Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalms 46:10) This month I wanted to share with you how I used my Floral Dot Carpe Diem Planner and the Faith collection as my War Binder. This scripture has so much meaning to me that I cried when I first saw the 6X8 pad. I knew right away what I was going to use as my Dashboard.

Throughout my life I've had some very difficult moments. Some that people will never have to go through in their lifetime. From having my first born son prematurely and needed to stay in the hospital for 30 days and just days before he was released was told, to prepare my self for the worst, he most likely is not going to make it! I couldn't understand, and I wasn't going to accept that. Our church prayed at the next service while we were there and by the end of the week he was able to go home. 

When our daughter turned four we went in for a routine checkup and found out she had a heart murmur, but the doc wasn't too concerned, but was concerned enough to have a child cardiologist take a look at her heart. Before I knew it there are 4-5 doctors  in the room with us all whispering among themselves. I felt my heartbeat in my ears. I was like, what is going on! My eyes were darting back and forth. It was then that her cardiologist informed us that she needed to have open heart surgery. I felt like I was punched in the gut. 


From surgeries, marriage, and all the other things life throws at me. Sometimes I try to take matters in my own hands and sometimes I did and messed up everything, but God was always there and still is, reminding me to be Still! Through a song playing on the radio, from a friend, from a greeting card to my daily devotion, a sermon on a Sunday morning, on a journal sent to me, and now with a Simple Stories Faith Collection Line. I'm humbled that he would take the time to constantly bring me reminders of who really is in control.





The Faith A5 planner inserts are perfect for my war binder. I used the Inspired journal inserts, to keep track of what I was reading, inspiration and prayers. I also made a little flag paperclip bookmark. This has to be one of my favorite color schemes of all time. The florals, mason jars, mint, aqua, pinks and yellow are so beautiful. All of the  journal  cards and stickers are just what I need to add some inspiration and encouragement to my day.




As part of my war binder, I keep my month scripture writing in it. I use the weekly inserts to write down each scripture for the day. 




Jesus is the reason I live and breath, he is my hope and my salvation. I serve him because I need him! My life and everything about me is far from perfect, but I'm thankful to know who is! I am also very thankful that I now have a gorgeous way of documenting all my prayers, daily scriptures and more, using the Faith Collection. 


Hi everyone! Tara, from Secretbees Studio here today with a super cute home project that is not only functional but looks awesome too! Sometimes we (our family) need a little reminder of the things that have to be done around the house. Using a regular picture frame and the adorable Simple Stories 'Domestic Bliss' paper collection, you can create a charming way to help them remember!


I picked up a simple 8x10 frame at my local craft store for this project. You can use any size, but this one is great for showing off the beautiful 'Domestic Bliss' papers and embellishments! You will also need dry erase markers for this - any color will do. Gather all of your supplies and get ready to make something awesome!

I started by using some of the letters from the 4x6 stickers to create a title for my chart. It's always a good idea to use a ruler, or another piece of paper to align your letters evenly! Once positioned where you want them, press firmly so they stay in place.

I also layed out  how I wanted my chart to look with the patterned papers, stickers and embellishments before I put it in the frame. The colorful weekly list is one of the 4x6 vertical element cards in the paper pack and worked perfectly! Keep in mind that if you are layering lots of paper together with thick embellishments, it may be harder to fit behind the glass.
The finished product is sweet and charming and so much better than the actual housework! My favorite part is the kitty sitting in the laundry basket with the sentiment 'Every Day I'm Launderin'. Too funny! I added some special touches to the outside of the frame using more of the chipboard, stickers and washi tape from the collection to make it even cuter!
Writing with dry erase markers is smooth and easy and will not leave any residue behind when you need to change things up!
There are so many adorable sentiment stickers in this collection that I couldn't resist using one layered over a label sticker to make a tag for the metal slot at the bottom of the frame.
A close up of the tag I made using one from the Bits & Pieces layered with stickers and chipboard! I just love the laundry basket brad in the center of the twine bow!
This home project was so easy and fun to create that I made another one for the weekly dinner menu! The 'Domestic Bliss' collection even has cute embellishments for that!
Once the week is over and you need to write something new in, just take a tissue or paper towel and wipe off the old. Easy peasy!
Thanks for taking the time to check out my project! I hope this inspires you to create something cute and functional for your home!



Hello, it's Lisa here today with a rather magical post.
Let's face it, anything Disney related is magical, right?! And that's how this Say Cheese III collection makes me feel. Magical!

I have two projects to share with you today using this collection. I have a layout and a minibook where I will share my secrets with you....the success of making mini books.

I'm going to start with the ' Meeting the Mouse' layout.
I cut down some white card stock so that it could be framed on the cute spotted paper from the collection. I like to frame my scrapbook pages. I just think it's a good finish.
I edited my 'meeting the mouse' photo to turn it in to a vintage polaroid print. I love this look and although it does take the quality out of the photo, it keeps it looking vintage, which I quite like.

 I used one of the 'Snap' cards with half a Mickey head on it and by using a craft knife around the outline of the ear, I've turned it in to a little pocket.

I cut some of the tickets out from the 12x12 Die Cut papers to pop inside the pocket. I also used some to journal on.

I took another of the patterned papers and cut out the large spots to stick on my page. I also used some of the 'Bits and Pieces' then to embellish. I like the colour contrasts here. The arrows were made by also cutting out from one of the patterned papers.

I'm really happy with how this has turned out. I love all the pops of colour and yet there's still a little 'white space'.

Now on to my next project, my Mini Book.

