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Halloween MiniBook 2007

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[ all product information listed below ]


This is a Halloween minibook for 2007 that I began last year. Some of you may remember the cover which was used as a demo on working with beads and glaze for Method Playground. You can read the step-by-step here.   


As many of you know, I don't scrapbook in any specific order. I don't feel like I need to finish up Halloween before I can do Christmas, etc. I am more interested in being inspired by the story or the photos and feeling motivation to be creative. There's no guilt, just a nice list of projects I want to do when I have a chance (and when inspiration strikes).


If you are into minibooks or looking for more concepts and ideas to
inspire you definitely take some time to check out my latest book: Sharing Your Story.


First step in the process for this minibook is to assess the photos. I had a ton from last year and I had no plans to include them all in this minibook. I went through all of them (all printed 4x6 with white border at scrapbookpictures.com) and figured out some general categories/stories I wanted to make sure I included.


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I separated the photos into the story categories and jotted down my list. Stories/topics included house decorating/pumpkins, trying on costumes, deciding on being a vampire, cookies, getting ready for the big night, car ride to Jill's, Halloween night + decorations.


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From there I cut my patterned papers to size (the same size as the interior acrylic pages) and adhered them back to back because I knew I was going to need more pages than came with the acrylic album. I actually did not know exactly how many I was going to need yet so I cut a few more than I really needed.


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[ specific papers will be identified in photos below ]


Here's a look at my finished Halloween minibook with product information included:


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[ Clear Album: Picture It/Page Frame (listed as 6x6 but it is actually larger); Die Cut Patterned Paper: Narratives Cream Tab ABC Cardstock Stickers; Cobweb Rub On: Hambly Spooky Halloween; Felt Skeleton: Making Memories Spellbound Halloween Collection; Chipboard Letters: Heidi Swapp Center of Attention; Glass Beads: JudiKins: Glaze: Diamond Glaze ]


The Spooky Halloween Hambly cobweb rub ons came out last year and I stockpiled a few sheets because they were a cool set I could see myself using on this project and in the future. This is one of the things I have always thought is such a bummer in this industry: things come out and then they are simply gone. A bunch of the products I used in this album are from last year. Products that I picked up because I loved them but they are now not available anymore. Luckily, the Spooky Halloween Hambly cobweb rub ons are still available on their website.


Click on the photos below for a larger version.


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[ Glitter Tree: Making Memories Spellbound Glitter Foam Stickers; Happy Halloween Stamp: Catslife Press ]


One of the things I wanted in this album was to maintain some of the transparent pages and not cover them with photos and a bunch of stuff.


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[ Felt Bird: Making Memories Spellbound Halloween Collection; Circle Accent: Making Memories Die Cut Journaling Stickers; Patterned Paper: Making Memories Black Glitter Dot Spellbound Paper; Word Stickers: Making Memories Halloween from 2007 ]


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The general foundation for this album is really simple: white border photos with a strip of journaling along the top. Journaling was printed onto white cardstock and the top two corners rounded.


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[ Patterned Transparency: Creative Imaginations Harvest Moon Spider Web; Felt Pumpkin: Making Memories Spellbound Halloween Collection; Rectangle Accent: Making Memories Die Cut Journaling Stickers; Spider Web Rub On: Hambly Spooky Halloween ]


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[ Transparent Skeleton: Making Memories Spellbound Glitter Clears; Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Crushed Velvet Cardstock ]


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[ Patterned Paper: Making Memories Halloween collection 2007; Felt + Button Accent: Evalicous ]


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After it was all done there was one very happy camper around here...one who LOVES costumes and Halloween. He loves the photos and another thing I noticed was that he was really touching and feeling the textures of the paper and the felt accents. Cool.


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HOLIDAY NOTE: For those of you starting to think about creating a December Daily album, I will be diving into mine and sharing my process next week.

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123 thoughts

  1. Molly says…
    10/23/2008

    love it!
    So great that the photos stand out, unencumbered by the other elements. Such a nice treatment.

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  2. Nicky Anderson says…
    10/23/2008

    Love the album Ali - love the smile on Simon's face.
    Can't wait to get started on the December album - can't wait!!!
    Have a great day.
    Nicky

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  3. sue Treiber says…
    10/23/2008

    awesome album, as always!!!!
    Love the little R2D2 nearby :)

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  4. Theresa says…
    10/23/2008

    What an amazing album! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. gina says…
    10/23/2008

    I didn't play along with the Week in the Life album, but am looking forward to the December Daily project -- thanks for the heads-up on that!

