Howdy friends!  Layle here with you today for day 2 of our week long Simple Stories & Maya Road Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products & teamed up for some great inspiration all week long!

Today creative team member Meredy Vranich joins us with her Carpe Diem planner & our Cabin Fever collection -

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Hi Everyone, Its Meredy (aka @myplanningadventure) and I am here to show you my June set up for my Carpe Diem Planner using the Cabin Fever collection.  I know the theme of this is for outside adventures, but I actually found it perfect to keep me motivated on my current adventure, a home renovation!  We are managing the project ourselves and I have loved the elements and inspirational sayings as they have really helped me stay energized over the last few weeks.

One of my favorite things to do in my planner is make dashboards.  It is a quick and easy way to give your planner a fresh new look.  I also love patterned paper but I don’t scrapbook so this is a perfect way for me to utilize those papers I collect!  

Next, I move on to the pockets.  I like using journaling cards and Bits & Pieces in the pockets and I always tuck in some of my favorite larger size journaling cards into the back pocket.  I also like to put in clips that I can use throughout the month.  I love these number paper clips from Maya Road.

Here is a close up of my dashboard.  It’s fun to layer a bunch of different elements.  For the dashboard I used Under the Stars paper, then added items from the Bits & Pieces pack and a journaling card from 4x4 elements paper.  Alpha stickers are my new obsession and I used some to spell out June!

The back of this paper was too pretty to leave blank, so I added another journaling card from the 3x4 Journaling Card elements paper.

I also made some charms to remind me that the key to the success of this project is to keep moving forward.  The Maya Road pieces were perfect for making the charms!

Another way to use pretty paper is to make a pocket insert--It is really easy to do!  Find a 12 x 12 paper you love (this one is Nature Hike) and fold up the bottom portion of the pocket until the paper is the same height as an A5, then fold in half with the contrasting bottom portion facing out, glue the inside together, trim a bit, punch and you have a pocket!  Put on some stickers, ephemera and embellishments, like the Maya Road metal arrow that I used, and you have the perfect companion to a new dashboard.  I have been loving the 4x6 sticker packs Carpe Diem releases for each collection--they easily make your planner look gorgeous!  I put them right into my pocket pages and I am ready to decorate on the go.

The back of the pocket page is stuffed with Alphas from Simple Stories SN@P! line (did I mention I was obsessed with alphas!?)  I also decorated the pocket with stickers from the 12 x 12 Combo sheet.

Next up is my monthly layout.  This month is all about the work happening at my house and home life.  I used washi folded in half to mark out my construction schedule and brightened up the rest with decorative elements.

Last up is my daily planning—one of my favorite things to do!  I break up my To Dos into three categories using Alpha letters and then just have fun with the rest.

I used this Maya Road number paperclip for the date, so fun!

Thanks for stopping by and viewing my project.  I hope you are inspired to use this collection to motivate you on your own adventure whether it is outdoors or just on a project you have going on at work or at home!

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Howdy friends!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & Maya Road product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration all week long!

Today creative team member Lisa Abbott-Saunders  joins us with layouts from our Cabin Fever & Summer Days collections -

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Hello, it's Lisa with you today.  I would love to chat about multi photo layouts with you.  I know some people are put off by these. I used to be on the 'One Photo Per Page Team', but have more recently switched sides and find myself scrapbooking more and more with smaller but multiple photographs. There's always the worry that by adding lots of photos it can feel too busy and the photos can dominate the page so you have less space for fun designs. A one photo layout just seems cleaner and neater, so today I want to share some tips with you. How to create multi photo layouts and still have space on your page to breath and have fun.

I'm going to start with my Explore layout that I've made with the Cabin Fever collection.
 

 
I have used a free editing website called PicMonkey to create a photo mosaic. It's really easy to do and a great way to add a few photos to your page without the page looking cluttered as you can see here.
 
 
I like the white border giving the photos a clean look. It's then really fun to embellish around your photo grid. I've used stickers and the 'Bits and Pieces' here.
 
 
I wanted to create a fun title. I have layered up one of the Die Cut cards that I cut from one of the coordinating 12x12 sheets and added a couple of the 'Bits and Pieces' and the 'Explore' is from the 12x12 Sticker Sheet stuck across the center.
 
I continued with the embellishing around this area. I also added a few Maya Road stamps which I thought were a really fun addition.
 
 
I think it's important to allow some white space on a page to give it a less cluttered feel. To break this white space up a little I used this Die Cut tag from the 'Bits and Pieces' pack and added some word stickers. I love how this kind of acts as a sub title to my page.
 
I also added some of the washi tape from this collection around the whole edge of my layout. It's a great way to add further decoration without over doing it.
 
My next layout for you is called 'Our Summer'.  I've used the 'Summer Days' collection here.
 
      
I've created a grid design in the center using 12x12 patterned paper cut down and also using some of the Die Cut Cards cut down to fit within that space . The idea was to contain the photos and design within this area.  I've gone for white space surrounding my center art work here, so again having some clean space on my page, tricking your eyes in to thinking that it's not 'too' busy. 
I have printed off my 2 inch photos individually this time and once again with a white border. This really helps to stand the photos away from the patterned paper backgrounds. Sometimes they can disappear in to the background if you aren't careful. The white background really helps the photos to POP!
 

 
I've cut one of the die cut cards from the 12x12 sheet to use as my title. The design was looking a little busy, so I've gone around everything with a black pen and this includes the wording on this Die Cut card. Once again it's just something that really helps things to stand out. I added a little heart sticker to the 'R'. So Cute!!
 
