Signs of the Season


Most people look to falling leaves as a sign of autumn. In my home, it’s a set of blood red fangs rather than rust-colored foliage that marks the change of seasons.

My 5-year-old nephew likes to scare my 8-year-old daughter with photos of his Halloween get-ups, which are designed around a pair of well-worn plastic fangs and loads of fake blood that drips from his mouth, down to his chin and throat.

The pictures always score at least a couple of layouts in my holiday scrapbook. Yesterday, as I paged through past Halloween-themed memory albums I was reminded that All Hallows’ Eve is right around the corner, and I really need to think of some new ways to spice up my page designs.

In years past, I concentrated exclusively on the night’s activities and neglected to set the tone for my layouts by documenting what we do to prepare for the holiday. This year, I am planning to take shots and jot down notes of my daughter’s quest for the perfect Halloween costume. I also want to snap some pictures of my family’s pumpkin picking adventures and journal about the ways we decorate our home (inside and out) with jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows and hay bales.

Fortunately, I don’t have to spend too much to embellish my Halloween-themed pages, as I saved a ton of money by stocking up on materials last year. By hitting end-of-the-season sales you score huge discounts on Halloween scrapbooking merchandise. For example, last November I loaded up on patterned paper, stickers, ribbons, rub-ons, and chipboard accents with a Halloween theme. I also purchased orange cardstock in bulk, as well as, spider punches, glitter trim, and spooky stickers from a clearance bin at Hobby Lobby.

If money is tight, but you still want to go all out to craft an eye-popping Halloween-themed scrapbook, look for free elements. The Internet is teeming with free digital scrapbooking supplies with a Halloween theme. If you’re not a digital scrapbooker, you can simply print the graphics you want to use onto acid-free cardstock and cut them out with a craft knife or sharp scissors.

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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.