Howdy friends!  I'm back to share an early peek at my Traveler's Notebook set up for April using the gorgeous I AM... collection and a *bonus* set of I AM... free printables!

I covered the Inserts with I AM... papers so everything would coordinate with the gorgeous butterflies & florals.  The I AM... printables include more than 20 pages of goodness!!  SO many possibilities with these beauties!  I printed out a subset of them and got to work adding them to the TN Insert I use for all of my To Do's. 

I then set about decorating with washi & stickers from the I AM... collection.  I used one of the dashboards as a 'tip in' & adhered with washi.  This is right at the front of my insert, a good reminder to focus on the good, right?!  And because it's at the front, it's something I see every time I open it.  

I even pre-decorated a few To Do lists, I'm looking forward to listing what needs to be done and then crossing each one off when I finish.  That's the best part of a  To Do list, am I right?!!


The free printables are designed for use in your Carpe Diem A5 planner, personal planner, Traveler's Notebook, on your scrapbook pages, in your SN@P! albums & more - simply download, print, and trim.

Click HERE to visit our Project Downloads page for the I AM... free printables along with many more!


Hello friends, it’s Kylie with you all today and I am very excited to share my very first blog post as a part of the Carpe Diem Creative Team. I have always loved the Carpe Diem range and today I will be sharing how I have set up my A5 planner for March.

I am using the beautiful, new A5 Mint Blossom planner teamed with the ‘I Am…’ collection from Simple Stories. I instantly fell in love with this planner when I saw it thanks to the gorgeous floral design and pastel colour hues.

I really love creating my own dashboards for my planner and now with the new A5 divider templates, it is such an easy task to do so! Simply trace around your template and cut them out. There are three in a pack and by using each of them as well as flipping on the reverse, it will give you the option of 6 tabbed dividers!

This is the tabbed divider I created for March. The lettering I created using some Alpha dies and I also enjoyed layering many elements to bring colour to my planner.

I’m never shy in embellishing my planner.I love to create pretty dividers and tags like this little one I have sitting over my ‘currently’ page.I also used some of the chipboard stickers to add some dimension to the overall appearance.

The opening page from the monthly inserts is great for adding current important tasks to. I also enjoy adding things I am currently enjoying such as a favourite movie I have seen, a new restaurant we may of found, events we have been doing , etc. This adds a fun memory keeping element to your planner to look back on.

Here are some of my planning pages for the month. I swap and change at times but currently I am using the horizontal weekly inserts.

I adore the Calender Sticker tablet and find myself using this booklet all the time. There is always a cute icon sticker you can find relevant to use in your planning.

They really add such a fun element to your pages!

I also enjoyed using the tabs sticker tablet as well. The clear sticker tabs fit neatly over them making them extra sturdy and less likely to crease.

Here is another example of some inserts I have created this month from the beautiful papers. Whilst they may not have a practical purpose to my planning, I love adding that ‘element’ of pretty to my planner. One divider I created, I have fussy cut some butterflies from the ‘Choosing Happiness’ paper to layer over some printed butterflies in the same colour. The Butterflies have a Rose Gold accent and were SO beautiful!

I also added a ‘mood board’ for the month which I created using some of the pocket pages.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my planner spread this month and it inspires you in your own planning!

Until next time,

Happy Planning!


Hello all of my fellow crafty girls and guys!! I’m Jackie G !! Today I have a really fun set of cards to share with you. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE crafting with my fellow crafters!! There is something just so special about the fellowship when we are all together!! That’s why I love the collection Crafty Girl, it has so many fun elements. Planner girls, sewing gals, washi tape lovers and more!! So with that said, I thought it would be fun to make two sets of cards with a matching giftboxes to give out to some of my crafting friends!!

For this first set, I used one of the 4x6 journaling cards to be the focal point on my giftbox. This girl is just too cute with those fabulous cat-eye glasses!!! I definitely need to get me a pair of those!!

I used a ton of chipboard elements along with the bits and pieces and combo sticker sheet from this collection to create all of the cards. They all pair up so beautifully and are perfect to make a matching set of cards!!

For the second set, I decided to keep the front of the box plain so my little tag could be the main focus. Again, using the chipboard elements, bits and pieces and combo stickers I popped them all up with some dimensional foam tape for a super quick tag.
This collection is one of my absolute favorites, and like I mentioned before…so much fun to create a gift for your fellow crafty friend!!


Hello Simple Stories fans!

