Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to show you how versatile the Faith collection is. I wanted to document my daughter's seventh birthday party but really liked the colors and patterns in the Faith collection but knew the sentiments weren't exactly what I needed for these kind of layouts. So I set out to make this kit work for what I needed. 
 
 
One of the things I liked about this collection so much is the perfect balance of girly-ness with more colors than just the traditional pink and purple and red. The blues, yellow, pinks, and greens meshed amazingly with colors of my photos. 
 
 
The cloud and stars die cut had a non-applicable bible verse on the cloud so I covered it with some labels from the Emoji Love 4x6 stickers. The phrase stickers atop the labels are from the Emoji Love Sticker Tablet. I trimmed a 3x4 journal card so I could use it as journaling space on this 4x6 card. I hand-stitched a little to accent. I interviewed my daughter to fill out the "I Am..." card and love how I'll have this little time capsule of what she was doing when she turned seven. 
 
 
I added a strip of patterned paper to the bottom of the "Never Forget" journal card before hand-stitching the "love." Because the patterned papers in this collection worked so well with my photos, I printed out most of my photos just slightly smaller than the cards so I could get additional pops of color in the pockets with photos. The "His Love" heart worked so well with this photo of my kids and gave me a great opportunity to talk about how enamored my son is with my daughter. 
 
 
The varying sizes of the page protectors encouraged me to print up my photos at varying sizes and use some of the large pocket cards I don't usually use (like the 4x4 and the 4x6 cards). 
 
 
I trimmed two 3x4 cards on the diagonal and glued them together to form the background of this "believe" photo pocket. The chipboard balloons from Faith 6x12 chipboard gave me a little dimension on an otherwise flat spread. I hand-stitched some arrows to make sure the rare family photo was appropriately highlighted. 
 
 
The 4x6 pocket on the top is a little heavier visually with all of the patterned papers and embellishments I combined so I attempted to keep the pocket on the bottom a bit lighter with the white background and lightly patterned blue paper with the journaling. It was a little too plain for my liking at first so I added more hand-stitching and a little washi and a sticker at the bottom. 
 
 
I knew I wanted to use this cute globe card but I couldn't figure out what to add to it. It's great on its own but putting this "love" chipboard piece on the diagonal added the accent I desired. I used a paper punch to add the chevron detail to the picture of my son.
 
 
I had fun altering journal cards on this side. I trimmed the aqua diagonal 3x4 card and placed it atop a yellow journal card. For the picture of myself, I trimmed several cards to make the layered effect you see. I used dimensional foam adhesive to pop up "inspired." The "Be Still" sentiment I thought worked well for the picture of all the kids together because we all know that familiar struggle of getting this many kids to be still at the same time. 
 
I hope I've encouraged you to think outside of the box when it comes to your themed Simple Stories collections!

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Jeanne here today with some colorful cards for the emoji lover in your life!  Let’s face it.. who doesn’t love emoji’s?  I don’t care if you're 15 or 50 they’re a fun way to spice up your text messages and social media!  The Emoji Love collection from Simple Stories is total eye candy.. bright colors, net lingo, and super fun emoji icons will have you smiling from ear to ear.

Need a special card for a tween or teen in your life?  You can’t go wrong with the unicorn emoji.  This one says “Be a Unicorn”!  Unicorns are unique and rare.. this sends a positive message that you don’t have to be the same as everyone else.  Be different.  Just be you! 

I started out with a background of papers from the Emoji Love 6x8” pad.  Rainbow stripes on one side, and stars on the other.

For my focal point I selected two 3x4 cards from the Emoji Love SN@P! Pack.    The pack contains 112 double sided cards to choose from.  I cut the a rainbow stripe card with a circle die (you can also use a punch) to create a semi circle, and layered it over another card with a star print on black. 

I topped that with a unicorn and “be a unicorn speech bubble” sticker from the Combo Sticker.  This sticker sheet can be purchased individually and is also included in the 12” paper pack.   The sparkle heart is a die cut from the Bits and Pieces pack.  I added a word sticker over the heart that says u rock, and another sticker from the Combo Sheet along the bottom.  The finishing touches for me are always a bit of bling.. a decorative brad bow and some shiny color matched enamel dots.

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One of the girls in a mood over a guy?  Maybe a bad break up?  I’ve seen them come and go.. and the one thing that sets things right is a girls night out!  This would be a great card for my teenager.  I’d tuck in some movie tickets and a little extra cash for some junk food.   How about a birthday card for a best friend? 

I mixed more Emoji Love papers for the background before adding a 3x4 SN@P! card.  I added a bit of Expressions Washi Tape along the edge to look like it’s holding the card in place.

All the cool food shapes are from the Bits and Pieces pack.  There are 47 die cut ready to work with pieces you have lots to choose from. 

Even the “Yes! word bubble and heart eyed emoji are from the Bits and Pieces!  

I love the round tab stickers in the 4x6 sticker pack.  They make great accents.  Can you spy the little “OMG” one on my card? 

