DIY Advent Calendar: Project Life

Hello & Happy November! It’s time to start decorating for Christmas and get working on those Christmas crafts. One of my favorite traditions and holiday crafts is the advent calendar. I love that it gives you a chance to slow down daily and reflect.

My idea of a traditional Advent Calendar has a scripture reading each day.  Last year I made an advent calendar with the Project Life Hello December Cards and it was a perfect fit. This year, I have adapted the style and cards and done the same.  I have created Printable card with the Scripture readings for you! The cards coordinate with this year’s Hello December Project Life cards from Stampin’ Up!.

Project Life Advent Calendar from StampinFool.com

While I haven’t uploaded the photos of the Advent Calendar yet (I will this week!) I wanted to give you a head start on the reading and scripture cards.  You can print them out to coordinate with your Hello December 2016 Project Life cards.

Here is a preview of the cards: Days 1 through 6.  Below, I have provided a few different options for download: Red & Emerald, all Red, all Emerald, and B&W.  The cards are sized to 3 x 4″: Print on thick card stock and trim on the dotted lines.

DIY Advent Calendar with Stampin' Up! Hello December Project Life cards from Stampin' Fool.com

Are you ready for the Free Printables? Here are the four options. All are the same size with the listed color variations.  As always feel free to print these and use them for personal use.  Please do not reproduce or make copies.  You amy link back to this post to share the copies.  Thank you!

Advent-Scripture_Printable: Red & Green

Advent-Scripture_Printable: Red

Advent-Scripture_Printable: Emerald

Advent-Scripture_printable B&W

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You can easily add these scripture cards into an album.  Here are a few photos of my Hello December album which I will be adding photos and scripture cards to reflect.

See how to put together a Project Life 2016 Hello December album from StampinFool.com See how to put together a Project Life 2016 Hello December album from StampinFool.com See how to put together a Project Life 2016 Hello December album from StampinFool.com See how to put together a Project Life 2016 Hello December album from StampinFool.comSee how to put together a Project Life 2016 Hello December album from StampinFool.com

Hello December & Project Life: Documenting December Daily Guide

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Hello December & Project Life: Documenting December Daily Guide

Hello December!  It’s here, it has arrived.  December is upon us.  Are you ready for Christmas?  This year we will be documenting our December favorites with a December Daily photo album using the Project Life Hello December 2015 kit of journaling cards & accessories.

To help you get started I came up with a list of 31 ideas for things you can document each day to share how you celebrate December. You can deviate from this list by all means, but it is a great starting point if this is your first round of December Daily.  I’ll give you the down low really quickly so that you know what it’s all about.

But first, I’ll show you my December Album and the first page.

 

December Daily 2015 Album Cover  at StampinFool.com

For the cover, I stamped Flurry of Wishes in Versamark ink and heat embossed with White powder.  I added wood cut stars and framed a Journaling Card from Hello December Project Life cards.  I used the trio corner punch for detail.  After adding a few sequins, both gold and silver, I finished the album off with a gold cording bow and Red pom pom trim.  Love it!

For the inside cover, I used my Heidi Swapp Minc to gold foil a border around the 6×8 page and our name and date.

December Daily 2015 first page at StampinFool.com

December Daily 2015 first page at StampinFool.com

December Daily 2015 first page at StampinFool.com

WHO?  You!  Document what YOU and your kids, grandkids, family, friends, & neighbors do throughout December.

WHAT?  What are your favorite things, what traditions do you have, what is your favorite Christmas movie, wrapping paper, Xmas eve routine, gift, decoration, coffee flavor?  Document it.  You will love looking back  and remembering the special things December holds.  And, the even bigger bonus is that your children and grandchildren will love looking at it too. My little is only 3 and he LOVES looking at my Project Life albums with photos of our family, vacations we took, his birthday, newborn photos- it’s so sweet to see the joy it brings!

WHERE & WHEN?  In a simple 6 x 8″ Project Life Album, right now.  Ok, I have to admit, we are really busy, so I don’t always document each day on that particular day, but each day I take time to check off a photo from the LIST I have made for what I will document.  Then when I get a chance (usually on the weekend), I can print the photo, journal on the card and slip it into the album.