This Mini Book was so much fun to make.   I got myself a little stuck with mini books a while back. I used to start them, spend weeks working on them very slowly, step by step, so much procrastinating and they would never get finished.  Then one weekend I made a mega mini book over a weekend.   It then dawned on me the secret to making mini books.
1. Print all your photos and have them ready.
2. Gather all your craft materials and supplies so they are ready in front of you. No more thinking about what paper to use next what embellishments go with what. By using a matching collection like this, all that thought has been done for you and everything coordinates. Make sure you have all your tools there too.
3. Try and create it in one sitting if you can. If this isn't possible then stick with it and make sure you finish it the following day. Chances are (if you are like me) and you walk away, if it's left longer than a few days, it will not get finished.
 4. Keep a design running throughout the book. This way you don't have to spend too much time thinking how you are going to decorate the pages and when you do decorate each page, it's quick and easy and really makes the mini book flow as you look through. It's very pleasing to the eye seeing this repetitive continuation of the design. Keep it simple. I cut the scalloped patterned paper in to strips and added a strip to the bottom of most of the pages as you can see here above and below. 
You could also add a heart from the same paper on each page, or use a circle punch ....just something to keep a design flowing.
I then work page by page. I choose the order of the pages selecting the papers. Here I used the 12x12 Element papers. They are perfect for Mini Books.
Then I go through, keeping them in order, adding my photos. Then I go on to add embellishments/stickers. Then any journaling and finally I often like to doodle.
This whole mini book was made in under 2 hours as I stuck to my Mini Book rules. It makes it so easy.
Here you can see the pages in order.
I am so happy with how this has turned out. There is a real sense of achievement when you create a project like this.
I do have a YouTube Channel here where you can see me creating both of these projects.
Thank you for joining me here. Have a magical day!


Hi again, it's Emma here, I'm back this time to show you what I've been up to with the Domestic Bliss collection, it's a fabulous new line which I'm using in my Carpe Diem A5 planner.  There are so many different items to choose from. 

First things first, which planner to choose? I picked out some of the 12x12 papers from the collection kit and put them against my Ivory, Robins Egg and Ballerina planners to see what looked best, to be honest I liked them all but in the end went for my ever faithful Robins Egg. 

The humour in this line is brilliant, I love all the quotes used, like 'housework can't kill you but why take the chance'!!, it's so important for me to have elements throughout my planners that make me smile, and with this collection they even make me chuckle which can't be a bad thing!

The pockets and dashboard are the first impression you get when you open your planner and for me it's all about stuffing the pockets full of pretty things, I certainly didn't struggle to do this when I had all the bits & pieces and cards from the snap pack at hand! I also used some of the decorative brads and enamel dots for more texture. 

As I said this collection is perfect for the Carpe Diem planner as it has specific items like the 54 piece Home Planner Insert Set which includes home planning inserts, menu & financial pages, dashboard, die cuts, storage pocket, stickers and 6 tabbed dividers. The dividers can be labelled with the stickers included.

The domestic bliss line is full of images of fun household items like the retro vacuum cleaner which you'll find throughout the collection, even on the epoxy metal clips. The doc it journal cover has all these on it, it's so handy to keep in the back pocket of my planner, I also have the shopping list bookmark tablet tucked in the back ready to scribble down what's needed! 

I have filled my weekly pages with washi and stickers and tried to put together a basic routine for housework. I'm using the planner for a multitude of things to try and make the home run more smoothly. Decorating the pages is a pleasure with the 725 stickers you get in the sticker tablet!!

One of the ways I'm using the planner is to keep all the notes that my little boy brings home from school, although you get a pocket divider included with the insert set I wanted to make a few more as they are so handy, it's really easy with the 12x 12 papers to make a simple pocket divider, and then using all the other elements to decorate. You can then store your receipts, stickers, coupons etc in each one. 


I hope you've enjoyed looking at a few of the ways I've used the Domestic Bliss collection, I'm certainly enjoying using it all!

If you would like to see more pictures of how I use all the simple stories Carpe Diem products you can find me at Instagram

See you next time.



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Hello Friends! It's Kristine Davidson here today and I'm sharing 2 layouts with you using the new collection called CABIN FEVER.  When you look at this collection you might think -" wow, i haven't been camping in years!" but you shouldn't skip this collection all together! I created a layout that wasn't even close to camping - just read my post and you'll see! 

My first layout is called Cabin Fever. I had to borrow a friend's photo to complete a layout using this collection because honestly I haven't been camping in years! I really liked the colors and also that little red truck was just calling my name! So I created a layout based on a gorgeous cabin in the woods. A place where people come to relax, enjoy some quiet time and make some lasting memories. 

I created some layers with several papers from this collection and used a minimal amount of die cuts on this one. I found with the picture of the cabin, i didn't much to enhance it or I didn't want my page to be too busy. 

I cut out the compass from a 4x6 journal card in the kit and then of course that little red truck is sooo cute isn't it !? This collection could be used for a fall layout or spring / summer layout at the cabin or camping as well. 

It's an easy page that you can replicate with no issues, just find that perfect picture!


My second layout is a fun one - still using the same Cabin Fever collection but I created a page that wasn't about camping or the cabin at all. 

This layout is called " You Make Me Happy".  I apologize that the lighting isn't great on my layout - we haven't seen sun in ages here on the east coast. 

 I started this page by using a cut file in the Silhouette store from the Simple Stories - the GEO Background #194848. I love die cut backgrounds and of course this one was perfect for me. I created my background and then added pieces of papers - to give it more detail I did some sewing all along those lines - it looks good and I don't need to fuss over glue dots or make sure it stays put ;) 

Once I finished with the piecing of the background I started decorating. I wanted to have something that wasn't camping related so I simply used the flowers from the sticker sheet, Bits & Pieces and also chipboard.  I clustered on the left hand side of the photo since my papers on the right were a bit busy as is - I didn't want to overwhelm the page too much. 

I kept some simple colors such as the beige and also the mint green. I also kept a corner with the wood grain paper so I could decorate a bit more on the right bottom corner. 

My title was created using some alpha stickers from the SN@P! basics collection.  I also had a cut file for happy from Kerri Bradford. I added some pop dots behind the word happy to give it some height and then added some enamel dots ;)

As you can see this collection isn't just for those who love camping ;) 

I hope you enjoyed my reveal today and of course we can't wait to see what you create with this collection! Don't forget to tag us on instagram using #SimpleStories and you can come follow me as well at

Thanks for visiting and talk to you again soon!


