Happy Monday! It's Lisa Dickinson with you today and I wanted to combat the Monday Blues with a fun layout!



I've arranged my photos in a stair-like pattern that helps naturally direct the eye through the layout. The white borders help them stand out from the patterned striped background (one of my favorite ways to gets lots of pattern on a page!)




The tabs cut from white cardstock under each photo also offer a nice bit of white space where the eye can rest and help break up all the patterns.



A bit of twine tied across the top edge of the page is a nice dividing line between my papers and journaling block.



I've mixed stickers, clips and enamel dots and buttons from various collections to embellish - if the colors work with my design, I'll use it!



Hope your Monday is wonderful!




We recently completed the intense process of reviewing hundreds of beautiful submissions for our creative team.  For those of you that submitted, thank you so very much for taking the time to share your beautiful work; we truly wish we could invite each and every one of you to join us.   

We're thrilled to introduce you to the 2018 Creative Team!  Look forward to seeing work from these talented ladies beginning next month in March!

Hi there, this month I’d like to show you how I set up my A5 Cream Blossom Carpe Diem planner using the Romance collection. This collection has a Valentines feel to it but you really can use it all year long, it’s full of beautiful florals and the colours are so delicate!

Yes, you guessed it...filling the planner pockets was what I started with first. I used several doilies along with ‘bits & pieces’, chipboard pieces and also sticky notes from the Bloom range. 

For the dashboard I cut a piece of 12x12 paper to fit and used the Carpediem A5 hole punch. I decorated the dashboard with a few of the cut a parts from the 12x12 paper pack, a doily that I cut in half and some of the die cuts.

Here’s how I used lots of the stickers from the Romance collection to decorate my monthly spread. I adore the die cut butterflies, I just used a black fine liner to add a little butterfly trail!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek inside my planner using the Romance collection, you can find more detailed pictures on my IG account  https://www.instagram.com/heartsbyemma


Hello Simple Stories fans! 

Nathalie with you today bringing you a new project about my baby's love for crafting, and what better way to document this memory than to use the super fun and beautiful (and a new  personal favorite) CRAFTY GIRL collection!   

What better way to document a love for crafting than to add a bit of mixed media to the background (the soft watercolor was created using Vicki Boutin's markers).    But what better way to combine all the beautiful patterns and colors from the Crafty Girl collection than to create a large title using one of the Cut Shoppe's cut files.

There are so many fun icons and stickers in the Crafty Girl collection that i had to use them all to create clusters at the corners of the title, and the picture of my daughter.

A few more small details like one of those awesome Crafty Girl icons (just  love the girl with her top hair knot), and an extra pop of color from the Hand Made paper from the collection.

You will fall in love with all the patterns and colors from the Crafty Girl collection, and it will quickly become one of your Simple Stories favorites.




Hello, everyone!  I have a busy March, so I had to get a jump on my planning.  I used the St Patrick’s Day Collection Simple Set, the Seasons Sticker Tablet and Sn@p Alphas to pretty up my planner.

I used the decorative papers from the Simple Set as washi down the center edges, alphas to highlight the big events and used stickers from the Seasons Sticker Tablets

After I had a sense of my commitments next month, I filled out my Monthly overview.  I used this page to remind me of all the great things happening in my life and to set my goals for the month.

This is my last blog post being a creative team member—I had had a wonderful year making projects on the Carpe Diem Team.  Thank you all for joining me on this journey and for all your comments and support along the way.  Last, thank you to Simple Stories for this wonderful opportunity.  I was proud to show off all the great products you released over the last year, keep up the great work!


Hello friends! Jennifer here on the blog today! I  hope you are enjoying all of the fabulous new collections debuted at Creativation last month! I'm sharing a layout I created with the lovely Bliss!  I'm so in love with the soft colors and prints of this line!  I  had to use woodgrain print with little burst of color of Live in the Moment as my background! 

​This collection has so much beautiful goodness in the embellishments!  The black and white chipboard pieces such as the "bliss" script and butterfly are a perfect contrast to the colors! Bliss has not one, but TWO washi tapes included in the collection!  You can spy both the Butterflies and Black Speckle Dot Washi Tapes layered among the stickers and Bits and Pieces die cuts!

