Ok so we're in the cold, seemingly endless, days of Winter. What better way to cheer yourself up than to get into your craft room and make a bright and fun season inspired project!

The 'Freezin' Season' paper collection by Simple Stories will definitely give you chills but in the best way! Adorable characters and wintery images in pretty pastel colors are just the cure for a snow day! This sweet zig zag mini scrapbook is just waiting to be filled with playful pictures and mementos of a winter wonderland!

I made this album using two sheets of 8.5"x11' card stock and then covered each page with the delightful and charming patterned papers of the collection. I also used lots of the paper along with journaling cards to create oodles of pockets, flaps, tags and inserts that have been decorated and embellished with the darling and colorful stickers, chipboard and Bits & Pieces!

All in all, there were nine pages to fill with this entertainingly snowy collection and I had 'snow' much fun adorning each page! Here is a closer look at the front sides of the pages:

And a closer look at the equally adorable back side pages!

Don't let Winter get you down! Grab this collection to show the coldest season just how much fun it can be!! There is a short tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to make one of these zig zag minis of your own!

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Happy New Year! Emma back with you, and today I’d like to share with you my ‘heartsbyemma’ twist on divider making! Now, it’s a trade secret, so this is purely between you and me! ;)

I’ve chosen to use the delightful Kissing Booth Collection that Simple Stories have brought out as the ‘Valentines’ collection. Firstly, let’s scrap the whole ‘valentine’ theme!! The florals in this collection are far to beautiful to only be seen in February!! I want to use them all year round! ...if you fancy it too, then, keep reading!!

I picked out my favourite sheets of paper from the 12x12 collection pack, grabbed my divider templates from Carpediemplanners essentials and got cutting! You need to cut out as many dividers you’d like to have for your planner and one extra for the dashboard (pretty front cover) When you cut them out, there’s no need to cut the tabs out for each one, leave them off. So, really, it’s like cutting out lots of dashboards...you still with me? 

Hearts! Yep, I know I said I was skipping the whole ‘valentines’ thing, but, this is my ‘heartsbyemma’ secret! You need to cut out or punch out twice as many hearts as you have dividers. I’ve done six dividers, so, punched out twelve hearts. Oh, and don’t forget to use your trusty Carpediemplanners A5 hole punch, every planner girl needs one! 

Using a punch makes this much quicker than handcutting each heart, but it’s not essential! I like to use, just an ordinary stick glue, as this gives you time to manoeuvre your hearts around into the perfect position! You want to evenly place the hearts as you would with your usual style tabs, depending on the number of dividers you have chosen, will depend on how big or small the gap is between each one. You’ll need a heart on both sides of the divider, this makes them look visually nicer, but also double the thickness, gives double the strength! 

You can see here how the finished result gives a wonderful scalloped effect! Now it’s time for the fun bit! Decorating!! I have to warn you, you’re going to be shocked when you see my ‘minimal’ decoration! 

I know, I know, Emma, Minimal?? You never thought you’d see that did you! Let me explain myself! I have chosen big, bold, in your face, florals! These florals are centre stage, they speak for themselves, why cover something up when it screams beauty, like these florals! 

I have interspersed the florals with polka dots & stripes, this is to break up the florals, making them stand out and shout even more. Here is where decoration can be added, but, you guessed it, I’ve gone minimal again!  

Using only images from the 12x12 cut apart sheets for decoration. You could just as easily cut out some pieces from the floral sheets if you prefer. To make the journaling cards ‘pop’ , I have simply drawn around the edge of each one with a black ink pen, and as daft as it sounds, it really makes a difference! 

There we have it, a full set of dividers, which although the papers are from a ‘valentines’ collection, these can be used all year round! Always look beyond the title, I say! Well, thank you for sticking with me, I hope you’ve perhaps taken some ideas from this blog, or, if it’s just made you smile, then, I’d say that’s pretty good! If you would like to see more pictures using Simple Stories products then checkout my IG account  https://www.instagram.com/heartsbyemma

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Hello Simple Stories friends and fans!

Nathalie with you today to celebrate the arrival of Winter (here in the Northern Hemisphere) with a colorful and fun layout using the beautiful Simple Stories new line Freezin' Season.  Though, Toronto-Canada has yet to get some snow, i have so many memories of snowfalls past, and the colors in the collection were perfect to bring the fun of Winter to my scrapbook album.

