February 15, 2012

guest designing at Simple Stories

The last couple of weeks have had me in heavy nesting mode.  I feel like this baby will be here almost any minute now and we're trying to check-off all those last minute things on our to-do lists.  We are just so very ready to meet this little guy.  I am ready too.  You know you are ready when you actually look forward to going into labor!  We want to meet Samuel and see his little face and hear his little cries...well, hopefully they'll be little.  Nathan had such a sweet, little cry... Gabe, not so much. =)  This part of pregnancy is hard I think, I had a friend say as much just yesterday.  The waiting!  Oh, the waiting.  But enough about that.

Because this baby could be here any day, I shouldn't put this off any longer.  A couple of weeks ago I was featured at the Simple Stories blog as their guest designer.  I cannot tell you how excited I was to be asked to guest design for them!  Over the past year, they have easily become my favorite manufacturer.  My two favorite collections to date are, 100 Days of Summer:

and Year-O-Graphy:

which you might remember I am using for my Document 2012 album

I also mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I love their new boy collection, Awesome:

I know I'm going to have a lot of fun with that one!  It is just too perfect for life around here. =)

For my guest design spot, I was asked to work with their Baby Steps Collection.  A perfectly appropriate choice don't you think?  And again, I fell in love.  Here is one of the layouts I made:

As you know, I have been monitored closely during this pregnancy.  We had to have growth ultrasounds every 4-6 weeks, and these images are proof that Samuel is in fact doing well.  You also know how very blessed I feel to have had a healthy pregnancy.

I made a set of cards too.  A thank you card, a welcome card, and one that I left blank.  The fundamentals cardstock sticker sheets that are included in each collection kit are filled with lots of great designs as well as borders and title pieces.  Is it too practical to say this?  They're a really good value for the money.  Seriously, I love their stickers.  Here are my cards:

I really enjoyed creating these, and my favorite one includes that little trio of owls!

You can see the other layout I created at the Simple Stories blog.  I'll share it with you here once Samuel makes his arrival.  And I'm going to be perfectly transparent about this, yes, I am trying out for their design team.  I've never been on a manufacturer's team before, and don't apply to those types of calls often, but I do really love their products.  Wish me luck!


  1. Excited to hear the good news soon, Donna! Everything you made here is just beautiful. I'm sure you'll have no trouble joining their design team : )

  2. I hadn't noticed that Awesome collection---it is pretty awesome for us moms of boys!


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