Layle Koncar's Blog Posts

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 - 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!


Howdy friends, it's Layle, Marketing Director here at Simple Stories, & I'm back again with my monthly Carpe Diem planner blog feature!

For the fall I switched back to the blush planner, typically not a color you might think of for fall, right?!  The reason I chose this color is because I’m using the new Beautiful A5 Boxed Set Oh my gosh, if you haven’t seen the Beautiful (aptly named!!) products, boy are you in for a treat J

One of the first things I do when I sit down to put together a new month in my planner is to lay out all of the products I might want to work with.  That makes it easy to see everything & decide what I want to use where.   This tray from The Container Store makes it sorting & organizing before I get started a breeze. 

The pockets of our Carpe Diem planners are one of my favorite features – adding cards, die cuts, clips & stickers to decorate them is so fun!  Most of the time when I open my planner I have a loooooong list of TO DO’s to tackle, having something fun to look at when  I start makes it a little easier to get started!

One of my favorite inserts in the Boxed Sets has always been the ‘month in review’ page that’s included at the start of each month.  It’s a place where I add all of the important things that are happening in a month & the important things I need to make sure not to forget.  It’s a great ‘at a glance’ overview of the month.

When it comes to decorating my planner, stickers are where it’s at!  Did you know that the square-ish stickers in both our 4x6 Stickers and the Sticker Tablets are designed to fit perfectly in the monthly squares?  Yep!

I love the vintage florals paired with the gold foil accents – so sophisticated!   The pastel pink paired with the marbled mint green is a gorgeous compliment to the contrasting pops of black throughout.  There are 2 different washi tape patterns in the Beautiful collection; I used the vintage floral design to cover the holes on the monthly spread & then repunched the holes with my Carpe Diem A5 Punch to add a little more decoration to the spread.

The Sticky Notes in the collection are gorgeous!  I love to use sticky notes.  LOVE!  I have the sticky notes in the middle of my weekly spread so they’re right there, handy when I need them.

So there you have it, my set up for October :)  Thanks for joining me this month!  Follow me on Instagram at to see more of my planners & travelers notebooks.  Enjoy the cool temps & sweater weather as we move into Fall! 



Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today!  A few months ago I was browsing Instagram and came across a wonderful Carpe Diem planner set up with our Recipe collection on the Sassy Scrapper's Instagram account.  I followed the link and was wowed by what I saw!  It turned out to be a multi part series from a designer named Kylie Kingham.  After I drooled over all the posts in the series, I knew I wanted to share with our Simple Stories & Carpe Diem planner fans.  Here you go, prepare to be wowed!


Hello friends! My name is Kylie and I am super excited to be a guest designer today showcasing the Carpe Diem Recipe Planning products. Before I get started let me tell you a little bit about myself:-

I live in Country New South Wales, Australia with my husband, 2 children, as well as a very spoilt and much loved rescued puppy, ‘Maximus’. I have always had a love for planning, scrapbooking and all papercraft in general for as long as I can remember. In recent years I have been very fortunate to be able to share my techniques with fellow paper crafters across a broad spectrum of platforms.

When I’m not in my craft studio I love taking photos…..Lots of photos….Spending time with my family and travelling.

When I first saw the release of the new Carpe Diem ‘Recipe’ themed planning goodies, I was a little bit excited. I must admit that I am no master chef. I find recipes and rip them out of a magazine, stuff them in a drawer for a later date. Yes, shocking I know. I had tried notebooks and cook books for my organisation but nothing worked right for me……Until now!

I chose to use my ‘Persimmon’ The Reset Girl Carpe Diem planner

I love this colour so much!

I was lucky to be able to purchase this fab, ‘Recipe’ collection in Australia from The Sassy Scrapper.

I received the A5 Recipe planner insert set. It contains a wonderful set of dividers and dashboards as well as a pocket dashboard. It also contains recipe pages, as well as other meal planning and shopping list pages. It was when I first saw this pack that I very quickly realised that my planner could be customised to be so much more than just a ‘recipe book’. It opened the door to me thinking of how I could utilise it to be for meal planning, a health tracker as well as budget keeping!

I also received more of the Recipe pages as well as the sticker tablet book. This book contains over 706 stickers!!! This is where the creative side of my brain went into over drive! The possibilities were going to be endless.

Let’s take a look at how I set up my planner:

I also cut out some Simple Stories FREE Recipe Printables from here to include in my planner that co-ordinated perfectly. I do plan to use these on some page markers or more dashboards in the future.

For now though I love the element of fun they bring to my pockets!

Using one of the dashboards I added some more stickers as well as some of the typed text as a feature. The text stickers are always a hit with me. I use them everywhere!

I used some of the washi tape from the 'Posh' collection down the border of the first divider. Just for a hint of colour. I also had some left over text stickers from a previous Simple Stories collection, to which I have added also.

You will also see how I am layering stickers as tabs at the top and down the sides of my dividers. Not only does this provide a practical use but it’s decorative as well.

As you turn the page I have placed my pocket divider in next. I added some stickers as a banner as well as a quote cut out from the Domestic Bliss collection. It's a great range that works well with the Recipe collection. I plan to store any scribbled recipes or tear outs I find, until I can get them written up in my planner. There are many uses this could have though.

Next up was the Kitchen Inventory page. I have to be honest, this list I really didn't have a purpose for, so I decided to customise it to suit me, and am now making it my Eat Out list of fav restaurants. Again I have used paper from the Domestic Bliss range.

Here is the before photo.....

And here is the after-

You may like to keep the Inventory sheet as it was but this works much better for me.

Next, I want to show you how you can set up a section for meal planning. Weekly meal planning brings many benefits. Here are my 3 top pointers:

1)              If you can plan that week ahead it helps save on time wondering what to have for dinner.

2)              It is also great to help with your shopping budget and avoid over spending.

3)              It is a great tool to aid in general good health and wellbeing.

Once you get into the routine of planning ahead it is so much easier to stay on track. Hey....we all crave Pizza......It's ok if you don't stick to it all the time!

I've added some stickers to the marker tabs, labeling this section as Menu planning.

Here is a little look at a weekly meal planning layout. I am using the vertical inserts that came in the 'Boxed Sets" of Reset Girl planners.  The box stickers from the sticker book are the perfect fit for these. I have also used the Carpe Diem number stickers for my dates.  You get SO MANY in each pack in a fab range of colours too.

So here you can see the first half of my week. Each day is neatly divided up into three for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Here is the second half of my week. I love the little ruled column to the right of this page for jotting my shopping list onto as I think of things. Below each day I have allowed space for my water intake and steps tracker. This is ideal if you are really trying to balance diet and exercise for overall wellbeing.

Next, I thought long and hard about how I was going to label each divider, and decided on 


Meat Dessert

& Baking.

I really wanted to keep it easy, but you can customise your own to suit yourself!

I totally love these recipe sheets! As you can see, again I have used my typewriter to write up my recipes. My handwriting isn't the neatest.

The side tab of the recipe sheets is really handy also for adding in smaller details of your dish. You can mark in its difficulty and give it up to a 5 heart rating! It's also handy to add in any tips. For fun I also added a small photo on various recipe pages.

Again, I love using the decorative stickers. They really add colour and fun to each recipe page.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing the set up of my Recipe planning today, and it inspires you to create your own.

Kylie xoxo