Hey there, friends!  I am so excited to share my two newest layouts here today featuring the beautiful Love & Adore collection!  I think this is my favorite collection this year.  I think the colors are amazing, and every patterned paper just jumped out at me.  I love creating layouts about love, so this was an easy task.  For my first page, I scrapped these two goofy photos of me and my husband just lounging around on the couch.  We act silly 90% of the time, so these pictures show our true selves.  I went with this beautiful Head Over Heels paper as my background.  I love the diagonal design, the pops of black and those gorgeous flowers.  It just makes it so simple to add your photos on a titled angle.  I went with it and embellished around the photos.

I layered a few of the 6x6 Paper Pad papers behind my photos along with some tissue paper and adhesive foam.  I cut the largest floral die cut from the Bits & Pieces and added half of it below the photos along with some tangled thread.  I combined some of the 4x6 Stickers with the alphas from the Combo Cardstock Stickers to create my title.  I added in a few flowers and heart stickers and created a small floral cluster below the title.

Above the photos, I created sort of a vertical cluster using stickers and heart die cuts.  I wanted all the fun colors represented, so I pulled elements that made everything colorful.  I love the XOXO sticker the most!  I machine stitched through it for added detail and texture.  Here you can see the background pretty well.  I smudged some white gesso on the background and then used some Shimmerz, Heidi Swapp Color Shine and a gelato to create a splotchy watercolor and splatter look. 

Here you can see the dimension from the photos and all the stitching I did under them.  I love the 4x6 Stickers in the Simple Stories collections.  They can be used in so many ways, and they add the perfect little sentiments.  I always love the words and phrases, and they’re excellent for adding pops of color.

Here’s the top right of the layout.  I added in tangled black thread and also more floral stickers and die cuts.  I really love how striking the black looks in this line, especially up against the pretty blues, pinks and yellows.

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For my second layout, I knew I had to fussy cut out several of the XOXOs from the Sealed With a Kiss patterned paper.  I seriously love the colors and patterns in them…especially the yellow floral and all the black and white.  I took some time and cut out all the XOXOs and decided to arrange them on the beautiful Crazy For You paper.  That deep reddish-pink color is so pretty, and it makes all those other colors pop.  I smudged a lot of white gesso down first using my fingers.  This allows me to really blend it in so the edges are hazy and faded looking instead of like brush strokes.  I used some spray inks and watercolors to create an artsy-type background.  I wanted it to be subtle yet visible behind all the XOXOs.  Once I had them arranged into rows, I placed my three photos down.  My youngest daughter is known for making silly yet adorable faces all the time.  I must have hundreds of photos like this, and they all make me smile.

The papers and XOXOs really did all the work on this page.  All I did was dress up the background paper and provide some interest for the letters to be placed on top of it.  I did machine stitch through each row, which I think really sets it off.  I decided to name this page “Love Your Face” after seeing this phrase on one of the Bits & Pieces die cuts.  It’s perfect for these photos!  I combined the die cut with a 4x6 Sticker.  I also layered a few small floral die cuts & stickers around the photos.

I didn’t do a lot of embellishing around the photos.  I wanted them to stand out and not feel drowned in embellishments, so I used a few flowers, tangled thread and hearts around them.  I think the black and white photos really stand out, and they look great without making things too busy.

Here’s another example of just keeping the embellishing to a minimum.  Just a few die cuts, a sticker and tangled thread.  Sometimes we feel like we just have to use tons of embellishments when we really don’t.  Sometimes the photos speak for themselves and you might not even need a bunch of things surrounding it.

I used one of the Chipboard pieces here.  The dimension is great, and it pops off the page.  I love how the gesso looks so faded and ghost-like.  It softens up the background without taking away from it, I think.

I hope these layouts give you some inspiration or ideas to try with the Love & Adore collection.  It’s really gorgeous, and I want to just keep on creating with it right now!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Hey planner girls! It’s Meka with you on the blog today. I just got my hands on the new Clover green A5 Carpe Diem planner and goodies from the beautiful Faith collection. I’m excited to share with you how I set up my Faith planner.

The collection includes the stickers, Sn@p! Pack journaling cards, Bits and Pieces, and decorative clips we’ve come to love, plus some new products we haven’t seen.

This release has added a variety of Planner Decals. I chose the “start each day with a grateful heart” decal. The instructions on the package made adhering it to the front of my planner a breeze. I accentuated the quote with a lighthearted sheep sticker from the Clear Stickers pack.

I added a few more clear stickers to the bottom front pocket, and stuffed the pockets with Bits and Pieces die cuts, journaling cards, and a few other embellishments. I’ll add to this “Inspired” journaling card as time goes on.

The Faith collection has a fabulous A5 planner Insert Set! It makes it super easy to set up a faith planner. The tabs come blank, but there are pre-printed sticker labels included.

I used the Faith floral bookmark tablet to brainstorm some section ideas. Since only some of my ultimate section names were among the pre-printed stickers, for consistency I handwrote all of mine on the reinforced tabs with a Sharpie.

I then decorated the first divider page as my dashboard. I trimmed this “Be Still” sheet from the new coordinating 6x8 paper pad, and layered it on top of another to stand out a bit from the background. A few ribbon embellishments softened up the design a bit more.

