Hello, again!   This is Amber, founder and creative director of Simple Stories.  I can't believe how fast this month has flown by - here I am for another installment of my monthly Document It blog feature. 

I don't know about you, but March has been a crazy busy month for me.  From meetings and deadlines for Simple Stories, to soccer practice, dance competitions and school activities for the kids - plus planning a major family vacation for Spring Break - I feel like I'm barely keeping my head above water.  Thank goodness I've been using my Life Documented planner to keep me on track with all I need to accomplish this month!

For the month of March I wanted to switch it up a bit - so I moved into the green 6x8 faux leather album - such a fun and bright color for spring.  I love how my planner is filling up with pages and things to help me keep my life together.

I love opening each month to the colorful Monthly Dividers - and by simply adding the 3x4 March 2015 card from the Life Documented 2015 Card Set, I have a great reference for the calendar days at a glance. 

This month I'm focusing on how I'm using our Basic and Designer Washi Paper Tape along with the free "Who. What. When. Where" printable included in the January Free Printables for a quick and easy way to document and track all of our on-going monthly activities.

Step One

First, I get out all of my Life Documented Washi Paper tape sheets.  These are my all time favorite product - cool little washi tape strips in 3x4 sheets!   We have a great assortment of colors and designs to easily plan my life - and brighten up my pages.  There are two sets in the Life Documented Planner Collection - each set inclues two sheets each of 12 different designs - that's a total of 288 pieces of washi in each set!  I love that they're sheets vs. rolls, so it makes it so much easier for me to take them on the go in my planner.  Having the large assortment of colors and patterns in one package is another plus!

Step Two

Next, I printed off the "who.what. when. where" free printable from the January Free Printables and trimmed to size. This provides a dashboard for my washi tape strips and information - a sort of "key", if you will, for our monthly activities.  Each activity is assigned a certian washi tape design or color - and I simply added pieces of washi tape to the provided space on the sheet and filled out the corresponding acitivty.  This works best for ongoing and reoccuring activities as the who, what, when and where details are consistent from week to week.

After I've added all my main events to this dashboard, I slip it in a 6x8 pocket page so it stays protected since I'll be referring to it througout the year & then insert in my planner.  

Step Three

The final step is using the washi dashboard as a key for filling in our activities on the calendar each month.  So instead of writing the details for each event in the calendar square, I simply add the strip of washi tape that corresponds with the event.  This saves time and space on my monthly calendar.  The Washi Paper Tape comes in both thin and thicker pre-cut strips, so on really busy days like our Wednesdays I can use the thinner strips to get all of our activities in.

That's it!  Three easy steps to plan your month - and add some fun to planner pages!

COOL COLORS - March

Last month I shared how I'm using my planner to also plan and document my year-in-review album, plus a fun assortment of cool colors using your Life Documented cards.  Check out some fun possibilities for this month, with a mixture of green, navy, grey and a touch of wood grain.

FREE PRINTABLES!

Now we get to the really fun part!  We've designed these FREE printables for March to coordinate with your Life Documented planner.  Even better, we'll be offering free printables each month!  

Click here to download March's Free Life Documented Printables.

There are a 5 free printables this month, including:

March Month in Review
Clean it Up - week at a glance
Clean it Up - daily
Clean it Up - weekly
Clean it Up - monthly

TIP: The March free printables are on a single PDF document with 6 pages - print off what you want and the quantity you need.  We've added cut marks to each printable, so you can easily trim your pages to size.  

Thanks so much for letting me share my insight and vision for our Life Documented Planner system - it's a dream come true for me to finally have my dream planner.  I already feel like my life is so much more organized.  I hope you're inspired to plan and organize your life with our Life Documented Planner system as well!   See you back here again next month!

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Wendy here today to share some layouts I created using the new Fresh SN@P! Pack.
 
 
BE Bold and Shine came together quickly using the Fresh SN@P! Pack and some cardstock.  I began my layout with the title card that had the perfect colors and saying for this picture of some of my boys.  I used another SN@P! card with the lime green to provide some color to my layout.  
 
