Hey planner friends!  It’s Meka here, living, loving, and planning with you today on the Simple Stories blog. This month I’m working on my home binder. The Domestic Bliss scrapbooking collection and the Home Carpe Diem planner collection are all about creating a happy home filled with love, laughter, and… laundry!

I’m using these lines to set up my new grape Carpe Diem planner. Grape is an in-your-face, fear-no-color shade of purple! It’s stunning, but I’ll admit it-- I wasn’t as ready for the color burst as I thought I was. I used some of the softer prints and designs from the Domestic Bliss line to tone down the grape a little bit. I’ve also added other soft touches like pale yellow, doilies, and ribbon trim. This allows me to enjoy the richness of the grape Carpe Diem, without being overwhelmed by it. You can see glimpses of these elements throughout the planner.

Using elements from the Bits and Pieces, and the SN@P! Pack, I stuffed my front pockets with planner goodies that make me smile. 

Chipboard stickers and Decorative Bradz make fun planner clips. These simple paper clip diy’s were created in a flash with some miscellaneous embellishments from my scrap stash.

If you take a close look at the dashboard, you may notice the pink polka dotted pattern from the Posh Carpe Diem collection. I thought this pale pink was a perfect complement to the vibrant grape, so I used it as the base of the dashboard. I then cut and layered some of the 6x8 paper pad sheets on top of it. This paper pad has lots of sheets that I also used for more dividers and tabs.

The Home Bookmark tablet was a must for listing out tasks. I love that there’s a checklist built into the format. The backside of the tablet was plain cardboard, so I covered it with coordinating paper from the 6x8 paper pad, and a doily. This would be a convenient place to add some family photos, quick-reference phone numbers, or a daily routine.

My first layout is a weekly home cleaning schedule that I’m trying out. The 4x6 sticker pack and the sticker tablet had everything I needed to plan out a weekly routine. I used the Vertical Hourly A5 Carpe Diem inserts, not to give myself a strict schedule, but for an overall idea of my daily flow.

As a motivator, I created a memory page for my next layout. It documents those days when I’m a serious domestic diva, demolishing my to-do list two checks at a time!

I love the blend of humor and heart in the Domestic Bliss collection. Check your favorite scrapbooking and craft stores for this line today. Be sure to stop by and visit me anytime at https://www.instagram.com/yespleaseplanning.

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Hey scrappy friends! Laura here today to share two layouts and a fun altered item with you!  I was so lucky to get some of the new Domestic Bliss collection hot off the press before the recent CHA/Creativation event!   I created one of these layouts and the little altered room for the event and the second page was created afterward for this post.
 

 

When I created this page, I wanted to share how versatile this collection is and how easily you can use it for every day life.  This photo of my youngest son and our new (at the time) puppy was just perfect for this collection, because of course being in the arms of someone that loves you is HOME.
 

I really wanted my layout to include a larger and multi font title, it was the jumping off point for my layout design, even though I added it to my page later in the assembly process.  I used a chipboard word from the Domestic Bliss collection, as well as some alphas from a SN@P Basics sticker sheet and the word "feels" that I die cut myself to create the title.  I love the way it looks!
 

As always, I took advantage of my design to add a few embellishment clusters. This collection has a super fun colour palette and includes all of our favourite types of embellishments!! If truth be told, I thought I was over stickers but Simple Stories had me falling in love with them all over again.  Stickers are so simple and versatile to use! I will be buying stickers for a long time to come!
 

 Don't let the name of this collection fool you, it is for a lot more than documenting your chores!
 

Of course, I felt the need to document some of those, as well.   Well actually, I wanted to document how different some of the chores are now that we only have one child at home.  The "to do" lists are much lighter.  As my journalling says "I can hardly complain..." as back in the day when all three of our boys were at home, and we had four foster children in the house I would easily have 35 loads of laundry a week!  Now I often struggle to fill our weekly white load!

Anyway, about the page, I began by adding some Gelatos and Distress Crayons to my background as well as some splatters of mist.  I just felt like working on my technique on this particular day, I am still very intimidated by these products.
 

Then I cut a large laundry basket with my Cameo.  This cut file is available in the Silhouette store. It comes with several shapes that represent folded and layered laundry. I cut some of them from patterned paper, and wrapped others with some of the fun Washi tape, from this collection.  I added a bit of foam between the pile of "laundry" and the basket to give it some dimension.  Once adhered to my background, I hand stitched around it for fun!
 

I love adding tags to my layouts, its a bit of a thing really as I hardly ever write on them I just like the shape! I hand cut this pretty yellow one from a patterned paper and dolled it up with some crochet thread and a clear sticker.
 

I was on a roll with long titles the day I created this page too, using stickers and another die cut word to assemble it.
 

While this collection has plenty of "neutral" embellishments it also has some of the cutest themed embellishments!  How adorable are these laundry room inspired goodies!
 

I love combining die cuts, stickers, chipboard and brads to create my clusters and am especially fond of these clear stickers! I am so glad that Simple Stories has added them to their line up!
 

I went a little overboard and used 4 clusters of embellishments instead of the typical three to create a visual triangle but I think it still works and I really love this page!
 

I also wanted to share this fun little laundry room altered item that I created for the Simple Stories booth at Creativation.

I picked up the wooden house form at the dollar store and painted it out with a minty colour chalk paint.
 

I adorned most of the interior walls and the exterior walls with pretty patterned paper.
 

I also added some cork to the back wall inside the house.  I like the way the enamel dots look like they are little pins holding the bits and pieces in place.
 

