Got some more Halloween madness from our sweet Laura today!
Check out these awesome paper mache decorations!
[ Shapes | This & That: Halloween (tree) / Foundations: Trick Or Treat (diamond background) / This & That: All Hallows Eve (bats) ]
I love that these aren’t traditional ‘orange and black.’ I think it’s important to add a little bit of variety in your decor. Of course, when I look at my Halloween decor, it’s pretty much orange and black with a splash of green.
Oh well. :)
Fabulous job Laura!
Here’s what Laura has to say:
I have a confession. I don’t go all out every Halloween and decorate my house top to bottom. I see photos everywhere I look of spooky, but really cute, Halloween decorations filling up every nook and cranny of homes, and I wish I could learn to incorporate it into my house in the same way. But I can’t, so I limit my Halloween decor to the one small table by my front door. Which means I keep my decor items nice and simple, just like these paper mache “BOO” letters.
I used a mixture of thin washi tape, black acrylic paint, white misting spray, and Mod Podge to cover each paper mache letter. I used the diamond background shape from the Foundations: Trick or Treat kit to cut 3 seperate pieces of patterned paper large enough to cover the front of each letter, trimming off any of the excess from the edges and the insides of each letter. I then resized the tree from the This & That: Halloween [Just Shapes] kit to the same height as my letters (8 inches), and cut it from black cardstock, along with some bats from the new This & That: All Hallows Eve kit.
And don’t forget all this ‘madness’ going on too!
That’s right boys and girls!
It’s October 1 and I am ready to see all things scary!
Okay, maybe not scary movies, because those just aren’t my cup of tea.
But I love having fun seeing all the fun creations people make out there
for this spooky time of year.
That’s why I thought it would be fun to do a little bit of this!
So all things Halloween and Fall–with the exception of the latest All Hallows’ Eve kits–are on sale for 30% off all week long. Just look for the sale tags in the store to know what fall item is on sale!
And what I’m most excited about is to see some fabulous Halloween ideas here on the blog!
Let’s check out this canvas that the ever-so creative Miss Nichol has made for her Halloween decor!
[ Shapes | This+That: All Hallows Eve ('broom parking', web, bats, broom, pumpkin, cat, spider, crow, hand) / Subway Art: Halloween ('there is no escaping', 'witches' brew') / This+That: Love (cake stand) / This Is Halloween (skull in glass, cauldron, 'double double toil and trouble', potion bottles) / This+That: Halloween (witch boots, web) / This & That Gratitude (wheat) | This+That: Autumn (pitchfork, leaves) / This+That: School (apple, books) / Exclusive Silhouette Class kit (cash register numbers)
Okay. Seriously??? [halloween] eye candy all over the place!
The hand coming out of the cauldron holding the apple? love.
Absorb the details. Really.
Here’s what Nichol has to say:
I’ve had this canvas sitting around forever and after completing a couple of Halloween layouts where I created die cut “scenes” [one for our family's Halloween costume album HERE and one for a layout for my True Scrap 4 class, The Art of Layering] I realized that a larger-scale die cut “scene” would make the perfect addition to our Halloween decor! After distressing the canvas background with Tim Holtz stains and stamps and Studio Calico mists, I was ready to add my die cuts. Because this was such a detailed project with so many pieces, it did take a bit longer to put it all together but the result was well worth the effort and we have a fun new decor item for the spookiest time of the year!”
And just so you know, that canvas is 12″ x 24″. :)
Pretty awesome. Yeah. Can’t wait to share more Halloween goodness this week.
I think that’s got to be one of my favorite words.
It can be something big, like seeing your kids all together after five months (Zach just got home from Alaska last night), or something very simple like a cool fall morning, sitting by the open front room window, feeling the breeze and seeing the shadows of the lilac bush dance across the walls and floor.
There is just way too much in this life to enjoy.
I feel like it’s a positive word.
One that can up lift your spirits.
One that can help turn your mood around when you feel like life is against you.
Think about what you enjoy.
I won’t even talk about the Dr. Pepper I’m enjoying right now.
I really think it makes you feel grateful for what you have.
Look at the positive.
Enjoy means: to get pleasure from.
How you can you not find things that you get pleasure from?
And that’s why I made the word ‘enjoy’ in the Pack Your Bags kit.
