Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Happenings

 I was looking for something to put in Halloween packages to my two college age children when I found these adorable wooden coffin boxes at Michaels.  I bought enough to give to all 3 of my children and my sister's 3 children as well. 
 To decorate them I started by painting them with acrylic paint (I used black-green).   This hides any minor gaps in the paper. Once the paint dried I covered the outside with a variety of papers by Martha Stewart Crafts and K and Company. Cut around the hinges and the clasp.
Halloween wooden coffin
I also papered the inside of the lid and inside bottom of the box, but left the side on the inside natural wood.  Once that was complete I inked all the edges with black ink.  Each box was finished off with a clear coat of acrylic spray.

The boxes dried overnight and I embellished them the next day.  Want to Scrap black pearls were used on the slats of some of the coffins.  Stickers from Recollections and Jolee's completed the boxes inside and out.

These boxes were so much fun to make!  I completed all six in one afternoon except for the final embellishments.
Halloween coffins
Finished coffins
Bat embelishments
Black pearls and rhinestone bat embellishments

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Inside Hogwarts

Driving to Florida to visit Disney World and Universal was the highlight of our 2011 summer.   The Wizarding World of Harry Potter had just opened that spring and so of course the kids couldn't wait to go there.  After a 90 minute wait we were in!.  But they had told us to put everything into lockers at the beginning so that we wouldn't lose anything on the ride.  That meant I had no camera!  So after we toured the castle, my daughter Jenny and I got back on line (yes another 90 minutes) so that I could take pictures. (I kept my camera strapped to me during the ride this time).  Now I had so many photos of inside Hogwarts I couldn't decide which ones to use.  A little booklet on my scrapbook page solved that problem .
Universal - Harry Potter
Harry Potter layout
Mini album on the pages adds room for extra photos.

Original Loopy Brads

I don’t how many of you are like me, but there are times that I feel like I collect scrapbook supplies rather than actually scrapbook.  I have more stock than I can use.  The problem with that is that some things I loved 4 or 5 years ago aren't items that I want to use now.    So I always try to find ways to incorporate some of my older supplies onto my new layouts.  In this case I used a few of  my Karen Foster   loopy brads.  I really do like these brads, but I never seem to have a layout where they work.  The color was wrong for this layout, but I was able to change that.  A little alcohol ink gave them the coppery look I wanted to match other brads on the page.  These loopy brads are creating the doorknobs on my page.

Brads are adapted to the color scheme by coating them with alcohol ink

                                 Happy scrapping!