May 2017 Blog Posts

Hi everyone, Kelly here today with a new blog post. I am going to show you a fun and easy way to create your own pretty sticker storage binder to store all your planner stickers in one place.

 

As a base I used a pink SN@P binder, 4x6 clear Pocket Pages, some scrapbook papers and of course stickers to put in the inserts. Now I am going to show you how I created the dividers!

Because of my love for pastel colors I decided to use the SN@P! Lights Color Vibe papers as my dashboard and dividers. First, I cut the scrapbook papers down to size (7x8.5 inch) using a cutting board, but you can also use a ruler and scissors. Next, I punched 2 holes using a Pocket Page sheet as a template to know exactly where I needed to punch.

Now that the dividers are the right size it is time to make our own tabs. I found some tabs in an old pack of diecuts to use as a template. I traced them on leftover scrapbook paper pieces and then cut them out. 

As an end result, you have your own DIY tabs in matching colors to glue on the dividers.

The next step is to grab all your stickers and put them in the clear Pocket Pages. I decided to divide my stickers into 4 categories: Collections, Summer, Functional and Alpha’s. Because the alpha sheets are a little bit bigger than 4x6inch, I trimmed the borders of each sticker sheet a little bit to make them fit in the pocket pages easily.

Now that my stickers are all in the Pocket Pages it is time to put them in the binder.

I love decorating and decided to use some journaling cards and stickers from the Faith collection to decorate the pink dashboard and 4 dividers. With the alpha stickers I wrote ‘ Sticker book’ and I used some flower pieces and little butterfly stickers to decorate the page.

To decorate the dividers I created pockets on all of them to put even more sticker sheets in there! I used a 4x6 journaling card and only glued the bottom and sides of the card so that you can slide 2-4 sticker sheets in there.

The third divider is for functional stickers such as date numbers, icons and label stickers. I have so many functional stickers for my planner, I think I can fill a full binder with those alone!

The last divider is for my alpha stickers, so ofcourse I slided some alpha sheets in the pocket as well.

The end result is 1 front dashboard and 4 decorated dividers with little pockets to put even more sticker sheets in there.

I love this binder because now I can flip through the binder and see all the stickers I have. I can grab my planner, some washi tapes, and my sticker binder and plan everywhere I want and have all my supplies with me!

I hope you liked this blogpost and got inspired to create your own sticker storage binder! For more inspiring planner posts go to my instagram account: createplannernl.  Have a great day!

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Hello everyone! It's Lisa Dickinson here today and I'm excited to be sharing my recent obsession with double pagers! I love the larger canvas for creating and the fact that they hold lots and lots of photos. My only issue with the double-page spread is that I use 3-ring albums, which creates a significant gap in the middle of my two page spreads. My solution? Create a two-pager that also works as two stand-alone pages!

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On both of these pages, I'm working with the new Summer Days collection, which is ideal for documenting these last days of school as well as the warm weather events happening all summer! For the left half of the page, I chose to use one photo enlarged to 11x7 and layered a bold die-cut title over it. Below the photo, I punched out ten 2-inch squares from the Summer Days patterned papers and layered them with chipboard, die cuts, brads, stickers & journaling strips.

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On the right half of the page, I continued the grid design but used slightly larger (2.25") squares. In addition to eight photos from my daughter's last day of school, I alternated the 16-square grid with eight more patterned paper squares. 

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Once again, I layered the patterned squares with coordinating Summer Days pieces and also used one as a journaling block. I tried to select a variety of accents that reinforced the page theme and brought lots of color and texture to the design.

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To keep the two-pager from being awkwardly divided by the 3-ring album gap, I kept all the page elements with the 12x12 margins and didn't allow anything to cross over the center line. But the common design element of squares, as well as the coordinating papers, keep this spread looking harmonious. And while each page certainly can stand alone, the double-pager helps tell the story of the day with more detail (even with the dilemma of the gap!)

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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Happy Memorial Day everyone!  It's Traci, from Artsy Albums, back to share my latest Sn@p album with you.  I decided to make an album that highlights my life in 2017.  Everything from time spent with family and friends, to trips and celebrations.  I also wanted to incorporate my spiritual side ... prayers, bible study notes, etc.  The Faith collection was perfect for all of this.

