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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 more Carpe Diem goodness.

This month I want to introduce you to something different – Traveler’s Notebooks.  Are you familiar with them?  In a nutshell, it’s a leather or faux leather cover with elastic bands to hold notebooks inside & an elastic band to hold it closed.   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!

This month I made myself a holiday-themed Traveler’s Notebook (also known as a TN) for December to help keep myself organized during the busy holiday season.

I used 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 this month 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!

After decorating the inside pockets – so cute! – I created a festive notebook/insert for different holiday lists.

I simply created a ‘slipcover’ for my notebook/insert by wrapping a piece of patterned paper around one of our inserts, trimmed & then temporarily adhered with washi tape.  HINT: this is a great way to easily customize the look of your TN without ‘committing’ to a design!  Creating a ‘slipcover’ lets you easily transition from one look to another by just switching out the slipcovers!

The ‘very merry’ piece is one of the free 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.  If you’re adding to a TN, make sure to download the TN version of the free printables 🙂

Here are a few of the lists ‘before the pen’ so you can see how they look.

These printables aren’t just for planners and Traveler’s Notebooks!  They can be used in your scrapbook layouts, cards & mini books, too.  In fact, here’s an example of how I used one in my December Daily album –

So there you have it – a custom holiday-themed TN for my lists this month.  You’ll find me on Instagram here at @laylekoncar; keep an eye out on Instagram for more of my planner & traveler’s notebook adventures J

Have a safe & happy new year!

~ Layle Koncar