Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & Petaloo Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both Petaloo & Simple Stories! 

Creative team member Chantalle McDaniel joins us today -
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Hello Simple Stories and Petaloo fans. I’m sure you’ll agree that the gorgeous new Bloom & Grow and Sunshine & Happiness are perfectly suited to oh-so-pretty Petaloo blooms! I’ve created two projects to share with you today using these new lines. Read on to see how they came together.
 
My first page, entitled Hooray Sunshine is about those first few days of early summer. Heading out to the beach at the start of the season, when you still need a cardigan against the breeze! It started life out as one part ‘Happy Day’ and one part ‘6x12 Elements’. 
 
 
I really love the floral print on the Happy Day paper so I decided to hoard the other half for another project and make use of the same print on the 6x12 Elements paper. By adding the two halves together I have created my own unique background paper and also given the page a good sense of movement across the horizon.
 
I mounted this new combo background onto some plain white cardstock for a bit of strength. So that my pattern didn’t end abruptly, I then went about echoing the floral print with lots of beautiful Petaloo flowers. In the pic below you can see how I have mixed in some hot pink Gerber daisies with some light pink canvas Dogwoods. In amongst there I’ve also added some super cute Sunshine & Happiness die cuts. I’ve picked up most of the colours in the pattern. The reason I have left one or two out is so that it doesn’t all become too ’the same’ if you know what I mean! By adding some flowers and leaving some printed paper it adds interest by way of texture and dimension.
 
 
For a few green tendril pops I curled some Petaloo white DIY Baby’s Breath around a pencil. I then echoed this spiral shape by creating paper tendrils of my own.
 
 
To create these, simply run a craft knife along the length of a metal ruler, really close to the edge of your paper. They are pretty delicate so go quite slowly. What you will be left with are lots of pretty paper tendrils to use as embellishments.
 
 
My title was created using the alphabet stickers from the Sunshine & Happiness 4x6 sticker pack. Tip: Line your letters along the edge of a ruler to transfer to your paper so they are evenly spaced.
 
 
For the finishing touches, I have gone about highlighting some areas with Glossy Accents, added some pom pom trim and a few bright enamel dot pops.
 
 
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My next page makes use of the new Bloom & Grow. This collection is such fun! This photo was taken a couple of years ago when my little girl was in Kindergarten. She has grown up so much in such a short space of time - blooming and growing for sure!
 
 
I’ve created a large pennant shape in the centre of my page. I’ve used some natural twine as a guide, which you can find in a pack of Petaloo Teal Blossoms (Bulk Pack). I’ve used my staple board to attach the twine to my paper and then went about mirroring matching flowers on each side of the pennant, starting at the top, moving down. 
 
 
Inside the large triangle are lots of smaller ones which help the eye down the page. I’ve used some plain cardstock and some patterned paper and layered them in a haphazard style overlapping each other.
 
 
A view from the other side. 
 
 
Mr Gnome and these buzzy bees were just way too cute not to include on this project! I’ve used a paper piercer to pop through a few guide holes and then hand stitched my bees a little trail.
 
 
Pinks, blues, wood tones - this line is fun for so many themes!
 
Thank you for joining me today!
 
Happy Crafting
 
 
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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & Petaloo Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both Petaloo & Simple Stories! 

Creative team member Stacy Koo joins us today -
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Hello crafters! It’s me, Stacy here today with 2 layouts using the Sunshine & Happiness collection and gorgeous flowers from Petaloo! I am so excited to use these flowers on my layouts! The idea came about pretty quick, inspired by the bright and vibrant colors!

The photos used here were taken last year where we went for a photoshoot. It has been close to 16 years since I knew the both of them. The memories were filled with laughter and sunshine!

The first layout is titled “Summer Shine”.

The papers remind me of my best friends pretty much, especially for the smiles and sunshine they bring me! The first piece that called out to me was the pattern paper High Five. I felt this urge to cut the whole piece of the paper up! So I went with the flow, and filled the entire background with the cut out pieces, sewing each cut piece onto the cardstock. The finished background looked like a completed jigsaw piece which depicts how I felt with my best friends. When I craft, I like to go through a process which fits the story I am telling.

The background was so captivating and I did not want to cover up the photo area with too many papers, so I used some transparency for the layering instead. Here I cut some rectangular pieces with a window in the centre and backed it up with transparency. In addition, I added some chipboard frames (Life in Color Collection) to the sides as well. I cut them into 2 pieces, so I can really utilize more with 1 piece. (I am still very much in love with the stitched background!)

Petaloo flowers are extremely pretty! They highlight the entire layout immediately and I am drawn deeply towards the photo instantly with the gorgeous blooms! Here I first misted the flowers lightly with silver shimmer, adding a slightly glittery look to the flowers. Layer the flowers with diecut or punched leaves and SS embellishments to highlight the entire area!

In order to flow the entire page with the same concept, i used another chipboard frame for this cluster of embellishment as well. I must say that SS has done it yet again in the Bits & Pieces pack. This pack really packs a punch! I totally love the pieces in here!

When I saw the chipboard pieces, it was immediately clear what the title would be. With such sunshine and joy in the photos, Summer Shine just seemed the most appropriate title for me!

Lastly, to finish up the entire layout, I covered up the photo with a napkin and added some splashes of gesso for a finished look. 

