A Christmas Advent Calendar to Make Now

It’s not too early to begin planning for the holidays! To get your Christmas season off to a delightful start, we’ve created an advent calendar papercrafting project using images from our new Cricut® collection, Season of Joy.Christmas Advent Calendar #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhtistheseason #ctmh'tistheseason #Christmas #calendar #25days #countdown #adventcalendar #holiday #papercraft #papercrafting #diy #cricut #SeasonofJoyMake an advent calendar just like this one for your home, office, or wherever your crafting takes you, using this advent calendar workshop guide and our Cricut Design Space™ project files included right in the instructions! In this guide, we walk you through each step of the process to make sure you successfully complete this beautiful project just in time for the holidays.

First, you cut all of the pieces on your Cricut® machine using the Design Space project files provided. Then, you assemble the outer and inner boxes. This part is pretty repetitive with lots of folding and gluing for all 25 outer boxes and 25 inner boxes. That means during this step you can break out some Christmas music or a favorite holiday movie to have in the background as you work. Next, you stamp the paper embellishments using the My Acrylix® Snug Backgrounds stamp set, for a little extra color and texture. Then, attach your paper embellishments to each box. Finish off the project with some clear sparkles and a New England Ivy burlap ribbon bow on top. And there you have it! A calendar counting down to one of the most celebrated times of the year, measuring 16½” tall (not including the bow) with a 14″ wide base.

There are a few places where you will need to pay closer attention, especially when you’re using Design Space to cut and score your paper and cardstock. These tips are noted in the instructions, but we wanted to point them out again so you can keep them in mind as you’re creating your calendar.

  • We’ve made one project file to cut the outer boxes in New England Ivy cardsock. Design Space will display an alert that the project is larger than 11.5″ in height and requires a larger mat, like you see below. Click “OK” and cut the outer boxes using the cardstock on your 12″ x 12″ mat. It will cut close to the edges of your paper, but this way you only use 12 sheets of cardstock with two boxes on each sheet.

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  • You might wonder why the Outer Boxes project file only cuts 24 boxes. It is not a mistake! You will still end up cutting 25 outer boxes, promise. The 25th box, however, is cut from the Advent Calendar – Boxes and Embellishments (New England Ivy) project file. This way just saves you some paper. 🙂
  • There are individual project files to cut the paper embellishments for the box fronts and the last few inner boxes. They look something like this one below that uses the Candy Apple cardstock. Notice that some of the numbers are backwards. This lets you cut with the light side of the cardstock facing up, and then you flip the numbers over to use the dark side of the cardstock on the box fronts.

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Cut all your paper, put everything together, and add some embellishments, and you’ll have a lovely home décor piece to accent your holiday. After you’ve finished your own advent calendar, all you need to do is fill each box with a special treat for every day leading up to Christmas. There are many, many ways you can fill the boxes. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Candy or chocolate (of-course!)
  • Activity ideas (like going to see Christmas lights, making hot chocolate, or reading a Christmas book)
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Little girl “pretties” (hair accessories, nail polish, lip balm)
  • Small toys (Lego® figures, cars, marbles)
  • Ideas for random acts of kindness
  • Scripture verses

So, what do you think? Are you ready to make your own advent calendar? To keep things easy, we put together a bundle of all the paper and cardstock you will need to cut this project (click here). You will also need a few additional items, including the Cricut® Season of Joy collection and the My Acrylix® Snug Backgrounds stamp set. For a complete list of additional required and optional products needed, as well as step-by-step instructions, make sure you download or print the Advent Calendar Workshop guide, here.

Do you know how you will be filling your advent calendar this year? Let’s share ideas in the comments below!

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You’ll Love This Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar!

The timeless love sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning has inspired countless thousands of people to “count the ways” they love one another for over a century now. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve come up with an irresistibly cute project to help you count the days! Take a look:Create this fun Valentine's Day Advent Calendar! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #calendar #countdown #Vday #ValentinesDay

Didn’t we tell you it was the cutest? 🙂 And it’s amazingly simple, too. Starting with our Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard, we added a big heart cut from the Charlotte paper packet. Next, we cut 14 adorable envelopes from a variety of cardstocks and glitter papers with our Cricut® Artiste collection. Have a look:Create this fun Valentine's Day Advent Calendar! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #calendar #countdown #Vday #ValentinesDay

After cutting them out, you’ll need to fold your envelopes. Use a bone folder to get deep creases so the flaps will stay in place—no adhesive required! Then attach a set of hook & loop dots to each envelope. These Velcro-like dots make opening and closing the envelopes a cinch!

