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Pretty Practical Planners, Episode 1: Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner

Welcome to the new Pretty Practical Planners series on Scrapbook Update!

In this new series, I’m going to be sharing over the course of 2016 what paper planning supplies I’m using, how I’m using them, and what works and what doesn’t.

Planners are hot in the scrapbook industry right now, and all over craft sites on the web you can see planners heavily decorated with stickers, stamps and washi tape. Many of them are works of art, but my first priority is productivity. My goal in my planner is to be productive – but to make it pretty and have some fun along the way!

The first episode is devoted to two things: why did I start a paper planner, and what one am I using?

Here’s a sneak peek at the planner that I’m using, the Simple Stories Carpe Diem planner (ACOT/Scrapbook.com/SimonSaysStamp).

Pretty Practical Planners series on Scrapbook Update, episode 1 - Simple Stories Carpe Diem

This series will be partially blog entries and partially video. For part one, here’s a video overview of the Simple Stories Carpe Diem planner and how I’ve set mine up to start working with it!

Next time I’ll be sharing some of the things that I’ve added to my planner, as well as some of my first steps to make practical pretty! Make sure to come back and check it out!

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Update | Graphic 45, Studio Calico, Ranger, Simple Stories, and more!

It’s May and there is lots to celebrate – National Scrapbook Day, Mother’s Day, and the end of the school year approaching. From the manufacturers, there’s new products to celebrate, as the mid-release announcements keep coming! Who’s the first to take on Halloween? Read on to find out!

SC-planner-kit-subscription-logoTrends. Studio Calico has announced that it is jumping on the hot trend for planner products by adding a planner kit subscription to their portfolio of monthly kit offerings. Preorders are currently open and the first kit will ship in July 2015. The company promises that each kit will contain 8-10 items such as a stamp, sticky notes, washi tape, clips, dividers, or stickers. Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Scrapbook Planner Products

The concept of paper planners is a big trend right now in the world in general. Filofax has suddenly become a hot brand (a scrapbook store near me recently started promoting they are carrying Filofax). Many scrapbook brands have jumped into the market for planners as well, providing planners in their company’s familiar signature design style that customers already love.

The current trend to paper planners has been driven in large part by people who wish to create customized planners. In that area the scrapbook companies have an advantage over office supply companies who have traditionally made planners, as they have a lot of familiarity and experience with designing products like stamps, stickers, washi tape and other decorative items currently desired by planner users.

Most of the scrapbook industry planners are set up on a monthly/weekly format. A few, such as the Simple Stories collection, have additional daily organization pages. However, the downside of daily pages is bulk – it makes the entire year so huge that it can’t all be carried around at once and pages have to be cycled in and out of the planner.

Perhaps the most excitement of all the new planners has centered around the Life Documented collection by Simple Stories. Created in their signature bright colors, in a 6″x 8″ size, the planner is a modular system. Each element can be purchased separately, allowing users to build their own custom planner containing only the elements they wish to use.

One popular feature of Life Documented not seen in a lot of other planners is the meal planning section.

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