Now that Christmas has passed and you most likely have a ton of photos to scrapbook & memories to document, we thought it would be fun to share an up close look at some of the popular Classic Christmas products & inspiring projects from our creative team!  

When it comes to paper crafting, it’s all about the paper, right?!  Regardless of what crafty project you’re working on, paper is the perfect starting point.  These are some of our Classic Christmas favorites, and judging by our diminishing inventory, they’re some of YOUR favorites too, including the beautiful Be Merry paper that would be great for framing for a quick & easy holiday decoration next year!

Washi tape, stickers, roller stamp and Holiday SN@P! Binder – OH MY!  With Classic Christmas, you’re sure to find just the right embellishment to add those perfect finishing touches to your projects.

From layouts, to home decor to planners, Classic Christmas is just what you need for adding a little seasonal touch for your paper crafting & planning needs.  Speaking of paper crafting & planning, here are a few projects to get you inspired to wrap up your holidays with Classic Christmas – or start thinking about getting a jump start on next Christmas!

Be sure to check out & follow our Classic Christmas Pinterest board for more Classic Christmas inspiration.  And hey, if you missed out on the 2 different sets of FREE Classic Christmas printables, make sure to download them here!


Hey Friends!  It’s Vicki here with a little holiday project fun using the oh so cute, Classic Christmas line!  One of my favourite things to make from paper is a minibook.  I love them in album form, tag form, from scratch…I just love minibooks!  For this one I decided to make a layered flip book.  Simple Stories paper is a great weight and when layered makes for sturdy pages!!  Take a look…

I mounted the flip book on a piece of cardstock and added it to they Tim Holtz “Oh Deer” clipboard.  I like that I can make a new one every year and just switch it out.

I cut six 4 1/2” x 12” pieces of Classic Christmas paper and folded the sheets in half.  I glued all of the pieces together to form a layered flap book.

To finish the top of the book off, I trimmed a 4 1/2” x 3 1/2” piece, created a border punched edge and added it to the top of the book.  I wrapped a foiled doily over the top and added baker’s twine.  The cover is layered Classic Christmas Chipboard and Bits & Pieces with some stamped greenery and diecut letters.

Page one- I added a pocket to the bottom of the page and layered Fundamental Stickers.

Page two- Here I added mats and Bits & Pieces.

Page three- layered flap- I added a 4” x 11” flap that is secured on the bottom of the page.

I layered Bits & Pieces and Fundamental Stickers on these pages.

Page four- Double flap- Trim a 3 1/2” x 12” piece of paper and score a 3 3/4” flap at the top and a 2 1/2” flap at the bottom.

Add a 2” cardstock circle with a the Merry Christmas Bit and Piece to create a tab.

This double flap is a fun, interactive way to add holiday memories.

Page five- Layered flap- This time I added the flap to the top of the page!

Add more Fundamental Stickers and Bit & Pieces.

Page 6- Accordion fold out- Trim a 4 1/2” x 12” piece and score 3” lines.  Fold the 3” pages “accordion style, add baker’s twine and add to the page.

This is a fun and rather quick project to make.

It could make a fun gift or just a little something for you!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Holiday full of laughter, food and fun!

Merry Christmas!!!


Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to share a pocket page made using Winter Wonderland. If you’ve followed my work for any length of time, you may have noticed that I am always challenging myself with my projects. Because I live in a desert where it is 70 degrees F during Christmas time, the snow theme of Winter Wonderland wasn’t really applicable. But the colors worked perfectly for my photos so I set out to make it work for my pages. 

I attempted to edit my photos using tones that would best match the cards and embellishments from Winter Wonderlands. But with the beautiful, soft browns, blues, and reds of the collection, my photos of wintertime in the desert (read: lots and lots of sand) already matched pretty well. 

Because this is a smaller collection, there aren’t many coordinating cards and even fewer that aren’t specific to snow. However, I forged right ahead and used cards regardless of the phrases on them. If there was something specific to snow or something else inapplicable, I covered it up with something else. Don’t be afraid to use cards you love just because they might say something that doesn’t align with your project! 

In attempting to make the cards my own, I set out to do more embellishing on them than I usually do. I wanted them to be perfectly tailored to this spread. Three items that I turned to heavily in accomplishing this: the 4x6 stickers, the washi tape, and the enamel dots. I used the stickers to cover up things that didn’t apply. The washi tape served the same purpose in some instances but was also used to unify the spread. The enamel dots add dimension and pops of color. 

On this side, I employed the use of some of the winter-specific embellishments. It is, after all, still winter here and is cold to us even if it’s not really that cold. 

I had run out of 4x6 cards to use so I created my own using the 6x6 pad of paper and a die cut from the Bits and Pieces and some stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet. 

Some of the embellishments were used a little tongue-in-cheek like the pine tree behind the photo and the “treetops glisten” because my photo had an illuminated tree in the background.

As you can see, even heavily-themed products can be used for pictures that have nothing to do with the theme. It takes a little thinking outside of the box but the end results are so fun!




Hi there!

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

I am so excited for the upcoming Christmas because I love these dates!

For my first layout I decided to work with the magical “Mistletoe Kisses” collection. I started designing a Christmas tree with some hearts in Silhouette Studio, and cut it out from a white cardstock using my Cameo. As you know, I love to use light papers as my background, so I used this sheet for my work. Then, I’ve filled in the hearts gaps using all the colorful papers of the collection and I crowned the tree with a cute bow made with Oh What Fun! (b-side) paper.

