Hello!  It's Jennifer on the blog today sharing layouts I created with the new Mistletoe Kisses collection!  I always appreciate a Christmas line that has non-traditional colors and Mistletoe Kisses hits the target!  The soft blues and pinks with hints of red and green are perfect for your fun holiday themed projects!  I'm one of those moms that tries to do separate scrapbooks for my kids so many times I'm scrapping the same photo twice!  Mistletoe Kisses has great colors for your favorite girl!
 
For my first layout, "Believe", I combined pieces of the B sides of Holly Jolly and HO HO HO on white cardstock.  To add a pop of color, I cut a strip of Christmas Magic and adhered it to the top of my page. A little stitching with my sewing machine finished my background! I then used cards from the 4x6 Horizontal Elements under my photo; this is a great way to utilize the journaling cards if you aren't going to save them for a mini album or pocket scrapbook!  
 
 
How adorable are these trees?  I used the multi-colored chipboard tree along with two of the die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack!  I then added a heart and sentiment sticker found on the Combo Cardstock Sticker Sheet to one of the trees! 

 
I love the large variety of Simple Stories Cut Files found in the Silhouette shop!  For my title, I cut the "Believe" script from white cardstock.  I also added one of the cute typed sentiments found in the Bits and Pieces as well as strips of coordinating washi tape!  
 
 
New to the Simple Stories collections are roller stamps!  Here, I used the Classic Christmas Roller Stamp to stamps 'peace.love.joy' above my date; this stamp includes twelve different phrases to choose from! 
 
 
I love this string of lights included on the 6x12 Chipboard Sheet!  I adhered it to the top corner of my page to add some depth!  And note the silver foil accent which gives the embellishments extra shine!  
 
 
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​For my next layout, "Night Before Christmas", I again used white cardstock as my background. What can I say? I love white!  :) I cut my cardstock down to 11x11 and adhered it to the B Side of Oh What Fun. Using a snowflake background from the Silhouette shop (again cut in white cardstock), I lightly misted with pink and light blue spray ink.   Once dry, I added stitching around the edge of my page using my sewing machine. 
 
 
Here is a close up of the misted background! I added a few of the coordinating Enamel Dots some of the centers of the snowflakes.  
 
 
​Even with the mini collections, you still have many different embellishments to choose from!  I happen to love them all and often cluster my elements together!  Here, I used a journaling spot and die cut snowflakes from the Bits and Pieces pack!  The chipboard snowman is adorable, too!  
 
 
I also love the variety of sentiment stickers on the Combo Cardstock Sticker sheet!  Here, I used one as my title along with a cute light bulb and Enamel Dots!  The "it's a wonderful life" sentiment is from the Classic Christmas 4x6 Sticker Sheet set! 
 
 
One of my favorite new embellishment are the Decorative Clips!  They are perfect to add to the top of your photo or at the top of a page in a mini album!  
 
 
Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to check out the beautiful Christmas collections as well as many more on the Simple Stories Products Page! Have a great day!

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Hope you have your warm coats and boots out!  My projects today are going to transport you to a winter wonderland!  Just briefly so I guarantee you will survive!

 

Have you seen the new Mistletoe Kisses collection?  It is a perfect collection for documenting Christmas in a non-traditional color way or document fun in the snow, like I did with both of my layouts.  For my first project, the green polka dot paper was a little to bold for my snowy photos, so I white washed my trees with a little white paint.  This technique toned down the green and helped spotlight my photos.  Remember a while back when Simple Stories paired up with Just Nick?  Well, I ordered this Bare Tree  cut file.  I used it for a Halloween layout then, and now for a winter layout.   I did cut two different size trees.

 

 

The title of my layout is quite small.  I centered it on the two photos, helping to bring your eye directly there.  

 

 

Here is a closeup of the trees.  You can see the white paint.  After my layout was completely put together, I added a touch of white pearl pen where I thought the snow would fall on the trees.  

 

 

I used the pearl pen to add random snowflakes too.

 

 

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This photo was after our long walk in the snow on my previous layout.  We got back and my boy collapsed to the ground.  Totally intentional and lots of fun.  Since these will be in my photo album together, I wanted to use the same collection to have them blend.  When I saw the red cursive looking stickers on the Combo Sticker sheet, I new I wanted to create a great title.  Isn't funny how both of my projects are the same collection, look nothing alike, yet still blend?  This one is definitely brighter than the first!

 

 

These trees are completely adorable!  Although they have decorations and patterns on them, they still work.  Even with a touch of PINK!  

 

 

Here is another cut file I had ordered from Just Nick a month or so back.  It is cute for fall, cut from woodgrain or as a reindeer for winter.  I just love it and will use it over and over.  He is adorable cut from stripes.

 

 

Thank you for taking a look.

