Happy Friday, it's Layle Koncar, Simple Storie Marketing Director, here with you today :)  

With the lazy days of summer drawing to a close & kids heading back to school, now’s the perfect time to get a jump start on planning for the rest of the year.  Our brand new 16 month dated weekly spiral planners are just what you need to get and stay organized, in a fun & creative way!

The bright colors, flirty florals and bold geometric patterns paired with gold foil accents of the Good Vibes Spiral Planner will have you planning in style like a pro!

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the Good Vibes planner - click the arrows to see the bright & cheery insides of the planner, including {3} decorative inserts, {16} monthly tabbed dividers with gold foil accents, {16} monthly calendar inserts, {76} horizontal weekly inserts, {6} Notes inserts, {2} interior pockets and {2} sticker sheets with {182} stickers.

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 If sophistication is your style, we have you covered with the Beautiful Spiral Planner. Vintage florals paired with gold foil accents, pretty pastels & marvelous marble patterns create a luxurious backdrop to plan and document your days.  

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the Beautiful planner –click the arrows to see the stylish & sophisticated insides of the planner, including {3} decorative inserts, {16} monthly tabbed dividers with gold foil accents, {16} monthly calendar inserts, {76} horizontal weekly inserts, {6} Notes inserts, {2} interior pockets and {2} sticker sheets with {182} stickers.

Both spiral planners are shipping to retailers now!  Visit our store locator for retailers in your area as well as online stores that sell Simple Stories products; while not all stores listed carry all of our products, it's a good place to start.  If you have trouble finding the planners, please send an email to support@simplestories.com & we’ll help you find them :)

Looking for ideas on setting up & using your planner?  Check out & follow our Live.Love.Plan. Pinterest board for all things Carpe Diem planner related.  With more than 800 pins & growing, you’re sure to find just the planner inspiration you’ve been craving! 

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Hello again creative souls! Leah here with you on the blog today. It’s been quite a while since I’ve shown you some weekly planner layouts! That’s what I have for you today, two vertical planner layouts with accompanying process videos. Yes, TWO plan-with-me videos! I am still using up lots of tidbits from the new Carpe Diem collection and have a few cool ideas to share with you all for your planner spreads.

In this first planner spread, I had a lot of fun layering the Carpe Diem stickers!

I like layering the patterned stickers that have no words, behind stickers that have quotes on them. It draws focus to the quote and adds a pop of color. I added a couple of these die cut stars to my layout that I made using a paper punch during my last planner setup video (you can watch that here).

I’m using the space at the bottom of the page to do a little mood tracking. The hearts are from the Domestic Bliss roller stamp. I rate my mood at the end of the day on a scale of 1-5, color in the corresponding amount of hearts, and make a little comment about why.

As I am writing this post, the second half of the week has not happened yet. Though I already have my week planned, I will continue add in the mood info at the bottom at the end of each day.

Also during my planner setup video last month, I fussy cut these clouds out of a pocket card to make die cuts. With the star die cuts on this layout, I really feel like the clouds add the sweetest whimsical touch.

Here is the process video of this week’s layout coming together.

For my second weekly layout, I went a little bolder with the colors, but using the same collection. You can see how just changing out the washi tape I used, allowed me to bring out those bolder colors from the new Carpe Diem line that I didn’t use as much in the last layout.

You might notice this week looks incomplete but that’s because I sometimes like to “pre-plan” and decorate a few weeks ahead and then fill in the plans as they come. In addition to decorating, I will also go ahead and write in plans I know are happening ahead of time. For example, I know I am going on a weekend trip during this week. So I dedicated a space to documenting that.

I even made this cute little interactive booklet with a few paper scraps, so have a place to add some photos and journaling after my trip. When you don’t have enough real estate to write a lot on a planner spread, adding a “flippable” element can give you more space for memory-keeping.

While we are talking about fun planner tips, get two stickers out of one by cutting out the border from around those box stickers you’ve been using, to get a little frame sticker that you can write in. You’ll be able to see how I do this in the video below!

Check out the process video for this second weekly spread!

To me, this is the most fun detail of the entire layout – and this is why you should always come check out the blog post in addition to the process video, because there’s always more content here! You may have noticed in the video, that I used a small ½ inch circle punch to cut out a few circles from one little square sticker. I did that so I could turn them into mini balloons. Aren’t they adorable? What a fun way to mark a birthday in your planner! Also, here is another example of how I’m using the border of a used sticker as a box to write in.

So I am curious friends, do you like to decorate ahead a few weeks? Or do you plan and decorate as you go? Sometimes when I get in the creative zone, I just don’t want to stop after one layout is complete, so I keep going. Let me know your style in the comments below! Be sure to check out the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram and Facebook for lots more planner inspiration, and come say hello over on my Instagram @sunny.leah. I hope you will tag me if you try any of the tips/techniques from this post. I LOVE seeing you all get creative with your Simple Stories products!

