Hello! Jana Eubank here with my first post as a new Creative Team member! I'm so excited to be here! Simple Stories is one of my very favorite paper companies and I adore working with their collections.
 
Today I have two scrapbook pages for you. The first one is documenting my children enjoying their Easter baskets on Easter morning. 
 
 
I cut a couple of angled strips of the Hip Hop Hooray paper (using both of the patterns) to go across the top and bottom of my page.
 
In the top right corner I created a fun embellishment cluster by tucking several stickers into one of the strips. The two phrase stickers and floral sticker help to visually anchor the cluster.
 
 
For my title, I fussy-cut the "Happy Easter" from the 4x6 journaling Cards Elements Paper. I added the adorable bunny face sticker (my favorite!) to the left and then sprinkled in several of the heart stickers. I matted each of the heart stickers with white cardstock, so that they had the same feel to the other stickers I was using on the page.
 
 
I loved the little saying on the Easter Egg 4x6 Journaling Card and wanted to add it to the bottom of my page. I used my trimmer to cut it out and then adhered it below the photos. I placed Easter eggs and the cute little chick on either end as accents.
 
 
I love these adorable patterns from this set! They help add a spring-timey feel to these Easter morning photos even though my kids are still in their pajamas. LOL!
 
 
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When my daughter turned eight years old, she was baptized by my husband. I couldn't wait to use the adorable Faith collection to record her special day and into our memory books!
 
 
I loved the navy Shine Paper with all of it's inspirational messages and decided to use that paper as the base to my layout. I clustered together several fun phrase stickers and hearts in the corners of my two photos to help tie them in with the title and draw your eye around the page.
 
 
I love these photos of my daughter and my husband, they were just radiating with goodness that day and the hearts and flowers perfectly convey my full heart and emotions as I looke at these two special people in my life!
 
 
I die cut my title using my Silhouette Cameo machine. I cut each phrase/letter out of two colors of cardstock to create a shadow effect. The letters of the word "heart" are embossed with an embossing folder to add more texture. I think they help repeat the cute fleck pattern of the pink and yellow photo mats at the top of the page, too!
 
 
To the left of the title I fussy-cut some of the feathers from a journaling card to use as a page accent. I added white crochet twine to the stem of each feather for more texture. 
 
The feathers and title are all anchored on a strip of striped Grace paper. On the right side of the strip I added two of the epoxy metal clips. Aren't they cute?! I love adding in different textures, like metal, to my pages. The epoxy at the top of the clips and on the decorative brads add a bit of shine, too!
 
 
I hoped you enjoyed seeing my pages today and that they inspired you to scrapbook some of your favorite family memories!
 
Thanks for coming by! See you again soon!

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Hello everyone! Leah here with you today, excited to share a new planner setup with you! When I saw the new Recipe Planner Inserts from Simple Stories, I was super excited to put them to use! For years, I have been scribbling recipes onto whatever pieces of paper I could find. I kept meaning to organize them all in one place, but just never seemed to get around to it. As a result, I often misplace recipes and have to go searching for them online again, or I have to remake my own recipes and try to remember how I did it the first time. I have finally gathered all of my written recipes and am beginning the SLOW process of copying them into my new recipe planner.

I set up the Recipe inserts in my platinum Carpe Diem planner. The Recipe planner collection only comes with a few products other than the insert pack, so I also used several products from the Domestic Bliss collection to decorate with. As always, I started setting up this planner by decorating the front pockets. 

In the pockets, I used several cards from the Domestic Bliss SN@P! pack. I rounded the corners of some cards, punched a circle out of another and made a couple of tags. I also used several of the die cut pieces. In the top pocket, I layered some washi tape and a couple of stickers from the Recipe sticker tablet.

I love how this little tag turned out! I cut the tag from a 3x4 SN@P! card and the flower is one of the 2x2 cards. I layered some doily pieces behind the card to add some texture and interest. 

On the right side of the planner, I have a few decorative dashboards from the Recipe insert pack. This is my favorite one because I LOVE lemons! 

The front cover dashboard is so pretty, I didn’t need to add any extra décor! 

