Hello everyone, Jackie G here today to share another fun mini album!!  I used the brand new Say Cheese 4 collection for this mini.  It measures 7” by 10” with a 2.75” spine.  I wanted this mini album to be fairly large so it can store TONS of photos!!  I did use a hinge binding system with pocket pages.  You can find a tutorial HERE from My Sister’s Scrapper.  All you have to do is adjust the measurements to your liking.

Onto the mini album!!!  I used lots of different Say Cheese 4 products with this collection!!  The first, and probably my favorite right now is the large word dies!!!  I have spread many throughout the album!! They are also very fun to use on cards!! Another favorite for this collection was the kids “bits and pieces”!!  I really wanted this album to focus on children so this product was a must!!  And lastly (besides loving it all), I love the coordinating solid cardstock to match the collection!!  How awesome is that!!

Both the inside covers have pockets on them to store additional photos or memorabilia.  I have put a handful of photomats inside of various sizes.  All the pocket pages have the same large tag you pull out from the top.  Another great place for extra photos and journaling. 

I get asked this question lots…how do I put my photos in if elements are covering part of the photomat??  Super easy!!  I don’t put adhesive down on any part that touches the photomat.  That way I can easily slide in a photo.  This also makes it easy if you are giving a mini album as a gift. 

Lots of fun little frames and ephemera are tucked away behind larger elements.  This makes a fun interactive book.  Make sure to check out my Instagram page for a full walk through of this album so you can see exactly what I am talking about!!

You can see I used more of those large word dies!!  To give some extra dimension, I did cut them out in two different shades and offset them to give a “shadow” look. 

I hope you enjoyed this magical mini album and found some inspiration to create something of your own!!  Have a wonderful day!!


Hello, again! It’s Rachel and I am back to share my finance planner setup for March!

While there are many wonderful things couples share, one of the more challenging ones is money. Whether you have shared accounts or not, money is something that inevitably gets discussed, reviewed, and may cause a stressful moment or two with you and your significant other. Money can sometimes cause the most stress in a relationship, and this often comes from not having a shared plan when it comes to how and where money is spent and saved. When my husband and I were engaged, one of the first things we did was get on the same page about money. Right from the start, we learned each other’s spending personalities (John’s a saver and I’m a celebrator, haha!), made an aggressive plan to pay off student loan debt and save for the future. You could say we swapped pre-marital counseling for financial counseling!

For the first few years, it was a challenge that required regular tracking of our spending and lots of “no’s” when we wanted to say “yes”. In the end, paying off our student loans in 18 months and putting the loan amount towards savings has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Now I have to confess, with slightly higher incomes and no debt except our mortgage, we have gotten a little “relaxed” with our monthly expense tracking. But that’s no excuse! We have some exciting new changes coming up for us that require some big expenses and I am recommitting to tracking and planning our finances to make sure our money is working for us, and not against us.

To get me motivated, I have decided to setup a planner for all things finances, and what better what to make fun and functional than with the new, beautiful, Pink A5 planner! Planner friends, if ever there was a color that spoke to me, it is this one! Putting my finance planner inside this gorgeous planner will definitely increase the likelihood that I will actually use it.

For the setup, I decided to use the new A5 Dated 2019 Planner Printables. These inserts were downloaded, printed, cut, and punched in less than 10 minutes! While I will continue to swear by undated weekly and daily inserts, I absolutely LOVE a dated monthly insert. And for future planning, this is key.

On the monthly pages, I will track pay days, savings deposited, bills due and any future purchases I know I want to keep on my radar.  The Home Sweet Home and Get It Done stamp sets are perfect for marking my known monthly expenses. March is my birthday month, so I know there will likely be some spending to celebrate. I mark it on the calendar and make sure to move some money over to savings to prepare for that.

I know some people are nervous about sharing their expenses with others, but you shouldn’t be. When I first started tracking my expenses, I thought it was really helpful to see a real expense breakdown in action!

To track weekly spending, I am using my horizontal weekly inserts with the boxes split up as an expense log. Each morning, I will sit down with my planner, log the expenses from the day before, and keep a running balance of how much was spent.

At the end of the week, I will write the total spent, the end of week balance, and the type of spending I did most frequently. The notes section also has room to jot down observations, small wins, and ways to improve next week.

Now, to make these pages fun to look at, I included a few stickers from the Good Vibes A5 Tablet and some Good Vibes washi. Fun and functional!

