Monday, 18 January 2010

Holiday Countdown Calendar

This is an idea that has been in my head for a while and I have finally done something about it!
Holiday Countdown It’s a Countdown to our Holiday Calendar for little ones ….
I made a sheet of days to go first (using Publisher and 2Peas High Tide font – free to download from 2 Peas in a Bucket  website). I thought 14 was about the most  days a child could manage their excitement!
Days to go sheet Sticker Pack
I cut a rectangle, using  firm card and covered it with DCWV self adhesive papers, plain and patterned and then backed it with a darker blue card for added strength. The waves are done in several wavy layers for texture and dimension.
Dates close up
I backed the days on navy and then silver card, leaving a very narrow border to give a bit of lift and shine.
The stickers were from Ryman's sale (last week) and were a bargain at 49p.
I added googly eyes to the sun and backed it on white card to strengthen it then glued it onto a small bull dog clip which holds the days in place.
Front of sunBack of sun 
I added a couple of clear flat backed gems to the fishes bubbles and a bit of faux stitching.
Boat close up
This is an idea that can be adapted for lots of other occasions for children like birthdays, parties, visits etc. It could also be used for an adult theme, like a countdown to retirement, a wedding or 40th birthday……
I will put my thinking cap back on and see what I can come up with, with these ideas in mind ….. watch this space.
These adhesive mat stacks save so much time, mess and fiddling when making projects that need covering like clipboards, notebooks, beer mats or cutting die shapes.  They cost around £6.99 and contain about 48 pages and are worth every penny.