DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album

Hey there crafty friends! It’s Aly here again to share a fun and easy DIY Halloween Mini Album with you using some of my favorite new We R tools, along with some old stand-bys. We’ve created a tradition at our house of trying on our Halloween costumes a few days before the big day to see how they look, and so I get a chance to take some good photos in full light and under ideal circumstances. This has been such a stress reliever! Now I can enjoy the festivities on Halloween night just as much as everyone else without worrying about getting the perfect photos before it’s all over.

I just took some photos of my youngest daughter all dressed up as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, and decided to make a simple matchbook mini album to store them using the Template Studio and some black glitter Designer Poster Board as my base.

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To create this 3×4 inch album I cut a 3″ x 9″ strip from a piece of black glitter Designer Poster Board using the Template Studio. Poster board makes a great mini album base since it’s sturdier than cardstock, but not quite as stiff as some chipboard can be.

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Then I used my Trim and Score Board to score lines at 3 5/8″, 3 3/4″, 7 3/4″ and 7 7/8″. You can trim a bit of extra off the left end if you’d like to leave more room to see your photos once the album’s assembled.

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To create the inside pages for the album, I trimmed five pieces of black glitter Designer Poster Board to 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ so they’re slightly smaller than the cover. Next, I rounded the corners of my cover and inside pages with my 1/4″ Corner Chomper, and then punched 1/8″ holes in the bottom of the inside pages, and in the bottom front flap of the cover with my Crop-A-Dile.

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I added my 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ photos to the inside pages using adhesive dots. They stick well to the glitter on the poster board. ( I added my photos after punching the holes, but I recommend adding them before you punch the holes so you don’t have to punch twice.) I used some Dear Lizzy roller stamps to add journaling, and then die cut the stamped phrases to create labels for each photo. Then I added a few gold Sequin Stickers to finish off my album pages.

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I place brads into the holes of the bottom front flap, and then into the holes of the inside pages to bind the album. Since the brads don’t go through the back of the album, the prongs are hidden, keeping the album neat and tidy. Finally, I embellished the front of the album with some shapes that I die cut with my Evolution Advanced from some of the new DIY Party Double Sided Paper Pad. I added a few black Sequin Stickers, and stamped the date as my title with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp.

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This little matchbook mini is easy to make and oh-so-fun! It perfect for showcasing Halloween, birthday, or holiday photos. It would make a great gift album as well.

Supplies:

Decorative Poster Board (black glitter)
Template Studio Starter Kit
Trim and Score Board
Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile
Evolution Advanced
Bat and Moon Punch Die
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram, Banners
Sequin Stickers–Black, Gold
Roller Stamps–Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp
Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots
black ink pad
brads
foam squares

Scrapbook Halloween Traditions

Holiday traditions are part of what makes the holidays so fun for me. I love some of the traditions we’ve adopted as a family over the years, and those family traditions are a great thing to document on a scrapbook page. Here’s your Halloween scrapbooking tip #3: record your family Halloween traditions. Take a look at this layout I created below about one of our oldest and most favorite spooky family traditions.

Tissue Ghosts by Aly Dosdall

Making tissue ghosts is something we’ve done as a family since my 17 year old twins were toddlers. And they still ask if we’re going to make them! It’s a bit silly, but something we totally love to do as a family–probably more for the sentimental value than anything.

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There are a few ways I was able to save time on this page. First, I used several 3×4 journaling cards from the Shine collection. Journaling cards are not only great for pocket pages, but they’re an awesome time savor for traditional pages as well. They’ve already got great patterns, journaling, titles, and more, so all you need to do is layer them on your page!

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I also saved time by adding a page title to my photo before printing it. You can do this in your favorite photo editing software, or by using an app on your phone. I used my favorite photo editing app to add a frame and page title, and then printed my photo. To embellish my page I used some stars cut out from Shine 6×6 papers, some die cut shapes, and gold sequins. I also added a bit of messy machine stitching for some additional texture on the page.

Well, are you ready to get spooky tomorrow? I know my kids are super excited. Me and my hubby are a bit too since we usually inherit the candy the kids don’t like. =) Be sure to pop in tomorrow when I’ll be sharing one final idea for Halloween scrapbooking. See you then!

~Aly

Supplies:

Shine Journaling Cards
Shine 6×6 Paper Pad
Shine Acrylic Stickers
Bat and Moon Punch Dies
Evolution Advanced

DIY Halloween Memory Game

If you need ideas for a fun children’s Halloween party game, look no further than your favorite We R Memory Keepers tools and dies. You can create your own Halloween Memory Game using some spooky dies, your Evolution, and the 3×4 Card Punch. Take a peek at the set of cards I made for my daughter.

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First I punched several pairs of 3×4 cards from two sheets of patterned paper with a neutral background. I used the same paper to make sure that the backs of the cards look the same. I also made sure to use the same blocks of paper for matching pairs of cards.

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Then I die cut several Halloween shapes–spiders, stars, bats and moons, and spooky edges. I adhered them to the cards with double sided tape, creating matching pairs. Then I laminated them so they’ll last a bit longer being handled so frequently.

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My daughter loves playing with them and she can’t wait to share them with her friends.

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I hope you were inspired by the Halloween party projects this week. Next week I’ll be sharing tons of Halloween layout inspiration, so be sure to check back so you’re ready to scrapbook all those photos you’ll take on the 31st!

~Aly

Supplies:

Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Indian Summer 6×6 Paper Pad
3×4 Card Punch–Square
Evolution
Bat and Moon Punch Die
Spider Shape Die
Star Punch Dies
Frightful Edges Dies

Halloween Candy Boxes

So far this week I’ve shared some fun Shine projects with the goal to not only showcase the beautiful papers and embellishments in the collection, but to also show you how versatile this collection is. You’ve seen an all-occasion card, a fall layout, and today I’m sharing some fun Halloween treat containers I made with the Shine collection, the Candy Box Punch Board, and the Bat and Moon Punch Die.

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While the papers in this collection aren’t themed, the colors and patterns lend themselves perfectly to seasonal projects. For these candy boxes I selected papers with charcoal, golden rod, white, and grey. When combined with some seasonal dies, the papers are perfect for Halloween.

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The moons on my boxes are “negative” spaces created after running the punched and scored (but still flat) boxes through my Evolution with the moon die face down on the second box panel, and the paper facing up. After cutting out the moons (which I saved for another project) I backed the negative moon spaces with scraps of goldenrod paper using foam squares for a bit of dimension. Then I die cut some bat shapes from the wood grain paper and placed them over the moon shapes, again with foam squares.

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I finished off my Halloween Candy Boxes with some gold sequins for a bit of shimmer and tied the ends with natural jute twine to add to the fall feel. These would make great neighbor, teacher, friend, school, or trick-or-treat goodies.

Halloween Candy Boxes by Aly Dosdall

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our final Shine project–you won’t want to miss this one!

~Aly

Supplies:

Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Shine 6×6 Paper Pad
Candy Box Punch Board
Bat and Moon Punch Die
Evolution