I have a confession. You know yesterday’s advent calender tutorial for my ebook? You know how I blamed not doing June’s tutorial on time because of moving blogs etc? Well, it’s not entirely true. You see, when I wrote the ebook, there was a missing month. It was just a few days before the end of December (I was due to launch on the 1st of January), and I had NOTHING planned for June. I thought an advent calender would work, but lacked ideas, inspiration, and time to make up something new. If you read through the instructions for June, it’s pretty vague- ‘decorate your envelopes with christmas papers’. Yeah… inspired work there Talia!
So when June rolled around, and I had to do a video, I STILL wasn’t inspired. I thought about it for days- how can I make this more exciting, more beautiful? Until one night I literaly sat up in bed because I had an idea. I was going to cut the envelopes in half, so they were smaller (less work, more cute), and treat them like scrapbooking pages.
(Side note: I am cheap. I love scrapbooking, and I love ‘extravagent’ pages, but I NEVER do these myself because all I see is the cost of all the little bits I’m putting on the page. Lately though, I have sat down and had a realistic think about the cost. Is it a big deal to spend $2-3 worth of embelishments on a page instead of >$1 if it means that I get a much nicer page? Something I’m proud of? I decided no, it doesn’t matter, and that yes, it is worth it. I will show you some of my ‘new style’ pages soon…)
So yes, when I mean ‘treat them like scrapbooking pages’ I mean, treat them like really super nice scrapbooking pages. When I started to think that this was an advent calender I want my children to use (so it will have to be around for at least 5-8 years for them to get a decent stab at using it), so that made it even MORE worth the cost. Don’t be scared by all these talks of costs though- when you make your advent calender you can spend as much money as you like on it. And with such pretty papers around, it really wasn’t much at all.
The point of this (long winded) story, is to tell you that I have ended up being SUPER PROUD of my advent calender, and I wish I could have it hanging up all year round, cause I love to look at it. This is why I am posting this very special post with an individual picture for each day’s envelope. I hope that this inspires you to make your own advent calender, and treat it a bit special!