Hi everyone, its Meredy and I don’t know about you, but I have been LOVING the Simple Sets that Simple Stories has released. If you aren’t familiar with these sets they are a small, mini collection that includes (2) sheets each of three double sided cardstock paper, including one sheet of 3x4/4x6 element pieces and (1) 6 x 12 sheet of cardstock stickers. I wanted to make up a new planner for May and I loved colors and florals in the Mom Simple Set so I thought I would see how I could pretty up my Ivory Carpe Diem planner with this Simple Set.
The first thing I always do is make a Dashboard and fill up the pockets of my planner. I cut apart the page of 3x4/4x6 elements and filled up the pockets!
I used “I Love You Mom” floral paper for the dashboard with a 4x6 card cut out from the “Journaling Card Elements” paper. I added the LIFE using Black alpha stickers from the Simple Stories Sn@p Line and a Coffee Cup Sticker from the 6 x 12 Cardstock Sticker Sheet included in the set.
The Journaling Cards really brightened up my planner pockets quite easily. I don’t always like my pockets super stuffed and these cards did the trick.
There are enough papers in the pack to create dividers. I usually feel overwhelmed by cutting all the papers and gluing them together and adding the tabs. But I used a quick way to make dividers and I am so happy with the end result!
To make quick dividers take a 12 x 12 paper and fold it in half. Trim down the side opposite the fold and the bottom to the correct size for your planner. Use a tab punch to punch a tab from the cut away paper. Use a glue stick on the inside of the paper, stick on the tab at the correct location and fold the paper closed. Press down until the glue keeps the paper together, punch the holes and you are ready to make the next divider.
The double layer of cardstock makes a perfect divider. Folding the paper and using the same pattern on the front and back of the divider really cut down on the time it took to make the dividers. This will probably be my go-to way to make these from now on. I added 3x4 journaling cards to the front of the dividers for a finishing touch.
Now on to my favorite part, my weekly layout using the 6x12 sheet of Cardstock Stickers! One of my favorite aspects of the pages are the center washi strips I made from the papers in the collection. I started with the banner sticker on Thursday for my Birthday and I built the pages from there. I used practically all of the stickers on the sheet to layer up the page. I also used the Sn@p Line Alphas and some of the 4x6 Black stickers from a few Carpe Diem collections.
Another way to use the 3x4 journaling cards is to cut them down to fit into your layout. I loved this yellow floral pattern with a small white space—it was perfect for this very important reminder.
Last, I just wanted to show how I used some of the remaining elements to do a bible journaling entry. Since I have an interleaved bible, the oversized MOM sticker was perfect place to start for this entry. I cut out the banner from a 3x4 Journaling card, drew in a little extra string and added some heart stickers.
I used a tab punch to make a tab from the “Best Mom Ever” Paper and used a phrase sticker from the Sticker Sheet.
Last I added in a photo of my mother and me (41+ years ago!) wrote the verse and a short journaling entry. Last I layered up the floral stickers to create a bouquet in the corner and finished it up with a Happy Mother’s Day sticker.
I hope you all enjoyed seeing how many things you can make with these 12x12 Simple Sets—I am in love! Also, wishing you all out there a happy May and Happy Mother’s Day!
Hello again friends! Happy May! Leah here today to show you the new dividers I’ve made to revamp my planner with the Domestic Bliss collection. It’s been a long while since I’ve made a complete set of custom dividers. If you can believe it, I think it’s been since my very first post with Simple Stories last year. Wow, how the time has flown! I have been feeling the need to change up my planner for a while now because the current organization just has not been working for me. I’ve been in such a planner funk lately and haven’t wanted to open up my planner. With a new setup, comes a new chance to get crafty and give my planner a makeover!
I used word label stickers to label my divider tabs for now. I chose ones from the Home sticker tablet. I have separated my planner into 4 categories. The first section is where I have my actual planner pages. For this planner, I’ve decided to use only monthly inserts and blank lined pages for my planning.
