Saturday, February 6, 2010

Halloween in February...???

When I reorganized my scrap space, I came across a few (too many?) Halloween themed scrapbooking papers/kits. My favorite was the Basic Grey Eerie collection from this past fall. I had purchased individual sheets and some embellishments back when it first came out, but only got so far as to "kit" them together. On a recent trip to Archiver's, I found several matching embellishments marked down 50%. I was anxious to use this line!

Last night my aunt came over for some late night scrapbooking. I was inspired by some LOs by Allison Davis (2-pagers) and my new issue of Scrapbook Trends magazine. I was able to finish four layotus last night and another one earlier this afternoon. I LOVE them all. Like I mentioned earlier, I loved Eerie to start with. It was just that much better after adding photos.
I started by pulling out my 2007 Halloween photos. This was a year where the boys costumes didn't really coordinate. Kevin really wanted to be a skeleton, so he used an old costume of Blake's. It was deja vu seeing him look much like Blake - like a yard decoration - during our photo shoot in the front yard. He was adorable when he took the mask off though. "Boo to You!" was inspired by a LO in the February issue of Scrapbook Trends by Lisa Dickinson.
The rest of Kevin's trick or treat shots from this year are used on "Trick or Treat Glendale". Each year we trick or treat in this (safe and quaint) nearby railroad town. We met up with my sisters boys this year. It was Luke's first Halloween. He was a fly trapped in a web (with the "web" on his stroller) while his big brother was a spider. I was inspired by an Allison Davis layout on her family store's blog. "Dracula" was also inspired by an Allison Davis layout. The tree I used replaces three paper Christmas tress she had on her original. 2007 was a favorite year of mine as far as Blake's costumes go. I thought he was the coolest Dracula!"Ghost Train" wraps up Halloween 2007 for Blake. (I had already scrapped a couple photos for his album a while back.) I was inspired by a Kelly Noel layout in the February issue of Scrapbook Trends.I am proud to say that "Trick Tattoos" is all original-Amy. I printed these b/w shots of Kevin and my dad sporting fake tattoo "sleeves" right after I took them in October 2008, but never scrapped them. I thought they worked great with the Eerie papers. Not sure if you noticed on the other layouts, but I did a lot of distressing with my edger and also inking (gasp!...I know! inking!). I took it a little further on this one and even distressed the edges of my photos with my paper edger and some little "roller thingy". Yes, I'm sure it has a name, but whatever it was left little holes in my paper. I still wanted a more distressed look, so I pulled out the never-before-used steel wool from my drawer and rubbed that around the edge of my photos. (That's what made the orange spots on the photo.) I am happy with my results. My favorite part of this page, was the creative burst that hit me when I was adding my title. I decided to place the skeleton where the two Os should have been in "tattoos." The blinged out eyes are my Os. ;)

Although I feel like I could scrap all night, I'm declaring tonight movie night with my husband. I will admit though that I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the snow they are predicting for Monday night to hit. Big. I'd enjoy a snow day filled with scrapping in between making batches of hot cocoa for my boys.

Thanks for looking!


Sheila Mayden said...

These are wonderful! I loved this line too! Great job!

Melanie said...

Oooooohhhh! Lovin' these layouts! I still have to open my newest ST! It is fun to see what you did with the Eerie line. Those blinged out skeleton eyes are fabulous O's. And I'm so impressed you distressed. And inked! (well, you ARE Amy-Inky, you know) hahahahahaha

Lindsey said...

Awesome LO's Amy!! I love what you did with this line!! Halloween is not my best subject to scrap but you make it look so easy!

Lynette said...

These are just gorgeous Amy. You are SUCH an inspiration.

Star Rork said...

They all came out amazing! I cant believe you still had so many good pics layin around!

deana said...

Cute LO's... lovin' the 2-pagers! Very cute!

What movie did you watch over the weekend?

Oh & we have plenty of snow... if only I could share some with you!