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Do you ever just find yourself looking at a page or project you have created and wonder ‘Where did that come from?!’   More often than not, something totally awesome will come of something that’s driving you nuts! I had ideas about how the two pages I am going to share with you today were going to turn out, and let me tell you, they were nothing like this! Not that I’m complaining, lol. I love them both now, but they didn’t start out that way ;)
 
 
Nope #whatever! is a fun page about my sometimes crazy kids, who are getting to an age where they just won’t ‘smile nicely’ for the camera anymore! I pleaded with them to stand at the edge of beautiful Lake Somerset, but they just mucked around. The photos that came of it were so funny though and the #Whatever simple set was the perfect match for them.
 
 
Now this next part might sound a bit nuts, but ever since I first saw the front ‘info’ page of the Reset Girl Simple Basics Kit, I just wanted to use it on a project. I LOVE how all the papers displayed next to each other… it’s such an awesome mix of prints and colours! I trimmed the individual prints down in to strips and attached them to my Instax photos - a perfect fit!
 
 
I put the photos aside and started combining papers and embellishments to create my page. I put everything together and…. hated the outcome. #ohdear! So I pulled it apart, keeping the major elements to re-use and chose a new sheet of paper - yummy Mint Hashgrid by the Reset Girl. I added elements on top and still thought it was all a bit too busy, so I decided to give it all a good wash with some white acrylic paint. Instantly, it looked way better! I continued to place the rest of the elements on the page and I was so happy with the outcome.
 
 
For my title, I have combined a hand-cut word ’NOPE' from the 4x6 #Whatever elements and some stickers from the Cardstock sticker sheet.
 
 
Those little snippets of paper from the info page peek out on either side of my central band. As you can see in the image above, I cut them in half (or thereabouts) so they would ‘stretch’ further. This is a great technique if you want to make stickers go further too
 
 
It was all quite spontaneous once I got fully going, so I wasn’t too fussed if things weren’t perfect. There are no rules in this glorious creative pastime of ours, so go with what makes your heart happy!
 
 
A bit of journalling and (all-time faves) enamel dots, finish off the page.
 
 
Don’t be afraid to make a change if something isn’t working for you or if you just feel like having a go. It can be so rewarding!
 
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In stark contrast, this next page is super ‘clean’. I do feel myself wondering on a small level if it maybe needs a few more ‘things’, but you know what? It’s OK if it’s not the ‘normal’!
 
 
I had plans for a big photo and it just didn’t do it for me, so I went about trimming my photo down and cutting out some areas of a sheet of Love & Adore ‘With all my Heart’. I removed a teensy bit extra from the grid, so our faces could show through a bit better. It’s one of only a handful of really lovely photos of my DH and I, and I like the way it sits up in that left hand corner, sending the flow of the page down diagonally.
 
 
What followed was a hearty explosion! I’ve grabbed all the hearts I could find, in the stickers and ephemera in this collection and placed them in the matching area on the paper. I use this technique often and have kept the same colours together because I think this is a great way to add interest while keeping it less ‘busy’.
 
 
Here you can see how the heart cardstock stickers look different to the more matte finish of the heart stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets and how both of those look different again to the heart chipboard and die cut shapes.
 
 
Another little detail on this page is the semi-circular shapes I have added at various intervals along the black grid line. I simply snipped the coloured part off from the little circle stickers in the 4x6 Sticker Sheets and used them in the co-ordinating coloured areas.
 
 
The last little touch was this ‘xoxo’ ticket shape from the Bits & Pieces pack. I’ve adhered it to the page with a wave-like shape, so it looks like a little fabric tag. I think it adds a bit of a 'stitched' feel to it. As if it could be something you would pick up at a market or something. Am I sounding crazy? Lol, maybe.
 
 
The point to both of these pages is just go where the moment is taking you. Have fun, enjoy the process and get those fingers busy!
 
Til next time!

 

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Hello everyone, my name is Kelly and I am one of the new Carpe Diem creative team members! I live in the Netherlands and I am totally addicted to decorating my planners, you can find me on Instagram as createplannernl.  For this first blog post I decided to show you how I setup my Ivory Carpe Diem planner using the Domestic Bliss collection.

The first thing I do when I am setting up a new planner is place all the supplies I want to use (such as clips, washi, bits and pieces, stickers, paper, etc) around me so I can see everything. I have a little cupcakeholder which is perfect to put in all the smaller items so you can easily look through them and see them. Now the fun can begin!

I always start by filling the front pockets, this is one of the things I love about these planners. I try to use all the different patterns of the collection by adding journaling cards, clips and bits and pieces. The enamel dots fit perfectly in one of the pockets, so I decided to put them in there.

I added a little sample of the washitapes in one of the pockets. I cut down a little card and wrapped the washitape a few times arround it. It’s very easy to create and this way you always have your washi on hand when you take your planner with you.

In the large side pocket I like to store a few stickersheets which I want to use in my planner. For decoration I used a borderpunch to create the doily lace effect on the scrapbook paper in the back.

