Hi, Everyone! Jana Eubank here. This year our family took a road trip through the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Being in the mountains is my favorite place to be! I love enjoying the fresh air along with the sights and sounds of nature. You can bet that I took a lot of photos on that trip that I couldn't wait to scrapbook using the Cabin Fever collection.





The first thing I did was to pull out the Bits & Pieces pack. I sifted through all of the designs and selected several that went along with my photos. The red checked geotag die cut was perfect for calling attention to the photos of this beautiful waterfall.



I die cut the title from the Summer Camp Paper (red buffalo check) using my Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Die Cutting machine and the "Adventure" cut file by Simple Stories found here in the Silhouette Design Store (Design #199552). I added a pinecone decorative brad to the left side of the title.



I then used more Bits & Pieces die cuts and stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet to create two clusters around the bottom of my photos. The floral clusters and word phrases are repeated in both clusters to tie things together.





This next page features a few snapshots taken closer to home ... in fact, they were taken in our backyard last fall as we enjoyed the fire pit one cool night.





I wanted a plain cardstock background, but decided to make it a little more interesting by die cutting stars all over it. I placed a second sheet of the same color of cardstock behind the die cut piece. The result is a subtle tone-on-tone texture that doesn't take away too much attention from the photos.



At the top of the photos I added the heart sticker matted with white cardstock. I added the date and a decorative brad for a bit of dimension.



I used my scissors to cut the fire from the 4x6 Vertical Elements Paper. It was the perfect size to accent my title! I couldn't resist adding the chipboard piece with the  marshmallows on a stick above it. Too cute!



At the bottom of the page I layered up a few chipboard pieces. Two wood slice circles overlap each other and anchor the rectangle chipboard piece. I love what it says! "Life is better by a campfire" So true!



I cut the journal block from the 4x6 Horizontal Elements paper and added it to the right of the photos. I used a black pen to handwrite my journaling and then accented the bottom with the Roughin' It washi tape and a floral sticker.



Thanks for joining me today! I hope you leave feeling inspired to pull out those outdoor photos and get them scrapbooked!




Hello again creative planners! Leah here on the blog today to show you how I give the front of my Carpe Diem planner some “curb appeal.” I will be using the new Carpe Diem collection and showing you just how versatile a few of these products can be. I have shared many blog posts on here featuring decorated front pockets and dashboards, but this will be the first time I have filmed a video of the process, start to finish. I am SO excited to share it with you! 

I have taught an online class all about front pocket design and techniques if you want more thorough explanations of the “why” behind a lot of my decisions when decorating my planner pockets. You can find a link to that class in my Instagram bio. In this blog post and video, I will be showing you all about the “how.” I will take you through how I made several of the elements for the pockets using the Carpe Diem Dashboards and Pocket Cards set and a few papers from the new High Style 12x12 paper pad.

These pockets came together fairly easily, just by cutting and punching out a few basic shapes. When it comes to pocket decorating, I like to use a variety of shapes. For example, in these pockets I have a large circle, a smaller circle, a tag, small stars, a banner, cards with sharp edges, cards with rounded edges, and a die cut typewriter that I fussy cut from a pocket card. Having a few paper punches in basic shapes is always a good investment for creating your own die cut shapes, but I collected the punches I have over the course of several years. Several of these shapes can be hand cut pretty easily without paper punches. The circle is probably one of the hardest to hand cut but is still possible with the trusty technique of tracing around a cup onto paper and cutting it out, or you can get these awesome photo cropping tools from Simple Stories that make it super easy to cut different sized circles. They are much more cost efficient and portable than having to buy several different sized circle punches.

I also like adding some texture to my planner pockets by adding things like doilies, ribbon, and staples. Another common technique I use to add the illusion of dimension and texture, is to add doodled borders and hand drawn stitching to the edges of some shapes.

I made this pocket card from scratch using some white cardstock that I cut down to fit in the pocket, and then I used the Say Cheese III roller stamp to stamp words all over it. This gave me a cool black and white text background which added an interesting detail to my pockets without competing with all of the other colors I was using. You can get this effect with any word stamps, but the Simple Stories roller stamps make it so easy and quick to do, and I like how they always have a few shapes added in too. Like the Say Cheese III roller stamp for example, has an arrow and rows of hearts and stars that break up the words.

All of the patterned paper dividers in the New Carpe Diem monthly planner inserts are so beautiful. The collection has many of the same fun elements from the original Carpe Diem line, but there are some black and white images that give it a very trendy, modern vibe – kind of reminds me of some of my favorite pieces in the old “Life in Color” collection, but with the Carpe Diem colors and designs.

The monthly dividers are pretty enough on their own without adding anything, but I always like to jazz things up in the front of my planner. In this case, I used a smaller decorative dashboard from the collection and customized it with a photo and some fun layering. I love that because the dashboard is smaller, I get that personalized feel at the front of my planner but I can still see the monthly divider underneath.

