Hello Carpe Diem planner lovers! This is Leah again, and I want to show you how I’ve set up my brand new Ivory Carpe Diem planner!

We are over halfway through 2016… the exciting time when all the new planners start coming out! For me, with a new planner came my urge to refresh and reorganize my planner setup. My planner setup for the first half of the year worked very well for me, but toward the end of June, I found myself not using my planner very much. I was just making to do lists and working with blank paper – which is okay! That was working really well for me because I think when I was feeling extra busy, it was nice to start with a completely blank page and then brain dump all my “to do’s” on it. There are so many things I love about the new planner products being released by Simple Stories, that I became inspired to revamp my planner setup to make it more functional for my current needs.

As a disclaimer, I want to say my new planner setup is in its rough draft stage. I plan to use it frequently over the next month and I might tweak things depending on how well they work or don’t work – I will keep you updated!  Future changes to my planner sections will be SUPER easy thanks to the new clear label stickers from the Planner Essentials collection. When I started brainstorming what sections I needed in my planner, I picked the labels I wanted for my dividers. The label stickers are really easy to remove and there are TONS of words, so I can easily switch up the labels later.

Currently, I am using the Dividers from the Posh collection; there are 6 dividers. For now, I have decided to divide them up into the following categories: To Do, Calendar, Schedule, Ideas, and Budget. I have one divider left that I have not assigned a category to yet. In each section, I am using different inserts and I want to show you how I’m using them. By the way, ALL of the new inserts from the Spring release are 140gsm. Maybe I get a little too excited about stationary, but the weight of the new inserts is a paper lover’s DREAM!  My favorite pens are felt tip and I usually can’t use them in planners because of bleed-through. However, I have been using them on the new inserts with zero bleed-through or shadowing! I am really excited to try painting with watercolor on them later!

The first section of my planner is the “To Do” section. I have this at the front because it is where I plan to jot down quick lists: to do lists, grocery lists, reminders…lists that I need to access quickly.  I am using the plain lined inserts in this section, which come in the Basic Inserts.

This is a list of my important tasks and events for July. I had a lot of fun layering all of these washi tapes and stickers from the Posh collection! How cool is the mini July calendar sticker? 

The pack of Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers has 18 months, from July 2016-December 2017 (6 calendars per month), so these stickers are going to last a long time! There are enough to add one to all of your weekly inserts for each month, and a couple extra for projects like the one above. Another idea I have for using these is to make a year-at-a-glance calendar for the front of my planner. Pictures of that project will be coming up on my Instagram!

I also like the colorful ring reinforcements that come in the Planner Basics Sticker pack, which add a pop of color to the page. Instead of throwing away the middle portion of the ring stickers, I used them as bullet points for my list.

The next section of my planner is the Calendar section. I currently have the new horizontal inserts in here (not shown) – usually horizontal layouts are what I prefer. However, the following “Schedule” section has the Vertical Appointment Weekly inserts. I am still deciding which inserts I want to use for daily planning so I want to spend the next month using both. This will be the first time I’ve ever tried hourly inserts. What I like about these is that I can use the hourly time slots to plan out my day in more detail. I am hoping this will help me become more intentional and efficient with my time. Plus, there is always the option to cover up the times on days that I just need to make lists – like this week, since I am traveling and don’t have a detailed schedule. I just covered up the times with a thin piece of washi tape.

If these inserts work out, I may convert to hourly for my daily planning and use my horizontal inserts for memory-keeping and journaling. If they do not work for my daily planning, then I will move them to another planner I am setting up as my Business Planner.

All of the inserts being released this summer fit the different stickers from both Planner collections REALLY well. I love that Simple Stories thought about those little details.

For example, the square “Life is Sweet” sticker and yellow rectangular box I wrote in above, would both fit within the lines of the hourly (same width). The rectangular one fits exactly into the boxes on the Vertical Weekly Inserts, and it is also just the right height to fit the Horizontal Weekly Inserts too (pictured below).

I fully expect that I will be mixing and matching inserts in my planner, and I love that all of the stickers from the new collections are going to work on all of them.

