Hello! Jennifer here with you today to share layouts I created using the lovely Faith collection!  I adore the mixture of soft and bright colors incorporated into the variety of eye-catching patterns!  Even if you don't prefer to do faith based scrapbooking or biblejournaling, the Faith collection has many prints that can be used for a multitude of themes!   
 
For my first layout, "Child of God", I wanted to document a photo of my beautiful niece on her First Communion.  I love the wood grain background of the Charity pattern and decided to start with it as my base. I cut strips of the B sides of Shine and Grace and adhered them to the bottom of my page to add contrast. 
I didn't want to crop my photo down too much and tried to keep it as close to 4x6 as possible.  I layered some of the 4x6 Horizontal Elements underneath which is a great way to use them if you don't do pocket pages.  The 3x4 Journaling Card Elements can be used for your titles or to add journaling; I chose the former because I thought it was fitting for my page and I love the white/teal cabana stripes!  I added some of the cute feather Believe Washi Tape and one of the adorable Decorative Clips.
 
 
​I cut a floral circle cut file on my Silhouette using white cardstock and adhered it to the center of my page. I then used my sewing machine to add a couple layers of stitching to accent. Simple Stories never disappoints when it comes to embellishments and I had a lot of fun choosing mini die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack, Chipboard, as well as Decorative Brads and Enamel Dots to accent the circle.  
 
 
I used pop dots to add dimension to the "believe" in the Bits and Pieces pack then clustered smaller embellishments around. 
 


​I love that Simple Stories has started to include Roller Stamps in their collections!   Here, I used the Faith Roller Stamp along side a date stamp from my stash.  They are such a fun accent for my photos! 
 
 
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For my second layout, "He Knows"  I used one of my all time favorite photos of our daughter from a mission trip to Haiti in 2015.  My husband and I were lucky to head a team to Northern Haiti to finish building a home for a family of five.  Our daughter seemed to bond with the kids right off the bat despite the language barrier.   I started with a kraft cardstock background then used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe using the colorful feathers of Inspire
 
 
The feathers are probably my favorite of this collection so I wanted to incorporate them into my page!  I used a few of the die cuts as well as one of the Decorative Brads.  Again, I used  pop dots on one of the feathers; this is my go to technique when I feel like my page needs an extra boost!  
 
 
 


​I am in love with this die cut from the Bits and Pieces and knew I had to use it as my title!  Again, its popped up to draw attention to it. The tiny brads and Faith Clear Stickers are perfect accents!
 
 
I don't always care for my handwriting so if I am scrapping at home, I use my electric typewriter and white cardstock for journaling.  I added a bit of splatters of spray ink to my page as well as more tiny embellishments.  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will check out the large selection of products included in the Faith collection including planner goodies and the new Doc-It Journal!  Have a wonderful day!

 

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Hi friends, it's Layle back with you again with week 3 of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series.  Today guest designer Rachel Lindas shares another layout and a fun painting technique in her Journaling Bible using our new Faith collection - I think you're going to love it!

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Hi from Rachel Lindas.  I am more excited than you can imagine to share Layout #3 with you.  As I have said before, if you’re new to Bible Journaling, I encourage you to take a look at my first post from two weeks ago here.   It describes my heart, my process, and my love for Bible Journaling.  Bible Journaling comes in many forms and is a personal experience to each individual as you process God’s Word.  I have friends who simply highlight with some fun brush tip markers and write notes in the margins.  Other friends only use water colors on their pages.  I think it is beautiful and amazing to flip through someone else’s Bible to see the time and thought they have put into studying God’s Word, documenting it right there on the pages that they study from, and when its marked by a date stamp its become a faith-filled diary between you and God. 

This week’s layout is actually very simple, so beginners please join us.  The Bits & Pieces die cuts Simple Stories has created in their Faith line make it so easy to get started.  I used the mason jar vase with flowers popping out of it and they included a Bible Verse from Psalm about “belonging to Him”.

Let’s get started:

1.     Psalm 73:23 “But as for me, how good it is to be near God!  I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.”  Honestly, I read that verse and thought, how does a vase of flowers give me the visual I need to represent that verse? Hmmm.    I spent time praying over the verse and reading each word.  After processing, by asking the Holy Spirit to lead me, I started reading from the start of Chapter 73 and read through all 28 verses.  I gained the understanding that this Psalm is talking about allowing your Faith to be buried under self-pity.  It talks about how it’s unfair that the wicked go on to prosper and the ones who are trying to live a life that follows God, struggle.  “Is God even aware they asked.”  The author of the Psalm finally gets to the point where he realizes how good he has it even as life is hard.  It becomes a chapter of worship and pouring out his admiration to his Holy God. That is when the image of flowers connected with me! If you're like me then you associate admiration with flowers.  If there is a guy who is admiring a girl and crushing on her, one way he shows his love is through the gift of flowers.  It also reminds me that my walk and admiration for the Lord has ups and downs.  There are days when I also find myself grumbling about a situation and have no desire to gift flowers and then there are the days that I too feel like giving a garden full of flowers to my Savior out of admiration for Him. 

 

2.     Flowers!!  I adhered the Simple Story’s die cut, mentioned above, on the page near the verse.  I highlighted a large section of Chapter 73 to remind me of the importance of the words surrounding the verse I was studying.  With my journaling pen I drew several circles around a group of  verses and then connected It with a hand drawn arrow pointing to the flower embellishment. 

3.     I then used my very simple and most basic process of painting flowers. 

I added some to the top of the page to add some color/balance.  I attached a process video below to better explain this simple technique. Trust me, this is very easy to do!  One tool.  Your finger, plus paint, of course.  I am sure that any kind of hobby paint could work with this technique but I prefer to use Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint. 


