Design team member Ashley Stephens shares a fun technique with us today for creating your own Christmas Advent calendar. Here’s what Ashley had to say … “I know a lot of you are probably doing a December Daily album to document your holiday, myself included. I also wanted to have those memories in my regular album so I came up with this neat way to provide a little snapshot of Christmas – a scrapbook page advent calendar! You’ll be able to capture a quick overview of the holiday without the stress of scrapping full pages of each event.” Ashley shares her step by step instructions for creating this fun holiday page below.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
Welcome Christmas Papers and Embellishments
Cardstock (any color)
Mini Glue Dots
First, you’ll need to plan how many photos you want to include and divide your page into a grid so you’ll know what size to use. I chose 12 photos – it was a nice, even number and I was able to include a large space for a title. I decided my photos would be 2″ x 2″ so I wanted my advent window boxes to be 2.25″ x 2.25″ that way I had a nice mat around the photos.
Then, you’ll take the cardstock you have chosen and cut it into strips. You’ll want them to be the same height as your photos (plus any extra for a mat, like I did) and double the width. So, my strips were cut to 2.25″ x 4.5″. I made 6 of them and 6 just 2.25″ x 2.25″ so I’ll have a mix of windows and just photos.
Next, you’ll want to score them down the center and fold them over. You can use a scoring board like I have or just fold them regularly.
Now you’ll add your photo to the right side of the strip and journaling (if you want) on the left. And last, embellish the front of the window. I’ve added Pebbles border stickers down each one to unify them, put dimensional stickers on some, numbered them, and included candy button dots for handles.
If you want your windows to stay closed like mine, you can use a mini glue dot. I take them between by fingers and sort of smash them a bit, just to get rid of most of the sticky. That way, you’ll be able to open and close it repeatedly, without it becoming stuck permanently. You can also skip this step, especially if you’ll be putting it into a page protector. See, that WAS easy, wasn’t it?
Pebbles supplies used:
Welcome Christmas No Peeking (751172)
Welcome Christmas Deck the Halls (751177)
Welcome Christmas Dimensional Stickers (732073)
Welcome Christmas Border Stickers (732072)
Welcome Christmas Candy Dots (744266)
With Love Mini ABC Stickers (732087)
With Love ABC 2 Stickers (732082)
Other supplies used:
Cardstock (American Crafts)
Thickers (American Crafts)
Die Cut Machine (Silhouette)