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Hello friends! Brenda Smith here with you today with a pocket page made using Hello Fall. I love how versatile this collection is. This is my third pocket page spread I’ve made with it and I feel like all are different, varied looks. 

I made this page as a summary of sorts for our Fall. I didn’t go too in depth with my journaling because most of these stories will be told on other pages, but I always like to have summary pages to look back on in my albums, not to mention they're just fun to make!

When making pages that summarize an event or season, I start by picking out all of my favorite photos from that time period. Then I edit the pictures, keeping in mind that tonally, the pictures all have to work together on the same page. I place them into a folder and look them over for a few minutes and mull over the story ideas I have in my head. Ultimately, the photos that are chosen are usually the ones that best illustrate the stories. 

Whenever I’m feeling like I need to change things up in my pocket pages because I’m getting bored, I’ll try a different page protector with different photo sizes. It’s been a while since I’ve gone square and I love this protector that has slots for six 4x4 cards and/or photos while still allowing me to use my beloved 3x4”. 

I minimally embellished in an attempt to let the photos and stories speak for themselves. On my regular pages, I usually embellish quite a bit because I enjoy the process but I know that it occasionally detracts from the photos. Here, I printed my photos large and hardly covered any parts of them. 

To keep this spread bright and airy, I strayed away from too many dark cards or papers. I gravitated toward the white/cream patterned papers so that I could get a little visual interest in my spread without overwhelming it. This is a good trick to try if you’re having problems getting the colors in your photos to go with the colors of your supplies. 

Little details like stamped dates and sentiments take only a little time but can add a lot to your spreads. 

Have you been creating with Hello Fall? If you share on Instagram, use the hashtag #sshellofall so we can come see what everyone else is making! 

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Hello everyone! Today I have two fun Fall layouts to share using the gorgeous Hello Fall collection, which is one of my favorite Fall collections of all time! I love the colors and patterns so much, but I'm pretty sure I say that about every Simple Stories collection.
 

For my first layout, I used the Celebrate Fall patterned paper. I thought the big leaf was so fun and unique, and wanted to do something special with it. I used embroidery floss to stitch string art throughout the leaf. String art stitching is easy! I poked holes around my shape and stitched the outline. Then I went back and randomly crisscrossed the thread until the entire part of the leaf was covered. Once I had the leaf background, it was time to add a photo. We recently went to the pumpkin patch, and I had a picture just perfect for the page!
 

I didn't want to cover too much of the background because I loved the way the string-art stitching turned out. I added a few die-cuts and chipboard pieces, and a title from the ephemera pack. Super fun!
 

 
For my next layout, I used a giant title. The "Pick of the Patch" phrase was inspired by a sticker in this collection!
 
 
I cut the welded letters from my Silhouette Cameo, and backed each one with a different pattern, I placed them at an angle on my page, and added two small photos in the middle. I embellished with chipboard and die-cut flowers, as well as a few other bits and pieces. I created a border of word stickers at the top and bottom of each page. No layout of mine is complete without word and phrase stickers!
 

 
I had so much fun celebrating fall with the Hello Fall collection! Now I'll be ready for the Christmas Season and Christmas layouts. Thanks for joining me today!
 

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Hello November..Violet here, today I would like to share How I used the Posh Doc it journal and Hello Fall collection to make a list for my Thanksgiving Dinner.

I started by gathering all the embellishments that I wanted to use. I water colored the pages to add some color and make it more fall looking and It's relaxing too. 

I grabbed two cards from the Hello Fall Snap Pack and glued them down and then added washi tape. The Blue, Orange, yellow and whites florals are perfect for this layout. I added demension by adding bits and pieces, stickers, Enamel Dots and Bradz. Once all that was complete I couldn't wait to write down my List. 

I also wanted to make sure I didn't lose my place in the journal, when heading to the grocery store, therefore, I decided to make a corner planner bookmark for my Doc it journal. 

Now I can safely tuck it back into my Ivory Carpe Diem planner and take it out when needed. I appreciate and adore the conveniency of being able to do that. And can we all just take a minute, to just stare at the Gold writing...Love!

Thank you everyone who took the time to stop by the blog. It will be a very busy next couple of months, but I am Thankful for it and thankful to be able to stay organized in the best planners out there! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving..Till next time, happy planning.

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Hello Simple Stories friends!

Marcia here today with more Hello Fall layout inspiration. Fall is hands down my favorite season, when all the trees are in full color and my favorite pumpkin spice coffee returns. I don't think I am alone there though ... my niece looks like she definitely enjoys those colorful Autumn leaves too. This layout is titled 'I Love Fall'
 

 
I used a chevron background digital cut file from Creative Scrappers. I like it for my Fall pictures because those chevrons help mimic the movement of falling leaves. A little machine stitching over them creates some texture too. I added some fun fall phrase stickers from the combo sticker sheet.
 
