Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here sharing my planner set up and a planner spread using the Emoji Love collection.

I couldn't resist filling my planner pockets with all the cuteness Emoji Love has to offer. I mounted the "Sparkle and Shine" (taken directly from the Emoji Love 6x8 pad onto some white card stock for an easy dashboard. I make sure to keep the 4x6 sticker sheets tucked in my planner because I use them so often. 

To make this memory planner spread, I started by trimming down some patterned papers from the 6x8 pad to fit in the vertical boxes. I also trimmed some of the papers to work kind of like washi to cover the headers. 

I used hole reinforcers and number stickers from the Posh collection. I usually have issue when there's too much dimension on my planner pages so I typically steer clear of chipboard elements. But the Simple Stories chipboard pieces are thin enough to go into your planners without causing too much bulkiness.

I had some fun with fringe scissors at the bottom of the spread. I like how it adds texture and flair without too much extra work. 

I am still loving those calendar stickers from the Posh collection. I love that I can see the month at a glance on each spread if I wish. I love the little starburst embellishments in this collection and I used them all over the spread as my uniting element.

I love that I have such a fun space to document all the funny and smart things my kids say.  Even if they never make it onto a scrapbook page, I'm happy to have these stories told.

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It’s Shei here today. I’m so happy to be back on the blog sharing two layouts. Let’s get started!

For my layouts I used the beautiful Domestic Bliss collection, I love the colors of this line!

To create my first layout I was inspired by the cute tricoloured heart included in the combo sticker. I started with a white cardstock as a background and I cut a heart contour in the middle of it. Behind the heart I used the “Domestic Diva” double-sided paper and one photo of my cat to form the three parts of the heart.

For the title I used the word "LOVE" from the Expression Combo Sticker and I glued it at the bottom of the picture.

Then, I added enamel dots and some pharses, flowers and hearts from the Combo Sticker, the 6x12 Chipboard and the Bits & Pieces. I love all the embellishments!!

Finally, I added the original heart sticker with some enamel dots and words at the bottom left of the page.


My second LO is dedicated to naps. During the week I'm working and I can't take naps, but at the weekends I enjoy taking long naps on the sofa. My cat always does this with me as you can see in the picture, hahaha!

First, I used the white polka dot paper ("I can't Adult" b-side) as the page's background. Next, I chose three frames with different sizes from the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements and the 4x6 Vertical and Horizontal Elements. Then I created another three frames with some papers (Bless This Mess b-side and Mom Rules b-side) in which I have include the photo, a chipboard house and a heart brad. Finally, I "hanged" them on the LO using some colored baker twines and enamel dots as if it was a home wall.

I used the word “HOME” in my tittle from the 6x12 chipboard. I like it ‘cause it gives more dimension to the project. To finish I added some hearts of different colors and pharses from the Combo Sticker.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! I hope you enjoyed my layouts! See you next month!

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!


Happy Sunday!!  It's Layle here & I'm excited to introduce a month long faith focused Sunday series here on the blog featuring bible journaling from guest designer Rachel Lindas along with our new Faith collection.  Be prepared to be inspired as Rachel shares her process over the next four Sundays on how she approaches bible journaling while getting creative at the same time!!


Hi,  My name is Rachel Lindas. I am a guest designer for Simple Stories.  I am a mom trying to raise three spiritual warriors, a wife to a man who completes me, and a journaler who delights in God’s Word. 

When studying God’s Word and my Creativity Collide (in the most glorious way)…

I started Bible Journaling almost two years ago.  Its been a game changer in the way I am able to process the Word.  Most of us are visual learners  which provides the perfect way to study God’s word, in combination with beautiful images, to help remember it.  I always say that Bible journaling is like the Science Lab part of Science.  Your teacher starts with a lesson from a textbook, then for the students to really absorb what was taught, they do a hands on experiment.  It's the same with getting creative in your Bible.  I always start my pages by studying God’s Word first and then I ask Him to show me what I am supposed to learn from that verse through personal prayer. .  The images that come to life from that process have changed my walk with the Lord.  For that I am very grateful. 

I've had a love of paper crafting since I was little and started my very own scrapbooks when I was in high school.  So this creating world was never new to me, but as life continued on and I became a mom of three my time like most of us became even more precious and I had very little free time.  The pressure and guilt to spend time on my photo albums grew and I was being drawn into spending more time in God’s word and studying the Bible as I had a desire to raise three spiritual warriors.  But I missed creating and if I am honest, I think we were all made to create in some way; so when I was introduced to this idea of Bible journaling I knew it was the perfect match for me.  God’s Word and creating all in one. Oh yes!  Insert my Happy Dance.  The rest is history.  I have just started my third Journaling Bible and just taught my 12th month of Bible Journaling Classes at a local scrapbook store. We celebrated one year of teaching classes for Ladies, Middle Schoolers, and Child Classes and the enthusiasm is just continuing to grow like crazy. 