Hello everyone!  It’s Dorymar Perez here!  I hope you had an amazing National Scrapbook Day and a spectacular Mother’s Day weekend!  I want to share with you a beautiful mini album I created using the gorgeous DOMESTIC BLISS collection.  When I saw this collection, I fell in love instantly with the colors, designs, but most of all, the theme: Home!  I wanted to design an album to document the everyday chores to do at home.  In my case, a from everything I do daily – I take care of my brother, my mom, two beautiful daughters, a loving husband, pets and a big house - LAUNDRY is a HUGE task!  OMG, it never ends!

¡Saludos chicas! ¡Por aquí Dorymar Perez! ¡Espero que hayan disfrutado al máximo el Día Nacional del Scrapbook y un fin de semana de madres espectacular!  Quiero compartir con ustedes un hermoso mini álbum con la colección DOMESTIC BLISS.  Cuando vi la colección quedé enamorada al instante con los colores, los diseños y más aún con el tema: CASA.  Quería diseñar un álbum que documente las tareas del día a día en la casa.  En mi caso algo que hago todos los días – es cuidar a mi hermano, mi mamá, mis dos hermosas chicas, mi amado esposo, mis mascotas y mi casa, pero entre las muchas tareas que realizo en el hogar la que para mí es una tarea enorme es el LAUNDRY. ¡OMG nunca termina!

I decided to use the collection to create a box that simulates a washing machine and inside it housed a beautiful mini album with lots of space for photos!  We typically take pictures of special moments, but not photos of the tasks we do as part of daily routine.  My album does not have the photos yet, but each page is designed with a specific photo in mind.

Decidí utilizar la colección para crear una caja que simule una lavadora y en su interior albergue un hermoso mini álbum con mucho espacio para fotos. Por lo general, uno acostumbra tomar fotos de esos momentos especiales, pero no de los momentos arduo trabajo o de la rutina diaria. Mi álbum aún no tiene las fotos, pero cada página está diseñada para la foto que voy a colocar. 

The box measures 6.6” high x 6” long x 5” wide.  I bought some magnetic cans in a dollar store and used its lid and a bubble ornament to form what simulates the door of the washing machine. After cutting the chipboards to the measures indicated above, in one of them, I drew the ornament and made a hole to cover one of its sides later with a transparency.   Then, when placing the ornament, it can be filled with sequins in combination with the bright colors of the collection. I decorated its exterior with flowers hand-cut from the paper, die cuts from Bits and Pieces, Domestic Bliss Decorative Brads, and Enamel Dots from the collection.

La medida de la caja es 6.6 alto x 6 de largo x 5 ancho. Compré en una tienda de dólar unas latas magnéticas y utilicé su tapa y un ornamento de burbuja para formar lo que simula la puerta de la lavadora.  Luego de cortar los “chipboards” a las medidas ofrecidas anteriormente, en uno de ellos tracé el ornamento e hice un agujero para luego con una transparencia cubrir uno de sus lados para que al momento de colocar el ornamento pueda rellenarlo con lentejuelas en combinación con los brillantes colores de la colección.   Decoré su exterior con flores cortadas del papel, “die cuts” de los BITS AND PIECES, Domestic Bliss Decorative Brads y “Enamel Dots de la colección”. 

The mini album measures 6” high, 5” long and 2.5” wide.  It has five pages with pockets and flaps. For the cover, I used a 3 x 4 card, chipboard stickers and enamel dots.  I selected all the elements following the theme of my project.

El mini álbum tiene una medida de 6 alto, 5 de largo y 2.5 de ancho.  El mismo cuenta con cinco páginas con bolsillos y “flaps”. Para su portada utilicé una tarjeta 3 x 4, chipboard stickers y enamel dots.  Fui seleccionando todos los elementos acordes con el tema del proyecto.

You can see that the interior of the cover simulated a room with die cuts and the frame of a 4x4 card. On the first page, I did a flap that opens and used a 4x6 card that is accentuated with die cuts and enamel dots.

En estas páginas quise enfocar lo que es el tema de la colección y el tema que seleccioné, puedes observar que el interior de la portada simulé una sala con piezas de “die cuts” y el marco de una tarjeta 4 x 4. En la primera página hice un “flap” que abre hacia arriba y utilicé una tarjeta 4 x 6 la cual acentúe con “die cuts y enamel dots”.

Here you can see in detail the inside of the flap of the first page. In it, I used brads, chipboard stickers, die cut and stickers to decorate everything that surrounds the frame of the photo.

Aquí puedes observar en detalle el interior del flap de la primera página. En ella utilicé “brads, chipboard stickers, die cut y stickers” para decorar todo lo que rodea el marco de la foto. 

The second and third pages have two flaps that open to the sides.  There is plenty of space for photos and journaling, I continued to embellish all around with die cuts, stickers and washi tape, always focusing on the theme of the project.

La segunda y tercera página tienen dos “flaps” que abren hacia los lados, puedes observar que tienes mucho espacio para fotos y escribir el “journal”.  Sigo acentuando todo su alrededor con “die cuts, stickers y washi tape” enfocándome siempre en el tema del proyecto.

Next, look at pages 4 and 5. Both are filled with super fun elements from the collection. Page 5 has a flap with pocket that has space for journaling and inside it, you can place more photos.

A continuación, observas las páginas 4 y 5.  Ambas páginas están llenas de elementos super divertidos de la colección. La página 5 tiene un flap con bolsillo, en el bolsillo tiene espacio para colocar el “journal” y en el interior del mismo puedes seguir colocando fotos.

The next pages work the same way: flaps that open sideways and are embellished around them with the magnificent elements of the collection – Domestic Bliss Bits and Pieces, Enamel Dots, Chipboards, Combo Stickers and Bless This Mess and Home Sweet Home Washi Tape. All are beautiful!!!

Las páginas siguientes las trabaje de igual forma, “flaps” que abren hacia los lados y acentuado su alrededor con los magníficos elementos de la colección – Domestic Bliss Bits and Pieces, Enamel Dots, Chipboards, Combo Stickers and Bless This Mess and Home Sweet Home Washi Tape. ¡Todos son hermosos!

In all the pages of the mini album, you will find how the elements of the collection are located with the purpose of assigning a specific photo according to the phrases and the theme of the mini album.