This divider turned out so cute! I love having it up in the front of my planner because it’s like the “front door” of my planner. The door is from the 4x6 Vertical Elements 12x12 paper in the Domestic Bliss collection. I used a banner paper punch to create a banner along the top of the divider using patterned papers from the 6x8 paper pad and some baker’s twine. I used another patterned paper to create the tag where I layered some washi tapes, word label stickers and a cute heart die cut from the Bits and Pieces pack.
The second section is for tracking chores and household to-dos. I’ve mentioned my struggle with anxiety in some of my previous blog posts. Well, I am also a pretty naturally disorganized person. I WANT to be organized, and I can achieve it, but I have to work extra hard to maintain an organized home. Writing down household tasks and chores and attempting to establish a schedule that I can learn to manage a little at a time, helps me avoid getting too overwhelmed.
This divider is so fun because I created a little shaker using a 2x2 card from the SN@P! pack and layered on some stickers from the 12x12 combo sticker sheet. Aren’t the little succulent plants that pop up a lot in the Domestic Bliss collection so sweet? I love all of the multi-colored pots! I created a little watercolor background on this divider and chose colors to match the pots.
The third section is for bill pay and debt repayment info that I’ve moved over from my budget planner (check that planner out here). My financial planner has been working out super well for me. However, now that I feel like I have a handle on our budget and spending, I have found I’m not using the first half of the planner as much and mostly just need the bill pay info from the back. So I’m going to see how it works out as just one section of my main planner.
I love how this divider turned out with the simplest of details! I used half of a doily and layered on the typewriter and “hello life” die cuts with the chipboard flowers and word label stickers. At the top of the divider, I hand cut a few different sized banners out of leftover paper scraps, grouped them together and then stapled them onto the page.
The last section of my planner is for information pertaining to our home and family, such as insurance and medical info and important contacts. This divider was super easy to make! I made it out of this 12x12 paper, and then used one of the 4x6 elements from this sheet as the main focal point. Then I layered some paper scraps and a doily behind it, and wrapped some baker’s twine around the card with a little bow for some texture.
I don’t know why I don’t make custom dividers more often! I always love how they turn out and they are so fun to make. They make my planner feel so much more personalized! I love working within one collection when I make dividers because of how beautifully everything coordinates. Look how pretty all of the dividers look together!
Do you like personalizing your planner dividers? If you’d like to see some more pretty planner dividers for inspiration, run on over to the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram! Also, I hope you will come say hello over on my Instagram as well @sunny.leah, and be sure to check out the Carpe Diem planner giveaway I’ve got going on right now!
Thanks sooooo much for joining us for our 2017 Spring Release Reveal, we hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!
The Summer Days and Cabin Fever collections as well as all 4 new Simple Sets have shipped to retailers and are in stores now!
Now on to the fun stuff - congrats to our 14 random lucky winners! Here goes -
Summer Days –
Blog – Amy Cooley
Instagram – mommavince
Pinterest – Karen Kirkman
Facebook – Sharon Frewen
Cabin Fever –
Blog – Rebecca Rewer
Instagram – Tonya Morgan
Pinterest – Wendy Baker
Facebook – Janet Dorkin
Simple Sets –
Blog – Tiffany Medina
Instagram – Cindy Fast
Pinterest – Steffanie Seiler
Facebook – Kristi Beisel
12x12 Pads –
Facebook – Jody Grimm
Instagram - Janet MacKay
Thanks everyone!! If you are one of the random lucky winners listed and did not receive a message or email from me, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and mailing address so we can ship your package!
Hi I’m Jeanne! Back again this week to share some more cards with you, this time with the Domestic Bliss collection. I love to send cards to family and friends to let them know I’m thinking of them. It never has to be for an occasion – just a note to say hi is always welcome!
