September 2016 Blog Posts

Hello friends! Today I'm excited to be sharing two layouts using the new Posh and The Reset Girl collections! I couldn't decide between the collections, so I decided to make layouts with each of them!

My first layout uses The Reset Girl collection. I love the beautiful touches of gold foil!

I started with the fun You Got This patterned paper and flipped it on its side, I noticed that the "Amazing" phrase from the 24/Seven sheet of patterned paper matched the background perfectly, so I cut each letter out. I also cut out some flowers from the Lookin' Good paper that matched the floral on the background sheet.

Once I had my title, I arranged it on the sheet and added my photo and layers around it. The Library Pockets are too cute! They are perfect for journaling and/or layering pieces. I added one underneath the title for extra dimension.

One of  my favorite parts of the whole layout are those cute little glasses from the Bits & Pieces. My husband and I both wear glasses so I thought it was the perfect accents! I tried to keep it more simple on the top to focus on that beautiful flower. There are so many beautiful elements in this collection that I could have kept adding more and more!
For my next layout, I used the fabulous Posh collection! I was instantly inspired by the 2x12, 4x12, & 6x12 Elements patterned paper, and used almost the entire sheet on my page.
Like in my previous layout, I did quite a bit of hand cutting. I cut the banner out and placed it on my page over the other vertical elements from that sheet of patterned paper. I also cut out "Love" and the geometric hearts. The shiny silver foil is beautiful!
 I was very excited about the yellows in the collection perfectly matching these shots from our anniversary shoot. I used stickers for the title, then added die cuts and chipboard to finish the look!
Thank you for joining me today, I hope you feel inspired to use these two gorgeous collections!





Happy Fall, y'all!   Fall is my one of my favorite times of the year.  I couldn't wait to play around with the new Hello Fall collection and the Gather Together Simple Set. With all the oranges, yellow, blues, and florals, it makes it a perfect match for the Marigold Carpe Diem planner. 

I made a dashboard and planner bookmark. I took one of the word stickers and attached it to the top and laminated them. I really enjoy doing this because it peaks out from the top of the planner and I don't have to worry about it getting ruined. 

What I love most about fall are the leaves falling, pumpkin everything, family, cozy nights, boots, sweaters, scarves, hot drinks and woodland creatures. The changes of color and season makes me happy and is a beautiful reminder that change is ok and is needed. I believe I was able to add a little fall into my planner. 

Thank you to all those that continue to stop by the blog and take time to read our posts. Wishing everyone a wonderful new season - may it be filled with pumpkin spice and everything nice!4660



Hello Simple Stories friends! Marcia here today with some fabulous Reset Girl scrapbook layout inspiration. I really love the vintage elements. With the pinks and greens it's definitely perfect for scrapping your favorite girls. This collection really suits my daughter at the moment. She is in the process of resetting her life having just filed for divorce. This was not an easy decision for her to make and I have watched her struggle as she tries to find herself again. Slowly her confidence is coming back. She almost never takes selfies of herself but lately that has also been changing. I couldn't resist scrapping this one .... Back On The Market ...

I created my background by combining several different pattern papers. What is a girl to do when she can't make up her mind with so many beautiful pattern papers to choose from, I used a circle leaf frame cut file from JustNick Studios to frame my photo and then clustered embellishments all around it. Those birds are a definite favorite!

On the other side of the photo I placed a Library Pocket. These pockets are so fabulous for adding little journaling tidbits. You can also see a Reset Girl Metal Clip here. I added lots of machine stitching on this layout, some in brown and some in white.
I used the Sticker Alphas to create my title. I love that they look like typewriter keys. A little Washi Tape draws your eye to the title.
In the lower corner I layered Chipboard Stickers with some Bits and Pieces die cuts. I used the Reset Girl Roller Stamp for the "hey gorgeous" and the faux stitching.
I really love how this layout turned out.

My second layout also features this same daughter, only this photo was taken almost 10 years ago as she was having her hair done for her Senior Prom. I wanted to create a large title that once again showcased all the lovely pattern papers in the Reset Girl collection. Here is You Look Fabuous...