En todas las páginas del mini álbum vas a encontrar como los elementos de la colección están ubicados con el propósito asignar una foto específica acorde con las frases y el tema del mini álbum.

I hope you enjoyed the project and that it inspires you.  Happy crafting friends!  Have a great week! Blessings! 

Espero que hayan disfrutado el proyecto y que les sirva de inspiración.    ¡Que pasen una feliz semana! ¡Bendiciones!




Hello again, Nicole here today to share a few projects on the blog.  I have been sitting on some photos of our family trip to Disney for a few years and thought this was a good opportunity to use some of the fun Say Cheese III collection to document some of those memories!

I chose a mixture of patterned papers and punched a simple row of circles on the bottom of the page. This is a great way to add in some little bullet journaling or sentiment stickers as I chose. An easy way to embellish a project for sure.

I chose to use a mixture of stickers and die cuts from the Bits & Pieces package to embellish the top row of my page, to balance out the bottom grid of circles. It’s also a fun way to add a quick border of paper and smaller embellishments.


Last month I talked about getting out from behind the camera and scrapping some photos of myself for a change. I have decided to make a greater effort on this over this year and so I have a fun & crazy page to share with you using the Emoji Love collection!

I started this page with a simple white background and trimmed the rainbow effect like paper from the Emoji Love collection and added it to both sides. I really wanted lots of color but needed a way to draw it all together. A great striped paper like this helps do just that, bring all the colors together and is a great starting point for your page.  I decided to hand cut some letters from various patterned papers in the Emoji Love 6x8 paper pad and added that to my page, filling my patterned paper component on the project!

The hand cut letters are a great way to customize the size of your title and add a certain whimsy to your page too! A great way to add in a burst of color. Of course, I needed to add some fun emojis and word bubbles to my project, and used several stickers with some foam adhesive to the back to add a little pop!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog with me today!


Hi friends, it's Layle!  I'm the Director of Marketing for Simple Stories & I'm back again this Sunday with another installment of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series with guest designer Rachel Lindas.  We've had so much fun seeing her creativity in her bible & had such great feedback from YOU on her process, tips & techniques that we've invited her to stick around for a while and extend the Bible Journaling Sunday Series!  We'll be futuring an in depth blog post from Rachel once per month along with weekly posts on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  Hooray!!

Today Rachel is back sharing a great lesson on attitude for teens using our #Whatever Simple Set - I think you're going to love it!


Hi, it’s Rachel Lindas and I’m feeling all kinda sunshine and summer vibes these days. I live in Southern California and the weather has started to turn towards those summer days.  With summer on its way I decided to use the gorgeous line by Simple Stories called Sunshine and Happiness

You guys yellow is my favorite color and there is just something about the boldness of the colors and the adorable designs that make me smile when I look at the product.  Since this line was not designed as Faith based line, I had to get a little creative on matching up the creative designs and Bible verses to go with them. But I enjoy that process and challenge. It causes me to do a lot more reading in my Bible to find the verse that speaks to my heart and matches the visual.  

I chose three verses to highlight for today but I have to be honest I could do at least 10 different Bible pages with this Sunshine and Happiness line so I encourage you to follow along and then challenge yourself to keep finding verses that match the artwork.  Before we get started I want to just share that the Sunshine and Happiness Expressions Cardstock sticker is amazing. On one sheet you get 4 different alphas in different sizes and different colors all of which are sized well to fit in the margins of your Bible.  Its a great sheet to add to your collection of Bible Journaling supplies.  

With that said I do want to mention just like our relationship with Jesus goes through different season I am realizing that my Bible Journaling is evolving as well. I just celebrated my birthday and for the past 3 years it has become a tradition for me to start a new journaling Bible because one year’s worth of illustrating in it, makes it pretty full. So last week I started a new Bible and the designs I will be sharing today are from my new Bible and therefore have a bit of a different look. I have been wanting to keep my designs more and more in the margin and on a smaller size so I can have room for two designs on each page if I need it and therefore leaving room for more of my own personal writing as well. To really document the notes I have learned from the verse.  Ok lets get started!

I fell in love with the “You are one in a Watermelon” saying and image and decided to start with that.

I began looking for verses that talked about how you are unique, how God created you, and how there is no one else like you in the world.  As I researched verses on this topic I found in Luke 12:7 “Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”  Love the play on words with replacing million with watermelon as a visual reminder that God knows each one of us intimately and that he treasures each one of us as well.  This line also happened to have adorable birds with red and white polka dots on the wings that tied in perfectly to the watermelon look and the mention of sparrows in the verse.  This page was pretty simple in design I cut the long sticker that said “you are one in a” into three different parts to fit it in the margin and used the slice of watermelon to finish up the saying.  I added the watermelon brad from the line, stuck the cute bird sticker on top of the saying, and then finished with a collection of cut outs and stickers of watermelons to the top of the page allowing the tab to stick out from the page.  I thought the colors on the page were so bright and bold already I didn’t want to add too much color to the page so I used my neocolor II (water soluble wax pastel) to highlight the verse in Ruby Red and then splatter the page using the same Ruby Red neocolor.  Please remember God’s reminder that we are worth much more than the birds.  When you are feeling low or invaluable look to God’s creation.  Get outside and take a moment to see how God provides. 

I carry around a Mason jar filled with ice cold coffee almost every single day and when I finish that coffee I fill up my next mason jar with ice cold water for the rest of the day.  So when I saw the adorable mason jar with the red and white striped straw with lemon slices I was so sold.  

I started searching for verses about being thirsty.  There are many many verses about being thirsty but I felt led to concentrate on this one.  John 4:15 “Sir, the woman said to Him, “give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.” This verse is from the passage about the Samaritan women who Jesus spoke to at the well. He told her about the water that He could give her would never let her be thirsty again.  That it would become a well of water springing up in her for eternal life.  I love this passage in the Bible, I love the visual it gives to us so we can try and understand what Jesus is offering to her and to all of us.  But one of my favorite parts of this passage is how it shows us a real glimpse of grace and how it works.  The women in this story doesn’t really get it yet, she does not fully understand what Jesus is offering her but she knows she wants it.  She says, “give me water”  See you don’t fully have to understand it to receive it.  You don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to have a degree in Theology.  The water Jesus is offering that gives us eternal life is for every single one of us, we just have to ask for it.  

