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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Halloween Layouts and BLOG CANDY!

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!!!

31 comments:

Suzy said...

I love LYB!

Tammy said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the layout, too bad we aren't neighbors, I have been in the Halloween mood for a few weeks now! LOL I am so stalking ebay the the cheaper Cricut cart sites to get Happy Hauntings asap!!
Tammy
P.S. I am following now and I am so glad I found you!!

Scrappy said...

I love these layouts! So cute! I love the flowers too. I have seen the instructions for them in CK magazine and a blog somewhere and finally tried making one the other day. My daughter thought I was a genius! LOL! Also love your tip about cutting out the center of your mat! Great idea!

carrie said...

Super cute layouts! How nice of you to share your goodies!!

Barbara said...

Great layouts Mandie, I've been sitting here with my cricut this afternoon and making some Halloween cuts and titles, so I loved seeing what you were doing.
I became a follower so I can see what else you make.
Barbara

Jamie said...

all of the layouts are so cute! And just for the record.. I have halloween fever too.. matter of fact I bought my baby's first halloween costume last night =) lol! Its so much fun to scrap halloween.. and again u did a great job. thanks for the chance to win... have a wonderful day!

-Jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

Sue said...

Hi Mandie. I love your layouts. I'm glad you can play Halloween without alarming your neighbors. Your spiral flowers are awesome. Great papers. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Sue

Deanna said...

Mandie, cute layouts. I so need to get this cartridge. Hopefully soon.

Kim said...

AWESOME Layouts, Mandie! Thanks for the chance to win! Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim

Amanda said...

I love your LOs and your blog background! I'm now following you!

Theresa said...

all layouts are fantastically cute!!! great job!

Ashley said...

Awesome job on the layouts, Mandie! LOVE them!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

BoxerBrats said...

Mandie,

Love the layouts, g/f! Great job as always. It is super sweet of you to share your CHA loot and your winnings. I appreciate the chance.

Talk to you soon~

Laura

Lois said...

Mandie,

Love your layouts and I'm happy to become a follower of your blog. I've seen your work before and love all of it.

Lois

Bonnie said...

Love those layouts. Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays and yet, I do not have a single Halloween LO. You have inspired me to get going on one. I really like those spiral flowers, in fact, I'm going to try that right now........

Brenda said...

Great layouts. I love halloween too.

rstuck2003 said...

Great layouts! My future in-laws anniversary is Halloween and we are planning on getting married on Halloween as well! What a great holiday! Thanks for the chance!

Wendy Raffin said...

Super cute LO, and thanks for the flower tip. Can't wait to try it! I am a follower now. TYFS~

MickeyMouse64752001@hotmail.com said...

I love these layouts! I am a Halloween fanatic and just love the designs you did.

liz said...

just love all 3 of your LO! i really like your style!
liz:o)

NanaBeth said...

Halloween is my favorite holiday and you really rocked it with this. WTG!

Carrie said...

awesome layouts.... so many details... love it...
thanks for the chance to win..
Carrie
my2sons311 at verizon dot net

Vana63 said...

Im such a Halloween fanatic too, LOL! Id luv to win a LYB tote full, Thank You!!!!

Paula said...

Isn't Halloween the most fun to work on. Love your spiral flowers!

April said...

Love it!!
- April W

erin lee creative said...

WOW amazing flowers! Cute layouts, thanks for joining my challenge! :)

ann said...

I love all your Halloween layouts. It my favorite time of the year.

Badalicat said...

Love the layouts! Only 60 days until Halloween!!

Jeane said...

I just can't say it enough, Mandie you create such cute stuff. You put together things that I couldn't in my wildest imagination think of... and it always looks absolutely wonderful.

Cindy said...

Your layouts are co cute!! I love the LYB paper! I'm a new follower!

Cindy R
cindy4pg@yahoo.com

Missy said...

Love the layouts. I'm gald I'm not the only one who is in the fall/halloween mode. I rec'd my Happy Hauntings cartridge and Design Studio and play to do some Happy Haunting designing. :-)