Marcia here today with a Spring layout I created with the gorgeous Simple Stories Bliss collection. I just love the soft purples, pinks, and greens in this collection with the pops of black. It is so perfect for Spring photos. I dug out some older photos of my daughter where she was wearing a purple jacket and blowing bubbles from the front steps. 

I wanted to use lots of circles on my layout to reinforce the bubble theme. I used a variety of pattern papers and cut my circles in different sizes, arranging them on my layout so the larger circles were in the middle and the smaller ones are at the top and bottom. I mixed in a few circles cut from vellum as well. I even framed one of my photos using a circular cut file.

I like mixing fonts for my title. I used an Outline Alpha here for 'Bubble' as I wanted the letters to resemble bubbles and combined it with the scripty 'Bliss' chipboard text.

The Clear Stickers were perfect for adding even more dimensional bubbles with adorable butterflies or fun text. Then I embellished with more chipboard, adorable bits and pieces, and phrase stickers.

I love how this turned out! I know the Bliss collection would be perfect for your Spring scrapping too.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Hi Simple Stories fans and thanks so much for coming over to the blog today! Chantalle with you, to share my first layout on the 2018 DT. As you are well aware by now, I adore Simple Stories and am so thankful to be returning to create with the goregous new collections, like the super sweet ‘Mama Llama’ Simple Set.

I lost my Mum when I was a teenager and each photo of her is precious to me. There is definately a strong resemblance between us and it warms my heart every day, to see her face in my own children.

I’ve cut the title for the page from the 3x4/4x6 Elements sheet from the Mama Llama Set. 

Initially I wanted to do a grid design, so I cut a bunch of 3x3 squares. I found it a bit too constricting, so instead I took inspiration from the fun bunting and confetti in this set and machine stitched some bunting lines over the squares, which were adhered in a more loose arrangement on the notebook print background paper which comes from a Sn@p! Basics pack.

Over the stitching, I’ve popped some enamel dots to echo the dotted pink lines in the paper.

This frame is a little DIY number which I created using an older chipboard frame from the retired 'We are Family’ collection. The dark woodgrain looked great with the muted hippy pastels. 

I saw some frames like this on the market recently and I’ve been dying to try making some myself, so I bought some mini pom pom trim from a LSS. It was so easy, I really encourage you to give this adorable embellishment a try! You could use a glue gun to adhere the trim, but mine worked great with the red super strong double sided tape.


Some typewritten journalling onto co-ordinating paper and stickers, finished this page off.

This adorable set is perfect for the Mama in your life!

Happy crafting!



Hello Everyone! I am very thrilled to be back on the Carpe Diem Creative Team 2018. I am starting off with my first blog this year with the "I am" collection. The colors in this collection is giving me the Spring Fever. It's been really cold lately here in Southern California. I cannot wait for Spring to come.
I am loving the butterflies and the yellows. For my dashboard, I fussy cut the butterflies and added them on top to give it that 3D effect. I ink the edges to emphasize the yellow. 
 I decorated my planner pockets using the chipboard pieces. I also fussy cut the mason jar from the 6x8 pad. I always love a very decorated planner pockets.
 Here is my Monthly Layout for March. As you know I love using the Number Stickers for the dates.
Close Ups
 I used mostly the combo stickers to create my layout.
 The plastic storage pouch is such an eye candy. I just like to stare at it whenever I open my planner especially if its filled with all the bits & pieces and chipboard pieces
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my Spring Planner Set Up.


Hi crafty friends!  It's Traci, from Artsy Albums, and I'm so happy to be back as part of the 2018 creative team!  The pocket album I want to share with you today is all about my crafty adventures ...  creative retreats, scrapbook time with friends, and CHA visits.  The new Crafty Girl collection was perfect for documenting these fun memories!

I used a 6x8 pocket for the first page and added a 4x6 element card to the front of a fold out.  Inside the card, is a photo from my first trip to the summer Craft & Hobby Association convention.  

I love that Simple Stories makes the 6x8 paper pad for most of their collections.  I used one of the pages from the pad for the title page below.  I like how it breaks up the smaller spaces throughout the album.
There are so many cute embellishments with Crafty Girl!  I like layering them right over the pocket edges.  The cute camera above is a chipboard sticker and the adorable little journaling spot is from the bits and pieces.
Have you noticed that the tab stickers fit right on the chipboard tabs in your snap albums?  How fun is that? 
I know all of you crafty girls are loving this colorful new collection!  Have fun...and be sure to document your crafty adventures.