My kiddos are growing up fast.. off to college and finding their own places. Lately my daughter has become a domestic diva! Going to work, cooking dinner, and keeping the house tidy are part of the daily grind. I have to smile to myself and think “Welcome to my world!” LOL!!
Today I’m playing with the Domestic Bliss Collection! I started with a background of pretty papers from the 6x8 paper pad. I topped the background paper with a 3x4 Journaling card from the SN@P! Packet! The pack has 118 pieces to choose from. The “messy hair…” 2 x 2” card is from the same pack.
I love how all the elements are coordinated to work together so all you have to do is mix and match to your hearts content! I added Chipboard sticker flowers to frame the sentiment.
The hello life yellow tab is a sticker that you’ll find on the Combo Sticker that’s included in the 12” paper pack or sold separately.
My second card features lots of Bits and Pieces. If you haven’t seen these before you need to check them out! The pack includes 53 printed die cut pieces like the washing machine, cute pooch, laundry basket and more!
If you look close under the word sticker sentiments you’ll see some pretty floral washi “Home Sweet Home” tape. I love the fun sentiments in this collection! Sometimes you just have to laugh at a situation. Laundry happens.
I think this would be a fun card to send to a friend who might have her hands full with life. Maybe include a gift card for a night out, or volunteer to watch the kids.
I mixed some Chipboard stickers in with the Bits and pieces like the detergent bottle and the smaller laundry basket.
Yep.. life is going to bring you housework.. but in the end there’s still no place like home. And for me there’s no better place to be!
Wishing you a great day with some time to do all the things you love best.. dinner with dh, hug your fur baby, spend some time with the kiddos, and maybe find a little crafty time to play!
Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories, & I'm back again with my monthly Carpe Diem planner blog feature!
This month I've brought a little sunshine into my planner with the new Summer Days collection. It's been a LONG, cold, wet winter here in Utah - we even had snow as late as April 25th. I can't tell you how ready I am for warm weather and sunshine; adding summer to my planner will give me a little bit of that, even if the weather outside may not agree!
I started with the coral planner - the bright color brings a smile to my face & coordinates well with Summer Days.
I loaded up the pockets this month with lots of cards, die cuts & stickers. The chipboard flamingo made for a great clip - you can't tell, but he's adhered to a long silver clip that tucks right into the pocket. The pineapple in the collection - I just love it! Not only does it make an appearance in the stickers & chipboard, but we loved it so much that we created a Silhouette cut file with it, too! I used the cut file to create a dashboard -
I used papers from Summer Days to cut the shapes, then adhered to another paper from the collection. A quick punch with our A5 Punch - by the way, word on the street is that we'll have it to start shipping to retailers early June!! - and voila!
Next up I set out to make some more clips. I took a few of the brads and removed the prongs by bending them back and forth.
A glue dot adhered to the back of the brad was all it took to adhere to the back of an existing clip. Because I used existing clips to do this, they're now 2 in 1 - a design on each side!
There are so many great icons & patterns in the Summer Days collection that I think I may use it in my planner for the next few months. With that approach in mind, I limited the decor for the May spread primarily to flowers
I added a bit more sunshine to my weekly spreads by adhering a 'hello sunshine' sticker to the bottom of the bookmark, that way I have sunshine with me every day :)
Thanks for joining me this month! Stay tuned for June when I use Summer Days again in my planner, but switch it up a bit!
Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day! We’re thrilled to participate in the worldwide celebration, focusing on all things scrapooking & paper crafting! In honor of this super fun day, we have not one but TWO awesome surprises for you!
Today only, your entire purchase from our Digital Store is 50% off! With ALL of your favorite Simple Stories collections in digital format, you’re sure to find just what you need for all of your digital crafting needs. Visit our Digital Store and enter code NSD2017 during checkout!
Today’s celebration also brings 4 different sets of die cuts & 3x4 FREE printables! Designed for use in your Carpe Diem planner pockets, your SN@P! Pocket Pages and your other scrapbooking & paper crafting projects – you’re going to love these Faith, Fitness, Domestic Bliss and Recipe designs!
