Sunday, October 31, 2010
Happy Halloween everyone! I was so excited when I realized I got to post on Halloween. I saved this layout just for today's blog post!
I had the idea to journal about the story behind this photo in a sort of Fairy Tale Format. The journaling then inspired the rest of the layout.
I was looking through my stamps and punches to pull out things that might work on this layout and I saw my Tim Holtz On The Edge punch by Sizzix, the perfect punch for my layout.
I used it to punch the photo mat out of chipboard. I then inked it with Crushed Olive Distress Ink and misted it with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. I also used the same ink and mist on my journaling box. I let it dry completely before printing my journaling onto it.
Iridescent Gold is a great mist to have because it doesn't have a color to it, just the gold glimmer. You can use it on anything you have inked or already has color to get the glimmer effect. So, if you haven't tried misting because of the expense I'm here to let you know you will love it and you will get addicted but you won't have to break the bank. You can pick up a few basics like Iridescent Gold and Silver and you will be able to mist on project after project no matter what the color scheme.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I decided to pair one shot of my daughter peeking around a lightpost with three shots of her getting her face painted. With the purple in her costume and face paint, I backed everything with solid purple cardstock. I put the clock side of the Bewitching Hour paper behind the photos of her transformation from regular princess to butterfly princess and put a torn strip of Midnight Flight just above. I love using my old school label maker for the journaling strips and date. All I added was a collection of buttons and one of the cute flower accents from the Toil and Trouble line to finish it off.
thanks for stopping by!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Plan ahead! Dress them up early and take them outside for some pictures while it's still light out. Pose them in front of Halloween decorations or among the leaves that have been steadily falling into your yard. For example: spooky spiderwebs covering bushes, carved jack-o-lanterns, piles of candy, giant purple inflatable spiders (like a neighbor has)...
I learned this lesson the hard way. We were running late two years ago and all I got was a shot by the inside of our front door - not an attractive background at all! Last year I remembered. Whew!
And if you need an idea of what to do with your photos, here's my two-page layout for the month.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
How fun is this? While surfing through Teresa Collins’ website I came across this wonderful design. It was simple, yet elegant. I put a scary twist on the design by adding lots of fun embellishments and a “spooky” title.
The bat lamp post is a die cut I created using my Silhouette. The Silhouette design store had so many great Halloween themed designs that it was hard to choose. I wanted to put something fun against the more serious damask design of the paper.
I love using green as an accent color. It worked perfectly with my black and orange theme. The letters from Pink Paislee are beautifully glittered and come in great colors. My leaves are stamped using a leaf stamp from Heartfelt Creations and I used Memento Ink – Rich Cocoa to stamp the leaves.
Paper and “Happy Haunting” embellishment – The Girls’ Paperie and Prima
Ribbon – May Arts
Ink – Memento – Rich Cocoa
Flowers – Prima
Bat Lamp Post Die Cut – Silhouette
Stamp – Heartfelt Creations Swirly Leaf Stamp
Alphabet and small green flowers – Pink Paislee
Thanks for joining me today.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It's Wednesday! You know what that means? Yep, the Wednesday layout with a free embellishment. This week's layout features the Haunted paper line by My Mind's Eye. And the free element is this spooky little guy right here:
So stop by the store and pick up the papers and instructions for this layout and you get this spooky embellishment for free, while supplies last.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I was looking for other subjects to use with the fun Toil and Trouble line from The Girls' Paperie... and the bright happy colors of the circus were perfect. I cut the black and white side of Toil & Trouble into strips to use as my border. I mitred the corners and made sure not to use any strips with an obvious skeleton or spider on them. I cut a couple of scalloped circles from the green side of Writing on the Wall (this is my favorite paper) using some of the Nestabilities dies and my Cuttlebug. I love the Nestabilities die sets and they give fabulous results! Inside the circles I used the lined side of Bewitching Hour to hold the "3" that starts my title and to leave a space for some journaling when I get around to writing it (no pun intended!). For my embellishments I used some of the fun layered flowers from Sassafrass lass and some black and yellow bling.
thanks for stopping by!
Friday, October 22, 2010
There was lots of stamping going on to create this layout. First I used some of the stamps from the Tattered Angels ~Tattered Traveler stamp set. These stamps are so neat. The set comes with 25 stamps which can be used separately or they can be layered together to create new designs.
I used the pocket watch stamp as the outer stamp and the month/date inner stamp together to make the embellishment in the upper left corner of my layout. I just wanted the circle so I cut off the dial of the pocket watch to make it just a circle which incidentally adds yet another creative option with these stamps!
To make the embellishment in the lower right corner of my photo I first stamped the clock face stamp from this same set on my cardstock. I covered it with crackle paint and once it was completely dry I used Distress Ink ~Antique Linen~ over the top to make the crackle effect stand out a bit more.
