Happy Halloween

I hate Halloween.

I don’t like spiders or vampires or things that go bump in the night and I find the whole holiday rather creepy. I know, it is supposed to be that way, but frankly there is nothing about being scared that appeals to me. So I avoid all things related to Halloween — normally.

But then new paper started arriving at Capture A Memory and I fell in love. So, when I was asked to make some samples for the store, I agreed and came up with these from the new line Hallowe’en by Reminisce.

 

This piece of Halloween art is made with a picture frame made for a 4×6 photo. The center is a giant sticker from Reminisce — yes, a 4×6 sticker! How perfect is that. I then used a bit of Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to glue a bit of baker’s twine around the edge of the frame.

Then I added some orange buttons I found in my stash. I attached them with Glue Dots Pop Up because the thick adhesive allows them to attach firmly to the uneven levels on the frame.

Finally, I grabbed in old bottle cap from my stash, flattened it with a mallet and used a 1″ punch to cut a picture out of another sheet of Reminisce paper and then glued it to the frame.

Super simple, super easy and super cute!

Next, I turned my attention to a little altered book. I started with a mini composition book … Staples usually has these in stock this time of year for about .50 each. They are 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ — the perfect size for a pad to fit in the purse or for a little gift to someone special.

I covered the book cover with paper from the Reminisce line and sanded the edges so they matched the shape of the book. Then I cut out the little girl greeting from another sheet and attached it. I wrapped twine around a few times and added a little charm from My Mind’s Eye.

Another super easy, super cute project!

Finally, I used some of the papers to make a layout for the store. I cut the little pumpkin guys out and used dimensional foam to adhere them.

My dislike of Halloween is so great, I don’t have any photos to use, so it is going to the store without the picture!

Stop by Capture-A-Memory to see all of these projects in person, or click on the photos for a better view.

 

Christmas Mosaic

I know it’s months after the holidays, but I’m just getting around to scrapbooking my Christmas photos.

There is a family near me that goes all out for the holidays with blow-up decorations. Over the past 8 years or so, I have watched each holiday as their collection grows and grows. It has become a bit of a tradition to drive by and observe the variety of characters they have. Trust me, they have them all — Pooh, Mickey, Dora, Scooby, The Grinch, Santa, trains, balloons, lighthouses, hippos and more.

This year, I decided to scrapbook them using a mosaic page. I used a 1″ punch by EK Success to cut out the smaller images and Tami Potter’s system for cutting out the rest. I used a bit of creative license to make up the word for the title, but I think it captured the magic. What do you think?

Inspired by Tim Holtz

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Tim Holtz. I love the thought process that goes into making his products — and the ideas he shares to use them after we get them.

That said, you can understand how last week was one of my favorite weeks of the year. I loved the lessons and inspiration he put into his 12 Tags of Christmas.

Although I haven’t had time to try all of the techniques, yet, I did make a custom stamp pad with Distress Ink Re-inkers and Cut & Dry Felt. I even tried embossing after stamping with Distress Ink for a unique “looks wet” sort of look. Here’s the link to Tim’s instructions ...

And, here’s what I did …

Pretty cool, eh?! And, it came out perfect on the first attempt — which is even cooler.

Since rubber stamps are my latest favorite product, I am challenging myself to use them on scrapbook pages. It sounds simple, but it really is more difficult than one would think. So, this was my first attempt at incorporating stamps into scrapbook pages. The paper and ribbon are by Bo Bunny. The stamps are by Tim Holtz and JudiKins. The date is grungeboard letters by Tim Holtz, painted with a Ranger Paint Dabber. (Click on the images to make them larger).

If you notice the date, you will realize why I need to make myself incorporate my new love of stamping into my scrapbook pages!

I made plaid — Wendy Vecchi Style!

I hate to sound like a broken record, but I was inspired, again, by Wendy Vecchi.

She came up with this amazing idea to make plaid using Tissue Tape. Here are her instructions … http://studio490art.blogspot.com/2010/11/tissue-taped-color-washed.html

I decided to try something a little different and I used Distress Ink to come up with this …

It began life as a plain 12×12 sheet of white cardstock. Using Wendy’s technique, I created the plaid by adding different layers of tissue tape and Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.

I cut out letters out of Tim Holtz’s seasonal paper pack for the title.

The turkey is a die cut from the Accu-Cut Center at Scrap Tales, inked with several shades of Distress Ink. I love how the colors blend! I used 3D Dots to add a bit of dimension to Mr. Turkey.

And, since I couldn’t find matching cardstock, I used some light colored scraps and inked them in Distress Ink to make the photo mats and journaling block.

Thanks, again, Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz! You’ve helped me create an awesome scrapbook page.