Howdy friends!  You may recognize me, I'm the Carpe Diem mascot!  You've seen me appear in the original Carpe Diem planner & scrapbook collections as well as the Posh planner & scrapbook collections.  I'll continue to appear in future planner collections, but I need your help!

There are some really FUN things happening with me in the near future; however, I'm in desperate need of a NAME before the fun begins!  

Would you like to help?  Please leave a comment on this post sharing a suggestion for my name.  My name will be chosen and announced here on the blog & on social media on Tuesday, August 30th.  The person that suggests the winning name will receive a fun prize pack full of products with my likeness!

Thanks for playing along, I can't wait to have a name so we can continue the fun!

Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today and I'm very excited to share two layouts I created with the new Posh collection!  Oh my...the colors are GORGEOUS as well as the beautiful platinum foil accents!  Posh is one of my favorite collections of the new release and I couldn't wait to dig into it!  Simple Stories never ceases to amaze me with how each release is better and better!  
 
For my first layout "Hazel Grace" I wanted to do a sort of grid style for my page. I thought the colors of Posh would be perfect to scrap photos of our new little girl kitten! I started with the lovely "Choose to Shine" paper with its pink background and gold foil dots.  I also added strips of "Simply Amazing" and "Live Simply" to my right edge.  
 
 
I layered three different patterns to create a 4x4 square as well as stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet! I love the navy colored letter stickers!  I also incorporated some of the new Totally Chic Washi Tape as well as a lovely gold foil chipboard butterfly!
 
 
Another new addition to the collection are the Carpe Diem Posh roller stamps!  I will be honest, I am a big hoarder of roller stamps..so I was more than thrilled to see these in the new release!  I love adding stamped sentiments along with my journaling or under a photo!
 
 
For one of my squares, I used this LOVE gold foil card from the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements! I love the colors! And how cute is the geometric heart sticker (again with gold foil!)?!  I also accented with a tag from the Bits and Pieces pack, as well as a flower bouquet from the 6x12 Chipboard.  You can spy another piece of the washi tape, too!
 
 
For my second layout, Brace Face, I started with a background cut file from Just Nick Studios that I cut out of white card stock.  I then used different patterns from Posh to insert into petals of the flowers.  It's a great way to use a variety of papers without getting too overwhelming. 
 
 
I love using the different sized journaling cards to place next to my photo! Here, I used a 3x4 sized card and added my title with the navy letter stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet. I also layered many little die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack as well as a cute pink/gold foil chipboard heart!
 
 
How beautiful are the Totally Chic Washi Tapes?   I added two strips to the side of my photo as they make a wonderful accent!  I tend to hoard washi tape too so again I was so excited to see this new addition!  
 
 
I love creating little clusters of embellishments around my pictures! And with Simple Stories, there is so much to choose from!  I again used multiple die cuts from the Bits and Pieces as well as a cute sentiment sticker from the Combo Sticker Sheet.  
 
 
Showing an up close shot of one of the flowers in which I used the B side of "Love Life".  I added one of the bright yellow Bradz from the Carpe Diem collection!
 
 
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will go to the Simple Stories Products page and check this collection out in its entirety! I hope you are as excited as I am about Posh as well as the rest of the awesome collections! Have a great day!  

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Hello Simple Stories fans and thank you for joining me on the blog today. Chantalle with you to share some pages which I have had on my desk for a while, which were being shifted around with not much else happening. You can see from the image below, that they were in need of some TLC, lol. They were both created for a class which I was teaching earlier in the year. I wanted to show my students just how versatile one of my very favourite products can be. SN@P! Packs are an essential part of my Simple Stories creative process. Packed with value, they can be used as is or stretched, boosting patterned paper or by fussy cutting elements etc. I just love them!
 
I couldn’t get hold of enough of the Life in Color packs at the time, so I created another page (using the same principles) with a Happy SN@P! Pack instead. The pages were both nice, but I thought they lacked a bit of extra detail, so I have tweaked them both and am now really happy with them!
 
 
Fixer-Upper #1
 
As you can see, I have kept a lot of the original elements, but by adding some brighter pops, it has really lifted the page! This is reinforced by being mounted onto some fabulous Sn@p Basics woodgrain paper, which has brought the white to life.
 
 
I pulled off the circular element and added these script stickers from a sheet of Sunshine & Happiness Fundamentals. I’ve disguised a section where I tore the paper slightly, by adding a small yellow 2x2 inch card from the Sunshine & Happiness Sn@p Pack.
 
 
To make the ‘#’ part of my title coordinate better, I have added a bit of detail with a white gel pen. 
 
 
Journalling straight onto a 4x4 Sn@p card... I think my DS is going through ‘the change’! hehe
 
 
Even though I have used lots of feminine elements, I think the page still retains a bit of masculine charm. Those little butterflies were cut from a 4x6 card (Happy Sn@p Pack) and given a coat of Glossy Accents.
 
