Hello again creatives! Leah here with you on the blog today. It's a new year, which means it's time for a new planner setup that better serves my goals for 2018. I am using this planner, along with a traveler's notebook, as my two main planning and memory-keeping systems. I began my new setup in my A5 cream blossom Carpe Diem planner by giving the front of my planner a fresh makeover using the new “I Am” collection. This collection is full of butterflies and blossoming florals, which symbolize new life, new beginnings, and growth. All of the motivational and confidence-boosting sentiments in this collection are great for reminding you to keep faith in yourself as you take on your goals for the new year.

This year, I have a goal to engage in more art therapy. I loved mixed media so much and I haven't been taking out my art supplies often enough. My creative soul has really been feeling the weight of not prioritizing that creative time. For this reason, I created a mixed media dashboard for the front of my planner that is full of color! Every time I see this dashboard, I am reminded of how much fun I had creating it, which motivates me to get my supplies out. I used lots of texture on this dashboard with watercolor, glitter, chipboard stickers, doilies and lots of layering. I love stapling on butterflies so that the wings lift off the page. This phrases I used here are some of my favorites from the collection that I find most inspiring.

In my pockets, I also added lots of texture with similar elements as listed above, but I even got my sewing machine out. I love how sewing on paper can add such a handmade, personalized touch to embellishments.

 

I always love incorporating photos into my planner pockets, so I printed these tiny photos out and made them into a simple banner. This is one of my favorite pocket pieces I made and it was so easy to create! I used my sewing machine to sew through the banner, but I used to hand stitch elements like this before I finally figured out how to thread my machine.

For more creative inspiration using this beautiful collection, stay tuned on the Simple Stories and Carpe Diem Planners Instagram accounts!

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Hello! It's Lisa Dickinson here today sharing a heart-filled layout with you! 

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I've used the Life is Purrfect Simple Set on this page, but the design would work perfectly for a Valentine's themed layout - or any layout about LOVE!

 

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Use baker's twine to highlight a title and make it stand out from other die cuts.

 

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Buttons are perfect for filling extra white space in the design.

 

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Layer multiple stickers for a custom page accent - this one helps balance on the pattern & color on the left side of the page!

 

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Don't be afraid to use lots of pattern on a page. The Simple Set papers are meant to be mixed and matched to your heart's delight!

 

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Hello Friends! 

It is Kristine Davidson here and I'm sharing a simple layout with you today. It was created using the gorgeous collection called ROMANCE

The picture is from my cousin who recently got married and was nice to let me use her pictures for my scrapbooking pleasure! 

I didn't go crazy on this layout with tons of paper or even layers for that matter. I saw this brick background and immediately fell in love with it. It's perfect! 

Here is my layout called You Make My Heart Happy.

In order to get a few details on my page I used the outline of the heart as a focus and sewed around the edge to give the heart some definition. I added some white ink splats as well as green and red. The paint just adds a bit of texture to my page as well. I didn't use any other paper but I did add some bits & pieces and used the sticker as my title again. 

You must see a trend in my page titles!? I usually don't overthink my titles. If a sticker or diecut jumps at me then that's what I use! No Stress!

I really love this page and could see this in a frame ;) 

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

Have a great day!​

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Hello Simple Stories Friends and Fans!

We are in the middle of Winter here in Canada, so what better way to warm up those cold days, than a bit of inspiration using the super fun "SUB ZERO" collection.

The designs, and colors in the papers in the "SUB ZERO" collection are so bright and fun, so what better way to showcase them all, than to create a large title using a few cut files from the Cut Shoppe-.   And to bring more winter to the page, a bit of extra winter (as in Vicki Boutin's Iridescent glaze and a snowflake stencil) on the background.

To bring a bit more fun, and playfulness to the page.  Small clusters of ephemera and stickers were added around the title, and in clusters around the picture of my nephew while playing in the snow!.  Gotta love all those fun elements in the SUB ZERO collection!

I hope this inspires you to check the "SUBZERO" collection.   The fun and colorful designs will bring a bit of happiness to those cold Winter days.

That is all for me!