I labeled my dividers using stickers from the Recipe sticker tablet. I have the planner sectioned into favorites, salads, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and sauces. I felt like most of my recipes would fit within these categories. Similar to my last blog post about my wellness planner setup, I am again using metal epoxy clips on my dividers to make it easier to open up to each section. These clips are from the Domestic Bliss collection. 

One of my favorite pages from the Recipe inserts is this simple one that says “from the kitchen of” with a blank for you to put your name or family name. I used some alpha stickers to spell out “The O’Neils” and included a few photos of my husband and I, then added a bit more interest with a doily and some bakers twine. 

The first recipe I put into the planner, in the “side dishes” section, was our favorite mac n’ cheese recipe! I included a photo of the dish but glued it to a card and added a tab. Underneath are the instructions for making the dish.

On the left side of the planner, I added another one of the decorative dashboards from the Inserts pack. Isn’t this Mason jar adorable?! I even gave it a little tag and bow to dress it up!  

I am really in love with this planner and am so happy to have a place to organize all of my favorite recipes and future recipes to come! It will take me some time to get all of them transferred into here, but I know it will be so worth it in the end. No more lost recipes! I hope to be able to take photos of each finished recipe eventually and create my own family cookbook.   

I am so happy to be back with Simple Stories creating for another term this year! I look forward to bringing you lots more inspiration for how to use your Carpe Diem planners. The possibilities for the many ways you can use your planner are endless and Simple Stories is giving us so many great options with all the new insert packs from the Spring collection. Check them all out here! I hope you will come find me over on Instagram @sunny.leah and say hello. Also, if you haven’t seen the Simple Stories Instagram lately, be sure to hurry over and check out the AMAZING giveaway going on right now! 

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Hey there! It’s Lori again, and today I’m sharing more behind-the-scenes from the CHA/Creativation show. Today it’s all about our awesome Carpe Diem Emoji Love products!

The Emoji Love Carpe Diem collection is filled with OMGs, LOLs, and of course, emojis! Great for young and not-so-young planner users, this line has a little something for everyone!

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the Emoji Love A5 12 Month Planner Insert Set and see all the FUN & functional products that are included!  Inside you’ll find over 270 pieces of goodies: 12 monthly tabbed dividers, weekly inserts, 1 main dashboard, 1 acetate dashboard, 6 die-cut dashboards, 1 storage pocket, and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

Inside the Emoji Love A5 12 Month Planner Insert Set, you can record your goals, birthdays, #TBHs and #LOLs. Clip and bookmark your pages with our Decorative Clips so you can flip to pages easily.

The 3 pages of Emoji Love stickers included in the insert set are filled with bitty emojis to accent line items in your planner, flags, labels and tabs as well. Aren’t these adorable?!

If the emojis don’t have you falling in love, the colors, the punchy acronyms, and the inspiring designs will surely have you twitterpated!

Grab your Emoji Love Insert Set at a participating retailer soon! To locate an online store or retailer near you, check out our store locator. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they have this insert set in-stock, because they’re selling quickly!

Can’t wait to get inspired? Be sure to follow our Live Love Plan Pinterest board for more than 600! Carpe Diem Planner ideas and inspiration!  

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As the month comes to a close and we look towards the rest of 2017 and the exciting things we have in store for you this year,  we say a fond farewell to some of the amazing ladies on this past year's creative team. 

As J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, said -

"Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”

We'll never forget these talented designers we've had with us and the contributions they've each made to Simple Stories and the amazing growth we've experienced this past year.  So, rather than saying goodbye, we'll say a very fond farewell.

We thank these wonderful ladies for sharing their art with us the last 12 months, and for a number of them, the last several years.  We are deeply thankful for their contributions to Simple Stories and the creative ways they have shown you how to use our products -

Alexandra Sirgue-Macleod

Allie Stewart

Jennie Garcia

Laura Whitaker

Marcia Dehn-Nix

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Meka Allen

Missy Whidden

Shei Garcia Pena

Stacy Koo

Theresa Doan

Vicki Boutin

 

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Hello friends! It's Jennifer here to share a fun mini album I created using the new Say Cheese III collection!  I am usually a layout girl but my second love is making mini albums! The SN@P! 4x6 Albums are the perfect size to document your favorite event or trip! Each binder come with a variety of pocket pages as well as eight different journal inserts! I was thrilled to see that Simple Stories added to their Say Cheese collection as all of the lines coordinate!  Of course a new collection means new embellishments such as washi tape, enamel dots, and decorative pins!  