 
 
The bottom left corner has had a little makeover, with the addition of some 2x2 cards (Sunshine & Happiness) spelling out the word ‘Hello’. I haven’t removed the existing cards below. I quite like the bit of colour peeking out from underneath. Having this large word on the left balances out the elements in the top right area, drawing the eye along a diagonal from bottom left to top right.
 
 
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Fixer-Upper #2
 
This next page is a self-reflective one. I didn’t add a picture to it in the beginning because I strongly dislike photos of myself… Enter the gloriously funny Snapchat filters! I printed this one off, cropping all the ‘seriousness’ out.
 
Again, I’ve kept a lot of the original elements, just building up some layers here and there.  I started with adding some Life in Color Chipboard Frames to some of the 2x2 cards. They add both interest and subtle depth.
 
 
 
I’ve also kept the title the same, but have opted to snip off the word ‘life’ from the black strips (cut from a 4x6 Life in Color Sn@p card) and add it back, in the form of a Life in Color wood veneer shape. I really like how this changes the dynamics of the title and draws the eye in.
 
 
A bit lower down, below the title, you’ll notice I have added lots of little details like mini wood veneer and enamel dots.
 
 
Behind the photos on both pages, I have created a little pocket by stitching two 4x6 Sn@p cards together. I created a bit of hidden journalling using a strip of paper and a tag punch. This tucks very nicely into my pocket.
 
 
Here you can see how I decorated the journalling tag before I added some typed text.
 
 
Thank you again for popping in today. Don’t be afraid to change up a project that just doesn’t sit perfectly with you. The results are well worth it!
 
Happy Crafting!

 

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Hello friends! Leah here with you today to show you how I’ve been getting creative in my planner this month. I have really been enjoying the Posh collection! The colors are so lovely and the pretty florals and fun icons make this collection so versatile that I just can’t seem to get enough of it!

In the front section of my planner, I still have the “Notes/To Do” section where I have been writing down my monthly task lists. I love to decorate these pages! I get to start with a completely blank slate which gives me the freedom to really have fun and get creative.

On this page, I sprayed Heidi Swapp Sweet Mint Color Shine onto a sheet of plastic and pressed the paint onto the paper to create a background for some layered embellishments. I used scrap paper to frame the “you got this” card from the Posh Dashboards and Pocket Cards. I love how the black and white stripes separate the colorful card from the colorful paint in the background. It really makes the card pop off the page!

I added gold glitter washi tape along the bottom of the card, as well as a dotted washi tape from The Reset Girl collection. The gold clip die cut is from the Posh Bits and Pieces pack. I tied some pink string into a bow for some more interest and used The Reset Girl roller stamp to stamp the stitched design onto the card.

I used some more of the dotted washi and a floral washi tape from The Reset Girl collection at the top of the page. The gold page clip and the “goals” stamp are also from The Reset Girl collection. I love how well some of the elements from the Posh and The Reset Girl collections coordinate! The die cuts are from the Posh Bits and Pieces and the gold doily is from my stash.

For final details, I added little heart stickers from the Posh Planner Basics sticker pack and I doodled a scalloped design along the edge of the page.

On the left side of the two-page layout, I wrote out my task list for August.

I used some more Heidi Swapp Sweet Mint Color Shine in the top corner. I then layered several Posh embellishments: washi, a word strip sticker, a mini monthly calendar sticker, and a couple of page flags.

At the bottom of the page is another cluster of embellishments. The yellow tab and jar of flowers are both die cuts from the Posh Bits and Pieces. To tie this page in with the other page, I brought in the other half of the gold doily and another heart sticker. I also added a scrap of the black and white paper I used to back the “you got this” pocket card and I doodled the same scalloped design along the edge of the page.

The next step in my planning process each month is to decorate my monthly layout. When writing out plans on the monthly spread, I usually only write down scheduled events/tasks/appointments I need to plan around when doing my weekly planning. Since I do not write out detailed plans here, I have a little more room to decorate… yay!

On this layout, I used lots of Posh Bits and Pieces and lots of stickers. The Insta Quote stickers are the square ones that fit perfectly into the boxes. All the little heart and flag stickers are from the Posh Basics Sticker pack.

I am smitten with this little cluster right here! The Reset Girl washi tapes, and the feather and ampersand die cuts, and the pink hearts and floral flag…it all just feels so whimsical! Especially with the “where the wild things are” sentiment on the word strip sticker!

The right side of the page is a lot of fun too, with lots more Bits and Pieces and Insta Quote stickers! I love the die cut balloons that I laminated and turned into a paper clip! I thought it would make such a cute clip to reuse throughout the year for planner layouts that include special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries.

