Now that we’re well into January, well into winter and for many of us, well into A LOT of snow, we thought it would be fun to share an up close look at some of the popular Winter Wonderland products & inspiring projects from our creative team!  

When it comes to paper crafting, it’s all about the paper, right?!  Regardless of what crafty project you’re working on, paper is the perfect starting point.  These are some of our Winter Wonderland favorites, and judging by our diminishing inventory, they’re some of YOUR favorites too!

Washi tape, stickers, die cuts and 3x4 cards – OH MY!  With Winter Wonderland, you’re sure to find just the right embellishment to add those perfect finishing touches to your ‘snow fun’ projects.

From layouts, to mini books to planners, Winter Wonderland is just what you need for adding a little seasonal touch for your paper crafting & planning needs.  Speaking of paper crafting & planning, here are a few projects to get you inspired to document your winter memories.

Be sure to check out & follow our Winter Wonderland Pinterest board for more Winter Wonderland inspiration!

Hello Friends! Alexandra here with some Christmas pocket pages to share with you.

 I've used Simple Stories' CLASSIC CHRISTMAS which I find to be both an easy and pretty match with the pictures taken during the holidays

Here are the pages as they appear in my 12x12 SN@P! Album

I also used the Classic Christmas colletion to document week 50 

The scare of that week: having a tire explode on the fast lane of the express way! Of course that had to happen when it was like 0F outside but I was lucky in the end, got help and snapped the picture you see above.   On one card, I underlined the days of the week with a red pencil and then on the card with the three bubbles, I wrote down about three moments or impressions.

The classic color scheme goes so well with all pictures, festive or not festive!

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Hello crafters! Stacy here on the Simple Stories blog today, sharing 2 layouts using the Winter Wonderland collection. This collection really beams, even if it is used with non Winter photos! 

It has always been a tradition with my girlfriends to meet up for a Christmas gift exchange and a meal together. This year, we had a blast and I needed to document this yearly affair with the Winter Wonderland collection.

Using my Silhouette Cameo this time, I cut some svg files for the Shine title and Circle Wreath. Then I ran the layout through the sewing machine, giving the circular elements a border with the running stitch.

How about a heart from the sticker sheet to accompany the snowman? Layering up with elements in the Bits and Pieces pack is easy!

I like to add locations of the places visited in the photo. In this case, I used the alphas in the sticker sheet as a sub title. Enamel drops are a must to add a tinge of color and texture!

The phrases in the Bits and Pieces pack are very versatile for any layouts. I used the Washi Tapes in the series behind the phrase in order to give it a highlight. 

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The next layout was inspired by stars! I cut many stars into the pattern paper, and then backed it up with a contrasting color to highlight the star cuts. 

More Simple Stories Silhouette cuts! Christmas bubbles go hand in hand with this layout, and they are easy to use. Here you can also see some hand-stitching which I had done around each of the stars. 

More washi tape, stitched star and cool phrases! I even made use of the negative of the star cut from the pattern paper and used it as part of the decoration. I was in the hair salon for 4 hours waiting for a haircut. The weather had been rainy, and it was cool out there. The waiting kept me in anticipation on my new look!

Adding stamped words to layouts are a favourite! The Classic Christmas roller stamp has so many phrases to choose from, and it really does not need to be christmas!

This collection's colors and elements are perfect to use along any photo, snow or not! Hope you like these layouts today! 

 

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Hello Friends its Kristine Davidson with you today.  I will be sharing 2 layouts with you using the gorgeous winter collection called “Winter Wonderland”. It has beautiful soft colors and great images for those winter pages.  

My first layout is called Winter Chill - 

I used a pattern paper for my background on this layout and then started layering with other pattern papers and I wanted to highlight some of those papers. In order for me to do that I used the Oh What Fun paper to create a brown border around those papers. That created a bit of a definition for me, which I like. 