I made multi patterned "shingles" for the roof by stitching rectangles of papers to a base piece of cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to my house.
 

Inside I used fun chipboard and ephemera pieces to create a little scene.
 

I popped up some of the elements with foam to create depth.
 

I even added "art" to the walls of my little room!

This project was so fun to create and I adore the way it turned out!  Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!  Be sure to follow Simple Stories on Instagram for loads of inspiration!

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Hi planner friends!  I’m back to show you how I’m using the Clover A5 Carpe Diem Planner and the new Domestic Bliss collection!
 
 
There’s so many products in the Domestic Bliss collection, that I was able to fill the pockets with a variety of items, including the 3x4 journaling cards, some 4x6 stickers, and the matching epoxy metal clips.
 
 
I made another dashboard for this month using the Hello Life cardstock, some of the chipboard pieces, and the enamel dots.
 

This collection also includes a Home Sticker tablet that includes sheets of stickers that are perfect for planning.  I used a lot of the icons for chores and shopping and some of the box stickers from the 4x6 collection.  

I’m slowly getting into meal planning and I’m starting out by planning out dinners every two weeks and the menu sheets from the Home A5 Planner Insert Set makes it easy to add into my planner.  I filled the pages with these super cute stickers from the Recipe Sticker tablet and some strips of the “Grace” and “You Are Loved” washi tape from the Faith collection.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my March planner set up with all of these exciting new products that are perfect for Spring.  I’ll see you next month!

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Hi friends, it's Layle back with you again with week 4 of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series.  We've had so much fun having Rachel Lindas guest design for us & had such great feedback from YOU on her process, tips & techniques that we've invited her to stick around for a while and extend the Bible Journaling Sunday Series!  We'll be futuring an in depth blog post from Rachel once per month along with weekly posts on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  Hooray!!

Today Rachel is back sharing another awesome painting technique in her Journaling Bible using our new Faith collection - I think you're going to love it!

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Hello fellow Bible journalers from Rachel Lindas.  We're a month into demonstrating the Simple Stories Faith line.  I just can’t believe how many fun pieces they have for highlighting/celebrating God’s Word.  Thank you Simple Stories for a product that inspires us to process through the art of creating meaningful journals in our Bibles.  The colorful visuals, biblical words, and verses they offer inspires me, may I say all of us, to dig into God’s Word and seek the meaning and lesson God wants to teach me/each of us.

Let’s get started with our fourth verse:

1.     John 8:12 “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world.  If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”   My pastor from Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California shared wisdom in a sermon that he titled, “A Little Light Destroys A lot of Darkness.”  Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world”.  Jesus, as the Light of the world, calls us to be the His light in the world everywhere we go.  We should be shining for Jesus always.  The amazing thing about Light is that it overcomes all darkness.  As Christians we are created to walk in the Light.  However, when we step out into darkness, as we all do, that Light shines through us exposing what is hidden.  It is meant to convict us and it then cleanses us.  A real image that I enjoy sharing is, at the darkest of night when we turn on all inside lights, and then turn off  all the lights outside, we notice that the light inside floods out into the darkness for some distance.  In fact, it lightens the darkness but, the darkness does not flood inside where the light is.  Pause on that.   When we are in the Light (of Christ our Lord), we are given clarity.  We can see how to live without the penetration of darkness. The Light is showing us how to live.  Let’s agree to always encourage those around us, to stay in the Light.  Let’s be cleaned out, and so clear that Jesus Christ can shine His Light through us.  Find accountability partners to journal with.

2.    Product:  The stickers that come on the 12x12 sheet are seriously so cute. When I first saw those stickers I was immediately drawn to the three vintage looking light bulbs.   I could not wait to use them in my Bible margin.  (If you have children in your home wanting to create with you as well stickers are a perfect starting place.  They are fun and easy to use.)

3.    I started with drawing a box around the verse with my Bible journaling pen and then I began to work on the background of the page.  I wanted most of the page to have yellow on it to represent the light we are talking about.  I then wanted to contrast that yellow color with a darker color to represent the darkness we live in.  Using the paint technique with a gift card I added yellow and blue paint strokes across the page.  Cute paint cards are sold at Daysprings for this purpose but, you can use any old gift card you have laying around and it will work the same. (Check the process video below for clarity on how to apply the paint without covering up God’s word.) 

4.    Then for the sticker light bulbs I wanted them hanging at different heights in the margin of my page.  I traced around each light bulb sticker allowing them to pop on the page.  Then I used the snap alpha stickers in yellow, white, and black to highlight the title of the sermon, “A Little Light Destroys a lot of Darkness.”  After tracing around the alpha letters, as well, I drew some little crosses on the page.

5.    I finished my page by adding the word Shine, from the paper pieces, to the top of the page.  Don’t forget to date stamp it, to remember the day this verse was studied.  I added a paper clip with cute ribbon to the top; well, just because I like embellishments.

Take Note:  The painting technique I used this time is very simple, but it can be difficult for people to figure out the best application.  I have found, through teaching, that if you drag the card in a flat direction, the paint is too thick on the page, sadly covering up God’s Word. So, hold the card in a more vertical position and pull across the page leaving a very thin layer of paint so that you can easily see God’s Word.  Please practice this application on a piece of paper before you try it in your Bible.  Please do not be afraid to practice.  It’s well worth getting it right.

 

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday being in the Word and a blessed week. Rachel xxx

 

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Hey Simple Stories Fans! This is Jennie and today I am sharing some pocket pages using my favorite collection, the new release, Emoji Love! I am emoji obsessed and so are my daughters! They love this collection too!