I am so excited to be able to work with the beautiful Simple Stories Faith product line.   They have done a great job and the entire product is so beautiful and easy to use.   Over the next four weeks I hope to show you a variety of  “looks” that you can accomplish with this line.  Everyone has his or her own process for Bible Journaling and I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to do it.  So over the next month I will just share what works for me. 

For most of the pages I design in my Bible I start as I would for a layout in my scrapbook except that the background page is always the Word of God. My layering and placement works very similar to how I would design a page in a scrapbook with some limitations.  I don’t like to cover God’s Word when I am creating on my pages so I am limited to where things can be placed.  That’s just a fun challenge to work through. I will share several types of media that does work on top of God’s word that adds color and fun without covering His Word. 

My Process:

1.     Choose a Bible Verse (Psalm 111:1) many of the Simple Stories paper pieces even have a Bible verse on them to help get you started.

2.     Spend time studying the Verse (I use my Study Bible and and to help with this and then use my Bible Journaling Worksheet to keep me organized and focused.)

3.     As you study the verse, images that come to mind should be used to help build your page. (For me this image helps me remember the verse and what I learned from it based on the visual that comes to mind.)

4.     This Verse had the words “with all my heart” so hearts were used. 

5.     Layout the pieces on your page and figure out the best placement.

6.     I then remove the pieces from the page once I have a plan and then I start painting.  To achieve this technique I used the Tim Holtz Distress Paint by Ranger, Mini Mister by Ranger, and a zip lock plastic bag. Dab the color paint you have chosen onto the plastic bag.  You can use more than one color but be careful not to choose colors that will blend together to make brown. Yuck!  Then spray water with your mini mister over the paints. Normally three or four sprays are enough.  Then pick up the plastic bag and as the paints start to move around and blend  flip it over onto your Bible page and with your hands spread out the paint.  Since the plastic bag is see through you can see where the paint is spreading and you can control it a bit where you want it to go.  Pick up the bag and respray water or paint as needed and place in a new spot on the Bible page.  Here's a quick timelapse video to show you the process - 

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7.     Once paint has dried adhere your paper pieces to the Bible Page.

8.     I always Tab my page with one or two words that will remind me of what this page is all about.  That way it’s easy to find a verse when I am looking for it.

9.     Most times I go in after the page is done and just use my own handwriting to add notes in the margins or at the bottom of the page of what I have learned from studying that verse.  This makes my page very personal to me and my walk with the Lord feels more intentional .  Sometimes I write in the prayers I have on my heart.

10. Date Stamp your Page, its fun to go back and see what you were processing and when. 

This process should be fun and relaxing.  If it’s causing a lot of anxiety then your missing the point.  Give yourself some grace and just enjoy the process.  I am excited to see how you design and create your Bible pages and grow in your walk with the Lord through the process.  






Hey everyone! It’s Lori again, and I’m here on the blog today to share more behind-the-scenes awesomeness from the CHA/Creativation show last month.

The reveal of our new products here on the blog was so exciting, and now we’d like to share an up-close look of our Domestic Bliss collection as it was displayed in our booth. While it’s not as good as touching and feeling the products on your own, it’s pretty darn close!

Just like we showed you in our Faith behind-the-scenes look, our ‘wall of goodness’ for Domestic Bliss is filled with color and inspiration!

The Domestic Bliss collection is all about home and the people you share it with. These layouts and cards were created by some of our amazing design team members and share the fun side of cooking, chores, and chilling with coffee. And how cute is that teapot and stove?!

The home décor pieces we displayed at the show were a huge hit! Everyone loved the cute spring display, butterfly and home vingnette. This line is full of fun patterns and stripes and can be used many different ways!

Something we’re hearing from our customers about this adorable collection is that they’re excited to use the products to document their everyday pics, photos-of-the-day, and more. This line is a great backdrop for those photos of your daily routines, too!

The Domestic Bliss collection is shipping to retailers now, so contact your local store or online retailer to find out if this fun collection is in their store!

If you’d like more behind-the-scene peeks into the booth at CHA/Creativation, be sure to check out this live video showing more of the Domestic Bliss collection!

Click here to download a PDF version.