The next section of my planner is for “Ideas.” I have the graph paper inserts from the Basic Inserts pack in this section. I plan to use this part of my planner for project planning, brainstorming ideas and sketching out plans of action to achieve my goals. Below, you can see where I sketched out some ideas for this blog post. I laid out the sections I wanted in my planner and then wrote down ideas for how I plan to use each.  I also jotted down some ideas for how I can use the unassigned divider, but truthfully, I think 5 sections are plenty for one planner. I may end up designating an entirely separate planner for some of those other ideas.

At the center of the brainstorming “web” I created on this page, I just punched out a circle of patterned paper and added gold glitter washi tape with word strip stickers, and a beautiful floral from the Bits and Pieces pack. 

The next section of my planner is the Budget portion. In this section, I have our household monthly budget broken down, debt repayment details, a savings plan, and a monthly calendar to mark bill due dates. I don’t have any pictures of this section because it has a lot of personal information.

In the back of my planner, I have this Bookmark Tablet notepad from the Posh collection that slides into the top pocket. I also love that there is a larger pocket that could hold a traveler’s notebook if I decide to do my journaling/memory-keeping that way.

Last but certainly not least, my planner just wouldn’t feel right without decorated front pockets! I put together a few elements from the Posh collection Bits and Pieces Pack and Dashboards and Pocket Cards pack. I also added a set of Page Flags and a Decorative Clip!

I can’t wait to see how this setup works out for me! It is slightly different than my last setup but I find that as our lives and goals change, our needs for a planner change. It is important to revisit your setup if it stops working for you – even if certain inserts have worked for you in the past, it may be time to try something new if you realize you have not been using your planner regularly. Fortunately, Simple Stories now has lots of choices for you to pick from, so hopefully everyone will be able to find inserts that work with their planning style! Check out the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram for more Creative Team inspiration using all of the inserts that will be available in August!

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Hi there Simple Stories fans! It’s Chantalle back with you today to share some projects I have created recently. I had the pleasure of being immersed on a retreat last month and I came back with renewed passion! There is so much out there for us to explore and that’s what I absolutely love about this craft of ours - we can try out new things and mix it up a bit. There are no rights or wrongs, just what feels right to us!
 
Hello, Open Wide
 
On this page I have experimented with some watercolour paint and texture. I will admit that I really like the way it turned out. This adorable photo has been waiting to be scrapped for quite a few years now! My little girl and I were playing out in the yard and she was trying to convince me to try her tasty dessert. We both couldn’t stop laughing as I dodged her spoon of mud pie! Bloom & Grow couldn’t be more perfect to capture this memory.
 
 
There is lots of layering going on here. I started with the watercolour over the top of a sheet of ‘Bee Happy’ to add a bit more of a pattern to the left corner of the paper. I then popped some texture paste over the top through a stencil to tone it down a bit, so both sides matched a bit better.
 
 
What followed was a happy mix of elements to help tell my story. You’ll notice that I have added some stitching in parts. I really love the subtle texture it can bring and in this case also adds a bit of rustic charm to the page. (Plus, stitching holds your embellies on over tricky texture!)
 
 
One of my favourite things to do when scrapping with a collection, is to go through all the different elements, papers, stickers, die cuts and chipboard and then use similar shapes in different weights to build up my layers. I usually start with a lightweight item at the bottom and then add the chipboard higher up.
 
 
Add a big title to create a play on words! I initially wanted to really space out the word ‘wide’ but I felt it was just too busy overall. If there were less elements on the page, it could’ve been fun.
 
 
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Miss You With My Whole Heart
 
This page remembers my Mum who we lost to breast cancer back in 1995. What’s so wonderful about the Heart Simple Set is that it is so versatile. I have seen heaps of gorgeous layouts with themes from love and loss to vacations. I absolutely loved this starry print and joined the stars to create constellations of love in that beautiful night sky.
 
I started with looking at the stars on the sheet and working out whether a heart shape could actually be created. I then pierced the paper in a few spots which would be the guides for my stitching.
 
 
Using backstitch, I used some very pale blue embroidery thread to connect some stars in a heart shape. This shape provided me with an outline along which I could run my title. I’ve kept the lettering very subtle as it’s already a busy print and I didn’t want it to be too full-on.
 
