Lori Linford's Blog Posts

Hey everyone! It’s Lori, marketing manager here at Simple Stories. It’s been a busy week for all of us in the office, because all of our kids are heading back to school this week. While it’s somewhat sad to have to say goodbye to summer fun, back-to-school is a great time to get organized, set some goals, and start new schedules.

My daughter is a busy 9th grader who plays volleyball and softball. Her life is pretty busy now, and she needs a way to keep her assignment due-dates and sports schedules in order. As a fun first day of school gift, I put together a planner for her using our Good Vibes 16 Month Spiral PlannerSeasons Sticker Tablet and some Modern Meadow washi tape from our Reset Girl collection.

A spiral planner is a great option for her, because it’s compact and can slide right in her backpack! Our spiral planners already come with 2 sticker sheets to highlight to-dos, appointments, etc. for her, so I decided to use our adorable Seasons Sticker Tablet to add seasonal fun to each of the monthly pages. Each page of this tablet has a different theme, and it’s filled with gorgeous designs!

Creating the gift was so easy and quick! I gathered all of her schedules from her sports, opened her school calendar online and sat at my desk and created for her. There are places in the planner for her to write down her goals, appointments, to-dos and add her own flair! The planner turned out perfectly!

Finally, as a nice surprise at the back of the spiral planner (and a great reminder to keep planning!), I added a Good Things Black Planner Decal on the back page and tucked the Seasons Sticker Tablet in the back pocket so she could use the extra stickers when she wanted.

The planner turned out so cute, now I want my very own! J

Good luck to everyone returning to school and starting a new year! If you would like a closer look at our spiral planners so you can see all of the beautiful designs inside, be sure to check out the spiral planner tour we did on the blog last week!


It’s always an exciting time when new product starts arriving here at the Simple Story offices. The warehouse starts buzzing and it’s all hands on deck—even our owner and president, Kevin Crowell, gets right in the mix. You can oftentimes find him deep in the truck moving product and adding humor to the chaos.

We’re all thrilled that our Carpe Diem A5 Planner Punch is officially in the house (woot woot), and they are shipping now to local retailers near you. We suggest you get out to your favorite store quickly, or get your order placed online, because the news about these punches has had the Twittersphere and book-of-faces buzzing ever since our announcement at CHA.

Once you get your punch, getting organized will never be easier. Punch your kids ball schedules, shopping lists, or make your own custom dividers.

Our 12x12 Paper Pads have also arrived in our warehouse and are now shipping. These paper pads are filled with colorful papers from our latest collections, with some gorgeous new options to choose from as well. The colors are beautiful, bold, and eye-catching, and having them in a pad makes for easy storage, options aplenty, and coordinating patterns a snap! Pick up one (or many!) of these pads and get to creating! They’re great for scrapbooking, card making, kids art projects, and home decor!

We can’t wait to see what you create with these awesome new products! And as always, if you’re looking for inspiration, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards here for ideas and eye-candy!



Hey everybody! It’s Lori, marketing manager at Simple Stories, and I’m here to share even more of our behind-the-scenes from the CHA/Creativation show.  Today, I’m sharing an up-close look at our Fitness and Home Carpe Diem planner release! That’s right; it’s a two-for-one!

Whether you’re a fitness freak or you struggle daily just to get your steps in, our A5 Fitness Carpe Diem Planner Insert Set is the perfect tool to motivate and track your workouts. Inside, you can set goals, document exercise times, celebrate achievements, and even record your measurements. It’s a great tool to motivate and applaud you & all of your hard work!

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the A5 Fitness Planner Insert Set by clicking the arrows & see all the beautiful and useful products that are included!  Inside you’ll find over 50 pieces of planning supplies; 24 monthly tracking inserts, 12 weekly fitness tracking inserts, 6 tabbed dividers, 1 dashboard page, 1 storage pocket and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

The second Carpe Diem planner product I’m thrilled to show you is our Home Planner Insert Set.

Just like Dorothy discovered in The Wizard of Oz, there’s no place like home!  Home is filled with food, laughter and fun, but running a household also brings chores, budgets and to-do lists. With so many different items to tackle in your home, why not keep all of your honey-dos and documentations in one beautiful planner?  Our A5 Home Planner Insert Set is just the tool you need (and it doesn’t need to live in your toolbox).

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the A5 Home Planner Insert Set by clicking the arrows and take-in all of the tools and products that are included!  Inside you’ll find over 50 pieces of planning supplies; 18 home planning inserts, 19 menu & financial inserts, 6 tabbed dividers, 1 dashboard page, 6 die-cut dashboards,1 storage pocket and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

Head to a participating retailer to check out both of these fantastic insert sets! To locate a retailer near you, check out our store locator. There you’ll find retailers in your area as well online stores towards the bottom of the page for ordering quickly.

Be sure to follow our Live Love Plan board on Pinterest for lots of pics, links, and tons of planner inspiration!