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In the Workshop: Halloween Scrapbooking

As I mentioned in this post, I created 2 scrapbooks to savor the season and preserve some of our first Halloween memories with Olivia.

Halloween Memory Books

I just love how these turned out!  I followed Kathy Orta’s instructions from her Interactive Mini-Scrapbooks guide to transform a mixture of photos, papers, and embellishments into a treasured keepsake.  I also tried to leave a bit of “empty” space in various places so I could add journaling text documenting funny stories.  Here’s a peak at the overall layout of the book on the left:

Halloween Memory Book

And, here’s a glimpse at some of my favorite design elements:

Halloween Memory Book Details

For this book, I used lots of punches, patterned paper, letter & number stickers, glitter, and die-cuts.  I am really looking forward to adding more pics to cascading pages in the center section over the next few years.  I think it will be so fun to look back at our baby’s different Halloween costumes.

I decided to make the second book for my sister-in-law.  Here’s a peak:

Halloween Memory Book Details 2

The last page was intentionally left blank for her to add a picture from this year’s Halloween.  The little pocket with the bat contains a collection of fun Halloween jokes from Kristen Duke… I knew my little nieces would get a kick out of reading these!

Looking forward to next year’s “spooktacular” memories!

 

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A Message from Cinderella…

Happy Halloween!

Photo Credit: TH Photography & Design

Our photographer posted the perfect caption to accompany the bottom photo: “Pretty sure she is thinking, Don’t make me turn you into a frog!”

 

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Fall and Halloween Traditions

Lately, we’ve been:

watching the leaves turn.

Fall-leaves

visiting the pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin-patch

helping Olivia stand and pull herself up on various pieces of furniture.

singing (lots of singing).

practicing different learning concepts like “on/off, open/close, up/down, etc…” with our very active 10 month old.

picking out the perfect Halloween costume for our girl.  Our darling little Snow White literally grew overnight… right into the next sized costume!!

Costumes-2013

crafting various cards and collecting new project ideas.  So excited to be part of Jessica’s new team!

loving this beautiful smile.

Smiles

shaking off feelings of overwhelm and stress.

and most recently:

dreaming of a beautiful, fully functional kitchen (see this post).

thinking about Halloween traditions.

I’m particularly intrigued by Linda’s suggestion to make a fortune cake on the blog Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps.  I loved reading Modern Parents Messy Kids guide describing 31 ways to begin a family Halloween tradition.  (J and I might have to try using cookie cutters to carve our next pumpkin!)  These 2 pins {HERE & HERE} have an awesome list of suggested books to read at Halloween.  And finally, a simple search on Pinterest yields hundreds of fun “Boo Your Neighbor” ideas… I can’t wait to try out this fun activity next year!

To capture the memories, I created 2 multidimensional mini scrapbooks from scratch in early October.

Halloween Scrapbooks

The inner pages are perfect for recording the details of Halloween adventures across multiple years.  More details to come regarding this amazing keepsake based on Kathy Orta’s instructions!

How do you savor the season?

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Ready for Halloween: Decorations

Halloween at our house looks a little like this:

Halloween Seasonal Decorations

At night, the soft glow of all these candles, Halloween decorations, and twinkle lights is downright magical… I love this time of year!

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In the Workshop: Halloween Fun

A couple of recent Halloween goodies from the workshop:

Isn’t it interesting how well placed gemstones can add to your design- this skull becomes a lot more interesting with the addition of orange glowing eyes!

Don’t you just love how the memory box die swirls seem like magic effortlessly shooting out of her hand?… as though she just cast a spell?

I also had an opportunity to teach another class at Checkered Cottage where participants made these 2 beauties: a vintage Halloween card and treat bag.  These projects utilize some of my favorite techniques: edging papers with gold and glitter, using dies, creating dimension with paper, and punching fun borders.

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Halloween Cards at Checkered Cottage

I am so excited to be joining the Checkered Cottage team of teachers.  This charming paper crafting store sells a variety of beautiful papers, embellishments, exclusive card design templates, and stencils.  They have a dynamite schedule of Fall classes right now.  Here is my take on Halloween…

Introducing a Haunted Trio of Designs:

Handmade Halloween Card

Class participants will make these fun Halloween cards, which feature Graphic 45 and Bo Bunny papers, intricate Memory Box dies, punches, and glitter!

Happy Haunting Halloween Card

Check out Checkered Cottage on Facebook for more updates from the shop!

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