 
Two more SN@P! cards and square added in some journaling/direction to my picture block.  
 
 
I always have to include my signature fussy cutting which came from another SN@P! card and then a few die-cut pieces included in the new SN@P! Packs.  I mixed in some Wood Veneer pieces from the Say Cheese II collection for the perfect touch.
 
Happy Life came together as I created my first layout, again because I found a SN@P! card that was perfect for my pictures!  This time I lined up my 4x6 cards and sandwiched my picture in between.  Then I played!  I loved using all the Bits & Pieces included in the packs and sprinkled meaningful die-cuts on both sides of my page.  
 
 
 
I layered and popped the items up to add in interest to what could possibly be a boring design.  
 
 
 
Once I had all of my elements I grabbed my watercolors and began to add in a little bit of soft color to imitate a beachy look to match my pictures.  
 
 
Some pen lines, messy thread, and heart wood veneers completed the look of fun that tells the story of an outing with my kids!
 
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you will take some time to explore all the possibilities hiding in the new SN@P! Packs!

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Hi there Simple fans! Nancy here today with one of my favorite collections this season. I love the color palette and message behind the I AM collection. I decided to challenge myself and try to use the collection for a topic other than ‘me’.

I know a collection really works when I can use it for just about anything. Versatility is important! This page proves that I AM is going to help me tell stories of all kinds. By picking out the globe, heart and ampersand I was able to create about my son and our struggles with his homework last year. The feather represents the one in my cap for helping him get this done!

I based the design on pattern – it’s everywhere. The background was made of two subtle patterns, using the white brick and blue small polka dot print. The center of the layout though – it’s a burst of pattern and color. I included a few chipboard and sticker icons to highlight my theme and break up some of the angular edges.

Look beyond the theme in I AM and focus in on those pieces that help you tell a different story!

​Here's a look at my Life Documented Planner and how I'm setting it up for the coming month. I used some leftover pieces from my project with the I AM collection to decorate the monthly planner pages. 

​Getting ready for the Easter holiday and planning all of the baskets that I will be making this season. I used the pale pink and blue accents from the I AM collection to give this list a pretty Easter feel.

​To end the month I used a divided pocket page and the Fresh SN@P! Pack to add a punch of color to my planner. It matches the monthly planner pages nicely and gives me a spot to plan out things I need to create.

Take a second look at the I AM Collection and be sure to use it to tell all of your stories!

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 Hi Everyone!  Marie here today to share some pages I made using the new Fresh SN@P! Pack.  I am continuing to make monthly album pages, and the bright colors were exactly what I wanted for my spring photos.

I have become a big fan of SN@P! Packs because each package is full of options for all different sizes of Pocket Pages.  On these pages I used several sizes of photos (6x8, 2x2 and 3x4) and the SN@P! Packs have cards and embellishments to use for each pocket size.  They also come with cards in 3x3, 4x4, and 4x6, plus Bits & Pieces.  You can use the cards as they are, or layer them together to make your own.

On my first page I printed a full-size 6x8 photo, and all it took was a couple of the bits and pieces to dress it up.  Everything is already color coordinated for you, so it's just a matter of picking your favorite designs.

On the following page I used 2x2 photos, and there were 34 cards in that size to choose from in my pack. I picked out my favorites for this page and still have more for another page or two.

On my final pages I used 3x4 cards layered with some of the bits and pieces. It's a lot of fun to mix and match them. 

If you are looking for a quick way to build your pages, especially if you are using different sized pocket squares, I highly recommend checking out the SN@P! Packs. They will make putting your pages together a breeze!

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Hi there Simple Stories fans!  Suzanna hopping in today to share with you an Easter layout that I created using the Enchanted collection. While intended for Disney princesses and all things fairy tale, the colors of the Enchanted collection are just perfect for spring and Easter layouts or cards as well!
 