Layering with dimensional adhesive is nothing new on my pages and this layout was no exception. Creating a cluster of embellishments on the right bottom corner of my pictures was a great place to add a snowman, some skates, and a few word strips.

I love flowers and even if this is a winter layout I find that these blue/yellow/white flowers add such a beautiful touch to my page.  I added those on the left side of my page but didn’t over do it.

I love the trees and the deer stickers. I wanted to add those to both of my pages so I did. They are similar, but I am ok with that ;)

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My second layout is called SNOW

The girls were outside taking photos and it was just the perfect day. It was a mild winter’s day and the birch trees in the background were a perfect match to this paper collection. It wasn’t snowing that day but the snow in the background certainly shows that it was a winter’s Day.

This layout is really similar to the first one. I added more brown paper on the back of my pattern papers for dimension, some snowmen which is super cute by the way, and also the deer and tree on the right hand side.

You could probably do something similar to this and create a 2 page layout for yourself. Try adding a dark color around your light pattern papers and see if you like that ;)

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

Have a great day!

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Thanks sooooo much for joining us for our 2017 Winter Release Reveal, we hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  

The Faith and Domestic Bliss collections and all 12 Simple Sets are shipping to retailers in February; Emoji Love, Say Cheese III and the Carpe Diem products are shipping in March, so it won't be long :) 

Congrats to our 26 random lucky winners!  Here goes!

Faith – 
Blog – Krystal Lee
Instagram – linsey.rickett
Pinterest – Kristal (atutudes)
Facebook – Bernice Pierre

 

Say Cheese III – 
Blog – Odessa Reichel   
Instagram – kmcquistan
Pinterest – Gilda McCain
Facebook – Barbi Makela

 

Emoji Love – 
Blog – Lisa Bankes-Lahiff
Instagram – shortrebecca
Pinterest – Mommavince
Facebook – Bree Tetz

 

Domestic Bliss – 
Blog – Lorie Ames  
Instagram – bonk_nation
Pinterest – Jenn Talbot
Facebook – Arianna Barbara

 

Carpe Diem Planner – 
Blog – May Holshouser
Instagram 1 – jsdahler
Instagram 2 – beccay217
Pinterest – Beverly Jordan
Facebook 1 – Sue Banker
Facebook 2 – Cynthia Oppenheimer

 

Simple Sets – 
Blog – Rebecca Ray    
Instagram – jrakes
Pinterest – shortreba
Facebook – Kristy Hedstrand

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

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Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to share a planner spread in my Carpe Diem using Love and Adore. I know, I know. This line is very much related to Valentine's and it's only January, but I couldn't wait. And as you will see, the line is very versatile and will work for any spread, any time of the year. 

I first started by prepping the front of my binder by filling the pockets. I used the Bits and Pieces to fill up the pockets in a way that was visually appealing to me but also full of embellishments I could see myself using over the next month or so. 

I am absolutely addicted to the packet of 4x6 stickers that coordinate with this line. They are the perfect size for planners but work well on just about any other projects as well!

While the horizontal Carpe Diem inserts for memory planning are what made me fall in love with the CD planner, I have become quite partial to these vertical inserts for planning my everyday. I love that there's enough space to write down everything I have to get done but also plenty of space to decorate as I see fit. 

Traditionally I like to stick with flat elements to avoid too much lumpiness with my closed planner, but recently I've been adding chipboard and enamel dots and quite like the dimension they add to my spreads. I find the enamel dots to be the perfect finishing touch and allow me to add little bits of color to balance the page. 

The little patterned strips are from the 4x6 stickers pack and are one of my favorite methods of getting a bunch of color on the page without overwhelming it too much. 

I love that the Simple Stories chipboard pieces are not too chunky. I added the "crazy for" from the 12x12 fundamentals sticker sheet. The paper strips at the bottom were ripped for a little extra texture. 