One of my favorite things to do is travel, and there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had there!
Of course, like I say, there’s way too much to enjoy.
And this card from Miss Laura is definitely enjoy-able!
[ Shapes | This & That: Love (cupcake) / Pack Your Bags (enjoy) ]
truly scrumptious, i must say.
and i truly enjoy things that are scrumptious. :)
All that confetti?
Now tell me. Who wouldn’t enjoy getting that card???
Here’s what Laura has to say:
I am constantly in need of birthday cards, and never seem to have enough on hand when I need them. So I thought I would whip up some quick and easy cards to have on hand. I’ve been wanting to try out the confetti trend that is so popular these days, and thought it would be fun to add to the top of a cupcake. I used the cupcake from Kerri’s This & That: Love [just shapes] kit. I cut the bottom part of the cupcake from patterned paper, and the top part from vellum. My intention was to put the punched confetti under the vellum and sew around the edges, but it didn’t work out so well for me. So I ran the vellum part of the cupcake through my Xyron, so that the entire piece was covered in adhesive. Then I sprinkled punched confetti over it, and pushed it all down to cover the piece. The word “enjoy”, from Kerri’s Pack Your Bags kit, was perfect for my sentiment.
And now, for the winners of the two seats in my Just Add Color class?
DEBBIE – SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 – 12:38 PM
Looks like a great class! I’ve done the Silhouette classes and they are terrific. Debbie from Fernandina Beach, FL
RACHAEL JAMESON – SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 – 2:19 PM
Ooooh pick me pick me!!
Love your blog and classes.
I’m from Sunderland which is in the North of England. The UK.
Congratulations ladies! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Jessica Sprague login name and I’ll get you all hooked up!
And if you didn’t per chance win, go and sign up HERE today! I’m sure it’s something you will enjoy! :) Class starts in just about a week!
And be sure to tune in here next week, starting Monday! There will be some spooky things to enjoy for sure!
Don’t know why, but today I’m feelin’ the urge to give away
TWO MORE SEATS
in my next Silhouette Just Add Color class!
To be entered just leave a comment with your name and where you’re from and I’ll draw a winner on Saturday morning! Anyone anywhere can win!
If you want to read all the details about this class, go to Monday’s post HERE. If you want to sign up for the class, just click on the picture or HERE.
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Before we get to our fabulous page today, I thought it would be fun to announce our winners for the new Just Add Color Silhouette class! By the huge response, it looks like y’all are just as excited about it as I am!
I also loved reading all your color choices! Lots of red and teal in there. Blue too. And I’m with y’all, my favorite color is just about all of them. Depends on my mood. Today I’m sporting a green sweater with my favorite staple….black. Black is so forgiving in fashion. And I need all the forgiveness I can get. :)
So, for the winners of the spot in the Just Add Color class. They are:
SUZ – SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 – 8:41 AM
Suz from Washington…and I love PURPLE! Just ask my kids. :) And if it is glittery, too…
MICHELLE MAC – SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 – 12:38 PM
This class sounds awesome – I am so in love with my Silhouette!
I’m Michelle from New Zealand and my two favourite colours are pink and lime green together.
CHERYL :) – SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 – 7:54 AM
Sounds like so much fun!!!
Cheryl / Keytesville, MO
Congratulations ladies! Email me at kerribradford.com with your JessicaSprague.com login name and I’ll get y’all hooked up!
Now, to the page by Miss Laura!
Sometimes don’t you wonder what you did all week? You know you’re busy, but when you look back, you have no idea what you did? Have you ever thought to record it? You know, my great grandfather used to keep a tiny little journal with bullet points about what he did every day. Nowadays we can record it with photographs along with text. Love that. I’m sure that when he kept those notes that he thought his life was so boring and ordinary. But believe you me, his posterity has enjoyed hearing about his life!
I think that’s what’s so great about Project Life. Simply journaling with photographs–the day to day or monthly events.
But if Project Life is a little much for you, try breaking it down into bite-size pieces and record a week in your life once in a while. I did that for a CK assignment waaaaay back when. Like nine or ten years ago. I love that I captured that little moment of time.
Well, that’s what Laura has done here in her page. She talks about and photographs what she does in a week in her life of daycare. One day I’m sure she won’t be doing daycare anymore. Can you imagine how precious those photos will be? And to all her posterity?
