Hi it’s Lesley here!! I adore the advent calendar and was so excited to create with it. I wanted to create a family keepsake with it, something that we can use year after year. One of my favourite magazines is called Cloth Paper Scissors and I saw an article about Assemblage Art. The art of using found objects in art to tell a story.
This was exactly the concept I wanted for my calendar. I wanted to use old photos and memorabilia from Christmas’s past to create something symbolic for me and my family.
I took photos of some old cards and notes to use in the collaged part and also used items which are symbolic for me at Christmas. The cork – we always have a glass of bubbles (or two) during the festive season. The tinsel and the decoration and the tree all symbolic of the decorations at Christmas. The music notes representing Christmas Carols – Christmas isn’t Christmas uinti I have heard Snoopy’s Christmas! The bracelet hanging down was actually give to me by my dad when I was a teenager. Mum always used to organise the Christmas presents but Dad always like to buy us something extra. It used to annoy mum but we thought it was great! The fairy hanging down reminds me I love the Boxing Day sales even though the crowds can be frightening. The stars which remind me when I was about 12 and saw a shooting star and told all the little ones it was Santa’s Sleigh. The notes and pictures of the kids remind me what Christmas is all about. Peace, Hope, Joy, Love, Friends and Family. I think each Christmas I might add a memento so it can be an ongoing time capsule for us.
I covered up the half circles of the draws as it suited the photos better. So they can still be opened easily I added a small loop of ribbon on the bottom of each one. I used the mini and tiny alphas for the numbers.
“Advent Calendar” – Lesley Cooper: Be Merry Collection Pattened Paper Joy, (P556), Cheer(P558), Chirpy (P559), Happy (P560), Delight (P561); Paper Pad (PP829); Printed Chipboard (CB114); Die Cut Elements (DC325); Grosgrain Ribbon (RI601); Mini Alpha Stickers (MA505, MA506, MA507, MA508); Tiny Alpha Stickers (MA509, MA510, MA511, MA512, MA513); Clear Stamps (CS751); Advent Calendar (SB2066)