March 2016 Blog Posts

Hey planner loves! Meka ( here with you today, sharing how I mixed elements from Life in Color and the Carpe Diem scrapbook and planner collections for my March Carpe Diem planner  setup. I gave myself permission to use what I love, even if there’s no clear-cut theme.  The fact that I adore the pieces makes me super motivated to pick up my #teamaqua and get my plan on!

My front pockets are filled with decorative clips, washi paper tape, and a few quick-grab notes off the Sticky Notes Bookmark. Bradz and chipboard stickers were transformed into paperclips in seconds—my stickiest washi tape keeps them attached to standard paperclips, but I can remove and repurpose them whenever I’m ready. I cut down 12x12 inch Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheets, stuffing the mini alphas and word strips inside my secretarial pocket with my other planning essentials.

This cheery patterned cloud “Fist Bump” scrapbook paper from the Carpe Diem line is right at home in my planner. It kinda hurt me to cut into it, but the cloud cut outs layered on top of the transparent dashboard adds unexpected dimension that’s just perfect.

March means luck and green, green, green!  I transformed a Sn@p binder page from the Life in Color Planner Set into a lucky inspiration piece, and adhered it to my March cover. My own handlettering, paint splatters, and doodles make this page totally me.

For the monthly layout, the bold March green gets softened up with florals, hearts, and polka dots.

Saturday and Sunday are where the action is, and I think of them as a unit. So, I covered the original Sunday to Saturday headers with washi paper tape, and gave them new days with cardstock flower stickers and alphas.

The Easter eggs were cut from Carpe Diem scrapbook paper, and strips of washi paper tape.

Meal planning has always been a struggle for me, but this month I’m putting more effort into it—gotta love on myself, right!? This week-on-one-page Life in Color  insert will be perfect for listing meal ideas.

I think these gorgeous Life in Color cardstock stickers will make it hard to ignore my healthy plans.  

Remember to use what you love in your planner. Mix and match and make it your own— and that’s super easy to do with the Life in Color and Carpe Diem collections!

Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine Davidson and today and I am going to share a few projects I created using the new Heart Simple Set. When I saw this collection I first fell in love with the gorgeous colors and once I really took a few minutes to read the sentiments I realized it wasn't necessarily a collection about love but more a collection of documeting the loss of a loved one.  I decided instead of using this collection for what it was meant for - I was going to use it to document the everyday love.   

My first layout is called Love Today.

I created this layout using a white background and also a white die cut background from the silhouette store. Adding a bit of gold to my cardstock was something I did to showcase the hints of gold in this collection.

Here are a few close up photos and you'll be able to see more details and what I did to create dimension with the Fundamental Sticker sheet that comes with the "Heart" collection.   

I do have another layout that I created using this collection but it's 'top secret' as it's being published this summer, so I'll show you 3 cards that I created using the same collection and a sneak peek of my layout that I'll be able to show you later in the year :)

Here are a few sneak peeks of my second layout -

You can tell that I loved creating with the Fundamental Stickers and I really did use this entire collection kit on 2 layouts and 3 cards.

The cards I created are for those special moments of remembering a loved one. We always create cards that are happy, birthday themed, or for anniversaries. This SImple Set is really perfect for those compassionate moments in our lives. 

I used a pieces from every sheet of paper on this card. Isn't that navy blue with green and yellow amazing? I added Kraft tags to my cards and of course a project wouldn't be complete without some twine ;-) 

This next card is simple - created with a little sentiment for those dear to us. 

My last card was created with leftovers from my patterned papers. I cut up some pieces and sewed them on a piece of Kraft cardstock. I made some messy sewing and added a Kraft tag for my sentiment. 

I guarantee you will enjoy creating with this collection regardless if it's for sentimental reasons or everyday love stories.  I hope you enjoyed my projects today and enjoy creating with Simple Stories!

You can find more of my work on instagram @KristineDavidson


Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today.  I am excited to be sharing some pocket pages here on the blog. They are all about a fun weekend getaway last year. When the new collection,You Are Here, came out I knew it would be perfect for this project. I was right ! 
Last summer we made an impromptu weekend away down at the coast. There were lots of stories, photos, and then more photos that I wanted to include. I added in an insert by cutting a page protector in half and sandwiched it in the middle of the two 12x12 pages. Here is a look at all three pages layered together.  
The left side of my spread includes stories and photos from Day 1 of our trip. This collection has some great colors that lend themselves to match a number of travel photos. As I went along with my pages I made sure that I tried to spread the colors all throughout. 
I always like to create a title card. For this one I didn't need much in the way of journaling so I added the date using stickers. I decided to go a step further and add in some embellishments, the chipboard frame and a few stickers throughout. 
I used a few journaling cards to remember all the little details of our trip. The weather die cut piece was perfect for adding to the fact that we got rained out on Day 1. 
One of my favorite products to use and embellish with are the clear photo stickers. They are simply awesome and are easy to add that person touch to any photo or journaling cards.
Here is an example of using the clear photo stickers. I added the word Wander to the empty space in my photo for a great look. 
Moving on to the insert now. Ever since moving to California I have developed a love for Palm Trees. So as you can probably guess I loved all the palm trees in this collection. I added a chipboard sticker onto my photo. 
I created this filler card by adding the wood veneer palm tree onto the filler card. To make sure we always remembered where we went I added in the city and state name onto the card using some stickers and stamps. Here is a close up.
Here is a look at the back side of the insert and the right side of my spread. 
During our beach stay we rented a family sized bike. That pink scooter was to cute not to use, it was perfect. I stayed a little simple with that journaling card by only using the scooter die cut and a clear photo sticker layered on top. 
I used a couple different pocket pieces throughout but this creme colored tag was one of my favorites. By using a combination of different elements to embellish it making it a great substitute for a journaling card. 
By using some acrylic paint I transformed this wooden veneer piece. It was easy to complete. I used a ruler and made a line from one corner to the opposite corner. Then brushed on some paint and there you have it. A simple, easy, and great way to add a fun look to any wood veneer piece. You should give it a try. 
One last close up for you. I combined a few different elements for this card. I started out by adding in a photo to the 4x6 journaling card. To complete this look I cut the journaling area out and added the journaling card on top of my photo. The fun camera pocket piece was so fun to layer on top. I added more layers Iby adding some other die cut pieces. 
Thanks for coming to the blog today. I am so happy to have this fun weekend documented now. It was so fun to play with this great collection. I hope you might have found some inspiration and can go and create some projects for yourself. This collection can be used for any number of themes so be sure to be on the look for it.