Hi everyone and welcome back to the blog today! I can’t quite believe that my kiddos are finishing up their school year this week! It’s been a busy one and we are all looking forward to getting down to the serious business of having lots of holiday fun!
It’s a bit of a tradition in our kindergartens and schools to give a little end of year gift to one’s classmates. I’ve got a few examples for you if you are stuck for ideas! Let’s take a look what you can create with just one Mistletoe Kisses Collection Kit (with plenty of leftovers!)
Let’s start off with these cute little 3x4 cards. I’ve used some plain white cardstock and then mounted some 3x4 journalling cards over the top.
One sheet of Mistletoe Kisses 3x4 Journalling cards will give you 12 options for card messages. (I like to use a craft knife and ruler to trim up these types of sheets as I find it a lot more accurate.)
This little reindeer card has had it’s corners rounded and then it’s been very simply adhered directly onto the card using a small hole punch and some metallic twine. One could also create some custom envelopes to match!
I’ve given him a bit of extra detail in the form of a ‘shiny nose’ using some glossy accents; some sparkly cheeks (Wink of Stella brush pen) and stamped on an extra sentiment with my Classic Christmas Roller Stamp and some co-ordinating ink.
Hello Mr Elf… My my, haven’t you got a festive cap! I’ve used the roller stamp again on this one, along with a bit of washi tape.
Do you like to give edible treats? How about a little goodie bag filled with some freshly popped corn and a pretty tag? I simply adore the darling characters in this collection.
Here is an idea for the girls… some cute Christmas hair clips, complete with mistletoe and bells!
I’ve created a tag and then cut two lines into it with a craft knife. I then slid the hair clips into these cut areas.
This goodie bag contains sweet treats!
The bauble was hand cut from one of the 3x4 cards. I often look to the journalling sheets in a collection kit for extra ephemera!
How about a pencil with the child’s initial?
I’ve decorated some pencils with washi tape and then attached a punched initial to the pencil with some metallic twine. Add a teensy bell for extra cheer!
This all-in-one die is a super cute option for a gift card or voucher.
The little present slides open to reveal the card and a note.
Lastly, I have used a SN@P! Photo Flip to hold a special home-baked treat. These fun sleeves come primed with adhesive so you can easily attach them to your project. I have fused my sleeve shut to prevent ants from taking a taste test!
You can use the area underneath the sleeve to write a little note to your BFF.
Thanks so much for popping in today. I hope you have lots of fun exchanging your festive treats!



Hello! It's Jennifer and I'm here today to share a fun mini album I created using one of the new Designer Binders and the Winter Wonderland collection!  This line includes a great selection of patterned papers and embellishments that are perfect for your winter projects!  Another smash hit from Simple Stories!  

I used some older photos of a ski trip my husband and I took to the Catskills in New York. 

I chose to decorate the front of my Designer Binder but it's pretty on its own! I love the cabana stripes of white and Robin's Egg!  My favorite print is the plaid of "Bundle Up" so I wanted it to be prominent on my cover! I used a 2 1/2 inch strip along with a wood grain border sticker from the Combo Sticker Sheet.  I then added little embellishments from the 6x12 Chipboard as well as coordinating Enamel Dots!  How cute is the chipboard snowman? 


For my pages, I used the 6x8 Pocket Pages Variety Pack so I could include different sizes of photos and journaling cards.  I included 3x4 and 4x6 Journaling Elements which are perfect to add a little bit of journaling or coordinating embellishments! 

A must in my pocket pages is creating a see-through pocket with sequins and small embellishments such as die cuts and wood veneer pieces.  I use my sewing machine to stitch around the edges to secure my pocket. 

I am a fan of layers and had fun "dressing up" the journaling cards! Using a shape hand punch or die cuts are great way to add depth to your pages!  I used a pennant hand punch with the multiple patterns and stitched through. I also added some of the journaling spots found in the Bits and Pieces pack.  