On this side, I went a little heavy on the bits and pieces and the sticker strips. Give me just these two items from a collection and I could happily create for a while! I just love how easy it is to make a fun page.

I used the lined space on the side to write a little reminder/encouraging note to myself. I repeated the ripped paper and placed enamel dots around in an effort to tie the two sides together. I outlined the "XO" from the Bits and Pieces because it was fading into the background and I wanted it to pop a little more. 
 
What do your Carpe Diem's look like after the Holidays? Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram so we can see what you're doing!

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

For my first layout I decided to work with the fun and colorful #Whatever Simple Set.  

I chose white cardstock as my background and I glued on it some journaling cards from the “3x4 & 4x6 Journaling Card Elements” paper. 

I used a picture of my sleeping cat. It’s always sleeping, so all these journaling cards that represent lazy moments are perfect for this project.

In this collection you can find two sheets from each paper/pattern. So I used one to glue the journaling cards and the other to cut some details like letters or the color ink stains. Then I glued these little details with 3D foam squares to give more dimension to the layout.

Furthermore, I sewed some details in different journaling cards: a yellow heart, a black line across the colorful ink stains and a white dashed line frame around the “Namaste” card.

Finally, I glued some stickers from the “6x12 Sticker” to put the icing on the cake.

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For my second layout I chose the fun and colorful “#Whatever Simple Set again. I started with the “#nailedit” as my background. I’m totally in love with this paper!!

I’ve used a cool a black and white photo of me and my bestie. I like use black and white pics when the collection is very colorful.

I glued a white strip to focus attention on the pic and all the embellisments and to bring more brightness to the whole project.

 I’ve titled my layout “#Wathever” using the word from the “6x12 Sticker”. The flowers, the stars, the heart, the arrows, the ampersand and the other embellisments are from the “6x12 Sticker” too.

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

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!

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Hey friends!  Missy back today to share two layouts using the Winter Wonderland collection.  Have you ever had a collection really challenge you?  Well, considering this line is all about Winter, snow, skiing and sledding, I was definitely challenged.  I live in sunny Florida, and we are all about the sunshine, beaches and pools.  So I had to get creative with my projects!  This taught me to really study the collection and pull from it what works for me.  I looked at the florals as more of a Fall piece and tried to play on the more neutral patterned papers.  I scrapped two outdoor photos and used the pieces that helped me showcase them.  Here is what I came up with. 

My first layout is about going on a hike up a mountain in a state park in Georgia.  My friend and I found this really cool structure that looked like an old stone fireplace that must’ve been from a house many years ago.  I decided to recreate it using a fun cut file from Just Nick.  I cut it on kraft cardstock and then backed it with the beautiful blue woodgrain Warm Winter Wishes paper.  I love how it looks!  I fussy cut some hearts and flower clusters to layer around my photo.  I also smudged some white gesso on the background and used some coordinating Shimmerz Paints colors to add some watercolor effects.  I think all these neutral colors really convey nature and the outdoors really well.

I love these little hearts and flower clusters.  I layered a few of them around my photo and added some tangled thread under them.  I went small with my title and used the small dark brown alpha stickers from the 4x6 Sticker sheet.  I really love that gorgeous blue color popping in from the background.

I added another fussy cut flower cluster to the left of the photo as well as more thread and a few brown enamel dots.  I did add some foam under my photo to raise it up and create some depth.  I also did some machine stitching around the photo area with some dark brown thread.

I created another small cluster for the top right of the layout just to add a little bit of interest up in that area.  I also added in a label sticker.

Here’s one more look at the background cut file and the layers behind my photo.  I used a few papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad behind the photo as well as a few die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack.  When you are struggling for an idea, cut files are a great way to give the papers you have a totally different look.