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Autumn is my favorite season!  I love the crisp air and the show of color everywhere!  If you love Autumn too you’re going to fall for the new Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection

Fall is a time for families to gather for Thanksgiving and for us to count our blessings.   Who wouldn’t love a hand made card with a personal note expressing how much they’re loved and thought about? 

The papers in the collection are the fall colors you’d expect like green, yellow, and red with a surprise pop of aqua blue and pink.  The colors work beautifully together and have a homespun folk feel.  I cut a hilly landscape to create the scene on this card mixing gingham, floral and calico.

Sentiment stickers are from the Combo Sticker in the 12 x 12” Collection Pack that’s also sold separately.  The house and banner are from the 6x12” Chipboard Sticker Sheet.   The tree, leaves and sun are from the Bits and Pieces die cut pack.
 

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I’m smitten with the birds in the collection!  They’re a patchwork of the different patterns in the set that looks amazing!  You’ll find them printed on the paper, die cut in the Bits and Pieces pack, and on the Chipboard Sticker sheet. 

I perched the bird on a branch from the Bits and Pieces.   My tip for breaking up patterns is to add some solid color.   As an example, to help define the circle of yellow gingham paper I cut for a sun, I added a slightly larger circle of solid yellow card stock backing. 

I created the background in lighter colors to help the branch and die cut leaves stand out and create more contrast.

There’s even sticker packs available in this collection to add smaller images and sentiments to your projects like the bitty “fall fun” I added on the border.

The Combo Sticker sheet has so many great embellishments including a row of tabs like the “blessed” on my card.  The script font is beautiful and the soft blue matches the papers perfectly!  

The Bits and Pieces die cut pack includes 58 die cut pieces ready to work with so creating scenes and embellishing your projects is a treat.  The colors match the card stock perfectly so everything looks great together! 


 

I just know you’re going to love this collection!  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

 

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Hello everyone! It's Jennifer and I'm on the blog today to share pages I created with the new Beautiful collection!  Can I first just talk about how amazingly gorgeous this line is?  I feel like it has a different feel with the muted pastel colors mixed in with gold foil!  The black and grays are wonderful for contrast, as well!  Beautiful is definitely a feminine collection but could be used for wedding or vintage themes too!
 
For my first layout, Amazing, I used one of the awesome Simple Stories Silhouette cut files for my background!  I used the Sectioned Heart Cut file first with my white cardstock background.  I love the many patterns in the Live Beautifully paper so I chose that to be my "insert pieces" for my cut file. I again cut the Sectioned Heart file with Live Beautifully so I could adhere each piece into the negative spaces. It is helpful to first adhere the white cardstock onto a second sheet of cardstock, as well. 
 
 
Once my insert pieces were in place, I used my sewing machine to add a couple lines of stitching around my heart!
 
 
After adhering my photo, I added in die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack including this gold foil script "Amazing" that I used for my title. I used a bit of foam tape to "pop" it up to add some dimension.  
 
 
​I love that the embellishments include many little accent pieces including stickers and die cut pieces! I kept with the heart them and added few to the top of my photo! You can also spy a tab sticker from the Combo Sticker sheet (which measures 12x12!).  
 
 
Showing additional pieces from the Bits and Pieces pack!  I love the sentiment cards with their empowering statements!  I thought this was perfect for a page for my teen daughter!  
 
 
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For my second layout, Look For the Beautiful in Every Day, I was inspired by the circles in Simply Wonderful as well as the circle embellishments on the 6x12 Chipboard Sheet. I wanted to incorporated them all together without being too busy.  I again used my Silhouette and cut circle frames with Shine Bright which includes gold foil dots! The frames range from 2 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter; I also placed different patterns in the center of each frame.  
 
 
Again, my daughter is the subject of my page! I hope that when she looks at her scrapbooks, she will see herself through my eyes! This is another reason why I love this collection so much! All of the little sentiments are perfect and what I think every parent wants to tell their child.  I used one of the sentiments stickers as my title; I love the deco shape and used pop dots to add dimension. 
 
 
I also incorporated my different circle hand punches to layer more circles and add in those circle embellishments I first mentioned!  I also had some grey, gold, and white enamel dots in my stash that I added.  
 
 
 
I'm a big fan of roller stamps and love using my Carpe Diem stamps to add little sentiments under my date!  You can also spy one of the many sentiment stickers found on the Combo Sticker sheet!  There are FIVE rows of different sayings all in the gorgeous colors of the collection!  
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you will check out this collection in its entirety!   And be sure to see the NEW and awesome lines Simple Stories has in store for this year! 
Have a wonderful day!  

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Hi everyone, I had a very nice summer holiday and enjoyed nice weather and lots of delicious food. Now it is time to loose those extra holiday pounds I gained and to set up my fitness planner to help me achieve that! I am using the A5 Fitness Planner Inserts and the Coral A5 Carpe Diem planner.

To decorate the planner and inserts I will mainly use the Fitness sticker tablet and the ‘High style’ 12x12 paperpad. This paperpad has beautiful watercolor papers that match the fitness inserts perfectly.

