Hi everyone! It’s Lori, marketing manager at Simple Stories, and I’m excited to be sharing more of our behind-the-scenes goodness from the CHA/Creativation. Today, I’m sharing so many great things, and they're all from our most recent Carpe Diem planner release!

The gorgeous new planners, insert sets, and accessories have created a lot of excitement in the planner community as well as in the crafting community these past few weeks!  Look at the yummy colors and designs as they are displayed in our booth!  If eye candy had a taste, these collections would be super luscious and sweet!


During the 2017 CHA/Crativation show, we introduced two stunning new A5 planner colors: Clover and Grape. After lots of requests from our fans, we were happy to add these two colors to our line of A5 planners! The Clover green is fresh and springy while the Grape planner is vibrant and rich. Both colors are well on their way to reaching our top sellers list, so if you’re eying one of these colors, be sure to grab one soon!

Everyone was thrilled to hear that our new Carpe Diem 6 ring, A5 punch was announced at the 2017 show! These awesome punches can be used to create your own Carpe Diem dashboards, inserts, or simply to help you organize all of your papers and things to have in your planner. Are you excited to pick one up? They're shipping to retailers in May!

Once you get your planner organized and you’re busy checking off your to-dos, why not dress up your planner and personalize it just for you? Our new Planner Decals were announced at the show, and everyone fell in love with the many different designs. They’re decorative and easy to apply and remove, so you purchase a few to change out with your mood.

Want to see more of our booth and all of the fun new designs?  Take a personalized tour with Simple Stories owner and art director, Amber Crowell, in the video below. You’ll not only get to see all of the amazing designs, but you’ll also hear a bit about the creative process and ideas behind the products.

Stay tuned to the blog during the next few weeks for an up-close look at the many fun & functional insert sets that were introduced at the 2017 show. We’ve got lots of great things to come; you won’t want to miss it!

Can’t wait to get inspired? Be sure to follow our Live Love Plan Pinterest board for more than 600! Carpe Diem Planner ideas and inspiration!  

Hello friends! It is Stacy here today with 2 layouts using the Simple Stories Faith Collection. When I laid eyes on this collection for the very first time, I thought of all the travel photos I could craft with it. Travelling to me is always a new adventure, setting foot on foreign soil and not knowing what could come next. Every culture has its own unique characteristics so each experience is special. Every time I travel, I get inspired. There is always a new perception to grow my knowledge or inspire me on a different level. Every trip I go, I let God decide what is good for me. This faith keeps me wanting to go travelling often, to explore and be inspired.

The recent trip to US for the Creativation 2017 show was an eye opener. I had never flown halfway around the globe before, and this trip gave me new experiences I would never forget. For my first layout, I decided to document the trip to San Francisco just before heading to Creativation 2017.

The sun was up that day despite it being extremely cold. The weather was a blast! Love this picture taken at San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, the background in the photo gives me a lot of memories to remember!

Inspired by the weather and the logo of the Fisherman’s Wharf, I used a sunburst digital cut just behind the photograph to give it a spotlight. I also did some regular back stitching to highlight the rays of the cut. I left some of the negative spaces intact. On alternate sunrays, I punched some circles in different sizes to fill up the spaces in order to give it some colors. The Faith collection has a good range of pattern papers! The colors appeal very much to me, so I could not help but to showcase some of the lovely colors in the sunburst die-cut.

I have also added Faith Collection Washi Tapes at the joint between the white cardstock and the pattern paper. It is a good way to mildly eliminate the contrast between the 2 sections!

On the lower half of the layout, I have cut a bracket shaped element from the pattern paper. This time, I had a lot more journaling which I wanted to add to the layout, hence the choice of this element to fulfil my journaling purpose. I later added elements from the Bits & Pieces pack. I like to stick butterfly embellishments by folding it halfway, and only applying foam dots to the centre of the butterfly. I find that it gives the butterflies some flexibility and it looks like it is fluttering away!

There are so many new experiences in the trip where I felt inspired! So, I could not help but to add the light bulb chipboard piece, marked with the inspired sticker. I have also added a little digital cut arrow as the background for the sticker piece.


For the second layout, I have used a photo taken at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. 

It was a beauty and quite a sight to breathe in, and every walk around this palace was calming and inspiring. It was always a joy to travel, and especially so with a great crafty friend like Aida!

I started the layout by first doing some random stitching on the background. I like the wood grain background, smoothing and calming suitable for this photo. 

I love the Sn@p pack! It is great for many different reasons, and I used it as part of the layering behind the photo to create contrast. There are so many wonderful pieces in this pack! In here, I have layered it up with chipboards and embellishment pieces.

Here, I have completed the layout with a title “Travel Joy”. The mint alphabet stickers are available in the sticker pack. It is also a good size for subtitles, or naming the places where you have visited.

Hope you get some inspiration from the layouts, and thanks for stopping by today!