The three cards along the bottom are made with other Halloween themed stamps I've picked up over the years. In order to create some symmetry among these images I cut the cardstock squares to the same size and inked all of them with Jet Black StazOn ink around the edges. Finally I added my title "Halloween" along the bottom of the center card and tucked my journaling card behind the photo.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I am teaching a new class that is up at ScrapbooksPlus if you want to come check it out! Come join me for some spooky fun!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
First, I had picked up some gold wire at ScrapbooksPlus last month. After looking at it for a month, I decided to string black beads and make a spider web for the cover. I inked the acrylic cover with several colors of alcohol ink, stamped with orange Stazon and added a large grungeboard key painted black.
Here's a close-up of the cover. You can see the orange stamped webs under the beads.
You can see the entire book in the store this month - I'll just post my favorite pages here. I left lots of room for photos and ephemera from all of our activities this month.
Here's the first full page - the tag shows through the cover. The chipboard branch was painted black before I added a layer of rock candy crackle paint. And, of course, generous inking all around the edges.
On this page I made a small photo mat then added an embellishment grouping. I love these Halloween tickets - and you can only get them at ScrapbooksPlus. I've also got a crepe paper flower from The Girls' Paperie. I made the pin using this tutorial, Tim Holtz memo pins and a bit of Glossy Accents.
This page is embossed grungeboard made using a Tim Holtz Alterations texture fade. The key is from Kaisercraft, painted black. And on the backside of the grungeboard....
... is this page. I used a bit of ribbon and a fabric sticker.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thanks for joining me today.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Instead of three squares of paper or three photos on the left-hand side I opted for a line of large embellishments -- Sassafras Lass chipboard flowers -- accented by ribbon. This ribbon is super light and easy to adhere. I used a bit of American Crafts This to That and lightly folded and crumpled the ribbon as I lay it down on the paper.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I love to paint the outside of each page (orange in this case) were it would be easier then covering it with paper. Plus it gives each page a finished look.
Next time instead of making a few two-page layouts for an event (in this case a birthday) try a small chipboard or acrylic album. It really takes no time at all when you have all the photos and you use the same paperline.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
As I was working on my layouts this month... and tiring of the purple costumes (how did dear daughter end up in almost the exact same shade two years in a row?)... I came across several photos that my husband took of our daughter and her freshly made pigtails. The photos aren't fall-ish or Halloween-inspired, but the reddish background and green ponytail holders work with the color scheme.
I started with three photos, but I had a lot of journaling strips. I love using a regular old label maker for my journaling... it's fun, easy, and legible... and doing journaling by hand often is not any of those things. :) I ended up eliminating one of the photos to make room for everything. The cutie butterflies are Flora Doodles by Petaloo and work perfectly with the theme. A few buttons, a scrap of ribbon and some kraft journaling spots from Basic Grey finish it off.
thanks for stopping by!
PS. Stop by later this month to see how I used skeletons and spider with my circus pics!
Monday, October 11, 2010
These Halloween cards came together so quickly. I absolutely loved this month's kit. All the papers were so fun to play with and embellish. I actually ran back into the store to buy more ribbon and embellishments.
For the pumpkin card I cut out a pumpkin with my cricut and embellished the face. For the monster card I used "Mini Monsters" cartridge to cut out the card base and card. I made a paper ribbon, stickled it and then placed an embellishment on top. For the eyes I used some of my kid's googly eyes - what is a halloween monster without googly eyes? TFL.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
I put my Silhouette to work to create the bat, spiders and webbing. I painted each die cut with black stickles to create a beautiful shine. I then mounted each spider and the bat using foam squares.
The tags and scalloped circles were created using Spellbinder dies. I used a 2” circle punch for the smaller photos. The lettering is from Pink Paislee. They have the most wonderful glittered alphabet!
Patterned Paper - The Girls’ Paperie, Bo Bunny
Spiders, Web and Bat Die Cut – Silhouette
Tag Die Cut - Spellbinders
Stamp – American Crafts
Alphabet – Pink Paislee
Punches – Martha Stewart Crafts
Crystals - Prima
Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink – Black Soot
Thanks for joining me today.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
In order to bring some unity to the layout, black was used with the Around the Block label maker to make the picture labels. The green side of Toil & Trouble from the Girls' Paperie line was used as the base with areas of Writing on the Wall between the pictures. The pictures are mounted on Bewitching Hour . Green strips and 1/4" black strips were place to teach outer side to frame the layout.
Other decorative elements included a flower in our kit made with strips of paper & button. In order to bring this into the other side of the layout & have an odd number, I made two similar ornaments with string laced through Basic Grey buttons.
This week’s make and take created by Robin Shakoor features the beautiful Olivia Collection from Bo Bonny. This week you will get to work with chipboard stickers and journaling sheets. You will receive a free element along with easy to follow step by step instructions from the designer with the purchase of your kit.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I used a cobweb stamp from Tim Holtz and stamped in wild honey distress ink, also inking the edges of the paper.
For this one I added a couple of black chipboard circles I had lying around, a few googly eyes, these uber-cool Halloween tickets you'll find only at ScrapbooksPlus, and a flocked vinyl sticker from My Mind's Eye (part of their Haunted collection).
And finally, I had this picture of a ghost decoration we hung from our tree last year. I decided to add another My Mind's Eye flocked vinyl sticker and a bit of paper.