Hey there, friends!  I am so excited to share my two newest layouts here today featuring the beautiful Love & Adore collection!  I think this is my favorite collection this year.  I think the colors are amazing, and every patterned paper just jumped out at me.  I love creating layouts about love, so this was an easy task.  For my first page, I scrapped these two goofy photos of me and my husband just lounging around on the couch.  We act silly 90% of the time, so these pictures show our true selves.  I went with this beautiful Head Over Heels paper as my background.  I love the diagonal design, the pops of black and those gorgeous flowers.  It just makes it so simple to add your photos on a titled angle.  I went with it and embellished around the photos.

I layered a few of the 6x6 Paper Pad papers behind my photos along with some tissue paper and adhesive foam.  I cut the largest floral die cut from the Bits & Pieces and added half of it below the photos along with some tangled thread.  I combined some of the 4x6 Stickers with the alphas from the Combo Cardstock Stickers to create my title.  I added in a few flowers and heart stickers and created a small floral cluster below the title.

Above the photos, I created sort of a vertical cluster using stickers and heart die cuts.  I wanted all the fun colors represented, so I pulled elements that made everything colorful.  I love the XOXO sticker the most!  I machine stitched through it for added detail and texture.  Here you can see the background pretty well.  I smudged some white gesso on the background and then used some Shimmerz, Heidi Swapp Color Shine and a gelato to create a splotchy watercolor and splatter look. 

Here you can see the dimension from the photos and all the stitching I did under them.  I love the 4x6 Stickers in the Simple Stories collections.  They can be used in so many ways, and they add the perfect little sentiments.  I always love the words and phrases, and they’re excellent for adding pops of color.

Here’s the top right of the layout.  I added in tangled black thread and also more floral stickers and die cuts.  I really love how striking the black looks in this line, especially up against the pretty blues, pinks and yellows.


For my second layout, I knew I had to fussy cut out several of the XOXOs from the Sealed With a Kiss patterned paper.  I seriously love the colors and patterns in them…especially the yellow floral and all the black and white.  I took some time and cut out all the XOXOs and decided to arrange them on the beautiful Crazy For You paper.  That deep reddish-pink color is so pretty, and it makes all those other colors pop.  I smudged a lot of white gesso down first using my fingers.  This allows me to really blend it in so the edges are hazy and faded looking instead of like brush strokes.  I used some spray inks and watercolors to create an artsy-type background.  I wanted it to be subtle yet visible behind all the XOXOs.  Once I had them arranged into rows, I placed my three photos down.  My youngest daughter is known for making silly yet adorable faces all the time.  I must have hundreds of photos like this, and they all make me smile.

The papers and XOXOs really did all the work on this page.  All I did was dress up the background paper and provide some interest for the letters to be placed on top of it.  I did machine stitch through each row, which I think really sets it off.  I decided to name this page “Love Your Face” after seeing this phrase on one of the Bits & Pieces die cuts.  It’s perfect for these photos!  I combined the die cut with a 4x6 Sticker.  I also layered a few small floral die cuts & stickers around the photos.

I didn’t do a lot of embellishing around the photos.  I wanted them to stand out and not feel drowned in embellishments, so I used a few flowers, tangled thread and hearts around them.  I think the black and white photos really stand out, and they look great without making things too busy.

Here’s another example of just keeping the embellishing to a minimum.  Just a few die cuts, a sticker and tangled thread.  Sometimes we feel like we just have to use tons of embellishments when we really don’t.  Sometimes the photos speak for themselves and you might not even need a bunch of things surrounding it.

I used one of the Chipboard pieces here.  The dimension is great, and it pops off the page.  I love how the gesso looks so faded and ghost-like.  It softens up the background without taking away from it, I think.

I hope these layouts give you some inspiration or ideas to try with the Love & Adore collection.  It’s really gorgeous, and I want to just keep on creating with it right now!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Hey planner girls! It’s Meka with you on the blog today. I just got my hands on the new Clover green A5 Carpe Diem planner and goodies from the beautiful Faith collection. I’m excited to share with you how I set up my Faith planner.

The collection includes the stickers, Sn@p! Pack journaling cards, Bits and Pieces, and decorative clips we’ve come to love, plus some new products we haven’t seen.

This release has added a variety of Planner Decals. I chose the “start each day with a grateful heart” decal. The instructions on the package made adhering it to the front of my planner a breeze. I accentuated the quote with a lighthearted sheep sticker from the Clear Stickers pack.

I added a few more clear stickers to the bottom front pocket, and stuffed the pockets with Bits and Pieces die cuts, journaling cards, and a few other embellishments. I’ll add to this “Inspired” journaling card as time goes on.

The Faith collection has a fabulous A5 planner Insert Set! It makes it super easy to set up a faith planner. The tabs come blank, but there are pre-printed sticker labels included.

