Creative Planning – December Theme Part 1

Hi everyone! I’m LionaChinky and I’m a new girl here. *waves*.

Before anything, I wanted to talk about Creative Planning! Planners have been around for years. A lot of the coffee companies in the Philippines offer promos to get a new planner every year but I’ve always wanted a planner that is more personal, unique and my style. Recently, a lot more girls are also leaning towards planning creatively using stickers, washi tapes, stamps and other fun stationery supplies. That’s when Creative Planning boomed and blossomed! I’m a Creative Planner and I’m here to share some of the things I like to do with my planner.

Here’s an example of how I decorate using Personal size inserts..



happy planner..


and a regular sized Traveler’s Notebook.


Planning is so much fun and a great de-stresser.

Okay so, how are you loving Saffytenten’s new website? Isn’t it much easier to shop? It’s quite a dangerous thrill… a dangerous thrill to my wallet! Eeep! Lol. I love the features of the website! My favorite feature is ‘Submit your work’! I can’t wait to see what you all do with your goodies. Kudos to all the people behind it!

Moving forward, I had such luck of being invited by the Saffytenten team to blog about my most recent addiction—clear stamps! Their team sent over these beautiful and perfect Christmas stamps to work with! I will be showing two ways I used the stamps they gave me.


The first thing that I knew I needed to do after seeing Santa’s handsome face was a dashboard. I’ve always loved the traditional colors of Christmas but I had a dilemma.. I had zero paper pads, cardstock or embellishments to work with for my dashboard! The easiest answer to my problem was Saffytenten’s new website. I just typed ‘Christmas’ in their search engine and quickly found and ordered this Becky Higgins Project Life kit below. Now having the Project Life kit, I was ready to go. I looked through the cards in the kit and chose a few that I liked. I grabbed a red and green cardstock from my teaching supplies to work around with the project life cards I chose.


I needed to prepare Santa too! I inked my Shimelle Santa clear stamp with my StazOn Jet black ink, cut out Santa’s head and got my Simbalion watercolor cake ready for painting.


Here’s how Santa turned out after painting! I wanted to add a few more grey hairs on his beard but I think I went overboard. Oops! Does this look like a legit ephemera to you? Hihi. I hope so!



Okay now that Santa is ready, I can prepare his little bed of paper goodies. I chose to use a green cardstock for background since Santa is wearing a red hat. I cut my paper to 4” x 6.75” but mind you, this is only my preferred size because my inserts are a little bit wider than the usual Kikki K, Filofax and Color Crush pages. I reinforced the edge with my gold foil washi tape from Craftee Dandee and also prepared my chosen journal cards by cutting it into smaller pieces. I also cut the journal card with the gifts to make it look like an ephemera or die cut.



It’s time to assemble! Usually, I assemble first then punch last. I layout my dashboard pieces on its base before setting it with my trusty glue tape runner. The glue tape I have is not repositionable which is why I always have to make sure I put it precisely where I wanted it because there’s no turning back!

And there you have it, my very own Christmas dashboard that will go perfectly with my gold Kikki K planner and of course, the gold Webster’s Pages Color Crush planner. I just need to punch the holes and put it in my planner. Now, where did my one-hole puncher go? Yikes!

Moving on to more stamping, I only have a few workdays left but it seems like December is one of the ‘crazy’ months.

I received a Technique Tuesday Planner Stamps – Christmas set from Saffytenten and I thought it would look great on my month of 2 page inserts from Color Crush. I grabbed my new gold and green foil washi tapes from Craftee Dandee and laid them on the edges of the spread. I also grabbed the fun Christmas Trees tape to lay over the gold foil washi tape to add some dimension. After, I got Craftee Dandee’s newest addition to her items, my favorite, the skinny glitter tapes! I used it to mark events that happen for more than a day, so I won’t have to write the same thing in two squares. I also lay down my clear stamps with no ink on the spots I wanted to stamp them on. It just gives me a better idea on how I would like the page to look like.

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Time to ink my stamps! I use my Prima Marketing chalk edgers because aside from the fact that I was able to snag a 40 piece set at a low price, the ink does not bleed to the other side of the page. That’s one important thing to most planner stampers out there.

I always ink my stamps upside down, like shown below, so that I can see right away if I’ve inked my stamp enough. I used two different colors on the American Crafts Merry Christmas Clear Stamp for a bit of fun.


I covered up the ‘Quick list’ column on my spread and stamped over it with Gift ideas. The first week of December’s already finished and I still haven’t shopped for gifts! I am almost panicking!!! I used the star in the Technique Tuesday Planner Stamps – Christmas and inked it with a Tsukineko Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink for a bit of a dazzle. I also added the cute little pine trees from the Lawn Fawn Yeti, Set, Go set.


I added more trees to display and stamped around with some of the words / phrases from the Technique Tuesday planner stamps.IMG_7822

After stamping, I felt like I needed to add a boost of Traditional Christmas colors on the page. I used my Simbalion Watercolor cake and painted streaks of red and green on white cardstock, then stamped the cute icons from the Technique Tuesday Planner Stamps – Christmas set using my Versafine Jet Black ink, then punched them with my EK tools ½ inch circle punch. It gave like an ombre effect to each icon and now, I have new embellishments to use.


I spread it out on my planner, wrote important events and deadlines using red and green pen only, of course, and I’m a happy planner girl


Indeed, it’s a season to be jolly! This Christmas themed layout is making me so happy!

Have you started yout Christmas planning? Put it off for a while and get these adorable Christmas stamps from Saffytenten. You’re not only giving to yourself, you’re giving back to the community. A portion of their sales are allocated for the White Cross Orphanage in San Juan. Isn’t that remarkable? So come and join the season of giving and receiving. Happy holidays everyone!

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2 thoughts on “Creative Planning – December Theme Part 1

  1. It was fun and very educational article. Will be following your facebook and Ig acct……God bless and more power to both of you

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