Hello!  Layle back with you again today for Day 3 of our Winter 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Say Cheese III collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Bold colors and sassy sayings mash up with your favorite graphic icons in this next playful, totally awesome new collection from Simple Stories.  Emoji Love will have you LOL’ing while you express yourself & craft away with your BFFs in style!

 

With this release we're offering our popular Washi Tape, now in single 10 yard rolls!

 

 

 

 

NEW!  With this release we've introduced 6x8 pads with 24 sheets, including 8 designer prints - perfect for cards, planners, decor, our 6x8 SN@P! Binders and DIY projects!


So there you have it, some amazing new products!  And hey, if you're a planner girl, no worries - stay tuned for Emoji Love to make an appearance later this week in our Carpe Diem reveal!  Emoji Love begins shipping to retailers in March!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win an Emoji Love prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Faith images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #EmojiLove, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Emoji Love posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Emoji Love!

And remember, today is only Day 3 of SEVEN fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 4!

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Winter 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Faith collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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When we launched the original Say Cheese collection waaaaaay back in July of 2013 - yes, it was almost 4 years ago! - never in our wildest dreams did we hope or even imagine how successful it would be.  In fact, it was so well received that we followed up with the much loved extension in January of 2015, Say Cheese II.  Again, you blew us away with your enthusiasm.  So here we find ourselves, 2 years later....

Well, you asked, and we're happy to say, we listened again!  Our newest, wildly popular Say Cheese collection is guaranteed to have you smiling from ear to ear!   With magical papers & dreamy embellishments, Say Cheese III is just the ticket for documenting those happy moments with the whole gang, including the 'Big Cheese' himself!

 

With this release we're offering our popular Washi Tape, now in single 10 yard rolls!

How fun is this new 6x8 Decorative Binder?!  With 10 Pocket Pages (2 each of 5 designs), 8 SN@P! Pages,  and 1 envelope, it's perfect for capturing your special memories from your favorite amusement park!

 

NEW!  With this release we've introduced 6x8 pads with 24 sheets, including 8 designer prints - perfect for cards, planners, decor, our 6x8 SN@P! Binders and DIY projects!

So there you have it, even MORE amazing new Say Cheese products!  And hey, if you're a planner girl, no worries - stay tuned for Say Cheese to make an appearance later this week in our Carpe Diem reveal, trust me you won't be disappointed!  Say Cheese III begins shipping to retailers in March!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Say Cheese III prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Say Cheese III images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #SayCheeseIII, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Say Cheese III posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Say Cheese III!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of SEVEN fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!

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Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Winter 2017 Release Reveal Week.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  

Today is the first of SEVEN full days! of our reveal week, so be sure to check back each day to feast your eyes on our new products, as well as a chance to win them before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Express yourself artistically with Faith by Simple Stories, a spiritual collection designed for celebrating faith in your crafting, planning and bible journaling creative endeavors. 

With this release we're offering our popular Washi Tape, now in single 10 yard rolls!


NEW!  With this release we've introduced 6x8 pads with 24 sheets, including 8 designer prints - perfect for cards, planners, decor, our 6x8 SN@P! Binders and DIY projects!

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So there you have it, some amazing new products!  And hey, if you're a planner girl, no worries - stay tuned for Faith to make an appearance later this week in our Carpe Diem reveal!  Faith begins shipping to retailers in February!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Faith prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Faith images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #Faith, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Faith posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Faith!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of SEVEN fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2!

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Hey there, it's Laura here with you today sharing two layouts using the gorgeous Winter Wonderland collection! I am loving the colours in this wintery collection, of course it has traditional cool blues and grey, but there are also beautiful soft honey yellows and a lovely warm coral which is such a cozy addition to this palette!
 

 
I am documenting this photo taken of my backyard facing into the woods behind us.  I have a fascination with photographing the woods since moving to this house a year and a half ago.  I love watching the changes that occur here throughout the seasons.
 
 
 
I started my page by die cutting a large snowflake from white cardstock and then used Gelatos and mists to add some subtle colour to it. It is hard to tell in this photo, but thanks to the addition of some clear but shimmery Glimmermist, it really sparkles.
 

I was really inspired by this large chipboard element to document this story, so I knew it had to function as the title on my page.