One of my favorite parts of this entire layout is the large flower die cut in the top right corner; it's from The Reset Girl Bits and Pieces. I had to resist the urge to hoard this one! However, since this month marked 5 years since I started dating my husband, August felt special enough to get such a "special” die cut. I'm so happy I used it!

 I am still using the Vertical Appointment inserts and I really like them. I love having the option to be structured with my days or to be more relaxed with scheduling. On less busy days, I just ignore the times.

The beautiful floral washi tape along the ring holes is from the Posh line. The Weekly Stickers work so well in the columns of these inserts! Some of them have cute inspiring messages on them, but there are also sheets of blank boxes that you can write your own notes in.

The adorable bird and heart are from the Bits and Pieces pack. I added a word strip sticker to the heart and backed it with mint washi tape from The Reset Girl line.

On the right side of the week, I used more box stickers as well as some header stickers from the same Weekly Stickers pack.

The little tag was super easy to make! I used a tag punch to cut out the tag and then I put one of the weekly sticker boxes on it and lined the edges with gold glitter washi tape. I punched a hole and added some pink string and wrote a motivational message. I love how it turned out!

The real star of this layout is the banner that spans across the middle of both pages. This was also very easy to make using the set of Posh page flags. I only needed one page flag of each pattern. I cut the flags in half and then trimmed the cut pieces to be flag shaped too, so I got two shorter flags out of each full page flag. I arranged the banner across both pages how I liked it and then glued the flags down. I used a glue pen to create a thin line of glue across the top of the flags so I could add the pink string. I then tied two pink bows with the same string and glued them down on each end of the banner.

As always, I am truly loving my creative time with my Carpe Diem planner. I feel like I am finally regaining some traction after the whirlwind that this summer has been. Over the summer, I have often felt too busy to spend time decorating my planner, but I am always so glad when I make that creative time a priority. It makes such a difference in helping my creative soul feel fulfilled, which in turn helps me stay energized and motivated with the less exciting, but necessary responsibilities of day-to-day life. I hope you all are taking a little time to get creative or to do whatever it is that refuels you. What do you do to re-energize and stay motivated? Be sure to write it down in your planner and prioritize it. Always remember, that time is just as critical as all of your other responsibilities. We all know what it feels like to run on fumes, but no one can keep going on an empty tank.

Until next time friends, take care and have a great week! I hope to see you all over on Instagram and/or Facebook!

With love, Leah

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Hey there friends!  Vicki here with a little summer and a little fall fun!  
 
I wanted to share a class project I created using the Sunshine & Happiness Collection along with a layout using the brand new Hello Fall Collection!  Both of these lines make my heart happy for one BIG reason…the color combinations!!!  Sunshine & Happiness is magic with that hot pink, aqua, yellow and orange fabulousness and then you have Hello Fall with that BLUE!  And the orange, deep red and woodgrain loveliness!!!  
 
Come on, let’s take a look…
 
First up the Sunshine & Happiness 6x8 SN@P! album I created for a workshop…
 
 
I used the SN@P! Pack and some of the goodies from the collection.  Mustard Seed Distress Ink worked perfectly with this line.  I used it on the edges of the book.
 
 
Lots of interactive goodness with some gated flaps!
 
 
File folder pages for the win!!!
 
 
And a few more flaps.  Love how this one turned out.
 
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Now for a the Hello Fall instalment…
 
 
I love this Celebrate fall 12 x 12 paper with the huge leaf on it!!!  I thought this would be a good one to share as some may struggle with a way to use it.
 
 
I opted to add a little paint in a rough, dry brush technique in the woodgrain openings of the leaf.  I like how it draws in the focal point of the leaf.  I then added my journaling to the white outline.
 
I love the Decorative Clips!!  The designs are so fun!!!
 
 
I layered some of the Combo Cardstock stickers in the corner.  Love the fox!
 
 
Finally…added my go to embelli…Enamel Dots.
 
So that’s it for me!!!  Thanks for stopping by.  Make time to make today!!

 

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Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am so excited to be sharing a pocket page spread that I made using the fabulous Posh collection. 
 
 
This particular spread holds our week 22 of this year. I typically scrap weekly, which can sometimes be challenging with the wide variety of colors that can be in the photos. I went ahead and chose a title card that had multiple colors in it. It sort of set the tone for the rest of the spread. Plus, aren't the hearts simply adorable ! I kept the title card fairly simple as I usually do. Starting with a few vellum hearts that I punched out and then added them underneath my two sets of embellishment clusters. 
 
 
Typically I like to add lots of journaling to my spreads. This left side is very journal heavy as I had lots of stories to document from this week. I love to use the cards that have very little pre embellishments on them to customize and to tell longer stories like I did with this first card. I knew that I had to use these cute pencils that comes in the Bits & Pieces pack somewhere. I used it as a sort of separator for my journaling talking about school being out for the summer. The other cards like the second one here is perfect to house a smaller story and also to add a photo as well. 
 