 
I love the look of pure joy on my niece's face as she is tossing leaves into the air. A JustNick circle frame, cut from woodgrain paper found in the Sn@p Basics pack, and leaf die cuts frame my photo.
 
 
 
A combination of stickers and bits and pieces die cuts make up my title.
 
 
My second layout; 'This Makes Him Happy', documents something my nephew likes to do in the Fall, deer hunting using his bow. 
 
 
Arrows from a JustNick Studios digital cut file are lined up on my background paper, another woodgrain paper from the Sn@p Basics pack. I love these woodgrain papers with the Hello Fall collection!
 
 

 A 3x4 journal card helps express his love of Fall too. I used more masculine embellishments here in my clusters, like the chipboard woodpile and bits and pieces corn stalk.
 

 

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

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One of the things we love most about working with the amazing community of passionate scrapbookers and planner lovers is getting to know the many customers and store owners who give their time and creativity to special causes. One of those people is Wisconsin scrapbooking store owner, Therese Hennessy.
 
Therese is the owner of Polkadots and More in South East Wisconsin, and her passion is to help people preserve their memories. In 2014, Therese was working in her store and met the proud family of a local veteran. She was moved by the pride they had in their family's patriarch and for his service.
 
Later that day, Therese heard about the Honor Flight Network on the radio. She learned that the Honor Flight Network gives free transportation to America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifice.
 
She was so inspired by both stories she developed the idea to create an organization that donates customized scrapbooks to veterans who take Honor Flights so they could have a personal keepsake of their trip.
The Honor Scrapbook, Inc.. Therese reached out to Simple Stories for help with designing and manufacturing the custom albums and supplies, and we were thrilled to be part of such an amazing project.
 


 
Therese has had the pleasure of meeting some of the veterans with inspiring stories and has gotten to present them with their very own Honor Scrapbook. Her goal is to provide every veteran with a memorable album that they can enjoy and also pass on to family.
 


 
Please read more about Therese and her passion by visiting thehonorscrapbook.org. While you’re there, you can donate to the cause to provide an album to a veteran or purchase albums for friends or loved ones.

Thank you, Therese, for letting us be part of your journey. And to all of our nation’s veterans, thank you for your sacrifice and for your service.

Hello again crafty  friends! Leah here to show you how I am using one of my Doc-It journals as a gratitude journal. Did you know that gratitude boosts levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain? Just the act of thinking about what you appreciate can trigger these “happy” chemicals in your brain, making you feel happier.  November is the month of the Thanksgiving (in the USA) and often inspires many of us to spend more time reflecting on what we are thankful for. This month seemed like the perfect time to start a daily gratitude journal.

In the past, I have tried to incorporate documenting gratitude into my daily routine, but I have failed time and time again with establishing it as a habitual practice. I am just recently realizing why that keeps happening. I don't know if any of you feel this way, but when I think about what I am grateful for, my brain immediately goes to BIG, general ideas, such as family or my health, or the roof over my head. While I truly am SO grateful for all of those more obvious things, thinking on such a large scale really limits my list. When you are trying to establish a daily gratitude practice, you start running out of ideas pretty quickly if you are too generalized. My dear friend Tiffany spoke to me a little about how she has been documenting her gratitude and I have found her method to be quite helpful for me.  At the end of the day, she reflects back on that day and asks herself, “what is the best thing that happened today?”  Then she writes it down. This practice has really helped me get more specific with what I am feeling grateful for, which makes the process a little more exciting because I now have more variety in my answers. This method has also become a wonderful way to document memories! You will notice how my daily pages so far have a scrapbooking vibe, which is making this project feel even more special, by including mementos and photos with each gratitude message.

For this journal, I started with the Posh Doc-it journal and covered it with one of my favorite 12x12 papers from the Hello Fall collection. I added watercolor to the background and then layered some gold glitter washi tape, tissue paper, a small square SN@P! piece, and a couple of those beautiful leaf die cuts from the Hello Fall collection. I used foam adhesive under the square to make it pop off the background.

The bottom is just torn pieces of patterned paper that I layered and inked to add a little dimension. In the corner, I inked a doily and added some Hello Fall stickers and twine.

The inside cover and first page of the journal act as a cover page. On the left side is an element from a page in the Hello Fall 6x6 paper pad. I felt it was appropriate because I am grateful for all of the things listed (which is why I love autumn so much)! I used some leftover paper scraps to layer behind the words. I inked the edges of the yellow paper to give it a burned look and added some string from my stash that reminded me of sweater material, which I thought gave the layers a “cozy” feel. Last but not least, I punched a tag out of some orange patterned paper and added twine and a clear sticker from the Posh collection.