Hello Friends, its Kristine Davidson and I’ll be sharing a layout and 2 cards with you today.  This month I decided to create with the newly released Faith Collection.  I was inspired by the colors in this collection and the great patterns using the 6x8” paper pad. I must say this is the perfect size for creating layouts that use layering, and where you want to use a bit more than a 6x6” size. I think this new format is going to be a huge hit with those who create layouts, planner inserts, cards and so much more!

Let’s get started shall we? First I would like to share my layout with you. 
It’s called Kitty Love –

So as you can see, this collection isn’t just for FAITH scrapbooking! It can be used for other themes as well. I wanted to use this photo of myself and my little furry love  Miss Willie. The background matches that green perfectly doesn’t it !! LOL. That wasn’t planned! 

I first started my page by using a white background, but once I got my page started I needed a bit more so I created a background using a cut file from Paper Issues.  I wanted to use tons of gorgeous papers on this page and so I layered and layered creating dimension and lots of color.  

It’s no secret I love diecuts and popdots! I added those on the corner of my photo in a cluster with several layers and adding twine and staple for texture. 

I created my Kitty title using 2 different patterned papers and cut out kitty twice with one larger than the other so it would create a border and make it stand out a bit more.

Don’t be afraid to add several papers or even pieces of paper to create layers. Especially if they are from the same collection and of course just because the collection is called Faith doesn’t mean it can’t be used for something else !


My second showcase is a card set I created with the same collection.  These cards can be used for encouragement or thinking about you themes. By just adding a diecut or a sticker you can change the theme of your card. 




OK! I can’t leave you without sharing one of my latest layouts using the Love & Adore Collection.

I pieced some left over papers under this heart diecut and layered so many great Bits & Pieces from the same collection. I love this layout and It was so fun to create. Do you have any leftovers from this collection? How about using them with a cut file to get rid of some of those small pieces? Do It ! ;)

Layers and layers Oh MY!

Thanks for visiting us at Simple Stories today, if you enjoyed my layouts please come find me on instagram @KristineDavidson

Have a great day!



Hello friends! Brenda Smith here to share a memory planner spread using the new Domestic Bliss line. While a lot of the stickers and embellishments are chores-related and work perfectly in everyday planners, I wanted to show that this line is equally usable for memory planning. 
I decorate my pockets fairly minimally using the items I think I'll use in upcoming spreads. I like my pockets to be mostly functional but with a little bit of cuteness. Luckily these die cut ephemera pieces are adorable enough on their own without me having to add much else. 
I used a dashboard insert from the Home Planner Insert set to divide my spread and give me ample space for two photos. 
I absolutely adore the new sticker tablets and made good use of a lot of stickers, including all the fabulous little stars you see throughout the spread. 
I like my memory planner spreads to be a mix of cute quotes from my kids and memorable things we did that week. I used my Silhouette Cameo and its pen tool to "type" my headers and my journaling for me. I thought I would change things up a little with the typography and love the look of the headers. 
Enamel dots are some of my favorite tools to unite a page together. I love the little tiny pops of color and how the dots reinforce the circular theme I've got going on. 
I am addicted to the Bits and Pieces packs and cannot do a memory planner spread without them. They are so easy to layer for visual interest without detracting from the spread. 
 decided to sew on this planner spread. I have the thread backings on the other side of the planner pages, of course, but they'll be easy enough to cover up with paper or embellishments so I'm not worried about it. I love the finished look of the stitching. The roller stamp from the Domestic Bliss line has a lot of stamps perfect for household planning but again, a lot that can be used for anything. I stamped the "Get it Done" here for an additional accent. 
Have you picked up Domestic Bliss yet? Show us what you're making with it by tagging us (@simplestories_) on Instagram!



We're thrilled to introduce you to the 2017 Creative Team!  Look forward to seeing work from these talented ladies beginning in April!

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

For my first layout I decided to work with the amazing “Faith” collection.

I started with a white cardstock as my background ‘cause I like the brightness that the white color brings to the whole project. To add color I used the “belive” b-side paper. I cut it in three parts and I created the background with them.

I used a very sweet pic, hahaha! I like very much cupcakes and I love chocolate, so you can know which was my cupcake… 

Next came my favorite part: the embellishing! For that I used some flowers from 6x12 chipboard and from Combo Sticker. I also added a few enamel dots and some decorative brads to give dimension to my layout.


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

I started cutting a very big picture of me and my husband, hand in hand, on our wedding day in Las Vegas. I cut it in 12 pieces and I glued them like a puzzle on the “Hope” b-side paper.

Then I glued the paper on a white cardstock and I rolled two corners, so you can see the other side of the paper (so beautiful!).

I titled this layout “love” using the word from the 6x12 chipboard. Then, I added many embellishments ‘cause it’s very difficult to choose only one of the beautiful Simple Stories’s embellishments. I love all of them!!

