Fabulous Five by Alison Day Designs

Two Anna’s, Two Elsa’s and a Monster

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Make it Monday - pinkWelcome to Make it Monday! You may be coming from Alice’s site where she has three tips for sharing memories of Halloween from childhood.

Did you play the Frozen Trick Or Treat drinking game last year?

You know, the one where every time an Anna, Elsa, Kristoff or Olaf showed up at your door you took a drink? No?

Probably a good thing. Just going by how many were in our school’s Halloween Parade, it could have been quite the game in our neighbourhood!

Today I have created a layout about my three daughters going out on Halloween night with my bestie’s two daughters. Five girls in all and we had two Anna’s and Two Elsa’s.

Yep. That really happened. Continue reading »


Halloween Hair by Alison Day Designs

Snack Bags for Crafty Types

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 Fall leaf by Alison Day DesignsHello October!

Can you believe it? Where did September go?!

The calendar says we’ve left summer behind but around these parts the sun is shining, the afternoons are warm, and I want to soak up every last ounce of that precious Vitamin D before it disappears for months.

(I may be in denial that socks are now required, flip flops are a wee bit too open to wear 24/7, and the heat may need to get turned on soon.)

Sigh.

But now that it’s officially October and Fall, I guess it’s perfectly acceptable to post about all things Thanksgiving and Halloween. Right? That’s the rule, isn’t it? No white after Labour Day and no Halloween talk until October 1st? Guess I’ve already broken that rule as I shared something last week that you could make and give away this Halloween to kids in your child’s class or at a party.

Today I have another take on the Halloween Snack Bag but this time it’s for you! Continue reading »


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Trick or Treat? It’s Up to You

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Welcome to the Scrapping our Stash monthly Blog Hop!

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

You may be arriving from Lee-Anne’s site. If not, don’t worry. Keep reading and simply follow the link at the end of this post to join in on the rest of the hop.

As a mom I refuse to entertain any talk about Halloween until the calendar rolls over into October. As an Etsy shop owner however, I need to be more open to forward thinking shoppers! Boo Humbug! So, for the past few weeks I’ve been madly immersing myself in all things black, orange, and decidedly spooky. Continue reading »


Pinspiration Friday

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One of my favourite posts as a Designer for Practical Scrappers is when we are asked to create something inspired by a pin we saw on Pinterest. Today we’ve got some great Fall ideas for you from our boards.

I went about this a bit backwards this time. I knew what I wanted to make so went looking for how I should make it. Usually I just surf Pinterest til the inspiration light bulb goes off! I found a number of images and took inspiration from all of them. Instead of showing you my inspiration pin, I’ve got an inspirational collage for you today. Just click on the image to be taken to my Pinterest Board.

Pinterest Inspiration for Practical Scrappers

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Wicked Witch a layout by Alison Day

A Quick Share

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This morning in my Facebook feed was the Free Miss Kate Cuttables Freebie of the Day and I had to snap it up! Check it out HERE. If you’re reading this on Monday then sorry, I was just too slow creating my layout. 🙁 It should be in the 50 cent store though and well worth it too!

Using my Gossamer Blue kit and one of the spider web overlays (that I’d resized to fit my 12×12″ paper), I created this.

Wicked Witch a layout by Alison Day Continue reading »


Practical Scrappers: 10 Ways to Use Embossing Powder

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Today, over at Practical Scrappers, we’re sharing 10 ways to use Embossing Powder. Make sure you head over to the site to check out all the great ideas our Design Team is sharing with you!

I decided to create my own background paper with it. Here is my layout.

I took a Stampin’ Up! stamp (Flowering Flourishes) and created the pattern by alternating the orientation of the stamp. Once I’d stamped the whole page, I sprinkled the embossing powder over all the stamped images  and that way was able to emboss the entire page at once. 

Here you can see the shine the embossing powder gives the paper. If you have flocking powder, this would be a really fantastic technique to try!

And this is a better shot of the detail of the stamped images. I meant to take a picture of the paper before I added everything else on top but … ah well. At least you can get an idea of how the whole page looks!

I decided to take the embossing theme and really run with it by creating these blocks of dry embossed card stock to my layout. I used 4 different folders – lattice, woodgrain, chevron and vintage wallpaper. 