On the first page of the journal, I used more of that paper I covered the front of the journal with, but I painted the leaves with different colors of watercolor paint. I also painted some of them with a gold shimmery paint. I drew a border around the paper with a fine point sharpie. On top is a Hello Fall SN@P! card and the letter and number stickers are from the Posh collection. 

 I then added a cluster of embellishments: a gold doily, enamel dots, a tab, word strip stickers and washi tape. 

The bottom part of the page has a picture of my entire family and the gather together words are fussy cut from a 12x12 paper in the Gather Together collection kit.

I am only documenting a couple of days from the end of October because my husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary over Halloween weekend. I wanted a chance to scrap those memories and express my gratitude on those special days.

The first layout in my gratitude journal is highlighting the date night that kicked off our wedding anniversary weekend! I documented the memories from that night with some photos, movie tickets and journaling. On this day, I was thankful for date nights! All the décor used in this layout is from the Happy Haunting Collection kit, except the washi tapes. I LOVE adding watercolor to my layouts because it adds so much vibrancy and interest! The paper in the Doc-it journals is very thick; it takes the watercolor so well and doesn’t bleed at all!

The next layout is from a trip to a Halloween event that my husband and I took with my youngest sister. Even though the event itself was not all that we expected, the spooky atmosphere and the company made this night a blast. On this day, I documented the experience and expressed gratitude for my sister’s wild, super goofy and amazing personality. She is one of the funniest people I know and we took so many crazy photos that night- this is only some of them!

All of the décor is again from the Happy Haunting kit. I fussy cut the date and the crossword pieces from the 12x12 elements pages to create die cuts. I added lots of watercolor to the background to allow the die cuts to pop off the page.

I really love how the crossword looks with the watercolor peeking through!

Instead of gluing the card at the top of the layout down, I stapled it onto the page so that I could add journaling underneath.

The next layout is really special. This one went a little against the grain in that I didn’t journal about anything from that specific day. We had to work on our actual anniversary, which is why we spent the weekend celebrating. So for this day, I printed out some of our wedding photos and journaled about how thankful I am that my husband challenges me and truly makes me a better person.

This layout understandably has a more romantic feel than the last few pages. I used the beautiful Posh collection for this one. I mostly used SN@P! pieces and die cuts from the collection and used several of my paper punches to punch different shapes out of the 6x6 paper pad to layer behind the photos. I used my scalloped edge punch a lot in this layout, which was inspired by the white doily that spans both pages underneath all of the photos. It is a large square doily from my stash with a scalloped edge. 

I really like adding ink to the edges of most of the layers because it adds dimension by creating some separation between the layers. In this case, it makes them stand out against the white background as well. I also frequently add faux stitching to my layouts, like I did to the vellum circle, because I love how it looks and am often too lazy to do the real thing.

How lovely are the clear stickers over the photos?! 

I really hope I am able to continue diligently with this gratitude journal! Many of my upcoming layouts are only going to be one-page, the two-page layouts will be reserved for special occasions. I hope you will follow along with me on this journey and try creating your own gratitude journal, or just use a notebook or your planner to write down something you are grateful for every day. Remember to stimulate those happy brain chemicals! Follow me over on Instagram to see my upcoming journal layouts!

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Hi everybody ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am happy to be here sharing some pocket pages I recently put together using the Posh collection. 
 
This collection is among my all time top favorites. The colors are so pretty and the rest of the collection is perfect for the every day documenting. 
 
 
As I have mentioned before I typically do my pocket pages weekly. I chose some photos that seemed to match up well with the Posh collection. This week's photos was perfect. Here is what the left side looks like. 
 
 
 
Here is my title card. I love these little 2x2 month squares that come in the SN@P pack. I used the square as the beginning of my title card by placing it onto the big label on this 4x6 card. 
 
 
During this week McDonald's was hosting a kids eat free breakfast. I took the kids to eat breakfast before school and it was a win/win. I didn't have to cook and we all got free breakfast. 
 
 
One of the things that I like to do in my pocket pages is to use the letter stickers and other stickers to help tell my story. I used the stickers on the bottom picture to spell out BOYS. My son kept bringing home rocks that he found on the way from the bus. 
 
 
This gold foil chipboard piece was the perfect embellishment to tell a story about my oldest daughter. She was chosen to be on the robotics team at school this year. I also wanted to add in some sort of robot to help tell my story. So I decided to use two pockets to tell this story. I simply cut the chipboard piece in half to fit on both of the cards. Then I used it as my starting point, adding everything else around it. 
 
 
Let's talk about the right side now. Here is a closer look. 
 
 
I continued with the color scheme on this side as well. The navy blues, the pinks, and yellows. 
 
 
I made a cluster of embellishments on this journaling card. 
 
