March 2017 Blog Posts

Hey there! It’s Lori again, and today I’m sharing more behind-the-scenes from the CHA/Creativation show. Today it’s all about our awesome Carpe Diem Emoji Love products!

The Emoji Love Carpe Diem collection is filled with OMGs, LOLs, and of course, emojis! Great for young and not-so-young planner users, this line has a little something for everyone!

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the Emoji Love A5 12 Month Planner Insert Set and see all the FUN & functional products that are included!  Inside you’ll find over 270 pieces of goodies: 12 monthly tabbed dividers, weekly inserts, 1 main dashboard, 1 acetate dashboard, 6 die-cut dashboards, 1 storage pocket, and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

Inside the Emoji Love A5 12 Month Planner Insert Set, you can record your goals, birthdays, #TBHs and #LOLs. Clip and bookmark your pages with our Decorative Clips so you can flip to pages easily.

The 3 pages of Emoji Love stickers included in the insert set are filled with bitty emojis to accent line items in your planner, flags, labels and tabs as well. Aren’t these adorable?!

If the emojis don’t have you falling in love, the colors, the punchy acronyms, and the inspiring designs will surely have you twitterpated!

Grab your Emoji Love Insert Set at a participating retailer soon! To locate an online store or retailer near you, check out our store locator. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they have this insert set in-stock, because they’re selling quickly!

Can’t wait to get inspired? Be sure to follow our Live Love Plan Pinterest board for more than 600! Carpe Diem Planner ideas and inspiration!  




As the month comes to a close and we look towards the rest of 2017 and the exciting things we have in store for you this year,  we say a fond farewell to some of the amazing ladies on this past year's creative team. 

As J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, said -

"Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”

We'll never forget these talented designers we've had with us and the contributions they've each made to Simple Stories and the amazing growth we've experienced this past year.  So, rather than saying goodbye, we'll say a very fond farewell.

We thank these wonderful ladies for sharing their art with us the last 12 months, and for a number of them, the last several years.  We are deeply thankful for their contributions to Simple Stories and the creative ways they have shown you how to use our products -

Alexandra Sirgue-Macleod

Allie Stewart

Jennie Garcia

Laura Whitaker

Marcia Dehn-Nix

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Meka Allen

Missy Whidden

Shei Garcia Pena

Stacy Koo

Theresa Doan

Vicki Boutin



Hello friends! It's Jennifer here to share a fun mini album I created using the new Say Cheese III collection!  I am usually a layout girl but my second love is making mini albums! The SN@P! 4x6 Albums are the perfect size to document your favorite event or trip! Each binder come with a variety of pocket pages as well as eight different journal inserts! I was thrilled to see that Simple Stories added to their Say Cheese collection as all of the lines coordinate!  Of course a new collection means new embellishments such as washi tape, enamel dots, and decorative pins!  

I also love when a plaid print is included in a line; my eye instantly goes to that page and I can't wait to use it!  I layered a strip of the B side of Magical Memories  one of the 4x6 cards from the Say Cheese III SN@P! Pack.  I typed up my journaling on my electric typewriter then added a cute Epoxy Metal Clip and a strip of the 100% Fun Washi Tape!  To accent my journaling, I stamped some sentiments with the Say Cheese III Roller Stamp

The journal pages include grid and ledger prints which are my favorite! They are great for adding larger photos or telling more of your story!  I trimmed my photo down to 4x4 so I could add more embellishments! I layered pieces from the Bits and Pieces pack as well as the SN@P! Pack.  

Here is one of many different pocket pages included with your SN@P! Binder! I used 3x4 cards from the SN@P pack to include about my photo (I love the look on my son's face! LOL).    An easy trick to add depth to your page

I also love the 2x2 slot that are perfect as an accent page in your book!  I used inserts from the SN@P! Pack as well as the smaller stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets.  It's always fun, too, to make a "shaker" space with sequins and smaller die cuts.  

I love utilizing the 3x4 Journaling Cards along with the SN@P Pack pieces! I added a strip of the cute Photo Op Washi Tape to the side of my journaling card. The 2x2 pockets paired with the 4x4 is a fun combo to add smaller accents such as the cut out stars and hearts from the Combo Sticker Sheet

I like to add my own flair to some of the cards in my pocket pages. I used strips of paper underneath the "Castle" Decorative Brad for one of my cards. Also using a favorite hand punch, such as a pennant is a great way to accent your card.   