In between the monthly and weekly inserts. I have also included a few basic pages for a running wishlist, big ticket items to plan for, a list of things to sell/giveaway, and other notes that I can reference throughout the month.

And lastly, no finance planner would be complete without a pocket to hold receipts and important information. I used paper from the Good Vibes 6x8 paper pad to make it punch it with the planner punch.

I hope you enjoyed a look inside my finance planner. I am excited to make finance planning a habit again. How do you keep track of your finances? Head over to my instagram post and let me know!


What do you do when you can't decide which patterned papers to use on your layout? Use them all! Hi! It's Jana Eubank. When I began this page, I could not decide which patterned paper to cut into first. I love them all! So, ... I decided to use them all by creating a quilt-inspired background. Keep reading to find out how!

First, I pulled out all of the papers from the 6x8 paper pad that had full patterns on both sides. I then punched twenty 3" circles from the patterned papers. Next, I scored the circles at 0.5" on four sides. After scoring, fold each "petal" in towards the center creating a square shape with four "petals." After all of your circles are folded, line them up in rows to create the background.

I matted my photo with the Black/Cream Paper and two more patterns from the 6x8 paper pad. I cut two journal blocks from the 3x4 Elements Paper and 4x6 Elements Paper. One block houses my journaling and the other holds my title.

Next, I embellished my photo and the title block with the Floral Bits & Pieces die cuts. I added a punched flower to each of the large blue flowers for dimension, then finished them off with a black enamel dot center.

This page has so much texture and dimension with the folded circles. I just LOVE it! Try giving this technique a try on your next scrapbook page!


Are you as excited about Say Cheese 4 as I am?!  I could not wait to get my hands on this collection so creating this album was almost as fun as taking my boys to their favorite theme park! 
For my opening spread, I wanted my pages to have a waterfall effect so that I could see several of the fun patterns as soon as I opened the album.  Then I used one of the new metal dies to cut out the Yay!
I used another one of the large metal word dies for the pocket shown above.
I love the chipboard stickers that come with the collection.  There are two sets ... cute icons (the banner above), and a fun set of words ("Happy" in the photo below).
The Say Cheese 4 6x8 binder comes with extra pages including this polka dot pocket!  Perfect for maps, tickets, autographs, and other memorabilia.

The 2x2 element cards are great ... cute phrases, icons, and lots of adorable kids!


I can't wait to add more photos and lots of journaling to this album! Visit me over on my blog at Artsy Albums, and stop by @artsyalbums on instagram to see more of my creative adventures!



Spring Break is one of my favorite time of the year. Why? It's when my family always plan to travel somewhere new. 
I've set up the new A5 Teal Planner with the Simple Vintage Traveler. This planner set up is making me more and more excited for my family's upcoming trip.
"Pocket Love" full of bits & pieces
 I'm ready to explore the world.  There are so many places that I have yet to see and visit. I've created my dashboard using the quote "There's no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this" to be the highlight. I layered couple of 12x12 paper to create this dashboard. I decorated it with chipboard stickers and I layered couple of the washi tapes together.
I just thought it's perfect for my family's adventures. Life is an adventure.
 ...and so the adventures begins. Where will my family go to next for Spring Break?  I can't wait to document new memories in my travel planner.
I've always love creative planning in my A5. Horizontal Weeks is perfect for my planning style. I have so much room for stickers and other decor. I used the number stickers for the dates. I love how the word "Travel" looks perfect to the right side of my planner.
 I enjoyed using the "see the world"  stamps in my weekly layout. I've used black ink with the stamps which is super simple yet it adds flair and character. I'm not very fancy when it comes to stamping. Black ink is all I need. No coloring needed as I don't have patience and the time.

Thank you for stopping by and viewing my travel planner set up.
Where to next? Follow me on my Instagram to see where we're going next.


Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today! I'm so excited to share a page I  created with the new Spring Farmhouse collection! There is so much to love about this line from the floral prints to the fun embellishments! And it can be used for just about any theme project! Spring Farmhouse was perfect to scrap an older but favorite photo of my niece playing in my grandparents' garden.

I  began with trimming a piece of white cardstock to 11x11 inches. I  then adhered it to the beautiful floral of Live Simply and stitched around the edges to finish. For my title, I  used the "bloom" script from the Combo Sticker sheet which has numerous sentiments and beautiful florals to accent your project. You can also spy some of the pink gingham Washi Tape that is included in the collection! I  love adding small swatches to break up white space or accent my photos.