 
I loved the 'hello sunshine' which was on a larger die cut card. So I cut it out and stuck it on with a 3d foam tape pad. I love how I'm saying 'hello sunshine' and the August photo that was taken in Wales last year was cold, rainy and so blowy. Oh how I love our weather!!!  : )
 
I love the little packs of brads. These are adorable! I used one of the clouds from the 'Bits and Pieces' pack and the other is one of the brads.
 
 
I also used some Maya Road flowers. They are rather bulky and I don't want my pages to bulk out my scrapbook albums so much, but I really loved the flowers and the colour matches perfectly, so I took one to bits. I removed the flower head from the stem and removed the larger petals from the back of the flower to give me these three individual flowers. I stuck them in place with a little pva glue and them added 3 more of the brads. I love the colour and added texture these add to my page. A perfect finish to my Summery layout.
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner next Monday to win both a Summer Days & Cabin Fever collection kit!   

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Hi again, it's me Emma, I'd like to share with you today what I have been doing with the Summer Days collection which is one of the fabulous new simple stories releases. Now, I'm from the U.K. and you may be aware that we are all pretty much obsessed with the weather! Mainly I think because we often manage to have all four seasons in one day! I myself am at my happiest when the sun shines and that's why this Summer Days collection is perfect for me to use in my summer planner! 

 

 

There are so many items that come with this collection, papers, stickers, washi tape, bits & pieces, brads and chipboard stickers. This is what I find so wonderful about simple stories as you can find everything you are looking for, all co ordinating and working so beautifully together! 

 

As always I set up the front pocket of my planner first. I have used an assortment of the bits & pieces, chipboard stickers and cut out some of the elements from the 12x12 collection kit, they are full to bursting and I think look fabulously summery! 

 

 

I've then made a dashboard using paper & elements from the 12x12 collection kit and adding extra details with a black fine liner. 

 

 

I like to tie everything together by tucking papers into the Large side pockets and I use a border punch to just pretty up the edges. I have also slid the sticker sheets in here so I always have them at hand. 

 

 

I've used lots of the stickers and bits & pieces on my May monthly spread and the gorgeous washi tape...I'm a sucker for washi tape and I'm never disappointed with the choices that Simple Stories release, you will nearly always find that you can mix and match with all their other collections! 

 

 

 

I decided to make some fun paperclips with the decorative brads, it was super easy, just poke the split pin through the top end of your paperclip and then squeeze tightly once you've opened it. They actually hold in place really well! 

 

 

You'll notice on my monthly spreads I like to use the monthly date stickers, I also add these on my weekly pages, I find it handy when I'm planning things that I don't have to flip through to find dates, it's all there at the top of my page for me. 

 

 

 

I pretty much always have a doc it journal tucked into the back pocket of my planners, I like the idea that they are always at hand if I want to quickly do a couple of pages. 

 

 

A fun way to add some base colour to the pages is by using watercolour, I like to get a piece of clear cellophane and add splashed of paint to it, then press it onto the pages and it leaves an awesome organic splodge!!...yep! that's my technical term for it!! 

 

My handwriting is dreadful so I tend to journal in pictures, avoiding having to write!...I use pictures I print out, bits & pieces, washi tape and have fun sticking it on the pages. 

 

 

I hope I've given you a few ideas on how you too could use the Summer days collection in your planner or for journaling. 

 

If you would like to see more pictures of how I use this collection over the summer months then please pop over to my Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/heartsbyemma

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Hello friendsIt’s Dorymar back on the blog today with a fun project I am very happy that one of my favorite seasons of the year has arrived, Summer! Summer for me is a time for sharing and enjoying my family to the maximum, no school, no homework, my girls are hometime to enjoy the outdoors! I am from Puerto Rico so for me, there is nothing more fun than enjoying warm temperatures, the beach, the sand, the sun, refreshing drinks, etc. So, when I saw the beautiful, bright, and fun Summer Days collection I wanted to create something that reminded me of those elements that I love so much.  These amazing memories took me to the Summer of 2016, when my family had the opportunity to visit Kona, Hawaii!  What a wonderful trip! I decided to create an altered project: a super cute beach barthose we find at the sea shore -  and inside a beautiful hexagonal flip book mini album. 

 

¡Saludos a todos! ¡Por aquí Dorymar de nuevo en el blog con un proyecto muy divertido!  Muy feliz y contenta de que ya llegó una de mis estaciones favoritas del año, el verano. El verano para mi es ese momento de compartir y disfrutar con mi familia al máximo, no clases, no tareas, las chicas en casa, en fin, momento de gozar.  Como soy de Puerto Rico para mí no hay nada más divertido que disfrutar esas temperaturas cálidas, la playa, la arena, el sol, bebidas refrescantes, etc. y es por todo eso que cuando vi la colección de “Summer Days” quise crear algo que me recordara esos elementos que tanto amo de esta época y por supuesto lo que para mí fue el verano del 2016.  ¡El pasado 2016 tuve la oportunidad de visitar KonaHawaii ¡Un viaje maravilloso! Pues decidí crear un proyecto alterado de una barra de esas que encontramos a la orilla de mar y en el interior de ésta un mini álbum en forma hexagonal estilo “flip book”.   

 

 

As a base, I used a hexagonal box that I got in a dollar store with a diameter of about 6 ". Then in the center I drew a circle that allows me to detach the lid easily, besides simulating the center of the bar. On it I made a 5 inches tall wall with cardstock that I supported with two paper straws. After this, I covered the entire exterior of the project with the brilliant papers from the Summer Days collection. 

 

Como base utilicé una caja hexagonal que conseguí en una tienda de dólar con un diámetro de 6” aproximadamente.  Luego en el centro tracé un circulo que me permite desprender la tapa con facilidad, además de simular el centro de la barra.  Sobre ella hice con cardstock una pared de 5” de alto la que apoyé con dos sorbetos de papel.  Luego de esto, forré todo el exterior del proyecto con los brillantes papeles de la colección Summer Days. 

