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!
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Happy Fall Y’all: NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG

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Good Morning, Happy Fall (I know I’m early on this one) & Happy NEW Stampin’ Up! CATALOG DAY!  Some of my favorite days of the year are days when the new seasonal catalogs go live, and this is no exception.  This catalog is packed full of Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas/Winter stamps, paper, embellishments, and project kits ready to make.  I love the colors and samples and coordinating products that are featured in this Catalog.  Are you ready to see it? Here’s a look at the cover.

Holiday Catalog 2015 at StampinFool.com

 

Don’t have a demonstrator already & haven’t received your copy of the Catalog? {{See it here.}}  Order your copy today!

Crafting is fun, but crafting with friends is even better! I can help you host a fun-filled craft night for you and your friends. We can make one of Stampin’ Up!’s amazing project kits. Contact me today to schedule your craft night!

Do you want to see a project I made from the Catalog?  Of course you do!  I have been working on snowy, winter cards for a HUGE christmas card class so I picked the brand new stamp set called Wonderland and paired it with the coordinating specialty printed vellum paper called Winter Wonderland (AMAZING!) for this quick and easy card that is sure to WOW!

When you look at this stamp set and paper (page 23) the first thing you think of is Christmas, hence the name Wonderland, BUT the card I made today really shows off another way to use it- Fall – Deer hunting season. You could easily add a Happy Birthday sentiment and make this manly themed card for your birthday stud. SAY WHAAAT?!? I bet you weren’t expecting that.

Wonderland Fall Deer Season card from StampinFool.com

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Now that you have seen a non traditional way to use Wonderland, I’l show you a peek of a few of my favorites, that will be featured in this year’s Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack (the date will be determined soon).
Woodlands Embossing, Flurry of Wishes Stampin Up Holiday Card Set at StampinFool.com
And this year’s Halloween Treat Bag Class, which you can sign up for the LIVE class here.  The E-class and Class to Go will be posted soon right here at Stampin’ Fool.Halloween is coming and you’ll need treats for all those cute trick-or-treaters, so join me to make the cutest treats on the block!   Cost: $15 per person for 25 premium 4″x 10″ treat bags.

Happy Haunting Halloween Treat Bags at StampinFool.com
Lastly, there is still a great PAPER PUMPKIN DEAL going on until September 10th, where new members get the first 2 month HALF OFF!  And did you see last month’s kit?  Oh My Goodness- it. is. amazing. pink&gold. #loveit See it here.
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Alright, that’s all I have for you today (that was a TON, right).  Enjoy browsing the NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG and let me know what your favorites are.

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