I also love when a plaid print is included in a line; my eye instantly goes to that page and I can't wait to use it!  I layered a strip of the B side of Magical Memories  one of the 4x6 cards from the Say Cheese III SN@P! Pack.  I typed up my journaling on my electric typewriter then added a cute Epoxy Metal Clip and a strip of the 100% Fun Washi Tape!  To accent my journaling, I stamped some sentiments with the Say Cheese III Roller Stamp

The journal pages include grid and ledger prints which are my favorite! They are great for adding larger photos or telling more of your story!  I trimmed my photo down to 4x4 so I could add more embellishments! I layered pieces from the Bits and Pieces pack as well as the SN@P! Pack.  

Here is one of many different pocket pages included with your SN@P! Binder! I used 3x4 cards from the SN@P pack to include about my photo (I love the look on my son's face! LOL).    An easy trick to add depth to your page

I also love the 2x2 slot that are perfect as an accent page in your book!  I used inserts from the SN@P! Pack as well as the smaller stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets.  It's always fun, too, to make a "shaker" space with sequins and smaller die cuts.  

I love utilizing the 3x4 Journaling Cards along with the SN@P Pack pieces! I added a strip of the cute Photo Op Washi Tape to the side of my journaling card. The 2x2 pockets paired with the 4x4 is a fun combo to add smaller accents such as the cut out stars and hearts from the Combo Sticker Sheet

I like to add my own flair to some of the cards in my pocket pages. I used strips of paper underneath the "Castle" Decorative Brad for one of my cards. Also using a favorite hand punch, such as a pennant is a great way to accent your card.   

​Thank you for stopping by today! You can check out the Say Cheese Collections in their entirety by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

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Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories.  I'm super excited to share a new quarterly blog feature that I'll be doing with our friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!  Every quarter I'll be sharing a post on their blog about how I've set up my Carpe Diem planner for the upcoming month & insight into how I'm using my planner.

This month I've not only used my planner as a calendar, but also as a Home Planner - I'm loving the way it's progressing!  Below you'll see how I've approached the Home Planning 'stuff'; you'll find more of how I've set up the calendar side of my planner here on their blog to see the rest of April.  

After setting up the month I added the Home Insert Set to my planner along with the Home Doc It Journal to really start getting our home life organized.  You guys!  The Home Insert Set is the bomb & I'm not just saying that because I have to! :)  Seriously, it has EVERYTHING you need to set up a home planner!

Decorative dashboards, a pocket, three full sticker sheets, 6 tabbed dividers AND inserts for the dividers including menu plan, bill payment checklists, budgets, to do lists and more.

This sweet insert (included in the set) is at the start of my planner :)

The pocket is perfect for coralling the receipts, bills, etc that always seem to be floating around our house.  I added the 'get stuff done' card to the front of the pocket - that needs to be my mantra!

I made this functional, reusable To Do list from another card from the SN@P! Pack and Vertical 4x6 Pocket Page.  I punched the extra holes, inserted the card in the pocket to create a dry erase board, of sorts, & then used a WET erase marker to write my list on top of the pocket page.  I emphasized a wet erase marker vs dry - after several attempts, I found that the dry erase was geting streaked as this was a heavily used area of my planner; wet insures the writing will stay until I'm ready for it to come off.  As I complete things, I can take a damp paper towel to 'erase' an item and then add another in its place.  

The tabbed dividers in the insert set have me super excited!  I added stickers from the HOME A5 Sticker Tablet to label them.  I have all kinds of ideas of what I'm going to include in each of the sections.  But the one I am MOST excited about is the Menu Plan - 

First off, how stinkin' cute is the divider?!  'What's for dinner?' - heard repeatedly, every night of the week, every week of the year, year in and year out.  Am I right?!