Using pop dots or foam tape is also another fun way to add to your pocket pages!  I popped up the pinecone as well as the ticket on my 4x6 Journaling Element Card.  For the "Eat, Sleep, Ski" card I used the skis die cut and popped it up over the print. I love how it turned out! 

Also included in the Variety Pack are pages with 4x4 pockets perfect for the 4x4 Journaling Elements.  I also created my own cards by using patterned paper and embellishments.  

Here, I layered different sizes of circle hand punches as well as pieces from the Bits and Pieces, Stickers, and Enamel Dots to create a fun card!  Note the small stamped sentiment from the Carpe Diem Roller Stamp! 

Did you know Simple Stories has a large variety of cut files here in the Silhouette shop?  Many are the perfect size to place in your pockets such as this "Live Laugh Play" card! I cut it from the B side of  "Silver White Winter"  and backed it with the red/white plaid of  "Snow Cute" 

I used the 6x8 Pocket Page to create a larger page to showcase a favorite photo. I actually used one of the 4x12 Elements layering paper and embellishments to border my picture.  And can you tell I love banners? I used the "Best Time Ever" cut file from the Simple Stories Silhouette shop as well as more hand punched pennants. To finish I stitched through with my sewing machine as well as added a couple cute chipboard snowflakes! 

Of course Winter Wonderland has a variety of 4x6 Journaling Elements!  I wanted to do a spread of this size because my photos are from the early 2000's prior to digital cameras. They aren't the best quality but definitely some of my favorites!  

Another banner! I used the "Frosty" die cut from the Bits and Pieces that I popped up over hand punched pennants. I added the cute ice skates and mittens at the ends of my banner as if they were "hanging" at the ends.  This collection has so many cute little pieces to choose from!  

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope this inspires you to do some creating with Winter Wonderland and the Designer Binders! Have a great day!




Hello Friends, It’s Kristine Davidson with you today and I am going to share 2 layouts with you using the colorful collection called Mistletoe Kisses. I love the vibrant colors in this collection mixed in with blue and pink. It has a bit of a Christmas Theme but you can also use this as a great winter collection. The two layouts I created have a “let it snow” feel to them. I used some snowmen, a few decorated Christmas trees, and hearts focusing on the love for snow!

The first layout I'll be sharing is called "OH What Fun!"

I have had these photos for quite some time and when Mistletoe Kisses came out I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for. These pictures of my niece enjoying the fresh snow fall and sliding.

I created this sketch based on the layout -

I selected the blues, and whites as a major focus but added some green to give the page a contrast in color. I love that the green is used as a “pop” up color instead of the main focus.  Of course adding layers, and dimension adhesive is a must for me. I do enjoy the different colors. I added the CHEER alpha stickers but didn’t make that my title. I selected – the small sticker strip with OH What Fun my title. It seemed appropriate.


My Second layout for you today is called "Let It Snow"

This page was of my niece during a photo session. It was a beautiful winter’s day and a warm sweater with a comfy scarf was all that was needed. I added a cut file background to my page but after finishing I should have done something with snowflakes. 


I added the chipboard snowman and some trees on this page with more snowflakes. The colors in this collection are fabulous aren’t they? I love how you can really create your own “theme” – such as winter.

The package of Bits & Pieces die cuts from this collection are A-dorable! 

You can easily create a few layouts and have left overs for a few cards or adding some cuteness in your carpe diem planners!

Thank you so much for reading and being a fan of Simple Stories!  To see more of my work you can find me on instagram @KristineDavidson 


We don’t know about you, but we LOVE decorating for the holidays!  We thought it would be fun to share more Classic Christmas free printables that you can easily add to picture frames for festive & fun holiday décor in a snap! 


Simply download, print, trim, frame & enjoy!

In addition to framing these festive printables, you can also add to your SN@P! Albums, December Daily projects, and even your planner!

Wishing you & your family the merriest of holidays and a Happy New Year!

P.S. - if you missed the first set of Classic Christmas Free Printables, you can download them – along with lots of other free printables - here!