Next I divided the included inserts amongst the sections that worked for me. These “Inspired” inserts from the kit were perfect for my “Inspiration” tab.

An Inserts planner section is a must for organizing extra blank pages, journaling cards, and stickers. Speaking of stickers— YES PLEASE! to these pre-punched A5 sticker sheets that are included in the Faith insert set! I added a length of the collection washi tape along the margin of all three sticker inserts.

There’s also a pocket insert page that will house items I’ll need while using my planner.

That didn’t stop me from playing with one more sheet from the 6x8 paper pad! They make easy-peasy mini folders! I folded the 6x8 sheet in half, trimmed a few millimeters off the edge, cut off a corner from the top half of the fold, punched holes, and added simple adornment to the front.

My last bit of décor for now is this clear “believe” sticker that I added to the inside of my Clover Carpe Diem strap. This will give me a sweet reminder every time I open my Faith planner.

All of these supplies will be available from Simple Stories retailers next month! I hope my Faith planner setup inspires you to get started with yours! Now that I’m all set up, I’m eager to get started along this new journey of documenting my faith. Come visit me anytime at https://www.instagram.com/yespleaseplanning.

 

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Hello friends, It's Laura here with you today sharing two layouts using the oh so fun #Whatever Simple Set!  If you haven't had the opportunity to check out this collection yet, you really should!  The colours are so pretty and the fun text on the various elements of this collection speak so well to all of those funny photos we take!

Both of my pages are about silly moments, like this first one that documents a terrible yet hysterical photo of myself on a day I pulled my sunglasses out of my purse and one lens was missing!  I don't like having my photo taken but couldn't resist snapping this pic.
 

I am currently enjoying designing layouts with larger titles that are a feature in their own right on my pages, and this layout has just such a title! As I mentioned earlier, there are fabulous colours and terrific phrases in this mini collection, too!

I also drew some leftover goodies from my stash of the Life in Color collection to help embellish my page, the colours coordinate so nicely.
 

This word bubble was cut from one of the cut apart sheets, I love using them in a variety of ways! Layering stickers onto fussy cut elements and tucking in small embellishments like enamel dots and shapes is a favourite technique of mine.

Of course, this sticker word had to make it onto one of my pages and it is perfect as a title and feature resting upon a pretty strip of paper! The circle element was punched out of another cut apart card.
 

I cut this floral sticker in two so that it could have twice the impact on my page, nestled in amongst other stickers, chipboard frames and enamel dots.
 

I think journalling deserves a bit or prettiness too, and being able to embellish it motivates me to write it! ha!

My second layout features a funny photo of our son and puppy, she loves him so much and cannot snuggle close enough!
 

For this page, I began with a die cut of multiple heart outlines, thinking it would look great with water colour looking splotches of the #nailedit patterned paper backing them.  I also added a little bit of mixed media to my background.
 

I trimmed down this cut apart card and used it as an anchor for my photo, and then embellished around both of these pieces with some stickers, chipboard and enamel dots.
 

I added a fairly large embellishment cluster including this fun paint swatch banner to the upper right side of my layout to give it enough visual wight to balance my photo area. I love the way it turned out!
 

And as a last step, I added my journalling and a bit of embellishing!

Thanks so much for visiting today! 

 

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Hi planner friends! I’m back to share the inside of my Robin’s Egg Carpe Diem planner for the month of love!
 
 
I love the use of color in the Love & Adore collection, so I decided to use the Robin’s Egg planner to bring more of a pop of color, especially the Hello Beautiful cardstock I used for my dashboard.
 

Since this particular cardstock is so colorful, I only added a few of the enamel dots and the ephemera pieces from the Love & Adore collection.

 

I also made myself a second dashboard using hexagon shapes that I punched out to use as a highlight of things that are happening for me this month.  Some of them so far are milestones for my pregnancy and some classes that I look forward to attending.

 
 

For my monthly calendar, I did my usual cardstock trim along the top with the Melt My Heart cardstock paper. I also attached a few of the chipboard stickers to paperclips along the top of the pages. 

 
 

I kept the weekly pages pretty simple at the start of the week and used some of 4x6 stickers from the Love & Adore collection.  The February calendar journaling card from the 3x4 journaling elements was the perfect size to punch into my planner and refer back to it during the week.

 

I also made myself a little washi tape card by using one of the larger ephemera pieces from the Love & Adore collection and wrapped each tape a few times.  This way I always have some washi to use without carrying the full rolls with me!

 

I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my February set up and I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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Hey Everyone! This is Jennie! The Love & Adore Collection is perfect for documenting Valentine’s Day but if you have someone to love you 8 days a week is perfect for any week! I used it to document two weeks of winter. My daughter’s winter coat is a perfect match to the pink in this collection. 

This collection has 3 gorgeous washi tapes that are perfect for adding little accents for pocket pages, planners or cards.

Flowers and hearts are patterns that I use very often. I have 2 girls and they wear a lot of pink so this is a collection that I can use anytime. This week we also went to the movies so I borrowed some photos of the movie from Google. 