Since my daughter and her friend are missing teeth I drew a gap in the Emoji card so it would look like them. I always like to be put a circle in the middle of my photo collages and in here I used a smiley face from the 6x12 Chipboard.

The good thing about the emoji theme is that is perfect for documenting every aspect of your life. In here I used it for selfies, books and a movie. The colors are also good for both genders, it has pinks but they also have black, blue and gray. You also have a whole range of emotions. You can document the not so good memories with poop emojis.

I love when journaling cards have lines because that way I can use my handwriting instead of typing. I’m not a big fan of how my handwriting looks but I bet my daughters will like to see it in the future.

I am a washi addict and I am crazy about the washi tapes from this collection! On my title card I used the Expressions Washi Tape.  The 4x6 Stickers are always one of my favorite items. I like the labels to stamp dates or label photos and the little elements like that really cool camera that looks like the Instagram symbol.

To hold my tickets I used a Tombow Power Tab to hold the metal paper clip. I stamped on the unicorn card using white ink and the Emoji Love Roller Stamp. I did the same on the yes card but less times using black ink. I prefer roller stamps because they require less fuss than acrylic stamps. You just throw them in your bag and you can use them anywhere.

I hope you enjoyed these pocket pages! I already want to make a bunch more using this collection! The Emoji Love Collection starts shipping soon so ask your favorite store to save you some goodies!

 

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Good morning SS friends.  

 

Today I am sharing two COMPLETELY different layouts with two completely different collections.

 

For my first layout, I decided to share a personal goal for myself.  I decided that I was going to start growing out my gray about 5 months ago.  It has been a challenge.  I went from very dark brown to complete gray, or almost complete gray.  I started coloring my hair at 30.  I was tired of two weeks after my expensive color, I  could see gray around my forehead.  For this reason, I stopped coloring.  

 

 

 

 

My entire layout was actually based around this 4x6 Elements card.  I saw the saying and it brought this layout idea to life.  I don't think that this layout would make sense with out the journaling.  The Domestic Bliss collection had everything I needed to document my graying hair journey!  It is so true, something has got to give in life, we can't do everything!

 

 

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For my second layout, I went back in time to when my son played Flag Football.  He hated it.  But as parents, we loved watching it!  The kids had no idea what they were doing, that is why it was so fun to watch!

 

 

I used the Football Simple Set.  I started with a frame, where I tried to create a shadow box style layout.  I included papers and stickers from the collection that looked like collected items from his football season.  I strategically placed some of the stickers to cover heads and other small children.  

 

 

 

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Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you to share a mini I made to showcase the new Domestic Bliss line in 4x6 mini album format. I made this for the retailer CHA/Creativation and was specifically asked to keep this mini simple to show how quick & easy it is to create an album like this mainly from the products in the SN@P! Pack!  

For my cover, I kept it very minimal. I was imagining the album traveling and then sitting out on my coffee table so I knew the cover would need to be durable. I covered the naked chipboard part of the album with the paper, Work It Girl, and used chipboard decorative elements from the 6x12 chipboard. 

I covered the inside covers of my album with the B side of the paper I Can't Adult. I used a single 3x4 protector to open the album and thought the statement on this card couldn't be truer for my house. 

I used one of the yellow papers that come with the album and mounted a 4x6 card on it to make the opening of my album. Sadly, I didn't have any good recent photos of all 4 of us together so a photo of the three of them had to do.

The pink house is from the ephemera embellishments that come in the Sn@p pack. I used dimensional foam adhesive to pop it up. The "Home Sweet Home" banner is cut from another embellishment from the Sn@p pack.

For this mini album, I printed out all my photos and slipped them into the pockets. Then I found cards that coordinated best and slipped them into the pockets. I then went through and placed embellishments in the places I felt they fit best. I used my home printer to type the journaling on my cards. 

The clear stickers are perfect for adding to photos as I did here with the "Domestic Bliss." The "Struggle is Real" card is in a single 3x4 page protector and flips over for a fun additional layer. 

I gathered pictures from our last year at our new home. I like how well the pictures seem to illustrate our lives. I really like that the cards and embellishments seem to offer prompts for what to document about your home and helped me narrow down which photos to choose. 

I love the six 2x2 page protectors because they allow me to get a bunch of little photos in and make use of those adorable 2x2 cards in the Sn@p pack.

I wanted the photos and the stories to shine in this album so the embellishing took a back seat. I love how this collection is so well-designed, even without a lot of embellishing, I get an album that is colorful, vibrant, and polished. 

The plant card reminded me to include photos of the plant life surrounding our home.

I finished off the album with a beautiful sunset photo of our neighborhood and the 4x4 "Home" card. I am so pleased with the simple yet poignant story this album tells of our lives right now. 

 
How are you documenting your home with Domestic Bliss? Be sure to tag us on Instagram @simplestories_ when sharing your projects! 
 

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Hello friends! I'm so excited to be sharing two layouts with you today using the NEW Say Cheese III collection! I love scrapping pictures of my favorite Mouse, and the Say Cheese collections are perfect for all your park pictures. I used two of my favorite photos from our last trip in these layouts!
 

My first page was inspired by the magical castle! I used the Simple Stories Castle cut file from the Silhouette Store to cut a castle shape from black cardstock. I took the negative and traced it onto a scratch piece of paper. Next, I punched out lots of tiny squares from all the patterns and lined them up along the traced shape.

One I had the castle shape filled in, a glued the negative over the top. I added my photo and a few embellishments, trying to keep the focus on the castle.  I added brads to the castle towers, and then used enamel dots and stickers around the castle to look like fireworks. I finished the page with a stitched washi border!
 

