Monday, October 29, 2012

Social {MEDIA} Butterflies Blog Hop: Halloween Edition

I hope you're all having a wonderful fall, the weather here is gorgeous, and I hope you're all enjoying it as well! This month the girls are going to be bringing you a Carve It Up theme--- using our Silhouettes, Cricuts, fussy-cutting, punching, exact-o knife-- our designs will all have a unique cut up piece to it!

My project for this month's theme is a holiday art journal spread...

I have a few of these Ology books that the kids have destroyed (ripped pockets, missing pull-outs, etc.) and I have them set aside to alter for art journals. I mean, it will be exciting using the formats included on the pages with flaps, fold-outs, and pockets!
The very first spread in the book included one flap, but first I had to gesso everything. The paper is a little slick to begin with, but I love the patterns and pictures and text and designs of the original pages, so I only put down one layer of gesso. I wanted some of that original page to peek through the layers. After the gesso, I put down orange acrylic paint, then dabbed on some watered-down turquoise. I used my finger to apply a bit of black, and then I used a couple background stencils with some copper shimmer spray. I couldn't resist adding a bit of gold paint, too.
I decided to use this month's Studio Calico kit, Roller Rink, as well as the add-on I purchased, Couple's Skate. I recently decided to not save my SC kits exclusively for scrapbooking, even though I still like to keep them intact until they are mostly used up. I added some doodling with a black permanent marker and stenciled some places for journaling.
I free-cut the two jack-o-lanterns, and I pieced together all those little candy corn embellishments. The envelope is reserved for stashing wrappers from favorite and unique candies that we may come across this year.
Inspired by this PIN I used small scraps to make some leaves. Leaves are my favorite part of Autumn, so of course they would receive mention of a journal spread about my favorite things about Halloween.
I used even smaller scraps to make this collage owl.
I love that this month's kit came with vellum die cuts. I used the little puff stickers to represent a street of houses for trick-or-treating. I love that gold washi tape, too.
I used a hand-cut banner to represent the making of Halloween decorations, and the witch hat is hand-cut to represent handmade costumes, which is a tradition in my household. Sorry about the weird color of the photo!
There's the flap I mentioned. I am reserving this space for photos of our costumes this year.

So, the page is really busy and not like any of my other journal pages at all. But I definitely had fun making all the components, and I look forward to making more pages in these books. I am not sure if I want to reserve this book for Halloween pages, or holiday pages, or just leave it open.

Thanks for hopping with us!


  1. Wow this crazy cool! I love owls great job :)

  2. Love your art journal pages and all that detail!!! Wowza! Super fun! TFS! :) :) :)

  3. Love this! The pieced together leaves are awesome!

  4. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!