Layle Koncar's Blog Posts

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

This month I've brought a little sunshine into my planner with the new Summer Days collection.  It's been a LONG, cold, wet winter here in Utah - we even had snow as late as April 25th.  I can't tell you how ready I am for warm weather and sunshine; adding summer to my planner will give me a little bit of that, even if the weather outside may not agree!

I started with the coral planner - the bright color brings a smile to my face & coordinates well with Summer Days.

I loaded up the pockets this month with lots of cards, die cuts & stickers.  The chipboard flamingo made for a great clip - you can't tell, but he's adhered to a long silver clip that tucks right into the pocket.  The pineapple in the collection - I just love it!  Not only does it make an appearance in the stickers & chipboard, but we loved it so much that we created a Silhouette cut file with it, too!  I used the cut file to create a dashboard - 

I used papers from Summer Days to cut the shapes, then adhered to another paper from the collection.  A quick punch with our A5 Punch - by the way, word on the street is that we'll have it to start shipping to retailers early June!! - and voila!

Next up I set out to make some more clips.  I took a few of the brads and removed the prongs by bending them back and forth.  

A glue dot adhered to the back of the brad was all it took to adhere to the back of an existing clip.  Because I used existing clips to do this, they're now 2 in 1 - a design on each side!

There are so many great icons & patterns in the Summer Days collection that I think I may use it in my planner for the next few months.  With that approach in mind, I limited the decor for the May spread primarily to flowers

I added a bit more sunshine to my weekly spreads by adhering a 'hello sunshine' sticker to the bottom of the bookmark, that way I have sunshine with me every day :)

Thanks for joining me this month!  Stay tuned for June when I use Summer Days again in my planner, but switch it up a bit!




Hi friends, it's Layle!  I'm the Director of Marketing for Simple Stories & I'm back again this Sunday with another installment of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series with guest designer Rachel Lindas.  We've had so much fun seeing her creativity in her bible & had such great feedback from YOU on her process, tips & techniques that we've invited her to stick around for a while and extend the Bible Journaling Sunday Series!  We'll be futuring an in depth blog post from Rachel once per month along with weekly posts on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  Hooray!!

Today Rachel is back sharing a great lesson on attitude for teens using our #Whatever Simple Set - I think you're going to love it!


Hi you guys it's Rachel Lindas. It's been awhile since my last guest post for Simple Stories but I'm excited to share something I've been working on. The past blog posts I shared were all using the Simple Stories Faith line.  The faith line makes it very easy to Bible Journaling with since they include bible verses and key words on the designs that help guide you to specific verses in the Bible.

For this post I decided to work with the #whatever Simple Set. I knew the moment they released it that I would want to Bible Journal with it. The colors and patterns are very much my style but since it's not made for Bible Journaling specifically you have to get a bit more creative on how to incorporate it into the Word of God.  

I teach middle school Bible Journaling classes and a very relevant topic of struggle for these teen girls is attitude.  So I researched several verses on attitude to coordinate with the #whatever Simple Set and designed three different layouts for the Middle School class I am teaching.  For the following pages you will need item #2081 6x12 Cardstock Sticker and #2082 Nailed It 12x12 paper.  You will also want to gather some alpha letters, adhesive, scissors, and a highlighter. For one of the pages I did add acrylic paint using a baby wipe to apply it to the page to add color. 

1. Verse : Philippians 2:1-5 

"Check your Attitude" 

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 

For this layout it was very simple I cut out different paper shapes from the 12x12 paper and layered them and added the square grid sticker to the top. I added the flower stickers and tabbed the top of the page using the grid paper design. 

2. Verse: Acts 8:21-23 

"Repent & Pray" 

Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. 

For this layout I concentrated on using the & sticker and spelled out the word repent and Pray using alpha stickers. Again I circled punched the black and white heart paper from this collection and added the square and heart stickers to the Page as well. Sometimes the simple layouts have a way of being bold and direct in the message you want to remember from studying the verse. 

3. Verse : Proverbs 15:1

"How you Answer Matters" 

A gentle answer deflects anger, 

But harsh words make tempers flare. 