 
I added a strip of birch tree patterned paper on top of this pretty snowflake paper to create the basis for my entire page.  I layered the large die cut snowflake, my photo and title centrally on my layout to create my focal area.  Next, I layered up some ephemera bits and pieces as well as some stickers to create a trio of embellishment clusters. 

I repeated this beautiful coral colour and some stitching in all of my clusters.
 

I finished off my page with some journaling and some gold mist splatters.

For my second layout, I chose to document this photo of my grandson and his little snow friend, sent to me by my son.  Normally I scrapbook about a year behind, but I couldn't resist adding this photo to a page immediately!
 

I loved this notebook lined and snowflake scattered ptterned paper and definitely felt it needed to be a background.  I added gold texture paste "snowfall" created with a mask from My Favorite Things, to reinforce my wintery theme and draw the eye to the centre of the page.
 

I created this die cut of a snowman just for this page, and love how it looks cut from this gorgeous dark wood-grained paper.  I couldn't resist adding some seasonal flair to his hat with Washi and a die cut!
 

My photo is tucked into the snowman, to which I layered chipboard, die cut and sticker elements, as well as a tag behind and around.  All of the snowflakes that I used got a little enamel dot in their centres. I love the pops of colour they add!
 

My title is a combination of a cardstock sticker and alphas stickers, both from the collection.  I layered them together and added an embellishment cluster above them.
 

To finish things off, I added a small cluster to the upper left side of my page and some journalling.

I cannot tell you loud enough how much I love this collection, it makes me so happy and that says a lot as I am not a lover of winter! Ha!  I think this is a definite must have if you have winter photos to scrapbook!

Thank you so much for visiting today!

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Hey planner friends! It’s Meka today here on the Simple Stories blog. I’m bringing my Carpe Diem planner into 2017 with the Winter Wonderland collection.  This is a great kit with some non-traditional colors mixed in for those of us who live in places where the weather seldom feels, and the scenery rarely looks truly wintery.

My front pockets have been decorated with cheery winter icons and words from the Bits and Pieces pack, and stuffed with planner goodies I’ll be using over the next couple of weeks.

I absolutely adore the Silver White Winter 12x12 cardstock pattern. I’ve left it unadorned as my first divider, with just the original Reset Girl Choose to Shine transparent Carpe Diem planner dashboard as an overlay. The cutie pie snowman is attached to it with a jumbo paperclip affixed sideways.

The 4x6 sticker pack included narrow labels and stickers trips that were perfect for labeling divider tabs. Just a small snip off the end of the labels and it’s just about the simplest bit of fun and function you can do!

Still in vacation mode last week, I opted for a journal-style spread for this layout. The horizontal inserts that come with Posh boxed planner kit are perfect for letting free-form thoughts flow.

Perhaps too free-flowing, I re-learned a lesson– always jot down the week’s events before starting in on a layout! I totally fudged my dates, but a 3x4 journaling card element adorned with a few stickers was all it took to set the story straight.

This week it’s back to business. I used the Planner Essentials vertical format weekly inserts to record the week’s priorities. The pages were decorated with planner favorites— layers of stickers and coordinating washi tapes from the Winter Wonderland collection. This time I added watercolor to the page at the end. It worked out well to blend and tie in some of the elements on the page.

Oh, and that not-so-wintery weather I mentioned? That gave me cause to transform a “100% chance of snow” sticker into something a bit more appropriate for this 75 degree January climate!

I hope you enjoyed this Winter Wonderland setup in my pretty ivory Carpe Diem planner.  Come visit me at https://www.instagram.com/yespleaseplanning. Hope you’re having a happy new year!

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Hi planner friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and you’re staying warm and toasty wherever you live!  I’m back to show you my January calendar setup using the Winter Wonderland collection in my A5 Ivory Carpe Diem Planner.

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to go back to the beautiful and cool winter theme and the Winter Wonderland collection is perfect for these winter months ahead.  I filled all of the pockets with 3x4 journaling cards, some of the chipboard stickers that I turned into paper clips, and the matching 4x6 sticker sheets.  I also made a simple pocket folder to store extra stickers and journaling cards using the Wonderland cardstock.

 

For the month of January, I mostly used the Winter Wonderland cardstock stickers and the matching 4x6 stickers to decorate the pages.  The square stickers from the 4x6 sticker set fit perfectly in the calendar boxes and add a pop of color.  

 

Along the top of the pages, I used a small piece of the Warm Winter Wishes cardstock as trim and added a few of the card stock stickers.  This collection also includes a trio set of washi tape that I used on the calendar boxes and along the bottom trim.

