Hands up if you’re ready for the holidays! We’re never too early in planning for the holidays and that’s the same sentiment contributor Tricia Schaden has in her planner for us today. Get your apple cider, hot cocoa, *ANY* hot drink of your choice, sit back and see what she’s got planned in December as you follow along with her plan with me.
Hello Sweet Planner Friends! It’s Tricia here and I’m sitting down to plan out the week of Dec 4-10 in my A5 planner. I can’t wait to use the brand new Holiday Doodles and December Icons stamp sets… they are just full of sweet images and phrases that are perfect to add some holiday flair to your layouts! I have chosen some beautiful holiday colors: a true red, an olive green, and a soft yellow for my palette this week.
The first thing I want to do is stamp a To-Do list from the Take Note stamp set across each of my weekdays. Here is a simple and effective tip for lining up stamps: Use a grid mat or a tRuler to lay down a strip of removable washi tape or other low tack tape. Then use that as a guide to stamp a series of images in a line. Remove the tape and voila!…you have perfectly lined up boxes! I used my soft yellow for these images so they wouldn’t be too “loud” on my layout.
Tricia then topped her boxes off with some homemade “To Do List” stickers and got to work with my decorating. She couldn’t decide which of the cute stamps from Holiday Doodles to start with, so she decided to sprinkle them all over her page! To make this nice and easy, she mounted several images on her block at once. She inked them all up together and stamped them on scrap paper – now she will have several images to color and cut!
I am a super functional planner, so the heart of my planner is actually my PLANS! I prefer to house my events and appointments in boxes, so this Banners and More stamp set is a must for me. But to spice up my boxes, I covered the stamped smiley face with my little holiday icons. You can see in this picture, I stamped the smiley box and I have my little colored & cut Christmas tree right there ready to adhere on top. A few dots of glue from my glue pen and I have a custom holiday box!
Sometimes I feel like I need a big block of color (or to reserve a big block of time) and only a large box will do! This larger rectangle from the BASIC TABS set is sooooo versatile. In this instance I was looking for some color so I stamped the rectangle, then masked of the inside edges with some post-it tape.
I stamped a tiny holly image from Holiday Doodles repeatedly and then colored in the background. This technique gives me the look of a full box sticker, adding color and texture to my page. I love it! I layered a little homemade label over it to jot an event.
Tricia’s been having so much fun discovering all the cool ways to combine the Sweet stamps to get different effects. In this case, the “You Got This” arrow from To Do Doodles nestles perfectly into the open edge of the hexagon from Basic tabs.
With the first half of my week pulled together, she moved over to the right hand page. She wanted to balance out some of the color and décor so she stamped the “Merry Christmas” banner from December Icons – it’s just beautiful! She colored it with colored pencils to add a bit of dimension and she love what it does to her page. She also stamped a string of merry lights from Holiday Doodles over on Saturday – it mimics the one she has on Monday and draws her eye to the party she has that night!
I’ve been sprinkling little snowmen, coffee mugs, candy canes, Christmas trees, and other stamps from Holiday Doodles around on my page. They are the perfect size to add some pops of color but still allow my schedule to stand out. To balance out my larger box from Wednesday, I stamped it again on Friday but I rotated it first to a horizontal orientation. I brought out the masking tape again and stamped the champagne hand from HAND OUT. We have a holiday party so this is the perfect festive stamp! Once I colored it in and added a bit of hand lettering it has a whole new look!
She final thoughts on her layout:
Peek around the rest of my completed layout – how many Holiday Doodles can you spot?? Even though it is brimming with adorable decorations, I love how my page still feels calm… there is plenty of white space for my eye to rest and for me to write in anything that may come up in the course of the week.
Tricia concldues with:
A little washi and the month header finish off this festive page. Thank you for following along in the blog today – I hope you picked up a tip or two along the way. Stay Merry and SWEET, planner babes! Happy Holidays!
We absolutely love the yellow Tricia added in to the traditional colors of red and green! If you’d like to learn more about her and get more tips from her about functional planning, head on over to her Instagram.