Using my electronic die cut machine with white cardstock, I  cut this floral wreath to adhere around my photo (Floral Wreath by Wild Pilot #275492) I  chose the green/white dot print of Plant Smiles and small floral of the Spring Farmhouse 2x2 Elements to back the intricate spaces of the flower. I  then added smaller embellishments from the 4x6 Sticker sheet and Bits and Pieces to accent. 

The Spring Farmhouse Bow Clips are a wonderful addition to the embellishments! You receive four in a package so there are plenty left over for additional projects! I  chose the black gingham Bow Clip to accent the top corner of my photo

The Bits and Pieces pack always includes fun journaling spots such as the deco shape shown. I  then layered flowers from the Combo Sticker sheet as well as a fun black gingham chipboard heart!  You can also see that Enamel Dots have returned! I  love sprinkling them around my pages because they give dimension and color!

I  again used the pink gingham washi tape at the top of my page as well as added additional flowers around my wreath. I  love this little sentiment found in the Bits and Pieces; I  thought it would go perfect with my photo

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  Check out the entire collection by going to the Products page! While there, you can see all of the fun new Simple Stories collections! Have a great day!


Hi everyone! If you have a special boy in your life that is celebrating a special occasion or needs some extra love and affection, make any day a party with the bold and bright 'Lil' Dude' paper collection from Simple Stories! This collection is full of everything boy- trucks, dinosaurs, frogs and dogs along with the coolest boy sentiments!

This fun party set includes treat holders, cupcake wraps and a cute drink bottle! All super easy to make and they look even more fab with all of these awesome embellishments! I used a Silhouette cut file to make these adorable popcorn boxes that can hold all kinds of edible goodies or prizes. The papers in this collection have great prints on both sides so they look wonderful inside and out!

For the cupcakes, I simply traced a cupcake wrap that I had on hand onto the patterned paper and then cut them out. I then wrapped them around the cupcake and taped them together in the back before layering on the charming stickers, chipboard and Bits & Pieces. Voilá, the cutest treat ever!

For the milk bottle wrap, I cut strips of the patterned papers with decorative scissors to add details around the edges and then decorated them with more of the marvelous stickers and chipboard, layering some with foam adhesive for dimension. You could easily do this with water and juice bottles too! The treat holder is cut from a die and is also embellished with more bright pieces from the collection! These cool touches will bring a smile to any boys face and make for the raddest party ever!


Hello again, it’s Emma back today!! I keep saying how I can ‘smell spring!’, it’s definitely in the air!, can you feel it? This month I’d like to share with you the glorious new Spring Farmhouse Collection! I have decided to set it up in the new Hello Floral A5. 

How bloomin’ gorgeous is that!! Of course I’ve used the Hello monthly inserts in it!! Well, it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it!! Ok, let’s take a look at the Spring Farmhouse Collection, it’s full of beautiful spring colours, and I’ve chosen to pick up a lot of the yellows for my set up, unfortunately taking the photos for my blog, I found the yellows just didn’t show up just how sunny and cheerful they really are! So, you’re just going to have to put your ‘sunshine’ tinted glasses on and use your imagination!!

I don’t really need to say again, just how much I love to stuff my pockets full to bursting with off cuts of the paper I’ve used on the dividers and plenty of the chunky chipboard pieces! 

I’m not sure what it is, but I have quite a soft spot for wellies!! ...don’t get me wrong, I’m real life I’m a complete flip flop lover but when crafting I love to use a wellie or two!! I’ve used the black and white check throughout to tie everything together and that of course is what made me choose to use the A5 Hello planner for this collection, as you can see the gorgeous check lining! 

For my March monthly pages I’ve once again grabbed the Number Sticker Tablet for numbering the days, this really is the most useful sticker tablet I’ve ever come across!! I’ve also used the delicate nude check washi which works so well with the watercolour touches on the monthly insert pages! I’ve also used lots of the stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet. A very easy and simple style to decorating! 

See!!! I told you I had a thing for wellies!!! When I saw the new metal dies that Simple Stories had bought out to go with the new collections I squealed with delight!! ...and when I spotted the Wellington boot die, well, I knew I had to use it!! I cut out a few in two different papers and chopped the tops off and swapped them over, I think it looks quite fun and will definitely make me smile when I turn the page!! 

