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Pre Order: 2016 Carpe Diem Planners


We are so so excited, Simple Stories have just revealed their brand new Carpe Diem Planners and accessories for Summer 2016 and they are now available for pre-order here

Carpe Diem sneak peeks 2016

I’m an enormous fan of Carpe Diem planners and use mine daily, so I am thrilled to see their amazing new planners and accessories for 2016! So quickly onto the good stuff, lets have a look at what’s new for 2016???


New collections and collaborations

Firstly Simple Stories are back with not one but two planner collections! Choose from…..

The Reset Girl: A gorgeous vintage inspired collection designed by one of my favourite planner gurus, The Reset Girl. The Reset Girl collection includes planners in Pink and Orange aka Ballerina and Persimmon along with a whole host of truly stunning vintage style planner accessories.


Posh: Posh is the second collection from the designers at Simple Stories. Its a fun preppy collection featuring classic stripes, spots and gorgeous floral. In terms of new planner colours, Ivory and Marigold make their debut along with the returning colours of Aqua, Robin’s Egg, Coral and Platinum.


Planner Upgrades

This year Simple Stories have taken on all the feedback from the more discerning planner girl and the 2016 release includes a number of upgrades to your planner including:

  • All leather exterior AND interior!
  • Thicker paper – the paper inserts have been upgraded from 100gsm to 140gsm
  • The A5 Rings have been upgraded to an all new, high quality 6 ring binding mechanism
  • Ring hardware is now available in gold and silver. For gold hardware take a look at the Ballerina, Persimmon, Ivory & Robins Egg planners. For Silver hardware check out the Aqua, Coral, Platinum & Marigold
  • Monthly spreads are now on their own inserts (previously they were on the back of the monthly dividers)
  • Boxed set or A La Carte, now you can either buy a complete box set or completely customise your planner using the A La Carte planners and accessories.

New planner accessories

I love to decorate my planner so I am thrilled to see that there are a whole host of new accessories for our planners including:

  • Washi tapes
  • Metal Clips
  • Decorative Clips
  • Roller Stamps
  • Page Flags
  • Sticky Notes
  • Pocket Cards
  • Doc it Journals
  • Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers

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New inserts

A planner would be nothing without its inserts and Simple Stories now have a weekly insert for everyone, choose from Horizontal, Vertical, Hourly or Daily.


I’m a vertical girl, so I am thrilled to have these inserts available in an A5 size!

Box Set vs Build your own planner

This year you can either buy a box set containing everything you need to get planning straight away, or, you can pick and mix your planner and accessories to create a planner completely unique to you! All the planners are available on their own with no inserts, or in a box set complete with dividers and inserts.


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FYI The Reset Girl planner box sets come with Vertical inserts and the Posh Planner box sets come with Horizontal inserts.


Last year we received an incredible number of pre-orders for the Carpe Diem planners and we are delighted to be taking pre-orders for all the new 2016 Carpe Diem Planner box sets and A La Carte Carpe Diem Planners.

Why pre-order?

  • Secure your planner so you will receive it as soon as it arrives in the UK
  • Get exclusive access to the new Carpe Diem planner accessories before they go on general sale
  • Get 10% off all your new Carpe Diem planner accessories during the exclusive access period
  • Get free P&P on your order (UK only)
  • Win your planner back!

 Win your planner!

This year if you pre-order your planner with us you will be entered into a draw to win your planner! We will hold a draw 2 weeks after the planners arrive in the UK and one lucky person will be refunded for the cost of their planner!

So what are you waiting for? To pre-order your planner head over to the website now! Now which one will it be…..Ballerina? … Persimmon? …. Marigold? …!

Happy Planning!

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T&Cs: You must pre-order your planner and pay the final balance in full within 2 weeks of the planners arrival in the UK to be eligible to win your planner back. Planner pre-order deposits are non-refundable and will be deducted from the final cost of your planner.