Let’s take a look-see, shall we?
[ Shapes | Today (weekdays) / This & That: School (clock) / This & That: Family (frame) ]
( Just have to add a little p.s. here. I recently made an arrow for a project, similar to the one she used. I thought it was so weird when I saw it on her page! So when you see it come along, just know that what she used here isn’t the same one–but it looks a lot like it! lol )
I love how she used the days of the week for this page! It all looks so fun together!
A fabulous creation, my dear Miss Laura!
Here’s what Laura hast to say:
When Kerri came out with her Today kit, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the days of the week words. I thought they would be fun to use on a layout about my work week. I cut each day of the week from a different pattern paper, and arranged them on my page. I also cut some frames from Kerri’s This & That: Family kit, and sized some photos to fit under each frame. I adhered the frames using mini pop dots for a bit of dimension. I wanted to use the “It’s A Good Day” sticker on my layout, and thought that the viewfinder look of the sticker would look perfect added to the center of the clock from the This & That: School kit.
That’s right boys and girls! I’ve got a brand new class a-comin’ on JessicaSprague.com! It starts October 8 and you can sign up for it HERE right now!
I am so excited about this class! I have been dreaming of this class for a long time . . . a very long time. Did I say a looooong time? If you’ve followed me over the past few years, you already know what a fan I am of a white background. When I look back at my pages (and I just put away a rather large stack not too long ago), a good chunk of them have white backgrounds.
They are pretty much, without a doubt, some of my very favorite pages.
They are clean.
They are classic.
They are timeless.
Here’s my philosophy on the color white.
If white is all the colors in the world, then what better foundation could there be for your pages than white?
They make every color you use pop off the page. Your accents, your patterned paper pieces, and most importantly . . . your photos.
So that’s where we start with this class.
A clean + fresh palette to work our magic.
And now all we need to do is Just Add Color.
So within the class I’ll be sharing some color+design secrets ‘according to Kerri’. Sharing some fun resources, making color palettes, and the most important part–utilizing our new color fun in Silhouette using the color tools and all the other fun tools to make great accents for your pages.
i can’t wait.
Now, this class is chock-full of creative goodness! It has five lessons and each lesson will have multiple tasks in each one. As usual, everything you need–digitally speaking–for the lessons is included. And the icing in the cake? The freebies! That’s ‘on top’ of what we use in the class, so it really is appropriately ‘the icing.’ :)
Oh, and then the sweet colorful sprinkles on top of the icing would be some surprise goodness from the talented Nichol Magouirk! You can only see those babies in the class! She’ll show you what kind of foundation her white cardstock provides for her! LOVE them!
It’s self-paced so you can start whenever you’d like and come and go as you please. I would definitely call this more of an intermediate class. You should really have a good understanding on how to use the basics in Studio. And it doesn’t matter if you have the Standard or the Designer Edition . . . it will all work the same.
And you know what happens when I get all happy and giddy, don’t ya?
That’s right. I’m giving away THREE spots in my class!
To be entered, just leave your name, where you’re from, and your favorite color and I’ll draw a winner Tuesday!
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Halloween will be here before you know it.
And I have a confession. After putting up the This+That: All Hallows’ Eve kit, I felt compelled to put up the rest of the Halloween decor . . . compelled I tell you! :)
And it is done.
So of course when I saw this cute little number from Miss Nichol,
I was tickled . . . well . . . orange (can’t be pink, ya know).
[ Shapes | This & That: All Hallows Eve ("carpe noctem", coffin, bats, moon, pumpkin, fence) / Subway Art: Halloween ("there is no escaping") / This & That: Halloween (gravestone) / This & That: Autumn (leaves) / Picture That [Squared] (photo template)
You may remember that she started this mini album of yearly Halloweens last year.
Pure eye candy . . . or Halloween candy, whichever you’d prefer.
totally love it.
Here’s what Nichol has to say:
I’m slowing beginning to work my way through the [Halloween Costumes album
] I started last year, featuring the costumes my kids have worn throughout the years. I knew when I saw Kerri’s latest This & That: All Hallows Eve kit that the coffin would be the perfect addition to the page featuring my oldest 2 kids in vampire costumes!
