Hello everyone, Marcia here! I am so excited to share a couple projects today using the brand new Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness collection. It's bright and fun, perfect for all kinds of summer photos.

 

This first project is a fun summer layout titled Make A Splash. I am using some photos of my daughter playing in a small wading pool. I added a few JustNick Studios digital cut files as I wanted a big warm inviting sun and I also wanted some water. Take a look ...

 

 

I really love that yellow Hello Sunshine paper. I used some white cardstock to layer under my photos so they wouldn't get lost among all the color. I used some fabulous Bits and Pieces die cuts, Enamel Dots, Bradz, and Stickers to embellish. These phrase stickers are awesome!

 

 

 

I placed my title inside that big sun using some of the Simple Stories alpha stickers combined with a JustNick Studios digital die cut word; Splash. Mixing fonts and text size makes my title more interesting. I added some machine stitching for texture inside the sun as well. I think I add machine stitching on most of my layouts.

 

 

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For my second project I created a home decor piece. I am an avid gardener having both flower and vegetable gardens and was ecstatic to see the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection. There are all sorts of projects I want to make with it. This shadowbox frame was one, but I needed some orange. Good thing that the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness collection had the perfect orange. The woodgrain background paper is from the Bloom and Grow collection. There are also different woodgrain background papers in the Simple Stories Snap Basics that could be used instead.

 

 

The 3D carrots are from the SVGcuts Happy Easter digital cut file. Yes, 3D .... here are a few more detailed shots ...

 

 

I used some white vinyl and my Silhouette to cut the Grow script that I mounted on the front of the shadowbox frame glass.

 
 

I am thrilled with how this turned out. It looks fabulous in my porch! 

 

Thanks for stopping by today. Watch for both of the new Simple Stories collections at your local scrapbook store. You will love them!

 

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Hi everyone!  Theresa here to share a few of my Carpe Diem layouts for the month of May.  I am in love with the fun and bright colors in the new Sunshine and Happiness collection!  

For my monthly layout, I used the Carpe Diem number stickers to label the days of the month.  After I filled in important dates, I filled in some of the empty space with stickers.

I wanted to keep the layouts for the entire month uniform, so I used the same color number stickers for the weekly layouts.

After the first week of May was over, I added a vertical pocket page to my layout by punching additional holes to the page protector.

I cut down a couple of my favorite patterned papers to 2"x2" to fill the smaller pockets.  I then embellished the photos and cards with stickers. 

This is such a fun scrapbook line but also perfect for planners! 

 

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Howdy friends!  It's Layle here :)  We've currently in New York City exhibiting our Carpe Diem planners, Posh & Reset Girl collection at the National Stationery Show.  It's been such an exciting show for us, our booth has been busy, busy, busy with retailers oohing and ahhing over all of our new products & that makes us just giddy!  The response to the planners and accessories has been amazing!

I thought it would be fun to share some photos with you from the show.  Here's a panoramic photo of the full booth

The center section in the booth displays the planners.  Isn't that a lovely rainbow?!

The Carpe Diem Reset Girl products are displayed on the left side of the both when you walk in 

On the back wall we have a planner desk set up.  Doesn't it make you just want to sit right down & start playing in the planner?  :)

How fun is this inspiration board full of icons & patterns from the Reset Girl collection?!

On the right side of the booth we have the Posh and Planner Essentials displayed

So, there you have it, almost as if you were right here with us :)  Stay tuned, in the few weeks we'll be posting videos on YouTube as we walk through the planners and all of the accessories!

Hello crafty friends!

I am so excited to share two new layouts with you today!  I created them using the Bloom & Grow collection and I have to tell you that it is just such a fun collection! Actually, if truth be told, I was having a trying day up until I sat down to create and before you know it this happy collection with it's fun primary colours and sweet embellishments had me singing away.  I may or may not confess to telling myself gnome puns!  When I was almost done my second page, I remembered another photo I have that is so perfect for this collection, so watch for that at a later date!
 

