Hi There!! It's Lisa here with you today. Seeing as it's February, the official month of 'Love' I thought I'd create a 12x12 layout about something we as a family love. And what better collection to use, the 'Romance' collection.
 This background paper here is such a perfect backdrop to my story. I do love texture and although there is no texture as such to this page it really does look like it should have some. Seeing that eye catching heart there in the middle, as soon as I looked through the collection, I was instantly drawn to this 12x12 and had to use it straight away.
I wanted to add more of a contrast though to the page to help the elements stand out more. By scraping some white paint over the centre of the design this was just what I needed. Enough to do what I needed it to, but not so much that it covered the design of the paper. I needed that heart to stand out.
You can really see here how the pieces from the 'Bits and Pieces' pack really POP!! That paint worked just perfect.
I teamed up the 'Bits and Pieces' with some of the Chipboard Stickers and the 4x6 Stickers from the coordinating pack too. To help the shape of the heart stand out even more, I sewed around the outside. Not only does this help it to stand out it adds a wonderful texture to my page. See here how I've woven my stitches under and over the heart. I love seeing detail like this on my pages.
I printed off some wording and cut into strips to document the things that we love about our favourite Disney Resort. It was such a fun way to add journaling to a page. Keeping it in the shape of the heart. Thinking back to the heart as being the original inspiration for this page.
I've enjoyed making this page so much and I'm so happy with the result.Why don't you document something either you or you and your family really love this month. I hope you've enjoyed this today. If you would like to watch me creating this page and also looking through the 'Romance' collection that I received. Please watch my video here.
Thank you.


Good morning Simple Stories fans! Nicole here today to share a project using the new Crafty Girl collection, released at 2018 Creativation just a few weeks ago!

I was inspired by so many things in this cheerful collection! I just love the fun mix of bright colors and had to use a lot on my project. I started with the awesome rainbow patterned paper and then added some smaller strips along each side of the page, including using some of the washi tape from the Crafty Girl collection along the right side of the page. 

I couldn't help but use the Crafty Girl as part of my title too, so I had the chance to scrap a page about some of my favorite crafty peeps that I have the priviledge of knowing! So perfect to document those relationships in our lives, right?

I absolutely love the  Live.Love.Create paper and had the urge to fussy cut out a ton of flowers and vines to embellish my project. A little bit of hard work goes a long way! I love how they brighten up the white on white diecut background I added using my digital cutter and file from Justnick.


Hello again, I’d like to show you how I set my Ivory A5 Carpediem planner up for January using the Sub Zero collection by Simple Stories.

As always I started by decorating the pockets using an assortment of the ‘bits & pieces’ and chipboard pieces. I also like to use some of the 12x12 papers which I cut down to fit, this ties in all the colours nicely.

The next thing that I do is make a dashboard, I cut my chosen 12x12 paper to size and use the Carpediemplanner A5 punch for the holes. Using the cut aparts is a great way to add detail to your dashboard. 

I also made a pocket divider, it’s very simple to do.  Use an existing divider to draw around as a template but leave the bottom with a few extra inches to fold up, then just punch the holes and use some double sided tape or glue on the sides of the pocket. These are useful to keep your stickers, journaling cards or like I’ve done, co ordinating paper tags which you can use to journal on, list make or even add some sticky notes too. 

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


Hi everyone! Tara aka Secretbees Studio! I have a new mini scrapbook to share today and it is a cutie! All of this cold weather has put me in the mood to scrap some winter photos with the adorable and charming 'Sub Zero' paper collection from Simple Stories! The bright colors, cute critters and fun motifs are perfect for preserving all of your winter adventures!

I created a staggered chipboard mini with some album builder Accu-Cut dies for lots of visual interest. This way you can see from one glance all of the colorful and snow-themed pages! Each page has a different shape and is covered in the fun patterned paper and then embellished to the hilt with all of the sweet  chipboard, bits & pieces and sticker designs!

There is definitely a 100% chance of fun creating with this collection! I used it here to document a ski vacation our family took but it would also be wonderful to show off those fun snow days full of sledding, snowman building and snowball fights!


Hi Simple Stories fans !It's Lisa Dickinson here today with an easy technique for adding lots of color and pattern to a page - a bold border!


This fun, hand-drawn border is a free cut file from Juliana Michaels that I backed with several pattern papers from Simple Stories. 


I chose a mix of striped, plaid and dot patterns (with plenty of color!) from the Cabin Fever and Life is Ruff collections. 



