Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories, & I'm back again with my monthly Carpe Diem planner blog feature!

Last month I used the new Summer Days collection in the Coral planner.  To recap, here's what it looked like last month, you can see the full blog post here

I loved the look so much, I knew I wanted to continue with it for June.  At the same time, I wanted to switch things up a bit, so I did!

Same collection, but an entirely different look & feel by just switching things out in the pockets & the dashboard.  

I've moved into a different set of Monthly Inserts starting this month, but the border on the center of the inserts was a little darker than I wanted for June.  Fixed that quickly by cutting strips of patterned paper from the same collection, adhering along the edge and then repunching the holes.  A super easy way to get a coordinated look when you don't have the exact color or style washi that you need!  

I had fun this month with the 'month in review' page that's at the beginning of the daily & weekly inserts.  It's a great way to recap what you need to do - or did - for the month, all in one place.

I've been really into Traveler's Notebooks for the last year or so, so I decided to make one to add to my planner with the same theme

I just used a glue stick to apply the patterend paper to an existing Doc It Journal and then trimmed it down and added the volkswagen chipboard.  Did you know - our Doc It Journals fit perfectly in the back of your planner, they slide right in the pocket :)

So there you have it, my set up for June.  I love how diverse the Summer Days colletion is, it made it super easy to use in my planner again this month and to have it look completely different than last month!

Thanks for joining me this month!  Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/laylekoncar/ to see more of my planners & travelers notebooks.  Until next month!

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Hello there! Linsey here today sharing my latest altered project, made with the beautiful and timeless Simple Stories Faith collection. A 3D wooden wishing well was the perfect piece for my plan. I designed it with a certain scripture in mind: John 4. This is when Jesus comes to rest at Jacob's well and the Samaritan woman arrives to get water. Jesus explains to the woman that all who drink the well water will be thirsty again; but whomever drinks the water that He gives them will never thirst again. For Jesus is the true, living water and indeed, the water He gives us will become in us a spring of water welling up to eternal life. And this is how my well of faith came to be.

 

 

As you can see, this is no usual well. This is a very special well indeed! It's brimming with all good things so that anyone who comes to it, thirsty, might bear witness to the true, living water of Christ. There are countless elements in the Faith collection to embellish with. So much so, I found it difficult to stop adding darling goodies to my project. Come and be inspired by the joy and love within!

 

 

The well is covered with some of the patterned papers from the Faith collection, giving it a nice feel of floral mixed with woodgrain and lots of colorful pretties. Grace washi tape was perfect to use for covering all the edges, so painting them white first wasn't even necessary. I love all the cute accents of this collection. From the balloons, potted plants and world globe chipboard to the faith bible and Winston wearing his I heart Jesus sweater decorative clips....there is so much to adore!

 

 

The "shine" decorative brad is a perfect accent for the theme. As God's children, we have a certain light in us and He wants us to shine brightly. He is the light of the world and we are His city on a hill--so let your light shine!

 

 

I love the quality of Simple Stories products. The heavy duty cardstock stickers stood up to all my abuse when manipulating them into the scene. Like the lights and lantern hung from the inside ceiling.

 

 

Enamel dots are so cool. Here, they were transformed into a colorful string of fun also hung from the inside of the well.

 

 

And a few more enamel dots on the tiny blooms of the chipboard add just the right amount of dimension.

 

 

The roof's trim was designed using the 12 inch heart border sticker cut down to fit the length of each side. A bit of delicate white crochet lace underneath the border and along the top of the roof border adds a sweet touch.

 

 

And that's my well of faith altered project. I hope you enjoyed it. I certainly took great pleasure in creating it! And I hope you've been inspired by the Faith collection today. Thank you so much for visiting! Happy crafting!

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Hi everyone, Kelly here today with a new blog post. I am going to show you a fun and easy way to create your own pretty sticker storage binder to store all your planner stickers in one place.

 

As a base I used a pink SN@P binder, 4x6 clear Pocket Pages, some scrapbook papers and of course stickers to put in the inserts. Now I am going to show you how I created the dividers!

Because of my love for pastel colors I decided to use the SN@P! Lights Color Vibe papers as my dashboard and dividers. First, I cut the scrapbook papers down to size (7x8.5 inch) using a cutting board, but you can also use a ruler and scissors. Next, I punched 2 holes using a Pocket Page sheet as a template to know exactly where I needed to punch.

Now that the dividers are the right size it is time to make our own tabs. I found some tabs in an old pack of diecuts to use as a template. I traced them on leftover scrapbook paper pieces and then cut them out. 

As an end result, you have your own DIY tabs in matching colors to glue on the dividers.

The next step is to grab all your stickers and put them in the clear Pocket Pages. I decided to divide my stickers into 4 categories: Collections, Summer, Functional and Alpha’s. Because the alpha sheets are a little bit bigger than 4x6inch, I trimmed the borders of each sticker sheet a little bit to make them fit in the pocket pages easily.

Now that my stickers are all in the Pocket Pages it is time to put them in the binder.

I love decorating and decided to use some journaling cards and stickers from the Faith collection to decorate the pink dashboard and 4 dividers. With the alpha stickers I wrote ‘ Sticker book’ and I used some flower pieces and little butterfly stickers to decorate the page.

To decorate the dividers I created pockets on all of them to put even more sticker sheets in there! I used a 4x6 journaling card and only glued the bottom and sides of the card so that you can slide 2-4 sticker sheets in there.