So my design...  

I used the mason jar as my back drop that fit perfectly in the margin of my Bible and then took full advantage of all the different alpha sizes that came on the expression cardstock sticker and spelled out “Give me this water.”  I then added the slices of lemon, oranges, and limes to the top stacked on top of one another and coming off the top of the page. I finished it with a brad and the words This Rocks and Woo hoo at the bottom of my design. Then just highlighted the passage with my Faber Castell Pitt artist pen  Big Brush in Cadmium Yellow. 

Ok last layout for today. I really wanted to incorporate this girl in my Bible so I started with her and then just kept looking at the options and was inspired the saying, “Keep your sunny side up.”  

The stickers used this saying with the sunny side egg which is adorable but not the look I was going for so I combined the saying with the girl and began the process for finding a verse about staying positive, being joyful, being happy, looking on the bright side.. etc.  Although there are many options I was drawn to the passage in Philippians were Paul explains how he can remain happy and hopeful as he sits in a prison.  Philippians 1:12-20 “…My eager expectation and hope is that I will bot be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all courage, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death.”  Say What? You guys this is for real not hey this is how Christ would want you to respond, this is what we should aim for… but this is how Paul was.  Let me be clear this is what we should aim for but my point is through Christ’s strength Paul was able to actually have this sunny side up attitude even in the middle of very bad circumstances. Paul was rejoicing over the fact that God can and will make something good out of something bad and that thrilled Paul.  Paul was joyful that he was  able to do Christ’s work even as he sat in prison.  Pretty amazing perspective right?  Here’s the take away.. We see on the bright side when we keep our eyes on Jesus.

Again another simple but to the point layout that stayed mostly in the margin of my Bible.  I started with building my mini layout in the margin.  I used the High Five paper and punched out a circle to create my back ground for the little lady/  Then I cut the sticker that says, “Keep you sunny side up” into three sections so it would fit in the margin as well.  I added heart stickers to the page and finished by adding a couple swipes of paint with my paint card over the verse.  (This technique I have shown in pervious blog post through a video tutorial if you want to check that out)

My hope and prayer is you leave this post feeling inspired and choosing the sunny side up.  Till next time.. meanwhile dig into God’s Word and use some of those gorgeous scrapbooking lines in your Bible.

Be inspired, Rachel Lindas


Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am so excited to be sharing some pages that I have created for my Disney album. We recently had annual passes to the park and although I have already scrapped some photos from our trips I wanted to create an entire album. The thought was to have a place that I could document our fun and magical year. The new Say Cheese 3 collection was the perfect solution. Simple Stories has a darling 6x8 album that has a Mickey Ear shape on the cover with lots of red and white polka dots. I typically don't embellish the fronts of my albums so that I can store them easily. But I do love this album and it's darling Disney theme. 
Before sitting down to start putting this album together I had a few thoughts. I knew I wanted it to go in chronological order. From our first trip to our last. Then to break it down further I wanted to it to have themes or events. I started with this entry page. I used one of the fun pages that comes with the album and added a few embellishments to it. The large castle on the bottom was the perfect place to add the year and some other embellishments.
On the next page I added a photo of all 5 of us together. This was our first family photo of the year and I think it was a nice beginning to the album. 
Opposite the big family photo I have a pocket page protector with a 4x6 journaling card. I wanted to give a brief summary of what this album is about. I also have a photo of Noah's old Mickey hat that I took on Main Street when we first arrived at the park. 
These photo flip ups are great for adding in extra photos. I added one here and was able to add in another photo and a filler card. To help aid the flip up page I added one the adorable clips. 
I am going to set up my album with a few things in mind. As I mentioned earlier I am going chronological. These next set of photos are all from one place at the park, Cars Land. There are so many ways that you can organize your album. By day, by theme park, by events, ect. Whatever works for you.
When you order the Disney SN@P Decorative Binder inside are some great decorative pages. I used this red and white polka dot page to add in some journaling and extra photos. It was really fun to create this page and have it outside of the page protector. I also love the interactive aspect of the page. 
These types of pages are perfect and fun to add into your mini albums. They break up the pockets and the possibilities are endless. You can use it to add your stories or fill it with photos. Here is a look at the whole inside of this page. I added a strip of photos and then added some journaling on the right side. I used my typewriter for this page but you can also hand write as well. You can kind of tell that I am still getting used to using a typewriter with some errors but I am ok with that. I embellished it a bit here and there. I used some washi tape on the left side of the photo strip along with some clear stickers on the photo strip.
I had so many fun photos from Cars Land and I made another photo strip and added it on the backside of this page. I used some more washi tape on the top and added in another clip for a cute look. 
This is what the backside of the polka dot page looks like paired with the other side. I love that it is a smaller size and that you can see multiple pages around it. 
Before I had put this journaling page together I had put together the next set of pages. You'll see them in a minute. I had this 6x8 big pocket page to work with. So I cut down this 6x8 page that has the lines in it like regular paper does. It originally had holes in to put right into your album. I trimmed them off so that I could add it into my page protector. I had one more favorite photo that I wanted to include and so I added it onto the bottom part of my page. My typewriter came in handy again to get my journaling onto the page easily.  I added some simple embellishments to the top portion of the page and also to the photo. The scalloped edge there under the photo is from a journaling card that I cut up. Thought it could use a little something underneath the photo.
One last set of pages that I want to share with you here. I have always been a fan of big photos. And I had this great photo of the castle. So I made it stretch over both sides of the album. 
This photo of the castle has lots of great spaces for embellishing. I cut down one of the 3x4 cards and added it to the left side of the photo. On the other side I added some journaling and then finished it off with some embellishments. These chipboard pieces that have a watercolor look are my favorite. I added one of them to the top of my journaling.
I can't tell you how much fun I had putting some of my pages together in my Disney album. I didn't want to stop. Ha Ha. I hope that you have gotten some inspiration for an up coming Disney album or another theme. Have a great day everyone and thanks for coming. 



