Monday, June 3, 2013

S is for Simple

Happy Monday! Time for another challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge blog.

S is for Simon, stamping, stains, stars, and so much more. This week, however you choose, the idea is to be inspired by the letter S, or simply use a product that starts with an S. Perhaps you could share a technique that is your Specialty. Maybe you are inspired to create something Sassy or title your piece with a word beginning with S. From shabby to stamped, silly to seaside - there is a lot of inspiration in this letter - let’s see what you’ve got!

Lots of ideas went through my mind for this one, I tell ya! Scraps, Stamping, Silly, Sisters, etc.... 
Since I couldn't make up my mind, I decided to keep it Simple!

That's right... "S" is for Simple at the Purple Mailbox this week!
I am pretty sure we have all figured out by now that I am not a simple scrapper. In fact, I often have a hard time knowing when to stop layering up the goodies on my projects. So, to challenge myself and to truly keep things simple this week, I decided to work with just a few supplies.

Here we have:
- Background Paper
- Letter Stamp Set
- Archival Ink in Black
- Distress Paint in Picket Fence
- 2 Pens
- Scissors
- Assorted Scraps

That's less than 10 things!
 In the effort to keep things even simpler, I am going to work in a loose grid design. To lay the "foundation" of that, I have my photo and a branding strip:
 Then, I simple cut my scraps into small block shapes using my scissors:
After some Distress splats, I have the blocks arranged on my page. I also distressed the edges of each block to add some texture and dimension:
 Now for the title!
Title all set, now time for some embellishments. One of the easiest shapes to handcut other than boxes is hearts. Let's try some of that!
 And here's how we're lookin'...
Luckily that stamp set also had this cute little flower stamp, so I sprinkled that liberally around the page. Now, for some pen work:
And with that...
Ta Da!
 A simple little layout, complete with handmade embellishments:
 Messy stamping:
 Hand drawn "mist" dots:
 All about my cute little shoppers:

I have to admit, I was missing some of my go-to items like washi and twine. But, I do love a good challenge and I love how keeping things simple can stretch my creative muscles!

Alrighty! Now it's your turn to play. I can't wait to see your interpretation of this fun challenge. Don't forget to link-up with us!

Remember... one lucky winner is chosen at random each week to win a $50 shopping spree from
Oh, and if you would like to try something like the above, a complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used)


  1. Charming layout and adorable photo! Love the heart over the feathers. Great details!

  2. Love your version of simple, Ashli! Looks great and I love the hand cut embellishments and blocks. :)

  3. Sweet page. Love how it turned out.

  4. Ashli...your layouts never cease to amaze me. You take what seems like a bunch of "stuff" and turn it into a masterpiece! Such a cute photograph on what was a pretty bland background. Then, turn it into a colorful, fun, adorable page with a few paper scraps, some doodling, random stamping, die cut shapes and journaling. Love it! <3 Candy

  5. Even though it is a simple design (which I love by the way!) you still manage to make it look full and fun! :)Very cute!!

  6. Looks awesome Ashli!! Love how you used the different patterned paper Rectangles on the design of your page!!

  7. Love your little Shoppers layout - pretty and funky at the same time... gorgeous!
    Alison x

  8. Such a PRECIOUS photo!! A keeper for sure! :) I think you embellished it perfectly! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. Wonderful layout, Ashli! Love that picture! Hugs, Sandra


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