The third divider is for functional stickers such as date numbers, icons and label stickers. I have so many functional stickers for my planner, I think I can fill a full binder with those alone!

The last divider is for my alpha stickers, so ofcourse I slided some alpha sheets in the pocket as well.

The end result is 1 front dashboard and 4 decorated dividers with little pockets to put even more sticker sheets in there.

I love this binder because now I can flip through the binder and see all the stickers I have. I can grab my planner, some washi tapes, and my sticker binder and plan everywhere I want and have all my supplies with me!

I hope you liked this blogpost and got inspired to create your own sticker storage binder! For more inspiring planner posts go to my instagram account: createplannernl.  Have a great day!

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Hello everyone! It's Lisa Dickinson here today and I'm excited to be sharing my recent obsession with double pagers! I love the larger canvas for creating and the fact that they hold lots and lots of photos. My only issue with the double-page spread is that I use 3-ring albums, which creates a significant gap in the middle of my two page spreads. My solution? Create a two-pager that also works as two stand-alone pages!

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On both of these pages, I'm working with the new Summer Days collection, which is ideal for documenting these last days of school as well as the warm weather events happening all summer! For the left half of the page, I chose to use one photo enlarged to 11x7 and layered a bold die-cut title over it. Below the photo, I punched out ten 2-inch squares from the Summer Days patterned papers and layered them with chipboard, die cuts, brads, stickers & journaling strips.

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On the right half of the page, I continued the grid design but used slightly larger (2.25") squares. In addition to eight photos from my daughter's last day of school, I alternated the 16-square grid with eight more patterned paper squares. 

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Once again, I layered the patterned squares with coordinating Summer Days pieces and also used one as a journaling block. I tried to select a variety of accents that reinforced the page theme and brought lots of color and texture to the design.

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To keep the two-pager from being awkwardly divided by the 3-ring album gap, I kept all the page elements with the 12x12 margins and didn't allow anything to cross over the center line. But the common design element of squares, as well as the coordinating papers, keep this spread looking harmonious. And while each page certainly can stand alone, the double-pager helps tell the story of the day with more detail (even with the dilemma of the gap!)

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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Happy Memorial Day everyone!  It's Traci, from Artsy Albums, back to share my latest Sn@p album with you.  I decided to make an album that highlights my life in 2017.  Everything from time spent with family and friends, to trips and celebrations.  I also wanted to incorporate my spiritual side ... prayers, bible study notes, etc.  The Faith collection was perfect for all of this.

 
I used white card stock, and covered it with papers from the Faith 12x12 collection, as well as the 6x8 paper pad.  The title on one of the 3x4 elements cards, "Hope, Faith, and Miracles" was perfect for my cover, especially since we welcomed a new little miracle to our family last year.  
 
I really like incorporating the 4x6 vertical page protectors into my Sn@p albums ... it allows me to include extra journaling spots, photos, and the collection's awesome 4x6 element cards. 
 
Our little miracle doesn't look too happy in this photo (smile). 
 
 
I make a lot of flip cards and pockets in my albums.  I think it makes the album more interesting, and it help me to get more photos and journaling on my pages.
This "Pray" sticker is from the 4x6 Faith sticker package.  These packs are great because they have alpha/number stickers, tabs, icons and small captions that are perfect for smaller spaces like mini albums and planners.
These photos are from a recent trip my husband and I took to Greenville, SC with some friends.  We went on a Segway tour of the city.  If you've never done this, do it!  It's a lot of fun,  and pretty easy after 10 minutes of practice.  
 
For Mother's Day we visited my in laws in Chattanooga.  I usually don't take tons of photos on weekend trips, so my Sn@p album pockets are perfect for documenting the highlights.  The chipboard globe in the Faith collection reminds me of travel .... so cute!
What can I say ... this little sweetness has my heart!  Having a granddaughter has been one of the biggest joys in my life.  I'm sure when I look back on my 2017 album in the future, most of the photos will be of her, ha ha!  
 
Well thanks for letting me share a few pages of my 2017 album with you!  I hope you'll stop by my Artsy Albums blog and say hello sometime!  

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Hi there, Nathalie here with some new projects using some of the fun and beautiful collections from Simple Stories.  

This time i chose to document two different snapshots of my fun loving family!, and the new collections Cabin Fever and Emoji love were perfect to bring this pictures to live.  Let me show you:

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My husband is passionate about camping and the great outdoors, something he has passed on to our kids.  For this picture of our family hiking around Lake Simcoe, I used the colors and patterns in the new Cabin Fever collection to complete this page.

To create the background, two cut files from the Cut Shoppe were fused together to create a compass. The  star in the middle of the compass was backed with vellum, while the two outer rings of the compass were back with the 'Roughing It', and 'Under The Stars' papers from the collection.  The compass was then glued to the right of the b side of the " Nature  Hike" paper, and trimmed to fit within the edge of the page.

There are so many coordinating embellishments in this collection, that i just had to use as many as i could to frame the picture.   I layered some of the 4x6  element cut-out cards from the collection behind the picture, and glued it between the N and W corner of the compass.   I created the first cluster at the center of the compass by using some sentiments from the Combo Sticker sheet, Bits and Pieces, and 4x6 sticker sheets.

A second cluster was created around the top corner of the picture, here i used pulled some of the beautiful flower chipboard stickers, the boot print brad, and some stickers and die cuts from the collection.  I love the brads from this collection!,  in fact I am hoarding a few of them in my stash!!

