Can you believe December 1st is tomorrow? For most of us things get pretty crazy in December. All those parties, Christmas shopping, wrapping, cooking, decorating, etc.... I've been thinking a lot lately about making Christmas time in our household more intentional, taking time to enjoy it, taking time to do special things with my girls, taking time to really understand the true meaning of Christmas. Not the crazy, hectic, materialistic side. So what I've decided to do this year is make an advent calendar and what I'm going to do is try to capture those special moments in December, whether it be a tradition that we always do, maybe it will be something new, maybe it will simply just reading a special Christmas Story book or parts of the Christmas story from the Bible. I'm going to take pics of these events every day and fill in my advent calendar with 1 pic each day. I really want to remember these moments with my family.
What I've done to make it even easier for me is I've already made my page. So all I'll have to do is put the pic in each day! I used my Advent Calendar Template and a kit from Vera Lim called Be Merry. Oh and a bunch of different alpha/numbers I had in my stash (aren't alphas wonderful?)...they are all from Scrap Orchard. So here you can see, my page is already made and ready to go.
Plus I made a 2nd page just so I would have a little place to put some journaling about each day/pic. I matched the alpha that I used for each day and I have a simple little journaling block by each number that I can edit each day. So now that both of my pages are ready all I have to do is remember to take a pic of something special each day, add it to my page and then journal a simple sentence about it.
And since the Advent Calendar Template in my store does not include the 2nd page (an afterthought), I thought I would give it to you so you can join me in my challenge. So if you haven't already gotten my Advent Calendar Template go ahead and grab it. Here's a coupon for 25% off: swl_actemp25
And then grab the 2nd page for FREE here! *download expired
I thought I would show you what some of my team has done with this Template & Challenge. Tiff took the Advent Calendar Template and used it for pics from last year. She made a double layout about her Christmas Memories. It was fun reading her Christmas stories. Something I'm sure her family will treasure.
Then Ellie resized the template and is using it as a hybrid advent calendar. She decorated each day and is cutting the different days so she can open up the "windows" and put a photo in each day. She's got it all ready to go and all she has to do is slip the photos in.
I'm going to try and keep you updated (probably through my facebook fan page) on my pics and journaling throughout the month.
So will you join us in this challenge? Let's preserve all those memories of Christmas and let's help our families and others understand the true meaning of Christmas. Post a comment here and let me know if you are going to join me in this challenge and then at the end of the month link me up to your layouts. I may even show your project on my blog and if I do there might just be a little something special for you!