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For my second page, I continued with an outdoor photo of my husband and daughter riding the Honda.  I love all the green in the photo, so the trees in this collection were perfect.  I went with a white cardstock background and added a bit of watercolor in blue and a light golden color.  I added a scribbly circle die cut I had lying in my stash just to add a little something extra to the background.  I layered a die cut tree and a sticker tree behind the photo.  For my title, I made it big and bold with an alpha cut file from The Cut Shoppe.  I used papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad to cut them and then backed the open spots with vellum.  I love large titles, and I love how this one is arranged to frame the photo.

After I glued down the letters, I stitched through them all with brown thread.  I added my journaling to the left side of the page to balance it all out.  I had a lot of white space left over in that area, so it was the perfect spot for it.

I love that the die cut tree is a different color than the sticker tree.  It makes them look more realistic!  And I like that they’re different sizes.  They were perfect since my photo has lots of trees in it.  For an extra pop of that orange red color, I added in some tangled thread and then a small floral sticker right onto the photo.

I thought this little wooden circle was so cute, and I layered some foam under it to raise it up.  I added a fussy cut flower and leaf cluster under it along with some thread.  And I found another tree that was smaller, so it was perfect for this spot.

Here you can see a lot of the paint splatters I added in a matching blue color.  I also fussy cut those cute clouds from 6x6 papers and stitched them down with blue thread.  I really love the pop of blue they give, and I also ruffled the tops of them to give them a little bit of dimension.

I had so much fun putting these pages together!  I hope you’ve gained some inspiration on how you can use themed collections in a completely different way!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hello!  Layle back with you again today for the 7th and final day of our Winter Reveal week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the second half of our Carpe Diem reveal here.   It's been a great week and we've loved sharing all of our new products with you.  Remember, we start shipping to retailers in February and then again in March, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on all of these great new products!   

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Last but not least, today we have not 1, not 2, not even 3... but 12 new Simple Sets!  Simple Sets are pint sized themed mini collections of goodness with 3 sheets of themed paper and a 6x12 sticker sheet.  Take a look at the 12 new SImple Sets below including Easter, Mom, Dad, and Grad along with 8 sports themes - Football, Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheer and Dance!

 

So there you have it, 12 brand spaking new SImple Sets!  Shipping to retailers in February.    

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win an assortment of new Simple Sets?   You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

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

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

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about our 12 new Simple Sets; thank you so much for joining us for our Winter Release Reveal Week!

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Hello!  Layle back with you again today for Day 6 of our Winter Reveal week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the first half of our Carpe Diem reveal here.   Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for one final day of new products + another chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

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

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Who's ready for the 2nd half of our Carpe Diem Release?!  

How about 4 different themed insert sets + accessories?!  Let's kick it off with Emoji Love!

Here's a quick video to give you a taste of how fun the Emoji Love collection is 

The 108 piece Emoji Love Month Planner Insert Set includes monthly tabbed dividers and weekly inserts, dashboards, stickers and a pocket; it's the perfect planner set to plan your year with 'all the heart eyes'! 

We know you LOVE your stickers!  Our new Sticker Tablet includes 12 A5 sized sticker sheets, all in a convenient tablet!

Next is our Home collection of planner inserts & accessories - 

Here's a quick video to give you a taste of how useful the Home collection if inserts & accessories can be -

Home Planner Inserts - a 54 piece insert set including tabbed dividers, inserts, dashboards, stickers and a pocket.  The set provides everything you need to create and customize a planner to help manage your home.

How about some menu planning inserts?!

We know you LOVE your stickers!  Our new Sticker Tablet includes 12 A5 sized sticker sheets, all in a convenient tablet!

You asked & we answered - how about Fitness planning inserts & accessories?!

Here's a quick video to give you a taste of how helpful the Fitness collection of inserts & accessories can be -

Fitness Planner Inserts - a 54 piece insert set including tabbed dividers, inserts, dashboards, stickers and a pocket.  The set provides everything you need to create and customize a planner to track your fitness goals & progress.

And finally, our last, but certainly not least set of themed planner inserts & accessories - Recipe!