To start,  a bit of white acrylic paint was added to the Hello Winter paper -this hazes the pattern in the background, while creating a whiter canvas for the layout-.  While the paint dried, the"Winter" cut file (from Paige Evans) was cut from white cardstock, and backed with papers from the Freezin' Season collection.

The cut out was placed on a slant on the background, so that it adds playfulness to the page.   The picture was backed with papers from the collection ( the element pages are a great to layer and back pictures!), and then it was nestled in between the background and the cut out.

Since the picture shows my niece holding a snowball, i decided to continue the circle motive throughout the page.   For this all the circle snowflake embellishments from the collection were used to create clusters around the picture, along with some die cuts and stickers.  Love all the colors!

To complete the title of the page, a cluster of snowflake embellishments was created at the top left corner of the cut out.   Here the the "Freezin'" chipboard was added.  In a similar manner the "Season" chipboard sticker was added at the opposite -diagonally- corner of the cut out, so that the title reads "Freezin' Winter Season".

Those circle snowflakes were perfect to create clusters around the layout.  Some were tucked under the cut out, while others are floating on the page along with sticker words and embellishments from the collection.   Just a few lines of journal and some white ink were the final touches of this page.

I hope this inspires you to check the colorful designs and colors of the Simple Stories' Freezin' Season collection.  It is  the perfect collection to document all those happy Winter memories.

XO

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I hope you’re having a great day! Today I’m sharing projects created with the Simple Stories Kissing Booth Collection.  You’re going to ADORE this collection.. it’s got romantic dramatic florals, pretty plaids and polka dots, and flirty hearts and kisses!

You'll find die cut Bits and Pieces, 6x12" Chipboard and stickers that make creating with the collection a breeze.

I like to use the 3x4 journalling cards as a focal point for my cards.  They’re quick and fun to embellish and the possibilities are endless!

The Collection Kit includes a sticker sheet.  I sprinkle them with powder to remove the adhesive backing and then add adhesive foam tape so I can add dimension to my creations.   If I later decide I want to adhere them flat I use liquid adhesive.

This collection is sure to make your Valentine’s Day cards, gifts, décor and page layouts a treat!

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Hello, Iris here with a layout that's all about embracing the Freezin' Season!  This whimsical collection was perfect for documenting the first time we took my girls to play in the snow!

I picked the dark, snowy Shiverin' paper as my background to provide great contrast.  I wanted a design reminiscent of snowballs tumbling down, so I printed my photos at 2", 2.5", and 3", and punched them with circle punches of those sizes.  Then I cut some Doodle Circles (Silhouette Store Design ID: 68077) from the Snuggle Up paper with my Cameo to frame them.  I arranged them across the diagonal, varying placements and leaving space to intersperse some cute elements.  The circles along the edges are cut off because that gives the design even more movement.  For texture, I machine stitched several times around the frames.

I added some of the die-cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack to fill in the gaps, including the snow globe to add some interest in the middle of all those photos.  There's stitching around the globe as well.  I placed word strips form the Combo Stickers and the 4x6 Sticker pack to caption each photo. I always delight in finding just the right little phrase to go with my photos.  Chipboard snowflakes help bring the die-cuts and word strips together into clusters.

The final piece was to add my title, which I propped up on foam, across a small gap between my photos and the journaling. For my journaling, I punched a circle out of one of the journaling cards from the 4x6 Horizontal Elements. See that cute penguin poking up from the bottom instead of another photo within the circle?  He adds something a little unexpected. 

Freezin' Season is so stinkin cute, with fresh fun colors and icons that will make documenting all those chilly winter outings super fun!

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Hello, it is Kelly here today on the Carpe Diem blog. Last year I showed you how I have setup my Color Wash Carpe Diem planner for 2019 using the ‘Hello’ monthly inserts. In this blog I will show you how I have decorated my spreads for the winter.

I first decorated the first week of the new year. This month, I am using vertical inserts and because I did not have very many appointments or to do’s I decided to decorate the whole page with some stickers and punched stars. I punched ‘2019’ from four different papers of the Freezin’ Season collection. I love how this spread turned out!

Next, I used the Numbers sticker tablet to date the entire monthly spread with the yellow flag number stickers. I added some functional label stickers from the Basics sticker tablet and decorated the page with some stickers and washitape from the Freezin’ Season collection.

For this month I already know I have a big to do list. Therefore, I created an extra 4x6 card: I used the 4x6 vertical elements paper and cut two 4x6 cards. I glued them together and used the planner punch to punch 5 holes. I used my scissor to cut some slits in the holes so I can easily take the card in and out.