I created a quilted look on the background of this layout using another JustNick Studios digital cut file to create my quilt pieces and I machine stitched over the top ... lots of machine stitching! I strategically positioned patterned paper underneath in a few spots first.
The title was created using some of the Sticker Alphas, the Chipboard Sticker eyeglasses for the "oo" in Look, and by backing different pattern papers underneath the large digital die cut outline alphas. Some of the pattern papers I used come from The Reset Girl Simple Basics Kit. I could not resist using another of those fabulous birds to embellish with! 
Once again a Library Pocket holds my journalling. To highlight my photo I used more Washi Tape to frame it and another Metal Clip. The Word Label Stickers work so well on the tab Bits and Pieces die cuts.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!


I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that there are some pretty strong views in the scrapbooking community when it comes to journalling.

Now I might be wrong, but personally, I enjoy both the pleasure of creating a beautiful visual memory and capturing the details, but not always at the same time. Am I ‘wrong’ to think like that? Well that is up to personal preference, but I will say, that I feel incredibly lucky to have this creative outlet. We are able to express ourselves with beautiful and functional products that help us capture exactly what we need, depending on how we are feeling at the time. I’m a firm believer in there not being any rules in scrapbooking. If it makes sense to you, that is what is important. They are your memories, in your albums. If you want to paint today and fussy cut tomorrow, go for it! If a project turns out to have more artwork than documentation, does it really matter? This beautiful life hands us fresh starts and new experiences every day. How wonderful to be able to capture them all.

Dear Jaime

I knew from the start that I wanted to tell a story with this project. The photo of my beautiful niece taken on holiday recently, really made me realise just how quickly time passes. It feels like it was just the other day that I was holding a bouncing baby J in my arms! The tones of The Reset Girl collection were a perfect match to boot!

I started off by feeding a 12x12 sheet of ‘Get Your Crafty On’ into my typewriter. I already had the design sort of worked out in my head, so I typed my journalling where I thought it would work best. I then went about creatine some soft detail with the help of some texture paste and stencil. This bird detail serves to strengthen the them as well as serve as a branchy base for my fine feathered friends.
I warned in my little highlights video that I had the urge to fussy cut aaalllll the birdies out of a sheet of Ready, Set, Reset! hehe. I just love them!
I’ve arranged them on a ‘wire’ of sorts. Growing and spreading their wings, just like my niece.
That cute paper airplane is from a pack of So Rad Clear Stickers.
One of my many favourites from The Reset Girl collection are the Library Pockets. How fabulously nostalgic they are! Took me straight back to my primary school borrowing days. I’ve popped my photo inside the pocket and then punched a little hole in the top right corner. For a bit of youthful fun, I’ve threaded a small ball chain through the hole and connected it to a die cut shape from the Bits & Pieces pack.
By comparison, this next page has very little journalling. Instead, I have chosen some very fitting word labels from the new Carpe Diem Posh collection, to convey my story.
There is LOTS to love about Posh. The gold foil detail, script elements… the pops of yellow. I also love the feather shapes, which turned out to be the main design element in this project.
To begin with, I cut some feather elements using a metal die and Posh 6x6 pad. The leftovers were too pretty so waste, so I used them as a stencil! Using some double thick cardstock (which is great for wet media) I went over the shapes loosely with a water brush pen and some watercolours. 
I focused the watercolour feathers in a vertical line through the centre of my page. This allowed me to build up more and more elements around them, using the same shape but in different weights and media.
Some vellum feathers added lots of interest to the background, without overwhelming the eye. I think they add a good sense of movement to the page too - like the many thoughts we have in our heads sometimes.
Another feathery element I added were some washi tape feathers. These are super quick to create yourself. Simply lay a length of washi along some fine beading/floristry wire. (Make sure you have enough so that when it’s folded over in half, your feather is not too short.) Then cut a leaflike shape using some scissors. Finally, cut in at an angle to create the barbs.
TIP: Bend your wire a bit so it’s not perfectly flat and fluff your feather up so you can see the details. 
This large stitched feather on the RHS also adds some texture and interest to the page while keeping a low profile in muted tones.
These word labels say it all at the moment!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and allowing me to share my thought-to-page projects. Wishing you many hours of happy  crafting.