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  6. Amy says…
    10/23/2008

    I LOVE that album!! What a treasure for Simon to have now and years from now. I love it! I love the close ups of the Halloween decorating too, very nice.
    I'm so excited that you're going to start your December Daily now. I already started collecting supplies for that one. :)

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  7. Ann says…
    10/23/2008

    Simon's reaction - Priceless. Love the book -

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  8. Heather says…
    10/23/2008

    Ali - -Thanks for sharing the process along with the finished project -- helps me get a better idea how to create my own. Love the look on Simon's face at the end when he is looking at the book -- doesn't that make it worth all the effort!

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  9. Monika says…
    10/23/2008

    Good morning Ali,
    Love you Halloween album! I'm moving pretty slowly with my week in the life album and I know why? It's so difficult for me to cut those precious pictures down to a smaller size. I keep thinking that one day the kids would love to see the original and I won't have it even though I'm putting all the pictures on a CD. How do I overcome this fear? Any suggestions? Thanks for all the inspiration.
    Monika

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  10. maureen says…
    10/23/2008

    That last photo shows what it's all about. Simon's face is precious.

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  11. LeeAnna says…
    10/23/2008

    I love it all...

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  12. vdalton says…
    10/23/2008

    Great album!!! Really cool embellishments!!
    Totally love the photo of you at the end.
    My question is how do you take the photo of the jack-o-lanters that show them "glowing" especially the close up?
    {vicki}

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  13. Johanna says…
    10/23/2008

    This is very, very inspiring – thank you! I have put the week in the life album-making in the back of my mind for keepsaking a while right now – the deadline for another project is approaching, but I am optimistic I'll get it done sometime anyway, as the photos and the stuff I collected is well stored and ready to work with. I try not to feel too bad about not being able to finish it up in the next few weeks and just be happy about what I have achieved so far. I have really come to cherish your blog through the project –your work is so different than what I ( a design student) do myself, but just down my line the same time. Thanks, Ali!

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  14. jenny says…
    10/23/2008

    Love how the photos are your focus....perfectly put together...this is one of my favorites! Can't wait to start on the Dec Daily. I have already started gathering things!!!

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  15. Amy says…
    10/23/2008

    Your blog is a gift to me each day - I love mini albums and this one is great!

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  16. Ali says…
    10/23/2008

    Monika - try think in terms of pieces of the whole. One of the goals of this album is to just show bits of your daily life...it is the combination of all those bits coming together that really creates a cool look and feel. If there are photos that you just absolutely love then maybe there are other stories that can be told with them on other layouts.

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  17. Kerry says…
    10/23/2008

    You are so amazingly cool. I love your simple outlook on EVERYTHING. I'm soooo looking forward to the December Daily. Thanks for sharing so much with us and guiding us along. Have a wonderful day and I hope you're feeling well!

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  18. Ali says…
    10/23/2008

    Vicki - last year I set up a tripod and just played around :). I think the tripod (or setting your camera on the ground or a chair for stability) is the key.

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  19. Camille says…
    10/23/2008

    Amazing album, great fun! Wow, ya can really see how much Simon has grown and changed, huh?
    I've already finished my December Daily album... feels so good, excited to fill it in!

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  20. Shannon in WA says…
    10/23/2008

    Your Halloween album looks great. Thanks for sharing. I'm thrilled to hear that you're working on your December Daily next. I'm currently finishing up a Christmas album for 2006 and I've been collecting Christmas stuff for this year's album. I've made a list of family activities and traditions that I want to include. I'm looking forward to completing the album as each day goes by and having a finished product at the end of the season.

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  21. Lisa Westphal says…
    10/23/2008

    Oh, your album is precious! It totally captures the moments/feelings/sights of Halloween perfectly. I love albums that leave you 'feeling' the memories. You have done another awesome job. . .so inspiring. . .so motivating. . .I need to go make something! : ) Have a wonderful day. : )

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  22. Jamie ~ Alabama says…
    10/23/2008

    You did a great job with this. Love it!

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  23. Ann-Marie says…
    10/23/2008

    This is so fabulous. I am inspired!

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  24. Stephanie S., Woodbridge, VA says…
    10/23/2008

    Thanks for sharing! As usual - it's beautiful. I was do excited to read that you are goign to be sharing the December Daily journal next week. I totally want to do that this year!! Thanks for all you share with us.

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  25. Marge says…
    10/23/2008

    What a great album!!! And, I just loved the spider web rubons (in fact, I just went to their site and ordered them - know I'll use them at some point). Thanks so much, Ali, for sharing.

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