LAST CHANCE: Pre-Order your Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner!

**Now in stock find all the Carpe Diem Planners and Accessories here**

Planner Girls, you may recall back in August (which seems a looooong time ago now!) we opened pre-orders for the amazing Carpe Diem A5 planners from Simple Stories.

All Carpe Diem Planners

Well the time is almost here…the planners are due to arrive here in the UK at the end of November! We have received a huge amount of interest in the planners and we want to make sure we order in enough planners for all our UK/Europe planner girls!

So here it is, your last chance to order your Carpe Diem Planner before they arrive in November. We are giving you two options:

Option 1

Pre-order and pay for your Carpe Diem planner in full to “guarantee” you get your hands on the planner of your choice! If you want to pre-order now just head to the website and check out! If you choose the pre-order option you will also receive 24 hour priority access to shop the Carpe Diem planner accessories when the planners land in the UK. We will then combine your orders and post you Planner and Accessories to you once the 24 hour priority access closes.

Option 2

Be added to the Waitlist to get priority access to shop the planners and planner accessories when they arrive in the UK. To get on the Waitlist simply email us ( with your choice of colour and we will pop you an email confirmation and contact you again when the planners arrive.

If you choose the waitlist option you will not need to pay anything upfront, but we will make sure we order a planner for you.  You will receive an email as soon as the planners arrive in the UK and you will be sent a special link so you can order your Carpe Diem planner and accessories. You will have 24 hours to check out before the planners go on general sale at which point we will release any unsold planners on the website. We will not hold any planners beyond the 24 hour priority access so if you want to “guarantee” your planner please go with Option 1.

***A note on our “guarantee” we will place an order with Simple Stories on your behalf and fingers crossed it will all go to plan and your planner will arrive safe and sound with us. Occasionally things do go wrong, they may sell out, part of our order could go missing or perhaps arrives damaged. We obviously hope this doesn’t happen so please take our guarantee with a pinch of salt. If anything happens beyond our control and we can’t deliver your planner, we will refund you in full. Simples!  

Pre Orders and Waitlist access will close on Friday 6th November …… So which colour will you go for??

Robin’s Egg

Robin Egg A5


Pink A5


Aqua A5


Black planner


Coral A5


Platinum big

To pre-order head over to the website now!

Happy Planning!

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Pre-Order: Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner

**To pre-order the 2016 Carpe Diem Planners click here**

**Now in stock find all the Carpe Diem Planners and Accessories here**

In our technological world where there is an app for everything, there is a small and growing movement to get back in touch with pen and paper and embrace good old fashioned planners. If you had a diary or Filofax back in the day you will probably have you used it to keep your life and to-do’s organised. Over the past few years there has been a slow and growing trend to take pen and paper planning to the next level with a spot of decoration using stamps, stickers, washi tape and cute accessories to decorate your planner, which certainly appeals to the crafter in me.

Being a bit of a planner addict, I have fallen in love with the adorable Carpe Diem A5 planners which are being released by US Scrapbook Company Simple Stories in November and am delighted to be offering them to Homemakery customers who fancy starting 2017 with a fresh planner slate!

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The Carpe Diem planners come in 6 colours and this is how they will look in real life. From left to right we have: Black, Robins Egg, Coral, Teal, Pink and Platinum (Robins Egg has seriously stole my heart!).

Unlike most planners which can be a bit dull on the inside Simple Stories have created beautifully designed dividers and thoughtful inserts which will come included in your planner, along with a range of gorgeous “a la carte” planner accessories which you can pick and mix from to make your planner personal to you.