Hi everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today on this fine December day. I don't know about you but I am so excited to get this Holiday season going. Today I am going to be sharing some pocket pages that I have created using the Classic Christmas collection. The hint of blue in this kit is my favorite, so pretty. 
Every year I choose to make a seperate December Album. Typically I have done it daily and last year was no different. Recently I have been busily trying to add some more pictures and pages into my album from last year. I loved creating these pages with this collection. Here is a look at day 8. 
This particular day my husband and I went to a work related dinner. I did manage to get a selfie of both of us for the album but that was it for that day. I decided to add in a few filler cards including that adorable dress card to fill in the gaps due to the lack of photos. Another thing that I added in my album on day 8 was another filler card using the fabulous gold numbers. They are so pretty, the photos don't do them justice. To create this filler card I started out with a little bit of watercolors on some white cardstock. I felt that the 8 needed to be dressed up a little bit so I added some patterned paper behind the top circle of the 8. I also added a few strips of washi to the bottom and stamped some fun sentiments in the bottom circle. Let's talk about that roller stamp, you guys it is so fun ! I used that in the middle of the circle of the 8. 
One of the items in the Classic Christmas collection are these fun SN@P pages. I knew I wanted to add some into my album and so I added one in next to my day 8. This one matched the other side so well with the creme and the gold. I decided to dress it up just a little with some stickers, clear stickers, and some washi tape. 
I am skipping around to day 13 now. Last year getting Christmas up dragged on way longer than it should have. This day I took a few photos around the house and paired it with another one of these fun SN@P pages. 
I didn't have to much to say on day 13 so I added that fun chipboard house on the bottom of my journaling card. I sprinkled lots of stickers/word strips all over my journaling card and photo on this day. I love to play around with my supplies and make it my own. 
Again, I used another gold number for day 13. I couldn't help it, they are so great ! I added it onto my photo of my garland around my stair railing. I added some stickers around the number and also stamped "Happy Holidays" onto the number using the roller stamp. 
As I mentioned before I have added another SN@P page with my page 13. This one was perfect for my home decor and wreath photos. I added another chipboard house onto the bottom of this front side of the page. It fit perfectly into the box on the bottom. In the middle of the wreath I added a clear sticker onto a vellum heart for a nice look. On the back side of the SN@P page I added more stickers, and I used the blue letters to spell out home. 
Let's move onto my last few pages that I am going to share today. Day 18 was when we went on a date night and saw Star Wars. Here is a look at what both days 18 and 19 look together. 
During the day I thought it would be fun to get a Star Wars photo to text to my husband. I added some patterned paper and the snowflake to the corner of my photo. It needed something up in the corner and I love how the pop of color worked perfectly. I chose a simpler journaling card for this day because I had a little more to say. The tag piece from the bits and pieces package was the perfect embellishment. 
This is what I did for the bottom pocket. I had saved this Star Wars sticker from something that we went to that week. I used another gold number as well as a triangle tree I cut out from some patterned paper to finish off that card. 
Day 19 was a favorite of mine. We had a church party that night and then Santa came to visit the kids. On the top part of my page I added in a little bit of journaling onto this journaling card. Next to it is a photo of my daughter and Santa. 
This card might be my favorite. I loved this Creme colored Santa card. I wanted to use it as a journaling card so I cut out the Santa off of the card and added it onto my journaling card once I had it all printed out. Once I had my journaling printed out I played around with some patterned paper and ended up with a strip of some paper from the 6x6 paper pad. With that done then I added some stickers and I also added the numbers 19 from the sticker sheet. 
I debated where I wanted to have this day a two page spread or not. I had lots of Santa photos that I wanted to add them into this day. I decided to use a photo flip. They are the perfect solution to add in more photos into your pocket pages. 
Here is a look at what all three photos look like together. I wanted to add a little something to each photo. I added some stickers, washi tape, and added the kids's initials. 
That is it for me today. I am so happy to have completed some December pages from last year. I have loved playing around and creating with the Classic Christmas collection. Thanks for coming and I hope you have been inspired to document your December memories. I want to wish you all a very happy Holiday Season. 