Friends are the Sunshine of Life
 
 
There is very little that says happy like sunshine yellow and gingham, so I knew this paper had to feature on my layout along with my all time fav - notebook paper! This photo was taken back in 2010. these sweet boys belong to two friends of mine and they had so much fun trying to walk our new puppy!  I layered a couple of the cut-a-part cards behind my photo and then layered some phrase stickers and label stickers around it as well as the fun banner sticker.
 
 
I designed this cut file to sit behind my photo because I wanted to use so many of the patterned papers from the collection! 
 
 
My title was inspired by a phrase that was printed on one of the cut apart cards, which I cut part of it from and then mixed in stickers and alphas for a fun multi font look.
 
I just cannot resist the gnomes and toadstools, so I flanked my title with one of each of them.  The tiny little banner hanging form the word "sunshine" was fussy cut from a larger square sticker.
 
 
This wonky scalloped border sticker was just perfect to embellish the seam between my two background papers, I added a bit of stitching to give it a bit more detail.
 
 
I finished off this page with a couple of small embellishment clusters.
 
Let's go fly a Kite
 
 
 
My youngest son loves to fly his kite, but boy do I find it challenging to photograph!  I struggled with getting my boy and the kite in the same shot!  I am glad I was able to get a few pictures that I could add to my scrapbook to document his fun.  This was such a gorgeous day, the lake and the sky were so clear and blue.
 
My three photos were double matted, first with yellow polka dotted paper and then with some plain white cardstock to help them pop off of the dark wood-grained patterned paper that I really wanted to use as my background. Then I layered the photos over 3 strips of different patterned paper adding some dimensional adhesive behind them.  
 
 
The top of my page also got treated to some patterned paper and a tiny scallop that was fussy cut from one of the bar code strips from the collection.  Then I added some machine stitching for no other reason than I thought it would be pretty.
 
 
Wow, did I ever have fun embellishing this page!  On the right side of my page, I combined stickers, chipboard pieces, and ephemera to create a little sunny day scene ... I just couldn't resist.  I used lots of foam adhesive to create dimension within the cluster.
 
Again my title is a combination of a phrase cut from a cut-a-part sheet and some alpha stickers - so fun to create!  And I didn't have to think of the perfect title, the collection did that for me! (For both of my pages!)
 
 
The left side was treated to a smaller cluster.
 
 
 
As a last step, I added a couple of die cut butterflies and some enamel dots.
 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

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Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to share a pocket page made using the new Sunshine & Happiness line. My daughter turned 6 in April and though it wasn't summer, I knew this line would be perfect for documenting her water party. 
 
 
I had several photos I wanted to include in this spread so I turned to photo collages. I used Photoshop to arrange the photos before printing. The Bits and Pieces pack always contains the perfect embellishments for finishing off the photo collages. 
 
 
My photos are pretty busy and of course I wanted to use all the pretty bright colors in the Sn@p Pack so in order to keep the spread from looking too crazy, I made sure to include plenty of white across the spread. I widened the white borders around my photos and chose cards with a lot of white. It's certainly fun to have bright and colorful layouts but I really wanted to make sure the photos and the stories were the stars of this page. 
 
 
I wanted to finish off my cards with some hand-stitching details. I used some stitching templates from my stash and stitched on some sequins and some other little bits here and there.
 
 
I used the coordinating alphabet stickers to make little mini titles all across the spread. Because I wanted them to stand out a little more, I outlined the letter stickers with black pen. 
 
 
I used hand-stitching as a means to add more texture and dimension to the spread. These yellow arrows are the perfect accent without standing out too much. 
 
 
There were a lot of little stories to tell about her party and this photo collage allowed me to document random photos along with the stories. 
 
As you can see, this collection is so versatile and can be used for so many more types of pages than just summer pages. Once you pick up this line, make sure you share with us what you are making with Sunshine & Happiness!

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Good morning!  It's Mary-Ann here with you today :)
 
We adopted this handsome boy when we lived in a little town called Milford.  Hence his name, Milford.  Of course we found nicknames for him rather quickly.  We called him Milly Vanilly, Mil Vanil for short!  For this layout, I used Carpe Diem.  The cat embellishments were perfect for this photo that I have had printed for quit a while.  

