Saturday, November 12, 2011

An Advent calendar using an old baking sheet and Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land (with a tutorial!) :):):):)

Hi all... 


I wanted to share an Advent Calendar I made for the kids that I made from an old baking sheet and Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land collection! :) I have wanted to make an advent calendar for them FOREVER now... and this year I finally found the time! :):):):)

Here is what my calendar looks like :)


I started off with an old baking (cookie) sheet :):):)

Had Hubby and Adam drill two holes for me :)

I then cut out 48 2x2 inch squares :)

I then sewed them into pockets! :)


Then I covered and decorated the baking (cookie sheet) :)

I bought some magnets :)

I decorated the fronts of each square and added a date for each one (up to Christmas Eve) :)

I then glued the magnets to the back of the 'pockets' :)

And look! Adam even helped me :):):):) He doesn't look thrilled... but I promise... it was his idea to help :):):)

And here is my finished project and some close ups :):):)

I have seen several versions of baking sheet Advent calendars before...and I have always wanted to try it ... so I made this one :):):):) The pink squares will be for Brookie and the green ones for Adam :):):)









I made the trees using my Cricut and then used Nikki's alphas to put "Adam & Brooke" :):):)



And with yesterday being Veterans Day... Brookie made a flag at pre-school .... and in her words she "Made it for the soliders"... when I told her Papa Mike used to be a solider :) she gave it to him :):):)



And with having Nikki Sivils on the brain.... ScrapbookSteals.com is having ONE AWESOME Nikki Sivils STEAL today at 9AM MST ---- make sure to check it out :):):):):):):):)


I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend :):):):):):)
Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

54 comments:

  1. Well if this isn't just spectacular, I don't know what is!?!?! I looove the advent calendar idea and this one is a great one!!!

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  2. This is so amazing & gorgeous!!!
    Love the stitching!!
    How long did it take to make?
    Love Brookie's flag picture!!
    I have seen these before too and have never made one yet!!
    You have inspired me but probably not until next year!!
    Love it!!

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  3. Gorgeous! What is the cream colored & textured "mat"? Does Brooke not like chocolate (only candy canes?) or did you just arrange the candy for visual pleasure?

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  4. How cute!! I love the colors. Yours turned out amazing. :)

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  5. We have the same baking sheet! Giggle! Love this project! Very cool!

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  6. Ohh this is cute. It must have taken some time to finish this project! I love the colors.
    It's so cool! :)

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  7. Julie, that is awesome, WOW!! One of the cutest advent calendars I've ever seen!

    Love Brookie's flag too

    Have a great Saturday :)

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  8. This is awesome Julie! I've never seen a cookie sheet Advent calendar! What a fun idea!! Thanks for the tutorial too!! =)

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  9. Wow Julie this is such a great idea!!!! Love it!!!

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  10. Very cool, I am working on one at the moment too. This is my first. Your's turned out amazing!...:)

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  11. Wow it´s great!! I just made one myself a couple of weeks ago, but this one´s awesome too.

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  12. WOW, Julie you are creative!! I love your advent calendar. :-)

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  13. I love how thrifty and crafty you are!!!

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  14. Julie, this is absolutely SPECTACULAR!! I am going tonight, I am gonna assume you will be there, can't wait to catch up:)

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  15. That is darling~ the wheels are turning in my head!!!! Thanks for tutorial~it looks awesome~

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  16. Oh, This has been on my to-do list forever too!!! Yours look so so fun!!! Great job with the NS papers ;)

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  17. this turned out really cute Julie! I especially like the helper's picture! :)

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  18. Hello Julie! This looks AMAZING, I love the pockets that you sewed and the Nikki Sivils papers and Oooo I like the tree's with the names so much! FUN FUN FUN. And this is really an fantastic idea.
    The photo with Brookie is adorable, it is so sweet of her to make a flag drawing.

    Love from The Netherlands,
    Leintje*

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  19. LOVE this project!!!! The sewing is genius!! So much more stable than glue!

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  20. Wow! This is absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it! I've got to have it! Wow!

