Layle Koncar's Blog Posts

Howdy friends!  It's Layle, marketing director for Simple Stories & Carpe Diem and I'm back with you again this month with a little something new.  We recently launched the Printables store here at so I thought it would be fun to share some tips for working with printables and then share how I used the printables to set up my A5 planner for March.  

I used these three No ProbLlama printables this month - 

No ProbLlama Elements

No ProbLlama A5 Monthly Tabbed Dividers (Dated)

No ProbLlama A5 Designer Dividers & Dashboards (Dated)

One of the biggest questions we receive about printables is how to print them & what type of paper to print them on!  I filmed a YouTube video explaining my tips & tricks for printing printables; the first 8-ish minutes of the video talks through that specifically.  

In the rest of the video I'm setting up my planner for the month, using the printables.  I used pieces from the No ProbLlama Elements to decorate the pockets & then added some clips and some coordinating stickers from the Mama Llama SImple Set.  I cut down one of the patterned paper pieces from the No ProbLlama A5 Monthly Tabbed Dividers (Dated) and adhered some pink pom pom trim and added it to the large pocket. 

I love that the monthly spreads are dated, makes it so easy to create & go!  I cut down another one of the patterned paper pieces from the No ProbLlama A5 Monthly Tabbed Dividers (Dated) and adhered over the holes to create faux washi. 

I can't wait until March to move into my new A5 planner set up!  Visit me here on Instagram to see more of my adventures with Traveler's Notebooks :)  


Howdy everyone, Layle Koncar, Director of Marketing here to share with you some holiday memory keeping cheer :)  I'm documenting each day of the month in December through Christmas day, inspired by Ali Edwards and her December Daily concept.  This will be the 11th consecutive year I've participated and it's something I look forward to ever year.  Even better, when I pull the past years' albums out for the holidays, our 2 teenage boys love looking through them!

I'm using the Merry & Bright 6x8 Album + lots of goodies from the Merry & Bright collection.  The Holiday Binder is so great for documenting a busy month like December because it has 2" rings which provides much needed extra room for everything that happens during the month!

I've learned over the years that the best way to ensure success for me - success being to make it through entire month! - is by creating the base of my album ahead of time.  That way once December 1st hits, I'm ready to go.  Each night (or the following day), I take a few minutes to document a memory or story from the day and add photos.  

This year I've had to embrace the song 'Let It Go' from Frozen :)  I've had 3 travel trips so far this month, so I am WAYYYY behind.  But you know what, that is A-OK.   I'm doing my best to let go the pressure of staying caught up and just enjoy the process and the holiday season.  

I have made it through Day 5, so I thought it would be fun to share those days!

Days 1-3

I was out of town the first 3 days of the month teaching at a store so I combined those days together - 

I love mixing different size pages & interactive elements in my albums, it really helps to break things up.

Day 4

Our youngest son has a birthday on the 4th, so I have a built in subject every year in my albums on the 4th!  I used a fabric pocket as the 'page', punched holes and then added a card that tucked into the pocket.

Day 5

On the 5th I've talked about some of the decorations around our house.  


So there you have it, the 1st 5 days of the month, all documented; now for the next 20 -  wish me luck!  ;)  The good news is that I'm in town now until mid January and have some time off starting next week, so I should have plenty of time to finish.  

If you want to follow along as I make my way through the month, I'll be sharing photos on my Instagram account here at laylekoncar.

Wishing you & your family a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!


Do you believe it's almost October?  Holy cow, where in the world does the time go!  A new month means new Free Printables & a new planner set up! 

I'm all organized & ready to go for next month with the Simple Vintage Halloween collection in my A5 Persimmon and the October free printables - 


I started out by decorating the pockets with a mix of the 3x4 Element cards & the free printables dashboards.  

How cute are those spooktacular pieces?!  Here's a tip - I always print the Traveler's Notebook inserts that have the dashboards on them; they don't have the tabs for you to punch the holes like the A5 and Personal versions, so they're great for decorating pockets, cards or scrapbook pages!

Next up I cut one of the 12x12 papers from the Simple Vintage Halloween collection for the opening page in my planner.  What's so great about the collection is that all of that layered artwork you see on the left side of the page is all part of the paper!  It makes it so easy to create a fabBOOlous lookig dashboard with minimal effort.

How fun is the October free printable page?  I just love those witchy striped socks :)  On the opposite page I used another piece of paper from the collection along with a few stickers.

Here's the 'before the pen' version of the October dated calendar, then I added strips of washi down the edge of each page & decorate with more stickers from the collection.

As always, there are tons of pages in the free printables!  If you haven't grabbed them yet, what are you waiting for?!  Designed for use in your Carpe Diem A5 planner, personal planner, Traveler's Notebook, on your scrapbook pages, in your SN@P! albums & more - simply download, print, and trim.


Click HERE to visit our Project Downloads page for these free printables along with many more!

Visit me here on Instagram to see more of my adventures with planners & Traveler's Notebooks :)  

Have a safe & happy Halloween!