Violet Ballew's Blog Posts

Say Cheese III!  One of newest collections that I'm absolutely obsessed with. I used the new Speckle Dot Carpe Diem planner (currently available at Hobby Lobby, available through independent retailers & online stores in June!) as my memory planner.  Memory planning is very important to me because it's a reminder of memories created. Simple Stories and the Carpe Diem planner made a perfect solution and match for what I wanted to achieve in my memory planning.

I've always been a fan of Disneyland and as I open up my planner, instantly it brings a smile to my face and memories start rolling through my mind. My pockets are stuffed with sticky notes, paperclips and ephemera.

As you turn the pages of my planner you will notice several pictures of my family and I. We went to Disneyland 2 times a year and created some of the best memories there. All the red and black with polka-a-dots, mouse ears, stars and yellow 12 month planner inserts (inlcuded in the Say Cheese Insert Set) are the perfect pairing!

The pocket included in the Insert Set is perfect for storing your stickers. 

The camera is such a cute extra addition to personalizing your planner and the Doc it journal fits perfectly in the back. Ready for me to take out anytime and add my pictures and journaling.

Adults are only kids grown up, anyway - Walt Disney.

Thank you Simple stories for designing and creating and making the Say Cheese collection. It made my memory planning magical and special. I can't wait to continue to create and play! 


With spring just around the corner, what better way to start a new season with a new Fitness Planner!  This month I will be sharing how I used the Grape planner and the Carpe Diem Fitness products along with Emoji Love to help motivate and keep me organized, during my new journey of living a healthier life style.

I will be turning 40 in just a few months, and I already had set in my mind to get healthy. This fitness tracker is the most convenient page I've seen this far. I am absolutely in love with it!  On the top left corner is a section where I put a current picture of myself. I basically call it my monthly accountability page. You see numbers with measurements , whaaa!!! That was enough motivation for me! 

The daily tracker makes it easy to see what you have been doing with your time and eating habits. I needed this. Behind the daily tracker I added a folder to keep my fitness stickers in. The Fitness Planner inserts are so motivational it really encourages me to keep moving forward.

But my planner wouldn't be my planner if I didn't make a new dashboard and filled my pockets with happy planner goodies. Emoji Love went so well with the fitness collection I had to use both of them together! As I open up my planner it's a reminder of all the foods I need to stay away from. I added a huge sneaker emoji to the front of my dashboard to let me know just keep on moving! I used the epoxy metal clips as tabs, and decorative brads to some of my pocket embellishments.

My newest favorite addition are the fitness sticker tablets. It made planning for a healthier lifestyle super fun! My monthly view before the pen is on point! There were so many options and awesome quotes. I couldn't wait to go outside and start walking.

Here's to my new Journey in the new season with my new planner. Thank you Carpe Diem Planners and Simple Stories for adding this to the collection it couldn't have come at a better time! #LiveLovePlan

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Hello February! Violet here on the blog today to share how I used the Love & Adore collection.  February is one of my Favorite months because of Valentines and my Anniversary Month. Love & Adore was the perfect kit to keep track and creatively plan in my Ballerina Pink Carpe Diem planner. The pinks, yellow, blues, hearts and floral made for a beautiful planning session. 

As I open up my planner my eyes go straight to the dashboard and pockets. I make those two areas my focal point for planning. The Bits & Pieces and stickers were the best part of stuffing my pockets. What I really enjoyed is the SN@P! Pocket Pages that fit perfectly inside my planner. They also add that personal touch to my planner. Did you know the 6x6 paperpad page with squares fit perfectly in the pocket pages? This makes an awesome Dashboard!


I always look forward to getting my monthly view planner set up. Especially, for the Month of February. I used Love & Adore washi tape and stickers, 6x6 paper pad square pieces and enamel dots. The bright colors and black made the perfect color combination for February. Here are a few pictures before the pen.

Thank you every one for taking the time to stop by the blog.  This month I will be celebrating my 21 year anniversary along with my granddaughter's first birthday, my son's 3 year anniversary, my daughter-In-law's birthday and we can't forget Valentine's. I am so thankful that Simple Stories makes it easy for me to plan accordingly... till next time happy planning.