In an older blog post (read it here!), I customized one of the Carpe Diem planner charms for one of my planners and got a lot of a great feedback on it! I did the same for this planner, but this time I filmed a quick tutorial to show you how incredibly easy it is to do. I will be posting that video clip over on my Instagram, so be sure to come say hello over there and check it out! Here is the YouTube video of my process for setting up the front of my Floral Dot planner, I hope you enjoy it! Hit “subscribe” while over on my YouTube channel to catch future Carpe Diem planner videos!


It’s no exaggeration to say that ours is a camping family.  My daughter was a Girl Scout, and my son a Boy Scout.   We were very involved with the troop and at one point my husband was even Scoutmaster.  It was a privilege to be a part of so many lives and watch these children grow into young adults.

I was so excited when I saw the Simple Stories Cabin Fever Collection!  It’s everything I love about the outdoors.   The papers are a wonderful mix of nature inspired elements like trees, animals and flowers.

The collection has all the survival tools you’ll need to get you through lots of layouts so you can capture all your favorite memories.  I love the clever sentiments you’ll find in the #3047 Cabin Fever 4x6” Stickers and Combo Sticker.

For this scene I hand cut borders of pattern paper to create a landscape.  It’s best to keep the lightest color in the foreground to add some depth to your scene.

I fussy cut some pine trees from a journaling card in the paper pack and tucked them behind the hilly landscape.  A circle paper punch makes an simple sunny sky!

The fun tent and campfire are chipboard stickers, and the bitty flowers are from the combo sheet.


I’ve been sending a card in a care package to my son at summer camp for as long as I can remember. This was his last year as a Venture Scout – that means he’s 21 years old.

And while he’s no longer part of a troop that doesn’t stop him from going on adventures.  A few weeks ago, he and two friends who are also Eagle Scouts took a road trip to Colorado to do some exploring.

Of course he’ll always be my little boy; always in my heart and on my mind.   I packed them up some snacks for their trip and tucked a card inside his duffel bag so he doesn’t ever forget it!

I cut the sentiment from a journaling card.  The hiking prints are chipboard, and the fun compass is a decorative brad.  Do you spy some plaid washi? 

If you’re a camper too I just know you’re going to love this fresh new collection from Simple Stories!




Hello friends! Jennifer on the blog today to share pages I created with one of the fabulous NEW collections!  Summer Days includes a variety of fun, bright patterns perfect to document those summer memories!   And with any Simple Stories line you always have a multitude of embellishments to choose whether it be coordinating stickers or washi tape! 

For my first layout, "Summer", I wanted to mix in lots of patterns on my layouts!   Using a background cut file helps me do so!   I chose a 12x12 starburst overlay with my favorite cloud pattern Beat the Heat. I then added in strips of additional papers to fill in the blank areas.  Once together, I trimmed it down to 11x11 because I wanted to allow the edge of my white cardstock to show.  I also incorporated the 4x6 Vertical Element Cards to tuck behind my photo and journaling card.  This is a great way to add color to your pages if you don't use the Journaling Cards for pocket pages! 

For my title, I used the cute "Summer" banner from the 6x12 Chipboard placing it just under my photo. I also added in a cloud/sun sticker from the Combo Sticker Sheet using foam dots to pop it up. 

I like to cluster my embellishments in the corners of photos or journaling cards doing a lot of layering!  Honestly, I can't even tell you how I come up with it; I just arrange them until it "feels" right.  LOL  If you weren't aware, Simple Stories has many fun designs in the Silhouette Shop including this pineapple! I used the bright yellow of the B side of Lazy Days then added the cute flamingo from the Bits and Pieces pack along with stickers and Decorative Brads.

Speaking of Decorative Brads, how cute is cloud/heart combo?  I am drawn to the vintage print on the cloud with the contrasting blue and red of the brad!  I had to include it on my page!  

The Combo Sticker Sheet always has a variety of shapes and sentiments to use on your projects! A big favorite are the tab stickers that are fun to tuck behind your photo or journaling card! I also adding in some colorful Good Vibes Washi Tape to fill in some white space!

You will also find lot of different shapes in the Bits and Pieces pack including this circle journaling spot and green/white arrow!  I used the Carpe Diem Make It Happen Roller Stamp to add a little sentiment under my date then finished with a small Decorative Brad and a piece of the Summertime Sweetness Washi Tape.


For my second layout, I was inspired by the "Just Add H20" card on the 4x4 Elements Sheet and knew just photo I would use!  A few years ago, my husband caught this awesome pic of our daughter launching a water balloon at him! You can see the balloon mid-air (I don't remember if it met its directed target or not).  Water games are always a big part of summers here in Illinois whether it be running through the sprinkler or getting out some water balloons to cool down!  