I added the Menu Plan inserts included in the Insert Set.  And guess what, those Menu Inserts are also sold separately so you can have plenty to keep planning your menus :)

I don't know about you guys, but I feel like I'm constantly scratching my head, trying to come up with a menu for the week.  With these Menu Inserts, I can keep these sheets from week to week and store them in another planner - possibly with the Recipe Inserts!  When I'm sitting down on Sunday to plan the menu for the week, I can grab the past menus and just use those.  HOORAY!!  Can't wait to start doing that.  I'm all about making life easier :)

The last thing I put together as I strive to get things more organized is this spread in the Home Doc It Journal.  I love use Travelers Notebook 'style' notebooks like this for my lists - if you know me, you know how I love my lists!  I'm a big list maker/follower, & if I can cuten them up while I'm making them, why not?  This list, inspired by the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, hits all of the main areas I need to 'purge' in our house.  As I tackle these areas, I'll continue using the journal to keep notes, track progress, etc

The best thing? It slides right in the back pocket of my planner - that way I always have it with me!

So there you have it!  I'm feeling pretty motivated to get the rest of those dividers set up & start tackling that hefty To Do list!  

You’ll find me on Instagram here at @laylekoncar if you want to take a peek at more of my planners & Traveler’s Notebooks!  I'll catch you next month :)

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Hello Simple Stories friends! Marcia here today for some layout inspiration with the beautiful Simple Stories Faith collection. This collection has some gorgeous pattern papers along with faith based die cuts and verses and can definitely be used for scrapbooking and cardmaking in addition to Bible journaling. 

 

For my first layout I Have No Greater Joy, I am not scrapping a religious photo but the photo goes well with the biblical verse I chose to use for my title. I used one of my favorite pattern papers for the background. I didn't want to cover too much of the paper up, so I die cut a larger title and used a single photo in the lower corner. 

 

 

The negative space of my title is backed with white cardstock and to emphasize the word Joy, I backed it with a pretty floral pattern paper. Then I added the die cut words using a script font in navy over the top. Mixing fonts and colors in a title adds interest.

 

 

I kept the embellishments to a minimum, using only the chipboard sticker butterflies, enamel dots, and a couple of stickers.

 

 

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For my second layout I really wanted to scrap some photos from my nephew's baptism. In I Am A Child Of God, I used a big sun die cut to symbolize God's grace. I love how bright and happy this turned out.

 

 

I added texture by machine stitching the yellow sun rays. The Grace chipboard sticker adds dimension as does the butterfly.

 

 

I love this cute little sheep Bits & Pieces die cut. The verse was perfect for my baptism photos too.

 

 

Under the photos you can see one of the Faith collection's washi tapes with words of inspiration adorning it. Isn't it beautiful! I embellished with some chipboard sticker flowers, decorative brads and enamel dots.

 

 

The 3x4 journaling card makes for a perfect title.

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!

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Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories.  I'm super excited to share a new bi-monthly blog feature that creative team member Leah O'Neil will be doing with our friends at Creative Scrapbooker magazine!  Every other month Leah will be sharing ampost on their blog showing how she decorates and uses her Carpe Diem planner to organize her life, to document the past and present and to plan for the future.  

A few weeks ago Leah shared a very personal post here on our blog about how she is using one of her planners to track and manage her emotional and physical health and anxiety.  She shared a lot in that original post about why & how she set up her planner to help her do that, you can read it and see more photos here

Leah's first post with Creative Scrapbooker magazine dives further into her wellness planner and shows a few specific projects in her planner using the Faith collection.  Here's a little eye candy from her post; head on over to Creative Scrapbooker to see more of Leah's gorgeous work in her planner!

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We’re happy to announce we’ve added some great new cut files to our Silhouette store that you're sure to LOVE & ADORE!  

Visit Simple Stories here in the Silhouette online store & check out these new cut files along with thousands more of your favorite Simple Stories designs!

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Hello everyone ! This is Mindi here and I want to welcome you to the blog today. I am going to be sharing some pocket pages using the new Emoji Love collection. I wish I could insert a bunch of Heart Eyed Emoji's right here to try and express my love for this collection. It is so cute and the colors are perfect. Let's get to it shall we. 
 
Here is what both of my pages look like together. I am so happy that my photos matched the products very well. I always try to make an effort and match them up the best I can to similar colors and products. 
 
 
For my title card this time I chose to go with this colorful ink splattered pattern Journaling Card. It was perfect to add some misc. embellishments to. I choose to add in my everyday stories and photos that were all from week 9 and I love how the Emoji collection was a great fit. 
 