Now that the front pockets are done, it’s time to start on a front dashboard! Since this is the first thing you will see when you open the planner, this is very important. I selected a scrapbook paper, cut it down to size and punched some holes. Because in my opinion the front pockets are very busy, I decided to keep the front dashboard a little bit more calm this time. I used the letters ‘Hello’ and three 4x4 cards from the SN@P pack.

With the Domestic Bliss A5 planner insert set you get six dividers, which you can customize to your own needs by choosing your own tab headers. I chose these sections: Planning, Important, Budget, Chores, To do and Menus.

After the first divider I put some undated monthly and weekly plannerpages. I decorated the ‘This month’ page with some washi and stickers and wrote down a few important appointments and goals.

In the ‘Bits and pieces’ pack I found four little button pieces and I immediately figured they would look amazing as DIY paperclips. I just glued them on rosegold paperclips and let them dry overnight. This is a fun and easy way to make you own paperclips!

On this blog I wanted to show you how I decorated the first week of May. I always begin with placement of washitape strips, thereafter I write down important appointments and then I decorate blank spaces with stickers or little cards.

I love using pocket pages in my planners and because I don’t have a tool to make them myself, I decided to use a pocket page that are originally designed for the SN@P albums. I punched four extra holes so it fits the planner perfectly! I selected some 2x2 and 3x4 cards with quotes and patterns to give it a pop of color.

When I setup a planner, I always create a DIY bookmark. I selected one of the scrapbook papers (‘Loads of fun’), cut it down to size and punched six holes. To decorate it I used some pieces and stickers.

I love these ‘to do’ pages and the ‘to do’ bookmark! In the back pocket I put some extra 4x6 cards and clear stickersheets.

Now the setup of this planner is complete, I can start using it every day. I hope I have inspired you today on this blog and see you next month. Have a great day!

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Hello! Linsey here today and I'm so excited to share my first Simple Stories blog post and project with you! I love to alter almost anything and have been wanting to transform my ordinary cork board into something fabulous! I found the Domestic Bliss collection to be just right for my memo board makeover! The fresh, beautiful patterns mixed with the fun and perfectly quirky elements make for a most delightful experience in creating!

 

 

The main section is for memos, notes and messages and the smaller section is for my weekly dinner menu at a glance. A piece of 12x12 patterned paper was used for the background on the memo section.

 

 

For the meal list/menu, the daily chart is one of the 4x6 Vertical Elements and directly above that is one of the 4x4 Elements detailed with enamel dots and clear and regular stickers.

 

 

 

The Epoxy Metal Clips were securely adhered to regular push pins to create an area where notes can be easily slid onto the clips and displayed.

 

 

A variety of favorite Decorative Brads, Bits & Pieces and Combo Stickers were done in the same fashion as the clips, transforming them into adorable and fun decorative push pins!

 

 

Some blank tabs and bullet elements from the 4x6 Stickers were cut out individually and a small window pouch was created to hold them. Tip: layer a piece of clear plastic over and equal sized piece of patterned paper/cardstock and fold washi tape around the edges to create a visually pleasing window pouch.

 

 

The sides of the memo board were covered with Home Sweet Home Washi Tape. It was super easy to do and really adds to the customized look and feel of the memo board.

 

 

Finally, a couple of the large floral decorative brads were added to the frame as well as a few small chipboard flowers on the frame corners, topped with an enamel dot in each flower center.

 

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and sticking with me throughout my post! I hope you enjoyed my altered memo board and might be inspired to create something with the wonderful Domestic Bliss collection too! Happy crafting!

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Hello everyone! This is Lisa Dickinson and I'm so excited to be sharing my very first projects here on the Simple Stories blog! I've got two pages that feature one of my favorite design elements - circles - and some creative ideas for you to incorporate this dynamic shape into your layouts!

Today I'm working mostly with the Domestic Bliss collection because the spring palette worked well with both my page themes. I love how the colors are soft enough to work for Easter and spring layouts, with a bit of navy thrown in to make it super versatile. On my first page, I create a frame using punched circles - a circle of circles - that frames my grid of photos:

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Each circle is about 2" in diameter and I'm using 12 to complete my frame. ( But you could use smaller or larger circle punches and adjust the number of circles accordingly).  Once I had my circles cut, I treated each one like it's own little canvas and added embellishments, stitching and other elements that add texture and color. 

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On a few of the circles, I added a twine border for a fun dimensional twist. Just add liquid adhesive around the edge of the punched circle and adhere your twine!

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To add stability to the design, I die-cut a large title (this Easter Simple Stories Silhouette Cut File) and placed it at the bottom of the frame. It acts much like a bow on a wreath and gives the frame a focal point.

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For my second design, I used circular photos matted with more circles of cardstock and patterned paper:

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I love the fun and energetic feeling the layered circles give the page! I balanced out all the curves with a linear title (this Simple Stories SIlhouette Cut File) and a block of journaling that's right-justified.

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Continuing with the circle theme, I selected a few circular embellishments to scatter around the design. They add small pops of color and texture that help keep the eye moving through the whole layout.

