30 November, 2012

Christmas Past Advent Calendar or Wall Decor | December Daily

Remember my online December Daily album from a year ago? Earlier this week as I was thinking about my approach for this year, I remembered that I still want to make those photos into an album. At the same time I was also deep in my Advent Calendar tutorial, and suddenly I had a fabulous idea! I can use last year’s photos to do a quick decorative Advent Calendar! And so I did.


I love this so much I can squeal. And I am not really the squealing type. It came together really quickly, so if you’re looking for a last minute idea, you could totally pull this off today. Here’s how I did it.

Christmas Past Advent Calendar on Callaloo Soup 1
Christmas Past Advent Calendar on Callaloo Soup 1
Christmas Past Advent Calendar on Callaloo Soup 1

I used the Windows Photo Printing Wizard to print my photos off in the 3 x 5 size (9×13 cm if you’re in Europe like me). That gets you four photos to a page.

I cut 24 pieces of kraft cardstock measuring 4 x 5.5 inches – I used four sheets of 12×12 paper

Once the photos were stuck to the cardstock, I added some washi tape at the top

Then I punched out 24 circles from white cardstock and added the numbers 1-24 using stickers.

I then hung the cards from Baker’s twine using mini clothespins.

Squuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaal! I just love it!

Christmas Past Advent Calendar on Callaloo Soup-2
Christmas Past Advent Calendar on Callaloo Soup-2
Now we can relive Christmas Past.

Here are some ways you can use this idea:

1. You can hang the cards daily to use as a countdown and talk with your family about what happened one year ago

2. You can write an activity on the back to do each day

3. You can do this with the photos you take this year! A hanging December Daily!

Have I mentioned that this makes me so happy?

Once Christmas is over I will bind the cards together in a book. All my journaling is in my online album, so I will print it out, stick it on the back of each card and add covers.

Now I just need to still work out what I am doing for December Daily 2012!