March 2016 Blog Posts

Hello, planner friends!  A super excited Meka here with you today  to share my spring Carpe Diem planner makeover! But first, a minor disclaimer—I may have gone slightly overboard with florals this time around. Spring is in the air and I just couldn’t resist!

Just about every Simple Stories collection out right now has florals or light-hearted colors that I picked to springify my #teampink planner. From stickers and washi paper tape, to scrapbook paper and enamel dots, it’s all in here! Collections I used: You and Me, Carpe Diem, Life in Color, Hope, plus tiny bits of both Heart and You are Here.

My planner pockets have come to life with paper flowers adorned with Decorative Bradz and chipboard stickers. A You are Here camera, Life in Color butterfly, and Carpe Diem floral bouquet will make dreamy paperclips this month.

To make this fun washi sampler, I used a Life in Color Bits and Pieces tag as the base. A scrap of thin cardstock glued to the back made it sturdy enough to wrap with some of my favorite washi tapes. The tag would have looked just as sweet with the top adorned with ribbon, a Decorative Brad, or one of the many flower stickers in the Simple Stories collections, but I chose a resin cabochon for variety.

My “It’s a Brand New Day” dashboard got a lift with stickers and word phrases. They should peel off the plastic without too much fuss whenever I’m ready.

Underneath the clear dashboard, I sandwiched a translucent vellum sheet in front of the floral explosion that is the Believe patterned paper from the Hope Kit. This way the title stands out from the background, but you still get a good dose of spring pretty.

I’ll tell you something about myself that I’ve heard many other planner girls say, too: I have the hardest time writing on the first page of any notebook. I can never even write my name in my planners! But, this Carpe Diem floral bouquet and these bright alphas from You Are Here gave me just the push I needed to make this planner officially me!

The “Kiss the Girl” floral paper from the You and Me collection is beyond adorable. So I reused a pocket I made from it a couple of months ago.. To make it feel new again, I added this inspirational card cut from "Elements #2" 12x12 scrapbook paper from the Hope kit. Adhering it with removable washi tape means I can swap out inspirational cards anytime.
The next pocket page required some scrap love.  The floral bouquet on the pocket itself was just what I wanted, but the teal stripes on the backing were too bold for my spring mood. So I tucked a piece of “So Much Happiness” floral paper from Life in Color inside the pocket to cover the stripes . I accidentally cut the page too narrow, but a thin strip of the coordinating pink from the back of the same 12x12 sheet hid my mistake and added an extra detail. 

Of course, I used my removable washi tape trick again so I can reuse the pocket for future décor. I just love it!  

My favorite part of the spring makeover is all the little details I added to the Life in Color monthly tabs. Bits of floral washi paper tape and a few tiny stickers give the tabs such a pretty feel.  I created the “planning” tab by tracing around one of the other tabs as a template, and adhering a clear label sticker from the Carpe Diem basic dividers pack.


For my April monthly spread, I covered the Sunday-start weekday headers with washi paper tape. The skinny strips are the perfect height! The You Are Here collection had cute pink mini alphas to re-label the days into Monday-start. I used stickers, fussy cuts from Elements papers, and word phrases to embellish the monthly pages.

Cheery, hand-picked Simple Stories florals and embellishments—well that says springtime all the way!  I hope you find some time to give your Carpe Diem a spring makeover, too!


Hello Friends, It's Kristine here today! I will be sharing with you 2 layouts that I created using the gorgeous travel collection called ' You Are Here ' . I have so many great travel pics but sometimes I find it hard to scrapbook them. Having this great collection seems to make it easier for me .. perhaps it's the pink flamingos? the palm trees? or maybe the cute cameras? Whatever it is I really enjoyed creating these 2 pages for you. 


My First Layout is called " Explore, Dream, Discover " I got the title from one of the stickers from the Expressions sticker sheet. Genius right?! ;-) 

I wanted to add more than one picture so i started digging thru my pictures and found a set from a Las Vegas trip my sister and I took in July 2014. It was so hot and dry, My goodness we did so much walking and had a great time. I had one photo that was the weather forecast that i screen captured with my iphone. I thought this would be pretty neat to have on a page. I have added them to mini albums and life documented pages, but never on a layout. Cool!

I wasn't sure what to journal on this page.  I wanted it to be more of a fun - You are Here page than a page about who what where and when. So i took some journal strips found on the horizontal elements page.

 This was perfect to add the simple touch of journaling that I wanted. I added a date and of course the weather forecast tells the story that we were in Las Vegas.  Adding some pop dots underneath these journal strips also gave them more dimension and definition. 


You can see in this next photo that I layered and layered so many Bits & Pieces. I really love the look of layers and this just brought more details that I enjoy in a page.



