Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Those Advent calendars again...



I wasn't sure how I felt about this paper when I first opened Shimelle's kit, but it's perfect for an Advent calendar-style page - it reminds me of the old-fashioned images you might find on the paper calendars (the ones that don't actually have chocolate inside....) I liked the idea of a 'countdown' as suggested in Shimelle's prompt; these Basic Grey numbers were originally purple which would NOT have worked, so I painted them with dark green acrylic paint (they are actually green, not black!) I painted the letters too, making the best of what I had when I'd run out of the letter I needed. The Elle's Studio card is in a slightly different shade but (a) that helps it stand out more, and (b) "Ah, sod it!" (to quote Kate). Sorry about this pic, there is very little natural light in my house at the moment.... *edited to say: updated now with better pic!

Then I cut little doors in the paper which you open to see the photos and journaling:



(The photos and journaling are from this post and this one, plus a close up of my calendar after I'd opened the first door and eaten the chocolate. I just happened to take that photo and then realised later how perfectly it illustrated the story of my The Brother nicking all the chocs out of my calendar all those years ago!)

8 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great post! I love the paper for this and your story tie-in.
rinda

Lizzie said...

That's a great use of that paper. I wouldn't have been sure what to do with it either, but you certainly used your imagination to good effect - it's fab!

Abi said...

wow, this is incredible. What a lovely idea. Brings such a sense of fun to the page! thanks for sharing! xxxx

Sian said...

Fabulous idea! I scrolled back up for another look because I just love it. Those are lovely letters.

Clair said...

Two posts in one day? Do you sleep at all? x

Fiona said...

Great paper and a super idea.

Amy said...

You've adapted really well Mel, and the paper does suit the page theme. Actually the paper looks beautifully distressed and textured - great choice.

jacqueline said...

love the page...very creative.