 
I am really loving using these big journaling cards as a weekly recap. The cards are already embellished for you so it makes it super easy to add to it if you want to customize it. 
 
 
This particular week I had a few less photos than normal. So I decided to use this filler card that seemed to fit my week perfectly. Using this filler cards is always a nice way to go. I need to do this more often. 
 
 
Thanks for coming over to the blog today. Have a great day and take some time to be crafty. This Posh collection is fabulous and is perfect for just about any project. 

 

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Hi again and welcome back to the blog today. Here in Australia we don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving but that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t count our blessings! Hello Fall is perfect for taking stock of all the good things in my life. I’m so thankful for my beautiful family!
 
Thankful for you
 
A tender moment captured between siblings is gold!!
 
 
The little apple in the Hello Fall was the inspiration for this page. I’m so thankful for my two cheeky monkeys!
I wanted a way to reproduce the shape… I was looking through my stamp stash to see if I had anything I could use when it occurred to me I could use an actual apple!
 
 
I chopped an apple in half and coated the cut side with acrylic paint. I primed some smooth white cardstock with gesso beforehand and then went about stamping a pattern on the paper. It took me right back to my Kindergarten days, stamping with potatoes!
 
 
Once I was happy with my little apples, I filled in some details with watercolour paints.
 
 
The final finishing touch was to pop some little leaves on to the stems. I had a look through the collection and found leaves in various forms, which added a quirky charm to my apples.
 
 
 
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Here’s a throwback page to 1995 when my husband and I first started dating. So fresh-faced we were back then, haha!  Through life’s ups and downs, I am grateful to have him along for the journey.
 
 
I’ve kept to a predominantly blue pallet on this one, to coordinate with the tones in the photo. I pulled out lots of little elements that I thought would work and combined them on a bit of a mixed paper background.
 
 
The main background is a sheet of Hello Fall ‘Heart Fall’ 12x12. I loved the pretty daisy print but I wanted to add a bit of contrast, so I added a section on the right hand side which comprises a 4x6 card from the Hello Fall Sn@p! pack and a bit of the 2x12,4x12 & 6x12 Elements Page (#6915). To bring out the blue notes, I added some hand cut hexagons from a sheet of ‘Warm & Cozy’ and then added some smaller hexagons from my Hello Fall 6x6 pad. I don’t know about you but I love seeing all the patterns in a smaller version in a 6x6 pad - so cute!
 
 
I’ve typed up a few notes about the photo and layered those over some label stickers from a pack of Hello Fall Stickers (6932) and a few other bits and bobs. The little details I add at the ‘end’ of a page are always my favourite. Those tiny elements just pull everything together I think!
 
 
Thank you for stopping by today.   Happy creating!

 

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Hi everyone!  Theresa here with a look into my Carpe Diem planner for November!  I'm using The Reset Girl line in my Marigold planner this month!

I covered my November divider with patterned paper I cut down to size.  I then attached a cut down SN@P card to create a pocket for my stickers and documents.

My family is traveling quite a bit this month, so I used washi tape to highlight our vacation days!

While researching for our trip, I wrote down places we wanted to go on sticky page flags.  I used different colors for activities, restaurants and stores.  I was able to move the page flags around and play with our itinerary.

When I wrote our final itinerary in my planner, I used the same color stickers as I did page flags to color code where we would be going.  

Using the page flags and color coding helped a lot in creating my itinerary!  With the holidays and vacations coming up, I hope you give this little tip a try!  Happy planning!

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Hello fellow crafters! Stacy Koo here on the Simple Stories blog today and I am using the gorgeous Reset Girl collection in 2 of my layouts!

I was drawn to this collection pretty much! It is currently used in the layout of my journals and organizers. Being a crafty soul, I can totally relate to all of the sentiments and images in this collection!

When I first laid hands on this collection, some of the elements have already inspired the idea of these 2 layouts. It seems to me that I didn’t have to think twice! Sometimes I let the paper do the work, and I go through that particular inspiration to come up with a layout.

For my first layout, I was inspired by 2 things: the hexagons which you find in the bits & pieces pack, and the lady with wide open arms in the 4x6 Horizontal Elements

For the background, I used a pattern paper from the Sn@p Basics collection. Basic collections like these help me emphasize on the hexagon sewing techniques and showcasing the other decorative elements clearly. I hoard a few packs of these basic collections, because I always get to use them in a project or another! Here is a closer look at the stitching with some DMC thread and the title.

I have also done some fussy cuttings from The Reset Girl collection2x12, 4x12, 6x12 elements I find that the words “You Go Girl” fits the idea of travelling. In this photo, I went to Thailand with one of my best crafty pals and the entire trip was a blast!

