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Ally
Early Childhood and Special Education Teacher Educator who believes in supporting inquiry based learning and critical thinking.
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Hola Simple Stories fans! Allison L here today with a couple layouts I've been working on using Simples Stories' brand new Daily Grind line! As a single adult with grown children I don't tend to have a ton of excitement in my life. So, when I first saw this line, I thought it had been tailor made for me! I tore into it right away as it seemed like the perfect line to document my life as a doctoral student, which simply means that I sit around a lot and read and read and read. I started with the Journaling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Simple Stories
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Hola Simple Stories fans! Allison here with a post that just makes me giddy. Have you seen the new Sn@p Sets yet? Well, I have them in my hot little hands and could not wait to get them into my album! Today I'm sharing Week 35... and I must admit that I can't believe I've kept up with my Life Documented album this well! For the left page, I started with our Smarty Pants collection... perfect for anything office or school related. I love the 6x8 Pocket Pages for those weeks when I have several photos of a single event.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Simple Stories
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Hola, Simple Stories Fans! Allison (aka Ally) L here, and I'm playing the Life Documented catch up game! After some kick-butt scrappin' sessions this summer, I've nearly caught up to current work. One reason I was able get myself back on track was the ease of the Pocket Pages and Simple Stories system. Lately, I've been loving the Say Cheese line. While this may have an amusement park feel to it, I hope I'm about to show you how well the line goes with every day life. Here's Week 31, and that "Whole Gang" card could not have been more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Simple Stories
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Hola, Simple Stories Fans! Allison (aka Ally) L. back with another Life Documented layout for your viewing pleasure! Once again, I've found that the Simple Stories lines coordinate together so well, I combined the 24/7 line with our brand spankin' new Smarty Pants line. I've been playing catch up this summer and with the Simple Stories' Pocket Pages, I've been able to complete SIX weeks of layouts in a matter of just a couple of days. Talk about simple! Today I'm sharing my Week 18 Life Documented spread with you. I love the bright colors of these lines. The yellows... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Simple Stories
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Hola Simple Stories (and Maya Road) fans! Allison here today to share my Life Documented pages using the 24/7 and I {Heart} Summer lines. These layouts also made great use of some of my favorite Maya Road products such as the paper twine, mini tickets, fabric tape and DIY speech bubbles. If you've been following the Simple Stories blog, you know that I've been using our 6x8 Sn@p album for my Life Documented projects since day one of the year. One of the main reasons I chose a 6x8 album size was because I knew from last year that I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Simple Stories
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Have you been loving all the layouts using the I {heart} Summer line as much as I have? Well, all I can say is the moment this line arrived on my doorstep, I was looking for photos to scrap using it. These pictures taken the week my daughter and I moved to Flagstaff, AZ seemed fitting. You see, living in Phoenix for 20 years where temps stayed above 100 degrees for several months, I couldn't really say "I heart summer" with a straight face. But moving about 130 miles north meant temps in the 70's and 80's in AUGUST. Oh... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Simple Stories
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The end of May always marks the beginning of summer break for me. The school year is over, grading is done, and it's time to spend some quality time enjoying the outdoors of the great state of Arizona. Nobody loves this time of year better than my dogs, Sweetness and Boone. This past March, we almost lost fourteen year old Sweetness to a huge tumor on her spleen, but thankfully the surgery went well, and she is doing amazing! But that event made me want to document some of the happy times with this dog while I was still enjoying... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Simple Stories
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Happy Spring, All! Ally here with a little bit of a different post today. As I've shared here previously, I'm using a Sn@p binder and various Simple Stories lines to complete my Week in Review album. Today I thought I'd share my top ten reasons why I love this combination so much. So, without further ado, here goes: Reason #10 The colors - The colors of Sn@p make me happy and the happy hues keep my layouts feeling positive Reason #9 I can mix colors and lines easily. Here I mixed a couple of pieces from the Sn@p line with... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Simple Stories
Painful for sure, and I sure don't miss IL for these reasons! But man, sounds like the really, really important stuff was spared... and you have good insurance. So thankful for all that! Hang in there!