I added some brad and sticker accents to a few of the circles for added dimension and texture.



In the upper right corner, a cluster of stickers, washi tape & metal accents complete the page.


As papercrafters, sometimes a paper collection comes along that makes you immediately think of a set of photos, an event, or a memory.  When I saw the Romance collection, I knew some beautiful pictures of my son and daughter-in-law would work perfectly in an album.

I love the vintage, romantic feel of this paper line.  The cover was easy to embellish by layering several 3x4 cards.
These gorgeous photos were taken by Hillary Leah Photography here in Georgia, and I just love that the pictures worked so well with the beautiful blues and pinks in Romance.  
I used the 12x12 collection kit, along with the chipboard pieces and  4x6 stickers.
I hope I've inspired you to use Romance for lots of different projects, not just Valentine's Day.  It is so pretty for weddings, date nights, everyday family photos, or even baby pictures!  Enjoy!


Hi there!

Nathalie with you today, bringing you some inspiration just in time for Valentine's Day.   And what better way to document your especial one than to use the beautiful Simple Stories's "ROMANCE" collection.

All the floral motifs in the Romance collection are beautiful, so a bit of fussy cutting was all that was needed to create the clusters that frame the picture of my husband and I on our Thanksgiving walk.

Since the picture of us was taken at a bridge, I was inspired to continue the pattern of the formation onto the background of this page.   There are so many beautiful embellishments in this collection, that it was so easy to combine them to create the title for this page.

The collection is perfect to document all those special moments in your life, not just Valentine's Day.   Remember to check the collection, you will love a bit of "ROMANCE" in your life.

Remember to contact me if you have questions on how this came together. Take care.


Hello everyone and happy February!   I am here today to show you how I used the Romance line to bring a little love to my planner.  As usual, I started off making a simple dashboard using the Hello Love  12 x 12 paper and elements from the 12 x 12 Cardstock Sticker Sheet.

I used the Forever Washi Tape down the center of the pages for my weekly layout and started building up the layers from there.  I was in love with the bunting sticker on the 12 x 12 cardstock sticker sheet so I cut it apart and used it across both pages.  I stuck down some larger elements from the Bits and Pieces pack for important events during the week and also my flight information for a weekend trip.

I utilized so many of the functional stickers from the 4x6 stickers to create layers on the page and call attention to the various appointments and events I had during the week.

Since I was travelling over the weekend I didn’t have too much to put in my planner (sometimes I like to travel without a set schedule) I wrote in the few events my daughter would attend while I was away and filled the remaining space with more stickers from the 12 x 12 Sticker sheet.


Hello its Jennifer and I'm back to share another page I  created using the Romance collection!  There is so much about this line to love: from the die cut hearts to the delicate floral prints!  For my second layout, "XOXO", I  did a traditional Valentines page and documented photos of my children from their classroom parties. These are definitely sweet memories for me since both kids are out of elementary school!

I  love to cluster my smaller embellishments together such as the die cut hearts from the Bits and Pieces pack. You can also see one of the gorgeous floral clusters from the Combo Sticker Sheet.  I  have always been a dimensional scrapper and use pop dots with my die cuts, as well as mix in chipboard pieces such as the small butterfly. One of the many reasons why Simple Stories rocks is the variety of embellishments! I  love having choices!

How cute are these  "XOXO" letters that are found on the 6x12 Chipboard sheet?  They make for a great title accented with coordinating stickers and chipboard pieces!

​One of the 4x6 Sticker sheets has small "washi" type strips of patterns that are perfect to layer! Here, I  used two along with the Forever Washi Tape to accent my photo followed by stitching through with my sewing machine!

​Thank you for stopping by today! What is your favorite embellishment from the Romance collection? 


Hello everyone!  Dorymar here today sharing a beautiful mini album I designed with the lovely ROMANCE COLLECTION.  When I saw this collection, I fell in love instantly with the pastels colors, elements, and designs. St. Valentine’s day is just around the corner and this project is a unique way to celebrate love and friendship: the perfect gift for your loved ones!

The mini album consists of 6 pages filled with lots of interactive elements and details.

You can see how each paper coordinates perfectly with each other and how interactive and fun the pages are. Flowers, arrows, hearts, and pastels colors are so lovely!

I couldn’t resist adding all the elements of the Bits and Pieces pack because they are too perfect for the occasion. I used twine to give texture and to give some dimension to the arrows and tags!

