Hello there! Linsey here today sharing my latest altered project, a fun and festive 3D decoration that is sure to ring in the holidays with cheer! I used the absolutely delightful Very Merry Collection to alter my alarm clock, transforming it into a tiny winter scene leading to Kringle's Bed & Breakfast Inn! Enjoy!

This was so much fun to design and I love how it all came together! This collection is so merry and bright, it is almost impossible to not be filled with the holiday jolly when using it. There are so many sweet details, I couldn't resist using a little of everything. A happy snowman greets all guests and visitors with visions of holiday cheer along the way to 25 Kris Kringle Lane. Warm blankets, presents, caroling and hot cocoa all await you at Kringle's B&B--I don't know about you, but I'm ready to make my reservation! 

I hope you like my project and feel inspired to create some holiday magic with the Very Merry Collection too! Thank you so very much for stopping by! Have a creative and blessed day! Happy crafting!


Today I want to show you how I used the ‘Oh What Fun’ Simple Set in my Robin’s egg personal planner. I wanted a Christmas and winter feeling, but without using the traditional Christmas ephemera like trees, santa’s, snowmans, etc. The ‘Oh What Fun’ collection has beautiful papers with striped, floral and gingham prints which I will mainly use in this setup.

For the front dashboard, I cut out lots of flowers from the ‘Christmas Wishes’ paper and layered them with some beige little punched flowers in the right lower corner. I punched these little flowers out of the left-over paper scraps and glued two flowers in the left upper corner. I added a sticker ‘tis the season and some enamel dots to finish the dashboard.

If you know my style by now I love to stuff the front pockets of these binder planners. I used papers, stickers and sticky notes from the Bloom collection. I made a flag paperclip with pieces of paper, enamel dots and the sticker ‘Jingle all the way’. Lastly, I tore out two sticker sheets from the Bloom mini tablet and tucked them into the side pocket. This way I always have some extra stickers in my planner.

I used the Today tablet to write down my shopping list to bake some fun Christmas cookies. I can easily take this list with me to the grocery store.

I hope you enjoyed this winter setup, for more inspiration go to my Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/createplannernl/.

Have a nice Holly Jolly day!!


Hello Friends its Kristine Davidson with you today.  I will be sharing a layout using the cutest winter collection called “Oh What Fun” .  A winter collection with red, pink and blue … yes please!
I used a cut file for my background in this page. I thought it would showcase all the different papers in this collection. 

As you know the winter months make it really hard to photograph a nice white background .. sorry about the lighting!

I wanted a bit of black included in this layout. I added black doodles around the entire cut file, some in the penguin on the top left hand corner, in the journal tag and in the JOY cut out letters. I feel that this brings the layout together. Because my background is white and the picture is a bit white in the background the colors in this layout just pop!

Thanks for visiting us at Simple Stories today, if you enjoyed my layouts please come find me on instagram @KristineDavidson

Have a great day!


It's the most wonderful time of the year! Happy Holidays everyone. Jomelle here today and I want to share with you my Holiday Planner Set up. 
I used the Oh What Fun Collection and the Free Printables to set up my Holiday Planner in my Cream Blossom A5. The colors in this collection are so sweet and so fun.

This Christmas countdown and the Santa are from the Free Printables.I printed the pages on regular computer paper, so I glued them on a cardstock so they don't feel so flimsy when I turn the page.
The one thing I enjoyed the most is creating my Monthly Layout. I used mostly the 12x12 Stickers to decorate my layout.
Here are some more of the Free Printable pages that I decorated.
Thank you for stopping by. For more inspirations follow me on my Instagram @J4Fashion.


Recently I shared a project using some simple triangles on the blog and today I am back to share how I used the leftover supplies (+ a few extra too!). I started on the mission of using up leftover triangle pieces from the Very Merry collection kit. I had cut several from various papers in the collection kit for my other project and did not want the rest to go to waste!

I was inspired by a Nordic sweater pattern I saw in some holiday advertising at one point for the pattern on my project. I was determined to use those triangles to make the Nordic pattern on my own page.

The trick for this was where to start with the pattern, I wanted it to balance out fairly even along the top and bottom edge of my project, so I had to lay out the pieces like making a quilt and then make a few adjustments along the way. I did try to mix up the pattern and color for the pieces as I went, so I wouldn’t have a big red or green area and the shapes were fairly balanced. The best part is that as the papers are double sided, you have so many pattern options available to you for mixing and mingling!

Once my pattern was all down, I added some machine stitching and then embellished with the great chipboard set from the Very Merry Collection! LOVE the Merry Christmas title and all the florals are great to add some circular elements on the page too!


