November at Simple Scrapper

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Not too long ago, my family and I decided (well, I decided, my family kind of reluctantly went along with the idea) to try a Paleo diet. I had been trying to lose weight and my husband wanted to eat healthier, so in April I took all bread, dairy, and most sugar out of our diet. It was quite a change for us to say the least.

Several months later, we are still eating mostly Paleo. My husband and I have both lost weight and my kids are eating a much healthier diet.

However, now that Thanksgiving and Christmas are rolling around, my resolve is starting to waver. I am bombarded by magazines, e-mails, and blogs with ┬ádelicious holiday meals and menus, none of which fit into our diet. So in this season of jolly feasting, I made a layout inspired by the November Story Starters at Simple Scrapper about our lifestyle choice–mainly to remind myself of the many benefits we have seen along the way.

I started with two photos of typical Paleo meals for us. Then I paired the pictures with an older Studio Calico kit and a Sketch/Template from the Simple Scrapper library, I created my layout.

going paleo

This year has been a time of change for my husband, not only in regards to diet, but also in his business. He is becoming more specialized in his law practice and was recently asked to speak at a national conference. Using a Sketch/Template from this month’s collection at Simple Scrapper, I easily put together this page.


In lieu of a traditional title, I cut out the description of his talk from the conference brochure. If you have saved this type of ephemera, use it on your page! You can easily add to or replace the title and/or journaling with information saved from an event.
If you want further inspiration, check out the membership at Simple Scrapper. Each month you will receive Story Starter inspiration and Sketch/Templates that will assist you in getting your memories onto pages quickly and easily. Happy November!

Grey Skies — November at Counterfeit Kit Challenge and Blog Hop

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Hello crafty crafters–welcome to November! If you are here from Julene’s blog on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop, I am so glad you are here!

I love this time of year, especially on our farm–the trees are spectacular, the weather is so pleasant, and Thanksgiving is on its way. At the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, we are celebrating November by creating a kit based on the latest Pink Paislee collection, Cedar Lane.

cedar lane

When creating my kit, which I am calling Grey Skies, I started with a floral paper from Pebbles reminiscent of the floral patterns in the Cedar Lane kit. I then added several fairly neutral papers and one pop of color–a bright coral print that coordinates with the floral.

november kit

For the embellishments, I added washi tape, Thickers, puffy stickers, a diecut, layered flower stickers, buttons, twine, and a cute fox flair button like the fox in the Cedar Lane collection.

This month at CKC, not only did the Master Forgers pick our new kits, we also created our own add-on kit! We each chose an item to add to our kit, and you can see all of our choices in the blog hop. You can use any of these wonderful add-on ideas to make your own embellishments for your kit in November. (We will share a complete list of our add-ons tomorrow–so be on the lookout!)

For my add-on, I was inspired by all of the cute embellished paper clips (like these and these) that are in stores now. So I created a set of clips to complete my Grey Skies kit. I will have a complete tutorial for you on Wednesday for Forgeries on the Fourth.

paper clip embellishments

I am so excited about heading into November and using my Grey Skies kit this month! Be sure to go on to Leslie’s blog for your next stop on the blog hop. And if you want to see all of the Master Forgers’ kits for November, start the blog hop here.

November at Simple Scrapper

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This month’s Story Starters at Simple Scrapper all have to do with scrapping the Hard Stuff. I am definitely not one to scrap difficult subjects, so this month’s layouts were a stretch for me. I can honestly say that without these Story Starters, I would not have made these pages. Fortunately, I also had the Sketch Templates to work with and I could easily focus on my stories.


This first layout is about how much I miss my sister and her family since they moved away about five years ago. When she and her family lived near me and my family, we got together often. Our kids were all little and we would often go to local parks, playgrounds, and museums together. Now we live about four-and-a-half hours apart, which makes it difficult to visit very often.


In 2002, I lost both of my grandmothers within just a couple of months. Since then I have made layouts about both of them and the impact they have had on my life, but I’ve never scrapped about losing them. Even though this layout was difficult to journal, it came together easily with the help of one of this month’s Sketch Templates.


I scrap almost exclusively in 12×12, therefore I usually convert the letter Sketch Templates into that format to make my layouts. However, this month, I loved this 8.5×11 Sketch Template so much that I stepped outside my box and used this one as is. My youngest son has faced several challenges in his life and has always overcome them. This layout records that wonderful fact about him.

And now that November is here, I am joyfully looking toward the holidays. I am always looking for inspiration for scrapping the holidays, so I will be in Simple Scrappers’ Holiday Storyteller Free E-Course. Sign up now!