For my page, I ungrouped the Halloween Subway Art, keeping only the phrase, “There is no escaping” and positioned it in the Silhouette Software using the Grid feature so I could make sure it cut exactly where I wanted it to. I ran my 8×8 sheet of patterned paper through my machine giving me the negative part of the die cut image. I backed the phrase with scraps of patterned paper.
Next I layered on all my die cut pieces, creating a fun Halloween “scene” for the left side of the 2-page spread and used an 8×8″ photo template for the right side of the page, completely filling it with photos from the night.
I kept additional embellishments to a minimum as the die cuts were embellishment enough for this fun page!
And now, for the winner of the seat in Becky Higgins’ new class:
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KRISTIN BURGE - SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 – 11:42 AM
Thanks for the awesome pop to win a seat in her class!
Crossing my fingers!
Congratulations Kristin! Email me at email@example.com and I’ll get ya all hooked up!
I have known the darling Miss Becky Higgins for…gosh…how many years has it been Becky? Let’s see….I think I first met her around the year 2000. I can’t remember for sure. It’s been quite a few years regardless. But I have a funny story about our early years. It was during one of the first CKUs in Provo and Becky and I already knew each other. I was meeting some other friends that had come into town for dinner at the ever-so tasty Los Hermanos down in Provo. I had some product to give to the girls and was carrying some scrapbook supplies out of my car, to give to one of them, when this young man comes up to me and says, “Are you a scrapbooker? There’s Becky Higgins!!!”
All I have to say is, poor Becky. What brother would do that to his sister???! lol
(I do believe it was Andrew that did this in case you ever want to retaliate Becky. )
What he didn’t know is that I already knew Becky. So, the joke was really on him because he didn’t get the screaming crazed fan reaction that he thought he would. (hee hee snicker snicker snort)
Since then we’ve chatted many-a times on email, run into each other at weddings and missionary talks, seen each other at CK and tradshows, sat by each other and supported Lisa Bearnson on Oprah–riding in a limo and everything, worked together during the Kit of the Month days, and most of all—worked on an amazing concept of Becky’s called: Project Life.
Not only was I there during the first concepting of her amazing idea, but I also worked with her to do the Turquoise Edition of Project Life.
This girl has a wonderful talent for trying to keep things simple and organized. You remember her sketches, don’t you?
She truly has a gift.
She has a gift to create solutions for making memory keeping simple. To capture the every day, the big day, and every day in between.
Anybody can do Project Life and do it in their own way. It doesn’t have to be done daily. It can be done weekly or monthly or just because. I like to refer to it as modern-day journaling. Only instead of all the writing, you get to have it in storybook form–with pictures . . . and ephemera . . . and notes . . . and on and on and on.
What an amazing idea.
‘What is this Project Real Life class’ you say?
Here is a quote from her class page:
“Whether you’re a long-time Project Lifer or you’re just now hearing about Project Life, you will love learning about the guilt-free philosophy behind this system of memory-keeping. While Becky will give you plenty to think about and do during the 12 weeks of this workshop, she has no intentions of overwhelming you. This is based on her belief that that there isn’t a person that exists who really “does it all” — and this should be the last thing that we expect from ourselves.”
Guilt free. I love it.
I am attending this class.
I am excited.
Wanna attend to?
Becky has graciously allowed me to give away
one seat in her class that starts on October 4.
Can we give a big shout out and say YAHOO!
To be entered, just leave your name and where you are from and I will draw a winner Thursday morning.
And if you don’t win? You can still get into her class HERE.
Here’s what her class includes:
- An exclusively-designed set of Project Life cards (3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″) that will not be available anywhere else!
- Access to a pre-classroom with a presentation from Becky upon registration for class
- Colorful instructional handouts with step-by-step instructions for each lesson/project
- Voice messages, slideshows and videos throughout class
- Three live chats with Becky
- Welcome notes from Becky in the classroom
- Reminder emails when the classroom is updated with new materials
- Message board to share your thoughts with your classmates
- Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates
- Supplylist with live links to product resources
Excited, I tell ya! You will looooove taking this class from this ever-so talented lady. The way her mind works is just fabulous. She will inspire you. She will encourage you. She will get you excited to document your life. She just won’t do your dishes . . . sorry. ;)
Love this girl. And if you’ve never had the opportunity to take a class from her? Now’s your chance to ‘fall in love’ with her too.
Hope to see ya there!
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