The first day of December was always exciting at our house because it was the first day of the Advent Calendar, a wonderful tradition that makes the countdown to Christmas realy fun. The calendars have 25 numbered windows that are "hidden" within an image, and the idea is to open the windows chronologically -one each day of December until Christmas- to reveal surprises behind them .
I decided to design personalized Advent Calendars for some special people in my life using my scrapbooking supplies and scrapbooking techniques. This one was made for my Jim, who simply adores his kitty, Shadow.
I chose this whimsical photo of Shadow lounging in the snow of our Christmas Village as the face of my Advent Calendar, so I printed it out on 81/2 x 11 matt photo paper. Then I gathered all my favorite photos of Shadow and Martha (our sweet kitty that passed away) and printed them out in thumbnails (like a contact sheet), after placing them all in a photo file folder. I cut 25 windows with a craft knife, leaving the top flaps intact, and adhered a tiny photo behind each one.
I've opened some of the windows here to show you how it works and how much fun it is to find the surprises. After all the photos were in place, I carefully glued the edges of the face of the Advent Calendar to a Christmas-themed scrapbook paper and then adhered that onto a solid scrapbook card stock.
The edges of the cardstock were perfect for writing a personal sentiment in colored ink -just like I would add journaling to a typical scrapbook page. Then I added a pretty coordinating ribbon with some decorative brads to hang it by. What do you think? Isn't it a lovely idea and a unique, personalized gift? If you'd like to try it, I will post step-by-step directions in my next post. Until then...happy scrapbooking!