Before I set up the planner I decided to create some flag paperclips. I took some small and bigger gold paperclips, cut some different shaped banners from the ‘High Style’ paperpad papers and decorated the banners with diecut shapes, stickers and enamel dots.

In total I created six flag paperclips, three small ones and three bigger ones. These are perfect to decorate the planner pockets and extra pages in my planner.

The fitness insert set includes six colorful dividers and different tab stickers to choose from. I selected the following six sections in my planner: Goals, Tracking, Calendar, Motivation, Get Fit and Notes. The ‘Calendar’ section will hold my monthly and weekly fitness inserts and the ‘Get fit’ section some menu planning inserts.

For this setup I also created a fun motivational bookmark. I selected the light pink watercolor paper from the ‘High style’ paperpad, cut it down to size and punched holes using the Carpe Diem punch. I decorated the bookmark with some diecut shapes, words and stickers from the tablet.

Now it is time for one of my favourite parts of setting up a new planner: decorating the planner pockets!

I selected a few papers from the ‘High Style’ paperpad as a base and used different border punches to create beautiful borders at the top of the papers. I decorated the pockets with my diy flag paperclips and some stickers from the sticker tablet.

The back of the dashboard that came with the Fitness insert set had awesome fitness hashtags so I slided it in the large side pocket and added a little piece of light blue watercolor paper with a cute border. I am very happy with how these pockets turned out!

With this fitness planner setup I included the ‘Bold stripe’ doc-it journal and decorated the front with some motivational stickers and the fitness decal. The decals are designed to put on the outside of your planner but it works fine on paper or these doc-it journals.

In the doc-it journal I am going to track all my gym workouts such as cardio and weights. Ofcourse the journal needs a fun intro page so I used the ‘High Style’ papers to diecut the letters ‘Workout progress’. I finished the page with strips of washitape and stickers from the tablet. The doc-it journal slides perfectly in the back pocket of my planner.

For this planner I decided not to create a new front dashboard but use the planner pocket that came in the fitness insert set. I am planning on putting my gymclass schedule in here and other notes I need to save.

I thought it would be a nice extra project to create a fun spread to track the weightloss journey for my few extra holiday pounds. I used plain graph paper and papers from the ‘High style’ pad to diecut the letters. With a circle punch I punched circles from light wood paper from the ‘Wood and gingham’ paperpad.

To decorate the pages I used arrow and quote stickers from the tablet. On the right side of the page I glued a clear pocket, which holds some star icon stickers. For each half pound I will manage to loose, I will put a star sticker on the circle as a reward. The end result is a fun two-paged spread on which I can track my progress.

For the monthly spread of August I thought it was smart to plan all my gym sessions and to do a fun monthly challenge. This month I am going to do a daily squat challenge so I diecut the letters and wrote down a daily checkbox to check off whether I did my squats.

All the monthly pages from the fitness inserts have awesome fitness quotes. For August it was: ‘How bad do you want it?’ I added the ‘very bad’ and two little butterflies to decorate it a bit.

The setup for my planner is mostly done, now it is time to use it!  Simple Stories has some free fitness printables that you can download here - I printed them in different sizes to decorate my first weekly spread to track my food and exercise.

I hope this blog inspired you in creating and decorating your own fitness planner! On my instagram page createplannernl I will show some more spreads and extra pages in my fitness planner. Have a nice day!

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Hi Simple Stories fans and welcome back to the blog today!  Chantalle with you, and I’d love to share some layouts, which both make use of some machine stitching to secure embellishments, as well as add a decorative touch.
 
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This page, capturing my kiddos in the pool at one of our fave holiday destinations, was created using the Summer Days collection. The bright colours, fun prints and mini swimming costume shapes were perfect for bringing this memory to life on paper!
 
 
The inspiration for the title of this page came in the form of a phrase from a sheet of Summer Days ‘4x4 Elements’.
 
 
I set up the text in Silhouette Studio and then went about using my Silhouette Machine to cut the lettering out of a 12x12 sheet of Summer Days ‘Lazy Days’.
 
 
Initially I thought I would leave the top section as is, or just cut it neatly into a strip about 4x12 inches across. Thinking of all the splashing that was going on in that pool at the time (not to mention two cheeky little monkeys!) I thought it would look better if I tore the paper, to give it more of a sense of movement.
 
 
Another fun touch is this scalloped stitching! The sewing machine I used is new to the market and allows the user to sew with thicker mediums like Baker’s Twine! I’ve done the scalloped stitching across the teal cardstock and photos, to echo a wave pattern.
 
 
For an extra bit of fun, I've added some water and splash marks to the page. Glossy accents made for some awesome water droplets and Versamark can be used to create a stained effect.
 
 
 
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Getting out and about to explore the beautiful area in which we live is a firm favourite in our family. We are so lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world, with opportunities for adventure right on our doorstep. Cabin Fever is perfect for capturing those big and not-so-big trips out!
 
