I have to say that I’ve never felt the need to have a countdown calendar to count down the days until December 1st, so that I can begin using my creation of today’s steal, the  Silhouette Advent Calendar. I have to admit that I really had no idea what the huge buzz over the Silhouette Advent Calendar was until I found out we’d be featuring it here at ScrapbookSteals. The moment I saw it, I finally understood what they hype was about and I was giddy as ever, thinking about how I wanted to create mine.

Obviously with Christmas right around the corner, I decided to make my first rendition of the advent, a Christmas one. I selected papers from my collection from several different manufacturers and lines. I even ended up using some papers that I have had in my collection for over six years! Geesh I love a project that allows me to use up the “stash” so that I can justify making room for more.

Silhouette makes this project easy as ever! There are two different choices for each cubby hole. You can either cut out a decorative box or a drawer for each slot. The Silhouette download card comes with the options of both!  While I preferred the flush finish of the drawers, my son was over the moon about the different shaped boxes so I decided to mix it up and do a little of both. I really love how it turned out.

I have three tips for you.

Tip #1: Your download card may have a slight hiccup like mine did. Silhouette customer service is total rockstar and they helped me out right away. Here is what you need to do if your card doesn’t appear to be working.

1. Open the Silhouette Studio software – If you do not already have the latest version of Silhouette Studio, please visit http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software.aspx to install it. Now re-start your computer prior to running.
2. Click on the “Silhouette Online Store” button (the one that looks like a mouse in the lower left-hand side of the screen)
3. Log into your account
4. Go to the “My Account” options and visit the “My Download History” link, or if recovering everything you may use the “Recover All” option
5. Select the order number that you need to recover (if recovering specific orders only) and click on the “Recover Order” button
6. Once you have submitted your password, your images from the selected order will be downloaded to your library.

Tip #2: Make sure you have a sharp blade and one or two cutting mats with good stick! To expedite my cutting process, I used two cutting mats. While one was in use, I was getting the second one ready.

Tip #3: Use a good adhesive! I found that photo tape worked best. After all, if you put the effort into creating something so amazing, you don’t want your boxes to start popping apart!

I’m so excited about the possibilities of what can be put inside of the boxes to help count down the days until Christmas.

  • Christmas candies
  • Small toys
  • Daily activities
  • Service project ideas
  • Christmas stories

I’m still not quite sure which route I will take with mine, but I’m toying with the idea of making a “treasure hunt”, having a different clue each day, with the final prize being a new tradition of a mini album where my husband and I will write an annual letter to our children. Oh and there will be candy at the finish of course, for our short peeps who will be less than thrilled with a gooshy letter from mom and dad!

Whatever we end up doing, I know it will bring a smile to my kids’ faces and make the count down to Christmas just a little more exciting!

Oh and you can better believe that once Christmas is over I’ll be making a countdown for the next big event! The possibilities are endless.

  • Birthdays
  • Easter
  • Summer Vacation
  • Family Trip
  • Halloween
  • Birthdays

Or you can even just leave it as a darling decoration for a shelf!

Whatever you decide, we’d love to see what you create! Feel free to post your creations to our Facebook fan page for all of us to oooh and ahhh over.

Have a happy Black Friday and wonderful weekend!