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Faith – http://bit.ly/FaithPrintables
Fitness – http://bit.ly/FitnessPrintables
Recipe - http://bit.ly/RecipePrintables
We'd love to see how you're using these free printables in your planners & pages, so be sure to snap a pic and tag your Instagram or Facebook posts with the hashtag #SSfreeprintables!
Thanks for celebrating (inter)National Scrapbook Day with Simple Stories!
Jeanne here today with some colorful cards for the emoji lover in your life! Let’s face it.. who doesn’t love emoji’s? I don’t care if you're 15 or 50 they’re a fun way to spice up your text messages and social media! The Emoji Love collection from Simple Stories is total eye candy.. bright colors, net lingo, and super fun emoji icons will have you smiling from ear to ear.
Need a special card for a tween or teen in your life? You can’t go wrong with the unicorn emoji. This one says “Be a Unicorn”! Unicorns are unique and rare.. this sends a positive message that you don’t have to be the same as everyone else. Be different. Just be you!
I started out with a background of papers from the Emoji Love 6x8” pad. Rainbow stripes on one side, and stars on the other.
For my focal point I selected two 3x4 cards from the Emoji Love SN@P! Pack. The pack contains 112 double sided cards to choose from. I cut the a rainbow stripe card with a circle die (you can also use a punch) to create a semi circle, and layered it over another card with a star print on black.
I topped that with a unicorn and “be a unicorn speech bubble” sticker from the Combo Sticker. This sticker sheet can be purchased individually and is also included in the 12” paper pack. The sparkle heart is a die cut from the Bits and Pieces pack. I added a word sticker over the heart that says u rock, and another sticker from the Combo Sheet along the bottom. The finishing touches for me are always a bit of bling.. a decorative brad bow and some shiny color matched enamel dots.
One of the girls in a mood over a guy? Maybe a bad break up? I’ve seen them come and go.. and the one thing that sets things right is a girls night out! This would be a great card for my teenager. I’d tuck in some movie tickets and a little extra cash for some junk food. How about a birthday card for a best friend?
I mixed more Emoji Love papers for the background before adding a 3x4 SN@P! card. I added a bit of Expressions Washi Tape along the edge to look like it’s holding the card in place.
All the cool food shapes are from the Bits and Pieces pack. There are 47 die cut ready to work with pieces you have lots to choose from.
Even the “Yes! word bubble and heart eyed emoji are from the Bits and Pieces!
I love the round tab stickers in the 4x6 sticker pack. They make great accents. Can you spy the little “OMG” one on my card?
Hello everyone, my name is Kelly and I am one of the new Carpe Diem creative team members! I live in the Netherlands and I am totally addicted to decorating my planners, you can find me on Instagram as createplannernl. For this first blog post I decided to show you how I setup my Ivory Carpe Diem planner using the Domestic Bliss collection.
The first thing I do when I am setting up a new planner is place all the supplies I want to use (such as clips, washi, bits and pieces, stickers, paper, etc) around me so I can see everything. I have a little cupcakeholder which is perfect to put in all the smaller items so you can easily look through them and see them. Now the fun can begin!
I always start by filling the front pockets, this is one of the things I love about these planners. I try to use all the different patterns of the collection by adding journaling cards, clips and bits and pieces. The enamel dots fit perfectly in one of the pockets, so I decided to put them in there.
I added a little sample of the washitapes in one of the pockets. I cut down a little card and wrapped the washitape a few times arround it. It’s very easy to create and this way you always have your washi on hand when you take your planner with you.
In the large side pocket I like to store a few stickersheets which I want to use in my planner. For decoration I used a borderpunch to create the doily lace effect on the scrapbook paper in the back.