Here's a quick video to give you a taste of how fun the Recipe collection of inserts & accessories can be -

Recipe Planner Inserts - a 54 piece insert set including tabbed dividers, inserts, dashboards, stickers and a pocket.  The set provides everything you need to create and customize a planner to track your favorite family recipes - 

So there you have it, the 2nd half of our new Carpe Diem planners & accessories release.  All of the Carpe Diem planners & accessories ship to retailers in March, with the exception of the A5 punch which ships in May.  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a new a la carte Grape or Clover planner?   You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

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

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

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about the second half of our Carpe Diem release!

And remember, there's still one more day of our release reveal week, so make sure to check back in ago tomorrow!  

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Hello!  Layle back with you again today, we hope you've enjoyed our Winter Reveal Week so far!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Domestic Bliss collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

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

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We're so excited to bring you the first of 2 FULL days of brand new Carpe Diem planners & accesories!

With this release, we're introducing not one but TWO brand new a la carte A5 Planners - Grape and Clover.

This next product has us so stinking excited, we can hardly wait!  An A5 6 Ring Hole Punch - hooray!  Speaking of waiting, you know what they say - 'good things come to those that wait'.  This good thing is going to take a wee bit longer to manufacture, so you'll have to wait until May; but trust us, it's worth the wait!  

Have you ever thought to yourself, 'gosh, it would sure be fun to have something to decorate the cover of my Carpe Diem planner'?  If so, then these new products are right up your alley... customize the look of your planner by applying easy to use, removable Planner Decals!  

With 12 different designs, you're sure to find one that's just your style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you've been following our reveal all week long, you may have noticed our announcement of the new Faith scrapbook collection.  Well, we couldn't leave you planner girls behind, so we're thrilled to share Carpe DIem Faith, an assortment of beautifull designed Faith based inerts & accessories.

Here's a fun little video giving you a feel for the Carpe Diem Faith collection - 

Faith Planner Inserts - a 54 piece insert set including tabbed dividers, inserts, dashboards, stickers and a pocket.  The set provides everything you need to create a customize a planner to journal your faith.

We know you LOVE your stickers!  Our new Sticker Tablet includes 12 A5 sized sticker sheets, all in a convenient tablet!

Next up is Say Cheese - a collection of Carpe Diem products designed to share your love of that favorite amusement park! ;)

 

Here's a fun little video giving you a feel for the Carpe Diem Say Cheese collection - 

The 108 piece Say Cheese 12 Month Planner Insert Set includes monthly tabbed dividers and weekly inserts, dashboards, stickers and a pocket; it's the perfect planner set to plan your year, along with your next trip!  

We know you LOVE your stickers!  Our new Sticker Tablet includes 12 A5 sized sticker sheets, all in a convenient tablet!  There's even a full sheet of countdown stickers to plan & countdown your next trip :)

So there you have it, part 1 of 2 full days of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories.  All of the Carpe Diem planners & accessories ship to retailers in March, with the exception of the A5 punch which ships in May.  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a new a la carte Grape or Clover planner?   You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

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

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

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about the first half of our Carpe Diem release!

And remember, today is only Day 5 of SEVEN fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 6 and the second half of our Carpe Diem release!

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Hello!  Layle back with you again today, we're half way through our reveal week, with lots more product to share!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Emoji Love collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

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

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Embrace the mess & document your own ‘home sweet home’ with Domestic Bliss!  The cheerful palette of pinks, blues, yellows & greens paired with bright pops of navy  & playful graphics create the delightfully fun, tongue-in-cheek collection that will make all of your crafting projects sparkle and shine.

 

With this release we're offering our popular Washi Tape, now in single 10 yard rolls!

NEW!  With this release we've introduced 6x8 pads with 24 sheets, including 8 designer prints - perfect for cards, planners, decor, our 6x8 SN@P! Binders and DIY projects!