I used the Faith floral bookmark tablet to brainstorm some section ideas. Since only some of my ultimate section names were among the pre-printed stickers, for consistency I handwrote all of mine on the reinforced tabs with a Sharpie.

I then decorated the first divider page as my dashboard. I trimmed this “Be Still” sheet from the new coordinating 6x8 paper pad, and layered it on top of another to stand out a bit from the background. A few ribbon embellishments softened up the design a bit more.

Next I divided the included inserts amongst the sections that worked for me. These “Inspired” inserts from the kit were perfect for my “Inspiration” tab.

An Inserts planner section is a must for organizing extra blank pages, journaling cards, and stickers. Speaking of stickers— YES PLEASE! to these pre-punched A5 sticker sheets that are included in the Faith insert set! I added a length of the collection washi tape along the margin of all three sticker inserts.

There’s also a pocket insert page that will house items I’ll need while using my planner.

That didn’t stop me from playing with one more sheet from the 6x8 paper pad! They make easy-peasy mini folders! I folded the 6x8 sheet in half, trimmed a few millimeters off the edge, cut off a corner from the top half of the fold, punched holes, and added simple adornment to the front.

My last bit of décor for now is this clear “believe” sticker that I added to the inside of my Clover Carpe Diem strap. This will give me a sweet reminder every time I open my Faith planner.

All of these supplies will be available from Simple Stories retailers next month! I hope my Faith planner setup inspires you to get started with yours! Now that I’m all set up, I’m eager to get started along this new journey of documenting my faith. Come visit me anytime at



Hello friends, It's Laura here with you today sharing two layouts using the oh so fun #Whatever Simple Set!  If you haven't had the opportunity to check out this collection yet, you really should!  The colours are so pretty and the fun text on the various elements of this collection speak so well to all of those funny photos we take!

Both of my pages are about silly moments, like this first one that documents a terrible yet hysterical photo of myself on a day I pulled my sunglasses out of my purse and one lens was missing!  I don't like having my photo taken but couldn't resist snapping this pic.

I am currently enjoying designing layouts with larger titles that are a feature in their own right on my pages, and this layout has just such a title! As I mentioned earlier, there are fabulous colours and terrific phrases in this mini collection, too!

I also drew some leftover goodies from my stash of the Life in Color collection to help embellish my page, the colours coordinate so nicely.

This word bubble was cut from one of the cut apart sheets, I love using them in a variety of ways! Layering stickers onto fussy cut elements and tucking in small embellishments like enamel dots and shapes is a favourite technique of mine.

Of course, this sticker word had to make it onto one of my pages and it is perfect as a title and feature resting upon a pretty strip of paper! The circle element was punched out of another cut apart card.

I cut this floral sticker in two so that it could have twice the impact on my page, nestled in amongst other stickers, chipboard frames and enamel dots.

I think journalling deserves a bit or prettiness too, and being able to embellish it motivates me to write it! ha!

My second layout features a funny photo of our son and puppy, she loves him so much and cannot snuggle close enough!

For this page, I began with a die cut of multiple heart outlines, thinking it would look great with water colour looking splotches of the #nailedit patterned paper backing them.  I also added a little bit of mixed media to my background.

I trimmed down this cut apart card and used it as an anchor for my photo, and then embellished around both of these pieces with some stickers, chipboard and enamel dots.

I added a fairly large embellishment cluster including this fun paint swatch banner to the upper right side of my layout to give it enough visual wight to balance my photo area. I love the way it turned out!

And as a last step, I added my journalling and a bit of embellishing!

Thanks so much for visiting today! 



Hi planner friends! I’m back to share the inside of my Robin’s Egg Carpe Diem planner for the month of love!
I love the use of color in the Love & Adore collection, so I decided to use the Robin’s Egg planner to bring more of a pop of color, especially the Hello Beautiful cardstock I used for my dashboard.

Since this particular cardstock is so colorful, I only added a few of the enamel dots and the ephemera pieces from the Love & Adore collection.


I also made myself a second dashboard using hexagon shapes that I punched out to use as a highlight of things that are happening for me this month.  Some of them so far are milestones for my pregnancy and some classes that I look forward to attending.


For my monthly calendar, I did my usual cardstock trim along the top with the Melt My Heart cardstock paper. I also attached a few of the chipboard stickers to paperclips along the top of the pages. 


I kept the weekly pages pretty simple at the start of the week and used some of 4x6 stickers from the Love & Adore collection.  The February calendar journaling card from the 3x4 journaling elements was the perfect size to punch into my planner and refer back to it during the week.


I also made myself a little washi tape card by using one of the larger ephemera pieces from the Love & Adore collection and wrapped each tape a few times.  This way I always have some washi to use without carrying the full rolls with me!