There we have it, a quick look at what I’ve done so far with the spring farmhouse collection. Hope you’ve enjoyed it and I’ve encouraged you to have a play around with the metal dies! If you would like to see more pictures using Simple Stories products then checkout my IG account  Heartsbyemma (@heartsbyemma) • Instagram photos and videos

Howdy friends!  It's Layle, marketing director for Simple Stories & Carpe Diem and I'm back with you again this month with a little something new.  We recently launched the Printables store here at carpediemplanners.com so I thought it would be fun to share some tips for working with printables and then share how I used the printables to set up my A5 planner for March.  

I used these three No ProbLlama printables this month - 

No ProbLlama Elements

No ProbLlama A5 Monthly Tabbed Dividers (Dated)

No ProbLlama A5 Designer Dividers & Dashboards (Dated)

One of the biggest questions we receive about printables is how to print them & what type of paper to print them on!  I filmed a YouTube video explaining my tips & tricks for printing printables; the first 8-ish minutes of the video talks through that specifically.  

In the rest of the video I'm setting up my planner for the month, using the printables.  I used pieces from the No ProbLlama Elements to decorate the pockets & then added some clips and some coordinating stickers from the Mama Llama SImple Set.  I cut down one of the patterned paper pieces from the No ProbLlama A5 Monthly Tabbed Dividers (Dated) and adhered some pink pom pom trim and added it to the large pocket. 

I love that the monthly spreads are dated, makes it so easy to create & go!  I cut down another one of the patterned paper pieces from the No ProbLlama A5 Monthly Tabbed Dividers (Dated) and adhered over the holes to create faux washi. 

I can't wait until March to move into my new A5 planner set up!  Visit me here on Instagram to see more of my adventures with Traveler's Notebooks :) https://www.instagram.com/laylekoncar/  


Hello Simple Stories Friends and Fans!  

Nathalie with you today with a super fun layout that features the new Say Cheese 4 collection.  What can i say!, Simple Stories has created the perfect collection as it can be used to document your memories at the theme park as well as your every day memories.  There are so many embellishments, papers, and designs to chose from that it makes is so easy and fun to create projects.

The inspiration for this page of my Goddaughter ready to visit the most magical place on the world was her head band.

I used the stencil as a guide to create the silhouette of the mouse head on white paper.  Next i used a few paper edge punches to create the scalloped paper strips out of all the black color papers that i found in the SAY CHEESE 4 collection, basic paper pack and 6x8 paper pad.   I glued the strips together on the paper silhouette and stitched around the edge of the silhouette to hold them all together.  All the extra pieces were trimmed so that the silhouette can be easily recognized. 

To keep the focus on the head band, i drew and cut  the image  of the bow onto the b side of the 4x6 Element paper of the Say Cheese 4 collection, and use some white thread to hand stich it to a piece of white cardstock.  Once the image was completely stitched and detailed, i fussy cut the cardstock leaving a small offset around the image, and glued it straight onto the head silhouette.

The B side of the Make a Wish paper serves as the base for the page.  A bit of white acrylic paint was added as a background for the head silhouette.   Once the piece was glued to the page, i used some of the Sn@p cards to back and pictures and glued to the layout.   There are so many embellishments to  chose from that it was so easy to create clusters of stickers, ephemera around the pictures.

Now, to complete this page, i used the new Fun Large Words Metal Die to cut part of the title from 6x8 paper - i used some white cardstock die cuts to create depth on the die cut-, and then used the  Happy Words Stamp and Dies to create the word "day".  To just finish this page, i added a matching bow clip to  the title, and a few lines of journal around the mouse head silhouette.

Stylized picture

I am totally in love with this collection, and the possibilities (trust me i have created a few layouts with it already).  Whether you love the theme park or just want a fun colorful collection, the new SAY CHEESE 4 is definitely one  of the funnest releases from Simple Stories this year, and a must  for your documenting.   You can always contact me if you have questions on how this came together.



Jeanne here today!  Spring is in the air and my thoughts are turning to warmer weather and spending more time outdoors!   Easter is one of my favorite holidays for just that reason.  I love having a house full of people to share a good meal, but sometimes the kids get wrestles.  Easter is eggstraspecial because it’s usually the first get together of the year that we can step outdoors.

I made 6 cards to share today, all made with the Simple Stories Bunnies and Baskets Collection.  This is a 12” paper pack that includes a sheet of journaling cards, as well as a sheet of cardstock stickers.