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On the next layout “Happy Smiles”, I wanted to work with some stitching that signifies the friendship.  This time, I added the chain link. It helps me signify the chain of friendship and the memories we had together. 

You could sew the chain link stitch onto the layout, but for this time, I decided to add it as a dangling piece from the photo so I sewed it seperately.

Aren't the papers gorgeous and bright? I love how much the circular elements displays behind the photo and the vibrant colors of the background.  After the layering, I added Petaloo flowers to enhance the circular elements. This time, I took a mix of Petaloo flowers for a different look. I wanted different flowers and shapes in this layout because the elements are kept simple to avoid over cluttering the page.  In addition, I added some phrases (from the stickers and Bits & Pieces pack) on top of the flowers. It is one way to highlight subtitle!

Using transparency behind titles also help to lift the title without covering the background or overwhelming the word. In this case, I added 2 pieces from the Bits & Pieces pack to provide emphasis to the word “Smiles” too. I like the sticker sheet. It gives me possibilities of any title in mind!

 

Lastly, i added stickers and embellishments in this cluster to finish up the entire look of the whole layout, keeping in mind the circular theme thoughout this layout.

 

Hope you like these layouts!

Don’t forget to drop by again for more goodies by the Design Team installed for you this week for the Simple Stories & Petaloo Product Swap!
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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner next Monday to win a Bloom & Grow collection pack & Petaloo flowers!  

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After you enter, head on over to the Petaloo blog to see what their team has created & enter to win a prize pack there as well!  

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Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & Petaloo Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both Petaloo & Simple Stories! 

Today creative team member Violet Ballew joins us with some Carpe Diem planner inspiration using the Sunshine & Happiness collection -
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Hello, everyone! May is my favorite month, maybe it's because of all the beautiful flowers that bloom or that it is my Birthday Month and we get to celebrate Mother's Day. I just love everything about May. This month was very exciting to me because I was very fortunate to incorporate Petaloo elements to my Simple Stories and Carpe Diem planner layouts.

I started off this month by making a dashboard for my planner and filling my pockets. By adding Petaloo flowers it just really added some dimension to the dashboard.

The Sunshine & Happiness collection is so gorgeous!  I absolutely had a blast decorating my side pockets with it. All the yellow and pinks just remind me of a sunshine happy day. I tried to create that inside my pockets.

Talk about planner swag, this Simple Stories girl says it all! Pony to the side and huge shades is a must for may.

Of course I had to make paperclips, one of my favorite accessories for my planner.

Last but surely not the least is my monthly planer spread before the pen. Let's Party stickers were used and it definitely felt like one in my planner this month. Thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by the blog.

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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner next Monday to win a Bloom & Grow collection pack & Petaloo flowers!  

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After you enter, head on over to the Petaloo blog to see what their team has created & enter to win a prize pack there as well!  

Want to follow Petaloo and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

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Join us again here tomorrow for more inspiring projects!

Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & Petaloo Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both Petaloo & Simple Stories! 

Today creative team member  Missy Whidden joins us with two gorgeous layouts -
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Hey there!  Missy back with you, and I’m excited to be participating in the Simple Stories & Petaloo Product Swap!  For my first layout, I used the new Sunshine & Happiness collection.  All of those gorgeous flowers jumped out at me, and so I decided to fussy cut several of them out and create a Mother’s Day layout.  I added a portion of some white cardstock on top of the Shine Bright paper and added some white gesso and watercolors to it.  I created a photo strip of some sweet Mother’s Day photos of me and my daughter, and the yellow and orange flowers matched this collection so perfectly.  I used the Petaloo Mini Gerber Daisies and one of the Baby’s Breath to accent my photos.

These pink Gerber Daisies were a perfect match for these fussy cut flowers.  I love these bright colors so much!  I added some light blue thread to bring out that light color in the patterned paper.  Here you can also see the watercolor background closely.

Here’s a look at the other side of the photo strips.  More fussy cut flowers, and I also added that beautiful Baby’s Breath.  It seems like it was just meant to be there!  I did a little light blue machine stitching on the edges of the cardstock for an extra pop of that light blue.

I used a few stickers and die cuts to create this cute little sun & cloud cluster above the photos.  I also added a bit of orange thread behind this pink daisy.

To create my title, I combined the “happy” die cut from the Bits & Pieces with some of the alpha stickers from the Color Vibe Lights SN@P! Stickers; they are the perfect size and color for making titles.


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I used the new Bloom & Grow collection for my next layout.  The colors and patterns make me think of outdoor fun, so I decided to scrap a layout with photos of my daughter on the 4-wheeler.  She gets so excited when we go for a ride!  I fell in love with the cute little gnomes in this line, so I wanted to incorporate them onto my page.  I also create a silly title to go along with them!  I did add a bit of clear gesso to my background paper before adding lots of watercolor.  I used one of the 3x4 cards from the Journaling Card Elements paper as a third photo.  I used three gnomes from the Fundamentals Cardstock Sticker sheet and used them as embellishments around the photos.  Around them was the perfect spot to add some of the Petaloo Queen Annes stems and Cream Petites flowers.

I combined some of the alpha stickers from the Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheet with the Light Snap Stickers.  I thought it was cute & clever since it matched the gnomes!  I fussy cut this little guy from the Chillin With My Gnomes patterned paper.  I also ran the Green Dot paper through my Cameo to create those leaves.