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I first draw circles in different sizes with my pen on the page and overlap my circles and then I draw basic leaf shapes coming out of the circles.  Next, I choose a color of paint, squeeze the paint onto my finger, yep my finger, and use a circular motion to create my flowers.  You can use a variety of colors to create the look you are going for.  Make it yours.   I follow up with white paint and gently swirl the white paint, using my finger, towards the outside edge of the flower to create depth.  I blend some of the white into the color paint and then leave some pure white on top.  I suggest playing around with this on scratch paper until you find the look you like best.  Follow up with dotting yellow paint into the center of the flower to give a textured look.  I don’t smooth this out.  For the leaves I used my Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint and my Aqua brush and painted on the leaves.  With my paintbrush still wet with green, I went over the circle around the verses and the arrow as well.

4.     I added a strip of the "believe, love, and faith" washi tape to the bottom of the page.

5.     I used the Faith roller stamp to add the words “so blessed” three times near the flower vase.

6.     Finally, I finished the page with adding a tab to the top and the sticker  “Always remember Him” from the 4x6 Faith Sticker pack, to mark this verse in my Bible and make it easier to find later. 

Hope you enjoy practicing those flowers painted with your fingers.  They are so easy to do and can be used for anything.   Thanks again, hope you have a “so blessed” week because you belong to God. XX, Rachel 

 

With spring just around the corner, what better way to start a new season with a new Fitness Planner!  This month I will be sharing how I used the Grape planner and the Carpe Diem Fitness products along with Emoji Love to help motivate and keep me organized, during my new journey of living a healthier life style.

I will be turning 40 in just a few months, and I already had set in my mind to get healthy. This fitness tracker is the most convenient page I've seen this far. I am absolutely in love with it!  On the top left corner is a section where I put a current picture of myself. I basically call it my monthly accountability page. You see numbers with measurements , whaaa!!! That was enough motivation for me! 

The daily tracker makes it easy to see what you have been doing with your time and eating habits. I needed this. Behind the daily tracker I added a folder to keep my fitness stickers in. The Fitness Planner inserts are so motivational it really encourages me to keep moving forward.

But my planner wouldn't be my planner if I didn't make a new dashboard and filled my pockets with happy planner goodies. Emoji Love went so well with the fitness collection I had to use both of them together! As I open up my planner it's a reminder of all the foods I need to stay away from. I added a huge sneaker emoji to the front of my dashboard to let me know just keep on moving! I used the epoxy metal clips as tabs, and decorative brads to some of my pocket embellishments.

My newest favorite addition are the fitness sticker tablets. It made planning for a healthier lifestyle super fun! My monthly view before the pen is on point! There were so many options and awesome quotes. I couldn't wait to go outside and start walking.

Here's to my new Journey in the new season with my new planner. Thank you Carpe Diem Planners and Simple Stories for adding this to the collection it couldn't have come at a better time! #LiveLovePlan

 
 
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Marcia here today with some Simple Stories Domestic Bliss inspiration. This is such a fun collection for your everyday photos around the house. The tongue in cheek humor will make you laugh, guaranteed! The pattern papers are gorgeous with colors perfect for Spring paper crafting too. 

 

For my first layout, I wanted to scrap a family photo with the 4x6 journal card with a house and the quote "Love my home, love the people there". I thought it would be fun to mimic one of the pattern papers with pie charts and create my own super-sized pie chart. I sized one of the openings to fit the journal card, then backed the other spaces with different pattern papers. Here is how it turned out...

 

 

I embellished with a Bits & Pieces die cut house, sofa, lamp, and picture frame to reinforce the home theme. I then added some chipboard flowers and enamel dots for dimension.

 

 

This collection has some wonderful Decorative Brads and Epoxy Metal Clips.

 

 

For my title "BLISS", I used some stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets. You can also see one of the Domestic Bliss washi tapes just under my photo. Aren't those hearts just perfect!

 

 

I also made a couple of box cards using the World's Best Mom cut file from SVGcuts. These are so fun. I love that they can be used as decor pieces too and give joy to the recipient for many days.

 

 

Wouldn't this make a great housewarming card! I used stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets for my sentiment on the back of the card. This floral pattern paper is one of my favorites. I love those dainty flowers.

 

 

and check out that Decorative Brads alarm clock ... it makes the perfect stove timer, lol. Enamel dots are used for the burner dials on the front of my stove.

 

 

Here is what the card looks like from a top down view...

 

 

Box cards are a bit addicting, so of course I made a second one, For this box card, I created this wonderful teapot, This one showcases another gorgeous floral pattern paper combined with the pink dotted pattern paper. Chipboard sticker flowers and buttons are combined with a flower sticker and sentiment.

 
 
On the back side of the teapot I used a pretty vase of flowers and a "Mom Rules" sticker.
 
 
Here is another view so you can see the dimension. A gift card would fit perfectly taped on the inside.
 
 
The Domestic Bliss collection is a must in my book and one of my favorites from CHA. Be sure to check it out.  Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

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Hey everyone! It’s Lori here on the blog today sharing more of the behind-the-scenes fun from CHA/Creativation. Today, I’m sharing some awesome projects made with our colorful and trendy Emoji Love collection.

Everyone at the show was buzzing about the awesome emojis (and poops!) featured in our new Emoji Love collection, and creating projects with this vibrant product has been such a blast! Check out our wall of goodness—it’s bright and gorgeous!

When I saw the punchy sayings and youthful colors in these products, I knew immediately I wanted to create a project about two of my favorite people—my two daughters! This black tray is the perfect backdrop for the punches of colors in this collection and will look great hanging in their room.