Can you tell I love cut files?  I used another design from the Cut Shoppe to create the title of this piece, I used the remaining piece of the "Under the Stars" paper to back the cut-out, and glued it below the picture.  I had to repeat the foot print design -as in the brad-, and chose the Chipboard stickers;   this time, a small cluster was created with some of the Bits and pieces, Combo sticker sheet and another brad ( i love the brads!!!). 

To finish the page, I trimmed a bit of the left and bottom edges of the page, and glued the entire mat to the "Summer Camp" paper from the collection.  I added  a few lines of journal around the perimeter of the compass to complete this page.   I love how i was able to combine the picture with the earthy tones of this collection.   Trust me, you need a bit of Cabin Fever to document your outdoorsy adventures!

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This project is all about the super fun Emoji Love collection, and one of the funniest pictures of my 3 kids.   Sometimes the stars align, and you get that lucky shot, this is exactly how this picture came to be, and  the best way to document it was using all the icons in the collection.

The idea for this layout came after sharing this picture with my family overseas.   It all started from a camera snapshot, followed by the picture going to our family group, and then the reactions  are still coming in.  So, I started by recreating the camera icon in this collection.  I drew the image on trace paper, and used it to build the icon from papers from the 6x8 paper pad and some hand stitching.   This took a bit of time, as I wanted to add details, and texture to this element.

To make the colors of this layout shine, I opted to use white cardstock as the base.  I cut two wide strips of  "YAY" paper, and glued it to the sides of the cardstock; next  two strips of the "Too Cool" paper were cut ( narrower than the previous strips), and glued on top of the previous strips.   The finished camera element was then glued to the bottom of the page, and I used Chipboard stickers, die cut pieces, the combo sticker sheet , and brads to add the cluster on the camera.

To recreate the posting, I cut a speech bubble out of cardstock, and used it to frame the picture of my kids. It was then glued above the camera element, and lots of icons were then glued around it.  Since there is so many icons, speech bubbles and emojis in the collection, I pulled pieces from all the embellishments in the collection to create the clusters around the picture.  I even used the LOL chipboard sticker as the title for this piece.  Here is final layout:

OMG, this layout is just the perfect representation of  this social media post.   I love it!.   The emoji collection is by far one of the funnest collections to date.

I hope the two projects  here inspire you to document those fun family moments. The new Simple Stories collection are so diverse, fun, innovative that you can easily scrap from outdoor hikes to the common social media post.  The possibilities are infinite with the new Simple Stories collections.  I cannot wait to see what you create with them.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Hello Everyone! It's Jomelle here today sharing my project using the Faith collection. I was raised in a religious family. Growing up, I remember that we always go to church for mass every Sunday. I even went to Catholic School during my Elementary Days. Having my own family, I truly try my best to keep the Christian Catholic Faith. Part of that is to have my children attend Faith Formation Education Classes and to make sure that they receive the Sacraments of Initiation.

The Faith Collection is perfect for my memory keeping of the Holy Sacraments that my family celebrate and will celebrate in the future.
 

This is what I call "Pocket Love" I used mostly bits and pieces to decorate my pockets. I love the hint of yellow everywhere.
 

The cover of this Doc it Journal is already beautiful. I just added some butterfly chipboard stickers and some enamel dots to add a little 3D effect.
 

 

 I used lots of layering to decorate the cover page of my journal. I love using doilies and have them peeking out from behind.
 

Here is the first Sacrament of Initiation-Baptism. I wanted to document my daughter's baptism to remember the day she was welcomed into the Christian world and became the child of God. This is a very special occasion for her and for our family.
 

 
I was lucky enough that one of our family member was able to photograph my daughter being baptized. 
 

Close up of the picture where my daughter is being baptized with the Holy water.
 

 I made a peek-a-boo page. The scallops edges also adds a nice touch to this page.
 

Next Sacrament of Initiation is the First Holy Communion.
 

 
My son Jaden's First  Holy Communion. This was a big deal for my son. He was actually excited and I was excited for him because he now knows the meaning behind taking the "bread" during Sunday mass. I wanted him to know that is he receiving Jesus into our body and soul.
 

I actually ran out of some letters of the alpha stickers in the same color to spell the words I wanted on this page, so ended up using both colors. I didn't think I was going to like it but it actually turned out pretty good.
 

I had to take a picture of this eye candy bits and pieces and washi tapes. I always use these with all my planner projects. They are super fun and I just love the vivid colors.
 

 
Thank you for stopping by. I hope to add more in my Faith Memory keeping Journal in the future when my oldest son receives his Confirmation. Have a nice day!

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Happy Friday, friends!  It's Layle back with you again today for the final day of our Spring 2017 Carpe Diem Reveal!  If you missed us this week, you can catch Day 1 here & Day 2 here.   You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Who's ready for Day 3 of our Carpe Diem Release?!  Today brings two MORE new A5 a la carte planners, a bunch of new Essentials, and more!!  

Two years ago we introduced the original Carpe Diem collection - a bright, cheery selection of A5 Boxed Sets & playful planning accessories.  We're super excited to introduce additonal products that coordinate with that original collection, including two brand new printed a la carte A5 planners!  These new Carpe Diem planners & accessories are shipping in June - YES!, that's next month!!  

You're going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new Floral Dot and Black Speckle planners - 

Monthly Inserts are available a la carte so you can add to either of these new A5 planners or to your existing planner.