To further emphasise the constellation theme, I have used a white Uni-ball Signo pen to connect more stars. This is an excellent white pen to have in your stash. I used a ruler which took longer, but the lines needed to be straight to look correct.
 
 
I’ve added a few splashes of white and gold mist as well as highlighted a few areas with my clear Wink of Stella brush pen. 
 
 
Use stitched areas to tuck bits and pieces in to. Check out my chubby baby cheeks!
 
 
Thank you so much for visiting the blog today. 
 
Wishing your heart happiness and lots of creative play!
 
Chantalle

 

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Thanks sooooo much for joining us for our 2016 Summer Release Reveal, we hope you enjoyed seeing all of our new products!  

The Posh scrapbook, Reset Girl scrapbook, Hello Fall, Happy Haunting & Gather Together collections are shipping to retailers early August; Classic Christmas and Mistletoe Kisses are shipping early September, so it won't be long :) 

Congrats to our 23 random lucky winners!  Here goes!

Posh Scrapbook
Blog – Ryann Salamon  
Instagram – sweetgirldesigns
Pinterest –  Andrea Shell
Facebook – Penny-Sue Wolfe  

The Reset Girl Scrapbook
Blog – Kathryn Pendergast  
Instagram – Kristie Van Ham    
Pinterest –  Rebecca Brewer   
Facebook – Anabela Teixeira

Hello Fall
Blog – Laura Kinney  
Instagram – Gina Aura Ramdan
Pinterest –  Carolyn Eckels
Facebook – Penny Temple 

Classic Christmas
Blog – Julia Boyack
Instagram – Amy Cooley  
Pinterest –  Denise Bryant
Facebook – Lorena Sollows

Mistletoe Kisses
Blog – janettazeimetz
Instagram – patycakepops
Pinterest –  kayla_macaulay
Facebook – Debbie Pottle

Happy Haunting & Gather Together
Blog – Cherrie Vrabel
Pinterest –  Arianna Barbara
Facebook – Deb Aitkin

Thanks everyone!!  If you are one of the random lucky winners listed 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!

Hello Friends, It’s Kristine Davidson with you today.  I will share 2 of my latest layouts with you today and my love of Sunshine & Happiness! This collection is one of my favourites and I have almost exhausted every. single. piece. of paper in this kit. This collection is full of bright sunny papers, pinks, orange, yellow and the bits and pieces make creating so much fun.

The first layout is called " Hello Sunshine "

This picture was taken of my niece in the month of May as she was playing outside and enjoying the sunshine. I wanted to add some fun embellishments to this page and included flowers, fruit, sunshine, and my favourite journal strips.

To start my page I created a cut file with my Silhouette Cameo. I love pages that allow me to use a cut file because I find I can add more colors and use up some smaller pieces of papers too.  I left the top part white and just concentrated on the bottom for an assortment of colors.  I added layers of chipboard, bits and pieces and even a bit of thread to add more texture.

In this picture you can so many elements but for some reason with layers and overlapping it doesn't feel like too much. It creates a beautiful cluster.  You can also see I used a few 3x4 cards behind my photo to add more layers and added dimensional adhesive to create elevation.

I didn't fuss over a title for this layout. I simply used a piece from the Bits & Pieces package and selected Hello Sunshine for my title. Nice and Easy!

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My Second layout for you today is called "Happy Day"

Ok. So I will admit this was a test. I often create layouts and try to remain " clean " but this layout took a life of it's own.  I have been drooling over Missy Whidden's work and wanted to try something different. I grabbed some watercolour paints and went to town ;)

Sometimes we have to step out of our element and try something new and this was one of those times.  Yes my background paper is warped, yes I have some paint splatters that aren't perfect but that's okay. This collection allowed me to create something different. It gave me tons of color to work with, some great summer die cuts and really made this layout come together.

For my title, I created with the same technique - selecting a few Bits & Pieces, adding dimensional adhesive and making it my focal point for my page title.

This is such as great way to use supplies and match it with your layout.

I hope you enjoyed my layouts today and enjoy making your own with this fabulous Sunshine & Happiness collection! 

If you are interested in seeing more of my work you can find me on instagram with user name @KristineDavidson. 