This font is one of my all time favorites from Simple Stories! Since I documented my December on my December Daily, these weeks on the album were a little slow so I combined 2 weeks in a full spread. I do this whenever my weeks are slow. I try to keep my rules loose so I won’t worry too much or make my hobby a burden.

I kept our movie tickets and our cookie fortunes but instead of gluing them down I used a paper clip to hold them. I used a Tombow Adhesive Dot on the back of the paper clip to keep it in place. I love these journaling cards with lines because I feel more comfortable using my handwriting. I’m terrible at writing straight so whenever I use a journaling card without lines I use my typewriter. 

Tiny Words are my favorite thing about the 4x6 Stickers! I use them in everything I make! I always use the washi tape and tiny word combo. I normally use the Sn@p Letter Stickers to write on photos but since this font is skinny it fits perfectly on the photo.

I like to add 3x4 photos of my daughter’s drawings to my album so I don’t have to keep all of their drawings. They like to draw a lot and they add up fast. If I keep every single one I would be up to my nose in scribbles. 

I hope you were able to pick a few tips from this post! Have a lovely day! 

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Since February is filled with all things love, we thought it would be fun to share an up close look at some of the products from our Love & Adore collection & inspiring projects from our creative team that make our hearts skip a beat.  Keep in mind, the Love & Adore collection can be used year-round to document the memories with the ones you love!

When it comes to paper crafting, it’s all about the paper, right?!  Regardless of what crafty project you’re working on, paper is the perfect starting point.  These are some of the Love & Adore favorites we’re crushing on, and judging by our diminishing inventory, they’re some of YOUR favorites too!

 Washi tape, stickers, die cuts and enamel dots – OH MY!  With Love & Adore, you’re sure to find just the right embellishments to create a match made in heaven for your ‘lovely’ projects!

From layouts, to mini books to planners, Love & Adore is just that spark you need for your paper crafting & planning projects.  Speaking of paper crafting & planning, here are a few projects to get you inspired to document your plans and memories with the ones you love.

Be sure to check out & follow our Love & Adore Pinterest board for more Love & Adore inspiration!

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I have been really excited to share my CHA creations with you.  If you were lucky, and were able to attend CHA, you have seen these two new collections that I have played with for today's post.  If not, they are so much fun and you really need to check them out.  I adore the new Emoji Love collection.  It can be used so very many ways.  I have a young boy who recently started texting and I captured one of our recent texts.  He is still alive, so don't worry!  

 

 

There was a texting block as part of the paper that I used right along side of my real photo of texting.  I added the crown to the top of the face emoji!!

 

 

Look how cute these Emoji pieces are.  I clumped them together to make a border across the top of my photo.  

 

 

Seriously, I could have used ALL of it for this layout.  I am excited to do another.  This is called, documenting the REAL life!!!

 

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As soon as I saw the Domestic Bliss collection, I new I had the perfect photo.  I had been saving this photo for quite some time.  Never found the perfect collection.  When my boy was really young, he drew his dad a picture for Father's Day.  What is missing?  ME!!  

 

 

 

After cutting my heart and covering the entire piece with foam, I added it to the white polka dot paper.  I added the clumping along the bottom with every piece of household equipment I could find.  My journaling around the top is pretty sarcastic.  Asking them, who will clean, do laundry, cook?  They would need to hire a maid to do everything that I do!!!

 

 

Here you can see the drawing a bit closer.  I am still missing!

 

 

I used the strips phrases across the tip to create a border and used the heart washi.  Journaling came after the entire layout was complete.  I wanted everyone to know the story!  ha.

Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here and I've got a fun pocket page to share with you using the adorable, the ever-versatile Love & Adore. 

I love the idea of the panorama-sized page protectors and was inspired by one of the 6x12 cut-aparts from one of the elements sheets.  I wanted to make a mirror image of the 6x12 so I took to Photoshop. I downloaded the digital version of the Elements sheet and mirrored it horizontally. Because I do not have a wide format printer, I scaled down (keeping the proportions) until I got to 11". After printing, I glued each piece to a 4x12 strip from the paper, Melt My Heart

I happen to love the configuration of the lower pockets as well. Three 4x6 cards and still space for some 3x4s? Perfection in my book! I always like to make sure the focus remains on my photos while making room for some fun embellishing and details. 

I added some hand-stitched crosses to the outer edge of each panorama sheet. It only takes a few extra minutes of work but I feel like it adds a lot extra visual interest. For this spread, I kept my machine-stitching in plain white so it doesn't stand out too much. It adds a lot of texture without being too in your face. 

I used my fringe stickers to trim some papers from the Love & Adore 6x6 pad  I layered them to make a stage for my photo. The "Hello" is from the 6x12 chipboard

In keeping with the spirit of the mirrored images at the top, I kept the rest of the pocket page spread mostly mirrored as well. I did the same placement of photos and cards on both sides to balance the visual weight of the spread. Mirroring is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this. 

I enjoyed layering elements from the chipboard and the Combo Sticker sheet. I used dimensional foam adhesive on the heart and "you're a keeper" to separate them a little better from the background. 

I usually finish my spreads by finding a few places that could benefit from some machine stitching. I particularly like to sew through letters or phrases. Don't be afraid to sew through chipboard--- just go slow! 