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  21. Just TOO CUTE & I love that you stitched all the pockets! :-)

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  22. Wow Julie, that is just soooo freaking cute, what a lovely idea and Brookie's flag is gorgeous and just so sweet :)

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  23. So cute Julie!!!! Love the gingerbread people and trees at the top!!! So very festive!!! Have a great weekend!

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  24. What a great idea. So very cute!

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  25. Julie!!! What have you done, this is ....I don't have the correct English words for this..amazing, awesome, perfect, FABtastic!

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  26. This is really amazing..awesome,well just
    a fantastic project!
    the stitching is great,and I love Brookie's flag!
    You really can inspire people!!

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  27. Wow Julie, this is the most amazing advent calendar I have ever seen.

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  28. Oh my stars.... I just love this. You are so creative. I have seen these before and it was fun seeing you make it!!!

    Hugs, Linda

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  29. WOW! You are amazing! This is amazing!:):):) What a fantastic idea. And soooo much FUN!!!

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  30. Wow gorgeous creation. Love the idea too. Like Brookie creation too.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.com
    http://sudha-kalra.blogspot.com/p/shop.html

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  31. Wonderful dear!!!! I wish I had 1/2 of your creativity!!!! cheers

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  32. This is ABSOLUUUUUUUUUUTELY AMMMMMAAAAAAAAZING Julie! Wow, wow, wow!! You exhaust me girl - I don't know how you do it! Right now I am just too tired for all this creating and you are stepping it up & producing project after project and they are all getting more & more AWESOME!! Just LOVE this :)

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  33. YOur advent calendar is soooooooo CUTE! I love all the detail you put into each pocket, and that you color coded for Adam and Brookie! And Brookie's flag is AWESOME! She looks so proud holding it!

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  34. OH Julie... Despite of you being so busy!! You are just amazing!!! THis is such a clever idea... I love it... Awesome... you never failed to amaze me!!! hugs...xoxo

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  35. Oh yumm that is sooo very sweet! Love how you made something new out of something old. What a great idea! Your children's will enjoy it for sure. so sweet of Adam to help. Did you use fabric or paper?

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  36. That is the cutest project ever.......
    Happy belated 11.11.11!!!!!

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  37. Hi my dear and sweet friend!!!
    This is really amazing..awesome,well just a fantastic project!All the details you put into each pocket are gorgeus and thee stitching is great
    You really inspire me a lot!! Brookie's flag is AWESOME! She looks so proud holding it!I love that photo!!
    I wish a wonderful week.
    Kisses and huges from Brazil
    Cynthia

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  38. This is FANTASTIC, girl! What a great use of those sweet papers, and I LOVE that you've made pockets for each kiddo! Too fun!

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  39. amazingly gorgeous! look at all those papers and pockets!

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  40. i love the family photos and the layout is so cute! i like the bow around the photo. i love Brookie dress.
    your blog got me in the Christmas spirit.

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  41. Awwww, what a gorgeous cookie sheet advent, Julie! This just makes me smile. Such fabulous little pockets and details. Love that you created one color set for Brookie and another for Adam. And LOVE that Adam got involved to help you on this. LOVE!

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  42. You are making me want to buy more of Nikki's kits. :) Love this fabulous altered project. Brookie's flag is Fabulous too! :)

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  43. this is so cute and beautiful!!!

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  44. You sweet crafty girl! I still hope I can see you. I am hopeful sherry from Country wings in Phoenix can come to Nick's meet at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa on Sat 11-19-2011.
    I love hte Advent calendar. You are a darling!
    Hugs Anne

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  45. Oh my goodness...that is the cutest Advent Calendar! Love it :)

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  46. This is fabulous Julie! I lovelovelove how you used a baking tray as a base! And those papers are just perfect for this! :)

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  47. So cute!!! Love that idea... maybe I can get Joseph to help me make one....bwahhhh!!! OMG..Brookie giving the flag to papa Mike gave me tears...

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  48. What an incredible Christmas calendar you have created! I love all the fun details on each pocket! Awesome creation!! And brooke is adorable in that picture!

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  49. Love this! *hee hee* really, really love it! :)

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