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2013 on When the Flood Waters Came... at Telling Stories
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Here we are, April 1st... but let's not act the fool today. Let's get into our stashes and get creative! Your first SYS challenge for April is an easy one. We are going to spend some time working on two of the biggest trends I've seen in a while... speech... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Shop Your Stash Challenge Blog
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Today's guest challenger: Tami Brundage (aka TamiG). I adore this gal's style and was so excited when she agreed to run a challenge by you all this week! Here's what Tami had to say... I am so excited to challenge you this week to use up some of that stash!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at Shop Your Stash Challenge Blog
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Last summer I moved from the Sonoran Desert of Phoenix, AZ where we rarely see weather below 80 degrees to the northern Arizona pines, a mere 7000 feet higher in elevation. That meant new adventures and also new experiences - SEASONS - awaited. So, last week when we were enjoying sunshine and 60 degree weather, we were fooled into thinking winter was over (I have a foot and a half of snow to shovel out of my driveway as I type this). We loaded up the car and headed out to one of my favorite areas, Sandy's Canyon, which is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2013 at Simple Stories
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So excited to introduce you to fellow stamper, scrapbooker, and well, yes sometimes paper hoarder, Kim Kesti. Kim designs for Pebbles, Paper Smooches and is a Paper Crafts Go To Gal too! So, you can bet she has tons of supplies that she needs to use! Visit her blog here:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Shop Your Stash Challenge Blog
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It seems pretty obvious lately that Simple Stories lines can go beyond their use with divided page protectors. I'd been spending a lot of my scrappy time of late playing with the divided page protectors, it was time to return to some of my well-loved, traditional scrapping. A couple of years ago, my son and I took our four dogs out hiking in northern Arizona. I realized I had several photos I hadn't yet scrapped. Couple that with the Take a Hike line sitting on my table, and I considered it kismet! I started with the main photo, the subtle... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Simple Stories
What a great story! And the layout IS adorable!
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Julie's back this week with a really simple challenge! But it's going to have you digging into your patterned paper collection we know you've amassed! Check it out: Hello fellow stash busters. I hope you're enjoying the challenges so far. I am loving seeing all the creations that keep rolling... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Shop Your Stash Challenge Blog
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Wow, three weeks in already! Thanks to everyone who has shared links to their galleries! It's so much fun seeing how each of you goes after the challenge. Remember, there really aren't any rules. We just want to encourage you to use what you own... This week's challenge gets us... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at Shop Your Stash Challenge Blog
Julie has agreed to help with the blog challenges. If anyone else wants to join us, just shoot me an email. I am totally digging Julie's layout and challenge! Use an unopened stamp? I think I have that covered... Thanks, girl! Hello there! Julie here today with another challenge to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at Shop Your Stash Challenge Blog
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So, it's true. When I started this blog, I was sitting in a coffee shop and not in my studio. That meant I didn't have an actual challenge layout to share with you! But Fridays are a time when I try to really rest and rejuvinate which means - crafting.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at Shop Your Stash Challenge Blog
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I've been a fan of challenge blogs for a long time. I often seek them out when in need of just a pinch of inspiration. One of my all-time favorite challenge sites was How Much is Too Much. But unfortunately, that site eventually came to an end (as have many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Shop Your Stash Challenge Blog
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In preparation for the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Tradeshow this month, I was lucky enough to be asked to play with one of my favorite lines of all time - Sn@p! I was so excited when I heard that Simple Stories was going to be expanding this line at the show, I may have squealed out loud! As I've shared here on several occasions, Sn@p has been amazing to work with using the divided page protectors to document my weekly life in a fun, colorful way - kind of like I like to think I live! But for this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at Simple Stories
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I Love You: Right Now and Always The school semester has finally ended, and that means I have a bit of a breather. One of the first activities I sat down to do with my free time was to craft with some of my favorite product. But when I've had a long absence from scrapping, I often find I need a little push start. So, off I went to find some inspiration. I didn't really have to go too far because I found just what I needed with our very own Simple Stories DT. Wendy recently posted this amazing layout... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2012 at Simple Stories
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Hi All! First, I need to say, my camera battery has bit the dust unexpectedly. So, I'm sorry if these images are less than perfect! Second, man, are you all as busy as I am? I bet you are with the holidays in full swing! Third, well, that's why I'm here - to help you out :) . I know that when we get busy, it's hard to keep up on things like Project Life, December Daily, even picture taking in general! So, I'm here to show you a few tips and tricks for those times when you either have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Simple Stories
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Whew! What a busy year this has turned out to be! I was so excited to do Project Life (the concept begun by Becky Higgins) for 2012, but I chose not to purchase any "kits" as I figured I could just whip it together myself. True, that worked pretty well having a great line on Simple Stories products. But by spring I had fallen way behind, and in the summer I had to pack all my supplies up for a move. So, when I found myself with some (albeit limited) time and creative energy last week, I decided to try... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Simple Stories
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