Friday, October 7

Maura's Halloween Paper Bag Book

Happy Halloween! Sheila came up with this great long distance project for us - a paper bag album.  I chose the Graphic 45 "Halloween in Wonderland" line to use for mine, and the black bags from Michaels.
I used some tags from samples I made for last year's make and take at Captured Moments open house.  Photo mats are in coordinating colors, and I also inserted some acrylic pages like Sheila, and "fussy cut" some of the designs to go over it, and added a rub-on.
Sheila here...I love the papers that Maura chose to work with. Totally different than the clean design I lean towards, so it is always fun to see her projects in person and this paper bag book is no exception! I like that we both added transparencies but I really love all the add ons that she included on them. Totally worth the "fussy" cutting!
I decided to challenge myself with the cover (and it is now challenging me, because I can't get it to go in the order that I want ).  I bought some canvas and took out my acrylics and painted it black, and then just played with other colors to come up with this wild and crazy design.  Added some gold webbing, and the word "spooky", ribbons through the D-ring on the end, and there it is.
LOVE the cover that you did! The canvas wrap makes it very professional looking on the spine and that POP of lime green is so you. Very cool effect in person.
 Added some tags with ribbons to this page, and a bit of doodling with the white pen.
Love that velvet scallop edge! 
 Here, I added another tag that I had previously made.
 This paper line was so much fun to work with!
You are the master of doodling. I love that added pop of the white pen. I wish I had thought to do that on my black photo mats. Need to make a note of it for next time.
 A few rub ons, stamps, and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee - now wouldn't that be a costume!
 Off with her head!  A bit of doodling again, and some skeleton ribbon, and a very cool black cat.
I was so tempted to cut off that skeleton ribbon for myself. LOVE it and have never seen it before. Perfect addition for the theme.
 Another acrylic page inserted with a fussy cut design on it.

Back cover.

I think the ghoulies and gremlins are playing with me, because I cannot get the photos to go in the actual order of the book...oh, well, there really isn't a sequence.

I love all the texture that your book has. I can't tell you how many times I flipped a page and ran my fingers over the velvet or felt or embellishments. Your use of them throughout the book really makes it interactive. I pulled out every single insert just to make sure I wasn't missing anything! 

Maura, I am so glad that you enjoyed my long distance challenge for us! I really had a lot of fun with this style of book.

Remember how Sheila and I invited you our blog readers to join us in this project?  Well, one of you did, and there will be a special post to follow, highlighting the awesome book she made!


  1. Maura,
    Love this book also!!! I love the Halloween in Wonderland paper...I hope to be able to see this book in person and rub my hands over the emblishments . . . I would love to do one of these books - I have the bags and the paper but probably won't get to it until next year...but what the heck, I'll be ahead of myself instead of three months behind!


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