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Make It : Advent / Birthday Calendar

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Last year I shared with you that I've been making advent calendars for my mom's birthday for many years. Her birthday is November 25, so it's the perfect present, as it is so close to Christmas. Every day she gets to open an envelope with photos of her grandkids . . . it's just a bit difficult to come up with new ideas for how to package those every year. An additional challenge is that she travels a lot during those 30 days from her birthday to Christmas, so the calendar needs to be portable yet pretty. But I think I managed to come up with a good idea again. What do you think?!

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It folds down to a small 'book,' but open it is quite decorative. And this is how I packaged it with some other goodies, thinking she could enjoy a nice granola breakfast while she opens her photos every morning:

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A happy red tray and bowl, a pom-pom branch like I did in this year's Thanksgiving story, and my rubber stamp idea from the Barks & Brittle story (works for granola, too) complete the package. Happy Birthday, Mami!

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The finished calendar, folded and held together.

1 The finished calendar, folded and held together.

Cut a sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes paper in half lengthwise, score the bottom three inches, and fold up.

2 Cut a sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes paper in half lengthwise, score the bottom three inches, and fold up.

Attach several pieces to one another with pretty tape to create one very long piece, and fold up the scored part.

3 Attach several pieces to one another with pretty tape to create one very long piece, and fold up the scored part.

Score and fold every 4 1/2.

4 Score and fold every 4 1/2.

Pull rubber bands around each fold. Think of it as the spine of a book.

5 Pull rubber bands around each fold. Think of it as the spine of a book.

It can stand like this.

6 It can stand like this.

Or lay down like that.

7 Or lay down like that.

Each part you had folded up now acts like a pocket. All you need to do is put photos in envelopes and slide in.

8 Each part you had folded up now acts like a pocket. All you need to do is put photos in envelopes and slide in.

Wrap with a twine or ribbon.

9 Wrap with a twine or ribbon.

Happy Birthday!

10 Happy Birthday!

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