Monday, December 12, 2011

monday...{day 12} 12 days of Christmas (AWDML)

I want to welcome you to the last day (Day 12) of AWDML 12 Days of Christmas! I hope that you have enjoyed as much as I have all the projects and sales over at the AWDML blog and store!

Today I have a really fun project to show you but I have a question for you first. What happens when an advent calendar meets December Dailies?
A calendar-style December Daily 12"x12 layout of course! You can display it on a table for the month of December as you are journaling on it and then store it away in your 2011 scrapbook album!

Below is mine:

cardstock: Bazzill;
patterned paper: Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas (Naughty or Nice, Peace, Love, Joy), Bella Blvd December Details (Bits a Bella);
letter stickers: Basic Grey Hello Luscious Mini Mono Alpha Stickers, Basic Grey Micro Mono Alpha Stickers Olivia, American Crafts Thickers;
flowers: Prima Christmas Bubbles Flowers and Holly;
ink: Tim Holtz Distressed Ink (Vintage Photo);
pens: Ranger White Opaque Pen;
tools: Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page (Deco Shells);

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make this calendar-style December Daily layout.

  • Pattern paper (Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas Naughty or Nice, Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas Peace, Love, Joy, Bella Blvd December Details Bits a Bella) 
  • letter stickers (make sure you have enough numbers 1-25!) 
  • Tim Holtz Distressed Ink (Vintage Photo) 
  • Ranger White pen 
  • Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page (Deco Shells) 
  • store-bought or handmade Christmas embellies 

Step 1. Cut up the Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas Peace, Love, Joy paper in 2"x2" squares making sure that the image is centered.

Step 2. Ink all the edges and doodle a faux stitch line using a white pen. Number your squares and cut up a few words and images from the Bella Blvd December Details Bits a Bella pattern paper. Do not glue anything down yet. Just play with your embellies until you are happy with them.

Step 3. Cut a 2"x4" cream cardstock for each number (25 2"x4" cream colored cardstock).

Step 4. Fold the cardstock in half and adhere the decorative numbered square to one of the sides. Do this for all the numbers. Essentially you are making folded journaling spots for each number.

Step 5. You will end up with something like this.

Step 6. For the background, punch around the page using a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punch. Adhere to a green Bazzill cardstock for support and glue all your numbered squares as shown.

Step 7. Time to add your embellies! Add the cut out words from the pattern paper and a few flowers and holly leaves. Make sure that you don't overlap too much since it will be hard to open the journaling spots later.

Step 7b. Here is a close up of the finished calendar/December Daily layout.

Each day, journal inside the corresponding day. You can even add small pictures or mementos in there! Here is a picture of mine updated through today (I haven't lived today so I don't have anything for today yet).

I hope that you enjoyed this step by step tutorial!

Now, for the moment that you have been waiting for. Today's sale item over at AWDML is...
Alphabet Stickers Buy One Get One FREE

Thank you for stopping by today!


  1. WOW! Your advent calendar is spectacular!! I love the jounaling space inside for day. You could do a matching page (colors etc) for a double spread and have that page have some larger photos. I might have to lift this idea from you! :o)


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