I  am a fan of layering my embellishments and was happy to see lots of floral clusters included in the Bits and Pieces pack! The 4x6 Stickers also have many small embellishments to accent such as the small circle stickers and the gorgeous sentiments (which have always been a long time favorite!)

Thank you for stopping by! Do you have an all time favorite Simple Stories embellishment?  Check out the entire Bliss collection by going to the Products page! Have a great day!


Hi everybody. It’s Mindi here with you to share some pocket pages. Valentines Day was last week and I’ve created some Valentines Day/love themed pages to give you some inspiration. It’s been a long tradition for me to take some fun Valentines Day photos of the kids. I had a bunch of photos my middle child and made this 6x8 full page to get a few more pictures in.  

I really loved the journaling cards in this collection. They are beautifully done and you don’t really need to embellish them to much. 

This spread includes more photo shoot photos of my kids. I added a strip of pattern paper on the top of the 4x6 card and added the chipboard word Love. I thought it was the perfect embellishment for these photos. 

My last spread is all about Valentines Day itself. I needed to brighten up the spread so I made a journaling card with white card stock and the chipboard XO pieces


Hello again creatives! Leah here today showing you how to make your own pocket folder insert for your traveler's notebook. If you are anything like me, you can't have enough pockets in your planner. Not only can you decorate the pockets of your planners and traveler's notebooks to make them pretty, but they can be very functional by holding some of your favorite supplies. I've filled up the pockets of my Cream Blossom TN, so I decided to make a pocket insert that will allow me to carry more journaling cards and stickers for on-the-go planning and creating.

I created this pocket insert using the Romance collection. I love the beautiful, romantic elements of this collection and I always intended to use it long after Valentine's Day. The soft colors and florals provide  the perfect transition from winter to spring in your planner decor.

I used another notebook insert from my TN as a template to cut my pocket folder insert to the right size. No matter what size TN you use, you can always use one of your other inserts as a guide to cut to the appropriate size. I used a sheet of vellum to add pockets to the outside of the insert. I kept it simple with the décor, simply adding a little washi tape and a floral that I fussy cut from the 12x12 patterned paper titled “My Whole Heart.”

The back of the folder insert just has a little washi tape to dress it up. The washi tape also reinforces the top of the vellum pockets so that they are less likely to tear when you take supplies in and out of the pockets.

I love the idea of adding pockets to the front, back, and inside of the insert. I can fit so much in here!

I also added a little pom pom ribbon to the edges of the insert for a fun little detail to peek out of the sides of my traveler's notebook.

Check out the full tutorial below. The written instructions will be in the description box of the video over on my YouTube channel.


If you have any questions, please ask below or on any of my social media channels. For more creative inspiration for your planners and traveler's notebooks, head over to the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram account. Happy crafting friends!


Do you love to craft?!  Of course you do!  Have you checked out the Simple Stories Crafty Girl Collection?  It’s the perfect way to meld your love of crafting – and I mean ALL your crafting (think sewing, painting, drawing, and journaling) with your love of paper crafting!  The colors are fun and feminine and you’ll find some pretty florals too!

I got to mixing all the elements of the collection together – colorful pattern paper,  chipboard, die cut bits and pieces and stickers to create these fun cards to share with my crafty friends! 


I had so much fun mixing and matching the elements that I think these cards made themselves!  Get your crafty on – or better yet have your crafty crew over and explore this new collection together!  I just know you’re going to LOVE it! 


Hello it’s Kristine Davidson with you today! I am sharing a layout I created using the NEW Travel Notes collection. I love this collection because it can also be used for awesome boy pages! I created this with something different in mind. I wanted to use all those gorgeous colors in this collection but I didn’t have a “travel” picture. I used this photo of my nephew and started adding chipboard as well as Bits and Pieces. It Worked!

I used a piece of black cardstock as my base because I wanted the layout to be framed. That enhances the colors for me and since the title in the word Explore was black – it would be perfect.

I cut up pieces of pattern paper different widths and the same length (9”).  I added the embellishments in random areas and my title in the centre. I didn’t add much for journaling except the date and our location.