The Meh 4x4 was perfect for depicting his personality.  He didn't care about anything!  Quite lazy as a matter of fact.
 
 
Adding the puppy was a MUST and just pure fun.  
 
 
I love to layer, combining Bits and Pieces, Stickers with Chipboards!

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Good morning all! Brenda Smith with you today to share something a little different. I've been asked to share my memory planner spreads in my Carpe Diem here on the blog in addition to my pocket pages.

For those of you who might not know, memory planning is part journal, part planner. Instead of filling up a planner with to-do's, you fill it up with stories and memories. Because I do pocket pages as well, I use my memory planning as an aid in helping me remember the stories that go along with the pictures.

This planner spread was made using Life in Color.  I used one of the 12x12 papers and cut two strips to go down the sides. Then I used the labels from the Stickers and the phrase stickers with the days of the week on them because I covered up part of my days titles with the paper. I like to combine stamps from my stash because I find it the perfect opportunity to use all those cute phrase stamps I never seem to use anywhere else.

One of the most important things to note about me as a planner girl is that I'm a scrapbooker first. I approach my planner pages in the same manner I approach my pocket pages or my layouts: heavy on the die cut embellishments like those from the Bits and Pieces sets and clean and balanced. I've realized that I do not have to reinvent the wheel with planning. I can do what I've always done in my crafting.

This spread was made using the new Sunshine & Happiness line. This was the week of my daughter's 6th birthday so I knew I wanted there to be a focal point with something to do with her birthday. These big letters spelling "Happy" from the embellishments in the Sn@p pack worked out great despite their monstrous size. Don't be afraid to work in larger embellishments onto a smaller canvas like a planner spread. Big things can work on a small canvas when good design balance is kept in mind. 

I use a typewriter because I like the clean, crisp look. I don't particularly care for my handwriting to be honest. I make sure to put enough of my handwriting elsewhere in our albums but I'm allowing myself to do this planner thing exactly how I want, not necessarily how I see others doing it.

When journaling in my memory planner, I try to keep the pressure off myself. There's not a lot of space to write so I can't write everything. My stories get told through my layouts and pocket pages and I use this memory planner as an aid in helping me remember some of the small details of that week.

This spread was made with the new line Bloom & Grow. You may have noticed my go-to's when it comes to making planner spreads: Strips of paper (or in this case, strips cut from journal cards from the Sn@p pack), Bits and Pieces (die cut ephemera), enamel dots, phrase stickers, alphas, and stamps. 

I'm definitely a no muss, no fuss kind of girl when it comes to my planner. I've found that by removing the rules for creating in my planner that I was imposing on myself, creating these spreads has become one of my favorite crafty outlets. Because there are no rules, there's no pressure. I make what I feel inspired to make and every memory planner spread done means another set of stories documented, whether or not the ensuing pocket pages get made in a timely manner. 

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for the last Day of our Carpe Diem Planners Spring Reveal

If you missed us earlier this week, you can catch the reveal of our Carpe Diem Reset Girl planners & accessories here and the Posh planners & accessories here.    Be sure to check those blog posts out for a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Planner Essentials - 

Planner Essentials - those core, everyday planner necessities you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again.  From clear number stickers for dating your monthly, weekly and daily inserts, a brand new pouch for storing all of your goodies in your planner, and a rockin’ roller stamp, to new a la carte weekly horizontal, vertical and vertical appointment inserts, you’re going to LOVE what you see.  Speaking of love, all of the Carpe Diem inserts are now 140gsm - super thick and dreamy - we know you’re going to love them!

 

For those of you needing a bit more room to plan on a daily basis, Daily Inserts are back & better then ever, especially now that they're 140gsm!

 

With Planner Essentials you now have the option of THREE different a la carte Weekly Inserts - Horizontal, Vertical and Vertical Appointment!  Now you have the freedom to cutomize your planner based on your own personal planning style - hooray!!  140gsm thickness - what could be better?!

A brand new Storage Pouch for taking your planner supplies with you on the go!

 

YAY!!!  A Carpe Diem Roller Stamp!  

 

NEW Clear Labels - perfect for adding labels to your dividers!

