Pretty Up Your Planner with 12 x 12 Simple Sets

Pretty Up Your Planner with 12 x 12 Simple Sets

Hi everyone, its Meredy and I don’t know about you, but I have been LOVING the Simple Sets that Simple Stories has released.  If you aren’t familiar with these sets they are a small, mini collection that includes (2) sheets each of three double sided cardstock paper, including one sheet of 3x4/4x6 element pieces and (1) 6 x 12 sheet of cardstock stickers.  I wanted to make up a new planner for May and I loved colors and florals in the Mom Simple Set so I thought I would see how I could pretty up my Ivory Carpe Diem planner with this Simple Set.

The first thing I always do is make a Dashboard and fill up the pockets of my planner. I cut apart the page of 3x4/4x6 elements and filled up the pockets!

I used “I Love You Mom” floral paper for the dashboard with a 4x6 card cut out from the “Journaling Card Elements” paper.  I added the LIFE using Black alpha stickers from the Simple Stories Sn@p Line and a Coffee Cup Sticker from the 6 x 12 Cardstock Sticker Sheet included in the set.

The Journaling Cards really brightened up my planner pockets quite easily.  I don’t always like my pockets super stuffed and these cards did the trick.

There are enough papers in the pack to create dividers.  I usually feel overwhelmed by cutting all the papers and gluing them together and adding the tabs. But I used a quick way to make dividers and I am so happy with the end result!

To make quick dividers take a 12 x 12 paper and fold it in half.  Trim down the side opposite the fold and the bottom to the correct size for your planner.  Use a tab punch to punch a tab from the cut away paper.  Use a glue stick on the inside of the paper, stick on the tab at the correct location and fold the paper closed.  Press down until the glue keeps the paper together, punch the holes and you are ready to make the next divider.

The double layer of cardstock makes a perfect divider.  Folding the paper and using the same pattern on the front and back of the divider really cut down on the time it took to make the dividers.  This will probably be my go-to way to make these from now on.  I added 3x4 journaling cards to the front of the dividers for a finishing touch.

Now on to my favorite part, my weekly layout using the 6x12 sheet of Cardstock Stickers! One of my favorite aspects of the pages are the center washi strips I made from the papers in the collection.  I started with the banner sticker on Thursday for my Birthday and I built the pages from there.  I used practically all of the stickers on the sheet to layer up the page.  I also used the Sn@p Line Alphas and some of the 4x6 Black stickers from a few Carpe Diem collections.

Another way to use the 3x4 journaling cards is to cut them down to fit into your layout.  I loved this yellow floral pattern with a small white space—it was perfect for this very important reminder.

Last, I just wanted to show how I used some of the remaining elements to do a bible journaling entry.  Since I have an interleaved bible, the oversized MOM sticker was perfect place to start for this entry.  I cut out the banner from a 3x4 Journaling card, drew in a little extra string and added some heart stickers.

I used a tab punch to make a tab from the “Best Mom Ever” Paper and used a phrase sticker from the Sticker Sheet.

Last I added in a photo of my mother and me (41+  years ago!) wrote the verse and a short journaling entry.  Last I layered up the floral stickers to create a bouquet in the corner and finished it up with a Happy Mother’s Day sticker.

I hope you all enjoyed seeing how many things you can make with these 12x12 Simple Sets—I am in love!  Also, wishing you all out there a happy May and Happy Mother’s Day!