Thank you so much for reading and being a fan of Simple Stories!

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Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here on the blog today sharing some pocket pages using the Sunshine & Happiness collection. Oh how I love this line, it is perfect for everything summer. The colors really go with just about anything and the little touches of summer are fabulous. 
 
 
I usually do my pocket pages weekly and this one is all about week 25. I wanted to do something fun for my title card this week. So I punched a 3 " circle  out of a 4x6 journaling card and added some patterned paper, a chipboard piece and a washi tape sticker strip. 
 
 
One of my favorite things to do when I get new scrapbooking supplies to get them all out and go through each one. As I go through the cards I set some aside that I want to use first or at least use for sure. This sun filler card was one of them that caught my eye. I knew that I wanted to use this card and decided to add some of my journaling onto a piece of vellum. I made sure to leave space for the summer sticker and made the sticker part of the journaling. I find that when I use word stickers like this it adds some interest and fun to my cards. It is one of my favorite things to do. You can also use letter stickers and the word strips for the same effect. 
 
 
There is a popular saying that is going around that says - Every summer has a story. This summer for us it's been all about pajama days. My kids always are asking if we are going to have pajama days and rarely want to get dressed. So I thought it would be fitting to have a mini pajama photo shoot. This bottom corner photo is the best photo from the 20 that we took ! It was so fun and silly. 
 
 
This first journaling card is a little story about how Katelyn dragged me out of bed one morning to go check out her corn. The corn photo that was in the last photo I shared is from that week. I wanted to remember this and how excited she is getting about her corn. She planted it back in April. The journaling card itself has a few layered pieces with the hashtag #happy sticker. I made a little banner to add underneath it. I finished it off by adding the date and a star sticker. 
 
This particular week we took Maddie in to get her eyes checked. Turns out she needs glasses. So she tried on a bunch of frames and found one that she liked. I took a photo of her glasses and case to remember this moment. I did decide to add a few embellishments to the photo and to spell out "hers". 
 
 
Let's move onto the right side of my spread. This top left photo was from our trip to the beach on Saturday. I added in some extra journaling onto the top of my photo. It is one of my favorite things to look for when taking photos is to leave some white space for extra journaling or embellishments. Once my photo was printed out I added some embellishments, one cluster on each corner so to speak. I spelled the word RUN because the kids play a game where they try to outrun the waves. Waiting until the last minute to turn and run. I used a word strip sticker underneath the word for a more finished look.
 
 
I added in some stickers and letters onto this photo. The edge of the pool made a natural perfect line for my stickers to sit upon. 
 
 
Aren't these sun glasses adorable ! I thought they were a perfect embellishment for my journaling about Maddie getting glasses. Her glasses are also sunglasses when she goes outside. So I added them to this journaling card and added a few word strips to the top right. I am obsessed with these little word strips right now. I want to use them all ! 
 
 
The middle 3x4 photo is of Maddie trying on her frames. She asked me to take a photo in the mirror and I was happy to do so. The bottom photo is from our Harry Potter night at Barnes & Nobles. 
 
 
This is the last journaling card for my spread. I wanted to tell the story about the photo of the two kids in the pool that is above it. I thought the two birds on this card were so cute and perfect. I also added the letter and number U2. It represents the two of them. I left the rest of it pretty plain but I did add a few items on the top using a label sticker, a die cut pice and enamel dots. The photo of these two in the water at the beach was a favorite from our beach trip so I added a few embellishments and a stamp that says favorite. 
 
 
I have one more photo from our beach trip. I added a little embellishment cluster down on the bottom. I first punched a half of a circle out of the photo with my circle punch. I wanted to pop it up for a little dimension and added some patterned paper underneath. I wanted to add a few word strips as well on the bottom. 
 
 
 
I hope you have enjoyed todays blog post and have found some summer inspiration. Be sure to look for this Sunshine & Happiness collection for all of your summer scrapping projects. Have a fabulous rest of your summer. 

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I am in love with the new Marigold Carpe Diem Planner!  I couldn't wait to 'posh' it out for July with Carpe Diem Posh accessories!  