Hello, friends! Jana Eubank here. I have been holding out for the perfect collection to scrapbook these photos of my daughter all dressed up for a dance in her beautiful, deep purple dress ... And then the Bliss collection came along with it's gorgeous purple flower accents. It was PERFECT!

Of course I had lots of fun photos for this page, but managed to narrow it down to the five you see here. I chose to create three clusters of photos in this page design, to highlight the three different types of shots I took. 

In the top left, is a close-up of her FAVORITE part of the outfit that day ... her shoes! I treated this photo extra special by underscoring it with the chipboard banner piece.

I fussy cut several butterflies from the Enjoy the Ride paper to use as accents around the page. I love the slight wash of watercolor they have and the movement they add to this layout.

Three smaller photos clustered together with the chipboard title anchor the bottom of this page design. More butterflies accent this part of this page, as well as a sticker phrase that fits my daughter AND the Bliss collection perfectly ... they are both "Simply Fabulous!"

Even though there are a lot of photos on this page, I still managed to make the main photo the focal point by matting it with several layers of patterned paper. I love the way the patterns of the Bliss collection play off one another!


Hi everyone! Tara here with Secretbees Studio.  If you're reading this blog, chances are you are a crafty person and Simple Stories has come up with the most adorable paper collection to celebrate this way of life! It is full of ridiculously cute icons and embellishments not to mention the super punny ( and funny) sentiments! It is also the perfect paper collection for hosting your very own crafty party! What could be better than getting together with your friends and making pretty things? Adding in the cutest invitations and decorations, I say!

The invitations were printed on heavy card stock in colors that would complement the collection.  I then layered those over two different pieces of the lovely patterned papers. I added in a couple of the stickers from the 4x6 pad on each of the invites and then topped the whole thing off with a decorative band that is embellished with images from the Bits & Pieces along with chipboard stickers and the collection stickers. So stinking' cute!

To top off the darling invitations, I used a Spellbinders basket die to make these delightful sewing baskets as party favors! Each was cut from more of the adorable patterned paper and then trimmed and adorned with more of the charming icon stickers. Each basket holds a bit of twine, buttons, a glue stick and some washi tape- everything your guests need to get their craft on! I even tucked in some chocolate of course.

Run, don't walk, to your nearest craft store to pick up this collection! You will literally swoon over its cuteness!


Hi everyone, it is Kelly here again with a new blog! This month I am using my favorite A5 Ivory Carpe Diem planner with a new Simple Stories collection I received - Bliss. It is a gorgeous floral collection perfect for decorating these months in your planner.

I used the ‘Enjoy the ride’ paper with butterflies as a background for this decorative dashboard for March. I decorated the page with a few pieces of paper and stickers.

When I start decorating my monthly spread I always first add the numbers (written or stickers), then I write down when I have to work and use a list or sticky notes to write down important appointments that month. When I have that list I start decorating the days with appointments with functional stickers, this time from the Bliss stickertablet. Lastly, I decorate the empty spots on the page with decorative stickers and flowers.

The gorgeous paper ‘Be the good’ from this collection is filled with flowers that need to be fussycut out. I cut about half of the flowers from the paper and layered them in the middle of my weekly spread. After I glued them on the page with a glue stick, I repunched the holes and added a few other stickers on my spread.

I love to use floral pattern papers in my planners and I hope you can find some inspiration in these spreads! Have a lovely day,


Who doesn't love a great travel collection? Simple Stories' has another hit with Travel Notes and today I'm sharing a layout I created documenting a fun trip to Seattle!  This line has bold colors and prints with a multitude of embellishments to choose from! Plus, many of the B side patterns can be used for just about any theme!    

The ledger print of Travelogue makes a perfect background for my page!  I  then layered contrasting prints like the navy blue/white cabana stripe of See the World behind my photos.  For my title, I  was instantly drawn to this stacked "adventure" phrase from the Bits and Pieces pack! Using a few small pop dots, I  gave my title some lift to add dimension to my layout!

​I  incorporated many of the fun patterns into my page by using a few different sizes of my circle hand punches! The small circles  found on the 4x6 Stickers were perfect to add in as accents; I  even used a pop dot on a few for added dimension! Layering some of the smaller sentiments such as the "explore" from the Bits and Pieces are a great way to add contrasting colors! And of course, the sentiment stickers are one of my favorites!