WHY?  Why not! I absolutely love documenting our life.  The little things that mean so much will bring JOY for years to come.  Each time we look back we see how things have changed, how some things have stayed the same and become tradition.  For us, it is decorating the tree and house, cooking a Christmas Eve ham, and drinking fake sparking champagne. I want to remember that. I want to see it in color.  I want my little one to see it.  I want it to be a legacy after I am gone.

HOW?  It is so incredibly easy to document December.  Grab a Project Life album, journaling pens, page protectors & cards and you’re half way done. The other half is taking photos as you go and jotting down your thoughts, ideas, memories, funny quotes, favorites things and the things that make you smile.  You can follow along here for ideas.  My list of 31 things is a great place to start if you don’t know what specifically to document.  It may seem insignificant, but are memories insignificant?  No, they are priceless.

 

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FREE PRINTABLE
Here is your free December Daily 31 Prompts for 2015 printable.  To download it, right click and hit save.
This is an 8.5 x 11″ download which you can use to follow along and document December. Enjoy!
Documenting December Daily 2015 prompts at StampinFool.com
One more printable for you:
Here is the 2015 December Daily printable that you can add to your Project Life album behind the title page so that you have a record of your daily prompts.  It is 6 x 8″ and fits perfectly into the 6×8 album for December Daily and color coordinates with the Hello December journaling cards.
Documenting December Daily 2015 prompts at StampinFool.com
I hope you enjoyed todays post & I can’t wait to see what you make.  Tell me what you think- post a comment below and let me know if you are loving the Project Life blogs as much as I am!
Documenting December Daily 2015 prompts at StampinFool.com

Quick & Easy Reindeer Tags for All

Quick and Easy Reindeer Tags -- FREE TUTORIAL from StampinFool.com

It’s the end of November.  Christmas is coming.  Are you ready to shop till you drop, wrap a million presents, cook and clean for weeks on end, and then veg out for a few days after the rush?  I am certainly NOT looking forward to ALL that work!  Whew.  This year we are keeping it simple.  Quiet time with family, no mad dash shopping, and cooking a few manageable meals that will provide leftovers for days. We are lucky to be able to have down time this Holiday and not feel the rush.

So for those of you hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas and more, I have an adorable quick and easy craft to make your Holiday handmade without the hassle.  These cuties can be made within a few minutes, and you can quickly assembly line a bunch of them for all of your needs.

In addition to making adorable tags, these Reindeer can be added to just about anything to decorate it up.  I call this #partystyling- making everything look like amazing party decor.  I’ll even give you a list of all the ways you can use these Reindeer Tags:

  • place cards
  • on paper napkin rings
  • water bottle labels
  • tags around the neck of bottles of wine
  • add them to neighbor gifts
  • treat bag toppers (cookies, candy, pretzels, reindeer food- oatmeal bags)
  • hot chocolate stirrer toppers
  • ornaments for all the kids to add to the tree in their favorite color
  • & so many more

Now that I have your creative juices flowing, I will show you how simple these guys are to make and give you a quick supply list.  You’re going to be blown away.  Enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Whisper White scrap paper
  • Early Espresso card stock
  • Crumb Cake ink & cardstock
  • Real Red ink
  • Holiday Greeting Stamp of your choice
  • 1/2″ circle punch
  • 1 3/4″ circle punch
  • 2″ circle punch
  • Tree builder punch
  • Red Pompom trim
  • Gold cording
  • 1/16″ handheld punch
  • Project Life journaling pen
  • Dimensionals
  • Tombow liquid glue

Directions:

  1. Punch 2″ Circle from Crumb Cake cardstock.  Sponge edges with Crumb Cake ink.
  2. Punch two tree branches from builder punch in Early Espresso card stock.  Cut off half of tree trunk, leaving the branches.
  3. Punch two 1/2″ white circles from scrap paper.  Draw two ovals for the eyes with Project Life Journaling pens.
  4. Cut off one red Pompom from the pompom trim.  Adhere to the bottom center of the 2″ crumb cake circle with liquid glue.
  5. Adhere the eyes above the pompom nose with liquid glue.
  6. Punch 1/16″ circle at top for gold cording. Tie gold cording through the hole.
  7. Cut a dimensional into a third and adhere to the back of each tree punch. Adhere above the eyes, with the branches pointing slightly outwards.
  8. Stamp another scrap of white card stock with your greeting or To/From tag, punch with 1 3/4″ circle,  and adhere to back of tag with liquid glue.
  9. Give, Gift, & Enjoy!

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