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Halloween Week ... Is There a Mouse In The House?

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My next to the youngest grandgirl dressed as her favorite character for Boo At The Zoo...Minnie Mouse!  Creating this layout was a challenge.  I have no Mickey Mouse or related materials.  I am determined to use as much of my past Halloween supplies as I can.

Ali
Notables
This is Graphic 45's Magic of Oz collection.  Using the second side of the paper allowed me to create the Minnie Mouse layout.

I made the tab's by using Graphic 45's chipboard, turning to the back using another piece of the Magic of Oz paper and made more related tabs.
Glue the paper onto the tab.  Let it dry.  Cut the edges closely.  Use an emery board.(I use Basic Grey's for pieces like this) sanding the edges.  Ink the edges and you have it.
Licensed websites have Disney clipart.  This is the site I got mine from:  Disney Clipart Galore.  That is how I was able to make the little Minnie embellishments. 

The "heart" paper is actually raised a bit with a piece of felt underneath....like quilt…

Halloween Week Or Is It Christmas?

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Have you seen any children dressed in a character from Disney epic movie Frozen this Halloween season?  My Little and her sister are no exceptions, except I think they make cute look really cute. 

Little (grandgirl) is our Elsa.  Mom strung snowflake lights over the wagon and we were set for a magical night at Boo at the Zoo.

Remember:  This week's goal is to use the old stash.

Frozen's Elsa
(title placed under the three flowers is brushed out...) Ingredients
Graphic 45's Botanical Tea ... not from the old Halloween stash, but it matches so well.
Blue Fern Studios dangle chipboard

K&Co. Die Cut Paper snowflakes (old stash)
Prima Flowers and crystals
American Crafts Thickers (brushed out title and from older stash)
Golden's Glass Bead Gel
Momenta stencil
Ranger Paint Dabber Picket Fence, Frosted Stickles

Tim Holtz idea-ology Halloween charm (old stash),
Light blue acrylic paint

I love the crystal swirls, the elegant dangle and the flowers/snowflake mix.  It's …

Halloween Week .... We Booed the Zoo!

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The family went to Riverbanks Zoo for their annual Boo at the Zoo.  There are so many memories and pictures to boot.  I plan on creating an album just for this event.  For this week I am sharing a layout of each of the grandgirls.

First up is my Biker Chick

We Booed the Zoo!
Notables
I used my older stash (the goal for this Halloween) of Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings.  I really didn't have any 12 x 12 sheets left over so I used a sheet from Graphic 45's Communique collection.

Blue Fern Studios chipboard help to bring out her costume a bit ... A Biker ....  I painted it with Martha Stewart Gesso and went over it is spots with Tim Holtz's Distress Stains. 

I love this set of Prima Flowers and the orange one seem to be perfect for the page.

I wish ... I had not added the top piece.  I was trying for a "spooky look.  Nothing went right but I don't waste paper.  Oh sigh. 

I love to cut details from Graphic 45's paper collections.  The ghosts especially were a challeng…

Halloween Week...Kids Crafts

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Halloween is a great time to get your children involved in decorating.  Since I take care of 3 of my grandgirls I had the opportunity to pull out my scrappy products and have some fun. 

Tissue Ghosts
This has been tried and true since I was a little girl.  Little loved making the face on her ghosts that hang in her playroom.
1.  A facial tissue balled up and placed in the middle of another tissue.
2.  Tie your yarn close to the bottom of the balled up tissue.
3.  Use a black marker for the eyes and mouth.

Five Little Pumpkins
1.  Print out the poem.
2.  Glue down the craft sticks.
3.  Use Fiskars oval scallop squeeze punch.  It takes three punched pieces to make one pumpkin.
4.  The girls colored the pumpkins and fence with Crayola crayons.  
 Little wanted her pumpkins to be white and she wanted lots of them. Little's Sister let Mimi help and used three oval punch-outs to make one pumpkin.

Here is a printable of the Five Little Pumpkins for your budding artist.
Accordion Legs Jack…

It's Halloween Week! Halloween Past

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There is one costume that my three oldest children, at one time or another, wore.  It was the "clown" costume I made for Tabitha when she was about 4 years old.  From that point on it was passed down  to each of the children.  They often got more than one year's wear out of it.  FYI:  I still have the clown suit.

The photos in this layout are of three different years; 2 times for my daughter and 1 time for my son.

traveling clown costume

Ingredients
Graphic 45 Magic of Oz paper collection, chipboard buttons, flowers, and journaling tag. 
Tim Holtz idea-ology charms, letters, chitchat words, distress ink vintage photo, ribbon
Ranger paint dabber picket fence
EK Success pen

One of my scrapbook goals this Halloween is to use as much as possible my older products.  I have way too much to justify a new collection of Halloween paper.  So I am looking forward to showing my success and not too successful use of my scrapbook paper everyday this week.

I am looking forward to a fun…

Little Meets A "Real" Princess ... Graphic 45 and Blue Fern Studio

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I can't believe I haven't scrapbooked this photo yet.  Here is the story.