There are so many different sayings and emojis to create with in this awesome collection! The bright colors and touches of black make the emojis and talk bubbles pop off of this layout and card.

We displayed lots of wood décor projects at the show, and everyone loved the variety of creations! Next to this adorable pocket page of emoji-goodness, we displayed a simple wooden LOVE. Look how the colors and heart-eyed emoji add a playful flair. We love it!

Are you excited to create with this popular collection? We start shipping to retailers next week, so be sure to keep those heart eyes peeled!

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 Emoji Love collection!

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

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Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am so excited to be sharing some pocket pages that I have created from a Disney trip last year. The new Say Cheese line is one of my favorites ever ! It is the perfect collection to help scrapbook all of my Disney photos and memories. Let's get started. 
 
 
As do all of the Simple Stories collections the Say Cheese lll line includes the Bits and Pieces pack. I wanted to use some of them to make a title card. So I started with a journaling card and then played around with the embellishment pieces until I picked out the photo strip and the believe label piece. The red in the believe label went perfect with my photos and set the tone for the rest of my spread. I then finished off the card with a few stamps from the roller stamp and a few stickers and a brad. 
 
 
We as a family have Annual Passes to Disneyland and try to go often. Especially when there is a birthday. We went last May to celebrate my Husbands birthday. When we go for a birthday we make sure that the birthday person gets a birthday pin and wears it. I used the letter stickers to spell out button and then used a clear sticker on top of the word button. I thought it was perfect way to remember the tradition of the birthday button. 
 
 
When I was putting together my pages I knew that I wanted to use these adorable Mickey and Minnie journaling/filler cards. I used this Mickey card to create a filler card with some vellum and other embellishments. I paired it with a photo of one of our first stops that day, getting some fast passes for our favorite ride. 
 
 
Here are a few close ups of the left side of my spread. I added some simple journaling onto my photo there on the bottom before printing and then I added some embellishments on top. 
 
 
 
Let's move over to the right side now. I simply love the color scheme in this collection. The red, yellow, and blues were a perfect match for my Disney photos. I made sure to try and spread out the colors and also my embellishments to not make my spread to busy. 
 
 
One of my favorite things that happens at Disneyland is that all of us love to giggle together, hold hands, and have fun together. I snapped this photo of me and my daughter and added an embellishment from the Bits and Pieces on my photo. The word magic and the stars were perfect for this moment. 
 
 
As you see here I have used a 4x6 journaling card in the middle pockets here on the right side. I needed to break up the photos and the creme colored journaling card was perfect. I split the journaling card in half so that I could add it in the pockets. Once I had it cut in half I started to play around with adding some stickers and embellishments. Don't be afraid to cut up the cards to suit your needs. 
 
 
Here is another way I used the journaling cards in a different way. I had this photo of my daughter eating her turkey leg and I was all of of pockets. I had to combine the photo and the journaling card to fit into one of the 4x6 pockets. I think it turned out great and this way I was able to get more photos plus stories into my pages. 
 
I love this turkey embellishment piece so much and knew that I had to use it. I paired it up with another embellishment piece on this journaling card. One other thing I added on to this card was some stamping. I used the roller stamp to stamp the word dream onto the card. 
 
 
Thanks for coming over to the blog today ! I loved working with the Say Cheese line and can't wait to use it again. I hope you have found some inspiration. Happy crafting everyone ! 

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When I saw the Carpe Diem recipe products, I fell in love!  I'm sure many of you out there are just like me, I have recipes everywhere!  Bookmarks, Pinterest, emails, print outs, etc.  Sometimes I forget to save recipes and have to search again for them.  I'm really excited to get all of our family favorites organized into one book and have fun with it!  

When I started flipping through the Recipe sticker book, and saw these scripted words, I knew I wanted to make some fun, faux, die cut dividers with them.  

I started by placing the stickers on a sheet of cardstock.  I cut the cardstock down to the width of the sticker.  

I fussy cut around the sides and top of the stickers.  I left a few inches of cardstock below the stickers.

I adhered these to cardstock that I cut down for the dividers.  

After I had all my dividers set up, I started adding my favorite recipes.  The Recipe Inserts have exactly what you need to record your recipes.

And the sticker pack has a lot of fun, colorful stickers to brighten up your pages!  

My kids love to help in the kitchen, and I always take pictures of them while they are busy being little chefs, so I thought the Recipe Doc-It Journal would be the perfect place to document this!  

 I love how this recipe planner is coming together! I hope you have just as much fun recording your recipes and time spent in he kitchen as I have! 

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Hello everyone! Chantalle with you today to share some pages which both capture lots of action!   I’m absolutely smitten with the new releases - Domestic Bliss and Say Cheese III. They are both so full of fun. Even though we live far away from anything Disney, Say Cheese III was perfect for documenting a wonderful day out!
 
Kiss the Cook
 
I just love looking back on old photos. My DD and I were revisiting her kindergarten folder the other day - how adorable does she look in her special chef outfit?! The school had a special cookery programme where they would cook with one of the mums or a teacher. I once had the privilege of creating pizza lollipops with her little friends which was so special! Of course, as soon as I saw these photos I knew they would be a perfect match with Domestic Bliss!
 
 
I knew I wanted to use a lot of photos on this layout. Those busy little hands cooked up a storm over the year! I liked the idea of running the photos in two lines with the title in the middle. I worked up a kind of sketch in Silhouette Studio which gave me an idea of not only how big I could print the photos but also how big I could make the title in the centre. I’ve backed the cut area with some lovely yellow ‘Domestic Diva’ and ever-so-pretty floral touches of ‘Work it Girl’. Adding a teensy Chipboard Sticker as the dot in the ‘i’ adds a cute bit of consistency.
 
