Simple Stories Simple Vintage Farmhouse Garden | Sam Ball

Hello Magpies

It’s so good to be back as part of the wonderful Hey Little Magpie Design Team.

Having taken a break for a couple of years, I’m really excited to be back working with such lovely ladies and collections including Simple Vintage Farmhouse Garden, which I chose to use for this month.

In true Simple Stories ‘vintage’ style, it’s an eclectic mix of farmyard meets seed packets. It’s right down my street as I love nothing better than a hedonistic mix of randomness on a layout.


Initially, I assumed I’d use photos taken around the rural area that I live. But, when it came to venturing out, the glorious July weather had been and gone, making way for a rather wet and distinctly cold August!

In a way this has worked out for the better! I’ve had to look at ‘non-farmy’ photos and pick ones that complement the overall tones in the range.

My first layout ‘Happiness’ is a layout to remember our last trip to Maderia. It was out last trip abroad and looking back at the photos brings back some lovely memories. It’s just one of the many reasons why we all choose to scrapbook I’m sure!

Madeira has its fair share of hills, so a gentle stroll is more likely to be a small hike, and especially in the more rural spots outside of Funchal.

After machine stitching on a Vicki Boutin mixed media background, I added a section of a cut file. Then, the layering of the elements came quickly together.

The sentiments in this collection work as equally well as other collections. I love the chipboard piece depicting ‘two peas in a pod’, ‘love grows here’ and ‘sweet life’ can all be used for all manner of themes.


‘Together’ is the second of my layouts.

I was especially drawn to the ‘love my herd’ sentiment. It wasn’t ever going to be a case of if I used it, but where would I use it!

The photo is taken at Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall. It’s the tallest single drop waterfall in Britain, and what a sight it is!

For this layout I also chose a second Vicki Boutin mixed media background. I tend to find it an easier way to start a layout, rather than staring at a blank white background.

I used the leftover piece of the wreath cut file on the background, to soften the colours and create a natural guide for the layouts’ design.

Both layouts feature a selection of the chipboard pieces and the ephemera, whilst the second layout also uses some of the stickers in the stickers book.

All in all, it’s a really easy collection to scrap with. Even though it might appear only suitable for a limited number of photo themes, if you dig deep the possibilities are endless!

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