XOXO

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Baby it’s cold outside!  It’s SNO GOOD to fight it!  Give into your inner child and embrace all the magic and excitement of a SNOW DAY!  Whether you want to hit the slopes, race down the best snow hill in down or stay home and build some snowmen there’s fun to be had by all!

The collection includes loads of embellishments – chipboard, die cut bits and pieces and stickers to personalize and document your perfect snow day!  I love the bright colors and fun patterns – think show, stripes and plaid!

Here are some cute cards I made to share with friends and family !  I had so much fun playing with all the different elements that I had 4 cards made in a flash!

Have a great day and don’t forget the hot chocolate!

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Thanks so much for joining us for our 2018 Winter Release Reveal, we hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  You’ll find live videos here on our Facebook page walking you through all of our new collections LIVE from the Creativation show - almost as if you were right there with us in person!

I AM..., Always & Forever, Travel Notes, Crafty Girl, Bliss, the Welcome Spring, Happy Easter and Mama Llama Simple Sets are all shipping to retailers in early February, so it won’t be long before you can get your hands on these fabulous new products!  

The new Carpe Diem release is shipping in 2 stages with the new Traveler's Notebooks & Inserts shipping in May and all other items in the Carpe Diem release shipping in March!  

Now on to the fun stuff - congrats to our 30 random lucky winners!  Here goes - 

 

I AM…
Blog – Deborah Klepac
Instagram – sdeneef
Pinterest – Janet Hrechka Dorkin
Facebook – Yvonne Hundertmark

Always & Forever
Blog – Sarah Kaminski
Instagram – arsscrappiendi
Pinterest – daisymaisy24
Facebook – Pamela Fraker-Yandry

 

Travel Notes
Blog – kellyjeanstamps
Instagram – rlogan924
Pinterest – Theresa Grdina
Facebook – Judy Rakes

 

Crafty Girl
Blog – Janis
Instagram – lainiehenry
Pinterest – Amy Cooley
Facebook – Judy Wakefield

 

Bliss
Blog – Brande Davison
Instagram – lunalayercakemall
Pinterest – InezbyDesign
Facebook – Denise Turner

 

Simple Sets
Blog – Lee Brehon
Instagram – jordanbev5
Pinterest – Rebecca Brewer
Facebook – Trina Hickman-Larsen‪

 

Carpe Diem Traveler’s Notebook
Blog – Carolien Klapwijk
Instagram Simple Stories – brigite80
Instagram Carpe Diem – leanbeanlesionmachine
Pinterest – nacole99
Facebook Simple Stories – Cathryn Marie Hanson
Facebook Carpe Diem - Allison Adams

 

Make sure to follow us on all of our social media pages for future giveaways - 

Facebook - Simple Stories Facebook

Facebook - Carpe Diem

Instagram - Simple Stories

Instagram - Carpe Diem

Pinterest

Twitter

You Tube

Thanks everyone!!  If you are one of the random lucky winners listed and did not receive a message or email from us, please send an email to support@simplestories.com with your full name and mailing address so we can ship your package!

Brrrrr! Frosty activities are such a great way to enjoy the colder weather this time of year! Our Sub Zero winter collection is the perfect backdrop for all of your thrills & outdoor chills - it's SNOW much FUN!

When it comes to paper crafting, it's all about the paper, right?!  Regardless of what crafty wintery project you're working on, paper is the perfect starting point.  These are some of the Sub Zero papers we just can't get enough of, especially those cute little snowmen!   

Washi tape, stickers, chipboard & die cuts - OH MY!  Sub Zero is sure to have just the embellishment you need to add a frosty touch to all of your I (heart) winter projects. 

From layouts and cards to mini books planners & traveler's notebooks, the possibilities are endless with this fabulous & frosty collection.  These projects should help to get you inspired to sit by the fire, grab some hot cocoa and document your cool winter memories :) 

Be sure to check out & follow our Sub Zero Pinterest board for more Sub Zero project inspiration.  Stay warm & happy crafting!

Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share a layout I created with the beautiful Romance collection! I love the soft colors mixed in with the blacks and woodgrains! This line is geared towards Valentines Day but it can be used for love or any special occasion! For my layout, "Adore", I  scrapped a sweet photo of my niece and brother-in-law getting ready to attend a Father-Daughter Dance this year! 