So I used the heart from the decorative clips, some hearts, arrows and sentences from the combo stickers, more hearts and the ballons from the 6x12 chipboard and some decorative brads like the house or the feather. Finally, to give a bit more dimension to my project, I added some enamel dots of different colors, and that's all!

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

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!


Hello everyone! It’s Lori again on the blog showing more of the behind-the-scenes from CHA/Creativation. Today, I’m sharing the bold and bright Say Cheese III collection—a glorious follow up to our best-selling Say Cheese & Say Cheese II collections.

The excitement about this creative line was energizing at the show!  The beloved Say Cheese collections always have people swooning and getting giddy about planning their next vacation!  Our wall of goodness did not disappoint at the show!

The polka dot papers and sweet camera accents are fun additions to this collection, and the strong black makes the primary colors pop. The color palette is great for theme park trips, but it’s also versatile enough to use for other summertime play!

The home décor pieces decorated with this collection were so much fun to create! Remember, these gorgeous designs can be used in other projects besides in your scrapbooks! The chevron shapes, tray and clipboard turned out so cute! Who wouldn’t want to see those fun projects displayed in their home?!

And how about this adorable wood garland created for us by Julie Johnson from Paisleys and Polka Dots?!

If you’d like more behind the scenes peeks into the booth at CHA/Creativation, check out this live video from the show to see more of the Say Cheese III collection!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our behind the scenes posts for our Faith, Domestic Bliss, and Emoji Love collections for even more inspiring ideas!

Hey there, friends!  Missy here, and I’m excited to share two new layouts today featuring the new Domestic Bliss collection.  It inspired me to document a few “everyday moments” type of photos.  There is never a dull moment around our house with our two silly girls, and this collection was perfect for my photos. 

For my first layout, I wanted to scrap this memory of my youngest daughter and the huge mess she made in her room one night.  The photo is grainy and not great quality since it was kind of dark and I took it with my phone, but I couldn’t pass up the moment.  I had to snap it because she looked so proud of her little self sitting in the middle of her toy pile on the floor!  I wanted the layout to resemble a mess since that was the subject of the page, so I used a messy scribble cut file from Just Nick.  I used a lot of white gesso on the background paper, which is called Work it Girl.  I used a lot of watercolor on the background before attaching the cut file.

As soon as I saw the word MESS on the 4x6 Horizontal Elements sheet I knew I had to use it as part of my title.  I fussy cut it out and then hand drew “hot” on a piece of paper from the 6x8 Paper Pad.  I cut that out and arranged it at the bottom of the layout.  I went a step further with the “messy factor” and added a bunch of tangled thread under some of the letters.  I added a few stickers below that from the 4x6 Sticker pack.

I layered in one of the cute house die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack here under the photo.  I also added in a bit of vellum and a few paper scraps.  I ran it through my sewing machine to give it some texture.  I also added some adhesive foam under the photo for more dimension.

On the left side of the photo, I added a fussy cut heart and one of the Decorative Brads. I cut the prongs off and glued it down like a button.  They are easy to dismantle if you’d rather use them this way.

Here’s one more close-up of the title area.  You can kind of still see the pencil lines where I drew “hot” but that doesn’t bother me.  It kind of adds to the messy look, I think!


For my second layout, I decided to go simple and create a grid design using two photos.  Again, I wanted to document the silliness that goes on my house on a daily basis.  My girls doing random things like wearing these crazy glasses is just one of the funny things we get to experience all the time.  I was inspired by that cut apart piece that says “Home is Where My Bunch of Crazies Are!”  I just love that, and it was perfect for what I wanted to do.  I created four equal sections using my ruler and a pencil and then coated a lot of gesso on the background (a sheet of light kraft cardstock).  I created four clusters using patterned papers, chipboard, stickers and other embellishments.

I like adding large titles to the center when I had a grid design.  I wanted it to span across almost the whole page, so I cut it pretty large on my Cameo.  I used the Shoreline font and white cardstock.  I used lots of coordinating watercolors for the background over the gesso and then worked with pieces from the collection in those colors.  Here you can see I used a few of the Clear Stickers as well as some of the 4x6 Stickers.  I added foam under all the main pieces to create depth and some shadowing.

I ran the background through my sewing machine using grey thread.  To jazz up this photo area, I added some stickers here and some tangled thread.  This photo just cracks me up!

I did the same thing for this photo.  I love the watercolor peeking out from behind everything.  I fussy cut the “Today” letters from patterned paper.  I like how this mimics the letters beside the other photo.

Here’s a great shot of the dimension created by the foam adhesive underneath everything.  I layered this cute house on top of the cut apart and added a brad as a layer.  I just love this saying!  It definitely fits our home and our life!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


Hey planner friends!  It’s Meka here, living, loving, and planning with you today on the Simple Stories blog. This month I’m working on my home binder. The Domestic Bliss scrapbooking collection and the Home Carpe Diem planner collection are all about creating a happy home filled with love, laughter, and… laundry!

