Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day!   We’re thrilled to participate in the worldwide celebration, focusing on all things scrapooking & paper crafting!  In honor of this super fun day, we have not one but TWO awesome surprises for you! 

Today only, your entire purchase from our Digital Store is 50% off!  With ALL of your favorite Simple Stories collections in digital format, you’re sure to find just what you need for all of your digital crafting needs.  Visit our Digital Store and enter code NSD2017 during checkout!

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Today’s celebration also brings 4 different sets of die cuts & 3x4 FREE printables!  Designed for use in your Carpe Diem planner pockets, your SN@P! Pocket Pages and your other scrapbooking & paper crafting projects – you’re going to love these Faith, Fitness, Domestic Bliss and Recipe designs! 

Domestic Bliss - http://bit.ly/DomesticBlissPrintables

Faith – http://bit.ly/FaithPrintables

Fitness – http://bit.ly/FitnessPrintables

Recipe - http://bit.ly/RecipePrintables

We'd love to see how you're using these free printables in your planners & pages, so be sure to snap a pic and tag your Instagram or Facebook posts with the hashtag #SSfreeprintables!

Thanks for celebrating (inter)National Scrapbook Day with Simple Stories!

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Hello friends!  It's Jennifer on the blog and I'm very excited to be a part of the Simple Stories team for another year!  I will be creating layouts but you may see a mini book from me from time to time!  Today I'm sharing pages I created using the new Domestic Bliss collection!  This lovely line is full of beautiful colors and prints that are perfect for just about any theme!  
 
For my first layout, "Home", I started with the gorgeous blue/grey wood plank print of the B side of Bless This Mess! (This sheet is probably my favorite out of the collection as it has a beautiful plaid print on the opposite side).  Going through an old photo album, I found this black and white picture of the first house I remember living in.  The address and a date were written on the back; I assume it was taken by the realtor.  I have lots of memories of this house: some good, some bad, but definitely part of my story.  
 
 
Using white cardstock, I cut a circular cut file on my Silhouette (Geo Globe from The Cut Shoppe) then added in different patterns from the collection. I finished by stitching the edges with my sewing machine (honestly I sew on everything!).  You can also spy one of the cute tags under my photo from the Bit and Pieces pack! I added some navy and white bakers twine from my stash to accent. 
 
 
​The colorful "HOME" chipboard letters found on the 6x12 Chipboard Sheet make the perfect title for my page!  I love the bright colors! I added in a sticker from the 
Combo Sticker Sheet as well as coordinating Enamel Dots to accent my title. 
 
 
I thought the chipboard and die cut houses would look cute next to my photo! I placed them across my page almost like a street adding in die cuts and one of the cute
 
 
I'm not a fan of my handwriting so if I have a choice, I will use my electric typewriter.  I used the B side of Domestic Diva because I love the bright yellow! And it was different than my usual white card stock. I think I could've written a book about this one photo; its funny how a picture can bring up so many memories!  
 
 
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For my next layout "Love Was Here", it is ALL about memories.  When I first saw Domestic Bliss, I knew I wanted to scrap about my mom in her kitchen. The minute you walked in the door she had a smile and a hug for you.  Next, she was offering to cook you something or get you a drink; that's how my mom showed her love to others. 
 
I used the colorful florals of "Work It Girl" (don't you love the titles?!) and used the Simple Stories Crosses Background Silhouette cut file for my background.  I backed the crosses with different patterns then stitched around the edge of the cardstock.  
 
 
Using one of the ledger prints from the SN@P! Basics Paper Pack I cut a tag from my Silhouette to hold my title. I used the letter stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet as well as black alphas found in the Say Cheese III collection.  I "popped up" my tag using some foam tape to give it some dimension above the surrounding embellishments.  I love how  Simple Stories gives you so many little pieces to decorate and accent your pages!  
 
 
Another fun Simple Stories cut file, Heart Polaroid, I used with the B side of Mom Rules.  I then added a cute chipboard plant as well as smaller stickers and die cuts! And don't you love the hanger with the heart?  I thought it would look cute "hanging on the line" across my page.  
 
 
Showing more of the coordinating die cuts and stickers that are part of the collection! I used brown bakers twine to hold my pieces and added in mini wood clothes pins. 
 
 
​I also used one of the chipboard clothespins to "hold" my photo as well as used the adorable "mom" Epoxy Metal Clip.  
 
 
​I probably will go back later and add journaling to my page. Honestly, I had so much emotion even putting this page together and there is so much I wanted to say.  For now, I think just scrapping the photo was enough since its still difficult to create pages about my mom. I miss her so much...what I wouldn't do for one more day to sit at her kitchen table with her! 
 
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will check out all that is included in Domestic Bliss as well as the new releases!  You can check out everything by visiting the Products page! Have a wonderful day!  

