Leah O’Neil's Blog Posts

Hello creative planners! It’s Leah, back on the blog today showing you a few ways to use 4x6 pocket pages to personalize your Carpe Diem planners! When I saw the Summer Days collection, I was immediately inspired to create some new decorative elements for my planner to dress it up for summer time. The tropical designs in the collection reminded me of my honeymoon to Hawaii that I have yet to scrapbook, so I had the idea to print out a few photos from the trip and incorporate them into my planner pages using a few 4x6 pocket pages.

I always keep photos in my planner that remind me of happy times or loved ones. My photos from Hawaii are a couple of years old now but they immediately make me feel happy when I look at them. Since I open my planner every day, I get to be reminded every day of those special memories.

The 4x6 pocket pages fit well into your Carpe Diem planner, you just have to add a few extra holes for the rings. The first pocket page I decorated has one 4x4in pocket and two 2x2in pockets. The 4x4 card inside is cut from this Summer Days 4x4 Elements Paper. I added a butterfly die cut to the outside of the pocket to add some dimension.  I made a small tag to fit in the bottom left pocket and added a sun die cut to the outside of the pocket so I didn’t have to trim it down. In the bottom right pocket, I measured and cut a 2x2 square from some patterned paper and added the rainbow tab. I printed a 2x2 photo of my husband and I, and then trimmed it down a bit so that you could still see the patterned paper behind.

On the back side of this pocket page, I printed a collage photo that I made using a mobile app called Pic Stitch. I printed the photo 3.8x3.8” in size. This allowed me to trim the photo down to fit in the top pocket but also let the paper underneath show which added a colorful frame. Instead of gluing the photo down, I used a gold clip to hold it in place. In the bottom pockets, I added a couple more die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack and a few word label stickers.

For my next pocket page, I used a page with six 2x2in pockets. Using the same process as before, I cut a few patterned papers down to fit in the pockets and made another little tag. I added some sequins to one pocket and taped it shut with clear Scotch tape. I printed the photo in a 2x2in size.

On the back side of this page, I just printed another 2x2 photo and embellished the other sides of the patterned papers that were in the pockets.

Here are a couple of other fun ideas for how you can use 4x6 pocket pages in your planner:

·       The pockets on the page below are 3x4 in size. I cut out some of my favorite 3x4 journal cards from this 12x12 paper, then added some sequins and taped the pockets closed to create a super cute and super easy double-sided shaker pocket!

·       The pocket page below has one large 4x6 pocket, so I used the flamingo notecard from this 12x12 paper. Putting a journal card into a plastic pocket page is a quick way to create a dashboard that you can write on with a wet erase marker. You could create the same effect by laminating the card, but this process is way quicker and allows you to change out the journal card later if you want.

Now for a little bonus content on this blog post…

Check out my June monthly layout! The Summer Days collection is PERFECT to kick off my summer planner layouts! Hop on over to my Instagram to see the layout all filled in.

Here are a couple of close up photos!

I hope this post has given you all some inspiring ideas for how to use pocket pages in your Carpe Diem planner. For lots more beeeeautiful planner inspiration and peeks at all the new planner products rolling out this summer, check out the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram! I AM SO EXCITED! What products are you the most excited for?

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Hello again friends! Happy May! Leah here today to show you the new dividers I’ve made to revamp my planner with the Domestic Bliss collection. It’s been a long while since I’ve made a complete set of custom dividers. If you can believe it, I think it’s been since my very first post with Simple Stories last year. Wow, how the time has flown! I have been feeling the need to change up my planner for a while now because the current organization just has not been working for me. I’ve been in such a planner funk lately and haven’t wanted to open up my planner. With a new setup, comes a new chance to get crafty and give my planner a makeover!

I used word label stickers to label my divider tabs for now. I chose ones from the Home sticker tablet. I have separated my planner into 4 categories. The first section is where I have my actual planner pages. For this planner, I’ve decided to use only monthly inserts and blank lined pages for my planning.

This divider turned out so cute! I love having it up in the front of my planner because it’s like the “front door” of my planner. The door is from the 4x6 Vertical Elements 12x12 paper in the Domestic Bliss collection. I used a banner paper punch to create a banner along the top of the divider using patterned papers from the 6x8 paper pad and some baker’s twine. I used another patterned paper to create the tag where I layered some washi tapes, word label stickers and a cute heart die cut from the Bits and Pieces pack.

The second section is for tracking chores and household to-dos. I’ve mentioned my struggle with anxiety in some of my previous blog posts. Well, I am also a pretty naturally disorganized person. I WANT to be organized, and I can achieve it, but I have to work extra hard to maintain an organized home. Writing down household tasks and chores and attempting to establish a schedule that I can learn to manage a little at a time, helps me avoid getting too overwhelmed.