I used a photo from my cat under our Christmas tree. My cat loves it, unfortunately, his love isn’t as harmless, he loves batting at the ornaments… but he is so cute I can’t stay mad at him. For this reason I have entitled it "Joy" and I added the Santa's typical “ho ho ho” from the 4x6 stickers. Under the photo I putted three funny phrase labels. At its side I added a perfect sticker that says "I’ve been…", like a choice list, and I marked the “I can explain…” option. Furthermore, I added the cute Santa from Bits & Pieces and a wonderful Decorative Clip. (These clips are my new favorite Simple Stories’ embellishments!!).

At the top of the page I glued three balls from Combo Cardstock Sticker and some hearts and a frame from the 4x6 stickers. Finally, to give a bit more dimension to my project, I added some enamel dots of different colors decorating my tree.


The next layout I’m sharing with you today was again created with the beautiful “Mistletoe Kisses” collection.

I used “Oh what fun!” (b-side) paper as my background, but I glued a white cardstock covering a large part of its. 

As you can see I used three black and white photos for this project, but with one element in red: three balls that we use like our nose, posing like Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer, ha, ha, ha! I enjoyed a lot doing these family Christmas pics.

I glued them with a little frame using "Christmas Magic" (b-side) paper ‘cause it stands out the pic. For the title, I used the phrase “Merry Christmas” from the Bits&Pieces. And for the embellishing I used some stickers from the Combo Cardstock Sticker like the reindeer or the colorful hearts, some elements from the 6x12 Chipboard like the balls and some phrase labels from 4x6 Stickers.

Also, I added some enamel dots to give more dimension and, to finish, I decorated the top of the LO with the garland of lights from the 6x12 chipboard and with the super cute decorative clip.

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

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!


Happy Holidays! This is Jennie and in this post I’ll share with you how I am documenting this very special month! Ever since I planned this project I knew my go to collection would be Mistletoe Kisses.

This is my fourth year doing December Daily and ever since I started I’ve used SN@P!  Binders. This year I used the Striped Holiday Sn@p Binder. For the cover I tried a little mixed media with white acrylic paint and a snowflake I made with vellum and just scissors.

The ornaments are from the Combo Cardstock Stickers. I put them into white cardstock so I could use foam tape. You can see how I made this cover WATCH THIS VIDEO.

The Striped Holiday SN@P! Binder comes with page protectors but I always add a 6x8 Pocket Pages Variety Pack because my albums tend to be super chunky! For the cards I used the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements.

The little words are from the Mistletoe Kisses Stickers and I layered them with Washi TapeI used Simple Stories enamel Dots to add to the Elf’s Eyes to make it more dimensional. I love the alphas from the Combo Cardstock Stickers.

Last year I added 6x8 layouts and I really liked them so this year I am repeating it. I just layered simple shapes and added 6x12 Chipboard Stickers.

I made a little pocket so I could hide another photo behind it. I punched out a peppermint circle so I could have a tab to pull.

These pink pages come in the Pink SN@P! Binder and I had these pages from a leftover project so I used it to type this S’mores Cookie Recipe. I used a bunch of adhesives brads from different collections to glue back to back and add to the shaker pocket.

I used white ink with the Classic Christmas Roller Stamp to add a little detail. 

I hope you enjoyed these pages! I’ve had so much fun documenting December! I can’t wait to show you the whole thing! 


Hey there, friends!  Missy here, and I have two fun and festive layouts to share today.  There is never a dull moment with my youngest child, and she is constantly doing funny things to make us laugh.  These two layouts feature her in 2011 and 2013, and you can see she has quite the the spunky personality.  For my first page, I used the beautiful Classic Christmas collection.  I’m usually not a big fan of dark red and dark green, but this collection just wowed me.  I love the olive greens and light blues mixed in with it.  Those colors lighten everything up and make it so bright and cheerful!  Plus, all the colors in this line look amazing with shiny gold. To create this page, I was inspired by the big tree in the photo.  I decided to use half my background paper to make a big tree.  I used a 1-inch circle punch and went to work on a lot of the 6x6 papers.  I cut the shape of the tree on a scrap sheet of cardstock and glued down each circle.  I machine stitched through each row and then ruffled up the circles.  I love how it turned out!

Here you can see all the circles and stitching.  I’m so happy this turned out as well as it looked in my mind!  It really mimics the photo and creates so much color & texture.  I love how the deep browns look with the light blue and olive greens!

To embellish around my photo, I fussy cut a large flower from patterned paper and layered it.  I used JOY from one of the 4x6 Sticker Sheets and added foam to it.  I used a “Christmas” Clear Sticker to create my title.   I added some deep red tangled thread and more clear stickers as well as a sticker from the Expressions Cardstock Sheet.

I love these boughs and berries chipboard pieces!  They were the perfect addition here.  I also did some watercoloring on my background that you can see peeking out from behind everything.  I used white gesso first and then came in with some gold Color Shine and several Shimmerz sprays. 

Here’s one last close-up.  I love how the watercolor splatters turned out.  They remind me of Christmas lights!  I did add a little bit of tissue paper behind my photo, which I do a lot, but it seems even more appropriate on a Christmas page. 