 
 

I hope you’re enjoying the winter season and enjoy using the beautiful Winter Wonderland collection in your Carpe Diem planner. 

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Hey Everyone! This is Jennie! Today I’m showing you how you can use the Winter Wonderland Collection without having to use snow photos. I live in Maryland and the closest thing we’ve had to snow are flurries that look like someone spilled sugar from a powdered donut. 

 

Sn@p Letter Stickers are my favorite for almost every project! I love the fact that they come in every color and no the 4x6 Stickers include one sheet of these letters.

This collection has 3 gorgeous washi tapes! I love to layer them and add a word sticker.

 

I love how the weekly card turned out. The labels from the 4x6 Stickers are great for stamping dates and adding journaling.

No snow doesn’t mean that it's warm. It’s pretty cold here but you can also use this collection for documenting Frozen costumes.

Enamel Dots are one of my scrappy staples. I like to add them to the center of flowers to give them a little extra detail.

Lettering is one of my favorite hobbies. This paper is really smooth so it’s really easy to use with my brush pen. If you plan to do this practice on a scrap paper first. The background needed a little extra something so I stamped “thumbs up” over and over using the Make it Happen Roller Stamp

 

I hope you enjoyed these pages while drinking hot cocoa!

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It’s a brand new year & for many of us, that means a list of goals longer than our arm!  :)

If planning & staying organized are among your goals for 2017, we’ve got you covered! 

Check out our brand new LIVE.LOVE.PLAN. Pinterest board here with nearly 400 pins (and growing!), full of inspiration & ideas for your Carpe Diem planner!

Here’s to a fantastic 2017, meeting your goals, & staying organized in a fun and creative way while you’re at it!

Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today sharing a few 6x8 spreads I made in my all-about-me album. I was excited when I saw the new Simple Set called #Whatever because I knew it would be perfect for documenting some of the not-so-easy moments of motherhood. 

While I focused primarily on the use of #Whatever on these spreads, I used up some of my leftovers from past Simple Stories collections. I found that I Am and the Carpe Diem scrapbook line had elements that coordinated perfectly with my spreads. 

One thing that I do when my photos have too many colors going on or they clash with the spread, I'll turn it black and white. I love how the black and white contrasts with the colorful letters of the "Insta Cool" sticker. 

The "Sharing my story" banner is from the Carpe Diem line and was just the embellishment I was looking for. I gave it a little dimension by popping it up with some thin foam adhesive. I love adding depth to my pages and thankfully the Simple Stories 6x8 page protectors are roomy enough to allow for such dimension. 

In my main pocket page album, I sometimes hesitate to get too personal with my feelings and emotions because I feel like the focus should be on the family. However, with this 6x8 album, anything goes. 

For better or for worse, I usually try to keep the main pocket page album mostly upbeat and talk about the good, happy times. But when allowing myself the freedom to tell whatever story I want in this album, I find that I'm using up some photos that would otherwise just sit on my phone. 

I accented with a little bit of paint to bring out the bright color palette of #Whatever. 

In this spread, I had more fun with mixing and matching collections. I used the floral paper from I Am and you'd never know that it didn't come from the same kit. 

The lighthearted, cheeky tone of this kit goes perfectly with the playful photos I've been taking lately. I admit that I get into a slump of taking only perfectly posed, smiling faces photos of my kids. But sometimes it's fun to include the outtakes and this kit makes it easy to incorporate them. 

I like to keep a stash of doilies because I find they add the perfect delicate touch when layering. 

How are you using your Simple Stories collections? Have you had any success in combining kits? Make sure to tag us @simplestories_ and hashtag #simplestories when sharing on Instagram so we can come check it out!

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Hi everyone! It’s Lori on the blog today sharing a layout I made with our Love & Adore collection.

When this collection was designed, I immediately fell in love with the fun, playful designs as well as the gorgeous florals and accents. I’ve been so excited to work with this product line; I didn’t even wait for Valentine’s Day! That’s one thing that’s so great about this collection. You’re not limited to using it for only Valentine’s photos. The papers and embellishments also work well for documenting other special relationships in your life.