Happy December!  

Hello planners!  Theresa here sharing my December setup in my Marigold Carpe Diem planner!  I can't believe how fast this year has flown by.  I am so glad December is here though, it's my favorite month of the year! 

I'm using a lot of the Winter Wonderland collection this month with a touch of Classic Christmas.  Both collections work well together! 

I covered up my existing divider with a fun wood grain and snow patterned paper from the Winter Wonderland collection.  The brown wood grain is a great contrast to snowman, and the snow made it the perfect backdrop. I used one little snowman to represent each of my kids.  Then I added the "Snow FUN" to finish off the divider. 

I normally would use classic Christmas colors for December, but I fell in love with the pastel colors in the Winter Wonderland collection.  The city we live in doesn't have snow, but we make the short 2 hour drive to the snow quite often, so it was perfect for my December layouts.  

I love the woodland elements in this collection.  The trees, pinecones, deer and birds!  I wish everyone happy holidays and happy planning!



Hello! Stacy here on the blog today sharing 2 layouts using the Winter Wonderland Collection! This collection has inspired me to do some quick stitching and include some photos with snow.

This is the first layout I put together.

I loved how this piece came together. I started with layering the pattern papers. These layers “frame” the photo and highlights my black and white photograph to give it a good emphasis.

Next, I started to add some stitches to opposite corners with different snowflake designs. Stitching it in white helps to give some texture, yet not over cluttering the area so the embellishments can play its main role in the layout. I have also added some enamel dots to the centre of the stitched snowflakes. Such a pretty sight!

On the opposite end, I had also stitched some snowflakes. In addition, I have layered more snowflake embellishments from the Bits and Pieces as well as the 6x12 Chipboard. Of course I had to add some sentiments to this cluster! Gosh, the 4x6 sticker packs a very good range of words and phrases!

I titled this layout Snow Dream. I reside in Singapore, where it is really summer all year round. We don’t get snow here in Singapore. Oh how I wished for 4 seasons here (especially snow! ) The chipboard piece ‘Snow’ looks familiar? I could not help but use the Dream chipboard piece from the POSH collection!


There are many goodies in this collection. Personally, I love to fussy cut the fun and beautiful images from the 3x4 Journalling Card Element pattern paper. Couple it with the christmas wreath and it gives such a good decoration!


For this layout, I decided to really challenge myself with some more stitching to showcase a sub-title.

From the first time I saw this set of words from the Bits & Pieces pack, I knew I had to make use of them on one of the layouts. I also wanted to highlight these words so I took some chipboard, yarn and started sewing round and round. You can really see through the stitching (vaguely) so the beautiful pattern papers are not totally covered. It also helps me focus on the set of words which I placed on top of each other.

Because of the circular element I had used in the stitching, I also used embellishments from the collection with circular elements to match.

Another circular element to highlight these cute mittens here! I wondered if the snow fun referred to the photo or the cute mittens?

This collection brought me much joy! I love the soft colors of this collection! Hope you have enjoyed the walk through and here’s wishing all of you a Merry Christmas with lots of joy and laughter for the season!



Howdy everyone, Layle here to share with you how I plan on documenting my December this year.

I'm using the 6x8 SN@P! Holiday Binder + lots of goodies from the Classic Christmas collection.  The Holiday Binder is so great for documenting a busy month like December because it has 2" rings which provides much needed extra room for everything that happens during the month!

I'll be documenting each day of the month in December through Christmas day, inspired by Ali Edwards and her December Daily concept.  This will be the 9th consecutive year I've participated and it's something I look forward to ever year.  Even better, when I pull the past years' albums out for the holidays, our 2 teenage boys love looking through them!

I've learned over the years that the best way to ensure success for me - success being to make it through entire month! - is by creating the base of my album ahead of time.  That way once December 1st hits, I'm ready to go.  Each night (or the following day), I take a few minutes to document a memory or story from the day and add photos.  