 
Back in January we went out to a local park and took some fun photos of my daughter Maddie. She is obsessed with Emoji's and I had bought her this Emoji themed shirt and hat. I thought that it would be fun to take some birthday photos in her Emoji attire. Even though the photos were taken a few months ago I knew that I wanted to include some in her birthday week. She turned 10 this particular week. I journaled about her and her Emoji love on this first journaling card. The next pocket has a close up of her Emoji hat. I was beyond thrilled when this collection came out, especially since she had this pink hat and shirt that totally matched the color scheme. 
 
 
Here is a close up of the journaling card and photo. I knew I wanted to use this chipboard unicorn somewhere on this spread and since Maddie loves unicorns it seemed to fit. I also added a label on the bottom of the journaling card and added some stamps from the roller date stamp. 
 
 
Here is one last look at the left side of my spread. 
 
 
This is the right side. More everyday life, blooming flowers, pizza days and more emoji's. 
 
 
During this week we have been spending some time outside and even went away for a few days over the weekend. I added a few different photos of the outdoors and I was so happy that they matched the color scheme so well. 
 
When I am putting together my spreads I typically will include a few 3x4 photos and then adding in journaling cards. I was able to add in a few fun stories about the week including one of them on that texting card. That card was so perfect for this day and age. I am not sure about you but I go to great lengths to add as many emoji's as possible in some of my texts. Especially the ones to my family. It will be fun to look back on this little piece of popular culture in the future. I added that clear sticker that says Talk Emoji To Me. It was one of my favorites and I am so happy that I was able to add it in this weeks spread. 
 
 
We happened to have a pizza night this week. I was out shopping with Maddie one night. We were out way later that we had planned and so I texted my husband and asked him to pick up some pizza for dinner. I snapped a photo of the empty pizza box the next day and decided to add the photo in a 3x4 size. That allowed me to add my story alongside my photo all in one 4x6 slot. 
 
 
One last close up that I want to point out. Over the weekend we had this amazing sunset that I wanted to document. I kept the embellishing simple with only adding a few labels in the bottom corner of the photo. I added a few random stamps from the roller stamp and then finished it off with a clear sticker and some enamel dots. 
 
 
That is a wrap for me everybody. Thanks so much for coming to the blog today. I want you guys to know that the emoji collection can be for so many different projects and scrapbook pages. It was so fun to work with and I hope I have given you some inspiration. 

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Hello Simple Stories friends and welcome back to the blog today. Chantalle with you and I am excited to share two pages where I have made stickers a main focus for my background. The 4x6 sticker packs are definitely a favourite of mine, as each comes with a wonderful variety of alphabets, phrases, shapes and more! Indulge and use up a whole sheet on your next project, I dare you!
 
More Precious Than Jewels
 
This page, featuring my beautiful niece, was inspired by the cross pattern on a sheet of Faith ‘Believe’. I absolutely love all the prints in this line but I felt this one had a positive (excuse the pun!) and youthful feel. 
 
 
You’ll notice I have used a lot of tone on tone here. I like to do this when I want to add depth but keep focus. I started with a hint of floral foil and then layered a sheet of alphabet stickers over the top. This formed my base, over which I could add my elements.
 
 
In order to keep your sticker sheet intact, peel the backing paper off very slowly. Note: You may need to use one hand to steady the upward pull as you peel the paper back. Then, lay the stickers down on your project and again, carefully peel the rest of the paper surrounding the letters, off.
 
 
I’ve chosen to work in a sort of T-shape and being black and white, I think the photo stands out quite well against the more subtle colours. As I mentioned above, I’ve used lots of elements in a similar tone to bring the page to life. Lots of stickers - both cardstock and chipboard. The die cut shape provides the title and the stickers bring up the rear with little positive notes! 
 
 
I’ve die cut a few floral shapes using the awesome ‘believe’ paper again and brought out some of the pink tones with a hint of ‘Charity'. (The delicate florals of this paper also help to tie in the floral theme together.)
 
 
As always, I like to make use of little details to finish my projects off. Enamel dots are also a go-to for me. How adorable do these Reset Girl heart enamel shapes look! 
 
 
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My next page, There’s an Emoji for That,  also uses a whole bunch of stickers to build up the background.  
 