Our new Clear Number Stickers offer 2 different sizes of numbers, perfect for dating your monthly, weekly and daily inserts!

And of course, don't forget that you can now purchase all 8 new planners A LA CARTE, giving you the freedom to customize your planner to fit your personal planning needs!  Choose from the a la carte Reset Girl Monthly Inserts or Posh Monthly Inserts, add your daily or weekly inserts and you're off and running!

WHEW!!!  So there you have it - Carpe Diem Planner Essentials!  The Planner Essentials products begin shipping to retailers in late July, so watch for them to hit your favorite retailer or online store soon.

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

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Planner Essentials images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiemPlannerEssentials, 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 CarpeDiemPlanners 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 Monday, May 23rd, 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 the new Planner Essentials accessories!

That wraps up our Spring Carpe Diem Planner Reveal!  Thanks so much for joining us this week and sharing in our excitement!  Stay tuned in the next several weeks as we start sharing peeks at all of these new products up close & in person!

This Friday we're headed to New York City!  Visit Simple Stories & The Reset Girl at the National Stationery Show, booth #1306 - May 15-18th, 2016!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Spring Carpe Diem Planner Reveal!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of the Carpe Diem Reset Girl line of planners & accessories here.  Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for more new goodies 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! 

Today we introduce you to the Posh collection of planners & accessories - 

 

On trend colors meet sophisticated design in the newest planner collection from Carpe Diem.  Fanciful patterns paired with flirty florals create the perfect combination for planning your colorful life.  With Posh, let a breath of fresh air and inspiration greet you each & every time you open your planner!

The Posh collection includes six brand new A5 planners!   You'll notice two NEW colors - Ivory & Marigold - as well as some popular fan favorites - Aqua, Coral, Robin's Egg & Platinum.  Keep reading friends, they're different than you think they are....  :)

You'll notice a few changes on the these planners - split leather construction with split leather lining, either gold hardware or silver hardware, depending on the planner color, an ALL NEW, high quality 6 ring binding mechanism, elastic pen loop, and new Carpe Diem metal charm. While the left side of the planner has the same 4 interior pockets that you've come to know & love with the Carpe Diem Planners, the right side of the planner now houses a top pocket and side pocket.

These new planners are available both A LA CARTE (with no inserts included) –

AND as Boxed Sets!

The Posh Boxed Sets are available in all 6 colors & include:

•       (12) 180gsm MONTHLY CALENDAR PAGES (UNDATED)

•       (12) 180gsm MONTHLY TABBED DIVIDERS (UNDATED)

•       (72) 140gsm HORIZONTAL WEEKLY INSERTS (UNDATED)

•       (1) ACETATE DASHBOARD WITH FOIL PRINT

•       (4) 140gsm ASSORTED DECORATIVE INSERTS

ALL of the new Carpe Diem inserts are now 140gsm - super thick & dreamy!  We know you're going to LOVE them! 

Just in time for refilling your existing Carpe Diem planner OR the A5 planner of your choice, a la carte Monthly Inserts are now available.  The Posh Monthly Inserts include (12) A5 double-sided monthly tabbed 180gsm dividers & (12) A5 double-sided monthly 180gsm calendar pages.   Don't worry, we didn't forget - make sure to tune in tomorrow for all new a la carte weekly & daily inserts!!

 

The Dividers are now 300gsm and have reinforced tabs - super thick & sturdy; pretty foil accents make these a must have, for sure!

The Pocket Inserts are now 300gsm and include pockets on BOTH sides - perfect for storing your planner supplies, memorabilia and documents 'on the go'! 

 

We're excited to introduce Doc-It Journals - 5x8.25" blank journals with (24) 120gsm lined pages, perfect for taking with you on the go OR 'docking' in the right side pocket of your Carpe Diem planner!

 

Dashboards & Pocket Cards are a combination of fun dashboards with foil accents along with Pocket Cards, designed to add to your interior pockets for a decorative touch!

 

Who doesn't LOVE Page Flags?!  These are sized to slide perfectly into an interior pocket of your Carpe Diem planner!