I love mixing different size pocket pages in my albums, it really helps to break things up and provides a lot of different pockets for me to add little treasures and photos from the month.

A key to my album this is year are the Classic Christmas gold foil Pocket Pieces.  With numbers 1-25, it makes it really easy, and pretty!

The Classic Christmas SN@P! Pages are a fun addition to the project, like the snowman snow globe below.

One of my favorite products to use in these projecs is washi tape; here I've used it to simply cover the edge of the pocket page and then repunch the holes.  Such an easy trick that really adds a pop!  The candy cane stripe in this Classic Christmas Washi matches the spine on the Holiday album - gotta love that!

So there you have it, all set up and ready to go to document the season.  Wish me luck!  ;)  If you want to follow along as I make my way through the month, adding a memory each day, Ill be sharing photos on my Instagram account here.

Wishing you & your family a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!



 Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to share with you a spread in my planner to kick of December!

First, I picked out a few of the diecut cardstock embellishments from the Classic Christmas Bits and Pieces pack to decorate the pockets of my planner. I'm usually pretty minimal when it comes to decorating this part. I used a insert from the Classic Christmas Sn@p Pages and trimmed it down to fit opposite my pockets. 

I've decided to take a very laissez faire approach to documenting my December this year. I usually try to make a special album but it's always way more work than I can muster this time of year. But I've decided this year I'll document in my planner. This will mean memory planner spreads and maybe a few inserts with photos and pocket pages but I'm not requiring myself to document every day. 

I used the monthly spread as an advent calendar of sorts. You will notice that not every day has an event but that is because there are inevitably days when we are just too busy for much extra. I'll switch around the prompts if need be, or add a few more on down the road if we need them. 

The Classic Christmas line is full of vintage imagery and traditional Christmas colors, but I love how well it goes with my ballerina pink Carpe Diem. There's just something about sneaking in pink to your Christmas colorways. 

I placed some enamel dots and some snowflakes around the page to tie it all together. 

I love the cute little monthly box stickers that came in the Stickers pack. They make decorating a breeze! 

The buffalo plaid border stickers from the 12x12 Fundamentals Sticker sheet might be my favorite thing ever. I wish I had about a thousand of those to add throughout the month! 

So that is the beginning of documenting my December in my Carpe Diem. If you'd like to see more as the month progresses, follow me on Instagram @idocumentlife.


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Hi there!

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

Let’s get started!

For my first layout I used the cute and beautiful Gather Together collection.

As a background I used the Grateful Hearts paper (It’s so beautiful!). Then I glued a rectangular piece of white cardstock at the left side of the layout.

For my tittle I used the ABC from the Combo Cardstock Stickers of the Hello Fall collection and the word “thankful” from the Gather Together’s 6x12 stickers. So combining these two stickers sheets I wrote the romantic phrase: "I'm so thankful to share my life with you". 

At the side of the tittle I arranged a vertical strip of four pictures, one in color and the rest in black and white, of our feet above a carpet of leaves. I glued the color pic with some foam adhesive to accent it.

Next came the embellishing! For that I used a few stickers: feathers, flowers, leaves, acorns, etc. Also, I added the hearts’s frame that I cut from the 3x4 & 4x6 Journaling Card Elements. Very fun and autumnal!



For my next layout I used this Thanksgiving/Fall themed collection again.

This time I used a white cardstock as a background and I placed some of the amazing Journaling Cards on it. 

In the middle of this project I added two small photos from some chocolate cupcakes that I baked inspired by the thanksgiving’s turkey. For that reason I have titled it "Sweet Turkey" using the ABC from the Combo Cardstock Stickers of the Hello Fall collection. 

It’s time for the funniest part: embellishing!! I spread some colorful hearts and fun phrases from the 6x12 stickers. Also, I cut the turkey and the three feathers from the 3x4 & 4x6 Journaling Card Elements and I glued them with foam adhesive to give some dimension to the layout. Finally, I stained with ocher and orange paint around the layout. 