For my second layout, I wanted to use famous quote Walt Disney said on opening day of his Park.
 

I cut the quote out using my Silhouette, and backed each letter with a different pattern paper. Next, I traced each letter with a black pen to help it stand out more. I centered the castle die cut from the Bits & Pieces above the quote, and added two small photos on either side.
 

I added a few small embellishments around the photos, but tried to keep the quote front and center. My favorite part of this collection are all the great stickers with quotes! I managed to squeeze three on my page with a giant quote title. You can never have too many!
 

 
I had so much fun creating these special pages, and I can't wait to use the Say Cheese III collection to scrap more magical photos. I hope you feel inspired to dig in to your park photos and get scrapping!

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Hello friends! I'm so excited to be sharing two layouts with you today using the NEW Say Cheese III collection! I love scrapping pictures of my favorite Mouse, and the Say Cheese collections are perfect for all your park pictures. I used two of my favorite photos from our last trip in these layouts!
 

My first page was inspired by the magical castle! I used the Simple Stories Castle cut file from the Silhouette Store to cut a castle shape from black cardstock. I took the negative and traced it onto a scratch piece of paper. Next, I punched out lots of tiny squares from all the patterns and lined them up along the traced shape.

One I had the castle shape filled in, a glued the negative over the top. I added my photo and a few embellishments, trying to keep the focus on the castle.  I added brads to the castle towers, and then used enamel dots and stickers around the castle to look like fireworks. I finished the page with a stitched washi border!
 

For my second layout, I wanted to use famous quote Walt Disney said on opening day of his Park.
 

I cut the quote out using my Silhouette, and backed each letter with a different pattern paper. Next, I traced each letter with a black pen to help it stand out more. I centered the castle die cut from the Bits & Pieces above the quote, and added two small photos on either side.
 

I added a few small embellishments around the photos, but tried to keep the quote front and center. My favorite part of this collection are all the great stickers with quotes! I managed to squeeze three on my page with a giant quote title. You can never have too many!
 

 
I had so much fun creating these special pages, and I can't wait to use the Say Cheese III collection to scrap more magical photos. I hope you feel inspired to dig in to your park photos and get scrapping!

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Hi there! Leah here with you today, showing you how I’ve set up my wellness planner. I am calling it my “wellness” planner because I want it to be an inspiring place to track my fitness journey, as well as my emotional wellness. The goal of this planner is to help me work towards strengthening my body AND mind.

I am going to be really vulnerable with you all in this post. I have struggled for the last couple of years to maintain any sort of fitness regime. I have a million excuses I could give, but the truth is, there has been a serious mental block holding me back. Our mental and physical healths are SO intertwined. It wasn’t until more recent years that I realized that I struggle with anxiety. It looks differently for everyone - my anxiety is a lot different than the anxiety my mom has struggled with most of her life. For this reason, I ignored all the signs for years thinking that I couldn’t have anxiety. I knew what that looked like. I saw what my mom went through, and how the anxiety attacks could completely take control of her mind and body. While I would certainly consider my anxiety to be a milder form than my mother’s, I am still very impacted by it in my everyday life and now find myself on a journey to understanding MY anxiety and how it affects me physically and emotionally. I am learning ways to manage it, and hope to eventually overcome it completely. It is a JOURNEY though, and I am constantly trying to remind myself to take it one step at a time and to not be too hard on myself. There will be days where I feel like I have “failed” because my anxiety got the best of me, but I’m learning that on those days, sometimes I have to be willing to cut myself some slack so I can focus on dealing with how I am feeling, rather than feeling defeated by what I’m NOT getting done.

When setting up my wellness planner, I had a few things in mind. I needed this space to feel peaceful and uplifting. Although the Faith collection has a religious theme, I am not using it in that way for this planner. I chose to work with this collection because I find the colors and designs to be very comforting. The collection has a lot of nature-inspired elements and I find a lot of solace in nature, so it felt very appropriate to use in this planner.

I wanted this planner to feel inviting, so I put a little more work into the curb appeal, a.k.a. the front of the planner and what you see when you first open it. The pockets of the planner are decorated with florals and other natural elements that inspire and calm me, as well as several uplifting and motivational messages to remind me to remain confident in my strength and perseverance.

I used mostly die cuts, the SN@P! Pack and the Faith sticker book to decorate the pockets.

I have the planner separated into two main sections: everything pertaining to mental and emotional health is up front, physical fitness stuff is in the back. I am using the Faith inserts in the front section, only a couple of the dividers, and a few of the journaling and “Inspired” pages. I will use these inserts to track my emotional goals (such as meditation/reflection practices), as well to journal some of my thoughts, my inspirations and motivations, and notes on helpful things I have read or listened to.

I decorated a few of the dashboards that came in the Faith Insert pack, and then laminated them so they were sturdy. My favorite is this jar of flowers. I decorated the jar with some washi tape, uplifting sentiments and a couple of stickers.

The front dashboard has a laminated card clipped to it, cut from this 12x12 elements sheet. I laminated it so I can change up what I put on there. Right now, I have a photo that makes me smile stuck to the card with washi tape. The photo can be easily moved. I could also use a wet-erase marker to write something inspiring on the laminated surface.

 

I used ALL of the metal clips from the Faith collection along the right edge of the planner as decoration, but they can easily be used as tabs too. I find that they allow me to turn the pages easier than the paper tabs, so I put one on each divider as well.

Check out how adorable this Carpe Diem planner charm turned out with a few stickers to dress it up!