If you are on Instagram, make sure you follow Simple Stories to see even more inspiration with Love & Adore.

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Hello friends! Today I'm excited to share two fun layouts with you using the Love & Adore collection! The colors and patterns are perfect for all your love-themed photos, but are also versatile enough to be used for a variety of themes. I love doing layouts about my husband, so this collection was just perfect for me!
 

 
My first layout was insired by the "With All My Heart" patterned paper. I love the awesome design, and wanted to make it extra special. I cut out the insides of the heart using a craft knife, then traced where each color would be using a scratch piece of paper. Next, I used the 6"x6" pad to find papers that coordinated with the brush strokes, and punched out a million tiny little hearts using a heart confetti punch, I glued down the hearts to the scrap paper, keeping each color within the lines I designated when I traced it earlier.  Gluing down the hearts took a bit of time, but the end result is lovely! It's a great movie-watching activity.
 
 
Once I had the hearts glued down, I added my photo and embellishments. I wanted to cover as little of the punch hearts as possible, so I kept the embellishing simple by primarily using the chipboard.
 
 
I love the way it turned out! 
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My next layout was inspired by the "2x12, 4x12 & 6x12 Elements" patterned paper. The "Loved you yesterday..." quote is one of my favorites and I couldn't wait to use it on a layout!
 
 
I began by placing the quote to the right side of the page, leaving an edge of white cardstock. I added a scalloped strip of paper underneath, and then stitched it all down. I chose my photo, and added layers of patterned paper behind it, as well as a doily. I glued that down, and added chipboard hearts and the "XO". I wanted to repeat the look of the stained glass heart, so I cut out the same design from the 6"x6" paper pad and slid it behind my photo. 
 
 
Next, I added some splatters of black ink. I grabbed the phrase stickers from the 4"x6" sticker pack and added them going down the edge of my page. I couldn't choose just one, so I used nearly the whole sheet!
 
 
Those are my two layouts using Love & Adore! I had a blast creating with this collection, and I know you will too. Thanks for joining me today!

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Hello February! Violet here on the blog today to share how I used the Love & Adore collection.  February is one of my Favorite months because of Valentines and my Anniversary Month. Love & Adore was the perfect kit to keep track and creatively plan in my Ballerina Pink Carpe Diem planner. The pinks, yellow, blues, hearts and floral made for a beautiful planning session. 

As I open up my planner my eyes go straight to the dashboard and pockets. I make those two areas my focal point for planning. The Bits & Pieces and stickers were the best part of stuffing my pockets. What I really enjoyed is the SN@P! Pocket Pages that fit perfectly inside my planner. They also add that personal touch to my planner. Did you know the 6x6 paperpad page with squares fit perfectly in the pocket pages? This makes an awesome Dashboard!

 

I always look forward to getting my monthly view planner set up. Especially, for the Month of February. I used Love & Adore washi tape and stickers, 6x6 paper pad square pieces and enamel dots. The bright colors and black made the perfect color combination for February. Here are a few pictures before the pen.

Thank you every one for taking the time to stop by the blog.  This month I will be celebrating my 21 year anniversary along with my granddaughter's first birthday, my son's 3 year anniversary, my daughter-In-law's birthday and we can't forget Valentine's. I am so thankful that Simple Stories makes it easy for me to plan accordingly... till next time happy planning.

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Hello! It's Jennifer here today to share my projects using the beautiful Love & Adore collection!  Valentine's Day is right around the corner so this is the perfect line with its pink and red hues! What makes Love & Adore even more awesome is that there are "non-traditional" colors and prints; so of course it can be used for many other themes! 
 
 And that's exactly what I did for my first layout, "Love One Another". I wanted to document one of my favorite photos from our last mission trip to Haiti! Our team member had given one of the ladies her old hooded jacket to keep warm at night. I just love the look of joy on her face!
 
 
I started with a kraft cardstock background and the "Love" Simple Stories Silhouette cut files (I added 'one another' with a font from my Silhouette library).  I then backed the negative spaces with patterned papers from Melt My Heart and So Happy Together.
 
 
The Bits and Pieces pack has many fun die cut shapes to accent your project including journaling spots such as this rounded square!  At the bottom of my journaling, I used a label sticker from the 4x6 sticker sheets to add the date. I also added some of the cute cut out chipboard and sticker hearts as well as coordinating Enamel Dots!  
 
 
At the top of my photo, I layered one of the tags and floral die cuts from the Bits and Pieces and added one of the cute sentiment stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet. I used another cut out chipboard heart as well as some hot pink/white bakers twine from my stash.  
 
 
I love to cluster small embellishments in the corners of my photos; its something I've always done. And I appreciate that Simple Stories always gives me so many great options!  Here, I used some of the smaller stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets along with a cut out heart sticker.  One of my favorite embellishments are the typed sentiment labels as they are perfect to add a little extra to your page!  How great is this David Bowie quote? Huge kudos to whoever made the decision to include this because I seriously thought it was perfect. 
 