I created lots of layers and texture here.  I raised this gnome up with pop dots, and that gave a little bit of space to add the Petaloo stem.  I added that little red flower sticker to give that side a little pop of red, and I also added some brown tangled thread and then stitched through this green 3x4 card.

More cute gnomes and more pretty flowers!  I used a few of the Snap Pack cards as layers behind my photos as well as some white tissue paper.

Here’s another look at the title area and the mixed media work.  I love how the die cut leaves turned out, and these alpha stickers are so awesome for titles!  I added a few small Petaloo flowers here and there.  I love that they look like they have dirt on them…so perfect for an outdoor page!

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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner next Monday to win a Bloom & Grow collection pack & Petaloo flowers!  

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After you enter, head on over to the Petaloo blog to see what their team has created & enter to win a prize pack there as well!  

Want to follow Petaloo and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

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Thanks sooooo much for joining us for our 2016 Spring Carpe Diem Release Reveal, we hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  The new Posh, Reset Girl and Planner Essentials products are shipping to retailers late July, so it won't be too long :) 

Congrats to our 12 random lucky winners!  Here goes!

Posh Boxed Set
Blog – Stacey - redpilars
Instagram – tanjagk
Pinterest –  Mishia Wats
Facebook – Manda Jane Ward

The Reset Girl Boxed Set
Blog – Kim Cannon
Instagram –  sweetplannerlife
Pinterest –  Gina Martin Eggebrecht
Facebook – Karen Davis

Planner Essentials -  
Blog – Cindy Atkins
Instagram –  pinkmintplanner
Pinterest –  Linsey Rickett
Facebook – Melissa Lynch

Thanks everyone!!  If you are one of the random lucky winners and did not receive a message or email from me, please send me an email at layle@simplestories.com with your full name and mailing address so we can ship your package!

 

Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & Petaloo Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both Petaloo & Simple Stories! 

Today creative team member Shei Garcia Pena joins us with two Bloom & Grow layouts -
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Hi there!  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 new Bloom&grow collection. This line it’s so cute! I really like it ‘cause it’s very nice and sweet.  I started this page cutting with my Cameo Silhouette the title on a white cardstock: “Separated at birth”. Then I glued my picture in a middle of the sentence creating this funny composition.

I really love all the papers of the line so I filled each hole letter with a different paper (you can see all the papers I used down below). I enjoyed mixing different patterns!

To finish my layout I added some elements from fundamental and expressions cardstock stickers sheets and some flowers from Petaloo all around the layout - the flowers match the Bloom & Grow collection perfectly and are a great addition!  I also glued some embellishments from chipboard stickers and some enamel dots. Oh! And obviously, my lovely Bradz!!

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The next layout I’m sharing with you today was again created with the beautiful Bloom&grow collection.

As is usual with me, 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 favorites photos. My boyfriend took it after a very funny crafty moment that ends with my hands painted. I really like this pic, so I used twice, one in color and a second in black and white. 

I cut with my Cameo Silhouette the cool “Chin Up, Buttercup” paper (b-side part) to make one word of the title, as my started point. I used this paper ‘cause the print is like my dress, hahaha! I cut the word “PAINT” and I completed the sentence with the blue alpha from the Expressions Cardstock Stickers.

Next came my favorite part: the embellishing! For that I used some stickers from the Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers and some sentences from the Expressions Cardstock Stickers. I also added some elements from the Chipboard Stickers (this cloud is so lovely) and a few enamel dots to give dimension to my layout.

Finally, I stained with green paint (like my hands in the pic) and glued one of my favorites Simple Stories’ embellishment: the self-adhesive brads (I love them!!).

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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Now for even more fun!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and we'll draw one lucky winner next Monday to win a Bloom & Grow collection pack & Petaloo flowers!  

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After you enter, head on over to the Petaloo blog to see what their team has created.  

Want to follow Petaloo and keep up with all of their great projects & products?  Here you go!

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Hi Everyone! This is Jennie and today I’m documenting my happy spring days using the NEW Sunshine & Happiness Collection. This collection is aimed for summer but I also believe is perfect for parties, girly layouts or any fun sunny day!

I always start with my photos and then jump to my Sn@p Pack. If you want to get someone started in pocket pages just get them a Sn@p Pack and I’ll guarantee you’ll have a pocket pages buddy soon! I really like to put a little something on each photo so the tiny words from the 4x6 Sticker Pack work perfect!   

I love the colors in this collection and I was lucky that my daughters’ outfits that week matched the collection!

I am obsessed with Photo Flips lately. I really like fun filler cards, journaling and I don’t like to leave photos out and Photo Flips are the perfect solution to keep all my favorites! I already had 3 photos on the bottom so I wanted a little break and I decided to use the journaling card on top.

These photos were similar so I didn’t have to show them all in the initial layout. At the same time some had more details and I wanted to keep them all.
 
 
I love the two birds on the journaling card I think they are a good way to represent my girls. My daughters draw every single day! If I kept every drawing I would need an extra house, which is why I often take photos of their drawings or projects. I keep the memories but not the clutter. Once in a while I keep one that is too cool to toss.
 