 
Here you can see how I have added a bit of dimension to a die cut shape from the Bits & Pieces pack by mirroring the pink heart shape. The smaller heart-shaped die cut has been raised on foam tape so it lifts the title and also ties in with the height from the oven glove die cut, on the opposite side of the word ‘cook’.
 
 
I just LOVE how well this little phrase sticker from the Domestic Bliss 4x6 sticker sheet works with this image! (Does anyone else have that song in their head now?? haha)
 
 
There is a lot going on in the embellishment department on this project too! I’ve added some stickers, some Roller Stamping and a few little splatters (batter can escape the bowl, right?) I really also love the new Brad sheets. Incorporating cardstock shapes, phrases and brads in one product, makes for lots of versatility!
 
 
Another way to add a bit more info to a page is with a Clear Sticker. I find them useful for adding a little extra chit chat, which doesn’t impact on the rest of the elements as they’re within the shape of the photo, plus they can be a great way of masking areas with less information in a photograph.
 
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Magical Day Out
 
I remember how amazed I was, to learn of a castle, right here on our doorstep! Who would’ve thought that in the middle of the tropics was a medieval magical land just waiting to be explored! The Sunshine Castle proved to be brilliant day out. We all loved it so much, we would love to visit again.
 
 
I had lots of photos that I wanted to include in this page - there was so much to see and do! I’ve framed a few of the highlights using die cuts shapes from the Say Cheese III Bits & Pieces pack.
 
 
I’ve paired the large ‘magical’ chipboard sticker with a script font which I have cut using my Silhouette.
 
 
The chipboard castle sticker had a little flag on the top, making it iconic. I have snipped that flag off which makes the castle a bit more generic and suits my subject matter perfectly. I love the outlined stars and was excited to see them appear in Say Cheese III. I’ve repeated the shape in the form of Washi Tape, the Roller Stamp, clear stickers and ephemera. Something you will almost always see on one of my pages is a little bit of ‘chit chat’ as I like to call it. Phrase stickers are so handy and add just a little bit of extra personality to my projects.
 
 
Beneath this throne, you will find...
 
 
...Some more photos and journalling!
 
A great way to add more memories without overcrowding your design is to hide them. In this case, I have used a punch board to create a mini file folder which opens to reveal our thoughts on our adventurous day out and a few more images.
 
 
I’ve used a typewriter to journal onto some coloured vellum, which I have machine stitched inside the folder. Using a word processing programme or a photography app is a great way to squeeze multiple photos inside one shape.
 
 
Thanks so much for joining me today, wishing you lots of happy crafting!

 

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Hi friends, it's Layle back with you again with week 2 of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series.  Today guest designer Rachel Lindas shares another layout in her Journaling Bible using our new Faith collection - I think you're going to love it!

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Hi from Rachel Lindas.   I am excited to share another page in my journaling Bible with you this week.  If you are new to Bible Journaling, and wondering what I am doing to my Bible, I encourage you to return to my first Simple Stories post here where I describe what Bible Journaling is and what it has meant to me over the past two years as I’m led by God’s nudging. 

Getting started:

1.     I chose Matthew 5:14-16,  “You are the Light of the World…Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”  In my Bible, these verses spread over two pages, so creativity will spread over the two pages following the verse.   I start by drawing a box around the verses (I like to go around them several times because I prefer a messy imperfect look.  Feel free to simply underline if that’s your preference.)  As I studied the verse I discerned that, although we are called to “shine the Light for Him”, we also need to check our motives, with the Holy Spirit’s, to make sure that the Light we are shining isn’t pointing on us/self, but that we are directing that Light beam towards our Heavenly Father…thus, always “shine the Light toward Him”.  We want the glory to be given to God and resist putting ourselves in the spotlight. 

2.     Sometimes, it comes as I go.  I knew I wanted to use the cute light bulbs and stickers that say, “Let your Light Shine.” However, it was not until I prayed and studied the verse that I realized I wanted to illustrate a beam pointing upwards so I could remember to “direct the beam toward Him and not on myself.”

3.     To create the “light beam” I placed the light bulb next to my verse at the bottom of the page.  Using a straight edge and journaling pen, I created the angles I wanted for the beam.  Next, I used the same Tim Holtz Distress Paints by Ranger that I used on my previous page blog post.  Then, I used the sponge dabber on top of the paint to apply directly on my page.  I suggest using a Bible Mat from Illustrated Faith or a piece of cardstock edge to make sure you don’t get paint outside of the lines you created.  Sometimes the paint can have a bit of an uneven look when you are using the dabbers and for this “light beam” I wanted a smooth look so gently using my aqua brush I  smoothed out the paint to achieve the look I was going for.  Watch this quick time lapse video to see how I did it 

 


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4.     Since I had my aqua brush out anyway I decided to add my favorite paint splatter to the page.  It’s so simple to achieve this look, however a bit messy.  I love the added touch it gives my pages so I do this a lot.  Get your paintbrush loaded with paint on it and then give it a gentle tap on top of the brush and paint splatters off of it onto your page.  Practice makes perfect.  It is easy, it is fun, and it is an obvious favorite of mine if you ever see my Bible.  Then I used my paintbrush with yellow paint on it and highlighted the verses. 

5.     The Simple Stories Faith line has a lot of small stickers that makes adding words and sayings to your page very easy.  On the page you will notice that I lined the bottom and the top of the next page with stickers. They each say something different but highlight things I want to remember about the verse.  I love outlining the stickers and letters with my black journaling pen so they look like a part of the page and not just stuck on.  It creates depth that I like.  They also have clear stickers that make adding fun arrows to your page easy.  They are very easy to work with since they have a clear base and do not cover up the words. 