On the back side I stuck some little stars from the Basic sticker tablet to serve as bullet points for my to do list. Now I have to start writing everything down!

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, you can find more planner inspiration on my instagram. Have a great day!

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Hello Simple Stories friends!

Marcia here today with a fun Winter layout I created with the Simple Stories Freezin' Season collection. I live in Minnesota, so am all too familiar with snow ... and cold. Somedays you just need to get outside and play though or that cabin fever sets in. One of my favorite outdoor winter activities is sledding. All you need is a hill and a sled. The bigger the hill the better. I love the adrenaline rush you get as you are hurtling downhill with the wind in your face. It was so fun seeing my nephew enjoying sledding too.

I knew I wanted to create hills of snow on my layout. I used various pattern papers to achieve this and cut them in curves to resemble hills. Then I embellished my hills with an adorable snowman, a penguin, a polar bear, and a village of houses. It was fun layering the bits and pieces words "brrrr', "shiver", and "chilly" along with other fun elements.

 

When sledding, you start at the top of the hill ... so I wanted to arrange my photos at the top of my page. Tucked in an around my photos are another cute snowman, some snowflakes and phrase stickers, and a bits and pieces tree (because you got to watch out for those trees when sledding!).

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you get a chance to get out and play in the snow! Don't forget your camera so you can document those moments with the Freezin' Season collection.

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The Simple Stories 2019 collection makes it so easy to document the New Year! I did a bit of a look back along with some pictures from our family New Year’s celebration in a 4x6 SN@P! album. I love the small size for little stories.

I started out my album with an empty 4x4 page protector with some song lyrics using the Basic Alpha stickers in an off white. I love how it lays on top of the page beneath it. I added a tab from the Planner Tabs Sticker tablet and a clear tab sticker to make it a bit more durable. I use these tabs SO much in my layouts, they’re a great way to add simple tabs to a layout and the booklet comes with lots of styles and colours. I also used some of the reinforcing tabs from the same booklet on the holes on the protectors to give it a bit more contrast since the protector was empty. 

Under the clear protector I printed out a roundup of great moments from the year before. I cut down one of the papers from the 2019 kit (with my photo crops of course!) and added some stickers to round it out. The countdown sticker makes a great border for the page.

On the other side I used one of the 4x6 elements from the 2019 kit with a word sticker from the sticker sheet in the middle. Simple and sweet! On the other side are my year in colour from the year past and a cute Instax picture of my boys mounted on one of the papers from the kit cut down. With more stickers, of course!

To finish it off I used some pictures from our New Year’s celebration along with some of the 3x4 elements from the kit. The word stickers in the 2019 kit rounded out my page nicely along with the black and white stars.

The 2019 Collection kit was perfect for some sweet layouts going into the new year. The black and white colours go with everything and the stickers were super fun.

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Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine here today and I'm going to share my latest layout using the Freezin' Season Collection. I live on the east coast and right now it's WINTER! We have snowdays where we don't really go outside because it's a storm too cold. The day after a storm is usually so calm and beautiful and that's when everyone goes out to play!

To create my layout I first used a 2" metal die to cut out circles. I placed my circles on a piece of white cardstock about 11"x11" and then placed my cardstock on a piece of pattern paper. I did a bit of messy sewing on the egde of my cardstock and around 3 circles. This just added texture for me and a few subtle details. 

I added little stickers, bits and pieces as well are chipboard pieces to decorate my page and of course used some dimensional adhesive on most of my elements. To create my title I used the Winter and Flurries stickers from the sticker sheet. Once my layout was finished I added journaling and some black ink splatters. I know that's probably out dated by I love it on my layouts. 

As you can see this collection is super fun to create winter pages. Please tag us on social media @SimpleStories_ #SimpleStories to show us your latest Freezin Season layout!

Have a great day !

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Happy New Year! It’s Cara here today and I LOVE a fresh start and that’s why I love Mondays. I love that fresh new week, a blank slate, but the very first Monday of a new year? Wow, it’s like my birthday!! And so, I’m super excited for this coming Monday and this coming week.

I’m using the gorgeous Bloom collection today to pretty up my January planner and that very first full week of this year. These stickers are so pretty and feminine, which is a great way for me to get motivated to work towards my goals. I have both the regular sticker tablet and the mini one, which is a fabulous way to always have the right size sticker on hand. No more thinking ‘I wish this sticker was just a bit smaller’.