 

My six-month-old daughter, Kya, and my 5-year-old yellow lab, Sadie, adore each other. From the day we brought Kya home from the hospital, Sadie has been by her side watching over her and protecting her. Now that Kya is rolling around and babbling, you can always find Sadie trying to creep up to her and kiss her sweet cheeks. Sadie is patient and tolerates Kya’s pawing at her, and Kya is fascinated by her furry friend. This relationship is very special, and I wanted to document how early it started.

Did I reach for dog-themed paper? Nope? Baby themed? No way! This page was about their love for each other, so Love & Adore was the perfect collection to use.

One night as Kya and Sadie were lying on a blanket together, I snapped a series of photos.  I posted a few of my favorite pics to Instagram using the Layout option that allowed me to upload multiple pictures into one collage.

I didn’t want to print 4 individual photos for this layout, so I used the Instagram collage to make an impact and save space on my page. To print this photo, I simply uploaded the Instagram photo and printed it onto 4”x6” borderless, glossy photo paper. I got the impact of multiple pics on my layout without the hassle--and the small pictures each tell a story about the relationship I’m documenting.

I typically shy away from using big, graphic backgrounds as the base of my layout. Since I’m more of a clean-lines type of scrapbooker, these patterned papers always intimidated me. Don’t let these bold designs scare you! If you anchor your photos and elements with a few strips of patterned paper and stick to designing around those strips, the layout will feel coordinated and the bold design can play a secondary role to your photo and embellishments.

As you can see in my design, there are 3 strips of patterned paper adhered to the bottom third of the page. My photo, my journaling block, and all of my embellishments are “grounded” on the layout because they are touching each other or the strips of paper.

Part of the fun of using this Love & Adore collection is seeing the many different ways you can use the beautiful product. So what are you waiting for--Valentine’s Day? Don’t wait! Document a special relationship today!

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EDITED TO ADD:

WOOOHOO!!!  We've picked 5 random lucky winners & I'll be on my way to visit these lucky people & places very soon!

Valerie - Malaysia

Sandi Presley - Orlando, Florida

mscantli - Las Vegas, Nevada

Vonia Fonseca - Portugal

Coralie Peter Bouillot - Paris, France

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Howdy friends!  You may recognize me, I'm Winston, the Carpe Diem mascot.  A few months ago we held a contest to name me; once I had my name & passport, I packed my bags & embarked on a journey to see the word, Flat Stanley style! 

You can follow my travels on Instagram at @WheresWinstonCD and with the hashtag #WheresWinstonCD.  I've already been to 5 countries around the world & visited some pretty amazing places, including Victoria Peak in Hong Hong, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee and Larry the Lobster in South Australia!  

Would you like to show me around your part of the world?!  Leave a comment here on the blog sharing where you’d like to see me travel.  Five random lucky winners will be chosen and announced on the blog & on social media on Sunday, January 8th; the five will receive ME in the mail along with a fun prize pack full of products with my likeness!

Thanks for playing along, I can't wait to continue my journey around the world! 

Your Friendly Pup, Winston

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Hello there! Allie here today, sharing two layouts with you using the Winter Wonderland collection. It rarely snows where I live, so I was super excited when it snowed right after the Winter Wonderland collection showed up at my doorstep! It was meant to be.

For my first layout, I used pictures from when we looked at Christmas Lights!
 

 
I was inspired by the "Winter Wonderland" part of the 2x12, 4x12 & 6x12 Elements paper, and decided to use it as the focal point of my layout. I also wanted to include a few more beautiful patterns, and cut several into various size strips. I laid the blocks of patterned papers on the page, leaving a white border around each one. Next, I stitched around the blocks with gold thread. I used the 3"x4" Journaling Card Elements paper to create layers for my photos. I used washi tape to adhere them to the page, and added die-cuts and stickers as embellishments. Finally, I finished with enamel dots!
 
 
 
My next layout was inspired by the Warm Winter Wishes patterned paper. It was just too pretty to cut up, so I used it as a background.
 
 
 
I added more snowflakes and pine cones to the background using the stickers and die cuts.  Next, I added several layers of patterned paper and tissue paper to my photo, and adhered it to the page. I used the die cuts to add the "Snow Day" title. I love how the letters are angled like that! Since I didn't know when I'd have more snow pictures to use, I also added the "Snow FUN" sticker. I like how it blends into the page but still gives it a little something extra. 
 
 
I finished the layout by using twine and mitten die cuts to make my own mitten embellishment! It looked lonely underneath the title, so I added a heart sticker with pop dots. This layout was super easy and took about 20 minutes to make. I love it when the beautiful background papers do all the work for you!
 
