Paper Holiday – Advent Calendar

by Grace Bonney

First, thank you Grace for this opportunity!

Next, hello out there. I like to make things. I design and create a line of paper ‘luxuries’ and letterpress cards and started my business, d.Sharp, 8 years ago. I also have a blog where I write about and share all sorts of things. I live in my hometown of Portland with my husband and two sons, and work in a carriage house type studio a few steps from my back door.

Here is my studio when it’s, ahem, clean:

As paper is my favorite medium and Christmas one of my favorite times of year, I have had a great time working on some fun paper projects to share this week. Although the holidays always seem to come upon me too fast, {wasn’t it just Halloween?} I am determined to be on the offensive this year and start celebrating early with an Advent calendar for my kids. Starting on the first of December, each numbered envelope will hold a small treat or a note describing a holiday activity for the day, like going to get a tree or making candy encrusted graham cracker houses.

For this Advent garland, I used open end envelopes and clipped them to baker’s twine. The numbers were printed out on a full sheet { 8.5 x 11} white adhesive label and cut out. Alternatively, these numbers could work as individual tags, printed out on card stock, to trim a pile of small gifts for Advent. To make your own Advent labels, I created a PDF to download here.

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