Now that the front pockets are done, it’s time to start on a front dashboard! Since this is the first thing you will see when you open the planner, this is very important. I selected a scrapbook paper, cut it down to size and punched some holes. Because in my opinion the front pockets are very busy, I decided to keep the front dashboard a little bit more calm this time. I used the letters ‘Hello’ and three 4x4 cards from the SN@P pack.
With the Domestic Bliss A5 planner insert set you get six dividers, which you can customize to your own needs by choosing your own tab headers. I chose these sections: Planning, Important, Budget, Chores, To do and Menus.
After the first divider I put some undated monthly and weekly plannerpages. I decorated the ‘This month’ page with some washi and stickers and wrote down a few important appointments and goals.
In the ‘Bits and pieces’ pack I found four little button pieces and I immediately figured they would look amazing as DIY paperclips. I just glued them on rosegold paperclips and let them dry overnight. This is a fun and easy way to make you own paperclips!
On this blog I wanted to show you how I decorated the first week of May. I always begin with placement of washitape strips, thereafter I write down important appointments and then I decorate blank spaces with stickers or little cards.
I love using pocket pages in my planners and because I don’t have a tool to make them myself, I decided to use a pocket page that are originally designed for the SN@P albums. I punched four extra holes so it fits the planner perfectly! I selected some 2x2 and 3x4 cards with quotes and patterns to give it a pop of color.
When I setup a planner, I always create a DIY bookmark. I selected one of the scrapbook papers (‘Loads of fun’), cut it down to size and punched six holes. To decorate it I used some pieces and stickers.
I love these ‘to do’ pages and the ‘to do’ bookmark! In the back pocket I put some extra 4x6 cards and clear stickersheets.
Now the setup of this planner is complete, I can start using it every day. I hope I have inspired you today on this blog and see you next month. Have a great day!
Hello! Linsey here today and I'm so excited to share my first Simple Stories blog post and project with you! I love to alter almost anything and have been wanting to transform my ordinary cork board into something fabulous! I found the Domestic Bliss collection to be just right for my memo board makeover! The fresh, beautiful patterns mixed with the fun and perfectly quirky elements make for a most delightful experience in creating!
The main section is for memos, notes and messages and the smaller section is for my weekly dinner menu at a glance. A piece of 12x12 patterned paper was used for the background on the memo section.
For the meal list/menu, the daily chart is one of the 4x6 Vertical Elements and directly above that is one of the 4x4 Elements detailed with enamel dots and clear and regular stickers.
The Epoxy Metal Clips were securely adhered to regular push pins to create an area where notes can be easily slid onto the clips and displayed.
A variety of favorite Decorative Brads, Bits & Pieces and Combo Stickers were done in the same fashion as the clips, transforming them into adorable and fun decorative push pins!
Some blank tabs and bullet elements from the 4x6 Stickers were cut out individually and a small window pouch was created to hold them. Tip: layer a piece of clear plastic over and equal sized piece of patterned paper/cardstock and fold washi tape around the edges to create a visually pleasing window pouch.
The sides of the memo board were covered with Home Sweet Home Washi Tape. It was super easy to do and really adds to the customized look and feel of the memo board.
Finally, a couple of the large floral decorative brads were added to the frame as well as a few small chipboard flowers on the frame corners, topped with an enamel dot in each flower center.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and sticking with me throughout my post! I hope you enjoyed my altered memo board and might be inspired to create something with the wonderful Domestic Bliss collection too! Happy crafting!
Hello everyone! This is Lisa Dickinson and I'm so excited to be sharing my very first projects here on the Simple Stories blog! I've got two pages that feature one of my favorite design elements - circles - and some creative ideas for you to incorporate this dynamic shape into your layouts!
Today I'm working mostly with the Domestic Bliss collection because the spring palette worked well with both my page themes. I love how the colors are soft enough to work for Easter and spring layouts, with a bit of navy thrown in to make it super versatile. On my first page, I create a frame using punched circles - a circle of circles - that frames my grid of photos:
Each circle is about 2" in diameter and I'm using 12 to complete my frame. ( But you could use smaller or larger circle punches and adjust the number of circles accordingly). Once I had my circles cut, I treated each one like it's own little canvas and added embellishments, stitching and other elements that add texture and color.