I am crazy about this camera image! I just added a little word and a Self Adhesive Brad to make it even cuter! I enjoy layering but it’s hard to layer in pocket pages as you do in traditional scrapbooking. For pocket pages my layering recipe is washi tape, a simple shape like a circle, star or heart, a small word and enamel dots.
 
 
I hope you enjoyed these pages! Check out the process video to see how I made these pages in a SN@P!

 

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Hello again friends! Leah here, keeping it real by showing you what my planner looks like during a very busy month. I get questions all the time about how I use my planner functionally. I am ALWAYS going to have some decoration in my planner, because decorating my planner is a conscious choice I make to prioritize creative time, which helps keep me sane AND makes me excited to open my planner and actually use it. Because I have been insanely busy this month though, I have not had time to decorate as much as I normally would. I thought this would be a good time to show you how I am using my planner functionally, but also show you how I am still finding ways to get creative and dress things up!

This month, I used the Bloom and Grow scrapbook collection to decorate because I am so in love with the garden theme and the sweet little gnomes!

I can’t help but add some décor to the front pockets. The Bits and Pieces pack for the Bloom and Grow collection is so full of adorable ephemera! That is mostly what I filled the pockets with this month because I just HAD to use those die-cut gnomes. They make me so happy to look at! The little square pieces are from the Bloom and Grow SN@P! Pack.  I use a repositionable adhesive to make the pieces stay in place in the pockets, which also allows me to easily remove them later.

After decorating my front pockets, I usually like to create a matching dashboard so everything coordinates. As you can see, I have kept my dashboard very simple this month. I picked one of my favorite 12x12 papers from the collection and cut it down to fit my planner. Because of the words on the paper, I had to make the decision to either cut through one of the words, or try to cut in between them. I chose to cut in between the words but that made the paper about a half an inch too short. I thought about leaving it as is, but then I remembered I had this pretty scalloped ribbon that I could glue to the bottom to extend the length a bit. I actually ended up adding two rows of the ribbon and I love how it turned out!

Whenever I am super busy, I need my planner to be everything I need on-the-go. This means it has to store important papers/information I need to reference and have ample space for making to-do lists. Even though I decorate nearly all my front pockets, I do save the bigger secretarial pocket for holding larger papers or information I need to access easily. For example, right now this pocket is holding tickets I printed to an upcoming concert, a couple of receipts, a bill, a wedding invitation and a blank birthday card. I could fit even more into this roomey pocket if wanted to!

When I know I am going to be running around a lot, I will load up my planner with extra craft supplies in case I get a little free time to decorate while I am away from home. Simple Stories makes pocket pages that are made to fit the 6x8 SN@P! binders, but they fit perfectly in my Carpe Diem planner. They are a little larger than the calendar inserts, so I do prefer to keep them in the very back. I use these inserts to hold stickers and washi paper tape, as well as various sized journal cards from the SN@P! Pack, which I like to use to write lists on or to journal special moments I want to remember.

I use this plastic storage pouch to hold my favorite die cuts. The zipper keeps all the little pieces from falling out of my planner. I use die cuts on pretty much every single project I create, so I had to find an easy way to store them in my planner.

I haven’t really had time to sit down and plan out a whole week at a time during the first half of May. Instead I have been making daily to-do lists. Simple Stories sells a lined paper pad that slides into the back pocket of your planner. This pad is SO useful because you can easily tear a sheet off and put it wherever you want in your planner since the paper has pre-punched holes for the rings! Lately, I have been writing my to-do lists on this pad and then putting the list at the front of my planner to keep me extra focused on the tasks I need to complete.

As much as I LOVE decorating weekly, there are times where that’s just not possible, and that’s okay! One compromise I always make time for, no matter how little time I have, is to decorate at least my monthly spread. So I did just that!

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the gnomes in the Bloom and Grow collection?! Well here is another one, with an accompanying word strip from this sticker pack that says “chillin with my gnomies!” That gave me a good chuckle and still does every time I see it on this page. The same sticker pack includes several more sheets of various styles of stickers that all match the collection; I used many of them in this layout. 

The box stickers are not exactly a perfect fit for the monthly squares, but they are very close. I love how they look, so I used several of them to fill some of the boxes throughout the month.

I added some extra layers to the layout with washi tape and die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack.

The letters that spell out May and the cloud and sun sticker behind them are both from the 12x12 cardstock sticker sheets. It has been raining SO much in Virginia for the past month, which is another reason why I felt this collection was perfect for decorating May. Since it is garden-themed, there are a lot of weather-related references. I used a few in this spread.

If your month has been as crazy as mine, I hope I have given you a couple of ideas on how to add some creative details to your planner without spending too much time decorating. Of course, it’s always an option to not decorate at all, as the Carpe Diem inserts have quite a lot of pretty details already. I am feeling so thankful for the fact that the inserts are undated because otherwise I would have wasted a couple of weeks of inserts this month. What are some ways you have made your planner more functional for your needs? Tag me on Instagram @sunny.leah, I would love to see your ideas!

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Hello everyone, Marcia here! I am so excited to share a couple projects today using the brand new Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness collection. It's bright and fun, perfect for all kinds of summer photos.

 

This first project is a fun summer layout titled Make A Splash. I am using some photos of my daughter playing in a small wading pool. I added a few JustNick Studios digital cut files as I wanted a big warm inviting sun and I also wanted some water. Take a look ...