 

To make the bar roofI made a circle of 10 ½" in diameter and removed a small piece of its sides to form that pointed shape of the ceiling.  With two "Lazy Days" papers I covered this piece, cutting ¼ x 6 stripes. As you can see they are not evenly glued to make it look more real. Then with the beautiful elements of the collection I decorated the whole ceiling. 

 

Para hacer el techo, hice un circulo de 10 ½” de diámetro y eliminé un pequeño pedazo de sus lados para formar esa forma puntiaguda del techo.  Con dos papeles “Lazy Days” forré esta pieza cortando franjas de ¼ x 6.  Como pueden observar no están pegadas de forma uniforme para que se vea más real. Luego con los bellos elementos de la colección decoré todo el techo. 

 

 

For the mini, I used the bottom of the box as a measure.  It is a hexagon of 5 3/8 diameter that I traced in two pieces of "chipboard" to give it firmness. On the cover, I used the collection’s "Chipboard Stickers", "Decorative Brads" and "Bits and Pieces", to add bright colors and highlight the the summer theme. To give it a personal touch, I used liquid pearl, leaves, and flowers in combination with the papers. 

 

Para el mini utilice como medida el fondo de la caja.  Es un hexágono de 5 3/8 de diámetro que tracé en dos piezas de chipboard para darle firmeza.  En la portada utilicé “chipboard stickers”, “decorative brads” y “bits and pieces” todos llenos de brillantes colores y muy a todo con el verano. Para darle un toque personal, utilicé “liquid pearl”, hojas y flores en combinación con los papeles.   

 

 

The inside of the mini album is super fun because each page houses an element to search inside it. In the first pages, you can see a pocket where you have space to add journaling. When you open it, you can see that fun way of flip book where you can open one side and another. All has been decorated with the collection’s "Bits and Pieces", "Decorative Brads", "Chipboard Stickers" and "Enamel Dots". For the journal, used 2 of the 3 x 4 cards of the "Journaling Cards Elements" paper. 

 

El interior del mini álbum es super divertido porque cada página alberga un elemento para buscar dentro de él.  En estas primeras páginas puedes observar un bolsillo donde tienes espacio para guardar tu journal, al abrirla puedes observar esa forma divertida de flip book donde puedes abrir hacia un lado y hacia otro.  Todo decorado con los bits and piecesdecorative bradschipboard stickers y enamel dots.  Para el journal utilice 2 de las tarjetas 3 x 4 del papel Journaling Cards Elements”. 

 

 

 

I love to use the paper to the maximumthat is why I always do banners or elements with scissors to add dimension to the pages. On this page, I used the scissors to make fringes to give this fun touch. On the next page, you can see how with one of the 4 x 4 cards of the 4 x 4 Elements paper I made a flap that opens and inside you have space for two photos. On each page, you can see how all the beautiful elements of the collection enhance the design of the project. 

 

Me encanta utilizar el papel al máximo, es por eso que siempre hago banderines o efectos con la tijera para añadir dimensiones a las páginas.  En esta página utilicé la tijera para hacer flecos para darle este toque divertido.  En la página que le sigue puedes observar como con una de las tarjetas 4 x 4 del papel Elements hice un flap que abre hacia arriba y en su interior tienes espacio para dos fotos.  En cada página puedes observar como todos los bellos elementos de la colección realzan el diseño del proyecto. 

 

 

 

I continued with the flip book design pattern but in this case, I made a small waterfall to place 2 ½ x 2 ½ photos where you can place 6 photos. Inside I used a 3 x 4 card and with the Good Vibes Washi Tape, I made a pocket that holds two cards to use as space for journaling.  In the center, I made another pocket with more space for photos and journaling 

 

Sigo con el patrón de diseño de flip book pero en este caso hice una pequeña cascada para colocar fotos de 2 ½ x 2 ½ donde puedes colocar 6 fotos.  En el interior utilicé una tarjeta 3 x 4 y con el “Good Vibes Washi Tape hice un bolsillo que alberga dos tarjetas para utilizarlas como espacio para el journal y en el centro hice otro bolsillo con más espacio para fotos y journal.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you move the pages you still find hidden spaces that, when you open them you find a lot of space for photos and journaling. I made a side pocket with a 6 x 4 card from the Horizontal Elements paper.  Also, I made an insert that when you open it, you find photo and journaling. At the bottom, you can see a flap made with a 3 x 4 card and inside more photos. With the elements of the collection and part of the designs of the cards, I decorated all around. 

 

Según vas moviendo las paginas sigues encontrando espacios ocultos que al abrirlos encuentras mucho, espacio para fotos y journal.  Hice un bolsillo lateral con y con una tarjeta 6 x 4 del papel Horizontal Elements hice un insert” que al abrirlo encuentras foto y journal. En la parte inferior puedes observar un flap hecho con una tarjeta 3 x 4 y en su interior más fotos.  Con los elementos de la colección y parte de los diseños de las tarjetas adorne todo su alrededor. 

 

 

 

The more pages you go through, the more fun you have with the colors, the elements, and the details of the project. What is so amazing about the Summer Days collection is that you have many elements in the bits and pieces, the stickers, and the chipboard but also the elements of the cards and the papers.  You can use them to decorate the project as you can see in the following pages. 

 

Mientras más páginas pasas, más te diviertes con los colores, los elementos y cada uno de los detalles del proyecto.  Lo divertido de la colección “Summer Days” es que tienes muchos elementos en los “bits and pieces”, los “stickers” y los “chipboard” pero también los elementos de las tarjetas y los papeles puedes utilizarlos para decorar el proyecto como puedes observar en las páginas siguientes.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy this Summer that just begun with your loved ones, enjoy the outdoor activities, and create many memories to document on your scrapbooks. 