6.     Using the Snap Stickers Basic set I finish my design.  The black and white alphas just pop with my yellow background.  Again, I take the time to trace around each letter to make them pop.  With the black letters I use my white uni ball pen and it glides like a charm over the dry yellow paint.  With the white letters I used my black journaling pen to trace around each one.  (But just make sure the paint is dry before you start writing on top of it with any kind of pen…remember, DRY before you write.)

8.     As I finish up a page I like to date stamp it, add a tab to top of the page to remind me of what I learned from that verse, thank God and then add any notes of wisdom and understanding in my own handwriting in the margin to remember what I have learned from studying and praying through the verse. 

Side note: For Bible Journaling I use special Bibles with 2 inch margins on every page and pages that are a bit thicker than your normal Bible.  For this layout I am using the hardcover NLT reflections Bible.  You can find them on Amazon, Christian Book stores, Daysprings, and Barnes and Noble.

FYI:  I have a study Bible that I do not create in. My Journaling Bible is a special place for me to document what I am learning as I study the Word of God. It’s a beautiful thing to have all of your prayers and notes all in one place documenting your faith walk with the Lord.  I truly believe we were all made to create as we are made in the image of the most amazing Creator of all, God. 

 

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Howdy friends!  It's Layle, back again with my monthly Carpe Diem planner blog feature.  This month I challenged myself to do something a little bit out of my comfort zone - use a collection that isn't necessarily in my wheelhouse, so to speak, our new Faith collection.

Ok, time to get personal for a second - I'm not a religous person.  With that said, although I'm not religous, per se, I am a spiritual person.  And that's A-OK, right? Right!  We're all different and that's what makes this world such a great, diverse place.   When Amber, Simple Stories owner & Creative Director, designed the Faith collection, I was torn.  It is absolutely gorgeous; the colors, the florals, the patterns, it all speaks to me.  I knew I would use it, no doubt, I just needed to figure out how to make it work for ME.  

If you're scratching your head right now, wondering where all of this is headed, here's the point.  Have you ever looked at a baby scrapbook collection, found different parts of the collection that you're drawn to, but you steer away from it because you don't have a baby?   That would be my normal response to the Faith collection, in the past I would steer away from it because I would jump to conclusions and assume it wouldn't work for me.  Today I'm going to show you how you can use a collection that you are drawn to, but think may not work for you because of a specific theme.  

Before I jump in, Meka Meeks (one of our creative team members) created a gorgeous Faith themed planner a few weeks ago.  I encourage you to check it out here when you're done to see how she set up her planner;  it's truly inspiring and will give you an idea how to set up a faith based planner for yourself.

Now let's jump in!

The first thing I set out to create with the Faith collection a few weeks ago, before setting up my planner for March, was a Doc It Journal.  Similar in size to a Travelers Notebook, they're great for recording thoughts, notes, lists, bullet journaling - you name it.  

I did a bit of journaling about what I mentioned above - being a spiritual person vs a religous person.  It was fun to put my thoughts about it down on paper, something I've not done before.  As you can see, I used different stickers, washi, and die cuts from the Faith collection for my spread & they totally worked!  In fact, I knew right off the bat that I wanted to add the heart die cut with the Psalm -  even though it's religious in nature, that didn't stop me from using it because the words really spoke to me and emphasized my feelings & the words I was putting down on paper.

(Back to the baby analogy for a second - if you find a piece of scrapbook paper, sticker, die cut, etc that has a cute little bear or lamb or something that might be associated with a baby, don't let that stop you from using it if it speaks to you!)

Next step was to start setting up my planner for March.  Just how I like to change my purse out with a new season, I do the same thing with my planners - anyone else with me?!  For the spring I've transitioned to the new Clover planner - isn't it the prettiest thing you've ever seen?  I just love it and it goes beautifully with the Faith collection.  I added the fun Planner Decal to the front; they're super easy to apply, and a great way to temporarily switch up the look of your planner!  I ended up adding the flower clear stickers to tie the inside theme of my planner in with the outside.

After the cover, I set out to decorate the inside.  This is where the 'thinking out of the box' comes into play.  I knew I didn't want to set up a specific faith theme for the month, so I looked through the collection and found the patterns, icons, etc that were inspiring to me & I'm really happy with the way it turned out!   

I started by decorating the pockets - that's always the first thing I do when setting up a new planner.  I added 3x4 Elements to the pockets, then accessorized with clips from the Faith collection and a few stickers.  A few of the Page Flags from the Posh collection matched really well, so I used 3 of them in the bottom pocket, along with 2 more Faith clips.

I'll let you in on a little secret...  I always have a piece of coordinating paper, stickers, etc tucked in the big pocket to the right of the pockets.  Want to know why?  Not because it's cute (ok, it is though, right?!) and not because it's sticker storage for when I need them on the go.  It's actually to cover up my 'on the go' Washi!

I like to tear off a few strips of coordinating washi and 'store' it there in my planner, that way I have washi with me on the go when I need it!

After decorating the pockets, next step was to customize the dashboard - a really quick & easy way to change the entire look of your planner when you open it.  I've been making dashboards since I started planning a few years ago & I have to say - our new A5 Punch is a game changer, people!

 

Makes it SO easy to punch those 6 holes!  Up until this point, I've been using another pre-punched page as a template and a single whole punch to punch each hole individually.  The punch does it in one punch.  Sounds basic, but it makes such a difference!  When we designed it, we spent quite a bit of time considering what we wanted in a punch.  The best part about it is the guide along the left edge, so you know exactly where to place your paper each and every time - no guessing or lining up pages or measuring!  Trust me, you're going to want to pick one of these up when we start shipping to retailers in May!