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Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to show you how versatile the Faith collection is. I wanted to document my daughter's seventh birthday party but really liked the colors and patterns in the Faith collection but knew the sentiments weren't exactly what I needed for these kind of layouts. So I set out to make this kit work for what I needed. 
 
 
One of the things I liked about this collection so much is the perfect balance of girly-ness with more colors than just the traditional pink and purple and red. The blues, yellow, pinks, and greens meshed amazingly with colors of my photos. 
 
 
The cloud and stars die cut had a non-applicable bible verse on the cloud so I covered it with some labels from the Emoji Love 4x6 stickers. The phrase stickers atop the labels are from the Emoji Love Sticker Tablet. I trimmed a 3x4 journal card so I could use it as journaling space on this 4x6 card. I hand-stitched a little to accent. I interviewed my daughter to fill out the "I Am..." card and love how I'll have this little time capsule of what she was doing when she turned seven. 
 
 
I added a strip of patterned paper to the bottom of the "Never Forget" journal card before hand-stitching the "love." Because the patterned papers in this collection worked so well with my photos, I printed out most of my photos just slightly smaller than the cards so I could get additional pops of color in the pockets with photos. The "His Love" heart worked so well with this photo of my kids and gave me a great opportunity to talk about how enamored my son is with my daughter. 
 
 
The varying sizes of the page protectors encouraged me to print up my photos at varying sizes and use some of the large pocket cards I don't usually use (like the 4x4 and the 4x6 cards). 
 
 
I trimmed two 3x4 cards on the diagonal and glued them together to form the background of this "believe" photo pocket. The chipboard balloons from Faith 6x12 chipboard gave me a little dimension on an otherwise flat spread. I hand-stitched some arrows to make sure the rare family photo was appropriately highlighted. 
 
 
The 4x6 pocket on the top is a little heavier visually with all of the patterned papers and embellishments I combined so I attempted to keep the pocket on the bottom a bit lighter with the white background and lightly patterned blue paper with the journaling. It was a little too plain for my liking at first so I added more hand-stitching and a little washi and a sticker at the bottom. 
 
 
I knew I wanted to use this cute globe card but I couldn't figure out what to add to it. It's great on its own but putting this "love" chipboard piece on the diagonal added the accent I desired. I used a paper punch to add the chevron detail to the picture of my son.
 
 
I had fun altering journal cards on this side. I trimmed the aqua diagonal 3x4 card and placed it atop a yellow journal card. For the picture of myself, I trimmed several cards to make the layered effect you see. I used dimensional foam adhesive to pop up "inspired." The "Be Still" sentiment I thought worked well for the picture of all the kids together because we all know that familiar struggle of getting this many kids to be still at the same time. 
 
I hope I've encouraged you to think outside of the box when it comes to your themed Simple Stories collections!

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Jeanne here today with some colorful cards for the emoji lover in your life!  Let’s face it.. who doesn’t love emoji’s?  I don’t care if you're 15 or 50 they’re a fun way to spice up your text messages and social media!  The Emoji Love collection from Simple Stories is total eye candy.. bright colors, net lingo, and super fun emoji icons will have you smiling from ear to ear.

Need a special card for a tween or teen in your life?  You can’t go wrong with the unicorn emoji.  This one says “Be a Unicorn”!  Unicorns are unique and rare.. this sends a positive message that you don’t have to be the same as everyone else.  Be different.  Just be you! 

I started out with a background of papers from the Emoji Love 6x8” pad.  Rainbow stripes on one side, and stars on the other.

For my focal point I selected two 3x4 cards from the Emoji Love SN@P! Pack.    The pack contains 112 double sided cards to choose from.  I cut the a rainbow stripe card with a circle die (you can also use a punch) to create a semi circle, and layered it over another card with a star print on black. 

I topped that with a unicorn and “be a unicorn speech bubble” sticker from the Combo Sticker.  This sticker sheet can be purchased individually and is also included in the 12” paper pack.   The sparkle heart is a die cut from the Bits and Pieces pack.  I added a word sticker over the heart that says u rock, and another sticker from the Combo Sheet along the bottom.  The finishing touches for me are always a bit of bling.. a decorative brad bow and some shiny color matched enamel dots.

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One of the girls in a mood over a guy?  Maybe a bad break up?  I’ve seen them come and go.. and the one thing that sets things right is a girls night out!  This would be a great card for my teenager.  I’d tuck in some movie tickets and a little extra cash for some junk food.   How about a birthday card for a best friend? 

I mixed more Emoji Love papers for the background before adding a 3x4 SN@P! card.  I added a bit of Expressions Washi Tape along the edge to look like it’s holding the card in place.

All the cool food shapes are from the Bits and Pieces pack.  There are 47 die cut ready to work with pieces you have lots to choose from. 

Even the “Yes! word bubble and heart eyed emoji are from the Bits and Pieces!  

I love the round tab stickers in the 4x6 sticker pack.  They make great accents.  Can you spy the little “OMG” one on my card? 

