More Halloween Scrapping Tips

Halloween is one of those holidays when you can really let your creative juices flow freely. Weddings, graduation and anniversaries scrapbooks can be a bit stuffy at times, but when you have a holiday like Halloween, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating unique layouts.

Scrapbook supply stores are filled to the brim right now with Halloween-themed stickers, rub-ons, rubber stamps, charms, chipboard embellishments, and decorative patterned papers, as well as brads and cool cardstock. However, you don’t have to blow your budget to design one-of-kind Halloween layouts. For example, if you have some leftover yarn around the house you can use it to make a spider web background for your layout. In addition, scrap pieces of fabric can be used to make mini ghosts and pumpkins. If you have a computer, you can download free spooky fonts, and then use a red marker to draw bloody drippings on your page.

Journaling is another way to spice up a Halloween scrapbook. The technique is especially useful if you have children who can help out putting their thoughts on paper. For a whimsical Halloween layout use thought bubbles and let kids go to town filling them up with a few of their favorite Halloween memories. You can also use them to document which candy your kids liked best and which homes gave out full-size candy bars instead of the mini versions.

To further embellish pages that have journaling about trick-or-treating you might consider saving some candy wrappers or at least take photos of your kids’ loot, so that the journaling complements items on the page. In addition, save bits and pieces from your children’s costumes and add them to pages where you are chronicling how the costume came together in the first place. The items don’t have to be large or elaborate. A simple feather (if your son is dressing up like Big Bird) or some pixie dust (if your daughter is dressing up like Tinker Bell) will do just fine for a layout on Halloween costumes.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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