True Stories Week!


Focus on everyday delights with True Stories, the delightful, new collection from Shimelle and American Crafts. Highlight lovely little memories with a palette of pink, orange, teal, yellow and green. Icons of cameras, coffee mugs, florals, typewriters and bicycles accent fun patterns, including stripes, polka dots and florals.
This collection includes 24 patterned papers, two paper pads and four styles of Thickers. A host of fun embellishments complete this collection, including silver foil stickers, a phrase stamp, wood die-cuts and borders and coordinating die-cuts. Specialty items include 4 x 4 pre-designed cards, photo overlays, stencils, customizable die-cut tags and a 12 x 12 glitter album.

Stack of Papers (3)

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Watch Shimelle create a layout from start to finish in this awesome video:


Gina Lideros (Blog: Gina Lideros | Instagram: @ginalideros | Pinterest: @gina_lideros | Twitter: @ginalideros) kicks off this week of fun and inspiration with a stellar layout: 

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Gina Lideros True Stories Going Places
Supplies: Shimelle True Stories (370723) – Croissant, Shimelle True Stories (370708) Green Tea, Shimelle True Stories (370711) – Decaf, Shimelle True Stories (370701) – Latte,Shimelle True Stories (370714) – Darjeeling, Shimelle True Stories (370721) – Orange Pekoe, Shimelle True Stories (370713) – Americano, Shimelle True Stories (370724) – Macchiato, Shimelle True Stories (370710) – Cappuccino, Shimelle True Stories (3707190) – Berry Infusion, Shimelle True Stories (370722) – Cinnamon Roll, Shimelle True Stories (370717) – Frappe,    Shimelle True Stories (370736) – Enamel Dots, Shimelle True Stories (370743) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine (370050) – Rotary Stamp, Bazzill (T7-783) – Admiral Cardstock

How to: Flick splatters of white paint across a navy blue cardstock background, set aside to dry. Trace a large octagon shape onto cardstock background. Using a needle, embroidery thread and a ruler, poke a hole on each point of the shape and thread a line across to another point on the shape in a diagonal fashion. For each point of the shape thread 3 lines, each going to another point.  When finished filling up the shape with threaded lines, thread the outside of the shape. Print a small picture and trim to fit the middle shape of the design, adhere down. Use scissors to trim various pieces of patterned papers and adhere down to different pieces inside the shape (I intentionally) left some of the pieces blank.  Use a white pen to add journaling. Adhere cardstock die cut pieces down with 3d adhesive foam squares, place loose threads behind some of the pieces before adhering down. Stamp a few words with white ink using Amy Tangerine word stamp. Finish by adding button and enamel dot shapes.  

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Giveaway copy

Let us know in a comment on this post what your plans are for the weekend (any scrapbooking?!) for a chance to win a True Stories prize pack! Winner will be announced on Friday April 10th 2015. Good luck!

118 replies on “True Stories Week!

  • Brittany Kielar

    I’m scrapbooking, baking, and going back to work . . . Sprig Break is over. I just love Shimelle’s new line – the wood veneers are amazing!

  • Amy Jackson

    I love this layout and new collection! The colors and patterns are very versatile…can’t wait to get my hands on these goodies! I hope to see them in stores soon 🙂

  • Lisa H

    These two layouts are great and Gina’s is truly inspiring! I’m planning to do a little crafting today – back to work tomorrow! First I need to clean the bathroom (eughgh) but then I will reward myself with some paper time 🙂

  • MathWie

    True Stories is a great collection. I love the color scheme!
    I will be studying (Saturday) and celebrating my 24th birthday with my family on Sunday! I don’t think I will have time for scrapbooking but I will be making good memories to scrapbook later!

  • Elaine clark

    Weekends I love you! Sleeping in and being with family. Celebrating a new baby and the Resurrection! Definitely lots to scrap next weekend!

  • Sandy Lewis

    Just a quiet weekend at home. Can’t wait to get my hands on this new collection. I’ve got layouts in mind already!

  • Cher K.

    I have a few cards to make and some photos that I would like to scrap. What an awesome collection. Those wooden buttons are so cute! Thanks for the chance to win !

  • Jena Baker

    I am going with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop to the local wildlife rescue center for a tour. The girls are donating a good portion of their cookie sale earnings to this cause. I also hope to have time to make a couple of scrapbook pages as well. I love this collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Anastasia M.