I started off by making Paperclips from the Oh What Fun Collection. I will never tire of making them. 

I made dividers and planner book marks. I love how the traditional colors are mixed with pastels.

Journaling cards are the perfect size to add to your planner. I love the variety it gives and all in the convenience of a card.

I just love the Christmas countdown, all you need to do is laminate it, and add stickers for each day. When done stickers are easily removed.


Hello, friends! Jana Eubank here. Christmas can be a hectic time of year, but I always enjoy hunkering down in my craft room on a cold, snowy day for a bit of scrapbooking. Pulling out older holiday photos make me realize how quickly time passes by and to always savor each and every holiday spent with family and friends.

I began the page with the Season's Greetings paper from the Very Merry collection. I love the large floral in the corner! After placing my three photos in a triangle, the large floral perfectly fills the empty space and helps to frame the design.

I placed two strips of patterned paper on the right hand side of the page to anchor my photo grouping (Let It Snow striped paper and the green confetti dot of the 3x4 Journaling Cards paper). I used my sewing machine to zig-zag stitch in between the two paper strips and then added some chipboard snowflakes and phrase stickers at the top for decoration.

I could not resist adding that darling red truck to this page. It's almost as if the truck is delivery the presents that my family members are opening in the photo above! Ha! A fussy-cut floral piece from the Peace On Earth paper peeks out from behind the photo to finish things off.

I cut another larger flower cluster from the Peace On Earth paper to accent the bottom of my main photo and fill the space above my sticker title.

Finally, I added journaling to the left side of the page. Now this layout is ready to be put in our Family Album! I can't wait to get together with family again this year. Christmas is such a beautiful time of year!


See you again soon!


Hi, it’s Emma, I’d like to show you the beginnings of my beautiful Cream Blossom CarpeDiem TN which I’m setting up for Christmas with the gloriously sweet Oh What Fun Simple Set Collection.

I’m sure you’ll agree the colours work fabulously together!

As always, the first thing I like to do is decorate the pockets to tie in with the theme, I’ve used, scraps of papers, stickers and also fussy cut the penguin to peep out and make me smile every time I open up my TN!

I am quite new to using TNs so I’m learning what my ‘style’ is, but one thing I’ve found I love to do is add ‘tip ins’, this is where I’ve used washi tape to attach little extras, you can see how I’ve done this with the Christmas Countdown. 

I’ve also made a flap to lift using the same technique. How sweet is the deer!

I have enjoyed decorating the pages with the stickers, bits & pieces I’ve punched out from the 12x12 papers and then of course another of my favourite things to do, layering with word strips!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek inside my Christmas TN, you can find more detailed pictures on my IG account  https://www.instagram.com/heartsbyemma


Hello Friends its Kristine Davidson with you today.  I will be sharing 4 cards I created using the sweetest Winter Collection called “Oh What Fun” .  

Using some of the journal elements from this collection makes it so easy to create the cutest holiday cards. I added some twine, dimensional adhesive, and a few enamel dots to create the perfect holiday cards.






Thanks for visiting us at Simple Stories today, if you enjoyed my layouts please come find me on instagram @KristineDavidson

Have a great day!


Howdy everyone!  Layle Koncar, marketing director here with you today to share a fun holiday project that's not only fun & creative, but USEFUL, too!   I've made myself a holiday themed Traveler's Notebook (also known as a TN) to help myself stay organized this season.

I'm using the Cream Blossom Traveler's Notebook and the Oh What Fun Simple Set - oh what a pair!  It's a match made in heaven!

Did you happen to see the Free Printables we shared last week with designs from Oh What Fun?  If not, you can snag those & download for free here.  Trust me when I say you want to do that.  Go ahead, I'll wait...  ;)

Welcome back!  Did ya get em?  I sure hope so, because I've used a number of the free printables in my TN.  And when you see how useful & fun they are, you're going to want to use them too!

I created a festive insert for different holiday lists.  The cover was easy - I simply wrapped a piece of patterend paper around one of our inserts & trimmed.  The 'very merry' piece is one of the downloads that I printed & trimmed, then I embellished with Oh What Fun stickers.

The free download includes 5 different lists - Gift List, Wish List, Shopping List, Christmas Cards List and 'Things to Do' List.  The lists are designed to fit in an A5 planner; no problem!  I just resized from 8.5x11 to 7x9 and when printed they were the right width for our WIDE inserts, which are 5x8.25.  If you want to use for a standar TN insert, you'll want to size accordingly.

I simply adhered each list to a page in the insert and then added a strip of washi to fill the white space.