For my second layout, I do believe I scrapped the cutest Christmas photo ever of my sweet girl.  Santa comes to school every year, and this year, she decided to lick him.  Yes, lick him!  She’s a very sensory-oriented child and went through a licking phase where everything was tasted.  Santa was no exception…haha!  Like I said, never a dull moment with this curious little comedian!  I used the gorgeous Mistletoe Kisses collection for this, and it showcases my photo perfectly.  I decided to go light and airy, so I began with white cardstock.  I already knew what my title was going to be, so I used the Bromello font in my Silhouette software and cut the title really large and at an angle.  I backed all the letters with patterned papers.  I smudged lots of white gesso over a good portion of the page and then came in with some Shimmerz sprays.  I used some light blue, pinks and reds.  I used the packaging technique, my brush and created splatters.

I did something I’ve never tried before on this page, and that is machine stitch around my entire title.  It turned out like I hoped it would.  It took some time, but I went slow and was careful to turn my paper in different directions as I went.  I embellished around the page with lots of stickers from the 4x6 Stickers.  My favorite is this string of lights!

I pulled this tree die cut from the Bits & Pieces pack and added foam under it to give it some dimension.  I also added some tangled thread under it as well as a few stickers.  This created the perfect pocket to the left for my journaling.

I used a few die cut trees as background layers and also a fun & colorful chipboard tree.  I just love how light and soft this collection is!  I added a few cut apart pieces and some tissue paper behind my photo.  The tissue paper softens everything up even more and adds a fun an subtle border around the photo.

Here’s one final close-up of the stitching.  I added that adorable little bird on top of the “a”…isn’t he so cute?  If you’re ever out of ideas on what to do for a background design, try enlarging your title like this.  It takes up a lot of room and then you only have so many little spots to fill in with embellishments.  Makes it a little bit easier, I think!

I hope these layouts give you some inspiration on how you can use these beautiful Christmas collections!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Hey planner friends! It’s Meka today here!  It’s been a whirl of a December, but I wanted to share with you the fun I’ve been having using Mistletoe Kisses in my Robin’s Egg Carpe Diem planner.

I used chipboard stickers, decorative clips, Bits and Pieces, Element Cards and cut out cardstock stickers to adorn my planner pockets, plus a couple of mini projects added in.

This page flag folder makes me squeal a little bit, not gonna lie! I used an element card cut from the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements 12x12 sheet as the base. Just a few stickers to embellish, fold it over, and here’s an absolutely adorable and functional planner accessory.

This shaker tag was made using a Simple Stories 3x4 Photo Flip sleeve with an element card tucked in. The front and back of the card have a design, so it’s double the fun! I sealed it with a Fuse tool, but you could use clear packing tape and cover with washi.

This dashboard was created in a similar fashion, but using a 6x8 Pocket Page. This time I inserted  Bits and Pieces inside for a little hide-and-seek. I didn’t snap a photo, but the back of the die cuts are solid white. I decorated the plain backs with stickers, smaller die cuts, and words. That way it’ll still be visually appealing on the back of the dashboard.

I used a tab punch to cut tabs for dividers, and then adorned them with sticker scraps, enamel dots, and labels from the 4x6 sticker pack.

Using existing dividers as a template, I cut out a set of dividers from the 12x12 papers. I couldn’t help but to adorn the fronts with some of the cheerful imagery in this collection.

This divider is interactive. Flip the sentiment up and you’ve got a hidden bit of joy inside. Wouldn’t it be fabulous with a favorite family photo? (Ha! Alliteration unintentional!)

Here’s one of my daily layouts this month. I used soft watercolors as a base, then added layers of stickers and coordinating washi tape from the collection.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas set up in my Carpe Diem planner. Mistletoe Kisses has so much eye candy, it’s hard not to swoon! Come say hi at! And have a very Merry Christmas!



Happy Sunday!  It's Layle here with you today and I have a treat for you!  Today designer extraordinaire Cathy Zielske is here with us on the blog to share a new online class she's created - Fit 2017.  This year she's used our green 6x8 faux leather album as the base of her project and it's just perfect.  Even better, she's designed a self-paced class around the concept; I'll let her tell you all about it!  And hey, stick around to the end, it just might be worth your while ;)


What do you do when you’re a memory keeper who wants to make positive changes for her health and fitness? For me, the answer started years ago when I decided to enlist scrapbooking as yet another asset in my health and fitness tool box. Yep, I’ve been scrapbooking about my health and fitness for years as a way to work towards understanding myself better which helps me to make better choices every day.

I’ll continue this documentation via my year-long online e-course, Fit 2017, which kicks off on January 1. Fit 2017 is a year-long, self-paced e-course designed to help you connect to what is needed in your life to feel better and make choices that will positively affect your health and fitness.

It’s not about what exercise you should be doing. It’s not about what foods you shouldn’t be eating. But rather, it’s about really offering yourself understanding and care and then recording how the year unfolds.

This year I’m also enlisting the help of Simple Stories’ products to use as the official home for the stories we’ll be saving in this e-course. With a faux-leather 6 x 8 album as the base, I provide more than 60 printable card files to choose from for telling your story each month as it relates to your overall health and fitness. Not all the cards are needed and you can customize your pockets in any way that works for you.