In the back of the planner, I’m using the Fitness Inserts to track my physical fitness journey. I laminated this clipboard dashboard from the pack so I can change up what I write on it. Right now I’ve written out my everyday goals. They are a mix of physical and mental goals.

I’m using the Doc-It journal tucked into the back pocket for journaling more private things. For example, if I have a bad anxiety day – I am taking time to write about it. This is helping me in so many ways. I’m able to have an outlet for the thoughts that are giving me anxiety, and it’s helping me track anxiety triggers, as well as what worked and what didn’t work as I worked through the anxiety.

When I put together this planner, I knew there may be some days I have to open it when I’m not in the best state of mind. One thing that helps my anxiety is taking time to create. However, on high anxiety days, I often find myself pretty tired and very easily overwhelmed by too many choices. To help me with this, I’ve packed up a few essentials that I plan to bring out only when I am journaling in this planner. I punched holes in the packaging for these brads so I could put them right into my planner. I also tucked some extra stickers into this pocket insert.

 I packed up the Faith SN@P! Pack and Bits and Pieces die cuts into a Simple Stories planner pouch. Again, limiting what supplies I packed by sticking with one collection so I don’t overwhelm myself with too many options.

I’m carrying all the new Simple Stories washi tapes in another little pouch.

And then both of the pouches above are tucked into a larger pouch holding the Faith collection sticker book and the 6x8 paper pad, the Fitness collection sticker book, and other basic tools that I use often (a few roller stamps, stamp ink, adhesive, watercolor paints and a water brush, doilies, a wet-erase marker, a hole punch, mini stapler, scissors).

I hope to show you more details of the inner workings of this planner as I start putting it to use. I am really hoping it will serve its purpose in helping me strengthen my body and mind. I know there are a lot of other women out there that also struggle with anxiety. It can be uncomfortable to talk about, but I have found that for me, giving anxiety a label and talking about it more openly helps give me more control over it. If you are struggling with anxiety, please remember that it looks differently for everyone which means there is no one perfect cure for all. I’m definitely not an expert on this topic, as I am still on my own journey, but I hope you will remember to allow yourself some grace as you confront how you are feeling and determine the best way to manage it, for you. You don’t have to do it alone – never hesitate to ask for help from friends, family, and/or a medical professional. Whatever it takes to help you through it.

You can follow me over on my Instagram, www.instagram.com/sunny.leah,  to see more of this planner as I begin to use it. There is also a ton more inspiration using the Faith and Fitness collections over on the Simple Stories and Carpe Diem planners Instagram accounts. Please be gentle with yourselves friends, and remember to take time to take care of YOU. 

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Hello! Jennifer here with you today to share layouts I created using the lovely Faith collection!  I adore the mixture of soft and bright colors incorporated into the variety of eye-catching patterns!  Even if you don't prefer to do faith based scrapbooking or biblejournaling, the Faith collection has many prints that can be used for a multitude of themes!   
 
For my first layout, "Child of God", I wanted to document a photo of my beautiful niece on her First Communion.  I love the wood grain background of the Charity pattern and decided to start with it as my base. I cut strips of the B sides of Shine and Grace and adhered them to the bottom of my page to add contrast. 
I didn't want to crop my photo down too much and tried to keep it as close to 4x6 as possible.  I layered some of the 4x6 Horizontal Elements underneath which is a great way to use them if you don't do pocket pages.  The 3x4 Journaling Card Elements can be used for your titles or to add journaling; I chose the former because I thought it was fitting for my page and I love the white/teal cabana stripes!  I added some of the cute feather Believe Washi Tape and one of the adorable Decorative Clips.
 
 
​I cut a floral circle cut file on my Silhouette using white cardstock and adhered it to the center of my page. I then used my sewing machine to add a couple layers of stitching to accent. Simple Stories never disappoints when it comes to embellishments and I had a lot of fun choosing mini die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack, Chipboard, as well as Decorative Brads and Enamel Dots to accent the circle.  
 
 
I used pop dots to add dimension to the "believe" in the Bits and Pieces pack then clustered smaller embellishments around. 
 


​I love that Simple Stories has started to include Roller Stamps in their collections!   Here, I used the Faith Roller Stamp along side a date stamp from my stash.  They are such a fun accent for my photos! 
 
 
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For my second layout, "He Knows"  I used one of my all time favorite photos of our daughter from a mission trip to Haiti in 2015.  My husband and I were lucky to head a team to Northern Haiti to finish building a home for a family of five.  Our daughter seemed to bond with the kids right off the bat despite the language barrier.   I started with a kraft cardstock background then used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe using the colorful feathers of Inspire
 
 
The feathers are probably my favorite of this collection so I wanted to incorporate them into my page!  I used a few of the die cuts as well as one of the Decorative Brads.  Again, I used  pop dots on one of the feathers; this is my go to technique when I feel like my page needs an extra boost!  
 
 
 


​I am in love with this die cut from the Bits and Pieces and knew I had to use it as my title!  Again, its popped up to draw attention to it. The tiny brads and Faith Clear Stickers are perfect accents!
 
 
I don't always care for my handwriting so if I am scrapping at home, I use my electric typewriter and white cardstock for journaling.  I added a bit of splatters of spray ink to my page as well as more tiny embellishments.  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will check out the large selection of products included in the Faith collection including planner goodies and the new Doc-It Journal!  Have a wonderful day!

 

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Hi friends, it's Layle back with you again with week 3 of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series.  Today guest designer Rachel Lindas shares another layout and a fun painting technique in her Journaling Bible using our new Faith collection - I think you're going to love it!

