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Photo Frame Hanging Advent Countdown Calendar – Lori Whitlock Blog Hop

Welcome to the Lori Whitlock Blog Hop!  Be sure to follow the hop list at the bottom of this post so you can see all of the crafty project ideas!

As I began working on this project, I realized just how useful it would be for our family.  The main reason?  My daughter is away at college and we can start counting down the days until she comes home for a visit.  It’s so nice to get a visual on that by flipping each day as a countdown, especially for my two younger children who are still at home.  Who am I kidding?  Especially for me.  LOL!  I left the center blank so you can imagine filling it in with any occasion that is special to you.

Silhouette Designer Edition Software – Screen Shot

Who needs more time?  Raise your hand.  I know!  Me too.  So, that’s why I decided to make this project a print and cut.  I designed six different days (to start) and all I have to do to change up the look is drop in new digital paper and change out the numbers.  Excuse me a second while I high five myself…and probably miss my own hands.  LOL!

Here’s the whole recipe

(aka…what I used to make this)

Days Until (Days Until heading and brackets)
Life Cards Assortment (Scalloped shaped card in middle)
4 Frames (All cards except the middle ones)
Number Set 1-10 (don’t miss the other available number sets too)

Hardware: 2 metal binder rings and an IKEA frame.

Now when it comes to the paper I used, that’s digital paper Lori had available last year.  I wanted to use Lori’s new digital papers and even make a “Days Until” for Thanksgiving but I had some computer issues and had to go with this.  So what I’m saying is…check out these papers I’d intended on using: Christmas Day and the super cute Fall Fling.

I added those little holes at the top in the design so I wouldn’t have to hand punch each one.  This is a great way to make sure everything lines up.  YAY to that!

Cameo or Silhouette Software Questions?  Check out these helpful posts.

Time for a Give Away!

To be eligible for a chance to win a $10 gift card to Lori Whitlock’s shop, leave a comment on this post telling me what special event you are counting down to.  I’ll list the winner on this post on November 27.


Yvonne Morentin says:
NOVEMBER 21, 2012 AT 5:46 PM
I am counting down the my baby girl’s Birthday… she will turn 18 on Dec 13th… Then comes my baby boy… he will 17 on Jan 5 … and then my first baby… he will be 21 on Feb 18th… so from this moment on… it’s party on the brain… LOL…

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  1. Love the project! I’m counting down to Christmas with my grandchildren. They make the holidays so much fun!

  2. Love this idea. I know what you mean about creating it for yourself! LOL….but why not. LOL.

  3. What a great idea!!! My daughter is also away at college and we are on the countdown in our house till she comes home for Christmas – she’s too far away to come home for Thanksgiving break 🙁

    1. Awww, Christine! 🙁 Well, Christmas is right around the corner so she’ll be here before you know it! 🙂 I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope she does too.
      Super Hugs,

  4. crystalsnap says:

    Love this idea!!! Awesomeness as usual!!!

  5. Awww, I just love this count down calendar!! I would totally use this for my kids birthday.. Thanks for the chance to win..

    Scrappy hugs,
    Amanda :0)

  6. SusanFromSC says:

    Love, LOVE, LOVE, Lori Whitlock’s creations AND digital paper!! I’m learning more and more every day about using my Silhouette Cameo! I’ve got a Silhouette Portrait on my Christmas list! The countdown calendar is awesome! My children are 23 and 27, but they STILL love the magic of Christmas when they come home for the holidays. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, Joy!!

  7. This is just adorable Joy! I have a Cameo on my “wish list”!

  8. I just low this idea! Thank you for sharing your craftiness with us!
    Happy thanksgiving !

  9. Oops LOVE loVe LovE !! Is what I meant

  10. I might have to make one for the my desk at school.

  11. My 6 year old daughter would love this to count down to Christmas! Thanks for the cute idea!

  12. Soo Cute! Love it! Merry Christmas!

  13. I love this. My daughter is 22 and still loves to count down to Christmas. So that is what we are counting down to but i am also counting down to Thanksgiving, a short count, and seeing family! Thanks so much. Great idea.

  14. sueremembers says:

    I’ve already ordered the red frame because I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing

  15. Super cute!! I’m glad I found you…looks like you’re a Silhouette goddess. I’ll be back for some “lessons.”

  16. Cool idea!!! A brilliant way to help the little ones (and mommy) to count down for something exciting 🙂

  17. Love this idea! Especially when you are working with limited space. Adorable.

  18. Lisabarrie says:

    Such a cute idea and especially the bright red stand. It really makes the whole thing pop.

  19. SnippetsByMendi says:

    All your little comments totally crack me up! The flip card idea is so cute and creative. Love that you made it a print and cut design too! 🙂

  20. This is so cute!! I love the colors and such a great project. I love Lori’s files!
    Deb C

  21. This would be fantastic for a child’s bedroom! Love it. I am really counting down the days until friends and co-workers holiday get togethers.

  22. Love, love, love it! I’m counting down to Christmas, of course. I should probably be counting down shopping days left until the kids are out of school. 😉

  23. Such a cool idea! I would countdown to our family holiday start date of Dec 21st

  24. What a great Advent countdown and a great way to countdown until your daughter gets home from college. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. nataliegraham says:

    love it, and thanks for the tutorial…

  26. margievisnick says:

    I love this countdown calendar-looks great!

  27. Such a cute idea! I wish I knew how to do more digitally… I’ll make it one of my goals for the coming year. Thanks for the give-away!

  28. Seeing our grand babies!!!
    Woo woo!!!!

  29. Love this idea. I may just have to make one. My countdown is Christmas Day when all my family will be together and enjoying each others’ company and really celebrating what Christmas is all about.

  30. Very cute countdown calendar. I am counting down to Christmas Eve when the family comes over.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  31. I LOVE your countdown frame!! So cute!
    I am counting down to a different kind of Thanksgiving this year. My family is all spread over the country out this year, so we will be spending it with the most awesome friends God could give us!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    ~Krista J.

  32. meredeEnA says:

    Thanks for sharing how you made this! It’s such a wonderful idea and I love how you blended so many different types of files together!

  33. Very cute countdown!

  34. Love that you made it a print and cut – anything to save time!

  35. So cute and practical. I love Lori’s shop!

  36. Great idea as always!!!!!! Love reading your blog!!

  37. I will be counting down to Christmas. I made two calendars similar to this with white Ikea frames last year for my grandchildren but I had to hand cut and punch all my pieces. Yours is very cute and it’s great that your machine does all the tedious work for you. Thanks for the chance to win the gift certificate.

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