 
My oldest daughter has been really into this book series called Warrior Cats. Being the very creative girl that she is, she came up with the idea to paint her Littlest Pet Shop cats to resemble all the characters in her book series. She spent weeks painting them all, one by one. I love to use the white space in my photos for some for journaling or embellishing. I did just that and added some embellishments to the bottom. 
 
 
Here is some more journaling on the smaller cards. I added a few simple embellishments to the first card as to not get too crazy busy. Cause you all I love my embellishments, there are too many fun things to play with and use. The second card talks about my daughters cats. I used the letter stickers to abbreviate Littlest Pet Shops and added a word sticker to the bottom. Can I just say that I had to fight the urge to not put one on everything. They are among my current favorite things to embellish with. So simple and fun. 
 
 
Let's move onto the right side. This side of my spread is mostly full of photos. Lots of swimming, and celebrating National Donut Day. I added some of the word strips to the photo on the left. The middle of the photo seemed like the perfect spot to add them. 
 
 
Isn't it true that we all love washi tape. It is so versatile and colorful. I wanted to add some of the washi tape from the collection in the middle of the these three words. But it was to big in the beginning. I cut it in half and it turned out perfect. I love how it adds a little touch of the navy color. Don't be afraid to cut up the washi tape, and even the journaling cards to fit your needs. 
 
 
It turns out that during this week I took a bunch of swimming photos. I decided to crop a few down to make a small collage for this bottom card. I also liked that this card had a label sticker to tie in with the other side's smaller card. Once I had my photos onto the card I added a strip of washi tape and started layering things on top. 
 
 
This donut card was the perfect addition to this week. I added National Donut Day to the top corner with a clear sticker and an arrow to finish it off. It seemed to need something else so I ended up adding the date to the bottom corner to balance it out. The June word was cut out of one of the 2x2 cards that come in the SN@P pack. With this last card I want to point out that I added some washi tape on a diagonal to add some color. 
 
 
That wraps up Week 22 using the very versatile Posh collection. Thanks so much for coming to the blog today. I hope I have shared some inspiration to help you to scrap your every day memories. 

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Hi everyone!  Theresa here, sharing a peek into my planner setup for August!  I moved into the new Persimmon Carpe Diem planner from The Reset Girl line!  

I love that the planners from this line have the clear pocket in the front inside cover.  The 3x4 pocket cards fit perfectly, I added a family photo to mine. I also added some fun embellishments, sticky notes and clips to the  smaller pockets and the Doc-It Journal to the larger pocket.

I created a new simple dashboard by cutting down one of my favorite patterned papers from The Reset Girl scrapbook line and adding some planner girl stickers!

I started using the Doc-It Journal to document some of my summer activities!

Recently, I've been adding clear photo pockets to my journals.  For this next layout I added a 4x6 SN@P Pocket Page.

I covered the punched holes with a strip of washi tape.

I then used a strong double sided adhesive to attach it right into my journaling page and added more washi.

This not only let's me add more photos and embellishments to a layout, but it's also a fun interactive element inside my journal.

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Wow! I am so impressed. Violet, here on the blog today to share my new Carpe Diem Planners. The gold rings and charms take my breath away, there is a simple elagance to the new planners that I love. I couldn't choose which to share, thus, why I have to share all three in a fun creative planning layout.

First up is the Pink Ballerina by The Reset Girl. I used the new Carpe Diem scrapbook collection to make a new dashboard. I stuffed my pockets with Bits and Pieces, Metal Clips, decorative clips, and journaling cards. I even laminated the sticky notes and inserted them into the pocket. The Pinks and Orange and mint greens look so gorgeous in the planner.

Secondly, is the new Ivory Carpe Diem planner. When I open it, the quote "Choose to Shine" is the first thing I see, and how beautiful, that it is all in Gold. I chose to decorate this planner with the Posh collection line. The yellow, pink and Navy are a perfect combination. 

Secondly, is the new Ivory Carpe Diem planner. When I open it, the quote "Choose to Shine" is the first thing I see, and how beautiful, that it is all in Gold. I chose to decorate this planner with the Posh collection line. The yellow, pink and Navy are a perfect combination. 

Third, is the new Robin's Egg Carpe Diem planner. One of the changes that I was so impressed with, was the whole planner being one solid color. I used all the same pieces to embellish all my planners. Another element that took me by surprise, is all the gold that is included in the journaling Card Elements and Paper products. This just adds just a bit more class to my planners and makes me one happy planner girl. 

As I was taking my photos for the blog, I knew I wanted to take a photo of all the new paperclips that are now part of the new collection lines. I've said many times how much I love paperclips and you'll even see some I made. These truly make all the difference when planning. 

 
Thank you all once again for stopping by the blog and taking the time to read and view my post. I really appreciate it. I hope I have inspired some of you to get your creative juices flowing and create something new. The new Posh and The Reset Girl Collections make it so easy.