What I really want to do is to put my first few goals for 2019 front and centre in my planner to keep them top of mind. I want to make sure that I’m reminded every day of what I want to accomplish this month. My three main goals for January are written in the notes section of my weekly spread with little check box banners with enough space to check off one per weekday.

I’ve also written each goal out at the front of this weekly insert so that I’ll see them often and I flip open my planner. My big goal gets the place of honour on the front cover and the other two are written just inside. I used the matching Bloom scrapbook papers to cover the insert and the inside front cover along with cards from the cut apart sheets.

A tip for when you are covering inserts: make sure that the book will open and close smoothly after you'd added the paper. Close the book before sticking down paper completely on the outside. I'll stick the front cover, close th book, then I'll even wait to cut the width of the paper until after it's stuck down so that I'm sure there's enough. When adding paper to the inside leave a fraction of an inch near the binding to make oping and closing a cinch.

Since my first goal is a big one, I am also including an entire spread dedicated to it. I 'borrowed' some pages from a blank insert and stuck them in. I started a list of the steps I need to take to make progress on my goal, but I didn’t include the entire list because I don’t want to overwhelm myself. That would just backfire and I’d make no progress. This list is already long enough to get me started and once I get close to finishing it, I can add in new steps. I also added in 3 mini monthly calendar stickers to the bottom because I’d like to make some real progress towards this goal in January, February and March.

I also used the Bloom chipboard to make a couple of planner clips. I added a bit of the Bloom washi, dated the page with stickers from the Numbers tablet and added a tab and covered it with a clear tab sticker.

I will have a process video up on my YouTube channel on Monday, so stay tuned for that and if you are reading this after Monday and can’t find the video, simply search Forgotten Resolutions along with The Hooting Pirate and you should find it.

Happy Planning!

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I’ve been having way to much fun making Valentines cards!!! I put together some more fun cards using the Kissing Booth line. I love the chipboard it looks so cute and adds such cute dimension. he colors and patterns are so cute in this collection!!! 

The colors and patterns are so cute in this collection!!!

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Hello friends! It’s Kylie with you today sharing some of my most favourite planning supplies. For January I am planning in my Blush Personal Planner for its cute and compact size. I’ve also teamed it with the new Kissing Booth collection by Simple Stories.

My first favourite supply I want to share with you is the Personal Divider Templates. This awesome tool also comes in the A5 size and is super easy to use to create dashboards and dividers for your planner.

All you need to do is place it on your paper, then trace, cut and punch.You can trace yours with or without tabs and use your hole punch where the ring holes are marked.They are fully reversible so you can turn them over to change the tab position.

Once you have cut out your dividers you can leave them plain or decorate them as I have.I love layering lots of different elements to them.

For fun I added a photo to one of my dividers using the Kissing Booth die cut.

I also used lots of the chipboard stickers and 4 x 4 elements.

The next favourite supply I like to use in my planning are the Season and Calendar Sticker tablets.

The cute icons and text are great for adding to your planner pages and note taking.Perfect for highlighting important events or reminders.

Another favourite supply are the Carpe Diem stamp sets. Not only are they adorable but serve such a practical importance for your planner.

The Home Sweet Home stamp set is perfect for adding all your domestic chores as a reminder. I also like to use the border frames from the Make a List stamps for highlighting important reminders.

A finishing touch of colour for my planning this month was my pocket divider. I cut down one of the snap pocket pages to size and added some washi tape to the side, before punching the ring holes to fit.

I love how all the colours came together and for the fun element it adds to my planner.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite planning supplies.

Warmest Wishes,

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Christmas has come and gone…and the New Year has just begun.  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!!  Jackie G on the blog today to share a fun and super quick project with you using the Kissing Booth Collection to help you get those Valentine’s treat boxes ready!!!

The first little box I want to share with you is this adorable 3x3 treat box with a built in card!! You can find the tutorial for this cutie over at My Sister’s Scrapper YouTube Channel.  This little box is so incredibly easy and is perfect to store those little treats!! Great for those classroom Valentine’s!!

After creating this box I wanted something smaller that I could fit a giftcard inside…so I did some measurement testing and came up with this little holder.  It’s the exact same thing as the treat box above but measures 2.5” x 3.5”.