With the kids out of school for the Summer and a lot of activities scheduled, I decided to switch up my inserts this month and use the new Planner Essentials Vertical Appointment Weekly inserts.  The layout makes it easy to see exactly what you have going on each day and how much free time you have in between activities.

I used sticker strips to block out how much time each activity will take to give me an better visual of the day.  I used the same pattern stickers for the same activities throughout the week.

Since the vertical layout didn't give much room for my to do's and lists, I turned the Doc-It Journal into a bullet journal.  I used number stickers to mark the dates and embellished with die cuts, stickers and washi tape. 

 

I love that this journal fits right into the large pockets in my planner and I can pull it out and just take it with me for quick trips out.   I can't wait to see what everyone does with the fun new collections!  Happy planning!

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Hello crafters! It’s me Stacy here on the Simple Stories blog today with 2 layouts. This time, I am inspired by the wedding photoshoot taken recently for my traditional wedding. I thought I would like to document some thoughts that went in my mind during the photoshoot and it would be a good memento when hubs and I grow old! This time round, I made use of 2 Simple Stories collection which matches both of the photos I intended to craft on.

 The first layout is titled "My Heart is Yours" and I made use of the Heart Simple Set. This collection houses my favorite colors and I absolutely adore the paper elements in the pack! I had made 2 layouts previously using this collection, now another, and I still have enough for another layout!

To highlight the paper elements which I would like to showcase, I first cut them in squares of 2 sizes. Then I started planning where they would go, before finally stitching the edges of all the squares. Then I picked out the elements which I would like to use in order to highlight my photo.

Here, I have used a heart sticker and popped it over a pattern paper. This helps to highlight the embellishments pretty much! 

Adding Wood Veneer from “Life in Color” collection here! I love to add wood veneer to showcase my subtitles. Easy way to create layering for my layouts! I also did fussy cutting of the heart shape there, it was originally meant for my journalling but I changed my mind afterwards! It is okay to make changes along the way, most importantly, go with the flow of creating and have fun!

Then, I used the more stickers to help with my title. Matting the little alpha stickers help to enhance the title. I did some fussy cutting of the rosette in order to place it below the title to help encase it. 

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My next layout features another wedding gown and I thought it would look best with the Bloom & Grow collection. I titled it “Happy Moments” and it came from the sticker sheet as well as the Bits and Pieces pack. How apt! I love it totally when pieces like that come to place easily!

More stitching here! I added some simple tacketing to the background in order to break the vertical flow of the layout. Simple stitch but I love that it creates sort of a fence which highlights the entire theme well! To add on to the garden feel, I also added some die-cut floral pieces, highlighted by the bradz and embellished with the bits and pieces pack! Not forgetting some sentiments along the way!

Another use of the sticker pack here. I layered then randomly then stitched up the entire row. Simple and effective!

There is so much fun and variations to achieve with the Simple Stories collections! Hope you get some inspiration from the layouts! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Hey there!  Missy here today, and I have two layouts to share with you.  I can’t get enough of the new Sunshine & Happiness collection!  I love scrapping with bright summer colors, and this collection is right up my alley.  I chose a sweet photo of my daughter for this page, and her pink shirt coordinated very nicely with everything.  I used a lot of yellow, orange and pink from the collection, so I used some aqua and turquoise acrylic paint and ink spray to create a big color swatch on my background.  I love how the other colors contrast against it.  I found a fun loopy cut file from the Silhouette Store and cut several of them out on my Cameo to use as a background design.  I wanted this layout to feel fun and festive, and I think it definitely turned out that way.

I knew I wanted to use the “Sunshine” sticker as part of my title.  I created the rest of the title in my Silhouette software using the Luna font and then cut the letters with different patterned papers.  I arranged the letters and then used a metallic gold pen to trace around parts of them.  I also used a pencil to make them stand out a little more.  I created a fun little cluster over on the right using some of the Bits & Pieces and some stickers. 

Here is a close-up of the loopy cut files.  I love how they turned out!  I used some shiny gold thread to machine stitch through them for some extra interest, texture and shine.  I added some white tissue paper behind my photo for an extra layer and raised it up with pop dots.  I added a few more die cuts & stickers as well as some tangled thread.

