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

For the fall I switched back to the blush planner, typically not a color you might think of for fall, right?!  The reason I chose this color is because I’m using the new Beautiful A5 Boxed Set Oh my gosh, if you haven’t seen the Beautiful (aptly named!!) products, boy are you in for a treat J

One of the first things I do when I sit down to put together a new month in my planner is to lay out all of the products I might want to work with.  That makes it easy to see everything & decide what I want to use where.   This tray from The Container Store makes it sorting & organizing before I get started a breeze. 

The pockets of our Carpe Diem planners are one of my favorite features – adding cards, die cuts, clips & stickers to decorate them is so fun!  Most of the time when I open my planner I have a loooooong list of TO DO’s to tackle, having something fun to look at when  I start makes it a little easier to get started!

One of my favorite inserts in the Boxed Sets has always been the ‘month in review’ page that’s included at the start of each month.  It’s a place where I add all of the important things that are happening in a month & the important things I need to make sure not to forget.  It’s a great ‘at a glance’ overview of the month.

When it comes to decorating my planner, stickers are where it’s at!  Did you know that the square-ish stickers in both our 4x6 Stickers and the Sticker Tablets are designed to fit perfectly in the monthly squares?  Yep!

I love the vintage florals paired with the gold foil accents – so sophisticated!   The pastel pink paired with the marbled mint green is a gorgeous compliment to the contrasting pops of black throughout.  There are 2 different washi tape patterns in the Beautiful collection; I used the vintage floral design to cover the holes on the monthly spread & then repunched the holes with my Carpe Diem A5 Punch to add a little more decoration to the spread.

The Sticky Notes in the collection are gorgeous!  I love to use sticky notes.  LOVE!  I have the sticky notes in the middle of my weekly spread so they’re right there, handy when I need them.

So there you have it, my set up for October :)  Thanks for joining me this month!  Follow me on Instagram at to see more of my planners & travelers notebooks.  Enjoy the cool temps & sweater weather as we move into Fall! 



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





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 to see more of my planners & travelers notebooks.  

Until next month, enjoy your summer :)