For the box you will need a piece of cardstock measuring 3.5” x 9”.  Score at 2.5”, 3”, 5.5”, 6” and 8.5”.  To create the drawer you will need a piece of cardstock measuring 3 3/8” x 4.5”.  Score at ½” on all four sides.  Use the tutorial linked above to assemble the box.  Tada!!

I hope you enjoy this fun little project to help you with those Valentine’s!!!

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Happy New Year, Planner Friends! It’s Rachel and I am so excited to be on the blog today, sharing a special planner setup that I will be using for 2019! I am jumping on the One Little Word bandwagon and will be using the word ENJOY to shape the way I experience this next year! I decided to set up a Traveler’s notebook specifically for this project. I chose the Floral Typewriter Travelers Notebook Cover because I love the pattern and it has little typed sayings that put me in a happy state of mind! 

 

 

With the start of the new year, I just had to use the adorable 2019 collection. Even though this collection is smaller than some of the other scrapbook collections, there was more than enough goodies to decorate four travelers notebook covers, the travelers notebook pockets, and several inside pages in the monthly insert

 

 

I am a black and white lover at heart, so this color palette definitely spoke to me. For this setup, I used every inch of each 12x12 paper. The paper was used to cover my inserts, decorate the covers and as little pocket pieces inside the cover itself. I also incorporated the elements page on the covers and fussy cut a few of the cards to make bigger die cuts. Lastly, I added the stickers from the 6X12 Sticker Sheet and a few strips of washi to complete the covers.  

 


 

I did a fairly simple pocket setup this month. To avoid a bulky travelers notebook, I am finding that I prefer a more minimal pocket setup these days. For some washi on the go, I chose a few of my favorite patterns from my stash and wrapped it around an old card. 

 


 

Since this setup is specifically from more “One Little Word” project, I decided to keep the monthly layout pretty simple, so that I can go back and document something I enjoyed about each day of the month. For January, I want to enjoy feeling good (through exercise and some much needed routines), eating well, quality time with my husband, and some productive “me time”. Each day, I will document what I enjoyed that day that relates to one of these four categories. 

 

 

For the monthly notes pages, I decided to make a mini ENJOY mood board. To do this, I used stickers from the 2019 collection, along with stickers from the Beautiful A5 Stickers Tablet. With its muted color palette, it was easy to incorporate these stickers with the 2019 collection. 

 

 

The monthly dashboard page was the perfect place to include the four “enjoyment” areas, along with a short intention for this year. As someone who sometimes focuses more on obligations and outcomes, I want this year to be more about enjoying a full, healthy life and the journey this year takes me on. So, I will reflect on these areas of enjoyment this month. That way, I can look back and remember what I did to create enjoyment in these areas, and build on this knowledge in the following month. To make this page, I used washi to cover the labels for each of the sections. I also used word strips from the Fitness A5 Sticker Tablet to label the sections.

 

 

Thank you for stopping by to see my planner setup. How do you plan and prepare for the new year? Do you have a word or intention you are focusing on in 2019?

 

Be sure to check in on my Instagram to see these completed pages.

 

Hi everyone! Tara here with Secretbees Studio. I know Christmas has just passed and I'm sure you are ready for a break from all of the crazienss! And it's never a bad thing to be prepared for the next holiday! I'm here to give you some gorgeous inspiration for the holiday of love- Valentine's Day!

Since Valentine's Day is all about love I was inspired to create a sweet love letter mini scrapbook that can be filled with pictures, letters, mementos and sweet messages to your sweetheart. It's a pretty standard mini album on the outside- chipboard covers and spiral bound- but there are lots of adorable surprises on the inside!

Between the two chipboard covers is an accordion flap that holds eight envelopes and includes a couple of pockets and the beautiful and romantically themed 'Kissing Booth' collection is the perfect way to show off love and devotion! There are gorgeous patterns with traditional pinks and reds along with other bright colors and the sentiments will definitely put a smile on your face!

I made a variety of envelope sizes and pockets as well as an interactive pull-out made with a strip of the 3x4 journal cards. There are plenty of pages for photos and the envelopes can be filled with mementos or love letters.

Now you can create your own special love letter mini album for that special person in your life or even as a gift for that special couple! Visit my YouTube channel for an in-depth video of this mini and to get more inspiration! Happy New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Hello creatives! I hope you all have been having a wonderful holiday season. Leah here with you all today showing you more into my December TN before I start transitioning my setup for the new year. If you’d like to see how I decorated the front pockets and the cover of the front notebook, you can check out my last blog post here. I’m excited to show you how I’ve been documenting December and using the Simple Stories free printables to help me keep track of holiday plans and December stories, and to capture more of “me” in my holiday memories. 