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Hi from Rachel Lindas.  I am more excited than you can imagine to share Layout #3 with you.  As I have said before, if you’re new to Bible Journaling, I encourage you to take a look at my first post from two weeks ago here.   It describes my heart, my process, and my love for Bible Journaling.  Bible Journaling comes in many forms and is a personal experience to each individual as you process God’s Word.  I have friends who simply highlight with some fun brush tip markers and write notes in the margins.  Other friends only use water colors on their pages.  I think it is beautiful and amazing to flip through someone else’s Bible to see the time and thought they have put into studying God’s Word, documenting it right there on the pages that they study from, and when its marked by a date stamp its become a faith-filled diary between you and God. 

This week’s layout is actually very simple, so beginners please join us.  The Bits & Pieces die cuts Simple Stories has created in their Faith line make it so easy to get started.  I used the mason jar vase with flowers popping out of it and they included a Bible Verse from Psalm about “belonging to Him”.

Let’s get started:

1.     Psalm 73:23 “But as for me, how good it is to be near God!  I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.”  Honestly, I read that verse and thought, how does a vase of flowers give me the visual I need to represent that verse? Hmmm.    I spent time praying over the verse and reading each word.  After processing, by asking the Holy Spirit to lead me, I started reading from the start of Chapter 73 and read through all 28 verses.  I gained the understanding that this Psalm is talking about allowing your Faith to be buried under self-pity.  It talks about how it’s unfair that the wicked go on to prosper and the ones who are trying to live a life that follows God, struggle.  “Is God even aware they asked.”  The author of the Psalm finally gets to the point where he realizes how good he has it even as life is hard.  It becomes a chapter of worship and pouring out his admiration to his Holy God. That is when the image of flowers connected with me! If you're like me then you associate admiration with flowers.  If there is a guy who is admiring a girl and crushing on her, one way he shows his love is through the gift of flowers.  It also reminds me that my walk and admiration for the Lord has ups and downs.  There are days when I also find myself grumbling about a situation and have no desire to gift flowers and then there are the days that I too feel like giving a garden full of flowers to my Savior out of admiration for Him. 

 

2.     Flowers!!  I adhered the Simple Story’s die cut, mentioned above, on the page near the verse.  I highlighted a large section of Chapter 73 to remind me of the importance of the words surrounding the verse I was studying.  With my journaling pen I drew several circles around a group of  verses and then connected It with a hand drawn arrow pointing to the flower embellishment. 

3.     I then used my very simple and most basic process of painting flowers. 

I added some to the top of the page to add some color/balance.  I attached a process video below to better explain this simple technique. Trust me, this is very easy to do!  One tool.  Your finger, plus paint, of course.  I am sure that any kind of hobby paint could work with this technique but I prefer to use Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint. 


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I first draw circles in different sizes with my pen on the page and overlap my circles and then I draw basic leaf shapes coming out of the circles.  Next, I choose a color of paint, squeeze the paint onto my finger, yep my finger, and use a circular motion to create my flowers.  You can use a variety of colors to create the look you are going for.  Make it yours.   I follow up with white paint and gently swirl the white paint, using my finger, towards the outside edge of the flower to create depth.  I blend some of the white into the color paint and then leave some pure white on top.  I suggest playing around with this on scratch paper until you find the look you like best.  Follow up with dotting yellow paint into the center of the flower to give a textured look.  I don’t smooth this out.  For the leaves I used my Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint and my Aqua brush and painted on the leaves.  With my paintbrush still wet with green, I went over the circle around the verses and the arrow as well.

4.     I added a strip of the "believe, love, and faith" washi tape to the bottom of the page.

5.     I used the Faith roller stamp to add the words “so blessed” three times near the flower vase.

6.     Finally, I finished the page with adding a tab to the top and the sticker  “Always remember Him” from the 4x6 Faith Sticker pack, to mark this verse in my Bible and make it easier to find later. 

Hope you enjoy practicing those flowers painted with your fingers.  They are so easy to do and can be used for anything.   Thanks again, hope you have a “so blessed” week because you belong to God. XX, Rachel 

 

With spring just around the corner, what better way to start a new season with a new Fitness Planner!  This month I will be sharing how I used the Grape planner and the Carpe Diem Fitness products along with Emoji Love to help motivate and keep me organized, during my new journey of living a healthier life style.

I will be turning 40 in just a few months, and I already had set in my mind to get healthy. This fitness tracker is the most convenient page I've seen this far. I am absolutely in love with it!  On the top left corner is a section where I put a current picture of myself. I basically call it my monthly accountability page. You see numbers with measurements , whaaa!!! That was enough motivation for me! 

The daily tracker makes it easy to see what you have been doing with your time and eating habits. I needed this. Behind the daily tracker I added a folder to keep my fitness stickers in. The Fitness Planner inserts are so motivational it really encourages me to keep moving forward.

But my planner wouldn't be my planner if I didn't make a new dashboard and filled my pockets with happy planner goodies. Emoji Love went so well with the fitness collection I had to use both of them together! As I open up my planner it's a reminder of all the foods I need to stay away from. I added a huge sneaker emoji to the front of my dashboard to let me know just keep on moving! I used the epoxy metal clips as tabs, and decorative brads to some of my pocket embellishments.

My newest favorite addition are the fitness sticker tablets. It made planning for a healthier lifestyle super fun! My monthly view before the pen is on point! There were so many options and awesome quotes. I couldn't wait to go outside and start walking.