 

We're thrilled to introduce Washi with our new planner collections - each package includes one 15mm roll and two 7mm rolls!

 

Our new Metal Clips & Decorative Clips are both fun AND functional!

 

The Bits & Pieces are always one of our most popular sellers!  Touches of foil accents make these a definite must have!

 

And of course, LOTS and LOTS of stickers!

 

The Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers include NINE! 4x6 sheets with dated calendar stickers ranging from July 2016 through December 2017 & are sized perfectly for adding to your monthly dividers, weekly and daily inserts!

WHEW!!!  So there you have it - Posh planners & accessories!  The Posh products begin shipping to retailers in late July, so watch for them to hit your favorite retailer or online store soon.

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Posh Boxed Set before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Posh images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #PoshCarpeDiem, 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 CarpeDiemPlanners 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 Monday, May 23rd, 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 the Posh planners & accessories!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of THREE fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3 & an exciting new collection of Planner Essentials!  

This Friday we're headed to New York City!  Visit Simple Stories & The Reset Girl at the National Stationery Show, booth #1306 - May 15-18th, 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off the second half of our Spring 2016 Release Reveal.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new Carpe Diem planner products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  Today kicks off the 1st of 3 fun-filled days, so be sure to check back with us again tomorrow to see more new products & for a chance to win them before you can buy them!

Today we’re excited to introduce The Reset Girl Carpe Diem planner products!  

Cori Spieker, aka The Reset Girl, is a passionate, lifelong ‘planner girl’.  The Reset Girl inspires & educates tens of thousands on Instagram and YouTube with her signature decorating style, encouraging personality and creative planning ideas.  In addition to offering her own creative planning workshops, she'll be the keynote speaker for the 2017 National PlannerCon, an event to bring the planning community together across the country. The Reset Girl planners & accessories are an exciting addition to the Carpe Diem collection and are sure to inspire new planner girls and long-time enthusiasts alike. 

Visit The Reset Girl her on her website, Instagram and YouTube; take a peek at this short video we created announcing our collaboration!

Allrighty, here we go!!  The Reset Girl collaboration includes two brand new A5 planners!  


You'll notice a few changes on the The Reset Girl planners - split leather construction with split leather lining, gold hardware, an ALL NEW, high quality 6 ring binding mechanism, elastic pen loop, metal charm, three interior pockets, one interior window pocket and two side pockets. 

The Reset Girl planners are available both A LA CARTE (with no inserts included) -

 AND as Boxed Sets!

The Reset Girl Boxed Sets are available in Ballerina and Persimmon & include:

•       (24) 180gsm MONTHLY CALENDAR PAGES (UNDATED)

•       (12) 180gsm MONTHLY TABBED DIVIDERS (UNDATED)

•       (72) 140gsm VERTICAL WEEKLY INSERTS (UNDATED)

•       (1) ACETATE DASHBOARD WITH GOLD FOIL PRINT

•       (4) 140gsm ASSORTED DECORATIVE INSERTS

•       (1) 3X4 POCKET CARD 

ALL of the new Carpe Diem inserts are now 140gsm - super thick & dreamy!  We know you're going to LOVE them! 

Just in time for refilling your existing Carpe Diem planner OR the A5 planner of your choice, a la carte Monthly Inserts are now available.  The Reset Girl Monthly Inserts include (12) A5 double-sided monthly tabbed 180gsm dividers & (24) A5 double-sided monthly 180gsm calendar pages.   Don't worry, we didn't forget - make sure to tune in Wednesday for all new a la carte weekly & daily inserts!!

 

The Dividers are now 300gsm and have reinforced tabs - super thick & sturdy; gold accents combined with The Reset Girl's signature 'planner honeys' make these a must have, for sure!

 

The Pocket Inserts are now 300gsm and include pockets on BOTH sides - perfect for storing your planner supplies, memorabilia and documents 'on the go'! 

We're excited to introduce Doc-It Journals5x8.25" blank journals with (24) 120gsm grid pages, perfect for taking with you on the go OR 'docking' in the right side pocket of your Carpe Diem planner!

 

 

 

You'll find shiny gold foil accents with many of the Reset Girl accessories!

