Are you ready to start your holiday preparations? Is it that time already? Well, yes it is and with Authentique Paper’s Christmas in July mega kit, you can get started and finished with ease. I was lucky enough to create a project with this Christmas collection while working with Authentique Paper. I am excited to share it here.  This brings us to this week’s Monday Craft Madness Theme:

Countdown

Create something with a countdown. Here you will see a Christmas countdown advent calendar. You can choose something else, for example: countdown to an event, like an anniversary or wedding or celebration, your 10 favorite things your child or grandchild or best friend says, your favorite quotes, favorite recipes or favorite snacks, endless possibilities come to mind.

Check out my advent calendar countdown:

It’s actually pretty easy to make. First, choose an advent calendar. This on came white with little drawers.

Choose your supplies, a favorite Christmas collection. Even though we all know I am biased, the Festive Collection from Authentique Paper is one of my all-time favorites.

Predictably, my supplies include an ink pad. The black accent tones in this collection made the ink choice an easy one for this project.

I cut out enough square pieces to cover the fronts of all of the drawers. I set them out to make sure I evenly dispersed the colors and patterns. The 6×6 paper pad has great, rich colors on the backs of the papers which adds to the variety of the papers.

After measuring and cutting all of the squares, the decorating was the fun part. Adding stickers and using pop dots was quick and easy and made the advent calendar look great. (If I do say so myself)

 Hope you all enjoyed this little advent calendar. I am feeling a little prepared for the upcoming holiday season (but just a little).

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With this round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until August 1st to play along. Here are the previous week’s themes:

Monday Craft Madness #32 – Journaling

Monday Craft Madness #33 – Celebrate! 

If you’d like to enter to win the May Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from ScrapbookSteals.com at the end of the month! Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

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Come back again tomorrow for a how-to from our Design Team member Candace!