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Do you ever just find yourself looking at a page or project you have created and wonder ‘Where did that come from?!’   More often than not, something totally awesome will come of something that’s driving you nuts! I had ideas about how the two pages I am going to share with you today were going to turn out, and let me tell you, they were nothing like this! Not that I’m complaining, lol. I love them both now, but they didn’t start out that way ;)
 
 
Nope #whatever! is a fun page about my sometimes crazy kids, who are getting to an age where they just won’t ‘smile nicely’ for the camera anymore! I pleaded with them to stand at the edge of beautiful Lake Somerset, but they just mucked around. The photos that came of it were so funny though and the #Whatever simple set was the perfect match for them.
 
 
Now this next part might sound a bit nuts, but ever since I first saw the front ‘info’ page of the Reset Girl Simple Basics Kit, I just wanted to use it on a project. I LOVE how all the papers displayed next to each other… it’s such an awesome mix of prints and colours! I trimmed the individual prints down in to strips and attached them to my Instax photos - a perfect fit!
 
 
I put the photos aside and started combining papers and embellishments to create my page. I put everything together and…. hated the outcome. #ohdear! So I pulled it apart, keeping the major elements to re-use and chose a new sheet of paper - yummy Mint Hashgrid by the Reset Girl. I added elements on top and still thought it was all a bit too busy, so I decided to give it all a good wash with some white acrylic paint. Instantly, it looked way better! I continued to place the rest of the elements on the page and I was so happy with the outcome.
 
 
For my title, I have combined a hand-cut word ’NOPE' from the 4x6 #Whatever elements and some stickers from the Cardstock sticker sheet.
 
 
Those little snippets of paper from the info page peek out on either side of my central band. As you can see in the image above, I cut them in half (or thereabouts) so they would ‘stretch’ further. This is a great technique if you want to make stickers go further too
 
 
It was all quite spontaneous once I got fully going, so I wasn’t too fussed if things weren’t perfect. There are no rules in this glorious creative pastime of ours, so go with what makes your heart happy!
 
 
A bit of journalling and (all-time faves) enamel dots, finish off the page.
 
 
Don’t be afraid to make a change if something isn’t working for you or if you just feel like having a go. It can be so rewarding!
 
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In stark contrast, this next page is super ‘clean’. I do feel myself wondering on a small level if it maybe needs a few more ‘things’, but you know what? It’s OK if it’s not the ‘normal’!
 
 
I had plans for a big photo and it just didn’t do it for me, so I went about trimming my photo down and cutting out some areas of a sheet of Love & Adore ‘With all my Heart’. I removed a teensy bit extra from the grid, so our faces could show through a bit better. It’s one of only a handful of really lovely photos of my DH and I, and I like the way it sits up in that left hand corner, sending the flow of the page down diagonally.
 
 
What followed was a hearty explosion! I’ve grabbed all the hearts I could find, in the stickers and ephemera in this collection and placed them in the matching area on the paper. I use this technique often and have kept the same colours together because I think this is a great way to add interest while keeping it less ‘busy’.
 
 
Here you can see how the heart cardstock stickers look different to the more matte finish of the heart stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets and how both of those look different again to the heart chipboard and die cut shapes.
 
 
Another little detail on this page is the semi-circular shapes I have added at various intervals along the black grid line. I simply snipped the coloured part off from the little circle stickers in the 4x6 Sticker Sheets and used them in the co-ordinating coloured areas.
 
 
The last little touch was this ‘xoxo’ ticket shape from the Bits & Pieces pack. I’ve adhered it to the page with a wave-like shape, so it looks like a little fabric tag. I think it adds a bit of a 'stitched' feel to it. As if it could be something you would pick up at a market or something. Am I sounding crazy? Lol, maybe.
 
 
The point to both of these pages is just go where the moment is taking you. Have fun, enjoy the process and get those fingers busy!
 
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Hello everyone, my name is Kelly and I am one of the new Carpe Diem creative team members! I live in the Netherlands and I am totally addicted to decorating my planners, you can find me on Instagram as createplannernl.  For this first blog post I decided to show you how I setup my Ivory Carpe Diem planner using the Domestic Bliss collection.

The first thing I do when I am setting up a new planner is place all the supplies I want to use (such as clips, washi, bits and pieces, stickers, paper, etc) around me so I can see everything. I have a little cupcakeholder which is perfect to put in all the smaller items so you can easily look through them and see them. Now the fun can begin!

I always start by filling the front pockets, this is one of the things I love about these planners. I try to use all the different patterns of the collection by adding journaling cards, clips and bits and pieces. The enamel dots fit perfectly in one of the pockets, so I decided to put them in there.

I added a little sample of the washitapes in one of the pockets. I cut down a little card and wrapped the washitape a few times arround it. It’s very easy to create and this way you always have your washi on hand when you take your planner with you.