 
I used white card stock, and covered it with papers from the Faith 12x12 collection, as well as the 6x8 paper pad.  The title on one of the 3x4 elements cards, "Hope, Faith, and Miracles" was perfect for my cover, especially since we welcomed a new little miracle to our family last year.  
 
I really like incorporating the 4x6 vertical page protectors into my Sn@p albums ... it allows me to include extra journaling spots, photos, and the collection's awesome 4x6 element cards. 
 
Our little miracle doesn't look too happy in this photo (smile). 
 
 
I make a lot of flip cards and pockets in my albums.  I think it makes the album more interesting, and it help me to get more photos and journaling on my pages.
This "Pray" sticker is from the 4x6 Faith sticker package.  These packs are great because they have alpha/number stickers, tabs, icons and small captions that are perfect for smaller spaces like mini albums and planners.
These photos are from a recent trip my husband and I took to Greenville, SC with some friends.  We went on a Segway tour of the city.  If you've never done this, do it!  It's a lot of fun,  and pretty easy after 10 minutes of practice.  
 
For Mother's Day we visited my in laws in Chattanooga.  I usually don't take tons of photos on weekend trips, so my Sn@p album pockets are perfect for documenting the highlights.  The chipboard globe in the Faith collection reminds me of travel .... so cute!
What can I say ... this little sweetness has my heart!  Having a granddaughter has been one of the biggest joys in my life.  I'm sure when I look back on my 2017 album in the future, most of the photos will be of her, ha ha!  
 
Well thanks for letting me share a few pages of my 2017 album with you!  I hope you'll stop by my Artsy Albums blog and say hello sometime!  

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Hi there, Nathalie here with some new projects using some of the fun and beautiful collections from Simple Stories.  

This time i chose to document two different snapshots of my fun loving family!, and the new collections Cabin Fever and Emoji love were perfect to bring this pictures to live.  Let me show you:

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My husband is passionate about camping and the great outdoors, something he has passed on to our kids.  For this picture of our family hiking around Lake Simcoe, I used the colors and patterns in the new Cabin Fever collection to complete this page.

To create the background, two cut files from the Cut Shoppe were fused together to create a compass. The  star in the middle of the compass was backed with vellum, while the two outer rings of the compass were back with the 'Roughing It', and 'Under The Stars' papers from the collection.  The compass was then glued to the right of the b side of the " Nature  Hike" paper, and trimmed to fit within the edge of the page.

There are so many coordinating embellishments in this collection, that i just had to use as many as i could to frame the picture.   I layered some of the 4x6  element cut-out cards from the collection behind the picture, and glued it between the N and W corner of the compass.   I created the first cluster at the center of the compass by using some sentiments from the Combo Sticker sheet, Bits and Pieces, and 4x6 sticker sheets.

A second cluster was created around the top corner of the picture, here i used pulled some of the beautiful flower chipboard stickers, the boot print brad, and some stickers and die cuts from the collection.  I love the brads from this collection!,  in fact I am hoarding a few of them in my stash!!

Can you tell I love cut files?  I used another design from the Cut Shoppe to create the title of this piece, I used the remaining piece of the "Under the Stars" paper to back the cut-out, and glued it below the picture.  I had to repeat the foot print design -as in the brad-, and chose the Chipboard stickers;   this time, a small cluster was created with some of the Bits and pieces, Combo sticker sheet and another brad ( i love the brads!!!). 

To finish the page, I trimmed a bit of the left and bottom edges of the page, and glued the entire mat to the "Summer Camp" paper from the collection.  I added  a few lines of journal around the perimeter of the compass to complete this page.   I love how i was able to combine the picture with the earthy tones of this collection.   Trust me, you need a bit of Cabin Fever to document your outdoorsy adventures!

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This project is all about the super fun Emoji Love collection, and one of the funniest pictures of my 3 kids.   Sometimes the stars align, and you get that lucky shot, this is exactly how this picture came to be, and  the best way to document it was using all the icons in the collection.

The idea for this layout came after sharing this picture with my family overseas.   It all started from a camera snapshot, followed by the picture going to our family group, and then the reactions  are still coming in.  So, I started by recreating the camera icon in this collection.  I drew the image on trace paper, and used it to build the icon from papers from the 6x8 paper pad and some hand stitching.   This took a bit of time, as I wanted to add details, and texture to this element.