 

Have a great week!  Blessings and happy crafting! 

 

Espero que disfruten este verano que aún comienza, a gozar de las actividades al aire libre creando recuerdos para tu Scrapbook.   

 

¡Que pasen una feliz semana! ¡Bendiciones! 

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Hello friends! 

It's Kristine Davidson here today with two layouts featuring the Simple Set - Hello Lovely.  I used only the collection kit and some enamel dots for these layouts and it was so easy. I had a precut background all ready for me and I brought this to a crop a few weeks ago. It was easy to pack - just a kit, some cardstock and adhesive. A great way to create at a crop or a friends house! 

This is my first layout - called "Smile Big" 

 

As you can see I didn't use a large title for this page, I felt that the 3x4 element card was enough with a sticker on my photo. A nice easy title is something I like on my pages. I really don't like stressing about that too much. 

The colors are so nice in this collection - the navy is something i really enjoy with some pinks mixed it. It's really a beautiful kit. I used a Kraft cardstock for my background - something i used less of lately but really love the look. I layered some pieces of patterned paper and of course I used some dimensional adhesive on my die cut stickers. That's a given ;) 

 A few clusters around the elements card and photo just bring the entire page together.  Here is a sketch I created just for you based on this layout.

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My second layout is called - Hello Lovely

Yes that's me being silly of course. It was taken at an event last March and I was playing with the photo booth props. It's so much fun to dress up and be crazy for a few minutes.  This is my version of Hello Lovely. Sometimes you've got to ' let it go! ' 

I used a digital die cut for the background - created by Paige Evans. It was so easy to create this page even if it looks complicating. I created this page in a few hours and really loved piecing papers and doing an assortment of flowers on this page. 

I created journal strips and then added a bit of watercolor on top so you would see the journaling and it wouldn't be hidden under the white cardstock and variety of papers. It could have been colored a blue or peach, but the pink adds more color to my page ;) 

You can see the cluster of stickers and also some of the paint splats I created. 

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 instagram.com/KristineDavidson

Thanks for visiting!

 

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It’s always an exciting time when new product starts arriving here at the Simple Story offices. The warehouse starts buzzing and it’s all hands on deck—even our owner and president, Kevin Crowell, gets right in the mix. You can oftentimes find him deep in the truck moving product and adding humor to the chaos.







We’re all thrilled that our Carpe Diem A5 Planner Punch is officially in the house (woot woot), and they are shipping now to local retailers near you. We suggest you get out to your favorite store quickly, or get your order placed online, because the news about these punches has had the Twittersphere and book-of-faces buzzing ever since our announcement at CHA.



Once you get your punch, getting organized will never be easier. Punch your kids ball schedules, shopping lists, or make your own custom dividers.







Our 12x12 Paper Pads have also arrived in our warehouse and are now shipping. These paper pads are filled with colorful papers from our latest collections, with some gorgeous new options to choose from as well. The colors are beautiful, bold, and eye-catching, and having them in a pad makes for easy storage, options aplenty, and coordinating patterns a snap! Pick up one (or many!) of these pads and get to creating! They’re great for scrapbooking, card making, kids art projects, and home decor!



We can’t wait to see what you create with these awesome new products! And as always, if you’re looking for inspiration, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards here for ideas and eye-candy!

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Hey everyone ! It's Mindi with you on the blog today. I have some pocket pages to share with you using the awesome All American Simple Set. This set is perfect for all of your Fourth of July photos and much more. It can be used for many other things as well. With July 4th right around the corner I thought is was time to get last years photos and stories documented. So let's get started. 
 
I am using the 6x8 album in black for this project as well as a variety of page protectors. It is so fun to mix up and work with the different variations of pockets. This first pocket page that I am using is a full 6x8 page and then some divided page protectors on the other side. I love to add in these full page photos into my album. 
 
 
On this first page I wanted to use either the big July or the 4th sticker to make sure that the reader would know what these pages are about. I went with the 4th sticker and added my journaling underneath it. I also added some embellishments up on the top of the page and some stamped stars on the photo. 
 
 
On the opposite side I have a photo and then some fun filler cards. I took this 4x6 card that has the outline of the states on it and spelled out Parade. Most of these photos are from our annual neighborhood parade on July 4th. You can add so many different things to this card including a big word like USA, or some journaling stripes. I just loved this card. 
 
 
The other side has more photos and a few filler cards that I custom made. 
 
 
This navy blue card I simply added a strip of red patterened paper to the bottom of to give it some color. I also added a firecracker sticker on the bottom as well as an enamel dot. 
 
 
 
I haven't really done much journaling about these photos I decided to add a journaling card on this next page. It also helps to break up the photos and filler cards on the spread. The word strip stickers were perfect to help tell my story about the neighborhood parade. 
 
 
This last set of pages is of what happened after the parade was over and the sun started to set. The fireworks show! 
 
 
We were fortunate enough to see many bigger fireworks that people were lighting off around us last year and so I snapped a few photos of them. This firecracker filler card was probably my favorite one of them all. I added the '16 to add in the year and then a word strip up above. 
 
 
They have these fireworks called smoke bombs and they are my kids favorites. I managed to get a half way decent photo of them playing in the brightly colored smoke. I added some journaling directly onto the photo and added a sticker as well. 
 
 
As I mentioned earlier that I used a lot of different sized pocket pages for this project. This last page has 2 4x4 pockets and a 2x8 pocket. I printed off 2 photos as 4x4's and added the July sticker to the top one. This whole simple set has these fun pinwheeled stars in it. I cut some out of the patterened paper and added a few to my journaling strip. It was a fun little touch and went well with my photos and theme. I kept this little strip pretty simple and finished it off with a few stickers and an enamel dot. 
 