Hello everyone! Leah here with you today to show you how I’m using my planner to organize my finances. I know what you’re thinking…what a boring topic, right? Finances can be very overwhelming to talk about. There are tons of useful tools available to manage your finances electronically, but for those of you like me, who also like working on paper, I want to show you how I have set up my Financial Planner.

At the beginning of the year when I was writing out my goals for 2016, two of the biggest ones were relating to money, mainly paying down as much debt as possible and saving up a down payment for our first home. I always had the intention of setting up a separate planner specifically for managing my budget and debt repayment. I have spent several months deliberating how I would organize this planner and what components were necessary to help me accomplish my goals.

I would like to be very candid with you all. When I got married, my husband and I both brought significant debt to the table. Between school loans and credit card debt accrued during trying times when we were less financially stable, I had to accept that the financial goals I had for our future were going to take time and unwavering diligence to achieve. The last several months, we have made several cut backs so that we could aggressively pay down our debt. However, it did not take long for me to realize how much little purchases can add up. We were living so frugally, or so I thought, but our debt did not seem to be decreasing. I decided it was time to finally sit down and set up a tangible resource that would allow me to organize a budget, closely monitor spending, and create visual incentives to keep me encouraged and on track. As I started setting up this planner and tracking our spending and debt repayment, I realized a few things: 1) We had actually made quite a lot of progress in the last few months, but 2) our total debt was much larger than I originally thought, and 3) we were still wasting quite a bit of money on frivolous spending. At this point, I was feeling very overwhelmed. However, I was looking forward to getting everything down on paper.

To make this planner feel a little less daunting, I started by creating some decoration. The pockets of my Ballerina Pink Carpe Diem planner were clearly WAITING to be decorated. How could I deny them? The Reset Girl collection has SO much ephemera (my favorite thing)! I used pieces from the Bits and Pieces pack, the Big Bits and Pieces pack, the SN@P! pack, and patterned paper shapes punched from the 6x6 paper pad.  I loaded up the larger secretarial pocket with sticker sheets from the collection that I thought would be most useful in this planner, mainly the more functional stickers. Fortunately, Simple Stories makes super cute functional stickers so no need to sacrifice prettiness for function!

The 12x12 patterned papers available in The Reset Girl collection have such beautiful florals and patterns! I used some of my favorites to create a few dividers.

I ordered the clear laminating stickers for my file tabs online and am still waiting for them to come in, so I cannot label my tabs quite yet. If you’d like to see how I make my dividers, including how I create my tabs and label them, you can check out this older blog post for details.

Even though my tabs aren’t labeled yet, I will walk you through my setup. I put my favorite divider up front and center. The first section will be titled “Inbox.”

This section has a folder that will hold receipts and important papers/notes that need to be filed away later.

I love this big typewriter from the Big Bits & Pieces so much that I laminated it for protection so it can peek out at the top of my planner. The clear sticker quote fits perfectly on the typewriter page. How pretty is that font?! I also added a little floral die cut.

On the bottom of the folder, I layered some washi tape under a pencil die cut and word strip sticker, and embellished with a chipboard flower. I also punched a banner out of a patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad.

Below is an insert that came in the planner and it has a vision board design on the other side. I actually flipped this page upside down so that the spotted pattern was on the front and the vision board was on the back. I laminated this page so it can act as a dashboard. I can change out the card on the front easily or add sticky notes if I want.

The page below originally had text on it (it was upside down since I flipped it over), so I covered up the words with the pink planner die cut. I decided to turn this page into a vision board for my financial goals. Because the page is laminated, I can change out my goals if they change. Most of them are long term for now, but I might change them to be shorter term goals at some point. I added all the décor after I laminated the page, so most of it is removable if I want to change it up later as well. I love having so much flexibility!  All the décor I used is either The Reset Girl washi tape or ephemera from the Bits and Pieces packs.

The next section in my planner will be titled “Spending.” This section has the monthly calendar and vertical weekly inserts included in the Ballerina planner. At the front of each month, there is a habit tracker that I am using as a “no spend” chart for September. I get a gold circle on the days where I spend less than $20 on “extra expenses” I do not need (not including re-occurring payments like subscriptions and membership fees).

