Monday, December 1, 2014

Jin's Christmas Village Advent Calendar


If there is any month that my kids love more than their own birthday month, it has to be the month of December. Even though Christmas happens on the 25th day, they start getting treats from Day 1 when they open their advent calendars.


The girls usually get to open two advent calendars- one from our advent house, and the other by LEGO Friends. This year, I'm making them a third.


Using Silhouette Studio DE (v2.8.16d) and the LD Christmas Village-Advent, I came up with the print-and-cut shown in the screenshot above. I printed the images on sticker paper and set the Cameo to cut out only the stickers on top, leaving the backing paper uncut.


To make the boxes, I used LD's 10 Things Treat Box PC (SVG included). I imported the SVG into Silhouette Studio DE and reduced the size by 50%. I could fit up to 6 boxes on a letter-sized paper.


Before putting the boxes together, I tied a loop with twine and attached it to the top of the box. This is so that I can hang each box on a wire.


To fill the boxes, I print-and-cut out LD's Advent Activities. There are 84 files in the graphic set and I picked out 25. So glad that LD came up with this set so I didn't have to stress over what to put inside the boxes!

http://interneka.com/affiliate/AIDLink.php?link=www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:advent_activites-13351.html&AID=39954

Here is a closeup of the inserts (before they are cut out):



Once the inserts are cut out, I put one in each box and hang the box on the Silhouette Christmas Advent Calendar (Frame).

Here's the finished project:


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Files used:
Christmas Village- Advent graphic set
Advent Activities graphic set
10 Things Treat Box PC (SVG included)

17 comments :

  1. Jin, what else would fit in those boxes. Just wondering. I think I will be making this ASAP.

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    1. Each box measures about 2"x1.5"x0.375". Small candies like the mint pictured above fit great. I've also tried little knick-knacks like pin-back buttons, jingle bells, erasers, stickers, tattoos, a dollar bill, clear rubber stamps, magnets, fancy paper-clips, and even little booklets of sticky notes and they all fit fine.

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    2. By the way, if you are using white cardstock to make the boxes, you can also print-and-cut the graphics directly onto the template. The downside to that is that you will not be able to fit so many boxes on a sheet of cardstock but it will save you time from making (and sticking) the stickers.

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    3. Jin you rock. Of course I could print them on the boxes. Thanks for the suggestion. Oh, I had another idea if anyone wants to put something other than the advent activities - put Bible verses. I'm thinking of doing the ones from our church's advent book. Sneaky way of getting the kids to look them up.

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  2. Hi!! I am in LOVE..LOVE..LOVE with this project. I have a question about the type of sticker paper you have pictured. It looks glossy, is it the same Staples brand sticker?

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! :-) This is a different brand of sticker paper but I hesitate to recommend it because I have mixed results with it. The pack that came with my first order did not print or cut properly. I gave it a 2nd chance when I placed a 2nd order a year later and this time, even though the print looks great, the stickers are not really sticky. They work fine on some surfaces (like the kraft cardstock that I used for this project) but peel off too easily on others. If you want to give it a try, you can get it HERE but I would advice that you read the reviews first.

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    2. OMG!! Thank you so much for your response! I have one more question!!! I have ordered the paper you have listed in your FAQ, but I didn't get the textured paper you sometimes use like in the Pandamonium cards..What kind of paper is that?..again THANK you so much!!

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    3. LOL! :-D You can find the textured cardstock HERE

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  3. Hey Jin! I'm actually trying this right now and my Christmas Village graphics will not open in Silhouette Studio! I can open all other PNG's and I can open the Christmas Village png's through preview just fine but when I drag in a Christmas Village graphic I just get a box with grid like dots in it. Has this ever happened to you before? I just upgraded to designer edition.

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    1. I'm having the same issue and I also have designer edition. Only way I can get it to work is if I first convert to jpg which is crazy! lol :)

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    2. Becky and Nicole, what version of SSDE are you using? Can you send me a screenshot of the problem (either through my FB page or email) ? I didn't have any trouble dragging-and-dropping the Christmas Village-Advent graphics but I am using v2.8.16d.

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    3. I have version 3.1.417ssde. what is weird is that other PNGs from LD work fine. i tried downloading from LD again and it still doesn't work. Maybe I need to try installing an older version of SSDE...

      I'll email you screen shots..

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    4. I posted some screenshots on Facebook. Couldn't find your email address. :)

      https://www.facebook.com/becky.dopp/media_set?set=a.987648211251140.1073741828.100000179121178&type=1

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    5. I updated to SSDE v3.3.277 and now it works. Nicole if you are not on that version I would try updating from the website.

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    6. Becky, I saw your FB pics but was not able to respond there. I think it's very odd that v3.1.417 worked for some LD graphics and not this set but I'm glad to know that it works with v3.3.277. Thanks for keeping me posted! :)

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  4. Hi Jin, Love this cute little boxes! Question, what paper did you use to make them? the brown one.
    Thank you, you always inspire us.

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