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October 23, 2008

Halloween MiniBook 2007


[ 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 4×6 with white border at and figured out some general categories/stories I wanted to make sure I included.


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.


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.


[ specific papers will be identified in photos below ]

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


[ 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.



[ 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.


[ 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 ]


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.


[ 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 ]


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


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











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.



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.


  • 51.
    EmmaJ said…

    Oh I love that, but especially the picture of Simon looking through it!

  • 52.

    omg! thanks for the tuitorial! I totally love this as I love anything halloween AND overlays!
    thanks for the inspiration!

  • 53.
    Rosa said…

    I love it very cute and simple to do,TFS what i love the most is Simon’s face.

  • 54.
    Tiffany said…

    I love your mini albums. They are gorgeous and yet simple enough for someone like me to create. You are so inspiring!

  • 55.
    sara said…

    Aww… that photo of him looking at it is so sweet. I love the idea of making a book that is more touch-interactive for kids. I love it!

  • 56.

    Great mini!!!

  • 57.
    Susi from Germany said…

    That album is great! Love the neat style and your well chosen photographs. I always struggle which ones I do NOT take …
    Here’s a link about taking pictures of the glowing pumpkins: (It really helped me taking excellent shots, we carved two yesterday.)

  • 58.

    Absolutely beautiful, Ali. I LOVE that photo of Simon looking at the album. That’s what it’s all about, huh? :)

  • 59.
    Christy said…

    Hi Ali,
    I love your halloween ideas minibook. I have question to ask about picture printing. Do you print most picture through home printer? or did you order to have it printed?
    I love all of your week of the life. It is so neat idea that you create that. I hope to start something like that sometimes. Thanks for everything you give a great idea!

  • 60.
    Franziska said…

    hello Ali, I just like to tell you how beautiful your album became. So cool, so wonderful photos. A real piece of art. I’d wish to be able to create as beautiful mini albums as you do. Keep on showing us treasures like this!
    Greetings from Germany

  • 61.
    LizT said…

    LOVE the Halloween album! Fave time of year… fall, holidays, the weather, everything. (posted pics before I journaled in it, but you can see my Halloween album from my Halloween party last year here:
    I’m not good about posting work I’ve done on my blog, all the people that read my blog see all my scrap stuff, LOL!)
    WAY excited about the December Daily.. didn’t get a chance to do it last year, and hoping I stick with it this year, it’s now or never! Just found out I was pregnant and go on Wed. to see if it’s TWINS! WOW! :)

  • 62.
    Sam said…

    What a beautiful album, so inspiring. I was wondering what you did with the extra photos you didn’t use – do you keep them for another project?

  • 63.
    ToneF said…

    What a lovely little Halloween album!!!
    You make so many gorgeous and inspiring things.
    I also wanted to tell you that today I bought those card-holder pockets that I saw you used in your Week in a life-album! I completely fell in love with that kind of scrapping (especially since I am completelt hooked on ATC’s at the moment ;)
    And right now I am working on the advent-ATCs-”layout”
    Looking forward to the December Daily :o )
    Have a lovely day!!!

  • 64.
    Jill Swanson said…

    A wonderful album. It makes me jealous. You are so talented. Jill S

  • 65.
    Crayonmonster said…

    Gorgeous album!! I love the spiderwebs!

  • 66.
    Krystyn said…

    Thanks Ali! This is excellent. I have had a 4×6 clear Maya Road album and never knew what I’d do with it – I’m going to make a Halloween mini for my little guys 1st Halloween. You are a great inspiration!!

  • 67.
    Angela W said…

    Love the mini! I have a few and just need to try one. I have taken 1 acrylic album class and wish I had more experience with them. I know I’d absolutely love to make them if I could just start it! Thanks for sharing!

  • 68.
    Heather said…

    Oh I love it!! Great job :)

  • 69.
    psmulican said…

    I remember you sharing the photos from Halloween last year and how good they were. They look even better in this awesome book! I can’t believe Simon would let you put the makeup on his face to look like a vampire. That’s one thing my sensory kiddo just will not do. So glad he is experiencing all the fun again by looking and touching the book. Love that! Thanks as always for sharing.

  • 70.
    Rachel Greig said…

    That is such a cool album. It would take you ages to take the pics and upload the photos here with all the links. Thanks for making the effort – I love the inspiration!!!

  • 71.
    Kate said…

    I love this album! And the picture of your “happy camper” checking himself out is SO CUTE!

  • 72.
    Ava Gavloski said…

    Album looks great!
    ava, cottagerca

  • 73.
    LauraBean said…

    I love the look of the acrylic album. What would be the best way for me to learn how to do this? I’m a digital scrapper, so not skilled with glue, etc., and unsure how to deal with the transparency of an album like this. Does your new book give practical tips or is it mostly inspiration?

  • 74.
    rebecca harper said…

    THis is so cool ali…

  • 75.
    Cherie said…

    very cool! excited to see your thinking for the December daily.

  • 76.
    Heather said…

    So, so cool!

  • 77.
    jenn said…

    love it and totally love that Simon is into it :) I just finished my Daily December Album the other week :) I can’t wait to see your process though!

  • 78.
    Donna said…

    Love the Halloween book…but the best photo of all here is the last one with your son smiling as he looks at it. Thats what scrapbooking is all about isn’t it? Saving cherised memories for us & future generation to enjoy….

  • 79.
    Jeannette P said…

    TOTALLY AWESOME mini album!!!! I am in love with the spider webs in different colors. That is way cool!!!! And I think of all the pics, my fav is of Simon looking at the finished product. Just shows one of the biggest reaons why I scrapbook.