Simple Stories Planner Inserts

So to give you a bit of information on the planners:

  • The planner is made of faux leather and comes in 6 lovely colours
  • The inside is covered with black and white polka dot fabric
  • The planner measures 8 inches wide, 9.4 inches tall and 1.375 inches deep
  • The inserts measure 5.83 x 8.27 inches – the standard A5 insert size
  • The rings and binding mechanism are silver and use the traditonal “filofax” 6 ring binding. This means that these planners are really versatile and you will be able to mix and match with other planner inserts and accessories on the market.
  • The planner includes an elastic pen loop on the right inside cover
  • There are 4 pockets on the inside left cover and 1 pocket on the inside right cover
  • A metal camera charm is included to either hang from the snap closure or from an inside ring
  • Each planner includes a variety of inserts for all of your planning needs – {12) monthly calendar pages, {12} monthly tabbed dividers, {72} weekly inserts and {6) assorted decorative inserts
  • The planner pages are undated so you can start planning at any time

Shall we talk accessories?? They are seriously cute and will mix and match with the many other planners on the market.

We have stickers




Cute Paper Clips



And many other gorgeous bits and pieces which we will be ordering to go with the planners.

If you want to see the entire collection in the flesh do check out this video which shows the entire Carpe Diem collection:

Alternatively the Simple Stories website has pictures of all the Carpe Diem Planner Goodies.

So if you fancy getting your hands on a Carpe Diem Planner we are very excited to be taking pre-orders for a limited time!

By pre-ordering for a £5 deposit you will receive the planner of you choice as soon as it arrives with us in the UK at the end of November. You will also get first access to all the gorgeous accessories from the Carpe Diem planner range. We also guarantee that you will pay no more than £39.99 for your planner (including the deposit).

So which colour will you choose?

All planners

Top Row: Pink, Robins Egg, Platinum. Bottom Row: Teal, Coral, Black

Pre-orders will close on Wednesday 5th August, so make sure you don’t miss out and pre-order your planner today!

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How to make planner dividers for your Filofax or Kikki K

DIY Planner DividersAt the start of the year one of my (many!) new years resolution was to get organised! Out went the multiple post it notes, scraps of paper, notebooks and iphone lists and in came a pretty pink A5 Kikki K personal planner. Finally I had my calendar, to-do lists, ideas and everything else I needed to stay on top of work and life in one place!

Being a creative type I have embraced decorating my planner with pretty washi tapes and making my own customised planner dividers and inserts. When I was at the Trade Show back in February I spotted some A4 paper pads that contain a combination of 15 sheets of 120gsm paper and 15 sheets of 270gsm cardstock. One of the paper pads, Romantic Flowers caught my eye so as soon as it arrived on Friday I grabbed a pad to make a new set of A5 dividers for my Kikki K.


If you fancy having a go at making your own dividers you will need:

A set of dividers from your current planner
Scissors/Paper Trimmer
Romantic Flowers Paper Pad
Laminator & Laminating pouches 
Pen to label your tabs, I used a Dymo Label maker and the black on transparent Dymo tape
Hole Punch – I used a Rapesco one

How to:

1. Select your papers, I was making 7 dividers so I selected my 7 favourite card stock prints from the Romantic Flower Paperpad.


2. Using your existing dividers, cut your cardstock to size. P1018320

I used a trimmer to cut my sheets to the same size P1018322

I then used each individual divider to cut out the tabs using a pair of scissors.P1018324

3. Label each of your tabs. I have a fab Dymo label maker which will print any font you choose onto a label 7mm thick which makes it perfect for labelling planner dividers. I used the free font KG Somebody That I Used to Know



4. Next put each divider into a laminating pouch and run it through your laminator (laminators are really cheap you can pick one up for about £15)


5. Once all your dividers are laminated use your trimmer/scissors to cut around each divider.


6. Using a punched piece of paper as a guide, punch holes in each of your dividers so they are ready to go in your planner.


7. Pop your new dividers in your planner and admire your customised dividers!


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I used the Romantic Flowers Paper Pad to make my dividers but I’m very tempted to make a second set with the Patisserie Paper Pad. If you fancy having a look at papers in each of the new paper pads along with the new washi tapes and stamps take a look at our YouTube video here

Happy Crafting!

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