Howdy friends, it's Layle, Marketing Director here at Simple Stories, & I'm back again with my monthly Carpe Diem planner blog feature!
In May I picked up our oldest son from college out of state after finishing his freshman year and we drove home for the summer. During the LONG drive, we talked about lots of things, including music. We were listening to a mash-up, a song created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, and it got me thinking. If it works in music, why not apply it to a planner? So this month I decided to do a 'mash-up' of sorts & mix the Carpe Diem Reset Girl collection with the new Carpe Diem collection, recently released in stores.
A mash-up in music works when there are some common threads between two pieces of music. The same thing applies to a planner mash-up, common threads. So I started looking for elements across both collections that coordinated; I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome, I love the way it turned out! :)
This month I'm using the new Floral Dot planner. I love it! The beautiful pattern on the outside is so feminine & cheery, then you open it up and it's classic and understated with the small black & white polka dots and ivory center. The best part - it coordinates with just about anything!
Two years ago when we released the first edition Carpe Diem planners, they had a black & white polka dot fabric interior. After we released the 2nd edition without it, we had so many people request polka dots that we knew we'd incorporate them again, but in a fun & different way. The polka dots are back, but smaller and spaced more closely together, randomnly.
The pockets are hands down my favorite thing when approaching a new set up, and this month was no exception!
A mix of sticky notes, die cuts, pocket cards, self adhesive brads & clips were the perfect combination to mix both collections.
From there I moved to the intro dashboard. When I approach setting up a new month, these are the 2 areas I really focus on since I see them every time I open my planner, which believe it or not is on a daily basis!
The Reset Girl scrapbook collection had a similar polka dot pattern throughout, so I used one of the 12x12 papers that had a touch of that pattern as the base for my dashboard so it woud coordinate with the inside of the planner. I created a custom acetate dashboard to go on top of the patterned paper -
They're super easy to make - I started with a 12x2 sheet of clear acetate and cut to size, then used an existing bookmark as a template to punch the holes.
Since the acetate is pretty thick, I didn't use the Carpe Diem A5 punch, but I did use it to punch the paper layer of the dashboard - love how easy it is to punch all the holes at once vs using a heavy duty hole punch to punch all 6 holes individually like I had to do with the acetate layer.
From there I took one of the Carpe Diem Planner Decals & adhered to the center of the dashboard. For those of you that have been around the scrapbooking world for a while, they’re kind of like a giant rub-on! A few more stickers to finish it off at the top and voila – a custom dashboard.
The July monthly spread was primarily a combination of stickers from both collections
I tried something a little different this month - I thought I'd give the Vertical Format Weekly Inserts a shot. WOW. When you're used to planning one way and completely change up the orientation, it definitely takes some getting used to!
The Mixed Media retailer trade show takes place here in Salt Lake City, Utah the middle of July, so lot's going on that week! The washi from our Reset Girl collection was a great match with the new Carpe Diem stickers.
I'm teaching a Planners 101 class to retailers the day before the show starts. A number of things I need to make sure I have with me for that class, so I put together a 'dry erase' to do list that I can use over & over again.
I started with this fun Dashboard from the new Carpe Diem Dashboards & Cards pack, I thought it would make for a fun TO DO list. It was a dashboard, so it already had holes pre-punched - I trimmed off the holes then inserted it into one of our 4x6 Vertical Pocket Pages. The pocket pages are designed for our 6x8 SN@P! Binders, but the 2 holes on the pocket pages line up exactly with the top & bottom middle rings in standard A5 sized planners, so I just needed to punch the additional holes and it fit right in :)
I used a wet erase marker to write directly on top of the pocket page, that way I can reuse the To Do list over and over again. Through trial & error I've discovered that a wet erase marker works better than a dry erase, the dry erase tends to rub off with use.
So there you have it, my set up for July. I really love how the mash-up turned out & I had a ball working with 2 different collections at once.
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Until next month, enjoy your summer :)