I began with a white sheet of cardstock and added color by painting yellow spray ink across the middle with a foam brush.  I also incorporated blue spray ink adding some ink splats in random places.  After allowing to dry, I was ready to start adding in my papers!  

I again utilized some of the 4x6 Vertical Elements as well as pieces of the B side of Sunny Days and So Much Fun.  I also added strips of Sunny Days and Summer Snapshots at the bottom and top of my page. Using a border punch, I incorporated a small strip of the B side of Lazy Days at the bottom of my title card. I love using my sewing machine and so I ran a quick stitch through the strip then finished by adding the beach ball sticker (which I popped up) and well as a cute chipboard flower and a small brad. 

Here is where the Journaling Card Elements come into play again!  I love using the cards with ledger or white space for journaling! Since I don't care too much for my handwriting, I will use my typewriter if I'm at home.  I decorated the edges of my journaling cards with cute die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack. Don't you love the bikini?  

Showing more cluster of embellishments as I usually do this to fill in some white space or accent my photos. The smaller brads remind of enamel dots and I think they are perfect to go alongside larger embellishments such as the chipboard sun!  Also, the tiny heart stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet are perfect little additions, as well! 

Adding in a banner in the corner can also be a great way to add more color to your layouts! I layered many pennants then stitched through with my sewing machine as well as added a Decorative Brad and bakers twine from my stash.  

I used patterned hearts from both the Combo Sticker Sheet and Bits and Pieces pack to accent my photo! I also love the many sentiment sticker found on there as they are a nice touch



Hi everyone!  My name is Traci Reed and I’m so excited to be showing off my favorite new hobby - Traveler’s Notebooks!

A little about me - I’m a wife, mother to 3 boys and a recent transplant from California to Tennessee!  My day job is designing scrapbook product - no really!! - and I’m one of Simple Stories’ product designers and I actually designed the Cabin Fever line I used for this traveler’s notebook!

I must admit, I HATE camping - so when I originally designed this line, I thought I would have no use for it - we lived in a suburban community in northern California and unless we make an effort, outdoorsy stuff just wasn’t in the cards.  And then we moved to Knoxville, TN and we are literally surrounded by woods and hiking and swimming holes 24/7 and all of the sudden, I have a need for this adorable line - even though I still refuse to camp ;).

One of the first things we did when we got settled in here was to visit a local quarry/swimming hole that is just STUNNING - clear water, surrounded by cliff faces and trees - and I snap snap snapped away and ended up with so many photos of our 3 hours there, I could have done a ton of layouts - but I chose to make a traveler’s notebook instead!

The first thing I did was cut 4 papers down to 8x8 size and fold them in half.  Pro tip: I also chose a few 4x6 vertical and 4x4 and 3x4 cards to use as well to create some variety in my paper sizes.  Instead of cutting them down to 4x4 (or 4x6 or 3x4) size, I actually left 2 cards joined together and folded them into the book - this way I could add them right to the binding instead of taping them in as solo cards.

On some of them I glued photos if they didn’t match the sentiment of the spread, and some I left just the way they were.

I chose to bust out the sewing machine and sew the entire book together down the middle seam, and then reinforce with washi tape, but you can also hand stitch a binding or staple it as well.

Since I was working on this book all at once - I printed all my photos out and adhered them to each page as my first step so that I had the basic layout of the book done.

I chose to make the center spread one main focal photo, so I printed out a 4x8 photo on 8.5x11 photo paper, cut it in half and adhered it to the center page.

After I had all my photos where I wanted them, I went back in with the stickers, die cuts, and brads and pulled out the pieces I thought would work best in the album and got to work!

I love how quick and easy it is to put together this mini albums with coordinating Simple Stories collections - this whole book probably took me 3 hours from start to finish - which includes making the book, choosing and printing photos and everything!

I know it’s easy to forget - but don’t exclude photos of yourself from projects like these - even when you’re soaking wet in a lake!

Every few pages, I added additional journal cards for telling the story - even though we were only there for 4 hours, it’s important to jot the details down.

I loved this weather report card - the weather in Knoxville can change in a flash - and as I’m getting used to these afternoon thunderstorms - I realize how rare it was that the whole day was sunny!

I used brads in this album, but I didn’t want to poke through entire pages, so I made sure to put them only through the photo and photo mat layers so that the brad didn’t puncture the whole thing and ruin the page behind it.

I hope you enjoyed my little book; here’s a quick flip thru video - 

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Hi everyone, Kelly here and today I want to show you how I set up my planner for Summer.  Besides working, this month is all about sunny weather, relaxing and holiday to me, so it is important my planner reflects the time of year.