 
 
While the obviously princessed themed embellishments weren't going to work on my Easter themed layout, there are plenty of other options to choose from! Simple Stories collections had a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to embellishments. The butterflies, hearts and flowers are neutral enough that you can use them on any layout.
 
 
 
 
Here I used a trio of hearts for an embellishment cluster, intermingling chipboard with die cut shapes. Due to the depth of the chipboard, I used some foam adhesive to raise the diamond label to same height.
 
 
 
My title work was done with my Silhouette to create my own file with one of the 800 plus fonts I have on my computer. An epoxy dot served as my hyphen for a little variety. I love to sew on my layouts as it somewhat personalizes the layout, makes it mine with the home sewn feel.
 
 
Thanks for taking the time to visit today!

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Hello Simple Stories fans!!
While the success of the I AM... collection is well deserved (I love that we are encouraging people to document themselves in their projects!), I am always a fan of trying to think of a different way to use products. So I challenged myself to use I AM... on a pocket page all about the One Direction concert my daughter and I attended last summer. SO many of the stickers and embellishments had phrases that seemed to fit perfectly with the good fortune we had when finding these tickets, so I ran with it!

Still a fan of the 12x12 pocket page that has this 6x8 pocket, I knew it would be perfect to have enough space to tell the story of lucking out with $50 floor seats to a sold out show. I chose one of the I AM... SN@P! Pages for the base and started writing down the story. There was enough room at the side to attach one of our wristbands and the rest of the page fell together with a few of our favorite photos from that night.

It wouldn't be right NOT to include our tickets, so I adhered them to a piece of 3x4 cardstock and slipped them into a pocket. This pocket page has all 4x6 photo slots, but to switch up the look overall, I just paired (2) 3x4 cards within one pocket...totally changes the feel of the page and allows you to include other items besides 4x6 photos! The Simple Stories 'nothing but blue skies' die cut file from the Silhouette store was perfect for expressing the 'cloud 9' vibes my daughter had the entire day. Again, I just adhered it to a base 3x4 card and added stitching. 

My favorite photo of the whole event is the one of her at the top left of the project...in her element, enjoying the experience as a whole. She told me this was the greatest night of her life, and that photo says it all. I added a journaling card next to it with a few more thoughts and added a few of the photo stickers...again, using (2) 3x4 elements in a 4x6 pocket.

The 6x8 pocket ended up telling the story, and since the floral pattern on the chipboard I AM... didn't quite fit the rock concert vibe, I colored it with a gold Sharpie marker. After layering a few stickers + spray mist on and around it, I stopped...I could have layered my little heart out, but wanted to focus on the story for this one.

I plan on using the I AM... collection for plenty of projects about my little family of three, but wanted to encourage you to take a second look at it for more than just the obvious. :)

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Hi everyone! Shellye here to share an easy-to-make gifting mini album using the "I Am" Collection

To begin I started with three of the components from the Interactive Elements: the larger 4X6 flip element, the matchbook element and the tri-fold element:

 I adhered the two smaller elements to the inside pages of the 4X6 element with a high-tack adhesive. 

The front was decorated with chibpoard stickers and a ribbon bow. 

When the album is first opened, the original pages from the 4X6 element is given.  I added a strand of washi tape, a chipboard butterfly, etc.  The opposite page was left blank.

When the page is turned, you will find the tri-fold element has been added to the right-hand page.

Here is a close-up of the front of the tri-fold.

To the inside of the tri-fold, a 3X4 journal card was attached.  The other pages were left plain so that small photos or journaling can be added.

As you go further into the 4X6 flip element, the pages get larger.  The left-hand side of the page was lightly embellished and the right-hand side is where the matchbook-style element was added. 

Just the front of the matchbook element was embellished; the inside pages were left as-is.

I wanted the back of the album to be a bit more sturdy, so a piece of medium-weight chipboard was cut slightly smaller than the 4X6 size.  After adhering the chipboard to the back page, a covering was made by adding one of the 4X6 journal cards.

