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Advent Calendar

September 12, 2010

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)

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Your creations: new layouts, cards projects, and advent calendars!!

November 17, 2009

We’ve been getting some stunning projects uploaded into our gallery, and some emailed in also!

Keep your creations coming! Email them to with ‘BLOG Creations’ in the subject line!

Firstly, yesterday we asked you to show us your fantastic Advent Calendars in our Advent Calendar post

And here they are!!

Hilary took inspiration from Mel Kennedy’s Advent Calendar (scrapped in Christmas Carnival) as featured in the Q3 magazine.

Angela has created this stunning gold and red advent calendar using Graphic 45 papers:


Materials used: Kaisercraft Advent Calendar, PP – Graphic45 Christmas Past & K&Co flourishes, Paint – Plaid folk art, MM & Kaisercraft, Distress ink, Jo Sonja varnish, ribbon, Twiddlebitz tree, flowersoft, glitter & a flower.

And Toni has created this stunning winter wonderland inspired Advent Calendar:

We also came across this awesome Advent Calendar on the Cosmo Cricket blog (Jolly by Golly collection used), made by Linda Cummings:

And now onto YOUR CREATIONS!

Lisa Hallet has created these stunning projects below!!




Our family

Our Family Close Up

All I want for Christmas

We also received an amazing email from Julie, attached was an amazing Christmas display she has created!

Just stunning Julie!! Thank you for sharing your amazing work!

Kaiser Dear Santa 011

So keep sharing your awesome layouts and projects with us!! We love sharing them with others!!

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Kaisercraft Advent Calendar – 3 ways

November 16, 2009

The Kaisercraft Advent Calendar (SB2066) is one of our most popular Christmas Beyond-the-Page projects to date!!

And why wouldn’t it be???

Who doesn’t love counting down the days till Christmas?

Lets look at three very different ways to use this BTP from our talented Design Team!

1. Advent Calendar for Christmas, by Alicia Barry

Materials: Advent beyond the page project (SB2066), Christmas carnival papers, KC rhinestone strips, Die cut journalling tags, ric rac, KC chipboard letters, KC pink paint., stickles.

Christmas Carnival - Alicia Barry

“I love the tree patterned paper in this collection, and they seemed perfect for making dimesnsional. I decided to combine them in layers to create a free standing diorama. Accordian folded cardstock created an easy base.”


  • Take care not to paint the tabs of the project. Doing so will -result in the pieces not fitting together easily.
  • When constructing the boxes, Apply, a strip of sticky tape to hold the box in form begore adhering a strip of pattened paper and adhering with the join at the back.
  • Consider using the opening as a shadow box to create a Christmas diorama theme, rather than doing a layout.

Although…. as Nikki and Tanya show us below, you don’t have to use the Advent Calendar just for Christmas projects!

2. Everyday Advent Calendar by Nikki Antontello

Materials: Advent Calendar, Lilac Avenue Paper Collection, Experience Rubons, Friendship Rubons, Lilac Rhinestones, Kaisercraft Paint, Foam tape, Black Gel pen, Kindy Glitz, Flower Punch & Scallop Punch

Lilac Avenue - Nikki Antonello (4)

Lilac Avenue - Nikki Antonello (3)

Lilac Avenue - Nikki Antonello (2)

My Inspiration:

“Isabelle is your very typical little four year old girl who loves collecting little bits and pieces of everything.  She has the most vivid imagination and fills her days with adventures of  fairies and make believe.  All the little things she collects,  she then deems as some sort of wonderful magical treasure.  When I saw all the little boxes in the calendar, I knew they would make the most perfect draws for her to store her treasures in.  I chose to decorate the box in Lilac Avenue paper as they are just so very pretty and I wanted this to be a really girlie keepsake for her.  The photo was one I’d taken earlier of her in the garden, which prompted me to create a setting to suit that.  As there were lots of flowers on the paper, I didn’t have to look too far for what I could cut out and layer.  The rest of the setting I just drew and created myself.  This was such a fun piece to create….a little flight of fantasy……which Isabelle  absolutely adores!”


  • Doodle around the edges of the boxes and cut out pieces to add definition. Highlight with some glitter.
  • Add rubons to the draws / boxes to echo the sentiment of the piece.

3. Annual Calendar & storage, by Tanya Tahir

Materials: Rewind paper collection, die cut elements, embellishmetn pack, rub ons

Rewind - Tanya Tahir

Want to make an advent calendar yourself?

Check out our downloadable PDF instructions on our website – they’re FREE!

Have you made an advent calendar? What does it look like?

Post up a link to your creation below, and we’ll feature our favourites on a blog post tomorrow!! :)

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Alicia McNamara Christmas Specialty Papers Tutorials Videos Wonderland

WONDERLAND – Layout Tutorial

September 17, 2018

Believe in the Magic of Christmas
Layout Tutorial 

On Friday last week we showed you how to use the Advent Specialty Foil page on the obvious product – An Advent Calendar.  

Today Alicia McNamara will share with you how she made this gorgeous Christmas layout also featuring the same Specialty Foil Page, PS538 | Advent Silver Foil.

Check out the detail – how gorgeous is this?


PS538 | Advent Silver Foil

Watch this process video as Alicia takes you through how she made this layout so you can create something similar.

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

If you haven’t already picked up our gorgeous Wonderland collection don’t forget that you can buy it online here.

We’d love you to share with us some of your projects you create using this festive specialty page!

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Beyond the Page Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

September 14, 2018

Sleigh Advent Calendar

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on.  
Over the years Kaisercraft has been known for their awesome advent calendars and this year is no exception.

This year we have brought out a fun and funky Sleigh Advent in our Beyond the Page range.  
Team this product up with the Woodland Village Scene which can be displayed on it own, or incorporated onto the top of the sleigh for a gorgeous home decor piece that children (of any age) will love going back to day after day to see what treat is inside the little drawers.

To help take the guess work out when trying to work out how to decorate – we have included an advent specialty foiled page that coordinates with the Woodland collection.  The squares on this paper, when cut up, fit perfectly on the front of each drawer. All you have to do is cut strips of coordinating papers to cover the sides and then add one of these squares to the front of each. It doesn’t get much easier than this. All the numbers are silver foiled so that stand out.

PS538 | Advent – Silver Foil

When you purchase the sleigh it comes as the the stand alone project to create as below.  
You can cover the slots in the top layer with paper and fill the top layer with sweets and candy or even little presents

Click here to shop our Sleigh Advent Calendar online

SB2496 | Sleigh Advent Calendar


there is more….

You could also purchase our Woodland Scene – a little decor project in itself – and simply transfer the pieces that would normally sit in the provided base into the slots on the top of the sleigh to create the finished project showed at the beginning of this post.

Click here to shop our Woodlands Scene online

SB2497 | Woodland Scene


Watch the video below to see how easy it is to create one of these for yourself or download the instruction HERE.



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