For this setup I am using all the stickers, papers and pieces from the Summer Days collection together with my Blush A5 Carpe Diem Planner. Before I start, I placed the washitapes and pieces in a cupcake tray for easy access and displayed all the stickers and papers on my desk.

The first thing I always do when I set up a new planner is filling the pockets with journaling cards, decorative bits and a little washitape sample! A little tip for keeping the decorative bits in place when you open and close the planner: take a bit of washitape, make a little roll and put it on the back of the ephemera and adhere it to the spot where you want it to be. This way you can easily remove it and it will not get damaged!

In the large side pocket I used the blue paper with clouds as a background and slided some stickersheets of the collection in there, to always have them on hand.

Now that my pockets are filled I created a new front dashboard. I cut the rainbow colored paper down to size, punched holes and decorated it with some cards and stickers! In the back of my planner I inserted a little notepad to write down things I need to remember.

The 4x4 Element have this awesome quote card: ‘Live in the sunshine’! I punched holes using the planner punch and simply put it in my planner. A quick and easy idea to decorate your planner!

Since I would always like to have multiple stickersheets in my planner, I created this pocket on the back of the front dashboard. I grabbed a 4x6 card from the cut-apart paper, punched a border with a flower pattern using a punch from my stash and adhered it to the bottom and sides of the page. I also used a few of the thickers to create diy paperclips, I adhered them with strong tape on some white paperclips.

For this summer I had the idea to make a bucket list with things I want to do. I decorated a page with a big flamingo and made sure I had enough space to write down a few lists.

I also created a pocket page by punching some extra holes in a SNAP pocket page and filled these with pattern paper, cards and stickers. I like to put these at the back of my planner.

Now that all the extra ‘Summer themed’ pages are done it is time to decorate the July monthly spread. I used some butterfly, flower and alpha dies to cut shapes and words from the patterned papers. With washitape I marked the days of my holiday!

At last, I wanted to decorate the ‘This month’ page for July. I used alpha dies to cut July from the patterned paper and used some scraps of paper to create a fun banner border to show of all the pretty colors and patterns.

I love the ‘this month’ page because it gives you room to write down important dates, appointments, and monthly goals. Since this month is all about holiday for me I used lots of stickers and did not write down any to do’s!!

On my instagram (https://www.instagram.com/createplannernl) I will share some more weekly spreads using the Summer Days collection in my Carpe Diem planner. See you next month!



Hello Simple Stories fans and welcome to the blog today! One of the best things about SS collections for me, is that you get a brilliant selection of elements that all go together effortlessly. I love having some washi, that matching brad or enamel dot in just the right shade!  Sometimes though, it’s awesome to have a few bits and bobs that co-ordinate perfectly plus you know you will make use of every bit, for occasions like Halloween etc… Enter Simple Sets. I love them! I’ve created two pages to share with you today using ‘Old School’ and ‘Hello Lovely’ Simple Sets.
Hello Lovely
The combination of pink & navy was too pretty to resist for these fun snaps taken in a photo booth recently. 
The woodgrain print was a perfect base on to which to start my layering. This one is the Hickory/Cream Grid. The great news is that you can grab a selection of these useful papers in a Sn@p! Basics Pack which has 8 double sided sheets and is also available in a handy 6x6 size! Perfect for a variety of projects.
I started with a bit of texture paste through a stencil to echo the floral patterns in the Hello Lovely set. I purposefully didn’t add it in a uniform pattern. I just wanted it to show here and there.

Once the texture paste was dry, I began adding my elements. There is lots to choose from to hand snip if you enjoy fussy cutting!
Below my photo strip are some black plastic bits as well as an overexposed pic I probably won’t use. The black bits are the pieces that are left over from a pack of Instax film. I used a stapler to quickly bind them together and pop them behind the images I was scrapping. I really like the bit of interest they provide!
Stickers can be used like a die cut if you pop some talcum powder on the back of them. I’ve mounted this one on to some pop dots and used a chipboard frame from the Enchanted collection to highlight the title.

There are lots of little details on this page, like the confetti which I used to show happiness bursting off the paper. It was a bit of a labour of love adding adhesive and subsequently the teensy bits of paper, but it adds that extra element of fun to the page.


This page also uses an element from a Simple Set to create the page title. This phrase is so apt right now, so I cut a section from a 3x4 journalling card from the Old School Journalling Card Elements. My son will be completing his primary school journey at the end of this year and we are so excited and nervous for him as he starts a new chapter in his schooling career.