The cut apart journaling cards make the perfect focal point for your cards.  Isn’t this bunny adorable?

The cardstock stickers are great for embellishing your cards.  The stickers are thicker than regular stickers.  To make them easier to work with I use my embossing buddy and powder the sticky adhesive backs.  This makes them easy to move around while I’m deciding for the perfect placement.   When I’m ready to adhere them I use liquid glue or adhesive foam squares to set them in place.

The cardstock sticker sheet even includes sentiment strips with sweet sayings.

I think the collection kit is a great value too!  All the elements are color coordinated and look at all the cards I make.  I still have an entire sheet of journaling cards and lots of paper to make more with!

There are 6 12 x12” double sided pattern papers in the pack.  I cut them down to 4x6 to make them more manageable for card making.   

I know your friends and family will appreciate the time you take to make a hand made card.  The beautiful papers and sweet images will announce the season and brighten their day!


Hello my friends, Iris here with all the farmhouse feels in a layout using the lovely Spring Farmhouse collection.  There are so many adorable - and very relevant - icons in this collection, that I wanted to use all of them.  And as you can see on my page, I used quite a bit!  

I made this layout to document one of the areas in my house, which in it's past life was a very dated, 90's (alcohol) bar, but we recently remodeled and transformed it into my very own coffee bar.  To echo the chalkboard wall we have in that space, I started off with the black solid paper from the new Simple Basics Kit that coordinates with this collection.  Having coordinating solids really is going to open up the options when scrapping with our beloved Simple Stories collections!

I built many layers behind my photo, including several papers from the 6x8 pad and one wood grain from the Snap Basics 6x6 paper pad.  I then created clusters at the bottom left and top right corners with stickers, chipboard, doilies, and one of the adorable bows that are my new favorite embellishment! 

This wasn't going to be enough for me, so I decided to build a "shelf" on my page (using the long scallop border sticker) to house #allthethings. :D Just as on my coffee bar shelves, I placed signs, lanterns, vases, greenery and a tiered organizer with cute things, all curtesy of the combo sticker sheet, the 4x6 sticker sheets, and the chipboard set. Some of the flat stickers I propped up on foam, and I also did that with the scallop border sticker.  I backed the shelf area with the soft seafoam green gingham of the Well Said paper

I wrote my journaling with a white Uni-ball Signo pen and added some artful splatters and trios of enamel dots to the background.  Yay for the return of the enamel dots!  I added a thin border from the seafoam green gingham to the bottom edge of the page to balance out the top.

Finally, I created a pocket behind my photo and layers. (yes I had to tear it off the background because I did not plan ahead, but the layers and embellishments were all stuck together so they came off in one hunk)  I cut a piece of scrap cardstock to the size of the bottom-most layers so that it wouldn't stick out, added Scor-Tape to two sides, and attached that to the background, adding all the layers on top. Then I cut a rectangle of scrap cardstock that I attached to the backside of my before photo.  I placed one of the sticker tabs with a typed "PULL ME" on the end of the cardstock rectangle, covered the gap with one of the phrase stickers, and when you slide the extra photo in the pocket, the "PULL ME" tab handily nestles in place with the other embellishments to the left of the photo.

I know that last bit was quite a mouthful, so I invite you over to my Youtube channel to check out the process video. :) I truly enjoyed working with this lovely collection and I know you will too.


Hello everyone, it is Kelly here today with a new blog! I just got my creative team box filled with products from the new Spring Farmhouse collection and it is absolutely gorgeous. I decided to switch my A5 planner to the Blush color and setup the pockets with the new collection.

In this collection you can find a whole set of only floral bits and pieces!! I used them in my front pockets together with some pieces of paper and floral chipboard pieces.

Besides the floral bits and pieces set in this collection you can also find enamel dots and bow paperclips. These products got me inspired and I made some of my own paperclips. Two flag paperclips, a layered butterfly clip and a scalloped round clip. I decorated the paperclips with some word stickers, floral pieces and the enamel dots.

I cut the ‘Love a lot’ paper as a front dashboard and used the Carpe Diem punch to punch the six holes. I decided not to decorate the dashboard because I just love the floral print. However, I did cover the paper with a gold dotted acetate piece from my stash.