​Thank you for stopping by today! You can check out the Say Cheese Collections in their entirety by clicking HERE! Have a great day!


Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories.  I'm super excited to share a new quarterly blog feature that I'll be doing with our friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!  Every quarter I'll be sharing a post on their blog about how I've set up my Carpe Diem planner for the upcoming month & insight into how I'm using my planner.

This month I've not only used my planner as a calendar, but also as a Home Planner - I'm loving the way it's progressing!  Below you'll see how I've approached the Home Planning 'stuff'; you'll find more of how I've set up the calendar side of my planner here on their blog to see the rest of April.  

After setting up the month I added the Home Insert Set to my planner along with the Home Doc It Journal to really start getting our home life organized.  You guys!  The Home Insert Set is the bomb & I'm not just saying that because I have to! :)  Seriously, it has EVERYTHING you need to set up a home planner!

Decorative dashboards, a pocket, three full sticker sheets, 6 tabbed dividers AND inserts for the dividers including menu plan, bill payment checklists, budgets, to do lists and more.

This sweet insert (included in the set) is at the start of my planner :)

The pocket is perfect for coralling the receipts, bills, etc that always seem to be floating around our house.  I added the 'get stuff done' card to the front of the pocket - that needs to be my mantra!

I made this functional, reusable To Do list from another card from the SN@P! Pack and Vertical 4x6 Pocket Page.  I punched the extra holes, inserted the card in the pocket to create a dry erase board, of sorts, & then used a WET erase marker to write my list on top of the pocket page.  I emphasized a wet erase marker vs dry - after several attempts, I found that the dry erase was geting streaked as this was a heavily used area of my planner; wet insures the writing will stay until I'm ready for it to come off.  As I complete things, I can take a damp paper towel to 'erase' an item and then add another in its place.  

The tabbed dividers in the insert set have me super excited!  I added stickers from the HOME A5 Sticker Tablet to label them.  I have all kinds of ideas of what I'm going to include in each of the sections.  But the one I am MOST excited about is the Menu Plan - 

First off, how stinkin' cute is the divider?!  'What's for dinner?' - heard repeatedly, every night of the week, every week of the year, year in and year out.  Am I right?!

I added the Menu Plan inserts included in the Insert Set.  And guess what, those Menu Inserts are also sold separately so you can have plenty to keep planning your menus :)

I don't know about you guys, but I feel like I'm constantly scratching my head, trying to come up with a menu for the week.  With these Menu Inserts, I can keep these sheets from week to week and store them in another planner - possibly with the Recipe Inserts!  When I'm sitting down on Sunday to plan the menu for the week, I can grab the past menus and just use those.  HOORAY!!  Can't wait to start doing that.  I'm all about making life easier :)

The last thing I put together as I strive to get things more organized is this spread in the Home Doc It Journal.  I love use Travelers Notebook 'style' notebooks like this for my lists - if you know me, you know how I love my lists!  I'm a big list maker/follower, & if I can cuten them up while I'm making them, why not?  This list, inspired by the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, hits all of the main areas I need to 'purge' in our house.  As I tackle these areas, I'll continue using the journal to keep notes, track progress, etc

The best thing? It slides right in the back pocket of my planner - that way I always have it with me!

So there you have it!  I'm feeling pretty motivated to get the rest of those dividers set up & start tackling that hefty To Do list!  

You’ll find me on Instagram here at @laylekoncar if you want to take a peek at more of my planners & Traveler’s Notebooks!  I'll catch you next month :)







Hello Simple Stories friends! Marcia here today for some layout inspiration with the beautiful Simple Stories Faith collection. This collection has some gorgeous pattern papers along with faith based die cuts and verses and can definitely be used for scrapbooking and cardmaking in addition to Bible journaling. 


For my first layout I Have No Greater Joy, I am not scrapping a religious photo but the photo goes well with the biblical verse I chose to use for my title. I used one of my favorite pattern papers for the background. I didn't want to cover too much of the paper up, so I die cut a larger title and used a single photo in the lower corner. 



The negative space of my title is backed with white cardstock and to emphasize the word Joy, I backed it with a pretty floral pattern paper. Then I added the die cut words using a script font in navy over the top. Mixing fonts and colors in a title adds interest.



I kept the embellishments to a minimum, using only the chipboard sticker butterflies, enamel dots, and a couple of stickers.