 

Pocket Cards are designed to insert in the interior window pocket of The Reset Girl planners!

 

YIPPEE - a Reset Girl Roller Stamp!  

 

Who doesn't LOVE Page Flags?!  These are sized to slide perfectly into an interior pocket of your Carpe Diem planner!

 

We're thrilled to introduce Washi with our new planner collections - each package includes one 15mm roll and two 7mm rolls!

 

Our new Metal Clips & Decorative Clips are both fun AND functional!

 

 

 

And of course, LOTS and LOTS of stickers!

 

 

 

 

The Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers include NINE! 4x6 sheets with dated calendar stickers ranging from July 2016 through December 2017 & are sized perfectly for adding to your monthly dividers, weekly and daily inserts!

 

 

WHEW!!!  So there you have it - The Reset Girl planners & accessories!  The Reset Girl products begin shipping to retailers in late July, so watch for them to hit your favorite retailer or online store soon.

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Reset Girl Boxed Set before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of The Reset Girl images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #TheResetGirlPlannerLaunch, 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 CarpeDiemPlanners 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 Monday, May 23rd, 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 The Reset Girl planners & accessories!

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

This Friday we're headed to New York City!  Visit Simple Stories & The Reset Girl at the National Stationery Show, booth #1306 - May 15-18th, 2016!

 

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With more than 65 collections in digital format, you're sure to find just what you need for your digital crafting needs!  Whether you're a digital scrapbooker, a hybrid crafter, or just looking for designs you can print and include in your scrapbooks, cards or your planner, we've got it for you in our digital store!

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Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today and I'm so excited to share my layouts using the new Sunshine & Happiness collection!  I am so in love with the bright, fun colors of this line!   Since I'm ready for the warm sunny days of summer, both of my layouts are summer themed!  However, Sunshine & Happiness can be used for pretty much any project!  
 
My first layout, "Sweet Summer Days", I captured my nephew having a cool summer treat!  (My sister graciously gives me photos of my niece and nephew to scrap since my kids are at that age where they dislike having their picture taken!)  I layered the bright orange, yellows, and blues of the collection under my photos. 
 
 
One of the many things I appreciate about Simple Stories is that there are always a variety of embellishments to choose from!  How cute are the Bits and Pieces die cuts?  And of course, there are always coordinating Enamel Dots!  For my title, I used a combination of letter stickers from the Expressions Cardstock Stickers and the multi-colored chipboard "Summer" from the 6x12 Chipboard sheet.  
 
 
I layered one of the Bits and Pieces cards with a label and sentiment sticker from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets.  To accent, I added my favorite embellishments: Bradz and Enamel Dots!  
 
 
Layering smaller Bits and Pieces and stickers is one of my favorites ways to accent my page!  I love the bright sun from the Bits and Pieces, as well as the sentiment phrases!  
 
 
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For my second layout, "Hello Summer" I knew I wanted to use this favorite photo with this collection!  I layered the many patterns of Sunshine & Happiness as well as utilized one of the journaling cards from the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements.
 
 
My title is cut from the Lemon Stripe pattern and the Simple Stories "Hello Summer" cut file from the Silhouette online design store.  I also added stickers from the Expressions and Fundamentals Cardstock Sticker Sheets!  
 
 
Again with more layering..... I love adding clusters of embellishments on a corner of my photo! I love the colorful bird from the 6x12 Chipboard Sheet, as well pieces of the border stickers from the Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers.  No layout is complete without a few Enamel Dots and Bradz!  
 
 
I used a piece of a border sticker as you would washi tape on the bottom of my 3x4 Journaling Card and a Bradz to accent. I thought a little bit of stitching would complete the look; I love using my sewing machine on my pages!
 
 
I used another Simple Stories cut file, "Stars Card" with the Lime Stripe patterned paper and layered it under my journaling card. I also added a cute tab stickers from the Fundamental Cardstock Sticker sheet, as well as a circle/heart journaling spot from the 4x6 Stickers.
 
 
Thank you for stopping by today!  Which is your favorite pattern from Sunshine & Happiness?  Check out all of the collection in its entirety by clicking here! Have a wonderful day!  