Now I have the perfect little girlie-girl gift on hand...with a teenaged daughter, we're always needing a last-minute gift for a friend :)

Thank you for joining us today!

 

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Hello all!  It's Sara here again to show off some of the new digital goods that have hit the digital store!  I have once again embraced the pocket scrapbooking and chosen one of the new SN@P! Sets - I chose to work with the digital Everyday SN@P! Set, and I put it to use on a plain old regular week in my life.  
 
 
This is my third year pocket scrapbooking.  I started using paper products and my whole first year I did with physical product.  My second year, I approached with a more hybrid style - taking digital products and printing them and assembling the little "mini layouts" in each pocket.  This year, I have decided to try my hand at digital pocket scrapbooking.  I have been scrapping traditional 12x12 size digital pages for about eight years now, and it definitely feels more natural to me.  I loved playing with paper but I honestly felt a little lost.  
 
Strangely enough, even within my comfort zone of digital scrapbooking, I have somehow already fallen way behind on my pocket album for this year.  For whatever reason, I just haven't been grabbing my camera as often or even snapping quick shots with my phone.  The 2 pages that I created to document week 3 of this year, I had barely any photos, despite the fact that it included a weekend getaway!  Luckily, this project is about much more than the photos to me, and I have done a fairly good job keeping track of the stories.  The Everyday SN@P Set worked perfectly for this - it was very colorful and with cards and sayings that were general enough to mark a regular week in the life.  I haven't felt super inspired by doing pocket pages so far this year, but having such a huge selection of colors and cards got me moving in the right direction and I am pleased with how my pages turned out!
 
 
I love to document all of our moments - trivial and important and this week definitely proves that.  I've got everything here from cancelling the diaper subscription (my youngest is finally done with them!) to my latest game addiction - Trivia Crack.  
 
 
I didn't take many pictures of our weekend hotel stay - I didn't even bring my big camera with me - but I did snap a few with my phone and when I coupled those with the stories I wanted to tell, it filled the page right up!
 
I am excited to get back in the swing of pocket scrapbooking (and maybe even get caught up eventually!).  
 
Have a great day!
Hi everyone! Rebecca Keppel here!  I'm here today to showcase the many facets of the beautiful I AM collection. In my house every family member has albums dedicated solely to them. Then there are family albums that feature photos and stories of multiple people. My kids have amassed MANY albums to themselves. Sadly, my husband and I each only have a couple of albums between us. But with the I AM collection I am beginning to fill up my album! The I AM collection can be very deep and introspective and let you document your most core beliefs and feelings. But it can also be playful. I found that you can use it to make very simple layouts as well as much more complex ones as well. Here is a simple layout.
 
 
Although I used many different pieces from the collection including Clips, patterned paper, stickers, Chipboard Frames, Enamel Dots, and more, it is a relatively simple layout featuring one thing that I am...a soccer mom :)
 
 
I love how the typed stickers fit in so well with my typed journaling. The 'going to be heard sticker' was the perfect touch since my oldest recently told me "not to cheer" lol!
 
 
The chipboard frames are fun for mini photos of course, but my favorite use for them is to house journaling or embellishments.
 
On the flip side, here is a more complicated layout showcasing many things that I am right now...
 
 
This collection makes it so simple to tell your story, to let you define yourself in your layouts and to pass on to future generations little snippets of who you were.
 

 

Each of my small circular photos represents one piece of me and the photo is explained by a sticker title like, I am...healthy.

 
 

I love the bits of gold foil in this collection and the combination of dimension and texture available with the different embellishments like the chipboard and Bradz.

 

I hope many of you will also start to fill your own albums using this amazing collection! 

 

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Hello Friends! 

It's Kristine with you today and I am here to share a pocket page spread featuring the NEW Fresh SN@P! Pack; it should be available in your Local Scrapbook Store soon!