    This is such a pretty collection!
    I don’t think I’ll have time for scrapbooking this weekend since I plan to spend it with my girlfriends. But that means I’ll have photos to scrapbook later:)

  • Mary Holshouser

    On Thursday and Friday I have my Stampin’ ladies coming to the house for class. We make three cards (different groups of ladies on the two days but same projects). I come up with the designs and provide the materials.
    On Friday I’m going to CKC in Collinsville, IL, to shop. On Saturday I’m going to work for Kiwi Lane Designs at the CKC. On Sunday I will probably collapse. Looking forward to the whole thing. Working at the CKC has been on my bucket list.

  • Maureen

    Love this collection
    This weekend I am going to the Lowes Kids workshop, a carnival, and of course, scrapbooking! Oh… and spring cleaning, I guess…

  • Maddie

    I wish I was scrapping this weekend, but instead I’m getting my wisdom teeth out on Friday! There’s always the weekend after :).

  • Sarah Lindahl

    I love the colors of this collection! This weekend I plan on working on some scrapbooking, cleaning up my condo, and watching a season or two of the Closer.

  • Ellie A

    Well my kids are off from school this week but my 8 yr old DD & I woke with a tummy bug NOT what we were planning so movies today at home. The rest of the week shall be an adventure!

  • Francis Civira

    A beautiful collection. I love the embellishments.
    This weekend I am going to run and of course I will taking time with my stories in scrapbooking.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Hedda

    I plan on doing some spring cleaning of the cars. And of corse there is always time to do some scrapbooking in the evenings.

  • Chelsea

    Love this collection! I have a handful of layouts that need sewing done….maybe I can get that done this weekend. 🙂
    Thanks for the chance!

  • Tona

    Oooh, I love the colors and patterns in this collection!
    I’ll be catching up on chores this weekend, but hopefully I’ll be able to sneak some crafting time in.

  • Jersey Girl Anne

    This coming weekend,my kids will be giving my husband and me a dinner party to celebrate 40 years of marriage. My husband was recently diagnosed with cancer so every moment spent with our family is precious.

  • Erin D

    I always hope there is time for scrapping, but this coming weekend there will be lots of work in the yard. Getting ready to plant!! Yay.

  • Miriam Prantner

    Gosh the weekend seems so far away! Just hoping to get some things squared away in the house, some spring cleaning and hopefully crafting, oh and I have to finish the taxes!

  • Jill VD

    I love this collection! Such fun colors! This weekend I’m definitely doing some scrapbooking and hopefully spending some time outside since spring. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Diane

    Thanks for sharing, the video was great. No big plans for the weekend. I need to get the yuk (cleaning) stuff done so I can enjoy a crop the following Thursday and Friday. Beautiful collection and thank you for the chance to win.

  • michelle t

    Oh, wow, awesome layout! I love the stitched pattern. This is great, very clever. And this collection rocks. Awesome color combinations, great, neat embellishments. Should be a quiet weekend, for working on layouts and my art journal. Thanks very much for a chance to win. Michelle t

  • Kirsten D

    I’ll be at a dance completion watching my daughter, and hundred others, dance! We always have fun and I get pictures and memories 😉

  • Darlene Ragon

    Hoping to do some planting in my garden and squeeze in some scrapbooking time. Thanks for the chance to win product!

  • Dawn Motakef

    Planning on finishing my journalling on several pages I have done and then assembling some page kits for future layouts. Love the colors in the True Stories line!!

  • Sony

    I plan to take time this weekend to catch up on the tweets I’ve missed this week. I also have chores, like laundry & bills. Then, I can do a little scrapping in the evenings!

  • Jill Kletzing

    This is by far my favorite line from winter CHA! So excited to get it in my hands! This weekend I will be watching my children perform in their first musical!

  • Jane H

    I actually have a date with my craft room – it is long overdue a bit of a clean out so sort and purge will be my motto this weekend.

  • Cynthia B.

    This week, I’m cleaning up after a long weekend of Easter visitors. I hope to get to the gym to work off some Easter brunch/candy excitement too. 😉
    Thanks for sharing your lovely layouts, Shimelle and Gina! Looks like a wonderful collection!

  • Lauren Elliott

    I ADORE this collection! I am hoping to squeezea little scrapbooking in this weekend, but since my daughter was ill all of Easter weekend, we are having a re-do and celebrating this coming weekend! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Natasha P

    I love the colours and how good this collection is for everyday! I will be going to a craft market and a local dog meetup!

  • Jamie Hensley

    My birthday is Saturday, April 11, and my family is having a party, so winning this collection would make a great birthday present plus some great birthday layouts. The colors are so versatile, and I love the wood buttons.