I added minimal decoration on this page and the page next to it. I used a card from the SN@P! pack, a couple stickers and some washi. The flag with the glasses came in the Reset Girl Dashboards set.

As we get further into this section, you will see less and less decoration. The calendar inserts are where I start getting into the nitty gritty of my budget and spending. Crunching numbers and maintaining discipline in tracking this area of my life is difficult enough without adding pressure to decorate. Plus, I want to keep these pages neat and tidy.

On the monthly inserts, I used a ruler to draw a diagonal line through each day. The number highlighted in mint is the total amount of money I had to spend on rent, bills, groceries and other necessary expenses. The number highlighted in pink is total money spent on things I do not need for the day. At the end of the month, I will add up the amount spent on “needs” versus “wants,” and my goal is to show a decrease in money spent on “wants” each month. In the notes column, I have a list of upcoming expenses I am expecting this month. I also have an area where I will record the total amount paid towards credit cards and the total remaining balance left on all credit cards. At the bottom of the column, I have drawn a jar where I plan to record how much I am saving throughout the month – the goal being to save $50 a week.

I am pretty excited about this next idea I’m going to show you. I am using a 4x6 clear pocket insert to hold receipts accumulated throughout the month. I will be using the receipts as well as online banking to track my spending in detail on the weekly inserts, so I needed somewhere to store these receipts. I used a couple of 4x6 cards from the SN@P! pack to make the receipts less of an eye sore. The coolest part about using a clear pocket here is that the slick surface allows me to stick things to it easily. On one side, I used some washi tape to hold a picture in place, which I can change out anytime. I stuck a few sticky notes onto the other side.

The cute pink coffee mug is from the Reset Girl Dashboards set. I also added a page from the bookmark tablet for notes/lists.

Moving onto the vertical weekly inserts, this is where I am tracking itemized spending in detail. The vertical inserts are perfect for this because I have divided my spending into 3 categories. The top box is for priorities, things I HAVE to pay. I labeled this box using the roller stamp from the Planner Essentials collection.

The middle section is for “extra spending/wants,” things I do NOT need. Sadly, I am off to a bad start for this month due to a weekend spent with friends and family and eating out. The bottom section is for re-occurring payments like subscriptions and membership fees. This is also where I will list planned extra expenses, like birthdays or other situations that might call for extra spending. This section will also be classified as “wants.” I love the few lines at the bottom of each day because it gives me a place to calculate totals. The first line is where I note total deposits to checking/savings accounts. The second line is the total spent on “needs,” the sum of expenses in the Priorities box. The bottom line is the sum of the expenses in the middle and last box for each day, the “wants.” These daily totals are the numbers I carry over to the monthly calendar each day.

In the notes column on the right, I have totaled up the numbers for the whole week. I created a visual demonstration using a pie chart to illustrate percent of spending on needs versus wants for the whole week. Ideally, the percent spent on “wants” would be much less. This planner is still a work in progress. 

For now, I am just tracking spending for September. At the end of the month, I am going to use those numbers to generate a monthly budget and savings plan. Once I have a budget set, I will report whether I stayed in budget or went over budget in the bottom of the notes column each week. The last section in my planner is dedicated to Debt Repayment tracking. I did not take pictures of that because it has too much personal account information.

Below is a peek at my essentials for daily financial planning: a good cup of coffee, a bag of erasable pens and highlighters, a couple washi tapes, my planner, and my phone. I use my phone for a calculator and to view my online banking.

When I started this process, I felt so overwhelmed. Now that I have this planner set up, I feel like I have a plan of action and am actively working towards reaching my financial goals. The most important thing to remember in achieving any difficult goal is that it’s a journey that takes time and commitment. My mantra right now is “One day at a time.” I can do this! What is your biggest goal for 2016? Have you considered setting up a planner specifically for helping you accomplish that goal? I love being able to take out this planner and dedicate intentional time working towards specific goals. If you have any questions about my financial planner setup, please ask here in the comments or hop over to my Instagram. I will be happy to give more details!



