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countdown to grandma's birthday

It's my mother-in-law's birthday at the end of the month, and there is nothing she likes more than photos of her children and grandchildren. We usually put together an album of some sort, but after seeing this post over at The Crafts Dept. blog by my friend Silke (stylist, extraordinaire.. and one of the nicest girls you will ever meet), I was sold.

First, you have to buy this photo holder. It will set you back about $20. Then you need 28 assorted photos, half vertical and half horizontal. The photo holder comes filled with plain white cardstock when it arrives, pull those out and insert your photos.. one in each spot. To save a little paper (and the hassle of cutting my own) use the paper the holder came with for the numbers (I just inserted mine into my inkjet printer, which can handle 4x6 sheets).

When you're done, each spot has a photo behind a number card. And on each day of the month, Grandma will pull out the number card to see the photo. Every day she'll have a new photo to unveil. And at the end of the month, a whole panel of photos to enjoy. Grandma's birthday is on the 26th, so we had two extra spots where we said "Happy Birthday Grandma" and "We love you!".

I know my mother-in-law will love seeing all the photos of her smiling grandchildren each day, and then after her birthday she has a nice little photo holder she can swap photos into and out of as she sees fit. Happy birthday Grandma! (and thank you Silke!)

Note: You can download the number files I used here and here. The photo holder only holds 28 numbers, so you're out of luck if your birthday is on the 30th!

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genius! She's gonna absolutely love it, though I'm not sure I'd have the patience to wait for each new day before unveiling the photos of grandkids. I would most certainly have to sneak a peek, but it would be no less cherished.

01.13.2010 | Unregistered Commentertrish

i love love love this idea. so sweet!

This is so adorable. We have lots of birthdays in March & April and now I know what to do...thanks Brooke! Anyway you could share the file for the numbers? By the way, I made the Christmas tags for the holidays and everyone loved them and I passed on your blog to many!!!

01.13.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

i love this! great idea. maybe this is the next birthday present for my mother ;)!

01.14.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdani

What a fantastic idea - love the colours and font you chose for the numbers, too!

01.14.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCitricSugar

FANTASTIC IDEA! Absolutely sensational!!!!

01.18.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatherinemarie

Thank you so much for sharing this! It is wonderful. I have just made a similar one for my girlfriend as a countdown calendar for our summer holiday in Italy. We have been there 4 times the last 3 years so I used pictures from our previous vacations. Thanks again :)

07.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterNorway

I just wanted to let you know I am featuring this on my site on Saturday. Thanks for the awesome idea...even though you were inspired by another.

02.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeckie

can't find the 4x6 photo holder an ideas?

05.10.2014 | Unregistered Commenterginger

Hello! Thank you for sharing such a cute idea! With our first kiddo, I am excited to begin giving a little more personal items to grandparents and this is too cute! I tried to find the photo holder and couldn't locate it on the website you liked to. Could you pass along the item name or number to help me search for it? Please and thank you!

11.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTeachin' Mama

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