Hi everyone, its Meredy and I don’t know about you, but I have been LOVING the Simple Sets that Simple Stories has released.  If you aren’t familiar with these sets they are a small, mini collection that includes (2) sheets each of three double sided cardstock paper, including one sheet of 3x4/4x6 element pieces and (1) 6 x 12 sheet of cardstock stickers.  I wanted to make up a new planner for May and I loved colors and florals in the Mom Simple Set so I thought I would see how I could pretty up my Ivory Carpe Diem planner with this Simple Set.

The first thing I always do is make a Dashboard and fill up the pockets of my planner. I cut apart the page of 3x4/4x6 elements and filled up the pockets!

I used “I Love You Mom” floral paper for the dashboard with a 4x6 card cut out from the “Journaling Card Elements” paper.  I added the LIFE using Black alpha stickers from the Simple Stories Sn@p Line and a Coffee Cup Sticker from the 6 x 12 Cardstock Sticker Sheet included in the set.

The Journaling Cards really brightened up my planner pockets quite easily.  I don’t always like my pockets super stuffed and these cards did the trick.

There are enough papers in the pack to create dividers.  I usually feel overwhelmed by cutting all the papers and gluing them together and adding the tabs. But I used a quick way to make dividers and I am so happy with the end result!

To make quick dividers take a 12 x 12 paper and fold it in half.  Trim down the side opposite the fold and the bottom to the correct size for your planner.  Use a tab punch to punch a tab from the cut away paper.  Use a glue stick on the inside of the paper, stick on the tab at the correct location and fold the paper closed.  Press down until the glue keeps the paper together, punch the holes and you are ready to make the next divider.

The double layer of cardstock makes a perfect divider.  Folding the paper and using the same pattern on the front and back of the divider really cut down on the time it took to make the dividers.  This will probably be my go-to way to make these from now on.  I added 3x4 journaling cards to the front of the dividers for a finishing touch.

Now on to my favorite part, my weekly layout using the 6x12 sheet of Cardstock Stickers! One of my favorite aspects of the pages are the center washi strips I made from the papers in the collection.  I started with the banner sticker on Thursday for my Birthday and I built the pages from there.  I used practically all of the stickers on the sheet to layer up the page.  I also used the Sn@p Line Alphas and some of the 4x6 Black stickers from a few Carpe Diem collections.

Another way to use the 3x4 journaling cards is to cut them down to fit into your layout.  I loved this yellow floral pattern with a small white space—it was perfect for this very important reminder.

Last, I just wanted to show how I used some of the remaining elements to do a bible journaling entry.  Since I have an interleaved bible, the oversized MOM sticker was perfect place to start for this entry.  I cut out the banner from a 3x4 Journaling card, drew in a little extra string and added some heart stickers.

I used a tab punch to make a tab from the “Best Mom Ever” Paper and used a phrase sticker from the Sticker Sheet.

Last I added in a photo of my mother and me (41+  years ago!) wrote the verse and a short journaling entry.  Last I layered up the floral stickers to create a bouquet in the corner and finished it up with a Happy Mother’s Day sticker.

I hope you all enjoyed seeing how many things you can make with these 12x12 Simple Sets—I am in love!  Also, wishing you all out there a happy May and Happy Mother’s Day!



Hi, Everyone! Jana Eubank here! 
My daughter just moved back home from her first year at college and I wanted to document her first "Home Away from Home" ... her dorm room that she has been living in for the past year. The Domestic Bliss collection was the perfect answer!
I had taken several photos of her room the day we moved her in last Fall, along with a shot of the outside of her dorm building. I included them all together on this page.
I cut the "HOME" letters out from one of the cards from the 4x6 Horizontal Elements Paper to use as my title. Behind the letter "O" I included one of the pie chart circle die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack.
The smaller "HOME" letters are from the 4x6 Sticker pack. I adhered the letters to white cardstock and trimmed them out using scissors to give them a white outline. I used the Snap Color Vibe Bolds Letter Stickers for the other words in the title.
I book-ended my title with the Decorative Brads to give it even more personality! I love them here!
For some reason, that cute couch icon included in this collection just said "dorm" to me! I cut this one out of the same sheet of 4x6 Horizontal Elements Paper that I used for the "HOME" letters. Doesn't that couch look inviting?! ... Like it's just waiting for 6 college girls to pile on it and start gossiping about their dating and class experiences!
At the bottom of the page, I added a couple more decorative icon brads, as well as the date, stamped on one of the label stickers from teh 4x6 Stickers pack.
I love when I find my kids asleep on the couch or in various other places around our house. To me, it means they feel safe, they feel cozy ... they feel at home. And that is what this next page is about.
I used a sheet of the Aspen/White Basics Notebook paper as the base to my layout, matting it with a sheet of the Bless This Mess paper.
Next, I used various papers from the 6x8 paper pad to build up some delicious patterned paper layers behind my two photos. The smaller scaled patterns are perfect for layering together in a situation like this!
I cut the letters "HOME" from one of the 4x6 cards of the Snap Pack and then added a house and heart die cuts from the Bits & Pieces die cuts. Everything is stitched and anchored to a strip of striped paper from the same 6x8 paper pad.
I hand cut the large hearts from the 6x8 paper pad and drew an outline around each one of them with a black journaling pen to match the outlining preprinted on the title letters. I then used my sewing machine to stitch them to the left side of the page, sprinkling them in a waterfall fashion and bending up each side of the heart for dimension.
I added my journaling with a black journaling pen, using the lines of the background notebook paper as a guide. A few enamel dots sprinkled here-and-there adds even more color and dimension.
Do you have sweet pictures like this of your children or loved ones asleep? Don't they look angelic in those photos? Why not use those photos to document what makes them feel safe and secure or what brings them comfort in your home?
Have a great week!


Hello again friends! Happy May! Leah here today to show you the new dividers I’ve made to revamp my planner with the Domestic Bliss collection. It’s been a long while since I’ve made a complete set of custom dividers. If you can believe it, I think it’s been since my very first post with Simple Stories last year. Wow, how the time has flown! I have been feeling the need to change up my planner for a while now because the current organization just has not been working for me. I’ve been in such a planner funk lately and haven’t wanted to open up my planner. With a new setup, comes a new chance to get crafty and give my planner a makeover!