 
I’ve turned things on the diagonal with this page, choosing to pick up some of the thicker lines and bring them out by machine stitching with embroidery floss from edge to edge. Inside these lines, I have added my text and photos at an angle to mix things up.
 
 
The heading was hand cut from a sheet of 4x6 Horizontal Elements. I snipped it in to pieces so I could run them within the stitched lines. Below these strips, I began with some border stickers from the sheet of Cabin Fever Combo Cardstock Stickers. I’ve also popped some strips of Summertime Sweetness Washi Tape as well as some pattern stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheet pack.
 
 
Another little touch I added was a mini circular garland which I created by punching some 1 inch circles from a leftover piece of ‘Off the Grid’. I then sewed these together using a straight stitch.
 
 
I’ve popped a few up on foam tape to add a touch of height.
 
 
For the rest of my embellishments, I’ve used some Cabin Fever Bits & Pieces, Chipboard Stickers as well as stickers. Finished off with a bit of journalling which I have also divided in to strips to match the diagonal theme.
 
 
Thanks so much for joining me today.
 
Happy crafting!

 

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Hi everyone! I’m back today to show you how I did my set up for my Aqua Carpe Diem planner using the Domestic Bliss collection and Home A5 Planner Insert Set.
 
 
I wanted to try out the Home A5 Planner Insert Set to keep house-related things more organized and to dedicate a whole binder to it.  I made myself a dashboard to make it more colorful and fun and filled the pockets with 3x4 cards from the Domestic Bliss collection.  I also made a simple pocket folder with the “I Can’t Adult” cardstock to store extra sticker sheets.
 
 
I don’t keep weekly planner pages in here, but I did want a monthly calendar to write down when bills are due, pay days, etc.  The Domestic Bliss Roller Stamp is great to use on the calendar for stamping in laundry, to-dos, and pay days, and more.   I also added some pieces of washi for a pop of color and used stickers from the Home Sticker Tablet to highlight chores and things I do weekly.  
 
 
In the Routine section, I keep my daily schedule that is usually the same routine and I only write home related tasks.
 
 
In the Projects section, I created a page where I wrote down craft projects I would like to do.  I tend to forget scrapbook or craft projects that I would like to do, so writing them down helps me remember to get it done in the near future.
 
 
In the To Do section, I keep a Master To Do List in this section and these are things that I don’t necessarily need to finish all at once, but things I want to finish that I know will require more time.
 
 
In the last section, I keep a Menu Plan that I recently started doing weekly and so far it has helped me plan dinners at home and use what I already have in my cupboards.
 
 
I hope you enjoyed having a look inside of my Home Management planner and I hope it inspires you to try out the Home Planner inserts to keep your home organized.

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Hey everyone! Traci back here again with a new traveler's notebook to show off! I made this traveler's notebook from scratch using the Summer Days collection I designed for Simple Stories to document our vacation to Pensacola Beach, Florida.

And when I say from scratch, I mean from scratch! I designed this Traveler's Notebook template that is available in the Simple Stories Silhouette store here, then cut down a few non-fancy-edged 8x8 squares papers to incorporate into the book as well.  Then I folded each paper in half, and used regular old sewing thread to bind the notebook.

I also designed a bunch of exclusive word art cut files that are beach-related and match the fonts used in the Summer Days Collection perfectly - you can pick those up in the Simple Stories Silhouette store as well here.

 
Here are some of my favorite spreads in the book, but check out my youtube video at the bottom of the post for a full walk through!
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can catch the YouTube video here - 
 

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Hello friends! Linsey here today sharing my latest altered project featuring the Summer Days collection! With summer flying by so fast, I wanted to capture this delightful season by creating a fun 3-D project that embodies the spirit of summer and all the good things that come with it. The Summer Days collection does just that! Without further ado, I present my summer days bicycle shadowbox!

 

 

What a fun time it was altering this cute wood bicycle shadowbox! The wood bike was first painted with a coat of white gesso, then a coat of pink acrylic paint. Next, the bike was covered with different patterned papers--the pink side of Summer Snapshot for the tires and both sides of Soak Up The Sun for the bike, seat and inside tire walls. The back of the shadowbox walls were covered with the stripes side of Hello Sunshine. All the edges were lightly sanded to give the bike a bit of a worn look. Who wants a bike that isn't broken in just a little, right?!

 

 

A variety of adorable elements from the Combo Stickers, 6x12 Chipboard, Bits & Pieces, Decorative Brads and 4x6 Stickers were used to embellish the inside of the shadowbox wheels as well as adorn the outside of the bike. The back wheel is filled with yummy summer eats and treats that leave me itching to fire up the grill. Even a couple of Emoji Love enamel dots came in handy for reflective lights on the backside of the bike. 100% Happiness!

 

 

Every summer bicycle needs a basket and this one is filled to the brim with summer fun! I love all the sweet and happy elements that come with this collection--from the little pinwheels to the beach balls and bomb pops, Summer Days has it all! Ice cold drink, anyone?

 

 

The front wheel is filled with more summertime essentials like the pink sunglasses, aqua camera, a sand bucket and shovel and don't forget the sunscreen! Hello sunshine, we're beach-ready!  