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!!


Hey Everyone! This is Jennie with today’s pocket pages using the Gather Together Collection. I also used a few items from Hello Fall. These collections work great together because their colors are very similar.

I used the Bright Sn@p Letter Stickers to number some of the photos. That way I can journal about everything in one or two cards. This spread has a lot of nature photos with oranges and brown. The Gather Together Mini Kit’s Journaling Elements go perfect with them. It also has creams and tans so the layouts are not too darks. 

I used a Gather Together Journaling Card for my weekly title card. To write the title I used the Hello Fall Combo Cardstock Stickers. I love the font of these alphas. I also used Hello Fall Bits and Pieces.

I took a screenshot of this meme because Daylights Saving really does drive me crazy. I used this Piles of Smiles pattern because I needed something light to balance all the colors.

The Hello Fall 4x6 Stickers comes with a sheet that has lots fall related words and phrases. Since this right side is very photo heavy I added word stickers to all the photos in the middle row.

I needed an extra card to journal on. I liked this brown one but it was a bit dark so I used correction tape to draw a few lines. After I typed everything using my typewriter I distressed the corners.

I hope you enjoyed these pages! Don’t forget to document your Thanksgiving with the Gather Together Collection. It has turkeys! J



Happy day after Thanksgiving!  We hope you had a wonderful day spent with family and friends and are ready to bring on the Christmas spirit!  

With the holidays upon us, we're happy to share free printables from our Classic Christmas collection!   

From dashboards, Christmas card lists, gift lists and more, these free Classic Christmas printables are just what’s needed to get you in the planning spirit & keep you organized this holiday season!  Designed for use in your Carpe Diem A5 planner, on your scrapbook pages, in your December Daily albums & more - simply download, print, and trim.

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Happy holidays from all of us at Simple Stories to you and yours!

Hey there!  Missy back with you to share two new layouts using the Gather Together Simple Set.  This collection is full of beautiful Fall colors and is centered around Thanksgiving Dinner.  However, there are several things that are versatile and allow you to take a different route.  I really don’t document Thanksgiving Dinner, so I created a few pages centered around family and thankfulness.  I’m very pleased with how they turned out, and I hope they give you some inspiration.  My first layout is about my two grandmothers.  They were both at my house for a birthday party a few months ago and they were holding hands and chatting.  It was the sweetest thing!  I started with some light kraft cardstock from my stash and a beautiful leaf cut file from the Just Nick store.  I used some Shimmerz Paints on the background using the packaging & splattering technique.  I used papers from the collection to back the leaves and arranged my photo where I wanted it. 

Here you can see the detail of the cut file, the patterned papers and some of the background work.  I machine stitched through all the leaf centers with gold thread for added detail.  For a smaller secondary title, I cut a sentiment from one of the patterned papers and embellished the corner of it with cute leaves from the sticker sheet.

Aren’t these Fall colors so beautiful together?  They have such a homey and comfortable feeling.  For my main title, I used coordinating alpha stickers from the Snap Bold pack.  Again, I stitched with gold thread and then added a red heart sticker and a few phrase stickers from the Hello Fall collection.

I added some tissue paper and patterned paper pieces behind my photo as well as some adhesive foam.  That gives it a little bit of dimension so I could easily add some tangled thread under it.

Here’s one final detail shot of everything.  I added some gold spray to the little dots on the leaves and added more of the same color on the background.


For my second layout, I used more photos of one of my grandmas and my daughter.  They were just hanging out on the couch, and I just had to document it.  For this page, I used another beautiful cut file from the Just Nick store.  I used white cardstock as my background and to cut the cut file.  I cut it again using the green patterned paper and then added it to just the leaves on the circle.  I used a very old small lined stencil and some Shimmerz Dazzlerz to create those sketchy lines.  I used a deep red color and a dark green to create some fun background texture.  Once that dried, I used some packaging again with Shimmerz sprays.  Once I got everything where I wanted it, I used some dark brown thread to stitch around the big circle.

