Today, I’m sharing a vintage “Countdown 2 Christmas” book that will hold all of my holiday memories until Christmas. The book showcase numerous Papertrey Ink products, but it features Countdown to Christmas and Countdown Details designed by Heather Nichols. The new products will be available October 15th at 10 pm EST. Now, here are some photos of the book.
I picked up a vintage poetry book from my local used book store and painted it with gesso, added some ribbon, and customized the cover with Block Alphabet Upper Letter die cuts, By the Numbers die, and stamps. You can find year stamps in the Library Ledger Additions set.
Here is a photos of the book’s pages, which was inspired by a book by Maggie Holmes. I cut lots of pages out of the book and adhered multiple pages together to make durable pages. I also stitching the pages together.
Edited to Add: The pages are stitched along the outside edges wo keep them from coming open and for aesthetics! The sewing machine does not reach the spine (mine didn’t). I also secured the pages with some fabric tape to make sure they didn’t fall out. Another commonly asked question – How long did it take – about 8 hours. Not too bad for a full day’s worth of work!
Each page represents a day closer to December 25th and a place to hold special memories. Similar to an art journal, I painted some pages with acrylic paints and others with gesso. I used Framed Out #9 die to hold the number 1 and the Library Pocket die to hold a tag for December 2nd.
For December 3rd, I stamped Background Basics: Striped Sweater and Peaceful Pinecones. The page is pretty basic and ready to hold journaling and photos. Day 4 includes lots of tags with ribbons.
I combined the design for Days 5 & 6. Painted some circles and stamped the rest. I added a little fun banner with new stamps from Countdown Details.
Day 7 holds a Framed Out #9 die cut with Countdown to Christmas stamps on Tag 6 die cut.
Day 8 showcases a calendar stamp from Countdown Details. I also used a bit of decorative stamps from Over Under Easy on Mat Stack 5 die cut. The ribbon is by May Arts.
Day 9 holds Mat Stack 3 die cut with more Countdown to Christmas stamps. Day 10 showcases Snowflake Flurries stamps and die cut.
This little stamp will be perfect for showcasing a wish list!
I stamped some diagonal stripes on the upper left corner and added some stars. Used a banner border on Day 12. The patterned paper is by Authentique.
After painting the page, I added filigree border die cuts to the center and some decorative tape.
Modern Number die cuts hold Day 15. Day 16 uses a Fabulous Frame die cut and a Count Your Blessings sentiment die cut.
I combined designs for Days 17 & 18 by adhering a large doily to the center and some washi tapes. I also added a mistletoe die cut.
Stamped a few snowflakes and added a paper bag and a damask snowflake to hold Day 20.
Another Fabulous Frames die cut holds “December” and “21” is on a Snowflake Flurries die cut. I also used a Half & Half die down the center.
Painted some stripes on Day 24 and stamped some sentiments for both days.
For Christmas Day, I left it pretty open by only adding patterned paper and stamping the calendar and some candy canes.
Let your creativity soar with Countdown to Christmas and Countdown Details to make cards as well! I used Countdown Details to make this fun card. I just love that circle polka dotted stamp. It (along with others in the set) can be used year-round (LOVE THAT)!
I stamped the snowflake image over top the polka dots in fine linen ink to make a simple background design. To make it a bit fun, I stamped “25” in the centers.
I die cut the tree (Layered Postmarks: Holiday) from simply chartreuse cardstock and stamped the sentiment in the center. I also die cut the little star from the Believe coordinating dies. The card measures 3.5″ x 5.5″. Very simple, but a fun way to invite your family and friends to your home for a festive party or get together!
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