In the large side pocket I like to store a few stickersheets which I want to use in my planner. For decoration I used a borderpunch to create the doily lace effect on the scrapbook paper in the back.

Now that the front pockets are done, it’s time to start on a front dashboard! Since this is the first thing you will see when you open the planner, this is very important. I selected a scrapbook paper, cut it down to size and punched some holes. Because in my opinion the front pockets are very busy, I decided to keep the front dashboard a little bit more calm this time. I used the letters ‘Hello’ and three 4x4 cards from the SN@P pack.

With the Domestic Bliss A5 planner insert set you get six dividers, which you can customize to your own needs by choosing your own tab headers. I chose these sections: Planning, Important, Budget, Chores, To do and Menus.

After the first divider I put some undated monthly and weekly plannerpages. I decorated the ‘This month’ page with some washi and stickers and wrote down a few important appointments and goals.

In the ‘Bits and pieces’ pack I found four little button pieces and I immediately figured they would look amazing as DIY paperclips. I just glued them on rosegold paperclips and let them dry overnight. This is a fun and easy way to make you own paperclips!

On this blog I wanted to show you how I decorated the first week of May. I always begin with placement of washitape strips, thereafter I write down important appointments and then I decorate blank spaces with stickers or little cards.

I love using pocket pages in my planners and because I don’t have a tool to make them myself, I decided to use a pocket page that are originally designed for the SN@P albums. I punched four extra holes so it fits the planner perfectly! I selected some 2x2 and 3x4 cards with quotes and patterns to give it a pop of color.

When I setup a planner, I always create a DIY bookmark. I selected one of the scrapbook papers (‘Loads of fun’), cut it down to size and punched six holes. To decorate it I used some pieces and stickers.

I love these ‘to do’ pages and the ‘to do’ bookmark! In the back pocket I put some extra 4x6 cards and clear stickersheets.

Now the setup of this planner is complete, I can start using it every day. I hope I have inspired you today on this blog and see you next month. Have a great day!

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Hello! Linsey here today and I'm so excited to share my first Simple Stories blog post and project with you! I love to alter almost anything and have been wanting to transform my ordinary cork board into something fabulous! I found the Domestic Bliss collection to be just right for my memo board makeover! The fresh, beautiful patterns mixed with the fun and perfectly quirky elements make for a most delightful experience in creating!

 

 

The main section is for memos, notes and messages and the smaller section is for my weekly dinner menu at a glance. A piece of 12x12 patterned paper was used for the background on the memo section.

 

 

For the meal list/menu, the daily chart is one of the 4x6 Vertical Elements and directly above that is one of the 4x4 Elements detailed with enamel dots and clear and regular stickers.

 

 

 

The Epoxy Metal Clips were securely adhered to regular push pins to create an area where notes can be easily slid onto the clips and displayed.

 

 

A variety of favorite Decorative Brads, Bits & Pieces and Combo Stickers were done in the same fashion as the clips, transforming them into adorable and fun decorative push pins!

 

 

Some blank tabs and bullet elements from the 4x6 Stickers were cut out individually and a small window pouch was created to hold them. Tip: layer a piece of clear plastic over and equal sized piece of patterned paper/cardstock and fold washi tape around the edges to create a visually pleasing window pouch.

 

 

The sides of the memo board were covered with Home Sweet Home Washi Tape. It was super easy to do and really adds to the customized look and feel of the memo board.

 

 

Finally, a couple of the large floral decorative brads were added to the frame as well as a few small chipboard flowers on the frame corners, topped with an enamel dot in each flower center.

 

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and sticking with me throughout my post! I hope you enjoyed my altered memo board and might be inspired to create something with the wonderful Domestic Bliss collection too! Happy crafting!

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Hello everyone! This is Lisa Dickinson and I'm so excited to be sharing my very first projects here on the Simple Stories blog! I've got two pages that feature one of my favorite design elements - circles - and some creative ideas for you to incorporate this dynamic shape into your layouts!

Today I'm working mostly with the Domestic Bliss collection because the spring palette worked well with both my page themes. I love how the colors are soft enough to work for Easter and spring layouts, with a bit of navy thrown in to make it super versatile. On my first page, I create a frame using punched circles - a circle of circles - that frames my grid of photos:

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Each circle is about 2" in diameter and I'm using 12 to complete my frame. ( But you could use smaller or larger circle punches and adjust the number of circles accordingly).  Once I had my circles cut, I treated each one like it's own little canvas and added embellishments, stitching and other elements that add texture and color. 

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On a few of the circles, I added a twine border for a fun dimensional twist. Just add liquid adhesive around the edge of the punched circle and adhere your twine!

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To add stability to the design, I die-cut a large title (this Easter Simple Stories Silhouette Cut File) and placed it at the bottom of the frame. It acts much like a bow on a wreath and gives the frame a focal point.