You can see more of the layered circles; a few I  added stitching around the edges with my sewing machine. The 6x12 Chipboard Sheet includes a few fun, colorful circles that were perfect to layer with my larger circles! I  also included a small journaling strip from the Bits and Pieces to stamp my date! 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!  You can see the Travel Notes collection in its entirety by going to the Products page! While you are there, check out the rest of the new collections as well as what is coming soon!  Have a great day!


Hello creatives! Welcome back to the Simple Stories blog. Leah here to show you a peek into my traveler’s notebook. Right now, I have a pretty good planning system going that involves one A5 ring bound planner and one traveler’s notebook. I hope to share the details of that system later, once I work out a few details. My traveler’s notebook has several inserts, two of which I want to show you how I use today – one for making lists and the other for documenting memories. The other inserts in my TN are for brainstorming ideas and journaling.

I use one insert in my traveler’s notebook for making lists - to do lists, to buy lists, to read lists, to watch lists, etc...any type of list. I sometimes like to decorate these list pages, just for fun. I am still using remnants left over from the Romance collection, which I used to decorate these pages.

I’m using this insert for some random on-the-go memory keeping. Whenever I have random day-to-day memories I want to document, I put them in this TN insert. This layout was all about a fun road trip to Kentucky with my niece to visit my sister and dad to see our favorite basketball team play. We had a blast! I didn’t have a ton of photos to document from this short trip, but I still wanted to get these memories down on paper. I created this layout using a couple of pieces from the I AM collection on the left page, and this beautiful I AM free printable (available here) on the right side.

I mixed a few bits and pieces from the I AM collection and a couple of practical items like paper clips and sticky notes in the front pockets of my traveler’s notebook. I always have the goal of on-the-go planning and memory keeping in mind and this traveler’s notebook is serving that purpose very well.

Do you use more than one planner/notebook to plan? I always feel like I need at least two to serve my needs. I’m curious to hear more about your planning/memory keeping systems in the comments below or over on my instagram. Come say hello and check out some beautiful  planner inspiration on the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram while you’re at it. See you again soon!


Hi friends! Linsey here today sharing these festive miniature egg cartons all dressed up for Easter! With the holiday right around the corner, I wanted to make a decorated carton filled with sweets and give to each family member. What a fun and easy way to say Happy Easter to the ones we love! 

Each carton is decorated with a variety of stickers and paper from the new Happy Easter Simple Set. The mixture of black/white and colored images make for a simple, yet sophisticated and elegant look. From gingham bunnies to floral spring wreaths, everything coordinates perfectly together. 

A pretty ribbon bow was attached to each side of the cartons with a pearl flower button to accent the centers and closure. Finish with a small greeting tag tied by string to the front and fill with choice of treats and goodies! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project and feel inspired to make something beautiful with the Happy Easter Simple Set! Until next time, happy crafting!


Hello Friends! It’s Kristine Davidson here today and I’m sharing 2 layouts I created using the NEW and SUPER Fabulous I AM Collection. This collection is beautiful … soft, colorful, floral and perfect! I created 2 layouts using pictures of my nieces from a few years ago. They are growing up and being teenagers and It’s hard to get nice photos of them so I have to go back a few years and find some that not the Snapchat faces I often get via text!

The first layout is called I AM. It’s a straight forward title and I used some bits and pieces, the roller stamp, some chipboard pieces and added a few descriptions that go well with the I AM Title.


I used a strip of the washi tape for my first stripe at the top – it’s colorful and fits perfectly. I then cut up a few other pieces all different width but same length to go across my page. The size of the photo is 4” by 5” . I added so many great embellishments on this page to create a focus on the left side of the photo. A few heart stickers and some chipboard really did the trick for this page.


The diecuts are amazing in this collection and I’m not just saying that. They really are! You might want 2 packages of those Bits & Pieces!

The Second Layout is called I AM FABULOUS.

My niece just turned 11 and I told her she needed to STOP growing up! I created this layout using a piece of white cardstock but then adding some black cardstock behind my papers. I created one of my favorite go to formats – a GRID layout.

I was able to add so many colors and again tons of those Bits and Pieces to this page. Adding some pop dots under the butterflies made them dimensional and really pop off the page. I hope you enjoyed my layouts today I will definitely be using more of this beautiful collection. Come follow us on Instagram! @SimpleStories_ and myself @KristineDavidson.