For my horizontal weekly spread I used a few of the floral bits and pieces as main decoration. I also used the Planner basics sticker tablet and the Bloom sticker tablet from Carpe Diem for some functional stickers to finish the spread. I left enough blank space in the spread to write down all my to do’s and appointments for the week.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and you can find more fun planner inspiration on my instagram account.

Have a lovely day!


Hello Simple Stories friends!

Marcia here today with an adorable layout that I created with the new Simple Stories Little Princess collection. This collection is so cute!!!! It's perfect for those little girl layouts, but versatile enough with lots of pattern papers that could do double duty on birthday layouts and more. My two girls loved to dress-up when they were little and pretend that they were fairy princesses. On my layout today, I am scrapping one of the dress-up photos I have of my daughter, complete with ballerina tutu, magic wand, and baggy tights, lol.  I wanted to create a fairy tale scene for my background so I decided to create some fluffy clouds using a stencil and distress ink. It was the perfect backdrop for a dragon protecting a castle, a beautiful princess, a magical swan, and royal banners. 

I used die cuts from the Tags & Frames pack to create a grid based layout. I embellished each frame with fun, adorable die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack as well as chipboard and stickers, creating little make believe scenes within my frames.

Of course my little princess needed a frog prince who desperately needed a kiss to embellish her photo. Check out these cute bow clips too!

The banners were created from lots of different pattern papers. These I stitched together with my sewing machine before adhering to my layout with foam dots. I love how bright and colorful they are! 

If you have girls, the Little Princess collection is a must. It is perfect for documenting your little girl's adventures in the land of make believe. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of your week.


Hi, Odessa here with a SN@P! layout using one of my favourite collections, Dream Big. I love the saturated playful rainbow of colours and fun imagery. 

I was looking through my supplies for the perfect collection to go with some winter fun photos. I just love the contrast of the white snow against all that colour! I made a two page spread with some fun extras - a shaker divider and a photo booklet. I had so many photos that I picked my favourites to go in the pockets and featured the rest in the booklet.

The left side is the simple part of the layout. a couple of photos and a cute journal card from the collection. Dream Big has some great embellishments and I used stickers, puffy stickers, bits and pieces and chipboard stickers on this page.

In the middle of my spread I made a cute shaker just because I really wanted to make one. I used one of the Insta-Pocket Pages cut down to a long single pocket. I slid a strip of the Be Younique cardstock down the side of the page protector to make it stand out a bit more. I used the Believe stickers from the combo sticker sheet and then added a few chipboard pieces and a bunch of confetti made with a hole punch and some of the Dream Big Cardstock. I added a tab sticker from the combo sticker sheet and sewed it up with my sewing machine. Now I want to make all the shaker pockets!

On the right side it looks like a couple of pocket cards and a 4x6 photo but one of the pockets is actually a photo booklet! I had a bunch of photos from that day and didn’t feel like they’d be great as a bunch of layouts. The photo booklet pulls together all of those extra photos into one layout with an added surprise.

I used the backside of Dream Big 3x4 cardstock to make a cute pocket card with some of the chipboard stickers. They’re supposed to spell out Dream, but Rad fit better in a 3x4 pocket. I embellished with a few more stickers to make a personalized journal card. Next to it is my photo booklet. I covered it with the Be Younique paper to make it match the rest of my layout a bit better and added some stickers for extra cute. Finally I added a tab to make it a little more obvious.

I lined the inside cover with the backside of the Dream Big 4x4 element paper and filled the pockets with my extra photos.

I kept the embellishment in my photo booklet simple with mostly just phrase stickers. I love how phrase stickers look on instant photos!

I just love that sideways adorable sticker. Dream Big might be thought of as a more “girly” collection but I didn’t let that stop me from using it with photos of my boys!

Finally, I used one of the 3x4 journalling cards to add some words to my layout. If you have a ton of photos I recommend giving these little photo booklets a try! They slide nicely into the pocket pages and are great for collecting images together. I put it all in the Robins Egg Striped Designer Binder which might be my favourite Simple Stories binder ever.


Hello creatives! Leah here with you today with a super fun tutorial on how to upcycle a Carpe Diem Planner packaging box into decorative and functional storage for your craft or planner supplies. How many of you have kept the pretty packaging your Carpe Diem planners and traveler’s notebooks came in? I have quite a few and I never throw them away because they are so cute and functional. I love to use them just as they are for little storage trays for my supplies when I am working on a project. I have been wanting to dress one up for a while and since I’m working on setting up my new craft space, this felt like the perfect time to give it a whirl. Of course, I turned the camera on so I could share the process with you.

