March 2016 Blog Posts

Hey lovely planner addicts! Today I wanted to show you how to make the most of your planner with Simple Stories accessories as well as some everyday common accessories that you see in the planner community. Simple Stories has such bright, vibrant beautiful products that it's so fun to accessorize and really utilize your planner to its full capacity. 
Everything that you see in my planner pockets are solely based off of the robin's egg blue color of the planner and also the adorable little 'Today" magnetic clip you see on my Carpe Diem cloud card. The front of the card had a beautiful pattern, but I wanted to use the pretty clouds since spring weather is in the air. It also matches the planner nicely. As you can see, everything that I have added tends to have a pretty blue hue or a contrasting color. I am a person who likes my planner to be "matchy matchy" and I'm loving the way this look turned out. 
I've always been a huge fan of the Carpe Diem Pocket inserts. I'm using them here since I like to transfer my things from one planner to another. That's what I love about ring bound planners! I have stuffed the folder with lots of goodies including the bright, vibrant Carpe Diem Icon Stickers.  I also took a Pocket from a past summer collection and glued it to the folder for extra storage! They are perfect for storing mini sticky notes. I am going on vacation next week, so I really wanted to stuff my planner to the fullest since I won't be taking any extra planner goodies with me. And of course, the folder matches beautifully with my robins egg blue theme. 
Another thing I wanted to show off was one of the beautiful inserts included in the planners. I just love having them in my planner to look at, but you could easily attach a cute pocket to it to stuff even more goodies in. You could even laminate it and add sticky notes as well. 
One last thing I wanted to show you was the adorable charms.  In addition to the camera charm included with the planner, you can purchase more fun ball chain charms as well.  I've been using 3 or 4 lately on each planner because I love the extra look it gives my planner. They are super cute and easy to put on!

That's it for today! Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Make sure you check out the website for some beautiful planners and accessories. Again, I love the colors of the Carpe Diem items so everything you saw in my photos was based off of the gorgeous planner color. Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by! 

Howdy!  It's Layle here with you today to share a really fun Let's Party birthday reminder mini book created for us by Andrea Corriveau for the Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow (CHA) earlier this year.

Andrea started with a premade, chipboard mini book then decorated the cover with patterend paper, chipboard, enamel dots, Bradz and a chipboard frame.  She then decorated the inside cover and first page.  How fun is that number strip that looks like birthday candles?!

From there she created a spread for each month of the year.  She adhered bright cardstock to the right of each spread and titled the month with stickers.  She printed the days in the month on white cardstock & adhered to the page.  

She decorated the last page in the book and the inside cover.

What a fun way to keep track of birthdays, right?!  Thanks to Andrea for creating this fun project for us and letting us share it with you :)


Good Morning!  It's Mary-Ann with you here today on the blog with 2 layouts featuring the Let's Party collection.
As we celebrate my boy's 11th birthday, I realize that I never documented last year's party!  When seeing this photo, it is hard for me to see how much he has grown in the last year.  He is now as tall as I am, which isn't saying much!  WHAT!  
NOTE:  That cow.  I just had to.  Isn't he adorable?  
For this layout, I focused on using the 3 x 4 cards from the SN@P! Pack.  I aligned them across my page to highlight the photo in the center.  When picking through, I chose the lighter colored papers.  Ones that would help enhance the photos and help the balloon clump pop.  I would have loved about three more clumps of balloons.  It is bright and beautiful.  
You can see from this close up that I added the chipboard balloons to the top of the coordinating colored balloon and added a cute brad to the green one.  Go back and take a look at the entire layout, doesn't the cluster just pop off the page?
The Pocket Pieces are perfect for documenting any age.  The package contained two of each number so I could coordinate my colors.   I could even document a photo of my Great Grandmother who lived to 107!  True story!
If you were blessed with a girl, you are certainly not going to be left out.  You could change the boy out for the girl and still create the same page!  Adding the ice-cream to the the boy just added dimension.  
Ever have an idea in your head for a layout and the photos don't allow you to do exactly what you want?  Well, that happened to me on this layout. I wanted to use a standard shape balloon but my photos were too wide for that.  So I opened the balloon file in my Silhouette, and stretched it out of proportion to create funky balloons that would work with my idea (see tip below on how I did it).  
I layered and layered.  Combining Chipboard, Bits and Pieces, enamels and brads all together to create my adapted idea.
Take a look at the crazy background at the bowling center.  Perfect for party photos and perfect colors for this Let's Party Collection!
TIP for creating the balloons - Upload your photos on a separate page in your Silhouette Cameo.  Copy the balloon file and place it over your photo.  Stretch the balloon and manipulate your photo so they will work together.  Then remove the balloon from the top of the photo.  Cut that exact balloon, print that exact photo.  Place the cut balloon on top of the printed photo.  Trace with a pencil and cut the picture with scissors and you have your photo in the shape of a balloon!
Thank you stopping by today to see my colorful layouts.  I hope you will give shaped photos a try!




