Friday, August 05, 2011

Vintage Halloween Album

If you've been reading my blog for the past few days then you know I've been working on a little Halloween project this past week.  Claire of Waltzingmouse Stamps surprised us all by releasing two new Halloween sets on August 1: Cecily at Halloween and Gracie at Halloween.  These sets are fabulous and I couldn't resist creating something special to really highlight them.  Warning: Gratuitous amounts of photos ahead! Grab a cup of coffee and settle in!

It's no secret that I love Halloween, but I don't believe I've ever made an album devoted it it and I've really been meaning to!  These new stamps set my mojo in motion and I love the results!  The album itself is heavy weight chipboard that I cut down to create a 6 x 6 album.  I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper (I think it will go through anything!).  I then covered the pages with various papers from My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose collections (thanks, Michele!).  These papers aren't meant for Halloween, but the the vintage feel was perfect and you'll see how well they coordinate. 

My favorite part of the album is the cover and this silhouette of Cicely.  I simply stamped her in black ink and colored her in with a black Copic marker:

I love this look!  And it's perfect for those of you who are a little intimidated by coloring in images like this.  You can't go wrong with this technique!  You'll notice the flourishes from Flourishes - Scallops and Dots.  Yep, I can't put that set down! To embellish the cover I added some silk ribbon that I dyed with my orange Copic marker and some Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist.  I literally colored the ribbon with my marker, put it in a plastic bag and misted it with my Glimmer Mist.  This toned down the orange and gave it more of a rusty orange look. I glittered a little chipboard frame and added the paper and black chipboard numbers to complete it:

Now, let's move on to inside! This page is actually an envelope that I cut down to size.  I embellished it with felt ric rac and a scalloped border.  I used my Labels Eighteen dies from Spellbinders to showcase this great saying included in the Cicely at Halloween set:

I love the fonts Claire used for these sets.  Next up is another envelope page, only a smaller size.  Lots of glimmer mist, too, as you can see and another sentiment from the Cicely set.  The silk ribbon was dyed using the same glimmer mist:

Side note: I've had these black-and-white paperclips for years!  I use them at Halloween and they always add a fun touch to any project. 

Next, one of my favorite things included in the album:

It's a vintage flashcard!  Not really, but I think I got close!  I created this on my computer and printed it out on cream cardstock.  I inked it to give it some age, then stamped Cicely onto the card.  You can see some more flourishes peeking out from the next page behind her:

If you're still reading, just a few more photos to go!  More inside pages, including a vintage flashcard with my favorite witch, Gracie, and spookily cute bats:

Whew!  I told you there was a lot to see!  I didn't cover it all, but I got most of the important stuff!  You'll notice in the first photo of the album cover that I have bits and pieces poking out of the book.  I used the round tag images from both sets to create tabs at the sides and top.

The best thing about this project is that it makes me want to make another one!  I'm even considering adding some to my Etsy shop, but we'll see.  I've neglected it terribly! Have a great day and enjoy the weekend! 

Additional Supplies:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, True Black, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Stella and Rose: Gertie, Mabel, Hazel collections (My Mind's Eye), Giving Thanks: Calendar (Theresa Collins)
Ink: True Black (Papertrey Ink), Antique Linen & Frayed Burlap distress inks (Ranger)
Other: silk ribbon, chipboard frame, Tank Mix Blackboard (Cosmo Cricket), binder rings, heavy weight chipboard, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Makers), Brownstone glitter (MarthaStewart Crafts), button, small and large scalloped border dies, rickrack border die (Papertrey Ink), Copic markers, Stardust pen (Sakura), circle punch, envelopes, classic and scalloped circle dies, tag dies (Spellbinders), Label dies: One, Eight, Eighteen, Twenty One (Spellbinders), True Black felt (Papertrey Ink), Orange Zest vintage button (Papertrey Ink)


{Lynn - that's me!} said...

This is outstanding Jennifer. What a great way to share this alternative method of coloring this image...she looks fantastic this way! I'm so impressed with your wonderful projects today!

Laurel said...

Wow, this is amazing!

Chris said...

I bet this is amazing to hold and thumb through the pages (over and over!!)...and I love your vintage flash card idea. You nailed it!

Nancy said...

OMWord...this little album is amazing! Great job.

pink latte said...

Wow! I love this album! I love the idea "silhouette of Cicely". Love how you colored the ribbon! And paperclips works wonderful! Love it love it, amazing album! :)

Jen said...

Really wonderful Jennifer! Love it. May even CASE it. Fear of falling way short of your mark will probably stop me. Thank you for sharing.

cbuswell said...

silhouette of Cicely - genius!! I love all the details in this!!

Julia Aston said...

LOVE this great Halloween book Jennifer!

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Jennifer, this is just awesome!!! I love the colour scheme (the muted hues and vintage appeal), and your flash cards are great!! Beautiful!

Joy said...

WOW! Jen this is one amazing creation, LOVE it!!! you are so darn talented gal...hugs!

Holly Saveur said...


Isabel Z said...

This is absolutely stunning. I had to laugh when you said only a few more photos to go and I was thinking, "Oh no, I don't want them to stop. I want to see them all!" I would love to see it filled with photos of your Halloween fun. Once again you have blown me away with your creativity!!!!!

organizedchaos said...

I was wanting more photos!!!! I love the vintage looking flashcards you created! This is amazing. Anything Halloween just makes me giddy and this definitely did it for me :)

Jeanne J said...

Jennifer - definately worth the wait. The album is great and I love all the little details. The silhouette of Cicely is genious. You've got me ready for Halloween!

Helen L said...

WOW!! Love your little booklet!! Now I can't wait for Claire to get back to order that sweet little witch!!

Niki Estes said...

Jennifer, this is absolutely amazing! Wow!! What a beautiful album!

ferrellgraph-x said...

I just love this mini- album! Love that you did not cplot the witch!
Kindest regards,
Jennifer Ferrell

Anonymous said...

What fonts did you use? They are perfect for your project!


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