Back a couple of summers ago I took Little (grandgirl) to the historic USC Horseshoe.  It's a beautiful place right in the midst of the oldest part of the campus.  Little and I walked around, chased squirrels, taking pictures of Little sitting on the low hanging limbs of the old oak trees.

We were sitting and talking on one of the benches when Little cries out "a real princess, Meme!"  I looked where she was pointing and it was a beautiful bride having her bridal photos made.

She wanted to meet the princess.  We walked over and watch the photo shoot.  When they took a break I told the bride and her mother what Little had said.  The bride and her mother were so kind.  They talked to little about the "princess" getting married to the handsome "prince".  The bride was happy and held Little's hand to have her photo.  It was the highlight of Little's summer.

a real pri…

She's Not Afraid ... Scrapbooking Life

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I love scrapbooking those closeup photos that share a feeling or thought.  I really love scrapbooking life....everyday, ordinary life.

My grandgirl, Little, really likes the show Tangled.  Rapunzel is cool, but Pascal is the best.  Not really understanding that Pascal is a chameleon she has taken to catching the little lizards around her yard and calling them Pascal.  Note:  she never harms them and always feeds them before letting them go on their merry way.  LOL

Pascal
I was inspired by Graphic 45 design team member Romy Veul with the way she layered her paper with the edges punched.  I mixed it up differently and this is what I got. 

Notables
The paper collection is Graphic 45's Communique Collection.  Backstory:  I found the paper pad at Micheal's Arts and Crafts.  It was priced at $14.95.  I usually pay $19.95 for Graphic 45's 12 x 12 paper pads.  I had in my hand a 50% off coupon.  $7.50 ... I got a steal. 

The watermark on the photo was created digitally from a digi …

Turn Your Mistakes Into Masterpeices

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I saw a beautiful sketch by Michelle Singh but instead of three layers of torn paper I wanted to do a stencil pattern at the top, leave the middle to the paper, and the bottom third another stencil.  Boy, did I overreach my abilities.

Ali I first meant to use modeling paste but ended up using gesso and I don't even know why.  LOL  I guess I use so much of it it was just automatic.

I finally finished the top and bottom of the one page and rubbed in some Faber-Castell gelatos.   The color I wanted was not turning out like I thought and I was beginning to mess up the edges both on top and in the middle with ink.  What made me think I would like the lower and upper edges inked, I don't know.  Remember at this point it is still one piece of paper.  It was not getting better so I ended up tearing the top and bottom pieces off and reapplying it to another sheet of paper.  Still I wasn't liking it.

I decided to just keep going.  I added my paper strips ... all Bo Bunny ... layered …

Follow Your Bliss with Blue Fern Studios

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I continue to fall in love, creatively, with Blue Fern Studios chipboard and paper lines.  If you haven't tried their papers and you like to do a bit of mixed media, it is perfect.  I can not begin to extol all it's virtues, but is best if you  see for yourself.  Here is the link to where Blue Fern Studios products are sold .... (I only promote and not receive any compensation)... Retailers for Blue Fern Studios .

This is my answer to BFS's October sketch challenge using their paper collection and chipboard.

Follow Your Bliss
I used Blue Fern Studios chipboard Wild Flourish Frame to feature LS's most expressive face.  She always brings a smile to my face with her beautiful expressions. 

Blue Fern Studios chipboard bird, brick used as a stencil, and paper line Blue Fern Garden.

Martha Stewart gesso, topped with Faber-Castell gelatos on the vine and Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distress Ink on the flowers and frame.  Covered with Ranger's embossing ink and clear embossing…

Memories Are The Sweetest Things - Giveaway

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Ask anyone that struggles with serious memory health problems....memories are truly the sweetest of all things to have.  I have spent a lot of time this Spring, Summer, and it looks like Fall as well, making lots of memories not only for me but for my children and grandchildren.  If you can keep up with your scrapbooking then you are not making enough memories (or you just don't sleep!). 

Here is one of my fun memories over the summer.  My older granddaughter loves this particular yogurt shop and every chance I got I took her.  This is her with little Ali on Ali's first trip to the yogurt shop.

Sweetest Things In Life

Use my Stash Ingredients
Glitz Design rub-on

Heidi Grace 3-D embellishment
Making Memories glittered letters
Newer Ingredients
My Minds Eye Lost and Found paper collection
Blue Fern Studios chipboard XOXO
Recollections Labels ... banner
WeRMemory Keepers twine
Martha Stewart doily, gesso
Tim Holtz stamp, distress ink vintage photo and spun sugar
Ranger archival in…

2 - two - TWO A Birthday Scrapbook Layout

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Yes, my little grandgirl turned 2.  Time flies with these babies.

2 TWO
Ingredients
Graphic 45 Place in Time paper collection
Tim Holtz "twos", Distress Ink vintage photo, balloon stamp
Fiskars border punch
Ranger Archival Ink
Michael's rose ribbon
Golden molding paste
Faber-Castell Gelato
Prima buttons
Martha Stewart butterfly

Happy Birthday to my dearest Ali.

Check back on Monday for a little giveaway!

Have a Crafty Day!