Planner ideas with Layle Koncar!

Planner ideas with Layle Koncar!

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

Thanks so much for joining us Layle and for sharing your busy month of April! For more Simple Stories/Carpe Diem, click the links below:

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



2017-03-29T09:52:19-04:00March 29th, 2017|Planners|


  1. Jennifer Reynard March 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Love Simple Stories and all the great new ideas and product they come up with! I have ordered Domestic Bliss through a scrapbook store here in Calgary, Scrapshotz, and can hardly wait to get my hands on it, so darned cute! Thanks for all the inspiration! 🙂

  2. Kelly Crowl March 29, 2017 at 10:37 am

    what an awesome planner, you can see her life right on those pages…so cool!

  3. Layle Koncar March 29, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Jennifer – you will love the collection, have fun with it!!

  4. Layle Koncar March 29, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Thanks so much, Kelly! That’s one of the things I love about using a planner – it’s like a mini diary or time capsule 🙂

  5. Lynn Gauthier March 29, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Adorable planner. I just got one for Christmas and need all the help I can get as I’m so new at it!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  6. Jean marmo March 29, 2017 at 11:21 am

    So cute!

  7. christi Lyn steinbeck March 29, 2017 at 11:23 am

    THis is just awesome!~ I was hit by a drunk driver head on and am disabled and have short term memory loss and really need a planner and have wanted one for sooooo long but cant seem to find one in my price range due to living on disability and raising 3 grandchildren. This looks beautiful ! Just what I would love to have. You did an great job on it!

  8. Carol March 29, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Great Planner. Love how organized and FUN everything looks

  9. Linda Tupper March 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    What a lovely planner. Just love seeing all the ideas.

  10. MaryAnn N March 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Cute planner

  11. auntie em March 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    If everyone’s planner book looked that cute there would have no excuse to miss an appointment or not want to look forward to a meeting. Thanks for sharing your great ideas! 🙂

  12. Cyndi March 29, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Lovely planner Layle. Almost makes me want to get out my old Day Timer. almost! I was able to score the Domestic Bliss stickers and that was all. The lss either didn’t get more of that line or had sold out. But they do make me a little bit more interested in planning. Cause I need a cleaning system!

  13. Dorina D March 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Love Simple Stories and your planner is lovely. great job and thanks for sharing.

  14. Kathy S March 29, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    This looks like so much fun to create a journal full of bright happy thoughts and ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Nora March 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Oh so cute!!

  16. Barb macaskill March 29, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Fun planner pages! It is always nice to have a little ? to greet you before you dive into the business at ?! TFS!

  17. Colette March 29, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Layle is such a talented gal. ??❤

  18. Stacy White March 30, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Love this! Tfs!

  19. Carolyn Wright March 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I so love this collection! What great ideas as to how to incorporate it into our planners! Such gorgeous planner pages!

  20. CIndy Hawrys March 30, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Such creativity! LOve the washi you used to add strength to edge. loved how you made date numbers just a hodge podge of stickers, written numbers, and puffy stickers too. YOur handwriting rocks!!!
    CIndy Hawrys from

  21. Chelle K March 31, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Love my planner but really just getting into decorating it.

  22. Andrea Williams March 31, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Wow! Such creativity! Love this collection so much. You just can’t go wrong with puffy stickers…

  23. Jeanne M Luddeni March 31, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Nice layouts

  24. Agnes April 1, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I wish I can follow up a planner, yes, that bad. Yours is beautiful!

  25. Marilyn April 5, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Love the planners! Love the layouts!

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