I used word label stickers to label my divider tabs for now. I chose ones from the Home sticker tablet. I have separated my planner into 4 categories. The first section is where I have my actual planner pages. For this planner, I’ve decided to use only monthly inserts and blank lined pages for my planning.

This divider turned out so cute! I love having it up in the front of my planner because it’s like the “front door” of my planner. The door is from the 4x6 Vertical Elements 12x12 paper in the Domestic Bliss collection. I used a banner paper punch to create a banner along the top of the divider using patterned papers from the 6x8 paper pad and some baker’s twine. I used another patterned paper to create the tag where I layered some washi tapes, word label stickers and a cute heart die cut from the Bits and Pieces pack.

The second section is for tracking chores and household to-dos. I’ve mentioned my struggle with anxiety in some of my previous blog posts. Well, I am also a pretty naturally disorganized person. I WANT to be organized, and I can achieve it, but I have to work extra hard to maintain an organized home. Writing down household tasks and chores and attempting to establish a schedule that I can learn to manage a little at a time, helps me avoid getting too overwhelmed.

This divider is so fun because I created a little shaker using a 2x2 card from the SN@P! pack and layered on some stickers from the 12x12 combo sticker sheet. Aren’t the little succulent plants that pop up a lot in the Domestic Bliss collection so sweet? I love all of the multi-colored pots! I created a little watercolor background on this divider and chose colors to match the pots.

The third section is for bill pay and debt repayment info that I’ve moved over from my budget planner (check that planner out here). My financial planner has been working out super well for me. However, now that I feel like I have a handle on our budget and spending, I have found I’m not using the first half of the planner as much and mostly just need the bill pay info from the back. So I’m going to see how it works out as just one section of my main planner.

I love how this divider turned out with the simplest of details! I used half of a doily and layered on the typewriter and “hello life” die cuts with the chipboard flowers and word label stickers. At the top of the divider, I hand cut a few different sized banners out of leftover paper scraps, grouped them together and then stapled them onto the page.

The last section of my planner is for information pertaining to our home and family, such as insurance and medical info and important contacts. This divider was super easy to make! I made it out of this 12x12 paper, and then used one of the 4x6 elements from this sheet as the main focal point. Then I layered some paper scraps and a doily behind it, and wrapped some baker’s twine around the card with a little bow for some texture.

I don’t know why I don’t make custom dividers more often! I always love how they turn out and they are so fun to make. They make my planner feel so much more personalized! I love working within one collection when I make dividers because of how beautifully everything coordinates. Look how pretty all of the dividers look together!

Do you like personalizing your planner dividers? If you’d like to see some more pretty planner dividers for inspiration, run on over to the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram! Also, I hope you will come say hello over on my Instagram as well @sunny.leah, and be sure to check out the Carpe Diem planner giveaway I’ve got going on right now!


Thanks sooooo much for joining us for our 2017 Spring Release Reveal, we hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  

The Summer Days and Cabin Fever collections as well as all 4 new Simple Sets have shipped to retailers and are in stores now!   

Now on to the fun stuff - congrats to our 14 random lucky winners!  Here goes - 

Summer Days –
Blog – Amy Cooley 
Instagram – mommavince
Pinterest – Karen Kirkman
Facebook – Sharon Frewen 

Cabin Fever –
Blog – Rebecca Rewer    
Instagram – Tonya Morgan
Pinterest – Wendy Baker
Facebook – Janet Dorkin

Simple Sets –
Blog – Tiffany Medina  
Instagram – Cindy Fast
Pinterest – Steffanie Seiler  
Facebook – Kristi Beisel


12x12 Pads –
Facebook – Jody Grimm
Instagram - Janet MacKay  

Thanks everyone!!  If you are one of the random lucky winners listed and did not receive a message or email from me, please send me an email at with your full name and mailing address so we can ship your package!

Hi I’m Jeanne!  Back again this week to share some more cards with you, this time with the Domestic Bliss collection. I love to send cards to family and friends to let them know I’m thinking of them.  It never has to be for an occasion – just a note to say hi is always welcome! 

My kiddos are growing up fast.. off to college and finding their own places.  Lately my daughter has become a domestic diva!  Going to work, cooking dinner, and keeping the house tidy are part of the daily grind.  I have to smile to myself and think “Welcome to my world!”  LOL!! 

Today I’m playing with the Domestic Bliss Collection!   I started with a background of pretty papers from the 6x8 paper pad.   I topped the background paper with a 3x4 Journaling card from the SN@P! Packet!  The pack has 118 pieces to choose from.  The “messy hair…”   2 x 2” card is from the same pack.

I love how all the elements are coordinated to work together so all you have to do is mix and match to your hearts content!  I added Chipboard sticker flowers to frame the sentiment.  

I love piling on the embellishments like color coordinated enamel dots, Bless This Mess Washi Tape, and stickers!!

The hello life yellow tab is a sticker that you’ll find on the Combo Sticker that’s included in the 12” paper pack or sold separately.  


My second card features lots of Bits and Pieces.  If you haven’t seen these before you need to check them out!  The pack includes 53 printed die cut pieces like the washing machine, cute pooch, laundry basket and more! 

If you look close under the word sticker sentiments you’ll see some pretty floral washi “Home Sweet Home” tape.  I love the fun sentiments in this collection!   Sometimes you just have to laugh at a situation.  Laundry happens.

I think this would be a fun card to send to a friend who might have her hands full with life.  Maybe include a gift card for a night out, or volunteer to watch the kids.

I mixed some Chipboard stickers in with the Bits and pieces like the detergent bottle and the smaller laundry basket.

Yep.. life is going to bring you housework.. but in the end there’s still no place like home.   And for me there’s no better place to be! 

Wishing you a great day with some time to do all the things you love best.. dinner with dh, hug your fur baby, spend some time with the kiddos, and maybe find a little crafty time to play!


Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories, & I'm back again with my monthly Carpe Diem planner blog feature!