For my second layout I really wanted to scrap some photos from my nephew's baptism. In I Am A Child Of God, I used a big sun die cut to symbolize God's grace. I love how bright and happy this turned out.



I added texture by machine stitching the yellow sun rays. The Grace chipboard sticker adds dimension as does the butterfly.



I love this cute little sheep Bits & Pieces die cut. The verse was perfect for my baptism photos too.



Under the photos you can see one of the Faith collection's washi tapes with words of inspiration adorning it. Isn't it beautiful! I embellished with some chipboard sticker flowers, decorative brads and enamel dots.



The 3x4 journaling card makes for a perfect title.



Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!


Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories.  I'm super excited to share a new bi-monthly blog feature that creative team member Leah O'Neil will be doing with our friends at Creative Scrapbooker magazine!  Every other month Leah will be sharing ampost on their blog showing how she decorates and uses her Carpe Diem planner to organize her life, to document the past and present and to plan for the future.  

A few weeks ago Leah shared a very personal post here on our blog about how she is using one of her planners to track and manage her emotional and physical health and anxiety.  She shared a lot in that original post about why & how she set up her planner to help her do that, you can read it and see more photos here

Leah's first post with Creative Scrapbooker magazine dives further into her wellness planner and shows a few specific projects in her planner using the Faith collection.  Here's a little eye candy from her post; head on over to Creative Scrapbooker to see more of Leah's gorgeous work in her planner!




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Visit Simple Stories here in the Silhouette online store & check out these new cut files along with thousands more of your favorite Simple Stories designs!


Hello everyone ! This is Mindi here and I want to welcome you to the blog today. I am going to be sharing some pocket pages using the new Emoji Love collection. I wish I could insert a bunch of Heart Eyed Emoji's right here to try and express my love for this collection. It is so cute and the colors are perfect. Let's get to it shall we. 
Here is what both of my pages look like together. I am so happy that my photos matched the products very well. I always try to make an effort and match them up the best I can to similar colors and products. 
For my title card this time I chose to go with this colorful ink splattered pattern Journaling Card. It was perfect to add some misc. embellishments to. I choose to add in my everyday stories and photos that were all from week 9 and I love how the Emoji collection was a great fit. 
Back in January we went out to a local park and took some fun photos of my daughter Maddie. She is obsessed with Emoji's and I had bought her this Emoji themed shirt and hat. I thought that it would be fun to take some birthday photos in her Emoji attire. Even though the photos were taken a few months ago I knew that I wanted to include some in her birthday week. She turned 10 this particular week. I journaled about her and her Emoji love on this first journaling card. The next pocket has a close up of her Emoji hat. I was beyond thrilled when this collection came out, especially since she had this pink hat and shirt that totally matched the color scheme. 
Here is a close up of the journaling card and photo. I knew I wanted to use this chipboard unicorn somewhere on this spread and since Maddie loves unicorns it seemed to fit. I also added a label on the bottom of the journaling card and added some stamps from the roller date stamp. 
Here is one last look at the left side of my spread. 
This is the right side. More everyday life, blooming flowers, pizza days and more emoji's. 
During this week we have been spending some time outside and even went away for a few days over the weekend. I added a few different photos of the outdoors and I was so happy that they matched the color scheme so well. 
When I am putting together my spreads I typically will include a few 3x4 photos and then adding in journaling cards. I was able to add in a few fun stories about the week including one of them on that texting card. That card was so perfect for this day and age. I am not sure about you but I go to great lengths to add as many emoji's as possible in some of my texts. Especially the ones to my family. It will be fun to look back on this little piece of popular culture in the future. I added that clear sticker that says Talk Emoji To Me. It was one of my favorites and I am so happy that I was able to add it in this weeks spread. 
We happened to have a pizza night this week. I was out shopping with Maddie one night. We were out way later that we had planned and so I texted my husband and asked him to pick up some pizza for dinner. I snapped a photo of the empty pizza box the next day and decided to add the photo in a 3x4 size. That allowed me to add my story alongside my photo all in one 4x6 slot. 
One last close up that I want to point out. Over the weekend we had this amazing sunset that I wanted to document. I kept the embellishing simple with only adding a few labels in the bottom corner of the photo. I added a few random stamps from the roller stamp and then finished it off with a clear sticker and some enamel dots. 
That is a wrap for me everybody. Thanks so much for coming to the blog today. I want you guys to know that the emoji collection can be for so many different projects and scrapbook pages. It was so fun to work with and I hope I have given you some inspiration.