The background is a combination of Old School ‘Hall Pass’ and the 3x4 Journalling Card Elements B side. The chalkboard print is super cute! I also echoed the paperclip theme of Hall Pass by using some coloured paperclips as embellishments. You’ll notice my materials list is pretty minor for this page, but by using a mixture of elements, it can still pack a visual punch!
I pretty much used up the whole sheet of 6x12 Cardstock Stickers on this page. I ran them along the edge where the two papers meet, tucking some in and raising some up on foam dots. I’ve added some typed journalling above and below the title to draw the eye along the same line, so it doesn’t look like too sharp an angle jutting out on it’s own.
Thanks so much for joining me today.
Happy creating!



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Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today!  A few months ago I was browsing Instagram and came across a wonderful Carpe Diem planner set up with our Recipe collection on the Sassy Scrapper's Instagram account.  I followed the link and was wowed by what I saw!  It turned out to be a multi part series from a designer named Kylie Kingham.  After I drooled over all the posts in the series, I knew I wanted to share with our Simple Stories & Carpe Diem planner fans.  Here you go, prepare to be wowed!


Hello friends! My name is Kylie and I am super excited to be a guest designer today showcasing the Carpe Diem Recipe Planning products. Before I get started let me tell you a little bit about myself:-

I live in Country New South Wales, Australia with my husband, 2 children, as well as a very spoilt and much loved rescued puppy, ‘Maximus’. I have always had a love for planning, scrapbooking and all papercraft in general for as long as I can remember. In recent years I have been very fortunate to be able to share my techniques with fellow paper crafters across a broad spectrum of platforms.

When I’m not in my craft studio I love taking photos…..Lots of photos….Spending time with my family and travelling.

When I first saw the release of the new Carpe Diem ‘Recipe’ themed planning goodies, I was a little bit excited. I must admit that I am no master chef. I find recipes and rip them out of a magazine, stuff them in a drawer for a later date. Yes, shocking I know. I had tried notebooks and cook books for my organisation but nothing worked right for me……Until now!

I chose to use my ‘Persimmon’ The Reset Girl Carpe Diem planner

I love this colour so much!

I was lucky to be able to purchase this fab, ‘Recipe’ collection in Australia from The Sassy Scrapper.

I received the A5 Recipe planner insert set. It contains a wonderful set of dividers and dashboards as well as a pocket dashboard. It also contains recipe pages, as well as other meal planning and shopping list pages. It was when I first saw this pack that I very quickly realised that my planner could be customised to be so much more than just a ‘recipe book’. It opened the door to me thinking of how I could utilise it to be for meal planning, a health tracker as well as budget keeping!

I also received more of the Recipe pages as well as the sticker tablet book. This book contains over 706 stickers!!! This is where the creative side of my brain went into over drive! The possibilities were going to be endless.

Let’s take a look at how I set up my planner:

I also cut out some Simple Stories FREE Recipe Printables from here to include in my planner that co-ordinated perfectly. I do plan to use these on some page markers or more dashboards in the future.

For now though I love the element of fun they bring to my pockets!

Using one of the dashboards I added some more stickers as well as some of the typed text as a feature. The text stickers are always a hit with me. I use them everywhere!

I used some of the washi tape from the 'Posh' collection down the border of the first divider. Just for a hint of colour. I also had some left over text stickers from a previous Simple Stories collection, to which I have added also.

You will also see how I am layering stickers as tabs at the top and down the sides of my dividers. Not only does this provide a practical use but it’s decorative as well.

As you turn the page I have placed my pocket divider in next. I added some stickers as a banner as well as a quote cut out from the Domestic Bliss collection. It's a great range that works well with the Recipe collection. I plan to store any scribbled recipes or tear outs I find, until I can get them written up in my planner. There are many uses this could have though.

Next up was the Kitchen Inventory page. I have to be honest, this list I really didn't have a purpose for, so I decided to customise it to suit me, and am now making it my Eat Out list of fav restaurants. Again I have used paper from the Domestic Bliss range.

Here is the before photo.....

And here is the after-

You may like to keep the Inventory sheet as it was but this works much better for me.

Next, I want to show you how you can set up a section for meal planning. Weekly meal planning brings many benefits. Here are my 3 top pointers:

1)              If you can plan that week ahead it helps save on time wondering what to have for dinner.

2)              It is also great to help with your shopping budget and avoid over spending.

3)              It is a great tool to aid in general good health and wellbeing.

Once you get into the routine of planning ahead it is so much easier to stay on track. Hey....we all crave Pizza......It's ok if you don't stick to it all the time!

I've added some stickers to the marker tabs, labeling this section as Menu planning.

Here is a little look at a weekly meal planning layout. I am using the vertical inserts that came in the 'Boxed Sets" of Reset Girl planners.  The box stickers from the sticker book are the perfect fit for these. I have also used the Carpe Diem number stickers for my dates.  You get SO MANY in each pack in a fab range of colours too.