Howdy friends!  It's Layle here with you today to share a few ideas on how I'm using our new 6x8 Designer Binders.  Unlike our SN@P! Binders & Albums, these Designer Binders are a blank canvas - they don't include pocket pages so you can really use them for anything you'd like!  These lovelies just started shipping to retailers last week, so they should be in stores now :)

The Binders are available in 4 colors - robin's egg, yellow, pink and black.  Some of those colors may look familar to you...

The robin's egg, pink and black are perfect matches for those colors of our Carpe Diem planners!  That's how I'm using a few of them, to help me stay organized with my planning :)

Using the Designer Binder to Store Planner Inserts - I'm using the robin's egg Designer Binder to store my Carpe Diem daily inserts; because the 2 rings in these binders line up perfectly with the middle holes in the A5 inserts (Carpe Diem as well as ANY A5 inserts!).  I take them out of my planner once the month is over and file them away by month.

I printed the year out on my label maker & adhered it to the spine for easy identification when it's sitting on the shelf.  To keep the daily inserts grouped together by month, I added the monthly dividers from the Life in Color Planner Set.


Using the Designer Binder to Store Stickers - I'm using the pink binder for sticker storage.

I added 4 different pocket page configurations to store my stickers in - the 4x6 Vertical Pocket Pages, the 4x6 Pocket Pages, the 6x8 Pocket Pages and the 3x4 Pocket Pages.  I used the 4x6 Vertical Pocket Pages for the majority of my Carpe Diem stickers.

I was able to fit 8 sheets of stickers in each of the 4x6 Vertical Pocket Pages; with 10 of them in a package, that's 80 stickers in those little guys!  I added some additional stickers in the 4x6 Pocket Pages.

I added some larger stickers to the 6x8 Pocket Pages and some smaller stickers to the 3x4 Pocket Pages.  


Using the Designer Binder to Store Dividers - One of my favorite things to make for my planner are custom dividers.  I'm using the black Designer Binder to store those when I'm not using them in my planner.

I use custom dividers in the back of my planner, after the months, for various topics.  I trim scrapbook paper to the standard A5 size, adhere two pieces back to back, punch the holes, punch & adhere tabs and voila - your own personalized dividers.

At the back of the binder I added the Carpe Diem Pouch where I store some punched tabs, clear stickers for labeling the tabs, and a chipboard tempalate I made for cutting the paper I use when making the dividers and punching the holes.

So there you have it, a few different ideas for using our 6x8 Designer Binders to help in your planning and organization! 


Hello dear Friends! This is Alexandra waving from Chicago and I have a brand new double-spread I would like to share with you. 

For these pocket pages I have used the beautiful collection called: Life in Color which I think is perfect to showcase indoor and outdoor pictures of our daily life.



I have noticed that in the dead of winter,  pictures taken outside become rare so I made a point in taking more pictures of the outdoors even if that meant including grey skies and lots of bare trees. They are part of what we see daily in Chicago after all! I also think it is important to include other family members' pictures (my husband sent me an aerial picture of North Carolina).  I took a picture of my order from Thistle Farms. I love their products, especially their Lavender liquid soap and their mission is very noble. The big news is that I finally had my eyes checked and surprise, surprise, I needed glasses! Got myself my first pair of Progressive Lenses!



On the above close-up,  one can see a tag with the date printed on it. Adding a title and an embellishment directly onto a landscape photo serves two purposes: it adds a little color and gives an important piece of information.




Another thing I often do when I place my pictures in the pocket pages is that I place close-ups at the bottom of the pages and landscape pictures with a piece of the sky all the way to the top. It is not a rule by any means but I think it helps achieve a good sense of scale.


The clear stickers can be used in so many different ways, directly placed on a picture, added to a card (see left page) or like here, adhered to the center of a butterfly embellishment. 