I’m using these lines to set up my new grape Carpe Diem planner. Grape is an in-your-face, fear-no-color shade of purple! It’s stunning, but I’ll admit it-- I wasn’t as ready for the color burst as I thought I was. I used some of the softer prints and designs from the Domestic Bliss line to tone down the grape a little bit. I’ve also added other soft touches like pale yellow, doilies, and ribbon trim. This allows me to enjoy the richness of the grape Carpe Diem, without being overwhelmed by it. You can see glimpses of these elements throughout the planner.

Using elements from the Bits and Pieces, and the SN@P! Pack, I stuffed my front pockets with planner goodies that make me smile. 

Chipboard stickers and Decorative Bradz make fun planner clips. These simple paper clip diy’s were created in a flash with some miscellaneous embellishments from my scrap stash.

If you take a close look at the dashboard, you may notice the pink polka dotted pattern from the Posh Carpe Diem collection. I thought this pale pink was a perfect complement to the vibrant grape, so I used it as the base of the dashboard. I then cut and layered some of the 6x8 paper pad sheets on top of it. This paper pad has lots of sheets that I also used for more dividers and tabs.

The Home Bookmark tablet was a must for listing out tasks. I love that there’s a checklist built into the format. The backside of the tablet was plain cardboard, so I covered it with coordinating paper from the 6x8 paper pad, and a doily. This would be a convenient place to add some family photos, quick-reference phone numbers, or a daily routine.

My first layout is a weekly home cleaning schedule that I’m trying out. The 4x6 sticker pack and the sticker tablet had everything I needed to plan out a weekly routine. I used the Vertical Hourly A5 Carpe Diem inserts, not to give myself a strict schedule, but for an overall idea of my daily flow.

As a motivator, I created a memory page for my next layout. It documents those days when I’m a serious domestic diva, demolishing my to-do list two checks at a time!

I love the blend of humor and heart in the Domestic Bliss collection. Check your favorite scrapbooking and craft stores for this line today. Be sure to stop by and visit me anytime at https://www.instagram.com/yespleaseplanning.


Hey scrappy friends! Laura here today to share two layouts and a fun altered item with you!  I was so lucky to get some of the new Domestic Bliss collection hot off the press before the recent CHA/Creativation event!   I created one of these layouts and the little altered room for the event and the second page was created afterward for this post.


When I created this page, I wanted to share how versatile this collection is and how easily you can use it for every day life.  This photo of my youngest son and our new (at the time) puppy was just perfect for this collection, because of course being in the arms of someone that loves you is HOME.

I really wanted my layout to include a larger and multi font title, it was the jumping off point for my layout design, even though I added it to my page later in the assembly process.  I used a chipboard word from the Domestic Bliss collection, as well as some alphas from a SN@P Basics sticker sheet and the word "feels" that I die cut myself to create the title.  I love the way it looks!

As always, I took advantage of my design to add a few embellishment clusters. This collection has a super fun colour palette and includes all of our favourite types of embellishments!! If truth be told, I thought I was over stickers but Simple Stories had me falling in love with them all over again.  Stickers are so simple and versatile to use! I will be buying stickers for a long time to come!

 Don't let the name of this collection fool you, it is for a lot more than documenting your chores!

Of course, I felt the need to document some of those, as well.   Well actually, I wanted to document how different some of the chores are now that we only have one child at home.  The "to do" lists are much lighter.  As my journalling says "I can hardly complain..." as back in the day when all three of our boys were at home, and we had four foster children in the house I would easily have 35 loads of laundry a week!  Now I often struggle to fill our weekly white load!

Anyway, about the page, I began by adding some Gelatos and Distress Crayons to my background as well as some splatters of mist.  I just felt like working on my technique on this particular day, I am still very intimidated by these products.

Then I cut a large laundry basket with my Cameo.  This cut file is available in the Silhouette store. It comes with several shapes that represent folded and layered laundry. I cut some of them from patterned paper, and wrapped others with some of the fun Washi tape, from this collection.  I added a bit of foam between the pile of "laundry" and the basket to give it some dimension.  Once adhered to my background, I hand stitched around it for fun!

I love adding tags to my layouts, its a bit of a thing really as I hardly ever write on them I just like the shape! I hand cut this pretty yellow one from a patterned paper and dolled it up with some crochet thread and a clear sticker.

I was on a roll with long titles the day I created this page too, using stickers and another die cut word to assemble it.

While this collection has plenty of "neutral" embellishments it also has some of the cutest themed embellishments!  How adorable are these laundry room inspired goodies!

I love combining die cuts, stickers, chipboard and brads to create my clusters and am especially fond of these clear stickers! I am so glad that Simple Stories has added them to their line up!

I went a little overboard and used 4 clusters of embellishments instead of the typical three to create a visual triangle but I think it still works and I really love this page!

