Wal-Mart has its aisles stuffed with Halloween paraphernalia, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that my local grocery store is also hawking ghoulish goodies.
The problem with shopping at a mega-giant supermarket that sells scrapbook materials right next to the produce section is that you are constantly bombarded with temptations to add to your collection. And with the holiday season right around the corner you can image how much willpower I’m forced to exercise, so as to not end up with a cart full of holiday-themed stickers, stamps and albums.
Yesterday I was this close to buying a pumpkin carving scrapbook sticker set. The adorable 3D set included the most amazingly real pumpkin seed-shaped adhesives and puffy knife stickers. I resisted splurging, but the Halloween-themed display made me think of all the creative layouts I would like to make this season.
If you are working with a tight budget, like me, then consider frugal ways to make your scrapbook layouts come to life, such as:
Internet: The World Wide Web has a number of resources that offer free digital scrapbooking supplies with a Halloween theme. If you’re not a digital scrapper, you can print the graphics you want to use onto acid free cardstock and cut them out with a craft knife. Other websites offer free fonts with ghoulish Halloween-theme features, such as dripping blood, skeleton bones, and spider webs.
Decoupage: You can decoupage candy wrappers onto chipboard tags, frames, or alphabet letters to make interesting embellishments.
Photos: Use duplicate photos of carved pumpkins, Halloween candy, and costumes, and punch the prints into squares or circles, then arrange along the side of your page for a visually appealing border.
Memorabilia: Don’t discard memorabilia that can be used in your scrapbook, such as party invitations or art projects your child made at school. They can be used to spice up Halloween layouts.
Paint: Buy some inexpensive black and orange paint and repurpose old items that can be used in your scrapbook. You can also try sanding or tearing your scrapbook paper in order to add a spooky texture.