Hi planner friends!  Vanessa here with you today to show you how I used the beautiful Life In Color collection in my Carpe Diem planner.  With Spring just around the corner, this collection definitely added some color to my Robin’s Egg planner and it may even motivate me to do some Spring cleaning!
For the inside pockets of the planner,  I like to switch things out according to the season and theme of my planner.   I decided to add in some of the Life In Color Ephemera Bits and Pieces, along with the coordinating journaling cards from the same collection.  These not only add a pop of color and look pretty, but they can also be added throughout your monthly or weekly pages.  I like use the journaling cards for memory keeping and events I don’t want to forget.
Instead of a dashboard for March, I made a really simple planner folder using one Life In Color “So Much Happiness” cardstock.  I use the folder to store my Carpe Diem stickers, journaling cards, and receipts.  I also dressed up the folder with a few Life In Color bradz and ephemera.
The folder is simple to make and it does not require any adhesives.  I only needed one 12x12 cardstock, paper trimmer or scissors, and a single hole punch or an A5 hole punch.
Take the 12x12 paper and fold the bottom up about 3.5”.  Then fold the sheet in half, vertically.  Take one of the planner inserts to trim down to size and the folder should measure 5.75” x 8.5” when folded.  Punch in your holes and that’s it!  If the paper is double-sided, you can reverse it as well.
For the monthly pages, I decorated them again using Expressions cardstock stickers, washi tape, and the ephemera bits and pieces from the Life In Color collection.
To add a little decorative piece, I punched in a Snap vertical 4x6 pocket page and inserted some of the Life In Color 3x4 journaling cards and ephemera bits and pieces.  You can definitely use these pocket pages for photos, journaling and memory keeping. 
I used the Carpe Diem number stickers to add a pop of color and to give the pages a cleaner look.  The number stickers come in a variety of colors, but of course I had to use green for March!
 I hope you enjoy using the Life In Color collection in your planner and be sure to try out the folder and the SN@P! vertical pocket pages.  Be sure to follow me on my blog and happy planning!


Hey there!  Vicki here to share two of my favourite Simple Stories products…SN@P! Packs and 4x6 SN@P! Binders!  I love that these items allow me to make an awesome project in no time flat!!!  I chose the We R…Family Sn@p! Pack and the yellow 4x6 SN@P! binder along with some Bits & Pieces to create this fun album.

Love how colourful this line is and this album will be the perfect place for random family photos.  Here is a closer look…

Here I created a pocket by adhering the bottom and sides of a 4x6 card to one of the pages included in the book & then added 3x4 cards inside.

I layered a few 4x6 cards to create flaps on this page.

And another pocket page.

Minibooks are one of my absolute favourite things to create and these 4x6 Binders are compact and fun!  The SN@P! Packs offer a great sampling of the Simple Stories lines and the addition of diecuts are perfect for embellishing!  If you haven’t grabbed these items yet make sure to consider them the next time you need to put together a quick mini!  You won’t be disappointed!!!!


Hello there! Allie here today, sharing two layouts using the fun and cheerful Carpe Diem Scrapbooking collection! The colors are so lovely and springy, and they make me so happy. I also love how versatile this collection is! There are lots of different elements that could be used for a variety of themes.


One of my favorite techniques is fussy cutting designs from patterned paper, and the Brand New Day pattern is perfect for it! I used my trusty scissors and cut out as many flowers as I could. Next, I added flower elements from the chipboard and sticker sheets, to add variety and dimension. I arranged the flowers so they looked like they were cascading down the page.

I used the fun watercolor hearts as another accent, just because I love them so much! Another one of my favorite embellishments from this collection are the frames. They're just the perfect thickness and I love the patterns they come in. I used two of them to highlight my photos.
Since this layout had a lot going on, I decided to make it "distressed" by crinkling the edges of the layers and adding a watercolor background with gelatos.
For this next layout, I wanted to highlight the coffee themed elements, which are my absolute favorite thing about this collection. I used a heart die cut and added different patterns behind each heart using the 6"x6" paper pad. I grabbed the coffee cups (LOVE them), and added them to either side of the page.  Next, I used the letter stickers to make my title!
Embellishing was so fun! I added mist, enamel dots, stickers, and various hearts from the chipboard, wood veneers, and paper clips.
To finish this layout, I sewed around the edges. I'm still learning to sew, so my sewing is anything but straight. I passed it off as messy and added corners to cover up where I tried to transition. Luckily there are no mistakes in scrapbooking!
I had so much fun creating with this collection, I hope it inspired you!