I also wanted to share this fun little laundry room altered item that I created for the Simple Stories booth at Creativation.

I picked up the wooden house form at the dollar store and painted it out with a minty colour chalk paint.

I adorned most of the interior walls and the exterior walls with pretty patterned paper.

I also added some cork to the back wall inside the house.  I like the way the enamel dots look like they are little pins holding the bits and pieces in place.

I made multi patterned "shingles" for the roof by stitching rectangles of papers to a base piece of cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to my house.

Inside I used fun chipboard and ephemera pieces to create a little scene.

I popped up some of the elements with foam to create depth.

I even added "art" to the walls of my little room!

This project was so fun to create and I adore the way it turned out!  Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!  Be sure to follow Simple Stories on Instagram for loads of inspiration!


Hi planner friends!  I’m back to show you how I’m using the Clover A5 Carpe Diem Planner and the new Domestic Bliss collection!
There’s so many products in the Domestic Bliss collection, that I was able to fill the pockets with a variety of items, including the 3x4 journaling cards, some 4x6 stickers, and the matching epoxy metal clips.
I made another dashboard for this month using the Hello Life cardstock, some of the chipboard pieces, and the enamel dots.

This collection also includes a Home Sticker tablet that includes sheets of stickers that are perfect for planning.  I used a lot of the icons for chores and shopping and some of the box stickers from the 4x6 collection.  

I’m slowly getting into meal planning and I’m starting out by planning out dinners every two weeks and the menu sheets from the Home A5 Planner Insert Set makes it easy to add into my planner.  I filled the pages with these super cute stickers from the Recipe Sticker tablet and some strips of the “Grace” and “You Are Loved” washi tape from the Faith collection.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my March planner set up with all of these exciting new products that are perfect for Spring.  I’ll see you next month!



Hi friends, it's Layle back with you again with week 4 of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series.  We've had so much fun having Rachel Lindas guest design for us & had such great feedback from YOU on her process, tips & techniques that we've invited her to stick around for a while and extend the Bible Journaling Sunday Series!  We'll be futuring an in depth blog post from Rachel once per month along with weekly posts on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  Hooray!!

Today Rachel is back sharing another awesome painting technique in her Journaling Bible using our new Faith collection - I think you're going to love it!


Hello fellow Bible journalers from Rachel Lindas.  We're a month into demonstrating the Simple Stories Faith line.  I just can’t believe how many fun pieces they have for highlighting/celebrating God’s Word.  Thank you Simple Stories for a product that inspires us to process through the art of creating meaningful journals in our Bibles.  The colorful visuals, biblical words, and verses they offer inspires me, may I say all of us, to dig into God’s Word and seek the meaning and lesson God wants to teach me/each of us.

Let’s get started with our fourth verse:

1.     John 8:12 “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world.  If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”   My pastor from Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California shared wisdom in a sermon that he titled, “A Little Light Destroys A lot of Darkness.”  Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world”.  Jesus, as the Light of the world, calls us to be the His light in the world everywhere we go.  We should be shining for Jesus always.  The amazing thing about Light is that it overcomes all darkness.  As Christians we are created to walk in the Light.  However, when we step out into darkness, as we all do, that Light shines through us exposing what is hidden.  It is meant to convict us and it then cleanses us.  A real image that I enjoy sharing is, at the darkest of night when we turn on all inside lights, and then turn off  all the lights outside, we notice that the light inside floods out into the darkness for some distance.  In fact, it lightens the darkness but, the darkness does not flood inside where the light is.  Pause on that.   When we are in the Light (of Christ our Lord), we are given clarity.  We can see how to live without the penetration of darkness. The Light is showing us how to live.  Let’s agree to always encourage those around us, to stay in the Light.  Let’s be cleaned out, and so clear that Jesus Christ can shine His Light through us.  Find accountability partners to journal with.

2.    Product:  The stickers that come on the 12x12 sheet are seriously so cute. When I first saw those stickers I was immediately drawn to the three vintage looking light bulbs.   I could not wait to use them in my Bible margin.  (If you have children in your home wanting to create with you as well stickers are a perfect starting place.  They are fun and easy to use.)

3.    I started with drawing a box around the verse with my Bible journaling pen and then I began to work on the background of the page.  I wanted most of the page to have yellow on it to represent the light we are talking about.  I then wanted to contrast that yellow color with a darker color to represent the darkness we live in.  Using the paint technique with a gift card I added yellow and blue paint strokes across the page.  Cute paint cards are sold at Daysprings for this purpose but, you can use any old gift card you have laying around and it will work the same. (Check the process video below for clarity on how to apply the paint without covering up God’s word.) 

4.    Then for the sticker light bulbs I wanted them hanging at different heights in the margin of my page.  I traced around each light bulb sticker allowing them to pop on the page.  Then I used the snap alpha stickers in yellow, white, and black to highlight the title of the sermon, “A Little Light Destroys a lot of Darkness.”  After tracing around the alpha letters, as well, I drew some little crosses on the page.