 
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For my second layout, "XOXO", I decided to go the traditional Valentines route! My friend had given me this photo she had taken of my daughter one her first Valentines Day! I cut 9 inch strips of the different patterns and layered them down my page.  I also added in some coordinating Washi Tape in random spots. I then used my sewing machine to stitch through a few of the strips to secure as well as add some accent.  Next,  I cut a heart background with my Silhouette and white cardstock that I adhered over my strips of patterned paper. 
 
 
For my title, I used the " XOXO" Chipboard pieces from the 6x12 Sheet; I chose to stack them instead of placing the letters in a straight line.  
 
 
Here, I layered some of the sentiment stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet as well as the 4x6 Stickers.  I also used one of the smaller journaling spots to write down some notes about the photo.  
 
 
As you can see, I definitely layer a lot of embellishments and elements on my pages. If this isn't your style, you can take away pieces you don't prefer. I think the process of experimenting and trying to figure out what works for you is what makes scrapbooking so fun.  ​
 
 
It's tough for me to turn a good banner down as I really love them!  I'm alway excited when Simple Stories includes them on their chipboard or sticker sheets!  I adhered mine across the middle of my page to "break up" the white in the die cut.  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will check out Love & Adore in its entirety by clicking here!  Have a great day! ​

 

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Hello everyone! It’s Leah again, here to show you how I have used the Love & Adore collection to set up my Carpe Diem planner for February. Wowza, January was one heck of a month for me! It was a month full of firsts and trial and error, as I worked really hard to pull together my very first online class (coming to Big Picture Classes in March!). I learned how to film and edit video tutorials too! Now that I’ve gotten the hang of filming, could this mean new adventures with YouTube? Only time will tell! Meanwhile, I am just so relieved to have completed  the class. There is something magical about seeing something come together that you have worked so hard on. After accomplishing such a big goal of mine, now I am feeling SUPER motivated to spend some time laying out my goals for 2017. February 1st feels like January 1st to me. I am kicking things off by setting up my planner for February!

I started by getting creative with making a February monthly divider. I tried something new with this project. I used graph paper from the Basic Inserts pack and got messy with my watercolor paints! Word of caution here: I have used watercolor on the Simple Stories planner inserts a lot and never have issues with the page warping too badly, but you have to be mindful to not use too much water. In this case, I disregarded that. I used more water to get that drippy effect you see. I basically puddled the watercolor toward the top of the paper and then stood the paper up to allow the paint drip down. As a result, I did end up with a pretty wrinkly page but I actually like how it looks, feels like a page out of my at journal. I also glued it down to the existing cardstock divider for February which helped weigh the warped paper down a bit.

This project actually started out as me playing with watercolor just for fun, but then I liked how it looked and decided to turn it into a monthly divider. Since February is “the month of love,” I focused on a love theme. I used three die cut hearts from the Love & Adore bits and pieces pack and I arranged them in the order of the paint colors – blue heart near the blue paint, yellow heart above the yellow paint, and the pink heart near the pink paint. The colored phrase stickers are from the 12x12 combo sticker sheet. I matched the color of the sticker to its corresponding heart. Then I used enamel dots in the same colors on each end of the phrase stickers.

I cut a white piece of cardstock into a small tag shape, punched a hole, and threaded the same three colors through the hole. On the tag, I used alphas from the Combo sticker sheet to indicate the month. Even around  my photo, I used paper scraps to layer in the same color pattern, blue on the left, pink on the right. I really love how matching up the three colors all throughout the layout made it come together so nicely and cohesively!

Every year, my February monthly layouts always end up being my favorite! This year is no exception. I used the Love & Adore collection to decorate.

I have always used my monthly view to write in things I need to schedule around. Since January was so chaotic for me, February does not have too many pre-planned obligations. Yay! So I went a little heavier on the decorating. Just a note in case you’ve ever wondered: occasionally, I cover up days with embellishments and because I tend to decorate first, I sometimes end up having to write in a little note and then add an arrow pointing to the date where it SHOULD go. For example, my dad’s birthday is on the 23rd, but I have that day covered up with decor. So I wrote it in a close-ish spot and drew an arrow to where it should be written in.

For the February title, I used a pink doily chipboard piece and then used black alpha stickers to write out the month. I’ve got an Avery index tab on the side of the page with a word strip sticker. The “all of me loves all of you” is one of my favorite pieces from an element sheet in the 6x6 paper pad. I layered a pink piece from the same page behind to help it stand apart from the white background.

When decorating any monthly layout, I always use lots of stickers from the 4x6 sticker pack in whatever collection I am using. Same goes for this layout. All of the embellishments in this layout are from those stickers, the combo sticker sheet, the bits and pieces pack, and the Love and Adore washi tapes.

All the décor on the right side of the layout is using the same supplies, but that strip of paper covering the notes section, is cut from a sheet in the 6x6 paper pad.

I still feel like there is a decent amount of writing space left on my layout, should anything else come up that needs to be scheduled.

I always love adding larger embellishments in the bottom right corner. Love how this February calendar looks with that huge floral piece!

Last but not least, I put together an easy bookmark using a piece from a 12x12 elements sheet. When I cut the paper down to the size I wanted, I had to cut off the part that said “you will,” so I added the words back using yellow alpha stickers. This bookmark is quite simple to make, I just cut and glued down half a doily and then layered a couple of washi tapes and a floral sticker on top. The bits and pieces pack had a couple of ticket shapes that I used to create a tab for the bookmark and then I laminated it all.

