Spice Up Your Halloween Layouts

Despite the miles in between

Happy, happy Halloween!

Not exactly Shakespeare, but it ties in well with my “Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun” page title.

I’m rushing to put together a double page Halloween layout for my great aunt’s 90th birthday scrapbook. I’m in charge of creating half of the holiday-themed pages, while my sister-in-law has to come up with designs for the remaining holidays and major occasions, such my birthdays and family reunions. Right now I am working on Halloween. The layout has to include all of the youngest members of the family, as well as photos from when the nieces and nephews were kids.

Since I am a bit light on fabulous photos I had to dig deep to spice up the pages. In addition to the aforementioned rhyme, I also added Nancy Sesok’s “Halloween Just Can’t Be Beat” poem to one of the pages:

Dark night, moon so bright,
What a scary Halloween sight.

Black cats, flying bats,
Witches wearing pointy hats.

Ghosts are scary, monsters hairy,
A girl’s dressed up like a fairy.

Eerie sounds, pumpkins round,
Spooky things are all around.

Running feet, a tasty treat
Halloween just can’t be beat.

In addition to the poems and holiday appropriate titles (including: “Chills and Thrills”, “Spooktacular Fun”, and “Bewitching Beauties”) I also printed out some skeleton graphics and used leftover spider and pumpkin-printed fabric to frame some of the pictures. Finally, I used some leftover plastic googly eyes and glitter glue to create a haunted looking tree complete with hanging bats and spider webs.

Note: If you plan to use non-traditional scrapbooking materials in your layout, remember to spray them with acid neutralizer prior to adding them to the page. I made the mistake of skipping this step when I added a ticket stub to a pervious page and now the layout has to be redone because of discoloring.

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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.