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Today on our blog we welcome our guest Cari Locken, who is part of the Simple Stories Design Team!
Hello to all you Canadian Scrapbooker fans! 

I’m thrilled to be here on the CS blog today because it holds a special place in my heart.  I was a part of the original design team when the magazine first came out in the winter of 2005!!  I still remember Jackie emailing me and asking me if I would like to be a part of something very exciting!!   After many years of creating for the magazine (almost 10 years!!)  I decided it was time for me to leave last year as my life and job related activities were taking me in other directions, and my time was limited in terms of scrapbooking.

I did, however, continue on with some amazing companies out there and one of them is Simple Stories.  I’m excited to share with you some of my work that I’ve created for Simple Stories. I’ve been on their Design Team since 2012 and each year they keep coming out with more amazing products.  I just love the colours, designs and unique approach that they bring to our wonderful world of scrapbooking.

One of their most popular collections right now is called I AM.  It’s amazing!!  You can check out the entire collection HERE on their website.

Below is a layout that I created about my daughter.
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This year Simple Stories also came out with some coordinating Wood Veneer embellishments which I just adore!
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This collection also has this beautiful gold foil that shows through in the chipboard, papers and other embellishments. It’s beautiful.
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@cdnscrapbooker @carilocken #scrapbooking #simplestories
Along with their fabulous collections they have also created mini collections.  These are so great for packing up when you’re going to a crop because they don’t take up any space.
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I love my Silhouette CAMEO and I’m thrilled that Simple Stories has cut  & print & cut that go along with their collections.  On this layout I incorporated some words that were created by Simple Stories.
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@cdnscrapbooker @carilocken #scrapbooking #simplestories
Another example of how I’ve used the Simple Stories cut files is shown here in this layout below.
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 I used the large geotag and the arrow design.  They really help tie the page together, I think.
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@cdnscrapbooker @carilocken #scrapbooking #simplestories
You can see more of my work on the Simple Stories blog HERE.
Thanks for joining me today.
Thank you so much Cari for sharing your wonderful projects with Simple Stories!
cari locken
Cari Locken
Cari Locken lives in Langley, BC with her husband and three children.  She has been crafting since she was a child and loves the creative outlet that this hobby has brought to her. Her formal training is actually in the area of music and she holds a Masters degree in Music. She is currently teaching Gr. 5-7 Band and is also a private piano instructor.  Even though her life is filled with work and various children’s activities she still finds time to dig out her scrapbooking supplies. She loves creating scrapbook layouts to preserve those everyday moments & special memories of her family life.  She has been published many times over the years in various scrapbooking magazines and has been a part of several manufacturing companies. Currently she designs for Simples Stories, Silhouette America and is also the Design Team Coordinator for Imaginisce.  Cari also enjoys knitting/crocheting, brushing up on her photography skills, baking and spending time watching her children participate in sports.


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  1. Johanne Lacombe Reply

    Very beautiful pages. Love them. Thanks for sharing her story.

  2. Glenda Thorne Reply

    great layout and I too have fallen love with the I AM collection. So inpsiring that I want to make an album or two or three. Lucky you gets to play with their products every day. Enjoy.

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