Here's to my new Journey in the new season with my new planner. Thank you Carpe Diem Planners and Simple Stories for adding this to the collection it couldn't have come at a better time! #LiveLovePlan

 
 
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Marcia here today with some Simple Stories Domestic Bliss inspiration. This is such a fun collection for your everyday photos around the house. The tongue in cheek humor will make you laugh, guaranteed! The pattern papers are gorgeous with colors perfect for Spring paper crafting too. 

 

For my first layout, I wanted to scrap a family photo with the 4x6 journal card with a house and the quote "Love my home, love the people there". I thought it would be fun to mimic one of the pattern papers with pie charts and create my own super-sized pie chart. I sized one of the openings to fit the journal card, then backed the other spaces with different pattern papers. Here is how it turned out...

 

 

I embellished with a Bits & Pieces die cut house, sofa, lamp, and picture frame to reinforce the home theme. I then added some chipboard flowers and enamel dots for dimension.

 

 

This collection has some wonderful Decorative Brads and Epoxy Metal Clips.

 

 

For my title "BLISS", I used some stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets. You can also see one of the Domestic Bliss washi tapes just under my photo. Aren't those hearts just perfect!

 

 

I also made a couple of box cards using the World's Best Mom cut file from SVGcuts. These are so fun. I love that they can be used as decor pieces too and give joy to the recipient for many days.

 

 

Wouldn't this make a great housewarming card! I used stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets for my sentiment on the back of the card. This floral pattern paper is one of my favorites. I love those dainty flowers.

 

 

and check out that Decorative Brads alarm clock ... it makes the perfect stove timer, lol. Enamel dots are used for the burner dials on the front of my stove.

 

 

Here is what the card looks like from a top down view...

 

 

Box cards are a bit addicting, so of course I made a second one, For this box card, I created this wonderful teapot, This one showcases another gorgeous floral pattern paper combined with the pink dotted pattern paper. Chipboard sticker flowers and buttons are combined with a flower sticker and sentiment.

 
 
On the back side of the teapot I used a pretty vase of flowers and a "Mom Rules" sticker.
 
 
Here is another view so you can see the dimension. A gift card would fit perfectly taped on the inside.
 
 
The Domestic Bliss collection is a must in my book and one of my favorites from CHA. Be sure to check it out.  Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

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Hey everyone! It’s Lori here on the blog today sharing more of the behind-the-scenes fun from CHA/Creativation. Today, I’m sharing some awesome projects made with our colorful and trendy Emoji Love collection.

Everyone at the show was buzzing about the awesome emojis (and poops!) featured in our new Emoji Love collection, and creating projects with this vibrant product has been such a blast! Check out our wall of goodness—it’s bright and gorgeous!

When I saw the punchy sayings and youthful colors in these products, I knew immediately I wanted to create a project about two of my favorite people—my two daughters! This black tray is the perfect backdrop for the punches of colors in this collection and will look great hanging in their room.

There are so many different sayings and emojis to create with in this awesome collection! The bright colors and touches of black make the emojis and talk bubbles pop off of this layout and card.

We displayed lots of wood décor projects at the show, and everyone loved the variety of creations! Next to this adorable pocket page of emoji-goodness, we displayed a simple wooden LOVE. Look how the colors and heart-eyed emoji add a playful flair. We love it!

Are you excited to create with this popular collection? We start shipping to retailers next week, so be sure to keep those heart eyes peeled!

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 Emoji Love collection!

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

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Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am so excited to be sharing some pocket pages that I have created from a Disney trip last year. The new Say Cheese line is one of my favorites ever ! It is the perfect collection to help scrapbook all of my Disney photos and memories. Let's get started. 
 
 
As do all of the Simple Stories collections the Say Cheese lll line includes the Bits and Pieces pack. I wanted to use some of them to make a title card. So I started with a journaling card and then played around with the embellishment pieces until I picked out the photo strip and the believe label piece. The red in the believe label went perfect with my photos and set the tone for the rest of my spread. I then finished off the card with a few stamps from the roller stamp and a few stickers and a brad. 
 
 
We as a family have Annual Passes to Disneyland and try to go often. Especially when there is a birthday. We went last May to celebrate my Husbands birthday. When we go for a birthday we make sure that the birthday person gets a birthday pin and wears it. I used the letter stickers to spell out button and then used a clear sticker on top of the word button. I thought it was perfect way to remember the tradition of the birthday button. 
 
 
When I was putting together my pages I knew that I wanted to use these adorable Mickey and Minnie journaling/filler cards. I used this Mickey card to create a filler card with some vellum and other embellishments. I paired it with a photo of one of our first stops that day, getting some fast passes for our favorite ride. 
 
 
Here are a few close ups of the left side of my spread. I added some simple journaling onto my photo there on the bottom before printing and then I added some embellishments on top. 
 
 
 
Let's move over to the right side now. I simply love the color scheme in this collection. The red, yellow, and blues were a perfect match for my Disney photos. I made sure to try and spread out the colors and also my embellishments to not make my spread to busy. 
 
 
One of my favorite things that happens at Disneyland is that all of us love to giggle together, hold hands, and have fun together. I snapped this photo of me and my daughter and added an embellishment from the Bits and Pieces on my photo. The word magic and the stars were perfect for this moment. 
 
 
As you see here I have used a 4x6 journaling card in the middle pockets here on the right side. I needed to break up the photos and the creme colored journaling card was perfect. I split the journaling card in half so that I could add it in the pockets. Once I had it cut in half I started to play around with adding some stickers and embellishments. Don't be afraid to cut up the cards to suit your needs. 
 