 

 

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed my bicycle shadowbox! Here's to endless summer days and happy crafting!

 

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The Emoji Love collection is by far one of my favorite collections! We all love using emoji’s when messaging our family and friends so when playing with all this amazing product it felt like they were closer to being real. I love all the emotions emoji’s project and how much character they can not only give a conversation but also our planners.

Not only am I in love with this collection but so are my kids! Who doesn’t love cute faces, unicorns, yummy food ad yogurt! Not only are the stickers the best but the ephemera in this collection is so fun and versatile.

The washi tape is the perfect color with so many emoji faces and sayings that tie this collection all together.

The page flags are perfect for not only marking our pages but to right small notes on them as remembers.  

The traveler’s notebook inserter can be put in your favorite Travelers notebook or in your planner of choice. It is perfect for note taking and those emoji’s made it so fun to track my feelings of the day.

p>Hello everyone! It's Lisa Dickinson here today to share some layouts with you! Since I'm currently in the middle of a few home renovation projects, including refinishing our hardwood floors, the majority of my scrap room is packed up in boxes in our basement. So when it came time to do this blog assignment, I had very few of my usual scrap arsenal available, but I decided it would be a great time to challenge myself to make something interesting with a minimum of tools and products. After all, Simple Stories is all about making creativity simple and easy! Here are the layouts that I created - and a few tips that helped me create simple pages that still have eye-catching appeal!

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1. Add lots of color and pattern to take a basic design to the next level.  Just because a design is simple doesn't mean it has to be boring. Color and pattern add interest and movement to a page, so the more, the merrier! On this layout, I selected coordinated papers from the Hello Lovely line (and a few from the Domestic Bliss collection as well!) and used them to matte my 5"x5" photo. Each paper was cut slightly larger than the previous one for a layered look that allows lots of pretty papers to be showcased.

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2.  Add dimension and texture to make the design pop. When you're using limited supplies, it can be hard to incorporate a lot of visual interest on a page. Dimensional adhesive is an easy way to help page elements pop. Here I adhered each paper layer with foam squares to create a dimensional frame. I also added stitching to the edge of every other paper, which is another great way to add tactile interest to a design. No sewing machine? Use a pen to create hand-drawn stitching for the same effect.

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3. Use pre-made elements for a title.  Since I didn't have any alphabet stickers or my trusty Silhouette available to create a die-cut title, I opted to use a sticker from the Hello Lovely collection pack instead, placing it directly on the photo in the white space. Be sure to look through your stickers before creating your page - you just might find one with the perfect sentiment for your layout and save yourself lots of time!

On my second page, I used the same tips & techniques to add elements to a basic design. I started with a bold striped patterned paper from the Emoji Love line as my background:

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The colors were perfect for my photos, which included lots of pink and yellow, but I wanted to some additional pattern in the design. Instead of using the paper as is, I cut some 2-inch paper strips (the pink dot, yellow crosshatch, and aqua dot) and layered them over the solid stripes.

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In between each of the strips, I sewed a zig-zag seam. Stitching is a great way to add texture and a handmade feel to your design!

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For this page title, I selected a 3x4 journal card and layered speech bubbles atop it.  These are part of a Simple Stories decorative brad set, but you could also fussy-cut small elements from patterned papers or use die cuts + brads to achieve the same look.

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While I'm excited to get my scrap products unpacked again, I enjoyed the challenge of creating simply and it was surprisingly easy with these fun Simple Stories products. (And bonus - this was way less messier than my usual scrap method!)  I hope you're inspired to create something quick and easy as well - happy scrapping!

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Hi everyone!  It's Traci, and I'm back to share a new Sn@p album with you.  This one is for my family's 2013 trip to Hawaii.  I love the bright colors in the Summer Days collection and it worked perfectly for these photos.  As you can see, like many of you, I am a bit behind on my scrapbooking!

 
If you like pocket scrapbooking, but never know what to do with the full 6x8 sleeve, check out a few of these ideas ... 
 
Add a fold out card to the front of the page.  Not only is it a fun place to use the 4x6 vertical cards (as I did below), but it also allows you to get 2-3 full 4x6 photos on a 6x8 page!
Here are a few more examples of how I use the 6x8 pages ... 
I like adding different sized pages in my albums.  I think it adds interest and a different element as you flip through the book.  Below, I cut one of the 6x8 pages (included in the Sn@p album) in half vertically, and then added some stickers and photos.  These 1/2 pages are also great places for journaling!
One of my favorite embellishments is chipboard.  In the photo below, I added the arrow and burger to the outside of the plastic.  This works great if you want to overlap two of the pockets!
While in Hawaii, we took a helicopter tour.  I highly recommend it for beautiful photos of the island.  If you have two 3x4 pockets side-by-side (below), don't be afraid to cut your photo in half and insert 1/2 into each pocket.  Again, I think this adds some fun interest to the book.
 