After a very long winter and a few more weeks of patiently watching the snow melt, I decided to brighten up my February monthly spread by adding tons of bright colors! This Fresh SN@P! Pack is awesome!  Love all those bright pink, yellow, green and blue colors - it really brightens a layout!

I am still creating my album with monthly pages, I honestly don't know how long this will last but I've cut down on photos quite a bit and doing a monthly spread is easier and less time consuming but I am missing the extras, such as movies watched, weather, favorite tunes etc.  So as much as i love the monthly spread, I think i need to add more!

I mixed up my pocket page inserts once again. I do enjoy the variety and less repetition in my album.

The month of February was packed with a shopping trip with my sister, a visit with my best friend Stephanie, a trip to Las Vegas and a major snow storm on the east coast.  My months aren't usually this ' entertaining ' but it makes a spread look pretty cool ! ;-)

I've mentioned before that I enjoy creating my own journal cards. I did for this spread as well. I used a 3x4" card, a square 3x3" and the die cut ampersand (& symbol ). I did some sewing and added more die cuts!  Super cute right?  So easy! Don't be afraid to add your own details to a spread -  it makes it that much more special!

This month I also added some Photo Overlays from the I AM Collection. These are fabulous to add extras on photos. Here is one that I added to my sister's shopping photo called " LOVING LIFE"

This next photo of hubby and I has the bubble hearts included on the Photo Overlay.  This adds great little details for pictures!

Something else I'd like to show you is the multiple photos option on a 4x4" or even 4x6" photo. I do did quite often when I want to add multiple pictures but don't necessarily have the space in my pocket pages. I use www.PicMonkey.com to create a collage and it works great!  On a Side note isn't Matthew McConaughey adorable!

I often hear people say "I hate my handwriting".  That's unfortunate!   It's part of you and who you are. It's a great memory keeping tool for all your family members that will take the time to enjoy your albums.  If everything is typed - how will they know your handwriting?  Something I miss today is my grandmother's handwritten notes in birthday cards, or recipes. I remember her writing a small To Do list or even grocery list.. I'd love to have those today!  So please, use your own handwriting - even if YOU don't like it... someone else will!

I added a Photo Flip to my page this month. Hubby and I ate at this amazing restaurant in Las Vegas. It was called BLT Burger and we both had the most AWESOME burger.. seriously! I wanted to add a photo of my hubby's TEXMEX Burger but also the menu. I couldn't bring the menu with us, but I did go online and print one up in small format so I could add it to my spread. I added journaling on one side and part of the menu on the other side.

I hope you enjoyed my post today and I hope you enjoy creating with your favorite Simple Stories products!

 

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Hello everyone,  it’s so wonderful to be back with you again!  Chantalle here and I’m hoping to inspire you to create with the new and incredibly fun SN@P! Packs! There are six different sets to choose from, with something to suit every style of scrapping, from retro hues, to fabulously fresh and luxurious gold foil. You are sure to love them as much as I do!
 
My first page is entitled ‘You & Me’ and features my parents on their wedding day, many moons ago!  The Gold SN@P! Pack with it’s beautiful gold foil touches and love inspired sentiments lended themselves perfectly to the theme and black & white image. 
 
 
I have used a grid design (based on a sketch I saw online) The super sweet 2x2 squares line up nicely, with the addition of an altered one, which I have turned into a mini pocket. I have used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the title ’You & Me’. This file is available in the Silhouette Store. I have used embroidery floss and hand stitched a running stitch into the title for a bit of texture and some detail.
 
 
I created my little pocket by cutting out the top part of the printed envelope located on one of the black-based 2x2 cards (shown above) I then mounted this cut piece onto a piece of spare white cardstock, which was the same width at the 2x2 but a teeny bit taller in height, to create a flap which I can open and close. As you can see, I machine stitched the top black part to the bottom piece of plain white cardstock so I got maximum space inside the pocket. If I had used double sided tape, I would’ve lost valuable space or run the risk of the small photo sticking to the edges of the glue. Wet glue would be a good alternative if you don’t like stitching. Make sure it’s completely dry before adding anything to your pocket. You can keep your mini envelope pocket closed with a small peg or paperclip.
 