 
Thank you for joining me today, I hope you feel inspired to scrapbook some winter pictures!

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Today we're excited to welcome back guest designer Julie Johnson & some fabulously fun home decor she's created with our Winter Wonderland collection

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Hi!  It's Julie with Paisleys and Polka Dots.  Here is a fun winter wood décor project I designed using the Winter Wonderland collection. 

I fell in love with the cool color palette of this collection and felt it was “trending” with the style of home décor right now.  For my wood projects, I usually work with just pattern paper but when I began designing this project I couldn’t resist using the chipboard embellishments.  They were just the right size and with a few pieces of greenery gave my project the perfect winter touch.  

I loved this collection so much that I couldn’t stop designing once I got started!  Plus, when I decorate, I like to have several items as it creates a focal point.  I knew I wanted to create a wood block to coordinate with the snowmen.  There are so many adorable phrases to work with in this collection, but I decided on one of the 6x12 Elements as I loved the size and, of course, the phrase is perfect for home décor! 

Last, are these adorable hanging mittens.  And guess what?!  Both sides have cuffs and are covered with paper so there are no worries with the direction they are hanging. 

Once I finished my projects, I added a few more coordinating décor pieces that I picked up at my local Hobby Lobby.  I love this store and I can wander the aisles for hours!  But, what I love even more is that I can get crafty with my handmade projects and they coordinate so well with my purchased items to create this beautiful winter display.  I definitely will enjoy this wintery scene all season long!

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Aren't these just the cutest?!  If you're interested in getting your hands on a set of these wood décor pieces, Julie has kits available on her website at www.paisleysandpolkadots.com

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Howdy friends & Happy New Year!  Layle here with you today to share how I've set up my ivory Carpe Diem planner for January using the Winter Wonderland collection.

Wow do I ever love this collection!  It's the perfect combination of winter colors and icons with pops of salmon & florals mixed in!  My favorite thing to do when setting up my planner is to decorate the front pockets 

I started by cutting apart a few of the 3x4 Elements & inserted in the pockets.  A few glittery snowflakes adhered directly to the cards with glue dots makes sure they will stay secure throughout the month.  I tucked a few chipboard pieces in the bottom pocket, then started making clips.  I love to make clips for my planner & they're super easy to make!  A few different clip bases, E6000 and chipboard pieces, die cuts, and even resin buttons (the owl) and you have instant clips that match your theme.

After my pockets are decorated, I move on to the monthly spread

Lots of stickers & washi!  The 4x6 Sticker packs are my favorite to use, they have 8 sheets of 4x6 stickers & include the Instasquares (those are designed to fit in the monthly boxes), icons, word strip stickers & more.  I'll also use one of our roller stamps to stamp a few days - you can see on the 9th, 22nd and 28th.

Once the monthly spread is done, I move onto the weekly spreads.  I like to add strips of washi to the edges of each page for a little bit of color.  

I usually use a combination of colored number stickers and the Planner Essentials Clear Number Stickers to add my dates.

I love adding photo dashboards to my planner.  They're super easy to make with a 4x6 Vertical Pocket Page.  While these pocket pages are designed for use with our 6x8 albums & binders, the 2 holes on the pocket pages line up perfectly with the 2 middle holes on the planners.  In fact, that's the case for ANY standard A5 planner!  All you need to do is punch the additional holes - gotta love that!

In this case I added a strip of washi over the holes and then punched.  I added a photo that I took last month, the street is near our office.  The dusting of snow made for such a pretty picture!

I added a vertical 4x6 Element in the back of the pocket page, then adhered a coordinating piece of chipboard to the top of the pocket page for my own custom dashboard.

So there you have it, my planner is all cozied up for January.  Bring on the snow!

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Hello crafty friends! Leah here to show you a few super fun decorations I’ve made for my Carpe Diem planner using the Happy New Year Simple Set. I really want to show you a few of the MANY ways you can use any of the Simple Sets to decorate your planner on a budget, with very few supplies; they include six 12x12 papers (3 designs, 2 of each) and a 6x12 sheet of cardstock stickers.

The kits come with a cover page that shows you what products are in the kit. Many people throw this sheet away but I like to repurpose it and cut it into a bunch of little ephemera pieces. I use these pieces to embellish my planner.