I’ve been participating in the December Daily project for a couple of years now. The holiday season can get a little crazy and very busy, so I’m usually not very successful in sitting down to create every day. Sometimes I have a week or longer that go by where I may not have had time to work on my December Daily album. However, I always try to be as consistent as I can about at least jotting down the stories and memories so I don’t forget them before I can work on crafting the layouts. I’ve been getting a lot of use out of the December free printables to help me do this. I’m keeping the printables in a separate notebook behind my December Daily insert.

What I love about the free printables is that you can really use and customize them in any way you wish, but they are also cute and festive enough to use them exactly as they are. Not only are they helping me keep track of all my important lists and information throughout the busy holiday season, they have also helped me plan out some of my December Daily layout ideas and document parts of this season of my life that I want to remember.

I am planning to incorporate some of these planning pages and lists directly into my December Daily because they document so much of what I’m actually doing this time of year. These are great “filler” pages for those days in your album where you don’t feel like you have a particularly “document-worthy” story to tell. In reality, we all have days where we are really busy with work or other “boring” life things and don’t do anything eventful. I like to use some of those days to tell parts of my real, personal day-to-day story. While I absolutely love documenting extra special memories like time spent with family or doing fun holiday activities, an important part of this project is capturing the essence of who you are and where you are in your life during this time, and I feel that my lists and planning are a big part of who I am.

Because I plan to move several of these printables over into my December Daily insert eventually, I purposely chose not to glue them down into the notebook they are in now. I tucked most of these into this notebook and am holding them in lightly with a small piece of clear tape. I also used washi tape or non-permanent/repositionable tape under some pages, but I avoided using anything too sticky that would prevent me from easily moving the pages later.  

I limited myself to using primarily just the printables to keep things simple and functional in this notebook for the sake of time. The goal is to have a notebook to easily jot things down in to plan and track my December.

Because I’ve been giftwrapping, I had a couple of doilies and decorative tissue paper laying around that I was able to layer into the pages for a little added flair, but these printables are really so cute on their own, I would have loved them either way.

Since this contents of this notebook are so simple and functional, I decided to amp things up for the cover. I’ve shared my process before on how to easily create removable covers for TN inserts, which you can check out here on Youtube, but I tried something new for this one and added an interactive shaker element. The glitter “snow” is such a fun detail to compliment the snowy/wintry theme of the Simple Stories Freezin’ Season collection that I used to create and decorate this cover.

This is the first time I’ve created a shaker insert cover so there were a lot of missteps and errors along the way, which I promptly found ways to cover up and conceal. ;) However, this is definitely a process video I’d like to film for YouTube soon. Let me know over on Instagram if that’s something you’d be interested to see.

Here is one example of where I’ve already incorporated the monthly calendar from the free printables into my December Daily. I always like to add a calendar in my album that just captures the “main events” from the holiday season. Since this is not where I keep my day-to-day plans, I can really add lots of décor.

You can see I went a little sticker crazy here… I think my favorite thing on here are the color Christmas bulbs which are a stamp from the Seasons stamp set that I colored in with my Tombow markers. The ugly sweater, holly leaves, and snowman are all stamps from the same set that I added color to as well. You’ll notice I don’t stress myself too much about trying to color in the lines. ;)

Anyway, I’m excited to get to working on more of the pages and layouts in my December Daily notebook. Have you checked out the free printables Simple Stories offers every month? You can check them out here, or via the “Project Downloads” icon on the Simplestories.com home page in the future. Stay tuned here on the blog or over on the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram to see the other fun ways people are using the printables.

Until next time friends, happy holidays!

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Happy New Year (almost) everyone!  Today I wanted to share a super quick album that comes together easily and would be a wonderful gift for a New Year's party hostess, or your own celebration photos.

I just love the 4x6 snap albums for gifts!  They are easy to create, unique, and perfect for saving memories from a special occasion!
For this album, I used the Simple Stories 2019 collection.  
A little bit of silver and black card stock work perfectly with the black & white scheme in the papers and stickers.
The 4x6 photo pockets make it simple for the gift recipient to add their own photos to the album after the party!
So there it is ... easy peasy!  Hopefully I've inspired you with another handmade gift idea.  
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!

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