I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my February set up and I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!


Hey Everyone! This is Jennie! The Love & Adore Collection is perfect for documenting Valentine’s Day but if you have someone to love you 8 days a week is perfect for any week! I used it to document two weeks of winter. My daughter’s winter coat is a perfect match to the pink in this collection. 

This collection has 3 gorgeous washi tapes that are perfect for adding little accents for pocket pages, planners or cards.

Flowers and hearts are patterns that I use very often. I have 2 girls and they wear a lot of pink so this is a collection that I can use anytime. This week we also went to the movies so I borrowed some photos of the movie from Google. 

This font is one of my all time favorites from Simple Stories! Since I documented my December on my December Daily, these weeks on the album were a little slow so I combined 2 weeks in a full spread. I do this whenever my weeks are slow. I try to keep my rules loose so I won’t worry too much or make my hobby a burden.

I kept our movie tickets and our cookie fortunes but instead of gluing them down I used a paper clip to hold them. I used a Tombow Adhesive Dot on the back of the paper clip to keep it in place. I love these journaling cards with lines because I feel more comfortable using my handwriting. I’m terrible at writing straight so whenever I use a journaling card without lines I use my typewriter. 

Tiny Words are my favorite thing about the 4x6 Stickers! I use them in everything I make! I always use the washi tape and tiny word combo. I normally use the Sn@p Letter Stickers to write on photos but since this font is skinny it fits perfectly on the photo.

I like to add 3x4 photos of my daughter’s drawings to my album so I don’t have to keep all of their drawings. They like to draw a lot and they add up fast. If I keep every single one I would be up to my nose in scribbles. 

I hope you were able to pick a few tips from this post! Have a lovely day! 


Since February is filled with all things love, we thought it would be fun to share an up close look at some of the products from our Love & Adore collection & inspiring projects from our creative team that make our hearts skip a beat.  Keep in mind, the Love & Adore collection can be used year-round to document the memories with the ones you love!

When it comes to paper crafting, it’s all about the paper, right?!  Regardless of what crafty project you’re working on, paper is the perfect starting point.  These are some of the Love & Adore favorites we’re crushing on, and judging by our diminishing inventory, they’re some of YOUR favorites too!

 Washi tape, stickers, die cuts and enamel dots – OH MY!  With Love & Adore, you’re sure to find just the right embellishments to create a match made in heaven for your ‘lovely’ projects!

From layouts, to mini books to planners, Love & Adore is just that spark you need for your paper crafting & planning projects.  Speaking of paper crafting & planning, here are a few projects to get you inspired to document your plans and memories with the ones you love.

Be sure to check out & follow our Love & Adore Pinterest board for more Love & Adore inspiration!



I have been really excited to share my CHA creations with you.  If you were lucky, and were able to attend CHA, you have seen these two new collections that I have played with for today's post.  If not, they are so much fun and you really need to check them out.  I adore the new Emoji Love collection.  It can be used so very many ways.  I have a young boy who recently started texting and I captured one of our recent texts.  He is still alive, so don't worry!  



There was a texting block as part of the paper that I used right along side of my real photo of texting.  I added the crown to the top of the face emoji!!



Look how cute these Emoji pieces are.  I clumped them together to make a border across the top of my photo.  



Seriously, I could have used ALL of it for this layout.  I am excited to do another.  This is called, documenting the REAL life!!!




As soon as I saw the Domestic Bliss collection, I new I had the perfect photo.  I had been saving this photo for quite some time.  Never found the perfect collection.  When my boy was really young, he drew his dad a picture for Father's Day.  What is missing?  ME!!  




After cutting my heart and covering the entire piece with foam, I added it to the white polka dot paper.  I added the clumping along the bottom with every piece of household equipment I could find.  My journaling around the top is pretty sarcastic.  Asking them, who will clean, do laundry, cook?  They would need to hire a maid to do everything that I do!!!



Here you can see the drawing a bit closer.  I am still missing!



I used the strips phrases across the tip to create a border and used the heart washi.  Journaling came after the entire layout was complete.  I wanted everyone to know the story!  ha.

Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here and I've got a fun pocket page to share with you using the adorable, the ever-versatile Love & Adore. 

I love the idea of the panorama-sized page protectors and was inspired by one of the 6x12 cut-aparts from one of the elements sheets.  I wanted to make a mirror image of the 6x12 so I took to Photoshop. I downloaded the digital version of the Elements sheet and mirrored it horizontally. Because I do not have a wide format printer, I scaled down (keeping the proportions) until I got to 11". After printing, I glued each piece to a 4x12 strip from the paper, Melt My Heart

I happen to love the configuration of the lower pockets as well. Three 4x6 cards and still space for some 3x4s? Perfection in my book! I always like to make sure the focus remains on my photos while making room for some fun embellishing and details. 

