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the hidden halloween surprise…

the hidden halloween surprise…

I just love Halloween! A holiday centered around CANDY! It’s just F U N! I love the costumes and the parties…

love the pumpkin muffins and chili. AND, I just love looking back at the costumes over the years! I guess that is part of why Halloween is such a big scrapbooking topic…it’s all about the photos! Remembering the crazy costumes and fun times together! I have been so crazy BUSY, and so this year I resorted to calling my mom and borrowing her ‘Snow White’ costume…In fact, it was perfect as I was watching my sister’s kids… and I arrived at our family Halloween party with 7 little spooks (Ollie, not pictured)

 I don’t think that I have ever worn dark hair like this…it was so fun to look so different!  

We also hosted a big party of our own.. more details on that coming later!

For now… just wait until you see the super-fabulous project that Kim has created to capture some HALLOWEEN fun (even in Australia!)  This idea is so clever and has my mind spinning on other ways I can use this concept! Ok… not going to spoil the surprise…but I will tell you that Kim JUST GOT A NEW CAMEO!! So she is sharing some of her FIRST CUTS! I just LOVE the way that Kim breathes LIFE into every scrapbook page she makes…there is always something unexpected! And this one is amazing! NOTE:  Kim is also hosting a giveaway on her blog for a FREE SPOT in the up coming ” {MO}tography class i am teaching with Jessica Sprague, so be sure to go check that out!

Although we don’t really celebrate Halloween in Australia as you do in the US the street where my family lives has an annual Halloween street party. My youngest son got to experience his first Halloween a couple of years ago when he was 10 months old at one such party. He didn’t really understand what was going on but he looked so adorable in his little Robin outfit!

As you can see below I have created a layout  which I can store in my traditional scrapbook album, I have also added a small Vintage Chic Mini Memory file to the page which still allows me to have an interactive  and fun element while recording this fabulous memory for my son. This  layout comes with a little surprise inside….

I started with a base of  Sugar Chic Remember  pattern paper then layered over the Vintage Chic Worldwide pattern paper…remember when I said yellow was my go to color, well I am at it again! That fun banner at the top is from the No Limits Banner delights digi set, I printed it out onto some semi gloss photo paper, I wanted it to have some shine,  however you could also print it out onto regular cardstock and cut it out.

I wanted to use some of Heidi’s instaframes but only had one photo so I opted to use them as embellishments instead. Inside the frames I used  pieces of

No Limits Destination pattern paper cut to size. I then grabbed my Crafters Home paint splat mask and first inked inside the mask with black ink and a sponge dauber because I wanted a real opaque look. I then kept the mask in place and spritzed it  with some black velvet ColorShine spray to add a bit of shimmer to it!

I then downloaded some of the words from the digi Halloween set and printed them out onto pattern paper and some Color Labels . I printed the words out onto scrap paper then stuck the sticker labels over the top of the words and ran it through the printer again!

The Vintage Mini folder is the base for my photo, I found those sticky back bats from the dollar store and added one to a NO Limits pennant. The Halloween word I cut with my cameo,  again using one of the Halloween words from the cutting files in the digi shop and I added one of my favourite products a day glow neon photo corner found here.

Now are you ready for the surprise….I wanted my layout to be a bit of fun…..

…So using my Cameo and an image downloaded from the Silhouette store, I created a pop up bat feature for when the Mini File is opened.

Firstly some close ups of the embellishments and journalling on the inside of the Memory file- which is printed on the Vintage Chic WorldWide pattern paper… but the real star of the show is the Bat!

…and now for the pop up bat!

Don’t you just love how he pops up like that, adding such an interactive element, my son who is almost 4 has spent ages opening and closing the memory file just to see the bat pop up! The bat BTW is cut from a piece of Sugar Chic Adore pattern paper and Coordinating Colored cardstock. It is cut using my Cameo but it could just as  easily be traced and cut out by hand.

I have created a little step x step on how to make that bat pop up element if you want to as well!


Happy Halloween to you all!

how could it be anything but HAPPY with a BAT jumping out of a mini-file folder to look back on!? stunning!  alright.. take it easy on the candy! (eat one carrot, one kit kat, one carrot, one butterfinger…)

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