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Good morning!  It's Mary-Ann here with you today :)
 
Finally, my son learned how to count and discovered my real age so now, all the photos document my real age!  Boo.  I adore the Let's Party collection.  I don't think it matters how old you are, this line is very versatile.  I have nearly used every little piece of it!
 
For this layout, I decided to focus on the numbers....
 
 
I used the Pocket Pieces for '39'.  They're large die cuts designed to fit in 3x4 pockets, but I thought they would be perfect as a design element on my page.  I love the size & how they look just like the birthday candles on my cake :)
 
 
I added stars and brads on top of the balloons for dimension.  
 
 
The birthday candles/number strip from the Fundamentals Cardstock stickers made the perfect border for my photos!
 

 

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Hello dear Friends! Alexandra here. I'm excited to share our week in Barcelona with you. To document our week in Catalonia's capital, I have used Simple Stories' Sunshine & Happiness collection

First, let's take a look at the pages as they appear in the 12x12 SN@P!Faux-Leather Album

The week is composed of 4 spreads plus two postcards glued back to back and two Photo-Flips

Now, here are the pages one by one.

As you can see, each page is "packed" with photos, alternating between photo-collages (made under Picasa) and regular pictures (either 6x4 or 3x4") 

I'm a big fan of Photo-Flips and the various ways they can be used. Here for instance, I used one essentially to be able to include our train ticket and the restaurant's business card. I didn't want them to appear on the front so I included them on the back of the photo-flip.

The second spread is a 12x12 page pocket trimmed down to 8x12". The front is about the Sagrada Familia and the back about two famous houses Gaudí designed, the Battló and the Pedrera whose brochure I taped on top of the pocket page. This way, it can easily be read.

These are the two postcards I glued back to back. They are held in the album by a hole.

The last 12x12" page has more cards from the SN@P! Pack Sunshine & Happiness

And another photo-flip. This time it allowed me to include more pictures and more journaling!  I hope you have enjoyed this post. Hopefully, I have convinced you that Simple Stories' Sunshine & Happiness collection also works perfectly to document a week of traveling. Thank You!

 
 

 

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Hi planner friends!  Vanessa here with you today to show you how I used the new Bloom & Grow collection in my Robin’s Egg Carpe Diem planner.  The collection is perfect for Spring and the little garden gnomes are just too cute!
 
 
I like to have everything match, so I gave my planner pockets a quick clean up and restocked them with new journaling cards and Bits & Pieces from the Bloom & Grow collection.  I love to use the Bits & Pieces as decor in my planner, but also attach them to paperclips with a little adhesive.
 
 
 
My planner would not be complete without a new pocket folder from the beautiful Bloom & Grow cardstock.  To make it extra cute, I glued a few ephemera pieces and stored some planner stickers for later use.  
 
 
 
For the monthly spread, I dressed up the top of the pages with a small strip of  Red Dot cardstock from the Bloom & Grow collection and the SN@P! Color Vibe alphabet stickers.  
 
 
On the second half of the monthly spread, I used more Bits & Pieces to dress it up with more color.  Don’t be afraid to have ephemera pieces peeking up from the top of your pages.  Your Carpe Diem planner still protects it and it makes your page easier to find.  I also glued some the adorable Bloom & Grow Bradz onto paperclips to section off pages in my planner.
 
 
Don’t limit yourself to just using planner stickers on your weekly spread!  I love using the Bits & Pieces on my pages to give it a pop of color and to make planning more fun.
 
 
I always save the trim along the bottom the cardstock that shows the reverse side of the paper and use it as a washi tape or border, as I did with the little garden gnomes.  
 
 
 
I hope you have fun creating beautiful planner accessories and pages with the Bloom & Grow collection.  The vibrant colors, florals, and adorable garden gnomes make my planner more cheerful and brighten my day!

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Thanks sooooo much for joining us for the first part of our 2016 Spring Release Reveal, we hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  The Sunshine & Happiness and Bloom & Grow collections are shipping to retailers mid May, so it won't be long :) 

Congrats to our 8 random lucky winners!  Here goes!

