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After Christmas, Halloween is my next favourite seasonal celebration. Even ‘though my boys are now young men, I still get them Halloween goodies and decorate the house. The first they like, the latter they cringe at! I also have little nephews who love Halloween too. Now I don’t get to see my nephews nearly as often as I would like, so I like to find lots of treats to send them throughout the year. This year, I decided I would send them a Halloween countdown calendar.
I wanted to make a magnet type thing on a baking tray, but Mr Beez didn’t manage to do his bit and spray the tray black. So I thought I would make a little flip-over calendar with a page for each day from the first of October. Then I decided I would make them one each. No problems – that would be 62 little calendar pages plus 2 front covers and a little stabilising contraption so it would stand up!
I had a good supply of Halloween crafting stash – Graphic 45s Happy Haunting Collection, Echo Park Apothecary something or other and another Halloween collection by Pink Paislee. Naturally, it being Monday, some images and background papers came from the Graphics Fairy. To make life simple I decided to make each calendar identical, that way I could make two pages at a time and it would cut the thinking time down. The most tedious job was sticking all the background papers to the cardstock. I could have done with a heavy duty tape runner but had to make do with finger-lifted double sided tape.
I cut each card, added background paper and then punched two holes in the top. That just left me to decorate each one and then to add a number. The numbers were cut using my Silhouette Cameo and I also cut a few Halloween images to use as embellishments. In addition to the cardstock and papers I have used various ribbons, buttons, gems and sequins. Even a little bit of moss on the skeleton. All the cards are held together by 25mm book rings and I made a little stand to give it a bit more stability. (I’ve since removed this as it didn’t really seem to need it)
I’m going to show you the pages that used images and backgrounds from the Graphics Fairy first:
Here are the finished calendars:
And here’s all the pics:
I absolutely loved doing this, but it was madness to do it all at once. Another time I would do a few at a time and really go to town with the decorating and embellishing. However, I have a feeling that Freddie and Henry will love them!