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 So are you ready to try your hand at running in circles?! I hope you'll be inspired to try one of these ideas in your next Simple Stories creation! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Hi everyone!  This is Traci Penrod, from Artsy Albums, and I'm excited to be joining you for my first post as part of the 2017 creative team!  For those of you who follow my blog, you know I'm crazy about mini albums, so being part of the SN@P! Binder Team is a dream come true for me! Last summer, my husband and I built a new home.  Domestic Bliss was perfect for documenting the story.  I love the colors in this collection, and although pictures of building a home aren't very pretty, the papers and embellishments are so I love the way it turned out!

For my cover, I used the Bless This Mess paper from the new 6x8 paper pad.  I love that these sheets are sized for the 6x8 binder albums!  I also added chipboard stickers and some chunky twine to the cover for a little dimension and texture.  4x6 horizontal element cards are great for covers and titles and the one with the three houses was my inspiration for the entire album!
I used a 4x6 vertical pocket for the first page.  I love adding the different sized photo pockets throughout my album ... I think this, combined with various photo sizes, make for a more interesting album.  Our new address is on the front, and a photo of our floor plan was tucked into the back.  
 
Don't the cute papers and stickers make these ugly new construction photos look better?! 
I always add folding elements in my albums for extra space and interest.  For the page above, I used a 4x6 white card, layered lots of domestic bliss cuteness on the front, and added elevation photos of our home inside. I made a slit in the plastic page and slipped the bottom of the card under the plastic so that it can be opened without taking the page out.
"Get Stuff Done" summed up my summer -- always pushing the builder to get me into the house by the end of September. Our first grandchild was due in October so I needed the house finished :) The card is from the 4x4 element sheet.  
 
See the little banner sticker on the 4x6 green card?  These are from the Carpe Diem sticker tablet.  I used them throughout my album to mark the different rooms of the house.  This one says "Living".

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2x2 photos are so much fun ... just little snippets when the entire picture isn't necessary.  

These photos show a bit of the progression my kitchen went through from framing to cabinets.  It was always so dusty and I couldn't wait for the day when I could clean it up!  The "Bless This Mess" sticker from the Combo sticker sheet was perfect for this page! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I've inspired you to have fun playing with Domestic Bliss to tell your home's story! 

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for the last, but certainly not least!, day of our Spring 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Cabin Fever collection here.   You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Today brings not 1 or 2, but FOUR new Simple Sets – pint sized, themed collections packed with a punch.  This release includes Hello Lovely, All American, Old School & Spellbound. 

 

 

 

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But wait, there's more!  With this release we’ve introduced NEW! 12x12 single sided pads including general all purpose patterns, a compilation of Simple Stories floral patterns and 3 recent super popular collections -Love & Adore, Say Cheese III and Faith!   With multiple sheets of each design included in the pads, you can use your favorites and hoard them, too! 

So there you have it, even more amazing new products!  Simple Sets begin shipping to retailers in early May and the 12x12 pads in June!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win all 4 Simple Sets before you can buy them?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Thanks again for joining us this week, we look forward to seeing your creations with these wonderful new products!

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Spring 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Summer Days collection here.   Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for one more day of new products as well as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Adventure awaits with Cabin Fever, the latest collection from Simple Stories celebrating the great outdoors!   Head out & explore the wide open spaces with classic outdoorsy icons while getting lost in the weathered woods, pretty plaids and forest inspired florals.  With Cabin Fever, you won’t be roughing it when it comes to capturing your outdoor memories & adventures.  

So there you have it, some amazing new products to capture your outdoor adventures!  Cabin Fever begins shipping to retailers in early May!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Cabin Fever prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Cabin Fever images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CabinFever, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Cabin Fever posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Cabin Feber!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of three fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!

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Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Spring 2017 Release Reveal.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  

Today is the first of three full days of our spring reveal, so be sure to check the next 2 days to feast your eyes on our new products, as well as a chance to win them before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Celebrate all things summer with Simple Stories' new Summer Days collection!  From frolicking flamingos and perky pineapples to flirty florals in sunlit shades, Summer Days is everything you need to capture your sunny summertime memories.

 

 

So there you have it, some amazing new products to capture your fun summer memories!  Summer Days begins shipping to retailers in early May!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Summer Days prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Summer Days images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #SummerDays, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Summer Days posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Summer Days!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of three fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2!

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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!

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Hi you guys it's Rachel Lindas. It's been awhile since my last guest post for Simple Stories but I'm excited to share something I've been working on. The past blog posts I shared were all using the Simple Stories Faith line.  The faith line makes it very easy to Bible Journaling with since they include bible verses and key words on the designs that help guide you to specific verses in the Bible.

For this post I decided to work with the #whatever Simple Set. I knew the moment they released it that I would want to Bible Journal with it. The colors and patterns are very much my style but since it's not made for Bible Journaling specifically you have to get a bit more creative on how to incorporate it into the Word of God.  



I teach middle school Bible Journaling classes and a very relevant topic of struggle for these teen girls is attitude.  So I researched several verses on attitude to coordinate with the #whatever Simple Set and designed three different layouts for the Middle School class I am teaching.  For the following pages you will need item #2081 6x12 Cardstock Sticker and #2082 Nailed It 12x12 paper.  You will also want to gather some alpha letters, adhesive, scissors, and a highlighter. For one of the pages I did add acrylic paint using a baby wipe to apply it to the page to add color. 