 
Thanks for coming everyone ! I am so happy to have these fun memories now documented and look forward to celebrating again here soon. 

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Hi everyone!  Summer Solstice is fast approaching and where I live, the heat is already here.  Summer calls for bright colors, outdoor fun, and cool sweet treats and the Summer Days collection fulfills all of that.  

In my Ballerina  Carpe Diem planner, I stocked with 3x4 journaling cards, 4x6 sticker sheets, and ephemera pieces from this bright and bold collection. I also made a simple dashboard with the “Beat the Heat” cardstock and a few of the decorative brads.

For the calendar spread, I used the box stickers that fit perfectly in the monthly boxes, the Summertime Sweetness and Good Vibes washi tapes, and a few of the cardstock stickers.  I also glued a couple of the small sunglasses chipboard pieces onto paperclips to mark off pages.

To add some color and decor to my weekly pages, I mostly used the 4x6 stickers because they are smaller than the cardstock stickers and leave plenty for planning and scheduling.  I’m addicted to washi tape, so of course I added some along the punched holes to add a pop of color.

 
 

I hope you have fun planning your summer schedule with the Summer Days collection and it inspires you to capture more memories to come.91

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Hi everyone! Jana Eubank here. The kids are out of school and the iconic question that goes "Mooom, what are we going to do today?" has already begun in our household. Haha! I don't know about you, but even though I love summer, when it's especially hot outside I think I'd rather stay in with the air conditioning and play with my scrapbook supplies!
 
Today I have a couple of layouts to share with you featuring the bright and happy colors of summer. This first on uses the Emoji Love collection.
 
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All of my four kids' birthdays are in the summer. My oldest daughter has taken it upon herself to start a new tradition with her siblings by taking each one of them out for a special outing to celebrate their birthdays. On this day she took her youngest sister to lunch and to do a little bit of shopping.
 
 
While they were out together they took lots of selfies of their adventure ... which, of course, always includes silly faces! These are the kind of shots that are perfect to use with this darling collection!
 
 
I used the two speech bubble die cuts, "Love" and "Yay!" above this photo ... my daughter had picked up a pack of Pokemon cards while they were at Target and had scored a very RARE card. This is the celebratory selfie shot from that moment. Haha!
 
 
I used the striped Be a Unicorn paper to mat the largest photo, and then used the solid color 3x4 cards from the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements paper to mat the two smaller photos. I placed the two smaller photos on either side of the larger main photo and then layered up lots of delicious patterned papers behind them: the Choose Happy Paper, Yay Paper, Ha Ha Paper, and Be a Unicorn Paper (script). I tilted each of the layers differently for a bit of fun.
 
In the upper right corner I added a winky face, a epoxy metal clip, a sticker from the 4x6 stickers and a few enamel dots.
 
 
I cut out the script "Wow!" word from one of the 4x6 cards from the SN@P! pack for the first part of my title. For the second part, I used the pink letter stickers from the 4x6 sticker pack. The nail polish bottle die cut to the left of the title is a nod to the shopping they did on this day.
 
 
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What kid doesn't spend many of their summer days riding their bike around the neighborhood with their friends?!  I gotta tell you ... every time I flip through the Summer Days collection I just get a smile on my face. I love this collection so much! I couldn't wait to play with it on this next layout!
 
 
First, I matted my photos with the diagonal stripe of the Sunny Days Paper and then adhered the them to the sweet yellow floral Hello Sunshine Paper. This floral has my heart. It was the perfect backdrop for these photos of my daughter on her bike.
 
I accented the top of the photos in the upper right corner with a bit of the striped Good Vibes Washi Tape and a couple of die cuts. The "Big Smiles" sticker is from the phrase stickers on the Combo Sticker Sheet.
 
 
I wanted to build a little scene in the bottom left corner of my photo strip. The sun looks like it is rising up over beach bus, beckoning you to come outside and play for the day!
 
 
I created my title on my electronic die cutting machine. I backed the openings of the letters with the pink chevron Summer Snapshots paper to tie it in with the same paper at the top of the page. A flamingo die cut and pinwheel stickers flank either side of the title ... and then a phrase sticker from the 4x6 stickers at the bottom of the title reminds you that it is definitely a beautiful day to get out and play in the sun!
 
 
I used a strip of the diagonal striped Sunny Days Paper to tie in with the photo mats at the top of the page and give the title and accents a place to rest.
 
 

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Hello creative planners! It’s Leah, back on the blog today showing you a few ways to use 4x6 pocket pages to personalize your Carpe Diem planners! When I saw the Summer Days collection, I was immediately inspired to create some new decorative elements for my planner to dress it up for summer time. The tropical designs in the collection reminded me of my honeymoon to Hawaii that I have yet to scrapbook, so I had the idea to print out a few photos from the trip and incorporate them into my planner pages using a few 4x6 pocket pages.

I always keep photos in my planner that remind me of happy times or loved ones. My photos from Hawaii are a couple of years old now but they immediately make me feel happy when I look at them. Since I open my planner every day, I get to be reminded every day of those special memories.

The 4x6 pocket pages fit well into your Carpe Diem planner, you just have to add a few extra holes for the rings. The first pocket page I decorated has one 4x4in pocket and two 2x2in pockets. The 4x4 card inside is cut from this Summer Days 4x4 Elements Paper. I added a butterfly die cut to the outside of the pocket to add some dimension.  I made a small tag to fit in the bottom left pocket and added a sun die cut to the outside of the pocket so I didn’t have to trim it down. In the bottom right pocket, I measured and cut a 2x2 square from some patterned paper and added the rainbow tab. I printed a 2x2 photo of my husband and I, and then trimmed it down a bit so that you could still see the patterned paper behind.