Here is a very fun and interactive page full of pockets, tags, 3 x 4 cards and a huge beautiful element and phrases.

I love how this project turned out! I can’t wait to add pictures! I hope this project inspires you to create with the wonderful Romance Collection from Simple Stories.  Come and visit me on my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dorymar_pl/

Happy scrapping!


Hello again creatives! Leah here with you on the blog today. It's a new year, which means it's time for a new planner setup that better serves my goals for 2018. I am using this planner, along with a traveler's notebook, as my two main planning and memory-keeping systems. I began my new setup in my A5 cream blossom Carpe Diem planner by giving the front of my planner a fresh makeover using the new “I Am” collection. This collection is full of butterflies and blossoming florals, which symbolize new life, new beginnings, and growth. All of the motivational and confidence-boosting sentiments in this collection are great for reminding you to keep faith in yourself as you take on your goals for the new year.

This year, I have a goal to engage in more art therapy. I loved mixed media so much and I haven't been taking out my art supplies often enough. My creative soul has really been feeling the weight of not prioritizing that creative time. For this reason, I created a mixed media dashboard for the front of my planner that is full of color! Every time I see this dashboard, I am reminded of how much fun I had creating it, which motivates me to get my supplies out. I used lots of texture on this dashboard with watercolor, glitter, chipboard stickers, doilies and lots of layering. I love stapling on butterflies so that the wings lift off the page. This phrases I used here are some of my favorites from the collection that I find most inspiring.

In my pockets, I also added lots of texture with similar elements as listed above, but I even got my sewing machine out. I love how sewing on paper can add such a handmade, personalized touch to embellishments.


I always love incorporating photos into my planner pockets, so I printed these tiny photos out and made them into a simple banner. This is one of my favorite pocket pieces I made and it was so easy to create! I used my sewing machine to sew through the banner, but I used to hand stitch elements like this before I finally figured out how to thread my machine.

For more creative inspiration using this beautiful collection, stay tuned on the Simple Stories and Carpe Diem Planners Instagram accounts!


Hello! It's Lisa Dickinson here today sharing a heart-filled layout with you! 


I've used the Life is Purrfect Simple Set on this page, but the design would work perfectly for a Valentine's themed layout - or any layout about LOVE!



Use baker's twine to highlight a title and make it stand out from other die cuts.



Buttons are perfect for filling extra white space in the design.



Layer multiple stickers for a custom page accent - this one helps balance on the pattern & color on the left side of the page!



Don't be afraid to use lots of pattern on a page. The Simple Set papers are meant to be mixed and matched to your heart's delight!



Hello Friends! 

It is Kristine Davidson here and I'm sharing a simple layout with you today. It was created using the gorgeous collection called ROMANCE

The picture is from my cousin who recently got married and was nice to let me use her pictures for my scrapbooking pleasure! 

I didn't go crazy on this layout with tons of paper or even layers for that matter. I saw this brick background and immediately fell in love with it. It's perfect! 

Here is my layout called You Make My Heart Happy.

In order to get a few details on my page I used the outline of the heart as a focus and sewed around the edge to give the heart some definition. I added some white ink splats as well as green and red. The paint just adds a bit of texture to my page as well. I didn't use any other paper but I did add some bits & pieces and used the sticker as my title again. 

You must see a trend in my page titles!? I usually don't overthink my titles. If a sticker or diecut jumps at me then that's what I use! No Stress!

I really love this page and could see this in a frame ;) 

Thanks for visiting us at Simple Stories today, if you enjoyed my layout please come find me on instagram @KristineDavidson

Have a great day!​


Hello Simple Stories Friends and Fans!

We are in the middle of Winter here in Canada, so what better way to warm up those cold days, than a bit of inspiration using the super fun "SUB ZERO" collection.

The designs, and colors in the papers in the "SUB ZERO" collection are so bright and fun, so what better way to showcase them all, than to create a large title using a few cut files from the Cut Shoppe-.   And to bring more winter to the page, a bit of extra winter (as in Vicki Boutin's Iridescent glaze and a snowflake stencil) on the background.

To bring a bit more fun, and playfulness to the page.  Small clusters of ephemera and stickers were added around the title, and in clusters around the picture of my nephew while playing in the snow!.  Gotta love all those fun elements in the SUB ZERO collection!

I hope this inspires you to check the "SUBZERO" collection.   The fun and colorful designs will bring a bit of happiness to those cold Winter days.

That is all for me!



