12 Days, Homemade for the Holidays continues today with advent calendars. We have had a variety of advent calendars in our house since my kids were little. Confession: they still "argue" over who gets to turn over the numbers. This year i wanted to do a different take on our advent calendar. i will save the more child-like ones for when Lucca is old enough to use them. Instead i pulled lots of leftover tags & pieces to create an advent calendar or giving and love. i wanted it fun, eclectic, and colorful.
i began by pulling out some blank tags. Then i thought why not use some envelopes, smaller tags, partial created tags, etc to use. After all, i had a bunch laying around and i love that eclectic look.
i worked on each one using leftover bits of patterned paper, flowers, gel prints, etc. i had so much fun creating each tag. i think this would also look great if i repeated one kind of tag for all 25. i actually might try that next year. i hung up all the tags on my vintage gate that hangs in the kitchen. i also plan to add the christmas cards we receive to the gate this year too.
Here are some detail shots. You can see i just used layers for each tag. i had a variety of pieces laying on my desk and just layered colors, paper, and bits & pieces. i used some of my stencils on the background too.
i used some tags that i made previously for stencil releases just adding a few Christmas-y layers to them. i rotated the numbers on the cards, using 4-5 differnt fonts. It's a great way to use up leftover alphabets.
i like using the Maya Road envelopes i had in my stash. Washi tape was an easy way to add accents to the tags & envelopes.
i also liked adding in smaller tags too. The little grey ones are so adorable with the larger ones.
i liked that the tags are so colorful. i used both traditional colors and bright colors. The mix looks really great on my gate.
i also layered two tags together. On the one on the left, i layered a merry & bright card on top of the manilla tag with patterned paper. On the tag on the right, i covered a manilla tag with gelli printed deli paper and then added another tag on top.
On the backs of my tags are little creative prompts of giving and love for all of us. This includes things like: pay for someone's coffee/tea, help a stranger, give up your spot in line, donate a toy/gift to someone in need, deliver gifts to neighbors, sing carols, etc. It's meant for all of us and not just one individual.
i also wanted to share with you a cool grunge advent calendar my friend Nat created last year. So unique and different. i absolutely love it. You can see her blog post on how she created HERE.
Don't forge to check out Jessi's awesome Star Advent calendar! It is STUNNING! i love how she hangs it too!