Much in the same way, the 12x12 papers in the collection kit are very versatile. They can be cut down to make dashboards, dividers or pocket pages. You can also punch out different patterned shapes, or use scissors to fussy cut some of the designs to create more of your own die cuts.

After I created all of these die cuts, I used a few to make decorative paper clips. Some were as simple as gluing a couple of shapes together with the top of the paperclip sandwiched in between. I embellished the clips with gold sequins, washi tape, string and a few cardstock stickers from the collection kit.

The balloons and party hat are both fussy cut from a 12x12 elements sheet. I used a superglue gel to stick a paper clip to the back.

The circle paperclip is double sided and it’s made with circles punched out from the 12x12 elements sheet as well. I used a 2¼ size circle punch. Rather than just gluing the circles together, I wanted to add a little more interest by adding some cute string from my stash. Whenever I need things to REALLY stick, I always use red line tape. I lined the edge of the circle with the tape and then wrapped the string around the edge.

I failed to get a photo of the next step unfortunately, but all I did after this was use a glue dot to stick the top of the paperclip to the inside of the circle and then I stuck on the other circle die cut to hide the mess.

The other two paper clips were made using pieces cut from the collection kit cover page. Since they are made of thinner paper, I made them double sided. My favorite paperclip is the one with the little banner at the bottom. That was so easy to make! I just cut a few triangles and banner shapes from patterned paper and the cover page of the kit and glued them along the bottom. Because this clip is double sided, the part where the banner pieces are glued on is hidden, as is the area where I glued the paper clip.

I really love how all of these turned out and I can’t wait to make more! I purposely chose designs that I can re-use after New Years as well, for any party/celebration or count down marked in my planner.

The next thing I made with the Happy New Year collection kit is a little shaker card. I made this using a couple of 3x4 cards cut from the 12x12 elements sheet. I used a 2 ¼ in. circle punch to punch a circle into both cards; I punched them both at the same time so that the circle was in the same place. These will be the front and back of my shaker card. I then used my 3in. circle punch to cut two vellum circles. I made these larger so that I have room to add glue around the edge of the vellum and stick it over the open circle on the 2x3 card.

Then I added glue around the edge of the second vellum circle, but not all the way around. I left the top part of the circle unglued and stuck the circle down on top of the first vellum circle. This created a small vellum pocket (with the top open) that I then added some glitter and sequins into. After that, I glued the other 2x3 card down to the back to cover the mess. Then I embellished the front of the shaker card using washi tape, more of those banner pieces I cut earlier, washi tape, some string from my stash and couple of stickers from the collection kit.

Here are what all the decor pieces look like in my planner. I still have tons of this kit left to decorate my January pages too!

The bright colors in this collection kit really inspired me to get creative with my watercolor paints. I made a dashboard for the front of my planner to inspire me for the New Year. I cut down this 12x12 paper from the kit because I LOVE the confetti pattern. I used the colors of the confetti to choose the watercolor splashes I wanted for the background. I had to mix a few colors to get the shades I wanted but this palette from Michael’s makes it so easy to blend colors.

I used the packaging technique to create the background. For those of you who are not familiar with this technique, it simply involves adding paint and water to a piece of plastic packaging and then turning it over onto the page and “smushing” it down (how is that for fancy terminology?).

I put a couple of paper towels over the top and put the page under a couple of heavy books while it was drying to help flatten out the slight warping. After it was dry, I added a doily and started layering. Normally, I wouldn’t add quite so much dimension to my planner pages but since this dashboard will be in the very front of my planner, I added as much dimension as I wanted.

I added another banner here, tissue paper, a couple of the die cuts I created earlier, some stickers, sequins, string, washi tape…lots of embellishing. I have the MOST fun creating mixed media layouts like this! I am absolutely in love with this dashboard and it is the perfect thing to greet me when I open my planner. All of the vibrant colors are so inspiring and the message reminds me that 2017 is my year to sparkle, which for me means pursuing more creative endeavors, taking more time to create, and hopefully inspiring others to create.

Have you been thinking about what your goals are for 2017? I would love to hear what they are! I am hoping to finally launch my blog I’ve been putting on the back burner for all of 2016. I am also currently working on video content, which is a little scary and intimidating. I hope you will pop over to my Instagram and the Carpe Diem planners instagram for more creative inspiration for your planner. I will talk with you again soon!

 

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Hello Friends and Happy New Year! 