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Hey there!  Missy back with you today, and I have two fun and festive layouts to share.  I used the Let’s Party collection for this one, and it was perfect for documenting this photo from my 40th birthday back in February.  The colors are so vibrant, and the embellishments made it so easy to create this fun design.  I wanted to excentuate the 40 since that’s a milestone birthday.  I cut it really large on the HB2U patterned paper and then used a lot of the 6x6 Paper Pad papers to back it.  I cut them into strips and adhered them diagonally.  I used some white gesso to smudge over a lot of that area so I could add some watercolors.  I used the packaging technique to get most of that color on.  Once it was all dry, I machine stitched around the numbers for added detail and texture.  I fussy cut “Big Deal” from the Hip Hip Hooray paper, and it made the best title.  I have to say my favorite thing about this collection is all the fun banners!  I used several on this page.

Here’s a close up of the fussy cut letters.  I love stitching through titles…mainly to make sure they don’t move, but also for added interest.  I used a few papers behind my photo as well as one of the larger chipboard frames.  Sometimes it’s fun to use the frames as a layer instead of an actual frame.  I love the dimension this created.

Here’s another smaller frame I used as a layering piece.  I chose this one because of the bright yellow.  I added some tangled thread, a few clear stickers and that amazing HAPPY sticker banner.  I love the curve of it, and it makes it so festive!  Banners make everything so fun.  You can also see where I smudged the gesso.  It gives everything a bit of a faded look without completely blending it away.

I used lots of die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack here.  I love these little flags, and I added pop dots under them to create some depth.  I did the same with the Birthday die cut.  Those faux glitter stars were the perfect embellishment for this part of the layout.

More banners!  These are from the Bits & Pieces and Snap Pack.  I added cute Enamel Dots to the ends so it looks like they’re attached to something.  You can see the machine stitching up close here as well.  I added another glitter star die cut and a Brad on top of the photo.  This was so fun to put together!

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For my next layout, I combined the Let’s Party collection with Sunshine & Happiness.  It was lots of fun to mix and match these two super bright collections.  I wanted to show that you can use Let’s Party for photos other than birthdays.  These photos of my youngest daughter are some of my favorite.  They totally show her personality.  She is constantly making funny faces, and when I try and take her picture, she tries to get as close to the camera as possible.  So extra close-ups are what I wind up with…haha!  That’s just her.  I always say she’s the life of the party, so I created this fun “party” layout about her silly self.  I knew I had to use those fun party cows!  How fun are they?!  That gave me the idea for Party Animal as my title.  Again, I was inspired by all the fun banners, so I decided to make my own using a circle punch and lots of patterned papers.  I punched circles and the cut them in half.  I arranged four lines of banners and then stitched through them.  I think the key to making them look a little more realistic is to overlap them.  I did some watercolor work on the background again using Shimmerz.  I didn’t want to go overboard with it because of all the extra bright colors going on.

I combined a chipboard cow with a fussy cut cow. My favorite!  Such a fun (and unexpected) embellishment!  And I like that they’re facing her, like they’re looking at her.  I used some of the alpha stickers for this part of the title and added a few die cuts around the cows and on top of the photo.

Squeal!!  A chipboard rainbow word banner!  I HAD to use this, and I love how it layered so nicely in my circle banners!  So perfect!  And it’s glittery.  It doesn’t get any more festive than that!  I’m swooning over all these colors!  I made sure the watercolor was very light and airy so it wouldn’t compete with the other colors.

More banners down here!  I used two banner stickers from the Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheet and one of the Chipboard ones.  My journaling fit very nicely right under them.  And yes, my daughter has a mouthful of chewed up Cheerios here…haha.

I had to work in a sunshine somewhere on this page since that’s what a lot of people call her.  I fussy cut this one from one of the 4x6 Sticker sheets and used it as a die cut.  I added lots of tangled thread and a fun brad.  I love all the layering going on, and how her silly face just emerges from the banners.

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Good morning friends. Brenda Smith here with you today and I am really excited to show you a little extra project I've been working on in my planner. 

Have you seen the Doc-It Journals that coordinate with The Reset Girl and the Posh planners? They are a Traveler's Notebook size and one of my absolute favorite things about them is how thick the paper is! I stamped and painted and had no bleed through on the other side.

Little Summer Joy is a project that I've seen several participating in on Instagram. I knew that I wanted to join and a lot of people were doing the Traveler's Notebook format this year but I've never done one. However, as soon as I saw this Doc-It Journal that coordinates with The Reset Girl line, I knew I'd found my album. (If you'd like to find out more about this particular project, please visit the Little Paper Projects blog)

Doing this notebook pushed me out of my comfort zone and got me away from my beloved typewriter a little bit. I love the idea of including handwritten journaling in my documenting projects. 