I added some hand-stitched crosses to the outer edge of each panorama sheet. It only takes a few extra minutes of work but I feel like it adds a lot extra visual interest. For this spread, I kept my machine-stitching in plain white so it doesn't stand out too much. It adds a lot of texture without being too in your face. 

I used my fringe stickers to trim some papers from the Love & Adore 6x6 pad  I layered them to make a stage for my photo. The "Hello" is from the 6x12 chipboard

In keeping with the spirit of the mirrored images at the top, I kept the rest of the pocket page spread mostly mirrored as well. I did the same placement of photos and cards on both sides to balance the visual weight of the spread. Mirroring is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this. 

I enjoyed layering elements from the chipboard and the Combo Sticker sheet. I used dimensional foam adhesive on the heart and "you're a keeper" to separate them a little better from the background. 

I usually finish my spreads by finding a few places that could benefit from some machine stitching. I particularly like to sew through letters or phrases. Don't be afraid to sew through chipboard--- just go slow! 

If you are on Instagram, make sure you follow Simple Stories to see even more inspiration with Love & Adore.


Hello friends! Today I'm excited to share two fun layouts with you using the Love & Adore collection! The colors and patterns are perfect for all your love-themed photos, but are also versatile enough to be used for a variety of themes. I love doing layouts about my husband, so this collection was just perfect for me!

My first layout was insired by the "With All My Heart" patterned paper. I love the awesome design, and wanted to make it extra special. I cut out the insides of the heart using a craft knife, then traced where each color would be using a scratch piece of paper. Next, I used the 6"x6" pad to find papers that coordinated with the brush strokes, and punched out a million tiny little hearts using a heart confetti punch, I glued down the hearts to the scrap paper, keeping each color within the lines I designated when I traced it earlier.  Gluing down the hearts took a bit of time, but the end result is lovely! It's a great movie-watching activity.
Once I had the hearts glued down, I added my photo and embellishments. I wanted to cover as little of the punch hearts as possible, so I kept the embellishing simple by primarily using the chipboard.
I love the way it turned out! 
My next layout was inspired by the "2x12, 4x12 & 6x12 Elements" patterned paper. The "Loved you yesterday..." quote is one of my favorites and I couldn't wait to use it on a layout!
I began by placing the quote to the right side of the page, leaving an edge of white cardstock. I added a scalloped strip of paper underneath, and then stitched it all down. I chose my photo, and added layers of patterned paper behind it, as well as a doily. I glued that down, and added chipboard hearts and the "XO". I wanted to repeat the look of the stained glass heart, so I cut out the same design from the 6"x6" paper pad and slid it behind my photo. 
Next, I added some splatters of black ink. I grabbed the phrase stickers from the 4"x6" sticker pack and added them going down the edge of my page. I couldn't choose just one, so I used nearly the whole sheet!
Those are my two layouts using Love & Adore! I had a blast creating with this collection, and I know you will too. Thanks for joining me today!


Hello February! Violet here on the blog today to share how I used the Love & Adore collection.  February is one of my Favorite months because of Valentines and my Anniversary Month. Love & Adore was the perfect kit to keep track and creatively plan in my Ballerina Pink Carpe Diem planner. The pinks, yellow, blues, hearts and floral made for a beautiful planning session. 

As I open up my planner my eyes go straight to the dashboard and pockets. I make those two areas my focal point for planning. The Bits & Pieces and stickers were the best part of stuffing my pockets. What I really enjoyed is the SN@P! Pocket Pages that fit perfectly inside my planner. They also add that personal touch to my planner. Did you know the 6x6 paperpad page with squares fit perfectly in the pocket pages? This makes an awesome Dashboard!


I always look forward to getting my monthly view planner set up. Especially, for the Month of February. I used Love & Adore washi tape and stickers, 6x6 paper pad square pieces and enamel dots. The bright colors and black made the perfect color combination for February. Here are a few pictures before the pen.

Thank you every one for taking the time to stop by the blog.  This month I will be celebrating my 21 year anniversary along with my granddaughter's first birthday, my son's 3 year anniversary, my daughter-In-law's birthday and we can't forget Valentine's. I am so thankful that Simple Stories makes it easy for me to plan accordingly... till next time happy planning.


