Archive for October, 2012

Handmade Halloween


Halloween is my favorite holiday…with Christmas a close second. Needless to say, I love Halloween crafting as well. One of my favorites is a “Spooky Countdown” that I made a couple years ago. I still hang it every year and use it do count down the days to Halloween.

I started with a plain jelly roll pan – it’s in important to have a pan with a small depth, because the countdown magnets are kept on the back of the pan. This is convenient not only for the month of October during the countdown, but for storage during the year.

I covered the back of the pan with strips of Halloween-themed papers and then cut the numbers 1-31 out using my Cricut. I laid the numbers out in a grid along with the words “Spooky countdown” and “Halloween”. I used my Crop A Dile to punch holes to tie a wire-rimmed ribbon for hanging the countdown.

Next was the fun part – I cut out 31 squares of different colors then decorated each with Halloween cut-outs, chipboard, brads, buttons and stickers. On the back of each I hot-glued on a small magnet.

It’s so fun to watch the calendar fill up as Halloween grows closer and closer!

Scrapping with friends


I do most of my crafting by myself, but that’s mostly because it can be so hard to coordinate my crazy schedule with my crafty friends. But I love, love, love when I find a day when my friend Laurie and I can get together to scrap. Usually we start at about 10AM and go until 10PM, 11PM, or midnight.

My friend Laurie and I have been scrapping together for over 6 years. She and I have very different styles – she loves clean lines and uses just a few pictures on her pages where I love a bit of chaos and I use as many pictures as I can reasonably fit on the page. I think our different styles complement each other when we’re scrapping side-by-side. I’ll ask her about embellishments for a page or a title or where to put journalling, and she always has great suggestions. And I can usually pipe up when she needs a second opinion on what she is working on.

Our scrapping days usually have a similar pattern – when one of us arrives at the other’s house, we bring in our stuff and immediately start chatting. We both share some of our latest projects that we’ve finished since our last get-together. We slowly bring out our current projects, though we concentrate more on catching-up than on our projects. Many times we decide that we absolutely must go to the scrapbook store, so off we go, grabbing lunch while we’re out. Rarely do we finish our first pages before 3PM. Right about then, we decide that we really need to get some work done, so we settle in, chatting a little but scrapping more and more. We break for dinner, usually ordering in pizza or sending our husbands out for something. Then we work into the dark hours of the night until the one visiting decides that they had best drive home before they get too tired to drive. Always a fun day.

Over the course of all of our scrapping sessions, Laurie and I have discovered that the first rule of scrapping is that we will expand to fill whatever space we are given. We embrace this rule, as illustrated in the pictures (and yes, that’s Laurie looking cute at our last scrapping day).

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