The Reset Girl SN@P! Pack makes it easy to get some color and pattern into your albums. I hand-stitched around the J for June to give it a little bit of depth. 

I tried not to overthink the process too much. I printed photos at various sizes and picked journaling cards to type or handwrite our stories on. Whenever I would get stuck and not know where to go next with my design. I'd just start moving things around the page until something looked good and then I glued it down. No second, third, fourth-guessing myself like I usually do. 

I relied pretty heavily on my stamp stash, including one of my favorite new roller stamps for the Reset Girl line. My daughter graduated from Kinder in June so I made to sure to document her friends and teacher. 

Little Summer Joy celebrates the small moments, and while this moment was a bit of a failed experiement, my heart was full watching my three working together to accomplish a goal. I used a label punch from my stash and the 6x6 pad to create the background of the left page. For the full-sized photo, I used Photoshop to resize to 8.25" by 5" and the printed and rounded the corners. 

In case you were wondering, you can sew in your Doc-It Journals! It required a little bit of pre-planning on my part because I had to place this page on the backside of a page that I would be covering up with patterned paper so that the stitching on the back didn't show through to the other side. Again, I used some punches and the 6x6 pad to make the shapes for the background. 

I trimmed some patterned paper and a 4x6 horizontal card down to cover the left side. I filled in a pie chart in Silhouette Studio with my photos and then cut them out. I used the number stickers from the Posh collection to mark the photos and then used stamps from my stash to write the coordinating journaling. 

I wanted to challenge myself to get a plastic page protector inside my Doc-It Journal. I wasn't sure it was going to work but I decided to try to stitch one into the middle seam. My hands were shaking the entire time I was machine-stitching because I was terrified I was going to mess everything up, but it went smoothly! 

 
I simply stitched directly into the middle seam, carefully making sure not to stitch through the page on the left or the right. 
 
 
And here's the other side and the beginning of July. I'm so excited to continue on with this project in my Doc-It Journals. 

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Hello crafters! It’s me Stacy here on the Simple Stories blog today with 2 layouts.

I have been inspired by stars recently, and I love how brightly they shine up above the skies. There is much hope and joy, so I would like to share that today.

In my first layout, i titled it Shine Like a Star, using Sunshine & Happiness collection. On the backdrop, i did some stitching of the Star of David and had them spread out randomly. Add some enamel dots at the corners of the stars, it helps to highlight the shape of the star!

Here is a closer look on the title. I like to stitch through my title and give it emphasis. Here you can also see how I varied the size enamel dots on the edge of the sewn stars.

Layering embellishments is always easier with Simple Stories. The collections can also be mixed to achieve what you desire. Here I used the chipboard frames, floral and memory stamp embellishmemts (bits and pieces) from Life in Color collection, wood veneers from You Are Here Collection and decorative Clips from Carpe Diem Collection. I think it is cool to mix and match the pieces required to complete the layout, and having significant embellishments to tell your story.

The other part of cluster which I adore! Here you can see the remains of the chipboard frame. I cut them up using a strong pair of scissors and layered it here. 

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For the second layout, my influence came from some circular structures I have seen around the buildings recently. I tend to draft and doodle ideas on the go in my notebook and sometimes using them in the layouts I create. In between creating this layout, I decided to go ahead and add some string art! This was fun! 

To create a subtle focus to the circular elements, i added some arrows on the sides and machine stitched them. I chose a plain white cardstock so it does not overwhelm the entire layout and blend with the backdrop. Here I also added some embellishments to cover the area. Love this bird! Around the photo, you can see a scallop border and some string art added as a matting for the photo.

More string art here to the main cluster of embellishments.

Let's take a closer look at the circular elements in this layout. I like how simple it is to embellish using the pattern papers in the Sunshine & Happiness collection!

There has not been much sunshine in my area recently, most days are covered with clouds and the day seems less bright. Using this collection in the layouts have given me much shine and happiness, and I hope they brighten your days too!

Hey Everyone! This is Jennie with today’s pocket pages using the Sunshine & Happiness Collection. This week had a little bit of everything including some photos that daughter took. My daughters always take my cell phone to take random photos and sometimes they get good shots.

The journaling cards from this layout are from the Sn@p Pack.

This week I only used the typewriter for my journaling. Normally I mix it but I needed to journal a lot and my handwriting is pretty big.

Every week I stamp the dates on labels and the labels from the 4x6 Stickers are perfect for my title card.

The most common kid’s photos on my phones are from the TV, toys or their messy rooms. I always make a note of which girl took the photos, in case I forget in the future. In the middle of collages I like to use Adhesive Bradz.

The Fundamental Cardstock Stickers are great when for typing because they are flat and once I’m done typing I can add a few around to embellish.