Now for the fun part: decorating and filling the envelopes! We attached a heart to every envelope and attached a number on top. Feel free to embellish your envelopes to your “heart’s” content!

What will you put in your envelopes? A note with something you love about your significant other? A little piece of candy? A picture of a favorite memory? An act of love you’d like to complete that day? Whatever you choose, it’ll get you and everyone else at your house even more excited for the big day!

Make your own heart-filled advent calendar, so you can count the ways AND the days this Valentine’s!

Recipe

Happy Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar
X7025B Charlotte Paper Packet, 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z1805 Hook & Loop Dots, 1772 Memory Book Glue Dots, Z1204 Bone Folder, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Chalk

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
1″ Shift <Heart1> (cut 14, p. 26)
11 ½” Shift <Heart1> (p. 26)

Artiste
2 ¼” Shift+Card <Z> (cut 14, p. 61)
½” <font> “1234567891011121314”

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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3 Ways to Use Our White Pines Picture My Life™ Cards

December’s knocking! Around here that means hot cocoa sipping, gift giving, gingerbread house making, tree trimming, and Christmas caroling—all the Yuletide merriment that makes this the most wonderful time of the year.

We know these memories are precious, and we want to preserve every single one. That’s why we’ve made the Picture My Life™ White Pines scrapbooking program different from all the others—in addition to an array of adorable journaling and title cards, this collection also includes a card for each of the first 25 days of December! Today, we’re going to share with you three great ways to use these cards.

1. The 25 Pages of Christmas

Three ways to use our White Pines Picture My Life™ Cards this holiday season! #Christmas #PML #closetomyheart #ctmh

Create a pocket scrapbook page for each day leading up to Christmas! Our Picture My Life™ White Pines cards make it quick and easy to document each day because you can add your journaling, and then slide the cards and photos into place.

2. A Binder Ring Flipbook

Another idea to try out is creating a flipbook by hole punching the cards and sliding them onto a binder ring. In addition to using the cards for base pages, you can also use the 4″ x 3″ cards for matting photos, journaling, and creating tabs. The White Pines Complements make embellishing this little album quick and easy, and for a finishing touch, create a tassel out of Poppy thick twine to attach to the binder ring. 

3. Christmas Home Decor

Three ways to use our White Pines Picture My Life™ cards this holiday season! #Christmas #PML #closetomyheart #ctmh
What should you do with your leftover cards? Use them to create beautiful home décor, of course! Frame a single card, or use the dated cards to invent your own advent calendar. Here, we’ve simply cut tree shapes from a few different cards and sewed them onto a piece of cardstock. We then “trimmed” our trees with a few dainty embellishments, like our red gems, bitty sparkles, and enamel stars!

There you have it: three ways to use the Picture My Life™ White Pines scrapbooking program to celebrate the joy of the holiday season!

Want to win these fun cards? 🙂 Then check out our Facebook and Instagram posts tomorrow to start participating in our Christmas Countdown Challenge.

How does it work? Well, during the first 25 days of December, we’ll be posting daily prompts on Instagram and Facebook inviting you to take your own photos and share them using the hashtag #ctmhcountdown. These prompts are designed to help you document each special moment as you prepare for Christmas Day!

Each week, we’ll draw a winner from those who have shared their photos on Instagram and send them their very own Picture My Life™ White Pines scrapbooking program! Then, on December 28, we’ll select five winners from those who have posted every day on either Instagram or Facebook. The prize for these five winners will be a My Legacy™ Cocoa Damask D-Ring album, a Picture My Life White Pines scrapbooking program, and a Memory Protectors™ variety pack!

Go to Instagram and Facebook tomorrow for your first prompt, and join us for the festivities!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ December 24 and 25 Layout
Z3176 Picture My Life™ White Pines Scrapbooking Program, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1950 Memory Protectors™ Design 3, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

White Pines Picture My Life™ Mini Album
Z3176 Picture My Life™ White Pines Scrapbooking Program, X7200C White Pines Complements, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

11″ x 8 ½” Framed Christmas Trees
Z3176 Picture My Life™ White Pines Scrapbooking Program, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z2010 White Enamel Stars, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Thread, Frame

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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