​The Bits and Pieces pack is full of fun shapes such as colored hearts, floral clusters, and journaling spots! You can also spy the floral Forever Washi Tape which coordinates with the collection.  And how cute are the little sentiment stickers found on the 4x6 Sticker Sheets?

I  used the "XOXO" Simple Stories cut file from the Silhouette store for my background. I  then used different patterns from the collection to back my cardstock.  You can also see the gorgeous banner found on the Combo Sticker Sheet that I  adhered across the bottom of my photo. I  used pop dots to give the banner dimension.

​Thank you for stopping by today! You can check out this collection in its entirety by going to the Products page! And while you are there you can see all of the fabulous NEW releases from Simple Stories!  Have a great day!

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Hello Planner Girls,

I decided to show you a more simple/ functional planner I use. I use the Beautiful 16 Month Weekly Spiral Planner as my work planner and it works perfect for to do lists and making major events.

I love having a month overview for work and making many list on my weekly, the horizontal line style makes it so nice to work with when making to do list.

You can have a cute functional planner using just a little bit of embellishment. For these layouts all I use are stickers and a pen. The sticker tablet is perfect for any planning because the versatility of stickers in these packs are amazing. The pads have so many functional and decorative stickers making it perfect for any style of planning.

I also hole punched and made little slits in the A5 sticky notes because at work I always need sticky notes so this makes it easy to carry around in my planner.  

Hope this inspires you to stay organized everywhere and maybe start a job planner in case you didn’t have one yet.

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Hello Friends! It's Kristine Davidson here today and I'm sharing a layout I created using the latest Romance Collection

I must admit that I do love white backgrounds but on occasion a little blank with a punch of color just makes me happy! 

This is a layout called Our Love Story and it is of my cousin who recently got married last July. 

I love adding little bits of details to a page and the mini hearts from the 4x6 sticker pack has tons of little extras to add to a layout. 

Adding a few Bits & Pieces is always something I enjoy and lots of dimension to a layout with some pop dots is a must. 

I didn't add a prominent title to my page, instead I used one of the stickers and used that as my title. I find the butterflies and the 'love' chipboard add so many great details to this page. I had to add a little bow with black twine to make it complete!

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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Howdy!!  Layle back with you again today for the final day of our Winter Reveal week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Simple Sets here.   Make sure head over to Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win all of our new releases! 

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We kinda like to think we saved the best for last - are you ready to see some awesome new Carpe Diem products?!  Kicking off the new release are four brand new Traveler's Notebooks and five new sets of inserts including Daily, Weekly & Monthly!

 

YAHOO!  New Monthly, Weekly & Daily Inserts!

New double Insert packs!

 

How fun are these 2 new A5 a la carte planners?!

If you're an A5 or personal planner girl, you're going to LOVE these new Divider Templates - they make creating your own custom dividers a breeze!

How about FOUR new sticker tablets?!

We're super excited for the new Tabs Sticker Tablet - now you can create your own tabs for your planners and Traveler's Notebooks!

Pair the tab stickers with the Clear Tab Stickers for a super durable, reinforced tab!

So there you have it - our brand new Carpe Diem products!   The Traveler's Notebooks & Inserts are shipping to retailers in May and the rest of the products in March!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a new Traveler's Notebook?  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

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

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about the new Carpe Diem!

Hello everyone !! I am here with you all on the blog today with some pocket pages using the new collection called Sub Zero. This collection was perfect for some sledding photos I had from a few years ago. We were visiting my parents at the time and the kids had fun sledding in the yard and then at the park. Here is a look at the first spread. 

This next set of pages I added a few chipboard pieces to help tell my story in a fun way. The kids thought it would be fun to sled down the sidewalk. Grandpa offered his car as a gondola for the kids and their sleds. The kids went all the way down the hill and then packed up in the car and drove back to the top. I used the gondola chipboard and also the car as symbols to help tell my story. Even though I used a 4x4 and a 2x8 card you can most certainly do this with a 4x6 and a 3x4 card as well.  