So there you have it - a custom holiday themed TN for my lists this month.  I'm sharing LOTS of holiday goodness this month on my Instagram account here at https://www.instagram.com/laylekoncar/ - drop by & say hi!

If you're new to Traveler's Notebooks & want to learn a bit more, watch this Intro to Traveler's Notebooks Facebook Live video I recently recorded!

Have a safe & joyous holiday season!


Hey Simple Stories fans! Nicole here today to share a fun holiday project with you. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the great products to use for my projects. Truth is, I do better with smaller pieces of paper! So for this project, I literally broke it down for each of the patterned papers for my project and built my own design element on my project. I like to cut several pieces so that I have more than enough choices as I work through my project, also leaving me with enough for a bonus project later too!

I chose most of the papers in the Very Merry collection and then trimmed them down into simple squares, and then again in half into some basic triangle shapes. You really can do a lot with just a few triangles on your page!  I started on the bottom edge of my project and worked my way up along the left edge of the page, creating a holiday tree shape along the way. I tried to mix up the color and pattern of the papers as I built that fun tree on the side of the page.

Since the left side of the page was quite busy with the large tree, I kept things to a minimum on the right side of the page. I added a fun photo of my son along grouped with some of the stickers in the 4x6 sticker pack from the Very Merry Collection. Love that woodgrain paper from the Sn@p Basics collection, it works so well with the colors in the Very Merry collection!


Hi everyone! It’s Tara with Secretbees Studio and I have the sweetest tags to share today! Christmas is getting closer and it is never too early to start the wrapping of your gifts. Sometimes, instead of using fancy paper, I prefer just kraft and then I can really light up the packages with super cute tags! And the ‘Very Merry’ collection is full of the most adorable holiday images in awesome traditional colors!

Tags are the perfect way to use up your small paper scraps and left over embellishments from a collection! I had already used the ‘Very Merry’ collection on another project but held on to those last few pieces of patterned paper and decorative pieces I had left. I took some large manila tags and small white tags that I had in my stash and just got busy adding scraps and stickers and ephemera galore! All of the pieces in this collection look so beautiful together!

I did add in a few tiny details in the form of wooden stars and hearts, colorful enamel dots and festive twine. I also couldn’t resist making lots of paper curls to give these tags that final flair! The backs of the tags are totally blank so I have plenty of room to write in the lucky recipients name. Now to just get the Christmas shopping done! Thanks for visiting!


It's the beginning of December and the holiday spirit is in full swing at my house! Hello, Simple Stories Friends! Jana Eubank here. The minute Thanksgiving is over the Christmas music is a constant at our home and puts me right in the mood to do some Christmas scrapbooking!

Most of my pictures from the holidays are a beautiful, chaotic mix of people, things, and colors. The Very Merry collection brings everything together with its classic red and green color scheme. 

For this page, I placed three photos on a patterned paper axis running through the center of the page and then filled in the empty spots with a title, journaling and holiday elements.

I used the Combo Stickers for the title area of this page. I love how the black script of the title POPS against my mini forest of pine tree stickers.

My main photo had an empty spot in the lower left corner, so I fussy-cut the large floral cluster from the Peace On Earth Paper to fill the spot.

Another fussy-cut, floral cluster anchors the presents, and phrases in the bottom right hand corner of the layout.

I capped the page off with a strip of plaid Christmas Cheer paper and the scalloped border sticker from the Combo Sticker sheet. Reminiscing about Christmas' past gets me excited to gather together again with family this year!

Thanks for coming by!


Happy December 1st! With the holidays upon us, we're happy to share free printables from our Oh What Fun Simple Set!   


From die cuts, dashboards, Christmas card lists, gift lists and more, these free Oh What Fun printables are just what’s needed to get you in the holiday spirit & keep you organized this holiday season!  Designed for use in your Carpe Diem A5 planner, on your scrapbook pages, in your December Daily albums & more - simply download, print, and trim.


Click HERE to download

Happy holidays from all of us at Simple Stories to you and yours!

Hello Carpe Diem Girls, Its Meredy with today’s blog post. It is December and, as we all know, it can be a very busy month.  I am starting the holidays off on the right foot this year by setting up my planner, taking a look at my monthly schedule and setting some goals for myself.  

My Clover Carpe Diem works perfectly with the Very Merry Line and by using some of the decorative paper, bits and pieces and stickers my planner was looking quite festive in no time at all.

I don’t always do a monthly spread, but since there is so much happening during December I knew I needed to have it all in one place to help me keep on track.   I used washi, stickers, and bits and pieces from the Very Merry Line to decorate my pages.