Here you can see the awesome texture from the stencil and how pretty that cut file is.  I used the “thankful” sticker from the sticker sheet as my title and then added a few smaller stickers around the page, including some hearts.  I used some patterned paper pieces and tissue paper behind my photos.

I used a torn piece of the pretty plaid patterned paper (say that three times fast…haha) as a layer.  I love the color it brings!  Just like on my first page, I added some shiny gold stitching to added pops of shine.  I also added foam behind the photos.

I cut this group of hearts from one of the patterned papers, and this is where I added the gold stitching.  I wrote just a little bit of journaling and added my date stamp.

Here’s another look at the cut file detail.  I love how the leaves curled up because it gives it a little more of a realistic effect. 

I surely hope these gave you some inspiration on how to stretch a small collection and make it work for you.  I had a great time putting these together, and I hope you get some ideas from them!  Have a great day & Happy Thanksgiving!


Hey planner friends! It’s Meka here, interrupting your Thanksgiving prep to share with you my Carpe Diem setup for Thanksgiving week. I used the Gather Together Simple Set.  It includes a few 12x12 double sided papers, journaling cards to cut apart, and adorable themed cardstock stickers.

The journaling cards elements sheets has lot of bits you can use as pocket decoration. Use the cards as-is, or fussy cut around the elements to make them look like die cuts.

I used a scrap of paper as a cover for some coordinating page flags, and embellished with cardstock stickers.

I cut out a pie image from one of the journaling cards to use inside a mini shaker. The pie pic was fine on its own for the front.

The back of the image was just a solid color, so I decorated it with a phrase strip and another fussy cut slice of pie.  Add a little chunky glitter and voila! Okay, it’s not the smoothest execution if you look closely. But in this case, perfection is the thief of joy!

Thanksgiving evokes a warm and earthy image in my mind. The Gathered Together Simple Set has a more whimsical feel than I wanted this time around, so I mellowed things using watercolors. For my dashboard, I painted onto plain Planner Essentials A5 Basic Inserts grid paper as a foundation. I used paint and alphas to pull in the color teal—my favorite color contrast to the rich fall colors of orange, yellow, red, and brown. 

The gathered hearts in the top left corner and bottom right of the Thankful journaling block, as well as the layered leaves are all fussy cut from the journaling card elements.

My Thanksgiving week planner spread uses many of my favorite layout components—watercolor paint, stickers, doodles, and my own hand-lettering.


I wanted to stick with the motifs of the Gathered Together collection. So instead of diving into my beloved washi like I normally do, I cut strips of the Give Thanks and the Grateful Hearts 12x12 cardstock. I used it as faux washi to line the bottom of the page, the headers of the top row, and along the middle of the layout. I even snipped out page flag shapes to fool the eye.

I’m gonna run now and taste test the sweet potato pie before tomorrow’s dinner!  I hope you enjoyed my turkey week planner setup. Come say hi here on Instagram! And have a very happy, heartwarming Thanksgiving!


Hello friends!

I  have two layouts to share today,  which were created with the Gather Together Simple Set. Even though we Canadians have had our Thanksgiving under our belts (no pun intended) for some time now,  American Thanksgiving is just a few days away and so this is a perfect time for me to share pages that express Thankfulness and Gratitude.

Our family celebrated a very small and somewhat nontraditional Thanksgiving this year, as our older children could not make it home for the holiday.  We opted not to do a typical large meal, and spent the extra time doing fun activities and prepping more relaxed meals together.  We made the best of it and had fun, even though we missed our older boys, daughter in law and grandson terribly.

My first page documents how much we love to take fall nature walks and how my husband makes sure we all take this time to enjoy the fall colours, outdoors and time together each year.  I love that about him so much.