On the back side of this pocket page, I printed a collage photo that I made using a mobile app called Pic Stitch. I printed the photo 3.8x3.8” in size. This allowed me to trim the photo down to fit in the top pocket but also let the paper underneath show which added a colorful frame. Instead of gluing the photo down, I used a gold clip to hold it in place. In the bottom pockets, I added a couple more die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack and a few word label stickers.

For my next pocket page, I used a page with six 2x2in pockets. Using the same process as before, I cut a few patterned papers down to fit in the pockets and made another little tag. I added some sequins to one pocket and taped it shut with clear Scotch tape. I printed the photo in a 2x2in size.

On the back side of this page, I just printed another 2x2 photo and embellished the other sides of the patterned papers that were in the pockets.

Here are a couple of other fun ideas for how you can use 4x6 pocket pages in your planner:

·       The pockets on the page below are 3x4 in size. I cut out some of my favorite 3x4 journal cards from this 12x12 paper, then added some sequins and taped the pockets closed to create a super cute and super easy double-sided shaker pocket!

·       The pocket page below has one large 4x6 pocket, so I used the flamingo notecard from this 12x12 paper. Putting a journal card into a plastic pocket page is a quick way to create a dashboard that you can write on with a wet erase marker. You could create the same effect by laminating the card, but this process is way quicker and allows you to change out the journal card later if you want.

Now for a little bonus content on this blog post…

Check out my June monthly layout! The Summer Days collection is PERFECT to kick off my summer planner layouts! Hop on over to my Instagram to see the layout all filled in.

Here are a couple of close up photos!

I hope this post has given you all some inspiring ideas for how to use pocket pages in your Carpe Diem planner. For lots more beeeeautiful planner inspiration and peeks at all the new planner products rolling out this summer, check out the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram! I AM SO EXCITED! What products are you the most excited for?

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Jeanne here today with some inspirational cards featuring the Simple Stories Faith Collection.  This collection is a beautiful mix of florals and prints in bright colors with navy accents for lots of contrast. 

The collection is appropriately named “Faith” because religious sentiments are mixed throughout the different elements available in the collection like this bible verse that you can find in the Bits and Pieces die cut pack.  What a great way to encourage and inspire, or maybe just remind someone of how blessed they really are.

I thought these die cut plants were perfect with the sentiment – a reminder to have faith and trust in God. 

The butterfly to me represents “letting go” and letting Christ lead the way.  I added a strip of navy pattern paper under the pots to keep them grounded and added some yellow enamel dots for a sprinkle of extra color.

 

Sometimes we’re looking for answers, things happen in life that we don’t understand.  It’s important to have faith. 

 

This card started with pretty papers from the Faith Collection.  For my focal point I added a 3x4” SN@P! Journaling card and topped it with some circles I cut from the 6x8 Paper Pad.

I added lots of embellishments like a pretty chipboard flower.

 

An epoxy metal clip and some enamel dots shine like candy!

This little butterfly is from the Combo Sticker that is in the 12” Collection or sold separately.  I dusted it with baby powder to remove some of the tackiness before adhering it with adhesive foam tape for dimension.

 

All the different elements in this collection are beautifully coordinated  to complement each other, making your projects  a pleasure to create.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes we’re looking for answers, things happen in life that we don’t understand.  It’s important to have faith. 

 

This card started with pretty papers from the Faith Collection.  For my focal point I added a 3x4” SN@P! Journaling card and topped it with some circles I cut from the 6x8 Paper Pad.

I added lots of embellishments like a pretty chipboard flower.

 

An epoxy metal clip and some enamel dots shine like candy!

This little butterfly is from the Combo Sticker that is in the 12” Collection or sold separately.  I dusted it with baby powder to remove some of the tackiness before adhering it with adhesive foam tape for dimension.

All the different elements in this collection are beautifully coordinated  to complement each other, making your projects  a pleasure to create.  The Faith Collection is a beautiful way celebrate and inspire the people who are blessings in your life!

 

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Hello friends! Jennifer here on the blog today to share some pages I created using the new Cabin Fever collection!  The weather is getting warmer here in the US so that means getting outdoors!  Where I live many people love to camp and I was excited to see this fabulous line!  Truth be told, I don't love to get out there and "rough it" but definitely enjoy being among nature!   Both of my kids have attended church camp during the summers just north of our city and Cabin Fever is perfect for their photos! 
 
 I used the new Geo Background (#19848) Simple Stories Silhouette Cut File as the base of my first layout "Explore".  I wanted to show off the many rich patterns and colors of Cabin Fever so using a background cut file is a perfect way to do so!  I honestly can't tell you which pattern is my favorite because I love them all!  
 
 
The 3x4 Journaling Card Elements are perfect to add journaling or layer small embellishments around your title! I did both using pieces from the Combo Sticker Sheet as well as one of the Decorative Brads! Using pop dots or foam tape with embellishments can add some depth to your page just as I did with the fire die cut.  I usually find this helps fill in space between  photos and/or journaling spots.  
 
 
If you don't do much pocket page scrapbooking and aren't sure what to do with the 4x6 Horizontal and Vertical Elements, they do make great layers under your photos!  I like to add at least two contrasting colors to help my photo "pop"!  I also have a habit of matting my picture onto white cardstock  as well!  What can I say? I love layers!  To break up the page, I used the tartan plaid border sticker from the Combo Sticker Sheet and the "Wild and Free" Die Cut from the Bits and Pieces pack. 
 