Gorgeous Dividers for customizing and adding additional sections to your planner - 

Pockets - perfect for tucking stickers & other accessories in for planning on the go

Dashboards & Pocket Cards - perfect for adding a little decorative touch

Our Bookmark Tablets are great for note taking & storing in the back inside pocket of our planners for easy access

Insta Quote Stickers are sized to fit the squares on your Monthly Dividers - a quick & easy way to decorate with style!

Wrapping things up are the Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers.  With 9 4x6 sticker sheets of dated calendars - July 2017 through December 2018 - and 6 stickers for each month, they're great for not only adding to your Monthly spread, but also to each of your weekly spreads as well!

So, what do you think so far?!  Are you excited?  Well, hold on to your hats - I mentioned we also have introduced a slew of new Planner Essentials - those workhorse products that you'll keep going back to again and again and again!  

Hip hip hooray - the A5 Punch is on its way!  Shipping to retailers in early June!!

To kick things off, how about Seasons Sticker Tablets in both A5 and Personal sizes?  With 12 sticker sheets - one for each month of the year! - you'll have an assortment of coordinating stickers for each month at your fingertips to decorate your planner as the months & seasons change!

With gorgeous, neutral designs, these next products make it easy to incorporate into your daily planning, regardless of your planning style.

New Bookmarks - both A5 and Personal - make it a breeze to mark your spot in your planner for quick & easy access

How about A5 and Personal Bookmark Tablets

With the addition of Personal planners this release, we couldn't skip these essentials - Personal Daily and Horizontal Weekly Inserts!

Although not part of the Planner Essentials collection, we just knew these next 2 products were a necessity after seeing the response to their A5 counterparts released earlier this year - introducing Faith Inserts and a Sticker Tablet, sized for Personal planners :)

So there you have it, the final day of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories!  The New Carpe Diem planners & accessories featured on this post along with the A5 Punch are shipping to retailers early June Bliss; the Planner Essentials products ship in September.   

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win either the Floral Dot or Black Speckle A5 a la carte planner?!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and/or CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday, June 1st, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think the final day of of our Carpe Diem release!

Thanks so much for joining us this week, we loved sharing all of our new products with you!   

Good morning!  Layle back with you again today for the 2nd of 3 days of our Spring 2017 Carpe Diem Reveal!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch yesterday's reveal here.   Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for one final day of new products + another chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Who's ready for Day 2 of our Carpe Diem Release?!  Today brings two MORE brand new designs - Bliss and Good Vibes - along with a new A5 boxed set, another gorgeous 16 month dated spiral planner, a 3rd Traveler's Notebook and more!!  

Our Grape A5 a la carte planner has been so popular since we released it in January, we knew we wanted to follow up with a Boxed Set!  Bliss is the beautiful new line of inserts & accessories - 

Here's a little peek into the Boxed Sets inserts, including a gorgeous gold foil acetate dashboard AND 3 sticker sheets to jump start your planning, right out of the box!

When it comes to Bliss A5 accessories, we've got you covered.  Of course, we've also added the A5 Bliss Monthly Insert set a la carte so you can add to your existing planners :)

Our Sticker Tablets were so popular with our Winter release that we just had to release them with Bliss as well!   With 12 full sheets of stickers in each A5 tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Sticky Notes - adhered to a heavy, punched clear acetate sheet, perfect for inserting directly into your A5 planner.

And of course, we couldn't leave out the beloved Washi Tape!

So, what do you think so far?!  Are you excited?  Well, hold on to your hats - I mentioned not one but two new designs in today's release, so let me also introduce you to Good Vibes

Kicking off the new Good Vibes collection is the 2nd of our two NEW Spiral PlannersDated - yes, DATED!! - September 2017 through December 2018, with gold rings and metal corners, 2 sticker sheets and gold foil accents throughout, you're going to love this new addition to the Carpe Diem line of products!

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Good news, if you're loving the vibe of Good Vibes, we're also offering a Personal Monthly Insert Set that you can use to customize one of the brand new a la carte Carpe Diem Personal Planners !   

How about a mini sticker tablet, perfect for adding to both your Good Vibes Spiral planner AND Personal Inserts?!   With 12 full sheets of stickers in each tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Rounding out the Good Vibes accessories is the Aztec Black & White Traveler's Notebook, the 3rd of our new Traveler's Notebooks.  Don't you just love this pattern?!

 

So there you have it, part 2 of 3 full days of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories.  Bliss & Good Vibes are shipping to retailers in September, with the exception of the Good Vibes Spiral Planner which ships in early August!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a new Bliss A5 Boxed Set or Aztec Black & White Traveler's Notebook?  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and/or CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday, June 1st, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Day 2 of of our Carpe Diem release!

And remember, there's still one more fun filled days of amazing new Carpe Diem designs, so meet me back here tomorrow morning!   

 

 

Hello!  It's Layle Koncar, Simple Stories Marketing Director here today to share some pretty exciting news!  We've been in New York City this week exhibiting at the National Stationery show & that means a HUGE new Carpe Diem release - hooray!!  Today is the first of THREE ful days of brand new planners & accessories that we can't wait to share with you!  This is a big one friends, make sure to read to the end of the post for chances to win some of these fabulous new products before you can buy them :)

You also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Today brings two brand new designs - Bloom and Beautiful - with new A5 planners & boxed sets, PERSONAL planners - yes!, 16 month dated spiral planners, Traveler's Notebooks & Inserts and more!!  

