Layle Headshot

Howdy everyone!  I’m Layle (think ‘Gayle’, with an ‘L’) Koncar, Director of Marketing for Simple Stories/Carpe Diem & I’m so excited to be here with you sharing my April set up in my A5 Carpe Diem planner.  I’m a tried and true 'planner girl' at heart; as a kid I was a Mrs. Grossman’s sticker collector, Trapper Keeper decorator and lover of lists (ok, am I dating myself or what?!) In college I discovered the world of Filofax and then the Franklin Covey planner as I started my career.  When planners came back into style a few years ago – and when I say style, I mean something that had the cuteness & fun factor! – I was all in.  In fact, I typically use more than one planner at a time, along with several Travelers’s Notebooks- yes, I practice what I preach 🙂

Ok, I digress.  If you know me, that’s what I do 🙂  So back to my April set up!


This month I’m using products from the Domestic Bliss and Carpe Diem Home collections – the gorgeous color palette & patterns in the collections paired with the sass & tongue in cheek humor are right up my alley! The first thing I do when I set up my planner for a new month is to decorate the pockets. When I open my planner, it’s usually because I have a lot to do, so having something fun to greet me back is always a nice start before digging in.  

Intro page 2

This coordinating page is from the Home Insert Set.  I’ll be on the Simple Stories blog on Thursday the 30th digging into how I’ve used the Insert Set & Doc It Journal to track projects upon projects upon projects on my To Do list for our home.  

Lots of fun stuff happening here on the April month on two pages spread with washi, stickers & stamps.  Washi is definitely a staple in my planners, one of my favorite things to do with it is to cover a continuous number of days to mark something, like I’ve done for our Spring Break trip.

Month full

Month left

Month right

I use a combination of the Carpe Diem Horizontal Weekly Inserts and the Daily Inserts for my day to day planning.  I do the decorating on the weekly spreads, again using a mix of washi and stickers.  

Week full

Week left

Week right

Thanks so much for letting me share my April set up with you.  You’ll find me on Instagram here at @laylekoncar if you want to take a peek at more of my planners & Traveler’s Notebooks!

See you back here again in a few months!

~ Layle Koncar

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If you are joining us as part of our birthday celebration, be sure to start on Day 1 here!