The summer CHA show is typically filled with tons of Halloween and Christmas lines, as these are what the scrapbookers are working on in the next few months, before Winter CHA. As usual, I was drawn to every single Halloween line...the irony being that I despise scrapping Halloween picures. There were many times that Sus, Beth, and Jules would see my eyes glaze over, drooling over something spooky or black, and they would gently steer me away, reminding me that my albums are almost totally void of Halloween layouts. Last year at this time, I challenged myself to actually scrap some trick or treating pictures...and I vowed to follow through again this year.
For those of you that avoid theme scrapping, I am sure you are with me on the Halloween thing. My dilemma...I LOVE the papers...to the extent of hoarding. I also LOVE my kids and their costumes. It just seems that the two are mutually exclusive...I can't seem to actually match a line that I LOVE with the pictures that I LOVE.
This year was different.
I chose three of the first lines that appeared in the Shoppe after the show. They were Pink Paislee's Twilight, Jenni Bowlin Studios, and My Minds Eye A Spider's Web. I ordered them, and thought good and spooky thoughts. I opened my box and fell totally in love with all of them, as I knew I would. The next step was actually finding pictures that I would like as much as the papers. Luckily for me, with the lack of Halloween scrapping, and 4 kids between the age of 6 and 13, I had a WHOLE lot of pictures to choose from.
To show you how far back my pictures go, here is one from 1999. This is Evan and Kendall dressed as Hershey kisses. I KNEW the Jenni Bowlin Bingo card was perfect for my title, and her new circle letters are a nice twist from the other tiny alphas that are so popular. Her chipboard buttons are the perfect embellishment. I also fell in love with the Pink Paislee Glitter Alphabets. They are amazing.
Most of my children's costumes aren't too "scary" yet, so the Pink Paislee Twilight was a perfect fit. This layout took exactly 10 minutes to complete. This line is truly one of the best Halloween lines I have ever worked with. (I hope you get the irony in that!)
Here is another Pink Paislee layout. The bright colors and glittery letters were perfect for Kiley as Hannah Montana, and her friend Amanda as Lola. Pink Paislee also has a circle alphabet...and it is included on a sheet with another alphabet. I love the versatility of that!
My next layout is from My Minds Eye A Spider's Web collection. I want to show you the base paper that I used:
Here is the completed layout. I used my exacto knife to cut out the web to overlap the photo, and added diecuts from the sheet that is included in the pack. See that polka dot strip on the bottom? It was on the throw away strip on the bottom of the paper. I loved it!
The pack of My Minds Eye comes with so much paper that I decided to make a hanging for our front door. These are some die-cuts that I got on clearance last year, and covered in papers from the pack.
In conclusion, I really think that I can finally say that I enjoy scrapping Halloween as much as the little moments in my kids life. Now...to tackle Christmas...
I'm SO in love with the Pink Paislee alphas & papers! Must. Have. Them. All.
Love the papers and you did an awesome job on all. My favorite is the Hershey Kisses. It's just too cute.
Fantastic job, Pam! I love it all!
Very nice!!!!! Now I HAVE MORE STUFF TO BUY!!!
Wonderful job on the reveal! Great layouts and love the door hanging!
All of these are great Pam!
I love Halloween supplies too!! I love what you did with all three lines. Great job Pam!
Awesome layouts and those kisses are too cut!
You KNOW I adore ALL of this! You used so many of my favorite new products: the Pink Paislee, JB round minis, those awesome chipboard alphas... it all looks amazing!
Awesome Halloween layouts and decoration, Pam! I love the Hershey Kisses!