Hello! It's Jennifer here today to share my projects using the beautiful Love & Adore collection!  Valentine's Day is right around the corner so this is the perfect line with its pink and red hues! What makes Love & Adore even more awesome is that there are "non-traditional" colors and prints; so of course it can be used for many other themes! 
 And that's exactly what I did for my first layout, "Love One Another". I wanted to document one of my favorite photos from our last mission trip to Haiti! Our team member had given one of the ladies her old hooded jacket to keep warm at night. I just love the look of joy on her face!
I started with a kraft cardstock background and the "Love" Simple Stories Silhouette cut files (I added 'one another' with a font from my Silhouette library).  I then backed the negative spaces with patterned papers from Melt My Heart and So Happy Together.
The Bits and Pieces pack has many fun die cut shapes to accent your project including journaling spots such as this rounded square!  At the bottom of my journaling, I used a label sticker from the 4x6 sticker sheets to add the date. I also added some of the cute cut out chipboard and sticker hearts as well as coordinating Enamel Dots!  
At the top of my photo, I layered one of the tags and floral die cuts from the Bits and Pieces and added one of the cute sentiment stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet. I used another cut out chipboard heart as well as some hot pink/white bakers twine from my stash.  
I love to cluster small embellishments in the corners of my photos; its something I've always done. And I appreciate that Simple Stories always gives me so many great options!  Here, I used some of the smaller stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets along with a cut out heart sticker.  One of my favorite embellishments are the typed sentiment labels as they are perfect to add a little extra to your page!  How great is this David Bowie quote? Huge kudos to whoever made the decision to include this because I seriously thought it was perfect. 
For my second layout, "XOXO", I decided to go the traditional Valentines route! My friend had given me this photo she had taken of my daughter one her first Valentines Day! I cut 9 inch strips of the different patterns and layered them down my page.  I also added in some coordinating Washi Tape in random spots. I then used my sewing machine to stitch through a few of the strips to secure as well as add some accent.  Next,  I cut a heart background with my Silhouette and white cardstock that I adhered over my strips of patterned paper. 
For my title, I used the " XOXO" Chipboard pieces from the 6x12 Sheet; I chose to stack them instead of placing the letters in a straight line.  
Here, I layered some of the sentiment stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet as well as the 4x6 Stickers.  I also used one of the smaller journaling spots to write down some notes about the photo.  
As you can see, I definitely layer a lot of embellishments and elements on my pages. If this isn't your style, you can take away pieces you don't prefer. I think the process of experimenting and trying to figure out what works for you is what makes scrapbooking so fun.  ​
It's tough for me to turn a good banner down as I really love them!  I'm alway excited when Simple Stories includes them on their chipboard or sticker sheets!  I adhered mine across the middle of my page to "break up" the white in the die cut.  
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will check out Love & Adore in its entirety by clicking here!  Have a great day! ​



Hello everyone! It’s Leah again, here to show you how I have used the Love & Adore collection to set up my Carpe Diem planner for February. Wowza, January was one heck of a month for me! It was a month full of firsts and trial and error, as I worked really hard to pull together my very first online class (coming to Big Picture Classes in March!). I learned how to film and edit video tutorials too! Now that I’ve gotten the hang of filming, could this mean new adventures with YouTube? Only time will tell! Meanwhile, I am just so relieved to have completed  the class. There is something magical about seeing something come together that you have worked so hard on. After accomplishing such a big goal of mine, now I am feeling SUPER motivated to spend some time laying out my goals for 2017. February 1st feels like January 1st to me. I am kicking things off by setting up my planner for February!

I started by getting creative with making a February monthly divider. I tried something new with this project. I used graph paper from the Basic Inserts pack and got messy with my watercolor paints! Word of caution here: I have used watercolor on the Simple Stories planner inserts a lot and never have issues with the page warping too badly, but you have to be mindful to not use too much water. In this case, I disregarded that. I used more water to get that drippy effect you see. I basically puddled the watercolor toward the top of the paper and then stood the paper up to allow the paint drip down. As a result, I did end up with a pretty wrinkly page but I actually like how it looks, feels like a page out of my at journal. I also glued it down to the existing cardstock divider for February which helped weigh the warped paper down a bit.

This project actually started out as me playing with watercolor just for fun, but then I liked how it looked and decided to turn it into a monthly divider. Since February is “the month of love,” I focused on a love theme. I used three die cut hearts from the Love & Adore bits and pieces pack and I arranged them in the order of the paint colors – blue heart near the blue paint, yellow heart above the yellow paint, and the pink heart near the pink paint. The colored phrase stickers are from the 12x12 combo sticker sheet. I matched the color of the sticker to its corresponding heart. Then I used enamel dots in the same colors on each end of the phrase stickers.