I’m not sure how much the packaging boxes differ in size with each size planner, but for this tutorial, I am using the box for an A5 planner.

Editing this footage was a challenge because there was so much to share, and some trial and error. Even after whittling it down quite a bit, the video still ended up being nearly 20 minutes long. You may want to go grab a beverage and get cozy before hitting play on this one. ;)

Insert video

I love that this box is not only providing storage now, but it’s also displaying the products right in front of me on my desk, which entices me to use them.

As you saw in the video, the pockets attached to the back of the box are really easy to make and switch out, so I definitely plan to do this again with whatever collection I work with next!

Here are some closer photos of the finished project and the different pieces.

You can rearrange the two separate pockets in any way you want to within or around the box, but the best part about these is how you can tuck them into your planner to take some of your supplies with you on-the-go.

Displaying some of my favorite products around me is something I have always done to motivate and inspire me to create whenever I’m in a creative rut. Now I can do that with this box and get the duel functionality of some added storage as well. The display box can easily lay down and looks just as cute as a tray. Because all of the pieces I made are flat, I can also throw some other supplies in there too if I want to move around to another part of the room or in the house.

I’m curious, what other ways have you all been using the packaging boxes that your Carpe Diem Planners came in? Tag me over on Instagram @sunny.leah to show me, and let me know if you give this tutorial a try! Until next time friends, happy creating!


Hello Friends,

It's Kristine with you today to share a layout using the Kissing Booth Collection! I cannot get enough of this collection with it's super cute patterns and lovely die cuts. I created another layout using my cousins wedding picture. It's perfect for this collection isn't it?

My layout is called KISS ME.

It measures about 9x12 but I added it to a piece of white cardstock to make it 12x12. I used a black cardstock to mat the layout and create a contrast with the pink/red colors.

I used a quote from one of the 4x6 element cards for my journaling. I didn't want to add my own journaling for this personal layout so I thought that using the quote would be perfect to add some words to the page. Those elements cards are perfect to cut apart!

I printed a picture that measures 5x5" square and I really love this size. I added dimensional adhesive to the photo, the journal strips, and the chipboard pieces.

Adding a few enamel dots, paint splats and some of those tiny puffy hearts created a great little details for me.

Such a great collection to play with - for weddings, valentine's day and many of those special moments. I hope you have a chance to create with this KISSING BOOTH collection and please share your creations with us on social media! You can find me @KristineDavidson and @SimpleStories_


Hello, I’m Cara and I am addicted to travelling! I love a clean hotel room with a puffy white bed and it’s cute little tea and coffee bar. I love to visit new things and learn about new cultures. And I love getting away from the everyday to experience something new. I’m not home a week from one trip and I’m dreaming up the next. 

A Traveler’s Notebook is the perfect place to plan and document your travels, that’s what it was originally for! It’s in the name after all ;) Simple Stories' new Simple Vintage Traveler is a perfect pair to set up a Traveler’s Notebook just for travel. In it you could plan out your travels before you leave, house all your documents while you are away and even document all the fabulous sights you see.

I chose the Cream Dot TN and added some Black Speckle Washi and paper to make the pastel colours from the collection pop. 

I started with the pockets because it’s my favourite thing to decorate. I wrapped some washi on a card and added stickers, chipboard and die cuts in various sizes and shapes, sprinkled a few enamel dots (the new Spring Farmhouse dots match perfectly) and I love how it turned out.

I tucked that black speckle paper into the long back pocket, along with the Take Detours paper, added some ribbon trim and a tab and the pockets look fab!

I covered 3 TN inserts in papers from the collection and decorated those as well. I decided to keep the back 2 relatively flat with stickers, washi and die cuts only.

For the front insert, I also added some chipboard and enamel dots as I don't mind these bumpy items in the front.

I think my favourite bit is the dry-erase packing list that I made with one of the Layered Frames. I used a permanent waterproof pen to write the list and I can check it off with a dry erase marker. 

To make my TN the star of the show when I travel, I added lots of clips and tabs to the tops and sides, with extra hot glue so they’ll hold up in my carry on.

I also hot glued a chipboard hot air balloon and some ribbon to make a TN swag for the front cover.

If you’d like to see my process video, click here:

Travel TN Setup

Happy planning and happy travels!