As you can see, I am in love with how the 4x6 Horizontal Elements co-relates to the photograph! Sometimes the inspiration just comes to you and I love how easy it was to fix my mind to all the pretty elements in the pack. Fussy cutting images also help me to utilize the pattern papers in different ways!

The other cluster of embellishments all specify a single theme – travel. This collection is super versatile. I like how the elements fitted together - the organizer / passport, travel tickets, flight tickets, camera – they remind me of every single moment during this trip! I like how this collection comes with the small and big pieces! It gives me so much more possibilities!

In addition, I added a stamp just above the date of the travel. Yes you heard me right, there is a roller stamp in this collection and you must have this! 

On to the next part of the embellishments, I added a single chipboard decoration. Because it shines in perfect harmony to my travel theme, there isn’t a need for more! Just pack it up with some layers below from the bits & pieces pack! I love how the words shine in the light!

Another embellishment I love is the using of clips! This clip is a total blast – I love the gold rims highlighting the rounded jewel. 

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On the second layout, I was inspired by some of the pattern papers in the collection: Like A Boss and 24/Seven pattern papers. With the photograph on hand, it was easy to find these inspirations from the collection. My best crafty pals give me the best reset when days are tough, through the creative process we go through together!

I started by cutting the pattern paper Like A Boss into its individual triangular pieces and layered it as the background. Then I did some machine sewing all around the layout to define this piece. I like to use sewing as a frame to capture attention to the center of this piece.

The next part started with layering. I like to layer the pieces near my photo to create attention. It is really easy to find the piece you need from the bits & pieces pack and then top it up with the journal stickers from the Combo Sticker.

I have also added some clear stickers to my layout. These clear stickers are so cool! You don’t have to be afraid that the background will interfere with the colors and arrangement of your elements since the backgrounds is clear! The fun part – it comes with cute hashtags!

Another close up on the clear stickers and a cute little stamp sentiment from the roller stamp!

The other part of embellishment comes from fussy cuttings. There are so many gorgeous things you can use in this collection, especially with the shiny elements! 

Last but not least, the fussy cut from the 24/Seven pattern paper! I had to use this piece, the gold trims really stands out and it best fits what I think of my crafty pals! You girls are truly amazing!

Hope you liked these layouts that I have shared with you today!

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Hello Friends, It’s Kristine Davidson with you today and I am going to share 2 layouts using the Reset Girl Collection. The colors in this kit are so versatile that they can be used for any season. I was drawn for my 2 pages and loved adding some extra colors with it. 
 

The first layout I'll be sharing is called "Reset"

If you take a look at this layout – it is filled with layers and so many diecuts. I seriously could not stop myself from adding and adding and adding and … you get the point. I love how all the colors blend so well together and create a busy focal point but not to the extreme of getting lost.

I created a title using my silhouette cameo and added a small diecut on the bottom right to create a bit of a “subtitle”.

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My Second layout for you today is called "Girl, You are Amazing"

I created this layout based on a sketch from Creative Scrappers. It is also one of my favorite go to patterns. I love creating each little square, adding photos where I’d like to have them and of course adding little details to finish up my page.  

The chipboard pieces and diecuts from this collection can be used for so many themes. If you purchased the diecuts you can use them in your planners or yours pagesJ

To see more of my work you can find me on instagram @KristineDavidson 

Thank you so much for reading and being a fan of Simple Stories!

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Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to share a planner spread I made in my Ballerina Pink Carpe Diemusing the Posh collection. 

I really like to use the vertical inserts for my weekly planning pages because the layout just makes sense to me for this type of project. I started this vertical spread in the way I start most. First I cover the little grey header above the vertical boxes. For this spread, I used little strips from the Weekly Stickers and washi from the Modern Meadow set from the Reset Girl line. 

The next thing I do is grab the vertical box stickers from the Weekly Stickers package. I try to balance the weight of my spread by not having too many stickers or embellishments in any area without equal visual weight on the opposing side. I added the dates using the Number Stickers in navy. I like the whimsical look the oversized numbers give. 

After I’ve placed all my vertical stickers, I focus my attention on the bottom of the page. I usually like to do some extra decorating down there and take it as an opportunity to add some scrapbook paper and embellishments to my spread. I used my favorite paper from the Posh line, Love Life, and trimmed down to size.

Next, I took some hole reinforcement stickers from the Planner Basics stickers to add a little additional visual interest to an otherwise boring area of my spread. I tried several different color combinations of hole reinforcements for this spread but landed on aqua and teal. I added the October 2016 calendar sticker from the Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers to the top right and love being able to see the month at a glance without it detracting from the spread.

Then I get out my Bits and PiecesWord Label Stickers, and Designer Stickers in addition to the Planner Basics and Weekly Stickers to finish off the embellishing of this spread.

Lastly, I used the sketch pen and my Silhouette Cameo to add the “pen” (words) to my page. I like the clean look it gives the page and it really doesn’t require that much effort.

