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Happy New Year!  Layle Koncar, marketing director here with you today to share how I'm getting organized in the new year with another project that's not only fun & creative, but USEFUL, too!   I've made myself a winter themed Traveler's Notebook (also known as a TN) to help myself stay organized this month.  I'm using the Aztec Traveler's Notebook and the Sub Zero collection - a frosty fun combination!

A few homemade clips paired with a Carpe Diem aztec pattern to match the cover adds a nice extra decorative touch that makes me happy!

I added tabs to each of my inserts so I can easily find what I'm looking for.

Did you happen to see the January Free Printables we shared last week with designs from the Carpe Diem Seasons Sticker Tablet?  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 designed for Traveler's Notebooks in my TN.  And when you see how useful & fun they are, you're going to want to use them too!

I created a 'tip in' with this insert by simply adding a strip of washi to the front & back side of the insert, that way it's temporarily created a new 'page' in my TN.

The giant snowman & plaid background are part of the free inserts as well :)  I made use of the 'month in review' insert to keep track of important information for the month, all in one place so I have it when needed.  These two pieces I adhered directly to the pages of the insert. 

A dated calendar - YES!!  Another one of the free printables in the set :)  I also adhered these two directly to the pages in my insert.  I finished off the calendar by adding coordinating stickers from the Seasons Sticker Tablet.

I filmed a Facebook Live video here on our Facebook page, walking through the free printables & how I used them in my TN this month, take a peek!

So there you have it - a custom winter themed TN for January.  I'm sharing LOTS of planner and TN goodness on my Instagram account here at https://www.instagram.com/laylekoncar/ - drop by & say hi!

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!

Thanks & stay warm!

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Howdy everyone!  Layle Koncar, marketing director here with you today to share a fun holiday project that's not only fun & creative, but USEFUL, too!   I've made myself a holiday themed Traveler's Notebook (also known as a TN) to help myself stay organized this season.

I'm using 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 last week 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!

I created a festive insert for different holiday lists.  The cover was easy - I simply wrapped a piece of patterend paper around one of our inserts & trimmed.  The 'very merry' piece is one of the 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.  The lists are designed to fit in an A5 planner; no problem!  I just resized from 8.5x11 to 7x9 and when printed they were the right width for our WIDE inserts, which are 5x8.25.  If you want to use for a standar TN insert, you'll want to size accordingly.

I simply adhered each list to a page in the insert and then added a strip of washi to fill the white space.

So there you have it - a custom holiday themed TN for my lists this month.  I'm sharing LOTS of holiday goodness this month on my Instagram account here at https://www.instagram.com/laylekoncar/ - drop by & say hi!

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!

Have a safe & joyous holiday season!

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

For the fall I switched back to the blush planner, typically not a color you might think of for fall, right?!  The reason I chose this color is because I’m using the new Beautiful A5 Boxed Set Oh my gosh, if you haven’t seen the Beautiful (aptly named!!) products, boy are you in for a treat J

One of the first things I do when I sit down to put together a new month in my planner is to lay out all of the products I might want to work with.  That makes it easy to see everything & decide what I want to use where.   This tray from The Container Store makes it sorting & organizing before I get started a breeze. 

The pockets of our Carpe Diem planners are one of my favorite features – adding cards, die cuts, clips & stickers to decorate them is so fun!  Most of the time when I open my planner I have a loooooong list of TO DO’s to tackle, having something fun to look at when  I start makes it a little easier to get started!

One of my favorite inserts in the Boxed Sets has always been the ‘month in review’ page that’s included at the start of each month.  It’s a place where I add all of the important things that are happening in a month & the important things I need to make sure not to forget.  It’s a great ‘at a glance’ overview of the month.

When it comes to decorating my planner, stickers are where it’s at!  Did you know that the square-ish stickers in both our 4x6 Stickers and the Sticker Tablets are designed to fit perfectly in the monthly squares?  Yep!

I love the vintage florals paired with the gold foil accents – so sophisticated!   The pastel pink paired with the marbled mint green is a gorgeous compliment to the contrasting pops of black throughout.  There are 2 different washi tape patterns in the Beautiful collection; I used the vintage floral design to cover the holes on the monthly spread & then repunched the holes with my Carpe Diem A5 Punch to add a little more decoration to the spread.

The Sticky Notes in the collection are gorgeous!  I love to use sticky notes.  LOVE!  I have the sticky notes in the middle of my weekly spread so they’re right there, handy when I need them.

So there you have it, my set up for October :)  Thanks for joining me this month!  Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/laylekoncar/ to see more of my planners & travelers notebooks.  Enjoy the cool temps & sweater weather as we move into Fall! 

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