Have you used the cute Simple Stories Wood Veneers yet? Did you know you can altered these quite easily with paint, ink, nail polish?!

Yes! I used the word " travel " and wanted to add something to it so I painted half of it. I used a piece of scrap paper to cover half of it and the rest I painted using some Glimmer Glaze. It's exactly the thickness of nail polish. It only took a few minutes to paint and SUPER CUTE! 



My second layout for you today is a pie chart page! I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a pie chart and then simply cut out some pattern papers to fill in the empty spots and created an easy peasy page! 


This layout is called - Go See Do as per the DieCut from the Bits and Pieces package. I didn't stress too much on these titles because sometimes the title is already done for you .  To give the white background some details, i sewed around the pie chart and inside.  I knew I was doing to layer again with some stickers, and diecuts so i didn't make the background papers too busy. It was color coordinated so easy to mix and match with other patterns from this collection. 

I did the same " trick " as I did in the previous layout. I used some journal strips already done for me and added some pop dots for dimension. 


I also added some Glaze to the background of this page and used the same color to paint that cute little wood veneer heart on the palm tree. It's really so easy to alter those pieces - you should try! 


I hope you enjoyed my layouts today and enjoy creating your own pages with Simple Stories products ! Interested in seeing more of my work? please come visit me on Instagram @KristineDavidson. 


Thank you so much for reading and being a fan of Simple Stories!



Hello everyone ! I am so excited to be here with you today. I am going to be sharing some pocket pages I created using the Carpe Diem collection. The colors and soft, watercolor look that is spread throughout is simply amazing. 
I decided to use this collection for my week 11 photos. The little hint of green here and there was perfect for my photos during St. Patrick's day week. When I first start a pocket page spread I begin by looking over my photos and scanning for common colors. Usually there is a common color scheme and then I can coordinate the photos with the journaling cards and embellishments. That way the whole spread has a cohesive look. Here is a look at the left side of my spread. 
When planning my title cards I usually like to create my own. Although this fun 4x6 journaling card was too fun to pass up. It was already embellished for me with the fun watercolored circles and the Carpe Diem quote. I added the dates and called it good. 
This white journaling card was perfect for a funny and random quote my daughter said. I used a chipboard frame to make more of a statement. I also liked that the card was white and it balanced out all the photos and the other creme colored cards. 
Spring tulips are among my favorites. March was kind of shaping up to be not my favorite so I added a little pep talk to myself onto the photo and added some sticker letters to finish it off. 
I decided to add some journaling onto some small strips of papers for this journaling card. It makes the journaling stand out more than printing the journaling directly onto the journaling card. 
I have one more close up for this left side. 
The right side of my spread continues with the same colors and is a little more photo heavy that the left. 
One of the things I have been recently trying to work on and improve is seeking out those little but meaningful stories of my families lives to document in my album. This week it was our lunch dates. (My husband and I) I snapped a photo of our meal and added some journaling directly onto the photo. 
This heart card was perfect to tell a small story from our trip to the American Girl Store. I added a clear heart on top and added a sticker on the heart for a fun and simple embellishment. 
The minute I saw this circle card I knew that I had to use it somehow. I decided to add some journaling to the bottom corner and use what was already pre embellished as a jumping off point. I mixed and matched some stickers, die cuts, and chipboard pieces to finish off the card. 
I hope that you have enjoyed visiting the blog today. Thanks for coming and Happy Spring to you all ! 


Hello and thank you all for visiting today! I hope you and your families are enjoying your time together over these special holidays. Chantalle (Instagram @chantallemcdaniel) with you, sharing some pages I have created with the stunning new You are here! and one of my favourite collections from last year, So Rad. 

This page was inspired by the sense of absolute joy that my son was clearly experiencing during the long school holidays last year. On one occasion we visited a theme park, where a trip down the lazy river cooled us down and brought some very big smiles to little faces. A rainbow of colour and elements sure bring a smile to my face now too!

The fabulous variety found in the Bits & Pieces pack were perfect to help me tell the story… a weather report, a fun report… flamingos - what more could I ask for in Tropical Queensland! I arranged the elements that I thought would work and then I built up the combination, starting with some of my favourite product in the form of photo stickers. They are just so wonderful - put them on your photos, your projects and your planners. I just love them!

The happy jumble, arranged in all their colourful glory draw the eye down and unify the page. It’s all finished off with a bit of machine stitching and few bright pops of coordinating enamel dots.


My DS made the coaches list after a recent rugby game, winning Player of the Match. I loved the clipboard image found on the So Rad 6x12 elements and decided to fussy cut it out and use it as the main focus of my page. 