How have you been creating in your Carpe Diems? If you are sharing on Instagram, be sure to tag @simplestories_ and @CarpeDiemPlanners and use the hashtag #CarpeDiemPlanner so we can find you and give some love to your posts.  

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Hi there!

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

My first layout is a fun way to tribute the friendship and female world. It was therefore created with the beautiful and feminine The Reset Girl scrapbook collection. 

I used a funny photo of me and my best friend. Here, as usual, we are laughing and clowning around! I framed it using the “Lookin' Good” b-side paper. I titled this project "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" inspired by popular and cheerful Cyndi Lauper's song "Girls Just Want To Have Fun". I used the colorful word "GIRL" and the ABC from "Combo Sticker" paper to do so. To get the letter "S" from word "GIRLS", there is a little trick. I have cut its silhouette from "Lookin' Good" paper ;)

This time I used white cardstock as my background. I love it, as you know from my previous works. I thought I'd create my background with different papers of the line and I used most of them to give color. I cut different sizes of water drop shapes from many papers ("Lookin' Good", "Ready, Set, Reset", "24/Seven" and "Get Your Crafty On" b-side papers and "You Got This" both sides paper) and I glued them all around the white cardstock. To finish, for embellishing I used a lot of die-cut pieces from “Bits & Pieces” like arrows, flowers and birds. They are all precious!! I created a cute hanging tag, combining a turquoise thread bow with a die-cut tag, just to spice up the project and I also used some words and phrases from "Combo Sticker" to finish off.

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The theme for my second layout is eternal love. For this reason I used the lovely and colorful Posh collection and a photo from me and my life mate. We really like to take selfies together with a piece of the place where we are. I love this pic of us and I wanted to scrapbook it right away! ;P

 

I have titled it "Today & Always" using the word and letters from "Bits & Pieces" and "Combo Sticker" papers. I used some colorful 3x4 cards from the "SN@P! Pack" and I glued them on white cardstock, which, as always, I used as a background. I really love all pieces from this kit!!!! It was very difficult to choose 9 of all of them.

To finish I put a few chipboards stickers and some wonderful die-cut pieces from the "Bits & Pieces" all around the layout to jazz it up.

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

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!

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Hello Everyone! This is Jennie and today I’m sharing a week with goofy moments, a picnic and a carnival. When you think about the Posh collection you think about classy and ladylike photos but the colors are gorgeous and a few of the icons are very playful like the bicycle and this cute dog. In case you haven’t heard, Simple Stories had a contest to name him and his name is Winston!

The blue in the journaling cards makes the blue in the photos stand out and my daughter’s shirt goes perfect with the light coral. Aren’t you a little bit happy when your photos match the paper?

I like to add little embellishments to most of my photos. I always say memories are for my family but playing with paper is for me. Small stickers like the Word LabelsDesigner Stickers and Clear Stickers fit perfect in spots where you don’t have a lot going on like the grass on these photos.

I kept the title card super simple because we love Winston! These Sn@p Alphas have been a staple in my pocket pages since I’ve started! They are so versatile! In this card I used the Sn@p Color Vibe Lights.

Almost every week I get to document a not so glamorous moments. I bet everyone has a day like that. I made a small cluster with Totally Chic Washi Tape, DIY Alphas (from way back in the day!) and Posh Word Labels.

I put the Stickers birds on top of the photo to give the illusion that they are flying over her. I sometimes over think composition. Washi tape is a good way to frame a photo when you don’t want to use a mat or put a frame over it.

This was an extra fun week so I had to add a little insert. I used a 6x8 Pocket Page. They fit perfect in the 12x12 Albums. I used circle die cuts from the Bits and Pieces and glued them back to back. I also punched out some circles to mix with the sequins.

 The 6x6 Paper Pad is perfect for these circles because the patterns and images are smaller. 

I hope you enjoyed these pocket pages and got a few ideas to use on your own!

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Hey, friends!  Missy back here with you today, and I have two fun Halloween layouts to share using the Happy Haunting Simple Set.  Halloween is my favorite holiday to scrap, and I decided to create a layout about my daughter dressing up as the Hulk a few years ago.  If you know her and her personality, you’d know that this was the perfect costume for her…haha!  I love that there is a lot of green and purple in these photos, so I wanted to bring them into the layout to contrast with all the orange and black in the collection.  I started off brushing some Shimmerz Texturez  in a circle on a sheet of white cardstock.  I found a cute circle frame cut file from The Cut Shoppe and placed that over the paint.  I came in with some purple and green watercolors to peek out from the cut file and the photos.  I backed some of the open spots of the cut file with papers from the collection.