  • 80.

    That’s beautiful! I absolutely love the book. So creative

  • 81.
    Lisa said…

    Wow thanks for sharing your amazing work!
    I love that R2D2 is watching right along with your little guy. Too cute. What a sweet pic. Enjoying mom’s artwork!

  • 82.

    Love the Halloween book – I see why you stockpiled the rubons– way cool! Simon is so precious! Thanks for sharing AND for giving us a gentle reminder about the December project. Would love to put one of those together this year.

  • 83.
    Heidi in Edmonton, Alberta Canada said…

    First of all – love the book. AWESOME. But a quick question that a few others also asked, what do you do with all of the “other photos” that you didn’t use? Save for other LOs/stories you want to tell? Or figure you told the Hween 2007 story with those in the mini book & carry on? I am having a hard time paring down photos to use for mini books :( and sometimes even my LOs. I just love the pics so much :) :) Ideas?

  • 84.
    Nicole said…

    Thanks for sharing your Halloween album. Love the format and the clear pages. My immediate thought was: This is a great format for my Daily December. Now I can’t wait for next week!

  • 85.
    Alaina said…

    Ali – That acrylic mini album is awesome! I absolutely love the look of acryclic books!!! We had a girlfriend’s weekend where we left our children to take care of our husbands (kidding), and we took off to scrap! We all decided to make a “best girlfriend’s” acrylic album. I got 3 pages done and was stumped, overwhelmed and gave up. I had such a hard time trying to layer so the 3rd page could peek through the 1st page, and so on (I swear there must have been math involved!)! I love the step by step pictures of your acrylic book! Maybe this “want to be creative” girl can return and finish this project!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • 86.
    Helen said…

    thanks for sharing, it’s a wonderful mini !!
    for Xmas i started preparing a clear mini with numbers and just waiting to start snapping pics to put in, very inspired by yours last year; thanks for sharing with us, makes me think out of the box and proud to say achieve new sorts of projects !

  • 87.
    Latrice said…

    That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen girl! The layout is great and simple. I love it. It’s always nice to see your kids totally into what you’ve done right?
    I have to ask you to check out my blog today. I’m opening my Etsy shop and would love for you to stop by and tell me what you think. It’s linked in my post for the morning. Talk to you soon chica!

  • 88.
    Ulla said…

    Fantastic album. What a treasure. I did the “Week in the life” project – with lots of journaling. It ended up really just being “Fragments of a week in the life”, ’cause I didn’t have the energy to write and take pictures all the time. But I was reading my journaling yesterday and was amazed at how much our lifes have ALREADY CHANGED. I have 10 month old twins, and our daily routine seemed mundane and boring at the time, but it changes SO FAST. I remember thinking yesterday what a treasure my journaling and the pictures are to me now – and it doesn’t matter at all that the project is “incomplete”. Thank you for inspiring me! I live in Europe, where we don’t celebrate halloween, but I will definetely jump in for the december project!

  • 89.
    Emily Jones said…

    This is amazing Ali! I just wanted to let you know that you inspire me SO much. I just got “Sharing Your Story” on Tuesday, and I’m already working on my second mini this week! I know you hear how awesome you are all the time, LOL..but it’s true! You are truly an inspiration. :-)

  • 90.
    Anita said…

    Love the mini-book and everything else you create…I am always so inspired by your art, Ali!
    I noticed you mentioned a circle cookie cutter for your pumpkins. I have a great technique for you if you haven’t already carved the pumpkins.
    To create perfect circles everytime, attach a drill bit to the drill (whatever size you’d like) and drill the holes in the pumpkin. I did this 2 years ago and loved the way it looked and how easy it was. Surprisingly, pumpkin guts do not go flying everywhere:)
    Have fun…

  • 91.
    Kelley said…

    hi Ali,
    I wanted to thank you for sharing the article regarding Autism yesterday. As a former dev. therapist in a preschool for kiddos on the spectrum and an Auntie to a 5 yr old boy with autism I found it a great piece to email to my family…who really don’t get the whole picture of my nephew. Thanks again

  • 92.
    Samara said…

    Such a great project — absolutely MADE by wonderful, wonderful photos. You are good!

  • 93.
    Kia Gregory said…

    Thanks Ali for showing us your step by steps.

  • 94.

    That is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing!

  • 95.
    scrapwordsgirl said…

    Just an AMAZING book!! Love this so much and love the pic of Simon looking at it!!
    Happy Friday, Ali!!!! :)

  • 96.
    Rhonda Steed said…

    Seriously so awesome. And I would have to agree about the cool products going “out” so fast. (Good thing I don’t really care and use what I like anyways….) I’m always amazed at your productivity!! Looks awesome.

  • 97.
    Annette said…

    Hi Ali,
    Love your album. My son and I were looking at it yesterday togther and he said “hey mommy he looks like me!” (Simon) and he loved the R2D2. Anyway as always you are amazing. Were goign to be a “friendly ghost” this year. Happy Halloween

  • 98.
    Heathyr said…

    I love this little mini, Ali! And I have been anticipating your 2008 December Daily for a year!! I can’t wait!

  • 99.

    This is so cute! I love the transparent pages. It’s all helped with the cute little vampire!

  • 100.
    MandyK said…

    Awesome mini!As always the pictures of Simon are precious he us getting so big.Excited about the December Daily adventure this year since we are preparing to try something new during the holiday season this year.Have a wonderful weekend!

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