I can't believe that I finally finished our Advent calendar...at the halfway mark I wasn't sure I was ever going to be done. This post is LONG and has LOTS of pictures, so be prepared!
I had a lot of fun working on this calendar, but I'm not going to lie to you and say that it came together quickly. Parts of it came together REALLY fast, but other parts took a bit longer. I worked on it on and off for about 3 weeks...I should have kept better track of my time, but I would guess that I spent approximately 15-20 hours on it. (Part of that time was spent trying to figure out what images to use...I tend to be a bit indecisive. Also, one draw back of the Silhouette Design Studio for me is that I tend to take a lot of "internet breaks.")
I had a hard time deciding whether or not I wanted to use all drawers or all boxes, but then I saw Tania Willis' calendar and she used a combination of both. There's no rule that you have to use one or the other, so I went through and decided that there were definitely a few boxes that I didn't like very much. I then just tried to space out the drawers evenly, so I would get a balanced look. One big tip that I have for you - don't try and work numerically. I started off making box #1 and planned on going through each in order, but I quickly figured out that I needed to start working by color and/or patterned paper. For example, I made all of the pink boxes at one time...that way I didn't end up with two pink boxes right next to eachother.
I also probably could have saved myself a little time by using chipboard or sticker numbers instead of cutting out each of the numbers 5 times to create faux-chipboard. I looked for chipboard numbers that I liked, but in the end it would have been too expensive to buy enough sets...plus, I changed the size and font of the numbers based on what I was placing on the box.
I'm sure you're not exactly shocked that I incorporated kraft cardstock in the project. I love it and I feel like it provides a nice neutral for all of the bright colors I used.
I REALLY wanted to use this star shaped box, but I had a bit of trouble with it. To cover up the fact that the top of the box isn't as perfect as I'd like it to be, I used a little baker's twine around the edge. I also pretty much
stole borrowed the layout of this box from Tania Willis' calendar.
I think this box may be my favorite. I used three colors of baker's twine to create the little braided string for my mittens.
I had a hard time deciding what to use for drawer number 18...it's fairly large, so I needed something that would fill the space. I was thinking of using a sleigh, but decided on colorful snowy houses instead.
I also really like this little snowman. I used white pigment ink and a q-tip of all things to create my falling snow and the snow on the ground.
- Silhouette Limited Edition Advent Calendar
- Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Designs Santa's Workshop Collection
- Solid Cardstock:
- Bazzill Basics Paper: Avalanche, Chablis, Grenadine, and Parakeet
- Turquoise - DCWV Textured Cardstock Bright Stack
- Kraft Cardstock - Michael's Recollections Brand
- Martha Stewart Glitter Glue: Garnet, Peridot, Tourmaline, Yellow Barite
- Stickles: Diamond Dust
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
- Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps: Maraschino, Blossom, Honeydew, Carribean & Pink Sorbet
- Assorted 3/8" Ribbon - Michael's
- Die Cuts - Silhouette Online Store (Mostly Lori Whitlock files because #1 I think they are adorable and #2 a lot of her holiday shapes are sold in sets of 5 or 6 shapes, so it's also cost effective.)
- Assorted Adhesive Glitter Dots: pink, gold, white & red - Michael's Recollections brand
- Clear Adhesive Gems
- Candy "stickers" - Jolee's Brand (I added the glitter to them using Stickles.)
- Red Tape - Recollections Brand (I used this for all of the boxes and drawers. I wanted adhesive that would really last, so I can use this again for years to come.)
- Pop Dots
- Martha Stewart All-Purpose Gel Adhesive
I hope you like the calendar! I am finishing up filling it with a few little goodies. I picked up a few little surprises for my little one, but the majority of the calendar will be filled with activities that we can do...watch a Christmas movie, drive around to look at Christmas lights, bake Christmas cookies - that sort of thing.