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).
“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!
“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!”
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!”


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!”
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!


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!”

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!”

“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! 

Halloween layout for Get Picky

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I know, I know! Spring is just around the corner so why am I scrapping Halloween? Because I can!! LOL!
Actually, it wasn’t on my table to scrap. I did not wake up yesterday and say “I’ve got to get those Halloween pictures down on paper today!” But … somehow it happened anyway!

I am a couple days behind with LOAD so I was working on the prompt for Day 22 which was “holidays”. Our LOAD Scrapper on the Street, Dani did a layout about Halloween and I felt the pieces of my layout fall into place. Thanks Dani!! I was also able to combine a couple other challenges into it, namely Apron Strings Bake Your Cake challenge and Get Picky’s sketch challenge.

Here’s the sketch I used (loosely!)

And here’s my layout.

I thought I’d use some leftover Halloween papers but I couldn’t find any – I guess I used them up already. What I do have plenty of (kind of hording it ‘cus I love it so much!) is the Spice Cake DSP from the Holiday mini (discontinued now – I checked the Clearance Rack of my On-line store but it’s not there … yet?) 

To create the title I used 3 different stamp sets – Jayne’s Type AlphabetJust Perfect Alphabet and Calendar Alphabet & Numbers. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get them perfectly aligned. (I totally meant to do that! Sigh. Clearly I need some practice!) The leaves were stamped using the Gently Falling stamp set (also from the Holiday mini so now discontinued – hopefully they bring it back for next year as it is a great set!) 

To add some distinctly Halloween elements I used 4 stamps from the Out on a Limb stamp set. This pumpkin one – 3 goofy pumpkins for my 3 goofy girls!

This little black cat for my little kitty.

And this little witch for my little witch. The broom and the witch are two different stamps – having the clear mount stamps means you can line them up to create a scene with ease (no Stamp-a-ma-jig required!)
Oh, and a quick comment on the jagged trim piece anchoring my pictures. This is an example of why I never throw anything away. This was a scrap that was created when I made the giant rosette for this layout. I saw it in my scrap bag and felt the jaggedness complimented my layouts theme.

I added bling in several locations in the form of Basic Rhinestones. I scattered some of the large ones in among the leaves and then used the small rope rhinestones two ways. One was under the kitty, in a straight line. The other you can see here – I curved it as I was sticking it down to create glittery swirls. The organic shape compliments the leaf cluster. 
My Apron Strings cake had bling as one of my ingredients (Sprinkles) so I was glad to incorporate it so cleverly here.
Finally, an apology. For using so many discontinued items. It was totally not my intention and to be honest I didn’t even notice until I was writing this post and trying to link to the products. I am sure that all scrappers out there can attest to having older product in their stashes so please forgive me for trying to use mine up. I think a good take away tip for you is that products that are non-themed can still be used effectively on a themed layout. The Spice Cake DSP and the Gently Falling stamp set are most definitely NOT Halloween themed but the colours are a good match and when mixed with few Halloween stamps and some great pictures of kids in costume, they work well for this kind of layout.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping Everyone!

Too Sweet For Treats

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Just a quick post to get my latest scrapping creation submitted before the deadline. I’ll come back after dinner and add details. It’s for Sketchy Thursday’s latest sketch which I instantly fell in love with and can see myself using over and over! This was Marley’s first Hallowe’en party with her baby group. It was quite the experience!! Enjoy!
I’m back – Happy Canada Day!! I don’t normally add which materials I used but I think it’s something I’m going to start doing so ….
Paper: yellow & green – Jillibean Soup chicken broth & sliced bacon; black – from Recollections Hallow’en pad
Pumkin candy bowl sticker – Jolee’s by You dimensional stickers.
Cordouroy flowers – MyHouse Corduroy Craft Fair by American Crafts
White Alphas – Recollections (they weren’t really showing up too well so I added the black marker with my Copic marker.)
Journalling sticker – Remarks journalling stickers book by American Crafts (Journalling Veggies in Chestnut & Leaf)

Scrapping Challenges

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I’ve been very fortunate lately to win a couple Blog Candy giveaways on the Scrapbooking sites I like to stalk … errr … check frequently for more great ideas. 🙂 So I figured it was high time I actually entered some of their fantastic challenges. Give back so to speak.
I have been working on the following two pages all week trying to make various deadlines. What with 3 kids to take care of and my homework for BCIT plus all the various other tasks that are involved in daily life, I usually manage to get about 5 minutes of scrapping in at one time. So slowly over the past week, those 5 minutes have added up to equal two finished pages!!
Knowing that it would likely take me some time to complete a page, I figured I’d better make pages that could fit the criteria for several challenges at once. There is no way I’d ever have the time to make a new page for each of the challenges I follow!!

This one is for the Page Maps Challenge you can find here, as well as the Colour Challenge over at Design Dollies AND the TEXTURE challenge at Studio Calico. Phew! The paper is from the Halloween pack from Recollections with coordinating ribbon, 3-D and flat embellishments. I mounted the picture of Marley and Paige on some orange cardstock from my stash and did the journalling on a scrap piece of green also from my stash. The picture is from Halloween last year – Marley and Paige about to head out the door to Trick or Treat in our neighbourhood. So cute!

This picture is for both the Scrapsketch, Sketch #172 Challenge and the Pattern Challenge at Design Dollies. I used two patterns from the above mentioned Halloween pack from Recollctions plus a Bronze textured paper from Making Memories Autumn Splendor pack and a Black and White stripe from Me & My Big Ideas Black & White Butterfly collection. These pictures were taken last year when I took the girls to The Great Big Boo. This was actually the first time both girls were “allowed” to wear their costumes and Paige did so well. The Hallowe’en before she was freaked out of her Ladybug costume and wanted it off almost as soon as we put it on. It was pretty hard to get photos of her she was so anxious to get that costume off!! So Greg and I were pleasantly surprised to have her so happy in her Kitty costume. In fact, it was hard to get it off her!! I love these pictures of Marley. I think she looks so sweet and so grown up at the same time. They are getting so BIG!!
This year Marley is planning to be Hannah Montana (yikes!), Paige is going to be a Ballerina and LC will be a Panda. Can’t wait to take pictures! Hope Paige lets us!!
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