Fit 2017 helps you create a record of life that is truly devoted to you. I know as a memory keeper, we often put ourselves pretty far down the list in terms of the stories we share about ourselves, but Fit is designed to be more than a record of stats; this e-course is about connecting to what you need to live more fully and with more health. I promise you that it’s not just about loving cookies too much.

Here’s a short video preview of what Fit is all about:

You can learn more about Fit 2017 and register for the entire year for just $26, a special introductory rate that ends on January 1, 2017, when it will go up to the full price of $31. You’ll have immediate access to the Welcome Lesson of the course and all of the core class printables upon registration. I’ll see you in 2017 for Fit!

Click here to register!


Doesn't that look like a great project to do for YOU?!  With the new year looming, I know many of us could use a jump start on our health goals and this could be just the motivator you need!  

To learn more or to sign up for Cathy's class, click here.  To make it super easy, Cathy has worked with to create a combo set of the 6x8 SN@P! Album and Pocket Pages for the class. 


Now who's interested in a chance to win the class as well as the 6x8 SN@P! Album and Pocket Pages?!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and tell us one positive change you plan on making in 2017.  We'll draw the lucky winner on Friday and announce here.  Good luck!  

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Cathy Zielske is a graphic designer who loves her family, typography, clean and simple design, french fries and Silence of the Lambs. Her motto: own your life, document it well and preserve reality. Her mission: take the ‘crap out of scrapbooking'. To that end, she offers digital products, online workshops, and writes about crap-free approaches to memory keeping on her blog. 

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Hey there! Laura here sharing a bit about my "December Daily" or as I like to call my album my "December Moments", which I am having so much fun working on!  Our family tends to be super busy or have nothing going on - rarely a happy medium.   As such, I didn't want to pressure myself to document something every single day, or even only one thing on any given day.  So I will be adding in memories as they are created and inserting dates where applicable.  So we may have 3 things for the 1st of December and then nothing until the 5th, and I am A-okay with that!

I would love to share a bit of what I have documented already.  I used loads of elements from the Classic Christmas collection and SN@P packs, they are absolutely perfect for this application and I am loving the way my album is coming together!.  I decided to keep my cover pretty simple, I kept the kraft cover in tack as I love it so, but I did add a hint of gold texture paste with a "falling snow" mask.  I chose a couple of simple stickers, I love the train snow-globe so much and feel it is a little nod to my late father in law that was an engineer for the British Rail Road.  I also used a die cut word and those fab gold foil number stickers and a small strip of washi.

I love this door shaped SN@P page, I have layered a die cut wreath over the wreath that was printed on the door so that it really pops, I have also used some (older) SN@P stickers to put our house number on the door.  I love that it welcomes anyone that peeks into my album into our holiday traditions, as well!

I added a printed paragraph about my love of the holiday season and my goals for my album.  I layered it onto cardstock and patterned paper and added a simple phrase sticker to adorn it. I also wrapped the leading edge of the page protector with washi tape.


My next page is a photo collage of our family, including our 3 new additions this year (a daughter-in-law to be, a grandson and a puppy).  I embellished the empty squares with some fun accents! This is the backside of the previous page, so this page also wrapped with washi tape.

I love this buffalo check print that is on the back of the "City Sidewalks" patterned paper.  So I created a large die cut to showcase it, then I adorned it with some gold cord and an enamel star.  I saved the bottom portion of this paper (with the little shops on it) to use at a later date, as they are so stinking cute.


This is my first numbered page, documenting the return of the little advent bags that I made and filled for our youngest son. I journalled all about our son no longer believing in Santa, and about our Elf on the Shelf moving on to our grandson's home, and me toying with stopping this advent tradition, too.  But in the end I couldn't bear to lose so many of our fun holiday traditions.  The number "1" was fussy cut from a patterned paper and stacked on a die cut gift.  I love the way the die cut that is layered on the photo actually looks like it is a framed print in our home!


Our usual first hint of Christmas around the house is changing out the urns on the porch, this year we were given some greenery from our friends and we hiked through the woods on a grey and chilly day to forage for the rest.  Even though it was cold, it was a lot of fun! I documented our walk in the woods and how we got a little lost, as well as shared photos of the walk and our finished urn.

Day 1 was also the day that we put up and decorated our kids tree.  I wanted to add several photos and a fair amount of journalling so this ended up being a 4 page spread in my album.  One of our traditions has been to give our children a new keepsake ornament every year.  This was something my husband started with me when we were first married, and we carried it over to the kids once they started arriving. After many years of marriage and 3 kids, we have amassed an amazing collection which is why we now have a "kids tree" and a "grown ups" tree  I love that one is whimsical and one is elegant! When we were decorating the tree, my youngest point out a few of his favourite ornaments, so I took the opportunity to snap a photo.

And then I took his picture as he was adding the last touch to the tree, the gingerbread man tree topper!  I used a 4x6 cut apart card to create a page for this photo and added a die cut tab to it.

Other than adding another die cut, I left the back of the cut apart card as is, so the pretty image is not obscured.

The last page for this spread is really simple with a 4x6 print of the tree layered on the patterned paper with some foam in between for a little lift, and adorned with a gold clip. I am seriously in love with those candy cane stripes!

See what I mean about our all or nothing days!