 

 

I really love that yellow Hello Sunshine paper. I used some white cardstock to layer under my photos so they wouldn't get lost among all the color. I used some fabulous Bits and Pieces die cuts, Enamel Dots, Bradz, and Stickers to embellish. These phrase stickers are awesome!

 

 

 

I placed my title inside that big sun using some of the Simple Stories alpha stickers combined with a JustNick Studios digital die cut word; Splash. Mixing fonts and text size makes my title more interesting. I added some machine stitching for texture inside the sun as well. I think I add machine stitching on most of my layouts.

 

 

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For my second project I created a home decor piece. I am an avid gardener having both flower and vegetable gardens and was ecstatic to see the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection. There are all sorts of projects I want to make with it. This shadowbox frame was one, but I needed some orange. Good thing that the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness collection had the perfect orange. The woodgrain background paper is from the Bloom and Grow collection. There are also different woodgrain background papers in the Simple Stories Snap Basics that could be used instead.

 

 

The 3D carrots are from the SVGcuts Happy Easter digital cut file. Yes, 3D .... here are a few more detailed shots ...

 

 

I used some white vinyl and my Silhouette to cut the Grow script that I mounted on the front of the shadowbox frame glass.

 
 

I am thrilled with how this turned out. It looks fabulous in my porch! 

 

Thanks for stopping by today. Watch for both of the new Simple Stories collections at your local scrapbook store. You will love them!

 

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Hi everyone!  Theresa here to share a few of my Carpe Diem layouts for the month of May.  I am in love with the fun and bright colors in the new Sunshine and Happiness collection!  

For my monthly layout, I used the Carpe Diem number stickers to label the days of the month.  After I filled in important dates, I filled in some of the empty space with stickers.

I wanted to keep the layouts for the entire month uniform, so I used the same color number stickers for the weekly layouts.

After the first week of May was over, I added a vertical pocket page to my layout by punching additional holes to the page protector.

I cut down a couple of my favorite patterned papers to 2"x2" to fill the smaller pockets.  I then embellished the photos and cards with stickers. 

This is such a fun scrapbook line but also perfect for planners! 

 

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Howdy friends!  It's Layle here :)  We've currently in New York City exhibiting our Carpe Diem planners, Posh & Reset Girl collection at the National Stationery Show.  It's been such an exciting show for us, our booth has been busy, busy, busy with retailers oohing and ahhing over all of our new products & that makes us just giddy!  The response to the planners and accessories has been amazing!

I thought it would be fun to share some photos with you from the show.  Here's a panoramic photo of the full booth

The center section in the booth displays the planners.  Isn't that a lovely rainbow?!

The Carpe Diem Reset Girl products are displayed on the left side of the both when you walk in 

On the back wall we have a planner desk set up.  Doesn't it make you just want to sit right down & start playing in the planner?  :)

How fun is this inspiration board full of icons & patterns from the Reset Girl collection?!

On the right side of the booth we have the Posh and Planner Essentials displayed

So, there you have it, almost as if you were right here with us :)  Stay tuned, in the few weeks we'll be posting videos on YouTube as we walk through the planners and all of the accessories!

Hello crafty friends!

I am so excited to share two new layouts with you today!  I created them using the Bloom & Grow collection and I have to tell you that it is just such a fun collection! Actually, if truth be told, I was having a trying day up until I sat down to create and before you know it this happy collection with it's fun primary colours and sweet embellishments had me singing away.  I may or may not confess to telling myself gnome puns!  When I was almost done my second page, I remembered another photo I have that is so perfect for this collection, so watch for that at a later date!
 

Friends are the Sunshine of Life
 
 
There is very little that says happy like sunshine yellow and gingham, so I knew this paper had to feature on my layout along with my all time fav - notebook paper! This photo was taken back in 2010. these sweet boys belong to two friends of mine and they had so much fun trying to walk our new puppy!  I layered a couple of the cut-a-part cards behind my photo and then layered some phrase stickers and label stickers around it as well as the fun banner sticker.
 
 
I designed this cut file to sit behind my photo because I wanted to use so many of the patterned papers from the collection! 
 
 
My title was inspired by a phrase that was printed on one of the cut apart cards, which I cut part of it from and then mixed in stickers and alphas for a fun multi font look.
 
I just cannot resist the gnomes and toadstools, so I flanked my title with one of each of them.  The tiny little banner hanging form the word "sunshine" was fussy cut from a larger square sticker.
 
 
This wonky scalloped border sticker was just perfect to embellish the seam between my two background papers, I added a bit of stitching to give it a bit more detail.
 
 
I finished off this page with a couple of small embellishment clusters.
 
Let's go fly a Kite
 
 
 
My youngest son loves to fly his kite, but boy do I find it challenging to photograph!  I struggled with getting my boy and the kite in the same shot!  I am glad I was able to get a few pictures that I could add to my scrapbook to document his fun.  This was such a gorgeous day, the lake and the sky were so clear and blue.
 
My three photos were double matted, first with yellow polka dotted paper and then with some plain white cardstock to help them pop off of the dark wood-grained patterned paper that I really wanted to use as my background. Then I layered the photos over 3 strips of different patterned paper adding some dimensional adhesive behind them.  
 
 
The top of my page also got treated to some patterned paper and a tiny scallop that was fussy cut from one of the bar code strips from the collection.  Then I added some machine stitching for no other reason than I thought it would be pretty.
 