 
Part of my journalling has been adhered onto a decorative clip, which I then slid over my photo. 
 
 
A great thing about the SN@P! Packs is that they come with lots of different sized SN@P! cards, as well as some die cuts! I have used some of them to embellish some of the 2x2 cards. Try mount gold on gold with some foam tape or add enamel dots over a polka dot print.
 
 
 
My next page is all about the day I found out I would be joining the Simple Stories Design Team. For me, it was a dream come true!!  I’ve used the ‘Fresh’ SN@P! Pack for this page.
 
 
Again, using the various sized cards in the pack, I have formed a base for my layers. By using the long strips down the left hand side of my page, I can continue hints of the darker shades in my colour palette. For this layered 3X4 card (shown below), I have cut up the postage stamp print 3x4 card and placed them over a zigzag pattern card. I have machine stitched the cut ’stamps’ to secure them down. I like to use top stitch thread, which is nice and bold. Then, I cut the ‘Happy, Happy, Happy’ printed card into three bits and raised the words onto bits of foam tape. I’ve left the bits of thread on for a relaxed finish.
 
 
So many of the sentiments on the cards in this pack express how I felt on the day perfectly! Can’t-believe-what-I’m-reading sheer elation! Cluster the die cuts you find in the pack with fun Bradz and wood veneer.
 
 
I have also created a simple pocket out of a section cut from a 12x12 sheet of Color Vibe Bolds ’Navy’. Inside, I have placed a bright pink 3x4 Sn@p card from the collection as well as the email I received at the time, which I have printed off and folded up. Add interest by punching little shapes, like this small circle on my pocket.
 
 
 
My final page has a retro vibe, thanks to the ‘Epic’ SN@P! Pack. This little pack is bursting with fun. I especially liked the vintage retro elements, like the cassette tape! My Sister and I are rocking the corduroy dungaree look!
 
 
Two 4x6 Sn@p cards form the base, with lots of smaller elements layered over the top. The wood veneer speech bubble has been backed with a bit of orange print from one of the 3x3 cards in the pack. The printed star on the die cut tag (behind the photo) has been punched with a small star hand punch to echo the star shape.
 
 
I love backing up the ‘big idea’ on my pages with lots of smaller bits of supporting text. Expression stickers are a wonderful way to add a bit more chatter to your projects.
 
 
Make your wood veneer go further by snipping larger pieces in half with some sturdy scissors. I get to use the other half of this awesome view finder on another project!
 
 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

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I will often find selfies on my phone taken by my daughter (as I'm sure many of you can relate to).  Oh how I would love to print them all off and show the world how crazy she is! (but alas, I may be in her bad books for some time if I did so).  So, I chose a few that I wanted to scrapbook and came up with this layout using the I AM... collection. She is one amazing kid and I love that she likes to be different than everyone.  
 
 
I used a few of the 3x4 journal boxes and cut up the word strips to use on my page because they fit perfectly. 
 
 
 I am so excited about the wood veneer that Simple Stories has come out with too. They add the perfect dimension and texture to a project.
 
 
In keeping with the dimension aspect I used some chipboard 'feathers' and added some foam dots to adhere a few stickers.
 
 
 
 
 
This past year has been busy with sports for our kids and I must admit that I didn't take my camera with me to the games.  Not because I didn't want to take pictures but more so because I just loved watching him play so much that I didn't want to be distracted by taking good photos.  I did, however, snap a few pics with my phone. They're not the greatest quality but they capture his determination and effort that he always put in to his playing.  I started with the Epic SN@P! Pack and added some extra embellishments from a few different collections.
 
 
I used my Silhouette to cut out the 'fabulous' and 'awesome' words from Simple Stories at the Silhouette online store -  the words are available here
 
 
I love the Photo Stickers because they add a bit of text and a punch of black colour to my layout.
 