Sunshine & Happiness
Blog – Janetta Grillot Zeimetz
Instagram – plan_with_stephanie
Pinterest –  Jeannie Brown
Facebook – Shyanne Jeresky

Bloom & Grow
Blog – Tammy Schlinker Lever
Instagram –  artjournal888
Pinterest –  Karen Ladd
Facebook –  Debra Conroy

Thanks everyone!!  If you are one of the random lucky winners and did not receive a message or email from me, please send me an email at layle@simplestories.com with your full name and mailing address so we can ship your package!

Stay tuned for the 2nd half of our Spring Reveal, starting on Monday, May 9th.  Trust me, you don't want to miss it!

Hello Scrapbook Friends, It’s Kristine Davidson with you today. It’s a nice sunny day this morning but I am still on the east Coast and definitely not on some tropical Island where I’d love to be!
 
I sat down at my desk last Wednesday night and felt like creating something with lots of colour and something that would take me back to that warm breeze and the sounds of the ocean. 
 
I opened up my ziplock bag of left over pieces from the You Are Here collection and started creating. I had no plan except use up some Bits & Pieces and add lots of fun elements to my pages. I created 2 layouts in the span of 3 hours and had a blast!   This is one collection that makes me happy ;) 
 
Alright, I am done blabbing.. Here is the first layout I will share with you today; Paradise. 
 
 
It’s actually a photo of my cousin and she’s sitting on a log in the Atlantic Ocean. No palm trees or flamingos here folks!! I still used this collection and it fit perfectly with that orange hat, right? 
 
I first added some acrylic paint in the background. I wanted to add some colour but I had no 12x12 sheet left from this collection. So to add colour, paint was my choice. I then started adding left over pieces of patterned paper behind  my photo and added some dimensional adhesives behind my photo. This gave me the options of adding die cuts under my picture and also allowing me to create layers around the photo. 
 
Adding chipboard, stickers and die cuts adds extra details, but then adding dimensional adhesive makes it even more detailed. 
 
 
If you want to add layers to your project you can also cut out pieces from a page or journal card. Cutting out leaves and  flowers is something I do on several of my pages. I didn’t add a fancy title or journaling on this page, a simple piece of chipboard and journal strips from a piece of paper from the collection. 
 
 
Adding details such as sewing or paint droplets will also gives your pages texture. A small piece of twine or ribbon is also a great way to add something extra to your page. I find that people always love touching layouts. They look for texture, for dimension and that often gives your project that WOW factor! 
 
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The second layout is called CA. (Short for California!).  This is a picture I took in January 2015 at Huntington Beach. It was a beautiful sunny day, surfers, and no one was swimming but it was so peaceful and relaxing. Perfect day to spend watching the waves, reading a book, or journaling  in your planner!
 
 
My goal with this layout was to use up some leftover papers. I had small pieces left and wanted to use them so I started with this cut file from Just Nick Studio. I have been using lots of background files to create layouts lately and I find that also helps during a scrap slump and helps me get my mojo back ;) 
 
So to create this, I cut up my leftover pieces in 2” squares to fit behind the + signs. It was very colourful!!! I was thinking of adding a black and white photo which would have been ok, but instead I opted for some contrasting colours. That blue in my picture really stands out among all those colours, and It isn’t overshadowed at all with the mix of patterns.
 
 
Placing my photo again with dimensional adhesive, and again allowing me to layer elements on top and bottom of the picture gave my page a 3D look. This is something I have been doing and love the look it gives my pages. It is also very addicting because I really don’t think I could create a page without these little pop dots! 
 
 
I added some wood veneers, some enamel dots as well as a few drops of paint on my page to add some texture. I did a small title of CA with some alpha stickers with some glossy accents and a  journal spot with the date. It reads; California Beaches-I will return soon! 
 
I hope you enjoyed my layouts today and enjoy creating your own pages with Simple Stories products!  Interested in seeing more of my work? I started a hashtag called #Ilovediecutsandpopdots (seriously)  come visit me on Instagram @KristineDavidson. 
 
Thank you so much for reading and being a fan of Simple Stories!

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