 
I love that the Decorative Brads have a multitude of sizes and shapes to choose from!  Here, I paired one of the smaller brads with a larger plaid.  Brads are a nice accent to bring you pages together!  
 

 
 
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For my second layout, "Camp 45", I started with kraft cardstock as my backround.  Again, using my Silhouette, I cut different size circles from a few select patterns (using both sides of the page).  I then layered my circles across the center of my layout and stitched through with my sewing machine.  I also added strips of favorite accent prints at the top and bottom of the page (and again stitching through...I sew on everything!).  
 
 
Camp 45 is the name of the camp my daughter attended that summer...it was for fourth and fifth graders and her first time being away from home for more than a night.  It's only 20 min away but I may have cried when I dropped her off!   Again, there is that 3x4 Journaling card! They are so nice to tuck next to your photo and add a title and a few embellishments!  I used the "CAMP" from the Camping on the 6x12 Chipboard along with cutting my "45" with my Silhouette and backing with yes another 3x4 Journaling Card! :)  
 
 
I punched two smaller holes at the top of my Journaling card to add brown baker's twine to the top!  I thought it gave the card a little bit of dimension!  
 
 
Using hand punches, I added smaller circles to the fringes of my photo as well as added die cuts and smaller Decorative Brads.  Also, you can spy at the top of my photo some of the lovely Nature Hike Washi Tape!
 
 
Here, I used the remainder of my tartan plaid scallop border sticker to break up the page...you can also spy a small section on the other side of my journaling card!  I love using repeating shapes on a page when you want to include lots of color and prints!  
 
 
Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope this inspires you to do some creating with Cabin Fever! You can check out the collection in its entirety by going to the Products Page!  Have a wonderful day! 

 

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Hello friends! Brenda Smith here with you today and I've got a Summer mini album in a 4x6 SN@P! binder to share with you today.
 
 
I used the 4x6 Sn@p album in teal and papers and embellishments from the new Summer Days collection. The chipboard "Summer" just begs to be used on mini album covers and I couldn't resist. I paired it with a label, stamps, and some additional sticker embellishments. 
 
 
 
 
 
I covered the insides of my album with the Lazy Days patterned paper. I usually like to choose a smaller pattern without too many colors for the covers and this worked perfectly. I trimmed down a 4x6 "bucket list" journal card and matted it on the Gotta Wear Shades patterned paper.  I created a sequin pocket and sealed it shut with the Good Vibes washi. I used a 4x6 card as a title cards of sorts, typing out the months documented and our names.
 
 
 
 
I knew I wanted to use the box stickers from the 4x6 stickers so I measured them and created a photo collage in Photoshop with photos the same size. I filled the blank spots of the collage with box stickers and embellished accordingly. I matted the collage with the Soak up the Sun paper. For the "bright" journal card, I used some more of the Gotta Wear Shades paper and glued a bit of it on the top of a 3x4 journal card. I then used some alpha stamps from my stash atop a label and added a few brads from the Decorative Brads. The "Hello Sunshine" is a stitched on die cut from the Bits and Pieces pack. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I outlined the letters and the heart on the "I <3 Summer" card and added a few extra embellishments. "The Good Life," the green patterned stickers underneath, and the label are all from the 4x6 stickers. I used a 4x4 insert pocket in between this spread and stamped some sentiments from the Emoji Love roller stamp. I put an extra wide border on my "Swim" photo and added some stickers from the 4x6 stickers set as well as the cloud decorative brad. 
 
 
 
 
I printed a 1.5" circular photo as well as 2x2 photo to fill the smaller pockets. I created a 4x4 journal card using a card from the cut-apart sheet and some paper from the Sn@p Basics 6x6. On the other side, I trimmed a corner from the Summer Snapshots paper and added a few embellishments including enamel dots from the Home collection. One of my favorite things about Simple Stories lines is that you can often easily combine collections. 
 
 
 
 
One of my favorite tricks is to print a photo at 3x3 and leave the blank white space at the bottom so the photo is a 3x4 but looks somewhat like a polaroid. Then I'll add a little patterned paper and embellishments to finish it off. This Ninja card was just the right amount of color paired with the black and white photo. The 4x6 journal card is pretty simple with just the "chill" added from the 12x12 sticker sheet. I outlined it with a black pen to make it stand out more. 
 
 
For this page, I again made a very wide border on a 4x6 photo and embellished. The "happy" is from the 12x12 sticker sheet and the stickers along the bottom are all from the 4x6 sticker set. I obviously still have a bunch more to go to adequately document our summer, but I'm happy with this as a stopping point. 
 
Have you begun to document your summer with Simple Stories? Be sure and tag us @simplestories_ when sharing on Instagram so we can come and take a look! 

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Thanks sooooo much for joining us for our 2017 Carpe Diem Spring Release Reveal, we hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  If you missed them last week, you can catch them below or view the full catalog here

Bloom & Beautiful
Bliss & Good Vibes
NEW Carpe Diem & Planner Essentials

These new products will be shipping June-September, depending on the products; watch the blog & social media for updates as we start shipping!   

Now on to the fun stuff - congrats to our 15 random lucky winners!  Here goes - 

Day 1 – Bloom or Beautiful A5 or Personal Boxed Set
Blog – Peg Graham
Instagram Simple Stories – planningwithsophie
Instagram Carpe Diem - emilyac84
Pinterest – Peggy Clees
Facebook – Lori Singleton Cash

 

Day 2 – Bliss A5 Boxed Set or Aztec Traveler’s Notebook
Blog – Rachel V 
Instagram Simple Stories – kristenjo76
Instagram Carpe Diem - elliervine
Pinterest – Terri Mas Stolzenberg
Facebook – Gingera Lincoln Earley

 

Day 3  – Floral Dot or Black Speckle A5 Planner
Blog – Deborah Routledge
Instagram Simple Stories – midnight.wink
Instagram Carpe Diem – unicornglitter75
Pinterest – Jenn E
Facebook – Susanne Staal‪ 

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Hello planner girls!  I finally set up a Home Planner that I am absolutely in love with! Carpe Diem had everything I needed to get the perfect set up done. From the planner to the amazing detailed inserts to the décor to personalize it.