I put this great December Calendar from the Bits and Pieces packet at the top of my page and will use this as my Christmas Countdown counter. Today, I get to mark off Dec 1st, just 24 more days to go!  (If you look close you can see I didn’t set my sicker down perfectly, I just left it because sometimes there is perfection in something imperfect.)

In the notes section of my monthly layout I wrote my holiday goals.  My daughter gets out of school on Dec 15th and I am determined to have it all completed before that date so I can have a fun and relaxed Christmas. I even set up my beauty appointments and ordered some new clothes so do not forget about myself as I do most years.

This year will also be my first attempt at a December Daily. I set up a Sn@p notebook with the Very Merry collection so I am all prepared. Stop by my Instagram www.instagram.com/myplanningadevnture to see how my December Daily progresses! Its not too late to start your planning and set goals for your month. Hopefully this post inspires you to get out in front of the holiday rush.


Welcome back to the blog everyone!  It's Traci and I'm back to share a new Sn@p project I've been working on.  I just love black and white photos and when I saw the Beautiful collection, I knew it would work perfectly with some of my favorite family photos.

Although the photo above doesn't show it well, there is a really pretty touch of metallic gold in the collection.  The bow on the 3x4 accent paper, and the word "amazing" on the chipboard piece at the bottom are gold ... so pretty!

Thank you for letting me share my latest Sn@p album with you!  Check out the entire "Beautiful" collection here.  


Hello again Simple Stories fans! Chantalle with you today to share a countdown-style page using the beautiful festive ‘Very Merry’ collection.

Instax snaps are a favourite of mine for scrapping. They are just small enough to really draw the eye in and one can use a couple on a 12x12 size page.

The design of this page is pretty simple, focusing the attention through a central band with busier pattern paper on either side. For this reason, I have kept the central paper pretty neutral, cutting several strips from a sheet of ’Tis the Season’. 

The outer botanical print is the 4x6 Vertical Elements from the collection. I wanted to pull out pops of the red, green and charcoal, so I’ve kept this busy print further out, then brought the red & black checked print in to co-ordinate with the large ’25’ from a pack of Very Merry Pocket Pieces.

To give the feeling of a little countdown, I have also added some numbers close to 25 from the top of the page. These are from a pack of Very Merry Stickers and would be fantastic for a planner or December album at this time of year.

The page has been finished off with some Clear Stickers (cut in half to go further!) some mini banners from a pack of Bits & Pieces and a touch of stamping.

A super simple page but I love the bold title and centralised theme.

Thanks so much for joining me!


Hello creatives! Welcome back to the blog. Leah here with you today, showing you how I have begun the process of setting up my Christmas traveler's notebook. Eventually, I hope to set up this TN to be a jack of all trades for me throughout the Christmas season. I want to have a notebook in here for planning, a notebook for my millions of holiday lists, and a notebook dedicated to documenting December memories. I'll be using the Very Merry collection to decorate this TN. So far, I have decorated my front pockets with bits and pieces from the collection and I have focused my efforts on assembling my December Daily notebook insert.

I created this notebook by taking the staples out of one of the Carpe Diem traveler's notebook inserts and disassembling it. I used one of the notebook papers as a template to cut down the 12x12 Very Merry patterned papers to the same size as the insert pages. I then mixed in the patterned papers with the white pages to create a thicker notebook. I got this brilliant and fun idea from Michelle Baxter @quirkyheart on Instagram. My goal was to have enough papers in my insert to do a 2 page layout for each day of December. I also printed out a couple of my favorite Very Merry digital papers onto vellum so I could add those in for texture.

Making this custom insert was very simple but it's a process, so I am taking my time with it. So far, I've just cut down the papers and arranged them in a way I like. I think I will hold off on sewing or stapling the papers together until later in December, that way I'm not totally committed to the current arrangement and will have more flexibility as I start documenting memories. I plan to add in a variety of 4x6 SN@P! pocket pages throughout the notebook and will use washi tape to tip them in.

I also took a little time to decorate the cover of my December Daily album/TN insert and start gathering and organizing my supplies I'm planning to use this month. I am not the best about finishing things...however, I do my best to set myself up for success in finishing my December Daily album by doing a little preparation before hand. I still have several things to do before December starts up. The inserts I'll be using for planning and listing will be simple notebooks without much décor, though I might dress up the covers to be more Christmas-y. If you'd like to see how this TN setup continues to develop, head over and follow me on Instagram and YouTube for updates. Have you, or are you planning to set up a Christmas planner and/or Christmas album? If you aren't following the Carpe Diem Planners Instagram, you will find some amazing inspiration there. So many BEAUTIFUL Christmas planner and TN setups have been shared already!