To make the colors of this layout shine, I opted to use white cardstock as the base.  I cut two wide strips of  "YAY" paper, and glued it to the sides of the cardstock; next  two strips of the "Too Cool" paper were cut ( narrower than the previous strips), and glued on top of the previous strips.   The finished camera element was then glued to the bottom of the page, and I used Chipboard stickers, die cut pieces, the combo sticker sheet , and brads to add the cluster on the camera.

To recreate the posting, I cut a speech bubble out of cardstock, and used it to frame the picture of my kids. It was then glued above the camera element, and lots of icons were then glued around it.  Since there is so many icons, speech bubbles and emojis in the collection, I pulled pieces from all the embellishments in the collection to create the clusters around the picture.  I even used the LOL chipboard sticker as the title for this piece.  Here is final layout:

OMG, this layout is just the perfect representation of  this social media post.   I love it!.   The emoji collection is by far one of the funnest collections to date.

I hope the two projects  here inspire you to document those fun family moments. The new Simple Stories collection are so diverse, fun, innovative that you can easily scrap from outdoor hikes to the common social media post.  The possibilities are infinite with the new Simple Stories collections.  I cannot wait to see what you create with them.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Hello Everyone! It's Jomelle here today sharing my project using the Faith collection. I was raised in a religious family. Growing up, I remember that we always go to church for mass every Sunday. I even went to Catholic School during my Elementary Days. Having my own family, I truly try my best to keep the Christian Catholic Faith. Part of that is to have my children attend Faith Formation Education Classes and to make sure that they receive the Sacraments of Initiation.

The Faith Collection is perfect for my memory keeping of the Holy Sacraments that my family celebrate and will celebrate in the future.
 

This is what I call "Pocket Love" I used mostly bits and pieces to decorate my pockets. I love the hint of yellow everywhere.
 

The cover of this Doc it Journal is already beautiful. I just added some butterfly chipboard stickers and some enamel dots to add a little 3D effect.
 

 

 I used lots of layering to decorate the cover page of my journal. I love using doilies and have them peeking out from behind.
 

Here is the first Sacrament of Initiation-Baptism. I wanted to document my daughter's baptism to remember the day she was welcomed into the Christian world and became the child of God. This is a very special occasion for her and for our family.
 

 
I was lucky enough that one of our family member was able to photograph my daughter being baptized. 
 

Close up of the picture where my daughter is being baptized with the Holy water.
 

 I made a peek-a-boo page. The scallops edges also adds a nice touch to this page.
 

Next Sacrament of Initiation is the First Holy Communion.
 

 
My son Jaden's First  Holy Communion. This was a big deal for my son. He was actually excited and I was excited for him because he now knows the meaning behind taking the "bread" during Sunday mass. I wanted him to know that is he receiving Jesus into our body and soul.
 

I actually ran out of some letters of the alpha stickers in the same color to spell the words I wanted on this page, so ended up using both colors. I didn't think I was going to like it but it actually turned out pretty good.
 

I had to take a picture of this eye candy bits and pieces and washi tapes. I always use these with all my planner projects. They are super fun and I just love the vivid colors.
 

 
Thank you for stopping by. I hope to add more in my Faith Memory keeping Journal in the future when my oldest son receives his Confirmation. Have a nice day!

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Happy Friday, friends!  It's Layle back with you again today for the final day of our Spring 2017 Carpe Diem Reveal!  If you missed us this week, you can catch Day 1 here & Day 2 here.   You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Who's ready for Day 3 of our Carpe Diem Release?!  Today brings two MORE new A5 a la carte planners, a bunch of new Essentials, and more!!  

Two years ago we introduced the original Carpe Diem collection - a bright, cheery selection of A5 Boxed Sets & playful planning accessories.  We're super excited to introduce additonal products that coordinate with that original collection, including two brand new printed a la carte A5 planners!  These new Carpe Diem planners & accessories are shipping in June - YES!, that's next month!!  

You're going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new Floral Dot and Black Speckle planners - 

Monthly Inserts are available a la carte so you can add to either of these new A5 planners or to your existing planner.