1. Verse : Philippians 2:1-5 

"Check your Attitude" 

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 

For this layout it was very simple I cut out different paper shapes from the 12x12 paper and layered them and added the square grid sticker to the top. I added the flower stickers and tabbed the top of the page using the grid paper design. 





2. Verse: Acts 8:21-23 

"Repent & Pray" 

Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. 

For this layout I concentrated on using the & sticker and spelled out the word repent and Pray using alpha stickers. Again I circled punched the black and white heart paper from this collection and added the square and heart stickers to the Page as well. Sometimes the simple layouts have a way of being bold and direct in the message you want to remember from studying the verse. 





3. Verse : Proverbs 15:1

"How you Answer Matters" 

A gentle answer deflects anger, 

But harsh words make tempers flare. 

This layout I wanted to highlight the idea that how we respond or answer someone matters. The #whatever stickers have a ton of typical teen Attitude answers and I thought it would be fun to use them as a tool of teaching what not to do. So I used the alpha letters to spell out "How you answer matters" and then used the stickers  like "um... no", "don't even ask", "eye roll", etc.. to showcase maybe some of our not so good tendency. I also took the black WHATEVER sticker to boldly place down the page.  The paint that is the background is Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint and I squeezed some out onto a baby wipe and gently wipe the Bible page with paint. The more you wipe the more the paint comes off. So I typically wipe more over the Word of God so you can still see the words and allow the paint to be thicker and bolder in the margins. 





Hope this helps you think outside of the box in ways to use all of your typical scrapbooking supplies in your Bible too.  Look through your scraps or the new lines that have been released. There are so many options -have fun trying something new.

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Hello everyone! It's Jomelle today and it's my very first blog post here at Simple Stories as part of Carpe Diem Creative Team. I am excited to share with you what I've created in my planner.

When I saw the Say Cheese III collection at CHA in Phoenix, I fell in love with it right away. My family and I are fans of everything and anything Disney. We have Annual Passes at Disneyland, so this collection is perfect for my creative planning, memory planning and documenting our Disney adventures.

I decided to use the Ivory planner to document and plan all our Disney experiences.

 
It was so fun and so easy to stuff and decorate my planner pockets with this collection. I used mostly the bits and pieces. One of the pocket holds the page flags.
 
 
 
As you can see here, I love collecting Disney memorabilia. I keep all our parking tickets and passes. Sometimes I even save the Rider Switch pass and the Fast Pass. 
 

As many of you know, Tower of Terror Ride is being replaced. I saved anything that has to do with this ride.

I used the adhesive square label pockets I got from Target to hold my passes and other things I saved and collected. I just added stickers for decoration.

If you look closely, all the way in the back on the right side, my boys and hubby were "dabbing" in this picture during the Tower of Terror Ride.
 

 

Here is my weekly layout for the first week of April. My family and I went to Hawaii during my boys' Spring Break. We stayed at Aulani. I wanted to document our wonderful Disney experience while we were there in my planner. This was my daughter Juliet's first time in Hawaii.

 

I love using the sticker tablets to embellish my layout.
 

I looked forward to meeting the Disney characters and taking pictures with them.

Here I used 6x8 pad to make a dashboard. I added the picture of Mickey and Minnie kissing that I took while we were at Aulani. I love adding pictures in my planner.
 

 

 

I added the "Happy" tab on the bottom right of the picture so it can be lifted up.
 

 Just lift the tab to see another picture that I added behind the first one.
 

This is what it looks like when the tab is lifted. I added a little note that goes with the picture.
 

 I wanted to document the first time we went to Disneyland when we bought our Annual Passes. It was also my daughter Juliet's first time at Disneyland. My daughter is 15 months old.
 

I printed all my pictures using the HP Sprocket. The pictures are perfect size for my A5 planner.
 

I used the bookmark tablet to list our Favorites at Disneyland.
 

I decorated my Doc it Journal and I placed it at the very back of my A5 planner. I can use this to jot things down or if I want to write a journal. I can also add pictures there as well.
 

Here is my Monthly layout for the Month of May.
 

Planning Starts Now! I used the Bookmark Tablet to make my list to plan our Spring Break Next Year. I love making list to check off when they are completed.
 

 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoyed creating this project. Have a nice day.

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Hi friends! It’s Lori here on the blog again, and I’m excited to share even more of our behind-the-scenes from CHA/Creativation. Today, I’m sharing an up-close look at our Faith and Recipe Carpe Diem planner releases! 

Faith journaling has been popular for some time now. Our goal in creating our A5 Faith Planner Insert Set was to give faith journalers and planners the perfect place to record their thoughts and inspiration after a peaceful study session. Inside, there are places to record your favorite passages, names of those you’re praying for, and lots of pages for journaling and note-taking.