On a few of the circles, I added a twine border for a fun dimensional twist. Just add liquid adhesive around the edge of the punched circle and adhere your twine!
To add stability to the design, I die-cut a large title (this Easter Simple Stories Silhouette Cut File) and placed it at the bottom of the frame. It acts much like a bow on a wreath and gives the frame a focal point.
For my second design, I used circular photos matted with more circles of cardstock and patterned paper:
I love the fun and energetic feeling the layered circles give the page! I balanced out all the curves with a linear title (this Simple Stories SIlhouette Cut File) and a block of journaling that's right-justified.
Continuing with the circle theme, I selected a few circular embellishments to scatter around the design. They add small pops of color and texture that help keep the eye moving through the whole layout.
So are you ready to try your hand at running in circles?! I hope you'll be inspired to try one of these ideas in your next Simple Stories creation! Thanks for stopping by today!
Hi everyone! This is Traci Penrod, from Artsy Albums, and I'm excited to be joining you for my first post as part of the 2017 creative team! For those of you who follow my blog, you know I'm crazy about mini albums, so being part of the SN@P! Binder Team is a dream come true for me! Last summer, my husband and I built a new home. Domestic Bliss was perfect for documenting the story. I love the colors in this collection, and although pictures of building a home aren't very pretty, the papers and embellishments are so I love the way it turned out!
These photos show a bit of the progression my kitchen went through from framing to cabinets. It was always so dusty and I couldn't wait for the day when I could clean it up! The "Bless This Mess" sticker from the Combo sticker sheet was perfect for this page!
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I've inspired you to have fun playing with Domestic Bliss to tell your home's story!
Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for the last, but certainly not least!, day of our Spring 2017 Reveal Week! If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Cabin Fever collection here. You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_ and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win!
Today brings not 1 or 2, but FOUR new Simple Sets – pint sized, themed collections packed with a punch. This release includes Hello Lovely, All American, Old School & Spellbound.
But wait, there's more! With this release we’ve introduced NEW! 12x12 single sided pads including general all purpose patterns, a compilation of Simple Stories floral patterns and 3 recent super popular collections -Love & Adore, Say Cheese III and Faith! With multiple sheets of each design included in the pads, you can use your favorites and hoard them, too!
So there you have it, even more amazing new products! Simple Sets begin shipping to retailers in early May and the 12x12 pads in June!
Now for some fun! How about a chance to win all 4 Simple Sets before you can buy them?!! You have 3 chances to win -
First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -
Second - PIN TO WIN! Just pin your favorite(s) of the images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.
Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_ and watch for posts for a 3rd chance to win!
I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!
Thanks again for joining us this week, we look forward to seeing your creations with these wonderful new products!
Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Spring 2017 Reveal Week! If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Summer Days collection here. Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for one more day of new products as well as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them! You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_ and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win!
Adventure awaits with Cabin Fever, the latest collection from Simple Stories celebrating the great outdoors! Head out & explore the wide open spaces with classic outdoorsy icons while getting lost in the weathered woods, pretty plaids and forest inspired florals. With Cabin Fever, you won’t be roughing it when it comes to capturing your outdoor memories & adventures.
So there you have it, some amazing new products to capture your outdoor adventures! Cabin Fever begins shipping to retailers in early May!
Now for some fun! How about a chance to win a Cabin Fever prize pack before you can buy it?!! You have 3 chances to win -
First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -
Second - PIN TO WIN! Just pin your favorite(s) of the Cabin Fever images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CabinFever, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.
Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_ and watch for Cabin Fever posts for a 3rd chance to win!
I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!
Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Cabin Feber!
And remember, today is only Day 2 of three fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!