I hope you enjoyed these pages! Summer is almost over and I bet you’ve made gorgeous projects with the Sunshine & Happiness Collection. Make sure you share them with us on Social Media, tag @simplestories_ on Instagram!

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It’s Shei here today. I’m so happy to be back on the blog sharing two layouts. Let’s get started!

For my first layout I used the FA-BU-LO-US “Carpe Diem” collection. This line is so fun and colorful!

I made a very simple layout. Only a cardstock, a colorful paper and a few embellishments I used to make this project. As a starter point, I chose white cardstock as my background ‘cause I like the brightness that the white color brings to the whole project. 

For this layout I used one of my favorite photo of my cat, so I decided to cut the silhouette of a cat with the paper "Pencil It In (b-side)". Actually, I copied the cat's silhouette in this collection  (it’s so cute!!). Then I pasted it in the middle of the white cardboard and I sewed with black thread the cat shape.

To highlight the pic, I made a thin frame with the "Black Dot paper" and I pasted the photo on the project. Below the photo I put the title "Look cat me" (play on words with “cat” instead “at”) with black and pink letters from Expressions Cardstock Stickers.

Finally, I decorated the project with some embellishments from "Total Chaos paper" (the lovely cat in the world!) and "Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers" like the hearts and the arrows.

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The next layout I’m sharing with you today was created with the beautiful “Sunshine&Happiness” collection. 

As is usual with me, I started this page with a white cardstock as background. Then I used some of the journaling cards of the 4x4/4x6 Vertical Elements, 4x6 Horizontal Journaling Card Elements and 3x4 Journaling Card Elements papers. I pasted the pic in the middle of the cardstock and around it I glued the journaling cards I chose.

Next came my favorite part: the embellishing! For that I used some stickers from the Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers, some elements from the Chipboard Stickers and some sentences and lime letters from the Expressions Cardstock Stickers. I also added a few enamel dots and the self-adhesive brads to give dimension to my layout.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! I hope you enjoyed my layouts! See you next month!

Never stop smiling! Kisses!!

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Hey there, planner girls! Meka here today sharing a bit of my robin’s egg Carpe Diem planner decorated with totally gorgeous Posh planner goodies.

I’ve added a few Posh pocket card inserts and Epoxy Metal Clips to liven up my front pockets. The gold foiled “Choose to Shine” clear dashboard provides continued inspiration, shown here backed by the striped floral front side of the August monthly spread.

One of my favorite Simple Stories products is the clear sticker pack.

It includes a variety of both monochromatic and colored transparent stickers. While they’re great for planning layouts, they also make an unexpected addition to the planner itself.

I’ve used some on the front and back cover, pockets, and strap. They’re super easy to remove when I’m ready for a change.

Here I combined them with the Clear Label Stickers

For the weekly layout, I started out with a simple watercolor treatment on a Vertical Appointment Weekly Insert, as well as a Vertical Format Weekly Insert.  They’re so simple to create, and it’s nice to have a variety to choose from when I’m ready to complete a layout. I ultimately went with a vertical layout this week.

Across the top I wanted to use a strip of thin washi layered beneath the dates. Since I love the pattern of the standard-width High Style floral washi, I sliced it in half using a craft knife and a cutting mat.

After that, the Make It Happen roller stamp was just what I needed to create a row of headers for each section of the vertical layout.

Posh Page Flags, Planner Basics stickers, and gold foiled Designer Stickers were then layered to further embellish the headers.

From there, I added components of my week with the help of Calendar and Weekly Stickers, plus a few hand-drawn in elements.  Another week made beautiful with the help of Simple Stories and the lovely Posh planner collection!

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Hello dear Friends! Alexandra here! I'm so happy to revisit my "big" album. Here is what our WEEK 23 looked like with the beautiful Sunshine & Happiness collection

I added two stickers on the 6x8" photo (can be found on the Fundamentals Cardstock Sticker sheet) I like how the black of the HELLO sticker echoes the black found on the top picture. The pink of the peonies is picked up throughout the left page.

I didn't have that many photos for that week so for the right page, I trimmed a regular 12x12" Pocket Page so that I would have three 6x4" pockets and here too, I used the cards found in the the SN@P! Pack Sunshine & Happiness.

I always enjoying incorporating a bit about the news so included a photo of the New York Times and did a collage about the EuroCup with pictures I found on the net. I also included pictures of two postcards I received that week. Thank You!

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Hello scrappers!  Laura Whitaker here with you today sharing two more layouts using the fun and fabulous Sunshine and Happiness collection! I love every little thing about this collection and just had to keep on using it, I am down to the bare bones, but hope to get another page out of it at least!

My first page is called "Hello SONshine"
 

This page was created to document a big event for this youngest boy of mine. July 5th was the 11th anniversary of his adoption day!  We always celebrate this day with a special dinner out, but since his dad was out of town this year we postponed dinner and he and I made up some fancy drinks (Shirley Temples) and had a fun night celebrating with just the two of us!