 
Wow, did I ever have fun embellishing this page!  On the right side of my page, I combined stickers, chipboard pieces, and ephemera to create a little sunny day scene ... I just couldn't resist.  I used lots of foam adhesive to create dimension within the cluster.
 
Again my title is a combination of a phrase cut from a cut-a-part sheet and some alpha stickers - so fun to create!  And I didn't have to think of the perfect title, the collection did that for me! (For both of my pages!)
 
 
The left side was treated to a smaller cluster.
 
 
 
As a last step, I added a couple of die cut butterflies and some enamel dots.
 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

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Good morning friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to share a pocket page made using the new Sunshine & Happiness line. My daughter turned 6 in April and though it wasn't summer, I knew this line would be perfect for documenting her water party. 
 
 
I had several photos I wanted to include in this spread so I turned to photo collages. I used Photoshop to arrange the photos before printing. The Bits and Pieces pack always contains the perfect embellishments for finishing off the photo collages. 
 
 
My photos are pretty busy and of course I wanted to use all the pretty bright colors in the Sn@p Pack so in order to keep the spread from looking too crazy, I made sure to include plenty of white across the spread. I widened the white borders around my photos and chose cards with a lot of white. It's certainly fun to have bright and colorful layouts but I really wanted to make sure the photos and the stories were the stars of this page. 
 
 
I wanted to finish off my cards with some hand-stitching details. I used some stitching templates from my stash and stitched on some sequins and some other little bits here and there.
 
 
I used the coordinating alphabet stickers to make little mini titles all across the spread. Because I wanted them to stand out a little more, I outlined the letter stickers with black pen. 
 
 
I used hand-stitching as a means to add more texture and dimension to the spread. These yellow arrows are the perfect accent without standing out too much. 
 
 
There were a lot of little stories to tell about her party and this photo collage allowed me to document random photos along with the stories. 
 
As you can see, this collection is so versatile and can be used for so many more types of pages than just summer pages. Once you pick up this line, make sure you share with us what you are making with Sunshine & Happiness!

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Good morning!  It's Mary-Ann here with you today :)
 
We adopted this handsome boy when we lived in a little town called Milford.  Hence his name, Milford.  Of course we found nicknames for him rather quickly.  We called him Milly Vanilly, Mil Vanil for short!  For this layout, I used Carpe Diem.  The cat embellishments were perfect for this photo that I have had printed for quit a while.  

The Meh 4x4 was perfect for depicting his personality.  He didn't care about anything!  Quite lazy as a matter of fact.
 
 
Adding the puppy was a MUST and just pure fun.  
 
 
I love to layer, combining Bits and Pieces, Stickers with Chipboards!

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Good morning all! Brenda Smith with you today to share something a little different. I've been asked to share my memory planner spreads in my Carpe Diem here on the blog in addition to my pocket pages.

For those of you who might not know, memory planning is part journal, part planner. Instead of filling up a planner with to-do's, you fill it up with stories and memories. Because I do pocket pages as well, I use my memory planning as an aid in helping me remember the stories that go along with the pictures.

This planner spread was made using Life in Color.  I used one of the 12x12 papers and cut two strips to go down the sides. Then I used the labels from the Stickers and the phrase stickers with the days of the week on them because I covered up part of my days titles with the paper. I like to combine stamps from my stash because I find it the perfect opportunity to use all those cute phrase stamps I never seem to use anywhere else.

One of the most important things to note about me as a planner girl is that I'm a scrapbooker first. I approach my planner pages in the same manner I approach my pocket pages or my layouts: heavy on the die cut embellishments like those from the Bits and Pieces sets and clean and balanced. I've realized that I do not have to reinvent the wheel with planning. I can do what I've always done in my crafting.

This spread was made using the new Sunshine & Happiness line. This was the week of my daughter's 6th birthday so I knew I wanted there to be a focal point with something to do with her birthday. These big letters spelling "Happy" from the embellishments in the Sn@p pack worked out great despite their monstrous size. Don't be afraid to work in larger embellishments onto a smaller canvas like a planner spread. Big things can work on a small canvas when good design balance is kept in mind. 

I use a typewriter because I like the clean, crisp look. I don't particularly care for my handwriting to be honest. I make sure to put enough of my handwriting elsewhere in our albums but I'm allowing myself to do this planner thing exactly how I want, not necessarily how I see others doing it.

When journaling in my memory planner, I try to keep the pressure off myself. There's not a lot of space to write so I can't write everything. My stories get told through my layouts and pocket pages and I use this memory planner as an aid in helping me remember some of the small details of that week.

This spread was made with the new line Bloom & Grow. You may have noticed my go-to's when it comes to making planner spreads: Strips of paper (or in this case, strips cut from journal cards from the Sn@p pack), Bits and Pieces (die cut ephemera), enamel dots, phrase stickers, alphas, and stamps. 

I'm definitely a no muss, no fuss kind of girl when it comes to my planner. I've found that by removing the rules for creating in my planner that I was imposing on myself, creating these spreads has become one of my favorite crafty outlets. Because there are no rules, there's no pressure. I make what I feel inspired to make and every memory planner spread done means another set of stories documented, whether or not the ensuing pocket pages get made in a timely manner. 

