A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of being asked by the adorable Jamie Sorenson to be a guest blogger at Two Peas during their upcoming SpookCRAFTular Halloween event! It took me about 3 seconds to consider it. 2Peas + Halloween + scrapbooking = HECK YES!
I was especially thrilled as I completely adore Halloween - it's by far my favorite holiday (probably because my birthday is just two days later!) I love everything about it from the costumes to the candy to the cool night air, but it's the decorations that really get me excited. I start no later than the 1st of October putting out my mums, pumpkins and hay bales but I don't stop with just the outdoors. Nope, my embellishing goes throughout my entire house, especially when it comes to handmade pieces and touches.
So after my email from Jamie, I then had the fun of deciding what I wanted to make. I knew I wanted to do something decor-related ...and then I stumbled upon the adorable Whoo-Ligans line by Bo Bunny and that was it.
Can you blame me? I couldn't get enough of those little monsters and creatures and once I saw this fun album Little Yellow Bicycle, I knew exactly what my creation would be - a Haunted Whoo-Ligans banner!
To start, I first took apart the album pieces and then re-arranged them on my craft table for a bit of variety. I covered each piece with a different paper from the same Whoo-Ligans line (as well as a bit of plain cardstock) and re-punched just a single hole so I could string it with the metal rings to join each piece once I was done.
Once the pages were covered with paper, I set about laying out all the different chipboard creatures trying to create a scene that looked like they were going in and out of different haunted houses. (I think I was going for a Monsters, Inc. feel as I love that movie!) Little details like pen work accents, windows and doors that were layered to create depth gave it a more "real" feel. (The irony!) I think I used all but maybe 3 pieces from the entire chipboard sheet that's how much I love them!
And finally, as always I love to extend my artwork beyond the traditional surface it's being created on to give it more interest. To do this with the banner, I found some medium gauge wire and wrapped it around a pencil to create spirals. Then I used some strong tape to tape one end to the back and then poked the other end through the bottom (or top) of the chipboard piece I wanted to highlight. That way, the owl and ghost look like they are flying and the spider like it's crawling up to the house.
With a couple of pieces of ribbon at the end rings, you have an adorable spooktacular banner that took no time at all!
I hope you'll keep coming back to 2peas and enjoying all the inspiring, spooky crafts this month! Have a Happy Friday!