By cutting a little slit just under the silver bulldog clip and sliding my photo underneath, it has added even more realism to the element. I love punching holes into notepad images, then ruffing up the edges to give them a realistic effect.

This 3x4 Sn@p card has been framed with a So Rad chipboard frame to highlight the text. While it might not be a rugby union ball, the cute football die cut element will do the job!!

To create a sense of flow between the two paper jet stickers, I’ve used some embroidery thread and hand stitched a flight path. The colour matched perfectly with the hue of the arrow that is already printed on the clipboard element.

Draw attention to a pattern by multiplying it, like these stars. I’ve added a couple more cute little star stamps as well as some die cuts created by our very own Nicole Nowosad.


Hi crafty friends! Stacy here today with 2 layouts inspired by the theme of love - the love for the other half.

I had some old photo shoot pictures and it was coordinating very nicely with the Simple Stories Carpe Diem Collection! It is one of my favorite collections so far because of its vibrant and beautiful embellishments! 

The first layout is titled "Love without Words". Sometimes, all it takes is a smile or a hug, and you will just know what the other half is thinking!

I first did some diamond stitching on the background of the layout, and started layering random size pattern paper from the Carpe Diem Collection. The vibrant colors help to bring out the photo and create a good focus. Next I layered with fussy cuttings of the flowers, and topped it up with other embellishments. I personally loved the clip! In addition, I could not help it but also added the candy machine. It is a symbolic figure of the epic sweet smiles on our faces.

The title portion was the area of most fun! Try adding washi strips behind the journaling or stickers, it helps create a subtle attention to the words! The clear heart sticker is also a useful tool to fill up the empty spaces and give a good flow to the entire look of the layout.

On the other end, i used the cloud cut-out as a background on top of the stitching. Adding layers is easy with the sticker and chipboard sheets!

For the other layout, I used one of my favourite photos - us with the colorful umbrella! I titled this layout "Rain or Shine". Using the alphabets from the sticker sheet, i stuck them to a translucent paper before adhering to the layout. Not only does it create focus, it also allows me to give it a lift with the 3d foam dots. See where the enamel dots are? I hid the 3d foam dots just below them! 

The umbrella on the chipboard sheet is a must for this layout! How can i forget the fun we had with the umbrella? I remembered that it was a hot shiny day and we were sweating a lot from the humid heat. The umbrella was not only a beautiful prop but also helped us shade from the strong sunshine! 

I could not help it but layered some clouds on the top portion of the layout. It reminds me of the few clouds and the bright blue sky that day. Let your layout embellishments help you document a particular memory of the photo!

Hope you get some inspiration from the layouts! Thanks for stopping by today!


Hello, Violet, here. I wanted to share with you my  monthly Carpediem planner spread and how I  utilized the Heart collection kit. I made a Dashboard and decorated my planner with this wonderful design filled with mint green florals, Navy blue and Gold. Perfect for March.

I created a dashboard and planner bookmark by simply tracing around the original inserts. I embellished them with stickers and punched out hearts to create clovers on the dashboard. I really enjoyed using the Simple Stories Heart Collection it had everything  I needed to make such a beautiful planner bookmark.

My main focus this month was to begin creating a spread that screamed March. I wanted it to remind me of days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold. I believe I accomplished that by applying tons of green in all shades, navy blue , yellow flowers and gold accents.  I made strips out of the Heart scrapbook paper to go on top and on the sides of my planner pages. The Life in Color washi paper tape, enamel, icon stickers and Heart collection kit stickers, worked perfectly to add some character to the spread. It's also a creative and adorable way to track your appointments and obligations.

I absolutely love the way my monthly view turned out. Thank you once again to everyone who took the time to stop by the blog. 


Hey there, friends!  Missy back with you today.  I couldn’t wait to dig into the Carpe Diem collection and create some fun and bright layouts with it!  For my first layout, I focused on the theme of the collection, which is Seize the Day.  My youngest daughter comes to mind when I hear this phrase, so I used these two adorable pictures of her doing just that.  I used my Silhouette Cameo software to create a large title on some white cardstock.  I backed all the open letters with various patterned papers and had so much fun embellishing around them and the photos.  I love every piece of this collection!

Creating this big title gave me a lot of opportunity to use lots of patterns and colors without being overwhelming.  I used the 6x6 Paper Pad to fill in the letters and then went over parts of the page with white gesso.  I like to apply that first before adding watercolor to give the background a textured barrier.  This helps the watercolor blend better.  Here, I combined a few of the Chipboard Stickers, Expressions Cardstock Stickers, Clear Stickers, Illustrated Life Stickers and a Brad. 