So there you have it, more amazing new products!  And hey, if you're a planner girl, no worries - stay tuned for more home themed products to make an appearance later this week in our Carpe Diem reveal!  Domestic Bliss begins shipping to retailers in February!  

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

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello!  Layle back with you again today for Day 3 of our Winter 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Say Cheese III collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

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

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Bold colors and sassy sayings mash up with your favorite graphic icons in this next playful, totally awesome new collection from Simple Stories.  Emoji Love will have you LOL’ing while you express yourself & craft away with your BFFs in style!

 

With this release we're offering our popular Washi Tape, now in single 10 yard rolls!

 

 

 

 

NEW!  With this release we've introduced 6x8 pads with 24 sheets, including 8 designer prints - perfect for cards, planners, decor, our 6x8 SN@P! Binders and DIY projects!


So there you have it, some amazing new products!  And hey, if you're a planner girl, no worries - stay tuned for Emoji Love to make an appearance later this week in our Carpe Diem reveal!  Emoji Love begins shipping to retailers in March!  

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

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Winter 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Faith collection here.   Be sure to check back with us each day this week for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

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

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When we launched the original Say Cheese collection waaaaaay back in July of 2013 - yes, it was almost 4 years ago! - never in our wildest dreams did we hope or even imagine how successful it would be.  In fact, it was so well received that we followed up with the much loved extension in January of 2015, Say Cheese II.  Again, you blew us away with your enthusiasm.  So here we find ourselves, 2 years later....

Well, you asked, and we're happy to say, we listened again!  Our newest, wildly popular Say Cheese collection is guaranteed to have you smiling from ear to ear!   With magical papers & dreamy embellishments, Say Cheese III is just the ticket for documenting those happy moments with the whole gang, including the 'Big Cheese' himself!

 

With this release we're offering our popular Washi Tape, now in single 10 yard rolls!

How fun is this new 6x8 Decorative Binder?!  With 10 Pocket Pages (2 each of 5 designs), 8 SN@P! Pages,  and 1 envelope, it's perfect for capturing your special memories from your favorite amusement park!

 

NEW!  With this release we've introduced 6x8 pads with 24 sheets, including 8 designer prints - perfect for cards, planners, decor, our 6x8 SN@P! Binders and DIY projects!

So there you have it, even MORE amazing new Say Cheese products!  And hey, if you're a planner girl, no worries - stay tuned for Say Cheese to make an appearance later this week in our Carpe Diem reveal, trust me you won't be disappointed!  Say Cheese III begins shipping to retailers in March!  

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

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

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

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

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Say Cheese III!

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

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Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Winter 2017 Release Reveal Week.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  

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

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Express yourself artistically with Faith by Simple Stories, a spiritual collection designed for celebrating faith in your crafting, planning and bible journaling creative endeavors. 

With this release we're offering our popular Washi Tape, now in single 10 yard rolls!


NEW!  With this release we've introduced 6x8 pads with 24 sheets, including 8 designer prints - perfect for cards, planners, decor, our 6x8 SN@P! Binders and DIY projects!

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4x4 Journaling Card Elements | #7711

 

4x6 Vertical Elements | #7713 

 

So there you have it, some amazing new products!  And hey, if you're a planner girl, no worries - stay tuned for Faith to make an appearance later this week in our Carpe Diem reveal!  Faith begins shipping to retailers in February!  

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

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey there, it's Laura here with you today sharing two layouts using the gorgeous Winter Wonderland collection! I am loving the colours in this wintery collection, of course it has traditional cool blues and grey, but there are also beautiful soft honey yellows and a lovely warm coral which is such a cozy addition to this palette!
 

 
I am documenting this photo taken of my backyard facing into the woods behind us.  I have a fascination with photographing the woods since moving to this house a year and a half ago.  I love watching the changes that occur here throughout the seasons.
 