I guess I need to fill out my summer bucket list ... especially since summer will be over before I know it! 
 
Here are the products I used for this album:
 
 
Until next time, happy scrapping!!

 

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Hi it's Lisa today with a fun and hopefully inspiring post for you.

I have a question for you. Where do you find most of your inspiration from?  Do you love to use a sketch as a starting point? Do you let your photos inspire you?  For me, it's color. I'm so driven by color. I love bright colors when it comes to scrapbooking and creating. I find them so uplifting.  One of my tricks to get me started is to set myself a color combo. I decide of 2-3 main colors and usually a couple of accent colors too.

 
This was the first layout that I created.
I started off by deciding on an orange and aqua combo with hints of red.
When I do this I pick out papers and embellishments that all match this combo.
Today I am working with the 'Summer Day's' collection.
 

I removed some of the papers and bits and pieces. The papers with the element cards to cut out make wonderful titles. I rounded off the corners with a punch here.
 

 
I also took some paints, chalks and mists to place on my desk that would also team up with these colors. Working this way also saves so much time as you spend less time procrastinating.
 
I've teamed up the chipboard stickers and the Bits and Pieces here. They just all work so well together.
 
 
To pull the whole design together I took one of the 12x12 papers and used a circle cutter. I love how that frames my photo.
 
I finished off this page using the pack of 6x4 stickers. I used this to replace my journaling. I was going to journal more, but then felt that I didn't really need to. The stickers had done the hard work for me.
 
I really enjoyed making this.
 
   
 
I then went on to create a second layout, using the same 'Summer Days' collection and using the same color combo method.
 
This time I was driven by my photos. When I first looked at this collection I was really drawn to the burgers. There's some really cute stickers, chip board and pieces in the Bits and Pieces pack. My daughter is a little burger queen. I thought it would be fun to document this. It was her red T shirt that got me started here.
 
As before I looked through the collection, decided on my color combo and then started pulling out pieces as I did with my first layout. This time I chose red and aqua as my main colors.
 
 
I started off with one of the 12x12 pieces with the 4x6 elements. I cut out the 'Ice Cold Drinks' from this particular piece and stuck it down with 3d foam tape to really make it POP on my page. 
 
 
I used more of these elements to layer up on my page. I used another 4x6 and also a 4x4.
I really enjoy altering these to fit my design. I love the cloud paper and really wanted to add some red so I took some red embroidery floss to sew around the outside of one of the clouds. It really stands out now. I also took a black journal pen to doodle on my page. I added some dots around the outside of this heart.
 
 
I used 4 pieces from the Bits and Pieces pack to embellish at the bottom of the page. I ran out of journal space so added another flag to continue the journaling. I then continued with the doodling like on the rest of the page.
 
For me working with a color combo works every time. 
If you haven't tried it, go it a go. Pick out a few colors and choose your supplies accordingly. Lay them out on your craft desk and scrapbook.
It's so much fun.
 
I hope you've enjoyed this.
I also have a video where you can watch me creating these layouts here.
Thank you.
Hello Everyone! Jomelle here today and I would like to share with you my Summer Planner Set up using the Summer Days Collection. I chose to use the Robin's Egg Carpe Diem Planner. 
 
 
July is a very busy month for me. So I decided to make a simple but still cute dashboard for my Summer Set up. I used the Summer Days 12x12 cardstock. I then cut up the Vertical Element and glued in the middle. I used the A5 punch to add the dashboard in my planner.
 

 

Planner girls just love to fill their planner pockets with all kinds of goodies. I used bits and pieces and journaling cards to decorate my pockets.
 

 

 Close Up of Planner Pocket Love
 

 

 
Here is my July Monthly Layout. Super busy month for me. I mostly used the bits and pieces to decorate this page.
 

 

 

 

 
My weekly layout for July 17 to July 23. This week our family had so much fun. We made lots of fun summer memories. This week is special for me.
 
 

 

 

 

I made an envelope to add to my planner.

I use this envelope to store all my planner stickers and other goodies that I might need.

Here I made a simple divider to add in my planner.

 

 

 
I truly enjoyed making my Summer set up using the Summer Days collection. I love all the fun and bright colors. Thank you for stopping by. 

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Hi everyone! Tara Chaussee, aka SecretBees Studio, here to share my newest mini scrapbook with you! Colorado is a wonderful and near perfect place to go camping! I have lots of great memories of spending days in the woods hiking, climbing and fishing so I was thrilled to see the new Cabin Fever collection! Everything in this collection is absolutely cute and charming and has the best details!  Since I spent much of my camping days in tents, I thought it only fitting to create this adorable set featuring a tent and mini album!

I designed the tent to be a pyramid box and knew that I wanted it big enough to hold a small scrapbook. I cut all of the pieces from chipboard and then had the best time covering them with a mix of the awesome Cabin Fever papers and embellishments!  This tent is so cute and realistic- it even has mesh covering the windows and door! 

The tent is 6.5" square and stands about the same height. The four triangle flaps are re -inforced with grommets and tied together with rustic twine that unties to reveal the super cute mini scrapbook inside!