Gorgeous Dividers for customizing and adding additional sections to your planner - 

Pockets - perfect for tucking stickers & other accessories in for planning on the go

Dashboards & Pocket Cards - perfect for adding a little decorative touch

Our Bookmark Tablets are great for note taking & storing in the back inside pocket of our planners for easy access

Insta Quote Stickers are sized to fit the squares on your Monthly Dividers - a quick & easy way to decorate with style!

Wrapping things up are the Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers.  With 9 4x6 sticker sheets of dated calendars - July 2017 through December 2018 - and 6 stickers for each month, they're great for not only adding to your Monthly spread, but also to each of your weekly spreads as well!

So, what do you think so far?!  Are you excited?  Well, hold on to your hats - I mentioned we also have introduced a slew of new Planner Essentials - those workhorse products that you'll keep going back to again and again and again!  

Hip hip hooray - the A5 Punch is on its way!  Shipping to retailers in early June!!

To kick things off, how about Seasons Sticker Tablets in both A5 and Personal sizes?  With 12 sticker sheets - one for each month of the year! - you'll have an assortment of coordinating stickers for each month at your fingertips to decorate your planner as the months & seasons change!

With gorgeous, neutral designs, these next products make it easy to incorporate into your daily planning, regardless of your planning style.

New Bookmarks - both A5 and Personal - make it a breeze to mark your spot in your planner for quick & easy access

How about A5 and Personal Bookmark Tablets

With the addition of Personal planners this release, we couldn't skip these essentials - Personal Daily and Horizontal Weekly Inserts!

Although not part of the Planner Essentials collection, we just knew these next 2 products were a necessity after seeing the response to their A5 counterparts released earlier this year - introducing Faith Inserts and a Sticker Tablet, sized for Personal planners :)

So there you have it, the final day of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories!  The New Carpe Diem planners & accessories featured on this post along with the A5 Punch are shipping to retailers early June Bliss; the Planner Essentials products ship in September.   

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win either the Floral Dot or Black Speckle A5 a la carte planner?!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and/or CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday, June 1st, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think the final day of of our Carpe Diem release!

Thanks so much for joining us this week, we loved sharing all of our new products with you!   

Good morning!  Layle back with you again today for the 2nd of 3 days of our Spring 2017 Carpe Diem Reveal!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch yesterday's reveal here.   Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for one final day of new products + another chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Who's ready for Day 2 of our Carpe Diem Release?!  Today brings two MORE brand new designs - Bliss and Good Vibes - along with a new A5 boxed set, another gorgeous 16 month dated spiral planner, a 3rd Traveler's Notebook and more!!  

Our Grape A5 a la carte planner has been so popular since we released it in January, we knew we wanted to follow up with a Boxed Set!  Bliss is the beautiful new line of inserts & accessories - 

Here's a little peek into the Boxed Sets inserts, including a gorgeous gold foil acetate dashboard AND 3 sticker sheets to jump start your planning, right out of the box!

When it comes to Bliss A5 accessories, we've got you covered.  Of course, we've also added the A5 Bliss Monthly Insert set a la carte so you can add to your existing planners :)

Our Sticker Tablets were so popular with our Winter release that we just had to release them with Bliss as well!   With 12 full sheets of stickers in each A5 tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Sticky Notes - adhered to a heavy, punched clear acetate sheet, perfect for inserting directly into your A5 planner.

And of course, we couldn't leave out the beloved Washi Tape!

So, what do you think so far?!  Are you excited?  Well, hold on to your hats - I mentioned not one but two new designs in today's release, so let me also introduce you to Good Vibes

Kicking off the new Good Vibes collection is the 2nd of our two NEW Spiral PlannersDated - yes, DATED!! - September 2017 through December 2018, with gold rings and metal corners, 2 sticker sheets and gold foil accents throughout, you're going to love this new addition to the Carpe Diem line of products!

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Good news, if you're loving the vibe of Good Vibes, we're also offering a Personal Monthly Insert Set that you can use to customize one of the brand new a la carte Carpe Diem Personal Planners !   

How about a mini sticker tablet, perfect for adding to both your Good Vibes Spiral planner AND Personal Inserts?!   With 12 full sheets of stickers in each tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Rounding out the Good Vibes accessories is the Aztec Black & White Traveler's Notebook, the 3rd of our new Traveler's Notebooks.  Don't you just love this pattern?!