The stamp set is a really old Martha Stewart set that I found in my stash.
Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to check out the other Design Team projects on the Practical Scrappers blog today!


Hallowe’en Mini Album for Practical Scrappers

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I posted a lot of pictures of this Hallowe’en Mini over at Practical Scrappers – I hope you are following us over there! We’ve got our spook on lately – did you see Kerri’s wreath from yesterday? ROCKING!!! Check it out here.
As I said in my other post, I got the original idea for this mini from a self-paced workshop called The Boo! Book over at Big Picture Classes. This was over 2 years ago and the instructions and materials have sat untouched in my stash since then! Yikes, eh? As a part of my One Little Word (there’s another project that hasn’t had it’s proper attention!) I have been focusing on my Scrapbooking this year. I’ve done a pile of layouts that I am really proud of! So many memories and stories put down on paper which makes me so happy!! Well, now there are a few more memories in the can!!
Without further ado, here is my All Hallows Eve Memories mini.

The letter stickers are Jenny Bowlin (from 2 years ago!!), the washi tape is new (Teresa Collins) and the buttons are from my stash.

The metal frame was in my stash and I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it. I really like the added vintage feel it gives to this album. The orange letter tiles are new Studio Calico.
Okay, now to the inside spreads. I used Jenni Bowlin large Bingo cards (also 2 years old) and backed them with patterned paper (old MME – Spider’s Web).
2004 
“Marley’s 1st Hallowe’en. Greg took her “trick or treating” to a few neighbours in the townhouse complex on 57th. Marley used an old black handbag as a loot bag. We ate her candy!”
Wasn’t she just the cutest little lady bug you’ve ever seen? Hard to remember her that small!
2005 
“We made the Ladybug costume fit for another year, got a real loot bag, put up some decorations and generally got “into” Hallowe’en a but more. Marley may look nervous (on the left) but she quickly got the hang of things!”
2006 
I was attempting to give the impression of a full moon with the circle of card stock and all the gems. 

“We added Paige to the fun this year. She also made a cute ladybug! Marley decided to be a cowgirl with her pink (Mark’s Work Wearhouse) cowboy hat! Marley was very into the treat getting this year. Paige not so much!”

2007 

More old Jenni Bowlin products – this time the black buttons. 
Below I took a piece of black card stock and ripped one edge before attaching the tag to it. The orange arrow is a Studio Calico sticky note that I doodled on.

“The Princess and the Ladybug – First year in our new house. We had over a hundred kids come by and Marley got her first “real” taste of what a trick-or-treating haul can be!”
2008 
I also got the mini Hallowe’en Bingo cards! I was keen!! The black tile letters are Jenni Bowlin mini chalkboard alphas – also 2 years old. Not sure why I’m telling all this but hey, I’m a sharer! Similar products are still available if you are keen to make something like this for your own family memories!

I took the girls to The Great Big Boo this year so these pictures were taken just before we went into the show. They were not taken on Hallowe’en night but are the cutest shots of my kids in their costumes from that year!

2009 

A Panda, a Fairy and Hannah Montana!

“This year Christine (a.k.a LC) joined the Trick or Treating fun. The Ladybug costume had been donated so LC got to be a Panda Bear. Griffin’s birthday is Oct 28 so we had a pre-trick or treating party for him. Going out with the cousins made the experience super fun for all!”
2010 

Another pre-trick or treating birthday party for Griffin. Greg’s sister and their cousin both lived in neighbourhoods that were not super family friendly so coming to our candy rich subdivision was a good deal for them. They’ve since moved to better neighbourhoods so we don’t do these parties any more. Kind of miss them!

“This year we had a Chicken, a Princess and Hannah Montana came back again. So cute!”
2011

“The Good Fairy. Kitty Cat. Wicked Witch.”

I didn’t do any journalling but did include pictures from a new activity the girls got to do last year. Friends nearby had a fire pit going with marshmallows and sparklers. It made for a late night (and a school night to boot!) but the girls are already asking if we are going to do it again this year!

Well there you have it. My new Hallowe’en mini. I’ve got plenty more Bingo cards and papers etc so I can add to it over the next few years. I finished it off with some ribbon strands – not something I normally do but I quite like it on this!
Thanks for coming by today. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I’ve got more scrapping plans for the rest of this weekend – hope I can get to them!