 

To kick things off - how about some gorgeous prints, Personals & Boxed Sets with Bloom?  With Bloom you'll find a fun Black Blossom and Robin's Egg Personal sized planners,  available a la carte as well as in a Boxed Set.  In addition, how about a Cream Blossom and Clover also available as A5 Boxed Sets?!

Here's a little peek into the Boxed Sets inserts, including a gorgeous gold foil acetate dashboard AND 3 sticker sheets to jump start your planning, right out of the box!

When it comes to Bloom accessories, we've got you covered.  Of course, we've also added the Bloom Monthly Insert sets a la carte in both A5 AND Personal sizes so you can add to your existing planners :)

We've had our Doc It Journals now for quite a while and one of the biggest questions we've been getting is 'when will you introduce Traveler's Notebooks'?  Well, you asked and we delivered!  

Our Sticker Tablets were so popular with our Winter release that we just had to release them with Bloom as well!  Even better, the tablets are now sized for A5 or Personal planners, so you'll have just the size sticker you need.  With 12 full sheets of stickers in each tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Sticky Notes - adhered to a heavy, punched clear acetate sheet, perfect for inserting directly into your planner.  Bonus - also sized for Personal AND A5!

And of course, we couldn't leave out the beloved Washi Tape!

So, what do you think so far?!  Are you excited?  Well, hold on to your hats - I mentioned not one but two new designs in today's release, so let me introduce you to Beautiful!

With Beautiful you'll find a gorgeous mint vintage floral and Blush Personal sized planners, available a la carte as well as in a Boxed Set, and the ever popular Robin's Egg and Blush also available as A5 Boxed Sets!

Here's a little peek into the Boxed Sets inserts, including a gorgeous gold foil acetate dashboard, 3 sticker sheets to jump start your planning right out of the box and gold foil accents throughout!

When it comes to Beautiful accessories, we've got you covered.  For those of you that already have Personal planners or a Carpe Diem A5, the Beautiful Monthly Insert sets are also available a la carte!

Today brings one of two NEW Spiral Planners!  Dated - yes, DATED!! - September 2017 through December 2018, with gold rings and metal corners, 2 sticker sheets and gold foil accents throughout, you're going to love this new addition to the Carpe Diem line of products!

Here's a peek at the insides - 

The gorgeous black vintage floral pattern appearing throughout Beautiful makes a bold statement with this Traveler's Notebook - 

Our Sticker Tablets were so popular with our Winter release that we just had to release them with Beautiful as well!  Even better, the tablets are now sized for A5 or Personal planners, so you'll have just the size sticker you need.  With 12 full sheets of stickers in each tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Sticky Notes - adhered to a heavy, punched clear acetate sheet, perfect for inserting directly into your planner.  Bonus - also sized for Personal AND A5!

And of course, we couldn't leave out the beloved Washi Tape!

 

 

So there you have it, part 1 of 3 full days of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories.  Bloom & Beautiful are shipping to retailers in September, with the exception of the Beautiful Spiral Planner which ships in early August!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a new Bloom or Beautiful A5 or Personal Planner Boxed Set of your choice?   You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and/or CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

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Hello Everyone! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a fun project I did using the Emoji Love collection from Simple Stories! I love this collection! It is so bright and bold and it feels so “of the moment”. It is the perfect collection to use to plan and document your life right now in a cool mini album project. So this month I made a mini album for May called "Love today: my life now" which combines lots of planning goodness with traditional scrapbooking and pocket pages...yay!

I don't know about you, but I am always using emojis in my everyday life now. And so, it felt appropriate to use a scrapbooking collection that has tons of emojis to document my everyday life too! I decided to document my everyday life right now with a combo of memory-planning and memory-keeping, using the planner goodies, Doc-It journal, and a 6x8 mini album with SN@P! Pocket Pages and Emoji Love SN@P! Pack. 

Similar to what I did last month (with my Faith planner to Faith mini album project), I documented my month, May, in my planner and then I moved those calendar pages into a mini album. This time I also decided to do some journaling, list making and note taking in my Doc-It journal too...and then use some info from that to inform my 6x8 mini album. This album is all about documenting my life right now...what is going on, how I am feeling, my plans and activities, etc.

This month was filled with ups and downs. The downs haven't been that bad though, its just that I have mostly just been really, really busy. Which, many of you know, when you are really busy, sometimes things can feel a bit overwhelming. But, when you are busy with something you love doing, then it also feels really good to be constantly working on something that makes you happy! That is how my May has gone! I have been so busy, but I have been so happy too, working on lots of creative projects!

This month marks a new, big creative and business adventure for me, so I am really excited...and also a little bit nervous...like all the time! I think my emotions have been running the gamut this month and so it made perfect sense to use the Emoji Love collection to document all the different feelings that I am feeling right now!!! The different emoji faces are perfect for this!

One big feeling I have definitely been having this month, is a whole lot of love and heart eyes for my hubby, Ryan, for being so very supportive of me right now! He has really helped me a lot this month to get so much accomplished and it is so nice to know that he believes in me!

I am definitely feeling very creative this month too...with my creative mojo flowing! I have definitely been scrapbooking and planning a lot this month and that is always great!

I love that in addition to all the cute face emojis that are included in the collection, there are also a lot of very explanatory words and phrases that helped me to document all that has been happening this month. The busy-ness is described well I think with phrases like “omg” and “wow” and “deal with it” and “need more sleep”!