I also wanted to document that I have started my Christmas baking, a tradition I was influenced by my late mother-in-law to start.  Even thought I am not finished yet, I wanted to be sure to include this in my album.  I thought it may be fun to include some of our favourite recipes in my album.  I have paired down my baking to only 6 or 8 different things over the years.  Most of them remain the same, but a couple of things are changed up to keep it fun and fresh.  I created a page with a flap so that I could add a photo of some of my goodies to the front, and tuck the recipes inside.

I adorned my photo with part of a SN@P card, washi, and one of the Christmas dress die cuts cut down to resemble an apron.  I love the way that it turned out!


Inside I adhered the recipe cards with washi tape in a tiered effect. They are very simply embellished and are super fresh and clean looking. I will be sharing a tutorial on how I created this flap page on my blog in a few days.


Each year we donate toys to those less fortunate, it is a tradition that is truly important to me and one I hope our children will continue.  My siblings and I were fortunate enough to have received donated gifts during a few Christmas seasons when we were young, without which our tree would have been bare. Because of the importance of this tradition, I focused more on the words, the journaling and the sentiment rather than the photos. I love the bold red alpha stickers in the Classic Christmas collection that I used to write "spread magic", the "GIVE" text was die cut from white cardstock. And the sentiment on the SN@P card could not be more perfect. It reads, "If you don't have Christmas in your heart, you'll never find it under the tree." 

I am super excited to continue on with with my album!  I have a few more pages complete and some started that are waiting for photos.  I  have been trying to do my journalling, even if only on scrap paper, as the events happen so that I do not miss out on any details.

Thank you so much for visiting today!


Hello dear Friends! Alexandra here with a double-spread about our Thanksgiving. 

Naturally, I turned to the beautiful Gather Together Simple Set to illustrate our week.

As you can see, I've included pictures relating to the world news as well as some gift received and even our new bed sheets! 

Don't you just love these faux-tags? they're perfect to add journaling and create added visual insterest!

I added an orange leaf and two gems on this green card

On that second page, I added pictures of the family, our home and the first Yule Log I baked right after Thanksgiving.

That card "What's on the Menu?" was perfect for my journaling because this year, for the first time we did not have turkey but Spaghetti!

Thank you!


Hi planner friends! I’m back again to show you how I’m using the new Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses collection in the Ballerina Pink Carpe Diem Planner.
I love the bright candy colors in the Mistletoe Kisses collection and how it’s different from traditional colors that you usually see for Christmas.  I filled all of the planner pockets with 3x4 Journaling Cards, the 4x6 matching stickers, and a few ephemera pieces from the collection.
December has been such a busy and blessed month and I wanted to include a photo from ultrasound visit and the day I found out the gender.  Since the photo is quite large, I kept it simple by using the Holly Jolly cardstock and used a couple of ephemera pieces.
I wanted the monthly spread to be really festive, so I used a majority of the 4x6 Mistletoe Kisses stickers to fill in the boxes and to add pops of color.  For the trim at the top, I cut a strip of the Ho Ho Ho cardstock and used it as sort of a “washi tape” border.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used the beautiful Mistletoe Kisses collection and I hope to see you use it in your planner as well.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you next year!


Hello again crafty friends! Leah here to show you the beginnings of my December Daily album. I attempted this project a few years ago, but I failed a few days in. When I first started prepping for the project this year, I started with SUCH excitement and confidence. I had a ton of fun decorating the cover! I’m using the 6x8 Striped Holiday SN@P! Binder for my album this year.

Before I jump into my album, I thought I'd share an A-HA moment I had as I worked on this in the hopes that it might help YOU along the way :)

On December 1st, I started strong. I took a few photos and noted the story I wanted to tell for that day, even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to assemble my album pages on that day. As the December days continue to pass, I am trying to stay diligent in recording the details. As I sat down to start pulling layouts together for the first couple of days of December, I quickly remembered why I failed at this project before. I have this frustrating tendency to overthink everything. It is always a challenge for me to set aside my eagerness to keep adding more details until my layouts are “just right.” As much as I try to avoid the fact that I can be quite a perfectionist, that trait of mine rears its ugly head during daily projects like this. “Perfection” is a very relative idea that varies from person to person. For me, my joy and my demise are in the details. I need and love the meaningful details that I put into my layouts, but I can also spend a lot of time pulling those details together sometimes. I really enjoy the process, no matter how long it takes me but for a DAILY project, extensive time spent on every page of my album WILL eventually overwhelm me and burn me out. I thought I had learned this lesson the last time I tried to create a December Daily album, yet there I was again, as I sat down to start the first pages of my album, questioning whether I would actually be able to fulfill my commitment to this project. I am determined though, so I pushed through the self-doubt and told myself that I’m going to take this one day at a time and do the best I can. There is no time limit.

After my first couple of layouts, I started to find a rhythm. I figured out a few things about myself that are starting to help my layouts come together easier.

1) I MUST limit my products. I have chosen to use the Classic Christmas collection from Simple Stories and a few other supplies from my stash, but I have to make sure I never have too many choices around me or I will start feeling overwhelmed.