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the A5 Faith Planner Insert Set and see all the beautiful and useful products that are included!  Inside you’ll find over 50 pieces of planning supplies; 12 inspired journal inserts, 12 decorative inserts, 2 dashboard pages, 6 die-cut dashboards, 6 tabbed dividers, 1 storage pocket and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

The second Carpe Diem planner product I’m thrilled to show you is our Recipe Planner Insert Set.

It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Passed-down recipes are cherished family favorites and evoke memories and nostalgia for young and old. Our A5 Recipe Planner Insert Set makes keeping these recipes and memories in one place simple and beautiful. Inside this insert set you’ll find plenty of pages for recording old and new recipes, creating shopping lists, and customizable tabs so your recipe organizing is tailored for you.

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the A5 Recipe Planner Insert Set and take-in all of the tools and products that are included! Inside you’ll find over 50 pieces of planning supplies; 24 recipe inserts, 13 assorted inserts, 6 tabbed dividers, 1 dashboard page, 6 die-cut dashboards,1 storage pocket and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

Head to a participating retailer to check out both of these fantastic insert sets! To locate a retailer near you, check out our store locator. There you’ll find retailers in your area as well online stores towards the bottom of the page for ordering quickly.

Be sure to follow our Live Love Plan board on Pinterest for lots of pics, links, and tons of planner inspiration!

Good morning Simple Stories fans!  Nicole Nowosad with you today for my first projects as part of the Simple Stories team. I am super excited to be sharing my love of paper with you and today's projects hopefully reflect that love!

 

I just love the Domestic Bliss collection and drew a lot of inspiration from the different patterned papers in the collection to create this page. Quite often, the ones behind the camera are often missing in our scrapbooks, so I do try to make a point of turning that camera around and scrapping some photos of me from time to time. Plus, it gives me an excuse to use some of the more floral patterned papers that I adore right now.

 

 

I wanted to use a lot of patterned paper, but not in a “wow” that is a lot of paper way. I chose to cut thin strips of the paper and create a simple stitched frame around my photo, adding more patterned paper in the form of diecut flowere that anchor both sides of the page.

 

 

I also diecut some flowers on my digital die cut machine from different patterned paper and layered them together with Decorative Brads, Diecuts pieces and enamel dots.

 

 

Best part is, I only used one of the 6x8 paper pads for this page and although it appears I used a lot of paper, really, it is very little. The little strip border is fun and a great way to use those paper pads in a simple way.

 

 

I finished this page off with an easy title using stickers mixed with more Bits & Pieces.

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This next layout was a little labor of love and was truly simple to make.  I used the concept of using simple strips of paper on this page again, but in a more quilted look.

 

 

I started with 4 square blocks of scrap paper and then cut several strips of paper in many patterns from the Faith collection 6x8 paper pad. I filled each scrap paper square with those papers, alternating the pattern and color until all four pieces were covered. I thought about stitching the papers on my sewing machine, but didn’t as I thought it would look too busy.

 

 

I added some mint green paint to the background of simple white cardstock and then layered my quilted squares to the background. I left a small gap around the edges to give the busy patterns a resting point on the page.

 

 

All that was left to do was add a few embellishments! I added a pretty floral diecut from white cardstock on my digital die cut machine and a simple title using some Chipboard and stickers. Really, the paper did most of the work on this page, time to keep those embellishments simple!

 

 

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope you are inspired to make the most of your paper stash!

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Say Cheese III!  One of newest collections that I'm absolutely obsessed with. I used the new Speckle Dot Carpe Diem planner (currently available at Hobby Lobby, available through independent retailers & online stores in June!) as my memory planner.  Memory planning is very important to me because it's a reminder of memories created. Simple Stories and the Carpe Diem planner made a perfect solution and match for what I wanted to achieve in my memory planning.

I've always been a fan of Disneyland and as I open up my planner, instantly it brings a smile to my face and memories start rolling through my mind. My pockets are stuffed with sticky notes, paperclips and ephemera.

As you turn the pages of my planner you will notice several pictures of my family and I. We went to Disneyland 2 times a year and created some of the best memories there. All the red and black with polka-a-dots, mouse ears, stars and yellow 12 month planner inserts (inlcuded in the Say Cheese Insert Set) are the perfect pairing!

The pocket included in the Insert Set is perfect for storing your stickers. 

The camera is such a cute extra addition to personalizing your planner and the Doc it journal fits perfectly in the back. Ready for me to take out anytime and add my pictures and journaling.

Adults are only kids grown up, anyway - Walt Disney.

Thank you Simple stories for designing and creating and making the Say Cheese collection. It made my memory planning magical and special. I can't wait to continue to create and play! 

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Hi everyone!!! Welcome to the blog today. It is Dorymar Perez and I am very happy and excited to be able to share my first project for the Simple Stories Design team. When I create my projects I always use some element of the collection as inspiration and this time I selected the pizza. Yes, the pizza, if you observe the collection is full of these!!! So, I decided to create a mini album in a pizza box with the beautiful collection EMOJI LOVE.