I am going to be honest I can't wait for 2016 to be over so I can turn the page to 2017. I always love the start of a new year since It seems to be time for a new outlook, new resolutions, new ideas, and really a fresh start. 

I created a layout and 2 cards for you today using the Happy New Year Simple Set. This collection has all the bright colors with a bit of black to showcase those festive pics. I really love a pop of black on my pages and this collection was soooo easy to use.  

My first layout is called "Countdown"

I've had this picture of myself and my friends for the past year or so, it was suppose to be a serious rock star pic but ending up being me looking angry, Tanya looking like she wants to punch someone and Stephanie's happy go lucky LOL!!! Love those girls. It was the perfect picture full of " Happy New Year " colors. I couldn't resist. 

I created this layout with a pattern paper foundation instead of cardstock. I really liked the numbers on the left hand side to be my countdown to the new year. I wanted lots of color under my picture so I created layers with die cuts stickers and also cut up pieces from the 3x4" journal cards.  

The Simple Sets have great stickers and being a die cut addict I sometimes need more. I chose to use the 3x4 and 4x6 cards exactly for more " die cuts". I cut up a few cards for more patterned papers, and I used a circle punch for the " Count Down " title. It's so easy to add more details by just cutting up some patterned papers. This collection has 2 sheets of each patterned paper, perfect to cut up! Don't be afraid! Instead of hoarding some papers for something else in the future, use what you have on a current page. Cut up shapes, small strips of papers, and even extra " party hats! " to make that special page. 

Have Fun with it ;) 

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I decide to create a few cards to show you how versatile this simple set is.  The first card I create is called "POP FIZZ CLINK" - a little champagne?  I added a sticker and some dimensional adhesive to create this card. Adding a mini clothespin to that little sticker tag was necessary ;) 

The second card is Par-tay! 

Send out an invite for a countdown party! Your guests will love the personal touch and think you are super creative! I took a 4x5 piece of paper and cut it diagonally to add stars at the top and and a black bottom. I added some dots under my die cut gave it dimension and then a few stars and enamel dots -- voila!

Thank you so much for reading and being a fan of Simple Stories!  To see more of my work you can find me on instagram @KristineDavidson 

 

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Hello everyone ! I am so happy to be with you today on the blog. I am going to be sharing some pocket pages that I have created using the new Simple Set called Happy New Years. I was really excited to work with the colors on this one. They are really super bright and playful. 
 
 
When I first started putting these pages together I knew that I didn't have enough New Years Eve photos to fill up both sides. These photos are from 2 years ago. I decided to add in photos of us from New Years Eve day and then also add in some from January 1st. Perfect ! It seemed to be a great way to include ending one year and beginning another. The title card is pretty simple this time. I combined lots of stickers from the sticker sheet onto some white cardstock to create my title card. I love the end result with all the pretty white space. As you will see throughout the spread I added in some hand stitching on some of the cards. 
 
 
Here is a look at the left side of my spread. 
 
 
This Happy New Year card is my favorite card of this set. I continued with the sideways theme and added some embellishments onto the card. I didn't want to add too much to the card but I did want to embellish it a bit. On the sticker sheet there are these confetti clusters. I cut some of the shapes out and added them onto the card. They were the perfect fit. 
 
 
On New Years Eve day the kids wanted to spend all of it outside in the snow. Earlier that day they went out in the backyard. Oh I should mention that we were visiting my parents at the time. It doesn't snow where we live. Maddie wanted to make a snowman so bad. It was so cold that week that it was an impossible task. The snow didn't stay together to make a snow man. She was heartbroken. I added my story on the photo and also added the number 4 to symbolize the temperature outside. 
 
 
While creating and putting this spread together I wanted to make sure that the darker cards, darker photos, and all of the white space was as evenly spaced as I could. It took some rearranging but I think I find a good solution. I also tried to make sure that all the colors were evenly spread out. 
 
 
Here is a closer look at some of the right side of the spread.
 
 
 
This fun countdown card was one that I wanted to make sure I used. It was the perfect thing to add some smaller photos on the top part. New Years Eve we did a lot of eating and playing games. 
 
 
The kids kept wanting to "Clink" their cups together all night. So I cut out the word clink from a filler card and used that as a starting point for my card. 
 
 
Thanks so much for coming over to the blog today. I hope that you found some inspiration to help you document and scrapbook your upcoming New Year's Eve memories. Happy early New Years everyone ! I wish you a fabulous 2017. 

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