For my home planner I am using the Marigold A5 Planner with the Domestic Bliss collection.  One of my most favorite thing to do is set up a planner! I love decorating the pockets, making new dividers, selecting where I want things to go and personalizing it to my taste.

I used some of the paper pad paper scraps, stickers, journaling cards, brads and paperclips to decorate my pockets.

One of the most amazing things Simple Stories offers is the ready to use dividers for their planners which you can just personalize with stickers or you can use their paper to chose the order and customize your dividers even more!

I used the Domestic Bliss paper pad and cut my dividers with my Silhouette Cameo however if you do not have a cutting machine you can hand cut your paper down to 5.8 in wide by 8.3 in height for a A5 planner.

With the paper pad I was also able to make a dashboard and a page marker. I cut the dashboard down to 5.8 in wide by 8.3 in height and the page marker is 3.0 in wide by 8.681 in height with the top tab. I was able to use the different journaling cards, die cuts, stickers and brads from the Domestic Bliss collection to make it to my liking and I absolute love how it all turned out.

Carpe Diem Home insert collection is astonishing! Everything you can think of needing for a home planner they have included. From Personal information, emergency information trackers, Password logs, contacts and budget. If your like me I forget these things often so being able to have it all in one place has been a life saver. They also have inserts to keep you well organized by having a daily schedule, menu planning, to do list and much more!

Along with all the amazing things you can create or get from the Domestic Bliss collection as a Planner Addict and user the variety and amount of stickers available is breath taking they truly suit every theme so well and are so versatile.

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Hello everyone. Chantalle here, and I would love to share some recent projects with you, capturing some sweet outdoor moments. I have used new releases Cabin Fever and Summer Days which are both perfect for your summer adventures!
 
You Are My Sunshine
 
This page uses the bright and breezy Summer Days. I love this new collection with its infectious brights and fun elements. The watermelon is a fave for sure!
 
 
For a bit of fun, I have created some subtitles on the ‘So much Fun’ background paper using some co-ordinating alpha stickers from a pack of Sn@p Color Vibe Lights. 
 
 
I love the way these stickers add a bit more detail to the page without being too distracting. I lined them up with the help of a light ruler but you could also line them up on the very edge of a plastic ruler and then place the ruler down carefully in your desired area, to transfer them.
 
 
The striped pattern also helped make lining things up a breeze. In between the colour bars, I have added some more details in the form of ephemera and phrase stickers. The super cute sunglasses shapes matched my photo perfectly, so I cut some larger sized ones from a sheet of the 4x4 Elements in three different styles and colours.
 
 
I quite like to group matching colours on my projects. Creating with Simple Stories is such a joy as everything co-ordinates so perfectly!
 
 
I’ve cropped my photo in a circular shape for something different. Using Circle Photo Crops makes cutting your photos to size a cinch!
 
 
 
For a final flourish, I have added some embroidery style stitching around my title stickers. I think it helped it stand out a bit more against the colourful elements.
 
 
This next page, 'Call of the Wild’ also celebrates fun moments outside.
 
 
Cabin Fever is amazing for those camping times, getting out and about times or just nature times! Living in Queensland where we have pretty much gorgeous weather for most of the year, I can see myself using every last bit of this collection!  I’ve used a vertical design and grouped lots of fun elements together to show off the photos of a wonderful day we spent enjoying the Gold Coast Hinterland this Summer.
 
 
The tree and mountain elements called out to me for this project so I nabbed a few larger size ones from the Cabin Fever 4x4, 3x4 and 4x6 Elements pages. I always look forward to seeing these papers in Simple Stories collections as they are full of extra bits and pieces to cut out if you need some more of a certain shape or for a journalling spot etc. Value and versatility in one! The compass was also cut from the 4x6 Elements page. I added a little brad in the centre for a bit of extra detail.
 
 
I also loved the muddy boot track and tree stump chipboard stickers!
 
 
Thanks for joining me today!

 

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

Last month I used the new Summer Days collection in the Coral planner.  To recap, here's what it looked like last month, you can see the full blog post here

I loved the look so much, I knew I wanted to continue with it for June.  At the same time, I wanted to switch things up a bit, so I did!

Same collection, but an entirely different look & feel by just switching things out in the pockets & the dashboard.  

I've moved into a different set of Monthly Inserts starting this month, but the border on the center of the inserts was a little darker than I wanted for June.  Fixed that quickly by cutting strips of patterned paper from the same collection, adhering along the edge and then repunching the holes.  A super easy way to get a coordinated look when you don't have the exact color or style washi that you need!  

I had fun this month with the 'month in review' page that's at the beginning of the daily & weekly inserts.  It's a great way to recap what you need to do - or did - for the month, all in one place.

I've been really into Traveler's Notebooks for the last year or so, so I decided to make one to add to my planner with the same theme

I just used a glue stick to apply the patterend paper to an existing Doc It Journal and then trimmed it down and added the volkswagen chipboard.  Did you know - our Doc It Journals fit perfectly in the back of your planner, they slide right in the pocket :)

So there you have it, my set up for June.  I love how diverse the Summer Days colletion is, it made it super easy to use in my planner again this month and to have it look completely different than last month!

Thanks for joining me this month!  Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/laylekoncar/ to see more of my planners & travelers notebooks.  Until next month!

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