5.    I finished my page by adding the word Shine, from the paper pieces, to the top of the page.  Don’t forget to date stamp it, to remember the day this verse was studied.  I added a paper clip with cute ribbon to the top; well, just because I like embellishments.

Take Note:  The painting technique I used this time is very simple, but it can be difficult for people to figure out the best application.  I have found, through teaching, that if you drag the card in a flat direction, the paint is too thick on the page, sadly covering up God’s Word. So, hold the card in a more vertical position and pull across the page leaving a very thin layer of paint so that you can easily see God’s Word.  Please practice this application on a piece of paper before you try it in your Bible.  Please do not be afraid to practice.  It’s well worth getting it right.


I hope you have a wonderful Sunday being in the Word and a blessed week. Rachel xxx



Hey Simple Stories Fans! This is Jennie and today I am sharing some pocket pages using my favorite collection, the new release, Emoji Love! I am emoji obsessed and so are my daughters! They love this collection too!

Since my daughter and her friend are missing teeth I drew a gap in the Emoji card so it would look like them. I always like to be put a circle in the middle of my photo collages and in here I used a smiley face from the 6x12 Chipboard.

The good thing about the emoji theme is that is perfect for documenting every aspect of your life. In here I used it for selfies, books and a movie. The colors are also good for both genders, it has pinks but they also have black, blue and gray. You also have a whole range of emotions. You can document the not so good memories with poop emojis.

I love when journaling cards have lines because that way I can use my handwriting instead of typing. I’m not a big fan of how my handwriting looks but I bet my daughters will like to see it in the future.

I am a washi addict and I am crazy about the washi tapes from this collection! On my title card I used the Expressions Washi Tape.  The 4x6 Stickers are always one of my favorite items. I like the labels to stamp dates or label photos and the little elements like that really cool camera that looks like the Instagram symbol.

To hold my tickets I used a Tombow Power Tab to hold the metal paper clip. I stamped on the unicorn card using white ink and the Emoji Love Roller Stamp. I did the same on the yes card but less times using black ink. I prefer roller stamps because they require less fuss than acrylic stamps. You just throw them in your bag and you can use them anywhere.

I hope you enjoyed these pocket pages! I already want to make a bunch more using this collection! The Emoji Love Collection starts shipping soon so ask your favorite store to save you some goodies!



Good morning SS friends.  


Today I am sharing two COMPLETELY different layouts with two completely different collections.


For my first layout, I decided to share a personal goal for myself.  I decided that I was going to start growing out my gray about 5 months ago.  It has been a challenge.  I went from very dark brown to complete gray, or almost complete gray.  I started coloring my hair at 30.  I was tired of two weeks after my expensive color, I  could see gray around my forehead.  For this reason, I stopped coloring.  





My entire layout was actually based around this 4x6 Elements card.  I saw the saying and it brought this layout idea to life.  I don't think that this layout would make sense with out the journaling.  The Domestic Bliss collection had everything I needed to document my graying hair journey!  It is so true, something has got to give in life, we can't do everything!




For my second layout, I went back in time to when my son played Flag Football.  He hated it.  But as parents, we loved watching it!  The kids had no idea what they were doing, that is why it was so fun to watch!



I used the Football Simple Set.  I started with a frame, where I tried to create a shadow box style layout.  I included papers and stickers from the collection that looked like collected items from his football season.  I strategically placed some of the stickers to cover heads and other small children.  




Thanks for taking a peek.


Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you to share a mini I made to showcase the new Domestic Bliss line in 4x6 mini album format. I made this for the retailer CHA/Creativation and was specifically asked to keep this mini simple to show how quick & easy it is to create an album like this mainly from the products in the SN@P! Pack!  

For my cover, I kept it very minimal. I was imagining the album traveling and then sitting out on my coffee table so I knew the cover would need to be durable. I covered the naked chipboard part of the album with the paper, Work It Girl, and used chipboard decorative elements from the 6x12 chipboard. 

I covered the inside covers of my album with the B side of the paper I Can't Adult. I used a single 3x4 protector to open the album and thought the statement on this card couldn't be truer for my house. 

I used one of the yellow papers that come with the album and mounted a 4x6 card on it to make the opening of my album. Sadly, I didn't have any good recent photos of all 4 of us together so a photo of the three of them had to do.

The pink house is from the ephemera embellishments that come in the Sn@p pack. I used dimensional foam adhesive to pop it up. The "Home Sweet Home" banner is cut from another embellishment from the Sn@p pack.

For this mini album, I printed out all my photos and slipped them into the pockets. Then I found cards that coordinated best and slipped them into the pockets. I then went through and placed embellishments in the places I felt they fit best. I used my home printer to type the journaling on my cards. 

The clear stickers are perfect for adding to photos as I did here with the "Domestic Bliss." The "Struggle is Real" card is in a single 3x4 page protector and flips over for a fun additional layer. 