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For my second design, I used circular photos matted with more circles of cardstock and patterned paper:

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I love the fun and energetic feeling the layered circles give the page! I balanced out all the curves with a linear title (this Simple Stories SIlhouette Cut File) and a block of journaling that's right-justified.

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Continuing with the circle theme, I selected a few circular embellishments to scatter around the design. They add small pops of color and texture that help keep the eye moving through the whole layout.

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 So are you ready to try your hand at running in circles?! I hope you'll be inspired to try one of these ideas in your next Simple Stories creation! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Hi everyone!  This is Traci Penrod, from Artsy Albums, and I'm excited to be joining you for my first post as part of the 2017 creative team!  For those of you who follow my blog, you know I'm crazy about mini albums, so being part of the SN@P! Binder Team is a dream come true for me! Last summer, my husband and I built a new home.  Domestic Bliss was perfect for documenting the story.  I love the colors in this collection, and although pictures of building a home aren't very pretty, the papers and embellishments are so I love the way it turned out!

For my cover, I used the Bless This Mess paper from the new 6x8 paper pad.  I love that these sheets are sized for the 6x8 binder albums!  I also added chipboard stickers and some chunky twine to the cover for a little dimension and texture.  4x6 horizontal element cards are great for covers and titles and the one with the three houses was my inspiration for the entire album!
I used a 4x6 vertical pocket for the first page.  I love adding the different sized photo pockets throughout my album ... I think this, combined with various photo sizes, make for a more interesting album.  Our new address is on the front, and a photo of our floor plan was tucked into the back.  
 
Don't the cute papers and stickers make these ugly new construction photos look better?! 
I always add folding elements in my albums for extra space and interest.  For the page above, I used a 4x6 white card, layered lots of domestic bliss cuteness on the front, and added elevation photos of our home inside. I made a slit in the plastic page and slipped the bottom of the card under the plastic so that it can be opened without taking the page out.
"Get Stuff Done" summed up my summer -- always pushing the builder to get me into the house by the end of September. Our first grandchild was due in October so I needed the house finished :) The card is from the 4x4 element sheet.  
 
See the little banner sticker on the 4x6 green card?  These are from the Carpe Diem sticker tablet.  I used them throughout my album to mark the different rooms of the house.  This one says "Living".

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2x2 photos are so much fun ... just little snippets when the entire picture isn't necessary.  

These photos show a bit of the progression my kitchen went through from framing to cabinets.  It was always so dusty and I couldn't wait for the day when I could clean it up!  The "Bless This Mess" sticker from the Combo sticker sheet was perfect for this page! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I've inspired you to have fun playing with Domestic Bliss to tell your home's story! 

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for the last, but certainly not least!, day of our Spring 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Cabin Fever collection here.   You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Today brings not 1 or 2, but FOUR new Simple Sets – pint sized, themed collections packed with a punch.  This release includes Hello Lovely, All American, Old School & Spellbound. 

 

 

 

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But wait, there's more!  With this release we’ve introduced NEW! 12x12 single sided pads including general all purpose patterns, a compilation of Simple Stories floral patterns and 3 recent super popular collections -Love & Adore, Say Cheese III and Faith!   With multiple sheets of each design included in the pads, you can use your favorites and hoard them, too! 

So there you have it, even more amazing new products!  Simple Sets begin shipping to retailers in early May and the 12x12 pads in June!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win all 4 Simple Sets before you can buy them?!!  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 images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories, 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 watch for posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Thanks again for joining us this week, we look forward to seeing your creations with these wonderful new products!

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Spring 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Summer Days collection here.   Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for one more day of new products as well as well as a 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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Adventure awaits with Cabin Fever, the latest collection from Simple Stories celebrating the great outdoors!   Head out & explore the wide open spaces with classic outdoorsy icons while getting lost in the weathered woods, pretty plaids and forest inspired florals.  With Cabin Fever, you won’t be roughing it when it comes to capturing your outdoor memories & adventures.  

So there you have it, some amazing new products to capture your outdoor adventures!  Cabin Fever begins shipping to retailers in early May!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Cabin Fever prize pack before you can buy it?!!  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 Cabin Fever images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CabinFever, 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 watch for Cabin Fever posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, 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 Cabin Feber!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of three fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!

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Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Spring 2017 Release Reveal.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  

Today is the first of three full days of our spring reveal, so be sure to check the next 2 days to feast your eyes on our new products, as well as a chance to win them 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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Celebrate all things summer with Simple Stories' new Summer Days collection!  From frolicking flamingos and perky pineapples to flirty florals in sunlit shades, Summer Days is everything you need to capture your sunny summertime memories.

 

 

So there you have it, some amazing new products to capture your fun summer memories!  Summer Days begins shipping to retailers in early May!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Summer Days prize pack before you can buy it?!!  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 Summer Days images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #SummerDays, 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 watch for Summer Days posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, 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 Summer Days!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of three fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2!