I am totally happy to use pink in a bold way on a boys page, I love to use papers and embellishment that suits the mood of my photo over the gender of the subject.  And hot pink is just plain fun!
 

I used a sticker, alpha stickers and part of a die cut to create my "HELLO Sonshine" title and I just love the way that it turned out!  I added a bit of machine stitching just for fun!
 

There were so many embellishments in this collection that made it very simple to  accent my page, like this pop bottle and a variety of fruit stickers.
 

I added a small cluster of embellishments to the top left of my page, which starts my visual triangle and draws the eye to my photo on the right.
 

I really wanted to use this 4x12 cut-a-part on my page as I do not typically put these pieces to good use.  I layered on a few phrase stickers and doodled around them with a black felt tip pen for a bit of pop.
 

The last point in my triangle is this small cluster at the bottom left of my page, with is highlighted by a triangle of patterned paper.

My second layout is called "There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy"
 

Yes that title is a mouthful!  But so very perfect!  As I mentioned, I had challenged myself to use up the large cut-a-parts in this collection and when I pinched this photo off of my son's Facebook page I knew this particular cut-a-part would be exactly right!

I layered it over the yellow patterned paper and added a bit of striped paper to the right side of my layout to tie in all of the colours.
 

This butterfly was fussy cut from another cut-a-part; to the Native Americans butterflies symbolize change, joy and colour which made it perfect for my layout which celebrates these three special people that have become a little family as my son and his new fiance recently got engaged.
 

This phrase was also cut from a cut-a-part card which pretty much acted as perfect journaling on my page.
 

I have been simplifying my embellishment clusters lately and this little one at the top of my page is indicative of that.

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Hey planner friends!  It's Vanessa & I’m back again to show you how I am using some of the goodies from Carpe Diem Reset Girl and Posh planner collections in my Robin’s Egg Carpe Diem planner. 
 
 
For the monthly pages, I like to keep them functional with lots of space, but still have some decorative stickers and ephemera to dress up the pages.
 
 
Most of the stickers here come from the Planner Basics Stickers pack from The Reset Girl and I love how this set is full of mini page flags, ring reinforcers, and box stickers that coordinate and fit inside of the boxes.
 
 
On my weekly pages, I used the number stickers from the Icon Stickers set to date the first week of August, a few of the page flags from the Posh Collection, and the Planner Basic Stickers for layering.  I love how there’s a mix of prints and colors, but they all go together beautifully.
 
 
 
 
Some of my favorite stickers from the Planner Basics set are the box stickers that not only fit perfectly in the Vertical Format inserts, but they can also be used in your horizontal inserts to add some color and break up the large white space.
 
 
My absolute favorite item from The Reset Girl collection are the Bits & Pieces.  They’re so adorable and I love how they like look classic stationery items from the past and present.  I picked four of my favorite pieces and made them into paperclips to separate some pages that I want to find easily.  I also added a small stack of the sticky notes to my bookmark so they’re readily available.  
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today to check out my planner set up and I hope you have fun with the collection from The Reset Girl.  It’s a beautiful collection that I will enjoy using during August and will look even more beautiful in the Fall as well.

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Good morning lovelies! Brenda Smith here with you today to share a pocket page spread I made with the fun and vibrant Sunshine & Happiness.
 
 
One of my favorite things about pocket pages is that they can be made quickly if desired; simply print your photos and pop in some filler and filled-out journaling cards and you're good. I often take an approach similar to this one, with maybe a little extra embellishing tacked on to the end (I like my embellishments!). But today, I wanted to spend a little more time with my pictures and supplies and decided to print up photos at odd sizes to place on top of the cards and patterned paper. 
 
 
I use photoshop to resize my photos but this can be done in any number of programs you may already have including Silhouette Studio and Microsoft Word (you can google more thorough tutorials but essentially you drag the photos onto your canvas in your program, pull at the corners to resize, and print). I usually print them somewhere around 2.5"-2.75" square. Sometimes I'll alter this to make more or less space on the card. 
 
 
I try to keep my embellishing to a minimum when making the photos smaller. I want the photos to remain the focus of the page. I usually layer a few die cuts on top of and under the photos and add a little journaling and call that card done. 
 
 
I am typically a heavy journaler and am always worried that my pages will look like a big block of text. I used my computer for the journaling this time and I made sure to include ample line space between my journaling lines. I find that by adding the little bit extra space, it instantly makes the page seem less heavy. 
 
 
I needed a few embellishments to be a bit smaller for my purposes so I coordinated the paper collection with the digital Sunshine & Happiness collection and resized certain embellishments in Photoshop before printing out. Again, this is something that could be done in free programs as well. Don't be afraid to make both digital and physical work together for you. Resizing and printing out digital elements is way easier than you might fear. 

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