I gathered pictures from our last year at our new home. I like how well the pictures seem to illustrate our lives. I really like that the cards and embellishments seem to offer prompts for what to document about your home and helped me narrow down which photos to choose. 

I love the six 2x2 page protectors because they allow me to get a bunch of little photos in and make use of those adorable 2x2 cards in the Sn@p pack.

I wanted the photos and the stories to shine in this album so the embellishing took a back seat. I love how this collection is so well-designed, even without a lot of embellishing, I get an album that is colorful, vibrant, and polished. 

The plant card reminded me to include photos of the plant life surrounding our home.

I finished off the album with a beautiful sunset photo of our neighborhood and the 4x4 "Home" card. I am so pleased with the simple yet poignant story this album tells of our lives right now. 

How are you documenting your home with Domestic Bliss? Be sure to tag us on Instagram @simplestories_ when sharing your projects! 



Hello friends! I'm so excited to be sharing two layouts with you today using the NEW Say Cheese III collection! I love scrapping pictures of my favorite Mouse, and the Say Cheese collections are perfect for all your park pictures. I used two of my favorite photos from our last trip in these layouts!

My first page was inspired by the magical castle! I used the Simple Stories Castle cut file from the Silhouette Store to cut a castle shape from black cardstock. I took the negative and traced it onto a scratch piece of paper. Next, I punched out lots of tiny squares from all the patterns and lined them up along the traced shape.

One I had the castle shape filled in, a glued the negative over the top. I added my photo and a few embellishments, trying to keep the focus on the castle.  I added brads to the castle towers, and then used enamel dots and stickers around the castle to look like fireworks. I finished the page with a stitched washi border!

For my second layout, I wanted to use famous quote Walt Disney said on opening day of his Park.

I cut the quote out using my Silhouette, and backed each letter with a different pattern paper. Next, I traced each letter with a black pen to help it stand out more. I centered the castle die cut from the Bits & Pieces above the quote, and added two small photos on either side.

I added a few small embellishments around the photos, but tried to keep the quote front and center. My favorite part of this collection are all the great stickers with quotes! I managed to squeeze three on my page with a giant quote title. You can never have too many!

I had so much fun creating these special pages, and I can't wait to use the Say Cheese III collection to scrap more magical photos. I hope you feel inspired to dig in to your park photos and get scrapping!



Hello friends! I'm so excited to be sharing two layouts with you today using the NEW Say Cheese III collection! I love scrapping pictures of my favorite Mouse, and the Say Cheese collections are perfect for all your park pictures. I used two of my favorite photos from our last trip in these layouts!

My first page was inspired by the magical castle! I used the Simple Stories Castle cut file from the Silhouette Store to cut a castle shape from black cardstock. I took the negative and traced it onto a scratch piece of paper. Next, I punched out lots of tiny squares from all the patterns and lined them up along the traced shape.

One I had the castle shape filled in, a glued the negative over the top. I added my photo and a few embellishments, trying to keep the focus on the castle.  I added brads to the castle towers, and then used enamel dots and stickers around the castle to look like fireworks. I finished the page with a stitched washi border!

For my second layout, I wanted to use famous quote Walt Disney said on opening day of his Park.

I cut the quote out using my Silhouette, and backed each letter with a different pattern paper. Next, I traced each letter with a black pen to help it stand out more. I centered the castle die cut from the Bits & Pieces above the quote, and added two small photos on either side.

I added a few small embellishments around the photos, but tried to keep the quote front and center. My favorite part of this collection are all the great stickers with quotes! I managed to squeeze three on my page with a giant quote title. You can never have too many!

I had so much fun creating these special pages, and I can't wait to use the Say Cheese III collection to scrap more magical photos. I hope you feel inspired to dig in to your park photos and get scrapping!



Hi there! Leah here with you today, showing you how I’ve set up my wellness planner. I am calling it my “wellness” planner because I want it to be an inspiring place to track my fitness journey, as well as my emotional wellness. The goal of this planner is to help me work towards strengthening my body AND mind.

I am going to be really vulnerable with you all in this post. I have struggled for the last couple of years to maintain any sort of fitness regime. I have a million excuses I could give, but the truth is, there has been a serious mental block holding me back. Our mental and physical healths are SO intertwined. It wasn’t until more recent years that I realized that I struggle with anxiety. It looks differently for everyone - my anxiety is a lot different than the anxiety my mom has struggled with most of her life. For this reason, I ignored all the signs for years thinking that I couldn’t have anxiety. I knew what that looked like. I saw what my mom went through, and how the anxiety attacks could completely take control of her mind and body. While I would certainly consider my anxiety to be a milder form than my mother’s, I am still very impacted by it in my everyday life and now find myself on a journey to understanding MY anxiety and how it affects me physically and emotionally. I am learning ways to manage it, and hope to eventually overcome it completely. It is a JOURNEY though, and I am constantly trying to remind myself to take it one step at a time and to not be too hard on myself. There will be days where I feel like I have “failed” because my anxiety got the best of me, but I’m learning that on those days, sometimes I have to be willing to cut myself some slack so I can focus on dealing with how I am feeling, rather than feeling defeated by what I’m NOT getting done.