Hello Friends, It’s Kristine Davidson with you today.  I was lucky enough to get to play with the NEW Posh collection this month. Those colors are so fabulous and all these papers in the collection match together creating a fabulous page!  I am going to show you 2 of my latest layouts created using the Posh Collection.  

The first layout I'll be sharing is called " Everyday"

I started this page with a piece of white cardstock and then used a cut file for the background details. I thought having a white background would make all these wonderful colors in this collection POP just a little more.

I cut up strips of paper with a variety in width and all measuring 12". I placed them one on top of each other and did a little bit of sewing. 

I didn't use that many bits and pieces on this layout because my intention was to use more patterned papers. I didn't want to make the page too busy by having tons of embellishments. I did use some but I didn't over do it. At least I don't think so ;)

I added journal strips again on my layout. Those strips are kind of my easy way to add journaling and I enjoy seeing them on my pages.


My Second layout for you today is called "Shine and Sparkle"

This Posh collection has such a variety of pattern and one of my favorites is the one called Live Simply.

If you take a look at this page it contains 4 colors and all match with the Posh collection obviously.  This paper is so versatile, you can cut strips, cut all 4 blocks, or perhaps like I did just sew each color.  It has so many possibilities as a full piece or a background.

I added my strips, and cluster of chipboard with Bits & Pieces from the collection. I used the gold coloured chipboard pieces Shine and also Sparkle to create my title. Simple and Effective!

To see more of my work you can find me on instagram @KristineDavidson.  Thank you so much for reading and being a fan of Simple Stories!


Hi everybody ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am excited to share a few Halloween themed pocket pages that I created. Last year our neighborhood blocked off a street and held a Halloween Festival. The new collection called Happy Haunting was perfect for this project. The colors are amazing, not to light and not to dark. The sticker sheet is perfect and now I am going to need a few more for all of my Halloween pages. 
One of the things that I love to do is to print a photo onto vellum for a different look. I had this photo of the street view where the festival was being held. The quality was not so great so I decided to print it out onto some vellum. Then I added the year and put in front of the this 4x6 filler card. 
This collection has a variety of journaling cards that I used to help me create these pages. One more thing that I did this time is to use stickers to make your own journaling cards. I used the spider web and a few other stickers to create a journaling card. 
One of my daughters dressed up as Harry Potter last year. The black cauldron filler card was perfect for this page. I added a few embellishments and the letter K for my daughters name and there you have it. 
Let's talk about the right side of my spread. I wanted to do something different. I used a design 7 pocket page to have a little bit more room to be creative. This pocket page has 3 4x6 pockets and a 6x12 pocket. With the 6x12 pocket I treated it like a traditional page and it was a fun change. Since I used some vellum on the left side of my spread I wanted to use it on the right side as well. I added some vellum on top of the Happy Haunting journaling card that I cut down to fit under the chipboard frame. I finished this page off with a few more embellishments. 
On the bottom of the 6x12 page I layered some patterned paper and some embellishments underneath my journaling.
Yes, I did it again. I printed off another photo onto some vellum. The great thing about vellum is that you don't need a photo printer to do it. A simple inkjet printer will do, printing on the lowest quality setting and letting it dry for a few minutes. So go ahead and try it one of these days.
I started out this 4x6 pocket with adding two smaller photos onto a 4x6 sheet. I printed one of them on the photo paper and one of them onto vellum.  I decided to add some journaling underneath the photo. 
Thanks for coming by today ! Being able to create these pages totally has me craving cooler weather, everything pumpkin, and Halloween candy. I hope that you have found some inspiration for all those Halloween photos that I know you have. 


Hi everyone!  Theresa here with a look into my Carpe Diem planner for September.  I couldn't be more ready for Fall to come and the Hello Fall collection is perfect for welcoming the season.   I used the wood grain patterned paper to place behind the clear "Choose to Shine" dashboard.  A simple way to change up the look of your planner every month.

I chose a flower pattern from the collection to cover the existing September divider.

I love all the warm colors, and they go perfect  with my Marigold planner!  

I decided to try out the daily inserts this month.  I love having the hourly schedule and still having plenty of space for to do's, lists, notes and fun fall embellishments!  Who's ready for pumpkin everything?!?!