So I've been in the Halloween mood lately. It always seems to hit me about mid-August, the urge to decorate my house for Halloween... Thanks to scrapbooking I can play with my Halloween pictures and supplies without the neighbors thinking I'm some sort of freak (although I know there are a few who'd probably love to get their Halloween stuff out now too)! The photos from all three of these layouts are from Halloween 2008.
For this first layout I cut the title with the new Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge. I am IN LOVE with this cartridge!!! There are soooo many great images and the phrases and font are awesome. Best of all, I've already made the 3D house and it is super cute! I still need to add some decoration to it so I will post it closer to Halloween.
Here is a close-up of the spiral flowers I added to the layout. These are my new favorite thing to make right now. Simply cut out a circle with a punch or Cricut or even by hand. Then start at the outside edge and spiral cut into the center of the circle. Try to keep the sprial uniform but you can vary how wide you cut from flower to flower. These I tried to keep about 1/4" wide. Then start at the outer edge (where you started cutting) and roll the paper. That is the center of the flower. Keep rolling until you reach the middle! Then stick a Glue Dot on the center of the circle and adhere the spiral to it. I just love the look this adds!
I had so much fun creating this layout! The silver paper at the bottom was actually colored with Silver Smooch Spritz. This stuff is really fun for adding color to projects. I experimented a bit and tried it on black 1st but it was too dark for my layout so into the scrap pile it went for a card or something later. I was much happier with the results with the rest of my papers on the white card stock.
This last layout took me like a week to finish! It just didn't seem to want to come together for me. Where the orange bat paper is I had a completely different paper which I LOVE but just didn't look right. The bat paper is from a Target pack that I bought about 3 years ago. I didn't have much in my stash yet but they seemed so thin that they have just been sitting in my stash since then. But the orange really seemed to work for me and now I LOVE this layout! I used one of the fonts on Happy Hauntings for my title (I think it's called Creepy Font) cut out of orange glitter paper and of course I ended up matting all of my photos with the same paper. Here's a tip: If you're cheap like me and you don't want to "waste" glitter paper by matting photos with it, cut out the center before you stick it down! For this layout the border on the photos was about 1/4" around so I left it 1/2" wide all the way around. One of the mats you see was actually the center of the large mat! This is a GREAT way to stretch a sheet of paper. And yes, I only had ONE sheet of this glitter card stock.
So looking at all of these layout do you see a common paper? It's the super cute Halloween Words paper from Little Yellow Bicycle's Happy Halloween line (2009). I was lucky enough to WIN a super cute tote bag from LYB's Facebook page over the weekend and I thought I would share the love with my fellow scrappers! Leave me a comment here before August 31, 2010 at 11:59pm CST and you could win it! Send your friends and if they mention your name in their comment (and THEY are the winner) then you will BOTH win one (I have a 2nd one from CHA). If I can reach 100 followers before the end of this contest I will choose an additional winner for a special surprise blog candy too!!! One comment per person, additional comments will be disqualified. I will post the winner or winners names on September 1, 2010 and they will have 48 hours to contact me or I will re-draw the prize. Good luck!!!