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Hi friends, it's Layle!  I'm the Director of Marketing for Simple Stories & I'm back again this Sunday with another installment of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series with guest designer Rachel Lindas.  We've had so much fun seeing her creativity in her bible & had such great feedback from YOU on her process, tips & techniques that we've invited her to stick around for a while and extend the Bible Journaling Sunday Series!  We'll be futuring an in depth blog post from Rachel once per month along with weekly posts on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  Hooray!!

Today Rachel is back sharing a great lesson on attitude for teens using our #Whatever Simple Set - I think you're going to love it!

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Hi you guys it's Rachel Lindas. It's been awhile since my last guest post for Simple Stories but I'm excited to share something I've been working on. The past blog posts I shared were all using the Simple Stories Faith line.  The faith line makes it very easy to Bible Journaling with since they include bible verses and key words on the designs that help guide you to specific verses in the Bible.

For this post I decided to work with the #whatever Simple Set. I knew the moment they released it that I would want to Bible Journal with it. The colors and patterns are very much my style but since it's not made for Bible Journaling specifically you have to get a bit more creative on how to incorporate it into the Word of God.  



I teach middle school Bible Journaling classes and a very relevant topic of struggle for these teen girls is attitude.  So I researched several verses on attitude to coordinate with the #whatever Simple Set and designed three different layouts for the Middle School class I am teaching.  For the following pages you will need item #2081 6x12 Cardstock Sticker and #2082 Nailed It 12x12 paper.  You will also want to gather some alpha letters, adhesive, scissors, and a highlighter. For one of the pages I did add acrylic paint using a baby wipe to apply it to the page to add color. 

1. Verse : Philippians 2:1-5 

"Check your Attitude" 

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 

For this layout it was very simple I cut out different paper shapes from the 12x12 paper and layered them and added the square grid sticker to the top. I added the flower stickers and tabbed the top of the page using the grid paper design. 





2. Verse: Acts 8:21-23 

"Repent & Pray" 

Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. 

For this layout I concentrated on using the & sticker and spelled out the word repent and Pray using alpha stickers. Again I circled punched the black and white heart paper from this collection and added the square and heart stickers to the Page as well. Sometimes the simple layouts have a way of being bold and direct in the message you want to remember from studying the verse. 





3. Verse : Proverbs 15:1

"How you Answer Matters" 

A gentle answer deflects anger, 

But harsh words make tempers flare. 

This layout I wanted to highlight the idea that how we respond or answer someone matters. The #whatever stickers have a ton of typical teen Attitude answers and I thought it would be fun to use them as a tool of teaching what not to do. So I used the alpha letters to spell out "How you answer matters" and then used the stickers  like "um... no", "don't even ask", "eye roll", etc.. to showcase maybe some of our not so good tendency. I also took the black WHATEVER sticker to boldly place down the page.  The paint that is the background is Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint and I squeezed some out onto a baby wipe and gently wipe the Bible page with paint. The more you wipe the more the paint comes off. So I typically wipe more over the Word of God so you can still see the words and allow the paint to be thicker and bolder in the margins. 





Hope this helps you think outside of the box in ways to use all of your typical scrapbooking supplies in your Bible too.  Look through your scraps or the new lines that have been released. There are so many options -have fun trying something new.

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Hello everyone! It's Jomelle today and it's my very first blog post here at Simple Stories as part of Carpe Diem Creative Team. I am excited to share with you what I've created in my planner.

When I saw the Say Cheese III collection at CHA in Phoenix, I fell in love with it right away. My family and I are fans of everything and anything Disney. We have Annual Passes at Disneyland, so this collection is perfect for my creative planning, memory planning and documenting our Disney adventures.

I decided to use the Ivory planner to document and plan all our Disney experiences.

 
It was so fun and so easy to stuff and decorate my planner pockets with this collection. I used mostly the bits and pieces. One of the pocket holds the page flags.
 
 
 
As you can see here, I love collecting Disney memorabilia. I keep all our parking tickets and passes. Sometimes I even save the Rider Switch pass and the Fast Pass. 
 

As many of you know, Tower of Terror Ride is being replaced. I saved anything that has to do with this ride.

I used the adhesive square label pockets I got from Target to hold my passes and other things I saved and collected. I just added stickers for decoration.

If you look closely, all the way in the back on the right side, my boys and hubby were "dabbing" in this picture during the Tower of Terror Ride.
 

 

Here is my weekly layout for the first week of April. My family and I went to Hawaii during my boys' Spring Break. We stayed at Aulani. I wanted to document our wonderful Disney experience while we were there in my planner. This was my daughter Juliet's first time in Hawaii.

 

I love using the sticker tablets to embellish my layout.
 

I looked forward to meeting the Disney characters and taking pictures with them.