In addition to all the busy stuff and creative stuff that I documented this month with Emoji Love, it was fun to document the more relaxed, “playful”, of this month as well with the collection. For example, I thought the collection worked really well with our pics from our trip to go see “Gaurdians of the Galaxy” at the movie theater too!

And since Mother's Day was also this month, of course I included that in my album documenting May too!

Alright, well, I hope you enjoyed this combo of memory-keeping and memory-planning that I did this month with my documentation of the “Now” using the awesome collection, Emoji Love by Simple Stories!

I hope I have inspired you to make a fun mini album of your own, documenting your various emotions and activities and plans for your life at the moment!

Happy Scrapping everyone! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoo 

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Hello Everyone! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a fun project I did using the Emoji Love collection from Simple Stories! I love this collection! It is so bright and bold and it feels so “of the moment”. It is the perfect collection to use to plan and document your life right now in a cool mini album project. So this month I made a mini album for May called "Love today: my life now" which combines lots of planning goodness with traditional scrapbooking and pocket pages...yay!

 

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I don't know about you, but I am always using emojis in my everyday life now. And so, it felt appropriate to use a scrapbooking collection that has tons of emojis to document my everyday life too! I decided to document my everyday life right now with a combo of memory-planning and memory-keeping, using the planner goodies, Doc-It journal, and a 6x8 mini album with Sn@p pocket pages and Sn@ppack from Simple Stories Emoji Love!

 

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Similar to what I did last month (with my Faith planner to Faith mini album project), I documented my month, May, in my planner and then I moved those calendar pages into a mini album. This time I also decided to do some journaling, list making and note taking in my Doc-It journal too...and then use some info from that to inform my 6x8 mini album. This album is all about documenting my life right now...what is going on, how I am feeling, my plans and activities, etc.

 

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This month was filled with ups and downs. The downs haven't been that bad though, its just that I have mostly just been really, really busy. Which, many of you know, when you are really busy, sometimes things can feel a bit overwhelming. But, when you are busy with something you love doing, then it also feels really good to be constantly working on something that makes you happy! That is how my May has gone! I have been so busy, but I have been so happy too, working on lots of creative projects!

 

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This month marks a new, big creative and business adventure for me, so I am really excited...and also a little bit nervous...like all the time! I think my emotions have been running the gamut this month and so it made perfect sense to use the Emoji Love collection to document all the different feelings that I am feeling right now!!! The different emoji faces are perfect for this!

 

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One big feeling I have definitely been having this month, is a whole lot of love and heart eyes for my hubby, Ryan, for being so very supportive of me right now! He has really helped me a lot this month to get so much accomplished and it is so nice to know that he believes in me!

 

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I am definitely feeling very creative this month too...with my creative mojo flowing! I have definitely been scrapbooking and planning a lot this month and that is always great!

 

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I love that in addition to all the cute face emojis that are included in the collection, there are also a lot of very explanatory words and phrases that helped me to document all that has been happening this month. The busy-ness is described well I think with phrases like “omg” and “wow” and “deal with it” and “need more sleep”!

 

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In addition to all the busy stuff and creative stuff that I documented this month with Emoji Love, it was fun to document the more relaxed, “playful”, of this month as well with the collection. For example, I thought the collection worked really well with our pics from our trip to go see “Gaurdians of the Galaxy” at the movie theater too!

 

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And since Mother's Day was also this month, of course I included that in my album documenting May too!

 

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Alright, well, I hope you enjoyed this combo of memory-keeping and memory-planning that I did this month with my documentation of the “Now” using the awesome collection, Emoji Love by Simple Stories!

 

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I hope I have inspired you to make a fun mini album of your own, documenting your various emotions and activities and plans for your life at the moment!

 

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Happy Scrapping everyone! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoo

Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalms 46:10) This month I wanted to share with you how I used my Floral Dot Carpe Diem Planner and the Faith collection as my War Binder. This scripture has so much meaning to me that I cried when I first saw the 6X8 pad. I knew right away what I was going to use as my Dashboard.

Throughout my life I've had some very difficult moments. Some that people will never have to go through in their lifetime. From having my first born son prematurely and needed to stay in the hospital for 30 days and just days before he was released was told, to prepare my self for the worst, he most likely is not going to make it! I couldn't understand, and I wasn't going to accept that. Our church prayed at the next service while we were there and by the end of the week he was able to go home. 

When our daughter turned four we went in for a routine checkup and found out she had a heart murmur, but the doc wasn't too concerned, but was concerned enough to have a child cardiologist take a look at her heart. Before I knew it there are 4-5 doctors  in the room with us all whispering among themselves. I felt my heartbeat in my ears. I was like, what is going on! My eyes were darting back and forth. It was then that her cardiologist informed us that she needed to have open heart surgery. I felt like I was punched in the gut. 

 

From surgeries, marriage, and all the other things life throws at me. Sometimes I try to take matters in my own hands and sometimes I did and messed up everything, but God was always there and still is, reminding me to be Still! Through a song playing on the radio, from a friend, from a greeting card to my daily devotion, a sermon on a Sunday morning, on a journal sent to me, and now with a Simple Stories Faith Collection Line. I'm humbled that he would take the time to constantly bring me reminders of who really is in control.

