Thursday, October 28, 2010

Something Wicked This Way Comes!

Happy Halloween! This is a favorite time of year for me. Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling and the air is crisp and clear. And---it's another great excuse for CHOCOLATE!!!

This post features a mini album I created last year. I developed a class around this album and taught it at the "Scrap Shack" a local scrapbook store that unfortunately has closed. I had a great time creating while on the design team there. This was the only independent scrapbooking store remotely near me. I truly miss it!

This is an accordion album that I made from scratch. I wanted to show my students how they could make their own album and thus customize it to any size they like rather than being limited to purchased sizes.
The paper line I used was "Twilight" by Pink Paislee. It was their Halloween line last year. I still love it, and many of the papers in the line can be used in other themes besides Halloween. I find it very versatile.
I used my Silhouette to cut bats, cats, ghost,  the tombstone, and spider webs. I used some brads from the same "Twilight" line as well as some from Melissa Frances. Various fibers and ribbon was also incorporated into the design.

This album has 10 photos, sized about 3.5x5. It features a swinging tombstone with a poem I composed and a pull out insert with photos. There is room for journaling on several pull out tabs. Feel free to use the poem I wrote.

The poem reads:

Sneak a picture
while you stare,
at the ghouls and
goblins if you dare!

Although they all
look a fright.
They only come out
on Halloween night.

So save the memory
for all to see,
because they are
yours for eternity!

Photo insert slides behind one of the pages.

Don't be frightened
don't be scared.
I hope you liked
my album that I
 wanted to share!

Be safe this Halloween!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Gouls Night Out

My house transforms this time of year. It started about 15 years ago as a friendly competition between neighbors. If one neighbor put something new in their yard the others had to retaliate. Through the years it was fun to try to out decorate the neighbors. Now all our children are grown, but we still carry on the tradition.

Some decorations are purchased 

and some decorations my husband cut out of plywood and I painted them.

Maybe this is why we have about 100 Trick-or-Treaters every year!