So here you can see the first half of my week. Each day is neatly divided up into three for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Here is the second half of my week. I love the little ruled column to the right of this page for jotting my shopping list onto as I think of things. Below each day I have allowed space for my water intake and steps tracker. This is ideal if you are really trying to balance diet and exercise for overall wellbeing.

Next, I thought long and hard about how I was going to label each divider, and decided on 


Meat Dessert

& Baking.

I really wanted to keep it easy, but you can customise your own to suit yourself!

I totally love these recipe sheets! As you can see, again I have used my typewriter to write up my recipes. My handwriting isn't the neatest.

The side tab of the recipe sheets is really handy also for adding in smaller details of your dish. You can mark in its difficulty and give it up to a 5 heart rating! It's also handy to add in any tips. For fun I also added a small photo on various recipe pages.

Again, I love using the decorative stickers. They really add colour and fun to each recipe page.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing the set up of my Recipe planning today, and it inspires you to create your own.

Kylie xoxo







Hello friends! Linsey here sharing a new altered project with an All American theme on this fine Independence Day! I'm definitely an all-American girl at heart, so it's no surprise how much I enjoyed creating this festive shadowbox to add to my Americana home décor! Come along and celebrate with us!



It is a breeze getting your patriotic groove on with the All American Simple Set! The 12x12 patterned papers are perfectly festive and coordinate great with the 6x12 cardstock sticker sheet. For the 3 small squares, the confetti side of Freedom was used in the background and 3 of the square stickers were placed in the center of each

A few extra sticker elements were popped up on dimensional adhesive dots and added to the small squares for extra interest. The stars and stripes balloon trio and bottle of cola are so much fun and scream USA! The "Independence Day" and "let freedom ring" sticker banners were super easy to add and can be used in so many other cool ways. I love how this collection mixes a fresh, modern feel with an Americana twist so beautifully. Super stylish and just what I was hoping for!
For the larger top portion, the 4x6" American flag from Journaling Card Elements was used in the background. Three firecracker stickers were placed on dimensional adhesive, each with a shiny enamel dot added to the base where it goes POP!
Of course, there has to be a focal point celebrating the day itself, so the July 4th stickers were added with a bit of dimension to honor our independence and all that it means.
And that's my All American Shadowbox! Thanks so much for visiting today and allowing me to share my project with you! I hope you've found a bit of inspiration in it. For those of you who are celebrating today, Happy 4th of July! Happy crafting, one and all!


Hi everyone! It's Vanessa and I’m back today to show you how I did my set up for my Ivory Carpe Diem planner using the All American collection.

I filled the pockets with the 3x4 and 4x6 journaling card elements to add a pop of color and to use for memory keeping.  I also decided to add some festive tassel clips I made and of course a planner tassel!

For the dashboard, I used the back of the 3x4 journaling card elements cardstock, added a few of the cardstock stickers, and photo of my husband and I when we were in the Navy.  

For the calendar spread, I used all of the 6x12 cardstock stickers to create the 4th of July theme and used a flag paper punch and a star punch to use on the Celebrate cardstock.  

I hope you enjoyed my 4th of July theme dashboard and calendar and have a safe and wonderful holiday!


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Hello everyone! It's Lisa Dickinson here today to share a few tips on using pattern on your pages! Patterned paper is the most abundant product in my scrap stash, and I love to incorporate lots of it into my pages. But sometimes pattern can be intimidating. Does plaid go with floral? Can you mix stripes and dots? The answer is YES when you use one of my favorite tricks to combine patterns...just follow the rainbow!

When you want to use lots of patterns in one design, using a ROYGIBIV order is a fail proof method. Mother Nature knows what she's doing, and the same color combo will look great on your page. On this layout, I'm using the Cabin Fever collection and have featured seven different patterns from the line.


While there are no orange, green or purple papers in this line, it was easy to sub in some of the patterns (a tan dot for orange and a multi colored plaid for green) and still get the rainbow effect. Even though the patterns are completely different, they read as harmonious because of the order in which I adhered them.





So what if you don't want the whole spectrum of color on your page? It's easy to select just a portion of the rainbow - say red, yellow and orange - to use in your design. On this page about my son's swim team, I used green, teal, aqua and navy to help reinforce the water-theme of the layout.


I used a wave-like cut file with holes to fill a large portion of the page. I filled the holes with a variety of Simple Stories papers in the selected colors of green, aqua and navy. The patterns range from dots to gingham, and text to geometrics, but they all work together because of the arrangement of colors. 






So the next time you want to punch up the pattern on your page, try this rainbow order technique. You're sure to end up with a colorful, happy page you'll love (and isn't that even better than a pot of gold??)

Happy Scrapping!



Howdy friends, it's Layle, Marketing Director here at Simple Stories, & I'm back again with my monthly Carpe Diem planner blog feature!

