Hello! This is Amber, founder and creative director of Simple Stories, back again for my monthly 'behind the scenes' Life Documented blog feature.
I've had so much fun using my SN@P! Life Documented Planner, and hope you are too. There's a ton of information in my last blog post with tips and ideas on how you can get started using your planner, plus we featured some awesome FREE Printables that you can download here.
This month I'm focusing on how you can use your planner to incorporate photos and memory keeping using some of our cool products from the Life Documented Scrapbook collection.
MIX AND MATCH
Our Life Documented collection features both planner and scrapbooking products, designed to mix and match with each other. One of my favorite products from Life Documented are our SN@P! Cards - we offer 4 different packs and they come with a ton of cards.
Even better, there are 2 duplicates of each design in several of the Life Documented SN@P! card sets, so you get a good variety - 2 each of your favorite designs, without a bunch of repetitive designs. Each pack has a different theme, from the Week in Review set with a 4x6 card for each week of the year, to the 2015 set that features the 12 months of the year, as well as a Journaling set and Day to Day set. When you combine the 4 sets together, that's over 600 cards for the year!
We designed the cards with a fun color palette of multicolor patterns and solids to be mixed and matched so you can customize however you like.
COOL COLORS - FEBRUARY
Check out some fun possibilities for February with cards from the 4 different Life Documented card sets, with a mixture of pink, teal, red, and colorful hearts for a touch of and whimsy.
DOCUMENT YOUR LIFE!
One thing I love about our planner system is it easily incorporates your day to day planning plus memory keeping, even if you're not a scrapbooker. It's so easy to highlight some of your favorite memories and photos - no scrapbooking involved! Our system is unique in that our planner albums include the divided pocket pages, perfect for adding some of your favorite photos and 3x4 & 4x6 cards.
You can see here how I simply used the pocket pages included in the planner, a few Life Documented SN@P! cards and photos that I easily printed from my phone using a quick app from my local drugstore, to highlight some of my memories from the month. The back of the January Monthly Divider is the perfect place to record a few highlights from the month, along with a few label stickers from the collection. Because the planner has rings, I can add as many pages as I want. When my planner starts to become full I'll start to store my monthly divider pages and pocket pages in a separate album so I can easily flip through and have memories recorded for each month.
PLAN YOUR PAGES
If memory keeping is your thing, then we also have really cool inserts enabling you to easily plan your 12x12 layouts and Pocket Page spreads - the Life Documented Planning Inserts. These inserts feature a grid to sketch your pages, along with lists for products to use, memorabilia to include and notes.
In addition, there's a journaling page for each week that you can use jot down notes and highlights for each day of the week. Whether you're a pocket page scrapbooker or a traditional scrapbooker, this is a great tool to help you document your life.
TIP: We designed the squares on these inserts to represent a double-page spread - with grid marks to represent an inch - so you can easily sketch your own pocket page configurations or 12x12 pages. It's easy to do using the side of our planner bookmark to make even lines!
Here are the two 12x12 pocket pages I created after I had used the Life Documented Planning Inserts to plan my pages - it made it so quick and easy to put my pages together after only a few minutes spent planning & sketching!
Now we get to the really fun part! We've designed these FREE printables for February to coordinate with your Life Documented planner. Even better, we'll be offering free printables each month!
Click here to download February's Free Life Documented Printables
There are a 5 free printables this month, including:
February Month in Review
Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See Checklist
Recipes to Try/Music to Check Out Checklist
Books to Read/Movies to Watch Checklist
TIP: The February free printables are on a single PDF document with 6 pages - print off what you want and the quantity you need. We've added cut marks to each printable, so you can easily trim your pages to size.
Traditionally folks make resolutions at the start of a New Year, but the planner in me bucks that trend. Instead, I make lists – lots of them! Things I want to accomplish, healthy goals, places I want to go, a honey-do list, and learning targets.
I started my 2015 list with a blank page from the Life Documented Basics Inserts pack and decorated it with letter and icon stickers from the collection.
The calendar stickers separate each of the main categories and represent the most important things on the goal list.
Here is an overview of how I use the monthly calendar pages. I note important appointments and celebrations here.
I use icon stickers to highlight the theme of the month and some calendar stickers to remind me of important things coming up. I like adding a sticky note to the side for notes and changes.
I’ve been using the Weekly planner inserts to capture a quick snapshot of the most important weekly goals and appointments. I kept this streamlined, adding a few pops of color with washi tape and a handful of calendar stickers. I love how I can turn to this page and see my entire week in one spot.
The Life Documented Planning Inserts are the perfect spot for jotting down design ideas and keeping track of photos to be printed.
Instead of writing down a daily account on these planner sheets, I use them to journal about the stories I want to highlight that month. Instead of plugging in a date, I write down the main subject and highlight with a light gray brush marker. It’s a great way to document the day to day things that are sometimes lost as time passes.
Finally, a sneak peek of the theme I chose for the coming week. I used a palette of grey and yellow. It’s my small attempt at brightening up a bleak time of the year. This is exactly what I love most about the Life Documented Planner – how it can be custom decorated to fit my needs (and wants)!
This past weekend my family and I took a day trip to the EMP (Experience Music Project) and I managed to take over 200 pictures! I wanted to put my favorites in an album, but I admit I was feeling overwhelmed at the task. Then I pulled out the new 4x6 SN@P! Binder and my entire album came together in under an hour.
One of my favorite features of this album are the different size Pocket Pages (which are included). I love the layered look of 3x4, 4x4, and 4x6 photos stacked on top of each other. I am going to need to stock up on these sizes!
I used the new Gold SN@P! Pack inside the album. The metallic, kraft, and black colors worked perfectly with the "rock n' roll" photos, and are very on trend right now.
I added a single page of journaling, but to save time I mostly let the photos speak for themselves.
With the different Pocket Page configurations it was possible to place up to 12 photos in a single spread, which was definitely an easy way to get all of my photos in the album instead of sitting on my computer.
The EMP has many different sections such as music, movies, and games. I divided up my album much like the themes of the rooms in the museum. I ended with my favorite section which was movie costumes and props. They even had the hat from the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, and the glove from the 6-fingered man in The Princess Bride.
I've enjoyed sharing my album with you today, and I hope it helps show how quickly an album can come together using Pocket Pages and a SN@P! Pack!
Hi everyone! Shellye along today with a perfectly adorable and "Enchanted" door hanger for any little princess in your life.
I started with a sheet of heavy weight chipboard and an album die from Top Dog Dies, but any pre-made chipboard shape would work. Next, I cut the shape from the "Dreams Come True" paper and distressed around the edges with a walnut ink before attaching to the chipboard base.
The edge was trimmed in a pom pom ribbon along the back of the chipboard. For a nice finishing touch, I also covered the back in a coordinating paper.
The focal point of the hanger was made with a couple of die-cut hearts from the Enchanted 6X6 Paper Pad and the center piece is a smaller chipboard shape hosting the sweet sentiment that was cut from the 4X6 Journaling Card Elements paper.
Extra dimension was added with various chipboard stickers pieces, decorative Bradz, Enamel Dots and Bits & Pieces die cuts. To create the hanger, two holes were punched at the top and a strand of 1.5" grosgrain ribbon was strung through and then knotted at the ends. Two boutique style bows were made and then attached above the knotted ribbon ends. Now it's all ready for gift-giving or hanging!