Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Layouts

As I recover from the late night and the sugar coma that always seems to accompany October 31st, I have to admit that if I don't get my Halloween pictures scrapped right away...well let's face it, they'll have to wait until next year! I made a couple quick and easy layouts that I thought you might find helpful in getting those Halloween pictures off your memory card and into your albums!

The first one is great to show off your kid's costumes, or just to showcase some of the Trick-or-Treat fun you have on Halloween night! Here's a list of the things you'll need to recreate this layout:
2 12 x 12 sheets black cardstock (or one full sheet and one scrap 5" x 10")
1 12 x 12 sheet in each: orange, and purple cardstock
2 Corner Spider Webs in Black #782
1 Trick or Treat Border in Black #730

Starting with the black cardstock as my background, I trimmed the orange cardstock down to 11 3/4" x 11 3/4" so when layered we get a nice sense of dimension. At the base of the layout, add the Trick or Treat border centered on the page. Now we'll need the purple cardstock cut into 3 pieces each measuring 3" x 4 3/4", these will be our photo mats. To back the purple, we'll need a piece of black cardstock cut 5" x 10". Adhere the 3 purple pieces to the black mat background. When you add your photos, you have a number of possibilities; try a single "panoramic" style measuring 9 1/4" x 4 1/2", 2 photos each measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", or 3 photos measuring 2 3/4" x 4 1/2". Lastly add the spider webs into each corner, about 1/4" inside the edge of the orange cardstock. There you have it, the first one's done!

Okay, for the second layout, I decided to add a little sparkle to my page using glittered accents and just a touch of "bling"! To complete this layout you'll need the following:
1 12 x 12 sheet purple cardstock (or a scrap 12" x 1 1/2")
1 12 x 12 sheet light green cardstock
4 glittered pumpkins of your choice ( I used # 606GGL, 606FGL, 606EGL, and 606CGL)
1 Ivy Border in Black #418
1 Ivy Border in Black #418-12
1 Chipboard Border #6119
24 flat backed rhinestones (12 orange, 6 purple and 6 green)
Black acrylic paint
1 Inch foam brush

Begin by painting the Chipboard Border black using a little acrylic paint and your foam brush. We always recommend that you purchase a good quality acrylic paint such as Americana or Delta, these have a lower water content and will not buckle your chipboard like some of the more inexpensive paints tend too. Remember to get a good coating on the top and to get the sides as well. If you'd rather skip the paint, you can always use a good black ink pad to transform your chipboard border, just press the border directly onto the ink pad! Set the border aside to dry.
Time add the purple border to the top and bottom of the green. Cut 2 strips of purple to measure 12" x 3/4" each, glue these to the bottom of the page. When the chipboard border is completely dry, glue it to the top of the purple cardstock strip overlapping by about 1/4". The Ivy border is next, the smaller one belongs in the upper left hand corner, just below the chipboard border and just inside the edge of the page. Add the larger Ivy Border by starting in the lower right corner, again just above the chipboard border. The longer border will reach nearly from edge to edge. Now it's time to assemble and add those glittering pumpkins (check out our last blog post for helpful instructions). 2 will be placed in the upper right hand corner adn 2 in the lower left hand corner. Lastly using a good craft glue or glue dots, add the rhinestones to really add some sparkle. Now just grab a few of your favorite Halloween or Pumpkin Patch photos and you're all set!
I don't know about you, but just getting these 2 layouts completed and into my albums makes me feel pretty darn good! Now we can start to tackle our Thanksgiving and Christmas projects...so are you ready?!

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