In May I picked up our oldest son from college out of state after finishing his freshman year and we drove home for the summer.  During the LONG drive, we talked about lots of things, including music.  We were listening to a mash-up, a song created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, and it got me thinking.  If it works in music, why not apply it to a planner?  So this month I decided to do a 'mash-up' of sorts & mix the Carpe Diem Reset Girl collection with the new Carpe Diem collection, recently released in stores.  

A mash-up in music works when there are some common threads between two pieces of music.  The same thing applies to a planner mash-up, common threads.  So I started looking for elements across both collections that coordinated; I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome, I love the way it turned out!  :)

This month I'm using the new Floral Dot planner.  I love it!  The beautiful pattern on the outside is so feminine & cheery, then you open it up and it's classic and understated with the small black & white polka dots and ivory center.  The best part - it coordinates with just about anything!  

Two years ago when we released the first edition Carpe Diem planners, they had a black & white polka dot fabric interior.  After we released the 2nd edition without it, we had so many people request polka dots that we knew we'd incorporate them again, but in a fun & different way.  The polka dots are back, but smaller and spaced more closely together, randomnly.  

The pockets are hands down my favorite thing when approaching a new set up, and this month was no exception!

A mix of sticky notes, die cuts, pocket cards, self adhesive brads & clips were the perfect combination to mix both collections. 

From there I moved to the intro dashboard.  When I approach setting up a new month, these are the 2 areas I really focus on since I see them every time I open my planner, which believe it or not is on a daily basis!  

The Reset Girl scrapbook collection had a similar polka dot pattern throughout, so I used one of the 12x12 papers that had a touch of that pattern as the base for my dashboard so it woud coordinate with the inside of the planner.  I created a custom acetate dashboard to go on top of the patterned paper - 

They're super easy to make - I started with a 12x2 sheet of clear acetate and cut to size, then used an existing bookmark as a template to punch the holes.  

Since the acetate is pretty thick, I didn't use the Carpe Diem A5 punch, but I did use it to punch the paper layer of the dashboard - love how easy it is to punch all the holes at once vs using a heavy duty hole punch to punch all 6 holes individually like I had to do with the acetate layer.  

From there I took one of the Carpe Diem Planner Decals & adhered to the center of the dashboard.  For those of you that have been around the scrapbooking world for a while, they’re kind of like a giant rub-on!  A few more stickers to finish it off at the top and voila – a custom dashboard.

The July monthly spread was primarily a combination of stickers from both collections

I tried something a little different this month - I thought I'd give the Vertical Format Weekly Inserts a shot.  WOW.  When you're used to planning one way and completely change up the orientation, it definitely takes some getting used to!

The Mixed Media retailer trade show takes place here in Salt Lake City, Utah the middle of July, so lot's going on that week!  The washi from our Reset Girl collection was a great match with the new Carpe Diem stickers.

I'm teaching a Planners 101 class to retailers the day before the show starts.  A number of things I need to make sure I have with me for that class, so I put together a 'dry erase' to do list that I can use over & over again.  

I started with this fun Dashboard from the new Carpe Diem Dashboards & Cards pack, I thought it would make for a fun TO DO list.  It was a dashboard, so it already had holes pre-punched - I trimmed off the holes then inserted it into one of our 4x6 Vertical Pocket Pages.  The pocket pages are designed for our 6x8 SN@P! Binders, but the 2 holes on the pocket pages line up exactly with the top & bottom middle rings in standard A5 sized planners, so I just needed to punch the additional holes and it fit right in :) 

I used a wet erase marker to write directly on top of the pocket page, that way I can reuse the To Do list over and over again.  Through trial & error I've discovered that a wet erase marker works better than a dry erase, the dry erase tends to rub off with use.

So there you have it, my set up for July.  I really love how the mash-up turned out & I had a ball working with 2 different collections at once.  

Thanks for joining me this month!  Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/laylekoncar/ to see more of my planners & travelers notebooks.  

Until next month, enjoy your summer :)










Hi everyone!  It's Traci from Artsy Albums, back to share a mini album using the Old School Simple Set.

I wanted a small album that I could have for my son's school pictures K-8.  The Old School Simple Set worked perfectly since the album is small and I only needed a few sheets of paper and stickers.  The album is a 4x6 Sn@p binder in black.
The 3x4 pocket pages are perfect for wallet size school photos!
The collection comes with some great 3x4 and 4x6 cards too!
 A book like this will be fun to add to year after year. Thanks so much for letting me share it with all of you today!  Happy crafting!



Hello Everyone! It's Jomelle here today and I want to share my August Carpe Diem planner spread. My birthday is in August and I just love the Cabin Fever collection, so I figure I'd use it for my birthday month. Our family loves to hike and visit National Parks, but it's been super hot lately that we can't really plan any outdoors activities especially since my baby girl is only 18 months old.