With this release we introduced 6x8 pads & I have to tell you, when it comes to dashboards, the pads are the bomb!  No more measuring and trimming because the 6x8 papers in the pad make the perfect sized dashboards!

As you can tell, I love the florals in the collection, so I continued to carry that theme into my monthly spread.  I started by adding the floral washi to both pages, the handy dandy punch punched through the washi like butter!

Next up - decorating the spread.  I always start out by dating the calendar.  A mix of handwritten numbers paired with numbered stickers is my go to 

From there I pulled out the Sticker Tablet and went to town.  Ok, let's talk stickers for a minute!  The new Sticker Tablets are amazing - the Faith Sticker Tablet has 12 A5 sticker sheets with more than 700 stickers!  Talk about sticker heaven :)  

I had no problem finding PLENTY of stickers & sentiments that fit the look and feel I was going for, without being too religious

We're headed to Planner Con next month; as I was looking at the stickers, it occured to me that the bible looked like a planner!  So I cut off the bottom of the sticker & voila - a planner :)

Here's the 1st week in March.  

Another example about thinking outside of the box and looking at products in a different way is the washi I used on this page.  Although as part of the Faith collection the marks on the washi are intended to be crosses, when you look at it again outside of the theme, they can just be a whimsical + decoration.

Another simple dashboard here - a vertical 4x6 Element, punched with a few stickers added.  The sentiment on the dashboard is something I'll really focus on trying to do this month & will move from week to week in my planner as a reminder.

So there you have it, my planner set up for March.  I hope I've given you some ideas for looking at collections and products differently to see how you might be able to use them in your planning, scrapbooking & crafting projects!

If you're looking for more ideas on decorating your planner, check our our LIVE LOVE PLAN Pinterest board - with more than 600 pins featuring our Carpe Diem planners, you're sure to be inspired!

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Hello Friends! Alexandra here with a new double Pocket page documenting our life on WEEK 7.

It's a week full of hearts and pretty flowers since we were celebrating Valentine's day. The Love & Adore collection is absolutely perfect to illustrate any types of love! 

I made a collage of photos taken on Valentine's day and added a sticker directly on it. 

Miss Lily had organized a Secret Valentine which was a lot of fun. We exchanged little gifts we had either made or purchased for no more than ten dollars and in the evening DH and I watched the beautiful movie The Light Between the Oceans. Anybody else out there totally smitten by Michael Fassbender?

Here is another example of stickers added directly onto the photos.

We move from pink to blue with the right page which is essentially about our sunny week-end in Chicago.

I used a small tag that I cut from the 6x6 paper pad

Thank You! Merci!

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Hello everyone, welcome back to the blog! It’s Stacy here on the blog today, sharing 2 layouts using the Domestic Bliss collection. I am in love with this new collection, the colours and embellishments really fit my recent photos!

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The sweet colours of this collection made me think of my niece, Sophie! She is the first niece in the family, and therefore very much doted by everyone. This photo was taken at the age of 2 months, and I really love how comfortable she looks, sound asleep with 2 guardian angels taking care of her! Therefore, for the first layout, I just had to use a photo of my dear niece.

 

Such a sleeping beauty isn’t she? I decided to use a dream-catcher as the background, since I often wonder what she is dreaming of when she is sound asleep.

 

I added some enamel dots of the same collection onto the dream-catcher; they add dimensions to the background! Next, I rummaged through the bits & pieces pack – there were some awesome looking callout signs which suited the story I wanted to tell. The sticker sheet had complementing stickers too which I could not resist!

 

Some more ephemera selected in conjunction with my story. This pack is really handy in a lot of ways.

 

The feathers and title were also cut using my silhouette cameo. I love the array of colours on the feathers! This collection has the best colour combination ever! Here I am using the pattern papers Mom Rules & Bless this Mess.

Chipboard embellishments are another of my favourite decorations. They add dimensions and layering to the entire layout. Try layering the chipboards to create different dimensions.

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This Home is Filled With Love
This layout uses the same collection, Domestic Bliss. The photo was taken recently during a family gathering, and I knew I wanted to use this photo with this collection. I started planning the page with circles and a home cut file.

The title was inspired by the elements found on the chipboard pack and the combo sticker. While going through the supplies, this title literally jumped on me and I thought it might work well with the house as the background.

I wanted to prevent the layout from looking too squarish, and at the same time flowing with the circular elements which I wanted to add. Therefore, I did some simple running stitches in circular form, highlighting parts of the layout. Here I have added some ephemeras from the Bits & Pieces pack, and I deliberately cut the lower part of the circular element (from one of the pattern paper in the collection) to be used on another part of the layout. There are really no rules about cutting up ephemeras, use it to suit your layout!

On the lower part of the layout, I laid out the embellishments so they look like my living room in order to tell the story. The elements in this collection are perfect! I did some fussy cutting on one of the pattern papers for this couch. There is a part of me that yells “Stitch it!” when I looked at the couch, so I went ahead to do some simple stitches! I love how different it looked before and after the stitching! Stitching does give some added dimensions, and that is why I enjoy doing some stitching on layouts. Just below the couch, I have added the part of the circular element.

Added ephemera to form my living room scene with some potted plants and of course, Winston!

Hope you have enjoyed the walk through today, and thank you for joining me today!

 

 

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Hello Friends! 
 