The mini itself is 4 inches square and has seven pages that are covered in more of the fabulous Cabin Fever patterned papers and fun embellishments! I tied the pages together with more twine and added a sweet trio of camping charms too! Inside there is a pocket holding some tags as well as two interactive pull out pages for even more camping photos! Take a look!

One of the tags is from the Bits & Pieces pack and I have added lots of details to both pages with the combo and 4x6 stickers!

The chipboard stickers are amazing and so realistic not to mention totally adorable!

Above is one of the interactive pull out pages made with some of the 3x4 journaling cards. I used a small sticker form the 4x6 sticker sheet as a tab at the bottom!

More adorable chipboard pinecones and flowers together with stickers from the combo sheet!

Smores are such an important (and tasty) part of camping! More great stickers and chipboard on these pages!

Oh so cute! The papers in this collection go so well together and have amazing patterns and details! It was such a joy to layer all of them together with the fabulous stickers, chipboard and bits and pieces to create this adorable little memento! 

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Hi there!  Nathalie with you today showcasing the fun and colorful, "Summer Days" collection.  I am sure you all are enjoying the long and warm days of Summer, and what better way to document them than with  this new and super gorgeous collection from Simple Stories.  Here is a few projects that show you how versatile this collection can be:

SUMMER

We are so lucky to have an outdoor swimming pool in our backyard for all those hot summer days, but i think my little niece is the one who enjoys it  the most -on all the days she visits us-.   So i chose to document a picture of my niece at her happiest!

I love cut files!, so this time i chose to use the "Summer" cut file from JustNick Studio to stitch the  large sun image in the background.  A bit of watercolor, and golden splatters completes the background.  

The mat  was then trimmed about a quarter of an inch on all sides, and machine stitched to the b side of the Sunny Days paper.  The title of this page was  then created with the same cut file, however this time, i chose to back the cut out with all the different papers from the collection.   Don't you just love all those summer designs!!

I placed the picture on a  bit of a slant, and used pieces from the combo sticker sheet, bits and pieces, 4x6 stickers, and those gorgeous decorative brads to create clusters at the corners of the picture.  I just wanted to reflect the elements and colors from the entire collection in the clusters.

I love this collection brads and stickers, and what better way to use them in your layouts than to layer them.  All the small word stickers included in the 4x6 sticker pack are just perfect to add to small tabs, flags and onto those small corners of your projects.

Here is the completed layout.  I love all the textures and colors that are displayed in this project.  The  summery designs are the perfect complement to all your summer memories.

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BEACH LIFE!

 

 

This second project is all about reflecting our love for the beach using the colors of the Summer Days collection papers.   We recently took a month long vacation to my native Ecuador;  every time we visit my family, my kids only request is to be taken to the beach.  So i picked one of the pictures of my daughter and one of our cousins roaming the beaches of Mompiche (Ecuador) for this page.

 

 

This page started with the Heart is Full background cut file from JustNick Studio.  This time, i used the Hello Sunshine, and So Much Fun papers from the Summer Days collection to back the hearts in the cut out.  In addition, some of the hearts were backed with vellum.  Once all the hearts were backed, then the entire circle was backed with light blue vellum., so that it brings some of the sea color to the page.

 

 

The circle was then glued to the Sn@p Basic's Aspen/White Notebook design.  Using the different colors of the collection on the heart cut outs gives you the freedom to use some of the papers in the collection to back and layer the picture.  

 

 

Can you tell i am loving the brads in this collection?   I think I have used at least 1 brad in each of the layouts i have created with the Summer Days collection - I have reordered brads for my stash!!-.  Once again, I used pieces from all the embellishments in the collection to create clusters at the corners of the picture.  In addition, I added a word sticker to each of the vellum hearts in the background.  This brings color and lots of interest around the page.

 

 

To complete the visual triangle, and to balance the page, I added a small cluster at the bottom left corner of the page. By simply layering elements from the Sticker combo, and 4x6 sticker sheets along with another one of the decorative brads, the clusters were created.  In addition a large piece of the Good Vibes washi tape along the bottom edge of the page balances the page to completion.

 

 

To complete the page, I used the alphas that are included in the 4x6 sticker sheets to complete the title of the page ( the color completely matched that of the sea water in the picture).   I love the fresh and clean feel of this page, and how it brings the color of picture to life!  

 

This lovely and so fun Summer Days collection is perfect to document all the glory of your summer day adventures!.  So don't forget to check it out.

 

Thank you for stopping by today, and don't forget to contact me if you have any questions on how these pages came together.   Have a great summer, and see you all soon!!!

 

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Hello everyone! It is Andrea here today and I want to share with you a fabulous mini-album/planner that I made using the Domestic Bliss collection from Simple Stories. I am loving this collection and this project because it really helped me to both get organized and also to stay motivated with all the things that I have to do around the house. It is also a great way to document a huge portion of my life.

