Christmas Countdown and Holiday Planning – Callie

Worried that you’ll be short on time during the holidays this year? Callie has got you covered! Using just a few of our planner stamps, she walks you through how she plans for the busy months ahead.


Hey Sweet Friends! Callie here and I am back on the blog today to share my fun idea for a Christmas countdown and holiday planning. Once the holiday’s start in October, I really need to focus my energies to make sure that I have time to get all of the things done that I want, but don’t wear myself out trying to do too much all at once. The holidays roll around so quickly, and without a plan I often find myself rushing around at the last minute to complete all of the tasks that I need to do. This year, I decided to do a Christmas countdown beginning on Oct 1st. This way I can plan back from those important dates to be sure I allow enough time to compete my tasks. I am sure you can relate! Here is a photo of how my finished project came together

Main photo

The first thing I did was to grab my favorite holiday stamp set, Fall Into Christmas, which as the name implies, will take your from the beginning of Fall all the way to Christmas. I also grabbed the new More Tabs set and the Number Mixup set. I thought these would all work together to help me create the perfect countdown, with the added cute factor of the stamps!

Stamp sets

I then pulled October, November, and December monthly layouts from my planner and stamped a circle onto each date using the More Tabs set. Then I went back in and added the countdown from 0-85 – and let me warn you to be careful here, it’s too easy to mess up and stamp the wrong numbers. I was extra careful and double checked as I went along, but things could have gone wrong so easily! The numbers are large, and I like that because they serve as a really good visual reminder of just how many days I have left before the BIG holiday of Christmas Day.

Monthly pages with countdown stamped
I then took every image from Fall Into Christmas and stamped each one several times onto a sheet of sticker paper. I like to do it this way so that I can color with my markers and do a little layering on my pages with the stickers. Stamped images

Then I went to town coloring in all the fun images! It was a lot of fun to just color in all the images and was a good way to practice my coloring skills as well 🙂

stamps colored
I decided to add a little extra element to each monthly page by cutting some scrapbook paper and gluing it down on the side of each month. I like the way it adds a punch of color to the page – and hey, it just makes me happy! Once the scrapbook paper was glued down, I started laying out the stickers and stamping in some of the sentiments that are included in the set. I tried to keep in mind the larger must-do type of tasks that I would need to accomplish for each holiday and started writing those events in where I wanted to be certain to complete them.

oct nov dec scrapbook paper sideoct nov dec right side

I can now easily plan each week, with my major tasks in mind and always be aware of how many days remain in total for me to be ready in time. I hope this idea will be something you can implement into your holiday planning. Be sure to share your creations on social media and be sure you tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest and tag me on Instagram @CallieCoPaperTrail so we can all see what you create.

Thanks for stopping by today! Callie xoxo

4 Responses to Christmas Countdown and Holiday Planning – Callie

  1. Diana says:

    I would have never thought of using the numbers INSIDE of the circle!!! Thank you for sharing this idea!!!

  2. Linda Lipford says:

    Great ideas and awesome results!

  3. Casey Thrush says:

    I love this idea!!!

  4. Kim G says:

    Wow–love your ideas! Now I HAVE to order these sets!!!

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