I cut a white piece of cardstock into a small tag shape, punched a hole, and threaded the same three colors through the hole. On the tag, I used alphas from the Combo sticker sheet to indicate the month. Even around  my photo, I used paper scraps to layer in the same color pattern, blue on the left, pink on the right. I really love how matching up the three colors all throughout the layout made it come together so nicely and cohesively!

Every year, my February monthly layouts always end up being my favorite! This year is no exception. I used the Love & Adore collection to decorate.

I have always used my monthly view to write in things I need to schedule around. Since January was so chaotic for me, February does not have too many pre-planned obligations. Yay! So I went a little heavier on the decorating. Just a note in case you’ve ever wondered: occasionally, I cover up days with embellishments and because I tend to decorate first, I sometimes end up having to write in a little note and then add an arrow pointing to the date where it SHOULD go. For example, my dad’s birthday is on the 23rd, but I have that day covered up with decor. So I wrote it in a close-ish spot and drew an arrow to where it should be written in.

For the February title, I used a pink doily chipboard piece and then used black alpha stickers to write out the month. I’ve got an Avery index tab on the side of the page with a word strip sticker. The “all of me loves all of you” is one of my favorite pieces from an element sheet in the 6x6 paper pad. I layered a pink piece from the same page behind to help it stand apart from the white background.

When decorating any monthly layout, I always use lots of stickers from the 4x6 sticker pack in whatever collection I am using. Same goes for this layout. All of the embellishments in this layout are from those stickers, the combo sticker sheet, the bits and pieces pack, and the Love and Adore washi tapes.

All the décor on the right side of the layout is using the same supplies, but that strip of paper covering the notes section, is cut from a sheet in the 6x6 paper pad.

I still feel like there is a decent amount of writing space left on my layout, should anything else come up that needs to be scheduled.

I always love adding larger embellishments in the bottom right corner. Love how this February calendar looks with that huge floral piece!

Last but not least, I put together an easy bookmark using a piece from a 12x12 elements sheet. When I cut the paper down to the size I wanted, I had to cut off the part that said “you will,” so I added the words back using yellow alpha stickers. This bookmark is quite simple to make, I just cut and glued down half a doily and then layered a couple of washi tapes and a floral sticker on top. The bits and pieces pack had a couple of ticket shapes that I used to create a tab for the bookmark and then I laminated it all.

I didn’t add any embellishments to the reverse side of the bookmark because that paper is pretty enough on its own! I like laminating bookmarks because I can stick sticky notes and page flags to them. For example, pictured below are some sticky notes that I have written a grocery list on.

I love how this bookmark tab looks peeking out of my planner!

I am absolutely in LOVE with the Love & Adore collection and cannot wait to keep using it throughout February and beyond. The florals, bright colors and all of the hearts are perfect for the Valentine’s Day season, but I could use this collection any time since I love the style of it so much! Check out the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram account for more inspiration using this collection. I will also be posting more projects using it over on my Instagram as well. I hope to see you there!


Hey everyone! It’s Lori here on the blog today sharing a bit of the behind-the-scenes fun from the CHA/Creativation show last month.

Some of you may have already seen the reveal of our new products here on the blog a couple of weeks ago.  We're gearing up to start shipping our new Faith and Domestic Bliss collections next week to retailers, so I thought I'd share some pics from the show along with some of the fun projects that were made using our Faith collection.  

When it comes to the show it's all about seeing, feeling and touching all of the new products; the booth is set up by collection so retailers can do just that!  

We opened one of the new 6x8 pads & hung the papers from the booth - isn't that fun?!

Then of course there's the much loved 'wall of goodness' displaying projects using products from the collection

Creating so many projects for each collection to display at the show is quite the undertaking!  Some of our staff, creative team members and friends of Simple Stories worked their hearts out creating some gorgeous things to display in our booth at the show. We were amazed at the stunning projects they made!

Next up behind-the-scenes is this striking home décor piece using our Faith line. Everyone at the show adored how we added clips and photos to the wood blocks on this display showcasing our owners', Amber & Kevin, cute kiddos, and we adore this family!

One of the repeated elements in our Faith collection is a light bulb. It represents light, and we hope it inspires people in lots of different ways. This sweet project featuring our papers reminds us to shine in everything we do and be who we are. It’s a great project and a great message!

One last Faith project I’d like to share from CHA/Creativation is this treasured tray featuring our Faith collection. There are so many inspiring cards, images, and sayings in this collection, so what better way to see those inspiring messages than to create a hanging display?

As you can see, there are lots of great ideas showcased at the show for everyone to enjoy. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a peek into the show, and keep an eye out for more projects from our other new collections, because we’ve got lots more to share!

If you’d like more behind-the-scene peeks into the booth at CHA/Creativation, be sure to check out this fun live video showing more of the Faith collection!