Christmas Village was not that way. You can see my Bethlehem Village here. There were virtually no "directions" on how to make it fit together. You had two villages on one cart (the Middle Eastern/Bethlehem Village and the Victorian Village) and you had a bunch of boxes but no real idea about where they fit, what size they should be or how many you needed. It is a nice cartridge but it isn't intuitive like most of their carts and thus not easy to use. I think Robotz was similar but at least with that one you had everything you needed on one key and could work it out fairly quickly. That wasn't the case on Christmas Village. My other complaint about the cart is all of the figures have been made to stand up. If you want to put them on a scrapbook page, they will have a slit along the bottom. If Provo Craft would change the slit just a little, it could be hidden in Design Studio or with the Gypsy and then the uses multiply. Please, don't take this a slam against Provo Craft. I love my carts and I love using SCAL. Sometimes one is a better fit for what I want to do, sometimes another.
As tough as Christmas Village was, SVGCuts Advent Calendar was a breeze. They have a 15 minute tutorial online so you can watch one being put together. I think that made it more likely I would buy the file but it wasn't actually necessary once you started cutting the pieces out.
The bottom of the calendar is a plain square. If you don't change any of the dimensions (which you don't need to when importing it into SCAL) it will be 11.5 inches square. I made mine black.
Here are all of the pieces. The top 4 are the ones for the outer edge. The remainder of the pieces are the edges of each box.
As you can see, each box wall has the number on it so you can put it in the correct place on the calendar face. I had three sheets of 12 x 12 cardstock for the inner boxes alone. I must say these were very easy to fold, barely needed my bone folder and certainly didn't need my score board.
These are the two stacks I used for this project. The black was Recollections cardstock from Micheals. All of the other papers were from DCWV.
I inked all of the edges with ColorBox. I hope you like my final Advent Calendar of the year. I must say, I had a couple of ideas for additional calendars which I hope to make for next year. One would be using some of the Tim Holtz ideas to do tags on a big ring with a very grunge feel to it. I'm thinking it would be great for one of my 20 something brothers.
Thank you for looking at my latest creation. I hope you have enjoyed it or at least learned something.