 

So there you have it, part 2 of 3 full days of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories.  Bliss & Good Vibes are shipping to retailers in September, with the exception of the Good Vibes Spiral Planner which ships in early August!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a new Bliss A5 Boxed Set or Aztec Black & White Traveler's Notebook?  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and/or CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday, June 1st, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Day 2 of of our Carpe Diem release!

And remember, there's still one more fun filled days of amazing new Carpe Diem designs, so meet me back here tomorrow morning!   

 

 

Hello!  It's Layle Koncar, Simple Stories Marketing Director here today to share some pretty exciting news!  We've been in New York City this week exhibiting at the National Stationery show & that means a HUGE new Carpe Diem release - hooray!!  Today is the first of THREE ful days of brand new planners & accessories that we can't wait to share with you!  This is a big one friends, make sure to read to the end of the post for chances to win some of these fabulous new products before you can buy them :)

You also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Today brings two brand new designs - Bloom and Beautiful - with new A5 planners & boxed sets, PERSONAL planners - yes!, 16 month dated spiral planners, Traveler's Notebooks & Inserts and more!!  

 

To kick things off - how about some gorgeous prints, Personals & Boxed Sets with Bloom?  With Bloom you'll find a fun Black Blossom and Robin's Egg Personal sized planners,  available a la carte as well as in a Boxed Set.  In addition, how about a Cream Blossom and Clover also available as A5 Boxed Sets?!

Here's a little peek into the Boxed Sets inserts, including a gorgeous gold foil acetate dashboard AND 3 sticker sheets to jump start your planning, right out of the box!

When it comes to Bloom accessories, we've got you covered.  Of course, we've also added the Bloom Monthly Insert sets a la carte in both A5 AND Personal sizes so you can add to your existing planners :)

We've had our Doc It Journals now for quite a while and one of the biggest questions we've been getting is 'when will you introduce Traveler's Notebooks'?  Well, you asked and we delivered!  

Our Sticker Tablets were so popular with our Winter release that we just had to release them with Bloom as well!  Even better, the tablets are now sized for A5 or Personal planners, so you'll have just the size sticker you need.  With 12 full sheets of stickers in each tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Sticky Notes - adhered to a heavy, punched clear acetate sheet, perfect for inserting directly into your planner.  Bonus - also sized for Personal AND A5!

And of course, we couldn't leave out the beloved Washi Tape!

So, what do you think so far?!  Are you excited?  Well, hold on to your hats - I mentioned not one but two new designs in today's release, so let me introduce you to Beautiful!

With Beautiful you'll find a gorgeous mint vintage floral and Blush Personal sized planners, available a la carte as well as in a Boxed Set, and the ever popular Robin's Egg and Blush also available as A5 Boxed Sets!

Here's a little peek into the Boxed Sets inserts, including a gorgeous gold foil acetate dashboard, 3 sticker sheets to jump start your planning right out of the box and gold foil accents throughout!

When it comes to Beautiful accessories, we've got you covered.  For those of you that already have Personal planners or a Carpe Diem A5, the Beautiful Monthly Insert sets are also available a la carte!

Today brings one of two NEW Spiral Planners!  Dated - yes, DATED!! - September 2017 through December 2018, with gold rings and metal corners, 2 sticker sheets and gold foil accents throughout, you're going to love this new addition to the Carpe Diem line of products!

Here's a peek at the insides - 

The gorgeous black vintage floral pattern appearing throughout Beautiful makes a bold statement with this Traveler's Notebook - 

Our Sticker Tablets were so popular with our Winter release that we just had to release them with Beautiful as well!  Even better, the tablets are now sized for A5 or Personal planners, so you'll have just the size sticker you need.  With 12 full sheets of stickers in each tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Sticky Notes - adhered to a heavy, punched clear acetate sheet, perfect for inserting directly into your planner.  Bonus - also sized for Personal AND A5!

And of course, we couldn't leave out the beloved Washi Tape!

 

 

So there you have it, part 1 of 3 full days of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories.  Bloom & Beautiful are shipping to retailers in September, with the exception of the Beautiful Spiral Planner which ships in early August!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a new Bloom or Beautiful A5 or Personal Planner Boxed Set of your choice?   You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and/or CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday, June 1st, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Day 1 of of our Carpe Diem release!

And remember, we have two more fun filled days of amazing new Carpe Diem designs, so meet me back here tomorrow morning!   

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