It's Kristine Davidson here with you today and I am so excited to be sharing some new pages with you that were created for the January CHA/Creativation Show! I used the new funny, fabulous & fun collection called - EMOJI LOVE. Oh my goodness, when I first saw the cute emojis on a sheet of paper I was like WHAT?!!! Too much fun. 
I created 2 layouts with this collection and I can't wait to create more fun projects with it... mini album, birthday card you can do so much with this fun collection. 
 
My first layout is of my niece. She has now reached the title of "teenager" and my photos of her are rare.  I sent her a message saying - hey I got this cool collection I have to play with, can you send me a cool pic?  Well safe to say I didn't get one.  So as an aunt and scrapbooker I searched her Instagram feed until I found a cute pic and then I just added a little fun to it with some filters. Those glasses were perfect for me to play with this Emoji Love Collection.
 
 
I first started my page with a black cardstock. I am loving the black lately and this collection has so many great papers that go so well with black. Something different than the usual go to white cardstock. 
 
I added strips of papers, and I layered some washi tape on top of those papers too!  I had some fun emoji brads that I wanted to add so I placed them on top of the strip of paper that has tons of emojis. 

 
I layered some chipboard pieces, some journal strips, and instead of adding another photo or journal card I used a journal card. 
I used some stickers, and called this layout OMG Seriously?! Which is something my niece says often when I ask her stupid questions! ;)

 
How fun right ? Those green glasses? Perfect!

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My second layout is a story. This layout was created using tons of great stickers, bits & pieces, enamel dots and more!   I didn't use any photos on this layout - I just wanted to create a little emoji story! 

 
The Story: 
 
Guy: Hey Smile!
 
Girlfriend: Hey Love, Come to a Party with my BFF?
Guy: Yes I would love to party with you. 
Girlfriend:YAY! I'm getting ready doing my nails and getting my dancing shoes! Seriously! 
Guy: OMG, I have my shades and Vans and good to go!
Girlfriend: ROFL 
Guy: Having a snack; fries and pizza. Oops gotta poop! LOL 
Girlfriend: OMG Poop? LOL 
Guy: That Stinks .. WOW 
Girlfriend: LOL Awkward! 
Guy: Kisses! 

 
That's my story! I had a blast using this collection. I am sure with today's teens you can come up with your own page using some emojis, screen shots of text messages or facebook chats. Have fun with it! Please share your pages on Instagram with #SimpleStories and you can tag me as well #KristineDavidson, I would love to see your EMOJI LOVE pages!

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Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here sharing my planner set up and a planner spread using the Emoji Love collection.

I couldn't resist filling my planner pockets with all the cuteness Emoji Love has to offer. I mounted the "Sparkle and Shine" (taken directly from the Emoji Love 6x8 pad onto some white card stock for an easy dashboard. I make sure to keep the 4x6 sticker sheets tucked in my planner because I use them so often. 

To make this memory planner spread, I started by trimming down some patterned papers from the 6x8 pad to fit in the vertical boxes. I also trimmed some of the papers to work kind of like washi to cover the headers. 

I used hole reinforcers and number stickers from the Posh collection. I usually have issue when there's too much dimension on my planner pages so I typically steer clear of chipboard elements. But the Simple Stories chipboard pieces are thin enough to go into your planners without causing too much bulkiness.

I had some fun with fringe scissors at the bottom of the spread. I like how it adds texture and flair without too much extra work. 

I am still loving those calendar stickers from the Posh collection. I love that I can see the month at a glance on each spread if I wish. I love the little starburst embellishments in this collection and I used them all over the spread as my uniting element.

I love that I have such a fun space to document all the funny and smart things my kids say.  Even if they never make it onto a scrapbook page, I'm happy to have these stories told.

Are you following Carpe Diem Planners on Instagram? Be sure to follow for daily inspiration! 

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

For my layouts I used the beautiful Domestic Bliss collection, I love the colors of this line!

To create my first layout I was inspired by the cute tricoloured heart included in the combo sticker. I started with a white cardstock as a background and I cut a heart contour in the middle of it. Behind the heart I used the “Domestic Diva” double-sided paper and one photo of my cat to form the three parts of the heart.

For the title I used the word "LOVE" from the Expression Combo Sticker and I glued it at the bottom of the picture.

Then, I added enamel dots and some pharses, flowers and hearts from the Combo Sticker, the 6x12 Chipboard and the Bits & Pieces. I love all the embellishments!!

Finally, I added the original heart sticker with some enamel dots and words at the bottom left of the page.

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My second LO is dedicated to naps. During the week I'm working and I can't take naps, but at the weekends I enjoy taking long naps on the sofa. My cat always does this with me as you can see in the picture, hahaha!

First, I used the white polka dot paper ("I can't Adult" b-side) as the page's background. Next, I chose three frames with different sizes from the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements and the 4x6 Vertical and Horizontal Elements. Then I created another three frames with some papers (Bless This Mess b-side and Mom Rules b-side) in which I have include the photo, a chipboard house and a heart brad. Finally, I "hanged" them on the LO using some colored baker twines and enamel dots as if it was a home wall.

I used the word “HOME” in my tittle from the 6x12 chipboard. I like it ‘cause it gives more dimension to the project. To finish I added some hearts of different colors and pharses from the Combo Sticker.

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

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!

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Happy Sunday!!  It's Layle here & I'm excited to introduce a month long faith focused Sunday series here on the blog featuring bible journaling from guest designer Rachel Lindas along with our new Faith collection.  Be prepared to be inspired as Rachel shares her process over the next four Sundays on how she approaches bible journaling while getting creative at the same time!!

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Hi,  My name is Rachel Lindas. I am a guest designer for Simple Stories.  I am a mom trying to raise three spiritual warriors, a wife to a man who completes me, and a journaler who delights in God’s Word. 

