Long about the end of November, I had such grand plans for creating a Christmas Family Photo Advent Calendar. Turned out to be quite a bit more work than I had anticipated - but I ended up really enjoying the whole process. From choosing the papers, to sifting through all the photos of Christmases past, even choosing the 'title' for the piece - it was just so nice to be making something just because I wanted to.
And my family kind of got into it - I narrowed down the photo options to 29, so I had to cut out 4. Everyone got a vote, and they were surprisingly outspoken about their reasons for cutting specific photos - it was kind of funny!
I finished it the 2nd weekend in December - quite a bit later than I would have liked, but still in time for a partial countdown at least. (What I find very amusing is that my oh-so-jaded 13-year-old son is the one who takes off the magnet every morning.)
I did mine on the back "bumped-out" part of a jelly roll pan.
- I painted the rim and sides clover green, and covered the back with cardstock and patterned papers (adhering with Mod Podge).
- I printed out 25 photos in 1½x1½ and 1½x2" sizes, and trimmed to size.
- I adhered those on top of the patterned paper, and Mod Podge'd over the photos and paper.
- I printed out the numbers 1-25 in 1½x½" and 1½x2" text boxes, and trimmed to size
- I edged the numbered squares with Ranger Stickles, then smoothed it out with a small paintbrush, to give them "snowy", sparkley edges.
- I mounted the numbered squares on square magnets, so they would attach on top of the photos.
- Title letters are chipboard covered with green felt from Hobby Lobby
- We take off the numbered magnet square for whatever day it is - I realize this makes it more of a "countup" than a countDOWN, but I also know my family, and it will be easier for us to figure out what day it IS, rather than how many days are left until the 25th. ;)
- We store the removed numbered squared on the reverse side of the pan.
Without further ado... the pictures.