I fussy cut this cute sun & cloud from one of the patterned papers and used it as a background element.  One of my daughter’s nicknames is “Sunshine” so I can’t resist all these adorable sunshines in this collection!  It’s so fitting.

These balloons were the perfect embellishment for this area by the photo, plus the colors were spot on.  I also used a bit of blue spray ink and my small paint brush to give the edge of the cloud a light blue tint to make it stand out a bit more.  I finished it all off by tucking in more tangled thread for extra pops of color.

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For my second layout, I challenged myself to combine two collections to create a unique look.  I used pieces from Heart and Carpe Diem.  I was surprised at how pretty the two looked mixed together.  I highly recommend pulling two collections out and try to mix and match.  I love how this turned out.  My background paper is from Heart, and it is so pretty!  The ombre look was perfect for a background.  I chose a fun cut file from The Cut Shoppe and used papers from both collections to cut lots of those fun shapes.  I scattered and layered them on the background and then stitched them down with some shiny gold thread.  I did add a bit of gesso and blue and aqua spray inks and some gold paint to the background to give a little watercolor effect.  I wanted the mixed media to peek through all the cut file designs.

I knew right away that I wanted to fussy cut the “heart” from one of the Heart patterned papers and use it as my title.  I love how it looks raised up.  I also fussy cut that gold heart from paper.  I pulled a few alpha stickers from the Light Snap Stickers to finish the title and used gold thread to stitch through it.  I love the pops of black in these papers, and the Carpe Diem Clear Stickers made the perfect little additions for that.

I added a few of the stickers from Carpe Diem, and I also used more balloons my page.  Balloons are a happy embellishment, and I think they can work on so many pages!  Since my mom, my sister and I were about to go out together in this photo, it seemed like the balloons symbolize a celebration.  And that’s what it was!

Here’s one more look.  I used a few stickers from both collections here and added some black and gold paint splatters.  All those fun die cuts in the background made this layout come together fairly quickly.  Once your background is filled up, all you have left to do is embellish.

Good morning all. Brenda Smith here with you today to share a few pages in the my new Marigold Carpe Diem I'm using as a memory planner. 

First, I've packed my pockets full of the pocket cards from the Dashboards and Pocket Cards pack. I stored some of my most often used sticker sets in the larger pocket. I used the Carpe Diem pouch to add a bit of whimsy and sparkle to my planner and filled it with some gold sequins that I recently rescued from my boss's trash can. Who could throw away something that pretty?!

I used the backside of a dashboard insert to add some gold foil stickers from the Designer Stickers pack. The sequins won't be a forever fixture in that pouch but they're a fun addition for now! 

 
This memory planner spread covering the last week in June spilling into July was inspired by the fun angles in the Posh collection. Since I do not yet have the Posh scrapbook papers in my possession, I turned to past Simple Stories collections for my paper choices. The aqua and white is from Sunshine & Happiness and the navy and white polka dot is from Bloom & Grow. 
 
 
I decided to use some of my gold sequins from the pouch in the front to decorate these spreads. I find they add the perfect amount of detail with little effort. 
 
 
Sometimes I opt to share a cute story about my kids or sometimes I just talk about the everyday minutiae that makes our life what it is right now. I feel both types of memories are valuable and will mix and match on each spread without worrying about congruency. 
 
 
When working in my memory planner, I always do my month-at-a-glance at the end of the month. That way I can fill in the little squares with pictures from the corresponding days. I resized my photos in Photoshop but the same can be done in Word by simply dragging and dropping photos onto your document and resizing. 
 
 
I chose not to put any text on this month at a glance because I thought the pictures mostly spoke for themselves and I thoroughly documented our adventures this month through my weekly spreads (not to mention my pocket pages in my 12x12 album). The Instaquote Stickers are a quick and easy way to add pattern, color, and interest to your monthly page. 
 
The planners & accessories will be in stores before you know it, I can't wait for you guys to see how many improvements have been made to these planners!

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

I used the Sunshine & Hapiness collection for my first layout. I chose a recent photo of me eating an XXL ice cream. I just love ice cream and for me summer begins when I eat my first ice cream. So this line is perfect to document this moment, ‘cause it's a very happy and colorful collection, perfect for summer pictures. 