I was inspired to use a large, as in 12 inches tall, photo for my layout.  The only problem is I do not own a 12 x 12 printer, or 12 inch photo paper!  So I faked it, sort of.  Several years ago I shared a tutorial showing my readers the really cool effect of printing onto textured cardstock.  I thought I would revisit that technique so that I could create a photo that measures 4 x 12.  I printed it in both black & white and colour, and I love both, but for this page I opted for the black and white as you can see.  I did this because I wanted this story to be about gratitude and not the colours of Fall. The photo is not perfect, actually it is slightly grainy, but I really love that it has a sort of "aged" look.

I love this pretty heart paper and wanted it to feature heavily on my page, so I kept the other patterns to a minimum.  Then I created further impact with embellishments.

I used florals (mainly from the Hello Fall collection) and a few fussy cut feathers and other nature inspired stickers from the Gather Together Mini collection to create a beautiful cluster to the lower right side of my photo, it has such great impact!  My title is layered over the lower portion of my picture and I love the way it pops, and feeds into the embellishment cluster.


On the top right side of my page I added a spot to journal by cutting down a 3x4 cut apart card and adding embellishments around it.  It balances the first cluster really nicely.


For a last little bit of pop, I added a small cluster to the upper right of my photo, which completes my visual triangle.  I love that this page turned out pretty much exactly as I had imagined it!

For my next layout, I am focusing more on the food elements of the Gather Together mini collection.  As I was trying to decide what photo to scrapbook, I realized that I take many photos of food and not very many of us enjoying the food or the company at dinner - I think I need to change that! Anyway as I mentioned, we opted for a smaller non-traditional Thanksgiving meal this year, and if our youngest is choosing it is usually something to do with steak!

Once I decided on my background paper and the oh so pretty plaid as a secondary paper, my layout which features large and small focal areas, was also pretty much decided by the way I used the papers.

My main focal area includes my picture and title as well as a few embellishment clusters. Once again I pulled in a few flowery embellishments from the Hello Fall collection. I love the way these collections work so well together.

This smaller cluster at the bottom right of my page mimics my focal area, with the exception of the photo. I love the way this area turned out!  The pumpkin cluster was fussy cut from another sticker so it was missing some of the white border around it, I disguised this by doodling around the upper portion of it with a white pen.

I added one more small area to the right of my photo so that I could have a spot for my journalling, not to mention an excuse to use a few more sweet stickers!

I love the way this page turned out, although I do wish I had thought to add some machine stitching, but I think it is just fine without it.

Thanks so much for visiting today!



Hello Friends! Alexandra here with a brand new spread using The Reset Girl collection. This double page features two weeks instead of one. 

I balanced the black found in the pictures with some papers from Simple Stories The Reset Girl 12x12 Simple Basic Kit

 I printed the date on the gold foiled tag which comes from the Reset Girl Bits & Pieces.

 I printed my journaling in the form of strips so that they would stand out on the dark printed paper. That cute typewriter also comes from the Reset Girl Bits & Pieces.

and here is what our WEEK 44 looked like in Chi-Town. My husband has been a Cubs' fan all of his life so you can easily imagine he was and still is over the moon about their incredible win!


Hi planner friends! I’m back again to show you how I’m using the new Simple Stories Winter Wonderland collection in my new Ivory Carpe Diem planner.
This new collection is so beautiful and it grasps everything that Winter is all about.  I stocked all of the pockets with the Winter Wonderland Bits n’ Pieces and matching Journaling card elements.  The cool blue colors and rustic wood details really pop against the Ivory Carpe Diem planner.
My planner was need of a new dashboard and the Winter Wonderland cardstock comes in so many beautiful prints and colors.  I used the Warm Winter Wishes cardstock as my background and added a few ephemera pieces  and enamel dots from the same collection.
For the weekly spread, I was really excited that the Winter Wonderland has its own washi tape to match and I used all three of the tapes on the pages.  I added some stickers from the 4x6 Winter Wonderland collection and used a few Posh collection page flags at the top for more color.
I’m very excited to finally be able to use the Winter Wonderland collection and the timing is perfect as snow is finally here.  I hope you enjoy a peek inside of my Ivory Carpe Diem planner and have lots of fun with this beautiful collection!