Scrapdoodles has an awesome selection of fall and Halloween papers and embellishments right up towards the front of the store and, if you're anything like me, you will be standing there a long time trying to decide what to go home with. :) Oh this paper addiction!
I recently saw this rolled paper wreath video tutorial from Graphic 45, and thought a fall or Halloween theme would be great. With that project in mind, I chose (finally) some double sided papers from We R Memory Keepers' "Black Widow" line. You can see the whole line here, and of course at Scrapdoodles. I picked out the coordinating "Happy Halloween" embellishment for the middle of the wreath (I added some more paper ovals to give it more "weight") and when I saw the cute metal charms, I knew I HAD to use them somehow, too. I added an eyelet to the ends of some of the paper cones for strength and hung the charms with some Tim Holtz jump rings I had in my stash. Generally, I followed the tutorial from Graphic 45 with just a few changes. Instead of a chipboard backing, I used a scrap piece of foam board,
since I had that on hand. I also used a bit of foam board in the middle behind my center ovals and embellishment. In the tutorial, the paper cones are attached with staples. I had some difficulty with that, so I ended up using hot glue more than the staples. I love how this wreath turned out. An added bonus is how the little charms jingle on the door - love it! It's easy to create. The hardest part was trying to decide which papers to use!
Of course I can't let a Design Team week go by without a layout. For this week's layout, I chose a few papers from Echo Park's Halloween line, "Chillingsworth Manor." You can see the whole line here. Lots of cute and spooky details in this collection! I took home a sheet with spiders and polka dots and knew I had some cute photos of my daughter with spider cookies that I could use. My layout includes a combination of lines - Echo Park, some of my leftover scraps from the We R Memory Keepers collections, and some sticker elements from Authentique's Halloween line, "Enchanted." Man - there is a lot of good stuff out there for all your Halloween, pumpkin, and spider photos and projects!
For this layout, I punched several circles and simply straight stitched them right to the page in a line. It's a great way to add lots of pattern and texture to your layout. My title was cut with Echo Park papers. I used my Cricut and the "Happy Hauntings" cartridge along with some sticker elements from Authentique. I also used another sticker element (the spider and the fly quote) off to the side and added some Black Diamond Stickles to the two spiders. At the last minute I added a thin black cardstock frame with distressed inside edge.
I had a few scraps left, so I cut some 3/4 inch by 5 inch strips to make this little paper pumpkin. I just used brads to hold the strips together and then fanned them out and shaped them into a pumpkin. With a few more paper scraps and a leaf punch, I added the stem, vines, and leaf. I could see several of these decorating a table this fall.
So, while the picking is good, visit Scrapdoodles and pick up some fall/Halloween collection papers. I hope you have an easier time deciding than I did ;)
Happy Scrappin'! Karen
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