I have one last set of pages to share. More sledding pictures from when we went to a local park and found a real sledding hill. I really love this collection. It is perfect for all your winter, skiing, and sledding adventures. 

Thanks for coming and checking out the blog today. I had lots of fun working with this collection. Make sure you pick it up for all of your winter memories.

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Happy weekend!  Layle back with you again today for the 6th day of our Winter Reveal week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our Bliss collection here.    Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for the final day of our reveal week with all new Carpe Diem goodies.

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

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Today we have not 1, not 2, but 3 new Simple Sets!  Simple Sets are pint sized themed mini collections of goodness with 3 sheets of themed paper and a 6x12 sticker sheet.  Take a look at the 3 new SImple Sets below including Welcome Spring, Happy Easter and Mama Llama!  

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So there you have it - Welcome Spring, Happy Easter and Mama Llama, all shipping to retailers in early February!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win these 3 three awesome SImple Sets before you can buy them?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Simple Sets posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about the new Simple Sets!

And remember to check back in tomorrow for the last day with the reveal of our all new Carpe Diem products!!   

Happy Friday!  Layle back with you again today for Day 5 of our Winter 2018 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Crafty Girl collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

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

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Pretty pastels & fresh florals mixed with whitewashed woodgrain and watercolor accents, Bliss is everything you need to capture your everyday, happy memories. If you liked the Carpe Diem Bliss planner products, you'll LOVE the Bliss scrapbook collection, too! 

 

So there you have it, Bliss - shipping to retailers in early February!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Blissl prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Bliss posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Bliss!

And remember, today is only Day 5 of SEVEN fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 6!  

Howdy howdy!   Layle back with you again today for Day 4 of our Winter 2018 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Travel Notes collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

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

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Being crafty isn’t a hobby, it’s a way of life!  The Crafty Girl collection has a little something for crafters everywhere; it will have you falling in love with scrapbooking - and crafting! - all over again!

So there you have it, Crafty Girl - shipping to retailers in early February!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Crafty Girl prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Crafty Girl posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Crafty Girl!

And remember, today is only Day 4 of SEVEN fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 5!  Happy crafting!

Bon jour!  Layle back with you again today for Day 3 of our Winter 2018 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Always & Forever collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

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

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To travel is to discover and Travel Notes is the perfect collection to document your discovery.  Whether you're traveling via plane, train or automobile, pack your bags, see the world & take Travel Notes with you to document your journey along the way. 

 

 

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So there you have it, Travel Notes - shipping to retailers in early February!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Travel Notes prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Travel Notes posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Travel Notes!

And remember, today is only Day 3 of SEVEN fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 4!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Winter 2018 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new I AM... collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 
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First comes love, then comes Always & Forever - a gorgeous collection to document memories of that special day!  Classic black, vibrant white and soft cream paired with gold foil accents present the perfect palette to complement any wedding.   Say I DO to Always & Forever when it comes to scrapping your love story!
 

So there you have it, Always & Forever - shipping to retailers in early February!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win an Always & Forever prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Always & Forever posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Always & Forever!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of SEVEN fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Winter 2018 Release Reveal Week.  Our designers have been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share - trust me, they're going to knock your socks off!

Today is the first of SEVEN full days! of our reveal week, so be sure to check back each day to feast your eyes on our new products, as well as a chance to win them before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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When we launched the original I AM... collection 3 years ago this month, never in our wildest dreams did we hope, or even imagine, how successful it would be.  It was so heartwarming to see and hear how this collection not only resonated with, but impacted so many women around the world.  To kick off day 1 of our Winter Release Reveal week, we are proud to introduce you to the next generation of I AM™…a soft, feminine, introspective collection for telling the most important story you have to tell... yours.

Storytelling is what this fantastic hobby of ours is about after all, right?  I AM... is designed with that thought in mind - telling YOUR story.   With tried & true new products that you've come to love from Simple Stories, many with rose gold foil accents,  I AM... is the collection you'll want to entrust for telling the most important story you have to tell, yours. 

So there you have it, the all new I AM... collection!  I AM... begins shipping to retailers in early February!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win an I AM... prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for I AM... posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday the 25th, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about I AM...!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of SEVEN fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2!

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