 
I can’t help but be drawn to the sweet circular faces in this Emoji Love collection. The circular shape calls me! haha. 
 
I first thought to use a square photo but it just didn’t look right. I trimmed the photo into a circle instead and it instantly looked better!  I loved the bold black and white script of ‘Be a Unicorn’ but it would’ve overpowered the page, so I’ve cut a large circle as a base shape and placed it on some white cardstock and then, laid my stickers over the top. You’ll notice the design of this page is similar to the one above, but this time it draws the eye predominantly down the page, instead of across. 
 
 
These rectangular sticker shapes from a pack of Emoji Love 4x6 Stickers are fabulous for use in Carpe Diem planners as well as any other paper projects! I love folding them over the top of pages or using them in a title. Here, I have used two sheets of these stickers (removing one or two that I didn’t think added anything to the page) which left behind a few gaps, but I quite like the effect!
 
 
To give them a bit of a less ‘structured’ feeling, I have also used the excess bit of the sticker paper and used it as an overlay.
 
 
The title phrase was snipped from a sheet of Emoji Love 4x4 Elements.  Journalling cards are such a great resource - they can give you extra wording, phrases and shapes to hand cut. Plus, you get a few on a single sheet of paper - great value!  Other elements on this page include die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack, decorative brads, some roller stamping and a few little hand-drawn elements using some coloured pens.
 
 
OMG - such fun! ;)
 
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  'Til next time!
 

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Hi everyone! It’s Lori, marketing manager at Simple Stories, and I’m excited to be sharing more of our behind-the-scenes goodness from the CHA/Creativation. Today, I’m sharing so many great things, and they're all from our most recent Carpe Diem planner release!

The gorgeous new planners, insert sets, and accessories have created a lot of excitement in the planner community as well as in the crafting community these past few weeks!  Look at the yummy colors and designs as they are displayed in our booth!  If eye candy had a taste, these collections would be super luscious and sweet!

 

During the 2017 CHA/Crativation show, we introduced two stunning new A5 planner colors: Clover and Grape. After lots of requests from our fans, we were happy to add these two colors to our line of A5 planners! The Clover green is fresh and springy while the Grape planner is vibrant and rich. Both colors are well on their way to reaching our top sellers list, so if you’re eying one of these colors, be sure to grab one soon!

Everyone was thrilled to hear that our new Carpe Diem 6 ring, A5 punch was announced at the 2017 show! These awesome punches can be used to create your own Carpe Diem dashboards, inserts, or simply to help you organize all of your papers and things to have in your planner. Are you excited to pick one up? They're shipping to retailers in May!

Once you get your planner organized and you’re busy checking off your to-dos, why not dress up your planner and personalize it just for you? Our new Planner Decals were announced at the show, and everyone fell in love with the many different designs. They’re decorative and easy to apply and remove, so you purchase a few to change out with your mood.

Want to see more of our booth and all of the fun new designs?  Take a personalized tour with Simple Stories owner and art director, Amber Crowell, in the video below. You’ll not only get to see all of the amazing designs, but you’ll also hear a bit about the creative process and ideas behind the products.

Stay tuned to the blog during the next few weeks for an up-close look at the many fun & functional insert sets that were introduced at the 2017 show. We’ve got lots of great things to come; you won’t want to miss it!

Can’t wait to get inspired? Be sure to follow our Live Love Plan Pinterest board for more than 600! Carpe Diem Planner ideas and inspiration!  

Hello friends! It is Stacy here today with 2 layouts using the Simple Stories Faith Collection. When I laid eyes on this collection for the very first time, I thought of all the travel photos I could craft with it. Travelling to me is always a new adventure, setting foot on foreign soil and not knowing what could come next. Every culture has its own unique characteristics so each experience is special. Every time I travel, I get inspired. There is always a new perception to grow my knowledge or inspire me on a different level. Every trip I go, I let God decide what is good for me. This faith keeps me wanting to go travelling often, to explore and be inspired.

The recent trip to US for the Creativation 2017 show was an eye opener. I had never flown halfway around the globe before, and this trip gave me new experiences I would never forget. For my first layout, I decided to document the trip to San Francisco just before heading to Creativation 2017.

The sun was up that day despite it being extremely cold. The weather was a blast! Love this picture taken at San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, the background in the photo gives me a lot of memories to remember!