I didn’t add any embellishments to the reverse side of the bookmark because that paper is pretty enough on its own! I like laminating bookmarks because I can stick sticky notes and page flags to them. For example, pictured below are some sticky notes that I have written a grocery list on.

I love how this bookmark tab looks peeking out of my planner!

I am absolutely in LOVE with the Love & Adore collection and cannot wait to keep using it throughout February and beyond. The florals, bright colors and all of the hearts are perfect for the Valentine’s Day season, but I could use this collection any time since I love the style of it so much! Check out the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram account for more inspiration using this collection. I will also be posting more projects using it over on my Instagram as well. I hope to see you there!

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Hey everyone! It’s Lori here on the blog today sharing a bit of the behind-the-scenes fun from the CHA/Creativation show last month.

Some of you may have already seen the reveal of our new products here on the blog a couple of weeks ago.  We're gearing up to start shipping our new Faith and Domestic Bliss collections next week to retailers, so I thought I'd share some pics from the show along with some of the fun projects that were made using our Faith collection.  

When it comes to the show it's all about seeing, feeling and touching all of the new products; the booth is set up by collection so retailers can do just that!  

We opened one of the new 6x8 pads & hung the papers from the booth - isn't that fun?!

Then of course there's the much loved 'wall of goodness' displaying projects using products from the collection

Creating so many projects for each collection to display at the show is quite the undertaking!  Some of our staff, creative team members and friends of Simple Stories worked their hearts out creating some gorgeous things to display in our booth at the show. We were amazed at the stunning projects they made!

Next up behind-the-scenes is this striking home décor piece using our Faith line. Everyone at the show adored how we added clips and photos to the wood blocks on this display showcasing our owners', Amber & Kevin, cute kiddos, and we adore this family!

One of the repeated elements in our Faith collection is a light bulb. It represents light, and we hope it inspires people in lots of different ways. This sweet project featuring our papers reminds us to shine in everything we do and be who we are. It’s a great project and a great message!

One last Faith project I’d like to share from CHA/Creativation is this treasured tray featuring our Faith collection. There are so many inspiring cards, images, and sayings in this collection, so what better way to see those inspiring messages than to create a hanging display?

As you can see, there are lots of great ideas showcased at the show for everyone to enjoy. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a peek into the show, and keep an eye out for more projects from our other new collections, because we’ve got lots more to share!

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

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I am sharing some fabulous Simple Stories Love & Adore layouts with you today. For this first one, featuring a photo of my niece and her boyfriend, I really wanted to play up the hearts. This awesome cut file is from JustNick Studios. I loved that it had this big "X" in the middle. I thought it was perfect to showcase the Love & Adore washi tape. This heart washi tape is a new favorite of mine. To make the hearts pop even more, I backed portions of the cut file with the beautiful ombre pink pattern paper from the collection.

Here is a closer look at that heart washi tape.

 
That beautiful chipboard sticker banner anchors my photo. I added a pop of yellow with a chipboard sticker heart and enamel dots.

 
The chipboard sticker "XOXO" makes a great title layered over some bits and pieces die cuts. You can also see some of those cute phrase stickers here.
 
 
I love how this layout came together so easily.
 
 
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For my second layout, I wanted to scrap this awesome selfie my daughter took where she is giving her dog a smooch. Take a look ...
 
 
I concentrated most of my embellishments near the photo. The paper is so beautiful by itself  I did not want to cover it up too much, To frame my photo I used a fun new cut file from JustNick Studios called Ring Around My Heart.
 
 
There are lots of gorgeous layers of eye candy here. Check out those phrase stickers I used again on this layout.
 
 
I used the chipboard word "Sweet" for my title and the "I Love Your Face" bits and pieces die cut for my subtitle. Perfect! Just look at that dog's face ... lol.
 
 
In the upper left is another cluster of embellishments. I love tucking the round stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets underneath so the text at the top peeks out. The sticker I used here says "KISS".
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Stock up on the Love & Adore collection for scrapping the photos of those you love.

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Hello everyone ! Welcome to the blog today. I am super excited to be sharing some pocket pages with you that I have created. The Love & Adore collection is simply adorable and so versatile. Its so easy to work with that I decided to use it with some everyday photos from January. Here is a closer look.
 
 
Typically I like to do my pocket pages weekly. This month is going to be a little different. We have had a few family adventures that I want to also add into my album. So I made the decision to save those photos for their own pages and combine week 2 and week 3 together. So that is what I have done here. 
 
For my title card I started out by cutting this awesome heart out from a 4x6 journaling card. I loved the pattern and the color of the heart but needed some more room to add my dates and stuff. I add it to a piece of white cardstock to make the heart stand out more. Since this was going to be my title card I had to figure out where to add my dates. I went with a label and tucked it underneath that hello chipboard piece. 
 
 
I went ahead and chose this journaling card with lots of white space and those hearts in a row at the bottom. I needed a card that I could add a longer story onto it and this one was perfect. The story goes with the photo below it. As you can see those great hearts on the bottom of the card. I accidentally discovered that the leftover/inside piece of the yellow chipboard heart fit perfectly inside these hearts. It adds a little piece of dimension to the card. 
 
