, then Simple Stories is perfect to keep your scrapbook pages similar.

Then again, I also like the vibrant, fun colors that Doodlebug collections have, so I guess that's why I have so much stuff in my scrap area! :)

Victoria S. said...

Yes yes yes yes Please!!! i love this! the colors are so pretty & i love it all!

ShoppingTamii said...

it's very pretty! Love what you did with it, great inspiration!

Lisa P said...

I love this line. Gorgeous colors. Love how they have the journaling cards and the papers with the border strips etc. Simple Stories is awesome.

rlovew said...

I love the stickers in this collection and you mini album is adorable.

April said...

Fabulous!! This collection is full of amazing colors. :) Thanks for the chance to win!
- April W

Jennifer said...

This line is fabulous! With 2 teenage daughters, I know I could find a lot of uses for it!

Melissa said...

Oooh, this collection is just gorgeous! I love the bright colors!

Very pretty projects!

melissahuie at gmail dot com

smahrty said...

Cute mini! I really the Simple Stories concept, makes it pretty easy to scrap fast or do PL. Thank you for offering it up as a prize today.

c.darwin said...

I love your first layout with the paper strips. Great collection!

Erica Hettwer said...

I love the colors in this line, too!

Lisa C. said...

I love this whole collection! Awesome colors and perfect for my daughter's layouts!! Thanks for the giveaway. lacree2@aol.com

Melinda said...

Very pretty collection! I love it! Thanks for the chance! Have a great weekend!

sharon g said...

I love that you are honest and not just positive. I really like the patterns on this paper, and at least one image goes with the Unity stamp that I've seen. I didn't see the reverse side of the papers, but the fronts look great. And I like distressing, so this is maybe made for people like me. Thanks for your honest opinion.

Natasha G.P. said...

I like all the colors, and that they go with kraft paper. That's a definite plus for me. I also like the images like the girl.

Court said...

LOVE those polka dotted stickers and while I agree that they went a little overboard with the distressing, the color palate is still beautiful!

Yaritza said...

I've never tried their papers before. Would be fun to try. Thanks for the chance.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Great projects--LOVE that mini album! Great review!

scrapper al said...

Love the name and colors. I know what you mean about too much distressing. Thanks for the review.

Cynthia B. said...

I do love the Simple Stories concept, and although I'm normally attracted to more "masculine" color combos, this line looks like a lot of fun. Love that pink quatrefoil pattern especially, and the images of the peace signs, the doilies, and butterflies would be very cool to scrap for my daughter's pages.
Thanks for the review!

cutiephinphin said...

Simple Stories have become one of my favorite companies. I do like the distress looks and it's not overly done for my taste. I do love their ledger papers as they make great journaling spots or journaling cards etc and I add my own stamping to match my layout.

Love the mini album you created. Thanks for the chance to win.

Gab said...

Your mini book is fantastic Paula

debpaint16 said...

I would definitely use this collection! I love the "smash" book you made....Great Inspiration!! Thank you for the chance to win!!
debpaint16@aol.com

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I haven't bought this collection yet but I have several of Simple Stories other collections and I LOVE THEM!!!! They are so versatile and easy to use since they are pre-measured to fit in the WeR page protectors!

ruth said...

I love this collection!!! The brights with the slightly distressed is different from most of what's out there.

I really loved your mini album!!!

janet said...

Great projects! LOVE your layout- so fun! The colors in this collection look fun, cheery and bright even with the muted tone!
love it!
tomjan@frontiernet.net

Marcie said...

I really like this collection, and I love what you made with it!

Marcie said...

I forgot to leave my email address... Marcie.Levine@gmail.com

Thanks for the chance!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I'm in love with the alphabet! Sooooo cute! I'd love to play with this kit! Rebeccacell at gmail dot com

ScrapMomOf2 said...

I love Simple Stories! I think every single one of their collections are wonderful!! This one truly is Fabulous! I love their distressed style so much! Thank you for a chance to win! I have two teenage girls, and I would definitely love using this collection!! :)

Casey Lu said...

I LOVE everything about this line! This would be perfect for my girls! So far in love with their stuff!