Inspired by the weather and the logo of the Fisherman’s Wharf, I used a sunburst digital cut just behind the photograph to give it a spotlight. I also did some regular back stitching to highlight the rays of the cut. I left some of the negative spaces intact. On alternate sunrays, I punched some circles in different sizes to fill up the spaces in order to give it some colors. The Faith collection has a good range of pattern papers! The colors appeal very much to me, so I could not help but to showcase some of the lovely colors in the sunburst die-cut.

I have also added Faith Collection Washi Tapes at the joint between the white cardstock and the pattern paper. It is a good way to mildly eliminate the contrast between the 2 sections!

On the lower half of the layout, I have cut a bracket shaped element from the pattern paper. This time, I had a lot more journaling which I wanted to add to the layout, hence the choice of this element to fulfil my journaling purpose. I later added elements from the Bits & Pieces pack. I like to stick butterfly embellishments by folding it halfway, and only applying foam dots to the centre of the butterfly. I find that it gives the butterflies some flexibility and it looks like it is fluttering away!

There are so many new experiences in the trip where I felt inspired! So, I could not help but to add the light bulb chipboard piece, marked with the inspired sticker. I have also added a little digital cut arrow as the background for the sticker piece.

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For the second layout, I have used a photo taken at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. 

It was a beauty and quite a sight to breathe in, and every walk around this palace was calming and inspiring. It was always a joy to travel, and especially so with a great crafty friend like Aida!

I started the layout by first doing some random stitching on the background. I like the wood grain background, smoothing and calming suitable for this photo. 

I love the Sn@p pack! It is great for many different reasons, and I used it as part of the layering behind the photo to create contrast. There are so many wonderful pieces in this pack! In here, I have layered it up with chipboards and embellishment pieces.

Here, I have completed the layout with a title “Travel Joy”. The mint alphabet stickers are available in the sticker pack. It is also a good size for subtitles, or naming the places where you have visited.

Hope you get some inspiration from the layouts, and thanks for stopping by today!

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Hello Friends, its Kristine Davidson and I’ll be sharing a layout and 2 cards with you today.  This month I decided to create with the newly released Faith Collection.  I was inspired by the colors in this collection and the great patterns using the 6x8” paper pad. I must say this is the perfect size for creating layouts that use layering, and where you want to use a bit more than a 6x6” size. I think this new format is going to be a huge hit with those who create layouts, planner inserts, cards and so much more!

Let’s get started shall we? First I would like to share my layout with you. 
It’s called Kitty Love –

So as you can see, this collection isn’t just for FAITH scrapbooking! It can be used for other themes as well. I wanted to use this photo of myself and my little furry love  Miss Willie. The background matches that green perfectly doesn’t it !! LOL. That wasn’t planned! 

I first started my page by using a white background, but once I got my page started I needed a bit more so I created a background using a cut file from Paper Issues.  I wanted to use tons of gorgeous papers on this page and so I layered and layered creating dimension and lots of color.  

It’s no secret I love diecuts and popdots! I added those on the corner of my photo in a cluster with several layers and adding twine and staple for texture. 

I created my Kitty title using 2 different patterned papers and cut out kitty twice with one larger than the other so it would create a border and make it stand out a bit more.

Don’t be afraid to add several papers or even pieces of paper to create layers. Especially if they are from the same collection and of course just because the collection is called Faith doesn’t mean it can’t be used for something else !

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My second showcase is a card set I created with the same collection.  These cards can be used for encouragement or thinking about you themes. By just adding a diecut or a sticker you can change the theme of your card. 

 

 

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OK! I can’t leave you without sharing one of my latest layouts using the Love & Adore Collection.

I pieced some left over papers under this heart diecut and layered so many great Bits & Pieces from the same collection. I love this layout and It was so fun to create. Do you have any leftovers from this collection? How about using them with a cut file to get rid of some of those small pieces? Do It ! ;)

Layers and layers Oh MY!

Thanks for visiting us at Simple Stories today, if you enjoyed my layouts please come find me on instagram @KristineDavidson

Have a great day!

 

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Hello friends! Brenda Smith here to share a memory planner spread using the new Domestic Bliss line. While a lot of the stickers and embellishments are chores-related and work perfectly in everyday planners, I wanted to show that this line is equally usable for memory planning. 
 