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for the last Day of our Carpe Diem Planners Spring Reveal

If you missed us earlier this week, you can catch the reveal of our Carpe Diem Reset Girl planners & accessories here and the Posh planners & accessories here.    Be sure to check those blog posts out for a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Planner Essentials - 

Planner Essentials - those core, everyday planner necessities you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again.  From clear number stickers for dating your monthly, weekly and daily inserts, a brand new pouch for storing all of your goodies in your planner, and a rockin’ roller stamp, to new a la carte weekly horizontal, vertical and vertical appointment inserts, you’re going to LOVE what you see.  Speaking of love, all of the Carpe Diem inserts are now 140gsm - super thick and dreamy - we know you’re going to love them!

 

For those of you needing a bit more room to plan on a daily basis, Daily Inserts are back & better then ever, especially now that they're 140gsm!

 

With Planner Essentials you now have the option of THREE different a la carte Weekly Inserts - Horizontal, Vertical and Vertical Appointment!  Now you have the freedom to cutomize your planner based on your own personal planning style - hooray!!  140gsm thickness - what could be better?!

A brand new Storage Pouch for taking your planner supplies with you on the go!

 

YAY!!!  A Carpe Diem Roller Stamp!  

 

NEW Clear Labels - perfect for adding labels to your dividers!

Our new Clear Number Stickers offer 2 different sizes of numbers, perfect for dating your monthly, weekly and daily inserts!

And of course, don't forget that you can now purchase all 8 new planners A LA CARTE, giving you the freedom to customize your planner to fit your personal planning needs!  Choose from the a la carte Reset Girl Monthly Inserts or Posh Monthly Inserts, add your daily or weekly inserts and you're off and running!

WHEW!!!  So there you have it - Carpe Diem Planner Essentials!  The Planner Essentials products begin shipping to retailers in late July, so watch for them to hit your favorite retailer or online store soon.

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Planner Essentials prize before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Planner Essentials images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiemPlannerEssentials, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Monday, May 23rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about the new Planner Essentials accessories!

That wraps up our Spring Carpe Diem Planner Reveal!  Thanks so much for joining us this week and sharing in our excitement!  Stay tuned in the next several weeks as we start sharing peeks at all of these new products up close & in person!

This Friday we're headed to New York City!  Visit Simple Stories & The Reset Girl at the National Stationery Show, booth #1306 - May 15-18th, 2016!

Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Spring Carpe Diem Planner Reveal!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of the Carpe Diem Reset Girl line of planners & accessories here.  Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for more new goodies as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and CarpeDiemPlanners for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to the Posh collection of planners & accessories - 

 

On trend colors meet sophisticated design in the newest planner collection from Carpe Diem.  Fanciful patterns paired with flirty florals create the perfect combination for planning your colorful life.  With Posh, let a breath of fresh air and inspiration greet you each & every time you open your planner!

The Posh collection includes six brand new A5 planners!   You'll notice two NEW colors - Ivory & Marigold - as well as some popular fan favorites - Aqua, Coral, Robin's Egg & Platinum.  Keep reading friends, they're different than you think they are....  :)

You'll notice a few changes on the these planners - split leather construction with split leather lining, either gold hardware or silver hardware, depending on the planner color, an ALL NEW, high quality 6 ring binding mechanism, elastic pen loop, and new Carpe Diem metal charm. While the left side of the planner has the same 4 interior pockets that you've come to know & love with the Carpe Diem Planners, the right side of the planner now houses a top pocket and side pocket.

These new planners are available both A LA CARTE (with no inserts included) –

AND as Boxed Sets!

The Posh Boxed Sets are available in all 6 colors & include:

•       (12) 180gsm MONTHLY CALENDAR PAGES (UNDATED)

•       (12) 180gsm MONTHLY TABBED DIVIDERS (UNDATED)

•       (72) 140gsm HORIZONTAL WEEKLY INSERTS (UNDATED)

•       (1) ACETATE DASHBOARD WITH FOIL PRINT

•       (4) 140gsm ASSORTED DECORATIVE INSERTS

ALL of the new Carpe Diem inserts are now 140gsm - super thick & dreamy!  We know you're going to LOVE them! 

Just in time for refilling your existing Carpe Diem planner OR the A5 planner of your choice, a la carte Monthly Inserts are now available.  The Posh Monthly Inserts include (12) A5 double-sided monthly tabbed 180gsm dividers & (12) A5 double-sided monthly 180gsm calendar pages.   Don't worry, we didn't forget - make sure to tune in tomorrow for all new a la carte weekly & daily inserts!!

 

The Dividers are now 300gsm and have reinforced tabs - super thick & sturdy; pretty foil accents make these a must have, for sure!

The Pocket Inserts are now 300gsm and include pockets on BOTH sides - perfect for storing your planner supplies, memorabilia and documents 'on the go'! 

 

We're excited to introduce Doc-It Journals - 5x8.25" blank journals with (24) 120gsm lined pages, perfect for taking with you on the go OR 'docking' in the right side pocket of your Carpe Diem planner!

 

Dashboards & Pocket Cards are a combination of fun dashboards with foil accents along with Pocket Cards, designed to add to your interior pockets for a decorative touch!

 

Who doesn't LOVE Page Flags?!  These are sized to slide perfectly into an interior pocket of your Carpe Diem planner!