Here I used 6x8 pad to make a dashboard. I added the picture of Mickey and Minnie kissing that I took while we were at Aulani. I love adding pictures in my planner.
 

 

 

I added the "Happy" tab on the bottom right of the picture so it can be lifted up.
 

 Just lift the tab to see another picture that I added behind the first one.
 

This is what it looks like when the tab is lifted. I added a little note that goes with the picture.
 

 I wanted to document the first time we went to Disneyland when we bought our Annual Passes. It was also my daughter Juliet's first time at Disneyland. My daughter is 15 months old.
 

I printed all my pictures using the HP Sprocket. The pictures are perfect size for my A5 planner.
 

I used the bookmark tablet to list our Favorites at Disneyland.
 

I decorated my Doc it Journal and I placed it at the very back of my A5 planner. I can use this to jot things down or if I want to write a journal. I can also add pictures there as well.
 

Here is my Monthly layout for the Month of May.
 

Planning Starts Now! I used the Bookmark Tablet to make my list to plan our Spring Break Next Year. I love making list to check off when they are completed.
 

 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoyed creating this project. Have a nice day.

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Hi friends! It’s Lori here on the blog again, and I’m excited to share even more of our behind-the-scenes from CHA/Creativation. Today, I’m sharing an up-close look at our Faith and Recipe Carpe Diem planner releases! 

Faith journaling has been popular for some time now. Our goal in creating our A5 Faith Planner Insert Set was to give faith journalers and planners the perfect place to record their thoughts and inspiration after a peaceful study session. Inside, there are places to record your favorite passages, names of those you’re praying for, and lots of pages for journaling and note-taking.

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the A5 Faith Planner Insert Set and see all the beautiful and useful products that are included!  Inside you’ll find over 50 pieces of planning supplies; 12 inspired journal inserts, 12 decorative inserts, 2 dashboard pages, 6 die-cut dashboards, 6 tabbed dividers, 1 storage pocket and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

The second Carpe Diem planner product I’m thrilled to show you is our Recipe Planner Insert Set.

It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Passed-down recipes are cherished family favorites and evoke memories and nostalgia for young and old. Our A5 Recipe Planner Insert Set makes keeping these recipes and memories in one place simple and beautiful. Inside this insert set you’ll find plenty of pages for recording old and new recipes, creating shopping lists, and customizable tabs so your recipe organizing is tailored for you.

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the A5 Recipe Planner Insert Set and take-in all of the tools and products that are included! Inside you’ll find over 50 pieces of planning supplies; 24 recipe inserts, 13 assorted inserts, 6 tabbed dividers, 1 dashboard page, 6 die-cut dashboards,1 storage pocket and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

Head to a participating retailer to check out both of these fantastic insert sets! To locate a retailer near you, check out our store locator. There you’ll find retailers in your area as well online stores towards the bottom of the page for ordering quickly.

Be sure to follow our Live Love Plan board on Pinterest for lots of pics, links, and tons of planner inspiration!

Good morning Simple Stories fans!  Nicole Nowosad with you today for my first projects as part of the Simple Stories team. I am super excited to be sharing my love of paper with you and today's projects hopefully reflect that love!

 

I just love the Domestic Bliss collection and drew a lot of inspiration from the different patterned papers in the collection to create this page. Quite often, the ones behind the camera are often missing in our scrapbooks, so I do try to make a point of turning that camera around and scrapping some photos of me from time to time. Plus, it gives me an excuse to use some of the more floral patterned papers that I adore right now.

 

 

I wanted to use a lot of patterned paper, but not in a “wow” that is a lot of paper way. I chose to cut thin strips of the paper and create a simple stitched frame around my photo, adding more patterned paper in the form of diecut flowere that anchor both sides of the page.

 

 

I also diecut some flowers on my digital die cut machine from different patterned paper and layered them together with Decorative Brads, Diecuts pieces and enamel dots.

 

 

Best part is, I only used one of the 6x8 paper pads for this page and although it appears I used a lot of paper, really, it is very little. The little strip border is fun and a great way to use those paper pads in a simple way.

 

 

I finished this page off with an easy title using stickers mixed with more Bits & Pieces.

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This next layout was a little labor of love and was truly simple to make.  I used the concept of using simple strips of paper on this page again, but in a more quilted look.

 

 

I started with 4 square blocks of scrap paper and then cut several strips of paper in many patterns from the Faith collection 6x8 paper pad. I filled each scrap paper square with those papers, alternating the pattern and color until all four pieces were covered. I thought about stitching the papers on my sewing machine, but didn’t as I thought it would look too busy.

 

 

I added some mint green paint to the background of simple white cardstock and then layered my quilted squares to the background. I left a small gap around the edges to give the busy patterns a resting point on the page.

 

 

All that was left to do was add a few embellishments! I added a pretty floral diecut from white cardstock on my digital die cut machine and a simple title using some Chipboard and stickers. Really, the paper did most of the work on this page, time to keep those embellishments simple!