¡Saludos a todos!!! Bienvenidos al blog hoy. Es Dorymar Perez y estoy super contenta y emocionada de poder compartir mi primer proyecto para el equipo de Diseño de Simple Stories.  Cuando creo mis proyectos siempre utilizo algún elemento de la colección como inspiración y esta vez seleccioné la pizza. ¡Sí a la pizza, si observas la colección está llena de éstas!!! Pues decidí crear un mini álbum en una caja de pizza con la hermosa colección EMOJI LOVE.

I used black cardstock to create the box with a measure of 9 inches. You can see that its exterior is full of elements of the collection; 4 x4 cards, portions of 3 x4 and 4 x6 cards, stickers, epoxy metals, chipboard stickers,decorative clip, brads, etc.

Utilicé cardstock negro para crear la caja con una medida de 9 pulgadas. Puedes observar que su exterior esta lleno de elementos de la colección; tarjetas 4 x4, porciones de las tarjetas 3 x4 y 4 x6, stickers, hebillas, epoxy clips, chipboard stickers, brads, etc. 

The collection is so colorful and fun that I had to create a project worthy of the collection. Here you can see the exterior and part of what forms the mini album.

La colección es tan colorida y divertida que tenía que crear un proyecto digno de la colección.  Aquí puedes observar el exterior y parte de lo que forma el mini album. 

The inside of the box houses two 9 x 9 Layouts.  I used two design papers from the collection and adding elements from the collection like brads, epoxy metal clips, washi tape, chipboard stickers, etc. Since I saw the collection I knew I was going to use the photos that my girls take to upload  to their social networks!

El interior de la caja alberga dos Layouts de 9 x 9.  Utilicé dos papeles de diseño de la colección y añadiendo elementos de la colección como los brads, epoxy metal clips, washi tape, chipboard stickers, etc. ¡Desde que vi la colección sabía que iba a utilizar las fotos que mis niñas se toman para subir sus redes sociales!

The mini album is made for you to have fun discovering the photos on each of the layers as you spin the pieces!! I made the molds on chipboard and I was lining each piece with the decorative papers of the collection. After placing the photos, I accentuated around them with the sheets of stickers 4 x 6 and other elements of the collection.

¡El mini álbum está hecho para que te diviertas descubriendo las fotos en cada una de las capas según vas girando las piezas!! Hice los moldes en chipboard y fui forrando cada pieza con los papeles decorativos de la colección. Luego de colocar las fotos, acentuaba su alrededor con las hojas de stickers 4 x 6 y demás elementos de la colección

Here you can see as you turn each piece you still discover photos and elements!

 ¡Aquí puedes observar como al girar cada pieza sigues descubriendo fotos y elementos!

Do not forget to visit my Instagram page @dorymar_pl or Facebook find me like Carta di Papel by Dorymar! I hope you enjoyed the project and inspired you to create your own!

¡Espero que hayas disfrutado el proyecto y te sirva de inspiración para crear el tuyo!¡ No olvides visitar mi página de Instagram @dorymar_pl o en Facebook búscame como Carta di Papel by Dorymar!

¡Have a Great Week!! XOXO

Hello Friends!  Nathalie here with my first post as member of the 2017 Creative Team.  I am so blessed to be able to share with you some of my work using the beautiful Simple Stories products. I simply adore their collections!

Today, I am sharing with you two scrapbook layouts inspired on my everyday life.  It is the simplest of pictures, the ones that are the most memorable; and the newer Simple Stories collections are just perfect to document and cherish those moments.

Homework

The first layout is all about that dreaded word, "Homework".   The new Domestic Bliss collection, with its vibrant colors, playful papers, and cute embellishments was ideal to bring some cheeriness to the not so happy image homework conveys.

 
I wanted to bring in as many patterns and colors from the collection into this layout, so I set out to create a large background for this page.   The Open Alpha cut file from the Cut Shoppe -which forms the word 'Homework'- was welded to a simple house outline to create the background.
 
 
 

The new 6x8in paper pads are perfect to back cut-outs, as they contain all the patterns included in the collection, and it saves from cutting a small piece from a sheet of paper.   Don't you just love all the colors and patterns in this collection?

The outline of the house was cut from the  wood grain pattern of the "Bless This Mess" paper.   A bit of foam adhesive was used to secure the cut out to the outline thus creating some dimension on the page.  The background was then glued to the B side of the "Hickory Grid" paper from the Sn@p Basics collection,
 

A picture of my husband and daughter working on a school project was glued on a slant  to the "roof of the house".   I used  some of the cut-apart cards from the 4x6 Double Sided paper, and 6x8 paper pad as layers behind the picture.   Some of the stickers, die cut pieces, and  a paper clip from the collection were used to create clusters that frame the picture.  I love the small camera piece!!

To balance the page, one small cluster of paper die cuts, and stickers from both the 12x12  card stock sticker combo, and the 4x6 sticker sheets was added to the bottom right corner of the house.   Just a few enamel dots, and some journal lines complete this page.   I love how the colors and fun embellishments bring happiness to "Homework"

 

 
 
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Believe

The second layout of this post is all about my daughter, and the gorgeous Faith collection.  This is by far my favorite Simple Stories collection!;  it is just so beautiful, and can be used in so many paper crafts, from Bible journals to every day pictures.
 