As soon as I saw the "Happy Camper" 12x12 cardstock, I wanted to make a dashboard out of it. I also love the map legends on the bottom. I just added some bits and pieces to add dimensions.

I just added the word "Camping" on the side as embellishment.

Close up of the dashboard. This is one of my favorite dashboards I've made. It's perfect for all hiking adventures our family plans to go to in the future.

Of course we can't forget the "pocket love" all planner girls must have.

Here I used the "Adventures Awaits" 12x12 cardstock and turned it into a pocket dashboard to hold some of my stickers and embellishments.

I also just love staging my pictures and adding elements that goes with my layout. Don't you think the mama bear and baby bear add finishing touch to my photos?! :)

I truly enjoyed creating my August monthly Layout. The Bits and Pieces have so many cute pieces that it was so hard for me to chose which ones I wanted to use in my layout.
I didn't think I had enough numbers but I was able to find these number sticker sets from the Posh Collection. The color goes well with this collection.

Here is my layout for the first week of August. Since the boys are off from school and I have days off during the weekend, we are planning on taking a road trip to San Francisco and visit my cousins. We plan to take my daughter to the Jelly Belly Factory. 

I just love this sticker of the truck pulling the cute trailer. Our plan is to have an Airstream travel trailer to use for our future road trips.

Some of the embellishments in the Cabin Fever Collection.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy viewing my layouts as much as I had creating them. Hope to see you next month.

Nature Hike Washi tape 3033 Adventure Awaits 3039 Happy Camper 12x12 paper 3040 Journaling Cards Elements 12x12 paper 3041 Elements 12x12 paper 3046 Decorative Brads


Hi everyone, Nicole here to share with you what I have been working with the newest Simple Stories collections.  I have a lot of masculine photos floating in my photo drawer and was drawn to the great colors and patterns in the Cabin Fever collection for my first page. I really love the camping theme, but thought I would just use those patterns to create a great masculine page.

I chose to punch out a lot of the fun circles on the Off the Grid paper as a starting point for my page. I lined the mixed patterned circles together in simple rows on one side of my page and secured in place with simple machine stitching. I added a fun Cabin Fever journaling card as well as a diecut title combined with some Simple Stories letter stickers.

I just love how easy it was to pull this page together with basics like patterned paper and a few stickers! I also love it when B-sides of paper are great for projects of all kinds!


My next page is a little more summery, using the Summer Days collection! I couldn't help but cut the vibrant yellow patterned paper into a sun ray pattern on my digital die cut machine for one side of my page.

I used the Simple Stories fringed heart Silouette cut file with various patterned papers in the collection and layered them together to help create a big and fun title to go along with that bold sunray shape!

A few yellow sequins from my stash help add a little sparkle to the big sunray on the page, and a few brads and enamel dots help finish off my title too!


Howdy friends!  Layle here - hooray for the weekend!  It's Saturday, the last day of our week long Simple Stories & Maya Road Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products & teamed up for some great inspiration all week long!

Today creative team member Violet Ballew joins us with a patriotic Carpe Diem planner set up with the All American Simple Set - 


Hello everyone, it's Violet and today I will be sharing how I used the All American Simple Set for my July monthly view planning and some journaling in my Doc-it-Journal.

I absolutely love everything about this collection. The stars and stripes, red, white and blue. The paisley print on the flag is so gorgeous. I squealed with delight as I was decorating my pockets and making my dashboard.

How fun is this metal clip & tassel from Maya Road?!  The perfect additions to my planner this month!

I decided to plan ahead for July, due to the fact that its like Christmas in July for our family. Most of my family’s birthday are in July. My son and my granddaughter have the same birthday. My nephew and my brother share the same birthday, as well. Once I get all the names on the calendar, I am pretty sure I can fill up most calendar boxes. Lol. We can’t forget 4th of July and all the other fun stuff that happens in the July.

I also wanted to do some journaling in my Doc-It Journal. I don’t like to waste any of my scraps and a good way to use them is in my junk journaling. It’s a fun creative way to use up those extras. I just rip up pieces of left over paper, or use the bits and pieces from my trimmings. I glue them to the pages. I then add some acrylic paint on a gift card and swipe a thin amount all over the page. I used a shimmering white.   I also used the Say cheese Roller Stamp, because it had stars and embossed them onto the journaling cards. The stickers were the perfect embellishment to my journaling.

Thank you everyone who took the time to stop by the blog today and for all those that are currently or have served in the military.  May you all have a wonderful 4th of July, and God Bless America!


Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner next Monday to win both a Summer Days & Cabin Fever collection kit!   

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After you enter, head on over to the Maya Road blog to see what their team has created.  

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Thanks so much for joining us this week for the swap with Maya Road, we hope you've been inspired!!