I spend most of my life at home. By far! As a disabled person, and with the specific condition that I have, I am constantly stuck inside and in bed. I have limited mobility and am constantly in pain, so it is hard a lot of the time to try and get out of the house. However, despite this, I notice that the majority of my photos are from when I do get out of the house and am dressed up and somewhere fun or special, celebrating something, or going somewhere cool. These days that I often photograph though do not represent most of my life.

And while I do document days at home every so often in things like “week in the life” albums and other “daily” sort of projects, it occurred to me that I don't really have a mini-album that only talks about days at home like this and really focuses on life at home, in bed, doing my daily “work from home” work as well as average around the house things like cleaning, organizing, etc. And this is strange, because this is most of my life. It was nice to rectify this situation by finally making an album that documents this kind of thing. And Domestic Bliss is made to document the “home life” so it makes sense to use it for this.

I really like that this album serves both as a piece of documentation and memory keeping that is a scrapbook mini...but also a planner that can help me stay organized...AND also something to help me stay motivated and inspired! That is the beauty of this collection. I like how Simple Stories scrapbook stuff and Carpe Diem planner stuff in collections like Domestic Bliss, can be used together to make a project like this.

It has been hard to be motivated and inspired lately since this month has consisted mostly of me being stuck inside and in bed and in pain. This kind of thing happens sometimes. And on the really bad days, when I can't even sit up at my “bed desk” and do my work in bed (scrapping, planning, writing, designing, etc), I start to feel quite down on myself. I feel like I am not doing good. I feel like I am falling behind and that I am going slower. And I notice things piling up...especially things like laundry and cleaning up. And so I start to get frustrated and feel disappointed in myself. Even though I know I shouldn't and that I cannot control everything.

I think that I am not the only person that does this. I think a lot of us get down on ourselves, whether or not we have health conditions, with everything on our plates and the high standards to which we hold ourselves. Particularly women. And particularly creative women who do things like scrapbooking and planning. Perhaps this is because we are constantly documenting our lives and in that documentation, we compare what we do to what everyone else is doing and also to the perfect picture of how our lives should be in our mind.

My life is beautiful and I love it and I love the work that I do, but for whatever reason, some days I feel down on what I am not able to do, instead of focusing on all that I do actually do. I like this project because the pics and decorative elements in it all serve to remind me of all the great stuff on those bad days and in the moments when I need a reminder.

I don't want to make myself feel bad about not doing enough or being good enough. I want to not feel this way and I shouldn't because the truth is I do a whole lot! Even if I was a healthy person, I would still be considered to be doing a whole lot by most people's standards. So, frankly, I should be proud that I do so much particularly when I do it despite having a disability. And I do feel proud some days, but I should feel that way everyday.

I should be proud of all I do and how hard I work. I made this album in large part to remind myself that in addition to having to do so many things, I am doing them. I am working on so much and accomplishing so much. And just because things might take me longer than I would really like, this doesn't diminish my accomplishments.

I made this project so that I could plan and document the days at home, doing my “work from home” work and also things like chores and other things to do around the house...but also so that I could have little notes of inspiration in there that would remind me that I am doing great.

This album is filled with inspirational notes that remind me to keep believing and dreaming and that I can do anything! I love this project! And I think it is a great idea for all of us to make something like this so that we can all be reminded of how much we actually do and to be proud of it and to keep moving towards our goals, big and small!

I hope you are inspired by this mini-album/planner hybrid project! And I hope that you are inspired to grab your Sn@p pocket pages, pocket cards, album, some stickers and other embellies, and a Carpe Diem planner set in the Domestic Bliss collection, and create something similar! It is important to document our home and work lives. But more importantly, I think we all need to be reminded sometimes that we are capable and amazing human beings who try our best and there is really nothing more impressive than that!

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Hello Violet here, and I am wanting to share this month's page insert in my Carpe Diem planner. I will also share my Dashboard and pockets using the Summer Days collection. As I open up my planner it’s like I feel a small reminder of lazy Summer days. I almost can smell the suntan lotion inside. All the floral and retro bits and pieces, mint green, red, shades, bikini top, shorts and the beautiful sunshine make me just want to plan a getaway to soak up the sun!

My main focus was on my dashboard. What a perfect way to have your summer planner set up with some adorable flip flops! A Summer time must. I made them out of the collection kit paper and Decorative Brads.

'Good times & tan lines', is one of the element card quotes and I absolutely love it!  I stuffed my pockets with Bits & Pieces die cuts and more little flip flops. I used most of the brads on my ephemera. This is a cute way to embellish them. I made a divider and I just couldn’t pass up the cutest little camper element card. It was the perfect focal point of the divider.

This month is special, due to the fact that it is my son’s and granddaughter’s birthday and it’s on the same day! This month inserts are perfect for keeping track of all the important dates. I added a photo of my son and granddaughter in the birthday corner and a scripture in the important section. I love the variety Carpe Diem gives to us planner girls. It makes planning so much fun!

Thank you everyone for taking the time to stop by the blog. I hope I was able to inspire some of you. May you have a beautiful August!

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