This layout I wanted to highlight the idea that how we respond or answer someone matters. The #whatever stickers have a ton of typical teen Attitude answers and I thought it would be fun to use them as a tool of teaching what not to do. So I used the alpha letters to spell out "How you answer matters" and then used the stickers  like "um... no", "don't even ask", "eye roll", etc.. to showcase maybe some of our not so good tendency. I also took the black WHATEVER sticker to boldly place down the page.  The paint that is the background is Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint and I squeezed some out onto a baby wipe and gently wipe the Bible page with paint. The more you wipe the more the paint comes off. So I typically wipe more over the Word of God so you can still see the words and allow the paint to be thicker and bolder in the margins. 

Hope this helps you think outside of the box in ways to use all of your typical scrapbooking supplies in your Bible too.  Look through your scraps or the new lines that have been released. There are so many options -have fun trying something new.



Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories.  I'm super excited to share a new quarterly blog feature that I'll be doing with our friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!  Every quarter I'll be sharing a post on their blog about how I've set up my Carpe Diem planner for the upcoming month & insight into how I'm using my planner.

This month I've not only used my planner as a calendar, but also as a Home Planner - I'm loving the way it's progressing!  Below you'll see how I've approached the Home Planning 'stuff'; you'll find more of how I've set up the calendar side of my planner here on their blog to see the rest of April.  

After setting up the month I added the Home Insert Set to my planner along with the Home Doc It Journal to really start getting our home life organized.  You guys!  The Home Insert Set is the bomb & I'm not just saying that because I have to! :)  Seriously, it has EVERYTHING you need to set up a home planner!

Decorative dashboards, a pocket, three full sticker sheets, 6 tabbed dividers AND inserts for the dividers including menu plan, bill payment checklists, budgets, to do lists and more.

This sweet insert (included in the set) is at the start of my planner :)

The pocket is perfect for coralling the receipts, bills, etc that always seem to be floating around our house.  I added the 'get stuff done' card to the front of the pocket - that needs to be my mantra!

I made this functional, reusable To Do list from another card from the SN@P! Pack and Vertical 4x6 Pocket Page.  I punched the extra holes, inserted the card in the pocket to create a dry erase board, of sorts, & then used a WET erase marker to write my list on top of the pocket page.  I emphasized a wet erase marker vs dry - after several attempts, I found that the dry erase was geting streaked as this was a heavily used area of my planner; wet insures the writing will stay until I'm ready for it to come off.  As I complete things, I can take a damp paper towel to 'erase' an item and then add another in its place.  

The tabbed dividers in the insert set have me super excited!  I added stickers from the HOME A5 Sticker Tablet to label them.  I have all kinds of ideas of what I'm going to include in each of the sections.  But the one I am MOST excited about is the Menu Plan - 

First off, how stinkin' cute is the divider?!  'What's for dinner?' - heard repeatedly, every night of the week, every week of the year, year in and year out.  Am I right?!

I added the Menu Plan inserts included in the Insert Set.  And guess what, those Menu Inserts are also sold separately so you can have plenty to keep planning your menus :)

I don't know about you guys, but I feel like I'm constantly scratching my head, trying to come up with a menu for the week.  With these Menu Inserts, I can keep these sheets from week to week and store them in another planner - possibly with the Recipe Inserts!  When I'm sitting down on Sunday to plan the menu for the week, I can grab the past menus and just use those.  HOORAY!!  Can't wait to start doing that.  I'm all about making life easier :)

The last thing I put together as I strive to get things more organized is this spread in the Home Doc It Journal.  I love use Travelers Notebook 'style' notebooks like this for my lists - if you know me, you know how I love my lists!  I'm a big list maker/follower, & if I can cuten them up while I'm making them, why not?  This list, inspired by the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, hits all of the main areas I need to 'purge' in our house.  As I tackle these areas, I'll continue using the journal to keep notes, track progress, etc

The best thing? It slides right in the back pocket of my planner - that way I always have it with me!

So there you have it!  I'm feeling pretty motivated to get the rest of those dividers set up & start tackling that hefty To Do list!  

You’ll find me on Instagram here at @laylekoncar if you want to take a peek at more of my planners & Traveler’s Notebooks!  I'll catch you next month :)