The next card holds a photo of my son and has some journaling underneath the photo. I was working in my scrap room while the kids were playing outside one afternoon. My son thought it was so funny to sneak up and shoot his nerf gun at the window. The card itself has some embellishments on it already and it was perfect to add a few stickers and some enamel dots to finish it off. Simple and easy. 
 
 
 
Let's move over to the other side of my spread. It turned out that I had more to say about these weeks then I had smaller pockets. I added in this 4x6 journaling card to recap the week so to speak. On the bottom of the card I added that cute chipboard banner for some eye candy. The color scheme came together super easy this time with a lot of pinks, blues, and reds. I chose to create a filler card with this blue arrow patterned paper. On top of the card I layered some stickers and a cluster of embellishments up at the top. 
 
 
Don't be afraid to cut up your journaling and filler cards and use them as you need. That is what I did here with the watercolor strokes card. Originally it was a 4x6 card and I was looking for a  journaling card for my story about making things. So I cut it down to 3x4 and went from there. I wanted to talk about how we all have been making things lately. My husband has been baking bread and I have been busy making crafty things. I got to work and used a combination of letter stickers and the word sticker "be" as a title for my journaling card. I added some strips of washi tape underneath. It acted as a longer home for my title. 
 
 
I couldn't resist using these big and fun chipboard X and O pieces. So I used them right on top of my photo. It left this perfect little pocket to add my journaling on the other side. I also added in some of the bits and pieces above the X and O chipboard pieces. 
 
 
Thank you all so much for coming over to the blog today. I hope you have some inspiration to use in your pocket pages. Be sure to go out and pick up the Love & Adore collection for all those things you love in your life ! 
 

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Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today.  I'm excited to share how I've set up my Ivory Carpe Diem planner for February!  Have you ever noticed that the start of a new month is almost like a new beginning, each and every month?  Kinda like rebooting your computer.  Getting my planner set up each month seems kinda like a reboot, too.  And let's be honest, sometimes we could all use a quick reboot, right?!  :)

My first step in rebooting/decorating my planner this month was to use one of our brand new Planner Decals.

 We recently introduced 8 Planner Decal designs, have you seen them?  They're a temporary, super easy & affordable way to customize your planner!  I thought the Floating Hearts decal would be a great way to customize my planner for February.

The decals are super easy to use.  The first step is to remove the decal from the protective backing sheet.  Next, you lay the decal on top of your clean surface (in this case I wiped my planner down with a lint free cloth before applying) and rub a credit card or gift card over the decal surface in order to secure the decal to the surface.  Lastly, you slowly peel the clear backing away from the surface.  Voila!  You have a beautifully customized planner in a snap!  These new decals start shipping to retailers in March, so keep your eyes peeled for them!

I used our Love & Adore collection for this month.  I love the traditional colors you'd expect in this type of collection, mixed with unexpected pops of yellow & blue!  

Without fail, the my favorite part about decorating my planner for a new month is the pockets.  So many options to add fun decorations!!  

Adding stickers to the pockets is a really easy way to decorate!  The 3 hearts at the bottom of the planner really help to reinforce the love theme for the month :)  I created a few different clips by simply adhering chipboard pieces to clip bases.  I even mixed in a bird clip from The Reset Girl collection - it's definitely ok to mix & match products like this.  The pink tassle clip is another clip I also created - really easy!

I found these fun tassle wine charms in the Dollar Spot at Target.  I thought they would make cute planner clips.  I took a paperclip, threaded it through the top of the tassle, and then removed the metal mart that holds the charm to a wine glass.  Literally under a minute to make this cute clip!

A fun way to customize the look of your planner is to change out the dashboard.  I cut a piece of the Love & Adore paper to fit, punched the holes and inserted behind the clear acetate dashboard from The Reset Girl planner.  To add a little more love theme, I adhered the black chipboard heart to the top of the acetate.

When I sit down to work on the monthly calendar, I keep it pretty simple.  Ha ha, it doesn't really look simple, right?!  What I mean is that I don't typically write a lot on the monthly spread; I use a mix of the weekly and daily inserts in my planner, so most of the actual 'planning' takes place there.  

One thing I love to do is to use washi all throughout my planner - it gives me an excuse to use all of that washi that I seem to collect :)   The Love & Adore Washi is great because it includes 3 different patterns in the one package, so lots of options.  Here I used the black diagonal stripe pattern to mark a trip my husband & I are taking this month.

Here's one of my weekly spreads, 'before the pen'.  More washi here, this time I added the thicker Love & Adore washi along the margins of each page and then repunched the holes - an easy way to decorate without a lot of time!

I created my own utility bookmark this month.  I started with a clear piece of thick acetate, rounded the corners and punched the holes.  From there I added a few decorative stickers, a sticky note pad from The Reset Girl collection and I wound sevearl strips of Love & Adore Washi around the bookmark.  WIth the bookmark, I have washi and sticky notes to use as I need them, right in my, planner!

