...Well, if you make this lil' cutie, you'll know EXACTLY how many days until the Big Man in Red comes down the chimney...
Voila! The Lil' Cutie Advent Book, AKA
CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN PROJECT #4!!!
What you will need:
*A mini (wallet-sized) magnetic closure photo album (I got mine at TCSTSNBN for $1).
*Two sheets of holiday-themed patterned paper (I used Cosmo Cricket)
*One sheet of punch-out cardstock elements (again, Cosmo Cricket)
*One sheet of rub-ons
*Number stickers (I used Heidi Swapp metallic chipboard letters)
*Adhesive (I used my Cheetah from Xyron with permanent adhesive. For the smaller areas, I used a regular tape runner or the Xyron sticker maker).
1. Measure your little book OPEN. Make note of the measurements. (When measuring for a project, I always write the numbers down. I have no head for numbers. This may beg the question why on earth I chose to work in finance upon leaving grad school, for which I have no good answer other than it seemed like a good idea at the time. I suffered through 365 days on Governor William Weld's budget staff, servicing the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Then I quit and moved back to California. Please note that the Bay State's fiscal situation got WORSE upon my departure, making me wonder if I actually know more about numbers than I give myself credit for. Hmmm. Something to ponder the next time I'm stuck in an elevator with no reading material).
2. Cut a piece of your choice of patterned paper about a half-inch larger all the way around.
3. Miter the corners on each end. (At CHA, one of the Make-and-Take ladies asked the assembled class of store owners to miter the corners on their altered book project. They all looked at her with blank expressions. When she explained what she meant, they acted like she had just asked them to remove their own brains with a runcible spoon.)
4. Cut a small slot in the paper at the end with the magnetic flap. Adhere.
5. For the magnetic flap closure, measure and cut a small piece of patterned paper just long enough to cover the flap. If you are anal, you can trim and round the ends. Adhere.
6. Cut two pieces of coordinating cardstock or patterned paper to fit in the front and back covers. Adhere.
7. Do a little test run. Close the book up and make sure the magnet holds through the cardstock. If it doesn't, I'm not sure what to tell you. So just cross your fingers and hope that it works. At this point you may decide to add a couple of staples to hold the cardstock on the tab. I did.
8. Take your leftover patterned paper and your sheet of punch-outs, and create 24 tags or small squares of paper that will fit in the holders on each page. Also punch out the file labels and anything else that looks like it may be useful. This is a great way to use up a bunch of
old leftover cardstock and patterned paper from Christmases past.
9. Pile everything up and take a picture, just for fun.
10. Using the file labels, stickers, tabs, and rub-on numbers, label each page appropriately. You can do the count-down thing (starting with 24 and working backwards) or the count-up. I did the count-up so the page will correspond to the day of the month (one less thing for me to think about).
11. On each of the little tags or squares of paper, write a Christmas-related activity. Some of our family's favorite traditions: Go to the Christmas parade. Put up the lights. Take Christmas cookies to the fire station. Go caroling. Read "The Night Before Christmas." Mail letters to Santa. Do a good deed. Watch "Jingle All the Way" (my favorite Christmas movie of all time). Visit Santa. Buy Mom a bottle of Jack Daniels (just kidding).
12. Insert the tags in their proper spots. Close the book and put the "24" numbers on the cover.
13. Finish by embellishing the cover with other little items like rhinestones (of course!), etc.
Variations: This would also be a terrific "12 Days of Christmas" book for a special someone with giftcards on each of 12 days (or 24 days, if you are really generous. And if you are, I will gladly be your best friend). This would also make a great keepsake album for future years if you developed 24 wallet-sized photos of the year's Christmas season. Fun!