I then printed my journaling onto a 6x4 journal card to keep things neat and streamlined.
 
 
I love adding texture (as I mentioned earlier) and did so by adding some foam dots to some of the die cut pieces.
 
 
I also used some brads for added interest along with a wood veneer arrow.
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today!

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Hello again, Simple Fans :)
 
Candi here today and I am super excited to share some more bits n pieces from inside my Life Documented Planner.
 
In last months blog post I was unsure as to what my plan was going to be with my pocket pages...keep them with my planner inserts or keep them separate...?!  I finally decided to keep them all together :)
 
Here is my January (see pic below) = my month on two pages, daily inserts for the whole month and my first 3 weeks of pocket pages.  I still need to add week 4 and 5 pocket pages, but I can say that I am pleased with this so much.  I believe I have room for 1/4 of the year in one binder (4 binders total when it's all said and done)!  I am not only creating pocket pages, but also adding extra memorabilia throughout my days in between my planner pages.  
 
 
Just wait until I explain EVERYTHING that I have inside my week 10!!!  (warning...yes, this week will be super chunky, but I don't mind...love me a chunky planner!)  This is a shot when you open up my planner, using the bookmark, to my current week...
 

 
Week 10 in action!  For the dates I stamped out a few and for the others, I used some number stickers.  I also used some of the designer washi paper tape, several of the calendar stickers, word strip and label stickers...
 

 
I wanted a place to house my receipts for the month so I took one vertical 4x6 pocket page and slipped in the "March" 4x6 card from the 2015 Card Set (I added some embellishments to the "March" card)...then tucked my receipts behind it.
 

 
After I created the receipt pocket...I thought to myself that the Calendar Stickers would all fit snug inside and would be great to have in place each week since those are my most used stickers in my planner.  They are right there at my finger tips!  I will move this pocket from week to week!
 
 

 
Last week I was updating my Life Documented Planning Inserts and thought why not insert a little "Day in the Life", Ali Edwards style!!!  I chose Thursday, March 5th and just used my cell phone to snap pics throughout my day!  I printed off about 10 pics and embellished them with lots of SS goodies and tucked them inside the pocket pages.  I used a 3x4 card from the Week in Review Cards, added some stickers and stamped the date!  Finished it off by using a mini binder clip to clip the card to all 5 pocket pages...I just LOVE how this turned out!!!  
 
 

 
I was invited to an open house on Friday the 13th so I punched a few holes in the postcard and added that right in front of my week 11...
 

 
Besides using the pouch for my extra memorabilia, I am also storing some inside one of the pocket inserts until it's time to go into my pocket pages...
 
 
These FREE printables are fantastic...I need to reprint mine off on some heavier cardstock so they will be more sturdier inside my planner.  If you have not checked them out, click HERE for the direct link to the Project Downloads then scroll through and locate "Life Documented FREE Printables - January" and "Life Documented FREE Printables - February"!!!  Later this month March will be available!!!  
 

 
I hope you enjoyed this month's blog post...and cross your fingers for me that I can fit 3 months in one binder {wink}
 
Have a great week and I will see you in April!!

 

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Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and today I'm here to share a couple of cards with you that I made with the super adorable Say Cheese II collection.

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have fallen so hard and fast for this collection! Of course, who doesn't love a paper line dedicated to the happiest place on earth, right? But what I love even more is how well this Disney-inspired collection works for any occasion, way beyond just a visit to the theme park. Today I'm going to show you several ways to use this sweet themed line to create a pair of general purpose, all-occasion cards.  On my first card, I've swapped out Mickey for another current hot trend in the paper crafting world these days, coffee and tea.

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Here I've nestled two cups from the Bits & Pieces die cuts pack inside a chipboard frame, and accented with a sentiment banner to create a fun celebratory look that would work perfectly for a birthday, or any other special day, for that matter.  I had fun making my own "tea tag" from a bit of twine and a portion of a die cut Bits & Pieces label. I simply stapled the twine to the back, then tucked the loose end of the twine behind the cup. It was so quick and easy and really makes me smile.