I used “Oh Yeah!” b-side paper as my background. I really like all these popsicles! I cut some stripes and I rolled them creating a heart and showing the “Lime Stripe” paper that I pasted on the back of the “Oh Yeah!” paper.

Then I glued my picture and I began with the embellishing. I used some stickers from Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers like the pink arrow, the sun or this super cute ice cream truck and some phrases from Expressions Cardstock Stickers. 

I combine letters from Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers and from Expressions Cardstock Stickers to make my title “Summer lover”.

I also added some of the self-adhesive brads (one of my favorite Simple Stories’ embellishment) and some colorful enamel dots.

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The next layout I’m sharing with you today was created with the “You are Here” collection, perfect for our summer travel projects. 

I started this page with the “Here We Go!” paper as my background. The pictures in this layout were two photos of our trip to Las Vegas (the funniest travel we’ve ever done!). So I decided to added a hand-stiched simple contour map from Nevada with orange thread to combine it with the colors of the paper.

Then, I used some elements from Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers for the embellishments like the stars and this lovely desktop globe. Also, I added some Wood Veneer to complete 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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Hi Everyone! This is Jennie and this week I was inspired by the red and blue colors and the outdoorsy fun photos to use the Bloom & Grow Collection.  

This week I had a lot of photos which for some people mean less embellishing but I can’t help myself and I went sticker crazy. I specially love the 4x6 Stickers and the phrases stickers! I just need to a little something extra to my photos.

The 4x6 Stickers also include labels which are perfect for stamping my weekly card. For the title and other details I used theExpressions Cardstock Stickers. The Expressions Cardstock Stickers come with 4 types of alphas and a bunch of phrase stickers.

The Photo Flips are becoming a staple on my pages. I just love the possibility of having a little extra room for photos or journaling.

This side was super fun! For the first time I used the Design 8 Pocket Pages. I used to be a traditional scrapbooker, but with pocket pages I get to document so much that I abandoned 12x12s. Once in a while it’s fun to do a mini layout like the one I made in the 6x8 pocket. In that 6x8 pocket you could also do a photo collage.

Embellishments clusters make me super happy. In this layout I used a lot of stickers, die cuts and enamel dots.

If you want to see how I put this page together check out the process video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXFIxQ97yqs

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for the final day of our Summer Release Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our Mistletoe Kisses collection here.   

Today we introduce you to two teeny tiny themed Simple Sets - Happy Haunting and Gather Together - just the right amount of paper and stickers for documenting your Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities!

The collection kit includes 2 sheets each of three papers along with a 6x12 sticker sheet - 

 

The collection kit includes 2 sheets each of three papers along with a 6x12 sticker sheet - 

Happy Haunting & Gather Together begin shipping to retailers early August, so you'll have in plenty of time for the 2 holidays!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win both SImple Sets before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Happy Haunting or Gather Together images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #HappyHaunting or #GatherTogether, 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 watch for Happy Haunting & Gather Together 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 the 25th, 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 Happy Haunting & Gather Together!

Thanks so much for joining us this past week for our Summer Release Reveal Week!

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 5 of our Winter 2016 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our Classic Christmas collection here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week 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_  for additional chances to win! 

 

Today we introduce you to our 2nd Christmas collection - Mistletoe Kisses!!  This new holly jolly, whimsical Christmas collection is just what you need to put a smile on your face & a skip in your step this holiday season!   Cheerful icons paired with playful pastels & silver foil accents combine in the perfect package to wrap up all of your happy holiday memories.

Mistletoe Kisses begins shipping to retailers early September, just in time to get a jump start on your holiday crafting projects!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Mistletoe Kisses prize pack 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 Mistletoe Kisses images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #Mistletoe Kisses, 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 watch for Mistletoe Kisses 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 the 25th, 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 Mistletoe Kisses!

And remember, there's still one more day of reveals so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 6!

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 4 of our Winter 2016 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our Hello Fall collection here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week 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_  for additional chances to win! 

 

Today we introduce you to Classic Christmas!  Playful plaids paired with a traditional color palette & accents of gold foil make Classic Christmas a ‘must have’ addition to your holiday wish list!

