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How to: Paper Advent Calendar Featuring Winter Wonderland

Posted by Graphic 45 11/24/2017 24 Comment(s) Home Decor,Tutorials,

Hello, G45ers!

 We are moving a bit slowly here at Graphic 45 after the Thanksgiving festivities here in the states and I bet some of you out there are right there with us. Today we have a timely Winter Wonderland DIY Papercrafting Advent Calendar by Magda Cortez to help ease us all into the day. This thoughtful creation would make a great gift for a loved one to hold them over until Christmas. Magda has included a SnapGuide tutorial to get you started on your own, just in time for the 1st.

Before we get crafting, it is time to announce this week's blog prize winner. The winner is....Robyn Marshall! Here is what Robyn had to say, "Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love it! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!" Congratulations, Robyn!

This week's prize package is a Place in Time - Deluxe Collector’s Edition, Home Sweet Home 12x12 Paper Pad,  Shabby Chic Metal Key Holes, Metal Door Plates & Knobs, and Ivory Mixed Media Album, an $80+ value.


DIY Advent Calendar

By Magda Cortez


Hi all, Me again! And today I’m going to share my Advent Calendar for 2018! I love the results!



For this project, I did a SnapGuide Tutorial and I hope you like it. It is super easy but time-consuming doing the 25 tiny boxes. Worth it!


Check out How to Advent Calendar by Magda Cortez on Snapguide.

Step by Step Tutorial to Creating Your Own Advent Calendar



For years and years, I've had those metal tags and today was the day I used them and I love it!



You don’t need to decorate a lot because we need the book to lay flat. The tiny tags with the numbers are enough and with the beautiful paper, we don’t need more!



For this project I used the Winter Wonderland and St. Nicholas Patterns & Solids paper collections!! They match perfectly!



For my cover I want something beautiful so I added lots of ribbons and a couple of Petaloo Flowers and ta- daaa!


You can make this beautiful Advent Calendar for your special person and fill it with lots of surprises. You are just on time! Thanks and have a wonderful day!

~Magda Cortez


Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Supplies:  

  • Petaloo Flowers

  • Other Embellishments from my stash


Four seasons Diary Stand G45 Collections Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 1.jpg

Four Seasons Diary Stand Tutorial

by Marina Blaukitchen


See full post here



1. Don’t be afraid to combine every collection; it’s very fun and makes your project unique!


2. Graphic 45 gives you all you need to make a wonderful work, with their lovely decorated papers, tags, borders, and other elements with which to create.


3. Mix paper and patterned or solid fabrics to get a cozy result. It is very easy to use strong glue as binding to cover with fabric.


Four Seasons Diary Stand Video Tour on YouTube


Thanks for joining for this creative holiday project by Brand Ambassador Magda. We hope it has inspired you to craft through your weekend. We'd love to hear all about your crafty holiday plans in the comments below. We will see you here next with with more inspiration and chances to win. 


Happy Papercrafting!  

24 Comment(s)

Kirsty Vittetoe:

What a fabulous post with beautiful ideas!

Kelly Stanoyevic:
11/24/2017, 01:00:35 PM

I love that you can mix some of the papers how beautiful.

Melanie Hermans:
11/24/2017, 12:15:04 PM

I totally like the paper advent calender. Would like to know how Magda made the little boxes.

Magda Cortez-Brand Ambassador:
11/24/2017, 01:52:22 PM

Hi Melanie.. I cut it with my Silhouette Cameo! I got the file from their store... but you can use any template from the web or make your own they are the ones are called match boxes :)

Melanie Hermans:
11/25/2017, 12:13:37 AM

Thank you for your answer Magda. I allready found some examples :)

11/24/2017, 12:15:52 PM

Beautiful design and a wonderful keepsake tradition for years to come!

Michelle Nettleton:
11/24/2017, 12:16:44 PM

This calendar is just amazing! The color combinations are fantastic! Love the overall feel.

11/24/2017, 12:37:57 PM

Thank you Marina and Magna for sharing these awesome ideas. Just barely enough time to start and finish an Advent Calendar, but I will give it my best shot.

Cheryl Wells:
11/24/2017, 12:45:49 PM

Love, love, love the Advent Calendar!!!!

Martie Rollin:
11/24/2017, 12:46:47 PM

I LOVE the concept of Christmas Countdown for my grandkids...such fun for all! LOVE all the G45 Santa.St. Nicholas images!!

11/24/2017, 12:47:13 PM

Such a fabulous idea! How can you not love Graphic 45!

Michele Lewis:
11/24/2017, 01:05:14 PM

I am definitely making this! Thank you Magda! I especially LOVE this paper collection!

Glenda Buster:
11/24/2017, 01:24:50 PM

Beautiful advent calendar. Thank you for the tutorial. Congrats to Robyn.

Theresa Bush:
11/24/2017, 01:54:55 PM

I love this Advent Calendar. Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial. Congrats Robyn on your great win.

Holly Hatch:
11/24/2017, 02:03:33 PM

Beautiful advent calendar tutorial. I also have to commend G45 on the quality of your papers. Not only are they beautiful, but they last so well when used for projects like the one shown here. Whenever I make something to give as a gift, the recipient usually tells me how beautiful it is because of the G45 paper I use. THANK YOU G45.

Sarah Hutchins:
11/24/2017, 02:26:17 PM

I just wondered, are the boxes glued to the cover or just the band around them? I can't see how they are attached to the cover.

Carol sanderson:
11/24/2017, 02:55:54 PM

Love this collection

11/24/2017, 04:33:21 PM

Such a cute idea! Children would love receiving a fun little present as they countdown to Christmas!

11/24/2017, 07:53:07 PM

Fantastic idea-I am definitely making one of these. Thanks for the tutorial.

Judy Phillips:
11/24/2017, 09:14:50 PM

Thank you for the beautiful album ideas - I love Home Sweet Home - is it available to purchase yet? Hopefully I'll win it! Love you guys!

Arianna Barbara:
11/25/2017, 02:26:08 AM

Wow! Wopnderful projects!!! Congrats Robyn!

Donnita K. Snowberger:
11/25/2017, 05:50:52 AM

Love it, love it, love it. Theses will make some kiddos day a litter brighter. Can't wait to start crafter these for friends and family.

Frances Perkins:
11/25/2017, 08:18:09 AM

Oh that is awesome

Jan G.:
11/25/2017, 11:45:44 AM

Absolutely LOVE the Advent folio calendar. What a great idea for my family to open. Thank you for the inspiration.

Janice Adams:
11/29/2017, 06:48:41 AM

Amazing !!! I love that you can mix Graphic 45 papers with other collections , I have the hardest time coordinating but you make it so easy !! Thank you G45

04/10/2018, 08:23:32 PM

I love this Advent calendar and want to get started on it. I need a little help- I don't know how to make the tiny boxes or how to attach them to the book. Can you help me? Thanks much!

04/12/2018, 02:20:58 PM

Can someone tell me how to attach the little boxes to the book? Thanks much

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