A couple of other details here? A Layered\Stitched Tag and a pair of bright enamel dots. The background layers are journaling SN@P Cards, in both 3x4 and 4x6.

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My second card takes on a bit of a love theme, with lots of hearts and a lovey dovey sentiment. I love the clean look to this one, mixed with small accents of gold.

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I used lots of papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad to create my pieced background, but I also threw in one bolder striped print from the 12x12 papers. I always think mixing the different sizes and scales of the prints is an easy way to add a lot of interest to  the finished design.

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 I made my own tag from one of the 6x6 papers, too. Love how the little ticket on the paper becomes highlighted with the addition of a chipboard frame on top.

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And the hole reinforcer on the tag? That's actually a Bits & Pieces balloon die cut... but folded over the top you would never know. 

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Hope I've given you some fun ideas! And thanks for stopping by! 

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Hi everyone!  It's Ashley, and I'm here today to share two new layouts with you.  I love using my Silhouette Cameo and die cuts to create fun, unique looks on my layouts.  And every once in a while, I like to do something a little different and use popular shapes to create shaped photos on my layouts!  For my first layout, I used one of the Simple Stories talk bubble shapes.  Did you know, that Simple Stories has lots of fun shapes in the Silhouette store?  Well they do, so make sure you stop by and check them out here!!
 


 

I used the Wood Grain paper from the Life Documented collection as the background for this layout.  Then I ran it through my Cameo and cut three large talk bubble shapes.  After they were cut, I backed each talk bubble shape with my photos.

Since the large talk bubbles were a negative cut, I also wanted to add some smaller positive talk bubbles.  I cut these from four different patterned papers from the Life Documented collection and added pop dots under each one to add some dimension to my layout.


 
And I also played around with mixing product on this layout.  Most of it is from the Life Documented collection, but I also mixed in wood veneers from the Say Cheese II Collection and some items from the Epic SN@P Pack.
 
On my second layout, I wanted to use a Triangle design.  I used a basic Triangle shape and created several different sizes, and randomly arranged them in Silhouette Studio.  Once the Triangles were cut, I backed them with different patterned papers from the I Am 6x6 paper pad.

Because I was using a square Instagram photo, my printed photo didn't fill in the large Triangle where I wanted to place it.  So I added the photo first behind the Triangle shape, and then used the Yellow diagonal striped paper from the 6x6 paper pad behind the photo to cover the rest of the Triangle.
 

 
I wanted to embellish my layout, but not cover all of the patterned papers behind the Triangles, so I chose a few of them to embellish with Stickers, Bits & Pieces, Bradz, and Enamel Dots.
 

 
So if you're looking for a fun way to use some of your Simple Stories products, make sure you check out the coordinating cut files in the Silhouette store.  There are a lot of great shapes to use for your next project!

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Hey everyone! Rebecca Larson here! It seems like every March I get the itch. The travel itch. You know the one where you dream of far off places and exotic foods and smells! This is when I pull out photos from trips past, and relive the memories. While it doesn’t completely rid the itch, it does make it tolerable - lol!

For this month's blog post, I chose to find life once again in some memories of a trip that my husband and I took to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival (Bucket List: Check). I'm using one of the first digital kits that was added to the digital store - Urban Traveler. I love the retro feel of this collection. The elements and cards remind me of travel posters of the 50’s and 60’s. The bright primary colors are the perfect blend of masculine and feminine.

I wanted my layout to resemble a vintage suitcase that you would see with lots of tags and stickers on it, and boy did the Fundamentals deliver!  The Expressions give this layout the final touches, as I enlarged the DC letters to draw the eye to the title.

Urban Traveler is a beautiful digital collection to help you document your upcoming - or past - travels!

Thanks for stopping by!

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