I did add texture to my layout by sewing the edges of all those paper strips. This also helps unify all those patterns. I added popdots under my photo, some stickers and also chipboard pieces to give my layout some dimension.  

As you can see – this collection can be used for something other than “Travel “ related pages!
I hope you enjoyed this little lesson today and please come find us on Instagram @SimpleStories_ and @KristineDavidson


This month is such a Very Beautiful month. What a wonderful way to celebrate it with the Romance Collection

I used it in my Creme Blossom Travlers Notebook. The perfect pairing. All the florals and Pinks with a hint of blue is A Valentine planner dream. 

I use my Travlers Notebook for memory keeping. This Month was my 22 year anniversary and my Granddaughters 2nd Birthday. Incorporated the collection paper and journaling cards along with the ephemera and stickers to create a scrapbook collage.



Hello, Simple Stories Scrappers! Jana Eubank here with a fun way to add additional photos or journaling to a scrapbook page.

My youngest daughter did the most adorable thing for our family last St. Patrick's Day. She made signs and love notes for each person telling us how much she loves us and how lucky she feels to be in our family. 

I used pictures of her holding a "Happy St. Patrick's Day, Family!" sign for the main photos on this page, but I also wanted to include images of the other notes she had created. My solution? Tags!

I used a manual die cut machine to create a couple of tags (you could also use tags purchased from an office supply store), added photos and journaling to them, and then tucked them in between the layers of my page design!

Next, I used the "LOVE" letters from the St. Patrick's Day 6x12 Stickers as the main word in my title, Then I sprinkled the floral and heart stickers around the page for a girly feel!

I loved the navy 3x4 journaling card with the rows of shamrocks with a single heart and wanted to incorporate it into my page design somehow. I decided to place it to the right of my photos as an additional background layer. 

Next, I punched the "charmed life" circle from another 3x4 Journaling Card to add navy to the other side of the page. The "So Very Lucky" banner sticker below the title repeats the navy color around the page, grounding the design and creating a visual triangle. 

Have you created a page lately about the people that you feel "lucky" to know? The St. Patrick's Day Simple Set is the perfect way to do it!


Hello friends, Linsey here! Top of the morning to you! With St. Patty's Day right around the corner, the new St. Patrick's Day Simple Set is a perfect excuse to whip up some fun party favors, cards, and other cute projects! It's also the perfect set to scrapbook your St. Patrick's Day festivities! I really enjoyed playing with these super cute papers and stickers and making this fun test tube treat ensemble! 

Plastic test tubes are a really fun way to present little treats, such as MnM's like I chose to fill my tubes with. This Test Tube Holder Tutorial was used to create the holders with study card stock, then the really fun part, decorating the holders with the St Patrick's Day Simple Set! 

Since all the stickers in this simple set are so cute, it was hard choosing--so I used pretty much all of them to decorate my treat holders. :)  I even used a few stickers to make 2 mini banners. Some pretty ribbon, twine and gold sequin trim was added to each test tube, as well as a fancy ivory button and white spiral stamen to the centers of each bow. These are great to give to friends and neighbors and if you're lucky enough to be having or attending one, these are a perfect favor for all the St Patrick's Day party guests to take home with them! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've gained a bit o'inspiration from my festive test tube treat favors!


Happy Valentine's Day!  Layle Koncar here, I hope you're having a great day spending time with loved ones, family & friends!  Speaking of love, have you seen the February Free Printables?  You're going to LOVE them!  I thought it would be fun to share my Traveler's Notebook set up for February using the Romance collection and the February Free Printables :)

I covered the Inserts with Romance paper so everything would coordinate with the LOVE theme.

I printed out the dated February calendar from the Free Printables and adhered directly to the pages in my insert, then decorated with washi and stickers from the Romance collection and the Seasons Sticker Tablet.  Incidentally, the free printables each month are designed to coordinate with the Seasons Sticker Tablet - a match made in heaven!  

I used one of the dashboards as a 'tip in' & adhered with washi.  I used a 4x6 Photo Flip, adhered to one of the pages, to store stickers in so I have them handy when I need them!

If you haven't grabbed the free printables yet, what are you waiting for?!  Designed for use in your Carpe Diem A5 planner, personal planner, Traveler's Notebook, on your scrapbook pages, in your SN@P! albums & more - simply download, print, and trim.