 

We're thrilled to introduce Washi with our new planner collections - each package includes one 15mm roll and two 7mm rolls!

 

Our new Metal Clips & Decorative Clips are both fun AND functional!

 

The Bits & Pieces are always one of our most popular sellers!  Touches of foil accents make these a definite must have!

 

And of course, LOTS and LOTS of stickers!

 

The Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers include NINE! 4x6 sheets with dated calendar stickers ranging from July 2016 through December 2017 & are sized perfectly for adding to your monthly dividers, weekly and daily inserts!

WHEW!!!  So there you have it - Posh planners & accessories!  The Posh products begin shipping to retailers in late July, so watch for them to hit your favorite retailer or online store soon.

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Posh Boxed Set before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Posh images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #PoshCarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Monday, May 23rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about the Posh planners & accessories!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of THREE fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3 & an exciting new collection of Planner Essentials!  

This Friday we're headed to New York City!  Visit Simple Stories & The Reset Girl at the National Stationery Show, booth #1306 - May 15-18th, 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off the second half of our Spring 2016 Release Reveal.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new Carpe Diem planner products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  Today kicks off the 1st of 3 fun-filled days, so be sure to check back with us again tomorrow to see more new products & for a chance to win them before you can buy them!

Today we’re excited to introduce The Reset Girl Carpe Diem planner products!  

Cori Spieker, aka The Reset Girl, is a passionate, lifelong ‘planner girl’.  The Reset Girl inspires & educates tens of thousands on Instagram and YouTube with her signature decorating style, encouraging personality and creative planning ideas.  In addition to offering her own creative planning workshops, she'll be the keynote speaker for the 2017 National PlannerCon, an event to bring the planning community together across the country. The Reset Girl planners & accessories are an exciting addition to the Carpe Diem collection and are sure to inspire new planner girls and long-time enthusiasts alike. 

Visit The Reset Girl her on her website, Instagram and YouTube; take a peek at this short video we created announcing our collaboration!

Allrighty, here we go!!  The Reset Girl collaboration includes two brand new A5 planners!  


You'll notice a few changes on the The Reset Girl planners - split leather construction with split leather lining, gold hardware, an ALL NEW, high quality 6 ring binding mechanism, elastic pen loop, metal charm, three interior pockets, one interior window pocket and two side pockets. 

The Reset Girl planners are available both A LA CARTE (with no inserts included) -

 AND as Boxed Sets!

The Reset Girl Boxed Sets are available in Ballerina and Persimmon & include:

•       (24) 180gsm MONTHLY CALENDAR PAGES (UNDATED)

•       (12) 180gsm MONTHLY TABBED DIVIDERS (UNDATED)

•       (72) 140gsm VERTICAL WEEKLY INSERTS (UNDATED)

•       (1) ACETATE DASHBOARD WITH GOLD FOIL PRINT

•       (4) 140gsm ASSORTED DECORATIVE INSERTS

•       (1) 3X4 POCKET CARD 

ALL of the new Carpe Diem inserts are now 140gsm - super thick & dreamy!  We know you're going to LOVE them! 

Just in time for refilling your existing Carpe Diem planner OR the A5 planner of your choice, a la carte Monthly Inserts are now available.  The Reset Girl Monthly Inserts include (12) A5 double-sided monthly tabbed 180gsm dividers & (24) A5 double-sided monthly 180gsm calendar pages.   Don't worry, we didn't forget - make sure to tune in Wednesday for all new a la carte weekly & daily inserts!!

 

The Dividers are now 300gsm and have reinforced tabs - super thick & sturdy; gold accents combined with The Reset Girl's signature 'planner honeys' make these a must have, for sure!

 

The Pocket Inserts are now 300gsm and include pockets on BOTH sides - perfect for storing your planner supplies, memorabilia and documents 'on the go'! 

We're excited to introduce Doc-It Journals5x8.25" blank journals with (24) 120gsm grid pages, perfect for taking with you on the go OR 'docking' in the right side pocket of your Carpe Diem planner!

 

 

 

You'll find shiny gold foil accents with many of the Reset Girl accessories!

 

Pocket Cards are designed to insert in the interior window pocket of The Reset Girl planners!

 

YIPPEE - a Reset Girl Roller Stamp!  

 

Who doesn't LOVE Page Flags?!  These are sized to slide perfectly into an interior pocket of your Carpe Diem planner!

 

We're thrilled to introduce Washi with our new planner collections - each package includes one 15mm roll and two 7mm rolls!

 

Our new Metal Clips & Decorative Clips are both fun AND functional!

 

 

 

And of course, LOTS and LOTS of stickers!

 

 

 

 

The Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers include NINE! 4x6 sheets with dated calendar stickers ranging from July 2016 through December 2017 & are sized perfectly for adding to your monthly dividers, weekly and daily inserts!

 

 

WHEW!!!  So there you have it - The Reset Girl planners & accessories!  The Reset Girl products begin shipping to retailers in late July, so watch for them to hit your favorite retailer or online store soon.

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Reset Girl Boxed Set before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of The Reset Girl images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #TheResetGirlPlannerLaunch, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Monday, May 23rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about The Reset Girl planners & accessories!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of THREE fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2!  

This Friday we're headed to New York City!  Visit Simple Stories & The Reset Girl at the National Stationery Show, booth #1306 - May 15-18th, 2016!

 

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