This divider is so fun because I created a little shaker using a 2x2 card from the SN@P! pack and layered on some stickers from the 12x12 combo sticker sheet. Aren’t the little succulent plants that pop up a lot in the Domestic Bliss collection so sweet? I love all of the multi-colored pots! I created a little watercolor background on this divider and chose colors to match the pots.

The third section is for bill pay and debt repayment info that I’ve moved over from my budget planner (check that planner out here). My financial planner has been working out super well for me. However, now that I feel like I have a handle on our budget and spending, I have found I’m not using the first half of the planner as much and mostly just need the bill pay info from the back. So I’m going to see how it works out as just one section of my main planner.

I love how this divider turned out with the simplest of details! I used half of a doily and layered on the typewriter and “hello life” die cuts with the chipboard flowers and word label stickers. At the top of the divider, I hand cut a few different sized banners out of leftover paper scraps, grouped them together and then stapled them onto the page.

The last section of my planner is for information pertaining to our home and family, such as insurance and medical info and important contacts. This divider was super easy to make! I made it out of this 12x12 paper, and then used one of the 4x6 elements from this sheet as the main focal point. Then I layered some paper scraps and a doily behind it, and wrapped some baker’s twine around the card with a little bow for some texture.

I don’t know why I don’t make custom dividers more often! I always love how they turn out and they are so fun to make. They make my planner feel so much more personalized! I love working within one collection when I make dividers because of how beautifully everything coordinates. Look how pretty all of the dividers look together!

Do you like personalizing your planner dividers? If you’d like to see some more pretty planner dividers for inspiration, run on over to the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram! Also, I hope you will come say hello over on my Instagram as well @sunny.leah, and be sure to check out the Carpe Diem planner giveaway I’ve got going on right now!

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Hello everyone! Leah here with you today, excited to share a new planner setup with you! When I saw the new Recipe Planner Inserts from Simple Stories, I was super excited to put them to use! For years, I have been scribbling recipes onto whatever pieces of paper I could find. I kept meaning to organize them all in one place, but just never seemed to get around to it. As a result, I often misplace recipes and have to go searching for them online again, or I have to remake my own recipes and try to remember how I did it the first time. I have finally gathered all of my written recipes and am beginning the SLOW process of copying them into my new recipe planner.

I set up the Recipe inserts in my platinum Carpe Diem planner. The Recipe planner collection only comes with a few products other than the insert pack, so I also used several products from the Domestic Bliss collection to decorate with. As always, I started setting up this planner by decorating the front pockets. 

In the pockets, I used several cards from the Domestic Bliss SN@P! pack. I rounded the corners of some cards, punched a circle out of another and made a couple of tags. I also used several of the die cut pieces. In the top pocket, I layered some washi tape and a couple of stickers from the Recipe sticker tablet.

I love how this little tag turned out! I cut the tag from a 3x4 SN@P! card and the flower is one of the 2x2 cards. I layered some doily pieces behind the card to add some texture and interest. 

On the right side of the planner, I have a few decorative dashboards from the Recipe insert pack. This is my favorite one because I LOVE lemons! 

The front cover dashboard is so pretty, I didn’t need to add any extra décor! 

I labeled my dividers using stickers from the Recipe sticker tablet. I have the planner sectioned into favorites, salads, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and sauces. I felt like most of my recipes would fit within these categories. Similar to my last blog post about my wellness planner setup, I am again using metal epoxy clips on my dividers to make it easier to open up to each section. These clips are from the Domestic Bliss collection. 

One of my favorite pages from the Recipe inserts is this simple one that says “from the kitchen of” with a blank for you to put your name or family name. I used some alpha stickers to spell out “The O’Neils” and included a few photos of my husband and I, then added a bit more interest with a doily and some bakers twine. 

The first recipe I put into the planner, in the “side dishes” section, was our favorite mac n’ cheese recipe! I included a photo of the dish but glued it to a card and added a tab. Underneath are the instructions for making the dish.

On the left side of the planner, I added another one of the decorative dashboards from the Inserts pack. Isn’t this Mason jar adorable?! I even gave it a little tag and bow to dress it up!  

I am really in love with this planner and am so happy to have a place to organize all of my favorite recipes and future recipes to come! It will take me some time to get all of them transferred into here, but I know it will be so worth it in the end. No more lost recipes! I hope to be able to take photos of each finished recipe eventually and create my own family cookbook.   

I am so happy to be back with Simple Stories creating for another term this year! I look forward to bringing you lots more inspiration for how to use your Carpe Diem planners. The possibilities for the many ways you can use your planner are endless and Simple Stories is giving us so many great options with all the new insert packs from the Spring collection. Check them all out here! I hope you will come find me over on Instagram @sunny.leah and say hello. Also, if you haven’t seen the Simple Stories Instagram lately, be sure to hurry over and check out the AMAZING giveaway going on right now! 

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