  • Elizabeth

    Love the beautiful, bright colors, but I’m especially excited to see SILVER instead of gold! Love that this fall pic of Wonder Boy was done with bright colors!!!

  • Bethany Becker

    I’m training for a 10k race. I hope to get the chance to scrapbook. I really like Shimelle’s new collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Sandra Tremblay

    I wish I was scrap booking. I am however helping the hubby lay new laminate flooring throughout the basement which includes my scrapbook/sewing room so I’m excited for the face lift.

  • TracyM #6773

    FABULOUS collection and SERIOUSLY AWESOME layout Gina!!!
    … I have had a canvas idea swimming around in my head for SO LONG and NOW I have the PERFECT solution on putting it together THANKS to your COOL geometric string art => THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!
    I look forward to having my sister and her family come visit, they always bring plenty of hugs with them 🙂
    Thank you for the chance to win some CRAFTY AWESOMENESS too!!!

  • Debbie

    I look forward to crafting this week. Making decorations for an upcoming Spring Tea!Love the embellishments in this collection. Great colors too!

  • Dawn Cheshire

    Love anything by Shimelle, This weekend I will be packing and driving to our holiday. Our first proper holiday as a family, can’t wait!

  • Wendy Goodman

    I’ve got two layouts in progress that I need to finish up. Plus work on a few weeks of Project Life. I love Shimelle’s collections!

  • Dawn Ritchie

    What an awesome collection! I’d love to win this to incorporate into my Project Life albums. Weekends are my catch up time. 🙂

  • Lisa in AL

    I spent mine in Panama City Beach, FL on Saturday for spring break, and Sunday at home relaxing. (If you call doing laundry relaxing!)

  • Theresa Grdina

    I will be visiting ALL 3 of my daughters in Washington DC……I will be making some new memories that I can then scrapbook when I am home!!! 🙂

  • Julie S.

    I will be spending the last few days of spring break with my adorable little nieces. A picnic in the park sounds like a definite plan! I love the brightness of this collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Sandy Lewis

    LOVE this collection! You Tube and I will be scrapping this weekend. I have brand new supplies and I’ve chosen photos – now it’s the fun part! Wish I had your new kit to scrap with Shimelle.

  • nicole devita

    I fit in some scrapbooking every weekend it’s good for the soul. and I can bring it right to the racetrack while the boys do Motorcross

  • Marina

    ‘Any Scrapbooking?’- Absolutely! DH wants to stay home & spend time in his garden, so I’ll be free to work on a few layouts, for sure. Might try that string layout, it’s just gorgeous.

  • serena

    i love love love that camera stamp. plans for the weekend included two turkey dinners, out of town family guests, and a little bit of scrapbooking squeezed in as a sanity saver!

  • Carol R.

    Card making, knitting, hiking, perhaps some card-writing while sitting on a log found during the hiking… Can’t wait for it to be the weekend actually!

  • Jillian

    This weekend I’m making time to get our Easter weekend in the book. I just love this collection! I have a stack of photos of my 4 month old son I’ve been waiting to scrap with these beautiful colors and details. Thanks for the opportunity to win some of it!

  • Alyssa Fields

    I plan on playing outside with my toddler and working on getting the nursery set up. I’ll be getting some scrapbook time in once my son is in bed!!

  • Kyle

    I’m hoping to spend some time outside if the weather cooperates :). If not, maybe I can carve out some time to scrapbook… Love the new collection, Shimelle- especially the silver elements!

  • Silje

    Rearranging the living room furniture in my boyfriend’s apartment to make room for a bigger dinner table for crafting 😉

  • Kayla F.

    I shall be studying for my calculus exam. I always take small scrapbooking breaks to keep my sanity lol. Shimelle’s collection is just wonderful. I love the colors and whimsical elements.

  • Alicia Tillman

    My plans do intact include scrapbooking! I am swamped every year from Thanksgiving all the way until Easter ( and no I’m not a tax accountant hehehe) so know that that is done I have nothing but time!!! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing “glitter girl” collection!

  • Pam Baldwin

    This collection is AWESOME!! Unfortunately I’ll have my head in my textbooks this weekend, studying for a big exam (in 1.5 weeks, yikes!!). I’d much rather have my head buried in my scrapbooks 😉

  • Lisa Aukeman

    This is a very fun collection! Plans for the weekend include celebrating my husbands birthday and sorting the top of my workspace off. You can’t see the surface anymore

  • julia

    I will pack my stuff for college (going back next week) bake some cupcakes and i will definitly add some scrapbooking! 🙂


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