Click HERE to visit our Project Downloads page for these free printables along with many more!


It's February & love is in the air!  Document your love story with the Romance collection - the marriage of traditional pinks paired with punches of mint & black offer the perfect palette to capture those memories with your one true love. 

When it comes to paper crafting, it's all about the paper, right?  Regardless of what 'lovely' project you're working on, paper is the perfect starting point.  These are some of the Romance papers we just can't get enough of, especially the heart on brick pattern!

Stickers, chipboard & die cuts - OH MY!  Romance is sure to have just the embellishment you need to add that loving touch to all of your projects.   That mint floral washi, tho!

From layouts and cards to mini books planners & traveler's notebooks, the possibilities are endless with this heart warming collection.  These projects should help to get you inspired to create any time of year, not just February!   

Be sure to check out & follow our Romance Pinterest board for more sweet project inspiration.  Happy crafting!


Hi everyone, it’s Kelly today on the blog with my planner setup for February. This month I used the St. Patrick’s day Simple Set, the Seasons A5 sticker tablet and the Wood and Gingham 12x12inch paperpad.

I punched some hearts from different color gingham papers and layered them on the ‘This month’ page. In addition, I used the February stickers from the Seasons sticker tablet.

I have a confession: I looooove to make diy paperclips. It is so fun to do, it costs little time and the end result is so cute and functional.

This week I decorated my vertical planner pages with some punched butterflies and stickers from the A5 Bloom stickertablet.

I used a SN@P 6x8 pocket page, punched some extra holes and created a pocket insert for my planner to write down some extra to do’s and things I don’t want to forget.

Thanks for reading my blogpost, have a nice day!


Hello Simple Stories fans and fans of love in general!
I’d love to share a post I created for my DH which captures a really sweet, fun time we had in the park together, while our kids played. He had recently got a new phone and we were trying out all the settings on the camera. It was so much fun and I love the pics that came out of our impromptu ‘photo session’.
The new ‘Romance’ collection was perfect for documenting this photo. The gorgeous brick work print on a sheet of ‘Love Story’ was hard to resist!  I used it as focal point and then went about fussy cutting some florals from various papers in the collection, until I had a good mix of sizes and colours.
There are lots of beautiful hearts in this collection too and I played with the shape, adding some stickers and creating some sweet, dimensional embellishments.
The title has been set above and below some text, which I typed onto my background paper using my typewriter. The stickers are from the Combo Cardstock Sticker sheet which has loads of sweet shapes and sentiments.
I’ve also used some of my (very precious, lol) wood veneer from one of my all-time favourite collections ‘Life in Color’. The little camera shapes were just the perfect finishing touch for this page. (I also asked myself, what good they were just sitting in a box somewhere… use the things you love so you can actually see them!)
The idea for these accordion hearts came from some stickers  I have in my stash. I pulled them apart and cut a few shapes out of a sheet of ‘4x4 Elements’. I scored them at 1/4 intervals on a score board and folded them up. Pretty impressed with how they turned out, even if they are not 100% perfect. I often do this and I think it’s a great way to not only save a bit of money, but also create a few awesome goodies you can use again and again.
Wishing you lots of happy crafting. I can think of no better way to show love, by making something from the heart or simply filling up our own buckets and creating from a place of joy!
Happy Valentines Day


Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Carpe Diem "Romance" is perfect
for you!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I am using the Romance Collection to add Love in my planner. I wanted to use my Black Blossom Personal Size Planner. I think it's a perfect combo.


 I made this dashboard by using the 12x12 Sweetheart paper as the background. I then added some chipboard pieces. I cut out the 3x4 journaling card and I used "Happy Valentine's Day" as my main focus. I layered some papers that I cut out made into shape of a tag.

 Be Mine Pocket Love

Layout for the week of Valentine's Day. I used mostly the 4x6 Romance stickers since they are small and fits better in the personal planner.

Did you plan something special for your love ones? I am hoping to go on a dinner date with my husband while my oldest son babysits our 2 year old daughter.

 Here I cut out some of the 12x12 papers and added adhesive pockets so I can put some of the journaling cards.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you're able to celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone.
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