 

 

 

 

The Faith A5 planner inserts are perfect for my war binder. I used the Inspired journal inserts, to keep track of what I was reading, inspiration and prayers. I also made a little flag paperclip bookmark. This has to be one of my favorite color schemes of all time. The florals, mason jars, mint, aqua, pinks and yellow are so beautiful. All of the  journal  cards and stickers are just what I need to add some inspiration and encouragement to my day.

 

 

 

As part of my war binder, I keep my month scripture writing in it. I use the weekly inserts to write down each scripture for the day. 

 

 

 

Jesus is the reason I live and breath, he is my hope and my salvation. I serve him because I need him! My life and everything about me is far from perfect, but I'm thankful to know who is! I am also very thankful that I now have a gorgeous way of documenting all my prayers, daily scriptures and more, using the Faith Collection. 

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Hi everyone! Tara, from Secretbees Studio here today with a super cute home project that is not only functional but looks awesome too! Sometimes we (our family) need a little reminder of the things that have to be done around the house. Using a regular picture frame and the adorable Simple Stories 'Domestic Bliss' paper collection, you can create a charming way to help them remember!

 

I picked up a simple 8x10 frame at my local craft store for this project. You can use any size, but this one is great for showing off the beautiful 'Domestic Bliss' papers and embellishments! You will also need dry erase markers for this - any color will do. Gather all of your supplies and get ready to make something awesome!

I started by using some of the letters from the 4x6 stickers to create a title for my chart. It's always a good idea to use a ruler, or another piece of paper to align your letters evenly! Once positioned where you want them, press firmly so they stay in place.

 
I also layed out  how I wanted my chart to look with the patterned papers, stickers and embellishments before I put it in the frame. The colorful weekly list is one of the 4x6 vertical element cards in the paper pack and worked perfectly! Keep in mind that if you are layering lots of paper together with thick embellishments, it may be harder to fit behind the glass.
 
 
The finished product is sweet and charming and so much better than the actual housework! My favorite part is the kitty sitting in the laundry basket with the sentiment 'Every Day I'm Launderin'. Too funny! I added some special touches to the outside of the frame using more of the chipboard, stickers and washi tape from the collection to make it even cuter!
 
 
Writing with dry erase markers is smooth and easy and will not leave any residue behind when you need to change things up!
 
 
There are so many adorable sentiment stickers in this collection that I couldn't resist using one layered over a label sticker to make a tag for the metal slot at the bottom of the frame.
 
 
A close up of the tag I made using one from the Bits & Pieces layered with stickers and chipboard! I just love the laundry basket brad in the center of the twine bow!
 
 
This home project was so easy and fun to create that I made another one for the weekly dinner menu! The 'Domestic Bliss' collection even has cute embellishments for that!
 
 
Once the week is over and you need to write something new in, just take a tissue or paper towel and wipe off the old. Easy peasy!
 
 
Thanks for taking the time to check out my project! I hope this inspires you to create something cute and functional for your home!

 

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Hello, it's Lisa here today with a rather magical post.
Let's face it, anything Disney related is magical, right?! And that's how this Say Cheese III collection makes me feel. Magical!

I have two projects to share with you today using this collection. I have a layout and a minibook where I will share my secrets with you....the success of making mini books.
 

 
 
I'm going to start with the ' Meeting the Mouse' layout.
  
 
 
 
 
 
I cut down some white card stock so that it could be framed on the cute spotted paper from the collection. I like to frame my scrapbook pages. I just think it's a good finish.
 
I edited my 'meeting the mouse' photo to turn it in to a vintage polaroid print. I love this look and although it does take the quality out of the photo, it keeps it looking vintage, which I quite like.
 
 

 
 I used one of the 'Snap' cards with half a Mickey head on it and by using a craft knife around the outline of the ear, I've turned it in to a little pocket.
 
 

I cut some of the tickets out from the 12x12 Die Cut papers to pop inside the pocket. I also used some to journal on.
 

 
I took another of the patterned papers and cut out the large spots to stick on my page. I also used some of the 'Bits and Pieces' then to embellish. I like the colour contrasts here. The arrows were made by also cutting out from one of the patterned papers.

I'm really happy with how this has turned out. I love all the pops of colour and yet there's still a little 'white space'.

Now on to my next project, my Mini Book.
 

 
This Mini Book was so much fun to make.   I got myself a little stuck with mini books a while back. I used to start them, spend weeks working on them very slowly, step by step, so much procrastinating and they would never get finished.  Then one weekend I made a mega mini book over a weekend.   It then dawned on me the secret to making mini books.
 
 
 
1. Print all your photos and have them ready.
2. Gather all your craft materials and supplies so they are ready in front of you. No more thinking about what paper to use next what embellishments go with what. By using a matching collection like this, all that thought has been done for you and everything coordinates. Make sure you have all your tools there too.
3. Try and create it in one sitting if you can. If this isn't possible then stick with it and make sure you finish it the following day. Chances are (if you are like me) and you walk away, if it's left longer than a few days, it will not get finished.
 
 
 4. Keep a design running throughout the book. This way you don't have to spend too much time thinking how you are going to decorate the pages and when you do decorate each page, it's quick and easy and really makes the mini book flow as you look through. It's very pleasing to the eye seeing this repetitive continuation of the design. Keep it simple. I cut the scalloped patterned paper in to strips and added a strip to the bottom of most of the pages as you can see here above and below. 
 
  
You could also add a heart from the same paper on each page, or use a circle punch ....just something to keep a design flowing.
 