Hi there! I am so thrilled to be back on the Carpe Diem creative team for 2018, and what better way to start than with the beautiful ‘I Am’ collection!

This collection brought to you by Simple Stories is full to bursting with positivity!...oh and lots of butterflies, as you’ll see in my photos! Talking of which there’s a whole 12x12 scrapbooking paper with foiled butterflies, I choose to fussy cut them all out to use for decoration.

I used several of the butterflies on a dashboard I made, layering them up and adding little gems to complement the rose gold foiling.

I think you know by now how I like to make the pockets of my planners leaning more towards decorative than functional. I’ve used the A5 Carpediem Blush planner this month and I think it works so well with the I Am collections colours.

In this collection there is the Sn@p cards which I love to use for journaling, filling pockets and decorating my dividers. Here you can see how I’ve used one ready to fill in with lots of different details, I am loving, liking, doing etc, isn’t this a great way to be able to document how you were feeling on that particular month!

I’ve used another one of the Sn@p cards here on this divider and layered it up with some rose gold chipboard hearts and you can also see a couple of different ways I’ve used the butterflies on paperclips.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little peak inside my planner if you would like to see more ways I’ve used the I Am collection please pop over to my Instagram account


Hi!  Jeanne here today and I’m excited to share some projects made with the Simple Stories I AM COLLECTION.  This heartening collection is filled with positive messages sure to lift your spirits and inspire.

The images are feminine and romantic – think  hand painted florals and  butterflies! 

The collection includes die cuts (Bits & Pieces), chipboard, stickers and even washi to make each project a coordinated work of art.

This is a GORGEOUS collection of pink, teal, yellow and some midnight black thrown in for drama – the contrast between patterns is simply stunning!

You’ll love mixing and matching the patterns that are designed to coordinate perfectly with all the other elements in the collection.

We all need a little pick me up every once in a while – what a beauful way to encourage and to let someone know they’re on your mind, and that you believe in them!


Hello Simple Stories friends and fans!

Nathalie with you today.  I am so excited to be returning for a new term as a member of the Creative Team.  I love Simple Stories and the people behind it all.  Thank you Simple Stories for inviting me back!!!

Every time, I think i have finally picked my favorite Simple Stories collection; they top it with another more beautiful collection.  This is the case of  the new I AM collection.  When it arrived at my doorstep, I fell in love with all the papers and embellishments, and quickly pull a picture that mostly represent me to create a layout with it!   

We always document all those special moments in our lives, but some times forget to tell our story.  So what better way to keep a memory of you than to create a self affirmation page.   For this, I pulled a cut file from the Silhouette store, and cut the title for this page from the B side of the 3x4 journaling cards.   A bit of coordinating hand stitching just adds texture, and brings all the colors of the flowers forward.

A bit of white acrylic paint on the B side of the Bold and Beautiful paper make sure all the details in the title pop.   To emphasize the "ME" in the title, the word was cut form another paper from the collection and attach with foam adhesive to the title.

The icons and stickers from the collection are perfect to create clusters and embellish the page. The florals of this collection are so beautiful you will want to get a few of the sheets to fussy cut them, and add them to your projects.  But let's not  forget the beautiful roller stamp; the sentiments are just perfect to create a self-empowering page;  a must have!!!

You will fall in love with all the patterns and colors from the Simple Stories  I AM collection, and  it will help you to document your own story.



Happy March, friends!  Does it feel like spring yet where you are?  Not here in Utah, we still have TONS of snow! I'm back again this month to share my Traveler's Notebook set up for March using the Happy Easter Simple Set and the March Free Printables :)


I covered the Inserts with Happy Easter papers so everything would coordinate with the springy Easter theme.


I printed out the dated March calendar from the Free Printables and adhered directly to the pages in my insert, then decorated with washi and stickers from the Seasons Sticker Tablet.  Incidentally, the free printables each month are designed to coordinate with the Seasons Sticker Tablet - a match made in heaven!  

I used one of the dashboards as a 'tip in' & adhered with washi.  This is my first time using the 'currently' insert; you'll find it each month in the free printables.  I think I'll start using it every month going forward, it's a great way to keep track of what's going on in my world :)



If you haven't grabbed the free printables yet, what are you waiting for?!  Designed for use in your Carpe Diem A5 planner, personal planner, Traveler's Notebook, on your scrapbook pages, in your SN@P! albums & more - simply download, print, and trim.

Click HERE to visit our Project Downloads page for these free printables along with many more!