When studying God’s Word and my Creativity Collide (in the most glorious way)…

I started Bible Journaling almost two years ago.  Its been a game changer in the way I am able to process the Word.  Most of us are visual learners  which provides the perfect way to study God’s word, in combination with beautiful images, to help remember it.  I always say that Bible journaling is like the Science Lab part of Science.  Your teacher starts with a lesson from a textbook, then for the students to really absorb what was taught, they do a hands on experiment.  It's the same with getting creative in your Bible.  I always start my pages by studying God’s Word first and then I ask Him to show me what I am supposed to learn from that verse through personal prayer. .  The images that come to life from that process have changed my walk with the Lord.  For that I am very grateful. 

I've had a love of paper crafting since I was little and started my very own scrapbooks when I was in high school.  So this creating world was never new to me, but as life continued on and I became a mom of three my time like most of us became even more precious and I had very little free time.  The pressure and guilt to spend time on my photo albums grew and I was being drawn into spending more time in God’s word and studying the Bible as I had a desire to raise three spiritual warriors.  But I missed creating and if I am honest, I think we were all made to create in some way; so when I was introduced to this idea of Bible journaling I knew it was the perfect match for me.  God’s Word and creating all in one. Oh yes!  Insert my Happy Dance.  The rest is history.  I have just started my third Journaling Bible and just taught my 12th month of Bible Journaling Classes at a local scrapbook store. We celebrated one year of teaching classes for Ladies, Middle Schoolers, and Child Classes and the enthusiasm is just continuing to grow like crazy. 

I am so excited to be able to work with the beautiful Simple Stories Faith product line.   They have done a great job and the entire product is so beautiful and easy to use.   Over the next four weeks I hope to show you a variety of  “looks” that you can accomplish with this line.  Everyone has his or her own process for Bible Journaling and I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to do it.  So over the next month I will just share what works for me. 

For most of the pages I design in my Bible I start as I would for a layout in my scrapbook except that the background page is always the Word of God. My layering and placement works very similar to how I would design a page in a scrapbook with some limitations.  I don’t like to cover God’s Word when I am creating on my pages so I am limited to where things can be placed.  That’s just a fun challenge to work through. I will share several types of media that does work on top of God’s word that adds color and fun without covering His Word. 

My Process:

1.     Choose a Bible Verse (Psalm 111:1) many of the Simple Stories paper pieces even have a Bible verse on them to help get you started.

2.     Spend time studying the Verse (I use my Study Bible and www.sermoncentral.org and www.biblehub.net to help with this and then use my Bible Journaling Worksheet to keep me organized and focused.)

3.     As you study the verse, images that come to mind should be used to help build your page. (For me this image helps me remember the verse and what I learned from it based on the visual that comes to mind.)

4.     This Verse had the words “with all my heart” so hearts were used. 

5.     Layout the pieces on your page and figure out the best placement.

6.     I then remove the pieces from the page once I have a plan and then I start painting.  To achieve this technique I used the Tim Holtz Distress Paint by Ranger, Mini Mister by Ranger, and a zip lock plastic bag. Dab the color paint you have chosen onto the plastic bag.  You can use more than one color but be careful not to choose colors that will blend together to make brown. Yuck!  Then spray water with your mini mister over the paints. Normally three or four sprays are enough.  Then pick up the plastic bag and as the paints start to move around and blend  flip it over onto your Bible page and with your hands spread out the paint.  Since the plastic bag is see through you can see where the paint is spreading and you can control it a bit where you want it to go.  Pick up the bag and respray water or paint as needed and place in a new spot on the Bible page.  Here's a quick timelapse video to show you the process - 


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7.     Once paint has dried adhere your paper pieces to the Bible Page.

8.     I always Tab my page with one or two words that will remind me of what this page is all about.  That way it’s easy to find a verse when I am looking for it.

9.     Most times I go in after the page is done and just use my own handwriting to add notes in the margins or at the bottom of the page of what I have learned from studying that verse.  This makes my page very personal to me and my walk with the Lord feels more intentional .  Sometimes I write in the prayers I have on my heart.

10. Date Stamp your Page, its fun to go back and see what you were processing and when. 

This process should be fun and relaxing.  If it’s causing a lot of anxiety then your missing the point.  Give yourself some grace and just enjoy the process.  I am excited to see how you design and create your Bible pages and grow in your walk with the Lord through the process.  

 

 

 

 

 

Hey everyone! It’s Lori again, and I’m here on the blog today to share more behind-the-scenes awesomeness from the CHA/Creativation show last month.

The reveal of our new products here on the blog was so exciting, and now we’d like to share an up-close look of our Domestic Bliss collection as it was displayed in our booth. While it’s not as good as touching and feeling the products on your own, it’s pretty darn close!

Just like we showed you in our Faith behind-the-scenes look, our ‘wall of goodness’ for Domestic Bliss is filled with color and inspiration!

The Domestic Bliss collection is all about home and the people you share it with. These layouts and cards were created by some of our amazing design team members and share the fun side of cooking, chores, and chilling with coffee. And how cute is that teapot and stove?!

The home décor pieces we displayed at the show were a huge hit! Everyone loved the cute spring display, butterfly and home vingnette. This line is full of fun patterns and stripes and can be used many different ways!

Something we’re hearing from our customers about this adorable collection is that they’re excited to use the products to document their everyday pics, photos-of-the-day, and more. This line is a great backdrop for those photos of your daily routines, too!

The Domestic Bliss collection is shipping to retailers now, so contact your local store or online retailer to find out if this fun collection is in their store!

If you’d like more behind-the-scene peeks into the booth at CHA/Creativation, be sure to check out this live video showing more of the Domestic Bliss collection!

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