This month I've brought a little sunshine into my planner with the new Summer Days collection.  It's been a LONG, cold, wet winter here in Utah - we even had snow as late as April 25th.  I can't tell you how ready I am for warm weather and sunshine; adding summer to my planner will give me a little bit of that, even if the weather outside may not agree!

I started with the coral planner - the bright color brings a smile to my face & coordinates well with Summer Days.

I loaded up the pockets this month with lots of cards, die cuts & stickers.  The chipboard flamingo made for a great clip - you can't tell, but he's adhered to a long silver clip that tucks right into the pocket.  The pineapple in the collection - I just love it!  Not only does it make an appearance in the stickers & chipboard, but we loved it so much that we created a Silhouette cut file with it, too!  I used the cut file to create a dashboard - 

I used papers from Summer Days to cut the shapes, then adhered to another paper from the collection.  A quick punch with our A5 Punch - by the way, word on the street is that we'll have it to start shipping to retailers early June!! - and voila!

Next up I set out to make some more clips.  I took a few of the brads and removed the prongs by bending them back and forth.  

A glue dot adhered to the back of the brad was all it took to adhere to the back of an existing clip.  Because I used existing clips to do this, they're now 2 in 1 - a design on each side!

There are so many great icons & patterns in the Summer Days collection that I think I may use it in my planner for the next few months.  With that approach in mind, I limited the decor for the May spread primarily to flowers

I added a bit more sunshine to my weekly spreads by adhering a 'hello sunshine' sticker to the bottom of the bookmark, that way I have sunshine with me every day :)

Thanks for joining me this month!  Stay tuned for June when I use Summer Days again in my planner, but switch it up a bit!




Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day!   We’re thrilled to participate in the worldwide celebration, focusing on all things scrapooking & paper crafting!  In honor of this super fun day, we have not one but TWO awesome surprises for you! 

Today only, your entire purchase from our Digital Store is 50% off!  With ALL of your favorite Simple Stories collections in digital format, you’re sure to find just what you need for all of your digital crafting needs.  Visit our Digital Store and enter code NSD2017 during checkout!


Today’s celebration also brings 4 different sets of die cuts & 3x4 FREE printables!  Designed for use in your Carpe Diem planner pockets, your SN@P! Pocket Pages and your other scrapbooking & paper crafting projects – you’re going to love these Faith, Fitness, Domestic Bliss and Recipe designs! 

Domestic Bliss -

Faith –

Fitness –

Recipe -

We'd love to see how you're using these free printables in your planners & pages, so be sure to snap a pic and tag your Instagram or Facebook posts with the hashtag #SSfreeprintables!

Thanks for celebrating (inter)National Scrapbook Day with Simple Stories!



Hello friends!  It's Jennifer on the blog and I'm very excited to be a part of the Simple Stories team for another year!  I will be creating layouts but you may see a mini book from me from time to time!  Today I'm sharing pages I created using the new Domestic Bliss collection!  This lovely line is full of beautiful colors and prints that are perfect for just about any theme!  
For my first layout, "Home", I started with the gorgeous blue/grey wood plank print of the B side of Bless This Mess! (This sheet is probably my favorite out of the collection as it has a beautiful plaid print on the opposite side).  Going through an old photo album, I found this black and white picture of the first house I remember living in.  The address and a date were written on the back; I assume it was taken by the realtor.  I have lots of memories of this house: some good, some bad, but definitely part of my story.  
Using white cardstock, I cut a circular cut file on my Silhouette (Geo Globe from The Cut Shoppe) then added in different patterns from the collection. I finished by stitching the edges with my sewing machine (honestly I sew on everything!).  You can also spy one of the cute tags under my photo from the Bit and Pieces pack! I added some navy and white bakers twine from my stash to accent. 
​The colorful "HOME" chipboard letters found on the 6x12 Chipboard Sheet make the perfect title for my page!  I love the bright colors! I added in a sticker from the 
Combo Sticker Sheet as well as coordinating Enamel Dots to accent my title. 
I thought the chipboard and die cut houses would look cute next to my photo! I placed them across my page almost like a street adding in die cuts and one of the cute
I'm not a fan of my handwriting so if I have a choice, I will use my electric typewriter.  I used the B side of Domestic Diva because I love the bright yellow! And it was different than my usual white card stock. I think I could've written a book about this one photo; its funny how a picture can bring up so many memories!  
For my next layout "Love Was Here", it is ALL about memories.  When I first saw Domestic Bliss, I knew I wanted to scrap about my mom in her kitchen. The minute you walked in the door she had a smile and a hug for you.  Next, she was offering to cook you something or get you a drink; that's how my mom showed her love to others. 
I used the colorful florals of "Work It Girl" (don't you love the titles?!) and used the Simple Stories Crosses Background Silhouette cut file for my background.  I backed the crosses with different patterns then stitched around the edge of the cardstock.  
Using one of the ledger prints from the SN@P! Basics Paper Pack I cut a tag from my Silhouette to hold my title. I used the letter stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet as well as black alphas found in the Say Cheese III collection.  I "popped up" my tag using some foam tape to give it some dimension above the surrounding embellishments.  I love how  Simple Stories gives you so many little pieces to decorate and accent your pages!  
Another fun Simple Stories cut file, Heart Polaroid, I used with the B side of Mom Rules.  I then added a cute chipboard plant as well as smaller stickers and die cuts! And don't you love the hanger with the heart?  I thought it would look cute "hanging on the line" across my page.  
Showing more of the coordinating die cuts and stickers that are part of the collection! I used brown bakers twine to hold my pieces and added in mini wood clothes pins. 
​I also used one of the chipboard clothespins to "hold" my photo as well as used the adorable "mom" Epoxy Metal Clip.  
​I probably will go back later and add journaling to my page. Honestly, I had so much emotion even putting this page together and there is so much I wanted to say.  For now, I think just scrapping the photo was enough since its still difficult to create pages about my mom. I miss her so much...what I wouldn't do for one more day to sit at her kitchen table with her! 
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will check out all that is included in Domestic Bliss as well as the new releases!  You can check out everything by visiting the Products page! Have a wonderful day!