 
Here is another way I used the journaling cards in a different way. I had this photo of my daughter eating her turkey leg and I was all of of pockets. I had to combine the photo and the journaling card to fit into one of the 4x6 pockets. I think it turned out great and this way I was able to get more photos plus stories into my pages. 
 
I love this turkey embellishment piece so much and knew that I had to use it. I paired it up with another embellishment piece on this journaling card. One other thing I added on to this card was some stamping. I used the roller stamp to stamp the word dream onto the card. 
 
 
Thanks for coming over to the blog today ! I loved working with the Say Cheese line and can't wait to use it again. I hope you have found some inspiration. Happy crafting everyone ! 

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When I saw the Carpe Diem recipe products, I fell in love!  I'm sure many of you out there are just like me, I have recipes everywhere!  Bookmarks, Pinterest, emails, print outs, etc.  Sometimes I forget to save recipes and have to search again for them.  I'm really excited to get all of our family favorites organized into one book and have fun with it!  

When I started flipping through the Recipe sticker book, and saw these scripted words, I knew I wanted to make some fun, faux, die cut dividers with them.  

I started by placing the stickers on a sheet of cardstock.  I cut the cardstock down to the width of the sticker.  

I fussy cut around the sides and top of the stickers.  I left a few inches of cardstock below the stickers.

I adhered these to cardstock that I cut down for the dividers.  

After I had all my dividers set up, I started adding my favorite recipes.  The Recipe Inserts have exactly what you need to record your recipes.

And the sticker pack has a lot of fun, colorful stickers to brighten up your pages!  

My kids love to help in the kitchen, and I always take pictures of them while they are busy being little chefs, so I thought the Recipe Doc-It Journal would be the perfect place to document this!  

 I love how this recipe planner is coming together! I hope you have just as much fun recording your recipes and time spent in he kitchen as I have! 

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Hello everyone! Chantalle with you today to share some pages which both capture lots of action!   I’m absolutely smitten with the new releases - Domestic Bliss and Say Cheese III. They are both so full of fun. Even though we live far away from anything Disney, Say Cheese III was perfect for documenting a wonderful day out!
 
Kiss the Cook
 
I just love looking back on old photos. My DD and I were revisiting her kindergarten folder the other day - how adorable does she look in her special chef outfit?! The school had a special cookery programme where they would cook with one of the mums or a teacher. I once had the privilege of creating pizza lollipops with her little friends which was so special! Of course, as soon as I saw these photos I knew they would be a perfect match with Domestic Bliss!
 
 
I knew I wanted to use a lot of photos on this layout. Those busy little hands cooked up a storm over the year! I liked the idea of running the photos in two lines with the title in the middle. I worked up a kind of sketch in Silhouette Studio which gave me an idea of not only how big I could print the photos but also how big I could make the title in the centre. I’ve backed the cut area with some lovely yellow ‘Domestic Diva’ and ever-so-pretty floral touches of ‘Work it Girl’. Adding a teensy Chipboard Sticker as the dot in the ‘i’ adds a cute bit of consistency.
 
 
Here you can see how I have added a bit of dimension to a die cut shape from the Bits & Pieces pack by mirroring the pink heart shape. The smaller heart-shaped die cut has been raised on foam tape so it lifts the title and also ties in with the height from the oven glove die cut, on the opposite side of the word ‘cook’.
 
 
I just LOVE how well this little phrase sticker from the Domestic Bliss 4x6 sticker sheet works with this image! (Does anyone else have that song in their head now?? haha)
 
 
There is a lot going on in the embellishment department on this project too! I’ve added some stickers, some Roller Stamping and a few little splatters (batter can escape the bowl, right?) I really also love the new Brad sheets. Incorporating cardstock shapes, phrases and brads in one product, makes for lots of versatility!
 
 
Another way to add a bit more info to a page is with a Clear Sticker. I find them useful for adding a little extra chit chat, which doesn’t impact on the rest of the elements as they’re within the shape of the photo, plus they can be a great way of masking areas with less information in a photograph.
 
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Magical Day Out
 
I remember how amazed I was, to learn of a castle, right here on our doorstep! Who would’ve thought that in the middle of the tropics was a medieval magical land just waiting to be explored! The Sunshine Castle proved to be brilliant day out. We all loved it so much, we would love to visit again.
 
 
I had lots of photos that I wanted to include in this page - there was so much to see and do! I’ve framed a few of the highlights using die cuts shapes from the Say Cheese III Bits & Pieces pack.
 
 
I’ve paired the large ‘magical’ chipboard sticker with a script font which I have cut using my Silhouette.
 
 
The chipboard castle sticker had a little flag on the top, making it iconic. I have snipped that flag off which makes the castle a bit more generic and suits my subject matter perfectly. I love the outlined stars and was excited to see them appear in Say Cheese III. I’ve repeated the shape in the form of Washi Tape, the Roller Stamp, clear stickers and ephemera. Something you will almost always see on one of my pages is a little bit of ‘chit chat’ as I like to call it. Phrase stickers are so handy and add just a little bit of extra personality to my projects.
 
 
Beneath this throne, you will find...
 
 
...Some more photos and journalling!
 
A great way to add more memories without overcrowding your design is to hide them. In this case, I have used a punch board to create a mini file folder which opens to reveal our thoughts on our adventurous day out and a few more images.
 
 
I’ve used a typewriter to journal onto some coloured vellum, which I have machine stitched inside the folder. Using a word processing programme or a photography app is a great way to squeeze multiple photos inside one shape.
 
 
Thanks so much for joining me today, wishing you lots of happy crafting!

 

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