Here you can see some of the watercolor and ink splatters.  I fussy cut that gorgeous floral cluster from the Brand New Day paper.  I just couldn’t resist using it as layering piece under my photos.  I also layered in more chipboard and stickers here and stitched through them with my sewing machine.

Here’s a close-up of that gorgeous floral piece.  Isn’t it just gorgeous?  I love how it looks against the pretty watercolor background.  Sometimes fussy cutting something from patterned paper gives you a fabulous embellishment.


For my second layout, I was inspired to use one of the 6x12 page elements.  I love the quote on this piece and I simply cut it in half and adhered it to the black polka dotted Total Chaos paper. I was also itching to use some of the adorable Chipboard Frames!  I pulled three of the small ones and printed out three small photos of my daughter.  I printed them in black and white to really allow them and the bright colors to pop.  I smudged some white gesso with my finger along the center edge of the black paper.  Once it was dry, I used some watercolor paint to create a fun colored smoky look.  I stitched down the center and then began arranging the frames on the right side.  Once they were in place I went through all of the fun embellishments and did a bit of fussy cutting again.

Although the quote could certainly serve as my title, I decided to add another title on the right.  I combined a die cut from the Snap Pack with alpha stickers from the Expressions Cardstock Stickers.  I stitched through the Illustrated Life Sticker and added cute little hearts from the Word Label Stickers.  These bright colors look amazing on a dark background!

Here you can see some of the texture created by the gesso and paint.  These frames are so fun!  I added pop dots under them to give them dimension.  I fussy cut the striped cloud and yellow circle from a card in the Snap Pack.  I added this so there would be some yellow in that area.  I try and get all the main colors equally around the page.

By adding pop dots under the frames, I was able to add some tangled thread very easily underneath them.  I love the messy look this gives.  I also added those cute balloons from the Word Label Stickers.  They were the perfect colors!

Here’s another fussy cut cloud paired with a cute sun die cut from the Bits & Pieces.  I couldn’t have clouds without a sun! 

I hope these layouts inspire you in some way!  Be sure to check out this amazing Carpe Diem collection.  It has something for everyone!

Hi there!  It’s Shei here today. I’m so happy to be back on the blog sharing two layouts.  Let’s get started!

For my first layout I used the great “You are Here!” collection. I really like this line ‘cause it’s very nice and colorful. This is the perfect collection for people who loves to travel. You can use it to document your trips, especially to highlight your tropical travel memories.

To create this layout I was inspired by the Desktop Globe included in the Chipboard Stickers. These chipboard stickers are so lovely.  I started with a white cardstock as a background. I cut a circle in the middle of it with my Cameo Silhouette. This circle will be the globe. Behind the circle I used the “Pink Map” paper, as a background. Next, I glued a photo from our holidays in Mexico.

Then, I added different elements covering all the pink paper. I used embellishments from the cardstock stickers, chipboards and some woods veneers: flowers, arrows, hearts, palm tree, pineapple, flamingo, camera, suitcase, sunglasses and some words (love all them!!).


The layout is called "Hello Mexico" and for the title I used the orange ABC from Expression Cardstock Stickers. In addition, I glued a flower from the fundamentals cardstock stickers on each side of the title.


Next, I cut with my Cameo Silhouette the cool green paper “Happy Place” (b-side part) to make the base and the bracket of the desk globe. To finish the layout, I glued at the bottom corner a green chipboard sticker with the word “destination”.

My second layout is called “Family brunch”. This photo is from a saturday’s brunch with the most important people in my life: my family. They’re my boyfriend, my sister and my brother-in-law, who is my sister’s boyfriend and my boyfriend’s brother at the same time… I’ts a funny story to explain. People always say: “Wow, all in the family!”.  So, I went with them to a cool restaurant in Barcelona and we took this photo, which makes me remember the happy ordinary moments I spend with persons I love. So, I want to document it.  For this layout I used the fun and vibrant Carpe Diem line. I like the vivid colors of the collection and that you can use it for any themed.

I really love all the papers of the line so I wanted to use most of them for my layout. For that reason I though in create my background with different papers. I cut 2x2 inch squares of many papers (you can see all the papers I used down below) and glued them at white cardstock. I enjoyed mixing different patterns!


Then, I glued my photo at the left side. Next, I used the letter stickers to make my title. I love this color!! Pink Power! Ha, ha, ha!!


It’s time to the funnest moment: embellishing! I added some elements from fundamental and expressions cardstock stickers sheets all around the layout. Did you see this donut?? It’s so cute!



I also added some enamel dots to give dimension to my layout. The colors of these enamel dots are perfect. Don’t you think?!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! I hope you enjoyed my layouts! See you next month!

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!