 
I  love cut files, and Simple Stories has a large catalog  of designs available in the Silhouette Store.   The large shattered heart design was the inspiration for this layout.  I used the Silhouette software to add an offset to the image -this helps to add hand stitching on  the cuts.
 
 
The paint strokes in the "Shine" paper were the starting point for this project.  By aligning the cut file to the paper, i was able to color block the cuts to match the paint strokes.  A bit hand stitching just around the cuts that contain a single color was then added,   Some  thread was spooled around the edges of  the cuts that  aligned at the junction of two colors.  I just turn on Netflix, and spend some time stitching this background
 

The 6x8 paper pad was used to back the cuts in the heart, and then glued to the "Shine" paper.   Before adding the picture, I used the 3x4 cards from the Cut-apart paper to layer the  picture, and added some of the 12x12 combo card stickers in between layers to form clusters around the picture.

 I love the Carpe Diem Sticker tablet, and the Clear Stickers, they have  a lot of small stickers than can be added used in scrapbook projects.  Just look at the small butterfly!

 
There is so many butterfly motives in the embellishments of this collection; so i  created a few larger  ones using a punch.  Two butterflies were punched from the papers - used to back the cut out - a bit of machine stitching holds two  butterflies together.  I love how these add a sense of movement to the page.   
 
 
I love how this page turned out.   I even used the Bible verse on the die cut pieces as inspiration for my journal lines.

The two new collection, Faith, and Domestic Bliss, are the perfect complement to your  memory keeping, especially for those especial every day moments.   So check them out!

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you all soon!

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Hello there all you super creative, fantastic people! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a cool new project using the Simple Stories Faith collection! I made this one for all you who love planning and all you who love scrapping too! I enjoy doing both...which is one of the reasons why I love Simple Stories so much! It has such wonderful papercrafting supplies for both the planner addict and the scrapbook lover in you!

Recently, I came up with this idea to combine my planning and scrapping in a fun new way! I realized that after I finished playing in a planner with a certain theme or for a certain period of time, instead of just storing what I had put in the planner, I could instead take what I had done in my planner (the set up and decorations...all the planning, notes and writing) and incorporate that into a mini album!

It is so easy – you just take what you put in your Carpe Diem planner, transfer it over to a SN@P! album, add in some pocket pages and some photos, and voila!...you've completed a mini album!

I had so much fun creating this project! I decided that I wanted to document my faith in a special way. I chose to do something specifically for this time of year (for March and April because of Lent and Easter). I think this is a perfect time to reflect on one's faith and document it!

So this is what I decided to do – I thought I would plan out my March and April much like normal, but then add in all the cool stuff from the Carpe Diem Faith Insert Set. With the set, I documented things like my prayer list for the month, faith quotes that were inspiring me, etc. I used the cute notebook paper that comes in the set and used those to do some Bible journaling and to reflect on the mass readings from different days during Lent.

I love reading my Bible and it was cool to take notes on the different Gospel readings and things and really study them and explore what they meant to me!

I had fun with all the “nerdy” Bible studying that I did with my planner, but I also really had fun with the creative stuff like the decorating! I especially enjoyed making my cross dashboard! I used the SN@P! Pack  2x2 cards and the SN@P! pocket pages to make my cool dashboard.

This dashboard, and all my other goodies that I used to document my faith in March and April (for the Lent/Easter season), I then moved into my SN@P! 6x8 binder to create my cool “faith book” mini album.

I simply transferred things first, and then started adding in pictures and SN@P! pocket pages. I used the 6x8 paper pad and the SN@P! Pack and chipboard stickers and brads and other embellishments from the Faith collection to fill out my mini.

I love the look of the Carpe Diem planner dividers and notebook papers and things intermixed with all the large photo pages and photo pocket pages!

And I love the look of the calendar pages with the photo pocket pages!

I had fun putting my pocket pages together. I love that Sn@p gives you a range of different sized pockets to play with! I have a hard time sticking to just one or two sizes of pics...I want to use them all...I like a variety!

I also enjoyed adjusting some of the pocket pages to better fit my needs. It is so easy to do this...you just need some scissors and to do a bit of sewing with a strip of patterned paper along the edge (for the hole punching).

I love sewing little touches here and there inside my mini albums. I think it makes for a cuter more personal look.

I love my faith and I'm finding this such a fabulous idea for Lent – because I am not giving something up, but instead using my time to read my Bible more, reflect on what it means and the importance it holds in my life.

Alright well, I hope you enjoyed my cool Planner to Scrapbook Mini Album idea! Hopefully you now have some fun ideas on how to use your Faith collection.

And don't be afraid to mix in those planner goodies with those scrappy ones!

You can use this ideas for your faithbooking like I have (for a special project for Lent, Easter, or anytime of year really) or you could use it for other themed projects as well!

Hope I have inspired you today to put a little planning in your mini album...or a little mini album in your planning...see what I did there?   Anyways, have a great, happy scrappy day, a wonderful Easter and remember to, as I like to say, “live your life as a fairytale”...writing your own happily ever after one Simple Story at a time... Hey, see what I did there too? :-)

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