2) I need a special, organized space to work on my album. Before December 1st, I set everything up on my dining room table and organized my supplies where I could easily see them all. Now, this space most definitely does not stay clean as I start working. Try as I might, I am a very messy crafter. However, I have made a huge effort to make SURE that when I am done crafting for the day, I tidy up and put everything back in its designated spot. This has been critical for me because a messy space is not welcoming, and I need to come back to this space every day in December.

3) Something as simple as arranging my page protectors in my album stressed me out SO much. With everything else I have to think about in December, I was not about to let this be the thing that did me in. I read Ali Edward’s blog post on her foundation pages and she actually provides a link to the map of how she arranged her page protectors. If you are someone who tends to stress over details, I highly recommend giving yourself a pass on this one and mimicking the arrangement of Ali’s page protectors, or create a simple formula by laying out all the types of pocket pages you have and just arranging them in the same pattern over and over. You can make adjustments later if necessary.

4) Because I know that I tend to overcomplicate things, I tried really hard to keep it simple. I saw these beautiful, simple pages that all my crafty friends were putting together and wished I could do the same. I tried to conform to this simple style with the clean lines and beautiful design, thinking that’s what I needed to do so that my brain did not become overwhelmed with adding the decor instead of focusing on the stories I wanted to tell each day. Well, I couldn’t do it. This is the most important lesson I have learned from this project so far: you have to make your project YOU. Yes, I needed to find some balance. Realistically, I cannot spend hours a day making layouts for this album. However, I can make it more “me” by adding crafty details and giving it more of a “messy” and handmade vibe. That is not everyone’s style and that’s okay! Some friends I know are documenting their December memories as mini albums, or in a traveler’s notebook or planner. You really have to find a memory-keeping system and style that is going to work for you, because not only will you hit roadblock after roadblock if you try to conform to something that isn’t you, but the entire purpose of this project is to document YOUR stories. The memories will mean more to flip through in the future if you can connect with the perspective in which they were being documented - through your eyes, in your style.

So without further ado, here are the first few pages of my December Daily. I began with stating my “reason why” for this album, or my intentions for what I wanted this album to be. This year, I really want to focus on slowing down and enjoying the magic of the Christmas season. I typed up my journaling on this free printable from Ali Edwards, and then printed it out in a 6x8 size using Photoshop.

I cut down a patterned transparency from Michaels to use as a dashboard in the front of my album. I just traced a page protector to get the correct size and then punched holes for the rings. The gold cutout star is from my stash and I used the speckle patterned paper from The Reset Girl collection to put behind it. I LOVE the simplicity of that pattern so much and the cream and black colors coordinate so beautifully with the gold on the transparency.

Before I got into creating daily layouts, I decided to add a few more details to the front of the album. This calendar is from a set of Classic Christmas SN@P! Pages that I cannot wait to use throughout this album. They are going to add a lot of interest in between the pocket pages! I added some cream pom pom ribbon from my stash under the “December.” I then stamped the dates and added lots of Classic Christmas embellishments, such as stickers, die cuts, stamps, enamel dots and washi tape. As a planner girl, decorating calendar pages is my thing. I had so much fun with this!

One other element I added to the front of my album uses some of the free Classic Christmas printables Simple Stories offers. You can find and download them here! I used the “Making a List” pages and cut them down so I could add patterned paper to the background and a few other embellishments. I also printed another set of these list pages out separately for my planner. I scribbled the messy notes on those and then rewrote everything neatly in my album. I used gold glitter washi at the top of both pages and added my title using black foam Thickers on the left page, and the white letter stickers on the right are from the Classic Christmas Expressions cardstock sticker sheet. At the bottom of the left page, I added a couple of cardstock stickers and a small die cut from the Classic Christmas SN@P! pack. On the right page, the “Merry Christmas” is a chipboard sticker from the collection.

My layout for December 1st began with a large 6x8 photo of some festive peppermint mochas I made for my husband Patrick and I.

The story I decided to tell was about how Patrick and I assembled and decorated the tree while we watched Christmas movies and sipped on our mochas. After the tree was decorated, our cat Minerva, a.k.a. our resident tree inspector, gave it her stamp of approval.

On the right side of the layout, I chose a photo of Minerva with the tree and printed it in a 4x6 size. I chose a couple of 3x4 SN@P! cards for the top pockets and began embellishing. I used some washi tape, a word strip sticker, a couple of die cuts, and a chipboard sticker from the Classic Christmas collection. The gold numbers I’m using for my album are pocket pieces from the collection. I stamped the date on the journaling card and stamped the stitching pattern from The Reset Girl roller stamp in several places for a little extra detail.

As far as the album cover, I used one of my favorite patterned 12x12 papers from the collection on the front. I cut it down to the proper size and inked the edges. I used black foam Thickers for my title. Under the title, I used gold glitter washi tape with a couple of wordstrip and decorative stickers from the Classic Christmas collection.


The snowflake is a cheap wooden ornament I got at Michaels and I love the dimension it gives to the album cover. I punched a circle from one of the light blue papers in the 6x6 paper pad as a background for the year. The addition of the light blue into the otherwise traditional Christmas colors of this collection is one of my FAVORITE details. The icy blue really brightens the collection in a beautiful and unique way.

I lined the inside of the album using this patterned paper from The Reset Girl collection. I love how the bold pattern adds a modern spin to the Classic Christmas collection. I use bold black and white prints often throughout the album. The cute little red stocking adhered to the front of my album is from the Target dollar spot and I added a couple of chipboard stickers to dress it up.