 
 
I started my page by die cutting a large snowflake from white cardstock and then used Gelatos and mists to add some subtle colour to it. It is hard to tell in this photo, but thanks to the addition of some clear but shimmery Glimmermist, it really sparkles.
 

I was really inspired by this large chipboard element to document this story, so I knew it had to function as the title on my page.

 
I added a strip of birch tree patterned paper on top of this pretty snowflake paper to create the basis for my entire page.  I layered the large die cut snowflake, my photo and title centrally on my layout to create my focal area.  Next, I layered up some ephemera bits and pieces as well as some stickers to create a trio of embellishment clusters. 

I repeated this beautiful coral colour and some stitching in all of my clusters.
 

I finished off my page with some journaling and some gold mist splatters.

For my second layout, I chose to document this photo of my grandson and his little snow friend, sent to me by my son.  Normally I scrapbook about a year behind, but I couldn't resist adding this photo to a page immediately!
 

I loved this notebook lined and snowflake scattered ptterned paper and definitely felt it needed to be a background.  I added gold texture paste "snowfall" created with a mask from My Favorite Things, to reinforce my wintery theme and draw the eye to the centre of the page.
 

I created this die cut of a snowman just for this page, and love how it looks cut from this gorgeous dark wood-grained paper.  I couldn't resist adding some seasonal flair to his hat with Washi and a die cut!
 

My photo is tucked into the snowman, to which I layered chipboard, die cut and sticker elements, as well as a tag behind and around.  All of the snowflakes that I used got a little enamel dot in their centres. I love the pops of colour they add!
 

My title is a combination of a cardstock sticker and alphas stickers, both from the collection.  I layered them together and added an embellishment cluster above them.
 

To finish things off, I added a small cluster to the upper left side of my page and some journalling.

I cannot tell you loud enough how much I love this collection, it makes me so happy and that says a lot as I am not a lover of winter! Ha!  I think this is a definite must have if you have winter photos to scrapbook!

Thank you so much for visiting today!

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Hey planner friends! It’s Meka today here on the Simple Stories blog. I’m bringing my Carpe Diem planner into 2017 with the Winter Wonderland collection.  This is a great kit with some non-traditional colors mixed in for those of us who live in places where the weather seldom feels, and the scenery rarely looks truly wintery.

My front pockets have been decorated with cheery winter icons and words from the Bits and Pieces pack, and stuffed with planner goodies I’ll be using over the next couple of weeks.

I absolutely adore the Silver White Winter 12x12 cardstock pattern. I’ve left it unadorned as my first divider, with just the original Reset Girl Choose to Shine transparent Carpe Diem planner dashboard as an overlay. The cutie pie snowman is attached to it with a jumbo paperclip affixed sideways.

The 4x6 sticker pack included narrow labels and stickers trips that were perfect for labeling divider tabs. Just a small snip off the end of the labels and it’s just about the simplest bit of fun and function you can do!

Still in vacation mode last week, I opted for a journal-style spread for this layout. The horizontal inserts that come with Posh boxed planner kit are perfect for letting free-form thoughts flow.

Perhaps too free-flowing, I re-learned a lesson– always jot down the week’s events before starting in on a layout! I totally fudged my dates, but a 3x4 journaling card element adorned with a few stickers was all it took to set the story straight.

This week it’s back to business. I used the Planner Essentials vertical format weekly inserts to record the week’s priorities. The pages were decorated with planner favorites— layers of stickers and coordinating washi tapes from the Winter Wonderland collection. This time I added watercolor to the page at the end. It worked out well to blend and tie in some of the elements on the page.

Oh, and that not-so-wintery weather I mentioned? That gave me cause to transform a “100% chance of snow” sticker into something a bit more appropriate for this 75 degree January climate!

I hope you enjoyed this Winter Wonderland setup in my pretty ivory Carpe Diem planner.  Come visit me at https://www.instagram.com/yespleaseplanning. Hope you’re having a happy new year!

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