That wraps up my planner for February!  You can see how I've decorated my planner for previous months here - 

or follow me on Instagram here at @laylekoncar to see how I'm working with my planner throughout the month as well as our Doc It Journals (Travelers Notebooks).  

Are you decorating your Carpe Diem planner?  If so, we'd love to see it - tag us on Instagram at @carpediemplanners!

Until next month, have a great February!

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Hello Simple Stories fans! Chantalle back with you today to share some pages I have created with the beautiful Winter Wonderland. What I love the most about this collection are the soft tones and the combination of elements which can be used for both frosty memories as well as the every day! I have captured my Sister and sweet little Niece on a snow outing as well as my Nephew and his beloved dog, Mason, just hanging out.
 
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I remember this day so clearly. Seeing snow was a huge novelty for me. Visiting my Sister overseas from South Africa I looked so forward to seeing everything in white and listening to the dampened sounds outdoors. We all rugged up and headed to the park where we rode down the hills on our little sled. We borrowed a large plastic disk-type thing from some children. I remember screaming with laughter as my Sister and I flew down the hill. The disk went so fast! A day worth capturing for sure!
 
 
The banner style was kicked off by this little word ‘Frosty’ from the Bits & Pieces pack. I also found some sweet little tickets which were perfect for the story I wanted to tell. 
 
 
The vertical lines were reinforced with the orientation of the Intax prints and so I chose to pop my journaling onto a tag shape, which I created with a punch. Now you’ll notice that my tag is not exactly perfect! I will admit, that after two spelling errors I didn’t fancy typing it all up a third time after punching through the text accidentally! Oh dear, lol. The perfectionist in me is screaming at it not being exactly correct, but you know what, I am learning to embrace the imperfect. I can read it and that is what counts. Don’t be afraid of small imperfections! 
 
A bit of washi tape fed through the punched hole gives this tag a nice bright pop to finish it off. I’ve also joined the two adorable mittens (Bits & Pieces pack) together with some embroidery floss. Draping them behind the tag makes them appear as if they are hanging on the ‘line.
 
 
I would usually use white thread for machine stitching, but chose to use black this time. I really like the way it compliments the darker shades in the photos as well as the typed text.
 
 
To give the appearance of a snow flurry, I have added lots of very small little glossy accents. 
 
 
These were created with some white dimensional medium. I love the glossy finish, just like a real enamel dot!
 
 
A good idea to add interest without too much clutter is adding sections of a matching washi tape. Here you can see how I have added some of the same print as the paper. One can see it’s a different element but it doesn’t distract as much as a totally different pattern.   As ever, I love using a bit of chit chat on my pages. Some Combo Cardstock Stickers and a little bit of Roller Stamping add just enough. 
 
 
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This page uses the same collection but has a totally different feel. I’ve embraced the natural elements like flowers and woodgrain to tell this story about one crazy dog who is loved beyond measure. 
 
 
The title was cut from a large 6x12 Element from the 2x12, 4x12 & 6x12 Paper Elements. It spoke of winter but I cut that section off and used the lower half to create a banner style heading which I have ‘hung’ using some ball chain.
 
 
 
I did’t want to overcrowd this page as I wanted to keep it more masculine and let the photos do most of the talking. I’ve added subtle detail to my flowers with some more of that white dimensional medium.
 
 
I’ve chosen to keep my journalling hidden inside a little mini folder which I created with a new Punch Board.
 
 
With my photo mounted nicely on the outside, I turned my attention to the inside.
 
 
I’ve used the teal cardstock stickers from the Combo Cardstock Sticker sheet to spell out the name of the dog and some stickers from the 4x6 Sticker pack to embellish the inside left. This sticker pack is so so handy - it’s got die cut shapes, alphabet stickers, sentiments, squares for use in your Carpe Diem planner, and more! The stamping was created with the new Faith & Emoji Love Roller Stamps.
 
 
I felt my title lacked interest so I used a paper piercer to pop some stitching guides in to the word ‘enough’. I then used some matching embroidery thread to create a stitched version of the word.
 
 
The little details add a touch more colour and a bit more chatter.
 
 
Thanks so much for joining me today!

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Hi everyone!  Theresa here sharing a peek into my Marigold Carpe Diem planner setup for February!  This is still one of my favorite collections!  It doesn't snow where I live, but we don't live too far from snow and it's still pretty chilly here!  

I added some of my favorite die cuts and stickers to the front pockets of my planner. Always ready to grab and use!  I also have one of my Doc-It Journals handy to journal with!

This tree pattern from the Silver White Winter sheet is my favorite design!  I decided to use it as a dashboard.  I placed the little die cut bird on one of the branches and decided to stop there!  The bird fits in perfectly and I love the simplicity!

I also used the Winter Wonderland collection in my Doc-It Journal!

I added some chipboard, word stickers and enamel dots right into my photo.  The snowy background goes perfect with snowflakes!  I love all the snow and ski quotes in this collection!

Here is a look at my monthly layout.   I used the teal number stickers from the Posh collection which matched perfectly with the teal stickers from the Winter Wonderland cardstock sticker sheet!  I used the larger numbers for a couple birthdays we are celebrating, it makes those dates pop out a little more than the rest!  I hope younger enjoying your winter wonderland!

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