I will be adding lots more pictures of my album to my Instagram throughout December, and maybe, just possibly…I might be filming a YouTube video or two for the first time. We will see how that goes! I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my Instagram. Head on over to the Simple Stories and Carpe Diem Planners Instagram accounts to see all of the other amazingly gorgeous ways the Christmas and winter collections are being used!


Good morning!

I am so excited for the upcoming holidays.  I love our family traditions and giving gifts to others.  One of the biggest gifts I can give to my son, is memories.   I drag him to see Santa multiple times a year, have him help me make treats for our neighbors, we give to Toys for Tots and feed the homeless Christmas afternoon.  The biggest gift he can give me, is smiling for photos so I can preserve our memories.  This is a photo from last year when we visited Santa at my son's school.   My son seems bigger than Santa!  



I love love love the SN@P!  Pages.  Meant for the 6x8 SN@P! Albums, but so fun to use on a layout!  I used the half circle Santa.  I placed half of my title on this piece.  




Look at all of these little bits that I collected from the Classic Christmas to help my layout come together.  





Yes, you read the title of my layout correctly.  



It snowed here on March 28th last year.  I realize I live in New England, but still, snow at the end of March is plum crazy!  We were not prepared.  Our boots, shovels and scrapers were all put away.  However, our house looked beautiful on this day.  Fresh and clean with cover of snow.  


When I saw all the houses throughout the Classic Christmas collection, I knew I would be using them on this layout.  




Trouble was, it wasn't a Christmas spread, it was a March spread.  So, I picked through the collection for items that could help me document my memory without it feeling Christmasy.  So, ignore the wreaths on the windows and see how it all came together!  




I started by fussy cutting the blue snowy paper with scissors, backed the entire piece with foam and applied to white cardstock.  (that is the sky)

The bottom white part was for my houses.  (that is the snow!)



Every year, about this time, I have the habit of bring out my stickles and pearl pens.  I used a pearl pen for this layout.  I used the stars on the paper as my guide on where I placed my dots.  Looking at it from afar, it looks like a snow filled sky.  I carried this to the bottom of the layout to the stars on the red paper too.  


Hi, everyone. Lori here, sharing some of the fun from behind the scenes at Simple Stories.

One of our favorite things we love about working at Simple Stories is the relationships we create with our customers and our retail store owners. Each of us share a passion for scrapbooking, organizing or planning, and that shared passion has allowed us to build many professional and personal relationships. We love the people we interact with, and we love our community!

Sometimes our retailers create projects for us, either as assignments or as gifts, and when we receive them we fall in love with their creations. Today’s project we’re sharing is a Classic Christmas wood tray display given to our owner, Amber Crowell,from Karen Petersen of Mom & Me Scrapbooking in Salt Lake City, Utah. Isn’t it beautiful?

To create the backgrounds for the openings in the display tray, Karen selected various sizes of Journaling Card Elements from our Classic Christmas collection. Look closely how she added personality to some of the openings. Rhinestones are added to catch the light, and look how sweet this small deer and Christmas tree look placed in a 3x4 frame.

Layering embellishments is of the most important things to think about as you’re creating a display tray. As you’re gathering your extra embellishments, you can browse the jewelry aisle, the sewing aisle, the floral aisle and even the miniatures section in your local craft store. A miniature mason jar and a ginger man button add tiny character to the candy cane card, while small circle shapes that are painted and inked come to life as ornaments once Karen placed a Christmas tree charm and shaped buttons with twine on top.

Small sprigs of holiday flowers and greenery add quick personality to this 4x6 opening in the frame. Don’t forget to build layer upon layer of berries, leaves and flowers to make the small bouquet seem more realistic.

This project is so beautiful and creative! Thank you, Karen, for such a wonderful gift. We’ve picked out the perfect spot in our office to display it for everyone to enjoy.

We've showcased this project as the final projects for our 12 Days of Crafting we've been sharing on social media.  If you missed the projects, we've compiled all 12 in a PDF that you can download and enjoy - click here to be inspired!

Happy Holidays!

Howdy friends!  December is well underway - hooray!!  I thought it would be fun to hop on the blog & share how I've decked out my platinum Carpe Diem planner for the holidays!

I used lots of products from the Classic Christmas collection along with some FREE Classic Christmas printables we released a few weeks ago.  If you missed those, you can download them here.

I started off by decorating the inside pockets, that's by far my favorite part to decorating my planner!  A mix of 3x4 cards, Bits & Pieces, Classic Christmas clips and a few homemade clips thrown in for good measure & voila!  A fun & functional view when I open my planner every day :)

I printed the December calendar on 2 pages from the free printables & then decorated with stickers, washi & the Classic Christmas Roller Stamp. 

This was my plan for the week, before the week started.  Unfortunately a bout with bronchitis foiled these plans, but what do you do?!  I added strips of the Classic Christmas candy cane stripe washi along the edges of the weekly spread to make the week a little more festive :)  The pretty poinsetta dashboard on the left is from the set of Classic Christmas FREE Framables - I just adjusted the size before printing so it would fit in my planner!

At the end of the month I added a few things.  Below is a double sided pocket I made simply by taking a 12x12 sheet of paper, folding it in half lengthwise, folding it 4" from the bottom and then folding closed.  An easy pocket for storing stickers & things for decorating!  And that cute little snowman dashboard - he's from the Classic Christmas FREE printables, too!