Baby it’s cold outside!  It’s SNO GOOD to fight it!  Give into your inner child and embrace all the magic and excitement of a SNOW DAY!  Whether you want to hit the slopes, race down the best snow hill in down or stay home and build some snowmen there’s fun to be had by all!

The collection includes loads of embellishments – chipboard, die cut bits and pieces and stickers to personalize and document your perfect snow day!  I love the bright colors and fun patterns – think show, stripes and plaid!

Here are some cute cards I made to share with friends and family !  I had so much fun playing with all the different elements that I had 4 cards made in a flash!

Have a great day and don’t forget the hot chocolate!


Thanks so much for joining us for our 2018 Winter Release Reveal, we hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  You’ll find live videos here on our Facebook page walking you through all of our new collections LIVE from the Creativation show - almost as if you were right there with us in person!

I AM..., Always & Forever, Travel Notes, Crafty Girl, Bliss, the Welcome Spring, Happy Easter and Mama Llama Simple Sets are all shipping to retailers in early February, so it won’t be long before you can get your hands on these fabulous new products!  

The new Carpe Diem release is shipping in 2 stages with the new Traveler's Notebooks & Inserts shipping in May and all other items in the Carpe Diem release shipping in March!  

Now on to the fun stuff - congrats to our 30 random lucky winners!  Here goes - 


Blog – Deborah Klepac
Instagram – sdeneef
Pinterest – Janet Hrechka Dorkin
Facebook – Yvonne Hundertmark

Always & Forever
Blog – Sarah Kaminski
Instagram – arsscrappiendi
Pinterest – daisymaisy24
Facebook – Pamela Fraker-Yandry


Travel Notes
Blog – kellyjeanstamps
Instagram – rlogan924
Pinterest – Theresa Grdina
Facebook – Judy Rakes


Crafty Girl
Blog – Janis
Instagram – lainiehenry
Pinterest – Amy Cooley
Facebook – Judy Wakefield


Blog – Brande Davison
Instagram – lunalayercakemall
Pinterest – InezbyDesign
Facebook – Denise Turner


Simple Sets
Blog – Lee Brehon
Instagram – jordanbev5
Pinterest – Rebecca Brewer
Facebook – Trina Hickman-Larsen‪


Carpe Diem Traveler’s Notebook
Blog – Carolien Klapwijk
Instagram Simple Stories – brigite80
Instagram Carpe Diem – leanbeanlesionmachine
Pinterest – nacole99
Facebook Simple Stories – Cathryn Marie Hanson
Facebook Carpe Diem - Allison Adams


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Brrrrr! Frosty activities are such a great way to enjoy the colder weather this time of year! Our Sub Zero winter collection is the perfect backdrop for all of your thrills & outdoor chills - it's SNOW much FUN!

When it comes to paper crafting, it's all about the paper, right?!  Regardless of what crafty wintery project you're working on, paper is the perfect starting point.  These are some of the Sub Zero papers we just can't get enough of, especially those cute little snowmen!   

Washi tape, stickers, chipboard & die cuts - OH MY!  Sub Zero is sure to have just the embellishment you need to add a frosty touch to all of your I (heart) winter projects. 

From layouts and cards to mini books planners & traveler's notebooks, the possibilities are endless with this fabulous & frosty collection.  These projects should help to get you inspired to sit by the fire, grab some hot cocoa and document your cool winter memories :) 

Be sure to check out & follow our Sub Zero Pinterest board for more Sub Zero project inspiration.  Stay warm & happy crafting!

Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share a layout I created with the beautiful Romance collection! I love the soft colors mixed in with the blacks and woodgrains! This line is geared towards Valentines Day but it can be used for love or any special occasion! For my layout, "Adore", I  scrapped a sweet photo of my niece and brother-in-law getting ready to attend a Father-Daughter Dance this year! 

​The Bits and Pieces pack is full of fun shapes such as colored hearts, floral clusters, and journaling spots! You can also spy the floral Forever Washi Tape which coordinates with the collection.  And how cute are the little sentiment stickers found on the 4x6 Sticker Sheets?

I  used the "XOXO" Simple Stories cut file from the Silhouette store for my background. I  then used different patterns from the collection to back my cardstock.  You can also see the gorgeous banner found on the Combo Sticker Sheet that I  adhered across the bottom of my photo. I  used pop dots to give the banner dimension.

​Thank you for stopping by today! You can check out this collection in its entirety by going to the Products page! And while you are there you can see all of the fabulous NEW releases from Simple Stories!  Have a great day!