To kick of the collection we have a special, limited edition SN@P! Holiday Binder.  The peppermint stripe linen spine along with 2" D rings make this the perfect 'home' for your December Daily and other holiday projects!  Because they're a limited edition they'll sell out fast, so make sure to grab one of these awesome albums!

Gold Pocket Pieces - yes!  These jumbo sized gold foil numbered die cuts are great for your December Daily type projects, advent calendars and Christmas count downs.  Ranging in sizes up to 4" tall, they're sure to make a BIG impact on your projects! 

The sentiments on this holiday Roller Stamp are great for planning, listing, scrapbooking, pocket page scrapbooking, holiday cards and even stamping your Christmas card envelopes!

The addition of gold foil accents on several of the 12x12 papers will make all of your holiday projects SHINE!

Classic Christmas begins shipping to retailers early September, just in time to start prepping for your holiday projects!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Classic Christmas prize pack 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 Classic Christmas images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #ClassicChristmas, 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 watch for Classic Christmas 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 the 25th, 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 Classic Christmas!

And remember, we still have TWO more days of new products to share, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 5!

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 3 of our Winter 2016 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our Reset Girl scrapbook collection here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week 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_  for additional chances to win! 

Celebrate the crisp days of fall in style with Hello Fall!  Harvest hues paired with weathered woods, plentiful plaids and fresh florals beautifully blend to help you document all your awesome autumn memories. 

Hello Fall begins shipping to retailers early August!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Hello Fall prize pack 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 Hello Fall images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #HelloFall, 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 watch for Hello Fall posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Tuesday the 26th, 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 Hello Fall!

And remember, today is only Day 3 of SIX fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 4!

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Summer 2016 Reveal Week!

If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our Posh scrapbook collection here.    Be sure to check back with us each day this week 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_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to The Reset Girl scrapbook collection.  Groovy geometric patterns paired with gold foil accents, playful icons & fashionable florals represent The Reset Girl’s signature style - now available in a scrapbook collection! 

How fun are these Enamel Shapes & Dots?!  Those glasses, though!

Big Pieces - oversized die cuts, perfect for making a BIG impact on your layouts, planner pages, cards & lists!

These 3x4 Library Pockets are sized to not only fit in your 3x4 pocket pages, but work great as embellishments on your planner dividers, too!

The Reset Girl scrapbook collection begins shipping to retailers in early August, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Reset Girl scrapbook prize pack 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 scrapbook images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #TheResetGirlScrapbook, 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 watch for The Reset Girl scrapbook 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 the 25th, 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 scrapbook collection!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of SIX fun filled days of new collections, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!

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Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Summer 2016 Release Reveal Week.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  

Today is the first of SIX full days! of our reveal week, so be sure to check back each day to feast your eyes on our new products, as well as a chance to win them before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  for additional chances to win! 

Today we introduce you to Posh, the scrapbook collection!  On trend colors meet sophisticated design in this scrapbook collection complimenting our line of Carpe Diem Posh A5 planners & planner accessories.  Fanciful patterns paired with platinum foil accents & flirty florals create the perfect combination for documenting your colorful life!

 

The Posh scrapbook collection begins shipping to retailers in early August, so it won't be long before you can get your hot little hands on it!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Posh prize pack 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 #Posh, 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 watch for Posh 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 the 25th, 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 Posh!

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

Hello! This is Alexandra and today I'd like to share the pocket pages I made about our week in France. There were so many pictures I wanted to include I had to use several pocket pages and I used Simple Stories' Bloom & Grow collection.

 

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First, let's take a look at the pages as they appear in the album...

 

 

 

 

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and now, the pages one by one...

 

 

A page dedicated to our visit of Monet's house and garden in Giverny. I added a Photo Flip...

 

 

The second page is about the Louis Vuitton Foundation and was trimmed down.

 

 

The other side is about meeting my friend Sylvie in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris.

 

 

We visited a fabulous exhibit about the Impressionists in Normandy. I bought this postcard and added a few important points on the back of it.

 

 

The last page is mostly about our last three days in Paris and meeting up with my BFF Virginie and her family.

 

 

Thank You! 

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