This fun page is another freebie, if you haven't downloaded them - you should!!

Here are 2 more freebies from the Classic Christmas free printables.  The one on the left I'll fill out at the end of the month.  On the right is a Making a List printable - love that one, I'm all about the lists, especially this time of year.  The dashboard on the right I made last year & loved so much, I wanted to use this year, too.  It's a pocket page that I punched additional holes in to fit in my planner.

Thanks for letting me share my Christmas planner.  If you haven't downloaded those free printables, head on over & do it now!  They'll make a great addition to your planner.  Here's the link again :)

Happy holidays to you & your family!



Hello there! Today I'm sharing two layouts created using the Classic Christmas collection! There is nothing like a classic Christmas color scheme, and the added gold foil touches are just lovely.


My first layout was inspired by the poinsettias featured throughout the collection. I found a cut file in the Silhouette store that allowed me to layer petals on top of one another to create a full flower. This could easily be done with scissors and paper as well! I used two different reds for the petals, and glued the flower down at the center of my page. I placed my photo in the center of the flower, and added a couple of journaling cards as layers. I don't do pocket pages, but I ALWAYS pick up a SN@P pack because they make such wonderful layers!

For my title, I mixed the sticker sheet and chipboard to create "Joy & Cheer". I kept most of my embellishing pretty simple since the flower is the center of attention. A few die cuts and clear stickers were all I needed! Finally, I finished the page with a stitched border.

This next layout is my favorite! I wanted to use several family photos from Christmas Eve. They are blurry and not great lighting, but they capture important traditions and moments we share. I wanted to emphasize the togetherness that happens at Christmas, and the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" kept coming to mind, I typed it out in Silhouette Studio, and cut it out from a background paper using my Cameo. 
I emphasized a few of my favorite lines by backing them in a brighter color. I used a photo editing website to create tiny photo strips for my layout. I backed them on SN@P cards for easy layering! I stitched around the layers in gold for added interest. I fussy cut poinsettias from patterned paper, and placed them around my photo. My title is a beautiful gold chipboard element!
While looking to find a finishing touch, I stumbled upon a perfect sticker that says "All Hearts Come Home for Christmas". I love that sentiment, and I feel like that sticker was meant for this page!
I had so much fun creating these festive layouts, and I am definitely in the mood to scrap more Christmas pictures! Thank you for joining me today, I hope you feel inspired to use the Classic Christmas collection!


Season's Greetings! Violet here, sharing how I used my Striped Holiday SN@P! Binder with the Mistletoe Kisses collection. The reds, pinks, greens, and blues with a touch of silver, made a perfect place to store my photos in a fun creative way. 

I started off by decorating the front of my binder. I cut out the snowman from one of the journaling cards and cut out a huge circle and made an ornament. I glued the snowman to the circle. I used stickers and ephemera and washi tape to embellish the front.

As I open up my binder I  added a photo of my family and on the other side I added a picture of my hubby reading to our granddaughter. I added some of the journaling cards to the clear SN@P pages. These SN@P binders are awesome, for a visible view of precious memories I was able to capture on camera. I added some ephemera and star confetti to the inside to make it a little more holiday-ish! 

Of course I had to capture a picture of the top of my SN@P Binder with Mistletoe Kisses paperclips. I absolutely love how the peek out from the top. And they are perfect for holding those snap pages closed. You can see that in some of the photos I posted. 

I can't wait to fill this up with all the new memories we will be making this month. Thank you once again to everyone who took time to stop by the blog. I wish everyone a Wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.


Hello Simple Stories friends!

Marcia here today with some Classic Christmas inspiration. There are so many things I love about this collection, the plaid patterns, the classic red and green colors, ... did I mention the plaid? Oh yes, plaid is showing up everywhere. At first I thought this collection would be so great for scrapping my guys, but then I found these pictures of my daughter with reindeer antlers on her head and wearing a plaid dress. Adorable! I had to scrap those pictures with the Classic Christmas collection. Here is 'Reindeer Games' ...

I fussy cut this cute reindeer out and gave him a red nose with one of the enamel dots. Now it matches my daughter's red nose!

So many fun things to layer; the die cut bits and pieces, the gorgeous bradz, and even a roller stamp to add a few Christmas phrases.

This collection has some festive washi tape too. You can see the red stripped washi under my photos and the christmas words washi over my center photo and at the bottom of my layout. The metal clips are super adorable too. 


I don't know about you, but I love crafting for Christmas. I make a lot of cards to mail out. Lots of my Aunts and Uncles I don't get to see very much and a Christmas letter and a card helps keep in touch with them. Unfortunately some are in senior care facilities and I like my card to double as Christmas decor for them. These Christmas box cards are just the ticket ...

This JOY card has lots of beautiful layers. Here is what it looks like from a top down angle.

and best of all ... they fold flat for mailing!


I must still be a little girl at heart, because this sled sure looks like so much fun. I had one just like it when I was little. Hopefully it stirs up fond memories for Aunts and Uncles too.

Along with the sled you can see Christmas presents, a candle lit lantern, and fun ice skates. Doesn't that wreath look great on that door!

Here is what it looks like folded flat.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!