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Holiday Blizzard: Halloween Mini Album

By: Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide

Finished project size 6 by 6 inches

I decided to make a mini album to celebrate the costumes my son has worn for Halloween.  He is really big into Halloween and for the last few years has put a lot of time and effort into his costumes.  For the first few years, he wore what I dressed him in.

To streamline the album making process, I followed a pattern of sorts for the pages.  All pages have at least one photo or photo collage and at least one stamped image.  They also all have the same date stamp, stamped with the appropriate year.  Most pages have journaling; a few have patterned paper or stickers.  So, let's get started.

Publisher's Note:  This type of album can be made for any occassion. Try your hand at a Christmas themed album!

Supplies:
Stamps:
Vampire Boy (Queen Kat)

Candy Corn Background (DRS Designs)
Piece of Candy (Zim Prints)
Dinosaur (unknown)
Dragon (I Brake For Stamps)
Date stamp (7 Gypsies)
Year stamps (Glitz)
Largest Turtle (Oxford Impressions)
Smaller Turtle (Non Sequitor)
Profile Turtle (Onyx Xpressions)
"Boo" and Flames (Basic Grey)
Dancing Skeleton (Rubber Stamp Avenue)
Planets (Stampingback at I Brake for Stamps)
Alien (Viva Las Vegastamps)
Grim Reaper (Moe Wubba)
"Happy Haunting" (Sugar Loaf)
Paper:
Solar White (Neenah)

Patterned Paper Lost and Found Halloween (My Mind's Eye)
Patterned Paper Chillingsworth Manor (Echo Park)
Patterned Paper (Fancy Pants)
Ink:
Memento in Tangelo, Grape Jelly, Lady Bug, Sweet Plum, Bamboo Leaves, Desert Sand, Pear Tart and Eclipse Black (Tsukineko)

VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Dies:
Border it (Lifestyle Crafts)

Deckle Edge Rectangle (Spellbinders)
Punches:
Layered Arches and Modern Garland border punches (Martha Stewart)

Corner Rounder (Marvy)
1 inch circle punch (unknown)
Other:
Blackboard Album (Cosmo Cricket)

Memento marker in dandelion (Tsukineko)
Copic Markers (.too)
    E18, E00, E000, E17, E35
    G9
    R39, R37
    C9, C7, C4
    N5
    YG17
Spica red and gold pen (.too)
Dimensional Adhesive (Starving Artistamps)
Chalk (Pebbles)
White and Cricket embossing powder (Zing)
Jazzy Orange and Tequila Sunrise embossing powder (Sparkle N Sprinkle)
Pumpkin Tinsel embossing powder (Creations Unlimited)
Green Washi Tape (from stash)
Gel Stitches sticker, Bat rub on and Ribbon (Cloud 9 Designs)
Eclipse Tape (Judikins)
Damask Stencil (Crafter's Workshop)
Artist Spackle (Eco Green Crafts)
Ghost embellishment (Making Memories)
Fabri-Tac (Beacon Adhesives)

Directions:

  1. Print your photos or have them printed for you.
  2. Based on the costumes, choose your stamp images.
  3. Lay out the pages.
  4. For me, my first page is from 2003 when my son was an M & M.  I stamped the candy corn background and colored in the yellow parts of the candy.  This stamp is designed so that if you stamp it on white paper in orange, you only need to color the yellow.  Pretty cool!  Then I stamped the candy pieces in red and purple and cut them out.  I layered them onto the page, over the photos, with foam tape.  Then I stamped the date and year, punched it out with the circle punch and added it to the lay out.  To help the date stand out, I inked all the edges with colors that coordinated with the page.
  5. For 2004, Connor dressed as Barney and his twin sister was Baby Bop.  For this page I stamped a dinosaur-in purple ink to echo the Barney theme and cut it out.  Patterned paper edged with a border punch, the date stamp and some journaling strips complete the layout.
  6. In 2005, Connor was a dragon.  I stamped the dragon in green ink, cut it out and layered it over the photo collage and patterned paper edged with another border punch.
  7. I only have one, not particularly good photo, from 2006 when Connor was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.  I used  a piece of patterned paper from Fancy Pants to simulate the look of the sea, along with three different turtle stamps.  The turtles were all stamped in green ink and cut out.  The largest is layered on foam tape.
  8. In 2007, Connor was a super hero fire guy from the Fantastic Four, I believe.  I didn't really  have any stamps to go with this, so I used a "boo" stamp which I stamped directly onto the blackboard with versamark ink and embossed with orange embossing powder. On the date stamp, I stamped some flames that came in the same little stamp set from Basic Grey.
  9. In 2008, again we only took one picture, but I love this picture.  Connor was a skeleton and I stamped the image of the dancing skeleton onto the blackboard again and embossed in white.  Patterned paper, washi tape, the date stamp and journaling strips round out the page.
  10. We have a ton of pictures from 2009 because we went to Disney World and went to the Halloween party there as well as celebrating on the 31st at home.  Connor went as Darth Vader from Star Wars.  I stamped three images under the photo collage.  Two of them remind me of planets and the third is an image of an alien sunbathing.  That stamp cracks me up.
  11. Which brings us to 2010.  Again we have a lot of photos to choose from.  Connor's costume was called the Emperor of Evil, but I think he looked sort of like the grim reaper, so that's the stamp I chose to use.  I also used some gel border stickers.
  12. Connor went all out in 2011 and was so handsome and yet creepy as a staked vampire.  I stamped the Boy Vampire image and colored him with Copics.  Then I cut him out with the deckle edge rectangle die.  The photo collage has a die cut border beneath it.
  13. I still have a page left for this year.  Connor has begun researching costumes and is debating between an Egyptian and a big  black blob.  Personally, I'm hoping he goes with the Egyptian.
  14. I made the cover last.  First I masked off the center with Eclipse tape and spread artist spackle through a stencil.  After this dried, I stamped the title in versamark ink and embossed it in orange.  I glued a puffy ghost to one side of the title.  Then I threaded some Halloween ribbons through the ring and my album was complete.

Have fun making your own Halloween album, if you decide to do so.  Since I have three children, I'm not done with these yet.


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