 

 

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope you are inspired to make the most of your paper stash!

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Say Cheese III!  One of newest collections that I'm absolutely obsessed with. I used the new Speckle Dot Carpe Diem planner (currently available at Hobby Lobby, available through independent retailers & online stores in June!) as my memory planner.  Memory planning is very important to me because it's a reminder of memories created. Simple Stories and the Carpe Diem planner made a perfect solution and match for what I wanted to achieve in my memory planning.

I've always been a fan of Disneyland and as I open up my planner, instantly it brings a smile to my face and memories start rolling through my mind. My pockets are stuffed with sticky notes, paperclips and ephemera.

As you turn the pages of my planner you will notice several pictures of my family and I. We went to Disneyland 2 times a year and created some of the best memories there. All the red and black with polka-a-dots, mouse ears, stars and yellow 12 month planner inserts (inlcuded in the Say Cheese Insert Set) are the perfect pairing!

The pocket included in the Insert Set is perfect for storing your stickers. 

The camera is such a cute extra addition to personalizing your planner and the Doc it journal fits perfectly in the back. Ready for me to take out anytime and add my pictures and journaling.

Adults are only kids grown up, anyway - Walt Disney.

Thank you Simple stories for designing and creating and making the Say Cheese collection. It made my memory planning magical and special. I can't wait to continue to create and play! 

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Hi everyone!!! Welcome to the blog today. It is Dorymar Perez and I am very happy and excited to be able to share my first project for the Simple Stories Design team. When I create my projects I always use some element of the collection as inspiration and this time I selected the pizza. Yes, the pizza, if you observe the collection is full of these!!! So, I decided to create a mini album in a pizza box with the beautiful collection EMOJI LOVE.

¡Saludos a todos!!! Bienvenidos al blog hoy. Es Dorymar Perez y estoy super contenta y emocionada de poder compartir mi primer proyecto para el equipo de Diseño de Simple Stories.  Cuando creo mis proyectos siempre utilizo algún elemento de la colección como inspiración y esta vez seleccioné la pizza. ¡Sí a la pizza, si observas la colección está llena de éstas!!! Pues decidí crear un mini álbum en una caja de pizza con la hermosa colección EMOJI LOVE.

I used black cardstock to create the box with a measure of 9 inches. You can see that its exterior is full of elements of the collection; 4 x4 cards, portions of 3 x4 and 4 x6 cards, stickers, epoxy metals, chipboard stickers,decorative clip, brads, etc.

Utilicé cardstock negro para crear la caja con una medida de 9 pulgadas. Puedes observar que su exterior esta lleno de elementos de la colección; tarjetas 4 x4, porciones de las tarjetas 3 x4 y 4 x6, stickers, hebillas, epoxy clips, chipboard stickers, brads, etc. 

The collection is so colorful and fun that I had to create a project worthy of the collection. Here you can see the exterior and part of what forms the mini album.

La colección es tan colorida y divertida que tenía que crear un proyecto digno de la colección.  Aquí puedes observar el exterior y parte de lo que forma el mini album. 

The inside of the box houses two 9 x 9 Layouts.  I used two design papers from the collection and adding elements from the collection like brads, epoxy metal clips, washi tape, chipboard stickers, etc. Since I saw the collection I knew I was going to use the photos that my girls take to upload  to their social networks!

El interior de la caja alberga dos Layouts de 9 x 9.  Utilicé dos papeles de diseño de la colección y añadiendo elementos de la colección como los brads, epoxy metal clips, washi tape, chipboard stickers, etc. ¡Desde que vi la colección sabía que iba a utilizar las fotos que mis niñas se toman para subir sus redes sociales!

The mini album is made for you to have fun discovering the photos on each of the layers as you spin the pieces!! I made the molds on chipboard and I was lining each piece with the decorative papers of the collection. After placing the photos, I accentuated around them with the sheets of stickers 4 x 6 and other elements of the collection.

¡El mini álbum está hecho para que te diviertas descubriendo las fotos en cada una de las capas según vas girando las piezas!! Hice los moldes en chipboard y fui forrando cada pieza con los papeles decorativos de la colección. Luego de colocar las fotos, acentuaba su alrededor con las hojas de stickers 4 x 6 y demás elementos de la colección

Here you can see as you turn each piece you still discover photos and elements!

 ¡Aquí puedes observar como al girar cada pieza sigues descubriendo fotos y elementos!

Do not forget to visit my Instagram page @dorymar_pl or Facebook find me like Carta di Papel by Dorymar! I hope you enjoyed the project and inspired you to create your own!

¡Espero que hayas disfrutado el proyecto y te sirva de inspiración para crear el tuyo!¡ No olvides visitar mi página de Instagram @dorymar_pl o en Facebook búscame como Carta di Papel by Dorymar!

¡Have a Great Week!! XOXO

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