I’m always on the lookout for ways to get my scrapbooking out of my albums and up around the house. Here’s a great way to relive lots of fun, past Christmas moments during the month of December, by making your own Advent calendar. I’ll show you a few different display options too.
I’ve used MDS™, intuitive digital design software, featuring Stampin’ Up!®’s exclusive artwork, colours and templates to make a photo-sized Advent calendar. You can download MDS software for a 30-day free trial, or purchase it for just $24.95, by clicking here.
Each 6in x 4in page for this project features photos of the kids, Christmas feasts, our decorations and lots of other festive highlights that will help build anticipation for Christmas Day. Some hints and tips for this project:
- First step: have a look through your Christmas photo files and select some favourites to work with. This bit always takes me the longest – decisions, decisions.
- Use the custom size option in MDS and create a blank canvas 6in x 4in (or larger if you’d prefer.)
- I’ve used the 12 Days Of Christmas Swatchbook template (on offer during November- 30% off selected digital downloads!), along with lots of other festive themed digital downloads. You can use the template as is and just drop photos into the spaces, or do as I’ve done here and use the papers, digital stamp brushes and other elements that come with the download to make your own individual one of a kind project.
- For many of my 25 little Advent projects, I’ve started with a digital punch – circle, oval or even an ornament – then used the photo fill option to insert my photo into the shape. You can easily add a mat and drop shadow to highlight your photo.
- Some pattered paper, a number stamp and a few finishing touches and you’re all set. This was a fun project to get creative with. Working with photo-sized projects made it quick and easy too.
- The last step was to save and print on my little photo printer. Then there are a few different options for displaying this Advent calendar. I found this lovely slip in photo frame – perfect for displaying one a day during December.
Here’s another clear slip in frame option I picked up at the supermarket – a very affordable option.
Or perhaps you’d prefer to pop them on the fridge using one of the magnetic frames.
When Christmas arrives, you can slip them all into a pocket-page album. It makes a great set of pages highlighting some of your favourite Christmas moments from years past.
If you’re looking for an Advent calendar idea that’s a little individual – perhaps you’d like to give this one a try. Have fun!
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