Planner share with Layle Koncar of Simple Stories!

Planner share with Layle Koncar of Simple Stories!

Layle Headshot

Howdy everyone!  I’m back…. 🙂

It’s Layle Koncar – think ‘Gayle’, with an ‘L’ – Director of Marketing for Simple Stories/Carpe Diem.  I’m so excited to be here with you again this month sharing parts of the June & July set up in my A5 Carpe Diem planner.  

For the summer I switched to the Coral planner – the bright color was a perfect match for our Summer Days collection! I’m sharing a few pics of it here, you can see more from my post earlier this month on the Simple Stories blog.

Intro spread

I love the bright & sunny colors of Summer Days, it’s like a little dose of sunshine each day when I open my planner!

June month

June left

June right

I’ve added a few things to my planner since I set it up in late May that I thought would be fun to share with you guys.

The Carpe Diem Boxed Sets and the weekly & daily inserts all include a ‘month in review’ page for each month.

Month in Review

It’s a great place to include birthdays, Don’t Forgets, and other things, right at your fingertips. I add this page directly after the monthly spread in my planner each month. 

Month in Review - left

Month in Review - right

I use bookmarks in several different places to help easily identify places I visit frequently in my planner – the current day, to do lists, projects, etc.  This month I made my own bookmark with a piece of clear acetate & some handy dandy tools. 

Bookmark - pre

I started with a 12×2 sheet of clear acetate and used an existing bookmark to trim it to size, round the corners & punch the holes.  From there I took one of the Carpe Diem Planner Decals and adhered to the center of the bookmark.  For those of you that have been around the scrapbooking world for a while, they’re kind of like a giant rub-on!  A few more stickers to finish it off at the top and voila – a custom bookmark.


One of the things I love to make to personalize my planner are dashboards.  Sometimes they’re as simple as a vertical 4×6 photo or card just punched & inserted; other times I like to get a little bit more creative like with this pocket page.

Dashboard - pre

I mixed different embellishments from the Summer Days collection along with some fun sequins and in the pockets they went.  From there I used the Fuse from We R Memory Keepers to seal up the pockets so the pieces wouldn’t fall out. 


The pocket pages are designed for our 6×8 SN@P! Binders; the 2 holes on the pocket pages line up exactly with the top & bottom middle rings in standard A5 sized planners, so I just needed to punch the additional holes and it fit right in 🙂

As June is coming to a close, I’m getting bit of a jump start on July.  Since the first week includes the 4th, I of course went with a patriotic theme for the 4th of July. 

July Week - pre

I added strips of gold foil striped washi to both pages of the weekly spread to give it a little more flair.  Our A5 Punch makes it so easy to do things like that and just repunch the holes.

For July I’ve moved out of the Coral planner, into the Black Speckle design that we introduced in March.  Those polka dots, tho!  The original, 1st edition Carpe Diem planners with the interior black & white polka dots were such a popular design that we knew we just had to reintroduce it, but in an exciting new way. 

July Week

Thanks so much for letting me share some of the fun additions to my June set up and the start of July with you.  You’ll find me on Instagram here at @laylekoncar; keep an eye out on Instagram for the rest of my July set up!

I’ll see you back here again in a few months.  Enjoy the rest of your summer! 

~ Layle 

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  1. Kelly Crowl June 28, 2017 at 11:01 am

    So colorful & lovely!

  2. Layle Koncar June 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you Kelly!

  3. Kirsty Vittetoe June 29, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Ahhhh… so so fun!

  4. Trudie July 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm


  5. Lori Colton July 5, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I love this planner with all the extra embellishments and stuff! i love to be able to personalize my planners, knowing that no one else has the same!!! Simple Stories is one of my favourite companies and their creativeness is so worth looking forward to!!!

  6. Silvana Rizzo July 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Oh how I love Carpe Diem and all of the awesome planner goodness !!! The polka dot planner is so so fun and I would love to win it yay!! Keep bringing these goodies Layle and Simple Stories!!

  7. Karen H July 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I love what Layle has done with her planner. Simple Stories is at the top of my favourite lines and I love when they release new product!

  8. Kaatjeb July 5, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Love it all. Simple stories makes it so easy to pimp your planner

  9. SuzanD July 5, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    great job in your planner

  10. Kerrie Tuni July 5, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Lovely ideas.

  11. Anneke July 5, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    So cute it makes me want to plan!

  12. Heather Rambow July 5, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I love Simple Stories and can’t wait to use your planner collections in the future. We need Layle back on tour for Crop and Create (
    Calgary) she is awesome!!

  13. Jeannie Fannin July 5, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Love your planner ideas! So happy I read the blog because I started to follow Layle on Instagram!

  14. Mary Holshouser July 5, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Love the pocket pages.
    Great way to keep small items on
    thanks for sharing.

  15. Lequita Byrd-Craig July 6, 2017 at 1:30 am

    I love the new Carpe Diem Floral Polka Dot Planner from Simple Stories. I love the simplicity of the Simple Stories products too.

  16. Antoinette July 6, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Just love the planner and all the summer elements

  17. Maye M.L. July 6, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Absolutely wonderful planner layout. I bet this ensemble would help me get back my planner/organization peace. Cheers!

  18. Tamara July 6, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I’ve been wanting to start a planner for ages but never seem to get around to it….if only I had pretty to write it down and make it happen. ? Love all the colours in this set!

  19. Linda Gosselin July 6, 2017 at 9:35 am

    This planner looks awesome! Love the colours!

  20. Dar July 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Just love anything from Simple Stories! What could be better than a beautiful planner to work with every day.

  21. Tammy Davis July 8, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Your planner is absolutely beautiful!

  22. Linsey July 8, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Yay!!! It’s definitely NOT a cruel summer with this super cool post!!!! I always love seeing Layle’s awesome planner layouts and these ones have me popping with excitement like a firework!!! All this fabulous summer planner inspiration has me spinning like a pinwheel and thirsting to complete my own July planner month and get organized in the most fun way ever!!! Thanks so much for the amazing inspiration!!!

  23. Sherry Froman July 8, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Love the planner layouts, and the creative elements to add to make it creative and strickly your own.

  24. Chelle K July 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

    In love it and took inspiration from Layle’s when I saw her June post on the Simple Stories instagram. My July montly is going to be birthday, between Canada’s and all the family ones this month.
    I love the all the ideas you gave, book mark, pocket page.. switching it up.
    Thank you

  25. Lori A. Geise July 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Talk about a made to order planner. I love it.

  26. Sherrie Gasper July 11, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Looks like so much fun

  27. Judy July 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Thanks for sharing! Love the new planner. I hadn’t thought about switching out my planner cover depending on the season or month. Love the summer colours.

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