Hello and Happy Halloween my friends!! I thought it would be delightfully fun to *treat* you with an update being that Halloween is officially upon us! What sort of costumes and festivities will you be 'tending to today? We're doing what we always do each and every year on Halloween - trick 'r treat'en with grandma (my mom), walking the block & collecting candy! Sound familiar? I bet many of you will either be handing out candy or trick 'r treating as well. Honestly, this is one of my favorite holidays because I just love seeing little kids dressed up in costumes and parading around town!! I remember the kind of excitement I used to feel as a kid while running house to house in search of candy. It was exhilarating and fun...I'm sooo looken' forward to Ethan feeling this very same thing. These last couple of days he's been asking to go out trick 'r treating and I've had to remind him that Halloween was still a couple days away. Of course, he'd quickly forget my answer, so I've been listening to him talk about Halloween for about a week now. We're more than ready to go out tonight! It should be a really good time for the both of us!!
So, how are all of you doing? There's quite a bit happening here - mostly school/work related, so none too exciting. Laugh. This weekend I finally sat down and thought about how it really was I wanted to scrapbook while enduring the battles that come with time management and college. Right now, as a student and artist, I'm attempting to balance two items - Necessity & Creativity. For the most part, it's the necessities (the things that absolutely have to happen) that require most of my time. What is available thereafter is minimal. So the goal lately has been trying to figure out how I can still do this thing that I love, scrapbooking, even though there's not a whole lot of time to do it! Well, after much thought..and boy, did I sit on this one for a while and really contemplate how to make it work..I finally came to the conclusion that the best approach was probably a practical one - think in terms of creating on a small scale vs. a large scale. So often, we associate scrapbooking with the standard 12" x 12" layout! Very rarely do we think to scrapbook something smaller in size such as a 8" x 8" or 6" x 6" layout. I know that in the past I worked on a couple 8" x 8" layouts, so I took them out and examined them this weekend. While doing so, it quickly dawned on me that the solution to my time culprit was right in front of me! If I can't forgo the details, then forgo the size! So folks, I'm downsizing! The layouts you'll find here will be petite for the time being, including the one above - it's the first 8"x 8" layout I have to share with you! And of course, it's intentionally Halloween themed! Should we take a closer look? How about it...
Even with all these nummy details, I finished the layout in just a few quick hours yesterday afternoon. I've had last year's Making Memories Halloween collection sitting around without good reason to make use of it until now. It's often a habit of mine to buy holiday scrapbook goodies and postpone it's use a solid year or two. I rarely scrapbook on a schedule! The large polka-dotted paper and spiderweb paper is MM. One is used strictly as a backdrop and the other is framed beneath a vintage playing card with it's center removed. Ever think to purchase vintage game cards? They're available in a vast variety of styles - some more ornate than others, so look around! Black & White playing cards are some of my faves...
If you noticed the dual butterfly combination then you might be interested in finding out whom they're from - take a look above! Did any of you add these to your scrapbook collection? They're well suited for any project type and the pattern selection is a huge plus! Love these....
I always like to throw off my color palette slightly - I threw in a light olivine Basic Grey paper clip beneath my layered Photograph sticker. I actually conveniently removed the prongs of the clip as there wasn't room for them. If you find yourself struggling with either the size or shape of an item, trim it - this usually fixes the problem immediately!
Titles always scare me! This one came about by accident and worked out astonishingly well! I'm far from proficient in typography and even though I love fonts, I haven't a clue how to use them! Go figure..it's one of my biggest quirks as a scrapbooker.
I remember seeing a curved underlying border on a layout on the cover of Creating Keepsakes or Scrapbook Etc. at one time or another and having performed it once already, I thought it time to do it again! This one is accented and directed with a Halloween theme SEI banner. I traced the length of the banner on Kraft cardstock paper before trimming it to fit beneath the banner edge. I then used the open area of the Kraft paper for journaling!
"Creepy Halloween" & "Boo" border is also SEI (Current Collection).
So, what do you think? Are you liking the smaller sized layout? I hope so..I think it still provides a significant source of inspiration and ideas for one to enjoy. We'll see how long I can keep it going..laugh. If all it takes is two hours to make one of these layouts, then I'm game..at least until CHA. Laugh. Though, you'll still find the occasional 12" x 12" from me over at Crate Paper. I have one coming up in a week or so! We're planning a special event for you - stay tuned!!
Real quick before I leave you..we visited the Minnesota Zoo this afternoon for their specially coordinated Halloween event, HallZOOween. While there, Ethan took to the water display instantly. I couldn't talk him out of leaving the area! He's crazy about water!! It was the highlight of the trip! For those that know Ethan well, this will be of no surprise...laugh. How about it grandpa?!
Do be safe and enjoy the Halloween festivities this evening! I'm so glad you stopped by..we'll see you in another week or two! Once again, Happy Halloween!!