 
I decorate my pockets fairly minimally using the items I think I'll use in upcoming spreads. I like my pockets to be mostly functional but with a little bit of cuteness. Luckily these die cut ephemera pieces are adorable enough on their own without me having to add much else. 
 
 
I used a dashboard insert from the Home Planner Insert set to divide my spread and give me ample space for two photos. 
 
 
I absolutely adore the new sticker tablets and made good use of a lot of stickers, including all the fabulous little stars you see throughout the spread. 
 
 
I like my memory planner spreads to be a mix of cute quotes from my kids and memorable things we did that week. I used my Silhouette Cameo and its pen tool to "type" my headers and my journaling for me. I thought I would change things up a little with the typography and love the look of the headers. 
 
 
Enamel dots are some of my favorite tools to unite a page together. I love the little tiny pops of color and how the dots reinforce the circular theme I've got going on. 
 
 
I am addicted to the Bits and Pieces packs and cannot do a memory planner spread without them. They are so easy to layer for visual interest without detracting from the spread. 
 
 
 decided to sew on this planner spread. I have the thread backings on the other side of the planner pages, of course, but they'll be easy enough to cover up with paper or embellishments so I'm not worried about it. I love the finished look of the stitching. The roller stamp from the Domestic Bliss line has a lot of stamps perfect for household planning but again, a lot that can be used for anything. I stamped the "Get it Done" here for an additional accent. 
 
Have you picked up Domestic Bliss yet? Show us what you're making with it by tagging us (@simplestories_) on Instagram!

 

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We're thrilled to introduce you to the 2017 Creative Team!  Look forward to seeing work from these talented ladies beginning in April!

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

For my first layout I decided to work with the amazing “Faith” collection.

I started with a white cardstock as my background ‘cause I like the brightness that the white color brings to the whole project. To add color I used the “belive” b-side paper. I cut it in three parts and I created the background with them.

I used a very sweet pic, hahaha! I like very much cupcakes and I love chocolate, so you can know which was my cupcake… 

Next came my favorite part: the embellishing! For that I used some flowers from 6x12 chipboard and from Combo Sticker. I also added a few enamel dots and some decorative brads to give dimension to my layout.

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The next layout I’m sharing with you today was again created with the beautiful “Faith” collection.

I started cutting a very big picture of me and my husband, hand in hand, on our wedding day in Las Vegas. I cut it in 12 pieces and I glued them like a puzzle on the “Hope” b-side paper.

Then I glued the paper on a white cardstock and I rolled two corners, so you can see the other side of the paper (so beautiful!).

I titled this layout “love” using the word from the 6x12 chipboard. Then, I added many embellishments ‘cause it’s very difficult to choose only one of the beautiful Simple Stories’s embellishments. I love all of them!!

So I used the heart from the decorative clips, some hearts, arrows and sentences from the combo stickers, more hearts and the ballons from the 6x12 chipboard and some decorative brads like the house or the feather. Finally, to give a bit more dimension to my project, I added some enamel dots of different colors, and that's all!

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

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!

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Hello everyone! It’s Lori again on the blog showing more of the behind-the-scenes from CHA/Creativation. Today, I’m sharing the bold and bright Say Cheese III collection—a glorious follow up to our best-selling Say Cheese & Say Cheese II collections.

The excitement about this creative line was energizing at the show!  The beloved Say Cheese collections always have people swooning and getting giddy about planning their next vacation!  Our wall of goodness did not disappoint at the show!

The polka dot papers and sweet camera accents are fun additions to this collection, and the strong black makes the primary colors pop. The color palette is great for theme park trips, but it’s also versatile enough to use for other summertime play!

The home décor pieces decorated with this collection were so much fun to create! Remember, these gorgeous designs can be used in other projects besides in your scrapbooks! The chevron shapes, tray and clipboard turned out so cute! Who wouldn’t want to see those fun projects displayed in their home?!

And how about this adorable wood garland created for us by Julie Johnson from Paisleys and Polka Dots?!

If you’d like more behind the scenes peeks into the booth at CHA/Creativation, check out this live video from the show to see more of the Say Cheese III collection!

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

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