I cut the word “Halloween” from the 3x4 4x6 Elements sheet and paired it with some of the black Snap Bolds Alphas to create my title.  I fussy cut that cute pumpkin from the same paper and added some foam under him to pop him up a bit.  That cute spider web is from the 6x12 Cardstock Sticker sheet.  I also added some machine stitching.  I just love the mix of green & purple with this line!

I added a few phrase stickers down here at the bottom as well as a green button from my stash.  I love adding those little bits & pieces from my stash to add pops of color here and there.  Since there is no green in this collection, this was a great way to do that.  I also added some tangled thread for an extra pop of black.  I think the orange Texturez looks so neat under the circle frame!

Here’s a closer look at that adorable spider web sticker.  I positioned the pumpkin so it looks like the spiders are about to crawl on him.  I added a few bat stickers, too.

This turned out to be a pretty simple layout once I got the paint down and the cut file layered over it.  I think when you have super cute photos with bright colors, less is more when it comes to embellishing!

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For my second page, I decided to start with a neutral background.  I pulled out some light kraft cardstock from my stash to build on.  I love how the oranges look against it.  It’s such a great Fall color, and to bring out the oranges in the collection I sprayed some orange ink first.  I used a small grid stencil with some gold ink spray to add a bit more interest and color.  I came in with some dark brown and black splatters.  Since my photo has a lot of orange and a lot of pumpkins, I decided to play on that and create lots of die cut pumpkins.  I found another cut file from The Cut Shoppe and cut several pumpkins using a few different patterned papers.  I created a row of pumpkins under the photo, which I backed with a few scraps of coordinating patterned papers.  Again, since my photo was pretty busy, I didn’t want to overwhelm the page with a ton of embellishments.

I lightly glued all the pumpkins together and lined them up centered with my photo.  I stitched through them all with shiny gold thread since I had some gold in the background.  I fussy cut the “happy haunting” piece from patterned paper and added foam under it as well as some tangled thread.  I kept everything on a centered vertical design and added a few lines of journaling down at the bottom.

Here’s a closer look at the layers behind the photo.  I love how the gold spray looks mixed with the orange…so pretty!  I cut “October” from the 3x4 4x6 Elements paper and used it as a cute embellishment here.  I also used my edge distress tool to roughen up the papers’ edges.

Here’s the other side of the photo.  You can really see the texture from the stencil and splatters here.  The machine stitching also creates wonderful texture as well as shine.

One last close-up of the top area.  I used some of the black Snap Bolds alphas to create the title.  I added in a few orange stars from the 6x12 Cardstock Stickers and some more metallic gold stitching.  I used my handwriting to finish off the title.  Again, a pretty simple layout, but I love how it turned out!

I hope these pages give you some fun ideas to try with the Happy Haunting Simple Set, it’s got everything you need to create something for Halloween!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a Happy Halloween!!

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Hey planner ghouls! Meka here today, excited to share my Halloween décor in my Carpe Diem planner. The Happy Haunting Simple Set is full of sweet and spooky treats for the holiday.

The kit comes with a sheet of element cards that I cut apart to embellish my planner pockets. I prefer a combo of straight and organic shapes in varying sizes. To achieve that variety, I cut out the ghost, witch’s hat, and pumpkin from the element cards and placed them in and on the pockets with stickers from the 6x12 cardstock sticker sheet.

For the dashboard pocket page, I used Trick or Treat, a 12x12 double-sided cardstock. It has the perfect contrast of plaid and polka dots. To create the pocket, I folded the bottom portion of the polka dots over to the plaid in front, then doubled that on itself and glued shut—instant pockets! A few paper scraps and stickers made for easy embellishment.

For quick and easy deco clips, gold paper clips were attached behind stickers. The black, white, and orange metal clips from The Reset Girl line add fun and function. I swapped the epoxy from one of the orange Posh metal clips with a TRG one. Totally unnecessary, I know, but this girl loves her gold hardware!

Dividers were cut to size using my existing dividers as a guide. With the remaining paper pieces, I punched a set of tabs using a tab punch, and cut tiny labels in more solid tones so the words would be visible.

I initially planned on creating one layout, only for the week of the 31st. A few coordinating washi tapes and the letters B-O-O-! (from Simple Stories’ neutral-toned Sn@p Basics sticker pack) were the perfect pairing to allow the Happy Haunting stickers to take center stage.

I had a few stickers left over, so I decided to decorate the week before Halloween, as well.  I chose the vertical format weekly inserts for this week, and challenged myself to create a black and gold color theme. The Posh Designer Stickers pack and Clear Stickers pack have gold foiled words that helped tie it all together. I love how it turned out. Such an unexpected treat!

I hope my Halloween planner décor was a bit of a treat for you! Visit me on Instagram and let me know how you’re spending your Halloween. Whatever you do, make it a safe and happy one!

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