When setting up my wellness planner, I had a few things in mind. I needed this space to feel peaceful and uplifting. Although the Faith collection has a religious theme, I am not using it in that way for this planner. I chose to work with this collection because I find the colors and designs to be very comforting. The collection has a lot of nature-inspired elements and I find a lot of solace in nature, so it felt very appropriate to use in this planner.

I wanted this planner to feel inviting, so I put a little more work into the curb appeal, a.k.a. the front of the planner and what you see when you first open it. The pockets of the planner are decorated with florals and other natural elements that inspire and calm me, as well as several uplifting and motivational messages to remind me to remain confident in my strength and perseverance.

I used mostly die cuts, the SN@P! Pack and the Faith sticker book to decorate the pockets.

I have the planner separated into two main sections: everything pertaining to mental and emotional health is up front, physical fitness stuff is in the back. I am using the Faith inserts in the front section, only a couple of the dividers, and a few of the journaling and “Inspired” pages. I will use these inserts to track my emotional goals (such as meditation/reflection practices), as well to journal some of my thoughts, my inspirations and motivations, and notes on helpful things I have read or listened to.

I decorated a few of the dashboards that came in the Faith Insert pack, and then laminated them so they were sturdy. My favorite is this jar of flowers. I decorated the jar with some washi tape, uplifting sentiments and a couple of stickers.

The front dashboard has a laminated card clipped to it, cut from this 12x12 elements sheet. I laminated it so I can change up what I put on there. Right now, I have a photo that makes me smile stuck to the card with washi tape. The photo can be easily moved. I could also use a wet-erase marker to write something inspiring on the laminated surface.


I used ALL of the metal clips from the Faith collection along the right edge of the planner as decoration, but they can easily be used as tabs too. I find that they allow me to turn the pages easier than the paper tabs, so I put one on each divider as well.

Check out how adorable this Carpe Diem planner charm turned out with a few stickers to dress it up!

In the back of the planner, I’m using the Fitness Inserts to track my physical fitness journey. I laminated this clipboard dashboard from the pack so I can change up what I write on it. Right now I’ve written out my everyday goals. They are a mix of physical and mental goals.

I’m using the Doc-It journal tucked into the back pocket for journaling more private things. For example, if I have a bad anxiety day – I am taking time to write about it. This is helping me in so many ways. I’m able to have an outlet for the thoughts that are giving me anxiety, and it’s helping me track anxiety triggers, as well as what worked and what didn’t work as I worked through the anxiety.

When I put together this planner, I knew there may be some days I have to open it when I’m not in the best state of mind. One thing that helps my anxiety is taking time to create. However, on high anxiety days, I often find myself pretty tired and very easily overwhelmed by too many choices. To help me with this, I’ve packed up a few essentials that I plan to bring out only when I am journaling in this planner. I punched holes in the packaging for these brads so I could put them right into my planner. I also tucked some extra stickers into this pocket insert.

 I packed up the Faith SN@P! Pack and Bits and Pieces die cuts into a Simple Stories planner pouch. Again, limiting what supplies I packed by sticking with one collection so I don’t overwhelm myself with too many options.

I’m carrying all the new Simple Stories washi tapes in another little pouch.

And then both of the pouches above are tucked into a larger pouch holding the Faith collection sticker book and the 6x8 paper pad, the Fitness collection sticker book, and other basic tools that I use often (a few roller stamps, stamp ink, adhesive, watercolor paints and a water brush, doilies, a wet-erase marker, a hole punch, mini stapler, scissors).

I hope to show you more details of the inner workings of this planner as I start putting it to use. I am really hoping it will serve its purpose in helping me strengthen my body and mind. I know there are a lot of other women out there that also struggle with anxiety. It can be uncomfortable to talk about, but I have found that for me, giving anxiety a label and talking about it more openly helps give me more control over it. If you are struggling with anxiety, please remember that it looks differently for everyone which means there is no one perfect cure for all. I’m definitely not an expert on this topic, as I am still on my own journey, but I hope you will remember to allow yourself some grace as you confront how you are feeling and determine the best way to manage it, for you. You don’t have to do it alone – never hesitate to ask for help from friends, family, and/or a medical professional. Whatever it takes to help you through it.

You can follow me over on my Instagram, www.instagram.com/sunny.leah,  to see more of this planner as I begin to use it. There is also a ton more inspiration using the Faith and Fitness collections over on the Simple Stories and Carpe Diem planners Instagram accounts. Please be gentle with yourselves friends, and remember to take time to take care of YOU.