I then work page by page. I choose the order of the pages selecting the papers. Here I used the 12x12 Element papers. They are perfect for Mini Books.
 
 
Then I go through, keeping them in order, adding my photos. Then I go on to add embellishments/stickers. Then any journaling and finally I often like to doodle.
 
 
 
This whole mini book was made in under 2 hours as I stuck to my Mini Book rules. It makes it so easy.
 
Here you can see the pages in order.
 
 
 
 
 
I am so happy with how this has turned out. There is a real sense of achievement when you create a project like this.
 
I do have a YouTube Channel here where you can see me creating both of these projects.
 
Thank you for joining me here. Have a magical day!
 

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Hi again, it's Emma here, I'm back this time to show you what I've been up to with the Domestic Bliss collection, it's a fabulous new line which I'm using in my Carpe Diem A5 planner.  There are so many different items to choose from. 

First things first, which planner to choose? I picked out some of the 12x12 papers from the collection kit and put them against my Ivory, Robins Egg and Ballerina planners to see what looked best, to be honest I liked them all but in the end went for my ever faithful Robins Egg. 

The humour in this line is brilliant, I love all the quotes used, like 'housework can't kill you but why take the chance'!!, it's so important for me to have elements throughout my planners that make me smile, and with this collection they even make me chuckle which can't be a bad thing!

The pockets and dashboard are the first impression you get when you open your planner and for me it's all about stuffing the pockets full of pretty things, I certainly didn't struggle to do this when I had all the bits & pieces and cards from the snap pack at hand! I also used some of the decorative brads and enamel dots for more texture. 

As I said this collection is perfect for the Carpe Diem planner as it has specific items like the 54 piece Home Planner Insert Set which includes home planning inserts, menu & financial pages, dashboard, die cuts, storage pocket, stickers and 6 tabbed dividers. The dividers can be labelled with the stickers included.

The domestic bliss line is full of images of fun household items like the retro vacuum cleaner which you'll find throughout the collection, even on the epoxy metal clips. The doc it journal cover has all these on it, it's so handy to keep in the back pocket of my planner, I also have the shopping list bookmark tablet tucked in the back ready to scribble down what's needed! 

I have filled my weekly pages with washi and stickers and tried to put together a basic routine for housework. I'm using the planner for a multitude of things to try and make the home run more smoothly. Decorating the pages is a pleasure with the 725 stickers you get in the sticker tablet!!

One of the ways I'm using the planner is to keep all the notes that my little boy brings home from school, although you get a pocket divider included with the insert set I wanted to make a few more as they are so handy, it's really easy with the 12x 12 papers to make a simple pocket divider, and then using all the other elements to decorate. You can then store your receipts, stickers, coupons etc in each one. 

 

I hope you've enjoyed looking at a few of the ways I've used the Domestic Bliss collection, I'm certainly enjoying using it all!

If you would like to see more pictures of how I use all the simple stories Carpe Diem products you can find me at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/heartsbyemma

See you next time.

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Hello Friends! It's Kristine Davidson here today and I'm sharing 2 layouts with you using the new collection called CABIN FEVER.  When you look at this collection you might think -" wow, i haven't been camping in years!" but you shouldn't skip this collection all together! I created a layout that wasn't even close to camping - just read my post and you'll see! 

My first layout is called Cabin Fever. I had to borrow a friend's photo to complete a layout using this collection because honestly I haven't been camping in years! I really liked the colors and also that little red truck was just calling my name! So I created a layout based on a gorgeous cabin in the woods. A place where people come to relax, enjoy some quiet time and make some lasting memories. 

I created some layers with several papers from this collection and used a minimal amount of die cuts on this one. I found with the picture of the cabin, i didn't much to enhance it or I didn't want my page to be too busy. 

I cut out the compass from a 4x6 journal card in the kit and then of course that little red truck is sooo cute isn't it !? This collection could be used for a fall layout or spring / summer layout at the cabin or camping as well. 

It's an easy page that you can replicate with no issues, just find that perfect picture!

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My second layout is a fun one - still using the same Cabin Fever collection but I created a page that wasn't about camping or the cabin at all. 

This layout is called " You Make Me Happy".  I apologize that the lighting isn't great on my layout - we haven't seen sun in ages here on the east coast. 

 I started this page by using a cut file in the Silhouette store from the Simple Stories - the GEO Background #194848. I love die cut backgrounds and of course this one was perfect for me. I created my background and then added pieces of papers - to give it more detail I did some sewing all along those lines - it looks good and I don't need to fuss over glue dots or make sure it stays put ;) 

Once I finished with the piecing of the background I started decorating. I wanted to have something that wasn't camping related so I simply used the flowers from the sticker sheet, Bits & Pieces and also chipboard.  I clustered on the left hand side of the photo since my papers on the right were a bit busy as is - I didn't want to overwhelm the page too much. 

I kept some simple colors such as the beige and also the mint green. I also kept a corner with the wood grain paper so I could decorate a bit more on the right bottom corner. 

My title was created using some alpha stickers from the SN@P! basics collection.  I also had a cut file for happy from Kerri Bradford. I added some pop dots behind the word happy to give it some height and then added some enamel dots ;)

As you can see this collection isn't just for those who love camping ;) 

I hope you enjoyed my reveal today and of course we can't wait to see what you create with this collection! Don't forget to tag us on instagram using #SimpleStories and you can come follow me as well at instagram.com/KristineDavidson

Thanks for visiting and talk to you again soon!

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